B-98914, MAY 13, 1966

B-98914: May 13, 1966

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THIS CLAIM WAS DISALLOWED BY OUR SETTLEMENT DATED APRIL 10. THE DISALLOWANCE WAS SUSTAINED BY DECISION DATED JUNE 26. IN YOUR LETTER YOU STATE THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN PAID FOR TRAVEL FROM FAIRBANKS. YOU WERE PAID FOR TRAVEL FROM SEATTLE TO FORT WORDEN. WE ARE ENCLOSING A COPY OF OUR DECISION OF JUNE 26. IN THAT DECISION WE STATED THAT THE RECORDS SHOW YOU WERE PAID 3 CENTS PER MILE FOR TRAVEL PERFORMED BY PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE FOR THE DISTANCE FROM LADD AIR FORCE BASE. IN THAT REGARD YOUR ATTENTION IS CALLED TO YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 9. A COPY OF WHICH IS ENCLOSED. IT WAS HELD THAT FOR THE TRAVEL PERFORMED YOU WERE ENTITLED TO TRAVEL ALLOWANCE ONLY FOR THE DISTANCE VIA THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE TO THE NEW DUTY STATION.

B-98914, MAY 13, 1966

TO MAJOR ELDON L. KRAMER, UNITED STATES ARMY, RETIRED:

YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 29, 1965, TO THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION,CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE, PERTAINING TO YOUR CLAIM FOR ADDITIONAL TRAVEL ALLOWANCE FOR TRAVEL PERFORMED BY YOU AND YOUR DEPENDENTS IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 1949, FROM FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, TO FORT WORDEN, WASHINGTON, HAS BEEN REFERRED BY THE FINANCE CENTER, U.S. ARMY, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, TO OUR OFFICE FOR CONSIDERATION AND REPLY. THIS CLAIM WAS DISALLOWED BY OUR SETTLEMENT DATED APRIL 10, 1951, AND THE DISALLOWANCE WAS SUSTAINED BY DECISION DATED JUNE 26, 1951, B-98914.

IN YOUR LETTER YOU STATE THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN PAID FOR TRAVEL FROM FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, TO SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, FOR TRAVEL PERFORMED VIA THE ALCAN HIGHWAY BY PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE, BUT YOU WERE PAID FOR TRAVEL FROM SEATTLE TO FORT WORDEN, WASHINGTON, IN THE AMOUNT OF $94.72.

IN VIEW OF YOUR STATEMENT, WE ARE ENCLOSING A COPY OF OUR DECISION OF JUNE 26, 1951, TO YOU INVOLVING THE QUESTION OF YOUR RIGHT TO TRAVEL ALLOWANCES FOR YOU AND YOUR DEPENDENTS INCIDENT TO THE TRAVEL IN QUESTION. IN THAT DECISION WE STATED THAT THE RECORDS SHOW YOU WERE PAID 3 CENTS PER MILE FOR TRAVEL PERFORMED BY PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE FOR THE DISTANCE FROM LADD AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA, TO THE BORDER BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA, AND 8 CENTS PER MILE FROM THE LATTER POINT TO FORT WORDEN, WASHINGTON, VIA GREAT FALLS, MONTANA, PLUS A PER DIEM OF $7 FOR 7 DAYS, FOR A TOTAL OF $204.33. IN THAT REGARD YOUR ATTENTION IS CALLED TO YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 9, 1949, TO OUR CLAIMS DIVISION, IN THE MATTER, A COPY OF WHICH IS ENCLOSED.

IN THE DECISION OF JUNE 26, 1951, IT WAS HELD THAT FOR THE TRAVEL PERFORMED YOU WERE ENTITLED TO TRAVEL ALLOWANCE ONLY FOR THE DISTANCE VIA THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE TO THE NEW DUTY STATION, WHICH WAS FROM LADD AIR FORCE BASE TO SEWARD, ALASKA, AT 3 CENTS PER MILE, PLUS A PER DIEM FOR THE TIME REQUIRED FOR RAIL TRAVEL BETWEEN THESE POINTS, AND AT 8 CENTS PER MILE FROM SEWARD TO FORT WORDEN, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, WHICH WE STATED TOTALED $181.06. FURTHERMORE, IT WAS STATED THAT YOU WERE CORRECTLY PAID $21.04 FOR YOUR WIFE'S TRANSPORTATION, COMPUTED AT 4 CENTS PER MILE FOR THE DISTANCE FROM FAIRBANKS TO SEWARD, ALASKA, AND FROM SEATTLE TO FORT WORDEN, WASHINGTON, INASMUCH AS GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION WAS AVAILABLE FOR HER TRAVEL FROM SEWARD, ALASKA, TO SEATTLE, WASHINGTON.

UPON A RECONSIDERATION OF THE MATTER IT IS FOUND THAT THE CONCLUSIONS REACHED IN THE DECISION OF JUNE 26, 1951, WERE CORRECT AND REQUIRED UNDER THE APPLICABLE LAW AND REGULATIONS AND THAT, AS INDICATED IN THAT DECISION, THE TRAVEL ALLOWANCES RECEIVED BY YOU EXCEEDED THOSE TO WHICH YOU WERE ENTITLED UNDER THE LAW. ACCORDINGLY, THERE IS NO FURTHER ACTION THAT WE MAY TAKE IN THE MATTER.