WASHINGTON, April 8 (UP) – The $4,880,000,000 work-relief bill passed last week by congress will be the first order of business on President Roosevelt's desk when he returns from his Bahamas fishing trip tomorrow.
His first act, after signing the measure, probably will be to transfer to the federal emergency relief administration all of part of the $880,000,000 provided in that measure for direct relief.
Next, he will make available to the civilian conservation corps some of its $600,000,000 needed at once to pay camp expenses and maintain its 300,000 enrollees.
Then, in rapid-fire order, the president will issue a series of executive orders setting up administrative machinery to reach his first goal–wiping out relief rolls by putting 3,500,000 men to work on government-financed projects.
Recommendations for allocation of money for a number of specific projects already have been made to the white house by the president's allocation committee and forwarded to Florida. Roosevelt was expected to study them on the train. The white house withheld details as to the number and names of projects in the first list of recommendations.
Relief Administrator Harry L. Hopkins, plainspoken former New York social worker, will be his right-hand man, slated to receive some $2,000,000,0000 to provide for unemployed with doles until they are given jobs, the balance to be used to create jobs.
"We can employ 3,500,000 persons with $4,000,000,000 for a year," Hopkins said, revealing he already has made a survey of urban unemployed to determine their varied skills as a preface.
Harold L. Ickes, hard-boiled secretary of the interior, is scheduled to continue as PWA administrator, loaning and granting the new $900,000,000 public works fund to political subdivisions for construction. He also will have charge of $262,000,000 more advanced FERA, and the $450,000,000 alloted for slum clearance and low-cost housing.
Rexford Guy Tugwell, suave undersecretary of agriculture, is set to co-ordinate rural rehabilitation activities, including retirement of submarginal land and soil erosion control, with about $1,300,000,000.
The New Deal starts is reemployment drive with more than 2,550,000 persons already employed on government projects.
For each of the 3,500,000 directly employed, officials hoped 3,500,000 more will be provided with jobs furnishing material, mapping plans, manning transportation lines and in other behind-the-lines work.