A-38175, SEPTEMBER 17, 1931, 11 COMP. GEN. 107

A-38175: Sep 17, 1931

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MILEAGE - ARMY OFFICER AN OFFICER OF THE ARMY DIRECTED TO TRAVEL PRIOR TO THE MOVEMENT OF AN ORGANIZATION TO CERTAIN POINTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF SELECTING CAMP SITES AND TO MAKE NECESSARY PRELIMINARY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE ACCOMMODATION OF THE ORGANIZATION ON A PRACTICABLE ROUTE FOR TRAVEL OVERLAND IS ENTITLED TO MILEAGE. WILL PROCEED ON OR ABOUT OCTOBER 14. UPON COMPLETION OF THIS DUTY WILL RETURN TO ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND. TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE IS AUTHORIZED. THE TRAVEL DIRECTED IS NECESSARY IN THE MILITARY SERVICE AND THE MILEAGE INVOLVED IS CHARGEABLE TO PROCUREMENT AUTHORITY FD 26 P 5040 A 2-1. IS AMENDED SO AS TO DIRECT HIM TO PROCEED FROM ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND. IS CONFIRMED AS NECESSARY IN THE MILITARY SERVICE.

A-38175, SEPTEMBER 17, 1931, 11 COMP. GEN. 107

MILEAGE - ARMY OFFICER AN OFFICER OF THE ARMY DIRECTED TO TRAVEL PRIOR TO THE MOVEMENT OF AN ORGANIZATION TO CERTAIN POINTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF SELECTING CAMP SITES AND TO MAKE NECESSARY PRELIMINARY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE ACCOMMODATION OF THE ORGANIZATION ON A PRACTICABLE ROUTE FOR TRAVEL OVERLAND IS ENTITLED TO MILEAGE.

ASSISTANT COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO MAJ. G. Z. ECKELS, UNITED STATES ARMY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1931:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR REQUEST FOR REVIEW OF DISALLOWANCE OF CREDIT IN YOUR DISBURSING ACCOUNTS IN THE AMOUNT OF $153.68, REPRESENTING PAYMENT ON VOUCHER NO. 275, OCTOBER, 1930, TO LIEUT. COL. JAMES B. TAYLOR, C.A., UNITED STATES ARMY, FOR MILEAGE INCIDENT TO TRAVEL FROM ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD., TO VARIOUS PLACES AND RETURN FROM OCTOBER 14, 1930, TO OCTOBER 23, 1930, UNDER THE FOLLOWING ORDERS:

SPECIAL ORDERS, NO. 114, HEADQUARTERS, SIXTY-NINTH COAST ARTILLERY (AA), DATED OCTOBER 10, 1930.

1. PURSUANT TO AUTHORITY CONTAINED IN PARAGRAPH 2, 7TH IND. (AG 370.5 (7- 22-30) (MISC.) C), WAR DEPARTMENT, SEPTEMBER 29, 1930, LIEUTENANT COLONEL JAMES B. TAYLOR, 69TH C.A., WILL PROCEED ON OR ABOUT OCTOBER 14, 1930, FROM ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD., TO THE FOLLOWING PLACES IN THE ORDER NAMED FOR TEMPORARY DUTY IN CONNECTION WITH MAKING A ROUTE RECONNAISSANCE PRIOR TO THE MOVEMENT OF THE 69TH COAST ARTILLERY TO FORT MCCLELLAN, ANNISTON, ALABAMA, AND UPON COMPLETION OF THIS DUTY WILL RETURN TO ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MARKLAND:

WASHINGTON, D.C.--- RICHMOND, VA.--- RALEIGH, N.C.--- COLUMBIA, S.C.--- GREENWOOD, S.C.--- FORT MCPHERSON, ATLANTA, GA.--- FORT MCCLELLAN, ANNISTON, ALA.--- ATLANTA, GA.--- SPARTANBURG, S.C.--- CHARLOTTE, N.C.--- RALEIGH, N.C.--- WASHINGTON, D.C.

TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE IS AUTHORIZED.

THE TRAVEL DIRECTED IS NECESSARY IN THE MILITARY SERVICE AND THE MILEAGE INVOLVED IS CHARGEABLE TO PROCUREMENT AUTHORITY FD 26 P 5040 A 2-1.

SPECIAL ORDERS, NO. 120, SAME HEADQUARTERS, DATED OCTOBER 27, 1930:

1. PARAGRAPH 1, S.O., NO. 114, THESE HEADQUARTERS, OCTOBER 10, 1930, DIRECTING LT. COLONEL JAMES B. TAYLOR, 69TH C.A., TO MAKE A ROUTE RECONNAISSANCE PRIOR TO MOVEMENT OF THE 69TH C.A. TO FORT MCCLELLAN, ALABAMA, IS AMENDED SO AS TO DIRECT HIM TO PROCEED FROM ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD., TO THE FOLLOWING PLACES IN THE ORDER NAMED:

WASHINGTON, D.C.--- RICHMOND, VA.--- RALEIGH, N.C.--- COLUMBIA, S.C. --- ANDERSON, S.C.--- ATHENS, GA.--- FORT MCPHERSON, ATLANTA, GA.--- FORT MCCLELLAN, ANNISTON, ALA.--- ATLANTA, GA.--- MACON, GA.--- AUGUSTA, GA.--- RICHMOND, VA.--- ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD.

THE TRAVEL, HAVING BEEN PERFORMED AS DIRECTED HEREIN, IS CONFIRMED AS NECESSARY IN THE MILITARY SERVICE, THE CHANGE IN ROUTE HAVING BECOME NECESSARY FOR THE PROPER PERFORMANCE OF THE ROUTE RECONNAISSANCE, AFTER THE DEPARTURE OF LT. COLONEL TAYLOR FROM THIS STATION AND SUBSEQUENT TO HIS CONFERENCES WITH THE STATE HIGHWAY OFFICIALS OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND GEORGIA. THE EXIGENCIES OF THE SERVICE PREVENTED THE DESIGNATION OF THE PROPER ROUTE IN THE ORDER ISSUED IN ADVANCE.

TRAVEL WAS PERFORMED AS DIRECTED AND THE MILEAGE PAID WAS FOR THE AGGREGATE DISTANCE OF 1,921 MILES AT 8 CENTS PER MILE. CREDIT WAS DISALLOWED IN THE AUDIT OF THIS ITEM FOR THE REASON THAT THE TRAVEL WAS IN CONNECTION WITH MAKING A ROUTE RECONNAISSANCE AND MERELY INCIDENT TO THE PERFORMANCE OF A PARAMOUNT SPECIFIC MILITARY DUTY, FOR WHICH PAYMENT OF MILEAGE WAS NOT AUTHORIZED. IT IS STATED THAT THIS ACTION WAS, NO DOUBT, TAKEN ON A STRICT INTERPRETATION OF THE ORDERS IN WHICH THE PURPOSE OF THE TRAVEL WAS NOT PROPERLY STATED. IT IS SUBMITTED THAT THE TROOPS NECESSARILY WOULD BE REQUIRED TO MOVE OVER ESTABLISHED PUBLIC HIGHWAYS AND THAT THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE JOURNEY WAS NOT TO MAKE A ROUTE RECONNAISSANCE AS STATED IN THE ORDERS BUT TO SELECT IN ADVANCE OF THE MOVEMENT OF THE REGIMENT SUITABLE CAMP SITES AND MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CARE AND HOUSING OF THE TROOPS, AND THAT THE SELECTION OF A PRACTICABLE ROUTE WAS MERELY INCIDENTAL TO THE PRIMARY MISSION. THE ACTUAL DUTIES PERFORMED AT THE VARIOUS PLACES EN ROUTE ARE STATED TO BE AS FOLLOWS:

4. DUTIES PERFORMED BY COLONEL TAYLOR WERE:

TO FORT HUMPHREYS--- NONE

AT FORT HUMPHREYS--- ARRANGEMENTS FOR MESS HALLS, BARRACKS, AND GASOLINE.

TO RICHMOND--- NONE.

AT RICHMOND--- CONFERENCE WITH OFFICIALS WHICH MADE AVAILABLE THE STATE FAIR GROUNDS FOR A WEEK-END CAMP.

TO RALEIGH--- NONE.

AT RALEIGH--- CONFERENCE WHICH MADE THE STATE FAIR GROUND AVAILABLE WITH SHELTER.

TO COLUMBIA--- NONE.

AT COLUMBIA--- ARRANGEMENTS WERE MADE FOR THE USE OF THE FAIR GROUND FOR A WEEK-END CAMP.

INTENDED ARRANGEMENTS FOR CAMP SITES AT ANDERSONN S.C., AND ATHENS, GA., HAD TO BE OMITTED WHEN IT DEVELOPED THAT LIMITED CAPACITY BRIDGES ON THIS ROUTE MADE IT DANGEROUS FOR USE BY THE CONVOY.

AT ATLANTA--- CONFERENCE AT HEADQUARTERS 4TH CORPS AREA RELATIVE TO THE ARRIVAL OF TROOPS AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR THEIR SHELTER, FOOD, AND GASOLINE SUPPLY FOR THREE DAYS.

TO FORT MCCLELLAN--- NO DUTIES.

AT FORT MCCLELLAN--- ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE PROPER CARE OF THE REGIMENT UPON ARRIVAL AT ITS NEW STATION AND THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE INFANTRY GARRISON.

RETURN TO ATLANTA--- NO DUTIES.

AT ATLANTA--- ADDITIONAL CONFERENCE UPON UNSETTLED POINTS DEVELOPED BY FORT MCCLELLAN DISCUSSION.

TO MACON AND AUGUSTA--- SELECTION OF SUITABLE ROADSIDE REGIMENTAL CAMPS AND CONSIDERATION OF THE ROUTE FEASIBILITY.

FROM AUGUSTA--- NO DUTIES OTHER THAN RETURN TO PROPER STATION.

SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, 42 STAT. 631, AS AMENDED, AUTHORIZES PAYMENT OF MILEAGE AT THE RATE OF 8 CENTS PER MILE TO OFFICERS OF THE ARMY "WHEN TRAVELING UNDER COMPETENT ORDERS WITHOUT TROOPS.' WHERE, HOWEVER, THE ASSIGNMENT IS FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF A PARAMOUNT MILITARY DUTY WHICH REQUIRES MOVEMENT IN ITS PERFORMANCE THE OFFICER IS NOT IN A TRAVEL STATUS AND PAYMENT OF MILEAGE FOR SUCH MOVEMENT IS NOT AUTHORIZED. IN THE INSTANT CASE THE OFFICER WAS NOT, UNDER HIS ORDERS, INCLUDED IN THE MOVEMENT OF TROOPS; HE WAS REQUIRED TO TRAVEL FROM PLACE TO PLACE FOR PERFORMANCE OF THE DUTIES ASSIGNED BY HIS ORDERS. ON THE FACT APPEARING THE OFFICER WAS IN A TRAVEL STATUS, ENTITLING TO PAYMENT OF MILEAGE, AND UPON REVIEW THE AMOUNT OF $153.68 DISALLOWED IS CERTIFIED FOR CREDIT IN YOUR ACCOUNTS.