United States Code
USC most recently checked for updates: Mar 23, 2019
Fees and charges for Government services and things of value
It is the sense of Congress that each service or thing of value provided by an agency (except a mixed-ownership Government corporation) to a person (except a person on official business of the United States Government) is to be self-sustaining to the extent possible.
The head of each agency (except a mixed-ownership Government corporation) may prescribe regulations establishing the charge for a service or thing of value provided by the agency. Regulations prescribed by the heads of executive agencies are subject to policies prescribed by the President and shall be as uniform as practicable. Each charge shall be—
the costs to the Government;
the value of the service or thing to the recipient;
public policy or interest served; and
other relevant facts.
This section does not affect a law of the United States—
prohibiting the determination and collection of charges and the disposition of those charges; and
prescribing bases for determining charges, but a charge may be redetermined under this section consistent with the prescribed bases.
cite as: 31 USC 9701