A-51746, NOVEMBER 4, 1933, 13 COMP. GEN. 119

A-51746: Nov 4, 1933

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PUBLIC BUILDINGS - GAS RATES AS THE BUILDING AND GROUNDS OF THE COLUMBIA HOSPITAL FOR WOMEN ARE OWNED BY THE UNITED STATES AND ARE MAINTAINED BY APPROPRIATED FUNDS TO THE EXTENT THAT THE REVENUE FROM THE HOSPITAL IS INSUFFICIENT THEREFOR. IT FOLLOWS THAT THE HOSPITAL IS A PUBLIC BUILDING OF THE UNITED STATES WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF SECTION 6 OF THE ACT OF SEPTEMBER 1. IS ENTITLED TO THE GOVERNMENT RATE FOR ALL GAS SUPPLIED THERETO BY THE GEORGETOWN GAS LIGHT COMPANY OR THE WASHINGTON GAS LIGHT COMPANY. AS FOLLOWS: THE FOLLOWING IS PRESENTED FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AND AN EXPRESSION OF YOUR VIEWS WITH REFERENCE TO THE SAME WILL BE APPRECIATED. THE COLUMBIA HOSPITAL FOR WOMEN AND LYING-IN ASYLUM IS HOUSED IN BUILDINGS ERECTED AND PAID FOR BY THE GOVERNMENT ON GOVERNMENT-OWNED LAND.

A-51746, NOVEMBER 4, 1933, 13 COMP. GEN. 119

PUBLIC BUILDINGS - GAS RATES AS THE BUILDING AND GROUNDS OF THE COLUMBIA HOSPITAL FOR WOMEN ARE OWNED BY THE UNITED STATES AND ARE MAINTAINED BY APPROPRIATED FUNDS TO THE EXTENT THAT THE REVENUE FROM THE HOSPITAL IS INSUFFICIENT THEREFOR, IT FOLLOWS THAT THE HOSPITAL IS A PUBLIC BUILDING OF THE UNITED STATES WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF SECTION 6 OF THE ACT OF SEPTEMBER 1, 1916, 39 STAT. 716, AND IS ENTITLED TO THE GOVERNMENT RATE FOR ALL GAS SUPPLIED THERETO BY THE GEORGETOWN GAS LIGHT COMPANY OR THE WASHINGTON GAS LIGHT COMPANY.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL, NOVEMBER 4, 1933:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 26, 1933, AS FOLLOWS:

THE FOLLOWING IS PRESENTED FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AND AN EXPRESSION OF YOUR VIEWS WITH REFERENCE TO THE SAME WILL BE APPRECIATED.

THE COLUMBIA HOSPITAL FOR WOMEN AND LYING-IN ASYLUM IS HOUSED IN BUILDINGS ERECTED AND PAID FOR BY THE GOVERNMENT ON GOVERNMENT-OWNED LAND.

FOR SOME YEARS, THE CONGRESS PROVIDED APPROPRIATIONS IN THE ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, FOR GENERAL REPAIRS AND ADDITIONAL CONSTRUCTION AND FOR EXPENSES OF HEAT, LIGHT, AND POWER FOR THE HOSPITAL, BUT THIS WAS DISCONTINUED BEGINNING WITH THE FISCAL YEAR 1934, WHEN THE APPROPRIATION WAS REDUCED TO $5,000 FOR GENERAL REPAIRS ONLY.

THE HOSPITAL IS NOW RECEIVING THE ADVANTAGE AND BENEFIT OF GOVERNMENT RATES FOR ELECTRIC CURRENT AND I HAVE TO REQUEST IF THE SAME ADVANTAGE AND BENEFIT MIGHT BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THIS INSTITUTION FOR THE GAS NECESSARY IN ITS OPERATION?

SECTION 6 OF THE ACT OF SEPTEMBER 1, 1916 (39 STAT. 716), PROVIDES:

THAT HEREAFTER NO PART OF ANY MONEY APPROPRIATED BY THIS OR ANY OTHER ACT SHALL BE USED FOR THE PAYMENT TO THE WASHINGTON GAS LIGHT COMPANY OR THE GEORGETOWN GAS LIGHT COMPANY FOR ANY GAS FURNISHED BY SAID COMPANIES FOR USE IN ANY OF THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS OF THE UNITED STATES OR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AT A RATE IN EXCESS OF 70 CENTS PER ONE THOUSAND CUBIC FEET.

THE BUILDING AND GROUNDS OF THE COLUMBIA HOSPITAL FOR WOMEN WERE ACQUIRED BY THE GOVERNMENT PURSUANT TO THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1872, (17 STAT. 360), WHICH PROVIDED:

FOR PURCHASE OF THE BUILDING NOW OCCUPIED BY SAID HOSPITAL, WITH FORTY THOUSAND FEET OF GROUND, TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS: PROVIDED, THAT THE TITLE TO SAID REAL ESTATE SHALL BE VESTED IN THE UNITED STATES FOR THE USE OF SAID HOSPITAL, AND THAT NO PART OF THE REAL OR PERSONAL PROPERTY NOW HELD OR TO BE HEREAFTER ACQUIRED BY SAID INSTITUTION SHALL BE DEVOTED TO ANY OTHER PURPOSE THAN A HOSPITAL FOR WOMEN AND LYING-IN ASYLUM WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE UNITED STATES; AND THAT IN ADDITION TO THE DIRECTORS, WHOSE APPOINTMENTS ARE NOW PROVIDED FOR BY LAW, THERE SHALL BE THREE OTHER DIRECTORS APPOINTED IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER: ONE SENATOR BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AND TWO REPRESENTATIVES BY THE TERM OF A SINGLE CONGRESS, AND BE ELIGIBLE TO A REAPPOINTMENT.

THE OLD BUILDINGS WERE REPLACED UNDER APPROPRIATIONS MADE BY ACTS OF JUNE 26, 1912, 37 STAT. 172; JUNE 23, 1913, 38 STAT. 26; AUGUST 1, 1914, 38 STAT. 625; AND JANUARY 13, 1927, 44 STAT. 971. IN ADDITION TO REGULAR ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR REPAIRS, ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE IN THE PAST TO MEET THE DEFICIENCIES RESULTING FROM THE CARE OF INDIGENT PATIENTS. IN THE MORE RECENT YEARS, HOWEVER, THE RECEIPTS FROM PAY PATIENTS HAVE APPARENTLY BEEN SUFFICIENT FOR THE CARE OF ALL PATIENTS, APPROPRIATIONS BEING CONFINED TO REPAIRS, HEAT, LIGHT, AND POWER. THE HOSPITAL BEING OWNED BY THE UNITED STATES AND ANY DEFICIENCY IN INCOME BEING APPROPRIATED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE BUILDING IS UNDOUBTEDLY A PUBLIC BUILDING "OF THE UNITED STATES OR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" AND, ACCORDINGLY, IT IS ENTITLED TO THE BENEFIT OF THE RATES ESTABLISHED BY THE ACT OF SEPTEMBER 1, 1916, SUPRA, FOR GAS FURNISHED BY THE WASHINGTON GAS LIGHT CO. OR THE GEORGETOWN GAS LIGHT CO. FOR USE IN SAID BUILDING.