61 STAT.] 80TH CONG. , 1ST SESS.-CH. 498-AUG. 5 , 1947 SEC. 2 . The purposes of this corporation are to further the general welfare of, and to strengthen friendship and understanding among the peoples of the American Republics through collaboration with other governments and governmental agencies of the American Repub- lics in planning, initiating, assisting, financing, administering, and executing technical programs and projects, especially in the fields of public health, sanitation, agriculture, and education. SEC. 3 . The Institute, as a corporation- (a) Shall have succession for a period of three years unless sooner dissolved by an Act of Congress. (b) May adopt, alter, and use a corporate seal, which shall be judicially noticed. (c) May make and perform contracts with any individual, corpora- tion, or other body of persons however designated, whether within or without the United States of America, and with any government or governmental agency, domestic or foreign. (d) Shall determine and prescribe the manner in which its obliga- tions shall be incurred and its expenses allowed and paid. (e) May, as necessary for the transaction of the business of the Institute, employ officers, employees, agents, and attorneys in accord- ance with the provisions of the civil service and classification laws, except that the Institute may, without regard to the civil service and classification laws, employ, and fix the compensation of, officers, employees, agents, and attorneys of the Institute employed for service outside the continental limits of the United States: Provided, That the salary of any person thus employed shall not exceed the maximum salary established by the classification laws, and that the Institute may require bonds of any employee and pay the premiums of such bonds: Providedfurther,That no person who is a citizen of the United States not presently employed by the Institute of Inter-American affairs or the Inter-American Educational Foundation, Inc., shall be employed under authority of this paragraph (e) until such person has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation: Pro- vided further, That no person not a citizen of the United States shall be employed under authority of this paragraph (e) for service in any American Republic of which such person is not a citizen except with the specific approval of the Government of the American Repub- lic concerned. (f) May acquire by purchase, devise, bequest, or gift, or otherwise, lease, hold, and improve such real and personal property as it finds to be necessary to its purposes, whthter within or without the United States, and in any manner dispose of all such real and personal property held by it and use as general funds all receipts arising from the disposition of such property. (g) Shall be entitled to the use of the United States mails in the same manner and on the same conditions as the executive departments of the Government. (h) May, with the consent of any board, corporation, commission, independent establishment, or executive department of the Govern- ment, including any field service thereof, avail itself of the use of information, services, facilities, officers, and employees thereof in carrying out the provisions of this Act. (i) May accept money, funds, property, and services of everg kind by gift, devise or bequest, or grant, or otherwise, and make advances and grants to any individual, corporation, or other body of persons, whether within or without the United States of America, or to any government or governmental agency, domestic or foreign, when deemed advisable by the Institute in furtherance of its purposes. (j) May sue and be sued, complain, and defend, in its corporate name in any court of competent jurisdiction. 781 Purposes. Rights and powers. Employment. Salary; bonds. Investigation by FBI. Employment of noncititens. Acqulsition and dis- paal of property. UseofU. S. mas. Use of services, etc., of Government agen- cies. Acceptance ot money, etc.