B-104564, JUN. 2, 1961

B-104564: Jun 2, 1961

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THE AMOUNT WAS DISALLOWED BY YOUR AGENCY BUT MR. BUCHANAN HAS REQUESTED THAT THE MATTER BE REFERRED HERE FOR DECISION CONTENDING THAT "THESE PAYMENTS ARE MADE IN REGULAR COURSE AND ARE EXPECTED. ARE INCLUDED IN THE PER DIEM ALLOWANCES. BUCHANAN WAS PAID A PER DIEM ALLOWANCE INCIDENT TO THE TRAVEL PERFORMED. THE PRESENT VOUCHER IS A CLAIM FOR ITEMS FOR WHICH PAYMENT ALREADY HAS BEEN MADE AND IT MAY NOT PROPERLY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT.

B-104564, JUN. 2, 1961

TO MR. RICHARD E. WATERS, AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD:

ON MAY 18, 1961, YOU REQUESTED OUR DECISION WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT A VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF LLOYD BUCHANAN, FOR $3 REPRESENTING PAYMENTS MADE BY HIM TO PORTERS FOR THE HANDLING OF HIS BAGGAGE INCIDENT TO OFFICIAL TRAVEL.

THE AMOUNT WAS DISALLOWED BY YOUR AGENCY BUT MR. BUCHANAN HAS REQUESTED THAT THE MATTER BE REFERRED HERE FOR DECISION CONTENDING THAT "THESE PAYMENTS ARE MADE IN REGULAR COURSE AND ARE EXPECTED, IF NOT DEMANDED BY THE PORTERS * * *.'

UNDER SECTION 6.1 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS "ALL FEES AND TIPS TO WAITERS, PORTERS, BAGGAGE MEN, BELL BOYS" ETC., ARE INCLUDED IN THE PER DIEM ALLOWANCES. DISTINGUISH SECTION 5.4. SINCE MR. BUCHANAN WAS PAID A PER DIEM ALLOWANCE INCIDENT TO THE TRAVEL PERFORMED, THE RE-CLAIMED ITEMS MUST BE VIEWED AS HAVING BEEN COVERED IN THE SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE.

THEREFORE, THE PRESENT VOUCHER IS A CLAIM FOR ITEMS FOR WHICH PAYMENT ALREADY HAS BEEN MADE AND IT MAY NOT PROPERLY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT.