Purchase of Insulated Coveralls, Vicksburg, Mississippi
B-288828: Oct 3, 2002
The Deputy Director of Finance, United States Army Corps of Engineers, has requested an advance decision on whether it is proper to use appropriated funds for the purchase of insulated coveralls for employees to wear when outside temperatures fall below 35 degrees. Generally, it is the responsibility of the employee to report to duty properly clad to carry out his responsibilities. B-123223, June 22, 1955. There are three statutes, however, that permit agencies, in varying circumstances, to use appropriated funds to purchase clothing and other wearing apparel. None of these three authorities is available to the Corps to purchase insulated coveralls in the circumstances presented to us by the Deputy Director. We address each of the three statutes in our analysis below.