Transportation--Place of Duty to Home--Employees' Detention Beyond Usual Working Hours

A-78353: Jul 24, 1936

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The Secretary of State requested GAO's opinion as to the propriety of using official funds for the purpose of charging taxicab fares, from the office to their homes, of employees in the American Embassy at Paris on occasions when emergency overtime work necessitated their being held on duty until after midnight when the regular street car, autobus, and subway services were suspended.

GAO determined that there is no authority for the payment of taxicab fares of Government employees from place of duty to employees' homes, notwithstanding detention at place of duty, because of emergency conditions, beyond the hours when street car and other regular means of conveyance are available. Further, the appropriation proposed to be charged provides for the hire of motor-propelled, passenger-carrying vehicles for official purposes, and traveling expenses of employees.