B-165706, FEB. 5, 1969

B-165706: Feb 5, 1969

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YOU INDICATE THAT YOU ARE UNABLE TO FURNISH PROOF OF RECEIPT OF THE SUPPLIES AND SERVICES IN QUESTION. SOME 27 MONTHS AFTER THE LAST SERVICES WERE ALLEGEDLY FURNISHED. ALTHOUGH YOU NOW ADVISE THAT YOU HAD REPEATEDLY ASSERTED YOUR CLAIM PRIOR TO THIS DATE IN CORRESPONDENCE WITH MILITARY UNITS AND OUR FILES INDICATE THAT CERTAIN CORRESPONDENCE MAY HAVE ENSUED. SINCE NEITHER YOUR OFFICE NOR THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HAVE SUBMITTED ADEQUATE PROOF TO SUPPORT AN OBLIGATION OF THE UNITED STATES TO MAKE PAYMENT. ADMITTEDLY NONE NOW IS AVAILABLE. WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO AFFIRM THE DENIAL OF YOUR CLAIM BY OUR CLAIMS DIVISION.

B-165706, FEB. 5, 1969

TO THE COMMAND SECRETARY:

BY LETTER OF OCTOBER 31, 1968 (YOUR REFERENCE CS/2310/1), YOU REQUESTED THAT WE RECONSIDER YOUR CLAIM OF $1,831.62 (UNITED STATES DOLLARS) FOR PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND 425-28-1 POUNDS STERLING (ENGLISH CURRENCY) FOR MAINTENANCE SERVICES, USE OF FURNITURE AND SUPPLY OF WATER FOR MARRIED QUARTERS OCCUPIED BY UNITED STATES AIR FORCE PERSONNEL.

YOU INDICATE THAT YOU ARE UNABLE TO FURNISH PROOF OF RECEIPT OF THE SUPPLIES AND SERVICES IN QUESTION, APPARENTLY BECAUSE OF THE DISPOSAL OF YOUR ACCOUNTING RECORDS AFTER THE LAPSE OF TIME INVOLVED. IN ITS LETTER TO YOU OF SEPTEMBER 18, 1968, OUR CLAIMS DIVISION INFORMED YOU THAT THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HAD REPORTED THAT AN EXTENSIVE SEARCH OF THE RETAINED FILES OF THE MILITARY ACTIVITIES CONCERNED FAILED TO DISCLOSE ANY DOCUMENTS OR INFORMATION WHICH WOULD SUPPORT ENTITLEMENT TO PAYMENT. THE CLAIMS DIVISION NOTED THAT YOU FIRST MADE CLAIM ON MARCH 23, 1966, SOME 27 MONTHS AFTER THE LAST SERVICES WERE ALLEGEDLY FURNISHED. ALTHOUGH YOU NOW ADVISE THAT YOU HAD REPEATEDLY ASSERTED YOUR CLAIM PRIOR TO THIS DATE IN CORRESPONDENCE WITH MILITARY UNITS AND OUR FILES INDICATE THAT CERTAIN CORRESPONDENCE MAY HAVE ENSUED, NONE OF THE RECORDS AND CORRESPONDENCE AVAILABLE TO US SUBSTANTIATES THE CLAIM.

SINCE NEITHER YOUR OFFICE NOR THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HAVE SUBMITTED ADEQUATE PROOF TO SUPPORT AN OBLIGATION OF THE UNITED STATES TO MAKE PAYMENT, AND ADMITTEDLY NONE NOW IS AVAILABLE, WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO AFFIRM THE DENIAL OF YOUR CLAIM BY OUR CLAIMS DIVISION.