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COMMITTEE ON EXPENDITURES IN THE 47
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS .
Senate Document No. 7
A LETTER FROM THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF
THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO
FEBRUARY 25 AND 27, 1947
Printed for the use of the
GEORGE D. AIKEN, Vermont, Chairman HOMER FERGUSON, Michigan
JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas BOURKE B. HICKENLOOPER, Iowa JAMES 0. EASTLAND, Mississippi JOHN W. BRICKER, Ohio
CLYDE R. HOEY, North Carolina
GLEN H. TAYLOR, Idaho
HERBERT R. O'CONOR, Maryland
Kenney, Hon. W. John, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Washington,
Comptroller General, memorandum on two similar contracts.-
Expenditures, Senate Committee on, analysis of contentions of Navy
Interdepartmental Committee, report of, on aqueduct project--
Naval Affairs, Senate Committee on, letter of chairman to Chief of
Bureau of Yards and Docks re projects approved.-
Navy, Assistant Secretary of, letter to Senator George D. Aiken,
chairman, Senate Committee on Expenditures, re Navy position - 7
chairman, Senate Committee on Expenditures, re administrative
Roosevelt, Hon. Franklin D., President, letter to Administrator,
Federal Works Agency, re report of Interdepartmental Committee 94
Roosevelt, Hon. Franklin D., President, letter to Vice President
manager, San Diego, Calif., re report of Interdepartmental Com-
San Diego, memorandum on water department data-
AQUEDUCT NEAR SAN DIEGO, CALIF.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1947
UNITED STATES SENATE, COMMITTEE ON
Washington, D.C. The committee met, pursuant to call, at 10 o'clock a. m., in room 357, Senate Office Building, Senator George D. Aiken (chairman) presiding
Present: Senators Aiken (chairman), Ferguson, Bricker, Thye, McCarthy, McClellan, Hoey, Taylor, Robertson, and O'Conor.
There were present before the committee: Hon. Sheridan Downey and Hon. William F. Knowland, United States Senators from the State of California; Hon. Charles K. Fletcher, a Representative in Congress from the Twenty-third California District; Rear Adm. J. J. Manning, United States Navy, Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks; Harley E. Knox, mayor of the city of San Diego, California ; Fred A. Heilbron, chairman, San Diego (Calif.) Water Authority.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order and we will proceed with the hearing.
I would first like to make this statement. Under the Reorganization Act, among the duties of the Committee on Expenditures in Executive Departments is this:
Such committee shall have the duty of
(a) Receiving and examining reports of the Comptroller, General of the United States, and of submitting such recommendations to the Senate as it deems necessary or desirable in connection with the subject matter of such report.
I want to say first that whenever the Comptroller General makes a report alleging wasteful or illegal expenditures on the part of any person or any department of Government, it is the duty of this committee to examine such report and to make a report and recommendation to the Senate as to what they find. The first report we have received this year from the Comptroller General, and the one under consideration this morning, is the report which was submitted January 27, 1947, and which indicates the reason why the contract in question and the expenditure of Federal funds are considered to be in violation of law. This relates to the contract between the Navy Department and the city of San Diego regarding the construction of an aqueduct for that city. We will have this report of the Comptroller General printed in the record. (The report from the Comptroller General follows:) [S. Doc. No. 7, 80th Cong., 1st sess.]
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE,
Washington 25, January 27, 1947. The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE.
MY DEAR MR. PRESIDENT: There is transmitted herewith, for the information of the Senate, a report relative to the construction of an aqueduct near San