Cost to the Government for Moving Household Goods of Its Civilian Employees

LCD-77-203: Apr 14, 1977

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There are generally two methods of shipping the household goods of federal employees within the continental United States: (1) the actual-expense method; and (2) the commuted-rate system. Under the actual-expense method, the government assumes responsibility for awarding contracts and negotiating with the carriers. Household goods are shipped on a government bill of lading. Employees make their own arrangements under the commuted-rate system. They select and pay carriers or transport their own household goods, and are reimbursed by the government in accordance with rate schedules compiled and distributed by the General Services Administration.

A limited test showed that the commuted-rate method generally resulted in lower overall cost to the government when compared to costs computed by using the Standard Government Rate Tenders applicable under the actual-expense method. However, Department of Defense and civilian agencies are sometimes able to negotiate for lower than standard rates. The possibility of and conditions influencing lower rates depend on locality, time of year, carriers' workload, and other variables that make general conclusions about the most cost favorable method impossible. The existing procedures are sufficiently flexible to permit use of the method which is in the best financial interest of the government.

Mar 20, 2018

Mar 19, 2018

  • Ampcus, Inc.
    We deny the protest.
  • AMAR Health IT, LLC
    We dismiss the protest because our Office does not have jurisdiction to entertain protests of task orders issued under civilian agency multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts that are valued at less than $10 million.
  • Centurum, Inc.--Costs
    We grant the request.

Mar 15, 2018

  • ORBIS Sibro, Inc.
    We sustain the protest in part and deny it in part.

Mar 14, 2018

Mar 13, 2018

  • Interoperability Clearinghouse
    We dismiss the protest because the protester, a not-for-profit entity, is not an interested party to challenge this sole-source award to an Alaska Native Corporation under the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) program.
  • Yang Enterprises, Inc.
    We dismiss the protest.

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