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PUBLIC LAW 8 6 - 6 8 2 - S E P T. 2, 1960
§ 3313. Appointment in fourth class offices in Alaska Notwithstanding sections 58, 62, 69, and 70 of title 5, and any other provision of law, an officer, agent, or employee of the United States Government, who is a citizen of the United States, is eligible for appointment as, and to receive the compensation provided by section 3544 of this title for a postmaster of a fourth class post office in Alaska. § 3314. Status on change in class of office A postmaster appointed in the competitive civil service at a post office of— (1) the first, second, or third class whose post office is relegated to the fourth class; or (2) the fourth class whose post office is advanced to a higher class, shall continue to be the postmaster after the change in the class of office. § 3315. Filling vacancies (a) When the office of a postmaster becomes vacant, the appointment of a regular postmaster shall be made without delay. In the interim the Postmaster General may— (1) continue the post office, under the name of the former postmaster, by the assistant postmaster or other employee oi the post office; or (2) in the case of a third or fourth class post office, place the office under the charge of a suitable person, pending appointment of a regular or acting postmaster; or (3) place the post office under the charge of a postal inspector or other special agent; or (4) appoint an acting postmaster. (b) Acting postmasters appointed under this section may not serve more than six months from the date of their designation, unless the Postmaster General extends the period of service with the permission of the Civil Service Commission. (c) Acting postmasters may be appointed by the Postmaster General in accordance with the Civil Service act, rules, and regulations to serve during military leave of the regular postmaster granted pursuant to section 3317 of this title. § 3316. Designation of persons to act during absence The Postmaster General may authorize postmasters to designate the assistant postmaster, or, if none, a clerk employed in the office to perform the functions of the office of postmaster during the absences of the postmaster. The person so designated shall, during the absences of the postmaster— (1) discharge the duties required of the postmaster; and (2) be subject to the liabilities and penalties prescribed by law for the official misconduct in like cases of the postmaster for whom he acts. § 3317. Leave without pay for military service (a) The Postmaster General shall grant leave of absence without pay to a postmaster entering active military service. (b) The Postmaster General shall permit a postmaster who r e s i t s for the purpose of active military service to withdraw his resignation and resume the office of postmaster upon being released from service, if the office is being conducted by an acting postmaster.