A-70272, JANUARY 30, 1936, 15 COMP. GEN. 678

A-70272: Jan 30, 1936

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PRINTING AND BINDING - DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - APPROPRIATION ACT LIMITATION PRINTING AND BINDING FOR ANY ACTIVITY FOR WHICH FUNDS ARE PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA APPROPRIATION ACT FOR 1936. ARE SUBJECT TO THE PROVISO IN SAID ACT PROHIBITING EXPENDITURES FOR SUCH PURPOSES UNLESS THE NEED IS SPECIFICALLY APPROVED BY THE DESIGNATED ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORITIES. THERE IS FOR CONSIDERATION IN CONNECTION WITH THAT APPROVAL THE PROVISION IN THE ACT OF JULY 8. 1936: THERE WAS RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF JANUARY 21. THE ESTIMATED COST OF PUBLISHING THIS REPORT IS $294.53. YOUR OPINION IS REQUESTED AS TO WHETHER THE MISCELLANEOUS AND CONTINGENT ITEM OF OUR APPROPRIATION. IS AVAILABLE FOR DEFRAYING THE COST OF PRINTING AND BINDING THIS REPORT.

A-70272, JANUARY 30, 1936, 15 COMP. GEN. 678

PRINTING AND BINDING - DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - APPROPRIATION ACT LIMITATION PRINTING AND BINDING FOR ANY ACTIVITY FOR WHICH FUNDS ARE PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA APPROPRIATION ACT FOR 1936, 49 STAT. 341, INCLUDING THE OFFICE OF THE RECORDER OF DEEDS, ARE SUBJECT TO THE PROVISO IN SAID ACT PROHIBITING EXPENDITURES FOR SUCH PURPOSES UNLESS THE NEED IS SPECIFICALLY APPROVED BY THE DESIGNATED ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORITIES, AND THERE IS FOR CONSIDERATION IN CONNECTION WITH THAT APPROVAL THE PROVISION IN THE ACT OF JULY 8, 1935, 49 STAT. 476, AUTHORIZING THE DISCONTINUANCE OF THE PRINTING OF ANNUAL OR SPECIAL REPORTS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE RECORDER OF DEEDS, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, JANUARY 30, 1936:

THERE WAS RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF JANUARY 21, 1936, AS FOLLOWS:

THE RECORDER OF DEEDS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAS PREPARED FOR TRANSMISSION TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THE ANNUAL REPORT ON HIS OFFICE FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 1935.

THE ESTIMATED COST OF PUBLISHING THIS REPORT IS $294.53.

YOUR OPINION IS REQUESTED AS TO WHETHER THE MISCELLANEOUS AND CONTINGENT ITEM OF OUR APPROPRIATION, D.C. 6089 OFFICE OF RECORDER OF DEEDS, D.C. 1936, IS AVAILABLE FOR DEFRAYING THE COST OF PRINTING AND BINDING THIS REPORT.

THE APPROPRIATION REFERRED TO WAS MADE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA APPROPRIATION ACT FOR 1936, APPROVED JUNE 14, 1935, 49 STAT. 344, UNDER THE HEADING "RECORDER OF DEEDS," AND CONTAINS AN ITEM FOR "PRINTING," BUT THE USE OF THE APPROPRIATION FOR PRINTING IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING PROVISO IN THE SAME ACT UNDER THE GENERAL HEADING "CONTINGENT AND MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES," 49 STAT. 345, CONTAINING AN APPROPRIATION ITEM FOR PRINTING AND BINDING FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:

* * * PROVIDED, THAT NO PART OF THE APPROPRIATIONS CONTAINED IN THIS ACT SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR EXPENDITURE FOR PRINTING AND BINDING UNLESS THE NEED FOR SUCH EXPENDITURE SHALL HAVE BEEN SPECIFICALLY APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, OR BY THE PURCHASING OFFICER AND THE AUDITOR FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ACTING FOR SUCH COMMISSIONERS: * * *.

THE TERMS OF THIS PROVISO ARE APPLICABLE TO ANY REQUEST FOR PRINTING AND BINDING FROM ANY ACTIVITY FOR WHICH FUNDS ARE PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA APPROPRIATION ACT FOR 1936, INCLUDING THE OFFICE OF THE RECORDER OF DEEDS. ACCORDINGLY, THE APPROPRIATION MENTIONED IN YOUR LETTER IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE COST OF PRINTING THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE OFFICE OF THE RECORDER OF DEEDS UNLESS THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, OR THOSE AUTHORIZED BY THE STATUTE TO ACT FOR THEM, SPECIFICALLY APPROVE THE "NEED FOR SUCH EXPENDITURE," AND THERE WOULD BE FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE COMMISSIONERS IN THAT CONNECTION THE FOLLOWING PROVISION IN THE ACT OF JULY 8, 1935, 49 STAT. 476:

IN ORDER TO KEEP THE EXPENDITURES FOR PRINTING AND BINDING FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1936 WITHIN OR UNDER THE APPROPRIATIONS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR, THE HEADS OF THE VARIOUS EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND INDEPENDENT ESTABLISHMENTS ARE AUTHORIZED TO DISCONTINUE THE PRINTING OF ANNUAL OR SPECIAL REPORTS UNDER THEIR RESPECTIVE JURISDICTIONS: PROVIDED, THAT WHERE THE PRINTING OF SUCH REPORTS IS DISCONTINUED THE ORIGINAL COPY THEREOF SHALL BE KEPT ON FILE IN THE OFFICES OF THE HEADS OF THE RESPECTIVE DEPARTMENTS OR INDEPENDENT ESTABLISHMENTS FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION.