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(See also Letter of August 21, 1956, and Letter of December 27, 1956, Page 439)
MEMORANDUM OF NOVEMBER 23,
1956 MEMORANDUM TO HEADS OF EXECUTIVE
DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES AND INDEPENDENT ESTABLISHMENTS AUTHORIZING FEDERAL EMPLOYEES TO BE EXCUSED FROM DUTY ON DECEMBER 24, 1956
Employees in the Federal service in the Metropolitan Area of the District of Columbia, and in the field service of the Executive departments, independent establishments and other agencies of the Government, including the General Accounting Office, the Government Printing Office and Navy Yards and Naval Stations, whose services are determined by the respective heads of the departments, independent establishments, and other agencies not to be needed for maintaining any skeleton forces which may be necessary for the transaction of urgent public business, shall be excused from duty on Monday, December 24, 1956; and such day shall be considered a holiday within the meaning of Executive Order No. 10358' of June 9, 1952, and of all 18 CFR, 1952 Supp.
statutes so far as they relate to the compensation and leave of employees of the United States.
The heads of departments, agencies, and independent establishments shall adopt a liberal policy for the granting of annual leave to all employees who wish to take such leave during the rest of the period between the holidays.
This memorandum shall not be construed as authority for excusing from duty (1) those employees in the Department of State, the Department of Defense, or other departments, establishments, or agencies who for national security or other public reasons should, in the judgment of the respective heads of such departments, establishments, and agencies, be at their posts, or (2) those employees whose absence from duty would be inconsistent with the provisions of existing law.
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
November 23, 1956.
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 the power to expend them in their dis
cretion 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,
1 Not filled with the Federal Register Division.
as amended (44 U. S. C. 111) (printing termine that the waiver of the requireby G. P. O.).
ments of law referred to in this This supersedes my above mentioned paragraph is in furtherance of the purletter of September 15, 1954.
poses of Public Law 860, approved Sincerely,
August 1, 1956.
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Director, U. S. Information Agency, Honorable THEODORE C. STREIBERT, Washington 25, D. C.
Director, U. S. Information Agency,
Washington 25, D. C. LETTER OF AUGUST 21, 1956 [PRESIDENT'S SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL
LETTER OF DECEMBER 27, 1956 PROGRAM]
(U. S. PARTICIPATION IN BRUSSELS UNI(WAIVER OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF LAW]
VERSAL AND INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION,
(WAIVER OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF LAW] DEAR MR. STREIBERT:
THE WHITE HOUSE, As you know, the “International Cul.
Washington, December 27, 1956. tural Exchange and Trade Fair Partici- DEAR MR. SECRETARY: pation Act of 1956" became Public Law With respect to United States partici860, 84th Congress, on August 1, 1956. pation in the Brussels Universal and It is my intention to issue in the very International Exhibition, 1958, as aunear future an Executive order imple- thorized by the International Cultural menting this Act, which will appro- Exchange and Trade Fair Participation priately delegate the powers and duties Act of 1956 (Public Law 860, 84th Conconferred upon me by the Act.
gress, approved August 1, 1956), I hereby The Supplemental Appropriation Act, determine, pursuant to authority vested 1957, Public Law 814, 84th Congress, in me by section 8 of that Act, that the appropriated $5,900,000 under the head
performance of functions without regard "President's Special International Pro- to the following additional provisions of gram” to carry out the provisions of law and limitations of authority is in Public Law 860. The Second Supple- furtherance of the purposes of said Act: mental Appropriation Act, 1957, Public
(1) That part of section 3734 of the Law 855, 84th Congress, appropriated
Revised Statutes, as amended, now codian additional $4,000,000 under this head
fied in section 267 of title 40 of the United for United States participation in the
States Code (40 U. S. C. 267) (restrictions Universal and International Exposition
on buildings; approval of sketch plans; of Brussels, 1958, as authorized by Sec
changes; limit of cost). tion 3 (c) of Public Law 860.
(2) Section 1 of the act of August 24, In order that this program may pro
1935, 49 Stat. 793 (40 U. S. C. 270a) ceed as expeditiously as possible, you are
(bonds of contractors for public buildhereby authorized to allocate the funds
ings). thus appropriated. Until the issuance of
(3) Provisions contained in section 1 the Executive order mentioned above, the
of the act of October 22, 1913, 38 Stat. provisions of my letter to you of 212 (5 U. S. C. 54) (publicity experts). August 16, 1955, regarding the appor
(4) The Civil Service Act of January tionment of funds and the power of the
16, 1883, 22 Stat. 403, as amended (5 operating agencies to expend these funds U. S. C. 632 et seq.), and other civil servwithout regard to certain provisions of ice laws, and the Classification Act of law as specified therein, shall continue 1949, as amended (employment and comin effect. These funds may be also ex- pensation of personnel). pended without regard to the limitations (5) (a) Standardized Government of Section 15 of the Act of August 2, 1946 Travel Regulations, (b) rates of per diem (5 U. S. C. 55a) on the employment of
allowances in lieu of subsistence expenses experts and consultants. I hereby de- under the Travel Expense Act of 1949, as
amended (5 U. S. C. 835–842), and (c) 1 See Letter of August 16, 1955, supra. section 10 of the act of March 3, 1933, 47