The Press: The Price of Pressagents

The U.S. Government has 2,625 pressagents on its payroll and the equivalent of 1,007 more in part-time employees, a House subcommittee announced last week. Total salaries for 1952: $17,134,390. Among the biggest users of pressagents: Air Force 741, Army 81 (plus the equivalent, part-time, of 602 more), Navy 642, Economic Stabilization Agency 411 (plus eight), Mutual Security Agency 209 (plus 48), Agriculture Department 19 (plus 156). Smallest: Export-Import Bank, 1/10 of a full-time employee.

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