B-127547, JUN. 12, 1956

B-127547: Jun 12, 1956

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THAT AMOUNT REPRESENTS FIVE TAXICAB FARES PLUS THE TWO ITEMS OF MILEAGE WHICH WERE SUSPENDED ADMINISTRATIVELY ON PRIOR VOUCHERS COVERING EXPENSES INCURRED BY MR. FULTZ WAS AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL BY COMMON CARRIER (PLANE. THE ORDER STATED THE PURPOSE OF HIS TRAVEL WAS "TO SERVE AS ESCORT TO FOUR- MEMBER ICELAND TEAM WHO ARE IN THE UNITED STATES TO MAKE A GENERAL STUDY OF BUILDING METHODS AND PRACTICES IN THE FIELD OF LOW-COST HOUSING.'. THE SAME ITINERARY AND COMMON CARRIER AUTHORIZATIONS WERE INCLUDED IN YOUR AGENCY'S TRAVEL ORDERS NOS. 230 TO 233. EXCEPT THAT THEY WERE AUTHORIZED "SUBSISTENCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH FOA MANUAL ORDER NO. 1359.1.'. YOUR LETTER IN PART IS AS FOLLOWS: "THE CLAIMANT FEELS THAT HE IS ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE EXPENSES LISTED.

B-127547, JUN. 12, 1956

TO MR. E. J. DWYER, AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, HOUSING AND HOME FINANCE AGENCY:

YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 9, 1956, REQUESTS OUR DECISION WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT THE ENCLOSED RECLAIM VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF JOHN R. FULTZ IN THE AMOUNT OF $21.72. THAT AMOUNT REPRESENTS FIVE TAXICAB FARES PLUS THE TWO ITEMS OF MILEAGE WHICH WERE SUSPENDED ADMINISTRATIVELY ON PRIOR VOUCHERS COVERING EXPENSES INCURRED BY MR. FULTZ IN PERFORMING TRAVEL AND TEMPORARY DUTY INTERMITTENTLY DURING THE PERIOD NOVEMBER 5 TO DECEMBER 16, 1955, UNDER HIS TRAVEL ORDER NO. 229 DATED OCTOBER 31, 1955. IN THE ORDER MR. FULTZ WAS AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL BY COMMON CARRIER (PLANE, TRAIN OR BUS) AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS. THE ORDER STATED THE PURPOSE OF HIS TRAVEL WAS "TO SERVE AS ESCORT TO FOUR- MEMBER ICELAND TEAM WHO ARE IN THE UNITED STATES TO MAKE A GENERAL STUDY OF BUILDING METHODS AND PRACTICES IN THE FIELD OF LOW-COST HOUSING.' THE SAME ITINERARY AND COMMON CARRIER AUTHORIZATIONS WERE INCLUDED IN YOUR AGENCY'S TRAVEL ORDERS NOS. 230 TO 233, INCLUSIVE, DATED OCTOBER 31, 1955, FOR THE ICELANDIC OFFICIALS, EXCEPT THAT THEY WERE AUTHORIZED "SUBSISTENCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH FOA MANUAL ORDER NO. 1359.1.'

YOUR LETTER IN PART IS AS FOLLOWS:

"THE CLAIMANT FEELS THAT HE IS ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE EXPENSES LISTED. HE PERSONALLY REIMBURSED THE ICELANDIC OFFICIALS FOR TAXI FARES INCURRED WHEN HE WAS NOT RIDING WITH THEM WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT HE WOULD BE REIMBURSED FOR EXPENDITURES INCURRED BY THE FOREIGN VISITORS FROM PROJECT FUNDS FURNISHED TO THE HOUSING AND HOME FINANCE AGENCY BY THE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ADMINISTRATION UNDER PIO NO. 43-85-020-1-50023. FUNDS FOR TRAINING SERVICES TO COVER SALARY AND EXPENSES OF TRAVELER ARE FURNISHED TO HHFA BY ICA UNDER AN INTER-AGENCY AGREEMENT DATED JUNE 3, 1954.'

IN THE PERFORMANCE OF DUTY WITHIN OR OUTSIDE A TRAVELER'S DESIGNATED POST OF DUTY OR PLACE OF SERVICE, AND WHEN SUCH MODES OF TRANSPORTATION ARE AUTHORIZED OR APPROVED AS ADVANTAGEOUS TO THE GOVERNMENT, THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS PERMIT THE HIRE OF SPECIAL CONVEYANCES, INCLUDING TAXICABS (PARAGRAPH 11), OR THE USE OF PRIVATELY OWNED CONVEYANCES ON A MILEAGE BASIS (PARAGRAPH 12B). HOWEVER, THE RECORD SHOWS THAT THE TAXICAB FARES AND THE MILEAGE IN QUESTION, WHICH WERE NOT AUTHORIZED IN ADVANCE, HAVE BEEN DISAPPROVED BY THE OFFICER WHO ISSUED THE TRAVEL ORDERS AND WHO, WE UNDERSTAND, IS VESTED WITH THE AUTHORITY TO AUTHORIZE OR APPROVE SUCH ITEMS. OUR OFFICE MAY NOT UNDERTAKE TO REVISE OR AMEND SUCH ADMINISTRATIVE DETERMINATIONS IN THOSE RESPECTS.

ACCORDINGLY, THE VOUCHER, RETURNED TOGETHER WITH ATTACHMENTS, MAY NOT BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT.