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    Are travel costs to return to home of record allowable and paid by Government when employee failed medical screening and was placed on a 30 Day hold?


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    Typically a contract involves the Government paying for some value received. Your concern is the Government did not receive anything of value because the contract employee did not pass medical screening, and consequently will not be providing a service to the Government. However, the most important issue is whether the contract stipulates that travel costs will be paid only for contractor employees that pass the screening. I sense that the problem is the contract does not address the circumstance whereby a contractor employee did not pass medical screening and has to return to his/her home location. This issue will probably need to be negotiated with the contractor and the contract modified to reflect the outcome. You definitely need to discuss this with your organization's legal counsel.

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