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PUBLIC LAWS-CHS. 329, 330-JULY 25, 1947 60 Stat. 14 . February 18, 1946), is hereby amended by striking out the period at the end of the sentence and inserting the following: ", and (3) the 5lo-i S. C . app. Missing Persons Act, approved March 7, 1942 (56 Stat. 143), as 1001-1017; 5 U. S. C .- §§ 693 and note, 691, amended." 715;a4 U. S. c. 2. The Secretary of War is authorized to reconsider claims and note. SEC. 2. The Secretary of War is authorized to reconsider claims Ante,p.43 . upon which payment has been denied by reason of section 1 of this Act having been omitted from the First Supplemental Appropriation 60 Stat. 6. Rescission Act of 1946 (Public Law 301, Seventy-ninth Congress, approved February 18, 1946). Approved July 25, 1947. [CHAPTER 330] July 25, 1947 [S. 1262] [Public Law 242] Uniformity in geo- graphic nomenclature and orthography. Board on Geograph- ic Names. Appointment of members. Formulation of principles, policies, etc. Studies and investi- gations. AN ACT To provide a central authority for standardizing geographic names for the purpose of eliminating duplication in standardizing such names among the Federal departments, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior, hereinafter called the Secretary, conjointly with the Board on Geographic Names, as hereinafter provided, shall provide for uniformity in geographic nomenclature and orthography throughout the Federal Government. The Secretary may exercise his functions through such officials as he may designate, except that such authority as relates to the final approval or review of actions of the Board on Geographic Names shall be exercised by him, or his Under or Assistant Secretaries. SEO. 2. There is hereby established a Board on Geographic Names, hereinafter called the Board. The membership of the Board shall include one representative from each of the Departments of State, War, Navy, Post Office, Interior, Agriculture, and Commerce, and from the Government Printing Office, and the Library of Congress. The Board may also include representatives from such Federal agen- cies as the Secretary, upon recommendation of the Board, shall from time to time find desirable, even though these agencies are in the depart- ments otherwise represented on the Board. The members of the Board shall be appointed by the respective heads of the departments or inde- pendent agencies that they represent. Each member shall be appointed for a two-year term but may be reappointed to successive terms. The members of the Board shall serve without additional compensation. The Board shall nominate a Chairman to be appointed by the Sec- retary and shall establish such working committees as are found desirable. SEC. 3. The Board, subject to the approval of the Secretary, shall formulate principles, policies, and procedures to be followed with ref- erence to both domestic and foreign geographic names; and shall decide the standard names and their orthography for official use. The prin- ciples, policies, and procedures formulated hereunder shall be designed to serve the interests of the Federal Government and the general public to enlist the effective cooperation of the Federal departments and agencies most concerned, and to give full consideration to the specific interests of particular Federal and State agencies. Action may be taken by the Secretary in any matter wherein the Board does not act within a reasonable time. The Board may make such recommendations to the Secretary as it finds appropriate in connection with this Act. SEC. 4 . The Secretary shall cause such studies and investigations to be made and such records to be kept as may be necessary or desirable in carrying out the purposes of this Act, and he shall provide a place [61 STAT.