B-153463, MAR. 3, 1964

B-153463: Mar 3, 1964

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UNITED STATES ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 6. WEST WAS AUTHORIZED TRANSPORTATION OF HIS FAMILY AND SHIPMENT OF HIS HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS FROM OAK RIDGE. WERE SHIPPED BY NORTH AMERICAN VAN LINES AND DELIVERED C.O.D. IT APPEARS THAT THE HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WERE STORED IN NEWARK SINCE MR. OTHERWISE NORTH AMERICAN VAN LINES COULD HAVE DELIVERED THE GOODS TO THEIR AGENTS IN STATEN ISLAND. THE AMOUNT PAID BY THE EMPLOYEE TO FEDERAL STORAGE FOR SERVICES RENDERED BY THEM WAS $231. DRAYAGE CHARGES INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH THE TEMPORARY STORAGE OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS ARE ALLOWABLE AS A NECESSARY CHARGE INCIDENTAL TO SUCH TEMPORARY STORAGE IN AN AMOUNT WHICH. APPLIED BY FEDERAL STORAGE ON THE DELIVERY OF THE EMPLOYEE'S HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS TO HIS STATEN ISLAND RESIDENCE IS A PICK-UP OR DELIVERY TRANSPORTATION RATE APPLICABLE TO STORAGE-IN-TRANSIT SHIPMENTS.

B-153463, MAR. 3, 1964

TO MR. B. B. HENSLEY, ACCOUNTS PAYABLE AND TRAVEL SECTION, FINANCE DIVISION, UNITED STATES ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 6, 1964, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING OUR ADVANCE DECISION WHETHER MR. BEN L. WEST, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION, MAY BE PAID CERTAIN EXPENSES INCURRED IN THE MOVEMENT OF HIS HOUSEHOLD GOODS INCIDENT TO HIS CHANGE OF STATION.

BY TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION GRO 64-453, DATED OCTOBER 23, 1963, MR. WEST WAS AUTHORIZED TRANSPORTATION OF HIS FAMILY AND SHIPMENT OF HIS HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS FROM OAK RIDGE, TENNESSEE, TO NEW YORK, NEW YORK.

THE HOUSEHOLD GOODS, WEIGHING 5,500 POUNDS, WERE SHIPPED BY NORTH AMERICAN VAN LINES AND DELIVERED C.O.D. TO FEDERAL STORAGE IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, ON NOVEMBER 1, 1963. THE GOODS REMAINED IN STORAGE UNTIL NOVEMBER 25, 1963, AT WHICH TIME FEDERAL STORAGE DELIVERED THEM TO THE EMPLOYEE'S RESIDENCE IN STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK. IT APPEARS THAT THE HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS WERE STORED IN NEWARK SINCE MR. WEST HAD ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO RESIDE IN THAT AREA; OTHERWISE NORTH AMERICAN VAN LINES COULD HAVE DELIVERED THE GOODS TO THEIR AGENTS IN STATEN ISLAND.

THE AMOUNT PAID BY THE EMPLOYEE TO FEDERAL STORAGE FOR SERVICES RENDERED BY THEM WAS $231, ITEMIZED AS FOLLOWS:

TABLE

"11/1/63 WHSE. HANDLING

5500 LBS. AT 75 CENTS PR. CWT. $41.25

11/1/63 STORAGE--- 12/1/63 AT

60 CENTS PR. CWT. 33.00

11/25/63 DELIVERY TO STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.

TRANSPORTATION 5500 LBS. AT

$2.55 PR. CWT. 140.25

ITEM 170 ADD IT-L TRANSP. CHGE.

AT 30 CENTS PR. CWT. 16.50"

YOU QUESTION WHETHER THE CHARGE FOR THE DELIVERY OF EMPLOYEE'S HOUSEHOLD GOODS FROM STORAGE IN NEWARK TO HIS RESIDENCE IN STATEN ISLAND ($140.25)CAN PROPERLY BE CONSIDERED AS A DRAYAGE CHARGE INCIDENTAL TO TEMPORARY STORAGE RATHER THAN A TRANSPORTATION CHARGE.

DRAYAGE CHARGES INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH THE TEMPORARY STORAGE OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS ARE ALLOWABLE AS A NECESSARY CHARGE INCIDENTAL TO SUCH TEMPORARY STORAGE IN AN AMOUNT WHICH, TOGETHER WITH THE ACTUAL STORAGE CHARGE, DOES NOT EXCEED THE SPECIFIED MAXIMUM COMMUTED RATE. 28 COMP. GEN. 41.

OUR EXAMINATION OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS CARRIERS BUREAU TARIFF NO. 100B, EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 1963, HAS REVEALED THAT THE RATE ($2.55 PER CWT.) APPLIED BY FEDERAL STORAGE ON THE DELIVERY OF THE EMPLOYEE'S HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS TO HIS STATEN ISLAND RESIDENCE IS A PICK-UP OR DELIVERY TRANSPORTATION RATE APPLICABLE TO STORAGE-IN-TRANSIT SHIPMENTS, RATHER THAN A LINE-HAUL TRANSPORTATION RATE. IT APPEARS THAT THE SAME RATE WOULD HAVE BEEN APPLICABLE HAD EMPLOYEE STORED HIS HOUSEHOLD GOODS IN STATEN ISLAND RATHER THAN NEWARK.

IN VIEW THEREOF, THE ITEM IN QUESTION MAY PROPERLY BE CONSIDERED AS A DRAYAGE CHARGE INCIDENTAL TO THE TEMPORARY STORAGE OF THE HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS.

THE VOUCHER AND OTHER DOCUMENTS WHICH ACCOMPANIED YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 6, 1964, ARE RETURNED HEREWITH.