A-11856, JANUARY 21, 1926, 5 COMP. GEN. 507

A-11856: Jan 21, 1926

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WHICH IT IS IMPRACTICABLE TO CARRY ON A STREET CAR. 1926: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 2. WITH REQUEST FOR DECISION WHETHER PAYMENT THEREON IS AUTHORIZED. THE ITEMS INVOLVED ARE LISTED IN THE VOUCHER AS FOLLOWS: CHART SEPT. 7. PERSONAL TRANSFERS BETWEEN DEPOTS AND HOTELS WHEN THE USE OF STREET CARS IS NOT PRACTICABLE. AN EXPLANATION WILL BE REQUIRED. STATING WHY STREET CAR SERVICE WAS NOT AVAILABLE. BAGGAGE TRANSFERS WHERE THE ARTICLE TRANSFERRED IS STATED AS A TRUNK. ITEMS FOR THE TRANSFER OF BAGGAGE MAY BE CLAIMED IF A STATEMENT IS MADE THAT THE BAGGAGE IS MORE THAN BAGGAGE OF THE KIND THAT IS USUALLY CARRIED BY HAND. ETC. * * * ACCOMPANYING THE VOUCHER IS A STATEMENT SHOWING THAT.

A-11856, JANUARY 21, 1926, 5 COMP. GEN. 507

TRAVELING EXPENSES - BAGGAGE TRANSFER - TAXICAB HIRE AN EMPLOYEE OF THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION WHO TRAVELS UNDER ORDERS REQUIRING THE CARRYING OF BAGGAGE IN EXCESS OF THAT USUALLY CARRIED BY HAND, INCLUDING OFFICIAL PAPERS AND TYPEWRITER, AND WHICH IT IS IMPRACTICABLE TO CARRY ON A STREET CAR, MAY BE REIMBURSED FOR THE BAGGAGE TRANSFER CHARGES AND ALSO FOR CHARGES FOR TAXICABS WHEN USED FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF BOTH HIMSELF AND BAGGAGE AT A SAVING TO THE GOVERNMENT.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO W. M. LOCKWOOD, DISBURSING CLERK, INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION, JANUARY 21, 1926:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 2, 1925, SUBMITTING, WITH REQUEST FOR DECISION WHETHER PAYMENT THEREON IS AUTHORIZED, A VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF MR. MONROE C. LIST, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION, COVERING EXPENDITURES MADE IN THE AMOUNT OF $4.70 FOR "BAGGAGE TRANSFERS AND PERSONAL AND BAGGAGE TRANSFERS WHILE TRAVELING ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS DURING SEPTEMBER, 1925.'

THE ITEMS INVOLVED ARE LISTED IN THE VOUCHER AS FOLLOWS:

CHART SEPT. 7. TRANSFER ONE CASE CONTAINING OFFICIAL PAPERS, STATION

TO HOTEL, CHICAGO -------------------------------- $0.75

8. TRANSFER SELF AND ONE CASE CONTAINING OFFICIAL PAPERS,

FEDERAL BUILDING TO STATION, MILWAUKEE, WIS. ----- .40

9. TRANSFER SELF, GRIP, TYPEWRITER, AND CASE CONTAINING

OFFICIAL PAPERS, HOTEL TO STATION, CHICAGO ------- .45

19. TRANSFER GRIP AND CASE CONTAINING OFFICIAL PAPERS,

STATION TO HOTEL, MONTGOMERY, ALA. --------------- 1.00

21. TRANSFER SELF, GRIP, TYPEWRITER, AND CASE CONTAINING

OFFICIAL PAPERS, HOTEL TO STATION, MONTGOMERY,

ALA. --------------------------------------------- .25

22. TRANSFER GRIP AND CASE CONTAINING OFFICIAL PAPERS,

STATION TO HOTEL, CHICAGO ------------------------ 1.50

24. TRANSFER SELF, GRIP, TYPEWRITER, AND CASE CONTAINING

OFFICIAL PAPERS, HOTEL TO STATION, CHICAGO ------- .35

PARAGRAPHS 8 AND 9 OF THE TRAVEL REGULATIONS FOR THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION PROVIDE:

8. PERSONAL TRANSFERS BETWEEN DEPOTS AND HOTELS WHEN THE USE OF STREET CARS IS NOT PRACTICABLE. AN EXPLANATION WILL BE REQUIRED, STATING WHY STREET CAR SERVICE WAS NOT AVAILABLE, AND GIVING THE DISTANCE NECESSARY TO WALK TO OBTAIN STREET CAR SERVICE, AND DISTANCE BETWEEN DEPOT AND HOTEL.

9. BAGGAGE TRANSFERS WHERE THE ARTICLE TRANSFERRED IS STATED AS A TRUNK, THE ACTUAL AMOUNT PAID BUT NOT TO EXCEED $1. ITEMS FOR THE TRANSFER OF BAGGAGE MAY BE CLAIMED IF A STATEMENT IS MADE THAT THE BAGGAGE IS MORE THAN BAGGAGE OF THE KIND THAT IS USUALLY CARRIED BY HAND, SUCH STATEMENT SHOWING THE NUMBER OF PIECES AND APPROXIMATE WEIGHT, ETC. * * *

ACCOMPANYING THE VOUCHER IS A STATEMENT SHOWING THAT, IN ADDITION TO ORDINARY HAND BAGGAGE, MR. LIST WAS CARRYING A CASE CONTAINING OFFICIAL PAPERS AND A TYPEWRITING MACHINE FOR OFFICIAL USE ON THE TRIP.

AS THE REGULATIONS, SUPRA, AUTHORIZE REIMBURSEMENT OF TRANSFER CHARGES WHERE "THE BAGGAGE IS MORE THAN BAGGAGE OF THE KIND THAT IS USUALLY CARRIED BY HAND" AND ALSO AUTHORIZE REIMBURSEMENT OF TAXICAB FARES, "WHEN THE USE OF STREET CARS IS NOT PRACTICABLE," AND AS THE FACT AS SET FORTH IN THE STATEMENT ACCOMPANYING THE VOUCHER APPEAR TO SUPPORT THE FINDING, AS EVIDENCED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL, THAT THE TRANSFER CHARGES WERE NECESSARY AND THAT, CONSIDERING THE SAVING TO BE EFFECTED BY THE USE OF TAXICABS, THE USE OF STREET CARS WAS NOT PRACTICABLE, I HAVE TO ADVISE THAT PAYMENT ON THE VOUCHER AS SUBMITTED IN THIS CASE IN THE AMOUNT OF $4.70, IF OTHERWISE CORRECT, IS AUTHORIZED.