33 U.S. Code § 772. Death of employee due to non-service-connected causes after 15 years’ service; amount of payment

any employee of the Lighthouse Service has died or shall hereafter die from non-service-connected causes after fifteen or more years of employment in such service, and
the surviving spouse of the employee has not since remarried,
the surviving spouse, so long as the surviving spouse does not marry, shall be paid $100 per month by the Secretary of Transportation.

1984—Pub. L. 98–557 substituted references to surviving spouse for references to widow.

1967—Pub. L. 90–167 struck out provisions which exempted from coverage of this section widows of employees whose positions were classified in one of grades of professional and scientific service of Classification Act of 1923, or a comparable grade of Classification Act of 1949, or who performed duties of a position comparable to a position so classified after enactment of law requiring classification of such positions.

Pub. L. 90–163 substituted “$100 per month” for “$75 per month”.

1958—Pub. L. 85–351 substituted “$75 per month” for “$50 per month”.

Effective Date of 1967 Amendments

Amendment by Pub. L. 90–167 effective for any period subsequent to the first day of the first month following Nov. 29, 1967, see section 2 of Pub. L. 90–167, set out as a note under section 771 of this title.

Pub. L. 90–163, § 1, Nov. 29, 1967, 81 Stat. 518, provided that the amendment made by that section is effective on the first day of the month following Nov. 29, 1967.

Effective Date of 1958 Amendment

Amendment effective Apr. 1, 1958, see section 2 of Pub. L. 85–351, set out as a note under section 771 of this title.

Transfer of Functions

Bureau of Lighthouses, of which Lighthouse Service was a part, transferred and consolidated with Coast Guard under Secretary of the Treasury by Reorg. Plan No. II of 1939, § 2(a), eff. July 1, 1939, 4 F.R. 2731, 33 Stat. 1432, set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees. Functions of Secretary of the Treasury relating to Coast Guard transferred to Secretary of Transportation by section 6(b)(1) of Pub. L. 89–670. 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.

Increase in Widows Benefits and Effective Date of Increase

For 1975 increase in widows benefits under this section and section 771 of this title, and effective date of such increase, see Pub. L. 94–170, Dec. 23, 1975, 89 Stat. 1022, set out as a note under section 771 of this title.