A-13846, AUGUST 17, 1926, 6 COMP. GEN. 122

A-13846: Aug 17, 1926

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SHOULD BE SUPPORTED BY SUCH INFORMATION AND DATA AS WILL SHOW THE TOTAL RENTALS ON THE SITE AND ALL PREVIOUS EXPENDITURES FOR REPAIRS. WAS PAID. WAS PAID. IS CERTIFIED FOR CREDIT IN THE ACCOUNTS OF THE DISBURSING CLERK. IT IS REQUESTED THAT HEREAFTER PROPER INFORMATION AND DATA BE SUBMITTED WITH THE VOUCHERS REPRESENTING PAYMENTS FOR SUCH PURPOSE. WITH A REFERENCE TO THE FIRST VOUCHER ON WHICH THE INFORMATION IS FURNISHED IN DETAIL.

A-13846, AUGUST 17, 1926, 6 COMP. GEN. 122

APPROPRIATIONS - REPAIRS TO RENTED BUILDINGS THE LIMITATIONS IN THE APPROPRIATIONS FOR MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT FOR PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND REPAIR AND PRESERVATION OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS TO THE EFFECT THAT NOT TO EXCEED A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF THE ANNUAL RENTAL DERIVED FROM BUILDINGS ON SITES ACQUIRED FOR THE ERECTION OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS MAY BE EXPENDED FOR REPAIRS, ETC., APPLY TO AGGREGATE RENTALS FROM BUILDINGS ON THE PARTICULAR SITE AND NOT TO THE RENTAL FROM ANY ONE BUILDING ALONE. THE VOUCHERS REPRESENTING PAYMENTS FOR SUCH REPAIRS, ETC., SHOULD BE SUPPORTED BY SUCH INFORMATION AND DATA AS WILL SHOW THE TOTAL RENTALS ON THE SITE AND ALL PREVIOUS EXPENDITURES FOR REPAIRS, ETC.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, AUGUST 17, 1926:

CONSIDERATION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 3, 1926, WHEREIN YOU REQUEST REVIEW OF THE ACTION TAKEN BY THIS OFFICE IN DISALLOWING CREDIT FOR TWO ITEMS OF $30 AND $25 IN SETTLEMENT C-37013 T, ACCOUNTS OF J. L. SUMMERS, DISBURSING CLERK, TREASURY DEPARTMENT, FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, 1925, INVOLVING PAYMENTS MADE BY HIM FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS "MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT, PUBLIC BUILDINGS, 1926," AND "REPAIRS AND PRESERVATION OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS, 1926," RESPECTIVELY, FOR CERTAIN REPAIRS FOR BUILDINGS ON SITES ACQUIRED FOR THE ERECTION OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS.

THE APPROPRIATION "MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT FOR PUBLIC BUILDINGS, 1926," ACT OF JANUARY 22, 1925, 43 STAT. 779, FROM WHICH THE FIRST ITEM, VOUCHER 37, SEPTEMBER, 1925, WAS PAID, SPECIFICALLY LIMITS EXPENDITURES FOR SUCH EQUIPMENT FOR BUILDINGS ON SITES UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT, TO 10 PERCENT OF THE ANNUAL RENTALS RECEIVED THEREFROM. LIKEWISE, THE APPROPRIATION ,REPAIR AND PRESERVATION OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS, 1926," CONTAINED IN THE SAME ACT, FROM WHICH THE SECOND ITEM, VOUCHER 5, SEPTEMBER, 1925, WAS PAID, RESTRICTS PAYMENT FOR REPAIRS TO BUILDINGS OF THIS CHARACTER TO 15 PERCENT OF THE ANNUAL RENTALS.

IT HAS BEEN HELD THAT THE LIMITATIONS IN APPROPRIATIONS SUCH AS HERE INVOLVED APPLY TO THE AGGREGATE RENTALS RECEIVED FROM THE BUILDINGS ON THE PARTICULAR SITE AND NOT TO THE RENTAL FROM ANY ONE BUILDING ALONE. DECISION OF AUGUST 29, 1914, TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY.

IT NOW APPEARING THAT THE AUTHORIZED PERCENTAGE ON THE AGGREGATE RENTALS FROM BUILDINGS ON THE SITES IN QUESTION HAS NOT BEEN EXCEEDED, THE AMOUNT OF $55, REPRESENTING THE TWO ITEMS DISALLOWED, IS CERTIFIED FOR CREDIT IN THE ACCOUNTS OF THE DISBURSING CLERK.

TO AVOID THE NECESSITY OF SUSPENDING OR DISALLOWING CREDIT FOR SUCH ITEMS IN THE FUTURE, IT IS REQUESTED THAT HEREAFTER PROPER INFORMATION AND DATA BE SUBMITTED WITH THE VOUCHERS REPRESENTING PAYMENTS FOR SUCH PURPOSE, SHOWING THE TOTAL ANNUAL RENTAL OF ALL BUILDINGS NOT RESERVED BY VENDORS ON THE PARTICULAR SITE AND ALL PRIOR PAYMENTS FOR REPAIRS AND MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT, RESPECTIVELY, IF ANY, WITH THE VOUCHER NUMBER AND THE ACCOUNT IN WHICH PAID. THE FIRST VOUCHER SHOULD SHOW THE ANNUAL RENTAL IN DETAIL AND ALL OTHERS FOR THE SAME FISCAL YEAR MAY SHOW THE ANNUAL RENTAL IN TOTAL, WITH A REFERENCE TO THE FIRST VOUCHER ON WHICH THE INFORMATION IS FURNISHED IN DETAIL.