B-165521, NOV. 19, 1968

B-165521: Nov 19, 1968

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ACTON: REFERENCE IS MADE TO FORM AD-42. WHO IS CLAIMING A MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES ALLOWANCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH BUREAU OF THE BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. LINSTROM WAS TRANSFERRED FROM HONOLULU. LINSTROM REPORTED IN WASHINGTON HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO NEW ORLEANS. THE $75 ITEM WAS SUSPENDED ON THE GROUND THAT ONLY ONE TRANSFER (HONOLULU TO NEW ORLEANS) WAS INVOLVED AND THAT A $200 MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES ALLOWANCE WAS PAID. LINSTROM RECLAIMS THE $75 ITEM AND INDICATES THAT AT THE TIME HE CAME TO WASHINGTON NEITHER HE NOR HIS SUPERIORS WERE AWARE THAT HE WOULD BE MOVED ON TO NEW ORLEANS. LINSTROM WOULD HAVE PERMANENTLY RELOCATED HIS RESIDENCE IN THE WASHINGTON AREA HAD HE NOT BEEN SUBSEQUENTLY TRANSFERRED TO NEW ORLEANS.

B-165521, NOV. 19, 1968

TO MR. G. H. ACTON:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO FORM AD-42, DATED OCTOBER 14, 1968, WHEREIN YOU REQUEST OUR DECISION AS TO WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT A VOUCHER FOR $75 IN FAVOR OF MR. HAROLD R. LINSTROM, AN EMPLOYEE OF YOUR DEPARTMENT, WHO IS CLAIMING A MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES ALLOWANCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH BUREAU OF THE BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. A-56, SECTION 3.1.

MR. LINSTROM WAS TRANSFERRED FROM HONOLULU, HAWAII, TO WASHINGTON, D.C., BY ORDERS DATED APRIL 26, 1967, WITH TRAVEL TO END ON OR ABOUT JUNE 28, 1967. AFTER MR. LINSTROM REPORTED IN WASHINGTON HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, WITH TRAVEL TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT JULY 19, 1967. CLAIMED $200 MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES ALLOWANCE IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSFER TO NEW ORLEANS AND $75 EXPENSES INCURRED FOR AUTOMOBILE TAXES AND TRANSFER OF AUTOMOBILE REGISTRATION AND LICENSES IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSFER TO WASHINGTON. THE $75 ITEM WAS SUSPENDED ON THE GROUND THAT ONLY ONE TRANSFER (HONOLULU TO NEW ORLEANS) WAS INVOLVED AND THAT A $200 MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES ALLOWANCE WAS PAID. MR. LINSTROM RECLAIMS THE $75 ITEM AND INDICATES THAT AT THE TIME HE CAME TO WASHINGTON NEITHER HE NOR HIS SUPERIORS WERE AWARE THAT HE WOULD BE MOVED ON TO NEW ORLEANS.

THE RECORD INDICATES THAT PURSUANT TO HIS TRANSFER ORDERS MR. LINSTROM REPORTED AT HIS NEW OFFICIAL STATION IN WASHINGTON AND INCURRED EXPENSES LISTED IN SECTION 3.1B OF CIRCULAR NO. A-56. IN VIEW OF THIS WE ASSUME THAT MR. LINSTROM WOULD HAVE PERMANENTLY RELOCATED HIS RESIDENCE IN THE WASHINGTON AREA HAD HE NOT BEEN SUBSEQUENTLY TRANSFERRED TO NEW ORLEANS. THEREFORE, WE BELIEVE HE IS ENTITLED TO PAYMENT OF A MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES ALLOWANCE. CF. B-162492, OCTOBER 6, 1967. WE NOTE, HOWEVER, THERE IS NO AUTHORITY TO DENY PAYMENT OF THE MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES ALLOWANCE PRESCRIBED BY SECTION 3.2A (1) OF THE CIRCULAR ON THE BASIS OF ACTUAL EXPENSES INCURRED BY AN EMPLOYEE BEING LESS THAN THE $100 OR $200 ALLOWANCE SPECIFIED THEREIN. B 162691, NOVEMBER 3, 1967.

THE VOUCHER FOR $75 WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT SINCE THAT IS THE ONLY AMOUNT THE EMPLOYEE IS CLAIMING AT THIS TIME.