A-84106, FEBRUARY 26, 1937, 16 COMP. GEN. 788

A-84106: Feb 26, 1937

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HAS REFERENCE ONLY TO SUCH TAGS AS ARE PRINTED WHEN MANUFACTURED FOR SALE TO THE PUBLIC GENERALLY. NOT TO UNCOPYRIGHTED TAGS PRINTED ON ORDER WHICH ARE FOR PROCUREMENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE UNLESS PROCUREMENT OTHERWISE IS AUTHORIZED BY THE PUBLIC PRINTER. 1937: THERE HAVE BEEN RESUBMITTED FOR AUDIT BEFORE PAYMENT THREE VOUCHERS OF THE BUREAU OF ANIMAL INDUSTRY IN FAVOR OF R. CERTIFICATION WAS WITHHELD FOR AN EXPLANATION AS TO WHY THE PRINTED TAGS WERE NOT REQUIRED TO BE OBTAINED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE. RESUBMITTING THE VOUCHERS IT WAS STATED: IN VIEW OF PUBLIC. IT IS NOT CONSIDERED NECESSARY FOR THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE TO FURNISH CLEARANCE FOR THE PURCHASE OF TAGS BY THE BUREAU OF ANIMAL INDUSTRY FOR USE IN CONNECTION WITH MEAT INSPECTION.

A-84106, FEBRUARY 26, 1937, 16 COMP. GEN. 788

PRINTING AND BINDING - TAGS, ETC "PRINTED IN COURSE OF MANUFACTURE" - PURCHASES ELSEWHERE THAN GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE THE PROVISION "PRINTED IN THE COURSE OF MANUFACTURE" APPEARING IN THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOR MEAT INSPECTION IN CONNECTION WITH THE PURCHASE OF TAGS, LABELS, STAMPS, AND CERTIFICATES, HAS REFERENCE ONLY TO SUCH TAGS AS ARE PRINTED WHEN MANUFACTURED FOR SALE TO THE PUBLIC GENERALLY, AND NOT TO UNCOPYRIGHTED TAGS PRINTED ON ORDER WHICH ARE FOR PROCUREMENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE UNLESS PROCUREMENT OTHERWISE IS AUTHORIZED BY THE PUBLIC PRINTER.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, FEBRUARY 26, 1937:

THERE HAVE BEEN RESUBMITTED FOR AUDIT BEFORE PAYMENT THREE VOUCHERS OF THE BUREAU OF ANIMAL INDUSTRY IN FAVOR OF R. P. ANDREWS PAPER CO. IN THE AMOUNTS OF $1,080, AND $1,225, RESPECTIVELY, COVERING THE PURCHASE OF "U.S. RETAINED TAGS" PRINTED UNDER ITEMS 53-T-694 AND 53-T 692C OF THE GENERAL SCHEDULE OF SUPPLIES. WHEN FIRST SUBMITTED FOR PREAUDIT, CERTIFICATION WAS WITHHELD FOR AN EXPLANATION AS TO WHY THE PRINTED TAGS WERE NOT REQUIRED TO BE OBTAINED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE. RESUBMITTING THE VOUCHERS IT WAS STATED:

IN VIEW OF PUBLIC, NO. 637, 74TH CONGRESS (H.R. 11418) MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE BUREAU OF ANIMAL INDUSTRY (MEAT INSPECTION), DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, TO COVER THE FISCAL YEAR 1937 WHICH READS AS FOLLOWS:

"MEAT INSPECTION: FOR EXPENSES IN CARRYING OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THE MEAT INSPECTION ACT OF JUNE 30, 1906 (U.S.C., TITLE 21, SEC. 95), AS AMENDED BY THE ACT OF MARCH 4, 1907 (U.S.C., TITLE 21, SECS. 71 94), AS EXTENDED TO EQUINE MEAT BY THE ACT OF JULY 24, 1919, (U.S.C., TITLE 21, SEC. 96), AND AS AUTHORIZED BY SECTION 2 (A) OF THE ACT OF JUNE 26, 1934 (48 STAT. 1224), INCLUDING THE PURCHASE OF TAGS, LABELS, STAMPS, AND CERTIFICATES PRINTED IN COURSE OF MANUFACTURE, $5,258,194.'

IT IS NOT CONSIDERED NECESSARY FOR THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE TO FURNISH CLEARANCE FOR THE PURCHASE OF TAGS BY THE BUREAU OF ANIMAL INDUSTRY FOR USE IN CONNECTION WITH MEAT INSPECTION.

THE AUTHORIZATION IN THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE PURCHASE OF TAGS, ETC., "PRINTED IN THE COURSE OF MANUFACTURE" HAS REFERENCE ONLY TO SUCH TAGSAS ARE PRINTED WHEN MANUFACTURED FOR SALE TO THE PUBLIC GENERALLY AND HAS NO APPLICATION TO UNCOPYRIGHTED TAGS WHEN PRINTED ON ORDER AS IN THE CASE OF THE TAGS COVERED BY THE PRESENT VOUCHERS (2. COMP. GEN. 178; 16 ID. 145). ACCORDINGLY, IN THE ABSENCE OF AN AUTHORIZATION FROM THE PUBLIC PRINTER IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF JANUARY 12, 1895, AS AMENDED BY THE ACT OF JULY 8, 1935, 49 STAT. 475, THE PROCUREMENT OF SUCH PRINTING OTHERWISE THAN FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE IS NOT AUTHORIZED.

HOWEVER, IN VIEW OF THE PAST PRACTICE AND THE ROOM FOR DOUBT AS TO WHAT WAS INTENDED BY THE APPROPRIATION PROVISION HERE IN QUESTION, PAYMENTS FROM SAID APPROPRIATION TAGS, ETC., PRINTED IN COURSE OF MANUFACTURE UNDER CONTRACTS HERETOFORE MADE, WILL NOT BE QUESTIONED IF OTHERWISE CORRECT.