A-26659, APRIL 6, 1929, 8 COMP. GEN. 533

A-26659: Apr 6, 1929

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IS AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIPTION TO A NEWS SERVICE BY WHICH THE DEPARTMENT WILL SECURE ADVANCE INFORMATION OF ITEMS OF THE NATURE ORDINARILY FOUND IN NEWSPAPERS. THE DEPARTMENT WOULD BE GLAD TO RECEIVE AN OPINION FROM YOU WHETHER THERE IS ANYTHING IN THE LAWS WHICH WOULD PREVENT THE APPROVAL OF AN ACCOUNT FOR THIS PURPOSE. OTHER SIMILAR SERVICES UNDER THIS APPROPRIATION ARE HEREBY AUTHORIZED. WHILE THE NEWS SERVICE TO WHICH IT IS DESIRED TO SUBSCRIBE IS NOT. NEVERTHELESS IT IS TO SERVE THE SAME PURPOSE AND THE PROPOSED SUBSCRIPTION IS SO CLOSELY ANALOGOUS TO NEWSPAPER SUBSCRIPTIONS THAT THE APPROPRIATION QUOTED IN YOUR SUBMISSION.

A-26659, APRIL 6, 1929, 8 COMP. GEN. 533

PAYMENTS, ADVANCE - SUBSCRIPTION TO NEWS SERVICE - STATE DEPARTMENT THE APPROPRIATION UNDER THE STATE DEPARTMENT SPECIFICALLY PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT IN ADVANCE FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS TO NEWSPAPERS, BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC, IS AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIPTION TO A NEWS SERVICE BY WHICH THE DEPARTMENT WILL SECURE ADVANCE INFORMATION OF ITEMS OF THE NATURE ORDINARILY FOUND IN NEWSPAPERS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE, APRIL 6, 1929:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF MARCH 28, 1929, AS FOLLOWS:

THE DEPARTMENT HAS RECEIVED FROM THE AMERICAN EMBASSY AT LONDON, ENGLAND, A REQUEST THAT AUTHORIZATION BE EXTENDED FOR THE PURCHASE OF A SUBSCRIPTION TO REUTERS NEWS SERVICE, AN ENGLISH NEWS SERVICE COMPARABLE TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SERVICE IN THIS COUNTRY, WHICH HAS CORRESPONDENTS IN ALL THE GREAT NEWS CENTERS OF THE WORLD AND FURNISHES TELEGRAPH AND OTHER NEWS FEATURES THROUGH THE EASTERN HEMISPHERE AND TO SOME EXTENT TO LATIN AMERICA, THE UNITED STATES, AND CANADA.

BEFORE GRANTING AUTHORIZATION FOR THE DESIRED SUBSCRIPTION, WHICH WOULD SECURE TO THE EMBASSY ADVANCE INFORMATION, SOME OF WHICH WOULD NOT APPEAR IN THE DAILY PRESS, BECAUSE THOUGHT TO BE OF INSUFFICIENT INTEREST TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, AND WHICH MIGHT BE INVALUABLE FROM THE STANDPOINT OF THE EMBASSY IN GLEANING POLITICAL INFORMATION FOR THE USE OF THE DEPARTMENT, THE DEPARTMENT WOULD BE GLAD TO RECEIVE AN OPINION FROM YOU WHETHER THERE IS ANYTHING IN THE LAWS WHICH WOULD PREVENT THE APPROVAL OF AN ACCOUNT FOR THIS PURPOSE. THE APPROPRIATION FROM WHICH THE DEPARTMENT WOULD GRANT THE AUTHORIZATION READS AS FOLLOWS:

"TO ENABLE THE PRESIDENT TO PROVIDE, AT THE PUBLIC EXPENSE, ALL SUCH STATIONERY, BLANKS, RECORDS, AND OTHER BOOKS, SEALS, PRESSES, FLAGS, AND SIGNS AS HE SHALL THINK NECESSARY FOR THE SEVERAL EMBASSIES AND LEGATIONS IN THE TRANSACTION OF THEIR BUSINESS, AND ALSO FOR RENT, REPAIRS, INCLUDING REPAIRS, SUPERVISION, PRESERVATION, AND MAINTENANCE OF GOVERNMENT-OWNED DIPLOMATIC PROPERTIES IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND PROPERTIES ACQUIRED UNDER THE ACT APPROVED MAY 7, 1926 (FORTY-FOURTH STATUTES AT LARGE, PAGE 403), AND INCLUDING ALSO CUSTODIAL SERVICE,HEAT, LIGHT, WATER, MATERIALS, SUPPLIES, TOOLS, SEEDS, PLANTS, SHRUBS, AND SIMILAR OBJECTS; POSTAGE, TELEGRAMS, ADVERTISING, ICE, AND DRINKING WATER FOR OFFICE PURPOSES, HIRE OF MOTOR-PROPELLED OR HORSE DRAWN PASSENGER- CARRYING VEHICLES, AND PURCHASE, MAINTENANCE, OPERATION, AND HIRE OF OTHER PASSENGER-CARRYING VEHICLES, UNIFORMS FURNITURE, HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS NOT TO EXCEED $25,000, TYPEWRITERS AND EXCHANGE OF SAME, MESSENGER SERVICE, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF LAUNCH OF EMBASSY AT CONSTANTINOPLE NOT EXCEEDING $2,500, COMPENSATION OF KAVASSES, GUARDS, DRAGOMANS, PORTERS, INTERPRETERS, AND TRANSLATORS, COMPENSATION OF AGENTS AND EMPLOYEES OF AND RENT AND OTHER EXPENSES FOR DISPATCH AGENCIES AT LONDON, NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, SEATTLE, AND NEW ORLEANS, TRAVELING EXPENSES OF DIPLOMATIC AND FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS, INCLUDING ATTENDANCE AT TRADE AND OTHER CONFERENCES OR CONGRESSES UNDER ORDERS OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE AS AUTHORIZED BY SECTION 14 OF THE ACT APPROVED MAY 24, 1924, MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES OF EMBASSIES AND LEGATIONS, AND FOR LOSS ON BILLS OF EXCHANGE TO AND FROM EMBASSIES AND LEGATIONS, INCLUDING SUCH LOSS ON BILLS OF EXCHANGE TO OFFICERS OF THE UNITED STATES COURT FOR CHINA, AND PAYMENT IN ADVANCE OF SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR NEWSPAPERS (FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC), RENT, INCLUDING QUARTERS FOR FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS ASSIGNED FOR THE STUDY OF THE LANGUAGES OF ASIA AND EASTERN EUROPE AND COST, NOT EXCEEDING $350 PER ANNUM, OF THE TUITION OF SUCH OFFICERS, TELEPHONE, AND OTHER SIMILAR SERVICES UNDER THIS APPROPRIATION ARE HEREBY AUTHORIZED, $912,850: PROVIDED, THAT NO PART OF THIS SUM APPROPRIATED FOR CONTINGENT EXPENSES, FOREIGN MISSIONS, SHALL BE EXPENDED FOR SALARIES OR WAGES OF PERSONS (EXCEPT INTERPRETERS, TRANSLATORS, AND MESSENGERS) NOT AMERICAN CITIZENS PERFORMING CLERICAL SERVICES, WHETHER OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED AS CLERKS OR NOT, IN ANY FOREIGN MISSION.'

WHILE THE NEWS SERVICE TO WHICH IT IS DESIRED TO SUBSCRIBE IS NOT, STRICTLY SPEAKING, A NEWSPAPER, NEVERTHELESS IT IS TO SERVE THE SAME PURPOSE AND THE PROPOSED SUBSCRIPTION IS SO CLOSELY ANALOGOUS TO NEWSPAPER SUBSCRIPTIONS THAT THE APPROPRIATION QUOTED IN YOUR SUBMISSION, AND WHICH SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZES THE PAYMENT IN ADVANCE FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS TO NEWSPAPERS, MAY BE REGARDED AS AVAILABLE THEREFOR.