(a) The Maritime Subsidy Board is delegated authority to:
(1) Carry out all functions previously vested in the Secretary of Commerce pursuant to section 105(1) (except the last proviso thereto and readjustments in determinations of operating cost differentials not requiring a hearing and contractual changes reducing or realigning service requirements not involving additional subsidy or requiring a section 605(c) hearing under the Act (46 App. U.S.C. 1175(c)), section 105(2), and, insofar as applicable to these functions, section 105(3) of Reorganization Plan No. 21 of 1950, and section 202(b)(1) of Reorganization Plan No. 7 of 1961, except investigations, hearings and determinations, including changes in determinations, with respect to minimum manning scales, minimum wage scales, and minimum working conditions referred to in section 301(a) of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, as amended (46 App. U.S.C. 1101 et seq.).
(2) Carry out all functions previously vested in the Secretary of Commerce pursuant to section 103(e) of Reorganization Plan No. 7 of 1961 and section 202(b)(2) (except requiring the filing of reports, accounts, records, rates, charges, and memoranda under section 21 of the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended, and making reports and recommendations to Congress) and section 202(b)(3) of Reorganization Plan No. 7 of 1961, insofar as said functions relate to the functions described in paragraph (a)(1) of this section.
(3) Execute and sign, by and through any member of the Board or the Secretary or an Assistant Secretary of the Board, contracts and other documents authorized or approved by the Board pursuant to paragraphs (a)(1) and (a)(2) of this section. The execution of such contracts or documents may be attested, under the seal of the Department of Transportation, by the Secretary or an Assistant Secretary of the Maritime Subsidy Board.
(b) The Maritime Subsidy Board may exercise other authorities of the Secretary of Transportation as applicable to performing the functions assigned to the Board in this part.
(c) The Board is composed of the Maritime Administrator, the Deputy Maritime Administrator, and the Chief Counsel of the Administration, and during a vacancy in any one of those offices, the person acting in such capacity shall be a member of the Board, unless the Secretary of Transportation designates another person. In case there still is a vacancy in the Board or in the absence or disability of one of its members, the Secretary of the Maritime Administration and Maritime Subsidy Board, or any other persons designated by the Secretary of Transportation, shall act as a member or members of the Board. Each member of the Board, while serving in that capacity, shall act pursuant to direct authority from the Secretary of Transportation and exercise judgment independent of authority otherwise delegated to the Maritime Administrator. The Maritime Administrator or the Acting Maritime Administrator serves as Chairperson of the Board. The concurring votes of two members shall be sufficient for the disposition of any matter which may come before the Board.
(d) The Chairperson of the Maritime Subsidy Board may make use of officers and employees of the Maritime Administration to perform activities for the Board. Employees of the Maritime Administration may be designated as the Secretary or Assistant Secretaries of the Board.
[Amdt. 1-164, 46 FR 47460, Sept. 28, 1981, as amended by Amdt. 1-211, 51 FR 29471, Aug. 18, 1986; Amdt. 1-247, 56 FR 59893, Nov. 26, 1991]
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