A-32298, JULY 1, 1930, 10 COMP. GEN. 10

A-32298: Jul 1, 1930

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NOT AS A PART OF AN ORGANIZATION AND WHEN THE CHANGE IS NOT FOR HIS OWN CONVENIENCE. HE IS ENTITLED TO TRANSPORTATION AT THE EXPENSE OF THE UNITED STATES. HIS RIGHT IN THAT RESPECT IS NOT AFFECTED BY THE FACT THAT HE MAY BE GRANTED A FURLOUGH TO BE AVAILED OF EN ROUTE. HIS REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES FOR TRANSPORTATION NOT FURNISHED BY THE UNITED STATES IS LIMITED TO HIS ACTUAL EXPENSE BY THE ROUTE ACTUALLY TRAVELED NOT IN EXCESS OF WHAT IT WOULD HAVE COST THE GOVERNMENT TO HAVE FURNISHED THE TRANSPORTATION IN KIND BY THE OFFICIAL ROUTE. 1930: THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR REQUEST FOR DECISION WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO PAY A VOUCHER TRANSMITTED THEREWITH FOR $49.60 IN FAVOR OF FAY S. IS TRANSFERRED IN HIS PRESENT GRADE TO COAST ARTILLERY.

A-32298, JULY 1, 1930, 10 COMP. GEN. 10

TRANSPORTATION - CHANGE OF STATION - ARMY ENLISTED MAN ON FURLOUGH WHERE AN ENLISTED MAN OF THE ARMY MAKES A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION, NOT AS A PART OF AN ORGANIZATION AND WHEN THE CHANGE IS NOT FOR HIS OWN CONVENIENCE, HE IS ENTITLED TO TRANSPORTATION AT THE EXPENSE OF THE UNITED STATES, AND HIS RIGHT IN THAT RESPECT IS NOT AFFECTED BY THE FACT THAT HE MAY BE GRANTED A FURLOUGH TO BE AVAILED OF EN ROUTE, BUT HIS REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES FOR TRANSPORTATION NOT FURNISHED BY THE UNITED STATES IS LIMITED TO HIS ACTUAL EXPENSE BY THE ROUTE ACTUALLY TRAVELED NOT IN EXCESS OF WHAT IT WOULD HAVE COST THE GOVERNMENT TO HAVE FURNISHED THE TRANSPORTATION IN KIND BY THE OFFICIAL ROUTE.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO CAPT. H. M. DENNING, UNITED STATES ARMY, JULY 1, 1930:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR REQUEST FOR DECISION WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO PAY A VOUCHER TRANSMITTED THEREWITH FOR $49.60 IN FAVOR OF FAY S. HAMMERS, STAFF SERGEANT, THIRTEENTH COAST ARTILLERY, CLAIMED AS CONSTRUCTIVE TRANSPORTATION WITH PULLMAN ACCOMMODATIONS FROM NEW YORK, .Y., TO PENSACOLA, FLA., INCIDENT TO A CHANGE OF STATION FROM THE PANAMA CANAL TO FORT BARRANCAS, FLA., DIRECTED BY PARAGRAPH 14, SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS, PANAMA CANAL DEPARTMENT, NO. 173, JULY 27, 1929, AS FOLLOWS:

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF ARMY REGULATIONS, NO. 615-210, STAFF SERGT. FAY S. HAMMERS, R-151712, DETACHMENT HEADQUARTERS BATTERY, FIRST COAST ARTILLERY, FORT RANDOLPH, CANAL ZONE, IS TRANSFERRED IN HIS PRESENT GRADE TO COAST ARTILLERY, HARBOR DEFENSES OF PENSACOLA, FORT BARRANCAS, FLA., EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 13, 1929. HE WILL PROCEED TO CRISTOBAL, CANAL ZONE, AT THE PROPER TIME, AND IS AUTHORIZED, FOR HIS OWN CONVENIENCE, TO PROCEED TO THE UNITED STATES BY COMMERCIAL VESSEL LEAVING THIS DEPARTMENT ON OR ABOUT SEPTEMBER 14, 1929, FOR NEW ORLEANS, LA. UPON EXPIRATION OF FURLOUGH GRANTED, AND NOT LATER THAN DECEMBER 13, 1929, HE HAVING THEN COMPLETED HIS PRESENT TOUR OF FOREIGN SERVICE, WILL REPORT TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER HARBOR DEFENSES OF PENSACOLA, FORT BARRANCAS, FLA., FOR DUTY.

THE QUARTERMASTER CORPS WILL FURNISH THE NECESSARY TRANSPORTATION. THE JOURNEY, EXCLUSIVE OF TRANSPORTATION BY COMMERCIAL VESSEL, IS NECESSARY FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE. AG 200 P 5032 A 9-0.

FROM A STATEMENT OF THE PASSENGER AGENT, STANDARD FRUIT AND STEAMSHIP CO., IT APPEARS SERGEANT HAMMERS WAS A PASSENGER ON THE STEAMSHIP ATLANTIDA LEAVING CRISTOBAL, CANAL ZONE, SEPTEMBER 14, 1929, AND ARRIVING AT NEW ORLEANS, LA., ON SEPTEMBER 18, 1929, AND THAT THE SUM OF $75 WAS COLLECTED FROM HIM AS FARE. A STATEMENT ON THE VOUCHER SHOWS THE ITINERARY OF ACTUAL TRAVEL IN THE UNITED STATES WAS: NEW ORLEANS, LA., TO PENSACOLA, FLA., TO MUNCIE, IND., TO URBANA, ILL., TO DETROIT, MICH., TO WINDSOR, CANADA, TO MUNCIE, IND., TO PENSACOLA, FLA., AND TO FORT BARRANCAS, FLA.; THAT JOURNEY WAS MADE OVER VARIOUS RAILWAY LINES AND NO RECEIPTS ARE AVAILABLE COVERING RAILWAY EXPENDITURES.

NORMALLY, AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH HIS ORDERS, AN ENLISTED MAN CHANGING PERMANENT STATIONS NOT AS A PART OF AN ORGANIZATION IS ENTITLED TO TRANSPORTATION AT THE EXPENSE OF THE UNITED STATES, AND HIS RIGHT IN THAT RESPECT IS NOT AFFECTED BY THE FACT THAT HE MAY BE GRANTED A FURLOUGH TO BE AVAILED OF EN ROUTE, BUT HIS REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES FOR TRANSPORTATION NOT FURNISHED BY THE UNITED STATES IS LIMITED TO HIS ACTUAL EXPENSES BY THE ROUTE ACTUALLY TRAVELED NOT IN EXCESS OF WHAT IT WOULD HAVE COST THE GOVERNMENT TO HAVE FURNISHED THE TRANSPORTATION IN KIND BY THE OFFICIAL ROUTE. THE ORDERS IN THIS CASE PERMIT THE MAN TO PROCEED BY COMMERCIAL VESSEL TO A DIFFERENT PORT OF DEBARKATION, THERE BEING AN AVAILABLE ARMY TRANSPORT BY ANOTHER ROUTE ON WHICH HE COULD HAVE BEEN FURNISHED TRANSPORTATION WITHOUT EXPENSE TO THE UNITED STATES THEREFOR, AND THE ORDERS SPECIFICALLY PROVIDE THAT THE SEA TRAVEL TO NEW ORLEANS WAS NOT NECESSARY IN THE MILITARY SERVICE. OF COURSE, IT WAS NOT INTENDED TO SAY, NOR TO CERTIFY, THAT NO SEA TRAVEL WAS NECESSARY ON A CHANGE OF STATION FROM THE CANAL ZONE TO THE UNITED STATES. IT IS PROPER IN CONSIDERING THE MAN'S RIGHTS TO REIMBURSEMENT TO INCLUDE THE COST OF HIS SEA TRAVEL AS WELL AS HIS LAND TRAVEL FROM NEW ORLEANS TO PENSACOLA. THE COST TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE TRAVEL OF AN ENLISTED MAN FROM NEW ORLEANS TO PENSACOLA, INCLUDING A LOWER BERTH, IS $11.37 AND THE COST OF HIS COMMERCIAL STEAMSHIP FARE WAS $75, A TOTAL OF $86.37. ACCORDINGLY, HE MAY BE REIMBURSED THE COST TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE RAIL FARE, INCLUDING LOWER STANDARD PULLMAN BERTH, WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN PAYABLE BY THE GOVERNMENT FROM NEW YORK TO PENSACOLA, THE ROUTE BY WHICH HE WOULD HAVE BEEN SENT, $48.20. THE VOUCHER IS STATED ON THE BASIS OF AN ALLOWANCE OF $13.88 FOR LOWER STANDARD PULLMAN BERTH, NEW YORK TO PENSACOLA. THE RATE FOUND BY THIS OFFICE IS $12.48. THE VOUCHER, IF OTHERWISE CORRECT, MAY BE PAID IN AN AMOUNT NOT EXCEEDING $48.20.

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