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Dallas, Texas, May 16, 1945


To All Banking Institutions in the
Eleventh Federal Reserve District:

The splendid production record which has been made in connec­
tion with our national defense may be attributed in large measure to the
fact that most businesses engaged in war production have had adequate
It is important that all prime contractors and subcontractors
should now consider whether they have made adequate arrangements to re­
place working capital invested in war production contracts, in the event
such contracts are terminated or cancelled for the convenience of the
If a contractor does not have sufficient working capital to en­
able him to convert his operations to civilian business upon termination
of war production contracts, he will be handicapped in his reconversion
program unless he has made arrangements for adequate interim financing.
Under the provisions of the Contract Settlement Act of 1944, a convenient
means of interim financing is afforded by T-Loans made pursuant to Regula­
tion V of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Under the
T-Loan plan, a guarantee may be given by the War Department, the Navy De­
partment, or the United States Maritime Commission in connection with com­
mitments made by banks or other financing institutions prior to termination
of contracts or in connection with loans made after the borrower*s
war production contracts have been cancelled.
Although T-Loans may be negotiated either before or after
contracts are terminated, it is desirable for war production contractors
to complete their arrangements prior to termination, in order that the
necessary funds may be provided without undue delay.
It is particularly
desirable to make advance arrangements in connection with subcontracts,
especially the ones below the first tier, because it is possible that
the subcontractor*s claim will not be paid until after the prime con­
tractor has received his compensation from the Government contracting


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It is suggested that you communicate with your customers who
are engaged in war production and who have not made arrangements for
termination financing, and urge them to make such arrangements now* In
the event you feel that guaranteed financing will be desirable in any
particular case, your bank should file an application for a T-Loan guar­
antee immediately, $nd not wait until the contracts are cancelled.
A detailed explanation of T-Loan procedure was forwarded to
all banks in this district on September 12, 1944. If you desire any
further information regarding the T-Loan program, it will be gladly
and promptly furnished upon request.

Yours very truly,





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