A-58617, NOVEMBER 24, 1934, 14 COMP. GEN. 417

A-58617: Nov 24, 1934

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TRANSPORTATION - HOUSEHOLD GOODS - EXCESS AN OFFICER OF THE ARMY IS ENTITLED TO HAVE HIS AUTHORIZED CHANGE OF STATION ALLOWANCE OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS SHIPPED FROM PLACES OTHER THAN HIS OLD STATION TO HIS NEW STATION. AN OFFICER PROMOTED DURING AUGUST 1933 IS NOT ENTITLED TO THE INCREASED CHANGE OF STATION WEIGHT ALLOWANCE PRESCRIBED FOR THE HIGHER RANK BECAUSE OF THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 201 OF THE ECONOMY ACT. REQUESTING DECISION AS FOLLOWS: DECISION IS REQUESTED AS TO WHAT AMOUNT. THREE SHIPMENTS OF THE PERSONAL EFFECTS OF THE OFFICER ARE INVOLVED. TRANSPORTATION CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH THIS B/L WERE PAID IN VOUCHER NO. 8422. DECISION IS REQUESTED IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT A DOUBT EXISTS AS TO WHETHER CREDIT SHOULD BE ALLOWED THE OFFICER FOR PACKING AND CRATING UPON ONLY THE WEIGHT OF THE GOODS ACTUALLY SHIPPED BY VAN OR UPON THE ENTIRE WEIGHT SHIPPED.

A-58617, NOVEMBER 24, 1934, 14 COMP. GEN. 417

TRANSPORTATION - HOUSEHOLD GOODS - EXCESS AN OFFICER OF THE ARMY IS ENTITLED TO HAVE HIS AUTHORIZED CHANGE OF STATION ALLOWANCE OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS SHIPPED FROM PLACES OTHER THAN HIS OLD STATION TO HIS NEW STATION, BY MOTOR VAN AND FREIGHT AT A COST NOT EXCEEDING THAT OF A LIKE WEIGHT BY ORDINARY FREIGHT FROM THE OLD TO THE NEW STATION, UNDER RULES STATED IN 10 COMP. GEN. 58, AND 14 COMP. GEN. 65. A CONSTRUCTIVE CREDIT FOR PACKING AND CRATING UNDER PARAGRAPH 18 ARMY REGULATIONS 30-960, JUNE 12, 1931, MAY BE MADE IN CONNECTION WITH MOTOR- VAN SHIPMENT ONLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASCERTAINING THE MOST ECONOMICAL METHOD FOR TRANSPORTATION. AN OFFICER PROMOTED DURING AUGUST 1933 IS NOT ENTITLED TO THE INCREASED CHANGE OF STATION WEIGHT ALLOWANCE PRESCRIBED FOR THE HIGHER RANK BECAUSE OF THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 201 OF THE ECONOMY ACT.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO MAJ. E. C. MORTON, UNITED STATES ARMY, NOVEMBER 24, 1934:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 29, 1934, REQUESTING DECISION AS FOLLOWS:

DECISION IS REQUESTED AS TO WHAT AMOUNT, IF ANY, SHOULD BE COLLECTED FROM COLONEL NOBLE J. WILEY, INF., IN CONNECTION WITH PAYMENT TO THE CARRIERS FOR THE SERVICES PERFORMED, UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH 24, ARMY REGULATIONS 30-960.

THREE SHIPMENTS OF THE PERSONAL EFFECTS OF THE OFFICER ARE INVOLVED, AS FOLLOWS:

B/L WQ 541720, DEC. 28, 1933, FROM MONTGOMERY, ALA., TO BAY RIDGE, N.Y., CONSISTING OF 1,122 LBS. OF OTHER BAGGAGE. TRANSPORTATION CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH THIS B/L WERE PAID IN VOUCHER NO. 8422, APRIL 1934, MONEY ACCOUNTS OF W. O. RAWLS, MAJ., F.D.

B/L WQ 702788, NOV. 29, 1933, FROM NEW CUMBERLAND, PA., TO BAY RIDGE N.Y., CONSISTING OF 3,525 LBS. PROFESSIONAL BOOKS AND 200 LBS. OTHER BAGGAGE, TRANSPORTATION CHARGES HAVING BEEN PAID IN VOUCHER NO. 17672, FEB. 1934 MONEY ACCOUNTS OF W. O. RAWLS, MAJ., F.D.

MOTOR VAN SHIPMENT, FROM FT. MCPHERSON, GA., TO NEW YORK, CONSISTING OF 200 LBS. OF PROFESSIONAL BOOKS AND 6,600 LBS. OF OTHER BAGGAGE, TRANSPORTATION CHARGES THEREON HAVING BEEN PAID IN VOUCHER NO. 3040, OCT. 1933 MONEY ACCOUNTS OF E. F. ELY, MAJ., F.D.

DECISION IS REQUESTED IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT A DOUBT EXISTS AS TO WHETHER CREDIT SHOULD BE ALLOWED THE OFFICER FOR PACKING AND CRATING UPON ONLY THE WEIGHT OF THE GOODS ACTUALLY SHIPPED BY VAN OR UPON THE ENTIRE WEIGHT SHIPPED, IN ORDER TO DETERMINE WHAT IT WOULD HAVE COST THE GOVERNMENT TO TRANSPORT THE AUTHORIZED WEIGHT ALLOWANCE IN ONE LOT IN THE MOST ECONOMICAL MANNER FROM THE OFFICER'S LAST PERMANENT STATION, JACKSONVILLE, FLA., TO HIS NEW STATION.

COLONEL WILEY WAS, BY PARAGRAPH 3, SPECIAL ORDERS NO. 221, WAR DEPARTMENT, DATED SEPTEMBER 22, 1933, RELIEVED FROM HIS TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT TO DUTY IN CONNECTION WITH THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS AT FORT MCPHERSON, GA., EFFECTIVE ON OR ABOUT OCTOBER 1, 1933, AND FURTHER RELIEVED FROM HIS PERMANENT DUTY ASSIGNMENT AS INSTRUCTOR, INFANTRY, FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD, AND DIRECTED TO PROCEED TO FORT HAMILTON, NEW YORK, AND REPORT TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER FOR DUTY. THE PERSONAL EFFECTS OF THE OFFICER WERE TURNED OVER TO THE QUARTERMASTER DEPARTMENT FOR SHIPMENT FROM THREE DIFFERENT PLACES TO HIS NEW STATION. THE FIRST SHIPMENT, CONSISTING OF 6,600 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND 200 POUNDS OF PROFESSIONAL BOOKS, WERE TRANSPORTED ON OR ABOUT OCTOBER 9, 1933, BY MOTOR VAN FROM FORT MCPHERSON, ATLANTA, GA., TO FORT HAMILTON, NEW YORK, AT A COST OF $180. THE SECOND SHIPMENT, CONSISTING OF 2,100 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND 3,525 POUNDS OF PROFESSIONAL BOOKS, MOVED ON GOVERNMENT BILL OF LADING NO. WQ-702788, DATED NOVEMBER 29, 1933, FROM NEW CUMBERLAND, PENNSYLVANIA, TO BAY RIDGE (FORT HAMILTON) NEW YORK, AT THE RATE OF 72 CENTS PER HUNDREDWEIGHT, OR AT A COST OF $40.50. THE THIRD SHIPMENT, CONSISTING OF 1,122 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS, WAS SHIPPED FROM MAXWELL FIELD, MONTGOMERY, ALA., ON GOVERNMENT BILL OF LADING NO. WQ- 541720, DATED DECEMBER 28, 1933, AT $1.98 PER HUNDREDWEIGHT, A COST OF $22.22.

THE FIRST LOT WAS SHIPPED BY MOTOR VAN, AND UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH 18, ARMY REGULATIONS 30-960, JUNE 12, 1931, THE ONLY ELEMENT INVOLVING A CREDIT FOR PACKING AND CRATING, IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASCERTAINING THE MOST ECONOMICAL METHOD OF TRANSPORTATION. FURTHERMORE, THIS SHIPMENT HAVING BEEN MADE FROM FORT MCPHERSON, UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH 10 (B), ARMY REGULATIONS 30-960, JUNE 12, 1931, TRANSPORTATION AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE MAY NOT EXCEED THE COST OF SHIPMENT ON A LIKE WEIGHT BY ORDINARY FREIGHT. THE L.C.L. RATE TO FORT HAMILTON IS $1.83 PER HUNDREDWEIGHT, AND THE CARLOAD RATE BETWEEN THE SAME POINTS IS $1.28 PER HUNDREDWEIGHT. THE COST OF THIS SHIPMENT BY MOTOR VAN FROM FORT MCPHERSON DOES NOT EXCEED THE COST OF A LIKE WEIGHT BY ORDINARY FREIGHT FROM JACKSONVILLE, TO THE NEW STATION, AND THERE IS NO EXCESS FOR COLLECTION ON THIS SHIPMENT.

THE SECOND LOT WAS SHIPPED FROM NEW CUMBERLAND TO THE NEW STATION. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DETERMINING WHETHER THIS SHIPMENT WAS WITHIN THE AUTHORIZED ALLOWANCE OR WHETHER THERE IS ANY EXCESS COST OF ITS SHIPMENT, UNDER THE RULES STATED IN 10 COMP. GEN. 58, AND 14 COMP. GEN. 65, THE CONSTRUCTIVE GROSS WEIGHT OF THE 6,600 POUNDS SHIPPED BY MOTOR VAN IS DETERMINED BY INCREASING SUCH WEIGHT BY 25 PERCENT AS PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH 18 (D), ARMY REGULATIONS 30-960, MAKING SUCH GROSS WEIGHT 8,250 POUNDS. THE OFFICER WAS PROMOTED TO COLONEL, AUGUST 22, 1933, DATE OF ACCEPTANCE NOT SHOWN, BUT BECAUSE OF THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 201 OF THE ECONOMY ACT, 47 STAT. 403, HE CONTINUED TO BE ENTITLED TO THE PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF A LIEUTENANT COLONEL, AND HIS AUTHORIZED CHANGE OF STATION BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE WAS NOT INCREASED FROM 9,500 POUNDS TO 11,000 POUNDS BY REASON OF SUCH PROMOTION, AND HIS AUTHORIZED WEIGHT ALLOWANCE ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION WAS 9,500 POUNDS. OF THIS SHIPMENT 1,250 POUNDS (9,500 MINUS 8,250) OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND HIS PROFESSIONAL BOOKS, WERE AUTHORIZED TO BE SHIPPED AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE, AND THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THE 850 POUNDS IN EXCESS THEREOF IS REQUIRED TO BE BORNE BY THE OFFICER, BEING AT 72 CENTS PER HUNDREDWEIGHT, $6.12.

THE THIRD SHIPMENT OF 1,122 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS WAS IN EXCESS OF THE AUTHORIZED CHANGE OF STATION ALLOWANCE AND THE COST THEREOF, $22.22, IS REQUIRED TO BE BORNE ENTIRELY BY THE OFFICER.

THERE IS FOR COLLECTION FROM THE OFFICER $28.34 FOR EXCESS COST OF TRANSPORTATION OF HIS PERSONAL EFFECTS ON PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION FROM JACKSONVILLE, FLA., TO FORT HAMILTON, NEW YORK.