A-14678, JUNE 22, 1926, 5 COMP. GEN. 1014

A-14678: Jun 22, 1926

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ARE TO BE STORED IN A VAULT IN THE SPACE OCCUPIED BY SAID DIVISION IN A PUBLIC BUILDING UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC PARKS OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL. THE CURRENT ANNUAL APPROPRIATION FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND EXPENSES OF THE DIVISION OF VENEREAL DISEASES IS AVAILABLE FOR THE EXPENSE OF SUCH INSTALLATION. 1926: THERE WAS RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 3. AS FOLLOWS: SOME TIME AGO A REQUEST WAS MADE UPON THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC PARKS OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL FOR THE FURNISHING OF NECESSARY MATERIAL AND LABOR FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A VENTILATOR AND SPRINKLER HEADS IN A VAULT LOCATED IN THE SPACE OCCUPIED BY THE BUREAU OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE IN "C" BUILDING.

A-14678, JUNE 22, 1926, 5 COMP. GEN. 1014

APPROPRIATIONS - INSTALLATION OF FIRE-PROTECTION EQUIPMENT IN A PUBLIC BUILDING WHERE MOTION-PICTURE FILMS ESSENTIAL IN THE WORK CARRIED ON BY THE DIVISION OF VENEREAL DISEASES, PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, ARE TO BE STORED IN A VAULT IN THE SPACE OCCUPIED BY SAID DIVISION IN A PUBLIC BUILDING UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC PARKS OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL, AND THE REGULATIONS OF THAT OFFICE PRESCRIBE THAT IN CASE OF SUCH STORAGE THERE SHALL BE INSTALLED A VENTILATOR AND SPRINKLER HEADS IN THE VAULT, THE CURRENT ANNUAL APPROPRIATION FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND EXPENSES OF THE DIVISION OF VENEREAL DISEASES IS AVAILABLE FOR THE EXPENSE OF SUCH INSTALLATION.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, JUNE 22, 1926:

THERE WAS RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 3, 1926, AS FOLLOWS:

SOME TIME AGO A REQUEST WAS MADE UPON THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC PARKS OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL FOR THE FURNISHING OF NECESSARY MATERIAL AND LABOR FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A VENTILATOR AND SPRINKLER HEADS IN A VAULT LOCATED IN THE SPACE OCCUPIED BY THE BUREAU OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE IN "C" BUILDING, AT WASHINGTON. THIS REQUEST WAS MADE IN ORDER THAT THE MOTION-PICTURE FILMS BELONGING TO THE DIVISION OF VENEREAL DISEASES, BUREAU OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, MIGHT BE STORED IN THIS VAULT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS PRESCRIBED BY THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC PARKS, WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF THIS BUILDING. THE PROPER CARE AND STORAGE OF MOTION PICTURE FILMS IS REGARDED AS AN ESSENTIAL FEATURE OF THE WORK BEING CARRIED ON BY THE DIVISION OF VENEREAL DISEASES OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE.

THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC PARKS REPLIED THAT THE EXPENSE OF THIS WORK WAS NOT INCIDENT TO THE MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF THE BUILDING FOR WHICH APPROPRIATION IS MADE TO HIS OFFICE, BUT THAT HE WOULD BE VERY GLAD TO ACCOMPLISH THIS WORK IF HIS OFFICE COULD BE REIMBURSED.

INFORMATION IS THEREFORE RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED CONCERNING THE FOLLOWING:

IS THE APPROPRIATION,"EXPENSES, DIVISION OF VENEREAL DISEASES, PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, 1926," AVAILABLE FOR REIMBURSING THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC PARKS FOR THIS WORK?

IF NOT, WHAT APPROPRIATION, IF ANY, IS AVAILABLE FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE COST OF THIS WORK?

IT IS OBSERVED IN THIS CONNECTION THAT THE ESTIMATES SUBMITTED TO CONGRESS FOR THE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC PARKS CONTAINED ITEMS COVERING REPAIRS AND ALTERATIONS TO PUBLIC BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNDER THE CONTROL OF THAT OFFICE, OF WHICH BUILDING "C" IS ONE.

THE APPROPRIATION "EXPENSES, DIVISION OF VENEREAL DISEASES, PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, 1926," ACT OF JANUARY 22, 1925, 43 STAT. 776, READS:

FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND EXPENSES OF THE DIVISION OF VENEREAL DISEASES, ESTABLISHED BY SECTIONS 3 AND 4, CHAPTER XV, OF THE ACT APPROVED JULY 9, 1918, INCLUDING PERSONAL AND OTHER SERVICES IN THE FIELD AND IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, * * *.

LIKE APPROPRIATION IS MADE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1927, ACT OF MARCH 2, 1926, 44 STAT. 148.

THE APPROPRIATION FOR PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC PARKS OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1927, ACT OF APRIL 22, 1926, 44 STAT. 315, PROVIDES:

FOR GENERAL EXPENSES IN CONNECTION WITH THE MAINTENANCE, CARE, IMPROVEMENT, PROTECTION, OPERATION, REPAIR, CLEANING, HEATING, AND LIGHTING OF * * * AND PUBLIC BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC PARKS OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL; * * *.

WHILE YOUR SUBMISSION DOES NOT SO STATE, IT IS ASSUMED THAT THE REGULATIONS OF THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC PARKS OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REQUIRE THAT IF THE MOTION PICTURE FILMS BE STORED IN A VAULT LOCATED IN THE SPACE OCCUPIED BY THE DIVISION OF VENEREAL DISEASES, BUREAU OF PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, IN BUILDING "C," A VENTILATOR AND SPRINKLER HEADS MUST BE INSTALLED IN THE VAULT BECAUSE OF THE FIRE HAZARD INVOLVED. IT WOULD SEEM ALSO THAT THE INSTALLATION REQUIRED WOULD BE AS MUCH FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE MOTION-PICTURE FILMS AS FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE BUILDING AGAINST FIRE. WHILE THE APPROPRIATION IN THE ACT OF APRIL 22, 1926, HEREINBEFORE QUOTED, MAKES PROVISION FOR GENERAL EXPENSES IN CONNECTION WITH, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE PROTECTION OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC PARKS OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL, IT WOULD SEEM THAT THE EXPENSE HERE IN QUESTION, IF THE MOTION-PICTURE FILMS, WHICH YOU STATE ARE AN ESSENTIAL FEATURE OF THE WORK BEING CARRIED ON BY THE DIVISION OF VENEREAL DISEASES, PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, BE STORED IN THE VAULT, MIGHT PROPERLY BE CONSIDERED AS INCIDENT TO THE MAINTENANCE OF THE WORK OF SAID DIVISION AND A SPECIFIC EXPENSE UNDER ITS APPROPRIATION. SEE IN THIS CONNECTION 3 COMP. GEN. 812.

ACCORDINGLY, YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE DIVISION OF VENEREAL DISEASES, PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, FOR EITHER THE FISCAL YEAR 1926 OR 1927, ACCORDING TO THE FISCAL YEAR IN WHICH THE EXPENSE BE INCURRED, IS AVAILABLE THEREFOR.