A-99481, DECEMBER 9, 1938, 18 COMP. GEN. 536

A-99481: Dec 9, 1938

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GIVES NO RIGHT TO MILEAGE OR TRAVELING EXPENSES IF THE VESSEL MOVES TO A GREATER DISTANCE FROM WHERE HE COULD HAVE REPORTED HAD NO LEAVE BEEN TAKEN. PAYMENT FOR TRAVEL PERFORMED BY PRIVATE AUTOMOBILE UNDER SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES IS NOT AUTHORIZED. AS FOLLOWS: THERE IS FORWARDED HEREWITH FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION A LETTER FROM LIEUTENANT L. IS ENTITLED TO PAYMENT OF MILEAGE FROM LOS ANGELES. YOUR FURTHER DECISION IS REQUESTED ON THE QUESTION WHETHER PAYMENT OF MILEAGE COMPUTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE METHOD THEREIN PROPOSED. ARE AS FOLLOWS: FROM: THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. YOU WILL REGARD YOURSELF DETACHED FROM DUTY ON BOARD THAT VESSEL AND FROM SUCH OTHER DUTY AS MAY HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED YOU. YOU WILL REPORT TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER.

A-99481, DECEMBER 9, 1938, 18 COMP. GEN. 536

MILEAGE OR TRAVELING EXPENSES - CHANGE OF STATION - LEAVES OF ABSENCE DELAYS RESULTING IN GREATER TRAVEL DISTANCE IN REPORTING DELAY BY NAVY OFFICER IN REPORTING TO A NEW DUTY STATION--- ON A VESSEL-- - FOR THE PURPOSE OF TAKING GRANTED LEAVE, GIVES NO RIGHT TO MILEAGE OR TRAVELING EXPENSES IF THE VESSEL MOVES TO A GREATER DISTANCE FROM WHERE HE COULD HAVE REPORTED HAD NO LEAVE BEEN TAKEN, AND PAYMENT FOR TRAVEL PERFORMED BY PRIVATE AUTOMOBILE UNDER SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES IS NOT AUTHORIZED.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, DECEMBER 9, 1938:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 19, 1938, AS FOLLOWS:

THERE IS FORWARDED HEREWITH FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION A LETTER FROM LIEUTENANT L. W. CEASE, SUPPLY CORPS, U.S. NAVY, ASSISTANT FOR DISBURSING, U.S.S. LEXINGTON, DATED SEPTEMBER 16, 1938, WITH INCLOSURE AND ACCOMPANYING INDORSEMENTS THEREON, REQUESTING YOUR DECISION ON THE QUESTION WHETHER ELECTRICIAN LELAND V. STARKEY, U.S. NAVY, IS ENTITLED TO PAYMENT OF MILEAGE FROM LOS ANGELES, CALIF., TO THE PUGET SOUND NAVY YARD, BREMERTON, WASH., UNDER ORDERS, COPY ENCLOSED, ISSUED TO THIS OFFICER BY THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, U.S. ASIATIC FLEET, DATED MAY 10, 1938.

REFERRING TO PARAGRAPH 6 OF THE ENCLOSED THIRD INDORSEMENT OF THE CHIEF OF THE BUREAU OF NAVIGATION, DATED NOVEMBER 8, 1938, YOUR FURTHER DECISION IS REQUESTED ON THE QUESTION WHETHER PAYMENT OF MILEAGE COMPUTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE METHOD THEREIN PROPOSED, NAMELY, ON THE BASIS OF NECESSARY TRAVEL ACTUALLY PERFORMED IN COMPLIANCE WITH ORDERS AUTHORIZING ADDITIONAL DELAY IN REPORTING TO NEW DUTY STATION, WOULD BE PASSED IN THE AUDIT.

THE ORDERS TO ELECTRICIAN L. V. STARKEY, ARE AS FOLLOWS:

FROM: THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ASIATIC FLEET.

TO: ELECTRICIAN LELAND V. STARKEY, U.S. NAVY.

VIA: THE COMMANDER DESTROYER SQUADRON FIVE.

THE COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. BLACK HAWK.

SUBJECT: CHANGE OF DUTY.

1. ON OR ABOUT 11 JULY, 1938, AND WHEN DIRECTED BY THE COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. BLACK HAWK, YOU WILL REGARD YOURSELF DETACHED FROM DUTY ON BOARD THAT VESSEL AND FROM SUCH OTHER DUTY AS MAY HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED YOU; PROCEED FROM MANILA, P.I., TO LOS ANGELES, CALIF., VIA THE S.S. PRESIDENT CLEVELAND OF THE DOLLAR STEAMSHIP LINES, DEPARTING FROM MANILA, P.I., ON OR ABOUT 12 JULY, 1938, THERE BEING NO GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE.

2. UPON ARRIVAL AT LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, YOU WILL REPORT TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. LEXINGTON, FOR DUTY.

3. THE DISBURSING OFFICER, SIXTEENTH NAVAL DISTRICT, IS AUTHORIZED TO FURNISH THE NECESSARY COMMERCIAL TRANSPORTATION FROM MANILA, P.I., TO LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.

4. YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO DELAY FOR A PERIOD OF ONE MONTH IN REPORTING TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. LEXINGTON. THIS DELAY WILL COUNT AS LEAVE. KEEP THE BUREAU OF NAVIGATION ADVISED OF YOUR ADDRESS. UPON THE COMMENCEMENT OF THIS LEAVE YOU WILL IMMEDIATELY INFORM THE BUREAU OF THE EXACT DATE AND UPON THE EXPIRATION THEREOF YOU WILL FORWARD THE ATTACHED FORM TO THE BUREAU OF NAVIGATION GIVING THE DATES OF COMMENCEMENT AND EXPIRATION.

ELECTRICIAN STARKEY WAS DETACHED FROM THE U.S.S. BLACK HAWK JULY 11, 1938, EMBARKED ON THE S.S. PRESIDENT CLEVELAND AT MANILA, P.I., JULY 12, 1938, AND DEBARKED AT PORT OF LOS ANGELES, CALIF., AUGUST 7, 1938. REASON OF THE LEAVE GRANTED IN PARAGRAPH 4 OF THE ORDERS HE DID NOT REPORT ON THE U.S.S. LEXINGTON, STATED TO HAVE BEEN IN THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES ON 13 DIFFERENT OCCASIONS FROM AUGUST 7 TO AUGUST 31, 1938, WHEN ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1938, SHE LEFT THERE FOR THE NAVY YARD, PUGET SOUND, BREMERTON, WASH. ELECTRICIAN STARKEY LEFT LOS ANGELES SEPTEMBER 4, 1938, TRAVELING BY AUTO, AND REPORTED ON THE U.S.S. LEXINGTON AT BREMERTON, WASH., SEPTEMBER 7, 1938.

THE TRAVEL IN QUESTION RESULTED ENTIRELY BECAUSE THE OFFICER TOOK LEAVE OF ABSENCE. HE WAS DIRECTED TO REPORT FOR DUTY TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE U.S.S. LEXINGTON UPON ARRIVAL AT LOS ANGELES, CALIF. THE U.S.S. LEXINGTON WAS IN THE HARBOR OF LOS ANGELES SOON AFTER HIS ARRIVAL THERE; A FAILURE TO REPORT TO THE NEW DUTY STATION--- ON A VESSEL--- FOR THE PURPOSE OF TAKING GRANTED LEAVE GIVES NO RIGHT TO MILEAGE OR TRAVELING EXPENSES IF THE VESSEL MOVES TO A GREATER DISTANCE FROM WHERE HE COULD HAVE REPORTED HAD NO LEAVE BEEN TAKEN. PUBLIC BUSINESS IS THE BASIS FOR PAYMENT OF MILEAGE, PERRIMOND V. UNITED STATES, 19 CT.CLS. 509. TRAVEL NECESSITATED BY AN OFFICER TAKING LEAVE IS NOT TRAVEL ON PUBLIC BUSINESS BUT TRAVEL ON THE PRIVATE BUSINESS OF THE OFFICER. MILEAGE IS NOT AUTHORIZED IN THIS CASE, AND PAYMENT OF MILEAGE OR TRAVELING EXPENSES FOR SUCH TRAVEL MAY NOT BE PASSED TO CREDIT.