B-125890, DEC. 21, 1955

B-125890: Dec 21, 1955

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DETWILER: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 11. IT APPEARS FROM THE RECORD THAT SUBSEQUENT TO YOUR ARRIVAL AT HOMESTEAD BUT PRIOR TO ARRIVAL OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD GOODS YOU WERE INFORMED THAT YOUR PERMANENT STATION WOULD BE PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE IN LIEU OF HOMESTEAD. IT WAS DECIDED THAT YOUR STATION WOULD NOT BE CHANGED. YOUR CLAIM FOR AN AMOUNT SUPPLEMENTAL TO THAT ADMINISTRATIVELY ALLOWED WAS DISALLOWED BY OUR SETTLEMENT OF MAY 4. THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS ADVISED OUR OFFICE THAT PAYMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $849.09 WAS MADE TO YOU COVERING TRANSPORTATION OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD GOODS FROM ST. LOUIS TO EITHER MIAMI OR HOMESTEAD WOULD BE THE SAME SINCE BOTH LOCALITIES ARE IN THE SAME ZONE AND SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN PAID THE MAXIMUM AUTHORIZED BY THE APPLICABLE EXECUTIVE ORDER FOR TRANSPORTATION.

B-125890, DEC. 21, 1955

TO MR. S. W. DETWILER:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 11, 1955, REQUESTING RECONSIDERATION OF OFFICE SETTLEMENT DATED MAY 4, 1955, WHICH DISALLOWED YOUR CLAIM, IN THE SUM OF $253.02, COVERING AN ADDITIONAL PAYMENT BELIEVED DUE YOU FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS FROM MIAMI TO HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA, INCIDENT TO THE TRANSFER OF YOUR OFFICIAL STATION FROM ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, TO HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA, AS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, CORPS OF ENGINEERS, UNDER TRAVEL ORDER NO. 3014, DATED MARCH 18, 1954.

IT APPEARS FROM THE RECORD THAT SUBSEQUENT TO YOUR ARRIVAL AT HOMESTEAD BUT PRIOR TO ARRIVAL OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD GOODS YOU WERE INFORMED THAT YOUR PERMANENT STATION WOULD BE PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE IN LIEU OF HOMESTEAD. ACCORDINGLY YOU HAD YOUR HOUSEHOLD GOODS TEMPORARILY STORED AT MIAMI, PENDING CONFIRMATION OF THAT ADVICE. SUBSEQUENTLY, IT WAS DECIDED THAT YOUR STATION WOULD NOT BE CHANGED, BUT IN THE INTERIM YOU INCURRED ADDITIONAL EXPENSE FOR THE STORAGE AND DRAYAGE OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD GOODS. YOUR CLAIM FOR AN AMOUNT SUPPLEMENTAL TO THAT ADMINISTRATIVELY ALLOWED WAS DISALLOWED BY OUR SETTLEMENT OF MAY 4, 1955.

BY REPORT DATED MARCH 3, 1955, THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS ADVISED OUR OFFICE THAT PAYMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $849.09 WAS MADE TO YOU COVERING TRANSPORTATION OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD GOODS FROM ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, TO MIAMI, FLORIDA, IN THE AMOUNT OF $794.53, AND, ALSO, A PART OF THE COST OF STORAGE OF YOUR GOODS IN MIAMI, IN THE AMOUNT OF $54.56. YOU CLAIM AN ADDITIONAL AMOUNT FOR TRANSPORTATION OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD GOODS FROM MIAMI TO HOMESTEAD, A DISTANCE OF 30 MILES, AT THE COMMUTED RATE OF $3.71 PER HUNDREDWEIGHT, INCIDENT TO THEIR DELIVERY FROM STORAGE TO YOUR RESIDENCE.

THE MAXIMUM COMMUTED ALLOWANCE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF YOUR GOODS FROM ST. LOUIS TO EITHER MIAMI OR HOMESTEAD WOULD BE THE SAME SINCE BOTH LOCALITIES ARE IN THE SAME ZONE AND SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN PAID THE MAXIMUM AUTHORIZED BY THE APPLICABLE EXECUTIVE ORDER FOR TRANSPORTATION, THAT IS, $794.53, THERE IS NO LEGAL BASIS FOR ALLOWING AN ADDITIONAL AMOUNT FOR THAT PURPOSE. HOWEVER, COST OF DRAYAGE FROM A WAREHOUSE TO AN EMPLOYEE'S RESIDENCE INCIDENTAL TO THE STORAGE OF HIS GOODS, HERETOFORE HAS BEEN HELD TO BE A PART OF STORAGE CHARGES AND MAY BE ALLOWED WITHIN THE AUTHORIZED COMMUTED RATE FOR STORAGE, NOT EXCEEDING THE ACTUAL EXPENSE INCURRED BY THE EMPLOYEE. SEE 27 COMP. GEN. 753. ACCORDING TO THE RECORD THE ACTUAL EXPENSE INCURRED BY YOU FOR STORAGE AND INCIDENTAL DRAYAGE IS $172.39. THE MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE FOR STORAGE 6,820 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS FOR 30 DAYS AT THE COMMUTED RATE OF $2 PER HUNDREDWEIGHT IS $136.40. SINCE, IN ADDITION TO THE TRANSPORTATION ALLOWANCE, YOU ALREADY HAVE BEEN PAID $54.56 OF THE STORAGE CHARGES INCURRED, YOU ARE ENTITLED TO A SUPPLEMENTAL PAYMENT OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN $136.40 AND $54.56, OR $81.84, FOR WHICH SETTLEMENT OF OUR OFFICE WILL ISSUE.