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Roosevelt Committee Recommends Stricter Watch over Relief Campaign in America

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A special committee appointed by President Roosevelt to investigate war relief activities in the United States today recommended the coordination of overseas relief work by establishing a central advisory body for the purpose of eliminating duplication and waste.

Estimating that about 700 agencies are conducting relief campaigns in America for belligerent nations, the committee urges the revocation of the licenses of all such agencies. New licenses, the committee recommends, should be issued “only when it appears to be in the public interest, and upon submission of satisfactory proof by the applicants that they are in a position to carry out their proposed relief activities efficiently and economically, and without duplication of work being done by other agencies, such as the Red Cross.”

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