A-11714, MARCH 11, 1926, 5 COMP. GEN. 719

A-11714: Mar 11, 1926

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TRANSPORTATION - EXCESS PERSONAL BAGGAGE OF NAVAL OFFICER - MILEAGE THE LAWS AND REGULATIONS PROVIDING FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF "BAGGAGE" OF AN OFFICER OF THE NAVY AT PUBLIC EXPENSE HAVE APPLICATION TO THE TRANSPORTATION BY FREIGHT OF THE HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS BELONGING TO THE PERSONNEL ENTITLED THEREUNDER. THEY ARE NOT AUTHORITY FOR REIMBURSING THE OFFICER FOR EXPENSES INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH CARRYING EXCESS PERSONAL BAGGAGE. AN OFFICER OF THE NAVY TRAVELING WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL LIMITS OF THE UNITED STATES IS. WHICH IS TO COVER ALL EXPENSES OF TRAVEL. BY THE ORDERS INDICATED CLAIMANT WAS DIRECTED TO TRANSFER TO HIS RELIEF AT ROME. CLAIMANT STATES THAT THE LARGER PART OF HIS PERSONAL AND HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WERE SHIPPED FROM ROME.

A-11714, MARCH 11, 1926, 5 COMP. GEN. 719

TRANSPORTATION - EXCESS PERSONAL BAGGAGE OF NAVAL OFFICER - MILEAGE THE LAWS AND REGULATIONS PROVIDING FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF "BAGGAGE" OF AN OFFICER OF THE NAVY AT PUBLIC EXPENSE HAVE APPLICATION TO THE TRANSPORTATION BY FREIGHT OF THE HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS BELONGING TO THE PERSONNEL ENTITLED THEREUNDER, AND INCLUDE THE COST OF "PACKING AND CRATING" FOR SHIPMENT, BUT THEY ARE NOT AUTHORITY FOR REIMBURSING THE OFFICER FOR EXPENSES INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH CARRYING EXCESS PERSONAL BAGGAGE. AN OFFICER OF THE NAVY TRAVELING WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL LIMITS OF THE UNITED STATES IS, UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, 42 STAT. 631, ENTITLED TO RECEIVE A MILEAGE ALLOWANCE OF 8 CENTS PER MILE, WHICH IS TO COVER ALL EXPENSES OF TRAVEL, INCLUDING THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION OF ANY EXCESS PERSONAL BAGGAGE HE MIGHT CARRY.

DECISION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL, MARCH 11, 1926:

CAPT. RAYMOND DE L. HASBROUCK, UNITED STATES NAVY, HAS REQUESTED REVIEW OF SETTLEMENT NO. 073861-N, DATED APRIL 11, 1925, DISALLOWING HIS CLAIM IN THE AMOUNT OF $45.37 FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES INCURRED IN TRANSPORTING 240 POUNDS OF EXCESS PERSONAL BAGGAGE FROM NEW YORK, N.Y., TO WASHINGTON, D.C., AND THENCE TO BREMERTON, WASH., IN CONNECTION WITH TRAVEL PERFORMED UNDER NAVY DEPARTMENT ORDERS DATED APRIL 29, 1924.

BY THE ORDERS INDICATED CLAIMANT WAS DIRECTED TO TRANSFER TO HIS RELIEF AT ROME, ITALY, ALL GOVERNMENT FUNDS AND PROPERTY, AND REGARD HIMSELF DETACHED FROM DUTY AS NAVAL ATTACHE AT THAT PLACE AND PROCEED TO WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR TEMPORARY DUTY AND THENCE TO SEATTLE, WASH., FOR DUTY IN COMMAND OF THE U.S.S. CALIFORNIA. THE TRAVEL FROM NEW YORK CITY TO BREMERTON, WASH., VIA WASHINGTON, D.C., INVOLVED THE PERIOD FROM JULY 8 TO 15, 1924.

CLAIMANT STATES THAT THE LARGER PART OF HIS PERSONAL AND HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WERE SHIPPED FROM ROME, ITALY, TO BOSTON, MASS., FOR STORAGE AND INDORSEMENT ON HIS ORDERS SHOWS THAT THE EXPENSES INCIDENT THERETO WERE BORNE BY THE UNITED STATES. THE AMOUNT HERE IN QUESTION WAS PAID TO THE WASHINGTON TERMINAL CO. AT WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF 240 POUNDS OF IMMEDIATE PERSONAL EFFECTS IN EXCESS OF THAT AUTHORIZED TO BE CHECKED ON HIS TICKET AS BAGGAGE.

THE LAWS AND REGULATIONS PROVIDING FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF "BAGGAGE" AT PUBLIC EXPENSE ,INCLUDING THE COST OF PACKING AND CRATING" (GENERAL ORDER 36, NAVY DEPARTMENT, DATED JANUARY 5, 1921, AND CITATIONS THEREIN), HAVE APPLICATION TO THE TRANSPORTATION BY FREIGHT OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS BELONGING TO THE PERSONNEL ENTITLED THEREUNDER AND ARE NOT AUTHORITY FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE EXPENSES CONNECTED WITH PERSONAL BAGGAGE WHICH ACCOMPANIES THE TRAVELER. AN OFFICER OF THE NAVY TRAVELING WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL LIMITS OF THE UNITED STATES IS, UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, 42 STAT. 631, ENTITLED TO RECEIVE A MILEAGE ALLOWANCE OF 8 CENTS PER MILE, WHICH COVERS ALL EXPENSES OF TRAVEL, INCLUDING THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION OF EXCESS PERSONAL BAGGAGE WHICH THE OFFICER CARRIES WITH HIM. 19 COMP. DEC. 699; 20 ID. 203; ID. 356; 26 ID. 278.

NOTATION ON HIS TRAVEL ORDERS SHOWS THAT CLAIMANT HAS BEEN PAID MILEAGE AS AUTHORIZED BY LAW FOR THE TRAVEL IN QUESTION AND HE IS NOT ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT OF THE AMOUNT PAID BY HIM FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF HIS EXCESS PERSONAL BAGGAGE CARRIED WITH HIM.