[Question Concerning the Entitlement of Two Service Members to Basic Allowance for Quarters]

B-217665: Aug 23, 1985

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A decision was requested concerning the basic allowance for quarters for two married Navy members, each of whom had a dependent child of a prior marriage residing elsewhere. The requester asked whether each member could be credited with a dependent quarters allowance. GAO held that, since each member's child could reside with them in their joint household but did not for reasons unrelated to the members' military orders, only one of the members could be paid a basic allowance for quarters at the dependent rate, while the other should be paid a basic allowance for quarters at the non-dependent rate.