Reimbursement of Expenses for Purchase of Work Clothes

B-191897(HID): Nov 2, 1978

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GAO was asked to provide a decision on whether the Military Personnel and Civilian Employee’s Claims Act of 1946, as amended, 31 U.S.C. 241(b) (1), would permit reimbursement to be made to an employee of the Department of Commerce for expenses incurred for the purchase of work closes necessitated because of excessive delay in the arrival of his own clothes at his temporary duty station. GAO determined that it was not within their jurisdiction to consider claims for damage to, or loss of, the personal property of employees of the Department of Commerce. In the absence of any overall policies prescribed by the President pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 241(b) (1), such claims are for consideration and final settlement under the regulations of the employing agency. The claim is thus to be considered by the Secretary of Commerce, or his designee, in accordance with appropriate statutes and regulations.