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February 7,



At Judge Bo8©nxsanfs suggestion, I am sending you herewith a proposed statement for the press and a chart in connection
with the reorganization of the Federal banking agencies which I
previously discussed with you. Ihen I talked with Judge Bosenraan
about the matter last Wednesday, 1 gave him two sets of copies of
a proposed Executive Order, of a statement covering the plan, and
of another statement showing the overlapping and duplication of
functions in the three agencies at present* I understood from him
that he would pass along to you one set of these documents, to
which the enclosures should bo added*
The press statement in particular is important in showing the public why this reorganization is so urgently needed and
in showing the logic of the proposed plan of consolidation* The
statement brings out the fact that Congress has placed upon the
Board of Governors primary responsibility for national monetary
and credit policy and that these policies cannot be successfully
carried out when subordinate though important related functions
of examination and supervision are lodged in two other separate
I would greatly appreciate having the benefit of any
suggestions you may have, and think it would be most helpful if
you could bring the enclosed statement and chart to the attention
of the President*
Sincerely yours,

Honorable James P* Byrnes, Director,
Office of War Mobilisation,
the White House,
Washington, D. 0*

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