A-4198, AUGUST 12, 1924, 4 COMP. GEN. 173

A-4198: Aug 12, 1924

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GENERAL WHEN A SPECIFIC APPROPRIATION TO WHICH AN EXPENSE IS PROPERLY CHARGEABLE HAS BEEN EXHAUSTED ANOTHER APPROPRIATION CAN NOT BE USED. IS EXCLUSIVE FOR THAT PURPOSE AND THE TOTAL SUM APPROPRIATED HAVING BEEN EXHAUSTED. IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE INSTALLATION OF BATHING FACILITIES IN SAID GARAGE. IT APPEARS FROM THE VOUCHER AND ACCOMPANYING COPY OF ADVERTISEMENT AND BID THAT THE EXPENDITURE WAS FOR THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF A HOT- WATER TANK. UNDER WHICH THE VOUCHER WAS PAID. THE BATHING FACILITY WHICH HAS BEEN INSTALLED IS CLEARLY A BUILDING EQUIPMENT WHICH IF NOT INSTALLED IN CONNECTION WITH THE APPROPRIATION OF $60. THERE IS NOTHING IN THE APPROPRIATION FOR "VEHICLE SERVICE.

A-4198, AUGUST 12, 1924, 4 COMP. GEN. 173

APPROPRIATIONS - SPECIFIC V. GENERAL WHEN A SPECIFIC APPROPRIATION TO WHICH AN EXPENSE IS PROPERLY CHARGEABLE HAS BEEN EXHAUSTED ANOTHER APPROPRIATION CAN NOT BE USED. THE APPROPRIATION OF $60,000 FOR THE ERECTION AND EQUIPMENT OF A POST- OFFICE GARAGE AT FIRST AND G STREETS NE., WASHINGTON, D.C., IS EXCLUSIVE FOR THAT PURPOSE AND THE TOTAL SUM APPROPRIATED HAVING BEEN EXHAUSTED, THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT APPROPRIATION,"VEHICLE SERVICE, 1924," ACT OF FEBRUARY 14, 1923, 42 STAT. 1255, IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE INSTALLATION OF BATHING FACILITIES IN SAID GARAGE. (REVERSED BY 4 COMP. GEN. 471.)

DECISION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL, AUGUST 12, 1924:

THIS OFFICE HAS FOR CONSIDERATION THE QUESTION OF THE APPROPRIATION AVAILABLE IN CONNECTION WITH A CERTAIN VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF THE BIGGS ENGINEERING CO., 1310 FOURTEENTH STREET NW., WASHINGTON, D.C., IN THE SUM OF $392, PAID BY THE POSTMASTER, WASHINGTON, D.C., AS AN EXPENDITURE CHARGEABLE UNDER THE APPROPRIATION," VEHICLE SERVICE, 1924," IN HIS POSTAL ACCOUNT FOR THE JUNE QUARTER, 1924.

IT APPEARS FROM THE VOUCHER AND ACCOMPANYING COPY OF ADVERTISEMENT AND BID THAT THE EXPENDITURE WAS FOR THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF A HOT- WATER TANK, WITH ALL NECESSARY VALVES, FITTINGS, AND CONNECTIONS FOR FURNISHING A SUPPLY OF HOT WATER FOR BATHING PURPOSES IN THE POST OFFICE GARAGE LOCATED AT FIRST AND G STREETS NE., WASHINGTON, D.C.

THE APPROPRIATION ACT OF FEBRUARY 14, 1923, 42 STAT. 1255, UNDER WHICH THE VOUCHER WAS PAID, PROVIDES:

FOR VEHICLE ALLOWANCE, THE HIRING OF DRIVERS, THE RENTAL OF VEHICLES, AND THE PURCHASE AND EXCHANGE AND MAINTENANCE, INCLUDING STABLE AND GARAGE FACILITIES, OF WAGONS OR AUTOMOBILES FOR, AND THE OPERATION OF, SCREEN- WAGON AND CITY DELIVERY AND COLLECTION SERVICE, $14,500,000: PROVIDED, THAT THE POSTMASTER GENERAL MAY, IN HIS DISBURSEMENT OF THIS APPROPRIATION, APPLY A PART THEREOF TO THE LEASING OF QUARTERS FOR THE HOUSING OF GOVERNMENT-OWNED AUTOMOBILES AT A REASONABLE ANNUAL RENTAL FOR A TERM NOT EXCEEDING TEN YEARS.

IT MUST BE NOTED IN THIS CONNECTION THAT THE APPROPRIATION ACT OF FEBRUARY 28, 1919, 40 STAT. 1193, WHICH PROVIDED FOR THE BUILDING OF THE GARAGE AT FIRST AND G STREETS NE., APPROPRIATED NOT TO EXCEED $60,000 FOR ITS "ERECTION AND EQUIPMENT.' THE BATHING FACILITY WHICH HAS BEEN INSTALLED IS CLEARLY A BUILDING EQUIPMENT WHICH IF NOT INSTALLED IN CONNECTION WITH THE APPROPRIATION OF $60,000 MUST BE THE MATTER OF OBTAINING SPECIFIC APPROPRIATION THEREFOR.

THERE IS NOTHING IN THE APPROPRIATION FOR "VEHICLE SERVICE, 1924," SUPRA, THAT COULD BE CONSTRUED AS AUTHORIZING ITS USE IN EQUIPPING THE GARAGE WITH BATHING FACILITIES, NOR DOES THERE APPEAR ANY OTHER APPROPRIATION OF THE FIELD SERVICE, POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT, AVAILABLE FOR THIS EXPENSE.

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