A-8551, MARCH 28, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 820

A-8551: Mar 28, 1925

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THE COMPENSATION OF POSTMASTERS WHO WERE IN CLASS 4 JANUARY 1. 1925: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF MARCH 11. A DECISION IS REQUESTED AS TO WHETHER OR NOT OFFICES OF THE FOURTH CLASS THAT MET DURING THE FOUR QUARTERS ENDED DECEMBER 31. THE QUESTION FOR CONSIDERATION IS WHETHER IN THOSE CASES IN WHICH THE COMPENSATION OF A POSTMASTER OF THE FOURTH CLASS FOR THE FOUR CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS ENDED DECEMBER 31. SPECIFICALLY PROVIDES THAT THE ADVANCE SHALL BE "ON JULY 1 FOLLOWING" THE CALENDAR YEAR DURING WHICH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADVANCEMENT WERE MET. NO FOURTH-CLASS POST OFFICE IS AUTHORIZED TO BE ADVANCED TO A HIGHER CLASS ON APRIL 1. THE COMPENSATION OF ALL POSTMASTERS WHO WERE IN CLASS 4 ON JANUARY 1.

A-8551, MARCH 28, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 820

POSTAL SERVICE EMPLOYEES - REASSIGNMENT OF FOURTH-CLASS POST OFFICES NO REASSIGNMENT OF FOURTH-CLASS POST OFFICES TO A HIGHER CLASS ON APRIL 1, 1925, MAY BE MADE ON THE BASIS OF COMPENSATION OF POSTMASTERS AND RECEIPTS OF THEIR OFFICES FOR THE FOUR CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 1924, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRIOR PRACTICE UNDER THE ACT OF JUNE 5, 1920, 41 STAT. 1046, BUT REASSIGNMENTS ON THE BASIS OF COMPENSATION OF POSTMASTERS AND RECEIPTS OF THEIR OFFICES FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 1924, SHALL BE MADE JULY 1, 1925, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 28, 1925, 43 STAT. 1053. THE COMPENSATION OF POSTMASTERS WHO WERE IN CLASS 4 JANUARY 1, 1925, SHOULD BE COMPUTED AND PAID FOR THE QUARTERS ENDING MARCH 31, AND JUNE 30, 1925, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RATES PRESCRIBED IN THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 28, 1925, 43 STAT. 1053, FOR FOURTH-CLASS POSTMASTERS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MARCH 28, 1925:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF MARCH 11, 1925, AS FOLLOWS:

THE ACT APPROVED JUNE 5, 1920 (H.R. 14338), RECLASSIFYING POSTMASTERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE POSTAL SERVICE AND READJUSTING THEIR SALARIES AND COMPENSATION, PROVIDED IN PART AS FOLLOWS:

"THAT WHEN THE TOTAL COMPENSATION OF ANY POSTMASTER AT A POST OFFICE OF THE FOURTH CLASS FOR FOUR CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS SHALL AMOUNT TO $1,000, EXCLUSIVE OF COMMISSIONS ON MONEY ORDERS ISSUED, AND THE RECEIPTS OF SUCH POST OFFICE FOR THE SAME PERIOD SHALL AGGREGATE AS MUCH AS $1,500, THE OFFICE SHALL BE ASSIGNED TO ITS PROPER CLASS AND THE SALARY OF THE POSTMASTER FIXED ACCORDING TO THE RECEIPTS.'

THE ACT APPROVED FEBRUARY 28, 1925 (H.R. 11444), RECLASSIFYING THE SALARIES OF POSTMASTERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE POSTAL SERVICE AND READJUSTING THEIR SALARIES AND COMPENSATION, PROVIDES IN PART AS FOLLOWS:

"THAT WHEN THE TOTAL COMPENSATION OF ANY POSTMASTER AT A POST OFFICE OF THE FOURTH CLASS FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR SHALL AMOUNT TO $1,100, EXCLUSIVE OF COMMISSIONS ON MONEY ORDERS ISSUED, AND THE RECEIPTS OF SUCH POST OFFICE FOR THE SAME PERIOD SHALL AGGREGATE AS MUCH AS $1,500, THE OFFICE SHALL BE ASSIGNED TO ITS PROPER CLASS ON JULY 1 FOLLOWING, AND THE SALARY OF THE POSTMASTER FIXED ACCORDING TO THE RECEIPTS.'

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ACT APPROVED JUNE 5, 1920, WHEN THE TOTAL COMPENSATION OF THE POSTMASTER OF A FOURTH-CLASS OFFICE FOR FOUR CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS AMOUNTED TO $1,000, EXCLUSIVE OF COMMISSIONS ON MONEY ORDERS ISSUED, AND THE RECEIPTS OF SUCH POST OFFICE FOR THE SAME PERIOD AGGREGATED AS MUCH AS $1,500, IT HAS BEEN THE PRACTICE OF THE DEPARTMENT TO ADVANCE SUCH FOURTH-CLASS POST OFFICE, ASSIGN IT TO THE PROPER CLASS AND FIX THE SALARY OF THE POSTMASTER ACCORDING TO THE RECEIPTS, EFFECTIVE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SECOND SUCCEEDING QUARTER.

IN VIEW OF THE SPECIFIC PROVISION IN THE ACT APPROVED FEBRUARY 28, 1925, THAT THE ADVANCEMENT OF FOURTH-CLASS POST OFFICES SHALL BE BASED UPON COMPENSATION AND RECEIPTS FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR INSTEAD OF FOUR CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS, AND THAT SUCH ADVANCEMENT SHALL BE MADE ON JULY 1, FOLLOWING, A DECISION IS REQUESTED AS TO WHETHER OR NOT OFFICES OF THE FOURTH CLASS THAT MET DURING THE FOUR QUARTERS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 1924, THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADVANCEMENT UNDER THE ACT APPROVED JUNE 5, 1920, SHALL ON APRIL 1, 1925, BE ASSIGNED TO THEIR PROPER CLASS, AND IF SO, SHALL THE SALARIES BE FIXED UNDER THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 28, 1925?

THE QUESTION FOR CONSIDERATION IS WHETHER IN THOSE CASES IN WHICH THE COMPENSATION OF A POSTMASTER OF THE FOURTH CLASS FOR THE FOUR CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 1924, AMOUNTED TO $1,000, AND THE RECEIPTS OF THE OFFICE FOR THE SAME PERIOD AGGREGATED AS MUCH AS $1,500, THE OFFICE MAY BE ADVANCED TO A HIGHER CLASS ON APRIL 1, 1925, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRACTICE WHICH PREVAILED UNDER THE PROVISION IN THE ACT OF JUNE 5, 1920, 41 STAT. 1046, OR WHETHER IN SUCH CASES THE ADVANCEMENT MUST BE DEFERRED UNTIL JUNE 1, 1925, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISION OF THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 28, 1925, 43 STAT. 1053.

THE PROVISION QUOTED IN YOUR LETTER FROM THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 28, 1925, SPECIFICALLY PROVIDES THAT THE ADVANCE SHALL BE "ON JULY 1 FOLLOWING" THE CALENDAR YEAR DURING WHICH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADVANCEMENT WERE MET. SAID PROVISION BECAME EFFECTIVE BEFORE APRIL 1, 1925, AND SUPERSEDED THE FORMER PROCEDURE; THEREFORE, NO FOURTH-CLASS POST OFFICE IS AUTHORIZED TO BE ADVANCED TO A HIGHER CLASS ON APRIL 1, 1925, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN THE ACT WITH RESPECT TO UNUSUAL CONDITIONS.

THE COMPENSATION OF ALL POSTMASTERS WHO WERE IN CLASS 4 ON JANUARY 1, 1925, SHOULD BE PAID FOR THE QUARTERS ENDING MARCH 31 AND JUNE 30, 1925, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RATES PRESCRIBED IN THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 28, 1925, FOR POSTMASTERS OF THE FOURTH CLASS; AND ON JULY 1, 1925, ALL SUCH POSTMASTERS WHO DURING THE CALENDAR YEAR 1924 EARNED COMPENSATION AMOUNTING TO $1,000, EXCLUSIVE OF COMMISSIONS ON MONEY ORDERS ISSUED, WILL BE ADVANCED TO A HIGHER CLASS, PROVIDED THE RECEIPTS OF THE OFFICE FOR SAID CALENDAR YEAR AGGREGATED AS MUCH AS $1,500.