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SUPERINTENDENT OF DOCUMENTS
1974a. Government publications shall remain public property.-All Gorernment publications furnished by authority of law to officers (except members of Congress) of the United States Government, for their official use, shall be stamped "Property of the United States Government”, and shall be preserved by such officers and by them delivered to their successors in office as a part of the property appertaining to the office. Government publications furnished depository libraries shall be made available for the free use of the general public and must not be disposed of except as the Superintendent of Documents may direct. (Jan. 12, 1895, sec. 74, 28 Stat. 620; June 20, 1936, Title VII, sec. 11, 49 Stat. 1552; 44 U.S.C., sec. 92.)
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, BILLS, AND LAWS
1986a. Congressional Record; number of copies to departments. The Public Printer shall furnish the Congressional Record as follows and shall furnish gratuitously no others in addition thereto: To the library of each executive department, * two copies of the daily, one semimonthly copy, and one bound copy. All copies of the daily edition shall, unless otherwise directed by the Joint Committee on Printing, be supplied and delivered promptly on the day after the actual day's proceedings as originally published.
(Jan. 12, 1895, sec. 73, 28 Stat. 617; As amended June 20, 1936, sec. 3, 49 Stat. 1547; 44 U. S. C., sec. 183.)
1988. Statutes at Large.-[This paragraph was repealed by Act of June 20, 1936, sec, 10, 49 Stat. 1552.1
1988–í. Statutes at Large; contents; distribution; admissibility in Evidence. That the Secretary of State shall cause to be compiled, edited, indexed, and published, the United States Statutes at Large, which shall contain all the laws and concurrent resolutions enacted during each regular session of Congress; all treaties to which the United States is a party that have been proclaimed since the date of the adjournment of the regular session of Congress next preceding; all international agreements other than treaties to which the United States is a party that have been signed, proclaimed, or with reference to which any other final formality has been executed, since that date; all proclamations by the President in the numbered series issued since that date; and also any amendments to the Constitution of the United States proposed or ratified pursuant to article V thereof since that date, together with the certificate of the Secretary of State issued in compliance with the provision contained in section 205 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (U. S. C., title 5, sec. 160). In the event of an extra session of Congress, the Secretary of State shall cause all the laws and concurrent resolutions enacted during said extra session to be consolidated with, and published as part of, the contents of the volume for the next regular session. The United States Statutes at Large shall be legal evidence of the laws, concurrent resolutions, treaties, international agreements other than treaties, proclamations by the President, and proposed or ratified amendments to the Constitution of the United States therein contained, in all the courts of the United States, the several States, and the Territories and insular possessions of the United States. (Jan. 12, 1895, sec. 73,
28 Stat. 615; June 20, 1936, Title VI, sec. 9, 49 Stat. 1551; June 16, 1938, sec. 1, 52 Stat. 760; 1 U. S. C., sec. 30; 44 U. S. C., sec. 196.)
1988–2. Same; distribution.--The Public Printer shall print, and after the final adjournment of each regular session of Congress, bind and deliver to the Superintendent of Documents as many copies of the Statutes at Large as may be required for distribution as follows:
To the Department of Agriculture, not to exceed one hundred copies. (Jan. 12, 1895, sec. 73, 28 Stat. 615; June 20, 1936, Title VI, sec. 9, 49 Stat. 1551; June 16, 1938, 52 Stat. 761; 44 U. S. C., sec. 196a.)
EXECUTIVE AND DEPARTMENTAL PRINTING IN GENERAL
1992a. Departments to order publications required; limit; bills and resolutions. The heads of Executive Departments, and such executive officers as are not connected with the Departments, respectively, shall cause daily examination of the Congressional Record for the purpose of noting documents, reports, and other publications of interest to their Departments, and shall cause an immediate order to be sent to the Public Printer for the number of copies of such publications required for official use, not to exceed, however, the number of bureaus in the Department and divisions in the office of the head thereof. The Public Printer shall send to each Executive Department and to each executive office not connected with the Departments, as soon as printed, five copies of all public bills and resolutions, except the State Department, to which shall be sent ten copies of bills and resolutions. When the head of a Department desires a greater number of any class of bills or resolutions for official use, they shall be furnished by the Public Printer on requisition promptly made. (Jan. 12, 1895, sec. 90, 28 Stat. 623; June 20, 1936, Title IV, sec. 14, 49 Stat. 1553; 44 U. S. C., sec. 215.)
FEDERAL REGISTER 2008-1. Compilation of documents required to be filed by Federal agencies with Administrative Committee; Codification Board.--(a) On July 1, 1938, and on the same date of every fifth year thereafter, each agency of the Government shall have prepared and shall file with the Administrative Committee a complete codification of all documents which, in the opinion of the agency, have general applicability and legal effect and which have been issued or promulgated by such agency and are in force and effect and relied upon by the agency as authority for, or invoked or used by it in the discharge of, any of its functions or activities on June 1, 1938. The Committee shall, within ninety days thereafter, report thereon to the President, who may authorize and direct the publication of such codification in special or supplemental editions of the Federal Register.
(b) There is hereby established a Codification Board, which shall consist of six members: The Director of the Division of the Federal Register, chairman ex officio; three attorneys of the Department of Justice, designated by the Attorney General; and two attorneys of the Division of the Federal Register, designated by the Archivist. The Board shall supervise and coordinate the form, style, arrangement, and indexing of the codifications of the various agencies.
(c) The codified documents of the several agencies published in the supplemental edition of the Federal Register pursuant to the provisions of subsection (a) hereof, as amended by documents subsequently filed with the Division, and published in the daily issues of the Federal Register, shall be prima-facie evidence of the text of such documents and of the fact that they are in full force and effect on and after the date of publication thereof.
(d) The Administrative Committee shall prescribe, with the approval of the President, regulations for carrying out the provisions of this section. (July 26, 1935, sec. 11, 49 Stat. 503; June 19, 1937, 50 Stat. 304; 44 U. S. C., sec. 311. Amends Laws Applicable, 1935, par. 1817m.)
DISPOSITION OF OBSOLETE RECORDS
2012-1. Report to Archivist of records without permanent value or historical interest.—That whenever any agency of the United States Government has in its custody an accumulation of records that are not needed by it in the transaction of its current business and that appear to it to have no permanent value or historical interest, the head of such agency shall submit a written report thereon to the Archivist of the United States in which he shall state the location and describe the character of such records so as to enable the Archivist to identify them. Said report shall be submitted in triplicate and shall be accompanied by samples of the several kinds of records listed therein. (Aug.
(d) The Administrative Committee shall prescribe, with the approval of the President, regulations for carrying out the provisions of this section. (July 26, 1935, sec. 11, 49 Stat. 503; June 19, 1937, 50 Stat. 304; 44 U. S. C., sec. 311. Amends Laws Applicable, 1935, paragraph 1817m.) 5, 1939, sec. 1, 53 Stat. 1219; 44 U. S. C., sec. 351.)
2012-2. "Records" defined. When used in this Act, the word "records” means originals or copies of motion-picture or other photographic records in any forin whatsoever, sound recordings, correspondence, papers, indexes, maps, charts, plans, drawings, punch cards, tabulation sheets, pictures, and other kinds of records belonging to the United States Government. (Aug. 5, 1939, sec. 2, 53 Stat. 1219; 44 U. S. C., sec. 352.)
2012-3. Report of Archivist to Congress.- The Archivist, with the approval of the National Archives Council, shall submit to Congress, at such times as he shall deem expedient, lists of records reported to him in the manner prescribed by section 1 of this Act that appear to him to have no permanent value or historical interest to the Federal Government. (Aug. 5, 1939, sec. 3, 53 Stat. 1219; 44 U. S. C., sec. 353.)
2012-4. Joint congressional committee; examination of report.—Whenever the Archivist shall submit to Congress, in compliance with the provisions of section 3 of this Act, lists of records that appear to him to have no permanent value or historical interest to the Federal Gov. ernment, it shall be the duty of the presiding officer of the Senate to appoint two Senators who, with the members of the Committee on the Disposition of Executive Papers of the House of Representatives, shall constitute a joint committee, to which such lists shall be referred and said joint committee shall meet and examine said lists and submit
to the Senate and House of Representatives, respectively, a report of such examination and their recommendation. (Aug. 5, 1939, sec. 4, 53 Stat. 1219; 44 U. S. C., sec. 354.)
2012-5. Disposal of records; report to Congress on disposals.If such joint committee report that any of the records described in the lists referred to them are not needed or useful in the transaction of the current business of the agency by which they were reported to the Archivist and have no permanent value or historical interest to the Federal Government, then it shall be the duty of the head of said agency to dispose of said records by one of the following methods:
(a) By sale, upon the best obtainable terms after due publication of notice inviting proposals therefor;
(b) By causing them to be destroyed;
c) By transfer (without cost to the United States Government) to any State or dependency of the United States of America or to any appropriate educational institution, library, museum, historical, research, or patriotic organization therein, that has made application to him therefor, through the Archivist of the United States. All moneys derived from the sale of such records shall be paid into the Treasury of the United States by said agency,
If said joint committee shall fail to make a report during any regular or special session of Congress on any list of records that has been submitted to Congress by the Archivist not less than ten days prior to the adjournment of such session, the Archivist may empower the agency by which such records were reported to him to dispose of them by any of the methods prescribed in this section.
If it shall appear to the Archivist that any records reported to him in the manner prescribed by section 1 of this Act, while Congress is not in session, have no permanent value or historical interest and have the same form numbers or form letters or are of the same specific kind as other records of the same agency previously authorized for disposition by Congress, he may empower said agency to make disposition of said similar records by any of the methods prescribed in this section.
The Archivist shall submit to Congress at the beginning of each session a descriptive list of all records authorized for disposition by him during the preceding recess of Congress. (Aug. 5, 1939, sec. 5, 53 Stat. 1220; 44 U. S. C., sec. 355.)
2012–6. Report by agency head on disposal of records.--When any records of the United States Government have been disposed of in accordance with the provisions of section 5 of this Act, the head of the agency making such disposition shall submit a written report thereon to the Archivist of the United States in which he shall describe the character and volume of such records and state when and by what method the disposition thereof was accomplished. If any of the records described in a particular report are shown thereby to have been sold, such report shall give the amount of the purchase price received therefor and the total cost of effecting such sales. Said report shall also give the names and post-office addresses of all institutions, associations, or other organizations to which any records therein described have been transferred. (Aug. 5, 1939, sec. 6, 53 Stat. 1220; 44 U. S. C., sec. 356.)
2012–7. Archivist's report to Congress summarizing reports of agency heads.
The Archivist of the United States shall transmit to Con
gress, at the beginning of each regular session, a concise summarization of the data contained in the reports filed with him by heads of agencies of the Government during the preceding fiscal year in compliance with the provisions of section 6 of this Act. (Ăug. 5, 1939, sec. 7, 53 Stat. 1220; 44 U.S. C., sec. 357.)
2012–8. Records dangerous to health, life and property; destruction.Whenever the Archivist shall determine that any records in his custody, or which have been reported to him by any agency under the terms of section 1 of this Act, are a continuing menace to human health or life or to property, he shall cause such records to be destroyed immediately at such place and by such method as he shall select: Provided, however, That if said records have been transferred to his custody, he shall report the disposition thereof to the Congress and to the agency from which they were transferred. (Aug. 5, 1939, sec. 8, 53 Stat. 1220; 44 U.S. C., sec. 358.)
2012–9. Report to Congress by Archivist of records in his custody.Whenever it shall appear to the Archivist that there are in his custody any records that are without permanent value or historical interest to the Federal Government he shall submit lists thereof to Congress in the manner provided by section 3 of this Act: Provided, however, That the Archivist shall not report to Congress, under the provisions of this section, records of any existing agency of the United States without the written consent of the said agency. (Aug. 5, 1939, sec. 9, 53 Sat. 1221; 44 U.S.C., sec. 359.)
2012–10. Exclusiveness of procedure for disposal of records. The procedures herein prescribed to be followed are exclusive, and no records of the United States Government may be alienated or destroyed except by authority sought and obtained under the provisions of this Act. (Aug. 5, 1939, sec. 10, 53 Stat. 1221; 44 U. S. C., sec. 360.)
2012–11. Repeal of inconsistent laws.-All Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed. (Aug. 5, 1939, sec. 11, 53 Stat. 1221; 44 U. S. C., sec. 361.)
2012-12. Disposal of photographed records authorized.—That whenever any agency of the United States Government shall have photographed or microphotographed all or any part of the records kept by or in the agency in a manner and on film that complies with the minimum standards of quality approved for permanent photographic records by the National Bureau of Standards, and whenever such photographs or microphotographs shall be placed in conveniently accessible files and provision made for preserving, examining, and using the same, the head of such agency may, with the approval of the Archivist of the United States, cause the original records from which the photographs or microphotographs have been made or any part thereof to be disposed of according to methods prescribed by law, provided records of the same specific kind in the particular agency have been previously authorized for disposition by Congress. (Sept. 24, 1940, Sec. 1, 54 Stat. 958.)
MERCHANT MARINE ACT, 1928 2019. Transportation of Governmental officials. This section was repealed by Act of June 29, 1936, sec. 903, 49 Stat. 2016. It was reenacted in substance by section 901 of the repealing act. See par. 2019-1, infra.]