950 October 28, 1949 [S. 2382] [Public Law 424] Army Quarter- master Corps. Research labor- atory. October 28, 1949 [H. R . 3826] [Public Law 425] PUBLIC LAWS-CHS. 777, 778-OCT. 28, 1949 [CHAPTER 777] AN ACT [63 STAT. To authorize the construction of a research laboratory for the Quartermaster Corps, United States Army, at a location to be selected by the Secretary of Defense. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there is hereby authorized to be appropriated not to exceed $11,000,000 for the acqui- sition of land and for the construction thereon of a research laboratory for the Quartermaster Corps, United States Army, at a location to be selected by the Secretary of Defense, and for such utilities and appur- tenances thereto as, in the judgment of the Secretary of the Army, may be necessary in connection therewith. The site shall be chosen on the basis of recommendations of an impartial ad hoc committee of experts to be appointed by the Research and Development Board. Approved October 28, 1949. [CHAPTER 778] AN ACT To amend the Act of January 16, 1883, an Act to regulate and improve the civil service of the United States. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Caeniee ActntUnited States of America in Congress assembled, That the third para- graph of the second clause of section 2 of the Act of January 16, 1883, an Act to regulate and improve the civil service of the United States (22 Stat. 403; 5 U. S . C. 633), is hereby amended to read as follows: appoinrtit'sment o "Third, appointments to the public service aforesaid in the depart- ments at Washington shall be apportioned among the several States and Territories and the District of Columbia upon the basis of popu- amincation for ex - lation as ascertained at the last preceding census. Hereafter every application for examination before the Civil Service Commission for appointment in the departmental service in the District of Columbia shall be accompanied by a certificate of an officer, with his official seal attached, of the county and State of which the applicant claims to be a citizen, that such applicant was, at the time of making such applica- tion, a legal or voting resident of said State, and had been such resident for a period of not less than one year next preceding, or a statement under oath setting forth his or her legal voting residence for one year next preceding the time of making such application, and such statement shall be accompanied by letters from three rep- utable citizens of the State in which residence is claimed, corroborating such statement, but this provision shall not apply to persons who may be in the service with civil-service status and seek promotion or appointment in other branches of the Government. Repeal. SEC. 2. The proviso of the second paragraph under the caption "Civil Service Commission" in the Act entitled "An Act making appropriations for the legislative, executive, and judicial expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety-one, and for other purposes", approved July 11, 6 U.s. c. 3 . 1890 (26 Stat. 235), and the Act of May 15, 1937 (50 Stat. 168), are hereby repealed. Approved October 28, 1949.