THE WPA: WORK AUTHORIZED AND UNDERTAKEN
TYPES OF PROJECTS the WPA may or may not undertake from year to year have been specified by Congress. Projects which may be undertaken in one year may be forbidden in another. Conversely, projects which the WPA was not authorized or was thought by responsible officials not to be authorized to prosecute in one year have subsequently been approved.
Permissible projects prescribed by Congress have been defined only in broad categories, contrasting sharply with older "pork barrel" legislation, which normally listed individual projects in specified localities, and fairly bristled with local interests. The difference between the past and the present is vividly portrayed by comparing authorizations written into the ERA Act, fiscal year 1941,1 for example, with the detailed listing by state, county, and town of some 80 pages of individual projects incorporated in____________________