[USC02] 33 USC 3028: Positions of importance and responsibility
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33 USC 3028: Positions of importance and responsibility Text contains those laws in effect on January 20, 2021
From Title 33-NAVIGATION AND NAVIGABLE WATERSCHAPTER 43-NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION COMMISSIONED OFFICER CORPSSUBCHAPTER II-APPOINTMENT AND PROMOTION OF OFFICERS

§3028. Positions of importance and responsibility

(a) Designation of positions

The Secretary may designate positions in the Administration as being positions of importance and responsibility for which it is appropriate that officers of the Administration, if serving in those positions, serve in the grade of vice admiral, rear admiral, or rear admiral (lower half), as designated by the Secretary for each position.

(b) Assignment of officers to designated positions

The Secretary may assign officers to positions designated under subsection (a).

(c) Director of NOAA Corps and Office of Marine and Aviation Operations

The President shall designate one position as responsible for oversight of the vessel and aircraft fleets and for the administration of the commissioned officer corps. The President shall fill that position by appointing, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, an officer on the lineal list serving in or above the grade of rear admiral (lower half). For the specific purpose of administering the commissioned officer corps, that position shall carry the title of Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps. For the specific purpose of administering the vessel and aircraft fleets, that position shall carry the title of Director of the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations.

(d) Grade

(1) Temporary appointment to grade designated for position

An officer assigned to a position under this section while so serving has the grade designated for that position, if appointed to that grade by the President.

(2) Reversion to permanent grade

An officer who has served in a grade above captain, upon termination of the officer's assignment to the position for which that appointment was made, shall, unless appointed or assigned to another position for which a higher grade is designated or immediately beginning a period of terminal leave, revert to the grade and number the officer would have occupied but for serving in a grade above that of captain. In such a case, the officer shall be an extra number in that grade.

(e) Limit on number of officers appointed

The total number of officers serving on active duty at any one time in the grade of rear admiral (lower half) or above may not exceed five, with only one serving in the grade of vice admiral.

(f) Pay and allowances

An officer appointed to a grade under this section, while serving in that grade or in a period of annual leave used at the end of the appointment, shall have the pay and allowances of the grade to which appointed.

(g) Effect of appointment

An appointment of an officer under this section-

(1) does not vacate the permanent grade held by the officer; and

(2) creates a vacancy on the active list.

( Pub. L. 107–372, title II, §228, Dec. 19, 2002, 116 Stat. 3086 ; Pub. L. 112–166, §2(gg)(2), Aug. 10, 2012, 126 Stat. 1290 ; Pub. L. 116–259, title III, §303, Dec. 23, 2020, 134 Stat. 1171 .)

Prior Provisions

Provisions similar to those in this section were contained in section 853u of this title prior to repeal by Pub. L. 107–372.

Amendments

2020-Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 116–259, §303(1), substituted "The President shall designate one position" for "The Secretary shall designate one position under this section" in first sentence, and "The President shall fill that position by appointing, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate," for "That position shall be filled by" in second sentence.

Subsec. (d)(2). Pub. L. 116–259, §303(2), inserted "or immediately beginning a period of terminal leave" after "for which a higher grade is designated".

Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 116–259, §303(3), substituted "Limit on number of officers appointed" for "Number of officers appointed" in heading and amended text generally. Prior to amendment, text related to the number of officers appointed.

Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 116–259, §303(4), inserted "or in a period of annual leave used at the end of the appointment" after "serving in that grade".

2012-Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 112–166 struck out ", by and with the advice and consent of the Senate" before period at end.

Effective Date of 2012 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 112–166 effective 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) of Pub. L. 112–166, set out as a note under section 113 of Title 6, Domestic Security.

Appointment of Commissioned Officers

Pub. L. 98–498, title III, §320(c)(2), Oct. 19, 1984, 98 Stat. 2309 , provided that: "After the date of the enactment of this Act [Oct. 19, 1984], no appointment of a commissioned officer may be made under section 2(d) or 2(f) of Reorganization Plan Numbered 4 of 1970 (84 Stat. 2090, 5 U.S.C. App.)."