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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requested a decision regarding its authority to pay intermittent temporary employees for administrative leave under circumstances where: (1) its appropriations lapsed; and (2) an emergency precipitated a facility closure. GAO held that IRS had: (1) specific legislative authority to pay the employees for the period during which its appropriations lapsed; and (2) general administrative authority to pay the employees for administrative leave due to circumstances beyond its control. Accordingly, IRS could pay the employees for administrative leave.

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