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United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) (1943-1946) Series
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Direct Procurement Division - Medical and sanitation Supplies Branch - Executive offices - Subject Files

"The Direct Procurement Division first came into being as a Section of the Procurement Coordination Division in the spring of 1944. On 9 May 1946 the Direct Procurement Branch was given full divisional status. On 1 Oct. 1946 the purchasing functions of the Purchase Section, Purchase and Supply Branch, Administrative Services Division were transferred to the Direct Procurement Division, which consequently became the sole procurement agency of the Administration Printing and duplicating work and the planning and authorization of requirements remained. The primary and basic functions of the Division were: To purchase small quantities of urgently required commodities with non-convertible funds which it would have been uneconomical to channel through the normal machinery of United States Government purchase, i.e. Treasury Procurement, US Department of Agriculture etc. To negotiate procurement, using Free Funds, in markets which were outside the sphere of normal US Government activities, e. g. War Surplus Stores etc. To procure administrative supplies, PX, Commissary and Camp Supplies for UNRRA field missions. To procure supplies with funds contributed by Voluntary Agencies. "

Clothing, Textiles and Footwear Division - Office of the Director - Country Files

The Clothing, Textiles, and Footwear Division of the Bureau of Supply was organized January 1944, its basic structure consisting of Commodity Sections.
The basic duties of the Division included the following:
To work with the Requirement and Allocations Committee in the development of overall clothing requirements and to translate these basic standard programs into specific items and commodities.
To refine and reconcile the estimates in the light of probable available world supplies.
To prepare requirements data in suitable form for presentation to the appropriate approving agency.
To develop specifications and standards for the various items.
To negotiate with suppliers and procurement agencies in arranging for purchases.
To prepare requisitions in final form and maintain timetables and inventories.
To maintain appropriate records of world supply and information as to status of allocation requests, requisitions, procurement, and deliveries; to prepare progress and programs status reports.

Industrial Rehabilitation Division - Industry and Material Branch - General Equipment and Material Section - Subject and Country Files

As first conceived, the Division of Industrial Rehabilitation was a separate entity within UNRRA, responsible directly to the Director General. Not until 26 June 1944 was it established as a division within the Bureau of Supply, combining the responsibilities therefore assigned to the Division of Industrial Rehabilitation, the Division of Industrial Equipment of the Bureau of Supply, and the Division of Raw Materials of the Bureau of Supply. A structure for the division was devised consisting of a Requirements and Supply Section and a Technical Section. Subsequently this organizational structure was changed and commodity sections established.
The supplies provided by UNRRA in the industrial rehabilitation program can be divided into four broad categories:
(1) Highway, railway, and water transport equipment.
(2) Coal and other fuel, and lubricants.
(3) Materials for the restoration of public utilities, for provision of shelter, and for the repair of highways.
(4) Materials and equipment necessary for the restoration of essential industries.
In brief, the duties and responsibilities of this division were as follows:
To collect and analyze all necessary information for the preparation of requests for allocations of supplies, including available information on the state of industry and condition of industrial plants.
To examine import programs submitted by both paying and non-paying governments and to suggest substitutes or changes in these programs.
To examine the capacities of countries and decide which are best suited to produce and supply materials and equipment for the relief and rehabilitation of liberated areas.
To develop specifications and standards and to prepare the necessary procurement orders for materials, equipment and supplies which are to be produced.
To make arrangements with national procurement authorities for the timely scheduling and delivery of the commodities to be procured.
To establish pools of equipment and material and to determine priorities.
To act as technical adviser and consultant to the Administration; to cooperate fully with the Standing Technical Committee on Industrial Rehabilitation and its Sub-committees.

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