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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE,

March 31, 1958. Hon. WILLIAM L. DAWSON, Chairman, Committee on Government Operations,

House of Representatives, Washington, D.O. DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: This letter is in response to your request of March 21, 1958, for a report on H. R. 11516, a bill to amend the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 to permit the donation of surplus property to volunteer fire-fighting organizations.

This bill is identical with H. R. 2552, H. R. 3406, and H. R. 7929, on which we submitted a report to you on August 1, 1957. (That report also covered six other bills, i, e., H. R. 242, H. R. 2504, H. R. 4007, H. R. 4107, H. R. 5451, and H. R. 6316.)

For the reasons stated in our report of August 1, 1957, we recommend against enactment of HR. 11516. Sincerely yours,

E. L. RICHARDSON, Acting Secretary.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE,

May 8, 1958. Hon. WILLIAM L. DAWSON, Chairman, Committee on Government Operations,

House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: This letter is in response to your request of April 28, 1958, for a report on H. R. 12025, a bill to amend the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 to permit the donation of surplus property to volunteer fire-fighting organizations.

This bill is identical with H. R. 2552, H. R. 3406, and H. R. 7929, on which we submitted a report to you on August 1, 1957. (That report also covered six other bills, i. e., H. R. 242, H. R. 2504, H. R. 4007, H. R. 4107, H. R. 5451, and H. R. 6316.)

For the reasons stated in our report of August 1, 1957, we recommend against enactment of H. R. 12025. Sincerely yours,

E. L. RICHARDSON, Acting Secretary.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE,

June 26, 1958. Hon. WILLIAM L. Dawson, Ch man, Committee on Government Operations,

House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: This letter is in response to your request of June 18, 1958, for a report on H. R. 12959, a bill to amend the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 to permit the donation of surplus property to volunteer fire-fighting organizations.

This bill is identical with H. R. 2552, H. R. 3406, and H. R. 7929, on which we submitted a report to you on August 1, 1957. (That report also covered six other bills, i. e., H. R. 242, H. R. 2504, H. R. 4007, H. R. 4107, H. R. 5451, and H. R. 6316.)

For the reasons stated in our report of August 1, 1957, we recommend against enactment of H. R. 12959. Sincerely yours,

E. L. RICHARDSON, Assistant Secretary.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE,

August 4, 1958. Hon. WILLIAM L. DAWSON, Chairman, Committee on Government Operations,

House of Representatives, Washington, D.O. DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: This letter is in response to your request of June 25, 1958, for a report on H. R. 13085, a bill to amend section 203 of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 to provide for the donation of surplus property to public libraries.

This bill would amend sections 203 (j) and (k) of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 so as to authorize donations of surplus personal property, and disposal of surplus real property with a public benefit allowance, to public libraries.

With respect to real property, enactment of the bill would serve no purpose because public libraries are already considered eligible under section 203 (k) of the act, above mentioned, which governs the disposal of real property for educational purposes to States and political subdivisions and instrumentalities thereof and tax-supported and other nonprofit educational institutions.

Insofar as personal property is concerned, this bill, as you know, is one of numerous bills, pending before your committee, which would extend eligibility under the present donation program to organizations or activities not now eligible. While none of the other bills so far introduced at this session would apply to public libraries, the reasons which militate against extension of this program at this time to the kinds of activities and organizations covered by those bills, and which are set forth at length in our report of August 1, 1957, on H. R. 242 and eight other bills, are also applicable to the present bill.

We, therefore, recommend against enactment of H. R. 13085.

The Bureau of the Budget advises that it perceives no objection to the submission of this report to your committee. Sincerely yours,

ELLIOT L. RICHARDSON, Assistant Secretary.

EXHIBIT 7-REPLY FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY,

Washington, January 15, 1958. Hon. WILLIAM L. DAWSON,

Chairman, Committee on Government Operations. DEAR MR. DAWSON: This responds to your request for the views of this Department on H. R. 9522, a bill to amend the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 to authorize the disposal of surplus property to certain welfare agencies.

This Department makes no recommendation regarding the enactment of the bill.

This measure would extend to qualified tax-supported or tax-exempt welfare or recreational agencies the same opportunity to acquire surplus personal property by donations as is now enjoyed by public health, educational, and civil defense organizations. Since the provisions of the bill would apply to surplus property only, which is by definition property not needed by this Department for any purpose, the desirability of the enactment of the bill becomes a matter for general policy determination by the General Services Administration, the agency which has primary responsibility in the disposal of surplus Government property, and by the Bureau of the Budget.

The Bureau of the Budget has advised that there is no objection to the submissic this report to your committee. Sincerely yours,

D. OTIS BEASLEY, Administrative Assistant, Secretary of the Interior.

EXHIBIT 8 REPLIES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY,

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY,

Washington, D. C., May 13, 1957. Hon. WILLIAM L. DAWSON, Chairman, Committee on Government Operations,

House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN : Your request for comment on H. R. 242, a bill to amend the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 to permit the donation of surplus property to certain community organizations has been assigned to this Department by the Secretary of Defense for the preparation of a report expressing the views of the Department of Defense.

The purpose of this bill is to authorize the Administrator of General Services to donate surplus property to volunteer fire departments, volunteer rescue or lifesaving squads, which perform community services that would be performed by the State, or its political subdivisions, if not performed by such organizations. The determination as to whether the property is usable and necessary shall be made by the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare.

The proposal broadens the donation program to include volunteer fire departments and volunteer rescue or lifesaving squads among those entitled to receive surplus property of the Federal Government without cost, except for cost of care and handling.

The views of the Department of Defense are in accord with those of the Senate Committee on Government Operations expressed as follows in Senate report 2267 of the 84th Congress (Report on H. R. 7227, a bill extending the donation program to include the Federal Civil Defense Agency):

"The subcommittee on reorganization also gave consideration to other proposals pending before the committee for extension of the donable provisions of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act, as related to the disposal of surplus property including soil conservation district, welfare camps, and 4-H Clubs, but recommended against including additional groups or agencies.

“The action of the committee, in opposing further extensions at this time, accords with the views of some of the Federal agencies concerned with surplus property disposals, which held that further spreading of distributions under the program would create difficult administrative problems and seriously impair the benefits presently accruing to educational and public health activities. This view also accords with the recommendations of the Hoover Commission. * * *"

This Department desires to take this opportunity to point out that it opposes making certain supplies capitalized under working-capital funds available for donation without reimbursement. Such opposition was noted in connection with the consideration of H. R. 3322, which was subsequently enacted as Public Law 61 of the 84th Congress.

Therefore the Department of the Navy, on behalf of the Department of Defense, does not favor the enactment of H. R. 242.

This report has been coordinated within the Department of Defense in accordance with procedures prescribed by the Secretary of Defense.

The Department of the Navy has been advised by the Bureau of the Budget
that there is no objection to the submission of this report on H. R. 242 to the
Congress.
Sincerely yours,

E. C. STEPHAN,
Rear Admiral, United States Navy,

Chief of Legislative Liaison
(For the Secretary of the Navy).

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DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY,
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY,

Washington, D.C.
Hon. WILLIAM L. DAWSON,
Chairman, Committee on Government Operations,

House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN : Your request for comment on H. R. 2504, a bill to
provide that Government surplus property may be donated to 4-H Clubs for the
construction, equipment, and operation of camps and centers, has been assigned
to this Department by the Secretary of Defense for the preparation of a report
thereon expressing the views of the Department of Defense.

The purpose of this bill is to amend the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act (40 U. S. C. 484) to authorize the Administrator of General Services to donate, without cost, to 4-H Clubs such property as is determined to be usable and necessary for the construction, equipment, and operation of 4-H Club camps and centers. The determination whether surplus property is usable and necessary for the construction, equipment, and operation of 4-H Club camps and centers shall be made by the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare.

The proposal broadens the donation program to include 4-H Clubs among those entitled to receive surplus property of the Federal Government without cost, except for cost of care and handling.

The views of the Department of Defense are in accord with those of the Senate Committee on Government Operations expressed as follows in Senate Report 2267 of the 84th Congress (report on H. R. 7227, a bill extending the donation program to include the Federal Civil Defense Agency):

“The Subcommittee on Reorganization also gave consideration to other proposals pending before the committee for extension of the donable provisions of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act, as related to the disposal of surplus property, including soil conservation districts, welfare camps, and 4-H Clubs, but recommended against including additional groups or agencies.

“The action of the committee, in opposing further extensions at this time, accords with the views of some of the Federal agencies concerned with surplus property disposals, which held that further spreading of distributions under the program would create difficult administrative problems and seriously impair the benefits presently accruing to educational and public health activities. This view also accords with the recommendations of the Hoover Commission. * * *”

However, this Department desires to take this opportunity to point out that it opposes making certain supplies capitalized under working-capital funds available for donation without reimbursement. Such opposition was noted in connection with the consideration of H. R. 3322, which was subsequently enacted as Public Law 61 of the 84th Congress.

It should be noted that the bill is technically inaccurate, since subsections (m) and (n) were added to section 203 of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 by Public Law 61 of the 84th Congress (69 Stat. 83).

In view of the foregoing, the Department of the Navy on behalf of the Department of Defense does not favor the enactment of H. R. 2504.

This report has been coordinated within the Department of Defense in accordance with procedures prescribed by the Secretary of Defense.

The Department of the Navy has been advised by the Bureau of the Budget
that there is no objection to the submission of this report on H. R. 2504 to the
Congress.
Sincerely yours,

John S. McCain, Jr.,
Captain, United States Navy,

Chief of Legislative Liaison
(For the Secretary of the Navy).

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY,

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY,

Washington, D. C., June 27, 1958.
Hon. WILLIAM L. DAWSON,
Chairman, Committee on Government Operations,

House of Representatives, Washington, D. C.
MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: Your request for comment on H. R. 4107 and H. R.
6316, bills to amend the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of

1949 to permit the donation of surplus property to volunteer fire-fighting organizations, volunteer reserve services, squads, and first-aid crews," has been referred to this Department by the Secretary of Defense for the preparation of a report thereon expressing the views of the Department of Defense.

The purpose of H. R. 4107 and H. R. 6316 is to amend the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 to include volunteer fire-fighting organizations, volunteer reserve services, squads, and first-aid crews within the class of agencies which are eligible to receive surplus Government property.

While the broadening of the donation program to cover additional agencies may add delays and difficulties to the ultimate disposal of surplus property it will not impede the determination of Department of Defense excess property, nor the disposition of such property by the Department of Defense. It should be pointed out that the continued addition of eligible donees as proposed by this bill will open the disposal program to real possibilities of abuse and impair the benefits accruing to present eligible donees.

The responsibility for making determinations as to recipients of surplus property and the authority to dispose of the property are placed in agencies outside the Department of Defense. The Department of the Navy, therefore, on behalf of the Department of Defense, neither favors nor opposes enactment of H. R. 4107 and H. R. 6316.

H. R. 4107 and H. R. 6316 appear to be technically incorrect in that the amendments to subsection 203 (J) (1) and (J) (2) do not take into consideration the amendments made to those subsections by the act of July 3, 1956 (70 Stat. 493, ch. 513; 40 U. S. C. 484 (J) (1) and (2)). Sections 3 and 4 of the bill also appear to be incorrect in the reference to subsection 203 (M) and (N).

This report has been coordi'iated within the Department of Defense in accordance with procedures prescribed by the Secretary of Defense.

The Department of the Navy has been advised by the Bureau of the Budget that there is no objection to the submission of this report to the Congress. Sincerely yours,

R. Y, McELROY,
Captain, United States Navy,
Deputy Director, Legislative Liaison

(For the Secretary of the Navy).

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DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY,

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY,

Washington, D. C., May 13, 1957. Hon. WILLIAM L. DAWSON, Chairman, Committee on Government Operations,

House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN : Your request for comment on H. R. 5451, a bill to amend section 203 of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 to permit the disposal of surplus property to municipalities, has been assigned to this Department by the Secretary of Defense for the preparation of a report, expressing the views of the Department of Defense.

The purpose of H. R. 5451 is to permit the donation of surplus governmental property to municipalities. The proposal broadens the donation program to include municipal governments among those entitled to receive surplus property of the Federal Government without cost, except for cost of care and handling.

The views of the Department of Defense are in accord with those of the Senate Committee on Government Operations expressed as follows in Senate Report 2267 of the 84th Congress (report ou H. R. 7227, a bill extending the donation program to include the Federal Civil Defense Agency):

“The Subcommittee on Reorganization also gave consideration to other proposals pending before the committee for extension of the donable provisions of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act, as related to the disposal of surplus property, including soil conservation districts, welfare camps, and 4-H Clubs, but recommended against including additional groups or agencies.

"The action of the committee, in opposing further extensions at this time, accords with the views of some of the Federal agencies concerned with surplus property disposals, which held that further spreading of distributions under the program would create difficult administrative problems and seriously

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