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As you can see, this item is entirely speculative, and we have no control over it. It depends on how many claims there are. But we have had 312 years' experience now under the act, and I have the figures here on those years, and that will give some indication of how we arrive at the $30,000 estimate.
Mr. GARY. Is that in tabular form?
AMOUNTS APPROVED TO PAY CLAIMS
Mr. CARLOCK. I can read it. It is not in very clear form.
As you said, for this year, we have an appropriation of $30,000. So far, in the first 6 months, we have paid $13,400, but more claims than that were approved. We had approved claims amounting to about $18,000 in the first 6 months of the year, although they have not actually been paid. For fiscal 1949, we had in the annual appropriation act an appropriation of $30,000 also, and out of that about $29,000 was paid out for claims.
NUMBER OF CLAIMS
Mr. Gary. Representing how many claims?
Mr. CARLOCK. That represented 137 claims. We also had one lawsuit that was compromised by the Department of Justice. In case a lawsuit is compromised, it is paid out of this appropriation, although if it goes to judgment it is paid like any other judgment. That one lawsuit that was compromised was for $40,000, and a deficiency appropriation was granted to cover it. But aside from that one unusually large amount, the appropriation was $30,000, and the claims paid were $29,000.
Mr. Gary. You mean it was compromised for $40,000 ?
Mr. CARLOCK. The suit was for $176,000. It was a suit by the owners of a building that was rented to the Coast Guard for a SPAR barracks. A fire occurred after the Coast Guard had moved out of it. The basis of the claim of negligence was that the Spars had used too many curling irons, and so on, had had to put pennies back of the fuses and overloaded the wires, and that that had broken down the insulation over the years, and eventually it broke through, even after we had moved out, and caused the fire that destroyed the building. There was a suit in that case, and the Department of Justice settled it for $40,000.
TYPE OF CLAIMS But by and large, they are small amounts, caused generally by automobile accidents. In 1948 we paid about 2712 thousand dollars and every single case involved an automobile. One case involved an automobile and a helicopter, but they all involved automobiles. That accounts for nearly all of the cases.
Mr. CANFIELD. Mr. Carlock, in your general justification statement you say:
In addition, the general public has access to the various manufacturing-type plants, such as the mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, which are operated by the Department, and other buildings within the control of the Department.
You have reference, of course, to accidents to the public in egress and ingress?
Mr. CARLOCK. Yes. We have had several claims. I do not be lieve we have ever approved one. We have had several claims that we have disapproved. We had one just recently where a little girl fell off of a stairs in a lighthouse. She was just a visitor there, and her mother claimed there should have been more of a railing. But we decided that there was no negligence, that all due precautions were taken, and that she did not have a good claim, so we did not settle that one.
Mr. Gary. Mr. Johnson, I wonder if you could furnish us with a table showing the obligations to December 31, 1949, on all of the appropriations for 1950.
Mr. Johnson. Yes, sir. Just the obligations, each appropriation?
NOTE.-Obligations reflected above include pay increases under Public Laws 351 and 429 for approimately 2 months only.
Mr. Gary. I have no further questions.
General statement of Secretary of Treasury----
Salaries and expenses, Secret Service ---
Annuity benefits, White House Police
TREASURY DEPARTMENT-POST OFFICE
APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1951
PERION DERGOSITORY ANFORD LIBRARY FEB 151950
J. VAUGHAN GARY, Virginia, Chairman
FREDERIC R. COUDERT, JR., New York