A-19607, SEPTEMBER 2, 1927, 7 COMP. GEN. 185

A-19607: Sep 2, 1927

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PRINTING AND BINDING - BLANK BOOKS IN THE ABSENCE OF A SHOWING THAT THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE IS UNABLE TO FURNISH BLANK BOOKS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS. 1927: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 16. GEN. 772 WITH RESPECT TO THE PURCHASE OF TABULATING CARDS BY YOUR DEPARTMENT IS EQUALLY APPLICABLE TO THE PURCHASE OF BLANK BOOKS. IT WAS HELD IN SUCH DECISION THAT THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE PURCHASE OF SUPPLIES FOR YOUR DEPARTMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1928 COULD BE USED FOR THE PURCHASE OF TABULATING CARDS NEEDED FOR THE OPERATION OF CERTAIN TABULATING MACHINES. IT NOW APPEARS FROM YOUR PRESENT SUBMISSION THAT THE SAME CONDITION EXISTS WITH RESPECT TO THE PURCHASE OF BLANK BOOKS AND YOU ARE ADVISED THAT NO OBJECTION WILL BE INTERPOSED BY THIS OFFICE TO THE USE OF THE APPROPRIATION MADE FOR THE PURCHASE OF SUPPLIES FOR THE PURCHASE OF BLANK BOOKS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1928.

A-19607, SEPTEMBER 2, 1927, 7 COMP. GEN. 185

PRINTING AND BINDING - BLANK BOOKS IN THE ABSENCE OF A SHOWING THAT THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE IS UNABLE TO FURNISH BLANK BOOKS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS, THEY MUST BE PROCURED EXCLUSIVELY FROM THE PUBLIC PRINTER. 6 COMP. GEN. 772 DISTINGUISHED.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1927:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 16, 1927, REQUESTING DECISION AS TO WHETHER THE HOLDING OF THIS OFFICE IN DECISION 6 COMP. GEN. 772 WITH RESPECT TO THE PURCHASE OF TABULATING CARDS BY YOUR DEPARTMENT IS EQUALLY APPLICABLE TO THE PURCHASE OF BLANK BOOKS.

IT WAS HELD IN SUCH DECISION THAT THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE PURCHASE OF SUPPLIES FOR YOUR DEPARTMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1928 COULD BE USED FOR THE PURCHASE OF TABULATING CARDS NEEDED FOR THE OPERATION OF CERTAIN TABULATING MACHINES, IT APPEARING FROM YOUR REPRESENTATIONS THAT SUCH APPROPRIATION RATHER THAN THE APPROPRIATION FOR PRINTING AND BINDING FOR YOUR DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN ESTIMATED TO COVER SUCH PURCHASES. IT NOW APPEARS FROM YOUR PRESENT SUBMISSION THAT THE SAME CONDITION EXISTS WITH RESPECT TO THE PURCHASE OF BLANK BOOKS AND YOU ARE ADVISED THAT NO OBJECTION WILL BE INTERPOSED BY THIS OFFICE TO THE USE OF THE APPROPRIATION MADE FOR THE PURCHASE OF SUPPLIES FOR THE PURCHASE OF BLANK BOOKS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1928.

IN SO FAR AS CONCERNS THAT PORTION OF THE DECISION IN QUESTION HOLDING THAT---

IF THE CARDS IN QUESTION WERE COPYRIGHTED OR COULD BE CONSIDERED STOCK CARDS SUCH AS ARE SOLD TO THE PUBLIC GENERALLY, THAT PURCHASE OTHERWISE THAN FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE WOULD BE AUTHORIZED. * * *

NO REASON APPEARS FOR THE EXTENDING OF ITS APPLICABILITY TO THE PURCHASE OF BLANK BOOKS. IT HAS NEITHER BEEN ALLEGED NOR SHOWN THAT THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE IS UNABLE TO FURNISH SUCH BLANK BOOKS AS THE NAVY DEPARTMENT MAY NEED AND THE QUESTION OF COPYRIGHT WHICH COULD ARISE IN CONNECTION WITH TABULATING CARDS TO BE USED FOR A PARTICULAR MACHINE IS NOT PRESENT IN THE PURCHASE OF BLANK BOOKS. FOR THAT REASON IT MUST BE HELD THAT BLANK BOOKS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE NAVY DEPARTMENT MUST BE PROCURED EXCLUSIVELY FROM THE PUBLIC PRINTER.