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These pages summarize the Federal process relating to claims for compensation and leave, including settlement of accounts for deceased employees. Throughout this information, "you" refers to a current or former Federal employee, "we" or "us" refers to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and "pay claim decisions" refers to decisions rendered on compensation and/or leave claims filed by current or former Federal employees.
Pursuant to the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act of 1996, most of the claims settlement functions performed by the General Accounting Office were transferred to the Director, Office of Management and Budget. See section 211 of Public Law 104-53, 109 Stat. 535. Subsequently, the Acting Director delegated these functions to various components within the Executive branch in a determination order dated July 28, 1996. In summary, this order delegated to OPM the authority to settle claims against the United States involving Federal employees' compensation and leave, deceased employees' compensation, and proceeds of canceled checks for veterans' benefits payable to deceased beneficiaries. Subsequently, Congress codified these changes through additional legislation. See Public Law 104-316, 110 Stat. 3826.
This authority was initially carried out by OPM's Office of General Counsel. However, on April 10, 2000, the adjudicative function was transferred to the Office of Merit Systems Oversight and Effectiveness, on March 3, 2003, to the Division for Human Capital Leadership and Merit System Accountability, and on January 4, 2010, to Merit System Audit and Compliance.
Regulations pertaining to this function are found in part 178 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Procedures for submitting claims are as follows:
Negotiated grievance procedure (NGP) as exclusive administrative remedy. You must use a negotiated grievance procedure as your exclusive administrative remedy if all three of the following conditions were met at any time during the claim period. You have no right to further administrative review by OPM.
All claims under this section should be sent to the Classification and Pay Claims Program Manager, Room 6484, Merit System Audit and Compliance, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20415. Telephone inquiries regarding these claims may be made to 202-606-7948.