B-117329, JANUARY 27, 1954, 33 COMP. GEN. 315

B-117329: Jan 27, 1954

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MAY BE REIMBURSED ONLY FOR EXPENSES ACTUALLY INCURRED NOT TO EXCEED THE AMOUNT THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN EXPENDED FOR TRAVEL BY THE MOST ECONOMICAL USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE. 1954: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 23. WAS WITHHELD TO PARTIALLY LIQUIDATE AN INDEBTEDNESS TO THE UNITED STATES ON ACCOUNT OF EXCESS COST OF TRANSPORTATION OF YOURSELF AND FAMILY WHILE AN EMPLOYEE OF AMERICAN MISSION FOR AID TO GREECE. IT IS NOTED THAT YOU DEPARTED FROM ATHENS ON JULY 19. IT WAS REPORTED ADMINISTRATIVELY THAT " THE TRANSPORTATION AS PERFORMED WAS SECURED FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE EMPLOYEE AND HIS DEPENDENTS.'. YOU WERE ALLOWED COST OF TRAVEL ON THE S.S. THUS YOU WERE HELD TO BE INDEBTED TO THE UNITED STATES IN THE SUM OF $955.74 ($1.

B-117329, JANUARY 27, 1954, 33 COMP. GEN. 315

TRAVELING EXPENSES - EMPLOYEES ASSIGNED TO DUTY OVERSEAS - RETURN TO UNITED STATES - CIRCUITOUS ROUTES AN OVERSEAS EMPLOYEE WHO RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES WITH HIS DEPENDENTS, AND WHO TRAVELED OVER AN INDIRECT ROUTE FOR PERSONAL CONVENIENCE, MAY BE REIMBURSED ONLY FOR EXPENSES ACTUALLY INCURRED NOT TO EXCEED THE AMOUNT THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN EXPENDED FOR TRAVEL BY THE MOST ECONOMICAL USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL WARREN TO KENNETH H. MCGILL, JANUARY 27, 1954:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 23, 1953, ACKNOWLEDGED OCTOBER 7, REQUESTING REVIEW OF SETTLEMENT DATED SEPTEMBER 4, 1953, WHEREIN THE SUM OF $99.54 FOUND DUE AS PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE AND TRAVELING EXPENSES FROM ATHENS, GREECE TO WASHINGTON, D.C., DURING JULY AND AUGUST 1948, WAS WITHHELD TO PARTIALLY LIQUIDATE AN INDEBTEDNESS TO THE UNITED STATES ON ACCOUNT OF EXCESS COST OF TRANSPORTATION OF YOURSELF AND FAMILY WHILE AN EMPLOYEE OF AMERICAN MISSION FOR AID TO GREECE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE.

THE RECORD SHOWS THAT YOU RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES PURSUANT TO TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION DATED JUNE 22, 1948, AND THAT YOUR INDEBTEDNESS AROSE AS THE RESULT OF YOUR HAVING PERFORMED SAID TRAVEL VIA AN INDIRECT ROUTE. IT IS NOTED THAT YOU DEPARTED FROM ATHENS ON JULY 19, 1948, TRAVELING TO GENEVA, SWITZERLAND VIA ROME, ITALY BY AIR. FROM THAT POINT YOU PROCEEDED BY RAIL ON JULY 22 TO LONDON, ENGLAND, VIA PARIS, FRANCE; LEFT LONDON BY RAIL ON JULY 28 FOR SOUTHHAMPTON VIA GLASGOW, EDINBURGH AND LONDON; AND DEPARTED FROM SOUTHHAMPTON VIA THE S.S. MAURETANIA ON AUGUST 9, 1948, AND PROCEEDED TO WASHINGTON, D.C., ARRIVING THERE AUGUST 11, 1948. THE RECORD SHOWS FURTHER THAT YOU TOOK ANNUAL LEAVE EN ROUTE TO THE UNITED STATES, AND THAT THE COST TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR RETURN TRANSPORTATION FURNISHED IN YOU BEHALF VIA AN INDIRECT ROUTE AGGREGATED $1,883.

IT WAS REPORTED ADMINISTRATIVELY THAT " THE TRANSPORTATION AS PERFORMED WAS SECURED FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE EMPLOYEE AND HIS DEPENDENTS.' SETTLEMENT OF SEPTEMBER 4, YOU WERE ALLOWED COST OF TRAVEL ON THE S.S. EXCALIBUR, WHICH SAILED FROM PIRAEUS, GREECE, JULY 24 AND ARRIVED AT THE NEW YORK PORT OF EMBARKATION AT 11 A.M., AUGUST 11, 1948, RAIL FARE FROM NEW YORK TO WASHINGTON, AND PER DIEM FOR DIRECT TRAVEL TIME WHILE EN ROUTE TO THE DESIGNATED DESTINATION PLUS TAXICAB FARE. THUS YOU WERE HELD TO BE INDEBTED TO THE UNITED STATES IN THE SUM OF $955.74 ($1,883 MINUS $927.26).

IN VIEW OF THE ALLEGATIONS IN YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 23, A SUPPLEMENTAL ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT WAS REQUESTED. THE REPLY STATES THAT " THE DEPARTMENT CONCURS WITH THE CONSTRUCTIVE TRAVEL USED BY YOUR OFFICE.' SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN FURNISHED BY YOU TO SUBSTANTIATE YOUR ALLEGATIONS.

AT THE TIME YOU RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES EXISTING REGULATIONS PROVIDED THAT WHERE AN EMPLOYEE PERFORMS OFFICIAL TRAVEL VIA AN INDIRECT ROUTE FOR HIS PERSONAL CONVENIENCE, REIMBURSEMENT IS ALLOWABLE ONLY FOR THOS EXPENSES ACTUALLY INCURRED NOT TO EXCEED THE AMOUNT THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN EXPENDED FOR TRAVEL BY THE MOST ECONOMICAL USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE.

ACCORDINGLY, UPON THE PRESENT RECORD, THE SETTLEMENT OF SEPTEMBER 4, 1953, MUST BE, AND IS, SUSTAINED.