B-127381, APR. 17, 1956

B-127381: Apr 17, 1956

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HIS WIFE AND TWO DEPENDENT DAUGHTERS BETWEEN THE TWO POINTS WAS AUTHORIZED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT AUGUST 27. BENNETT WAS TRANSFERRED FROM MIAMI. WAS RETURNED TO MIAMI IN DECEMBER 1954. HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY A DEPENDENT. HIS REASON FOR TRAVELING BY BOAT IS THAT DIANE HAD AN OPERATION IN AUGUST 1955 WHICH MADE IT INADVISABLE FOR HER TO TRAVEL BY PLANE. DIRECT FROM SAN JUAN VIA MIAMI TO BALBOA WAS LESS THAN THE COST OF THE TRAVEL BY THE MODES OF TRANSPORTATION ACTUALLY USED. THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS SAVED THE COST OF TRAVEL BY THE DEPENDENT. NO COST WAS INCURRED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR HER TRAVEL FROM SAN JUAN TO MIAMI INCIDENT TO THE TRANSFER OF STATION. THE TRAVEL ORDERS DID NOT PRECLUDE THE PERFORMANCE OF MIXED TRAVEL TO BALBOA AND THE EMPLOYEE SAYS THAT NO BOAT SERVICE WAS AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM SAN JUAN OR MIAMI TO BALBOA DURING THE TRAVEL PERIOD.

B-127381, APR. 17, 1956

TO MISS MARY E. SMITH, AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, SECOND REGION, CIVIL AERONAUTICS ADMINISTRATION:

YOUR LETTER OF JANUARY 16, 1956, FORWARDED HERE MARCH 20 BY THE DEPUTY BUDGET AND FINANCE OFFICER, CIVIL AERONAUTICS ADMINISTRATION, WASHINGTON, D.C., REQUESTS OUR DECISION WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT THE ENCLOSED TRAVEL VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF KENNETH E. BENNETT IN THE AMOUNT OF $79.10 REPRESENTING HIS PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE ($70.10) AND OTHER TRAVEL EXPENSES IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHANGE OF HIS OFFICIAL STATION FROM SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, TO BALBOA, CANAL ZONE, UNDER TRAVEL ORDER NO. 1043 DATED AUGUST 16, 1955.

TRAVEL BY MR. BENNETT, HIS WIFE AND TWO DEPENDENT DAUGHTERS BETWEEN THE TWO POINTS WAS AUTHORIZED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT AUGUST 27, 1955, AND TO END ON OR ABOUT AUGUST 31, 1955, VIA PLANE, BOAT, AND PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE, THE LATTER "NOT TO EXCEED COST BY COMMON CARRIER.' YOU SAY MR. BENNETT WAS TRANSFERRED FROM MIAMI, FLORIDA (PLACE OF ACTUAL RESIDENCE), TO SAN JUAN IN MARCH 1952, AND ONE OF HIS DEPENDENT DAUGHTERS, DIANE E. BENNETT, WAS RETURNED TO MIAMI IN DECEMBER 1954, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES ACT OF 1946, AS AMENDED, 5 U.S.C. 73B-1 AND B-3. ALSO, YOU STATE THAT HE HAS SIGNED A NEW EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT TO SERVE IN BALBOA.

THE ATTACHED VOUCHER COVERS MR. BENNETT'S PER DIEM AND INCIDENTAL EXPENSES BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 3 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 25, 1955, WHILE TRAVELING FROM SAN JUAN TO MIAMI BY AIR, FROM MIAMI TO NEW ORLEANS BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE (A DISTANCE OF 880 MILES, BUT NO MILEAGE CLAIMED), AND FROM NEW ORLEANS TO BALBOA BY BOAT. HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY A DEPENDENT, DIANE, ONLY FROM NEW ORLEANS TO BALBOA. HE ARRIVED AT NEW ORLEANS 7 P.M., SEPTEMBER 4 (SUNDAY, LABOR DAY WEEKEND), ENTERED ANNUAL LEAVE STATUS SEPTEMBER 6, AND RETURNED TO TRAVEL STATUS SEPTEMBER 21. HIS REASON FOR TRAVELING BY BOAT IS THAT DIANE HAD AN OPERATION IN AUGUST 1955 WHICH MADE IT INADVISABLE FOR HER TO TRAVEL BY PLANE.

THE RECORD SHOWS THAT THE CONSTRUCTIVE COST OF TWO FIRST-CLASS AIRLINE FARES, PLUS PER DIEM, DIRECT FROM SAN JUAN VIA MIAMI TO BALBOA WAS LESS THAN THE COST OF THE TRAVEL BY THE MODES OF TRANSPORTATION ACTUALLY USED. IT APPEARS, HOWEVER, THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS SAVED THE COST OF TRAVEL BY THE DEPENDENT, DIANE, FROM MIAMI TO SAN JUAN INCIDENT TO THE RETURN OF THE EMPLOYEE FROM VACATION TRAVEL IN THE UNITED STATES AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE IN THE SUMMER OF 1955. ALSO, NO COST WAS INCURRED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR HER TRAVEL FROM SAN JUAN TO MIAMI INCIDENT TO THE TRANSFER OF STATION. THE SAVINGS APPARENTLY EXCEEDED THE EXCESS COSTS INVOLVED. MOREOVER, THE TRAVEL ORDERS DID NOT PRECLUDE THE PERFORMANCE OF MIXED TRAVEL TO BALBOA AND THE EMPLOYEE SAYS THAT NO BOAT SERVICE WAS AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM SAN JUAN OR MIAMI TO BALBOA DURING THE TRAVEL PERIOD.

IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES ABOVE STATED, THE VOUCHER, WHICH IS RETURNED, MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT IF OTHERWISE CORRECT.