A-68979, JANUARY 6, 1936, 15 COMP. GEN. 585

A-68979: Jan 6, 1936

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IS UNAUTHORIZED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE INSTRUCTION IS TO BE GIVEN BY A FEDERAL AGENCY. 1936: REFERENCE IS HAD TO YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 3. IS CONTEMPLATING CONDUCTING A COURSE OF SCIENTIFIC TRAINING IN CRIMINOLOGY AND RELATED SUBJECTS. IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT THE TRAINING WILL BE AVAILABLE TO AN ACCREDITED REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PANAMA CANAL POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE ISOLATED LOCALITY OF THE ISTHMUS PRECLUDES OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT FROM KEEPING CURRENTLY INFORMED ON THE ADVANCE SCIENTIFIC METHODS IN CRIMINOLOGY AND IT IS ESPECIALLY DESIRED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR INSTRUCTION BY HAVING A REPRESENTATIVE OF OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT GO TO WASHINGTON AND TAKE THE COURSE. IT IS UNDERSTOOD THE COURSE WILL LAST FOR A PERIOD OF TWELVE WEEKS AND THAT THERE WILL BE NO EXPENSE TO THE CANAL OTHER THAN THE TRAVEL AND SUBSISTENCE EXPENSE OF THE REPRESENTATIVE SELECTED TO TAKE THE COURSE.

A-68979, JANUARY 6, 1936, 15 COMP. GEN. 585

SALARY AND EXPENSES OF PANAMA CANAL EMPLOYEE WHILE IN ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION THERE BEING NO STATUTORY PROVISION THEREFOR, THE PAYMENT OF SALARY OR REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVEL EXPENSES AND PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE OF AN ACCREDITED REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PANAMA CANAL POLICE DEPARTMENT WHILE ABSENT FROM HEADQUARTERS IN ATTENDANCE AT A COURSE OF SCIENTIFIC TRAINING, IS UNAUTHORIZED, NOTWITHSTANDING THE INSTRUCTION IS TO BE GIVEN BY A FEDERAL AGENCY.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE GOVERNOR, PANAMA CANAL, JANUARY 6, 1936:

REFERENCE IS HAD TO YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 3, 1935, AS FOLLOWS:

IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION THAT THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, AT WASHINGTON, D.C., IN COOPERATION WITH LOCAL AND STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, IS CONTEMPLATING CONDUCTING A COURSE OF SCIENTIFIC TRAINING IN CRIMINOLOGY AND RELATED SUBJECTS, AND IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT THE TRAINING WILL BE AVAILABLE TO AN ACCREDITED REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PANAMA CANAL POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE ISOLATED LOCALITY OF THE ISTHMUS PRECLUDES OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT FROM KEEPING CURRENTLY INFORMED ON THE ADVANCE SCIENTIFIC METHODS IN CRIMINOLOGY AND IT IS ESPECIALLY DESIRED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR INSTRUCTION BY HAVING A REPRESENTATIVE OF OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT GO TO WASHINGTON AND TAKE THE COURSE.

IT IS UNDERSTOOD THE COURSE WILL LAST FOR A PERIOD OF TWELVE WEEKS AND THAT THERE WILL BE NO EXPENSE TO THE CANAL OTHER THAN THE TRAVEL AND SUBSISTENCE EXPENSE OF THE REPRESENTATIVE SELECTED TO TAKE THE COURSE.

BEFORE MAKING FORMAL APPLICATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FOR ADMISSION OF THE REPRESENTATIVE OF OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT, YOUR ADVICE IS REQUESTED AS TO WHETHER THERE ARE ANY LEGAL RESTRICTIONS AGAINST MY AUTHORIZING OFFICIAL TRAVEL, AND REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES INCIDENT THERETO, FOR THE PURPOSE STATED HEREIN.

IT HAS BEEN HELD BY THIS OFFICE THAT THE ATTENDANCE AT A COLLEGE OR OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION, EITHER FOR THE EMPLOYEE'S OWN IMPROVEMENT OR FOR THE GOOD OF THE SERVICE, IS NOT, ORDINARILY, WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE APPOINTMENT OR DUTIES OF A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE AND THAT SUCH EMPLOYEE WOULD NOT BE ENTITLED EITHER TO COMPENSATION OR TO REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVEL OR OTHER EXPENSES WHILE SO OCCUPIED AND RENDERING NO SERVICE TO THE GOVERNMENT. 2 COMP. GEN. 17; 6 ID. 15. THE FACT THAT THE INSTRUCTION IS TO BE GIVEN BY A FEDERAL AGENCY DOES NOT AUTHORIZE THE APPLICATION OF A DIFFERENT RULE. A-40393, JANUARY 26, 1932. THERE APPEARS NO PROVISION IN THE APPROPRIATIONS OF THE PANAMA CANAL SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZING AN EXPENDITURE FOR SUCH PURPOSE. HENCE, IT MUST BE HELD THAT THE PAYMENT OF SALARY OR REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVEL EXPENSES AND PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE WOULD NOT BE AUTHORIZED DURING THE PERIOD OF ABSENCE FROM HEADQUARTERS FOR THE PURPOSE INDICATED.