B-114012, APRIL 21, 1953, 32 COMP. GEN. 471

B-114012: Apr 21, 1953

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WHO TWO MONTHS LATER WAS TRANSFERRED BACK TO THE OLD STATION FOR PERMANENT DUTY. IS ENTITLED UNDER SECTION 12 (B) OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9933. 1953: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 25. THE EMPLOYEE WAS DIRECTED TO PROCEED FROM CLEVELAND. HIS PERMANENT TRANSFER WAS ORDERED FROM NEW YORK. HIS HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WERE PLACED IN STORAGE AT CLEVELAND ON APRIL 12. APPARENTLY BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT HE ANTICIPATED A TRANSFER OF DUTY STATION TO CANADA IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE AND HOUSING WAS NOT AVAILABLE. AT WHICH TIME SUITABLE LIVING QUARTERS WERE AVAILABLE IN CLEVELAND. THE VIEW IS WARRANTED THAT THE STORAGE OF THE HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS ON AND AFTER MAY 2 AND JULY 2. WAS INCIDENT TO THE PERMANENT CHANGES OF STATION.

B-114012, APRIL 21, 1953, 32 COMP. GEN. 471

STORAGE - HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS - SUCCESSIVE PERMANENT CHANGES OF STATIONS - COMMUTED RATE A TRANSFERRED EMPLOYEE WHO PLACED HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS IN STORAGE AT OLD STATION IN ANTICIPATION OF SHIPMENT TO NEW PERMANENT STATION BUT WHO DID NOT SHIP THEM BECAUSE OF LACK OF HOUSING AND ANTICIPATION OF A FURTHER TRANSFER, AND WHO TWO MONTHS LATER WAS TRANSFERRED BACK TO THE OLD STATION FOR PERMANENT DUTY, IS ENTITLED UNDER SECTION 12 (B) OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9933, TO REIMBURSEMENT AT NOT TO EXCEED THE COMMUTED RATE FOR A PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED 60 DAYS TEMPORARY STORAGE FOR EACH PERMANENT TRANSFER OF HEADQUARTERS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL WARREN TO MAX WISHNEFSKY, ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION, APRIL 21, 1953:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 25, 1953 ( FG:MV:GTS) WITH ENCLOSURES, TRANSMITTING A VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF BUFORD SPARKS, FOR AN AMOUNT ALLEGED TO BE DUE AS REIMBURSEMENT FOR EXPENSES INCURRED INCIDENT TO TEMPORARY STORAGE OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS IN CONNECTION WITH PERMANENT TRANSFERS OF DUTY STATIONS AS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION AND REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO WHETHER THE VOUCHER MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT.

BY CHANGE OF OFFICIAL STATION ORDER NO. NY-787-2, DATED MAY 2, 1952, THE EMPLOYEE WAS DIRECTED TO PROCEED FROM CLEVELAND, OHIO, HIS OFFICIAL DUTY STATION, TO NEW YORK, NEW YORK, FOR PERMANENT DUTY, AND BY CHANGE OF OFFICIAL STATION ORDER NO. NY-115-3, DATED JULY 2, 1952, HIS PERMANENT TRANSFER WAS ORDERED FROM NEW YORK, NEW YORK, TO CLEVELAND, OHIO. BOTH OF SAID ORDERS AUTHORIZED SHIPMENT OF THE EMPLOYEE'S HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH EXISTING RULES AND REGULATIONS APPLICABLE THERETO. THE EVIDENCE ON FILE SHOWS THAT PRIOR TO THE EMPLOYEE'S TRANSFER TO NEW YORK, AND IN ANTICIPATION OF THE INTENDED TRANSFER, HIS HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WERE PLACED IN STORAGE AT CLEVELAND ON APRIL 12, 1952. THE EMPLOYEE TRANSFERRED TO HIS NEW DUTY STATION AT NEW YORK AS DIRECTED, BUT APPARENTLY BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT HE ANTICIPATED A TRANSFER OF DUTY STATION TO CANADA IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE AND HOUSING WAS NOT AVAILABLE, HE DID NOT SHIP HIS HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS. ALSO, IT APPEARS THAT THE EFFECTS REMAINED IN STORAGE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2, 1952, AT WHICH TIME SUITABLE LIVING QUARTERS WERE AVAILABLE IN CLEVELAND.

SECTION 12 (B) OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9805, AS ADDED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9933, DATED FEBRUARY 28, 1948, AUTHORIZES THE PAYMENT OF ACTUAL EXPENSES FOR TEMPORARY STORAGE OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS IN THE CASE OF TRANSFERS BETWEEN POINTS WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES AT NOT TO EXCEED THE COMMUTED RATE OF $1.60 PER CWT. FOR THE FIRST 30 DAYS OF STORAGE, PLUS 40 CENTS PER CWT. FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS.

UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, THE VIEW IS WARRANTED THAT THE STORAGE OF THE HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS ON AND AFTER MAY 2 AND JULY 2, 1952, WAS INCIDENT TO THE PERMANENT CHANGES OF STATION, AND THE EMPLOYEE IS ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR A PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED 60 DAYS TEMPORARY STORAGE FOR EACH PERMANENT TRANSFER OF HEADQUARTERS. AS TO THE TEMPORARY STORAGE FOR THE 60 DAYS COMMENCING MAY 2, 1952, THE EMPLOYEE WOULD BE ENTITLED TO $71.20, WHICH THE FILE INDICATES HAS BEEN PAID. CONCERNING THE MATTER OF TEMPORARY STORAGE (INCLUDING DRAYAGE FROM STORAGE) FOR THE PERIOD BEGINNING JULY 2, 1952, THE EMPLOYEE IS ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT AT THE COMMUTED RATE OF $1.60 CWT. FOR THE FIRST 30 DAYS OF STORAGE, PLUS 40 CENTS PER CWT. FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS FOR 3,560 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS, OR $71.20.

ACTION ON THE VOUCHER, WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH, SHOULD BE TAKEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ABOVE.