OPA Boss Paul Porter wanted to call it the Office for the Cessation of Rationing and Priorities—"OCRAP," for short. He was overruled. But there would be a catch-all agency to clean up the work left undone by the expiring wartime agencies, and its probable name would be the Office of Rents and Priorities. Phonetically, at least. ORP seemed as good a handle as any.

The executive order setting it up was flown to Harry Truman's Florida playland last week with OWMR Boss John R. Steelman. When the President signed it, OPA's remaining 34,736...

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