B-112094, OCTOBER 9, 1952, 32 COMP. GEN. 176

B-112094: Oct 9, 1952

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CERTIFICATES - EFFECT OF GENERAL CERTIFICATE ON VOUCHERS AND INVOICES THE APPROVED GENERAL CERTIFICATE " I CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE BILL IS CORRECT AND JUST AND THAT PAYMENT THEREFOR HAS NOT BEEN RECEIVED. 1952: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 26. UNDER PURCHASE ORDER NO. 1249-53-TX-S-1 PARAGRAPH 2 OF THE SPECIAL CONDITIONS ATTACHED TO AND MADE APPLICABLE TO THE PURCHASE ORDER IS AS FOLLOWS: RATES OR CHARGES MADE FOR SERVICE AND PARTS SHALL NOT EXCEED THAT CHARGED THE GENERAL PUBLIC AT THE PLACE NAMED IN THE PURCHASE ORDER AT THE TIME THE SERVICE AND PARTS ARE FURNISHED. YOU REQUEST TO BE ADVISED WHETHER THE QUOTED PROVISION WILL NECESSITATE THE SUBMISSION BY THE CONTRACTOR OF AN ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATE SHOWING THAT THE PRICES CHARGED IN THE PRESENT MATTER DO NOT EXCEED THOSE CHARGED THE GENERAL PUBLIC OR WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY THE BILLING IN ITS PRESENT FORM ON THE BASIS OF THE FOLLOWING CERTIFICATE.

B-112094, OCTOBER 9, 1952, 32 COMP. GEN. 176

CERTIFICATES - EFFECT OF GENERAL CERTIFICATE ON VOUCHERS AND INVOICES THE APPROVED GENERAL CERTIFICATE " I CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE BILL IS CORRECT AND JUST AND THAT PAYMENT THEREFOR HAS NOT BEEN RECEIVED," WHICH APPEARS ON AN INVOICE CERTIFIES TO THE CORRECTNESS OF ALL FACTS UPON WHICH THE INVOICE DEPENDS, INCLUDING CONTRACT OR PURCHASE ORDER REQUIREMENTS, AND THEREFORE, A CONTRACT PROVISION THAT RATES OR CHARGES FOR AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES AND PARTS SHALL NOT EXCEED THOSE CHARGED THE GENERAL PUBLIC DOES NOT REQUIRE AN ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATE TO THAT EFFECT.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL WARREN TO EDWARD B. GARVEY, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, OCTOBER 9, 1952:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 26, 1952, WITH WHICH YOU FORWARDED CERTAIN BILLS OF THE LAUBHAN MOTOR COMPANY IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF $37.12, COVERING AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES AND REPAIR PARTS FURNISHED THE SOIL CONSERVATION SERVICE FOR TWO AUTOMOBILES DURING JULY AND AUGUST 1952, UNDER PURCHASE ORDER NO. 1249-53-TX-S-1 PARAGRAPH 2 OF THE SPECIAL CONDITIONS ATTACHED TO AND MADE APPLICABLE TO THE PURCHASE ORDER IS AS FOLLOWS:

RATES OR CHARGES MADE FOR SERVICE AND PARTS SHALL NOT EXCEED THAT CHARGED THE GENERAL PUBLIC AT THE PLACE NAMED IN THE PURCHASE ORDER AT THE TIME THE SERVICE AND PARTS ARE FURNISHED.

YOU REQUEST TO BE ADVISED WHETHER THE QUOTED PROVISION WILL NECESSITATE THE SUBMISSION BY THE CONTRACTOR OF AN ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATE SHOWING THAT THE PRICES CHARGED IN THE PRESENT MATTER DO NOT EXCEED THOSE CHARGED THE GENERAL PUBLIC OR WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY THE BILLING IN ITS PRESENT FORM ON THE BASIS OF THE FOLLOWING CERTIFICATE, AS PRESCRIBED IN 29 COMP. GEN. 574, WHICH APPEARS ON THE INVOICE: " I CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE BILL IS CORRECT AND JUST AND THAT PAYMENT THEREFOR HAS NOT BEEN RECEIVED.' SIGNING THE CERTIFICATE THE PAYEE NECESSARILY CERTIFIES TO THE CORRECTNESS OF ALL FACTS UPON WHICH THE INVOICE DEPENDS, INCLUDING CONTRACT OR PURCHASE ORDER REQUIREMENTS. HENCE, THE CERTIFICATE MAY BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT A FURTHER SHOWING AS ESTABLISHING THAT THE RATES OR CHARGES, AS STATED ON THE CERTIFIED INVOICE DO NOT EXCEED THOSE CHARGED THE GENERAL PUBLIC AT THE PLACE NAMED IN THE PURCHASE ORDER AT THE TIME THE SERVICES AND PARTS WERE FURNISHED.