General provisions. Reorganization Plan No. 14 of 1950 relates to the prescribing by the Secretary of
Labor of "appropriate standards, regulations, and procedures" with respect to the enforcement of labor standards under Federal and federally assisted
contracts which are subject to various statutes subject to the Plan. The rules of the Secretary of Labor implementing the Plan are published in Part 5
of this title. Briefly, the statutes subject to the Plan include the Davis-Bacon Act, including its extension to Federal-aid highway legislation
subject to 23 U.S.C. 113, and other statutes subject to the Plan by its original terms, statutes by which the Plan is expressly applied, such as the
Contract Work Hours Standards Act by virtue of section 104(d) thereof.
The statutes subject to Reorganization Plan No. 14 of 1950 are cited and briefly described in the
remaining paragraphs of this section. These descriptions are general in nature and not intended to convey the full scope of the work to be performed
under each statute. The individual statutes should be resorted to for a more detailed scope of the work.
Federal-Aid Highway Acts. The provisions codified in 23 U.S.C. 113 apply to the initial
construction, reconstruction, or improvement work performed by contractors or subcontractors on highway projects on the Federal-aid systems, the
primary and secondary, as well as their extensions in urban areas, and the Interstate System, authorized under the highway laws providing for the
expenditure of Federal funds upon the Federal-aid system. As cited in 41 Op. A.G. 488, 496, the Attorney General ruled that the Federal-Aid Highway
Acts are subject to Reorganization Plan No. 14 of 1950.
National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1713, 1715a, 1715e, 1715k, 1715l(d)(3) and (4), 1715v, 1715w, 1715x,
1743, 1747, 1748, 1748h-2, 1750g, 1715l(h)(1), 1715z(j)(1), 1715z-1, 1715y(d), Subchapter 1x-A and 1x-B, 1715z-7). This act covers construction which
is financed with assistance by the Federal Government through programs of loan and mortgage insurance for the following purposes:
Rental Housing - Section 1713 provides mortgage and insurance on rental housing of eight or more
units and on mobile-home courts.
Section 1715a - Repealed.
Cooperative Housing - Section 1715e authorizes mortgage insurance on cooperative housing of
five or more units as well as supplementary loans for improvement of repair or resale of memberships.
Urban Renewal Housing - Section 1715k provides mortgage insurance on single family or
multifamily housing in approved urban renewal areas.
Low or Moderate Income Housing - Section 1715L(d)(3) and (4) insures mortgages on low-cost single
family or multifamily housing.
Housing for Elderly - Section 1715v provides mortgage insurance on rental housing for elderly or
Nursing Homes - Section 1715w authorizes mortgage insurance on nursing home facilities and
Experimental Housing - Section 1715x provides mortgage insurance on single family or
multifamily housing with experimental design of materials.
War Housing Insurance - Section 1743 not active.
Yield Insurance-Section 1747 insures investment returns on multifamily housing.
Armed Services Housing - Section 1748b to assist in relieving acute shortage and urgent need for
family housing at or in areas adjacent to military installations.
Defense Housing for Impacted Areas - Section 1748h-2 provides mortgage insurance on single
family or multifamily housing for sale or rent primarily to military or civilian personnel of the Armed Services, National Aeronautics and Space
Administration, or Atomic Energy Commission.
Defense Rental Housing - Section 1750g provides for mortgage insurance in critical defense
Rehabilitation - Section 1715L (h)(1) provides mortgage insurance for nonprofit organizations
to finance the purchase and rehabilitation of deteriorating or substandard housing for subsequent resale to low-income home purchasers. There must be
located on the property five or more single family dwellings of detached, semidetached, or row construction.
Homeowner Assistance - Section 1715Z(j)(1) authorizes mortgage insurance to nonprofit
organizations or public bodies or agencies executed to finance sale of individual dwellings to lower income individuals or families. Also includes the
rehabilitation of such housing if it is deteriorating or substandard for subsequent resale to lower income home purchasers.
Rental Housing Assistance - Section 1715Z-1 authorizes mortgage insurance and interest
reduction payments on behalf of owners of rental housing projects designed for occupancy by lower income families. Payments are also authorized for
certain State or locally aided projects.
Condominium Housing - Section 1715y(d) provides mortgage insurance on property purchased for
the development of building sites. This includes waterlines and water supply installations, sewer lines and sewage disposal installations, steam, gas,
and electrical lines and installations, roads, streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, storm drainage facilities, and other installations or
Group Medical Practice Facilities - Subchapter LX-B authorizes mortgage insurance for the
financing of construction and equipment, of facilities for group practice of medicine, optometry, or dentistry.
Nonprofit Hospitals - 1715z-7 authorizes mortgage insurance to cover new and rehabilitated
hospitals, including initial equipment.
Hospital Survey and Construction Act, as amended by the Hospital and Medical Facilities Amendments
of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 291e). The provisions of this Act cover construction contracts made by State or local authorities or private institutions under
Federal grant-in-aid programs for the construction of hospitals and other medical facilities.
Federal Airport Act (49 U.S.C. 1114(b)). The act provides grant-in-aid funds for airport
construction limited to general site preparation runways, taxiways, aprons, lighting appurtenant thereto, and fire, rescue, and maintenance buildings.
The act excludes construction intended for use as a public parking facility for passenger automobiles and the cost of construction of any part of an
airport building except such of those buildings or parts of buildings to house facilities or activities directly related to the safety of persons at
Housing Act of 1949 (42 U.S.C. 1459). Construction contracts awarded by local authorities financed
with the assistance of loans and grants from the Federal Government. The construction programs are for slum clearance and urban renewal which includes
rehabilitation grants, neighborhood development programs, neighborhood renewal plans, community renewal, demolition projects, and assistance for
blighted areas. See the Housing Act of 1964, paragraph (b)(21) of this section, concerning financial assistance for low-rent housing for domestic farm
School Survey and Construction Act of 1950 (20 U.S.C. 636). This act provides for a Federal
grant-in-aid program to assist in the construction of schools in federally affected areas.
Defense Housing & Community Facilities & Services Act of 1951 (42 U.S.C. 1592i). Inactive
United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1416). This statute covers the construction of low-rent
public housing and slum clearance projects awarded by local authorities. These projects are financed with the assistance of loans and grants from the
Federal Government. The slum clearance is the demolition and removal of buildings from any slum area to be used for a low-rent housing
Federal Civil Defense Act of 1950 (50 U.S.C. App. 2281). This act provides for Federal assistance
to the several States and their political subdivisions in the field of civil defense which includes procurement, construction, leasing, or renovating
of materials and facilities.
Delaware River Basin Compact (sec. 15.1, 75 Stat. 714). This joint resolution creates, by
intergovernmental compact between the United States, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, a regional agency for planning, conservation,
utilization, development, management and control of the water and related sources of the Delaware River.
Cooperative Research Act (20 U.S.C. 332a(c)). This act provides Federal grants to a university,
college, or other appropriate public or nonprofit private agency or institution for part or all of the cost of constructing a facility for research or
for research and related purposes. Research and related purposes means research, research training, surveys, or demonstrations in the field of
education, or the dissemination of information derived therefrom, or all of such activities, including (but without limitation) experimental schools,
except that such term does not include research, research training, surveys, or demonstrations in the field of sectarian instruction or the
dissemination of information derived therefrom. Construction includes new buildings, and the acquisition, expansion, remodeling, replacement, and
alteration of existing buildings and the equipping of new buildings and existing buildings.
Health Professions Educational Assistance Act of 1963 (42 U.S.C. 292d (c)(4), 293a(c)(5)). The
provisions of this act provide for grants to assist public and nonprofit medical, dental, and similar schools for the construction, expansion, or
renovation of teaching facilities.
Mental Retardation Facilities Construction Act (42 U.S.C. 295(a)(2)(D), 2662(5), 2675(a)(5)). This
act authorizes Federal financial assistance in the construction of centers for research on mental retardation and related aspects of human
development, of university-affiliated facilities for the mentally retarded and of facilities for the mentally retarded.
Community Mental Health Centers Act (42 U.S.C. 2685(a)(5)). This act authorizes Federal grants for
the construction of public and other nonprofit community mental health centers.
Higher Education Facilities Act of 1963 (20 U.S.C. 753). This act authorizes the grant or loan of
Federal funds to assist public and other nonprofit institutions of higher education in financing the construction, rehabilitation, or improvement of
academic and related facilities in undergraduate and graduate schools.
Vocational Educational Act of 1963 (20 U.S.C. 35f). This act provides for Federal grants to the
various States for construction of area vocational education school facilities.
Library Services and Construction Act (20 U.S.C. 355e(a)(4)). This act provides for Federal
assistance to the various States for the construction of public libraries.
Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1954 (49 U.S.C. 1609). This act provides for grants and loans to
assist States and local public bodies and agencies thereof in financing the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, and improvement of facilities
and equipment for use, by operation or lease or otherwise, in mass transportation service in urban areas and in coordinating such service with highway
and other transportation in such areas.
Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2947). This act covers construction which is financed
with assistance of the Federal Government for the following purposes:
Authorizes Federal assistance for construction of projects, buildings and works which will
provide young men and women in rural and urban residential centers with education, vocational training, and useful work experience (Title
Authorizes financial assistance for construction work planned and carried out at the community
level for antipoverty programs (Title II):
Authorizes loans to low income rural families by assisting them to acquire or improve real
estate or reduce encumbrances or erect improvements thereon, and to participate in cooperative associations and/or to finance nonagricultural
enterprises which will enable such families to supplement their income (Title III);
Authorizes loans to local cooperative associations furnishing essential processing,
purchasing, or marketing services, supplies, or facilities predominantly to low-income rural families (Title III);
Authorizes financial assistance to States, political subdivisions of States, public and
nonprofit agencies, institutions, organizations, farm associations, or individuals in establishing housing, sanitation, education, and child day-care
programs for migrants and other seasonally employed agricultural employees and their families (Title III).
Authorizes loans or guarantees loans to small businesses for construction work (Title
Authorizes the payment of the cost of experimental, pilot, or demonstration projects to foster
State programs providing construction work experience or training for unemployed fathers and needy people (Title V).
Housing Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 1486(f); 42 U.S.C. 1452b(e)). Provides financial assistance for
low-rent housing for domestic farm labor. The Act further provides for loans, through public or private agencies, where feasible, to owners or tenants
of property in urban renewal areas to finance rehabilitation required to conform the property to applicable code requirements or carry out the
objectives of the urban renewal plan for the area.
The Commercial Fisheries Research and Development Act of 1964 (16 U.S.C. 779e(b)). This Act
authorizes financial assistance to State agencies for construction projects designed for the research and development of the commercial fisheries
resources of the Nation.
The Nurse Training Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 296a(b)(5)). This act provides for grants to assist in
the construction of new facilities for collegiate, associate degree, and diploma schools of nursing, or replacement or rehabilitation of existing
facilities of such schools.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 241i, 848). The purpose of the act is to
provide financial assistance to local educational agencies serving areas with concentrations of children from low-income families for construction in
connection with the expansion or improvement of their educational programs.
Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended by the Water Quality Act of 1965 (3 U.S.C.
466e(g)). Provides for financial assistance to States or municipalities for construction of facilities in connection with the prevention and control
of water pollution. This includes projects that will control the discharge into any waters of untreated or inadequately treated sewage.
Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965 (40 U.S.C. App. 402). Authorizes Federal assistance in
the construction of an Appalachian development highway system; construction of multicounty demonstration health facilities, hospitals, regional
health, diagnostic and treatment centers, and other facilities for health; seal and fill voids in abandoned mines and to rehabilitate strip mine
areas; construction of school facilities for vocational education; and to assist in construction of sewage treatment works.
National Technical Institute for the Deaf Act (20 U.S.C. 684(b)(5)). Provides for financial
assistance for institutions of higher education for the establishment, construction, including equipment and operation, of a National Institution for
Housing Act of 1959 (12 U.S.C. 1701(q)(c)(3)). This act authorizes loans to nonprofit corporations
to be used for the construction of housing and related facilities for elderly families. Also, the provisions of the act provide for rehabilitation,
alteration, conversion or improvement of existing structures which are otherwise inadequate for proposed dwellings used by such families.
College Housing Act of 1950, as amended (12 U.S.C. 1749a(f)). This act provides for Federal loans
to assist educational institutions in providing housing and other educational facilities for students and faculties.
Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 1500c-3, 3107). This act provides for Federal
assistance for the following purposes:
Grants to States and local public bodies to assist in any construction work to be carried out
under the open-space land and urban beautification provisions contained therein. It provides for parks and recreation areas, conservation of land and
other natural resources, and historical and scenic purposes.
Grants to local public bodies and agencies to finance specific projects for basic public water
facilities (including works for the storage, treatment, purification, and distribution of water), and for basic public sewer facilities (other than
"treatment works" as defined in the Federal Water Pollution Control Act).
Grants to any local public body or agency to assist in financing neighborhood facilities.
These facilities must be necessary for carrying out a program of health, recreational, social, or similar community service and located so as to be
available for the use of the area's low or moderate income residents.
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 954(k)). The act
establishes the "National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities" which may provide matching grants to groups (nonprofit organizations and State
and other public organizations) and to individuals engaged in creative and performing arts for the entire range of artistic activity, including
construction of necessary facilities.
Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3222). This act provides for Federal
assistance for the following purposes:
Grants for the acquisition or development of land or improvements for public works or
development facility usage in redevelopment areas. It authorizes loans to assist in financing the purchase or development of land for public works
which will assist in the creation of long-term employment opportunities in the area.
Loans for the purchase or development of land and facilities (including machinery and
equipment) for industrial or commercial usage within redevelopment areas; guarantee of loans for working capital made to private borrowers by private
lending institutions in connection with direct loan projects; and to contract to pay to, or on behalf of, business entities locating in redevelopment
areas, a portion of the interest costs which they incur in financing their expansions from private sources.
Loans and grants to create economic development centers within designated county economic
High-Speed Ground Transportation Study (40 U.S.C. 1636(b)). This act provides for financial
assistance for construction activities in connection with research and development of different forms of high-speed ground transportation and
demonstration projects relating to intercity rail passenger service.
Heart Disease, Cancer and Stroke Amendments of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 299(b)(4)). This act provides for
grants to public or nonprofit private universities, medical schools, research, institutions, hospitals, and other public and nonprofit agencies and
institutions, or associations thereof to assist in construction and equipment of facilities in connection with research, training, demonstration of
patient care, diagnostic and treatment related to heart disease, cancer, stroke, and other major diseases.
Mental Retardation Facilities and Community Mental Health Centers Construction Act Amendments of
1965 (20 U.S.C. 618(g)). These provisions provide for grants to institutions of higher education for construction of facilities for research or for
research and related purposes relating to education for mentally retarded, hard of hearing, deaf, speech impaired, visually handicapped, seriously
emotionally disturbed, crippled, or other health impaired children who by reason thereof require special education.
Vocational Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1965 (29 U.S.C. 41a(b)(4)). This act authorizes grants
to assist in meeting the costs of construction of public or other nonprofit workshops and rehabilitation facilities.
Clean Air and Solid Waste Disposal Acts (42 U.S.C. 3256). This act provides for financial
assistance to public (Federal, State, interstate, or local) authorities, agencies, and institutions, private agencies and institutions, and
individuals in the construction of facilities for solid-waste disposal. The term construction includes the installation of initial
Medical Library Assistance Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 280b-3(b)(3)). This act provides for grants to
public or private non-profit agencies or institutions for the cost of construction of medical library facilities.
Veterans Nursing Home Care Act (38 U.S.C. 5035(a)(8)). The construction industry health and safety
standards do not apply to this act since it is not subject to Reorganization Plan No. 14 of 1950.
National Capital Transportation Act of 1965 (40 U.S.C. 682(b)(4)). This act provides for Federal
assistance to the National Capital Transportation Agency for construction of a rail rapid transit system and related facilities for the Nation's
Alaska Centennial-1967 (80 Stat. 82). The program under this legislation has expired.
Model Secondary School for the Deaf Act (80 Stat. 1028). This act provides for funds to establish
and operate, including construction and initial equipment of new buildings, expansion, remodeling, and alteration of existing buildings and equipment
thereof, a model secondary school for the deaf to serve the residents of the District of Columbia and nearby States.
Allied Health Professions Personnel Training Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 295h(b)(2)(E)). This act
provides for grants to assist in the construction of new facilities for training centers for allied health professions, or replacement or
rehabilitation of existing facilities for such centers.
Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 3310; 12 U.S.C. 1715c; 42
U.S.C. 1416). This act provides for Federal assistance for the following purposes:
Grants to assist in the construction, rehabilitation, alteration, or repair of residential
property only if such residential property is designed for residential use for eight or more families to enable city demonstration agencies to carry
out comprehensive city demonstration programs (42 U.S.C. 3310).
Amends the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1715c) and the Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1416).
See these acts for coverage.
Air Quality Act of 1967 (42 U.S.C. 1857j-3). This act provides for Federal assistance to public or
nonprofit agencies, institutions, and organizations and to individuals, and contracts with public or private agencies, institutions, or persons for
construction of research and development facilities and demonstration plants relating to the application of preventing or controlling discharges into
the air of various types of pollutants.
Elementary and Secondary Education Amendments of 1967 (Title VII-Bilingual Education Act) (20
U.S.C. 880b-6). This act provides for Federal assistance to local educational agencies or to an institution of higher education applying jointly with
a local educational agency for minor remodeling projects in connection with bilingual education programs to meet the special needs of children with
limited English-speaking ability in the United States.
Vocational Rehabilitation Amendments of 1967 (29 U.S.C. 42a(c)(3)). This act authorizes Federal
assistance to any public or nonprofit private agency or organization for the construction of a center for vocational rehabilitation of handicapped
individuals who are both deaf and blind which shall be known as the National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults. Construction includes new
buildings and expansion, remodeling, alteration and renovation of existing buildings, and initial equipment of such new, newly acquired, expanded,
remodeled, altered, or renovated buildings.
National Visitor Center Facilities Act of 1968 (40 U.S.C. 808). This act authorizes agreements and
leases with the owner of property in the District of Columbia known as Union Station for the use of all or a part of such property for a national
visitor center to be known as the National Visitor Center. The agreements and leases shall provide for such alterations of the Union Station Building
as necessary to provide adequate facilities for visitors. They also provide for the construction of a parking facility, including necessary approaches
Juvenile Delinquency Prevention and Control Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3843). This act provides for
Federal grants to State, county, municipal, or other public agency or combination thereof for the construction of facilities to be used in connection
with rehabilitation services for the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of delinquent youths and youths in danger of becoming
Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (including New Communities Act of 1968) (42 U.S.C. 3909).
This act provides for Federal assistance for the following purposes:
Guarantees, and commitments to guarantee, the bonds, debentures, notes, and other obligations
issued by new community developers to help finance new community development projects.
Amends section 212(a) of the National Housing Act, adding section 236 for "Rental Housing for
Lower Income Families"' and section 242 "Mortgage Insurance for Nonprofit Hospitals" thereto.
Public Health Service Act Amendment (Alcoholic and Narcotic Addict Rehabilitation Amendments of
1968) (42 U.S.C. 2681, et seq.). This act provides for grants to a public and nonprofit private agency or organization for construction projects
consisting of any facilities (including post-hospitalization treatment facilities for the prevention and treatment of alcoholism or treatment of
Vocational Education Amendments of 1968 (20 U.S.C. 1246). This act provides for grants to States
for the construction of area vocational education school facilities. The act further provides grants to public educational agencies, organizations, or
institutions for construction of residential schools to provide vocational education for the purpose of demonstrating the feasibility and desirability
of such schools. The act still further provides grants to State boards, to colleges and universities, to public educational agencies, organizations or
institutions to reduce the cost of borrowing funds for the construction of residential schools and dormitories.
Postal Reorganization Act (39 U.S.C. 410(d)(2)). This Act provides for construction, modification,
alteration, repair, and other improvements of postal facilities located in leased buildings.
Airport and Airway Development Act of 1970 (Pub. L. 91-258, section 52(b)(7)). This Act provides
for Federal financial assistance to States and localities for the construction, improvement, or repair of public airports.
Public Law 91-230. This Act provides for federal financial assistance to institutions of higher
learning for the construction of a National Center on Educational Media and Materials for the Handicapped. The program under this statute expires on
July 1, 1971. Public Law 91-230, section 662(1).
Education of the Handicapped Act (20 U.S.C. 12326, 1404(a)). This Act provides for financial
assistance to States for construction, expansion, remodeling, or alteration of facilities for the education of handicapped children at the preschool,
elementary school, and secondary school levels.
Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970 (Pub. L. 91-609, section 707(b)). This Act provides for
grants to States and local public agencies to help finance the development of open-space or other land in urban areas for open-space uses. This Act
becomes effective on July 1, 1971.
Developmental Disabilities Services and Facilities Construction Amendments of 1970 (Pub. L. 91-517,
section 135(a)(5)). This Act authorizes grants to States for construction of facilities for the provision of services to persons with developmental
disabilities who are unable to pay for such services.
Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970 (Pub. L. 91-518, section 405(d)). This statute provides that the
National Railroad Passenger Corporation may construct physical facilities necessary to intercity rail passenger operations within the basic national
rail passenger system designated by the Secretary of Transportation.
VA and FHA housing. In the course of the legislative development of section 107, it was recognized that
section 107 would not apply to housing construction for which insurance was issued by the Federal Housing Authority and Veterans' Administration for
individual home ownership. Concerning construction under the National Housing Act, Reorganization Plan No. 14 of 1950 applies to construction which is
subject to the minimum wage requirements of section 212(a) thereof (12 U.S.C. 1715c).