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The Appropriations Law Answer Book by William G. Arnold

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Chapter 8

Accountability and Liability of Individuals

The idea that a person entrusted with money is accountable for it is a common notion. If a cashier in a retail store comes up short at the end of the day, it’s likely the cashier will have to make up the shortage from personal funds. The government does not operate any differently.

This chapter examines the accountability, liability, and relief from liability of government employees who are involved in the handling of funds or who have specific responsibilities in the payment process. Such people are called accountable officers.

284. What is an accountable officer?

Accountable officers include ...

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