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§ 25. Medical attention for employees; removal of bodies for
burial (a) The Secretary in his administration of the National Park System and miscellaneous areas may contract for medical attention and service for employees of the National Park Service and may make necessary pay-roll deductions agreed to by the employees therefor.
(b) Out of moneys appropriated for the general expenses of the National Park System and miscellaneous areas, the Secretary may, in his discretion, provide medical attention for employees of the National Park Service located at isolated situations, including the removal of such employees to hospitals and other places where medical assistance is available, and, in case of death, may remove the bodies of deceased employees to the nearest place where they can be prepared for shipment or for burial.
§ 26. Care of indigent or dead
The Secretary, in his discretion, may provide, out of moneys appropriated for the general expenses of the National Park System and miscellaneous areas, for the temporary care and removal therefrom of indigents, and, in case of death, may provide for their burial in instances where State or local agencies are without jurisdiction for these purposes or where their assistance is not forthcoming, but in no case shall he authorize transportation of such indigents or dead for a distance of more than 50 miles from an area. § 27. Aid to visitors in emergencies
The Secretary may aid and assist visitors to the National Park System and miscellaneous areas in emergencies, and when no other source is available for the procurement of food or supplies, by the sale at cost of food or supplies in quantities sufficient to enable them to reach safely a point where such food or supplies can be purchased. Receipts from such sales shall be deposited as a refund to the appropriation or appropriations current at the date of covering in of such deposit and shall be available for the purchase of similar food or supplies. § 28. Sale of supplies to grantees and licensees
The Secretary may in emergencies when no other source is available for the immediate procurement of supplies, materials, or special services, aid and assist grantees, permittees, or licensees conducting operations for the benefit of the public in the National Park System and miscellaneous areas by the sale at cost, including transportation and handling, of such supplies, materials, or special services as may be necessary to relieve the emergency and insure uninterrupted service to the public. Receipts from such sales shall be deposited as a refund to the appropriation or appropriations current at the date of covering in of such deposit, and shall be available for expenditure for purposes of the National Park System and miscellaneous areas. § 29. Central warehouses; purchase and distribution of supplies
The Secretary, in his administration of the National Park System and miscellaneous areas, may maintain central warehouses therein, and appropriations made for the administration, protection, maintenance, and improvement of the National Park System and miscellaneous areas shall be available for the purchase of supplies and materials to be kept in said central warehouses for distribution at cost, including transportation and handling, to projects under specific appropriations, and transfers between the various appropriations made for the National Park System and miscellaneous areas are authorized for the purpose of charging the cost of supplies and materials, including transportation and handling, drawn from central warehouses maintained under this authority to the particular appropriation benefited; and such supplies and materials as remain therein at the end of any fiscal year shall be continuously available for issuance during subsequent fiscal years and to be charged for by such transfers of funds between appropriations made for the administration, protection, maintenance, and improvement of said National Park System and miscellaneous areas for the fiscal year then current without decreasing in any way the appropriations made for that fiscal year. However, supplies and materials shall not be purchased solely for the purpose of increasing the value of storehouse stock beyond reasonable requirements for any current fiscal year. § 30. Contracts for services and accommodations furnished to
the Government; Congressional reports; Utility services to concessioners
(a) In order to facilitate the administration of the National Park System and miscellaneous areas, the Secretary may, at rates approved by him, contract for services or other accommodations with contractors operating within said National Park System and miscellaneous areas and who furnish such services or accommodations to the public generally. Such contracts may be entered into without advertising for and without securing competitive bids.
The Secretary shall report in detail all proposed awards of concession leases and contracts, including renewals, sixty days before the
awards are made, to the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives for transmission to the appropriate committees.
(b) The Secretary may furnish, on a reimbursement of appropriation basis, all types of utility services to concessioners, contractors, permittees, or other users of such services, within the National Park System and miscellaneous areas. The reimbursements for cost of such utility services may be credited to the appropriation current at the time reimbursements are received. $ 31. Cashing traveler's checks
Traveler's checks or other forms of money equivalent in customary use by travelers, exclusive of personal checks, may be cashed when tendered in payment of automobile license fees or other collections charged or made within the National Park System and miscellaneous
§ 32. Reimbursement of employees for loss of property
The Secretary in his administration of the National Park System and miscellaneous areas may reimburse employees and other owners of horses, vehicles, and other equipment lost, damaged, or destroyed while in the custody of such employees or the Department of the Interior, under authorization, contract, or loan, for necessary fire fighting, trail, or other official business, such reimbursement to be made from any available funds in the appropriation to which the hire of such equipment would be properly chargeable. $ 33. Hire or purchase of property from employees
The Secretary may, at rates approved by him, authorize the hire, rental, or purchase of property from employees of the National Park Service whenever the public interest will be promoted thereby. § 34. Hire of horses and vehicles
The National Park Service may hire, with or without personal services, work animals and animal-drawn and motor-propelled vehi-cles and equipment at rates to be approved by the Secretary and without advertising for bids or executing a written contract. § 35. Purchase of supplies for park employees; deduction from
salaries The Secretary may purchase personal equipment and supplies for employees of the National Park Service, and may make deductions therefor from moneys appropriated for salary payments or otherwise due such employees.
§ 36. Pay-roll deductions for meals and quarters furnished
employees Cash collections and pay-roll deductions made for meals and quarters furnished by the National Park Service to employees of the United States in the field and to cooperating agencies may be credited as a reimbursement to the current appropriation for the administration of the area in which the accommodations are furnished. § 37. Authorizing the performance of certain miscellaneous
functions and activities; appropriations Appropriations for the National Park Service are authorized and shall be available for the following purposes among others :
(a) Necessary protection of the area of federally-owned land in the custody of the National Park Service known as the Ocean Strip and Queets Corridor, adjacent to Olympic National Park, Washington; necessary repairs to the roads from Glacier Park Station through the Blackfeet Indian Reservation to the various points in the boundary line of Glacier National Park, Montana, and the international boundary; repair and maintenance of approximately two and seventy-seven one-hundredths miles of road leading from United States Highway 187 to the north entrance of Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming; maintenance of approach roads through the Lassen National Forest leading to Lassen Volcanic National Park, California; maintenance and repair of the Generals Highway between the boundaries of Sequoia National Park, California, and the Grant Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park, California; maintenance of approximately two and one-fourth miles of roads comprising those portions of the Fresno-Kings Canyon approach road, Park Ridge Lookout Road, and Ash Mountain-Advance truck trail, necessary to the administration and protection of the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks; maintenance of the roads in the national forests leading out of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana; maintenance of the road in the Stanislaus National Forest connecting the Tioga Road with this Hetch Hetchy Road near Mather Station, Yosemite Nationa) Park, California; and maintenance and repair of the approach road to the Custer Battlefield National Monument and the road connecting the said monument with the Reno Monument site, Montana.
(b) Administration, protection, improvement, and mainte
nance of areas, under the jurisdiction of other agencies of the Government, devoted to recreational use pursuant to cooperative agreements.
(c) Necessary local transportation and subsistence in kind of persons selected for employment or as cooperators, serving without other compensation, while attending fire-protection training camps.
(d) Payment of necessary expenses of field employees in attendance at meetings concerned with the work of the National Park Service, when authorized by the Director.
(e) Educational lectures in or in the vicinity of and with respect to the National Park System and miscellaneous areas.
(f) Services of field employees in cooperation with such nonprofit scientific and historical societies engaged in educational work in such areas as the Secretary may designate.
(g) Travel expenses of employees attending Government camps for training in forest-fire prevention and suppression and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, and attending Federal, State, or municipal schools for training in prevention and suppression of fire in buildings.
(h) Investigation and establishment of water rights in accordance with local custom, laws, and decisions of courts, including the acquisition of water rights or of lands or interests in lands or rights-of-way for use and protection of water rights necessary or beneficial in the administration and public use of the National Park System and miscellaneous areas.
(i) Acquisition of rights-of-way and construction and maintenance of a water supply line partly outside the boundary of Mesa Verde National Park,
(i) Official telephone service in the field in the case of official telephones installed in private houses when authorized by the Secretary
(k) Entering into contracts, without advertising for and without securing competitive bids, with States, political subdivisions, local governmental units, or agencies of the foregoing, for the performance of road construction or maintenance work, or for furnishing materials, supplies, equipment, or services of any
kind in connection with such work on the roads and trails of the National Park System and miscellaneous areas.