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May 1955

News and Comment: GENERAL NEWS

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;89(5):608. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.02050110722017

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Children's Bureau.—The report (for sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington 25, D. C.; price, 40) of the Task Force on Federal Medical Services of the Hoover Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government contains the following paragraph (p. 101) of interest to pediatricians regarding the Children's Bureau:

The Children's Bureau is one of the few Federal agencies organized strictly on the basis of clientele. Founded in 1912 in a reform era, the Bureau has operated with dedication and with outstanding success. In 1946, when it was transferred from the Department of Labor to the Federal Security Agency (predecessor of the new Department), it was placed within the Social Security Administration.

We conclude that the Children's Bureau does not logically belong in the Social Security Administration for it has important duties outside the welfare field. On the other hand,

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