Definition"Or Any Property Made or Being Made
Contract for the United States or Any Department or Agency Thereof"
This phrase results in a significant extension of the scope of 18
U.S.C. § 641 in that it applies to property in which the United States
neither title nor a custodial interest. See United States v.
Anderson, 45 F. Supp. 943, 949 (S.D.Cal. 1942). This extension of
jurisdiction is rarely used because in most cases a theft from a government
contractor will be a matter of concern primarily to local law enforcement
officials. However, situations arise in which the federal interest will
predominate and for which prosecution under 18 U.S.C. § 641 should be
considered; for example, the theft of property being used in a high priority
federal program, the theft of property from an ordinary contractor but on
a large scale that completion of the contract is impaired, or the theft of
military weapons, explosives or ammunition.|
[cited in USAM 9-66.200]