B-150325, NOV. 30, 1962

B-150325: Nov 30, 1962

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YOU INDICATE THAT THERE IS DUE YOUR FIRM $1. UNDER A CONTRACT WITH THE UNITED STATES AND THAT YOU HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO OBTAIN PAYMENT IN FULL FROM EITHER THE CONTRACTOR OR ITS SURETY. OUR OFFICE IS NOT AUTHORIZED EITHER TO INTERCEDE IN SETTLEMENT ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN MATERIALMEN. IN THE EVENT IT IS NECESSARY FOR MATERIALMEN AND GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS OR THEIR SURETIES TO RECONCILE THEIR DIFFERENCES. PROVIDES THROUGH SUIT IN THE FEDERAL DISTRICT COURTS A DEPENDABLE MEDIUM THAT VIRTUALLY ENSURES THAT CLAIMS PROVED TO BE UNPAID WILL BE SATISFIED.

B-150325, NOV. 30, 1962

TO MR. B. H. HOLLAND:

IN LETTER OF NOVEMBER 15, 1962, AND ENCLOSURE, YOU INDICATE THAT THERE IS DUE YOUR FIRM $1,112.77 FOR MATERIAL SUPPLIED TO SCOTT-STEVENS BUILDERS, INC., UNDER A CONTRACT WITH THE UNITED STATES AND THAT YOU HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO OBTAIN PAYMENT IN FULL FROM EITHER THE CONTRACTOR OR ITS SURETY, AND YOU THEREFORE REQUEST OUR ASSISTANCE IN THE MATTER.

OUR OFFICE IS NOT AUTHORIZED EITHER TO INTERCEDE IN SETTLEMENT ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN MATERIALMEN, GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS OR THEIR SURETIES OR TO INQUIRE INTO THE MOTIVES OF THE CONTRACTORS OR THEIR SURETIES IN THEIR DEALINGS WITH MATERIALMEN. IN THE EVENT IT IS NECESSARY FOR MATERIALMEN AND GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS OR THEIR SURETIES TO RECONCILE THEIR DIFFERENCES, SECTION 2 OF THE MILLER ACT, 40 U.S.C. 270B, PROVIDES THROUGH SUIT IN THE FEDERAL DISTRICT COURTS A DEPENDABLE MEDIUM THAT VIRTUALLY ENSURES THAT CLAIMS PROVED TO BE UNPAID WILL BE SATISFIED.