[Claim for Refund of Excess Weight Charges]

B-207806: Aug 24, 1982

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GAO reviewed a Claim's Group denial of an Air Force officer's request for a refund of excess weight charges collected from him by the Air Force for shipment of his household goods exceeding his authorized weight limitation. The mover submitted weight tickets and a weight certificate to establish the shipment's weight and support the charges. GAO held that, although the evidence showed that the weight tickets obtained at the destination of the claimant's household goods shipment on a reweigh were clearly in error, this evidence did not taint the weight tickets which were obtained at the origin of the shipment and which showed a lower poundage for the goods. The additional evidence presented by the officer in challenging the correctness of the origin weight tickets did not show them to be clearly in error. Therefore, the Air Force's weight determination based on those tickets was correct. Accordingly, the Claims Group's determination was sustained.