A-89398, JANUARY 17, 1938, 17 COMP. GEN. 574

A-89398: Jan 17, 1938

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MILEAGE - TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE - EMPLOYEES' HOMES TO PLACES OF INSPECTION - NAVY DEPARTMENT INSPECTORS THERE IS NO OBJECTION TO PAYMENT OF MILEAGE TO NAVY DEPARTMENT CIVILIAN INSPECTORS FOR USE OF PERSONALLY OWNED AUTOMOBILES OUTSIDE CORPORATE LIMITS OF OFFICIAL STATIONS. IS AS FOLLOWS: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER A-89398 OF OCTOBER 18. THE NAVY DEPARTMENT BELIEVES THAT IT WOULD SIMPLIFY PROCEDURE AND EFFECT AN ECONOMY TO THE GOVERNMENT IF INSPECTORS ARE AUTHORIZED TO PROCEED DIRECTLY FROM THEIR DOMICILES TO THE PLANTS WHERE INSPECTION IS TO BE MADE WITHOUT FIRST REPORTING TO HEADQUARTERS BUT IT ALSO FEELS THAT THE BASIS ON WHICH MILEAGE WOULD BE ALLOWED TO EMPLOYEES ON SUCH BASIS SHOULD BE UNIFORM AND OUTLINED IN GENERAL TERMS FOR THE GUIDANCE OF ALL CONCERNED.

A-89398, JANUARY 17, 1938, 17 COMP. GEN. 574

MILEAGE - TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE - EMPLOYEES' HOMES TO PLACES OF INSPECTION - NAVY DEPARTMENT INSPECTORS THERE IS NO OBJECTION TO PAYMENT OF MILEAGE TO NAVY DEPARTMENT CIVILIAN INSPECTORS FOR USE OF PERSONALLY OWNED AUTOMOBILES OUTSIDE CORPORATE LIMITS OF OFFICIAL STATIONS, IN TRAVELING TO PLACES OF INSPECTION DIRECTLY FROM THEIR DOMICILES BY THE SHORTEST ROUTES, IN ACCORDANCE WITH REGULATIONS LIMITING SUCH PAYMENTS TO AMOUNTS NOT IN EXCESS OF MILEAGE FOR DISTANCE FROM CORPORATE LIMITS OF OFFICIAL STATION BASED ON SHORTEST ROUTE FROM EMPLOYEE'S HEADQUARTERS TO PLACE OF INSPECTION AND RETURN.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, JANUARY 17, 1938:

YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 27, 1937, IS AS FOLLOWS:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER A-89398 OF OCTOBER 18, 1937, APPROVING THE USE OF STANDARD FORM 1012E IN THE MANNER INDICATED BY THE INSPECTOR OF NAVAL MATERIAL, PITTSBURGH DISTRICT, TO COVER TRAVEL EXPENSE CLAIMS OF CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES USING PERSONALLY OWNED AUTOMOBILES.

THE NAVY DEPARTMENT BELIEVES THAT IT WOULD SIMPLIFY PROCEDURE AND EFFECT AN ECONOMY TO THE GOVERNMENT IF INSPECTORS ARE AUTHORIZED TO PROCEED DIRECTLY FROM THEIR DOMICILES TO THE PLANTS WHERE INSPECTION IS TO BE MADE WITHOUT FIRST REPORTING TO HEADQUARTERS BUT IT ALSO FEELS THAT THE BASIS ON WHICH MILEAGE WOULD BE ALLOWED TO EMPLOYEES ON SUCH BASIS SHOULD BE UNIFORM AND OUTLINED IN GENERAL TERMS FOR THE GUIDANCE OF ALL CONCERNED.

IN ORDER THAT PROPER INSTRUCTIONS MAY BE ISSUED, YOUR DECISION IS REQUESTED AS TO WHETHER MILEAGE MAY BE PAID FOR THE USE OF PERSONALLY OWNED AUTOMOBILES IN CASES WHERE THE INSPECTOR STARTS FROM HIS DOMICILE AND TRAVELS DIRECT TO THE PLACE OF INSPECTION WITHOUT FIRST REPORTING TO HEADQUARTERS ON THE FOLLOWING BASIS:

WHEN THE EMPLOYEE'S DOMICILE IS LOCATED WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE OFFICIAL DUTY STATION PAYMENT OF MILEAGE IS AUTHORIZED ONLY FROM THE CORPORATE LIMITS INVOLVED VIA THE SHORTEST ROUTE FROM THE DOMICILE TO THE PLACE OF INSPECTION AND RETURN, BUT NOT TO EXCEED THE DISTANCE FROM THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE OFFICIAL DUTY STATION BASED ON THE SHORTEST ROUTE FROM THE EMPLOYEE'S HEADQUARTERS TO THE PLACE OF INSPECTION AND RETURN.

WHEN THE EMPLOYEE'S DOMICILE IS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE OFFICIAL DUTY STATION PAYMENT OF MILEAGE IS AUTHORIZED VIA THE SHORTEST ROUTE FROM THE DOMICILE TO PLACE OF INSPECTION EXCLUSIVE OF ANY DISTANCE WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE OFFICIAL DUTY STATION, BUT NOT TO EXCEED THE DISTANCE FROM THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE OFFICIAL DUTY STATION BASED ON THE SHORTEST ROUTE FROM THE EMPLOYEE'S HEADQUARTERS TO PLACE OF INSPECTION AND RETURN.

THIS OFFICE WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO OBJECT TO THE COMPUTATION AND PAYMENT OF MILEAGE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS PROPOSED IN THE LAST TWO PARAGRAPHS OF YOUR LETTER, IF OTHERWISE CORRECT AND PROPER.