A-8130, APRIL 30, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 904

A-8130: Apr 30, 1925

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TRANSPORTATION OF DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR OFFICERS AND FAMILIES THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR OFFICERS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN GOING TO AND RETURNING FROM THEIR POSTS IS AVAILABLE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF A COUNSUL'S WIFE AND DAUGHTER IN RETURNING TO THE UNITED STATES FROM A PLACE OTHER THAN THE CONSUL'S POST OF DUTY. SUCH REIMBURSEMENT NOT TO EXCEED WHAT TRANSPORTATION WOULD HAVE COST FROM THE POST OF DUTY TO THE UNITED STATES BY THE MOST DIRECT ROUTE. 26 COMP. WHEREBY CREDIT FOR $479.46 WAS DISALLOWED IN HIS ACCOUNTS REPRESENTING THE TRAVELING EXPENSES OF HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER IN RETURNING TO THE UNITED STATES FROM ROME. CLAIMANT WAS CONSUL AT FRANKFORT.

A-8130, APRIL 30, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 904

TRANSPORTATION OF DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR OFFICERS AND FAMILIES THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR OFFICERS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN GOING TO AND RETURNING FROM THEIR POSTS IS AVAILABLE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF A COUNSUL'S WIFE AND DAUGHTER IN RETURNING TO THE UNITED STATES FROM A PLACE OTHER THAN THE CONSUL'S POST OF DUTY, UPON A SHOWING THAT THEY HAD BEEN RESIDING AT HIS POST OF DUTY, SUCH REIMBURSEMENT NOT TO EXCEED WHAT TRANSPORTATION WOULD HAVE COST FROM THE POST OF DUTY TO THE UNITED STATES BY THE MOST DIRECT ROUTE. 26 COMP. DEC. 520, DISTINGUISHED.

DECISION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL, APRIL 30, 1925:

JOHN Q. WOOD APPLIED DECEMBER 30, 1924, FOR REVIEW FOR SETTLEMENT C 13250 -S, DATED JULY 25, 1924, WHEREBY CREDIT FOR $479.46 WAS DISALLOWED IN HIS ACCOUNTS REPRESENTING THE TRAVELING EXPENSES OF HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER IN RETURNING TO THE UNITED STATES FROM ROME, ITALY.

CLAIMANT WAS CONSUL AT FRANKFORT, GERMANY, AND WAS ORDERED TO RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES FOR ASSIGNMENT TO VERA CRUZ, MEXICO. THE CONSUL'S FAMILY HAD BEEN LIVING WITH HIM IN FRANKFORT BUT HAD GONE TO ROME TO ARRANGE FOR THE MOVING OF THEIR FURNITURE AND WERE ADVISED BY THE CONSUL NOT TO RETURN TO FRANKFORT BUT TO PROCEED DIRECTLY FROM ROME TO THE UNITED STATES, WHICH THEY DID.

THE APPROPRIATION FOR TRANSPORTATION OF DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR OFFICERS AND THEIR FAMILIES IS AVAILABLE TO PAY THE ACTUAL AND NECESSARY EXPENSES INCURRED "IN GOING TO AND RETURNING FROM THEIR POSTS.'

IN THIS CASE THE CONSUL'S WIFE AND DAUGHTER TRAVELED FROM HIS POST AT FRANKFORT TO THE UNITED STATES, BUT INSTEAD OF MAKING THE JOURNEY DIRECTLY THEY TRAVELED BY THE WAY OF ROME. VOUCHERS WERE SUBMITTED COVERING THEIR NECESSARY EXPENSES ACTUALLY INCURRED AMOUNTING TO $651.58. IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE AUDIT THE APPROVAL WAS GIVEN AND REIMBURSEMENT RECOMMENDED OF ONLY $479.46, WHICH WAS TWICE THE AMOUNT OF THE ACTUAL EXPENSES ALLOWED THE CONSUL FOR HIS OWN TRIP FROM FRANKFORT TO THE UNITED STATES.

THIS CASE DIFFERS FROM THE CASE DECIDED IN 26 COMP. DEC. 520, IN THAT IN THE EARLIER CASE THE CONSUL'S WIFE HAD NOT BEEN RESIDING AT HER HUSBAND'S POST OF DUTY. SINCE THE CONSUL'S WIFE AND DAUGHTER IN THIS CASE HAD RESIDED AT HIS POST OF DUTY, REIMBURSEMENT IS AUTHORIZED OF THEIR ACTUAL AND NECESSARY EXPENSES INCURRED IN RETURNING FROM THE CONSUL'S POST OF DUTY, NOT IN EXCESS OF WHAT IT WOULD HAVE COST TO RETURN BY THE MOST DIRECT ROUTE.

UPON REVIEW $479.46 IS CERTIFIED FOR CREDIT IN THE ACCOUNTS OF JOHN Q. WOOD.