A-62904, JULY 15, 1935, 15 COMP. GEN. 34

A-62904: Jul 15, 1935

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THE EXPENSES OF WHICH ARE CHARGEABLE UNDER THE APPROPRIATION "CONTINGENCIES OF THE ARMY. " IS CONTROLLED BY THE REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE FOR LEGISLATIVE EXPENDITURES. THE AMOUNT OF TRAVELING EXPENSES REIMBURSABLE IS LIMITED ONLY BY THE ACTUAL TRAVEL NEEDS FOR THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH THE APPROPRIATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED AND AS MAY BE LIMITED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE. 1935: THERE WAS RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF JULY 8. AS FOLLOWS: REFERENCE IS MADE TO DECISIONS A-28208. YOUR FURTHER DECISION IS REQUESTED RELATIVE TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS: A. WILL IT BE NECESSARY FOR THE INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO FURNISH RECEIPTS IN ALL OF THE CASES WHERE REQUIRED BY PARAGRAPH 80. B. WILL THESE VOUCHERS HAVE TO BE SWORN TO IN ACCORDANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 92.

A-62904, JULY 15, 1935, 15 COMP. GEN. 34

TRAVELING EXPENSES - CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES REIMBURSEMENT FOR TRAVEL PERFORMED BY MEMBERS OF A CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE INCIDENT TO EXAMINATION OF ESTIMATES OF APPROPRIATIONS AND OF MILITARY ACTIVITIES IN THE FIELD, THE EXPENSES OF WHICH ARE CHARGEABLE UNDER THE APPROPRIATION "CONTINGENCIES OF THE ARMY," IS CONTROLLED BY THE REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE FOR LEGISLATIVE EXPENDITURES, RATHER THAN THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS. THE AMOUNT OF TRAVELING EXPENSES REIMBURSABLE IS LIMITED ONLY BY THE ACTUAL TRAVEL NEEDS FOR THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH THE APPROPRIATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED AND AS MAY BE LIMITED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF WAR, JULY 15, 1935:

THERE WAS RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF JULY 8, 1935, AS FOLLOWS:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO DECISIONS A-28208, DATED AUGUST 8, 1929, A 28208, DATED JANUARY 25, 1930, AND A-62904, DATED JUNE 26, 1935, RELATIVE TO THE PAYMENT OF EXPENSES OF MEMBERS OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEES INCIDENT TO EXAMINATION OF ESTIMATES OF APPROPRIATIONS AND OF MILITARY ACTIVITIES IN THE FIELD FROM THE APPROPRIATION "CONTINGENCIES OF THE ARMY.' YOUR FURTHER DECISION IS REQUESTED RELATIVE TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

A. WILL IT BE NECESSARY FOR THE INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO FURNISH RECEIPTS IN ALL OF THE CASES WHERE REQUIRED BY PARAGRAPH 80, SECTION VIII, GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, OR MAY VOUCHERS COVERING THE EXPENSES INCIDENT TO THE TRAVEL IN QUESTION BE CERTIFIED BY A MEMBER OF CONGRESS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE FOR LEGISLATIVE EXPENDITURES?

B. WILL THESE VOUCHERS HAVE TO BE SWORN TO IN ACCORDANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 92, SECTION XII, OF GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, OR WILL THE SIGNATURE OF THE MEMBER OF CONGRESS IN QUESTION BE SUFFICIENT?

C. WILL ACTUAL EXPENDITURES BE LIMITED TO A SPECIFIED AMOUNT, OR WILL SUCH AMOUNT BE FOR THE DETERMINATION OF THE MEMBER OF CONGRESS? LIMITED, WHAT AMOUNT SHOULD BE SPECIFIED?

IN THE DECISION OF AUGUST 8, 1929, A-28208, CITED BY YOU, WHEREIN WAS CONSIDERED A SIMILAR APPROPRIATION ITEM FOR EXAMINATION OF ESTIMATES OF APPROPRIATIONS IN THE FIELD BY A CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE, IT WAS HELD THAT THE "MEMBERS OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEES ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE ACT OF JUNE 3, 1926, 44 STAT. 688.' AS THESE COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL TRAVEL AS MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS, THE REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE FOR LEGISLATIVE EXPENDITURES WILL CONTROL. QUESTIONS A AND B ANSWERED ACCORDINGLY.

REFERRING TO QUESTION C, THE TRAVELING EXPENSES REIMBURSABLE ARE NOT SUBJECT TO ANY SPECIFIC LIMITATION AS TO AMOUNT BUT ARE TO BE DETERMINED BY THE ACTUAL TRAVEL NEEDS FOR THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH THE APPROPRIATION IS PROVIDED. HOWEVER, THE CHAIRMAN OR ACTING CHAIRMAN OF THE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE OR SUBCOMMITTEE INVOLVED MAY PRESCRIBE LIMITATION WITH RESPECT TO SUCH EXPENSES.