A-26444, JUNE 1, 1929, 8 COMP. GEN. 627

A-26444: Jun 1, 1929

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IS NOT ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE AMOUNT EXPENDED THEREFOR. YOU WERE ASSIGNED BY SPECIAL ORDER NO. 198. WHERE YOU WERE NOT IN A MOUNTED STATUS. YOU WERE RELIEVED FROM DUTY AT THE SIGNAL SCHOOL AND ASSIGNED TO BROOKLYN. WHERE YOU WERE PLACED ON A MOUNTED STATUS. WAS QUITE A BIT IN EXCESS OF FORTY DOLLARS. (D) A FEW DAYS BEFORE I LEFT FORT MONMOUTH FOR THIS STATION I FOUND A SHIPPING CONCERN THAT WAS GOING TO WASHINGTON. THIS RECEIPT WAS INCLOSED WITH MY CLAIM TO YOUR OFFICE. (E) IT IS THEREFORE REQUESTED THAT IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT ARMY REGULATIONS ALLOW ME TRANSPORTATION FOR MY MOUNT. ARMY REGULATIONS PROVIDE THAT THE QUARTERMASTER CORPS WILL TRANSPORT FOR OFFICERS CHANGING STATION THE NUMBER OF HORSES FOR WHICH THEY ARE LEGALLY ENTITLED TO FORAGE AND AN ATTENDANT TO ACCOMPANY THE HORSES WHEN NECESSARY.

A-26444, JUNE 1, 1929, 8 COMP. GEN. 627

TRANSPORTATION - PRIVATE MOUNT OF ARMY OFFICER AN OFFICER OF THE ARMY WHO, UPON CHANGE OF STATION, HAS HIS PRIVATE MOUNT TRANSPORTED TO HIS NEW STATION BY A PRIVATE SHIPPING CONCERN ON HIS OWN VOLITION AND ON HIS OWN RESPONSIBILITY AND AT HIS OWN EXPENSE, IS NOT ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE AMOUNT EXPENDED THEREFOR.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO LIEUT. A. GEORGE, UNITED STATES ARMY, JUNE 1, 1929:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR REQUEST FOR REVIEW OF SETTLEMENT NO. 0240715, OF FEBRUARY 16, 1929, WHICH DISALLOWED YOUR CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF $40 PAID BY YOU FROM YOUR PERSONAL FUNDS FOR SHIPMENT OF YOUR PRIVATE MOUNT FROM FORT MYER, VA., TO NEW YORK, N.Y., JUNE 16, 1928, AS FIRST LIEUTENANT, CAVALRY, D.O.L.

IT APPEARS THAT WHILE ON A MOUNTED STATUS AT FORT MYER, VA., AND MOUNTED ON YOUR OWN HORSE, YOU WERE ASSIGNED BY SPECIAL ORDER NO. 198, WAR DEPARTMENT, AUGUST 22, 1927, TO ATTEND THE SIGNAL SCHOOL, FORT MONMOUTH, N.J., WHERE YOU WERE NOT IN A MOUNTED STATUS, AND THAT BY SPECIAL ORDER, WAR DEPARTMENT, MAY 8, 1928, YOU WERE RELIEVED FROM DUTY AT THE SIGNAL SCHOOL AND ASSIGNED TO BROOKLYN, N.Y., FOR DUTY, WHERE YOU WERE PLACED ON A MOUNTED STATUS. IN YOUR LETTER ASKING REVIEW, YOU STATE:

(C) WHILE AT FORT MONMOUTH, N.J., I COMMUNICATED WITH THE POST QUARTERMASTER, FORT MYER, VA., AND ASCERTAINED THE COST OF TRANSPORTING THE MOUNT FROM THAT STATION TO EITHER NEW YORK OR FORT MONMOUTH. THE COST TO THE GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING THE NECESSARY (AND ALLOWED) ATTENDANT, WAS QUITE A BIT IN EXCESS OF FORTY DOLLARS.

(D) A FEW DAYS BEFORE I LEFT FORT MONMOUTH FOR THIS STATION I FOUND A SHIPPING CONCERN THAT WAS GOING TO WASHINGTON, D.C., WITH A LOAD AND RETURNING TO FORT MONMOUTH EMPTY. HE AGREED TO TRANSPORT MY HORSE FROM FORT MYER TO FORT MONMOUTH FOR $40.00. THIS RECEIPT WAS INCLOSED WITH MY CLAIM TO YOUR OFFICE. I THEN HAD THE HORSE TRANSPORTED FROM FORT MONMOUTH TO GOVERNORS ISLAND WITHOUT ANY EXPENSE TO THE GOVERNMENT.

(E) IT IS THEREFORE REQUESTED THAT IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT ARMY REGULATIONS ALLOW ME TRANSPORTATION FOR MY MOUNT, AND SINCE I ACCOMPLISHED THE TRANSFER OF THIS MOUNT AND SAVED MONEY FOR THE GOVERNMENT, THAT I BE REIMBURSED THE MONEY ACTUALLY EXPENDED BY ME.

ARMY REGULATIONS PROVIDE THAT THE QUARTERMASTER CORPS WILL TRANSPORT FOR OFFICERS CHANGING STATION THE NUMBER OF HORSES FOR WHICH THEY ARE LEGALLY ENTITLED TO FORAGE AND AN ATTENDANT TO ACCOMPANY THE HORSES WHEN NECESSARY. ARMY REGULATIONS 1913-1917, PARAGRAPH 1098. PARAGRAPH 25, A.R. 30-965.

IT APPEARS YOU MADE NO APPLICATION TO HAVE YOUR HORSE TRANSPORTED BY THE QUARTERMASTER, BUT ON YOUR OWN VIOLATION AND RESPONSIBILITY HAD THE SERVICE PERFORMED BY A PRIVATE SHIPPING CONCERN AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE. THE ESTABLISHED RULE IS THAT WHERE A SERVICE IS AUTHORIZED TO BE FURNISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT A PERSON ENTITLED TO THE SERVICE CAN NOT MAKE HIMSELF A CREDITOR OF THE GOVERNMENT BY VOLUNTARILY HAVING THE SERVICE PERFORMED AT HIS OWN EXPENSE AND SECURE REIMBURSEMENT THEREFOR. 5 COMP. DEC. 257; 6 ID. 84; 7 ID. 736; 18 ID. 415.