A-15078, JULY 27, 1926, 6 COMP. GEN. 81

A-15078: Jul 27, 1926

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THERE IS NO BASIS FOR CHARGING THE APPROPRIATION OF THE ESTABLISHMENT RECEIVING THE BENEFIT OF SUCH SERVICES. 1926: 1 HAVE YOUR SUBMISSION OF JULY 13. THE BUREAU OF THE CENSUS WILL ARRANGE TO PUNCH THE CARDS AND MAKE THE NECESSARY TABULATION FOR THE 12. IS COSTING THE BUREAU OF THE CENSUS ABOUT $200 PER YEAR. WHILE THIS IS A COMPARATIVELY SMALL AMOUNT. IS IT POSSIBLE TO MAKE SOME ARRANGEMENT WHEREBY PROPER FINANCIAL CREDIT COULD BE GIVEN THE BUREAU OF THE CENSUS FOR THIS WORK. IF IT IS. THE WORK WILL NECESSARILY INCREASE AS THE NUMBER OF ANNUITANTS INCREASES.'. SINCE THE WORK PERFORMED BY THAT BUREAU IS OF VALUE TO THIS BUREAU IN THE MATTER OF COMPILING THE ANNUAL REPORTS. IF IT IS A FACT.

A-15078, JULY 27, 1926, 6 COMP. GEN. 81

DEPARTMENTS, EXECUTIVE - SERVICES BETWEEN WHERE THE PERFORMANCE OF SERVICES BY ONE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT FOR ANOTHER ESTABLISHMENT DOES NOT INVOLVE THE INCURRING OF ANY EXTRA EXPENSE OR THE INCREASING OF THE REGULAR FORCE AND EQUIPMENT, THERE IS NO BASIS FOR CHARGING THE APPROPRIATION OF THE ESTABLISHMENT RECEIVING THE BENEFIT OF SUCH SERVICES.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, JULY 27, 1926:

1 HAVE YOUR SUBMISSION OF JULY 13, 1926, REQUESTING MY DECISION UPON A MATTER STATED IN LETTER OF THE COMMISSIONER, BUREAU OF PENSIONS, DATED JULY 8, 1926, AS FOLLOWS:

I AM IN RECEIPT OF A LETTER FROM HON. WILLIAM M. STEUART, DIRECTOR OF THE CENSUS, UNDER DATE OF JULY 6, 1926, AS FOLLOWS:

"IN COMPLIANCE WITH YOUR REQUEST OF THE 3RD INSTANT, THE BUREAU OF THE CENSUS WILL ARRANGE TO PUNCH THE CARDS AND MAKE THE NECESSARY TABULATION FOR THE 12,500 ANNUITANTS ON THE ROLL.

"IN THIS CONNECTION I THINK IT WOULD BE PROPER FOR ME TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT THE PREPARATION OF THE TABULATION NECESSARY TO THE PROPER ADMINISTRATION OF THE RETIREMENT ACT OF MAY 22, 1920, IS COSTING THE BUREAU OF THE CENSUS ABOUT $200 PER YEAR. WHILE THIS IS A COMPARATIVELY SMALL AMOUNT, THE TABULATION HAS NOW BEEN MADE BY THE BUREAU FOR MORE THAN FOUR YEARS, THE TOTAL COST AMOUNTING TO APPROXIMATELY $800. IS IT POSSIBLE TO MAKE SOME ARRANGEMENT WHEREBY PROPER FINANCIAL CREDIT COULD BE GIVEN THE BUREAU OF THE CENSUS FOR THIS WORK, IF IT IS, AS I PRESUME, TO BE DONE ALWAYS IN THE BUREAU? THE WORK WILL NECESSARILY INCREASE AS THE NUMBER OF ANNUITANTS INCREASES.'

IN EXPLANATION OF MR. STEUART'S SUGGESTION THAT THE BUREAU OF THE CENSUS BE REIMBURSED ON ACCOUNT OF CERTAIN WORK DONE BY THAT BUREAU IN CONNECTION WITH THE TABULATION OF STATISTICS USED AS A PART OF THE COMMISSIONER'S ANNUAL REPORT, I BEG LEAVE TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

IT HAS BEEN THE CUSTOM EACH YEAR TO REQUEST THE BUREAU OF THE CENSUS TO MAKE THIS TABULATION, AND HERETOFORE IT HAS BEEN ACQUIESCED IN BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENSUS AS A MATTER OF COURTESY, AND UP TO THE PRESENT TIME NO INTIMATION HAS BEEN MADE THAT THAT BUREAU EXPECTED REIMBURSEMENT ON ACCOUNT OF THE WORK. HOWEVER, SINCE THE WORK PERFORMED BY THAT BUREAU IS OF VALUE TO THIS BUREAU IN THE MATTER OF COMPILING THE ANNUAL REPORTS, I RECOMMEND THAT, IF POSSIBLE, PROVISION BE MADE FOR REIMBURSING THE BUREAU OF THE CENSUS IN THE SUM OF AT LEAST $200 FOR THE WORK BEING DONE THIS FISCAL YEAR. I AM IN DOUBT AS TO WHETHER ANY ARRANGEMENT CAN BE MADE UNDER WHICH REIMBURSEMENT MAY BE MADE FOR WORK DONE IN CONNECTION WITH PREVIOUS FISCAL YEARS.

IF IT IS A FACT, AND CAN BE ESTABLISHED, THAT THE TABULATION WORK REFERRED TO IMPOSES AN ADDITIONAL BURDEN ON THE APPROPRIATIONS OF THE BUREAU OF THE CENSUS--- THAT IS TO SAY, IF THE DOING OF SAID WORK CAUSES SAID BUREAU TO MAKE EXPENDITURES WHICH OTHERWISE WOULD NOT BE MADE FROM ITS APPROPRIATIONS--- THEN REIMBURSEMENT FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE RETIREMENT ACT TO THE AMOUNT OF SUCH ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURES IS AUTHORIZED. THE MATTER AS PRESENTED, HOWEVER, DOES NOT SHOW THAT THE BUREAU OF THE CENSUS HAS TO INCUR EXTRA EXPENSES IN PERFORMING THE SERVICES IN QUESTION. IT IS NOT SHOWN THAT ADDITIONAL EMPLOYEES HAVE TO BE ENGAGED FOR THE PUNCHING OF THE CARDS AND MAKING THE TABULATIONS FOR THE BUREAU OF PENSIONS OR THAT ANY OTHER EXPENSES ARE INCURRED BECAUSE OF THIS WORK THAT WOULD NOT OTHERWISE BE INCURRED. NEITHER THE VALUE OF THE WORK TO THE BUREAU OF PENSIONS AS DETERMINED BY WHAT IT WOULD COST TO HAVE SAID WORK DONE BY A COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENT OR OTHERWISE, NOR THE COST OF THE WORK CONSIDERED AS A PROPORTIONATE PART OF THE ENTIRE WORK OF A SIMILAR CLASS PERFORMED BY THE BUREAU OF THE CENSUS, CONSTITUTES A PROPER BASIS FOR AN ADJUSTMENT OF THE APPROPRIATIONS.

IF IT IS FOUND TO THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE GOVERNMENT TO HAVE THE BUREAU OF THE CENSUS PERFORM THIS WORK, AND THAT BUREAU HAS THE NECESSARY FACILITIES, MACHINERY, AND PERSONNEL TO PERFORM IT WITHOUT INCREASING ITS REGULAR FORCE OR EQUIPMENT AND CONSEQUENTLY WITHOUT INCURRING EXPENSES IN ADDITION TO THOSE OTHERWISE NECESSARY AND PROVIDED FOR IN ITS APPROPRIATIONS, NO REASON APPEARS WHY SUCH PROCEDURE SHOULD NOT BE FOLLOWED WITHOUT ANY REIMBURSEMENT OR ADJUSTMENT OF APPROPRIATIONS ON ACCOUNT THEREOF.

YOU ARE ACCORDINGLY ADVISED THAT UPON THE FACTS AS PRESENTED REIMBURSEMENT TO THE BUREAU OF THE CENSUS FOR SERVICES AS HEREIN DISCUSSED FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS MADE FOR THE BUREAU OF PENSIONS IS NOT AUTHORIZED.