GOVERNMENT: Report on Reports


With pardonable pride, Donald M. Nelson's committee-to-cut-down-paperwork (TIME, July 13) this week reported on the biggest operation on red tape in history. Their before & after report on reports made phantasmagoric reading.

Before: One auto company moaned that on one occasion it had to spend $125,000 and 100,000 man-hours to fill out Government forms. Another tiny manufacturer got so far behind on his paperwork that he had to shut down for three weeks to catch up. Some tell-us-everything forms "reached the dimensions of a small window...

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