B-134066, NOV. 29, 1957

B-134066: Nov 29, 1957

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USN: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 30. WHICH DISALLOWED YOUR CLAIM FOR PER DIEM INCIDENT TO DUTY WHICH YOU SAY WAS PERFORMED AS COMMANDING OFFICER OF COMPOSITE SQUADRON SIX (VC-6). YOU WERE AT THE NAVAL AIR STATION. YOUR CLAIM WAS DISALLOWED BECAUSE IT WAS NOT SUPPORTED BY COMPETENT TEMPORARY DUTY ORDERS WITHIN THE CONTEMPLATION OF PARAGRAPH 3003-2 OF THE JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS. SECNAV INSTRUCTION 7220.19 (ISSUED OVER FOUR YEARS AFTER THE PERIOD FOR WHICH YOU CLAIM PER DIEM) CLARIFIES NAVY DEPARTMENT POLICY WITH REGARD TO THE PAYMENT OF PER DIEM WHERE PROPER WRITTEN ORDERS WERE NOT ISSUED BECAUSE OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE CONCLUSION THAT PER DIEM WAS NOT PAYABLE. THAT MEMBERS CURRENTLY DEPLOYED WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ISSUED WRITTEN TEMPORARY ADDITIONAL DUTY ORDERS WILL BE ISSUED PROPER CONFIRMATORY ORDERS.

B-134066, NOV. 29, 1957

TO CAPTAIN THOMAS F. CONNELLY, USN:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 30, 1957, REQUESTING REVIEW OF THE SETTLEMENT OF JUNE 6, 1957, WHICH DISALLOWED YOUR CLAIM FOR PER DIEM INCIDENT TO DUTY WHICH YOU SAY WAS PERFORMED AS COMMANDING OFFICER OF COMPOSITE SQUADRON SIX (VC-6), U.S. ATLANTIC FLEET AIR FORCE, DURING THE PERIOD DECEMBER 19, 1951, TO APRIL 15, 1952.

THE ITINERARY YOU SUBMITTED IN SUPPORT OF YOUR CLAIM SHOWS THAT WHILE COMPLYING WITH YOUR SQUADRON MOVEMENT DURING THE PERIOD DECEMBER 19, 1951, TO APRIL 15, 1952, YOU WERE AT THE NAVAL AIR STATION, PATUXENT RIVER, MARYLAND; KINDLEY AIR FORCE BASE, BERMUDA; FORT LYAUTEY, FRENCH MOROCCO; AND LAGES AIR FORCE BASE, AZORES. YOUR CLAIM WAS DISALLOWED BECAUSE IT WAS NOT SUPPORTED BY COMPETENT TEMPORARY DUTY ORDERS WITHIN THE CONTEMPLATION OF PARAGRAPH 3003-2 OF THE JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS.

SECNAV INSTRUCTION 7220.19 (ISSUED OVER FOUR YEARS AFTER THE PERIOD FOR WHICH YOU CLAIM PER DIEM) CLARIFIES NAVY DEPARTMENT POLICY WITH REGARD TO THE PAYMENT OF PER DIEM WHERE PROPER WRITTEN ORDERS WERE NOT ISSUED BECAUSE OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE CONCLUSION THAT PER DIEM WAS NOT PAYABLE. THE INSTRUCTION PROVIDES, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT MEMBERS CURRENTLY DEPLOYED WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ISSUED WRITTEN TEMPORARY ADDITIONAL DUTY ORDERS WILL BE ISSUED PROPER CONFIRMATORY ORDERS, AND THAT MEMBERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED A PERIOD OF TEMPORARY DUTY AND WHO, PRIOR TO RECEIPT OF THE SECNAV INSTRUCTION, WERE ISSUED WRITTEN TEMPORARY ADDITIONAL DUTY ORDERS WILL BE PAID THE APPROPRIATE PER DIEM ALLOWANCE. PARAGRAPH 6D OF SUCH INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDES AS FOLLOWS:

"MEMBERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED A PERIOD OF TEMPORARY ADDITIONAL DUTY, FOR WHICH THE REQUIRED WRITTEN ORDERS WERE NOT ISSUED PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THIS INSTRUCTION, WILL NOT BE ISSUED CONFIRMING ORDERS.'

IT APPEARS THAT THE DUTY PERFORMED BY YOU FALLS WITHIN THE COVERAGE OF PARAGRAPH 6D, THUS PRECLUDING ISSUANCE OF CONFIRMING ORDERS IN YOUR CASE.

SECTION 303 (A) OF THE CAREER COMPENSATION ACT OF 1949, AS AMENDED, 63 STAT. 813, AUTHORIZES THE PAYMENT OF TRAVEL ALLOWANCE FOR TRAVEL PERFORMED UNDER COMPETENT ORDERS. COMPETENT ORDERS FOR PER DIEM PURPOSES ARE DEFINED IN PARAGRAPH 3000-3003, JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS. AN EXAMINATION OF THE RECORD SHOWS THAT NO SUCH ORDERS WERE ISSUED IN YOUR CASE. WHERE SUCH COMPETENT ORDERS WERE NOT ISSUED BECAUSE OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE BELIEF THAT PER DIEM WAS NOT PAYABLE AND THE EXPENSES OF TRAVEL WERE OF A MINOR NATURE BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT BOTH GOVERNMENT QUARTERS AND MESSING FACILITIES WERE AVAILABLE, THE QUESTION OF WHETHER PROPER CONFIRMATORY ORDERS WILL BE ISSUED IN AN OTHERWISE PROPER CASE IS A MATTER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE DETERMINATION. PARAGRAPH 6D OF SECNAV INSTRUCTION 7220.19 CONSTITUTES A NEGATIVE ADMINISTRATIVE DETERMINATION IN YOUR CASE. THE FACT THAT A NUMBER OF CLAIMS APPARENTLY SIMILAR TO YOURS MAY HAVE BEEN PAID AFFORDS NO LEGAL BASIS FOR THE ALLOWANCE OF YOUR CLAIM CONTRARY TO THIS ADMINISTRATIVE DETERMINATION.

ACCORDINGLY, THE DISALLOWANCE OF YOUR CLAIM FOR PER DIEM WAS CORRECT AND IS SUSTAINED.