B-151571, JUN. 10, 1963

B-151571: Jun 10, 1963

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THE RECORD FURTHER SHOWS THAT THE EMPLOYEE WAS AUTHORIZED TO USE HIS AUTOMOBILE FOR TRAVEL IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND ADJACENT VICINITY IT HAVING BEEN DETERMINED THAT SUCH MODE OF TRANSPORTATION WAS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF AND MORE ADVANTAGEOUS TO THE UNITED STATES. THAT IT WAS NECESSARY FOR HIM TO TRANSPORT CHARTS. WE ARE INFORMALLY ADVISED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE THAT MR. WAS SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT BUSINESS. ARE RETURNED HEREWITH AND MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT IF OTHERWISE CORRECT.

B-151571, JUN. 10, 1963

TO THE ACTING CHIEF, ACCOUNTING AND REPORTS MANAGEMENT DIVISION AND AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION:

YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 11, 1963, REQUESTS OUR DECISION WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT THE TRANSMITTED VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF JAMES R. PHIPPARD, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY, COVERING PAYMENT FOR MILEAGE PERFORMED BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE.

THE RECORD SHOWS MR. PHIPPARD TRAVELED BY BLANKET TRAVEL AUTHORITY FROM HIS HOME AT SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA, TO HIS OFFICIAL DUTY STATION IN WASHINGTON, D.C., ON FEBRUARY 7, 1963. AT THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON THAT DAY HE PROCEEDED TO MT. VERNON, VIRGINIA, ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS. UPON CONCLUSION OF HIS OFFICIAL BUSINESS HE RETURNED TO HIS HOME AT SPRINGFIELD. THE FOLLOWING MORNING, FEBRUARY 8, 1963, HE USED HIS AUTOMOBILE IN COMMUTING TO HIS HEADQUARTERS FOR THE PURPOSE OF RETURNING GOVERNMENT PROPERTY WHICH HE HAD CARRIED ON TO HIS HOME PRESUMABLY BECAUSE OF THE LATENESS OF THE HOUR AFTER COMPLETION OF THE ASSIGNMENT.

MR. PHIPPARD NOW CLAIMS REIMBURSEMENT FOR MILEAGE DURING THIS PERIOD FROM HIS HOME AT SPRINGFIELD TO MT. VERNON VIA WASHINGTON AND THENCE TO SPRINGFIELD ON FEBRUARY 7, 1963, AND FROM SPRINGFIELD TO WASHINGTON AND RETURN ON FEBRUARY 8, 1963.

THE RECORD FURTHER SHOWS THAT THE EMPLOYEE WAS AUTHORIZED TO USE HIS AUTOMOBILE FOR TRAVEL IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND ADJACENT VICINITY IT HAVING BEEN DETERMINED THAT SUCH MODE OF TRANSPORTATION WAS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF AND MORE ADVANTAGEOUS TO THE UNITED STATES, AND THAT IT WAS NECESSARY FOR HIM TO TRANSPORT CHARTS, MAPS AND DRAWINGS TO BE USED AS AN ADJUNCT TO HIS LECTURE AT MT. VERNON. FURTHERMORE, WE ARE INFORMALLY ADVISED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE THAT MR. PHIPPARD ORDINARILY USES PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN HIS HOME AND OFFICE AND THAT THE USE OF HIS CAR ON FEBRUARY 7-8, 1963, WAS SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT BUSINESS.

UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES WE DO NOT OBJECT TO THE PAYMENT OF MILEAGE BETWEEN THE EMPLOYEE'S RESIDENCE AND HIS PLACE OF DUTY AT HIS OFFICIAL STATION.

THE VOUCHER, TOGETHER WITH RELATED PAPERS, ARE RETURNED HEREWITH AND MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT IF OTHERWISE CORRECT.