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HEARINGS

BEFORE A

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE lo S. Congress flows. COMMITTEE ON EXPENDITURES IN THE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS .
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

EIGHTY-FIRST CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

H. R. 2781

A BILL TO REORGANIZE AND SIMPLIFY THE
PROCUREMENT, UTILIZATION, AND DIS-
POSAL OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTY,

AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

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COMMITTEE ON EXPENDITURES IN THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS

WILLIAM L. DAWSON, Illinois, Chairman CHET HOLIFIELD, California

CLARE E. HOFFMAN, Michigan HENDERSON LANHAM, Georgia

ROBERT F. RICH, Pennsylvania PORTER HARDY, JR., Virginia

R. WALTER RIEHLMAN, New York
FRANK M. KARSTEN, Missouri

RALPH HARVEY, Indiana
JOHN W. MCCORMACK, Massachusetts CHARLES A. HALLECK, Indiana
HERBERT C. BONNER, North Carolina WILLIAM L. PFEIFFER, New York
GEORGE G. SADOWSKI, Michigan

HAROLD 0. LOVRE, South Dakota
WALTER B. HUBER, Ohio
JOHN A. BLATNIK, Minnesota
HAROLD D. DONOHUE, Massachusetts
EARL T. WAGNER, Ohio
ROBERT L. COFFEY, JR., Pennsylvania
WILLIAM P. BOLTON, Maryland
M. G. BURNSIDE, West Virginia
RICHARD BOLLING, Missouri
ANTHONY F. TAURIELLO, New York
LOUIS B. HELLER, New York

CHRISTINE RAY Davis, Clerk

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE REORGANIZATION SUBCOMMITTEE

CHET HOLIFIELD, California, Chairman JOHN A. BLATNIK, Minnesota

CLARE E. HOFFMAN, Michigan
M. G. BURNSIDE, West Virginia

RALPH HARVEY, Indiana
RICHARD BOLLING, Missouri
LOUIS B. HELLER, New York

DOROTHY. MORRISON, Clerk

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55, 201

Joss, John H., general counsel, War Assets Administration.-

62

King, Leland W., chief, Foreign Buildings Division-

83

MacLeod, Willis S., Deputy Director, Standards Branch, Bureau of

Federal Supply -

193, 201

Manasco, Hon. Carter, member of the Commission on Organization of

the Executive Branch of the Government.

115

Moore, William H., in behalf of National Committee of State Educa-
tional Agencies for Surplus Property --

96

Murphy, Francis T., Deputy Foreign Liquidation Commissioner..

80

Niederlehner, Leonard, counsel for the Munitions Board---

60, 96

Reid, James L., cochairman, legislative committee of the national com-

mittee, State Educational Agencies for Surplus Property, Washing-

ton, D. C-----

142

Ring, Rear Adm. Morton L., Vice Chief, Office of Naval Material, Navy

Department -

1891

Scammahorn, James, Assistant Director of Finance, Department of
Agriculture_-

63
Ward, Ray, administrative analyst, Bureau of the Budget_-

95, 208
Weitzel, Frank H., assistant to the Comptroller General..

95
right, William D., Chief, Division of Central Services_

86

Letters, memorandums, and statements submitted for the record by-

Anderson, Hon. Jack Z., a Representative in Congress from the State

of California, statement--

181

Brannan, Charles F., Secretary of Agriculture, letter to Hon Chet
Holifield, March 25, 1949_.

89

Bryan, Belton O., assistant legal adviser, State Department, state-

ment.

78,94

Elliott, Maxwell H., Federal Works Agency, statement, Federal Prop-

erty Act, H. R. 2781, section-by-section analysis.

13

Forrestal, James, memorandum to Secretary of the Army, Secretary of

the Navy, and Secretary of the Air Force, May 12, 1948.

245

Gray, Gordon, Assistant Secretary of the Army, statement-

139, 173

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Letters, memorandums, and statements submitted for the record by—Continued
Hale, Matthew, Acting Solicitor, Commerce Department, to Secretary

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of Commerce, March 24, 1949---

237
MacLeod, Willis S., Deputy Director, Standards Branch, Bureau of
Federal Supply, statement-

243
Patterson, S. W., in behalf of National Committee of State Educational

Agencies for Surplus Property, letter to Thomas A. Kennedy, April
1, 1949

210
Reasons for procuring and stocking before cataloging----

247
Reasons for the existence of operating catalogs in the services, bureaus
and commands of the National Military Establishment-

247
Reid, James L., cochairman, legislative committee of the national com-

mittee, State Educational Agencies for Surplus Property, statement 143
Ring, Rear Adm., Morton L., Vice Chief, Office of Naval Material, Navy
Department, statement-

188, 226
Roosevelt, Franklin D., letter to Hon. Harold D. Smith, January 18,
1945

212
Sawyer, Charles, Secretary of Commerce, letter to Hon. William L.
Dawson, March 25, 1949_.

236
Smith, Hon. Harold D., Director, Bureau of the Budget, letter to Hon.
Henry Morgenthau, Jr., March 6, 1945-

212
State Department, statement-

246
Timberlake, Maj. Gen., Patrick W., Munitions Board, National Military

Establishment and Clifton E. Mack, Bureau of Federal Supply,
Treasury Department, statement-

211
Tobin, Maurice J., Secretary of Labor, letter to Hon. William L. Daw-
son, March 25, 1949_-

239
Totten, Robert L.:
Letter to Thomas A. Kennedy, April 15, 19:19

243
Statement----

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Warren, Lindsay C., Comptroller General of the United States :
Letter to Hon. John L. McClellan, April 28, 1949_

215
Letter to Hon. William L. Dawson, April 14, 1949-.

239
Warren, Lindsay C., Comptroller General of the United States, John

W. Snyder, Secretary of the Treasury and James E. Webb, Director,
Bureau of the Budget :
Statement-

215
Joint program for improving accounting in the Federal Govern-

ment, January 6, 1949_

LA

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE REORGANIZATION SUBCOM-
MITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON EXPENDITURES IN THE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS,

Washington, D.C.
The subcommittee met, pursuant to call, at 9:30 a. m., Hon. Chet
Holifield (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding:

Mr. HOLIFIELD. Gentlemen, we are here, as you know, to have a
preliminary discussion on H. R. 2781, a bill to reorganize and simplify
the procurement, utilization, and disposal of Government property,
and for other purposes, which will be placed in the record at this point.

(H. R. 2781 is as follows:)

[H. R. 2781, 81st Cong., 1st sess.)
A BILL To reorganize and simplify the procurement, utilization, and disposal of Govern-

ment property, and for other purposes
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States
of America in Congress assembled,

SHORT TITLE

SECTION 1. That this Act may be cited as the "Federal Property Act of 1949."

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Sec. 2. Declaration of policy.

Sec. 3. Definitions.

TITLE I-PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Sec. 101. Transfer of the Bureau of Federal Supply to the Federal Works Agency

and transfer for liquidation of the affairs of the War Assets Admin-

istration to the Federal Works Agency.

Sec. 102. Procurement, warehousing, and related activities.

Sec. 103. Property utilization.

Sec. 104. Disposal of surplus property.

Sec. 105. Proceeds from transfer or disposition of property.

Sec. 106. Policies, regulations, and delegations.

Sec. 107. Surveys and standardization.

Sec. 108. Applicability of antitrust laws.

Sec. 109. Employment of personnel.

Sec. 110. Civil remedies and penalties.

Sec. 111. Reports to Congress.

TITLE II-FOREIGN EXCESS PROPERTY

Sec. 201. Disposal of foreign excess property.

Sec. 202. Methods and terms of disposal.

Sec. 203. Proceeds; foreign currencies.

Sec. 204. Miscellaneous provisions.

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