[Widow's Claim for Real Estate Expenses]

B-235978: Oct 26, 1990

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The Defense Investigative Service (DIS) requested a decision regarding the reimbursement of the widow of a deceased DIS employee for expenses she incurred in obtaining releases from contractual real estate obligations incident to the decedent's planned transfer. GAO held that the decedent: (1) entered into the agreements incident to a transfer; and (2) would have been entitled to reimbursement for such expenses if he had completed the relocation. Accordingly, the claim was allowed, provided that the expenses did not exceed the costs of the relocation.

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