B-168829, OCT. 23, 1970

B-168829: Oct 23, 1970

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THERE IS NO COMPELLING REASON WHY THE CLAIMANT CANNOT CHOOSE WHICH ROUND TRIP HE IS TO BE COMPENSATED FOR. ROGERS: TRANSMITTED HEREWITH IS A VOUCHER DATED APRIL 20. THE VOUCHER IS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH A HOUSE HUNTING TRIP PERFORMED ON AUGUST 27 AND 28. SNOW'S ORIGINAL CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES INCURRED WHILE SEEKING RESIDENCE QUARTERS AT HARRISBURG WAS THE SUBJECT OF OUR DECISION OF MARCH 11. WAS THAT THE CONTROLLING PROVISIONS OF LAW PERMIT ONLY ONE ROUND TRIP AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE FOR RESIDENCE SEEKING PURPOSES INCIDENT TO A CHANGE OF OFFICIAL STATION. WE WOULD ADD THAT THERE IS NO VALID REASON WHY. SNOW IS ENTITLED TO BE PAID PER DIEM FOR 7 QUARTERS RATHER THAN FOR ONLY 6 AS HE HAS CLAIMED ON HIS VOUCHER.

B-168829, OCT. 23, 1970

PER DIEM ALLOWANCE - CHANGE OF OFFICIAL STATION DECISION TO AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, GRANTING CLAIMANTS REQUEST FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH A HOUSE HUNTING TRIP BETWEEN COLLEGE PARK, MD., AND HARRISBURG, PA. WHERE CLAIMANT MADE SEVERAL ROUND TRIPS IN CONNECTION WITH SEEKING A RESIDENCE AND THE CONTROLLING PROVISION OF LAW PERMIT ONLY ONE ROUND TRIP AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE FOR RESIDENCE SEEKING PURPOSES INCIDENT TO A CHANGE OF OFFICIAL STATION, THERE IS NO COMPELLING REASON WHY THE CLAIMANT CANNOT CHOOSE WHICH ROUND TRIP HE IS TO BE COMPENSATED FOR, AND THE VOUCHER SHOULD BE CERTIFIED.

TO MR. EDWARD L. ROGERS:

TRANSMITTED HEREWITH IS A VOUCHER DATED APRIL 20, 1970, FOR $59.60 SUBMITTED BY MR. DONALD A. SNOW, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. THE VOUCHER IS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH A HOUSE HUNTING TRIP PERFORMED ON AUGUST 27 AND 28, 1968, BETWEEN COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND, AND HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA.

MR. SNOW'S ORIGINAL CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES INCURRED WHILE SEEKING RESIDENCE QUARTERS AT HARRISBURG WAS THE SUBJECT OF OUR DECISION OF MARCH 11, 1970 (B-168829), ADDRESSED TO YOU. WE HELD THEREIN THAT UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF 5 U.S.C. 5724AA)(2) AND SECTION 2.4 OF BUREAU OF THE BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. A-56, MR. SNOW, WHO HAD MADE SIX SEPARATE ROUND TRIPS BETWEEN COLLEGE PARK AND HARRISBURG, COULD BE PAID MILEAGE AND PER DIEM ONLY FOR HIS INITIAL ROUND TRIP MADE ON AUGUST 17, 1968. SINCE OUR DECISION LIMITED MR. SNOW TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR ONLY ONE OF HIS ROUND TRIPS, HE BELIEVES HE SHOULD BE ALLOWED REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE TWO-DAY TRIP PERFORMED ON AUGUST 27 AND 28 RATHER THAN FOR THE ONE-DAY TRIP PERFORMED ON AUGUST 17.

THE INTENDED CRUX OF OUR DECISION OF MARCH 11, 1970, WAS THAT THE CONTROLLING PROVISIONS OF LAW PERMIT ONLY ONE ROUND TRIP AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE FOR RESIDENCE SEEKING PURPOSES INCIDENT TO A CHANGE OF OFFICIAL STATION. IN CLARIFICATION OF THAT DECISION, WE WOULD ADD THAT THERE IS NO VALID REASON WHY, UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, MR. SNOW MAY NOT BE REIMBURSED EXPENSES RELATED TO THE TWO-DAY TRIP MADE ON AUGUST 27 AND 28, RATHER THAN THE ONE-DAY TRIP ON AUGUST 17. THEREFORE, THE ENCLOSED VOUCHER MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT IF OTHERWISE PROPER. IN THAT REGARD, HOWEVER, IT APPEARS THAT MR. SNOW IS ENTITLED TO BE PAID PER DIEM FOR 7 QUARTERS RATHER THAN FOR ONLY 6 AS HE HAS CLAIMED ON HIS VOUCHER.