B-117451, JANUARY 26, 1954, 33 COMP. GEN. 306

B-117451: Jan 26, 1954

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A NAVAL RESERVE OFFICER WHO WAS ORDERED TO ACTIVE DUTY AND ASSIGNED TO DUTY WITH MILITARY SEA TRANSPORTATION SERVICE. WHO PLACED HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS IN COMMERCIAL STORAGE BECAUSE GOVERNMENT FACILITIES WERE NOT AVAILABLE. 1954: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 23. YOU WERE ORDERED TO ACTIVE DUTY FROM YOUR HOME. 850 POUNDS WERE PACKED AND SHIPPED FROM SLEEPY EYE TO COMMERCIAL STORAGE AT MANKATO. WHILE SHIPMENT IS IN TRANSIT OR EN ROUTE AND STORAGE IS NOT FURNISHED FREE BY THE CARRIER. PARAGRAPH 8006-2 OF THE SAME REGULATIONS PROVIDES THAT WHERE STORAGE OF EFFECTS IS DESIRED UPON ASSIGNMENT TO SEA DUTY HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS MAY BE PLACED IN NONTEMPORARY STORAGE IN GOVERNMENT FACILITIES WHEN SUCH FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE.

B-117451, JANUARY 26, 1954, 33 COMP. GEN. 306

STORAGE - HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS - NAVAL OFFICER ASSIGNED TO SEA DUTY - NON TEMPORARY STORAGE UNDER PARAGRAPH 8006-2, JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, WHICH PERMITS NON TEMPORARY STORAGE IN GOVERNMENT FACILITIES OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS OF MEMBERS ASSIGNED TO SEA DUTY, A NAVAL RESERVE OFFICER WHO WAS ORDERED TO ACTIVE DUTY AND ASSIGNED TO DUTY WITH MILITARY SEA TRANSPORTATION SERVICE, WESTERN PACIFIC, AND WHO PLACED HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS IN COMMERCIAL STORAGE BECAUSE GOVERNMENT FACILITIES WERE NOT AVAILABLE, MAY NOT BE REIMBURSED COST OF TEMPORARY STORAGE OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS.

ASSISTANT COMPTROLLER GENERAL WEITZEL TO LIEUTENANT WALLACE R. CAMPBELL, U.S.N.R., JANUARY 26, 1954:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 23, 1953, IN EFFECT REQUESTING REVIEW OF THAT PART OF THE SETTLEMENT OF JULY 31, 1953, WHICH DISALLOWED YOUR CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE COST OF THE STORAGE OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS FROM APRIL 2 TO OCTOBER 2, 1953, WHILE SERVING AS LIEUTENANT (JG) UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE.

BY ORDERS DATED FEBRUARY 16, 1951, YOU WERE ORDERED TO ACTIVE DUTY FROM YOUR HOME, SLEEPY EYE, MINNESOTA, AND ASSIGNED TO DUTY WITH MILITARY SEA TRANSPORTATION SERVICE, WESTERN PACIFIC. ON APRIL 2, 1952, HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WEIGHTING 3,850 POUNDS WERE PACKED AND SHIPPED FROM SLEEPY EYE TO COMMERCIAL STORAGE AT MANKATO, MINNESOTA.

PARAGRAPH 8006-1, JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, PROMULGATED PURSUANT TO SECTION 303 (C) OF THE CAREER COMPENSATION ACT OF 1949, 63 STAT. 814, PROVIDES THAT WHEN NECESSARY IN CONNECTION WITH A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION TEMPORARY STORAGE OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS NOT TO EXCEED SIX MONTHS MAY BE AUTHORIZED AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE AFTER PICKUP OF PROPERTY AT QUARTERS AND BEFORE DISPATCH FROM CARRIER'S STATION AT POINT OF ORIGIN; WHILE SHIPMENT IS IN TRANSIT OR EN ROUTE AND STORAGE IS NOT FURNISHED FREE BY THE CARRIER; OR AFTER ARRIVAL OF SHIPMENT AT CARRIER'S DESTINATION STATION AND BEFORE DELIVERY OF SHIPMENT INTO QUARTERS. PARAGRAPH 8006-2 OF THE SAME REGULATIONS PROVIDES THAT WHERE STORAGE OF EFFECTS IS DESIRED UPON ASSIGNMENT TO SEA DUTY HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS MAY BE PLACED IN NONTEMPORARY STORAGE IN GOVERNMENT FACILITIES WHEN SUCH FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE. HOWEVER, WHEN SUCH FACILITIES ARE NOT AVAILABLE AND THE EFFECTS ARE PLACED IN COMMERCIAL STORAGE THERE IS NO AUTHORITY FOR PAYMENT OF ANY PORTION OF THE COST INCURRED, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY ADVICE TO THE CONTRARY YOU MAY HAVE RECEIVED.

ACCORDINGLY, THE DISALLOWANCE OF YOUR CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR SIX MONTHS' STORAGE OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WAS CORRECT AND IS SUSTAINED.