B-146206, APR. 8, 1963

B-146206: Apr 8, 1963

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HIS TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION WAS CHANGED TO DIRECT TRAVEL FROM ATLANTA TO WASHINGTON FOR DUTY THERE INSTEAD OF AT TRIESTE. BATOR WAS IN HOUSTON AND THUS COULD NOT AVOID THE EXPENSE OF THE CIRCUITOUS TRAVEL HE HAD PLANNED WHEN HE WAS SCHEDULED TO RETURN TO ITALY. SINCE HE WAS NO LONGER TO RETURN TO ITALY AFTER HOME LEAVE BUT WAS TO BE ASSIGNED TO DUTY IN WASHINGTON THE SAVINGS HE EXPECTED TO REALIZE BY RETURNING TO ITALY ECONOMY CLASS DID NOT MATERIALIZE. THE CLAIMS DIVISION OF OUR OFFICE COMPUTED THE CONSTRUCTIVE COST OF THE TRAVEL ON THE BASIS OF WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN EXPENDED FOR THE TRANSFER OF MR. BATOR TO WASHINGTON AND HIS INDEBTEDNESS WAS FIXED AT THE AMOUNT IN EXCESS OF SUCH CONSTRUCTIVE COST.

B-146206, APR. 8, 1963

TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED STATES INFORMATION AGENCY:

WE REFER TO THE LETTER OF YOUR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (ADMINISTRATION), DATED MARCH 5, 1963, CONCERNING THE INDEBTEDNESS OF MR. EDMUND A. BATOR, YOUR CLAIM NUMBER IA-1-5, WHICH AROSE FROM HIS CIRCUITOUS TRAVEL AS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE UNITED STATES INFORMATION AGENCY DURING THE PERIOD MAY 31 TO AUGUST 7, 1960.

TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION NO. 0-01105, MAY 6, 1960, PROVIDED FOR THE TRAVEL OF MR. BATOR AND HIS FAMILY FROM FLORENCE, ITALY, TO ATLANTA, GEORGIA, FOR LEAVE PURPOSES (VIA WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR CONSULTATION) AND RETURN TO TRIESTE, ITALY, HIS NEW POST OF DUTY. UPON ARRIVAL IN WASHINGTON FROM FLORENCE, MR. BATOR, FOR PERSONAL REASONS, EXCHANGED THE FIRST CLASS AIR TICKETS HE HAD PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED FOR TRAVEL FROM ATLANTA TO MILAN, ITALY, FOR ECONOMY-CLASS AIR TICKETS FROM ATLANTA TO MILAN, AND FOR TICKETS OF VARIOUS CLASSES FOR TRAVEL FROM WASHINGTON TO ATLANTA VIA NEW BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, AND HOUSTON, TEXAS. ON JULY 8, 1960, HIS TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION WAS CHANGED TO DIRECT TRAVEL FROM ATLANTA TO WASHINGTON FOR DUTY THERE INSTEAD OF AT TRIESTE. AT THAT TIME MR. BATOR WAS IN HOUSTON AND THUS COULD NOT AVOID THE EXPENSE OF THE CIRCUITOUS TRAVEL HE HAD PLANNED WHEN HE WAS SCHEDULED TO RETURN TO ITALY. SINCE HE WAS NO LONGER TO RETURN TO ITALY AFTER HOME LEAVE BUT WAS TO BE ASSIGNED TO DUTY IN WASHINGTON THE SAVINGS HE EXPECTED TO REALIZE BY RETURNING TO ITALY ECONOMY CLASS DID NOT MATERIALIZE. THIS RESULTED IN THE COST OF THE CIRCUITOUS TRAVEL HE PERFORMED WHILE ON HOME LEAVE BEING IN EXCESS OF THE TOTAL COST OF THE TRAVEL AS FINALLY AUTHORIZED. THE CLAIMS DIVISION OF OUR OFFICE COMPUTED THE CONSTRUCTIVE COST OF THE TRAVEL ON THE BASIS OF WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN EXPENDED FOR THE TRANSFER OF MR. BATOR TO WASHINGTON AND HIS INDEBTEDNESS WAS FIXED AT THE AMOUNT IN EXCESS OF SUCH CONSTRUCTIVE COST.

THE CONSTRUCTIVE COST AS COMPUTED BY OUR CLAIMS DIVISION WAS THE MAXIMUM COST PAYABLE BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE AUTHORIZED TRAVEL. WE KNOW OF NO AUTHORITY UNDER WHICH THE GOVERNMENT MAY PAY COSTS IN EXCESS OF THAT AMOUNT EVEN THOUGH MR. BATOR RELIED UPON HIS TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION AND INFORMATION FURNISHED TO HIM BY OFFICIALS OF YOUR AGENCY.

THEREFORE, MR. BATOR IS INDEBTED TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR $278.84, THE EXCESS COST OF THE TRAVEL PERFORMED DURING THE PERIOD MAY 31 THROUGH AUGUST 7, 1960. THAT INDEBTEDNESS SHOULD BE COLLECTED IN THE USUAL MANNER.