A-64607, AUGUST 19, 1935, 15 COMP. GEN. 148

A-64607: Aug 19, 1935

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AS FOLLOWS: THE RESETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES TO HAVE A MOTION PICTURE WITH SOUND ACCOMPANIMENT MADE AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF $6. WHICH WILL HAVE FOR ITS SUBJECT-MATTER THE EXTENT AND RICHNESS OF THE WESTERN PLAIN LANDS BEFORE THEIR MISUSE. THERE WILL ALSO BE ANIMATED MAPS SHOWING THE AREA OF LANDS NOW UNFIT FOR PROFITABLE FARMING. THE ADMINISTRATION IS FACED WITH THE NECESSITY OF EDUCATING ITS EMPLOYEES AND THE EMPLOYEES OF COOPERATING AGENCIES OF THE GOVERNMENT WITH RESPECT TO THESE PROBLEMS. THE EMPLOYEES OF THE COOPERATING AGENCIES (AMONG WHICH ARE THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY COUNCIL. THE PUBLIC WORKS ADMINISTRATION) ARE LIKEWISE LOCATED IN THE FIELD AS WELL AS IN WASHINGTON. A MOVING PICTURE OF THE CHARACTER DESCRIBED ABOVE WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE.

A-64607, AUGUST 19, 1935, 15 COMP. GEN. 148

RESETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATION - MOTION PICTURES THE COST OF PRODUCING A MOTION PICTURE WITH SOUND ACCOMPANIMENT VISUALIZING AND EXPLAINING THE INTENT AND PURPOSE OF THE RESETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATION, TO BE USED IN INSTRUCTING OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THAT ADMINISTRATION AND COOPERATING AGENCIES IN THE WORK TO BE ACCOMPLISHED, MAY BE CONSIDERED AN ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSE AND PAID FROM FUNDS ALLOTTED FOR SUCH EXPENSES.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE ADMINISTRATOR, RESETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATION, AUGUST 19, 1935:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 12, 1935, AS FOLLOWS:

THE RESETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES TO HAVE A MOTION PICTURE WITH SOUND ACCOMPANIMENT MADE AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF $6,000, WHICH WILL HAVE FOR ITS SUBJECT-MATTER THE EXTENT AND RICHNESS OF THE WESTERN PLAIN LANDS BEFORE THEIR MISUSE, THE SETTLEMENTS THEREON, THE BEGINNING OF MISUSE, SUCH AS OVERGRAZING, OVERPRODUCTION, MECHANIZED FARMING BY ABSENTEE OWNERS, ETC., AND THE RESULTS THEREOF, SUCH AS WIND AND SOIL EROSION, DROUGHT, DUST STORMS, FLOODS, WORN LAND, AND POVERTY. THERE WILL ALSO BE ANIMATED MAPS SHOWING THE AREA OF LANDS NOW UNFIT FOR PROFITABLE FARMING, AND THE AREAS WHERE FARMERS MUST BE SUPPORTED, REHABILITATED, OR MOVED, AND ANIMATION SHOWING SOIL AREAS WHICH CAN BE FARMED SCIENTIFICALLY AND PROFITABLY.

IN CARRYING OUT ITS FUNCTION OF DEALING WITH SOIL EROSION AND OTHER SIMILAR PROBLEMS MENTIONED IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER CREATING THE RESETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATION, THE ADMINISTRATION IS FACED WITH THE NECESSITY OF EDUCATING ITS EMPLOYEES AND THE EMPLOYEES OF COOPERATING AGENCIES OF THE GOVERNMENT WITH RESPECT TO THESE PROBLEMS. THE ADMINISTRATION'S OWN EMPLOYEES CONSIST NOT ONLY OF ITS EMPLOYEES IN WASHINGTON BUT OF A LARGE STAFF IN THE FIELD. THE EMPLOYEES OF THE COOPERATING AGENCIES (AMONG WHICH ARE THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY COUNCIL, THE AGRICULTURAL ADJUSTMENT ADMINISTRATION, THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, THE AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICE, THE INDIAN SERVICE, THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS, THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY RELIEF ADMINISTRATION, AND THE PUBLIC WORKS ADMINISTRATION) ARE LIKEWISE LOCATED IN THE FIELD AS WELL AS IN WASHINGTON. A MOVING PICTURE OF THE CHARACTER DESCRIBED ABOVE WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE, QUICK, AND INEXPENSIVE MEANS OF EXPLAINING SOME OF THE PROBLEMS OF THE ADMINISTRATION TO ITS EMPLOYEES AND TO THE EMPLOYEES OF THESE AGENCIES.

THE WORK OF THE ADMINISTRATION NECESSARILY REQUIRES SCIENTIFIC APPROACH AND TECHNIQUE. TECHNICIANS, SCIENTISTS, AND SCHOLARS OF THE LAND PROBLEM CAN GIVE THE ADMINISTRATION THE BENEFIT OF THEIR STUDY, ADVICE, AND SUGGESTIONS AND THE PICTURE WILL ALSO AID IN GIVING THESE PEOPLE, LOCATED IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, AN UNDERSTANDING OF OUR PROBLEMS.

IN SHORT, THE PRIMARY OBJECT OF THE MOTION PICTURE IS TO HELP THE RESETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ITS EMPLOYEES TO VISUALIZE AND UNDERSTAND BETTER THE PROBLEMS CONFRONTING THEM, AND TO AID THEM IN THE PREVENTION OF THE RESULTS OF SOIL EROSION AND RELATED PROBLEMS. THE EXPENSE IS A NECESSARY ONE TO THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE OBJECTIVES OF THE EMERGENCY RELIEF APPROPRIATION ACT OF 1935.

SECTION 3 OF THE EMERGENCY RELIEF APPROPRIATION ACT OF 1935 PROVIDES:

"IN CARRYING OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS JOINT RESOLUTION THE PRESIDENT MAY (A) AUTHORIZE EXPENDITURES FOR * * *: AND SUCH OTHER EXPENSES AS HE MAY DETERMINE NECESSARY TO THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS JOINT RESOLUTION: * * *"

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 7027, DATED APRIL 30, 1935, ESTABLISHES THE RESETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATION AND AUTHORIZES THE ADMINISTRATOR IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS "TO EMPLOY THE SERVICES AND MEANS MENTIONED IN SUBDIVISION (A) OF SECTION 3 * * *, TO THE EXTENT THEREIN PROVIDED * * *.' ON JUNE 15, 1935, THE PRESIDENT ALLOCATED $1,000,000 "FOR ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND ELSEWHERE AS AUTHORIZED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER 7027, OF APRIL 30, 1935.'

IN VIEW OF THE FACTS ABOVE SET FORTH AND IN VIEW OF THE FURTHER FACT THAT THE MOTION PICTURE WILL CLEARLY REDUCE THE NEED FOR SENDING PEOPLE INTO THE FIELD TO EXPLAIN THE WORK OF THE RESETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATION AND THE NEED FOR CALLING PEOPLE FROM THE FIELD TO WASHINGTON TO RECEIVE EXPLANATIONS, THE PROPOSED EXPENDITURE FOR THE MOTION PICTURE APPEARS TO BE A NECESSARY INCIDENT TO THE EFFECTIVE AND ECONOMICAL FUNCTIONING OF THE RESETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATION.

YOUR OPINION IS REQUESTED AS TO WHETHER FUNDS IN THE ALLOCATION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND ELSEWHERE, AS AUTHORIZED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 7027, AUTHORIZING THE ADMINISTRATOR TO EMPLOY THE SERVICES AND MEANS MENTIONED IN SUBDIVISION (A) OF SECTION 3 OF THE EMERGENCY RELIEF APPROPRIATION ACT OF 1935, WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE MAKING OF A MOTION PICTURE SUCH AS HEREIN DESCRIBED.

IN VIEW OF YOUR EXPLANATION AS TO THE OBJECTS PROPOSED TO BE ACCOMPLISHED BY THE MOTION PICTURE, THIS OFFICE IS NOT REQUIRED TO OBJECT TO THE USE OF FUNDS UNDER THE ALLOCATION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES OF YOUR ADMINISTRATION FOR SUCH PURPOSE.