Reimbursement of Relocation Expenses Incident to Transfer of Function

B-189778: Dec 4, 1978

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Questions were asked as to whether an agency may refuse to reimburse an employee for relocation expenses because of budget considerations and, if not, whether an employee may waive reimbursement. Employees who were transferred from the Postal Service to the General Services Administration were not eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses since reimbursement is restricted by law to employees of an agency which excludes the Postal Service. Although this determination made it unnecessary to answer the questions, budget constraints cannot be a basis for denying an employee reimbursement of relocation expenses.