B-166608, APR. 22, 1969

B-166608: Apr 22, 1969

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CONCERNING THE TIME LIMITATION ON TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION INCIDENT TO A TRANSFER OF OFFICIAL STATION THAT IS APPLICABLE TO THE EMPLOYEE TO WHOM THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLE APPLIES: "3. AN ILLUSTRATION OF THE CIRCUMSTANCE FOR WHICH CLARIFICATION REQUESTED IS: "A. EMPLOYEE'S EFFECTIVE DATE OF TRANSFER IS DECEMBER 1966. "B. EMPLOYEE WAS ADVANCED FUNDS FOR COMPLETION OF MOVE JULY 1968. UNDER THE QUOTED REGULATION THE LIMITATION IS ON THE TIME WITHIN WHICH TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION MUST BEGIN FOLLOWING THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE EMPLOYEE'S TRANSFER OR APPOINTMENT. IT IS NOT A LIMITATION ON THE TIME WITHIN WHICH A CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT MUST BE SUBMITTED. THERE IS NO BASIS UPON WHICH AN OTHERWISE PROPER CLAIM OF AN EMPLOYEE FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR MOVEMENT OF HIS EFFECTS OR TRANSPORTATION OF HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY MAY BE DENIED MERELY BECAUSE SUCH CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT WAS NOT SUBMITTED WITHIN 2 YEARS FROM DATE OF EMPLOYEE'S TRANSFER OR APPOINTMENT.

B-166608, APR. 22, 1969

TO MR. JOHN H. BRANSBY:

WE REFER TO YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 3, 1969, YOUR REFERENCE NABCT-F, CONCERNING THE TIME LIMITATION ON TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION INCIDENT TO A TRANSFER OF OFFICIAL STATION THAT IS APPLICABLE TO THE EMPLOYEE TO WHOM THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLE APPLIES:

"3. AN ILLUSTRATION OF THE CIRCUMSTANCE FOR WHICH CLARIFICATION REQUESTED IS:

"A. EMPLOYEE'S EFFECTIVE DATE OF TRANSFER IS DECEMBER 1966.

"B. EMPLOYEE WAS ADVANCED FUNDS FOR COMPLETION OF MOVE JULY 1968.

"C. EMPLOYEE COMPLETED MOVE BUT HAS NOT SUBMITTED VOUCHER FOR SETTLEMENT OF ADVANCE.'

PARAGRAPH 1.3D OF BUREAU OF THE BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. A-56, REVISED, QUOTED IN PARAGRAPH 1.3D OF APPENDIX A OF THE JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, PROVIDES THAT:

"* * * THE MAXIMUM TIME FOR BEGINNING ALLOWABLE TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION SHALL NOT EXCEED TWO YEARS FROM THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE EMPLOYEE'S TRANSFER OR APPOINTMENT * * *.'

UNDER THE QUOTED REGULATION THE LIMITATION IS ON THE TIME WITHIN WHICH TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION MUST BEGIN FOLLOWING THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE EMPLOYEE'S TRANSFER OR APPOINTMENT. IT IS NOT A LIMITATION ON THE TIME WITHIN WHICH A CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT MUST BE SUBMITTED. ACCORDINGLY, THERE IS NO BASIS UPON WHICH AN OTHERWISE PROPER CLAIM OF AN EMPLOYEE FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR MOVEMENT OF HIS EFFECTS OR TRANSPORTATION OF HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY MAY BE DENIED MERELY BECAUSE SUCH CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT WAS NOT SUBMITTED WITHIN 2 YEARS FROM DATE OF EMPLOYEE'S TRANSFER OR APPOINTMENT.