33 U.S. Code § 873 - Extra compensation for instrument observers, recorders and other Federal employees for oceanographic, seismographic and magnetic observations

The Secretary of Commerce is authorized to pay extra compensation to members of crews of vessels when assigned duties as instrument observer or recorder, and to employees of other Federal agencies while observing tides or currents, or tending seismographs or magnetographs, at such rates as may be specified from time to time by him and without regard to section 5533 of title 5.


(July 22, 1947, ch. 286, § 2,61 Stat. 400; Pub. L. 86–397, § 1,Mar. 28, 1960, 74 Stat. 11; Pub. L. 88–448, title IV, § 401(l),Aug. 19, 1964, 78 Stat. 491.)

“Section 5533 of title 5” substituted in text for “section 301 of the Dual Compensation Act [5 U.S.C. 3105]” on authority of Pub. L. 89–554, § 7(b),Sept. 6, 1966, 80 Stat. 631, the first section of which enacted Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.

1964—Pub. L. 88–448inserted “and without regard to section 301 of the Dual Compensation Act”.
1960—Pub. L. 86–397substituted “Secretary of Commerce” for “Coast and Geodetic Survey” and “instrument observer or recorder” for “bombers or fathometer readers,” inserted reference to employees tending magnetographs, and authorized Secretary to establish rates of compensation.
Effective Date of 1964 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 88–448effective on first day of first month which begins later than the ninetieth day following Aug. 19, 1964, see section 403 ofPub. L. 88–448.

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