(a)The Secretary concerned, or his designee, may settle the account of—
(1)a member of a uniformed service for whose account payments have been made under sections
555 of this title; and
(2)a survivor of a casualty to a ship, station, or military installation which results in the loss or destruction of disbursing records.
That settlement is conclusive on the accounting officers of the United States in settling the accounts of disbursing officers.
(b)Payment or settlement of an account made pursuant to a report, determination, or finding of death may not be recovered or reopened because of a later report or determination which fixes a date of death. However, an account shall be reopened and settled on the basis of a date of death so fixed which is later than that used as a basis for earlier settlements.
(c)In the settlement of his accounts, a disbursing officer is entitled, if there is no fraud or criminality by him, to credit for an erroneous payment or overpayment he made in carrying out this chapter, except section
558 of this title. Unless there is fraud or criminality by him, recovery may not be made from a civilian officer or employee or a member of a uniformed service who authorizes a payment under this chapter, except section
558 of this title.
Mar. 7, 1942, ch. 166, § 9(a) (5th and last sentences); added July 1, 1944, ch. 371, § 5, 58 Stat. 680; Aug. 29, 1957, Pub. L. 85–217, § 1(c), 71 Stat. 492.
Only that portion of the source law which is applicable to members of the uniformed services and their dependents is codified in this section.
In subsection (a), the words “Secretary concerned, or his designee,” are substituted for “head of the department concerned, or such person as he may designate,”. The words “a member of a uniformed service” are substituted for “persons”. The words “United States” are substituted for “Government”.
In subsection (c), the words “in carrying out this chapter, except section
558” are substituted for “in carrying out the provisions of this Act, except sections
18”, since sections
17 are scheduled for repeal (see Table II) and section
18 was previously repealed. The words “under this chapter, except section
558” are substituted for “under such provisions” for the reasons stated in the preceding sentence.
1985—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 99–145inserted “of this title” after “558” in two places.
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