B-132982, MAR. 10, 1958

B-132982: Mar 10, 1958

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TO THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY: THERE ARE TRANSMITTED HEREWITH TWO COPIES OF A REPORT OF OUR INVESTIGATION INTO THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PATIO APPURTENANT TO THE OFFICIAL QUARTERS OF CAPTAIN A. THE INVESTIGATION WAS BASED UPON INFORMATION THAT EXPENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE TO THE AREA IN QUESTION. THE FINDINGS SHOW THAT THE WORK WAS DONE UNDER A LOCALLY ISSUED JOB ORDER ENTITLED "EROSION CONTROL AND LANDSCAPING OF BLUFF ALONG LAKE FRONT. " AND WAS CHARGED TO THE APPROPRIATION "NAVAL PERSONNEL. THE TOTAL COST OF THE IMPROVEMENTS AS RECORDED UNDER THE STANDING JOB ORDER WAS APPROXIMATELY $12. IT APPEARS TO US THAT UNDER NAVY REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES THE WORK PROPERLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED AS "MINOR NEW CONSTRUCTION.

B-132982, MAR. 10, 1958

TO THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY:

THERE ARE TRANSMITTED HEREWITH TWO COPIES OF A REPORT OF OUR INVESTIGATION INTO THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PATIO APPURTENANT TO THE OFFICIAL QUARTERS OF CAPTAIN A. C. BURROWS, USN, COMMANDANT, GREAT LAKES NAVAL TRAINING CENTER, ILLINOIS. THE INVESTIGATION WAS BASED UPON INFORMATION THAT EXPENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE TO THE AREA IN QUESTION, AND THAT THE WORK HAD BEEN ORDERED AND ACCOUNTED FOR AS A SOIL EROSION PROJECT.

THE FINDINGS SHOW THAT THE WORK WAS DONE UNDER A LOCALLY ISSUED JOB ORDER ENTITLED "EROSION CONTROL AND LANDSCAPING OF BLUFF ALONG LAKE FRONT," AND WAS CHARGED TO THE APPROPRIATION "NAVAL PERSONNEL, GENERAL EXPENSES.' THE TOTAL COST OF THE IMPROVEMENTS AS RECORDED UNDER THE STANDING JOB ORDER WAS APPROXIMATELY $12,500.

FROM A REVIEW OF THE MATTER, IT APPEARS TO US THAT UNDER NAVY REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES THE WORK PROPERLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED AS "MINOR NEW CONSTRUCTION," RATHER THAN "MAINTENANCE," AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE BUREAU OF NAVAL PERSONNEL FOR APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL. WHILE CHARGES OF EITHER NATURE OR TYPE WOULD BE PAYABLE UNDER THE APPROPRIATION "NAVAL PERSONNEL, GENERAL EXPENSES," SERIOUS QUESTIONS DO ARISE AS TO WHETHER THE COST OF THE WORK REPRESENTS AN AUTHORIZED AND APPROVED CHARGE TO THE APPROPRIATION, AND, IF NOT, WHETHER THE MATTER WARRANTS CORRECTIVE AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

A STATEMENT OF THE NAVY DEPARTMENT'S POSITION ON THE MATTER AND ADVICE OF ANY ACTION TAKEN ..END :