(a) RewardsThe Secretary may pay from penalties collected under section 470aaa–5 or 470aaa–6 of this title or from appropriated funds—
consistent with amounts established in regulations by the Secretary; or
if no such regulation exists, an amount up to ½ of the penalties, to any person who furnishes information which leads to the finding of a civil violation, or the conviction of criminal violation, with respect to which the penalty was paid. If several persons provided the information, the amount shall be divided among the persons. No officer or employee of the United States or of any State or local government who furnishes information or renders service in the performance of his official duties shall be eligible for payment under this subsection.
(c) Transfer of seized resources