B-72430, MARCH 11, 1948, 27 COMP. GEN. 509

B-72430: Mar 11, 1948

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ACTUALLY WERE RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES AND WHO WERE REQUIRED TO TRAVEL TO POSTS OF DUTY OUTSIDE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES. IN WHICH IT WAS STATED THAT THE GENERAL PURPOSE OF SECTION 7 OF PUBLIC LAW 600 WAS TO FACILITATE THE RECRUITMENT OF PERSONNEL AND IN WHICH IT WAS HELD THAT THIS OFFICE WOULD NOT OBJECT TO THE PAYMENT OF EXPENSES OF A NEW APPOINTEE RESIDING IN HAWAII (AN ORGANIZED TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES) AND APPOINTED TO A POST OF DUTY IN ALASKA (A POINT OUTSIDE THE CONTINENTAL LIMITS OF THE UNITED STATES). WHILE ONE OF THE PURPOSES OF SECTION 7 OF PUBLIC LAW 600 WAS TO FACILITATE THE RECRUITMENT OF PERSONNEL FOR DUTY OUTSIDE THE CONTINENTAL LIMITS OF THE UNITED STATES. IT PRIMARILY WAS INTENDED FOR APPLICATION TO CASES OF PERSONS WHO.

B-72430, MARCH 11, 1948, 27 COMP. GEN. 509

TRAVELING EXPENSES - CIVILIANS APPOINTED FOR DUTY OVERSEAS - RESIDENCE AND POST OF DUTY IN ALASKA THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 7 OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSE STATUTE OF AUGUST 2, 1946, AUTHORIZING PAYMENT OF THE EXPENSES OF TRAVEL OF NEW APPOINTEES TO PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT OUTSIDE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES BEING PRIMARILY APPLICABLE TO PERSONS WHO, AT THE TIME OF APPOINTMENT, ACTUALLY WERE RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES AND WHO WERE REQUIRED TO TRAVEL TO POSTS OF DUTY OUTSIDE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES, SUCH EXPENSES OF TRAVEL MAY NOT BE PAID TO A NEW APPOINTEE RESIDING IN ALASKA AND APPOINTED FOR DUTY AT A POST ALSO IN ALASKA. 26 COMP. GEN. 679, DISTINGUISHED.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL WARREN TO THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, MARCH 11, 1948:

THERE HAS BEEN CONSIDERED YOUR LETTER OF JANUARY 2, 1948, REQUESTING DECISION AS TO "WHETHER OR NOT" THIS OFFICE WOULD OBJECT TO THE PAYMENT, UNDER SECTION 7 OF PUBLIC LAW 600, APPROVED AUGUST 2, 1946, 60 STAT. 806, 808, OF "TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES OF AN APPOINTEE RESIDING IN ALASKA AND APPOINTED FOR DUTY AT A POST, ALSO IN ALASKA.'

YOUR LETTER REFERS TO OFFICE DECISION OF MARCH 18, 1947, 26 COMP. GEN. 679, IN WHICH IT WAS STATED THAT THE GENERAL PURPOSE OF SECTION 7 OF PUBLIC LAW 600 WAS TO FACILITATE THE RECRUITMENT OF PERSONNEL AND IN WHICH IT WAS HELD THAT THIS OFFICE WOULD NOT OBJECT TO THE PAYMENT OF EXPENSES OF A NEW APPOINTEE RESIDING IN HAWAII (AN ORGANIZED TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES) AND APPOINTED TO A POST OF DUTY IN ALASKA (A POINT OUTSIDE THE CONTINENTAL LIMITS OF THE UNITED STATES).

WHILE ONE OF THE PURPOSES OF SECTION 7 OF PUBLIC LAW 600 WAS TO FACILITATE THE RECRUITMENT OF PERSONNEL FOR DUTY OUTSIDE THE CONTINENTAL LIMITS OF THE UNITED STATES, IT PRIMARILY WAS INTENDED FOR APPLICATION TO CASES OF PERSONS WHO, AT THE TIME OF THEIR APPOINTMENT, ACTUALLY WERE RESIDENTS OF THIS COUNTRY AND WHO WERE REQUIRED TO TRAVEL TO POSTS OF DUTY BEYOND THE CONTINENTAL LIMITS OF THE UNITED STATES. SEE PAGE 6 OF HOUSE REPORT 2186, 79TH CONGRESS. ALTHOUGH IN DECISION OF MARCH 18, 1947, 26 COMP. GEN. 679, SUPRA, THE ACT WAS INTERPRETED AS COVERING A NEW APPOINTEE WHO RESIDED IN HAWAII AND WHO WAS REQUIRED TO TRAVEL TO A POST OF DUTY IN ALASKA, SINCE, IN THE INSTANT CASE, THE NEW APPOINTEES WOULD NOT BE REQUIRED TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF ALASKA, THE TERRITORY IN WHICH THEY WOULD BE HIRED, I AM CONSTRAINED TO THE VIEW THAT THE PAYMENT OF THEIR TRAVELING AND TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES TO THEIR POSTS OF DUTY WOULD NOT BE AUTHORIZED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 7 OF PUBLIC LAW 600.