The National Recovery Administration: An Analysis and Appraisal

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CHAPTER II
PROVISIONS OF THE ACT

The National Industrial Recovery Act is made up of three titles. The heading of Title I is Industrial Recovery; of Title II, Public Works and Construction Projects; and of Title III, Amendments to Emergency Relief and Construction Act and Miscellaneous Provisions. The contents of Title III need no consideration in a discussion of the law. Title II authorizes an appropriation of 3.3 billion dollars for the financing of public works. Although strongly supplemental to the purposes of Title I, it may be regarded as a separate piece of legislation. In this book Title I only will be in the foreground of attention. 1

The law opens with a declaration of policy. 2 The second section of Title 1 is essentially an empowering paragraph. This section authorizes the President, as he may find necessary, to establish agencies; to accept voluntary services; to appoint officers and employees without regard to the civil service laws; and to utilize federal officers and employees, and, with the consent of the state, state and local officers. Any or all of his functions and powers under the act, he is authorized to delegate to such agents as he may designate or appoint. It is on this authorization of power that the establishment of the National Recovery Administration -- the NRA -- is based. From the same source is drawn the extensive authority delegated to and exercised first by the Administrator,

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1
For text of Title I, see Appendix A.
2
The content of this declaration is discussed in Chap. III.

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