B-129633, NOV. 14, 1956

B-129633: Nov 14, 1956

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STUERMER: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 24. YOU WERE TRANSFERRED FROM WASHINGTON. DUE TO EXISTING HOUSING CONDITIONS AND LACK OF STORAGE FACILITIES IT WAS NECESSARY TO PLACE YOUR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS IN STORAGE IN FRY. OR WHETHER THE POINT OF DESTINATION IS THE NEW OFFICIAL STATION OR SOME OTHER POINT SELECTED BY HIM. THAT THE COST TO THE GOVERNMENT SHALL NOT EXCEED THE COST OF SHIPMENT IN ONE LOT BY THE MOST ECONOMICAL ROUTE FROM THE LAST OFFICIAL STATION TO THE SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN REIMBURSED ON A COMMUTED RATE BASIS PURSUANT TO EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9805. YOUR NEW OFFICIAL DUTY STATION THERE IS NO AUTHORITY TO PAY ANY ADDITIONAL AMOUNT FOR THE RELOCATION OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS.

B-129633, NOV. 14, 1956

TO MR. ERNEST H. STUERMER:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 24, 1956, FORWARDED TO OUR OFFICE BY SECOND INDORSEMENT DATED OCTOBER 9, 1956, FROM THE FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING OFFICE, FORT HUACHUCA, ARIZONA, REQUESTING RECONSIDERATION OF YOUR CLAIM FOR $44.18 IN CONNECTION WITH THE MOVEMENT OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS FROM FORT HAUCHUCA TO YOUR THEN RESIDENCE ADJACENT TO BISBEE, ARIZONA.

THE RECORD DISCLOSES THAT IN JULY 1954, YOU WERE TRANSFERRED FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., TO FORT HUACHUCA. PURSUANT TO YOUR CHANGE OF HEADQUARTERS, YOU SHIPPED THE MAXIMUM WEIGHT OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AUTHORIZED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9805, AS AMENDED. DUE TO EXISTING HOUSING CONDITIONS AND LACK OF STORAGE FACILITIES IT WAS NECESSARY TO PLACE YOUR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS IN STORAGE IN FRY, ARIZONA. AT A LATER DATE YOU LOCATED A PLACE TO LIVE IN BISBEE, ARIZONA, AND HAD YOUR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS REMOVED FROM STORAGE AND HAULED APPROXIMATELY 35 MILES.

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9805, AS AMENDED, GOVERNS THE PAYMENT OF EXPENSES FOR TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS OF CIVILIAN OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE UNITED STATES UPON TRANSFER FROM ONE OFFICIAL STATION TO ANOTHER FOR PERMANENT DUTY. SECTION 8 THEREOF PROVIDES IN PERTINENT PART AS FOLLOWS:

"ORIGIN AND DESTINATION OF SHIPMENT. THE EXPENSES OF TRANSPORTATION AUTHORIZED HEREUNDER OR REIMBURSEMENT ON A COMMUTED BASIS WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES SHALL BE ALLOWABLE WHETHER THE SHIPMENT ORIGINATES AT THE EMPLOYEES LAST OFFICIAL STATION OR AT SOME OTHER POINT OR PARTIALLY AT BOTH, OR WHETHER THE POINT OF DESTINATION IS THE NEW OFFICIAL STATION OR SOME OTHER POINT SELECTED BY HIM, OR BOTH: PROVIDED, THAT THE COST TO THE GOVERNMENT SHALL NOT EXCEED THE COST OF SHIPMENT IN ONE LOT BY THE MOST ECONOMICAL ROUTE FROM THE LAST OFFICIAL STATION TO THE

SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN REIMBURSED ON A COMMUTED RATE BASIS PURSUANT TO EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9805, AS AMENDED, FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS FROM SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND, TO FORT HUACHUCA, YOUR NEW OFFICIAL DUTY STATION THERE IS NO AUTHORITY TO PAY ANY ADDITIONAL AMOUNT FOR THE RELOCATION OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS.

ACCORDINGLY, WE MUST INFORM YOU THAT THE ACTION TAKEN BY OUR CLAIMS DIVISION WAS CORRECT AND UPON REVIEW IT IS SUSTAINED.