A-53172, FEBRUARY 3, 1934, 13 COMP. GEN. 210

A-53172: Feb 3, 1934

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TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS - NAVY OFFICER TRANSPORTATION OF A NAVY OFFICER'S PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION ALLOWANCE AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE IS AUTHORIZED ONLY WHEN A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION IS INVOLVED. A CHANGE OF DUTY WHEN THE OLD STATION AND THE NEW STATION ARE THE SAME PLACE (THE SAME CITY) IS NOT SUCH AS TO AUTHORIZE TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS UNDER SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF MAY 18. IS A CHANGE OF STATION FOR PURPOSES OF TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED AS AUTHORITY TO CHARGE THE COST OF HAULING AN OFFICER'S HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS FROM ONE HOUSE TO ANOTHER IN THE SAME CITY. THIS HAULING WAS BASED ON ORDERS OF JUNE 14. CREDIT THEREFOR WAS DISALLOWED ON THE GROUND THAT THE ORDERS INVOLVED A CHANGE FROM ONE ACTIVITY TO ANOTHER ACTIVITY WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE SAME BASE.

A-53172, FEBRUARY 3, 1934, 13 COMP. GEN. 210

TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS - NAVY OFFICER TRANSPORTATION OF A NAVY OFFICER'S PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION ALLOWANCE AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE IS AUTHORIZED ONLY WHEN A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION IS INVOLVED. A CHANGE OF DUTY WHEN THE OLD STATION AND THE NEW STATION ARE THE SAME PLACE (THE SAME CITY) IS NOT SUCH AS TO AUTHORIZE TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS UNDER SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF MAY 18, 1920, 41 STAT. 604. PROVISION IN SECTION 7, PARAGRAPH 1 (A), OF NAVY GENERAL ORDER 166, THAT A CHANGE OF DUTY AT ONE STATION ASHORE TO DUTY AT ANOTHER STATION ASHORE AT THE SAME POINT, BUT UNDER SEPARATE COMMANDS, IS A CHANGE OF STATION FOR PURPOSES OF TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED AS AUTHORITY TO CHARGE THE COST OF HAULING AN OFFICER'S HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS FROM ONE HOUSE TO ANOTHER IN THE SAME CITY, TO APPROPRIATED FUNDS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, FEBRUARY 3, 1934:

BY YOUR DIRECTION IN 3D INDORSEMENT JANUARY 10, 1934, THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED LETTER FROM THE CHIEF, BUREAU OF SUPPLIES AND ACCOUNTS, NAVY DEPARTMENT, REQUESTING REVIEW OF DISALLOWANCE IN THE DISBURSING ACCOUNT OF CAPT. T. J. ARMS (S.C.), UNITED STATES NAVY, OF CREDIT FOR $20 PAID ON VOUCHER 128, JULY 1933 FOR HAULING HOUSEHOLD GOODS BELONGING TO LIEUTENANT COMMANDER E. G. HAKANSSON (M.C.), UNITED STATES NAVY, FROM PRIVATE RESIDENCE IN PHILADELPHIA TO PUBLIC QUARTERS AT THE UNITED STATES NAVAL HOME IN JUNE 1933.

THIS HAULING WAS BASED ON ORDERS OF JUNE 14, 1933, DETACHING LIEUTENANT COMMANDER HAKANSSON FROM DUTY AT THE UNITED STATES NAVAL HOSPITAL, LEAGUE ISLAND, PHILADELPHIA, TO DUTY AT THE NAVAL HOME IN PHILADELPHIA. CREDIT THEREFOR WAS DISALLOWED ON THE GROUND THAT THE ORDERS INVOLVED A CHANGE FROM ONE ACTIVITY TO ANOTHER ACTIVITY WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE SAME BASE, WHICH, UNDER ARTICLE 1870-2 (F), BUREAU OF SUPPLIES AND ACCOUNTS MANUAL, DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION AUTHORIZING TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS. IT IS STATED IN SUPPLIES AND ACCOUNTS LETTER THAT THE HAULING IN QUESTION IS AUTHORIZED UNDER SECTION 7 OF THE NAVY GENERAL ORDER 166.

AUTHORITY TO TRANSPORT THE HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS (AUTHORIZED BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE) OF COMMISSIONED OFFICERS OF THE NAVY AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE IS GOVERNED BY THE LAW AND REGULATIONS IN ACCORD THEREWITH. PARAGRAPH 1 OF SECTION 4 OF NAVY GENERAL ORDER 166, 1927, PROVIDES:

1. WHEN ANY PERSON OF A GRADE NAMED IN TABLE OF SECTION 1 IS ORDERED TO MAKE A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION AS DEFINED IN SECTION 7, HE IS ENTITLED (IF NOT OTHERWISE RESTRICTED IN SECTION 2) TO HAVE PACKED, CRATED, AND TRANSPORTED, AT PUBLIC EXPENSE, NOT EXCEEDING HIS AUTHORIZED ALLOWANCE OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS, OR ANY PART THEREOF, BETWEEN POINTS AS FOLLOWS:

(A) FROM HIS LAST PERMANENT STATION TO HIS NEW PERMANENT STATION, * * *

SECTION 7, PARAGRAPH 1 (A) PROVIDES:

1. RECEIPTS OF ORDERS THAT COMPLETELY AND PERMANENTLY SEPARATE THE PERSON FROM HIS OLD STATION AT A GIVEN POINT AND FIX A NEW PERMANENT DUTY STATION AT ANOTHER GIVEN POINT. THE FOLLOWING ARE EXAMPLES OF THIS CLASS:

(A) ORDERS TO CHANGE FROM DUTY AT ONE STATION ASHORE TO DUTY AT ANOTHER STATION ASHORE, EITHER WITHIN OR WITHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND EITHER BETWEEN WIDELY SEPARATED POINTS OR AT THE SAME POINT BETWEEN SEPARATE COMMANDS THAT ARE ADJACENT OR CONTIGUOUS.

THE NAVAL HOSPITAL, LEAGUE ISLAND, PHILADELPHIA, PA., AND THE NAVAL HOME AT PHILADELPHIA, PA., ARE UNDER SEPARATE COMMANDS AND WITHIN THE QUOTED DEFINITION IN PARAGRAPH (A) OF SECTION 7 OF THE NAVY GENERAL ORDER.

SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF MAY 18, 1920, 41 STAT. 604, PROVIDES:

* * * THAT THE PERSONNEL OF THE NAVY SHALL HAVE THE BENEFIT OF ALL EXISTING LAWS APPLYING TO THE NAVY AND THE MARINE CORPS FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS.

TRANSPORTATION OF AN ARMY OFFICER'S PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION ALLOWANCE AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE IS AUTHORIZED ONLY WHEN A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION IS INVOLVED. 20 COMP. DEC. 702; 26 ID. 172, 984. REGULATION MAY NOT AUTHORIZE PACKING, CRATING, OR TRANSPORTATION OF AN OFFICER'S ALLOWANCE EXCEPT WHEN A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION IS INVOLVED. 1 COMP. GEN. 686; 27 COMP. DEC. 903. SAID SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF MAY 18, 1920, ALSO PROVIDES:

* * * THAT FOR PERSONS IN THE NAVAL SERVICE THE TERM "PERMANENT STATION" AS USED IN THIS SECTION, SHALL BE INTERPRETED TO MEAN A SHORE STATION OR THE HOME YARD OF THE VESSEL TO WHICH THE PERSON CONCERNED MAY BE ORDERED; AND A DULY AUTHORIZED CHANGE IN HOME YARD OR HOME PORT OF SUCH VESSEL SHALL BE DEEMED A CHANGE OF STATION: * * *.

THE TRANSFER OF A NAVY OFFICER FROM DUTY ON ONE VESSEL TO DUTY ON ANOTHER VESSEL, BOTH VESSELS HAVING THE SAME HOME YARD, DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A "PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION" WITHIN THE MEANING OF SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF MAY 18, 1920. LIKEWISE, THE TRANSFER OF AN OFFICER FROM A VESSEL TO SHORE DUTY AT THE HOME YARD OF THE SAME VESSEL DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION. 4 COMP. GEN. 41. THE RULE IS THAT A CHANGE OF DUTY, WHEN THE OLD STATION AND THE NEW STATION ARE AT THE SAME PLACE (THE SAME CITY), IS NOT SUCH AS TO AUTHORIZE TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS UNDER SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF MAY 18, 1920. A-22014, OCTOBER 17, 1928; A-37292, JULY 30, 1931. IT IS THE CHANGE OF PLACE OF DUTY, RATHER THAN CHANGE OF COMMAND, THAT IS MATERIAL. THEREFORE, THE PROVISION IN SECTION 7, 1 (A) OF NAVY GENERAL ORDER 166 THAT A CHANGE OF DUTY AT ONE STATION ASHORE TO DUTY AT ANOTHER STATION ASHORE AT THE SAME POINT BUT UNDER SEPARATE COMMANDS IS A CHANGE OF STATION FOR PURPOSES OF TRANSPORTATION OF THE HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS, MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED BY THIS OFFICE AS AUTHORITY TO CHARGE THE COST OF HAULING AN OFFICER'S BAGGAGE FROM ONE HOUSE TO ANOTHER IN THE SAME CITY TO APPROPRIATED FUNDS. THE CHANGE OF DUTY OF COMMANDER E. G. HAKANSSON, UNITED STATES NAVY, FROM THE UNITED STATES NAVAL HOSPITAL, LEAGUE ISLAND, PHILADELPHIA, TO THE NAVAL HOME IN PHILADELPHIA, DID NOT CONSTITUTE A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION UNDER SECTION 12 OF THE ACT OF MAY 18, 1920, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE TRANSPORTATION OF HIS HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE.