Travel and Per Diem Expenses of Employees Negotiating a Collective Bargaining Agreement

B-200341(MRV): Published: Dec 29, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 29, 1980.

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The Department of Justice has appealed a ruling which creates an obligation upon Federal agencies to expend appropriated funds for the travel and per diem expenses of employees negotiating a collective bargaining agreement on behalf of a labor union. GAO disagrees with the ruling, since it can find no legislative authority which mandates the obligation of the appropriations of Federal agencies for such expenses. The position GAO holds is that, for a determination to be made that agencies have been divested of control of their appropriated funds, there must be a clear and specific showing in a statute that Congress intended such a result.

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