B-152537, OCT. 8, 1963

B-152537: Oct 8, 1963

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YOU SUGGEST THAT THE MILEAGE GUIDES SHOWING DISTANCES BETWEEN VARIOUS POINTS ARE NOT ACCURATE BECAUSE MILEAGES THEREIN ARE COMPUTED FROM CITY LIMIT TO CITY LIMIT AND DO NOT INCLUDE IN-CITY TRAVEL. CONCERNING THE MATTER OF WHETHER "IN-CITY" TRAVEL IS INCLUDED IN THE COMPUTATION OF DISTANCES BETWEEN POINTS BY THE "MOVERS' HIGHWAY GUIDE" OR OTHER GUIDES. YOU ARE ADVISED THAT OUR INFORMATION IS THAT SUCH TRAVEL IS INCLUDED. THE CHARTS OF THE HOUSEHOLD GOODS CARRIERS' BUREAU ARE ARRANGED IN ALPHABETICAL KEY POINT SEQUENCE AND SHOW SPECIFIC MILEAGES BETWEEN 775 KEY POINTS. THE COMMUTED RATE FOR THAT DISTANCE IS THE SAME AS FOR THE DISTANCE OF 1440 MILES USED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE. SINCE THE DISTANCE USED IN COMPUTING THE AMOUNT ALLOWED FOR TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS AND FOR TRAVEL OF DEPENDENTS IS APPROXIMATE TO THE DISTANCE SHOWN IN MILEAGE GUIDES ON FILE WITH THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION AS WELL AS TO THE DISTANCE SHOWN IN THE RAND MCNALLY ROAD ATLAS.

B-152537, OCT. 8, 1963

TO MR. WAYNE J. CLOWARD, FOREST SERVICE:

YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 30, 1963, REQUESTS RECONSIDERATION OF OUR OFFICE SETTLEMENT DATED AUGUST 27, 1963, WHICH DISALLOWED YOUR CLAIM FOR ADDITIONAL REIMBURSEMENT FOR TRANSPORTATION OF DEPENDENTS AND SHIPMENT OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS FROM DENVER, COLORADO TO ATLANTA, GEORGIA.

THE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCY REIMBURSED YOU BOTH FOR MILEAGE FOR TRAVEL OF DEPENDENTS BY PRIVATELY-OWNED AUTOMOBILE AND FOR TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS ON THE BASIS OF 1440 MILES, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN DENVER AND ATLANTA AS SHOWN IN THE HOUSEHOLD GOODS CARRIERS' BUREAU MILEAGE GUIDE, 1955 EDITION. WE NOTE THAT THE RAND MCNALLY ROAD ATLAS, 1963 EDITION SHOWS THE DISTANCE AS 1411 MILES.

YOU CONTEND THAT THE MILEAGE SHOWN ON YOUR VOUCHER (1660) SHOULD BE USED FOR THE COMPUTATION OF THE AMOUNTS DUE BECAUSE THE ROUTE TRAVELED (VIA AMARILLO, TEXAS) HAD BEEN RECOMMENDED BY TRUCK LINES AS THE SHORTEST TRUCK ROUTE. ALSO, YOU SUGGEST THAT THE MILEAGE GUIDES SHOWING DISTANCES BETWEEN VARIOUS POINTS ARE NOT ACCURATE BECAUSE MILEAGES THEREIN ARE COMPUTED FROM CITY LIMIT TO CITY LIMIT AND DO NOT INCLUDE IN-CITY TRAVEL.

CONCERNING THE MATTER OF WHETHER "IN-CITY" TRAVEL IS INCLUDED IN THE COMPUTATION OF DISTANCES BETWEEN POINTS BY THE "MOVERS' HIGHWAY GUIDE" OR OTHER GUIDES, YOU ARE ADVISED THAT OUR INFORMATION IS THAT SUCH TRAVEL IS INCLUDED. FOR INSTANCE, THE CHARTS OF THE HOUSEHOLD GOODS CARRIERS' BUREAU ARE ARRANGED IN ALPHABETICAL KEY POINT SEQUENCE AND SHOW SPECIFIC MILEAGES BETWEEN 775 KEY POINTS. SEE ENCLOSED EXCERPT FROM ONE SUCH MILEAGE CHART.

CIRCULAR A-56, DATED APRIL 30, 1962, ISSUED BY THE BUREAU OF THE BUDGET, CONTAINING REGULATIONS APPLICABLE TO TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS SPECIFICALLY PROVIDES THAT IN COMPUTING AN AMOUNT DUE UNDER THE COMMUTED RATE SYSTEM THE DISTANCE SHALL BE DETERMINED IN ACCORDANCE WITH HOUSEHOLD GOODS MILEAGE GUIDES FILED WITH THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION. AMENDMENT FILED WITH THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION IN 1963 INDICATES THE MILEAGE BETWEEN DENVER AND ATLANTA AS 1401 MILES. HOWEVER, THE COMMUTED RATE FOR THAT DISTANCE IS THE SAME AS FOR THE DISTANCE OF 1440 MILES USED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE.

SINCE THE DISTANCE USED IN COMPUTING THE AMOUNT ALLOWED FOR TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS AND FOR TRAVEL OF DEPENDENTS IS APPROXIMATE TO THE DISTANCE SHOWN IN MILEAGE GUIDES ON FILE WITH THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION AS WELL AS TO THE DISTANCE SHOWN IN THE RAND MCNALLY ROAD ATLAS, THERE IS NO AUTHORITY FOR ALLOWANCE OF ANY ADDITIONAL AMOUNT. THE DISALLOWANCE OF YOUR CLAIM IS SUSTAINED.