B-153561, MAY 11, 1964

B-153561: May 11, 1964

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380 POUNDS OF EFFECTS WERE PLACED IN STORAGE AT THE FORMER STATION FOR A PERIOD OF 55 DAYS BUT THAT ONLY 6. 610 POUNDS WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE NEW STATION. WE HAVE HELD UNDER PRIOR SIMILAR REGULATIONS THAT EXPENSES FOR TEMPORARY STORAGE MAY BE ALLOWED WHETHER OR NOT SHIPMENT OF THE EFFECTS IS MADE SO LONG AS THE EXPENSES INVOLVED CAN BE DETERMINED TO HAVE BEEN INCURRED INCIDENT TO CHANGE OF STATION ORDERS. 29 COMP. - SINCE THE CLEAR INFERENCE TO BE DRAWN FROM YOUR LETTER IS THAT THE EMPLOYEE INTENDED AT THE TIME OF PLACING THE EFFECTS IN STORAGE TO HAVE THE ENTIRE LOT SHIPPED TO THE NEW STATION IF SUITABLE LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS WERE OBTAINED. WE NOTE THAT THE STORAGE ITEM ON THE VOUCHER WHICH ACCOMPANIED YOUR LETTER IS STATED IN THE AMOUNT OF $231.

B-153561, MAY 11, 1964

TO MR. J. E. FOWLER, JR., AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, BUREAU OF MINES:

YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 19, 1964, REQUESTS OUR DECISION AS TO THE PROPER AMOUNT OF REIMBURSEMENT ALLOWABLE FOR THE TEMPORARY STORAGE OF AN EMPLOYEE'S HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS IN CONNECTION WITH HIS PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION. YOUR DOUBT IN THE MATTER ARISES FROM THE FACT THAT THE EMPLOYEE DISPOSED OF A PORTION OF HIS EFFECTS AT HIS FORMER STATION, AFTER HAVING PLACED THEM IN TEMPORARY STORAGE THERE, BECAUSE HE ACQUIRED LESS SPACIOUS LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS AT HIS NEW STATION THAN HE HAD AT THE PREVIOUS ONE.

THE RECEIPTED BILL OF THE CARRIER SHOWS THAT 8,380 POUNDS OF EFFECTS WERE PLACED IN STORAGE AT THE FORMER STATION FOR A PERIOD OF 55 DAYS BUT THAT ONLY 6,610 POUNDS WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE NEW STATION.

THE REGULATIONS IN BUREAU OF THE BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. A-56 (SUBSECTIONS D AND E OF SECTION 2.1) PROVIDE SEPARATELY FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF EFFECTS AND FOR TEMPORARY STORAGE. WE HAVE HELD UNDER PRIOR SIMILAR REGULATIONS THAT EXPENSES FOR TEMPORARY STORAGE MAY BE ALLOWED WHETHER OR NOT SHIPMENT OF THE EFFECTS IS MADE SO LONG AS THE EXPENSES INVOLVED CAN BE DETERMINED TO HAVE BEEN INCURRED INCIDENT TO CHANGE OF STATION ORDERS. 29 COMP. GEN. 133, 135. APPLYING THAT RULE HERE, WE HOLD THAT THE EMPLOYEE MAY BE REIMBURSED IN THE APPROPRIATE AMOUNT FOR TEMPORARY STORAGE OF 7,000 POUNDS OF EFFECTS--- THE MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE UNDER SECTION 1.7A OF THE REGULATIONS--- SINCE THE CLEAR INFERENCE TO BE DRAWN FROM YOUR LETTER IS THAT THE EMPLOYEE INTENDED AT THE TIME OF PLACING THE EFFECTS IN STORAGE TO HAVE THE ENTIRE LOT SHIPPED TO THE NEW STATION IF SUITABLE LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS WERE OBTAINED. COURSE, IF THE EMPLOYEE HAD INTENDED WHEN HE PLACED THE EFFECTS IN STORAGE THAT HE WOULD DISPOSE OF A PORTION OF THEM WITHOUT SHIPPING THEM TO THE NEW STATION, OUR CONCLUSION WOULD BE OTHERWISE. CF. 28 COMP. GEN. 180, 182.

WE NOTE THAT THE STORAGE ITEM ON THE VOUCHER WHICH ACCOMPANIED YOUR LETTER IS STATED IN THE AMOUNT OF $231, COMPUTED AT THE COMMUTED RATE OF $3.30 PER CWT. FOR 7,000 POUNDS. HOWEVER, ACCORDING TO THE RATES SHOWN ON THE CARRIER'S BILL, THE ACTUAL COST OF STORAGE FOR 7,000 POUNDS IS ONLY $210 CONSISTING OF A CHARGE FOR DRAYAGE TO WAREHOUSE AT $1.50 PER CWT. ($105), WAREHOUSE HANDLING CHARGE AT $0.50 PER CWT. ($35) AND STORAGE FOR 2 MONTHS AT $0.50 PER MONTH ($70). IN VIEW OF THE LAST SENTENCE OF SECTION 2.1E OF THE REGULATIONS TO THE EFFECT THAT THE AMOUNT OF REIMBURSEMENT ON A COMMUTED BASIS FOR TEMPORARY STORAGE MAY NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY PAID, ONLY $210 MAY BE ALLOWED.

THE VOUCHER, WHICH, TOGETHER WITH SUPPORTING PAPERS, IS RETURNED HEREWITH, MAY NOT BE CERTIFIED IN ITS PRESENT FORM.