A-85828, MAY 10, 1937, 16 COMP. GEN. 990

A-85828: May 10, 1937

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MILEAGE - NAVAL RESERVE OFFICER TRAVELING BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE REIMBURSEMENT FOR FERRY FARES A NAVAL RESERVE OFFICER TRAVELING BY HIS PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE IS ENTITLED TO MILEAGE UNDER SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10. REQUESTS DECISION WHETHER PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED UPON THE VOUCHER THEREWITH TRANSMITTED IN FAVOR OF LIEUT. IN EXPLANATION OF THIS CLAIM IT IS STATED ON THE VOUCHER: TRAVEL PERFORMED BY MY OWN AUTOMOBILE. IS 237 MILES EACH WAY. BY TAKING THE ANNAPOLIS-MATAPEAKE FERRY A SAVINGS TO THE GOVERNMENT OF 76 MILES EACH WAY WAS EFFECTED. THE CLAIMANT'S RIGHT TO MILEAGE IS PURSUANT TO SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10. IT WAS STATED: AT THE TIME OF THE ENACTMENT OF THIS LATTER LAW OFFICIAL TRAVEL WAS LARGELY PERFORMED BY RAIL.

A-85828, MAY 10, 1937, 16 COMP. GEN. 990

MILEAGE - NAVAL RESERVE OFFICER TRAVELING BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE REIMBURSEMENT FOR FERRY FARES A NAVAL RESERVE OFFICER TRAVELING BY HIS PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE IS ENTITLED TO MILEAGE UNDER SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, 42 STAT. 631, COMPUTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH DISTANCE BY HIGHWAY IF NOT IN EXCESS OF THE MILEAGE ESTABLISHED BY THE OFFICIAL TABLE OF DISTANCES, AND MAY NOT BE REIMBURSED FOR FERRY FARES EN ROUTE.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO MAJ. JOHN L. SCOTT, UNITED STATES ARMY, MAY 10, 1937:

YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 13, 1937, REQUESTS DECISION WHETHER PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED UPON THE VOUCHER THEREWITH TRANSMITTED IN FAVOR OF LIEUT. JOHN L. BAKER, UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE, AS REIMBURSEMENT FOR FERRY FARES PAID BY HIM IN TRAVELING BETWEEN BENNING, D.C., AND BERLIN, MD., IN HIS PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE. IN EXPLANATION OF THIS CLAIM IT IS STATED ON THE VOUCHER:

TRAVEL PERFORMED BY MY OWN AUTOMOBILE. PAID MILEAGE FOR THE DISTANCE AS SHOWN BY SPEEDOMETER, 161 MILES EACH WAY, ON VOUCHER NO. 2455, MARCH 1937, M/A MAJOR JOHN L. SCOTT, F.D. REIMBURSEMENT CLAIMED FOR THE FERRY CHARGES ON THE ANNAPOLIS-MATAPEAKE FERRY FOR MY AUTOMOBILE, $2.00 EACH WAY, IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT THE DISTANCE FROM CAMP NP 7, BENNING, D.C., TO CAMP MC 72, BERLIN, MD., AS SHOWN IN THE TABLE OF DISTANCES FOR CCC CAMPS, THIRD CORPS AREA, IS 237 MILES EACH WAY, THIS DISTANCE HAVING BEEN APPROVED BY THE CHIEF OF FINANCE ON DECEMBER 18, 1935. BY TAKING THE ANNAPOLIS-MATAPEAKE FERRY A SAVINGS TO THE GOVERNMENT OF 76 MILES EACH WAY WAS EFFECTED.

THE CLAIMANT'S RIGHT TO MILEAGE IS PURSUANT TO SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, 42 STAT. 631, WHICH AUTHORIZES PAYMENT AT THE RATE OF 8 CENTS PER MILE FOR TRAVEL BY OFFICERS WITHOUT TROOPS. IN DECISION OF MARCH 22, 1937, A-83925, REPORTED IN 16 COMP. GEN. 879, IT WAS STATED:

AT THE TIME OF THE ENACTMENT OF THIS LATTER LAW OFFICIAL TRAVEL WAS LARGELY PERFORMED BY RAIL, AND THE OFFICIAL MILEAGE TABLES SHOW DISTANCES IN MOST CASES OVER RAILROAD ROUTINGS. WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF HIGHWAYS AND WITH THE INCREASED USE OF GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILES, AND OTHER MODES OF CONVEYANCE, SUCH AS THE MOTORBUS, OFFICIAL TRAVEL IS NOW FREQUENTLY PERFORMED OVER PUBLIC HIGHWAYS. THE REGULATIONS AS CHANGED RECOGNIZE THIS GROWING MODE OF TRANSPORTATION AND AUTHORIZE THE COMPUTATION OF MILEAGE ACCOUNTS ON THE BASIS OF THE DISTANCE OF THE ACTUAL NECESSARY TRAVEL BY GOVERNMENT OR PRIVATELY OWNED CONVEYANCE, PROVIDED SUCH DISTANCES ARE NOT IN EXCESS OF THOSE SHOWN IN THE OFFICIAL MILEAGE TABLES OR W.D., F.D. FORM NO. 46, AND PROVIDED FURTHER THAT PAYMENT FOR HIGHWAY TRAVEL WILL IN NO CASE EXCEED THE AMOUNT THAT WOULD BE PAYABLE COMPUTED BY THE OFFICIAL MILEAGE TABLES INCLUSIVE OF ANY LAND-GRANT INVOLVED BY THE ROUTE ESTABLISHED BY THE OFFICIAL MILEAGE TABLES. THE EFFECT OF THE REGULATIONS IS TO ESTABLISH DISTANCES FOR THE PAYMENT OF MILEAGE FOR AUTOMOBILE TRAVEL OVER THE "SHORTEST" USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTES, AND COMPUTATION OF THE OFFICER'S MILEAGE ACCOUNT MAY LEGALLY BE MADE ON THE BASIS OF DISTANCES COMPUTED AS THEREIN SET OUT. * * *

THE CLAIMANT HAVING ELECTED TO TRAVEL BY HIS PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE IS, ACCORDINGLY, RESTRICTED BY THE REGULATIONS TO MILEAGE COMPUTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH MILEAGE DISTANCE BY HIGHWAY, IF NOT IN EXCESS OF THE MILEAGE ESTABLISHED BY THE OFFICIAL TABLE OF DISTANCES. MILEAGE UNDER THIS ACT IS PAID IN LIEU OF ALL EXPENSES OF TRANSPORTATION, AND, ACCORDINGLY, THERE IS NO AUTHORITY OF LAW BY WHICH THE OFFICER CAN BE REIMBURSED FOR FERRY FARES IN ADDITION TO MILEAGE UNDER THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922. SEE IN THIS CONNECTION 18 COMP. DEC. 851; 20 ID. 485.