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Title of Law:Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006
Law #:Public Law 109-149
Passed by Congress:109th Congress (1st Session)

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HRpt 109-337 - To accompany H.R. 3010 - MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2006, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Conference Committee

(12/13/05)
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CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SERVICES PROGRAMS

(INCLUDING RESCISSION OF FUNDS)

The conference agreement includes $8,932,713,000 for children and families services programs, of which $10,500,000 is provided through the evaluation set-aside. The House bill proposed $8,701,207,000 for these programs with $12,500,000 from the evaluation set-aside and the Senate proposed $9,036,453,000 with $10,500,000 from the evaluation set-aside. The detailed table at the end of this joint statement reflects the activity distribution agreed to by the conferees.

Head Start

The conference agreement includes $6,843,114,000 for Head Start rather than $6,899,000,000 as proposed by the House and $6,863,114,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement includes $1,388,800,000 in advance funding, the same level as proposed by the Senate. The House bill proposed $1,400,000,000 for advance funding.

To enable the establishment of a panel of independent experts under the National Academy of Sciences to review and provide guidance on appropriate outcomes and assessments for young children, the conferees provide $1,000,000, within the total for Head Start, for the National Academy of Sciences.

The conference agreement includes, as a general provision, a limitation against the use of funds for Head Start to pay the compensation of an individual, either as direct costs or any proration as an indirect cost, at a rate in excess of Executive Level II, as proposed by the House. The Senate did not include a similar provision.

The conference agreement includes two general provisions relating to waiving requirements of regulations promulgated under the Head Start Act for transporting children enrolled in either Head Start or Early Head Start. The Senate bill included one general provision regarding this issue, but used different language than is included in the conference agreement. The House included report language pertaining to transportation waivers for this program.

Consolidated runaway and homeless youth program

The conference agreement includes $88,724,000 for the consolidated runaway and homeless youth program, the same level as proposed by the Senate, rather than $88,728,000 as proposed by the House.

Child abuse discretionary activities

The conference agreement includes $26,040,000 for child abuse discretionary programs instead of $31,645,000 as proposed by the House and $31,640,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Adoption incentive

The conference agreement includes $18,000,000 for the adoption incentive program rather than $31,846,000 as proposed by the House and $22,846,000 as proposed by the Senate. Actual bonus payments to States for fiscal year 2005 were less than amounts previously estimated, therefore, of the funds provided in fiscal year 2005 and made available through fiscal year 2006, the conference agreement rescinds $22,500,000. Neither the House nor the Senate proposed rescinding funds from this program.

Compassion capital fund

The conference agreement includes $65,000,000 for the compassion capital fund rather than $75,000,000 as proposed by the House and $95,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. Prior to advertising the availability of funds for any grant for the youth gang prevention initiative, the conferees request that the Department of Health and Human Services brief the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations regarding the planned use of these funds.

Social services and income maintenance research

The conference agreement includes $11,927,000 for social services and income maintenance research, of which $6,000,000 is provided through the evaluation set-aside. The House proposed $10,621,000 for this program, of which $8,000,000 was funded through the evaluation set-aside and the Senate proposed $32,012,000, of which $6,000,000 was from the evaluation set-aside.

The conferees note that efforts undertaken through the State information technology consortium have led to greatly improved systems communications and compliance in both the TANF and child support enforcement (CSE) programs. For TANF, the conferees have provided $2,000,000 to permit States to utilize uniquely designed web-based technology to improve benefit delivery and fulfill new Federal reporting requirements. For CSE, the conferees have provided $3,000,000 to continue the consortium’s efforts to improve data exchange between CSE and the courts in ways that will significantly reduce the time lag between court orders and enforcement/collections activities.

Developmental disabilities

Within developmental disabilities programs, the conference agreement includes $39,109,000 for protection and advocacy services as proposed by the Senate instead of $38,109,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement also includes $15,879,000 for voting access for individuals with disabilities rather than $14,879,000 as proposed by the House and $30,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the funds provided, $11,000,000 is for payments to States to promote access for voters with disabilities and $4,879,000 is for State protection and advocacy systems.

As proposed by both the House and Senate, the conference agreement provides $11,529,000 for the developmental disabilities projects of national significance. Within this amount, $4,000,000 is to expand activities of the Family Support Program, as proposed by the Senate. The House did not include similar language.

Community services

The conference agreement includes $636,793,000 for the community services block grant (CSBG) as proposed by the Senate rather than $320,000,000 as proposed by the House. The conferees concur with language included in the Senate report that the Office of Community Services (OCS) release funding to States in the timeliest manner and that States make funds available promptly to local eligible entities. In addition, the conferees expect OCS to inform State CSBG grantees of any policy changes affecting carryover funds within a reasonable time after the beginning of the Federal fiscal year. The House did not include similar language.

As proposed by both the House and Senate, the conference agreement includes $32,731,000 for community economic development. The conferees concur with language included in the Senate report that appropriated funds be allocated, to the maximum extent possible, in the form of grants to qualified community development corporations in order to maximize the leveraging power of the Federal investment and the number and the amount of set-asides should be reduced to the most minimal levels. The House did not include similar language.

The conference agreement includes $7,367,000 for rural community facilities instead of $7,242,000 as proposed by the House and $7,492,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees intend that the increase provided for the Rural Community Facilities program be used to provide additional funding to the six regional RCAPs.

The conference agreement does not include funding for the National Youth Sports program as proposed by the House. The Senate proposed $10,000,000 for this program.

The conference agreement does not include funding for community food and nutrition as proposed by the House. The Senate proposed $7,180,000 for this program.

Independent living training vouchers

The conference agreement includes $46,623,000 for independent living training vouchers as proposed by the Senate instead of $50,000,000 as proposed by the House.

Community-based abstinence education

The conference agreement includes $114,500,000 for community-based abstinence education as proposed by the House rather than $105,500,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement includes $4,500,000 in program evaluation funds for the abstinence education program and $110,000,000 in budget authority. The conferees concur with language included in the House report regarding technical assistance and capacity-building support to grantees. The Senate report did not include similar language.

Within the total for community-based abstinence education, up to $10,000,000 may be used to carry out a national abstinence education campaign as proposed by both the House and the Senate. The conferees concur with language included in the Senate report that the Administration for Children and Families use available funds to continue support for an independent group to conduct a thorough and rigorous evaluation of this campaign. The House did not include similar language.

Program direction

The conference agreement includes $185,217,000 for program direction as proposed by the House instead of $186,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

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