Administrative Order of May 25, 1940

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Administrative Order of May 25, 1940  (1940) 
by Franklin D. Roosevelt
First recognized example of a Presidential directive officially published as an Administrative Order prior to later establishment of that class of United States Presidential document.

Administrative Order of May 25, 1940

Establishing the Office for Emergency Management in the Executive Office of the President and Prescribing Regulations Governing Its Activities


Whereas I find there is a threatened national emergency;

Now, Therefore, By virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the Statutes, and in pursuance of Part I of Executive Order No. 8248 of September 8, 1939, it is hereby ordered as follows:


Section 1.  There is established in the Executive Office of the President an office to be known as the Office for Emergency Management which shall be under the direction of one of the Administrative Assistants to the President, to be designated by the President.
Section 2.  The Office for Emergency Management shall:
(a)   Assist the President in the clearance of information with respect to measures necessitated by the threatened emergency;
(b)   Maintain liaison between the President and the Council of National Defense and its Advisory Commission, and with such other agencies, public or private, as the President may direct, for the purpose of securing maximum utilization and coordination of agencies and facilities in meeting the threatened emergency;
(c)   Perform such additional duties as the President may direct.
Signature of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The White House,
May 25, 1940.


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).