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With the multiplication of questionnaires by every Government agency and the increasing complaint from manufacturers over the growing burden of answering them, more rigid action seemed necessary. An order was issued on August 12, 11) IS, that all questionnaires sent out by any l)ranch of the Board should first i be submitted to the section. The section advised as to desirable forms and methods of tabulation and on request would undertake Mthe entire work of preparation, issue, and tabulation. A complete '; indexed file of questionnaires sent out by the Board is preserved in the records of the section.

They served without pay and usually without expense money. Headquarters were established in Boston, Bridgeport, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Atlanta, Birmingham, Kansas City, St. Louis, St. Paul, Milwaukee, Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle, and Denver. VX INDUSTllY IX TIIK W MX. 41 The Resources and Conversion Section had in its membership repreArmy, >s'avY, Marine Corps, Emergency Fleet, and the Department of Commerce. Two lines of work, each supplementsentatives of the ing and assisting the other, were undertaken in the several districts.

For the first time during war, and perhaps for the first time in Government operations ernment. application, but the principle the by which had the opportunity of learning one another's needs, and^f knowing at what points their respective efforts conflicted or overlapped. It gave Government bureaus and section chiefs alike a more comprehensive vision of the whole course of the generally, this organization providecr^;;stem^iti£^m^y^^ the various departni^ent buyers undertaking. The procedure of the Board, as it developed with respect to these two functions was about as follows: The various Government purchasing units and the Allied Purchasing Commission were sending to the Requirements Division their best estimates of futuie require- ments projected for six months or a year in advance.

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