Request for Relief from Financial Liability for Mick Barrus, B-288166, March 11, 2003
B-288166: Mar 11, 2003
He was responsible for collecting fees from campground users. The envelope was neither received by the Lockbox staff nor returned to Mr. The personal checks he had enclosed in the envelope and so the Forest Service is unable to reconstruct the collection of personal checks. Our Office is authorized to relieve accountable officers of responsibility for a physical loss of government funds if we concur in the determination by the head of an agency that: (a) the loss occurred while the officer or agent was acting in the discharge of his or her official duties and (b) that there was no fault or negligence on the part of the officer or agent which contributed to the loss. The standard we have applied for determining negligence is what the reasonably prudent and careful person would have done to take care of his or her own property of like description under like circumstances. 54 Comp.