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10 U.S. Code § 8631 - Accounting for expenditures for obtaining information

When the Secretary of the Navy decides that an expenditure by the Department of the Navy from an appropriation for obtaining information from anywhere in the world may be made public, the expenditure shall be accounted for specifically. When the Secretary decides that an expenditure should not be made public, the Secretary shall make a certificate on the amount of the expenditure. The certificate is a sufficient voucher for the amount stated to have been spent.

(Added Pub. L. 97–258, § 2(b)(11)(B), Sept. 13, 1982, 96 Stat. 1057, § 7231; renumbered § 8631, Pub. L. 115–232, div. A, title VIII, § 807(d)(1), Aug. 13, 2018, 132 Stat. 1836.)

Historical and Revision Notes

Revised section

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Aug. 29, 1916, ch. 417 (2d proviso under heading “Pay, Miscellaneous”), 39 Stat. 557.

The words “anywhere in the world” are substituted for “abroad and at home”, and the words “decides that an expenditure should not be made public” are substituted for “may think it advisable not to specify”, for clarity and consistency.

Editorial Notes
Prior Provisions

A prior section 8631, act Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 532, prohibited any officer of Air Force who was engaged in procurement or sale of quartermaster supplies from dealing in said supplies, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 90–235, § 7(b)(1), Jan. 2, 1968, 81 Stat. 763.

A prior section 8632, act Aug. 10, 1946, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 532, provided for forfeiture of pay during absence from duty due to disease from intemperate use of alcohol or drugs, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 87–649, § 14c(54), Sept. 7, 1962, 76 Stat. 501, effective Nov. 1, 1962. See section 802 of Title 37, Pay and Allowances of the Uniformed Services.


2018—Pub. L. 115–232 renumbered section 7231 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.