A-24730, OCTOBER 13, 1928, 8 COMP. GEN. 183

A-24730: Oct 13, 1928

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WHERE SUCH CHARGE IS IN EXCESS OF ONE DOLLAR. THESE FERRIES ARE USUALLY OPERATED BY THE OWNER. A DECISION OF YOUR OFFICE IS REQUESTED. ESTABLISHED FERRIES ARE GENERALLY CONSIDERED TO COME WITHIN THIS REQUIREMENT ALTHOUGH NOT SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED IN THE REGULATIONS.

A-24730, OCTOBER 13, 1928, 8 COMP. GEN. 183

TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS WHERE THE OWNERS OR OPERATORS OF FERRIES AT ISOLATED POINTS OBJECT OR REFUSE TO ACCEPT GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS, THE TRAVELER MAY MAKE PAYMENT IN CASH AND CLAIM REIMBURSEMENT THEREFOR ON HIS REGULAR TRAVEL VOUCHER WITH AN EXPLANATORY NOTE OF THE REASON FOR FAILURE TO USE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, OCTOBER 13, 1928:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 6, 1928, AS FOLLOWS:

WITH REFERENCE TO YOUR DECISION A-16127, DATED MAY 23, 1928, WHICH REQUIRES THE USE OF GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS WHEN PRACTICABLE FOR ALL TRANSPORTATION CHARGES IN EXCESS OF ONE DOLLAR.

THERE HAS ARISEN IN THIS DEPARTMENT THE QUESTION OF PAYMENT OF FERRY CHARGES AT MORE OR LESS ISOLATED WESTERN POINTS, WHERE SUCH CHARGE IS IN EXCESS OF ONE DOLLAR. THESE FERRIES ARE USUALLY OPERATED BY THE OWNER, WHO WOULD ACCEPT TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS UNDER PROTEST, AND WOULD NOT BE IN A POSITION TO CLAIM REIMBURSEMENT UNDER PRESENT BILLING REQUIREMENTS, WITHOUT A GREAT DEAL OF DELAY AND ASSISTANCE ON THE PART OF DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS.

IN ORDER THAT PROPER INSTRUCTIONS MAY BE GIVEN IN REPLY TO INQUIRIES FROM THE FIELD, A DECISION OF YOUR OFFICE IS REQUESTED.

PARAGRAPHS 17 AND 20 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS REQUIRE THE USE OF TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FOR ALL TRANSPORTATION BY LAND OR WATER WHEN FURNISHED BY RECOGNIZED TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES. ESTABLISHED FERRIES ARE GENERALLY CONSIDERED TO COME WITHIN THIS REQUIREMENT ALTHOUGH NOT SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED IN THE REGULATIONS. HOWEVER, SHOULD PARTICULAR ISOLATED FERRIES NOT CONNECTED WITH OTHER TRANSPORTATION LINES OBJECT OR REFUSE TO ACCEPT GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS, THE TRAVELER MAY PAY HIS FARE IN CASH AND CLAIM REIMBURSEMENT THEREFOR ON THE REGULAR TRAVEL VOUCHER, STATING THEREON THE REASON FOR HIS FAILURE TO USE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS IN THE PARTICULAR INSTANCE, AND SUBMITTING PROPER EVIDENCE OF THE FACT OF PAYMENT AND THE AMOUNT THEREOF. A-23657, JULY 21, 1928.