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FLIPL system documents circumstances regarding losses

For 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.

The 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.

FLIPLs 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.

It 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 be assessed.

Negligence 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.

Simply 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.

Property 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.

Sloppy 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.

(Submitted by the Fort McCoy Installation Legal Office.)


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