A-6207, DECEMBER 20, 1924, 4 COMP. GEN. 551

A-6207: Dec 20, 1924

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HE IS ENTITLED ONLY TO REIMBURSEMENT IN THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY EXPENDED BY HIM FOR TRANSPORTATION. THE STATEMENT AS PREPARED IS CORRECT. HE CONSIDERED THAT A PERSONAL PRIVILEGE AND FELT THAT HE WAS JUSTIFIED IN CHARGING THE FULL AMOUNT OF RAILROAD FARE. THAT HE IS PREPARED TO REIMBURSE THE GOVERNMENT FOR THESE DIFFERENCES IF IT IS HELD THAT HE IS LIABLE FOR SAME. THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT THAT THE MARSHAL WAS ENTITLED TO CHARGE AND RECEIVE REIMBURSEMENT FOR ONLY THE AMOUNTS ACTUALLY EXPENDED BY HIM. ACCORDINGLY THE AMOUNT IN QUESTION WILL BE RECHARGED TO HIM.

A-6207, DECEMBER 20, 1924, 4 COMP. GEN. 551

TRANSPORTATION - RAILROAD FARE - COMMUTATION TICKETS WHERE A UNITED STATES MARSHAL IN TRAVELING FROM HIS HEADQUARTERS TO THE PLACE OF SERVICE AND RETURN USED RAILROAD COMMUTATION TICKETS AND CHARGED THE GOVERNMENT IN HIS ACCOUNTS WITH THE FULL RAILROAD FARE, HE IS ENTITLED ONLY TO REIMBURSEMENT IN THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY EXPENDED BY HIM FOR TRANSPORTATION.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, DECEMBER 20, 1924:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 3, 1924, INCLOSING A REPORT OF EXAMINERS MARCUS AND HEDGES ON THE OFFICE OF WALTER S. MONEY, UNITED STATES MARSHAL FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE, TOGETHER WITH EXHIBIT E OF SAID REPORT COVERING THE PERIOD FROM JULY 1, 1921, TO MARCH 31, 1924, AND REQUESTING THAT THE ACCOUNTS BE REOPENED AND THAT CERTAIN ITEMS CHARGED THEREIN REPRESENTING EXCESS RAILROAD FARE IN THE AMOUNT OF $74.16 FOR TRAVEL FROM WILMINGTON TO PLACE OF SERVICE AND RETURN BE RECHARGED TO THE MARSHAL IF THE FACTS WARRANT SUCH ACTION.

IT APPEARS THAT THE MARSHAL PURCHASED COMMUTATION TICKETS FOR USE IN TRAVEL FROM WILMINGTON TO THE PLACE OF SERVICE AND RETURN AND CHARGED THE FULL RAILROAD FARE IN HIS ACCOUNTS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT INSTEAD OF OF THE ACTUAL AMOUNTS PAID.

THE MARSHAL, UNDER DATE OF JUNE 23, 1924, IN REPLY TO A LETTER FROM THE EXAMINER UNDER DATE OF JUNE 16, 1924, INCLOSING A LIST OF THE EXCESS AND ADVISE HIM AS TO THEIR CORRECTNESS, STATED THAT ,THE STATEMENT AS PREPARED IS CORRECT," AND THAT WHILE HE USED A COMMUTATION TICKET BETWEEN WILMINGTON AND TOWNSEND, HE CONSIDERED THAT A PERSONAL PRIVILEGE AND FELT THAT HE WAS JUSTIFIED IN CHARGING THE FULL AMOUNT OF RAILROAD FARE, BUT THAT HE IS PREPARED TO REIMBURSE THE GOVERNMENT FOR THESE DIFFERENCES IF IT IS HELD THAT HE IS LIABLE FOR SAME.

THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT THAT THE MARSHAL WAS ENTITLED TO CHARGE AND RECEIVE REIMBURSEMENT FOR ONLY THE AMOUNTS ACTUALLY EXPENDED BY HIM. ACCORDINGLY THE AMOUNT IN QUESTION WILL BE RECHARGED TO HIM.