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The situation as to the obligations of foreign governments is presented in the report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the state of the finances annually.* 4. Superintendent of the State, War, and Navy Department Buildings

The office of Superintendent of the State, War, and Navy Department Buildings operates independently of the State, War, and Navy Departments, under a commission composed of the Secretaries of State, War, and Navy, for the maintenance, operation, and protection of said buildings and various others. This responsibility includes care of the grounds, heating, lighting, repairing, altering, and cleaning the buildings, and embraces jurisdiction over the forces provided therefor.

5. American Battle Monuments Commission

This commission was created by the Act of March 4, 1923,4 to prepare plans for, and to erect, suitable memorials to mark and commemorate the services of United States forces in Europe. The commission also has the duty of photographing the European battlefields upon which American forces were engaged, for the purpose of completing military historical records. Co-operation with states, municipalities, associations, and citizens desiring to erect war memorials in Europe is expected, when plans for such memorials have been approved by the commission in accordance with its organic act. The commission may receive funds from any source, private or governmental, to carry on its work. It may also sell replicas of any memorial, or part of a memorial, applying the proceeds thereof to its purposes. 6. Commission on Navy Yards and Naval Stations

The Commission on Navy Yards and Naval Stations was created by the President to carry out the provisions of the Act of August 29, 1916,5 in relation to the establishment of navy yards, naval stations, and submarine and aviation bases.

3 See extracts in pamphlet form, entitled “Obligations of Foreign Governments,” 1922; “World War Foreign Debt Commission and Obligations of Foreign Governments,” 1923; Same, 1924—obtainable from Superintendent of Documents.

4 42 Stat. 1509, c. 283.
6 39 Stat. 564.
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