B-157280, OCT. 11, 1965

B-157280: Oct 11, 1965

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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION: WE HAVE RECEIVED A REPORT DATED OCTOBER 4. WHILE THE RECORD ESTABLISHES THAT THE WORK WAS PERFORMED WITHOUT PRIOR GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION APPROVAL IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE RULE STATED IN 32 COMP. IT APPEARS FROM THE AFOREMENTIONED REPORT THAT THE REPAIRS WERE UNDERTAKEN AND MADE IN GOOD FAITH ON THE BELIEF THAT THEY WERE PROPERLY REQUIRED. THAT THERE IS NO DOUBT THE SERVICES WERE PERFORMED AS INVOICED. THE REPORT ALSO POINTS OUT THE ADDITIONAL POSSIBILITY THAT THE VALUE OF THE COMPRESSOR AS REPAIRED AND IN WORKING ORDER MAY HAVE BEEN REFLECTED IN A LOWER PRICE THE GOVERNMENT PAID FOR THE SUBSEQUENT EXTENSION AND MODERNIZATION OF THE POST OFFICE BUILDING.

B-157280, OCT. 11, 1965

TO THE HONORABLE LAWSON B. KNOTT, JR., ADMINISTRATOR, GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION:

WE HAVE RECEIVED A REPORT DATED OCTOBER 4, 1965, FROM YOUR ACTING GENERAL COUNSEL, CONCERNING THE CLAIM OF REDDING SHEET METAL IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,050.40 AS THE REASONABLE VALUE OF SERVICES AND MATERIALS FOR REMOVING, REPAIRING AND REINSTALLING AN AIR-CONDITIONING COMPRESSOR AT THE REDDING POST OFFICE, REDDING CALIFORNIA.

WHILE THE RECORD ESTABLISHES THAT THE WORK WAS PERFORMED WITHOUT PRIOR GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION APPROVAL IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE RULE STATED IN 32 COMP. GEN 342 AND 38 ID. 803, IT APPEARS FROM THE AFOREMENTIONED REPORT THAT THE REPAIRS WERE UNDERTAKEN AND MADE IN GOOD FAITH ON THE BELIEF THAT THEY WERE PROPERLY REQUIRED, THAT THERE IS NO DOUBT THE SERVICES WERE PERFORMED AS INVOICED, AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT RECEIVED THE BENEFITS THEREOF. THE REPORT ALSO POINTS OUT THE ADDITIONAL POSSIBILITY THAT THE VALUE OF THE COMPRESSOR AS REPAIRED AND IN WORKING ORDER MAY HAVE BEEN REFLECTED IN A LOWER PRICE THE GOVERNMENT PAID FOR THE SUBSEQUENT EXTENSION AND MODERNIZATION OF THE POST OFFICE BUILDING.

SINCE THE INVOICE PRESENTED BY THE CLAIMANT HAS BEEN FULLY REVIEWED BY THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, AND SINCE IT APPEARS THAT YOUR AGENCY HAS FOUND THE CHARGES TO BE REASONABLE UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES INVOLVED AND HAS RECOMMENDED THAT PAYMENT OF THE FULL AMOUNT CLAIMED ($1,050.40) BE AUTHORIZED, WE WILL INTERPOSE NO OBJECTION TO THE PAYMENT OF SUCH AMOUNT AS ADMINISTRATIVELY RECOMMENDED ON A QUANTUM MERUIT BASIS, THAT IS, AS THE REASONABLE VALUE OF THE SERVICES AND MATERIALS ACTUALLY FURNISHED. A COPY OF THIS LETTER SHOULD BE ATTACHED TO YOUR PAYMENT VOUCHER.