A-13838, JUNE 16, 1926, 5 COMP. GEN. 987

A-13838: Jun 16, 1926

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IT APPEARS FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT THAT DOCTOR LOVE'S APPOINTMENT WAS APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT JUNE 20. SHE WAS NOTIFIED BY WIRE JUNE 30. YOU HAVE BEEN APPOINTED. THIS IS PURELY A PERSONAL CERTIFICATE OF APPOINTMENT AND NOT TO BE REGARDED PER SE AS AN OFFICIAL CREDENTIAL OR AUTHORITY FOR OPERATION. YOUR APPOINTMENT WILL CONTINUE FOR A PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED THREE MONTHS. THE NATURE OF HER WORK IS DESCRIBED IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT. DOCTOR LOVE'S TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT FOR A PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED THREE MONTHS WAS REQUESTED. HER OFFICIAL STATION WAS DESIGNATED AS LOUISVILLE. NO DUTY WAS CONTEMPLATED OR PERFORMED AT THAT PLACE. MAY BE ACCEPTED AS CONCLUSIVE SO FAR AS HER RIGHTS TO TRAVELING EXPENSES ARE CONCERNED.

A-13838, JUNE 16, 1926, 5 COMP. GEN. 987

TRAVELING EXPENSES - FIRST DUTY STATION THE FACT THAT AN APPOINTEE FOR TEMPORARY DUTY IN THE CHILDREN'S BUREAU, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE BEFORE LEAVING HER PLACE OF RESIDENCE, AT WHICH PLACE SHE PERFORMED NO DUTY, DOES NOT PLACE HER IN A TRAVEL STATUS OR ENTITLE HER TO REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES INCURRED IN THEREAFTER REPORTING TO HER DESIGNATED HEADQUARTERS OR FIRST DUTY STATION.

DECISION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL, JUNE 16, 1926:

REVIEW HAS BEEN REQUESTED OF SETTLEMENT 01077797-L, FEBRUARY 10, 1926, DISALLOWING $20.75 OF THE CLAIM PRESENTED BY DR. HATTIE F. LOVE FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVELING EXPENSES AS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE CHILDREN'S BUREAU, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, THE DISALLOWANCE COVERING THE EXPENSES INCURRED BY CLAIMANT IN GOING FROM HER PLACE OF RESIDENCE TO HER DESIGNATED POST OF DUTY.

IT APPEARS FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT THAT DOCTOR LOVE'S APPOINTMENT WAS APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT JUNE 20, 1925, AND BY THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION ON JUNE 30, 1925, AND SHE WAS NOTIFIED BY WIRE JUNE 30, 1925. THE ORDER OF JULY 9, 1925, CONFIRMING HER APPOINTMENT CONTAINED THE FOLLOWING.

YOU HAVE BEEN APPOINTED, SUBJECT TO TAKING THE OATH OF OFFICE, ASSOCIATE MEDICAL OFFICER IN THE CHILDREN'S BUREAU, AT A SALARY OF THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS PER ANNUM, EFFECTIVE ON THE DATE ON WHICH YOU ENTER UPON DUTY IN THE ABOVE-MENTIONED POSITION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH DEPARTMENTAL AUTHORITY OF JUNE 20, 1925.

THIS IS PURELY A PERSONAL CERTIFICATE OF APPOINTMENT AND NOT TO BE REGARDED PER SE AS AN OFFICIAL CREDENTIAL OR AUTHORITY FOR OPERATION. EMPLOYEES MUST EXHIBIT CREDENTIALS UPON REQUEST.

YOUR APPOINTMENT WILL CONTINUE FOR A PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED THREE MONTHS.

BY DIRECTION OF THE SECRETARY:

RESPECTFULLY,

S. J. GOMPERS,

CHIEF CLERK.

RCS

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY.

EB

DOCTOR LOVE TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE JULY 2, AT JOHNSON CITY, TENN., BEFORE TAKING THE TRAIN FOR LOUISVILLE, KY. HER TRAVEL ORDERS, DATED JUNE 30, 1925, PURPORTED TO AUTHORIZE TRAVEL FROM JOHNSON CITY, TENN., TO LOUISVILLE AND SUCH OTHER PLACES IN KENTUCKY AS MIGHT BE NECESSARY AND RETURN TO JOHNSON CITY, TO BEGIN JULY 2, 1925. THE NATURE OF HER WORK IS DESCRIBED IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT, AS FOLLOWS:

ON JUNE 20, 1925, DOCTOR LOVE'S TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT FOR A PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED THREE MONTHS WAS REQUESTED, EFFECTIVE DATE OF ENTRANCE ON DUTY, TO PERFORM CERTAIN WORK FOR THE MATERNITY AND INFANCY DIVISION OF THE BUREAU, INVOLVING THE ORGANIZATION AND CONDUCTING OF CHILD HEALTH CONFERENCES IN KENTUCKY, GIVING INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP INSTRUCTION TO EXPECTANT MOTHERS, AND MAKING EXAMINATIONS OF INFANTS AND PRESCHOOL CHILDREN, IN COOPERATION WITH THE KENTUCKY STATE BOARD OF HEALTH. HER OFFICIAL STATION WAS DESIGNATED AS LOUISVILLE. "APPROPRIATION: ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES, WELFARE AND HYGIENE OF MATERNITY AND INFANCY.'

WHILE THE CLAIMANT TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE AT JOHNSON CITY, NO DUTY WAS CONTEMPLATED OR PERFORMED AT THAT PLACE, AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE DESIGNATION OF LOUISVILLE AS HER HEADQUARTERS, NOT BEING INCONSISTENT WITH THE DUTY ACTUALLY PERFORMED, MAY BE ACCEPTED AS CONCLUSIVE SO FAR AS HER RIGHTS TO TRAVELING EXPENSES ARE CONCERNED, AND IT IS SHOWN THAT NO DUTY WAS PERFORMED BY HER PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AT SAID HEADQUARTERS. IT IS A WELL- SETTLED RULE THAT AN EMPLOYEE, UPON APPOINTMENT TO A POSITION, MUST BEAR THE EXPENSE INCURRED IN REPORTING AT THE DESIGNATED POST OF DUTY OR FIRST PLACE AT WHICH DUTY IS ACTUALLY PERFORMED. 11 COMP. DEC. 691; 20 ID. 73; 26 ID. 920; 4 COMP. GEN. 641; 5 ID. 274; ID. 941; A-11338, MARCH 8, 1926; A-14293, MAY 27, 1926.