B-127839, JUN. 15, 1956

B-127839: Jun 15, 1956

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YOU WERE ALLOWED. NO. 32140 226.50 BALANCE DUE $114.14 IN YOUR REQUEST FOR REVIEW YOU URGE THAT THE FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS (ONE DRAWING ROOM) ALLOWED IN DETERMINING THE CONSTRUCTIVE COST OF RAIL TRAVEL FOR A FAMILY OF SIX WERE INADEQUATE. CHILDREN 5 TO 12 YEARS OF AGE ARE ENTITLED TO TRAVEL AT ONE-HALF RATE FOR RAIL FARE. ARE CHARGED THE FULL PULLMAN RATES. WHILE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE FOR YOU AND YOUR DEPENDENTS TO TRAVEL IN A DRAWING ROOM IT APPEARS THAT SUCH ACCOMMODATIONS WOULD HAVE BEEN UNDULY CROWDED WITH A FAMILY OF SIX. REIMBURSEMENT FOR PULLMAN FARES WILL BE RECOMPUTED ON THE BASIS OF FOUR LOWER BERTHS AT THE RATE OF $22.55 EACH OR A TOTAL OF $90.20. NO ALLOWANCE WAS MADE IN OUR SETTLEMENT FOR TAXICAB FARES SINCE WE HAVE NO INFORMATION AS TO WHAT SUCH FARES WOULD HAVE BEEN HAD THE TRAVEL BEEN PERFORMED BY RAIL.

B-127839, JUN. 15, 1956

TO MR. THOMAS H. TUTT:

WE REFER TO YOUR RECENT LETTER REQUESTING RECONSIDERATION OF OUR SETTLEMENT OF APRIL 3, 1956, WHICH PARTIALLY DISALLOWED YOUR CLAIM FOR TRAVEL FROM OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, TO KLAMATH FALLS, OREGON, PURSUANT TO A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION.

TRAVEL ORDER ISSUED OCTOBER 11, 1955, DIRECTED YOU TO MAKE AN OFFICIAL CHANGE OF STATION FROM OKLAHOMA CITY TO KLAMATH FALLS, AND AUTHORIZED TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE AT $0.10 PER MILE FOR YOURSELF AND ALSO FOR YOUR DEPENDENTS--- A WIFE AND FOUR CHILDREN--- STATING THAT ,SEPARATE TRANSPORTATION OF DEPENDENTS AUTHORIZED IF DESIRED.' THE TRAVEL ORDER LIMITED REIMBURSEMENT TO COST BY COMMON CARRIER.

BY OUR SETTLEMENT OF APRIL 3, 1956, YOU WERE ALLOWED, FOR THE TRAVEL INVOLVED, $340.64 COMPUTED AS FOLLOWS:

COMPUTATION OF TRAVEL AS ALLOWED HEREIN AS FOLLOWS BASED ON TARIFFS AND SCHEDULES OF TRAVEL ON FILE IN THIS OFFICE:

TABLE

2 ADULT 1ST CLASS FARES AT $71.98 $143.96

2 1/2 1ST CLASS FARES AT 35.99 71.98

DRAWING ROOM 85.70

PER DIEM 8:50 AM 10/17/55 - 9:55 AM

10/20/55 3 1/4 DAYS AT $12.00 39.00

$340.64

PREVIOUSLY ALLOWED ON D.O. VOU. NO. 32140 226.50

BALANCE DUE $114.14

IN YOUR REQUEST FOR REVIEW YOU URGE THAT THE FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS (ONE DRAWING ROOM) ALLOWED IN DETERMINING THE CONSTRUCTIVE COST OF RAIL TRAVEL FOR A FAMILY OF SIX WERE INADEQUATE; THAT OUR COMPUTATIONS FAILED TO INCLUDE CONSTRUCTIVE TAXI FARES; AND THAT WE FAILED TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION IN OUR SETTLEMENT THE FACT THAT YOU USED TWO PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILES TO TRANSPORT YOUR FAMILY.

THE FILE INDICATES THAT YOUR FAMILY CONSISTED OF YOURSELF, WIFE, AND TWO CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 5 AND 12 YEARS AND TWO CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEARS OF AGE. FOR CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEARS OF AGE PULLMAN COMPANY TARIFFS PROVIDE FOR NO CHARGE. THE CHILDREN MUST, HOWEVER, BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT AND SLEEP WITH THE ADULT. CHILDREN 5 TO 12 YEARS OF AGE ARE ENTITLED TO TRAVEL AT ONE-HALF RATE FOR RAIL FARE, BUT ARE CHARGED THE FULL PULLMAN RATES. WHILE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE FOR YOU AND YOUR DEPENDENTS TO TRAVEL IN A DRAWING ROOM IT APPEARS THAT SUCH ACCOMMODATIONS WOULD HAVE BEEN UNDULY CROWDED WITH A FAMILY OF SIX, AND ACCORDINGLY, REIMBURSEMENT FOR PULLMAN FARES WILL BE RECOMPUTED ON THE BASIS OF FOUR LOWER BERTHS AT THE RATE OF $22.55 EACH OR A TOTAL OF $90.20, ENTITLING YOU TO AN ADDITIONAL AMOUNT OF $4.50.

NO ALLOWANCE WAS MADE IN OUR SETTLEMENT FOR TAXICAB FARES SINCE WE HAVE NO INFORMATION AS TO WHAT SUCH FARES WOULD HAVE BEEN HAD THE TRAVEL BEEN PERFORMED BY RAIL. IF SATISFACTORY EVIDENCE OF THE EXPENSE WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN INCURRED FOR CAB FARES HAD YOU TRAVELED BY RAIL IS SUBMITTED, YOUR CLAIM THEREFORE WILL BE GIVEN FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

CONCERNING YOUR VIEW THAT OUR ALLOWANCE SHOULD BE BASED ON THE USE OF TWO AUTOMOBILES, YOUR TRAVEL ORDER WHILE AUTHORIZING SEPARATE TRAVEL FOR YOUR DEPENDENT'S LIMITED THE AGGREGATE REIMBURSABLE COST OF TRANSPORTING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TO THAT NOT EXCEEDING THE COST BY COMMON CARRIER, INCLUDING SAVINGS IN PER DIEM. THUS WE ARE WITHOUT AUTHORITY TO ALLOW AN ADDITIONAL AMOUNT BECAUSE OF THE USE OF TWO AUTOMOBILES. COMPARE 27 COMP. GEN. 57; 32 COMP. GEN. 342.

ACCORDINGLY, OTHER THAN AS TO THE ITEM OF $4.50 FOR WHICH SETTLEMENT WILL ISSUE IN DUE COURSE, OUR SETTLEMENT OF APRIL 3, 1956, IS CORRECT AND MUST BE SUSTAINED.