those of you who have been around the military for more than a few
years, you may still be calling a FLIPL (pronounced flipple) by its
old name — Report of Survey. FLIPL stands for Financial Liability
Investigation of Property Loss.
purpose of a FLIPL is to document the circumstances surrounding the
loss, damage, or destruction of government property and to serve as a
voucher to adjust the property from accountable records. Perhaps more
importantly to you, a FLIPL also serves as the process by which
individuals — both military and civilian — may be held financially
responsible for damage to or loss of government property.
are initiated whenever government property is lost, damaged or
destroyed. On Fort McCoy, the most common reason FLIPLs are initiated
is because periodic inventories establish that hand-receipt holders
and sub-hand-receipt holders cannot account for the government
equipment assigned to them on their hand receipts. If the Garrison
Commander determines the property was lost because of the hand-receipt
holder’s negligence, then he can hold that individual financially
liable for the loss up to one month’s basic pay.
is important to understand that "loss" includes loss from
accountability. So even if the government property might still be
somewhere on post, if it cannot be positively located and identified,
it is a loss of government property for which financial liability may
is the absence of the degree of care for the property that a
reasonably prudent person would have taken under similar circumstances
to avoid the loss of or damage to government property. In order to be
held financially liable, an individual’s negligence must be the
"proximate" cause of the damage or loss.
put, if you do not take appropriate actions to maintain accountability
of property under your responsibility, then you will likely have to
reimburse the government for the loss of that property. For more
information, see Army Regulation 735-5, Chapter 13, that explains the
legal details of how FLIPLs are processed.
accountability and supply discipline are receiving greater emphasis in
the Army, as well as at Fort McCoy. So, if you are responsible for
government property, you would be well advised to re-examine your
practices. You should pay particular attention to make sure property
transfers and turn-ins are documented accurately.
paperwork may cost you money. If you need guidance or training,
assistance can be obtained from the Command Supply Discipline Monitor
Consuelo Negrete, at 608-388-8286.
by the Fort McCoy Installation Legal Office.)