B-130948, MAR. 22, 1957

B-130948: Mar 22, 1957

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GENE GRAY SMITH: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 22. YOU WERE DETACHED FROM DUTY AT TUSCON. YOU WERE TRANSFERRED FROM DUTY IN JAPAN TO TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE. WHERE THEY WERE TO RESIDE WITH YOUR MOTHER WHILE YOU WERE OVERSEAS. YOU WERE PAID $112.98 FOR TRAVEL CERTIFIED BY YOU TO HAVE BEEN PERFORMED BY YOUR DEPENDENTS FROM WICHITA FALLS. OUR DIVISION OF AUDITS TOOK AN EXCEPTION TO SUCH PAYMENT BECAUSE CLASS Q ALLOTMENT CHECKS WERE NEGOTIATED BY YOUR WIFE IN TUCSON. WHICH INDICATED THAT SHE WAS IN TUCSON AND NOT IN WICHITA FALLS WHEN YOU RECEIVED THE ORDERS OF NOVEMBER 7. THAT SINCE YOU WERE SCHEDULED FOR DISCHARGE IN AUGUST 1952 YOUR WIFE. THAT YOUR TOUR OF DUTY OVERSEAS WAS EXTENDED FOR 6 MONTHS BUT YOU ADVISED YOUR WIFE TO REMAIN IN TUCSON.

B-130948, MAR. 22, 1957

TO MR. GENE GRAY SMITH:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 22, 1957, CONCERNING THE CLAIM OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST YOU FOR TRANSPORTATION OF YOUR DEPENDENT (WIFE) FROM WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS, TO VALLEJO, CALIFORNIA, INCIDENT TO YOUR SERVICE AS STAFF SERGEANT, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE.

BY ORDERS DATED MAY 22, 1951, YOU WERE DETACHED FROM DUTY AT TUSCON, ARIZONA, AND ASSIGNED TO DUTY IN THE FAR EAST. BY ORDERS DATED NOVEMBER 7, NOVEMBER 18, AND DECEMBER 2, 1952, YOU WERE TRANSFERRED FROM DUTY IN JAPAN TO TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA, FOR DUTY. YOU SAY THAT INCIDENT TO YOUR ASSIGNMENT TO DUTY OVERSEAS YOUR DEPENDENTS (WIFE AND INFANT DAUGHTER) TRAVELED TO WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS, WHERE THEY WERE TO RESIDE WITH YOUR MOTHER WHILE YOU WERE OVERSEAS. ON VOUCHER NO. 21449, IN THE FEBRUARY 1953 ACCOUNTS OF F. P. HARDY, YOU WERE PAID $112.98 FOR TRAVEL CERTIFIED BY YOU TO HAVE BEEN PERFORMED BY YOUR DEPENDENTS FROM WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS, TO VALLEJO, CALIFORNIA, INCIDENT TO YOUR PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION ORDERS DATED NOVEMBER 7, 1952. OUR DIVISION OF AUDITS TOOK AN EXCEPTION TO SUCH PAYMENT BECAUSE CLASS Q ALLOTMENT CHECKS WERE NEGOTIATED BY YOUR WIFE IN TUCSON, ARIZONA, IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 1952, WHICH INDICATED THAT SHE WAS IN TUCSON AND NOT IN WICHITA FALLS WHEN YOU RECEIVED THE ORDERS OF NOVEMBER 7, 1952.

IN YOUR LETTER DATED FEBRUARY 22, 1957, YOU SAY, IN SUBSTANCE, THAT SINCE YOU WERE SCHEDULED FOR DISCHARGE IN AUGUST 1952 YOUR WIFE, AT YOUR REQUEST, RETURNED TO TUCSON, ARIZONA, IN MAY 1952; AND THAT YOUR TOUR OF DUTY OVERSEAS WAS EXTENDED FOR 6 MONTHS BUT YOU ADVISED YOUR WIFE TO REMAIN IN TUCSON. ALSO, YOU SAY THAT FOLLOWING YOUR RETURN FROM OVERSEAS FOR DISCHARGE YOUR WIFE AND DAUGHTER TRAVELED FROM TUCSON, ARIZONA, TO VALLEJO, CALIFORNIA.

SINCE YOUR DEPENDENTS TRAVELED FROM WICHITA FALLS TO TUCSON PRIOR TO RECEIPT BY YOU OF THE ORDERS OF NOVEMBER 7, 1952, THAT TRAVEL WAS NOT AUTHORIZED AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS. IT APPEARS, HOWEVER, THAT THEY TRAVELED FROM TUCSON TO VALLEJO FOLLOWING YOUR ASSIGNMENT TO DUTY AT TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA, BY ORDERS DATED NOVEMBER 7, 1952. YOU WERE ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR SUCH TRAVEL, A DISTANCE OF 1,049 MILES, COMPUTED AT THE RATE OF ?06 PER MILE, OR $62.94. YOU WERE PAID $112.98 ON VOUCHER NO. 21449. HENCE, YOU WERE OVERPAID THE AMOUNT OF $50.04, WHICH AMOUNT SHOULD BE REFUNDED TO THE UNITED STATES.