B-165919, JAN. 22, 1969

B-165919: Jan 22, 1969

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AN EMPLOYEE WHO IS ENTITLED TO TRANSPORTATION OF HIS HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS UNDER THESE REGULATIONS SHALL. FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF A HOUSE TRAILER FOR USE AS A RESIDENCE. * * *" EVEN IF IT COULD BE HELD THAT THE AWNINGS WERE HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS. CRAWFORD COULD NOT BE REIMBURSED FOR THE COST OF THEIR TRANSPORTATION SINCE PAYMENT FOR TRANSPORTATION OF A HOUSE TRAILER IS IN LIEU OF ANY PAYMENT FOR TRANSPORTING HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS. A-56 PROVIDES FOR THE COMPUTATION OF THE AMOUNT WHICH MAY BE ALLOWED AN EMPLOYEE WHEN HIS HOUSE TRAILER IS TRANSPORTED BY COMMERCIAL MEANS AS FOLLOWS: "A. WHEN A HOUSE TRAILER IS TRANSPORTED BY A COMMERCIAL CARRIER. NOR CHARGES DESIGNATED IN THE TARIFFS AS -SPECIAL SERVICE.-" EVEN IF IT COULD BE HELD THAT THE AWNINGS WERE PART OF MR.

B-165919, JAN. 22, 1969

TO MR. HENRY T. SHELBY:

WE REFER TO YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 17, 1968, YOUR REFERENCE 9132:S/W, BY WHICH YOU REQUEST OUR ADVANCE DECISION WHETHER YOU MAY PROPERLY CERTIFY A VOUCHER TO REIMBURSE MR. DWAIN T. CRAWFORD, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT, THE COSTS HE INCURRED FOR RENTING A U-HAUL TRAILER INCIDENT TO THE TRANSPORTATION OF HIS HOUSE TRAILER FROM HIS OLD OFFICIAL STATION AT HOUSTON, TEXAS, TO HIS NEW OFFICIAL STATION AT FORT WORTH, TEXAS.

MR. CRAWFORD HAS BEEN REIMBURSED ALLOWABLE EXPENSES INCURRED FOR THE COMMERCIAL TRANSPORTATION OF HIS HOUSE TRAILER. HE CLAIMS ADDITIONAL REIMBURSEMENT OF $22.40 WHICH HE PAID FOR RENTING A U-HAUL TRAILER IN WHICH HE TRANSPORTED TO HIS NEW OFFICIAL STATION AN ALUMINUM PATIO AWNING AND 6 WINDOW AWNINGS WHICH APPARENTLY COULD NOT BE TRANSPORTED INSIDE THE HOUSE TRAILER.

SECTION 9.1A OF BUREAU OF THE BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. A-56 PROVIDES IN PERTINENT PART:

"A. AN EMPLOYEE WHO IS ENTITLED TO TRANSPORTATION OF HIS HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS UNDER THESE REGULATIONS SHALL, IN LIEU OF SUCH TRANSPORTATION, BE ENTITLED TO AN ALLOWANCE, AS PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION, FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF A HOUSE TRAILER FOR USE AS A RESIDENCE. * * *" EVEN IF IT COULD BE HELD THAT THE AWNINGS WERE HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS, MR. CRAWFORD COULD NOT BE REIMBURSED FOR THE COST OF THEIR TRANSPORTATION SINCE PAYMENT FOR TRANSPORTATION OF A HOUSE TRAILER IS IN LIEU OF ANY PAYMENT FOR TRANSPORTING HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS.

SECTION 9.3A OF CIRCULAR NO. A-56 PROVIDES FOR THE COMPUTATION OF THE AMOUNT WHICH MAY BE ALLOWED AN EMPLOYEE WHEN HIS HOUSE TRAILER IS TRANSPORTED BY COMMERCIAL MEANS AS FOLLOWS:

"A. WHEN A HOUSE TRAILER IS TRANSPORTED BY A COMMERCIAL CARRIER,

"/1) THE ALLOWANCE SHALL INCLUDE THE CARRIER'S CHARGES FOR ACTUAL TRANSPORTATION OF THE TRAILER IN AN AMOUNT NOT EXCEEDING THE APPLICABLE TARIFF AS APPROVED BY THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION (OR APPROPRIATE STATE REGULATORY BODY FOR INTRASTATE MOVEMENTS) FOR TRANSPORTATION OF A TRAILER OF THE SIZE AND TYPE INVOLVED FOR THE DISTANCE INVOLVED, COMPUTED AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 9.2.

"/2) THE ALLOWANCE ALSO SHALL INCLUDE FERRY FARES AND BRIDGE, ROAD, AND TUNNEL TOLLS, TAXES, CHARGES OR FEES FIXED BY A STATE OR MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY FOR PERMITS TO TRANSPORT HOUSE TRAILERS IN OR THROUGH ITS JURISDICTION, SIMILAR CHARGES IMPOSED BY A CANADIAN JURISDICTION FOR A TRAILER BEING TRANSPORTED BETWEEN ALASKA AND THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES, AND THE CARRIERS' SERVICE CHARGES FOR OBTAINING NECESSARY PERMITS.

"/3) ALLOWANCES SHALL NOT INCLUDE COSTS OF PREPARING TRAILERS FOR MOVEMENT, MAINTENANCE, REPAIRS, STORAGE, INSURANCE FOR VALUATION OF TRAILERS ABOVE CARRIERS' MAXIMUM RESPONSIBILITY, NOR CHARGES DESIGNATED IN THE TARIFFS AS -SPECIAL SERVICE.-" EVEN IF IT COULD BE HELD THAT THE AWNINGS WERE PART OF MR. CRAWFORD'S HOUSE TRAILER, THERE WOULD BE NO AUTHORITY UNDER THE QUOTED LANGUAGE TO REIMBURSE HIM FOR THE ADDED COST HE INCURRED FOR THEIR TRANSPORTATION. SEE GENERALLY B-152923, JANUARY 16, 1964, COPY ENCLOSED.

FOR THE REASONS STATED, MR. CRAWFORD'S CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE COST OF TRANSPORTING THE AWNINGS OF HIS HOUSE TRAILER SHOULD BE DISALLOWED. THE FILE ATTACHED TO YOUR LETTER IS RETURNED.