Certain basic principles are involved in the receiving of government property and shall be observed when assigning the responsibilities of this function. These principles include:
(1) acknowledging receipt. The individual who signs the receiving report is certifying that the property listed thereon has been received, and his signature serves as the basis for the expenditure of government funds. All incoming shipments shall be physically counted and inspected to insure that the quantity ordered has been delivered and that articles received meet the specifications. Any defects or damages to the property shall be noted at the time of inspection. Articles which require technical identification or inspection shall be examined by the receiving individual in conjunction with other qualified personnel;
(2) establishing initial responsibility. The property management officer or individual acting in that capacity assumes responsibility for all personal property received at the time the equipment or supplies are accepted and the receiving report is executed. The property management officer shall be responsible for the identification of all nonexpendable personal property acquired by the agency in accordance with the provisions of this chapter;
(3) establishing accountability. The accountable officer, the head of the department or agency shall establish prescribed accountability records for all property acquired or entrusted to him immediately upon receipt of documents evidencing the receipt of such property.History: Rule 3-78, 17 Apr 78, 300 GASM § 1.1.