PUBLIC LAWS-H . 753-AUG. 2 , 1946 Ante, p . 814. of any existing standing committee is transferred to two or more standing committees under title I of this Act, the Committee on Rules and Administration of the Senate with respect to standing com- mittees of the Senate, and the Committee on House Administration, with respect to standing committees of the House, shall allocate such appropriations in an equitable manner. LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE SERVICE SEc. 203. (a) The Librarian of Congress is authorized and directed to establish in the Library of Congress a separate department to be Duties. known as the Legislative Reference Service. It shall be the duty of the Legislative Reference Service- Analysis of legisla- (1) upon request, to advise and assist any committee of either House or any joint committee in the analysis, appraisal, and evaluation of legislative proposals pending before it, or of recom- mendations submitted to Congress, by the President or any execu- tive agency, and otherwise to assist in furnishing a basis for the proper determination of measures before the committee; oCassification, etc, (2) upon request, or upon its own initiative in anticipation of requests, to gather, classify, analyze, and make available, in translations, indexes, digests, compilations and bulletins, and otherwise, data for a bearing upon legislation, and to render such data serviceable to Congress, and committees and Members thereof, without partisan bias in selection or presentation; greparation of di- (3) to prepare summaries and digests of public hearings before committees of the Congress, and of bills and resolutions of a public general nature introduced in either House. reointment of di- (b) (1) A director and assistant director of the Legislative Refer- ence Service and all other necessary personnel, shall be appointed by the Librarian of Congress without regard to the civil-service laws and without reference to political affiliations, solely on the ground of fitness to perform the duties of their office. The compensation of all employees 42 Stat. 1488 . shall be fixed in accordance with the provisions of the Classification 674; Supp. V, fi661 Act of 1923, as amended: Provided,That the grade of senior specialists Ate, pp 216,21. in each field enumerated in paragraph (2) of this subsection shall not be less than the highest grade in the executive branch of the Govern- ment to which research analysts and consultants without supervisory responsibility are currently assigned. All employees of the Legislative Reference Service shall be subject to the provisions of the civil-service retirement laws. 8eiAppointmenstt of (2) The Librarian of Congress is further authorized to appoint in the Legislative Reference Service senior specialists in the following broad fields: Agriculture; American government and public adminis- tration; American public law; conservation; education; engineering and public works; full employment; housing; industrial organization and corporation finance- international affairs; international trade and economic geography; labor; mineral economics; money and banking; price economics; social welfare; taxation and fiscal policy; transpor- tation and communications; and veterans' affairs. Such specialists, together with such other members of the staff as may be necessary, shall be available for special work with the appropriate committees of Congress for any of the purposes set out in section 203 (a) (1). APPor riations au- (c) There is hereby authorized to be appropriated for the work of the Legislative Reference Service the following sums: (1) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1947, $550,000; (2) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1948, $650,000; (3) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1949, $750,000; and (4) for each fiscal year thereafter such sums as may be necessary to carry on the work of the Service. 836 [60 STAT.