B-131770, SEP. 12, 1957

B-131770: Sep 12, 1957

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TO THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE: REFERENCE IS MADE TO A LETTER DATED MAY 6. THE PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH PROCUREMENT IS SET FORTH IN A COPY OF A SIXTH INDORSEMENT DATED NOVEMBER 23. PERMISSION TO EFFECTUATE THE PROPOSED PROCUREMENT PROCEDURE IS GRANTED ON THE BASIS OF THE PRESENTLY DESCRIBED CIRCUMSTANCES. IT IS NOTED THAT PARAGRAPH 2A (2) OF THE SUBJECT SIXTH INDORSEMENT REFLECTS A PROPOSAL TO HAVE THE TICKETS OVERPRINTED TO READ "FOR U.S. IT IS NOTED THAT PARAGRAPH 40417.

B-131770, SEP. 12, 1957

TO THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO A LETTER DATED MAY 6, 1957, FROM THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTORATE OF TRANSPORTATION, DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, MATERIEL, DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE, REQUESTING PERMISSION, UNDER PARAGRAPH 16 OF OUR GENERAL REGULATIONS NO. 123, TO PROCURE TICKETS IN BULK ON TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FOR USE BETWEEN TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA, AND PARKS AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA. THE PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH PROCUREMENT IS SET FORTH IN A COPY OF A SIXTH INDORSEMENT DATED NOVEMBER 23, 1956, FROM THE HEADQUARTERS, 14TH AIR DIVISION, TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, TO THE COMMANDER, FIFTEENTH AIR FORCE, MARCH AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA.

AS THE PROPOSED BASIS OF PURCHASE WOULD, FOR THE SUBMITTED REASONS, APPARENTLY BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE GOVERNMENT, BEING CONSISTENT WITH ECONOMY AND SUBJECT TO EFFECTIVE CONTROLS, PERMISSION TO EFFECTUATE THE PROPOSED PROCUREMENT PROCEDURE IS GRANTED ON THE BASIS OF THE PRESENTLY DESCRIBED CIRCUMSTANCES.

HOWEVER, IT IS NOTED THAT PARAGRAPH 2A (2) OF THE SUBJECT SIXTH INDORSEMENT REFLECTS A PROPOSAL TO HAVE THE TICKETS OVERPRINTED TO READ "FOR U.S. GOVERNMENT USE, NOT GOOD FOR REFUND.' WHILE IT APPEARS TO BE INTENDED BY THE OVERPRINT TO PRECLUDE REFUND TO THE INDIVIDUAL TRAVELER, SUCH LANGUAGE APPARENTLY COULD BE CONSTRUED AS VOIDING ANY REFUND, EVEN TO THE UNITED STATES. SUCH LANGUAGE ALSO COULD CONCEIVABLY INDICATE TO THE TRAVELER THAT THE TICKET HAS VALUE ONLY WHEN USED, SO THAT IF HE DOES NOT USE IT FOR TRAVEL THERE MIGHT BE A TENDENCY TO DESTROY IT RATHER THAN TURN IT BACK TO THE ISSUING OFFICER. THE OVERPRINT, THEREFORE, SHOULD BE REPHRASED SO AS TO LIMIT THE APPLICABILITY OF THE NONREFUND RESTRICTION TO THE TRAVELER. IT IS NOTED THAT PARAGRAPH 40417, AFM 177-1, REQUIRES THAT UNUSED TICKETS OR PORTIONS THEREOF BE TURNED IN TO A TRANSPORTATION OFFICER FOR ADJUSTMENT WITH THE CARRIER.