Expenses Incident to the Registry of Livestock

A-38236: Mar 30, 1932

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The Veterans Administration requested GAO's decision as to whether it may consider a particular appropriation available for the expenses of membership in a livestock association.

GAO found that the prohibition in the act of June 26, 1912, is against the expenditure of appropriated money for membership fees or dues "of any officer or employee of the United States." Accordingly, if membership may be entered and exercised in the name of the Veterans Administration and not in the name of any officer or employee thereof, and no officer or employee attends meetings thereof, or otherwise takes any part in the activities of the association or derives any benefits therefrom, the fees or dues would be payable from the appropriation for expenses incident to the maintenance and operation of farms.