A-78659, JULY 22, 1936, 16 COMP. GEN. 53

A-78659: Jul 22, 1936

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IS AVAILABLE FOR THE DISSEMINATION. OF INFORMATION OBTAINED IN FURTHERANCE OF THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH THE APPROPRIATION IS MADE. IF IT IS ADMINISTRATIVELY DETERMINED THAT SUCH EXHIBITS WILL BE OF MATERIAL ASSISTANCE IN THE WORK OF THE COMMISSION. 1936: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF JULY 20. UNDER SECTIONS 4 (D) AND 312 PROVISION IS MADE FOR THE PUBLICATION OF THE INFORMATION SECURED IN SUCH FORM AND MANNER AS MAY BE BEST ADAPTED FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION AND USE. THESE EXHIBITS WILL NOT ONLY BE AVAILABLE FOR THE PURPOSE STATED BUT WILL HAVE A PERMANENT ADMINISTRATIVE VALUE AS WELL AS BE DISPLAYED FROM TIME TO TIME AS OCCASION MAY ARISE IN WASHINGTON AND AT OTHER PLACES. THE FOLLOWING ARE BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS OF THE PRINCIPAL EXHIBITS WHICH THE COMMISSION PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF $2.

A-78659, JULY 22, 1936, 16 COMP. GEN. 53

EXHIBITS - FEDERAL POWER COMMISSION THE APPROPRIATION MADE FOR THE EXPENSES OF THE FEDERAL POWER COMMISSION BY THE ACT OF MARCH 19, 1936, 49 STAT. 1172, IS AVAILABLE FOR THE DISSEMINATION, THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF EXHIBITS, OF INFORMATION OBTAINED IN FURTHERANCE OF THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH THE APPROPRIATION IS MADE, IF IT IS ADMINISTRATIVELY DETERMINED THAT SUCH EXHIBITS WILL BE OF MATERIAL ASSISTANCE IN THE WORK OF THE COMMISSION.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO THE CHAIRMAN, FEDERAL POWER COMMISSION, JULY 22, 1936:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF JULY 20, 1936, AS FOLLOWS:

THE FEDERAL POWER ACT, APPROVED AUGUST 26, 1935, PUBLIC, NO. 333, 74TH CONGRESS, UNDER SECTIONS 4 AND 311 AUTHORIZES THE COMMISSION TO COLLECT AND RECORD DATA CONCERNING PRACTICALLY EVERY PHASE OF THE ELECTRIC INDUSTRY, AND UNDER SECTIONS 4 (D) AND 312 PROVISION IS MADE FOR THE PUBLICATION OF THE INFORMATION SECURED IN SUCH FORM AND MANNER AS MAY BE BEST ADAPTED FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION AND USE.

PURSUANT TO THE ABOVE AUTHORITY THE COMMISSION, HAVING ADMINISTRATIVELY DETERMINED THAT DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION TO THE INDUSTRY AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC MAY BEST BE ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF EXHIBITS, PROPOSES IN CONNECTION WITH THE THIRD WORLD POWER CONFERENCE, TO BE HELD IN WASHINGTON FROM AUGUST 15 TO SEPTEMBER 15, TO DISPLAY CERTAIN EXHIBITS IN THE FOYER OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM AND THE PROMENADE OF THE MAYFLOWER HOTEL. THESE EXHIBITS WILL NOT ONLY BE AVAILABLE FOR THE PURPOSE STATED BUT WILL HAVE A PERMANENT ADMINISTRATIVE VALUE AS WELL AS BE DISPLAYED FROM TIME TO TIME AS OCCASION MAY ARISE IN WASHINGTON AND AT OTHER PLACES.

THE FOLLOWING ARE BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS OF THE PRINCIPAL EXHIBITS WHICH THE COMMISSION PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF $2,490:

(1) AN ELECTRICALLY OPERATED, ILLUMINATED MAP SHOWING MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND COLORED LAMPS LOCATED IN ALL REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY. THE LAMPS WILL REPRESENT NINETY PERCENT OF THE GENERATING CAPACITY OF THE UTILITY SYSTEMS. IT WILL ALSO SHOW TEN ILLUMINATED PHOTOGRAPHS OF NOTED HYDRO AND STEAM PROJECTS WITH INDIVIDUAL PILOT LIGHTS INDICATING THEIR GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS. THESE STATION-INDICATING LIGHTS WILL PASS THROUGH A CYCLE OF OPERATIONS INDICATING EACH PROJECT INDIVIDUALLY, THEN FOLLOWED BY SHOWING ALL OF THE STEAM STATIONS IN RED, THE HYDRO STATIONS IN BLUE, THE DIESEL PLANTS IN GREEN, AND FINALLY FULL ILLUMINATION.

THE MAP IS EXTREMELY ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE CONCENTRATION OF DEVELOPED HYDRO POWER AND STEAM POWER AND WILL SHOW THE LOCATION OF GENERATING STATIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE OPERATING DISTRICTS AND REGIONS.

(2) A WALL-SIZE MAP SHOWING THE PRINCIPAL GENERATING STATIONS AND 135,000 CIRCUIT MILES OF TRANSMISSION LINES IN COLOR WITH INDEX TO NAMES OF COMPANIES AND SYSTEMS INDICATING OWNERSHIP. THIS MAP WILL BE MOUNTED ON A MICARTA BASE, GIVING AN EXCEPTIONALLY HARD FINISHED SURFACE WITH A PROPER LUSTER TO PERMIT INDIRECT LIGHTING DISPLAY.

(3) A MAP, WALL SIZE, SHOWING THE PRINCIPAL UTILITY-SYSTEM AREAS SERVED; 57 MAJOR UTILITY SYSTEMS AND 8 LARGE MUNICIPAL SYSTEMS, SEPARATELY IDENTIFIED; 50 MINOR HOLDING COMPANIES AND INDEPENDENT OPERATING COMPANIES ARE REPRESENTED ON THE MAP BY A GROUP COLOR; AND THE SERVICE AREAS ARE INDICATED IN 16 COLORS. THIS MAP WILL BE MOUNTED ON A MICARTA BASE FOR INDIRECT LIGHTING DISPLAY.

(4) A CHART, MOUNTED ON MICARTA BASE, SHOWING THE CORPORATE RELATIONSHIP OF THE PRINCIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITY SYSTEMS. THIS CHART WILL SHOW THE OWNERSHIP AND PERCENTAGE OF CONTROL OF THE OPERATING COMPANIES AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES BY THE MAJOR HOLDING COMPANIES.

(5) A PIN MAP, WALL SIZE, OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE PURPOSE OF INDICATING THE PRINCIPAL LICENSED WATER POWER PROJECTS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE FEDERAL POWER COMMISSION, MOUNTED ON HOMASOTO BOARD.

(6) IN THIS GROUP WILL BE SOME 50 PICTURES, CHARTS, AND DIAGRAMS INDICATING GROWTH OF THE UTILITY INDUSTRY. THESE ILLUSTRATIONS WILL BE MOUNTED AND FRAMED IN ORDER TO MAKE A PROPER DISPLAY ON BULLETIN BOARDS.

(7) SEVERAL MODELS OF DAILY LOAD CURVES CUT AND GROUPED IN SUCH A MANNER AS TO SHOW THE ANNUAL LOAD CURVE OF A UTILITY SYSTEM FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEPICTING SPECIAL INTERESTING FEATURES PERTINENT TO THE OPERATION OF A UTILITY SYSTEM OR PLANT.

AS THE TIME ALLOTTED FOR THE COMPLETION OF THESE EXHIBITS IS VERY SHORT AND WILL IN SEVERAL CASES REQUIRE THE SOLICITATION OF BIDS AND AWARD OF CONTRACTS FOR LABOR AND MATERIAL, IT WILL BE APPRECIATED IF YOU WILL ADVISE THE COMMISSION IF THERE IS ANY OBJECTION TO THE USE OF REGULAR APPROPRIATED FUNDS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1937 IN THE PREPARATION AND CONSTRUCTION OF THESE EXHIBITS.

AS SECTION 4 OF THE FEDERAL POWER ACT OF AUGUST 26, 1935, 49 STAT. 812, REFERRED TO IN YOUR LETTER, IS PART OF TITLE I OF SAID ACT RELATING TO THE CONTROL OF HOLDING COMPANIES, AND WHICH SECTION HAS NO SUBDIVISION (D), IT IS PRESUMED YOU INTENDED TO REFER TO SECTION 4 OF THE FEDERAL WATER POWER ACT AS AMENDED BY SECTION 202 OF TITLE II OF THE FEDERAL POWER ACT, 49 STAT. 839. SUBSECTIONS (A) AND (D) OF SAID SECTION 4, AND SECTIONS 311 AND 312, 49 STAT. 859, PROVIDE AS FOLLOWS:

SEC. 4. THE COMMISSION IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND EMPOWERED---

(A) TO MAKE INVESTIGATIONS AND TO COLLECT AND RECORD DATA CONCERNING THE UTILIZATION OF THE WATER RESOURCES OF ANY REGION TO BE DEVELOPED, THE WATER-POWER INDUSTRY AND ITS RELATION TO OTHER INDUSTRIES AND TO INTERSTATE OR FOREIGN COMMERCE, AND CONCERNING THE LOCATION, CAPACITY, DEVELOPMENT COSTS, AND RELATION TO MARKETS OF POWER SITES, AND WHETHER THE POWER FROM GOVERNMENT DAMS CAN BE ADVANTAGEOUSLY USED BY THE UNITED STATES FOR ITS PUBLIC PURPOSES, AND WHAT IS A FAIR VALUE OF SUCH POWER, TO THE EXTENT THE COMMISSION MAY DEEM NECESSARY OR USEFUL FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS ACT.

(D) TO MAKE PUBLIC FROM TIME TO TIME THE INFORMATION SECURED HEREUNDER AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE PUBLICATION OF ITS REPORTS AND INVESTIGATIONS IN SUCH FORM AND MANNER AS MAY BE BEST ADAPTED FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION AND USE. THE COMMISSION, ON OR BEFORE THE 3D DAY OF JANUARY OF EACH YEAR, SHALL SUBMIT TO CONGRESS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR PRECEDING A CLASSIFIED REPORT SHOWING THE PERMITS AND LICENSES ISSUED UNDER THIS PART, AND IN EACH CASE THE PARTIES THERETO, THE TERMS PRESCRIBED, AND THE MONEYS RECEIVED, IF ANY, OR ACCOUNT THEREOF. SUCH REPORT SHALL CONTAIN THE NAMES AND SHOW THE COMPENSATION OF THE PERSONS EMPLOYED BY THE COMMISSION.

SEC. 311. IN ORDER TO SECURE INFORMATION NECESSARY OR APPROPRIATE AS A BASIS FOR RECOMMENDING LEGISLATION, THE COMMISSION IS AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO CONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS REGARDING THE GENERATION, TRANSMISSION, DISTRIBUTION, AND SALE OF ELECTRIC ENERGY, HOWEVER PRODUCED, THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND ITS POSSESSIONS, WHETHER OR NOT OTHERWISE SUBJECT TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE COMMISSION, INCLUDING THE GENERATION, TRANSMISSION, DISTRIBUTION, AND SALE OF ELECTRIC ENERGY BY ANY AGENCY,AUTHORITY, OR INSTRUMENTALITY OF THE UNITED STATES, OR OF ANY STATE OR MUNICIPALITY OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF A STATE. IT SHALL, SO FAR AS PRACTICABLE, SECURE AND KEEP CURRENT INFORMATION REGARDING THE OWNERSHIP, OPERATION, MANAGEMENT, AND CONTROL OF ALL FACILITIES FOR SUCH GENERATIONS, TRANSMISSION, DISTRIBUTION, AND SALE; THE CAPACITY AND OUTPUT THEREOF AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO; THE COST OF GENERATION, TRANSMISSION, AND DISTRIBUTION; THE RATES, CHARGES, AND CONTRACTS IN RESPECT OF THE SALE OF ELECTRIC ENERGY AND ITS SERVICE TO RESIDENTIAL, RURAL, COMMERCIAL, AND INDUSTRIAL CONSUMERS AND OTHER PURCHASERS BY PRIVATE AND PUBLIC AGENCIES; AND THE RELATION OF ANY OR ALL SUCH FACTS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF NAVIGATION, INDUSTRY, COMMERCE, AND THE NATIONAL DEFENSE. THE COMMISSION SHALL REPORT TO CONGRESS THE RESULTS OF INVESTIGATIONS MADE UNDER AUTHORITY OF THIS SECTION.

SEC. 312. THE COMMISSION MAY PROVIDE FOR THE PUBLICATION OF ITS REPORTS AND DECISIONS IN SUCH FORM AND MANNER AS MAY BE BEST ADAPTED FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION AND USE, AND IS AUTHORIZED TO SELL AT REASONABLE PRICES COPIES OF ALL MAPS, ATLASES, AND REPORTS AS IT MAY FROM TIME TO TIME PUBLISH. SUCH REASONABLE PRICES MAY INCLUDE THE COST OF COMPILATION, COMPOSITION, AND REPRODUCTION. THE COMMISSION IS ALSO AUTHORIZED TO MAKE SUCH CHARGES AS IT DEEMS REASONABLE FOR SPECIAL STATISTICAL SERVICES AND OTHER SPECIAL OR PERIODIC SERVICES. * * *

IN 14 COMP. GEN. 664, THE FOLLOWING WAS SAID AT PAGE 665:

IT HAS BEEN HELD GENERALLY THAT APPROPRIATED FUNDS MAY NOT BE USED FOR EXHIBITS WITHOUT EXPRESS STATUTORY AUTHORITY THEREFOR. 2 COMP. GEN. 581. THE EXCEPTIONS TO THAT GENERAL RULE ARE CASES IN WHICH THE EXHIBIT IS PURSUANT TO A DUTY IMPOSED BY LAW UPON THE DEPARTMENT OR SERVICE TO DISSEMINATE USEFUL INFORMATION CONCERNING THE ACTIVITY TO WHICH THE EXHIBIT RELATES. 4 COMP. GEN. 457; 7 ID. 357; 14 ID. 427.

HOWEVER, IF THE PROPOSED EXHIBITS ARE DIRECTLY CONNECTED WITH AND IN FURTHERANCE OF THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH THE APPROPRIATION FOR YOUR COMMISSION IS MADE, AND IT IS DETERMINED ADMINISTRATIVELY THAT SUCH EXHIBITS WILL MATERIALLY AID IN THE WORK OF THE FEDERAL POWER COMMISSION, THIS OFFICE WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO OBJECT TO THE USE OF THE APPROPRIATION MADE FOR THE EXPENSES OF THE FEDERAL POWER COMMISSION, ACT OF MARCH 19, 1936, 49 STAT. 1172, FOR EXPENSES OF THE CONTEMPLATED EXHIBITS. 10 COMP. GEN. 282.