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1. Settlement of terminated war contracts---

Workable plan sought-Joint Contract Termination BoardApproved by all procurement agencies—Basic principles of speed, finality, and protection of government-Danger of ComptrollerGeneral's review before payment–Vigilance against fraudSettlements by teams— Written reports—Other safeguardsTraining schools—Need for interim financing pending settlement-"A complete financial kit" to do the job-T LoansSmaller War Plants Corporation Loans-Direct Government Loans-90 percent advance—Pre-termination preparedness No blank checks Complex problems of subcontractors—Immediate payments to subcontractors Uniform article for subsQuick validation of nuisance-size claims—Legislation neededExperiment with Company-wide settlements—60-day clearance of plantsFunctions of Chairman of Joint Board-An independent civilian-Contractors' part-Importance of basic approach to settlement-no padding of claims-no blackjacking of busi

2. Surplus property--

Immediate surpluses developing-Speedy action needed— Com- ·
ing months easiest for disposal-Kind of organization needed
Surplus Property Administrator-Surplus Property Policy
Board-Disposal outlets Consumer goods—Capital and pro-
ducers' goods—Ships and maritime properties-Food-Central
policies—Use of industry committees Functions of Surplus
Property Board—War Production Board- Relation of
pluses to industrial controls—Use of existing field force-Legis-
lation for disposal-Administrator to report to Congress-
Choice of Administrator-Qualities of man-Leasing-Sale on
Credit Right to exchange properties—No hidden subsidies-
Sales in small lots-Kie) America strong-Timing vital- Reduce



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national debt-Preference to local ownership—Goldfish Bowl
policy--No speculation-Flexibility vital-Real property
study— War housing--Permanent good housekeeping--No
monopoly-Surpluses abroad-Inflation bulwark--Improve effi-
ciency of arsenals Special problems of plants--Peacetime pros-
pects of plantsSize of plants—Subdividing possibilities—Plant

brochures and publicity.
8. Tightening the mobilization machine.

Demobilization inseparable from war at this time-War adjustments already being made-Over-all direction by Office of War Mobilization-New agency unwise-Conflict with war Difficulties in staffing a new agency--Too much Government overlapping-Reduce Government as work dwindles-General tightenIng of operations needed-Running conspectus-Review of requirements-Strengthening of industry advisory committees Exchange of information between Armed Services and civilian agencies—OPA-Foreign Policy-Role of Congress-Balancing the program-Expansion of civilian uses—Cut backs on raw material production—Stockpiling dangers-Stock piles of strategic reserves-"X Day” planning-Review of wartime controls-Extension of needed war powers--Forecast on resources—Civilian priority list-Chain of materials—Chain of industrial integration—Fair competition-Physical reconversion-Advance tooling-Human side "Work Director”— Veterans-Labor force.

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Part V
Uniform termination article.--

1. Letter to Director Byrnes.-
2. Text of uniform article..
8. Text of accompanying statement of principles on cost determina-

4. Directive order making them effective-
APPENDIX 1. Joint Contract Board's statement of policy on termination

financing -APPENDIX 2. Joint Board's statement of policy as to removal and disposi

tion of property in connection with contract termination.. APPENDIX 8. Summary of roles assigned agencies.. SUBJECT INDEX...

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