Unpublished Dispositionalfred S. Parrino, Petitioner, v. Defense Logistics Agency, Respondent, 824 F.2d 978 (Fed. Cir. 1987)

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US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit - 824 F.2d 978 (Fed. Cir. 1987) May 12, 1987

Before MARKEY, Chief Judge, BENNETT, Senior Circuit Judge, and SMITH, Circuit Judge.

PER CURIAM.


DECISION

The final decision of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), Docket No. BN07528610121, sustaining the agency action suspending petitioner for thirty (30) days for unauthorized use of a government vehicle is affirmed.

OPINION

The applicable statute, 31 U.S.C. § 1349(b), provides that an officer or employee who willfully makes unauthorized use of a government vehicle shall be suspended without pay by the head of the agency "for at least one month." The MSPB has held that willful use must be voluntary, conscious use. Here it is clear that personal use was not requested or authorized but was for petitioner's perceived convenience and was willful: His reasons for taking the vehicle home overnight were found specious and lacking in credibility by the administrative judge, as was his claim that he did not know authorization was required. The minimum statutory penalty was imposed and the MSPB had no authority to reduce it. Disparate treatment in imposition of the penalty was not established. Alleged existence of possible mitigating circumstances does not relieve the agency from strict enforcement of the plain language of the law. Cases relied on by petitioner involving other agencies, facts, and regulations are inapposite. The decision is supported by substantial evidence, is not arbitrary, capricious, or otherwise unlawful. See 5 U.S.C. § 7703(c) (1982).