A-82889, JANUARY 19, 1937, 16 COMP. GEN. 668

A-82889: Jan 19, 1937

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OFFICIAL TRAVEL IS PERFORMED BETWEEN POINTS CONNECTED BY COMMON CARRIERS OPERATING ON AN ALL RAIL. THE COMPARATIVE COST FOR REIMBURSEMENT PURPOSES IS THAT OF THE LOWEST FIRST-CLASS RATE BY THE MOST ECONOMICAL USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE. WHEN CERTIFYING THIS VOUCHER FOR PAYMENT THERE WAS DEDUCTED $6.80 AS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MILEAGE CLAIMED AND THE COST OF COACH FARES AT $4 PER ROUND TRIP. PROVIDED AS FOLLOWS: YOU ARE HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM YOUR HEADQUARTERS LOCATED AT HARTFORD. YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO USE YOUR PERSONALLY OWNED AUTOMOBILE FOR OFFICIAL TRAVEL AWAY FROM YOUR OFFICIAL HEADQUARTERS AND MILEAGE WILL BE ALLOWED AT THE RATE OF FIVE CENTS PER MILE. THIS AUTHORIZATION IS EFFECTIVE UNTIL JUNE 30.

A-82889, JANUARY 19, 1937, 16 COMP. GEN. 668

MILEAGE - TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY-OWNED AUTOMOBILE - COMMON-CARRIER COST REIMBURSEMENT LIMITATION - MULTIPLE MODES OF COMMON CARRIER TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN TRAVEL POINTS WHERE, UNDER ORDERS AUTHORIZING THE USE OF A PERSONALLY-OWNED AUTOMOBILE AT A SPECIFIED MILEAGE RATE, THE COST NOT TO EXCEED THAT OF TRAVEL BY COMMON CARRIER, OFFICIAL TRAVEL IS PERFORMED BETWEEN POINTS CONNECTED BY COMMON CARRIERS OPERATING ON AN ALL RAIL, COMBINED MOTOR AND RAIL, AND ALL MOTOR BUS BASIS, THE COMPARATIVE COST FOR REIMBURSEMENT PURPOSES IS THAT OF THE LOWEST FIRST-CLASS RATE BY THE MOST ECONOMICAL USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE--- THAT OF THE ALL MOTOR BUS ROUTE IN THIS INSTANCE, IT INVOLVING NOT ONLY A SAVING IN COST BUT ALSO IN TRANSPORTATION TIME.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO THE ADMINISTRATOR, FEDERAL EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATION OF PUBLIC WORKS, JANUARY 19, 1937:

THERE HAS BEEN SUBMITTED FOR PREAUDIT RECLAIM VOUCHER NO. S-60.130 IN FAVOR OF JOSEPH EDWARD KLAU, FOR $6.80 DEDUCTED FROM VOUCHER 509604 BEFORE PAYMENT.

ON VOUCHER 509604 THIS EMPLOYEE CLAIMED $14.80 AS MILEAGE FOR THE USE OF HIS PERSONALLY-OWNED AUTOMOBILE FOR TWO ROUND TRIPS--- JUNE 26 AND JUNE 30, 1936--- BETWEEN HIS HEADQUARTERS AT HARTFORD, CONN., AND PROVIDENCE, R.I., 148 MILES EACH TRIP, OR A TOTAL OF 296 MILES AT 5 CENTS PER MILE. WHEN CERTIFYING THIS VOUCHER FOR PAYMENT THERE WAS DEDUCTED $6.80 AS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MILEAGE CLAIMED AND THE COST OF COACH FARES AT $4 PER ROUND TRIP. THE TRAVEL ORDER ISSUED TO THE CLAIMANT MARCH 11, 1936, PROVIDED AS FOLLOWS:

YOU ARE HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM YOUR HEADQUARTERS LOCATED AT HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT, TO AND FROM PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, AS MAY BE NECESSARY, UPON OFFICIAL BUSINESS OF THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATION OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE NATURE OF WHICH HAS BEEN COMMUNICATED TO YOU.

YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO USE YOUR PERSONALLY OWNED AUTOMOBILE FOR OFFICIAL TRAVEL AWAY FROM YOUR OFFICIAL HEADQUARTERS AND MILEAGE WILL BE ALLOWED AT THE RATE OF FIVE CENTS PER MILE; SUCH MODE OF TRAVEL NOT TO EXCEED THE COST OF TRAVEL BY COMMON CARRIER.

THIS AUTHORIZATION IS EFFECTIVE UNTIL JUNE 30, 1936.

TRAVEL MUST BE BY THE SHORTEST PRACTICABLE ROUTE AND WITHOUT UNNECESSARY DELAY, AND ROUND-TRIP TICKETS MUST BE OBTAINED WHEREVER PRACTICABLE.

YOU WILL BE ALLOWED PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES NOT TO EXCEED $5.00 PER DAY WHILE AWAY FROM YOUR HEADQUARTERS AND WILL BE REIMBURSED FOR ACTUAL AND NECESSARY TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES IN ACCORDANCE WITH STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS.

ACCORDING TO THE SCHEDULE ATTACHED TO THE VOUCHER, THE CLAIMANT ON JUNE 26, 1936, LEFT HARTFORD AT 8:45 A.M. AND ARRIVED AT PROVIDENCE 10:50 A.M., LEFT PROVIDENCE 5 P.M., AND REACHED HARTFORD AT 7:05 P.M. THE SAME DAY. ON JUNE 30 HE LEFT HIS HEADQUARTERS AT 8:50 A.M., ARRIVED AT PROVIDENCE 10:50 A.M., LEFT PROVIDENCE 5:15 P.M., AND REACHED HARTFORD AT 7:15 P.M. THERE WAS AVAILABLE BETWEEN THE TWO POINTS THE FOLLOWING TRANSPORTATION BY COMMON CARRIER:

TABLE ALL RAIL TRAVEL (N.Y., N.H., AND H.R.R.):

LV. HARTFORD 8:00 A.M., 6/26.

AR. NEW HAVEN 8:55 A.M., 6/26.

LV. NEW HAVEN 9:15 A.M., 6/26.

AR. PROVIDENCE 11:40 A.M., 6/26.

LV. PROVIDENCE 6:00 P.M., 6/26.

AR. NEW HAVEN 8:30 P.M., 6/26.

LV. NEW HAVEN 8:45 P.M., 6/26.

AR. HARTFORD 9:48 P.M., 6/26.

MILEAGE: 299.2 COST $11.30. RAIL-MOTOR TRAVEL (N.Y., N.H., AND H.R.R.):

LV. HARTFORD 8:15 A.M., 6/26.

AR. BLACKSTONE 10:20 A.M., 6/26.

LV. BLACKSTONE 10:32 A.M., 6/26.

AR. PROVIDENCE 11:10 A.M., 6/26.

LV. PROVIDENCE 5:10 P.M., 6/26.

AR. BLACKSTONE 6:01 P.M., 6/26.

LV. BLACKSTONE 6:02 P.M., 6/26.

AR. HARTFORD 8:10 P.M., 6/26.

MILEAGE: 196.8 COST $4. MOTOR SERVICE (ARROW LINE):

LV. HARTFORD 9:00 A.M., 6/26.

AR. PROVIDENCE 11:10 A.M., 6/26.

LV. PROVIDENCE 5:00 P.M., 6/26.

AR. HARTFORD 7:00 P.M., 6/26.

(6 BUSES IN EACH DIRECTION DAILY.)

MILEAGE: 146 COST $3.10.

THE "COST OF TRAVEL BY COMMON CARRIER" AS PROVIDED FOR IN THE ORDER, SUPRA, MUST BE CONSTRUED AS LIMITED TO THE LOWEST FIRST-CLASS RATE BY THE MOST ECONOMICAL USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE. IT WOULD APPEAR IN THE PRESENT CASE THAT THE ALL-RAIL TRANSPORTATION, TAKING 3 HOURS AND 40 MINUTES EACH WAY, AS AGAINST 2 HOURS AND 10 MINUTES BY THE ALL-BUS ROUTE, AND COSTING OVER THREE TIMES AS MUCH, CANNOT BE CONSIDERED THE MOST ECONOMICAL USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE. NOR IS THERE FOR CONSIDERATION THE RAIL-MOTOR ROUTE TAKING 2 HOURS AND 55 MINUTES AND COSTING $4 AS COMPARED WITH $3.10 BY THE ALL-BUS ROUTE. IT MUST BE CONCLUDED, THEREFORE, THAT THE MOST ECONOMICAL USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE BY COMMON CARRIER IN THIS CASE IS THE ALL-BUS ROUTE, AT A COST OF $3.10 PER ROUND TRIP, WHICH IS ALL THAT THE EMPLOYEE WAS ENTITLED TO UNDER THE TRAVEL ORDERS ISSUED TO HIM. THE PREAUDIT ACTION, THEREFORE, WAS IN ERROR INSOFAR AS IT ALLOWED $8 INSTEAD OF $6.20, BUT WAS OTHERWISE CORRECT. PAYMENT UPON THE RECLAIM VOUCHER IS NOT AUTHORIZED AND IT WILL BE RETAINED IN THE FILES OF THIS OFFICE.

UPON REVIEW, THERE IS CERTIFIED DUE THE UNITED STATES FROM JOSEPH EDWARD KLAU $1.80 WHICH SHOULD BE PROMPTLY REMITTED TO THIS OFFICE.