A-12369, JANUARY 28, 1926, 5 COMP. GEN. 544

A-12369: Jan 28, 1926

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IF PROVISION IS MADE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE ENTIRE FORCE NECESSARY TO OPERATE THE SWITCHBOARD. 1926: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF JANUARY 15. YOU STATE THAT THE QUESTION PROPOUNDED IN YOUR FORMER SUBMISSION WAS MISINTERPRETED BY THIS OFFICE. YOU REPEAT THE QUESTION IN PART WITH EXPLANATION AS FOLLOWS: THE QUESTION HAS NOW ARISEN AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE MONEYS SO DEPOSITED ARE AVAILABLE FOR EXPENDITURE IN MAKING APPOINTMENTS. IF THE AMOUNT COLLECTED FROM OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS ON ACCOUNT OF SALARIES REPRESENTS ONLY THE AMOUNT BY WHICH THE SALARY OBLIGATIONS AGAINST THE APPROPRIATIONS OF YOUR DEPARTMENT ARE INCREASED BECAUSE OF THE SERVICE RENDERED TO THE ESTABLISHMENT FROM WHICH THE COLLECTION IS MADE.

A-12369, JANUARY 28, 1926, 5 COMP. GEN. 544

INTERIOR DEPARTMENT TELEPHONE SWITCHBOARD - USE OF FUNDS RECEIVED FROM OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS THE AMOUNTS NECESSARILY COLLECTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR FROM OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS FOR PAYMENT OF SALARIES INCIDENT TO OPERATION OF A COMMON TELEPHONE SWITCHBOARD, OVER AND ABOVE THE AMOUNT APPROPRIATED FOR THAT PURPOSE UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, MAY BE USED TO REIMBURSE THE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AND BE REEXPENDED ACCORDINGLY. IF PROVISION IS MADE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE ENTIRE FORCE NECESSARY TO OPERATE THE SWITCHBOARD, THE AMOUNTS COLLECTED FROM OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS MUST BE COVERED INTO MISCELLANEOUS RECEIPTS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, JANUARY 28, 1926:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF JANUARY 15, 1926, REFERRING TO YOUR FORMER LETTER OF DECEMBER 16, 1925, RELATIVE TO THE USE OF FUNDS RECEIVED FROM OTHER OFFICES AND DEPARTMENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT FOR PRO RATA SHARE IN THE COST OF OPERATING THE INTERIOR TELEPHONE SWITCHBOARD, AND REPLY THERETO DATED JANUARY 13, 1926. YOU STATE THAT THE QUESTION PROPOUNDED IN YOUR FORMER SUBMISSION WAS MISINTERPRETED BY THIS OFFICE.

YOU REPEAT THE QUESTION IN PART WITH EXPLANATION AS FOLLOWS:

THE QUESTION HAS NOW ARISEN AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE MONEYS SO DEPOSITED ARE AVAILABLE FOR EXPENDITURE IN MAKING APPOINTMENTS, PROVIDING INCREASES IN SALARIES, ETC. * * *.

IF THE AMOUNT COLLECTED FROM OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS ON ACCOUNT OF SALARIES REPRESENTS ONLY THE AMOUNT BY WHICH THE SALARY OBLIGATIONS AGAINST THE APPROPRIATIONS OF YOUR DEPARTMENT ARE INCREASED BECAUSE OF THE SERVICE RENDERED TO THE ESTABLISHMENT FROM WHICH THE COLLECTION IS MADE, THEN NECESSARILY THE AMOUNT SO COLLECTED MUST BE USED TO REIMBURSE YOUR APPROPRIATION AND MAY BE EXPENDED ACCORDINGLY. TO ILLUSTRATE: IF THE OPERATION OF A SWITCHBOARD FOR THE SERVICES OF YOUR DEPARTMENT ALONE WOULD REQUIRE THE SERVICES OF TWO OPERATORS THE SALARIES FOR WHICH ARE PROVIDED FOR UNDER YOUR APPROPRIATIONS, AND TO RENDER SWITCHBOARD SERVICE FOR OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS WOULD REQUIRE THE SERVICES OF ONLY ONE ADDITIONAL OPERATOR, THE SALARY OF THE ADDITIONAL OPERATOR ONLY SHOULD BE PRORATED AMONG THE OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS AND THE AMOUNT COLLECTED FROM THEM COULD BE USED TO REIMBURSE THE APPROPRIATION FROM WHICH THE SALARY OF THE ADDITIONAL OPERATOR HAD BEEN PAID AND, OF COURSE, COULD BE REEXPENDED. IF, HOWEVER, PROVISION IS MADE UNDER YOUR APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE ENTIRE FORCE NECESSARY TO OPERATE THE SWITCHBOARDS, THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF SALARIES FOR SUCH FORCE BEING PRORATED AMONG ALL THE ESTABLISHMENTS, INCLUDING YOUR DEPARTMENT ON THE SAME BASIS, THEN THE AMOUNTS COLLECTED FROM THE OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS MAY NOT BE DEPOSITED TO THE CREDIT OF YOUR APPROPRIATION AND REEXPENDED, BUT MUST BE COVERED INTO THE TREASURY AS MISCELLANEOUS RECEIPTS.