B-162720, FEB. 16, 1968

B-162720: Feb 16, 1968

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EMPLOYEE WHO WAS AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL BY AIR CARRIER BETWEEN ROBBINS AIR FORCE BASE AND POINT MUGU. WHO TRAVELED BY PRIVATELY-OWNED VEHICLE TAKING THREE DAYS WAS IN AN EXCESS TRAVEL TIME STATUS AND ANNUAL LEAVE IS PROPERLY CHARGEABLE. SANDERS: FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 28. WOULD HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FOR DUTY THERE ON THAT DATE HAD THERE BEEN A WORK ASSIGNMENT. THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION IN YOUR CASE WAS PREDICATED UPON A CONSTRUCTION DEPARTURE FROM ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE BY AIR CARRIER AT 0833 HOURS. IN THE LIGHT OF THAT RECOMMENDATION WITH WHICH WE CONCUR WE ARE INSTRUCTING THE CLAIMS DIVISION OF OUR OFFICE TO MODIFY ITS SETTLEMENT TO REFLECT THE ALLOWANCE OF PER DIEM BEGINNING WITH THREE-FOURTHS OF A DAY ON JULY 2.

B-162720, FEB. 16, 1968

TRAVEL EXPENSES - EXCESS TIME COMPUTATION DECISION TO AIR FORCE EMPLOYEE SUSTAINING DISALLOWANCE OF CLAIM FOR ANNUAL LEAVE CREDIT FOR 8 HOURS OF EXCESS TRAVEL TIME INCIDENT TO TEMPORARY DUTY AT POINT MUGU, CALIFORNIA. EMPLOYEE WHO WAS AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL BY AIR CARRIER BETWEEN ROBBINS AIR FORCE BASE AND POINT MUGU, CAL. BUT WHO TRAVELED BY PRIVATELY-OWNED VEHICLE TAKING THREE DAYS WAS IN AN EXCESS TRAVEL TIME STATUS AND ANNUAL LEAVE IS PROPERLY CHARGEABLE.

TO MR. CLYDE F. SANDERS:

FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 28, 1967, AND OURS OF DECEMBER 27, 1967, CONCERNING YOUR REQUEST FOR REVIEW OF GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE SETTLEMENT OF SEPTEMBER 25, 1967, WHICH DISALLOWED YOUR CLAIM FOR AN ANNUAL LEAVE CREDIT OF 8 HOURS CHARGED FOR JULY 1, 1966, BECAUSE OF EXCESS TRAVEL TIME AND FOR ADDITIONAL PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE INCIDENT TO YOUR TEMPORARY DUTY ASSIGNMENT TO POINT MUGU, CALIFORNIA, FROM ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, AS A CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE DURING JUNE AND JULY 1966.

BY ITS LETTER OF JANUARY 30, 1968, THE DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE INFORMED US THAT IT HAS BEEN ABLE TO CORROBORATE YOUR STATEMENT THAT YOU REPORTED FOR DUTY AT POINT MUGU ON JULY 3, 1966, AND WOULD HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FOR DUTY THERE ON THAT DATE HAD THERE BEEN A WORK ASSIGNMENT.

IN VIEW OF THAT FINDING THE DEPARTMENT NOW RECOMMENDS THAT YOUR CONSTRUCTIVE TRAVEL BY AIR CARRIER FROM ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE TO POINT MUGU BE REGARDED AS BEGINNING AT 0833 HOURS ON SATURDAY, JULY 2, 1966, WITH ARRIVAL AT THE TEMPORARY DUTY STATION AT 1641 HOURS OF THE SAME DAY. THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION IN YOUR CASE WAS PREDICATED UPON A CONSTRUCTION DEPARTURE FROM ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE BY AIR CARRIER AT 0833 HOURS, JULY 4, 1966.

IN THE LIGHT OF THAT RECOMMENDATION WITH WHICH WE CONCUR WE ARE INSTRUCTING THE CLAIMS DIVISION OF OUR OFFICE TO MODIFY ITS SETTLEMENT TO REFLECT THE ALLOWANCE OF PER DIEM BEGINNING WITH THREE-FOURTHS OF A DAY ON JULY 2, 1966.

CONCERNING YOUR CLAIM FOR AN ADJUSTMENT OF YOUR ANNUAL LEAVE ACCOUNT, THE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THAT YOU DEPARTED YOUR PERMANENT DUTY STATION BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE AT 1830 HOURS ON TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 1966. SINCE YOUR TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE ON WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 30 AND JULY 1, 1966, RESPECTIVELY, WAS IN EXCESS OF THE TRAVEL TIME THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN REQUIRED HAD YOU TRAVELED BY AIR CARRIER, DEPARTING YOUR PERMANENT DUTY STATION ON JULY 2, IT APPEARS THAT ANNUAL LEAVE WAS PROPERLY CHARGED FOR THOSE DAYS.

THEREFORE, THAT PART OF OUR OFFICE SETTLEMENT WHICH DISALLOWED YOUR CLAIM FOR ADJUSTMENT OF YOUR LEAVE MUST BE SUSTAINED.