A-8553, APRIL 21, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 883

A-8553: Apr 21, 1925

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IS AN UNNECESSARY AND UNAUTHORIZED EXPENSE SO FAR AS THE GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED AND THE COMMISSION ON SUCH CHECKS IS NOT PAYABLE FROM PUBLIC FUNDS. 1925: THERE IS FOR CONSIDERATION THE QUESTION WHETHER THE COMMISSION OF $35 CHARGED ON TRAVELERS' CHECKS IN THE ACCOUNTS OF P. IS A PROPER CHARGE AGAINST PUBLIC FUNDS. 960 WERE PURCHASED AT THE BEGINNING OF A JOURNEY BY THE EMPLOYEE. IT IS NOT SHOWN WHETHER THIS AMOUNT WAS PUBLIC OR PRIVATE FUNDS. THE COST OF TRAVELERS' CHECKS IS A PERSONAL EXPENSE. THE SAFE-KEEPING OF PRIVATELY OWNED FUNDS IS NOT A MATTER WITH WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED AND. AS ALL DISBURSING AGENTS ARE UNDER BOND. THE UNITED STATES IS PROTECTED FROM ANY LOSS OF PUBLIC FUNDS WHILE IN THEIR POSSESSION AND ANY ADDITIONAL EXPENSE INVOLVED IN THE SAFE-KEEPING OF SUCH FUNDS IS THEREFORE AN UNNECESSARY AND UNAUTHORIZED EXPENSE SO FAR AS THE UNITED STATES IN CONCERNED.

A-8553, APRIL 21, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 883

TRAVELERS' CHECKS THE PURCHASE OF TRAVELERS' CHECKS FOR THE SAFE-KEEPING OF PRIVATELY OWNED OR PUBLIC FUNDS IN THE POSSESSION OF A BONDED SPECIAL DISBURSING AGENT WHILE TRAVELING, IS AN UNNECESSARY AND UNAUTHORIZED EXPENSE SO FAR AS THE GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED AND THE COMMISSION ON SUCH CHECKS IS NOT PAYABLE FROM PUBLIC FUNDS.

DECISION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL, APRIL 21, 1925:

THERE IS FOR CONSIDERATION THE QUESTION WHETHER THE COMMISSION OF $35 CHARGED ON TRAVELERS' CHECKS IN THE ACCOUNTS OF P. H. DORSETT, TEMPORARY SPECIAL DISBURSING AGENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, FOR THE QUARTER ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 1924, IS A PROPER CHARGE AGAINST PUBLIC FUNDS. THE TRAVELERS' CHECKS AGGREGATING $6,960 WERE PURCHASED AT THE BEGINNING OF A JOURNEY BY THE EMPLOYEE. IT IS NOT SHOWN WHETHER THIS AMOUNT WAS PUBLIC OR PRIVATE FUNDS. HOWEVER THAT MAY BE, THE COST OF TRAVELERS' CHECKS IS A PERSONAL EXPENSE. THE SAFE-KEEPING OF PRIVATELY OWNED FUNDS IS NOT A MATTER WITH WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED AND, AS ALL DISBURSING AGENTS ARE UNDER BOND, THE UNITED STATES IS PROTECTED FROM ANY LOSS OF PUBLIC FUNDS WHILE IN THEIR POSSESSION AND ANY ADDITIONAL EXPENSE INVOLVED IN THE SAFE-KEEPING OF SUCH FUNDS IS THEREFORE AN UNNECESSARY AND UNAUTHORIZED EXPENSE SO FAR AS THE UNITED STATES IN CONCERNED, AND IS NOT PAYABLE FROM PUBLIC FUNDS.