WHAT PWA has done to lay a firm basis for preplanned public works has been in large part incidental to its task of administering an emergency program. Regardless of the inestimable contributions it has made toward reemployment and business recovery, PWA's work is more likely, however, to be judged by the nature and quality of the public works themselves.
These additions to the national wealth have been constructed both by the Federal Government and by State and local governments.
The Federal Government, through 70 different agencies, has built or improved national facilities for conservation, recreation, transportation, military and naval defense, and administration of its business.
The local governments, through partnership with the National Government, have undertaken an unlimited variety of public works to render more adequately the service which citizens expect. With the assistance of PWA funds, they have built or expanded or improved schools, colleges, universities and libraries for better education; hospitals, sanitariums, clinics, and sewerage and water supply systems for better public health; roads, highways, bridges, subways, tunnels, harbors, wharves, and airports for better transportation; and city halls, courthouses, civic centers, jails, and hundreds of other projects for better public service.
All these are end products of America's first large-scale public works program.