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OPM Contact: Jo-Ann Chabot
The claimant has filed a claim for alleged arrears in the pay of
the late [xxx] and, apparently, for "pension benefits." It appears
from evidence submitted by the claimant that, in 1964, [xxx]
submitted a claim to the General Accounting Office (GAO) for
alleged arrears in [xxx]'s pay and, on September 24, 1964, the GAO
forwarded the claim to the [agency].
The pay claim is subject to the Barring Act. As provided in 31
U.S.C. 3702(b)(1), every claim against the United States is barred
unless such claim is received within 6 years after the date such
claim first accrued. The Barring Act specifically prescribes the
time within which a claim must be received in order for it to be
considered on its merits. We have no authority to disregard the
provisions of that Act or waive the time limitation it imposes.
Accordingly, the claim for arrears in [xxx] pay is denied.
This office does not have jurisdiction to consider claims for
retirement benefits. Therefore, we have referred the claim for
"pension benefits" to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
Retirement and Insurance Service for further consideration.
This settlement is final. No further administrative review of
the pay claim is available within OPM. Nothing in this settlement
limits the claimant's right to bring an action regarding the pay
claim in an appropriate United States Court.