[CIA Employee's Use of Government Vehicle to Attend Funeral of Coworker's Child]

B-275365: Dec 18, 1996

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The Inspector General of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) asked several questions regarding a CIA officer's use of a government vehicle to attend the funeral of a coworker's child. GAO held that: (1) the CIA officer's attendance at the funeral did not constitute official business, since he was not the designated CIA representative; (2) there was no evidence that the officer had actual knowledge that such use constituted misuse of the government vehicle; (3) CIA would have to determine whether the officer's action was or was not in reckless disregard of regulations and notices on official use and, therefore, constituted willful misuse requiring a mandatory 30-day suspension; and (4) in addition to a finding of good faith, CIA must also conclude that the officer's decision to use the vehicle was reasonable under the given circumstances. GAO also recommended that CIA amend its internal guidance consistent with the decision to avoid future misunderstandings.

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