They Also Served --- Series Descriptions
Office of the Mileage Administrator
A4243. Government Agency Automobile Usage Rationing Coordination Files, 1943-1945. 2 cu. ft.
Arrangement: Alphabetical by division name or subject.
Milton Alpert served as the departmental mileage administrator for the War Council. The duties of the office were to supervise the operation of privately owned vehicles used for official, departmental business; to examine and pass on gasoline and tire applications; and to keep an up-to- date record of the mileage covered by such vehicles. This series contains correspondence, bulletins, travel vouchers, and file cards relating to the administration of rationing procedures as part of the office's duty to conserve resources. The travel vouchers provide miles per gallon, time period covered, and type of ration coupons used, for the various agencies of the War Council. The card file lists all State employees who used a personal car on official business and contains the name, address, and duties of the employee; the department employer, address, and departmental mileage administrator; and (sometimes) an explanation of job duties which required automobile use. The cards also tracked the requests of each employee (gasoline needed per month, tires, tubes, renewal, or supplemental). Other files contain correspondence between Alpert and other government officials regarding the enforcement of regulations at the local level, reductions in or additions to individuals' mileage allotments, and the settlement of disagreements between State and local authorities.Included are lists of local mileage administrators and various government departments' mileage administrators.
Semi-weekly bulletins from the federal Office of Price Administration (OPA) detail new regulations and amendments concerning gasoline and tire rationing. They also report different states' reductions in consumption. Quarterly reports to the OPA from New York State delineate the number of vehicles in use in each department, the types of vehicles, and the miles driven in public service.
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