RElEASED The Eonorable Sam M. Gibbons Chairman, Subcommittee on Cversight Committee on Nays and Xeans House of Representatives I1111111111 Illlllll lllll lllll lllllIll11 LM100682 llllIll Dear Mr. Chairman : This is in response to former Chairman Charles A. Va,lik’s letter dated February 2, 1976, in which he gave us a list of 20 Social Security Administration employees detailed or assigned to non-Social Sncur ity offices and asked ‘us to determine the type of work they perform# and if they are r.ot engaged in Social Security activities whether their sslary is reimbursed to tne trust fund, and, i1 not, the legal basis for such d?- tails. Of the 20 employees, 15 were working in either finance or personnel in the Department of Health, Education, and Xel- fare’s regionai offices in At1 inta and San Francisco. ::oze of the five employees detai?ed outside of the Social Security Administration were perfcrmi.ng Social Security related work nor were their salaries r.?imbursed to the trust fund. ml t- withstanding the nature of work being performed, Social Secu- rity Administration employees may generally be detailed within the Department or to other executive agencies on a nonreim- bur sable basis + Under 5 U.S.C. 3341, the head of an executive department may detail employees among its bureaus and offices, .except em- ployees who are required b y law to be exclusively engaged on some specific work. There is no generai statutory or administrative ?llthority for nonreimbursable interdepac tmental details of personnel. However, GAO has traditionally allowed sl?ch details, provided that (1) employees detailed are not required by law to be en- ga9ed exclusively on the work for which their salaries are ap- propr iated and (2) their services can be spared. We reviewed pertinent provisions of the Social Security Act as amended (42 U.S.C. 301, et seq.), and the fiscal year HRD-77-50 B-164 -031(3 I 1976 approprla+ion from which the salaries of ~71ployecs of the Social Seclur i:-1 Adainistr2ti3.2 were pi:: (Purl ic Lclw 34-205) and found no restrlcticns in these statutes cor,cernlnG the work that is to be per f~~rzsi ‘oy these e7.ployees. Accord inqLy , there anpears to be no l?ga1 basis precltiding the Socicll Security Adainistration fro? allowing nonreinoursable intrade- pa: tmental or interdepar tzent31 Zetails. We trust the above information will be of assistance to YOU. Sincerely yours, 647 ACTING Comptroller Ge%al ,f the United States 2 c. -
Social Security Administration Employees Detailed or Assigned to Non-Social Security Offices
Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1977-03-08.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)