B-129406, NOV. 20, 1956

B-129406: Nov 20, 1956

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YOU REQUEST A DECISION WHETHER PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED ON A VOUCHER STATED IN FAVOR OF SECOND LIEUTENANT BILL D. THE OFFICER WAS ORDERED TO EXTENDED ACTIVE DUTY AS A SECOND LIEUTENANT. WHICH IS RETAINED HERE. IS NOT AUTHORIZED. THAT THE OFFICER BELIEVES THAT HE IS ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE AMOUNT OF THE EXPENSE INCURRED IN HAULING THE HOUSEHOLD GOODS FROM HIS HOME TO HIS FIRST DUTY STATION. THE COPIES OF THE OFFICER'S ORDERS AND RENTAL AGREEMENT SUBMITTED WITH YOUR LETTER ARE RETURNED.

B-129406, NOV. 20, 1956

TO CAPTAIN MELVIN C. DODSON, USMC, DISBURSING OFFICER, THROUGH COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS:

IN YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 28, 1956, YOU REQUEST A DECISION WHETHER PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED ON A VOUCHER STATED IN FAVOR OF SECOND LIEUTENANT BILL D. BURLISON, 071742, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE, FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE RENTAL OF A TRAILER USED FOR HAULING HIS HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS FROM COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, TO FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA. YOUR DOUBT IN THE MATTER STEMS FROM THE FACT THAT THE JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, CHAPTER 8, PART D, AUTHORIZE PAYMENT OF A CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE SHIPMENT OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS ONLY WHERE THE MEMBER EXPENDS PERSONAL FUNDS FOR THE SHIPMENT OF SUCH GOODS BY COMMERCIAL CARRIERS.

BY FIFTH ENDORSEMENT DATED JUNE 2, 1956, ON BASIC ORDERS OF MARCH 22, 1956, THE OFFICER WAS ORDERED TO EXTENDED ACTIVE DUTY AS A SECOND LIEUTENANT, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE, AND DIRECTED TO REPORT FOR ASSIGNMENT TO FURTHER DUTY UNDER INSTRUCTION IN A CLASS CONVENING JUNE 25, 1956, AT THE MARINE CORPS SCHOOLS, QUANTICO, VIRGINIA, FOR A PERIOD IN EXCESS OF 20 WEEKS. IT APPEARS THAT INCIDENT TO SUCH ORDERS THE OFFICER HAULED BY RENTED TRAILER A QUANTITY OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS FROM HIS HOME AT COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, TO FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, DURING THE PERIOD JUNE 13 AND 18, 1956, AT A PERSONAL EXPENSE OF $31.50 FOR TRAILER RENTAL.

SECTION 303 (C) OF THE CAREER COMPENSATION ACT OF 1949, AS AMENDED, 37 U.S.C. 253 (C), PROVIDES THAT IN CONNECTION WITH A CHANGE OF STATION MEMBERS SHALL BE ENTITLED TO TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS, OR REIMBURSEMENT THEREFOR UNDER SUCH REGULATIONS AS THE SECRETARIES CONCERNED MAY PRESCRIBE. AS INDICATED IN YOUR LETTER, THE JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS ISSUED PURSUANT TO THIS ACT MAKE NO PROVISION FOR REIMBURSING THE COST OF TRAILER RENTAL TO MEMBERS OF THE UNIFORMED SERVICES. ACCORDINGLY, PAYMENT ON THE VOUCHER, WHICH IS RETAINED HERE, IS NOT AUTHORIZED.

IN THE EVENT, HOWEVER, THAT THE OFFICER BELIEVES THAT HE IS ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE AMOUNT OF THE EXPENSE INCURRED IN HAULING THE HOUSEHOLD GOODS FROM HIS HOME TO HIS FIRST DUTY STATION, EVEN THOUGH MOVED IN A MANNER NOT PROVIDED FOR BY REGULATIONS, HE MAY FILE A CLAIM THEREFOR WITH THE CLAIMS DIVISION, UNITED STATES GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE, 441 G STREET, N.W., WASHINGTON 25, D.C. ANY SUCH CLAIM SHOULD BE SUPPORTED, TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE, AS PROVIDED BY PARAGRAPH 8150, JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, INCLUDING A COPY OF THE OFFICER'S ORDERS, A COPY OF THE RENTAL AGREEMENT, A DESCRIPTIVE LIST OF ALL THE ARTICLES HAULED (STANDARD FORM 117, INVENTORY OF ARTICLES SHIPPED), AND THE WEIGHT, OR ESTIMATED WEIGHT, OF THE EFFECTS MOVED.

THE COPIES OF THE OFFICER'S ORDERS AND RENTAL AGREEMENT SUBMITTED WITH YOUR LETTER ARE RETURNED.