Entitlement to Retroactive Temporary Promotion With Backpay for Extended Detail

B-193912: Aug 24, 1979

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The claimant was employed as an Electronics Mechanic grade WG-9 at McClellan Air Force Base and alleged that from June 1973 to December 29, 1976, he was assigned to and performed the same duties as other employees who held positions at the grade WG-11, 12 and 13 levels. Since his agency found no official record documenting the assignment, his claim was denied by the Air Force. GAO also disallowed the employee's claim that he was entitled to a retroactive temporary promotion with backpay. The employee appealed this decision and requested a hearing on the matter. GAO held that claims will be considered solely on the written record, and the burden is on the claimant to prove his claim. In this case, the employee failed to produce any evidence beyond his own uncorroborated statements to show that he performed duties at a grade level that was higher than the one to which he was appointed. The fact that he may have been organizationally assigned to a section staffed with higher grade positions did not demonstrate that he was detailed to and performed the duties of a higher grade position. Therefore, in the absence of written evidence substantiating the employee's claim, the disallowance of his claim was sustained.