A-32343, AUGUST 6, 1930, 10 COMP. GEN. 58

A-32343: Aug 6, 1930

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THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION OF THE EXCESS WEIGHT CONTAINED IN THE THIRD SHIPMENT IS FOR COLLECTION FROM THE OFFICER AT THE RATE ACTUALLY PAID THEREON BY THE GOVERNMENT. SHIPMENT THEREOF WAS MADE BY THE QUARTERMASTER. THIS SHIPMENT WAS MADE BY THE QUARTERMASTER. THIS SHIPMENT WAS MADE ON GOVERNMENT BILL OF LADING NO. THE OBLIGATION OF THE GOVERNMENT WAS TO SHIP NOT EXCEEDING 8. SHIPMENT FROM A PLACE OTHER THAN THE OLD STATION TO THE NEW STATION IS AUTHORIZED BY ARMY REGULATIONS PROVIDED THE COST DOES NOT EXCEED THE COST FROM THE OLD TO THE NEW STATION. 965 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS WAS WITHIN THE AUTHORIZED ALLOWANCE TO BE SHIPPED AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE. THERE WAS NO EXCESS ON THIS SHIPMENT FOR COLLECTION FROM THE OFFICER.

A-32343, AUGUST 6, 1930, 10 COMP. GEN. 58

TRANSPORTATION - HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS - EXCESS WEIGHT - SHIPMENT FROM THREE PLACES WHERE AN OFFICER OF THE ARMY SHIPPED HIS HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS ON PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION IN THREE LOTS, THE FIRST SHIPMENT FROM THE OLD TO THE NEW STATION, AND TWO SUBSEQUENT SHIPMENTS FROM PLACES OF STORAGE TO THE NEW STATION, INVOLVING NO GREATER RATE THAN FROM THE OLD TO THE NEW STATION, THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION OF THE EXCESS WEIGHT CONTAINED IN THE THIRD SHIPMENT IS FOR COLLECTION FROM THE OFFICER AT THE RATE ACTUALLY PAID THEREON BY THE GOVERNMENT, AND THE EXCESS MAY NOT BE PRORATED ON THE BASIS OF THE RATIO THE EXCESS WEIGHT BORE TO THE TOTAL WEIGHT SHIPPED FROM STORAGE.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO COL. R. S. OFFLEY, UNITED STATES ARMY, AUGUST 6, 1930:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR REQUEST FOR DECISION AS TO THE AMOUNT PROPERLY CHARGEABLE, AS EXCESS, TO LIEUT. COL. WILLIAM H. WILSON, C.A.C., UNITED STATES ARMY, ON ACCOUNT OF TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS IN EXCESS OF HIS AUTHORIZED ALLOWANCE, UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES HEREINAFTER SHOWN, INCIDENT TO PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION DIRECTED FROM NEWPORT, R.I., TO WASHINGTON, D.C., BY SPECIAL ORDERS NO. 289, WAR DEPARTMENT, DATED DECEMBER 10, 1928.

ON JUNE 17, 1929, LIEUTENANT COLONEL WILSON REQUESTED SHIPMENT OF 501 POUNDS OF PROFESSIONAL BOOKS AND 2,965 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS FROM NEWPORT, R.I., TO WASHINGTON, D.C. SHIPMENT THEREOF WAS MADE BY THE QUARTERMASTER, FORT ADAMS, R.I., ON GOVERNMENT BILL OF LADING NO. WQ-337, DATED JULY 1, 1929, AT THE L.C.L. RATE OF $0.855 PER HUNDREDWEIGHT. JULY 12, 1929, THE OFFICER REQUESTED SHIPMENT OF 4,636 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS FROM NEW CUMBERLAND, PA., TO ROSSLYN, VA., AND HE CERTIFIED ON Q.M.C. FORM NO 219, THE PRIOR SHIPMENT MADE BY HIM FROM NEWPORT TO WASHINGTON. THIS SHIPMENT WAS MADE BY THE QUARTERMASTER, N.C.G. DEPOT,NEW CUMBERLAND, PA., ON GOVERNMENT BILL OF LADING NO. WQ-85918, DATED JULY 19, 1929, AT THE L.C.L. RATE OF $0.595 PER HUNDREDWEIGHT. ON JULY 24, 1929, THE OFFICER REQUESTED SHIPMENT OF 3,233 POUNDS OF PROFESSIONAL BOOKS AND HOUSEHOLD GOODS FROM FORT MONROE, VA., TO WASHINGTON, D.C. CERTIFICATE FORM NO. 219 SHOWS THE TWO PRIOR SHIPMENTS, FROM NEWPORT AND NEW CUMBERLAND. THIS SHIPMENT WAS MADE ON GOVERNMENT BILL OF LADING NO. WQ- 83520, DATED JULY 29, 1929, BY WATER, AT A COST OF $0.63 PER HUNDREDWEIGHT.

THE OBLIGATION OF THE GOVERNMENT WAS TO SHIP NOT EXCEEDING 8,000 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS, EXCLUSIVE OF PROFESSIONAL BOOKS FROM THE OLD TO THE NEW STATION, AND SHIPMENT FROM A PLACE OTHER THAN THE OLD STATION TO THE NEW STATION IS AUTHORIZED BY ARMY REGULATIONS PROVIDED THE COST DOES NOT EXCEED THE COST FROM THE OLD TO THE NEW STATION. THE FIRST SHIPMENT OF 2,965 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS WAS WITHIN THE AUTHORIZED ALLOWANCE TO BE SHIPPED AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE. THE SECOND SHIPMENT OF 4,636 POUNDS, ADDED TO THE FIRST SHIPMENT MADE A TOTAL OF 7,601 POUNDS, WITHIN THE AUTHORIZED WEIGHT, AND THE RATE BEING LESS ON THE SHIPMENT FROM NEW CUMBERLAND THAN THAT FROM THE OLD TO THE NEW STATION, THERE WAS NO EXCESS ON THIS SHIPMENT FOR COLLECTION FROM THE OFFICER. THE THIRD SHIPMENT CONSISTED OF 3,233 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PROFESSIONAL BOOKS. OF THIS SHIPMENT 399 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS WAS AUTHORIZED TO BE SHIPPED AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE, AND THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THE WEIGHT IN EXCESS THEREOF IS REQUIRED TO BE BORNE ENTIRELY BY THE OFFICER. SEE RULE STATED IN THE CASE OF CAPTAIN DUKE, 8 COMP. GEN. 490. BILL OF LADING 83520 LISTED THE ENTIRE SHIPMENT OF 3,233 POUNDS AS HOUSEHOLD GOODS. THE QUARTERMASTER AT FORT MONROE, HOWEVER, STATED AUGUST 7, 1929, THAT THE SHIPMENT CONSISTED OF 1,162 POUNDS OF PROFESSIONAL BOOKS AND2,171 POUNDS OF OTHER BAGGAGE. THESE WEIGHTS TOTAL 100 POUNDS MORE THAN THE WEIGHT SHOWN BY THE BILL OF LADING AS ACTUALLY SHIPPED. IN THE COMPUTATION MADE BY THE FINANCE OFFICER THE WEIGHT OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS WAS CONSIDERED AS 2,071 POUNDS. VIEW OF THE ADDITIONAL STATEMENT THAT THE NUMBERS OF THE BOOK BOXES ARE 27 TO 36 AND WEIGH 1,162 POUNDS IT WILL BE ASSUMED FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMPUTATION THAT THE CORRECT WEIGHT OF THE OTHER BAGGAGE WAS 2,071 POUNDS. THIS IS A MATTER OF FACT AND THE EXCESS REQUIRED TO BE REFUNDED BY THE OFFICER SHOULD BE ON THE BASIS OF ACTUAL WEIGHTS SHIPPED. ACCORDINGLY, IN THE LAST SHIPMENT THERE WAS FOR SHIPMENT AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE 399 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS, AND 1,672 POUNDS EXCESS, FOR WHICH THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION IS TO BE BORNE ENTIRELY BY THE OFFICER. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT THIS EXCESS SHOULD BE PRORATED ON THE BASIS OF THE RATIO THE EXCESS WEIGHT BORE TO THE TOTAL WEIGHT SHIPPED FROM STORAGE. THE RULE OF LONG STANDING OF APPORTIONING THE COSTS OF EXCESS WEIGHT BETWEEN THE OFFICER AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN APPLIED ONLY IN CASE OF A PARTICULAR SHIPMENT SUBJECT TO THE SAME RATES AND CONDITIONS. 22 COMP. DEC. 554, 557; 8 COMP. GEN. 490. THERE WAS 1,672 POUNDS' EXCESS WEIGHT IN THE THIRD SHIPMENT WHICH ACTUALLY COST THE GOVERNMENT 63 CENTS PER HUNDREDWEIGHT TO SHIP, AND THE COST OF SUCH TRANSPORTATION, $10.53, IS FOR COLLECTION FROM THE OFFICER, PROVIDED THE WEIGHT OF THE HOUSEHOLD GOODS WAS 2,071, AS INDICATED.