PUBLIC LAWS-CH. 541 -JULY 5, 1946 repair of automobiles; purchase of uniforms; and printing and binding Stat. 1270. without regard to section 11 of the Act of March 1, 1919 (44 U. S . C . 111); $6,300,000, of which amount $5,300,000 shall be available for lAuistion peof sur- contribution to the United Nations: Provided, That the Department of State, when requested by the United Nations, is authorized to acquire surplus property in accordance with the provisions of the v50apu: si c', PP- Surplus Property Act of 1944 (58 Stat. 765-784), as amended, with Ante, pp . 168, 169; funds hereby appropriated for the United States contribution to the pos , p599,754,. United Nations, and such contribution shall be reduced by the value of the surplus property and necessary expenses, including transporta- tion costs, incidental to the acquisition thereof. tInteational activi- International activities: For all necessary expenses, without regard 41 U.S. c. §5. to section 3709 of the Revised Statutes, of participation by the United States upon approval by the Secretary of State, in international activi- ties which arise from time to time in the conduct of foreign affairs and for which specific appropriations have not been provided pursuant to treaties, conventions, or special Acts of Congress, including personal services in the District of Columbia or elsewhere without regard to civil-service and classification laws; employment of aliens; travel expenses without regard to the Standardized Government Travel Regu- 44 Stat. 6 . 821; lations and the Subsistence Expense Act of 1926, as amended; trans- 5U.S. c. §821; Supp. V, 823. portation of families and effects under such regulations as the Secre- tary of State may prescribe; stenographic and other services; rent of quarters by contract or otherwise; hire, maintenance, and opera- tion of passenger automobiles; purchase or rental of equipment, pur- chase of supplies, books, maps, periodicals and newspapers; trans- portation of things; contributions for the share of the United States in expenses of international organizations; printing and binding with- 40 Stat. 270. out regard to section 11 of the Act of March 1, 1919 (44 U. S . C . 111); entertainment; and representation allowances as authorized by the Act 46Stapt. 07 . of February 23,1931, as amended (22 U. S . C. 12, 23c); $3,000,000. International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico: For all expenses necessary to enable the United States to meet stat. St12; 35 ta26 its obligations under the treaties of 1884, 1889, 1905, 1906, 1933, and 1863; 34 Stat. 2953; 48 1944 between the United States and Mexico, and to comply with the 2tat62.s1.l 59s 21 Act approved August 19, 1935, as amended (49 Stat. 660, 1370), includ- 277d; Supp. V, 277. ing operation and maintenance of the Rio Grande rectification, canali- zation, flood control, bank protection, boundary fence, and sanitation projects; examinations, preliminary surveys, and investigations; detail plan preparation and construction (including surveys and oper- ation and maintenance and protection during construction); and Rio Grande emergency flood protection; construction and operation of gaging stations; purchase of map-reproduction machines and other equipment and machinery; personal services in the District of Colum- bia and elsewhere; fees for professional or expert services at rates and in amounts to be determined by the Secretary of State; travel expenses, including, in the discretion of the Commissioner, expenses (not to exceed $500) of attendance at meetings of organizations concerned with the activities of the International Boundary and Water Com- mission which may be necessary for the efficient discharge of the responsibilities of the Commission; printing and binding; lawbooks, books of reference, and periodicals; newspapers; purchase (not exceeding nineteen), maintenance, repair, and operation of passenger automobiles; hire, with or without personal services, of work animals, and animal-drawn and motor-propelled vehicles and equipment; acquisition by donation, purchase, or condemnation, of real and per- sonal property, including expenses of abstracts and certificates of title; purchase of rubber boots and waders, asbestos gloves, and welders' goggles, for official use of employees; purchase of ice and drinking water; inspection of equipment, supplies, and materials by 454 [60 STAT.