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vided, such contractor or subcontractor may, within six months after decision by such head of a department or the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, file a claim in the Court of Claims. June 19, 1912, c. 174, § 1, 37 Stat. 137; June 25, 1948, c. 646, § 19, 62 Stat. 989.

Section 325. Same; contracts expected; work included; waiver

in time of war; when penalty not to be imposed;

eight-hour law not affected. Nothing in section 324 of this title shall apply to contracts for transportation by land or water, or for the transmission of intelligence, or for the purchase of supplies by the Government, whether manufactured to conform to particular specifications or not, or for such materials or articles as may usually be bought in open market, except armor and armor plate, whether made to conform to particular specifications or not, or to the construction or repair of levees or revetments necessary for protection against floods or overflows on the navigable waters of the United States : Provided, That all classes of work which have been, or may be performed by the Government shall, when done by contract, by individuals, firms, or corporations for or on behalf of the United States or any of the Territories or the District of Columbia, be performed in accordance with the terms and provisions of section 324 of this title. The President, by Executive Order, may waive the provisions and stipulations in this section and section 324 of this title as to any specific contract or contracts during time of war or a time when war is imminent. No penalties shall be imposed for any violation of such provision in such contract due to any extraordinary events or conditions of manufacture, or to any emergency caused by fire, famine, or flood, by danger to life or to property, or by other extraordinary event or condition on account of which the President shall subsequently declare the violation to have been excusable. Nothing in this section or section 324 of this title shall be construed to repeal or modify sections 321-323 of this title, or apply to contracts entered into under the provisions of appropriation Acts approved prior to June 19, 1912. June 19, 1912, c. 174, § 2, 37 Stat. 138.

Section 325a. Same; computation of wages on basic day rate of

eight hours; work in excess of day rate. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the wages of every laborer and mechanic employed by any contractor or subcontractor engaged in the performance of any contract of the character specified in section 324 and 325 of this title, shall be computed on a basic day rate of eight hours per day and work in excess of eight hours per day shall be permitted upon compensation for all hours worked in excess of eight hours per day at not less than one and one-half times the basic rate of pay. Sept. 9, 1940, 9 a.m., E.S.T., c 717, Title III, § 303, 54 Stat. 884.

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Section 326. Suspension of eight-hour law in case of emergency;

overtime pay. In case of national emergency the President is authorized to suspend provisions of law prohibiting more than eight hours labor in any one day of persons engaged upon work covered by contracts with the United States: Provided, That the wages of persons employed upon such contracts shall be computed on a basic day rate of eight hours work, with overtime rates to be paid for at not less than time and one-half for all hours work in excess of eight hours. Mar. 4, 1917, c. 180, 39 Stat. 1192.

CHAPTER 6.-ACQUISITION OF SITES FOR AND

CONSTRUCTION OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS

Section 345b. Disposition of obsolete buildings and sites; price;

gift of sites to municipalities for street-widening

purposes. In order to suitably dispose of certain Federal buildings and the sites thereof under the control of the Administrator of General Services, which have been supplanted by new structures, and for which the Administrator of General Services has determined there is no further Federal need, he is authorized, in his discretion, if he deems it to be in the best interests of the Government, to sell such buildings and sites or parts of sites to States, counties, municipalities, or other duly constituted political subdivisions of States for public use upon such terms, pursuant to such rules and regulations promulgated by him, as he deems proper, and to convey the same by the usual quit-claim deed, and he may enter into long-term contracts for the payment of the purchase price in such installments as he deems fair and reasonable and may furthermore waive any requirements for interest charges on deferred payments : Provided, That the total purchase price shall in no case be less than 50 per centum of the appraised value of the land, the appraisal to be made by the Administrator of General Services: Provided further, That the proceeds of the sales shall be deposited in the Treasury as miscellaneous receipts.

Sec. 2. (a) Whenever a State or political subdivision of a State makes application therefor in connection with an authorized widening of a public highway, street, or alley, the head of the executive agency having control over the affected real property of the United States may convey or otherwise transfer, with or without consideration, to such State or political subdivision for

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such highway, street, or alley widening purposes, such interest in such real property as he determines will not be adverse to the interests of the United States, subject to such terms and conditions as he deems necessary to protect the interests of the United States.

(b) As used in this section the term 'executive agency' means any executive department or independent establishment in the executive branch of the Government of the United States, including any wholly owned Government corporation,

(c) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to authorize the conveyance or other transference of any interest in real property which can be transferred to a State or political subdivision of a State for highway purposes under title 23 of the United States Code. Aug. 26, 1935, c. 684, 49 Stat. 800; 1939 Reorg. Plan No. I, $$ 301, 303, eff. July 1, 1939, 4. F.R. 2729, 53 Stat. 1426, 1427; June 30, 1949, c. 288, Title 1, § 103, 63 Stat. 380, as amended July 7, 1960, Pub. L. 86–608, 74 Stat. 363.

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Section 356. Lease-purchase contracts-Authority to procure

space; terms; limitation on amount. (a) Whenever the Administrator of General Services determines that (1) the needs for space for the permanent activities of the Federal Government in any particular area cannot be satisfied by utilization of any existing property suitable for the purpose then owned by the Government, and (2) the best interests of the United States will be served by taking action hereunder, he is authorized to obtain and provide space for the accommodation of activities of the Government in the several States, the District of Columbia, and the Territories and possessions of the United States (including Guam), except for the accommodation of activities of the Post Office Department, by negotiating and entering into purchase contracts, the terms of which shall not be less than ten nor more than twenty-five years and which shall provide in each case that title to the property shall vest in the United States at or before the expiration of the contract term and upon fulfillment of the terms and conditions stipulated in each of such purchase contracts. Such terms and conditions shall include provision for the application to the purchase price agreed upon therein of installment payments made thereunder including provision for the exchange of surplus real property or real property which may become surplus as a result of such agreement, where the Administrator determines that the best interests of the Government in economy and efficiency of operation will be served. Every purchase contract entered into pursuant to sections 37a, 297, 297a, 298– 2980, 345, and 352–357 of this title shall provide for equal annual payments for the amortization of principal with interest thereon and the administrator shall not enter into any such contract unless the amount of the annual payment required by such contract plus the aggregate of the annual payments required by all other purchase contracts entered into during the same fiscal year do not exceed the specific limitations on such payments which shall be provided in appropriation acts: Provided, That prior to July 1, 1955, a limitation of not to exceed $5,000,000 is established for such purpose.

Utilization of existing property (b) The Administrator of General Services is authorized to exercise the powers granted in this section with respect to existing properties, including those for which conversions, additions, extensions or remodeling may be required, and properties upon which construction is to be subsequently effected in pursuance of the terms of applicable purchase contracts. Agreements to effectuate purposes; development

and improvement of land (c) The Administrator of General Services is authorized to enter into agreements with any person, copartnership, corporation, or other public or private entity, to effectuate any of the purposes of this section; and is further authorized to bring about the development and improvement of any land owned by the United States and under the control of the General Services Administration including the demolition of obsolete and outmoded structures situated thereon, by providing for the construction thereon by others of such structures and facilities as shall be the subject of the applicable purchase contracts.

Contract provisions; limitations on amount of payments (d) Each such purchase contract shall include such provisions as the Administrator of General Services, in his discretion, shall deem to be in the best interests of the United States and appropriate to secure the performance of the obligations imposed upon the party or parties that shall enter into such agreement with the United States: Provided, That no such agreement may provide for the payment by the United States in pursuance of the terms thereof of moneys in an aggregate annual amount in excess of 15 per centum of the appraised fair market value of the property at the date of the purchase contract, or in the case of property where construction shall not have been completed at that date in excess of 15 per centum of the fair market value at the date of completion of such construction. No such purchase contract shall provide for any payments to be made by the United States in excess of the amount necessary, as determined by the Administrator, to

(1) amortize

(A) the cost of improvements to be constructed plus the fair market value, on the date of the agreement, of the site, if owned or acquired by the contractor; or

(B) the fair market value, on the date of the agreement, of completed improvements together with the site hereof; or

(C) a combination of the foregoing in the case of existing improvements to be remodeled by the contractor; and

(2) provide a reasonable rate of interest on the outstanding principal as determined under (1) above; and

(3) reimburse the contractor for the cost of any other obligations assumed by him under the contract, including (but not limited to) payment of taxes, costs of carrying appropriate insurance, and costs of repair and maintenance if so assumed by the contractor.

Congressional approval; submission of prospectus (e) No appropriations shall be made for purchase contract projects which have not been approved by resolutions adopted by the Committees on Public Works of the Senate and House of Representatives, respectively, within three years after July 22, 1954. For the purpose of securing consideration of said approval the Administrator shall transmit to each such Committee a prospectus of the proposed project, including (but not limited to)

(1) a brief description of the building located or to be erected at a given location;

(2) an estimate of the maximum cost of site and building together with the term of years over which payments would run and the maximum rate of interest that would be acceptable for any deferred part of such cost;

(3) a certificate of need for the space signed by the head of the agency or agencies which will use the facility;

(4) a statement by the Administrator of the General Services Administration that suitable space owned by the Government is not available and that suitable rental space is not available at a price commensurate with that to be afforded through the contract proposed;

(5) a statement of the managerial, custodial, heat and utility services to be provided by the contractor, or an estimate of their probable cost if to be supplied in any part by the Government;

(6) a statement of the requirements for tax liability, upkeep and maintenance of the property by either the contractor or the Government during the period of the contract;

(7) a statement of rents and other housing costs currently being paid by the Government for any agencies to be housed in the building to be erected; and

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