Protest against discontinuance of issuance of Special Officer's commissions to employees of the Smithsonian Institution
Chester H. Gray, Acting Corporation Counsel, District of Columbia, considers a protest by Thomas E. Waggaman, Marshall, the Supreme Court, and Secretary Alexander Wetmore of the Smithsonian Institution against a recent ruling by the D.C. Corporation Counsel that the Commissioners of the District of Columbia are not legally authorized to issue commissions as Special Officers to guards for federal buildings and property. The powers grants such Special Officers are to be revoked as of December 31, 1948. The Corporation Counsel reaffirms the decision to revoke the commissions, but states that the commissions won't be revoked for another year to give the Supreme Court and Smithsonian time to secure separate legislation.
Smithsonian Legal Documents
Special Officers powers are granted to the Smithsonian in 65 Stat 634 passed on 24 October 1951.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 98-128, Office of the General Counsel, Records, Box 2, Folder 11: Policing Authority, 1951 Act (1948-1951) (Documents)
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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