A-65755, DECEMBER 12, 1935, 15 COMP. GEN. 487

A-65755: Dec 12, 1935

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REPORTS TO THE DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS AT HIS OWN EXPENSE FROM WHICH HEADQUARTERS HE IS. FROM TIME TO TIME ASSIGNED TO TEMPORARY DUTY AT OTHER POINTS IS ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR TRAVELING EXPENSES BETWEEN HIS HEADQUARTERS AND SUCH TEMPORARY DUTY STATIONS. PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT INSPECTORS WHO ARE ASSIGNED TO PROJECTS AT TEMPORARY DUTY STATIONS AND WHO WHILE IN A TRAVEL STATUS ARE PLACED ON LEAVE WITHOUT PAY WHEN PROJECT WORK IS SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF CLIMATIC CONDITIONS OR FOR OTHER REASONS ARE NOT ENTITLED TO TRAVELING EXPENSES TO THEIR HOMES OR OTHER PERSONALLY SELECTED POINTS. AS FOLLOWS: THERE IS FORWARDED HEREWITH VOUCHER NO. IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT SUSPENSIONS HAVE BEEN RAISED BY YOUR OFFICE AGAINST PAYMENTS ALREADY MADE UNDER SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES.

A-65755, DECEMBER 12, 1935, 15 COMP. GEN. 487

TRAVELING EXPENSES - PROJECT INSPECTORS - PUBLIC WORKS ADMINISTRATION A PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT INSPECTOR, WHO, UPON APPOINTMENT, REPORTS TO THE DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS AT HIS OWN EXPENSE FROM WHICH HEADQUARTERS HE IS, BY PROPER ORDERS, FROM TIME TO TIME ASSIGNED TO TEMPORARY DUTY AT OTHER POINTS IS ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR TRAVELING EXPENSES BETWEEN HIS HEADQUARTERS AND SUCH TEMPORARY DUTY STATIONS. PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT INSPECTORS WHO ARE ASSIGNED TO PROJECTS AT TEMPORARY DUTY STATIONS AND WHO WHILE IN A TRAVEL STATUS ARE PLACED ON LEAVE WITHOUT PAY WHEN PROJECT WORK IS SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF CLIMATIC CONDITIONS OR FOR OTHER REASONS ARE NOT ENTITLED TO TRAVELING EXPENSES TO THEIR HOMES OR OTHER PERSONALLY SELECTED POINTS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, DECEMBER 12, 1935:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 14, 1935, AS FOLLOWS:

THERE IS FORWARDED HEREWITH VOUCHER NO. I-380.102 PAYABLE TO JAMES G. MARTIN, RESIDENT ENGINEER INSPECTOR, PUBLIC WORKS ADMINISTRATION, COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, IN THE AMOUNT OF $27.85 COVERING EXPENSES FOR TRAVEL FROM OFFICIAL HEADQUARTERS TO FIRST TEMPORARY POST AND PER DIEM FOR FIVE DAYS AFTER ARRIVAL AT TEMPORARY DUTY POST.

IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT SUSPENSIONS HAVE BEEN RAISED BY YOUR OFFICE AGAINST PAYMENTS ALREADY MADE UNDER SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES, ALTHOUGH SOME VOUCHERS SENT FOR PREAUDIT WERE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT, AND BECAUSE NUMEROUS OTHER PAYMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE WHICH HAVE NOT YET BEEN AUDITED, A RULING IS REQUESTED IN THIS MATTER, THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF WHICH ARE AS FOLLOWS:

INSPECTORS ARE APPOINTED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR FOR DUTY IN THE STATE IN WHICH THEY HAVE LEGAL RESIDENCE, EXCEPT IN CASES WHERE NO QUALIFIED ELIGIBLES ARE AVAILABLE, UPON RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE INSPECTION DIVISION FOLLOWING REQUESTS INITIATED BY THE STATE ENGINEER INSPECTORS. THERE ARE TWENTY-EIGHT OF THESE STATE ENGINEER INSPECTORS, FIFTEEN OF THEM HAVING JURISDICTION OVER WORK IN TWO OR MORE STATES.

AFTER APPOINTMENT, THE INSPECTORS ARE DIRECTED TO REPORT TO THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE STATE ENGINEER INSPECTOR FOR OFFICE DUTY BEFORE BEING ASSIGNED TO PROJECTS AT OR COVERED FROM TEMPORARY DUTY STATIONS. UPON COMPLETION OF ONE TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT, AN INSPECTOR IS SENT TO ANOTHER TEMPORARY DUTY STATION, SENT TO SUCH TEMPORARY DUTY STATION BEFORE COMPLETION IF HIS SERVICES ARE REQUIRED FOR ANY REASON, OR HE IS RECALLED TO HEADQUARTERS FOR DUTY OR SUBSEQUENT TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT ON ANOTHER PROJECT.

THE EXPENSE OF REPORTING TO HIS HEADQUARTERS IS BORNE BY THE INSPECTOR, BUT SUBSEQUENT TRAVEL EXPENSES TO AND FROM AND BETWEEN TEMPORARY-DUTY STATIONS ARE PAID BY THE GOVERNMENT UPON THE ISSUANCE OF PROPER TRAVEL AUTHORIZATIONS BY THE STATE ENGINEER INSPECTOR AS COVERED BY P.W. 9915 OF APRIL 21, 1934, A COPY OF WHICH IS ATTACHED.

IN VIEW OF THE FOREGOING, IT IS REQUESTED THAT THE SITUATION HAVE FULL CONSIDERATION WITH A VIEW TO REMOVING THE SUSPENSIONS HERETOFORE MADE AND TO PREVENT FURTHER SUSPENSIONS.

IN CONNECTION WITH THE INSPECTION WORK, IT OCCASIONALLY HAPPENS THAT BECAUSE OF CLIMATIC OR OTHER REASONS WORK ON A PROJECT IS SUSPENDED AND IF THERE IS NOT AN IMMEDIATE NEED FOR THE SERVICES OF THE INSPECTOR HE IS PLACED IN A LEAVE WITHOUT PAY STATUS. UNLESS THERE SHOULD BE A REAL REASON FOR THE MAN TO RETURN TO HIS HEADQUARTERS TO COMPLETE REPORTS, OR FOR OTHER DUTY, HE MAY GO TO HIS HOME OR OTHER PLACE. IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES IS THE MAN ENTITLED TO HIS TRAVELING EXPENSES TO SUCH POINT INSTEAD OF TO HIS HEADQUARTERS, NOT TO EXCEED THE COST OF TRAVEL TO HEADQUARTERS?

THE VOUCHER SUBMITTED WITH YOUR LETTER SHOWS TRAVEL FEBRUARY 11, 1935, FROM COLUMBIA, S.C., TO BARNWELL, S.C., AND IS ITEMIZED AS MILEAGE OF A PERSONALLY OWNED AUTOMOBILE FOR 57 MILES AT 5 CENTS PER MILE, AMOUNTING TO $2.85, AND FIVE DAYS PER DIEM AT BARNWELL, AMOUNTING TO $25, OR A TOTAL OF $27.85. THE TRAVEL ORDERS ACCOMPANYING THIS VOUCHER AUTHORIZE TRAVEL AND REIMBURSEMENT AS FOLLOWS:

LOCATION, COLUMBIA, S.C.,

DATE, FEBRUARY 11, 1935. MR. JAMES G. MARTIN,

RES. ENGINEER INSPECTOR, P.W.A., COLUMBIA, S.C.

SIR: YOU ARE HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE FROM YOUR HEADQUARTERS LOCATED AT COLUMBIA, S.C., TO BARNWELL, S.C., DOCKET 5819. UPON ARRIVAL BARNWELL, S.C., DOCKET 5819, WILL BECOME YOUR TEMPORARY-DUTY STATION UNTIL FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS ARE ISSUED TO YOU. THIS TRAVEL IS TO BE UPON OFFICIAL BUSINESS OF THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATION OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE DETAILS OF WHICH HAVE BEEN COMMUNICATED TO YOU IN YOUR GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS, THE GENERAL DUTIES OF WHICH ARE TO ASSIST MR. W. N. WILLIS, RESIDENT ENGINEER INSPECTOR IN CHARGE, IN INSPECTION OF DOCKET 5819, SCHOOL, BARNWELL, S.C.

TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE--- FOR WHICH YOU WILL BE REIMBURSED AT A RATE NOT TO EXCEED $0.05 PER MILE--- IS HEREIN AUTHORIZED INASMUCH AS SUCH MODE OF TRANSPORTATION HAS BEEN DETERMINED TO BE MORE ECONOMICAL AND ADVANTAGEOUS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS: NO OTHER MEANS OF TRAVEL AVAILABLE WITHOUT LOSS OF VALUABLE TIME ON ACCOUNT OF INCONVENIENT SCHEDULES.

THIS TRAVEL SHALL BE PERFORMED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS AS AMENDED AND YOU WILL BE REIMBURSED IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE AT THE RATE OF $5.00 PER DIEM FOR FIVE (5) DAYS AFTER ARRIVAL AT YOUR TEMPORARY-DUTY STATION. THE EXPENSE ARISING FROM THIS AUTHORIZATION WILL BE CHARGEABLE TO THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE "NATIONAL RECOVERY 1933-35.'

INSOFAR AS APPEARS FROM THE VOUCHER AND TRAVEL ORDERS, PAYMENT THEREON APPEARS TO BE AUTHORIZED.

YOUR SUBMISSION DOES NOT IDENTIFY THE OTHER VOUCHERS TO WHICH YOU REFER AS BEING INVOLVED IN SUSPENSIONS IN CONNECTION WITH TRAVEL PERFORMED UNDER SIMILAR CONDITIONS AND ACCORDINGLY IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE TO REVIEW SUCH SUSPENSIONS UPON YOUR PRESENT SUBMISSION.

AS TO THE QUESTION STATED IN NEXT TO LAST PARAGRAPH OF YOUR SUBMISSION, YOU ARE INFORMED THAT A PERSON IN A TRAVEL STATUS WHO TAKES A LEAVE OF ABSENCE AND GOES TO HIS HOME OR OTHER PLACE INSTEAD OF RETURNING TO HIS HEADQUARTERS, IS NOT ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVEL EXPENSES INCURRED BETWEEN THE LAST PLACE OF TEMPORARY DUTY AND THE DESTINATIONS TO WHICH HE TRAVELS FOR PERSONAL REASONS.

THE VOUCHER ACCOMPANYING YOUR LETTER IN FAVOR OF JAMES G. MARTIN IS RETURNED AND PAYMENT THEREON IS AUTHORIZED IN THE ABSENCE OF OTHER OBJECTION.

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