A-18796, JUNE 23, 1927, 6 COMP. GEN. 839

A-18796: Jun 23, 1927

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TO BE AWARDED AT ATHLETIC AND OTHER EVENTS THE APPROPRIATION "CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS" FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1928 IS AVAILABLE FOR THE PURCHASE OF BADGES. 1927: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 6. REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER THE APPROPRIATION "CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS" FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1928 IS AVAILABLE FOR THE PURCHASE OF BADGES. IS IN THE FOLLOWING TERMS: FOR FURNISHING. FOR SUCH EXPENDITURES AS ARE AUTHORIZED BY SAID SECTION 47D AS MAY BE NECESSARY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF SAID CAMPS. 1928: * * THERE IS NOTHING IN THE LANGUAGE AS USED IN THIS APPROPRIATION PROVIDING SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PURCHASE OF THE ARTICLES IN QUESTION. IT WAS HELD IN DECISION 5 COMP.

A-18796, JUNE 23, 1927, 6 COMP. GEN. 839

CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS - PURCHASE OF BADGES, MEDALS, PRIZES, ETC., TO BE AWARDED AT ATHLETIC AND OTHER EVENTS THE APPROPRIATION "CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS" FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1928 IS AVAILABLE FOR THE PURCHASE OF BADGES, MEDALS, PRIZES, ETC., TO BE AWARDED TO WINNERS IN ATHLETIC, MARKSMANSHIP, AND OTHER EVENTS AT SUCH CAMPS, SUCH EXPENSES BEING REGARDED AS INCIDENTAL TO THE MAINTENANCE OF THE CAMPS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF WAR, JUNE 23, 1927:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 6, 1927, REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER THE APPROPRIATION "CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS" FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1928 IS AVAILABLE FOR THE PURCHASE OF BADGES, TROPHIES, PRIZES, MEDALS, ETC., TO BE AWARDED WINNERS OF ATHLETIC AND OTHER EVENTS AT CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS.

SAID APPROPRIATION, AS MADE BY THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 23, 1927, 44 STAT. 1135, IS IN THE FOLLOWING TERMS:

FOR FURNISHING, AT THE EXPENSE OF THE UNITED STATES, TO WARRANT OFFICERS, ENLISTED MEN, AND CIVILIANS ATTENDING TRAINING CAMPS MAINTAINED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 47D OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE ACT OF JUNE 3, 1916, AS AMENDED BY THE ACT OF JUNE 4, 1920, UNIFORMS, INCLUDING ALTERING, FITTING, WASHING, AND CLEANING WHEN NECESSARY, SUBSISTENCE FOR TRAVEL TO AND FROM CAMPS TRAVEL ALLOWANCES AT 5 CENTS PER MILE, AS PRESCRIBED IN SAID SECTION 47D; FOR SUCH EXPENDITURES AS ARE AUTHORIZED BY SAID SECTION 47D AS MAY BE NECESSARY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF SAID CAMPS, INCLUDING RECRUITING AND ADVERTISING THEREFOR, AND THE COST OF MAINTENANCE, REPAIR, AND OPERATION OF PASSENGER-CARRYING VEHICLES; FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE USE, INCLUDING UPKEEP AND DEPRECIATION COSTS, OF SUPPLIES, EQUIPMENT, AND MATERIAL FURNISHED IN ACCORDANCE WITH LAW FROM STOCKS UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE WAR DEPARTMENT; FOR GYMNASIUM AND ATHLETIC SUPPLIES (NOT EXCEEDING $15,000); FOR MILEAGE, REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVELING EXPENSES, OR ALLOWANCE IN LIEU THEREOF AS AUTHORIZED BY LAW, FOR OFFICERS OF THE REGULAR ARMY AND ORGANIZED RESERVES, TRAVELING ON DUTY IN CONNECTION WITH CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS; FOR PURCHASE OF TRAINING MANUALS, INCLUDING GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS; FOR MEDICAL AND HOSPITAL TREATMENT, SUBSISTENCE UNTIL FURNISHED TRANSPORTATION, AND TRANSPORTATION WHEN FIT FOR TRAVEL TO THEIR HOMES OF MEMBERS OF THE CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS INJURED IN LINE OF DUTY WHILE ATTENDING CAMPS OF INSTRUCTION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 47A AND SECTION 47D OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE ACT APPROVED JUNE 3, 1916, AS AMENDED, AND FOR THE COST OF PREPARATION AND TRANSPORTED TO THEIR HOMES AND BURIAL EXPENSES OF THE REMAINS OF CIVILIANS WHO DIE WHILE ATTENDING CAMPS OF INSTRUCTION, AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 4 OF THE ACT APPROVED JUNE 3, 1924; IN ALL, $2,801,240, TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 1928: * *

THERE IS NOTHING IN THE LANGUAGE AS USED IN THIS APPROPRIATION PROVIDING SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PURCHASE OF THE ARTICLES IN QUESTION, AND IT WAS HELD IN DECISION 5 COMP. GEN. 344 THAT THE PURCHASE OF SUCH ARTICLES COULD NOT PROPERLY BE CONSIDERED AS AUTHORIZED UNDER ITEM "FOR GYMNASIUM AND ATHLETIC SUPPLIES" APPEARING IN THE APPROPRIATION ACT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1926.

THE APPROPRIATION UNDER CONSIDERATION PROVIDES, AMONG OTHER THINGS, "FOR SUCH EXPENDITURES AS ARE AUTHORIZED BY SAID SECTION 47D AS MAY BE NECESSARY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF SAID CAMPS," AND SAID SECTION 47D AS AMENDED BY THE ACT OF JUNE 4, 1920, 41 STAT. 779, AUTHORIZES "EXPENSES INCIDENTAL TO THE MAINTENANCE OF SAID CAMPS.' THE EXPENSE OF PURCHASING BADGES, TROPHIES, PRIZES, AND MEDALS TO BE AWARDED TO WINNERS IN MARKSMANSHIP, ATHLETIC, AND OTHER EVENTS AT CAMPS REASONABLY MAY BE REGARDED AS INCIDENTAL TO THE MAINTENANCE OF THE CAMPS. THAT SUCH WAS THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND LEGISLATIVE UNDERSTANDING AS TO THE SCOPE OF THE APPROPRIATION IS INDICATED BY THE FACT THAT IN THE DISCUSSION OF THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1928, AS DISCLOSED BY THE HEARINGS BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, AND MORE PARTICULARLY WITH RESPECT TO AN ITEM OF $56,316 FOR "SUNDRY SUPPLIES (INCANDESCENT LAMPS, BADGES, RECREATIONAL SUPPLIES, ETC.)" APPEARING IN THE BUDGET FOR 1928, IT WAS STATED THAT OF THAT AMOUNT THE SUM OF $6,800 WAS PROPOSED TO BE "USED FOR THE PURCHASE OF TROPHIES, PRIZES, AND MEDALS" TO BE AWARDED IN THE CAMPS TO THE DIFFERENT TRAINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN RIFLE PRACTICE, ATHLETIC, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES.