B-144518, JAN. 13, 1961

B-144518: Jan 13, 1961

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THE AMOUNT OF 34.5 CUBIC FEET CLAIMED WAS DETERMINED BY ACTUAL MEASUREMENT. WE SAID: "YOU SAY THAT THE 34.5 CUBIC FEET IS ESTIMATED AND THE EMPLOYEES.

B-144518, JAN. 13, 1961

TO MR. V. H. EASTMAN, AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE:

ON DECEMBER 22, 1960, YOU REQUESTED RECONSIDERATION OF OUR DECISION B- 144518, DECEMBER 13, 1960, TO YOU, CONCERNING A VOUCHER FOR 447.33 SUBMITTED BY KURT K. KOEHLER, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE. IN THAT DECISION WE HELD THAT THE VOUCHER SHOULD NOT BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT. THE AMOUNT CLAIMED BY MR. KOEHLER REPRESENTS EXPENSES INCURRED BY HIM IN MOVING PART OF HIS HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS IN AND ATOP HIS PERSONALLY OWNED AUTOMOBILE IN CONNECTION WITH HIS CHANGE OF OFFICIAL STATIONS.

MR. KOEHLER REQUESTED RECONSIDERATION OF HIS CLAIM ON THE BASIS THAT YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 23, 1960, TO OUR OFFICE STATED THAT THE EFFECTS WEIGHED 241 1/2 LBS. COMPUTED ON AN ESTIMATED CUBIC FOOT MEASUREMENT WHEN, IN ACTUAL FACT, THE AMOUNT OF 34.5 CUBIC FEET CLAIMED WAS DETERMINED BY ACTUAL MEASUREMENT. IN OUR DECISION OF DECEMBER 13, WE SAID: "YOU SAY THAT THE 34.5 CUBIC FEET IS ESTIMATED AND THE EMPLOYEES, THEREFORE, HAS YET TO ESTABLISH THE ACTUAL CUBIC FEET OF ,PROPERLY LOADED VAN SPACE" OCCUPIED BY THE GOODS TRANSPORTED. SUCH FACT MUST BE ESTABLISHED AS A BASIS FOR DETERMINING THE CONSTRUCTIVE WEIGHT UNDER SECTION 14 OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9805, AS AMENDED.'

MR. KOEHLER HAS NOW SUBMITTED A MEMORANDUM IN WHICH HE HAS DETAILED THE MEASUREMENTS INVOLVED IN ARRIVING AT THE 34.5 CUBIC FEET. ON THE BASIS OF THIS NEW EVIDENCE, THE VOUCHER, RETURNED HEREWITH, NOW MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT IF OTHERWISE CORRECT.