B-123478, JUL. 15, 1955

B-123478: Jul 15, 1955

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HER BAGGAGE WAS HAULED AT PERSONAL EXPENSE OF $5.67 FROM A RESIDENCE IN PORTSMOUTH. SUCH BAGGAGE WAS CARRIED FREE ON HER TICKET TO NEW YORK AND THEN TRANSFERRED AT PERSONAL EXPENSE OF $4.95 FROM THE STATION IN NEW YORK TO A PIER FOR SHIPMENT OVERSEAS. YOUR CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE EXPENSES SO INCURRED WAS DISALLOWED BY SETTLEMENT DATED FEBRUARY 9. WAS CARRIED FREE ON HER TICKET FROM NORFOLK. SUCH BAGGAGE MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS SUCH AS ARE AUTHORIZED BY THE JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS TO BE MOVED SEPARATELY AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE INCIDENT TO A CHANGE OF STATION. REIMBURSEMENT FOR TRAVEL OF DEPENDENTS FOR WHICH TRANSPORTATION IN KIND IS NOT FURNISHED IS ON A MILEAGE BASIS AT A RATE WHICH IS FIXED TO INCLUDE.

B-123478, JUL. 15, 1955

TO JOSEPH A. MATHIAS, QMC, USN, 2833691, LEWIS HANCOCK IDD-6751:

YOUR LETTER OF MARCH 6, 1955, REQUESTED A REVIEW OF SETTLEMENT DATED FEBRUARY 9, 1955, WHICH DISALLOWED YOUR CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE COST OF HAULING YOUR WIFE'S BAGGAGE TO THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD STATION IN NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, AND TRANSFER OF THE BAGGAGE FROM THE RAILROAD STATION TO A PIER IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK, FOR SHIPMENT OVERSEAS IN DECEMBER 1952.

IT APPEARS THAT INCIDENT TO YOUR WIFE'S TRAVEL FROM PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA, TO YOUR OVERSEAS STATION, PORT LYAUTEY, FRENCH MOROCCO, BY WAY OF NEW YORK, NEW YORK, HER BAGGAGE WAS HAULED AT PERSONAL EXPENSE OF $5.67 FROM A RESIDENCE IN PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA, TO THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD STATION, NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, ON DECEMBER 24, 1952. SUCH BAGGAGE WAS CARRIED FREE ON HER TICKET TO NEW YORK AND THEN TRANSFERRED AT PERSONAL EXPENSE OF $4.95 FROM THE STATION IN NEW YORK TO A PIER FOR SHIPMENT OVERSEAS. YOUR CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE EXPENSES SO INCURRED WAS DISALLOWED BY SETTLEMENT DATED FEBRUARY 9, 1955.

JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS ISSUED PURSUANT TO SECTION 303C OF THE CAREER COMPENSATION ACT OF 1949, 63 STAT. 814, PROVIDE (PARAGRAPH 8000 2) THAT THE TERM "HOUSEHOLD GOODS" INCLUDES HOUSEHOLD GOODS, CLOTHING, BAGGAGE, AND ALL OTHER PERSONAL EFFECTS OF A SIMILAR CHARACTER, EXCEPT PERSONAL BAGGAGE WHEN CARRIED FREE ON TICKETS.

SINCE IT APPEARS THAT THE BAGGAGE OF YOUR WIFE, IRRESPECTIVE OF ITS CONTENTS, WAS CARRIED FREE ON HER TICKET FROM NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, TO NEW YORK, NEW YORK, SUCH BAGGAGE MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS SUCH AS ARE AUTHORIZED BY THE JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS TO BE MOVED SEPARATELY AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE INCIDENT TO A CHANGE OF STATION. REIMBURSEMENT FOR TRAVEL OF DEPENDENTS FOR WHICH TRANSPORTATION IN KIND IS NOT FURNISHED IS ON A MILEAGE BASIS AT A RATE WHICH IS FIXED TO INCLUDE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, REIMBURSEMENT FOR INCIDENTAL EXPENSES DIRECTLY RELATED TO TRAVEL SUCH AS TRANSFER OR DRAYAGE CHARGES ON HAND LUGGAGE. PRESUMABLY YOU HAVE BEEN PAID MILEAGE FOR TRAVEL OF YOUR DEPENDENTS FROM NORFOLK TO NEW YORK. IT FOLLOWS THAT THERE IS NO LEGAL BASIS UPON WHICH ANY PART OF YOUR CLAIM FOR EXPENSES INCURRED IN HAULING THE BAGGAGE TO THE RAILROAD STATION IN NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, AND ITS TRANSFER FROM THE STATION TO A PIER IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK, MAY BE ALLOWED.