B-152626, NOV. 18, 1963

B-152626: Nov 18, 1963

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HE IS NOT ENTITLED TO PAYMENT OF ADDITIONAL MILEAGE. IF THAT REFERENCE IS INTENDED AS A CLAIM FOR THE COMMUTED RATE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF SUCH GOODS.

B-152626, NOV. 18, 1963

TO MR. CHARLES H. LUCAS, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR:

YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 2, 1963, REFERENCE 375, ASKS WHETHER A RECLAIM VOUCHER IN THE AMOUNT OF $55.70, THE SUM ADMINISTRATIVELY DEDUCTED FROM A PRIOR VOUCHER, MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT. SPECIFICALLY, YOU ASK WHETHER THE EMPLOYEE MAY BE PAID MILEAGE AT THE RATE OF 12 CENTS PER MILE.

THE TRAVEL ORDERS HERE INVOLVED AUTHORIZED TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY-OWNED AUTOMOBILE AT THE RATE OF 12 CENTS PER MILE NOT TO EXCEED COST BY COMMON CARRIER. THE CLAIMANT HAS BEEN PAID AT THAT RATE SUBJECT TO THE LIMITATION IN HIS TRAVEL ORDERS THAT MILEAGE MAY NOT EXCEED THE COST OF THE TRAVEL BY COMMON CARRIER. THEREFORE, HE IS NOT ENTITLED TO PAYMENT OF ADDITIONAL MILEAGE. IN VIEW THEREOF, THE VOUCHER, RETURNED HEREWITH, MAY NOT BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT.

WE NOTE THAT THE RECLAIM VOUCHER REFERS TO THE TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS IN THE EMPLOYEE'S PRIVATELY-OWNED AUTOMOBILE. IF THAT REFERENCE IS INTENDED AS A CLAIM FOR THE COMMUTED RATE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF SUCH GOODS, SEE OUR DECISION TO YOU OF TODAY, B 152697, CONCERNING THE CLAIM OF MR. EDWARD J. PAUL.