A-38077, SEPTEMBER 16, 1931, 11 COMP. GEN. 106

A-38077: Sep 16, 1931

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TRAVELING EXPENSES' PERSONAL CONVENIENCE AN EMPLOYEE ABSENT FROM HIS HEADQUARTERS ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS WHO INTERRUPTS HIS TRAVEL STATUS TO PROCEED TO ANOTHER POINT DUE TO THE DEATH OF A RELATIVE AND WHO IS RECALLED TO HEADQUARTERS FROM THAT POINT. IS ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT OF SO MUCH OF HIS ACTUAL EXPENSES. AS WOULD HAVE BEEN NECESSARY HAD HE RETURNED TO HEADQUARTERS FROM HIS PLACE OF TEMPORARY DUTY. 1931: RECEIPT IS ACKNOWLEDGED OF YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 3. WHICH AMOUNT REPRESENTS THE RAILROAD FARE WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN NECESSARY FOR A TRIP FROM PHILADELPHIA TO WASHINGTON. IT APPEARS FROM THE RECORD THAT THIS EMPLOYEE'S HEADQUARTERS WERE WASHINGTON. THAT HE WAS IN TEMPORARY DUTY STATUS IN PHILADELPHIA ON JUNE 6.

A-38077, SEPTEMBER 16, 1931, 11 COMP. GEN. 106

TRAVELING EXPENSES' PERSONAL CONVENIENCE AN EMPLOYEE ABSENT FROM HIS HEADQUARTERS ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS WHO INTERRUPTS HIS TRAVEL STATUS TO PROCEED TO ANOTHER POINT DUE TO THE DEATH OF A RELATIVE AND WHO IS RECALLED TO HEADQUARTERS FROM THAT POINT, IS ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT OF SO MUCH OF HIS ACTUAL EXPENSES, INCLUDING PER DIEMS, AS WOULD HAVE BEEN NECESSARY HAD HE RETURNED TO HEADQUARTERS FROM HIS PLACE OF TEMPORARY DUTY.

ASSISTANT COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO GUY L. SEAMAN, DISBURSING CLERK, INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION, SEPTEMBER 16, 1931:

RECEIPT IS ACKNOWLEDGED OF YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 3, 1931, REQUESTING REVIEW OF THE ACTION OF THIS OFFICE IN REFUSING UPON PREAUDIT TO CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT OF VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF R. BROOKE STURM, RECLAIMING $9.90 DEDUCTED FROM HIS EXPENSE VOUCHER FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE, 1931, AND WHICH AMOUNT REPRESENTS THE RAILROAD FARE WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN NECESSARY FOR A TRIP FROM PHILADELPHIA TO WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 9, 1931, WITH THE FRACTIONAL PER DIEM CONVERING THE PERIOD OF TRAVEL.

IT APPEARS FROM THE RECORD THAT THIS EMPLOYEE'S HEADQUARTERS WERE WASHINGTON, D.C., THAT HE WAS IN TEMPORARY DUTY STATUS IN PHILADELPHIA ON JUNE 6, 1931; THAT AT 11.55 A.M. ON THAT DATE HE LEFT FOR PARKERSBURG, W.VA., BY HIS OWN AUTOMOBILE, ON ACCOUNT OF THE DEATH OF HIS MOTHER; THAT HE WAS ORDERED TO WASHINGTON, D.C., HIS HEADQUARTERS, TO APPEAR AT A HEARING JUNE 9, 1931. ACCORDINGLY HE TRAVELED BETWEEN PARKERSBURG AND WASHINGTON BY TRAIN, HIS WIFE RETURNING TO PHILADELPHIA BY AUTOMOBILE; HE ARRIVED IN WASHINGTON 7.20 A.M., JUNE 9, AND LEFT FOR PHILADELPHIA 1 P.M., JUNE 10; HE PAID RAILROAD AND PULLMAN FARE BETWEEN PARKERSBURG AND WASHINGTON AMOUNTING TO $16.61 AND NOW CLAIMS REIMBURSEMENT OF SUCH AMOUNT AS WOULD HAVE BEEN EXPENDED HAD HE TRAVELED FROM PHILADELPHIA TO WASHINGTON.

HAD MR. STURM BEEN ON DUTY IN WASHINGTON AND GONE FROM THERE TO PARKERSBURG ON PERSONAL BUSINESS, HE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ENTITLED TO THE EXPENSE OF RETURNING TO WASHINGTON; HOWEVER, HE WAS NOT IN WASHINGTON BUT IN PHILADELPHIA IN A TEMPORARY DUTY OR TRAVEL STATUS AND IS THEREFORE ENTITLED TO SO MUCH OF HIS ACTUAL EXPENSES IN RETURNING TO WASHINGTON FROM PARKERSBURG AS WOULD HAVE BEEN NECESSARY INCLUDING FRACTIONAL PER DIEM HAD HE PERFORMED THE TRAVEL FROM HIS TEMPORARY DUTY STATION IN PHILADELPHIA, THE QUESTION AS TO WHAT IT WOULD OR WOULD NOT HAVE COST HIM TO RETURN TO PARKERSBURG, WHERE HE WAS TO LEAVE, TO PHILADELPHIA, THE PLACE FROM WHICH HE WENT ON LEAVE, NOT BEING FOR CONSIDERATION. 10 COMP. GEN. 57; A-29288, DECEMBER 12. 1929. THE VOUCHER WILL BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FOREGOING AND RETURNED THROUGH THE USUAL CHANNELS.