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TO ESTABLISH UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS
AFFECTING GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

HEARING

BEFORE A

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY

UNITED STATES SENATE

P141-85

SEVENTY-FOURTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

S. 215
A BILL TO ESTABLISH UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS
AFFECTING GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS, AND

FOR OTHER PURPOSES

MAY 7, 1935

STANFORD
LIBRARIES

Printed for the use of the Committee on the Judiciary

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COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY

HENRY F. ASHURST, Arizona, Chairman WILLIAM H. KING, Utah

WILLIAM E. BORAH, Idaho M. M, NEELY, West Virginia

GEORGE W. NORRIS, Nebraska HUEY P. LONG, Louisiana

DANIEL 0. HASTINGS, Delaware FREDERICK VAN NUYS, Indiana

THOMAS D. SCHALL, Minnesota PATRICK MCCARRAN, Nevada

WARREN R. AUSTIN, Vermont M. M. LOGAN, Kentucky WILLIAM H. DIETERICH, Illinois GEORGE MCGILL, Kansas CARL A. HATCH, New Mexico EDWARD R. BURKE, Nebraska

SUBCOMMITTEE ON S. 215

M. M. LOGAN, Kentucky, Chairman CARL A. HATCH, New Mexico

WARREN R. AUSTIN, Vermont

TAIT

TO ESTABLISH UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS AFFECTING

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

TUESDAY, MAY 7, 1935

UNITED STATES SENATE,
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY,

Washington, D. C. The subcommittee met at 10:30 a. m. in the committee room, Capitol, Senator M. M. Logan (chairman of subcommittee) presiding.

Present: Senators Logan (presiding) and Austin.

The subcommittee had under consideration S. 215, a bill to establish uniform requirements affecting Government contracts, and for other purposes. Said S. 215 is here printed in full, as follows:

[S. 215, 74th Cong., 1st sess., Rept. No. 433.]

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A BILL To establish uniform requirements affecting Government contracts, and for

other purposes

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the “ Public Contract Act, 1933 1935."

DEFINITIONS

SEC. 2. When used in this Act, unless the text indicates otherwise

(a) The terms “United States and Government are synonymous and include the District of Columbia and all departments of the Government;

(b) The term “department” means any executive department, independent establishment, commission, board, or other Government agency having authority to make contracts involving the expenditure of public funds, and shall include the District of Columbia ;

(c) The term “formal contract” means an agreement reduced to writing in one instrument and signed by all the contracting parties at the end thereof: Provided, That drawings, specifications, conditions, and other relevant papers may be incorporated in the contract by appropriate reference. The term “informal contract" means an agreement in any other form;

(d) The term “advertising” means inviting competitive bids by notice in printed publications or posted in public places, by circular letters or otherwise ;

(e) The term personal services " means services rendered at a specified rate in person by the party or parties who contract to perform them;

(f) The term contractor' means any person, partnership, company, or corporation, party to a contract with the United States ;

(g) The terms purchase” and “ procurement” are synonymous and mean the acquisition of services, materials, or supplies pursuant to contract.

AUTHORITY

SEC. 3. Contracts on behalf of the United States may be entered into only by the head of the department having administrative supervision of the subject

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