B-234211, Feb 28, 1989

B-234211: Feb 28, 1989

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CIVILIAN PERSONNEL - Compensation - Government claims - Debt collection - Government property - Physical losses DIGEST: Government employee is advised as to our Office's scope of review and procedures for cases involving loss of government property resulting from error or neglect of duty. Virginia 22135 This is in response to your memorandum dated December 12. This appeal was received in our Office on January 19. We are unable to render a formal decision to you at this time. We do not have the full administrative record in this matter. You will then be given an opportunity to reply to that report. Our Office will adjudicate the matter within the narrow scope of review outlined in Walter C.

B-234211, Feb 28, 1989

CIVILIAN PERSONNEL - Compensation - Government claims - Debt collection - Government property - Physical losses DIGEST: Government employee is advised as to our Office's scope of review and procedures for cases involving loss of government property resulting from error or neglect of duty.

Mr. Tony H. King

Special Agent

Office of Training

U.S. Drug Enforcement

Administration

Quantice, Virginia 22135

This is in response to your memorandum dated December 12, 1988, concerning the Drug Enforcement Administration's assessment of liability against you for loss of government property. This appeal was received in our Office on January 19, 1989.

In view of the statutes relating to our decision-making authority, we are unable to render a formal decision to you at this time. See 31 U.S.C. 3529 and 3702 (1982).

Furthermore, we do not have the full administrative record in this matter. However, on the basis of the material provided by you, we offer the following information. If, after studying this information, you believe your agency did not properly determine that you should be held liable for the loss of a government-owned radio from your government- assigned vehicle, you should request your agency to submit a full administrative report to the Comptroller General.

After our Office receives your agency's administrative report, you will then be given an opportunity to reply to that report, and our Office will adjudicate the matter within the narrow scope of review outlined in Walter C. Stephenson, 65 Comp.Gen. 177 (1986) (copy enclosed).

For a summary of our Office's decisions in the area of government employee liability for loss resulting from error or neglect of duty, please see pages 11-213 to 11-217 of the Principles of Federal Appropriations Law (June 1982) (copy enclosed). For citations to later cases, you may contact our Telephone Research Service at (202) 275 5028. For full-text copies of any of our decisions, you may contact GAO Documents at (202) 275-6241.

We trust this information is responsive to your inquiry.