A-13521, APRIL 17, 1926, 5 COMP. GEN. 834

A-13521: Apr 17, 1926

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IS NOT A MEETING OR CONVENTION OF THE MEMBERS OF ANY SOCIETY OR ASSOCIATION BUT IS AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE TO BE ATTENDED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENTS. THE ATTENDANCE AND COOPERATION AT THAT CONFERENCE OF A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FEDERAL POWER COMMISSION IN CONNECTION WITH THE AUTHORIZED DUTIES OF THE COMMISSION IS NOT IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE ACT OF JUNE 26. IS EXPLAINED THAT THIS IS AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE BETWEEN SEVERAL COUNTRIES OF WESTERN EUROPE TO CONSIDER. THAT THE DATA AND DISCUSSIONS AT THE CONFERENCE WILL BE OF GREAT VALUE TO THE COMMISSION. OR EXPENSES ARE AUTHORIZED TO BE PAID BY SPECIFIC APPROPRIATIONS FOR SUCH PURPOSES OR ARE PROVIDED FOR IN EXPRESS TERMS IN SOME GENERAL APPROPRIATION.

A-13521, APRIL 17, 1926, 5 COMP. GEN. 834

TRAVELING EXPENSES - INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES AS THE WORLD POWER CONFERENCE HELD AT BASLE, SWITZERLAND, IS NOT A MEETING OR CONVENTION OF THE MEMBERS OF ANY SOCIETY OR ASSOCIATION BUT IS AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE TO BE ATTENDED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENTS, THE ATTENDANCE AND COOPERATION AT THAT CONFERENCE OF A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FEDERAL POWER COMMISSION IN CONNECTION WITH THE AUTHORIZED DUTIES OF THE COMMISSION IS NOT IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE ACT OF JUNE 26, 1912, 37 STAT. 184.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE CHAIRMAN, FEDERAL POWER COMMISSION, APRIL 17, 1926:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF MARCH 12, 1926, REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER THE EXPENSE OF ATTENDANCE AT AND COOPERATION IN THE WORLD POWER CONFERENCE AT BASLE, SWITZERLAND, BY A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FEDERAL POWER COMMISSION MAY BE PAID FROM THE UNEXPENDED BALANCE IN THE ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION MADE FOR THE COMMISSION IN THE FEDERAL WATER-POWER ACT. IS EXPLAINED THAT THIS IS AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE BETWEEN SEVERAL COUNTRIES OF WESTERN EUROPE TO CONSIDER, REPORT, AND SUBMIT DATA UPON CERTAIN PHASES OF THE WATER-POWER INDUSTRY AND ITS RELATION TO OTHER INDUSTRIES AND TO INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE, AND THAT THE DATA AND DISCUSSIONS AT THE CONFERENCE WILL BE OF GREAT VALUE TO THE COMMISSION.

THE ACT OF JUNE 26, 1912, 37 STAT. 184, PROVIDES:

SEC. 8. NO MONEY APPROPRIATED BY THIS OR ANY OTHER ACT SHALL BE EXPENDED FOR MEMBERSHIP FEES OR DUES OF ANY OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE OF THE UNITED STATES OR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IN ANY SOCIETY OR ASSOCIATION OR FOR EXPENSES OF ATTENDANCE OF ANY PERSON AT ANY MEETING OR CONVENTION OF MEMBERS OF ANY SOCIETY OR ASSOCIATION, UNLESS SUCH FEES, DUES, OR EXPENSES ARE AUTHORIZED TO BE PAID BY SPECIFIC APPROPRIATIONS FOR SUCH PURPOSES OR ARE PROVIDED FOR IN EXPRESS TERMS IN SOME GENERAL APPROPRIATION.

THE FEDERAL WATER-POWER ACT OF JUNE 10, 1920, 41 STAT. 1063, APPROPRIATED $100,000 FOR EXPENSES OF THE COMMISSION, TO BE AVAILABLE UNTIL EXPENDED, AND IN SECTION 4 OF THE ACT, 41 STAT. 1065, DEFINED THE DUTIES OF THE COMMISSION AS FOLLOWS:

SEC. 4. THAT THE COMMISSION IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND EMPOWERED---

(A) TO MAKE INVESTIGATIONS AND TO COLLECT AND RECORD DATA CONCERNING THE UTILIZATION OF THE WATER RESOURCES OF ANY REGION TO BE DEVELOPED, THE WATER POWER INDUSTRY AND ITS RELATION TO OTHER INDUSTRIES AND TO INTERSTATE OR FOREIGN COMMERCE * * *.

(B) TO COOPERATE WITH THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND OTHER AGENCIES OF STATE OR NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS IN SUCH INVESTIGATIONS; * * *.

IT APPEARS FROM YOUR SUBMISSION THAT THIS CONFERENCE IS NOT A MEETING OR CONVENTION OF THE MEMBERS OF ANY SOCIETY OR ASSOCIATION BUT IS AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE TO BE ATTENDED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENTS. IT WOULD NOT APPEAR, THEREFORE, THAT ATTENDANCE AT SUCH A CONFERENCE IS PROHIBITED BY THE ACT OF JUNE 26, 1912, SUPRA. A-2922, SEPTEMBER 19, 1924; A-10815, AUGUST 13, 1925; DECISION OF FORMER COMPTROLLER OF THE TREASURY OF MAY 10, 1919, TO THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE.

IF THE ATTENDANCE AT SUCH A CONFERENCE WOULD BE IN FURTHERANCE OF THE AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES OF YOUR COMMISSION, I HAVE TO ADVISE THAT PAYMENT OF OTHERWISE PROPER EXPENSES IN CONNECTION THEREWITH IS AUTHORIZED FROM THE UNEXPENDED BALANCE OF THE APPROPRIATION MADE BY THE ORIGINAL FEDERAL WATER -POWER ACT, SUPRA. ..END :