A-61189, APRIL 18, 1935, 14 COMP. GEN. 767

A-61189: Apr 18, 1935

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IS DETACHED FROM DUTY UNDER ORDERS DIRECTING HER TO PROCEED TO HER HOME FOR DISCHARGE AT EXPIRATION OF ACCUMULATED LEAVE. THE ORDERS SUBSEQUENTLY ARE MODIFIED DIRECTING HER TO WAIT FURTHER ORDERS AT HER HOME INSTEAD OF BEING DISCHARGED. BY FURTHER ORDERS SHE IS DIRECTED TO PROCEED TO ANOTHER STATION FOR DUTY. THE EFFECT OF HER ORDERS AS MODIFIED IS THE SAME AS IF THE ORIGINAL ORDERS HAD DIRECTED HER TO PROCEED TO THE NEW STATION WITH PERMISSION TO SPEND ACCUMULATED LEAVE AT HER HOME AND SHE IS ENTITLED ONLY TO TRANSPORTATION AND TRAVEL EXPENSES FOR DIRECT TRAVEL FROM THE OLD TO THE NEW STATION. YOU WERE DETACHED FROM DUTY AT THE NAVAL HOSPITAL. FOR DISCHARGE AT THE EXPIRATION OF THE AMOUNT OF LEAVE TO WHICH YOU WERE ENTITLED.

A-61189, APRIL 18, 1935, 14 COMP. GEN. 767

TRAVEL EXPENSES - NURSE CORPS, NAVY WHERE A MEMBER OF THE NURSE CORPS, U.S. NAVY, IS DETACHED FROM DUTY UNDER ORDERS DIRECTING HER TO PROCEED TO HER HOME FOR DISCHARGE AT EXPIRATION OF ACCUMULATED LEAVE, AND THE ORDERS SUBSEQUENTLY ARE MODIFIED DIRECTING HER TO WAIT FURTHER ORDERS AT HER HOME INSTEAD OF BEING DISCHARGED, AND BY FURTHER ORDERS SHE IS DIRECTED TO PROCEED TO ANOTHER STATION FOR DUTY, THE EFFECT OF HER ORDERS AS MODIFIED IS THE SAME AS IF THE ORIGINAL ORDERS HAD DIRECTED HER TO PROCEED TO THE NEW STATION WITH PERMISSION TO SPEND ACCUMULATED LEAVE AT HER HOME AND SHE IS ENTITLED ONLY TO TRANSPORTATION AND TRAVEL EXPENSES FOR DIRECT TRAVEL FROM THE OLD TO THE NEW STATION.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO ESTHER J. GRAEBNER, NURSE, UNITED STATES NAVY, APRIL 18, 1935:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR REQUEST FOR REVIEW OF SETTLEMENT, DECEMBER 28, 1934, ADJUSTING YOUR CLAIM FOR TRAVEL EXPENSES UNDER ORDERS OF MAY 22, 1934, AS MODIFIED.

UNDER THE ORDERS OF MAY 22, 1934, YOU WERE DETACHED FROM DUTY AT THE NAVAL HOSPITAL, BOSTON, MASS., AND DIRECTED TO PROCEED TO YOUR HOME AT SAGINAW, MICH., FOR DISCHARGE AT THE EXPIRATION OF THE AMOUNT OF LEAVE TO WHICH YOU WERE ENTITLED. BY DISPATCH ORDER OF JUNE 27, 1934, YOU WERE DIRECTED TO WAIT FURTHER ORDERS AT SAGINAW, MICH., INSTEAD OF BEING DISCHARGED FROM THE NAVY NURSE CORPS, AND BY ORDERS OF JULY 16, 1934, YOU WERE DIRECTED TO PROCEED TO PHILADELPHIA, PA., AND REPORT TO THE MEDICAL OFFICER IN COMMAND OF NAVAL HOSPITAL, LEAGUE ISLAND, FOR DUTY. THE SETTLEMENT ALLOWED YOU COSTS OF TRANSPORTATION FROM BOSTON TO PHILADELPHIA AND ALLOWED TRAVEL EXPENSES BETWEEN THESE PLACES, A TOTAL OF $22.33, AND CHARGED YOU WITH TRANSPORTATION FURNISHED YOU FROM BOSTON, MASS., TO SAGINAW, MICH., AND FROM SAGINAW, MICH., TO PHILADELPHIA, PA., AND AMOUNT REIMBURSED YOU FOR TRAVEL EXPENSES INCURRED FOR SUCH TRAVEL, IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF $72.78 AND REQUESTED YOU TO REMIT THE DIFFERENCE, $50.45, WHICH APPARENTLY YOU HAVE REMITTED.

UNDER THE LAW, ACT OF MAY 13, 1908, 35 STAT. 146, THE PAY AND ALLOWANCE OF NAVY NURSES ARE ASSIMILATED TO THE PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF THE NURSE CORPS OF THE ARMY. 13 COMP. GEN. 94. UNDER THE ARMY LAW, ACT OF JULY 9, 1918, 40 STAT. 879, NURSES ARE ENTITLED TO "TRANSPORTATION AND NECESSARY EXPENSES WHEN TRAVELING UNDER ORDERS" AND ARMY REGULATIONS PROVIDE THAT MEMBERS OF THE NURSE CORPS ARE ENTITLED TO TRANSPORTATION AND EXPENSES FOR TRAVEL UNDER COMPETENT ORDERS "BETWEEN STATIONS OF DUTY" AND "FROM LAST STATION OF DUTY TO HOME UPON DISCHARGE OR RELIEF FROM ACTIVE SERVICE.' PARAGRAPH 17 (B), AND (1) AND (2), ARTICLE 40-20, ARMY REGULATIONS. TRANSPORTATION OR TRAVEL EXPENSES OF NURSES FOR TRAVEL PERFORMED INCIDENT TO LEAVE OF ABSENCE, NOT BEING TRAVEL ON PUBLIC BUSINESS, IS NOT AUTHORIZED. HAD YOU BEEN DISCHARGED AT YOUR HOME IN SAGINAW, MICH., UNDER ORDERS OF MAY 22, 1934, YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN ENTITLED TO TRANSPORTATION FURNISHED FROM BOSTON, MASS., TO SAGINAW, MICH., IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION TO YOUR HOME ON DISCHARGE. THE CHANGE IN YOUR ORDERS DIRECTING YOU TO WAIT FURTHER ORDERS AT SAGINAW, MICH., INSTEAD OF BEING DISCHARGED, IN EFFECT, PLACED YOU IN A LEAVE STATUS AT YOUR HOME AND THE ULTIMATE EFFECT OF YOUR ORDERS AS MODIFIED WAS THE SAME AS IF, UPON BEING DETACHED FROM DUTY AT BOSTON, MASS., YOU HAD BEEN DIRECTED TO PROCEED TO THE NAVAL HOSPITAL, PHILADELPHIA, PA., FOR DUTY, WITH PERMISSION TO SPEND ACCUMULATED LEAVE AT YOUR HOME IN SAGINAW, MICH. THEREFORE, UNDER YOUR ORDERS OF MAY 22, 1934, AS MODIFIED, YOU WERE ENTITLED ONLY TO TRANSPORTATION AND TRAVEL EXPENSES FROM THE NAVAL HOSPITAL, BOSTON, MASS., TO THE NAVAL HOSPITAL, PHILADELPHIA, PA. ..END :