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COMMITTEE ON EXPENDITURES IN THE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
H. R. 6665 and H. R. 6670
BILLS TO ESTABLISH A PUBLIC WORKS ADMINISTRATION
COMMITTEE ON EXPENDITURES IN THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
JOHN J. COCHRAN, Missouri, Chairman
ALLARD H. GASQUE, South Carolina.
WILLIAM WILLIAMSON, South Dakota.
chusetts. JOHN B. HOLLISTER, Ohio.
Amended bill suggested by General Marsball.
J. F. Cushing to Hon. Fred A. Britten.
Department of Navy on H. R. 6670_
Wetmore, James A., Acting Supervising Architect, Treasury.
PUBLIC WORKS ADMINISTRATION
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1932
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D. C. The committee met at 10.30 o'clock a. m., Hon. John J. Cochran (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN, Gentlemen of the committee, we have for consideration this morning House bills 6665 and 6670 for the creation of an administration of public works and consolidation of other independent offices. The bills read as follows:
(H. R. 6670, Seventy-second Congress, first session]
A BILL To accelerate public construction in periods of business depression through the
creation of an administration of public works and to provide for a more effective coordination and correlation of the public-works functions of the Government, and for other purposes
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there is hereby established at the seat of government an establishment to be designated as the “Administration of public works" and the chief officer thereof shall have the official designation "Administrator of public works.” The administrator of public works shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and shall hold office for fifteen years. He shall be removed from office for inefficiency, neglect of duty, malfeasance in office, but for no other cause, and the President shall communicate in writing to the Senate and House of Representatives in Congress assembled the fact of the removal of any administrator of public works, together with the reasons for the removal. The said administrator of public works shall receive a salary of $15,000 per annum, payable monthly.
SEC. 2. That there shall be established in the administration of public works, subject to the control of the administrator of public works, the following divisions :
(a) Division of administration and technical services, under a director of administration and technical services,
(b) Division of architecture and public buildings under a director of architecture and public buildings,
(c) Division of waterways and ports under a director of waterways and ports,
(f) Division of national parks and forests, under a director of national parks and forests,
(g) Division of Federal employment stabilization under a director of employment stabilization. The functions, organization, and administration of this division shall be as provided for in Public Act Numbered 616, Seventy-first Congress, and cited as the “employment stabilization act of 1931."
SEC. 3. That there shall be seven directors, appointed by the Administrator of Public Works with the advice and consent of the President, each of whom, respectively, shall be specially qualified by training and experience to administer the affairs of the technical division to which he may be assigned and to evaluate