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AN ACT To provide rewards for information concerning the illegal introduction into the United States, or the illegal manufacture or acquisition in the United States, of special nuclear material and atomic weapons

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the "Atomic Weapons and Special Nuclear Materials Rewards Act".

SEC. 2. Any person who furnishes original information to the United States(a) leading to the finding or other acquisition by the United States of special nuclear material or an atomic weapon which has been introduced into the United States or manufactured or acquired therein contrary to the laws of the United States, or

(b) with respect to the introduction or attempted introduction into the United States or the manufacture or acquisition or attempted manufacture or acquisition of, or a conspiracy to introduce into the United States or to manufacture or acquire, special nuclear material or an atomic weapon contrary to the laws of the United States, or

(c) with respect to the export or attempted export, or a conspiracy to export, special nuclear material or an atomic weapon from the United States contrary to the laws of the United States,

shall be rewarded by the payment of an amount not to exceed $500,000.

SEC. 3. The Attorney General shall determine whether a person furnishing Information to the United States is entitled to a reward and the amount to be paid pursuant to section 2. Before making a reward under this section the Attorney General shall advise and consult with the Atomic Energy Commisison. A reward of $50,000 or more may not be made without the approval of the President."!

1 Section 1 of Public Law 93-377 (88 Stat. 472) (1974) changed the name of this Act Prior to amendment, it was "Atomic Weapons Rewards Act of 1955".

Section 1 of Public Law 93-377 (88 Stat. 472) (1974) amended sections 2 and 3. Prior to amendment, these sections read as follows:

"SEC. 2. Any person who furnishes original information to the United States

(a) leading to the finding or other acquisition by the United States of any special nuclear material or atomic weapon which has been introduced into the United States, or which has been manufactured or acquired therein contrary to the laws of the United States, or

(b) with respect to an attempted introduction into the United States or an attempted manufacture or acquisition therein of any special nuclear material or atomic weapon, contrary to the laws of the United States,

shall be rewarded by the payment of an amount not to exceed $500,000.

"SEC. 3. An Awards Board consisting of the Secretary of the Treasury (who shall be the Chairman), the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, the Director of Central Intelligence, and of one member of the Atomic Energy Commission designated by that Commission, shall determine whether any person furnishing information to the United States is entitled to any award and the amount thereof to be paid pursuant to section 2. In deter mining whether any person furnishing information to the United States is entitled to an award and the amount of such award, the Board shall take into consideration

(a) whether or not the information is of the type specified in section 2, and (b) whether the person furnishing the information was an officer or employee of the United States and, if so, whether the furnishing of such information was in the line of duty of that person.

"Any reward of $50,000 or more shall be approved by the President."*

*Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1965 (79 Stat. 1321) had subsequently transferred the functions of the Awards Board to the Attorney General.

SEC. 4. If the information leading to an award under section 3 is furnished by an alien, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Director of Central Intelligence, acting jointly, may determine that the entry of such alien into the United States is in the public interest and, in that event, such alien and the members of his immediate family may receive immigrant visas and may be admitted to the United States for permanent residence, notwithstanding the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

SEC. 5. (a) The Attorney General is authorized to hold such hearings and make, promulgate, issue, rescind, and amend such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act.

(b) A determination made by the Attorney General under section 3 of this Act shall be final and conclusive and no court shall have power or jurisdiction to review it."

SEC. 6. Any awards granted under section 3 of this Act shall be certified by the Attorney General' and, together with the approval of the President in those cases where such approval is required, transmitted to the Director of Central Intelligence for payment out of funds appropriated or available for the administration of the National Security Act of 1947, as amended.

SEC. 7. As used in this Act

(a) The term "atomic energy" means all forms of energy released in the course of nuclear fission or nuclear transformation.

(b) The term "atomic weapon" means any device utilizing atomic energy, exclusive of the means for transporting or propelling the device (where such means is a separable and divisible part of the device), the principal purpose of which is for use as, or for development of, a weapon, a weapon prototype, or a weapon test device.

(c) The term "special nuclear material" means plutonium, or uranium enriched in the isotope 233 or in the isotope 235, or any other material which is found to be special nuclear material pursuant to the provisions of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.

(d) The term "United States," when used in a geographical sense, includes Puerto Rico, all Territories and possessions of the United States and the Canal Zone; except that in section 4, the term "United States" when so used shall have the meaning given to it in the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Approved July 15, 1955.

INDEX TO LEGISLATIVE HISTORY OF PUBLIC LAW 165, 84TH CONG.-S. 609

(Page references are to Congressional Record, 84th Cong., 1st sess.)

Mr. Hickenlooper and Mr. Anderson; Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, 543. Reported with amendment (S. Rept. 622), 8917.

Objected to, 9216.

Amended and passed Senate, 9361.

Amended and passed House, 10024.

Senate concurs in House amendment, 10075.

Examined and signed, 10120, 10206.
Presented to the President, 10122.

Approved [Public Law 165], 10649.

H.R. 78-companion

Mr. Cole; Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, 33.

H.R. 6901-companion

Mr. Cole; Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, 8776.
Reported with amendment (H. Rept. 901), 9138.
Amended and passed House, 9905.

Indefinitely postponed (S. 609 passed in lieu), 10075.

For Legislative History of amendments, see history of Public Law 93-377, Appendix A, supra.

Section 1 of Public Law 93-377 (88 Stat. 472) (1974) amended section 5. Previously, it read as follows:

"SEC. 5. The Board established under section 3 is authorized to hold such hearings and make, promulgate, issue, rescind, and amend such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act."

Section 1 of Public Law 93-377 (88 Stat. 472) (1974) substituted the words "Attorney General" for the words "Awards Board".

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