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PUBLIC LAW 98-000—MMMM. DD, 1984

98 STAT. 1518

Regulations.

PUBLIC LAW 98-407—AUG. 28, 1984

housing unit, assigned to or provided such member if it is determined, under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense, that the damage or loss was caused by the abuse or negligence of the member (or a dependent of the member) or of a guest of the member (or a dependent of the member). "(b) The Secretary of Defense may establish limitations on liability under this section, including different limitations based upon the d ^ r e e of abuse or n^ligence involved, and may compromise or waive a claim of the United States under this section. "(c)(1) The Secretary concerned may deduct from a member's pay an amount sufficient to pay for the cost of any repair or replacement made necessary as the result of any abuse or negligence referred to in subsection (a) for which the member is liable. Regulations implementing this section may also provide for the collection of amounts owed under this section by any other authorized means. "(2) The final determination of an amount to be deducted from the pay of an officer of an armed force in accordance with regulations prescribed under this section shall be deemed to be a special order authorizing such deduction for the purposes of section 1007 of title 37. "(d) Amounts received under this section shall be credited to the family housing operations and maintenance account, in the case of damage to a family housing unit (or the equipment or furnishings of a family housing unit), or to the operations and maintenance account, in the case of damage to an unaccompanied personnel housing unit (or the equipment or furnishings of an unaccompanied personnel housing unit), of the military department or defense agency concerned. Amounts so credited shall be available for use for the same purposes and under the same circumstances as other funds in those accounts. "(e) The Secretary of Defense shall prescribe regulations to carry out the provisions of this section, including (1) r^ulations for determining the cost of repairs and replacements made necessary as the result of abuse or negligence referred to in subsection (a), and (2) regulations providing for limitations of liability, the compromise or waiver of claims, and the collection of amounts owed under this section."(2) The item relating to section 2775 in the table of sections at the he^nning of chapter 165 of such title is amended to read as follows: "2775. Liability of members for damage to housing and related equipment and furnishings.".

Effective date. 10 USC 2775 note. Ante, p. 1517.

ObXD R^ulations shall be prescribed under subsection (e) of section 2775 of title 10, United States Code, as amended by subsection (a), not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act. That section shall apply with respect to the liability of a member under such section for damage or loss to an unaccompanied personnel housing unit (or the equipment or furnishings of an unaccompanied personnel housing unit) or for damage or loss caused by a guc»t of the member or of a dependent of the member to a family housing unit (or the equipment or furnishings of a family housing unit) only in the case of damage or loss caused on or sifter the date that such r^ulations take effect. (2) The authority of the Secretary of Defense under subsection (b) of such section is applicable to any claim of the United States under such section, whether such claim arose before, on, or after the date of the enactment of this Act.