[Questions Concerning Relocation Allowances and an Employee's Travel to a New Duty Station]

B-216920: Aug 23, 1985

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An advance decision was requested concerning the propriety of a claim submitted by a Customs Service employee. The employee transferred from the Fish and Wildlife Service to the Customs Service and submitted a claim covering his family's travel to his new official duty station. The employee did not make a claim for his own travel expenses at that time. Subsequently, the employee submitted a claim for a trip he took in his privately owned aircraft between his old and new duty stations. The employee contended that he could select this trip for reimbursement since, under Federal Travel Regulations, an individual may submit a claim for reimbursement of relocation expenses for a period of up to 2 years after his transfer. GAO stated that, although the regulation allows up to 2 years for travel by an employee's immediate family and for transportation of household goods, it does not allow an employee to be reimbursed for his own travel to the new duty station after he has reported for duty at the new location. Accordingly, the claim was allowed in part and denied in part.

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