A-7120, JANUARY 30, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 642

A-7120: Jan 30, 1925

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300 ARE TO BE DEDUCTED FROM OTHER APPROPRIATIONS MADE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1925. WILL HAVE CHARGE OF THE WORK DONE UNDER THIS $1. IN DOING SO IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO ENLARGE HIS OFFICE FORCE TO HANDLE THE INCREASED CORRESPONDENCE AND PREPARE NECESSARY PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS. 800 WAS PLACED UPON THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE FOR STATIONERY. NO APPROPRIATION FOR ROAD-CONSTRUCTION WORK WAS MADE AND NO AMOUNT WAS INCLUDED TO COVER SUCH STATIONERY ITEMS AS WE LATER FIND ARE NECESSARY IN CARRYING OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THE ROAD CONSTRUCTION ACT. 800 WILL ALL BE NEEDED FOR REGULAR NATIONAL-PARK WORK AND THAT THE PURCHASE OF STATIONERY IS ESSENTIAL FOR CARRYING OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THE ROAD CONSTRUCTION ACT.

A-7120, JANUARY 30, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 642

APPROPRIATIONS, SPECIFIC V. GENERAL - INTERIOR DEPARTMENT WHERE CONGRESS HAS SPECIFICALLY LIMITED THE AMOUNT TO BE EXPENDED FOR STATIONERY BY A DEPARTMENT DURING A FISCAL YEAR, A LATER APPROPRIATION PROVIDING FOR ADDITIONAL WORK TO BE CARRIED ON BY THAT DEPARTMENT DURING THE SAME FISCAL YEAR DOES NOT OF ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE EXCEEDING OF SUCH LIMITATION.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, JANUARY 30, 1925:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 20, 1924, READING AS FOLLOWS:

THE ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 20, 1925, APPROVED JUNE 5, 1924, CONTAINS AN APPROPRIATION OF $75,000 FOR STATIONERY, ETC., FOR THE DEPARTMENT AND ITS SEVERAL BUREAUS AND OFFICES, AND, IN ADDITION THERETO, SUMS AMOUNTING TO $60,300 ARE TO BE DEDUCTED FROM OTHER APPROPRIATIONS MADE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1925, $2,800 BEING DEDUCTED ON ACCOUNT OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, WHICH SUMS SHALL CONSTITUTE THE TOTAL APPROPRIATION FOR STATIONERY FOR THE DEPARTMENT AND ITS SEVERAL BUREAUS AND OFFICES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1925.

THE SECOND DEFICIENCY ACT, FISCAL YEAR 1924, CONTAINS AN APPROPRIATION OF $1,000,000 FOR CONTINUATION OF ROAD CONSTRUCTION IN THE NATIONAL PARKS AND NATIONAL MONUMENTS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, INCLUDING THE MAKING OF NECESSARY SURVEYS AND PLANS, ETC., SUCH APPROPRIATION TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL JUNE 30, 1925.

THE CHIEF CIVIL ENGINEER OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE WHO HAS AN OFFICE IN PORTLAND, OREG., WILL HAVE CHARGE OF THE WORK DONE UNDER THIS $1,000,000 ROAD CONSTRUCTION APPROPRIATION. IN DOING SO IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO ENLARGE HIS OFFICE FORCE TO HANDLE THE INCREASED CORRESPONDENCE AND PREPARE NECESSARY PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS.

WHEN THE LIMITATION OF $2,800 WAS PLACED UPON THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE FOR STATIONERY, CONTAINED IN THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1925, NO APPROPRIATION FOR ROAD-CONSTRUCTION WORK WAS MADE AND NO AMOUNT WAS INCLUDED TO COVER SUCH STATIONERY ITEMS AS WE LATER FIND ARE NECESSARY IN CARRYING OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THE ROAD CONSTRUCTION ACT.

IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT THE APPROPRIATION OF $2,800 WILL ALL BE NEEDED FOR REGULAR NATIONAL-PARK WORK AND THAT THE PURCHASE OF STATIONERY IS ESSENTIAL FOR CARRYING OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THE ROAD CONSTRUCTION ACT, AND SUFFICIENT FUNDS TO COVER THE STATIONERY NEEDED IN THE OFFICE OF OUR CHIEF CIVIL ENGINEER IN THE FIELD WILL NOT OTHERWISE BE AVAILABLE, IT IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED THAT THIS DEPARTMENT BE ADVISED WHETHER OR NOT ANY PART OF THE $1,000,000 APPROPRIATED FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION IS AVAILABLE FOR THE PURPOSE OF STATIONERY NEEDED FOR USE IN CONNECTION WITH THE PREPARING OF SURVEYS, PLANS, AND SPECIFICATIONS UNDER THIS APPROPRIATION.

THAT PORTION OF THE ACT APPROVED JUNE 5, 1924, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1925, 43 STAT. 392, REFERRED TO IN YOUR LETTER IS AS FOLLOWS:

FOR STATIONERY, INCLUDING TAGS, LABELS, INDEX CARDS, CLOTH-LINED WRAPPERS, AND SPECIMEN BAGS, PRINTED IN THE COURSE OF MANUFACTURE, AND SUCH PRINTED ENVELOPES AS ARE NOT SUPPLIED UNDER CONTRACTS MADE BY THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, FOR THE DEPARTMENT AND ITS SEVERAL BUREAUS AND OFFICES, $75,000; AND, IN ADDITION THERETO, SUMS AMOUNTING TO $60,300 SHALL BE DEDUCTED FROM OTHER APPROPRIATIONS MADE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1925, AS FOLLOWS: SURVEYING PUBLIC LANDS, $2,500; PROTECTING PUBLIC LANDS AND TIMBER, $2,000; CONTINGENT EXPENSES OF OFFICES OF SURVEYORS GENERAL, $2,000; CONTINGENT EXPENSES LOCAL LAND OFFICES, $3,000; GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, $2,000; BUREAU OF MINES, $7,000; INDIAN SERVICE, $35,000; FREEDMEN'S HOSPITAL, $500; SAINT ELIZABETHS HOSPITAL, $3,500; NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, $2,800; AND SAID SUMS SO DEDUCTED SHALL BE CREDITED TO AND CONSTITUTE, TOGETHER WITH THE FIRST-NAMED SUM OF $75,000, THE TOTAL APPROPRIATION FOR STATIONERY FOR THE DEPARTMENT AND ITS SEVERAL BUREAUS AND OFFICES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1925.

THAT PORTION OF THE SECOND DEFICIENCY ACT APPROVED DECEMBER 5, 1924, 43 STAT. 686, PROVIDING FOR THE CONTINUATION OF ROAD CONSTRUCTION, READS:

* * * FOR CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, AND IMPROVEMENT OF ROADS AND TRAILS, INCLUSIVE OF NECESSARY BRIDGES, IN THE NATIONAL PARKS AND NATIONAL MONUMENTS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, INCLUDING THE MAKING OF NECESSARY SURVEYS AND PLANS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF, AND BEING PART OF THE AMOUNT AUTHORIZED TO BE APPROPRIATED FOR THE FISCAL YEARS 1924 AND 1925 BY THE ACT APPROVED APRIL 9, 1924, $1,000,000, TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL JUNE 30, 1925: PROVIDED, THAT THE SUM OF $3,600 OF THE APPROPRIATION HEREIN MADE SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE EMPLOYMENT OF ACCOUNTING AND CLERICAL SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

THE ACT OF JUNE 5, 1924, RESTRICTED THE AMOUNT AVAILABLE FOR THE PURCHASE OF STATIONERY FOR THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT AND ITS SEVERAL BUREAUS DURING THE FISCAL YEAR 1925 TO THE SUM OF $135,300, AND IN THE ABSENCE OF A SPECIFIC PROVISION IN THE ACT OF DECEMBER 5, 1924, FOR THE PURCHASE OF STATIONERY IT MUST BE HELD THAT THE AMOUNT OF $135,300 APPROPRIATED CAN NOT BE EXCEEDED, NOTWITHSTANDING THE INCREASED WORK AUTHORIZED.