BUILDING: Whose Fault?

Sniffing scandals of mismanagement that may outsmell those of Army-camp construction (TIME, Sept. 15), the Senate Defense Investigating Committee last week went after the defense housing program. No sooner had the first witness opened his mouth than one of Washington's smoldering feuds—Federal Works Administrator John Carmody v. Defense Housing Coordinator Charles Palmer—burst into flame. Witness Carmody put his finger on Witness-to-be Palmer as Housing Mismanager No. 1.

The Senators knew they would find plenty wrong. From facts his investigators had dug up, Committee Counsel Hugh Fulton wanted to know why:

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