A-21719, FEBRUARY 24, 1928, 7 COMP. GEN. 524

A-21719: Feb 24, 1928

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IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR RESEARCH WORK AND SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIONS. IS NOT AUTHORIZED. 1928: THERE IS RETURNED HEREWITH WITHOUT COUNTERSIGNATURE NAVY DEPARTMENT TRANSFER APPROPRIATION WARRANT NO. 59. IN WHICH IT IS PROPOSED TO TRANSFER AND CARRY THE SUM OF $3. THE FACTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE MATTER ARE STATED IN LETTER DATED FEBRUARY 6. THE NAVY DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN INFORMED THAT A CHEMICAL IS KNOWN TO THE BUREAU OF STANDARDS THAT WILL ABSORB CARBON DIOXIDE AND AT THE SAME TIME EVOLVE OXYGEN. WHICH IS KNOWN AS POTASSIUM TETROXIDE. HAS NOT YET BEEN MADE AND THE BUREAU UNDERSTANDS THAT FUNDS FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT ARE NOT AT PRESENT AVAILABLE AT THE BUREAU OF STANDARDS. THE NAVY DEPARTMENT IS INTERESTED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CHEMICAL OF THIS NATURE FOR POSSIBLE USE FOR AIR PURIFICATION PURPOSES.

A-21719, FEBRUARY 24, 1928, 7 COMP. GEN. 524

APPROPRIATIONS - TRANSFER AS THE APPROPRIATION "CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR, BUREAU OF CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR, 1928," NAVY DEPARTMENT, IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR RESEARCH WORK AND SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIONS, THE TRANSFER AND CARRYING OF FUNDS THEREUNDER UNDER AN APPROPRIATION OF THE SAME TITLE, BUREAU OF STANDARDS, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONDUCTING SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIONS RELATING TO CHEMICALS ABSORBING CARBON DIOXIDE AND EVOLVING OXYGEN, IS NOT AUTHORIZED.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, FEBRUARY 24, 1928:

THERE IS RETURNED HEREWITH WITHOUT COUNTERSIGNATURE NAVY DEPARTMENT TRANSFER APPROPRIATION WARRANT NO. 59, IN WHICH IT IS PROPOSED TO TRANSFER AND CARRY THE SUM OF $3,500 FROM THE APPROPRIATION "CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR, BUREAU OF CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR, 1928," UNDER AN APPROPRIATION OF THE SAME TITLE, BUREAU OF STANDARDS, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONDUCTING SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIONS RELATIVE TO CHEMICALS ABSORBING CARBON DIOXIDE AND EVOLVING OXYGEN.

THE FACTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE MATTER ARE STATED IN LETTER DATED FEBRUARY 6, 1928, FROM THE BUREAU OF CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR, NAVY DEPARTMENT (REFERENCE (CR) 11-28/EN7 (ME/N/C), AS FOLLOWS:

3. THE NAVY DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN INFORMED THAT A CHEMICAL IS KNOWN TO THE BUREAU OF STANDARDS THAT WILL ABSORB CARBON DIOXIDE AND AT THE SAME TIME EVOLVE OXYGEN. THIS CHEMICAL, WHICH IS KNOWN AS POTASSIUM TETROXIDE, HAS NOT YET BEEN MADE AND THE BUREAU UNDERSTANDS THAT FUNDS FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT ARE NOT AT PRESENT AVAILABLE AT THE BUREAU OF STANDARDS. THE NAVY DEPARTMENT IS INTERESTED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CHEMICAL OF THIS NATURE FOR POSSIBLE USE FOR AIR PURIFICATION PURPOSES. AT THE PRESENT TIME, AIR PURIFICATION ON SUBMARINES IS ACCOMPLISHED BY MEANS OF SODA LIME AND OXYGEN. THE SUBSTITUTION OF A SINGLE CHEMICAL FOR THESE TWO WOULD BE MATERIALLY BENEFICIAL BECAUSE OF THE MORE CONVENIENT USE AND OF THE POSSIBLE SAVING IN WEIGHT AND SPACE -- AN IMPORTANT MATTER ON SUBMARINES.

4. THE NAVY DEPARTMENT IS NOT PROVIDED WITH ADEQUATE FACILITIES, NOR DOES IT HAVE THE PERSONNEL NECESSARY FOR EXPERIMENTAL AND RESEARCH WORK IN CONNECTION WITH THE FOREGOING, AND IN VIEW OF THE POSSIBLE VALUE OF POTASSIUM TETROXIDE FOR AIR PURIFICATION ON SUBMARINES, IT IS REQUESTED THAT THE NECESSARY FUNDS BE TRANSFERRED TO THE BUREAU OF STANDARDS FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THIS CHEMICAL.

THERE IS CITED AS AUTHORITY FOR THE TRANSFER OF THE FUNDS, THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 24, 1927, 44 STAT. 1210, WHICH PROVIDES:

DURING THE FISCAL YEAR 1928 THE HEAD OF ANY DEPARTMENT OR INDEPENDENT ESTABLISHMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT HAVING FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIONS AND REQUIRING COOPERATIVE WORK BY THE BUREAU OF STANDARDS ON SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIONS WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THAT BUREAU, AND WHICH THE BUREAU OF STANDARDS IS UNABLE TO PERFORM WITHIN THE LIMITS OF ITS APPROPRIATIONS, MAY, WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, TRANSFER TO THE BUREAU OF STANDARDS SUCH SUMS AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO CARRY ON SUCH INVESTIGATIONS. THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY SHALL TRANSFER ON THE BOOKS OF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT ANY SUMS WHICH MAY BE AUTHORIZED HEREUNDER, AND SUCH AMOUNTS SHALL BE PLACED TO THE CREDIT OF THE BUREAU OF STANDARDS FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF WORK FOR THE DEPARTMENT OR ESTABLISHMENT FROM WHICH THE TRANSFER IS MADE, INCLUDING, WHERE NECESSARY, COMPENSATION FOR PERSONAL SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND IN THE FIELD.

THE APPROPRIATION HERE IN QUESTION AS MADE BY THE ACT OF MARCH 2, 1927, 44 STAT. 1284, PROVIDES AS FOLLOWS:

CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR OF VESSELS: FOR PRESERVATION AND COMPLETION OF VESSELS ON THE STOCKS AND IN ORDINARY; PURCHASE OF MATERIALS AND STORES OF ALL KINDS; STEAM STEERERS, STEAM CAPSTANS, STEAM WINDLASSES, AND ALL OTHER AUXILIARIES; LABOR IN NAVY YARDS AND ON FOREIGN STATIONS; PURCHASE OF MACHINERY AND TOOLS FOR USE IN SHOPS; CARRYING ON WORK OF EXPERIMENTAL MODEL TANK AND WIND TUNNEL; DESIGNING NAVAL VESSELS; CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR OF YARD CRAFT, LIGHTERS, AND BARGES; WEAR, TEAR, AND REPAIR OF VESSELS AFLOAT; GENERAL CARE AND PROTECTION OF THE NAVY IN THE LINE OF CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR; INCIDENTAL EXPENSES FOR VESSELS AND NAVY YARDS, INSPECTORS' OFFICES, SUCH AS PHOTOGRAPHING, BOOKS, PROFESSIONAL MAGAZINES, PLANS, STATIONERY, AND INSTRUMENTS FOR DRAFTING ROOM, AND FOR PAY OF CLASSIFIED FIELD FORCE UNDER THE BUREAU; FOR HEMP, WIRE, IRON, AND OTHER MATERIALS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF CORDAGE, ANCHORS, CABLES, GALLEYS, AND CHAINS; SPECIFICATIONS FOR PURCHASE THEREOF SHALL BE SO PREPARED AS SHALL GIVE FAIR AND FREE COMPETITION; CANVAS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF SAILS, AWNINGS, HAMMOCKS, AND OTHER WORK; INTERIOR APPLIANCES AND TOOLS FOR MANUFACTURING PURPOSES IN NAVY YARDS AND NAVAL STATIONS; AND FOR THE PURCHASE OF ALL OTHER ARTICLES OF EQUIPAGE AT HOME AND ABROAD; AND FOR THE PAYMENT OF LABOR IN EQUIPPING VESSELS THEREWITH AND MANUFACTURE OF SUCH ARTICLES IN THE SEVERAL NAVY YARDS; NAVAL SIGNALS AND APPARATUS, OTHER THAN ELECTRIC, NAMELY, SIGNALS, LIGHTS, LANTERNS, RUNNING LIGHTS, AND LAMPS AND THEIR APPENDAGES FOR GENERAL USE ON BOARD SHIP FOR ILLUMINATING PURPOSES; AND OIL AND CANDLES USED IN CONNECTION THEREWITH; BUNTING AND OTHER MATERIALS FOR MAKING AND REPAIRING FLAGSOF ALL KINDS; FOR ALL PERMANENT GALLEY FITTINGS AND EQUIPPAGE; RUGS, CARPETS, CURTAINS, AND HANGINGS ON BOARD NAVAL VESSELS,$16,600,000: * * *.

THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS APPROPRIATION, EITHER IN SPECIFIC TERMS OR BY NECESSARY IMPLICATION, INDICATING THAT IT IS TO BE CONSIDERED AS AVAILABLE FOR RESEARCH WORK AND SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIONS SUCH AS CONTEMPLATED BY THE PROPOSED TRANSFER. SEE IN THIS CONNECTION 6 COMP. GEN. 51; DECISIONS OF JANUARY 18, 1927, A-16377, AND NOVEMBER 1, 1927, A-20146. AS IT IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR DIRECT EXPENDITURES FOR SUCH PURPOSE BY THE NAVY DEPARTMENT, IT CAN NOT BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR SUCH PURPOSE BY TRANSFER OF FUNDS THEREUNDER TO THE BUREAU OF STANDARDS.

ACCORDINGLY, YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THE TRANSFER OF THE FUNDS IN QUESTION AS PROPOSED BY THE WARRANT IS NOT AUTHORIZED.