B-98498, OCTOBER 30, 1950, 30 COMP. GEN. 173

B-98498: Oct 30, 1950

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1950: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 29. IT IS STATED IN YOUR LETTER THAT THE EXPENSES WERE INCURRED BY MR. THAT THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT STORAGE SPACE CONVENIENTLY ACCESSIBLE FOR DAYTIME PARKING IN THE PARTICULAR PLACES OF BUSINESS IN THOSE CITIES. THAT THE EMPLOYEE COULD FIND NO PARKING SPACE ON THE STREET WITHIN A REASONABLE DISTANCE "EXCEPT THOSE SPACES WHICH ARE UNDER THE METERED PARK SYSTEM. BECAUSE OF THE VALUABLE GOVERNMENT EQUIPMENT AND RECORDS WHICH WERE STORED IN THE CAR FOR USE IN HIS INSPECTION WORK. IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREATER POSSIBILITY OF LOSS OF THE EQUIPMENT AND RECORDS BY THEFT HAD THE CAR BEEN PARKED ON THE STREETS. NO RECEIPTS HAVE BEEN FURNISHED COVERING THE PARKING LOT FEES CLAIMED.

B-98498, OCTOBER 30, 1950, 30 COMP. GEN. 173

PARKING FEES FOR GOVERNMENT-OWNED VEHICLES - APPROPRIATION AVAILABILITY PARKING FEES INCURRED BY AN EMPLOYEE INCIDENT TO THE TRANSACTION OF OFFICIAL BUSINESS FOR DAYTIME PARKING OF A GOVERNMENT-OWNED AUTOMOBILE ON A PRIVATELY OWNED PARKING LOT IN ORDER ADEQUATELY TO PROTECT VALUABLE GOVERNMENT PROPERTY STORED IN THE AUTOMOBILE MAY BE CONSIDERED AS A PROPER TRAVEL EXPENSE ITEM FOR REIMBURSEMENT FROM APPROPRIATED FUNDS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL WARREN TO B. F. LOVELESS, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, OCTOBER 30, 1950:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 29, 1950, (200.4 R01 3.2), TRANSMITTING A VOUCHER FOR PER DIEM AND REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES INCIDENT TO OFFICIAL TRAVEL STATED IN FAVOR OF JAMES F. MCCLOY, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE WEATHER BUREAU, PITTSBURGH 19, PENNSYLVANIA, AND REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY THE VOUCHER FOR PAYMENT IN VIEW OF TWO ITEMS CONTAINED THEREIN TOTALING $0.85, COVERING FEES FOR DAYTIME PARKING OF A GOVERNMENT-OWNED AUTOMOBILE ON A PRIVATELY OWNED PARKING LOT.

IT IS STATED IN YOUR LETTER THAT THE EXPENSES WERE INCURRED BY MR. MCCLOY WHILE USING A GOVERNMENT AUTOMOBILE ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREAS OF PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, HIS HEADQUARTERS, AND WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA; THAT THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT STORAGE SPACE CONVENIENTLY ACCESSIBLE FOR DAYTIME PARKING IN THE PARTICULAR PLACES OF BUSINESS IN THOSE CITIES; THAT THE EMPLOYEE COULD FIND NO PARKING SPACE ON THE STREET WITHIN A REASONABLE DISTANCE "EXCEPT THOSE SPACES WHICH ARE UNDER THE METERED PARK SYSTEM; " THAT, BECAUSE OF THE VALUABLE GOVERNMENT EQUIPMENT AND RECORDS WHICH WERE STORED IN THE CAR FOR USE IN HIS INSPECTION WORK, IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREATER POSSIBILITY OF LOSS OF THE EQUIPMENT AND RECORDS BY THEFT HAD THE CAR BEEN PARKED ON THE STREETS. NO RECEIPTS HAVE BEEN FURNISHED COVERING THE PARKING LOT FEES CLAIMED.

DECISION OF DECEMBER 9, 1946, B-60611, 26 COMP. GEN. 397, REFERRED TO IN YOUR LETTER, DID NOT CONSIDER, AND IS NOT NECESSARILY FOR APPLICATION TO, THE PAYMENT OF EXPENSES, SUCH AS HERE INVOLVED, OF PARKING A GOVERNMENT AUTOMOBILE ON A PRIVATELY OWNED PARKING LOT. RATHER, THAT DECISION INVOLVED THE PROPRIETY OF A PAYMENT TO A CITY FOR THE RENTAL OF OR COST OF PROVIDING PARKING SPACE ON A PUBLIC STREET IN LIEU OF PAYING PARKING METER FEES AND IT WAS HELD THAT THE PAYMENT WAS UNAUTHORIZED.

THE PRIVATELY OWNED PARKING LOT FEES FOR WHICH REIMBURSEMENT IS CLAIMED BY MR. MCCLOY WERE INCURRED WHILE HE WAS USING THE GOVERNMENT AUTOMOBILE ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS, AND NEITHER OF THE FEES WAS IN EXCESS OF $1 SO AS TO REQUIRE A RECEIPT UNDER PARAGRAPH 80 (G), STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS. ACCORDINGLY, AND SINCE THE USE OF THE PARKING LOT APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN NECESSARY IN ORDER TO ADEQUATELY PROTECT VALUABLE GOVERNMENT PROPERTY, THE FEES MAY BE CONSIDERED AS PROPER FOR REIMBURSEMENT ON THE TRAVEL EXPENSE VOUCHER FROM THE APPROPRIATION " SALARIES AND EXPENSES, WEATHER BUREAU, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, 1951.'

THE VOUCHER, WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH, MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT, IF OTHERWISE PROPER.