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§ 1608. Administrative determinations and proceedings

(a) Continuation in effect of orders, determinations, etc., issued, made, granted, or effective in performance of functions transferred
All orders, determinations, rules, regulations, permits, grants, contracts, agreements, certificates, licenses, and privileges—
(1) which have been issued, made, granted, or allowed to become effective by the President, any Federal department or agency or official thereof, or by a court of competent jurisdiction, in the performance of functions which are transferred under this Act to the Secretary of Transportation or the Department of Transportation, and
(2) which are in effect on August 6, 1981,
shall continue in effect according to their terms until modified, terminated, superseded, set aside, or revoked in accordance with law by the President, the Secretary of Transportation, or other authorized official, a court of competent jurisdiction, or by operation of law.
(b) Continuation of pending proceedings and applications during transfer period; Maritime Subsidy Board actions pending on review; promulgation of regulations for orderly transfer of continued proceedings
(1) This Act does not affect any proceedings, including notices of proposed rulemaking, or any application for any license, permit, certificate, or financial assistance, pending on August 6, 1981, but such proceedings and applications, to the extent that they relate to functions so transferred and except as provided in paragraph (2), shall be continued at the Department of Transportation. Orders shall be issued in such proceedings, appeals shall be taken therefrom, and payments shall be made pursuant to such orders, as if this Act had not been enacted; and orders issued in any such proceedings shall continue in effect until modified, terminated, superseded, or revoked by the Secretary of Transportation, by a court of competent jurisdiction, or by operation of law. This subsection does not prohibit the discontinuance or modification of any such proceeding under the same terms and conditions and to the same extent that the proceeding could have been discontinued or modified if this Act had not been enacted.
(2) Actions of the Maritime Subsidy Board pending on review before the Secretary of Commerce on the day preceding August 6, 1981, shall remain with the Secretary of Commerce, unless otherwise agreed between the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Transportation, for final administrative disposition as though this Act had not been enacted.
(3) The Secretary of Transportation may promulgate regulations providing for the orderly transfer of proceedings continued under paragraph (1).
(c) Actions and proceedings commenced prior to transfer of functions
Except as provided in subsection (e) of this section—
(1) the provisions of this Act shall not affect actions commenced prior to August 6, 1981, and
(2) in all such actions, proceedings shall be had, appeals taken, and judgments rendered in the same manner and effect as if this Act had not been enacted.
(d) Abatement of actions, proceedings, etc.
No action or other proceeding commenced by or against any officer of the Maritime Administration in his official capacity shall abate by reason of the enactment of this Act. No cause of action by or against the Maritime Administration or by or against any officer of the Maritime Administration in his official capacity shall abate by reason of the enactment of this Act.
(e) Substitution of parties
If, before August 6, 1981, the Secretary of Commerce is a party to an action, and under this Act any function of the Secretary of Commerce which is the subject of the action is transferred to the Secretary of Transportation, then such action shall be continued with the Secretary of Transportation substituted as a party.
(f) Administrative and judicial review procedures applicable
Orders and actions of the Secretary of Transportation in the exercise of functions transferred under this Act shall be subject to judicial review as if such orders and actions had been by the Secretary of Commerce exercising such functions immediately preceding their transfer. Any statutory requirements relating to notice, hearings, action upon the record, or administrative review that apply to any function transferred by this Act shall apply to the exercise of such function by the Secretary of Transportation.

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