Prepared in accordance with the provisions the Reorganization Act of 1949, President Truman submitted to and Congress approved Reorganization Plan No. 18. The plan, effective July 1, l950, transferred to the Administrator of General Services the functions of the various Federal agencies with respect to acquiring space by lease and the assigning and reassigning of space and the operation, maintenance, and custody of general-purpose office buildings owned or leased by the Government. The plan specifically excluded space and buildings occupied predominantly by the Postal Service and those located in a foreign country or on a military facility. Also excluded is government-owned or leased special purpose space including but not limited to housing, hospitals, laboratories, factories and penal institutions. The plan specifically authorized the Administrator to delegate any part of these functions to other agencies subject to such regulations as he deems desirable for economical and effective administration.
As discussed in the President's message, since such authority was already largely concentrated in GSA with respect to the District of Columbia, the plan principally related to the administration of these functions in the field. The plan promoted the fundamental soundness and economy of centralizing the administration of Government office buildings and general-purpose building space in one agency while retaining ample flexibility to delegate functions back to agencies when appropriate. Section 210 of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, specifically subsections a and d, continue in effect the provisions of Reorganization Plan No 18.
Notes: The Reorganization Act of 1949, as amended, (5 USC Chapter 9) is a broad delegation of authority by Congress to the President to initiate and propose changes in the organization and functions of the executive branch. The method of achieving executive reorganization is essentially one of executive-legislative cooperation. Subject to specific procedures, the President is authorized to make proposals which will promote efficiency and economy in the work of the Government while the Congress reserves to itself the opportunity to disapprove any plan.