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The principal increases and decreases in departmental appropriations compared with the 1931 totals, exclusive of transfers from one appropriation to another, are as follows:
Principal decreases, including nonrecurring items
$95, 943 25, 500 45, 000 33, 000 17,000
$500,000 120, 000 23, 940 14, 000 16, 230 137, 275
Foreign Service buildings fund..
25, 600 25, 000 25, 000 160, 000
30, 000 250, 000
SALARIES, OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
The Budget estimate for salaries, office of the Secretary, for the fiscal year 1932 amounts to $1,995,848. The amount appropriated for the fiscal year 1931 was $1,848,765. The increase asked for the next fiscal year is $147,083. This increase is justified by the department as follows: For additional personnel, $53,953; reallocation of employees by the Personnel Classification Board, $45,540; automatic increases in compensation (Brookhart Act), $7,440; promotion of employees, $10,260; transfer from appropriation for "Immigration of aliens," $39,260, making a total of $156,453. From this total should be deducted $9,370 for salaries of positions to be discontinued and therefore not estimated for, making the net total of the increase estimated for, $147,083.
The amount recommended by the committee for the fiscal year 1932 is $1,983,968, which is the full Budget estimate less $11,880. This decrease is due to the fact that the committee felt the employment of one new visa clerk, at $1,620 per annum, was unnecessary, and also to the deduction of $10,260 for promotions.
CONTINGENT AND MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES An increased amount of $17,682 for contingent and miscellaneous expenses for the department in Washington is allowed over the appropriation for 1931, making the total available for these expenses for 1932, $137,500, which is the Budget estimate. Additional equipment for the department, including the installation of a new dictograph service, two passport writing machines, repairs to furniture, laundry and towels, and postage, accounts for the additional amount.
PRINTING AND BINDING
The Budget estimate for the fiscal year 1932 is $16,665 under the appropriation for 1931. The amount recommended in the bill for 1932 is $285,000, which is the Budget estimate.
For the expenses of the department's passport agencies at New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, New Orleans, and Boston, the bill carries a total of $79,030. The appropriation for 1931 was $79,025 and the Budget estimate for 1932, $82,870, or an increase in the estimate for 1932 over the appropriation for 1931 of $3,845. Of this increase $3,240 was intended to be used to employ one new clerk for the Seattle office and one new clerk for the Chicago office, and $600 for promotions. The committee does not recommend the employ. ment of the two new clerks and has not allowed the $600 estimated for promotions.
COLLECTING AND EDITING OFFICIAL PAPERS OF TERRITORIES OF THE
The amount appropriated for the fiscal year 1931 was $15,000, and the Budget estimate for the year 1932 is $16,000, an increase of $1,000. This additional amount was asked to permit the department to employ an editor at $7,500 instead of $6,500. The committee did not allow the increase and has therefore recommended $15,000, the current amount.
CLERKS AT EMBASSIES AND LEGATIONS
There is recommended for the employment of clerks at missions abroad $482,350, an increase of $25,500 over the present year, which is the Budget estimate. The increase provides for the employment of 10 additional clerks.
CONTINGENT EXPENSES, FOREIGN MISSIONS The amount appropriated for contingent expenses, foreign missions for the fiscal year 1931 was $1,386,325 and the Budget estimate for 1932 of $912,740 is carried in the bill, a decrease of $473,585. This decrease is due to the transfer of the amount previously carried under this head for the payment of rent, heat, light, and fuel, to a separate appropriation in the bill for that purpose.
CLERK HIRE, UNITED STATES CONSULATES The bill carries a total for clerk hire for consulates of $2,234,088, an increase of $380,822 over the present year and the same as the Budget estimate. This increase is a transfer to this appropriation, where it properly belongs, of the expenditures for this purpose made during this and previous fiscal years under the appropriati for “Immigration of Aliens."
CONTINGENT EXPENSES, UNITED STATES CONSULATES
A total of $905,931, which is $20,000 under the Budget estimate, is recommended for contingent expenses of consulates, as compared with $1,737,140 for the fiscal year 1931, an apparent decrease of $811,209. However, this decrease is only apparent, as the amount for 1932 does not include the amount for rent, heat, light, and fuel of $964,837 previously paid from this appropriation and transferred in this bill to a separate appropriation for that purpose. It does include, however, $67,628 which has been transferred to this appropriation from the appropriation “Immigration of aliens,” and an increase of $86,000 for new personnel, opening 3 new consulates, travel in connection with commercial work, and the purchase of 120 new protectograph machines. The committee has disallowed the item of $20,000 requested for travel for commercial work.
IMMIGRATION OF ALIENS
The appropriation under this title has been discontinued as a separate account, and the funds thereunder distributed and included in the bill under the following appropriations: Salaries, Department of State; clerks, consulates; contingent expenses, consulates; salaries, Foreign Service officers, and allowances for rent, heat, light, and fuel.
SALARIES, FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS
The amount recommended for salaries, Foreign Service officers, is $3,373,500, which is the Budget estimate. This is an increase of $75,000 over the 1931 appropriation. Thirty thousand dollars of this increase is a transfer of that amount to this appropriation from the appropriation “Immigration of aliens," and the balance of the increase, $45,000, is for the employment of 18 additional Foreign Service officers.
FOREIGN SERVICE BUILDINGS FUND
The act of May 7, 1926, authorized the appropriation of $10,000,000 for buildings for the United States Government abroad, under which the maximum appropriation in any fiscal year should not exceed $2,000,000. The total appropriations to date aggregate $6,835,000, of which there has actually been expended to December 1, 1930, $3,739,064.96, leaving a balance unexpended of $3,095,935.04, part of which has been obligated and part is to cover projects which the Foreign Service Buildings Commission has in contemplation. The Budget estimates for the next fiscal year call for $2,000,000 additional. This sum the committee has reduced to $1,200,000, which, added to the unexpended balance of approximately $3,100,000, will place to the credit of the commission $4,300,000 to carry to the end of the fiscal year 1932. The committee is of the opinion that, in view of the large balance on hand and the reduction in building costs, this sum should be sufficient to carry on the program with reasonable dispatch.
The sum of $125,000 is carried for representation allowances for foreign missions and consulates, which is the Budget estimate, and an
increase of $33,000 over the 1931 appropriation. This additional fund will provide larger allowances to 67 foreign offices and give allowances to 26 offices not now receiving any.
RENT, HEAT, LIGHT, AND FUEL, FOREIGN SERVICE The committee recommends $1,567,332 for rent, heat, light, and fuel for the Foreign Service. This is a new item in the bill made up of appropriations for these purposes formerly carried as a part of the following appropriations: Contingent expenses, foreign missions; contingent expenses, United States consulates; and immigration of aliens. The amount recommended for 1932 is the same as the allotments contained in the above appropriations for this purpose for 1931 and is a decrease of $67,227 under the Budget estimate.
The appropriation covers heat, light, and fuel, and living quarters for foreign personnel, as well as similar expenses for office rent where combined with residences. The amount recommended is based upon maximums for ambassadors and ministers ranging from $1,200 to $3,000, and maximums for Foreign Service officers ranging from $575 to $1,700 a year.
WATER BOUNDARY, UNITED STATES AND MEXICO The bill carries $71,060 for expenses of meeting the obligations of the United States under the treaties of 1884, 1889, 1905, and 1906 between the United States and Mexico, an apparent decrease of $23,940 but a real increase of $7,980. The 1931 appropriation included nonrecurring items amounting to $31,920. The increase of $7,980 is for an additional engineer, rent, and the purchase of new equipment.
BOUNDARY TREATY OF 1925 BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND GREAT
BRITAIN: INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY COMMISSION UNITED STATES AND CANADA AND ALASKA AND CANADA
This item is a consolidation of the appropriation “Boundary line, Alaska and Canada, and the United States and Canada” with the appropriation "Boundary treaty of 1925 between the United States and Great Britain: International Boundary Commission, United States and Canada and Alaska and Canada.' The 1931 appropriations for these items total $50,585. The amount allowed is $49,790, a decrease of $795.
PAN AMERICAN UNION The committee recommends the Budget estimate of $180,603.20, an increase of $13,383.60 over the appropriation for 1931. The increase is due to an enlargement of the quota of the United States based upon the Fifteenth Census.
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE AT ROME, ITALY
The committee recommends $11,060, which is a decrease of $4,200 under the appropriation for 1931. The decrease is in the quota obligation of the United States, and is brought about by computing the quota of 120,000 francs at 4% cents.
UNITED STATES SECTION OF THE INTER-AMERICAN HIGH COMMISSION
The Budget estimate of $10,000 to defray the actual and necessary expenses on the part of the United States section of the Inter-American High Commission is recommended, a decrease of $4,000 under the 1931 appropriation in the allotment for salaries. GENERAL AND SPECIAL CLAIMS COMMISSION, UNITED STATES AND
MEXICO The bill carries the Budget estimate of $367,000, an increase of $17,000 over the appropriation for 1931 on account of the larger amount needed for per diem allowances in foreign countries.
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE There is recommended for the Department of Justice a total of $51,239,201, an increase over this year of $5,843,279, and a decrease of $749,060 under the Budget estimates. The following table shows the present appropriations, the estimates, and the committee's recommendations under four major heads:
The principal increases and decreases in departmental appropriations compared with the 1931 totals, and exclusive of any transfers from one appropriation to another, are as follows:
Principal decreases and nonrecurring items
$197, 101 2, 369, 500
474, 060 137, 370 500, 000 320, 980 296, 783 181, 775 287, 000 159, 927 747, 458 500, 000 371, 220 87, 640 243, 180 996, 040
60, 750 25, 000 500, 000 1, 700, 000