System name:

Commercial Invoice Payments History System (February 22, 1993, 58 FR 10806).

System location:

Decentralized, maintained by Navy disbursing offices. A list of addresses is available from the Commander, Navy Accounting and Finance Center (NCF-5), Washington, DC 20376.

Categories of individuals covered by the system:

Any individual, government or private, who submits a request for payment to Navy disbursing offices for goods and/or services rendered.

Categories of records in the system:

Public vouchers; substantiating documents such as invoices, receipt documents, inspection reports, procurement instruments, contract index files, assignment documents, machine listings, government bills of lading, transportation requests, meal tickets; magnetic tape, disk files, roll microfilm, microfiche; and related correspondence files.

Authority for maintenance of the system:

5 U.S.C. 301, Departmental Regulations.


To provide a record of all disbursements made on commercial invoices by Navy disbursing offices; provides an audit trail of commercial invoice payments made by the Navy; provides a means to respond to inquiries from individuals on status of invoices and contracts; provides a means of detecting and precluding duplicate payments.

Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses:

In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act, these records or information contained therein may specifically be disclosed outside the DoD as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows:

The `Blanket Routine Uses' that appear at the beginning of the Navy's compilation of systems of records notices apply to this system.

Policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing, retaining, and disposing of records in the system:


Paper records in file folders; computer magnetic tapes; roll microfilm, microfiche.


Retrieved by disbursing office voucher number for paid invoices; retrieved by procurement instrument identification number for contractors by contract index cards; retrieved by name of individual from machine listings. Information in disbursing office voucher file and microfilm/microfiche can be retrieved by name through search process if billing/submission date is known.


Locked cabinets or rooms, with building or military base security. Access authorized to designated personnel engaged in commercial invoice processing, supervisory or management personnel, and inspectors, auditors, investigators. Individuals are authorized access to their own payment history file; fund administrators are authorized access to records pertaining to their own funds.

Retention and disposal:

Records are maintained for four years. Records may be moved to a regional Federal Records Center depending on local storage capability. No standard means for destruction exists.

System manager(s) and address:

Commercial invoice payment history requirements are prescribed by the Comptroller of the Navy in its Manual (NAVSO P­1000); a list of Navy disbursing offices authorized to pay invoices can be obtained from the Commander, Navy Accounting and Finance Center (NCF-5), Washington, DC 20376.

Notification procedure:

If the individual knows the location of the Navy disbursing office holding his/her invoice payment history, direct contact with that office is sufficient. If location is unknown, the inquiry should be directed to the Commander, Navy Accounting and Finance Center, address above. Inquirer should provide full name, Social Security Number, whether military or civilian, contract or purchase order number and, if possible, disbursing office voucher number, invoice date, number and amount. An individual is permitted to visit any Navy disbursing office to which he/she has submitted an invoice for payment. Identification should include military identification card, civilian identification such as driver's license and company or agency affiliation. Access to classified contracts requires confirmation of security clearance and need­to­know.

Record access procedures:

Individuals seeking access to information about themselves contained in this system should address written inquiries to the system manager.

Contesting record procedures:

The Navy's rules for accessing records, and for contesting contents and appealing initial agency determinations are published in Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5211.5; 32 CFR part 701; or may be obtained from the system manager.

Record source categories:

Commercial invoices are filed by individuals who provide information on themselves. Supporting documentation is obtained from employing company, material/service providers and receivers and Navy disbursing offices.

Exemptions claimed for the system: