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Information bulletin
No. 131 (March 23, 1948)

Streamlining OMGUS,   pp. 5-7 PDF (1.8 MB)

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operation of Military Government
progressed this month with the crea-
tion of four advisory offices and two
divisions in OMGUS, the consolida-
tion and transfer of positions and per-
sonnel, and the continued study and
review of the organization of Military
Government to attain greater effici-
ency and economy.
The State Department, in anticipa-
tion of assuming the responsibility of
Military Government from the De-
partment of the Army, announced its
policy for retention of the services,
status and rights of the experienced
MG civilian personnel. The announce-
ment is published on page 2 of this
The recent changes in the organiza-
tional structure of Military Govern-
ment involved the transfer of the ad-
visory offices for economics, finance,
governmental  administration,  and
cultural affairs from the staff of the
Commander-in-Chief, European Com-
mand, to OMGUS, and the establish-
ment of divisions for property, and
for education and cultural relations
within OMGUS. With these changes,
five divisions-economics, finance, in-
ternal affairs and communications,
prisoners of war and displaced per-
sons, and transport-were dissolved
and their various responsibilities
transferred to other OMGUS units.
These changes were part of the pro-
gram designed to consolidate occu-
pational activities in the fields of
economics and finance, and to separate
organizationally the policy - making
functions of the US occupation from
those functions which are operational
in character, namely the decarteliza-
tion, reparations, restitutions, and pro-
perty-control programs.
The changes also are closely relat-
ed to measures virtually completed
for the integration of the US and
British staffs of the Bipartite Control
Office in Frankfurt, and for the anti-
cipated reduction in occupational
functions at the German state level
as rapidly as competent and respon-
sible German agencies are able to
assume these important tasks.
U NDER THIS streamlining policy,
V   observation and guidance to the
bizonal agencies, with respect to their
operations in the fields of economics,
industry, transportation and communi-
cations, will be the responsibility of
the Bipartite Control Office.
The formulation and development
of policy with respect to matters per-
taining to Germany as a whole will
continue to be determined as hereto-
fore by the Allied Control Council.
Participation of the US elements of
the ACA directorates is not effected
by the changes. Matters pertaining to
the joint economy of the combined
zones will be determined by the Bi-
partite Board.
The titles and positions of the units
of Military Government are shown in
the new chart on the inside of the In-
formation Bulletin's front cover. The
persons occupying the important posts
of Military Government, particularly
those involved in the recent changes,
are listed in Key MG Personnel,
published in this issue.
The Office of the Economics Ad-
viser, OMGUS, takes over the duties
of the former Officer of Economics
Adviser, CINCEUR, and the policy-
making functions formerly exercised
by the Economics Division. Speciti-
Mr. Lawrence Wlkinson                  Mr. Jack Bennett
Economics Adviser                     Finance Adviser
MARCH 23, 1948
Dr. Hermann B. Wells
Acting Director, E&CR Division

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