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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, D. C., May 21, 1917. The honorable the SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE.

Sir: The undersigned Advisory Committee on Finance and Business Methods submits herewith a draft of the revised Fiscal Regulations of the Department of Agriculture approved to take effect on February 1, 1915, and all subsequent amendments thereto, with the recommendation that a reprint of the said regulations be issued as of December 1, 1917. Respectfully submitted.

LEON M. ESTABROOK,

Chairman.
A. ZAPPONE,

,
R. M. REESE,
Alex. M¢C. ASHLEY,

Collin H. HARDING, Advisory Committee on Finance and Business Methods.

Approved:
D. F. Houston,

Secretary of Agriculture.
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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, D. C., July 1, 1917. Under the authority conferred upon the Secretary of Agriculture by law, the following regulations are prescribed to govern the fiscal transactions of the department. These regulations shall become and be effective on and after December 1, 1917, and shall supersede all prior rules, regulations, orders, and memoranda relating to the fiscal transactions of the Department of Agriculture.

D. F. Houston, Secretary of Agriculture.

FISCAL REGULATIONS

OF THE

U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.

ADMINISTRATION.

DEFINITIONS. 1. Terms Construed.-For the purposes of these regulations the following terms shall be construed, respectively, to mean:

(a) The department: The United States Department of Agriculture.

(6) The Secretary: The Secretary, or the Acting Secretary of Agriculture.

(c) Bureau: Any bureau, service, independent division, independent office, or independent committee, or the library of the United States Department of Agriculture, the office of the Solicitor being an independent office, and the remaining subdivisions of the office of the Secretary, unless otherwise directed by the Secretary from time to time, together constituting a separate independent office.

(d) Chief of bureau: The administrative head of any bureau, service, independent division, independent office. or independent committee, or of the library of the United States Department of Agriculture.

(e) Contingent fund: The appropriation for "Miscellaneous expenses, Department of Agriculture,” of any fiscal year.

(f) Supplies: All articles purchased for official use, including equipment, materials, apparatus, and job work.

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