B-229272, Nov 13, 1987, Office of General Counsel

B-229272: Nov 13, 1987

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The amount involved here is under $750 and therefore is returned to the Army for resolution in accordance with the statutory standards of 31 U.S.C. Since the amount involved here is less than $750. We are returning this case to you for resolution.

B-229272, Nov 13, 1987, Office of General Counsel

APPROPRIATIONS/FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT - Accountable Officers - Disbursing Officers - Relief - Illegal/Improper Payments - Substitute Checks DIGEST: GAO has delegated to the Army the authority to grant relief to accountable officers in duplicate payment cases involving the issuing or certifying of a substitute or recertified check drawn for pay and allowances of civilian and military personnel in the amounts of $750 or less. B-214372, October 9, 1987. The amount involved here is under $750 and therefore is returned to the Army for resolution in accordance with the statutory standards of 31 U.S.C. Sec. 3527(c) and applicable Comptroller General decisions.

General Hall:

This responds to your request of October 6, 1987, that we relieve Mr. J. M. Burke, Special Disbursing Agent, DSSN 5521, Finance and Accounting Officer, Omaha District Corps of Engineers, Omaha, Nebraska, under 31 U.S.C. Sec. 3527(c) for an improper payment of a $253.74 check payable to Ms. Jody L. Lewis. We return this request to you for resolution.

The loss in this case resulted when the payee cashed both an original and recertified check. This Office has recently delegated to the Army the authority to grant relief to accountable officers in duplicate check payment cases involving the issuing or certifying of a substitute or recertified check drawn for pay and allowances of civilian and military personnel in the amounts of $750 or less. B-214372, October 9, 1987. These cases may be administratively determined in accordance with the statutory standards of 31 U.S.C. Secs. 3527(c) and 3528(b) and applicable Comptroller General decisions. Id.

Since the amount involved here is less than $750, the Army has authority to grant or deny relief of liability upon making the necessary determinations. Accordingly, we are returning this case to you for resolution.