Request for Waiver of Indebtedness

B-182846: Nov 14, 1975

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A Navy member appealed a determination denying his request for waiver of the claim of the United States against him for an overpayment of pay. The determination disallowing the request was affirmed since the record showed that the application for waiver was not received within 3 years of the date of the discovery of the overpayments. The member, whose pay was suddenly and substantially increased for a 15-month period, must be considered to be at fault in not realizing that such increased payments might be in error. Since the member did not investigate the matter or take any other action to determine the reason for the increased payments, GAO was precluded from waiving the overpayments.