The current refrigerator on-site needs to be replaced. No Office has any in surplus. Can a new one be purchased with appropriated funds?
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For the use described in your question, it would appear the purchase of Kitchen Appliances for office locations in remote areas with appropriated funds would not be considered a misuse of appropriated funds. The following GAO case summary is on point.
Matter of: Use of Appropriated Funds to Purchase Kitchen Appliances
Date: June 25, 2004
The U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) may use appropriated funds to purchase refrigerators, microwaves, and commercial coffee makers for central kitchen areas in its new headquarters building. Appropriations are available to pay for items ordinarily considered to be personal in nature, such as kitchen appliances, when the primary benefit of their use accrues to the agency, notwithstanding a collateral benefit to the individual. USPACOM has demonstrated that equipping the workplace in this manner is reasonably related to the efficient performance of agency activities and provides other benefits to the agency, including assurance of a safe workplace. Earlier GAO decisions reflecting similar proposed uses of appropriations, such as B-276601, June26, 1997, B-210433, Apr. 15, 1983, and 47Comp. Gen. 657 (1968), are modified accordingly.
In applying this decision, agencies should develop an agency policy to ensure uniformity in the use of appropriations to acquire this equipment and determine the usefulness of appliances such as these in light of operational benefits, such as employee health and productivity, and the responsibility to provide a safe work environment.