[EEOC Employee's Claim for Relocation Expenses]

B-229457: May 6, 1988

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An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission employee requested further consideration of his denied claim for relocation expenses incident to his transfer. GAO had held that the claimant was entitled to reimbursement for real estate expenses incident to the purchase of a residence at his new duty station, if he completed the transaction during the 3-year period following his transfer. In his request for further consideration, the claimant contended that he was entitled to: (1) reimbursement for expenses incident to the sale of a family residence from which he commuted on a weekly basis; and (2) an unlimited period for reimbursement for expenses incident to selling that residence and purchasing a new one, since federally funded highway work near the residence caused him to delay sale. GAO held that the: (1) claimant was not entitled to reimbursement for expenses incident to sale of the residence, since he did not regularly live there; and (2) applicable regulations did not authorize extension of the 3-year period. Accordingly, the claim was denied.

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