B-149648, AUG. 20, 1962

B-149648: Aug 20, 1962

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YOU SAY THAT THE TRAVEL WAS PERFORMED AND THE HOUSEHOLD GOODS WERE SHIPPED DURING THE PERIOD FROM MAY 29 TO JUNE 2. SCHAUER'S TRANSFER FROM THE RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD WAS NOT EFFECTED UNTIL JULY 2. THAT HE WAS IN AN ANNUAL LEAVE STATUS FROM MONDAY. THERE WAS NO INTERVENING BREAK-IN-SERVICE. THE REASON STATED FOR MOVING WHEN HE DID WAS BECAUSE HE EITHER HAD TO VACATE HIS APARTMENT OR SIGN A NEW LEASE FOR A YEAR. SINCE IT APPEARS THAT THE EXPENSES OF TRANSPORTATION OF THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY AND HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND TRAVEL EXPENSES OF THE EMPLOYEE WERE INCURRED IN ANTICIPATION OF A TRANSFER AND THAT THE PREMATURE MOVEMENT WAS PRECIPITATED BY THE HOUSING PROBLEM. WE WILL INTERPOSE NO OBJECTION TO THE REIMBURSEMENT OF OTHERWISE PROPER TRANSPORTATION AND TRAVELING EXPENSES.

B-149648, AUG. 20, 1962

TO MISS VERA D. HUNTSMAN, AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS:

YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 1, 1962, REQUESTS OUR DECISION AS TO THE PROPRIETY OF PAYING THE VOUCHER DRAWN IN FAVOR OF MR. LYLE R. SCHAUER COVERING TRAVEL EXPENSES AND REIMBURSEMENT OF THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION OF HIS SPOUSE AND HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS INCIDENT TO HIS TRANSFER FROM THE RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND CHANGE OF STATION FROM CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, TO WASHINGTON, D.C.

YOU SAY THAT THE TRAVEL WAS PERFORMED AND THE HOUSEHOLD GOODS WERE SHIPPED DURING THE PERIOD FROM MAY 29 TO JUNE 2, 1962, WHEREAS MR. SCHAUER'S TRANSFER FROM THE RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD WAS NOT EFFECTED UNTIL JULY 2, 1962. ALSO, YOU SAY THAT NEGOTIATIONS FOR HIS TRANSFER BEGAN IN MARCH 1962. THE VOUCHER SHOWS THAT HE CAME TO WASHINGTON ON JUNE 2, 1962, AND YOU REPORT THAT HE RETURNED TO CHICAGO AT HIS OWN EXPENSE WHERE HE CONTINUED TO WORK WITH THE RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD THROUGH JUNE 23; THAT HE WAS IN AN ANNUAL LEAVE STATUS FROM MONDAY, JUNE 25 UNTIL FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 1962. HE REPORTED FOR WORK WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR THE FOLLOWING MONDAY, JULY 2, 1962. THEREFORE, THERE WAS NO INTERVENING BREAK-IN-SERVICE. THE REASON STATED FOR MOVING WHEN HE DID WAS BECAUSE HE EITHER HAD TO VACATE HIS APARTMENT OR SIGN A NEW LEASE FOR A YEAR.

SECTION 73B-1 OF TITLE 5, U.S. CODE, PERMITS REIMBURSEMENT OF THE EXPENSES INVOLVED IN SUCH CASES WHERE THE TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS HAS BEEN EITHER AUTHORIZED OR APPROVED.

SINCE IT APPEARS THAT THE EXPENSES OF TRANSPORTATION OF THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY AND HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND TRAVEL EXPENSES OF THE EMPLOYEE WERE INCURRED IN ANTICIPATION OF A TRANSFER AND THAT THE PREMATURE MOVEMENT WAS PRECIPITATED BY THE HOUSING PROBLEM, WE WILL INTERPOSE NO OBJECTION TO THE REIMBURSEMENT OF OTHERWISE PROPER TRANSPORTATION AND TRAVELING EXPENSES, PROVIDED THEY NOW ARE ADMINISTRATIVELY APPROVED. 29 COMP. GEN. 293; ID. 232; 27 ID. 97.

THEREFORE, THE VOUCHER TRANSMITTED WITH YOUR LETTER IS RETURNED HEREWITH AND IT MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FOREGOING.