B-145084, MAR. 21, 1961

B-145084: Mar 21, 1961

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YOU SAY THAT THE ORDER WAS PLACED TO FURNISH THE OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT POSTMASTER GENERAL FOR FACILITIES. THAT HE HAS THEREFORE DETERMINED THAT THE EXPENSE IS NECESSARY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT. THAT THE SET WILL BE RECORDED ON THE DEPARTMENT'S PROPERTY RECORDS AND PROPER ACCOUNTABILITY THEREFOR WILL BE MAINTAINED. 000 WAS REQUESTED IN THE 1961 BUDGET JUSTIFICATION. IT HAS BEEN ADMINISTRATIVELY DETERMINED THAT THE PURCHASE OF THE TELEVISION SET IS A NECESSARY EXPENSE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT. AN APPROPRIATION IN GENERAL TERMS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE IS AVAILABLE FOR EXPENDITURES NECESSARY TO ACCOMPLISH THAT PURPOSE EXCEPT AS TO EXPENDITURES IN CONTRAVENTION OF SOME STATUTORY PROVISION OR FOR WHICH OTHER APPROPRIATIONS ARE SPECIFICALLY AVAILABLE.

B-145084, MAR. 21, 1961

TO AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, BUREAU OF FINANCE, POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT:

BY LETTER DATED FEBRUARY 10, 1961 (REFERENCE APA:TBJ:PW), YOU TRANSMITTED AN INVOICE IN THE AMOUNT OF $143.82 COVERING ONE TELEVISION SET DRAWN IN FAVOR OF FRANK W. WALKER, MOTOROLA C AND E, INC., 1120 CONNECTICUT AVENUE, N.W., WASHINGTON 6, D.C., AND REQUESTED OUR DECISION AS TO THE PROPRIETY OF PAYMENT THEREOF.

YOU SAY THAT THE ORDER WAS PLACED TO FURNISH THE OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT POSTMASTER GENERAL FOR FACILITIES; THAT THE CHIEF OF PROCUREMENT REGARDS THIS ITEM AS BEING AN APPROPRIATE FURNISHING FOR THE OFFICE OF A PRESIDENTIALLY APPOINTED ASSISTANT HEAD OF A DEPARTMENT AND A NECESSARY MEANS OF KEEPING CURRENT WITH THE NEWS OF THE DAY AFFECTING THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT INCLUDING PRESIDENTIAL PRESS CONFERENCES; THAT HE HAS THEREFORE DETERMINED THAT THE EXPENSE IS NECESSARY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT; AND THAT THE SET WILL BE RECORDED ON THE DEPARTMENT'S PROPERTY RECORDS AND PROPER ACCOUNTABILITY THEREFOR WILL BE MAINTAINED.

YOU ALSO SAY THAT THE PAYMENT WOULD BE CHARGED AGAINST THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT'S APPROPRIATION, ADMINISTRATION, REGIONAL OPERATION AND RESEARCH, AUTHORIZED UNDER PUBLIC LAW 86-561, APPROVED JUNE 30, 1960, 74 STAT. 287, AND THAT THIS APPROPRIATION FINANCES ALL PURCHASES OF FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT FOR THE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, FOR WHICH PURPOSE $200,000 WAS REQUESTED IN THE 1961 BUDGET JUSTIFICATION.

AS STATED ABOVE, IT HAS BEEN ADMINISTRATIVELY DETERMINED THAT THE PURCHASE OF THE TELEVISION SET IS A NECESSARY EXPENSE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT, AND IT WOULD APPEAR TO BE AN EXPENSE WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF THE GENERAL APPROPRIATION PROVISION CITED ABOVE. AS HAS OFTEN BEEN STATED, AN APPROPRIATION IN GENERAL TERMS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE IS AVAILABLE FOR EXPENDITURES NECESSARY TO ACCOMPLISH THAT PURPOSE EXCEPT AS TO EXPENDITURES IN CONTRAVENTION OF SOME STATUTORY PROVISION OR FOR WHICH OTHER APPROPRIATIONS ARE SPECIFICALLY AVAILABLE.

IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES PRESENTED WE WOULD NOT BE REQUIRED TO OBJECT TO THE USE OF THE APPROPRIATION IN QUESTION FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE OBLIGATION INCURRED IN THE PURCHASE OF THE TELEVISION SET. ACCORDINGLY, THE INVOICE WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT.