B-168194, DEC. 2, 1969

B-168194: Dec 2, 1969

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WERE PROVIDED WITHOUT COST FOR AIR FORCE EMPLOYEES ON OKINAWA. IS PERSONAL EXPENSE AND NOT REIMBURSABLE BY GOVERNMENT. PREVIOUS DECISION DENYING CLAIM IS AFFIRMED. ACAS: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 30. YOU CONTEND THAT THE AIR FORCE WAS REQUIRED BY THE "EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT FOR FILIPINO CITIZEN EMPLOYMENT FOR OVERSEAS CIVILIAN DUTY WITH U.S. SINCE NO LAUNDRY SERVICE WAS PROVIDED. YOU ARE ENTITLED TO BE REIMBURSED FOR THE COST OF HIRING A LAUNDRY WOMAN. LAUNDRY: LAUNDRY FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED WITHOUT COST FOR YOU TO LAUNDER YOUR CLOTHES.'. THUS YOU WERE ENTITLED NOT TO LAUNDRY SERVICE BUT TO LAUNDRY FACILITIES. SUCH FACILITIES WERE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU. THE EXPENSE OF SUCH HIRING WAS PURELY PERSONAL AND MUST BE BORNE ENTIRELY BY YOU.

B-168194, DEC. 2, 1969

ALIENS--EMPLOYMENT--WAGE, LEAVE, DAMAGES, ETC; CLAIMS--LAUNDRY EXPENSES WHERE LAUNDRY FACILITIES, SUCH AS UTILITY SINKS AND HOT AND COLD RUNNING WATER, WERE PROVIDED WITHOUT COST FOR AIR FORCE EMPLOYEES ON OKINAWA, EXPENSE OF HIRING LAUNDRY WOMAN RATHER THAN PERSONALLY USING LAUNDRY FACILITIES, IS PERSONAL EXPENSE AND NOT REIMBURSABLE BY GOVERNMENT. THEREFORE, PREVIOUS DECISION DENYING CLAIM IS AFFIRMED.

TO MR. APOLINARIO C. ACAS:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 30, 1969, IN WHICH YOU REQUEST RECONSIDERATION OF OUR DECISION DENYING YOUR CLAIM FOR A REFUND OF LAUNDRY EXPENSES INCURRED AS A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE ON OKINAWA.

YOU CONTEND THAT THE AIR FORCE WAS REQUIRED BY THE "EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT FOR FILIPINO CITIZEN EMPLOYMENT FOR OVERSEAS CIVILIAN DUTY WITH U.S. ARMY AT OKINAWA, RYUKYU ISLANDS," TO LAUNDER YOUR PERSONAL CLOTHING AND THAT, SINCE NO LAUNDRY SERVICE WAS PROVIDED, YOU ARE ENTITLED TO BE REIMBURSED FOR THE COST OF HIRING A LAUNDRY WOMAN. HOWEVER, PARAGRAPH 13 OF THAT AGREEMENT STATES ,LAUNDRY: LAUNDRY FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED WITHOUT COST FOR YOU TO LAUNDER YOUR CLOTHES.' THUS YOU WERE ENTITLED NOT TO LAUNDRY SERVICE BUT TO LAUNDRY FACILITIES, SUCH AS UTILITY SINKS AND HOT AND COLD RUNNING WATER. SUCH FACILITIES WERE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU. HOWEVER, YOU ELECTED TO HIRE A LAUNDRY WOMAN RATHER THAN WASH YOUR OWN CLOTHES. THEREFORE, THE EXPENSE OF SUCH HIRING WAS PURELY PERSONAL AND MUST BE BORNE ENTIRELY BY YOU.