A-44264, SEPTEMBER 21, 1932, 12 COMP. GEN. 371

A-44264: Sep 21, 1932

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IS PAID TO A PERSON NOT RECEIVING ANY OTHER COMPENSATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT. NO REDUCTION THEREIN IS REQUIRED BY THE ECONOMY ACT. 1932: RECEIPT IS ACKNOWLEDGED OF YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 21. STATING YOU HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED THAT YOUR ALLOWANCE FOR CLERK HIRE OF $1. YOU REQUEST TO BE INFORMED WHETHER YOUR ALLOWANCE OF $84 PER YEAR FOR SEPARATING MAIL IS AFFECTED. THE ALLOWANCE FOR SEPARATING MAIL IS AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO SECTION 3859. WHERE ANY SUCH OFFICE IS OF THE THIRD. SECTION 352 OF THE POSTAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS PERMITS THE EMPLOYMENT FROM THE ALLOWANCE FOR CLERICAL ASSISTANCE OF ANY RESPONSIBLE OR TRUSTWORTHY PERSONS WHO ARE COMPETENT AND CAN TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE. IF THE $84 ALLOWANCE FOR SEPARATING MAIL IS PAID TO A PERSON NOT RECEIVING ANY OTHER COMPENSATION FROM THE UNITED STATES.

A-44264, SEPTEMBER 21, 1932, 12 COMP. GEN. 371

ECONOMY ACT - POSTAL SERVICE - ALLOWANCE FOR SEPARATING MAIL IF THE ALLOWANCE TO A POSTMASTER OF THE THIRD, FOURTH, OR FIFTH CLASS FOR SEPARATING MAIL IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 3859, REVISED STATUTES, AMOUNTS TO LESS THAN $1,000, AND IS PAID TO A PERSON NOT RECEIVING ANY OTHER COMPENSATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT, NO REDUCTION THEREIN IS REQUIRED BY THE ECONOMY ACT, BUT IF PAID TO A PERSON RECEIVING OTHER COMPENSATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT THE AGGREGATE OF THE COMPENSATION AND ALLOWANCE MUST BE REDUCED BY 8 1/3 PERCENT IF IN EXCESS OF $1,000.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO S. J. YODER, POSTMASTER, SEPTEMBER 21, 1932:

RECEIPT IS ACKNOWLEDGED OF YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 21, 1932, STATING YOU HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED THAT YOUR ALLOWANCE FOR CLERK HIRE OF $1,200 PER YEAR HAS BEEN REDUCED TO $1,100 UNDER THE ECONOMY ACT, AND YOU REQUEST TO BE INFORMED WHETHER YOUR ALLOWANCE OF $84 PER YEAR FOR SEPARATING MAIL IS AFFECTED.

THE ALLOWANCE FOR SEPARATING MAIL IS AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO SECTION 3859, REVISED STATUTES, WHICH PROVIDES:

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL MAY DESIGNATE OFFICES AT THE INTERSECTION OF MAIL ROUTES AS DISTRIBUTING OR SEPARATING OFFICES; AND WHERE ANY SUCH OFFICE IS OF THE THIRD, FOURTH, OR FIFTH CLASS HE MAY MAKE A REASONABLE ALLOWANCE TO THE POSTMASTER FOR THE NECESSARY COST OF CLERICAL SERVICES ARISING FROM SUCH DUTIES.

SECTION 352 OF THE POSTAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS PERMITS THE EMPLOYMENT FROM THE ALLOWANCE FOR CLERICAL ASSISTANCE OF ANY RESPONSIBLE OR TRUSTWORTHY PERSONS WHO ARE COMPETENT AND CAN TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE. THE ECONOMY ACT DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY REDUCTION IN COMPENSATION UNLESS THE ANNUAL RATE EXCEEDS $1,000, IF THE $84 ALLOWANCE FOR SEPARATING MAIL IS PAID TO A PERSON NOT RECEIVING ANY OTHER COMPENSATION FROM THE UNITED STATES, NO REDUCTION THEREIN IS REQUIRED. IF, HOWEVER, IT IS PAID TO ANY PERSON WHOSE TOTAL COMPENSATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT, TOGETHER WITH THIS ALLOWANCE, EXCEEDS $1,000 PER ANNUM, THE AGGREGATE OF SUCH COMPENSATION MUST BE REDUCED BY 8 1/3 PERCENT.