Atomic Weapons Rewards Act of 1955


Atomic Weapons Rewards Act of 1955 authorized financial transactions for information pertaining to the unlawful acquisition, importation, or manufacture of special nuclear material into the United States. The United States federal statute specifies financial reward payments of fifty thousand dollars be approved by the United States President with an inclusion not to exceed five hundred thousand dollars. The Act of Congress established an Awards Board embodying Federal Directorates from Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, Central Intelligence, and Atomic Energy Commission.

Atomic Weapons Rewards Act of 1955
Great Seal of the United States
Long titleAn Act to provide rewards for information concerning the illegal introduction into the United States or the illegal manufacture or acquisition in the United States, of special nuclear material and atomic weapons.
Acronyms (colloquial)AWRA
NicknamesAtomic Weapons and Special Nuclear Materials Rewards Act
Enacted bythe 84th United States Congress
EffectiveJuly 15, 1955
Public law84-165
Statutes at Large69 Stat. 365
Titles amended50 U.S.C.: War and National Defense
U.S.C. sections created50 U.S.C. ch. 4C § 47a et seq.
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the Senate as S. 609 by Clinton Presba Anderson (DNM) on June 22, 1955
  • Committee consideration by Joint Committee on Atomic Energy
  • Passed the Senate on June 28, 1955 (Passed)
  • Passed the House on July 5, 1955 (Passed, in lieu of H.R. 6901) with amendment
  • Senate agreed to House amendment on July 7, 1955 (Agreed)
  • Signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on July 15, 1955

Senate bill 609 legislation was passed by the 84th United States Congressional session and enacted into law by the 34th President of the United States Dwight Eisenhower on July 15, 1955.

Sections of the ActEdit

Atomic Weapons Rewards Act was authored as seven sections defining the United States codified law formulation for appropriating United States currency for fissile material information.

50 U.S.C. § 47a ~ Short Title
Cited as "Atomic Weapons Rewards Act of 1955"
50 U.S.C. § 47a ~ Illegal Acquisition, Importation, or Manufacture of Special Nuclear Material
Basis of Provided Information
Reward Amount Restriction
50 U.S.C. § 47b ~ Awards Board Establishment
Reward Determination by Board
Reward Financial Amount
United States President Approval
50 U.S.C. § 47c ~ Aliens and Foreign Nationals
Immigrant Visas Authorization
Permanent Residence Admission
50 U.S.C. § 47d ~ Awards Board Hearings
Amend Rules and Regulations
50 U.S.C. § 47e ~ Certification of Award
Approval by Awards Board
Approval by President of the United States
50 U.S.C. § 47f ~ Definitions
Atomic Energy
Atomic Weapon
Special Nuclear Material
United States

Atomic Weapons Rewards Act Amendment of 1974Edit

The 93rd United States Congressional session amended the 1955 Act with the passage of Senate bill 3669.[1] The legislation was enacted into law by the 38th President of the United States Gerald Ford on August 17, 1974.[2]

See alsoEdit

1958 US–UK Mutual Defence Agreement History of nuclear weapons
Atomic Age Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
Atomic Energy Act of 1954 Manhattan Project
Atomic spies Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act of 1978
Atoms for Peace Nuclear terrorism
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Project Y
Doomsday Clock Soviet Scientists Immigration Act of 1992
FBI Silvermaster File Trinity Atmospheric Test
Glienicke Bridge United States Strategic Bombing Survey


  1. ^ "S. 3669 ~ 1974 Amendment of Atomic Energy Act of 1954 and Atomic Weapons Rewards Act of 1955". P.L. 93-377 ~ 88 Stat. 472. June 19, 1974.
  2. ^ "1974 Amendment of Atomic Energy Act of 1954 and Atomic Weapons Rewards Act of 1955 ~ P.L. 93-377" (PDF). 88 Stat. 472 ~ Senate Bill 3669. U.S. Government Printing Office. August 17, 1974.


  • Watts, Richard (December 2, 1942). "Manhattan Project Notebook (1942)". NARA Milestone Documents. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
  • Truman, Harry S. (August 6, 1945). "Statement by the President Announcing the Use of the A-Bomb at Hiroshima - August 6, 1945". Internet Archive. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service. pp. 197–200.
  • Truman, Harry S. (January 31, 1950). "Statement by the President on the Hydrogen Bomb - January 31, 1950". Internet Archive. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service. p. 138.

Periodical ResourcesEdit

  • "BILL URGES CASH FOR ATOMIC TIPS; Rewards Up to Half a Million Asked by Brownell for Data on Traffic in Weapons". The New York Times. July 31, 1954.
  • "Rewards Up to $500,000 Are Proposed For Informers on Atom Smuggling Here". The New York Times. January 19, 1955.
  • "HOUSE ACTS TO BAR ATOM SMUGGLERS; Rewards of Up to $500,000 Approved for Information Leading to Capture". The New York Times. July 6, 1955.
  • "Atom Reward Bill Signed". The New York Times. July 16, 1955.
  • "$500,000 REWARD CITED; Post Offices Display Text of Law on Atom Arms Entry". The New York Times. May 25, 1957.

Historical Video ArchivesEdit

  • "You Can Beat The Atomic Bomb 26092". Internet Archive. Periscope Film. 1950.
  • "Atomic Alert". Internet Archive. Encyclopaedia Britannica Films. 1951.
  • "Duck and Cover". Internet Archive. U.S. Federal Civil Defense Administration. 1951.
  • "Our Cities Must Fight". Internet Archive. Archer Productions Inc. 1951.
  • "The Challenge of Ideas". Internet Archive. U.S. Army Pictorial Center. 1951.
  • "What You Should Know About Biological Warfare". Internet Archive. Ray (Reid H.) Film Industries. 1952.
  • "A is for Atom". Internet Archive. John Sutherland Productions. 1953.
  • "Target: You!". Internet Archive. U.S. Federal Civil Defense Administration. 1953.
  • "Let's Face It". Internet Archive. U.S. Federal Civil Defense Administration. 1954.
  • "The House in the Middle". Internet Archive. National Paint, Varnish, and Lacquer Association. 1954.
  • "A New Look at the Hydrogen Bomb". Internet Archive. U.S. Federal Civil Defense Administration. 1955.
  • "About Fallout". Internet Archive. Wilding Picture Productions, Inc. 1955.
  • "Bombproof 28162". Periscope Film. Burroughs Corporation. 1956.
  • "Warning Red". Internet Archive. Norwood Studios. 1956.
  • "The Day Called X 71622". Internet Archive. Periscope Film. 1957.
  • "Stay Safe, Stay Strong: The Facts About Nuclear Weapons". Internet Archive. Cinefonics, Inc. 1960.
  • "About Fallout". Internet Archive. U.S. Office of Civil Defense. 1963.
  • "Town of the Times". Internet Archive. U.S. Federal Civil Defense Administration. 1963.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Espionage at Wikimedia Commons
  •   Media related to Nuclear weapons at Wikimedia Commons
  • "The Nuclear Vault". The National Security Archive. George Washington University.
  • "The Nuclear Weapon Archive - A Guide to Nuclear Weapons". The Nuclear Weapon Archive.