Delegation of Duties Law and Legal Definition

Delegation of duties refers to a transaction by which a party to a contract arranges to have a third party perform the party’s contractual duties. Delegation of duties is often permitted in statutes. Although Congress does not specifically permit delegation or sub delegation, the purpose of the statute must be examined to determine if it is proper. However, where a statute specifies delegation in one section but does not specify it in another, delegation authority cannot be imputed to the entire statute.

Delegation of duties is proper only if the principal authorizes, expressly or by implication, the performance by another. [Knudsen v. Torrington Co., 254 F.2d 283, 286 (2d Cir. Conn. 1958)].