Hiring of Contractors to Furnish Horses for Government Employee Use

B-31352: Feb 22, 1943

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Due to the rubber shortage and rationing of gasoline, the Department of Agriculture was investigating alternative ways to allow employees of the Farm Security Administration to make periodic visits to the Administration's borrowers. The Secretary of Agriculture asked for GAO's opinion on whether the Farm Security Administration could contract with its employees for the furnishing of saddle horses for use at a stipulated price per day.

GAO determined that unless the employees were employed under an authorization to employ by contract or otherwise at such rates fixed by the Secretary of Agriculture, there was no authority to reimburse them on any other basis than for expenses actually incurred by them in furnishing such means of transportation as may be required in the performacne of their official duties.