Use of Appropriated Funds for the Construction of a Cabinet to Be Used In an Experimental Study

A-18335: May 16, 1927

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The Department of the Treasury requests the decision of the Comptroller General in regards to the legality of the expenditure of funds out of the appropriation "Field Investigations of Public Health, 1927" for construction of a cabinet to be used in the experimental study of light in relation to the diseases of man and conditions influencing their propagation and spread. Specifically, these include certain nutritional diseases and diseases and defects of the eye adversely affected by insufficient light.

From the facts disclosed and the representation made it would appear that the proposed structure is not a public building or public improvement within the inhibition of section 3733, Revised Statutes, but is rather a scientific apparatus or device. The Treasury is advised, therefore, that is you shall find and certify that the structure is necessary in connection with the work for which the appropriation for "Field Investigations of Public Health, 1927" is made said appropriation is available for its construction.