B-174640, JAN 21, 1972

B-174640: Jan 21, 1972

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THE EVIDENCE INDICATES THAT CLAIMANT WAS PROPERLY REIMBURSED FOR MILEAGE AND PER DIEM AND. THE PREVIOUS DISALLOWANCE OF THESE ITEMS IS SUSTAINED. SINCE CLAIMANT'S DELAY IN TRAVEL WAS NOT PRIMARILY FOR PERSONAL CONVENIENCE. SINCE THE FARES PAID WERE FOR THE LOWEST COST ACCOMODATIONS AVAILABLE. THE CLAIM FOR ADDITIONAL FARES CHARGED WILL BE ALLOWED. FROWICK: FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 2. IS REQUIRED TO BEAR THE EXTRA EXPENSE RESULTING THEREFROM. THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE DETERMINED THAT YOU COULD HAVE SAILED FROM GENOA. YOUR CLAIM FOR ADDITIONAL REIMBURSEMENT WAS DISALLOWED ON THE BASIS YOU HAD BEEN PROPERLY REIMBURSED. WE HAVE REVIEWED YOUR CLAIM AND DETERMINED THAT YOU WERE PROPERLY REIMBURSED FOR MILEAGE AND PER DIEM.

B-174640, JAN 21, 1972

CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE - REIMBURSEMENT - OFFICIAL TRANSFER - TRAVEL EXPENSES DECISION CONCERNING THE DISALLOWANCE OF A CLAIM BY MR. ROBERT H. FROWICK FOR ADDITIONAL TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION ALLOWANCES INCIDENT TO AN OFFICIAL TRANSFER. THE EVIDENCE INDICATES THAT CLAIMANT WAS PROPERLY REIMBURSED FOR MILEAGE AND PER DIEM AND, THEREFORE, THE PREVIOUS DISALLOWANCE OF THESE ITEMS IS SUSTAINED. HOWEVER, SINCE CLAIMANT'S DELAY IN TRAVEL WAS NOT PRIMARILY FOR PERSONAL CONVENIENCE, AND SINCE THE FARES PAID WERE FOR THE LOWEST COST ACCOMODATIONS AVAILABLE, THE CLAIM FOR ADDITIONAL FARES CHARGED WILL BE ALLOWED.

TO MR. ROBERT H. FROWICK:

FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 2, 1971, REQUESTING RECONSIDERATION OF THE DISALLOWANCE OF YOUR CLAIM FOR ADDITIONAL TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION ALLOWANCES INCIDENT TO YOUR TRANSFER FROM BUCHAREST, RUMANIA, TO NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, PURSUANT TO TRAVEL ORDER NO. 7-60401, JULY 1, 1966, AS AMENDED.

THE RECORD INDICATES THAT YOU TRAVELED BY A CIRCUITOUS ROUTE BY MEANS OF PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE AND BOAT TO ALGECIRAS, SPAIN, AND SAILED TO THE UNITED STATES ON THE SS CONSTITUTION ON AUGUST 23, 1966. UNDER CONTROLLING REGULATIONS A TRAVELER, WHO DEVIATES FROM A USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE OR INTERRUPTS HIS TRAVEL FOR PERSONAL CONVENIENCE, IS REQUIRED TO BEAR THE EXTRA EXPENSE RESULTING THEREFROM. THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE DETERMINED THAT YOU COULD HAVE SAILED FROM GENOA, ITALY, ON JULY 28, 1966, AND REIMBURSED YOU FOR TRAVEL ON A CONSTRUCTIVE DIRECT ROUTE FROM BUCHAREST TO GENOA AND FOR MINIMUM FIRST-CLASS VESSEL FARES ON THE EARLIER SAILING. YOUR CLAIM FOR ADDITIONAL REIMBURSEMENT WAS DISALLOWED ON THE BASIS YOU HAD BEEN PROPERLY REIMBURSED.

WE HAVE REVIEWED YOUR CLAIM AND DETERMINED THAT YOU WERE PROPERLY REIMBURSED FOR MILEAGE AND PER DIEM, AND THAT NO STORAGE OF BAGGAGE WOULD HAVE BEEN REQUIRED IF YOU HAD TRAVELED BY A DIRECT ROUTE. THE DISALLOWANCE OF THESE ITEMS OF YOUR CLAIM IS SUSTAINED.

REGARDING THE VESSEL FARES, WE HAVE DETERMINED THAT YOUR DELAY IN TRAVELING WAS NOT PRIMARILY FOR YOUR PERSONAL CONVENIENCE. IN VIEW OF THIS AND SINCE THE FARES PAID WERE FOR THE LOWEST COST ACCOMMODATIONS AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF ADVANCE BOOKING, REGARDLESS OF THE PORT FROM WHICH YOU SAILED, WE HAVE NOW DETERMINED TO ALLOW YOUR CLAIM FOR THE ADDITIONAL FARES CHARGED. A SETTLEMENT WILL BE ISSUED IN YOUR FAVOR IN DUE COURSE.