Functions Transferred to the Executive Branch

  • Military Personnel Pay and Allowances
  • Civilian Personnel Pay and Allowances
  • Household Goods and Freight Loss and Damage
  • Transportation Rates

The Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1996, Pub. L. 104-53, 109 Stat. 514, 535 (1995) transferred the claims settlement functions of the Government Accountability Office to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) effective June 30, 1996. OMB has delegated these functions as follows:

Settlement of (1) claims for uniformed service members pay, allowances, travel, transportation and survivor benefits, and (2) carriers claims for amounts set off from their charges for loss and damage, to the Department of Defense, Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA). To request an electronic copy of a decision issued by DOHA, call 703-696-8524 extension 150 and leave a voice mail message. Include your email address.

Settlement of federal civilian employees claims for compensation and leave, to the Office of Personnel Management. Call 202-606-7948 (voice) or 202-606-2663 (fax).

Settlement of claims for civilian federal employees travel, transportation and relocation allowances, and transportation carriers' requests for review of General Services Administration (GSA) audits of their bills, to the GSA Board of Contract Appeals. The GSBCA has a web site where its cases are made available.

Effective October 19, 1996, the Comptroller General's authority under 31 U.S.C. § 3529 to issue advance decisions to agency officials on such transferred claims settlement functions was also transferred pursuant to the General Accounting Office Act of 1996, Pub. L 104-316, § 204, 110 Stat. 3826 (1996), to the agencies to which OMB delegated the claims settlement functions. The Comptroller General retains the authority under 31 U.S.C. § 3529 to issue decisions to disbursing or certifying officials and heads of agencies on matters involving the expenditure of appropriated funds not specifically involving the claims settlement functions transferred to OMB.

The Comptroller General's authority to prescribe standards for and to waive claims against government employees and members of the uniformed services and National Guard arising out of erroneous payments of pay and allowances, and travel, transportation and relocation benefits is transferred to authorized officials (i.e., the head of an agency with respect to a legislative branch employee, or the Director of OMB with respect to any other federal employee and member of the uniformed service or the National Guard), effective December 18, 1996. Pub. L 104-316, § § 103(d), 105(b), 116, 110 Stat. 3826 (1996). OMB redelegated this responsibility to the agency that made the erroneous payments.