B-128245, JUL. 24, 1956

B-128245: Jul 24, 1956

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SHOWS THAT THE EMPLOYEE WAS AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM KING SALMON. AUTHORIZATION WAS INCLUDED IN THOSE ORDERS FOR TRANSPORTATION OF ONE MEMBER OF THE EMPLOYEE'S IMMEDIATE FAMILY IN ACCORDANCE WITH PUBLIC LAW 737. 68 STAT. 1008 AND THAT MEMBER IS IDENTIFIED THEREIN AS HIS WIFE. THE EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT NO REQUEST WAS MADE BY THE EMPLOYEE TO HAVE THE TRAVEL ORDER INCLUDE AN AUTHORIZATION FOR TRAVEL OF THE STEPSON. THE TRAVEL ORDER SHOWS THAT AN ESTIMATED COST OF THE TRAVEL WAS $869.25. IT SEEMS THAT THE VALUE OF GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION REQUEST COVERING TRANSPORTATION OF THE EMPLOYEE AND HIS WIFE WAS $754.80. SUBSEQUENTLY IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE EMPLOYEE WAS MARRIED WHILE IN THE UNITED STATES ON LEAVE.

B-128245, JUL. 24, 1956

TO MISS GENEVIEVE B. CROW, AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, CIVIL AERONAUTICS ADMINISTRATION:

YOUR LETTER OF MAY 29, 1956, TRANSMITTING FOR ADVANCE DECISION A VOUCHER IN THE AMOUNT OF $110.75 IN FAVOR OF ROBERT E. DOLAN REPRESENTING PER DIEM AND MISCELLANEOUS TRAVEL EXPENSES FOR HIS ROUND TRIP TRAVEL BETWEEN ALASKA AND THE UNITED STATES PLUS TRANSPORTATION OF A DEPENDENT STEPSON FROM PORTLAND, OREGON, TO KING SALMON, ALASKA, BY COMMERCIAL PLANE, HAS BEEN FORWARDED HERE BY LETTER DATED JUNE 8, 1956, OF THE BUDGET AND FINANCE OFFICER, CIVIL AERONAUTICS ADMINISTRATION. SPECIFICALLY YOUR DOUBT CONCERNS THE ALLOWANCE OF TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES OF HIS WIFE AND STEPSON, BOTH EVIDENTLY ACQUIRED WHILE ON LEAVE IN THE UNITED STATES.

THE RECORD SHOWS THAT THE EMPLOYEE HAD COMPLETED A 2-YEAR ALASKAN ASSIGNMENT AND EXECUTED A NEW 2-YEAR AGREEMENT BEFORE RETURNING TO THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES FOR THE PURPOSE OF TAKING LEAVE PRIOR TO SERVING THE NEW 2-YEAR TERM. THE TRAVEL ORDER DATED DECEMBER 6, 1955, SHOWS THAT THE EMPLOYEE WAS AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM KING SALMON, ALASKA, TO WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, AND RETURN BY COMMON CARRIER. AUTHORIZATION WAS INCLUDED IN THOSE ORDERS FOR TRANSPORTATION OF ONE MEMBER OF THE EMPLOYEE'S IMMEDIATE FAMILY IN ACCORDANCE WITH PUBLIC LAW 737, 68 STAT. 1008 AND THAT MEMBER IS IDENTIFIED THEREIN AS HIS WIFE. THE EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT NO REQUEST WAS MADE BY THE EMPLOYEE TO HAVE THE TRAVEL ORDER INCLUDE AN AUTHORIZATION FOR TRAVEL OF THE STEPSON. THE TRAVEL ORDER SHOWS THAT AN ESTIMATED COST OF THE TRAVEL WAS $869.25. ALSO, IT SEEMS THAT THE VALUE OF GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION REQUEST COVERING TRANSPORTATION OF THE EMPLOYEE AND HIS WIFE WAS $754.80. SUBSEQUENTLY IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE EMPLOYEE WAS MARRIED WHILE IN THE UNITED STATES ON LEAVE. HOWEVER, THE WIFE'S TRANSPORTATION FROM WORCESTER TO KING SALMON ONLY EVIDENTLY WAS INCLUDED ON THE GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION REQUEST.

UPON THE PRESENT RECORD THE USE OF THE GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION FOR THE TRAVEL OF THE WIFE TO ALASKA WAS PROPER BUT SINCE THE TRAVEL ORDERS DID NOT AUTHORIZE THE STEPSON'S TRANSPORTATION, THE COST OF SUCH TRANSPORTATION FROM PORTLAND, TO KING SALMON, MAY NOT BE PAID. HOWEVER, SINCE THE EMPLOYEE IS NOT MAKING CLAIM ON THE VOUCHER FOR THE COST OF TRANSPORTING HIS STEPSON, LESS THE AMOUNT OF THE TAX, AND SINCE UNDER PARAGRAPH 5 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS TRAVEL MAY BE EITHER AUTHORIZED OR APPROVED, UPON ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL THEREOF, OUR OFFICE WOULD NOT BE REQUIRED TO OBJECT TO ALLOWANCE OF THE STEPSON'S TRANSPORTATION FROM PORTLAND, OREGON, TO KING SALMON, ALASKA, BY COMMERCIAL PLANE. SEE THE DEFINITION OF "IMMEDIATE FAMILY" EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9805, NOVEMBER 25, 1946. PAYMENT OF THE TAX, HOWEVER, IS NOT AUTHORIZED, SINCE IT APPEARS THAT THE FAILURE TO USE A GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION REQUEST FOR THE STEPSON'S TRANSPORTATION IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE EMPLOYEE.

THE VOUCHER, WITH RELATED PAPERS, IS RETURNED HEREWITH AND MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT, IF OTHERWISE CORRECT.