A-8396, APRIL 13, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 848

A-8396: Apr 13, 1925

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WAS MADE TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. 1925: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF MARCH 7. ADVISING YOU THAT IT HAD BEEN CONCLUDED TO HAVE THE WORK CALLED FOR UNDER PUBLIC RESOLUTION NO. 42. THE PUBLIC RESOLUTION PROVIDES: * * * THAT THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE LIBRARY IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO INVESTIGATE AND REPORT TO CONGRESS. THAT IN THE PREPARATION OF SUCH A REPORT THE COMMITTEE IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO PROCURE ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE FROM ANY EXISTING GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY. 000 IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO BE APPROPRIATED FROM ANY AVAILABLE MONEY OR MONEY THAT MAY BECOME AVAILABLE IN THE TREASURY OF THE UNITED STATES. YOU STATE: IT IS REQUESTED THEREFORE. ASSUME THIS APPROPRIATION WILL REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL AFTER THE END OF THE PRESENT FISCAL YEAR.

A-8396, APRIL 13, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 848

APPROPRIATIONS - TRANSFER THE APPROPRIATION OF $5,000 IN THE LEGISLATIVE APPROPRIATION ACT OF MARCH 4, 1925, 43 STAT. 1297, TO ENABLE THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE LIBRARY TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION OF JANUARY 7, 1925, 43 STAT. 729, WITH REGARD TO THE NEW LOCATION OF THE BOTANIC GARDEN, WAS MADE TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, AS DISTINGUISHED FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT AND MAY NOT BE TRANSFERRED TO THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC PARKS, AN ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE, FOR DIRECT EXPENDITURE.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO COL. C. O. SHERRILL, DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC PARKS OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL, APRIL 13, 1925:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF MARCH 7, 1925, TRANSMITTING A COPY OF LETTER OF JANUARY 30, 1925, FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE LIBRARY, ADVISING YOU THAT IT HAD BEEN CONCLUDED TO HAVE THE WORK CALLED FOR UNDER PUBLIC RESOLUTION NO. 42, APPROVED JANUARY 7, 1925, 43 STAT. 729, ENTITLED "JOINT RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF A DESIGN FOR THE USE OF GROUNDS IN THE VICINITY OF THE MALL BY THE UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDEN," PERFORMED BY YOU. THE PUBLIC RESOLUTION PROVIDES:

* * * THAT THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE LIBRARY IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO INVESTIGATE AND REPORT TO CONGRESS, WITH ESTIMATE OF COST AS TO A NEW LOCATION FOR THE CONSERVATORIES OF THE UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDEN, SOUTH OF THE MALL IN THE VICINITY OF THE PRESENT LOCATION, AND ALSO AS TO A SUITABLE LANDSCAPE PLAN IN CONNECTION THEREWITH: PROVIDED, THAT IN THE PREPARATION OF SUCH A REPORT THE COMMITTEE IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO PROCURE ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE FROM ANY EXISTING GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY, INCLUDING THE SERVICES OR ENGINEERS, SURVEYORS, DRAFTSMEN, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS, AND OTHER TECHNICAL PERSONNEL IN THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND INDEPENDENT ESTABLISHMENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT.

SEC. 2. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS ACT THE SUM OF $5,000 IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO BE APPROPRIATED FROM ANY AVAILABLE MONEY OR MONEY THAT MAY BECOME AVAILABLE IN THE TREASURY OF THE UNITED STATES.

THE LEGISLATIVE APPROPRIATION BILL APPROVED MARCH 4, 1925, 43 STAT.1297, PROVIDES:

TO ENABLE THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE LIBRARY TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION ENTITLED "JOINT RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF A DESIGN FOR THE USE OF GROUNDS IN THE VICINITY OF THE MALL BY THE UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDEN," APPROVED JANUARY 7, 1925, $5,000, TO BE AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY.

IN YOUR LETTER OF MARCH 7, 1925, YOU STATE:

IT IS REQUESTED THEREFORE, IN ORDER THAT I MAY PROCEED IMMEDIATELY WITH THIS WORK, THAT THESE FUNDS BE PLACED TO THE CREDIT OF THE ACCOUNTS OF THIS OFFICE.

I, OF COURSE, ASSUME THIS APPROPRIATION WILL REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL AFTER THE END OF THE PRESENT FISCAL YEAR.

THE APPROPRIATION HERE IN QUESTION IS AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION ON AND FROM MARCH 4, 1925, TO JUNE 30, 1926.

THE RESOLUTION, PUBLIC NO. 42, OF JANUARY 7, 1925, AUTHORIZES AND DIRECTS THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE LIBRARY TO MAKE THE INVESTIGATION AND THE REPORT TO THE CONGRESS. THE APPROPRIATION IS TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT AS DISTINGUISHED FROM THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, WHICH MAKES IT NECESSARY THAT THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE RETAIN FULL CONTROL OF THE FUNDS APPROPRIATED, LIKEWISE FOLLOWING THE USUAL COURSE BY HAVING DISBURSEMENTS MADE BY THE FINANCE OFFICER OF THE SENATE ON VOUCHERS APPROVED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE. IT WILL BE OBSERVED THAT THE RESOLUTION ENTITLED THE COMMITTEE TO THE "ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE" OF OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, BUT THIS IS ONLY IN THE SENSE OF SUBORDINATE TO SAID COMMITTEE AND DOES NOT AUTHORIZE PLACING THE APPROPRIATED FUNDS TO THE CREDIT OF ANY SUCH AGENCIES. THE RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE APPROPRIATION REMAINS WITH THE COMMITTEE.

I AM COMPELLED TO ADVISE YOU THE FUNDS HERE IN QUESTION MAY NOT BE PLACED TO THE CREDIT OF YOUR OFFICE.