63 STAT.] 81ST CONG., 1ST SESS.-CHS. 630 , 632-OCT. 6 , 7 ,1949 723 "SEC. 4. Unpaid charges for operation and maintenance of the irri- Cancelation of cer- gation system which were assessed prior to May 10, 1926, against any lands within the project, amounting to a sum not exceeding $40,549.89, together with all unpaid interest and penalties on such charges, and unpaid charges due from consumers for electric energy sold through the power system between July 1, 1931, and June 30, 1942, amounting to a sum not exceeding $2,195.16, together with interest thereon, are hereby canceled." Approved October 6, 1949. [CHAPTER 632] AN ACT For the relief of certain consultants formerly employed by the Technical Indus- trial Intelligence Committee of the Foreign Economic Administration, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That no provisions of any law, regulation, or order (including travel orders or authoriza- tions) which authorize or direct deductions from per diem allowances in lieu of subsistence for items of meals or lodging obtained free or purchased from any Government agency or from the Military Estab- lishment or from any branch of the Government drawing rations from the military or providing quarters by arrangement with the military, shall be deemed to apply to those persons employed as technical, scien- tific, or other form of expert consultant by the Technical Industrial Intelligence Committee division of the Foreign Economic Adminis- tration without compensation or at $1 per annum during the fiscal years 1945 and 1946, by reason of such employment and during the period thereof; and no deductions shall be taken from per diem allowances in lieu of subsistence to such employees for any such meals or lodging during such employment (such meals or lodging being sometimes referred to herein as "items ). SEC. 2. Any charges for such items against the accounts of such employees appearing on the books of any Government agency shall be canceled and eliminated, and proper credits shall be entered against such accounts therefor. SEc. 3 . No certificate or statement as to such items furnished such employees shall be required of them: Provided, That this section shall not be construed to waive the filing by such employees of any certificate or statement required to be submitted under existing law or regula- tions with reference to their per diem allowances exclusive of such items as defined in section 1. SEo. 4. In order to carry out the provisions and purposes of this Act- (a) In any case wherein any such employee has not been paid any sum for said allowance and has not been advanced any funds for travel or other expenses, the Comptroller General of the United States is authorized and directed to allow credits or to cancel charges for such items in the accounts of such employee (whether on accounts in his office or in the office of any certifying, disbursing, or other account- able officer) and in the accounts of any present or former certifying, disbursing, or other accountable officer. (b) In any case wherein any such employee may have been paid such allowance without deductions for such items, the Comptroller General is authorized and directed to allow credits or to cancel charges therefor in the same manner and to the same extent as provided in paragraph (a) of this section. (c) In any case wherein any such employee has furnished a certifi- cate as to such items, as a result whereof deductions therefor were October 7, 1949 [H. R. 1950] [Public Law 334] Technical Industrial Intelligence Commit- tee of FEA. Relief ofcertain con- sultants. Cancellation of charges. Filingof certificates. Credit allowance or cancellationofcharges.