Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the Secretary of Commerce shall, to the maximum extent practicable, carry out activities under subsection (a)  and fulfill other obligations under Federal and State law relating to the Pribilof Islands, through grants or other agreements with local entities and residents of the Pribilof Islands, unless specialized skills are needed for an activity, and the Secretary specifies in writing that such skills are not available through local entities and residents of the Pribilof Islands.
16 U.S. Code § 1169b - Use of local entities
 See References in Text note below.
Subsection (a), referred to in text, was a reference to subsection (a) of section 3 of Pub. L. 104–91 when the text of this section was originally enacted as subsec. (d) of section 3 of Pub. L. 104–91, set out in a note under section 1165 of this title, see Codification note below.
The text of this section as added by Pub. L. 106–554 and Pub. L. 106–562 is based on the text of Pub. L. 104–91, § 3(d), Jan. 6, 1996, 110 Stat. 9, as amended by Pub. L. 106–554, § 1(a)(4) [div. B, title I, § 144(e)(6)(A)(i)], Dec. 21, 2000, 114 Stat. 2763, 2763A–248; Pub. L. 106–562, title I, § 106(a)(1), Dec. 23, 2000, 114 Stat. 2799. Pub. L. 104–91, § 3(d), was included in a note set out under section 1165 of this title prior to being redesignated and transferred by Pub. L. 106–554 and Pub. L. 106–562 so as to appear as section 212 of Pub. L. 89–702.