A-45611, NOVEMBER 23, 1932, 12 COMP. GEN. 453

A-45611: Nov 23, 1932

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MILEAGE - TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE MILEAGE FOR THE USE OF AN EMPLOYEE'S OWN AUTOMOBILE WILL NOT HEREAFTER BE ALLOWED FROM THE EMPLOYEE'S RESIDENCE BUT ONLY FROM THE LIMITS OF HIS POST OF DUTY. 11 COMP. 1932 AS FOLLOWS: THIS OFFICE IS IN RECEIPT OF A MIMEOGRAPHED COPY OF YOUR DECISION OF OCTOBER 25. WHEREIN YOU HOLD THAT THE RULE THAT MILEAGE ALLOWANCE FOR THE USE OF PERSONALLY OWNED AUTOMOBILES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED FOR TRANSPORTATION UPON OFFICIAL BUSINESS BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 8 A.M. WILL NO LONGER BE FOLLOWED. YOU STATE THAT: "CREDIT WILL BE ALLOWED AT THE RATE SO FIXED FOR THE NUMBER OF MILES SHOWN TO HAVE BEEN TRAVELED OUTSIDE OF THE LIMITS OF THE TRAVELER'S POST OF DUTY.'. IT IS ASSUMED THAT THE TERM "OUTSIDE OF THE LIMIT OF THE TRAVELER'S POST OF DUTY" IS INTENDED TO BE THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OR TOWN IN WHICH THE TRAVELER'S HEADQUARTERS ARE LOCATED.

A-45611, NOVEMBER 23, 1932, 12 COMP. GEN. 453

MILEAGE - TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE MILEAGE FOR THE USE OF AN EMPLOYEE'S OWN AUTOMOBILE WILL NOT HEREAFTER BE ALLOWED FROM THE EMPLOYEE'S RESIDENCE BUT ONLY FROM THE LIMITS OF HIS POST OF DUTY. 11 COMP. GEN. 126, MODIFIED.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, NOVEMBER 23, 1932:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 1, 1932 AS FOLLOWS:

THIS OFFICE IS IN RECEIPT OF A MIMEOGRAPHED COPY OF YOUR DECISION OF OCTOBER 25, 1932, A-44782, WHEREIN YOU HOLD THAT THE RULE THAT MILEAGE ALLOWANCE FOR THE USE OF PERSONALLY OWNED AUTOMOBILES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED FOR TRANSPORTATION UPON OFFICIAL BUSINESS BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 8 A.M. AND 6 P.M., WILL NO LONGER BE FOLLOWED. IN THE LAST SENTENCE OF THE LAST PARAGRAPH OF YOUR DECISION, YOU STATE THAT:

"CREDIT WILL BE ALLOWED AT THE RATE SO FIXED FOR THE NUMBER OF MILES SHOWN TO HAVE BEEN TRAVELED OUTSIDE OF THE LIMITS OF THE TRAVELER'S POST OF DUTY.'

IT IS ASSUMED THAT THE TERM "OUTSIDE OF THE LIMIT OF THE TRAVELER'S POST OF DUTY" IS INTENDED TO BE THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OR TOWN IN WHICH THE TRAVELER'S HEADQUARTERS ARE LOCATED. IF THIS ASSUMPTION IS CORRECT, IT WOULD APPEAR THAT YOUR DECISION, OR AT LEAST THAT PART THEREOF REFERRED TO, IS INCONSISTENT WITH YOUR DECISION OF OCTOBER 6, 1931 (11 COMP. GEN. 126), WHEREIN YOU HELD THAT:

"AS IT HAS BEEN CUSTOMARY TO ALLOW AN EMPLOYEE THE COST OF TAXI FARE OR STREET CAR FARE, INCLUDING TRANSFER OF BAGGAGE, FROM HIS RESIDENCE TO THE RAILROAD STATION AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF A TRAVEL STATUS, MILEAGE FOR THE USE OF A PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE MAY LIKEWISE BEGIN AND END AT THE EMPLOYEE'S RESIDENCE.' INASMUCH AS AN EMPLOYEE'S RESIDENCE IS USUALLY WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF A CITY OR TOWN, YOUR VIEWS ON THE APPARENT INCONSISTENCY WILL BE APPRECIATED.

INASMUCH AS THE QUESTION OF ALLOWANCE OF MILEAGE ARISES DAILY IN CONNECTION WITH THE AUDIT AND EXAMINATION OF REIMBURSEMENT ACCOUNTS, YOUR EARLY CONSIDERATION OF THIS MATTER WILL BE APPRECIATED.

PARAGRAPH 3 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, EDITION OF JULY 1, 1931, PROVIDES:

OFFICIAL STATION.--- UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED, THE LIMITS OF AN OFFICIAL STATION IN A CITY OR TOWN ARE THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OR TOWN WHERE THE OFFICIAL STATION OF THE EMPLOYEE IS LOCATED.

THE DECISION OF OCTOBER 25, 1932, A-44782, 12 COMP. GEN. 423, AUTHORIZED THE PAYMENT OF MILEAGE FOR THE USE OF AN EMPLOYEE'S PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE ONLY FOR THE DISTANCE TRAVELED OUTSIDE THE LIMITS OF HIS OFFICIAL POST OF DUTY. IN VIEW THEREOF, AND OF THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH 3 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, SUPRA, MILEAGE FOR THE USE OF PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILES WILL NOT HEREAFTER BE ALLOWED FROM THE EMPLOYEE'S RESIDENCE, BUT ONLY FROM THE LIMITS OF HIS POST OF DUTY. THE DECISION IN 11 COMP. GEN. 126 IS MODIFIED ACCORDINGLY.