A-47427, MARCH 15, 1933, 12 COMP. GEN. 548

A-47427: Mar 15, 1933

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MILEAGE - ROUTES - ARMY OFFICER WHERE NO OFFICIAL ROUTE HAD BEEN PRESCRIBED AT THE TIME A PARTICULAR JOURNEY WAS PERFORMED. THE ESTABLISHED RULE IS TO COMPUTE THE MILEAGE OVER THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE OPEN TO TRAVEL BETWEEN THE PLACES DESIGNATED. ORDERS PURPORTING TO DIRECT MERE TRAVEL BY AN OFFICER OF THE ARMY OVER OTHER THAN THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE AS PRESCRIBED BY LAW ARE NOT EFFECTIVE TO AUTHORIZE THE PAYMENT OF MILEAGE FOR A DISTANCE GREATER THAN THAT WHICH MAY PROPERLY BE ESTABLISHED UNDER THE LAW. 1933: THERE IS FOR CONSIDERATION THE QUESTION ARISING IN THE AUDIT OF VOUCHER 1859. NO OFFICIAL ROUTE HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED AT THE TIME THIS TRAVEL WAS PERFORMED. UNDER THE ESTABLISHED RULE THE OFFICER IS ENTITLED TO MILEAGE COMPUTED OVER THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE OPEN TO TRAVEL BETWEEN THE PLACES DESIGNATED FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF TEMPORARY DUTY.

A-47427, MARCH 15, 1933, 12 COMP. GEN. 548

MILEAGE - ROUTES - ARMY OFFICER WHERE NO OFFICIAL ROUTE HAD BEEN PRESCRIBED AT THE TIME A PARTICULAR JOURNEY WAS PERFORMED, THE ESTABLISHED RULE IS TO COMPUTE THE MILEAGE OVER THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE OPEN TO TRAVEL BETWEEN THE PLACES DESIGNATED, ON THE BASIS OF THE OFFICIAL DISTANCES BETWEEN WAY STATIONS, AND WHERE NOT SO ESTABLISHED, ON THE DISTANCES AS SHOWN BY THE OFFICIAL RAILWAY GUIDE. ORDERS PURPORTING TO DIRECT MERE TRAVEL BY AN OFFICER OF THE ARMY OVER OTHER THAN THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE AS PRESCRIBED BY LAW ARE NOT EFFECTIVE TO AUTHORIZE THE PAYMENT OF MILEAGE FOR A DISTANCE GREATER THAN THAT WHICH MAY PROPERLY BE ESTABLISHED UNDER THE LAW.

DECISION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL, MARCH 15, 1933:

THERE IS FOR CONSIDERATION THE QUESTION ARISING IN THE AUDIT OF VOUCHER 1859, JUNE, 1932, ACCOUNTS OF MAJ. J. B. HARPER, FINANCE DEPARTMENT, UNITED STATES ARMY, AS TO THE MILEAGE WHICH ACCRUED TO MAJ. HERBERT E. MARSHBURN, INFANTRY, UNITED STATES ARMY, UNDER ORDERS FROM THE ADJUTANT GENERAL OF THE ARMY, DATED MARCH 8, 1932, OVER THAT PART OF HIS ROUTING DIRECTING HIM TO PROCEED FROM ALLEN ACADEMY, BRYAN, TEX., VIA HOUSTON, TEX., FORT WORTH, TEX., AMARILLO, TEX., AND CLOVIS, N.MEX., TO NEW MEXICO MILITARY INSTITUTE, ROSWELL, N.MEX., AND FROM SHATTUCK SCHOOL, FARIBAULT, MINN., VIA CHICAGO, ILL., TO ST. JOHN'S MILITARY ACADEMY, DELAFIELD, WIS., THE SPECIFIC DUTY ENJOINED BEING THE INSPECTION OF THE RESERVE OFFICERS TRAINING CAMP UNITS AT THE INSTITUTIONS NAMED.

NO OFFICIAL ROUTE HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED AT THE TIME THIS TRAVEL WAS PERFORMED, AND UNDER THE ESTABLISHED RULE THE OFFICER IS ENTITLED TO MILEAGE COMPUTED OVER THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE OPEN TO TRAVEL BETWEEN THE PLACES DESIGNATED FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF TEMPORARY DUTY, ON THE BASIS OF THE OFFICIAL DISTANCE BETWEEN WAY STATIONS, AND WHERE NOT SO ESTABLISHED ON THE DISTANCES AS SHOWN BY THE OFFICIAL RAILWAY GUIDE. 45901, JANUARY 16, 1933. ORDERS PURPORTING TO DIRECT MERE TRAVEL OVER OTHER THAN THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE AS PRESCRIBED BY LAW ARE NOT EFFECTIVE TO AUTHORIZE THE PAYMENT OF MILEAGE FOR A DISTANCE GREATER THAN THAT WHICH MAY PROPERLY BE ESTABLISHED UNDER THE LAW.

THE PAYMENT OF MILEAGE IS AUTHORIZED FROM BRYAN, TEX., TO FORT WORTH, TEX., VIA ENNIS, TEX., OFFICIAL RAILWAY GUIDE, 187 MILES; THENCE TO ROSWELL, N.MEX., OFFICIAL TABLE OF DISTANCE, 548 MILES; AND FROM FARIBAULT, MINN. TO DELAFIELD, WIS., VIA COLMAR, IOWA, MADISON, WIS., AND WATERTOWN, WIS., OFFICIAL RAILWAY GUIDE, 316 MILES; A TOTAL DISTANCE OF 1,051 MILES AT 8 CENTS PER MILE, $84.08, LESS TRANSPORTATION FURNISHED FOR 1,208 MILES AT 3 CENTS PER MILE, $36.24, OR IN THE NET AMOUNT OF $47.84. PAYMENT WAS MADE FOR 1,443 MILES AT 8 CENTS PER MILE LESS TRANSPORTATION FURNISHED FOR 1,208 MILES AT 3 CENTS PER MILE, $36.24, OR IN THE NET AMOUNT OF $79.20, MAKING AN OVERPAYMENT OF $31.36. THE NOTICE OF EXCEPTIONS SHOWING AN OVERPAYMENT OF $28.10 IS MODIFIED ACCORDINGLY.