[USC02] 33 USC 892b: Quality assurance program
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33 USC 892b: Quality assurance program Text contains those laws in effect on February 27, 2020
From Title 33-NAVIGATION AND NAVIGABLE WATERSCHAPTER 17-NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATIONSUBCHAPTER IV-NOAA HYDROGRAPHIC SERVICES

§892b. Quality assurance program

(a) Definition

For purposes of this section, the term "hydrographic product" means any publicly or commercially available product produced by a non-Federal entity that includes or displays hydrographic data.

(b) Program

(1) In general

The Administrator-

(A) by not later than 2 years after December 19, 2002, shall, subject to the availability of appropriations, develop and implement a quality assurance program that is equally available to all applicants, under which the Administrator may certify hydrographic products that satisfy the standards promulgated by the Administrator under section 892a(a)(3) of this title;

(B) may authorize the use of the emblem or any trademark of the Administration on a hydrographic product certified under subparagraph (A); and

(C) may charge a fee for such certification and use.

(2) Limitation on fee amount

Any fee under paragraph (1)(C) shall not exceed the costs of conducting the quality assurance testing, evaluation, or studies necessary to determine whether the hydrographic product satisfies the standards adopted under section 892a(a)(3) of this title, including the cost of administering such a program.

(c) Limitation on liability

The Government of the United States shall not be liable for any negligence by a person that produces hydrographic products certified under this section.

(d) Hydrographic Services Account

(1) Establishment

There is established in the Treasury a separate account, which shall be known as the "Hydrographic Services Account".

(2) Content

The account shall consist of-

(A) amounts received by the United States as fees charged under subsection (b)(1)(C); and

(B) such other amounts as may be provided by law.

(3) Use

Amounts in the account shall be available to the Administrator, without further appropriation, for hydrographic services.

(e) Limitation on new fees and increases in existing fees for hydrographic services

After November 13, 1998, the Administrator may not-

(1) establish any fee or other charge for the provision of any hydrographic service except as authorized by this section; or

(2) increase the amount of any fee or other charge for the provision of any hydrographic service except as authorized by this section and section 1307 of title 44.

( Pub. L. 105–384, title III, §304, Nov. 13, 1998, 112 Stat. 3455 ; Pub. L. 107–372, title I, §104(a), Dec. 19, 2002, 116 Stat. 3080 .)

Amendments

2002-Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 107–372 reenacted heading without change and amended text generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: "The Administrator may-

"(A) develop and implement a quality assurance program that is equally available to all applicants, under which the Administrator may certify hydrographic products that satisfy the standards promulgated by the Administrator under section 892a(a)(3) of this title;

"(B) authorize the use of the emblem or any trademark of the Administration on a hydrographic product certified under subparagraph (A); and

"(C) charge a fee for such certification and use."