A-10057, JUNE 27, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 1069

A-10057: Jun 27, 1925

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WILL BE ALLOWED UP TO AND INCLUDING JUNE 30. 1925: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 10. HELD AS FOLLOWS: CREDIT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED FOR PAYMENTS MADE FROM GOVERNMENT FUNDS TO EMPLOYEES OF THE THREE SERVICES MENTIONED AS REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES INCURRED FOR PACKING. IN VIEW OF THE LONG-CONTINUED PRACTICE AND THE APPARENT GROUND FOR THE ASSUMPTION THAT THE DECISIONS HOLDING SUCH ALLOWANCES UNAUTHORIZED APPLIED ONLY TO EMPLOYEES WHOSE COMPENSATION WAS FIXED BY LAW OR REGULATION. WILL NOT BE DISTURBED. IS HEREBY AMENDED. THE QUESTION NOW PRESENTED IS ANSWERED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. AS THE TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE WAS NOT AUTHORIZED UNLESS INCIDENT TO THE CHANGE OF STATION.

A-10057, JUNE 27, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 1069

TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS OF EMPLOYEES OF THE RECLAMATION SERVICE, GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, AND BUREAU OF MINES IN THE ABSENCE OF SPECIFIC LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY THEREFOR, THE COST OF PACKING, CRATING, HAULING, AND TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS OF EMPLOYEES OF THE RECLAMATION SERVICE, GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, AND BUREAU OF MINES, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, UPON CHANGE OF STATION, MAY NOT BE PAID FROM APPROPRIATED FUNDS. PAYMENTS MADE FOR EXPENSES INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS INCIDENT TO A CHANGE OF STATION WHICH OCCURRED PRIOR TO MARCH 28, 1925, WILL BE ALLOWED UP TO AND INCLUDING JUNE 30, 1925. 4 COMP. GEN. 818; ID. 941, MODIFIED.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, JUNE 27, 1925:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 10, 1925, REFERRING TO THE DECISIONS OF THIS OFFICE DATED MARCH 28, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 818, AND MAY 13, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 941, AND REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER---

* * * WHERE PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION OCCURRED PRIOR TO MARCH 28, 1925, AND THE EMPLOYEES ACCEPTED CHANGE OF STATION WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT SHIPMENT OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS WOULD BE MADE AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH REGULATIONS IN EFFECT AT THE TIME OF PERMANENT TRANSFER, AND THE EMPLOYEE HOLDS AUTHORITY TO SHIP AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE, ISSUED PREVIOUS TO YOUR DECISION OF MARCH 28, 1925, SHIPMENT OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS CAN NOW BE MADE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE GOVERNMENT.

DECISION OF MARCH 28, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 818, 820, WITH REFERENCE TO TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS OF EMPLOYEES OF THE RECLAMATION SERVICE, GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, AND BUREAU OF MINES UPON CHANGE OF STATION AT THE EXPENSE OF THE GOVERNMENT, HELD AS FOLLOWS:

CREDIT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED FOR PAYMENTS MADE FROM GOVERNMENT FUNDS TO EMPLOYEES OF THE THREE SERVICES MENTIONED AS REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES INCURRED FOR PACKING, CRATING, HAULING, OR TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS INCIDENT TO PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION OCCURRING SUBSEQUENT TO DECEMBER 6, 1924. BUT IN VIEW OF THE LONG-CONTINUED PRACTICE AND THE APPARENT GROUND FOR THE ASSUMPTION THAT THE DECISIONS HOLDING SUCH ALLOWANCES UNAUTHORIZED APPLIED ONLY TO EMPLOYEES WHOSE COMPENSATION WAS FIXED BY LAW OR REGULATION, SUCH PAYMENTS INCIDENT TO PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION OCCURRING ON OR PRIOR TO DECEMBER 6, 1924, IF OTHERWISE REGULAR, WILL NOT BE DISTURBED. SEE DECISION OF MARCH 12, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 755.

DECISION OF MAY 13, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 941, HELD AS FOLLOWS:

DECISION OF MARCH 28, 1925, IS HEREBY AMENDED, CHANGING THE EFFECTIVE DATE FOR THE DISCONTINUANCE OF THE PRACTICE OF SHIPPING HOUSEHOLD GOODS OF EMPLOYEES UPON CHANGE OF STATION FROM DECEMBER 6, 1924, TO MARCH 28, 1925.

THE QUESTION NOW PRESENTED IS ANSWERED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. HOWEVER, AS THE TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE WAS NOT AUTHORIZED UNLESS INCIDENT TO THE CHANGE OF STATION, AND THEREFORE WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SUBSEQUENT TO THE CHANGE OF STATION, NO EXPENSE IN CONNECTION WITH TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS INCIDENT TO CHANGE OF STATION WHICH OCCURRED PRIOR TO MARCH 28, 1925, WILL BE ALLOWED UNLESS INCURRED PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1925.