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Congress; but they shall be reimbursed for travel, subsistence, and other necessary expenses incurred by them in the exercise of the functions vested in and imposed upon the joint committee, other than expenses in connection with meetings of the joint committee held in the District of Columbia during such times as the Congress is in session.

(b) The expenses of the joint committee shall be paid one-half from the contingent funds of the Senate and one-half from the contingent funds of the House of Representatives, upon vouchers signed by the chairman or vice chair

man.

SEC. 305. (a) The reports of the Auditor General shall be referred by the Congress to the joint committee, and the joint committee shall examine and study such reports, and the reports of the Auditor General submitted to the joint committee when the Congress is not in session, as provided by section 308, and shall make and submit findings with respect to such reports to the Congress as promptly as possible.

(b) To aid the joint committee in its examination and study of the reports of the Auditor General, the joint committee, or any subcommittee thereof, is authorized (1) to hold public hearings and to sit and act in executive session at any place or time; (2) to request any officer or employee of any agency of the Government to attend any such hearings or sessions and to produce any books, papers, or documents relative to any settlement or expenditure deemed by the General Auditing Office, and reported by the Auditor General, as provided in section 308, to have been improperly or improvidently made, and to testify with respect thereto; (3) to require by subpena issued under the signature of the chairman or vice chairman, the attendance of any other witnesses and the production of any other books, papers, or documents; (4) to request and authorize the Auditor General to sit with the joint committee in an advisory capacity at public hearings or in executive sessions; (5) to administer oaths; (6) to take testimony ; (7) to have printing and binding done; and (8) to make expenditures: Provided, That the cost of stenographic services in reporting such hearings as the joint committee may hold shall not be in excess of 25 cents per hundred words.

PART 3. THE GENERAL AUDITING OFFICE

SEC. 306. The title of the General Accounting Office is changed to the "General Auditing Office", and the titles of the Comptroller General of the United States and the Assistant Comptroller General of the United States are changed to “Auditor General of the United States" (referred to in this title as “Auditor General") and "Assistant Auditor General of the United States”, respectively.

SEC. 307. The General Auditing Office shall make a postaudit of all public accounts, which audit shall be conducted as nearly as practicable in the vicinity of disbursing offices of the United States located in the District of Columbia and elsewhere. The representatives of the General Auditing Office in the District of Columbia and elsewhere shall furnish daily to the accountable officer concerned, the Secretary of the Treasury and the Auditor General, notice of any exceptions taken to items in the accountable officers' accounts, which accounts such officers are required by section 314 (a) to furnish to the General Auditing Office, together with statements of the reasons therefor.

Sec. 308. (a) The General Auditing Office shall examine all copies of the certificates of settlement which the Secretary of the Treasury is required by section 314 (b) to furnish to it, and the Auditor General shall promptly notify the Secretary of the Treasury of, and report to the Congress or to the joint committee when the Congress is not in session, all public accounts deemed by the General Auditing Office to have been improperly settled by the Secretary of the Treasury: Provided, That no report shall be made to the Congress or to the joint committee with respect to any such disagreement between the General Auditing Office and the Secretary of the Treasury until thirty days after the Secretary of the Treasury has been notified of such disagreement: Provided further, That no report of such disagreement shall be made to the Congress or to the joint committee if the Secretary of the Treasury revises his decision to accord with views of the General Auditing Office.

(b) The Auditor General shall report to the Director of the Bureau of the Budget and to the Congress, or to the joint committee when the Congress is not in session, any expenditure of public moneys deemed by the General Auditing Office to have been an unwise expenditure or to have been improvidently made, which has come to the attention of the General Auditing Office in the ordinary course of the exercise of its post-auditing functions.

(c) The Auditor General shall make such investigations and reports as shall be requested by either House of Congress, or by the joint committee, or by any other committee of either House, having jurisdiction over expenditures, appropriations, or revenue; and the Auditor General shall at the request of any such committee, direct assistants from his office to furnish the committee such aid and information as it may request.

Søc. 309. The Auditor General, or any of his assistants or employees when duly authorized by him, shall, to the extent necessary to perform the functions vested in and imposed upon the Auditor General and the General Auditing Office, have access to and the right to examine any books, documents, papers, or records of the Secretary of the Treasury or of any agency of the Government. The authority contained in this section shall not be applicable to expenditures made under the provisions of section 291 of the Revised Statutes (U. S. C., 1934 ed., title 31, sec. 107), or any other provisions of law prohibiting or limiting review by the accounting officers of the Government of expenditures made by the President, the heads of agencies, or other officers of the Government.

SEC. 310. (a) The Auditor General is authorized, subject to the civil-service laws, to appoint such officers and employees as he deems necessary to enable the Auditor General and the General Auditing Office to exercise the functions vested in and imposed upon them by law; and the compensation of all such officers and employees shall be fixed in accordance with the Classification Act of 1923, as amended.

(b) The Auditor General is authorized to delegate to any officer or employee of the General Auditing Office any functions vested in and imposed upon the Auditor General or the General Auditing Office by law.

(c) The Auditor General is authorized to adopt an official seal for the General Auditing Office, and judicial notice shall be taken of such seal.

(d) The Auditor General is authorized to prescribe such regulations as may be necessary to enable him to exercise his functions and those of the General Auditing Office under the provisions of this Act.

SEC. 311. The General Auditing Office and the Auditor General shall exercise no functions other than those vested in and imposed upon them by this Act, and nothing contained in this Act shall be construed as authorizing the General Auditing Office or the Auditor General to revise the settlements of public accounts made by the Secretary of the Treasury, or to direct the manner in which the Secretary of the Treasury or the Director of the Bureau of the Budget, shall exercise the functions vested in and imposed upon them by this Act.

PART 4. THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY

Sec. 312. There is established in the Treasury Department a bureau to be known as the Bureau of Fiscal Affairs, at the head of which shall be a Director of Fiscal Affairs. Such Director shall be appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury in accordance with the civil-service laws and the compensation of his office shall be fixed in accordance with the Classification Act of 1923, as amended. All the functions vested in and imposed upon the Secretary of the Treasury by this title shall be exercised by him through the Director of Fiscal Affairs or such other officers or employees of the Bureau of Fiscal Affairs as the Secretary of the Treasury may designate.

Spc. 313. (a) Except the function of countersigning all warrants issued by the Secretary of the Treasury, which function is conferred and imposed upon the Director of the Bureau of the Budget, and except as otherwise provided in this Act, all functions now vested in and imposed upon the General Accounting Office or the Comptroller General or any other officer or employee in the General Accounting Office, whether referred to specifically by title or generally as the accounting officers of the Government or otherwise, are conferred and imposed upon the Secretary of the Treasury.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to supervise administrative appropriation and fund accounting in the agencies of the Government, and to provide by regulations for administrative examination of fiscal officers' accounts in the District of Columbia and elsewhere.

SEC. 314. (a) The accountable officers of the Government shall promptly transmit their accounts, together with all supporting documents, to the appropriate representatives of the General Auditing Office in the District of Columbia or elsewhere.

(b) The Secretary of the Treasury shall promptly furnish to the General Auditing Office copies of all certificates issued by him in settlement of public accounts.

SEC. 315. The functions vested in and imposed upon the Secretary of the Treasury by this title, of settling all public accounts shall include the power to determine the availability of appropriations, but such functions of the Secretary of the Treasury shall not include the power to revise the action of other officers of the Government under statutes vesting in and imposing upon them power to make findings of fact or decisions in matters arising in their agencies.

PART 5. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES

SEO. 316. In addition to all other functions vested in and imposed upon him by law, the Attorney General of the United States shall render opinions as to the jurisdiction and authority of the Secretary of the Treasury in connection with the settlement of any public account, upon the request of the Secretary of the Treasury or the head of the executive department or independent agency concerned, and such opinions of the Attorney General shall be final and conclusive as to the question of such jurisdiction and authority upon the Secretary of the Treasury and all other officers and agencies of the Government.

PART 6. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISION

Sec. 317. When used in this title, the term "public accounts" shall include all claims and demands whatever by or against the United States and all accounts whatever in which the United States is concerned either as debtor or creditor.

SEO. 318. All laws in force on the effective date of this title referring to the General Accounting Office, or the Comptroller General, or any other officer or employee of the General Accounting Office, whether referring to them specifically by title or generally as the accounting officers of the Government or otherwise, are amended in accordance with the provisions of this Act.

TITLE IV

New EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND OTHER REORGANIZATIONS

PART 1. THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE

SECTION 401. There shall be at the seat of Government an executive department to be known as the Department of Social Welfare, and a Secretary of Social Welfare, who shall be the head 'thereof, and shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and have a tenure of office like that of the heads of the other executive departments. Section 158 of the Revised Statutes, as amended (U. S. C., 1934 ed., title 5, sec. 1), is amended to include such department and the provisions of Title IV of the Revised Statutes, including all Acts amendatory and supplementary thereto, shall be applicable to such department.

SEC. 402. There shall be in the Department of Social Welfare an Undersecretary of Social Welfare who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and two Assistant Secretaries of Social Welfare, and a Solicitor, who shall be appointed by the Secretary of Welfare, and all of whom shall exercise such functions as may be prescribed by the Secretary of Social Welfare or required by law.

SEC. 403. The Secretary of Social Welfare shall promote the public health, safety and sanitation; the protection of the consumer, the cause of education; the relief of unemployment and of the hardship and suffering caused thereby; the relief of the needy and distressed; the assistance of the aged and the relief and vocational rehabilitation of the physically disabled ; and in general shall coordinate and promote public health, education, and welfare activities.

SEC. 404. The Secretary of Social Welfare shall cause a seal of office to be made for his department, of such device as the President shall approve, and judicial notice shall be taken of such seal.

SEO. 405. The Secretary of Social Welfare shall annually at the close of each fiscal year make a report in writing to the Congress, giving an account of all money received and expended by him and his department and describing the work done by the department. He shall also from time to time make such

special investigations and reports as he may be required to make by the President, or by the Congress, or as he himself may deem necessary.

PART 2. THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

SEC. 406. There shall be at the seat of government an executive department to be known as the Department of Public Works, and a Secretary of Public Works, who shall be the head thereof, and shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and have a tenure of office like that of the heads of the other executive departments. Section 158 of the Revised Statutes, as amended (U. S. C., 1934 ed., title 5, sec. 1), is amended to include such department and the provisions of title IV of the Revised Statutes, including all Acts amendatory and supplementary thereto shall be applicable to such department.

Sec. 407. There shall be in the Department of Public Works an Undersecretary of Public Works who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and two Assistant Secretaries of Public Works, and a Solicitor, who shall be appointed by the Secretary of Public Works, and all of whom shall exercise such functions as may be prescribed by the Secretary of Public Works or required by law.

SEC. 408. The Secretary of Public Works shall advise the President with regard to the design, construction, and maintenance of public works; design, construct, and maintain major public works, which are not incidental to the normal work of other agencies; act as the agent of other agencies upon their request, in designing, constructing, and maintaining such public works as are incidental to the normal work of such agencies; administer Federal grants to States, Territories, or possessions of the United States (including the Philippine Islands), or political subdivisions thereof, or the District of Columbia, for the construction of public work; and assemble and disseminate information concerning public works and standards of public works throughout the Nation.

SEC. 409. The Secretary of Public Works shall cause a seal of office to be made for his department, of such device as the President shall approve, and judicial notice shall be taken of such seal.

SEC. 410. The Secretary of Public Works shall annually, at the close of each fiscal year, make a report in writing to the Congress, giving an account of all money received and expended by him and his department and describing the work done by the department. He shall also from time to time make such special investigations and reports as he may be required to make by the President, or by the Congress, or as he himself may deem necessary.

PART 3. THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION

SEC. 411. The Department of the Interior shall hereafter be known as the Department of Conservation”, and the Secretary of the Interior shall be known as the “Secretary of Conservation", and all of the provisions of titles IV and XI of the Revised Statutes, including all Acts amendatory and supplementary thereto, and all other Acts referring to the Department of the Interior, the Secretary of the Interior, or any other officers or employees of that Department, are amended accordingly.

PART 4. THE NATIONAL RESOURCES BOARD

SEC. 412. (a) There is established in the executive branch of the Government a Board to consist of five members and to be known as the National Resources Board.

(b) The members of the National Resources Board shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. One of the members of the National Resources Board shall be designated by the President as Chairman, and one shall be designated by the President as Vice Chairman, and shall act as Chairman in the absence of the Chairman or in the event of a vacancy in that office.

SEC. 413. (a) The members of the National Resources Board shall be reimbursed for their subsistence and other expenses at the rate of $50 per day for time spent in attending and travelling to and from meetings, or in otherwise exercising the functions of the Board, plus the actual cost of transportation: Provided, That in no case shall a member be entitled to reimbursement for more than 30 days' services in any two consecutive months.

(b) The National Resources Board shall cause a seal of office to be made for such Board, of such device as the President shall approve, and judicial notice shall be taken of such seal.

(c) The National Resources Board shall determine the rules of its own pro-. ceedings and a majority of its members in office shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, but such Board may function notwithstanding vacancies. SEC. 414. The National Resources Board is authorized to—

(a) Investigate, examine, study, analyze, assemble, and coordinate and periodically to review and revise basic information and materials appropriate to plans or planning policies for the development and utilization of the resources of the Nation, both natural and human, and on the basis thereof, to initiate and propose in an advisory capacity such plans and planning policies ;

(b) To obtain data and reports from, to cooperate and participate in the work of, and to consult with, any agencies of the Federal Government and of any State, Territory, or possession of the United States (including the Philippine Islands, or political subdivisions thereof, as well as any public or private planning or research agencies and institutions; and such cooperation and participation in the work of any such agencies and institutions, other than those of the Federal Government, may be by grants-in-aid, matching of funds, or otherwise ;

(c) Prepare and submit studies, reports, and recommendations upon matters within its jurisdiction under this Act for presentation to the President or upon the request of the President; and

(d) Set up a special advisory council and establish such other agencies as the Ntional Resources Board may deem necessary or appropriate to assist in the exercise of its functions.

SEC. 415. The National Resources Board is authorized to appoint, without regard to the civil-service laws, a director, and to fix his compensation in accordance wtih the Classification Act of 1923, as amended. Such Board is authorized to appoint, subject to the civil-service laws, such other officers and employees as are necessary in the exercise of its functions and to fix their salaries in accordance with the Classification Act of 1923, as amended.

SEC. 416. The National Resources Board shall prepare and submit annually to the President a report setting forth and summarizing its work during the preceding year and shall include therein such information, data, and recommendations as the National Resources Board may deem advisable concerning matters within its jurisdiction.

SEC. 417. The National Resources Board is authorized to delegate to the director or to any other officer or employee of the National Resources Board any functions vested in and imposed upon such Board by law.

SEC. 418. The National Resources Committee, established by Executive Order No. 7065 of June 7, 1935, is abolished.

SEC. 419. The National Resources Board is authorized to prescribe such regulations as may be necessary to enable such Board to exercise its functions under the provisions of this Act.

TITLE V

GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

SECTION 501. When used in this Act unless the context clearly indicates otherwise :

(a) The term "agency” includes the President or any executive department, independent establishment, commission, legislative court, board, bureau, service, administration, autbority, federally owned and controlled corporation, agency, division, or activity of the United States, whether in the District of Columbia or in the field service, or any office, or part thereof, and shall include the municipal goverment of the District of Columbia, the Botanic Garden, Library of Congress, Library Buildings and Grounds, Government Printing Office, and the Smithsonian Institution : Provided, That the inclusion of the municipal government of the District of Columbia within the meaning of the term "agency” shall not be construed to authorize the abolition of the municipal government of the District of Columbia or the transfer of all the functions of such municipal government to any other agency ;

(b) The term "transferred agency” means the functions transferred by titles II and III of this Act, or any agency or function, or part thereof, here

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