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10 U.S. Code § 8072 - Bureaus: distribution of business; orders; records; expenses

Except as otherwise provided by law, the business of the executive part of the Department of the Navy shall be distributed among the bureaus as the Secretary of the Navy considers expedient and proper.
Each bureau shall perform its duties under the authority of the Secretary, and its orders are considered as coming from the Secretary.
Under the Secretary, each bureau has custody and charge of its records and accounts.
Each bureau shall furnish to the Secretary estimates for its specific, general, and contingent expenses.
(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 285, § 5132; renumbered § 8072, Pub. L. 115–232, div. A, title VIII, § 807(a)(2), Aug. 13, 2018, 132 Stat. 1834.)

Historical and Revision Notes

Revised section

Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)


5 U.S.C. 429 (as applicable to distribution of business among bureaus).

R.S. 419 (as applicable to distribution of business among bureaus).

5 U.S.C. 455 (1st 23 words).

July 12, 1921, ch. 44, § 8 (1st par., 1st 37 words), 42 Stat. 140.


5 U.S.C. 430 (last 39 words).

R.S. 420 (last 39 words).

5 U.S.C. 430b.

June 20, 1940, ch. 400, § 1(b) (2d sentence), 54 Stat. 493.

5 U.S.C. 455 (less 1st 23 words).

July 12, 1921, ch. 44, § 8 (1st par., less 1st 37 words), 42 Stat. 140.


5 U.S.C. 430 (less last 39 words).

R.S. 420 (less last 39 words).


5 U.S.C. 431.

R.S. 430.

In subsection (a) the phrase “Except as otherwise provided by law” is added to preserve provisions directing that the Chief of Naval Operations and other statutory offices and boards share in the business of the executive part of the Department of the Navy. The words “The Bureau of Aeronautics shall be charged with matters pertaining to naval aeronautics” in 5 U.S.C. 455 are omitted as implied in the name of the bureau and covered by the authority granted to the Secretary to distribute the business of the Department.

In subsection (b) the words “and shall have full force and effect as such” are omitted as surplusage.

In subsection (c) the words “Under the Secretary” are inserted to make the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 413 and 5 U.S.C. 430, the latter of which is here codified, harmonious and to give meaning to each provision.

Editorial Notes
Prior Provisions

A prior section 8072 was renumbered section 9037 of this title.

A prior section 8074 was renumbered section 9074 of this title.


2018—Pub. L. 115–232 renumbered section 5132 of this title as this section.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date of 2018 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 115–232 effective Feb. 1, 2019, with provision for the coordination of amendments and special rule for certain redesignations, see section 800 of Pub. L. 115–232, set out as a note preceding section 3001 of this title.