This memorandum of understanding entered into this 22nd day of August 1956, by and between the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Public Roads, represented by the Commissioner of Public Roads, executing this agreement, hereinafter referred to as the Bureau, and the Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, represented by the Chief of the Forest Service, executing this agreement, hereinafter referred to as the Forest Service, outlines the general agreement under which the Bureau will undertake surveys, plans, estimates, designs, and construction of certain forest development roads and bridges for the Forest Service.
ARTICLE I GENERAL. The legal authority for this agreement is the Act of November 19, 1941, (55 Stat. 769, as amended, 23 USC 115) and the Act of June 30, 1932 (47 Stat. 417, as amended: 31 USC 686, 686b).
ARTICLE II WORK PROGRAMMING. Work under this agreement to be undertaken by the Bureau for the Forest Service will be a program of projects agreed upon by and between the Regional Forester(s) (Forest Service) and the Division Engineer (Bureau) for the area in which the work is to be done.
Upon the written request of the Regional Forester for work to be done, the Division Engineer will make an estimate of the cost to the Forest Service and so inform the Regional Forester in writing for all projects accepted.
The Forest Service shall review and approve surveys, plans, specifications and estimates as made and prepared by the Bureau.
ARTICLE III PERFORMANCE OF WORK. It is understood that no work will be undertaken by the Bureau until and unless covering funds are transferred.
ARTICLE IV FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS. In accordance with General Regulations 125, issued by the General Accounting Office April 2, 1956, the Forest Service will transfer sufficient funds to cover the cost of the program of work to be undertaken by the Bureau to a "transfer appropriation account" of the Bureau. Initial transfer of funds will be based upon estimates of program costs agreed to by the Regional Forester (Forest Service) and the Division Engineer (Bureau) and will be effected immediately upon their availability and upon Joint approval of the program and estimate of costs. Subsequent transfers will be effected at intervals, as requested, by the Bureau, based on the Bureau estimate of cost of approved work to be performed for which sufficient unallotted funds are not available from previous transfers.
Current and annually as of the close of the Fiscal Year, the Bureau will report to the Forest Service the status of the transferred appropriation and the work accomplished in such manner as mutually agreed.
Unobligated balances by projects, which are determined by the Bureau Engineer to be in excess of the said project requirements, may be transferred to other projects or returned to the Forest Service as mutually agreed.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE