[FSIS Employee's Claim for Real Estate Expenses]

B-252445: Jun 15, 1993

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The Food Safety and Inspection Service requested a decision concerning an employee's claim for a miscellaneous real estate expense incident to his permanent change of duty station. The claimant contended that his hiring a realtor to assist him in finding permanent quarters: (1) reduced the time and expenses associated with househunting; and (2) eliminated the need for and costs of long-term temporary quarters. GAO held that the claimant was not entitled to reimbursement of his finder's fee, since federal regulations prohibit the reimbursement of brokers' fees paid in connection with the purchase of a home at the new duty station. Accordingly, the claim was denied.

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