A-29021, OCTOBER 25, 1929, 9 COMP. GEN. 167

A-29021: Oct 25, 1929

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SUBSISTENCE - MEALS TAKEN AFTER ARRIVAL AT POST OF DUTY PARAGRAPH 62 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS AUTHORIZING REIMBURSEMENT FOR MEALS TAKEN BY EMPLOYEES WHILE EN ROUTE TO OR FROM AN OFFICIAL STATION WHEN THE DEPARTURE IS BEFORE OR THE ARRIVAL AFTER CERTAIN SPECIFIED HOURS CAN NOT BE CONSTRUED TO AUTHORIZE REIMBURSEMENT FOR MEALS NOT TAKEN EN ROUTE TO OR FROM AN EMPLOYEE'S OFFICIAL STATION. REIMBURSEMENT OF WHICH AMOUNT WAS MADE BY THE DISBURSING CLERK. CREDIT FOR THE ITEM IN THE DISBURSING CLERK'S ACCOUNT WAS WITHHELD FOR THE REASON THAT AS THE MEAL WAS PROCURED AT THE EMPLOYEE'S OFFICIAL STATION PAYMENT OF THE EXPENSE INCURRED WAS IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH 46 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS.

A-29021, OCTOBER 25, 1929, 9 COMP. GEN. 167

SUBSISTENCE - MEALS TAKEN AFTER ARRIVAL AT POST OF DUTY PARAGRAPH 62 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS AUTHORIZING REIMBURSEMENT FOR MEALS TAKEN BY EMPLOYEES WHILE EN ROUTE TO OR FROM AN OFFICIAL STATION WHEN THE DEPARTURE IS BEFORE OR THE ARRIVAL AFTER CERTAIN SPECIFIED HOURS CAN NOT BE CONSTRUED TO AUTHORIZE REIMBURSEMENT FOR MEALS NOT TAKEN EN ROUTE TO OR FROM AN EMPLOYEE'S OFFICIAL STATION, BUT TAKEN AT HIS OFFICIAL STATION.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, OCTOBER 25, 1929:

CONSIDERATION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 23, 1929, REQUESTING REVIEW OF THE PROPOSED DISALLOWANCE OF CREDIT IN THE MARCH, 1929, ACCOUNTS OF J. L. SUMMERS, DISBURSING CLERK, TREASURY DEPARTMENT, FOR $1.25 PAID ON VOUCHER 173220 TO EDWIN C. RENAUD, FIELD CLERK, UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE, IN REIMBURSEMENT OF THE COST OF SUPPER PROCURED ON FEBRUARY 22, 1929, AT HIS OFFICIAL STATION.

IT APPEARS THAT THE EMPLOYEE LEFT PORTLAND, OREG., HIS OFFICIAL STATION, ON FEBRUARY 22, 1929, AT 4 P.M., ARRIVING AT HILLSBORO AT5 P.M.; THAT HE LEFT HILLSBORO AT 5.40 P.M., AND ARRIVED AT PORTLAND BY STAGE AT 6.30 P.M., WHERE HE PROCURED HIS SUPPER AT A COST OF $1.25, REIMBURSEMENT OF WHICH AMOUNT WAS MADE BY THE DISBURSING CLERK. CREDIT FOR THE ITEM IN THE DISBURSING CLERK'S ACCOUNT WAS WITHHELD FOR THE REASON THAT AS THE MEAL WAS PROCURED AT THE EMPLOYEE'S OFFICIAL STATION PAYMENT OF THE EXPENSE INCURRED WAS IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH 46 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS. IT IS NOW CONTENDED THAT CREDIT SHOULD BE ALLOWED FOR THE ITEM INVOLVED BECAUSE OF THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH 62 OF SUCH REGULATIONS.

REIMBURSEMENT OF SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES IS NOT DEPENDENT SOLELY UPON THE HOUR OF THE EMPLOYEE'S ARRIVAL AT OR DEPARTURE FROM HIS OFFICIAL STATION. THAT IS TO SAY, THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH 62 OF THE REGULATIONS TO THE EFFECT THAT AN EMPLOYEE WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR CERTAIN MEALS "TAKEN EN ROUTE TO OR FROM HIS OFFICIAL STATION" UNLESS THE DEPARTURE WAS BEFORE OR THE ARRIVAL AFTER CERTAIN SPECIFIED HOURS, CAN NOT BE CONSTRUED TO AUTHORIZE REIMBURSEMENT FOR MEALS TAKEN NOT EN ROUTE TO OR FROM BUT AT HIS OFFICIAL STATION.

IN THE INSTANT CASE THE EMPLOYEE WAS ABSENT FROM HIS OFFICIAL STATION BUT TWO AND ONE-HALF HOURS UNDER CONDITIONS WHICH DID NOT NECESSARILY REQUIRE THE INCURRENCE OF EXPENSES OTHER THAN HE WOULD HAVE INCURRED HAD HE REMAINED AT HIS OFFICIAL STATION. AND AS THE EVENING MEAL IN QUESTION WAS TAKEN "AT HIS OFFICIAL STATION" INSTEAD OF "EN ROUTE TO" HIS OFFICIAL STATION PARAGRAPH 62 OF THE REGULATIONS IS NOT APPLICABLE AND THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH 46 OF THE REGULATIONS ARE CONTROLLING. ACCORDINGLY, CREDIT MAY NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE ACCOUNTS OF THE DISBURSING CLERK FOR THE ITEM IN QUESTION.