B-171146, FEB 18, 1971

B-171146: Feb 18, 1971

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TO ATTEND TWO SEMINARS SINCE HE WAS NOT REQUIRED TO BE IN WASHINGTON UNTIL SEPTEMBER 8 EVEN THOUGH HE MISTAKENLY BELIEVED THAT THE EARLY DEPARTURE WAS NECESSARY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EXCURSION AIR FARE RATES. BUNN WAS AUTHORIZED ROUND TRIP TRAVEL BETWEEN DENVER. SUCH TRAVEL WAS TO COMMENCE ON SEPTEMBER 8. BUNN'S ORIGINAL TRAVEL ORDER WAS AMENDED TO INCLUDE A TRIP TO MORGANTOWN. WAS NOT REQUIRED TO COMMENCE TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON UNTIL SEPTEMBER 7. BUNN STATES THAT IT WAS NECESSARY FOR HIM TO DEPART DENVER BY NOON ON FRIDAY. BUNN COULD HAVE USED HIS EXCURSION TICKET FOR ANY ONE OF THREE UNITED AIR LINES FLIGHTS WHICH DEPARTED DENVER ON MONDAY. IN PERFORMING OFFICIAL TRAVEL A GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO PROCEED AS EXPEDITIOUSLY AS HE WOULD IF TRAVELING ON HIS PERSONAL BUSINESS.

B-171146, FEB 18, 1971

CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES - TRAVEL EXPENSES - PER DIEM ADVISING THAT CLINTON O. BUNN MAY BE REIMBURSED PER DIEM BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 7 AND NOT SEPTEMBER 4 FOR TRAVEL PERFORMED BETWEEN DENVER, COLO., AND WASHINGTON, D.C., TO ATTEND TWO SEMINARS SINCE HE WAS NOT REQUIRED TO BE IN WASHINGTON UNTIL SEPTEMBER 8 EVEN THOUGH HE MISTAKENLY BELIEVED THAT THE EARLY DEPARTURE WAS NECESSARY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EXCURSION AIR FARE RATES.

TO MR. ROYAL D. HUGHEY:

THIS REFERS TO YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 26, 1970, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING OUR DECISION WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT THE ENCLOSED VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF MR. CLINTON O. BUNN FOR $145, REPRESENTING PER DIEM AND TAXI FARES.

BY TRAVEL ORDER DATED AUGUST 14, 1970, MR. BUNN WAS AUTHORIZED ROUND TRIP TRAVEL BETWEEN DENVER, COLORADO, AND WASHINGTON, D. C., FOR THE PURPOSE OF ATTENDING TWO SEMINARS. SUCH TRAVEL WAS TO COMMENCE ON SEPTEMBER 8, 1970. HOWEVER, ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1970, MR. BUNN'S ORIGINAL TRAVEL ORDER WAS AMENDED TO INCLUDE A TRIP TO MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA, TO PARTICIPATE IN A MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 8, 1970, WITH BUREAU OF MINES PERSONNEL.

FOR THE TRAVEL BETWEEN DENVER AND WASHINGTON, MR. BUNN PURCHASED AN EXCURSION FARE TICKET COSTING $159. HE DEPARTED DENVER AT 11:50 A.M. ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1970 (UNITED AIR LINES FLIGHT NO. 282), AND ARRIVED AT FRIENDSHIP AIRPORT IN BALTIMORE AT 5:44 P.M. THE SAME DAY. MR. BUNN PERFORMED NO OFFICIAL BUSINESS IN WASHINGTON ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 5), SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 6), OR MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 7, LABOR DAY). ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, HE TRAVELED TO MORGANTOWN TO ATTEND THE MEETING AND RETURNED TO WASHINGTON THAT EVENING. ON HIS RETURN TO DENVER ON SEPTEMBER 16, 1970, MR. BUNN DEPARTED BALTIMORE AT 6:50 P.M. AND ARRIVED IN DENVER 8:20 P.M. THAT EVENING.

FOR THE ABOVE TRAVEL MR. BUNN, WHO EVIDENTLY INCURRED NO EXPENSES FOR LODGING WHILE IN WASHINGTON, HAS CLAIMED PER DIEM OF $10 (IN ACCORDANCE WITH AGENCY REGULATIONS) FOR 12-3/4 DAYS, A TOTAL OF $127.50. YOU QUESTION WHETHER THE EMPLOYEE MAY BE ALLOWED PER DIEM FOR SEPTEMBER 4, 5, AND 6, SINCE HE, HAVING PERFORMED NO OFFICIAL BUSINESS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 8, WAS NOT REQUIRED TO COMMENCE TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON UNTIL SEPTEMBER 7.

IN SUPPORT OF HIS CLAIM FOR 12-3/4 DAYS PER DIEM MR. BUNN STATES THAT IT WAS NECESSARY FOR HIM TO DEPART DENVER BY NOON ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, IN ORDER TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EXCURSION FARE. CONTRARY TO HIS BELIEF, HOWEVER, MR. BUNN COULD HAVE USED HIS EXCURSION TICKET FOR ANY ONE OF THREE UNITED AIR LINES FLIGHTS WHICH DEPARTED DENVER ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, INCLUDING THE SAME UNITED FLIGHT (NO. 282) WHICH HE USED ON SEPTEMBER 4. ALL OF THE FLIGHTS DEPARTED DENVER DURING THE 2ND PER DIEM QUARTER OF THAT DAY.

IN PERFORMING OFFICIAL TRAVEL A GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO PROCEED AS EXPEDITIOUSLY AS HE WOULD IF TRAVELING ON HIS PERSONAL BUSINESS, EVEN THOUGH HE MAY BE REQUIRED TO TRAVEL ON NONWORKDAYS. SEE SECTION 1.2 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS. IN VIEW OF THAT OBLIGATION MR. BUNN'S PER DIEM MUST BE COMPUTED ON THE BASIS OF TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON ON SEPTEMBER 7 RATHER THAN SEPTEMBER 4. SINCE ON THE PRESENT RECORD THERE IS NO BASIS TO ASSUME THAT MR. BUNN WOULD HAVE INCURRED LODGING EXPENSES IN WASHINGTON HAD HE COMMENCED TRAVEL ON SEPTEMBER 7, HE SHOULD BE ALLOWED PER DIEM AT THE RATE OF $10 FOR 9-3/4 DAYS.

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