Interpretation of Phrase in Merchant Marine Act of 1936

B-124032: Published: May 11, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 1984.

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GAO was asked to provide a legal interpretation and a statement in quantitative terms of what is meant by the phrase "substantial portion" in the Declaration of Policy of the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, as amended, 46 U.S.C. 1101 (Supp. V, 1975), as well as a statement as to the extent the Executive Branch is carrying out the intent of this policy.