A-26976, APRIL 27, 1929, 8 COMP. GEN. 566

A-26976: Apr 27, 1929

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1929: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 13. THE EMPLOYEES OF THE BUREAU OF FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC COMMERCE ARE ALLOWED A PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE WHILE TRAVELING ON BOARD VESSELS. THE QUESTION HAS ARISEN AS TO WHICH FEES ARE REIMBURSABLE TO THE TRAVELER FOR SERVICES RENDERED WHILE ON BOARD SHIP. DEFINES THE WORD "SUBSISTENCE" AS FOLLOWS: "SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES WILL BE HELD TO INCLUDE ALL CHARGES FOR MEALS. IT IS REQUESTED THAT THE DEPARTMENT BE INFORMED AS TO WHETHER EMPLOYEES TRAVELING ON PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE ON BOARD A VESSEL WOULD BE AUTHORIZED TO CLAIM REIMBURSEMENT FOR FEES TO CABIN. IN REPLY YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THE TERM "AND OTHERS" AS USED IN PARAGRAPH 44 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS.

A-26976, APRIL 27, 1929, 8 COMP. GEN. 566

TRAVELING EXPENSES - TIPS ON STEAMERS - SUBSISTENCE VERSUS TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES THE TERM "AND OTHERS" AS USED IN PARAGRAPH 44 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 1929, IN DESCRIBING WHAT SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS SUBSISTENCE INCLUDES ALL OTHER ITEMS NOT SPECIFICALLY SET FORTH AS ITEMS PERTAINING TO TRANSPORTATION, AND AN OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE ON BOARD A VESSEL ON A PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE BASIS MAY NOT BE REIMBURSED FOR ANY FEES NOT FALLING UNDER THE ITEMS PERTAINING TO AND SPECIFICALLY NAMED UNDER TRANSPORTATION.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, APRIL 27, 1929:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 13, 1929, AS FOLLOWS:

IN ACCORDANCE WITH AUTHORITY GRANTED UNDER PARAGRAPH 45 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, AS AMENDED, EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 1929, THE EMPLOYEES OF THE BUREAU OF FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC COMMERCE ARE ALLOWED A PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE WHILE TRAVELING ON BOARD VESSELS. IN THIS CONNECTION, THE QUESTION HAS ARISEN AS TO WHICH FEES ARE REIMBURSABLE TO THE TRAVELER FOR SERVICES RENDERED WHILE ON BOARD SHIP. (SEE 1 COMPTROLLER GENERAL, 342; 3 COMPTROLLER GENERAL, 983; AND 4 COMPTROLLER GENERAL, 888; REVIEW NO. A 5666, DATED DECEMBER 5, 1924.)

PARAGRAPH 44 OF THE STANDARDIZED TRAVEL REGULATIONS, AS AMENDED, DEFINES THE WORD "SUBSISTENCE" AS FOLLOWS:

"SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES WILL BE HELD TO INCLUDE ALL CHARGES FOR MEALS; LODGING; PERSONAL USE OF ROOM DURING DAYTIME; BATHS; FEES TO WAITERS * * * DINING-ROOM STEWARDS AND OTHERS ON VESSELS, * * *.'

PARAGRAPH 8 OF THE REGULATIONS DEFINES THE WORD "TRANSPORTATION" AS FOLLOWS:

"TRANSPORTATION INCLUDES * * * FEES TO BAGGAGE MEN, TO HOTEL, SLEEPING CAR, AND CABIN PORTERS OR CABIN BOYS FOR SERVICES RENDERED IN CONNECTION WITH SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS EN ROUTE OR WITH BAGGAGE; AND ROOM AND LIBRARY STEWARDS ON VESSELS.'

WITH REFERENCE TO THE ABOVE-MENTIONED DECISIONS AND REGULATIONS, IT IS REQUESTED THAT THE DEPARTMENT BE INFORMED AS TO WHETHER EMPLOYEES TRAVELING ON PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE ON BOARD A VESSEL WOULD BE AUTHORIZED TO CLAIM REIMBURSEMENT FOR FEES TO CABIN, DINING ROOM, BATHROOM, LIBRARY, AND DECK STEWARDS, AND THE AMOUNT FOR WHICH REIMBURSEMENT CAN BE CLAIMED FOR EACH FEE, OR THE TOTAL AMOUNT WHICH CAN BE CLAIMED FOR ALL FEES FOR ONE VOYAGE.

IN REPLY YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THE TERM "AND OTHERS" AS USED IN PARAGRAPH 44 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 1929, IN DESCRIBING WHAT SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS SUBSISTENCE INCLUDES ALL OTHER ITEMS NOT SPECIFICALLY SET FORTH AS ITEMS PERTAINING TO TRANSPORTATION. ACCORDINGLY, OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES TRAVELING ON PER DIEM CAN NOT BE REIMBURSED FOR ANY FEES NOT FALLING UNDER ITEMS PERTAINING TO TRANSPORTATION. ANSWERING YOUR QUESTION MORE SPECIFICALLY, REIMBURSEMENT MAY BE MADE FOR PAYMENTS TO BUT TWO OF THE STEWARDS NAMED; THAT IS, CABIN AND LIBRARY, AND TO NONE OF THE OTHERS. THE AMOUNT THAT MAY BE PAID IS SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPH 99 OF THE REGULATIONS.