A-15855, OCTOBER 15, 1926, 6 COMP. GEN. 259

A-15855: Oct 15, 1926

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TRAVELING EXPENSES - BAGGAGE - ARMY OFFICER USING OWN AUTOMOBILE AN ARMY OFFICER PERFORMING OFFICIAL TRAVEL IN HIS OWN AUTOMOBILE IS LIMITED TO REIMBURSEMENT OF THE AMOUNT NECESSARILY EXPENDED FOR GASOLINE. IS NOT ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT OF THE COST OF TRANSPORTING HIS BAGGAGE BY EXPRESS IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH TRAVEL. 1926: THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR REQUEST FOR A DECISION AS TO WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO PAY THE VOUCHER SUBMITTED IN FAVOR OF MAJ. IS RELIEVED FROM ASSIGNMENT TO THAT REGIMENT. IS DETAILED FOR DUTY AS INSTRUCTOR OF FIELD ARTILLERY. WILL PROCEED TO ATLANTA. UPON COMPLETION WILL PROCEED TO RALEIGH. THE TRAVEL DIRECTED IS NECESSARY IN THE MILITARY SERVICE. REIMBURSEMENT FOR TRAVEL AND FLAT PER DIEM OF $6.00 IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE ARE AUTHORIZED (CIRCULAR 19.

A-15855, OCTOBER 15, 1926, 6 COMP. GEN. 259

TRAVELING EXPENSES - BAGGAGE - ARMY OFFICER USING OWN AUTOMOBILE AN ARMY OFFICER PERFORMING OFFICIAL TRAVEL IN HIS OWN AUTOMOBILE IS LIMITED TO REIMBURSEMENT OF THE AMOUNT NECESSARILY EXPENDED FOR GASOLINE, OIL, AND NIGHT STORAGE NOT IN EXCESS OF THE NET COST TO THE GOVERNMENT HAD TRANSPORTATION BEEN FURNISHED, AND IS NOT ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT OF THE COST OF TRANSPORTING HIS BAGGAGE BY EXPRESS IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH TRAVEL.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO MAJ. BENJAMIN L. JACOBSON, UNITED STATES ARMY, OCTOBER 15, 1926:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR REQUEST FOR A DECISION AS TO WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO PAY THE VOUCHER SUBMITTED IN FAVOR OF MAJ. O. E. BEEZLEY, F.A. (D.O.L.), IN THE SUM OF $8.95, FOR EXPRESS CHARGES PAID FOR TRANSPORTATION OF A TRUNK WEIGHING 133 POUNDS FROM FORT SAM HOUSTON, TEX., TO RALEIGH, N.C., IN CONNECTION WITH HIS CHANGE OF STATION UNDER PARAGRAPH 43, SPECIAL ORDERS, NO. 153, WAR DEPARTMENT, JUNE 29, 1926, WHICH PROVIDES AS FOLLOWS:

43. MAJOR ORVA E. BEEZLEY, 12TH FIELD ARTILLERY, IS RELIEVED FROM ASSIGNMENT TO THAT REGIMENT, FROM DUTY AT FORT SAM HOUSTON, TEXAS, IS DETAILED FOR DUTY AS INSTRUCTOR OF FIELD ARTILLERY, NORTH CAROLINA NATIONAL GUARD, AND WILL PROCEED TO ATLANTA, GA., AND REPORT IN PERSON TO THE COMMANDING GENERAL FOURTH CORPS AREA FOR TEMPORARY DUTY FOR A PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED (10) DAYS FOR INSTRUCTIONS, AND UPON COMPLETION WILL PROCEED TO RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, TAKE STATION, AND ON SAME DATE PASS TO THE DETACHED OFFICERS' LIST, SUBMITTING REPORTS REQUIRED BY PARAGRAPH 381, NATIONAL GUARD REGULATIONS (CC NO. 2). THE TRAVEL DIRECTED IS NECESSARY IN THE MILITARY SERVICE. REIMBURSEMENT FOR TRAVEL AND FLAT PER DIEM OF $6.00 IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE ARE AUTHORIZED (CIRCULAR 19, WAR DEPARTMENT, 1925) 49-MB-60-P-5067 A-6300-7; OTHER AUTHORIZED TRAVEL EXPENSES AG 200 A- 9-7 (AG 210.651, 4TH CORPS AREA).

ATTACHED TO THE VOUCHER IS A RECEIPTED EXPRESS BILL AND A CERTIFICATE OF MAJOR BEEZLEY THAT---

* * * THIS BAGGAGE CONTAINED NECESSARY UNIFORMS AND THAT WEIGHT OF SAME WAS NOT IN EXCESS TO THAT WHICH IS INCLUDED IN ONE 1ST CLASS TICKET BY RAIL, THAT TOTAL COST OF EXPENSES FOR MY TRAVEL BY AUTOMOBILE FROM FORT SAME HOUSTON, TEXAS, TO RALEIGH, N.C., IS NOT IN EXCESS OF TRAVEL BY RAIL.

YOU STATE THAT THE OFFICER MADE THE JOURNEY IN HIS PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE, AND THEREFORE IS NOT ENTITLED TO THE USUAL TRANSPORTATION OF BAGGAGE BY RAIL, AND ALSO THAT---

MAJOR BEEZLEY WAS PAID ON MY VOUCHER NO. 94, AUGUST, 1926, ACCOUNTS, THE SUM OF $69.94, IN CONNECTION WITH WHICH HE CLAIMED $45.88 FOR GASOLINE AND OIL, BUT WAS ONLY ALLOWED $22.94 FOR SUCH REIMBURSEMENT BY REASON OF THE FACT THAT HE WAS ACCOMPANIED IN THE AUTOMOBILE BY HIS WIFE. * * *

AS THE OFFICER WAS TRAVELING ON DUTY IN CONNECTION WITH THE NATIONAL GUARD, HE WAS ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES UNDER SECTION 67 OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE ACT, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 3 OF THE ACT OF SEPTEMBER 22, 1922, 42 STAT. 1034, AND CIRCULAR 19, WAR DEPARTMENT, 1925.

CIRCULAR NO. 9, WAR DEPARTMENT, FEBRUARY 25, 1925, PROVIDES:

1. REIMBURSEMENT FOR TRAVEL PERFORMED IN PRIVATELY OWNED MOTOR PROPELLED VEHICLE.--- 1. PENDING THE REVISION OF ARMY REGULATIONS, THE FOLLOWING PERSONNEL, WHEN IN A STATUS ENTITLING THEM TO TRANSPORTATION IN KIND AS DISTINGUISHED FROM MILEAGE OR TRAVEL PAY, MAY BE REIMBURSED TO THE EXTENT OF THE AMOUNT NECESSARILY EXPENDED FOR GASOLINE AND OIL AND FOR GARAGE RENT FOR NIGHT STORAGE OF PRIVATELY OWNED MOTOR-PROPELLED VEHICLES USED FOR THE TRAVEL REQUIRED UNDER THEIR ORDERS, SUBJECT TO THE LIMITATIONS HEREINAFTER SET FORTH:

COMMISSIONED OFFICERS * * *.

2. * * * NEITHER IS REIMBURSEMENT AUTHORIZED IN EXCESS OF WHAT THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION, INCLUDING AUTHORIZED PULLMAN ACCOMMODATIONS, WOULD HAVE BEEN IF THE SAME HAD BEEN FURNISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT. WHERE THE OFFICIAL ROUTE OF TRAVEL BETWEEN POINTS INVOLVED IN TRAVEL ORDERS IS IN WHOLE OR IN PART FREE OR FIFTY PERCENT LAND GRANT, THE REIMBURSEMENT FOR TRAVEL BY PRIVATE CONVEYANCE WILL NOT EXCEED WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE NET COST OF THE GOVERNMENT BY REASON OF THE BENEFITS TO WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS ENTITLED FOR TRAVEL OVER LAND GRANT RAILROADS. IN COMPARING THE EXPENSES INCURRED FOR TRAVEL BY PRIVATE CONVEYANCE WITH THE COST BY RAILROAD, THE COMPARISON WILL BE MADE ON THE BASIS OF COSTS BETWEEN POINTS COVERED BY TRAVEL ORDERS AS A WHOLE.

MAJOR BEEZLEY HAVING TRAVELED BY HIS PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE, HIS RIGHT TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR EXPENSES OF TRAVEL INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH THE JOURNEY IS SUBJECT TO THE RESTRICTIONS AND LIMITATIONS PRESCRIBED BY CIRCULAR 9, WAR DEPARTMENT, 1925, NAMELY, AMOUNT NECESSARILY EXPENDED FOR GASOLINE, OIL, AND GARAGE RENT FOR NIGHT STORAGE OF AUTOMOBILE, NOT EXCEEDING WHAT IT WOULD HAVE COST THE GOVERNMENT FOR TRANSPORTATION, INCLUDING PULLMAN ACCOMMODATIONS (ONE HALF WHEN ACCOMPANIED BY WIFE, 5 COMP. GEN. 110). HAVING BEEN REIMBURSED ON THAT BASIS, HE IS NOT NOW ENTITLED TO PAYMENT OF THE ADDITIONAL AMOUNT OF $8.95 INCURRED FOR SHIPMENT OF HIS BAGGAGE BY EXPRESS.