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The Social Security Administration (SSA) requested a decision regarding a transferred employee's claim for reimbursement for real estate expenses incident to the sale of his residence at his former duty station. SSA advised that the claimant: (1) completed a 12-month service agreement at his new duty station before retransferring back to his former duty station at his own expense; and (2) chose to sell his residence after his retransfer. GAO held that the claimant's allowable expenses were limited to those he incurred before his retransfer or those which he could not avoid. Accordingly, the claim was denied.


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