A-5245, DECEMBER 18, 1924, 4 COMP. GEN. 541

A-5245: Dec 18, 1924

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GARAGE TO PERSONNEL OF THE ARMY WHEN TRAVELING ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS IN THEIR PRIVATELY-OWNED AUTOMOBILES BETWEEN TWO POINTS ENTIRELY CONNECTED BY FREE LAND-GRANT RAILROAD IS NOT AUTHORIZED. PROVIDED THAT IN NO EVENT SUCH REIMBURSEMENT EXCEED WHAT IT WOULD HAVE COST THE UNITED STATES TO HAVE FURNISHED TRANSPORTATION IN KIND. 1924: I HAVE YOUR REQUEST OF NOVEMBER 20. WERE NOT INTENDED AS COVERING ALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH REIMBURSEMENT FOR GASOLINE AND OIL AND GARAGE RENT MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT BE ALLOWED THE PERSONNEL OF THE ARMY. AS YOU WILL NOTE FROM THE LAST PARAGRAPH THEREOF. IN WHICH IT WAS STATED THAT NO MORE DEFINITE OPINION ON THE QUESTION AS THEN PRESENTED COULD BE GIVEN AND SUGGESTED THAT THE REGULATIONS BE RECAST AND SUBMITTED FOR MORE DEFINITE CONSIDERATION.

A-5245, DECEMBER 18, 1924, 4 COMP. GEN. 541

TRAVELING EXPENSES - USE OF OWN AUTOMOBILE REIMBURSEMENT OF ACTUAL EXPENSES FOR GASOLINE, OIL, AND GARAGE TO PERSONNEL OF THE ARMY WHEN TRAVELING ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS IN THEIR PRIVATELY-OWNED AUTOMOBILES BETWEEN TWO POINTS ENTIRELY CONNECTED BY FREE LAND-GRANT RAILROAD IS NOT AUTHORIZED, BUT FOR SUCH JOURNEYS OR PORTIONS OF JOURNEYS AS COULD NOT BE PERFORMED OVER A FREE LAND-GRANT RAILROAD, OR JOURNEYS BETWEEN POINTS CONNECTED BY A 50 PERCENT LAND GRANT RAILROAD, REIMBURSEMENT MAY BE ALLOWED, PROVIDED THAT IN NO EVENT SUCH REIMBURSEMENT EXCEED WHAT IT WOULD HAVE COST THE UNITED STATES TO HAVE FURNISHED TRANSPORTATION IN KIND. REIMBURSEMENT MAY ALSO BE ALLOWED FOR TRAVEL PERFORMED SEPARATE FROM A TROOP MOVEMENT WHEN NOT IN EXCESS OF THE SAVING IN TROOP TRANSPORTATION.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF WAR, DECEMBER 18, 1924:

I HAVE YOUR REQUEST OF NOVEMBER 20, 1924, FOR A RECONSIDERATION OF DECISION OF OCTOBER 1, 1924, REGARDING PROPOSED REGULATIONS OF THE WAR DEPARTMENT FOR THE REIMBURSEMENT OF OFFICERS AND OTHERS FOR THE GASOLINE, OIL, AND GARAGE EXPENSES INCURRED WHEN TRAVELING ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS IN THEIR OWN AUTOMOBILES. THE COMMENTS IN MY DECISION OF OCTOBER 1, 1924, WERE NOT INTENDED AS COVERING ALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH REIMBURSEMENT FOR GASOLINE AND OIL AND GARAGE RENT MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT BE ALLOWED THE PERSONNEL OF THE ARMY, AS YOU WILL NOTE FROM THE LAST PARAGRAPH THEREOF, IN WHICH IT WAS STATED THAT NO MORE DEFINITE OPINION ON THE QUESTION AS THEN PRESENTED COULD BE GIVEN AND SUGGESTED THAT THE REGULATIONS BE RECAST AND SUBMITTED FOR MORE DEFINITE CONSIDERATION. IN VIEW OF YOUR PRESENT SUBMISSION, HOWEVER, IT MAY BE STATED THAT NO OBJECTION WOULD BE MADE TO A PROPERLY FRAMED REGULATION DENYING REIMBURSEMENT TO ARMY PERSONNEL FOR THE USE OF THEIR PRIVATELY-OWNED AUTOMOBILES IN OFFICIAL TRAVEL OVER A ROUTE BETWEEN TWO POINTS ENTIRELY CONNECTED BY A FREE LAND-GRANT RAILROAD, BUT PERMITTING SUCH REIMBURSEMENT FOR SUCH JOURNEYS OR PORTIONS OF JOURNEYS AS COULD NOT BE PERFORMED OVER A FREE LAND-GRANT RAILROAD AND FOR JOURNEYS BETWEEN POINTS CONNECTED BY A 50 PERCENT LAND-GRANT RAILROAD, PROVIDED THAT IN NO EVENT SHOULD SUCH REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE USE OF THE TRAVELER'S OWN AUTOMOBILE EXCEED WHAT IT WOULD HAVE COST THE UNITED STATES TO HAVE FURNISHED TRANSPORTATION IN KIND. NEITHER WOULD IT BE OBJECTIONABLE TO PROVIDE FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR TRAVEL OF AN OFFICER IN CONNECTION WITH THE MOVEMENTS OF AN ORGANIZATION OR DETACHMENT OF TROOPS WHEN THE OFFICER IS NOT REQUIRED TO PERSONALLY ACCOMPANY THE BODY OF TROOPS AND IT CAN BE DEFINITELY ASCERTAINED THAT THE COST OF TRANSPORTING THE ORGANIZATION WOULD BE LESSENED IN A DEFINITE AMOUNT BY THE TRAVEL OF THE OFFICER SEPARATE FROM THE BODY OF TROOPS, THE REIMBURSEMENT IN SUCH CASE FOR THE ACTUAL EXPENSES INCURRED IN THE USE OF HIS OWN AUTOMOBILE NOT TO EXCEED THE ASCERTAINED SAVING IN TROOP TRANSPORTATION.