A-18587, MAY 23, 1927, 6 COMP. GEN. 759

A-18587: May 23, 1927

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IS AVAILABLE FOR EXPENSES INCIDENT TO BURIAL AT SEA OF THE REMAINS OF A FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER WHO DIES AT HIS POST ABROAD OR WHILE IN TRANSIT TO OR FROM SAID POST. IS AVAILABLE FOR THE BURIAL OF THE REMAINS OF A FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER AT SEA: FOR DEFRAYING THE EXPENSES OF TRANSPORTING THE REMAINS OF DIPLOMATIC. WHO HAVE DIED OR MAY DIE ABROAD OR IN TRANSIT. YOU STATE THAT THE DEATH OF AN AMERICAN VICE CONSUL NOW SERVING AT HIS STATION ABROAD IS IMMINENT AND THAT HE HAS EXPRESSED A DESIRE TO BE BURIED AT SEA. THAT THE RELATIVES IN THE UNITED STATES PREFER TO HAVE HIS WISHES FOLLOWED IF PRACTICABLE. IT MAY REASONABLY BE CONCLUDED THAT THE NECESSARY COST OF BURIAL AT SEA IS PROPERLY CHARGEABLE TO THE APPROPRIATION IN QUESTION.

A-18587, MAY 23, 1927, 6 COMP. GEN. 759

BURIAL EXPENSES - AT SEA - FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS THE APPROPRIATION FOR TRANSPORTATION AND BURIAL OF REMAINS OF FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS, ACT OF APRIL 29, 1926, 44 STAT. 335, IS AVAILABLE FOR EXPENSES INCIDENT TO BURIAL AT SEA OF THE REMAINS OF A FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER WHO DIES AT HIS POST ABROAD OR WHILE IN TRANSIT TO OR FROM SAID POST.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE, MAY 23, 1927:

CONSIDERATION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO YOUR LETTER OF MAY 18, 1927, REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER THE FOLLOWING QUOTED APPROPRIATION FROM THE ACT OF APRIL 29, 1926, 44 STAT. 335, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1927, IS AVAILABLE FOR THE BURIAL OF THE REMAINS OF A FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER AT SEA:

FOR DEFRAYING THE EXPENSES OF TRANSPORTING THE REMAINS OF DIPLOMATIC, CONSULAR, AND FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS OF THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING CLERKS, WHO HAVE DIED OR MAY DIE ABROAD OR IN TRANSIT, WHILE IN THE DISCHARGE OF THEIR OFFICIAL DUTIES, TO THEIR FORMER HOMES IN THIS COUNTRY FOR INTERMENT, AND FOR THE ORDINARY AND NECESSARY EXPENSES OF SUCH INTERMENT, AT THEIR POST OR AT HOME, $4,000.

YOU STATE THAT THE DEATH OF AN AMERICAN VICE CONSUL NOW SERVING AT HIS STATION ABROAD IS IMMINENT AND THAT HE HAS EXPRESSED A DESIRE TO BE BURIED AT SEA, AND THAT THE RELATIVES IN THE UNITED STATES PREFER TO HAVE HIS WISHES FOLLOWED IF PRACTICABLE.

WHILE THE STATUTE DOES NOT SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZE BURIAL AT SEA, IT DOES AUTHORIZE DEFRAYING THE EXPENSES OF TRANSPORTING THE REMAINS AND BURIAL WHEN DEATH OCCURS ABROAD OR IN TRANSIT, AND AUTHORIZES BURIAL BOTH AT THE POST OF THE OFFICER OR AT HIS HOME, INCLUDING IN THE LATTER CASE COST OF TRANSPORTATION. IN VIEW THEREOF, AND OF THE FACT THAT IF DEATH OCCURRED IN TRANSIT WHILE AT SEA, BURIAL AT SEA PROBABLY WOULD BE NECESSARY, AND OF THE FURTHER FACT THAT EXPENSES INCIDENT TO BURIAL AT SEA WOULD PROBABLY NOT EQUAL OR EXCEED EXPENSES INCIDENT TO TRANSPORTATION OF REMAINS TO AND BURIAL AT THE HOME OF THE OFFICER, IT MAY REASONABLY BE CONCLUDED THAT THE NECESSARY COST OF BURIAL AT SEA IS PROPERLY CHARGEABLE TO THE APPROPRIATION IN QUESTION.