Employees' Agreements With the Forest Service

B-194852(HID): Published: Mar 12, 1980. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 1980.

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GAO was asked whether a proposed paragraph, if it were included in employees' agreements with the Forest Service at the time of assignment to the Agency for International Development, would permit the employees to be reimbursed for relocation expenses. The statutes and regulations governing reimbursement to employees for real estate expenses relate only to residence relocations where both the old station and the new station are within the United States or its territories or possessions. Therefore, Federal employees who are transferred back to the United States after an overseas tour of duty cannot be reimbursed for the expenses, and the paragraph proposed by the Forest Service cannot overcome the statutory prohibition. GAO has recognized this inequity in the law and is considering a recommendation to Congress to amend the relevant section of the law.

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