B-135971, MAY 19, 1958

B-135971: May 19, 1958

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WAS AUTHORIZED THE USE OF TEMPORARY STORAGE FOR HIS HOUSEHOLD GOODS IN ACCORDANCE WITH EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9805. HIND WAS ORDERED TO GO TO ZURICH ON A TEMPORARY DETAIL IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THE WORK AT THAT SITE UNTIL A PERMANENT APPOINTMENT COULD BE MADE. WHICH IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN INSUFFICIENT TIME TO LOCATE HOUSING. HIND WAS FINALLY ABLE TO TAKE HIS GOODS OUT OF STORAGE ON NOVEMBER 22. WAS AMENDED TO READ: " "TEMPORARY STORAGE" MEANS STORAGE AT POINT OF DEPARTURE. WHERE SUCH STORAGE IS IN LIEU OF PAYMENT OF QUARTERS ALLOWANCE.'. OUR OFFICE IS WITHOUT AUTHORITY TO APPROVE THE ENCLOSED VOUCHER REPRESENTING STORAGE CHARGES IN EXCESS OF THE 60-DAY LIMITATION. WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH.

B-135971, MAY 19, 1958

TO MISS CLARA A. PASTORIUS, AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, BUREAU OF RECLAMATION:

ON APRIL 24, 1958, THE CHIEF, DIVISION OF PROGRAM COORDINATION AND FINANCE, BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, TRANSMITTED HERE FOR CONSIDERATION YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 16, 1958, REFERENCE D-315, IN WHICH YOU REQUEST OUR DECISION AS TO WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT THE ENCLOSED VOUCHER OF MR. ROLAND F. HIND, FOR $25.60, REPRESENTING EXPENSES INCURRED BY HIM FOR STORAGE OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS INCIDENT TO A PERMANENT TRANSFER TO A DUTY STATION FROM WILMSLOW, ENGLAND, TO DENVER, COLORADO.

MR. HIND ARRIVED IN DENVER ON MAY 10, 1957, AND WAS AUTHORIZED THE USE OF TEMPORARY STORAGE FOR HIS HOUSEHOLD GOODS IN ACCORDANCE WITH EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9805, AS AMENDED.

PRIOR TO AUGUST 1, 1957, THE TIME OF THE ARRIVAL OF CLAIMANT'S HOUSEHOLD GOODS, AN EMERGENCY DEVELOPED IN YOUR ZURICH, SWITZERLAND OFFICE, BECAUSE OF THE ILLNESS OF THE BUREAU'S RESIDENT INSPECTOR. AS A RESULT, MR. HIND WAS ORDERED TO GO TO ZURICH ON A TEMPORARY DETAIL IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THE WORK AT THAT SITE UNTIL A PERMANENT APPOINTMENT COULD BE MADE. MR. HIND DEPARTED FROM DENVER ON THIS DETAIL ASSIGNMENT ON JUNE 9, 1957 (ONE MONTH AFTER HIS ARRIVAL IN DENVER AND 73 DAYS PRIOR TO THE ARRIVAL OF HIS HOUSEHOLD GOODS), AND DID NOT RETURN TO DENVER UNTIL OCTOBER 4, 1957.

THE 60-DAY ALLOWABLE STORAGE PERIOD EXPIRED ON OCTOBER 21, 1957, ONLY 17 DAYS AFTER MR. HIND'S RETURN TO DENVER FROM ZURICH, WHICH IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN INSUFFICIENT TIME TO LOCATE HOUSING. MR. HIND WAS FINALLY ABLE TO TAKE HIS GOODS OUT OF STORAGE ON NOVEMBER 22, 1957. THE EXCESS STORAGE CHARGES AMOUNTED TO $25.60.

BY SECTION 3 (A) OF BUREAU OF THE BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. A-4, DATED MAY 2, 1955, THE DEFINITION OF "TEMPORARY STORAGE" CONTAINED IN SECTION 1 (E) OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9805 OF NOVEMBER 25, 1946, AS AMENDED,WAS AMENDED TO READ:

" "TEMPORARY STORAGE" MEANS STORAGE AT POINT OF DEPARTURE, DESTINATION, OR WAY STATION FOR NOT MORE THAN 60 DAYS, EXCEPT THAT NOT MORE THAN 90 DAYS MAY BE ALLOWED WHERE AN EMPLOYEE, PURSUANT TO SECTION 27, RETURNS FOR LEAVE PRIOR TO SERVING A NEW PERIOD OF SERVICE OUTSIDE THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES AT A DIFFERENT POST OF DUTY OR, IF AT THE SAME POST OF DUTY, WHERE SUCH STORAGE IS IN LIEU OF PAYMENT OF QUARTERS ALLOWANCE.'

IN VIEW OF THE 60-DAY LIMITATION ON THE TEMPORARY STORAGE OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS, AND IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY AUTHORITY TO WAIVE THE RESTRICTION, OUR OFFICE IS WITHOUT AUTHORITY TO APPROVE THE ENCLOSED VOUCHER REPRESENTING STORAGE CHARGES IN EXCESS OF THE 60-DAY LIMITATION. CF. 29 COMP. GEN. 317. THEREFORE, THE VOUCHER, WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH, MAY NOT BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT.