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Title of Law:Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1993
Law #:Public Law 102-381
Passed by Congress:102nd Congress (2nd Session)

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HR5503 Yates Sidney (D-IL) 09/30/92
Enrolled (finally passed both houses)

Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1993, and for other purposes.
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H.R.5503

One Hundred Second Congress of the United States of America

AT THE SECOND SESSION

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Friday, the third day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-two

AN ACT

Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1993, and for other purposes.

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UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

For expenses necessary for scientific and economic studies, conservation, management, investigations, protection, and utilization of sport fishery and wildlife resources, except whales, seals, and sea lions, and for the performance of other authorized functions related to such resources; for the general administration of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service; and for maintenance of the herd of long-horned cattle on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge; and not less than $1,000,000 for high priority projects within the scope of the approved budget which shall be carried out by Youth Conservation Corps as if authorized by the Act of August 13, 1970, as amended by Public Law 93-408, and $440,000 which shall be available only for a contract, without competition, with the National Research Council for a study of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, $535,085,000, of which $10,687,000 shall be for operation and maintenance of fishery mitigation facilities constructed by the Corps of Engineers under the Lower Snake River Compensation Plan, authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 1976 (90 Stat. 2921), to compensate for loss of fishery resources from water development projects on the Lower Snake River, and which shall remain available until expended; and of which $1,000,000 shall be for contaminant sample analysis, and shall remain available until expended.

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ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS, FOREST SERVICE

Appropriations to the Forest Service for the current fiscal year shall be available for: (a) purchase of not to exceed 127 passenger motor vehicles of which 31 will be used primarily for law enforcement purposes and of which 101 shall be for replacement only, of which acquisition of 81 passenger motor vehicles shall be from excess sources, and hire of such vehicles; operation and maintenance of aircraft, the purchase of not to exceed two for replacement only, and acquisition of 47 aircraft from excess sources; notwithstanding other provisions of law, existing aircraft being replaced may be sold, with proceeds derived or trade-in value used to offset the purchase price for the replacement aircraft; (b) services pursuant to the second sentence of section 706(a) of the Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 2225), and not to exceed $100,000 for employment under 5 U.S.C. 3109; (c) purchase, erection, and alteration of buildings and other public improvements (7 U.S.C. 2250); (d) acquisition of land, waters, and interests therein, pursuant to the Act of August 3, 1956 (7 U.S.C. 428a); (e) for expenses pursuant to the Volunteers in the National Forest Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C. 558a, 558d, 558a note); and (f) for debt collection contracts in accordance with 31 U.S.C. 3718(c).

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Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Forest Service is authorized to issue a contract without competition to the National Research Council to begin an assessment of the forests in the Pacific Northwest.

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HRpt 102-901 CONFERENCE REPORT To accompany H.R. 5503 -- MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AND RELATED AGENCIES, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 1993, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Conference Committee
(09/24/92)
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Mr. YATES, from the committee of conference, submitted the following

CONFERENCE REPORT

[To accompany H.R. 5503]

The Committee of Conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendments of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 5503) "making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1993, and for other purposes," having met, after full and free conference, have agreed to recommend and do recommend to their respective Houses as follows:

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Amendment numbered 19:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 19, and agree to the same with an amendment, as follows:

In lieu of the matter stricken and inserted by said amendment insert:// and $440,000 which shall be available only for a contract, without competition, with the National Research Council for a study of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, $535,085,000\\; and the Senate agree to the same.

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Amendment numbered 103:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 103, and agree to the same with an amendment, as follows:

In lieu of the matter proposed by said amendment insert:

//Hereafter, funds appropriated to the Department of Agriculture, Forest Service may be used to pay transportation, lodging, and subsistence expenses of student interns, defined as employees who assist scientific, professional, or technical employees and who are bona fide students of accredited colleges or universities who are pursuing courses related to the field in which employed.\\

//Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Forest Service is authorized to issue a contract without competition to the National Research Council to begin an assessment of the forests in the Pacific Northwest.\\ And the Senate agree to the same.

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The managers have included bill language providing $440,000 to the Fish and Wildlife Service, which shall be available only for a contract with the National Research Council, to conduct a review and an evaluation of how the following items relate to the overall purposes of the Endangered Species Act: Definition of species, conflicts between species, role of habitat conservation, recovery planning, risk, and issues of timing.

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Amendment No. 103: Includes language proposed by the Senate which allows the use of Forest Service funds hereafter for expenses of student interns employed by the Forest Service. The amendment adds the words "student interns' to clarify which employees are the subject of the provision. The House had no similar provision. The amendment also adds language authorizing a noncompetitive contract with the National Research Council for an assessment of Pacific Northwest forests. Funding for this purpose was provided to the Forest Service in fiscal year 1992.

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