A-84312, MARCH 11, 1937, 16 COMP. GEN. 839

A-84312: Mar 11, 1937

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IS AVAILABLE FOR PAYMENT OF TRAVELING EXPENSES OF PERSONS REQUIRED TO COME TO WASHINGTON. IS AS FOLLOWS: YOUR DECISION IS REQUESTED AS TO WHETHER THE APPROPRIATION. " IS AVAILABLE FOR PAYMENT OF TRAVELING EXPENSES OF PERSONS WHO ARE COOPERATING WITH THE CHILDREN'S BUREAU OF THIS DEPARTMENT IN AN ADVISORY CAPACITY IN DEVELOPING STUDIES AND STANDARDS WITH REFERENCE TO THE INSTITUTIONAL CARE OF JUVENILE DELINQUENTS. IN MOST CASES THESE PERSONS ARE OFFICIALS OF STATE INSTITUTIONS FOR DELINQUENT CHILDREN. EARLIER DECISIONS OF THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL TO THE CHILDREN'S BUREAU IN ANALOGOUS CASES HAVE PERMITTED THE PAYMENT OF TRAVEL EXPENSES FOR PERSONS COOPERATING IN SIMILAR UNDERTAKINGS (4 C.G. 281.

A-84312, MARCH 11, 1937, 16 COMP. GEN. 839

APPROPRIATION AVAILABILITY - "SALARIES AND EXPENSES, CHILDREN'S BUREAU" TRAVELING EXPENSES OF PRIVATE PERSONS PARTICIPATING IN OFFICIAL DISCUSSIONS THE APPROPRIATION "SALARIES AND EXPENSES, CHILDREN'S BUREAU," 49 STAT. 1349, IS AVAILABLE FOR PAYMENT OF TRAVELING EXPENSES OF PERSONS REQUIRED TO COME TO WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR GROUP DISCUSSION OF MATTERS PERTAINING TO THE OFFICIAL BUSINESS OF SAID BUREAU, PROVIDED THE REQUEST FOR ATTENDANCE STIPULATES REIMBURSEMENT FOR THEIR EXPENSES, NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROHIBITORY PROVISIONS OF PUBLIC RESOLUTION NO. 2 OF FEBRUARY 2, 1935, 49 STAT. 19, AS TO SUCH PAYMENTS, THE APPROPRIATION SPECIFICALLY PROVIDING FOR "EXPENSES OF ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS.'

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO THE SECRETARY OF LABOR, MARCH 11, 1937:

YOUR LETTER OF MARCH 1, 1937, IS AS FOLLOWS:

YOUR DECISION IS REQUESTED AS TO WHETHER THE APPROPRIATION,"SALARIES AND EXPENSES, CHILDREN'S BUREAU," IS AVAILABLE FOR PAYMENT OF TRAVELING EXPENSES OF PERSONS WHO ARE COOPERATING WITH THE CHILDREN'S BUREAU OF THIS DEPARTMENT IN AN ADVISORY CAPACITY IN DEVELOPING STUDIES AND STANDARDS WITH REFERENCE TO THE INSTITUTIONAL CARE OF JUVENILE DELINQUENTS. IN MOST CASES THESE PERSONS ARE OFFICIALS OF STATE INSTITUTIONS FOR DELINQUENT CHILDREN. THE BUREAU DESIRES TO BRING TO WASHINGTON IN THE NEAR FUTURE SEVERAL OF THESE CONSULTANTS FOR GROUP DISCUSSION OF PLANS OF WORK IN THE JUVENILE DELINQUENCY FIELD.

THE APPROPRIATION "SALARIES AND EXPENSES, CHILDREN'S BUREAU" PROVIDES, AMONG OTHER THINGS, FOR ,TRAVELING EXPENSES, INCLUDING NOT TO EXCEED $3,000 FOR EXPENSES OF ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS FOR THE PROMOTION OF CHILD WELFARE WHEN INCURRED ON THE WRITTEN AUTHORITY OF THE SECRETARY OF LABOR; ," AND THE ACT CREATING THE CHILDREN'S BUREAU DIRECTS IT TO "INVESTIGATE AND REPORT UPON ALL MATTERS PERTAINING TO THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN AND CHILD LIFE AMONG ALL CLASSES OF OUR PEOPLE.'

EARLIER DECISIONS OF THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL TO THE CHILDREN'S BUREAU IN ANALOGOUS CASES HAVE PERMITTED THE PAYMENT OF TRAVEL EXPENSES FOR PERSONS COOPERATING IN SIMILAR UNDERTAKINGS (4 C.G. 281; 8 C.G. 277). ACCORDINGLY, IT HAS BEEN THE PRACTICE OF THE CHILDREN'S BUREAU FOR SEVERAL YEARS TO BRING INDIVIDUALS TO WASHINGTON FROM TIME TO TIME TO CONFER WITH THE BUREAU WITH REFERENCE TO PROBLEMS ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH ITS WORK. WE SHALL APPRECIATE YOUR OPINION AS TO WHETHER THIS PRACTICE IS AFFECTED IN ANY WAY BY PUBLIC RESOLUTION NO. 2, APPROVED FEBRUARY 2, 1935.

PUBLIC RESOLUTION NO. 2 OF FEBRUARY 2, 1935, 49 STAT. 19, PROVIDES:

THAT, UNLESS SPECIFICALLY PROVIDED BY LAW, NO MONEYS FROM FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR ANY PURPOSE SHALL BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF LODGING, FEEDING, CONVEYING, OR FURNISHING TRANSPORTATION TO, ANY CONVENTIONS OR OTHER FORM OF ASSEMBLAGE OR GATHERING TO BE HELD IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OR ELSEWHERE. THIS SECTION SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED TO PROHIBIT THE PAYMENT OF EXPENSES OF ANY OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE DISCHARGE OF HIS OFFICIAL DUTIES.

IN VIEW OF THE SPECIFIC PROVISION IN THE APPROPRIATION FOR EXPENSES OF ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS SUCH APPROPRIATION WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR THE TRAVELING EXPENSES OF PERSONS REQUIRED TO COME TO WASHINGTON FOR GROUP DISCUSSION OF MATTERS PERTAINING TO THE OFFICIAL BUSINESS OF THECHILDREN'S BUREAU PROVIDED THE REQUEST FOR THEIR ATTENDANCE STIPULATES REIMBURSEMENT FOR THEIR EXPENSES.