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COMMITTEE ON EXPENDITURES IN THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SEVENTIETH CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION

WILLIAM WILLIAMSON, South Dakota, Chairman
CLARENCE MACGREGOR, New York.

FRITZ G. LANHAM, Texas.
CARROLL L. BEEDY, Maine,

WILLIAM C. HAMMER, North Carolina.
DON B. COLTON, Utah.

ALLARD H. GASQUE, South Carolina.
PHIL D. SWING, California.

MEYER JACOBSTEIN, New York.
GUY E. CAMPBELL, Pennsylvania.

J. B., REED, Arkansas.
FREDERICK W. DALLINGER, Massachusetts. JOHN J. COCHRAN, Missouri.
GODFREY G. GOODWIN, Minnesota.

WILLIAM S. O'BRIEN, West Virginia..
F. D. LETTS, Iowa.

JAMES T. IGOE, Illinois.
HARRY E. ROWBOTTOM, Indiana.
JOHN C. SCHAFER, Wisconsin.
J. RUSSELL LEECH, Pennsylvania.
THOMAS C. COCHRAN, Pennsylvania.

SUBCOMMITTEE ON ST. ELIZABETHS

GODFREY G. GOODWIN, Minnesota, Chairman
F. D. LETTS, Iowa.

FRITZ G. LANHAM, Texas.
JOHN C. SCHAFER, Wisconsin.

WILLIAM S. O'BRIEN, West Virginia

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Articles:

de Montis, Mrs. Myrtle, “A National Disgrace”.

McDougal, Donald, "Strange Insanity in Washington'
Digest, followed by statement of:

de Montis, Mrs. Myrtle, American Equity Association.
Eagle, Lieut. Carlton R., United States Navy-
Eldred, Mrs. Bertha, volunteer welfare worker..
Golze, Rudolph L., General Accounting Office -
Henaughan, Mary E., volunteer welfare worker..
McCarl, J. R., Comptroller General -
Moore, S. M., jr., Veterans' Bureau..
Savage, John A., American Equity Association...
Smith, Dr. F. C., United States Public Health Service.
Travland, Martin J., Veterans' Bureau.
Whitcomb, Col. C. C., United States ay-

White, Dr. W. A., superintendent, St. Elizabeths..

Extended remarks:

de Montis, Mrs. Myrtle..

Henaughan, Mary !

Savage, John A.

White, Dr. W. A..

Grand jury:

Petition for inquiry-

Report on inquiry.

Letters inserted:

Finney, E. C.-

To Comptroller General.

To Budget Director..

Godding, Alvah, to Monie Sanger.

Lord, H. M., to E. C. Finney--

McCarl, J. R.

To Chairman Williamson..

To Secretary of Interior.--

Sanger, Monie, to Secretary of Interior--

Memorandum, income tax ruling on compensation in kind..

Reports on St. Elizabeths:

Action of Personnel Classification Board..

Bureau of Mines on coal purchases---

Classification of firemen...-

Comparative data from Walter Reed Hospital.

Comptroller General on coal consumption...

Resolution, investigation proposed in Senate..

Standard Government forms:

Bid bond.--

Coal contract-

Invitation for bids.

Performance bond..

Statutes: Law fixing superintendent's salary.

Supplemental statements:

Savage, John A.

White, Dr. W. A.

Tables on St. Elizabeths:

Anthracite coal used 1917–1928.

Bituminous coal used 1916–1926.

Circuits supplied with power.

Coal consumption.--

Cubic content of buildings.

Gross compensation, comparative-

List of bids on coal submitted.

Per capita cost of coal...

Production of steam..
Salaries and allowances.

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QUARTERS AND ALLOWANCES AT ST. ELIZABETHS

HOSPITAL

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON EXPENDITURES IN THE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS,

Wednesday, December 19, 1928. The committee met at 10.30 o'clock a. m., Hon. William Williamson (chairman) presiding.

The CHAIRMAN. Without objection, gentlemen, we will proceed with the hearing on St. Elizabeths Hospital. At our last meeting a motion was made, seconded, and passed by the committee, directing an investigation into the conditions existing at St. Elizabeths Hospital, particularly with reference to the matter of quarters, subsistence, and help allowed to certain employees of that institution, which it was believed, by some members of the committee, were furnished contrary to law. I have not had the time to investigate the question to any considerable extent; but I think the question involved is largely a legal one, under existing law, as to whether or not the superintendent and certain other employees can be allowed these extras without having a value placed on them and a proper deduction made from their salaries. The other question that arises is whether, under the circumstances, an exception should be made in this particular institution, because of the conditions which exist there and the necessity for these employees to live at the institution in order properly to care for the inmates. If such an exception is to be made, legislation would appear necessary.

With that preliminary statement, we will first hear the comptroller briefly on how this matter arose in his office and what action he has taken. The Comptroller General may proceed.

STATEMENT OF HON. J. R. M'CARL, COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF

THE UNITED STATES

(Digest of testimony given on December 19, 1928, by Hon. J. R. McCarl) Comptroller General McCarl in a verbal and written statement submits testimony in support of his ruling that under the present general law officers and employees at St. Elizabeths Hospital are not exempt from salary deductions for quarters and subsistence in kind.

He points out the laws considered applicable and controlling and states that the General Accounting Office has deferred action on the matter at the request of the Secretary of the Interior pending a study of the situation by Congress to determine whether or not an exception to the general law with reference to these employees is justified.

He contends that exemption because of hazardous service must be predicated on the law and declares that the failure of the Personnel Classification Board to classify these employees does not justify approval of the accounts by the General Accounting Office.

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