B-132085, JUL. 5, 1957

B-132085: Jul 5, 1957

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REQUESTS OUR DECISION WHETHER PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED ON THE VOUCHER THEREWITH ENCLOSED IN FAVOR OF MR. ERBSKORN WAS AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE TO NEW YORK TO MEET HIS FAMILY IN NEW YORK CITY AND ESCORT THEM TO HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE. TRAVEL FROM EL PASO AIRPORT TO NEW YORK WAS BY COMMERCIAL AIR ARRIVING IN NEW YORK AT :30 A.M. THE COMMERCIAL AIR TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN EL PASO AND NEW YORK WAS OBTAINED WITH GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION REQUESTNO. THE CLAIM IS FOR MILEAGE BETWEEN HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE AND EL PASO AND 3 3/4 DAYS PER DIEM AT $12 AND 1 1/4 DAYS PER DIEM AT $9. ERBSKORN IS A CONTRACT EMPLOYEE UNDER THE PAPER CLIP PROJECT FOR THE EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGN SPECIALISTS.

B-132085, JUL. 5, 1957

TO CAPTAIN M. N. PARKER, FINANCE OFFICER, DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE:

YOUR LETTER OF MAY 1, 1957, HDCF, FORWARDED TO US ON JUNE 4, 1957, THROUGH THE DIRECTORATE OF ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE, HEADQUARTERS, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, REQUESTS OUR DECISION WHETHER PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED ON THE VOUCHER THEREWITH ENCLOSED IN FAVOR OF MR. KARL ERBSKORN REPRESENTING A CLAIM FOR MILEAGE AND PER DIEM IN LIEU OF SUBSISTENCE IN CONNECTION WITH TRAVEL FROM HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, NEW MEXICO, TO NEW YORK, NEW YORK, AND RETURN BETWEEN NOVEMBER 7, 1956, AND NOVEMBER 12, 1956.

BY TRAVEL ORDER NO. 3409, DATED NOVEMBER 7, 1956, MR. ERBSKORN WAS AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE TO NEW YORK TO MEET HIS FAMILY IN NEW YORK CITY AND ESCORT THEM TO HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE. LEFT HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE AT 4:30 P.M. NOVEMBER 7, 1956, BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE, ARRIVING AT THE EL PASO AIRPORT, EL PASO, TEXAS, AT 6:00 P.M. THE SAME DAY. TRAVEL FROM EL PASO AIRPORT TO NEW YORK WAS BY COMMERCIAL AIR ARRIVING IN NEW YORK AT :30 A.M. NOVEMBER 8, 1956. AFTER WAITING FOUR DAYS FOR THE ARRIVAL OF HIS DEPENDENTS MR. ERBSKORN RETURNED TO EL PASO AIRPORT BY COMMERCIAL AIR WITH HIS DEPENDENTS, ARRIVING THERE AT 7:00 A.M., NOVEMBER 12, 1957. THEY LEFT EL PASO AIRPORT BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE AND ARRIVED AT HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE 10:00 A.M. THE SAME DAY. THE COMMERCIAL AIR TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN EL PASO AND NEW YORK WAS OBTAINED WITH GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION REQUESTNO. M5,869,489. THE CLAIM IS FOR MILEAGE BETWEEN HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE AND EL PASO AND 3 3/4 DAYS PER DIEM AT $12 AND 1 1/4 DAYS PER DIEM AT $9.

MR. ERBSKORN IS A CONTRACT EMPLOYEE UNDER THE PAPER CLIP PROJECT FOR THE EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGN SPECIALISTS. CONTRACT EMPLOYEES UNDER THE PAPER CLIP PROJECT FOR THE EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGN SPECIALISTS ARE SUBJECT TO THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS. SECTION 1.2 OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS ISSUED PURSUANT TO THE TRAVEL EXPENSE ACT OF 1949, 63 STAT. 166, AS AMENDED, PROVIDES GENERALLY FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES NECESSARILY INCURRED BY A TRAVELER IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSACTION OF OFFICIAL BUSINESS.

SINCE TRAVELING EXPENSES INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH MEETING AND ESCORTING DEPENDENTS TO AN EMPLOYEES' HEADQUARTERS ARE CONSIDERED PERSONAL, AND SINCE, ALSO, THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS AUTHORIZING REIMBURSEMENT ONLY OF THOSE TRAVELING EXPENSES CONFINED TO THE TRANSACTING OF OFFICIAL BUSINESS ARE APPLICABLE TO CONTRACT EMPLOYEES UNDER THE PAPER CLIP PROJECT FOR THE EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGN SPECIALISTS WE KNOW OF NO AUTHORITY WHEREBY MR. ERBSKORN MAY BE REIMBURSED FOR THE TRAVELING EXPENSES INCURRED IN TRAVELING TO NEW YORK TO ESCORT HIS DEPENDENTS TO HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE. SINCE MR. ERBSKORN TRAVELED FROM EL PASO TO NEW YORK AND RETURN ON A GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION REQUEST HE SHOULD BE REQUESTED TO REFUND THE COST TO THE GOVERNMENT OF HIS TRAVEL.

PAYMENT MAY NOT BE MADE ON THE VOUCHER WHICH IS RETAINED IN THE FILES OF OUR OFFICE.

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