B-109207, MAY 29, 1952, 31 COMP. GEN. 623

B-109207: May 29, 1952

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FOREST SERVICE" IS AVAILABLE FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE EXPENSES INCURRED BY AN EMPLOYEE OF THE FOREST SERVICE IN ATTENDING A COURSE OF INSTRUCTION OF BRIEF DURATION AT A UNIVERSITY FOR TRAINING IN IDENTIFICATION AND GRADING OF HARDWOOD LUMBER INCIDENT TO HIS OFFICIAL DUTIES. 1952: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED MARCH 31. IT IS STATED THAT UNDER THE MCSWEENEY-MCNARY ACT. AS THE NEED FOR THIS TRAINING AROSE FROM EXPANSION OF AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES OF THE FOREST SERVICE AND AS THE TRAINING WAS OF A LIMITED DURATION. THE VOUCHER IS RETURNED HEREWITH AND MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT.

B-109207, MAY 29, 1952, 31 COMP. GEN. 623

OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES - TRAINING - SCHOOLS - PERSONAL V. GOVERNMENT EXPENSE THE APPROPRIATION " SALARY AND EXPENSES, FOREST SERVICE" IS AVAILABLE FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE EXPENSES INCURRED BY AN EMPLOYEE OF THE FOREST SERVICE IN ATTENDING A COURSE OF INSTRUCTION OF BRIEF DURATION AT A UNIVERSITY FOR TRAINING IN IDENTIFICATION AND GRADING OF HARDWOOD LUMBER INCIDENT TO HIS OFFICIAL DUTIES.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL YATES TO REED H. JENSEN, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, MAY 29, 1952:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED MARCH 31, 1952, FILE NO. A DISBURSEMENT VOUCHERS TRAVEL, RECEIVED HERE APRIL 17, 1952, REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT THE VOUCHER THEREWITH FORWARDED COVERING REIMBURSEMENT TO FRANK W. KELSO, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE FOREST SERVICE, FOR A REGISTRATION FEE OF $20 AND PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE OF $40.50 INCURRED IN ATTENDING A COURSE OF INSTRUCTION SPONSORED BY PURDUE UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS FOR TRAINING IN IDENTIFICATION AND GRADING OF HARDWOOD LUMBER.

IT IS STATED THAT UNDER THE MCSWEENEY-MCNARY ACT, 45 STAT. 701, 16 U.S.C. 581A-I, THE CENTRAL STATES FOREST EXPERIMENT STATION HAS RECENTLY EXPANDED ITS EXPERIMENTAL LOGGING RESEARCH ACTIVITIES AT THE KASKASKIA EXPERIMENTAL FOREST TO INCLUDE EXPERIMENTAL SAWMILLING WHICH RESULTED IN THE URGENT NEED FOR EMPLOYEES WITH TRAINING IN THE SUBJECTS INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE COURSE AND THAT THE DIRECTOR OF THAT STATION INSTRUCTED MR. KELSO TO ATTEND THIS COURSE INCIDENT TO HIS OFFICIAL DUTIES.

AS THE NEED FOR THIS TRAINING AROSE FROM EXPANSION OF AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES OF THE FOREST SERVICE AND AS THE TRAINING WAS OF A LIMITED DURATION, THE APPROPRIATION OF THAT SERVICE AVAILABLE FOR SUCH EXPANDED ACTIVITY--- UNDERSTOOD TO BE " SALARIES AND EXPENSES, FOREST SERVICE, 1952 (1221100)"--- MAY BE CONSIDERED AVAILABLE FOR PAYMENT OF THE TRAINING COSTS HERE IN QUESTION.

THE VOUCHER IS RETURNED HEREWITH AND MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT, IF OTHERWISE CORRECT.