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SENATE

74TH CONGRESS

1st Session

REPORT No. 389

MILEAGE PAYMENTS TO BUREAU OF RECLAMATION

EMPLOYEES

MARCH 13 (calendar day, March 29), 1935.-Ordered to be printed

Mr. Hatch, from the Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation,

submitted the following

REPORT

(To accompany S. 1402)

The Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation, to whom was referred the bill (S. 1402) providing for payment to Bureau of Reclamation employees for mileage traveled in privately owned automobiles, having considered the same, report favorably thereon and recommend that the bill do pass with minor clarifying amendments.

The bill has the approval of the Department of the Interior and its purposes are set out in full in the following letter from the Secretary:

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, February 27, 1935. Hon. Alva B. ADAMS, Chairman Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation,

United States Senate. MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: I have received, with request for report, copy of S. 1402 “Providing payment to employees, Bureau of Reclamation, for mileage traveled in privately owned automobiles."

The circumstances upon which this bill is predicated are as follows: In the interest of practical economy and efficient business administration in the conduct of operations it has been the practice of the Bureau of Reclamation to authorize employees to use their personally owned automobiles for travel to and from their official headquarters to their designated work. To sanction this practice there was incorporated in the Interior Department Appropriation Act for the fiscal year 1932 the following provision:

Whenever, during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1932, the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation shall find that the expenses of travel, including the local transportation of employees to and from their homes to the places where they are engaged on construction or operation and maintenance work, can be reduced thereby, he may authorize the payment of not to exceed 3 cents per mile for a motorcycle or 7 cents per mile for an automobile used for necessary official business."

Substantially similar provisions had been incorporated in the appropriation acts for prior years. Under this authority it had been the customary and continuous practice to pay project-operating employees for the use of their privately owned automobiles or motorcycles when such use had been authorized in the performance of their duties and no Government-owned motorcycle or automobile was available. The travel for which it has been customary to make payment to employees may be divided into two distinctive classes: (i) That of dragline or ditch-cleaner operators, and, (2) that performed by the project-operating employees or water masters and assistant water masters.

The Comptroller General, in decision of April 30, 1932, A-41688, held that the provision quoted from the appropriation act did not authorize payment for serices of the character indicated for the reason that the act of February 14, 1931 (46 Stat., 1103), effective July 1, 1931, only authorized payment when employees were engaged in necessary travel away from their headquarters. It will be noted that the general act of February 14, 1931, by coincidence, was approved on the same day as the appropriation act for the fiscal year 1932, already mentioned.

Relying upon the practice that had long prevailed and what was believed to be specific authoritv, employees were engaged with their automobiles and motor cycles prior to the decision of the Comptroller General. The present bill is designed merely to relieve suspensions and disallowances in the accounts of special fiscal agents on account of travel expense incurred prior to the Comptroller General's decision mentioned, and is not intended to modify the procedure enjoined in the Comptroller General's decision as to travel thereafter. It seems manifestly just that these fiscal agents receive relief to the extent authorized by the bill.

The bill was referred to the Acting Director of the Bureau of the Budget who states that the proposed legislation would not be in conflict with the financial program of the President. Therefore I recommend favorable consideration of the bill. Sincerely yours,

HAROLD L. ICKES,

Secretary of the Interior. O

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REPORT No. 391

PROVIDE FOR THE PREVENTION OF BLINDNESS IN

INFANTS BORN IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

March 13 (calendar day, MARCH 29), 1935.-Ordered to be printed

Mr. COPELAND, from the Committee on the District of Columbia,

submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany S. 2153]

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (S. 2153) to provide for the prevention of blindness in infants born in the District of Columbia, having considered the same, report favorably thereon and recommend that the bill do pass with the following amendment:

On page 1 strike out lines 3 to 11, and on page 2 strike out lines 1 and 2 and insert in lieu thereof the following: That the health officer of the District of Columbia shall cause to be prepared and placed in suitable containers a 1 per centum solution of silver nitrate or other preparation which in his opinion is suitable for use as a prophylactic against inflammation of the eyes of the new-born child, the contents of each container being the exact quantity necessary for the treatment of one eye and two such containers shall be furnished for use in each case of childbirth. It shall be the duty of each physician, midwife, or other person in attendance upon any case of childbirth to administer such solution as a prophylactic against inflammation of the eyes of said new-born child. It shall be the duty of each midwife or other person, except licensed physicians, to secure containers of such solution from the health officer for use in each case of childbirth.

This proposed legislation, with the amendment suggested by the health authorities of the District of Columbia, is deemed to be of importance for the protection of public health and for the prevention of blindness, and the legislation is substantially similar to that in effect in other jurisdictions.

Attached hereto and made a part of this report is a letter from the President of the Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia recommending the passage of the bill.

COMMISSIONERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

EXECUTIVE OFFICE,

Washington, March 26, 1935. Hon. WILLIAM H. KING, Chairman Committee on the District of Columbia,

United States Senate, Washington, D. C. SIR: The Commissioners of the District of Columbia have the honor to submit the following on S. 2153, Seventy-fourth Congress, first session, entitled “A bill to provide for the prevention of blindness in infants born in the District of Columbia," which has been referred to them for report as to the merits of the bill and the propriety of its passage.

The bill provides that the Health Officer shall cause to be prepared containers of a solution of silver nitrate or other preparation for use as a prophylactic against inflammation of the eyes of a new-born child, which shall be administered at birth, and requires a person in attendance to communicate in writing the existence of a discharge at the time of the birth.

This bill has been referred to the Health Officer and he has redrafted paragraph 1 thereof, or the first 15 lines of the bill, which merely changes the wording and not the purport or intent thereof, but expresses the same in more satisfactory terms. This substituted paragraph is accompanying the Commissioners' recommendation to H. R. 6735, introduced in the House of Representatives on March 14, 1935. In this substituted and amended form the Health Officer recommends its passage and the Board of Public Welfare concurs therein.

The Commissioners, therefore, recommend favorable action on S. 2153 with the substituted amendment to paragraph 1 thereof. Very truly yours,

M. C. HAZEN,
President Board of Commissioners of the

District of Columbia.
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REPORT No. 392

PERMIT CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE, AND USE OF CERTAIN PIPE LINES FOR PETROLEUM AND PETROLEUM PRODUCTS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

MARCH 13 (calendar day, MARCH 29), 1935.-Ordered to be printed

Mr. KING, from the Committee on the District of Columbia, submitted

the following

REPORT

[To accompany S. 2197]

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (S. 2197) to permit construction, maintenance, and use of certain pipe lines for petroleum and petroleum products in the District of Columbia, having considered the same, report favorably thereon and recommend that the bill do pass with the following amendments:

On page 2, line 10, after the word "therewith ", strike out the period and insert a comma, and add the following: and all plans and specifications for such construction shall be subject to their approval. The Commissioners of the District of Columbia shall have full authority to designate the location and to cause such repairs or relocation of said pipe lines as the public necessity may require, any such repairs or relocation to be at the expense of the Smoot Sand and Gravel Corporation, its successors or assigns.

Attached hereto and made a part of this report is a letter from the President of the Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia in which it is stated that the District of Columbia Commissioners have no objection to the passage of this bill. COMMISSIONERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

EXECUTIVE OFFICE,

Washington March 28, 1935. Hon. WILLIAM H. KING, Chairman Committee on the District of Columbia,

United States Senate, Washington, D. C. Sir: The Commissioners of the District of Columbia have the honor to submit the following report on S. 2197, Seventy-fourth Congress, first session, entitled: "A bill to permit construction, maintenance, and use of certain pipe lines for petroleum and petroleum products in the District of Columbia", which was referred to them for report.

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