B-135803, APR. 24, 1958

B-135803: Apr 24, 1958

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SIBLE: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF MARCH 22. THAT YOU WERE REIMBURSED $108.04. THAT YOU WERE ADVISED YOU WERE ENTITLED TO SIX MONTHS' STORAGE AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE. RESERVE OFFICERS UPON RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY ARE ENTITLED TO SHIPMENT OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WITHIN AUTHORIZED WEIGHT ALLOWANCES. TEMPORARY STORAGE OF THE MEMBER'S HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR SUCH STORAGE AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE IS LIMITED. IT IS CLEAR THAT THE STORAGE OF YOUR EFFECTS AT POINT OF SEPARATION UNTIL SUCH TIME AS YOU DECIDED WHERE YOU WANTED THEM SHIPPED. DID NOT CONSTITUTE TEMPORARY STORAGE FOR WHICH PAYMENT WAS AUTHORIZED FROM PUBLIC FUNDS NOTWITHSTANDING ANY ADVICE TO THE CONTRARY THAT MAY HAVE BEEN FURNISHED YOU. 32 COMP.

B-135803, APR. 24, 1958

TO MR. LAWRENCE G. SIBLE:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF MARCH 22, 1958, RELATIVE TO YOUR INDEBTEDNESS TO THE UNITED STATES IN THE SUM OF $108.04 ARISING FROM YOUR SERVICE AS LIEUTENANT COMMANDER, UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE.

THE RECORD SHOWS THAT UPON RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY AT SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, YOU PLACED YOUR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS IN COMMERCIAL STORAGE IN THAT CITY; THAT THEY REMAINED IN STORAGE FROM APRIL 15 TO SEPTEMBER 27, 1955, AND THAT YOU WERE REIMBURSED $108.04, REPRESENTING THE COST OF THE STORAGE. IN YOUR PRESENT LETTER YOU STATE THAT UPON RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY YOU HAD NO PROMISE OF EMPLOYMENT AND NO PLACE TO SHIP YOUR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS, AND THAT YOU WERE ADVISED YOU WERE ENTITLED TO SIX MONTHS' STORAGE AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE.

UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE REGULATIONS GOVERNING SHIPMENT AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS OF MILITARY PERSONNEL INCIDENT TO ORDERED CHANGES OF STATION, RESERVE OFFICERS UPON RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY ARE ENTITLED TO SHIPMENT OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WITHIN AUTHORIZED WEIGHT ALLOWANCES, NOT TO EXCEED THE COST FROM LAST STATION TO HOME. TEMPORARY STORAGE OF THE MEMBER'S HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR SUCH STORAGE AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE IS LIMITED, IN GENERAL, TO PERIODS OF STORAGE, NOT TO EXCEED SIX MONTHS, NECESSITATED BY CONDITIONS BEYOND CONTROL OF THE MEMBER ARISING DURING THE COURSE OF SHIPMENT ACTUALLY IN PROGRESS AS CERTIFIED BY THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITY OF THE BRANCH OF THE SERVICE CONCERNED. SUCH STORAGE MAY NOT BE FURNISHED MERELY UPON THE REQUEST OF THE OWNER WHO, FOR PERSONAL REASONS, HOWEVER COMPELLING, CHOOSES TO DELAY SHIPMENT OF HIS EFFECTS. THAT BEING THE CASE, IT IS CLEAR THAT THE STORAGE OF YOUR EFFECTS AT POINT OF SEPARATION UNTIL SUCH TIME AS YOU DECIDED WHERE YOU WANTED THEM SHIPPED, DID NOT CONSTITUTE TEMPORARY STORAGE FOR WHICH PAYMENT WAS AUTHORIZED FROM PUBLIC FUNDS NOTWITHSTANDING ANY ADVICE TO THE CONTRARY THAT MAY HAVE BEEN FURNISHED YOU. 32 COMP. GEN. 410.

ACCORDINGLY, YOU ARE INDEBTED TO THE UNITED STATES IN THE SUM OF $108.04, AND AS PREVIOUSLY ADVISED, PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE BY CHECK OR MONEY ORDER PAYABLE TO THE "U.S. GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE" AND FORWARDED TO U.S. GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE, POST OFFICE BOX 2610, WASHINGTON 13, D.C. ..END