33 U.S. Code § 725. Prohibition against officers and employees being interested in contracts for materials, etc.

No Commandant of the Coast Guard, superintendent of lighthouses, lightkeeper, or other person in any manner connected with the light-house service, shall be interested, either directly or indirectly, in any contract for labor, materials, or supplies for the light-house service, or in any patent, plan, or mode of construction or illumination, or in any article of supply for the light-house service.

(R.S. § 4680; June 17, 1910, ch. 301, §§ 6, 13, 36 Stat. 538, 539; June 20, 1918, ch. 103, § 7, 40 Stat. 608; 1939 Reorg. Plan No. II, § 2(a), eff. July 1, 1939, 4 F.R. 2731, 53 Stat. 1432; Aug. 4, 1949, ch. 393, §§ 1, 20, 63 Stat. 496, 561.)

R.S. § 4680 derived from act Aug. 31, 1852, ch. 112, § 17, 10 Stat. 120.

Transfer of Functions

“Commandant of the Coast Guard” substituted in text for “member of the Light-House Board” on authority of sections 6 and 13 of act June 17, 1910, which abolished board and transferred its powers and duties to Commissioner of Lighthouses who was head of Bureau of Lighthouses. Said sections 6 and 13 were repealed by section 20 of act Aug. 4, 1949, section 1 of which reestablished the Coast Guard by enacting Title 14, Coast Guard. Section 2(a) of Reorg. Plan No. II of 1939, set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees, consolidated Bureau of Lighthouses with Coast Guard, Chief of which is Commandant of Coast Guard.

The words “superintendent of lighthouses” substituted for “inspector” on authority of act June 20, 1918, which transferred such officers to the positions of superintendent of lighthouses within the Bureau of Lighthouses.

The light-house service was a service under control of Commissioner of Lighthouses within Bureau of Lighthouses.

For transfer of functions of other officers, employees, and agencies of Department of the Treasury, with certain exceptions, to Secretary of the Treasury with power to delegate, see Reorg. Plan No. 26 of 1950, §§ 1, 2 eff. July 31, 1950, 15 F.R. 4935, 64 Stat. 1280, 1281, set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees. Functions of Coast Guard, and Commandant of Coast Guard, excepted from transfer when Coast Guard is operating as part of Navy under former sections 1 and 3 (now 101 and 103) of Title 14, Coast Guard.

Coast Guard transferred to Department of Transportation, and all functions, powers, and duties relating to Coast Guard of Secretary of the Treasury and of other officers and offices of Department of the Treasury transferred to Secretary of Transportation by Pub. L. 89–670, § 6(b)(1), Oct. 15, 1966, 80 Stat. 938. Section 6(b)(2) of Pub. L. 89–670, however, provided that notwithstanding such transfer of functions, Coast Guard shall operate as part of Navy in time of war or when President directs as provided in former section 3 (now 103) of Title 14. See section 108 of Title 49, Transportation.

For transfer of authorities, functions, personnel, and assets of the Coast Guard, including the authorities and functions of the Secretary of Transportation relating thereto, to the Department of Homeland Security, and for treatment of related references, see sections 468(b), 551(d), 552(d), and 557 of Title 6, Domestic Security, and the Department of Homeland Security Reorganization Plan of November 25, 2002, as modified, set out as a note under section 542 of Title 6.