B-122057, DEC 3, 1954

B-122057: Dec 3, 1954

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DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR 4TH INDORSEMENT OF SEPTEMBER 24. PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED ON THE VOUCHER THEREWITH TRANSMITTED OF ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION IN THE GROSS AMOUNT OF $115.36 TO HERMAN KUEHNE. KUEHNE IS EMPLOYED UNDER CONTRACT AF-18(600)-818. THAT IN THE EVENT A GENERAL INCREASE OR DECREASE IN SALARY IS GRANTED TO CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES. IT APPEARS FROM THE SUBMITTED RECORD THAT AN INCREASE WAS GRANTED ON FEBRUARY 7. TO WAGE BOARD EMPLOYEES IN GRADE 21 AND THE PROPOSED ADDITIONAL PAYMENT IS BASED UPON AN INCREASE OF 14 CENTS AN HOUR TO EMPLOYEES IN STEP-4 OF GRADE 21. KUEHNE DOES NOT STATE WITH WHAT STEP OF GRADE 21 HIS COMPENSATION IS TO BE COMPARED - SAID GRADE CONSISTING OF 4 STEPS.

B-122057, DEC 3, 1954

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COLONEL G. B. CRANDALL, DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR 4TH INDORSEMENT OF SEPTEMBER 24, 1954, FORWARDED HERE BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF FINANCE UNDER DATE OF NOVEMBER 8, 1954, REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER, UNDER THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES HEREINAFTER RELATED, PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED ON THE VOUCHER THEREWITH TRANSMITTED OF ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION IN THE GROSS AMOUNT OF $115.36 TO HERMAN KUEHNE.

MR. KUEHNE IS EMPLOYED UNDER CONTRACT AF-18(600)-818, (PROJECT PAPER CLIP), EXECUTED JULY 1, 1953, WHICH FIXES HIS RATE OF COMPENSATION AT $474.93 PER MONTH SUBJECT TO A PROVISO READING, AS FOLLOWS:

"PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT IN THE EVENT A GENERAL INCREASE OR DECREASE IN SALARY IS GRANTED TO CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES, EFFECTIVE DURING THE TERM OF THIS CONTRACT AS SET FORTH IN SUBPARAGRAPH (A)(1), ABOVE, AND INCREASE OR DECREASE CORRESPONDING TO THAT OF A UN-21, IN THE STEP INCREASE, SHALL BE PAID TO THE CONTRACTOR."

IT APPEARS FROM THE SUBMITTED RECORD THAT AN INCREASE WAS GRANTED ON FEBRUARY 7, 1954, TO WAGE BOARD EMPLOYEES IN GRADE 21 AND THE PROPOSED ADDITIONAL PAYMENT IS BASED UPON AN INCREASE OF 14 CENTS AN HOUR TO EMPLOYEES IN STEP-4 OF GRADE 21, ALTHOUGH THE CONTRACT WITH MR. KUEHNE DOES NOT STATE WITH WHAT STEP OF GRADE 21 HIS COMPENSATION IS TO BE COMPARED - SAID GRADE CONSISTING OF 4 STEPS, AND AN INCREASE OF 12 CENTS PER HOUR HAVING BEEN GRANTED FOR STEP 1, 13 CENTS FOR STEP 2, AND 14 CENTS FOR BOTH STEP 3 AND 4.

THE WORDS, "A GENERAL INCREASE OR DECREASE IN SALARY IS GRANTED TO CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES," APPEARING IN THE PROVISO ABOVE QUOTED, ARE NOT SPECIFICALLY LIMITED, OR MADE APPLICABLE, TO WAGE BOARD EMPLOYEES. ON THE CONTRARY, THOSE WORDS, IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY CLARIFICATION OTHERWISE, WOULD APPEAR TO RELATE ONLY TO SUCH INCREASES AS MAY BE MADE BY ACTS OF CONGRESS GRANTING A "GENERAL INCREASE" TO ALL CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES. OTHER WORDS, AN INCREASE APPLICABLE ONLY TO A LIMITED NUMBER OF WAGE BOARD EMPLOYEES, AS APPEARS TO BE THE CASE FROM THE SUBMITTED FACTS, WOULD NOT BE A "GENERAL INCREASE *** GRANTED TO CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES" AS THOSE WORDS ARE USED IN THE PROVISO IN QUESTION.

UPON THE PRESENT RECORD, THEREFORE, PAYMENT ON THE VOUCHER IS NOT AUTHORIZED, WHICH VOUCHER AND ACCOMPANYING PAPERS WILL BE RETAINED IN OUR FILES.