B-120276, AUGUST 5, 1954, 34 COMP. GEN. 57

B-120276: Aug 5, 1954

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1954: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF MAY 26. THE PARTICIPATION IN SUCH PROJECT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR IS COVERED BY AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL LABOR AFFAIRS. WHICH AGREEMENT PROVIDES TRANSPORTATION WILL BE FURNISHED THE TRAINEES BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. THE SOLE DOUBT AS TO THE PROPRIETY OF CERTIFICATION OF THE VOUCHER IS STATED TO HAVE ARISEN BY REASON OF DECISION OF AUGUST 24. HOLDING THAT THE SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE GRANTED FOREIGN TRAINEES WAS INCLUSIVE OF TAXICAB FARES. IT WAS HELD THAT TAXICAB FARES COULD BE PAID FOREIGN TRAINEES FOR TAXICABS UTILIZED IN CONNECTION WITH TRAINING PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY THE FOREIGN OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE ACT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

B-120276, AUGUST 5, 1954, 34 COMP. GEN. 57

TRAVELING EXPENSES - TAXICAB FARES - REIMBURSEMENT - FOREIGN TRAINEES INASMUCH AS TAXICAB FARES MAY BE PAID TO FOREIGN TRAINEES FOR TAXICABS UTILIZED IN CONNECTION WITH TRAINING PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY THE FOREIGN OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE ACT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, IN ADDITION TO THEIR PER DIEM ALLOWANCE IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE, A PROJECT MANAGER WHO PAID TAXICAB FARES FROM PERSONAL FUNDS FOR A GROUP OF FOREIGN TRAINEES MAY BE REIMBURSED THE AMOUNT OF SUCH FARES.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL WEITZEL TO VERA D. HUNTSMAN, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, AUGUST 5, 1954:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF MAY 26, 1954, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO THE PROPRIETY OF CERTIFYING FOR PAYMENT A VOUCHER TRANSMITTED THEREWITH IN FAVOR OF MR. SEYMOUR CHALFIN COVERING TAXICAB, BUS, AND SUBWAY FARES PAID BY HIM AS PROJECT MANAGER FOR A GROUP OF FOREIGN TRAINEES (1ITALIAN UNION LABOR STATISTICS STUDY GROUP) PURSUING A COURSE OF TRAINING IN THIS COUNTRY UNDER FOREIGN OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATION TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT NO. TA-45-101-4167. THE PARTICIPATION IN SUCH PROJECT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR IS COVERED BY AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL LABOR AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, AND THE FOREIGN OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATION, WHICH AGREEMENT PROVIDES TRANSPORTATION WILL BE FURNISHED THE TRAINEES BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR.

THE SOLE DOUBT AS TO THE PROPRIETY OF CERTIFICATION OF THE VOUCHER IS STATED TO HAVE ARISEN BY REASON OF DECISION OF AUGUST 24, 1953, B 116275, HOLDING THAT THE SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE GRANTED FOREIGN TRAINEES WAS INCLUSIVE OF TAXICAB FARES.

IN A SUBSEQUENT DECISION OF MAY 27, 1954, B-119919, INVOLVING A SITUATION COMPARABLE TO THE ONE PRESENTED IN YOUR LETTER, IT WAS HELD THAT TAXICAB FARES COULD BE PAID FOREIGN TRAINEES FOR TAXICABS UTILIZED IN CONNECTION WITH TRAINING PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY THE FOREIGN OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE ACT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, TITLE IV OF THE ACT OF JUNE 5, 1950, 64 STAT. 204, IN ADDITION TO THEIR PER DIEM ALLOWANCE IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IN THAT CASE AND THE INSTANT SITUATION APPEARS TO BE THAT THE TAXICAB FARES THERE CONSIDERED WERE PAID DIRECT TO THE FOREIGN TRAINEES, WHEREAS THE VOUCHER IN THE INSTANT CASE COVERS REIMBURSEMENT TO THE PROJECT MANAGER WHO PAID THE COST OF TAXICAB FARES FOR THE FOREIGN TRAINEES FROM HIS PERSONAL FUNDS. SUCH FACT, HOWEVER, DOES NOT PRECLUDE REIMBURSEMENT OF THE TAXICAB FARES HERE INVOLVED.

ACCORDINGLY, IN LINE WITH THE DECISION OF MAY 27, 1954, THE VOUCHER, WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH, MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT, IF OTHERWISE CORRECT.