[Review of Claims Group Action Denying Mileage Claim]

B-202370: Jan 15, 1982

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GAO reviewed the denial of a Navy employee's claim for the expense of transporting a trained dog to and from the employee's duty station. The dog was Government property and the employee was responsible for its care, even after normal duty hours. The employee contended that, since it was necessary for him to transport the dog in order for him to perform his assigned duties, he incurred expenses that exceeded his normal commuting expenses. He also noted that because of the dog he was deprived of the advantages of carpooling and public transportation. GAO held that, the unusual circumstances of the case notwithstanding, commuting does not constitute official business and the employee could not be reimbursed for home-to-work travel. Accordingly, the denial of the claim was sustained.