B-128626, AUG. 28, 1956

B-128626: Aug 28, 1956

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YOUR CLAIM WAS DISALLOWED BY OUR OFFICE BECAUSE THERE EXISTED NO PRIVITY OF CONTRACT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND YOU WITH RESPECT TO YOUR PARTNERSHIP BUSINESS. THE AUTHORITY FOR CONDUCTING INVESTIGATIONS BY OUR OFFICE IS CONTAINED IN 31 U.S.C. 53. SINCE YOUR CLAIM IS NOT ONE FOR CONSIDERATION BY OUR OFFICE. IS CORRECT AND HEREBY SUSTAINED. IT IS REGRETTED THAT WE CAN OFFER YOU NO ASSISTANCE IN THE MATTER.

B-128626, AUG. 28, 1956

TO MR. W. L. ROWAN:

WE REFER TO YOUR LETTERS, WITH ENCLOSURES, REGARDING YOUR CLAIM AGAINST THE UNITED STATES FOR AN AMOUNT ALLEGED TO BE DUE YOU BECAUSE OF LOSSES SUFFERED BY YOU IN A PARTNERSHIP BUSINESS YOU ENTERED INTO WITH W. L. F. ROSENBLATT OF FORT ADAMS, MISSISSIPPI.

YOUR CLAIM WAS DISALLOWED BY OUR OFFICE BECAUSE THERE EXISTED NO PRIVITY OF CONTRACT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND YOU WITH RESPECT TO YOUR PARTNERSHIP BUSINESS.

YOU REQUEST THAT AN INVESTIGATION BE CONDUCTED BY OUR OFFICE IN YOUR CASE. THE AUTHORITY FOR CONDUCTING INVESTIGATIONS BY OUR OFFICE IS CONTAINED IN 31 U.S.C. 53. THAT SECTION PROVIDES ONLY FOR INVESTIGATIONS OF MATTERS RELATING TO THE RECEIPT, DISBURSEMENT, AND APPLICATION OF PUBLIC FUNDS HANDLED BY FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. YOUR CLAIM DOES NOT COME WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF THAT STATUTE AND NO INVESTIGATION CAN BE AUTHORIZED THEREUNDER.

SINCE YOUR CLAIM IS NOT ONE FOR CONSIDERATION BY OUR OFFICE, THE CONCLUSION STATED IN THE SETTLEMENT OF MARCH 22, 1951, IS CORRECT AND HEREBY SUSTAINED.

IT IS REGRETTED THAT WE CAN OFFER YOU NO ASSISTANCE IN THE MATTER.