B-126807, FEB. 15, 1956

B-126807: Feb 15, 1956

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THESE TWO EMPLOYEES WERE AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM THEIR HEADQUARTERS TO ATHENS. YOU STATE THAT AT THE TIME THESE AUTHORIZATIONS WERE ISSUED IT WAS THE PRACTICE IN THAT STATE TO ALLOW $9 PER DIEM WHILE EN ROUTE AND $4 WHILE AT ATHENS ATTENDING THE TRAINING CENTER. THAT ONLY THESE TWO CASES WERE CONFINED TO $4 PER DAY. THAT THIS WAS DUE TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE ERROR. THIS POLICY IS EVIDENCED BY A COPY OF THE STATE CONSERVATIONIST'S MEMORANDUM-3 OF SEPTEMBER 16. WHICH STATES THAT A "$9 RATE WILL BE ALLOWED WHILE EN ROUTE TO AND RETURN FROM POINTS WITHOUT THE STATE.'. AS THE FIXING OF THE $4 RATE THUS APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN DUE TO ADMINISTRATIVE ERROR AND WAS CONTRARY TO THE REQUIREMENT OF MEMORANDUM 3.

B-126807, FEB. 15, 1956

TO MR. L. J. JAGGAR, AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, SOIL CONSERVATION SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE:

YOUR LETTER DATED DECEMBER 9, 1955, RECEIVED HERE JANUARY 27, 1956, REQUESTS DECISION WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT THE TWO VOUCHERS THEREWITH TRANSMITTED PROPOSING PAYMENTS TO SAM S. MOSES AND REX E. DAVIS FOR THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN $4 AND $9 PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE COVERING PERIODS OF TRAVEL BETWEEN THEIR RESPECTIVE HEADQUARTERS IN MISSISSIPPI AND ATHENS, GEORGIA.

BY TRAVEL ORDERS OF FEBRUARY 3 AND 4, 1955, RESPECTIVELY, THESE TWO EMPLOYEES WERE AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM THEIR HEADQUARTERS TO ATHENS, GEORGIA, AND RETURN FOR THE PURPOSE OF ATTENDING A SESSION OF THE SOIL CONSERVATION SERVICE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING CENTER. THE ORDERS AUTHORIZED PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE AT $4 PER DAY AND PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE TO THEM AT THAT RATE. HOWEVER, YOU STATE THAT AT THE TIME THESE AUTHORIZATIONS WERE ISSUED IT WAS THE PRACTICE IN THAT STATE TO ALLOW $9 PER DIEM WHILE EN ROUTE AND $4 WHILE AT ATHENS ATTENDING THE TRAINING CENTER, THAT ONLY THESE TWO CASES WERE CONFINED TO $4 PER DAY, AND THAT THIS WAS DUE TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE ERROR. THIS POLICY IS EVIDENCED BY A COPY OF THE STATE CONSERVATIONIST'S MEMORANDUM-3 OF SEPTEMBER 16, 1954, WHICH STATES THAT A "$9 RATE WILL BE ALLOWED WHILE EN ROUTE TO AND RETURN FROM POINTS WITHOUT THE STATE.'

AS THE FIXING OF THE $4 RATE THUS APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN DUE TO ADMINISTRATIVE ERROR AND WAS CONTRARY TO THE REQUIREMENT OF MEMORANDUM 3, WE PERCEIVE NO OBJECTION TO ITS CORRECTION. THE VOUCHERS ARE RETURNED AND IN THE ABSENCE OF OTHER OBJECTION MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT.