B-160760, AUG. 21, 1967

B-160760: Aug 21, 1967

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INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS DIRECTED TO TRAVEL FROM PENNSYLVANIA TO MALAYSIA. WHO ACTUALLY BEGAN TRAVEL FROM SPAIN TO HONG KONG MAY NOT BE ALLOWED ADDITIONAL TRAVEL COSTS BASED ON ROUND TRIP FROM NEW YORK SINCE IT IS SHOWN THAT ON THE BASIS OF. TRAVEL OF THREE OTHER PERSONS CLAIMANT WAS ACTUALLY REIMBURSED FOR TRAVEL BY AIR VIA WEST COAST SO THAT A PORTION OF THE FARE FROM NEW YORK WAS PAID. THE RECORD SHOWS THAT YOU WERE AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM YARDLEY. YOUR TRAVEL WAS BY BOAT TO GENOA. RETURN TO NEW YORK VIA THE PACIFIC WOULD HAVE BEEN $1. SINCE THREE OTHER PERSONS PERFORMED THE SAME TRAVEL FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS YOU WERE AUTHORIZED TO PERFORM AND WERE REIMBURSED $1. FOR TRAVEL BY AIR VIA THE WEST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES YOU WERE ALLOWED THAT AMOUNT.

B-160760, AUG. 21, 1967

TRAVEL EXPENSES - CIRCUITOUS ROUTES DECISION TO INDIVIDUAL FOR ADDITIONAL TRAVEL COSTS FOR TRAVEL FOR OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE PROMOTION. INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS DIRECTED TO TRAVEL FROM PENNSYLVANIA TO MALAYSIA, HONG KONG AND RETURN, BUT WHO ACTUALLY BEGAN TRAVEL FROM SPAIN TO HONG KONG MAY NOT BE ALLOWED ADDITIONAL TRAVEL COSTS BASED ON ROUND TRIP FROM NEW YORK SINCE IT IS SHOWN THAT ON THE BASIS OF, TRAVEL OF THREE OTHER PERSONS CLAIMANT WAS ACTUALLY REIMBURSED FOR TRAVEL BY AIR VIA WEST COAST SO THAT A PORTION OF THE FARE FROM NEW YORK WAS PAID.

TO MR. CHARLES LEVY:

THIS REFERS TO YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 26, 1967, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING RECONSIDERATION OF OUR OFFICE SETTLEMENT OF MARCH 6, 1967, WHICH DISALLOWED YOUR CLAIM OF $243.10 REPRESENTING ADDITIONAL COST FOR TRAVEL FROM NEW YORK, NEW YORK, TO KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, VIA BARCELONA, SPAIN.

THE RECORD SHOWS THAT YOU WERE AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM YARDLEY, PENNSYLVANIA, TO KUALA LUMPUR, SINGAPORE, HONG KONG, AND TO SUCH OTHER CITIES IN MALAYSIA AS DIRECTED BY THE OFFICE OF THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE PROMOTION AND RETURN, TO PARTICIPATE IN THE UNITED STATES TRADE MISSION TO MALAYSIA/HONG KONG. YOU SAY THAT IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO UNDERTAKING SUCH ASSIGNMENT YOU TRAVELED AS A MEMBER OF A NEW JERSEY STATE INDUSTRY ORGANIZED MISSION IN EUROPE AT YOUR SOLE COST AND EXPENSE. YOUR TRAVEL WAS BY BOAT TO GENOA, ITALY, AND BY AIRPLANE THE BALANCE OF THE WAY VIA BARCELONA, SPAIN. YOU POINT OUT THAT THE NEW JERSEY MISSION ENDED AT BARCELONA. YOU MADE CLAIM FOR TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES BY THE ROUTES AND MODES OF TRAVEL USED BY YOU FROM NEW YORK. THE COST TO THE GOVERNMENT BY ECONOMY JET FARE TO PERFORM THE TRAVEL AUTHORIZED FROM NEW YORK, VIA BARCELONA, SPAIN, AND RETURN TO NEW YORK VIA THE PACIFIC WOULD HAVE BEEN $1,263.25. HOWEVER, SINCE THREE OTHER PERSONS PERFORMED THE SAME TRAVEL FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS YOU WERE AUTHORIZED TO PERFORM AND WERE REIMBURSED $1,418.90, FOR TRAVEL BY AIR VIA THE WEST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES YOU WERE ALLOWED THAT AMOUNT. THUS, A PORTION OF THE BOAT FARE FROM NEW YORK WAS PAID FOR BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

THE MERITS OF YOUR CLAIM TOGETHER WITH THE ARGUMENTS ADVANCED IN YOUR LETTER OF MARCH 14, 1967, WERE FULLY CONSIDERED AT THE TIME OUR OFFICE SETTLEMENT OF MARCH 6 WAS WRITTEN. THE CONTENTS OF YOUR LETTER OF MARCH 14 HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY CONSIDERED BUT CONTAIN NO MATERIAL INFORMATION OR FACT NOT PREVIOUSLY FULLY CONSIDERED AND, THEREFORE, AFFORD NO BASIS FOR ANY MODIFICATION OF THE CONCLUSION REACHED IN OUR SETTLEMENT OF MARCH 6.

ACCORDINGLY, THE ACTION PREVIOUSLY TAKEN IN THE MATTER MUST BE AFFIRMED.