A-9967, JUNE 10, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 1030

A-9967: Jun 10, 1925

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DETAILS BETWEEN DEPARTMENTAL AND FIELD SERVICES WHEN AN EMPLOYEE WHOSE POSITION IS ALLOCATED TO A GRADE IN THE DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE UNDER THE CLASSIFICATION ACT OF 1923 IS TEMPORARILY DETAILED TO THE DUTIES OF A POSITION IN THE FIELD SERVICE. HE IS ENTITLED ONLY TO CONTINUE IN RECEIPT OF THE COMPENSATION OF HIS DEPARTMENTAL POSITION AND MAY NOT BE PAID A HIGHER RATE OF COMPENSATION FROM A FIELD SERVICE APPROPRIATION. WHERE EMPLOYEES OF THE UNITED STATES TARIFF COMMISSION ARE COMPLETELY SEPARATED FROM THE DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE BY TRANSFER TO THE FIELD SERVICE. 1925: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 4. IN VIEW OF THE ADDITIONAL EXPENSE TO WHICH THESE REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE SUBJECTED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF THIS MISSION THESE REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE RETRANSFERRED TO THE COMMISSION'S DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE IN WASHINGTON.

A-9967, JUNE 10, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 1030

CLASSIFICATION OF CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES - TRANSFERS, RETRANSFERS, AND DETAILS BETWEEN DEPARTMENTAL AND FIELD SERVICES WHEN AN EMPLOYEE WHOSE POSITION IS ALLOCATED TO A GRADE IN THE DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE UNDER THE CLASSIFICATION ACT OF 1923 IS TEMPORARILY DETAILED TO THE DUTIES OF A POSITION IN THE FIELD SERVICE, HE IS ENTITLED ONLY TO CONTINUE IN RECEIPT OF THE COMPENSATION OF HIS DEPARTMENTAL POSITION AND MAY NOT BE PAID A HIGHER RATE OF COMPENSATION FROM A FIELD SERVICE APPROPRIATION. WHERE EMPLOYEES OF THE UNITED STATES TARIFF COMMISSION ARE COMPLETELY SEPARATED FROM THE DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE BY TRANSFER TO THE FIELD SERVICE, REGARDLESS OF THE LENGTH OF TIME REMAINING IN THE FIELD SERVICE, BY PREVIOUS ARRANGEMENT OR OTHERWISE, THEIR RETRANSFER TO THE DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE MUST BE AT THE MINIMUM SALARY RATE OF THE GRADE TO WHICH RETRANSFERRED.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE CHAIRMAN, UNITED STATES TARIFF COMMISSION, JUNE 10, 1925:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 4, 1925, REQUESTING DECISION OF A QUESTION PRESENTED, AS FOLLOWS:

THE TARIFF COMMISSION DESIRES TO SEND THREE OF ITS SPECIAL EXPERTS FROM ITS DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE IN WASHINGTON TEMPORARILY ON A SPECIAL MISSION TO EUROPE IN THE FIELD SERVICE. IN THIS CONNECTION, AND IN VIEW OF THE ADDITIONAL EXPENSE TO WHICH THESE REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE SUBJECTED, THE COMMISSION DESIRES TO GRANT THEM A SLIGHTLY INCREASED COMPENSATION WHILE ON THIS SPECIAL MISSION.

AT THE CONCLUSION OF THIS MISSION THESE REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE RETRANSFERRED TO THE COMMISSION'S DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE IN WASHINGTON. IS REQUESTED THAT THE COMMISSION BE ADVISED AS TO WHETHER UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, AND IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT THEIR RETRANSFER TO WASHINGTON WILL BE AT THEIR PRESENT RATES OF COMPENSATION, SUCH RETRANSFERS MAY BE MADE WITHOUT PREJUDICING THEIR SALARY STANDING IN THEIR PRESENT CLASSIFICATION GRADES.

THE CLASSIFICATION ACT AND THE AVERAGE RESTRICTIONS APPEARING IN THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ACTS FOR 1925 AND 1926 ARE APPLICABLE ONLY TO POSITIONS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. SEE DECISION OF MAY 27, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 1003, WHEREIN IT WAS HELD THAT TRANSFERS FROM AN UNCLASSIFIED POSITION IN THE FIELD SERVICE TO A CLASSIFIED POSITION IN THE DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE MUST BE MADE AT THE MINIMUM SALARY RATE IN THE DEPARTMENTAL GRADE TO WHICH TRANSFERRED, CITING 3 COMP. GEN. 1006; 4 ID. 263; ID. 493, 499.

WHEN AN EMPLOYEE IS COMPLETELY SEPARATED FROM THE DEPARTMENTAL ROLL AND TRANSFERRED TO A FIELD POSITION AND PAID FROM A FIELD APPROPRIATION, HE IS A FIELD SERVICE EMPLOYEE AND NO LONGER HOLDS A POSITION IN THE DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE. THE LENGTH OF TIME THE EMPLOYEE REMAINS IN THE FIELD-SERVICE POSITION, WHETHER BY PREVIOUS ARRANGEMENT OR OTHERWISE, DOES NOT ALTER THE CHARACTER OF THE COMPLETE TRANSFER AND CONSEQUENT SEPARATION FROM THE DEPARTMENTAL POSITION SO AS TO CONSTITUTE IT A TEMPORARY DETAIL OF A DEPARTMENTAL EMPLOYEE TO FIELD WORK. IT HAS BEEN HELD THAT AN EMPLOYEE WHOSE POSITION IS ALLOCATED TO ONE GRADE IN THE DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE UNDER THE CLASSIFICATION ACT WHEN TEMPORARILY DETAILED TO DUTIES OF A POSITION IN A HIGHER GRADE WILL BE ENTITLED ONLY TO CONTINUE IN RECEIPT OF THE COMPENSATION OF THE LOWER GRADE. 4 COMP. GEN. 126. LIKEWISE, WHEN AN EMPLOYEE WHOSE POSITION IS ALLOCATED TO A GRADE IN THE DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE IS TEMPORARILY DETAILED TO A POSITION IN THE FIELD SERVICE, HE IS ENTITLED ONLY TO CONTINUE IN RECEIPT OF THE COMPENSATION OF HIS DEPARTMENTAL POSITION, AND MAY NOT BE PAID AT A HIGHER RATE OF COMPENSATION FROM THE FIELD SERVICE APPROPRIATION.

ACCORDINGLY, IF THE EMPLOYEES YOU MENTION ARE COMPLETELY SEPARATED FROM THE DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE BY TRANSFER TO A FIELD SERVICE POSITION, THEIR RETRANSFER TO THE DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE MUST BE, UNDER EXISTING LAW, AT THE MINIMUM SALARY RATE OF THE GRADE TO WHICH RETRANSFERRED.