[Decision Concerning Navy Employee's Long-Term Temporary Duty Assignment]

B-234262: Jun 2, 1989

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The Navy requested a decision regarding whether it should permanently transfer an employee on a long-term temporary duty assignment rather than extending the assignment. GAO held that the Navy could extend the assignment, since the: (1) employee's expertise made his presence at a contractor site necessary; (2) contract was of a fixed duration; and (3) Navy reasonably determined that extending the temporary assignment was the least costly alternative. Accordingly, the Navy could extend the employee's temporary assignment.