Decision on Whether Appropriations May be Used for the Furnishing of Coveralls to Post Office Department Mechanics

B-123223: Jun 22, 1955

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The Post Office Department requested a decision from GAO on whether the Department's appropriations for supplies and equipment are available for the furnishing of coveralls to mechanics employed in garages and mail equipment shops, whose duties require operation of, or close proximity to, moving machinery.

GAO found that appropriations may be used to purchase clothing whose general purpose is accident prevention, and that coveralls are not considered clothing that is designed to protect the wearer against on the job hazards. Therefore, GAO concluded that in the absence of specific statutory authority, general Post Office Department appropriations for supplies and equipment are not available for the furnishing of coveralls to the involved employees.