[Query Concerning Whether There Is Authorization for Federal Employees To Retain State Juror Fees in Texas State Court]

B-214863: Jul 23, 1984

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GAO was asked for a decision as to whether employees of the Department of the Treasury who reside in Texas may retain fees received for jury service in the state courts. It has been the policy of Treasury to require its employees who reside in Texas to remit to the government any fees received for jury service in the state's courts. However, the Texas statute which provides for the payment of jurors was amended in 1979, and the fees payable were designated as per diem allowances.

GAO found that, unless jury fees are specifically designated as travel expenses or unless the prima facie intent of a statute is to reimburse a juror for expenses, any amount received for jury service by a government employee who is entitled to leave for jury duty must be credited against the employee's compensation by the government. Accordingly, federal employees are not entitled to retain jury fees paid under the amended Texas statute.