B-131202, AUG. 8, 1958

B-131202: Aug 8, 1958

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IT WAS ADMINISTRATIVELY REPORTED THAT AT THE TIME OF YOUR APPOINTMENT ON OCTOBER 20. YOU WERE INSTRUCTED TO REPORT TO YOUR SUPERVISOR ONE- HALF HOUR BEFORE YOUR TOUR OF DUTY IN ORDER TO RECEIVE NEW ORDERS AND THE DUTY ASSIGNMENT FOR THE DAY. THAT THE PRACTICE OF EARLY REPORTING WAS CUSTOMARILY FOLLOWED BY ALL CIVILIAN GUARDS AT THE STATION. THAT THE OVERTIME IN QUESTION WAS NOT ADMINISTRATIVELY AUTHORIZED OR APPROVED. ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORIZATION OR APPROVAL IS A PREREQUISITE TO THE PAYMENT OF OVERTIME COMPENSATION.

B-131202, AUG. 8, 1958

TO MR. GEORGE T. HANLON, JR.:

ON JULY 1, 1958, YOU REQUESTED REVIEW OF SETTLEMENT OF MAY 17, 1957, WHICH DISALLOWED YOUR CLAIM FOR OVERTIME COMPENSATION ALLEGEDLY DUE COVERING THE PERIOD OCTOBER 20, 1952, THROUGH FEBRUARY 25, 1956, AS A CIVILIAN GUARD AT THE UNITED STATES NAVAL STATION, LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA. YOU ALSO AMENDED THAT CLAIM TO COVER THE PERIOD OCTOBER 20, 1952, TO JULY 1, 1958.

IT WAS ADMINISTRATIVELY REPORTED THAT AT THE TIME OF YOUR APPOINTMENT ON OCTOBER 20, 1952, YOU WERE INSTRUCTED TO REPORT TO YOUR SUPERVISOR ONE- HALF HOUR BEFORE YOUR TOUR OF DUTY IN ORDER TO RECEIVE NEW ORDERS AND THE DUTY ASSIGNMENT FOR THE DAY; THAT THE PRACTICE OF EARLY REPORTING WAS CUSTOMARILY FOLLOWED BY ALL CIVILIAN GUARDS AT THE STATION, WITH NO PUNITIVE ACTION BEING TAKEN FOR FAILURE TO REPORT EARLY; AND THAT THE OVERTIME IN QUESTION WAS NOT ADMINISTRATIVELY AUTHORIZED OR APPROVED.

UNDER SECTION 201 OF THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' PAY ACT OF 1945, 59 STAT. 296, AS AMENDED, ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORIZATION OR APPROVAL IS A PREREQUISITE TO THE PAYMENT OF OVERTIME COMPENSATION. NO ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORIZATION OR APPROVAL OF THE OVERTIME SERVICES HAS BEEN MADE IN YOUR CASE. THEREFORE, UPON REVIEW WE MUST SUSTAIN THE SETTLEMENT OF MAY 17, 1957, AND DISALLOW YOUR AMENDED CLAIM.

WITH RESPECT TO YOUR COMPLAINTS AS TO THE METHODS EMPLOYED IN HIRING GUARDS AND THE SCHEDULING OF YOUR WORK PERIODS WITHOUT ANY INTERVENING LUNCH PERIODS, WE MUST ADVISE YOU THAT SUCH ..END :