Federal Board of Hospitalization

Room 7010, Federal Works Building, Eighteenth and F Streets NW.
EXecutive 3300

Administrator of Veterans Affairs Brig. Gen. Frank T. Hines Chairman
Surgeon General, United States Army, War Department Maj. Gen. Norman T. Kirk
Surgeon General, United States Navy, Department of the Navy Vice Admiral Ross T. McIntire
Surgeon General, Public Health Service, Federal Security Agency Dr. Thomas Parran
Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior William A. Brophy
Director, Bureau of Prisons, Department of Justice James V. Bennett
Assistant Administrator of Veterans Affairs,
   in Charge of Medical and Domiciliary Care
Col. George E. Ijams
Director of Staff Leonard Outhwaite

Creation and Authority.--The Federal Board of Hospitalization was organized on November 1, 1921, for the purpose of coordinating the separate hospitalization activities of the Medical Department of the Army, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery of the Navy, the United States Public Health Service, the United States Veterans Administration, St. Elizabeths Hospital, and the Office of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. This Board has functioned in an advisory capacity to the President of the United States, and through its study of the needs of the various services has successfully accomplished the coordination of the peacetime responsibilities of the Federal Government.

Bureau of the Budget Circular 419, of May 7, 1943, designated the Federal Board of Hospitalization an advisory agency to the Bureau of the Budget.

Functions.--The Board shall initiate studies of and analyze and review the hospital, convalescent, and domiciliary activities and programs developed and operated by all agencies of the Federal Government (except the District of Columbia and territorial governments) for the purpose of:

  1. Preventing the overlapping and duplication of services and overbuilding of facilities.

  2. Insuring the most efficient and complete utilization of the total services and facilities of the Federal Government by each agency.

  3. Determining the need for existing or additional facilities of each agency.

  4. Determining the area or locality in which additional facilities should be provided.

  5. Determining the extent to which non-Federal facilities may be utilized in the administration of the hospital activities or programs of any Federal agency.


  1. Developing a complete over-all program for providing hospitalization for the veterans of World War II.

  2. Furnishing recommendations with respect to such matters as the Director of the Bureau of the Budget may refer to the Board.


Frank T. Hines


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