Victory on the Factory Front

Straight, Michael
January 1942
New Republic;1/26/42, Vol. 106 Issue 4, p105
Focuses on various issues associated with the appointment of Donald Nelson as chairman of the War Production Board, with power to mobilize U.S. industries in order to achieve proper production management in the United States during the Second World War. Elements of compromise associated with creation of the Board and appointment of Nelson; Effect of demand for creation of one man headed agency by politician Wendell Willkie; Power provided to Nelson, by the Executive Order of the U.S. President, to control the working of the Office of Production Management (OPM); Facility for Nelson to place his own men in every procurement office with instruction to follow Nelson's decision; Reason behind criticism of the Executive Order from conservatives; Need to create a division of production within OPM and a policy-planning group to achieve the success; Suggestion to supporters of the appointment of Nelson in order to attain success of the Victory Program.


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