PUBLIC LAWS-CH. 591-JULY 23,1946 within the purview of such Act whose personnel may be and is increased in consequence of appropriations or funds made available in or in pursuance of this or any other Act, the Director of the Bureau of the Budget shall recommend and effectuate such reduction in per- sonnel in such other activity or activities as he may deem advisable dwveof ofetting as will offset any such increase in personnel: Provided, That if the Director of the Bureau of the Budget shall find and so certify to the President that any such offsetting reduction would be inimical to the public interest, such offsetting reduction, subject to the President's approval, may be waived in whole or in part in writing by the Director of the Bureau of the Budget, and such action by such official shall be published promptly in the Federal Register with a statement of the tiuson POf reasons therefor: Provided further, That there may be excluded from Atfe,p . 219. the aggregate personnel ceilings established by section 14 (a) of the Federal Employees Pay Act of 1946, in addition to any exclusions otherwise provided, not more than six thousand five hundred and seventy-three positions, to the extent that all or any part of such number may be determined by the Director of the Bureau of the Budget An., pp - 27, 1'7 to be essential to the effectuation of the Veterans' Emergency Housing Act of 1946, the Federal Airport Act, and the Philippine Rehabilita- tion Act of 1946, and to enabling the rendition of essential service by the Public Buildings Administration to the Veterans' Administration and the War Assets Administration. crePaednompenationf SEC. 403. Appropriations and funds available during the fiscal year 1947 to the executive departments and independent establishments, including corporations, for personal services shall be available for the payment of increased compensation, not above rates comparable 42 stat. 1488. to those provided for employees under the Classification Act of 1923, 5pp:s. I66-74; as amended by the Federal Employees Pay Act of 1946, to those Ante, pp. 216, 219. groups of employees not covered by such Act but for which the head of the agency concerned is authorized to establish rates of pay by administrative action, and the additional expense of such increased compensation may be included in making apportionments of appro- priations or funds available in pursuance of this Act or otherwise as 315nots.C pp , required by the antideficiency law (31 U. S . C. 665). The availability of funds for the payment of those groups of employees whose basic compensation is fixed and adjusted from time to time in accordance with prevailing rates by wage boards or other similar administrative authority serving the same purpose shall not be affected hereby. Availablity of SEC. 404. The appropriations and authority with respect to appro- priations in this Act in whole or in part for the fiscal year 1946 shall be available from and including July 1, 1945, for the purposes respec- tively provided in such appropriations and authority. All obligations incurred during the period between June 30, 1945, and the date of the enactment of this Act in anticipation of such appropriations and authority are hereby ratified and confirmed if in accordance with the terms thereof. SEC. 405. The appropriations and authority with respect to appro- priations in this Act in whole or in part for the fiscal year 1947 shall be available from and including July 1, 1946, for the purposes respec- tively provided in such appropriations and authority. All obligations incurred during the period between June 30, 1946, and the date of the enactment of this Act in anticipation of such appropriations and authority are hereby ratified and confirmed if in accordance with the terms thereof. 4ate, p . 79. SEC. 406. Subsection (a) of section 202 of the Independent Offices Appropriation Act, 1947, is hereby amended by striking therefrom the figures "$1,050" and substituting therefor the figures $1,300".' [60 STAT.