A-54670, APRIL 23, 1934, 13 COMP. GEN. 293

A-54670: Apr 23, 1934

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HE IS ENTITLED TO HAVE THEM SHIPPED AT PUBLIC EXPENSE. THERE IS NO ACTUAL INCREASED COST INCURRED FOR SHIPMENT OF THE BAGGAGE OF AN OFFICER IN THE ARMY BY ARMY TRANSPORT. SUCH COST IS NOT AN ELEMENT FOR CONSIDERATION IN THE CASE OF SHIPMENTS BETWEEN POINTS ON THE WEST AND EAST COASTS OF THE UNITED STATES. 1934: THERE IS FOR CONSIDERATION THE QUESTION AS TO THE AMOUNT PROPERLY FOR COLLECTION FROM COL. WAS CONSOLIDATED WITH THE EFFECTS OF OTHER OFFICERS AND SHIPPED ON B/L WQ- 364438. THEY WERE TRANSPORTED FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO BROOKLYN BY THE U.S.A.T. A PIANO WEIGHING 965 POUNDS WAS SHIPPED FROM WINNSBORO. 421 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS WERE SHIPPED FROM NEW CUMBERLAND. THE WEIGHT OF THE THREE SHIPMENTS WAS WITHIN THE AUTHORIZED CHANGE OF STATION ALLOWANCE OF 11.

A-54670, APRIL 23, 1934, 13 COMP. GEN. 293

TRANSPORTATION - HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS - SHIPMENT IN THREE LOTS WHERE AN OFFICER IN THE ARMY TURNED OVER TO THE QUARTERMASTER DEPARTMENT HIS PERSONAL EFFECTS NOT EXCEEDING HIS AUTHORIZED CHANGE OF STATION ALLOWANCE FOR SHIPMENT IN THREE LOTS, HE IS ENTITLED TO HAVE THEM SHIPPED AT PUBLIC EXPENSE, PROVIDED THE AGGREGATE COST DOES NOT EXCEED THAT OF A LIKE WEIGHT IN ONE LOT FROM THE OLD PERMANENT STATION TO THE NEW PERMANENT STATION. THERE IS NO ACTUAL INCREASED COST INCURRED FOR SHIPMENT OF THE BAGGAGE OF AN OFFICER IN THE ARMY BY ARMY TRANSPORT, AND SUCH COST IS NOT AN ELEMENT FOR CONSIDERATION IN THE CASE OF SHIPMENTS BETWEEN POINTS ON THE WEST AND EAST COASTS OF THE UNITED STATES.

DECISION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL, APRIL 23, 1934:

THERE IS FOR CONSIDERATION THE QUESTION AS TO THE AMOUNT PROPERLY FOR COLLECTION FROM COL. RICHARD H. MCMASTER, F.A., UNITED STATES ARMY, ON ACCOUNT OF THE SHIPMENTS MADE ON GOVERNMENT BILLS OF LADING OF HIS HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS INCIDENT TO PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION FROM FORT LEWIS, WASH., TO OMAHA, NEBR., UNDER PARAGRAPH 4, SPECIAL ORDERS NO. 87, WAR DEPARTMENT, DATED APRIL 13, 1932, AS AMENDED BY PARAGRAPH 1, SPECIAL ORDERS NO. 173, WAR DEPARTMENT, DATED JULY 23, 1932.

COLONEL MCMASTER TURNED OVER TO THE QUARTERMASTER DEPARTMENT HIS PERSONAL EFFECTS FOR SHIPMENT IN THREE LOTS. THE PRIMARY SHIPMENT, CONSISTING OF 9,105 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND 1,450 POUNDS OF PROFESSIONAL BOOKS, WAS CONSOLIDATED WITH THE EFFECTS OF OTHER OFFICERS AND SHIPPED ON B/L WQ- 364438, DATED APRIL 29, 1932, FROM FORT LEWIS TO SAN FRANCISCO, AT A COST OF $90.22. THEY WERE TRANSPORTED FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO BROOKLYN BY THE U.S.A.T. ST. MIHIEL, WITHOUT CHARGE, THENCE TO OMAHA ON B/L WQ-488229, DATED AUGUST 3, 1932, AS A MINIMUM CARLOAD OF 12,000 POUNDS AT $1.53 PER HUNDREDWEIGHT, OR $183.60. A PIANO WEIGHING 965 POUNDS WAS SHIPPED FROM WINNSBORO, .C., TO OMAHA ON B/L WQ-437190, DATED SEPTEMBER 8, 1932, AT A COST OF $27.94, AND 421 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS WERE SHIPPED FROM NEW CUMBERLAND, PA., TO OMAHA ON B/L WQ-365451, DATED SEPTEMBER 8, 1932, AT A COST OF $8.88.

THE WEIGHT OF THE THREE SHIPMENTS WAS WITHIN THE AUTHORIZED CHANGE OF STATION ALLOWANCE OF 11,000 POUNDS FOR A COLONEL. THERE HAS BEEN COLLECTED FROM THE OFFICER EXCESS COST BY REASON OF THE SHIPMENTS MADE FROM POINTS OTHER THAN THE OLD STATION $5.50, COMPUTED AS FOLLOWS:

TABLEB/L 437190--- 9/8/32--- WINNSBORO, S.C., TO OMAHA, NEBR., 965 LBS.

AT $2.895 PER CWT --------------------------------------------- $27.94 B/L 364438--- 4/29/32--- FT. LEWIS, WASH., TO SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.,

10,550 LBS. AT 76 CENTS PER CWT ------------------------------- 80.18 ARMY TRANSPORT: 10,550 AT $1.50 PER CWT ------------------------ 158.25 B/L 488229--- 8/3/32--- ARMY BASE, BROOKLYN, N.Y., TO OMAHA, NEBR.,

10,550 AS 12,000 LBS. AT $1.53 PER CWT ------------------------ 183.60 B/L 365451--- 9/8/32--- NEW CUMBERLAND, PA., TO OMAHA, NEBR., 421 LBS.

AT $2.11 PER CWT ---------------------------------------------- 8.88

458.85 MAXIMUM GOVERNMENT PROPORTION BASED ON COST IF SHIPPED IN ONE LOT FROM LAST PERMANENT STATION AT FORT LEWIS, WASH., TO NEW STATION AT OMAHA, NEBR.: TO SAN FRANCISCO, 11,936 LBS. AT 76 CENTS PER CWT ---------- $90.71 ARMY TRANSPORT, 11,936 LBS. AT $1.50 PER CWT --------------- 179.04 NEW YORK TO OMAHA, 11,936 AS 12,000 LBS AT $1.53 PER CWT --- 183.60

------ 453.35

------ AMOUNT PAYABLE FOR EXCESS ---------------------------------------- - 5.50

UNDER THE RULE STATED IN THE DECISIONS OF MARCH 15, 1929 (8 COMP. GEN. 490), AND AUGUST 6, 1930 (10 COMP. GEN. 58), AND GIVING APPLICATION TO THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH 10B, ARMY REGULATIONS 30 960, THE OFFICER IS ENTITLED TO SHIPMENT OF HIS AUTHORIZED ALLOWANCE FROM HIS LAST PERMANENT STATION, FORT LEWIS, WASH., TO HIS NEW PERMANENT STATION, OMAHA, NEBR., OR FROM ANY POINT TO ANY POINT PROVIDED THE AGGREGATE COST DOES NOT EXCEED THAT OF A LIKE WEIGHT, NOT EXCEEDING THE AUTHORIZED CHANGE OF STATION ALLOWANCE IN ONE LOT FROM THE OLD PERMANENT STATION TO THE NEW PERMANENT STATION.

THE ABOVE STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT INCLUDES AN ITEM OF $158.25 AS A PART OF THE ACTUAL COST OF THE SHIPMENT MADE FROM THE OLD TO THE NEW STATION BY RAIL, WATER AND RAIL. IN THE DECISION OF FEBRUARY 27, 1933, A-47333, IT WAS, IN EFFECT, HELD THAT IN DETERMINING THE CONSTRUCTIVE COST OF A SHIPMENT OF A LIKE WEIGHT FROM A FOREIGN DUTY STATION, IN THAT CASE MANILA, P.I., TO A POINT IN THE UNITED STATES NECESSARILY INVOLVING A LONG HAUL BY WATER AND A SHORT HAUL BY RAIL, THE RATE PRESCRIBED IN CIRCULAR NO. 23, WAR DEPARTMENT, DATED APRIL 18, 1929, WAS AN ELEMENT FOR CONSIDERATION AND SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE COMPUTATION. SUCH RULE IS, HOWEVER, NOT PROPERLY FOR APPLICATION IN THE CASE OF SHIPMENTS BETWEEN POINTS ON THE WEST AND EAST COASTS. THERE IS NO ACTUAL INCREASED COST INCURRED FOR SHIPMENT OF THE BAGGAGE OF AN OFFICER BY ARMY TRANSPORT. THE COST OF SHIPMENT BY TRANSPORT WERE TREATED AS AN ELEMENT AS SET OUT IN THE ABOVE ACCOUNT, THE ROUTING OF THE SHIPMENT FROM FORT LEWIS TO OMAHA WOULD NECESSARILY BE OVERLAND AS A CARLOAD MINIMUM OF 20,000 POUNDS AT $1.52 PER HUNDREDWEIGHT, AND THE ENTIRE COST OF THE TWO SUBSEQUENT SHIPMENTS MADE TO THE ULTIMATE NEW STATION, OMAHA, WOULD BE EXCESS. THE COMPUTATION IN THE CASE OF THE SHIPMENTS OF COLONEL MCMASTER'S EFFECTS IS PROPERLY MADE AS FOLLOWS:

TABLE B/L 364438--- 4/29/32, FT. LEWIS, WASH., TO SAN FRANCISCO, 10,555

POUNDS AT 76 CENTS PER CWT ---------------------------------- $80.22 B/L 488229--- 8/3/32, ARMY BASE, BROOKLYN, N.Y., TO OMAHA, NEBR.,

10,555 POUNDS AS 12,000 LBS. AT 1.53 PER CWT ---------------- 183.60 B/L 437190--- 9/8/32, WINNSBORO, S.C., TO OMAHA, NEBR., 965 LBS.

AT $2.895 PER CWT ------------------------------------------- 27.94 B/L 365451--- 9/8/32, NEW CUMBERLAND, PA., TO OMAHA, NEBR., 421

LBS. AT $2.11 PER CWT --------------------------------------- 8.88

300.64 LESS COST IF SHIPPED IN ONE LOT FROM OLD PERMANENT STATION, FT. LEWIS, WASH., TO NEW PERMANENT STATION OMAHA, NEBR.: FT. LEWIS TO SAN FRANCISCO, 11,941 LBS. AT 76 CENTS PER CWT -- ---------------------------- ------------------------ $90.75 ARMY BASE, BROOKLYN, TO OMAHA, 11,941 LBS. AS 12,000 LBS. AT $1.53 PER CWT ------ ----------------------------------- 183.60

------274.35

------ AMOUNT PAYABLE FOR EXCESS -- ------------------------------------ 26.29 LESS AMOUNT COLLECTED ---- -------------------------------------- 5.50

----- BALANCE FOR COLLECTION ---------------------------------- ------- 20.79

THERE IS PROPERLY FOR COLLECTION FROM COLONEL MCMASTER A BALANCE OF $20.79.