DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Decentralization

Crowded, madhouse Washington, whose population jumped 100,000 in the last year and will gain another 40,000 wartime employes in the next six months, will soon get minor relief.

To be moved from Washington, by the President's order, are twelve agencies with some 10,000 employes. Most important: the Patent Office (to New York City); Securities & Exchange Commission and the Bureau of Old-Age and Survivors Insurance of the Social Security Board (to Philadelphia); Railroad Retirement Board (to Chicago); Farm Security Administration and Rural Electrification Administration (to St. Louis); the Labor Department's Wage & Hour Division (to Pittsburgh).

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