A-62801, JUNE 17, 1935, 14 COMP. GEN. 906

A-62801: Jun 17, 1935

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TRAVELING EXPENSES - FOREIGN VESSELS THE DESIRE TO RETAIN A NEWLY APPOINTED FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER IN THE UNITED STATES FOR A 30-DAY INSTRUCTION PERIOD DOES NOT AUTHORIZE THE USE OF A FOREIGN VESSEL FOR THE TRANSPORTATION TO HIS STATION WHEN THERE ARE AMERICAN VESSELS AVAILABLE DURING THE TRAINING PERIOD FOR THE REQUIRED TRANSPORTATION. WHICH UNDER THE LAW IS LIMITED TO THIRTY DAYS. HARRISON IS NOW UNDERGOING AN INTENSIVE PERIOD OF INSTRUCTION WHICH CANNOT BE SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED BEFORE THE LEGAL LIMITATION. THE PRESIDENT HAS RECENTLY TRANSFERRED THE PRESENT MINISTER TO RUMANIA TO THE IRISH FREE STATE AND HE IS LEAVING BUCHAREST ON JUNE 15 EN ROUTE TO HIS NEW POST. IS SUCH THAT THE PUBLIC INTERESTS WILL BEST BE SERVED IF THE NEW MINISTER.

A-62801, JUNE 17, 1935, 14 COMP. GEN. 906

TRAVELING EXPENSES - FOREIGN VESSELS THE DESIRE TO RETAIN A NEWLY APPOINTED FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER IN THE UNITED STATES FOR A 30-DAY INSTRUCTION PERIOD DOES NOT AUTHORIZE THE USE OF A FOREIGN VESSEL FOR THE TRANSPORTATION TO HIS STATION WHEN THERE ARE AMERICAN VESSELS AVAILABLE DURING THE TRAINING PERIOD FOR THE REQUIRED TRANSPORTATION.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE, JUNE 17, 1935:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 12, 1935, AS FOLLOWS:

THE HONORABLE LELAND HARRISON, RECENTLY APPOINTED AMERICAN MINISTER TO RUMANIA, TOOK HIS OATH JUNE FIRST, AND ENTERED UPON AN INSTRUCTION PERIOD, WHICH UNDER THE LAW IS LIMITED TO THIRTY DAYS. MR. HARRISON IS NOW UNDERGOING AN INTENSIVE PERIOD OF INSTRUCTION WHICH CANNOT BE SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED BEFORE THE LEGAL LIMITATION, WHICH EXPIRES JUNE 30.

THE PRESIDENT HAS RECENTLY TRANSFERRED THE PRESENT MINISTER TO RUMANIA TO THE IRISH FREE STATE AND HE IS LEAVING BUCHAREST ON JUNE 15 EN ROUTE TO HIS NEW POST. THE PRESENT SITUATION IN RUMANIA, DUE TO CERTAIN NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THAT GOVERNMENT AND THE UNITED STATES NOW IN PROGRESS, IS SUCH THAT THE PUBLIC INTERESTS WILL BEST BE SERVED IF THE NEW MINISTER, MR. HARRISON, AND HIS FAMILY SHOULD REACH BUCHAREST AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE AFTER THE COMPLETION OF HIS INSTRUCTION WORK ON THE 30TH OF JUNE.

AN EARNEST ENDEAVOR HAS BEEN MADE TO OBTAIN TRANSPORTATION FOR MR. HARRISON AND HIS FAMILY UPON AN AMERICAN VESSEL SAILING EARLY IN JULY AFTER THE COMPLETION OF MR. HARRISON'S INSTRUCTION PERIOD, BUT, I AM TOLD, NO ACCOMMODATIONS ARE AVAILABLE UPON ANY AMERICAN VESSEL UNTIL ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF JULY. ACCOMMODATIONS CAN BE OBTAINED, HOWEVER, FOR BOTH MR. HARRISON AND HIS FAMILY ON THE CONTE GRANDE, A FOREIGN VESSEL,SAILING FROM NEW YORK ON JULY 3 AND GOING DIRECT TO TRIESTE FROM WHENCE MR. HARRISON COULD GO SPEEDILY BY RAIL TO BUCHAREST.

HAVING IN MIND THE PROVISION OF SECTION 601 OF THE MERCHANT MARINE ACT OF MAY 22, 1928, I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU COULD SEE YOUR WAY CLEAR TO DECIDE THAT IN VIEW OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES RECITED THERE WOULD BE NO OBJECTION TO MR. HARRISON AND HIS FAMILY SAILING ON A FOREIGN VESSEL AT PUBLIC EXPENSE.

IT IS NOT UNDERSTOOD THAT THE LAW REQUIRES 30 DAYS OF INSTRUCTION FOR ALL FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS, THAT BEING MERELY THE MAXIMUM PERIOD OF INSTRUCTION AFTER APPOINTMENT FIXED BY SECTION 1740, REVISED STATUTES, DURING WHICH THE NEWLY APPOINTED OFFICER MAY BE PAID COMPENSATION BEFORE BEGINNING TRANSIT TO HIS POST OF DUTY. THE SHORTENING OF SUCH PERIOD OF INSTRUCTION FOR A FEW DAYS COULD DOUBTLESS BE SUPPLEMENTED BY WRITTEN INSTRUCTION OR BY A STUDY OF THE PUBLISHED REGULATIONS AND RULINGS OF YOUR DEPARTMENT AFTER THE OFFICER REACHES HIS POST OF DUTY. THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 601 OF THE MERCHANT MARINE ACT, 45 STAT. 697, ARE FOR OBSERVANCE BY ALL OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE ONLY EXCEPTION PERMITTED BEING WHEN NO AMERICAN VESSELS ARE AVAILABLE OR WHEN THE TRAVELER'S MISSION REQUIRES THE USE OF A FOREIGN VESSEL. OF COURSE, THERE IS NOTHING ON THE PARTICULAR FOREIGN VESSEL SUGGESTED FOR USE BY THIS TRAVELER WHICH HAS SUCH RELATION TO HIS MISSION AS TO REQUIRE THE USE OF THAT PARTICULAR VESSEL. THIS OFFICE IS INFORMED THAT THERE ARE AMERICAN VESSELS AVAILABLE AS FOLLOWS: THE S.S. EXOCHORDA, SAILING JUNE 25, REACHING NAPLES JULY 6; THE S.S. MANHATTAN, SAILING JUNE 19, REACHING HARVE JUNE 26 AND HAMBURG JUNE 27; THE S.S. PRESIDENT HARDING, SAILING JUNE 26, REACHING HARVE JULY 4 AND HAMBURG JULY 5. THERE BEING AMERICAN VESSELS AVAILABLE IT MUST BE HELD THAT THE USE OF THE FOREIGN VESSEL IS NOT AUTHORIZED.