The Army Finance and Accounting Center forwarded a city's claim for sewer services it provided to an Army facility. Although it recommended that the claim be paid, it questioned whether: (1) the claim was barred by statute; and (2) the government committed to obtain the services. GAO held that a claim may be paid on a quantum meruit basis where: (1) the services could have been procured in a formal agreement; (2) the government received and accepted the services after notification; and (3) the claim was received within 6 years of the date it first accrued. GAO found that: (1) the services constituted a permissible procurement; (2) the government received and accepted the services after it was notified of the connection; and (3) the claim first accrued no earlier than the date the Army accepted the services and continued to use the system. Accordingly, the claim was allowed.
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