Claim for Reimbursement for Use of Privately Owned Vehicle

B-203978: Mar 11, 1982

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An authorized certifying officer for the Bureau of Reclamation submitted questions to GAO concerning an employee's entitlement to reimbursement of expenses in connection with the use of a privately owned vehicle (POV). The employee in question worked for the Bureau as a pilot and, although his official duty station was listed as the Federal Building, he spent most of his time at the airport. The certifying officer wanted to know under what circumstances the employee could be reimbursed for the use of his POV when commuting from his residence to the airport and from the Federal Building to the airport. GAO has consistently held that an employee must bear the cost of transportation between his residence and his place of work at his official duty station. Federal regulations define official duty station as bounded by the corporate limits of the city or town in which the employee is stationed. Therefore, since the airport and the Federal Building are both within the corporate city limits, the employee is not entitled to reimbursement for the use of his POV to commute between his residence and the two duty stations. However, GAO concluded that, under certain circumstances pertaining to travel days, the employee would be eligible for mileage expenses.

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