A-28533, SEPTEMBER 7, 1929, 9 COMP. GEN. 107

A-28533: Sep 7, 1929

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IS AVAILABLE FOR THEIR RENTAL AND PURCHASE IF AND WHEN NECESSARY. 1929: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 28. IT IS PROPOSED TO INSTALL THESE MACHINES IN THE SCREEN LINE OF POST OFFICES IN PLACE OF STAMP WINDOWS. THUS ELIMINATING AT LEAST TWO STAMP CLERKS WHEREVER A MACHINE IS INSTALLED. THE PROPOSITION IS CLEARLY A LABOR-SAVING ONE. YOUR DECISION IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED WHETHER THIS APPROPRIATION MAY PROPERLY BE EMPLOYED FOR THE PAYMENT OF RENTAL AND PURCHASE. YOUR DECISION IS REQUESTED AS TO WHAT APPROPRIATION. IS AVAILABLE. YOU ARE ADVISED THAT SAID APPROPRIATION IS AVAILABLE FOR THE COST OF RENTING AND/OR PURCHASING SUCH MACHINES AS MAY BE FOUND ADMINISTRATIVELY NECESSARY. PROVIDED THE LAWS RELATING TO ADVERTISING AND THE AWARDING OF CONTRACTS ARE COMPLIED WITH.

A-28533, SEPTEMBER 7, 1929, 9 COMP. GEN. 107

LABOR-SAVING DEVICES - PURCHASE AND RENTAL OF STAMP-VENDING AND CHANGE-MAKING MACHINES, BEING CONSIDERED LABOR SAVING DEVICES, THE APPROPRIATION PROVIDING SPECIFICALLY FOR THE RENTAL, PURCHASE, INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE OF LABOR-SAVING DEVICES, IS AVAILABLE FOR THEIR RENTAL AND PURCHASE IF AND WHEN NECESSARY.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, SEPTEMBER 7, 1929:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 28, 1929, AS FOLLOWS:

THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO INSTALL IN DIFFERENT POST OFFICES A NUMBER OF STAMP-VENDING AND CHANGE-MAKING MACHINES ON A RENTAL BASIS FOR A TRIAL AND, IF SATISFACTORY, PURCHASE A NUMBER OF THESE MACHINES. COURSE, SPECIFICATIONS BOTH FOR RENTAL AND PURCHASE WOULD BE SENT TO THREE OR MORE MANUFACTURERS, AND BIDS OPENED AND AWARDS MADE ACCORDING TO LAW.

IT IS PROPOSED TO INSTALL THESE MACHINES IN THE SCREEN LINE OF POST OFFICES IN PLACE OF STAMP WINDOWS, THUS ELIMINATING AT LEAST TWO STAMP CLERKS WHEREVER A MACHINE IS INSTALLED. THE PROPOSITION IS CLEARLY A LABOR-SAVING ONE. THE OFFICE OF THE FOURTH ASSISTANT POSTMASTER GENERAL HAS AN APPROPRIATION OF $700,000,"FOR RENTAL, PURCHASE, EXCHANGE, AND REPAIR OF CANCELING MACHINES AND MOTORS, MECHANICAL MAIL HANDLING APPARATUS, AND OTHER LABOR-SAVING DEVICES, INCLUDING COST OF POWER IN RENTED BUILDINGS AND MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES OF INSTALLATION AND OPERATION OF SAME, INCLUDING SALARIES OF SEVEN TRAVELING MECHANICIANS AND FOR TRAVELING EXPENSES.'

YOUR DECISION IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED WHETHER THIS APPROPRIATION MAY PROPERLY BE EMPLOYED FOR THE PAYMENT OF RENTAL AND PURCHASE, OR EITHER, OF THESE MACHINES. SHOULD THE APPROPRIATION FOR LABOR-SAVING DEVICES NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR THE RENTAL AND PURCHASE, OR EITHER, YOUR DECISION IS REQUESTED AS TO WHAT APPROPRIATION, IF ANY, IS AVAILABLE.

THE APPROPRIATION QUOTED ABOVE AS MADE BY THE ACT OF DECEMBER 20, 1928, 45 STAT. 1054, PROVIDES IN SPECIFIC TERMS FOR THE RENTAL, PURCHASE, INSTALLATION, AND OPERATION OF LABOR-SAVING DEVICES, AND AS THE STAMP VENDING AND CHANGE MAKING MACHINES REFERRED TO IN YOUR LETTER APPEAR TO BE LABOR SAVING DEVICES, YOU ARE ADVISED THAT SAID APPROPRIATION IS AVAILABLE FOR THE COST OF RENTING AND/OR PURCHASING SUCH MACHINES AS MAY BE FOUND ADMINISTRATIVELY NECESSARY, PROVIDED THE LAWS RELATING TO ADVERTISING AND THE AWARDING OF CONTRACTS ARE COMPLIED WITH.