A-30018, JANUARY 15, 1930, 9 COMP. GEN. 290

A-30018: Jan 15, 1930

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IF THE INTERESTS OF THE GOVERNMENT ARE NOT JEOPARDIZED THEREBY. NOT EXCEEDING WHAT IT WOULD HAVE COST HAD THE TRAVEL BEEN PERFORMED BY THE AUTHORIZED MODE OF CONVEYANCE. REQUESTING TO BE ADVISED WHETHER PAYMENT WAS AUTHORIZED UPON THE VOUCHER THEREWITH TRANSMITTED IN FAVOR OF LIEUT. IT APPEARS FROM THE RECORD THAT THIS OFFICER WAS DIRECTED TO TRAVEL BY RAIL FROM DAYTON. THE TRAVEL WAS PERFORMED IN CONNECTION WITH NATIONAL GUARD DUTY. THE OFFICER WAS LIMITED TO REIMBURSEMENT OF ACTUAL EXPENSES AND NOT MILEAGE FOR THE TRAVEL PERFORMED. IF THE INTERESTS OF THE GOVERNMENT ARE NOT JEOPARDIZED THEREBY. BE REIMBURSED FOR ACTUAL EXPENSES SO INCURRED NOT EXCEEDING WHAT IT WOULD HAVE COST HAD THE TRAVEL BEEN PERFORMED BY THE AUTHORIZED MODE OF CONVEYANCE.

A-30018, JANUARY 15, 1930, 9 COMP. GEN. 290

TRAVELING EXPENSES - ARMY OFFICERS DETAILED TO NATIONAL GUARD DUTY AN OFFICER OF THE ARMY TRAVELING ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS IN CONNECTION WITH NATIONAL GUARD DUTY ENTITLING HIM TO REIMBURSEMENT OF ACTUAL EXPENSES, WHO ELECTS TO MAKE USE OF SOME MODE OF TRANSPORTATION OTHER THAN THAT AUTHORIZED IN HIS ORDERS, MAY, IF THE INTERESTS OF THE GOVERNMENT ARE NOT JEOPARDIZED THEREBY, BE REIMBURSED FOR ACTUAL EXPENSES SO INCURRED, IF SUPPORTED BY RECEIPTS, NOT EXCEEDING WHAT IT WOULD HAVE COST HAD THE TRAVEL BEEN PERFORMED BY THE AUTHORIZED MODE OF CONVEYANCE.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO MAJ. W. A. MACNICHOLL, UNITED STATES ARMY, JANUARY 15, 1930:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 11, 1929, REQUESTING TO BE ADVISED WHETHER PAYMENT WAS AUTHORIZED UPON THE VOUCHER THEREWITH TRANSMITTED IN FAVOR OF LIEUT. JAMES. B. CARROLL, A.C. (D.O.L.), FOR $17.76, REPRESENTING THE COST OF ONE LOWER BERTH FROM KANSAS CITY, O., TO LOS ANGELES, CALIF.

IT APPEARS FROM THE RECORD THAT THIS OFFICER WAS DIRECTED TO TRAVEL BY RAIL FROM DAYTON, OHIO, TO LOS ANGELES, CALIF.; THAT HE PROCEEDED BY RAIL FROM DAYTON TO KANSAS CITY, MO., AND TRAVELED FROM KANSAS CITY, MO., TO LOS ANGELES, CALIF., BY COMMERCIAL AIRPLANE. HE HAS BEEN REIMBURSED AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE RAILWAY FARE BETWEEN DAYTON AND LOS ANGELES AND THE PULLMAN FARE FROM DAYTON TO KANSAS CITY. THE TRAVEL WAS PERFORMED IN CONNECTION WITH NATIONAL GUARD DUTY, AND UNDER SECTION 67 OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE ACT, 39 STAT. 199, AS AMENDED, THE OFFICER WAS LIMITED TO REIMBURSEMENT OF ACTUAL EXPENSES AND NOT MILEAGE FOR THE TRAVEL PERFORMED. AS A GENERAL RULE AND IN THE ABSENCE OF A PROHIBITORY STATUTE AN OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE ELECTING TO MAKE USE OF SOME MODE OF TRANSPORTATION OTHER THAN THAT AUTHORIZED IN HIS ORDERS MAY, IF THE INTERESTS OF THE GOVERNMENT ARE NOT JEOPARDIZED THEREBY, BE REIMBURSED FOR ACTUAL EXPENSES SO INCURRED NOT EXCEEDING WHAT IT WOULD HAVE COST HAD THE TRAVEL BEEN PERFORMED BY THE AUTHORIZED MODE OF CONVEYANCE. THE PRESENT VOUCHER, HOWEVER, DOES NOT SHOW WHAT EXPENSES, IF ANY, WERE ACTUALLY INCURRED FOR THE TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN KANSAS CITY, MO., AND LOS ANGELES, CALIF., AND ACCORDINGLY IT IS NOT PAYABLE IN ITS PRESENT FORM.

SHOULD THE VOUCHER, HEREWITH RETURNED, BE AMENDED TO SHOW THE ACTUAL COST FOR THE TRANSPORTATION BY COMMERCIAL AIRPLANE, SUPPORTED BY PROPER RECEIPTS, AND THAT SUCH COST EQUALS OR EXCEEDS THE COST BY RAIL AND PULLMAN FARES, REIMBURSEMENT MAY BE MADE FOR THE VALUE OF THE PULLMAN ACCOMMODATIONS WHICH MIGHT HAVE BEEN FURNISHED AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE HAD THE TRAVEL BEEN PERFORMED BY RAIL.