B-234091, Jul 7, 1989
B-234091: Jul 7, 1989
DIGEST: Purchase of running shoes by the Department of Energy (DOE) for Nuclear Materials Couriers who are required to pass fitness tests and to meet certain physical requirements is not authorized by Section 19 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Purchase of Running Shoes: We have been asked by an authorized certifying officer of the Department of Energy (DOE) for an advance decision on the legality of using appropriated funds to purchase running shoes for Nuclear Materials Couriers of the Transportation Safeguards Division. We find that such a purchase is not proper. Each courier is required to pass a running fitness test quarterly and a stringent physical examination yearly.