A-59409, DECEMBER 28, 1934, 14 COMP. GEN. 490

A-59409: Dec 28, 1934

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THE FORMER DISBURSING OFFICER OF THAT COMMISSION MAY NOT DISBURSE ANY OF THE FUNDS BUT LAWFUL OBLIGATIONS PREVIOUSLY INCURRED WILL BE PAYABLE BY DIRECT SETTLEMENT IN THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE. FOR WHICH PURPOSE THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL OF CLAIMS BY THE FORMER VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMISSION WILL BE ACCEPTABLE. APPROPRIATIONS MADE FOR THIS COMMISSION FROM TIME TO TIME WERE MADE AVAILABLE UNTIL EXPENDED. ONE IMPORTANT PHASE OF THE COMMISSION'S WORK WAS THE PREPARATION AND PRINTING OF THE DEFINITIVE WORKS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON. IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT ABOUT TWELVE VOLUMES HAVE BEEN COMPLETED. UNLESS SOME PROVISION IS MADE FOR THE CONTINUANCE OF THIS WORK UNTIL CONGRESS SHALL HAVE MADE FURTHER PROVISION FOR IT.

A-59409, DECEMBER 28, 1934, 14 COMP. GEN. 490

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS - EXPIRATION AFTER THE EXPIRATION OF THE STATUTORY LIFE OF THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION DECEMBER 31, 1934, THE FORMER DISBURSING OFFICER OF THAT COMMISSION MAY NOT DISBURSE ANY OF THE FUNDS BUT LAWFUL OBLIGATIONS PREVIOUSLY INCURRED WILL BE PAYABLE BY DIRECT SETTLEMENT IN THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE, FOR WHICH PURPOSE THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL OF CLAIMS BY THE FORMER VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMISSION WILL BE ACCEPTABLE. NO OBLIGATIONS MAY BE INCURRED AFTER DECEMBER 31, 1934, AS A CHARGE AGAINST THE APPROPRIATIONS OF THE COMMISSION.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO WILLIAM TYLER PAGE, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY AND DISBURSING OFFICER, GEORGE WASHINGTON BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION, DECEMBER 28, 1934:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 20, 1934, AS FOLLOWS:

THE JOINT RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS APPROVED DECEMBER 2, 1932, (1924) (PUBLIC RESOLUTION NO. 38, 68TH CONGRESS) CREATING THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION, PROVIDES IN SECTION 8:

"THAT THE COMMISSION HEREBY CREATED SHALL EXPIRE WITHIN TWO YEARS AFTER THE EXPIRATION OF THE CELEBRATION, DECEMBER 31, 1934. (43 STAT. 671- 672).

APPROPRIATIONS MADE FOR THIS COMMISSION FROM TIME TO TIME WERE MADE AVAILABLE UNTIL EXPENDED.

ONE IMPORTANT PHASE OF THE COMMISSION'S WORK WAS THE PREPARATION AND PRINTING OF THE DEFINITIVE WORKS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, ESTIMATED TO COMPRISE ABOUT TWENTY-FIVE VOLUMES, TO BE PRINTED AT THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE. THIS WORK HAS PROCEEDED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMISSION, DOCTOR JOHN C. FITZPATRICK HAVING BEEN SELECTED FOR ITS PREPARATION AND PUBLICATION.

IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT ABOUT TWELVE VOLUMES HAVE BEEN COMPLETED, AND UNLESS SOME PROVISION IS MADE FOR THE CONTINUANCE OF THIS WORK UNTIL CONGRESS SHALL HAVE MADE FURTHER PROVISION FOR IT, THE SERVICES OF THE EDITOR AND ASSISTANTS WOULD HAVE TO BE TERMINATED DECEMBER 31, 1934, AND THE PROGRESS ARRESTED IN THE PRINTING AND BINDING OF THE VOLUMES.

IN ADDITION TO THIS PHASE OF THE COMMISSION'S WORK, CERTAIN EXPENDITURES WILL BE NECESSARY BEYOND DECEMBER 31, 1934, ON OUTSTANDING ACCOUNTS INCLUDING THOSE OF THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE AND FOR CERTAIN CLERICAL SERVICE.

AS DISBURSING OFFICER OF THE COMMISSION, I SHOULD LIKE TO KNOW AND WOULD THANK YOU TO INFORM ME, WHETHER OR NOT I AM AUTHORIZED UNDER EXISTING LAW TO CONTINUE TO MAKE DISBURSEMENTS FOR ANY PURPOSE AFTER DECEMBER 31, 1934, AND IF I AM SO AUTHORIZED, BY WHOM ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL WILL BE NECESSARY.

SINCE ALL OBLIGATIONS HAVE BEEN INCURRED WITHIN THE LIFETIME OF THE COMMISSION IT WOULD SEEM PROPER TO LIQUIDATE THEM SUBSEQUENTLY TO DECEMBER 31, 1934, FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS HERETOFORE MADE WHICH REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL EXPENDED, AND THAT ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL BY THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMISSION, NOTWITHSTANDING THAT FOR FURTHER PURPOSES THE COMMISSION ITSELF WILL BE FUNCTUS OFFICIO, WOULD MEET THE REQUIREMENT.

UPON THE EXPIRATION OF THE COMMISSION BY WHICH YOU WERE APPOINTED AS EXECUTIVE SECRETARY YOUR DUTIES AND AUTHORITY AS SUCH TERMINATE AND YOUR OFFICIAL CONNECTION THEREWITH AS DISBURSING OFFICER WILL CEASE AND YOU WILL HAVE NO AUTHORITY TO DISBURSE THE FUNDS OF THE COMMISSION AFTER DECEMBER 31, 1934. ALL LAWFUL OBLIGATIONS PREVIOUSLY INCURRED WILL BE PAYABLE BY DIRECT SETTLEMENT OF THIS OFFICE, FOR WHICH PURPOSE THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL OF THE CLAIMS BY THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMISSION WILL BE ACCEPTABLE TO THIS OFFICE (3 COMP. GEN. 123). OBLIGATIONS MAY BE INCURRED AFTER DECEMBER 31, 1934, AS A CHARGE AGAINST ANY APPROPRIATION FOR THE WORK OF THE COMMISSION, EITHER FOR PRINTING, CLERICAL SERVICES, OR OTHERWISE.

WITH RESPECT TO THE PUBLICATION OF THE DEFINITIVE EDITION OF THE WRITINGS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 21, 1930, 46 STAT. 71, THE APPROPRIATION MADE THEREFOR MAY BE CONSIDERED OBLIGATED FOR THE PRINTING AND BINDING OF SUCH VOLUMES AS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND ORDERS PLACED FOR THE PRINTING AND BINDING THEREOF BEFORE THE EXPIRATION OF BUSINESS DECEMBER 31, 1934. THERE IS, HOWEVER, NO AUTHORITY TO MAKE PAYMENT OR INCUR OBLIGATIONS FOR SERVICES RENDERED AFTER DECEMBER 31, 1934, IN COMPLETING THE REMAINING VOLUMES OR FOR THEIR PRINTING.

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