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DECISION OF COMPTROLLER GENERAL THAT PURCHASES IN SPAIN
MUST CONFORM WITH EXISTING STATUTES On February 10, 1927, a decision was requested from the Comptroller General as to whether when the commission was established in Spain items could be purchased in the open market or whether it would be necessary to ask for bids before the purchase of any such items.
The Comptroller General held that section 3709, Revised Statutes, applied indiscriminately to all departments and independent establishments of the Government and is mandatory upon them in the matter of purchases and contracts for supplies and services, except personal services, whether the purchases are to be made in this country or abroad, unless otherwise specifically provided by law.
Inasmuch as there is no such provision in Public Resolution 65, Sixty-eighth Congress, authorizing the Government to participate in the Seville Exposition or in the appropriations subsequently made, it is his decision that section 3709, Revised Statutes, must be observed by the commission.
In view of the fact that the laws of Spain and the methods of doing business there are different from those of this country, this decision will inflict a hardship, upon the work of the construction of the buildings and the installation and maintenance of the exhibits of this Government. I am informed that it is unlikely that the commission will be able to secure bids before obtaining supplies and services, as this is contrary to the customs of the country. This matter has been discussed with the chief of the bureau of accounts of the Department of State, who foresees great difficulties in the settling of the accounts of the exposition unless relief from limitation such as the above is secured through the proposed legislation.
The proposed legislation will relieve this situation and enable the work of the commission to proceed without undue delay or unnecessary expense.
DIPLOMATIC CONSIDERATIONS As a matter of further consideration for the enactment of this proposed legislation, attention is called to the fact that the United States ambassador to Spain has frequently, in communications to the Department of State, pointed out the fact that Spain and Latin American Republics look to the United States to take the lead in participation in this exposition. He has frequently urged that the construction work should commence at the earliest possible moment due to diplomatic considerations. Therefore, any postponement or delay in the construction of the buildings may be considered distinctly inexpedient and disadvantageous to the interests of our Government.
John M. DENISON,
Secretary of Commission. Dated January 26, 1928.
COMMISSION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA-THE INTER
NATIONAL EXPOSITION AT SEVILLE
AMENDING PUBLIC RESOLUTION 65, APPROVED MARCH 3, 1925, AUTHOR
IZING THE PARTICIPATION OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IN THE INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION TO BE HELD IN SEVILLE, SPAIN
Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That appropriations heretofore made or hereafter to te made under the authorization of Public Resolution Number 65, approved March 3, 1925 (Forty-third Statutes at Large, page 1256), to enable the Government of the United States to participate in an international exposition at Seville, Spain, may be expended on the certificate of the Secretary of State that the employment of personal services in the District of Columbia or elsewhere, and that the materials or services are necessary to enable the Government of the United States to participate in said exposition for the purposes enumerated in that resolution without regard to the provisions of section 3709 of the Revised Statutes or of any other act regulating or limiting the expenditure of public moneys: Provided, That this authority shall not be construed to waive the submission of accounts and vouchers to the General Accounting Office for audit.
REFUND OF TAXES
THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
IN RESPONSE TO SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 110, A LIST BY
FEBRUARY 21, 1928. Ordered to lie on the table and to be printed
REFUND OF TAXES
Washington, February 18, 1928. The PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE.
SIR: In compliance with Senate Resolution 110, which reads as follows:
Resolved, that the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby, requested to furnish to the Senate a list by States of the names of people to whom taxes have been refunded, amounting in each case to $25,000 or more, in the last refund of taxes made by the Secretary of the Treasury, I have the honor to submit herewith the desired list by States of refunds made during the fiscal year ended June 30, 1927. Respectfully,
A. W. MELLON, Secretary of the Treasury.
Tax refunds amounting to $25,000 or over, fiscal year 1927
Name and address of taxpayer
Avondale Mills, First Avenue and Thirty-ninth Street, Birmingham...
Eldorado Natural Gas Co., El Dorado.
Ipine Evaporated Cream Co care of Nestles Food Co. (Inc.), 112 Market
Street, San Francisco.
trustees for, 700 Seventh Street, San Francisco.
Standard Oil Building, San Francisco.
Building, San Francisco.
Building, San Francisco.