Audit of the United States Senate Restaurants Revolving Fund, June 29, 1975, to October 2, 1976

GGD-77-34: Published: Jun 13, 1977. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 1983.

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The Senate restaurants are operated primarily for Senators and employees of the U.S. Senate. The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for managing the restaurants. Receipts from sales and transfers from the appropriations for the contingent expenses of the Senate are used to finance the activities of the Senate Restaurant Revolving Fund.

Senate restaurants' operations for the 15-month period ended October 2, 1976, resulted in a net operating loss of $215,065 compared with a net operating loss in fiscal year 1975 of $239,659. The smaller loss for the later period was the result of higher profits from cigar stand and vending machine operations which more than offset the increased loss on food and beverage operations. The GAO proposal to the restaurants' administrative officer that a cardex system be used for the tableware items was implemented to alleviate the problems involved in identifying and pricing the various items during the annual inventory. The administrative officer plans to review both the in-house and contract vending machine operations to ascertain whether the vending machine operation should be conducted solely in-house, be contracted to only one vendor, or continue to be contracted to four vendors with some in-house operations.

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