[Decision Concerning National Mediation Board Obligation of Amounts for Compensation and Expenses]

B-217475: Dec 24, 1986

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The National Mediation Board requested a clarification of a decision regarding obligating funds for the future services of a neutral referee who refused to comply with the Board's established procedures for paying its referees. GAO noted that the Board's regulations base compensation for services and travel on the submission of a proper form to the Board within a specified time period for advanced approval. GAO held that the Board should not obligate funds for the referee's future services if he failed to comply with Board regulations. Accordingly, the original decision was affirmed.

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