A-76945, FEBRUARY 3, 1938, 17 COMP. GEN. 627

A-76945: Feb 3, 1938

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6.30 IT IS EVIDENT THAT THE ABOVE SUSPENSIONS WERE BASED ON COMPTROLLER GENERAL'S DECISION NOTED IN REFERENCE (A-76945. ARE DIFFERENT FROM THE CONDITIONS ON WHICH THE CITED COMPTROLLER GENERAL'S DECISION WAS BASED. IN WHICH LATTER CASE THE TRAVEL WAS ALMOST WHOLLY PERFORMED WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES. WHICH IS NOT WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF LOS ANGELES. WHICH ALSO ARE NOT WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF LOS ANGELES. ADVISES AS FOLLOWS: "/A) SANTA MONICA IS NOT WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES. "/B) AT SANTA MONICA THE BUS LINE GOES BY THE OFFICE. "/C) AT GLENDALE THE BUS LINE GOES BY THE OFFICE. HOURLY DURING THE DAY. "/D) THERE IS NO DIRECT CONNECTION BETWEEN SANTA MONICA AND GLENDALE OR INGLEWOOD.

A-76945, FEBRUARY 3, 1938, 17 COMP. GEN. 627

MILEAGE - TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE - SANTA MONICA TO POINTS OUTSIDE BOUNDARIES OF LOS ANGELES WHILE REIMBURSEMENT MAY BE ALLOWED CIVILIAN INSPECTORS OF THE NAVY IN PERFORMANCE OF OFFICIAL TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE AWAY FROM THEIR HEADQUARTERS AT SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA, TO POINTS OUTSIDE THE EXTERIOR BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES, THE TRAVEL STATUS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS BEGINNING FROM A POINT OUTSIDE SUCH EXTERIOR BOUNDARIES TO THE OTHER POINT SO LOCATED.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, FEBRUARY 3, 1938:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED, BY YOUR DIRECTION, A COMMUNICATION FROM THE OFFICE OF THE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL OF THE NAVY, DATED DECEMBER 4, 1937, SYMBOL 11/120-3 (371019-1), TRANSMITTING A LETTER FROM CAPT. H. B. RANSDELL (SC), UNITED STATES NAVY, DATED NOVEMBER 19, 1937, SYMBOL GF/L10- 5 (5) SFP-X-19, AS FOLLOWS:

THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE HAS SUSPENDED IN THE ACCOUNTS OF CAPT. W. N. HUGHES (SC), U.S.N., THE FOLLOWING AMOUNTS COVERING THE TRAVEL OF CIVILIAN INSPECTORS LOCATED AT SANTA MONICA, CALIF.:

CHART

NAME OF CLAIMANT VOUCHER NO. AMOUNT

EDWIN M. PAINTER -------- 51186-JANUARY 1937 ---------------- $12.96

EUGENE S. RHOADES ------- 68808-MARCH 1937 ------------------ 2.70

KENYON W. MATHERS ------- 51183-JANUARY 1937 ---------------- 8.46

KENYON W. MATHERS ------- 60019-FEBRUARY 1937 --------------- 9.00

ALVIN W. BAER ----------- 51172-JANUARY 1937 ---------------- 14.13

ALVIN W. BAER ----------- 60012-FEBRUARY 1937 --------------- 10.80

ALVIN W. BAER ----------- 68675-MARCH 1937 ------------------ 8.10

C. D. TRIPOLITIS -------- 38195-NOVEMBER 1936 ---------------6.66

C. D. TRIPOLITIS -------- 51193-JANUARY 1937 ---------------- 7.56

C. D. TRIPOLITIS -------- 63589-MARCH 1937 ------------------ 5.40

C. D. TRIPOLITIS -------- 68811-MARCH 1937 ------------------ 6.30

IT IS EVIDENT THAT THE ABOVE SUSPENSIONS WERE BASED ON COMPTROLLER GENERAL'S DECISION NOTED IN REFERENCE (A-76945, JULY 28, 1936).

THE CONDITIONS SURROUNDING THE TRAVEL OF CIVILIAN INSPECTORS TRAVELING OUT OF SANTA MONICA, CALIF., ARE DIFFERENT FROM THE CONDITIONS ON WHICH THE CITED COMPTROLLER GENERAL'S DECISION WAS BASED, IN WHICH LATTER CASE THE TRAVEL WAS ALMOST WHOLLY PERFORMED WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES.

THE CIVILIAN INSPECTORS AT SANTA MONICA, CALIF., RECEIVE SPECIFIC ORDERS PROVIDING FOR INSPECTION WITHIN THE CITIES OF BURBANK, GLENDALE, AND EL SEGUNDO (INGLEWOOD).

THE ENCLOSED MAP INDICATES THAT PERSONNEL TRAVELING FROM HEADQUARTERS AT SANTA MONICA, CALIF., WHICH IS NOT WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF LOS ANGELES, CALIF., PROCEED TO INSPECTION POINTS MENTIONED ABOVE, WHICH ALSO ARE NOT WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF LOS ANGELES, CALIF.

IN THIS RESPECT THE TRAVEL DIFFERS FROM THAT COVERED BY THE ABOVE MENTIONED COMPTROLLER GENERAL'S DECISION .

THE INSPECTOR OF NAVAL MATERIAL AT SANTA MONICA, CALIF., ADVISES AS FOLLOWS:

"/A) SANTA MONICA IS NOT WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES.

"/B) AT SANTA MONICA THE BUS LINE GOES BY THE OFFICE.

"/C) AT GLENDALE THE BUS LINE GOES BY THE OFFICE; AT INGLEWOOD WITHIN 2 MILES FROM THE OFFICE EXCEPT AT 7:30 A.M. AND 4:15 P.M., AND HOURLY DURING THE DAY.

"/D) THERE IS NO DIRECT CONNECTION BETWEEN SANTA MONICA AND GLENDALE OR INGLEWOOD. CONNECTIONS TO GLENDALE ARE BY BUS TO BUSINESS DISTRICT, SANTA MONICA, BY BUS TO PICO AND CRENSHAW BLV-DS., LOS ANGELES BUS TERMINAL; BY STREET CAR TO CAR TERMINAL, LOS ANGELES, BY BUS TO GLENDALE. TOTAL TIME REQUIRED MINIMUM 1 HOUR 35 MINUTES, AVERAGE 2 HOURS; MAXIMUM 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES; DISTANCE TRAVELED 24 MILES; TRAVEL BY AUTOMOBILE 20 MILES, TIME 40 MINUTES. CONNECTIONS TO INGLEWOOD BY BUS TO BUSINESS DISTRICT, SANTA MONICA, BY BUS TO PICO AND CRENSHAW BLV-DS., BUS TERMINAL LOS ANGELES; BY STREET CAR TO HAWTHORN AND IMPERIAL HIGHWAYS, INGLEWOOD, WITHIN 2 MILES FROM INSPECTION POINTS, BY HOURLY BUS TO INSPECTION POINTS, OR BY TAXICAB, OR WALK. TOTAL TIME REQUIRED, MINIMUM 1 HOUR 50 MINUTES, MAXIMUM 2 HOURS 40 MINUTES. DISTANCE TRAVELED 22 MILES. TRAVEL BY AUTOMOBILE 10 MILES, 20 MINUTES. THE SAVING IN USEFUL MAN HOURS OF INSPECTION IS EVIDENT.

"/E) INSPECTION AT INGLEWOOD AND GLENDALE CANNOT BE MADE ADVANTAGEOUSLY OR EFFICIENTLY BY PUBLIC CONVEYANCE DUE TO TIME REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL. FURTHER, INSPECTION IS OFTEN CARRIED BEYOND THE REGULAR WORKING HOURS OF CONTRACTORS IN ORDER TO COMPLETE INSPECTION, AFTER WHICH TIME BUS TRANSPORTATION IS DISCONTINUED. IN SUCH CASES TWO INSPECTION TRIPS WILL BE REQUIRED.

"/F) THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION BY PUBLIC CONVEYANCE FROM SANTA MONICA TO GLENDALE AND RETURN IS $1.10, AND TO INGELWOOD IT IS 90 CENTS, ASSUMING A TWO-MILE WALK, OR $1.40 BY TAXICAB, AS STATED IN PARAGRAPH (D) ABOVE. TIME OF TRAVEL BY PUBLIC CONVEYANCE FROM SANTA MONICA TO INGELWOOD, THENCE TO GLENDALE AND RETURN TO SANTA MONICA IS NOT CONSIDERED INASMUCH AS SUCH A TRIP WILL REQUIRE MORE THAN ONE-HALF DAY, AND, THEREFORE, IS IMPRACTICABLE.

"THE INSPECTOR WISHES TO INVITE ATTENTION TO THE FACTS THAT AIRCRAFT PLANTS IN THIS VICINITY ARE LOCATED IN OUTLYING DISTRICTS, AND BESIDES THE GREAT DISTANCES BETWEEN DIFFERENT POINTS" THE TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES ARE VERY LIMITED EXCEPT DURING STARTING AND QUITTING PERIODS. ALTHOUGH THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION BY PUBLIC CONVEYANCE, AS IN THE CASE OF GLENDALE, MAY BE SOMEWHAT LESS THAN BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE, THE ADVANTAGE IN TIME SAVING AND CONSEQUENT EFFICIENCY OF PERSONNEL WHICH ARE CONSIDERED OF GREATER ADVANTAGE TO THE GOVERNMENT. IF THIS TIME SAVING CANNOT BE EFFECTED, THE OFFICE WOULD UNDER PRESENT CONDITIONS HAVE TO REQUEST ONE ADDITIONAL INSPECTOR AND ONE ENGINEER IN ORDER ADEQUATELY TO FUNCTION.'

IN VIEW OF THE ABOVE, IT IS REQUESTED THAT THE SUSPENSIONS RAISED BY THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE BE REVIEWED AND THAT THE EXPENSES INCURRED AWAY FROM OFFICIAL HEADQUARTERS AT SANTA MONICA, CALIF., BE ALLOWED.

A NUMBER OF TRAVEL EXPENSE CLAIMS COVERING REIMBURSEMENT FOR MILEAGE BETWEEN THE SAME POINTS MENTIONED ABOVE ARE BEING HELD, AND IT IS THEREFORE REQUESTED THAT DECISION BE EXPEDITED.

THE DECISIONS OF THIS OFFICE NEGATIVING THE ALLOWANCE OF MILEAGE FOR THE USE OF A PERSONALLY OWNED AUTOMOBILE IN SUCH CASES AS CONSIDERED IN THE DECISION OF JULY 28, 1936, A-76945, ARE PREDICATED UPON THE FACT THAT THE TRAVEL WAS TO PLACES WHICH ARE POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS; OR ARE WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE EXTERIOR BOUNDARIES OF THE OFFICIAL HEADQUARTERS.

WITH RESPECT TO SANTA MONICA THE CITED DECISION HELD THAT SINCE IT WAS SURROUNDED ON THREE SIDES BY THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES, THE FOURTH SIDE BEING THE SHORE LINE, TRAVEL FROM HEADQUARTERS AT LOS ANGELES TO SANTA MONICA WAS TRAVEL WITHIN THE EXTERIOR BOUNDARIES OF HEADQUARTERS -- THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES. LIKEWISE THE SAME RULE APPEARS APPLICABLE WITH RESPECT TO TRAVEL FROM HEADQUARTERS AT SANTA MONICA TO LOS ANGELES.

A SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT SITUATION IS PRESENTED, HOWEVER, WHEN THE TRAVEL IS FROM SANTA MONICA TO POINTS OUTSIDE THE EXTERIOR BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES. IN SUCH CASES SINCE SANTA MONICA IS NOT IN FACT ENTIRELY SURROUNDED BY THE EXTERIOR LIMITS OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES THE TRAVEL MAY BE CONSIDERED AS BEGINNING IN FACT FROM A POINT OUTSIDE SUCH EXTERIOR BOUNDARIES TO ANOTHER POINT SIMILARLY LOCATED.

THE VOUCHERS HERE UNDER CONSIDERATION, AS WELL AS OTHER SIMILAR VOUCHERS, WILL BE AUDITED BY THIS OFFICE ACCORDINGLY.