[Claim for Retroactive Compensation]

B-212417: Oct 21, 1983

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GAO considered the claim of a civilian employee of the Air Force for retroactive compensation at a higher pay level for a period of almost 8 years. The claimant contended that he should have been compensated at the higher grade level because of the supervisory and management duties that he performed. The employee first submitted his claim to GAO about 9 years after he had started in his position. GAO held that: (1) the 6-year statute of limitations barred his claim for additional pay for the period of 6 years from his starting date in the position; and (2) a Government employee is entitled only to the salary of the position to which he is appointed, regardless of the level of the duties performed. Accordingly, the employee's claim for backpay was not allowed.

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