A-41028, JUNE 18, 1932, 11 COMP. GEN. 490

A-41028: Jun 18, 1932

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THERE IS NO AUTHORITY FOR THE COMPUTATION OF MILEAGE UNDER THE CITED ACTS ON ANY OTHER BASIS. MILEAGE WAS PAID BY ROUTE OF ACTUAL TRAVEL VIA TOLEDO. WAS ALLOWED ON THE BASIS OF THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE VIA BUFFALO. THIS ACT WAS BY THE ACT OF JUNE 10. THE ABOVE QUOTED PROVISION AS TO THE BASIS FOR PAYMENT OF MILEAGE IS MANDATORY. THERE IS NO AUTHORITY FOR THE PAYMENT OF MILEAGE UNDER THE CITED ACTS OF 1906 AND 1922 ON ANY OTHER BASIS.

A-41028, JUNE 18, 1932, 11 COMP. GEN. 490

MILEAGE - OFFICERS OF THE COAST GUARD THE ACT OF JUNE 12, 1906, 34 STAT. 246, EXTENDED TO OFFICERS OF THE COAST GUARD BY THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, 42 STAT. 631, REQUIRES THAT PAYMENT OF MILEAGE ACCOUNTS OF OFFICERS SHALL BE MADE ACCORDING TO DISTANCES COMPUTED OVER THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTES AS ESTABLISHED AND BY MILEAGE TABLES PREPARED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR, AND THERE IS NO AUTHORITY FOR THE COMPUTATION OF MILEAGE UNDER THE CITED ACTS ON ANY OTHER BASIS, WHETHER THE DISTANCE ACTUALLY TRAVELED BE MORE OR LESS THAN OVER THE ROUTE SO ESTABLISHED.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, JUNE 18, 1932:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF MAY 10, 1932, REQUESTING RECONSIDERATION OF THE DECISION A-41028, APRIL 20, 1932, ADDRESSED TO W.H. WEBB, PAY AND ALLOWANCES OFFICER, UNITED STATES COAST GUARD, SUSTAINING THE DISALLOWANCE OF $8.16 AS EXCESS MILEAGE PAID BY HIM TO BOATSWAIN (L) M.G. MCCUNE, UNITED STATES COAT GUARD, FOR TRAVEL PERFORMED FROM WATERTOWN, N.Y., TO DETROIT, MICH., AS PER VOUCHER NO. 3043, IN HIS APRIL, 1931, ACCOUNTS. MILEAGE WAS PAID BY ROUTE OF ACTUAL TRAVEL VIA TOLEDO, OHIO, AND WAS ALLOWED ON THE BASIS OF THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE VIA BUFFALO, THENCE THROUGH CANADA, AS PER THE OFFICIAL TABLE OF DISTANCES, THE DIFFERENCE BEING DISALLOWED.

THE ACT OF JUNE 12, 1906, 34 STAT. 246, IN PROVIDING FOR THE PAYMENT OF MILEAGE TO OFFICERS OF THE ARMY, REQUIRED THAT THE DISTANCES BE COMPUTED AND MILEAGE PAID OVER THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTES, AND FURTHER:

* * * AND PAYMENT AND SETTLEMENT OF MILEAGE ACCOUNTS OF OFFICERS SHALL BE MADE ACCORDING TO DISTANCES AND DEDUCTIONS COMPUTED OVER ROUTE ESTABLISHED AND BY MILEAGE TABLES PREPARED BY THE PAYMASTER GENERAL OF THE ARMY UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR, * * *.

THIS ACT WAS BY THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, 42 STAT. 631, EXTENDED TO OFFICERS OF THE COAST GUARD.

THE ABOVE QUOTED PROVISION AS TO THE BASIS FOR PAYMENT OF MILEAGE IS MANDATORY, AND THERE IS NO AUTHORITY FOR THE PAYMENT OF MILEAGE UNDER THE CITED ACTS OF 1906 AND 1922 ON ANY OTHER BASIS, WHETHER THE DISTANCE ACTUALLY TRAVELED BE MORE OR LESS THAN THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE AS ESTABLISHED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR, KNOWN AS THE OFFICIAL TABLE OF DISTANCES. SEE 7 COMP. GEN. 498; A-41436, APRIL 22, 1932.