A-10962, AUGUST 31, 1925, 5 COMP. GEN. 162

A-10962: Aug 31, 1925

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ARE CHARGEABLE TO THE NAVAL APPROPRIATIONS EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE FOR SUCH REPAIRS. ARE CHARGEABLE TO THE COAST GUARD APPROPRIATIONS. THAT THE ENGINE IS NOW IN NEED OF REPAIRS. WHICH IT IS ESTIMATED WILL COST $1. IF THE REPAIRS IN QUESTION WERE NECESSARY IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE PLANE BY THE NAVY. FROM YOUR SUBMISSION THAT THE REPAIRS ARE NECESSARY FOR THE CONTINUED USE OF THE PLANE BY THE COAST GUARD. SUCH ORDINARY REPAIRS WOULD CONSTITUTE A PROPER CHARGE AGAINST THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE WORK IN CONNECTION WITH WHICH THE SEAPLANE IS BEING USED BY THE COAST GUARD.

A-10962, AUGUST 31, 1925, 5 COMP. GEN. 162

PUBLIC PROPERTY - REPAIRS TO, WHEN LOANED BY ONE DEPARTMENT TO ANOTHER THE COST OF REPAIRS TO A SEAPLANE LOANED BY THE NAVY TO THE COAST GUARD FOR USE IN DETECTING VIOLATIONS OF THE CUSTOMS AND NATIONAL PROHIBITION LAWS, IF NECESSARY TO PUT THE SEAPLANE IN CONDITION FOR RETURN TO THE NAVY, ARE CHARGEABLE TO THE NAVAL APPROPRIATIONS EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE FOR SUCH REPAIRS; OR, IF NECESSARY FOR CONTINUED USE OF THE SEAPLANE BY THE COAST GUARD, ARE CHARGEABLE TO THE COAST GUARD APPROPRIATIONS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, AUGUST 31, 1925:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 18, 1925, REQUESTING DECISION OF THE QUESTION WHETHER REPAIRS TO A SEAPLANE LOANED BY THE NAVY DEPARTMENT TO THE COAST GUARD AND USED IN DETECTING SMUGGLERS AND RUM- RUNNING VESSELS MAY BE MADE FROM THE COAST GUARD APPROPRIATIONS. APPEARS FROM YOUR SUBMISSION THAT THE SEAPLANE HAS BEEN IN USE BY THE COAST GUARD SINCE MARCH 17, 1925, AND THAT THE ENGINE IS NOW IN NEED OF REPAIRS, WHICH IT IS ESTIMATED WILL COST $1,000, IN ORDER TO CONTINUE ITS USE BY THE COAST GUARD.

IN THE APPROPRIATION "AVIATION, NAVY," FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1926, 43 STAT. 877, I FIND A SPECIFIC APPROPRIATION FOR "OVERHAULING OF PLANES.' IF THE REPAIRS IN QUESTION WERE NECESSARY IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE PLANE BY THE NAVY, OR IN ORDER TO RETURN IT TO THE NAVY IN LIKE CONDITION AS WHEN LOANED, THIS SPECIFIC APPROPRIATION WOULD BE EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE FOR SUCH REPAIRS. IT WOULD APPEAR, HOWEVER, FROM YOUR SUBMISSION THAT THE REPAIRS ARE NECESSARY FOR THE CONTINUED USE OF THE PLANE BY THE COAST GUARD. UNDER SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES, WHERE SHOWN IN CONNECTION WITH AN EXPENDITURE, SUCH ORDINARY REPAIRS WOULD CONSTITUTE A PROPER CHARGE AGAINST THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE WORK IN CONNECTION WITH WHICH THE SEAPLANE IS BEING USED BY THE COAST GUARD.