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Library of Congress Summary
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4/10/1984--Reported to House amended,
I. (Reported to House from Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries with amendment, H. Rept. 98-670 (Part I)) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Organic Act - Title I
Declaration of Findings and Purposes
Sets forth the findings, purposes, and definitions of this Act.
Establishment and Functions of Administration
Establishes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as an agency independent of the Department of Commerce. Provides for the principal officers, with an Administrator as the head of NOAA, setting forth the Administrator's functions.
Sets forth the enforcement powers of NOAA's authorized officers. Authorizes the Administrator to utilize the personnel, services, and facilities of any State agency to assist with his enforcement authority. Sets forth provisions concerning the issuance of citations and the disposition of seized property. Grants jurisdiction to the U.S. district courts for cases arising out of this Act. Sets out the remedies the Administrator may seek for violations of law for which he has enforcement authority.
Sets forth the Administrator's administrative powers. Requires the recipient of a grant, loan, or other form of financial assistance from NOAA to keep records on the disposition of the funds. Grants the Administrator access to such records to determine if the funds were used in accordance with applicable law and regulations. Requires the Administrator to consult with other Federal departments and agencies to insure that inconsistent and duplicative requirements are not imposed on regulated industries or individuals. Directs the Administrator to consult with the Secretary of State on agreements, treaties or understandings with foreign nations or international bodies concerning areas in which NOAA has domestic responsibility. Transfers the functions and authority from the existing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the Department of Commerce to the new NOAA. Transfers personnel, property, records, and funds to the new NOAA. Permits the President to make interim appointment of officers for the NOAA until permanent officers may be appointed with the advice and consent of the Senate.
Sets forth severability and reference provisions. Makes any new spending authority provided under this Act effective for any fiscal year only to the extent provided in appropriations Acts.
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