Proposed Changes in Governmental Departments

Proposed Changes in Governmental Departments

If the bills introduced simultaneously in both houses of Congress become a law, it will result in sweeping changes in the executive departments of the Federal Government. One of the most important of these changes will be that the present Department of Interior will become the Department of Public Works. Another result of this law would be that such bureaus of the Interior Department as are non-engineering in their character would be placed under the jurisdiction of appropriate departments, while the Patent Office would be removed from the Treasury Department and placed under the Department of Commerce. In like manner, the Bureau of Pensions would be transferred to the Treasury Department, Bureau of Education to the Department of Labor, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to the Department of Labor, the engineering and construction work now performed under the direction of the latter, to be prosecuted under the Department of Public Works. Other proposed changes are that the Supervising Architects Office of the Treasury Department, the Construction Division, River and Harbor Improvements, Mississippi River Commission, and California Debris Commission, of the War Department; the Bureau of Standards and the Coast and Geodetic Survey, of Department of Commerce, and the Bureau of Public Roads and the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, would be transferred to the jurisdiction of the proposed Public Works Department.

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