B-120184, JUNE 30, 1954, 33 COMP. GEN. 623

B-120184: Jun 30, 1954

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1954: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF MAY 20. GOVERNMENT FUNDS PROPERLY ARE CHARGEABLE WITH THE EXPENSE OF THE RETURN TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES OF THE WIFE OF MR. WILL S. IS SUBMITTED IN CONNECTION WITH A TRANSMITTED VOUCHER COVERING TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES INCURRED BY MR. WAS APPOINTED SUPERVISOR OF NARCOTICS DISTRICT NO. 16. HER TRANSPORTATION WAS NOT AUTHORIZED NOR WERE ANY TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES CLAIMED FOR HER TRAVEL. INCIDENT TO HIS SEPARATION FROM SERVICE THERE WERE ISSUED TRAVEL ORDERS DATED JANUARY 25. WOOD'S TRAVEL TO HONOLULU WAS A MATTER OF PERSONAL EXPENSE. THE PROPRIETY OF CHARGING APPROPRIATED FUNDS FOR HER RETURN TRAVEL IS IN DOUBT. WOOD AND HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY WAS AUTHORIZED BY THE ORDERS DATED JANUARY 25.

B-120184, JUNE 30, 1954, 33 COMP. GEN. 623

TRANSPORTATION - DEPENDENTS - RETURN TO UNITED STATES FROM OVERSEAS STATION - TRAVEL TO OVERSEAS STATION AT PERSONAL EXPENSE AN EMPLOYEE'S WIFE WHO ACCOMPANIED HER HUSBAND TO HIS OVERSEAS STATION AT PERSONAL EXPENSE MAY BE FURNISHED, UNDER SECTION 7 OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES ACT OF 1946, RETURN TRANSPORTATION TO THE UNITED STATES AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE UNDER ORDERS WHICH AUTHORIZE THE RETURN OF THE EMPLOYEE AND HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL WEITZEL TO G. W. CUNNINGHAM, TREASURY DEPARTMENT, JUNE 30, 1954:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF MAY 20, 1954, REQUESTING A DECISION WHETHER, IN THE SITUATION STATED BELOW, GOVERNMENT FUNDS PROPERLY ARE CHARGEABLE WITH THE EXPENSE OF THE RETURN TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES OF THE WIFE OF MR. WILL S. WOOD, FORMER DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF THE BUREAU OF NARCOTICS. THE QUESTION OF THE TRANSPORTATION OF THE DEPENDENT, PROCURED BY GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION REQUEST, IS SUBMITTED IN CONNECTION WITH A TRANSMITTED VOUCHER COVERING TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES INCURRED BY MR. WOOD INCIDENT TO HIS SEPARATION FROM THE SERVICE AND RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES.

ON NOVEMBER 19, 1951, MR. WOOD, RETIRED DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, BUREAU OF NARCOTICS, WAS APPOINTED SUPERVISOR OF NARCOTICS DISTRICT NO. 16, WITH POST OF DUTY AT HONOLULU, HAWAII. HE ARRIVED AT HIS POST OF DUTY ON JANUARY 10, 1952. MRS. WOOD ACCOMPANIED MR. WOOD TO HONOLULU; HOWEVER, HER TRANSPORTATION WAS NOT AUTHORIZED NOR WERE ANY TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES CLAIMED FOR HER TRAVEL. EFFECTIVE JANUARY 31, 1954, MR. WOOD AGAIN RETIRED, HAVING REACHED 70 YEARS OF AGE. INCIDENT TO HIS SEPARATION FROM SERVICE THERE WERE ISSUED TRAVEL ORDERS DATED JANUARY 25, 1954, AUTHORIZING THE TRAVEL OF THE EMPLOYEE AND HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY, AND THE MOVEMENT OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS, TO SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI, THEIR PERMANENT RESIDENCE. MR. AND MRS. WOOD DEPARTED FROM HONOLULU ON APRIL 12, 1954, FOR THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES. YOU STATE THAT IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT MRS. WOOD'S TRAVEL TO HONOLULU WAS A MATTER OF PERSONAL EXPENSE, THE PROPRIETY OF CHARGING APPROPRIATED FUNDS FOR HER RETURN TRAVEL IS IN DOUBT.

THE RETURN OF MR. WOOD AND HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY WAS AUTHORIZED BY THE ORDERS DATED JANUARY 25, 1954. SAID ORDERS WERE ISSUED PURSUANT TO SECTION 7 OF PUBLIC LAW 600, 5 U.S.C. 73B-3, PROVIDING, IN PERTINENT PART AS FOLLOWS:

APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS SHALL BE AVAILABLE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH REGULATIONS PRESCRIBED BY THE PRESIDENT, FOR EXPENSES OF TRAVEL OF NEW APPOINTEES, EXPENSES OF TRANSPORTATION OF THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILIES AND EXPENSES OF TRANSPORTATION OF THEIR HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS FROM PLACES OF ACTUAL RESIDENCE AT TIME OF APPOINTMENT TO PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT OUTSIDE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES, AND FOR SUCH EXPENSES ON RETURN OF EMPLOYEES FROM THEIR POST OF DUTY OUTSIDE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES TO THE PLACES OF THEIR ACTUAL RESIDENCE AT TIME OF ASSIGNMENT TO DUTY OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES: * * * ( ITALICS SUPPLIED.)

THE AUTHORITY CONFERRED BY THE ABOVE-QUOTED SECTION FOR THE RETURN OF EMPLOYEES AND THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILIES TO THE UNITED STATES AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE IS NOT DIRECTLY COUPLED WITH THE AUTHORITY TO PAY THE EXPENSES OF THE OUTWARD JOURNEY. SEE 26 COMP. GEN. 322; ID. 488; ID. 831; 27 ID. 329; 29 ID. 455; 30 ID. 231; ID. 251.

ACCORDINGLY, THE FACT THAT MRS. WOOD TRAVELED TO HONOLULU AT PERSONAL EXPENSE DOES NOT PRECLUDE PAYMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT OF OTHERWISE PROPER EXPENSES OF HER RETURN TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES. ACTION ON THE TRANSMITTED VOUCHER, RETURNED HEREWITH, SHOULD BE TAKEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ABOVE.