B-128957, SEP. 4, 1956

B-128957: Sep 4, 1956

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THE CLAIMANT WAS DIRECTED TO PROCEED FROM FORT GEORGE G. " WHICH IS DEFINED IN SR 320-50-1. AS MEANING "AUTHORITY IS GRANTED TO MAKE SUCH CHANGES IN ABOVE ITINERARY AND TO PROCEED TO SUCH ADDITIONAL PLACES AS MAY BE NECESSARY FOR ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THIS MISSION.'. FROM THE FACTS YOU APPEAR TO CONCLUDE THAT THE EXTRA VISITS TO SUCH POINTS WERE "REPEATED AVEL.'. "BLANKET TRAVEL RDERS" ARE DEFINED AS ORDERS ISSUED TO MEMBERS WHO REGULARLY AND FREQUENTLY MAKE TRIPS AWAY FROM THEIR PERMANENT DUTY STATIONS WITHIN CERTAIN GEOGRAPHICAL LIMITS IN THE PERFORMANCE OF REGULAR ASSIGNED DUTIES. STATEMENT THAT "AUTHORITY IS GRANTED TO MAKE SUCH CHANGES IN ABOVE ITINERARY AND TO PROCEED TO SUCH ADDITIONAL PLACES AS MAY BE NECESSARY FOR ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THIS MISSION.

B-128957, SEP. 4, 1956

TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL J. L. RYAN, FC, DISBURSING OFFICER, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY:

BY 2D INDORSEMENT OF AUGUST 10, 1956, THE CHIEF OF FINANCE FORWARDED HERE YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 29, 1956, SUBMITTING FOR ADVANCE DECISION A VOUCHER COVERING PAYMENT TO SERGEANT FIRST CLASS RICHARD N. MORLOCK, RA 36888661, OF MILEAGE AND PER DIEM FOR TRAVEL AND DUTY PERFORMED DURING THE PERIOD MAY 25, 1956, TO JUNE 15, 1956.

BY PARAGRAPH 1, SPECIAL ORDERS NO. 66, DATED MAY 23, 1956, THE CLAIMANT WAS DIRECTED TO PROCEED FROM FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, MARYLAND, ON OR ABOUT MAY 25, 1956, TO SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, LODI, CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON, D.C., ON TEMPORARY DUTY FOR APPROXIMATELY 30 DAYS, AND UPON COMPLETION OF THE TEMPORARY DUTY TO RETURN TO FORT GEORGE G. MEADE. THE ORDERS CONTAIN THE ABBREVIATION "CIPAP," WHICH IS DEFINED IN SR 320-50-1, DATED NOVEMBER 23, 1953, AS MEANING "AUTHORITY IS GRANTED TO MAKE SUCH CHANGES IN ABOVE ITINERARY AND TO PROCEED TO SUCH ADDITIONAL PLACES AS MAY BE NECESSARY FOR ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THIS MISSION.'

YOUR DOUBT IN THE MATTER ARISES BECAUSE THE VOUCHER INDICATES THAT SERGEANT MORLOCK MADE MORE THAN ONE TRIP TO POINTS ON HIS ITINERARY AS MODIFIED UNDER AUTHORITY OF THE CIPAP ABBREVIATION. FROM THE FACTS YOU APPEAR TO CONCLUDE THAT THE EXTRA VISITS TO SUCH POINTS WERE "REPEATED AVEL.' YOU REFER TO A RULING OF THE CHIEF OF FINANCE, MADE ON JANUARY 16, 1952," THAT CIPAP DOES NOT PERMIT MORE THAN ONE (1) TRIP TO THE SAME POINTS IN THE SAME DIRECTION SINCE ANY ADDITIONAL TRIPS WOULD CONSTITUTE REPEATED TRAVEL, REQUIRING THE ISSUANCE OF NEW ORDERS.'

IN PARAGRAPH 3003-4, SUBPARAGRAPH A, CHANGE 1, JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, "BLANKET TRAVEL RDERS" ARE DEFINED AS ORDERS ISSUED TO MEMBERS WHO REGULARLY AND FREQUENTLY MAKE TRIPS AWAY FROM THEIR PERMANENT DUTY STATIONS WITHIN CERTAIN GEOGRAPHICAL LIMITS IN THE PERFORMANCE OF REGULAR ASSIGNED DUTIES. THE REGULATION STATES, ALSO, THAT REPEATED TRAVEL ORDERS ALLOW ANY NECESSARY NUMBER OF ROUND-TRIP JOURNEYS FROM THE PERMANENT DUTY STATION TO AND FROM OR BETWEEN SPECIFIED LOCATIONS. SUBPARAGRAPH B EXPLAINS THAT BLANKET OR REPEATED TRAVEL ORDERS DO NOT EXPIRE UPON THE MEMBER'S RETURN TO HIS PERMANENT DUTY STATION, BUT CONTINUE IN EFFECT UNTIL EXPIRATION BY TIME LIMIT OR BY AUTOMATIC CANCELLATION UPON DETACHMENT FROM PERMANENT DUTY STATION TO WHICH SUCH ORDERS PERTAIN OR UPON REVOCATION.

PARAGRAPH 9, AR 310-25, DATED JANUARY 18, 1955, PROVIDES THAT:

"F. STATEMENT THAT "AUTHORITY IS GRANTED TO MAKE SUCH CHANGES IN ABOVE ITINERARY AND TO PROCEED TO SUCH ADDITIONAL PLACES AS MAY BE NECESSARY FOR ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THIS MISSION," INDICATED BY THE ABBREVIATION "CIPAP," WILL BE USED WHEN NECESSARY IN THE ISSUANCE OF TEMPORARY DUTY ORDERS.'

INASMUCH AS THE TEMPORARY DUTY ORDERS ISSUED TO SERGEANT MORLOCK EXPIRED BY THEIR OWN TERMS UPON HIS RETURN TO HIS PERMANENT DUTY STATION, IT SEEMS CLEAR THAT THOSE ORDERS--- WHICH PERMITTED FLEXIBLE ITINERARY AS CONTEMPLATED BY PARAGRAPH 9F, AR 310-25--- WERE NOT "BLANKET" TRAVEL ORDERS OR "REPEATED" TRAVEL ORDERS WITHIN THE DEFINITIONS OF THOSE TERMS AS SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPH 3003-4, JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS. THUS, THE RESTRICTIONS, CONTAINED IN PARAGRAPHS 3B AND 3D, AR 310-25, CITED IN YOUR LETTER, DO NOT APPLY.

ACCORDINGLY, SINCE THE TRAVEL PERFORMED BY SERGEANT MORLOCK, AS SHOWN BY HIS ITINERARY ON THE VOUCHER, WAS NOT BLANKET TRAVEL OR REPEATED TRAVEL--- THERE BEING BUT ONE TRIP AWAY FROM HIS PERMANENT DUTY STATION--- PAYMENT ON THE VOUCHER IS AUTHORIZED, IF OTHERWISE CORRECT. THE VOUCHER, TOGETHER WITH THE SUPPORTING PAPERS, IS RETURNED.