Government Printing Office--Recruitment & Relocation Payments and Retention Allowances
B-301837, Apr 28, 2004
The General Counsel of the Government Printing Office (GPO) has requested an advance decision under 31 U.S.C.3529 on whether GPO may use appropriated funds to provide recruitment and relocation payments and retention allowances to GPO employees hired under the Kiess Act, 44 U.S.C.305. As we explain below, GPO's broad authority to set wage and salary rates under the Kiess Act permits the Public Printer to make recruitment and relocation payments and retention allowances. Because of the close relationship between GPO and the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP), we suggest that GPO consult with JCP on its decision to make such payments.