A-21489, FEBRUARY 15, 1928, 7 COMP. GEN. 481

A-21489: Feb 15, 1928

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CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS - CHRISTMAS GREETING CARDS THE COST OF ENGRAVING CHRISTMAS GREETING CARDS IS CONSIDERED A PERSONAL RATHER THAN AN OFFICIAL EXPENSE. 1928: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF JANUARY 17. IN WHICH YOU REQUEST TO BE ADVISED AS TO WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO PAY UNDER THE APPROPRIATION "CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS. PAYMENT ON THE VOUCHER IS PROPOSED FROM THE ALLOTMENT MADE BY THE WAR DEPARTMENT FROM ITS APPROPRIATION FOR PRINTING AND BINDING FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1927. THE AUTHORITY FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE BILL PRESENTED DEPENDS UPON WHETHER THE COST OF SUCH CARDS IS A NECESSARY AND PROPER GOVERNMENTAL EXPENSE IN CONNECTION WITH THE AUTHORIZED WORK. NOTHING HAS BEEN PRESENTED TO SHOW THE NECESSITY FOR SENDING THESE CHRISTMAS GREETING CARDS OR THAT THE EXPENDITURE INVOLVED AIDED IN ANY MATERIAL WAY IN THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE OBJECT OR PURPOSE FOR WHICH THE APPROPRIATION WAS MADE.

A-21489, FEBRUARY 15, 1928, 7 COMP. GEN. 481

CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS - CHRISTMAS GREETING CARDS THE COST OF ENGRAVING CHRISTMAS GREETING CARDS IS CONSIDERED A PERSONAL RATHER THAN AN OFFICIAL EXPENSE, AND HENCE NOT CHARGEABLE TO PUBLIC FUNDS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO MAJ. E. C. MORTON, UNITED STATES ARMY, FEBRUARY 15, 1928:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF JANUARY 17, 1928, TRANSMITTED TO THIS OFFICE BY INDORSEMENT DATED JANUARY 28, 1928, FROM THE CHIEF OF FINANCE, IN WHICH YOU REQUEST TO BE ADVISED AS TO WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO PAY UNDER THE APPROPRIATION "CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS, 1927," A VOUCHER FOR $168.50 PRESENTED BY THE ARDEN PRESS, BOSTON, MASS., COVERING THE COST OF 3,750 ENGRAVED CHRISTMAS GREETING CARDS.

PAYMENT ON THE VOUCHER IS PROPOSED FROM THE ALLOTMENT MADE BY THE WAR DEPARTMENT FROM ITS APPROPRIATION FOR PRINTING AND BINDING FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1927, CONTAINED IN THE ACT OF APRIL 15, 1926, 44 STAT. 255, UNDER THE AUTHORITY GRANTED BY THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON PRINTING IN ITS REGULATIONS NO. 18, DATED JULY 1, 1926, AUTHORIZING GENERAL PRINTING FOR THE VARIOUS FIELD SERVICES OF THE WAR DEPARTMENT OUTSIDE OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $23,500.

THE APPROPRIATION CITED MAKES NO SPECIFIC PROVISION FOR THE PURCHASE OF ENGRAVED CARDS FOR USE IN CONNECTION WITH THE CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS AND, THEREFORE, THE AUTHORITY FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE BILL PRESENTED DEPENDS UPON WHETHER THE COST OF SUCH CARDS IS A NECESSARY AND PROPER GOVERNMENTAL EXPENSE IN CONNECTION WITH THE AUTHORIZED WORK, AND NOTHING HAS BEEN PRESENTED TO SHOW THE NECESSITY FOR SENDING THESE CHRISTMAS GREETING CARDS OR THAT THE EXPENDITURE INVOLVED AIDED IN ANY MATERIAL WAY IN THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE OBJECT OR PURPOSE FOR WHICH THE APPROPRIATION WAS MADE. THERE APPEARS NOTHING IN THE SUBMISSION TO INDICATE THAT THE EXPENSE WAS OTHER THAN A PERSONAL ONE SUCH AS SHOULD BE BORNE BY THE OFFICER WHO ORDERED AND SENT THE CARDS. IN THIS CONNECTION SEE 10 COMP. DEC. 507; 12 ID. 661; 20 ID. 248.