B-126808, APR. 12, 1956

B-126808: Apr 12, 1956

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THE EMPLOYEE WAS AUTHORIZED TO TRANSPORT HIS HOUSEHOLD GOODS. WERE SHIPPED VIA THE GREYVAN LINES. NOW IS CLAIMING $19.52 ADDITIONAL. TO WHICH THE UNITED STATES IS NOT A PARTY. THE BILL IF PROPERLY DUE IS FOR PAYMENT BY THE EMPLOYEE RATHER THAN THE GOVERNMENT. IT IS NOTED HOWEVER. THAT PAYMENT WAS MADE TO MR. THAT IS. HE WAS REIMBURSED $553.44. IT APPEARS THAT HAD THE EMPLOYEE PROPERLY BEEN PAID UNDER THE EXECUTIVE ORDER HE WOULD HAVE BEEN ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR SHIPMENT OF 7. THE BILL ENCLOSED WITH YOUR LETTER IS RETURNED HEREWITH FOR DISPOSITION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FOREGOING.

B-126808, APR. 12, 1956

TO MR. T. F. CLARK, TREASURER, AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION:

YOUR RECENT LETTER, ADDRESSED TO THE CLAIMS DIVISION, GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE, REQUESTS A DECISION WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT A BILL, ACCOMPANYING YOUR LETTER, IN FAVOR OF GREYVAN LINES, INC., IN THE AMOUNT OF $19.52, REPRESENTING THE ADDITIONAL COST OF TRANSPORTING THE HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS OF MR. WALTER M. MALE, INCIDENT TO A CHANGE OF OFFICIAL HEADQUARTERS FROM PARK RIDGE, ILLINOIS, TO WASHINGTON, D.C., AS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION.

THE RECORDS SHOW THAT BY TRAVEL ORDERS NO. 86, DATED OCTOBER 3, 1955, THE EMPLOYEE WAS AUTHORIZED TO TRANSPORT HIS HOUSEHOLD GOODS, LIMITED TO A MAXIMUM WEIGHT (UNCRATED) OF 7,000 POUNDS, AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE FROM CRYSTAL LAKE, ILLINOIS, TO WASHINGTON D.C., ON OR ABOUT OCTOBER 3, 1955, INCIDENT TO A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION. THE HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS, WEIGHING 7,715 POUNDS, WERE SHIPPED VIA THE GREYVAN LINES, INC., ON A COMMERCIAL BILL OF LADING, AT A COST OF $553.44, WHICH AMOUNT THE GOVERNMENT HAS REIMBURSED THE EMPLOYEE. THE GREYVAN LINES, INC., NOW IS CLAIMING $19.52 ADDITIONAL.

THE SUPPLEMENTAL BILL OF THE CARRIER AROSE OUT OF THE CONTRACT BETWEEN THE EMPLOYEE AND THE CARRIER AS EVIDENCED BY COMMERCIAL BILL OF LADING NO. 100995, TO WHICH THE UNITED STATES IS NOT A PARTY. ACCORDINGLY, THE BILL IF PROPERLY DUE IS FOR PAYMENT BY THE EMPLOYEE RATHER THAN THE GOVERNMENT.

IT IS NOTED HOWEVER, THAT PAYMENT WAS MADE TO MR. MALE ON AN ACTUAL EXPENSE BASIS; THAT IS, HE WAS REIMBURSED $553.44, THE AMOUNT OF THE CARRIER'S ORIGINAL BILL, RATHER THAN ON A COMMUTED BASIS AS AUTHORIZED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9805, AS AMENDED. IT APPEARS THAT HAD THE EMPLOYEE PROPERLY BEEN PAID UNDER THE EXECUTIVE ORDER HE WOULD HAVE BEEN ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR SHIPMENT OF 7,000 POUNDS OF UNCRATED HOUSEHOLD GOODS FROM CRYSTAL LAKE TO WASHINGTON, D.C., A DISTANCE OF 732 MILES, AT A COMMUTED RATE OF $8.66 PER HUNDRED POUNDS OR $606.20.

THE BILL ENCLOSED WITH YOUR LETTER IS RETURNED HEREWITH FOR DISPOSITION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FOREGOING.