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DIVISION OF PUBLICATIONS
DAN C. VAUGHAN, Chief
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
CONDENSED HISTORY, DUTIES, AND PRACTICAL
LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE,
Washington, July 1, 1913. SIR: In 1904 there was issued under the supervision of the Secretary a volume entitled “Organization and Law of the Department of Commerce and Labor." Since then there have been so many changes, both in the Department and in the laws governing it, that the publication has, to a large extent, become obsolete. The Division of Publications has therefore undertaken to revise the work, and there is submitted herewith for publication a volume to be entitled “Department of Commerce: Condensed history, duties, and practical operation of the Department and its several bureaus and offices, together with laws relating specifically thereto.”
This publication does not purport to contain laws which affect all of the executive departments alike, but only those which place duties or responsibilities on the Department of Commerce, or some one of its various units, or in some manner relate specially thereto. In this volume much of the material used in "Organization and Law” has been retained, though considerably revised, and in addition thereto there has been included a short description of the ordinary functions and practical operations of each of the several bureaus and offices of the Department. On the other hand, the extensive legislative history, which forms a large part of the previous volume and which is of value from a historical standpoint only, has been omitted. Also, as the navigation laws are published quadrennially in a separate volume, with supplements during intervening years, only so much of the laws applicable to the Bureau of Navigation as concerns its organization and administration has been retained.
The purpose of this work is to afford to officials of the Government and others interested concise information relative to the laws governing and conduct of the Department. An attempt has therefore been made to give the greatest range of information consistent with the limits to which the volume must necessarily be confined.
I desire to acknowledge the assistance of Mr. D. J. Richardson, of the Office of the Solicitor, in arranging and compiling the laws relating to the several bureaus and offices. Very respectfully,
DAN C. VAUGHAN,
Chief, Division of Publications. To Hon. WILLIAM C. REDFIELD,
Secretary of Commerce.