DIGEST 64 t ' ' 35 - AmCOMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES WASHINGTON. D.C. 2D5O4 AUG 10 1971 B_173149 . n.J. Schualery A thorized Certifying Officer AccoUnting Progreas Division office of Management System. Federal Aviation AdminstratiO!. Department of Transportation Rashington, D.C. 20590 Dear Mr. Schullery: - :; Reference is made to your letter of May 28, 1971, asking our decision as to whether you properly may certify for payment from appropriated funds the .a voucher stated in favor of John L. Prudhomme. The voucher in incooking arunt of $28.09o, and covers the cost of a set of stainless steel utensils. It is explained that many air traffic control fcilities operate on a 24-hour schedule at r te locations without comercial restauP ants or snack bars readily accessible, It is necessary at most of the facili- ties for the employees to eat their lunches and have coffee breaks at or near their operating places of duty. .Also, it is reported that the con- trollers are required to be continuously an-ailable for duty during a full 8-hour tour which may cover any period of the day or night, seven days a week. You state that the cookware in question was purchased for use at the Flight Service Station at Memphis, Tennessees so that the employees could PrePare their food. As described above, this facility also has no cafe- teria or snack bar frAm which employees can purchase food and the Flight Service Station is manned 24 hours per day, seven days a week, and the of employees mist remain at their post of duty for the full 8-hour tour duty. The appropriation proposed to be charged. with the amomtof the Purchase is that for "Operations, Federal Aviation Administiation' which, while not specifically available for cooking utensils, is available for necessary expenses not otherwise provided for.' Obviously the numerous Obiects of expenditure neces'y to accomplish the general purposes for lvb . . . . : = ...... ,. ,;, . , ; - .lM49 w*ich tbi partictlar appropriation was mde could not be stated in the act appropriating the Axnds to carry out such purposes. Necessarily, therefore, thee is veted in the administrative office a lrge masure 0 f discretion as to what particular expenditures are meesary to effect the purposes of the appropriation. In recognition of such faet, the use of appropriated fands for objects not specifcal3y mentioned in the various appropriations acts, sed not otberwise proiibited has not ben questioned by us when such objects were deemed to have a direct connetion with and to twe esential - to the carrying out -of the stated general purpoes for which -the funds were appropriated. While we have not previously considered the proprity of purchasing cooking utensils we have held that the pursbaxe of a coffee mker ri. rqlated articles to be used to xerve refr@s 1t at Metings could not be considered to be a "neeesary-expenset as that ; was used in the t appropriation therein o1:ed.- 47 Camp, Gen, 657 19l6). r, as noted in youri letter, the eircmistances relating to that purchase are entirely different then those present in this case. Such differeres include the fact tbat in the present case snack bare or other public eating facilities where food can be purchased are not readily accessible to the employees, the employees must remin at their place of duty for their full 8-hour tour, and the utensils were not pur- for thee purp of se refsbtts at meetings or to private imivduast vfisiting the air traffc control facltties for buxins ozr; other rvasonm . -si1 rn view of thajoregoing it ible official in the Federal , Avation Adadistiition deteari si ass dnatesined tat these utensils Ar* essential for the proper perfomnce of the air traffic control ftcility involved, we would not question your certification of the. voucher whch is herewith returned. TuEqIUpa tPIA MOITAIVI¶G 'eraly YM qs~ar.L~e R. F. Kellet esasq~ yo'-.29Du9 -~ , I: IF Deputy C ptroler General of the Uaited States sclosure -i;
Comments on FAA Employee's Claim for Cookware
Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1971-08-10.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)