B-88793, OCTOBER 10, 1949, 29 COMP. GEN. 173

B-88793: Oct 10, 1949

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WHICH DUTY WAS CONTEMPLATED AT THE TIME HE LEFT HEADQUARTERS. OTHERWISE PROPER TRAVELING EXPENSES INCIDENT TO TRAVEL FROM THE PLACE OF LEAVE VIA THE TEMPORARY STATION TO HEADQUARTERS NOT TO EXCEED THE COSTS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN INCURRED HAD THE TRAVEL BEEN PERFORMED FROM HEADQUARTERS. WHERE HE WAS ON ANNUAL LEAVE. POTTER WAS ABSENT FROM WASHINGTON ON ANNUAL LEAVE. THERE WAS ISSUED TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION NO. 146-D. A COPY OF WHICH IS ATTACHED TO THE VOUCHER. IT BEING STATED IN YOUR LETTER THAT THE TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION WAS NOT ISSUED PRIOR TO MR. THAT THE RECORDS OF THE BUREAU OF DAIRY INDUSTRY SHOW THAT HIS ATTENDANCE AT THE MEETING WAS ANTICIPATED SEVERAL MONTHS IN ADVANCE AND THAT. FORMAL AUTHORIZATION WOULD HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR TRAVEL FROM WASHINGTON TO MINNEAPOLIS AND RETURN.

B-88793, OCTOBER 10, 1949, 29 COMP. GEN. 173

TRAVELING EXPENSES - INDIRECT ROUTE - TRAVEL FROM PLACE OF LEAVE AN EMPLOYEE WHO, IN ACCORDANCE WITH A TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION ISSUED SUBSEQUENT TO THE TAKING OF ANNUAL LEAVE, PROCEEDED DIRECTLY FROM THE PLACE OF LEAVE TO A PLACE OF TEMPORARY DUTY, WHICH DUTY WAS CONTEMPLATED AT THE TIME HE LEFT HEADQUARTERS, BUT WHO RESUMED A LEAVE STATUS UPON COMPLETION OF SUCH DUTY INSTEAD OF RETURNING DIRECTLY TO HEADQUARTERS, MAY BE ALLOWED, PURSUANT TO THE INDIRECT-ROUTE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPHS 10 AND 49 OF THE TRAVEL REGULATIONS, OTHERWISE PROPER TRAVELING EXPENSES INCIDENT TO TRAVEL FROM THE PLACE OF LEAVE VIA THE TEMPORARY STATION TO HEADQUARTERS NOT TO EXCEED THE COSTS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN INCURRED HAD THE TRAVEL BEEN PERFORMED FROM HEADQUARTERS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL WARREN TO J. M. KEMPER, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, OCTOBER 10, 1949:

THERE HAS BEEN CONSIDERED YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 22, 1949, TRANSMITTING A VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF FRANK E. POTTER, AND REQUESTING DECISION AS TO THE BASIS UPON WHICH TO CERTIFY THE VOUCHER WHICH COVERS THE TRAVELING EXPENSES CLAIMED BY MR. POTTER IN CONNECTION WITH HIS TRAVEL FROM WARBA, MINNESOTA, WHERE HE WAS ON ANNUAL LEAVE, TO MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, TO ATTEND MEETINGS OF THE AMERICAN DAIRY SCIENCE ASSOCIATION AND RETURN TO WASHINGTON, D.C., HIS OFFICIAL STATION.

IT APPEARS THAT WHILE MR. POTTER WAS ABSENT FROM WASHINGTON ON ANNUAL LEAVE, OCCASIONED BY THE SUDDEN DEATH OF HIS FATHER IN WARBA, THERE WAS ISSUED TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION NO. 146-D, DATED JUNE 10, 1949, A COPY OF WHICH IS ATTACHED TO THE VOUCHER, FOR TRAVEL BETWEEN JUNE 18 AND JULY 5 FROM WARBA TO MINNEAPOLIS-1ST. PAUL AND FROM ST. PAUL TO WASHINGTON, FOR THE PURPOSE OF ATTENDING A MEETING OF THE AMERICAN DAIRY SCIENCE ASSOCIATION, IT BEING STATED IN YOUR LETTER THAT THE TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION WAS NOT ISSUED PRIOR TO MR. POTTER'S DEPARTURE FROM WASHINGTON (ON MAY 30, 1949) BECAUSE OF THE SUDDENNESS OF DEPARTURE, BUT THAT THE RECORDS OF THE BUREAU OF DAIRY INDUSTRY SHOW THAT HIS ATTENDANCE AT THE MEETING WAS ANTICIPATED SEVERAL MONTHS IN ADVANCE AND THAT, BUT FOR THE ABSENCE FROM HEADQUARTERS, FORMAL AUTHORIZATION WOULD HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR TRAVEL FROM WASHINGTON TO MINNEAPOLIS AND RETURN. THE VOUCHER NOTATIONS SHOW THAT MR. POTTER LEFT WARBA BY AUTOMOBILE AT 8 A.M., JUNE 20, 1949, FOR MINNEAPOLIS, ARRIVING AT THE LATTER PLACE ON THE SAME DAY AT 2 P.M. NO CHARGE IS CLAIMED FOR THE TRANSPORTATION THERE INVOLVED. ON JUNE 23, 1949, PRESUMABLY UPON COMPLETION OF THE DUTY IN MINNEAPOLIS, HE LEFT THAT PLACE AT 5 P.M. BY RAIL FOR WARBA (FOR WHICH HE PAID $5.59 CASH FARE), ARRIVING AT 12.30 A.M., JUNE 24. HE REMAINED AT WARBA ON ANNUAL LEAVE UNTIL JUNE 30, ON WHICH DATE HE COMMENCED THE RETURN TRIP TO WASHINGTON, AND HE ARRIVED ( SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND) AT 9.20 A.M., ON JULY 2. IN CONNECTION WITH THE RETURN TRIP, TRANSPORTATION AND PULLMAN ACCOMMODATIONS VALUED AT $48.06 WERE SECURED BY THE USE OF GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS. ALSO, THE VOUCHER CONTAINS A NOTATION TO THE EFFECT THAT THE TRAVELER COULD HAVE ARRIVED AT SILVER SPRING ON JUNE 25 AT 8.40 A.M. IF NO LEAVE HAD BEEN TAKEN.

PAYMENT OF $31.50 PER DIEM (5 1/4 DAYS AT $6, APPARENTLY COMPUTED FROM THE TIME OF DEPARTURE FROM WARBA ON JUNE 20, UNTIL THE TIME STATED ON THE VOUCHER THAT HE COULD HAVE ARRIVED AT SILVER SPRING IF HE HAD NOT TAKEN LEAVE) AND 25 CENTS TAXICAB FARE FROM THE DEPOT AT SILVER SPRINGS IS CLAIMED.

SINCE THE RECORD INDICATES (1) THAT, AT THE TIME THE EMPLOYEE LEFT HIS OFFICIAL STATION ON ANNUAL LEAVE, HIS OFFICIAL TRIP TO ATTEND THE MEETINGS AT MINNEAPOLIS DEFINITELY WAS CONTEMPLATED, (2) THAT A TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION FOR TRAVEL DIRECTLY FROM THE PLACE OF LEAVE TO THE TEMPORARY STATION AND RETURN TO HEADQUARTERS HAD BEEN ISSUED PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF OFFICIAL TRAVEL ON JUNE 20, AND (3) THAT A SAVING RESULTS TO THE GOVERNMENT BY REASON OF PERFORMANCE OF THE TRAVEL FROM THE PLACE OF LEAVE RATHER THAN FROM THE OFFICIAL STATION, THE SITUATION HERE PRESENTED REASONABLY MAY BE CONSIDERED AS WITHIN THE RATIONALE OF DECISION OF DECEMBER 9, 1944, 24 COMP. GEN. 443, REFERRED TO BY YOU, AS WELL AS DECISION OF DECEMBER 6, 1926, 6 COMP. GEN. 380, IT HAVING BEEN HELD IN THOSE DECISIONS THAT, UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES THERE INVOLVED, THE EMPLOYEES CONCERNED WERE NOT REQUIRED TO BEAR THE COST OF RETURNING TO HEADQUARTERS FROM A TEMPORARY STATION TO WHICH THEY HAD TRAVELED FROM A PLACE OF LEAVE, WHERE THE LEAVE HAD BEEN AUTHORIZED AND THE TEMPORARY DUTY ORDERED PRIOR TO DEPARTURE FROM HEADQUARTERS. WHILE THE EMPLOYEE HERE CONCERNED RESUMED A LEAVE STATUS UPON COMPLETION OF THE TEMPORARY DUTY AND BEFORE RETURNING TO HIS OFFICIAL STATION--- AND IN THAT RESPECT THE CASE DIFFERS FROM THE CASES CONSIDERED IN THE DECISIONS MENTIONED--- NEVERTHELESS, SUCH RESUMPTION OF LEAVE MAY BE REGARDED AS WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF THE INDIRECT-ROUTE OR INTERRUPTED TRAVEL PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPHS 10 AND 49 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS.

ACCORDINGLY, MR. POTTER MAY BE ALLOWED PER DIEM NOT TO EXCEED THAT PAYABLE AT THE SPECIFIED RATE OF $6 FROM THE TIME IT WAS NECESSARY FOR HIM TO DEPART FROM WARBA TO REACH MINNEAPOLIS IN TIME FOR THE TEMPORARY DUTY UNTIL THE TIME, BUT FOR THE RESUMPTION OF A LEAVE STATUS AND RETURN TO WARBA FOR PERSONAL REASONS, HE COULD HAVE ARRIVED IN WASHINGTON ( SILVER SPRING), AFTER COMPLETION OF THE TEMPORARY DUTY. NO QUESTION WILL BE RAISED AS TO THE USE OF TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS TO SECURE TRANSPORTATION AND PULLMAN ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE PORTION OF THE RETURN TRIP TO WASHINGTON BEGINNING AT MINNEAPOLIS, OR TO REIMBURSEMENT OF THE TAXICAB FARE CLAIMED, IF OTHERWISE CORRECT.

THE VOUCHER, WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH, MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FOREGOING.