B-167301, JUL. 25, 1969

B-167301: Jul 25, 1969

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THE QUESTION IS WHETHER EMPLOYEE MAY BE PAID MILEAGE IN LIEU OF TAXICAB FARE FROM RESIDENCE TO AIRPORT 45 MILES OR MILEAGE FROM OFFICE TO AIRPORT 10 MILES. CAVE: THIS IS IN REPLY TO YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 10. PAYMENT ON A MILEAGE BASIS AT THE RATE OF $0.10 PER MILE WILL BE ALLOWED. THE AMOUNT OF MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT WILL NOT EXCEED. PARAGRAPH C9001 STATES THAT THE USUAL TAXICAB FARES WILL BE ALLOWED IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 6. ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL OR PART OF THE DISTANCE TO OR FROM TERMINALS. APPARENTLY THE REGULATIONS CITED ARE INTENDED TO APPLY IN THE SAME MANNER AS THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS (SGTR). REIMBURSEMENT WILL BE ALLOWED FOR THE USUAL TAXICAB AND AIRPORT LIMOUSINE FARES.

B-167301, JUL. 25, 1969

CIVIL PAY - MILEAGE - TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE LODGING HE MAY BE PAID IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 3. 1B, STANDARDIZED DECISION TO FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING OFFICER OF CORPS OF ENGINEERS AS TO AMOUNT PAYABLE FOR TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE TO OFFICIAL STATION WHERE HE PERFORMED DUTIES FOR 1-1/4 HOURS AND THEN TRAVELED TO AIRPORT FOR DEPARTURE ON TEMPORARY DUTY. THE QUESTION IS WHETHER EMPLOYEE MAY BE PAID MILEAGE IN LIEU OF TAXICAB FARE FROM RESIDENCE TO AIRPORT 45 MILES OR MILEAGE FROM OFFICE TO AIRPORT 10 MILES. SINCE EMPLOYEE PERFORMED TEMPORARY DUTY REQUIRING AT LEAST ONE NIGHT'S GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS MILEAGE FROM RESIDENCE TO OFFICE AS WELL AS MILEAGE FROM OFFICE TO AIRPORT, NOT TO EXCEED COST OF ONE WAY TAXI FARE.

TO MR. L. H. CAVE:

THIS IS IN REPLY TO YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 10, 1969, REFERENCE SAMCM-F, REQUESTING OUR DECISION AS TO THE PROPER AMOUNT PAYABLE OF A PORTION OF A VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF MR. WILLIAM T. HAWKINS, AN EMPLOYEE OF YOUR AGENCY. ON JANUARY 27, 1969, MR. HAWKINS TRAVELED BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE TO HIS OFFICIAL DUTY STATION IN MOBILE, ALABAMA, PERFORMED NORMAL DUTIES FOR A PERIOD OF APPROXIMATELY AN HOUR AND A QUARTER, AND THEN TRAVELED TO THE AIRPORT FOR DEPARTURE ON A TEMPORARY DUTY ASSIGNMENT. YOU ASK WHETHER MR. HAWKINS SHOULD BE PAID MILEAGE AT THE RATE OF 10 CENTS PER MILE IN LIEU OF REIMBURSEMENT FOR TAXICAB FARE FROM HIS RESIDENCE TO THE AIRPORT VIA HIS OFFICE, A DISTANCE OF 45 MILES, OR PAID MILEAGE FROM HIS OFFICE TO THE AIRPORT, A DISTANCE OF 10 MILES.

PARAGRAPH C 10153, JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, VOLUME 2, PROVIDES IN PERTINENT PART AS FOLLOWS:

"IN LIEU OF REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE USE OF A TAXICAB UNDER PAR. C9001, PAYMENT ON A MILEAGE BASIS AT THE RATE OF $0.10 PER MILE WILL BE ALLOWED, WHEN CLAIMED FOR THE USE OF A PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE AS FOLLOWS:

* * * * * * * "3. MILEAGE FROM AN EMPLOYEE'S PLACE OF ABODE TO PERMANENT DUTY STATION ON THE DAY HE DEPARTS FROM HIS PERMANENT DUTY STATION ON TEMPORARY DUTY REQUIRING AT LEAST ONE NIGHT'S LODGING AND FROM PERMANENT DUTY STATION TO PLACE OF ABODE ON THE DAY EMPLOYEE RETURNS TO HIS PERMANENT DUTY STATION FROM SUCH TEMPORARY DUTY (HOWEVER, THE AMOUNT OF MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT WILL NOT EXCEED, IN EITHER INSTANCE, THE ONE-WAY TAXI FARE AS AUTHORIZED IN PAR. C9001, PLUS TIP BETWEEN THE APPLICABLE POINTS).' PARAGRAPH C9001 STATES THAT THE USUAL TAXICAB FARES WILL BE ALLOWED IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 6, PART C, BETWEEN THE POINTS AUTHORIZED THEREIN. PARAGRAPH C6101 PROVIDES IN PERTINENT PART AS FOLLOWS: "1. USE OF TAXICABS. OFFICIALS DIRECTING TRAVEL MAY RESTRICT THE USE OF TAXICABS WHEN SUITABLE GOVERNMENT-OWNED OR LEASED OR COMMON CARRIER FACILITIES, INCLUDING AIRPORT LIMOUSINE SERVICE, ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL OR PART OF THE DISTANCE TO OR FROM TERMINALS. UNLESS SO RESTRICTED, EMPLOYEES IN A TEMPORARY DUTY TRAVEL STATUS MAY UTILIZE TAXICABS BETWEEN:

* * * * * * * "5. PLACE OF ABODE OR PERMANENT DUTY STATION AND COMMON CARRIER OR OTHER TERMINAL,"6. PLACE OF ABODE AND PERMANENT DUTY STATION ON THE DAYS OF DEPARTURE FROM AND RETURN TO PERMANENT DUTY STATION INCIDENT TO TEMPORARY DUTY REQUIRING AT LEAST ONE NIGHT'S LODGING.'

APPARENTLY THE REGULATIONS CITED ARE INTENDED TO APPLY IN THE SAME MANNER AS THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS (SGTR), AS AMENDED BY TRANSMITTAL MEMORANDUM NO. 7, APRIL 7, 1967. SUBSECTION 3.5C (1) OF THE SGTR PROVIDES FOR PAYMENT ON A MILEAGE BASIS IN LIEU OF ALLOWABLE TAXICAB FARES IN SECTION 3.1B OF THE SGTR WHICH PROVIDES IN PERTINENT PART AS FOLLOWS:

"B. REIMBURSEMENT WILL BE ALLOWED FOR THE USUAL TAXICAB AND AIRPORT LIMOUSINE FARES, WHEN APPROPRIATE, PLUS TIP, FROM COMMON CARRIER OR OTHER TERMINAL TO EITHER THE EMPLOYEE'S HOME OR PLACE OF BUSINESS, FROM THE EMPLOYEE'S HOME OR PLACE OF BUSINESS TO COMMON CARRIER OR OTHER TERMINAL, OR BETWEEN AN AIRPORT AND AIRPORT LIMOUSINE TERMINAL. HOWEVER, AN AGENCY SHOULD, WHEN APPROPRIATE, RESTRICT THE USE OF TAXICABS UNDER THIS SUBSECTION OR PLACE MONETARY LIMITS ON THE AMOUNT OF TAXICAB REIMBURSEMENT WHEN SUITABLE GOVERNMENT OR COMMON CARRIER TRANSPORTATION SERVICE, INCLUDING AIRPORT LIMOUSINE SERVICE, IS AVAILABLE FOR ALL OR A PART OF THE DISTANCE INVOLVED.

"IN ADDITION, REIMBURSEMENT MAY BE AUTHORIZED OR APPROVED FOR THE USUAL TAXICAB FARES, PLUS TIP, FROM THE EMPLOYEE'S HOME TO HIS OFFICE ON THE DAY HE DEPARTS FROM HIS OFFICE ON AN OFFICIAL TRIP REQUIRING AT LEAST ONE NIGHT'S LODGING AND FROM HIS OFFICE TO HIS HOME ON THE DAY HE RETURNS TO HIS OFFICE FROM THE TRIP.'

IN VIEW OF THE ABOVE AND SINCE MR. HAWKINS PERFORMED TEMPORARY DUTY REQUIRING AT LEAST ONE NIGHT'S LODGING, HE MAY BE PAID MILEAGE FROM HIS RESIDENCE TO HIS OFFICE AS WELL AS MILEAGE FROM HIS OFFICE TO THE AIRPORT ASSUMING, OF COURSE, THAT SUCH PAYMENT DOES NOT EXCEED THE ONE WAY TAXI FARE.

THE VOUCHER IS RETURNED HEREWITH FOR HANDLING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FOREGOING.