B-135404, APR. 18, 1958

B-135404: Apr 18, 1958

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DURING A PERIOD OF WHAT WAS UNDERSTOOD TO BE FORMALIZED TRAINING. THE GENERAL QUESTION RAISED BY THAT SUPPOSED SITUATION WAS WHETHER APPROPRIATED FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THE EMPLOYMENT OF CONSULTANTS ARE AVAILABLE TO TRAIN OR OTHERWISE QUALIFY CONSULTANTS FOR THE DUTIES WHICH THEY ARE EMPLOYED TO PERFORM. IF THAT HAD BEEN THE QUESTION WE BELIEVE WE WOULD HAVE BEEN REQUIRED TO ANSWER IT IN THE NEGATIVE. ONLY SO MUCH AS WOULD SERVE TO ACQUAINT HIM WITH THE FUNCTIONS AND ORGANIZATION OF YOUR AGENCY SO THAT HE MIGHT BETTER BRING TO BEAR HIS SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE IN THE FIELD FOR WHICH HIS SERVICES WERE ENGAGED. THE NEED FOR A CONSULTANT IN THE GOVERNMENT SERVICE TO FAMILIARIZE HIMSELF WITH THE PROBLEMS PECULIAR TO THE AGENCY WITH WHICH HE IS EMPLOYED.

B-135404, APR. 18, 1958

TO THE HONORABLE GEORGE V. ALLEN, DIRECTOR, UNITED STATES INFORMATION AGENCY:

WE REFER TO YOUR GENERAL COUNSEL'S LETTER OF APRIL 1, 1958, REPLYING TO OURS OF MARCH 14, CONCERNING THE PAYMENT OF SALARY TO MR. MARVIN H. COX, A CONSULTANT WITH YOUR AGENCY, DURING A PERIOD OF WHAT WAS UNDERSTOOD TO BE FORMALIZED TRAINING.

THE GENERAL QUESTION RAISED BY THAT SUPPOSED SITUATION WAS WHETHER APPROPRIATED FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THE EMPLOYMENT OF CONSULTANTS ARE AVAILABLE TO TRAIN OR OTHERWISE QUALIFY CONSULTANTS FOR THE DUTIES WHICH THEY ARE EMPLOYED TO PERFORM. IF THAT HAD BEEN THE QUESTION WE BELIEVE WE WOULD HAVE BEEN REQUIRED TO ANSWER IT IN THE NEGATIVE.

THE GENERAL COUNSEL'S LETTER, HOWEVER, EXPLAINS THAT MR. COX DID NOT TAKE A COMPLETE COURSE IN FORMALIZED TRAINING, BUT ONLY SO MUCH AS WOULD SERVE TO ACQUAINT HIM WITH THE FUNCTIONS AND ORGANIZATION OF YOUR AGENCY SO THAT HE MIGHT BETTER BRING TO BEAR HIS SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE IN THE FIELD FOR WHICH HIS SERVICES WERE ENGAGED.

WE RECOGNIZE, AS A PRACTICAL MATTER, THE NEED FOR A CONSULTANT IN THE GOVERNMENT SERVICE TO FAMILIARIZE HIMSELF WITH THE PROBLEMS PECULIAR TO THE AGENCY WITH WHICH HE IS EMPLOYED, BUT WE MUST TAKE A MORE RESTRICTIVE VIEW REGARDING THE PARTICIPATION OF CONSULTANTS IN ANY FORMALIZED ORIENTATION OR TRAINING WHICH GENERALLY IS GIVEN ONLY TO THE REGULAR EMPLOYEES WHO PERFORM THE ACTUAL WORK OF THE AGENCY.

IN VIEW OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL'S EXPLANATION, THE EXCEPTIONS TAKEN TO THE PAYMENTS TO MR. COX ..END :