B-151905, AUG. 15, 1963

B-151905: Aug 15, 1963

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IT IS SHOWN THAT BOTH RIVERDALE AND HOMEWOOD ARE LOCATED WITHIN THE METROPOLITAN AREA OF CHICAGO. THE RECORD ALSO SHOWS THAT YOUR FORMER RESIDENCE AT RIVERDALE WAS LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 8 MILES FROM THE NEW LOCATION OF YOUR OFFICE BUT APPROXIMATELY 10 MILES FROM YOUR FORMER OFFICIAL DUTY STATION AT CHICAGO. UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE THAT YOUR CHANGE OF RESIDENCE WAS NOT INCIDENT TO YOUR CHANGE OF STATION. A DETERMINATION WHETHER THE MOVEMENT OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS WITHIN THE METROPOLITAN AREA OF AN EMPLOYEE'S FORMER OFFICIAL STATION IS IN THE INTEREST OF THE GOVERNMENT IS PRIMARILY A MATTER FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE CONCERNED PRIOR TO AN AUTHORIZATION FOR SUCH MOVEMENT.

B-151905, AUG. 15, 1963

TO MR. ARTHUR M. THORNBURY:

YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 14, 1963, REQUESTS REVIEW OF OUR SETTLEMENT OF JUNE 3, 1963, WHICH DISALLOWED YOUR CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD GOODS FROM RIVERDALE, ILLINOIS, TO HOMEWOOD, ILLINOIS, AS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE BUREAU OF PUBLIC ROADS, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE.

THE RECORD SHOWS THAT YOU MOVED FROM YOUR FORMER RESIDENCE IN RIVERDALE TO HOMEWOOD, UPON THE RELOCATION OF YOUR OFFICIAL DUTY STATION FROM CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, TO HOMEWOOD. FURTHERMORE, IT IS SHOWN THAT BOTH RIVERDALE AND HOMEWOOD ARE LOCATED WITHIN THE METROPOLITAN AREA OF CHICAGO. THE RECORD ALSO SHOWS THAT YOUR FORMER RESIDENCE AT RIVERDALE WAS LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 8 MILES FROM THE NEW LOCATION OF YOUR OFFICE BUT APPROXIMATELY 10 MILES FROM YOUR FORMER OFFICIAL DUTY STATION AT CHICAGO. UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE THAT YOUR CHANGE OF RESIDENCE WAS NOT INCIDENT TO YOUR CHANGE OF STATION, AND, THEREFORE, THE TRANSPORTATION OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD GOODS HAS NOT BEEN ADMINISTRATIVELY AUTHORIZED OR APPROVED.

A DETERMINATION WHETHER THE MOVEMENT OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS WITHIN THE METROPOLITAN AREA OF AN EMPLOYEE'S FORMER OFFICIAL STATION IS IN THE INTEREST OF THE GOVERNMENT IS PRIMARILY A MATTER FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE CONCERNED PRIOR TO AN AUTHORIZATION FOR SUCH MOVEMENT. SEE B-124200, AUGUST 1, 1955.

IN THE ABSENCE OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORIZATION OR APPROVAL OF THE MOVEMENT OF THE GOODS WE ARE WITHOUT AUTHORITY TO FURTHER CONSIDER THE MATTER OF REIMBURSING YOU FOR THE TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES INCURRED. THEREFORE, THE DISALLOWANCE OF YOUR CLAIM MUST BE, AND IS, SUSTAINED.