B-154307, OCT. 12, 1964

B-154307: Oct 12, 1964

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PENDING CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON LEGISLATION WHICH WILL BE INTRODUCED AT THE NEXT SESSION OF CONGRESS TO RELIEVE SUCH EMPLOYEES OF THEIR DEBTS. THE EMPLOYEES HERE INVOLVED ARE THOSE WHO WERE OVERPAID DUE TO THE FAILURE OF ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL AT POINT MUGU TO CONSIDER A WAGE INCREASE GRANTED WAGE BOARD EMPLOYEES AS AN EQUIVALENT INCREASE FOR THE PURPOSE OF WITHIN GRADE STEP ADVANCES AFTER THE PROMOTION OF THE EMPLOYEES FROM WAGE BOARD TO CLASSIFICATION ACT POSITIONS. H.R. 11368 WAS INTRODUCED IN THE 88TH CONGRESS TO RELIEVE 19 EMPLOYEES INVOLVED OF THEIR DEBTS. ACTION ON THAT BILL WAS NOT COMPLETED BEFORE ADJOURNMENT SINE DIE OF THE 88TH CONGRESS. WE HAVE DETERMINED IN COOPERATION WITH OFFICIALS OF YOUR DEPARTMENT THAT A TOTAL OF 85 EMPLOYEES WERE OVERPAID IN SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES.

B-154307, OCT. 12, 1964

TO THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY:

ON SEPTEMBER 28, 1964, A CONGRESSMAN REQUESTED THAT WE AUTHORIZE YOU TO SUSPEND ACTION TO COLLECT THE DEBTS OF CERTAIN EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY, PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE, POINT MUGU, CALIFORNIA, PENDING CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON LEGISLATION WHICH WILL BE INTRODUCED AT THE NEXT SESSION OF CONGRESS TO RELIEVE SUCH EMPLOYEES OF THEIR DEBTS.

THE EMPLOYEES HERE INVOLVED ARE THOSE WHO WERE OVERPAID DUE TO THE FAILURE OF ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL AT POINT MUGU TO CONSIDER A WAGE INCREASE GRANTED WAGE BOARD EMPLOYEES AS AN EQUIVALENT INCREASE FOR THE PURPOSE OF WITHIN GRADE STEP ADVANCES AFTER THE PROMOTION OF THE EMPLOYEES FROM WAGE BOARD TO CLASSIFICATION ACT POSITIONS. H.R. 11368 WAS INTRODUCED IN THE 88TH CONGRESS TO RELIEVE 19 EMPLOYEES INVOLVED OF THEIR DEBTS, HOWEVER, ACTION ON THAT BILL WAS NOT COMPLETED BEFORE ADJOURNMENT SINE DIE OF THE 88TH CONGRESS, 2D SESSION.

WE HAVE DETERMINED IN COOPERATION WITH OFFICIALS OF YOUR DEPARTMENT THAT A TOTAL OF 85 EMPLOYEES WERE OVERPAID IN SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES. (A LIST OF THOSE EMPLOYEES IS ENCLOSED FOR YOUR READY REFERENCE.) THE CONGRESSMAN SAYS THAT HE WILL INTRODUCE A BILL FOR THE RELIEF OF ALL 85 EMPLOYEES AT THE NEXT SESSION OF CONGRESS.

IN VIEW OF THE PROPOSED REINTRODUCTION OF RELIEF LEGISLATION WE WILL NOT OBJECT IF ACTION TO COLLECT THE DEBTS IN QUESTION IS DEFERRED DURING THE 1ST SESSION OF THE 89TH CONGRESS, PENDING ACTION BY CONGRESS ON THE RELIEF LEGISLATION WHICH WILL BE INTRODUCED.