B-122892, AUG. 16, 1955

B-122892: Aug 16, 1955

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AS THE WIFE ACTUALLY TRAVELED BY AIR IT MAY BE PRESUMED THAT SHE WOULD HAVE USED AIR TRAVEL BETWEEN DETROIT AND WASHINGTON. IN NOVEMBER 1954 WAS $36.80. THE VOUCHER IS RETURNED.

B-122892, AUG. 16, 1955

TO MR. M. A. CRIBBIN, AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, WEATHER BUREAU:

YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 8, 1955 (A-3.32), REQUESTS OUR DECISION AS TO THE PROPER AMOUNT TO BE COLLECTED FROM MR. KARL L. CHAMBERS ON A ZERO VOUCHER SUBMITTED BY HIM INVOLVING THE TRANSPORTATION OF HIS WIFE FROM SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, TO WASHINGTON, D.C., PROCURED ON A GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION REQUEST AT A COST OF $46.40. TRAVEL ORDER NO. 348, OCTOBER 20, 1954, AUTHORIZED THE TRAVEL OF MR. CHAMBERS AND HIS WIFE FROM ALPENA, MICHIGAN, TO WASHINGTON, D.C., INCIDENT TO A TRANSFER OF HIS OFFICIAL STATION BETWEEN THOSE POINTS. MR. CHAMBERS TRAVELED SEPARATELY FROM HIS WIFE AND INCURRED NO EXCESS EXPENDITURE.

MRS. CHAMBERS TRAVELED BY PLANE BETWEEN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, AND WASHINGTON, D.C., BUT CLAIMS CREDIT FOR AN ESTIMATED EXPENDITURE OF $45.18 COMPOSED OF BUS FARE ALPENA TO BAY CITY $3.55, RAILROAD FARE BAY CITY TO WASHINGTON AT $32.03 PLUS PULLMAN FROM DETROIT TO WASHINGTON, $6.55, AND $3.00 TAXI FARE BETWEEN BUS DEPOT AND RAIL STATION IN BAY CITY.

THE EMPLOYEE'S TRAVEL ORDERS AUTHORIZED TRAVEL FROM ALPENA TO DETROIT VIA RAIL OR BUS AND BY PLANE OR RAIL FROM DETROIT TO WASHINGTON, D.C. AS THE WIFE ACTUALLY TRAVELED BY AIR IT MAY BE PRESUMED THAT SHE WOULD HAVE USED AIR TRAVEL BETWEEN DETROIT AND WASHINGTON, D.C. IT APPEARS FROM TARIFFS ON FILE IN THIS OFFICE THAT THE COST OF TRAVEL BETWEEN ALPENA AND WASHINGTON, D.C., IN NOVEMBER 1954 WAS $36.80, REPRESENTING BUS FARE ALPENA TO DETROIT, $6.50, ESTIMATED TAXICAB FARE AT DETROIT $3.00, AND AIR FARE DETROIT TO WASHINGTON, D.C., $27.30. ACCORDINGLY, MR. CHAMBERS SHOULD BE CHARGED THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN $46.40 AND THE ESTIMATED COST BY BUS, TAXI AND AIRPLANE, A TOTAL OF $36.80, MAKING THE EXCESS COST FOR COLLECTION $9.60. THE VOUCHER IS RETURNED.