A-21991, MARCH 22, 1928, 7 COMP. GEN. 590

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PRINTING AND BINDING - LITHOGRAPHED POSTERS LITHOGRAPHED POSTERS WHICH ARE NOT PREPARED ESPECIALLY FOR THE SERVICE ORDERING THEM BUT ARE PUBLISHED FOR DISTRIBUTION GENERALLY TO ALL SUBSCRIBERS TO AN EFFICIENCY POSTER SERVICE ARE NOT PRINTING WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE ACT OF MARCH 1. AS FOLLOWS: WE ARE CONSIDERING SUBSCRIBING TO THE LITHOGRAPHED POSTER SERVICE OF MATHER AND COMPANY. YOUR SUBMISSION DOES NOT CONTAIN A SUFFICIENT DESCRIPTION OF THE POSTERS AND THE MANNER IN WHICH THEY ARE PREPARED. SUCH POSTERS WOULD HAVE TO BE PROCURED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE AND CHARGED TO THE PRINTING AND BINDING APPROPRIATION. 9 COMP. IT IS UNDERSTOOD. THAT THE POSTERS FOR WHICH YOU DESIRE TO SUBSCRIBE ARE NOT PREPARED UPON ANY SPECIFICATIONS SUBMITTED BY YOUR BUREAU BUT ARE POSTERS PREPARED FOR DISTRIBUTION GENERALLY TO ALL SUBSCRIBERS SO THAT WHAT IS PURCHASED IS NOT A PRINTING SERVICE BUT THE COMPLETED PRODUCT.

A-21991, MARCH 22, 1928, 7 COMP. GEN. 590

PRINTING AND BINDING - LITHOGRAPHED POSTERS LITHOGRAPHED POSTERS WHICH ARE NOT PREPARED ESPECIALLY FOR THE SERVICE ORDERING THEM BUT ARE PUBLISHED FOR DISTRIBUTION GENERALLY TO ALL SUBSCRIBERS TO AN EFFICIENCY POSTER SERVICE ARE NOT PRINTING WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE ACT OF MARCH 1, 1919, 40 STAT. 1270, AND SHOULD NOT BE CHARGED TO THE PRINTING AND BINDING APPROPRIATION NOR ORDERED THROUGH THE PUBLIC PRINTER.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE CHIEF OF THE BUREAU OF EFFICIENCY, MARCH 22, 1928:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF MARCH 6, 1928, AS FOLLOWS:

WE ARE CONSIDERING SUBSCRIBING TO THE LITHOGRAPHED POSTER SERVICE OF MATHER AND COMPANY, BUT BEFORE DOING SO WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHETHER THE COST OF THESE POSTERS CAN BE CHARGED TO THE APPROPRIATION FOR PRINTING AND BINDING. IF SUBSCRIBED FOR, THEY WOULD, OF COURSE, BE ORDERED THROUGH THE PUBLIC PRINTER.

THESE POSTERS COME IN LOTS OF 78 FOR WEEKLY POSTING IN A CONSPICUOUS PLACE FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE EMPLOYEES AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING WASTE, CARELESSNESS, MISTAKES, AND THE LIKE.

YOUR SUBMISSION DOES NOT CONTAIN A SUFFICIENT DESCRIPTION OF THE POSTERS AND THE MANNER IN WHICH THEY ARE PREPARED, OR THEIR CONNECTION WITH THE EFFICIENCY OF YOUR EMPLOYEES, TO ENABLE THIS OFFICE TO RENDER OTHER THAN A GENERAL DECISION UPON WHAT IT CONCEIVES TO BE THE QUESTION INVOLVED. THE PREPARATION AND PRINTING OF LITHOGRAPHED POSTERS UPON REQUISITION PRESCRIBING THE CONTENTS THEREOF WOULD CONSTITUTE PRINTING, AND, UNDER THE ACT OF MARCH 1, 1919, 40 STAT. 1270, SUCH POSTERS WOULD HAVE TO BE PROCURED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE AND CHARGED TO THE PRINTING AND BINDING APPROPRIATION. 9 COMP. DEC. 666; 11 ID. 120. IT IS UNDERSTOOD, HOWEVER, THAT THE POSTERS FOR WHICH YOU DESIRE TO SUBSCRIBE ARE NOT PREPARED UPON ANY SPECIFICATIONS SUBMITTED BY YOUR BUREAU BUT ARE POSTERS PREPARED FOR DISTRIBUTION GENERALLY TO ALL SUBSCRIBERS SO THAT WHAT IS PURCHASED IS NOT A PRINTING SERVICE BUT THE COMPLETED PRODUCT. UNDER SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES THE POSTERS WOULD NOT CONSTITUTE PRINTING WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE PRINTING AND BINDING ACT OF MARCH 1, 1919, SUPRA, AND THEY COULD NOT, THEREFORE, BE ORDERED THROUGH THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE AND THEIR COST WOULD NOT BE CHARGEABLE TO THE PRINTING AND BINDING APPROPRIATION OF YOUR OFFICE. 14 COMP. DEC. 47; 18 ID. 642.