How about citizens that were overpaid?
The Federal Government will never take responsibility for their financial mistakes.
Disclaimer, long, convoluted story coming.
When I was in the Army, after I got divorced I went to Finance and asked what part of my BAQ I was still able to draw since I still had a dependent that I was responsible for supporting. They gave me a number and paid me that amount.
Every year and every time I changed duty stations I had to recertify that paperwork.
Fast forward three years and about 6 weeks before I am getting out of the Army, I get a notice to go to the Finance division. They inform me that have been overpaid for the last three years and owe the DOD about $12,000. Now, there is a packet that someone can fill out to have a debt forgiven, however is is about as thick as a book, and takes 8-12 weeks to process (I am 6 weeks from getting out).
So I complete the packet and hand carry it up several layers of the chain of command for signatures, and turn it in. Fast forward a few times for several years, and I am getting harassed by DOD for repayment of this debt, and I appeal the debt at one point thinking it was taken care of. They then tell me I didn’t appeal in a timely manner so they can’t even consider forgiving it. I tell them I completed the paperwork before I left the Army, they say they don’t have it, I say you must have lost it, and they tell me, and I quote, “we don’t have any record of us losing your paperwork”, that is the Federal Government in a nutshell. I eventually have to get my Congressman involved (after finding a copy of the original paperwork in a storage box) and it was all settled.
Are you trying to get us to believe the government has wasted money ?!?!?!?!
That may come as a shock to @geezer and @mcarley…
Reason #257 why we need smaller government…
Hardly. We’re all aware.
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