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HEARING

BEFORE

SUBCOMMITTEE OF HOUSE COMMITTEE

ON APPROPRIATIONS

CONSISTING OF

MESSRS. WILLIAM R. WOOD (CHAIRMAN),

EDWARD H. WASON, JOHN W. SUMMERS, JOHN N. SANDLIN,
AND THOMAS H. CULLEN

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COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SIXTY-NINTH CONGRESS, FIRST SESSION MARTIN B. MADDEN, Illinois, Chairman

DANIEL R. ANTHONY, JR., Kansas.

WILLIAM S. VARE, Pennsylvania.

WILLIAM R. WOOD, Indiana.

LOUIS C. CRAMTON, Michigan.

EDWARD H. WASON, New Hampshire.

WALTER W. MAGEE, New York.

GEORGE HOLDEN TINKHAM, Massachusetts.

BURTON L. FRENCH, Idaho.

MILTON W. SHREVE, Pennsylvania.

L. J. DICKINSON, Iowa.

FRANK MURPHY, Ohio.

JOHN W. SUMMERS, Washington.

HENRY E. BARBOUR, California.

ERNEST R. ACKERMAN, New Jersey.
GUY U. HARDY, Colorado.
FRANK H. FUNK, Illinois.
JOHN TABER, New York

MAURICE H. THATCHER, Kentucky. FRANK CLAGUE, Minnesota. ROBERT G. SIMMONS, Nebraska. JOSEPH W. BYRNS, Tennessee.

JAMES P. BUCHANAN, Texas.

JAMES A. GALLIVAN, Massachusetts. GORDON LEE, Georgia.

BEN JOHNSON, Kentucky.

CHARLES D. CARTER, Oklahoma.

EDWARD T. TAYLOR, Colorado.

WILLIAM B. OLIVER, Alabama.
ANTHONY J. GRIFFIN, New York.
THOMAS W. HARRISON, Virginia.

JOHN N. SANDLIN, Louisiana.
WILLIAM A. AYRES, Kansas.
THOMAS H. CULLEN, New York.
ROSS A. COLLINS, Mississippi.

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MARCELLUS C. SHEILD, Clerk

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
RECEIVED

FEB 26 1926

DOCUMENTS DIVISION

INDEPENDENT OFFICES APPROPRIATION BILL, 1927

MESSRS.

HEARINGS CONDUCTED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE,
WILLIAM R. WOOD (CHAIRMAN), EDWARD H. WASON, JOHN W.
SUMMERS, JOHN N. SANDLIN, AND THOMAS H. CULLEN, OF THE
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTA-
TIVES IN CHARGE OF THE INDEPENDENT OFFICES APPROPRIA-
TION BILL FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1927, ON THE DAYS FOLLOW-
ING, NAMELY:

MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 1926.

ALIEN PROPERTY CUSTODIAN

STATEMENTS OF HON. HOWARD SUTHERLAND, ALIEN PROPERTY CUSTODIAN, AND HON. WILLIAM WILSON, GENERAL COUNSEL AND ASSISTANT

Mr. WOOD. Have you any general statement you desire to make in reference to the item for the Alien Property Custodian before we take up the details?

Mr. SUTHERLAND. No; I think it would be just as well to proceed with the individual items.

PERSONAL SERVICES, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Mr. WOOD. You are asking for an appropriation for 1927 of $130,000, of which $122,900 is proposed to be expended for personal services in the District of Columbia. For the current year you had an appropriation of $188,420. Tell us how yon expect to spend this money?

Mr. SUTHERLAND. The details of the estimate are given in the statement made to the Director of the Budget. If you desire me to do so, I will put that statement in the record.

Mr. WOOD. You may put that in the record, then tell us about your work, in a general way.

Mr. SUTHERLAND. The statement made to the Director of the Budget is as follows:

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The difference between 1927 and 1926 is due to decrease in force, $46,910.

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* NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

Mr. WOOD. How many employees have you?

Mr. SUTHERLAND. Under the estimate of appropriations for the next fiscal year there will be a total average of 59 employees.

Mr. Wood. Is that more or less than you have in the current year? Mr. SUTHERLAND. That is less..

Mr. WOOD. How many?

Mr. SUTHERLAND. Under the last appropriation the estimate was for an average of 81 employees. 1

Mr. Wood. And next year you propose to have 59?

Mr. SUTHERLAND. Yes; for the next fiscal year our estimate is for 59. We have reduced the amount for those employees from $169,810 to $122,900. There was actually obligated and expended for that purpose in the fiscal year 1925 $185,748.

Mr. Wood. As against $122,900 asked for next year?

Mr. SUTHERLAND. Yes.

Mr. WASON. The $185,748 was for 90 employees?

Mr. SUTHERLAND. Yes.

Mr. Woon. What has been the policy of the management of the office of Alien Property Custodian with reference to increases of salaries? Have you increased any salaries?

Mr. SUTHERLAND. Of course, I have only been in this office a very short time and could not answer as to that. But from what I have seen since I have been there, they have been extremely cautious, careful, and economical in the matter of increasing salaries, and we expect to continue to be so.

As a matter of fact, you perhaps know that from this last appropriation act we expect to turn back to the Treasury about $40,000 of an unexpended balance. We have saved over $20,000 in the first six months of this year, and we expect to save as much as that during the next six months. So the policy of the office is not to spend money just because we have it, but to be as economical as possible, and if there is an excess of appropriations, to turn that back to the Treasury.

Mr. WOOD. Is this amount saved on account of the reduction in the number of employees?

Mr. SUTHERLAND. It is due to reductions of the force, making some savings in the administration, and various economies we have been practicing.

CLAIMS FILED, PENDING, AND DISPOSED OF

Mr. WOOD. Can you give us some idea with reference to the work you have been doing? What has been accomplished during the last year?

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Mr. SUTHERLAND. The total number of claims filed up December 31, 1925 was 35,442, of which 513 are being disposed of by suits, under section 9.

There were allowed by the Attorney General 6,451; there were disallowed by the Attorney General 1,404, and there are pending before the Attorney General 334.

There were allowed by the Alien Property Custodian 17,923; there were disallowed by the Alien Property Custodian 597; there

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