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June 12, 1943


JAMA. 1943;122(7):442-443. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840240032012

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The labyrinth of federal public health legislation extending over a period of one hundred and forty-three years has not produced a uniform pattern of requirements with respect to the administrative operations of the Public Health Service. Now a more efficient organizational structure of the Service is proposed by legislation pending in Congress, introduced at the request of the Administrator of the Federal Security Agency. The structure, according to Administrator McNutt, is extremely cumbersome at present, resulting inevitably in an overlapping of functions and in a duplication of effort. Important war responsibilities too have been imposed on the Public Health Service which emphasize the need for internal reorganization.

Senate and House committees have conducted hearings on companion bills, S. 400 and H. R. 649, introduced respectively by Senator Thomas and Representative Bulwinkle to give effect to the recommendations of the Administrator of the Federal Security Agency. The Senate bill has already

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