February 21, 1881

Washington, D.C.


To the Senate of the United States:


In accordance with the resolution of the Senate of 15th of June, 1880, requesting to the Secretary of State to report to that body at its next regular session what changes, if any, of the laws regulating the management of the Department of State, or of the divisions of the bureaus thereof, are necessary or would be beneficial in promoting the efficiency of economy of its administration or management, and to also make report concerning the mode of keeping departmental accounts, the checks and safeguards upon expenditures, and the administrative or clerical changes for the better which may suggest themselves as expedient, I transmit herewith a report from the Secretary of State upon the subjects embraced in that resolution so far as they touch the Department of State.