B-176580, JUN 24, 1976

B-176580: Jun 24, 1976

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VETERANS ADMINISTRATION (VA) EMPLOYEE WHOSE CLAIM WAS CONSIDERED UNDER B-176580. CERTIFICATE OF SETTLEMENT IS SUSTAINED AS NO EVIDENCE PRESENTED TO DISTINGUISH CASE FROM B-176580. OVERTIME WAS REGULAR AND HAD NOT BEEN "OFFICIALLY ORDERED OR APPROVED" AS IS REQUIRED BY 5 U.S.C. MARTIN'S CLAIM WAS ORIGINALLY RECEIVED IN OUR OFFICE ON JUNE 2. WAS ISSUED IN THAT NAME. MARTIN'S CLAIM WAS ONE OF MANY CONSIDERED IN OUR DECISION B-176580. AS OVERTIME COMPENSATION FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF PRELIMINARY AND POSTLIMINARY DUTIES FOR WHICH OVERTIME WAS CLAIMED CONSTITUTED REGULARLY SCHEDULED OVERTIME AND HAD NOT BEEN "OFFICIALLY ORDERED OR APPROVED" AS IS REQUIRED BY SECTION 5542(A) OF TITLE 5. THAT DECISION WAS DISPOSITIVE OF CLAIMS OF OTHER EMPLOYEES OF THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES AT AUGUSTA.

B-176580, JUN 24, 1976

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION (VA) EMPLOYEE WHOSE CLAIM WAS CONSIDERED UNDER B-176580, AUGUST 7, 1974, APPEALED CERTIFICATE OF SETTLEMENT DISALLOWING CLAIM. CERTIFICATE OF SETTLEMENT IS SUSTAINED AS NO EVIDENCE PRESENTED TO DISTINGUISH CASE FROM B-176580, SUPRA, WHICH DISALLOWED OVERTIME CLAIMS OF TWO REPRESENTATIVE EMPLOYEES AT VA HOSPITAL, AUGUSTA, GEORGIA. OVERTIME WAS REGULAR AND HAD NOT BEEN "OFFICIALLY ORDERED OR APPROVED" AS IS REQUIRED BY 5 U.S.C. SEC. 5542(A) (1972).

RICHARD W. MARTIN - OVERTIME COMPENSATION FOR PRELIMINARY AND POSTLIMINARY DUTIES:

BY A LETTER DATED OCTOBER 1, 1975, MR. RICHARD W. MARTIN APPEALED SETTLEMENT CERTIFICATE NO. Z-2481416, ISSUED JANUARY 10, 1975, WHICH DISALLOWED HIS CLAIM FOR OVERTIME COMPENSATION FOR PRELIMINARY AND POSTLIMINARY DUTIES PERFORMED INCIDENT TO HIS JOB AT THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL IN AUGUSTA, GEORGIA. MR. MARTIN'S CLAIM WAS ORIGINALLY RECEIVED IN OUR OFFICE ON JUNE 2, 1972, IN THE NAME OF RICHARD W. MARTINO AND THE SETTLEMENT CERTIFICATE ISSUED JANUARY 10, 1975, WAS ISSUED IN THAT NAME. THESE DUTIES INCLUDED INTER ALIA CHANGING INTO AND OUT OF GOVERNMENT FURNISHED UNIFORMS AT A LOCKER PROVIDED IN THE HOSPITAL AND REPORTING FOR DUTY IN UNIFORM PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF A SHIFT.

MR. MARTIN'S CLAIM WAS ONE OF MANY CONSIDERED IN OUR DECISION B-176580, AUGUST 7, 1974, IN THE MATTER OF CLAIMS FOR OVERTIME COMPENSATION OF VETERANS ADMINISTRATION EMPLOYEES UNDER BATES V. UNITED STATES, 196 CT.CL. 362 (1971). IN THAT CASE, WE DISALLOWED THE CLAIMS OF MESSRS. RAYMOND AARON, JR., AND RAYMOND L. ADAMS, EMPLOYEES OF THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL IN AGUSTA, GEORGIA, AS OVERTIME COMPENSATION FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF PRELIMINARY AND POSTLIMINARY DUTIES FOR WHICH OVERTIME WAS CLAIMED CONSTITUTED REGULARLY SCHEDULED OVERTIME AND HAD NOT BEEN "OFFICIALLY ORDERED OR APPROVED" AS IS REQUIRED BY SECTION 5542(A) OF TITLE 5, U.S.C. (1970). THAT DECISION WAS DISPOSITIVE OF CLAIMS OF OTHER EMPLOYEES OF THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES AT AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, INSOFAR AS THE CIRCUMSTANCES RELATING TO THE PERFORMANCE OF PRELIMINARY AND POSTLIMINARY DUTIES WERE IDENTICAL. THE DUTIES PERFORMED BY MR. MARTIN WERE IDENTICAL TO THOSE CONSIDERED IN B-176580, SUPRA.

MR. MARTIN HAS OFFERED NO EVIDENCE TO DISTINGUISH HIS SITUATION FROM THE FACTS IN B-176580, SUPRA. ACCORDINGLY, THE CERTIFICATE OF SETTLEMENT DISALLOWING MR. MARTIN'S CLAIM IS SUSTAINED.

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