Building Alteration Costs Subject to Monetary Limitations

B-151369: Nov 15, 1963

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The Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture, substantially altered a building owned and maintained by the agency, to provide an additional laboratory for research purposes. The agency did not consider the alterations are subject to the monetary limitations imposed by Congress in the agency's appropriations acts.

The agency's action in altering this structure for the purpose of constructing a laboratory without specific authority was unlawful. Inasmuch as the estimated completion date for the laboratory was June 1963, it is assumed that the alteration and construction have been completed and the new laboratory is an accomplished fact. Therefore, aside from reporting the matter to the Congress, no other action is considered necessary at this time.