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63 STAT.] 81ST CONG. , 1ST SESS.-CH. 288-JUNE 30, 1949 catalog system as may be appropriate to identify and classify personal property under the control of Federal agencies: Provided, That the Administrator and the Secretary of Defense shall coordinate the cata- loging activities of the General Services Administration and the National Military Establishment so as to avoid unnecessary duplica- tion; and (4) to prescribe standardized forms and procedures, except such as the Comptroller General is authorized by law to prescribe, and standard purchase specifications. (b) Each Federal agency shall utilize such uniform Federal supply catalog system and standard purchase specifications, except as the Administrator, taking into consideration efficiency, economy, and other interests of the Government, shall otherwise provide. (c) The General Accounting Office shall audit all types of property accounts and transactions at such times and in such manner as deter- mined by the Comptroller General. Such audit shall be conducted as far as practicable at the place or places where the property or records of the executive agencies are kept and shall include but not necessarily be limited to an evaluation of the effectiveness of internal controls and audits, and a general audit of the discharge of accountability for Government-owned or controlled property based upon generally accepted principles of auditing. APPLICABILITY OF ANTITRUST LAWS SEC. 207. Whenever any executive agency shall begin negotiations for the disposition to private interests of a plant or plants, or other property, which cost the Government $1,000,000 or more, or of patents, processes, techniques, or inventions, irrespective of cost, the executive agency shall promptly notify the Attorney General of the proposed disposal and the probable terms or conditions thereof. Within a reasonable time, in no event to exceed sixty days after receiving such notification, the Attorney General shall advise the Administrator and the interested executive agency whether, insofar as he can determine, the proposed disposition would tend to create or maintain a situation inconsistent with the antitrust laws. Upon the request of the Attorney General, the Administrator or interested executive agency shall fur- nish or cause to be furnished such information as it may possess which the Attorney General determines to be appropriate or necessary to enable him to give the advice called for by this section or to determine whether any other disposition or proposed disposition of surplus property violates the antitrust laws. Nothing in this Act shall impair, amend, or modify the antitrust laws or limit and prevent their application to persons who buy or otherwise acquire property under the provisions of this Act. As used in this section the term "antitrust laws" includes the Act of July 2, 1890 (ch. 647, 26 Stat. 209), as amended; the Act of October 15, 1914 (ch. 323, 38 Stat. 730), as amended; the Federal Trade Commission Act (38 Stat. 717), as amended; and sections 73 and 74 of the Act of August 27, 1894 (28 Stat. 570), as amended. EMPLOYMENT OF PERSONNEL SEC. 208. (a) The Administrator is authorized, subject to the civil- service and classification laws, to appoint and fix the compensation of such personnel as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of titles I, II, III, and V of this Act. (b) To such extent as he finds necessary to carry out the provisions of titles I, II, III, and V of this Act, the Administrator is hereby authorized to procure the temporary (not in excess of one year) or 391 Coordination of cat- aloging activities. Audit by GAO. "Antitrust laws. " 15 U. S. C. §1-7. 62 Stat. 864, 997. 15 U.S.C. §12-27; Supp.II ,§17;28U.8 .C. §§ 381-383, 386 -390a 18U.S.C.§412;29 U.S.C.§52,53; Supp. n, § 52. 15 U.S. C . 1§41-58; Supp. II, § 45. 15U.8.C.§§8,9. Ante, pp. 379, 383; post, pp . 393, 399. Consultants.