A-14566, JUNE 26, 1926, 5 COMP. GEN. 1029

A-14566: Jun 26, 1926

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ROUND TRIPS AS THE REGULATIONS OF THE FOREST SERVICE PROVIDE THAT MOTOR VEHICLES MAY BE HIRED FROM EMPLOYEE OWNERS WHEN IT IS IMPRACTICABLE TO HIRE COMMERCIAL MACHINES. AN EMPLOYEE WHOSE AUTOMOBILE WAS HIRED TO DO HAULING AT A FIXED RATE PER MILE FOR THE ROUND TRIP IS ENTITLED TO PAYMENT OF THE FIXED RATE FOR THE RETURN TRIP AS WELL AS FOR THE OUTGOING TRIP. NOTWITHSTANDING NOTHING WAS HAULED ON THE RETURN TRIP. WHEREIN WAS DISALLOWED CREDIT FOR $9.32. THE PAYMENTS WERE FOR HIRE AT 15 CENTS PER MILE OF EMPLOYEE OWNED AUTOMOBILES USED FOR HAULING MEN. THE DISALLOWANCE WAS AT THE RATE OF 8 CENTS PER MILE FOR THE DISTANCE TRAVELED ON RETURN TRIPS. ON THE THEORY THAT NOTHING WAS HAULED. HELD THAT PAYMENT WAS AUTHORIZED OF A VOUCHER FOR THE HIRE OF A FOREST SERVICE EMPLOYEE'S AUTOMOBILE AT THE RATE OF 15 CENTS PER MILE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF A CREW OF FIRE FIGHTERS TO HEADQUARTERS.

A-14566, JUNE 26, 1926, 5 COMP. GEN. 1029

FOREST SERVICE - AUTOMOBILE HIRE, ROUND TRIPS AS THE REGULATIONS OF THE FOREST SERVICE PROVIDE THAT MOTOR VEHICLES MAY BE HIRED FROM EMPLOYEE OWNERS WHEN IT IS IMPRACTICABLE TO HIRE COMMERCIAL MACHINES, AT RATES TO BE AGREED UPON BY ANY UNIT IN KEEPING WITH LOCAL COMMERCIAL CUSTOM, AN EMPLOYEE WHOSE AUTOMOBILE WAS HIRED TO DO HAULING AT A FIXED RATE PER MILE FOR THE ROUND TRIP IS ENTITLED TO PAYMENT OF THE FIXED RATE FOR THE RETURN TRIP AS WELL AS FOR THE OUTGOING TRIP, NOTWITHSTANDING NOTHING WAS HAULED ON THE RETURN TRIP.

DECISION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL, JUNE 26, 1926:

O. M. WOLD, DISTRICT FISCAL AGENT, FOREST SERVICE, APPLIED, MAY 1, 1926, FOR REVIEW OF SETTLEMENT C-37143-A, DATED MARCH 10, 1926, WHEREIN WAS DISALLOWED CREDIT FOR $9.32, BEING PART OF CERTAIN PAYMENTS MADE BY HIM. THE PAYMENTS WERE FOR HIRE AT 15 CENTS PER MILE OF EMPLOYEE OWNED AUTOMOBILES USED FOR HAULING MEN, SUPPLIES, AND EQUIPMENT IN CONNECTION WITH FOREST SERVICE WORK. THE DISALLOWANCE WAS AT THE RATE OF 8 CENTS PER MILE FOR THE DISTANCE TRAVELED ON RETURN TRIPS, ON THE THEORY THAT NOTHING WAS HAULED, AND THEREFORE ONLY 7 CENTS PER MILE COULD BE ALLOWED AS FOR OFFICIAL TRAVEL OF THE FOREST SERVICE EMPLOYEE.

DECISION OF MAY 25, 1922, A.D. 6754, HELD THAT PAYMENT WAS AUTHORIZED OF A VOUCHER FOR THE HIRE OF A FOREST SERVICE EMPLOYEE'S AUTOMOBILE AT THE RATE OF 15 CENTS PER MILE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF A CREW OF FIRE FIGHTERS TO HEADQUARTERS.

THE FOREST SERVICE REGULATIONS PROVIDE THAT MOTOR VEHICLES MAY BE HIRED FROM EMPLOYEE OWNERS, WHEN IT IS IMPRACTICABLE TO HIRE COMMERCIAL MACHINES, AT RATES TO BE AGREED UPON BY ANY UNIT IN KEEPING WITH LOCAL COMMERCIAL CUSTOM AND AS DETERMINED BY RESPONSIBLE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS. IT IS STATED THAT IT WAS IMPRACTICABLE TO HIRE COMMERCIAL CARS IN THE CASES IN QUESTION, AND THAT IT IS CUSTOMARY IN COMMERCIAL PRACTICE TO FIX THE RATE FOR HAULING AT A FIXED RATE PER MILE FOR THE ROUND TRIP. THE RETURN TRIP IS REGARDED AS PART OF THE JOB OF HAULING.

UPON REVIEW, $9.32 IS CERTIFIED FOR CREDIT IN THE ACCOUNTS OF O. M. WOLD.