B-164168, MAY 24, 1968

B-164168: May 24, 1968

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THE FACTS GIVING RISE TO THE CLAIM ARE RELATED IN YOUR LETTER AS FOLLOWS: "MR. HOMONNAY-PREYER STATES THAT AN ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE ON THE PLANE AS IT APPROACHED THE NATIONAL AIRPORT THAT A CURFEW WAS IN EFFECT FOR THE CITY OF WASHINGTON. IN DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON SINCE HE WAS ADVISED BY THE TAXI DRIVERS THAT THEY COULD NOT GO INTO THE CITY OF WASHINGTON.'. THE CLAIM WAS DISALLOWED ADMINISTRATIVELY BECAUSE OF THE PROVISION OF SECTION 6.9C OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATION THAT FOR PER DIEM ALLOWANCE PURPOSES OFFICIAL TRAVEL TERMINATES WHEN THE AIRPLANE ACTUALLY ARRIVES AT ITS DEPOT. IS THE PERMANENT DUTY STATION OF THE EMPLOYEE. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT THE EMPLOYEE INCURRED ANY ADDITIONAL SUBSISTENCE EXPENSE BECAUSE OF THE EMERGENCY INTERRUPTION TO LOCAL TRANSPORTATION.

B-164168, MAY 24, 1968

TO MR. DONALD W. VINEYARD:

YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 26, 1968, ENCLOSING A VOUCHER FOR $6.50 IN FAVOR OF MR. CHARLES HOMONNAY-PREYER, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE RURAL ELECTRIFICATION ADMINISTRATION, REPRESENTING PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE, REQUESTS OUR DECISION WHETHER THE VOUCHER MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT.

THE FACTS GIVING RISE TO THE CLAIM ARE RELATED IN YOUR LETTER AS FOLLOWS:

"MR. HOMONNAY-PREYER ARRIVED AT THE NATIONAL AIRPORT ON APRIL 5, 1968, AT 10:01 P.M., SPENT THE NIGHT IN THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING, AND LEFT THERE AT 7:00 A.M. ON APRIL 6, 1968, FOR HIS RESIDENCE.

"MR. HOMONNAY-PREYER STATES THAT AN ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE ON THE PLANE AS IT APPROACHED THE NATIONAL AIRPORT THAT A CURFEW WAS IN EFFECT FOR THE CITY OF WASHINGTON. HE ALSO STATES THAT HE COULD NOT GET TRANSPORTATION THAT NIGHT FROM THE AIRPORT TO HIS RESIDENCE AT 924 14TH STREET, W., IN DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON SINCE HE WAS ADVISED BY THE TAXI DRIVERS THAT THEY COULD NOT GO INTO THE CITY OF WASHINGTON.'

THE CLAIM WAS DISALLOWED ADMINISTRATIVELY BECAUSE OF THE PROVISION OF SECTION 6.9C OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATION THAT FOR PER DIEM ALLOWANCE PURPOSES OFFICIAL TRAVEL TERMINATES WHEN THE AIRPLANE ACTUALLY ARRIVES AT ITS DEPOT.

IT APPEARS FROM YOUR LETTER THAT WASHINGTON, D.C., IS THE PERMANENT DUTY STATION OF THE EMPLOYEE. THUS, UNDER THE REGULATION, ABOVE, THERE WOULD GENERALLY BE FOR APPLICATION THE PROHIBITION AGAINST THE ALLOWANCE OF PER DIEM AFTER TIME OF ARRIVAL OF THE PLANE. MOREOVER, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT THE EMPLOYEE INCURRED ANY ADDITIONAL SUBSISTENCE EXPENSE BECAUSE OF THE EMERGENCY INTERRUPTION TO LOCAL TRANSPORTATION.

THEREFORE, ON THE PRESENT RECORD, THE VOUCHER WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH MAY NOT BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT.