The Army requested a decision regarding a civilian employee's claim for pay for the full amount of overtime he earned during a temporary duty assignment in Saudi Arabia. The Army advised that, due to statutory limitations on overtime pay, it paid the claimant for 216 of the 276 overtime hours he worked during an accelerated construction project, although Saudi Arabia reimbursed the United States for the total cost of the project. GAO held that the applicable regulations: (1) limited overtime compensation to the maximum aggregate biweekly pay rate for a GS-15 position; (2) did not include any exclusions or exceptions that would permit waiver of the limitation; and (3) did not authorize compensatory time off in lieu of overtime payment in excess of the maximum rate. Accordingly, the claim was denied.
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