Decision on Commission Collected in Connection with Timber Sales

B-173: Feb 27, 1939

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This document regards a decision on whether or not the one-fifth of one per cent commission is to be collected in connection with timber sales made under the Act of August 28, 1937, and whether or not it is to be considered as a basis for determining the compensation of the Registers. The act provided for revesting in the United States title to certain lands theretofore granted to the Oregon and California Railroad Company for dividing said lands into classes; for the sale of the timber and lands separately; and for disposition of the proceeds of such sales.

GAO determined that the commission provided for therein was intended as compensation for services rendered by the register and receiver incident to the sales of timber authorised by section 4 of the act. By the act of October 28, 1921, the President was authorised to consolidate the offices of register and receiver in certain cases. In such cases, the compensation of the register was to include the fees and commissions otherwise allowable to both.