B-5157, AUGUST 3, 1939, 19 COMP. GEN. 150

B-5157: Aug 3, 1939

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GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE - DECISIONS - REQUESTS BY DIRECTION OF DEPARTMENT OR AGENCY HEADS WHILE THERE IS NO OBJECTION TO THE PROCEDURE PROPOSED BY THE FEDERAL WORKS ADMINISTRATOR THAT REQUESTS FOR DECISIONS UNDER SECTION 8 OF THE ACT OF JULY 31. " NEVERTHELESS SUCH REQUESTS WILL BE CONSIDERED AS SUBMITTED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR AND DECISION RENDERED TO THE ADMINISTRATOR RATHER THAN TO THE COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS. 1939: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF JULY 24. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE BUSINESS OF BOTH THIS AGENCY AND THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE CAN BE EXPEDITED AS TO DECISIONS DESIRED ON MATTERS ARISING IN THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS ADMINISTRATION OF THIS AGENCY IF THE COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS CAN BE AUTHORIZED TO SIGN REQUESTS FOR DECISIONS ON MATTERS ARISING IN HIS OFFICE "BY DIRECTION OF THE FEDERAL WORKS ADMINISTRATOR.'.

B-5157, AUGUST 3, 1939, 19 COMP. GEN. 150

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE - DECISIONS - REQUESTS BY DIRECTION OF DEPARTMENT OR AGENCY HEADS WHILE THERE IS NO OBJECTION TO THE PROCEDURE PROPOSED BY THE FEDERAL WORKS ADMINISTRATOR THAT REQUESTS FOR DECISIONS UNDER SECTION 8 OF THE ACT OF JULY 31, 1894, 28 STAT. 207, AS AMENDED, AS TO MATTERS ARISING IN THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS ADMINISTRATION OF THAT AGENCY, BE SIGNED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS "BY DIRECTION OF THE FEDERAL WORKS ADMINISTRATOR," NEVERTHELESS SUCH REQUESTS WILL BE CONSIDERED AS SUBMITTED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR AND DECISION RENDERED TO THE ADMINISTRATOR RATHER THAN TO THE COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO THE FEDERAL WORKS ADMINISTRATOR, AUGUST 3, 1939:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF JULY 24, 1939, AS FOLLOWS:

THE MATTER OF THE PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED IN THIS AGENCY IN SUBMITTING REQUESTS TO YOU FOR DECISIONS UNDER SECTION 8 OF THE ACT OF JULY 31, 1894, 28 STAT. 207, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 304 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1921, 42 STAT. 24 ( U.S.C., TIT. 31, SEC. 74), HAS RECEIVED CONSIDERATION, AND IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE BUSINESS OF BOTH THIS AGENCY AND THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE CAN BE EXPEDITED AS TO DECISIONS DESIRED ON MATTERS ARISING IN THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS ADMINISTRATION OF THIS AGENCY IF THE COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS CAN BE AUTHORIZED TO SIGN REQUESTS FOR DECISIONS ON MATTERS ARISING IN HIS OFFICE "BY DIRECTION OF THE FEDERAL WORKS ADMINISTRATOR.' IN THIS RESPECT THE COMMISSIONER WOULD BE EXERCISING FUNCTIONS PERFORMED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1939, AS TO REQUESTS FOR DECISIONS ARISING OUT OF THE BUSINESS OF THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS BRANCH OF THE PROCUREMENT DIVISION.

IF THE PROCEDURE SUGGESTED ABOVE MEETS WITH YOUR APPROVAL, YOU MAY TREAT THIS LETTER AS AUTHORITY FOR THE COMMISSIONER TO SUBMIT REQUESTS FOR DECISIONS CONCERNING MATTER ARISING IN THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS ADMINISTRATION.

THE PROCEDURE YOU SUGGEST WILL BE ACCEPTABLE TO THIS OFFICE AND YOUR LETTER WILL BE CONSIDERED AS AUTHORIZING THE COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS TO SIGN " BY DIRECTION OF THE FEDERAL WORKS ADMINISTRATOR" REQUESTS FOR DECISIONS BY THIS OFFICE CONCERNING MATTERS RELATING TO THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS ADMINISTRATION. HOWEVER, SUCH REQUESTS WILL BE CONSIDERED AS SUBMISSIONS BY YOU AS HEAD OF THE ESTABLISHMENT--- THE FEDERAL WORKS AGENCY--- OF WHICH THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS ADMINISTRATION IS A PART, AND, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 8 OF THE ACT OF JULY 31, 1894, AS AMENDED, THE DECISIONS BASED ON SUCH SUBMISSIONS WILL BE RENDERED TO YOU RATHER THAN TO THE COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS.