A-22009, MARCH 28, 1928, 7 COMP. GEN. 613

A-22009: Mar 28, 1928

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FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR THE HOSPITAL PAYABLE ONE HALF FROM FEDERAL FUNDS AND ONE-HALF FROM FUNDS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ARE FOR DISBURSEMENT BY THE DISBURSING CLERK OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT. ARE TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INSTRUCTIONS CONTAINED IN GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE REGULATIONS NO. 18 OF FEBRUARY 5. 1928: I HAVE YOUR SUBMISSION OF MARCH 9. OF WHICH AMOUNT ONE-HALF SHALL BE CHARGEABLE TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND PAID IN LIKE MANNER AS OTHER APPROPRIATIONS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ARE PAID. WHILE THE ACT PROVIDES THAT THE ONE-HALF CHARGEABLE TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SHALL BE "PAID IN LIKE MANNER AS OTHER APPROPRIATIONS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ARE PAID.

A-22009, MARCH 28, 1928, 7 COMP. GEN. 613

ACCOUNTING - APPROPRIATION FOR FREEDMEN'S HOSPITAL FREEDMEN'S HOSPITAL BEING AN ACTIVITY UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT, FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR THE HOSPITAL PAYABLE ONE HALF FROM FEDERAL FUNDS AND ONE-HALF FROM FUNDS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ARE FOR DISBURSEMENT BY THE DISBURSING CLERK OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT, UNTIL OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR BY ADEQUATE LEGISLATION, AND ARE TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INSTRUCTIONS CONTAINED IN GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE REGULATIONS NO. 18 OF FEBRUARY 5, 1923.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, MARCH 28, 1928:

I HAVE YOUR SUBMISSION OF MARCH 9, 1928, REQUESTING TO BE ADVISED AS TO THE METHOD OF PROCEDURE BY WHICH MAY BE PAID THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PORTION OF THE APPROPRIATION MADE FOR THE FREEDMEN'S HOSPITAL BY THE ACT OF MARCH 7, 1928, 45 STAT. 243.

THE APPROPRIATION PROVIDES:

FOR OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES AND COMPENSATION FOR ALL OTHER PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES THAT MAY BE REQUIRED AND EXPRESSLY APPROVED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, $142,000; FOR SUBSISTENCE, FUEL, AND LIGHT, CLOTHING, TO INCLUDE WHITE-DUCK SUITS AND WHITE CANVAS SHOES FOR THE USE OF INTERNES, AND RUBBER SURGICAL GLOVES, BEDDING, FORAGE, MEDICINE, MEDICAL AND SURGICAL SUPPLIES, SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS, ELECTRIC LIGHTS, REPAIRS, REPLACEMENT OF X-RAY APPARATUS, FURNITURE, MOTOR-PROPELLED AMBULANCE, INCLUDING NOT EXCEEDING $200 FOR THE PURCHASE OF BOOKS, PERIODICALS, AND NEWSPAPERS FOR WHICH PAYMENTS MAY BE MADE IN ADVANCE, AND NOT TO EXCEED $1,000 FOR THE INSTRUCTION OF PUPIL NURSES, AND OTHER ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY EXPENSES, $80,500; FOR AN ADDITION TO, AND REMODELING OF, THE NURSES' HOME, INCLUDING NECESSARY EQUIPMENT, $150,000; FOR REMODELING AND ENLARGING POWER PLANT, INCLUDING NECESSARY EQUIPMENT, $52,000; FOR REMODELING AND ENLARGING DINING ROOM AND KITCHEN, INCLUDING NECESSARY EQUIPMENT, $32,000; FOR ENLARGING EMPLOYEES' QUARTERS, $8,000; FOR INSTALLATION OF NEW ELEVATORS, $10,000; IN ALL, $252,000, INCLUDING COST OF ADVERTISING FOR PROPOSALS, PREPARATION OF PLANS, AND SUPERVISION OF WORK; TO BE IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE. IN ALL, FOR FREEDMEN'S HOSPITAL, $474,500, OF WHICH AMOUNT ONE-HALF SHALL BE CHARGEABLE TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND PAID IN LIKE MANNER AS OTHER APPROPRIATIONS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ARE PAID.

THE AMOUNT OF $252,000 MADE IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE BY THE ACT HAS BEEN SET UP ON THE BOOKS OF THIS OFFICE AND OF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT AS AN APPROPRIATION UNDER THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT BEING CONTAINED IN THE APPROPRIATION ACT FOR THAT DEPARTMENT. SEE ALSO ACT OF JUNE 23, 1874, 18 STAT. 223. A TRANSFER APPROPRIATION WARRANT HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED PLACING THE FUNDS IN QUESTION ON LEDGERS PERTAINING SOLELY TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IN ACCORDANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 5, GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE REGULATIONS NO. 18 OF FEBRUARY 5, 1923, 2 COMP. GEN. 834.

WHILE THE ACT PROVIDES THAT THE ONE-HALF CHARGEABLE TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SHALL BE "PAID IN LIKE MANNER AS OTHER APPROPRIATIONS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ARE PAID," NO ATTEMPT WAS MADE THEREIN TO PLACE THE ACTIVITY--- FREEDMEN'S HOSPITAL--- UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AUTHORITIES. THAT THE APPROPRIATION MIGHT BE CONSIDERED AS A STEP IN THAT DIRECTION WOULD APPEAR FROM A DISCUSSION OF THE APPROPRIATION ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE JANUARY 12, 1928 (CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, 70TH CONG., 1ST SESSION, PAGE 1446, ET SEQ.), BUT UNTIL MORE DEFINITE STATUTORY DIRECTION HAS BEEN ENACTED THE HOSPITAL MUST BE CONSIDERED, AS HERETOFORE, UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, REGARDLESS OF THE FACT THAT THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA MAY CONTRIBUTE TO ITS SUPPORT, MAINTENANCE, AND OPERATION.

ACCORDINGLY, YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THE DISBURSING OF FUNDS UNDER THE APPROPRIATION HEREINBEFORE QUOTED SHOULD BE MADE BY THE DISBURSING OFFICER OF YOUR DEPARTMENT, AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INSTRUCTIONS IN GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE REGULATIONS NO. 18, SUPRA. SEE IN THIS CONNECTION 4 COMP. GEN. 867, AND DECISION TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY OF JULY 26, 1923, A.D. 7777.