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A Guide to Emergency Powers and Their Use

The 136 statutory powers that may become available to the president upon declaration of a national emergency.

Last Updated: September 4, 2019
Published: December 5, 2018

In February 2019, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to secure funding that Congress had expressly denied for the construction of a wall along the southern border. Before that declaration, most Americans were unaware that a vast set of laws gives the president greatly enhanced powers during emergencies. The Brennan Center, building on previous research, has identified 123 statutory powers that may become available to the president when he declares a national emergency, including the power President Trump invoked to help build the wall (10 U.S.C. 2808 (a)). An additional 13 statutory powers become available when a national emergency is declared by Congress.

The Brennan Center’s research is presented in the two tables below (for a printable PDF version of both tables, click here). The first lists several important laws that establish general frameworks for different kinds of emergencies (including national emergencies, major disasters, public health emergencies, etc.). The second sets forth the 136 statutory provisions available during national emergencies; it displays these powers by subject matter, specifies the conditions triggering their use, and lists the occasions on which they have been invoked. This table is sortable/searchable by level of restriction on the president’s powers, U.S. code title, and keyword. Our top-line observations from this research may be found here, while our methodology for compiling the database is available here. Separately, we have developed a running list of national emergencies declared since the National Emergencies Act went into effect. And we did a deeper dive into some of these powers in the January/February 2019 issue of The Atlantic.

Emergency Framework Statutes

U.S. Section Code

Subject Matter

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

U.S. Section Code

50 U.S.C. §§ 1601-1651

Subject Matter

National Emergencies Act (1976)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“With respect to acts of Congress authorizing the exercise, during the period of a national emergency, of any special or extraordinary power, the President is authorized to declare such national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

The National Emergencies Act imposes procedural requirements on the President’s exercise of emergency powers. It has governed the declaration of multiple emergencies. For a complete list of emergencies declared under this statute, see here.

U.S. Section Code

42 U.S.C. § 247d

Subject Matter

Public Health Service Act (1944)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“"If the Secretary [of Health and Human Services] determines, after consultation with such public health officials as may be necessary, that –

(1) A disease or disorder presents a public health emergency; or

(2) A public health emergency, including significant outbreaks of infectious diseases or bioterrorist attacks, otherwise exists”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

See here for list of declarations under this statute since 2005.

Two recent invocations of this authority include:

Pres. Memo., Combatting the National Drug Demand and Opioid Crisis, 82 FR 50305, Oct. 26, 2017 (instructing the HHS Secretary to declare a Public Health Emergency to combat the opioid crisis); and

Proc. 8443, Declaration of a National Emergency With Respect to the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic, 74 FR 55439, Oct. 23, 2009.

U.S. Section Code

42 U.S.C. §§ 5121 et seq.

Subject Matter

Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (1988; earlier iterations, known as the "Disaster Relief Act,” were issued in 1950 and 1974)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

A Governor can petition the President for a declaration of major disaster or emergency under this chapter when she reaches "a finding that [a] disaster is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments and that Federal assistance is necessary” 42 U.S.C. § 5170

42 U.S.C. § 5122 defines an emergency under this chapter as "any occasion or instance for which, in the determination of the President, Federal assistance is needed to supplement State and local efforts and capabilities to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in any part of the United States.” The same section defines a major disaster under this chapter as "any natural catastrophe (including any hurricane, tornado, storm, high water, winddriven [sic] water, tidal wave, tsunami, earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide, mudslide, snowstorm, or drought), or, regardless of cause, any fire, flood, or explosion, in any part of the United States, which in the determination of the President causes damage of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant major disaster assistance under this chapter to supplement the efforts and available resources of States, local governments, and disaster relief organizations in alleviating the damage, loss, hardship, or suffering caused thereby”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

Between 1953 and 2014, averages of 35.5 major disaster declarations were issued annually by Presidents under the Stafford Act and its predecessor Disaster Relief Acts. Emergency declarations under this act have been issued on average 9 times annually between 1974 and 2014. Fire Management Assistance Grants have also been issued under this act at a rate of about 24 per year in the same period.

For more information, see Bruce R. Lindsay and Francis X. McCarthy, Stafford Act Declarations 1953-2014: Trends, Analyses, and Implications for Congress, R42702, Congressional Research Service, 2015.

*** The statute does allow for the deployment of federal troops to coordinate disaster response and provide relief efforts, but troops deployed under this statute do not have any law enforcement authority. ***

U.S. Section Code

22 U.S.C. § 2318 (a)(1)

Subject Matter

President may direct the drawdown of defense articles from Department of Defense stocks, Department of Defense services, and military education and training, of a total value not to exceed $100 million per year, for the purpose of providing military, economic, peacekeeping, antiterrorism, and/or non-proliferation assistance to foreign countries and international organizations (1961)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“(1) If the President determines and reports to the Congress in accordance with section 2411 of this title that –

(A) an unforeseen emergency exists which requires immediate military assistance to a foreign country or international organization; and

(B) the emergency requirement cannot be met under the authority of the Arms Export Control Act [22 USC §§ 2751 et seq.] or any other law except this section”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

Between 1988 and 2017, this statute was invoked 57 times, including recently in 2014:

Pres. Determ. No. 2014-13, Drawdown Under Section 506(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 for France to Support Its Counterterrorism Efforts in Mali, Niger, and Chad, 79 FR 49223, Aug. 11, 2014.

Statutes Available Upon Declaration of a National Emergency

Click on restriction levels to show corresponding provisions. Type a search term if you're looking for a specific code title or keyword.

All

No restrictions on president’s power to invoke during a national emergency

No meaningful restrictions on president’s power to invoke during a national emergency

Substantial restrictions on president’s power to invoke during national emergency

Requires Congressional declaration of national emergency to invoke

U.S. Section Code

Subject Matter

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

Public Health

U.S. Section Code

42 U.S.C. § 1320b-5

Subject Matter

Secretary of Health and Human Services may waive confidentiality, certification, sanctions, and other provisions as necessary to supply public health services (2002)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

"in any emergency area and during an emergency period,” defined as "(g)(1)(A) an emergency or disaster declared by the President pursuant to the National Emergencies Act or the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; and (B) a public health emergency declared by the Secretary pursuant to section 247d of this title.”

Section 247d says "If the Secretary determines, after consultation with such public health officials as may be necessary, that

(1) a disease or disorder presents a public health emergency or

(2) a public health emergency, including significant outbreaks of infectious diseases or bioterrorist attacks otherwise exists, the Secretary may take such action as may be appropriate to respond"

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

More commonly referred to as Social Security Act (SSA) § 1135. See here for list of recent waivers issued under SSA § 1135.

For an example of a recent invocation of this statute, see Proc. 8443, Declaration of a National Emergency With Respect to the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic, 74 FR 55439, Oct. 23, 2009.

Certain authorities under this section have since been delegated, though the waiver authority remains with the Secretary. See Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Delegation of Authority, 75 FR 11185, Mar. 10, 2010 (delegating certain authorities under this section to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services).

U.S. Section Code

21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3

Subject Matter

Secretary of Health and Human Services may authorize the use of an unapproved drug, device, or biological product, or an unapproved use of an approved drug, device, or biological product (2004)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“The Secretary may make a declaration that the circumstances exist justifying the authorization under this subsection for a product on the basis of—

(A) a determination by the Secretary of Homeland Security that there is a domestic emergency, or a significant potential for a domestic emergency, involving a heightened risk of attack with a biological, chemical, radiological, or nuclear agent or agents;

(B) a determination by the Secretary of Defense that there is a military emergency, or a significant potential for a military emergency, involving a heightened risk to United States military forces of attack with a biological, chemical, radiological, or nuclear agent or agents;

(C) a determination by the Secretary that there is a public health emergency, or a significant potential for a public health emergency, that affects, or has a significant potential to affect, national security or the health and security of United States citizens living abroad, and that involves a biological, chemical, radiological, or nuclear agent or agents, or a disease or condition that may be attributable to such agent or agents; or

(D) the identification of a material threat pursuant to section 319F–2 of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. § 247d–6b] sufficient to affect national security or the health and security of United States citizens living abroad”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

This statute has been invoked over a dozen times since being enacted in 2004, to authorize use of unapproved products to respond to emergencies ranging from anthrax threats to Ebola. Nine Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) are currently in effect in the United States. See here for a list of active declarations under this statute, and here for an archived list of past declarations.

For a recent example of a declaration under this statute, see HHS Notice, Determination and Declaration Regarding Emergency Use of in Vitro Diagnostic Tests for Detection of Zika Virus and/or Diagnosis of Zika Virus Infection, 81 FR 10878, Feb. 26, 2016 (revoked June 30, 2017).

U.S. Section Code

42 U.S.C. § 7410 (f)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“Upon application by the owner or operator of a fuel burning stationary source, and after notice and opportunity for public hearing, the Governor of the State in which such source is located may petition the President to determine that a national or regional energy emergency exists of such severity” that a temporary suspension may be necessary, and that "other means of responding to the emergency may be inadequate”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

This statute has not been used to declare a national energy emergency, but it was used in the late 1970s to declare regional energy emergencies in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Alabama, Florida, and Oregon.

U.S. Section Code

42 U.S.C. § 217

Subject Matter

President may use the Public Health Service to such extent and in such manner as shall in their judgment promote the public interest; or President may by Executive Order declare the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service to be a military service (1944)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In time of war, or of emergency proclaimed by the President;” or "In time of war, or of emergency involving the national defense proclaimed by the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

E.O. 9575, Declaring the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service to Be a Military Service and Prescribing Regulations Therefore, 10 FR 7895, June 21, 1945 (declaring commissioned corps of the Public Health Service a military service for "the period of the present war”).

U.S. Section Code

50 U.S.C. § 1515

Subject Matter

President may suspend the operation of provisions regulating the storage, transportation, disposal, procurement, handling, and testing of chemical and biological weapons, including the prohibition on testing such weapons on human subjects (1969)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during the period of any war declared by Congress and during the period of any national emergency declared by Congress or by the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

33 U.S.C. § 1902 (b)(3)(F)

Subject Matter

Certain laws governing the disposal of garbage at sea – including restrictions on disposal near land and a prohibition on the discharge of waste that may contain toxic chemicals or heavy metals – do not apply (1987)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

During "time of war or a national emergency declared by the President or Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

33 U.S.C. § 2503 (1)(B)

Subject Matter

Public vessels may dispose of potentially infectious medical waste in ocean waters more than 50 nautical miles from the nearest land after taking precautions to prevent the waste from coming ashore after disposal (1988)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

During "time of war or declared national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

42 U.S.C. § 6393 (a)(2)(A)

Subject Matter

President may waive 30-day minimum comment period on proposed rules and regulations issued under the Energy and Policy Conservation Act (1975)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“if the President finds that such waiver is necessary to act expeditiously during an emergency affecting the national security of the United States”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

E.O. 11912, Delegation of Authorities Relating to Energy Policy and Conservation, 41 FR 15825, Apr. 13, 1976 (delegating Presidential authorities under this section to the Administrator of the Federal Energy Administration).

U.S. Section Code

42 U.S.C. § 300ff-83

Subject Matter

Secretary of Health and Human Services may waive provisions of HIV Health Care Services Program to improve the health and safety of those receiving care under the Program and the general public, but may not expend more than 5% of the funds allocated under the Program for supplemental grants (2006)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in an emergency area and during an emergency period,” defined as:

“a geographic area in which there exists

(A) an emergency or disaster declared by the President pursuant to the National Emergencies Act or the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; or

(B) a public health emergency declared by the Secretary pursuant to section 247d of this title”; and

“the period in which there exists ---

(A) an emergency or disaster declared by the President pursuant to the National Emergencies Act or the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; or

(B) a public health emergency declared by the Secretary pursuant to section 247d of this title”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

Land Management

U.S. Section Code

20 U.S.C. § 79

Subject Matter

Barro Colorado island in the Panama Canal Zone, which is otherwise to be left in its "natural state for scientific observation,” may be used for other purposes (1940)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in event of declared national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

16 U.S.C. § 831s

Subject Matter

Government may take possession of land specified in Tennessee Valley Authority Act for the purpose of manufacturing explosives or for other war purposes (1933)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in case of war or national emergency declared by Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

The Tennessee Valley Authority was a critical supplier of electrical power and raw materials for the purposes of building bombs and other supplies for World War II during the 1940s, but not pursuant to this statute.

U.S. Section Code

43 U.S.C. § 155

Subject Matter

Certain provisions regulating withdrawal, reservation, restriction, and utilization of public lands by or for the Department of Defense for defense purposes do not apply (1958)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in time of war or national emergency hereafter declared by the President or the Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

43 U.S.C. § 1341 (c)

Subject Matter

The Secretary of the Interior, upon a recommendation of the Secretary of Defense, may suspend operations under any lease, with payment of just compensation to the lessee whose operations are suspended, for any lease of land of the outer Continental Shelf (1953)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

All leases of land of the outer Continental Shelf shall contain or be construed to contain a provision authorizing the exercise of this power "…during a state of war or national emergency declared by the Congress or the President of the United States after August 7, 1953”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

16 U.S.C. § 440

Subject Matter

Secretary of the Interior may close Ft. McHenry, and it may be used for military purposes (1925)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in case of a national emergency”  

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

The Coast Guard used Fort McHenry as a training station during World War II, but not pursuant to this statute. Instead, the War Department leased part of the fort from the National Parks Service. For more information on this history, see David Marin, "For the safety of ports, ships, and facilities,” Coast Guard Mid Atlantic, Sept. 5, 2015.

U.S. Section Code

40 U.S.C. § 8722 (b)(2)

Subject Matter

Department of Defense is not required to consult with National Capital Planning Commission for projects within the Capitol grounds or structures erected within existing militaryreservations, unless any developments materially affect traffic or require coordinated planning of the surrounding area (2002)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during wartime or national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

40 U.S.C. § 905

Subject Matter

Procedures for providing notice to local government and prospective purchasers before purchase or sale of real property in urban areas by Administrator of General Services may be waived (2002)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a period of national emergency proclaimed by the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

7 U.S.C. § 4208

Subject Matter

Legal provisions intended to protect farmland do not apply to the acquisition or use of farmland for national defense purposes (1990)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

49 U.S.C. § 47152 (5)

Subject Matter

Federal government may use, control, or possess any part of a public airport that was conveyed to the local or state government as surplus property (1944)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“During a national emergency declared by the President or Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

After World War II, as part of a surplus property conveyance program, the federal government conveyed without monetary consideration some military air bases to state and local governments for use as airports. This provision was invoked to reclaim at least one of these air bases during the Korean War national emergency. See generally "Gabreski Airport History,” Suffolk County Government, accessed Oct. 19, 2018.

U.S. Section Code

23 U.S.C. §§ 127 (h), (i)

Subject Matter

(h) Secretary of Transportation may waive vehicle weight limits on Interstate 95 between Augusta, ME and Bangor, ME for bulk shipments of jet fuel to the Air National Guard Base at Bangor International Airport (2001);

(i) A State may issue special 120-day permits during an emergency to overweight vehicles and loads that can easily be dismantled or divided (2012)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

(h) "…during a period of national emergency in order to respond to the effects of the national emergency.”

(i) if "the President has declared the emergency to be a major disaster under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. § 5121 et seq.); the permits are issued in accordance with State law; and the permits are issued exclusively to vehicles and loads that are delivering relief supplies”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

**Zero citing references on Westlaw**

U.S. Section Code

40 U.S.C. § 545 (b)(1)(A)

Subject Matter

Administrator of General Services may, if necessary in the public interest, negotiate disposal of a particular lot of surplus personal property without first publicly advertising for bids, but subject to obtaining competition that is feasible under the circumstances (2002)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during the period of a national emergency declared by the President or Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

42 U.S.C. § 4625 (c)(3)(B)

Subject Matter

Provision that persons displaced by a federal project may not be required to leave their dwelling unless they have had a reasonable opportunity to relocate to a comparable replacement dwelling does not apply (1971)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in the case of–

(A) a major disaster as defined in section 5122(2) of this title;

(B) a national emergency declared by the President; or

(C) any other emergency which requires the person to move immediately from the dwelling because the continued occupancy of such dwelling by such person constitutes a substantial danger to the health or safety of such person”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

Military and National Defense

U.S. Section Code

50 U.S.C. §§ 1431-1435

Subject Matter

President may authorize any agency that exercises functions in connection with the national defense to enter into, amend, or make advance payments on contracts up to certain specified amounts and subject to certain restrictions, without regard to other provisions of law relating to contract formation, amendment, or performance, if the President deems it to be in the interest of national defense (1958)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

This authority is "effective only during a national emergency declared by Congress or the President and for six months after the termination thereof or until such earlier time as Congress, by concurrent resolution, may designate” (50 U.S.C. § 1435)

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

This statute was promptly invoked by E.O. 10789, Authorizing Agencies of the Government to Exercise Certain Contracting Authority in Connection with National-Defense Functions and Prescribing Regulations Governing the Exercise of Such Authority, 23 FR 8897, Nov. 14, 1958, and has been continually exercised under this order ever since. For more information, see here.

A recent example of a specific invocation of this statute is Pres. Memo., Authorizing the Exercise of Authority under Public Law 85-804: Memorandum for the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, Nov. 13, 2014 (authorizing USAID director to enter into contracts in support of responding to Ebola outbreak in Africa where the contractor, employees, or subcontractors will have significant exposure to Ebola).

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 7224

Subject Matter

Secretary of the Navy may authorize by regulation the transport and subsistence of any person on naval vessels at government expense (1946)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In time of war or during a national emergency declared by the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

**Zero citing references on Westlaw**

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 3063 (b)

Subject Matter

Secretary of the Army may discontinue or consolidate basic branches of the Army (1956)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“for the duration of any war, or of any national emergency declared by Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 12302 (a)

Subject Matter

An authority designated by the Secretary concerned may, without the consent of the persons concerned, order any unit and any member of the Ready Reserve to active duty for up to 24 consecutive months; no more than 1,000,000 members of the Ready Reserve may be on active duty without their consent under this section at any one time (1956)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in time of national emergency declared by the President after January 1, 1953, or when otherwise authorized by law”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

E.O. 12743, Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty, 56 FR 2661, Jan. 18, 1991 (invoked as previously codified – 10 U.S.C. § 673 – in response to "the continuing threat posed by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait,” "in furtherance of [E.O.] 12722, dated August 2, 1990”);

Proc. 7463, Declaration of National Emergency By Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks, 66 FR 48199, Sept. 14, 2001 (invoked in response to events of 9/11/2001);

E.O. 13223, Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation, 66 FR 48201, Sept. 14, 2001 (invoked in response to events of 9/11/2001).

U.S. Section Code

14 U.S.C. § 652

Subject Matter

Any law removing any restriction contained in any then-existing law as applied to the Navy shall remove such restrictions as applied to the Coast Guard (1949)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“for the duration of a war or national emergency proclaimed by the President”  

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

E.O. 13253, Amendment to Executive Order 13223, Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation, 67 FR 2791, Jan. 16, 2002 (invoked to respond further to the events of 9/11/2001, and delegated to the Secretary of Transportation) (later amended to delegate such authority to Secretary of Homeland Security instead of Secretary of Transportation).

U.S. Section Code

14 U.S.C. § 660 (a)

Subject Matter

Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating may, at reasonable rates of fare fixed, provide transportation to and from work for people working at private plants that are manufacturing material for the Coast Guard (1980)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a war or during a national emergency declared by Congress or the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

**Zero citing references on Westlaw**

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 2632 (a)(2)(D)

Subject Matter

Secretary of military department concerned may provide transportation to and from work for employees of and "persons attached to” a private plant manufacturing material for that department (1979)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a war or a national emergency declared by Congress or the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

46 U.S.C. § 8301 (d)(1)

Subject Matter

The Secretary of the Department in which the Coast Guard is operating may suspend provisions related to masters and officers of merchant vessels (1983)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a national emergency proclaimed by the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 527

Subject Matter

President may suspend statutory officer strength and distribution in grade requirements (1980)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In time of war, or of national emergency declared by Congress or the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

E.O. 12743, Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty, 56 FR 2661, Jan. 18, 1991 (invoked in response to "the continuing threat posed by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait,” "in furtherance of [E.O.] 12722, dated August 2, 1990,” and delegated to Secretary of Defense);


Proc. 7463, Declaration of National Emergency By Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks, 66 FR 48199, Sept. 14, 2001 (invoked in response to events of 9/11/2001);


E.O. 13223, Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation, 66 FR 48201, Sept. 14, 2001 (invoked in response to events of 9/11/2001 and delegated to Secretary of Defense).

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 603

Subject Matter

President may temporarily appoint any qualified person to any officer grade in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps, but not to grades above major general or rear admiral (1980)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In time of war, or of national emergency declared by the Congress or the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

E.O. 13321, Appointments During National Emergency, 68 FR 74465, December 17, 2003 (invoked to respond further to the national emergency declared by Proc. 7463 of Sept. 14, 2001, and delegated to Secretary of Defense);

Four civilians were appointed to Military Commission Review Panel in 2004 under this authority. See here for more information.

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 12006 (a)

Subject Matter

President may suspend the operation of statutes governing the authorized strengths and distribution of reserve officers in an active status in the armed forces (1994)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In time of war, or of national emergency declared by Congress or the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

Proc. 7463, Declaration of National Emergency By Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks, 66 FR 48199, Sept. 14, 2001 (invoked in response to events of 9/11/2001);

E.O. 13223, Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation, 66 FR 48201, Sept. 14, 2001 (invoked in response to the events of 9/11/2001).

U.S. Section Code

14 U.S.C. § 722

Subject Matter

President may suspend the operation of certain statutes related to officers in the Coast Guard Reserve (1980)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In time of war or national emergency declared by Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

E.O. 13253, Amendment to Executive Order 13223, Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation, 67 FR 2791, Jan. 16, 2002 (invoked to respond further to events of 9/11/2001 and delegated to the Secretary of Transportation) (later amended to delegate such authority to Secretary of Homeland Security instead of Secretary of Transportation).

U.S. Section Code

49 U.S.C. § 114 (g)

Subject Matter

Undersecretary of Transportation authorized to coordinate domestic transportation, among other duties (2001)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a national emergency” – however, "The Secretary shall prescribe the circumstances constituting a national emergency for purposes of this subsection”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw* 

U.S. Section Code

50 U.S.C. § 4533 (a)(7)

Subject Matter

Procedural and substantive limitations in statute granting the President broad authority to create, maintain, protect, expand, or restore domestic industrial base capabilities that are essential for the national defense may be waived (1950)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“(A) during a period of national emergency declared by the Congress or the President; or

(B) upon a determination by the President, on a nondelegable basis, that action is necessary to avert an industrial resource or critical technology item shortfall that would severely impair national defense capability”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw* 

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 5451

Subject Matter

President may suspend the operation of statutes imposing distribution in grade requirements on the Navy (1956; powers amended and expanded to allow suspension of further statutes in 1991)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a war or national emergency… [not to] continue beyond September 30 of the fiscal year following that in which the war or national emergency ends”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

**Zero citing references on Westlaw**

The only statute currently subject to this section is 10 USC § 5450, which caps the number of retired Navy flag officers on active duty at ten.

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 1104 (d)

Subject Matter

Department of Veterans Affairs may provide healthcare to members of the armed forces serving in national emergency (1989)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during and immediately following a period of war, or during and immediately following a national emergency involving the use of the armed forces in armed conflict”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

**Zero citing references on Westlaw**

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. §§ 3014 (f)(4), (5)

Subject Matter

Limitations on the size of the Office of the Secretary of the Army do not apply (1986; national emergency provisions narrowed in 2016)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

Limitations "do not apply in time of war;” certain limitations "may be exceeded by a number equal to 15 percent of such limitation in time of national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

**Zero citing references on Westlaw**

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. §§ 5014 (f)(4), (5)

Subject Matter

Limitations on the size of the Office of the Secretary of the Navy do not apply (1986; national emergency provisions narrowed in 2016)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

Limitations "do not apply in time of war;” certain limitations "may be exceeded by a number equal to 15 percent of such limitation in time of national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

**Zero citing references on Westlaw**

U.S. Section Code

14 U.S.C. § 724 (c)

Subject Matter

President may suspend or defer any end-strength limitation for any military or civilian component of the Coast Guard Reserve for a period not to exceed six months after the end of the war or national emergency (2002)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“If at the end of any fiscal year there is in effect a declaration of war or national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

**Zero citing references on Westlaw**

U.S. Section Code

31 U.S.C. § 3522 (b)(3)

Subject Matter

Additional time available for audit of armed forces (1982)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a war or national emergency and for 18 months after the war or emergency ends”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

**Zero citing references on Westlaw**

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 8014 (f)(5)

Subject Matter

Limitations on size of Office of the Secretary of the Air Force do not apply (1986; national emergency provisions narrowed in 2016)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

Limitations "do not apply in time of war;” certain limitations "may be exceeded by a number equal to 15 percent of such limitation in time of national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

14 U.S.C. § 2703 (a)

Subject Matter

President may defer any "end strength” (the number of active duty military and civilian personnel in a military or civilian component of the armed forces or of the Department of Defense on the last day of a particular accounting period) limitations with respect to that fiscal year for any military or civilian component of the Coast Guard, for a period up to six months after the end of war or termination of national emergency (2002)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“if at the end of any fiscal year there is in effect a declaration of war or national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 123a (a)

Subject Matter

(1) President may waive any statutory "end strength” (the number of active duty military and civilian personnel in a military or civilian component of the armed forces or of the Department of Defense on the last day of a particular accounting period) for that fiscal year

(2) President may waive any statutory limit that would otherwise apply during the period on the number of members of a reserve component who are authorized to be on active duty, if the President determines the waiver is necessary to provide assistance in responding to the major disaster or emergency (1990)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

(1) "If at the end of any fiscal year there is in effect a war or national emergency”

(2) "When a designation of a major disaster or emergency (as those terms are defined in section 102 of [the Stafford Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5122]) is in effect”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

Proc. 7463, Declaration of National Emergency By Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks, 66 FR 48199, Sept. 14, 2001 (invoked in response to the events of 9/11/2001);

E.O. 13223, Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation, 66 FR 48201, Sept. 14, 2001 (invoked to respond to the events of 9/11/2001, and delegated to the Secretary of Defense);

E.O. 13253, Amendment to Executive Order 13223, Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation, 67 FR 2791, Jan. 16, 2002 (invoked to respond further to the events of 9/11/2001, and delegated to the Secretary of Transportation).

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 2808 (a)

Subject Matter

Secretary of Defense, without regard to any other provision of law, may undertake military construction projects, and may authorize Secretaries of the military departments to undertake military construction projects, that are necessary to support such use of the armed forces (1982)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In the event of a declaration of war or the declaration by the President of a national emergency in accordance with the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. §§ 1601 et seq.) that requires use of the armed forces”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

E.O. 12734, National Emergency Construction Authority, 55 FR 48099, Nov. 14, 1990 (invoked to respond further to the emergency declared in E.O. 12722 on Aug. 2, 1990, regarding Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait);

E.O. 13235, National Emergency Construction Authority, 66 FR 58343, Nov. 16, 2001 (invoked to respond further to the events of 9/11/2001).

Federal Employees

U.S. Section Code

5 U.S.C. § 5303 (b)

Subject Matter

President may alter automatic adjustments to federal pay schedules after first reporting to Congress (1966)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“If, because of national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare, the President should consider the pay adjustment…in any year to be inappropriate”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

This provision has been routinely invoked by Presidents seeking to adjust federal pay schedules since the mid-1990s. See here for more information.

President Trump recently announced his intention to implement alternative plans for pay adjustments under the authority of this statute in January 2019. See Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate, White House, Aug. 30, 2018.

U.S. Section Code

5 U.S.C. § 5304a

Subject Matter

President may implement alternative comparability payments for government employees after first reporting to Congress (1990)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“If, because of national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare, the President should consider the level of comparability payments…in any year to be inappropriate”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

This provision has been routinely invoked by Presidents seeking to adjust federal pay schedules since the mid-1990s. See here for more information.

President Trump recently announced his intention to implement alternate plans for pay adjustments under the authority of this statute in January 2019. See Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate, White House, Aug. 30, 2018.

U.S. Section Code

40 U.S.C. § 3147

Subject Matter

President may suspend statutory wage-rate requirements for public contracts (1931)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

President Franklin Roosevelt invoked this provision to suspend the Davis-Bacon Act nationwide in 1934 but ended the suspension within a month. This provision may also have been used to suspend Davis-Bacon under the generalized state of emergency proclaimed during World War II. For more information, see William G. Whittaker, The Davis-Bacon Act: Suspension, RL 33100, Congressional Research Service, September 26, 2005, 4.

Recent invocations of this statute have been consistently controversial. The longest invocation of this statute since World War II only lasted for four months. See, e.g.: 

Proc. 4031, Proclaiming the Suspension of the Davis-Bacon Act of March 3, 1931, 53 FR 3457, Feb. 23, 1971 (suspending the Davis-Bacon Act nationwide due to "conditions involving the construction industry which, taken together, create an emergency situation.” The proclamation was rescinded a month later);

Proc. 6491, To Suspend the Davis-Bacon Act of March 3, 1931, Within a Limited Geographic Area in Response to the National Emergency Caused by Hurricanes Andrew and Iniki, 57 FR 47553, Oct. 14, 1992 (declaring "a ‘national emergency’ within the meaning of Section 6 of the Davis-Bacon Act” in a limited area for hurricane relief efforts. The proclamation was rescinded by President Clinton in February 1993);

Proc. 7924, To Suspend Subchapter IV of Chapter 31 of Title 40, United States Code, Within a Limited Geographic Area in Response to the National Emergency Caused by Hurricane Katrina, 70 FR 54225, Sept. 8, 2005 (declaring that the conditions caused by Hurricane Katrina "constitute a ‘national emergency’ within the meaning of section 3147 of title 40, United States Code”). This declaration sparked some debate about the validity of such an invocation without a declaration under the National Emergencies Act. The question was never resolved as the suspension was lifted by Proc. 7959, Revoking Proclamation 7924, 70 FR 67897, Nov. 3, 2005; see Prevailing Wage Requirements and the Emergency Suspension of the Davis-Bacon Act, RL33276, Congressional Research Service, February 16, 2006, 4-7.

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 2461 (e)

Subject Matter

Department of Defense function performed by civilian employees may be converted to contractor performance without a public-private competition (1989)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during war or during a period of national emergency declared by the President or Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

A review of citing references on Westlaw reveals that this clause has been relied upon in arbitration decisions over privatization of Department of Defense functions as recently as 2006, despite never being invoked in a formal declaration of national emergency.

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 688 (f)

Subject Matter

Certain retired officers may be ordered to active duty, and time limits on recall service by retired servicemembers do not apply (1996)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in time of war or of national emergency declared by Congress or the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

E.O. 13814, Amending Executive Order 13223, 82 FR 49273, Oct. 20, 2017 (invoking section 688 "to provide the Secretary of Defense additional authority to manage personnel requirements in a manner consistent with the authorization provided in E.O. 13223 of September 14, 2001,” to address a shortage of pilots in the Air Force by enabling retired pilots to return to active duty).

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 690 (c)

Subject Matter

Limitations on the number of retired officers who may be ordered to active duty at any one time do not apply (1996)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in time of war or national emergency declared by Congress or the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

E.O. 13814, Amending Executive Order 13223, 82 FR 49273, Oct. 20, 2017 (invoking section 690 "to provide the Secretary of Defense additional authority to manage personnel requirements in a manner consistent with the authorization provided in E.O. 13223 of September 14, 2001,” to address a shortage of pilots in the Air Force by enabling retired pilots to return to active duty).

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 12243

Subject Matter

President may suspend any provision of law related to the promotion, retirement, or separation of permanent reserve warrant officers of any armed force (1956)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In time of war, or of emergency declared after May 29, 1954, by Congress or the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

**Zero citing references on Westlaw**

E.O. 11390, Delegation of Certain Functions of the President to the Secretary of Defense, 33 FR 841, Jan. 22, 1968 (Section 1(4) of this order delegated powers under this statute to the Secretary of Defense)

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 871. Art. 71 (b)

Subject Matter

In the case of a commissioned officer, cadet, or midshipman, the Secretary, Under Secretary, or Assistant Secretary of the military department concerned may commute a court martial sentence of dismissal to reduction to any enlisted grade. A person so reduced may be required to serve for the duration of the war or emergency and for six months thereafter (1956)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in time of war or national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

E.O. 10498, Delegating to the Secretaries of the Military Departments and the Secretary of the Treasury Certain Authority Vested in the President by the Uniform Code of Military Justice, 18 FR 7003, Nov. 6, 1953 (delegating the authority conferred by this statute to secretaries of military departments concerned as to persons convicted by military tribunals under their jurisdiction)

U.S. Section Code

42 U.S.C. § 211 (k)

Subject Matter

Certain restrictions on promotion of commissioned officers of the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service do not apply (1944)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

In "time of war, or of national emergency proclaimed by the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

E.O. 10506, Delegating Certain Functions of the President Under the Public Health Service Act, 18 FR 8219, Dec. 10, 1953 (delegating the authority given by this statute to waive restrictions on promotion in the Public Health Service Corps in times of national emergency generally to the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare);

E.O. 11140, Delegating Certain Functions of the President Relating to the Public Health Service, 29 FR 1637, Jan. 30, 1964 (delegating the authority given by this statute to waive restrictions on promotion in the Public Health Service Corps in times of national emergency generally to the Secretary of Health and Human Services).

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 123

Subject Matter

President may suspend any provision of law related to the promotion, involuntary retirement, or separation of commissioned officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard Reserve (1958)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In time of war, or of national emergency declared by Congress or the President” and "so long as such war or national emergency continues”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

E.O. 11390, Delegation of Certain Functions of the President to the Secretary of Defense, 33 FR 841, Jan. 22, 1968 (delegating these authorities to the Secretary of Defense);

 

Proc. 7463, Declaration of National Emergency By Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks, 66 FR 48199, Sept. 14, 2001 (invoked in response to the events of 9/11/2001);

E.O. 13223, Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation, 66 FR 48201, Sept. 14, 2001 (invoked in response to the events of 9/11/2001 and delegated to the Secretary of Defense);

E.O. 13253, Amendment to Executive Order 13223, Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation, 67 FR 2791, Jan. 16, 2002 (invoked to respond further to the events of 9/11/2001, and delegated to the Secretary of Transportation).

U.S. Section Code

14 U.S.C. § 371 (b)

Subject Matter

Requirement that at least 20 percent of Coast Guard aviation cadets procured in each fiscal year be procured from qualified enlisted members of the Coast Guard does not apply (1966)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in time of war or national emergency declared by Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

**Zero citing references on Westlaw**

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 8033 (a)(1)

Subject Matter

Air Force Chief of Staff may be reappointed for a second term of not more than four years (1967)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In time of war or during a national emergency declared by Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

14 U.S.C. § 331

Subject Matter

Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating may order any regular officer on the retired list to active duty (1963)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In time of war or national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

Proc. 7463, Declaration of National Emergency By Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks, 66 FR 48199, Sept. 14, 2001 (invoked in response to the events of 9/11/2001);

E.O. 13223, Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation, 66 FR 48201, Sept. 14, 2001 (invoked in response to the events of 9/11/2001 and delegated to the Secretary of Transportation when the Coast Guard is not serving as part of the Navy) (later amended to delegate such authority to Secretary of Homeland Security instead of Secretary of Transportation).

U.S. Section Code

14 U.S.C. § 359

Subject Matter

Commandant of the Coast Guard may order any enlisted member on the retired list to active duty (1949)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In times of war or national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

Proc. 7463, Declaration of National Emergency By Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks, 66 FR 48199, Sept. 14, 2001 (invoked in response to the events of 9/11/2001);

E.O. 13223, Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation, 66 FR 48201, Sept. 14, 2001 (invoked in response to the events of 9/11/2001 and delegated to the Secretary of Transportation when the Coast Guard is not serving as part of the Navy) (later amended to delegate such authority to Secretary of Homeland Security instead of Secretary of Transportation).

U.S. Section Code

33 U.S.C. § 3030

Subject Matter

Subject to certain limitations, all laws authorizing temporary appointment or advancement of commissioned officers in the Navy also apply to officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2002)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in time of war or national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

E.O. 13341, Further Amendment to Executive Order 11023, Providing for the Performance by the Secretary of Commerce of Certain Functions Relating to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 69 FR 29843, May 20, 2004 (amending E.O. 11023, 27 FR 5131, May 28, 1962, and delegating authority to make appointments and promotions under this section to the Secretary of Commerce).

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 5450

Subject Matter

More than ten retired flag officers may be on active duty in the Navy (1956)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in time of war or national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

**Zero citing references on Westlaw**

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 155 (f)(4)

Subject Matter

Restrictions on Joint Staff officer tours of duty do not apply (1986)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

In "time of war; or

(B) during a national emergency declared by the President or Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 194 (e)

Subject Matter

Certain caps on defense agency personnel do not apply (1986)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“(1) in time of war; or

(2) during a national emergency declared by the President or Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 620 (d)

Subject Matter

Secretary of military department concerned may keep reserve officer ordered to active duty off the active duty list for up to 24 months (1994)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a war or national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 708 (d)(1)

Subject Matter

Secretary of military department concerned may cancel educational leave of absence granted to a member of the armed forces (1984)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in time of war, or of national emergency declared by the President or the Congress after October 19, 1984”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 1076a (e)(2)

Subject Matter

Secretary may waive charges for dental care through TRICARE dental program for reserve members to facilitate deployment (1999)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“During a national emergency declared by the President or Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 3033 (a)(1)

Subject Matter

Army Chief of Staff may be reappointed for a second term of not more than four years (1969)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In time of war or during a national emergency declared by Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 5033 (a)(1)

Subject Matter

Chief of Naval Operations can be reappointed for a second term of not more than four years (1986)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In time of war or during a national emergency declared by Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C § 5043 (a)(1)

Subject Matter

Commandant of Marine Corps may be reappointed for a second term of not more than four years (1986)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In time of war or during a national emergency declared by Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 6911 (b)

Subject Matter

Requirement that 20% of aviation cadets in the naval service in each fiscal year be procured from qualified enlisted Navy and Marine Corps members may be waived (1981)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in time of war or emergency declared by Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 12311 (d)

Subject Matter

If an agreement with a member of a reserve component to serve on active duty expires during a war or national emergency, the member may be kept on active duty without their consent (1956)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“If a [standard written agreement to serve for a period of active duty] expires during a war or during a national emergency declared by Congress or the President after January 1, 1953”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 12313 (b)

Subject Matter

Member of a reserve component may be released from active duty (other than for training) only if

(1) a board of officers convened at his request recommends the release and the recommendation is approved;

(2) the member does not request that a board be convened; or

(3) his release is otherwise authorized by law. These restrictions do not apply during a period of demobilization or reduction in strength of the armed force concerned (1956)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In time of war or of national emergency declared by Congress or the President after January 1, 1953”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 14317 (e)

Subject Matter

Reserve officer not on active duty list who is ordered to active duty may be considered for promotion (1994)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in time of war or national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

50 U.S.C. § 3809 (e)

Subject Matter

President may assign additional armed forces personnel to Selective Service System (1997)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a time of war or a national emergency declared by Congress or the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

7 U.S.C. § 1982 (a)

Subject Matter

Agricultural debt relief authorized for reservists mobilized to serve during national emergency (2004)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a war or during a national emergency declared by the President or Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

41 U.S.C. § 1710 (e)

Subject Matter

An executive agency function performed by civilian employees may be converted to contractor performance without a public-private competition (2011)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“…during war or during a period of national emergency declared by the President or Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 12301 (a)

Subject Matter

An authority designated by the Secretary concerned may, without the consent of the persons affected, order any unit and any member of a reserve component under the jurisdiction of that Secretary to active duty for the duration of the war or emergency and for six months thereafter (1956)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In time of war or of national emergency declared by Congress, or when otherwise authorized by law” 

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

This provision has not been invoked since WWII.

See Colonel Kevin Cieply, "Charting a New Role for Title 10 Reserve Forces: A Total Force Response to Natural Disasters,” Dept. of Army Pamphlet 27-100-196, Military Law Review, Summer 2008.

U.S. Section Code

50 U.S.C. §§ 3806 (b), (c)

Subject Matter

(b) Certain World War II veterans, who would ordinarily be exempt from Selective Service, may be drafted; and

(c) Certain persons, who would ordinarily be exempt from Selective Service because of prior service in the Reserves, may be drafted (1948)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

(b) "after a declaration of war or national emergency made by the Congress subsequent to June 24, 1948”

(c) "after a declaration of war or national emergency made by the Congress after August 9, 1955”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

50 U.S.C. § 4560 (e)

Subject Matter

President may provide for the establishment and training of a "nucleus executive reserve” for employment in executive positions in government (1955)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during periods of national defense emergency, as determined by the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

E.O. 13603, National Defense Resources Preparedness, 77 FR 16651, Mar. 16, 2012 (Sections 501 and 502 of this order delegate authority under this statute to "the head of each agency otherwise delegated functions under the order”).

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 4025

Subject Matter

Regular work hours of laborers and mechanics in the Army producing military supplies or munitions may be exceeded with overtime pay (1956)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“During a national emergency declared by the President, the regular working hours…. under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the Army…may be exceeded”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 6485 (a)

Subject Matter

Competent authority may order members of Fleet Reserve and Fleet Marines Corps Reserve to active duty without their consent (1956)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“(1) in time of war or national emergency declared by Congress, for the duration of the war or national emergency and for six months thereafter;

(2) in time of national emergency declared by the President; or

(3) when otherwise authorized by law”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

14 U.S.C. § 636 (a)(2)

Subject Matter

Commissioned and warrant officers in Coast Guard may, pursuant to rules prescribed by the Commandant, exercise the powers of a notary public (1949)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in time of war or national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

14 U.S.C. § 275

Subject Matter

President may suspend any section of 14 U.S.C. Ch. 11 relating to selection, promotion, or involuntary separation of Coast Guard officers, and may promote warrant officers below the grade of chief warrant officer to the next higher grade. Promotions and appointments made under this section are temporary and are subject to certain procedural requirements. (1963)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In time of war, or of national emergency declared by the President or Congress[.]” Any suspension of procedures under this section "may not continue beyond six months after the termination of the war or national emergency.”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

E.O. 13253, Amendment to Executive Order 13223, Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation, 67 FR 2791, Jan. 16, 2002 (invoked in response to the events of 9/11/2001 and delegated to the Secretary of Transportation) (later amended to delegate authority to Secretary of Homeland Security instead of Secretary of Transportation).

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 12305 (a)

Subject Matter

President may suspend any provision of law relating to promotion, retirement, or separation applicable to any member of the armed forces who the President determines is essential to national security (1983)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during any period members of a reserve component are serving on active duty pursuant to an order to active duty under authority of” 10 U.S.C. §§ 12301, 12302, or 12304

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

Proc. 7463, Declaration of National Emergency By Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks, 66 FR 48199, Sept. 14, 2001 (invoked in response to the events of 9/11/2001);

E.O. 13223, Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation, 66 FR 48201, Sept. 14, 2001 (invoked in response to the events of 9/11/2001);

E.O. 12728, Delegating President’s Authority to Suspend Any Provision of Law Relating to Promotion, Retirement, or Separation of Members of Armed Forces, 55 FR 35029, Aug. 22, 1990 (delegating authority under this section to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Department of the Navy).

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 1491 (e)

Subject Matter

Secretary of Defense may waive any requirements with respect to funeral honors for veterans (1999)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“when the Secretary considers it necessary to do so to meet the requirements of war, national emergency, or a contingency operation or other military requirements.” This authority may not be delegated.

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

**Zero citing references on Westlaw**

U.S. Section Code

38 U.S.C. § 1721

Subject Matter

Secretary of Veterans Affairs may prescribe limitations on the provision of hospital, nursing home, and domiciliary care and medical services in VA facilities (1988)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a period of national emergency (other than a period of war or an emergency described in section 8111A of this title)”

Section 8111A describes "a period of national emergency declared by the President or the Congress that involves the use of the armed forces in armed conflict”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 1064

Subject Matter

Members of National Guard and their dependents can use commissary stores and exchange stores and other revenue-generating facilities operated by the Department of Defense (1998)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

When "called or ordered to duty in response to a federally declared disaster or national emergency…during the period of such duty”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

20 U.S.C. § 1087e (f)(2)(c)

Subject Matter

Department of Education may defer payment requirements and interest accrual for borrower serving on active duty during national emergency (2006)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during which the borrower –

(i) is serving on active duty during a war or other military operation or national emergency; or

(ii) is performing qualifying National Guard duty during a war or other military operation or national emergency, and for the 180-day period following the demobilization date for the service”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 9025

Subject Matter

Regular work hours of Air Force laborers and mechanics producing military supplies or munitions may be exceeded with overtime pay (1956)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“During a national emergency declared by the President…. [and] under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the Air Force”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 12103 (c)

Subject Matter

Term of service of a person enlisted as a Reserve, that would otherwise expire, continues until six months after the end of the emergency (1958)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

This provision affects "enlistment that is in effect at the beginning of a war or of a national emergency declared by Congress, or entered into during such a war or emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 12316 (b)

Subject Matter

Reservist entitled to a pension is not entitled to the pension when serving on active duty for more than thirty days, unless the amount of the pension is greater than the amount of active duty pay (1958)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

Upon "being ordered to active duty for a period of more than 30 days in time of war or national emergency” and being "found physically qualified to perform that duty,” the Member ceases to be entitled to pension payments and instead becomes entitled to "the pay and allowances authorized by law for the duty that he is performing” for the duration of the period of active duty

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 16163 (a)

Subject Matter

A member of a reserve component is entitled to federal educational assistance (2004)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

If, on or after September 11, 2001, the member served "on active duty in support of a contingency operation for 90 consecutive days or more,” or performed full time National Guard duty under section 502(f) of title 32 for 90 consecutive days or more "for the purpose of responding to a national emergency declared by the President and supported by Federal funds.” The relevant section of 32 U.S.C. § 502 (f) describes the circumstances in which the National Guard may be ordered to active duty, including generally in "support of operations undertaken by the member’s unit at the request of the President or Secretary of Defense.”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

37 U.S.C. § 1009 (e)

Subject Matter

President may implement alternate pay adjustments for members of the uniformed services after first reporting to Congress (2003)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“If, because of national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare, the President considers the pay adjustment which would otherwise be required by this section in any year to be inappropriate”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

20 U.S.C. § 1098bb

Subject Matter

Secretary of Education may waive provisions of Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act of 2003 (2003)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“as the Secretary deems necessary in connection with a war or other military operation or national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

22 U.S.C. § 4103

Subject Matter

President may suspend provisions related to labor-management relations "with respect to any post, bureau, office or activity” of the Department of State (1980)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“if the President determines in writing that the suspension is necessary in the interest of national security because of an emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 1580

Subject Matter

Secretary of Defense or of military department concerned may designate emergency-essential employees in the Department of Defense (1999)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

Emergency essential employees as regularly designated under this statute may have exceptional rights and responsibilities "in connection with a war, a national emergency declared by Congress or the President, or the commencement of combat operations of the armed forces in the zone”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

A review of citing references on Westlaw confirms that Department of Defense employees are regularly designated "emergency essential” per the terms of this statute, and subject to the exceptional rights and requirements thereof. A comprehensive listing of employees designated as such, or of precipitating emergencies necessitating the use of "emergency essential” employees, does not appear to be readily available to the public.

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. §§ 12304 (a), (b)

Subject Matter

President may authorize the Secretary of Defense, or Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy, to order any unit and any member to active duty as a unit of the Selected Reserve for up to 365 days without the consent of the members concerned (1976; emergency language added in 1998)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“when the President determines that it is necessary to augment the active forces for any named operational mission or that it is necessary to provide assistance” in response to "an emergency involving –

(1) a use or threatened use of a weapon of mass destruction; or

(2) a terrorist attack or threatened terrorist attack in the United States that results, or could result, in significant loss of life or property”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

This statute has never been invoked for the purposes of responding to a domestic emergency as outlined in § 12304 (b), but the general authority of the President to augment the forces as necessary for operational missions has been invoked in executive orders seven times since 1990, for the purposes of augmenting forces in missions on the Arabian Peninsula; responding to disasters in Haiti; conducting operations in and around the former Yugoslavia; assisting operations in Southwest Asia; and responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

U.S. Section Code

38 U.S.C. § 8111A

Subject Matter

Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs may provide hospital care, nursing home care, and medical services to members of the armed forces on active duty (1982)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“During and immediately following a period of war, or a period of national emergency declared by the President or the Congress that involves the use of the armed forces in armed conflict” and "during and immediately following a disaster or emergency [declared by the President under the Stafford Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121 et seq. or activated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. § 300hh]”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

E.O. 12751, Health Care Services for Operation Desert Storm, 56 F.R. 6787, Feb. 14, 1991 (providing medical services to members of the Armed Forces on active duty in Operation Desert Storm);

The Veterans Health Administration has been providing healthcare to active duty service members pursuant to this statute consistently since at least 2005: see, e.g. VHA Directive 2005-045, Treatment of Active Duty Service Members in VA Health Care Facilities, 2005 WL 6240720, Oct. 4, 2005;

VHA Directive 2010-051, Treatment of Active Duty and Reserve Component Servicemembers in VA Health Care Facilities, 2010 WL 5676520, Nov. 28, 2010;

 

VHA Directive 1305, Treatment of Active Duty and Reserve Component Servicemembers in VA Health Care Facilities, 2017 WL 1058015, Mar. 10, 2017.

Asset Seizure, Control, and Transfer

U.S. Section Code

46 U.S.C. § 70051 (formerly 50 USC § 191)

Subject Matter

Secretary of Transportation may

(1) make, subject to approval of the President, rules and regulations governing the anchorage and movement of any vessel, foreign or domestic, in U.S. territorial waters;

(2) inspect such vessel at any time;

(3) place guards thereon; and

(4) if necessary to secure such vessels from damage or injury, or to prevent damage or injury to any U.S. harbor or waters, or to secure the observance of U.S. rights and obligations, take, by and with the consent of the President, full possession and control of such vessel and remove the officers and crew and all other persons not specially authorized by the Secretary to go or remain on board (1917)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“Whenever the President by proclamation or Executive order declares a national emergency to exist by reason of actual or threatened war, insurrection, or invasion, or disturbance or threatened disturbance of the international relations of the United States, or whenever the Attorney General determines that an actual or anticipated mass migration of aliens en route to, or arriving off the coast of, the United States presents urgent circumstances requiring an immediate Federal response”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

E.O 12513, Prohibiting Trade and Certain Other Transactions Involving Nicaragua, 50 FR 18629, May 1, 1985 (invoked in response to the "policies and actions of the Government of Nicaragua”);

E.O. 13810, Imposing Additional Sanctions With Respect to North Korea, 82 FR 44705, Sept. 20, 2017 (prohibiting ships that call at a port in North Korea, or engage in a "ship-to-ship transfer” with "such a vessel” from calling at a port in the U.S. within 180 days);

This statute has also routinely been invoked with respect to regulating anchorage and movement of vessels around Cuba since 1996, when Cuban military aircraft destroyed U.S. civilian aircraft in international airspace. The initial emergency declaration was Proc. No. 6867, Declaration of a National Emergency and Invocation of Emergency Authority Relating to the Regulation of the Anchorage and Movement of Vessels, 61 F.R. 8843, Mar. 1, 1996. The most recent continuation of this emergency was Proc. No. 9699, Modifying and Continuing the National Emergency With Respect to Cuba and Continuing to Authorize the Regulation of the Anchorage and Movement of Vessels, 83 FR 8161, Feb. 22, 2018.

U.S. Section Code

50 U.S.C. § 98f (a)(2)

Subject Matter

Any officer or employee of the United States designated by the President may order the release of materials in the strategic raw materials stockpile for use, sale, or other disposition, if she determines that the release is required for purposes of the national defense (1939)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in time of war declared by the Congress or during a national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

50 U.S.C. § 4309

Subject Matter

Alien Property Custodian, or any successor officer, may, upon determination by the President that the interest and welfare of the United States require the sale, sell any alien property or interest in their custody prior to entry of judgment in suit concerning said property or interest (1917)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in time of war or during any national emergency declared by the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

 

Functions of Alien Property Custodian under this act were transferred to Attorney General by Reorg. Plan No. 1 of 1947, Sec. 101, 12 F.R. 4534, July 1, 1947.

U.S. Section Code

7 U.S.C. § 5712 (c)

Subject Matter

President can prohibit or limit the export of any agricultural commodity (1990)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a period for which the President has declared a national emergency or for which the Congress has declared war”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

35 U.S.C. § 181

Subject Matter

Whenever the publication or disclosure of an invention might be detrimental to national security, the Commissioner of Patents may order the invention kept secret and the publication of the application or the grant of a patent withheld for the duration of a national emergency plus six-months. Outside of an emergency, such orders may only last one year absent an affirmative determination that the national interest requires renewal of the order. (1952)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a national emergency declared by the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

The database of orders issued under this statute does not appear to be available on Westlaw. As of the end of FY 2018, 5,792 secrecy orders were in effect per information released by the Patent and Trademark Office. Only 85 of those orders were newly declared in 2018. It is unclear from the available information how many of the other 5,707 secrecy orders remained in place due to national emergencies, versus being renewed annually as a result of the affirmative declaration process.

U.S. Section Code

50 U.S.C. §§ 4531 (a)(2), (d)(1)

Subject Matter

(a)(2) President may authorize an agency to guarantee loans by private institutions in order to finance products and services essential to the national defense without regard to normal procedural and substantive requirements for such loan guarantees;

(d)(1) Federal government may make a guarantee or obligation relating to a domestic industrial base shortfall that causes the aggregate outstanding amount of all guarantees for that shortfall to exceed $50,000,000 without first notifying Congress (1950)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

(a)(2) "during a period of national emergency declared by Congress or the President”;

(d)(1)(i) "during a period of national emergency declared by Congress or the President; or

(ii) upon a determination by the President, on a nondelegable basis, that a specific guarantee is necessary to avert an industrial resource or critical technology item shortfall that would severely impair national defense capability”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

E.O. 13603, National Defense Resources Preparedness, 77 FR 16651, Mar. 16, 2012 (Section 305 delegates authority under this statute to "the head of each agency engaged in procurement for the national defense”).

U.S. Section Code

47 U.S.C. § 606 (c)

Subject Matter

President may, if she deems it necessary in the interest of national security or defense, suspend or amend regulations applicable to stations or devices capable of emitting electromagnetic radiations; direct the closure of any station for radio communication, or any device capable of emitting electromagnetic radiations between 10 kilocycles and 100,000 megacycles that is suitable for use as a navigational aid beyond five miles, and the removal therefrom of its apparatus and equipment; or authorize the use or control of any such station or device and/or its apparatus and equipment by any department of the Government. The government shall pay compensation to the owners (1934; substantively amended in 1951)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

("Upon proclamation by the President that there exists war or a threat of war, or a state of public peril or disaster or other national emergency, or in order to preserve the neutrality of the United States”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

E.O. 8964, Prescribing Regulations Governing the Use, Control, and Closing of Radio Stations and the Preference or Priority of Communications, 6 FR 6367, Dec. 10, 1941 (delegating authority to the Board of War Communications, which exercised it throughout World War II);

E.O. 9089, Prescribing Regulations Governing the Use, Control, and Closing of Stations and Facilities for Wire Communications, 7 FR 1777, Mar. 6, 1942 (updating the grant of authority to the Board in light of amendments to section 606) (this authority was revoked, and the Board of War Communications was abolished by E.O. 9831, Abolishing the Board of War Communications, 12 FR 1363, Feb. 24, 1947);

This power has been repeatedly delegated to different agencies, including most recently to the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board’s Committee for National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications by E.O. 13231, Critical Infrastructure Protection in the Information Age, 66 FR 53063, Oct. 16, 2001.

U.S. Section Code

7 U.S.C. § 1332 (c)

Subject Matter

Secretary of Agriculture may increase or terminate national marketing quota for wheat (1938)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“because of a national emergency or because of a material increase in the demand for wheat”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

**Zero citing references on Westlaw**

U.S. Section Code

7 U.S.C. § 1371 (b)

Subject Matter

Secretary of Agriculture may increase or terminate national marketing quota or acreage allotment for cotton and rice (1938)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“because of a national emergency or because of a material increase in export demand”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

**Zero citing references on Westlaw**

U.S. Section Code

7 U.S.C. § 1743 (a)(6)

Subject Matter

President may direct the donation, sale, or other disposition of agricultural commodity set-aside (1954)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“for disaster relief purposes in the United States or to meet any national emergency declared by the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

7 U.S.C. § 624 (b)

Subject Matter

President may take immediate action to impose fees and limitations on the importation of certain agricultural products without awaiting recommendations from the International Trade Commission (1953)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In any case where the Secretary of Agriculture determines and reports to the President with regard to any article or articles that a condition exists requiring emergency treatment”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

Proc. 4423, Import Limitation on Dry Milk Mixtures, 41 FR 12875, Mar. 26, 1976 (issued after "The Secretary of Agriculture […] determined and reported […] with regard to such dry milk mixtures that a condition exists which requires emergency treatment and that the import restrictions hereinafter proclaimed should be imposed immediately without awaiting the recommendations of the United States International Trade Commission.”);

Proc. 4538, Import Fees on Sugar, Sirups, and Molasses, Nov. 11, 1977 (issued after "The Secretary of Agriculture … determined … that a condition exists which requires emergency treatment” with regard to the importation of sugars, syrups, and molasses);

Proc. 4547, Import Fees on Sugar, Sirups, and Molasses, 91 Stat. 1775, Jan. 20, 1978 (issued after "The Secretary of Agriculture has […] informed me that the fees established by [Proc. No. 4538] are insufficient [….] and has reaffirmed his determination that the condition requires emergency treatment.”);

Proc. 4807, Modification of Import Controls on Peanuts, Dec. 4, 1980 (issued by Reuben Askew, U.S. Trade Representative, on behalf of President Carter – who delegated this authority with respect to peanuts – after "The Secretary of Agriculture has … determined and reported to me that a condition exists with respect to peanuts which requires emergency treatment…”)

U.S. Section Code

46 U.S.C. § 56301

Subject Matter

Secretary of Transportation may requisition, purchase, or charter the use of a vessel owned by U.S. citizens, documented under U.S. law, or under construction in the U.S. (1936)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“During a national emergency declared by Presidential proclamation, or a period for which the President has proclaimed that the security of the national defense makes it advisable”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

E.O. 9054, Establishing a War Shipping Administration In The Executive Office of the President and Defining its Functions and Duties, 7 FR 837, Feb. 7, 1942 (invoked as § 902 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, now codified at 46 U.S.C. § 56301, and delegated to and exercised extensively by the War Shipping Administration during World War II).

U.S. Section Code

46 U.S.C. § 56309

Subject Matter

Secretary of Transportation may purchase, requisition, charter, take over the title of, or take over possession of any merchant vessel not owned by U.S. citizens but lying idle in U.S. waters. The government shall pay just compensation to the owners. (1941)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“During any period in which vessels may be requisitioned under this chapter

46 U.S.C. § 56301 defines this period as: "a national emergency declared by Presidential proclamation, or a period for which the President has proclaimed that the security of the national defense makes it advisable”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

E.O. 8771, Authorizing the United States Maritime Commission to Take Over Certain Foreign Merchant Vessels, 6 FR 2759, June 6, 1941 (authorizing use of Pub. L. 77-101, a predecessor of 46 U.S.C. § 56309, by the United States Maritime Commission);

E.O. 9054, Establishing a War Shipping Administration in the Executive Office of the President and Defining its Functions and Duties, 7 FR 837, Feb. 7, 1942 (transferring the functions assigned in E.O. 8771 to the War Shipping Administration).

U.S. Section Code

46 U.S.C. § 57521

Subject Matter

Secretary of Transportation may terminate charter of government-owned merchant vessel without cost to the government (1936)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a national emergency proclaimed by the President or a period for which the President has proclaimed that the security of the national defense makes it advisable”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

E.O. 9054, Establishing a War Shipping Administration in the Executive Office of the President and Defining its Functions and Duties, 7 FR 837, Feb. 7, 1942 (invoked authority under § 712 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, now codified at 46 U.S.C. § 57521, and delegated that authority to the War Shipping Administration during World War II).

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 2208 (l)(2)

Subject Matter

Secretary of Defense may waive requirement to notify Congress of advance billing of customer of working capital fund (1997)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a period of war or national emergency; or to the extent that the Secretary determines necessary to support a contingency operation”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 2350j (e)(3)(A)

Subject Matter

Secretary of Defense, or secretary of a military department authorized by Secretary of Defense, may carry out military construction project using funds contributed from NATO and other countries without a full report to Congress and waiting period (1999)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“if the project is necessary to support the armed forces in the country or region in which the project is carried out by reason of a declaration of war, or a declaration by the President of a national emergency pursuant to the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), that is in force at the time of the commencement of the project”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 2662 (f)

Subject Matter

Secretary of military department concerned, or Secretary of Defense with respect to Department of Defense transactions, may waive advance reporting requirements for real property transactions (1992)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“if the Secretary concerned determines that the transaction is made as a result of any of the following:

(A) A declaration of war

(B) A declaration of a national emergency by the President pursuant to the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. §§ 1601 et seq.)

(C) A declaration of an emergency or major disaster pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. §§ 5121 et seq.)

(D) The use of the militia or the armed forces after a proclamation to disperse under section 334 of this title.

(E) A contingency operation OR "if the Secretary determines that an event [as described above] is imminent; and the transaction is necessary for purposes of preparation for such event”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

33 U.S.C. § 2293

Subject Matter

Secretary of the Army may terminate or defer any Army civil works project and apply the resources, including funds, personnel, and equipment, of the Army’s civil works program to authorized civil works, military construction, and civil defense projects that are essential to the national defense, without regard to any other provision of law (1986)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“In the event of a declaration of war or a declaration by the President of a national emergency in accordance with the National Emergencies Act [50 U.S.C. §§ 1601 et seq.] that requires or may require use of the Armed Forces”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

42 U.S.C. § 2138

Subject Matter

Atomic Energy Commission may suspend atomic energy licenses if necessary to the common defense and security (1946)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“Whenever the Congress declares that a state of war or national emergency exists”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

Note: The Atomic Energy Commission was abolished in 1974. Authority under 42 U.S.C. § 2138 was transferred to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Pub. L. 93-438, Title II, 88 Stat. 1244, Oct. 11, 1974, § 202.

U.S. Section Code

46 U.S.C. § 7507

Subject Matter

(a) Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating may extend an expiring license or certificate of registry for one year;

(b) Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating may extend an expiring merchant mariner’s document for one year (2010)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

(a) "if the Secretary determines that the extension is required to enable the Coast Guard to eliminate a backlog in processing applications for those licenses or certificates of registry or in response to a national emergency or natural disaster”;

(b) "if the Secretary determines that the extension is required to enable the Coast Guard to eliminate a backlog in processing applications for those licenses or certificates of registry or in response to a national emergency or natural disaster”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

46 U.S.C. § 53107

Subject Matter

Owners or operators of vessels in the Maritime Security Fleet must enter into Emergency Preparedness Agreements with the Secretary of Transportation, in which they agree to make commercial transportation resources (including services) available (2003)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“upon request by the Secretary of Defense during a time of war or national emergency, or whenever the Secretary of Defense determines that it is necessary for national security or contingency operation (as that term is defined in section 101 of title 10, United States Code)”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

Due to the nature of this statute (a contract provision), Westlaw would likely only contain citations to legal challenges to the statute, not to every instance in which it has been invoked.

U.S. Section Code

47 U.S.C. § 308

Subject Matter

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may grant temporary broadcast station licenses and construction permits, or temporary modifications and renewals thereof, without the filing of a formal application (1952)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“(1) in cases of emergency found by the Commission involving danger to life or property or due to damage to equipment, or

(2) during a national emergency proclaimed by the President or declared by the Congress and during the continuance of any war in which the United States is engaged and when such action is necessary for the national defense or security or otherwise in furtherance of the war effort, or

(3) in cases of emergency where the Commission finds, in the non-broadcast services, that it would not be feasible to secure renewal applications from existing licensees or otherwise follow normal licensing procedure”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

42 U.S.C. § 8374

Subject Matter

President may allocate coal and require the transportation thereof for the use of any electric power plant or major fuel-burning installation; and may stay the application of any provision or rule pertaining to electric power plants for up to 90 days or for the duration of the emergency, whichever is shorter (1978)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“(1) If the President—

(A) declares a severe energy supply interruption, as defined in section 6202(8) of this title, or

(B) finds, and publishes such finding, that a national or regional fuel supply shortage exists or may exist which the President determines—

(i) is, or is likely to be, of significant scope and duration, and of an emergency nature;

(ii) causes, or may cause, major adverse impact on public health, safety, or welfare or on the economy; and

(iii) results, or is likely to result, from an interruption in the supply of coal or from sabotage, or an act of God”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

31 U.S.C. § 3727 (d)

Subject Matter

Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Department of Energy (when carrying out duties and powers formerly carried out by the Atomic Energy Commission), or other agency the President designates may make contracts that provide, or modify contracts to provide, that a future payment under the contract to an assignee is not subject to reduction or setoff (1982)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“During a war or national emergency proclaimed by the President or declared by law and ended by proclamation or law”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

A review of citing references on Westlaw suggests that the substance of this statute may be regularly incorporated into standard government contracts, but records regarding when it’s been used effectively to modify terms of those contracts are unclear. See, e.g., Reliance Ins. Co. v. United States, 15 Cl. Ct. 62 (June 2, 1988) (No. 379-86C).

U.S. Section Code

7 U.S.C. §§ 1427a (c), (d)

Subject Matter

(c) Secretary of Agriculture may sell or otherwise dispose of agricultural reserve;

(d) Secretary of Agriculture may dispose of agricultural reserve (1973)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

(c) “when a state of emergency has been proclaimed by the President or by concurrent resolution of Congress declaring that such reserves should be disposed of,”;

(d)

“(1) for use in relieving distress

(A) in any State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the Virgin Islands of the United States;

(B) in connection with any major disaster or emergency determined by the President to warrant assistance by the Federal Government under the Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (88 Stat. 143, as amended; 42 U.S.C. 5121); and

(C) in connection with any emergency determined by the Secretary to warrant assistance under section 1427 of this title, the Act of September 21, 1959 (73 Stat. 574, as amended; 7 U.S.C. 1427 noted), or section 2267 of this title; or

(2) use in connection with a state of civil defense emergency as proclaimed by the President or by the concurrent resolution of the Congress in accordance with title VI of The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act [42 U.S.C. 5195 et seq.]”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

Proc. 6907, Declaration of a State of Emergency and Release of Feed Grain From the Disaster Reserve, 61 FR 35083, July 1, 1996 (invoked in response to a long drought in the Southwest).

U.S. Section Code

42 U.S.C. § 5177a

Subject Matter

Secretary of Agriculture may make grants to public agencies or private organizations with 501(c)(3) status that have experience in providing emergency services to low-income migrant and seasonal farmworkers (1990)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“where the Secretary [of Agriculture] determines that a local, State, or national emergency or disaster has caused low-income migrant or seasonal farmworkers to lose income, to be unable to work, or to stay home or return home in anticipation of work shortages”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

A review of citing references on Westlaw suggests that this provision has been used to issue grants at least as recently as 2008, when the Department of Agriculture issued a Request for Proposals: The National Emergency or Disaster Grants to Assist Low-Income Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, 73 FR 6467-01, Feb. 4, 2008. The language of the Request msodoes not indicate where a complete accounting of grants issued under this statute would be published, however.

U.S. Section Code

46 U.S.C. § 56102

Subject Matter

A person may not, without the permission of the Secretary of Transportation, place a vessel owned in whole or in part by a U.S. citizen or corporation under foreign registry; sell or otherwise transfer to a non-citizen a vessel owned in whole or in part by a U.S. citizen, a vessel documented under the laws of the U.S., or a facility for building or repairing vessels; issue, assign, or transfer to a non-citizen an instrument of indebtedness secured by a mortgage of a vessel to a trustee; construct or agree to construct a vessel in the U.S. for a non-citizen; allow a non-citizen to obtain a controlling interest in a U.S. corporation that owns a vessel or a facility for building or repairing vessels; or cause a vessel built in the U.S. to leave before it is documented under the laws of the U.S. (2006)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“During war, or a national emergency declared by Presidential proclamation”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

A prior, similar, version of this statute, originally enacted Sept. 7, 1916, ch. 451, § 37, formed the statutory basis for Proc. 1354, Emergency in Water Transportation of the United States, Feb. 5, 1917 (declaring a national emergency due to the "insufficiency of maritime tonnage to carry the products of the farms, forests, mines and manufacturing industries of the United States, to their consumers abroad and within the United States,” and prohibiting the sale or transfer of ships registered and licensed in the U.S. to "any person not a citizen” or to any "foreign registry or flag.”).

A previous codification at 46 USCA § 835 was also cited in multiple cases voiding transfers/sales in 1965. See, e.g. Chemical Bank New York Trust Co. v. S.S. Westhampton, C.A.4 (Md.), 358 F.2d 574 (1965), cert. denied, 87 S. Ct. 228;

Chemical Bank New York Trust Co. v. S.S. Westhampton, D.C. Md. 268 F. Supp. 169 (1967); United States v. Vessel FL 4127 SE, S.D. Fla. 1970, 311 F. Supp. 1353 (1970).

Criminal Prosecution and Detainment Powers

U.S. Section Code

18 U.S.C. § 793

Subject Matter

Criminal provision of the Espionage Act extends to prohibited places designated by the President where anything for the use of the Army, Navy, or Air Force is being prepared or constructed or stored (1917)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in time of war or in case of national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

Although there have been multiple prosecutions under this statute, we were not able to identify any instances in which prosecution was due specifically to the designation of additional prohibited places under the emergency provisions of the statute.

U.S. Section Code

18 U.S.C. § 2153

Subject Matter

Injuring, interfering with, or obstructing the preparation for, or carrying out of, war or defense activities of the United States or associated countries, with the intent to do so or reason to believe the actions will do so, punishable with fine or imprisonment up to 30 years (1948)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“when the United States is at war, or in times of national emergency as declared by the President or by the Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

Used to prosecute several Vietnam War protestors and anti-nuclear-weapons protestors in the 1960s.

U.S. Section Code

18 U.S.C. § 2154

Subject Matter

Willful manufacture of defective war material with intent to, or reason to believe it will, injure, interfere with, or obstruct the United States or associated countries’ preparation or carrying out of war or defense activities, punishable with fine or imprisonment up to 30 years (1954)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“when the United States is at war, or in times of national emergency as declared by the President or by the Congress”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

Used to prosecute some manufacturers of war materials during and after World War II.

International Relations

U.S. Section Code

19 U.S.C. § 1318

Subject Matter

(a) President may authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to permit duty-free importation of supplies needed for use in emergency relief work;

(b) Secretary of the Treasury may eliminate, consolidate, or relocate any office or port of entry of the Customs Service; modify hours of service, alter services rendered at any location, or reduce the number of employees at any location; or take any other action that may be necessary to respond directly to the national emergency or specific threat (1930)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

(a) “Whenever the President shall by proclamation declare an emergency to exist by reason of a state of war, or otherwise”;”

(b) “When necessary to respond to a national emergency declared under the National Emergencies Act or to a specific threat to human life or national interests”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

Proc. No. 2545, Free Importation of Jerked Beef, 56 Stat. 1945, Apr. 1, 1942 (invoked to allow the duty-free importation of jerked beef to Puerto Rico, as a substitute for a basic staple food [codfish] that was in short supply due to the war);

Proc. No. 2948, Merchandise in General-Order and Bonded Warehouses, 16 FR 10589, Oct. 12, 1951 (invoked in response to national emergency declared Dec. 16, 1950, in wake of Chinese intervention in Korean War);

Proc. No. 4074, Imposition of Supplemental Duty for Balance of Payments Purposes, 85 Stat. 926, Aug, 15, 1971 (invoked because "there has been a prolonged decline in international monetary reserves of the United States, and our trade and international competitive position is seriously threatened”);

This statute was also cited by the Customs and Border Protection division of the Department of Homeland Security as the legal framework that enabled the distribution of counterfeit goods to Katrina victims in 2006, on the basis of the national emergency as declared in Proc. 7924, To Suspend Subchapter IV of Chapter 31 of Title 40, United States Code, Within a Limited Geographic Area in response to the National Emergency Caused by Hurricane Katrina, 70 FR 54225, Sept. 8, 2005. See Kristina Rae Montanaro, "‘Shelter Chic’: Can the U.S. Make it Work?”, Vanderbilt Law Journal 42 (2009):1663, 1695 (analyzing the legal and policy implications of this invocation).

U.S. Section Code

14 U.S.C. § 367 (3)

Subject Matter

Coast Guard member may be detained in service beyond the term of his or her enlistment, in the interest of national defense, for a period not to exceed six months after the end of the war or the termination of the emergency (1949)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a period of war or national emergency as proclaimed by the President”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

Proc. 7463, Declaration of National Emergency By Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks, 66 FR 48199, Sept. 14, 2001 (invoked in response to the events of 9/11/2001);

E.O. 13223, Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation, 66 FR 48201, Sept. 14, 2001 (invoked in response to the events of 9/11/2001 and delegated to the Secretary of Transportation when the Coast Guard is not serving as part of the Navy) (later amended to delegate such authority to Secretary of Homeland Security instead of Secretary of Transportation).

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 712 (a)(3)

Subject Matter

President may detail members of the armed forces to assist any country that he considers it advisable to assist in the interest of national defense (1956)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“Upon the application of the country concerned, whenever [the President] considers it in the public interest…during a war or a declared national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

10 U.S.C. § 123b

Subject Matter

President may waive statutory restrictions on using Department of Defense funding to support more than 203,000 members of the armed forces assigned to permanent duty ashore in nations outside the United States (1994)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“in the event of a declaration of war or an armed attack on any [ally]” or "if the President declares an emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

**Zero citing references on Westlaw**

U.S. Section Code

46 U.S.C. § 8103 (h)(1)

Subject Matter

President may suspend citizenship and nationality requirements for officers and seamen on documented U.S. vessels (1983)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

“during a proclaimed national emergency”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

42 U.S.C. § 6212a (d)(1)(A)

Subject Matter

President may impose export licensing requirements or other restrictions on the export of crude oil from the United States for up to 1 year (2015)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

If “(A) the President declares a national emergency and formally notices the declaration of a national emergency in the Federal Register;

(B) the export licensing requirements or other restrictions on the export of crude oil from the United States under this subsection apply to 1 or more countries, persons, or organizations in the context of sanctions or trade restrictions imposed by the United States for reasons of national security by the Executive authority of the President or by Congress; or

(C) the Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy, finds and reports to the President that—

(i) the export of crude oil pursuant to this Act has caused sustained material oil supply shortages or sustained oil prices significantly above world market levels that are directly attributable to the export of crude oil produced in the United States; and

(ii) those supply shortages or price increases have caused or are likely to cause sustained material adverse employment effects in the United States”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

*No relevant citing references on Westlaw*

U.S. Section Code

50 U.S.C. §§ 1701-1707

Subject Matter

Known as the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), these statutes confer broad authority to regulate financial and other commercial transactions involving designated entities, including the power to impose sanctions on individuals and countries (1977)

Language Dictating When Powers Become Available

to deal with any unusual and extraordinary threat, which has its source in whole or substantial part outside the United States” and "with respect to which a national emergency has been declared for purposes of this chapter and may not be exercised for any other purpose. Any exercise of such authorities to deal with any new threat shall be based on a new declaration of national emergency which must be with respect to such threat”

Invocations and Delegations of Authority

These powers are exclusively invoked in tandem with the National Emergencies Act and have been invoked in 55 separate emergency declarations since 1978. On average, IEEPA declarations are renewed annually for about 9 years. For a recent example of an invocation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, see E.O. 13848, Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election, 83 FR 46843, Sept. 12, 2018. For a comprehensive list of initial emergency declarations invoking IEEPA powers, see here.