A-57022, SEPTEMBER 1, 1934, 14 COMP. GEN. 186

A-57022: Sep 1, 1934

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THE LIMITATION IN THE AMOUNT AVAILABLE FOR PERSONAL SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IN THE REGULAR APPROPRIATION FOR THAT COMMISSION IS INCREASED BY THE AMOUNT OF SUCH ALLOTMENT. AS FOLLOWS: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 21. THE SITUATION DEVELOPED IS AS FOLLOWS: CHART MAR. 28. REQUIREMENTS ARE: THE REGULAR APPROPRIATION FOR THE TARIFF COMMISSION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1935. IS AS FOLLOWS: "* * * $826. 000) WAS MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE COMMISSION DURING 1935 BY THE DEFICIENCY ACT APPROVED JUNE 19. "AND LIMITATIONS ON AMOUNTS FOR PERSONAL SERVICES ARE HEREBY RESPECTIVELY INCREASED IN PROPORTION TO THE APPROPRIATIONS FOR PERSONAL SERVICES. " IS THE COMMISSION AUTHORIZED TO CALCULATE THE LIMITATION FOR DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SALARIES DURING THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR AT NOT TO EXCEED $788.

A-57022, SEPTEMBER 1, 1934, 14 COMP. GEN. 186

ECONOMY ACT - COMPENSATION DEDUCTION - RESTORATION AN ALLOTMENT HAVING BEEN MADE TO THE UNITED STATES TARIFF COMMISSION FROM THE INDEFINITE APPROPRIATION AUTHORIZED BY SECTION 21 (E) OF THE ACT OF MARCH 28, 1934, TO PROVIDE THE INCREASED COMPENSATION TO EMPLOYEES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA RESULTING FROM THE DIMINUTION OF THE PERCENTAGE OF REDUCTION IN COMPENSATION UNDER THE ECONOMY ACT, THE LIMITATION IN THE AMOUNT AVAILABLE FOR PERSONAL SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IN THE REGULAR APPROPRIATION FOR THAT COMMISSION IS INCREASED BY THE AMOUNT OF SUCH ALLOTMENT.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE CHAIRMAN, UNITED STATES TARIFF COMMISSION, SEPTEMBER 1, 1934:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 23, 1934, AS FOLLOWS:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 21, IN RESPONSE TO THE COMMISSION'S LETTER OF AUGUST 2, WITH REFERENCE TO THE AMOUNT THAT MAY BE EXPENDED BY THE TARIFF COMMISSION FOR PERSONAL SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DURING THE FISCAL YEAR 1935. IN VIEW OF THE APPARENT MISUNDERSTANDING, I AM SUBMITTING HEREWITH FOR YOUR FURTHER CONSIDERATION A RESTATEMENT OF THE FACTS.

BRIEFLY, THE SITUATION DEVELOPED IS AS FOLLOWS:

CHART MAR. 28, 1934 INDEPENDENT OFFICES $826,398 D.C. $725,000

APPROPRIATION ACT. LIMITATION. JUNE 19, 1934 DEFICIENCY ACT, 1934,

48,000 --- DO --- 750,000

BALANCES MADE

AVAILABLE IN 1935. JULY 27, 1934 BUREAU OF THE BUDGET 38,107 --- DO --- 788,107 (?)

APPROVED ADDITIONAL

AMOUNT REQUIRED FROM

INDEFINITE APPROPRIATION

PROVIDED IN SEC. 21 (E), ACT

OF MARCH 28, 1934, OF WHICH

AMOUNT D.C. REQUIREMENTS

ARE:

THE REGULAR APPROPRIATION FOR THE TARIFF COMMISSION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1935, AS PROVIDED IN THE INDEPENDENT OFFICES APPROPRIATION ACT, APPROVED MARCH 28, 1934, IS AS FOLLOWS:

"* * * $826,398, OF WHICH AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $725,000 MAY BE EXPENDED FOR PERSONAL SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA; * * *.'

THE UNOBLIGATED BALANCE OF THE COMMISSION'S REGULAR APPROPRIATION FOR 1934 ($48,000) WAS MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE COMMISSION DURING 1935 BY THE DEFICIENCY ACT APPROVED JUNE 19, 1934, WHICH ACT IN CONSEQUENCE INCREASED THE LIMITATION FOR EXPENDITURES FOR PERSONAL SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DURING 1935 TO $750,000. IN COMPLIANCE WITH TREASURY DEPARTMENT CIRCULAR NO. 494, REVISION NO. 1 OF JUNE 1, 1934, THE COMMISSION SUBMITTED TO THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT THE RECOMMENDED APPORTIONMENT OF ITS TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1935, PLUS $39,703, THE ADDITIONAL AMOUNT ESTIMATED FOR PAYMENT OF THE SUM DUE BY REASON OF THE DIMINUTION IN THE PERCENTAGE REDUCTION IN COMPENSATION AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 21 (E) OF THE ACT OF MARCH 28, 1934. UNDER DATE OF JULY 27, 1934, THE DIRECTOR OF THE BUREAU OF THE BUDGET APPROVED THE APPORTIONMENT OF THE COMMISSION'S APPROPRIATIONS WITH THE ADDITION OF $39,703 FROM THE INDEFINITE APPROPRIATION REFERRED TO. OF THE LATTER SUM $38,107 REPRESENTS THE AMOUNT ESTIMATED AS REQUIRED IN CONNECTION WITH SALARIES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

IN VIEW OF THE FOREGOING AND THE FURTHER LANGUAGE OF SECTION 21 (E), "AND LIMITATIONS ON AMOUNTS FOR PERSONAL SERVICES ARE HEREBY RESPECTIVELY INCREASED IN PROPORTION TO THE APPROPRIATIONS FOR PERSONAL SERVICES," IS THE COMMISSION AUTHORIZED TO CALCULATE THE LIMITATION FOR DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SALARIES DURING THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR AT NOT TO EXCEED $788,107?

NEW DUTIES IMPOSED UPON THE COMMISSION BY THE AMENDMENT TO THE TARIFF ACT APPROVED JUNE 12, 1934, MAKE IT NECESSARY THAT THE COMMISSION KNOW AT THE EARLIEST DATE POSSIBLE THE EXACT AMOUNT OF ITS DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA LIMITATION.

THE DECISION TO YOU OF AUGUST 21, 1934, WAS BASED UPON THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THE $39,703 WAS TO BE ABSORBED AND PAID FROM YOUR REGULAR APPROPRIATION. AS IT NOW APPEARS THAT SUCH IS NOT THE CASE AND THE BUREAU OF THE BUDGET HAS APPROVED AN ALLOTMENT OF THAT AMOUNT FROM THE INDEFINITE APPROPRIATION PROVIDED BY SECTION 21 (E) OF THE ACT OF MARCH 28, 1934, OF WHICH ALLOTMENT $38,107 IS TO PROVIDE THE INCREASED COMPENSATION TO EMPLOYEES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, THE LIMITATION FOR PERSONAL SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FIXED BY THE PREVIOUS APPROPRIATIONS WILL BE INCREASED BY THAT AMOUNT; THAT IS TO SAY, THERE MAY BE EXPENDED FOR PERSONAL SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DURING THE FISCAL YEAR 1935, NOT TO EXCEED $788,107.