A-9856, JUNE 24, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 1061

A-9856: Jun 24, 1925

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PERFORMING OFFICIAL TRAVEL BY A GOVERNMENT-OWNED VESSEL FOR WHICH NO TRANSPORTATION FARE IS CHARGED. IS ENTITLED ONLY TO REIMBURSEMENT OF ACTUAL AND NECESSARY EXPENSES INCURRED. WHERE OFFICIAL TRAVEL IS ONLY PARTLY PERFORMED BY A GOVERNMENT-OWNED VESSEL MILEAGE IS PAYABLE UNDER SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10. WHEN BOTH TERMINI OF THE COMPLETE TRAVEL ARE WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL LIMITS OF THE UNITED STATES IN NORTH AMERICA. JUNE 24. 1925: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF MAY 25. IS IN CONFORMITY WITH LAW. THE PROPOSED CHANGE IS BASED ON THE PROVISION OF LAW AS FOUND IN THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 11. IS AS FOLLOWS: STRIKE OUT SUBPARAGRAPH (I) AT THE TOP OF PAGE D4 AND SUBSTITUTE THE FOLLOWING: "AN OFFICER TRAVELING BY GOVERNMENT CONVEYANCE ON LAND WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE UNITED STATES IN NORTH AMERICA.

A-9856, JUNE 24, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 1061

MILEAGE - NAVAL OFFICER PERFORMING TRAVEL PARTLY BY GOVERNMENT-OWNED VESSEL UNDER THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 11, 1925, 43 STAT. 864, AN OFFICER OF THE NAVY, PERFORMING OFFICIAL TRAVEL BY A GOVERNMENT-OWNED VESSEL FOR WHICH NO TRANSPORTATION FARE IS CHARGED, IS ENTITLED ONLY TO REIMBURSEMENT OF ACTUAL AND NECESSARY EXPENSES INCURRED, BUT WHERE OFFICIAL TRAVEL IS ONLY PARTLY PERFORMED BY A GOVERNMENT-OWNED VESSEL MILEAGE IS PAYABLE UNDER SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, 42 STAT. 631, WHEN BOTH TERMINI OF THE COMPLETE TRAVEL ARE WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL LIMITS OF THE UNITED STATES IN NORTH AMERICA, FOR TRAVEL PERFORMED TO THE PORT OF EMBARKATION, AND FROM THE PORT OF DEBARKATION TO THE TERMINAL POINT OF THE JOURNEY ENJOINED, DISTANCE TO BE COMPUTED BY THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, JUNE 24. 1925:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF MAY 25, 1925, SUBMITTING A PROPOSED CHANGE IN SECTION D OF "INSTRUCTIONS FOR CARRYING INTO EFFECT THE JOINT SERVICE PAY BILL, ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922," WITH RESPECT FOR AN EXPRESSION OF VIEWS AS TO WHETHER THE PROPOSED CHANGE, IN SO FAR AS IT INVOLVES DISBURSEMENTS, IS IN CONFORMITY WITH LAW.

THE PROPOSED CHANGE IS BASED ON THE PROVISION OF LAW AS FOUND IN THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 11, 1925, 43 STAT. 864, RELATIVE TO NONPAYMENT OF MILEAGE WHEN TRAVELING UNDER ORDERS BY CERTAIN GOVERNMENT-OWNED VESSELS, AND IS AS FOLLOWS:

STRIKE OUT SUBPARAGRAPH (I) AT THE TOP OF PAGE D4 AND SUBSTITUTE THE FOLLOWING:

"AN OFFICER TRAVELING BY GOVERNMENT CONVEYANCE ON LAND WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE UNITED STATES IN NORTH AMERICA, UNDER TRAVEL ORDERS (EXCEPT REPEATED TRAVEL), IS ENTITLED TO THE REGULAR MILEAGE OF 8 CENTS, LESS THE SAME DEDUCTION AS IF THE TRAVEL HAD BEEN PERFORMED ON A TRANSPORTATION REQUEST; THAT IS, 3 CENTS PER MILE MUST BE DEDUCTED FOR THE DISTANCE AS PER ARMY DISTANCE TABLE. OFFICERS PERFORMING TRAVEL BY GOVERNMENT-OWNED VESSELS FOR WHICH NO TRANSPORTATION FARE IS CHARGED SHALL ONLY BE ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT OF ACTUAL AND NECESSARY EXPENSES INCURRED. (ACT OF FEBRUARY 11, 1925.) ON AND AFTER FEBRUARY 11, 1925, IN CASES WHERE OFFICERS TRAVEL UNDER ORDERS PARTLY BY A GOVERNMENT-OWNED VESSEL AND PARTLY BY RAIL THEY WILL BE ENTITLED TO MILEAGE FOR LAND TRAVEL ONLY. FOR EXAMPLE, AN OFFICER WHO RECEIVES ORDERS INVOLVING TRAVEL FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., TO SAN DIEGO, CALIF., AND IS ORDERED TO TRAVEL FROM NEW YORK, N.Y., TO SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF., BY GOVERNMENT-OWNED VESSEL IS ENTITLED TO MILEAGE FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., TO NEW YORK, N.Y., AND FROM SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF., TO SAN DIEGO, CALIF., AND ACTUAL EXPENSES FROM NEW YORK, N.Y., TO SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. MILEAGE IS NOT PAYABLE FOR TRAVEL BY AIR. (COMP. GEN. AD 7199, 3 OCTOBER, 1922.)

THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 11, 1925, 43 STAT. 864, PROVIDES:

* * * OFFICERS PERFORMING TRAVEL BY GOVERNMENT-OWNED VESSELS FOR WHICH NO TRANSPORTATION FARE IS CHARGED, SHALL ONLY BE ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT OF ACTUAL AND NECESSARY EXPENSES INCURRED * * *.

WHEN BOTH TERMINI OF THE COMPLETE TRAVEL ENJOINED BY THE ORDERS ARE WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL LIMITS OF THE UNITED STATES IN NORTH AMERICA MILEAGE IS PAYABLE FOR TRAVEL TO THE PORT OF EMBARKATION AND FROM THE PORT OF DEBARKATION TO THE TERMINAL POINT, THE DISTANCES FOR LAND TRAVEL TO BE COMPUTED BY THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE.

THE PROPOSED CHANGE APPEARS PROPERLY TO COVER THE SUBJECT SO FAR AS IT RELATES TO THE 1925 LAW, AND THERE APPEARS NO REASON WHY THE SAME MAY NOT BE ISSUED.