[Claim for Severance Pay]

B-207614: Dec 9, 1982

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A former employee of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms contended that he was entitled to severance pay because he had received informal advance notice that he would be transferred, which caused him to resign. The employee received a written request for volunteers in his grade range to transfer to a new duty site. The employee subsequently received a telephone warning from his union representative that, if enough volunteers were not received for the transfer positions, reassignments would be necessary. The employee then submitted his resignation. Approximately 2 months later, the former employee received a letter advising him of his transfer. GAO stated that severance pay is granted to individuals who are involuntarily separated from service. However, severance pay is granted to employees who resign only if they receive a specific notice that they are to be involuntarily separated, a notice of a reduction in force, or a notice proposing to separate him for declining to accompany his activity during a transfer. The advice which the employee received before his resignation fell short of meeting the notification requirements to qualify for severance pay; only after the employee resigned did he receive notice of the transfer. Accordingly, GAO could not conclude that the employee's resignation was an involuntary separation which would entitle him to severance pay, and a Claims Group's disallowance of his claim for severance pay was sustained.

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  • Silver Investments, Inc.
    We dismiss the protest as untimely because it was filed more than 10 days after the protester knew, or should have known, the basis for its protest.

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