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CHAPTER 11-PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS OTHER THAN PROCLAMATIONS AND EXECUTIVE ORDERS
LETTER OF AUGUST 16, 1955 [EMERGENCY FUND FOR INTERNATIONAL
AFFAIRS] [WAIVER OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF LAW]
THE WHITE HOUSE,
Washington, August 16, 1955. DEAR MR. STREIBERT:
The Supplemental Appropriation Act, 1956, appropriated $5,000,000 for the "Emergency Fund for International Affairs.” As set forth in my letter to you of September 15, 1954, it is my intention that this fund be used to extend U. S. participation in international trade fairs and to demonstrate to peoples of other countries our accomplishments in the cultural field both through direct Government activities and by means of assistance and encouragement to private groups. It is also my desire that this fund be used for projects of all kinds that will demonstrate in a dramatic and effective manner the excellence of our free enterprise system as reflected in our products and our cultural values.
I hereby designate you the coordinator of the appropriations made to date under the title "Emergency Fund for International Affairs." These appropriations are available for allocation by you among the agencies which are participating or may participate in the program. These agencies will submit their requests for apportionment of allocations directly to the Bureau of the Budget. I shall continue to look to you for the preparation of a quarterly report of expenditures for me to transmit to the Congress as required by law.
I wish to emphasize that these funds are to be used solely for expenses directly chargeable to approved projects or to administrative expenses of the program. Direct administrative expenses chargeable to the program should be kept to a minimum and agency overhead should be met from the general funds of the participating agencies.
In order that this emergency program may proceed as expeditiously as possible, and pursuant to authority contained in the Acts appropriating these funds, I hereby delegate to the agencies using funds allocated to them under this letter
1 Not filed with the Federal Register Division.
the power to expend them in their discretion for items that will further the general purposes set out above and without regard to the following provisions of law:
(a) Section 3648 of the Revised Statutes, as amended; 60 Stat. 809, as amended (31 U. S. C. 529) (advance of funds).
(b) Sections 302–305 of the Act of June 30, 1949 (Federal Property and Administrative Services Act), c. 288; 63 Stat. 393-396 (41 U. S. C. 252-255) (competitive bids; advances).
(c) Section 3709 of the Revised Statutes, as amended (41 U. S. C. 5) (competitive bids).
(d) Section 3710 of the Revised Statutes (41 U. S. C. 8) (opening of bids).
(e) Section 2 of the Act of March 3, 1933, c. 212; 47 Stat. 1520 (41 U. S. C. 10a) (Buy American Act).
(f) Section 3735 of the Revised Statutes (41 U. S. C. 13) (contracts limited to one year).
(g) Section 901 of the Act of June 29, 1936, c. 858; 49 Stat. 2015 (46 U. S. C. 1241) (Travel of U. S. employees on U. S. ships).
(h) Section 1009 of the Act of January 27, 1948, c. 36, as amended; 62 Stat. 14 (22 U. S. C. 1440), to the extent necessary to permit the Department of State to participate in this program without regard to the provisions of Section 1001 of said Act of January 27, 1948, 62 Stat. 13, as amended (22 U. S. C. 1434). (Special personnel security provisions relating to activities under the United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948 and applicable to all such international activities carried on under the jurisdiction of the Department of State.)
(i) Section 16a of the Act of August 2, 1946, c. 744; 60 Stat. 810 (5 U. S. C. 78) (hiring automobiles and aircraft).
(j) Section 322 of the Act of June 30, 1932, c. 314; 47 Stat. 412 (40 U. S. C. 278a) (rental of buildings).
(k) Section 1 of the Act of June 20, 1878, c. 359, as amended; 20 Stat. 216, as amended (44 U. S. C. 322); and Section 3828 of the Revised Statutes (44 U. S. C. 324) (advertising).
(1) Section 87 of the Act of January 12, 1895, c. 23, as amended; 28 Stat. 622, as amended (44 U. S. C. 111) (printing by G. P. O.).
LETTER OF AUGUST 21, 1956
PROGRAM] [WAIVER OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF LAW]
THE WHITE HOUSE,
Washington, August 21, 1956. DEAR MR. STREIBERT:
As you know, the “International Cultural Exchange and Trade Fair Participation Act of 1956” became Public Law 860, 84th Congress, on August 1, 1956. It is my intention to issue in the very near future an Executive order implementing this Act, which will appropriately delegate the powers and duties conferred upon me by the Act.
The Supplemental Appropriation Act, 1957, Public Law 814, 84th Congress, appropriated $5,900,000 under the head “President's Special International Program” to carry out the provisions of Public Law 860.
The Second Supplemental Appropriation Act, 1957, Public Law 855, 84th Congress, appropriated an additional $4,000,000 under this head for United States participation in the Universal and International Exposition of Brussels, 1958, as authorized by Section 3 (c) of Public Law 860.
In order that this program may proceed as expeditiously as possible, you are hereby authorized to allocate the funds thus appropriated. Until the issuance of the Executive order mentioned above, the provisions of my letter to you of August 16, 1955, regarding the apportionment of funds and the power of the operating agencies to expend these funds without regard to certain provisions of law as specified therein, shall continue in effect. These funds may be also expended without regard to the limitations of Section 15 of the Act of August 2, 1946 (5 U. S. C. 55a) on the employment of experts and consultants. I hereby determine that the waiver of the requirements of law referred to in this
1 See Letter of August 16, 1955, supra.
(6) Sections 189 and 365 of the Revised Statutes (5 U. S. C. 49 and 314, respectively) (employment of attorneys or counsel and payment of fees therefor), except with respect to litigation involving an interest of the United States.
Waivers of provisions of law and of limitations of authority coming into existence by reason of the foregoing determination shall be deemed to be additional to those heretofore existing under my letters of August 16, 1955, and August 21, 1956, to the Honorable Theodore C. Streibert, Director of the United States Information Agency.
All waivers of statutes and limitations of authority effected above should be utilized in a prudent manner and as sparingly as is feasible. Suitable steps should be taken to insure that result, including, as may be appropriate, the imposition of administrative limitations in lieu of the waived statutory requirements and limitations of authority. Sincerely,
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Honorable JOHN FOSTER DULLES, Secretary of State,
Washington 25, D. C.
LETTER OF DECEMBER 27, 1956 [U. S. PARTICIPATION IN BRUSSELS UNIVERSAL AND INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION,
1958] [WAIVER OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF LAW]
THE WHITE HOUSE, Washington, December 27, 1956. DEAR MR. SECRETARY:
With respect to United States participation in the Brussels Universal and International Exhibition, 1958, as authorized by the International Cultural Exchange and Trade Fair Participation Act of 1956 (Public Law 860, 84th Congress, approved August 1, 1956), I hereby determine, pursuant to authority vested in me by section 8 of that Act, that the performance of functions without regard to the following additional provisions of law and limitations of authority is in furtherance of the purposes of said Act:
(1) That part of section 3734 of the Revised Statutes, as amended, now codified in section 267 of title 40 of the United States Code (40 U. S. C. 267) (restrictions on buildings; approval of sketch plans; changes; limit of cost).
(2) Section 1 of the act of August 24, 1935, 49 Stat. 793 (40 U. S. C. 270a) (bonds of contractors for public buildings),
(3) Provisions contained in section 1 of the act of October 22, 1913, 38 Stat. 212 (5 U. S. C. 54) (publicity experts).
(4) The Civil Service Act of January 16, 1883, 22 Stat. 403, as amended (5 U.S. C. 632 et seq.), and other civil service laws, and the Classification Act of 1949, as amended (employment and compensation of personnel). (5) (a)
Standardized Government Travel Regulations, (b) rates of per diem allowances in lieu of subsistence expenses under the Travel Expense Act of 1949, as amended (5 U. S. C. 835–842), and (c) section 10 of the act of March 3, 1933, 47 Stat. 1516, as amended (5 U. S. C. 73b) (travel expenses).
MEMORANDUM OF FEBRUARY 6,
THE WHITE HOUSE, Washington, February 6, 1957. MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE
DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES Because of its humanitarian purposes, the American Red Cross is close to the hearts of all who are concerned with the welfare of others. Federal employees and military personnel have demonstrated this fact through their splendid record of contributions to the Red Cross.
The need for our generous support of imperative Red Cross services continues. The past year has been a busy and costly one. Disaster expenditures alone were the highest in seventy-five years, and for several months the organization has been engaged in extensive relief operations on behalf of the people of Hungary. The Red Cross must always be kept ready to assume its responsibilities to victims of disaster, to the armed
1 See Letter of August 16, 1955, supra. 2 See Letter of August 21, 1956, supra.
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REORGANIZATION PLAN NO. 1 OF
1957 Prepared by the President and trans
mitted to the Senate and the House of Representatives in Congress assembled, April 29, 1957, pursuant to the provisions of the Reorganization Act of 1949, approved June 20, 1949, as amended 1 ABOLITION OF THE RECONSTRUCTION
FINANCE CORPORATION SECTION 1. Definitions. As used in this reorganization plan: (a) The term “Corporation" means the Reconstruction Finance Corporation.
(b) The term "remaining functions" means (1) all functions of the Corporation, (2) except as otherwise provided in subsections (b) and (c) of section 6 of this reorganization plan, all functions of the Secretary of the Treasury under section 10 of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation Act, as amended (15 U. S. C. 609), and (3) all functions of the Secretary of the Treasury under sections 102 and 106 (b) of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation Liquidation Act (67 Stat. 230, 231), as amended.
(c) The term “transferees” means the Housing and Home Finance Administrator, the Administrator of General Seryices, the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, and the Secretary of the Treasury.
SEC. 2. Transfer of functions. (a) There are hereby transferred to the
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Housing and Home Finance Administrator the remaining functions with respect to or arising out of (1) the securities and obligations of, loans made to, and contracts or other agreements with, States, municipalities, political subdivisions thereof, public agencies, boards, commissions or other public bodies, and (2) loans, securities and obligations acquired in connection with programs of financial assistance for drainage and irrigation projects.
(b) There are hereby transferred to the Administrator of General Services the remaining functions with respect to or arising out of (1) the affairs of the Smaller War Plants Corporation which were transferred to the Corporation pursuant to Executive Order No. 9665 of December 27, 1945 (11 F. R. 3) and section 207 of Public Law 132–80th Congress (61 Stat. 209), (2) the national defense, war and reconversion activities with respect to which notes of the Corporation were cancelled pursuant to the provisions of Title II of Public Law 860—80th Congress (62 Stat. 1187), and (3) activities of the RFC Price Adjustment Board and the functions transferred to the Corporation by Executive Order No. 9841 of April 23, 1947 (12 F. R. 2645).
(c) Except as otherwise provided in sections 2 (d) (1) and 2 (d) (2) of this reorganization plan (relating to financial assistance to railroads, etc., and to Schedule A hereto annexed), there are hereby transferred to the Administrator of the Small Business Administration the remaining functions with respect to or arising out of programs of financial assistance to business enterprises and to victims of floods or other disasters.
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(d) There are hereby transferred to the Secretary of the Treasury all functions of the Corporation not otherwise transferred by the provisions of this reorganization plan, including, but not limited to, all functions of the Corporation with respect to or arising out of (1) programs of financial assistance to railroad companies, financial institutions, and insurance companies, (2) the obligations and loans listed in Schedule A hereto annexed, and (3) the War Damage Corporation.
(e) The foregoing transfers include the transfer to each transferee, for use in executing his respective functions thereunder, of the powers, authority, rights, and immunities now vested in or available or applicable to the Corporation for carrying out the functions transferred to the transferee under this reorganization plan.
Sec. 3. Transfer of assets and liabilities. The loans, obligations, securities, capital stock, and other assets pertaining to the functions transferred by section 2 of this reorganization plan (including accrued interest thereon, and property acquired in connection therewith) and the liabilities, contracts, bonds, mortgages, notes and other instruments relating thereto are hereby transferred from the Corporation to the respective transferees: Provided, however, That all assets, liabilities, and commitments relating to the functions transferred by section 2 (a) of this reorganization plan are hereby transferred to the Revolving Fund (Liquidating Programs) established by the Independent Offices Appropriation Act, 1955 (68 Stat. 295).
Sec. 4. Administrative property, personnel, funds and records. In addition to the transfers made by the provisions of section 3 of this reorganization plan, there shall be transferred to the Housing and Home Finance Agency, General Services Administration, Small Business Administration, and Treasury Department so much as the Director of the Bureau of the Budget shall determine to be appropriate by reason of transfers made by sections 2 and 3 of this reorganization plan of the administrative property, personnel, records, liabilities and commitments of the Corporation or of the Office of Production and Defense Lending in the Department of the Treasury and of the authorizations, allocations, and funds available or to be made
available with respect to the transferred functions (including, but in no way limiting the generality of the foregoing, the authority to issue notes or other obligations to the Secretary of the Treasury, which may be purchased by the Secretary, under section 7 of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation Act, as amended (15 U. S. C. 606), and the duty of making payments on such notes or obligations issued by or transferred to the respective transferee hereunder). In allocating the administrative expense funds applicable to the functions transferred by the provisions of this reorganization plan the said Director shall allocate and transfer to the General Services Administration as a payment on behalf of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, General Services Administration, Small Business Administration and Treasury Department such sum for rent of building space for the carrying out of the transferred functions during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1958, as the said Director shall determine. Such further measures and disposition as the Director of the Bureau of the Budget shall determine to be necessary in order to effectuate the transfers provided for in this section shall be carried out in such manner and by such agencies as the Director shall direct.
SEC. 5. Delegation of authority. Each transferee may from time to time make such provisions as he shall deem appropriate authorizing the performance by any officer, employee, agency, or administrative unit under his jurisdiction of any function transferred to him by the provisions of this reorganization plan,
SEC. 6. Abolition of the Corporation. (a) The Corporation is hereby abolished.
(b) The Secretary of the Treasury shall retire the capital stock of the Corporation and, subject to the provisions of section 4 hereof, shall pay into the Treasury, as miscellaneous receipts, all unused funds of the Corporation.
(c) Not later than June 30, 1959, the Secretary of the Treasury shall transmit a report to the Congress, which report (1) shall cover the affairs of the Corporation up to the time of the taking effect of the provisions of this reorganization plan, and (2) shall correspond to the final report required by section 10 of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation Act, as amended (15 U. S. C. 609). The