B-31169, JANUARY 2, 1943, 22 COMP. GEN. 588

B-31169: Jan 2, 1943

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GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE - DECISIONS - DISBURSING OFFICERS - NECESSITY FOR PRESENTATION OF SPECIFIC VOUCHER ACCOMPANIED BY COMPLETE STATEMENT OF FACTS THIS OFFICE MAY RENDER A DECISION TO A DISBURSING OFFICER ONLY ON A QUESTION SPECIFICALLY INVOLVED IN A VOUCHER WHICH IS PROPERLY BEFORE HIM FOR PAYMENT. IS SUBMITTED ACCOMPANIED BY A COMPLETE STATEMENT OF FACTS. IT IS REQUESTED THAT A DECISION BE GIVEN THIS OFFICE. THE SUBJECT NAMED MAN IS THE DECLARED FATHER OF A MINOR CHILD BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK. NO DATA AS TO THE RIGHT TO THE ALLOWANCE FOR CHILDREN BORN IN THIS STATUS IS AVAILABLE IN PRESENT REFERENCES. A DECISION WOULD BE REQUIRED BEFORE PAYMENT OF THE ALLOWANCE IS MADE. YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS OFFICE CAN RENDER A DECISION TO A DISBURSING OFFICER ONLY ON A QUESTION SPECIFICALLY INVOLVED IN A VOUCHER WHICH IS PROPERLY BEFORE HIM FOR PAYMENT.

B-31169, JANUARY 2, 1943, 22 COMP. GEN. 588

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE - DECISIONS - DISBURSING OFFICERS - NECESSITY FOR PRESENTATION OF SPECIFIC VOUCHER ACCOMPANIED BY COMPLETE STATEMENT OF FACTS THIS OFFICE MAY RENDER A DECISION TO A DISBURSING OFFICER ONLY ON A QUESTION SPECIFICALLY INVOLVED IN A VOUCHER WHICH IS PROPERLY BEFORE HIM FOR PAYMENT, AND THEN ONLY WHEN THE VOUCHER, PROPERLY CERTIFIED AND APPROVED, IS SUBMITTED ACCOMPANIED BY A COMPLETE STATEMENT OF FACTS.

ASSISTANT COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO ALAN HAMERSLAG, JANUARY 2, 1943:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 28, 1942, AS FOLLOWS:

SUBJECT: RIGHT TO MONEY ALLOWANCE FOR QUARTERS, IN THE CASE OF HUTCHINS, HARLEY W., 212-59-18, GH2C, U.S.N.

1. IT IS REQUESTED THAT A DECISION BE GIVEN THIS OFFICE, AS TO THE SUBJECT MAN'S RIGHT TO MONEY ALLOWANCE FOR QUARTERS.

2. THE SUBJECT NAMED MAN IS THE DECLARED FATHER OF A MINOR CHILD BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK, BOTH THE MOTHER AND CHILD BEING DEPENDENTS SINCE SEPTEMBER 1940. BECAUSE OF THE MOVEMENTS OF THIS VESSEL, HE HAS NOT BEEN IN THE UNITED STATES IN ORDER TO LEGALLY MARRY HIS DEPENDENT WIFE.

3. NO DATA AS TO THE RIGHT TO THE ALLOWANCE FOR CHILDREN BORN IN THIS STATUS IS AVAILABLE IN PRESENT REFERENCES, AND A DECISION WOULD BE REQUIRED BEFORE PAYMENT OF THE ALLOWANCE IS MADE.

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS OFFICE CAN RENDER A DECISION TO A DISBURSING OFFICER ONLY ON A QUESTION SPECIFICALLY INVOLVED IN A VOUCHER WHICH IS PROPERLY BEFORE HIM FOR PAYMENT, AND THEN ONLY WHEN THE VOUCHER, PROPERLY CERTIFIED AND APPROVED, IS SUBMITTED ACCOMPANIED BY A COMPLETE STATEMENT OF FACTS. SEE 25 COMP. DEC. 653.

HOWEVER, ALTHOUGH NO VOUCHER WAS SUBMITTED AND THE FACTS PRESENTED ARE INSUFFICIENT TO ENABLE THIS OFFICE TO MAKE A DETERMINATION, ATTENTION IS INVITED GENERALLY TO 13 COMP. GEN. 439 AND 21 ID. 79.