[Entitlement to Transportation of Dependent and Household Goods and Compensation for Leave]

B-214432: Jul 25, 1984

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An Army accounting and finance officer requested a decision regarding a consultant's entitlement to travel and transportation costs for his wife and household goods to his duty station and return upon completion of the contract and compensation for leave. GAO found that the personal services contract in this case created an employer-employee relationship and, therefore, the consultant was entitled to reimbursement for travel and relocation expenses on the same basis as a Government employee. Furthermore, since the employee was appointed to a manpower shortage position, he could be allowed reimbursement for travel from his residence at the time of his initial appointment to his duty station and for his wife's travel and transportation of his household goods. However, there was no authority to reimburse him for return travel and transportation expenses. In addition, GAO determined that, since the employee worked on a regularly scheduled basis under the terms of his contract, he was entitled to leave accrual and compensation for holidays.