A-16062, OCTOBER 27, 1926, 6 COMP. GEN. 295

A-16062: Oct 27, 1926

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EXCHANGE ON GOVERNMENT CHECKS THE EXPENSE INCURRED BY AN OFFICER OF THE UNITED STATES IN ALASKA IN CASHING A DISBURSING OFFICER'S CHECK ISSUED TO HIM IN PAYMENT OF HIS SALARY OF EXPENSE ACCOUNT IS NOT A PROPER CHARGE AGAINST THE UNITED STATES. PARTICULAR REFERENCE IS MADE BY YOU TO THE SITUATION AT NOME. WHERE IT APPEARS THE LOCAL BANK IS EXACTING A CHARGE OF 1 PERCENT FOR CASHING GOVERNMENT CHECKS. YOUR ATTENTION IS INVITED TO THE DECISION OF A FORMER COMPTROLLER OF THE TREASURY RENDERED JULY 24. WHEREIN IT WAS HELD. - THE EXPENSE INCURRED BY AN OFFICER OF THE UNITED STATES IN CASHING A DISBURSING OFFICER'S CHECK ISSUED TO HIM IN PAYMENT OF HIS EXPENSE ACCOUNT IS NOT A PROPER CHARGE AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT.

A-16062, OCTOBER 27, 1926, 6 COMP. GEN. 295

EXCHANGE ON GOVERNMENT CHECKS THE EXPENSE INCURRED BY AN OFFICER OF THE UNITED STATES IN ALASKA IN CASHING A DISBURSING OFFICER'S CHECK ISSUED TO HIM IN PAYMENT OF HIS SALARY OF EXPENSE ACCOUNT IS NOT A PROPER CHARGE AGAINST THE UNITED STATES.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, OCTOBER 27, 1926:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 16, 1926, FILE MCC 2 B 31, IN WHICH YOU SUBMIT FOR DECISION THE QUESTIONS AS TO WHETHER THERE MAY BE PAID FROM UNITED STATES FUNDS THE AMOUNTS CHARGED AS "EXCHANGE" BY BANKS IN ALASKA FOR CASHING THE CHECKS DRAWN ON THE TREASURY IN PAYMENT OF SALARIES AND EXPENSES OF THE OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. PARTICULAR REFERENCE IS MADE BY YOU TO THE SITUATION AT NOME, ALASKA, WHERE IT APPEARS THE LOCAL BANK IS EXACTING A CHARGE OF 1 PERCENT FOR CASHING GOVERNMENT CHECKS.

YOUR ATTENTION IS INVITED TO THE DECISION OF A FORMER COMPTROLLER OF THE TREASURY RENDERED JULY 24, 1896, 3 COMP. DEC. 43, WHEREIN IT WAS HELD, QUOTING FROM THE SYLLABUS, THAT---

THE EXPENSE INCURRED BY AN OFFICER OF THE UNITED STATES IN CASHING A DISBURSING OFFICER'S CHECK ISSUED TO HIM IN PAYMENT OF HIS EXPENSE ACCOUNT IS NOT A PROPER CHARGE AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT.

THIS HAS BEEN THE UNIFORM HOLDING OF THE ACCOUNTING OFFICERS OF THE TREASURY AND OF THIS OFFICE FOR MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS, SEE 16 COMP. DEC. 277, AND HAS BEEN HELD APPLICABLE TO CHECKS ISSUED IN PAYMENT OF SALARIES AS WELL AS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES.

YOU ARE ACCORDINGLY ADVISED THAT IN THE ABSENCE OF SPECIFIC STATUTORY AUTHORITY THEREFOR THE PAYMENT OF THE CHARGES REFERRED TO BY YOU FROM PUBLIC FUNDS IS NOT AUTHORIZED.