B-156992, AUG. 11, 1965

B-156992: Aug 11, 1965

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YOU SAY SUCH TRAVEL WAS ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS. YOUR ENTIRE CLAIM WAS DISALLOWED FOR THE REASONS SET FORTH IN THE LETTER OF JUNE 7. WE ARE NOT AWARE OF THE "LEGAL GROUNDS" TO WHICH YOU REFER. THE MATTER OF AN EMPLOYEE'S DAILY TRANSPORTATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF REPORTING TO HIS REGULAR WORK ASSIGNMENT IS ONE WHICH IS NOT COVERED BY STATUTE OR BY SECTION 3.5 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS. RATHER IS COVERED BY RULE OF DECISION. DID NOT RESULT IN A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE DISTANCE OF YOUR DAILY COMMUTING TO WORK AS WAS THE CASE IN 32 COMP. THE DISALLOWANCE OF THAT PART OF YOUR CLAIM IS SUSTAINED. YOU MAY BE ADVISED THAT WE HAVE NOW DETERMINED TO APPROVE REIMBURSEMENT FOR SUCH TRAVEL.

B-156992, AUG. 11, 1965

TO MR. JOSEPH E. KLINE:

YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 9, 1965, WITH ENCLOSURE, REQUESTS RECONSIDERATION OF YOUR CLAIM FOR THE SUM OF $2,470.20, REPRESENTING MILEAGE WHICH YOU ACCUMULATED DURING THE PERIOD FROM SEPTEMBER 19, 1960, TO JULY 2, 1964. THAT SUM COVERS THE DAILY ROUND-TRIP DISTANCE OF YOUR COMMUTING BETWEEN YOUR RESIDENCE AND YOUR AUDIT ASSIGNMENT AT THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY (NSA), FORT MEADE, MARYLAND, PLUS 14 ROUND TRIPS INTERMITTENTLY FROM THE NSA TO THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE (GAO), WASHINGTON, D.C. YOU SAY SUCH TRAVEL WAS ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS, BUT YOUR ENTIRE CLAIM WAS DISALLOWED FOR THE REASONS SET FORTH IN THE LETTER OF JUNE 7, 1965, FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE FINANCE SECTION, TO YOU, AND THOSE REASONS NEED NOT BE REPEATED HERE.

WE ARE NOT AWARE OF THE "LEGAL GROUNDS" TO WHICH YOU REFER. THE MATTER OF AN EMPLOYEE'S DAILY TRANSPORTATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF REPORTING TO HIS REGULAR WORK ASSIGNMENT IS ONE WHICH IS NOT COVERED BY STATUTE OR BY SECTION 3.5 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, BUT RATHER IS COVERED BY RULE OF DECISION.

AS TO THE "CONDITIONS" UNDER WHICH YOU PERFORMED THE TRAVEL IN QUESTION, AND YOUR REFERENCE TO 32 COMP. GEN. 235, YOUR AUDIT ASSIGNMENT TO THE NSA ON SEPTEMBER 19, 1960, DID NOT RESULT IN A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE DISTANCE OF YOUR DAILY COMMUTING TO WORK AS WAS THE CASE IN 32 COMP. GEN. 235. THEREFORE, THE DISALLOWANCE OF THAT PART OF YOUR CLAIM IS SUSTAINED.

CONCERNING THE 14 TRIPS FROM THE NSA TO THE GAO DURING THE PERIOD IN QUESTION, YOU MAY BE ADVISED THAT WE HAVE NOW DETERMINED TO APPROVE REIMBURSEMENT FOR SUCH TRAVEL. A CHECK WILL BE ISSUED IN YOUR FAVOR IN DUE COURSE.