Claim for Overtime Compensation

B-198771: Dec 10, 1980

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An Air Force employee requested reconsideration of the denial of his claim for overtime compensation. During a substantial portion of the period claimed, the employee was assigned to temporary duty away from his permanent duty station. In order to comply with the orders, he traveled by bus for about 4 hours on Sundays and spent the night at the temporary duty station. The employee stated that he was not offered the option of departing for the temporary duty station on Monday. Since he was directed to travel outside his normal duty hours on his day off, he claimed that he was entitled to overtime compensation. Legislation providing that an employee's travel should generally be scheduled during regular working hours is not within itself authority for the payment of overtime. GAO held that the scheduling of the employee's duties at the temporary duty station was a matter within the administrative control of the Air Force; thus, the time the employee spent traveling to and from the temporary duty station did not constitute compensable overtime travel under applicable legislation. The travel was not performed under arduous conditions, nor did it involve the performance of work while traveling. Therefore, the prior decision was sustained.

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