B-178005, APR 4, 1973

B-178005: Apr 4, 1973

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THERE IS NO PROVISION UNDER SGTR SECTION 3.5C(2)(A) FOR INCLUSION OF TAXI FARES IN THE CONSTRUCTIVE COST OF COMMON CARRIER TRANSPORTATION OTHER THAN TAXI FARES TO AND FROM COMMON CARRIER TERMINALS. MEYERS WAS AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE AT 10 CENTS PER MILE BETWEEN CINCINNATI. THERE WAS ALLOWED THE ROUND-TRIP COST OF TRAVEL BY AIRPLANE FROM CINCINNATI TO WASHINGTON. SECTION 3.5C(2)(A) OF THE SGTR IN EFFECT AT THE TIME PROVIDED IN PERTINENT PART AS FOLLOWS: IN DETERMINING THE CONSTRUCTIVE COMMON CARRIER COST THERE WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED THE USUAL TRANSPORTATION COSTS TO AND FROM THE COMMON CARRIER TERMINALS. THE COST OF EXCESS BAGGAGE WILL BE INCLUDED WHEN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ALLOWED HAD THE TRAVELER USED THE CARRIER UPON WHICH THE CONSTRUCTIVE TRANSPORTATION COSTS ARE DETERMINED.

B-178005, APR 4, 1973

CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE - CONSTRUCTIVE COST OF COMMON CARRIER TRANSPORTATION - INCLUSION OF TAXI FARES DECISION DENYING THE CLAIM OF WILLIAM F. MEYERS, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY FOR ADDITIONAL MILEAGE INCIDENT TO HIS OFFICIAL TRAVEL FROM CINCINNATI, OHIO TO AND AROUND WASHINGTON, D.C. THERE IS NO PROVISION UNDER SGTR SECTION 3.5C(2)(A) FOR INCLUSION OF TAXI FARES IN THE CONSTRUCTIVE COST OF COMMON CARRIER TRANSPORTATION OTHER THAN TAXI FARES TO AND FROM COMMON CARRIER TERMINALS.

TO MR. MARCUS W. PUGH:

THIS REFERS TO YOUR LETTER OF JANUARY 23, 1973, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING AN ADVANCE DECISION AS TO THE PROPRIETY OF CERTIFYING FOR PAYMENT A VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF MR. WILLIAM F. MEYERS IN THE AMOUNT OF $4.20 REPRESENTING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CONSTRUCTIVE COST OF TAXICAB FARE AND MILEAGE FOR USE OF A PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE.

BY TRAVEL ORDER DATED MARCH 22, 1971, MR. MEYERS WAS AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL BY PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE AT 10 CENTS PER MILE BETWEEN CINCINNATI, OHIO, TO WASHINGTON, D. C., AND BETHESDA, MARYLAND, FOR THE PERIOD MARCH 24-25, 1971, THE COST THEREOF NOT TO EXCEED THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION BY COMMON CARRIER. THE TRAVEL ORDER ALSO AUTHORIZED REIMBURSEMENT OF MILEAGE IN AND AROUND WASHINGTON, D. C.

IN DETERMINING THE CONSTRUCTIVE COST OF THE TRANSPORTATION BY COMMON CARRIER, THERE WAS ALLOWED THE ROUND-TRIP COST OF TRAVEL BY AIRPLANE FROM CINCINNATI TO WASHINGTON, D. C., AND RETURN, AND TAXICAB FARES AS AUTHORIZED BY SECTION 3.1B OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS (SGTR).

MR. MEYERS CONTENDS THAT HIS ENTIRE TRAVEL INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTIVE TRAVEL BY TAXICAB BETWEEN HIS MOTEL AND A CONTRACTOR'S OFFICE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED IN COMPARING THE CONSTRUCTIVE COST OF AIR TRAVEL WITH THAT OF THE COST OF TRAVEL ON A MILEAGE BASIS BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE.

SECTION 3.5C(2)(A) OF THE SGTR IN EFFECT AT THE TIME PROVIDED IN PERTINENT PART AS FOLLOWS:

IN DETERMINING THE CONSTRUCTIVE COMMON CARRIER COST THERE WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED THE USUAL TRANSPORTATION COSTS TO AND FROM THE COMMON CARRIER TERMINALS. IN ADDITION, THE COST OF EXCESS BAGGAGE WILL BE INCLUDED WHEN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ALLOWED HAD THE TRAVELER USED THE CARRIER UPON WHICH THE CONSTRUCTIVE TRANSPORTATION COSTS ARE DETERMINED, PROVIDED THE TRAVELER CERTIFIES AS TO THE WEIGHT OF THE BAGGAGE OR PRESENTS OTHER ACCEPTABLE EVIDENCE OF ITS WEIGHT.

NO PROVISION IS MADE IN THE ABOVE REGULATION FOR INCLUSION OF TAXI FARES IN THE CONSTRUCTIVE COST OF COMMON CARRIER TRANSPORTATION OTHER THAN TAXI FARES TO AND FROM COMMON CARRIER TERMINALS. ACCORDINGLY THERE IS NO BASIS FOR MR. MEYERS' CONTENTION AND THE VOUCHER WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH MAY NOT BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT.