B-164320, JUN. 27, 1968

B-164320: Jun 27, 1968

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IS SET FORTH IN SECTION 3.1 OF CIRCULAR NO. A-56 AS FOLLOWS: "A THE MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES ALLOWANCE IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFRAYING VARIOUS CONTINGENT COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH DISCONTINUING RESIDENCE AT ONE LOCATION AND ESTABLISHING RESIDENCE AT A NEW LOCATION IN CONNECTION WITH AN AUTHORIZED OR APPROVED PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION. "B. THE ALLOWANCE IS RELATED TO EXPENSES THAT ARE COMMON TO LIVING QUARTERS FURNISHINGS AND HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND OTHER GENERAL TYPES OF COSTS INHERENT IN RELOCATION OF A PLACE OF RESIDENCE. ARE NOT LIMITED TO. DRAPERIES AND CURTAINS MOVED FROM ONE RESIDENCE QUARTERS TO ANOTHER. "/3) UTILITY FEES OR DEPOSITS THAT ARE NOT OFFSET BY EVENTUAL REFUNDS. "/4) FORFEITURE LOSSES ON MEDICAL.

B-164320, JUN. 27, 1968

TO MR. T. C. ROBINSON:

WE REFER TO YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 23, 1968, REFERENCE 6540-5, FORWARDING FOR OUR ADVANCE DECISION THE VOUCHER OF MR. NEIL T. SMITH, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE FOREST SERVICE, WHEREIN HE MADE CLAIM FOR PAYMENT OF THE MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES ALLOWANCE AUTHORIZED BY 5 U.S.C. 5724A (B) AND SECTION 3 OF BUREAU OF THE BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. A-56, REVISED OCTOBER 12, 1966, INCIDENT TO HIS TRANSFER FROM MARENISCO, MISSOURI, TO POPLAR BLUFF, MISSOURI.

YOUR LETTER RELATES THAT MR. SMITH'S TRANSFER TO POPLAR BLUFF OCCURRED ON OCTOBER 4, 1967. HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER RESIDED AT SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI, DURING HIS DUTY ASSIGNMENTS AT MARENISCO AND POPLAR BLUFF BECAUSE HIS DAUGHTER HAD ENROLLED IN COLLEGE AT SPRINGFIELD. IN THE STATEMENT FROM MR. SMITH ACCOMPANYING THE VOUCHER, HE STATES THAT WHILE AT MARENISCO HE LIVED IN BACHELOR'S QUARTERS WHICH HE SHARED WITH TWO OTHER PERSONS FOR WHICH HE PAID $10.50 PER PAY PERIOD. WHILE AT POPLAR BLUFF HE LIVED IN A PRIVATELY OWNED TRAILER WITH THE LESSEE THEREOF TO WHOM HE PAID A CERTAIN AMOUNT FOR EXPENSES.

THE PURPOSE OF THE MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES ALLOWANCE, AUTHORIZED BY SECTION 24 OF PUBLIC LAW 89-516, IS SET FORTH IN SECTION 3.1 OF CIRCULAR NO. A-56 AS FOLLOWS:

"A THE MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES ALLOWANCE IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFRAYING VARIOUS CONTINGENT COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH DISCONTINUING RESIDENCE AT ONE LOCATION AND ESTABLISHING RESIDENCE AT A NEW LOCATION IN CONNECTION WITH AN AUTHORIZED OR APPROVED PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION.

"B. THE ALLOWANCE IS RELATED TO EXPENSES THAT ARE COMMON TO LIVING QUARTERS FURNISHINGS AND HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND OTHER GENERAL TYPES OF COSTS INHERENT IN RELOCATION OF A PLACE OF RESIDENCE. THE TYPES OF COSTS INTENDED TO BE REIMBURSED UNDER THE ALLOWANCE INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING:

"/1) DISCONNECTING AND CONNECTIN APPLIANCES, EQUIPMENT AND UTILITIES INVOLVED IN RELOCATION, AND COST OF CONVERTING APPLIANCES FOR OPERATION ON AVAILABLE UTILITIES.

"/2) CUTTING AND FITTING RUGS, DRAPERIES AND CURTAINS MOVED FROM ONE RESIDENCE QUARTERS TO ANOTHER.

"/3) UTILITY FEES OR DEPOSITS THAT ARE NOT OFFSET BY EVENTUAL REFUNDS.

"/4) FORFEITURE LOSSES ON MEDICAL, DENTAL AND FOOD LOCKER CONTRACTS THAT ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE.

"/5) AUTOMOBILE REGISTRATION, DRIVER'S LICENSE AND USE TAXES IMPOSED WHEN BRINGING AUTOMOBILES INTO SOME JURISDICTIONS.'

IF MR. SMITH CAN SHOW THAT HE INCURRED SOME EXPENSES SIMILAR TO THE ABOVE, INCIDENT TO ESTABLISHING A RESIDENCE FOR HIMSELF AT POPLAR BLUFF, HE WOULD BE ENTITLED TO PAYMENT OF A MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES ALLOWANCE ON THE BASIS OF AN EMPLOYEE WITHOUT IMMEDIATE FAMILY. SEE B 163076, JANUARY 12, 1968, COPY ENCLOSED. HOWEVER, SINCE NO INFORMATION OF THAT NATURE HAS BEEN PRESENTED, WE ARE UNABLE TO MAKE A DETERMINATION IN THE MATTER.

THE VOUCHER PROPOSING PAYMENT OF THE $200 FAMILY ALLOWANCE FOR MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES IS RETURNED HEREWITH AND MAY NOT BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT.