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§ 142b. —  Certifying officers of the Library of Congress; accountability; relief by Comptroller General.

[Laws in effect as of January 24, 2002]
[Document not affected by Public Laws enacted between
  January 24, 2002 and December 19, 2002]
[CITE: 2USC142b]

                          TITLE 2--THE CONGRESS
                     CHAPTER 5--LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Sec. 142b. Certifying officers of the Library of Congress; 
        accountability; relief by Comptroller General
    On and after June 13, 1957, each officer and employee of the Library 
of Congress, including the Copyright Office, who has been duly 
authorized in writing by the Librarian of Congress to certify vouchers 
for payment from appropriations and funds, shall (1) be held responsible 
for the existence and correctness of the facts recited in the 
certificate or otherwise stated on the voucher or its supporting papers 
and for the legality of the proposed payment under the appropriation or 
fund involved; (2) [Repealed]; (3) be held responsible and accountable 
for the correctness of the computations of certified vouchers; and (4) 
be held accountable for and required to make good to the United States 
the amount of any illegal, improper, or incorrect payment resulting from 
any false, inaccurate, or misleading certificate made by him, as well as 
for any payment prohibited by law or which did not represent a legal 
obligation under the appropriation or fund involved: Provided, That the 
Comptroller General of the United States may, at his discretion, relieve 
such certifying officer or employee of liability for any payment 
otherwise proper whenever he finds (1) that the certification was based 
on official records and that such certifying officer or employee did not 
know, and by reasonable diligence and inquiry could not have 
ascertained, the actual facts, or (2) that the obligation was incurred 
in good faith, that the payment was not contrary to any statutory 
provision specifically prohibiting payments of the character involved, 
and the United States has received value for such payment: Provided 
further, That the Comptroller General shall relieve such certifying 
officer or employee of liability for an overpayment for transportation 
services made to any common carrier covered by section 3726 of title 31, 
whenever he finds that the overpayment occurred solely because the 
administrative examination made prior to payment of the transportation 
bill did not include a verification of transportation rates, freight 
classifications, or land grant deductions.

(Pub. L. 85-53, Sec. 1, June 13, 1957, 71 Stat. 81; Pub. L. 92-310, 
title II, Sec. 220(k), June 6, 1972, 86 Stat. 205.)


    ``Section 3726 of title 31'' substituted in text for ``title III, 
part II, section 322, of the Transportation Act of 1940, approved 
September 18, 1940 [31 U.S.C. 244]'' on authority of Pub. L. 97-258, 
Sec. 4(b), Sept. 13, 1982, 96 Stat. 1067, the first section of which 
enacted Title 31, Money and Finance.


    1972--Pub. L. 92-310 struck out provisions which required officers 
and employees of Library who are authorized to certify vouchers for 
payment to give a bond.

                  Section Referred to in Other Sections

    This section is referred to in section 142d of this title.

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