A-32563, JULY 15, 1930, 10 COMP. GEN. 18

A-32563: Jul 15, 1930

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IS AVAILABLE FOR THE COST OF ALTERATIONS AND REMODELING OF SPACE IN THE TREASURY BUILDING TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE FOR USE BY THE OFFICE OF THE SUPERVISING ARCHITECT. " THERE IS A PROVISION THAT OF THE SUM APPROPRIATED FOR . THIS APPROPRIATION OBVIOUSLY IS NOT SUFFICIENT FOR EXTENSIVE ALTERATIONS AND IS INTENDED ONLY FOR THE ORDINARY REPAIR AND PRESERVATION OF THE BUILDINGS SPECIFIED. THIS ITEM WAS FORMERLY CARRIED AS AN INDEPENDENT APPROPRIATION FOR THE REPAIR AND PRESERVATION OF THE BUILDINGS NAMED. WILL CONTINUE TO EXPAND TO THE EXTENT OF POSSIBLY A HUNDRED ADDITIONAL EMPLOYEES IN THE VARIOUS BRANCHES OF THE SERVICE. THE QUARTERS OCCUPIED BY THE OFFICE OF THE SUPERVISING ARCHITECT HAVE BECOME MORE AND MORE CRAMPED.

A-32563, JULY 15, 1930, 10 COMP. GEN. 18

PUBLIC BUILDINGS - REMODELING THE APPROPRIATION FOR "REMODELING, AND SO FORTH, PUBLIC BUILDINGS," BEING SPECIFICALLY TO PROVIDE FOR ADDITIONAL SPACE IN EMERGENT CONDITIONS, IS AVAILABLE FOR THE COST OF ALTERATIONS AND REMODELING OF SPACE IN THE TREASURY BUILDING TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE FOR USE BY THE OFFICE OF THE SUPERVISING ARCHITECT, DUE TO EMERGENT CONDITIONS ARISING FROM THE EXPANSION OF THAT OFFICE.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, JULY 15, 1930:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF JULY 9, 1930, AS FOLLOWS:

THE ACT OF MAY 15, 1930, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE TREASURY AND POST OFFICE DEPARTMENTS, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1931, CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ITEM:

"REMODELING, AND SO FORTH, PUBLIC BUILDINGS: FOR REMODELING, ENLARGING, AND EXTENDING COMPLETED AND OCCUPIED PUBLIC BUILDINGS, INCLUDING ANY NECESSARY AND INCIDENTAL ADDITIONS TO OR CHANGES IN MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT THEREOF, SO AS TO PROVIDE OR MAKE AVAILABLE ADDITIONAL SPACE IN EMERGENT CASES, NOT TO EXCEED AN AGGREGATE OF $25,000 AT ANY ONE BUILDING, $500,000.

UNDER THE HEADING "PUBLIC BUILDINGS, REPAIRS, EQUIPMENT, AND GENERAL EXPENSES," IN THE SAME ACT, ITEM "REPAIRS AND PRESERVATION," THERE IS A PROVISION THAT OF THE SUM APPROPRIATED FOR ,REPAIRS AND PRESERVATION" NOT EXCEEDING $24,500 MAY BE UTILIZED FOR THE REPAIR AND PRESERVATION OF THE TREASURY, TREASURY ANNEX, LIBERTY LOAN, AND AUDITOR'S BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

THIS APPROPRIATION OBVIOUSLY IS NOT SUFFICIENT FOR EXTENSIVE ALTERATIONS AND IS INTENDED ONLY FOR THE ORDINARY REPAIR AND PRESERVATION OF THE BUILDINGS SPECIFIED. THIS ITEM WAS FORMERLY CARRIED AS AN INDEPENDENT APPROPRIATION FOR THE REPAIR AND PRESERVATION OF THE BUILDINGS NAMED, BUT IN LATTER YEARS HAS BEEN CARRIED UNDER THE "REPAIRS AND PRESERVATION" ITEM.

THE GROWTH OF THE OFFICE OF THE SUPERVISING ARCHITECT, SINCE THE PASSAGE OF THE PUBLIC BUILDING ACT OF MAY 25, 1926, AND SUBSEQUENT ACTS, HAS BEEN UNUSUALLY RAPID, AND WILL CONTINUE TO EXPAND TO THE EXTENT OF POSSIBLY A HUNDRED ADDITIONAL EMPLOYEES IN THE VARIOUS BRANCHES OF THE SERVICE. THE QUARTERS OCCUPIED BY THE OFFICE OF THE SUPERVISING ARCHITECT HAVE BECOME MORE AND MORE CRAMPED, MAKING EFFICIENT OPERATION DIFFICULT. SUCH SPACE AS HAS BEEN AVAILABLE IN THE SOUTHERN RAILWAY BUILDING FOR THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN UTILIZED TO CAPACITY FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE ARCHITECTURAL DIVISION, BUT OTHER DIVISIONS, SUCH AS THE MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DIVISION, ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING DIVISION, STRUCTURAL DIVISION, REPAIR DIVISION, AND MAINTENANCE DIVISION, HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO SECURE ADEQUATE QUARTERS FOR EXPANSION AND ARE MUCH HANDICAPPED IN CARRYING OUT THEIR WORK.

THE COMPLETION OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE BUILDING AND THE REMOVAL OF CERTAIN ACTIVITIES OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE BUREAU FROM THE TREASURY BUILDING HAS PROVIDED A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF SPACE WHICH CAN BE UTILIZED, PROVIDED IT CAN BE ALTERED AND REMODELED FOR USE AS OFFICE AND DRAFTING- ROOM SPACE, THE SPACE HAVING PREVIOUSLY BEEN USED FOR LABORATORIES, STORAGE, AND FILING SPACE.

THE SITUATION IN REGARD TO THE PROPER FUNCTIONING OF THE OFFICE OF THE SUPERVISING ARCHITECT IS ACUTE, AND THE EMERGENCY IS SUCH THAT UNLESS THE VACATED SPACE ABOVE REFERRED TO CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR USE, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO SECURE RENTED QUARTERS FOR THE NECESSARY EXPANSIONS.

THE ITEM FOR "REMODELING, ENLARGING, AND EXTENDING COMPLETED BUILDINGS" IS A LUMP-SUM APPROPRIATION TO MAKE AVAILABLE ADDITIONAL SPACE IN EMERGENT CASES, NOT TO EXCEED AN AGGREGATE OF $25,000 AT ANY ONE BUILDING. IT IS THE THOUGHT OF THIS DEPARTMENT THAT THIS APPROPRIATION IS AVAILABLE FOR THE WORK IN QUESTION, AND YOUR CONSIDERATION IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED AS TO WHETHER YOU WILL OFFER ANY OBJECTION TO THE USE OF THE "REMODELING" APPROPRIATION FOR THE NECESSARY CHANGES IN THE TREASURY BUILDING TO MAKE AVAILABLE ADDITIONAL SPACE FOR THE ACCOMMODATION OF THE EXPANDING FORCES OF THE OFFICE OF THE SUPERVISING ARCHITECT.

IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT THIS SPACE IS REQUIRED AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE TIME, IT WILL BE APPRECIATED IF YOUR RESPONSE HERETO CAN BE EXPEDITED.

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT YOU CONTEMPLATE ANY CHANGE IN STRUCTURE OF THE TREASURY BUILDING, BUT THAT WHAT IS INTENDED IS TO MAKE AVAILABLE FOR PROPER OFFICE ACCOMMODATION INTERIOR SPACE WHICH WAS, UNTIL RECENTLY, USED FOR LABORATORY, STORAGE, AND FILING PURPOSES AND WHICH USES DID NOT REQUIRE THE OFFICE ACCOMMODATIONS ORDINARILY NECESSARY AND WHICH WILL BE NOW REQUIRED, ALTHOUGH IT IS INTENDED TO MAKE THE OFFICE ACCOMMODATIONS SUCH AS WILL PARTICULARLY MEET THE NEEDS OF THE WORK OF THE SUPERVISING ARCHITECT.

WHILE THE APPROPRIATION FOR REPAIRS AND PRESERVATION OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS INCLUDES A SPECIFIC PROVISION FOR REPAIRS AND PRESERVATION OF THE TREASURY BUILDING, THE GENERAL RULE IN THE USE OF THIS APPROPRIATION HAS BEEN TO RESTRICT IT SO AS TO EXCLUDE PAYMENTS THEREUNDER FOR ALTERATIONS OR IMPROVEMENTS OF MAGNITUDE. 7 COMP. DEC. 684; 2 COMP. GEN. 301. THE PRESENT PROPOSED ALTERATION OR REMODELING MAY BE VIEWED AS DUE TO THE EMERGENT CONDITIONS ARISING FROM THE PRIOR USES OF THE SPACE AND THE NEEDS OF THE SUPERVISING ARCHITECT, AND THE APPROPRIATION FOR REMODELING AND ENLARGING PUBLIC BUILDINGS, BEING SPECIFICALLY TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SPACE IN EMERGENT CASES, WOULD APPEAR TO BE THE MORE SPECIFIC APPROPRIATION AND I HAVE TO ADVISE THAT IT IS AVAILABLE ACCORDINGLY.