A-32875, AUGUST 18, 1930, 10 COMP. GEN. 75

A-32875: Aug 18, 1930

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IS AUTHORIZED. SUCH EXPENSE TO BE PRORATED OVER THE ENTIRE PERIOD COVERED BY THE PARTICULAR JOURNEY FOR WHICH EXPRESS CHARGES WERE INCURRED. FOR DECISION WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO MAKE PAYMENT ON A VOUCHER TRANSMITTED THEREWITH IN FAVOR OF FIRST LIEUTENANT LEWIS S. PAYMENT OF EXPENSES INCURRED WAS REIMBURSED IN THE AMOUNT OF $35.85 ON VOUCHER 2880. THE ITEMS FOR WHICH REIMBURSEMENT IS NOW CLAIMED WERE NOT INCLUDED IN THE AMOUNT PAID. IT IS STATED THAT THE EXPENSE FOR TELEPHONE CALLS IN THE AMOUNT OF 30 CENTS WAS INCURRED AT EL PASO. THAT THE AIRPLANE FERRIED FROM ROCKWELL FIELD WAS A SINGLE SEAT PURSUIT PLANE IN WHICH NO SPACE WAS AVAILABLE FOR BAGGAGE. REIMBURSEMENT IS CLAIMED UNDER THE ACT OF JULY 11.

A-32875, AUGUST 18, 1930, 10 COMP. GEN. 75

TRAVELING EXPENSES - AIR TRAVEL - TELEPHONE CALLS - HAND BAGGAGE WHERE AN OFFICER OF THE ARMY TRAVELING BY AIR INCURRED EXPENSE FOR TELEPHONE CALLS FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROCURING GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THE LANDING FIELD, SUCH EXPENSE MAY BE REGARDED AS INCIDENT TO HIS TRANSPORTATION FOR WHICH REIMBURSEMENT, WHEN OTHERWISE INCURRED, IS AUTHORIZED. WHERE AN OFFICER OF THE ARMY TRAVELING BY AIR HAS NECESSARY HAND BAGGAGE, WHICH, BECAUSE OF INSUFFICIENT SPACE, HE CAN NOT TRANSPORT IN THE PLANE, HE MAY BE REIMBURSED THE EXPRESS CHARGES THEREON, NOT TO EXCEED THE AUTHORIZED ALLOWANCE UNDER THE ACT OF JULY 11, 1919, 41 STAT. 109, SUCH EXPENSE TO BE PRORATED OVER THE ENTIRE PERIOD COVERED BY THE PARTICULAR JOURNEY FOR WHICH EXPRESS CHARGES WERE INCURRED.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO MAJ. E. T. COMEGYS, UNITED STATES ARMY, AUGUST 18, 1930:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR REQUEST OF JULY 21, 1930, FOR DECISION WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO MAKE PAYMENT ON A VOUCHER TRANSMITTED THEREWITH IN FAVOR OF FIRST LIEUTENANT LEWIS S. WEBSTER, A.C., UNITED STATES ARMY, FOR $1.99 REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES INCURRED DURING MAY, 1930, FOR TELEPHONE CALLS AT EL PASO, TEX., AND EXPRESS CHARGES ON HIS HAND BAGGAGE FROM SAN DIEGO, CALIF., TO SAN ANTONIO, TEX., UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES HEREINAFTER STATED.

LETTER ORDERS, CHIEF OF THE AIR CORPS, DATED MAY 8, 1930, DIRECTED THAT ONE AIR CORPS OFFICER PILOT, REGULAR ARMY, PROCEED BY AIR FROM THE SAN ANTONIO AIR DEPOT, DUNCAN FIELD, SAN ANTONIO, X., TO ROCKWELL FIELD, CORONADO, CALIF., FOR THE PURPOSE OF FERRYING PT-3A AIRPLANE NO. 29-111 TO ROCKWELL FIELD, AND THAT HE RECEIVE AT THE LATTER PLACE PW-9D AIRPLANE NO. 28-33, TO BE FERRIED TO KELLY FIELD, TEX. THE COMMANDING OFFICER, DUNCAN FIELD, DIRECTED, MAY 17, 1930, THAT LIEUTENANT WEBSTER PERFORM THE TRAVEL AND TEMPORARY DUTY DIRECTED BY THE CHIEF, AIR CORPS, AND PURSUANT THERETO HE LEFT DUNCAN FIELD AT 7.45 A.M., MAY 19, 1930, ARRIVED AT ROCKWELL FIELD AT 3 P.M., MAY 21, 1930, DEPARTED THENCE AT 8.26 A.M., MAY 23, 1930, AND ARRIVED AT KELLY FIELD AT 1.10 P.M., MAY 24, 1930. PAYMENT OF EXPENSES INCURRED WAS REIMBURSED IN THE AMOUNT OF $35.85 ON VOUCHER 2880, MAY, 1930, YOUR ACCOUNTS, BUT THE ITEMS FOR WHICH REIMBURSEMENT IS NOW CLAIMED WERE NOT INCLUDED IN THE AMOUNT PAID. IT IS STATED THAT THE EXPENSE FOR TELEPHONE CALLS IN THE AMOUNT OF 30 CENTS WAS INCURRED AT EL PASO, TEX., MAY 19 AND MAY 23, 1930, IN COMMUNICATING WITH PERSONNEL AT FORT BLISS FOR THE PURPOSE OF OBTAINING TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THE AIR DROME, AND THAT THE AIRPLANE FERRIED FROM ROCKWELL FIELD WAS A SINGLE SEAT PURSUIT PLANE IN WHICH NO SPACE WAS AVAILABLE FOR BAGGAGE, MAKING IT NECESSARY TO SHIP HIS SUITCASE BY EXPRESS FROM ROCKWELL FIELD TO SAN ANTONIO, AT AN EXPENSE OF $1.69.

REIMBURSEMENT IS CLAIMED UNDER THE ACT OF JULY 11, 1919, 41 STAT. 109, UNDER WHICH ALL ACTUAL, NECESSARY, AND LEGAL EXPENSES, PERSONAL TO THE OFFICER, MAY BE REIMBURSED IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $8 PER DAY. 22454, JUNE 1, 1928; A-11628, FEBRUARY 25, 1926. TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM FLYING FIELDS WHEN NECESSARY IS AUTHORIZED WITHIN THE $8 LIMITATION. THE TELEPHONE CALLS ARE SHOWN TO HAVE BEEN FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROCURING GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION, AND, BEING INCIDENT TO NECESSARY TRANSPORTATION, REIMBURSEMENT OF THE EXPENSE OF 30 CENTS IS AUTHORIZED.

WHEN TRAVELING BY AIR THE TRANSPORTATION OF THE OFFICER AND HIS "BAGGAGE" TO AND FROM LANDING FIELDS IS AUTHORIZED BY REGULATIONS. THIS AUTHORIZATION CONTEMPLATES TRANSPORTATION OF NECESSARY HAND BAGGAGE ON THE PLANE, BUT WHERE IT IS SHOWN, AS IN THIS CASE, THAT NECESSARY HAND BAGGAGE COULD NOT BE TRANSPORTED IN THE PLANE BECAUSE OF INSUFFICIENT SPACE, EXPRESS CHARGES THEREON MAY BE PAID, WITHIN THE LIMITATION OF THE ALLOWANCE PRESCRIBED BY THE ACT OF JULY 11, 1919, AND MAY BE PRORATED OVER THE ENTIRE PERIOD COVERED BY THE PARTICULAR JOURNEY FOR WHICH EXPRESS CHARGES WERE INCURRED IN LIEU OF TRANSPORTATION BY THE PLANE, IN THIS CASE THE PERIOD FROM DEPARTURE AT CORONADO UNTIL ARRIVAL AT KELLY FIELD, MAY 23 AND MAY 24. ACCORDINGLY, YOU ARE ADVISED THAT PAYMENT MAY BE MADE ON THE VOUCHER IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FOREGOING, IF IT IS OTHERWISE CORRECT, THE PAYMENTS HEREIN CONSIDERED NOT TO RESULT IN EXCEEDING THE $8 MAXIMUM ON ANY OF THE DAYS IN QUESTION.