National Defense: Revision under Fire

With the breath of war blowing hot on the nape of its neck, the Office of Production Management last week revised its organization. It had to. In the six months of its existence, OPM had become hopelessly complicated, endlessly tied up in red tape that grew around its acts like ragweed in a melon patch. Manufacturers seeking to get started on vital contracts had to fight their way through labyrinths of bureaucracy. For any broad-scale ruling they had to go to the purchasing division, then to production, then to priorities. The rulings had to be reconciled. In the process thousands of...

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