A-13737, JUNE 16, 1926, 5 COMP. GEN. 986

A-13737: Jun 16, 1926

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NO ADDITIONAL PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED FOR EXPENSES INCURRED INCIDENTAL TO OR ARISING FROM HIS TAKING A BEDDING ROLL TO MEET HIS PERSONAL NEEDS. AFTER COMPLETING THE DUTY TO WHICH HE WAS ASSIGNED WENT ON ANNUAL LEAVE AT 5.45 P.M. HE WAS PAID A PER DIEM OF $4 IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE FROM THE TIME HE LEFT HIS OFFICIAL STATION UNTIL HE ENTERED UPON LEAVE. IT FURTHER APPEARS THAT OWING TO THE DIFFICULTY IN SECURING LODGING IN CERTAIN SECTIONS WHERE HE WAS TO PERFORM DUTY AFTER HE LEFT SALT LAKE CITY HE CARRIED THE BED ROLL FOR USE WHERE HE COULD NOT SECURE SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS. EN ROUTE TO THE PLACE WHERE THE DUTY WAS TO BE PERFORMED HE FOUND THAT HE WOULD NOT NEED THE BED ROLL. IT IS FOR THE EXPENSE INCURRED FOR STORAGE AND EXPRESS CHARGES THAT THE INSTANT CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT IS MADE.

A-13737, JUNE 16, 1926, 5 COMP. GEN. 986

SUBSISTENCE, PER DIEM IN LIEU OF - MAXIMUM WHERE AN EMPLOYEE IN A TRAVEL STATUS RECEIVED A PER DIEM IN LIEU OF HIS ACTUAL EXPENSES FOR SUBSISTENCE, NO ADDITIONAL PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED FOR EXPENSES INCURRED INCIDENTAL TO OR ARISING FROM HIS TAKING A BEDDING ROLL TO MEET HIS PERSONAL NEEDS, OR SUPPOSED NEEDS, IN THE MATTER OF LODGING OR SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS.

DECISION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL, JUNE 16, 1926:

NEAL F. STULL, MINERAL EXAMINER, GENERAL LAND OFFICE, APPLIED MARCH 4, 1926, FOR REVIEW OF SETTLEMENT NO. 091774, DATED FEBRUARY 18, 1926, DISALLOWING HIS CLAIM FOR $3.52 AS REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE AMOUNT EXPENDED BY HIM FOR STORAGE AND EXPRESS CHARGES ON A ROLL OF BEDDING SHIPPED BY HIM FROM MACK, COLO., TO SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, ON DECEMBER 13, 1924.

IT APPEARS THAT THE CLAIMANT LEFT HIS OFFICIAL STATION, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, NOVEMBER 19, 1924, AT 4.45 P.M., AND AFTER COMPLETING THE DUTY TO WHICH HE WAS ASSIGNED WENT ON ANNUAL LEAVE AT 5.45 P.M., NOVEMBER 25, 1924, REMAINING ON LEAVE DURING THE BALANCE OF THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER AND DURING THE ENTIRE MONTH OF DECEMBER, OR UNTIL HE RETURNED TO HIS OFFICIAL STATION IN SALT LAKE CITY. HE WAS PAID A PER DIEM OF $4 IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE FROM THE TIME HE LEFT HIS OFFICIAL STATION UNTIL HE ENTERED UPON LEAVE. IT FURTHER APPEARS THAT OWING TO THE DIFFICULTY IN SECURING LODGING IN CERTAIN SECTIONS WHERE HE WAS TO PERFORM DUTY AFTER HE LEFT SALT LAKE CITY HE CARRIED THE BED ROLL FOR USE WHERE HE COULD NOT SECURE SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS, BUT THAT AFTER ARRIVING AT MACK, COLO., EN ROUTE TO THE PLACE WHERE THE DUTY WAS TO BE PERFORMED HE FOUND THAT HE WOULD NOT NEED THE BED ROLL, AND THEREFORE PLACED IT IN STORAGE, LATER SHIPPING IT BACK TO SALT LAKE CITY. IT IS FOR THE EXPENSE INCURRED FOR STORAGE AND EXPRESS CHARGES THAT THE INSTANT CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT IS MADE.

SINCE THE SOLE PURPOSE, OR SUPPOSED NECESSITY, OF TAKING THE BEDDING ROLL ON THE TRIP IN QUESTION WAS TO MEET THE PERSONAL NEEDS OF THE EMPLOYEE WITH RESPECT TO LODGING ACCOMMODATIONS, WHICH ARE INCIDENT TO SUBSISTENCE, AND SINCE THE EMPLOYEE WAS PAID A PER DIEM IN LIEU OF HIS ACTUAL EXPENSES FOR SUBSISTENCE WHILE ON THE TRIP, IT MUST BE HELD THAT ANY EXPENSE INCIDENT TO THE TAKING OR RETURNING OF THE BEDDING ROLL IS AN EXPENSE OF SUBSISTENCE ON ACCOUNT OF WHICH THE PER DIEM WAS PAID AND IS TO BE BORNE BY THE EMPLOYEE.