B-172333, APR 23, 1971

B-172333: Apr 23, 1971

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WAS ALLOWED TO MR. THE RECLAIM VOUCHER IN QUESTION HERE COVERS THE AMOUNT WHICH WAS DISALLOWED. STEWART IS CLAIMING (ELECTRICAL WIRING FOR THE AIR CONDITIONERS. REMODELING OR MODERNIZING OF LIVING QUARTERS IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE SUCH APPLIANCES AND AS SUCH ARE NOT REIMBURSABLE. HE IS NOT ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT IN EXCESS OF THE $200 COMMUTED ALLOWANCE WHICH HE HAS ALREADY RECEIVED. WHICH WITH SUPPORTING PAPERS IS RETURNED.

B-172333, APR 23, 1971

CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE - TRANSFERS - MOVING EXPENSES DECISION HOLDING THAT RECLAIM VOUCHER IN AMOUNT OF $371.57 IN FAVOR OF THEODORE R. STEWART, JR., DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT EMPLOYEE, FOR MISCELLANEOUS MOVING EXPENSES AS ITEMS CLAIMED INVOLVE STRUCTUAL ALTERATIONS, REMODELING, AND MODERNIZATION OF LIVING QUARTERS AND AS SUCH NOT REIMBURSABLE.

TO MRS. DOLORES T. HODGES:

YOUR LETTER DATED MARCH 23, 1971, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTS OUR DECISION AS TO WHETHER YOU MAY CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT A RECLAIM VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF MR. THEODORE R. STEWART, JR., A DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT EMPLOYEE, COVERING REIMBURSEMENT OF CERTAIN MISCELLANEOUS COSTS INCURRED BY HIM INCIDENT TO HIS TRANSFER FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., TO KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, ON OR ABOUT SEPTEMBER 8, 1970.

THE RECORD SHOWS THAT MR. STEWART CLAIMED THE FOLLOWING ON TRAVEL VOUCHER 22-5628 AS MISCELLANEOUS MOVING EXPENSES:

ELECTRICAL WIRING FOR 2 AIR CONDITIONERS $120.00

ELECTRICAL WIRING FOR FOOD FREEZER 30.00

ELECTRICAL WIRING - WASHER AND DRYER 38.00

INSTALLATION OF AIR CONDITIONER 25.00

PLUMBING FOR WASHER AND DRYER 85.00

TELEPHONE INSTALLATION 31.00

COLOR TV SET UP 12.95

AUTOMOBILE REGISTRATION 27.62

DRIVERS LICENSE 2.00

TOTAL $371.57 THE RECORD ALSO SHOWS THAT $200 OF THE $371.57 CLAIMED, WAS ALLOWED TO MR. STEWART AS MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES PURSUANT TO OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. A-56, AS AMENDED JUNE 26, 1969, SUBSECTION 3.3A(2), WHICH PROVIDES FOR A COMMUTED PAYMENT OF $200 FOR MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES. THE RECLAIM VOUCHER IN QUESTION HERE COVERS THE AMOUNT WHICH WAS DISALLOWED, $171.57.

FOUR OF THE ITEMS MR. STEWART IS CLAIMING (ELECTRICAL WIRING FOR THE AIR CONDITIONERS, $120, THE FOOD FREEZER, $30, THE WASHER AND DRYER, $38, AND PLUMBING FOR THE WASHER AND DRYER, $85) INVOLVED STRUCTURAL ALTERATIONS, REMODELING OR MODERNIZING OF LIVING QUARTERS IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE SUCH APPLIANCES AND AS SUCH ARE NOT REIMBURSABLE. SEE SUBSECTION 3.1C(13) OF OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. A 56, AS AMENDED JUNE 26, 1969, AND OUR DECISION B-164111, JUNE 10, 1968, COPY ENCLOSED.

SINCE THE TOTAL NONALLOWABLE ITEMS DISCUSSED ABOVE ($273), REDUCES MR. STEWART'S TOTAL CLAIM TO LESS THAN $200, HE IS NOT ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT IN EXCESS OF THE $200 COMMUTED ALLOWANCE WHICH HE HAS ALREADY RECEIVED.

WE MAKE NO COMMENT AS TO WHETHER THE OTHER ITEMS CLAIMED WOULD BE ALLOWABLE IF MR. STEWART HAD INCURRED REIMBURSABLE MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES IN EXCESS OF $200.

FOR THE REASONS STATED THE VOUCHER, WHICH WITH SUPPORTING PAPERS IS RETURNED, MAY NOT BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT.