A-81819, JANUARY 4, 1937, 16 COMP. GEN. 631

A-81819: Jan 4, 1937

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OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES TRAVELING IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES AND NOT EMPLOYED IN OR ASSIGNED OR DETAILED TO A POST IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY ARE NOT REQUIRED TO CONVERT ACTUAL SALARY CHECKS OR CASH RECEIVED AS SALARY INSTEAD OF TRAVELERS' OR PERSONAL CHECKS. AS FOLLOWS: THERE IS INCLOSED A COPY OF A DESPATCH NO. 218 OF NOVEMBER 2. REQUESTING INSTRUCTIONS IN THE MATTER OF PAYING CURRENCY APPRECIATION LOSSES IN THOSE CASES WHERE THE AMOUNTS CASHED ABROAD ARE IN TRAVELERS' CHECKS. THIS QUESTION ARISES IN CONNECTION WITH THOSE EMPLOYEES TRAVELING IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES AND NOT EMPLOYED IN OR ASSIGNED OR DETAILED TO A POST IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY IN CONNECTION WITH WHICH CASES IT HAS BEEN HELD BY YOUR OFFICE THAT AN ACTUAL CONVERSION OF CHECKS FOR SALARIES OR ALLOWANCES IS NECESSARY TO ENTITLE THE EMPLOYEES TO CURRENCY APPRECIATION LOSS.

A-81819, JANUARY 4, 1937, 16 COMP. GEN. 631

EXCHANGE - LOSS BY - OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES - CASHING OF TRAVELERS' AND PERSONAL CHECKS, ETC. OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES TRAVELING IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES AND NOT EMPLOYED IN OR ASSIGNED OR DETAILED TO A POST IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY ARE NOT REQUIRED TO CONVERT ACTUAL SALARY CHECKS OR CASH RECEIVED AS SALARY INSTEAD OF TRAVELERS' OR PERSONAL CHECKS, ETC., TO BE ENTITLED TO EXCHANGE RELIEF FOR ACTUAL CONVERSIONS OF AMERICAN DOLLARS FOR EXPENDITURE.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE, JANUARY 4, 1937:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 18, 1936, AS FOLLOWS:

THERE IS INCLOSED A COPY OF A DESPATCH NO. 218 OF NOVEMBER 2, 1936, FROM THE DISTRICT ACCOUNTING AND DISBURSING OFFICER AT PARIS, FRANCE, REQUESTING INSTRUCTIONS IN THE MATTER OF PAYING CURRENCY APPRECIATION LOSSES IN THOSE CASES WHERE THE AMOUNTS CASHED ABROAD ARE IN TRAVELERS' CHECKS, PERSONAL CHECKS, OR ANY FORM OTHER THAN THE SALARY CHECK OR DRAFT ITSELF. THIS QUESTION ARISES IN CONNECTION WITH THOSE EMPLOYEES TRAVELING IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES AND NOT EMPLOYED IN OR ASSIGNED OR DETAILED TO A POST IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY IN CONNECTION WITH WHICH CASES IT HAS BEEN HELD BY YOUR OFFICE THAT AN ACTUAL CONVERSION OF CHECKS FOR SALARIES OR ALLOWANCES IS NECESSARY TO ENTITLE THE EMPLOYEES TO CURRENCY APPRECIATION LOSS.

INASMUCH AS THERE DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN A RULING OF YOUR OFFICE ON THIS PARTICULAR POINT, I SHALL APPRECIATE YOUR ADVICE IN ORDER THAT APPROPRIATE INSTRUCTIONS MAY BE ISSUED TO THE DISTRICT ACCOUNTING AND DISBURSING OFFICER AT PARIS.

IT IS NOT REQUIRED THAT THE ACTUAL SALARY CHECKS OR CASH RECEIVED AS SALARY BE CONVERTED AND EXPENDED IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY WHERE THE EMPLOYEE ESTABLISHES THE ACTUAL CONVERSION FOR EXPENDITURE OF AMERICAN DOLLARS IN THE AMOUNTS UPON WHICH EXCHANGE LOSSES ARE CLAIMED.