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Clark Paulsen, Division Chief

Government Equity Claims

References: Government Code 905.2 and State Administrative Manual 2464, 7340, and 8710.

The Division of Accounting must deny reimbursement of employee travel expenses for which there is no reimbursement authority cited.

To appeal a denied expense reimbursement, an employee may file an equity claim with the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (formerly the Board of Control). An equity claim is defined under Government Code 905.2 as a claim where there is no legal obligation on the part of the State for claimed damages or no appropriation is available for payment, but the claimant is requesting equitable relief from the State. The claim must be filed within one (1) year after the incident.

Currently, a $25 filing fee is required for all government equity claims submitted to the Board. If a claimant receives an award, the Department will refund the $25 to the claimant.

For detailed instructions on filing an equity claim, see the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board web site.

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