B-174734, MAY 18, 1972

B-174734: May 18, 1972

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INC.: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 24. ENCLOSED IS A COPY OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT EXPLAINING IN DETAIL THE ACTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY IN SUSPENDING GMC'S PREP PROGRAM. WE ARE INFORMALLY ADVISED BY THE VA THAT NO APPROPRIATED FUNDS ARE DISBURSED DIRECTLY TO SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN THE PREP PROGRAM. A PAYMENT EQUAL TO THE PER STUDENT COST OF THE PROGRAM (UP TO A SPECIFIED MONTHLY AMOUNT) IS MADE DIRECTLY TO THE ENROLLED STUDENT WHO THEN PAYS THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOL. YOUR REQUEST INVOLVES A MATTER IN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT CONTRACTUALLY INVOLVED AND. WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEDE TO YOUR REQUEST.

B-174734, MAY 18, 1972

PROCUREMENT LAW - VA PREP PROGRAM - GOVERNMENT LIABILITY CONCERNING A REQUEST OF EDUCATIONAL TRAINING RESOURCES, INC., FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR SERVICES PERFORMED ON BEHALF OF GEORGIA MILITARY COLLEGE, A PARTICIPANT IN THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION'S EUROPEAN PREP PROGRAM. SINCE THE GOVERNMENT MAKES NO DIRECT PAYMENT TO PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS, IT ASSUMES NO LIABILITY FOR THE FUNDING OF THE PREP PROGRAM. ACCORDINGLY, THE REQUEST MUST BE DENIED.

TO EDUCATIONAL TRAINING RESOURCES, INC.:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 24, 1971, WITH ENCLOSURE, CONCERNING THE INVOLVEMENT OF GEORGIA MILITARY COLLEGE (GMC) IN THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION'S EUROPEAN (VA) PREP PROGRAM AND REQUESTING REIMBURSEMENT FOR SERVICES PERFORMED ON BEHALF OF GMC BY YOUR FIRM (ETRI).

ENCLOSED IS A COPY OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT EXPLAINING IN DETAIL THE ACTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY IN SUSPENDING GMC'S PREP PROGRAM.

WE ARE INFORMALLY ADVISED BY THE VA THAT NO APPROPRIATED FUNDS ARE DISBURSED DIRECTLY TO SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN THE PREP PROGRAM. INSTEAD, A PAYMENT EQUAL TO THE PER STUDENT COST OF THE PROGRAM (UP TO A SPECIFIED MONTHLY AMOUNT) IS MADE DIRECTLY TO THE ENROLLED STUDENT WHO THEN PAYS THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOL. UNDER THIS SCHEME OF PAYMENT, THE GOVERNMENT ASSUMES NO OBLIGATION TO FUND THE PREP PROGRAM AND, IN FACT, MAKES NO PAYMENT WHATEVER DIRECTLY TO PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS.

IN ANY EVENT, YOUR REQUEST INVOLVES A MATTER IN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT CONTRACTUALLY INVOLVED AND, IN EFFECT, WOULD INVOLVE THE GOVERNMENT IN PROCESSING PRIVATE CLAIMS IN WHICH IT HAS NO INTEREST. SUCH BEING THE CASE, WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEDE TO YOUR REQUEST.