B-130874, APR. 10, 1957

B-130874: Apr 10, 1957

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HIS HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WERE TRANSFERRED TO THE NEW PERMANENT STATION IN THE CLAIMANT'S PERSONALLY OWNED VEHICLE. THOMPSON WAS DIRECTED TO PROCEED FROM FREEDOM. THOMPSON'S HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WILL NOT EXCEED 1. THE WEIGHT CERTIFICATE ATTACHED TO THE VOUCHER SHOWS THAT HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WEIGHING ONLY 720 POUNDS WERE TRANSPORTED TO WALNUT CREEK IN HIS PERSONALLY OWNED TRUCK SEPTEMBER 24-28. PROVIDES THAT TRAVEL EXPENSES OF EMPLOYEES WHO ARE TRANSFERRED TO A NEW PERMANENT STATION "SHALL BE ALLOWED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TRAVEL EXPENSE ACT OF 1949 * * * AND THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS.'. AUTHORITY FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS ON A COMMUTED BASIS INCIDENT TO A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION IS CONTAINED IN SECTION 1 (B) OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES ACT OF 1946.

B-130874, APR. 10, 1957

TO MR. V. D. HAMLIN, AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, SOIL CONSERVATION SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE:

YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 18, 1957, REQUESTS OUR DECISION WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT THE VOUCHER THEREWITH TRANSMITTED FOR $218.76, IN FAVOR OF NICK N. THOMPSON, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE SOIL CONSERVATION SERVICE. THAT AMOUNT REPRESENTS EXPENSES CLAIMED FOR EFFECTING THE TRANSFER OF HIMSELF, HIS DEPENDENTS, AND HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS INCIDENT TO A CHANGE OF STATION AND YOUR DOUBT IN THE MATTER ARISES BECAUSE THE CLAIMANT, HIS FAMILY, AND HIS HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WERE TRANSFERRED TO THE NEW PERMANENT STATION IN THE CLAIMANT'S PERSONALLY OWNED VEHICLE.

BY TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION DATED SEPTEMBER 7, 1956, MR. THOMPSON WAS DIRECTED TO PROCEED FROM FREEDOM, OKLAHOMA, HIS OFFICIAL STATION, TO WALNUT CREEK, CALIFORNIA, FOR PERMANENT DUTY. THE TRANSFER ORDERS AUTHORIZED THE TRAVEL OF THE EMPLOYEE AND HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY (WIFE, AND SON AGE 12), BY PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE AT THE RATE OF SEVEN CENTS PER MILE, PER DIEM AT THE RATE OF $10 PER DAY, AND INCLUDED AUTHORITY FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS TO THE NEW DUTY STATION AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE.

YOU SAY THAT THE AGGREGATE WEIGHT OF ALL OF MR. THOMPSON'S HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WILL NOT EXCEED 1,999 POUNDS. THE WEIGHT CERTIFICATE ATTACHED TO THE VOUCHER SHOWS THAT HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WEIGHING ONLY 720 POUNDS WERE TRANSPORTED TO WALNUT CREEK IN HIS PERSONALLY OWNED TRUCK SEPTEMBER 24-28, 1956. OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT CLAIMED $45 REPRESENTS PER DIEM (4 1/2 DAYS AT $10), $115.08 COVERS MILEAGE BASED UPON ACTUAL SPEEDOMETER READINGS (1,644 MILES AT $0.07 PER MILE) AND THE BALANCE$121.68, REPRESENTS THE COMMUTED TRANSPORTATION CHARGES FOR SHIPMENT OF HIS EFFECTS (720 POUNDS AT $16.90 PER HUNDREDWEIGHT) AS AUTHORIZED BY SCHEDULE "A" OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9805, AS AMENDED.

SECTION 2, OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9805, AS AMENDED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 10069, PROVIDES THAT TRAVEL EXPENSES OF EMPLOYEES WHO ARE TRANSFERRED TO A NEW PERMANENT STATION "SHALL BE ALLOWED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TRAVEL EXPENSE ACT OF 1949 * * * AND THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS.' THOSE REGULATIONS FURTHER PROVIDE THAT THE TRANSPORTATION OF THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY OF AN EMPLOYEE SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THOSE PROVISIONS OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS WHICH RELATE TO TRANSPORTATION, INCLUDING MILEAGE, AND SHALL BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 4 OF THE TRAVEL EXPENSE ACT OF 1949, 63 STAT. 166--- THE COST TO THE GOVERNMENT NOT TO EXCEED THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION BY A USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE BETWEEN THE LAST OFFICIAL STATION AND THE NEW PERMANENT STATION. AUTHORITY FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS ON A COMMUTED BASIS INCIDENT TO A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION IS CONTAINED IN SECTION 1 (B) OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES ACT OF 1946, 60 STAT. 806, AND SECTION 12 (A) OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9805, AS AMENDED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 10507, WHICH ORDER PROVIDES THAT "THE AMOUNT PAYABLE SHALL BE THE PRODUCT OF THE APPLICABLE RATE AND THE NET WEIGHT OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS ACTUALLY TRANSPORTED * * *.' THUS, IT WILL BE OBSERVED THAT THE AUTHORITY FOR THE PAYMENT OF MILEAGE FOR OFFICIAL TRAVEL OF AN EMPLOYEE IS SEPARATE AND DISTINCT FROM THE AUTHORITY TO REIMBURSE AN EMPLOYEE ON A COMMUTED BASIS FOR TRANSPORTATION OF HIS HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS, AND THE PAYMENT OF ONE HAS BEEN HELD NOT TO BE INCONSISTENT WITH PAYMENT OF THE OTHER. 34 COMP. GEN. 29; 32 ID. 541. COMPARE B-117920 DECEMBER 22, 1953.

IN VIEW OF THE FOREGOING WE CONCLUDE THAT THE EMPLOYEE IS ENTITLED TO THE EXPENSES CLAIMED. CONSEQUENTLY, THE VOUCHER MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT, IF OTHERWISE CORRECT.