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    HOWARD COBLE COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION ACT OF 2014

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Public Law 113-281
113th Congress

                                 An Act


 
 To authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal year 2015, 
      and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Dec. 18, 2014 -  [S. 2444]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Howard Coble 
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014.>> 
SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 14 USC 1 note.>> SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Act of 2014''.
SEC. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    The table of contents for this Act is the following:

Sec. 1. Short title.
Sec. 2. Table of contents.

                         TITLE I--AUTHORIZATION

Sec. 101. Authorization of appropriations.
Sec. 102. Authorized levels of military strength and training.

                          TITLE II--COAST GUARD

Sec. 201. Commissioned officers.
Sec. 202. Commandant; appointment.
Sec. 203. Prevention and response workforces.
Sec. 204. Centers of expertise.
Sec. 205. Penalties.
Sec. 206. Agreements.
Sec. 207. Tuition assistance program coverage of textbooks and other 
           educational materials.
Sec. 208. Coast Guard housing.
Sec. 209. Lease authority.
Sec. 210. Notification of certain determinations.
Sec. 211. Annual Board of Visitors.
Sec. 212. Flag officers.
Sec. 213. Repeal of limitation on medals of honor.
Sec. 214. Coast Guard family support and child care.
Sec. 215. Mission need statement.
Sec. 216. Transmission of annual Coast Guard authorization request.
Sec. 217. Inventory of real property.
Sec. 218. Retired service members and dependents serving on advisory 
           committees.
Sec. 219. Active duty for emergency augmentation of regular forces.
Sec. 220. Acquisition workforce expedited hiring authority.
Sec. 221. Coast Guard administrative savings.
Sec. 222. Technical corrections to title 14.
Sec. 223. Multiyear procurement authority for Offshore Patrol Cutters.
Sec. 224. Maintaining Medium Endurance Cutter mission capability.
Sec. 225. Aviation capability.
Sec. 226. Gaps in writings on Coast Guard history.
Sec. 227. Officer evaluation reports.
Sec. 228. Improved safety information for vessels.
Sec. 229. E-LORAN.
Sec. 230. Analysis of resource deficiencies with respect to maritime 
           border security.
Sec. 231. Modernization of National Distress and Response System.

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Sec. 232. Report reconciling maintenance and operational priorities on 
           the Missouri River.
Sec. 233. Maritime Search and Rescue Assistance Policy assessment.

                   TITLE III--SHIPPING AND NAVIGATION

Sec. 301. Repeal.
Sec. 302. Donation of historical property.
Sec. 303. Small shipyards.
Sec. 304. Drug testing reporting.
Sec. 305. Opportunities for sea service veterans.
Sec. 306. Clarification of high-risk waters.
Sec. 307. Technical corrections.
Sec. 308. Report.
Sec. 309. Fishing safety grant programs.
Sec. 310. Establishment of Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee.
Sec. 311. Travel and subsistence.
Sec. 312. Prompt intergovernmental notice of marine casualties.
Sec. 313. Area Contingency Plans.
Sec. 314. International ice patrol reform.
Sec. 315. Offshore supply vessel third-party inspection.
Sec. 316. Watches.
Sec. 317. Coast Guard response plan requirements.
Sec. 318. Regional Citizens' Advisory Council.
Sec. 319. Uninspected passenger vessels in the United States Virgin 
           Islands.
Sec. 320. Treatment of abandoned seafarers.
Sec. 321. Website.
Sec. 322. Coast Guard regulations.

                  TITLE IV--FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION

Sec. 401. Authorization of appropriations.
Sec. 402. Award of reparations.
Sec. 403. Terms of Commissioners.

                 TITLE V--ARCTIC MARITIME TRANSPORTATION

Sec. 501. Arctic maritime transportation.
Sec. 502. Arctic maritime domain awareness.
Sec. 503. IMO Polar Code negotiations.
Sec. 504. Forward operating facilities.
Sec. 505. Icebreakers.
Sec. 506. Icebreaking in polar regions.

                         TITLE VI--MISCELLANEOUS

Sec. 601. Distant water tuna fleet.
Sec. 602. Extension of moratorium.
Sec. 603. National maritime strategy.
Sec. 604. Waivers.
Sec. 605. Competition by United States flag vessels.
Sec. 606. Vessel requirements for notices of arrival and departure and 
           automatic identification system.
Sec. 607. Conveyance of Coast Guard property in Rochester, New York.
Sec. 608. Conveyance of certain property in Gig Harbor, Washington.
Sec. 609. Vessel determination.
Sec. 610. Safe vessel operation in Thunder Bay.
Sec. 611. Parking facilities.

                         TITLE I--AUTHORIZATION

SEC. 101. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    Funds are authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2015 for 
necessary expenses of the Coast Guard as follows:
            (1) For the operation and maintenance of the Coast Guard, 
        $6,981,036,000.
            (2) For the acquisition, construction, rebuilding, and 
        improvement of aids to navigation, shore and offshore 
        facilities, vessels, and aircraft, including equipment related 
        thereto, $1,546,448,000, to remain available until expended.

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            (3) For the Coast Guard Reserve program, including personnel 
        and training costs, equipment, and services, $140,016,000.
            (4) For environmental compliance and restoration of Coast 
        Guard vessels, aircraft, and facilities (other than parts and 
        equipment associated with operation and maintenance), 
        $16,701,000, to remain available until expended.
            (5) To the Commandant of the Coast Guard for research, 
        development, test, and evaluation of technologies, materials, 
        and human factors directly related to improving the performance 
        of the Coast Guard's mission with respect to search and rescue, 
        aids to navigation, marine safety, marine environmental 
        protection, enforcement of laws and treaties, ice operations, 
        oceanographic research, and defense readiness, $19,890,000.
            (6) For alteration or removal of bridges over navigable 
        waters of the United States constituting obstructions to 
        navigation, and for personnel and administrative costs 
        associated with the Alteration of Bridges Program, $16,000,000.
SEC. 102. AUTHORIZED LEVELS OF MILITARY STRENGTH AND TRAINING.

    (a) Active Duty Strength.--The Coast Guard is authorized an end-of-
year strength for active duty personnel of 43,000 for fiscal year 2015.
    (b) Military Training Student Loads.--The Coast Guard is authorized 
average military training student loads for fiscal year 2015 as follows:
            (1) For recruit and special training, 2,500 student years.
            (2) For flight training, 165 student years.
            (3) For professional training in military and civilian 
        institutions, 350 student years.
            (4) For officer acquisition, 1,200 student years.

                          TITLE II--COAST GUARD

SEC. 201. COMMISSIONED OFFICERS.

    Section 42(a) of title 14, <<NOTE: 14 USC 42.>> United States Code, 
is amended by striking ``7,200'' and inserting ``6,900''.
SEC. 202. COMMANDANT; APPOINTMENT.

    Section 44 of title 14, United States Code, is amended by inserting 
after the first sentence the following: <<NOTE: Time period.>> ``The 
term of an appointment, and any reappointment, shall begin on June 1 of 
the appropriate year and end on May 31 of the appropriate year, except 
that, in the event of death, retirement, resignation, or reassignment, 
or when the needs of the Service demand, the Secretary may alter the 
date on which a term begins or ends if the alteration does not result in 
the term exceeding a period of 4 years.''.
SEC. 203. PREVENTION AND RESPONSE WORKFORCES.

    Section 57 of title 14, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in subsection (b)--
                    (A) in paragraph (2) by striking ``or'' at the end;
                    (B) in paragraph (3) by striking the period at the 
                end and inserting a semicolon; and
                    (C) by adding at the end the following:

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            ``(4) waterways operations manager shall have knowledge, 
        skill, and practical experience with respect to marine 
        transportation system management; or
            ``(5) port and facility safety and security specialist shall 
        have knowledge, skill, and practical experience with respect to 
        the safety, security, and environmental protection 
        responsibilities associated with maritime ports and 
        facilities.'';
            (2) in subsection (c) by striking ``or marine safety 
        engineer'' and inserting ``marine safety engineer, waterways 
        operations manager, or port and facility safety and security 
        specialist''; and
            (3) in subsection (f)(2) by striking ``investigator or 
        marine safety engineer.'' and inserting ``investigator, marine 
        safety engineer, waterways operations manager, or port and 
        facility safety and security specialist.''.
SEC. 204. CENTERS OF EXPERTISE.

    Section 58(b) of title 14, <<NOTE: 14 USC 58.>> United States Code, 
is amended to read as follows:

    ``(b) Missions.--Any center established under subsection (a) shall--
            ``(1) promote, facilitate, and conduct--
                    ``(A) education;
                    ``(B) training; and
                    ``(C) activities authorized under section 93(a)(4);
            ``(2) be a repository of information on operations, 
        practices, and resources related to the mission for which the 
        center was established; and
            ``(3) perform and support the mission for which the center 
        was established.''.
SEC. 205. PENALTIES.

    (a) Aids to Navigation and False Distress Messages.--Chapter 5 of 
title 14, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in section 83 by striking ``$100'' and inserting 
        ``$1,500'';
            (2) in section 84 by striking ``$500'' and inserting 
        ``$1,500'';
            (3) in section 85 by striking ``$100'' and inserting 
        ``$1,500''; and
            (4) in section 88(c)(2) by striking ``$5,000'' and inserting 
        ``$10,000''.

    (b) Unauthorized Use of Words ``Coast Guard''.--Section 639 of title 
14, United States Code, is amended by striking ``$1,000'' and inserting 
``$10,000''.
SEC. 206. AGREEMENTS.

    (a) In General.--Section 93(a)(4) of title 14, United States Code, 
is amended--
            (1) by striking ``, investigate'' and inserting ``and 
        investigate''; and
            (2) by striking ``, and cooperate and coordinate such 
        activities with other Government agencies and with private 
        agencies''.

    (b) Authority.--Chapter 5 of title 14, United States Code, as 
amended by this Act, is further amended by adding at the end the 
following:

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``Sec. 102. <<NOTE: 14 USC 102.>>  Agreements

    ``(a) In General.--In carrying out section 93(a)(4), the Commandant 
may--
            ``(1) enter into cooperative agreements, contracts, and 
        other agreements with--
                    ``(A) Federal entities;
                    ``(B) other public or private entities in the United 
                States, including academic entities; and
                    ``(C) foreign governments with the concurrence of 
                the Secretary of State; and
            ``(2) impose on and collect from an entity subject to an 
        agreement or contract under paragraph (1) a fee to assist with 
        expenses incurred in carrying out such section.

    ``(b) Deposit and Use of Fees.--Fees collected under this section 
shall be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury as offsetting 
receipts. The fees may be used, to the extent provided in advance in an 
appropriation law, only to carry out activities under section 
93(a)(4).''.
    (c) Clerical Amendment.--The analysis for such <<NOTE: 14 USC prec. 
81.>> chapter is amended by adding at the end the following:

``102. Agreements.''.

SEC. 207. TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM COVERAGE OF TEXTBOOKS AND 
                        OTHER EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS.

    Section 93(a)(7) of title 14, <<NOTE: 14 USC 93.>> United States 
Code, is amended by inserting ``and the textbooks, manuals, and other 
materials required as part of such training or course of instruction'' 
after ``correspondence courses''.
SEC. 208. COAST GUARD HOUSING.

    (a) Commandant; General Powers.--Section 93(a)(13) of title 14, 
United States Code, is amended by striking ``the Treasury'' and 
inserting ``the fund established under section 687''.
    (b) Lighthouse Property.--Section 672a(b) of title 14, United States 
Code, is amended by striking ``the Treasury'' and inserting ``the fund 
established under section 687''.
    (c) Conforming Amendment.--Section 687(b) of title 14, United States 
Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
            ``(4) Monies received under section 93(a)(13).
            ``(5) Amounts received under section 672a(b).''.
SEC. 209. LEASE AUTHORITY.

    Section 93 of title 14, United States Code, is amended by adding at 
the end the following:
    ``(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) lease payments are--
                          ``(i) received exclusively in the form of 
                      cash;
                          ``(ii) 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; and

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                          ``(iii) deposited in the fund established 
                      under section 687; and
                    ``(B) the lease does not provide authority to or 
                commit the Coast Guard to use or support any 
                improvements to such submerged lands or tidelands, or 
                obtain goods or services from the lessee.''.
SEC. 210. NOTIFICATION OF CERTAIN DETERMINATIONS.

    (a) In General.--Chapter 5 of title 14, United States Code, as 
amended by this Act, is further amended by adding at the end the 
following:
``Sec. 103. <<NOTE: 14 USC 103.>> Notification of certain 
                determinations

    ``(a) <<NOTE: Deadline. Public information.>> In General.--At least 
90 days prior to making a final determination that a waterway, or a 
portion thereof, is navigable for purposes of the jurisdiction of the 
Coast Guard, the Commandant shall provide notification regarding the 
proposed determination to--
            ``(1) the Governor of each State in which such waterway, or 
        portion thereof, is located;
            ``(2) the public; and
            ``(3) the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation 
        of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and 
        Infrastructure of the House of Representatives.

    ``(b) Content Requirement.--Each notification provided under 
subsection (a) to an entity specified in paragraph (3) of that 
subsection shall include--
            ``(1) an analysis of whether vessels operating on the 
        waterway, or portion thereof, subject to the proposed 
        determination are subject to inspection or similar regulation by 
        State or local officials;
            ``(2) an analysis of whether operators of commercial vessels 
        on such waterway, or portion thereof, are subject to licensing 
        or similar regulation by State or local officials; and
            ``(3) an estimate of the annual costs that the Coast Guard 
        may incur in conducting operations on such waterway, or portion 
        thereof.''.

    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The analysis for such chapter, as amended 
by this Act, is further amended by adding at the end the following:

``103. Notification of certain determinations.''.

SEC. 211. ANNUAL BOARD OF VISITORS.

    Section 194 of title 14, United States Code, is amended to read as 
follows:
``Sec. 194. <<NOTE: 14 USC 194.>> Annual Board of Visitors

    ``(a) In General.--A Board of Visitors to the Coast Guard Academy is 
established to review and make recommendations on the operation of the 
Academy.
    ``(b) Membership.--
            ``(1) In general.--The membership of the Board shall consist 
        of the following:
                    ``(A) The chairman of the Committee on Commerce, 
                Science, and Transportation of the Senate, or the 
                chairman's designee.

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                    ``(B) The chairman of the Committee on 
                Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of 
                Representatives, or the chairman's designee.
                    ``(C) 3 Members of the Senate designated by the Vice 
                President.
                    ``(D) 4 Members of the House of Representatives 
                designated by the Speaker of the House of 
                Representatives.
                    ``(E) 6 individuals designated by the President.
            ``(2) Length of service.--
                    ``(A) Members of congress.--A Member of Congress 
                designated under subparagraph (C) or (D) of paragraph 
                (1) as a member of the Board shall be designated as a 
                member in the First Session of a Congress and serve for 
                the duration of that Congress.
                    ``(B) Individuals designated by the president.--Each 
                individual designated by the President under 
                subparagraph (E) of paragraph (1) shall serve as a 
                member of the Board for 3 years, except that any such 
                member whose term of office has expired shall continue 
                to serve until a successor is appointed.
            ``(3) Death or resignation of a member.--If a member of the 
        Board dies or resigns, a successor shall be designated for any 
        unexpired portion of the term of the member by the official who 
        designated the member.

    ``(c) Academy Visits.--
            ``(1) Annual visit.--The Board shall visit the Academy 
        annually to review the operation of the Academy.
            ``(2) Additional visits.--With the approval of the 
        Secretary, the Board or individual members of the Board may make 
        other visits to the Academy in connection with the duties of the 
        Board or to consult with the Superintendent of the Academy.

    ``(d) Scope of Review.--The Board shall review, with respect to the 
Academy--
            ``(1) the state of morale and discipline;
            ``(2) the curriculum;
            ``(3) instruction;
            ``(4) physical equipment;
            ``(5) fiscal affairs; and
            ``(6) other matters relating to the Academy that the Board 
        determines appropriate.

    ``(e) <<NOTE: Recommenda- tions.>> Report.--Not later than 60 days 
after the date of an annual visit of the Board under subsection (c)(1), 
the Board shall submit to the Secretary, the Committee on Commerce, 
Science, and Transportation of the Senate, and the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives a 
report on the actions of the Board during such visit and the 
recommendations of the Board pertaining to the Academy.

    ``(f) Advisors.--If approved by the Secretary, the Board may consult 
with advisors in carrying out this section.
    ``(g) Reimbursement.--Each member of the Board and each adviser 
consulted by the Board under subsection (f) shall be reimbursed, to the 
extent permitted by law, by the Coast Guard for actual expenses incurred 
while engaged in duties as a member or adviser.''.

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SEC. 212. FLAG OFFICERS.

    (a) In General.--Title 14, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after section 295 the following:
``Sec. 296. <<NOTE: 14 USC 296.>> Flag officers

    ``During any period in which the Coast Guard is not operating as a 
service in the Navy, section 1216(d) of title 10 does not apply with 
respect to flag officers of the Coast Guard.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The analysis for chapter 11 of title 14, 
United States Code, <<NOTE: 14 USC prec. 211.>> is amended by inserting 
after the item relating to section 295 the following:

``296. Flag officers.''.

SEC. 213. REPEAL OF LIMITATION ON MEDALS OF HONOR.

    Section 494 of title 14, United States Code, is amended by striking 
``medal of honor,'' each place it appears.
SEC. 214. COAST GUARD FAMILY SUPPORT AND CHILD CARE.

    (a) In General.--Title 14, United States Code, as amended by this 
Act, is further amended by inserting after chapter 13 the following:

 ``CHAPTER 14 <<NOTE: 14 USC prec. 531.>> --COAST GUARD FAMILY SUPPORT 
AND CHILD CARE

                    ``subchapter i--general provisions

``Sec.
``531. Work-life policies and programs.
``532. Surveys of Coast Guard families.

               ``subchapter ii--coast guard family support

``542. Education and training opportunities for Coast Guard spouses.
``543. Youth sponsorship initiatives.

                 ``subchapter iii--coast guard child care

``551. Definitions.
``553. Child development center standards and inspections.
``554. Child development center employees.
``555. Parent partnerships with child development centers.

                   ``SUBCHAPTER I--GENERAL PROVISIONS

``Sec. 531. <<NOTE: 14 USC 531.>> Work-life policies and programs

    ``The Commandant is authorized--
            ``(1) to establish an office for the purpose of developing, 
        promulgating, and coordinating policies, programs, and 
        activities related to the families of Coast Guard members;
            ``(2) to implement and oversee policies, programs, and 
        activities described in paragraph (1) as the Commandant 
        considers necessary; and
            ``(3) to perform such other duties as the Commandant 
        considers necessary.
``Sec. 532. <<NOTE: 14 USC 532.>> Surveys of Coast Guard families

    ``(a) Authority.--The Commandant, in order to determine the 
effectiveness of Federal policies, programs, and activities related to 
the families of Coast Guard members, may survey--
            ``(1) any Coast Guard member;

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            ``(2) any retired Coast Guard member;
            ``(3) the immediate family of any Coast Guard member or 
        retired Coast Guard member; and
            ``(4) any survivor of a deceased Coast Guard member.

    ``(b) Voluntary Participation.--Participation in any survey 
conducted under subsection (a) shall be voluntary.
    ``(c) Federal Recordkeeping.--Each person surveyed under subsection 
(a) shall be considered an employee of the United States for purposes of 
section 3502(3)(A)(i) of title 44.

``SUBCHAPTER II <<NOTE: 14 USC prec. 542.>> --COAST GUARD FAMILY SUPPORT
``Sec. 542. <<NOTE: 14 USC 542.>> Education and training 
                opportunities for Coast Guard spouses

    ``(a) Tuition Assistance.--The Commandant may provide, subject to 
the availability of appropriations, tuition assistance to an eligible 
spouse to facilitate the acquisition of--
            ``(1) education and training required for a degree or 
        credential at an accredited college, university, or technical 
        school in the United States that expands employment and portable 
        career opportunities for the spouse; or
            ``(2) education prerequisites and a professional license or 
        credential required, by a government or government-sanctioned 
        licensing body, for an occupation that expands employment and 
        portable career opportunities for the spouse.

    ``(b) Definitions.--In this section, the following definitions 
apply:
            ``(1) Eligible spouse.--
                    ``(A) In general.--The term `eligible spouse' means 
                the spouse of a member of the Coast Guard who is serving 
                on active duty and includes a spouse who receives 
                transitional compensation under section 1059 of title 
                10.
                    ``(B) Exclusion.--The term `eligible spouse' does 
                not include a person who--
                          ``(i) is married to, but legally separated 
                      from, a member of the Coast Guard under a court 
                      order or statute of any State or territorial 
                      possession of the United States; or
                          ``(ii) is eligible for tuition assistance as a 
                      member of the Armed Forces.
            ``(2) Portable career.--The term `portable career' includes 
        an occupation that requires education, training, or both that 
        results in a credential that is recognized by an industry, 
        profession, or specific type of business.
``Sec. 543. <<NOTE: 14 USC 543.>> Youth sponsorship initiatives

    ``(a) In General.--The Commandant is authorized to establish, within 
any Coast Guard unit, an initiative to help integrate into new 
surroundings the dependent children of members of the Coast Guard who 
received permanent change of station orders.
    ``(b) Description of Initiative.--An initiative established under 
subsection (a) shall--
            ``(1) provide for the involvement of a dependent child of a 
        member of the Coast Guard in the dependent child's new Coast 
        Guard community; and
            ``(2) primarily focus on preteen and teenaged children.

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    ``(c) Authority.--In carrying out an initiative under subsection 
(a), the Commandant may--
            ``(1) provide to a dependent child of a member of the Coast 
        Guard information on youth programs and activities available in 
        the dependent child's new Coast Guard community; and
            ``(2) enter into agreements with nonprofit entities to 
        provide youth programs and activities to such child.

``SUBCHAPTER III <<NOTE: 14 USC prec. 551.>> --COAST GUARD CHILD CARE
``Sec. 551. <<NOTE: 14 USC 551.>> Definitions

    ``In this subchapter, the following definitions apply:
            ``(1) Child abuse and neglect.--The term `child abuse and 
        neglect' has the meaning given that term in section 3 of the 
        Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (42 U.S.C. 5101 note).
            ``(2) Child development center employee.--The term `child 
        development center employee' means a civilian employee of the 
        Coast Guard who is employed to work in a Coast Guard child 
        development center without regard to whether the employee is 
        paid from appropriated or nonappropriated funds.
            ``(3) Coast guard child development center.--The term `Coast 
        Guard child development center' means a facility on Coast Guard 
        property or on property under the jurisdiction of the commander 
        of a Coast Guard unit at which child care services are provided 
        for members of the Coast Guard.
            ``(4) Competitive service position.--The term `competitive 
        service position' means a position in the competitive service 
        (as defined in section 2102 of title 5).
            ``(5) Family home daycare.--The term `family home daycare' 
        means home-based child care services provided for a member of 
        the Coast Guard by an individual who--
                    ``(A) is certified by the Commandant as qualified to 
                provide home-based child care services; and
                    ``(B) provides home-based child care services on a 
                regular basis in exchange for monetary compensation.
``Sec. 553. <<NOTE: 14 USC 553.>> Child development center 
                standards and inspections

    ``(a) Standards.--The Commandant shall require each Coast Guard 
child development center to meet standards that the Commandant considers 
appropriate to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the children 
and employees at the center.
    ``(b) Inspections.--The Commandant shall provide for regular and 
unannounced inspections of each Coast Guard child development center to 
ensure compliance with this section.
    ``(c) National Reporting.--
            ``(1) In general.--The Commandant shall maintain and 
        publicize a means by which an individual can report, with 
        respect to a Coast Guard child development center or a family 
        home daycare--
                    ``(A) any suspected violation of--
                          ``(i) standards established under subsection 
                      (a); or
                          ``(ii) any other applicable law or standard;
                    ``(B) suspected child abuse or neglect; or
                    ``(C) any other deficiency.

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            ``(2) Anonymous reporting.--The Commandant shall ensure that 
        an individual making a report pursuant to paragraph (1) may do 
        so anonymously if so desired by the individual.
            ``(3) Procedures.--The Commandant shall establish procedures 
        for investigating reports made pursuant to paragraph (1).
``Sec. 554. <<NOTE: 14 USC 554.>> Child development center 
                employees

    ``(a) Training.--
            ``(1) In general.--The Commandant shall establish a training 
        program for Coast Guard child development center employees and 
        satisfactory completion of the training program shall be a 
        condition of employment for each employee of a Coast Guard child 
        development center.
            ``(2) Timing for new hires.--The Commandant shall require 
        each employee of a Coast Guard child development center to 
        complete the training program established under paragraph (1) 
        not later than 6 months after the date on which the employee is 
        hired.
            ``(3) Minimum requirements.--The training program 
        established under paragraph (1) shall include, at a minimum, 
        instruction with respect to--
                    ``(A) early childhood development;
                    ``(B) activities and disciplinary techniques 
                appropriate to children of different ages;
                    ``(C) child abuse and neglect prevention and 
                detection; and
                    ``(D) cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other 
                emergency medical procedures.
            ``(4) Use of department of defense programs.--The Commandant 
        may use Department of Defense training programs, on a 
        reimbursable or nonreimbursable basis, for purposes of this 
        subsection.

    ``(b) Training and Curriculum Specialists.--
            ``(1) Specialist required.--The Commandant shall require 
        that at least 1 employee at each Coast Guard child development 
        center be a specialist in training and curriculum development 
        with appropriate credentials and experience.
            ``(2) Duties.--The duties of the specialist described in 
        paragraph (1) shall include--
                    ``(A) special teaching activities;
                    ``(B) daily oversight and instruction of other child 
                care employees;
                    ``(C) daily assistance in the preparation of lesson 
                plans;
                    ``(D) assisting with child abuse and neglect 
                prevention and detection; and
                    ``(E) advising the director of the center on the 
                performance of the other child care employees.
            ``(3) Competitive service.--Each specialist described in 
        paragraph (1) shall be an employee in a competitive service 
        position.
``Sec. 555. <<NOTE: 14 USC 555.>> Parent partnerships with child 
                development centers

    ``(a) Parent Boards.--
            ``(1) Formation.--The Commandant shall require that there be 
        formed at each Coast Guard child development center

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         a board of parents, to be composed of parents of children 
        attending the center.
            ``(2) Functions.--Each board of parents formed under 
        paragraph (1) shall--
                    ``(A) meet periodically with the staff of the center 
                at which the board is formed and the commander of the 
                unit served by the center, for the purpose of discussing 
                problems and concerns; and
                    ``(B) be responsible, together with the staff of the 
                center, for coordinating any parent participation 
                initiative established under subsection (b).
            ``(3) FACA.--The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. 
        App.) does not apply to a board of parents formed under 
        paragraph (1).

    ``(b) Parent Participation Initiative.--The Commandant is authorized 
to establish a parent participation initiative at each Coast Guard child 
development center to encourage and facilitate parent participation in 
educational and related activities at the center.''.
    (b) Transfer of Provisions.--
            (1) In general.--
                    (A) Reimbursement for adoption expenses.--Section 
                514 of title 14, United States Code, <<NOTE: 14 USC 
                541.>> is redesignated as section 541 and transferred to 
                appear before section 542 of such title, as added by 
                subsection (a) of this section.
                    (B) Child development services.--Section 515 of 
                title 14, United States Code-- <<NOTE: 14 USC 552.>> 
                          (i) is redesignated as section 552 and 
                      transferred to appear after section 551 of such 
                      title, as added by subsection (a) of this section; 
                      and
                          (ii) is amended--
                                    (I) in subsection (b)(2)(B) by 
                                inserting ``and whether a family is 
                                participating in an initiative 
                                established under section 555(b)'' after 
                                ``family income'';
                                    (II) by striking subsections (c) and 
                                (e); and
                                    (III) by redesignating subsection 
                                (d) as subsection (c).
                    (C) Dependent school children.--Section 657 of title 
                14, United States Code-- <<NOTE: 14 USC 657.>> 
                          (i) is redesignated as section 544 and 
                      transferred to appear after section 543 of such 
                      title, as added by subsection (a) of this section; 
                      and
                          (ii) is amended in subsection (a) by striking 
                      ``Except as otherwise'' and all that follows 
                      through ``the Secretary may'' and inserting ``The 
                      Secretary may''.
            (2) Conforming amendments.--
                    (A) Part i.--The analysis for part I of title 14, 
                United States Code, <<NOTE: 14 USC prec. 1.>> is amended 
                by inserting after the item relating to chapter 13 the 
                following:

``14. Coast Guard Family Support and Child Care...................531''.

                    (B) Chapter 13.--The analysis for chapter 13 of 
                title 14, United States Code, <<NOTE: 14 USC prec. 
                461.>> is amended--
                          (i) by striking the item relating to section 
                      514; and

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                          (ii) by striking the item relating to section 
                      515.
                    (C) Chapter 14.--The analysis for chapter 14 of 
                title 14, United States Code, as added by subsection (a) 
                of this section, <<NOTE: 14 USC prec. 531.>> is amended 
                by inserting--
                          (i) before the item relating to section 542 
                      the following:

``541. Reimbursement for adoption expenses.'';

                          (ii) after the item relating to section 551 
                      the following:

``552. Child development services.''; and

                          (iii) after the item relating to section 543 
                      the following:

``544. Dependent school children.''.

                    (D) Chapter 17.--The analysis for chapter 17 of 
                title 14, United States Code, <<NOTE: 14 USC prec. 
                631.>> is amended by striking the item relating to 
                section 657.

    (c) Commandant; General Powers.--Section 93(a)(7) of title 14, 
United States Code, as amended by this Act, is further amended by 
inserting ``, and to eligible spouses as defined under section 542,'' 
after ``Coast Guard''.
    (d) Sense of Congress.--
            (1) In general.--It is the sense of Congress that the amount 
        of funds appropriated for a fiscal year for operating expenses 
        related to Coast Guard child development services should not be 
        less than the amount of the child development center fee 
        receipts estimated to be collected by the Coast Guard during 
        that fiscal year.
            (2) Child development center fee receipts defined.--In this 
        subsection, the term ``child development center fee receipts'' 
        means fees paid by members of the Coast Guard for child care 
        services provided at Coast Guard child development centers.
SEC. 215. MISSION NEED STATEMENT.

    (a) In General.--Section 569 of title 14, United States Code, is 
amended to read as follows:
``Sec. 569. <<NOTE: 14 USC 569.>> Mission need statement

    ``(a) <<NOTE: Deadlines.>> In General.--On the date on which the 
President submits to Congress a budget for fiscal year 2016 under 
section 1105 of title 31, on the date on which the President submits to 
Congress a budget for fiscal year 2019 under such section, and every 4 
years thereafter, the Commandant shall submit to the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and 
the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate an 
integrated major acquisition mission need statement.

    ``(b) Definitions.--In this section, the following definitions 
apply:
            ``(1) Integrated major acquisition mission need statement.--
        The term `integrated major acquisition mission need statement' 
        means a document that--
                    ``(A) identifies current and projected gaps in Coast 
                Guard mission capabilities using mission hour targets;

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                    ``(B) explains how each major acquisition program 
                addresses gaps identified under subparagraph (A) if 
                funded at the levels provided for such program in the 
                most recently submitted capital investment plan; and
                    ``(C) describes the missions the Coast Guard will 
                not be able to achieve, by fiscal year, for each gap 
                identified under subparagraph (A).
            ``(2) Major acquisition program.--The term `major 
        acquisition program' has the meaning given that term in section 
        569a(e).
            ``(3) Capital investment plan.--The term `capital investment 
        plan' means the plan required under section 663(a)(1).''.

    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The analysis for chapter 15 of title 14, 
United States Code, <<NOTE: 14 USC prec. 561.>> is amended by striking 
the item relating to section 569 and inserting the following:

``569. Mission need statement.''.

SEC. 216. TRANSMISSION OF ANNUAL COAST GUARD AUTHORIZATION 
                        REQUEST.

    (a) In General.--Title 14, United States Code, as amended by this 
Act, is further amended by inserting after section 662 the following:
``Sec. 662a. <<NOTE: 14 USC 662a.>> Transmission of annual Coast 
                  Guard authorization request

    ``(a) <<NOTE: Deadline.>> In General.--Not later than 30 days after 
the date on which the President submits to Congress a budget for a 
fiscal year pursuant to section 1105 of title 31, the Secretary shall 
submit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the 
House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation of the Senate a Coast Guard authorization request with 
respect to such fiscal year.

    ``(b) Coast Guard Authorization Request Defined.--In this section, 
the term `Coast Guard authorization request' means a proposal for 
legislation that, with respect to the Coast Guard for the relevant 
fiscal year--
            ``(1) recommends end strengths for personnel for that fiscal 
        year, as described in section 661;
            ``(2) recommends authorizations of appropriations for that 
        fiscal year, including with respect to matters described in 
        section 662; and
            ``(3) addresses any other matter that the Secretary 
        determines is appropriate for inclusion in a Coast Guard 
        authorization bill.''.

    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The analysis for chapter 17 of title 14, 
United States Code, as amended by this Act, is further amended by 
inserting after the item relating to section 662 the following:

``662a. Transmission of annual Coast Guard authorization request.''.

SEC. 217. INVENTORY OF REAL PROPERTY.

    (a) In General.--Chapter 17 of title 14, United States Code, is 
amended by adding at the end the following:
``Sec. 679. <<NOTE: Deadlines. 14 USC 679.>> Inventory of real 
                property

    ``(a) In General.--Not later than September 30, 2015, the Commandant 
shall establish an inventory of all real property,

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including submerged lands, under the control of the Coast Guard, which 
shall include--
            ``(1) the size, the location, and any other appropriate 
        description of each unit of such property;
            ``(2) an assessment of the physical condition of each unit 
        of such property, excluding lands;
            ``(3) a determination of whether each unit of such property 
        should be--
                    ``(A) retained to fulfill a current or projected 
                Coast Guard mission requirement; or
                    ``(B) subject to divestiture; and
            ``(4) other information the Commandant considers 
        appropriate.

    ``(b) Inventory Maintenance.--The Commandant shall--
            ``(1) maintain the inventory required under subsection (a) 
        on an ongoing basis; and
            ``(2) update information on each unit of real property 
        included in such inventory not later than 30 days after any 
        change relating to the control of such property.

    ``(c) Recommendations to Congress.--Not later than March 30, 2016, 
and every 5 years thereafter, the Commandant shall submit to the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of 
Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation of the Senate a report that includes--
            ``(1) a list of all real property under the control of the 
        Coast Guard and the location of such property by property type;
            ``(2) recommendations for divestiture with respect to any 
        units of such property; and
            ``(3) recommendations for consolidating any units of such 
        property, including--
                    ``(A) an estimate of the costs or savings associated 
                with each recommended consolidation; and
                    ``(B) a discussion of the impact that such 
                consolidation would have on Coast Guard mission 
                effectiveness.''.

    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The analysis for such chapter, as amended 
by this Act, is further amended by adding at the end the following:

``679. Inventory of real property.''.

SEC. 218. RETIRED SERVICE MEMBERS AND DEPENDENTS SERVING ON 
                        ADVISORY COMMITTEES.

    (a) In General.--Chapter 17 of title 14, United States Code, as 
amended by this Act, is further amended by adding at the end the 
following:
``Sec. 680. <<NOTE: 14 USC 680.>> Retired service members and 
                dependents serving on advisory committees

    ``A committee that--
            ``(1) advises or assists the Coast Guard with respect to a 
        function that affects a member of the Coast Guard or a dependent 
        of such a member; and
            ``(2) includes in its membership a retired Coast Guard 
        member or a dependent of such a retired member;

shall not be considered an advisory committee under the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) solely because of such membership.''.

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    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The analysis for such chapter, as amended 
by this Act, is further amended by inserting after the item relating to 
section 679 the following:

``680. Retired service members and dependents serving on advisory 
           committees.''.

SEC. 219. ACTIVE DUTY FOR EMERGENCY AUGMENTATION OF REGULAR 
                        FORCES.

    Section 712(a) of title 14, United States Code, <<NOTE: 14 USC 
712.>> is amended by striking ``not more than 60 days in any 4-month 
period and''.
SEC. 220. ACQUISITION WORKFORCE EXPEDITED HIRING AUTHORITY.

    Section 404(b) of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (Public 
Law 111-281; 124 Stat. 2951) is amended by striking ``2015'' and 
inserting ``2017''.
SEC. 221. COAST GUARD ADMINISTRATIVE SAVINGS.

    (a) Elimination of Outdated and Duplicative Reports.--
            (1) Marine industry training.--Section 59 of title 14, 
        United States Code, is amended--
                    (A) by striking ``(a) In General.--The Commandant'' 
                and inserting ``The Commandant''; and
                    (B) by striking subsection (b).
            (2) Operations and expenditures.--Section 651 of title 14, 
        United States Code, and the item relating to such section in the 
        analysis for chapter 17 of such title, are repealed.
            (3) Drug interdiction.--Section 103 of the Coast Guard 
        Authorization Act of 1996 (14 U.S.C. 89 note), and the item 
        relating to that section in the table of contents in section 2 
        of that Act, <<NOTE: 14 USC prec. 631, 651.>> are repealed.
            (4) National defense.--Section 426 of the Maritime 
        Transportation Security Act of 2002 (14 U.S.C. 2 note), and the 
        item relating to that section in the table of contents in 
        section 1(b) of that Act, are repealed.
            (5) Living marine resources.--Section 4(b) of the Cruise 
        Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010 (16 U.S.C. 1828 note) is 
        amended by adding at the end the following: ``No report shall be 
        required under this subsection, including that no report shall 
        be required under section 224 of the Coast Guard and Maritime 
        Transportation Act of 2004 or section 804 of the Coast Guard and 
        Maritime Transportation Act of 2006, for fiscal years beginning 
        after fiscal year 2014.''.

    (b) Consolidation and Reform of Reporting Requirements.--
            (1) Marine safety.--
                    (A) In general.--Section 2116(d)(2)(B) of title 46, 
                United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
                    ``(B) on the program's mission performance in 
                achieving numerical measurable goals established under 
                subsection (b), including--
                          ``(i) the number of civilian and military 
                      Coast Guard personnel assigned to marine safety 
                      positions; and
                          ``(ii) an identification of marine safety 
                      positions that are understaffed to meet the 
                      workload required to accomplish each activity 
                      included in the strategy and plans under 
                      subsection (a); and''.

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                    (B) Conforming amendment.--Section 57 of title 14, 
                United States Code, as amended by this Act, is further 
                amended--
                          (i) by striking subsection (e); and
                          (ii) by redesignating subsections (f), (g), 
                      and (h) as subsections (e), (f), and (g) 
                      respectively.
            (2) Minor construction.--Section 656(d)(2) of title 14, 
        United States Code, <<NOTE: 14 USC 656.>> is amended to read as 
        follows:
            ``(2) Report.--Not later than the date on which the 
        President submits to Congress a budget under section 1105 of 
        title 31 each year, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of 
        Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
        Transportation of the Senate a report describing each project 
        carried out under paragraph (1), in the most recently concluded 
        fiscal year, for which the amount expended under such paragraph 
        for such project was more than $1,000,000. If no such project 
        was carried out during a fiscal year, no report under this 
        paragraph shall be required with respect to that fiscal year.''.
SEC. 222. TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO TITLE 14.

    Title 14, United States Code, as amended by this Act, is further 
amended--
            (1) in section 93(b)(1) by striking ``Notwithstanding 
        subsection (a)(14)'' and inserting ``Notwithstanding subsection 
        (a)(13)''; and
            (2) in section 197(b) by striking ``of Homeland Security''.
SEC. 223. <<NOTE: 14 USC 577 note.>> MULTIYEAR PROCUREMENT 
                        AUTHORITY FOR OFFSHORE PATROL CUTTERS.

    In fiscal year 2015 and each fiscal year thereafter, the Secretary 
of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating may enter into, 
in accordance with section 2306b of title 10, United States Code, 
multiyear contracts for the procurement of Offshore Patrol Cutters and 
associated equipment.
SEC. 224. MAINTAINING MEDIUM ENDURANCE CUTTER MISSION CAPABILITY.

    Not <<NOTE: Deadlines. Reports. Plans.>> later than 120 days after 
the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the department in 
which the Coast Guard is operating shall submit to the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and 
the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a 
report that includes--
            (1) a schedule and plan for decommissioning, not later than 
        September 30, 2029, each of the 210-foot, Reliance-Class Cutters 
        operated by the Coast Guard on the date of enactment of this 
        Act;
            (2) a schedule and plan for enhancing the maintenance or 
        extending the service life of each of the 270-foot, Famous-Class 
        Cutters operated by the Coast Guard on the date of enactment of 
        this Act--
                    (A) to maintain the capability of the Coast Guard to 
                carry out sea-going missions with respect to such 
                Cutters at the level of capability existing on September 
                30, 2013; and

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                    (B) <<NOTE: Time period.>> for the period beginning 
                on the date of enactment of this Act and ending on the 
                date on which the final Offshore Patrol Cutter is 
                scheduled to be commissioned under paragraph (4);
            (3) an identification of the number of Offshore Patrol 
        Cutters capable of sea state 5 operations that, if 8 National 
        Security Cutters are commissioned, are necessary to return the 
        sea state 5 operating capability of the Coast Guard to the level 
        of capability that existed prior to the decommissioning of the 
        first High Endurance Cutter in fiscal year 2011;
            (4) a schedule and plan for commissioning the number of 
        Offshore Patrol Cutters identified under paragraph (3); and
            (5) a schedule and plan for commissioning, not later than 
        September 30, 2034, a number of Offshore Patrol Cutters not 
        capable of sea state 5 operations that is equal to--
                    (A) 25; less
                    (B) the number of Offshore Patrol Cutters identified 
                under paragraph (3).
SEC. 225. AVIATION CAPABILITY.

    (a) In General.--The Secretary of the department in which the Coast 
Guard is operating may--
            (1) request and accept through a direct military-to-military 
        transfer under section 2571 of title 10, United States Code, 
        such H-60 helicopters as may be necessary to establish a year-
        round operational capability in the Coast Guard's Ninth 
        District; and
            (2) use funds provided under section 101 of this Act to 
        convert such helicopters to Coast Guard MH-60T configuration.

    (b) Prohibition.--
            (1) In general.--The Coast Guard may not--
                    (A) close a Coast Guard air facility that was in 
                operation on November 30, 2014; or
                    (B) retire, transfer, relocate, or deploy an 
                aviation asset from an air facility described in 
                subparagraph (A) for the purpose of closing such 
                facility.
            (2) Sunset.--This subsection is repealed effective January 
        1, 2016.
SEC. 226. GAPS IN WRITINGS ON COAST GUARD HISTORY.

    Not <<NOTE: Deadline. Reports.>> later than 1 year after the date of 
enactment of this Act, the Commandant of the Coast Guard shall submit to 
the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and 
the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of 
Representatives a report on any gaps that exist in writings on the 
history of the Coast Guard. The report shall address, at a minimum, 
operations, broad topics, and biographies with respect to the Coast 
Guard.
SEC. 227. OFFICER EVALUATION REPORTS.

    (a) Assessment Required.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
enactment of this Act, the Commandant of the Coast Guard shall provide 
to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate 
and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of 
Representatives a written assessment of the Coast Guard's officer 
evaluation reporting system.
    (b) Contents of Assessment.--The assessment required under 
subsection (a) shall include, at a minimum, an analysis of--

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            (1) the extent to which the Coast Guard's officer evaluation 
        reports differ in length, form, and content from the officer 
        fitness reports used by the Navy and other branches of the Armed 
        Forces;
            (2) the extent to which differences determined pursuant to 
        paragraph (1) are the result of inherent differences between--
                    (A) the Coast Guard and the Navy; and
                    (B) the Coast Guard and other branches of the Armed 
                Forces;
            (3) the feasibility of more closely aligning and conforming 
        the Coast Guard's officer evaluation reports with the officer 
        fitness reports of the Navy and other branches of the Armed 
        Forces; and
            (4) the costs and benefits of the alignment and conformity 
        described in paragraph (3), including with respect to--
                    (A) Coast Guard administrative efficiency;
                    (B) fairness and equity for Coast Guard officers; 
                and
                    (C) carrying out the Coast Guard's statutory mission 
                of defense readiness, including when operating as a 
                service in the Navy.
SEC. 228. <<NOTE: 14 USC 81.>> IMPROVED SAFETY INFORMATION FOR 
                        VESSELS.

    Not <<NOTE: Deadline.>> later than 1 year after the date of 
enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the department in which the 
Coast Guard is operating shall establish a process that allows an 
operator of a marine exchange or other non-Federal vessel traffic 
information service to use the automatic identification system to 
transmit weather, ice, and other important navigation safety information 
to vessels.
SEC. 229. E-LORAN.

    (a) In General.-- <<NOTE: Deadlines.>> The Secretary of the 
department in which the Coast Guard is operating may not carry out 
activities related to the dismantling or disposal of infrastructure that 
supported the former LORAN system until the later of--
            (1) the date that is 1 year after the date of enactment of 
        this Act; or
            (2) the date on which the Secretary provides to the 
        Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of 
        Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
        Transportation of the Senate notice of a determination by the 
        Secretary that such infrastructure is not required to provide a 
        positioning, navigation, and timing system to provide redundant 
        capability in the event GPS signals are disrupted.

    (b) Exception.--Subsection (a) does not apply to activities 
necessary for the safety of human life.
    (c) Agreements.--The Secretary may 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, including an 
enhanced LORAN system, to provide redundant capability in the event GPS 
signals are disrupted.
SEC. 230. ANALYSIS OF RESOURCE DEFICIENCIES WITH RESPECT TO 
                        MARITIME BORDER SECURITY.

    (a) <<NOTE: Deadline. Reports.>> In General.--Not later than 120 
days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commandant of the 
Coast Guard shall

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provide to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the 
Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the 
Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives a report 
describing any Coast Guard resource deficiencies related to--
            (1) securing maritime borders with respect to the Great 
        Lakes and the coastal areas of the Southeastern and Southwestern 
        United States, including with respect to Florida, California, 
        Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands;
            (2) patrolling and monitoring maritime approaches to the 
        areas described in paragraph (1); and
            (3) patrolling and monitoring relevant portions of the 
        Western Hemisphere Drug Transit Zone.

    (b) Scope.--In preparing the report under subsection (a), the 
Commandant shall consider, at a minimum--
            (1) the Coast Guard's statutory missions with respect to 
        migrant interdiction, drug interdiction, defense readiness, 
        living marine resources, and ports, waterways, and coastal 
        security;
            (2) whether Coast Guard missions are being executed to meet 
        national performance targets set under the National Drug Control 
        Strategy;
            (3) the number and types of cutters and other vessels 
        required to effectively execute Coast Guard missions;
            (4) the number and types of aircraft, including unmanned 
        aircraft, required to effectively execute Coast Guard missions;
            (5) the number of assets that require upgraded sensor and 
        communications systems to effectively execute Coast Guard 
        missions;
            (6) the Deployable Specialized Forces required to 
        effectively execute Coast Guard missions; and
            (7) whether additional shoreside facilities are required to 
        accommodate Coast Guard personnel and assets in support of Coast 
        Guard missions.
SEC. 231. MODERNIZATION OF NATIONAL DISTRESS AND RESPONSE SYSTEM.

    (a) Report.--Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of 
this Act, the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is 
operating shall submit to the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on 
Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report on the 
implementation of the Rescue 21 project in Alaska and in Coast Guard 
sectors Upper Mississippi River, Lower Mississippi River, and Ohio River 
Valley.
    (b) Contents.--The report required under subsection (a) shall--
            (1) describe what improvements are being made to the 
        distress response system in the areas specified in subsection 
        (a), including information on which areas will receive digital 
        selective calling and direction finding capability;
            (2) describe the impediments to installing digital selective 
        calling and direction finding capability in areas where such 
        technology will not be installed;
            (3) identify locations in the areas specified in subsection 
        (a) where communication gaps will continue to present a risk to 
        mariners after completion of the Rescue 21 project;

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            (4) include a list of all reported marine accidents, 
        casualties, and fatalities occurring in the locations identified 
        under paragraph (3) since 1990; and
            (5) provide an estimate of the costs associated with 
        installing the technology necessary to close communication gaps 
        in the locations identified under paragraph (3).
SEC. 232. REPORT RECONCILING MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONAL 
                        PRIORITIES ON THE MISSOURI RIVER.

    Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the 
Commandant of the Coast Guard shall submit to the Committee on Commerce, 
Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives a 
report that outlines a course of action to reconcile general maintenance 
priorities for cutters with operational priorities on the Missouri 
River.
SEC. 233. MARITIME SEARCH AND RESCUE ASSISTANCE POLICY ASSESSMENT.

    (a) In General.--The Commandant of the Coast Guard shall assess the 
Maritime Search and Rescue Assistance Policy as it relates to State and 
local responders.
    (b) Scope.--The assessment under subsection (a) shall consider, at a 
minimum--
            (1) the extent to which Coast Guard search and rescue 
        coordinators have entered into domestic search and rescue 
        agreements with State and local responders under the National 
        Search and Rescue Plan;
            (2) whether the domestic search and rescue agreements 
        include the Maritime Search and Rescue Assistance Policy; and
            (3) the extent to which Coast Guard sectors coordinate with 
        911 emergency centers, including ensuring the dissemination of 
        appropriate maritime distress check-sheets.

    (c) Report.--Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of 
this Act, the Commandant of the Coast Guard shall submit a report on the 
assessment under subsection (a) to the Committee on Commerce, Science, 
and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure of the House of Representatives.

                   TITLE III--SHIPPING AND NAVIGATION

SEC. 301. REPEAL.

    Chapter 555 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) <<NOTE: 46 USC 55501.>> by repealing section 55501;
            (2) by redesignating section 55502 as section 55501; and
            (3) in the analysis by striking the items relating to 
        sections 55501 and 55502 <<NOTE: 46 USC prec. 55501.>> and 
        inserting the following:

``55501. United States Committee on the Marine Transportation System.''.

SEC. 302. DONATION OF HISTORICAL PROPERTY.

    Section 51103 of title 46, United States Code, is amended by adding 
at the end the following:
    ``(e) Donation for Historical Purposes.--

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            ``(1) In general.--The Secretary may convey the right, 
        title, and interest of the United States Government in any 
        property administered by the Maritime Administration, except 
        real estate or vessels, if--
                    ``(A) <<NOTE: Determination.>> the Secretary 
                determines that such property is not needed by the 
                Maritime Administration; and
                    ``(B) the recipient--
                          ``(i) is a nonprofit organization, a State, or 
                      a political subdivision of a State;
                          ``(ii) agrees to hold the Government harmless 
                      for any claims arising from exposure to hazardous 
                      materials, including asbestos, polychlorinated 
                      biphenyls, or lead paint, after conveyance of the 
                      property;
                          ``(iii) provides a description and explanation 
                      of the intended use of the property to the 
                      Secretary for approval;
                          ``(iv) has provided to the Secretary proof, as 
                      determined by the Secretary, of resources 
                      sufficient to accomplish the intended use provided 
                      under clause (iii) and to maintain the property;
                          ``(v) agrees that when the recipient no longer 
                      requires the property, the recipient shall--
                                    ``(I) return the property to the 
                                Secretary, at the recipient's expense 
                                and in the same condition as received 
                                except for ordinary wear and tear; or
                                    ``(II) subject to the approval of 
                                the Secretary, retain, sell, or 
                                otherwise dispose of the property in a 
                                manner consistent with applicable law; 
                                and
                          ``(vi) agrees to any additional terms the 
                      Secretary considers appropriate.
            ``(2) <<NOTE: Determination.>> Reversion.--The Secretary 
        shall include in any conveyance under this subsection terms 
        under which all right, title, and interest conveyed by the 
        Secretary shall revert to the Government if the Secretary 
        determines the property has been used other than as approved by 
        the Secretary under paragraph (1)(B)(iii).''.
SEC. 303. SMALL SHIPYARDS.

    Section 54101(i) of title 46, United States Code, <<NOTE: 46 USC 
54101.>> is amended by striking ``2009 through 2013'' and inserting 
``2015 through 2017''.
SEC. 304. DRUG TESTING REPORTING.

    Section 7706 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a), by inserting ``an applicant for 
        employment by a Federal agency,'' after ``Federal agency,''; and
            (2) in subsection (c), by--
                    (A) inserting ``or an applicant for employment by a 
                Federal agency'' after ``an employee''; and
                    (B) striking ``the employee.'' and inserting ``the 
                employee or the applicant.''.
SEC. 305. OPPORTUNITIES FOR SEA SERVICE VETERANS.

    (a) Endorsements for Veterans.--Section 7101 of title 46, United 
States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
    ``(j) The Secretary may issue a license under this section in a 
class under subsection (c) to an applicant that--

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            ``(1) <<NOTE: Time period.>> has at least 3 months of 
        qualifying service on vessels of the uniformed services (as that 
        term is defined in section 101(a) of title 10) of appropriate 
        tonnage or horsepower within the 7-year period immediately 
        preceding the date of application; and
            ``(2) satisfies all other requirements for such a 
        license.''.

    (b) Sea Service Letters.--
            (1) In general.--Title 14, United States Code, is amended by 
        inserting after section 427 the following:
``Sec. 428. <<NOTE: 14 USC 428.>> Sea service letters

    ``(a) In General.--The Secretary shall provide a sea service letter 
to a member or former member of the Coast Guard who--
            ``(1) accumulated sea service on a vessel of the armed 
        forces (as such term is defined in section 101(a) of title 10); 
        and
            ``(2) requests such letter.

    ``(b) Deadline.--Not later than 30 days after receiving a request 
for a sea service letter from a member or former member of the Coast 
Guard under subsection (a), the Secretary shall provide such letter to 
such member or former member if such member or former member satisfies 
the requirement under subsection (a)(1).''.
            (2) Clerical amendment.--The analysis for chapter 11 of 
        title 14, United States Code, <<NOTE: 14 USC prec. 211.>> is 
        amended by inserting after the item relating to section 427 the 
        following:

``428. Sea service letters.''.

    (c) <<NOTE: 46 USC 7302 note.>> Crediting of United States Armed 
Forces Service, Training, and Qualifications.--
            (1) Maximizing creditability.--The Secretary of the 
        department in which the Coast Guard is operating, in 
        implementing United States merchant mariner license, 
        certification, and document laws and the International 
        Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and 
        Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, shall maximize the extent to 
        which United States Armed Forces service, training, and 
        qualifications are creditable toward meeting the requirements of 
        such laws and such Convention.
            (2) <<NOTE: Deadline.>> Notification.--Not later than 90 
        days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary 
        shall notify the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 
        of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, 
        Science, and Transportation of the Senate on the steps taken to 
        implement this subsection.

     <<NOTE: 46 USC 7301 note.>> (d) Merchant Marine Post-Service Career 
Opportunities.-- <<NOTE: Deadline.>> Not later than 180 days after the 
date of enactment of this Act, the Commandant of the Coast Guard shall 
take steps to promote better awareness, on an ongoing basis, among Coast 
Guard personnel regarding post-service use of Coast Guard training, 
education, and practical experience in satisfaction of requirements for 
merchant mariner credentials under section 11.213 of title 46, Code of 
Federal Regulations.
SEC. 306. CLARIFICATION OF HIGH-RISK WATERS.

    Section 55305(e) of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (1)--

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                    (A) by striking ``provide armed personnel aboard'' 
                and inserting ``reimburse, subject to the availability 
                of appropriations, the owners or operators of''; and
                    (B) by inserting ``for the cost of providing armed 
                personnel aboard such vessels'' before ``if''; and
            (2) by striking paragraphs (2) and (3) and inserting the 
        following:
            ``(2) In this subsection, the term `high-risk waters' means 
        waters so designated by the Commandant of the Coast Guard in the 
        maritime security directive issued by the Commandant and in 
        effect on the date on which an applicable voyage begins, if the 
        Secretary of Transportation--
                    ``(A) determines that an act of piracy occurred in 
                the 12-month period preceding the date the voyage 
                begins; or
                    ``(B) in such period, issued an advisory warning 
                that an act of piracy is possible in such waters.''.
SEC. 307. TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS.

    (a) Title 46.--Section 2116(b)(1)(D) of title 46, United States 
Code, <<NOTE: 46 USC 2116.>> is amended by striking ``section 93(c)'' 
and inserting ``section 93(c) of title 14''.

    (b) Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2006.--Section 
304(a) of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2006 
(Public Law 109-241; 33 U.S.C. 1503 note) is amended by inserting ``and 
from'' before ``the United States''.
    (c) Deepwater Port Act of 1974.--Section 4(i) of the Deepwater Port 
Act of 1974 (33 U.S.C. 1503(i)) is amended by inserting ``or that will 
supply'' after ``be supplied with''.
SEC. 308. REPORT.

    Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, 
the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of 
Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation of the Senate a report on the number of jobs, including 
vessel construction and vessel operating jobs, that would be created in 
the United States maritime industry each year in 2015 through 2025 if 
liquified natural gas exported from the United States were required to 
be carried--
            (1) before December 31, 2018, on vessels documented under 
        the laws of the United States; and
            (2) on and after such date, on vessels documented under the 
        laws of the United States and constructed in the United States.
SEC. 309. FISHING SAFETY GRANT PROGRAMS.

    (a) Fishing Safety Training Grant Program.--Section 4502(i)(4) of 
title 46, United States Code, is amended by striking ``2010 through 
2014'' and inserting ``2015 through 2017''.
    (b) Fishing Safety Research Grant Program.--Section 4502(j)(4) of 
title 46, United States Code, is amended by striking ``2010 through 
2014'' and inserting ``2015 through 2017''.
SEC. 310. ESTABLISHMENT OF MERCHANT MARINE PERSONNEL ADVISORY 
                        COMMITTEE.

    (a) Establishment.--Chapter 81 of title 46, United States Code, is 
amended by adding at the end the following:

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``Sec. 8108. <<NOTE: 46 USC 8108.>> Merchant Marine Personnel 
                  Advisory Committee

    ``(a) Establishment.--The Secretary shall establish a Merchant 
Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (in this section referred to as `the 
Committee'). The Committee--
            ``(1) shall act solely in an advisory capacity to the 
        Secretary through the Commandant of the Coast Guard on matters 
        relating to personnel in the United States merchant marine, 
        including training, qualifications, certification, 
        documentation, and fitness standards, and other matters as 
        assigned by the Commandant;
            ``(2) shall review and comment on proposed Coast Guard 
        regulations and policies relating to personnel in the United 
        States merchant marine, including training, qualifications, 
        certification, documentation, and fitness standards;
            ``(3) may be given special assignments by the Secretary and 
        may conduct studies, inquiries, workshops, and fact finding in 
        consultation with individuals and groups in the private sector 
        and with State or local governments;
            ``(4) shall advise, consult with, and make recommendations 
        reflecting its independent judgment to the Secretary;
            ``(5) shall meet not less than twice each year; and
            ``(6) may make available to Congress recommendations that 
        the Committee makes to the Secretary.

    ``(b) Membership.--
            ``(1) <<NOTE: Notice. Federal Register, publication.>> In 
        general.--The Committee shall consist of not more than 19 
        members who are appointed by and serve terms of a duration 
        determined by the Secretary. Before filling a position on the 
        Committee, the Secretary shall publish a notice in the Federal 
        Register soliciting nominations for membership on the Committee.
            ``(2) Required members.--Subject to paragraph (3), the 
        Secretary shall appoint as members of the Committee--
                    ``(A) 9 United States citizens with active licenses 
                or certificates issued under chapter 71 or merchant 
                mariner documents issued under chapter 73, including--
                          ``(i) 3 deck officers who represent the 
                      viewpoint of merchant marine deck officers, of 
                      whom--
                                    ``(I) 2 shall be licensed for oceans 
                                any gross tons;
                                    ``(II) 1 shall be licensed for 
                                inland river route with a limited or 
                                unlimited tonnage;
                                    ``(III) 2 shall have a master's 
                                license or a master of towing vessels 
                                license;
                                    ``(IV) 1 shall have significant 
                                tanker experience; and
                                    ``(V) to the extent practicable--
                                            ``(aa) 1 shall represent the 
                                        viewpoint of labor; and
                                            ``(bb) another shall 
                                        represent a management 
                                        perspective;
                          ``(ii) 3 engineering officers who represent 
                      the viewpoint of merchant marine engineering 
                      officers, of whom--
                                    ``(I) 2 shall be licensed as chief 
                                engineer any horsepower;
                                    ``(II) 1 shall be licensed as either 
                                a limited chief engineer or a designated 
                                duty engineer; and

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                                    ``(III) to the extent practicable--
                                            ``(aa) 1 shall represent a 
                                        labor viewpoint; and
                                            ``(bb) another shall 
                                        represent a management 
                                        perspective;
                          ``(iii) 2 unlicensed seamen, of whom--
                                    ``(I) 1 shall represent the 
                                viewpoint of able-bodied seamen; and
                                    ``(II) another shall represent the 
                                viewpoint of qualified members of the 
                                engine department; and
                          ``(iv) 1 pilot who represents the viewpoint of 
                      merchant marine pilots;
                    ``(B) 6 marine educators, including--
                          ``(i) 3 marine educators who represent the 
                      viewpoint of maritime academies, including--
                                    ``(I) 2 who represent the viewpoint 
                                of State maritime academies and are 
                                jointly recommended by such State 
                                maritime academies; and
                                    ``(II) 1 who represents either the 
                                viewpoint of the State maritime 
                                academies or the United States Merchant 
                                Marine Academy; and
                          ``(ii) 3 marine educators who represent the 
                      viewpoint of other maritime training institutions, 
                      1 of whom shall represent the viewpoint of the 
                      small vessel industry;
                    ``(C) 2 individuals who represent the viewpoint of 
                shipping companies employed in ship operation 
                management; and
                    ``(D) 2 members who are appointed from the general 
                public.
            ``(3) Consultation.--The Secretary shall consult with the 
        Secretary of Transportation in making an appointment under 
        paragraph (2)(B)(i)(II).

    ``(c) Chairman and Vice Chairman.--The Secretary shall designate one 
member of the Committee as the Chairman and one member of the Committee 
as the Vice Chairman. The Vice Chairman shall act as Chairman in the 
absence or incapacity of the Chairman, or in the event of a vacancy in 
the office of the Chairman.
    ``(d) Subcommittees.--The Committee may establish and disestablish 
subcommittees and working groups for any purpose consistent with this 
section, subject to conditions imposed by the Committee. Members of the 
Committee and additional persons drawn from the general public may be 
assigned to such subcommittees and working groups. Only Committee 
members may chair subcommittee or working groups.
    ``(e) Termination.--The Committee shall terminate on September 30, 
2020.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The analysis for such <<NOTE: 46 USC prec. 
8101.>> chapter is amended by adding at the end the following:

``8108. Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee.''.

SEC. 311. TRAVEL AND SUBSISTENCE.

    (a) Title 46, United States Code.--Section 2110 of title 46, United 
States Code, <<NOTE: 46 USC 2110.>> is amended--
            (1) by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:

    ``(b)(1) In addition to the collection of fees and charges 
established under subsection (a), in providing a service or thing of 
value

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under this subtitle the Secretary may accept in-kind transportation, 
travel, and subsistence.
    ``(2) The value of in-kind transportation, travel, and subsistence 
accepted under this paragraph may not exceed applicable per diem rates 
set forth in regulations prescribed under section 464 of title 37.''; 
and
            (2) in subsection (c), by striking ``subsections (a) and 
        (b),'' and inserting ``subsection (a),''.

    (b) Title 14, United States Code.--Section 664 of title 14, United 
States Code, <<NOTE: 14 USC 664.>> is amended by redesignating 
subsections (e) though (g) as subsections (f) through (h), respectively, 
and by inserting after subsection (d) the following:

    ``(e)(1) In addition to the collection of fees and charges 
established under this section, in the provision of a service or thing 
of value by the Coast Guard the Secretary may accept in-kind 
transportation, travel, and subsistence.
    ``(2) The value of in-kind transportation, travel, and subsistence 
accepted under this paragraph may not exceed applicable per diem rates 
set forth in regulations prescribed under section 464 of title 37.''.
    (c) <<NOTE: 14 USC 664 note.>> Limitation.--The Secretary of the 
Department in which the Coast Guard is operating may not accept in-kind 
transportation, travel, or subsistence under section 664(e) of title 14, 
United States Code, or section 2110(d)(4) of title 46, United States 
Code, as amended by this section, until the Commandant of the Coast 
Guard--
            (1) amends the Standards of Ethical Conduct for members and 
        employees of the Coast Guard to include regulations governing 
        the acceptance of in-kind reimbursements; and
            (2) <<NOTE: Notification.>> notifies the Committee on 
        Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the 
        Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of 
        Representatives of the amendments made under paragraph (1).
SEC. 312. PROMPT INTERGOVERNMENTAL NOTICE OF MARINE CASUALTIES.

    Section 6101 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) by inserting after subsection (b) the following:

    ``(c) <<NOTE: Deadline.>> Notice to State and Tribal Governments.--
Not later than 24 hours after receiving a notice of a major marine 
casualty under this section, the Secretary shall notify each State or 
federally recognized Indian tribe that is, or may reasonably be expected 
to be, affected by such marine casualty.'';
            (2) in subsection (h)--
                    (A) by striking ``(1)''; and
                    (B) by redesignating subsection (h)(2) as subsection 
                (i) of section 6101, and in such subsection--
                          (i) by striking ``paragraph,'' and inserting 
                      ``section,''; and
                          (ii) by redesignating subparagraphs (A) 
                      through (D) as paragraphs (1) through (4); and
            (3) by redesignating the last subsection as subsection (j).
SEC. 313. AREA CONTINGENCY PLANS.

    Section 311(j)(4) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 
U.S.C. 1321(j)(4)) is amended--
            (1) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``qualified personnel 
        of Federal, State, and local agencies.'' and inserting 
        ``qualified--

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                    ``(i) personnel of Federal, State, and local 
                agencies; and
                    ``(ii) members of federally recognized Indian 
                tribes, where applicable.'';
            (2) in subparagraph (B)(ii)--
                    (A) by striking ``and local'' and inserting ``, 
                local, and tribal''; and
                    (B) by striking ``wildlife;'' and inserting 
                ``wildlife, including advance planning with respect to 
                the closing and reopening of fishing areas following a 
                discharge;'';
            (3) in subparagraph (B)(iii), by striking ``and local'' and 
        inserting ``, local, and tribal''; and
            (4) in subparagraph (C)--
                    (A) in clause (iv), by striking ``and Federal, 
                State, and local agencies'' and inserting ``, Federal, 
                State, and local agencies, and tribal governments'';
                    (B) by redesignating clauses (vii) and (viii) as 
                clauses (viii) and (ix), respectively; and
                    (C) by inserting after clause (vi) the following:
                    ``(vii) include a framework for advance planning and 
                decisionmaking with respect to the closing and reopening 
                of fishing areas following a discharge, including 
                protocols and standards for the closing and reopening of 
                fishing areas;''.
SEC. 314. INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL REFORM.

    (a) In General.--Chapter 803 of title 46, United States Code, is 
amended--
            (1) in section 80301, <<NOTE: 46 USC 80301.>> by adding at 
        the end the following:

    ``(c) Payments.--Payments received pursuant to subsection (b)(1) 
shall be credited to the appropriation for operating expenses of the 
Coast Guard.'';
            (2) in section 80302--
                    (A) in subsection (b), by striking ``An ice patrol 
                vessel'' and inserting ``The ice patrol'';
                    (B) in subsection (c)(1), by striking ``An ice 
                patrol vessel'' and inserting ``The ice patrol''; and
                    (C) in the first sentence of subsection (d), by 
                striking ``vessels'' and inserting ``aircraft''; and
            (3) by adding at the end the following:
``Sec. 80304. Limitation on ice patrol data

    ``Notwithstanding sections 80301 and 80302, data collected by an ice 
patrol conducted by the Coast Guard under this chapter may not be 
disseminated to a vessel unless such vessel is--
            ``(1) documented under the laws of the United States; or
            ``(2) documented under the laws of a foreign country that 
        made the payment or contribution required under section 80301(b) 
        for the year preceding the year in which the data is 
        collected.''.

    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The analysis for such <<NOTE: 46 USC prec. 
80301.>> chapter is amended by adding at the end the following:

``80304. Limitation on ice patrol data.''.

    (c) <<NOTE: 46 USC 80301 note.>> Effective Date.--This section shall 
take effect on January 1, 2017.

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SEC. 315. OFFSHORE SUPPLY VESSEL THIRD-PARTY INSPECTION.

    Section 3316 of title 46, United States Code, <<NOTE: 46 USC 
3316.>> is amended by redesignating subsection (f) as subsection (g), 
and by inserting after subsection (e) the following:

    ``(f)(1) <<NOTE: Delegation authority.>> Upon request of an owner or 
operator of an offshore supply vessel, the Secretary shall delegate the 
authorities set forth in paragraph (1) of subsection (b) with respect to 
such vessel to a classification society to which a delegation is 
authorized under that paragraph. A delegation by the Secretary under 
this subsection shall be used for any vessel inspection and examination 
function carried out by the Secretary, including the issuance of 
certificates of inspection and all other related documents.

    ``(2) <<NOTE: Determination.>> If the Secretary determines that a 
certificate of inspection or related document issued under authority 
delegated under paragraph (1) of this subsection with respect to a 
vessel has reduced the operational safety of that vessel, the Secretary 
may terminate the certificate or document, respectively.

    ``(3) <<NOTE: Deadline. Reports.>> Not later than 2 years after the 
date of the enactment of the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Act of 2014, and for each year of the subsequent 2-year 
period, the Secretary shall provide to the Committee on Transportation 
and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on 
Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report 
describing--
            ``(A) the number of vessels for which a delegation was made 
        under paragraph (1);
            ``(B) any savings in personnel and operational costs 
        incurred by the Coast Guard that resulted from the delegations; 
        and
            ``(C) based on measurable marine casualty and other data, 
        any impacts of the delegations on the operational safety of 
        vessels for which the delegations were made, and on the crew on 
        those vessels.''.
SEC. 316. WATCHES.

    Section 8104 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in subsection (d), by striking ``coal passers, firemen, 
        oilers, and water tenders'' and inserting ``and oilers''; and
            (2) in subsection (g)(1), by striking ``(except the coal 
        passers, firemen, oilers, and water tenders)''.
SEC. 317. <<NOTE: 33 USC 1321 note.>> COAST GUARD RESPONSE PLAN 
                        REQUIREMENTS.

    (a) Vessel Response Plan Contents.--The Secretary of the department 
in which the Coast Guard is operating shall require that each vessel 
response plan prepared for a mobile offshore drilling unit includes 
information from the facility response plan prepared for the mobile 
offshore drilling unit regarding the planned response to a worst case 
discharge, and to a threat of such a discharge.
    (b) Definitions.--In this section:
            (1) Mobile offshore drilling unit.--The term ``mobile 
        offshore drilling unit'' has the meaning given that term in 
        section 1001 of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2701).
            (2) Response plan.--The term ``response plan'' means a 
        response plan prepared under section 311(j) of the Federal Water 
        Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1321(j)).

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            (3) Worst case discharge.--The term ``worst case discharge'' 
        has the meaning given that term under section 311(a) of the 
        Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1321(a)).

    (c) Rule of Construction.--Nothing in this section shall be 
construed to require the Coast Guard to review or approve a facility 
response plan for a mobile offshore drilling unit.
SEC. 318. REGIONAL CITIZENS' ADVISORY COUNCIL.

    Section 5002(k)(3) of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 
2732(k)(3)) is amended by striking ``not more than $1,000,000'' and 
inserting ``not less than $1,400,000''.
SEC. 319. UNINSPECTED PASSENGER VESSELS IN THE UNITED STATES 
                        VIRGIN ISLANDS.

    (a) In General.--Section 4105 of title 46, United States <<NOTE: 46 
USC 4105.>> Code, is amended--
            (1) by redesignating subsection (b) as subsection (c); and
            (2) by inserting after subsection (a) the following:

    ``(b)(1) <<NOTE: Applicability. Determination.>> In applying this 
title with respect to an uninspected vessel of less than 24 meters 
overall in length that carries passengers to or from a port in the 
United States Virgin Islands, the Secretary shall substitute `12 
passengers' for `6 passengers' each place it appears in section 2101(42) 
if the Secretary determines that the vessel complies with, as applicable 
to the vessel--
                    ``(A) the Code of Practice for the Safety of Small 
                Commercial Motor Vessels (commonly referred to as the 
                `Yellow Code'), as published by the U.K. Maritime and 
                Coastguard Agency and in effect on January 1, 2014; or
                    ``(B) the Code of Practice for the Safety of Small 
                Commercial Sailing Vessels (commonly referred to as the 
                `Blue Code'), as published by such agency and in effect 
                on such date.
            ``(2) <<NOTE: Standards.>> If the Secretary establishes 
        standards to carry out this subsection--
                    ``(A) such standards shall be identical to those 
                established in the Codes of Practice referred to in 
                paragraph (1); and
                    ``(B) <<NOTE: Applicability.>> on any dates before 
                the date on which such standards are in effect, the 
                Codes of Practice referred to in paragraph (1) shall 
                apply with respect to the vessels referred to in 
                paragraph (1).''.

    (b) Technical Correction.--Section 4105(c) of title 46, United 
States Code, as redesignated by subsection (a)(1) of this section, is 
amended by striking ``Within twenty-four months of the date of enactment 
of this subsection, the'' and inserting ``The''.
SEC. 320. TREATMENT OF ABANDONED SEAFARERS.

    (a) In General.--Chapter 111 of title 46, United States Code, is 
amended by adding at the end the following:
``Sec. 11113. <<NOTE: 46 USC 11113.>> Treatment of abandoned 
                    seafarers

    ``(a) Abandoned Seafarers Fund.--
            ``(1) Establishment.--There is established in the Treasury a 
        separate account to be known as the Abandoned Seafarers Fund.
            ``(2) Authorized uses.--Amounts in the Fund may be 
        appropriated to the Secretary for use--
                    ``(A) to pay necessary support of a seafarer--

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                          ``(i) who--
                                    ``(I) was paroled into the United 
                                States under section 212(d)(5) of the 
                                Immigration and Nationality Act (8 
                                U.S.C. 1182(d)(5)), or for whom the 
                                Secretary has requested parole under 
                                such section; and
                                    ``(II) is involved in an 
                                investigation, reporting, documentation, 
                                or adjudication of any matter that is 
                                related to the administration or 
                                enforcement of law by the Coast Guard; 
                                or
                          ``(ii) who--
                                    ``(I) is physically present in the 
                                United States;
                                    ``(II) the Secretary determines was 
                                abandoned in the United States; and
                                    ``(III) has not applied for asylum 
                                under the Immigration and Nationality 
                                Act (8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.); and
                    ``(B) to reimburse a vessel owner or operator for 
                the costs of necessary support of a seafarer who has 
                been paroled into the United States to facilitate an 
                investigation, reporting, documentation, or adjudication 
                of any matter that is related to the administration or 
                enforcement of law by the Coast Guard, if--
                          ``(i) the vessel owner or operator is not 
                      convicted of a criminal offense related to such 
                      matter; or
                          ``(ii) the Secretary determines that 
                      reimbursement is appropriate.
            ``(3) Crediting of amounts to fund.--
                    ``(A) In general.--Except as provided in 
                subparagraph (B), there shall be credited to the Fund 
                the following:
                          ``(i) Penalties deposited in the Fund under 
                      section 9 of the Act to Prevent Pollution from 
                      Ships (33 U.S.C. 1908).
                          ``(ii) Amounts reimbursed or recovered under 
                      subsection (c).
                    ``(B) Limitation.--Amounts may be credited to the 
                Fund under subparagraph (A) only if the unobligated 
                balance of the Fund is less than $5,000,000.
            ``(4) Report required.--On the date on which the President 
        submits each budget for a fiscal year pursuant to section 1105 
        of title 31, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on 
        Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of 
        Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
        Transportation of the Senate a report that describes--
                    ``(A) the amounts credited to the Fund under 
                paragraph (2) for the preceding fiscal year; and
                    ``(B) amounts in the Fund that were expended for the 
                preceding fiscal year.

    ``(b) Limitation.--Nothing in this section shall be construed--
            ``(1) to create a private right of action or any other 
        right, benefit, or entitlement to necessary support for any 
        person; or
            ``(2) to compel the Secretary to pay or reimburse the cost 
        of necessary support.

    ``(c) Reimbursement; Recovery.--

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            ``(1) In general.--A vessel owner or operator shall 
        reimburse the Fund an amount equal to the total amount paid from 
        the Fund for necessary support of a seafarer, if--
                    ``(A) the vessel owner or operator--
                          ``(i) during the course of an investigation, 
                      reporting, documentation, or adjudication of any 
                      matter under this Act that the Coast Guard 
                      referred to a United States attorney or the 
                      Attorney General, fails to provide necessary 
                      support of a seafarer who was paroled into the 
                      United States to facilitate the investigation, 
                      reporting, documentation, or adjudication; and
                          ``(ii) subsequently is--
                                    ``(I) convicted of a criminal 
                                offense related to such matter; or
                                    ``(II) required to reimburse the 
                                Fund pursuant to a court order or 
                                negotiated settlement related to such 
                                matter; or
                    ``(B) the vessel owner or operator abandons a 
                seafarer in the United States, as determined by the 
                Secretary based on substantial evidence.
            ``(2) <<NOTE: Deadline.>> Enforcement.--If a vessel owner or 
        operator fails to reimburse the Fund under paragraph (1) within 
        60 days after receiving a written, itemized description of 
        reimbursable expenses and a demand for payment, the Secretary 
        may--
                    ``(A) proceed in rem against the vessel on which the 
                seafarer served in the Federal district court for the 
                district in which the vessel is found; and
                    ``(B) withhold or revoke the clearance required 
                under section 60105 for the vessel and any other vessel 
                operated by the same operator (as that term is defined 
                in section 2(9)(a) of the Act to Prevent Pollution from 
                Ships (33 U.S.C. 1901(9)(a)) as the vessel on which the 
                seafarer served.
            ``(3) Obtaining clearance.--A vessel may obtain clearance 
        from the Secretary after it is withheld or revoked under 
        paragraph (2)(B) if the vessel owner or operator--
                    ``(A) reimburses the Fund the amount required under 
                paragraph (1); or
                    ``(B) provides a bond, or other evidence of 
                financial responsibility, sufficient to meet the amount 
                required to be reimbursed under paragraph (1).
            ``(4) <<NOTE: Deadline.>> Notification required.--The 
        Secretary shall notify the vessel at least 72 hours before 
        taking any action under paragraph (2)(B).

    ``(d) Definitions.--In this section:
            ``(1) Abandons; abandoned.--Each of the terms `abandons' and 
        `abandoned' means--
                    ``(A) a vessel owner's or operator's unilateral 
                severance of ties with a seafarer; or
                    ``(B) a vessel owner's or operator's failure to 
                provide necessary support of a seafarer.
            ``(2) Fund.--The term `Fund' means the Abandoned Seafarers 
        Fund established under this section.
            ``(3) Necessary support.--The term `necessary support' means 
        normal wages and expenses the Secretary considers reasonable for 
        lodging, subsistence, clothing, medical care (including 
        hospitalization), repatriation, and any other support the 
        Secretary considers to be appropriate.

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            ``(4) Seafarer.--The term `seafarer' means an alien crew 
        member who is employed or engaged in any capacity on board a 
        vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.
            ``(5) Vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the united 
        states.--The term `vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the 
        United States' has the meaning given that term in section 
        70502(c), except that it does not include a vessel that is--
                    ``(A) owned, or operated under a bareboat charter, 
                by the United States, a State or political subdivision 
                thereof, or a foreign nation; and
                    ``(B) not engaged in commerce.''.

    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The analysis for such <<NOTE: 46 USC prec. 
11101.>> chapter is amended by adding at the end the following:

``11113. Treatment of abandoned seafarers.''.

    (c) Conforming Amendment.--Section 9 of the Act to Prevent Pollution 
from Ships (33 U.S.C. 1908) is amended by adding at the end the 
following:
    ``(g) Any penalty collected under subsection (a) or (b) that is not 
paid under that subsection to the person giving information leading to 
the conviction or assessment of such penalties shall be deposited in the 
Abandoned Seafarers Fund established under section 11113 of title 46, 
United States Code.''.
SEC. 321. WEBSITE.

    (a) Reports to Secretary of Transportation; Incidents and Details.--
Section 3507(g)(3)(A) of title 46, United States <<NOTE: 46 USC 
3507.>> Code, is amended--
            (1) in clause (ii) by striking ``the incident to an Internet 
        based portal maintained by the Secretary'' and inserting ``each 
        incident specified in clause (i) to the Internet website 
        maintained by the Secretary of Transportation under paragraph 
        (4)(A)''; and
            (2) in clause (iii) by striking ``based portal maintained by 
        the Secretary'' and inserting ``website maintained by the 
        Secretary of Transportation under paragraph (4)(A)''.

    (b) Availability of Incident Data on Internet.--Section 3507(g)(4) 
of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) by striking subparagraph (A) and inserting the 
        following:
                    ``(A) Website.--
                          ``(i) In general.--The Secretary of 
                      Transportation shall maintain a statistical 
                      compilation of all incidents on board a cruise 
                      vessel specified in paragraph (3)(A)(i) on an 
                      Internet website that provides a numerical 
                      accounting of the missing persons and alleged 
                      crimes reported under that paragraph without 
                      regard to the investigative status of the 
                      incident.
                          ``(ii) <<NOTE: Deadlines.>> Updates and other 
                      requirements.--The compilation under clause (i) 
                      shall--
                                    ``(I) be updated not less frequently 
                                than quarterly;
                                    ``(II) be able to be sorted by 
                                cruise line;
                                    ``(III) identify each cruise line by 
                                name;
                                    ``(IV) identify each crime or 
                                alleged crime committed or allegedly 
                                committed by a passenger or crewmember;

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                                    ``(V) identify the number of 
                                individuals alleged overboard; and
                                    ``(VI) include the approximate 
                                number of passengers and crew carried by 
                                each cruise line during each quarterly 
                                reporting period.
                          ``(iii) User-friendly format.--The Secretary 
                      of Transportation shall ensure that the 
                      compilation, data, and any other information 
                      provided on the Internet website maintained under 
                      this subparagraph are in a user-friendly format. 
                      The Secretary shall, to the greatest extent 
                      practicable, use existing commercial off the shelf 
                      technology to transfer and establish the website, 
                      and shall not independently develop software, or 
                      acquire new hardware in operating the site.''; and
            (2) in subparagraph (B) by striking ``Secretary'' and 
        inserting ``Secretary of Transportation''.
SEC. 322. COAST GUARD REGULATIONS.

    (a) <<NOTE: Deadline. Analysis.>> In General.--Not later than 1 year 
after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the 
department in which the Coast Guard is operating shall submit to the 
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of 
Representatives an analysis of the Coast Guard's proposed promulgation 
of safety and environmental management system requirements for vessels 
engaged in Outer Continental Shelf activities. The analysis shall 
include--
            (1) a discussion of any new operational, management, design 
        and construction, financial, and other mandates that would be 
        imposed on vessel owners and operators;
            (2) an estimate of all associated direct and indirect 
        operational, management, personnel, training, vessel design and 
        construction, record keeping, and other costs;
            (3) an identification and justification of any of such 
        proposed requirements that exceed those in international 
        conventions applicable to the design, construction, operation, 
        and management of vessels engaging in United States Outer 
        Continental Shelf activities; and
            (4) an identification of exemptions to the proposed 
        requirements, that are based upon vessel classification, 
        tonnage, offshore activity or function, alternative 
        certifications, or any other appropriate criteria.

    (b) <<NOTE: Deadline.>> Limitation.--The Secretary may not issue 
proposed regulations relating to safety and environmental management 
system requirements for vessels on the United States Outer Continental 
Shelf for which noticed was published on September 10, 2013 (78 Fed. 
Reg. 55230) earlier than 6 months after the submittal of the analysis 
required by subsection (a).

                  TITLE IV--FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION

SEC. 401. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    There is authorized to be appropriated to the Federal Maritime 
Commission $24,700,000 for fiscal year 2015.

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SEC. 402. AWARD OF REPARATIONS.

    Section 41305 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in subsection (b), by striking ``, plus reasonable 
        attorney fees''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following:

    ``(e) Attorney Fees.--In any action brought under section 41301, the 
prevailing party may be awarded reasonable attorney fees.''.
SEC. 403. TERMS OF COMMISSIONERS.

    (a) In General.--Section 301(b) of title 46, United States Code, is 
amended--
            (1) by amending paragraph (2) to read as follows:
            ``(2) Terms.--The term of each Commissioner is 5 years. When 
        the term of a Commissioner ends, the Commissioner may continue 
        to serve until a successor is appointed and qualified, but for a 
        period not to exceed one year. Except as provided in paragraph 
        (3), no individual may serve more than 2 terms.''; and
            (2) by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (5), and 
        inserting after paragraph (2) the following:
            ``(3) Vacancies.--A vacancy shall be filled in the same 
        manner as the original appointment. An individual appointed to 
        fill a vacancy is appointed only for the unexpired term of the 
        individual being succeeded. An individual appointed to fill a 
        vacancy may serve 2 terms in addition to the remainder of the 
        term for which the predecessor of that individual was appointed.
            ``(4) Conflicts of interest.--
                    ``(A) Limitation on relationships with regulated 
                entities.--A Commissioner may not have a pecuniary 
                interest in, hold an official relation to, or own stocks 
                or bonds of any entity the Commission regulates under 
                chapter 401 of this title.
                    ``(B) Limitation on other activities.--A 
                Commissioner may not engage in another business, 
                vocation, or employment.''.

    (b) <<NOTE: 46 USC 301 note.>> Applicability.--The amendment made by 
subsection (a)(1) does not apply with respect to a Commissioner of the 
Federal Maritime Commission appointed and confirmed by the Senate before 
the date of the enactment of this Act.

                 TITLE V--ARCTIC MARITIME TRANSPORTATION

SEC. 501. ARCTIC MARITIME TRANSPORTATION.

    (a) Arctic Maritime Transportation.--Chapter 5 of title 14, United 
States Code, is amended by inserting after section 89 the following:
``Sec. 90. <<NOTE: Safety. 14 USC 90.>> Arctic maritime 
              transportation

    ``(a) Purpose.--The purpose of this section is to ensure safe and 
secure maritime shipping in the Arctic including the availability of 
aids to navigation, vessel escorts, spill response capability, and 
maritime search and rescue in the Arctic.

[[Page 128 STAT. 3057]]

    ``(b) <<NOTE: Foreign nations.>> International Maritime Organization 
Agreements.--To carry out the purpose of this section, the Secretary is 
encouraged to enter into negotiations through the International Maritime 
Organization to conclude and execute agreements to promote coordinated 
action among the United States, Russia, Canada, Iceland, Norway, and 
Denmark and other seafaring and Arctic nations to ensure, in the 
Arctic--
            ``(1) placement and maintenance of aids to navigation;
            ``(2) appropriate marine safety, tug, and salvage 
        capabilities;
            ``(3) oil spill prevention and response capability;
            ``(4) maritime domain awareness, including long-range vessel 
        tracking; and
            ``(5) search and rescue.

    ``(c) Coordination by Committee on the Maritime Transportation 
System.--The Committee on the Maritime Transportation System established 
under section 55501 of title 46, United States Code, shall coordinate 
the establishment of domestic transportation policies in the Arctic 
necessary to carry out the purpose of this section.
    ``(d) Agreements and Contracts.--The Secretary may, subject to the 
availability of appropriations, enter into cooperative agreements, 
contracts, or other agreements with, or make grants to, individuals and 
governments to carry out the purpose of this section or any agreements 
established under subsection (b).
    ``(e) Icebreaking.--The Secretary shall promote safe maritime 
navigation by means of icebreaking where necessary, feasible, and 
effective to carry out the purposes of this section.
    ``(f) Arctic Definition.--In this section, the term `Arctic'? has 
the meaning given such term in section 112 of the Arctic Research and 
Policy Act of 1984 (15 U.S.C. 4111).''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The analysis for such <<NOTE: 14 USC prec. 
81.>> chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 
89 the following:

``90. Arctic maritime transportation''.

    (c) Conforming Amendment.--Section 307 of the Coast Guard 
Authorization Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-281; 14 U.S.C. 92 note) is 
repealed.
SEC. 502. ARCTIC MARITIME DOMAIN AWARENESS.

    (a) In General.--Chapter 7 of title 14, United States Code, is 
amended by adding at the end the following:
``Sec. 154. <<NOTE: 14 USC 154.>> Arctic maritime domain awareness

    ``(a) In General.--The Commandant shall improve maritime domain 
awareness in the Arctic--
            ``(1) by promoting interagency cooperation and coordination;
            ``(2) by employing joint, interagency, and international 
        capabilities; and
            ``(3) by facilitating the sharing of information, 
        intelligence, and data related to the Arctic maritime domain 
        between the Coast Guard and departments and agencies listed in 
        subsection (b).

    ``(b) Coordination.--The Commandant shall seek to coordinate the 
collection, sharing, and use of information, intelligence, and

[[Page 128 STAT. 3058]]

data related to the Arctic maritime domain between the Coast Guard and 
the following:
            ``(1) The Department of Homeland Security.
            ``(2) The Department of Defense.
            ``(3) The Department of Transportation.
            ``(4) The Department of State.
            ``(5) The Department of the Interior.
            ``(6) The National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
            ``(7) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
            ``(8) The Environmental Protection Agency.
            ``(9) The National Science Foundation.
            ``(10) The Arctic Research Commission.
            ``(11) Any Federal agency or commission or State the 
        Commandant determines is appropriate.

    ``(c) Cooperation.--The Commandant and the head of a department or 
agency listed in subsection (b) may by agreement, on a reimbursable 
basis or otherwise, share personnel, services, equipment, and facilities 
to carry out the requirements of this section.
    ``(d) <<NOTE: Deadlines.>> 5-year Strategic Plan.--Not later than 
January 1, 2016 and every 5 years thereafter, the Commandant shall 
submit to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the 
Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the 
House of Representatives a 5-year strategic plan to guide interagency 
and international intergovernmental cooperation and coordination for the 
purpose of improving maritime domain awareness in the Arctic.

    ``(e) Definitions.--In this section the term `Arctic' has the 
meaning given that term in section 112 of the Arctic Research and Policy 
Act of 1984 (15 U.S.C. 4111).''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The analysis for such <<NOTE: 14 USC prec. 
141.>> chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to 
section 153 the following:

``154. Arctic maritime domain awareness.''.

SEC. 503. IMO POLAR CODE NEGOTIATIONS.

    Not <<NOTE: Deadline. Reports.>> later than 30 days after the date 
of the enactment of this Act, and thereafter with the submission of the 
budget proposal submitted for each of fiscal years 2016, 2017, and 2018 
under section 1105 of title 31, United States Code, the Secretary of the 
department in which the Coast Guard is operating shall submit to the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of 
Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation of the Senate, a report on--
            (1) the status of the negotiations at the International 
        Maritime Organization regarding the establishment of a draft 
        international code of safety for ships operating in polar 
        waters, popularly known as the Polar Code, and any amendments 
        proposed by such a code to be made to the International 
        Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea and the International 
        Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships;
            (2) the coming into effect of such a code and such 
        amendments for nations that are parties to those conventions;
            (3) impacts, for coastal communities located in the Arctic 
        (as that term is defined in the section 112 of the Arctic 
        Research and Policy Act of 1984 (15 U.S.C. 4111)) of such a code 
        or such amendments, on--
                    (A) the costs of delivering fuel and freight; and

[[Page 128 STAT. 3059]]

                    (B) the safety of maritime transportation; and
            (4) actions the Secretary must take to implement the 
        requirements of such a code and such amendments.
SEC. 504. FORWARD OPERATING FACILITIES.

    The Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is 
operating may construct facilities in the Arctic (as that term is 
defined in section 112 of the Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984 (15 
U.S.C. 4111). The facilities shall--
            (1) support aircraft maintenance, including exhaust 
        ventilation, heat, an engine wash system, fuel, ground support 
        services, and electrical power;
            (2) provide shelter for both current helicopter assets and 
        those projected to be located at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, for 
        at least 20 years; and
            (3) include accommodations for personnel.
SEC. 505. ICEBREAKERS.

    (a) Coast Guard Polar Icebreakers.--Section 222 of the Coast Guard 
and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-213; 126 Stat. 
1560) is amended--
            (1) in subsection (d)(2)--
                    (A) in the paragraph heading by striking ``; 
                bridging strategy''; and
                    (B) by striking ``Commandant of the Coast Guard'' 
                and all that follows through the period at the end and 
                inserting ``Commandant of the Coast Guard may 
                decommission the Polar Sea.'';
            (2) by adding at the end of subsection (d) the following:
            ``(3) Result of no determination.--If in the analysis 
        submitted under this section the Secretary does not make a 
        determination under subsection (a)(5) regarding whether it is 
        cost effective to reactivate the Polar Sea, then--
                    ``(A) the Commandant of the Coast Guard may 
                decommission the Polar Sea; or
                    ``(B) <<NOTE: Deadline.>> the Secretary may make 
                such determination, not later than 90 days after the 
                date of the enactment of Howard Coble Coast Guard and 
                Maritime Transportation Act of 2014, and take actions in 
                accordance with this subsection as though such 
                determination was made in the analysis previously 
                submitted.'';
            (3) by redesignating subsections (e), (f), and (g) as 
        subsections (f), (g), and (h), respectively; and
            (4) by inserting after subsection (d) the following:

    ``(e) Strategies.--
            ``(1) <<NOTE: Deadline.>> In general.--Not later than 180 
        days after the date on which the analysis required under 
        subsection (a) is submitted, the Commandant of the Coast Guard 
        shall submit to the Committee on Transportation and 
        Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee 
        on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate--
                    ``(A) unless the Secretary makes a determination 
                under this section that it is cost effective to 
                reactivate the Polar Sea, a bridging strategy for 
                maintaining the Coast Guard's polar icebreaking services 
                until at least September 30, 2024;
                    ``(B) a strategy to meet the Coast Guard's Arctic 
                ice operations needs through September 30, 2050; and

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                    ``(C) a strategy to meet the Coast Guard's Antarctic 
                ice operations needs through September 30, 2050
            ``(2) <<NOTE: Analysis.>> Requirement.--The strategies 
        required under paragraph (1) shall include a business case 
        analysis comparing the leasing and purchasing of icebreakers to 
        maintain the needs and services described in that paragraph.''.

    (b) <<NOTE: Plans. Time period.>> Cutter ``Polar Sea''.--Upon the 
submission of a service life extension plan in accordance with section 
222(d)(1)(C) of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 
(Public Law 112-213; 126 Stat. 1560), the Secretary of the department in 
which the Coast Guard is operating may use funds authorized under 
section 101 of this Act to conduct a service life extension of 7 to 10 
years for the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea (WAGB 11) in accordance with 
such plan.

    (c) Limitation.--
            (1) In general.--The Secretary of the department in which 
        the Coast Guard is operating may not expend amounts appropriated 
        for the Coast Guard for any of fiscal years 2015 through 2024, 
        for--
                    (A) design activities related to a capability of a 
                Polar-Class Icebreaker that is based solely on an 
                operational requirement of another Federal department or 
                agency, except for amounts appropriated for design 
                activities for a fiscal year before fiscal year 2016; or
                    (B) long-lead-time materials, production, or post-
                delivery activities related to such a capability.
            (2) Other amounts.--Amounts made available to the Secretary 
        under an agreement with another Federal department or agency and 
        expended on a capability of a Polar-Class Icebreaker that is 
        based solely on an operational requirement of that or another 
        Federal department or agency shall not be treated as amounts 
        expended by the Secretary for purposes of the limitation 
        established under paragraph (1).
SEC. 506. ICEBREAKING IN POLAR REGIONS.

    (a) In General.--Chapter 5 of title 14, United States Code, is 
amended by inserting after section 86 the following:
``Sec. 87. <<NOTE: 14 USC 87.>> Icebreaking in polar regions

    ``The <<NOTE: President.>> President shall facilitate planning for 
the design, procurement, maintenance, deployment, and operation of 
icebreakers as needed to support the statutory missions of the Coast 
Guard in the polar regions by allocating all funds to support 
icebreaking operations in such regions, except for recurring incremental 
costs associated with specific projects, to the Coast Guard.''.

    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The analysis for such <<NOTE: 14 USC prec. 
81.>> chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 
86 the following:

``87. Icebreaking in polar regions.''.

                         TITLE VI--MISCELLANEOUS

SEC. 601. DISTANT WATER TUNA FLEET.

    Section 421 of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 
2006 (46 U.S.C. 8103 note) is amended--
            (1) by striking subsections (c) and (e); and

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            (2) by redesignating subsections (d) and (f) as subsections 
        (c) and (d), respectively.
SEC. 602. EXTENSION OF MORATORIUM.

    Section 2(a) of Public Law 110-299 (33 U.S.C. 1342 note) is amended 
by striking ``2014'' and inserting ``2017''.
SEC. 603. NATIONAL MARITIME STRATEGY.

    (a) <<NOTE: Deadline. Consultation.>> In General.--Not later than 60 
days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of 
Transportation, in consultation with the Secretary of the department in 
which the Coast Guard is operating, shall submit to the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and 
the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a 
national maritime strategy.

    (b) Contents.--The strategy required under subsection (a) shall--
            (1) identify--
                    (A) Federal regulations and policies that reduce the 
                competitiveness of United States flag vessels in 
                international transportation markets; and
                    (B) the impact of reduced cargo flow due to 
                reductions in the number of members of the United States 
                Armed Forces stationed or deployed outside of the United 
                States; and
            (2) <<NOTE: Recommenda- tions.>> include recommendations 
        to--
                    (A) make United States flag vessels more competitive 
                in shipping routes between United States and foreign 
                ports;
                    (B) increase the use of United States flag vessels 
                to carry cargo imported to and exported from the United 
                States;
                    (C) ensure compliance by Federal agencies with 
                chapter 553 of title 46, United States Code;
                    (D) increase the use of third-party inspection and 
                certification authorities to inspect and certify 
                vessels;
                    (E) increase the use of short sea transportation 
                routes, including routes designated under section 
                55601(c) of title 46, United States Code, to enhance 
                intermodal freight movements; and
                    (F) enhance United States shipbuilding capability.
SEC. 604. WAIVERS.

    (a) ``John Craig''.--
            (1) In general.--Section 8902 of title 46, United States 
        Code, shall not apply to the vessel John Craig (United States 
        official number D1110613) when such vessel is operating on the 
        portion of the Kentucky River, Kentucky, located at 
        approximately mile point 158, in Pool Number 9, between Lock and 
        Dam Number 9 and Lock and Dam Number 10.
            (2) Application.--Paragraph (1) shall apply on and after the 
        date on which the Secretary of the department in which the Coast 
        Guard is operating determines that a licensing requirement has 
        been established under Kentucky State law that applies to an 
        operator of the vessel John Craig.

    (b) ``F/V Western Challenger''.--Notwithstanding section 12132 of 
title 46, United States Code, the Secretary of the department in which 
the Coast Guard is operating may issue a certificate

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of documentation with a coastwise endorsement for the F/V Western 
Challenger (IMO number 5388108).
SEC. 605. COMPETITION BY UNITED STATES FLAG VESSELS.

    (a) <<NOTE: Contracts. Assessment.>> In General.--The Commandant of 
the Coast Guard shall enter into an arrangement with the National 
Academy of Sciences to conduct an assessment of authorities under 
subtitle II of title 46, United States Code, that have been delegated to 
the Coast Guard and that impact the ability of vessels documented under 
the laws of the United States to effectively compete in international 
transportation markets.

    (b) Review of Differences With IMO Standards.--The assessment under 
subsection (a) shall include a review of differences between United 
States laws, policies, regulations, and guidance governing the 
inspection of vessels documented under the laws of the United States and 
standards set by the International Maritime Organization governing the 
inspection of vessels.
    (c) Deadline.--Not later than 180 days after the date on which the 
Commandant enters into an arrangement with the National Academy of 
Sciences under subsection (a), the Commandant shall submit to the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of 
Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation of the Senate the assessment required under such 
subsection.
SEC. 606. VESSEL REQUIREMENTS FOR NOTICES OF ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE 
                        AND AUTOMATIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM.

    Not <<NOTE: Deadline. Notification. Regulations.>> later than 30 
days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the 
department in which the Coast Guard is operating shall notify the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of 
Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation of the Senate of the status of the final rule that 
relates to the notice of proposed rulemaking titled ``Vessel 
Requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure, and Automatic 
Identification System'' and published in the Federal Register on 
December 16, 2008 (73 Fed. Reg. 76295).
SEC. 607. CONVEYANCE OF COAST GUARD PROPERTY IN ROCHESTER, NEW 
                        YORK.

    (a) Conveyance Authorized.--The Commandant of the Coast Guard is 
authorized to convey, at fair market value, all right, title, and 
interest of the United States in and to a parcel of real property, 
consisting of approximately 0.2 acres, that is under the administrative 
control of the Coast Guard and located at 527 River Street in Rochester, 
New York.
    (b) Right of First Refusal.--The City of Rochester, New York, shall 
have the right of first refusal with respect to the purchase, at fair 
market value, of the real property described in subsection (a).
    (c) Survey.--The exact acreage and legal description of the property 
described in subsection (a) shall be determined by a survey satisfactory 
to the Commandant.
    (d) Fair Market Value.--The fair market value of the property 
described in subsection (a) shall--
            (1) be determined by appraisal; and
            (2) be subject to the approval of the Commandant.

    (e) Costs of Conveyance.--The responsibility for all reasonable and 
necessary costs, including real estate transaction and

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environmental documentation costs, associated with a conveyance under 
subsection (a) shall be determined by the Commandant and the purchaser.
    (f) Additional Terms and Conditions.--The Commandant may require 
such additional terms and conditions in connection with a conveyance 
under subsection (a) as the Commandant considers appropriate and 
reasonable to protect the interests of the United States.
    (g) Deposit of Proceeds.--Any proceeds from a conveyance under 
subsection (a) shall be deposited in the fund established under section 
687 of title 14, United States Code.
SEC. 608. CONVEYANCE OF CERTAIN PROPERTY IN GIG HARBOR, 
                        WASHINGTON.

    (a) Definitions.--In this section, the following definitions apply:
            (1) City.--The term ``City'' means the city of Gig Harbor, 
        Washington.
            (2) Property.--The term ``Property'' means the parcel of 
        real property, together with any improvements thereon, 
        consisting of approximately 0.86 acres of fast lands commonly 
        identified as tract 65 of lot 1 of section 8, township 21 north, 
        range 2 east, Willamette Meridian, on the north side of the 
        entrance of Gig Harbor, narrows of Puget Sound, Washington.
            (3) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
        of the Interior.

    (b) Conveyance.--
            (1) <<NOTE: Deadline.>> Authority to convey.--Not later than 
        30 days after the date on which the Secretary of the department 
        in which the Coast Guard is operating relinquishes the 
        reservation of the Property for lighthouse purposes, at the 
        request of the City and subject to the requirements of this 
        section, the Secretary shall convey to the City all right, 
        title, and interest of the United States in and to the Property, 
        notwithstanding the land use planning requirements of sections 
        202 and 203 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 
        1976 (43 U.S.C. 1712, 1713).
            (2) Terms of conveyance.--A conveyance made under paragraph 
        (1) shall be made--
                    (A) subject to valid existing rights;
                    (B) at the fair market value as described in 
                subsection (c); and
                    (C) subject to any other condition that the 
                Secretary may consider appropriate to protect the 
                interests of the United States.
            (3) Costs.--The City shall pay any transaction or 
        administrative costs associated with a conveyance under 
        paragraph (1), including the costs of the appraisal, title 
        searches, maps, and boundary and cadastral surveys.
            (4) Conveyance is not a major federal action.--A conveyance 
        under paragraph (1) shall not be considered a major Federal 
        action for purposes of section 102(2) of the National 
        Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)).

    (c) Fair Market Value.--
            (1) Determination.--The fair market value of the Property 
        shall be--

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                    (A) determined by an appraisal conducted by an 
                independent appraiser selected by the Secretary; and
                    (B) approved by the Secretary in accordance with 
                paragraph (3).
            (2) Requirements.--An appraisal conducted under paragraph 
        (1) shall--
                    (A) be conducted in accordance with nationally 
                recognized appraisal standards, including--
                          (i) the Uniform Appraisal Standards for 
                      Federal Land Acquisitions; and
                          (ii) the Uniform Standards of Professional 
                      Appraisal Practice; and
                    (B) shall reflect the equitable considerations 
                described in paragraph (3).
            (3) Equitable considerations.--In approving the fair market 
        value of the Property under this subsection, the Secretary shall 
        take into consideration matters of equity and fairness, 
        including the City's past and current lease of the Property, any 
        maintenance or improvements by the City to the Property, and 
        such other factors as the Secretary considers appropriate.

    (d) <<NOTE: Effective date.>> Revocation; Reversion.--Effective on 
and after the date on which a conveyance of the Property is made under 
subsection (b)(1)--
            (1) Executive Order 3528, dated August 9, 1921, is revoked; 
        and
            (2) the use of the tide and shore lands belonging to the 
        State of Washington and adjoining and bordering the Property, 
        that were granted to the Government of the United States 
        pursuant to the Act of the Legislature, State of Washington, 
        approved March 13, 1909, the same being chapter 110 of the 
        Session Laws of 1909, shall revert to the State of Washington.
SEC. 609. VESSEL DETERMINATION.

    The <<NOTE: Effective date.>> vessel assigned United States official 
number 1205366 is deemed a new vessel effective on the date of delivery 
of the vessel after January 1, 2012, from a privately owned United 
States shipyard, if no encumbrances are on record with the Coast Guard 
at the time of the issuance of the new certificate of documentation for 
the vessel.
SEC. 610. SAFE VESSEL OPERATION IN THUNDER BAY.

    The Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is 
operating and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency 
may not prohibit a vessel operating within the existing boundaries and 
any future expanded boundaries of the Thunder Bay National Marine 
Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve from taking up or discharging ballast 
water to allow for safe and efficient vessel operation if the uptake or 
discharge meets all Federal and State ballast water management 
requirements that would apply if the area were not a marine sanctuary.
SEC. 611. <<NOTE: District of Columbia.>> PARKING FACILITIES.

    (a) Allocation and Assignment.--
            (1) <<NOTE: Coordination.>> In general.--Subject to the 
        requirements of this section, the Administrator of General 
        Services, in coordination with the Commandant of the Coast 
        Guard, shall allocate and assign the spaces in parking 
        facilities at the Department of Homeland Security St. Elizabeths 
        Campus to allow any member

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        or employee of the Coast Guard, who is assigned to the Campus, 
        to use such spaces.
            (2) <<NOTE: Deadlines.>> Timing.--In carrying out paragraph 
        (1), and in addition to the parking spaces allocated and 
        assigned to Coast Guard members and employees in fiscal year 
        2014, the Administrator shall allocate and assign not less 
        than--
                    (A) 300 parking spaces not later than September 30, 
                2015;
                    (B) 700 parking spaces not later than September 30, 
                2016; and
                    (C) 1,042 parking spaces not later than September 
                30, 2017.

    (b) Transportation Management Report.--Not later than 1 year after 
the date of the enactment of this Act, and each fiscal year thereafter 
in which spaces are allocated and assigned under subsection (a)(2), the 
Administrator shall provide to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure of the House of Representatives a report on--
            (1) the impact of assigning and allocating parking spaces 
        under subsection (a) on the congestion of roads connecting the 
        St. Elizabeths Campus to the portions of Suitland Parkway and I-
        295 located in the Anacostia section of the District of 
        Columbia; and
            (2) progress made toward completion of essential 
        transportation improvements identified in the Transportation 
        Management Program for the St. Elizabeths Campus.

    (c) Reallocation.--Notwithstanding subsection (a), the Administrator 
may revise the allocation and assignment of spaces to members and 
employees of the Coast Guard made under subsection (a) as necessary to 
accommodate employees of the Department of Homeland Security, other than 
the Coast Guard, when such employees are assigned to the St. Elizabeths 
Campus.

    Approved December 18, 2014.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 2444 (H.R. 5769):
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CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 160 (2014):
            Dec. 10, considered and passed Senate and House.

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