PUBLIC LAWS--CHS. 690, 691-OCT. 14, 1949 43U. .C. 372et . g.; Supp. II, § 385a etseq. 58 Stat. 890. 33U.8. 0 . 709. Consultation with local interests. Coordination, etc., of works. Appropriation an. thorized. October 14, 1949 [H. R. 3191] [Public Law 3657 Federal Employees' Compensation Act Amendments of 1949. 39 Stat. 743 39 Stat. 743. &U.S. C. i 759. PoWt, p. 862 . 39 Stat. 743. Use of leave. authorized for construction by the Bureau of Reclamation, all in accordance with the Federal reclamation laws (Act of June 17, 1902, 32 Stat. 388, and Acts amendatory thereof or supplementary thereto). After the transfer as provided herein, the dam shall be operated for flood control in accordance with criteria established by the Secretary of the Army as provided for in section 7 of the Flood Control Act of 1944 (Public Law 534, Seventy-eighth Congress, second session). SEC. 3. In locating and designing the works authorized for con- struction by section 2 of this Act the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Engineers, the Secretary of the Interior and the Commissioner of Reclamation shall give due consideration to the report set forth in Bulletin Numbered 26 of the Division of Water Resources of the Department of Public Works of the State of California, and shall consult the local interests to be affected by the construction and oper- ation of said works, through public hearings or in such other manner as in their discretion may be found best suited to a maximum expres- sion of the views of such local interests. SEC. 4 . The Secretary of the Interior is directed to cause the oper- ation of said works to be coordinated and integrated with the opera- tion of existing and future features of the Central Valley project in such manner as will effectuate the fullest and most economic utiliza- tion of the land and water resources of the Central Valley project of California for the widest possible public benefit. SEC. 5 . There are hereby authorized to be appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, such sums as are necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act. Approved October 14, 1949. [CHAPTER 691] AN ACT To amend the Act approved September 7, 1916 (ch. 458, 39 Stat. 742), entitled "An Act to provide compensation for employees of the United States suffering injuries while in the performance of their duties, and for other purposes", as amended, by extending coverage to civilian officers of the United States and by making benefits more realistic in terms of present wage rates, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the "Federal Employees' Compensation Act Amendments of 1949". TITLE I-SUBSTANTIVE AMENDMENTS WAITING PERIOD MODIFIED SEC. 101. (a) Section 2 of the Act approved September 7, 1916 (ch. 458, 39 Stat. 742) (hereafter in this Act referred to as the "Fed- eral Employees' Compensation Act"), as amended (5 U. S . C., 1946 edition, sec. 752), is hereby amended to read as follows: "SEC. 2. That with respect to the first three days of temporary dis- ability the employee shall not be entitled to compensation except as provided in section 9, unless such disability exceeds twenty-one days in duration or is followed by permanent disability." (b) Section 8 of such Act (5 U. S . C., 1946 edition, section 758), is amended to read as follows: "SEC. 8. If at the time the disability begins the employee has annual or sick leave to his credit he may use such leave until it is exhausted, in which case his compensation for disability shall not begin, and the time periods specified in section 2 shall not begin to run, until the annual or sick leave has ceased." 854 [63 STAT.