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Memorandum for the Inspector General [Peterson]
December 26, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
Please look into the business of expediting War Department administration by checking up on the possible advantage of some rearrangement being made in the conduct of offices pertaining to receiving, recording, and distribution of papers.
It seems to me that there probably is a serious delay in the transaction of business here because of the fact that the accumulative results of the day’s work bank up on the recording sections, and if they close at 4:15, about the time most of this business arrives, there is an inevitable delay. I had in mind a possible arrangement whereby recording offices would have overlapping shifts so that the recording business would be carried on for several hours after the War Department formally closes. A portion of the force would come on at the normal time, and another portion two or three hours later, maybe not until one o’clock. Will you look into this and see if there is any advantage to such an arrangement.
If there are any other matters pertaining to this business, I would like to hear from you. However, do not let this delay your looking into the first matter, which should be managed expeditiously.1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. No reply to this memorandum has been found in the Marshall papers.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 372.