B-165087, FEB. 11, 1969

B-165087: Feb 11, 1969

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WILLIAMS AND HIS WIFE WERE AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM WASHINGTON. A GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION REQUEST WAS ISSUED TO MR. THOSE TICKETS ALSO WERE ISSUED BY AMERICAN AIRLINES AT A COST OF $867.25 FOR THE EMPLOYEE'S TRAVEL AND $833.15 FOR HIS WIFE'S TRAVEL. NO REFUND OF THE DIFFERENCE WAS MADE BY THE CARRIER TO EITHER THE EMPLOYEE OR THE GOVERNMENT. 775.60 TO THE CARRIER FOR THE ORIGINAL TICKETS WHICH WERE EXCHANGED. YOU ARE ADVISED THAT ON JANUARY 27.

B-165087, FEB. 11, 1969

TO MR. DONALD R. RAMSEY, CHIEF:

WE AGAIN REFER TO YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 13, 1968, REFERENCE 358 242A, REQUESTING OUR DECISION ON A MATTER INVOLVING THE TRAVEL EXPENSES OF MR. THOMAS V. WILLIAMS, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION, MANILA REGIONAL OFFICE.

BY TRAVEL ORDER DATED AUGUST 3, 1967, MR. WILLIAMS AND HIS WIFE WERE AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., TO MANILA, PHILIPPINES, INCIDENT TO A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION. A GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION REQUEST WAS ISSUED TO MR. WILLIAMS FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUCH TRAVEL.

ON AUGUST 23, 1967, MR. WILLIAMS PRESENTED THE TRANSPORTATION REQUEST TO AMERICAN AIRLINES AND RECEIVED TWO TICKETS FOR THE AUTHORIZED TRAVEL AT A COST OF $887.80 PER TICKET. SUBSEQUENTLY, HOWEVER, MR. WILLIAMS EXCHANGED THE ORIGINAL TICKETS FOR ONES INVOLVING AN INDIRECT ROUTE TO LOS ANGELES AND LOWER CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS. THOSE TICKETS ALSO WERE ISSUED BY AMERICAN AIRLINES AT A COST OF $867.25 FOR THE EMPLOYEE'S TRAVEL AND $833.15 FOR HIS WIFE'S TRAVEL. HOWEVER, NO REFUND OF THE DIFFERENCE WAS MADE BY THE CARRIER TO EITHER THE EMPLOYEE OR THE GOVERNMENT.

SINCE THE RECORD SHOWED THAT THE GOVERNMENT PAID $1,775.60 TO THE CARRIER FOR THE ORIGINAL TICKETS WHICH WERE EXCHANGED, WITHOUT REFUND, FOR ONES COSTING ONLY $1,700.40, YOU REQUESTED OUR DECISION AS TO WHETHER REFUND OF THE OVERPAYMENT SHOULD BE COLLECTED FROM THE EMPLOYEE OR THE CARRIER.

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT ON JANUARY 27, 1969, THE CARRIER IN QUESTION REFUNDED TO THE GOVERNMENT THE SUM OF $75.20, REPRESENTING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE AMOUNT PREVIOUSLY PAID BY THE GOVERNMENT ON THE TRANSPORTATION REQUEST AND THE COST OF THE TICKETS ACTUALLY USED BY THE EMPLOYEE. THEREFORE, THE MATTER NOW MAY BE CONSIDERED CLOSED.