Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Office of Contract Settlement


(Record Group 246)
1941-55
147 cu. ft.

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Table of Contents

  • 246.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 246.2 RECORDS OF THE JOINT CONTRACT TERMINATION BOARD 1943-44 7 lin. ft.
  • 246.3 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF CONTRACT SETTLEMENT 1941-55 94 lin. ft.
  • 246.4 RECORDS OF THE CONTRACT SETTLEMENT ADVISORY BOARD 1944-46 1 lin. ft.
  • 246.5 RECORDS OF THE CONTRACT SETTLEMENT APPEAL BOARD 1945-53 60 lin. ft.

246.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Established: As an independent agency, headed by Director of Contract Settlement, by the Contract Settlement Act (58 Stat. 651), July 1, 1944. By same act, Contract Settlement Advisory Board (CSAB) and Contract Settlement Appeal Board (CSApB) were established as auxiliary agencies.

Predecessor Agencies:

Joint Contract Termination Board, Office of War Mobilization (1943-44)

Transfers: To the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion, along with CSAB and CSApB, by an act of October 3, 1944 (58 Stat. 785).

Functions: Settled claims arising from terminated war contracts. CSAB provided advice to Director of Contract Settlement. CSApB, appointed by Director of Contract Settlement, heard appeals from war contractors on decisions of contracting agencies.

Abolished: By EO 9809, December 12, 1946, confirmed by Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1947, effective July 1, 1947, with functions transferred to Secretary of the Treasury. By same EO and reorganization plan, CSAB and CSApB were transferred to Department of the Treasury.

Successor Agencies: Department of the Treasury, with Secretary of the Treasury exercising functions formerly exercised by Director of Contract Settlement; serving as CSAB chairman; and appointing CSApB members. Contract settlement functions, together with CSAB and CSApB, transferred to the General Services Administration (GSA) by the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act (63 Stat. 380), June 30, 1949. CSAB (also known as Contract Review Board), redesignated Board of Contract Appeals by order of Administrator of General Services, 1961; became an independent organization within GSA, February 27, 1979, pursuant to an act of November 1, 1978 (92 Stat. 2383). CSApB abolished by an act of July 14, 1952 (66 Stat. 627).

Finding Aids: Kenneth F. Bartlett and Harry Schwartz, comps., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Office of Contract Settlement," NM 39 (1964).

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Office of Contract Settlement in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.

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246.2 RECORDS OF THE JOINT CONTRACT TERMINATION BOARD
1943-44
7 lin. ft.

History: Established by the Director of the Office of War Mobilization, November 12, 1943, and placed under the Advisory Unit for War and Post-War Adjustment Policies. Composed of representatives of federal agencies with an interest in war contract terminations. Superseded by the Office of Contract Settlement, July 1, 1944. SEE 246.1.

Textual Records: Minutes of the board and its subcommittees, 1943-44. Records of the board chairman, 1943-44. Correspondence of the secretary, 1944. Records of board consultant Samuel Lubell, 1943-44.

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246.3 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF CONTRACT SETTLEMENT
1941-55
94 lin. ft.

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1943-47. Reports and correspondence of the director, 1944-47. Reports, correspondence, and other records of the Office of the Deputy Director; the Office of the General Counsel; and the Accounting, Interim Financing, Progress, and Information Divisions, 1943-46. Termination and war contract settlement records inherited or created by the Treasury Department and the General Services Administration, 1941-55 (18 ft.).

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246.4 RECORDS OF THE CONTRACT SETTLEMENT ADVISORY BOARD
1944-46
1 lin. ft.

Textual Records: Minutes of board meetings, September 1944- January 1946. Office files of the board chairman, the board secretary, and the chairman of the Pre-Termination Agreement Clearance Committee, 1944-45. Minutes of the Committee on Termination Procedures, 1945. Copies of Office of Contract Settlement numbered regulations, 1944-45.

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246.5 RECORDS OF THE CONTRACT SETTLEMENT APPEAL BOARD
1945-53
60 lin. ft.

Textual Records: Case files, 1945-53, with index.


Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
3 volumes, 2428 pages.

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