B-208991, FEB 8, 1983

B-208991: Feb 8, 1983

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THE COST OF NEW MATERIAL USED IN INSTALLING THE SKIRTING IS NOT REIMBURSABLE. PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED FOR THE COSTS FOR REASSEMBLING THE OLD SKIRTING. CAMPBELL WAS AUTHORIZED TO MOVE A HOUSEHOLD TRAILER (MOBILE HOME) FROM HARRISBURG. SHE CONTENDED THAT THE CONTRACTOR WAS UNABLE TO PUT ON THE SKIRTING AT THE TIME THE MOBILE HOME WAS MOVED AND THAT OLD SPIKES WERE UNSUITABLE FOR INSTALLATION. THE $25 COST OF NEW SPIKES NEEDED TO REASSEMBLE THE SKIRTING IS A COST OF NEW MATERIALS WHICH MAY NOT BE REIMBURSED.

B-208991, FEB 8, 1983

DIGEST: A TRANSFERRED EMPLOYEE MAY BE REIMBURSED THE COSTS FOR REASSEMBLING OLD SKIRTING OF MOBILE HOME AFTER MOVE TO NEW DUTY STATION AS MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES UNDER THE CONDITIONS AND LIMITATIONS OF PARA. 2 3.3B, FTR, BUT THE COST OF NEW MATERIAL USED IN INSTALLING THE SKIRTING IS NOT REIMBURSABLE.

WANDA J. CAMPBELL:

THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION REQUESTS OUR DECISION WHETHER AN EMPLOYEE MAY BE PAID EXPENSES FOR REINSTALLING MOBILE HOME SKIRTING IN CONNECTION WITH A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION. PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED FOR THE COSTS FOR REASSEMBLING THE OLD SKIRTING, BUT PAYMENT MAY NOT BE MADE FOR NEW EQUIPMENT PURCHASED AND USED FOR REASSEMBLY.

BY TRAVEL ORDER DATED JULY 11, 1979, MS. WANDA J. CAMPBELL WAS AUTHORIZED TO MOVE A HOUSEHOLD TRAILER (MOBILE HOME) FROM HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, TO PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, DURING THE PERIOD JULY 2 THROUGH JULY 31, 1979. SHE SUBMITTED A CLAIM DATED JANUARY 18, 1980, IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF $175, CONSISTING OF $150 FOR REINSTALLING OF OLD SKIRTING AND $25 FOR NEW SPIKES FOR ATTACHING THE SKIRTING. SHE CONTENDED THAT THE CONTRACTOR WAS UNABLE TO PUT ON THE SKIRTING AT THE TIME THE MOBILE HOME WAS MOVED AND THAT OLD SPIKES WERE UNSUITABLE FOR INSTALLATION.

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 CHAPTER 2, PART 3 OF THE FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS (FPMR 101-7) (MAY 1973), BUT THE CONTROLLING REGULATIONS DO NOT CONTEMPLATE UNDERWRITING THE COST OF NEW EQUIPMENT FOR AN EMPLOYEE'S HOME, B-175285, APRIL 20, 1972, B-181007, AUGUST 2, 1944. COMPARE B-183809, OCTOBER 3, 1975.

ACCORDINGLY, THE $150 AMOUNT MS. CAMPBELL INCURRED FOR REASSEMBLING THE SKIRTING OF HER MOBILE HOME MAY BE REIMBURSED AS AN ITEM OF MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE SUBJECT TO THE LIMITATIONS PRESCRIBED IN FTR, PARA. 2-3.3B. THE $25 COST OF NEW SPIKES NEEDED TO REASSEMBLE THE SKIRTING IS A COST OF NEW MATERIALS WHICH MAY NOT BE REIMBURSED.