[Payment of Expenses for Medical Examinations]

B-253159: Nov 22, 1993

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) requested a decision on whether it could reimburse two employees for medical examinations by private physicians for themselves and their dependents pursuant to their transfers abroad. GAO held that CDC could not reimburse the employees for the medical examinations, since: (1) it did not require employees to have medical examinations prior to transfers overseas; (2) the examinations were not for the benefit of CDC; and (3) one of the employees failed obtain his examination at a designated Public Health Service facility. GAO also held that the: (1) Department of State's authorization for medical examinations did not apply to the employees, since they were not converted to a foreign compensation rating or stationed abroad under a participating agency services agreement; and (2) provision for reimbursing employee medical expenses applied only to those employees who received medical services abroad. Accordingly, the claim was denied.

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