Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 70A.djvu/653

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595 (f) If, upon final settlement of the accounts of a commissioned officer of the Air Force charged with the issue of an article of military supply, there is a deficiency of that article, or if an article of military supply with whose issue a commissioned officer is charged is damaged, the value of the lost article or the amount of the damage shall be charged against the officer and deducted from his monthly pay, unless he shows to the satisfaction of the Secretary, by one or more affidavits setting forth the circumstances, that he was not at fault. (g) An amount due the United States from an officer of the Air Force for rations bought on credit, and for articles bought on credit under section 9621(a)(1) of this title, shall be deducted from the next pay due that officer after the sale is reported. §9838.

Settlement of accounts: affidavit of squadron commander I n the settlement of the accounts of the commanding officer of a squadron for clothing and other military supplies, his affidavit may be received to show— (1) that vouchers or squadron books were lost; (2) anything tending to prove that any apparent deficiency of those articles was caused by unavoidable accident, or by loss in actual service without his fault; or (3) that all or part of the clothing and supplies was properly used. The affidavit may be used as evidence of the facts set forth, with or without other evidence, as determined by the Secretary of the Air Force to be just and proper under the circumstances. § 9839. Settlement of accounts: oaths The Secretary of the Air Force may detail any employee of the Department of the Air Force to administer oaths required by law in the settlement of an officer's accounts for clothing and other military supplies. An oath administered under this section shall be without expense to the person to whom it is administered. § 9840. Final settlement of officer's accounts Before final payment upon discharge may be made to an officer of the Air Force who has been accountable or responsible for public property, he must obtain a certificate of nonindebtedness to the United States from each officer to whom he was accountable or responsible for property. He must also make an affidavit, certified by his commanding officer to be correct, that he is not accountable or responsible for property to any other officer. An officer who has not been responsible for public property must make an affidavit of that fact, certified by his commanding officer. Compliance with this section warrants the final payment of the officer concerned.