A-6962, JANUARY 16, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 612

A-6962: Jan 16, 1925

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TRAVELING EXPENSES - CHANGE OF STATION WHILE ON LEAVE OF ABSENCE AN EMPLOYEE OF THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION WHOSE OFFICIAL STATION WAS SAN FRANCISCO. IS NOT ENTITLED REIMBURSEMENT IN AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE RAILROAD AND PULLMAN TRANSPORTATION CHARGES FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO TAYLORVILLE VIA ST. REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED OF ITEMS COVERING RAILROAD AND PULLMAN TRANSPORTATION CHARGES FROM SAN FRANCISCO. IT APPEARS THAT THE EMPLOYEE IN QUESTION WAS STATIONED AT SAN FRANCISCO. THAT AT THE EXPIRATION OF HIS ANNUAL LEAVE HE WAS GRANTED LEAVE WITHOUT PAY. HIS OFFICIAL HEADQUARTERS WERE CHANGED FROM SAN FRANCISCO. THE EMPLOYEE CLAIMED THE RIGHT TO BE REIMBURSED WHAT IT WOULD HAVE COST THE GOVERNMENT FOR HIS TRANSPORTATION IF HE HAD BEEN AT SAN FRANCISCO AT THE TIME HE WAS ORDERED TO REPORT AT TAYLORVILLE.

A-6962, JANUARY 16, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 612

TRAVELING EXPENSES - CHANGE OF STATION WHILE ON LEAVE OF ABSENCE AN EMPLOYEE OF THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION WHOSE OFFICIAL STATION WAS SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF., AND WHO, WHILE ON A LEAVE OF ABSENCE, TRAVELED FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO MEMPHIS, TENN., AND FROM THERE TO TAYLORVILLE, ILL., WHERE, UNDER INSTRUCTIONS OF HIS OFFICIAL SUPERIOR, HE REPORTED FOR DUTY, IS NOT ENTITLED REIMBURSEMENT IN AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE RAILROAD AND PULLMAN TRANSPORTATION CHARGES FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO TAYLORVILLE VIA ST. LOUIS, MO., ON ACCOUNT OF HIS OFFICIAL STATION BEING SUBSEQUENTLY CHANGED FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO ST. LOUIS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO W. M. LOCKWOOD, DISBURSING CLERK, INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION, JANUARY 16, 1925:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 11, 1924, SUBMITTING A VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF L. E. STOKES, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION, AND REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED OF ITEMS COVERING RAILROAD AND PULLMAN TRANSPORTATION CHARGES FROM SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF., TO ST. LOUIS, MO., AND FROM ST. LOUIS, MO., TO TAYLORVILLE, ILL., UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES HEREINAFTER STATED.

IT APPEARS THAT THE EMPLOYEE IN QUESTION WAS STATIONED AT SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF., THAT ON JULY 12, 1924, HE WENT ON ANNUAL LEAVE AND LEFT THAT DAY FOR MEMPHIS, TENN.; THAT AT THE EXPIRATION OF HIS ANNUAL LEAVE HE WAS GRANTED LEAVE WITHOUT PAY; THAT JUST PRIOR TO THE EXPIRATION OF THE PERIOD OF LEAVE WITHOUT PAY HE TRAVELED FROM MEMPHIS, TENN., TO TAYLORVILLE, ILL.; THAT HE REPORTED FOR AND ENTERED UPON DUTY AT TAYLORVILLE, OCTOBER 20, 1924, IN ACCORDANCE WITH INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED TO HIM BY HIS OFFICIAL SUPERIOR; AND THAT ON NOVEMBER 1, 1924, HIS OFFICIAL HEADQUARTERS WERE CHANGED FROM SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF., TO ST. LOUIS, MO.

THE EMPLOYEE CLAIMED THE RIGHT TO BE REIMBURSED WHAT IT WOULD HAVE COST THE GOVERNMENT FOR HIS TRANSPORTATION IF HE HAD BEEN AT SAN FRANCISCO AT THE TIME HE WAS ORDERED TO REPORT AT TAYLORVILLE, THAT IS, HIS RAILROAD FARE AND PULLMAN CHARGES FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO ST. LOUIS AND FROM ST. LOUIS TO TAYLORVILLE.

THE REGULATIONS GOVERNING TRAVEL OF EMPLOYEES OF THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS PROVIDE:

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS OF EXPENSE IN ADDITION TO PER DIEM WILL BE ALLOWED ONLY WHEN SUCH EXPENSES HAVE BEEN ACTUALLY INCURRED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF OFFICIAL DUTIES.

4. REGULAR PUBLISHED FARES FOR RAILROAD AND STEAMBOAT TRAVEL.

THE TRAVEL FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO TAYLORVILLE WAS PERFORMED WHILE THE EMPLOYEE WAS ON LEAVE AND WHILE HIS DESIGNATED POST OF DUTY WAS SAN FRANCISCO. IT DOES NOT APPEAR WHETHER HE WAS IN TAYLORVILLE OR MEMPHIS WHEN HE WAS DIRECTED OR AUTHORIZED TO REPORT FOR DUTY AT TAYLORVILLE; BUT IN EITHER CASE, THE EFFECT OF SUCH DIRECTION OR AUTHORIZATION WAS TO PLACE THE EMPLOYEE IN A DUTY STATUS AT TAYLORVILLE THEREBY RELIEVING HIM OF THE EXPENSE OF RETURNING TO SAN FRANCISCO BEFORE REPORTING TO DUTY. THE TRANSFER OF HIS HEADQUARTERS FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO ST. LOUIS EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1, 1924, IMPOSED NO ADDITIONAL TRAVEL UPON THE EMPLOYEE, BUT MERELY CHANGED THE PLACE TO WHICH HE WOULD BE AUTHORIZED TO PROCEED AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE UPON COMPLETION OF THE TEMPORARY DUTY AT TAYLORVILLE, THAT IS TO SAY, UPON COMPLETION OF SUCH DUTY, UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED, HE WOULD PROCEED TO ST. LOUIS INSTEAD OF TO SAN FRANCISCO.