[USMC Officer's Claim for Indebtedness Waiver]

B-256296: Jun 14, 1994

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A Marine Corps officer requested reconsideration of his denied waiver of indebtedness for reserve retired pay overpayments, contending that he should not have been found responsible for the overpayments, since he attempted to properly notify the Marine Corps and paid income taxes on the erroneous payments. GAO held that the: (1) officer should have pursued the matter until it was satisfactorily resolved; and (2) payment of income taxes on the erroneous payments had no effect on the settlement. Accordingly, the original settlement was affirmed.