B-246890, Jan, 1992

B-246890: Jan 1, 1992

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DIGEST: Member who had arranged for purchase and delivery of an automobile in California incident to a change of station from Greece to Arizona was notified within 24 hours of his departure that he was to be redirected. The Claims Group and service properly denied the claim since there is no authority when a vehicle has not been shipped at government expense which would authorize payment of travel expenses under these circumstances. This arrangement was made in connection with his change of station from Hellenikon Air Base in Greece to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. His orders were changed and he was ordered to Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. He is now requesting reimbursement for his air fare from Philadelphia.

B-246890, Jan, 1992

DIGEST: Member who had arranged for purchase and delivery of an automobile in California incident to a change of station from Greece to Arizona was notified within 24 hours of his departure that he was to be redirected. He received amended orders and left shortly thereafter for his new duty station in Virginia. Member claims travel expenses incurred when he traveled to obtain the automobile in California. The Claims Group and service properly denied the claim since there is no authority when a vehicle has not been shipped at government expense which would authorize payment of travel expenses under these circumstances.

Staff Sergeant Patrick L. Breen:

Staff Sergeant Patrick F. Breen requests reconsideration of our Claims Group denial of his claim for travel expenses incurred in connection with the purchase of a new vehicle. For the following reasons we sustain the Claims Groups denial.

Apparently, Sergeant Breen had made arrangements to buy a new car and take delivery on it at Oceanside, California. This arrangement was made in connection with his change of station from Hellenikon Air Base in Greece to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. Less than 24 hours before his departure from Greece, his orders were changed and he was ordered to Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. He is now requesting reimbursement for his air fare from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to San Diego, California to take delivery on his car and mileage from California to Langley Air Force Base. He acknowledges that payment may not be made under current regulations but asks that payment be made as an exception.

Both the Air Force and our Claims Group denied his claim on the basis that there is no authority for such a reimbursement. We agree. We are not aware of any authority which would authorize Sergeant Breen to be reimbursed for such travel when the car has not been shipped at government expense whether the travel was performed from Arizona or Virginia. While it is unfortunate that the change in orders resulted in additional expense for him his claim must be denied.