B-158166, FEB. 9, 1966

B-158166: Feb 9, 1966

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LOVEGROVE: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 2. 048.09 WHICH WAS DEDUCTED FROM YOUR COMPENSATION AS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE UNITED STATES INFORMATION AGENCY IN SETTLEMENT OF YOUR DEBT FOR SHIPMENT OF AN EXCESS WEIGHT OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS FROM ATHENS. IS CORRECT. SINCE THE AMERICAN EMBASSY AT ATHENS AND THE UNITED STATES INFORMATION AGENCY IN WASHINGTON NOW ARE OF THE OPINION THAT THE PROBABILITY IS THAT THE WEIGHT SHOWN BY THE "HERMES" COMPANY IS CORRECT AND SINCE THERE DOES APPEAR TO BE A REASONABLE BASIS FOR THAT VIEW WE HAVE DETERMINED THAT YOUR CLAIM FOR REFUND NOW MAY BE ALLOWED AND HAVE TODAY DIRECTED THE CLAIMS DIVISION TO ISSUE SETTLEMENT TO YOU FOR THE AMOUNT IN QUESTION.

B-158166, FEB. 9, 1966

TO MR. WILLIAM A. LOVEGROVE:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 2, 1965, REQUESTING THAT WE REVIEW THE SETTLEMENT ACTION TAKEN BY THE CLAIMS DIVISION OF THIS OFFICE ON SEPTEMBER 3, 1965, DISALLOWING YOUR CLAIM FOR REFUND OF $1,048.09 WHICH WAS DEDUCTED FROM YOUR COMPENSATION AS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE UNITED STATES INFORMATION AGENCY IN SETTLEMENT OF YOUR DEBT FOR SHIPMENT OF AN EXCESS WEIGHT OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS FROM ATHENS, GREECE, TO WASHINGTON, D.C., IN NOVEMBER 1961.

IT CANNOT BE ESTABLISHED WITH CERTAINTY WHETHER THE WEIGHT OF YOUR EFFECTS AS SHOWN BY THE ,HERMES" COMPANY OR THE GREATER WEIGHT RECORDED BY THE PORT AUTHORITY AT PIRAEUS, GREECE, IS CORRECT. SINCE THE AMERICAN EMBASSY AT ATHENS AND THE UNITED STATES INFORMATION AGENCY IN WASHINGTON NOW ARE OF THE OPINION THAT THE PROBABILITY IS THAT THE WEIGHT SHOWN BY THE "HERMES" COMPANY IS CORRECT AND SINCE THERE DOES APPEAR TO BE A REASONABLE BASIS FOR THAT VIEW WE HAVE DETERMINED THAT YOUR CLAIM FOR REFUND NOW MAY BE ALLOWED AND HAVE TODAY DIRECTED THE CLAIMS DIVISION TO ISSUE SETTLEMENT TO YOU FOR THE AMOUNT IN QUESTION.

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