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MERCHANT MARINE ACT, 1936 2019-1. Officers and employees of the United States Government required to travel on American ships.-Any officer or employee of the United States traveling on official business overseas or to or from any of the possessions of the United States shall travel and transport his personal effects on ships registered under the laws of the United States where such ships are available unless the necessity of his mission requires the use of a ship under a foreign flag: Provided, That the Comptroller General of the United States shall not credit any allowance for travel or shipping expenses incurred on a foreign ship in the absence of satisfactory proof of the necessity therefor. (June 29, 1936, Title IV, sec. 901, 49 Stat. 2015; 46 U. S. C., sec. 1241.)
TELEGRAPHS, TELEPHONES, AND RADIO
WIRE OR RADIO COMMUNICATION
2027-1. Free communication services to United States agencies in connection with national defense authorized.-(a) Nothing in this Act [Communications Act of 1934] or in any other provision of law shall be construed to prohibit common carriers from issuing or giving franks to or exchanging franks with each other for the use of, their officers, agents, employees, and their families, or, subject to such rules as the Commission may prescribe, from issuing, giving, or exchanging franks and passes to or with other common carriers not subject to the provisions of this Act, for the use of their officers, agents, employees, and their families. The term "employees", as used in this section, shall include furloughed, pensioned, and superannuated employees.
(b) Nothing in this Act or in any other provision of law shall be construed to prohibit common carriers from rendering to any agency of the Government free service in connection with the preparation for the national defense: Provided, That such free service may be rendered only in accordance with such rules and regulations as the Commission may prescribe therefor. (June 19, 1934, sec. 210, 48 Stat. 1073; June 25, 1940, 54 Stat. 580; 47 U. S. C., sec. 210.)
LEGISLATION SUPPLEMENTARY TO “INTERSTATE COMMERCE ACT"
2046-1. Interstate transportation of convict made goods; prohibition where intended for use in violation of local law; exemption of Federal made goods for Federal use.—That it shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to transport or cause to be transported, in any manner or by any means whatsoever, or aid or assist in obtaining transportation for or in transporting any goods, wares, and merchandise manufactured, produced, or mined wholly or in part by convicts or prisoners (except convicts or prisoners on parole or probation), or in any penal or reformatory institution, from one State, Territory, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, or District of the United States, or place noncontiguous but subject to the jurisdiction thereof, or from any foreign country, into any State, Territory, Puerto Rico, Virgin
Islands, or District of the United States, or place noncontiguous but subject to the jurisdiction thereof, where said goods, wares, and merchandise are intended by any person interested therein to be received, possessed, sold, or in any manner used, either in the original package or otherwise in violation of any law of such State, Territory, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, or District of the United States, or place noncontiguous but subject to the jurisdiction thereof. Nothing herein shall apply to commodities manufactured in Federal penal and correctional institutions for use by the Federal Government. (July 24, 1935, sec. 1, 49 Stat. 494; 49 U. S. C., sec. 61.)
2046–2. Same; marking packages.-All packages containing any goods, wares, and merchandise manufactured, produced, or mined wholly or in part by convicts or prisoners, except convicts or prisoners on parole or probation, or in any penal or reformatory institution, when shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce shall be plainly and clearly marked, so that the name and address of the shipper, the name and address of the consignee, the nature of the contents, and the name and location of the penal or reformatory institution where produced wholly or in part may be readily ascertained on an inspection of the outside of such package. (July 24, 1935, sec. 2, 49 Stat. 494; 49 U. S. C., sec. 62.)
2046–3. Same; penalties for violation.-Any person violating any provision of this Act shall for each offense, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000, and such goods, wares, and merchandise shall be forfeited to the United States, and may be seized and condemned by like proceedings as those provided by law for the seizure and forfeiture of property imported into the United States contrary to law. (July 24, 1935, sec. 3, 49 Stat. 495; 49 U. S. C., sec. 63.)
2046-4. Same.—Any violation of this Act shall be prosecuted in any court having jurisdiction of crime within the district in which said violation was committed, or from, or into which any such goods, wares, or merchandise may have been carried or transported, or in any Territory, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, or the District of Columbia, contrary to the provisions of this Act. (July 24, 1935, sec. 4, 49 Stat. 495; 49 U. S. C., sec. 64.)
2046-5. Transportation Act of 1940; Government to pay full rates for civil transportation; competitive bids for transportation services no longer necessary; land grant rates may be abolished.-(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, but subject to the provisions of sections 1 (7) and 22 of the Interstate Commerce Act, as amended, the full applicable commercial rates, fares, or charges shall be paid for transportation by any common carrier subject to such Act of any persons or property for the United States, or on its behalf, except that the foregoing provision shall not apply to the transportation of military or naval property of the United States moving for military or naval and not for civil use or to the transportation of members of the military or naval forces of the United States (or of property of such members) when such members are traveling on official duty; and the rate determined by the Interstate Commerce Commission as reasonable therefor shall be paid for the transportation by railroad of the United States mail: Provided, however, That any carrier by railroad and the United States may enter into contracts for the transportation of the United States mail for less than such rate: Provided further, That section 3709, Re
vised Statutes (U. S. C., 1934 edition, title 41, sec. 5), shall not hereafter be construed as requiring advertising for bids in connection with the procurement of transportation services when the services required can be procured from any common carrier lawfully operating in the territory where such services are to be performed.
(b) If any carrier by railroad furnishing such transportation, or any predecessor in interest, shall have received a grant of lands from the United States to aid in the construction of any part of the railroad operated by it, the provisions of law with respect to compensation for such transportation shall continue to apply to such transportation as though subsection (a) of this section had not been enacted until such carrier shall file with the Secretary of the Interior, in the form and manner prescribed by him, a release of any claim it may have against the United States to lands, interests in lands, compensation, or reimbursement on account of lands or interests in lands which have been granted, claimed to have been granted, or which it is claimed should have been granted to such carrier or any such predecessor in interest under any grant to such carrier or such predecessor in interest as aforesaid. Such release must be filed within one year from the date of the enactment of this Act. Nothing in this section shall be construed as requiring any such carrier to reconvey to the United States lands which have been heretofore patented or certified to it, or to prevent the issuance of patents confirming the title to such lands as the Secretary of the Interior shall find have been heretofore sold by any such carrier to an innocent purchaser for value or as preventing the issuance of patents to lands listed or selected by such carrier, which listing or selection has heretofore been fully and finally approved by the Secretary of the Interior to the extent that the issuance of such patents may be authorized by law. (Sept. 18, 1940; Sec. 321, 54 Stat. 954.)
2046–6. Transportation of Convict-made goods in Interstate Commerce made unlawful.-That whoever shall knowingly transport or knowingly cause to be transported in interstate commerce, in any manner or by any means whatsoever, or aid or assist, knowingly, in obtaining transportation for or in transporting any goods, wares, and merchandise manufactured, produced, or mined, wholly or in part by convicts or prisoners (except convicts or prisoners on parole or probation) or in any penal or reformatory institution, from one State, Territory, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, or District of the United States, or place noncontiguous but subject to the jurisdiction thereof, or from any foreign country, into any State, Territory, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, or District of the United States, or place noncontiguous but subject to the jurisdiction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment of not more than one year, or both: Provided, That nothing herein shall apply to commodities manufactured in Federal or District of Columbia penal and correctional institutions for use by the Federal Government or to commodities manufactured in any State penal or correctional institution for use by any other State, or States, or political subdivisions thereof; to parts for the repair of farm machinery; or to agricultural commodities: Provided further, That this Act shall go into effect one year after its approval by the President. (Oct. 14, 1940, 54 Stat. 1134.)
CIVIL AERONAUTICS ACT 2046–7. Public right of transit.—There is hereby recognized and declared to exist in behalf of any citizen of the United States a public right of freedom of transit in air commerce through the navigable air space of the United States. (June 23, 1938, Title I, sec. 3, 52 Stat. 980; 49 U. S. C., sec. 403.)
2046-8. Creation of Authority.-(a) An agency is created and established to be known as the “Civil Aeronautics Authority” which shall be composed of five members who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, as soon as practicable after the passage of this Act, and who shall continue in office as designated by the President at the time of nomination through the last day of the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth calendar years, respectively, following the passage of this Act. The President shall designate annually one of the members of the Authority as chairman and one of the members as vice chairman who shall act as chairman in the absence or incapacity of the chairman. The successors of the members shall be appointed for terms of six years in the same manner as the members originally appointed under this Act, except that any person appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed shall be appointed only for the remainder of such term. * *
(b) There shall be in the Authority an Administrator who shall be appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, * * * (June 23, 1938, Title II, sec. 201 (a), (b), 52 Stat. 980; 49 U. S. C., sec. 421.)
2046–9. Travel by Government personnel on commercial airways.-Travel by personnel of the United States Government on commercial aircraft, domestic or foreign, including travel between airports and centers of population or posts of duty when incidental to travel on commercial aircraft, shall be allowed at public expense when authorized or approved by competent authority, and transportation requests for such travel may be issued upon such authorizations. Such expense shall be allowed without regard to comparative costs of transportation by aircraft with other modes of transportation. (June 23, 1938, Title II, sec. 204 (c), 52 Stat. 983; 49 U. S. C., sec. 424.)
2046–10. Civil Aeronautics Authority authorized to cooperate with Government agencies.—The Authority, the Administrator, and the Air Safety Board may avail themselves of the assistance of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and any research or technical agency of the United States on matters relating to aircraft fuel and oil and to the design, materials, workmanship, construction, performance, maintenance, and operation of aircraft, aircraft engines, propellers, appliances, and air navigation facilities. Each such agency is authorized to conduct such scientific and technical researches, investigations, and tests as may be necessary to aid the Authority, the Administrator, and the Air Safety Board in the exercise and performance of their powers and duties. Nothing contained in this Act shall be construed to authorize the duplication of the laboratory research activities of any existing governmental agency. (June 23, 1938, Title XI, sec. 1105, 52 Stat. 1027; 49 U. S. C., sec. 675.)
TRAINING OF CIVIL AIRCRAFT PILOTS
2046–13. Short title.—That this Act may be cited as the "Civilian Pilot Training Act of 1939". (June 27, 1939, sec. 1, 53 Stat. 855; 49 U. S. C., sec. 751.)
2046–14. Cooperation of other agencies; loan or transfer of personnel and equipments.-Any executive department or independent establishment is hereby authorized to cooperate with the Authority in carrying out the purposes of this Act, and for such purposes may lend or transfer to the Authority, by contract or otherwise, or if so requested by the Authority, lend to educational institutions or other persons cooperating with the Authority in the conduct of any such training or program, civilian officials, experts, or employees, aircraft and other property or equipment, and lands or buildings under its control and in excess of its own requirements. (June 27, 1939, sec. 6, 53 Stat. 856; 49 U. S. C., sec. 756.)
ARSENALS, ARMORIES, ARMS, AND WAR MATERIALS GENERALLY
2048a. Arms and ammunition issued to protect public propertyThat upon the request of the head of any department or independent agency of the Government, the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, authorized to issue arms, suitable accouterments for use therewith, and ammunition whenever they may be required for the protection of the public money and property, and they may be delivered to any officer of the department or independent agency designated by the head of such department or independent agency, to be accounted for to the Secretary of War, arid to be returned when the necessity for their use has expired : Provided, however, That hereafter the cost of all ammunition issued, the cost of replacing borrowed arms and accouterments which are lost or destroyed or are irreparable, the cost of repairing arms and accouterments returned to the War Department, and the cost to the War Department of making and receiving shipments under the authority of this Act shall be covered by transfer of funds from the department or independent agency concerned to the credit of War Department funds. (Amends Act of Mar. 3, 1879, 20 Stat. 412; Apr. 14, 1937, 50 Stat. 63; 50 U. S. C., sec. 61.)
2049-1. Research, experimentation, and development of rotary-wing and other aircraft; appropriation; reports and recommendations; construction.That in the interest of adequate national defense and the further interest of the needs of other governmental activities and of American commercial and civil aeronautics for rotary-wing and other aircraft development there is hereby authorized to be appropriated, out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $2,000,000 to remain available until expended for the purpose of rotary-wing and other aircraft research, development, procurement, experimentation, and operation for service testing.