B-183809, OCT 3, 1975

B-183809: Oct 3, 1975

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COST OF SKIRTING IS NOT ALLOWABLE SINCE IT IS A NEWLY ACQUIRED ITEM AND REPRESENTS A STRUCTURAL ALTERATION. FREEMAN - INSTALLATION OF SKIRTING PURSUANT TO MOVING MOBILE HOME: THIS IS IN RESPONSE TO A REQUEST FROM MR. FREEMAN WAS AUTHORIZED REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES INCIDENT TO A TRANSFER OF OFFICIAL STATION FROM JACKSON. FREEMAN WAS ALLOWED. THE AMOUNT FOR THE SKIRTING WAS DISALLOWED BY THE FINANCE CENTER UNDER PARAGRAPH 2-3.1C(5) OF THE FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS (FPMR 101-7) (MAY 1973) ON THE GROUND THAT THE COST OF NEWLY ACQUIRED ITEMS ARE NOT REIMBURSABLE. FREEMAN WAS ALLOWED THE MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE ALLOWANCE OF $200 PROVIDED BY FTR PARA. 2-3.3A(2) (MAY 1973) FOR AN EMPLOYEE WITH IMMEDIATE FAMILY.

B-183809, OCT 3, 1975

TRANSFERRED EMPLOYEE PURCHASED SKIRTING FOR MOBILE HOME TO PREVENT FREEZING OF WATER PIPES AND CONNECTIONS BECAUSE OF SEVERE WINTER WEATHER AT NEW OFFICIAL STATION. COST OF SKIRTING IS NOT ALLOWABLE SINCE IT IS A NEWLY ACQUIRED ITEM AND REPRESENTS A STRUCTURAL ALTERATION. FTR PARA. 2- 3.1C(5), (13) (MAY 1973); B-181007, AUGUST 2, 1974; B-176476, AUGUST 21, 1972.

JOHNNY J. FREEMAN - INSTALLATION OF SKIRTING PURSUANT TO MOVING MOBILE HOME:

THIS IS IN RESPONSE TO A REQUEST FROM MR. ORRIS C. HUET, AN AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER AT THE NATIONAL FINANCE CENTER, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, FOR A DECISION REGARDING A CLAIM BY MR. JOHNNY J. FREEMAN FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF $218.40 FOR MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH A TRANSFER OF OFFICIAL STATION.

MR. FREEMAN WAS AUTHORIZED REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES INCIDENT TO A TRANSFER OF OFFICIAL STATION FROM JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, TO DES MOINES, IOWA, BY TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION NO. 02555009, DATED AUGUST 28, 1974. MR. FREEMAN WAS ALLOWED, INTER ALIA, TRANSPORTATION OF A HOUSE TRAILER AND AN ALLOWANCE OF $200 FOR MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES OR ACTUAL SUPPORTABLE MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES NOT TO EXCEED THE MAXIMUM AS PRESCRIBED BY REGULATION.

MR. FREEMAN COMPLETED HIS MOVE AND SUBMITTED A TRAVEL VOUCHER FOR MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES, INCLUDING $333.84, THE EXPENSE OF NEW SKIRTING FOR HIS TRAILER. THE AMOUNT FOR THE SKIRTING WAS DISALLOWED BY THE FINANCE CENTER UNDER PARAGRAPH 2-3.1C(5) OF THE FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS (FPMR 101-7) (MAY 1973) ON THE GROUND THAT THE COST OF NEWLY ACQUIRED ITEMS ARE NOT REIMBURSABLE. MR. FREEMAN WAS ALLOWED THE MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE ALLOWANCE OF $200 PROVIDED BY FTR PARA. 2-3.3A(2) (MAY 1973) FOR AN EMPLOYEE WITH IMMEDIATE FAMILY.

MR. FREEMAN IS RECLAIMING ON THE BASIS THAT THE SKIRTING WAS NOT ADDED AS A MATTER OF PERSONAL TASTE OR PREFERENCE, BUT WAS NECESSITATED BY SEVERE WINTER WEATHER AT HIS NEW DUTY STATION AND WAS FOR THE PROTECTION OF WATER PIPES AND CONNECTIONS WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE FREEZE AND BURST.

WHILE EMPLOYEES MAY BE REIMBURSED THE COSTS INVOLVED IN PREPARING THEIR MOBILE HOMES FOR SHIPMENT AND FOR REASSEMBLING THEM AT THE NEW LOCATION AS MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES UNDER THE CONDITIONS AND LIMITATIONS PRESCRIBED IN FTR PARA. 2-3.3B, THE CONTROLLING REGULATIONS DO NOT CONTEMPLATE UNDERWRITING THE COST OF NEW EQUIPMENT FOR AN EMPLOYEE'S HOME. THEREFORE, THE EXPENSES OF THE SKIRTING MUST BE DENIED SINCE IT IS A NEWLY ACQUIRED ITEM. FTR PARA. 2-3.1C(5) (MAY 1973); B-176476, AUGUST 21, 1972. FURTHER, THE ADDITION OF SKIRTING CONSTITUTES A STRUCTURAL ALTERATION TO THE MOBILE HOME AND REIMBURSEMENT IS THEREFOR PROHIBITED. FTR PARA. 2- 3.1C(13) (MAY 1973); B-181007, AUGUST 2, 1974.

FOR THE REASONS STATED THE VOUCHER MAY NOT BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT.