A-62736, JANUARY 20, 1936, 15 COMP. GEN. 636

A-62736: Jan 20, 1936

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TRAVELING EXPENSES - STEAMSHIP - APPLICABILITY OF PUBLISHED UNITED STATES CURRENCY RATES WHERE STEAMSHIP FARES ARE PUBLISHED IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF UNITED STATES CURRENCY AND ALSO IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY AT A HIGHER RATE IN A FOREIGN CURRENCY. REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVELING EXPENSES IS AUTHORIZED ONLY AT THE LOWER RATE IN UNITED STATES CURRENCY EFFECTIVE ON THE DATE SERVICE IS FURNISHED. EVEN THOUGH THE PASSAGE IS PURCHASED IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY. WAS BOOKED ON THE STEAMSHIP PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SAILING ON OCTOBER 5. WAS DISALLOWED IN THE ACCOUNTS OF THE PAYING OFFICER FOR REASONS AS FOLLOWS: CHART OCT. 4. CURRENCY IS THE PROPER AMOUNT CHARGEABLE TO THE GOVERNMENT. THE AMOUNT OF $31.66 IS DISALLOWED AND SHOULD BE REFUNDED.

A-62736, JANUARY 20, 1936, 15 COMP. GEN. 636

TRAVELING EXPENSES - STEAMSHIP - APPLICABILITY OF PUBLISHED UNITED STATES CURRENCY RATES WHERE STEAMSHIP FARES ARE PUBLISHED IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF UNITED STATES CURRENCY AND ALSO IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY AT A HIGHER RATE IN A FOREIGN CURRENCY, REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVELING EXPENSES IS AUTHORIZED ONLY AT THE LOWER RATE IN UNITED STATES CURRENCY EFFECTIVE ON THE DATE SERVICE IS FURNISHED, EVEN THOUGH THE PASSAGE IS PURCHASED IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY, THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 10 OF THE ACT OF MARCH 3, 1933, 47 STAT. 1516, LIMITING REIMBURSEMENT FOR TRAVELING EXPENSES TO THE LOWEST RATE AVAILABLE BY THE TRANSPORTATION FACILITY USED.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE, JANUARY 20, 1936:

CONSIDERATION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO YOUR LETTER OF MAY 27, 1935 (FA 123 RAY, GUY W./168), WITH ENCLOSURE, REQUESTING REVIEW OF DISALLOWANCE IN THE DISBURSING ACCOUNT OF VICTOR M. LENZER, DISTRICT ACCOUNTING AND DISBURSING OFFICER, PARIS, FRANCE, OF CREDIT FOR $31.66 PAID ON VOUCHER 7786, NOVEMBER 1933, FOR TWO CABIN CLASS PASSAGES FROM SOUTHAMPTON TO NEW YORK ON THE STEAMSHIP PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT OF THE UNITED STATES LINES.

THE RECORD DISCLOSES THAT ON SEPTEMBER 27, 1933, THE SECRETARY OF STATE ADDRESSED A CABLE TO THE AMERICAN CONSUL AT LONDON AS FOLLOWS:

SEPTEMBER 27. 7 P.M. RAY ASSIGNED DEPARTMENT. SHOULD PROCEED SO AS TO ARRIVE ABOUT OCTOBER 15. TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES HIMSELF FAMILY AND EFFECTS AND PER DIEM AUTHORIZED SUBJECT PROVISIONS TRAVEL REGULATIONS AND DEPARTMENT OF STATE SUPPLEMENT THERETO EFFECTIVE AUGUST 3, 1933. SHOULD SUBMIT ESTIMATE. PARAGRAPH. INFORM EMBASSY.

PASSAGE FOR GUY W. RAY, AMERICAN VICE CONSUL, AND WIFE, WAS BOOKED ON THE STEAMSHIP PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SAILING ON OCTOBER 5, 1933.

CREDIT FOR $31.66 PAID TO THE UNITED STATES LINES FOR TWO FIRST CLASS TICKETS PURCHASED FOR USE UNDER THE TRAVEL ORDER OF SEPTEMBER 27, 1933, WAS DISALLOWED IN THE ACCOUNTS OF THE PAYING OFFICER FOR REASONS AS FOLLOWS:

CHART OCT. 4, OCEAN FARE (MR. AND MRS. GUY W. RAY) SOUTHAMPTON TO NEW YORK--- 59-10-0 POUNDS STERLING AT 4.7675 ------------------------ ------ $283.66 ALLOWED IN ACCORDANCE WITH TARIFFS ON FILE IN THIS OFFICE ------- 252.00

31.66

FOLDER NO. 3, AUG. 1933 OF THE U.S. LINES ON FILE IN THIS OFFICE SHOWS MINIMUM CABIN CLASS RATE ON S/S PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT TO PLYMOUTH AND FROM SOUTHAMPTON OF $126. SECTION 10 OF THE ACT OF MARCH 3, 1933, 47 STAT. 1516, LIMITS TRAVELING EXPENSES TO THE LOWEST RATE AVAILABLE BY TRANSPORTATION FACILITY USED. THE LOWER RATE PUBLISHED IN TERMS OF U.S. CURRENCY IS THE PROPER AMOUNT CHARGEABLE TO THE GOVERNMENT. SEE ALSO A- 57669, OCTOBER 31, 1934. THE AMOUNT OF $31.66 IS DISALLOWED AND SHOULD BE REFUNDED. DEBT REPORTED.

THERE HAS BEEN SUBMITTED A SCHEDULE OF SAILINGS ISSUED IN AUGUST 1933 FOR THE UNITED STATES LINES, SHOWING THE COST OF A SINGLE ONE-WAY TICKET FROM SOUTHAMPTON TO NEW YORK ON THE STEAMSHIP PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT TO BE 29 POUNDS STERLING 15S. 0D., WHICH IT IS STATED, AT THE RATE OF $4.7675 PREVAILING AT THE TIME TRANSPORTATION WAS PURCHASED, IS EQUIVALENT TO $141.83, OR $283.66 FOR TWO TICKETS. IT IS AGREED THAT ON THE DATE PASSAGE WAS BOOKED THE UNITED STATES LINES TARIFF AVAILABLE IN THIS COUNTRY LISTED THE FARE FROM SOUTHAMPTON TO NEW YORK ON THE STEAMSHIP PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT AS $126, BUT IT IS URGED THAT THIS RATE APPLIES ONLY TO PREPAID PASSAGES PURCHASED IN THE UNITED STATES AND DOES NOT APPLY TO PASSAGES PURCHASED IN LONDON, THE PRICES OF WHICH ARE CONTROLLED BY THE TARIFF AVAILABLE IN LONDON IN WHICH THE FARE IS STATED TO BE 29 POUNDS STERLING 15S. 0D., OR THE EQUIVALENT OF $141.83 AND NOT $126. IT IS STATED, ALSO, THAT ON FEBRUARY 13, 1935, IN REPLY TO AN INQUIRY OF THE CONSUL GENERAL IN LONDON, THE OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES LINES STATED THAT "RATES QUOTED IN TARIFFS ISSUED IN AMERICA ARE NOT APPLICABLE FOR BOOKINGS EFFECTED IN GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND FOR EMBARKATION AT BRITISH OR IRISH PORTS.'

THE STERLING FARES QUOTED IN THE SCHEDULE OF AUGUST 1933 MAY NOT BE PERMITTED TO INCREASE THE LIABILITY WHICH THE GOVERNMENT ASSUMED IN THE PURCHASE OF THE TICKETS IN QUESTION. THE TRAVEL ORDER OF SEPTEMBER 27, 1933, CONTEMPLATED THE PURCHASE OF TICKETS AT THE LOWEST AVAILABLE RATE FOR THE CLASS OF SERVICE TO BE FURNISHED, AS PROVIDED FOR UNDER THE ACT OF MARCH 3, 1933, REFERRED TO ABOVE. ACCORDING TO THE TARIFFS ON FILE IN THIS OFFICE THE LOWEST PUBLISHED RATE FOR A TICKET FROM SOUTHAMPTON TO NEW YORK ON THE STEAMSHIP PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT ON OCTOBER 5, 1933, WAS NOT IN STERLING BUT IS SHOWN TO HAVE BEEN IN UNITED STATES DOLLARS, OR $126. VIEW OF THE FOREGOING THERE WAS NO AUTHORITY OF LAW FOR PAYMENT IN EXCESS OF THE LOWEST PUBLISHED FARE ON THE DATE THE SERVICE WAS FURNISHED. THEREFORE, THE RATE PUBLISHED IN TERMS OF UNITED STATES CURRENCY BEING THE LOWEST PUBLISHED FARE ON THE DATE THE SERVICE WAS FURNISHED, THE ACTION TAKEN BY THIS OFFICE IN DISALLOWING CREDIT FOR $31.66 IN THE ACCOUNT OF VICTOR M. LENZER MUST BE AND IS SUSTAINED. SEE DECISION OF OCTOBER 31, 1934, A-57669.