A-88752, SEPTEMBER 8, 1937, 17 COMP. GEN. 225

A-88752: Sep 8, 1937

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IS AVAILABLE FOR TRAVEL ABROAD BY MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE FOR RECIPROCITY INFORMATION IF SUCH TRAVEL IS ADMINISTRATIVELY DETERMINED TO BE NECESSARY FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE APPROPRIATION. IS AS FOLLOWS: THE DEPARTMENT RESPECTFULLY REQUESTS YOUR DECISION RELATIVE TO THE AVAILABILITY OF APPROPRIATED FUNDS UNDER THE HEADING "PROMOTION OF FOREIGN TRADE" (PUBLIC NO. 153. THAT PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE APPROPRIATION CARRIED UNDER THE HEADING "PROMOTION OF FOREIGN TRADE" IS "FOR THE PURPOSE OF CARRYING INTO EFFECT THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 4 OF THE ACT ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND THE TARIFF ACT OF 1930- APPROVED JULY (JUNE) 12. BEFORE ANY FOREIGN TRADE AGREEMENT IS CONCLUDED WITH ANY FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OR INSTRUMENTALITY THEREOF UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT.

A-88752, SEPTEMBER 8, 1937, 17 COMP. GEN. 225

FOREIGN TRAVEL--- "PROMOTION OF FOREIGN TRADE"--- APPROPRIATION AVAILABILITY THE APPROPRIATION FOR "PROMOTION OF FOREIGN TRADE" , ACT OF JUNE 16, 1937, 50 STAT. 263, IS AVAILABLE FOR TRAVEL ABROAD BY MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE FOR RECIPROCITY INFORMATION IF SUCH TRAVEL IS ADMINISTRATIVELY DETERMINED TO BE NECESSARY FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE APPROPRIATION.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE, SEPTEMBER 8, 1937:

YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 2, 1937, IS AS FOLLOWS:

THE DEPARTMENT RESPECTFULLY REQUESTS YOUR DECISION RELATIVE TO THE AVAILABILITY OF APPROPRIATED FUNDS UNDER THE HEADING "PROMOTION OF FOREIGN TRADE" (PUBLIC NO. 153, 75TH CONGRESS) TO DEFRAY TRAVELING EXPENSES ABROAD.

THAT PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE APPROPRIATION CARRIED UNDER THE HEADING "PROMOTION OF FOREIGN TRADE" IS "FOR THE PURPOSE OF CARRYING INTO EFFECT THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 4 OF THE ACT ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND THE TARIFF ACT OF 1930- APPROVED JULY (JUNE) 12, 1934, AS AMENDED.' SECTION 4 OF THAT ACT READS AS FOLLOWS:

"SEC. 4. BEFORE ANY FOREIGN TRADE AGREEMENT IS CONCLUDED WITH ANY FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OR INSTRUMENTALITY THEREOF UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT, REASONABLE PUBLIC NOTICE OF THE INTENTION TO NEGOTIATE AN AGREEMENT WITH SUCH GOVERNMENT OR INSTRUMENTALITY SHALL BE GIVEN IN ORDER THAT ANY INTERESTED PERSON MAY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT HIS VIEWS TO THE PRESIDENT, OR TO SUCH AGENCY AS THE PRESIDENT MAY DESIGNATE, UNDER SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS AS THE PRESIDENT MAY PRESCRIBE; AND BEFORE CONCLUDING SUCH AGREEMENT THE PRESIDENT SHALL SEEK INFORMATION AND ADVICE WITH RESPECT THERETO FROM THE UNITED STATES TARIFF COMMISSION, THE DEPARTMENTS OF STATE, AGRICULTURE, AND COMMERCE AND FROM SUCH OTHER SOURCES AS HE MAY DEEM APPROPRIATE.'

BY VIRTUE OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 6750 THE PRESIDENT MADE PROVISION FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF THE COMMITTEE FOR RECIPROCITY INFORMATION TO AID IN CARRYING OUT THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 4 OF THE ACT, AND THIS COMMITTEE DURING THE PAST THREE YEARS HAS RECEIVED VIEWS OF INTERESTED PARTIES, EITHER IN THE FORM OF SWORN STATEMENTS AND LETTERS OR THROUGH FORMAL HEARINGS AND INFORMAL DISCUSSION WITH RESPECT TO EACH OF THE VARIOUS TRADE AGREEMENTS NOW COMPLETED OR UNDER CONTEMPLATION.

THE PERSONNEL OF THE COMMITTEE ARE NECESSARILY UNDER THE OBLIGATION TO EXAMINE AND ANALYZE THE DATA PLACED BEFORE THEM WITH CONSIDERABLE CARE, AND INASMUCH AS SUCH EXAMINATION INEVITABLY CONCERNS COMMERCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS IN OTHER COUNTRIES IT IS INCUMBENT THAT INQUIRY ABROAD BE MADE IN CONNECTION WITH THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEE AND THUS CHARGEABLE TO ITS APPROPRIATION.

IT IS THE OPINION OF THIS DEPARTMENT THAT THE SITUATION MEETS WITH THE TERMS PRESCRIBED IN SECTION 4 OF THE ACT, AS CITED. YOUR EARLY DECISION IN THIS MATTER WILL BE APPRECIATED.

THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF FOREIGN TRADE, ACT OF JUNE 16, 1937, 50 STAT. 263, PROVIDES:

FOR THE PURPOSE OF CARRYING INTO EFFECT THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 4 OF THE ACT ENTITLED "AN ACT TO AMEND THE TARIFF ACT OF 1930" , APPROVED JUNE 12, 1934 (48 STAT. 945), AS AMENDED, INCLUDING PERSONAL SERVICES WITHOUT REGARD TO CIVIL-SERVICE LAWS AND REGULATIONS OR THE CLASSIFICATION ACT OF 1923, AS AMENDED; STENOGRAPHIC REPORTING SERVICES, BY CONTRACT IF DEEMED NECESSARY, WITHOUT REGARD TO SECTION 3709 OF THE REVISED STATUTES (U.S.C., TITLE 41, SEC. 5); CONTINGENT EXPENSES; PRINTING AND BINDING; TRAVELING EXPENSES; AND SUCH OTHER EXPENSES AS THE PRESIDENT MAY DEEM NECESSARY, $20,000, TOGETHER WITH THE UNEXPENDED BALANCE OF THE APPROPRIATION FOR THIS PURPOSE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1937.

THE APPROPRIATION, PROVIDING AS IT DOES SPECIFICALLY FOR TRAVELING EXPENSES, WOULD APPEAR TO BE AVAILABLE FOR TRAVEL ABROAD BY MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE IF SUCH TRAVEL BE ADMINISTRATIVELY DETERMINED TO BE NECESSARY FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE APPROPRIATION.