Executive Order 10491

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Amendment of Executive Order No. 10450 of April 27, 1953, Relating to Security Requirements for Government Employment

By virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and statues of the United States, including section 1753 of the Revised Statues of the United States (5 U.S.C. 631); the Civil Service Act of 1883 (22 Stat. 403; 5 U.S.C. 632, et seq.); section 9A of the act of August 2, 1939, 53 Stat. 1148 (5 U.S.C. 118 j) [1]; and the act of August 26, 1950, 64 Stat. 476 (5 U.S.C. 22-1, et seq.), and as President of the United States, and finding such action necessary in the best interests of the national security, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Subsection (a) of section 8 of Executive Order No. 10450 of April 27, 1953, relating to security requirements for Government employment, is hereby amended by adding thereto at the end thereof paragraph (8) as follows:

``(8) Refusal by the individual, upon the ground of constitutional privilege against self-incrimination, to testify before a congressional committee regarding charges of his alleged disloyalty or other misconduct.´´

Signature of Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The White House
October 13, 1953


  1. So in original, probably should be (5 U.S.C. 118j);
    Eventually repealed in codification of the Revised Statues into Title 5, (Pub. L. 89–554, Sept. 6, 1966, 80 Stat. 378);
    See Title 5 Notes for history.

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