The Secretary may pay an allowance under this section for the purchase of uniforms to any Department police officer who is required to wear a prescribed uniform in the performance of official duties.
(1) The amount of the allowance that the Secretary may pay under this section is the lesser of—
the amount currently allowed as prescribed by the Office of Personnel Management; or
estimated costs or actual costs as determined by periodic surveys conducted by the Department.
During any fiscal year no officer shall receive more for the purchase of a uniform described in subsection (a) than the amount established under this subsection.
The allowance established under subsection (b) shall be paid at the beginning of a Department police officer’s employment for those appointed on or after October 1, 2010. In the case of any other Department police officer, an allowance in the amount established under subsection (b) shall be paid upon the request of the officer.
A police officer who resigns as a police officer less than one year after receiving an allowance in an amount established under this section shall repay to the Department a pro rata share of the amount paid, based on the number of months the officer was actually employed as such an officer during the twelve-month period following the date on which such officer began such employment or the date on which the officer submitted a request for such an allowance, as the case may be.
An allowance may not be paid to a Department police officer under this section and under section 5901 of title 5
for the same fiscal year.
2010—Subsecs. (b), (c). Pub. L. 111–163 added subsecs. (b) and (c) and struck out former subsecs. (b) and (c) which read as follows:
“(b) The amount of the allowance that the Secretary may pay under this section—
“(1) may be based on estimated average costs or actual costs;
“(2) may vary by geographic regions; and
“(3) except as provided in subsection (c), may not exceed $200 in a fiscal year for any police officer.
“(c) The amount of an allowance under this section may be increased to an amount up to $400 for not more than one fiscal year in the case of any Department police officer. In the case of a person who is appointed as a Department police officer on or after January 1, 1990, an allowance in an amount established under this subsection shall be paid at the beginning of such person’s employment as such an officer. In the case of any other Department police officer, an allowance in an amount established under this subsection shall be paid upon the request of the officer.”
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