B-129284, OCT. 31, 1956

B-129284: Oct 31, 1956

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RILEY: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 25. IS GOVERNED BY THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS. IT IS PARTICULARLY NOTED THAT NO TRAVEL ORDERS ISSUED FOR THE RETURN OF YOUR WIFE. THAT YOUR REQUEST FOR HER RETURN TRANSPORTATION WAS SPECIFICALLY REJECTED BY TELEGRAM DATED SEPTEMBER 22. SINCE IT IS WELL ESTABLISHED THAT AN EMPLOYEE ACQUIRES NO GREATER RIGHT TO TRANSPORTATION FOR HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY THAN HE HIMSELF ACQUIRES.

B-129284, OCT. 31, 1956

TO MR. AUGUSTUS L. RILEY:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 25, 1956 (WITH ENCLOSURES), REQUESTING A REVIEW OF OUR SETTLEMENT DATED JUNE 5, 1956, WHICH DISALLOWED YOUR CLAIM FOR THE COST OF TRAVEL PERFORMED BY YOUR WIFE FROM BANGKOK, THAILAND, TO ROME, GEORGIA, DURING OCTOBER 1955, IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR EMPLOYMENT WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ADMINISTRATION.

THE RECORD SHOWS THAT YOU RESIGNED YOUR POSITION WITH THE ABOVE MENTIONED AGENCY EFFECTIVE AT THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS SEPTEMBER 13, 1955, TO ENABLE YOU TO ACCEPT EMPLOYMENT IN BANGKOK WITH THE RAYMOND CONSTRUCTION COMPANY. IN YOUR RESIGNATION (ACCEPTED AS TENDERED), DATED AUGUST 24, 1955, YOU WAIVED YOUR RIGHT TO RETURN TRANSPORTATION AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE, HOWEVER, YOU SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED THAT YOUR WIFE BE FURNISHED RETURN TRANSPORTATION TO YOUR HOME IN THE UNITED STATES, IF POSSIBLE.

OFFICIAL TRAVEL FOR OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES (AND THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILIES) OF THE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ADMINISTRATION AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE, IS GOVERNED BY THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, AS SUPPLEMENTED BY REGULATIONS PROMULGATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE FOR OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE FOREIGN SERVICE. SUCH REGULATIONS PROVIDE THAT ALL TRAVEL SHALL BE OFFICIALLY AUTHORIZED OR APPROVED IN WRITING PRIOR TO PAYMENT OR REIMBURSEMENT FROM GOVERNMENT FUNDS.

IT IS PARTICULARLY NOTED THAT NO TRAVEL ORDERS ISSUED FOR THE RETURN OF YOUR WIFE, AND THAT YOUR REQUEST FOR HER RETURN TRANSPORTATION WAS SPECIFICALLY REJECTED BY TELEGRAM DATED SEPTEMBER 22, 1955, OVER THE NAME OF THE DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ADMINISTRATION. IN VIEW THEREOF, AND SINCE IT IS WELL ESTABLISHED THAT AN EMPLOYEE ACQUIRES NO GREATER RIGHT TO TRANSPORTATION FOR HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY THAN HE HIMSELF ACQUIRES, NO BASIS EXISTS FOR THE PAYMENT OF YOUR CLAIM.

ACCORDINGLY, THE SETTLEMENT OF JUNE 15, 1956, MUST BE SUSTAINED.