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Public Law
: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014
: 113- 76
Session: 113th Congress (Second Session)

 

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HR3547 Smith, Lamar (R-Texas) 01/16/14
Enrolled (finally passed both houses)
Making consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes.
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TITLE VIII

GENERAL PROVISIONS

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(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

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Sec. 8103. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used by the Secretary of Defense to take beneficial occupancy of more than 3,000 parking spaces (other than handicap-reserved spaces) to be provided by the BRAC 133 project: Provided, That this limitation may be waived in part if: (1) the Secretary of Defense certifies to Congress that levels of service at existing intersections in the vicinity of the project have not experienced failing levels of service as defined by the Transportation Research Board Highway Capacity Manual over a consecutive 90-day period; (2) the Department of Defense and the Virginia Department of Transportation agree on the number of additional parking spaces that may be made available to employees of the facility subject to continued 90-day traffic monitoring; and (3) the Secretary of Defense notifies the congressional defense committees in writing at least 14 days prior to exercising this waiver of the number of additional parking spaces to be made available.

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CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

IMMUNIZATION AND RESPIRATORY DISEASES

For carrying out titles II, III, XVII, and XXI, and section 2821 of the PHS Act, titles II and IV of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and section 501 of the Refugee Education Assistance Act, with respect to immunization and respiratory diseases, $571,536,000: Provided, That in addition to amounts provided herein, $12,864,000 shall be available from amounts available under section 241 of the PHS Act to carry out the National Immunization Surveys.

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PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

For carrying out titles II, III, and XVII of the PHS Act with respect to public health preparedness and response, and for expenses necessary to support activities related to countering potential biological, nuclear, radiological, and chemical threats to civilian populations, $1,323,450,000, of which $535,000,000 shall remain available until expended for the Strategic National Stockpile: Provided, That in the event the Director of the CDC activates the Emergency Operations Center, the Director of the CDC may detail CDC staff without reimbursement for up to 30 days to support the work of the CDC Emergency Operations Center, so long as the Director provides a notice to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate within 15 days of the use of this authority and a full report within 30 days after use of this authority which includes the number of staff and funding level broken down by the originating center and number of days detailed: Provided further, That in the previous proviso the annual reimbursement cannot exceed $3,000,000 across CDC: Provided further, That of the funds provided for the Strategic National Stockpile, up to $2,000,000 shall be used to support a comprehensive IOM evaluation of the distribution system.

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EXPLANATORY STATEMENT SUBMITTED BY MR. ROGERS OF KENTUCKY, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS REGARDING THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT ON H.R. 3547, CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2014
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The following is an explanation of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014.

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 DIVISION B—COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2014

Report language included in House Report 113-171 (“the House report”) or Senate Report 113-78 (“the Senate report”) that is not changed by this explanatory statement or this Act is approved. The explanatory statement, while repeating some language for emphasis, is not intended to negate the language referred to above unless expressly provided herein. In cases where both the House report and the Senate report address a particular issue not specifically addressed in the explanatory statement, the House report and the Senate report should be read as consistent and are to be interpreted accordingly. In cases where the House report or the Senate report directs the submission of a report, such report is to be submitted to both the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations (“the Committees”).


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NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION

This Act includes a total of $5,314,606,000 for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

OPERATIONS, RESEARCH, AND FACILITIES

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

This Act includes a total program level of $3,287,392,000 under this account for the coastal, fisheries, marine, weather, satellite and other programs of NOAA. This total funding level includes $3,157,392,000 in direct appropriations; a transfer of $115,000,000 from balances in the “Promote and Develop Fishery Products and Research Pertaining to American Fisheries” account; and $15,000,000 is derived from recoveries of prior year obligations.

The following narrative descriptions and tables identify the specific activities and funding levels included in this Act.

National Ocean Service.—$471,946,000 is for National Ocean Service operations, research, and facilities. The agreement does not adopt House report language regarding a National Academy of Sciences review of NOAA’s ocean and coastal data systems. Rather, this review shall commence upon completion of a GAO analysis of these same systems.

 

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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

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EDUCATION

 

This Act includes $116,600,000 for Education.

Space Grant.—Any Space Grant funds available in excess of the amount needed to fulfill base awards shall be made available to all consortia on a competitive basis.

Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).—NASA shall consider and incorporate the findings of the November, 2013 report of the National Academy of Sciences on the EPSCoR program into its fiscal year 2015 budget request.

STEM Education and Accountability Projects (SEAP).—Consistent with language from the Senate report, NASA may reorganize and consolidate Office of Education activities funded within SEAP as proposed in the budget request.

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DIVISION D—ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2014 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

 

    The following statement to the House of Representatives and the Senate is submitted in explanation of the agreed upon Act making appropriations for energy and water development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes.

 

    The language and allocations set forth in House Report 113-135 and Senate Report 113-47 should be complied with unless specifically addressed to the contrary in the Act and explanatory statement. Report language included by the House which is not contradicted by the report of the Senate or the explanatory statement, and Senate report language which is not contradicted by the report of the House or the explanatory statement, is approved. The explanatory statement, while repeating some report language for emphasis, does not intend to negate the language referred to above unless expressly provided herein. In cases where both the House report and Senate report address a particular issue not specifically addressed in the Act or explanatory statement, the House report and Senate report are not inconsistent and are to be interpreted accordingly. In cases in which the House or Senate have directed the submission of a report, such report is to be submitted to both the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The agreement does not include direction to the National Nuclear Security Administration to submit a separate efficiencies report to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. 

 

 

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TITLE III—DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

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ENVIRONMENTAL AND OTHER DEFENSE ACTIVITIES

DEFENSE ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP

 

The agreement provides $5,000,000,000 for Defense Environmental Cleanup.

Outstanding Risks to Public Health and Safety.—The Department is directed to retain a respected outside group, such as the National Academy of Sciences, to rank and rate the relative risks to public health and safety of the Department of Energy’s remaining environmental cleanup liabilities. Additionally, the group should undertake an analysis of how effectively the Department of Energy identifies, programs, and executes its plans to address those risks, as well as how effectively the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board identifies and elevates the nature and consequences of potential threats to public health and safety at the defense environmental cleanup sites. The group shall provide a report to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate not later than one year after enactment of this Act.

 

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TITLE I—DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

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UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

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Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC).—The Committees are concerned about a recent Inspector General report finding “areas of concern that could potentially place millions of dollars at risk and jeopardize future funding and support for LCC activities overall.” From within the funds provided for LCC activities, the Service is directed to contract with the National Academy of Sciences to evaluate: (1) the purpose, goals, and scientific merits of the program within the context of other similar programs; and (2) whether there have been measurable improvements in the health of fish, wildlife, and their habitats as a result of the program.

 

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TITLE II—ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

The bill provides $8,200,000,000 for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Unless explicitly stated in the explanatory statement or included in the table accompanying the statement, funds have only been provided for fixed cost needs and for existing programs and activities.

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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

The bill provides $759,156,000 for Science and Technology programs and transfers $19,216,000 from the Hazardous Substance Superfund account to this account. The bill provides the following specific funding levels and direction:

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 Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS).— The Committees note that House Report 112-331 directed EPA to contract with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to conduct reviews of IRIS assessments with the goal of improving EPA’s IRIS assessments. The Committees recognize that the agreed-upon NAS review is ongoing and that the Agency is taking steps to address previous NAS recommendations. To that end, the Agency shall include in each draft and final IRIS assessment released in fiscal year 2014, documentation describing how EPA has implemented or addressed NAS Chapter 7 recommendations. If any recommendations were not incorporated, the Agency should explain its rationale.

 Further, EPA should ensure the new draft of the formaldehyde assessment reflects those recommended improvements. Specifically, EPA should adhere to the recommendation in Chapter 7 of the NAS report that “strengthened, more integrative and more transparent discussions of weight of the evidence are needed.” Conducting a risk assessment for formaldehyde presents many challenges, due largely to the significant database for this compound. Although several evaluations have been conducted, none has formally integrated toxicological and epidemiological evidence. EPA should ensure the forthcoming revised draft IRIS assessment of formaldehyde is a model of transparency and represents an objective and robust integration of the scientific evidence.

The Committees understand EPA has decided to make further revisions to the acrylonitrile assessment to more fully address scientific issues in the assessment. Therefore, the Agency is directed to review methods previously used to evaluate and interpret the body of available scientific data, including the weight-of-evidence approach. Further, and no later than May 1, 2014, the Agency shall provide to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations a progress report that describes the Agency’s implementation of NAS Chapter 7 recommendations for fiscal years 2012 and 2013.

The progress report shall include a chapter on whether there are more appropriate scientific methods to assess, synthesize and draw conclusions regarding likely human health effects associated with likely exposures to substances. The Agency should also discuss the current re-evaluation of the formaldehyde and acrylonitrile assessments as well as any other assessments that may be relevant as case studies. This chapter should include a discussion of the methods previously used by the Agency to evaluate and interpret the body of available scientific data, and include descriptions of any quantitative methods used to combine evidence to support hypotheses, such as the weight-of-evidence approach.

 

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TITLE II—DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

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PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

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 Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).—The agreement directs CDC to initiate a comprehensive Institute of Medicine (IOM) evaluation of the SNS distribution system that compares the current design to methods used by other federally supported stockpiles (at a minimum comparing methods used by Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense), and to make recommendations to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and methods used by HHS to ensure the SNS distribution chain of custody, warm distribution, and other related issues are the most effective and efficient to support measurable SNS goals and objectives. The IOM review should also explore how CDC can undertake public-private collaborations in the purchase, warehousing, management and distribution of countermeasures to increase efficiencies and faster dispensing of medications during times of need. The CDC is encouraged to establish periodic program evaluations conducted by outside organizations like IOM to provide on-going expert third party recommendations for this critical program. The agreement urges CDC to verify that procedures are in place to ensure that adequate supplies of medications for children are part of its ongoing stewardship of the SNS.

 

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NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

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 Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA).—The agreement provides a specific funding level for the core CTSA program within the NCATS statutory language. This change removes the funding flexibility provided during the establishment years of NCATS. The ICs are expected to continue to use and provide support to the CTSA infrastructure for clinical trials and other scientifically appropriate activity. In addition, NCATS should continue to collaborate with all ICs on the overall CTSA program. The 2013 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report recommends the development of a comprehensive strategic plan with measurable objectives. The NCATS is expected to move forward with implementing the IOM recommendations in consultation with the CTSA community. Any significant changes to the program should be done with transparent and ongoing consultation with the CTSA community and NIH ICs. NCATS shall provide an update in the fiscal year 2015 budget request of all planned and expected changes since the release of the IOM report through fiscal year 2015 to include a specific plan on how NCATS will communicate and coordinate with the CTSA community.

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 Opioid Drug Abuse.—Opioid narcotics are frequently abused through injection, inhalation, crushing, or oral overdose to create a highly addictive euphoria. According to some reports, more than 35 million Americans have abused prescription opioids at some point in their lifetimes. In addition, the June 2011 Institute of Medicine report on relieving pain indicates that such abuse and misuse resulted in an annual estimated cost to the nation of $72.5 billion. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) is expected to support meritorious scientific activities that provide companies with the basic science to develop and implement innovative strategies to reduce opioid drug abuse. Such strategies may include new chemical molecule structures, coatings, agents, or other appropriate scientifically sound processes with a goal of providing barriers to abuse while still providing the pain relief necessary for appropriate patient care. The NIDA is strongly urged to continue its support of research on pain, including the development of pain medications with reduced abuse liability. In addition, NIDA should continue to fund research to better prevent and treat prescription drug abuse. The NIDA shall provide an update in the fiscal year 2015 budget request on activities related to addressing the opioid drug abuse problem. 

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TITLE III—DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

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INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT

 The bill includes $250,000,000 for Race to the Top, which shall be available for obligation through December 31, 2014. Funds may be used for competitive awards to States to develop, enhance, or expand high-quality preschool programs and early childhood education programs for children from low- and moderate-income families, including children with disabilities. If awards are made to States to build capacity related to high-quality preschool programs, the Secretary of Education shall award two types of grants to States, one to low-capacity States with small or no State-funded preschool programs and another to high-capacity States that have a larger State-funded preschool program. Additionally, new bill language specifies that high-quality preschool programs should include comprehensive services and family engagement. As such, it is expected that funds will be used to help programs meet and sustain nationally recognized standards in those areas. Funds may also be used to help early childhood educators to attain higher credentials and degrees. The bill does not provide authority for funding to be used for construction, renovation, modernization, or related activities.

In addition, the bill permits States to determine the amount of funding distributed in subgrants to eligible entities for implementation of high-quality preschool programs from low- and moderate-income families. A State receiving an award for this purpose shall ensure that any use of assessment conforms with the recommendations of the National Research Council’s reports on early childhood. The bill also requires that the Secretary submit a report outlining the proposed competition and priorities to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. It is expected that the Department will consult with the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, Committee on Education and Workforce, and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), prior to the submission of the required report, including on the criteria to be used under a competition to define a high-quality preschool infrastructure and program. In addition, the Secretary shall continue to provide, on a timely and periodic basis, the findings from evaluations, including impact evaluations and interim progress evaluations, of activities conducted using any Race to the Top funds to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees.

 

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HIGHER EDUCATION

 The agreement includes $72,164,000 for International Education and Foreign Language Studies and encourages the Department to look for ways to support study abroad programs as authorized by section 604(b) of the HEA.

The agreement includes $79,400,000 for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). Within the amount for FIPSE, the bill includes $75,000,000 for the First in the World initiative, which will provide grants to institutions of higher education to help ensure that they have access to and implement innovative strategies and practices shown to be effective in improving educational outcomes and making college more affordable for students and families. The agreement includes up to $20,000,000 to be set aside for minority-serving institutions to improve their students’ persistence and completion rates while keeping costs under control. The agreement expects the Department to prioritize applications that target innovative strategies at low-income students. The agreement directs the Department to provide a briefing and submit a report detailing information on priorities and the proposed competition to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees not later than 30 days prior to announcing the competition.

Within the remaining amounts for FIPSE, the bill includes $1,126,000 for the Training of Realtime Writers program; $1,500,000 for Centers for the Study of Distance Education and Technological Advancements as authorized by section 741(a)(3) of the HEA and described in Senate Report 113-71; $500,000 for a Center for Best Practices to Support Single Parent Students as authorized by section 741(c) of the HEA; $1,000,000 for the Secretary to enter into an agreement with the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study on the impact of Federal regulations and reporting requirements on institutions of higher education as authorized under section 1106 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 and described in Senate Report 113-71; and, $274,000 in continuation costs for the FIPSE database.

The agreement continues language allowing funds awarded under the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need program to be used to fund continuation costs for the Javits Fellowship program.

The agreement includes new language allowing the Department to increase the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) evaluation set-aside to up to 1.5 percent to work with the GEAR UP community and grantees to standardize data collection, including through the use of third-party data systems.

 

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DIVISION L—TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2014

 

CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTIVES

 

    Report language included in House Report 113-136 (“the House report”) or Senate Report 113-45 (“the Senate report”) that is not changed by this explanatory statement or this Act is approved. The explanatory statement, while repeating some language for emphasis, is not intended to negate the language referred to above unless expressly provided herein. In cases where both the House report and the Senate report address a particular issue not specifically addressed in the explanatory statement, the House report and the Senate report should be read as consistent and are to be interpreted accordingly. In cases where the House report or the Senate report directs the submission of a report, such report is to be submitted to both the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations. The Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development are directed to notify the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations seven days prior to the announcement of a new program or authority. Any reprogramming requests must be submitted to the Committees on Appropriations no later than June 30, 2014. 

 

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TITLE I—DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

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FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION

 Unmanned aerial systems (UAS).—The primary mission of the FAA is to protect the safety of civil aviation and provide an efficient national airspace. Nothing in the agreement is intended to change that mission or hinder the FAA’s ability to fulfill it. However, the FAA also has a responsibility to provide the Congress with information and analysis on civil aviation issues. The FAA’s unique role in supporting our civil aviation system places the agency in a position to inform the Congress on the policy considerations of developing technologies. Without adequate safeguards, expanded use of UAS and their integration into the national airspace raise a host of concerns with respect to the privacy of individuals. For this reason, the FAA is directed to conduct a study on the implications of UAS integration into national airspace on individual privacy. The study should address the application of existing privacy law to UAS integration; identify gaps in existing law, especially with regard to the use and retention of personally identifiable information and imagery; and recommend next steps for how the FAA can address the impact of widespread use of UAS on individual privacy as it prepares to facilitate the integration of UAS into the national airspace. The FAA shall consult other federal agencies with expertise in privacy protections and submit a report on its findings to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations no later than eighteen months after enactment. In conducting its work, the agency may partner with an organization such as the National Academy of Sciences. This requirement is included in the agreement with the understanding that it will not disrupt the FAA’s work with UAS test sites or current certification processes, and that the report will be completed well in advance of the FAA’s schedule for developing final regulations on the integration of UAS into the national airspace.

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HRpt 113-171 - To accompany H.R. 2787 – [M]aking appropriations for Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes.
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NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION

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 Data sources.—As a follow-up to Committee direction to the GAO in fiscal year 2013 to examine NOAA’s various ocean and coastal data collection systems, the Committee directs NOAA to engage the National Academies of Science in a review of these data systems with a goal of determining which systems should be maintained, which need sustained investment, and which should be retired. In a climate of limited resources a comprehensive analysis of these systems and their relative priority is necessary. The Committee expects the Academy to begin its review following completion of the GAO baseline analysis.

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Assessing China’s five-year plan.—The Commerce Department shall solicit a study from the National Academy of Sciences assessing China’s strategies, policies and programs to become an innovative society and enhance its indigenous innovation. In conducting this study, which shall be submitted no later than one year after the enactment of this Act, the Academy shall identify specific actions taken by the Chinese government to achieve the innovation goals outlined in the 12th five-year plan. The Academy shall include an evaluation of those leading-edge technologies where Chinese capabilities are comparable to or exceed those of the United States and provide appropriate measurement metrics, and also an evaluation of the impacts of reverse engineering and intellectual property theft.

 

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SRpt 113-78 - To accompany S. 1329 – [M]aking appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes, reports favorably thereon and recommends that the bill do pass.
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National Institute of Justice [NIJ].—The Committee’s recommendation provides $43,000,000 for the NIJ, in addition to $4,000,000 transferred from OVW for research and evaluation on violence against women and Indian women. NIJ’s mission is to advance scientific research, development, and evaluation to advance the administration of justice and public safety.

 

Human Trafficking and Slavery.—The Committee directs NIJ to work with the National Academy of Sciences to undertake a review of existing data collection methods pertaining to human trafficking and slavery and make recommendations to improve data collection in these areas.

 

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SRpt 113-47 - To accompany S. 1245 – [M]aking appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes, favorably thereon and recommends that the bill do pass.

(6/27/13)

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BUREAU OF RECLAMATION—WATER AND RELATED RESOURCES

 

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Buried Metallic Water Pipe.—Reclamation is again reminded that the fiscal year 2012 conference report was very specific that Reclamation should not use Technical Memorandum 8140-CC-2004-1 (“Corrosion Considerations for Buried Metallic Water Pipe”) as the sole basis to deny funding or approval of a project or to disqualify any material from use in highly corrosive soils. The Committee continues to be concerned about how Reclamation is following the guidance from the fiscal year 2012 Energy and Water Conference Report, title II of division B of House Report 112-331. The concern stems from the Committee direction that Reclamation assemble data on pipeline reliability for all types of pipe specified in table 2 of Technical Memorandum 8140-CC-2004-1 along with the specified corrosion protection applied in the various soil types and to conduct an analysis of the performance of these types of pipe installed in the same or similar conditions. It has come to the Committee’s attention that Reclamation may be requiring different reliability standards for different pipe materials. The Committee directs Reclamation to report to the Committee within 30 days of enactment of this Act as to the reliability standards that are being utilized for the analysis required in the fiscal year 2012 conference report. Reclamation should understand that the Committee intends for Reclamation to analyze the reliability standards in as near as possible to the exact same conditions so that there is no bias towards any particular pipe material. Before finalizing the analysis, Reclamation shall contract with the National Academies to review the draft analysis to ensure that the uniform reliability standard, in addition to the analysis of economics, cost-effectiveness, and life-cycle costs, is accurate and consistent across all referenced materials.

  

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SRpt 113-71 - To accompany S. 1284 – [M]aking appropriations for Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes, reports favorably thereon and recommends that the bill do pass.
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 HIGHER EDUCATION

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 Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education

The Committee recommends $5,852,000 for FIPSE.

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 Analysis of Federal Regulations and Reporting Requirements on Institutions of Higher Education.—The Committee directs $1,000,000 for the Secretary to enter into an agreement with the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study on the impacts of Federal regulations and reporting requirements on institutions of higher education as authorized under section 1106 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. The study shall include information describing, by agency, the number of Federal regulations and reporting requirements affecting institutions of higher education; the estimated time required and costs to institutions of higher education (disaggregated by types of institutions) to comply with the regulations and reporting requirements affecting institutions of higher education; and recommendations for consolidating, streamlining, and eliminating redundant and burdensome Federal regulations and reporting requirements affecting institutions of higher education. The study should be submitted to the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, as well as the Committee on HELP and the Committee on Education and the Workforce, not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this act.

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HRpt 113-136 - To accompany H.R. 2610 – [M]aking appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014.
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 TRANSIT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH

 

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 MAP-21 authorizes FTA to provide funds to the National Academy of Sciences to conduct investigative research on subjects related to public transportation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

The Committee recommends $4,000,000 for transit cooperative research, $3,000,000 below the budget request. Prior to MAP-21, FTA had one main research account most recently funded at $44,000,000 in fiscal year 2013. MAP-21 broke out many of the activities into four different accounts.

 

Similar to the other research accounts, the Committee requires FTA to report by May 15, 2014, on all FTA-sponsored research projects from fiscal year 2013 and 2014 at the National Academy of Sciences. For each project, the report should include information on the national relevance of the research, relevance to the transit industry and community, expected final product and delivery date, sources of non-FTA funding committed to the project or research institute, and FTA funding history.

 

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