A-15086, JULY 30, 1926 6 COMP. GEN. 87

A-15086: Jul 30, 1926

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WILL BE ACCEPTED AS CONCLUSIVE OF THE SUPPLIES OF SUCH CLASS WHICH MAY BE PURCHASED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE. SUCH SUPPLIES THAT ARE REGULARLY PURCHASED IN THE FIELD FOR FIELD USE NEED NOT BE SECURED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE UNLESS THEY CAN BE SO PURCHASED. YOUR DECISION ON THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED: WILL THE SCHEDULE FURNISHED BY THE PUBLIC PRINTER OF THE ITEMS WHICH HE PROPOSES TO FURNISH UNDER THIS AUTHORITY. BE CONCLUSIVE AS TO THE ITEMS WHICH HE WILL BE REQUIRED TO FURNISH THE DEPARTMENT UPON REQUISITION? WILL ALL PURCHASES OF THE SCHEDULED ARTICLES. WILL THE PURCHASE OF ALL ARTICLES IN THE SCHEDULE. WHICH ARE PURCHASED IN WASHINGTON BUT FOR USE IN THE FIELD SERVICES.

A-15086, JULY 30, 1926 6 COMP. GEN. 87

PURCHASES - INKS, GLUES, AND SUPPLIES MANUFACTURED BY THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE THE SCHEDULE ISSUED BY THE PUBLIC PRINTER OF THE SUPPLIES THAT HE CAN FURNISH UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE ACT OF MAY 13, 1926, 44 STAT. 550, WILL BE ACCEPTED AS CONCLUSIVE OF THE SUPPLIES OF SUCH CLASS WHICH MAY BE PURCHASED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE. THE ACT OF MAY 13, 1926, 44 STAT. 550, PROVIDING THAT CERTAIN SUPPLIES MANUFACTURED BY THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE IN CONNECTION WITH ITS WORK MAY BE FURNISHED TO DEPARTMENTS AND OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT, APPLIES TO ALL SUCH SUPPLIES FOR USE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OR REGULARLY PURCHASED IN THE DISTRICT FOR FIELD USE, BUT SUCH SUPPLIES THAT ARE REGULARLY PURCHASED IN THE FIELD FOR FIELD USE NEED NOT BE SECURED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE UNLESS THEY CAN BE SO PURCHASED, INCLUDING THE COST OF PACKING AND TRANSPORTATION, CHEAPER THAN THEY CAN BE PURCHASED IN THE FIELD.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, JULY 30, 1926:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF JULY 13, 1926, AS FOLLOWS:

PUBLIC ACT NO. 222, 69TH CONGRESS, KNOWN AS THE LEGISLATIVE APPROPRIATION ACT, CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING PROVISION:

"PROVIDED, THAT INKS, GLUES, AND OTHER SUPPLIES MANUFACTURED BY THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE IN CONNECTION WITH ITS WORK MAY BE FURNISHED TO DEPARTMENTS AND OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT UPON REQUISITIONS, AND PAYMENT MADE FROM APPROPRIATIONS AVAILABLE THEREFOR.'

WITH REFERENCE TO THIS PROVISION, YOUR DECISION ON THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED:

WILL THE SCHEDULE FURNISHED BY THE PUBLIC PRINTER OF THE ITEMS WHICH HE PROPOSES TO FURNISH UNDER THIS AUTHORITY, BE CONCLUSIVE AS TO THE ITEMS WHICH HE WILL BE REQUIRED TO FURNISH THE DEPARTMENT UPON REQUISITION?

WILL ALL PURCHASES OF THE SCHEDULED ARTICLES, FOR USE IN WASHINGTON, BE REQUIRED TO BE MADE OF THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE?

WILL THE PURCHASE OF ALL ARTICLES IN THE SCHEDULE, WHICH ARE PURCHASED IN WASHINGTON BUT FOR USE IN THE FIELD SERVICES, BE REQUIRED TO BE MADE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE?

WILL PURCHASES IN THE FIELD OF THE ARTICLES IN THE SCHEDULE, FOR FIELD USE, BE REQUIRED TO BE MADE OF THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE?

THE HEARINGS ON THE LEGISLATIVE ESTABLISHMENT APPROPRIATION BILL, 1927, ACT OF MAY 13, 1926, 44 STAT. 550 DISCLOSE THAT THIS LANGUAGE WAS INSERTED BY THE PUBLIC PRINTER, WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE BUREAU OF THE BUDGET, IN THE INTEREST OF ECONOMY, THE PUBLIC PRINTER STATING THAT SUCH SUPPLIES COULD BE MANUFACTURED AT THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE AT CONSIDERABLY LESS THAN THE PRICE THE DEPARTMENTS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OBTAIN THEM FOR FROM GENERAL CONTRACTORS AND OF A BETTER QUALITY, AND IT WAS APPARENTLY THE INTENTION THAT THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE SHOULD, IN RESPECT TO SUCH SUPPLIES, BE SUBSTITUTED FOR THE CONTRACTORS ON THE GENERAL SUPPLY SCHEDULES. THE ACT WAS NOT PASSED IN TIME FOR THE INDICATIONS ON THE 1927 SCHEDULE OF THE ITEMS TO BE SO FURNISHED. THIS LEGISLATION APPEARS TO BE A CONTINUATION OF THE POLICY INITIATED BY THE ACT OF JUNE 7, 1924, 43 STAT. 592, REQUIRING THE PURCHASE OF PAPER FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE. SEE 4 COMP. GEN. 96; ID. 352. IT IS PRESUMED THAT THE PUBLIC PRINTER WILL ISSUE A SCHEDULE OF THE SUPPLIES WHICH HE CAN FURNISH AS "MANUFACTURED BY THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE IN CONNECTION WITH ITS WORK," WHICH SCHEDULE MAY BE ACCEPTED AS CONCLUSIVE OF THE ITEMS HE MAY BE REQUIRED TO FURNISH ON REQUISITION. 4 COMP. GEN. 352. THE SUPPLIES SO SCHEDULED BY THE PUBLIC PRINTER MUST BE PURCHASED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE WHEN REQUIRED BY ANY DEPARTMENT OR ESTABLISHMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT FOR USE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OR FOR USE IN THE FIELD WHEN SUCH SUPPLIES HAVE HERETOFORE BEEN REGULARLY PURCHASED IN THE DISTRICT. THIS ACT IS NOT BY ITS LANGUAGE SPECIFICALLY RESTRICTED TO DEPARTMENTS OR ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AS IN THE ACT OF JUNE 7, 1924, SUPRA, WITH RESPECT TO THE PURCHASE OF PAPER, BUT IT IS BELIEVED THAT IT WAS INTENDED TO OPERATE IN MUCH THE SAME MANNER, AND AS IT WAS ENACTED IN THE INTEREST OF ECONOMY, PURCHASES REGULARLY MADE IN THE FIELD FOR FIELD USE NEED NOT BE MADE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE IF THEY CAN BE PURCHASED MORE ECONOMICALLY IN THE FIELD, TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE COST OF PACKING AND TRANSPORTATION. IF, HOWEVER, SUCH SUPPLIES CAN BE PURCHASED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE AND DELIVERED IN THE FIELD CHEAPER THAN THEY CAN BE PURCHASED IN THE FIELD, THEY SHOULD BE PURCHASED FROM THAT OFFICE. YOUR SUBMISSION IS ANSWERED ACCORDINGLY.