A-90102, DECEMBER 1, 1937, 17 COMP. GEN. 455

A-90102: Dec 1, 1937

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PAYMENTS - ADVANCE - THIRD DECENNIAL INDEX TO CHEMICAL ABSTRACTS PAYMENT FOR THE THIRD DECENNIAL INDEX TO CHEMICAL ABSTRACTS IS NOT AUTHORIZED IN ADVANCE OF THE DELIVERY OF ITS SEVERAL VOLUMES. AS SUCH PUBLICATION IS NOT A NEWSPAPER. YOU REQUEST DECISION WHETHER PAYMENT THEREON IS AUTHORIZED IN ADVANCE OF DELIVERY. IT DOES NOT APPEAR THAT THE PUBLICATIONS HERE SOUGHT ARE EITHER NEWSPAPERS. AS THE PUBLICATION IN QUESTION IS NEITHER A NEWSPAPER. PAYMENT ON THE VOUCHER IN ADVANCE OF DELIVERY IS NOT AUTHORIZED. THE VOUCHER IS RETURNED.

A-90102, DECEMBER 1, 1937, 17 COMP. GEN. 455

PAYMENTS - ADVANCE - THIRD DECENNIAL INDEX TO CHEMICAL ABSTRACTS PAYMENT FOR THE THIRD DECENNIAL INDEX TO CHEMICAL ABSTRACTS IS NOT AUTHORIZED IN ADVANCE OF THE DELIVERY OF ITS SEVERAL VOLUMES, AS SUCH PUBLICATION IS NOT A NEWSPAPER, MAGAZINE, OR PERIODICAL WITHIN THE EXCEPTION PROVIDED BY THE ACT OF JUNE 12, 1930, 46 STAT. 580, FROM THE PROHIBITION IN SECTION 3648, REVISED STATUTES, AGAINST PAYMENT FROM APPROPRIATED FUNDS FOR SERVICES OR SUPPLIES IN ADVANCE OF THE RENDITION OF SUCH SERVICES OR THE DELIVERY OF SUCH SUPPLIES, AND AS THE INVOLVED APPROPRIATION, AIR CORPS, ARMY, 1938, ACT OF JULY 1, 1937, 50 STAT. 455, PROVIDING FOR THE PURCHASE OF TEXTBOOKS, BOOKS OF REFERENCE, SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL PAPERS, PUBLICATIONS, ETC., DOES NOT EXCEPT SUCH PUBLICATIONS FROM SAID PROHIBITION.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO CAPTAIN JOHN F. CONNELL, UNITED STATES ARMY, DECEMBER 1, 1937:

YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 12, 1937, FORWARDED VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY FOR $50, COVERING PAYMENT FOR ONE SET (5 VOLUMES) OF THE THIRD DECENNIAL INDEX TO CHEMICAL ABSTRACTS, TWO VOLUMES TO BE DELIVERED DECEMBER 1, 1937, AND THREE VOLUMES DECEMBER 1, 1938. YOU REQUEST DECISION WHETHER PAYMENT THEREON IS AUTHORIZED IN ADVANCE OF DELIVERY.

SECTION 3648, REVISED STATUTES, PROHIBITS PAYMENT FROM APPROPRIATED FUNDS FOR SERVICES OR SUPPLIES IN ADVANCE OF THE RENDITION OF SUCH SERVICES OR THE DELIVERY OF SUCH SUPPLIES. THE ACT OF JUNE 12, 1930, 46 STAT. 580, EXCEPTS FROM THE PROHIBITION ADVANCE PAYMENTS FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS TO NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, AND PERIODICALS. HOWEVER, IT DOES NOT APPEAR THAT THE PUBLICATIONS HERE SOUGHT ARE EITHER NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, OR PERIODICALS. THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE AIR CORPS, ARMY, 1938, ACT OF JULY 1, 1937, PUBLIC 176, 50 STAT. 455, CONTAINS SPECIFIC PROVISION FOR TEXTBOOKS, BOOKS OF REFERENCE, SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL PAPERS, PUBLICATIONS AND STATION LIBRARIES, BUT I FIND NO PROVISION THEREIN EXCEPTING THE PURCHASE OF SUCH PUBLICATIONS FROM THE PROHIBITION IN SECTION 3648, REVISED STATUTES, AGAINST ADVANCE PAYMENT.

AS THE PUBLICATION IN QUESTION IS NEITHER A NEWSPAPER, PERIODICAL, NOR MAGAZINE, PAYMENT ON THE VOUCHER IN ADVANCE OF DELIVERY IS NOT AUTHORIZED. THE VOUCHER IS RETURNED.