B-150530, JAN. 28, 1963

B-150530: Jan 28, 1963

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THE ANNETTE ISLAND AIRPORT WAS CONSTRUCTED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DURING WORLD WAR II AND IS PRESENTLY UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION AGENCY. THAT CONSTRUCTION OF SUITABLE QUARTERS FOR SUCH PERSONNEL AND THEIR DEPENDENTS IS UNLIKELY PRIOR TO JULY 1. PENDING CONSTRUCTION OF ADEQUATE QUARTERS IT IS PROPOSED TO HOUSE COAST GUARD PERSONNEL AND THEIR DEPENDENTS IN THE APARTMENTS WHICH THE FEDERAL AVIATION AGENCY HAS OFFERED PURSUANT TO THE INTERAGENCY SERVICE AUTHORITY OF SECTION 601 OF THE ECONOMY ACT. YOU ARE ADVISED WE PERCEIVE NO OBJECTION TO THE TEMPORARY HOUSING ARRANGEMENT UNDER CONSIDERATION. WE ARE OF THE VIEW THAT THE BASIC ALLOWANCE FOR QUARTERS AND THE HOUSING ALLOWANCES WOULD NOT BE FOR PAYMENT TO COAST GUARD PERSONNEL ASSIGNED QUARTERS AT THE ANNETTE ISLAND AIRPORT.

B-150530, JAN. 28, 1963

TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY:

IN A LETTER DATED DECEMBER 20, 1962, THE HONORABLE JAMES A. REED, ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, PRESENTED FOR OUR CONSIDERATION THE PROPRIETY OF A PROPOSED AGREEMENT, UNDER SECTION 601 OF THE ECONOMY ACT OF JUNE 30, 1932 (31 U.S.C. 686), WHEREBY THE FEDERAL AVIATION AGENCY WOULD MAKE AVAILABLE TO THE COAST GUARD A LIMITED NUMBER OF ONE-BEDROOM FURNISHED APARTMENTS, INCLUDING HEAT, ELECTRICITY, WATER AND MAINTENANCE, AT THE ANNETTE ISLAND AIRPORT, ALASKA, FOR THE PURPOSE OF HOUSING COAST GUARD PERSONNEL AND THEIR DEPENDENTS.

THE ANNETTE ISLAND AIRPORT WAS CONSTRUCTED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DURING WORLD WAR II AND IS PRESENTLY UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION AGENCY. THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY STATES PERSONNEL OF THE COAST GUARD AIR DETACHMENT, ANNETTE ISLAND, ALASKA, DUE TO A CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF PRIVATE HOUSING, TEMPORARILY OCCUPY WHOLLY INADEQUATE HOUSING, AND THAT CONSTRUCTION OF SUITABLE QUARTERS FOR SUCH PERSONNEL AND THEIR DEPENDENTS IS UNLIKELY PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1964. PENDING CONSTRUCTION OF ADEQUATE QUARTERS IT IS PROPOSED TO HOUSE COAST GUARD PERSONNEL AND THEIR DEPENDENTS IN THE APARTMENTS WHICH THE FEDERAL AVIATION AGENCY HAS OFFERED PURSUANT TO THE INTERAGENCY SERVICE AUTHORITY OF SECTION 601 OF THE ECONOMY ACT.

YOU ARE ADVISED WE PERCEIVE NO OBJECTION TO THE TEMPORARY HOUSING ARRANGEMENT UNDER CONSIDERATION, NOR TO THE COAST GUARD'S REIMBURSING THE FEDERAL AVIATION AGENCY, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 601, THE COSTS INCURRED BY THE LATTER IN THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE HOUSING FURNISHED.

THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY ALSO INQUIRED REGARDING THE PAYMENT OF THE BASIC ALLOWANCE FOR QUARTERS AND HOUSING ALLOWANCES TO COAST GUARD PERSONNEL ASSIGNED THE QUARTERS MADE AVAILABLE TO THE COAST GUARD BY THE FEDERAL AVIATION AGENCY.

THE COAST GUARD'S PROCUREMENT OF THE APARTMENTS FROM THE FEDERAL AVIATION AGENCY APPEARS VALID ONLY IN THE CONTEXT OF THEIR ASSIGNMENT BY THE COAST GUARD AS GOVERNMENT QUARTERS IN LIEU OF OTHERWISE PAYABLE QUARTERS AND HOUSING ALLOWANCES. CONSEQUENTLY, WE ARE OF THE VIEW THAT THE BASIC ALLOWANCE FOR QUARTERS AND THE HOUSING ALLOWANCES WOULD NOT BE FOR PAYMENT TO COAST GUARD PERSONNEL ASSIGNED QUARTERS AT THE ANNETTE ISLAND AIRPORT.