A-23891, AUGUST 29, 1928, 8 COMP. GEN. 94

A-23891: Aug 29, 1928

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TRANSPORTATION - NAVY ENLISTED MEN WHERE ENLISTED MEN OF THE NAVY ARE PERMITTED ON CHANGE OF STATION TO TRAVEL BY ROUTES OF THEIR OWN SELECTION. ONLY ON CONDITION THAT RECEIPTS ARE FURNISHED FROM THE RAILROAD OR SHIP COMPANIES FOR THE TRANSPORTATION BY COMMON CARRIER PAID FOR WITH PERSONAL FUNDS. 1928: THERE ARE FOR CONSIDERATION THE CLAIMS OF HENRY HARRIS. WHICH REQUESTS WERE RETURNED UNUSED. ARE AS FOLLOWS: FROM: COMMANDING OFFICER. YOU WILL PROCEED VIA THE ROUTE INDICATED ON YOUR TRANSPORTATION REPORT TO SAN DIEGO. UPON YOUR ARRIVAL YOU WILL REPORT TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER USS HOLLAND FOR DUTY OR SUCH OTHER DUTY AS THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. YOU ARE GRANTED SEVEN (7) DAYS DELAY IN REPORTING.

A-23891, AUGUST 29, 1928, 8 COMP. GEN. 94

TRANSPORTATION - NAVY ENLISTED MEN WHERE ENLISTED MEN OF THE NAVY ARE PERMITTED ON CHANGE OF STATION TO TRAVEL BY ROUTES OF THEIR OWN SELECTION, THEY MAY BE REIMBURSED ON COMPLETION OF TRAVEL IN AN AMOUNT NOT EXCEEDING THE COST TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR TRANSPORTATION BY THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE, ONLY ON CONDITION THAT RECEIPTS ARE FURNISHED FROM THE RAILROAD OR SHIP COMPANIES FOR THE TRANSPORTATION BY COMMON CARRIER PAID FOR WITH PERSONAL FUNDS.

DECISION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL, AUGUST 29, 1928:

THERE ARE FOR CONSIDERATION THE CLAIMS OF HENRY HARRIS, PH.M. 3C, UNITED STATES NAVY, AND ROY H. SYPHAX, C.B.M., UNITED STATES NAVY, FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION, ON THE BASIS OF TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS ISSUED TO THEM PURSUANT TO ORDERS DIRECTING TRAVEL, WHICH REQUESTS WERE RETURNED UNUSED, IT BEING STATED THAT THE TRAVEL DIRECTED HAD BEEN ACCOMPLISHED BY OTHER ROUTES OR MODES OF TRAVEL AT THE EXPENSE OF THE CLAIMANTS.

HARRIS'S ORDERS FROM THE COMMANDING OFFICER, UNITED STATES NAVY, HOSPITAL CORPS TRAINING SCHOOL, MARE ISLAND, CALIF., DATED JANUARY 11, 1928, ARE AS FOLLOWS: FROM: COMMANDING OFFICER. TO: HARRIS, HENRY, 380-19-01, PHM-3C, U.S.N. SUBJECT: ORDERS. REFERENCE: BUNAV. LETTER NAV. -630-VG, DATED 12- 28-27.

1. UPON RECEIPT OF THESE ORDERS AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ABOVE REFERENCE, YOU WILL PROCEED VIA THE ROUTE INDICATED ON YOUR TRANSPORTATION REPORT TO SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, AND UPON YOUR ARRIVAL YOU WILL REPORT TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER USS HOLLAND FOR DUTY OR SUCH OTHER DUTY AS THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, BATTLE FLEET MAY DESIRE.

2. YOU ARE GRANTED SEVEN (7) DAYS DELAY IN REPORTING, SUCH DELAY TO COUNT AS LEAVE.

3. ALL RECORDS AND NECESSARY TRANSFER PAPERS WILL BE FORWARDED VIA REGISTERED MAIL.

IT APPEARS THAT TRANSPORTATION REQUEST NO. N-214903, ON THE PACIFIC STEAMSHIP CO., VALLEJO, CALIF., TO SAN DIEGO, CALIF., WAS ISSUED TO HARRIS. THIS REQUEST WAS RETURNED TO THE BUREAU OF NAVIGATION AND CANCELED. REIMBURSEMENT IS CLAIMED IN THE AMOUNT OF $17.20, STATED TO HAVE BEEN INCURRED IN PROCEEDING JANUARY 11 TO 15, 1928, BY STEAMBOAT FROM VALLEJO TO SAN FRANCISCO, THENCE BY TRANSPORTATION FURNISHED BY THE PICKWICK STAGE CO. TO SAN DIEGO. NO RECEIPTS ARE FURNISHED OR OTHER EVIDENCE SUBMITTED SHOWING TRAVEL WAS ACTUALLY PERFORMED BY THE ROUTE AND MODE OF TRAVEL INDICATED. HAD THE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FURNISHED BEEN USED THE COST TO THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE BEEN $14.40.

SYPHAX'S ORDERS ISSUED MARCH 21, 1928, BY THE COMMANDING OFFICER U.S.S. FALCON, ARE AS FOLLOWS: FROM: COMMANDING OFFICER. TO: SYPHAX, ROY HARRISON, 174-60-53, CBM, USN. SUBJECT: ORDERS.

1. UPON RECEIPT OF THESE ORDERS YOU WILL PROCEED IMMEDIATELY TO THE RECEIVING STATION, WASHINGTON, D.C., AND UPON YOUR ARRIVAL YOU WILL REPORT TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER FOR DUTY.

2. ALL NECESSARY TRANSFER PAPERS ARE BEING FORWARDED VIA REGISTERED MAIL.

3. TRANSPORTATION IS HANDED YOU HEREWITH.

4. YOU ARE HEREBY AUTHORIZED A DELAY IN REPORTING UNTIL 31 MARCH, 1928. IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT YOUR ADDRESS WHILE ON LEAVE WILL BE: * * *

TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS NOS. N-201678-9, WERE ISSUED TO COVER TRAVEL BY SYPHAX AND THREE OTHERS, BOSTON TO WASHINGTON, OVER NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN AND HARTFORD RAILROAD AND PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD COS.- LINES. THE COST TO THE GOVERNMENT HAD TRANSPORTATION BEEN USED OVER THIS ROUTE WOULD HAVE BEEN $11.40. THE CLAIMANT, HOWEVER, STATES THAT THE TRANSPORTATION FURNISHED DID NOT PERMIT THE MEN TO SPEND THEIR DELAY AND STILL USE THESE GOVERNMENT REQUESTS, THAT THE REQUESTS WERE RETURNED TO THE BUREAU OF SUPPLIES AND ACCOUNTS AND CANCELED, AND THAT COST OF TRANSPORTATION WAS PAID FROM PERSONAL FUNDS. THE CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT IS FOR TRAVEL MARCH 21 TO 22, 1928, AND COVERS RAILROAD FARE BOSTON TO WASHINGTON, $17.30; PULLMAN, $5.63; AND SUBSISTENCE, $1.50. THE NAVY DEPARTMENT REPORTED JULY 12, 1928, THAT SYPHAX WAS FURNISHED THE REGULAR ALLOWANCE FOR MEALS AND TRANSFERS, AND THAT HE IS NOT ENTITLED TO ANY AMOUNT SPENT FOR MEALS AND TRANSFERS DURING THIS TRAVEL. NO RECEIPTS ARE FURNISHED OR OTHER EVIDENCE SUBMITTED SHOWING TRAVEL WAS ACTUALLY PERFORMED AS STATED.

WHERE THE NAVY, BY APPROPRIATE ORDERS, PERMITS A MAN ON CHANGE OF STATION TO TRAVEL BY A ROUTE OF HIS OWN SELECTION WITH A PROVISION FOR REIMBURSEMENT ON COMPLETION OF TRAVEL OF AN AMOUNT NOT EXCEEDING THE COST TO THE GOVERNMENT BY THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE, THE TRAVEL IS ACTUALLY PERFORMED BY COMMON CARRIER AND RECEIPTS FROM THE RAILROAD OR SHIP COMPANIES ARE FURNISHED IN SUPPORT OF THE CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT, THE CLAIMS MAY BE PAID. THE FURNISHING OF RECEIPTS WHERE TRAVEL IS CLAIMED TO HAVE BEEN BY COMMON CARRIER IS, HOWEVER, ESSENTIAL AND NO ALLOWANCE MAY BE MADE IN THE ABSENCE OF SUCH RECEIPTS, AS THE TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED MAY NOT BE PAID AS A COMMUTATION. SEE ACT OF MAY 29, 1928, 45 STAT. 975.

AS IN NEITHER OF THE CASES HAVE RECEIPTS BEEN FURNISHED, THE CLAIMS WILL BE DISALLOWED.