31 U.S.C. § 3322 Disbursing Officials

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CurrencyCurrent through P.L. 118-34 (published on www.congress.gov on 12/26/2023), except for [P. L. 118-31]
Citation31 U.S.C. § 3322

(a) The Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer public money to a disbursing official only by draft or warrant written on the Treasury. Except as provided in section 3716 and section 3720A of this title and subsection (b) of this section, a disbursing official shall-

(1) deposit public money as required by section 3302 of this title; and

(2) draw public money from the Treasury or a depositary only-

(A) as necessary to make payments; and

(B) payable to persons to whom payment is to be made.

(b) In a place without a depositary, the Secretary, on deciding it is essential to the public interest, may authorize specially in writing that public money be-

(1) deposited in any other public depositary; or

(2) kept in another manner under regulations the Secretary decides are the safest and most effective in making a payment to a public creditor easier.

(c) A disbursing official is not liable for an overpayment provided under a United States Government bill of lading or transportation request when the overpayment is caused by the-

(1) use of improper transportation rates or classifications if the Administrator of General Services has determined that verification by a prepayment audit conducted pursuant to section 3726(a) of this title for a particular mode or modes of transportation, or for an agency or subagency, will not adequately protect the interests of the Government; or

(2) failure to deduct the proper amount under-

(A) a land grant law; or

(B) an equalization or other agreement.

<TABLE> <TR><TD colspan="3">HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES 1982 ACT</TD> </TR> <TR> <TD>Revised Section</TD> <TD>Source (U.S. Code)</TD> <TD>Source (Statutes at Large)</TD> </TR> <TR> <TD>3322(a)</TD> <TD>31:492(a).</TD> <TD>R.S. §3620(a); Feb. 27, 1877, ch. 69(7th complete par. on p. 249), 19 Stat. 249; Aug. 28, 1965, Pub. L. 89-145, §1(1), 79 Stat. 582.</TD> </TR> <TR> <TD>3322(b)</TD> <TD>31:82g(related to disbursing officers).</TD> <TD>June 1, 1942, ch. 320(related to disbursing officers), 56 Stat. 306.</TD> </TR> </TABLE>

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