B-165000, AUG. 22, 1968

B-165000: Aug 22, 1968

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G. HOXMEIER: THIS IS IN REPLY TO YOUR LETTER OF JULY 8. MAY BE REIMBURSED $27.50 COVERING TIEDOWN FEES FOR HIS PERSONALLY OWNED AIRPLANE WHICH WAS USED ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS. BASED ON THE SPECIFIC AUTHORIZATION ON THE EMPLOYEE'S TRAVEL ORDERS AND THE DETERMINATION THAT THE COST TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR AIR MILEAGE PLUS TIEDOWN FEES WAS MORE ADVANTAGEOUS TO THE GOVERNMENT THAN AUTO MILEAGE PLUS A PARKING FEE. GEN. 540 HELD THAT THERE IS NO AUTHORITY TO REIMBURSE AN EMPLOYEE FOR TIEDOWN FEES. WHICH ARE COMPARABLE TO PARKING FEES. THE VOUCHER WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH MAY NOT BE PAID.

B-165000, AUG. 22, 1968

TO MR. G. HOXMEIER:

THIS IS IN REPLY TO YOUR LETTER OF JULY 8, 1968, REFERENCE 4650-662, REQUESTING OUR DECISION AS TO WHETHER MR. GEORGE D. CHILDS, AN EMPLOYEE OF YOUR INSTALLATION, MAY BE REIMBURSED $27.50 COVERING TIEDOWN FEES FOR HIS PERSONALLY OWNED AIRPLANE WHICH WAS USED ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS.

YOU DEDUCTED THE FEES ON MR. CHILDS' ORIGINAL TRAVEL VOUCHER ON THE BASIS OF OUR DECISION 41 COMP. GEN. 540. YOU NOW REQUEST OUR DECISION AS TO WHETHER THE FEES MAY BE REIMBURSED, BASED ON THE SPECIFIC AUTHORIZATION ON THE EMPLOYEE'S TRAVEL ORDERS AND THE DETERMINATION THAT THE COST TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR AIR MILEAGE PLUS TIEDOWN FEES WAS MORE ADVANTAGEOUS TO THE GOVERNMENT THAN AUTO MILEAGE PLUS A PARKING FEE.

OUR DECISION 41 COMP. GEN. 540 HELD THAT THERE IS NO AUTHORITY TO REIMBURSE AN EMPLOYEE FOR TIEDOWN FEES, WHICH ARE COMPARABLE TO PARKING FEES, INCURRED WHEN TRAVELING ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS IN A PRIVATELY OWNED AIRPLANE SINCE STATUTORY REGULATIONS ISSUED BY THE BUREAU OF THE BUDGET WHILE AUTHORIZING PARKING FEES FOR AUTOMOBILES DO NOT AUTHORIZE TIEDOWN FEES FOR AIRPLANES. THE PERTINENT REGULATION, SECTION 3.5C (1) (FORMERLY 3.5B (1) ( OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, HAS NOT BEEN CHANGED. IN THE ABSENCE OF A CHANGE IN SUCH REGULATION SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZING TIEDOWN FEES IN ADDITION TO MILEAGE, WE WOULD NOT BE WARRANTED IN APPROVING REIMBURSEMENT OF SUCH FEES.

ACCORDINGLY, THE VOUCHER WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH MAY NOT BE PAID.