Defense Production Act of 1950
Title 1 of this Act is the statutory basis for the Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS). Title 1 is also one of the nonpermanent provisions of the DPA that needs to be periodically reauthorized, which Congress has done in the past for periods of 1 to 5 years. The DPA authorizes the President to require acceptance and priority performance on contracts and orders, and to allocate materials, services, and facilities to support national defense and emergency preparedness requirements. The President has delegated his priority and allocation authority to the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Energy according to resource required.
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