Clerk session vote number: 145
Description: To direct the President, pursuant to the United States Constitution and the War Powers Resolution, to seek approval from Congress prior to the introduction of ground troops from the United States Armed Forces in connection with present operations against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia or funding for that operations will not be authorized.
Bill summary: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 -
Division A: Department of Defense Authorizations - Title I: Procurement - Subtitle A: Authorization of Appropriations
- Authorizes appropriations for FY 2000 to the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, and Air Force for aircraft, missiles, weapons and tracked combat vehicles, ammunition, shipbuilding and conversion, and other procurement.
(Sec. 104) Authorizes appropriations for FY 2000 for: (1) defense-wide procurement; (2) reserve
procurements; (3) the Defense Inspector General; (4) the chemical demilitarization program; and (5) Department of Defense (DOD) health care programs.
Subtitle B: Army Programs
- Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to enter into multiyear procurement contracts, beginning with the FY 2000 program year, for the Javelin missile system, the M2A3 Bradley fighting vehicle, the AH-64D Apache longbow attack helicopters, and the M1A2 Abrams main battle tank upgrade program combined with the Heavy Assault Bridge program.
(Sec. 112) Revises conditions for the award of any procurement contract for the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles. Repeals an inconsistent provision of the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999.
(Sec. 113) Directs the Secretary to submit to the defense and appropriations committees a comprehensive plan for the modernization of the Army's helicopter forces. Provides an Army spending limitation until such plan is submitted.
(Sec. 114) Earmarks Army funds for certain tools and technologies used under the Army multiple launch rocket system.
(Sec. 115) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 to extend through FY 2001 a pilot program on sales of manufactured articles and services of certain Army industrial facilities without regard to their availability from domestic sources. Extends the deadline for a report from the Defense Inspector General under such program.
(Sec. 116) Amends the Armament Retooling and Manufacturing Support Act of 1992 to extend through FY 2001 the authority of the Armament Retooling and Manufacturing Support Initiative.
Subtitle C: Navy Programs
- Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy, beginning with the FY 2000 program year, to enter into a multiyear procurement contract for the F-A 18E-F aircraft. Prohibits such Secretary from entering into such contract until a specified certification is made to the defense and appropriations committees.
(Sec. 122) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 to: (1) increase from 12 to 18 the number of Arleigh Burke class destroyers authorized to be procured under multiyear procurement contracts; (2) extend through FY 2003 the authorized period for such contracting program (authorizing the Secretary of the Navy to enter into contracts for advance procurement of such destroyers for FY 2001 and to earmark other Navy funds for such procurement); and (3) repeal the requirement for annual reports from shipbuilders under certain nuclear attack submarine programs.
(Sec. 124) Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to procure the amphibious assault ship LD-8. Earmarks funds authorized under this title for advance procurement and construction of components for such program.
(Sec. 125) Directs the Secretary to report to the defense committees concerning the D-5 missile program.
Subtitle D: Air Force Programs
- Prohibits the Secretary of the Air Force from awarding a contract for low-rate initial production under the F-22 program until the Secretary of Defense (Secretary) makes a certain certification to the defense and appropriations committees with respect to the test plan and engineering and manufacturing development of such program.
(Sec. 132) Directs the Secretary of the Air Force to study and report to the defense committees on replacement options for conventional air-launched cruise missiles.
(Sec. 133) Authorizes the Secretary of the Air Force to carry out a program to procure firefighting equipment for the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.
(Sec. 134) Exempts funds authorized under this Act for F-16 tactical manned reconnaissance aircraft from certain limitations imposed under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997.
Subtitle E: Chemical Stockpile Destruction Program
- Directs the Secretary to conduct an assessment of the current program for the destruction of the U.S. chemical agents and munitions stockpile in order to reduce significantly the cost of such program, ensure completion of the program under the terms of the Chemical Weapons Convention, and maintain maximum protection of the general public, the personnel involved in the demilitarization program, and the environment. Authorizes the Secretary, following such assessment, to take necessary actions to achieve such purpose. Amends the Department of Defense Authorization Act, 1986 to prohibit facilities constructed to carry out such demilitarization from being used for any other purpose, with an exception. Requires the Comptroller General to review the U.S. demilitarization program and report review results to the defense and appropriations committees.
(Sec. 142) Requires a report from the Comptroller General to the defense committees on the anticipated effect of the proposal to reduce the Federal civilian workforce involved in the operation of eight storage sites for lethal chemical agents and munitions.
Title II: Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation - Subtitle A: Authorization of Appropriations
- Authorizes appropriations for FY 2000 for research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E).
(Sec. 202) Earmarks specified RDT&E funds for basic and applied research projects.
Subtitle B: Program Requirements, Restrictions, and Limitations
- Directs the Secretary to establish and carry out a program to provide for the evaluation and competitive demonstration of concepts for advanced capability combat vehicles for the Army. Requires a report from the Secretary of the Army and the Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to the defense and appropriations committees on program implementation. Earmarks specified RDT&E funds for such program.
(Sec. 212) Expresses the sense of Congress that the Secretary has failed to comply with the funding objective for the Defense Science and Technology Program, thus jeopardizing the stability of the defense technology base and technological superiority in future weapons systems. Calls for an increase in such program budgeting for each of FY 2001 through 2009. Requires a certification from the Secretary to Congress concerning a budget justification for such program.
(Sec. 213) Earmarks funds authorized under this title for: (1) continued implementation of the micro-satellite technology program under a prior national defense authorization Act; (2) space control technology development; and (3) the space maneuver vehicle program.
(Sec. 216) Amends the defense manufacturing technology program to: (1) establish as the overall program purpose the development and application of advanced manufacturing technologies and processes to reduce acquisition and support costs, and manufacturing repair and cycle times, for defense weapons systems; (2) require participation of the prospective users of the technology in the establishment of program requirements and program review; (3) require each project to include an implementation plan for the transition of such technology or process to its prospective user; (4) revise factors to be considered when considering program cost-sharing proposals; and (5) require the program's five-year plan to include plans for the implementation of the advanced manufacturing technologies and processes being developed under the program.
(Sec. 217) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 to authorize the procurement of up to two (currently, not any) endurance unmanned aerial vehicles.
Subtitle C: Ballistic Missile Defense
- Designates as ballistic missile defense the primary mission of the Space Based Infrared System Low. Directs the Secretary of the Air Force to obtain the approval of the Director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization before taking certain actions with respect to such System. Transfers System management and funding budget activities from the Tactical Intelligence and Related Activities budget to a nonintelligence budget activity of the Air Force. Requires System technical requirements to be defined no later than July 1, 2000.
(Sec. 232) Directs the Secretary to establish an acquisition strategy for the upper tier missile defense system with specified requirements.
(Sec. 233) Amends the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 to: (1) direct the Secretary to ensure the continued independent review of the Theater High Altitude Area Defense Program; (2) require (currently authorizes) the coordination of the development of system elements; and (3) revise a limitation on entering the manufacturing and development phase for the interceptor missile under the Program.
(Sec. 234) Directs the Secretary to structure the space-based laser program to include: (1) a near-term integrated flight experiment; and (2) an ongoing activity for developing an objective system design. Requires a revised program baseline for the integrated flight experiment. Earmarks funds for such flight experiment. Outlines requirements for an objective system design (and provides funding). Requires annual reports, from 2000 through 2002, from the Secretary to the defense committees on the space- based laser program.
(Sec. 235) Prohibits the Secretary of the Air Force from making any modification under the Airborne Laser program until the Secretary of Defense certifies to Congress that such modification is justified on the basis of certain test and analysis. Outlines related program requirements.
(Sec. 236) Expresses the sense of Congress calling for adequate future-years funding for ballistic missile defense technology.
(Sec. 237) Requires a report from the Secretary to Congress concerning a two-site deployment of a ground-based national missile defense system.
Subtitle D: Research and Development for Long- Term Military Capabilities
- Directs the Secretary to report to the defense committees every four years on emerging operational concepts. Requires each report to set forth the military capabilities necessary for meeting national security requirements over the next two to three decades.
(Sec. 242) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 to require the Secretary to submit to the defense committees a summary of each technology area review and assessment conducted by DOD in support of the joint warfighting science and technology plan.
(Sec. 243) Requires the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics to report to the defense and appropriations committees on necessary actions to ensure that the armed forces have the military capabilities necessary to meet national security requirements over the next two to three decades.
(Sec. 244) Authorizes the Secretary, acting through the Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, to carry out a program to award cash prizes in recognition of outstanding achievements in basic, advanced, and applied research technology development, and prototype development, that have the potential for application to the performance of the DOD military missions. Provides program total and per- award amount limits. Requires an annual program report from the Secretary to the defense committees. Terminates such award authority on September 30, 2003.
(Sec. 245) Authorizes the Secretary to carry out a pilot program to demonstrate improved efficiency in the performance of DOD RDT&E functions. Authorizes the Secretary to carry out such program at each selected laboratory for three years beginning no later than March 1, 2000.
Subtitle E: Other Matters
- Directs the Secretary to develop a unified DOD plan for development of laser technology for potential weapons application. Requires a report from the Secretary to the defense and appropriations committees. Requires the Secretary to recommend an executive agent to coordinate, implement, and oversee plan elements relating to solid state lasers. Provides funds.
(Sec. 252) Directs the Secretary of the Air Force to report to Congress on the Air Force Distributed Mission Training program.
Title III: Operation and Maintenance - Subtitle A: Authorization of Appropriations
- Authorizes appropriations for FY 2000 for operation and maintenance (O&M) for the armed forces and specified activities and agencies of DOD.
(Sec. 302) Authorizes appropriations for FY 2000 for: (1) working capital and revolving funds; and (2) the Armed Forces Retirement Home.
(Sec. 304) Authorizes the transfer of up to $150 million from the National Defense Stockpile Transaction Fund to specified military O&M accounts for FY 2000.
(Sec. 305) Directs the Secretaries of the military departments to transfer specified O&M funds within their departments to defense working capital funds to fund operations of the Defense Commissary Agency.
Subtitle B: Program Requirements, Restrictions, and Limitations
- Earmarks specified O&M funds for: (1) the American Red Cross to fund the Armed Forces Emergency Services; and (2) replacement of nontactical radios of the 82nd Airborne Division.
(Sec. 313) Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to procure the large medium-speed roll-on roll-off ship, subject to the availability of appropriations. Earmarks specified O&M funds for the advance procurement and construction of components for such ship.
(Sec. 314) Authorizes the Secretary to make grants to the United Services Organizations (USO), Inc., to contribute funds for the USO's Spirit of Hope Endowment Fund. Provides grant funds from O&M funds authorized under this title.
Subtitle C: Environmental Provisions
- Extends through FY 2010 a current limitation on the payment of environmental fines and penalties from the Environmental Restoration Account, Defense, or environmental restoration accounts of the military departments.
(Sec. 322) Directs the Secretary to report annually to Congress on progress made in carrying out activities under the environmental quality programs of DOD and the military departments. (Currently, an annual report concerning environmental compliance is required.)
(Sec. 323) Directs the Secretary to ensure that the defense technology planning process provides for an investment control process for the selection, prioritization, management, and evaluation of environmental technologies by DOD, the military departments, and the defense agencies. Requires related planning and evaluation. Requires an annual report from the Secretary to Congress on progress made by DOD in achieving objectives and goals of its environmental technology program.
(Sec. 324) Replaces the Director of Defense Research and Engineering with the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology among the membership of the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Council.
(Sec. 325) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 to extend through FY 2001 a pilot program for the sale of air pollution emission reduction incentives.
(Sec. 326) Authorizes the Secretary, using specified military environmental restoration account funds, to pay to the Fresno Drum Special Account within the Hazardous Substance Superfund specified amounts to reimburse the Environmental Protection Agency for environmental response activities undertaken at the Fresno Industrial Supply, Inc., site in Fresno, California.
(Sec. 327) Authorizes the Secretary of the Air Force, using Air Force environmental restoration account funds, to pay certain stipulated environmental civil penalties assessed against F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming.
(Sec. 328) Directs the Secretary to give appropriate consideration to existing contract vehicles to provide for the remediation of asbestos and lead-based paint at military installations within the United States, requiring the Secretary to select the most cost-effective means.
(Sec. 329) Directs the Secretary, upon request by a government of a foreign country from which U.S. troops were withdrawn in 1992, to release to such country information regarding any environmental contamination at former U.S. military installations in that country.
(Sec. 330) Directs the Secretary to study, and report to the defense and appropriations committees concerning, the removal of ordnance infiltrating the Federal navigation channel and adjacent shorelines of the Toussaint River in Ottawa County, Ohio. Limits study costs.
Subtitle D: Depot-Level Activities
- Authorizes the Secretary to waive commercial nonavailability conditions in connection with the sale of articles and services of DOD industrial facilities to purchasers outside of DOD if the Secretary determines that such waiver is necessary for national security reasons and notifies Congress.
(Sec. 332) Authorizes the Secretary of the military department concerned (Secretary concerned) to use working capital-funded industrial facilities of that department to sell engineering services provided by such facilities to persons outside of DOD, under a DOD contract or subcontract.
(Sec. 333) Adds additional reporting requirements with respect to fiscal year expenditures for the performance of depot-level maintenance and repair workloads by the public and private sector.
(Sec. 335) Prohibits the Secretary or the Secretary concerned from imposing on a public entity awarded a contract for the performance of any depot- level maintenance and repair workload any requirement regarding management systems, reviews, oversight, or reporting different from that normally required to perform and manage such workloads by such entities, unless specifically provided in the solicitation for that contract or necessary to ensure compliance with contract terms.
(Sec. 336) Amends the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 to provide additional matters to be included in a reporting requirement before prime vendor contracts for depot-level maintenance and repair are entered into.
Subtitle E: Performance of Functions by Private-Sector Sources
- Requires an evaluation of the impact on local economies and communities of decisions to convert the performance of functions being performed by 50 (currently 75) Federal employees to private sector performance.
(Sec. 342) Directs the Secretary, within ten days after a decision to waive a certain cost comparison study in connection with the conversion to contractor performance of any DOD commercial activity, to report to Congress describing the commercial activity subject to the waiver and the rationale therefor.
(Sec. 343) Directs the Secretary to report to Congress describing the use during the previous fiscal year of non-Federal entities to provide services to DOD.
(Sec. 344) Directs the Secretary of the Air Force to submit to Congress an evaluation of Air Force programs that are managed under the Total System Performance Responsibility Program. Requires the Comptroller General to review and evaluate such report.
(Sec. 345) Expresses the sense of Congress that any modernization of Army computer services in St. Louis, Missouri, and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, should have as a primary goal the sustainment of military readiness. Outlines related requirements concerning readiness sustainment in such systems.
Subtitle F: Defense Dependents Education
- Earmarks specified defense-wide O&M funds for providing assistance to local educational agencies that benefit military or Federal employee dependents under the defense domestic dependents elementary and secondary schools program. Authorizes the continued enrollment of such dependents at participating schools for the remainder of a school year, notwithstanding a change in the status of such member or employee that would otherwise terminate the eligibility of the dependent under the program.
(Sec. 352) Authorizes the Secretary to establish a single school board for all domestic dependent schools in Puerto Rico and a single school board for all such schools in Guam.
Subtitle G: Military Readiness Issues
- Directs the Secretary to provide for an independent study of requirements for a comprehensive readiness reporting system for DOD as required under current law.
(Sec. 362) Directs the Secretary to provide for an independent study of DOD secondary inventory and parts shortages affecting readiness.
(Sec. 363) Directs the Secretary to report to the defense committees on the inventory and control of DOD military equipment as of the end of FY 1999. Requires DOD Inspector General review and comments.
(Sec. 364) Directs the Comptroller General to conduct a study of restructured sustainment and reengineered logistics product support practices within DOD to determine whether such practices would be able to provide adequate sustainment supplies to military units and installations should it ever be necessary to execute the National Military Strategy prescribed by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
(Sec. 365) Directs the Comptroller General to review the impact that the consistent lack of adequate funding for real property maintenance of military installations during the five-year period ending on December 31, 1998, has had on readiness, the quality of life of military personnel and their dependents, and the infrastructure on military installations.
(Sec. 366) Directs the military department Secretaries to establish logistics standards for sustained military operations. Requires such standards to be considered in establishing annual DOD funding requirements.
Subtitle H: Information Technology Issues
- Authorizes the Secretary concerned to install telephone lines and other necessary telecommunications equipment in the private residences of designated persons providing voluntary services, and to pay charges for the use of such equipment. Requires the Comptroller General to review the exercise of such authority and report to Congress.
(Sec. 372) Authorizes DOD disbursing officials to provide operating funds to automated teller machines on naval vessels and to accept transfers of funds made through such machines.
(Sec. 373) Designates the Department of the Navy as the lead agency for the development and implementation of a Smart Card (a credit card-size device containing certain personal identifying information and technology) program for DOD. Requires the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force to each establish Smart Card project offices within their departments, and to coordinate their activities with the lead agency. Directs the Secretary to establish a senior coordinating group to develop and implement DOD-wide interoperability standards for the use of Smart Card technology and a plan to use such technology to enhance readiness and improve business processes. Requires the Secretary of the Navy to establish a business plan to implement the use of Smart Cards in one major naval region of the United States in the area of the U.S. Atlantic Command and one in the area of the U.S. Pacific Command. Earmarks funds authorized under this title for the increased use of such cards and for system conversion to meet such technology. Repeals a provision of the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 requiring the establishment of an Automated Identification Technology Office.
(Sec. 374) Directs the Secretary to report to Congress evaluating the option of DOD using the Smart Card as a Public-Private Key Infrastructure authentication device carrier.
Subtitle I: Other Matters
- Extends to military honor guards and law enforcement agencies (currently, only veterans' organizations) the authority of the Secretary of the Army to lend M-1 rifles (currently, obsolete or condemned rifles). Directs the Comptroller General to review the exercise of such authority and report review findings to Congress.
(Sec. 382) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 to extend: (1) through FY 2000 a pilot program of using commercial sources to improve the collection of DOD claims under aircraft engine warranties; and (2) the reporting dates under such program.
(Sec. 383) Authorizes the Chairman of the Retirement Home Board and the Director of the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home to apply for and accept a direct grant from the Secretary of the Interior under the National Historic Preservation Act for maintaining, repairing, and preserving the historic buildings and grounds of such Home that are included on the National Register of Historic Places.
(Sec. 384) Authorizes the above Board to lease (currently, only to sell) certain real property in the District of Columbia near the Home. Provides additional terms and conditions for such sale or lease.
(Sec. 385) Prohibits Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam from being considered as a point of origin in any test or demonstration program of DOD regarding the moving of household goods of military personnel.
Title IV: Military Personnel Authorizations - Subtitle A: Active Forces
- Sets forth the authorized end strengths for active-duty forces as of the end of FY 2000. Revises such minimum end strength levels.
Subtitle B: Reserve Forces
- Sets forth the authorized end strengths as of the end of FY 2000 for members of the Selected Reserve and reserve personnel on active duty in support of the reserves.
(Sec. 413) Sets forth the authorized end strengths as of the end of FY 2000 for military technicians (dual status).
(Sec. 414) Increases the number of certain officers and enlisted personnel authorized to serve on active duty in support of the reserves.
Subtitle C: Authorization of Appropriations
- Authorizes appropriations for FY 2000 for military personnel.
Title V: Military Personnel Policy - Subtitle A: Officer Personnel Policy
- Authorizes the Secretary concerned, during FY 1999 through 2002, to recall to active duty any retired officer having expertise as an aviator to fill staff positions normally filled by active-duty aviators. Requires release from such active duty period after one year. Requires a report from the Secretary to the defense committees on the use of such authority.
(Sec. 502) Increases from 35 to 55 the number of officers authorized to be frocked (to wear the insignia of a higher grade after selection for promotion to such grade but before the promotion date).
(Sec. 504) Requires active-duty or retired officers serving on boards of inquiry to be serving in a grade above major or lieutenant commander, or, in the case of the senior officer of such board, in a grade above lieutenant colonel or commander, and to be senior to the grade of any officer being considered. Excludes retired officers serving on such boards from general and flag officer limitations. Requires officers serving on retention boards for reserve active status officers to hold the same grades as above and to be: (1) in the same armed force as the officer being considered; and (2) senior in rank to such officer.
(Sec. 505) Authorizes a promotion selection board to recommend for promotion an officer from below the promotion zone for that position when the number of officers recommended is less than one.
(Sec. 506) Prohibits civil employment for regular and reserve officers serving on active duty under a call or order for a period in excess of 270 (currently 180) days.
(Sec. 507) Exempts Retiree Council members from recalled retiree limitations.
(Sec. 509) Extends through FY 2003 certain provisions concerning a required competitive selection procedure for the designation of joint four-star officers. Revises, as a result of such extension, limitations on the authorized number of active-duty generals and flag officers.
Subtitle B: Reserve Component Personnel Policy
- Authorizes the Secretary concerned to delay the separation or retirement of a reserve officer until the completion of court-martial disciplinary proceedings; and (2) order a reserve member to active duty, with his or her consent, to receive authorized medical care, to be medically evaluated for disability or other purposes, or to complete a required DOD health care study.
(Sec. 513) Makes ineligible for promotion a reserve officer serving in an educational delay status in order to attend an approved educational institution in order to receive advanced training, when such training is subsidized by the military department concerned. Makes such provision retroactive with respect to promotion boards convened before the enactment of this Act.
(Sec. 514) Requires a major or lieutenant commander who has twice failed to be selected for promotion to be removed from the reserve active status list on the later of the first day of the month after such member completes 20 years of service (current law) or seven months after the President approves the report of the board which considered such officer for the second time.
(Sec. 515) Excludes from the computation of creditable years of service for a reserve officer service performed as a reserve commissioned officer while in a program of advanced education to receive the first professional degree required for appointment, designation, or assignment within various military medical specialties, or as a chaplain or judge advocate, provided such service occurs before the officer commences initial active or reserve service in the specialty resulting from such degree.
(Sec. 516) Authorizes the Secretary concerned to retain reserve officer chaplains until age 67 (currently age 60).
(Sec. 517) Authorizes reserve personnel to travel in a space required status on military aircraft between the member's home and place of inactive-duty training outside the United States when there is no available road or rail transportation.
Subtitle C: Military Technicians
- Authorizes the Secretary to continue to pay compensation to a military technician (dual status) for up to 12 months (currently six months) after such individual loses membership in the Selected Reserve if such loss was not due to the failure to meet military standards.
(Sec. 522) Requires military technicians (dual status) of the Army and Air Reserve who lose such dual status to either: (1) be separated from duty, if eligible for an unreduced annuity at the time; or (2) apply for either a return to dual status or employment in a civil service position that is not a technician position. Provides restrictions for a technician who continues employment as a non-dual status technician. Requires non-dual status technicians so employed who are eligible for an unreduced annuity to be separated from service within six months after enactment of this section. Requires technicians who are not eligible for an unreduced annuity to apply for either a dual status position or a civil service position that is not a technician position. Entitles to a retirement annuity an employee who was hired: (1) as a military reserve technician on or before February 10, 1996, and who is separated from such service after becoming 50 years of age and completing 25 years of service by reason of being separated from the Selected Reserve or ceasing to hold the military grade specified by the Secretary concerned for such position; or (2) as a military technician (dual status) after such date and who is separated from such service or ceases to hold the necessary military grade after completing 25 years of service as a dual status technician or reaching 50 years of age and completing 20 years of such service. Entitles such personnel to appropriate disability retirement.
(Sec. 523) Revises provisions concerning non-dual status technicians to: (1) define such a technician, among other things, as an individual who, when hired, was not required to maintain membership in the Selected Reserve; (2) prohibit, as of October 1, 2007, the total number of such technicians employed by the Army and Air Force Reserve from exceeding 175; and (3) prohibit, as of October 1, 2001, the total number of such technicians employed by the National Guard from exceeding 1,950.
(Sec. 524) Revises provisions relating to National Guard technicians to: (1) require persons so employed to be dual status technicians and to hold the military grade specified for that position; (2) allow a person to be employed as a non-dual status technician if the position occupied has been designated to be filled only by a non-dual status technician; (3) implement the ceiling on such positions as established in the previous section; (4) provide for the prompt separation of persons who lose their dual status or cease to hold the necessary military grade; and (5) prohibit the Secretary concerned from prescribing a qualification applicable to such technicians (for Federal recognition purposes) that is not applicable to other members of the National Guard in the same grade, branch, position, and type of unit or organization involved.
(Sec. 526) Directs the Secretary to review the Army process for developing estimates of the annual authorizations and appropriations required for civilian personnel of the Army generally and for National Guard and Army Reserve technicians in particular. Requires appropriate revision to such process.
(Sec. 527) Sets forth the end strengths as of the end of FY 2000 for civilian employees who are non-dual status technicians of the Army or Air Force Reserve and National Guards.
Subtitle D: Service Academies
- Requires the Secretary of the Army to take necessary action to ensure that the U.S. Military Academy is in compliance with the cadet end strength limitation not later than the day before the last day of the 2000-2001 academic year. Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to vary such cadet limitation by: (1) up to five percent for the 1999-2000 year; and (2) up to two and one-half percent for the 2000-2001 year. Authorizes the Secretary concerned to waive a cadet or midshipman end strength limitation by up to one percent in any academic year.
(Sec. 532) Directs the Secretary concerned to retire a military academy superintendent within that department upon the termination of a detail to such position. Requires those accepting a superintendent position to agree to accept retirement at the end of their detail. Excludes all officers serving as such superintendents from annual limits on three- and four-star generals or flag officers.
(Sec. 533) Provides the authorized military grade for persons serving as Dean of the Academic Board at the U.S. Military Academy and Dean of Faculty, U.S. Air Force Academy.
(Sec. 534) Increases from: (1) 35 to 50 percent the amount of reimbursement authorized to be waived by the Secretary concerned for educational costs of foreign students at U.S. service academies; and (2) five to 20 the number of such students for whom all such costs may be waived.
(Sec. 535) Authorizes up to 24 (currently ten) cadets or midshipmen from each service academy to participate in a service academy foreign exchange program. Increases from $50,000 to $120,000 the authorized fiscal year expenditures for each academy under such program.
Subtitle E: Education and Training
- Directs the Secretary to establish a program to facilitate the enrollment and instruction at senior military colleges of persons from foreign countries (the DOD international student program). Directs the Secretary to recommend students to such colleges. Requires the student to pay instruction costs. Provides FY 2000 funding for other program costs.
(Sec. 542) Authorizes the Commandant of the United States Army War College to confer the degree of master of strategic studies.
(Sec. 543) Authorizes the Commander of the Air University to confer the degrees of master of strategic studies and master of military operational art and science.
(Sec. 544) Revises generally provisions concerning the award of reserve service credit for participation in the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship and Financial Assistance Program.
(Sec. 545) Makes permanent (currently terminates September 30, 1999) the authority of the Secretary concerned to allow graduate students to receive financial assistance under the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program.
(Sec. 546) Increases the monthly subsistence allowance for senior ROTC cadets selected for advanced training.
(Sec. 547) Makes yearly amounts for the National Guard Challenge Program in excess of $62.5 million available for the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
(Sec. 548) Requires the report from the Secretary to Congress concerning operation of the Selected Reserve educational assistance program under the Montgomery GI Bill to be submitted biennially (currently, annually).
(Sec. 549) Prohibits the availability of DOD and certain other funding to a covered educational entity if the Secretary determines that such entity has a policy or practice that either prohibits or prevents access to such campus for military recruitment purposes. Provides exceptions. Directs the Secretary to publish, every six months, a list of educational institutions currently ineligible for contracts or grants due to such determination.
(Sec. 550) Includes the Coast Guard within armed forces provisions concerning funding for educational assistance benefits.
Subtitle F: Reserve Component Management
- Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to provide up to $5,200 yearly in financial assistance to certain members of the Marine Corps Reserve for completion of: (1) baccalaureate degree requirements in an educational program that takes less than five years to complete; or (2) doctor of jurisprudence or bachelor of laws degree requirements in programs that take no more than three years to complete. Outlines eligibility requirements, including selection as an officer candidate in the Marine Corps Platoon Leader's Class Program and completion of at least six weeks of military training. Requires graduates to serve at least five years of active duty upon graduation. Prohibits more than 1,200 individuals from participating in such program in any academic year. Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to waive the period of obligated service for members unqualified for service due to a physical or mental condition that was not the result of misconduct or grossly negligent conduct. Provides for the computation of creditable service for officers serving in such positions.
(Sec. 552) Directs the Secretary of the Army to conduct a review of the manner, process, and organization used by the Army to recruit new members for the Army Reserve.
(Sec. 553) Authorizes the JCS Chairman to designate up to ten general and flag officer positions within the unified and specified combatant commands as positions to be held only by reserve officers who are in a general or flag officer grade below lieutenant general or vice admiral. Considers each such position to be a joint duty assignment position. States that an officer serving in such position under a call or order to active duty that does not specify a period of 180 days or less shall not be counted against general and flag officer limitations. Outlines procedures for filling vacancies in such positions.
(Sec. 554) Revises the authorized grades for the chiefs of the various reserve components and the directors of the Army and Air National Guard. Authorizes a higher grade for such individuals who are recommended by the Secretary of their military department and determined to have significant joint duty experience. Includes the officers serving in the higher grade within the numerical limitations for general and flag officers. Authorizes the Secretary, until October 1, 2002, to waive the joint duty experience requirements for such officers on a case-by-case basis, for the good of the service.
(Sec. 555) Specifies the operations support and other duties authorized for reserve personnel serving on active duty in support of the reserves. Directs the Secretary to review the use of such reserves and to report review results to the defense committees.
(Sec. 556) Repeals a limitation on the number of reserves authorized to serve on full-time active duty in support of preparedness for responses to emergencies involving weapons of mass destruction.
(Sec. 557) Establishes within the Coast Guard an Office of the Coast Guard Reserve, to be headed by a Director who: (1) has at least ten years of commissioned service; (2) is in a grade above captain; and (3) has been recommended by the Secretary of Transportation. Requires the Director to report annually to such Secretary and the Secretary of Defense on the state of the Coast Guard Reserve.
(Sec. 558) Requires the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to report to the Secretary on the feasibility and desirability of using National Guard facilities and electronic infrastructure to support the provision of services to veterans by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Requires the Secretary to transmit such report to Congress, with comments.
Subtitle G: Decorations, Awards, and Commendations
- Waives certain time limitations with respect to the award of the: (1) Distinguished Flying Cross to certain individuals recognized by the Secretary of the Navy for service during World War II or Korea; and (2) Coast Guard Commendation Medal to Mark H. Freeman of Seattle, Washington, for heroic achievements during a rescue operation in September, 1956.
(Sec. 562) Authorizes the President to award the Medal of Honor to Alfred Rascon for valor during the Vietnam conflict.
(Sec. 563) Directs the Secretary to eliminate the backlog of requests made to DOD for the issuance or replacement of military decorations for current or former military personnel. Requires a backlog status report from the Secretary to Congress.
(Sec. 564) Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to award the Navy Combat Ribbon for participation in ground or surface combat during any period after December 6, 1941, and before March 1, 1961, if a member has not been previously recognized for such participation.
(Sec. 565) Expresses the sense of Congress that the President should award a Presidential Unit Citation to the crew of the U.S.S. INDIANAPOLIS in recognition of courage and skill throughout World War II.
Subtitle H: Matters Relating to Recruiting
- Requests each local educational agency to provide to DOD the same access to secondary school students and related enrollment information as is generally provided to post-secondary educational institutions or prospective employers.
(Sec. 572) Increases from 180 to 365 days the period during which a potential recruit may be extended in the delayed entry program.
(Sec. 573) Directs the Secretary of the Army to establish a pilot program to assess whether the Army could increase the number and level of qualifications of Army inductees by encouraging recruits to pursue higher education or vocational or technical training before their induction. Authorizes under the program a delayed entry of up to two years in order to pursue such education or training, with a monthly allowance of $150 for persons enlisted in the Individual Ready Reserve during such time. Authorizes the program from October 1, 1999, to September 30, 2004. Requires a program report from the Secretary to the defense committees.
(Sec. 574) Authorizes the use for public relations purposes of advertising materials developed for military recruitment and retention.
Subtitle I: Matters Relating to Missing Persons
- Prohibits the disclosure of the contents of a record of a debriefing, made by an authorized U.S. official, of a missing person returned to U.S. control during the period beginning on July 8, 1959, and ending on February 10, 1996.
(Sec. 576) Directs the Secretary to make every reasonable effort to search for, recover, and identify the remains of U.S. servicemen lost while engaged in flight operations in the Pacific theater of operations (including in New Guinea) during World War II. Authorizes the Secretary of State to provide diplomatic intervention in countries of such area, if requested by the Secretary.
Subtitle J: Other Matters
- Amends the Uniform Code of Military Justice to authorize special courts-martial to adjudicate and execute punishments which include confinement for up to one year (currently, six months).
(Sec. 578) Allows two or more persons (currently, no less than three) to perform honor guard detail duty at funerals of veterans. Requires at least two members of such detail to be military personnel, and at least one member to be of the same service branch as the deceased veteran. Revises honor guard detail requirements (renaming it a funeral honors detail). Requires such detail, at a minimum, to perform the folding and presentation of the flag and the playing of Taps (requiring a recorded version of such song when no bugler is present). Authorizes the Secretary concerned to provide certain support services to such details. Authorizes the Secretary to waive any requirements of this section to meet the requirements of war, national emergency, a contingency operation, or other military requirements (requiring notification to the defense committees). Includes decedents who were members of the Selected Reserve (currently, only veterans) among those eligible for such a funeral. Authorizes the acceptance of voluntary services of veterans support organizations with respect to such details. Authorizes members of the Army or Air National Guard to be ordered to perform such duty, with their consent and the consent of the governor or other appropriate official of the State involved. Requires a minimum of two hours of such duty in order to receive service credit and any authorized allowance. Authorizes members of the Ready Reserve to be ordered to such duty, with their consent, with the appropriate service crediting when performing a minimum of two hours on such detail. Authorizes medical treatment and disability benefits for any illness or injury incurred by a member during, or while traveling to or from, such detail. Authorizes a $50 allowance for members on such detail.
(Sec. 579) Requires the National Guard Challenge Program to include at least a 22-week residential program and a 12-month post-residential monitoring period. Increases the annual funding limit for such program.
(Sec. 580) Authorizes the Secretary to conduct through the military departments a science, mathematics, and technology education improvement program known as the Department of Defense STARBASE Program in order to improve the knowledge and skills of students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in such subject areas. Requires the establishment of at least 25 academies under the program, with specified academic requirements.
(Sec. 581) Directs the Secretary to develop and implement a survey on attitudes toward military service by members who are discharged from such service or transfer to a reserve component during the period between January 1 and June 30, 2000.
(Sec. 582) Requires the Navy Council of Personnel Boards to be professionally staffed by the Secretary of the Navy.
(Sec. 583) Adds to the military welfare societies authorized to provide services to overseas U.S. military personnel certain overseas entities that promote understanding and tolerance between U.S. military personnel and the people of the host nation.
(Sec. 584) Authorizes the Secretary to provide financial assistance to an eligible civilian provider of child care or youth program services that furnishes such services for military personnel and Federal employees if the Secretary determines that providing such assistance: (1) is in DOD's best interest; (2) enables supplementation or expansion of the furnishing of such services for military installations while not supplanting or replacing such services; and (3) ensures compliance with DOD standards for furnishing such care. Outlines provider eligibility requirements. Authorizes the use of any DOD-appropriated O&M funds to provide such assistance. Allows the Secretary to authorize participation in such programs by children and youth under 19 years of age who are not military or Federal employee dependents.
(Sec. 585) Requires the Comptroller General to study the policies, procedures, and practices of the military departments for protecting the confidentiality of communications between a military dependent who is a victim or perpetrator of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or intrafamily abuse and his or her therapist, counselor, or other person providing professional services. Requires a report from the Comptroller General to Congress and the Secretary on the study's results, and a report from the Secretary to Congress on actions taken to provide the maximum possible protection of such confidentiality.
(Sec. 586) Requires the lowest-ranking general or flag officer in the chain of command of a member to manage such member's deployment when the total number of days in which such member has been deployed out of the preceding 365 days is 182 or more. Limits such deployment to 220 out of the preceding 365 days unless a general or admiral in such chain of command approves a longer deployment. Authorizes the Secretary to prescribe a definition of deployment other than that prescribed under this section, allowing such definition to take effect 90 days after notification of the defense committees. Requires the Secretary concerned to pay a $100 per diem allowance for members deployed in excess of 250 days out of the preceding 365 days (with a national security waiver of such allowance).
Subtitle K: Domestic Violence
- Directs the Secretary to establish the Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence, requiring the Task Force to submit to the Secretary a long-term strategic plan to more effectively address matters relating to domestic violence within the military. Requires the Task Force to undertake certain reviews concerning such domestic violence and to report annually to the Secretary on its activities and the activities of the military departments in response to such violence.
(Sec. 592) Directs the Secretary to establish a program to provide funds and other incentives to commanders of military installations to: (1) coordinate efforts between military and civilian law enforcement authorities for improving policies, training, and responses to, and tracking of, cases involving military domestic violence; (2) improve court procedures for cases involving such violence; (3) develop, enlarge, and implement victims' services programs and primary prevention programs; and (4) improve the response of health care providers to incidents of domestic violence.
(Sec. 593) Directs the Secretary to prescribe standard guidelines (and related requirements) to be used by the Secretaries of the military departments for negotiating agreements with civilian law enforcement authorities relating to acts of domestic violence within the military.
(Sec. 594) Directs the Secretary to establish a central database of information on the incidence of domestic violence involving military personnel. Requires the Secretaries concerned to maintain and report annually to the administrator of such database certain information concerning reported incidents.
Title VI: Compensation and Other Personnel Benefits - Subtitle A: Pay and Allowances
- Waives any FY 2000 pay increases tied to increases in the General Schedule of Compensation for Government employees. Increases by 4.8 percent, effective January 1, 2000, the rates of basic pay for military personnel. Revises, effective July 1, 2000, the rates of such pay for commissioned and warrant officers within specified grades. Requires increases in basic pay for each of FY 2001 through 2006 by a specified percentage based on the Economic Cost Index.
(Sec. 603) Earmarks specified military personnel funds authorized under this Act for a FY 2000 increase in the basic allowance for military housing inside the United States.
Subtitle B: Bonuses and Special and Incentive Pays
- Extends through 2000 specified authorities currently scheduled to expire at the end of 1999 with respect to certain special pay and bonus programs within the regular and reserve armed forces.
(Sec. 614) Requires air battle managers entitled to aviation career incentive pay to receive the higher of such pay or the amount they were receiving prior to such entitlement.
(Sec. 615) Revises provisions authorizing special pay to certain aviation career officers agreeing to extend their period of active duty to: (1) include officers below pay grade O- 7 (currently O-6); (2) remove the requirement that such officers be in a critical aviation specialty and have completed at least six but less that 13 years of active duty; (3) repeal the lower alternative amount of such bonus for officers agreeing to serve for three additional years or less; (4) allow the term of the agreement to be extended so long as it does not extend beyond the period on which the officer would complete 25 years of aviation service (currently, 14 years of commissioned service); and (5) repeal certain content requirements for an annual report from the Secretaries concerned on such special pay authority.
(Sec. 616) Authorizes additional special pay for veterinarians in the armed forces and the Public Health Service who have been awarded a diploma in a specialty recognized by the American Veterinarian Medical Association.
(Sec. 617) Increases: (1) the rate of diving duty special pay; (2) the reenlistment bonus for active-duty personnel (lowering from 21 to 17 months the required minimum period of active duty before eligibility for such bonus); and (3) the critical skills enlistment bonus (authorizing the lump-sum payment of such bonus).
(Sec. 620) Amends provisions authorizing the payment of a Selected Reserve enlistment bonus to: (1) eliminate the six-year minimum period required to receive such bonus; and (2) increase such bonus from $5,000 to $8,000.
(Sec. 621) Authorizes special pay for Coast Guard reserve personnel assigned to high priority units of the Selected Reserve.
(Sec. 622) Reduces from three to two years the minimum period of Army enlistment in a critical skill area before eligibility for an enlistment bonus.
(Sec. 623) Authorizes payment of a prior service enlistment bonus to certain members of the Selected Reserve attaining or occupying positions designated as critically short.
(Sec. 624) Increases: (1) certain special pay and authorized bonuses for nuclear-qualified officers; and (2) the foreign language proficiency special pay.
(Sec. 626) Authorizes special pay for certain special warfare officers who agree to remain on active duty in such service for at least one additional year. Limits such payment to $15,000 for each year under the agreement. Prohibits such agreement from extending beyond the date on which the officer would complete 14 years of active commissioned service. Requires the pro rata repayment of such bonus for periods not served.
(Sec. 627) Authorizes the payment of special pay of up to $50,000 for surface warfare officers who agree to remain on active duty to complete one or more tours of duty to which such officer may be ordered to serve as a department head on a surface ship. Requires the pro rata repayment of such bonus for periods not served.
(Sec. 628) Authorizes the payment of career enlisted flyer incentive pay to enlisted personnel who: (1) are entitled to basic pay or inactive duty training pay; (2) hold or are training for a career enlisted occupational or flyer specialty; and (3) are qualified for aviation service. Outlines operational flying duty requirements. Provides for the monthly amounts of such pay, which increases with the years of creditable aviation service performed. Prohibits such pay for members already receiving either hazardous duty incentive pay or diving duty special pay.
(Sec. 629) Authorizes the payment of judge advocate continuation pay for judge advocates who have completed their prior service commitment and agree to remain on active duty in such service for an additional period. Limits such pay to $60,000. Requires the pro rata repayment of such pay for periods not served. Directs the Secretary to study and report to Congress on the need for additional incentives to improve the recruitment and retention of judge advocates.
Subtitle C: Travel and Transportation Allowances
- Authorizes the Secretary concerned, if transient Government housing is not available, to provide lodging-in-kind to reserve personnel performing training duty and not otherwise entitled to travel and transportation allowances.
(Sec. 632) Authorizes the payment of temporary lodging expenses for members making their first permanent change of duty station.
(Sec. 633) Authorizes the use of any airport in the United States at which travel can be arranged at the same or lower cost in connection with emergency leave travel for military personnel. (Currently, only travel from the closest airport is authorized.)
Subtitle D: Retired Pay Reform
- Limits the application of a reduction in retired pay currently required for individuals who first became members of the armed forces after July 31, 1986, and retired with less than 30 years of creditable service to only those who have elected to receive a bonus added by this section. Makes eligible for such bonus those members who became members after the above date, have 15 years or more of active duty, and execute written agreements to complete at least five more years of continuous active duty service. Makes such bonus a lump-sum payment of $30,000.
Subtitle E: Other Matters Relating to Military Retirees and Survivors
- Repeals a Federal provision limiting the amount of retired pay a retired officer may receive while employed in a civilian position.
(Sec. 652) Extends authority for the presentation of the U.S. flag upon retirement to: (1) reserve personnel transferred from an active status or discharged after completion of eligibility for reserve retired pay; and (2) commissioned officers of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
(Sec. 653) Provides disability retirement or separation for members with at least eight years of active service for pre-existing conditions incurred before the member became entitled to basic pay in such member's current period of active duty. Provides a special rule for Selected Reserve members with physical disabilities not incurred in the line of duty.
(Sec. 654) Amends the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 to provide a credit toward Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) coverage for months covered by premium payments made during an SBP open enrollment period for persons not previously participating in the SBP.
(Sec. 655) Prohibits as of October 1, 2008, the reduction in military retired pay for persons electing to participate in a military annuity program for any month after the later of: (1) 30 years during which such retired pay is reduced; or (2) the month during which the annuitant reaches 70 years of age.
(Sec. 656) Extends eligibility for an annuity for the surviving spouses of certain deceased former reserve personnel to those surviving spouses of individuals who died before March 21, 1974, while entitled to retired pay (current law) or who were members of a reserve component before October 1,1978 (currently, during the period between September 21, 1972, and October 1, 1978) and who would have been entitled to retired pay but for the fact of being under 60 years of age. Makes permanent (currently terminates on September 30, 2001) the authority for the payment of such annuities.
(Sec. 657) Provides for the effectuation of an intended SBP annuity to a former spouse when not accomplished by a member due to his or her death within 21 days after entering into an agreement incident to a divorce to elect such annuity.
(Sec. 658) Directs the Secretary concerned to pay the following monthly amounts to disabled military retirees who completed at least 20 years of retirement-creditable service: (1) $300 for any month for which the retiree has a service-connected disability rated as total; (2) $200 for months in which such rating is 90 percent; and (3) $100 for months in which such rating is 80 or 70 percent.
Subtitle F: Eligibility to Participate in the Thrift Savings Plan
- Authorizes participation in the Federal Thrift Savings Plan for Ready Reserve members of any pay status. Authorizes all active- duty military personnel to participate in such Plan and to contribute participatory amounts to the Thrift Savings Fund, limiting the maximum annual contribution to five percent of the member's basic pay, as well as any special or incentive pay received. Prohibits matching agency contributions. Adds a representative of the armed forces to the Employee Thrift Advisory Council.
(Sec. 662) Authorizes the Secretary concerned to enter into an agreement with a member to make Fund contributions if such member: (1) is in a critical specialty; and (2) commits to continue to serve on active duty in that specialty for six years.
(Sec. 663) Authorizes the Secretary to postpone the authority under this Subtitle if the Secretary determines that permitting such members to so participate would place an excessive burden on the administrative capacity of the Thrift Savings Board to accommodate participants. Makes the effectiveness of this Subtitle contingent on the President proposing, and Congress enacting, legislation which would offset the cost of such member participation.
Subtitle G: Other Matters
- Authorizes the lump-sum payment of accrued unused annual leave upon a member's reenlistment into the armed forces.
(Sec. 672) Authorizes the Secretary concerned, under certain circumstances, to pay a per diem allowance to certain military technicians (dual status) serving on active duty without pay outside the United States.
(Sec. 673) Directs the Secretary to report annually to Congress assessing the effect that additional pay and benefits have had on military recruitment and retention.
(Sec. 674) Requires (current law authorizes) the Secretary to carry out a supplemental food benefits program for members on duty at stations outside the United States and eligible civilians accompanying such personnel. Directs the Secretary of Agriculture, if requested by the Secretary, to provide technical assistance in carrying out the program.
(Sec. 675) Makes inapplicable to members deployed in a contingency operation or similar operational mission a required limitation on the amount of tuition costs that will be paid for education or training during off-duty periods.
(Sec. 676) Includes within the educational loan repayment program members of the Selected Reserve of the Coast Guard Reserve when not operating as a service in the Navy.
(Sec. 677) Expresses the sense of Congress that military personnel receiving special pay for duty subject to hostile fire or imminent danger should receive the same tax treatment as members serving in combat zones.
Title VII: Health Care Provisions - Subtitle A: Health Care Services
- Directs the Secretary, after specified consultation, to establish in DOD a pharmacy benefits program which shall include a uniform formulary of pharmaceutical agents, and to begin implementing such formulary no later than October 1, 2000. Requires such program to assure the availability of clinically appropriate pharmaceutical agents to military personnel, including, if appropriate, agents not included on the formulary. Directs the Secretary to establish a: (1) Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee to develop the formulary, review it, and make recommendations concerning appropriate formulary changes; and (2) Uniform Formulary Beneficiary Advisory Panel to review and comment on formulary development. Directs the Secretary, by April 1, 2000, to implement the use of the Pharmacy Data Transaction Service. Provides deadlines and report requirements. Requires the Secretary to study and report to Congress on a design for a comprehensive pharmacy benefit for covered beneficiaries of the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS) who are entitled to benefits under Medicare (Title XVIII of the Social Security Act).
(Sec. 702) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1995 with respect to the chiropractic health care demonstration program to: (1) remove its demonstration program designation; (2) direct the Secretary, during FY 2000, to furnish the same chiropractic care in the designated military medical treatment facilities as furnished during the demonstration program; (3) revise certain reporting and related requirements; and (4) require a report from the Secretary to the defense committees if the Secretary determines that chiropractic health care services should be offered either in military medical facilities or as part of the TRICARE program (a DOD managed health care program).
(Sec. 703) Authorizes the Secretary, upon determining that discontinuation of payment for domiciliary or custodial care services or transition to provision of care under the individual case management program would be inadequate to medical needs or unjust to the beneficiary, to continue payment under CHAMPUS for domiciliary or custodial care services to covered beneficiaries who would otherwise be excluded from such care under certain implementing regulations. Directs the Secretary to conduct a survey of federally and State funded programs for the medical care and management of persons whose care is considered to be custodial in nature.
(Sec. 704) Authorizes dental benefits provided to military retirees to be comparable to that provided to active-duty military personnel under CHAMPUS.
(Sec. 705) Authorizes a member to be ordered to active duty, or to continue on active duty, for more than 30 days in order to be treated for or to recover from an injury, illness, or disease incurred or aggravated during inactive duty training. Authorizes medical and dental care for such members.
(Sec. 706) Provides for the health care at former military medical treatment facilities of active-duty personnel stationed at certain remote locations.
(Sec. 707) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 to direct the Secretary to conduct, from October 1, 1999, through September 30, 2001, a program under which covered CHAMPUS beneficiaries are permitted to enroll at any time in a managed care plan offered by a designated provider which is consistent with enrollment requirements for the TRICARE Prime option.
Subtitle B: TRICARE Program
- Requires the Secretary to establish voluntary enrollment dental plans for members of the Selected Reserve (current law) and Individual Ready Reserve, and authorizes such plans for other reserves, active-duty dependents, and Ready Reserve dependents. (Currently, the Secretary is authorized to establish such plans for dependents of military personnel who are on active duty for more than 30 days.) Provides for: (1) plan administration; (2) types of care authorized; (3) premiums and premium sharing plans; (4) copayments; (5) dental care provided outside the United States; and (6) a waiver of plan requirements for dependents of personnel who die while on active duty for a period of more than 30 days. Prohibits the Secretary from reducing plan benefits until notice to the defense committees followed by a one-year waiting period.
(Sec. 712) Directs the Secretary to minimize the authorization and certification requirements imposed on covered beneficiaries under TRICARE Prime as a condition of access to benefits. Requires a nonavailability of health care statement prior to the receipt of certain outpatient gynecological care under such program.
(Sec. 713) Directs the Secretary to implement a system for processing claims under the TRICARE program under which: (1) 95 percent of all clean claims (mistake-free and requiring no special treatment) are processed within 30 days; and (2) 100 percent of all clean claims are processed within 100 days. Authorizes the Secretary to require that interest be paid on all claims not processed within 30 days. Prohibits the Secretary from requiring a contractor to begin providing managed care support under the TRICARE program until at least nine months after the award of the contract. Requires a report from the Secretary to Congress on claims backlogs and managed care support contracts.
(Sec. 714) Authorizes the Secretary to waive certain required deductibles under the TRICARE program for an eligible dependent of a reserve member on active duty or a National Guard member on full-time duty under a call or order for a period of less than one year.
(Sec. 715) Provides for the designation and authorized services of TRICARE beneficiary counseling and assistance coordinators, requiring such designation no later than January 15, 2000.
(Sec. 716) Authorizes the Secretary to reimburse health care providers under the TRICARE program at rates higher than the reimbursement rates otherwise authorized if the Secretary determines that application of the higher rates is necessary to ensure the availability of an adequate number of health care providers under that program. Provides reimbursement limits. Authorizes military medical facilities to collect from third-party providers the reasonable costs of health care provided in such facilities.
(Sec. 717) Requires a report from the Secretary to the defense committees comparing health care coverage under TRICARE with coverage available under similar Federal health benefits plans.
Subtitle C: Other Matters
- Authorizes the Armed Forces Medical Examiner to conduct forensic pathology investigations, including an autopsy, to determine the cause or manner of death of persons under certain circumstances, including those who die while imprisoned in a military installation or from an injury or illness incurred during active duty or military training. Subjects such authority to the primary jurisdiction of any State or local government or any foreign country for which there is an international agreement with the United States.
(Sec. 722) Requires CHAMPUS contracts to be awarded to offerors that will provide the best value consistent with high-quality care in a manner that protects the fiscal and other interests of the United States.
(Sec. 723) Directs the Secretary to establish a DOD program for medical infomatics and data collection to accelerate efforts to automate, capture, and exchange controlled clinical data and present providers with clinical guidance using a personal identification carrier, clinical lexicon, or digital patient record. Requires the Secretary to establish a Medical Infomatics Advisory Committee. Requires an annual report from the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs to Congress on the quality of health care furnished under DOD health care programs.
(Sec. 724) Authorizes the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs, during the three-year period beginning on October 1, 1999, to carry out joint demonstration projects of the feasibility and practicability of using telecommunications to provide health care and pharmacy services.
(Sec. 725) Requires TRICARE contracts to be administered so as to implement all changes in benefits and administration on a quarterly basis (but authorizes the Secretary to implement a change sooner if it would significantly improve services to eligible beneficiaries).
(Sec. 726) Directs the Secretary to submit to Congress a study identifying areas within the Defense Health Program for which joint operations might be increased.
(Sec. 728) Expresses the sense of Congress calling for the automatic authorization for enrollment into the TRICARE Senior Prime demonstration program of persons already enrolled in a DOD managed care program.
Title VIII: Acquisition Policy, Acquisition Management, and Related Matters - Subtitle A: Amendments to General Contracting Authorities, Procedures, and Limitations
- Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1984 to authorize Comptroller General review of DOD prototype projects of more than $5 million. Prohibits such review with respect to a party or entity that has not entered into any other agreement that provides for audit access in the year prior to the agreement.
(Sec. 802) Amends the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act to make cost accounting standards under such Act inapplicable to certain contracts or subcontracts: (1) awarded on the basis of adequate price competition; and (2) with a value of less than $7.5 million (with certain other conditions). Authorizes Federal agencies to waive such standards: (1) for contracts of less than $15 million with companies that primarily sell commercial items; and (2) for contracts of more than such amount in exceptional circumstances when necessary to meet the needs of the agency. Requires the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy to revise specified rules to raise the threshold for the implementation of such standards to include contracts of $50 million (currently $25 million) or more. Requires such Administrator to report to Congress on the three types of cost accounting standards coverages and to include recommendations on whether such types should be consolidated or revised.
(Sec. 803) Authorizes the Secretary to waive certain defense contracting procedures for the acquisition of coal or coke (currently, only for petroleum and natural gas).
(Sec. 804) Requires the Federal Acquisition Regulation to be revised to provide guidance to agencies on the appropriate use of task order and delivery order contracts. Requires the Comptroller General to report to Congress an evaluation of agency compliance with such regulations.
(Sec. 805) Includes within the definition of commercial items under the Federal Procurement Policy Act certain installation, maintenance, repair, and training services in support of such items.
(Sec. 806) Amends the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 to extend through 2001 a test program for the use of specified acquisition procedures for the purchase of commercial items in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold. Requires a report from the Comptroller General to Congress evaluating the test program.
(Sec. 807) Makes permanent (currently terminates at the end of FY 1999) the authority for small business concerns to credit toward certain small business subcontracting goals purchases made from qualified nonprofit agencies for the blind or other severely handicapped.
(Sec. 808) Extends through FY 2003 a certain goal for participation in DOD contracts and subcontracts by small disadvantaged businesses and certain minority higher education institutions.
(Sec. 809) Prohibits the head of an agency from entering into or extending a multiyear contract until the Secretary submits to the defense and appropriations committees a report that provides total obligational authority information for such contract for the period of the future-years defense program involved.
Subtitle B: Other Matters
- Amends provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1991 relating to the Mentor-Protege program (a program to provide incentives to major DOD contractors to award subcontracts to disadvantaged small businesses) to: (1) provide a program participation term of not more than three years, while allowing up to five years in unusual circumstances; (2) authorize (currently, requires) the Secretary to reimburse a mentor for the total amount of progress or advance payments made to a subcontractor under the program, as well as certain support costs; (3) make determinations made in a mentor firm's annual performance review a major factor in determining reimbursement amounts; (4) limit such total reimbursement amount in a fiscal year to $1 million, with an exception; (5) extend such program through FY 2005; (6) require specified reports from the mentor firm, the protege firm, and the Secretary; (7) require the Secretary to conduct, and report to Congress on, an annual performance review of each mentor- protege agreement; and(8) require the Comptroller General to review such program and report review results to the defense committees.
(Sec. 812) Directs the Secretary to: (1) publish in the Federal Register a plan to provide for increased innovative technology for acquisition programs of DOD from commercial private entities, including small businesses; (2) implement such plan by March 1, 2001; and (3) report to the defense and appropriations committees on the status of the Small Business Innovation Research program rapid transition plan required under a prior defense authorization Act.
(Sec. 813) Directs the Secretary to review and report to Congress on the profit guidelines established in the Department of Defense Supplement to the Federal Acquisition Regulation to consider whether appropriate modifications would provide an increased profit incentive for contractors to develop and produce complex and innovative new technologies.
(Sec. 814) Authorizes the Secretary to carry out a pilot program to treat procurements of commercial services as procurements of commercial items under the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act. Limits such program to a five-year period. Requires the Secretary to: (1) report to Congress on the program; and (2) collect and analyze information on price trends for all services covered by the program.
(Sec. 815) States that if the Secretary of the Army determines it necessary to protect the small arms industrial base, the Secretary shall procure M-2 and M-60 machine guns from such base.
(Sec. 816) Expresses the sense of Congress that any DOD entity, in expending funds for the purchase of equipment or products, should fully comply with the Buy American Act. Authorizes the Secretary to debar from participation in DOD contracts any person convicted of intentionally affixing a "Made in America" label to any product not so made.
(Sec. 817) Amends the: (1) National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991 to extend through FY 2005 a test program for the negotiation of comprehensive small business subcontracting plans; and (2) Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act to extend until October 1, 2004, an interim reporting rule for certain procurements of less than $100,000.
(Sec. 819) Directs the DOD Inspector General to investigate whether DOD purchases of free weight strength training equipment are being made in compliance with the Buy American Act.
(Sec. 820) Requires a report from the Secretary to the defense and appropriations committees on DOD requirements for precision munitions under the National Military Strategy and DOD's capability to conduct two nearly simultaneous major theater wars.
Title IX: Department of Defense Organization and Management - Subtitle A: Department of Defense Strategic Planning
- Directs the Secretary, every four years, to conduct a comprehensive examination of the national defense strategy, force structure, force modernization plans, infrastructure, budget plan, and related elements of defense programs and policies with a view toward determining and expressing the U.S. defense strategy and establishing a revised defense plan for the next 20 years. Directs the JCS Chairman to prepare and submit to the Secretary the Chairman's assessment of risk in connection with the defense strategy. Amends the National Security Act of 1947 to direct any new President to submit to Congress a national defense strategy.
(Sec. 902) Repeals the requirement that the DOD strategic plan be updated and revised at least every three years.
Subtitle B: Department of Defense Organization
- Redesignates the position of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. Establishes the position of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness for advice and recommendations concerning DOD logistics and materiel readiness.
(Sec. 912) Establishes the Technology Security Directorate within the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, with specified technology security functions. Requires a report from the Secretary to the defense and appropriations committees setting forth the personnel and budget resources of the Directorate as of specified dates, as well as those planned for FY 2000 and 2001.
(Sec. 913) Directs the Secretary to convene a panel of independent experts to conduct an analysis of the resources and capabilities of all DOD laboratories and test and evaluation facilities, including those of the military departments. Requires the panel to report its findings to the Secretary and Congress. Directs the Secretary to develop an appropriate performance review process for rating the quality and relevance of work performed by DOD laboratories.
(Sec. 914) Directs the Secretary to establish a Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs as part of the National Defense University. Requires the Center to study and inform policymakers of the national goals and strategic posture of the People's Republic of China and the ability of such nation to develop, field, and deploy an effective military instrument in support of its strategic objectives. Requires the Center to be established no later than March 1, 2000. Requires an implementation report from the University's President to the Secretary, who shall submit such report to the defense committees, with comments.
(Sec. 915) Authorizes the Secretary to accept foreign gifts or donations to defray the costs of, or enhance the operation of, the Asia- Pacific Center, under certain conditions. Requires the Secretary to notify Congress if such donations and gifts exceed $2 million in any fiscal year.
Subtitle C: Personnel Management
- Provides that, as of October 1, 2002, the number of major headquarters activities personnel may not exceed 85 percent of the number of such personnel as of October 1, 1999. Requires a reduction of five percent per fiscal year, beginning with FY 2000, to achieve such reduction.
(Sec. 922) Directs the Secretary during FY 2000 to implement reductions in the defense acquisition and support workforce in a number not less than the number by which such workforce is programmed to be reduced during that fiscal year in the President's budget. Authorizes a smaller reduction in the national security interest.
(Sec. 923) Makes the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness responsible for monitoring the operations and personnel tempo (deployments and deployment tracking) of the armed forces. Directs the Secretary to include in his annual budget report a description of such operations and tempo.
(Sec. 924) Authorizes the Secretary to designate the Secretary of the Navy as the DOD executive agent for carrying out the defense reform initiative enterprise pilot program for military manpower and personnel information established under prior law.
(Sec. 925) Excludes members of the armed forces within the defense acquisition workforce from a limitation on the amount of reimbursement that may be received for tuition and training expenses.
Subtitle D: Other Matters
- Outlines additional matters to be included within annual reports concerning joint warfighting experimentation.
(Sec. 932) Directs the Secretary to: (1) report to the defense and appropriations committees identifying all programs and activities of the DOD combating terrorism program; (2) submit to Congress with the annual DOD budget presentation a consolidated budget justification display concerning such program; and (3) report semiannually to the defense and appropriations committees on the obligation and expenditure of DOD funds for the program.
(Sec. 933) Directs the Secretary to prescribe regulations governing the use and control of credit cards and convenience checks issued to DOD personnel for official use, including regulations setting forth controls on the alteration of remittance addresses.
(Sec. 934) Expresses the sense of Congress that no major change to the governing structure of the Civil Air Patrol should be mandated by Congress until a review of potential improvements in the management and oversight of Patrol operations is conducted. Requires the Comptroller General to conduct such review and report results to the defense and appropriations committees. Directs the DOD Inspector General to review the financial and management operations of the Patrol and report review results to such committees.
Title X: General Provisions - Subtitle A: Financial Matters
- Authorizes the Secretary, in the national interest, to transfer up to $2 billion of authorizations made available in this Division for FY 2000 between any such authorizations for that fiscal year, with limitations. Requires congressional notification of any such transfers.
(Sec. 1002) Incorporates into this Act the Classified Annex prepared to accompany this conference report and transmitted to the President.
(Sec. 1003) Adjusts the FY 1999 authorization of appropriations under the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 by the amount by which appropriations were increased or decreased in the 1999 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, with a limitation with respect to a pending defense contingent emergency supplemental appropriation.
(Sec. 1004) Requires the President to submit to Congress a supplemental appropriations request for DOD if he determines it to be in the national security interest to conduct combat or peacekeeping operations in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during FY 2000.
(Sec. 1005) Provides the U.S. contribution for the common-funded budgets of NATO in FY 2000.
(Sec. 1006) Limits the amount of authorized O&M funds that may be used for the incremental costs of U.S. armed forces for Bosnia peacekeeping operations. Authorizes the waiver of such limitation upon a certification from the President to Congress containing specified assurances.
(Sec. 1007) Outlines matters to be included by the Secretary in the second biennial DOD financial management improvement plan, including a description of each major procurement action, a financial management competency plan, and a plan for improving the internal controls and review processes of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.
(Sec. 1008) Authorizes the Secretary to require the use of electronic funds transfers for the pay, allowances, retired or retainer pay, and any other payments out of funds available to DOD for current and former military personnel, DOD employees or former employees, or dependents. Requires the Secretary to study and report to Congress on such transfers.
(Sec. 1009) Allows a contract for the procurement of subsistence items entered into under the prime vendor program of the Defense Logistics Agency to specify a single payment date applicable to an invoice for such items, but prohibits such date to be more than ten days after invoice receipt.
(Sec. 1010) Authorizes the Secretary to pay, out of proceeds of sales of maps, charts, and other publications of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), any NIMA foreign data acquisition fee.
Subtitle B: Naval Vessels and Shipyards
- Requires congressional notification followed by a 30- day waiting period prior to the transfer of a vessel which has been stricken from the Naval Vessel Register.
(Sec. 1012) Authorizes the President to consent to the transfer by the Government of Greece of the ex-USS Bowman County to the USS LST Ship Memorial, Inc., for museum-related purposes.
(Sec. 1013) Directs the Secretary to report to the defense committees on naval vessel force structure requirements.
(Sec. 1014) Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to enter into contracts with private U.S. shipyards for the construction of new surface vessels for long- term lease to the United States for use by: (1) the Navy combat logistics or strategic sealift force; or (2) other auxiliary support vessels for DOD. Requires such contracts to be authorized by law. Outlines contract requirements.
(Sec. 1015) Authorizes the head of any Federal agency to enter into a contract for the installation and maintenance of national defense features in one or more commercial vessels owned and controlled by the offeror in accordance with the purposes of the National Defense Sealift Fund. Authorizes advance payments for such features.
(Sec. 1016) Waives certain transfer restrictions if a sale of naval shipyard articles or services is made to a DOD nuclear ship contractor in order to facilitate the contractor's fulfillment of the contract.
(Sec. 1017) Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to transfer to the Government of Thailand the coastal patrol craft CYCLONE or a craft with a similar hull. Directs such Secretary, as a condition of such transfer, to require any necessary repair or refurbishment of such ship to be performed in a U.S. Navy shipyard or other shipyard within the United States. Terminates such transfer authority two years after the enactment of this Act.
(Sec. 1018) Authorizes the Secretary to transfer, on either a grant or sale basis, specified tank landing ships, frigates, or floating dry dock vessels to the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Mexico, Poland, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey. Makes inapplicable to such transfers certain annual limitations on the aggregate value of transferred excess defense articles. Requires, as a transfer condition, that any necessary repair or refurbishment of such vessels be performed in a U.S. shipyard, including a Navy shipyard. Terminates the transfer authority two years after the enactment of this Act.
Subtitle C: Support for Civilian Law Enforcement and Counter Drug Activities
- Extends to naval aircraft with one or more Coast Guard members on board and operating from a surface naval vessel the authority to engage, through September 30, 2001, in certain drug interdiction activities. Requires, before the exercise of such authority, a report from the Secretary to the defense committees on DOD's plan for the safe and effective execution of such authority.
(Sec. 1023) Authorizes the Secretary, during FY 1999 through 2004, to provide assistance to civilian authorities in response to an act of terrorism, including one involving a weapon of mass destruction, upon a determination that such assistance is necessary and critical and will not adversely affect military preparedness. Limits assistance funding to $10 million per fiscal year. Provides personnel use restrictions.
(Sec. 1024) Prohibits the use of funds for improving the physical infrastructure at any proposed forward operating locations outside the United States from which the U.S. Southern Command may conduct counter-drug detection and flight monitoring until a formal agreement regarding the use of such a location is executed between the United States and the host nation.
(Sec. 1025) Directs the Secretary to report to the defense and foreign relations committees on the deployment of U.S. military personnel in Columbia.
(Sec. 1026) Directs the Secretary to submit to the defense committees an evaluation of the effectiveness of specified radar systems and facilities in maritime, air, and land counter-drug detection and monitoring.
(Sec. 1027) Directs the Secretary to prepare a plan for assigning military personnel to assist the Immigration and Naturalization Service or U.S. Customs Service should the President determine, and either the Attorney General or Secretary of the Treasury certify, that such personnel are required to respond to a threat to national security posed by the entry into the United States of terrorists or drug traffickers.
Subtitle D: Miscellaneous Report Requirements and Repeals
- Makes a specified provision of the Federal Reports Elimination and Sunset Act calling for the elimination of certain periodic reporting requirements inapplicable to specified reporting requirements contained in Federal armed forces provisions, prior military or defense authorization Acts, and related Acts.
(Sec. 1032) Repeals certain reporting requirements contained in Federal armed forces provisions, prior defense authorization Acts, and the Anti-Drug Abuse Acts of 1986 and 1988.
(Sec. 1033) Directs the JCS Chairman to report annually to the Secretary the Chairman's assessment of the strategic and military risks associated with executing missions under the current National Military Strategy.
(Sec. 1034) Directs the Secretary to report to: (1) Congress on airlift, sealift, and surface transportation requirements to support the National Military Strategy through 2005; (2) the defense committees assessing the effect of continued U.S. military operations in the Balkans region on the ability to meet other regional contingencies and to execute the National Military Strategy; and (3) Congress on DOD's plans for establishing and deploying rapid assessment and initial detection teams for responding to incidents involving a weapon of mass destruction.
(Sec. 1037) Directs the Secretary to include in quarterly readiness reports an assessment of the readiness, training status, and future funding requirements of all active and reserve units that are considered assets of the Consequence Management Program Integration Office of DOD. Requires the Secretary to prepare a decontamination readiness plan for such Office.
(Sec. 1038) Requires the Secretary to report to the: (1) defense and appropriations committees on the relationship between the defense budget and current and emerging threats to national security; and (2) defense and foreign relations committees on implementation of the Defense Capabilities Initiative by NATO countries.
(Sec. 1040) Directs the Secretary of the Army to review, and report to the defense committees on, the incidence during FY 1999 of violations of motor vehicle laws by operators of official Army motor vehicles
Subtitle E: Information Security
- Requires the Secretary to include in annual budget justification materials specific identification of amounts required to carry out records declassification activities pursuant to executive order. Limits to $51 million the amount authorized for FY 2000 for such activities.
(Sec. 1042) Directs the Secretary to notify the defense committees of each security or counterintelligence failure or compromise of classified information relating to any defense operation, system, or technology of the United States that the Secretary considers likely to cause significant harm to U.S. national security interests.
(Sec. 1043) Directs the Secretary to carry out a defense (electronic) information assurance program, develop a program strategy, report annually to Congress on such program, and develop an information assurance testbed within DOD.
(Sec. 1044) Authorizes the Secretary, or the Secretary of Transportation with respect to the Coast Guard, to exempt from Federal disclosure requirements information concerning military personnel or DOD or Coast Guard employees assigned to overseas, sensitive, or routinely deployable units.
(Sec. 1045) Authorizes the Secretary to exempt from such disclosure requirements certain NIMA operational files maintained by the National Photographic Interpretation Center.
Subtitle F: Memorial Objects and Commemorations
- Prohibits the President, from the date of enactment of this Act until September 30, 2001, from transferring a veterans memorial object to a foreign country or entity controlled by a foreign government unless specifically authorized by law.
(Sec. 1052) Requires the Secretary's program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Korean War to run during FY 2000 through 2004. Provides program funding during such period through Army O&M funds.
(Sec. 1053) Expresses the sense of Congress that the President should issue a proclamation for the people of the United States to observe the victory in the Cold War. Authorizes the use of O&M funds for military participation of such celebration in Washington, D.C. Requires a report from the President to Congress on such proclamation and a plan for appropriate ceremonies and activities. Establishes the Commission on Victory in the Cold War to make recommendations on such celebration.
Subtitle G: Other Matters
- Directs the Secretary to establish a task force of the Defense Science Board to examine the use of radio and television broadcasting as a propaganda instrument and the adequacy of the U.S. armed forces to deal with propaganda situations such as the conflict in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
(Sec. 1062) Directs the Secretary of Commerce to convene an interagency review and assessment of: (1) progress made in the implementation of national spectrum planning; (2) reallocation of Federal Government spectrum to non-Federal use; and (3) the implications for such reallocations to the affected Federal agencies, with particular attention to critical military and intelligence capabilities. Provides conditions on the surrender of current DOD-assigned spectrum. Directs the President to reclaim for DOD use certain frequency bands recommended for such reassignment under provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.
(Sec. 1063) Reauthorizes and extends through FY 2000 the Defense Production Act of 1950.
(Sec. 1064) Amends the Defense Against Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 1998 to state that certain assistance provided to Federal, State, and local agencies under such Act shall include the performance by the Department of Justice of assessments of the threat and risk of terrorist employment of weapons of mass destruction against cities and other local areas.
(Sec. 1065) Authorizes the Secretary to transfer to the Attorney General those quantities of lethal chemical agents required to support training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness at Fort McClellan, Alabama, for domestic preparedness associated with potential terrorist incidents involving the use of lethal chemical weapons or agents.
(Sec. 1067) Amends specified Federal provisions, defense authorization Acts, and other Acts to reflect the name change of the House Committee on National Security to the Committee on Armed Services.
Title XI: Department of Defense Civilian Personnel
- Amends the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 to change to October 1, 1999 (currently October 1, 2000) the effective date of revisions made to the voluntary early retirement program.
(Sec. 1102) Continues, notwithstanding certain Federal pay limitations, the authority of the Secretaries of Defense or a military department to fix the pay of civilian employees paid with nonappropriated funds, with a limitation.
(Sec. 1103) Provides for the restoration of earned but unused annual leave in the case of DOD emergency essential employees serving in a combat zone. Authorizes the Secretaries of Defense or a military department to make such designation, following specified criteria. Makes employees of nonappropriated fund instrumentalities eligible for such designation.
(Sec. 1104) Extends until October 1, 2003, the authority to provide lump-sum severance pay for DOD employees in connection with defense workforce reductions and restructuring.
(Sec. 1105) Provides leave protection for dual-status military technicians participating in combat as well as noncombat operations outside the United States.
(Sec. 1106) Authorizes the use of Federal annual leave for the performance of inactive-duty training for Guard and reserve personnel.
(Sec. 1107) Authorizes the Secretary concerned to establish work schedules and premium pay or compensatory time off provisions for civilian faculty members of the military service academies.
(Sec. 1108) Provides that certain Federal pay rate and total compensation limitations shall not apply to the authority of the Secretary to prescribe salary schedules and related benefits for faculty and staff of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
(Sec. 1109) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1995 to exempt defense laboratory employees covered by a personnel demonstration project carried out under such Act from certain defense workforce management personnel restrictions.
Title XII: Matters Relating to Other Nations - Subtitle A: Matters Relating to the People's Republic of China
- Prohibits the Secretary from authorizing any military-to-military exchange or contact with the People's Liberation Army of the Republic of China if such exchange or contact would create a national security risk. Makes such prohibition inapplicable to search and rescue or humanitarian exercises. Requires the Secretary to certify annually to the defense committees whether any such exchange or contact was conducted. Requires an annual report from the Secretary to the defense committees on the current state of such exchanges and contacts. Requires a one-time report on past military exchanges and contacts between the United States and China.
(Sec. 1202) Requires an annual report from the Secretary to the defense and appropriations committees on the current and future military strategy of China.
Subtitle B: Matters Relating to the Balkans
- Directs the Secretary to report to the defense and appropriations committees on the conduct of military operations conducted as part of Operation Allied Force and associated relief operations.
(Sec. 1212) Expresses the sense of Congress calling for vigorous prosecution of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity in Kosovo and the former Republic of Yugoslavia.
Subtitle C: Matters Relating to NATO and Other Allies
- Directs the President to determine and certify to Congress whether the new strategic concept of NATO imposes any new commitment or obligation on the United States and, if so, to submit such concept to the Senate as a treaty for the Senate's advice and consent. Directs the President to report to Congress an analysis of the potential threats facing NATO in the first decade of the next millennium.
(Sec. 1222) Directs the Secretary to report to Congress on the current military capabilities of allied nations to contribute to the successful conduct of major theater wars as anticipated in the Quadrennial Defense Review of 1997.
(Sec. 1223) Directs the Secretary of each military department to give due consideration to according a high priority to the attendance of military personnel of Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic (new NATO member nations) at professional military education schools and training programs at U.S. service academies.
Subtitle D: Other Matters
- Directs the President, upon the use of U.S. military forces in hostilities against any foreign country, to: (1) seek to establish a multinational economic embargo against the foreign country involved; (2) seek the seizure of its foreign financial assets; and (3) report to Congress within 20 days setting forth actions taken to achieve steps (1) and (2).
(Sec. 1232) Prohibits after May 31, 2000, the use of any FY 2000 DOD funds for the continuous deployment of U.S. armed forces in Haiti. Requires a report from the President to Congress on any deployment undertaken after such date.
(Sec. 1233) Requires a report from the Secretary to the defense and foreign relations committees on the security situation on the Korean Peninsula.
(Sec. 1234) Expresses the sense of Congress that the President should use all diplomatic means possible to prevent the UN Security Council from lifting certain sanctions imposed against Libya as a result of Libya's refusal to allow the extradition of two Libyan agents suspected in the bombing of a Pan American flight in December 1988.
(Sec. 1235) Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) U.S. military readiness to execute the national security strategy is being eroded from a combination of declining defense budgets and expanded missions; and (2) there may be missions to which the United States is supplying troops from which it can begin disengaging. Requires a report from the President to the defense and appropriations committees prioritizing the ongoing global missions to which the United States is contributing forces.
Title XIII: Cooperative Threat Reduction With States of the Former Soviet Union
- Specifies the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) programs to be funded by O&M funds authorized under this Act.
(Sec. 1302) Allocates CTR funds among various CTR programs and activities, prohibiting the use of such funds for any other purpose until 30 days after the Secretary reports such purpose to Congress. Authorizes the Secretary, in the national interest, to obligate amounts in excess of those stated for such purposes, but prohibits the total amount obligated from exceeding 115 percent of the amount authorized.
(Sec. 1303) Prohibits the use of CTR funds for FY 2000 and thereafter for: (1) peacekeeping activities with Russia; (2) housing; (3) environmental restoration assistance; (4) job retraining assistance; (5) defense conversion assistance to Russia or any other state of the former Soviet Union; or (6) the elimination of conventional weapons or delivery vehicles of such weapons.
(Sec. 1304) Prohibits the use of FY 2000 CTR funds for the construction of a certain fissile material storage facility in Russia until 15 days after the Secretary notifies Congress that the two countries have signed an agreement allowing the United States to ensure that material stored at such facility is of weapons origin. Requires certain additional verification before any CTR funds may be used for such construction.
(Sec. 1305) Prohibits the obligation or expenditure of CTR funds for FY 2000 and thereafter for planning, design, and construction of a chemical weapons destruction facility in Russia.
(Sec. 1306) Prohibits more than 50 percent of FY 2000 CTR funds from being obligated or expended until the Secretary reports to Congress: (1) whether DOD is the appropriate agency to carry out the program involved; and (2) if not, a plan for migrating such responsibility to the appropriate agency. Prohibits the obligation or expenditure of more than ten percent of such funds until the Secretary submits to Congress an updated version of the multiyear plan for FY 2000 as required under a prior defense authorization Act.
(Sec. 1308) Directs the Secretary to report to Congress: (1) an explanation of DOD strategy for encouraging states of the former Soviet Union that receive CTR funds to contribute financially to the threat reduction effort; and (2) on the Expanded Threat Reduction Initiative.
(Sec. 1310) Prohibits remaining FY 1999 CTR funds from being made available for any country under the CTR program until the President resubmits to Congress an updated certification as required under specified prior Acts.
(Sec. 1312) Outlines required information to be included in each annual report concerning Russian tactical nuclear warheads mandated under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996.
Title XIV: Proliferation and Export Controls
- Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the President should take appropriate action to obtain a bilateral agreement with China to adhere to the Missile Technology Control Regime and related Annex; and (2) China should not be permitted to join such Regime without having demonstrated a sustained and verified commitment to missile and missile technology nonproliferation and adopted an effective export control system for implementing Regime guidelines. Requires a report from the President to Congress on China's compliance with such Regime and actions taken by the United States to encourage such compliance.
(Sec. 1402) Requires an annual report from the President to Congress on transfers to countries and entities of concern of the most significant categories of U.S. technologies and technical information with potential military applications.
(Sec. 1403) Directs the Secretary of State to ensure that, in any fiscal year, adequate resources are allocated to the Office of Trade Defense Controls for the review and processing of export license applications. Requires similar allocations by the Secretary of Defense with respect to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
(Sec. 1404) Outlines specified requirements, to be enforced by the Secretary of State, as conditions of the export license for any satellite to be launched outside the United States.
(Sec. 1405) Directs the Secretary to require that DOD space launch monitors assigned to monitor launches in China maintain records of all information authorized to be transmitted to China. Directs the Secretary to ensure transmission of such information to other authorized Federal agencies.
(Sec. 1406) Directs the President to review and report to the defense committees on the national security implications of exporting high-performance computers to China.
(Sec. 1407) Directs the President to seek to enter into an agreement with China for the revision of existing verification systems for the export to China of high-performance computers.
(Sec. 1408) Directs the President to seek to establish new binding international controls on technology transfers that threaten international peace and U.S. national security.
(Sec. 1409) Directs the Secretary to prescribe regulations authorizing additional activities by personnel of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in connection with the monitoring of satellite launch campaigns overseas.
(Sec. 1410) Directs the Secretary of State to prescribe regulations to provide timely notice to the manufacturer of a commercial satellite of U.S. origin of the final determination of the application decision for a license involving the overseas launch of such satellite. Directs the Secretaries of State and Defense to consult with the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) throughout the review of such an application in order to ensure that the launch of the satellite, if the license is approved, will meet requirements necessary to protect U.S. national security interests. Requires the DCI to establish within the intelligence community an advisory group to provide information and analysis to Congress and other appropriate Federal departments and agencies on the national security implications of granting such licenses.
(Sec. 1412) Directs the President to notify the appropriate congressional committees whenever an investigation by the Department of Justice indicates an alleged violation of U.S. export control laws by U.S. satellite manufacturers. Requires such notification when a waiver of such requirements is granted under provisions of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991. Provides an exception to such notification requirements when the President determines that such notification would jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation.
Title XV: Arms Control and Counterproliferation Matters
- Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 to prohibit DOD funds from being used to retire or dismantle B-52H bomber aircraft below a level of 76 (currently 71). States that the current funding limit of 18 Trident ballistic missile submarines may be reduced upon a certain certification from the President to Congress.
(Sec. 1502) Expresses the sense of Congress that, in negotiating the START III Treaty (or any other arms reduction agreement) with the Russian Federation: (1) the nuclear forces of China and every other nation should be taken into account; and (2) any U.S. nuclear force reductions should not be to such an extent as to impede U.S. ability to respond militarily to a threat posed by China.
(Sec. 1503) Directs the Secretary to report to the defense committees on the strategic stability between the United States and Russia and other potential nuclear forces.
(Sec. 1504) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994 to extend through FY 2004 the Counterproliferation Program Review Committee. Provides for an executive secretary to such Committee and revises certain report deadlines.
(Sec. 1505) Limits to $15 million the total amount of FY 2000 U.S. assistance in support of UN-sponsored efforts to inspect and monitor Iraqi weapons activities.
Title XVI: National Security Space Matters - Subtitle A: Space Technology Guide; Reports
- Directs the Secretary to develop, and report to the defense and appropriations committees on, a detailed guide for investment in space science and technology, demonstrations of space technology, and planning and development for space technology systems. Requires such guide to include: (1) two alternative technology paths; and (2) a micro-satellite technology development plan.
(Sec. 1602) Directs the Secretary to report to the defense committees on the current and potential vulnerabilities of U.S. national security and commercial space assets.
(Sec. 1603) Directs the Secretary to report to the President and the defense, intelligence, and appropriations committees on the factors involved in the three recent failures of the Titan IV space launch vehicle and the reforms being implemented to minimize future failures of such vehicle and future launch systems.
(Sec. 1604) Directs the Secretary, using the Defense Science Board, to study and report to the defense and appropriations committees on space launch requirements and shortcomings.
Subtitle B: Commercial Space Launch Services
- Expresses the sense of Congress calling for: (1) increased U.S.-Russian cooperation in commercial space launch services; (2) stimulating and encouraging the expansion of a commercial space launch capacity in the United States; and (3) reexamining current U.S. policy of permitting the export of U.S. commercial satellites to China for launch.
Subtitle C: Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization
- Establishes the Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization to conduct a review of such management and organization. Funds the Commission from defense- wide O&M funds for FY 2000.
Title XVII: Troops-To-Teachers Program
- Troops-To-Teachers Program Act of 1999 - Authorizes the administering Secretary (Secretary of Defense with respect to the armed forces and the Secretary of Transportation with respect to the Coast Guard) to carry out a program to provide financial assistance to separated military or Coast Guard personnel in order to obtain certification as teachers or teacher's aides (the troops-to- teachers program). Requires the administering Secretary to identify: (1) local educational agencies experiencing teacher shortages; and (2) those States having alternative certification or licensing requirements. Prohibits more than five percent of program funds from being used for program management infrastructure. Makes eligible for such assistance military personnel who: (1) during the period beginning October 1, 1990, and ending September 30, 1999, were involuntarily discharged due to a reduction in force after at least six years of continuous active duty; (2) applied and were qualified for the current teacher placement program; or (3) on or after October 1, 1999, become entitled to military retired or retainer pay. Outlines provisions concerning required educational background and the selection of participants (requiring a participation agreement). Provides a participant stipend of $5,000, and a $10,000 bonus to each participant who agrees to accept a full-time elementary, secondary, vocational, or technical teacher position for not less than four years in a high need school. Limits to 1,000 the total amount of such bonuses that may be paid in a fiscal year. Requires pro-rata reimbursement from participants who fail to complete the program or the required teaching period (with an exception for individuals who become permanently and totally disabled).
(Sec. 1706) Authorizes the administering Secretary to make grants to States or a consortia of States in order to operate offices to recruit eligible individuals for program participation.
(Sec. 1707) Terminates the current teacher placement program. Directs the administering Secretaries and the Secretary of Education to provide for the transfer to the latter Secretary of such program no later than October 1, 2000.
(Sec. 1708) Directs the Secretary of Education and the Comptroller General to report on the effectiveness of the program in the recruitment and retention of qualified personnel by local educational agencies.
(Sec. 1709) Provides program funds from FY 2000 O&M funds.
Division B: Military Construction Authorizations
- Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 -
Title XXI (sic): Army
- Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to acquire real property and carry out military construction projects in specified amounts at specified installations and locations. Authorizes the Secretary to construct or acquire family housing units, carry out architectural planning and design activities, and improve existing military family housing in specified amounts. Authorizes appropriations to the Army for fiscal years after 1999 for military construction, land acquisition, and military family housing functions of the Army. Limits the total cost of construction projects authorized by this title.
Title XXII: Navy
- Provides, with respect to the Navy, authorizations paralleling those provided for the Army.
(Sec. 2206) Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to accept from the Guam Power Authority various improvements to certain electrical transformers in Guam.
Title XXIII: Air Force
- Provides, with respect to the Air Force, authorizations paralleling those provided for the Army.
Title XXIV: Defense Agencies
- Authorizes the Secretary to acquire real property and carry out military construction projects in specified amounts at specified installations and locations. Authorizes the Secretary to improve existing military family housing units in specified amounts.
(Sec. 2403) Earmarks funds authorized under this title for deposit into the Department of Defense Family Housing Fund.
(Sec. 2404) Authorizes the Secretary to carry out certain energy conservation projects.
(Sec. 2405) Authorizes appropriations to DOD for fiscal years after 1999 for military construction, land acquisition, and military family housing functions of DOD. Limits the total cost of construction projects authorized by this title.
(Sec. 2406) Amends the Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 to increase the amount authorized for a project at the Pueblo Chemical Activity, Colorado.
(Sec. 2407) Prohibits the obligation or expenditure of drug interdiction and counter-drug activities funds authorized under this title until 30 days after the Secretary describes in detail to Congress the purposes for which such funds will be obligated for the development of forward operating locations for U.S. Southern Command counter-drug detection and flight monitoring.
Title XXV: North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program
- Authorizes the Secretary to make contributions for the NATO Security Investment Program and authorizes appropriations for fiscal years after 1999 for such contributions.
Title XXVI: Guard and Reserve Forces Facilities
- Authorizes appropriations for fiscal years after 1999 for the Guard and reserve forces for acquisition, architectural and engineering services, and construction of facilities.
Title XXVII: Expiration and Extension of Authorizations
- Terminates all authorizations contained in titles XXI through XXVI of this Act on October 1, 2002, or the date of enactment of an Act authorizing funds for military construction for FY 2003, whichever is later, with exceptions. Extends certain prior-year military construction projects.
Title XXVIII: General Provisions - Subtitle A: Military Construction Program and Military Family Housing Changes
- Exempts from certain congressional notification (and waiting period) requirements military construction projects carried out using defense burdensharing contributions and undertaken under a declaration of war or national emergency. Requires that, after the decision to carry out the project is made, the Secretary shall notify the defense committees of such action and its estimated cost.
(Sec. 2802) Authorizes the Secretary to exercise appropriate authority to develop Ford Island, Hawaii, in a manner compatible with the Navy mission, as long as such Secretary submits to the appropriate congressional committees a master plan for such development and 30 days have since elapsed. Provides conveyance and lease authorities with respect to such development, requiring the same congressional notification and waiting period. Establishes in the Treasury the Ford Island Improvement Account for development and transaction costs. Prohibits such Secretary from using such funds to acquire, construct, or improve military housing or ancillary supporting facilities on such Island. Authorizes transfers to such Account from specified military housing funds.
(Sec. 2803) Expands the entities (currently, only private persons) eligible to participate in a DOD program to acquire or construct military family or unaccompanied housing units on or near military installations to include a corporation, firm, partnership, company, State or local government, or State or local housing authority. Allows such entities to participate in direct loans and loan guarantees, rental guarantees, and differential lease payments under the program.
(Sec. 2804) Limits the type of ancillary facility that may be included in the acquisition or construction of military family housing units to those which would not be in direct competition with any military resale facility, activity, or service.
(Sec. 2805) Authorizes the use of available funds for design (currently, only planning) in connection with the acquisition of reserve facilities.
(Sec. 2806) Authorizes the use of unspecified minor construction funds for construction projects costing less than $3 million and intended to correct deficiencies that are a threat to life, health, or safety.
(Sec. 2807) Expresses the sense of Congress that the President should request an amount for each proposed military construction project sufficient to produce a complete and usable facility or a complete and usable improvement to an existing facility.
Subtitle B: Real Property and Facilities Administration
- Extends through FY 2000 the authority of the Secretary to lease property for special operations activities.
(Sec. 2812) Authorizes the Secretary concerned, in connection with the conveyance of a utility system, to enter into a contract for utility services for a period not to exceed 50 years. Authorizes the use of military construction project funds to facilitate such conveyances.
(Sec. 2813) Authorizes the Secretary concerned to accept funds from a person or entity to cover administrative expenses relating to the disposal of real property for which such Secretary will be the disposal agent.
(Sec. 2814) Provides authorized uses of lease proceeds in connection with the operation of the Naval Academy Dairy Farm.
(Sec. 2815) Directs the Secretary to study and report to Congress on an evaluation of the impact upon military training, testing, and readiness of any proposed changes in land management of certain Utah lands which are adjacent to or near the Utah Test and Training Range.
(Sec. 2816) Designates the newly constructed missile intelligence building at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, as the Richard C. Shelby Center for Missile Intelligence.
Subtitle C: Defense Base Closure and Realignment
- Amends the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 and the Defense Authorization Amendments and Base Closure and Realignment Act to authorize the transfer of a former military installation to a local redevelopment authority (RA), without consideration, if such RA's reuse plan provides for the property to be used for at least the next seven years for the economic benefit or redevelopment of the installation. Authorizes the Secretary to modify earlier transfer agreements to incorporate such authority.
(Sec. 2822) Amends the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 to provide authority for the continued use of the Defense Base Closure Account 1990 for activities required to close or realign military installations.
Subtitle D: Land Conveyances - Part 1: Army Conveyances
- Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to convey to: (1) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs a portion of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, for use as a national cemetery; (2) Moline, Illinois, a portion of the Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois; (3) Bangor, Maine, the Army Reserve Center in Bangor; (4) Kankakee, Illinois, the Stefaninch Army Reserve Center in Kankakee; (5) the Cannon Falls Area Schools, Minnesota Independent School District Number 252, the Army Reserve Center in Cannon Falls, for educational uses; (6) the Borough of Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, the Army Maintenance Support Activity (Marine) Number 84 in Marcus Hook, for economic development purposes; (7) Juneau, Alaska, the Juneau National Guard Dock, for navigation-related commerce; (8) the Department of Veterans' Services of the State of Arizona a portion of Fort Huachuca, Arizona, for a State-run veterans cemetery; (9) the Township Council of East Hanover, New Jersey, the Nike Battery 80 family housing site in East Hanover, for housing and recreational purposes; (10) Arden Hills, Minnesota, a portion of the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant, for construction of a city hall complex; and (11) the Central Utah Water Conservancy District the Red Butte Dam and Reservoir in Salt Lake City, Utah.
(Sec. 2842) Amends the Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 to add certain landfill restrictions to a land conveyance involving the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant, Illinois.
Part II: Navy Conveyances
- Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to convey to: (1) Dallas, Texas, the Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant No. 387 in Dallas; (2) the State of North Carolina a portion of the Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina, for development and educational purposes; (3) Newport, Rhode Island, the Connell Manor housing area at the Newport Naval Station; and (4) the Commonwealth of Virginia certain property on or near the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Virginia. Directs such Secretary to convey to Orlando, Florida, the Naval Training Center and McCoy Annex Areas in Florida.
(Sec. 2855) Prohibits the Secretary of the Navy, for one year, from obligating or expending any funds to demolish the three southeastern most naval radio transmitting towers at the Naval Station in Annapolis, Maryland. Authorizes such Secretary to transfer such towers to the State of Maryland or Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
(Sec. 2857) Amends the Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 to increase the authorized square footage for a naval reserve center in Meridian, Mississippi.
Part III: Air Force Conveyances
- Authorizes the Secretary of the Air Force to convey to: (1) the Pease Development Authority the Newington Defense Fuel Supply Point in Newington, New Hampshire; (2) Panama City, Florida, the military housing project for Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida; (3) the town of Ohio, New York, the Forestport Test Annex, for economic and municipal purposes; and (4) the Regents of the University of California the McClellan Nuclear Radiation Center in California.
(Sec. 2863) Authorizes the Secretaries of the Air Force and the Interior to convey to the Port of Anchorage, Alaska, certain land adjacent to the Port of Anchorage Marine Industrial Park.
Subtitle E: Other Matters
- Authorizes the Secretary concerned to accept from a donor a qualified guarantee for the completion of a major project (cost of at least $1 million) for the benefit of a military service academy. Allows funds for such a project to be obligated and expended without regard to whether they are sufficient to pay for project completion. Requires a qualified account control agreement between the Secretary concerned, the donor, and a major U.S. investment management firm in order to ensure the availability of sufficient funds to pay the guaranteed amount (along with related assurances and requirements). Prohibits the Secretary concerned from accepting a qualified guarantee until 30 days after such Secretary submits to Congress a report of the facts concerning such guarantee.
(Sec. 2872) Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior, with the consent of the State of Arizona, to acquire by eminent domain all rights and interest of such State to certain unimproved Arizona trust lands in the Fort Huachuca East Range, Cochise County, Arizona. Allows such lands to be withdrawn and reserved for use by the Secretary of the Army for military training and testing.
(Sec. 2873) Authorizes the Secretary, in conjunction with the Pentagon Reservation Program, to design and construct secure secretarial office and support facilities and security-related changes to the bus and subway station entrance at the Pentagon. Requires information on estimated costs to be included in a currently-required annual report from the Secretary to the defense and public works committees concerning Pentagon renovations.
Subtitle F: Expansion of Arlington National Cemetery
- Directs the Secretary to transfer to the Secretary of the Army certain parcels of the Navy Annex in Arlington, Virginia, for incorporation into Arlington National Cemetery. Directs the Secretary to establish a master plan for the use of such property, and authorizes the Secretary to implement such plan any time after it is submitted to Congress. Directs the Secretary of the Army to modify the boundaries of the Cemetery to include certain land situated in Fort Myer, Virginia.
Title XXIX: Commission on National Military Museum
- Establishes the Commission on the National Military Museum to conduct a study and make recommendations to Congress regarding authorization for the construction of a national military museum in the National Capital Area.
Title XXX: Military Land Withdrawals
- Military Lands Withdrawal Act of 1999 -
Subtitle A: Withdrawals Generally
- Withdraws from all forms of appropriation under the public land laws specified lands and land interests within: (1) the Naval Air Station Fallon Ranges, Nevada, to be used by the Secretary of the Navy for specified military purposes; (2) the Nellis Air Force Range, Nevada, to be used by the Secretary of the Air Force for specified military purposes (but directs the Secretary of the Interior to manage the Desert National Wildlife Refuge within such Range); (3) the Fort Greely and Fort Wainwright Training Ranges in Alaska, to be used by the Secretary of the Army for specified military purposes; and (4) the McGregor Range of Fort Bliss, New Mexico. Requires the Secretary of the Interior to publish and file maps and legal descriptions of all such withdrawn lands.
(Sec. 3013) Terminates after November 6, 2001, the withdrawals made by the Military Lands Withdrawal Act of 1986.
(Sec. 3014) Directs the Secretary of the Interior to manage the lands withdrawn under this Subtitle, subject to the military uses. Authorizes the Secretary concerned to close areas of lands withdrawn as necessary for military operations, public safety, or national security. Directs the Secretary to develop a management plan for management of the nonmilitary portions of the withdrawn lands, and to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Secretary concerned to implement such plan.
(Sec. 3015) Specifies termination dates of the withdrawal and reservation of lands under this Subtitle.
(Sec. 3016) Directs the Secretary concerned, at least three years prior to such withdrawal termination, to notify Congress and the Secretary of the Interior whether the military department will have a continuing military need, beyond the termination date, of any part of the withdrawn lands and, if so, to file an application for an extension of the withdrawal period. Directs the Secretary concerned to notify the Secretary of the Interior of the intention to relinquish any or all of such withdrawn lands during the withdrawal period.
(Sec. 3017) Requires the Secretary concerned, for the duration of the withdrawal period, to maintain a program of decontamination of such lands consistent with applicable Federal and State law. Outlines decontamination procedures.
(Sec. 3018) Authorizes the delegation of the authority of the Secretaries of Defense, the Interior, and the military departments for actions taken under this Subtitle.
(Sec. 3019) Provides, with respect to the withdrawn lands, for: (1) water rights; (2) hunting, fishing, and trapping; (3) mining and mineral leasing (holding the United States harmless for injuries or damages occurring during such activities); and (4) use of mineral materials.
Subtitle B: Withdrawals in Arizona
- Withdraws from all forms of appropriation under the public land laws all lands and land interests within the Barry M. Goldwater Range, Arizona. Reserves such lands for use by the Secretaries of the Air Force (East Range) and Navy (West Range) for specified military purposes. Provides a conditional termination date of certain Arizona lands withdrawn by the Military Lands Withdrawal Act of 1986.
Directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of certain East Range lands withdrawn under this Subtitle which have been declared unnecessary for military use in order to determine the appropriate management of such lands following their relinquishment by the Secretary of the Air Force.
Requires the appropriate Secretary to manage the lands withdrawn for military purposes. Authorizes each Secretary to close areas of such lands withdrawn as necessary for military operations, public safety, or national security.
Directs such Secretaries and the Secretary of the Interior to jointly prepare an integrated natural resources management plan for the withdrawn lands. Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy and Air Force to enter into memoranda of understanding with the Secretary of the Interior or other appropriate Federal, State, or local agencies, Indian tribes, or other public or private organizations or institutions as necessary to implement such plan. Requires joint reports from the three Secretaries concurrent with each plan review describing changes in the condition of the withdrawn lands. Directs such Secretaries to establish an intergovernmental executive committee for exchanging views, information, and advice relating to the management of natural and cultural resources on such lands. Authorizes the retransfer to the Secretary of the Interior of management responsibility over such withdrawn lands if: (1) the Secretary of the Interior determines that such lands are not being used for military purposes and that such failure is resulting in significant degradation of the natural and cultural resources on such lands; (2) the Secretary of the Navy or Air Force is notified of, and given a reasonable period of time to correct, such deficiencies; and (3) the Secretary of the Interior determines that such deficiencies have not been corrected within such period.
Makes the Secretaries of the Navy and Air Force responsible for all applicable environmental requirements on such withdrawn lands during the withdrawal period, including any required remediation.
Terminates the withdrawal and reservation under this Subtitle 25 years after the enactment of this Act.
Directs the Secretaries of the Navy and Air Force, at least three years prior to such withdrawal termination, to notify Congress and the Secretary of the Interior whether the Navy or Air Force will have a continuing need, beyond the termination date, of any part of the withdrawn lands and, if so, to file an application for an extension of the withdrawal period.
Directs the Secretary of the Navy or Air Force to notify the Secretary of the Interior of the intention to relinquish any or all of such withdrawn lands during the withdrawal period due to the lack of continuing military need for such lands. Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to then accept jurisdiction over such lands, under certain conditions.
Authorizes the delegation of the authority of the Secretaries of the Navy, Air Force, and the Interior for actions taken under this Subtitle.
(Sec. 3032) Directs the Secretary of the Interior to manage the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and the Cabeza Prieta Wilderness (together, Cabeza Prieta) for purposes for which such refuge and wilderness were established, and to support current and future military aviation training needs consistent with a 1994 Memorandum of Understanding between the Departments of the Interior and Air Force. Directs the Secretaries of the Interior, Navy, and Air Force to extend such Memorandum for a period that coincides with the duration of the withdrawal and reservation of the Barry M. Goldwater Ranges under this Subtitle. Requires the Memorandum to be amended to meet future military aviation training needs of the Navy and Air Force. Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy or Air Force to close areas of such lands withdrawn as necessary for military operations, public safety, or national security. Directs each such Secretary, during the duration of the Goldwater Ranges withdrawal, to carry out a program of decontamination on the portions of Cabeza Prieta used for military training purposes at least at the level of cleanup currently achieved on such lands.
(Sec. 3033) Directs the Secretary of the Interior to publish and file a map and legal description of the lands withdrawn under this Subtitle.
(Sec. 3034) Provides, with respect to the withdrawn lands, for: (1) water rights; (2) hunting, fishing, and trapping; and (3) the use of mineral materials (holding the United States harmless for injuries or damages occurring during mining or mineral leasing activities).
Subtitle C: Authorization of Appropriations
- Authorizes appropriations to carry out this title.
Division C: Department of Energy National Security Authorizations and Other Authorizations - Title XXXI (sic): Department of Energy National Security Programs - Subtitle A: National Security Programs Authorizations
- Authorizes appropriations to the Department of Energy (DOE) for FY 2000 for operating expenses, capital equipment, and plant projects necessary in carrying out the following activities for national security programs: (1) weapons activities; (2) defense environmental restoration and waste management; (3) other defense activities; (4) defense nuclear waste disposal; and (5) defense environmental management privatization activities.
Subtitle B: Recurring General Provisions
- Prohibits the use of funds appropriated pursuant to this title for: (1) the cost of a program exceeding 110 percent of the program authorization or $1 million more than the amount authorized; or (2) programs which have not been presented to, or requested of, Congress until the Secretary of Energy (Secretary, for purposes of this Division) transmits to the defense and appropriations committees a full statement of the action proposed and 30 days have since expired.
(Sec. 3122) Places certain funding limits for general plant and construction projects of DOE. Requires congressional reports when amounts exceed such limits.
(Sec. 3124) Authorizes the Secretary to transfer DOE- authorized funds: (1) to other Federal agencies for the performance of work for which such funds were authorized; or (2) between authorizations within DOE, to be merged with and available for the same purposes. Requires notification to the defense committees of any such transfers.
(Sec. 3125) Directs the Secretary, before submitting a funding request for a construction project in support of a DOE national security program, to complete a conceptual design for such project. Requires a separate funding request for designs for which the estimated cost exceeds $3 million. Authorizes the Secretary to carry out construction design services in connection with any proposed construction project if the total estimated cost for the design does not exceed $600,000. Requires specific authorization by law for designs exceeding such amount.
(Sec. 3126) Authorizes the use of DOE funds for planning, design, and construction activities for any DOE national security program that must proceed expeditiously in order to protect public health and safety, meet the needs of national defense, or protect property. Requires the Secretary to report to the defense and appropriations committees when funds are so used. Makes funds for management and support and for general plant projects under this Subtitle available for all DOE national security programs.
(Sec. 3129) Directs the Secretary, during FY 2000, to empower each DOE field office manager with the authority to transfer defense environmental management funds from a program or project under such office's jurisdiction to another program or project in order to address a risk to health, safety, or the environment or to assure the most efficient use of such funds at that field office. Limits such transfers to a total of $5 million per fiscal year. Directs the Secretary to notify Congress within 30 days after any such transfer.
Subtitle C: Program Authorizations, Restrictions, and Limitations
- Prohibits the use of funds authorized by this Act or any Act authorizing appropriations to DOD or DOE for military activities for fiscal years after 2000 for treatment, storage, or disposal activities at any site designated under the Formerly Utilized Site Remedial Action Program.
(Sec. 3132) Directs the Secretary to continue operations and maintain a high state of readiness at the F- and H-canyon facilities at the Savannah River site and to provide technical staff to operate and maintain such facilities.
(Sec. 3133) Directs the Secretary to: (1) carry out a program for extending the effective life of weapons in the nuclear weapons stockpile; and (2) develop a long-term plan for such extension. Requires the Comptroller General to submit to the defense committees an independent assessment of the plan. Expresses the sense of Congress that the President should include in each annual budget sufficient amounts to fund such activities.
(Sec. 3134) Directs the Secretary to produce new tritium to meet the requirements of the Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Memorandum at the Tennessee Valley Authority Watts Bar or Sequoyah nuclear power plants. Requires the Secretary, in connection with such production, to design and construct a new tritium extraction facility in the H-Area of the Savannah River Site, South Carolina.
(Sec. 3135) Directs the Secretary to obtain, and report to the defense and appropriations committees on, an independent cost estimate of the accelerator production of tritium.
(Sec. 3136) Prohibits more than 35 percent of the funds available in any fiscal year after 1999 for the Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention program from being obligated or expended by DOE national laboratories to carry out or provide oversight of any activities under that program. Prohibits any of such funds from being: (1) used to increase or supplement the pay or benefits of a scientist or engineer currently engaged in activities leading to the design, development, production, or testing of chemical or biological weapons or a missile system to deliver such weapons; or (2) made available to an institute that engages in such activities. Directs the Secretary to prescribe procedures for the review of projects under the program and to report to Congress on such procedures.
Prohibits amounts authorized for the Nuclear Cities Initiative from being obligated or expended for its purposes until the Secretary certifies to Congress that Russia has agreed to close some of the facilities engaged in work on weapons of mass destruction. Provides related limitations. Directs the Secretary to: (1) study the potential economic effects of each commercial program proposed under the Initiative before providing assistance for conducting the program; (2) report to Congress on the participation in or contribution to such Initiative of each Federal department or agency; and (3) report to the defense committees on such Initiative.
(Sec. 3137) Earmarks specified funds authorized under this title for research, development, and demonstration activities to support the mission of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization of DOD. Requires a memorandum of understanding between the Secretaries of Energy and Defense in using national laboratories for such purpose.
Subtitle D: Matters Relating to Safeguards, Security, and Counterintelligence
- Department of Energy Facilities Safeguards, Security, and Counterintelligence Enhancement Act of 1999 - Establishes the Commission on Safeguards, Security, and Counterintelligence at Department of Energy Facilities to review the safeguards, security, and counterintelligence activities at DOE facilities in order to: (1) determine the adequacy of such activities against threats to the disclosure of sensitive information, processes, and activities; and (2) make recommendations for appropriate action to ensure that such security is achieved and maintained. Terminates the Department of Energy Security Management Board authorized under a prior defense authorization Act.
(Sec. 3143) Requires background investigations of any DOE employee or contractor employee at a national laboratory or nuclear weapons production facility who: (1) carries out duties or responsibilities in or around a location where restricted data is present; or (2) has or may have regular access to such a location.
(Sec. 3144) Amends the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to empower the FBI to conduct security clearances for individuals employed in a Special Access Program or a Personnel Security and Assurance Program.
(Sec. 3145) Directs the Secretary to: (1) ensure that all DOE employees and contractor employees participating in laboratory-to-laboratory cooperative exchange activities are fully trained in matters relating to the protection of classified information and to potential espionage and counterintelligence threats; and (2) establish a pool of employees who are trained to counter threats of espionage and intelligence-gathering by foreign nationals against DOE employees and contractor employees who travel abroad for exchange activities on behalf of DOE.
(Sec. 3146) Prohibits the Secretary from admitting to a national laboratory facility, other than to areas accessible to the general public, any individual who is a citizen or agent of a nation named on the current sensitive countries list unless the Secretary first completes a background review of such individual. Provides a moratorium on any such admissions pending certification that the foreign visitors program at the national laboratories: (1) includes all appropriate measures to prevent espionage or intelligence-gathering activities by a sensitive nation; (2) complies with certain orders, regulations, and directives concerning counterintelligence and safeguards and security matters; (3) includes certain protections against the release of restricted data or national security information; and (4) does not represent an undue risk to U.S. national security. Authorizes the Secretary to waive such prohibition on a case-by- case basis, requiring a report to the defense and intelligence committees any time such waiver is exercised. Provides a moratorium exception with respect to: (1) activities relating to cooperative threat reduction with states of the former Soviet Union; and (2) the DOE materials protection control and accounting program. Expresses the sense of Congress that required background reviews be completed within 15 days.
(Sec. 3147) Amends the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to: (1) provide civil penalties for violations of DOE regulations regarding security of classified or sensitive information or data; and (2) increase the penalties for the misuse of restricted data.
(Sec. 3149) Directs the Secretary and the Archivist of the United States to develop, and submit to the defense committees and the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, a plan for the declassification of restricted data and formerly restricted data.
(Sec. 3150) Directs the Secretary to notify the defense committees of each significant nuclear defense intelligence loss within 30 days after its occurrence.
(Sec. 3151) Directs the President to report annually to Congress on steps being taken by relevant Federal agencies to respond to espionage and other intelligence activities by China.
(Sec. 3152) Directs the Secretary to report annually to Congress on counterintelligence and security practices at national laboratories.
(Sec. 3153) Requires the National Counterintelligence Policy Board to report annually to the Secretary and the FBI Director on security vulnerabilities of computers of national laboratories.
(Sec. 3154) Directs the Secretary, acting through the Director of Counterintelligence, to carry out a counterintelligence polygraph program for DOE defense- related activities (a program for providing polygraph examinations to DOE or contractor employees having access to high-risk programs).
Subtitle E: Matters Relating to Personnel
- Authorizes DOE to pay voluntary separation incentive payments to qualifying employees who voluntarily separate before January 1, 2003.
(Sec. 3162) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 relating to a DOE fellowship program for the development of skills critical to the DOE nuclear weapons complex mission to: (1) remove provisions authorizing the Secretary to employ individuals at certain DOE facilities to assist in the development of such skills; (2) require individuals participating in such program to be U.S. citizens; (3) include the Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia national laboratories as participants in the program; (4) require participants to agree, after such participation, to serve in a full-time DOE position for at least one year, if a position is offered; (5) require the Secretary to submit to the defense and appropriations committees a plan for program administration; and (6) provide program funding.
(Sec. 3163) Provides for the appointment of an interim staff director for the Office of Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs until the position of Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for such Programs is filled.
Directs the Secretaries of Defense and Energy to jointly submit to the defense committees a plan to revitalize the Joint Nuclear Weapons Council established under prior law. Requires the Secretary of Defense to develop and implement a plan to ensure the continued capability of DOD to carry out its nuclear deterrent mission. Directs both Secretaries to submit to the defense committees a plan for retaining core scientific, engineering, and technical skills and capabilities within their departments and contractors in order to maintain indefinitely the U.S. nuclear deterrent force.
(Sec. 3164) Directs the Secretary to establish a program to ensure that DOE and contractor employees engaged in defense activities are not discharged, demoted, or otherwise discriminated against as a reprisal for making protected disclosures (disclosures made to certain authorized congressional or Federal representatives of a violation of law or regulation, gross mismanagement, waste, or abuse, or false statements to Congress on an issue of material fact). Provides for: (1) assistance and guidance to individuals wishing to make a disclosure; (2) notice to such individuals of their rights and protections; and (3) a complaint procedure for individuals against whom reprisal actions have been taken.
Subtitle F: Other Matters
- Directs the Secretary to report to the defense and appropriations committees on improving the reprogramming processes relating to DOE defense activities.
(Sec. 3172) Directs the Secretary to develop and submit to the defense and appropriations committees a long-term plan for the integrated management of fissile materials.
(Sec. 3173) Directs the Secretary to include in annual budget justification materials specific identification of amounts required to carry out declassification activities pursuant to executive order or to comply with any statutory requirements to declassify Government records. Prohibits DOE records that have not been reviewed for declassification from being declassified until certification by the Secretary to Congress that such declassification would not harm national security. Requires the Secretary to report to the defense committees on DOE efforts relating to the declassification of classified records under DOE control.
(Sec. 3174) Expresses the sense of Congress calling for: (1) consistency of national laboratory technology transfer policies and procedures with respect to patenting, licensing, and commercialization; and (2) appropriate training of laboratory personnel responsible for such activities.
(Sec. 3175) Directs the Secretary to carry out a pilot program on the use of project management oversight services for DOE construction projects of not less than $25 million.
(Sec. 3176) Directs the Secretary, through September 30, 2002, to carry out a pilot program to use prior-year unobligated balances in the defense environment management accounts to meet accelerated cleanup schedule milestones for the closure project at the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site, Colorado.
(Sec. 3177) Directs the Secretary to submit to the defense committees a proposed schedule for shipments of waste from the Rocky Flats Plant to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, New Mexico.
(Sec. 3178) Requires the Comptroller General to report to the defense committees assessing progress in the closure of the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site.
(Sec. 3179) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 1989 to extend for five additional one-year periods the Environmental Evaluation Group for review of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, New Mexico.
Title XXXII: National Nuclear Security Administration
- National Nuclear Security Administration Act - Amends the Department of Energy Organization Act to establish within DOE the position of Under Secretary for National Security to serve as the Administrator for National Security under the National Nuclear Security Administration Act.
(Sec. 3203) Makes the Secretary responsible for: (1) establishing policy for the National Nuclear Security Administration; and (2) developing and promulgating the security, counterintelligence, and intelligence policies of DOE.
Establishes within DOE an Office of Counterintelligence, to be headed by a Director to be responsible for establishing policy for: (1) counterintelligence programs and activities at DOE facilities to reduce the threat of disclosure or loss of classified and other sensitive information; and (2) DOE personnel assurance programs. Requires an annual report from the Director to specified officials and committees on the effectiveness of such programs and activities. Requires the director of each DOE national laboratory to certify to the Director their compliance (or lack thereof) with all departmental security requirements Establishes in DOE an Office of Intelligence, to be headed by a Director.
Subtitle A: Establishment and Organization
- Establishes within DOE the National Nuclear Security Administration to: (1) enhance U.S. national security through the military application of nuclear energy; (2) maintain the safety, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile; (3) provide the Navy with safe, military effective propulsion plants; (4) promote international nuclear safety and nonproliferation; (5) reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; and (6) support U.S. leadership in science and technology. Places at the head of such Administration the Administrator for Nuclear Security.
(Sec. 3213) Provides for the employment status of Administration personnel and Administration contract personnel within DOE.
(Sec. 3214) Establishes the positions, with appropriate responsibilities and duties, of Deputy Administrator for: (1) Defense Programs; (2) Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation; and (3) Naval Reactors. Establishes a General Counsel of the Administration.
(Sec. 3218) Provides Administration staff.
Subtitle B: Matters Relating to Security
- Directs the Administrator to establish procedures to ensure: (1) the maximum protection of classified information of the Administration; and (2) prompt reporting to the Administrator of any significant problem, abuse, violation of law or executive order, or deficiency relating to the management of classified information by Administration personnel.
(Sec. 3232) Establishes within the Administration the Offices of Defense Nuclear Counterintelligence and Defense Nuclear Security, each to be headed by a Chief with specified duties relating to defense nuclear counterintelligence and security.
(Sec. 3233) Requires the Administrator, at each national security laboratory and nuclear weapons production facility, to establish and maintain a counterintelligence program adequate to protect national security information. Requires an employee of the Office of Defense Nuclear Counterintelligence to be responsible for assessing counterintelligence matters at other Administration facilities at which restricted data is located.
(Sec. 3234) Requires the Administrator to establish appropriate procedures to prohibit individuals from having unescorted access to any classified area or access to classified information unless they have been verified to hold the appropriate security clearances.
(Sec. 3235) Directs the Administrator to establish procedures to govern access to information on Administration computers. States that no user of an Administration computer shall have any expectation of privacy in such use.
(Sec. 3236) Directs the Administrator to report annually to the defense and appropriations committees on Administration special access programs. Requires the Administrator to report to such committees any planned changes in the classification of special access programs or any declassification of information concerning a special access program (with an authorized waiver for national security purposes). Prohibits the initiation of a new special access program until 30 days have elapsed since notification of the defense and appropriations committees.
Subtitle C: Matters Relating to Personnel
- Authorizes the Administrator to establish up to 300 scientific, engineering, and technical positions, to hire qualified personnel to fill such positions, and to set appropriate compensation levels.
(Sec. 3242) Authorizes voluntary early retirement for Department employees who have completed 25 years of service, or 20 years of service at age 50, and are separated voluntarily due to a major DOE reorganization resulting from establishment of the Administration. Limits such authority to no more than 600 DOE employees, and terminates the authority on September 30, 2003.
(Sec. 3243) Authorizes the Secretary to pay severance pay in a lump-sum to DOE employees entitled to such pay as a result of establishment of the Administration.
(Sec. 3244) Authorizes the Secretary to continue to pay DOE's share of health insurance premiums of DOE employees who are involuntarily separated due to the establishment of the Administration.
Subtitle D: Budget and Financial Management
- Requires the President to submit the Administration budget separately within the amounts requested for DOE.
(Sec. 3252) Requires the Administration to establish a sound planning, programming, and budgeting process for Administration activities using funds available for a limited number of years.
(Sec. 3253) Directs the Administrator to submit annually to Congress a future-years nuclear security program reflecting the estimated expenditures and proposed appropriations included in that budget.
Subtitle E: Miscellaneous Provisions
- Requires the Administrator to: (1) ensure that the Administration complies with all applicable environmental, safety, and health statutes and substantive requirements; (2) ensure that Administration missions and programs are executed in full compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation; and (3) provide for the sharing of technology, technical capability, and expertise between the Administration and DOD to further national security objectives.
(Sec. 3264) Directs the Secretary to provide for the use of the capabilities of the national security laboratories by elements of DOE not within the Administration, other Federal agencies, and other appropriate entities, including the use of capabilities to support efforts to defend against weapons of mass destruction.
Subtitle F: Definitions
- Defines terms for purposes of this title.
Subtitle G: Amendatory Provisions, Transition Provisions, and Effective Dates
- Transfers, upon enactment of this Act, DOE national security functions to the Administration. Allows the Secretary to transfer environmental and waste management activities to other DOE elements, in consultation with the Administrator and Congress.
(Sec. 3292) Provides for the transfer of appropriate funds and employees in connection with the above transfer.
(Sec. 3293) Establishes the compensation levels for the Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and the Deputy Administrators.
(Sec. 3294) Provides conforming amendments, transition provisions, and effective dates.
Title XXXIII: Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
- Authorizes appropriations for FY 2000 for the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.
Title XXXIV: National Defense Stockpile
- Authorizes the National Defense Stockpile (NDS) Manager, during FY 2000, to obligate up to $78.7 million of the funds in the National Defense Stockpile Transaction Fund (Fund) for authorized Fund uses, including the disposal of hazardous materials that are environmentally sensitive. Authorizes the NDS Manager to obligate amounts in excess of such amounts 45 days after notifying Congress that extraordinary or emergency conditions necessitate the additional obligations.
(Sec. 3402) Authorizes the President to dispose of specified amounts of certain NDS materials. Repeals a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 which provide certain disposal restrictions.
(Sec. 3403) Amends the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 to prohibit the President from disposing of NDS materials in excess of that needed to achieve certain revenue requirements contained therein.
Title XXXV: Panama Canal Commission
- Panama Canal Commission Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 - Authorizes the Panama Canal Commission to make such expenditures as necessary for the operation, maintenance, improvement, and administration of the Panama Canal for the period from October 1 through noon of December 31, 1999 (after which Canal ownership reverts to the Republic of Panama), with specified funding limits.
(Sec. 3503) Requires Commission funds to be made available for the purchase and transportation to the Republic of Panama of passenger motor vehicles, with a per vehicle cost limit of $26,000.
(Sec. 3504) Amends the Panama Canal Act of 1979 to authorize the Office of Transition Administration, until October 1, 2004, to obligate and expend funds from the Panama Canal Commission Dissolution Fund for authorized Canal ownership transition purposes. Directs the Commission to enter into an agreement with the head of a Federal department or agency to supervise the close-out of Commission affairs with respect to the Canal and to certify the completion of such functions.
Title XXXVI: Maritime Administration
- Maritime Administration Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 - Authorizes appropriations for FY 2000 for the Department of Transportation for the Maritime Administration.
(Sec. 3603) Extends through June 30, 2005, the authority of the Secretary of Transportation to provide war risk insurance and reinsurance.
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Bill titles: An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2000 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe personnel strengths for such fiscal year for the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.; Department of Energy Facilities Safeguards, Security, and Counterintelligence Enhancement Act of 1999; Maritime Administration Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000; Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000; Military Lands Withdrawal Renewal Act of 1999; National Nuclear Security Administration Act; Panama Canal Commission Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000; Troops-to-Teachers Program Act of 1999
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