B-147285, OCT. 24, 1961

B-147285: Oct 24, 1961

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BECAUSE NO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WAS AVAILABLE. IN DETERMINING THE CONSTRUCTIVE COST OF THE TRANSPORTATION BY COMMON CARRIER THERE WAS ADMINISTRATIVELY ALLOWED THE ROUND TRIP TRAIN FARES AND TAXICAB FARES AS AUTHORIZED BY SECTION 3.1B OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS. THIS METHOD OF COMPUTATION WAS PROPER. JOHNSON APPARENTLY IS OF THE VIEW THAT HIS ENTIRE TRIP. SUCH TRANSPORTATION WAS NOT AVAILABLE. TAXICABS HIRED FOR USE IN AND AROUND SAN DIEGO AFTER THE EMPLOYEE'S ARRIVAL AT HIS TEMPORARY DUTY STATION WOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED COMMON CARRIERS BUT RATHER ARE CLASSIFIED AS SPECIAL CONVEYANCES UNDER SECTION 3.4A OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS AND THEIR USE IS PERMITTED ON A REIMBURSABLE BASIS ONLY IF AUTHORIZED OR APPROVED AS ADVANTAGEOUS TO THE GOVERNMENT.

B-147285, OCT. 24, 1961

TO MISS BESSIE L. YARBROUGH, THE RENEGOTIATION BOARD:

YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 25, 1961, SUBMITS THE RECLAIM VOUCHER OF MR. FORREST G. JOHNSON FOR $7, COVERING TWO CONSTRUCTIVE TAXICAB FARES, ONE FROM THE CONTRACTOR'S PLANT TO THE EMPLOYEE'S HOTEL, $4.50, THE OTHER FROM THE HOTEL TO THE PLANT, $2.50, WHILE ON TEMPORARY DUTY, BECAUSE NO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WAS AVAILABLE.

MR. JOHNSON'S TRAVEL ORDER AUTHORIZED TRANSPORTATION BY PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE AT 10 CENTS PER MILE BETWEEN LOS ANGELES AND SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, FOR THE PERIOD FEBRUARY 17 TO 19, 1960, THE COST THEREOF NOT TO EXCEED THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION BY COMMON CARRIER.

IN DETERMINING THE CONSTRUCTIVE COST OF THE TRANSPORTATION BY COMMON CARRIER THERE WAS ADMINISTRATIVELY ALLOWED THE ROUND TRIP TRAIN FARES AND TAXICAB FARES AS AUTHORIZED BY SECTION 3.1B OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS. THIS METHOD OF COMPUTATION WAS PROPER.

MR. JOHNSON APPARENTLY IS OF THE VIEW THAT HIS ENTIRE TRIP, INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTIVE TRAVEL BY TAXICAB BETWEEN THE CONTRACTOR'S PLANT AND HIS HOTEL SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS A UNIT IN DETERMINING THE CONSTRUCTIVE COST BY COMMON CARRIER WHICH LIMITED HIS REIMBURSEMENT FOR MILEAGE BETWEEN LOS ANGELES AND SAN DIEGO. FOR TRAVEL WITHIN SAN DIEGO, WHILE ON TEMPORARY DUTY, HE NORMALLY WOULD BE ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE COST OF LOCAL AND AREA TRANSPORTATION BY COMMON CARRIERS, EXCLUDING TAXICABS. SUCH TRANSPORTATION WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

TAXICABS HIRED FOR USE IN AND AROUND SAN DIEGO AFTER THE EMPLOYEE'S ARRIVAL AT HIS TEMPORARY DUTY STATION WOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED COMMON CARRIERS BUT RATHER ARE CLASSIFIED AS SPECIAL CONVEYANCES UNDER SECTION 3.4A OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS AND THEIR USE IS PERMITTED ON A REIMBURSABLE BASIS ONLY IF AUTHORIZED OR APPROVED AS ADVANTAGEOUS TO THE GOVERNMENT. NO SUCH AUTHORIZATION OR APPROVAL APPEARS IN MR. JOHNSON'S TRAVEL ORDER OR ELSEWHERE IN THE RECORD, AND, ACCORDINGLY, HE IS NOT ENTITLED TO HAVE THE CONSTRUCTIVE COST OF SUCH TAXICAB FARES CONSIDERED IN HIS CLAIM FOR TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT. B 132872, OCTOBER 3, 1957.

THE VOUCHER, WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH, MAY NOT BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT IN THE ABSENCE OF THE APPROVAL BY AN APPROPRIATE OFFICIAL THAT THE USE OF SUCH FACILITIES WOULD HAVE BEEN ADVANTAGEOUS TO THE GOVERNMENT.