B-148061, FEBRUARY 26, 1962, 41 COMP. GEN. 559

B-148061: Feb 26, 1962

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STORAGE - HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS - CONSTRUCTIVE COSTS AN EMPLOYEE WHO WAS REQUIRED TO STORE HIS HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS EN ROUTE TO HIS NEW DUTY STATION BECAUSE OF THE CRITICAL HOUSING SHORTAGE AND WHO CLAIMS REIMBURSEMENT FOR STORAGE ON THE BASIS OF THE CONSTRUCTIVE COSTS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN BILLED BY THE CARRIER HAD STORAGE BEEN AVAILABLE AT EITHER THE ORIGIN OR DESTINATION POINT. RATHER THAN ON THE BASIS OF THE BILL THE CARRIER WAS REQUIRED UNDER ITS TARIFF REGULATION TO PRESENT. WHICH BILL RESULTED IN AN INCREASE IN TRANSPORTATION COSTS AND A DECREASE IN STORAGE COSTS BECAUSE NO DRAYAGE ITEM WAS INCLUDED MAY BE REIMBURSED FOR THE ADDITIONAL COST OF THE STORAGE. THE TRAVELER IS CLAIMING REIMBURSEMENT OF $210 FOR STORAGE AND $441 (7.

B-148061, FEBRUARY 26, 1962, 41 COMP. GEN. 559

STORAGE - HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS - CONSTRUCTIVE COSTS AN EMPLOYEE WHO WAS REQUIRED TO STORE HIS HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS EN ROUTE TO HIS NEW DUTY STATION BECAUSE OF THE CRITICAL HOUSING SHORTAGE AND WHO CLAIMS REIMBURSEMENT FOR STORAGE ON THE BASIS OF THE CONSTRUCTIVE COSTS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN BILLED BY THE CARRIER HAD STORAGE BEEN AVAILABLE AT EITHER THE ORIGIN OR DESTINATION POINT, INCLUDING WAREHOUSE HANDLING AND DRAYAGE, RATHER THAN ON THE BASIS OF THE BILL THE CARRIER WAS REQUIRED UNDER ITS TARIFF REGULATION TO PRESENT, WHICH BILL RESULTED IN AN INCREASE IN TRANSPORTATION COSTS AND A DECREASE IN STORAGE COSTS BECAUSE NO DRAYAGE ITEM WAS INCLUDED MAY BE REIMBURSED FOR THE ADDITIONAL COST OF THE STORAGE.

TO L. H. HAGEN, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, FEBRUARY 26, 1962:

YOUR LETTER OF JANUARY 19, 1962, REFERENCE 6540, REQUESTS OUR DECISION WHETHER MR. WILLIAM A. WORF, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE FOREST SERVICE, MAY BE PAID AN ADDITIONAL AMOUNT CLAIMED BY HIM INCIDENT TO THE STORAGE OF HIS HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS AT A PLACE EN ROUTE TO HIS NEW OFFICIAL STATION.

TRAVEL ORDERS DATED MAY 22, 1961, DIRECTED THE EMPLOYEE TO PROCEED WITH HIS DEPENDENTS FROM HIS OLD STATION AT RICHFIELD, UTAH, TO KEMMERER, WYOMING, HIS NEW PERMANENT POST OF DUTY. BECAUSE OF A CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF HOUSING FACILITIES AT HIS NEW STATION, THE EMPLOYEE STORED HIS HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS EN ROUTE AT SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH.

THE BILL OF LADING COVERING THE SHIPMENT OF THE EFFECTS SHOWS STORAGE COSTS OF $105 ($70 STORAGE PLUS $35 WAREHOUSE HANDLING) AND TRANSPORTATION COSTS OF $454 ($238 TO STORAGE AT SALT LAKE CITY AND $216 FROM THERE TO KEMMERER). THE TRAVELER IS CLAIMING REIMBURSEMENT OF $210 FOR STORAGE AND $441 (7,000 POUNDS AT $6.30 PER CWT. FOR 280 MILES) FOR TRANSPORTATION OF HIS HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS. THE CLAIM IS BASED UPON THE CONSTRUCTIVE COSTS OF DIRECT TRANSPORTATION ($311.50) AND STORAGE OF THE EFFECTS ($210) PRESUMING STORAGE HAD BEEN AVAILABLE AT EITHER THE POINT OF ORIGIN OR THE DESTINATION OF THE SHIPMENT.

THE SHIPMENT, AS EFFECTED, RESULTED IN AN INCREASE OF $142.50 ($311.50 PLUS $142.50 EQUALS $454) IN NECESSARY TRANSPORTATION COSTS. NO DRAYAGE COST, AS SUCH, WAS INCURRED INCIDENT TO THE STORAGE SINCE THE MOVEMENT OF THE EFFECTS TO AND FROM STORAGE AT SALT LAKE CITY IS INCLUDED IN THE CARRIER'S TRANSPORTATION CHARGES. THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE STATES THAT THE CARRIER'S METHOD OF BILLING WAS REQUIRED BY TARIFF REGULATIONS. THE ITEMIZATION OF CONSTRUCTIVE COSTS SHOWS EXPENSES DIRECTLY RELATING TO STORAGE AS $210. THAT COST IS FURNISHED BY THE CARRIER AND CONSISTS OF $70 FOR STORAGE, $35 FOR WAREHOUSE HANDLING, AND $105 FOR DRAYAGE TO STORAGE AT RICHFIELD OR FROM STORAGE AT KEMMERER PRESUMING THAT STORAGE FACILITIES HAD BEEN AVAILABLE AT EITHER OF THESE POINTS. SUCH STORAGE COSTS DO NOT EXCEED THOSE ALLOWABLE BY SCHEDULE A, BUREAU OF THE BUDGET CIRCULAR A-37.

WE HELD IN B-145519, MAY 1, 1961, CITED BY YOU, THAT UNDER SUBSECTION 12 (B) OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9805, AS AMENDED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 10507, REIMBURSEMENT FOR STORAGE MAY NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY EXPENDED BY THE EMPLOYEE FOR THE STORAGE, INCLUDING CHARGES INCURRED IN CONNECTION THEREWITH. HOWEVER, PAYMENT IN THAT CASE WAS REQUESTED ON THE BASIS OF TREATING A "TRANSPORTATION" CHARGE AS "DRAYAGE" FROM STORAGE AND DID NOT INVOLVE A REQUEST FOR PAYMENT BASED UPON AND LIMITED BY CONSTRUCTIVE STORAGE COSTS FURNISHED BY THE CARRIER.

IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES HERE PRESENTED, $210 MAY BE ALLOWED FOR STORAGE. THEREFORE, THE VOUCHER, RETURNED HEREWITH, MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT IF OTHERWISE PROPER.