[Claims for Unpaid Compensation of Deceased FAA Employee]

B-249708.2: Oct 29, 1992

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Two survivors of a deceased Federal Aviation Administration employee claimed the deceased employee's unpaid compensation. The former wife contended that she was entitled to the compensation because the employee never changed his designation of beneficiary. The widow contended that: (1) the age of the designation form and the lack of a provision in the divorce settlement giving the former wife the unpaid compensation entitled her to the compensation; (2) a community property agreement vested her as the survivor in all the employee's property; and (3) the employee's will bequeathed to her all the property in the employee's estate. GAO held that the former wife was entitled to the unpaid compensation, since the employee never submitted a change of beneficiary prior to his death. Accordingly, the former wife's claim was allowed and the widow's claim was denied.

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