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Handbook 10-39
April 2010

Chapter 1

Paying Agent Appointment Requirements

The following personnel are authorized to act as a paying agent:

  • Commissioned or warrant officer
  • Noncommissioned officer in the grade of E-7 or above. (Note: Exception is permitted for the rank of E-6 with a waiver signed by a lieutenant colonel [O-5] or higher if personnel resources are limited.)
  • Department of Defense civilian
  • Coalition members (Note: Subject to continued Secretary of Defense approval and if internal controls are met to ensure the restitution of U.S. government funds if they are lost.)

The battalion commander will appoint eligible individuals authorized as paying agents to be placed on written orders (see Appendix A).

An original Department of Defense Form 577, Appointment/Termination Record-Authorized Signature, appointing the paying agent must be signed by the battalion commander (see Appendix A).

The individual appointed as a paying agent must attend a paying agent training class and pass the certification test provided by the supporting financial management unit.

The signature of a colonel (O-6) is needed to appoint a Commander's Emergency Response Program paying agent.


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