A-18582, JUNE 2, 1927, 6 COMP. GEN. 782

A-18582: Jun 2, 1927

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IS AVAILABLE ONLY THEREFOR. 1927: I HAVE YOUR SUBMISSION OF MAY 17. ARE BROAD ENOUGH TO INCLUDE PAYMENT FOR SUNDRY EXPENSES. THE LANGUAGE OF THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1928 WAS CHANGED TO READ AS FOLLOWS: FOR TRAVELING EXPENSES OF PERSONS EMPLOYED IN THE BUREAU OF PENSIONS. IT IS STATED IN LETTER FROM THE COMMISSIONER THAT WHEN ESTIMATES UNDER THE APPROPRIATION WERE SUBMITTED FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1928 IT WAS CONTEMPLATED THAT SUCH APPROPRIATION SHOULD INCLUDE. REGARDLESS OF WHAT MAY HAVE BEEN THE INTENT OF THE BUREAU OF PENSIONS IN SUBMITTING THE ESTIMATE. - SUCH ITEMS CAN NOT BE SO REGARDED UNLESS THE OBLIGATION THEREFOR IS ACTUALLY AND NECESSARILY INCURRED BY THE OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE WHILE IN AN OFFICIAL TRAVEL STATUS.

A-18582, JUNE 2, 1927, 6 COMP. GEN. 782

APPROPRIATIONS - TRAVELING EXPENSES - BUREAU OF PENSIONS THE APPROPRIATION "INVESTIGATION OF PENSION CASES" AS MADE BY THE ACT OF JANUARY 12, 1927, 44 STAT. 956, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1928, BEING RESTRICTED BY ITS TERMS TO TRAVELING EXPENSES, IS AVAILABLE ONLY THEREFOR, INCLUDING SUCH EXPENDITURES OR OBLIGATIONS AS THE TRAVELER, WHILE ABSENT FROM HIS DESIGNATED POST OF DUTY UNDER A DETAIL FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAKING SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS, MAY NECESSARILY INCUR IN CONNECTION WITH THE PARTICULAR INVESTIGATION ON WHICH ENGAGED, AND AS AUTHORIZED UNDER THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, JUNE 2, 1927:

I HAVE YOUR SUBMISSION OF MAY 17, 1927, FORWARDING FOR CONSIDERATION LETTER OF THE SAME FROM THE COMMISSIONER, BUREAU OF PENSIONS, AND REQUESTING DECISION UPON THE QUESTION AS TO WHETHER THE TERMS OF THE APPROPRIATION "INVESTIGATION OF PENSION CASES," FISCAL YEAR 1928, AS MADE BY THE ACT OF JANUARY 12, 1927, 44 STAT. 956, ARE BROAD ENOUGH TO INCLUDE PAYMENT FOR SUNDRY EXPENSES, OTHER THAN ORDINARY TRAVEL EXPENSES, INCIDENT TO THE SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS UNDERTAKEN.

THE APPROPRIATION "INVESTIGATION OF PENSION CASES," AS MADE BY THE ACT OF MAY 10, 1926, 44 STAT.478, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1927, PROVIDED:

FOR PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE, PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OF THE SUNDRY CIVIL APPROPRIATION ACT APPROVED AUGUST 1, 1914, FOR PERSONS EMPLOYED IN THE BUREAU OF PENSIONS, DETAILED FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAKING SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS PERTAINING TO SAID BUREAU, AND FOR ACTUAL AND OTHER NECESSARY EXPENSES, INCLUDING TELEGRAMS, $95,000.

THE LANGUAGE OF THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1928 WAS CHANGED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

FOR TRAVELING EXPENSES OF PERSONS EMPLOYED IN THE BUREAU OF PENSIONS, DETAILED FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAKING SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS PERTAINING TO SAID BUREAU, $130,000.

IT IS STATED IN LETTER FROM THE COMMISSIONER THAT WHEN ESTIMATES UNDER THE APPROPRIATION WERE SUBMITTED FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1928 IT WAS CONTEMPLATED THAT SUCH APPROPRIATION SHOULD INCLUDE, IN ADDITION TO TRAVEL EXPENSES PROPER, ITEMS SUCH AS FEES FOR SEARCHES AND COPIES OF RECORDS OF BIRTH, MARRIAGE, DEATH, DIVORCE, ETC.; INK, PASTE, AND TYPEWRITER OIL; DIRECTORIES AND POCKET MAPS; TELEGRAPH SERVICE; TELEPHONE MESSAGES, PARCEL POST AND FOREIGN POSTAGE; STENOGRAPHIC AND PHOTOGRAPHIC JOB WORK; ADVERTISING FOR WITNESSES; PORTABLE TYPEWRITERS AND CARRYING CASES; EMERGENCY REPAIRS OF EQUIPMENT; SERVICES OF INTERPRETERS; AND OTHER EXPENSES INCIDENT AND NECESSARY TO THE PROPER CARRYING OUT OF THE REQUIRED INVESTIGATIONS.

REGARDLESS OF WHAT MAY HAVE BEEN THE INTENT OF THE BUREAU OF PENSIONS IN SUBMITTING THE ESTIMATE, OR OF THE BUREAU OF THE BUDGET IN REVISING AND TRANSMITTING THE SAME, EFFECT MUST BE GIVEN TO THE PLAIN TERMS OF THE APPROPRIATION WHICH LIMIT ITS AVAILABILITY TO TRAVELING EXPENSES ONLY. WHILE SOME OF THE ITEMS MENTIONED ABOVE PROPERLY MIGHT BE REGARDED, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, AS TRAVELING EXPENSES--- SEE PARTICULARLY TITLE VIII, IX, XI OF STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 1926--- SUCH ITEMS CAN NOT BE SO REGARDED UNLESS THE OBLIGATION THEREFOR IS ACTUALLY AND NECESSARILY INCURRED BY THE OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE WHILE IN AN OFFICIAL TRAVEL STATUS.

ANSWERING YOUR QUESTION SPECIFICALLY YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THE APPROPRIATION "INVESTIGATION OF PENSION CASES, 1928," IS AVAILABLE ONLY FOR TRAVEL EXPENSES, INCLUDING SUCH EXPENDITURES OR OBLIGATIONS AS THE TRAVELER, WHILE ABSENT FROM DESIGNATED POST OF DUTY UNDER A DETAIL FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAKING SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS, MAY NECESSARILY INCUR IN CONNECTION WITH THE PARTICULAR INVESTIGATION ON WHICH ENGAGED, AND AS AUTHORIZED UNDER THE TRAVEL REGULATIONS.