B-5045, AUGUST 5, 1939, 19 COMP. GEN. 162

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ARE FOR REIMBURSEMENT TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE FROM THE FISCAL YEAR 1940 COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY APPROPRIATION FOR " PAY OF OFFICERS AND MEN ON VESSELS" RATHER THAN " PAY. " IT APPEARING THAT THE LATTER APPROPRIATION IS MADE FOR COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY OFFICERS AND THAT THE FORMER APPROPRIATION IS THE ONE WHICH WILL RECEIVE THE BENEFIT FROM THE SERVICES TO BE PERFORMED BY THE DETAILED OFFICERS. 1939: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF JULY 20. IS IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED THAT THE DEPARTMENT BE ADVISED IF THE PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF THESE MEDICAL OFFICERS WHILE ON DUTY ON VESSELS OF THE COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY MAY BE REIMBURSED TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE FROM THE APPROPRIATION "1PAY OF OFFICERS AND MEN ON VESSELS.

B-5045, AUGUST 5, 1939, 19 COMP. GEN. 162

PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE - MEDICAL OFFICERS DETAILED WITH COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY - REIMBURSABLE EXPENDITURES APPROPRIATION AVAILABILITY TRAVELING EXPENSE, AND TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS, REIMBURSABLE EXPENDITURES IN CONNECTION WITH PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE MEDICAL OFFICERS DETAILED FOR DUTY ON VESSELS OF THE COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY UNDER ACT OF APRIL 26, 1939, PUBLIC, NO. 48, 53 STAT. 620, MAY BE REIMBURSED TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE FROM THE FISCAL YEAR 1940 APPROPRIATIONS FOR "1TRAVELING EXPENSES, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE," AND "1COASTAL SURVEYS, COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY," RESPECTIVELY. PAY AND ALLOWANCE EXPENDITURES IN CONNECTION WITH PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE MEDICAL OFFICERS DETAILED FOR DUTY ON VESSELS OF THE COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY UNDER ACT OF APRIL 26, 1939, PUBLIC, NO. 48, 53 STAT. 620, ARE FOR REIMBURSEMENT TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE FROM THE FISCAL YEAR 1940 COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY APPROPRIATION FOR " PAY OF OFFICERS AND MEN ON VESSELS" RATHER THAN " PAY, COMMISSIONED OFFICES," IT APPEARING THAT THE LATTER APPROPRIATION IS MADE FOR COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY OFFICERS AND THAT THE FORMER APPROPRIATION IS THE ONE WHICH WILL RECEIVE THE BENEFIT FROM THE SERVICES TO BE PERFORMED BY THE DETAILED OFFICERS.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, AUGUST 5, 1939:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF JULY 20, 1939, AS FOLLOWS:

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ON APRIL 26, 1939, APPROVED AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE ASSIGNMENT OF MEDICAL OFFICERS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE FOR DUTY ON VESSELS OF THE COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES--- H.R. 1776--- PUBLIC--- NO. 48--- 76TH CONGRESS, THE FIRST PARAGRAPH OF WHICH READS:

"BE IT ENACTED BY THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED, THAT UPON THE REQUEST OF THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY MAY DETAIL MEDICAL OFFICERS OF THE UNITED STATES PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE FOR DUTY ON VESSELS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY AND WHEN SO DETAILED THE PAY, ALLOWANCES, AND TRAVELING EXPENSES OF THESE OFFICERS SHALL BE REIMBURSED TO APPLICABLE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS.'

IS IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED THAT THE DEPARTMENT BE ADVISED IF THE PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF THESE MEDICAL OFFICERS WHILE ON DUTY ON VESSELS OF THE COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY MAY BE REIMBURSED TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE FROM THE APPROPRIATION "1PAY OF OFFICERS AND MEN ON VESSELS, COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY," THE TRANSPORTATION OF THEIR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS ON PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION FROM THE APPROPRIATION " COASTAL SURVEYS, COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY," AND THEIR TRAVELING EXPENSES FROM THE APPROPRIATION "1TRAVELING EXPENSES, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE.'

THE APPROPRIATION FOR,"1TRAVELING EXPENSES, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE" 1940, ACT OF JUNE 29, 1939, PUBLIC NO. 156, 53 STAT. 908, PROVIDES SPECIFICALLY,"1FOR ALL NECESSARY TRAVELING EXPENSES UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, INCLUDING ALL BUREAUS AND DIVISIONS THEREUNDER EXCEPT THE BUREAU OF THE CENSUS * * *.' THE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY IN THE SAME ACT, 53 STAT. 914, 915, AND 916, ARE MADE SPECIFICALLY---

FOR EVERY EXPENDITURE REQUISITE FOR AND INCIDENT TO THE WORK OF THE COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY, INCLUDING * * * PACKING, CRATING, AND TRANSPORTING PERSONAL HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS OF COMMISSIONED OFFICERS, WHEN TRANSFERRED FROM ONE OFFICIAL STATION TO ANOTHER FOR PERMANENT DUTY * * * TO BE EXPENDED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS RELATING TO THE COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY SUBSCRIBED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, AND UNDER THE FOLLOWING HEADS:

FIELD EXPENSES, COASTAL SURVEYS: FOR SURVEYS AND NECESSARY RESURVEYS OF COASTS ON THE ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC OCEANS AND THE GULF OF MEXICO UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES; CONTINUING RESEARCHES IN PHYSICAL HYDROGRAPHY RELATING TO HARBORS AND BARS, AND FOR TIDAL AND CURRENT OBSERVATIONS ON THE COASTS OF THE UNITED STATES OR OTHER COASTS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES; COMPILATION OF THE COAST PILOT, INCLUDING THE EMPLOYMENT OF PILOTS AND NAUTICAL EXPERTS; THE PREPARATION OR PURCHASE OF PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS OF VESSELS AND THE EMPLOYMENT OF HULL DRAFTSMEN; THE REIMBURSEMENT, UNDER RULES PRESCRIBED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, OF OFFICERS OF THE COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY FOR FOOD, CLOTHING, MEDICINES, AND OTHER SUPPLIES FURNISHED FOR THE TEMPORARY RELIEF OF DISTRESSED PERSONS IN REMOTE LOCALITIES AND TO SHIPWRECKED PERSONS TEMPORARILY PROVIDED FOR BY THEM, NOT TO EXCEED A TOTAL OF $500; ACTUAL NECESSARY EXPENSES OF OFFICERS OF THE FIELD FORCE TEMPORARILY ORDERED TO THE OFFICE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FOR CONSULTATION WITH THE DIRECTOR, AND NOT EXCEEDING $3,000 FOR SPECIAL SURVEYS THAT MAY BE REQUIRED BY THE BUREAU OF LIGHTHOUSES OR OTHER PROPER AUTHORITY, $348,000, OF WHICH AMOUNT NOT MORE THAN $21,200 MAY BE EXPENDED FOR PERSONAL SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

PAY OF OFFICERS AND MEN ON VESSELS: FOR ALL NECESSARY EMPLOYEES TO MAN AND EQUIP THE VESSELS, INCLUDING PROFESSIONAL SEAMEN SERVING AS MATES ON VESSELS OF THE SURVEY, TO EXECUTE THE WORK OF THE SURVEY HEREIN PROVIDED FOR AND AUTHORIZED BY LAW, $589,000.

PAY, COMMISSIONED OFFICERS: FOR PAY AND ALLOWANCES PRESCRIBED BY LAW FOR COMMISSIONED OFFICERS ON SEA DUTY AND OTHER DUTY, HOLDING RELATIVE RANK WITH OFFICERS OF THE NAVY, INCLUDING ONE DIRECTOR, SIX HYDROGRAPHIC AND GEODETIC ENGINEERS WITH RELATIVE RANK OF CAPTAIN, TEN HYDROGRAPHIC AND GEODETIC ENGINEERS WITH RELATIVE RANK OF LIEUTENANT COMMANDER, FORTY-SEVEN HYDROGRAPHIC AND GEODETIC ENGINEERS WITH RELATIVE RANK OF LIEUTENANT, SIXTY-ONE JUNIOR HYDROGRAPHIC AND GEODETIC ENGINEERS WITH RELATIVE RANK OF LIEUTENANT (JUNIOR GRADE), TWENTY-NINE AIDES WITH RELATIVE RANK OF ENSIGN, AND INCLUDING OFFICERS RETIRED IN ACCORDANCE WITH EXISTING LAW, $825,000: PROVIDED, THAT THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE MAY DESIGNATE ONE OF THE HYDROGRAPHIC AND GEODETIC ENGINEERS TO ACT AS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR.

IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT THE APPROPRIATION FOR TRAVEL EXPENSES OF THE DEPARTMENT IS SPECIFICALLY AVAILABLE FOR TRAVEL OF ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING THE BUREAUS AND DIVISIONS THEREOF, THAT APPROPRIATION APPEARS TO BE THE ONLY ONE AVAILABLE FOR REIMBURSING THE TRAVEL EXPENSES OF MEDICAL OFFICERS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE WHEN DETAILED TO COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY VESSELS. ALSO, REIMBURSEMENT OF THE COST OF THE AUTHORIZED TRANSPORTATION OF THEIR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS MAY BE MADE FROM THE APPROPRIATION FOR " COASTAL SURVEYS.'

THE APPROPRIATION TO BE USED FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE MEDICAL OFFICERS IS NOT SO CLEAR AS SUCH DETAILED OFFICERS WOULD DOUBTLESS BE COMMISSIONED OFFICERS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE AND, AS INDICATED ABOVE, THERE IS A SPECIFIC APPROPRIATION UNDER THE COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY FOR " PAY, COMMISSIONED OFFICERS.' HOWEVER, THAT APPROPRIATION APPEARS TO BE MADE SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF THE OFFICERS OF THE COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY THEREIN DESIGNATED AND IN ADDITION IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THE SERVICES RENDERED BY THE DETAILED OFFICERS ARE SERVICES WHICH BUT FOR THE DETAIL WOULD BE FOR PROCUREMENT UNDER THE APPROPRIATION "1PAY OF OFFICERS AND MEN ON VESSELS.' THEREFORE, SINCE THIS LATTER APPROPRIATION IS THE ONE WHICH WILL RECEIVE THE BENEFITS OF THE DETAIL IT SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH THE AMOUNTS REIMBURSED TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE FOR THE PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF MEDICAL OFFICERS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE DETAILED FOR DUTY ON VESSELS OF THE COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY UNDER THE ACT OF APRIL 26, 1939, PUBLIC, NO. 48, 53 STAT. 620.