B-124169, JUL. 25, 1955

B-124169: Jul 25, 1955

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PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF MAY 27. WRIGHT'S CLAIM IS FOR REIMBURSEMENT ON A MILEAGE BASIS FOR TRAVEL ON FEBRUARY 15. WRIGHT WAS CONDUCTING. IT WAS NECESSARY FOR HIM TO CONTACT PERSONNEL OF THE HOSPITALS WHO COULD NOT BE REACHED BEFORE 11 P.M. AS THERE WAS NO NEED FOR HIM TO REPORT TO HIS OFFICIAL STATION (LOCATED AT FOURTH AND C STREETS. YOU SAY THAT THE QUESTION IS RAISED WHETHER THIS CLAIM IS ALLOWABLE IN VIEW OF THE FACT THE TRAVEL WAS FROM "HOME TO WORK.'. IT IS THE GENERAL RULE THAT AN EMPLOYEE MAY NOT BE REIMBURSED FOR EXPENSES OF TRAVEL FROM HIS PLACE OF RESIDENCE TO HIS OFFICIAL STATION. IF AN EMPLOYEE IS ASSIGNED SPECIAL TEMPORARY DUTIES AT LOCATIONS OTHER THAN HIS OFFICIAL STATION.

B-124169, JUL. 25, 1955

TO MR. F. N. HEARN, AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF MAY 27, 1955, FIN:FO, REQUESTING OUR DECISION AS TO WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT A CLAIM FOR $3.53 SUBMITTED BY DR. STUART WRIGHT, A CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF "LOCAL" TRAVEL EXPENSE.

DR. WRIGHT'S CLAIM IS FOR REIMBURSEMENT ON A MILEAGE BASIS FOR TRAVEL ON FEBRUARY 15, 1955, FROM HIS HOME IN FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA, TO GARFIELD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, WASHINGTON, D.C., AND RETURN, AND ON FEBRUARY 17, 1955, FROM HIS HOME TO GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, WASHINGTON, D.C., AND RETURN. IT APPEARS THAT, IN CONNECTION WITH A STUDY DR. WRIGHT WAS CONDUCTING, IT WAS NECESSARY FOR HIM TO CONTACT PERSONNEL OF THE HOSPITALS WHO COULD NOT BE REACHED BEFORE 11 P.M. AND THAT, AS THERE WAS NO NEED FOR HIM TO REPORT TO HIS OFFICIAL STATION (LOCATED AT FOURTH AND C STREETS, S.W., WASHINGTON, D.C.), HE WENT DIRECTLY FROM HIS HOME TO THE HOSPITAL ON EACH OCCASION. YOU SAY THAT THE QUESTION IS RAISED WHETHER THIS CLAIM IS ALLOWABLE IN VIEW OF THE FACT THE TRAVEL WAS FROM "HOME TO WORK.'

IT IS THE GENERAL RULE THAT AN EMPLOYEE MAY NOT BE REIMBURSED FOR EXPENSES OF TRAVEL FROM HIS PLACE OF RESIDENCE TO HIS OFFICIAL STATION. HOWEVER, IF AN EMPLOYEE IS ASSIGNED SPECIAL TEMPORARY DUTIES AT LOCATIONS OTHER THAN HIS OFFICIAL STATION, AS IN THE PRESENT CASE, THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE IS NOT REQUIRED TO OBJECT WHERE AN OTHERWISE PROPER PAYMENT IS MADE ON ACCOUNT OF TRAVEL PERFORMED FROM THE EMPLOYEE'S HOME TO HIS TEMPORARY SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS. SEE 32 COMP. GEN. 235.

ACCORDINGLY, THE CLAIM, WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH, MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT PROVIDED NO PROVISION IS CONTAINED IN APPLICABLE ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS OR TRAVEL INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED TO THE EMPLOYEE WHICH WOULD PRECLUDE SUCH PAYMENT, AND PROVIDED THAT THE MILEAGE RATE AS WELL AS THE MODE OF TRAVEL IS APPROVED BY PROPER AUTHORITY.