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Lot 185: TRUMAN, HARRY S. Typed Letter Signed, as President, to President of the National Federation of Federal Employees Luther Corwin Steward,
01 November 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: "THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH [IS CONVERTING] FROM A WARTIME TO A PEACETIME BASIS" TRUMAN, HARRY S. Typed Letter Signed, as President, to President of the National Federation of Federal Employees Luther Corwin Steward, declining to attend the 30th anniversary of the founding of the NFFE, praising his administration of the NFFE, and noting some reforms made necessary by the government's transition from wartime to peacetime. 2 pages, 4to, White House stationery, written on separate sheets; cello tape remnants of prior mounting along all edges recto, cello tape covering extreme end of signature, staple holes and staining at upper left corner. Washington, 28 August 1947
". . . Over this period of thirty years you have made an outstanding contribution to the cause of good government. You have taken the lead many times in urging action on the part of both the legislative and executive branches of the government which, when taken, has proved to be sound from every point of view. Above all, you have so conducted the affairs of your organization that today your advice and counsel is welcomed by leaders in both the legislative and executive branches of the government.
". . . For the past two years the executive branch has been in the process of being converted from a wartime to a peacetime basis. During this period, the number of civilian employees on the federal pay roll has been reduced from 3,770,000 to approximately 2,088,000. Never before in the history of this or any other country has a single employer, within such a short period of time, been called upon to discharge 1,680,000 persons.
"And yet, on the whole, the program has been carried forward in a fair and orderly manner. . . .
"This sharp reduction has, however, left problems in its wake. In some instances men and women who over a period of years have been serving as career employees in the Federal service have been separated while temporary and war-service employees remain. . . .
"As we look to the future, however, we must not only think in terms of protecting the career service, but we must also think in terms of strengthening it so that it will be in a position to render an increasingly effective service to the people of this nation. There are many things which still need to be done, such as the modernizing of salary structures, the introduction of effective programs for promoting employees in the departments and agencies, the handling of grievances, and increasing the competence of those who occupy supervisory positions. I invite and solicit your cooperation in solving these and other related problems. . . ."