B-160586, FEB. 1, 1967

B-160586: Feb 1, 1967

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THE AMOUNT WAS DISALLOWED ADMINISTRATIVELY ON HIS PRIOR VOUCHER FOR EXPENSES INCURRED PURSUANT TO TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION NO. 507575 DATED OCTOBER 18. WOLKO WAS INFORMED AROUND NOON OF OCTOBER 18. WHICH WAS PROCESSED AT APPROXIMATELY :30 P.M. YOU SAY THAT IT WAS DECIDED THAT HE WOULD NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT TIME TO GO BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. THAT "HE WAS ORDERED TO TAKE A TAXI TO HIS RESIDENCE. A PROVISION TO THAT EFFECT IS NOT SET OUT IN TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION NO. 507575. OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS PROVIDES IN PERTINENT PART THAT THE HIRE OF TAXICAB (OTHER THAN FOR USE UNDER SECTION 3.1B) WILL BE ALLOWED "IF AUTHORIZED OR APPROVED AS ADVANTAGEOUS TO THE GOVERNMENT WHENEVER THE EMPLOYEE IS ENGAGED ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS WITHIN OR OUTSIDE HIS DESIGNATED POST OF DUTY.'.

B-160586, FEB. 1, 1967

TO AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER:

YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 20, 1966, REFERENCE BFH, ASKS WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY THE ENCLOSED SUPPLEMENTAL TRAVEL VOUCHER FOR $5.50 IN FAVOR OF MR. HOWARD S. WOLKO, NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS EMPLOYEE, REPRESENTING TAXICAB FARE FROM HEADQUARTERS TO HIS RESIDENCE. THE AMOUNT WAS DISALLOWED ADMINISTRATIVELY ON HIS PRIOR VOUCHER FOR EXPENSES INCURRED PURSUANT TO TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION NO. 507575 DATED OCTOBER 18, 1966.

MR. WOLKO WAS INFORMED AROUND NOON OF OCTOBER 18, 1966, THAT HE WOULD BE TRAVELING TO DENVER, COLORADO, LATER THAT DAY. THE ABOVE TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION, WHICH WAS PROCESSED AT APPROXIMATELY :30 P.M., SCHEDULED MR. WOLKO'S DEPARTURE FROM DULLES AIRPORT AT 5:15 P.M. YOU SAY THAT IT WAS DECIDED THAT HE WOULD NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT TIME TO GO BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION--- APPARENTLY REFERRING TO THE LOCAL AND INTERURBAN BUS SERVICES--- FROM HEADQUARTERS TO HIS RESIDENCE TO PACK A SUIT-CASE AND PROCEED TO THE AIRPORT BY FLIGHT TIME, AND THAT "HE WAS ORDERED TO TAKE A TAXI TO HIS RESIDENCE," MCLEAN, VIRGINIA. A PROVISION TO THAT EFFECT IS NOT SET OUT IN TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION NO. 507575.

WE NOTE THAT SECTION 3.4A, FIRST PARAGRAPH, OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS PROVIDES IN PERTINENT PART THAT THE HIRE OF TAXICAB (OTHER THAN FOR USE UNDER SECTION 3.1B) WILL BE ALLOWED "IF AUTHORIZED OR APPROVED AS ADVANTAGEOUS TO THE GOVERNMENT WHENEVER THE EMPLOYEE IS ENGAGED ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS WITHIN OR OUTSIDE HIS DESIGNATED POST OF DUTY.' WE UNDERSTAND THAT USE OF A TAXICAB IN THIS CASE ON OCTOBER 18, 1966, WAS ORDERED INFORMALLY BY AN OFFICER VESTED WITH AUTHORITY TO AUTHORIZE OR APPROVE TRAVEL BY MR. WOLKO. IT IS ASSUMED, THEREFORE, THAT THE USE OF THE TAXICAB IN THIS INSTANCE WAS DEEMED TO BE IN THE INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES WHICH WOULD EMBRACE THE REQUIREMENT UNDER SECTION 3.4A OF A DETERMINATION OF ADVANTAGE TO THE GOVERNMENT.

UNDER SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES AN EXCEPTION WOULD APPEAR WARRANTED TO THE RULE THAT AN EMPLOYEE MUST BEAR THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN HIS HOME AND HIS PLACE OF DUTY AT HIS OFFICIAL STATION (27 COMP. GEN. 1). SEE GENERALLY B-158931, MAY 26, 1966.

THE VOUCHER, WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH, MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT IF OTHERWISE CORRECT.