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tain any information you want by calling upon the commodity people.
The CHAIRMAN. I wish you would get those figures as to what it cost and what you got back.
Mr. Jump. We will get those for you.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,
Washington, D. C., Jarch 6, 1936. Memorandum to Mr. Ward M. Buckles, Director of Finance.
With reference to the Budget estimate of administrative expenses required to complete the audit of the seed conservation program, the following information of purchases and sales or other disposition as of January 31, 1936, is as follows:
It should also be noted that the following quantity of grain was sold as untit for seed and as screenings :
Unfit for seed.
133, 040 704, 898
$64, 083 259, 705
The total grain disposed of was 18,952,651 bushels, for which there has been received a total of $9,339,497.
D. J. HARRILL,
Supervising Field Auditor. Mr. Taber. Why can you not pay this out of the appropriation for expenses of seed loans themselves
? Mr. JUMP. This was done under the appropriation of $525,000,000 in the deficiency bill for relief in stricken agricultural areas.
Mr. TABER. Is there not any money left in that?
Mr. ALVORD. I would like to make this statement with regard to the cost: We have people working in the country at very moderate salaries who have not been paid for any work in December.
The CHAIRMAN. How many people have you got who have done a month or more of work?
Mr. ALVORD. We have hundreds of them -cattered from one end of the Cotton Belt to the other, who have not received any money since the first of December.
Mr. TAYLOR. You do not let the Washington employees go without money.
Mr. ALVORD. The only reason for this was that the Washington employees are paid currently, consequently when the decision was rendered making processing-tax funds unavailable the Washington employees had already been paid. Future work not connected with production-control programs could immediately be paid from the $100,000,000 appropriation. We requested permission to pay the people in the field from this $100,000,000 fund, but were unable to get the funds transferred, presumably because it was for past performance on production-control contracts for which the $100,000,000 had been ruled unavailable.
Mr. TAYLOR. In other words, the Washington employees are in the favored class?
Mr. ALVORD. We asked for funds to be transferred to the extension service for these payments, but before we could get it transferred for this purpose the Bankhead Act was repealed and we could not do a thing for the people in the field.
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