B-142377, APR. 6, 1960

B-142377: Apr 6, 1960

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THE SHIPMENT OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WAS TO BE MADE FROM NORFOLK. THE QUESTIONED CHARGES PRIMARILY ARE FOR PREPARING APPLIANCES FOR SHIPMENT. THAT SERVICE IS NOT PERFORMED BY A REGULAR PACKER OF THE MOVING COMPANY. THE SERVICES OF AN APPLIANCE FIRM IS USED. THE EQUIPMENT IS MADE READY FOR USE BY REMOVING THE CHOCKS AND OTHER FASTENINGS USED BY THE SERVICE COMPANY. REPAIR OR MAINTENANCE OF APPLIANCES IS NOT PERFORMED. YOUR DOUBT AS TO THE LEGALITY OF PAYMENT OF THE CHARGES ARISES FROM THE FACT THAT NORMALLY EXPENSES INCIDENT TO SERVICING APPLIANCES ARE CONSIDERED PERSONAL TO THE EMPLOYEE. HAS STATED THAT THOSE SERVICES ARE A NONPROFIT ITEM. IS RETURNED HEREWITH.

B-142377, APR. 6, 1960

TO MR. R. P. HOGAN, AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, DEPARTMENT

OF COMMERCE:

YOUR LETTER OF MARCH 22, 1960, REFERENCE A-3.32, REQUESTS OUR DECISION WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT THE VOUCHER THEREWITH SUBMITTED FOR $32 IN FAVOR OF ALLIED VAN LINES, INC., COVERING CHARGES FOR SERVICING APPLIANCES AT SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, INCIDENT TO THE TRANSPORTATION OF THE HOUSEHOLD GOODS OF MR. OLIVER A. GORDON, JR.

TRAVEL ORDER NO. 60-66, DATED JULY 1, 1959, AUTHORIZED MR. GORDON TO SHIP HIS HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9805, AS AMENDED, INCIDENT TO HIS APPOINTMENT FOR DUTY OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. THE SHIPMENT OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WAS TO BE MADE FROM NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, TO SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO.

YOU SAY THAT YOU PREVIOUSLY PAID THE ALLIED VAN LINES, INC., $402.18 FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF 2,220 POUNDS OF MR. GORDON'SEFFECTS FROM NORFOLK, TO SAN JUAN. THAT AMOUNT INCLUDED ALL INCIDENTAL CHARGES RELATED TO THE SHIPMENT EXCEPT THOSE UNDER CONSIDERATION HERE. THE QUESTIONED CHARGES PRIMARILY ARE FOR PREPARING APPLIANCES FOR SHIPMENT, SUCH AS BOLTING THE MOTOR TO A CHOCK SO THAT IT COULD NOT SWING FREELY DURING MOVING, AND TO CHECK TO SEE THAT NO INTERNAL PARTS OF APPLIANCES WOULD LOOSEN AND BREAK IN SHIPMENT. THAT SERVICE IS NOT PERFORMED BY A REGULAR PACKER OF THE MOVING COMPANY, BUT THE SERVICES OF AN APPLIANCE FIRM IS USED. DESTINATION, THE EQUIPMENT IS MADE READY FOR USE BY REMOVING THE CHOCKS AND OTHER FASTENINGS USED BY THE SERVICE COMPANY. THE APPLIANCE FIRM DOES NOT CONNECT OR DISCONNECT ITEMS TO THE ELECTRICITY. IN OTHER WORDS, REPAIR OR MAINTENANCE OF APPLIANCES IS NOT PERFORMED. YOUR DOUBT AS TO THE LEGALITY OF PAYMENT OF THE CHARGES ARISES FROM THE FACT THAT NORMALLY EXPENSES INCIDENT TO SERVICING APPLIANCES ARE CONSIDERED PERSONAL TO THE EMPLOYEE. THE ALLIED VAN LINES, INC., HAS STATED THAT THOSE SERVICES ARE A NONPROFIT ITEM.

TITLE III OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9805, AS AMENDED, PRESCRIBING REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE PAYMENT OF TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES OF CIVILIAN OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE UNITED STATES TRANSFERRED TO OR FROM POINTS OUTSIDE THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES, PROVIDES IN SECTION 18 THAT THE ACTUAL COSTS OF PACKING, CRATING, UNPACKING, AND UNCRATING (NOT TO EXCEED THE AUTHORIZED WEIGHT) SHALL BE ALLOWED. THE SERVICES REFERRED TO HERE, DESIGNED TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO APPLIANCES IN SHIPMENT, APPEAR TO BE NECESSARY INCIDENT TO PACKING AND UNPACKING THE PARTICULAR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS AND WOULD COME WITHIN THE TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES AUTHORIZED BY SECTION 18 OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9805. SEE 37 COMP. GEN. 478.

THEREFORE, THE VOUCHER, TOGETHER WITH THE UNPAID BILL, IS RETURNED HEREWITH, AND IT PROPERLY MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT, IF CORRECT IN OTHER RESPECTS.