B-166277, MAR. 19, 1969

B-166277: Mar 19, 1969

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WHICH WAS FORWARDED HERE BY THE CHIEF. ON THE DATE HIS FURNITURE WAS DELIVERED TO ELMIRA. FINANCING FOR THE PURCHASE OF THAT RESIDENCE HAD NOT BEEN OBTAINED AND THE SELLERS WERE NOT WILLING TO ALLOW MR. THE CLAIM PRESENTED IS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE $165 MR. YOU INDICATE THAT THE AMOUNT CLAIMED IS LESS THAN THE MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE FOR STORAGE OF THE HOUSEHOLD GOODS IN QUESTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COMMUTED RATES PRESCRIBED UNDER THE PROVISION OF SECTION 6 OF BUREAU OF THE BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. WE ASSUME FROM THAT STATEMENT THAT THE WEIGHT OF THE HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS IS READILY ASCERTAINABLE. ALTHOUGH WE HAVE STATED NO GENERAL RULES FOR THE REIMBURSEMENT OF STORAGE CHARGES WHEN A WAREHOUSE BILL CANNOT BE OBTAINED TO AUTHENTICATE THE WEIGHT OF THE GOODS STORED AND THE AMOUNT CHARGED BECAUSE THE GOODS WERE STORED AT SOME PLACE OTHER THAN A WAREHOUSE.

B-166277, MAR. 19, 1969

TO MR. JACK H. RAND:

WE REFER TO YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 13, 1969, YOUR REFERENCE AD:FF, WHICH WAS FORWARDED HERE BY THE CHIEF, ACCOUNTING BRANCH, FISCAL MANAGEMENT DIVISION, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, REFERENCE *F:A, ON FEBRUARY 24, 1969, CONCERNING THE CLAIM OF MR. ROBERT P. MCGAFFIN FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE COST OF STORING HIS HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS AT HIS NEW OFFICIAL STATION INCIDENT TO HIS TRANSFER FROM ONEONTA, NEW YORK, TO ELMIRA, NEW YORK, IN JULY 1968.

MR. MCGAFFIN CONTRACTED TO PURCHASE A RESIDENCE IN ELMIRA IN EARLY JULY 1968. ON THE DATE HIS FURNITURE WAS DELIVERED TO ELMIRA, FINANCING FOR THE PURCHASE OF THAT RESIDENCE HAD NOT BEEN OBTAINED AND THE SELLERS WERE NOT WILLING TO ALLOW MR. MCGAFFIN TO MOVE INTO THE RESIDENCE UNTIL THE PURCHASE HAD BEEN COMPLETED. MR. MCGAFFIN ARRANGED WITH THE SELLERS TO ALLOW HIM TO STORE HIS HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS IN THE RESIDENCE IN QUESTION FOR THE PERIOD ENDING AUGUST 19, 1968, FOR A CONSIDERATION OF $165 PAID IN ADVANCE. THE CLAIM PRESENTED IS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE $165 MR. MCGAFFIN PAID IN ACCORDANCE WITH THAT AGREEMENT. YOU INDICATE THAT THE AMOUNT CLAIMED IS LESS THAN THE MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE FOR STORAGE OF THE HOUSEHOLD GOODS IN QUESTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COMMUTED RATES PRESCRIBED UNDER THE PROVISION OF SECTION 6 OF BUREAU OF THE BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. A-56. WE ASSUME FROM THAT STATEMENT THAT THE WEIGHT OF THE HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS IS READILY ASCERTAINABLE.

ALTHOUGH WE HAVE STATED NO GENERAL RULES FOR THE REIMBURSEMENT OF STORAGE CHARGES WHEN A WAREHOUSE BILL CANNOT BE OBTAINED TO AUTHENTICATE THE WEIGHT OF THE GOODS STORED AND THE AMOUNT CHARGED BECAUSE THE GOODS WERE STORED AT SOME PLACE OTHER THAN A WAREHOUSE, WE HAVE NOT QUESTIONED REIMBURSEMENT OF SUCH CHARGES WHERE NONCOMMERCIAL FACILITIES WERE USED IN ACCORDANCE WITH A REASONABLE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE EMPLOYEE AND THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY WHERE THE GOODS WERE STORED. SEE B-141699, FEBRUARY 3, 1960, COPY ENCLOSED.

IN THE CASE PRESENTED WE BELIEVE THAT THE STORAGE TRANSACTION WAS REASONABLE AND THAT THE EVIDENCE OF EXPENSE INCURRED BY MR. MCGAFFIN SUPPORTS HIS CLAIM FOR THE EXPENSE INVOLVED.

ACCORDINGLY, YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT A VOUCHER TO REIMBURSE MR. MCGAFFIN FOR THE $165 HE PAID FOR THE TEMPORARY STORAGE OF HIS HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS. THE DOCUMENTS FORWARDED WITH YOUR LETTER ARE RETURNED.