B-138841, SEP. 18, 1959

B-138841: Sep 18, 1959

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SUBJECT TO FUTURE REVISION IF IT SUBSEQUENTLY WERE DETERMINED THAT THE REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS WERE BEING AUGMENTED.

B-138841, SEP. 18, 1959

TO THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE:

BY LETTER OF FEBRUARY 17, 1959, THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF COMMERCE REQUESTED OUR DECISION AS TO THE PROPRIETY OF PAYING REGULAR CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES OF THE WEATHER BUREAU DIRECTLY FROM THE TRUST FUND ESTABLISHED BY 15 U.S.C. 192 FOR INTERMITTENT SERVICES PERFORMED ON PROJECTS FINANCED BY THE TRUST FUND.

OUR DECISION OF APRIL 23, 1952, B-107662, TO THE THEN SECRETARY OF COMMERCE AUTHORIZED THE BUREAU OF THE CENSUS TO PAY REGULAR CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES DIRECTLY FROM THE TRUST FUND UNDER APPARENTLY IDENTICAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND PROCEDURES, SUBJECT TO FUTURE REVISION IF IT SUBSEQUENTLY WERE DETERMINED THAT THE REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS WERE BEING AUGMENTED. HENCE, AUTHORITY IS LIKEWISE GRANTED TO THE WEATHER BUREAU TO PAY ITS REGULAR CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES DIRECTLY FROM THE TRUST FUND FOR INTERMITTENT SERVICES PERFORMED ON TRUST FUND PROJECTS, SUBJECT TO THE SAME SAFEGUARDS AND CONDITIONS AS PERTAINED TO OUR DECISION OF APRIL 23, 1952, SUPRA. ..END :