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5 U.S. Code § 5522 - Advance payments; rates; amounts recoverable

(a) The head of each agency may provide for the advance payment of the pay, allowances, and differentials, or any of them, covering a period of not more than 30 days, to or for the account of each employee of the agency (or, under emergency circumstances and on a reimbursable basis, an employee of another agency) whose departure (or that of his dependents or immediate family, as the case may be) from a place inside or outside the United States is officially authorized or ordered—
from a place outside the United States from which the Secretary of State determines it is in the national interest to require the departure of some or all employees, their dependents, or both; or
from any place where there is imminent danger to the life of the employee or the lives of the dependents or immediate family of the employee.
Subject to adjustment of the account of an employee under section 5524 of this title and other applicable statute, the advance payment of pay, allowances, and differentials is at rates currently authorized with respect to the employee on the date the advance payment is made under agency procedures governing advance payments under this subsection. The rates so authorized may not exceed the rates to which the employee was entitled immediately before issuance of the departure order.
(c) An advance of funds under subsection (a) of this section is recoverable by the Government of the United States or the government of the District of Columbia, as the case may be, from the employee or his estate by—
setoff against accrued pay, amount of retirement credit, or other amount due to the employee from the Government of the United States or the government of the District of Columbia; and
such other method as is provided by law.
The head of the agency concerned may waive in whole or in part a right of recovery of an advance of funds under subsection (a) of this section, if it is shown that the recovery would be against equity and good conscience or against the public interest.
(Pub. L. 89–554, Sept. 6, 1966, 80 Stat. 480; Pub. L. 96–465, title II § 2303(a), (b), Oct. 17, 1980, 94 Stat. 2164, 2165.)

Historical and Revision Notes


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Revised Statutes and

Statutes at Large

5 U.S.C. 3072.

Sept. 26, 1961, Pub. L. 87–304, § 2, 75 Stat. 662.

Standard changes are made to conform with the definitions applicable and the style of this title as outlined in the preface to the report.

Editorial Notes

1980—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 96–465, § 2303(a), substituted “departure” for “evacuation”, substituted “is officially authorized or ordered” for “is ordered for military or other reasons which create imminent danger to the life or lives of the employee or of his dependents or immediate family”, and added pars. (1) and (2).

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 96–465, § 2303(b), substituted “departure” for “evacuation” after “issuance of the”.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date of 1980 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 96–465 effective Feb. 15, 1981, except as otherwise provided, see section 2403 of Pub. L. 96–465, set out as an Effective Date note under section 3901 of Title 22, Foreign Relations and Intercourse.