Protests Against the Construction of a Building on the Site of the Blue Ridge Job Corps Center in Marion, Virginia

B-130515(3): May 8, 1969

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The opinion of the Comptroller General is requested on the issue of protests against the construction of a building on the site of the Blue Ridge Job Corps Center in Marion, Virginia. The property of which the building will be built is being leased by the Brunswick Corporation, which has a contract with the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) to train Job Corps participants in medical and health services. It appears that the question being posed is whether the Brunswick Corporation can legally construct the proposed building under the terms of its contract with OEO.

In light of all the facts and circumstances, and particularly since OEO has the authority to repair, alter or improve buildings and space leased by it, without regard to any other provision of law, it is our view that in the instance case construction of the building in question need not be considered in contravention of the rule against the expenditure or appropriated funds for permanent improvements to private property.

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