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United States General Accounting Office
Office of General Counsel

Decisions of the
Comptroller General
of the United States

Volume 68

October 1, 1988-September 30, 1989


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Current GAO Officials

Comptroller General of the United States
Charles A. Bowsher

Deputy Comptroller General of the United States

Special Assistant to the Comptroller General
Milton J. Socolar

General Counsel

James F. Hinchman

Deputy General Counsel

Associate General Counsels

Rollee H. Efros

Seymour Efros

Richard R. Pierson
Henry R. Wray

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This volume is the sixty-eighth in a series of annual volumes entitled "Decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States," which has been published since the establishment of the General Accounting Office by the Budget and Accounting Act, 1921. Decisions are rendered to heads of departments and establishments and to disbursing and certifying officers pursuant to 31 U.S. Code 3529 (formerly 31 U.S.C. 74 and 82d). Decisions in connection with claims are issued in accordance with 31 U.S.C. 3702 (formerly 31 U.S.C. 71). In addition, decisions on the validity of contract awards are rendered to interested parties. The decisions included in these volumes are present in full text and represent about ten percent of the total number rendered annually. Criteria applied in selecting decisions for publication include whether the decision represents the first time certain issues are considered by the Comptroller General when the issues are likely to be of widespread interest to the government or the private sector, whether the decision modifies, clarifies, or overrules the findings of prior published decisions, and whether the decision otherwise deals with a significant issue of continuing interest on which there has been no published decision for a period of years.

All decisions contained in the annual volumes are available in advance of their consolidation into the annual volume through the circulation of individual decision copies and through the issuance of monthly pamphlets.

To further assist in the research of matters coming within the jurisdiction of the General Accounting Office, ten consolidated indexes to the published volumes have been compiled to date, the first being entitled, "Index to the Published Decisions of the Accounting Officers of the United States, 1894-1929," the second and subsequent indexes being entitled, "Index Digest of the Published Decision of the Comptroller" and "Index Digest-Published Decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States," respectively. The second volume covered the period from July 1, 1929 through June 30, 1940. Subsequent volumes have been published at five-year intervals, the commencing date being October 1 (since 1976) to correspond with the fiscal year of the federal government.

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