[Questions Concerning Navy Ensigns' Entitlement to Travel Allowances]

B-216971: Apr 26, 1985

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Two Navy officers filed claims contending that they were entitled to travel allowances based on their performance of temporary recruiting duty assignments under permissive orders. GAO noted that the expenses of temporary duty travel performed in whole or in part for personal benefit or convenience under permissive orders are nonreimbursable unless the government may derive some benefit from the optional duty. GAO concluded that the officers' orders were valid and that they were only entitled to travel allowances based on constructive change-of-station travel rather than on the basis of actual itineraries.