can a motorized scooters for persons who are disabled be purchase w/appropriated funds through Contracting Office?
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Based on the question submitted which revolves around the procurement of a motorized scooter for a disabled employee using appropriated funds. The FMR 7000.14-R does not address any circumstance in which appropriate funds can be used for personal use of an employee. The General Accountability Office (GAO) issued several opinions which state that the Federal Government is not responsible. The OPM website states: Reasonable accommodations can apply to the duties of the job and/or where and how job tasks are performed. The accommodation should make it easier for the employee to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of reasonable accommodations include providing interpreters, readers, or other personal assistance; modifying job duties; restructuring work sites; providing flexible work schedules or work sites (i.e. telework) and providing accessible technology or other workplace adaptive equipment. Telework (external link) provides employees additional flexibility by allowing them to work at a geographically convenient alternative worksite, such as home or a telecenter, on an average of at least one day per week. (http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/reasonable-accommodations/)
I recommend that you contact the legal office for a ruling on the purchase of a motorized scooter. I would also highly recommend you contact the Comptroller or Comptroller's designee for this specific situation to identify the appropriation that could be used to procure a motorized scooter (once the legal opinion is given).
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