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Slicing of Fepc Funds by Congress Forces Sharp Curtailment of Agency’s Activities

The Committee on Fair Employment Practice will close five of its fifteen field offices late in August, and reduce its present staff of 117 to 51 persons, according to Malcolm Ross, chairman. This action is necessitated, Mr. Ross stated today, by the reduction of the agency’s budget from the $507,600 expended last year to the $250,000 appropriation for the current fiscal year.

The Committee will continue operation of ten field offices in war production areas where minority groups problems are likely to be most acute during the remainder of the war, Mr, Ross announced. These offices are located in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D. C., Detroit, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The five offices to be closed are located in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Pittsburgh and New Orleans.