A-88018, AUGUST 6, 1937, 17 COMP. GEN. 110

A-88018: Aug 6, 1937

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IS ENTITLED. REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO MAKE PAYMENT ON A VOUCHER TRANSMITTED THEREWITH STATED IN FAVOR OF FIRST LT. IT IS STATED THE TRAVEL WAS PERFORMED BY BUS ON THE FIRST AND LAST DAY OF SUCH ACTIVE DUTY ASSIGNMENT. THE OFFICIAL ROUTE IS ESTABLISHED BY RAIL OVER THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD TO KANSAS CITY. FOR WHICH DISTANCE MILEAGE IS CLAIMED. IT IS STATED PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE IN THE AMOUNT OF $16.08. CHANGES IN PARAGRAPH 1 OF ARMY REGULATIONS 35-4820 WERE PROMULGATED BY CIRCULAR NO. 29. WHEN TRAVEL IS PERFORMED BY GOVERNMENT OR PRIVATELY-OWNED CONVEYANCE. DISTANCES WILL BE COMPUTED ON THE BASIS OF THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED HIGHWAY DISTANCE BETWEEN THE POINTS OF TRAVEL AS SHOWN BY STANDARD HIGHWAY OR MILEAGE GUIDES SUCH AS THE RAND MCNALLY STANDARD HIGHWAY MILEAGE GUIDE.

A-88018, AUGUST 6, 1937, 17 COMP. GEN. 110

MILEAGE - BUS TRAVEL - ARMY REGULATIONS TRAVEL BY BUS ON REGULARLY ESTABLISHED BUS LINE BEING HIGHWAY TRAVEL BY "PRIVATELY OWNED CONVEYANCE" WITHIN THE MEANING OF ARMY REGULATIONS, AN ARMY RESERVE OFFICER PERFORMING OFFICIAL TRAVEL BY BUS, IS ENTITLED, UNDER SUCH REGULATIONS, TO MILEAGE BASED ON SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED HIGHWAY DISTANCE BETWEEN POINTS OF TRAVEL AS SHOWN BY STANDARD HIGHWAY OR MILEAGE GUIDES, NOT TO EXCEED THE DISTANCE SHOWN IN OFFICIAL MILEAGE TABLES, AND NOT TO MILEAGE BASED ON OFFICIAL ROUTE BY RAIL.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO CAPTAIN S. C. PAGE, UNITED STATES ARMY, AUGUST 6, 1937:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF JULY 12, 1937, REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO MAKE PAYMENT ON A VOUCHER TRANSMITTED THEREWITH STATED IN FAVOR OF FIRST LT. REX T. DAWS, AG RES., UNITED STATES ARMY, FOR MILEAGE AT 4 CENTS PER MILE, FOR TRAVEL PERFORMED BY BUS FROM JUNCTION CITY, KANS., TO OMAHA, NEBR., AND RETURN, COMPUTED ON THE BASIS OF THE DISTANCE BY THE OFFICIAL ROUTE BY RAIL, LESS THE AMOUNT PAID FOR THE DISTANCE COMPUTED OVER THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED HIGHWAY ROUTE.

PARAGRAPH 14, SPECIAL ORDERS NO. 123, HEADQUARTERS SEVENTH CORPS AREA, DATED MAY 11, 1937, ORDERED CLAIMANT TO ACTIVE DUTY FROM MAY 19 TO JUNE 1, 1937, AND DIRECTED HIM TO PROCEED FROM HIS HOME AT JUNCTION CITY, KANS., TO OMAHA, NEBR. IT IS STATED THE TRAVEL WAS PERFORMED BY BUS ON THE FIRST AND LAST DAY OF SUCH ACTIVE DUTY ASSIGNMENT.

THE OFFICIAL ROUTE IS ESTABLISHED BY RAIL OVER THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD TO KANSAS CITY, 140 MILES THENCE OVER THE CHICAGO, BURLINGTON AND QUINCY RAILROAD TO OMAHA, 196 MILES, INVOLVING A TOTAL ROUND TRIP DISTANCE OF 672 MILES, FOR WHICH DISTANCE MILEAGE IS CLAIMED. IT IS STATED PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE IN THE AMOUNT OF $16.08, APPARENTLY COVERING PAYMENT FOR 402 MILES, THE HIGHWAY MILEAGE FROM JUNCTION CITY TO OMAHA AND RETURN, OVER THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED HIGHWAY VIA RILEY, RANDOLPH, AND MARYSVILLE, KANS., AND LINCOLN, NEBR. TABLE 649 OF RUSSELL'S OFFICIAL NATIONAL MOTOR COACH GUIDE FOR DECEMBER 1936 SHOWS REGULARLY ESTABLISHED BUS SERVICE BY SANTA FE TRAILWAYS BUSSES, BETWEEN JUNCTION CITY AND OMAHA.

CHANGES IN PARAGRAPH 1 OF ARMY REGULATIONS 35-4820 WERE PROMULGATED BY CIRCULAR NO. 29, WAR DEPARTMENT, DATED APRIL 16, 1937, PROVIDING AS FOLLOWS:

C. WHEN TRAVEL IS PERFORMED BY GOVERNMENT OR PRIVATELY-OWNED CONVEYANCE, DISTANCES WILL BE COMPUTED ON THE BASIS OF THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED HIGHWAY DISTANCE BETWEEN THE POINTS OF TRAVEL AS SHOWN BY STANDARD HIGHWAY OR MILEAGE GUIDES SUCH AS THE RAND MCNALLY STANDARD HIGHWAY MILEAGE GUIDE, PROVIDED THAT WHERE SUCH DISTANCES ARE IN EXCESS OF THOSE SHOWN IN THE OFFICIAL MILEAGE TABLES OR W.D., F.D. FORM NO. 46 (REQUEST FOR OFFICIAL DISTANCES), THE LATTER DISTANCES WILL GOVERN. FOR THE PURPOSE OF A GUIDE IN COMPUTING DISTANCES TO REMOTE PLACES WHICH ARE NOT SHOWN ON STANDARD HIGHWAY GUIDES, SPEEDOMETER READINGS WILL BE REPORTED TO AND FROM SUCH REMOTE PLACES.

D. DISTANCES WHICH INCLUDE LAND GRANT.---IN MAKING PAYMENT FOR HIGHWAY TRAVEL WHERE LAND GRANT IS SHOWN VIA THE OFFICIAL MILEAGE TABLES BETWEEN THE POINTS OF SUCH TRAVEL, NO LAND-GRANT DEDUCTIONS, AS SUCH, WILL BE MADE. HOWEVER, PAYMENT FOR HIGHWAY TRAVEL WILL IN NO CASE EXCEED THE AMOUNT THAT WOULD BE PAYABLE HAD THE TRAVEL BEEN PERFORMED VIA THE OFFICIAL DISTANCE WITH APPROPRIATE LAND-GRANT DEDUCTIONS.

THIS CHANGE IN ARMY REGULATIONS MODIFIED A CHANGE PROMULGATED DECEMBER 21, 1936, BY WAR DEPARTMENT CIRCULAR NO. 83, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR COMPUTATION OF HIGHWAY TRAVEL ON THE BASIS OF THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED HIGHWAY DISTANCE BETWEEN THE POINTS TRAVELED AS SHOWN BY STANDARD HIGHWAY OR MILEAGE GUIDES, IN LIEU OF ESTABLISHING THE DISTANCE OF SUCH TRAVEL BY SPEEDOMETER READINGS, NOT TO EXCEED THE DISTANCE OVER THE OFFICIAL ROUTE. TRANSPORTATION BY BUS (A BUS IS PRIVATELY OWNED AS DISTINGUISHED FROM PUBLICLY OR GOVERNMENT OWNED) IS HIGHWAY TRAVEL COVERED BY THE CITED REGULATIONS, AND PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED TO BE MADE ON THE BASIS OF THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED HIGHWAY DISTANCE BETWEEN THE POINTS OF TRAVEL AS SHOWN BY STANDARD HIGHWAY OR MILEAGE GUIDES, NOT TO EXCEED THE DISTANCE BY THE OFFICIAL ROUTE. 16 COMP. GEN. 879.

PAYMENT HAVING BEEN MADE AS AUTHORIZED BY THE REGULATIONS, ESTABLISHING HIGHWAY DISTANCES, NO FURTHER PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED. THE VOUCHER AND PAPERS WILL BE RETAINED IN THIS OFFICE.