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An Air Force finance officer requested an advance decision concerning the propriety of allowing payment of the claims of two sons of a deceased officer for annuity payments under the Retired Serviceman's Family Protection Plan. The claims included annuity payments for a period during which their stepmother received those payments on their behalf as surviving children, although her guardianship had been revoked by a court of competent jurisdiction. GAO stated that the claims could not be allowed since the payments were made by the Air Force in accordance with established regulations and procedures and because the claimants had obtained judgments against their stepmother for amounts that the court determined were paid to her for their benefit but were not used for that purpose. Accordingly, payment may not be allowed on the vouchers presented.


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