The Byrnes Plan

Fuller, Helen
September 1944
New Republic;9/25/44, Vol. 111 Issue 13, p364
Focuses on the postwar employment program of War Mobilization Director, James F. Byrnes. Debates among members of the Congress, on reconversion plan; Byrnes's report to the President on reconversion, was largely drafted by John Hancock of Lehman Brothers; Policies and procedures to take care of the 40-percent cutback in outstanding war-production contracts which will follow the collapse of Germany are already fixed and working smoothly; Discontinuation of the Controlled Materials Plan except for steel and copper and a new system of broad preference-band ratings will, be substituted; Provision for an administrative machinery for obtaining the prompt clearing of war contractors' plants; Survey of operators of government-owned plants with a view to encourage all of them to exercise their options on properties; Need for an adequate program for unemployment compensation will be pointed out to Congress by the administration; Advancement of the retraining and reemployment program.


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