B-161315, JUN. 13, 1967

B-161315: Jun 13, 1967

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SCHMOOKLER WAS AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM WASHINGTON. TRAVEL WAS TO COMMENCE ON OR ABOUT MARCH 7. THE EMPLOYEE WAS AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL EITHER BY COMMON CARRIER OR BY PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE AT 10 CENTS PER MILE WITH REIMBURSEMENT LIMITED TO COST OF TRAVEL (INCLUDING PER DIEM) BY COMMON CARRIER. WHERE HE WAS FORCED TO DISCONTINUE HIS TRAVEL TO BOSTON BECAUSE OF A SNOW STORM. SCHMOOKLER TO THE EFFECT THAT HE ACTUALLY WAS FORCED TO STOP HIS TRAVEL AT A GAS STATION ON A LIMITED ACCESS HIGHWAY NEAR UNION. HE SAYS THERE WERE NO MOTELS. RESTAURANTS OR OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE OR ACCESSIBLE AND THAT HE WAS INFORMED THAT BOSTON WAS "CLOSED DOWN" BY THE BLIZZARD AND THAT HIS BUSINESS COULD NOT HAVE BEEN PERFORMED EVEN IF HE HAD BEEN ABLE TO REACH BOSTON.

B-161315, JUN. 13, 1967

TO DISBURSING OFFICER:

BY LETTER DATED MARCH 28, 1967, WITH ENCLOSURES, REFERENCE 3500 27:ED:TNS, SER 2843, YOU REQUESTED OUR DECISION AS TO THE ENTITLEMENT OF MR. MICHAEL SCHMOOKLER, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY, TO EXPENSES OF ROUND-TRIP TRAVEL BETWEEN WASHINGTON, D.C., AND UNION, CONNECTICUT, UNDER THE FOLLOWING CIRCUMSTANCES.

BY TRAVEL ORDER NO. T-5254, DATED MARCH 1, 1967, MR. SCHMOOKLER WAS AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., TO BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS, AND RETURN, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PERFORMING TEMPORARY DUTY AT THE RAYTHEON COMPANY. TRAVEL WAS TO COMMENCE ON OR ABOUT MARCH 7, 1967. THE EMPLOYEE WAS AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL EITHER BY COMMON CARRIER OR BY PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE AT 10 CENTS PER MILE WITH REIMBURSEMENT LIMITED TO COST OF TRAVEL (INCLUDING PER DIEM) BY COMMON CARRIER.

MR. SCHMOOKLER ELECTED TO TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE. HE DEPARTED WASHINGTON AT 12 P.M. ON MARCH 6 AND ARRIVED IN NEW YORK CITY AT 6 P.M. AT WHICH PLACE HE SECURED OVERNIGHT LODGINGS. HE DEPARTED NEW YORK THE NEXT MORNING AT 6 A.M. AND TRAVELED AS FAR AS UNION, CONNECTICUT (APPROXIMATELY 70 MILES FROM BOSTON), WHERE HE WAS FORCED TO DISCONTINUE HIS TRAVEL TO BOSTON BECAUSE OF A SNOW STORM. THE EMPLOYEE DECIDED TO RETURN TO WASHINGTON (A DISTANCE OF APPROXIMATELY 372 MILES) AND ARRIVED HERE AT 11 P.M. ON MARCH 7.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION HAS BEEN FURNISHED BY MR. SCHMOOKLER TO THE EFFECT THAT HE ACTUALLY WAS FORCED TO STOP HIS TRAVEL AT A GAS STATION ON A LIMITED ACCESS HIGHWAY NEAR UNION, CONNECTICUT. HE SAYS THERE WERE NO MOTELS, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS OR OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE OR ACCESSIBLE AND THAT HE WAS INFORMED THAT BOSTON WAS "CLOSED DOWN" BY THE BLIZZARD AND THAT HIS BUSINESS COULD NOT HAVE BEEN PERFORMED EVEN IF HE HAD BEEN ABLE TO REACH BOSTON. ALSO, THERE HAS BEEN FURNISHED A STATEMENT FROM MR. SCHMOOKLER'S SUPERVISOR INDICATING THAT THE OFFICIAL BUSINESS WHICH MR. SCHMOOKLER WAS TO PERFORM AT THE RAYTHEON COMPANY SUBSEQUENTLY WAS COMPLETED AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THAT IN SUCH SUPERVISOR'S OPINION MR. SCHMOOKLER EXERCISED MATURE JUDGMENT IN THE MATTER OF RETURNING TO WASHINGTON.

UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES WE PERCEIVE NO OBJECTION TO REIMBURSING MR. SCHMOOKLER FOR THE EXPENSES OF ROUND-TRIP TRAVEL BETWEEN WASHINGTON, D.C., AND UNION, CONNECTICUT. HOWEVER, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TRAVEL ORDER OF MARCH 1, 1967, SUCH REIMBURSEMENT IS TO BE LIMITED TO THE COSTS OF COMMON CARRIER TRANSPORTATION AND RELATED PER DIEM. SEE SECTIONS C6152, C10156 AND C10157 OF VOLUME 2, JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS.