A-17919, APRIL 16, 1927, 6 COMP. GEN. 675

A-17919: Apr 16, 1927

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ARE AUTHORIZED BY SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10. THE MILEAGE IN QUESTION WAS PAID AT THE RATE OF 5 CENTS PER MILE FOR THE TRAVEL PERFORMED. THE QUESTION FOR DETERMINATION IS WHETHER MILEAGE OR ACTUAL EXPENSES ARE AUTHORIZED FOR THIS TRAVEL. OFFICERS WERE ENTITLED TO BE PAID MILEAGE FOR TRAVEL TO AND FROM ALASKA. WHEN SUCH PROVISIONS WERE REPEALED BY SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10. THE PAYMENT OF MILEAGE ONLY WAS AUTHORIZED FOR TRAVEL TO AND FROM ALASKA AND FROM PLACE TO PLACE THEREIN. THE LATTER ACT WAS AMENDED BY THE ACT OF JUNE 1. THE EFFECT OF SUCH AMENDMENT WAS NOT TO DISTURB THE PROVISION FOR THE PAYMENT OF MILEAGE BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND ALASKA. UPON REVIEW $146.20 IS CERTIFIED FOR CREDIT IN THE ACCOUNT OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL HOLCOMB.

A-17919, APRIL 16, 1927, 6 COMP. GEN. 675

MILEAGE - ALASKA - TRAVELING EXPENSES THE PAYMENT OF MILEAGE TO OFFICERS OF THE ARMY FOR AUTHORIZED TRAVEL TO AND FROM ALASKA AND REIMBURSEMENT OF ACTUAL EXPENSES INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH TRAVEL THEREIN, ARE AUTHORIZED BY SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, 42 STAT. 631, AS AMENDED BY THE ACT OF JUNE 1, 1926, 44 STAT. 680.

DECISION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL, APRIL 16, 1927:

LIEUT.COL. F. P. HOLCOMB, FINANCE DEPARTMENT, UNITED STATES ARMY, HAS REQUESTED REVIEW OF SETTLEMENT NO. K-2435-W, DATED JANUARY 22, 1927, DISALLOWING CREDIT IN HIS ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENTS OF MILEAGE IN THE AMOUNTS OF $54.20 AND $92 MADE, RESPECTIVELY, TO MAJS. F. M. MADDOX AND JAMES F. BYROM, INFANTRY, UNITED STATES ARMY, FOR TRAVEL DURING JULY, 1926, FROM PORTS IN ALASKA TO SEATTLE, WASH.

SPECIAL ORDERS, NO. 90, WAR DEPARTMENT, DATED APRIL 16, 1926, DIRECTED MAJOR MADDOX TO PROCEED FROM CHILKOOT BARRACKS, ALASKA, TO FORT BENNING, GA., AND SPECIAL ORDERS, NO. 116, WAR DEPARTMENT, DATED MAY 17, 1926, DIRECTED MAJOR BYROM TO PROCEED TO THE SAME PLACE FROM ANCHORAGE, ALASKA. THE MILEAGE IN QUESTION WAS PAID AT THE RATE OF 5 CENTS PER MILE FOR THE TRAVEL PERFORMED, TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS THEREFOR HAVING BEEN ISSUED FROM SKAGWAY AND SEWARD, PORTS OF EMBARKATION IN ALASKA, TO SEATTLE, WASH. THE QUESTION FOR DETERMINATION IS WHETHER MILEAGE OR ACTUAL EXPENSES ARE AUTHORIZED FOR THIS TRAVEL.

UNDER THE ACT OF JUNE 12, 1906, 34 STAT. 246, OFFICERS WERE ENTITLED TO BE PAID MILEAGE FOR TRAVEL TO AND FROM ALASKA, AND THE ACT OF MAY 11, 1908, 35 STAT. 114, PROVIDED FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THEIR ACTUAL EXPENSES WITHIN THE LIMITATIONS THEREIN PRESCRIBED FOR TRAVEL "WITHIN THE GEOGRAPHICAL LIMITS OF THE TERRITORY OF ALASKA.' DECISION OF THE COMPTROLLER OF THE TREASURY OF OCTOBER 14, 1909, 51 MS. COMP. DEC. 246. THIS AUTHORIZATION FOR THE PAYMENT OF MILEAGE TO AND FROM ALASKA AND REIMBURSEMENT FOR ACTUAL EXPENSES INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH TRAVEL IN ALASKA CONTINUED IN EFFECT UNTIL JULY 1, 1922, WHEN SUCH PROVISIONS WERE REPEALED BY SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, 42 STAT. 631, AND THE PAYMENT OF MILEAGE ONLY WAS AUTHORIZED FOR TRAVEL TO AND FROM ALASKA AND FROM PLACE TO PLACE THEREIN. THE LATTER ACT WAS AMENDED BY THE ACT OF JUNE 1, 1926, 44 STAT. 680, TO READ "ACTUAL EXPENSES ONLY SHALL BE PAID FOR TRAVEL UNDER ORDERS IN ALASKA AND OUTSIDE THE LIMITS OF THE UNITED STATES IN NORTH AMERICA.' THE EFFECT OF SUCH AMENDMENT WAS NOT TO DISTURB THE PROVISION FOR THE PAYMENT OF MILEAGE BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND ALASKA, BUT RESTORED THE AUTHORITY FOR THE PAYMENT OF ACTUAL EXPENSES FOR TRAVEL "IN ALASKA" WITHIN THE LIMITS FIXED IN THE 1922 ACT.

UPON REVIEW $146.20 IS CERTIFIED FOR CREDIT IN THE ACCOUNT OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL HOLCOMB.