Waiver of Statutory Weight Limitation

B-207647(CAM): Jul 13, 1982

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A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) authorized certifying officer asked for a decision as to BLM authority to waive a shipping charge assessed against an employee for the costs of shipping household goods in excess of the statutory weight limitation. The BLM employee's goods exceeded the weight limitation, and he was billed for the excess costs. However, he claimed that he was never informed of the weight limitation and asked for a waiver of the excess weight charge. BLM denied the request since it was unable to find any authority for such a waiver. GAO held that, regardless of the reasons behind the employee's claim, the limitation is statutory and no Government agency or employee has the authority to waive a statutory provision. Accordingly, there is no legal basis for the waiver of the statutory weight limitation.