A-32136, JULY 1, 1930, 10 COMP. GEN. 9

A-32136: Jul 1, 1930

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1930: THERE IS BEFORE THIS OFFICE FOR CONSIDERATION AND SETTLEMENT THE CLAIM OF C. * * * WHILE THE TRAVEL REGULATIONS FOR MANY YEARS HAVE CONTAINED PROVISIONS FOR CLEANING AND PRESSING CLOTHES. THE TERM "CLEANING AND PRESSING" IS TO BE TAKEN CONJUNCTIVELY AS INDICATING WHAT IS MEANT BY "CLOTHES" AND MUST BE REGARDED AS LIMITING THE TERM TO SUCH ITEMS OF WEARING APPAREL AS ARE ORDINARILY PRESSED OR CLEANED AND PRESSED AT FREQUENT INTERVALS. THE REASON FOR CONSIDERING SUCH ITEMS AS A PART OF REIMBURSABLE TRAVEL EXPENSES PRESUMABLY BEING EITHER THAT SUCH CLEANING AND PRESSING ARE DONE WITHOUT EXPENSE WHEN NOT IN A TRAVEL STATUS. IT MUST BE HELD THAT THE TERM "CLOTHES" AS USED IN THE PROVISION IN PARAGRAPH 58 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS RELATIVE TO CLEANING AND PRESSING CLOTHES WAS INTENDED TO HAVE ONLY THAT RESTRICTED APPLICATION WHICH HAD BEEN GIVEN TO THE TERM BY ADMINISTRATIVE AND ACCOUNTING OFFICERS OVER A LONG PERIOD OF YEARS IN CONSTRUING FORMER TRAVEL REGULATIONS CONTAINING A SIMILAR PROVISION.

A-32136, JULY 1, 1930, 10 COMP. GEN. 9

SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES - HAT CLEANING THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH 58 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS WHICH PROVIDE FOR THE CLEANING AND PRESSING OF CLOTHES OF EMPLOYEES WHILE IN A TRAVEL STATUS, DO NOT AUTHORIZE REIMBURSEMENT OF THE EXPENSE OF CLEANING THE TRAVELER'S HAT.

DECISION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL, JULY 1, 1930:

THERE IS BEFORE THIS OFFICE FOR CONSIDERATION AND SETTLEMENT THE CLAIM OF C. M. ALDOUS, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE BUREAU OF BIOLOGICAL SURVEY, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES IN THE SUM OF $1.50 INCURRED AT ROSEWELL, N. MEX., JANUARY 14, 1930, FOR CLEANING ONE HAT, A PART OF HIS WEARING APPAREL. THE CLAIMANT'S TRAVEL ORDER AT THE TIME PROVIDED FOR ACTUAL EXPENSES NOT TO EXCEED $7 A DAY WHILE ABSENT FROM ALBUQUERQUE, N. MEX., HIS OFFICIAL HEADQUARTERS.

THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, AS AMENDED EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 1929, PROVIDE:

58. LAUNDRY AND CLEANING AND PRESSING OF CLOTHES.--- LAUNDRY, NOT TO EXCEED AN AVERAGE OF $1.40 PER WEEK, AND CLEANING AND PRESSING OF CLOTHES, NOT TO EXCEED AN AVERAGE OF $1.25 PER WEEK, WITH PROPORTIONATE AMOUNTS FOR FRACTIONAL PARTS OF A WEEK; * * *

WHILE THE TRAVEL REGULATIONS FOR MANY YEARS HAVE CONTAINED PROVISIONS FOR CLEANING AND PRESSING CLOTHES, IT HAS NEVER BEEN THE PRACTICE TO REGARD SUCH PROVISIONS AS INCLUDING THE CLEANING OF HATS. THE TERM "CLEANING AND PRESSING" IS TO BE TAKEN CONJUNCTIVELY AS INDICATING WHAT IS MEANT BY "CLOTHES" AND MUST BE REGARDED AS LIMITING THE TERM TO SUCH ITEMS OF WEARING APPAREL AS ARE ORDINARILY PRESSED OR CLEANED AND PRESSED AT FREQUENT INTERVALS, THE REASON FOR CONSIDERING SUCH ITEMS AS A PART OF REIMBURSABLE TRAVEL EXPENSES PRESUMABLY BEING EITHER THAT SUCH CLEANING AND PRESSING ARE DONE WITHOUT EXPENSE WHEN NOT IN A TRAVEL STATUS, OR THAT THE CONDITIONS OF TRAVEL NECESSARILY REQUIRE THAT THE PRESSING OR CLEANING AND PRESSING BE DONE AT MORE FREQUENT INTERVALS. SUCH PRESUMPTIONS DO NOT ORDINARILY ARISE WITH RESPECT TO THE CLEANING OF HATS; BUT BE THAT AS IT MAY, IT MUST BE HELD THAT THE TERM "CLOTHES" AS USED IN THE PROVISION IN PARAGRAPH 58 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS RELATIVE TO CLEANING AND PRESSING CLOTHES WAS INTENDED TO HAVE ONLY THAT RESTRICTED APPLICATION WHICH HAD BEEN GIVEN TO THE TERM BY ADMINISTRATIVE AND ACCOUNTING OFFICERS OVER A LONG PERIOD OF YEARS IN CONSTRUING FORMER TRAVEL REGULATIONS CONTAINING A SIMILAR PROVISION.