Mr. Jeffrey Elmore--Request for Relief of Financial Liability
B-307693: Apr 12, 2007
- Full Report:
This decision responds to a request from the Director of the Defense Automatic Addressing Systems Center, Defense Logistics Agency asking GAO to relieve a certifying officer of liability arising out of four improper purchases totaling $402.81.
GAO declined to grant relief because the certifying officer knew or should have known that the payments were improper. The decision also addresses two threshold issues, concluding that (1) GAO has authority to entertain relief requests from certifying officers of defense agencies but not certifying officers of the armed forces, and (2) a certifying officer has a duty to examine and question charges made by purchase card holders appearing on a purchase card billing statement before certifying payment to the purchase card bank.