Letter to the Editor

A co-worker recently gave me a copy of Milt Zall's column, "Relocation Hassles," from Federal Computer Week, May 7. I guess it caught his eye because of the troubles my wife and I experienced during our move last summer.

We had a perfectly awful time dealing with the bureaucracy, and it isn't over yet. Basically, we were so sick of paperwork toward the end that we decided not to file a claim for the damage our goods received during shipping because the resulting headache and hours of paperwork and phone calls and inspectors would not have been worth the trouble and invasion of our privacy.

Then, a year after the move, we received a letter informing us that we had to tell the Army how much they paid us for our move. This was so we could be reimbursed (a percentage of) the income taxes we paid on that amount. I had to reveal all of our personal finances to yet another government office in Tennessee so that the taxes we paid could be computed. Wouldn't you know, I determined the amount of the reimbursement from the W-2 the Army sent us to file with our taxes last fall!

I was wondering when I would ever hear from them again when I saw the column. Now, I know it may be during the next administration. I have since been watching the Bureaucratus column and hope to hear if and when the situation will improve.

Thanks again for your informative column. I would never have heard otherwise.
Name withheld upon request
Army Corps of Engineers

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