PUBLIC LAWS-CH. 211 -JULY 9, 1947 shall be available for engaging in any phase of activity or for under- taking any phase of activity authorized by the Philippine Rehabilita- 60 Stt. 128. tion Act of 1946 that would result in obligating the Government of 50U.S.C. app. §1751 note. a the United States in any sense or respect to the future payment of amounts in excess of the amounts authorized to be appropriated in such Act, nor shall any part of this appropriation be available for expanding any public works project authorized by law to be replaced or rehabilitated beyond such as may be justified by sound engineering practice and which can be accomplished within the amount authorized to be appropriated: Providedfurther,That the total amount that may 60 Stat. 137. 0 Stat. . 37 be obligated for the entire accomplishment of section 307 (a) of title §1787(a). - III of such Act shall not exceed $8,000,000: Provided further, That profit institutions. this appropriation shall be available to make contracts with nonprofit institutions in the United States and the Philippines in connection with training programs: Provided further, That sums from the fore- going applicable appropriations may be transferred directly to and 0 USat.37. app merged with the appropriations contemplated in section 306 (b) of §1786(b). the Act to reimburse said latter appropriations for expenditures onstructionofdip- therefrom for the purpose hereof: Provided further, That the con- lomrati, etc. , estab- lishments. struction of diplomatic and consular establishments of the United States in the Philippine Islands shall be without regard to the proviso 2 stat. 441 . contained in twenty-two United States Code 295a: Provided further, Transferof funds. That the Secretary of State, or such official as he may designate, is authorized to transfer from any of the foregoing amounts to any department or independent establishment of the Government for par- ticipation in the foregoing programs, sums for expenditure by such department or establishment for the purposes hereof, and sums so transferred shall be available for expenditure in accordance with the provisions hereof and, to the extent determined by the Secretary of State, in accordance with the law governing expenditures of the department or establishment to which transferred: Provided further, That transfers of funds to participating agencies for the programs 60 Stat. 135 . e be S0U. S 3 . .app set forth in sections 302 to 305 of the Act shall be approved by the 1782-1785. President prior to such transfer. Information and cultural program-Liquidation: To enable the Department of State to meet the necessary expenses incident to the termination, suspension, or curtailment of certain international infor- Transer of funds. mation and cultural activities, $1,430,000: Provided, That the Secre- tary of State may, in his discretion, transfer the funds herein appro- priated to any other appropriation or appropriations under this title for merger with such appropriation or appropriations for the purposes hereof, and such funds shall be available for obligation and expendi- ture under the authority contained in the appropriation to which transferred. Contract In foreign Contracts entered into in foreign countries involving expenditures countries. from any of the foregoing appropriations shall not be subject to the provisions of section 3741 of the Revised Statutes (41 U. S . C . 22). Transportation of The provision of law prescribing the use of vessels of United States registry by any officer or employee of the United States (46 U. S . C . 49 stat.20M1. 1241) shall not apply to any travel or transportation of effects payable from funds appropriated, allocated, or transferred to the Secretary of State or the Department of State. pTetation of em- Notwithstanding the provisions of section 6 of the Act of August 24, 5.s.c.62. 1912 (37 Stat. 555), or the provisions of any other law, the Secretary of State may, in his absolute discretion, on or before June 30, 1948, terminate the employment of any officer or employee of the Department of State or of the Foreign Service of the United States whenever he shall deem such termination necessary or advisable in the interests of the United States. itation f title. This title may be cited as the "Department of State Appropriation Act, 1948". 288 [61 STAT.