10 U.S. Code § 2557 - Excess nonlethal supplies: availability for humanitarian relief, domestic emergency assistance, and homeless veterans assistance

(a)
(1) The Secretary of Defense may make available for humanitarian relief purposes any nonlethal excess supplies of the Department of Defense. In addition, the Secretary may make nonlethal excess supplies of the Department available to support domestic emergency assistance activities.
(2) The Secretary of Defense may make excess clothing, shoes, sleeping bags, and related nonlethal excess supplies available to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for distribution to homeless veterans and programs assisting homeless veterans. The transfer of nonlethal excess supplies to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs under this paragraph shall be without reimbursement.
(b)
(1) Excess supplies made available for humanitarian relief purposes under this section shall be transferred to the Secretary of State, who shall be responsible for the distribution of such supplies.
(2) Excess supplies made available under this section to support domestic emergency assistance activities shall be transferred to the Secretary of Homeland Security. The Secretary of Defense may provide assistance in the distribution of such supplies at the request of the Secretary of Homeland Security.
(c) This section does not constitute authority to conduct any activity which, if carried out as an intelligence activity by the Department of Defense, would require a notice to the intelligence committees under title V of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 413 et seq.). [1]
(d) In this section:
(1) The term “nonlethal excess supplies” means property, other than real property, of the Department of Defense—
(A) that is excess property, as defined in regulations of the Department of Defense; and
(B) that is not a weapon, ammunition, or other equipment or material that is designed to inflict serious bodily harm or death.
(2) The term “intelligence committees” means the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives.


[1]  See References in Text note below.

Source

(Added Pub. L. 99–145, title XIV, § 1454(a),Nov. 8, 1985, 99 Stat. 761, § 2547; amended Pub. L. 100–26, § 7(k)(2),Apr. 21, 1987, 101 Stat. 284; Pub. L. 101–510, div. A, title XIII, § 1322(a)(10),Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1671; Pub. L. 102–88, title VI, § 602(c)(3),Aug. 14, 1991, 105 Stat. 444; renumbered § 2557,Pub. L. 106–398, § 1 [[div. A], title X, § 1033(b)(1)], Oct. 30, 2000, 114 Stat. 1654, 1654A–260; Pub. L. 107–107, div. A, title III, § 361(a), (b)(1),Dec. 28, 2001, 115 Stat. 1064, 1065; Pub. L. 111–383, div. A, title X, § 1074(a), (b)(1),Jan. 7, 2011, 124 Stat. 4368.)
References in Text

The National Security Act of 1947, referred to in subsec. (c), is act July 26, 1947, ch. 343, 61 Stat. 495, which was formerly classified principally to chapter 15 (§ 401 et seq.) of Title 50, War and National Defense, prior to editorial reclassification in chapter 44 (§ 3001 et seq.) of Title 50. Title V of the Act is now classified generally to subchapter III (§ 3091 et seq.) of chapter 44 of Title 50. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Tables.
Amendments

2011—Pub. L. 111–383, § 1074(b)(1), substituted “Excess nonlethal supplies: availability for humanitarian relief, domestic emergency assistance, and homeless veterans assistance” for “Excess nonlethal supplies: availability for homeless veteran initiatives and humanitarian relief” in section catchline.
Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 111–383, § 1074(a)(1), inserted at end “In addition, the Secretary may make nonlethal excess supplies of the Department available to support domestic emergency assistance activities.”
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 111–383, § 1074(a)(2), designated existing provisions as par. (1) and added par. (2).
2001—Pub. L. 107–107, § 361(b)(1), inserted “availability for homeless veteran initiatives and” before “humanitarian relief” in section catchline.
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 107–107, § 361(a), designated existing provisions as par. (1) and added par. (2).
2000—Pub. L. 106–398renumbered section 2547 of this title as this section.
1991—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 102–88struck out par. (1) which read as follows: “a finding under section 662 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2422); or”, struck out par. (2) designation, and substituted “title V of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 413 et seq.)” for “section 501(a)(1) of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 413)”.
1990—Subsecs. (d), (e). Pub. L. 101–510redesignated subsec. (e) as (d) and struck out former subsec. (d) which read as follows:
“(1) The Secretary of State shall submit an annual report on the disposition of all excess supplies transferred by the Secretary of Defense to the Secretary of State under this section during the preceding year.
“(2) Such reports shall be submitted to the Committees on Armed Services and on Foreign Relations of the Senate and the Committees on Armed Services and on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.
“(3) Such reports shall be submitted not later than June 1 of each year.”
1987—Subsec. (e)(1), (2). Pub. L. 100–26inserted “The term” after each par. designation and struck out uppercase letter of first word after first quotation marks in each par. and substituted lowercase letter.

 

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