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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION: RECEIPT IS ACKNOWLEDGED OF YOUR LETTER DATED SEPTEMBER 24. IT WILL BE NOTED FROM THE ENCLOSED COPY OF OUR DECISION OF TODAY. THAT ONLY THE NET AMOUNT WILL BE COLLECTED IN SATISFACTION OF THE DEBT. WITH RESPECT TO RAISING A CHARGE FOR INTEREST THEREON IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES OBTAINING IN THIS CASE DO NOT JUSTIFY COLLECTION OF INTEREST ON THE AMOUNT DUE. IT APPEARING THAT COLLECTION COULD READILY HAVE BEEN EFFECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT AT ANY TIME IN THE SAME WAY AS NOW ADOPTED. IS RETURNED AS REQUESTED.

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B-129558, DEC. 4, 1956

TO HONORABLE FRANKLIN G. FLOETE, ADMINISTRATOR, GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION:

RECEIPT IS ACKNOWLEDGED OF YOUR LETTER DATED SEPTEMBER 24, 1956, AND ENCLOSURES, REFERRING TO US FOR DIRECT SETTLEMENT AS A CLAIM THE REPORTED INDEBTEDNESS TO THE UNITED STATES OF THE CITY OF SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE, IN THE SUM OF $5,587.50, REPRESENTING THE UNPAID BALANCE OF AN ADVANCE PAYMENT OF $15,000 MADE TO THE CITY BY THE FEDERAL WORKS AGENCY IN CONNECTION WITH PROJECT NO. MAINE 17-M-34.

IT WILL BE NOTED FROM THE ENCLOSED COPY OF OUR DECISION OF TODAY, B 129558, TO THE CITY OF SOUTH PORTLAND, THAT ONLY THE NET AMOUNT WILL BE COLLECTED IN SATISFACTION OF THE DEBT. WITH RESPECT TO RAISING A CHARGE FOR INTEREST THEREON IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES OBTAINING IN THIS CASE DO NOT JUSTIFY COLLECTION OF INTEREST ON THE AMOUNT DUE, IT APPEARING THAT COLLECTION COULD READILY HAVE BEEN EFFECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT AT ANY TIME IN THE SAME WAY AS NOW ADOPTED.

THE FILE OBTAINED FROM YOUR REGIONAL OFFICE AND TRANSMITTED TO US WITH YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 15, 1956, IS RETURNED AS REQUESTED.

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