B-162968, JAN. 12, 1968

B-162968: Jan 12, 1968

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EXPENSE OF ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION TO EMPLOYEES' WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST WHICH IS USED AS PART OF EMPLOYEE RELATIONS PROGRAM MAY BE VIEWED AS EXPENSE INCIDENT TO MANAGEMENT OF A NATIONAL PARK AND THEREFORE PAYMENT FOR THE SUBSCRIPTION FROM APPROPRIATED FUNDS IS PROPER. BOULAND: THIS IS IN REPLY TO YOUR REQUEST OF NOVEMBER 14. IT APPEARS THE WEEKLY PUBLICATION WAS SUBSCRIBED TO FOR USE BY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE EMPLOYEES AT GLACIER NATIONAL PARK. THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER AT THE NATIONAL PARK STATES: "THE EMPLOYEES' NEWS DIGEST IS PURCHASED IN ORDER TO KEEP ALL PARK EMPLOYEES INFORMED ON CURRENT MATTERS PERTAINING TO FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT AND BENEFITS AND IS USED AS A PART OF OUR EMPLOYEE RELATIONS PROGRAM.'.

B-162968, JAN. 12, 1968

PERIODICALS - SUBSCRIPTION DECISION TO CERTIFYING OFFICER OF NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AUTHORIZING SUBSCRIPTION TO WEEKLY PUBLICATION FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' NEWS DIGEST. EXPENSE OF ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION TO EMPLOYEES' WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST WHICH IS USED AS PART OF EMPLOYEE RELATIONS PROGRAM MAY BE VIEWED AS EXPENSE INCIDENT TO MANAGEMENT OF A NATIONAL PARK AND THEREFORE PAYMENT FOR THE SUBSCRIPTION FROM APPROPRIATED FUNDS IS PROPER.

TO MR. HARLIE M. BOULAND:

THIS IS IN REPLY TO YOUR REQUEST OF NOVEMBER 14, 1967 (F4215 MWR (ABF) (, PURSUANT TO 31 U.S.C. 82D, FOR OUR DECISION ON WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT A VOUCHER IN THE AMOUNT OF $7, THE COST OF AN ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION TO THE WEEKLY PUBLICATION FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' NEWS DIGEST.

IT APPEARS THE WEEKLY PUBLICATION WAS SUBSCRIBED TO FOR USE BY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE EMPLOYEES AT GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA. THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER AT THE NATIONAL PARK STATES: "THE EMPLOYEES' NEWS DIGEST IS PURCHASED IN ORDER TO KEEP ALL PARK EMPLOYEES INFORMED ON CURRENT MATTERS PERTAINING TO FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT AND BENEFITS AND IS USED AS A PART OF OUR EMPLOYEE RELATIONS PROGRAM.'

WHILE THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' NEWS DIGEST IS A COMMERCIAL PUBLICATION WHOSE STATED PURPOSE IS TO BRING "FEDERAL AND POSTAL EMPLOYEES THE UP TO- THE-MINUTE NEWS ABOUT THEIR JOBS AND BENEFITS," AND THUS IT MAY BE VIEWED AS ESSENTIALLY AN EMPLOYEE ORIENTED PUBLICATION, THE ADOPTION OF THE PUBLICATION FOR OFFICIAL USE IN ADVANCING A VALID ADMINISTRATIVE PURPOSE IS NOT THEREBY PRECLUDED.

IN LIGHT OF THE STATEMENT OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER AT GLACIER NATIONAL PARK THAT THE PUBLICATION IS USED AS A PART OF THEIR EMPLOYEE RELATIONS PROGRAM, THE ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION TO THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' NEWS DIGEST MAY BE VIEWED AS AN EXPENSE INCIDENT TO THE MANAGEMENT OF A NATIONAL PARK, AND THUS FOR PAYMENT OUT OF THE APPROPRIATION MANAGEMENT AND PROTECTION, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.