Survey of Procurement Practices in the Army Ordnance Corps

B-118030: Jul 23, 1954

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During a course of a recent examination of the accounts and records of the Rock Island Arsenal at Rock Island, Illinois, in connection with a survey of procurement practices in the Army Ordnance Corps, the following facts were disclosed. Under date of December 5, 1905, the then Secretary of War executed a license to an organization known as the rock Island Arsenal Golf Club. Under the terms of the license, the club members were authorized to use a golf course previously constructed on the Arsenal grounds, and to erect a club building on the site for the exclusive use of the members. The license is silent with respect to the payment by the club of any fee or other monetary consideration to the United States for the property occupied.

This Office is of the view that the authority of the Secretary to execute the subject license in connection with the property here involved is not free from doubt. The Rock Island Golf Club has now been extended a five-year revocable license, citing as authority the act of August 5, 1947.