B-126737, MAR. 21, 1956

B-126737: Mar 21, 1956

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THE EXPENSES WERE INCURRED FOR BUS TOKENS PURCHASED AND USED BY MR. HOTEL FACILITIES WERE NOT AVAILABLE IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF THE OFFICE. - THE PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES INCLUDES * * * TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN PLACES OF LODGING OR BUSINESS AND PLACES WHERE MEALS ARE TAKEN * * *.'. PRIOR TO THAT AMENDMENT THE PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE INCLUDED TRANSPORTATION COSTS BETWEEN PLACES OF LODGINGS OR WHERE MEALS WERE TAKEN AND PLACES OF DUTY. THE EFFECT OF THE AMENDMENT IS TO EXCLUDE THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN PLACES OF LODGING AND PLACES OF DUTY FROM ONE OF THE TRAVEL EXPENSE ITEMS THERETOFORE CONSIDERED AS INCIDENTAL TO SUBSISTENCE. THE VOUCHER WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT IF OTHERWISE CORRECT.

B-126737, MAR. 21, 1956

TO MR. A. J. ENGLISH, AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, FOREST SERVICE:

YOUR LETTER OF JANUARY 19, 1956--- YOUR REFERENCE A, DISBURSEMENT, VOUCHERS, GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE--- REQUESTS OUR DECISION WHETHER THE VOUCHER ENCLOSED THEREWITH IN FAVOR OF HOMER P. NICHOLS FOR $7 PROPERLY MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT.

THE VOUCHER REPRESENTS A RECLAIM FOR BUS TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES SUSPENDED FOR REIMBURSEMENT VOUCHER, SCHEDULE NO. 1-97, FOR THE PERIOD OCTOBER 29, 1955, TO JANUARY 2, 1956. THE EXPENSES WERE INCURRED FOR BUS TOKENS PURCHASED AND USED BY MR. NICHOLS FOR PAYMENT OF TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN HOTEL AND OFFICE IN PORTLAND, OREGON, A DISTANCE OF APPROXIMATELY TWO AND ONE-HALF MILES EACH WAY, WHILE IN AN OFFICIAL TRAVEL STATUS. HOTEL FACILITIES WERE NOT AVAILABLE IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF THE OFFICE.

PARAGRAPH 44 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, AS AMENDED JULY 28, 1955, BY CIRCULAR NO. A-7, REVISED--- IN EFFECT DURING THE PERIOD HERE INVOLVED--- PROVIDES, IN PERTINENT PART, AS FOLLOWS:

"44. PER DIEM ALLOWANCE.--- THE PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES INCLUDES * * * TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN PLACES OF LODGING OR BUSINESS AND PLACES WHERE MEALS ARE TAKEN * * *.'

PRIOR TO THAT AMENDMENT THE PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE INCLUDED TRANSPORTATION COSTS BETWEEN PLACES OF LODGINGS OR WHERE MEALS WERE TAKEN AND PLACES OF DUTY. THE EFFECT OF THE AMENDMENT IS TO EXCLUDE THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN PLACES OF LODGING AND PLACES OF DUTY FROM ONE OF THE TRAVEL EXPENSE ITEMS THERETOFORE CONSIDERED AS INCIDENTAL TO SUBSISTENCE.

ACCORDINGLY, SINCE THE EXPENSES HERE INVOLVED COVERED COST OF TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN THE EMPLOYEE'S PLACE OF LODGING AND HIS PLACE OF DUTY WHILE IN AN OFFICIAL TRAVEL STATUS, THE VOUCHER WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT IF OTHERWISE CORRECT.