B-154294, JUN. 26, 1964

B-154294: Jun 26, 1964

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IS SHOWN TO BE 4. THE EMPLOYEE IS NOT INDEBTED FOR THE COST OF SHIPMENT OF SUCH ITEMS.

B-154294, JUN. 26, 1964

TO MR. R. H. LOMMONS, AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, NATIONAL PART SERVICE, WESTERN REGION:

THIS REFERS TO YOUR LETTER OF MAY 19, 1964, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING WHETHER COLLECTION SHOULD BE MADE FROM AN EMPLOYEE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR FOR THE COST OF SHIPMENT OF CERTAIN ITEMS AS HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS ON A GOVERNMENT BILL OF LADING.

THE INFORMATION FURNISHED SHOWS THAT AN EMPLOYEE OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE INCIDENT TO A TRANSFER OF STATION FROM MAMMOTH, WYOMING, TO MT. MCKINLEY NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA, TRANSPORTED ON A GOVERNMENT BILL OF LADING THREE AUTOMOBILE TIRES AND A LUGGAGE TRAILER--- THE LATTER BILLED ON BASIS OF ACCESSORIAL SERVICE CERTIFICATE--- AS PART OF HIS HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS. YOU EXPRESS A DOUBT AS TO WHETHER THESE ITEMS CAN BE SHIPPED AS PART OF HIS HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS AND ASK WHETHER THE EMPLOYEE SHOULD REIMBURSE THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE COST OF THIS PART OF THE SHIPMENT. THE NET WEIGHT OF THE GOODS SHIPPED, INCLUDING THE ABOVE ITEMS, IS SHOWN TO BE 4,410 POUNDS.

SECTION 1.8 OF BUREAU OF THE BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. A-56, EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 1962, CONTAINING REGULATIONS GOVERNING PAYMENT OF TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES OF CIVILIAN OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS INCIDENT TO A TRANSFER OF DUTY STATION, PROVIDES AS FOLLOWS: "1.8 ITEMS NOT ALLOWABLE. PERSONAL PROPERTY WHICH MAY BE LEGALLY TRANSPORTED IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE, EXCEPT BOATS, AIRPLANES, HOUSE TRAILERS AND MOTOR VEHICLES, MAY BE SHIPPED UNDER THIS CIRCULAR AS HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS. THE TRANSPORTATION OF PRIVATELY OWNED HOUSE TRAILERS AND MOTOR VEHICLES MAY, HOWEVER, BE ALLOWED UNDER THE CONDITIONS DESCRIBED IN SECTIONS 6 AND 8, RESPECTIVELY.'

UNDER THE ABOVE-QUOTED REGULATION IT WOULD APPEAR THAT ANY PERSONAL PROPERTY THAT MAY BE TRANSPORTED IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE, WITH CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS NOT HERE MATERIAL, MAY BE SHIPPED AS PART OF THE EMPLOYEE'S HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS. ALSO SEE SECTION 3.1 OF CIRCULAR NO. A-56 CONCERNING ALLOWANCE OF COST OF NECESSARY ACCESSORIAL SERVICES.

THEREFORE, SINCE IT APPEARS THAT THE ITEMS IN QUESTION MAY BE TRANSPORTED IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE, THE EMPLOYEE IS NOT INDEBTED FOR THE COST OF SHIPMENT OF SUCH ITEMS, AND THE BILL FOR COLLECTION NO. 34 146 SHOULD BE CANCELED.