Inquiry Into Allegations Against the Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

AFMD-84-65: Published: Jun 6, 1984. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1984.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed allegations regarding transportation, travel, and leave activities of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) chairman.

GAO found that, while the chairman did make numerous speeches for which he received honorariums, all activities were conducted while he was on personal leave or leave of absence. In addition, he made no attempt to disguise the nature of his travel. His trips to California were for official business, and his travel to China was for personal reasons and at no cost to the Government. In one instance, an insurance company paid the chairman's lodging costs while he was visiting an MSPB regional office; however, when that payment was questioned, the chairman reimbursed the firm for the entire lodging cost. Travel expenses to a MSPB management conference were questioned on the basis of economy. GAO determined that, if an MSPB management conference had been held in Washington, D.C., rather than in California, the travel costs for the MSPB attendees would have been about $9,900 less. Finally, GAO noted that, under a GAO decision, the chairman may continue to use a chauffeured Government vehicle for home-to-work transportation until the end of the current congressional session.

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