The Department of Energy (DOE) requested a decision regarding an employee's request for waiver of a debt he incurred incident to emergency personal travel he performed from his overseas duty station while he worked for the Department of State. DOE noted that: (1) State erroneously authorized the claimant's round-trip airfare, citing the Foreign Affairs Manual; and (2) GAO had held that DOE should recoup those airfare expenses from the claimant, since federal travel regulations did not authorize such expenses for non-foreign-service employees. GAO held that there was no indication that the claimant: (1) was familiar with the applicable regulations or should have questioned State's travel authorization; and (2) would have performed the travel at his own expense if State had correctly advised him of the regulations. Accordingly, DOE should grant the waiver.
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