PUBLIC LAWS-CH. 270-MAY 24, 146 War and Navy De- "(B) with respect to the Department of War and the Depart- ment of the Navy, the Director shall so determine the numbers of civilian employees (including the full-time equivalent of man- months of part-time employment) that at the earliest date prac- ticable, but in no event later than July 1, 1947, the number shall not exceed one hundred and seventy-six thousand with respect to the Department of War, or one hundred thousand with respect to the Department of the Navy. Maxnmumnnumbers. The numbers of employees specified in this paragraph shall be regarded as maximum numbers, and nothing herein shall be con- strued to limit the authority of the Director to establish lower aggre- gate numbers whenever, in his opinion, the numbers so specified are m excess of those necessary for the proper and efficient exercise of the authorized functions of the departments, establishments, and agencies to which this subsection applies. The procedural provisions of subsection (b) of this section shall be applicable with respect to determinations under this paragraph. rxets employment, "(2) No provision of law heretofore or hereafter enacted author- rizing the employment of personnel by, or appropriating funds for the compensation of personnel of, or conferring additional functions upon, any department, establishment, or agency, shall be construed to authorize the employment of, or payment of compensation to, a greater number of employees subject to this subsection than the num- ber so determined by the Director with respect to such department, establishment, or agency unless such provision of law specifically authorizes the employment or payment of salaries of personnel in excess of such number, or exempts such department, establishment, or agency from the provisions of this subsection, and any such employment or payment not so authorized shall be deemed to be a 31 U.S. s . , Supp. violation of the provisions of section 3679 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (U. S. C., 1940 edition, title 31, sec. 665) Nonapplicability. (3) The provisions of this subsection shall not apply with respect to employees whose basic compensation is fixed and adjusted from time to time in accordance with prevailing rates by wage boards or similar administrative authority serving the same purpose. The provisions of subparagraph (A) of paragraph (1) shall not apply with respect to officers and employees in the field service of the Post Office Department or to officers and employees of the Veterans' Administration, but shall apply with respect to officers and employees outside the United States whose compensation is fixed in accordance 42Stat. 14S. with the Classification Act of 1923, as amended, and who are not 5U.S.C.§661- 674; Supp.V , 661et excluded from the provisions of this section by the provisions of eq.Ant pp 216 219 subsection (f). The provisions of subparagraph (B) of paragraph (1) shall not apply with respect to officers and employees outside the several States and the District of Columbia." 9Stat. 35upp.v (b) Effective October 1, 1946, subsection (f) of such section is §947(f). amended by striking out "(1) employees of the War and Navy Departments except those who are subject to the provisions of titles II and III of this Act; or (2)". APPROPRIATIONS AUTHORIzED SEC. 15. There are hereby authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act. EFFECTIVE DATE SEC. 16. This Act, except section 14 (b), shall take effect on July 1, 1946. Approved May 24, 1946. 220 [60 STAT.