The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) requested a decision concerning an employee's claim for a reduced per diem allowance incident to a temporary duty assignment. GAO noted that, during the assignment, the employee received lodging, meals and laundry service at federal government expense. The employee contended that he was entitled to receive a reduced per diem allowance under the Federal Travel Regulations. FBI contended that its travel regulations prohibited payment of per diem to the employee because he was considered an attendee at a resident training program. GAO held that: (1) the FBI regulation was not applicable, since the employee was on a temporary duty assignment which was merely collocated with the program; and (2) it would not consider the claim because the FBI was responsible for determining the amount of reduced per diem allowance due the employee, if any, and had not yet done so. Accordingly, the claim was remanded to FBI.
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