A-8420, A-9419, MAY 13, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 941

A-8420,A-9419: May 13, 1925

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WILL NOT BE DISTURBED IF OTHERWISE REGULAR. 4 COMP. 1925: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF MAY 2. WHICH WAS THE DATE OF THE ACT ENABLING THE HEADS OF THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND INDEPENDENT ESTABLISHMENTS TO ADJUST THE COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES IN THE FIELD SERVICE. WHICH WAS NOT RECEIVED IN THIS DEPARTMENT UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF MARCH. THE HEADQUARTERS OF A NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES HAD BEEN CHANGED AND IF THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED REIMBURSEMENT IT WILL MEAN A DECIDED LOSS. IT VIEW OF THE LONG-CONTINUED PRACTICE AND THE APPARENT GROUND FOR THE ASSUMPTION THAT SUCH PAYMENTS WERE PROPER. I AM WRITING THIS LETTER TO ASK IF YOU WILL NOT AUTHORIZE THE PAYMENT OF SUCH EXPENSES OCCURRING ON OR PRIOR TO MARCH 28. ARE AUTHORIZED.

A-8420, A-9419, MAY 13, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 941

TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS OF EMPLOYEES OF THE RECLAMATION SERVICE, GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, AND BUREAU OF MINES IN THE ABSENCE OF SPECIFIC LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY THEREFOR, THE COST OF PACKING, CRATING, HAULING, AND TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS OF EMPLOYEES OF THE RECLAMATION SERVICE, GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, AND BUREAU OF MINES, DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR, UPON CHANGE OF STATION, MAY NOT BE PAID FROM APPROPRIATED FUNDS. PAYMENTS MADE PRIOR TO DECISION OF MARCH 28, 1925, WILL NOT BE DISTURBED IF OTHERWISE REGULAR. 4 COMP. GEN. 818, MODIFIED. (MODIFIED BY 4 COMP. GEN. 1069.)

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, MAY 13, 1925:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF MAY 2, 1925, AS FOLLOWS:

IN YOUR DECISION TO THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR OF MARCH 28, 1925 (A- 8420), YOU HELD THAT PAYMENTS FOR TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS OF EMPLOYEES OF THE RECLAMATION SERVICE, THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, AND THE BUREAU OF MINES WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED SUBSEQUENT TO DECEMBER 6, 1924, WHICH WAS THE DATE OF THE ACT ENABLING THE HEADS OF THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND INDEPENDENT ESTABLISHMENTS TO ADJUST THE COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES IN THE FIELD SERVICE. BEFORE THE RECEIPT OF THIS DECISION AND YOUR DECISION OF JANUARY 15, 1925, TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED STATES VETERANS' BUREAU, ON THE SAME SUBJECT, WHICH WAS NOT RECEIVED IN THIS DEPARTMENT UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF MARCH, THE HEADQUARTERS OF A NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES HAD BEEN CHANGED AND IF THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED REIMBURSEMENT IT WILL MEAN A DECIDED LOSS.

ACCORDINGLY, IT VIEW OF THE LONG-CONTINUED PRACTICE AND THE APPARENT GROUND FOR THE ASSUMPTION THAT SUCH PAYMENTS WERE PROPER, I AM WRITING THIS LETTER TO ASK IF YOU WILL NOT AUTHORIZE THE PAYMENT OF SUCH EXPENSES OCCURRING ON OR PRIOR TO MARCH 28, 1925, INSTEAD OF DECEMBER 6, 1924.

THERE HAS ALSO BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 30, 1925, FORWARDING VOUCHER IN THE AMOUNT OF $146.19 IN FAVOR OF THE KENNICOTT PATTERSON TRANSFER CO. FOR PACKING, CARTAGE, AND SHIPPING HOUSEHOLD GOODS OF R. M. PATRICK, IN CONNECTION WITH HIS TRANSFER FROM THE DENVER OFFICE TO THE WASHINGTON OFFICE OF THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, MARCH 18, 1925.

IN VIEW OF YOUR STATEMENTS RELATIVE TO THE LONG-CONTINUED PRACTICE OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT UNDER REGULATIONS HERETOFORE RECOGNIZED BY THE COMPTROLLER OF THE TREASURY, AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH YOUR REQUEST, PAYMENTS FOR TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS SHIPPED ON OR PRIOR TO MARCH 28, 1925, ARE AUTHORIZED. VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF THE KENNICOTT PATTERSON TRANSFER CO. RETURNED HEREWITH MAY BE PAID IN AN AMOUNT AUTHORIZED BY REGULATIONS.

DECISION OF MARCH 28, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 818, IS HEREBY AMENDED, CHANGING THE EFFECTIVE DATE FOR THE DISCONTINUANCE OF THE PRACTICE OF SHIPPING HOUSEHOLD GOODS OF EMPLOYEES UPON CHANGE OF STATION FROM DECEMBER 6, 1924, TO MARCH 28, 1925.