B-150370, JAN. 24, 1963

B-150370: Jan 24, 1963

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USAF: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF JANUARY 8. THAT A PROPOSED CREDIT OF $3.75 AS REIMBURSABLE EXPENSES FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR QUARTERS CHARGES PAID BY THE OFFICER DURING SUCH PERIOD WAS NOT PROPER. IN YOUR LETTER YOU CONCUR WITH OUR STATEMENT THAT SUCH SERVICE CHARGES ARE NOT CONSIDERED TO BE REIMBURSABLE EXPENSES. YOU FORWARD A CORRECTED VOUCHER REFLECTING SUCH PAYMENT THROUGH INCREASES IN THE PER DIEM RATE FOR THE DAYS ON WHICH THE CHARGES WERE INCURRED. THESE PER DIEM ALLOWANCES WILL BE INCREASED BY THE DAILY COST INCURRED FOR USE OF GOVERNMENT QUARTERS. QUARTERS CHARGES ARE NOT REIMBURSABLE AS EXPENSES UNDER THE GOVERNING REGULATIONS BUT BECAME A PART OF THE DAILY PER DIEM RATE AND THEREFORE WE SAID IN THE DECISION OF DECEMBER 26.

B-150370, JAN. 24, 1963

TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL C. W. GRIFFIN, USAF:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF JANUARY 8, 1963, WITH REGARD TO OUR DECISION OF DECEMBER 26, 1962, B-150370, WHICH APPROVED THE PAYMENT OF PER DIEM TO CAPTAIN JAMES W. DAVIS, AO 841293, FOR THE PERIOD AUGUST 4 TO 9, 1962, AND AS A CONSEQUENCE SAID, IN EFFECT, THAT A PROPOSED CREDIT OF $3.75 AS REIMBURSABLE EXPENSES FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR QUARTERS CHARGES PAID BY THE OFFICER DURING SUCH PERIOD WAS NOT PROPER.

IN YOUR LETTER YOU CONCUR WITH OUR STATEMENT THAT SUCH SERVICE CHARGES ARE NOT CONSIDERED TO BE REIMBURSABLE EXPENSES. HOWEVER, YOU STATE THAT ENTITLEMENT DOES EXIST FOR PAYMENT OF SUCH CHARGES IN THE FORM OF INCREASED PER DIEM AS SET OUT IN FOOTNOTE Z TO PARAGRAPH 4205 5, JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 1962, AND YOU FORWARD A CORRECTED VOUCHER REFLECTING SUCH PAYMENT THROUGH INCREASES IN THE PER DIEM RATE FOR THE DAYS ON WHICH THE CHARGES WERE INCURRED.

PARAGRAPH 4205-5, AS AMENDED BY CHANGE 116, DATED JULY 1, 1962, CONTAINS A TABLE OF PER DIEM RATES WITHIN THE UNITED STATES, AND AS YOU STATE, FOOTNOTE Z TO SUCH PARAGRAPH PROVIDES THAT ,THESE PER DIEM ALLOWANCES WILL BE INCREASED BY THE DAILY COST INCURRED FOR USE OF GOVERNMENT QUARTERS, AS SUBSTANTIATED BY A STATEMENT OF THE MEMBER CONCERNED * * *.' QUARTERS CHARGES ARE NOT REIMBURSABLE AS EXPENSES UNDER THE GOVERNING REGULATIONS BUT BECAME A PART OF THE DAILY PER DIEM RATE AND THEREFORE WE SAID IN THE DECISION OF DECEMBER 26, 1962, THAT THE PROPOSED CREDIT OF SUCH CHARGES AS REIMBURSABLE EXPENSES WAS NOT PROPER. IT WAS ASSUMED THAT THE DAILY PER DIEM RATES WOULD BE PROPERLY RESTATED ON THE VOUCHER AND TO HAVE APPROVED THE PROPOSED REIMBURSABLE EXPENSE CREDIT WOULD HAVE RESULTED IN A DUPLICATE PAYMENT OF THE CHARGES.

SINCE THE QUARTERS SERVICE CHARGES INCURRED BY CAPTAIN DAVIS ARE PROPERLY FOR INCLUSION AS INCREASES IN THE PERTINENT DAILY PER DIEM RATE, PAYMENT ON THE AMENDED VOUCHER WHICH WE ARE RETURNING IS AUTHORIZED WHEN PROPERLY COMPLETED, IF OTHERWISE CORRECT.

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