A-46025, DECEMBER 17, 1932, 12 COMP. GEN. 470

A-46025: Dec 17, 1932

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ECONOMY ACT - LEGISLATIVE FURLOUGH - QUARTERS ALLOWANCE WHERE THERE IS DEDUCTED FROM THE GROSS COMPENSATION EACH MONTH THE FULL VALUE OF THE QUARTERS FURNISHED IN KIND. IN ADDITION THERETO THERE IS DEDUCTED THE PROPER AMOUNT FOR LEGISLATIVE FURLOUGH COMPUTED UPON THE GROSS COMPENSATION INCLUDING THE QUARTERS ALLOWANCE. NO FURTHER DEDUCTION FOR QUARTERS DURING THE TIME ABSENT ON LEGISLATIVE FURLOUGH IS NECESSARY AND PROPER AS THE FULL VALUE OF THE QUARTERS DURING THE PERIOD OF FURLOUGH HAS ALREADY BEEN CHARGED TO THE EMPLOYEE IN THE REGULAR MONTHLY DEDUCTIONS. 1932: REFERENCE IS HAD TO YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 5. REQUESTING TO BE INFORMED WHETHER PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED UPON THE VOUCHER THEREWITH TRANSMITTED IN FAVOR OF D.

A-46025, DECEMBER 17, 1932, 12 COMP. GEN. 470

ECONOMY ACT - LEGISLATIVE FURLOUGH - QUARTERS ALLOWANCE WHERE THERE IS DEDUCTED FROM THE GROSS COMPENSATION EACH MONTH THE FULL VALUE OF THE QUARTERS FURNISHED IN KIND, AND IN ADDITION THERETO THERE IS DEDUCTED THE PROPER AMOUNT FOR LEGISLATIVE FURLOUGH COMPUTED UPON THE GROSS COMPENSATION INCLUDING THE QUARTERS ALLOWANCE, NO FURTHER DEDUCTION FOR QUARTERS DURING THE TIME ABSENT ON LEGISLATIVE FURLOUGH IS NECESSARY AND PROPER AS THE FULL VALUE OF THE QUARTERS DURING THE PERIOD OF FURLOUGH HAS ALREADY BEEN CHARGED TO THE EMPLOYEE IN THE REGULAR MONTHLY DEDUCTIONS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO W. J. LAWTON, SPECIAL DISBURSING AGENT, LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE, DECEMBER 17, 1932:

REFERENCE IS HAD TO YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 5, 1932, RECEIVED BY INDORSEMENT DATED NOVEMBER 28, 1932, FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, BUREAU OF LIGHTHOUSES, AND REQUESTING TO BE INFORMED WHETHER PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED UPON THE VOUCHER THEREWITH TRANSMITTED IN FAVOR OF D. F. MCCOART, KEEPER OF THE BRIDGEPORT HARBOR LIGHT STATION, FOR $5.33 DEDUCTED AS QUARTERS ALLOWANCE FOR THE EIGHT DAYS DURING AUGUST THAT HE WAS ON LEGISLATIVE FURLOUGH.

ACCORDING TO THE PAY ROLL, THIS EMPLOYEE'S COMPENSATION IS $1,680 PER ANNUM OF WHICH $240 REPRESENTS QUARTERS FURNISHED IN KIND. FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST HIS GROSS COMPENSATION AMOUNTED TO $140 FROM WHICH THERE WERE DEDUCTED $20 ON ACCOUNT OF QUARTERS FURNISHED, $35.04 ON ACCOUNT OF FURLOUGH LEAVE COVERING EIGHT DAYS, TWO OF WHICH PRESUMABLY WERE COVERED BY DEDUCTIONS FOR THE PRECEDING MONTH OF JULY, $5.33 AS "EIGHT DAYS QUARTERS FURLOUGH," LEAVING A NET CASH PAYMENT OF $79.63.

IN DECISION OF OCTOBER 13, 1932, 12 COMP. GEN. 398, IT WAS HELD:

AN EMPLOYEE SUBJECT TO LEGISLATIVE FURLOUGH MUST HAVE DEDUCTED FROM HIS CASH COMPENSATION FOR THE YEAR NOT ONLY 8 1/3 PERCENT OF HIS TOTAL SALARY (INCLUDING ALLOWANCES FURNISHED IN KIND) BUT ALSO THE FULL FIXED VALUE OF THE QUARTERS OCCUPIED BY OR RESERVED FOR HIM DURING HIS ABSENCE ON LEGISLATIVE FURLOUGH REGARDLESS OF WHETHER HIS ABSENCE ON LEGISLATIVE FURLOUGH IS TAKEN IN ONE FULL CALENDAR MONTH OR FOR TWO OR MORE SHORTER PERIODS. 12 COMP. GEN. 187 MODIFIED.

WHERE AN EMPLOYEE TOOK LEGISLATIVE FURLOUGH FOR THE FULL MONTH OF JULY, NO CASH COMPENSATION ACCRUED TO HIM AND AS HE WOULD HAVE OCCUPIED QUARTERS ALTHOUGH HE HAD NOT EARNED THEM, BEING ON LEAVE WITHOUT PAY, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN REQUIRED EITHER TO PAY THE FULL VALUE OF THE QUARTERS IN CASH OR TO SUFFER A DEDUCTION OF THE VALUE OF THE QUARTERS FROM THE NEXT CASH ACCRUING TO HIM. WHERE, HOWEVER, THERE IS DEDUCTED FROM THE GROSS COMPENSATION EACH MONTH THE FULL VALUE OF THE QUARTERS FURNISHED IN KIND, AND, IN ADDITION THERETO, THERE IS DEDUCTED, ALSO, THE PROPER AMOUNT FOR LEGISLATIVE FURLOUGH COMPUTED UPON THE GROSS COMPENSATION, INCLUDING THE QUARTERS ALLOWANCE, NO FURTHER DEDUCTION FOR QUARTERS DURING THE TIME ABSENT ON LEGISLATIVE FURLOUGH IS NECESSARY OR PROPER, AS THE VALUE OF THE QUARTERS DURING THE PERIOD OF FURLOUGH HAD ALREADY BEEN CHARGED TO THE EMPLOYEE IN THE REGULAR MONTHLY DEDUCTIONS. AS THE REGULAR $20 MONTHLY QUARTERS ALLOWANCE WAS DEDUCTED FROM THE GROSS COMPENSATION TO BE PAID THIS EMPLOYEE, THE FURTHER DEDUCTION OF $5.33 WAS UNAUTHORIZED. PAYMENT ON THE VOUCHER IS AUTHORIZED, IN THE ABSENCE OF OTHER OBJECTION.