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Calendar No. 886
81ST CONGRESS

1st Session

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SENATE

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EEPORT

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No. 882

INCREASING RATES OF COMPENSATION OF THE HEADS
AND ASSISTANT HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND INDEPENDENT AGENCIES

AUGUST 9 (legislative day, JUNE 2), 1949.—Ordered to be printed

Mr. LONG, from the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service,
submitted the following

REPORT
[To accompany H. R. 1689]

The Committee on Post Office and Civil Service, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 1689) to increase rates of compensation of the
heads and assistant heads of executive departments and independent
agencies, having considered the same, report favorably thereon, with
an amendment, and recommend that the bill, as amended, do pass.
Section 1 of the bill would increase the compensation of heads of
each executive department, the Secretary of Defense, and the Administrator for Economic Cooperation to $25,000 per annum.
Sections 2, 3, 4, and 5, with the committee amendments, would increase rates of compensation of heads and assistant heads of independent agencies, members of independent boards and commissions, the
secretaries and administrative assistants to the President and certain
positions in the legislative and judicial branches of the Government
which have regularly been fixed to conform to the rates established for
comparable positions in the executive branch to $20,000, $18,000,
$17,500, $16,000, and $15,000 per annum, based upon their respective
responsibilities.
Section 5 (c) proposes to establish on a permanent basis the present
rate of compensation for the positions of legislative counsel of the
House of Representatives and legislative counsel of the Senate.
Section 6 would authorize the President to fix the compensation of
the chairman or other head of a board or commission at $18,000 when
such position carries with it important duties or responsibilities not
imposed upon other members of such board or commission, who would
receive $16,000.
Section 7 makes the appropriations for the fiscal year 1950 available
for the payment of compensation at the rates provided in the bill
unless specifically prohibited by the appropriation acts.




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COMPENSATION OF HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS

All positions covered and the salaries to be paid are specifically set
forth in the bill, except as indicated in section 6 above.
GENERAL STATEMENT

For the past 2 years pay increases for the heads and assistant heads
of the executive departments and agencies have been the subject of
intensive study by the Senate Committee on Post Office and Civil
Service, and more recently by the House Committee on Post Office
and Civil Service.
Based upon these studies, H. R. 1689, as amended, represents the
best judgment of the committee as to the salary rates which should
be established for the positions covered in the bill.
For a detailed description of the positions and justification for the
proposed increases, the committee refers to House Report No. 535.
SENATE AMENDMENTS

The committee recommend the following amendments to H. R.
1689:
1. The Administrator for Economic Cooperation: Delete from
section 2 (a) and include in section 1.
This amendment would raise the salary for this position from
$20,000, as proposed by the House bill, to $25,000 per annum, the
Cabinet level.
2. The Housing and Home Finance Administrator: Delete from
section 3 (a) and insert in section 2 (a).
This amendment would raise the salary of this position from
$18,000, as proposed by the House bill, to $20,000 per annum.
3. The Comptroller of the Currency and the Chairman of the Board
of Directors of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation: Delete from
section 4 and insert in section 3 (a).
This amendment would raise the salary for these positions from
$16,000, as proposed in the House bill, to $18,000 per annum.
4. The Director of the Administrative Office of the United States
Courts: Delete "$15,000" in section 3 (b) and insert in lieu thereof
"$16,000".
5. The Deputy Under Secretaries of State: Insert in section 3 (c).
These positions were not included in the House bill but were authorized by Public Law 73, Eighty-first Congress.
This amendment would establish the rates of pay for the Deputy
Under Secretaries at $17,500, midway between that of the Under
Secretary ($20,000) and those of the Assistant Secretaries ($15,000).
6. The Home Loan Bank Board; the Public Housing Commissioner;
the Federal Housing Commissioner: Insert in section 4.
This amendment would establish the rate of pay for these positions
at $16,000.
7. The Archivist of the United States: Delete from section 5 (a).
This amendment would drop this position from consideration under
this bill.
The recent enactment of the Eighty-first Congress placed the
Archives in the General Services Administration. Since the Archivist
is no longer the head of an independent agency, his position should
receive the same consideration as other subordinate officials which



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the committee is recommending to be dropped from the bill and considered in S. 2379, now on the Senate calendar.
8. The Director of the Bureau of Federal Supply; Administrator,
Production and Marketing Administration; Commissioner of Internal
Kevenue; Director of the Bureau of Prisons; Commissioner of Public
Roads; Commissioner of Public Buildings; Commissioner of Community Facilities; Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization;
Administrator of Civil Aeronautics; Administrator, Rural Electrification Administration; Commissioner for Social Security; Commissioner of Reclamation; Chief, Soil Conservation Service; Commissioner of Customs; Commissioner of Narcotics; Governor of the Farm
Credit Administration; Chief Forester of the Forest Service; Administrator of the Farmers Home Administration; Manager of the Federal
Crop Insurance Corporation; the three Special Assistants to the Secretary of Defense: Delete from section 5 (a).
This amendment would drop these positions from the bill.
While most of these positions are of great importance and responsibility, they are in all cases below the level of the head of a department
or independent agency and should be considered as positions coming
within the position-classification bill, S. 2379, now on the Senate
calendar for consideration.
9. The Legal Adviser of the Department of State: Delete the last
sentence in section 5 (a), which provides that the salary of the Legal
Adviser of the Department of State shall continue at the rate of
$10,330 per annum.
This amendment would have the effect of fixing the salary at $15,000
per annum, the same rate as provided for Assistant Secretaries. This
is in accord with Public Law 73 of the Eighty-first Congress, which
provides that the Legal Adviser shall rank equally with the Assistant
Secretaries of State.
10. The Assistant Director of the Administrative Office of the
United States Courts: Delete "$10,000" in section 5 (b) and insert in
lieu thereof "$15,000".
The committee has evaluated all the information available to it
as a result of the long study made of the salaries of top Government
officials. It is unanimous in its conclusion that its initial recommendation to limit the coverage of a bill to increase the salaries of top executives to those whose responsibilities included the making of policy
decisions was sound.
With respect to the many responsible positions below this level, the
committee believe the rates of compensation for such positions should
be fixed under the classification system and that the salary structure
of this system should provide more equitable salaries for these positions. The committee has therefore recommended that the Senate
adopt the proposals contained in S. 2379, now on the Senate Calendar
for consideration, which would increase the maximum salary under
the classification system to $15,000.




COMPENSATION OF HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS
TABLE I.—Positions affected by H. R. 1689, describing present pay, amounts proposed in H. R. 1689, as passed by the House, and the effect of the Senate amend'ments to this proposal
Position

Number

Present

H . R. 1689
as passed
b y the

House
Sec. 1:
Secretary, Department of Agriculture
Secretary, Department of Commerce
Secretary, Department of the Interior
Attorney General, Department of Justice
Secretary, Department of Labor.
Secretary, Department of Defense
Secretary, Department of the Air Force
Secretary, Department of the Army
Secretary, Department of the N a v y
Postmaster General, Post Office Department
Secretary, Department of State
Secretary, Treasury Department
Administrator for Economic Cooperation
Sec. 2 (a):
Comptroller General of the United States
Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers
Director of the Bureau of the Budget
Chairman, National Security Resources Board
Administrator, Federal Security Agency
Administrator of Veterans Affairs _ _
Administrator, General Services Administration i
Housing and Home Finance Administrator.)
Under Secretary, Department of Agriculture
Under Secretary, Department of Commerce
Under Secretary, Department of the Interior
Under Secretary, Department of Labor Under Secretary of Defense
Undor Secretary, Department of the Air Force
Under Secretary, Department of the Army
Under Secretary, Department of the Navy
Under Secretary, Department of State
Under Secretary, Treasury Department
Assistant to the Attorney General, Justice
Solicitor General of the United States, Justice
FkwSt Assistant Postmaster General, Post Office
Sec. 2 (b):
White House officials designated by the President:
6 administrative assistants
The Executive Secietary, National Security Council
5 other secretaries or other immediate assistants
Sec. 3 (a):
Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission
Chairman, Munitions Board-.Chairman, Research and Development Board
Deputy Administrator for Economic Cooperation
Assistant Comptroller General of the United States
Assistant Director of the Bureau of the Budget
Deputy Administrator of Veterans' Affairs
Chairman, Board of Directors, Reconstruction Finance
Corporation
Comptroller of the Currency
Sec. 3 (b):
Director, Administrative Office of the U. S. Courts
Sec. 3 (c):
Public Printer.
Librarian of Congress
Members (other than Chairman), Council of Economic
Advisers
Director of Central Intelligence
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Director
Assistant Federal Security Administrator
Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Deputy Under Secretary of State
Sec. 4:
Members, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System
Members, Home Loan Bank Board
Public Housing Commissioner
Federal Housing Commissioner
.
Director of Aeronautical Research, National Advisory
Committee for Aeronautics
Members, Civil Aeronautics Board
Chairman, Board of Directors, Export-Import Bank of
Washington
Members, Federal Communications Commission


See footnotes at end of table,


p . 6.

H . R. 1689

proposed
by the
Senate

1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

$15,000.00
15,000.00
15,000. 00
15,000. 00
15,000.00
15,000. 00
15,000. 00
15,000. 00
15,000. 00
15,000. 00
15,000. 00
15,000. 00
20,000.00

$25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000
20,000

$25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000
25,000

1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

12,000.00
15,000. 00
10,000. 00
14,000.00
12,000. 00
12,000.00

20, 000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
18,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000

20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
2C, 000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000

(2) 20.000
(3) 18.000
(7) 16,000

(2) 20,000
(3) 18,000
(7) 16,000

0)

16, 500.00
10, 330.00
10,000. 00
10,330. 00
10,330.00
12,000. 00
10,000.00
10,000.00
10,000.00
12,000.00
10,330.00
10,330.00
10,330.00
10,330.00

f(l)15,000.00
• 12 1 (I) 12,000.00
1(9)10,330.00
1(1)10,000.00
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

17,500.00
14,000.00
14,000.00
17,500.00
10,330.00
10,330.00
10,330.00

18,000
18,000
18,000
18,000
18,000
18,000
18.000

18,000
18,000
18,000
18,000
18,000
18,000
18,000

1
1

15,000.00
15,000.00

16,000
16,000

18,000
18,000

1

10,330.00

15,000

16.000

1
1

10, 330. 00
10, 330. 00

17, 500
17, 500

17, 500
17,500

2
1
1
1
1
2

15, 000. 00
14,000.00
12, 000. 00
10, 330. 00
14,000.00
10, 330.00

17, 500
17,500
17, 500
17, 500
17, 500
15,000

17, 500
17, 500
17, 500
17,500
17, 500
17, 500

7
3
1
1

15, 000. 00
15, 000. 00
15, 000. 00
15,000.00

16,000

16,000
16,000
16,000
16,000

f

1
1

I

4

10, 330. 00
12,000. 00
11, 500. 00

16,000
16,000
16, 000

16, 000
16,000
16,000

1
7

15,000.00
10, 000. 00

16,000
16,000

16,000
16,000

COMPENSATION OF HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS
TABLE I.—Positions affected by H. R. 1689, describing present pay, amounts proposed in H. R. 1689, as passed by the House, and the effect of the Senate amendments to this proposal—Continued
Position

Sec.^—Continued
Board of Directors, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Members, Federal Power Commission
Members, Federal Trade Commission
Members, Interstate Commerce Commission
Members, National Labor Relations Board
Members, National Mediation Board
Members, Railroad Retirement Board
Members, Securities and Exchange Commission.
Board of Directors, Tennessee Valley Authority
Members, Civil Service Commission
Chairman, United States Maritime Commission
Members, United States Tariff Commission
Members (other than Chairman), Atomic Energy
Commission
General Counsel, National Labor Relations Board
Architect of the Capitol
Deputy Administrator of General Services 1.
Sec. 5 (a):
Housing Expediter
Director of Selective Service
Assistant Architect of the Capitol
Members, Displaced Persons Commission
Members, Indian Claims Commission
Members, War Claims Commission
Members, Philippine War Damage Commission
Assistant Secretary, Department of Agriculture
Assistant Secretary, Department of Commerce
Assistant Secretary, Department of the Interior
Assistant Secretary, Department of Labor
Assistant Secretary, Department of Air Force
Assistant Secretary, Department of Navy
Assistant Secretary, Department of Army
Assistant Secretary, Department of State
Assistant Secretary, Department of Treasury
Fiscal Assistant Secretary, Department of Treasury
Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice
Assistant Solicitor General, Department of Justice
Counselor, Department of State
Second Assistant Postmaster General, Post Office
Third Assistant Postmaster General, Post Office
Fourth Assistant Postmaster General, Post Office
Associate Fedeial Mediation and Conciliation Director.
Deputy Director, Central Intelligence
Philippine Alien Property Administrator
•Chief Assistant Librarian of Congress
Deputy Public Printer
Members (other than Chairman), Board of Directors,
Export-Import Bank of Washington
Members (other than Chairman), Board of Directors,
Reconstruction Finance Corporation
Members (other than Chairman), U. S. Maritime Commission
Commissioners, U. S. Court of Claims
Governor, Alaska
Governor, Hawaii
Governor, Virgin Islands
Governor, Panama Canal
Sec. 5 (b): Assistant Director, Administrative Office of the
U. S. Courts..
Sec. 5(c):
Legislative counsel, House of Representatives...
_.
Legislative counsel, Senate
_ _
Sec. 6:
Compensation of chairman or other head of board or
commission having important duties or responsibilities not imposed upon other members of such board
or commission may be fixed by the President at
$18,000.
Archivist of the United States
Administrator, Production and Marketing Administration
__
See footnotes at end of table, p. 6.




Num
ber

Present

H. R. 1689 H. R. 1689
as passed proposed
by the
by the
Senate
House

$15,000.00
10,000.00
10,000.00
12,000.00
12,000.00
10,000. 00
10,000. 00
10.000.00
10, 000.00
10,000.00
12, 000. 00
10, 000. 00

$16,000
16,000
16,000
16,000
16,000
16,000
16,000
16,000
16,000
16,000
16, 000
16, 000

$16,000
16,000
16,000
16, 000
16,000
16, 000
16, 000
16,000
16,000
16,000
16, 000
16, 000

15, 000. 00
12,000.00
10, 330. 00
0)

16, 000
16, 000
16,000
16,000

16, 000
16, 000
16,000
16, 000

12,000.00
12, 500. 00
9, 985. 80
10, 000. 00
10, 000. 00
12, 000. 00
12, 000. 00
10, 305. 00
10, 000. 00
10, 330. 00
10, 330. 00
10, 000. 00
10, 000. 00
10, 000. 00
10, 330. 00
10, 330. 00
10, 330.00
10, 330. 00
10, 305. 00
10, 000. 00
10, 330. 00
10, 330. 00
10, 330.00
10, 330.00
10,330.00
10, 330.00
10,000.00
10,000.00
10, 330.00
10,330.00

15,000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15. 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15,000
15,000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000

15,000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15, 000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000

12,000.00

15,000

15,000

12,500.00

15,000

15,000

10,000.00
9, 707.00
10,330.00
10, 330.00
10, 330.00
10,000.00

15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
'15,000

15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000

9, 707.00

10,000

15,000

12,000.00
12, 000.00

12,000
12,000

12,000
12,000

10,000.00

15,000

10, 330.00

15,000

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COMPENSATION OF HEADS OF EXECUTIVE

DEPARTMENTS

TABLE I.—Positions affected by H. R. 1689, describing present pay, amounts proposed in H. R. 1689, as passed by the House, and the effect of the Senate amendments to this proposal—Continued
Number

Position

Sec. 6—Continued
Commissioner of Internal Revenue
Director, Bureau of Prisons
Commissioner of Public Roads
.
Commissioner of Public Buildings
Commissioner of Community Facilities
Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization
Administrator of Civil Aeronautics.
Administrator, Rural Electrification Administration. __
Commissioner for Social Security
Commissioner of Reclamation
Chief, Soil Conservation Service
Commissioner of Customs
Commissioner of Narcotics
Governor, Farm Credit Administration
Chief Forester, Forest Service
Administrator, Farmers Home Administration
Manager, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
Special Assistants to the Secretary of Defense
Director, Bureau of Federal Supply

Present

$10,330.00
10, 330.00
10, 330.00
10, 330.00
10,330.00
10,330.00
12,000.00
10, 330.00
10, 330.00
10,330.00
10,330.00
10,330.00
10, 330.00
10,000.00
10,000.00
10,000.00
10,330.00
10,000.00
10, 330.00

H. R. 1689 H. R. 1689
as passed proposed
by the
by the
House
Senate
$15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15, 000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000

SUMMARY OF COSTS 2
Number of Present annual Proposed
cost
positions
244
239

H . R. 1689, as passed by the House
H. R. 1689, as proposed by the Senate..

$2,771,332.80
2, 735, 573.80

$4,026,000
3,978,000

Increase
$1,254,667.20
1,242,426. 20

1
Salaries for these positions have not yet been established by the President in accordance with Public
Law
152, 81st Cong.
2
For purposes of computing the costs, the rates formerly paid the Administrator and Assistant Administrator of Federal Works Agency were used for the positions of Administrator and Deputy Administrator of
General Services Administration.




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