B-256399 June 27, 1994
B-256399, Jun 27, 1994
Bell: This is in response to your letter to the Comptroller General dated January 31. You indicate that your naval facility will soon be implementing a non-monetary awards program and would like to use. You ask for guidance on whether such award items are appropriate under the Government Employees Incentive Awards Act. OPM emphasizes that the range and variety of non-monetary incentives is almost limitless and that each organization should design incentive programs that will motivate high levels of accomplishment. Our decisions have also recognized the appropriateness of non-monetary items or merchandise-type items as awards. We held that the purchase of the items for use as awards to employees is a proper expenditure of appropriated funds.