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General Accounting Office disallowances in accounts of C. E. Molster, former disbursing clerk for National Recovery Administration

Payee

Voucher

Amount

Causes of disallowance

Carroll, Braddish J.

1995 3912 6307

$15.00

(Mr. Carroll made official trips from Washington to New York City and return on Oct. 11, Nov. 7, and Dec. 30, 1933,

and on Jan. 18 and 29, 1934. On each of the 5 trips he procured compartment Pullman accommodations to Now York
which cost $3 more than the lowest first-class Pullman rate allowable. Mr. Carroll claims the compartment was ob-
tained to permit study of official matters pertaining to "confidential business of the Administration, which informa-

tion was used for conferences scheduled and participated in on the dates of arrival in New York.
Voucher No. 2792 is for official travel by Army plane to Detroit and return July 27 and 28, 1933, and to Chicago and

return Sept. 3 to 5, 1933. On this voucher $76.09 claimed for subsistence for pilots and members of party has been
disallowed. Voucher 2782 is for an official trip to New York Oct. 3 to 5, 1933, and on this voucher $92.54 claimed for
subsistence for members of party has been disallowed; also $7.48 has been disallowed because drawing room was used
instead of Pullman seat. Voucher 3074 is for official travel by Army plane from Washington to Chicago, St. Paul,
Kansas City, Omaha, Tulsa, and return, Nov. 5 to 10, 1933, and on this voucher $144.04 claimed for subsistence for
members of his party has been disallowed. Voucher 3361 is for official travel by Ariny plane from Washington to
Atlanta, Warm Springs, and return, Nov. 25 to 29, 1933, and on this voucher $108.52 claimed for subsistence for pilot
and members of party has been disallowed. Voucher 5789 is for official travel to Philadelphia, and return, Dec. 2 and 3,
1933, and on it $1.51 was disallowed because the cost of drawing room used exceeded that of Pullman seat allowable
for this travel. Voucher Nos. 5785 and 6116 are for official travel to New York and return, Jan. 18 to 22, 1934, and on
voucher 5785, $135.80 claimed for subsistence for members of his party has been disallowed and on voucher 6116, $3 has
been disallowed because cost of drawing room used exceeded that of lower berth allowable.

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Johnston, Kilbourne.

1,060.00

1756
2271
3388
3858
4227
4678
5531
5989

(Lt. Kilbourne Johnston, while on duty at Columbia University, New York City, was ordered to Washington, DC.,

for duty with the National Recovery Administration. He served with the National Recovery Administration from
July 18, 1933, to Feb. 15, 1934, a total of 212 days. Lieutenant Johnston claimed and was paid $5 per diem in lieu of
subsistence for this period. The Comptroller General has disallowed the per diem paid for the reason that "the officer
was not in a travel status while in Washington and, therefore, not entitled to per diem."

Moore, Effie Lee.

3411

80. 75

(Miss Effie Lee Moore was appointed Sept. 1, 1933, as secretary at $2,400. Civil service classified her position Oct. 16,

1933, from secretary at $2,400 net to secretary EO Grade 8 at $1,955 net. Effective Nov. 10, 1933, there was a change in
duties, grade, and salary from EO Grade 8 at $1,955 net to EO Grade 9 at $2,210 net. Change of status, approved Dec.
1, 1933, effective Oct. 16, 1933, from secretary EO Grade 9 at $2,210 net to special assistant EO Grade 11 at $2,720 net."
The Comptroller General states this constitutes a retroactive promotion for the period Oct. 16 to Nov. 30, 1933, which

is not permissible.
Mr. Paddock traveled from Washington, D. C., to New York, to San Francisco, to Los Angeles and return to Wash-

ington. The mode of travel was rail to New York; air to Reno, Nev., where plane was grounded and rail used to San
Francisco; rail to Los Angeles; air to Iowa City, Iowa, where plane was grounded and rail used to Washington, D. C.
The travel authorization did not provide for air travel and the Comptroller General disallowed $104.04 representing
excess cost of the travel by rail and air over rail travel. The Comptroller General disallowed $10.85 representing cash
Pullman fares claimed to have been paid but not supported by receipts. Mr. Paddock and the officials of the National
Recovery Administration claim the use of plane was contemplated, but inadvertently the travel order did not so
provide.

Paddock, R. B

6450

114. 89

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Payee

Voucher

Amount

Causes of disallowance

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Miss F. M. Robinson occupied drawing room in traveling from Washington to Philadelphia and return, Dec. 2 and 3,

1933. The accommodations used cost $1.51 more than Pullman seat allowable for this travel.
Mr. H. K, Sorenson purchased drinking water for use in the office at Philadelphia for which he paid $5.20. He was

unable to obtain a statement from the officials of the city that hydrant water at time of purchase was impure or un.
wholesome. The Comptroller General held that such a purchase "must be considered as due to personal desire rather
than official necessity as the water was undoubtedly used by the inhabitants of the city."
Mr. L. G. Wilson represents payment of compensation from Aug. 26 to Aug. 31, 1933, when the voucher shows that

the employee had been dropped Aug. 25, 1933. The Comptroller General stated: “It does not appear that his con.
tinuance in the service was due to administrative action but rather to his dilatory action in surrendering his duties
to his successor." Officials of the National Recovery Administration claimed that he remained on duty to completo
work assigned to him and was paid for the additional time consumed in finishing such assignment.

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General Accounting Office disallowances in accounts of J. L. Summers, former disbursing clerk for National Recovery Administration

Payee

Voucher

Amount

Causes of disallowance

CHARLES E. MOLSTER ET AL. (Lieutenant Johnston, while on duty at Columbia University, New York Olty, was ordered to Washington, D. O., for

Brown, Alvin

5250

$3.00

Carroll, Braddish J.

308
1793
2814

12.00

Decker, Stiles M.

5066

2. 50

(Mr. Brown occupied a Pullman single room from Washington to New York City on May 29, 1934, at a cost of $3 more
than a lower berth, which is the allowable accommodation. Therefore the General Accounitng Office has disallowed

the amount of the excess cost.
On Mar. 6, 1934, Mr. Carroll secured Pullman accommodations from Washington to New York City and return at a

cost of $6.75 each way, which cost $6 more than the lower-berth rate. On Apr. 1 and 19, 1934, Mr. Carroll made tripg
from Washington to Now York City, obtaining Pullman accommodations costing $6.75 for each trip whereas lower
berth was available at $3.75. The lower-berth rate only is allowable and the General Accounting Office has disallowed

$3 for each trip.
Mr. Decker procured Pullman accommodations on Mar. 28, 1934, from Tulsa, Okla., to Dallas, Tex., at a cost of $2.50,

for which he paid cash. He failed to submit receipt for the expenditure and the item was disallowed. Recent efforts
to obtain a receipt have failed.
Mr. Ellis was appointed Presidential member of the Coal Code Authority at $10,000 per annum effective Dec. 1, 1933.

By oversight he was not placed on the pay roll until Dec. 26, 1933, and then at the rate of $6,000 per annum. When the
facts were submitted to General Johnson, Administrator, he directed, on Apr. 11, 1934, that Mr. Ellis be paid $12,000
per annum, $6,000 by the Coal Code Authority and $6,000 by the National Recovery Administration. The Comp-
troller General held

that the payment at the rate of an additional $6,000 per annum constituted a retroactive promotion
and disallowed $2,157.17. While the disbursement was made by the National Recovery Administration, the Coal
Code Authority, according to previous agreement, reimbursed the National Recovery Administration for the salary
and expenses of Mr. Ellis. The Comptroller General is now considering their decision on the basis that funds were
deposited with the National Recovery Administration by the Coal Code Authority to pay his salary.

Ellis, Wayne P

3557

2, 157. 17

duty with the National Recovery Administration. He claimed and was paid $5 per diem during the period Feb. 16, 1934, to and including June 15, 1934, a total of 120 days and amounting to $600. The Comptroller General has disallowed the per diem paid for the reason that "officer was not in a travel status while in Washington and, therefore, not entitled to per diem."

General Johnson claimed $146.37 subsistence for himself and party while traveling by rail from Washington to New York

City and return, Mar. 17 to 20, 1934. His travel authorization provided $5 per diem and the General Accounting
Office disallowed the excess claimed or $133.87. Voucher 3666 is for a trip by General Johnson from Washington to
Miami and return, Apr. 9 to 19, 1934. He obtained Pullman accommodations costing $41.50 in excess of the lower-
berth rate, the accommodations allowable. His travel authorization provided $5 per diem and he claimed actual subsist-
ence which exceeded the per diem allowable by $31.10. Therefore, the General Accounting Office has disallowed $72.60

on voucher 3666.
Miss Robinson in traveling from Washington to Miami and return, purchased two 1-way tickets at a cost of $86.63,

whereas a round-trip fare was available at $46.20. The General Accounting Office has disallowed the excess cost of $40.43. She also occupied Pullman accommodations which cost $15.25 in excess of lower berth, the allowable rate, and this item has been disallowed. Her voucher No. 3667 for subsistence and miscellaneous expenses totaled $47.50 and

the amount of the voucher has been disallowed, but the entire amount of $55.68 has been disallowed against the payee. Mr. Steinberg made a trip from New York to Washington and return Mar. 2 to 4, 1934, and purchased two 1-way tickets

at a cost of $16.28 when a week-end round-trip fare was available at $10.20. The General Accounting Office has disallowed the excess cost of the 1-way ticket, $6.08.

Johnston, Lt. Kilbourne.

263
738
2159
2604
3577
4357
5249
6745

600.CO

Johnson, Gen. Hugb S.

3363
3666

206. 47

Robinson, F. M.

3667

55. 68

Steinberg, A. Ralph...

3189

6.08

Total

3,042. 90

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JUNE 3 (legislative day, May 28), 1940.-Ordered to be printed

Mr. TOWNSEND, from the Committee on Claims, submitted the

following

REPORT

(To accompany S. 3710)

The Committee on Claims, to whom was referred the bill (S. 3710) for the relief of James H. Hearon, having considered the same, report favorably thereon with the recommendation that the bill do pass with the following amendment:

At the end of the bill add the following: : Provided, That no part of the amount appropriated in this Act in excess of 10 per centum thereof shall be paid or delivered to or received by any agent or attorney on account of services rendered in connection with this claim, and the same shall be unlawful, any contract to the contrary notwithstanding. Any person violating the provisions of this Act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in any sum not exceeding $1,000.

This bill, which has the approval of the Secretary of War, provides for the payment of $322.51 to James H. Hearon in full settlement of all claims arising out of his civilian hospital and medical treatment from August 27 to October 1, 1938, which treatment resulted from a disability incurred while Hearon was in an active-duty status with headquarters, One Hundred and Fifty-sixth Cavalry Brigade, San Antonio, Tex.

The records of the War Department show that Maj. James H. Hearon, Cavalry Reserve, was ordered to active duty at Fort Bliss, Tex., effective August 15, 1938, to be relieved so as to permit him to arrive at his home on August 28, 1938, on which date he would revert to inactive status. While on this active duty he was sick in William Beaumont General Hospital, El Paso, Tex., from August 20 to 22, 1938. (Diagnosis: Intestinal indigestion, in line of duty.) It appears that upon completion of maneuvers August 26, duties were suspended and it was announced that after receiving their pay, Reserve officers could leave for their homes if they so desired." Major Hearon departed from Fort Bliss, Tex., at about 4:30 p. m. August 26; he became ill at Las Cruces, N. Mex., at about 5:30 p. m. that date; continued

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