STATUTES OF THE UNITED STATES
48 U.S.C. 1681-1687

Contents
Title 48
Section 1681.   Continuance of civil government for the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; assistance programs; maximum fiscal year costs; reimbursement.
         Section 1681a. Appointment of High Commissioner.
         Section 1682.   Purchases by governments of Pacific Trust Territory.
         Section 1683.   Auditing of transactions of Pacific Trust Territory.
         Section 1684.   Expenditures of funds for administration of Pacific Trust Territory.
         Section 1685.   Transfer of property or money for administration of Pacific Trust Territory.
         Section 1687.   Expenditure of appropriations for Pacific Trust Territory for aircraft and surface vessels.


Title 48

     Section 1681.     Continuance of civil government for the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; assistance programs; maximums fiscal year costs; reimbursement.
 
     (a)  Until Congress shall further provide for the government of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, all executive, legislative, and judicial authority necessary for the civil administration of the Trust Territory shall continue to be vested in such person or persons and shall be exercised in such manner and through such agency or agencies as the President of the United States may direct or authorize.

     (b)  The head of any department, corporation, or other agency of the executive branch of the Government may, upon the request of the Secretary of the Interior, extend to the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, with or without reimbursement, scientific, technical, and other assistance under any program administered by such agency, or extend to the Trust Territory any Federal program administered by such agency, if the assistance or program will promote the welfare of the Trust Territory, notwithstanding any provision of law under which the Trust Territory may otherwise be ineligible for the assistance or program:  Provided, That the Secretary of the Interior shall not request assistance pursuant to this subsection that involves, in the aggregate, an estimated nonreimbursable cost in any one fiscal year in excess of $150,000:  Provided further, That the cost of any program extended to the Trust Territory under this subsection shall be reimbursable out of appropriations authorized and made for the government of the Trust Territory pursuant to section 2 of this Act, as amended.  The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to financial assistance under a grant-in-aid program.

     Section 1681a.  Appointment of High Commissioner.  Any appointment made on or after May 10, 1967, to the office of the High Commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands shall be made by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.

     Section 1682.  Purchase by governments of Pacific Trust Territory.  The Territorial and local governments of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands are authorized to make purchases through the General Services Administration.

     Section 1683.  Auditing of transactions of Pacific Trust Territory.  All financial transactions of the Trust Territory, including such transactions of all agencies or instrumentalities established or utilized by such Trust Territory, shall be audited by General Accounting Office in accordance with the provisions of the Budget and Accounting Act, 1921, as amended, and the Accounting and Auditing Act of 1950.

     Section 1684.  Expenditures of funds for administration of Pacific Trust Territory.  After June 30, 1954, no funds appropriated by any Act and no funds which are available or which may become available from any source whatever shall be used for administration of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, except as may be specifically authorized by law.

     Section 1685.  Transfer of property or money for administration of Pacific Trust Territory.  After June 30, 1952, transfers to the Department of the Interior pursuant to the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 of equipment, material and supplies, excess of the needs of Federal agencies may be made at the request of the Secretary of the Interior without reimbursement or transfer of funds when required by the Interior Department for operations conducted in the administration of the Territories and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

     Section 1687.  Expenditures of appropriations for Pacific Trust Territory for aircraft and surface vessels.  Appropriations available for the Administration of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands may be expended for the purchase, charter, maintenance, and operation of aircraft and surface vessels for official purposes and for commercial transportation purposes found by the Secretary to be necessary.
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