A-7387, FEBRUARY 9, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 674

A-7387: Feb 9, 1925

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ALLOCATION OF - SERVICES BETWEEN DEPARTMENTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS THERE IS NO AUTHORITY UNDER SECTION 7 OF THE ACT OF MAY 21. 1925: THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED FROM THE CHIEF COORDINATOR A REQUEST FOR DECISION AS TO WHETHER THERE IS AUTHORITY FOR THE ADVANCE OF FUNDS TO THE SIGNAL CORPS OF THE ARMY BY THE SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT ON WHOSE ACCOUNT TELEGRAPHIC SERVICES ARE FURNISHED AND PROCURED BY THE SIGNAL CORPS. IT BEING REPRESENTED THAT SAID GOVERNMENT FACILITIES ARE BEING USED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PRACTICABLE IN SENDING SUCH MESSAGES AND AT A CONSIDERABLE SAVING TO THE GOVERNMENT. THAT THE FUNDS OF THE SIGNAL CORPS AVAILABLE FOR CARRYING ON ITS COMMUNICATION SERVICE ARE NOT SUFFICIENT TO FINANCE THE OPERATIONS.

A-7387, FEBRUARY 9, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 674

APPROPRIATIONS, ALLOCATION OF - SERVICES BETWEEN DEPARTMENTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS THERE IS NO AUTHORITY UNDER SECTION 7 OF THE ACT OF MAY 21, 1920, 41 STAT. 613, FOR THE ADVANCE OF FUNDS TO THE SIGNAL CORPS OF THE ARMY BY THE SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE FURNISHING AND PROCUREMENT OF TELEGRAPHIC SERVICES FOR SUCH DEPARTMENTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS BY THE SIGNAL CORPS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE BUDGET, FEBRUARY 9, 1925:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED FROM THE CHIEF COORDINATOR A REQUEST FOR DECISION AS TO WHETHER THERE IS AUTHORITY FOR THE ADVANCE OF FUNDS TO THE SIGNAL CORPS OF THE ARMY BY THE SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT ON WHOSE ACCOUNT TELEGRAPHIC SERVICES ARE FURNISHED AND PROCURED BY THE SIGNAL CORPS, THE SAID FUNDS TO BE USED BY THE SIGNAL CORPS FOR PAYING THE CHARGES OF COMMERCIAL LINES FOR TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGES TRANSMITTED PART OVER SIGNAL CORPS WIRES AND PART OVER COMMERCIAL WIRES, IT BEING REPRESENTED THAT SAID GOVERNMENT FACILITIES ARE BEING USED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PRACTICABLE IN SENDING SUCH MESSAGES AND AT A CONSIDERABLE SAVING TO THE GOVERNMENT, BUT THAT THE FUNDS OF THE SIGNAL CORPS AVAILABLE FOR CARRYING ON ITS COMMUNICATION SERVICE ARE NOT SUFFICIENT TO FINANCE THE OPERATIONS; THAT IS, TO AWAIT THE DELAY INCIDENT TO THE SIGNAL CORPS FIRST PAYING THE COMMERCIAL LINE PROPORTIONS AND THEREAFTER SEEKING REIMBURSEMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT AND ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED.

IN REPLY TO THE LETTER OF THE CHIEF COORDINATOR, WHICH I ASSUME IS BY YOUR DIRECTION, YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THE ONLY EXISTING GENERAL LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY FOR ADVANCES BY ONE DEPARTMENT, ESTABLISHMENT, OR BUREAU OR OFFICE OF SUCH DEPARTMENT OR ESTABLISHMENT, TO ANOTHER DEPARTMENT, ESTABLISHMENT, OR BUREAU OR OFFICE THEREOF, IS SECTION 7 OF THE ACT OF MAY 21, 1920, 41 STAT. 613. HOWEVER, THAT PROVISION WAS INTENDED FOR THE DOING OR MAKING BY THE ONE FOR THE OTHER OF A DEFINITE JOB OR INVESTIGATION OR FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF A DEFINITE ARTICLE OR ARTICLES. ALLOCATIONS UNDER SECTION 7 OF THE ACT OF MAY 21, 1920, REFERRED TO, SUPRA, ARE EXPRESSLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION DURING THE TWO FISCAL YEARS FOLLOWING THE ONE FOR WHICH THE APPROPRIATION ALLOCATED WAS MADE. 27 COMP. DEC. 106. IT DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN OR TO BE THE INTENTION OF CONGRESS THAT APPROPRIATIONS SHOULD BE EXTENDED IN THEIR PERIOD OF AVAILABILITY FOR OBLIGATION FROM ONE TO THREE YEARS, AS AFFECTING THE CHARACTER OF SERVICES HERE IN QUESTION, WHICH ARE APPROPRIATED FOR ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, AND I AM CONSTRAINED TO ADVISE YOU THAT ALLOCATIONS OF FUNDS FOR SUCH PURPOSES WOULD NOT BE AUTHORIZED. 21 COMP. DEC. 201. I MAY ADD THAT APPROPRIATIONS ARE MADE TO THE VARIOUS BRANCHES OF THE GOVERNMENT FOR SIMILAR ITEMS OF SERVICES OR SUPPLIES, BUT THE SIMILARITY DOES NOT AUTHORIZE PLACING THE FUNDS OF ALL TO THE CREDIT OF ONE TO PROCURE THE SERVICES OR SUPPLIES SIMILARLY APPROPRIATED FOR. IF TELEGRAPHIC SERVICE FOR THE GOVERNMENT IS BEST HANDLED BY ONE GOVERNMENT AGENCY, IT WOULD SEEM PROPER TO PRESENT IT TO THE CONGRESS FOR ITS CONSIDERATION. I DO NOT FEEL I CAN SANCTION THE ALLOTMENT OF APPROPRIATIONS, AS IT WOULD IN EFFECT PRODUCE SUCH CONSOLIDATION OF TELEGRAPHIC SERVICE, CONTRARY TO OUR PRESENT SYSTEM OF APPROPRIATIONS AND WITHOUT AUTHORITY OF CONGRESS.