Payment of Salary to Employee Who Transferred to Another Agency While on Home Leave

B-193442: Jul 2, 1979

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Upon the satisfactory completion of an overseas tour of duty, a Department of the Interior employee returned to the United States for home leave. While on leave, he arranged for a transfer to the Agency for International Development (AID) to become effective on the termination of his leave. The Department of the Interior contended that when AID officially informed Interior of its plan to hire the employee, Interior no longer had an obligation to carry him on home leave. Interior pointed out that the purpose of home leave is to prepare an employee for further service abroad. Since AID also planned to send the employee overseas, Interior argued that the employee's use of home leave should properly become the responsibility of AID. GAO was requested by the Department of the Interior to determine which agency's appropriation would be chargeable with the salary of the employee while on home leave. It was held that the Interior appropriation was properly charged for the period of home leave, since the employee earned this home leave by virtue of his service with the Department of the Interior.