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(June 5, 1920, ch. 250, § 17, 41 Stat. 994; Ex. Ord. No. 6166, § 12, eff. June 10, 1933; June 29, 1936, ch. 858, title II, § 204, title IX, § 904, 49 Stat. 1987, 2016; July 26, 1947, ch. 343, title II, §§ 205(a), 207 (a), (f), 61 Stat. 501, 502; Pub. L. 97–31, § 12(45), Aug. 6, 1981, 95 Stat. 157.)

References in Text

Words “such other”, referred to in first par., mean other than docks, etc., acquired by President by or under act Mar. 28, 1918, ch. 28, 40 Stat. 459, which was referred to in original first par. prior to repeal by Pub. L. 97–31. See 1981 Amendment note below.


1981—Pub. L. 97–31 struck out first par., directing Commission to take over, on Jan. 1, 1921, possession and control of docks, etc., acquired by President by or under act Mar. 28, 1918, ch. 28, 40 Stat. 459, and substituted “Secretary of Transportation” for “Commission” wherever appearing. For prior transfers of functions, see Transfer of Functions note below.

Change of Name

Department of War designated Department of the Army and title of Secretary of War changed to Secretary of the Army by section 205(a) of act July 26, 1947. Section 207(a), (f) of act July 26, 1947, established Department of the Air Force, headed by a Secretary, and transferred functions (relating to Army Air Forces) of Secretary of the Army and Department of the Army to Secretary of the Air Force and Department of the Air Force. Sections 205(a) and 207(a), (f) of act July 26, 1947, were repealed by section 53 of act Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 641. Section 1 of act Aug. 10, 1956, enacted “Title 10, Armed Forces”, which in sections 3010 to 3013 and 8010 to 8013 continued Departments of the Army and Air Force under administrative supervision of Secretary of the Army and Secretary of the Air Force, respectively.

Transfer of Functions

“Commission”, meaning United States Maritime Commission, substituted for “board”, meaning United States Shipping Board. For dissolution of Board and transfer of functions to United States Maritime Commission, see Ex. Ord. No. 6166 and act June 29, 1936. Ex. Ord. No. 6166 is set out as a note under section 901 of Title 5, Government Organization and Employees. For subsequent transfers of functions, see Reorg. Plan No. 6 of 1949, Reorg. Plan No. 21 of 1950, and Reorg. Plan No. 7 of 1961, set out under section 1111 of this Appendix.

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