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§ 501.
Secretary; general powers
For the purpose of executing the duties and functions of the Coast Guard the Secretary may within the limits of appropriations made therefor:
(a) establish, change the limits of, consolidate, discontinue, and re-establish Coast Guard districts;
(b) arrange with the Secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force to assign members of the Coast Guard to any school maintained by the Army, Navy, and Air Force, for instruction and training, including aviation schools;
(c) construct, or cause to be constructed, Coast Guard shore establishments;
(d) design or cause to be designed, cause to be constructed, accept as gift, or otherwise acquire vessels, aircraft, and systems, and subject to applicable regulations under subtitle I of title 40 and division C (except sections 3302, 3501(b), 3509, 3906, 4710, and 4711) of subtitle I of title 41 dispose of them;
(e) acquire land or interests in land, including acceptance of gifts thereof, where required for the purpose of carrying out any project or purpose for which an appropriation has been made;
(f) exchange land or interests in land in part or in full payment for such other land or interests in land as may be necessary or desirable, the balance of such part payment to be defrayable in accordance with other provisions of this section;
(g) exercise any of the powers vested by this title in the Commandant in any case in which the Secretary deems it appropriate; and
(h) do any and all things necessary to carry out the purposes of this title.
(Aug. 4, 1949, ch. 393, 63 Stat. 503, § 92; Oct. 31, 1951, ch. 654, §§ 1(32), 2(9), 3(3), 65 Stat. 702, 707, 708; Pub. L. 97–295, § 2(4), Oct. 12, 1982, 96 Stat. 1301; Pub. L. 98–557, § 15(a)(3)(D), Oct. 30, 1984, 98 Stat. 2865; Pub. L. 107–217, § 3(c)(1), Aug. 21, 2002, 116 Stat. 1298; Pub. L. 111–350, § 5(c)(1), Jan. 4, 2011, 124 Stat. 3847; Pub. L. 115–232, div. C, title XXXV, § 3533(a), Aug. 13, 2018, 132 Stat. 2321; renumbered § 501 and amended Pub. L. 115–282, title I, § 105(b), title III, § 311(a), Dec. 4, 2018, 132 Stat. 4200, 4248.)
§ 502.
Delegation of powers by the Secretary

The Secretary is authorized to confer or impose upon the Commandant any of the rights, privileges, powers, or duties, in respect to the administration of the Coast Guard, vested in or imposed upon the Secretary by this title or other provisions of law.

(Aug. 4, 1949, ch. 393, 63 Stat. 544, § 631; Pub. L. 94–546, § 1(33), Oct. 18, 1976, 90 Stat. 2521; renumbered § 502, Pub. L. 115–282, title I, § 105(b), Dec. 4, 2018, 132 Stat. 4200.)
§ 503.
Regulations

In addition to the authority conferred by other provisions of this title the Secretary may promulgate such regulations and orders as he deems appropriate to carry out the provisions of this title or any other law applicable to the Coast Guard.

(Aug. 4, 1949, ch. 393, 63 Stat. 545, § 633; renumbered § 503, Pub. L. 115–282, title I, § 105(b), Dec. 4, 2018, 132 Stat. 4200.)
§ 504.
Commandant; general powers
(a)
For the purpose of executing the duties and functions of the Coast Guard the Commandant may:
(1) maintain water, land, and air patrols, and ice-breaking facilities;
(2) establish and prescribe the purpose of, change the location of, consolidate, discontinue, re-establish, maintain, operate, and repair Coast Guard shore establishments;
(3) assign vessels, aircraft, vehicles, aids to navigation, equipment, appliances, and supplies to Coast Guard districts and shore establishments, and transfer any of the foregoing from one district or shore establishment to another;
(4) conduct experiments and investigate, or cause to be investigated, plans, devices, and inventions relating to the performance of any Coast Guard function, including research, development, test, or evaluation related to intelligence systems and capabilities;
(5) conduct any investigations or studies that may be of assistance to the Coast Guard in the performance of any of its powers, duties, or functions;
(6) collect, publish, and distribute information concerning Coast Guard operations;
(7) conduct or make available to personnel of the Coast Guard, and to eligible spouses as defined under section 2904, such specialized training and courses of instruction, including correspondence courses and the textbooks, manuals, and other materials required as part of such training or course of instruction, as may be necessary or desirable for the good of the service;
(8) design or cause to be designed, cause to be constructed, accept as gift, or otherwise acquire patrol boats and other small craft, equip, operate, maintain, supply, and repair such patrol boats, other small craft, aircraft, and vehicles, and subject to applicable regulations under subtitle I of title 40 and division C (except sections 3302, 3501(b), 3509, 3906, 4710, and 4711) of subtitle I of title 41 dispose of them;
(9) acquire, accept as gift, maintain, repair, and discontinue aids to navigation, appliances, equipment, and supplies;
(10) equip, operate, maintain, supply, and repair Coast Guard districts and shore establishments;
(11) establish, equip, operate, and maintain shops, depots, and yards for the manufacture and construction of aids to navigation, equipment, apparatus, vessels, vehicles, and aircraft not normally or economically obtainable from private contractors, and for the maintenance and repair of any property used by the Coast Guard;
(12) accept and utilize, in times of emergency in order to save life or protect property, such voluntary services as may be offered to the Coast Guard;
(13) rent or lease, under such terms and conditions as are deemed advisable, for a period not exceeding five years, such real property under the control of the Coast Guard as may not be required for immediate use by the Coast Guard, the monies received from any such rental or lease, less amount of expenses incurred (exclusive of governmental personal services), to be deposited in the fund established under section 2946;
(14) grant, under such terms and conditions as are deemed advisable, permits, licenses, easements, and rights-of-way over, across, in, and upon lands under the control of the Coast Guard when in the public interest and without substantially injuring the interests of the United States in the property thereby affected;
(15) establish, install, abandon, re-establish, reroute, operate, maintain, repair, purchase, or lease such telephone and telegraph lines and cables, together with all facilities, apparatus, equipment, structures, appurtenances, accessories, and supplies used or useful in connection with the installation, operation, maintenance, or repair of such lines and cables, including telephones in residences leased or owned by the Government of the United States when appropriate to assure efficient response to extraordinary operational contingencies of a limited duration, and acquire such real property rights of way, easements, or attachment privileges as may be required for the installation, operation, and maintenance of such lines, cables, and equipment;
(16) establish, install, abandon, reestablish, change the location of, operate, maintain, and repair radio transmitting and receiving stations;
(17) provide medical and dental care for personnel entitled thereto by law or regulation, including care in private facilities;
(18) accept, under terms and conditions the Commandant establishes, the service of an individual ordered to perform community service under the order of a Federal, State, or municipal court;
(19)
notwithstanding any other law, enter into cooperative agreements with States, local governments, non-governmental organizations, and individuals, to accept and utilize voluntary services for the maintenance and improvement of natural and historic resources on, or to benefit natural and historic research on, Coast Guard facilities, subject to the requirement that—
(A) the cooperative agreements shall each provide for the parties to contribute funds or services on a matching basis to defray the costs of such programs, projects, and activities under the agreement; and
(B) an individual providing voluntary services under this subsection shall not be considered a Federal employee except for purposes of chapter 81 of title 5, United States Code, with respect to compensation for work-related injuries, and chapter 171 of title 28, United States Code, with respect to tort claims;
(20) enter into cooperative agreements with other Government agencies and the National Academy of Sciences;
(21) require that any member of the Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve (including a cadet or an applicant for appointment or enlistment to any of the foregoing and any member of a uniformed service who is assigned to the Coast Guard) request that all information contained in the National Driver Register pertaining to the individual, as described in section 30304(a) of title 49, be made available to the Commandant under section 30305(b)(7) of title 49, may receive that information, and upon receipt, shall make the information available to the individual;
(22) provide for the honorary recognition of individuals and organizations that significantly contribute to Coast Guard programs, missions, or operations, including State and local governments and commercial and nonprofit organizations, and pay for, using any appropriations or funds available to the Coast Guard, plaques, medals, trophies, badges, and similar items to acknowledge such contribution (including reasonable expenses of ceremony and presentation);
(23) rent or lease, under such terms and conditions as are considered by the Secretary to be advisable, commercial vehicles to transport the next of kin of eligible retired Coast Guard military personnel to attend funeral services of the service member at a national cemetery;
(24) after informing the Secretary, make such recommendations to the Congress relating to the Coast Guard as the Commandant considers appropriate; and
(25) enter into cooperative agreements, contracts, and other agreements with Federal entities and other public or private entities, including academic entities, to develop a positioning, navigation, and timing system to provide redundant capability in the event Global Positioning System signals are disrupted, which may consist of an enhanced LORAN system.
(b)
(1) Notwithstanding subsection (a)(13), a lease described in paragraph (2) of this subsection may be for a term of up to 20 years.
(2)
A lease referred to in paragraph (1) is a lease—
(A) to the United States Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association for the construction of an Alumni Center on the grounds of the United States Coast Guard Academy; or
(B) to an entity with which the Commandant has a cooperative agreement under section 4(e) 1
1 See References in Text note below.
of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, and for which a term longer than 5 years is necessary to carry out the agreement.
(c)
Marine Safety Responsibilities.—
In exercising the Commandant’s duties and responsibilities with regard to marine safety, the individual with the highest rank who meets the experience qualifications set forth in section 305(a)(3) shall serve as the principal advisor to the Commandant regarding—
(1) the operation, regulation, inspection, identification, manning, and measurement of vessels, including plan approval and the application of load lines;
(2) approval of materials, equipment, appliances, and associated equipment;
(3) the reporting and investigation of marine casualties and accidents;
(4) the licensing, certification, documentation, protection and relief of merchant mariners;
(5) suspension and revocation of licenses and certificates;
(6) enforcement of manning requirements, citizenship requirements, control of log books;
(7) documentation and numbering of vessels;
(8) State boating safety programs;
(9) commercial instruments and maritime liens;
(10) the administration of bridge safety;
(11) administration of the navigation rules;
(12) the prevention of pollution from vessels;
(13) ports and waterways safety;
(14) waterways management; including regulation for regattas and marine parades;
(15) aids to navigation; and
(16) other duties and powers of the Secretary related to marine safety and stewardship.
(d)
Other Authority Not Affected.—
Nothing in subsection (c) affects—
(1) the authority of Coast Guard officers and members to enforce marine safety regulations using authority under section 522 of this title; or
(2) the exercise of authority under section 527 of this title and the provisions of law codified at sections 191 through 195 of title 50 on the date of enactment of this paragraph.
(e)
Operation and Maintenance of Coast Guard Assets and Facilities.—
All authority, including programmatic budget authority, for the operation and maintenance of Coast Guard vessels, aircraft, systems, aids to navigation, infrastructure, and other assets or facilities shall be allocated to and vested in the Coast Guard and the department in which the Coast Guard is operating.
(f)
Leasing of Tidelands and Submerged Lands.—
(1)
Authority.—
The Commandant may lease under subsection (a)(13) submerged lands and tidelands under the control of the Coast Guard without regard to the limitation under that subsection with respect to lease duration.
(2)
Limitation.—
The Commandant may lease submerged lands and tidelands under paragraph (1) only if—
(A) the lease is for cash exclusively;
(B) the lease amount is equal to the fair market value of the use of the leased submerged lands or tidelands for the period during which such lands are leased, as determined by the Commandant;
(C) the lease does not provide authority to or commit the Coast Guard to use or support any improvements to such submerged lands and tidelands, or obtain goods and services from the lessee; and
(D) proceeds from the lease are deposited in the Coast Guard Housing Fund established under section 2946.
(Aug. 4, 1949, ch. 393, 63 Stat. 504, § 93; Aug. 3, 1950, ch. 536, § 2, 64 Stat. 406; Oct. 31, 1951, ch. 654, §§ 1(33), 2(10), 4(1), 65 Stat. 702, 707, 709; Pub. L. 94–546, § 1(9), Oct. 18, 1976, 90 Stat. 2519; Pub. L. 97–136, § 6(d), Dec. 29, 1981, 95 Stat. 1706; Pub. L. 97–276, § 143, Oct. 2, 1982, 96 Stat. 1199; Pub. L. 97–295, § 2(4), Oct. 12, 1982, 96 Stat. 1301; Pub. L. 97–322, title I, § 115(c), Oct. 15, 1982, 96 Stat. 1586; Pub. L. 102–241, § 7, Dec. 19, 1991, 105 Stat. 2212; Pub. L. 103–206, title II, § 202, title III, § 316, Dec. 20, 1993, 107 Stat. 2420, 2426; Pub. L. 104–324, title II, § 207(a), Oct. 19, 1996, 110 Stat. 3908; Pub. L. 105–383, title II, §§ 202, 203, Nov. 13, 1998, 112 Stat. 3414, 3415; Pub. L. 107–217, § 3(c)(2), Aug. 21, 2002, 116 Stat. 1298; Pub. L. 108–293, title II, §§ 201, 217, Aug. 9, 2004, 118 Stat. 1031, 1038; Pub. L. 109–241, title IX, § 901(a), (c), July 11, 2006, 120 Stat. 564; Pub. L. 111–259, title IV, § 442(1), Oct. 7, 2010, 124 Stat. 2733; Pub. L. 111–281, title V, § 523, Oct. 15, 2010, 124 Stat. 2958; Pub. L. 111–350, § 5(c)(2), Jan. 4, 2011, 124 Stat. 3847; Pub. L. 112–213, title II, § 202, Dec. 20, 2012, 126 Stat. 1543; Pub. L. 113–281, title II, §§ 206(a), 207, 208(a), 209, 214(c), 222(1), Dec. 18, 2014, 128 Stat. 3025, 3026, 3034, 3038; Pub. L. 114–120, title II, § 209(4), title VI, § 610(b), Feb. 8, 2016, 130 Stat. 40, 85; Pub. L. 115–232, div. C, title XXXV, § 3533(b), Aug. 13, 2018, 132 Stat. 2321; renumbered § 504 and amended Pub. L. 115–282, title I, §§ 105(b), 123(b)(2), Dec. 4, 2018, 132 Stat. 4200, 4240;
§ 505.
Functions and powers vested in the Commandant

All powers and functions conferred upon the Coast Guard, or the Commandant, by or pursuant to this title or any other law shall, unless otherwise specifically stated, be executed by the Commandant subject to the general supervision of the Secretary. In order to execute the powers and functions vested in him, the Commandant may assign personnel of the Coast Guard to duty in the District of Columbia, elsewhere in the United States, in any territory of the United States, and in any foreign country, but such personnel shall not be assigned to duties in any foreign country without the consent of the government of that country; assign to such personnel such duties and authority as he deems necessary; and issue rules, orders, and instructions, not inconsistent with law, relating to the organization, internal administration, and personnel of the Coast Guard.

(Aug. 4, 1949, ch. 393, 63 Stat. 545, § 632; renumbered § 505, Pub. L. 115–282, title I, § 105(b), Dec. 4, 2018, 132 Stat. 4200.)
§ 506.
Prospective payment of funds necessary to provide medical care
(a)
Prospective Payment Required.—
In lieu of the reimbursement required under section 1085 of title 10, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall make a prospective payment to the Secretary of Defense of an amount that represents the actuarial valuation of treatment or care—
(1) that the Department of Defense shall provide to members of the Coast Guard, former members of the Coast Guard, and dependents of such members and former members (other than former members and dependents of former members who are a Medicare-eligible beneficiary or for whom the payment for treatment or care is made from the Medicare-Eligible Retiree Health Care Fund as established under chapter 56 of title 10) at facilities under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense or a military department; and
(2) for which a reimbursement would otherwise be made under section 1085.
(b)
Amount.—
The amount of the prospective payment under subsection (a) shall be—
(1) in the case of treatment or care to be provided to members of the Coast Guard and their dependents, derived from amounts appropriated for the operations and support of the Coast Guard;
(2) in the case of treatment or care to be provided former members of the Coast Guard and their dependents, derived from amounts appropriated for retired pay;
(3) determined under procedures established by the Secretary of Defense;
(4) paid during the fiscal year in which treatment or care is provided; and
(5) subject to adjustment or reconciliation as the Secretaries determine appropriate during or promptly after such fiscal year in cases in which the prospective payment is determined excessive or insufficient based on the services actually provided.
(c)
No Prospective Payment When Service in Navy.—
No prospective payment shall be made under this section for any period during which the Coast Guard operates as a service in the Navy.
(d)
Relationship to TRICARE.—
This section shall not be construed to require a payment for, or the prospective payment of an amount that represents the value of, treatment or care provided under any TRICARE program.
(Added Pub. L. 114–328, div. A, title VII, § 722(a), Dec. 23, 2016, 130 Stat. 2228, § 520; renumbered § 506, Pub. L. 115–282, title I, § 105(b), Dec. 4, 2018, 132 Stat. 4200; amended Pub. L. 116–283, div. G, title LVXXXV [LXXXV], § 8513(a)(1), Jan. 1, 2021, 134 Stat. 4760.)
§ 507.
Appointment of judges

The Secretary may appoint civilian employees of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating as appellate military judges, available for assignment to the Coast Guard Court of Criminal Appeals as provided for in section 866(a) of title 10.

(Added Pub. L. 111–281, title II, § 201(a), Oct. 15, 2010, 124 Stat. 2909, § 153; renumbered § 507, Pub. L. 115–282, title I, § 105(b), Dec. 4, 2018, 132 Stat. 4200.)
§ 508.
Coast Guard health-care professionals; licensure portability
(a)
In General.—
Notwithstanding any other provision of law regarding the licensure of health-care providers, a health-care professional described in subsection (b) may practice the health profession or professions of the health-care professional at any location in any State, the District of Columbia, or a Commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States, regardless of where such health-care professional or the patient is located, if the practice is within the scope of the authorized Federal duties of such health-care professional.
(b)
Described Individuals.—
A health-care professional described in this subsection is an individual—
(1)
who is—
(A) a member of the Coast Guard;
(B) a civilian employee of the Coast Guard;
(C) a member of the Public Health Service who is assigned to the Coast Guard; or
(D) any other health-care professional credentialed and privileged at a Federal health-care institution or location specially designated by the Secretary; and
(2)
who—
(A) has a current license to practice medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, or another health profession; and
(B) is performing authorized duties for the Coast Guard.
(c)
Definitions.—
In this section, the terms “license” and “health-care professional” have the meanings given those terms in section 1094(e) of title 10.
(Added Pub. L. 115–282, title III, § 305(a), Dec. 4, 2018, 132 Stat. 4245.)