Summary: S.927 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (02/11/1998)

National Sea Grant College Program Reauthorization Act of 1998 - Amends the National Sea Grant College Program Act to add or modify various definitions.

(Sec. 5) Replaces provisions establishing and administering the National Sea Grant College Program with provisions maintaining such a program and setting forth its elements and the Program duties of the Secretary of Commerce.

(Sec. 6) Repeals provisions authorizing grants and contracts regarding specified international activities, including research, education, and technology transfer.

(Sec. 7) Replaces provisions providing for the designation of sea grant colleges and regional consortia with provisions setting forth the criteria for designation as a sea grant college or institute and designee duties.

(Sec. 8) Modifies requirements regarding the sea grant review panel.

(Sec. 9) Authorizes appropriations for carrying out the Act and for competitive grants for university research on: (1) the zebra mussel; (2) oyster diseases and oyster-related human health risks; and (3) Pfiesteria piscicida and other harmful algal blooms. Mandates notice to specified congressional committees before certain reprogramming of funds and major reorganizations.

(Sec. 10) Allows, with respect to any marine resource conservation law or regulation administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), all adjudicatory functions that are required by Federal law relating to administrative procedures to be performed by an Administrative Law Judge to be performed by the Coast Guard on a reimbursable basis. Allows the Coast Guard, if it needs the detail of an Administrative Law Judge for such purposes, to request temporary or occasional assistance form the Office of Personnel Management.