A-5347, NOVEMBER 4, 1924, 4 COMP. GEN. 427

A-5347: Nov 4, 1924

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TRAVELING EXPENSES - STORAGE OF AUTOMOBILE WHERE OFFICIAL BUSINESS REQUIRED TRAVEL EITHER BY TRAIN OR AUTOMOBILE OF AN EMPLOYEE OF THE BUREAU OF STANDARDS WHO WAS AWAY FROM HIS HEADQUARTERS ON A LEAVE OF ABSENCE. STORAGE OF HIS AUTOMOBILE AT THE POINT THE TRAVEL STATUS BEGAN PENDING HIS RETURN FROM OFFICIAL BUSINESS IS A PERSONAL EXPENSE AND NOT PAYABLE FROM PUBLIC FUNDS. THE OFFICIAL ORDERS UNDER WHICH THE TRAVEL WAS PERFORMED DIRECTED TRAVEL FROM WASHINGTON. THAT THE CLAIMANT WAS IN PHILADELPHIA ON LEAVE UPON RECEIPT OF THIS ORDER AND THAT HIS ACTUAL TRAVEL ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS BEGAN AT THAT POINT. AS NO USE OF HIS AUTOMOBILE WAS MADE ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS. ITS STORAGE WAS NOT AN EXPENSE INCURRED ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS ANY MORE THAN HAD THE EXPENSE OF STORAGE BEEN INCURRED IN WASHINGTON.

A-5347, NOVEMBER 4, 1924, 4 COMP. GEN. 427

TRAVELING EXPENSES - STORAGE OF AUTOMOBILE WHERE OFFICIAL BUSINESS REQUIRED TRAVEL EITHER BY TRAIN OR AUTOMOBILE OF AN EMPLOYEE OF THE BUREAU OF STANDARDS WHO WAS AWAY FROM HIS HEADQUARTERS ON A LEAVE OF ABSENCE, AND THE EMPLOYEE ELECTED TO PERFORM THE JOURNEY BY TRAIN, STORAGE OF HIS AUTOMOBILE AT THE POINT THE TRAVEL STATUS BEGAN PENDING HIS RETURN FROM OFFICIAL BUSINESS IS A PERSONAL EXPENSE AND NOT PAYABLE FROM PUBLIC FUNDS.

DECISION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL, NOVEMBER 4, 1924:

H. W. GILLETT, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE BUREAU OF STANDARDS, APPLIED SEPTEMBER 6, 1924, FOR REVIEW OF SETTLEMENT 047720 OF SEPTEMBER 3, 1924, DISALLOWING HIS CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $2 FOR EXPENSES INCURRED IN STORING HIS AUTOMOBILE WHILE TRAVELING ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS. THE OFFICIAL ORDERS UNDER WHICH THE TRAVEL WAS PERFORMED DIRECTED TRAVEL FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., CLAIMANT'S HEADQUARTERS, TO ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., AND INTERMEDIATE POINTS AND RETURN AND AUTHORIZED THE TRAVEL TO BE PERFORMED EITHER BY TRAIN OR AUTOMOBILE. IT APPEARS, HOWEVER, THAT THE CLAIMANT WAS IN PHILADELPHIA ON LEAVE UPON RECEIPT OF THIS ORDER AND THAT HIS ACTUAL TRAVEL ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS BEGAN AT THAT POINT; THAT HE DID NOT USE HIS AUTOMOBILE FOR OFFICIAL TRAVEL BUT TRAVELED BY TRAIN TO ATLANTIC CITY AND RETURNED TO PHILADELPHIA, STORING HIS AUTOMOBILE IN PHILADELPHIA IN THE MEANTIME. AS NO USE OF HIS AUTOMOBILE WAS MADE ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS, ITS STORAGE WAS NOT AN EXPENSE INCURRED ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS ANY MORE THAN HAD THE EXPENSE OF STORAGE BEEN INCURRED IN WASHINGTON, D.C., WHILE ABSENT THEREFROM ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS. THE SAFEKEEPING OF PRIVATE PROPERTY DURING A PERIOD OF OFFICIAL TRAVEL IS A PERSONAL EXPENSE AND NOT REIMBURSABLE FROM PUBLIC FUNDS.