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company and reported to the Board in accordance with section 1 of this joint resolution. The Board shall, from time to time, determine, and certify on proper voucher to the Secretary of the Treasury, the amount of payment due to each employer or other company pursuant to this section: Provided, however, That no payment shall be certified or made with respect to any item in such reports as concerns the record of employees sixty-five years of age or over who have filed application for annuity, or with respect to any report not furnished on or before June 30, 1943. Upon such certification, the Secretary of the Treasury shall pay such amount to such employer or other company from the special fund hereinafter established. Whenever any employer or other company furnishes through any other employer or other company any report required by the first section of this joint resolution to be furnished, the Board may certify the payment to be made to the employer or other company through whom such report is furnished, and payment in accordance with such certification shall discharge all'obligations arising hereunder with respect to such report.

Sec. 3. If any employer or other company fails to exercise due care and diligence in carrying out its duties under this joint resolution, the Board, by its employees, may transcribe the necessary data from records in the possession of such employer or other company, which records shall be made available as the Board may require, and no payment shall be due to any employer or other company for or on account of any records transcribed by employees of the Board.

SEC. 4. Reports, records, and data acquired by the Board pursuant to this joint resolution shall be so assembled and processed by the Board as to provide as nearly as practicable a complete record, by individuals, of all service and compensation prior to January 1, 1937, creditable under the Railroad Retirement Act of 1937 or the Railroad Retirement Act of 1935. The Board shall take steps reasonably calculated to give notice of such record to each individual with respect to whom such record is established. Direct communication, transmission to employers for delivery, public advertisement, or such other means as the Board may determine, shall constitute due notice to all such individuals: Provided, however, That, unless the Board's records show that actual notice was received through other means by an indi. vidual for whom the Board has an address on file and such notice is evidenced by a receipt signed by such individual, notice to such individual shall include the mailing of notice to the last address on file with the Board. Whenever the Board shall determine that reasonable notice has been given it shall so find and shall enter such finding upon its records. Such finding may be made with respect to all individuals or, from time to time, with respect to described classes of individuals. Any record established as herein above provided, which is not contested within two years after the finding of reasonable notice hereinabove provided for has been entered upon the records of the Board, shall be presumed to include all service rendered and compensation earned prior to January 1, 1937, by the individual to whom such record relates, and, unless shown by new and manifestly convincing evidence to be clearly erroneous, shall be conclusive: Provided, however, That such record shall in no wise restrict the authority of the Board to determine, upon the filing of an application for an annunity, that some or all of the service or compensation so recorded is not service or compensation as said terms are defined in the Railroad Retirement Acts or that under the provisions of the applicable Railroad Retirement Act some or all of the service or compensation so recorded is not to be used in the computation of an annunity. The Board may also take steps, through publication or otherwise, reasonably calculated to give notice of the carrying out of this joint resolution, to individuals with respect to whom no record of service or compensation is established. Whenever the Board shall determine that such steps have been taken it shall so find and shall enter such findings upon its records. With respect to each individual who does not, within two years after such finding has been entered upon the records of the Board, request the establishment of a record of his service and compensation, the fact that no such record is established shall be presumed to show that such individual, prior to January 1, 1937, rendered no service and earned no compensation as said terms are defined in the applicable Railroad Retirement Act, and such presumption shall be rebuttable only by new and manifestly convincing evidence showing it to be clearly erroneous.

Sec. 5. The Board is hereby authorized to promulgate such orders, rules, and regulations as in its judgment are necessary or proper to carry out the purposes of this joint resolution. All powers and remedies including legal processes available to the Board under the Railroad Retirement Act of 1937 for the administration of said Act shall be similarly available to the Board for the carrying out of this joint resolution.

Sec. 6. In order to carry out the purposes of this joint resolution, there shall be set aside on July 1, 1940, in a special fund $9,000,000 of the amount appropriated to the Railroad Retirement Account by the Railroad Retirement Board Appropriation Act, 1941, such fund to remain available until June 30, 1943, for expenditure in accordance with the provisions of section 2 of this joint resolution. Any unobligated balance on June 30, 1943, in the special fund hereby established shall revert to the Railroad Retirement Account.

Sec. 7. No provision of this joint resolution shall be construed in any manner to limit or impair any authority, power, or discretion conferred upon or vested in the Board by the Railroad Retirement Act of 1935, the Railroad Retirement Act of 1937, or the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act.

Approved, October 9, 1940.

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[PUBLIC LAW 520—77T2 CONGRESS]
(CHAPTER 227—2D SESSION)

(H. R. 6387)

AN ACT To extend the crediting of military service under the Railroad Retirement Acto,

and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Act approved June 24, 1937 (50 Stat. 307), entitled “An Act to amend an Act entitled 'An Act to establish a retirement system for employees of carriers subject to the Interstate Commerce Act, and for other purposes', approved August 29, 1935”, as amended, is hereby amended as follows:

Subsection (a) of section 3A is hereby amended to read as follows:

“(a) For the purposes of determining eligibility for an annuity and computing an annuity, including a minimum annuity, there shall also be included in an individual's years of service, within the limitations hereinafter provided in this section, voluntary or involuntary military service of an individual within or without the United States during any war service period, including such military service prior to the date of enactment of this amendment: Provided, however, That such military service shall be included only subject to and in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of section 3, in the same manner as though military service were service rendered as an employee: Provided further, That an individual who entered military service prior to a war service period shall not be regarded as having been in military service in a war service period with respect to any part of the period for which he entered such military service."

SEC. 2. Subsection (b) of section 3A is hereby amended to read as follows:

"(b) For the purpose of this section and section 202, as amended, an individual shall be deemed to have been in ‘military service when commissioned or enrolled in the active service of the land or naval forces of the United States and until resignation or discharge therefrom; and the service of any individual in any reserve component of the land or naval forces of the United States, while serving in the land or naval forces of the United States for any period, even though less than thirty days, shall be deemed to have been active service in such force during such period.”

SEC. 3. Subsection (c) of section 3A is hereby amended to read as follows:

"(c) For the purpose of this section and section 202, as amended, a 'war service period' shall mean (1) any war period, or (2) with respect to any particular individual, any period during which such individual (i) having been in military service at the end of a war period, was requireď to continue in military service, or (ii) was required by call of the President, or by any Act of Congress or regulation, order, or proclamation pursuant thereto, to enter and con. tinue in military service, or (3) any period after September 7, 1939, with respect to which a state of national emergency was duly declared to exist which requires a strengthening of the national defense."

SEC. 4. Subsection (f) of section 3A is hereby amended to read as follows:

"(f) Military service shall not be included in the years of service of an individual unless, prior to the beginning of his military service in a war service period and in the same calendar year in which such military service began, or in the next preceding calendar year, the individual rendered service for compensation to an employer or to a person service to which is otherwise creditable under this Act, or lost time as an employee for which he received remuneration, or was serving as an employee representative.”

Sec. 5. Subsection (k) of section 3A is hereby amended to read as follows:

“(k) No person shall be entitled to an annuity, or to an increase in an annuity, based on military service unless a specific claim for credit for military service is filed with the Board by the individual who rendered such military service, and in no case shall an annuity, or an increase in an annuity, based on military service begin to accrue earlier than sixty days prior to the date on which such claim for credit for military service was filed with the Board nor before October 8, 1940: Provided, That this subsection shall not be construed to prevent payment of annuities with respect to accruals, not based on military service, prior to the date on which an annuity based on military service began to accrue.”

SEC. 6. Subsection (1) of section 3A is hereby amended to read as follows:

“(1) An individual who, before the ninety-first day after the date on which this amendment of section 3A is enacted was awarded an annuity under the Railroad Retirement Act of 1937 or the Railroad Retirement of 1935, but who had rendered military service which, if credited, would have resulted in an increase in his annuity, may, notwithstanding the previous award of an annuity, file with the Board an application for an increase in such annity based on his military service. Upon the filing of such application, if the Board finds that the military service thus claimed is creditable and would result in an increase in the annuity, the Board, notwithstanding the previous award, shall recertify the annuity on an increased basis in the same manner as though the provisions making military service creditable had been in effect at the time of the original certification subject, however, to the provisions of subsection (k) of this section. If the annuity previously awarded is a joint and survivor annuity, the increased annuity shall be a joint and survivor annuity of the same type, the actuarial value of the increase to be computed as of the effective date of the increase: Provided, however, That if on the date the increase begins to accrue the individual has no spouse for whom the election of the joint and survivor annuity was made, the increase on a single life basis shall be added to the individual's annuity."

SEC. 7. Immediately after subsection (1) of section 3A insert the following new subsection :

“(m) În determining the amount of death benefits payable under section 5, there shall be added to the aggregate compensation (deter

mined as provided in section 5) an amount equal to $160 multiplied by the number of months in which the deceased was in creditable military service after December 31, 1936: Provided, That if, under any other Act of Congress, there is payable with respect to the death of the individual any gratuitous death benefit, allowance, or pension by reason of military service on the basis of which, in whole or in part, death benefits payable under section 5 are increased under the provisions of this subsection, the amount of such increase shall be reduced by the total amount payable under such other Act or, if such total amount is unascertainable in advance, by the actuarial value thereof, as determined by the Board.”

Sec. 8. Subsection (m) of section 3A is hereby amended to read as follows:

"(n) In addition to the amount authorized to be appropriated in subsection (a) of section 15 of this Act, there is hereby authorized to be appropriated to the Railroad Retirement Account for each fiscal year, beginning with the fiscal year ending June 30, 1941, (i) an amount sufficient to meet the additional cost of crediting military service rendered prior to January 1, 1937, and (ii) an amount found by the Board to be equal to the amount of the total additional excise and income taxes which would have been payable during the preceding fiscal year under Subchapter B of Chapter 9 of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, with respect to the compensation, as defined in such Subchapter B, of all individuals entitled to credit under the Railroad Retirement Acts, as amended, for military service after December 31, 1936, if each of such individuals, in addition to compensation actually earned, had earned such compensation in the amount of $160 in each calendar month in which he was in such military service during such preceding fiscal year and such taxes were measured by all such compensation without limitation as to amount earned by any individual in any one calendar month. The additional cost of crediting military service rendered prior to January 1, 1937, shall be deemed to be the difference between the actuarial value of each annuity based in part on military service and the actuarial value of the annuity which would be payable to the same individual without regard to military service. In calculating these actuarial values, (1) whenever the annuity based in part on military service begins to accrue before age 60, the annuity without regard to military service shall be valued on the assumption of deferment to age 60, and whenever the annuity based in part on military service is awarded under subsection 2 (a) of section 2 (a), the annuity without regard to military service shall be valued on the assumption of deferment to age 65; and (2) all such actuarial values shall be calculated as of the date on which the annuity based on military service begins to accrue and shall not thereafter be subject to change. All such actuarial calculations shall be based on the Combined Annuity Table of Mortality and all calculations in this subsection shall take into account interest at the rate of 3 per centum per annum compounded annually. The Railroad Retirement Board, as promptly as practicable after the enactment of this amendment, and thereafter annually, shall submit to the Bureau of the Budget estimates of such military service appropriations to be made to the account, in addition to the annual estimate by the Board, in accordance with subsection (a) of section 15 of this Act, of the

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