Repairs Costs and Claim Settlement Procedures for Government Vehicles Involved in Accidents

LCD-77-213: Published: Apr 28, 1977. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1977.

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Statistics relating to several civil and defense agencies' accidents and related repair costs showed weaknesses in reporting procedures and claims processing. One agency reviewed was region 9 of the U.S. Forest Service.

Region 9 forest supervisors did not always file claims against third parties responsible for accident damage to government vehicles. As a result, regional safety and fiscal management offices did not have complete data on the number and cost of accidents.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of Agriculture should: (1) have the Chief of the Forest Service bring to the attention of all Forest Service regional offices the problem areas found in region 9; (2) request the regional offices to examine their practices and procedures to determine whether similar situations exist; and take whatever action is appropriate in each case to insure that claims against responsible parties are collected and that accident reporting procedures are followed. The Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Audit should study other agencies in USDA to see if they are handling vehicle accident repairs and claims according to established procedures.

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