3-27. APPOINTMENT OF SURVEYING OFFICER
a. The appointment of a surveying officer is optional with the appointing
authority. If the appointing authority determines from the facts that no person should be
held liable and that a surveying officer is not required, the appointing authority will make
his recommendations without the services of a surveying officer. If the evidence is
conflicting, insufficient, or not clear, the appointing authority will return the report of
survey to the individual who prepared it for corrective action or will appoint a surveying
officer to conduct a detailed investigation.
b. The appointing authority will appoint officers with training, experience,
aptitude, and competence to conduct the investigation. Officers should be of higher
rank, when reasonable, than the accountable officer in whose property book the
property involved is recorded and from another organization.
3-28. FINDINGS REVIEWED
After investigation, the appointing authority will review the findings to determine
a. Pecuniary charges have been computed, if applicable.
b. Contradictory statements have been resolved.
c. The findings have been stated clearly and the recommendations represent
sound and logical conclusions based on the factors stated in the survey and the policy
stated in the regulation.
d. Those persons against whom pecuniary charges are raised were afforded the
opportunity to make a reply to the charge.
e. The property has been disposed of as applicable.
3-29. APPROVING AUTHORITY
The approving authority is generally the Special Court Martial convening
authority. The approving authority is responsible for the accuracy and sufficiency of all
reports of survey originating at activities under his command or submitted to him for
action. He is responsible for the review of each survey and must take final action by
authority of the Secretary of the Army.
3-30. RECONSIDERATION AND APPEAL
a. Military personnel and civilian employees of the Army are authorized to
request reconsideration or to appeal from the action on reports of survey holding them
pecuniarily liable. Individuals serving at installations where the report originated will