116 STAT. 2634 PUBLIC LAW 107-314—DEC. 2, 2002 of the Department of Defense violate such regulations or are negligent or engage in misuse, abuse, or fraud with respect to a purchase card, including removal in appropriate cases; and "(2) provide that a violation of such regulations by a person subject to chapter 47 of this title (the Uniform Code of Military Justice) is punishable as a violation of section 892 of this title (article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice).", (b) CONFORMING AND CLERICAL AMENDMENTS. — (1) Section 2784 of such title is further amended— (A) in the section heading, by striking "credit" and inserting "purchase"; (B) in the heading of subsection (a), by striking "CREDIT" and inserting "PURCHASE"; and (C) in subsection (a) and paragraphs (1) through (6) of -- subsection (b), by striking "credit" and inserting "purchase" each place it appears. (2) The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 165 of such title is amended by striking the item relating to section 2784 and inserting the following: "2784. Management of purchase cards.". SEC. 1008. IMPROVEMENTS IN TRAVEL CARD MANAGEMENT. (a) TRAVEL CARD MANAGEMENT IMPROVEMENTS.— Chapter 165 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 2784 the following new section: "§ 2784a. Management of travel cards " (a) DISBURSEMENT OF TRAVEL ALLOWANCES DIRECTLY TO CREDITORS.—(1) The Secretary of Defense may require that any part of a travel or transportation allowance of an employee of the Department of Defense or a member of the armed forces be disbursed directly to the issuer of a Defense travel card if the amount is disbursed to the issuer in payment of amounts of expenses of official travel that are charged by the employee or member on the Defense travel card. "(2) For the purposes of this subsection, the travel and transportation allowances referred to in paragraph (1) are amounts to which an employee of the Department of Defense is entitled under section 5702 of title 5 or a member of the armed forces is entitled under section 404 of title 37. " (b) OFFSETS FOR DELINQUENT TRAVEL CARD CHARGES.—(1) The Secretary of Defense may require that there be deducted and withheld from any basic pay payable to an employee of the Department of Defense or a member of the armed forces any amount that is owed by the employee or member to a creditor by reason of one or more charges of expenses of official travel of the employee or member on a Defense travel card issued by the creditor if the employee or member— "(A) is delinquent in the payment of such amount under the terms of the contract under which the card is issued; and "(B) does not dispute the amount of the delinquency. "(2) The amount deducted and withheld from pay under paragraph (1) with respect to a debt owed a creditor as described in that paragraph shall be disbursed to the creditor to reduce the amount of the debt.
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