A-58461, NOVEMBER 23, 1934, 14 COMP. GEN. 413

A-58461: Nov 23, 1934

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IS AVAILABLE FOR RENT OF NECESSARY TYPEWRITERS FOR USE IN RECOPYING OF LAND RECORDS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AUTHORIZED BY THE APPROPRIATION. THE PERIOD FOR WHICH THE APPROPRIATION IS AVAILABLE. AS FOLLOWS: THERE IS BEING CONDUCTED IN THIS OFFICE A PROJECT UNDER THE EMERGENCY WORKS ADMINISTRATION WHICH CONSISTS OF RECOPYING THE OLD LAND RECORDS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THESE OLD LAND RECORDS DATE FROM 1792 AND ARE RAPIDLY DETERIORATING. UNLESS THEY ARE RECOPIED IMMEDIATELY. THEY WILL CONSTITUTE A TOTAL LOSS TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. WE FIND THAT WE DO NOT HAVE A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF TYPEWRITERS TO CARRY THE WORK FORWARD AS RAPIDLY AS THE OCCASION DEMANDS. YOUR DECISION IS. IS ORDINARILY REGARDED AS AVAILABLE ONLY FOR THE PURCHASE AND REPAIR OF TYPEWRITERS.

A-58461, NOVEMBER 23, 1934, 14 COMP. GEN. 413

RENT OF TYPEWRITERS - RECORDER OF DEEDS, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE RECORDER OF DEEDS, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, IS AVAILABLE FOR RENT OF NECESSARY TYPEWRITERS FOR USE IN RECOPYING OF LAND RECORDS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AUTHORIZED BY THE APPROPRIATION, PROVIDED THE RATE OF RENTAL ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, THE PERIOD FOR WHICH THE APPROPRIATION IS AVAILABLE, DOES NOT EXCEED THE SECOND-HAND VALUE OF THE TYPEWRITERS RENTED.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE RECORDER OF DEEDS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, NOVEMBER 23, 1934:

CONSIDERATION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 26, 1934, AS FOLLOWS:

THERE IS BEING CONDUCTED IN THIS OFFICE A PROJECT UNDER THE EMERGENCY WORKS ADMINISTRATION WHICH CONSISTS OF RECOPYING THE OLD LAND RECORDS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THESE OLD LAND RECORDS DATE FROM 1792 AND ARE RAPIDLY DETERIORATING, AND, UNLESS THEY ARE RECOPIED IMMEDIATELY, THEY WILL CONSTITUTE A TOTAL LOSS TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

THE EMERGENCY RELIEF ADMINISTRATION HAS ASSIGNED EMPLOYEES TO THE OFFICE FOR THIS WORK, BUT WE FIND THAT WE DO NOT HAVE A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF TYPEWRITERS TO CARRY THE WORK FORWARD AS RAPIDLY AS THE OCCASION DEMANDS. YOUR DECISION IS, THEREFORE, REQUESTED AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE RECORDER OF DEEDS HAS AUTHORITY TO RENT TWELVE TYPEWRITERS, TWELVE TABLES, AND TWELVE CHAIRS TO BE USED IN THIS CONNECTION; THE COST TO BE CHARGED AGAINST OUR APPROPRIATION FOR MISCELLANEOUS AND CONTINGENT EXPENSES.

THE TERM "TYPEWRITERS * * * AND REPAIRS THEREOF" IN THE APPROPRIATION FOR MISCELLANEOUS AND CONTINGENT EXPENSES, RECORDER OF DEEDS, IN THE APPROPRIATION ACT OF JUNE 4, 1934, 48 STAT. 850, IS ORDINARILY REGARDED AS AVAILABLE ONLY FOR THE PURCHASE AND REPAIR OF TYPEWRITERS, THE PURCHASE BEING SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE ACT OF MARCH 15, 1934, 48 STAT. 438. HOWEVER, AS THE APPROPRIATION ACT FOR THE RECORDER OF DEEDS PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FUNDS SPECIFICALLY FOR PAYMENT OF PERSONAL SERVICES EMPLOYED IN RECOPYING OLD LAND RECORDS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, INVOLVING TEMPORARY WORK ONLY, IT APPARENTLY WAS CONTEMPLATED THAT THE NECESSARY TYPEWRITERS FOR SUCH TEMPORARY USE WOULD BE PROCURED UNDER EXISTING APPROPRIATIONS. THEREFORE, IF THE NECESSARY TYPEWRITERS FOR THE WORK IN QUESTION MAY NOT BE SECURED THROUGH LOANS FROM THE PROCUREMENT DIVISION, SUPPLY BRANCH, TREASURY DEPARTMENT, OR OTHERWISE FROM FEDERAL OR DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ESTABLISHMENTS, WITH OR WITHOUT REIMBURSEMENT OF APPROPRIATION, THE APPROPRIATION FOR MISCELLANEOUS AND CONTINGENT EXPENSES MAY BE REGARDED AS AVAILABLE FOR RENT OF TYPEWRITERS, PROVIDED THE RATE OF RENTAL ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, THE PERIOD FOR WHICH APPROPRIATION IS AVAILABLE, DOES NOT EXCEED THE SECOND-HAND VALUE OF THE TYPEWRITERS RENTED. 13 COMP. GEN. 458.