B-114577, MAY 5, 1953, 32 COMP. GEN. 485

B-114577: May 5, 1953

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TRANSPORTATION - DEPENDENTS - MONETARY ALLOWANCE PAYABLE TO NAVAL MEMBERS ON CHANGE OF HOME PORT UNDER PARAGRAPH 7003-3 OF THE JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS A MEMBER OF THE NAVAL FORCES ASSIGNED TO A VESSEL THE HOME PORT OF WHICH IS CHANGED TO A LOCATION IN THE UNITED STATES MAY BE PAID A MONETARY ALLOWANCE FOR TRAVEL OF DEPENDENTS INCIDENT TO THE CHANGE OF HOME PORT FROM THE UNITED STATES TO OVERSEAS. EVEN THOUGH NO LAND MILES ARE INVOLVED IN EITHER CHANGE OF HOME PORTS. REQUESTING DECISION AS TO WHETHER PAYMENT THEREON IS AUTHORIZED. YOUR REQUEST WAS NOT ROUTED THROUGH THE CHIEF. THE CLAIMANT WAS TRANSFERRED FROM COMMANDER SUBMARINE GROUP ONE. REIMBURSEMENT WAS EFFECTED BY YOU ON VOUCHER 29 IN YOUR JANUARY 1952.

B-114577, MAY 5, 1953, 32 COMP. GEN. 485

TRANSPORTATION - DEPENDENTS - MONETARY ALLOWANCE PAYABLE TO NAVAL MEMBERS ON CHANGE OF HOME PORT UNDER PARAGRAPH 7003-3 OF THE JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS A MEMBER OF THE NAVAL FORCES ASSIGNED TO A VESSEL THE HOME PORT OF WHICH IS CHANGED TO A LOCATION IN THE UNITED STATES MAY BE PAID A MONETARY ALLOWANCE FOR TRAVEL OF DEPENDENTS INCIDENT TO THE CHANGE OF HOME PORT FROM THE UNITED STATES TO OVERSEAS, NOT TO EXCEED THAT PAYABLE FOR THE DISTANCE FROM THE OLD HOME PORT TO THE PORT OF EMBARKATION, AND ALSO PAID AN ALLOWANCE INCIDENT TO THE CHANGE OF HOME PORT FROM OVERSEAS TO THE UNITED STATES, NOT TO EXCEED THAT PAYABLE FOR THE DISTANCE FROM THE PORT OF EMBARKATION TO THE NEW HOME PORT, EVEN THOUGH NO LAND MILES ARE INVOLVED IN EITHER CHANGE OF HOME PORTS.

ASSISTANT COMPTROLLER GENERAL YATES TO ENSIGN F. J. LEE, JR., DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY, MAY 5, 1953:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED BY FIRST ENDORSEMENT DATED DECEMBER 8, 1952, YOUR LETTER OF THE SAME DATE TRANSMITTING TWO VOUCHERS IN FAVOR OF CHIEF COMMISSARY MAN DOUGLAS N. MCINTYRE, USN, FOR MONETARY ALLOWANCE FOR TRAVEL OF HIS DEPENDENTS FROM PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, TO JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, AND RETURN, AND REQUESTING DECISION AS TO WHETHER PAYMENT THEREON IS AUTHORIZED. YOUR REQUEST WAS NOT ROUTED THROUGH THE CHIEF, BUREAU OF SUPPLIES AND ACCOUNTS, AS REQUIRED BY PARAGRAPH 52002 (3), BUREAU OF SUPPLIES AND ACCOUNTS MANUAL.

BY ORDERS DATED SEPTEMBER 24, 1951, THE CLAIMANT WAS TRANSFERRED FROM COMMANDER SUBMARINE GROUP ONE, FLORIDA GROUP, ATLANTIC RESERVE FLEET, GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FLORIDA, FOR DUTY IN CONNECTION WITH REACTIVATION OF THE USS MERCER APB-39, AND FOR DUTY ON BOARD WHEN COMMISSIONED. FOLLOWING THE DESIGNATION OF BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, AS THE HOME PORT OF THAT VESSEL THE DEPENDENTS TRAVELED THERETO FROM GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FLORIDA, AND REIMBURSEMENT WAS EFFECTED BY YOU ON VOUCHER 29 IN YOUR JANUARY 1952, ACCOUNTS. ON DECEMBER 20, 1951, THE HOME PORT OF THE VESSEL WAS CHANGED TO NAPLES, ITALY, AND ON JULY 1, 1952, IT WAS CHANGED TO NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND. THE DEPENDENTS (WIFE AND ONE CHILD, 5 YEARS OF AGE) TRAVELED FROM PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND TO JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, FEBRUARY 5 TO 7, 1952, INCIDENT TO THE FIRST CHANGE, AND FROM JACKSONVILLE TO PROVIDENCE INCIDENT TO THE SECOND. YOUR DOUBT AS TO WHETHER REIMBURSEMENT IS AUTHORIZED ARISES FROM THE FACT THAT NO LAND MILES ARE INVOLVED IN THE CHANGE OF THE HOME PORT FROM BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, TO NAPLES, ITALY, AND FROM THE LATTER TO NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND.

SECTION 303 (C) OF THE CAREER COMPENSATION ACT OF 1949, 63 STAT. 814, PROVIDES THAT UNDER REGULATIONS PRESCRIBED BY THE SECRETARIES CONCERNED MEMBERS OF THE UNIFORMED SERVICES WHEN ORDERED TO MAKE A CHANGE OF PERMANENT STATION SHALL BE ENTITLED TO TRANSPORTATION IN KIND FOR DEPENDENTS OR TO REIMBURSEMENT THEREFOR OR TO MONETARY ALLOWANCE IN LIEU OF TRANSPORTATION IN KIND. IT FURTHER PROVIDES THAT THE SECRETARY CONCERNED SHALL DEFINE THE TERM "PERMANENT STATION" AND THAT SUCH DEFINITION SHALL INCLUDE A SHORE STATION OR THE HOME YARD OR HOME PORT OF THE VESSEL TO WHICH A MEMBER OF THE UNIFORMED SERVICES MAY BE ORDERED. PARAGRAPH 1150-10, JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, DEFINES A PERMANENT DUTY STATION AS THE POST OF DUTY OR OFFICIAL STATION (INCLUDING THE HOME PORT OR HOME YARD OF A VESSEL INSOFAR AS TRANSPORTATION OF DEPENDENTS AND HOUSEHOLD GOODS IS CONCERNED) TO WHICH A MEMBER IS ASSIGNED OR ATTACHED FOR DUTY OTHER THAN TEMPORARY DUTY OR TEMPORARY ADDITIONAL DUTY. PARAGRAPHS 7064 AND 7065 THEREOF PROVIDE THAT TRANSPORTATION OF DEPENDENTS IS AUTHORIZED BETWEEN VARIOUS POINTS INCLUDING FROM THE OLD HOME PORT TO A PLACE OTHER THAN THE NEW HOME PORT, AND FROM A PLACE OTHER THAN THE OLD HOME PORT TO THE NEW HOME PORT NOT TO EXCEED THE ENTITLEMENT FROM THE OLD HOME PORT TO THE NEW HOME PORT. PARAGRAPH 7003-1 PROVIDES FOR PAYMENT OF A MONETARY ALLOWANCE IN LIEU OF TRANSPORTATION FOR DEPENDENTS FOR ALL AUTHORIZED TRAVEL PERFORMED WITHIN THE UNITED STATES REGARDLESS OF MODE OF TRANSPORTATION UTILIZED. PARAGRAPH 7003-3 PROVIDES THAT WHEN THE OLD PERMANENT STATION IS IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE NEW PERMANENT STATION IS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES SUCH ALLOWANCE IS PAYABLE FOR THE DISTANCE FROM THE OLD PERMANENT STATION TO THE PORT OF EMBARKATION IN THE UNITED STATES BY GOVERNMENT TRANSPORT, AND THAT WHEN THE OLD PERMANENT STATION IS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES AND THE NEW PERMANENT STATION IS IN THE UNITED STATES SUCH ALLOWANCE IS PAYABLE FOR THE DISTANCE FROM THE PORT OF DEBARKATION IN THE UNITED STATES BY GOVERNMENT TRANSPORT TO NEW PERMANENT STATION. (IN ADDITION, WHEN THE OVERSEAS STATION IS NOT AT A PORT PROVISION IS MADE FOR PAYMENT OF THE ALLOWANCE FOR LAND TRAVEL PERFORMED FROM THE PORT OF DEBARKATION TO THE OVERSEAS STATION AND FROM SUCH STATION TO THE PORT OF EMBARKATION.) SINCE IT APPEARS THAT NEW YORK, NEW YORK, IS THE USUAL PROTEST OF EMBARKATION AND DEBARKATION FOR TRAVEL OF DEPENDENTS INCIDENT TO THE CHANGE OF HOME PORT FROM BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, TO NAPLES, ITALY, MAY NOT EXCEED THAT PAYABLE FOR THE DISTANCE FROM BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, TO NEW YORK, NEW YORK, AND THE ALLOWANCE FOR SUCH TRAVEL INCIDENT TO THE CHANGE OF HOME PORT FROM NAPLES, ITALY, TO NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND, MAY NOT EXCEED THE ALLOWANCE PAYABLE FOR THE DISTANCE FROM NEW YORK, NEW YORK, TO NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND.

ACCORDINGLY, THE VOUCHERS ARE RETURNED HEREWITH, PAYMENT THEREON BEING AUTHORIZED IF CORRECTED ON THE BASIS SET FORTH ABOVE.