A-17008, JANUARY 24, 1927, 6 COMP. GEN. 489

A-17008: Jan 24, 1927

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FOR THE RENTAL OF TEMPORARY QUARTERS FOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND THE MOVING EXPENSES INCIDENT THERETO WHILE THE HOSPITAL WAS UNDERGOING REMODELING. 1927: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF JANUARY 11. REQUESTING DECISION ON A QUESTION PRESENTED AS FOLLOWS: YOUR ATTENTION IS RESPECTFULLY INVITED TO TWO PROVISIONS IN THE ACT (PUBLIC NO. 492. THE PARAGRAPHS REFERRED TO ARE. - THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY IS AUTHORIZED TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS FOR THE ENTIRE ESTIMATED COST OF CERTAIN WORK AT THE CHICAGO. - THERE IS PROVIDED THE SUM OF $175. IT WILL BE NECESSARY FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE TO VACATE THIS MARINE HOSPITAL WHILE THE WORK IS BEING CARRIED OUT. THE DECISION OF YOUR OFFICE IS DESIRED AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE SECOND-NAMED LEGISLATION PROVIDING AN APPROPRIATION FOR RENTAL OF TEMPORARY QUARTERS WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR RENT OF SAID QUARTERS AND MOVING EXPENSES FOR THE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND PERSONNEL OF THE HOSPITAL.

A-17008, JANUARY 24, 1927, 6 COMP. GEN. 489

PUBLIC BUILDINGS - REMODELING - AVAILABILITY OF APPROPRIATION FOR TEMPORARY HOUSING OF PATIENTS WHERE AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE REMODELING OF THE MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT AND REHABILITATION OF A MARINE HOSPITAL AND MAKING APPROPRIATION THEREFOR, ALSO APPROPRIATED, UNDER ANOTHER HEADING, FOR THE RENTAL OF TEMPORARY QUARTERS FOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND THE MOVING EXPENSES INCIDENT THERETO WHILE THE HOSPITAL WAS UNDERGOING REMODELING, SUCH LATTER APPROPRIATION MAY BE HELD AVAILABLE FOR THE EXPENSES OF PROVIDING TEMPORARY QUARTERS FOR, AND THE MOVING OF, PATIENTS OF SUCH HOSPITAL AS WELL AS THE OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES ATTACHED THERETO.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, JANUARY 24, 1927:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF JANUARY 11, 1927, REQUESTING DECISION ON A QUESTION PRESENTED AS FOLLOWS:

YOUR ATTENTION IS RESPECTFULLY INVITED TO TWO PROVISIONS IN THE ACT (PUBLIC NO. 492, 69TH CONGRESS) MAKING APPROPRIATIONS TO SUPPLY DEFICIENCIES IN CERTAIN APPROPRIATIONS. THE PARAGRAPHS REFERRED TO ARE--- (1) UNDER "PUBLIC BUILDING SITES AND CONSTRUCTION," PAGE 37--- THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY IS AUTHORIZED TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS FOR THE ENTIRE ESTIMATED COST OF CERTAIN WORK AT THE CHICAGO, ILL., MARINE HOSPITAL, FOR NOT TO EXCEED $184,000.00. (2) UNDER "PUBLIC BUILDINGS, SALARIES, RENT, GENERAL EXPENSES, ETC., " PAGE 39--- THERE IS PROVIDED THE SUM OF $175,000.00, FOR RENT OF TEMPORARY QUARTERS, ETC.

TO PUT INTO EFFECT THE LEGISLATION FIRST NAMED, RELATING TO THE REMODELING OF THE MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT AND REHABILITATION OF THE MARINE HOSPITAL BUILDING AT CHICAGO, IT WILL BE NECESSARY FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE TO VACATE THIS MARINE HOSPITAL WHILE THE WORK IS BEING CARRIED OUT. THE DECISION OF YOUR OFFICE IS DESIRED AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE SECOND-NAMED LEGISLATION PROVIDING AN APPROPRIATION FOR RENTAL OF TEMPORARY QUARTERS WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR RENT OF SAID QUARTERS AND MOVING EXPENSES FOR THE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND PERSONNEL OF THE HOSPITAL, AND ALSO FOR RENTAL OF QUARTERS FOR PATIENTS.

THE ACT OF JULY 3, 1926, 44 STAT. 873, UNDER THE HEADING "PUBLIC BUILDINGS, SITES AND CONSTRUCTION," PROVIDES:

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, MARINE HOSPITAL: TOWARD THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN EXTENSION TO THE POWER HOUSE, THE MODERNIZATION OF ALL MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT, THE REHABILITATION OF ALL BUILDINGS, AND FOR ADDITIONAL FACILITIES AND MISCELLANEOUS REPAIRS, $100,000; AND THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY IS AUTHORIZED TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS FOR THE ENTIRE ESTIMATED COST OF SUCH WORK FOR NOT TO EXCEED $184,000.

THE SAME ACT, UNDER THE HEADING "PUBLIC BUILDINGS, SALARIES, EQUIPMENT, RENT, GENERAL PENSES," ETC., PROVIDES:

RENT OF TEMPORARY QUARTERS: FOR RENT OF TEMPORARY QUARTERS FOR THE ACCOMMODATION OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND MOVING EXPENSES INCIDENT THERETO, FISCAL YEAR 1927, $175,000.

THE AUTHORIZATION FOR THE RENTING OF TEMPORARY QUARTERS "FOR THE ACCOMMODATION OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS" EVIDENTLY WAS INTENDED TO PROVIDE FOR CONTINUING THE ACTIVITY OCCUPYING THE BUILDING TO BE DEMOLISHED OR REMODELED DURING THE PERIOD OF THE BUILDING OPERATIONS.

IT IS UNDERSTOOD FROM YOUR LETTER THAT IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE THE WORK PERFORMED AS AUTHORIZED IN THE SECTION FIRST ABOVE QUOTED UNLESS THE BUILDINGS ARE VACATED AND THAT THE EXISTING ACTIVITIES OF THE HOSPITAL MAY NOT CONTINUE UNLESS THE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, EMPLOYEES, AND PATIENTS OCCUPYING THE BUILDINGS ARE MOVED TO TEMPORARY QUARTERS. IF SUCH BE THE FACT, THE USE OF THE APPROPRIATION LAST QUOTED FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE RENTAL OF TEMPORARY QUARTERS FOR THE ACCOMMODATION OF THE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND THE MOVING EXPENSES INCIDENT THERETO IS AUTHORIZED FOR PROVIDING TEMPORARY QUARTERS AND MOVING EXPENSES FOR THE PATIENTS OF THE HOSPITAL AS WELL AS FOR THE OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES ATTACHED THERETO.