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54 STAT.] 76TH CONG. , 3D SESS.-CH. 400-JUNE 20, 1940 (b) The functions of the Bureau of Construction and Repair and the functions of the Bureau of Engineering are hereby transferred to and consolidated under one bureau to be known as the Bureau of Ships, with a Chief of Bureau at the head thereof. The duties of the Bureau of Ships shall be assigned by the Secretary of the Navy and performed under his authority and the orders of the Chief of the Bureau of Ships shall be considered as emanating from the Secre- tary of the Navy, and shall have full force and effect as such. (c) The Chief of the Bureau of Ships shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, for a term of four years, from among the officers of the active list of the Navy who are specially qualified and experienced in naval engineering or naval architecture. The Chief of the Bureau of Ships shall have the same rank and shall be entitled to the same pay, allowances, and privileges of retirement as are now or may hereafter be prescribed by or in pursuance of law for other Chiefs of Bureaus in the Navy Department, and shall take precedence ahead of all other officers on duty in the Bureau of Ships. (d) An officer on the active list of the Navy who is specially qualified and experienced in naval engineering or naval architecture shall be detailed as Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Ships. He shall, while so serving, have the rank of rear admiral and shall receive the highest pay and allowances of that rank: Provided, That if the Chief of the Bureau of Ships be specially qualified and experienced in naval engineering, the Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Ships shall be specially qualified and experienced in naval archi- tecture; and if the Chief of the Bureau of Ships be specially qualified and experienced in naval architecture, the Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Ships shall be specially qualified and experienced in naval engineering: Provided further, That nothing herein shall operate to deprive the incumbents in office as the Chief of the Bureau of Construction and Repair and the Chief of the Bureau of Engi- neering on the effective date of this Act of the rank, pay, allowances, or retirement privileges to which they may be entitled under existing law, nor to affect the status of any officer heretofore retired from said offices. (e) Officers on the active list of the Navy who are specially qualified and experienced in naval engineering or naval architecture shall be detailed as heads of the major divisions in the Bureau of Ships. (f) The Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Ships and then the heads of the major divisions of that Bureau shall succeed to the duties of the Chief of Bureau during his absence or disability, or in the event of a temporary vacancy in that office, in such order as may be directed by the Secretary of the Navy. (g) All records and property (including office equipment) of the Bureau of Engineering and the Bureau of Construction and Repair, and all the personnel used in the administration and func- tions of such Bureaus are hereby transferred to the Bureau of Ships for use in the administration and functions transferred or provided by this Act: Provided, That any civilian personnel transferred by this section found by the Secretary of the Navy to be in excess of the personnel necessary for the administration of the Bureau of Ships shall be retransferred under existing law to other positions in the Government service, or separated from the service in accord- ance with the applicable provisions of section 10 (a) of the Reor- ganization Act of 1939. (h) The unexpended balances of appropriations, allocations, or other funds available for use in connection with the exercise of any 493 Establishment of Bureau of Ships. Pos, pp. 876, 972. Duties. Appolntment of Chief. Rank, etc. Detail of Naval offi- cer as Assistant Chief. Rank, etc. Provsos. Qualifications. Heads of major di- visions. Successlon to duties of Chief. Transfer of person- nel, records, etc. Provo. Civilian personnel in excess of number required. 3 Stat. 53. 5U.S. O, Spp.V, !133i (a). Transfer of desi- nated funds.