B-146119, JUL. 24, 1961

B-146119: Jul 24, 1961

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SIEGEL COULD HAVE DEPARTED WASHINGTON. WAS OVER A USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE. THE CONSTRUCTIVE TRAVEL TO SAIGON IS TO BE COMPUTED ON THAT BASIS. AN EMPLOYEE IN A TRAVEL STATUS IS ENTITLED TO REASONABLE HOURS OF REST. WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE EMPLOYEE COULD HAVE DEPARTED FROM LOS ANGELES ON A DAILY FLIGHT BY PAA LEAVING AT 9:30 P.M. WE ARE OF THE VIEW THAT NO LAYOVER IN LOS ANGELES. ARE UNDERSTOOD TO HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FROM HONOLULU TO TOKYO DURING THE PERIOD IN QUESTION. NO LAYOVER IN TOKYO IS CONSIDERED AS PROPER OTHER THAN AWAITING NEXT AVAILABLE TRANSPORTATION. STANDARD TIME AND THE CALENDAR DAY AT PLACE OF COMMENCEMENT OF TRAVEL SHOULD BE USED FOR THE COMPUTATION OF THE ACTUAL ELAPSED TIME SPENT IN TRAVEL IN ORDER TO DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF DAYS OF PER DIEM TO WHICH THE TRAVELER IS ENTITLED.

B-146119, JUL. 24, 1961

TO MR. NEAL J. PRICE, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ADMINISTRATION:

YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 8, 1961, WITH ENCLOSURES, REFERENCE FRD:VEB:3 MA, REQUESTS OUR DECISION WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT A RECLAIM VOUCHER FOR $160.90 IN FAVOR OF MR. LOUIS SIEGEL, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ADMINISTRATION.

MR. SIEGAL DEPARTED WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 29, 1960, AT 4:25 P.M., AND LEFT BALTIMORE'S FRIENDSHIP AIRPORT AT 5:45 P.M., FOR SAIGON, VIETNAM, FOR PERMANENT DUTY. HE TRAVELED VIA LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, HONOLULU, HAWAII, TOKYO, JAPAN, AND ARRIVED AT SAIGON ON AUGUST 4, 1960, AT 9:30 P.M. MR. SIEGEL CLAIMED PER DIEM FOR STOPOVERS AT LOS ANGELES, HONOLULU, AND TOKYO, WITH APPROPRIATE TAXICAB, BUS, AND LIMOUSINE FARES. THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE AUTHORIZED CONSTRUCTIVE TRAVEL ALLOWANCE BY A DIRECT ROUTE AND COMPUTED THE CONSTRUCTIVE TRAVEL UPON THE BASIS THAT MR. SIEGEL COULD HAVE DEPARTED WASHINGTON, D.C., ON AUGUST 2, 1960, VIA UNITED AIR LINES AT 12:00 NOON, ARRIVING IN SAN FRANCISCO AT 3:35 P.M.; LEAVE SAN FRANCISCO 6:30 P.M., BY PAN AMERICAN WORLD AIRWAYS, ARRIVE IN TOKYO AT 6:00 A.M., AUGUST 4; LEAVE TOKYO 9:30 A.M.; ARRIVE IN SAIGON AT 8:30 P.M., THE SAME DAY.

SINCE IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THE TRAVEL AS PERFORMED, VIA LOS ANGELES, WAS OVER A USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE, THE CONSTRUCTIVE TRAVEL TO SAIGON IS TO BE COMPUTED ON THAT BASIS.

AN EMPLOYEE IN A TRAVEL STATUS IS ENTITLED TO REASONABLE HOURS OF REST. WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE EMPLOYEE COULD HAVE DEPARTED FROM LOS ANGELES ON A DAILY FLIGHT BY PAA LEAVING AT 9:30 P.M., AND ARRIVING AT HONOLULU 11:45 P.M., THE SAME DAY. WE ARE OF THE VIEW THAT NO LAYOVER IN LOS ANGELES, OTHER THAN AWAITING SUCH TRANSPORTATION, WOULD BE PROPER. ON THE OTHER HAND, CONSIDERING THE LENGTH OF THE TRIP FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., TO HONOLULU AND FROM HONOLULU TO SAIGON, AND THE ABSENCE OF SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS, A REASONABLE LAYOVER IN HONOLULU WOULD BE ALLOWABLE. DAILY FLIGHTS, EXCEPT MONDAY, ARE UNDERSTOOD TO HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FROM HONOLULU TO TOKYO DURING THE PERIOD IN QUESTION, LEAVING HONOLULU AT 1:30 A.M. UNDER THE ABOVE RULE THE EMPLOYEE WOULD NOT BE REQUIRED TO DEPART ON THE 1:30 A.M. FLIGHT ON THE DAY IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING ARRIVAL IN HONOLULU AT 11:30 P.M., BUT SHOULD BE HELD TO THE SAME FLIGHT A DAY LATER, NO LAYOVER IN TOKYO IS CONSIDERED AS PROPER OTHER THAN AWAITING NEXT AVAILABLE TRANSPORTATION. IT FOLLOWS THAT THE INCIDENTAL TRANSPORTATION FARES BETWEEN AIRPORT AND HOTEL AT LOS ANGELES AND TOKYO WOULD NOT BE ALLOWABLE.

SINCE MR. SIEGEL'S CASE INVOLVES A CROSSING OF THE INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE AND CEASED UPON ARRIVAL AT HIS PERMANENT DUTY STATION AFTER TRAVEL IN EXCESS OF 24 HOURS, STANDARD TIME AND THE CALENDAR DAY AT PLACE OF COMMENCEMENT OF TRAVEL SHOULD BE USED FOR THE COMPUTATION OF THE ACTUAL ELAPSED TIME SPENT IN TRAVEL IN ORDER TO DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF DAYS OF PER DIEM TO WHICH THE TRAVELER IS ENTITLED.

ACTION ON THE VOUCHER WHICH, TOGETHER WITH RELATED PAPERS IS RETURNED, SHOULD BE TAKEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ABOVE.