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Additional equipment and supplies for production of charts from metallic plates by photolithographic process
For purchase of copperplates, etc.
Additional photographic equipment.
Assistant astronomer, at $2,000 (in lieu of assistant astronomer at $1,800).
Library attendant, at $780 (in lieu of laborer at $660).
Three assistants, at $1,400 each increase of $200 for one submitted).
lowing additional employees should be provided:
480.00 1 laborer for blue-print room.
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery:
Chief clerk, at $2.500 (in lieu of chief clerk, at $2,000).
Chief clerk, at $2,500 (increase of $500 submitted).
For professional and technical books, etc., for department library
Fireproof filing equipment..
Total.. NOTE.—The Treasury Department has been requested to include an estimate of $153,000 for printing and binding for the Navy Department, the same amount as appropriated for the fiscal
Com parative statement of estimates and appropriations, 1912-13, Vary Department—Continued.
Total for Navy Department (exclusive of new building program)
116, 101, 730.24 12,840, 428.00
116, 408, 281.30 12,840, 428.00
113, 195, 238.99 16,082,928.00
116, 245, 212. 46 12,911,800.00
+3,049, 973. 47 -3,171, 128.00
- 163,068.84 + 71, 372.00
128, 942, 158.24
129, 248, 709.30
129, 278, 166.99
129, 157,012. 46
- 91,696. 84
REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR.
OFFICE OF THE SOLICITOR,
Washington, October 1, 1911. Sir: Conformably to the instructions contained in the department's letter of the 19th of June last, the following report is submitted concerning the operations of this office for the last fiscal year.
The death of the solicitor, Mr. Johnson, who was killed by lightning on the 16th of July last, was a great blow and his loss has been severely felt. With the force of the office thus reduced, it has not been possible, despite zealous and unremitting attention and industry, to dispatch the business with satisfactory promptness. As the more important matters are attended to first, however, the backwardness of the work is not regarded as serious, and in all probability it will not increase materially in the near future.
The varied business of the office requires a wide range of qualifications for its handling, but the efficiency of the personnel is up to its usual standard and each member performs his duties commendably. When the number of employees, nine all told, is considered, together with the time that is required for the research and careful attention that must be devoted to the greater part of the business handled, the results accomplished are regarded as highly creditable. In a year a great number of contracts is handled, including the interpretation thereof in cases of misunderstanding between the contractors and the department, as well as the drafting, and the disbursements of public money governed thereby and the amounts involved in the numerous claims and disputes considered run high into the millions. A tabular statement of the kind customary in annual reports could be made to show the facts and figures interestingly, no doubt, but such a table would, it is believed, be of no practical value here and none is supplied.
PARTIAL PAYMENTS UNDER CONTRACTS.
Under the contracts for the construction of naval vessels and for certain other purposes it had long been the custom to make partial payments from time to time during the progress of the work. This practice was supposed to be entirely legal, but owing to a decision, dated October 4, 1910, by the Comptroller of the Treasury concerning a contract made by the War Department for powder, that partial payments under that contract before delivery of the material covered by such payments were in violation of the law (sec. 3648, R. S.) relating to the disbursement of public moneys, the practice of this