33 U.S. Code § 3029 - Temporary appointments and promotions generally
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Temporary appointments in the grade of ensign may be made by the President. Each such temporary appointment terminates at the close of the next regular session of the Congress.
(b) Lieutenant (junior grade)
Officers in the permanent grade of ensign may be temporarily promoted to and appointed in the grade of lieutenant (junior grade) by the President whenever vacancies exist in higher grades.
Source(Pub. L. 107–372, title II, § 229,Dec. 19, 2002, 116 Stat. 3087; Pub. L. 112–166, § 2(gg)(3),Aug. 10, 2012, 126 Stat. 1290.)
Provisions similar to those in this section were contained in section 853j–1 of this title prior to repeal by Pub. L. 107–372.
2012—Pub. L. 112–166struck out “alone” after “President” wherever appearing and, in subsec. (a), struck out “unless the Senate sooner gives its advice and consent to the appointment” before period at end of second sentence.
Effective Date of 2012 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 112–166effective 60 days after Aug. 10, 2012, and applicable to appointments made on and after that effective date, including any nomination pending in the Senate on that date, see section 6(a) ofPub. L. 112–166, set out as a note under section 113 of Title 6, Domestic Security.
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