Request for Reimbursement of Consulting Fees

B-192438: Jun 13, 1979

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Federal executive agencies are permitted to reimburse State or local governments for the pay of their employees who have been detailed to the agencies. An advance decision was requested as to whether the Department of Energy (DOE) may reimburse a university an amount of $12,000 for lost consultant fees that were paid to its faculty member who was detailed from the university to serve 1 year with DOE. Before his assignment to DOE, the employee was allowed by the university to be paid consulting fees by a private corporation for services rendered on a 1-day per week basis. Such fees are considered to be part of the employee's academic pay by the Office of Personnel Management. Although the university is a private organization, under applicable legislation it is regarded the same as a State or local government employer for the purpose of a Federal executive agency's reimbursement of pay for a detailed employee. Therefore, the amount paid to the faculty member by the university for lost consultant fees may be reimbursed under its agreement with DOE.