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1954 Washington Report 1 (1954)

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No.    63                          Washington 5, D. C.       February 23, 1S;54
As passed by the House, the Treasury and Post Office Departments Appro-
priation Bill for fiscal 1955 (H.R. 7893) carries a total only tvro-tenths
of one percent below budget estimates. The House made no changes in the
bill as reported from the Appropriations Committee. No amendmeros vere
even offered.
The total in the bill is $3.3 billion, of wvhich $577.9 million is for
the Treasury Department and ,2,755 million for the Post Office Department-~
the latter to come from postal receipts except for a deficit estimated at
about $324 million. Funds for the Treasury Department are only :P927,400
below budget estimates, but  $3I.l million below current fiscal 1954 appro-
priations. Those for the Post Office Department are $4,6 million below
budget estimates. The estimated postal deficit for fiscal 1955 is 4P113
million below the latest estimate for the current fiscal 1954.
The relatively minor reductions from budget
REDUCTIONS FROM     estimates for the Treasury Department include (402,700
BUDGET ESTIMA~TES  for the Bureau of the Public Debt, 25l,300 for the
Bureau of Accounts, $101,000 for the Office of the
Treasurer, $88,000 for the Internal Revenue Service, $50,000 for the Bureau
of the M1int, $20000 for the Office of the Secretary, $10,700 for the Coast
Guard, and $3,700 for the Bureau of Customs. Budget estimates for the Bureau
of Narcotics and the Secret Service were approved without change.
Cuts for the Post Office Department are small in comparison i ith those
for past years. They include <>2 million for operations, $1.1 million for
facilities, $1 million for transportation, and $494,000 for administration.
Substantial saVings have been adcomplished through
ADiIINISTRATIVE  administrative action in the Treasury Department) accord-
SAVINGS         ing to information presehted t6 the House Appropriations
subcommittee by Secretary Humphrey.  6r. Humphrey told
the coimmittee that in the Internal Revenue Service savings of 413.9 million
had resulted from reduction of field supervisory offices, elimination and
decentralization of vork previously performed in the national office,
installation of a new system for handling income tax and information returns,
and elimination of 5,000)000 excise-tax returns annually by changing the
filing period from monthly to quarterly. The three fiscal bureaus, he said,

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