By Bernard Baruch
American within the struggle. A file of the struggle industries board
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July, 1918, the commodity sections, following the reorganizaby the new Chairman, had developed such strength^ tion put into effect containing as they then did representatives from each of the supjjly bureaus interested in their respective commodities; that these sections could take over the clearance function, and they did, the clearance committee being reorganized into a Clearance Oifice whose function it was merelj'^ to receive requests for clearance, record them. and. transmit them to the proper commodity sections, the sections in turn reporting back through the Clearance Office.
When a request for assistance came, the board would consider whether the proposed order involved a conflict with other necessary orders and whether it required emergenc}^ acLion to provide material or determine prices, and then it attempted to a- -ist in discovering the best available source of supply. At first there was no system forcing all orders to be brought before the board even in lines where there was a laiown shortage. Action on such orders as were brought was advisory only, and there was no report back showing whether the advice had been followed.
The work was too large to be effecThe country was divided into 21 tively handled from one office. geographical areas, called " industrial regions," for each of which a regional advisor was appointed with an office in the principal center. Each regional advisor organized a regional committee, with a member representing each of the principal war industries operative in the area, and having in addition special members to handle — function, industrial stimulation, and statistics on on power, and on raw materials.