Proposed Department of Public Works. Hearing ... on S. 2232. February 11, 1920


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Side 54 - Society representing the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, and the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, provides the division with an office in the Engineering Societies Building, 29 West Thirty-ninth Street, New York.
Side 5 - That the Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized to perform any and all acts and to make such rules and regulations as may be necessary and proper for the purpose of carrying the provisions of this act into full force and effect.
Side 3 - The bill provides that the Secretary of Public Works "shall by training and experience be qualified to administer the affairs of the Department and to evaluate the technical principles and operations involved in the work thereof.
Side 4 - Council"). The Council shall be composed of three members who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, each of whom shall be a person who, as a result of his training, experience, and attainments, is exceptionally qualified to analyze and interpret environmental information of all kinds, to appraise programs and activities of the Government in the light of the policy set forth in...
Side 5 - This act shall take effect immediately; but nothing herein contained shall affect the validity of any claims or liens upon moneys due or to grow due under contracts made by cities prior to its passage. All acts and parts of acts inconsistent with the terms of this act are hereby repealed.
Side 4 - That all officers of the United States Army attached to the Department of Public Works shall retain their military rank and succession and receive the compensation, commutation and emoluments provided by law in the case of Army officers of the same rank not detached from regular Army service.
Side 4 - ... of War to like duties under the new Department, for not over two years. This enables the Secretary of Public Works to make gradual transfer of improvements and instrumentalities to civil administration without detriment to public interest. Members of the Corps of Engineers may, under the direction of the Secretary of Public Works, be detailed by the Secretary of War to temporary duty in this new Department for such instruction, training and experience as is desired.
Side 4 - Navy detailed on the date of the enactment of this act to nonmilitary and/or nonnaval duties having to do with river and harbor improvements, the Mississippi River Commission, and...
Side 3 - A bill to create a department of public works and define its powers and duties.
Side 27 - It has been my good fortune to know intimately a goodly number of officers of that corps, and I esteem them highly for their personal character and qualifications; and yet we must recognize that these officers in some respects lack the training and engineering experience that best fits them for their work. Their instruction at West Point in engineering is very elementary compared with that given by the first-class engineering schools; but more important than any difference in education is the difference...

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