A-56489, JULY 24, 1934, 14 COMP. GEN. 65

A-56489: Jul 24, 1934

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IS THE APPLICATION OF THE COST PER HUNDRED WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN INCURRED HAD THEY BEEN TURNED OVER TO THE QUARTERMASTER IN ONE LOT AND SHIPPED BY FREIGHT. 1934: THERE IS FOR CONSIDERATION THE QUESTION AS TO THE AMOUNT OF EXCESS. IT APPEARS THAT THE FIRST LOT TURNED OVER BY COLONEL WALLACE TO THE QUARTERMASTER FOR SHIPMENT WERE THE EFFECTS IN HIS QUARTERS O-24. WAS ONE OF 47 LOTS ON WHICH INDIVIDUAL QUOTATIONS WERE REQUESTED FOR TRANSPORTATION BY PNEUMATIC VAN OR VANS. MEADE TO FORT BENNING BY MOTOR VAN FOR THE SUM OF $274 WAS ACCEPTED. THE SERVICE WAS RENDERED DURING JUNE 1932. PAYMENT WAS MADE THEREFOR ON VOUCHER NO. 315. WHICH IT IS STATED WERE STORED IN THE WAREHOUSE AT FORT MEADE AND WERE OVERLOOKED BY THE OFFICER AT THE TIME OF TURNING OVER THE FIRST LOT.

A-56489, JULY 24, 1934, 14 COMP. GEN. 65

TRANSPORTATION - HOUSEHOLD GOODS BY MOTOR VAN AND FREIGHT - EXCESS THE METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE AMOUNT OF EXCESS COST TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR TRANSPORTING THE HOUSEHOLD GOODS OF AN OFFICER OF THE ARMY ON PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION, IN TWO SHIPMENTS, TOTAL WEIGHT WITHIN HIS ALLOWANCE, ONE BY MOTOR VAN LOADED TO CAPACITY AND CONTAINING ALL GOODS CONTRACTOR HAD AGREED TO TRANSPORT AND ONE AT A LATER DATE BY FREIGHT, IS THE APPLICATION OF THE COST PER HUNDRED WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN INCURRED HAD THEY BEEN TURNED OVER TO THE QUARTERMASTER IN ONE LOT AND SHIPPED BY FREIGHT.

DECISION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL, JULY 24, 1934:

THERE IS FOR CONSIDERATION THE QUESTION AS TO THE AMOUNT OF EXCESS, IF ANY, PROPERLY FOR COLLECTION FROM COL. WILLIAM B. WALLACE, INFANTRY, UNITED STATES ARMY, BY REASON OF HIS HAVING TURNED OVER TO THE QUARTERMASTER HIS PERSONAL AND HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS IN TWO LOTS FOR SHIPMENT FROM HIS OLD TO HIS NEW STATION, UNDER PARAGRAPH 8 OF SPECIAL ORDERS, NO. 86, WAR DEPARTMENT, DATED APRIL 12, 1932, RELIEVING HIM FROM ASSIGNMENT AND DUTY AT THE TANK SCHOOL, FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, MD., EFFECTIVE ON OR ABOUT JUNE 1, 1932, AND ASSIGNING HIM TO STATION AT FORT BENNING, GA.

IT APPEARS THAT THE FIRST LOT TURNED OVER BY COLONEL WALLACE TO THE QUARTERMASTER FOR SHIPMENT WERE THE EFFECTS IN HIS QUARTERS O-24, CONSISTING OF 7,625 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND 1,480 POUNDS OF PROFESSIONAL BOOKS, AND WAS ONE OF 47 LOTS ON WHICH INDIVIDUAL QUOTATIONS WERE REQUESTED FOR TRANSPORTATION BY PNEUMATIC VAN OR VANS.

THE BID OF AERO MAYFLOWER TRANSIT CO., BALTIMORE, STORAGE CO., INC., AGENT, TO TRANSPORT THE EFFECTS OF COLONEL WALLACE FROM QUARTERS O-24, FORT GEORGE G. MEADE TO FORT BENNING BY MOTOR VAN FOR THE SUM OF $274 WAS ACCEPTED. THE SERVICE WAS RENDERED DURING JUNE 1932, AS AGREED, AND PAYMENT WAS MADE THEREFOR ON VOUCHER NO. 315, JULY 1932 ACCOUNTS OF CAPT. E. F. REA, F.D., UNITED STATES ARMY. THE SECOND LOT CONSISTED OF SIX BOXES OF PROFESSIONAL BOOKS, WEIGHING 732 POUNDS, WHICH IT IS STATED WERE STORED IN THE WAREHOUSE AT FORT MEADE AND WERE OVERLOOKED BY THE OFFICER AT THE TIME OF TURNING OVER THE FIRST LOT. THEY WERE SHIPPED BY FREIGHT ON GOVERNMENT BILL OF LADING NO. WQ 508574, DATED APRIL 6, 1933, AT THE FIRST CLASS LESS THAN CARLOAD RATE OF $1.83 PER HUNDRED POUNDS, OR AT A COST OF $13.40.

WHERE AN OFFICER UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF ARMY REGULATIONS 30-960, DATED JUNE 12, 1931, TURNS OVER HIS PERSONAL EFFECTS IN TWO LOTS, THE SHIPMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO THE CONDITIONS OF PARAGRAPH 14-B, PROVIDING THAT ANY ADDITIONAL EXPENSE RESULTING FROM SHIPMENT IN TWO LOTS SHALL BE BORNE BY THE OFFICER.

PARAGRAPH 18B, ARMY REGULATIONS, 30-960, AUTHORIZES SHIPMENT BY MOTOR VAN AT NOT TO EXCEED THE COST FOR SHIPMENT BY FREIGHT. THE FIRST LOT WAS SHIPPED BY MOTOR VAN UNDER THIS REGULATION, BUT SUCH FACT DOES NOT PRECLUDE A CONSIDERATION OF THE APPLICABLE FREIGHT RATE ON SUCH SHIPMENT AND THE APPLICABLE FREIGHT ON THE COMBINED SHIPMENT, HAD THEY ALL BEEN TURNED OVER IN ONE LOT AND SHIPPED BY FREIGHT, IN DETERMINING THE EXCESS ON THE SECOND LOT.

IT IS SHOWN THAT THE EFFECTS OF 47 OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN WERE TURNED OVER TO THE QUARTERMASTER FOR SHIPMENT FROM FORT GEORGE G. MEADE TO FORT BENNING AT APPROXIMATELY THE SAME TIME, AND THAT THE EFFECTS OF OTHER OFFICERS WERE ACTUALLY MOVED ON THE SAME DATE AS THE EFFECTS OF COLONEL WALLACE. HAD SHIPMENT BEEN BY FREIGHT THE QUARTERMASTER PROBABLY WOULD HAVE UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH 14-C, ARMY REGULATIONS 30-960, CONSOLIDATED THE EFFECTS OF THE VARIOUS OFFICERS, IN WHICH CASE IT MAY BE REASONABLY ASSUMED THAT IF THE EFFECTS OF COLONEL WALLACE HAD BEEN SHIPPED IN ONE LOT BY FREIGHT, AS WAS THE SECOND LOT, THEY WOULD HAVE MOVED AS A CARLOAD, AT THE CARLOAD RATE OF $1.29 PER HUNDRED POUNDS ON A MINIMUM CARLOAD OF 12,000 POUNDS. ACCORDINGLY, THE OFFICER IS ENTITLED TO CREDIT ON ACCOUNT OF SHIPMENT OF THE SECOND LOT, FOR 732 POUNDS AT $1.29 PER HUNDRED POUNDS, OR IN THE SUM OF $9.44. THE COST OF THIS SHIPMENT BEING $13.40, THERE IS FOR COLLECTION FROM THE OFFICER AS EXCESS $3.96.