B-144376, NOV. 15, 1960

B-144376: Nov 15, 1960

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THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION HAS ADVISED YOU THAT THIS SERVICE IS NOT CREDITABLE BECAUSE IT FOLLOWED A TWO-MONTH BREAK IN SERVICE. THE JURISDICTION OF OUR OFFICE IS SUCH THAT WE ARE NEITHER AUTHORIZED NOR REQUIRED TO RENDER DECISIONS AT THE REQUEST OF OTHER THAN A DISBURSING OFFICER. EXCEPT IN CONNECTION WITH THE REVIEW OF SPECIFIC CLAIMS THAT HAVE BEEN SETTLED BY OUR OFFICE. THE MATTER IS PRIMARILY ONE WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THAT AGENCY.

B-144376, NOV. 15, 1960

TO MR. WEBSTER QUICKENDEN:

ON OCTOBER 28, 1960, YOU WROTE TO US REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO THE CREDITABILITY OF 5 1/2 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH THE WORK PROJECTS ADMINISTRATION TOWARD YOUR RETIREMENT ANNUITY. THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION HAS ADVISED YOU THAT THIS SERVICE IS NOT CREDITABLE BECAUSE IT FOLLOWED A TWO-MONTH BREAK IN SERVICE.

THE JURISDICTION OF OUR OFFICE IS SUCH THAT WE ARE NEITHER AUTHORIZED NOR REQUIRED TO RENDER DECISIONS AT THE REQUEST OF OTHER THAN A DISBURSING OFFICER, CERTAIN CERTIFYING OFFICERS, OR THE HEAD OF AN EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT OR OTHER GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHMENT, EXCEPT IN CONNECTION WITH THE REVIEW OF SPECIFIC CLAIMS THAT HAVE BEEN SETTLED BY OUR OFFICE. U.S.C. 74 AND 82D. THEREFORE, A DECISION MAY NOT BE RENDERED AT YOUR REQUEST UPON THE SPECIFIC QUESTION PRESENTED.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION, WE ENCLOSE A COPY OF 20 COMP. GEN. 443 TO WHICH YOU REFERRED IN YOUR LETTER. ALSO, WE POINT OUT THAT WHILE THE ACTION OF THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION IN DENYING RETIREMENT CREDIT FOR CERTAIN "WORK PROJECT" SERVICE MAY TO SOME EXTENT BE PREDICATED ON OUR DECISION, NEVERTHELESS, THE MATTER IS PRIMARILY ONE WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THAT AGENCY.