B-160689, DEC. 19, 1967

B-160689: Dec 19, 1967

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MERCADO: FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED NOVEMBER 4. THOSE LAWS HAVE NO BEARING ON YOUR CASE. WE HAVE. IS AN ABSOLUTE PROHIBITION AGAINST THE CONSIDERATION BY THIS OFFICE OF ANY CLAIM WHICH IS NOT RECEIVED IN THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WITHIN 10 FULL YEARS AFTER THE DATE SUCH CLAIM FIRST ACCRUED. WHETHER SUCH STALE CLAIMS ARE VALID OR NOT IS IMMATERIAL. SINCE YOUR CLAIMS WERE NOT RECEIVED WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME LIMIT. CONSIDERATION THEREOF IS FORBIDDEN BY LAW. SINCE THERE IS NO ACTION WE LEGALLY MAY TAKE IN THE MATTER. FURTHER CORRESPONDENCE RELATING THERETO WILL SERVE NO USEFUL PURPOSE. YOUR LETTER WILL BE PLACED IN THE FILE AND ANY LETTERS RECEIVED FROM YOU IN THE FUTURE CONCERNING THE SAME SUBJECT MATTER WILL BE FILED WITHOUT REPLY.

B-160689, DEC. 19, 1967

TO MR. PEDRO G. MERCADO:

FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED NOVEMBER 4, 1967, CONCERNING YOUR CLAIMS FOR ARREARS IN PAY BELIEVED TO BE DUE INCIDENT TO YOUR MILITARY SERVICE DURING AND FOLLOWING WORLD WAR II.

YOU REFER TO VARIOUS LAWS WHICH YOU APPARENTLY BELIEVE MAKE YOUR CLAIMS VALID AND PROPER FOR CONSIDERATION BY THIS OFFICE. HOWEVER, THOSE LAWS HAVE NO BEARING ON YOUR CASE.

WE HAVE, ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, ENDEAVORED TO EXPLAIN IN DETAIL WHY YOUR CLAIMS MAY NOT BE FAVORABLY CONSIDERED HERE. THE BARRING ACT OF OCTOBER 9, 1940, CH. 788, 54 STAT. 1061, 31 U.S.C. 71A, 237, IS AN ABSOLUTE PROHIBITION AGAINST THE CONSIDERATION BY THIS OFFICE OF ANY CLAIM WHICH IS NOT RECEIVED IN THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WITHIN 10 FULL YEARS AFTER THE DATE SUCH CLAIM FIRST ACCRUED. WHETHER SUCH STALE CLAIMS ARE VALID OR NOT IS IMMATERIAL. SINCE YOUR CLAIMS WERE NOT RECEIVED WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME LIMIT, CONSIDERATION THEREOF IS FORBIDDEN BY LAW.

SINCE THERE IS NO ACTION WE LEGALLY MAY TAKE IN THE MATTER, FURTHER CORRESPONDENCE RELATING THERETO WILL SERVE NO USEFUL PURPOSE. YOUR LETTER WILL BE PLACED IN THE FILE AND ANY LETTERS RECEIVED FROM YOU IN THE FUTURE CONCERNING THE SAME SUBJECT MATTER WILL BE FILED WITHOUT REPLY.