Clerk session vote number: 285
Description: Lee of California Amendment
Bill summary: Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2007
- Title I: Department of Transportation
- Department of Transportation Appropriations Act, 2007 - Authorizes appropriations for FY2007 for: (1) the Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of the Secretary; (2) the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), with a prohibition on the use of grants-in-aid for airport funds for the replacement of baggage conveyor systems,
reconfiguration of terminal baggage areas, or other airport improvements that are necessary to install bulk explosive detection systems; (3) the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); (4) the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; (5) the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; (6) the Federal Railroad Administration, including quarterly grants and efficiency incentive grants to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak); (7) the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), including capital investment grants for specified transportation projects; (8) the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation; (9) the Maritime Administration; (10) the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; (11) the Research and Innovative Technology Administration; (12) the Office of Inspector General; and (13) the Surface Transportation Board.
Sets forth certain rescissions of contract authorizations, liquidations of contract authorizations, limitations on obligations, and transfers of funds.
(Sec. 102) Authorizes the Secretary of Transportation (the Secretary in this title) to transfer unexpended balances available for the bonding assistance program from "Office of the Secretary, Salaries and expenses" to "Minority Outreach."
(Sec. 110) Prohibits the use of funds to compensate in excess of 395 technical staff-years under the federally funded research and development center contract between the FAA and the Center for Advanced Aviation Systems Development during FY2007.
(Sec. 113) Extends the authority of the Secretary to issue aviation ( war and terrorism risk) insurance through December 31, 2007.
(Sec. 114) Requires the Secretary to modify the FAA rule prohibiting piloting commercial aircraft by pilots age 60 and over to: (1) provide that a pilot who attains age 60 may serve as a pilot until age 65 on the condition that such pilot serves only as a pilot in a multi-crew aircraft operation and when there is not another pilot age 60 in the crew; and (2) eliminate the prohibition against piloting by pilots age 60 and over. Prohibits such modification from providing the basis for a claim of seniority made under any labor bargaining agreement in effect between the pilots and an air carrier by any pilot seeking re-employment by an air carrier following the pilot's previous termination or cessation of employment.
Requires the Comptroller General to report to Congress on the effect, if any, on aviation safety caused by such modification.
(Sec. 123) Makes certain unobligated discretionary bridge funds for the Joachim Avenue Bridge Replacement, Missouri, available for the New Herculaneum Bridge, Herculaneum, Missouri.
(Sec. 125) Requires certain funds for the New Haven River Bore project, New Haven, Missouri, for FY2006, to be reprogrammed and made available to the Missouri Department of Transportation for roadway improvements at intersection Route 100 and Highway 19.
(Sec. 126) Directs the Secretary, 15 days prior to waiving Buy America requirements for federal-aid highway projects, to give public notice and an opportunity to comment on such waiver. Requires the Secretary to report to the Appropriations Committees on waivers granted under the Buy America requirements.
(Sec. 130) Subjects funds appropriated or limited in this Act to certain safety examination requirements for cross-border trucking between the United States and Mexico under the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002. Reaffirms the requirement that the Secretary report annually on the safety and security of transportation into the United States by Mexico-domiciled motor carriers.
(Sec. 131) Amends the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users (SAFETEA-LU) to delay for an additional 12 months the repeal of the Single State Registration System (SSRS) for motor vehicles and its eventual replacement with the new Unified Carrier Registration System (UCR). Directs the General Accountability Office (GAO) to report quarterly to Congress on progress made in establishing the UCR.
(Sec. 132) Amends federal transportation law to subject a private motor carrier for the transportation of passengers or property to certain financial responsibility requirements. Requires (current law, authorizes) the Secretary to register a person to provide service as a freight forwarder (other than a freight forwarder of household goods), or to be a broker for the transportation of property (other than a broker of household goods), if such person is fit and complies with requirements of the Secretary and the Surface Transportation Board.
(Sec. 140) Authorizes the Secretary to transfer, in any fiscal year, funds for administrative expenses of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's National Driver Register, and for related Administration expenses, to the "Operations and Research" and the "Operations and Research, Limitations on Obligations, Highway Trust Fund" accounts.
(Sec. 141) Requires the Secretary to submit a report to Congress describing the feasibility and marginal production costs of making all new passenger automobiles and light trucks sold in the United States capable of using a flexible fuel mixture.
(Sec. 151) Prohibits Amtrak funds from being available if Amtrak contracts for services at or from any location outside of the United States which were, as of July 1, 2006, performed by a full-time or part-time Amtrak employee within the United States.
(Sec. 164) Allows funds for a high capacity fixed guideway light rail and mass transit project for the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to be available for bus and bus facilities.
(Sec. 166) Makes Las Vegas Resort Corridor Fixed Guideway Project funds available to the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada for bus or bus facilities projects.
(Sec. 167) Makes City of Miami Streetcar funds available to perform Alternatives Analysis for such project.
(Sec. 168) Allows one-half of the funds for the Alaska Ferry and Hawaii Ferry set-aside grant programs to be used for an intermodal or marine facility under the Hawaii Port Infrastructure Expansion Program.
(Sec. 181) Makes DOT appropriations contained in this Act available for the procurement by an agency head of temporary or intermittent services of experts or consultants, but at rates for individuals not to exceed the per diem rate equivalent to the rate for an Executive Level IV.
(Sec. 182) Prohibits the use of funds under this Act: (1) for salaries and expenses of more than 113 DOT political and presidential appointees; or (2) to implement the establishment of a National Highway Safety Advisory Committee. Prohibits such political and presidential appointees from being assigned on temporary detail outside of DOT.
(Sec. 184) Prohibits a recipient of funds made available in this Act from disseminating personal information obtained by a state department of motor vehicles in connection with a motor vehicle record, except for specified permitted uses.
(Sec. 186) Authorizes the Secretary to allow the issuer of preferred stock sold to DOT to redeem or repurchase it upon the payment to DOT of an amount determined by the Secretary.
(Sec. 187) Prohibits the use of DOT funds in this Act to make a grant unless the Secretary notifies Congress at least three full business days before any discretionary grant award, letter of intent, or full funding grant agreement totaling $1 million or more is announced from: (1) any FHWA discretionary grant program other than the emergency relief program; (2) the FAA's airport improvement program; or (3) any FTA program other than the formula grants and fixed guideway modernization programs.
(Sec. 192) Bars the obligation of funds made available under this Act to establish or implement a pilot program under which essential air service communities are required to assume a percentage of their subsidy costs (commonly known as the EAS local participation program).
(Sec. 193) Authorizes a state authority other than the attorney general of the state, as parens patriae, to enforce certain consumer protection requirements against shippers with respect to the delivery and transportation of household goods in interstate commerce. Requires a civil action for injunctive relief to enjoin such delivery or transportation or to compel a person to pay a fine or penalty to be brought in an appropriate U.S. district court.
(Sec. 199) Requires the Surface Transportation Board to conduct a public hearing on its decisions in
Central Power & Light Company v. Southern Pacific Transportation Company, STB Docket No. 41242
Title II: Department of the Treasury
- Department of the Treasury Appropriations Act, 2007 - Authorizes appropriations for FY2007 for: (1) the Department of the Treasury; (2) the Office of Inspector General; (3) the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration; (4) the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network; (5) the Financial Management Service; (6) the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau; (7) the Bureau of the Public Debt; (8) the U.S. Mint; and (9) the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Sets forth certain transfers of funds.
(Sec. 202) Requires the IRS to maintain a training program for IRS employees to train such employees in taxpayers' rights, in dealing courteously with taxpayers, and in cross-cultural relations.
(Sec. 204) Makes funds for the IRS under this or any other Act available for improved facilities and increased manpower to provide sufficient and effective 1-800 help line service for taxpayers.
(Sec. 205) Earmarks funds for the IRS for operating expenses of the Taxpayer Advocate Service.
(Sec. 207) Allows the IRS to transfer up to $10 million from IRS appropriations accounts to manage the Earned Income Tax Credit program.
(Sec. 211) Requires the IRS to develop a strategic plan that details the approaches it will use to achieve a voluntary compliance rate of 85% in FY2009.
(Sec. 216) Bars the use of funds to the Department of the Treasury or the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to redesign the $1 Federal Reserve note.
(Sec. 218) Extends from eight years to nine years the authorization for the personnel management demonstration project providing for the compensation and performance management of not more than a combined total of 950 employees who fill critical scientific, technical, engineering, intelligence analyst, language translator, and medical positions in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
(Sec. 220) Prohibits the use of funds to merge the U.S. Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing without the approval of Congress. .
Title III: Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Department of Housing and Urban Development Act, 2007 - Authorizes appropriations for FY2007 for: (1) the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including tenant-based and project-based rental assistance; (2) the Federal Housing Administration (FHA); (3) the Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA or Ginnie Mae); (4) the Office of Lead Hazard Control; (5) the Office of Inspector General; and (6) the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight.
Sets forth a certain reduction of funds, and certain rescissions of funds and transfers of funds.
(Sec. 301) States that 50% of budget authority amounts, or in lieu thereof 50% of the cash amounts associated with such budget authority, that are recaptured from certain "qualified projects" under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1988 shall be rescinded, or in the case of cash, remitted to the Treasury, and such non-rescinded or non-remitted amounts shall be used by state housing finance agencies or local governments or local housing agencies for certain approved projects.
Authorizes the Secretary of HUD (Secretary under this title) to use up to 15% of such non-rescinded or non-remitted amounts as refinancing incentives for project owners.
(Sec. 302) Prohibits funds from being used during FY2007 to investigate or prosecute under the Fair Housing Act any otherwise lawful activities aimed at achieving or preventing government or court action.
(Sec. 303) Directs the Secretary to make housing for persons with AIDS grants to any state that qualified in a prior fiscal year but does not qualify in FY2007 due to decreased AIDS cases in non-metropolitan areas of the state.
Allocates certain FY2007 housing funds for persons with AIDS from New York City, New York, on behalf of the New York-Wayne-White Plains, New York-New Jersey Metropolitan Division of the New York-Newark-Edison, NY-NJ-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area to: (1) Jersey City, New Jersey, based on the number of AIDS cases in the portion of the metropolitan area or division that is located in Hudson County, New Jersey; and (2) Paterson, New Jersey, based on the number of AIDS cases in the portion of the metropolitan area or division that is located in Bergen County and Passaic County, New Jersey. Requires the recipient cities to use such amounts in their respective portions of the metropolitan division located in New Jersey.
(Sec. 304) Declares, with respect to FY2007 assisted living facility section 8 rental payments, that a family residing in an assisted living facility in counties in Michigan may be required to pay rent in an amount exceeding 40% of its monthly adjusted gross income.
(Sec. 305) Requires HUD to grant awards on a competitive basis.
(Sec. 306) Makes HUD funds subject to the Government Corporation Control Act or other restrictions available, without regard to limitations on administrative expenses, for legal services and services and facilities of the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA or Fannie Mae), Ginnie Mae, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC or Freddie Mac), Federal Financing Bank, Federal Reserve banks, Federal Home Loan banks, and any insured bank within the meaning of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
(Sec. 307) Limits HUD spending to amounts set forth in budget estimates submitted to Congress.
(Sec. 308) Authorizes HUD corporations and agencies subject to the Government Corporation Control Act to make necessary FY2007 expenditures without regard to fiscal year limitations. Limits the use of collections of these corporations and agencies (with specified exceptions) to new loan or mortgage purchase commitments only to the extent expressly provided for in this Act, unless they are in support of other forms of assistance provided in this or prior appropriations Acts.
(Sec. 309) Prohibits the obligation or expenditure by HUD of funds for technical assistance, training, or management improvements unless HUD provides the appropriations committees with a description of each proposed activity and budget estimates of the associated costs (by March 15, 2007, for FY2007).
(Sec. 310) Directs the Secretary to report quarterly (with updates as requested) regarding all uncommitted, unobligated, and excess funds in each HUD program.
(Sec. 311) Directs the Secretary, in managing and disposing of any HUD-held multifamily property that is occupied primarily by elderly or disabled families in FY2007, to maintain any rental assistance payments under section 8 and other programs that are attached to such dwelling units. Authorizes the Secretary, if such payments are not feasible, to contract for project-based rental assistance payments with an owner or owners of other existing housing properties or provide other rental assistance.
(Sec. 312) Allocates certain FY2007 housing funds for persons with AIDS from: (1) Wilmington, Delaware, on behalf of the Wilmington, Delaware-Maryland-New Jersey Metropolitan Division, to New Jersey based on the number of AIDS cases in the New Jersey portion of the metropolitan division; and (2) Raleigh, North Carolina, on behalf of the Raleigh-Carey, North Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area, to Wake County, North Carolina. Requires that the allocations be used in such Areas.
(Sec. 313) Directs the Secretary to report annually to the Committees on Appropriations on the number of federally assisted units under lease and the per unit cost of such units to HUD.
(Sec. 314) Directs HUD to submit its FY2008 congressional budget justifications using the identical structure provided under this Act and the accompanying report.
(Sec. 315) States that specified incremental vouchers previously made available for non-elderly disabled families shall continue to be provided to non-elderly disabled families.
(Sec. 316) Exempts public housing agencies in the county of Los Angeles, California, and the states of Alaska, Iowa, or Mississippi from the requirement of having a public housing resident or section 8 recipient on the board of directors. Requires such public housing agencies to establish advisory boards that include public housing tenants and section 8 recipients.
(Sec. 317) Authorizes the Secretary to transfer project-based assistance, debt and statutorily required low-income and very low-income use restrictions from a failing multifamily housing project to another viable multifamily housing project under specified conditions.
(Sec. 318) Allocates funds made available for Native Alaskans under the heading "Native American Housing Block Grants" to the same Native Alaskan housing block grant recipients that received FY2005 funds.
(Sec. 319) States that incremental vouchers previously made available under the "Housing Certificate Fund," or renewed under "Tenant-Based Rental Assistance," for family unification shall continue to be provided for family unification.
(Sec. 320) Prohibits provision of section 8 assistance to an individual who: (1) is enrolled as a student at an institution of higher education; (2) is under 24 years of age; (3) is not a veteran; (4) is unmarried; (5) does not have a dependent child; and (6) is not otherwise eligible.
(Sec. 321) Amends the National Housing Act to repeal a requirement limiting the aggregate number of mortgages insured under such Act for elderly homeowners to no more than 250,000. Requires the Secretary in order to minimize the risk to the General Insurance Fund to consider, prior to insuring a mortgage, the number of mortgages already insured in the geographic area.
(Sec. 322) Amends the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform and Affordability Act of 1997 to reauthorize through October 1, 2011: (1) the Mark-to-Market program; and (2) provisions of the FHA-insured Multifamily Housing Mortgage and Housing Assistance Restructuring program regarding projects and programs for which binding commitments have been entered into under such Act.
(Sec. 323) Prohibits, with a specified exception, the FHA from insuring a mortgage in which the mortgagor receives downpayment assistance from an organization that solicits, collects, or receives funds from the seller of the property that is subject to the mortgage.
(Sec. 325) Implements certain operating subsidy reductions for public housing agencies on January 1, 2007. Allows such subsidies to be reduced by 5% during 2007.
(Sec. 326) Amends the United States Housing Act of 1937 to revise the rent calculation for low-income housing assisted residents to authorize, at the discretion of a public housing agency, an established higher section 8 rent where a contract unit has been allocated low-income housing tax credits and the rent limitation is less than the amount that would otherwise be permitted under such Act.
(Sec. 327) Extends appropriations through FY2007 for demolition, site revitalization, replacement housing, and tenant-based assistance grants for public housing projects.
Extends the sunset date for such assistance to September 30, 2007.
Title IV: The Judiciary
- The Judiciary Appropriations Act, 2007 - Makes appropriations to the Judiciary for FY2007 for: (1) the U.S. Supreme Court; (2) the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; (3) the U.S. Court of International Trade; (4) the courts of appeals, district courts, and other judicial services; (5) the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; (6) the Federal Judicial Center; (7) judiciary retirement funds; and (8) the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Sets forth certain transfers of funds.
(Sec. 405) Authorizes U.S. Justices and judges to receive a salary adjustment for FY2007.
(Sec. 407) Prohibits a U.S. judge from being entitled to sole use of a courtroom (with the exception of the needs of a Member of the U.S. Supreme Court). Requires courtrooms to be scheduled based on the needs of the circuit and district courts.
Title V: Executive Office of the President and Funds Appropriated to the President
- Executive Office of the President Appropriations Act, 2007 - Authorizes appropriations for FY2007 for compensation of the President and salaries and expenses of designated White House agencies, including: (1) the Council of Economic Advisers; (2) the Office of Policy Development; (3) the National Security Council (NSC); (4) the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board; (5) the Office of Administration; (6) the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); (7) the Office of National Drug Control Policy; (8) various other specified Federal Drug Control Programs; and (9) special assistance to the President and the official residence of the Vice President.
Sets forth certain transfers of funds.
(Sec. 502) Requires the President to submit, prior to the obligation of funds appropriated under the "Office of National Drug Control Policy," a financial plan on the proposed uses of all funds to the Committees on Appropriations. Allows 20% of such funds to be obligated before submission of the plan subject to prior approval of the Committees.
(Sec. 503) Allows the transfer of up to 3% of appropriated funds among programs within the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
(Sec. 504) Authorizes up to $1 million of appropriated funds to the Office of National Drug Control Policy to be reprogrammed within a program.
(Sec. 505) Prohibits amounts appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy from being made available for an Office program in excess of amounts set forth in budget estimates, unless approved by the Committees on Appropriations or such funds have been reprogrammed.
Title VI: Independent Agencies
- Authorizes appropriations for FY2007 for independent agencies, including: (1) the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board; (2) the Consumer Product Safety Commission; (3) the Election Assistance Commission; (4) the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); (5) the Federal Election Commission; (6) the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA); (7) the Federal Maritime Commission; (8) the General Services Administration (GSA); (9) government-wide policy; (10) the Office of Inspector General (OIG); (11) an electronic government fund (to develop innovative uses of electronic and Internet projects); (12) for allowances and office staff for former presidents; (13) a Federal Citizen Information Center Fund; (14) the Merit Systems Protection Board; (15) Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation; (16) a Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund; (17) the National Archives and Records Administration; (18) the National Historic Publications and Records Commission Grants Program; (19) National Credit Union Administration (NCUA); (20) the Community Development Revolving Loan Fund; (21) the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB); (22) the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation; (23) the Office of Government Ethics; (24) the Office of Personnel Management (OPM); (25) the Office of Inspector General; (26) for the government payment for annuitants, employees health benefits, employee life insurance, and the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund; (27) the Office of Special Counsel; (28) the Selective Service System; (29) the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (including a reauthorization of the Council until October 1, 2007); (30) a payment to the U.S. Postal Service (for revenue forgone on free and reduced rate mail); and (31) the U.S. Tax Court.
Sets forth certain transfers of funds and a rescission of funds.
(Sec. 608) Incorporates by reference
, as reported by the 109th Congress on May 25, 2006, by the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
(Sec. 609) Designates the future U.S. Federal Courthouse in Nashville, Tennessee, which will be located in an area bound by 8th Avenue to the West, 7th Avenue to the East, Church Street to the North and Commerce Street to the South as the "William H. Frist, M.D. Federal Courthouse."
Title VII: General Provisions This Act
- Sets forth permissions for and restrictions upon the use of funds under this Act.
(Sec. 704) Limits the expenditure of any appropriation under this Act for any consulting service through procurement contracts to those contracts where such expenditures are a matter of public record and available for public inspection, except where otherwise provided under existing law or under existing Executive order issued pursuant to existing law.
(Sec. 707) Prohibits payment of the salary from any appropriation under this Act for any person filling a position (other than a temporary position) formerly held by an employee who has: (1) left to enter the U.S. Armed Forces and satisfactorily completed his or her period of active military or naval service; and (2) within 90 days after release from such service, or from hospitalization continuing after discharge for up to one year, applied for restoration to his former position and has been certified by OPM as still qualified to perform the duties of his or her former position, but not been restored to it.
(Sec. 708) Prohibits expenditure of funds by an entity that does not agree to comply with requirements of the Buy American Act.
(Sec. 709) Makes funds unavailable to any person or entity that has been convicted of violating the Buy American Act.
(Sec. 712) Makes funds unavailable by the Executive Office of the President to request from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) any official background investigation report on any individual, except when: (1) such individual has given his or her express written consent for such request within six months before the date of such request and during the same presidential administration; or (2) such request is required due to extraordinary circumstances involving national security.
(Sec. 713) Makes the cost accounting standards promulgated under the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act inapplicable to a federal employees health benefits program contract.
(Sec. 714) Authorizes OPM to accept and utilize (without regard to any restriction on unanticipated travel expenses imposed in an Appropriations Act) funds made available to OPM pursuant to court approval for resolving litigation and implementing any settlement agreements regarding the nonforeign area cost-of-living allowance program.
(Sec. 715) Makes the restriction on purchasing nondomestic articles, materials, and supplies set forth in the Buy American Act inapplicable to the acquisition by the federal government of commercial information technology.
(Sec. 716) Prohibits the determination that real estate brokerage activities are financial activities.
(Sec. 717) Requires federal agencies to issue a report to the Committees on Appropriations on all sole source contracts no later than July 31, 2007.
(Sec. 718) Prohibits the use of funds in this Act to support any federal, state, or local projects that seek to use the power of eminent domain, unless eminent domain is employed only for a public use.
Declares that public use shall not be construed to include economic development that primarily benefits private entities.
Considers as a public use for eminent domain purposes the use of funds for mass transit, railroad, airport, seaport or highway projects as well as utility projects which benefit the general public, including projects for the removal of an immediate threat to public health and safety or brownsfield.
Title VIII: General Provisions, Government-Wide (Departments, Agencies, and Corporations)
- Sets forth requirements for the use of appropriations by designated departments, agencies, and corporations.
(Sec. 817) Sets restrictions upon the use of appropriations by any federal department, agency, or instrumentality unless it has in place, and will continue to administer in good faith, a written policy designed to ensure that all workplaces are free from discrimination and sexual harassment and are not in violation of title VII (Equal Employment Opportunity) of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
(Sec. 831) Extends through FY2007 the authorization for the franchise fund pilot programs in six executive agencies.
(Sec. 832) Prohibits the use of appropriations to collect, review, or create any aggregation of data by any means of personally identifiable information relating to an individual's access to or use of any federal government Internet site.
(Sec. 833) Prohibits the use of funds to enter into or renew a contract for a federal employee health plan which includes a provision providing prescription drug coverage, except where the contract also includes a provision for contraceptive coverage. Exempts specified religious plans. Prohibits a health plan under this section from discriminating against an individual on the basis that the individual refuses to prescribe contraceptives because such activities would be contrary to his or her religious beliefs or moral convictions.
(Sec. 834) Declares that Congress recognizes the United States Anti-Doping Agency as the official anti-doping agency for Olympic, Pan American, and Paralympic sport in the United States.
(Sec. 835) Allows federal departments and agencies to use funds appropriated for official travel to participate in the fractional aircraft ownership pilot program, if consistent with OMB Circular A-126 regarding official travel for government personnel.
(Sec. 837) Prohibits an executive branch agency from purchasing, constructing, and/or leasing any additional facilities, except within or contiguous to existing locations, to conduct federal law enforcement training without advance approval of congressional appropriations committees. Authorizes the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center to obtain the temporary use of additional facilities by lease, contract, or other agreement for training which cannot be accommodated in existing Center facilities.
(Sec. 838) Requires the head of each appropriate executive department and agency to transfer to or reimburse the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), upon the direction of the Director of OMB, funds made available by this or any other Act to be administered by FAA to ensure the uninterrupted, continuous FAA operation of the Midway Atoll Airfield for the entirety of FY2007 and any following period that precedes enactment of the Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008. Limits the total funds transferred or reimbursed to a maximum of $10 million for any 12-month period.
(Sec. 839) Bars the availability of funds for transfers or reimbursements to the E-Government Initiatives sponsored by OMB before 15 days following an OMB report to the congressional appropriations committees, or receipt of their approval to transfer funds.
(Sec. 840) Prohibits the use of funds for conversion to contractor performance of any activity or function of an executive agency performed by more than 10 federal employees.
Permits the use of funds for such a conversion if: (1) it is based on the result of a public-private competition that includes a most efficient and cost effective organization plan developed by such activity or function; and (2) the Competitive Sourcing Official determines that, over all performance periods stated in the solicitation of offers for performance of the activity or function, the cost of performance by a contractor would be less costly to the executive agency by at least the lesser of $10 million or 10% of the most efficient organization's personnel-related costs for performance of that activity or function by federal employees.
Exempts from this requirement: (1) the Department of Defense (DOD); (2) the airport security screening opt-out program; (3) a commercial or industrial type function included on the procurement list established pursuant to the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act (JWOA), or planned to be converted to performance by a qualified nonprofit agency for the blind or other severely handicapped individuals in accordance with JWOA; (4) DOD depot contracts or contracts for depot maintenance; or (5) activities that are the subject of an ongoing competition that was publicly announced before the enactment of this Act.
Declares that nothing in OMB Circular A-76 shall prevent the head of an executive agency from conducting a public-private competition to evaluate the benefits of converting work from contract performance to performance by federal employees in appropriate instances. Requires the OMB Circular to provide procedures and policies for these competitions that are similar to those applied to competitions that may result in the conversion of work from performance by federal employees to performance by a contractor.
(Sec. 841) Requires a pay increase of 2.7% for civilian employees of DOD and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for FY2007.
(Sec. 842) Bars the use of funds by an executive branch agency, unless otherwise authorized by existing law, to produce any prepackaged news story intended for broadcast or distribution in the United States, unless the story includes a clear notification within its text or audio that it was prepared or funded by that agency.
(Sec. 843) Bars the use of funds in contravention of the Privacy Act or regulations concerning protection of privacy and freedom of information.
(Sec. 844) Requires each executive department and agency to evaluate the creditworthiness of an individual before issuing him or her a government travel charge card. Prohibits issuance of such card to individuals that either lack a credit history or are found to have an unsatisfactory credit history.
(Sec. 845) Requires the head of each federal agency to annually report to Congress on acquisitions made from entities that manufacture the purchased articles, materials, or supplies outside of the United States. Exempts acquisitions made by an agency, or component, that is an element of the intelligence community as set forth in or designated under the National Security Act of 1947.
Title IX: Air Transportation To and From Love Field -
Amends the International Air Transportation Competition Act of 1979 to authorize domestic air carriers and foreign air carriers (with respect to foreign air transportation) to offer for sale and provide through service and ticketing air transportation to or from Love Field, Texas, and any U.S. or foreign destination through any point within Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Alabama (effectively expanding domestic and foreign air service to and from Love Field, Texas). Terminates such amendment eight years after enactment of this Act.
Prohibits: (1) a person from providing nonstop air passenger service between Love Field, Texas, and any point or points outside the 50 states or the District of Columbia; and (2) a federal official or employee from designating Love Field, Texas, as an initial point of entry into the United States or a last point of departure from the United States.
Limits charter flights at Love Field, Texas, to: (1) destinations within the 50 states and the District of Columbia; and (2) no more than 10 per month per air carrier for charter flights beyond the states of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Alabama. Requires: (1) air carriers, with specified exceptions, who lease gate space for flights to and from Love Field, Texas, to depart from and arrive at such gates; and (2) operators of charter flights from Love Field, Texas, who do not lease gate space to depart from nonterminal facilities or one of the terminal gates at Love Field, Texas.
Deems any action taken by the city of Dallas, the city of Forth Worth, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Board to implement a certain agreement to resolve the "Wright Amendment Issues" dated July 11, 2006, to be in compliance with certain obligations under federal transportation and antitrust laws.
Reduces the number of gates available for air service at Love Field, Texas, to no more than 20 gates (with a limit thereafter not to exceed a maximum of 20 gates). Declares that nothing in the agreement between the city of Dallas, the city of Fort Worth, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Board and this Act shall affect general aviation service at Love Field, Texas.
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Bill titles: Making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, District of Columbia, and independent agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, and for other purposes.
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