A-62259, OCTOBER 2, 1935, 15 COMP. GEN. 261

A-62259: Oct 2, 1935

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IS NOT ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT AT THE FULL FIXED RATE IF IN EXCESS OF THE COST OF ONE PERSON BY COMMON CARRIER. NOTWITHSTANDING HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY ANOTHER GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE AND THE AMOUNT CLAIMED AT THE FIXED MILEAGE RATE IS LESS THAN THE COST OF TWO PERSONS BY COMMON CARRIER. UPON WHICH PAYMENTS WERE MADE TO PAUL J. BY ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION THERE WERE DEDUCTED FROM THE VOUCHERS BEFORE PAYMENT $25.10. ARE HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM YOUR HEADQUARTERS LOCATED AT WASHINGTON. SUCH INSTRUCTIONS ARE TO BE A PART OF THIS TRAVEL ORDER AND SUBMITTED WITH YOUR CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT. YOU WILL BE COMPENSATED FOR PERSONAL AND TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES AS SHOWN IN SECTIONS A AND C FOLLOWING: A.

A-62259, OCTOBER 2, 1935, 15 COMP. GEN. 261

TRAVELING EXPENSES - USE OF OWN AUTOMOBILE - MILEAGE A GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE AUTHORIZED TO USE HIS PERSONALLY OWNED AUTOMOBILE IN THE PERFORMANCE OF OFFICIAL BUSINESS AT A FIXED MILEAGE RATE, IF NOT IN EXCESS OF COST BY COMMON CARRIER, IS NOT ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT AT THE FULL FIXED RATE IF IN EXCESS OF THE COST OF ONE PERSON BY COMMON CARRIER, NOTWITHSTANDING HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY ANOTHER GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE AND THE AMOUNT CLAIMED AT THE FIXED MILEAGE RATE IS LESS THAN THE COST OF TWO PERSONS BY COMMON CARRIER.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, OCTOBER 2, 1935:

THERE HAS BEEN SUBMITTED TO THIS OFFICE FOR PREAUDIT ON SCHEDULE S 7769, VOUCHERS NOS. 720-1657, 1658, 1659, 1660, RECLAIMING VARIOUS AMOUNTS ADMINISTRATIVELY DEDUCTED FROM VOUCHERS NOS. 1501603, 1501604 AND 0501605, AND 1545184, UPON WHICH PAYMENTS WERE MADE TO PAUL J. VOGEL, ASSISTANT PROJECT AUDITOR, FOR TRAVEL EXPENSES COVERING THE PERIOD FEBRUARY 1 TO MARCH 31, 1935. BY ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION THERE WERE DEDUCTED FROM THE VOUCHERS BEFORE PAYMENT $25.10, $36.55, AND $40.80 AND $66.20, AS MILEAGE CLAIMED IN EXCESS OF THAT AUTHORIZED BY THE TRAVEL ORDERS. THE TRAVEL ORDER ISSUED SEPTEMBER 24, 1934, PROVIDES AS FOLLOWS:

YOU, PAUL VOGEL, ARE HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM YOUR HEADQUARTERS LOCATED AT WASHINGTON, D.C., TO AND FROM THE FOLLOWING NAMED POINTS IN THE UNITED STATES, UPON OFFICIAL BUSINESS OF THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATION OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE NATURE OF WHICH HAS BEEN COMMUNICATED TO YOU: FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., TO NEW YORK, N.Y., AND THEREAFTER TO AND BETWEEN SUCH POINTS IN THE STATES OF N.Y., ME., N.H., VT., MASS., R.I., CONN., N.J., AND PA., AS MAY BE NECESSARY IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR DUTIES AS ASSISTANT PROJECT AUDITOR P.W.A., SUBJECT TO INSTRUCTIONS BY LETTER OR TELEGRAM FROM THE CHIEF ACCOUNTANT, P.W.A., WASHINGTON, D.C., DISTRICT PROJECT AUDITOR OR ACTING DISTRICT PROJECT AUDITOR, DISTRICT NO. 1. SUCH INSTRUCTIONS ARE TO BE A PART OF THIS TRAVEL ORDER AND SUBMITTED WITH YOUR CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT. TRAVEL BY PERSONALLY OWNED AUTOMOBILE WASH., D.C., TO N.Y., MILEAGE 5 CENTS AUTHORIZED NOT TO EXCEED COST BY COMMON CARRIER. TRAVEL MUST BE BY THE SHORTEST PRACTICABLE ROUTE AND WITHOUT UNNECESSARY DELAY, AND ROUND-TRIP TICKETS MUST BE OBTAINED WHEREVER PRACTICABLE.

WHILE TRAVELING ON OFFICIAL DUTY AWAY FROM YOUR DESIGNATED HEADQUARTERS, AND/OR YOUR TEMPORARY DUTY STATION NEW YORK, N.Y., YOU WILL BE COMPENSATED FOR PERSONAL AND TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES AS SHOWN IN SECTIONS A AND C FOLLOWING:

A. NOT EXCEEDING $5.00 PER DIEM.

B. WHILE TRAVELING ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS BEYOND THE LIMITS OF THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES, YOU WILL BE ALLOWED NOT EXCEEDING $----- PER DIEM.

C. YOU WILL ALSO BE REIMBURSED FOR YOUR ACTUAL AND NECESSARY TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES NOT PERSONAL, RAILROAD, STEAMBOAT, STAGE, AND LIVERY FARES, TOLLS, FERRIAGE, ETC., INCLUDING NECESSARY SLEEPING- AND PARLOR-CAR ACCOMMODATIONS; STREETCAR, CAB, AND BUS FARES; BAGGAGE TRANSFERS AND CHECKING PARCELS.

TRAVELERS MUST PROVIDE THEMSELVES WITH COPIES OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, WHICH SHOW IN DETAIL THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF THE ABOVE ALLOWANCES.

THE EXPENSE ARISING FROM THIS AUTHORIZATION WILL BE CHARGEABLE TO THE APPROPRIATION FOR NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL RECOVERY 1933-1935.

IN SUBMITTING THE ORIGINAL VOUCHERS VOGEL CLAIMED MILEAGE FOR THE USE OF HIS AUTOMOBILE AT THE FULL RATE OF 5 CENTS PER MILE, NOTWITHSTANDING THAT IT EXCEEDED THE COST OF RAIL FARE AND PULLMAN FOR ONE PERSON, ALLEGING THAT HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY ANOTHER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE WHICH THUS JUSTIFIED THE MILEAGE CLAIMED SO LONG AS IT DID NOT EXCEED THE COST OF TWO RAIL FARES AND PULLMAN. THE TRAVEL ORDERS, HOWEVER, DID NOT AUTHORIZE TRAVEL BY BUT ONE PERSON AND AUTHORIZED THE MILEAGE NOT TO EXCEED THE COST BY COMMON CARRIER FOR THAT PERSON. HAD HE TRAVELED ALONE OBVIOUSLY THE MILEAGE PAYMENT TO HIM COULD NOT HAVE EXCEEDED THE COST OF TRAVEL ALONE BY COMMON CARRIER AND AS THERE IS NO LEGAL AUTHORITY TO PAY HIM ANY EXTRA AMOUNT FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF OTHER PERSONNEL, IT FOLLOWS THE ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION IN DEDUCTING THE EXCESS COST WAS PROPER. ACCORDINGLY, THERE IS NOW NO LEGAL BASIS FOR PAYING OR CERTIFYING FOR PAYMENT THE RECLAIM VOUCHERS SUBMITTED FOR PREAUDIT. 13 COMP. GEN. 163; ID. 165. THE VOUCHERS WILL BE RETAINED IN THE FILES OF THIS OFFICE.