14 U.S. Code § 561 - Icebreaking in polar regions

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(a) Procurement Authority.—
(1) In general.—The Secretary may enter into one or more contracts for the procurement of—
(A)
the Polar Security Cutters approved as part of a major acquisition program as of November 1, 2019; and
(B)
3 additional Polar Security Cutters.
(2) Condition for out-year contract payments.—
A contract entered into under paragraph (1) shall provide that any obligation of the United States to make a payment under the contract during a fiscal year after fiscal year 2019 is subject to the availability of appropriations or funds for that purpose for such later fiscal year.
(b) Planning.—
The Secretary shall facilitate planning for the design, procurement, maintenance, deployment, and operation of icebreakers as needed to support the statutory missions of the Coast Guard in the polar regions by allocating all funds to support icebreaking operations in such regions, except for recurring incremental costs associated with specific projects, to the Coast Guard.
(c) Reimbursement.—
Nothing in this section shall preclude the Secretary from seeking reimbursement for operation and maintenance costs of the Polar Star, Healy, or any other Polar Security Cutter from other Federal agencies and entities, including foreign countries, that benefit from the use of those vessels.
(d) Restriction.—
(1) In general.—The Commandant may not—
(A)
transfer, relinquish ownership of, dismantle, or recycle the Polar Sea or Polar Star;
(B)
change the current homeport of the Polar Sea or Polar Star; or
(C) expend any funds—
(i)
for any expenses directly or indirectly associated with the decommissioning of the Polar Sea or Polar Star, including expenses for dock use or other goods and services;
(ii)
for any personnel expenses directly or indirectly associated with the decommissioning of the Polar Sea or Polar Star, including expenses for a decommissioning officer;
(iii)
for any expenses associated with a decommissioning ceremony for the Polar Sea or Polar Star;
(iv)
to appoint a decommissioning officer to be affiliated with the Polar Sea or Polar Star; or
(v)
to place the Polar Sea or Polar Star in inactive status.
(2) Sunset.—
This subsection shall cease to have effect on September 30, 2022.
(e) Limitation.—
(1) In general.—The Secretary may not expend amounts appropriated for the Coast Guard for any of fiscal years 2015 through 2024, for—
(A)
design activities related to a capability of a Polar Security Cutter that is based solely on an operational requirement of a Federal department or agency other than the Coast Guard, except for amounts appropriated for design activities for a fiscal year before fiscal year 2016; or
(B)
long-lead-time materials, production, or postdelivery activities related to such a capability.
(2) Other amounts.—
Amounts made available to the Secretary under an agreement with a Federal department or agency other than the Coast Guard and expended on a capability of a Polar Security Cutter that is based solely on an operational requirement of such Federal department or agency shall not be treated as amounts expended by the Secretary for purposes of the limitation under paragraph (1).
(f) Enhanced Maintenance Program for the Polar Star.—
(1) In general.—
Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Commandant shall conduct an enhanced maintenance program on the Polar Star[1] to extend the service life of such vessel until at least December 31, 2025.
(2) Authorization of appropriations.—
The Commandant may use funds made available pursuant to section 4902(1)(A), to carry out this subsection.T
(g) Definitions.—In this section:
(1) Polar sea.—
The term “Polar Sea” means Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea (WAGB 11).
(2) Polar star.—
The term “Polar Star” means Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10).
(3) Healy.—
The term “Healy” means Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB 20).
(Added Pub. L. 113–281, title V, § 506(a), Dec. 18, 2014, 128 Stat. 3060, § 87; renumbered § 561, Pub. L. 115–282, title I, § 105(b), Dec. 4, 2018, 132 Stat. 4200; amended Pub. L. 116–283, div. G, title LVXXXI [LXXXI], § 8111(a), Jan. 1, 2021, 134 Stat. 4637.)


[1]  So in original. probably should be italicized.
Editorial Notes
Prior Provisions

A prior section 561 was renumbered section 1101 of this title.

Another prior section 561, act Aug. 4, 1949, ch. 393, 63 Stat. 538, related to limitations on punishment by commanding officer, prior to repeal by act May 5, 1950, ch. 169, §§ 5, 14(v), 64 Stat. 145, 148, effective May 31, 1951.

Amendments

2021—Pub. L. 116–283 amended section generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “The President shall facilitate planning for the design, procurement, maintenance, deployment, and operation of icebreakers as needed to support the statutory missions of the Coast Guard in the polar regions by allocating all funds to support icebreaking operations in such regions, except for recurring incremental costs associated with specific projects, to the Coast Guard.”

2018—Pub. L. 115–282 renumbered section 87 of this title as this section.