A-18269, MAY 9, 1927, 6 COMP. GEN. 729

A-18269: May 9, 1927

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PURCHASES - RUBBER STAMPS RUBBER STAMPS ARE INCLUDED IN THE TERM "STATIONERY. YOU STATE THAT AT THE PRESENT TIME RUBBER STAMPS ARE PURCHASED AND PAID FOR FROM APPROPRIATIONS UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE SEVERAL BUREAUS AND OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT AND THAT IT IS BELIEVED THAT RUBBER STAMPS PROPERLY MAY BE CONSIDERED IN THE CATEGORY WITH THE MANY ARTICLES AND SUPPLIES NOW BEING BOUGHT AND PAID FOR FROM THE "STATIONERY" APPROPRIATION. AS IT IS YOUR EXPRESSED DESIRE TO MAKE THE PROPOSED CHANGE EFFECTIVE JULY 1. THE QUESTION IS PROPERLY FOR CONSIDERATION IN CONNECTION WITH THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1928. 000 WAS MADE TO ENABLE THE NEWLY ORGANIZED DIVISION OF SUPPLY TO PURCHASE STATIONERY FOR ALL REQUIREMENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

A-18269, MAY 9, 1927, 6 COMP. GEN. 729

PURCHASES - RUBBER STAMPS RUBBER STAMPS ARE INCLUDED IN THE TERM "STATIONERY," AND ALL PURCHASES THEREOF FOR THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT, ITS BUREAUS AND OFFICES, AND THE FIELD SERVICES THEREOF, MAY AND SHOULD BE PURCHASED FROM THE CONTRACTOR UNDER THE GENERAL SUPPLY SCHEDULE AND THE COSTS, DURING THE FISCAL YEAR 1928, SHOULD BE CHARGED TO THE APPROPRIATION FOR STATIONERY.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, MAY 9, 1927:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 21, 1927, SUBMITTING FOR DECISION THE QUESTION AS TO WHETHER THE ITEM OF RUBBER STAMPS FOR USE OF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND IN THE FIELD SERVICES CAN BE CONSIDERED A PROPER CHARGE AGAINST THE APPROPRIATION ,CONTINGENT EXPENSES, TREASURY DEPARTMENT, STATIONERY.'

YOU STATE THAT AT THE PRESENT TIME RUBBER STAMPS ARE PURCHASED AND PAID FOR FROM APPROPRIATIONS UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE SEVERAL BUREAUS AND OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT AND THAT IT IS BELIEVED THAT RUBBER STAMPS PROPERLY MAY BE CONSIDERED IN THE CATEGORY WITH THE MANY ARTICLES AND SUPPLIES NOW BEING BOUGHT AND PAID FOR FROM THE "STATIONERY" APPROPRIATION, AND THAT A STUDY BY THE DEPARTMENT HAS DEVELOPED THE FACT THAT A CONSIDERABLE SAVING CAN BE EFFECTED BY CONSOLIDATION OF THE PURCHASES.

AS IT IS YOUR EXPRESSED DESIRE TO MAKE THE PROPOSED CHANGE EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 1927, THE QUESTION IS PROPERLY FOR CONSIDERATION IN CONNECTION WITH THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1928.

THE ACT OF JANUARY 26, 1927, 44 STAT. 1027, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE TREASURY AND POST OFFICE DEPARTMENTS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1928, CONTAINS NO PROVISIONS UNDER THE APPROPRIATION "CONTINGENT EXPENSES, TREASURY DEPARTMENT" (P. 1028) FOR THE PURCHASE OF STATIONERY, THE ITEM "STATIONERY" BEING EXPRESSLY PROVIDED FOR IN THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE DIVISION OF SUPPLY (P. 1029) IN THE FOLLOWING TERMS:

STATIONERY: FOR STATIONERY FOR THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT AND ITS SEVERAL BUREAUS AND OFFICERS, AND FIELD SERVICES THEREOF, INCLUDING TAGS, LABELS, AND INDEX CARDS, PRINTED IN THE COURSE OF MANUFACTURE, PACKING BOXES AND OTHER MATERIALS NECESSARY FOR SHIPPING STATIONARY SUPPLIES, AND COST OF TRANSPORTATION OF STATIONERY SUPPLIES PURCHASED FREE ON BOARD POINT OF SHIPMENT AND OF SUCH SUPPLIES SHIPPED FROM WASHINGTON TO FIELD OFFICES, $470,000.

THE APPROPRIATION FOR CONTINGENT EXPENSES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1927 DID INCLUDE AN ITEM OF $480,000 FOR THE PURCHASE OF STATIONERY, AND IT APPEARS FROM THE REPORTS OF THE HEARINGS ON THE APPROPRIATION BILL FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1928 THAT THE TRANSFER OF THIS ITEM FROM "CONTINGENT EXPENSES" TO "DIVISION OF SUPPLY" WITH A REDUCTION IN AMOUNT TO $470,000 WAS MADE TO ENABLE THE NEWLY ORGANIZED DIVISION OF SUPPLY TO PURCHASE STATIONERY FOR ALL REQUIREMENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

RUBBER STAMPS ARE LISTED IN CLASS I OF THE GENERAL SUPPLY SCHEDULE AS STATIONERY AND ALL PURCHASES THEREOF, AS WELL AS OTHER ITEMS OF STATIONERY FOR THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT, ITS BUREAU AND OFFICES, AND THE FIELD SERVICE THEREOF, MAY AND SHOULD BE PURCHASED FROM THE THE CONTRACTOR UNDER THE GENERAL SUPPLY SCHEDULE AND THE COST THEREOF, DURING THE FISCAL YEAR 1928, SHOULD BE CHARGED TO THE APPROPRIATION OF $470,000, SUPRA. SEE DECISIONS OF JANUARY 21, 1926, A-12179; FEBRUARY 25, 1926, A-12740; MAY 8, 1926, A- 13796. THE QUESTION SUBMITTED IS ANSWERED ACCORDINGLY.