(a) An employee of the Corps of Engineers, Department of the
Army, engaged in floating plant operations may be furnished
quarters or subsistence, or both, on vessels, without charge, when
the furnishing of the quarters or subsistence, or both, is
determined to be equitable to the employee concerned, and necessary
in the public interest, in connection with such operations.
(b) Notwithstanding section 5536 of this title, an employee
entitled to the benefits of subsection (a) of this section while on
a vessel, may be paid, in place of these benefits, an allowance for
quarters or subsistence, or both, when -
(1) adverse weather conditions or similar circumstances beyond
the control of the employee or the Corps of Engineers prevent
transportation of the employee from shore to the vessel; or
(2) quarters or subsistence, or both, are not available on the
vessel while it is undergoing repairs.
(c) The quarters or subsistence, or both, or allowance in place
thereof, may be furnished or paid only under regulations prescribed
by the Secretary of the Army.