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(ACT of April 18th, 1814.) ment in any other manner, of moneys for the use of the military establishment, or of the navy of the United States, but such as shall be appointed by the president of the United States, with the advice and consent of the senate: Provided, That, the president may, and he is hereby authorized, in the recess of the senate, to appoint all or any of such agents, which appointments shall be submitted to the senate, at their next session, for their advice and consent; and the president of the United States is hereby authorized, until otherwise provided by law, to fix the number and compensations of such agents: Provided, That the compensation allowed to either shall not exceed one per centum on the public moneys disbursed by him, nur in any instance the compensation allowed by law to the purveyor of public supplies.

16. SEC. IV. Every such agent as may be appointed by virtue of the next preceding section, and every purser of the navy, shall give bond, with one or more sufficient sureties, in such sums as the president of the United States may direct, for the faithful discharge of the trust reposed in him; and the paymaster of the army, the military agents, the purveyor of public supplies, the pursers of the navy, and the agents appointed by virtue of the preceding section, shall, whenever practicable, keep the public moneys in their hands, in some incorporated bank, to be designated for the purpose by the president of the United States, and shall make monthly returns, in such form as may be prescribed by the treasury department, of the moneys received and expended during the preceding month, and of the unexpended balance in their hands.

17. Sec. v. All purchases and contracts for supplies, or services which are or may, according to law, be made, by or under the direction of either the secretary of the treasury, the secretary of war, or the secretary of the navy, shall be made either by open purchase, or by previously advertizing for proposals respecting the same: And an annual statement of all such contracts and purchases, and also of the expenditure of the moneys appropriated for the contingent expenses of the military establishment, for the contingent expenses of the navy of the United States, and for the discharge of miscellaneous claims not otherwise provided for, and paid at the treasury, shall be laid before congress at the beginning of each year, by the secretary of the proper department.

ACT of April 18th, 1814. 4 Bioren, 691. An Act to authorize the secretary of state to liquidate certain claims therein

mentioned. 18. Sec. 1. The secretary of state is directed to liquidate, according to principles of justice and equity, all the claims of the inhabitants of the late province of West Florida, now included within the limits of the state of Louisiana, or of the Mississippi

(ACT of March 30, 1817.) Territory, for advances by them made for the use and benefit of the United States, prior to, and since the taking of possession of the said portion of the said late province of West Florida by the United States.

ACT of March 3d, 1817. Pamphlet edit. 232.

An Act to provide for the prompt settlement of public accounts. 19. Sec. I. From and after the third day of March next, the offices of accountant and additional accountant of the department of war, the office of accountant of the navy, and the office of superintendent general of military supplies are abolished.

20. Sec. 11. From and after the said third day of March, all claims and demands whatever by the United States or against them, and all accounts whatever in which the United States are concerned, either as debtors or as creditors, shall be settled and adjusted in the treasury department.

21. Sec. III. From and after the third day of March next, in addition to the officers in the treasury department, already established by law, there shall be the following officers, namely, four auditors and one comptroller.

22. Sec. IV. It shall be the duty of the first auditor to receive all accounts accruing in the treasury department, and, after examination, to certify the balance and transmit the accounts, with the vouchers and certificate, to the first comptroller for his decision thereon; that it shall be the duty of the second auditor to receive all accounts relative to the pay and clothing of the army, the subsistence of officers, bounties, and premiums, military and hospital stores, and the contingent expenses of the war department; that it shall be the duty of the third auditor to receive all accounts relative to the subsistence of the army, the quarter master's department, and generally all accounts of the war department other than those provided for; and it shall be the duty of the fourth auditor to receive all accounts accruing in the navy department, or relative thereto, and the second, third, and fourth auditors, aforesaid, shall examine the accounts respectively, and certify the balance, and transmit the accounts, with the vouchers and certificate, to the second comptroller for his decision thereon; and it shall be the duty of the fifth auditor to receive all accounts accruing in, or relative to, the department of state, the general post office, and those arising out of Indian affairs, and examine the same, and thereafter certify the balance, and transmit the accounts, with the vouchers and certificate, to the first comptroller for his decision thereon: Provided, That the president of the United States may assign to the second or third auditor the settlement of the accounts which are now confided to the additional accountant of the war department.

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(ACT of March 30, 1817.) 23, Sec. V. It shall be the duty of the auditors, charged with the examination of the accounts of the war and navy departments, to keep all accounts of the receipts and expenditures of the public money in regard to those departments, and of all debts due to the United States on moneys advanced relative to those departments; to receive from the second comptroller the accounts which shall have been finally adjusted, and to preserve such accounts, with their vouchers and certificates, and to record all warrants drawn by the secretaries of those departments, the examination of the accounts of which has been assigned to them by the preceding section. And it shall be the duty of the said auditors to make such reports on the business assigned to them, as the secretaries of the war and navy departments may deem necessary, and require, for the services of those departments.

24. SEC. VI. The said auditors shall annually, on the first Monday in November, report to the secretary of the treasury the application of the money appropriated for the military and naval departments, for the preceding year, which shall be laid before congress by him, with the annual statement of the public expenditure.

25. Sec. vii. The treasurer of the United States shall disburse all such moneys as shall have been previously ordered for the use of the war and navy departments by warrants from the treasury, which disbursements shall be made pursuant to warrants drawn by the secretary of the war and navy departments respectively, countersigned by the second comptroller, and registered by the auditors repectively.

26. Sec. VIII. It shall be the duty of the first comptroller to examine all accounts settled by the first and fifth auditors, and certify the balances arising thereon to the register; to countersign all warrants drawn by the secretary of the treasury, which shall be warranted by law; to report to the secretary the official forms to be issued in the different offices for collecting the public revenue, and the manner and form of keeping and stating the accounts of the several persons employed therein; he shall also superintend the preservation of the public accounts, subject to his revision, and provide for the regular payment of all moneys which may be collected.

27. Sec. ix. It shall be the duty of the second comptroller to examine all accounts settled by the second, third, and fourth auditors, and certify the balances arising thereon to the secretary of the department in which the expenditure has been incurred; to countersign all warrants drawn by the secretaries of the war and navy departments, which shall be warranted by law; to report to the said secretaries the official forms to be issued in the different offices for disbursing the public money in those departments, and the manner and form of keeping, and stating, the accounts of the persons employed therein; and it shall also be his duty to super

(Act of March 3d, 1812) intend the preservation of the public accounts subject to his revision.

28. Sec. X. It shall be the duty of the first comptroller to superintend the recovery of all debts to the United States; to direct suits and legal proceedings, and to take all such measures as may be authorized by the laws, to enforce prompt payment of all debts to the United States.

29. Sec. XI. The provision contained in the second section of the act, passed the third March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven, entitled “ An act to provide more effectually for the settlement of accounts between the United States and receivers of public money," which directs that in every case where suits have been, or shall be, instituted, a transcript from the books and proceedings of the treasury, certified by the register, shall be admitted as evidence, shall be extended, in regard to the accounts of the war and navy departments, to the auditors respectively charged with the examination of those accounts, and that certificates, signed by them, shall be of the same effect as that directed to be signed by the register. [Supra 8.]

30. Sec. XII. The auditors of the public accounts shall be empowered to administer oaths or affirmations to witnesses in any case in which they may deem it necessary for the due examination of the accounts with which they shall be charged.

31. Sec. XII. It shall be the duty of the secretary of the treasury to cause all accounts of the expenditure of public money to be settled within the year, except where the distance of the places where such expenditure occurs may be such as to make further time necessary; and, in respect to expenditures at such places, the secretary of the treasury, with the assent of the president, shall establish fixed periods at which a settlement shall be required. And it shall be the duty of the first comptroller to lay before congress annually, during the first week of their session, a list of such officers as shall have failed in that year to make the settlement required by law.

32. Sec. XIV. In the annual statement of all accounts on which balances appear to have been due more than three years,

which the comptroller is now required by law to make, he shall hereafter distinguish those accounts, the balances appearing on which shall in his opinion be owing to difficulties of form, which he may think it equitable shall be removed by an act of congress; and where the debtors, by whom such balances shall have been due more than three years, shall be insolvent, and have been reported to congress for three successive years as insolvent, the comptroller shall not be required in such case to continue to include such balances in the statement above mentioned.

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ACT of February 24th, 1819. Pamphlet edit. 32. An Act supplementary to the Act entitled, “ An Act to provide for the prompt

settlement of public accounts.” 33. Sec. I. From and after the third of March next, it shall be the duty of the second auditor of the treasury to receive all unsettled accounts arising out of Indian affairs, with the exception of those appertaining to Indian trade, and examine the same, and thereafter certify the balance and transmit the accounts with the vouchers and certificates, to the second comptroller for his decision thereon: Provided that if in the opinion of the president of the United States, the public interest and convenience would be promoted by assigning all or any part of the said accounts to the third audi. tor he is authorized to make such assignment accordingly.

34. Sec. 11. It shall be the duty of the auditor charged with the examination of the accounts as aforesaid, to keep all accounts of the receipts and expenditures of public money in regard to them; to receive from the second comptroller the accounts which shall have been finally adjusted and to preserve such accounts with the vouchers and certificates. And it shall be the duty of the said auditor to make such reports on the business hereby assigned to him as the secretary of war may deem necessary, and require from time to time for the service of the war department.

ACT of May 15th, 1820. Pamphlet edit. 109. An Act providing for the better organization of the Treasury Department.

35. SEC. 1. It shall be the duty of such officer of the treasury department as the president of the United States shall, from time to time, designate for that purpose, as the agent of the treasury, to direct and superintend all orders, suits, or proceedings, in law or equity, for the recovery of money, chattels, lands, tenements, or hereditaments, in the name, and for the use, of the United States.

36. SEC. 11. From and after the thirtieth day of September next, if any collector of the revenue, receiver of public money, or other officer, who shall have received the public money before it is paid into the treasury of the United States, shall fail to render his account, or pay over the same in the manner, or within the time, required by law, it shall be the duty of the first comptroller of the treasury to cause to be stated the account of such collector, receiver of public money, or other officer, exhibiting truly the amount due to the United States, and certify the same to the agent of the treasury, who is hereby authorized and required to issue a warrant of distress against such delinquent officer and his sureties, directed to the marshal of the district in which such delinquent officer and his surety or sureties shall reside; and where the said officer and his surety or sureties shall reside in different districts, or where they, or either of them, shall reside in a district other than that in which the estate of either may be situate, which may

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