B-173113, JUL 26, 1971

B-173113: Jul 26, 1971

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SINCE THE RECORD INDICATES THAT CLAIMANT WOULD HAVE BEEN ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT EXCEPT FOR AN OVERSIGHT IN MARKING HIS FORM 6500-140. AS THE EXPENSES ARE PROPERLY ITEMIZED AND VERIFIED. PAST APPROVAL OF EXPENSES IS NOT OBJECTIONABLE. RAAKA: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED MAY 19. FAILED TO CHECK THE BOX IN ITEM 6 INDICATING THAT HE WAS REQUESTING APPROVAL FOR TEMPORARY QUARTERS AND SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES. R5- 29 7 4483 WAS ISSUED ON JULY 29. AUTHORIZATION FOR TEMPORARY QUARTERS AND SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES WAS OMITTED. SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES SUCH AS MEALS AND LAUNDRY ARE ITEMIZED AND THE CLAIM IS SUPPORTED BY A RECEIPT FOR LODGING IN CONFORMITY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF SECTION 2.5D OF OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET CIRCULAR NO.

B-173113, JUL 26, 1971

CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE - TEMPORARY QUARTERS ALLOWANCE - POST APPROVAL DECISION ALLOWING CLAIM OF MR. GARY GUNTER FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF $488.76, REPRESENTING HIS EXPENSES FOR TEMPORARY QUARTERS AND SUBSISTANCE INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH HIS TRANSFER OF DUTY STATIONS. SINCE THE RECORD INDICATES THAT CLAIMANT WOULD HAVE BEEN ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT EXCEPT FOR AN OVERSIGHT IN MARKING HIS FORM 6500-140, ITEM 6, AUTHORIZATION FOR TEMPORARY QUARTERS, AND AS THE EXPENSES ARE PROPERLY ITEMIZED AND VERIFIED, PAST APPROVAL OF EXPENSES IS NOT OBJECTIONABLE.

TO MR. D. W. RAAKA:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED MAY 19, 1971, REFERENCE 6540, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING A DECISION FROM OUR OFFICE AS TO THE PROPRIETY OF CERTIFYING FOR PAYMENT A VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF MR. GARY GUNTER FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF $488.76, REPRESENTING HIS CLAIM FOR TEMPORARY QUARTERS ALLOWANCE IN CONNECTION WITH TRANSFER OF HIS OFFICIAL DUTY STATION FROM THE UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST, REGION 6, TO THE LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST, REGION 5, IN SEPTEMBER 1970.

THE RECORD SHOWS THAT THE EMPLOYEE FILED FORM 6500-140, INDIVIDUAL'S REQUEST FOR AUTHORIZATION, ON JULY 6, 1970, BUT FAILED TO CHECK THE BOX IN ITEM 6 INDICATING THAT HE WAS REQUESTING APPROVAL FOR TEMPORARY QUARTERS AND SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES. CONSEQUENTLY, WHEN TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION NO. R5- 29 7 4483 WAS ISSUED ON JULY 29, 1970, AUTHORIZATION FOR TEMPORARY QUARTERS AND SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES WAS OMITTED.

THE RECORD FURTHER SHOWS THAT MR. GUNTER AND HIS FAMILY MOVED INTO TEMPORARY QUARTERS ON SEPTEMBER 30, 1970, AND VACATED THE QUARTERS ON OCTOBER 29, 1970. SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES SUCH AS MEALS AND LAUNDRY ARE ITEMIZED AND THE CLAIM IS SUPPORTED BY A RECEIPT FOR LODGING IN CONFORMITY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF SECTION 2.5D OF OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. A-56, REVISED JUNE 26, 1969. THERE IS A STATEMENT IN THE RECORD BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER TO THE EFFECT THAT MR. GUNTER WAS ENTITLED TO TEMPORARY QUARTERS AND SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES AND THAT SUCH WOULD HAVE BEEN APPROVED HAD THE EMPLOYEE INDICATED SO IN THE APPROPRIATE BOX OF HIS FORM 6500-14).

YOU ASK IF UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES MR. GUNTER'S CLAIM FOR TEMPORARY QUARTERS AND SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES COULD BE POST APPROVED. SINCE THE RECORD INDICATES THAT AUTHORIZATION WOULD HAVE BEEN GRANTED BUT FOR THE ERROR OF OMISSION TO REQUEST SAME, WE OFFER NO OBJECTION TO POST APPROVAL OF THE EXPENSES, AND CERTIFICATION OF THE VOUCHER.

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