A-57149, SEPTEMBER 5, 1934, 14 COMP. GEN. 197

A-57149: Sep 5, 1934

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STREET-CAR PASSES - MINGLING OF PRIVATE AND PUBLIC BUSINESS THE PURCHASE OF A STREET-CAR PASS MUST BE CONSIDERED AS PRIMARILY A MATTER OF PERSONAL EXPENSE FOR PERSONAL USE AND THE FACT THE PASS MAY HAVE BEEN USED FOR OFFICIAL PURPOSES DOES NOT AUTHORIZE REIMBURSEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR ITS COST. REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED ON VOUCHER IN THE SUM OF $16 IN FAVOR OF FREDERICK DEV. IN SUPPORT OF THE VOUCHER THERE IS SUBMITTED A PASS FOR THE WEEK JUNE 10 TO 16. IT IS STATED ON THE VOUCHER: WHEN IT WAS APPARENT THAT THIS DETAIL WOULD REQUIRE FREQUENT TRIPS (16 AND 18 PER WEEK) BETWEEN THE PANAMA CANAL OFFICE AND THE HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING. WERE PURCHASED IN LIEU OF STRAIGHT FARE OR TOKENS.

A-57149, SEPTEMBER 5, 1934, 14 COMP. GEN. 197

STREET-CAR PASSES - MINGLING OF PRIVATE AND PUBLIC BUSINESS THE PURCHASE OF A STREET-CAR PASS MUST BE CONSIDERED AS PRIMARILY A MATTER OF PERSONAL EXPENSE FOR PERSONAL USE AND THE FACT THE PASS MAY HAVE BEEN USED FOR OFFICIAL PURPOSES DOES NOT AUTHORIZE REIMBURSEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR ITS COST.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO CHIEF OF OFFICE, THE PANAMA CANAL, SEPTEMBER 5, 1934:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 11, 1934, REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED ON VOUCHER IN THE SUM OF $16 IN FAVOR OF FREDERICK DEV. SILL, CHIEF ADMEASURER, THE PANAMA CANAL, COVERING STREET-CAR TRANSPORTATION SECURED BY HIM IN THE FORM OF 16 WEEKLY PASSES TO THE CAPITAL TRANSIT CO. DURING A PERIOD OF OFFICIAL DETAIL, FEBRUARY 14 TO JUNE 16, 1934, IN THE WASHINGTON OFFICE OF THE PANAMA CANAL.

IN SUPPORT OF THE VOUCHER THERE IS SUBMITTED A PASS FOR THE WEEK JUNE 10 TO 16, INCLUSIVE, AND IT IS STATED ON THE VOUCHER:

WHEN IT WAS APPARENT THAT THIS DETAIL WOULD REQUIRE FREQUENT TRIPS (16 AND 18 PER WEEK) BETWEEN THE PANAMA CANAL OFFICE AND THE HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING, SENATE OFFICE BUILDING, AND THE CAPITOL ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS, WEEKLY PASSES, AS PER SAMPLE ATTACHED, WERE PURCHASED IN LIEU OF STRAIGHT FARE OR TOKENS, AS THEY PERMITTED UNLIMITED NUMBER OF RIDES, ALLOWED HOLDER TO ENTER BY FRONT DOOR OF CAR, CHANGE FROM CAR TO CAR WITHOUT ISSUE OF TRANSFER, AND THEREFORE WOULD BE MORE CONVENIENT AND LESS EXPENSIVE THAN STRAIGHT FARE OR TOKENS. WHEN WEATHER CONDITIONS OR TIME REQUIRED THE USE OF A TAXI, THE EXPENSE OF SAME WAS BORNE BY EMPLOYEE AND NO CLAIM IS MADE FOR THAT EXTRA EXPENSE.

THE PURCHASE OF A PASS SUCH AS HERE INVOLVED MUST BE CONSIDERED AS PRIMARILY A MATTER OF PERSONAL EXPENSE FOR PERSONAL USE, AND THE FACT SAID PASS MAY HAVE BEEN USED ALSO FOR OFFICIAL PURPOSES DOES NOT AUTHORIZE REIMBURSEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR ITS COST.

ACCORDINGLY, I HAVE TO ADVISE THAT ON THE RECORD BEFORE THIS OFFICE, REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE COST OF WEEKLY STREET-CAR PASSES IN THIS VOUCHER IS NOT AUTHORIZED. SAID VOUCHER WILL BE RETAINED IN THIS OFFICE WITHOUT FURTHER ACTION.