A-16366, January 13, 1939, 18 COMP. GEN. 1017

A-16366: Jan 13, 1939

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Are issued to facilitate the handling and expedite the audit and return for payment of claims and demands of common carriers against the United States scheduled to the General Accounting Office for preaudit: In order that those concerned may have information as to the scheduling of transportation claims there is * * * a list of rail carriers handling Government business. Transportation claims will be scheduled on [standard Form No. 1064. In this situation there are many overlapping or border-line rail carriers. Such carriers have been definitely assigned to a specific group and the distribution will be made accordingly. May be briefly defined as follows: Eastern group (Official Classification Territory) is that portion of the United States north of the Ohio and Potomac Rivers.

A-16366, January 13, 1939, 18 COMP. GEN. 1017

PROCEDURE FOR SCHEDULING CLAIMS AND DEMANDS OF COMMON CARRIERS TO THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE FOR PREAUDIT

JANUARY 13, 1939.

Heads of Departments and Independent Establishments and Others Concerned:

The following instructions, rescinding those in office circular letter of December 1, 1936, are issued to facilitate the handling and expedite the audit and return for payment of claims and demands of common carriers against the United States scheduled to the General Accounting Office for preaudit:

In order that those concerned may have information as to the scheduling of transportation claims there is * * * a list of rail carriers handling Government business, showing for each such carrier for freight and passenger service the group symbol for scheduling.

Transportation claims will be scheduled on [standard Form No. 1064, Schedule of Disbursements, a separate schedule being prepared for each of the following (numbered) groups of such claims:

FREIGHT CLAIMS:

Rail Carriers:

Official Classification Territory:

(1) Eastern group (includes all Canadian freight lines).

Western Classification Territory:

(2) Mountain Pacific group.

(3) Western Trunk group.

(4) Southwestern group.

Southern Classification Territory:

(5) Southeastern group.

Motor Carriers (same as rail carriers, above; destination of shipment to govern):

(6) Eastern group.

(7) Mountain Pacific group.

(8) Western Trunk group.

(9) Southwestern group.

(10) Southeastern group.

(11) Steamship lines (all).

(12) Express (all).

The above arrangement with respect to rail carriers, groups 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, under "Freight Claims," comprehends the entire freight rate structure, in its major parts, by arranging the claims of rail carriers operating within the three separate major classification territories into the respective rating groups as indicated in the appended list. In this situation there are many overlapping or border-line rail carriers; however, such carriers have been definitely assigned to a specific group and the distribution will be made accordingly. For the general information of those concerned and as an aid to the proper scheduling of claims of motor carriers, groups 6, 7, 8,- 9, 10, the five different groups within the three major classification territories, may be briefly defined as follows:

Eastern group (Official Classification Territory) is that portion of the United States north of the Ohio and Potomac Rivers, except the northern peninsula of Michigan, the States of Wisconsin and Minnesota, and that portion of the State of Illinois north or west of a line from Chicago to East St. Louis, via Peoria, Ill.

Mountain Pacific group (Western Classification Territory) includes the following States or portions thereof: Arizona, California, Colorado (western) Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Western Trunk group (Western Classification Territory) includes the following States or portions thereof: Colorado (eastern), Iowa, Kansas, Michigan (northern), Minnesota, Missouri (northern), Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, And Wisconsin.

Southwestern group (Western Classification Territory) includes the following States or portions thereof: Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri (southern), Oklahoma, and Texas.

Southeastern group (Southern Classification Territory) is that portion of the United States south of the Ohio and Potomac Rivers, and east of the Mississippi River, south of Cairo, Ill.

PASSENGER CLAIMS:

(13) United States rail carrier-Eastern group. (14) United States rail carrier-Western group. (15) Pullman (all United States). (16) Canadian lines-Eastern group. (17) Canadian lines-Western group. (18) Bus line-Eastern group. (19) Bus line-Western group. (20) Air lines-Eastern group. (21) Air lines-Western group. (22) Steamship line-(all).

All rail-passenger and bus lines out of Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans, moving eastward, are in the eastern territory and all such lines moving westward out of said points are in the western territory. Claims of the St. Louise-San Francisco Railway and the Alton Railroad for passenger transportation should be scheduled as in western territory, and claims of the Illinois Central Railroad and the Wabash Railway should be scheduled as in eastern territory.

Claims of the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways for passenger transportation moving eastward from Port Arthur, Province of Quebec, should be scheduled in eastern territory, and claims of the said carriers for transportation moving westward from Port Arthur should be scheduled in western territory.

Air line bills covering passenger transportation originating at points located east of the Mississippi River should be scheduled as "eastern" air passenger; those covering transportation originating west of the Mississippi River should be scheduled as "western" air passenger.

The following air lines render transcontinental business operating in both directions, and have agreed to bill separately transportation charges originating territory east and west of the Mississippi River:

American Lines, Inc. Transcontinental and Western Air, Inc. United Air Lines.

R. N. Elliott, Acting Comptroller General of the United States.

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