B-91525, FEBRUARY 15, 1950, 29 COMP. GEN. 327

B-91525: Feb 15, 1950

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PROVIDED THE SERVICES CHARGED FOR ARE PROPERLY PAYABLE FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS OF THE REQUESTING AGENCY AND ARE NOT SUCH ADDRESSING. MAILING SERVICES AS ARE REQUIRED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF 44 U.S.C. 95 TO BE PERFORMED BY THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE AT ITS OWN EXPENSE. 1950: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 19. STATING THAT VARIOUS GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHMENTS HAVE NEED FOR ADDRESSING. SAID DIVISION IS CONSIDERING THE POSSIBILITY OF OFFERING SUCH SERVICES TO THE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES OF THE GOVERNMENT UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 601 OF THE ECONOMY ACT OF 1932. TOGETHER WITH ANY SUGGESTIONS OR RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH WILL INSURE THAT THE SYSTEM IF ADOPTED WILL BE IN ACCORD WITH THE RULINGS AND REGULATIONS OF THIS OFFICE.

B-91525, FEBRUARY 15, 1950, 29 COMP. GEN. 327

DEPARTMENTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS - SERVICES BETWEEN - MAIL-HANDLING SERVICES BY GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE MAY PERFORM ADDRESSING, WRAPPING, AND MAILING SERVICES AT THE REQUEST OF OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ON A REIMBURSABLE BASIS UNDER SECTION 601 OF THE ECONOMY ACT OF JUNE 30, 1932, PROVIDED THE SERVICES CHARGED FOR ARE PROPERLY PAYABLE FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS OF THE REQUESTING AGENCY AND ARE NOT SUCH ADDRESSING, WRAPPING, AND MAILING SERVICES AS ARE REQUIRED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF 44 U.S.C. 95 TO BE PERFORMED BY THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE AT ITS OWN EXPENSE.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL WARREN TO THE PUBLIC PRINTER, FEBRUARY 15, 1950:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 19, 1949, STATING THAT VARIOUS GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHMENTS HAVE NEED FOR ADDRESSING, WRAPPING, AND MAILING SERVICES AND THAT, SINCE THE DIVISION OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE HAS THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT AND PERSONNEL TO DO THE WORK IN AN EFFICIENT AND ECONOMICAL MANNER AND TO THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE GOVERNMENT, SAID DIVISION IS CONSIDERING THE POSSIBILITY OF OFFERING SUCH SERVICES TO THE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES OF THE GOVERNMENT UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 601 OF THE ECONOMY ACT OF 1932, AS AMENDED, 31 U.S.C. 686. BEFORE OFFERING SUCH SERVICES YOU REQUEST THE VIEWPOINT OF THIS OFFICE IN REGARD TO THE LEGALITY OF THE PLAN UNDER CONSIDERATION, TOGETHER WITH ANY SUGGESTIONS OR RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH WILL INSURE THAT THE SYSTEM IF ADOPTED WILL BE IN ACCORD WITH THE RULINGS AND REGULATIONS OF THIS OFFICE.

IT IS EXPLAINED THAT THE SERVICES WOULD BE OFFERED ON A REIMBURSABLE BASIS TO DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES WHICH MIGHT CARE TO REQUISITION THEM AT A STANDARD, PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED PRICE, BASED ON THE ELEMENTS OF MATERIAL, LABOR, AND OVERHEAD, IN SUFFICIENT DETAIL TO DETERMINE UNIT COSTS FOR EACH TYPE OF SERVICE PERFORMED. THE DEPARTMENT OR AGENCY DESIRING SUCH SERVICES WOULD SUBMIT AN ORDER FOR THE WORK TO THE SUPERINTENDENT OF DOCUMENTS AND, IF ACCEPTABLE IN PRICE AND TERMS, THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE WOULD PROCEED AS REQUISITIONED AND, UPON COMPLETION OF THE WORK, WOULD SUBMIT STANDARD FORM 1080, VOUCHER FOR TRANSFER BETWEEN APPROPRIATIONS AND/OR FUND ACCOUNTS, SUPPORTED BY A STATEMENT OF COSTS FOR THE MATERIAL SUPPLIED AND SERVICES PERFORMED. THIS VOUCHER, IT IS STATED, WOULD BE PROCESSED UNDER GENERAL REGULATIONS 98 OF THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE, 23 COMP. GEN. 998, AND ON RECEIPT OF CHECK AND COPY 1080B FROM THE REQUISITIONING AGENCY, GENERAL REGULATIONS 87, 15 COMP. GEN. 1159, WOULD GOVERN, THE DEPOSIT BEING TO APPROPRIATED FUNDS AGAINST WHICH CHARGES HAD BEEN MADE IN PERFORMING THE WORK.

UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF 44 U.S.C. 95, THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE IS REQUIRED TO PERFORM, WITHOUT REIMBURSEMENT, CERTAIN ADDRESSING, WRAPPING, AND MAILING SERVICES FOR THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT. HOWEVER, THE SAID STATUTE SPECIFICALLY PROVIDES THAT IT SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS APPLYING TO "ORDERS, INSTRUCTIONS, DIRECTIONS, NOTICES, OR CIRCULARS OF INFORMATION PRINTED FOR AND ISSUED BY ANY OF THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS OR OTHER GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHMENTS OR TO THE DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS BY SENATORS OR MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OR TO THE FOLDING ROOMS AND DOCUMENT ROOMS OF THE SENATE OR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.'

ACCORDINGLY, IF THE PROPOSED SERVICES ARE THOSE SPECIFICALLY EXCEPTED FROM THE PROVISIONS OF 44 U.S.C. 95, OR ARE OTHERWISE PROPERLY CHARGEABLE TO THE APPROPRIATIONS OF THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS, YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS OFFICE WOULD NOT BE REQUIRED TO OBJECT IF THE PLAN OUTLINED IN YOUR LETTER BE ADOPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.