United States Statutes at Large/Volume 46/71st Congress/2nd Session/Chapter 320

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United States Statutes at Large, Volume 46
United States Congress
Public Acts of the Seventy-First Congress, 2nd Session, Chapter 320

May 26, 1930.
[S. 1171.]

[Public, No. 251.]
Chap. 320.—An Act To establish and operate a National Institute of Health, to create a system of fellowships in said institute, and to authorize the Government to accept donations for use in ascertaining the cause, prevention, and cure of disease affecting human beings, and for other purposes.

National Institute of HealthBe it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Hygienic Laboratory ofHygienic Laboratory, Public Health Service transferred to. the Public Health Service shall hereafter be known as the National Institute of Health, and all laws, authorizations, andAnte pp. 150, 152.
Post, pp. 1228, 1586.
appropriations pertaining to the Hygienic Laboratory shall hereafter be applicable for the operation and maintenance of the National Institute of Health. The Secretary of the Acquisition of site and equipment.Treasury is authorized to utilize the site now occupied by the Hygienic Laboratory and the land adjacent thereto owned by the Government and available for this purpose, or when funds are available therefor, to acquire sites by purchase,Additional sites. condemnation, or otherwise, in or near the District of Columbia, and to erect thereon and to furnish and equip suitable and adequate buildings for the use of such institute.Selection of personnel. In the administration and operation of this institute the Surgeon General shall select persons who show unusual aptitude in science. There is hereby authorized to be appropriated, out of any money in theAmount authorized for construction, etc., of additional buildings. Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $750,000, or so much thereof as may be necessary for construction and equipment of additional buildings at the present Hygienic Laboratory of the Public Health Service, Washington, District of Columbia.

Sec. 2.Unconditional gifts acceptable for study, etc., of diseases of man.The Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to accept on behalf of the United States gifts made unconditionally by will or other wise for study, investigation, and research in the fundamental problems of the diseases of man and matters pertaining thereto, and for the acquisition of grounds or for the erection, equipment, and maintenance of buildings and premises: ProvisoProvided, That conditional gifts may be accepted if recommended by the Surgeon General and the National Advisory Health Council. Any such gifts shall be held in trusts and shallConditional gifts may be accepted, to be held in trust. be invested by the Secretary of the Treasury in securities of the United States, and the principal or income thereof shall be expended by the Surgeon General, with the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury, for the purposes indicated in this Act, subject to the same examination and audit as provided for appropriations made for the Public Health Service by Congress.Memorials to donors of $500,000, to be established Donations of $500,000 or over in aid of research will be acknowledged permanently by the establishment within the institute of suitable Fellowships to be maintained.memorials to the donors. The Surgeon General, with the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury, is authorized to establish and maintain fellowships in the National Institute of Health, from funds donated for that purpose.

Scientists receiving fellowships, may be appointed for duty in National Institute of Health
Rules for.
Sec. 3. Individual scientists other than commissioned officers of the Public Health Service, designated by the Surgeon General to receive fellowships may be appointed for duty in the National Institute of Health established by this Act. During the period of such fellowship these appointees shall hold appointments under regulations promulgated by the Secretary of the Treasury and shall be subject to administrative regulations for the conduct of the Public Health Service.Investigations abroad, etc. Scientists so selected may likewise be designated for the prosecution of investigations in other localities and institutions in this and other countries during the term of their fellowships.

Title and compensation of scientific personnel.Sec. 4. The Secretary of the Treasury, upon the recommendation of the Surgeon General, is authorized (1) to designate the titles and fix the compensation of the necessary scientific personnel under regulations approved by the President;Clerks, etc. (2) in accordance with the civil service laws to appoint, and in accordance with the Classification Act of 1923, and amendments thereto, fix the compensation of such clerical and other assistants; andOffice expenses (3) to make such expenditures (including expenditures for personal services and rent at the seat of government, for books of reference, periodicals, and exhibits, and for printing and binding) as he deems necessary for the proper administration of such institution.

Facilities available to Stat, etc., authorities.Sec. 5. The facilities of the institute shall from time to time be made available to bona fide health authorities of States, counties, or municipalities for purposes of instruction and investigation.

Rank and pay of Director.Sec. 6. That hereafter the Director of the National Institute of Health while so serving shall have the rank and shall receive the pay and allowances of a medical director of the Public Health Service.

Approved, May 26, 1930.