A-43469, JULY 23, 1932, 12 COMP. GEN. 107

A-43469: Jul 23, 1932

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PARAGRAPH 66 THEREOF WILL BE USED AS THE BASIS FOR COMPUTING THE PER DIEM ALLOWANCE IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE FOR FRACTIONAL DAYS' ABSENCES AFTER JUNE 30. REQUESTING TO BE INFORMED WHETHER THE EMPLOYEE IS ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT UPON A FRACTIONAL PER DIEM BASIS. THERE WAS PROMULGATED EXECUTIVE ORDER OF JUNE 30. - IN COMPUTING PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE THE CALENDAR DAY (MIDNIGHT TO MIDNIGHT) WILL BE THE UNIT. FOR THE FRACTIONAL PART OF A DAY AT THE COMMENCEMENT OR ENDING OF A TRAVEL STATUS PERIOD ONE-FOURTH OF THE RATE FOR A CALENDAR DAY WILL BE ALLOWED FOR EACH PERIOD OF SIX HOURS OR PORTION THEREOF. SUCH FRACTIONAL PART WAS NOT AT THE COMMENCEMENT OR ENDING OF A LONGER ABSENCE AS CONTEMPLATED BY PARAGRAPH 66.

A-43469, JULY 23, 1932, 12 COMP. GEN. 107

ECONOMY ACT - SUBSISTENCE, PER DIEM - FRACTIONAL DAYS PENDING REVISION OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, PARAGRAPH 66 THEREOF WILL BE USED AS THE BASIS FOR COMPUTING THE PER DIEM ALLOWANCE IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE FOR FRACTIONAL DAYS' ABSENCES AFTER JUNE 30, 1932, WHEN OF SUCH DURATION AND BETWEEN SUCH HOURS AS TO CONSTITUTE A TRAVEL STATUS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, JULY 23, 1932:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED JULY 16, 1932, YOUR LETTER WITHOUT DATE, INCLOSING VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF W. A. HOLBROOK, IN THE AMOUNT OF $3.80, COVERING SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES FROM 10 O-CLOCK A.M., TO 7.30 P.M., JULY 13, 1932, AND REQUESTING TO BE INFORMED WHETHER THE EMPLOYEE IS ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT UPON A FRACTIONAL PER DIEM BASIS, AS CLAIMED.

PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 207 TO 210 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 30, 1932, PUBLIC, NO. 212, 47 STAT. 405, 406, DISCONTINUING THE AUTHORITY TO REIMBURSE ACTUAL EXPENSES OF SUBSISTENCE, THERE WAS PROMULGATED EXECUTIVE ORDER OF JUNE 30, 1932, REVOKING THE PROVISIONS OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS IN SO FAR AS THEY AUTHORIZED REIMBURSEMENT OF ACTUAL EXPENSES OF SUBSISTENCE, BUT CONTINUING SUCH REGULATIONS IN FORCE IN OTHER RESPECTS SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SAID SECTIONS 207 TO 210.

PARAGRAPH 66 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS PROVIDES:

DAY DEFINED.--- IN COMPUTING PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE THE CALENDAR DAY (MIDNIGHT TO MIDNIGHT) WILL BE THE UNIT. FOR THE FRACTIONAL PART OF A DAY AT THE COMMENCEMENT OR ENDING OF A TRAVEL STATUS PERIOD ONE-FOURTH OF THE RATE FOR A CALENDAR DAY WILL BE ALLOWED FOR EACH PERIOD OF SIX HOURS OR PORTION THEREOF.

WHILE THE ABSENCE OF THE EMPLOYEE NAMED IN THE VOUCHER SUBMITTED BY YOU COVERED A FRACTIONAL PART OF A DAY, SUCH FRACTIONAL PART WAS NOT AT THE COMMENCEMENT OR ENDING OF A LONGER ABSENCE AS CONTEMPLATED BY PARAGRAPH 66, SUPRA. HOWEVER, THAT PARAGRAPH IS THE ONLY PROVISION IN THE STANDARDIZED REGULATIONS FOR MEASURING THE AMOUNT OF PER DIEM ALLOWANCE FOR A FRACTIONAL DAY AND MUST, THEREFORE, BE APPLIED TO ALL FRACTIONAL DAYS' ABSENCES AFTER JULY 1, 1932, WHERE THE ABSENCES ARE OF SUCH DURATION AND BETWEEN SUCH HOURS AS TO CONSTITUTE A TRAVEL STATUS.

MR. HOLBROOK'S TOTAL ABSENCE AMOUNTED TO NINE AND ONE-HALF HOURS AND, ACCORDINGLY, ENTITLED HIM TO TWO-FOURTHS OR ONE-HALF OF THE PER DIEM ALLOWANCE, OR $2.50. HE MAY BE ALLOWED ALSO THE 5 CENTS FOR THE PHONE CALL ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS. THE VOUCHER IS HEREWITH RETURNED AND PAYMENT MAY BE MADE THEREON FOR NOT TO EXCEED $2.55.