Reimbursement for Cost of Special Luncheon

B-64184: Published: Feb 28, 1949. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 1949.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics requested GAO's opinion as to whether a voucher, covering reimbursement for cost of a special luncheon given incident to the graduation ceremonies and presentation of certificates by the Commissioner of Labor Statistics to Latin American students, could be certified for payment. The primary doubt of the matter was due to the fact that several officials representing other Government departments also attended the luncheon.

GAO determined that the cost of the luncheon, insofar as the students and proper officials of the Bureau of Labor Statistics were concerned, constituted a proper charge against the transfer appropriation involved. Inasmuch as the luncheon's purpose was not to furnish entertainment for representatives of other Government agencies and since it was administratively deemed desirable in extending hospitality and cultivating cordial relations to have those Government representatives who were directing and supervising the training program for the students present at the luncheon, reimbursement for the expense incident to their participation also constituted a proper charge against the appropriation. Accordingly, the voucher, if otherwise correct, could be certified for payment.

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