B-108073, MARCH 3, 1952, 31 COMP. GEN. 442

B-108073: Mar 3, 1952

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SO THAT AN EMPLOYEE WHOSE HEADQUARTERS IS WASHINGTON AND WHO TRAVELS ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS BY AIR IS ENTITLED TO PER DIEM UNTIL ARRIVAL AT SAID DISCHARGE POINT. 1952: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR UNDATED LETTER (0400/2938) REFERRED HERE BY LETTER FROM THE OFFICE OF PRICE STABILIZATION DATED FEBRUARY 13. TRAVEL WAS PERFORMED TO RALEIGH. DEPARTURE FROM CHARLOTTE WAS AT 3:18 P.M. THAT THE BASIS FOR THE EXCEPTION WAS PREDICATED UPON STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT. PARAGRAPH 48B WHICH PROVIDES AS FOLLOWS: THE TIME OF ARRIVAL AT AND DEPARTURE FROM A PLACE WILL BE CONSIDERED AS THE HOUR AT WHICH THE TRAIN. AS THE NATIONAL AIRPORT IS OUTSIDE THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE EMPLOYEE'S HEADQUARTERS. SINCE TAXICAB FARES BETWEEN COMMON CARRIER TERMINALS AND EMPLOYEES' PLACES OF ABODE ARE ALLOWABLE UNDER PARAGRAPH 8 (A) OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS VOUCHER WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT IF IT IS OTHERWISE CORRECT.

B-108073, MARCH 3, 1952, 31 COMP. GEN. 442

SUBSISTENCE - PER DIEMS - TRAVEL BY AIR - REGULAR TERMINAL UNDER PARAGRAPH 48 (B) OF STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS THE ESTABLISHED DISCHARGE POINT OF LIMOUSINE SERVICE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., WHEN UTILIZED, MAY BE CONSIDERED AS THE "REGULAR TERMINAL" OF AIRPLANE SERVICE FOR THE NATIONAL AIRPORT, SO THAT AN EMPLOYEE WHOSE HEADQUARTERS IS WASHINGTON AND WHO TRAVELS ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS BY AIR IS ENTITLED TO PER DIEM UNTIL ARRIVAL AT SAID DISCHARGE POINT, PLUS TAXICAB FARE, UNDER PARAGRAPH 8 (A) OF SAID REGULATIONS, TO PLACE OF ABODE.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL WARREN TO K. G. HALE, OFFICE OF PRICE STABILIZATION, MARCH 3, 1952:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR UNDATED LETTER (0400/2938) REFERRED HERE BY LETTER FROM THE OFFICE OF PRICE STABILIZATION DATED FEBRUARY 13, 1952, (2933/JLM) REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT A RECLAIM VOUCHER THEREWITH FORWARDED PROPOSING PAYMENT OF $2.50 TO VINCENT A. HOLMES, DISTRICT DIRECTOR, WASHINGTON DISTRICT OFFICE, CONSISTING OF A $0.25 TAXICAB FARE AND $2.25 AS A ONE-QUARTER PER DIEM.

YOU STATE THAT ON OCTOBER 4, 1951, MR. HOLMES DEPARTED FROM HIS OFFICIAL STATION, WASHINGTON, D.C., VIA EASTERN AIR LINES AT 8:05 A.M. TRAVEL WAS PERFORMED TO RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, THENCE TO CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, BY AUTOMOBILE, AND RETURNED TO WASHINGTON, D.C., OCTOBER 5, 1951, BY EASTERN AIRLINES. DEPARTURE FROM CHARLOTTE WAS AT 3:18 P.M. AND ARRIVAL AT NATIONAL AIRPORT AT :40 P.M. THE TRAVELER DEPARTED FROM THE NATIONAL AIRPORT AT 6:05 P.M. BY LIMOUSINE SERVICE AND ARRIVED AT 6:35 P.M. AT THE STATLER HOTEL, THE DISCHARGE POINT FOR SUCH LIMOUSINE SERVICE. IN HIS ORIGINAL VOUCHER HE CLAIMED PER DIEM FOR ONE AND THREE-QUARTER DAYS FOR THE PERIOD AS COMMENCING AT 8.05 A.M., OCTOBER 4, AND TERMINATED AT 6.35 P.M., OCTOBER 5, 1951. YOU STATE THAT YOU TOOK EXCEPTION TO THE VOUCHER TO THE EXTENT OF ONE FOURTH DAY PER DIEM CLAIMED FROM 6:00 P.M. TO 6:35 P.M., OCTOBER 5, AND THAT THE BASIS FOR THE EXCEPTION WAS PREDICATED UPON STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT. TRAVEL REGULATIONS, PARAGRAPH 48B WHICH PROVIDES AS FOLLOWS:

THE TIME OF ARRIVAL AT AND DEPARTURE FROM A PLACE WILL BE CONSIDERED AS THE HOUR AT WHICH THE TRAIN, BOAT, OR OTHER CONVEYANCE USED BY THE TRAVELER ACTUALLY LEAVES OR ARRIVES AT ITS REGULAR TERMINAL.

AS THE NATIONAL AIRPORT IS OUTSIDE THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE EMPLOYEE'S HEADQUARTERS, WASHINGTON, D.C., AND SINCE THE AIRPORT MAINTAINS FOR THOSE WHO REQUEST IT LIMOUSINE SERVICE TO AN ESTABLISHED POINT WITHIN THE CITY OF WASHINGTON, THE DISCHARGE POINT OF SUCH LIMOUSINE SERVICE WHEN UTILIZED MAY BE CONSIDERED AS THE "REGULAR TERMINAL" OF THE AIRPLANE SERVICE WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF PARAGRAPH 48 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, SUPRA (B-69613 OF OCTOBER 17, 1947, AND B-80558 OF FEBRUARY 24, 1949).

ACCORDINGLY, AND SINCE TAXICAB FARES BETWEEN COMMON CARRIER TERMINALS AND EMPLOYEES' PLACES OF ABODE ARE ALLOWABLE UNDER PARAGRAPH 8 (A) OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS VOUCHER WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT IF IT IS OTHERWISE CORRECT.