[Request for Reimbursement for Cost Incurred in the Sale of a Horse]

B-212688: Dec 16, 1983

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In response to a request by a Department of Agriculture authorized certifying officer, GAO reviewed an employee entitlement claim incident to a permanent change of station transfer. The employee was transferred due to a reduction-in-force and was forced to sell his horse, which he had used in the course of official Government business. The employee claimed reimbursement for the cost of disposition, because the sale was a necessary action resulting from the transfer. GAO also reviewed the question of whether administrative leave was properly granted to the employee for time spent to dispose of the horse and equipment. GAO found that: (1) since a horse has been deemed personal property by earlier law authorities, it is excluded from coverage under Federal Travel Regulations; and (2) since the granting of administrative leave is a matter of agency discretion, no objection would be made to such a decision. Accordingly, the employee's claim for reimbursement of costs was denied.