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HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON EXPENDITURES IN THE
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS IN THE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

ON

H. R. 6665 and H. R. 6670

BILLS TO ESTABLISH A PUBLIC WORKS ADMINISTRATION
AND TO TRANSFER TO AND CONSOLIDATE ANI)
COORDINATE THEREIN ALL THE PUBLIC
WORKS ACTIVITIES OF THE

GOVERNMENT

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COMMITTEE ON EXPENDITURES IN THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SEVENTY-SECOND CONGRESS

JOHN J. COCHRAN, Missouri, Chairman

ALLARD H. GASQUE, South Carolina.
0. H. CROSS, Texas.
JOHN W. MOORE, Kentucky.
RILEY J. WILSON, Louisiana.
GUINN WILLIAMS, Texas.
WILLIAM M. WHITTINGTON, Mississippi.
GLENN GRISWOLD, Indiana.
JOHN H. OVERTON, Louisiana.
CHARLES H. MARTIN, Oregon.
JOHN E. MILLER, Arkansas.
LINDSAY C. WARREN, North Carolina.

WILLIAM WILLIAMSON, South Dakota.
DON B. COLTON, Utah.
GUY E. CAMPBELL, Pennsylvania.
FREDERICK W. DALLINGER, Massachu-

setts.
JOHN C. SCHAFER, Wisconsin.
EDMUND F. COOKE, New York.
FREDERICK M, DAVENPORT, New York.
RICHARD B. WIGGLESWORTH, Massa-

chusetts. JOHN B. HOLLISTER, Ohio.

II

CONTENTS

Dills:

Page

H. R. 6670_.

H. R. 6665_

Amended bill suggested by General Marsball.

143

Letters :

Secretary of War to chairman.

7

('hairman to Secretary of War.

13

Chairman to Secretary of Agriculture-

29

J. F. Cushing to Hon. Fred A. Britten.

3+
Secretary of American Institute of Architects to committee..

54

Reports :

Bureau of Yards and Docks.

220

Comptroller General on both bills.

221

Department of Commerce.

223

Department of Interior.

215

Department of Navy on H. R. 6670_

217
Department of Navy on H. R. 6665_

218
Department of Treasury-

219
Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks.

208
Office of Postmaster General --

219
Office of Stabilization Board--

225
Supplemental reports :
Department of the Treasury --

224
Department of War..

223

Statements:

Albright, Horace M., National Park Service

128

Britten, Hon. Fred A., Member of ('ongress-

33

('ochran, Hon. John J., Member of Congress-

31

Grant, Lieut. Col. U. S. 3d, Public Buildings and Public Parks--

85

Heath, Hon. Ferry K., Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.

193

Hyde, Hon. Arthur M., Secretary of the Department of Agriculture-- 61

Kemper, Edw. C., American Institute of Architects.

54

Marshall, Gen. R. ('., jr., American Engineering Council..

142, 172

Mills, Hon. Ogden L., Secretary of the Treasury.

173

Parsons, Admiral A. L., Chief of Bureau of Yards and Docks, United

States Navy-

42

Wetmore, James A., Acting Supervising Architect, Treasury.

203
Wilbur, Hon. Ray Lyman, Secretary Department of Interior.

105

Tabulations, charts, etc. :

Public works in foreign navies.

50

Federal agencies engaged in construction --

106

Appropriations and estimates for public works, Department of In-

terior

108

Engineers dropped because of curta ilment of activities_

125

Public-building program.--

174

Architect's Office, organization in Washington and in field.-

176

Items of construction and maintenance activities of Federal agencies_ 225

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PUBLIC WORKS ADMINISTRATION

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1932

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON EXPENDITURES IN THE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS,

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,
(d) Division of public roads under a director of public roads,
(e) Division of reclamation under a director of reclamation,

(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

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