Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1997/Title II

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TITLE II — DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND RELATED AGENCIES

Contents

TRADE AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT[edit]

RELATED AGENCIES[edit]

Office of the United States Trade Representative[edit]

Salaries and Expenses[edit]
For necessary expenses of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, including the hire of passenger motor vehicles and the employment of experts and consultants as authorized by 5 U.S.C. 3109, $21,449,000, of which $2,500,000 shall remain available until expended:
Provided, That not to exceed $98,000 shall be available for official reception and representation expenses.


International Trade Commission[edit]

Salaries and Expenses[edit]
For necessary expenses of the International Trade Commission, including hire of passenger motor vehicles, and services as authorized by 5 U.S.C. 3109, and not to exceed $2,500 for official reception and representation expenses, $40,850,000, to remain available until expended.


DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE[edit]

International Trade Administration[edit]

Operations and Administration[edit]
For necessary expenses for international trade activities of the Department of Commerce provided for by law, and engaging in trade promotional activities abroad, including expenses of grants and cooperative agreements for the purpose of promoting exports of United States firms, without regard to 44 U.S.C. 3702 and 3703; full medical coverage for dependent members of immediate families of employees stationed overseas and employees temporarily posted overseas; travel and transportation of employees of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service between two points abroad, without regard to 49 U.S.C. 1517; employment of Americans and aliens by contract for services; rental of space abroad for periods not exceeding ten years, and expenses of alteration, repair, or improvement; purchase or construction of temporary demountable exhibition structures for use abroad; payment of tort claims, in the manner authorized in the first paragraph of 28 U.S.C. 2672 when such claims arise in foreign countries; not to exceed $327,000 for official representation expenses abroad; purchase of passenger motor vehicles for official use abroad, not to exceed $30,000 per vehicle; obtain insurance on official motor vehicles; and rent tie lines and teletype equipment; $270,000,000, to remain available until expended:
Provided, That the provisions of the first sentence of section 105(f) and all of section 108(c) of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2455(f) and 2458(c)) shall apply in carrying out these activities without regard to section 5412 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 4912); and that for the purpose of this Act, contributions under the provisions of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act shall include payment for assessments for services provided as part of these activities.


Export Administration[edit]

Operations and Administration[edit]
For necessary expenses for export administration and national security activities of the Department of Commerce, including costs associated with the performance of export administration field activities both domestically and abroad; full medical coverage for dependent members of immediate families of employees stationed overseas; employment of Americans and aliens by contract for services abroad; rental of space abroad for periods not exceeding ten years, and expenses of alteration, repair, or improvement; payment of tort claims, in the manner authorized in the first paragraph of 28 U.S.C. 2672 when such claims arise in foreign countries; not to exceed $15,000 for official representation expenses abroad; awards of compensation to informers under the Export Administration Act of 1979, and as authorized by 22 U.S.C. 401(b); purchase of passenger motor vehicles for official use and motor vehicles for law enforcement use with special requirement vehicles eligible for purchase without regard to any price limitation otherwise established by law; $36,000,000, to remain available until expended:
Provided, That the provisions of the first sentence of section 105(f) and all of section 108(c) of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2455(f) and 2458(c)) shall apply in carrying out these activities:
Provided further, That payments and contributions collected and accepted for materials or services provided as part of such activities may be retained for use in covering the cost of such activities, and for providing information to the public with respect to the export administration and national security activities of the Department of Commerce and other export control programs of the United States and other governments.
For an additional amount for nonproliferation efforts to prevent illegal exports of chemical weapon precursors, biological agents, nuclear weapons and missile development equipment, $3,900,000, to remain available until expended:
Provided, That the entire amount is designated by Congress as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(D)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended.


Economic Development Administration[edit]

Economic Development Assistance Programs[edit]
For grants for economic development assistance as provided by the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 91-304, and such laws that were in effect immediately before September 30, 1982, and for trade adjustment assistance, $328,500,000:
Provided, That none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available under this heading may be used directly or indirectly for attorneys´´ or consultants´´ fees in connection with securing grants and contracts made by the Economic Development Administration:
Provided further, That, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Commerce may provide financial assistance for projects to be located on military installations closed or scheduled for closure or realignment to grantees eligible for assistance under the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, as amended, without it being required that the grantee have title or ability to obtain a lease for the property, for the useful life of the project, when in the opinion of the Secretary of Commerce, such financial assistance is necessary for the economic development of the area:
Provided further, That the Secretary of Commerce may, as the Secretary considers appropriate, consult with the Secretary of Defense regarding the title to land on military installations closed or scheduled for closure or realignment.


Salaries and Expenses[edit]
For necessary expenses of administering the economic development assistance programs as provided for by law, $20,036,000:
Provided, That these funds may be used to monitor projects approved pursuant to title I of the Public Works Employment Act of 1976, as amended, title II of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, and the Community Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1977.


Minority Business Developmen Agency[edit]

Minority Business Development[edit]
For necessary expenses of the Department of Commerce in fostering, promoting, and developing minority business enterprise, including expenses of grants, contracts, and other agreements with public or private organizations, $28,000,000:
Provided, That of the total amount provided, $2,000,000 shall be available for obligation and expenditure only for projects jointly developed, implemented and administered with the Small Business Administration.


ECONOMIC AND INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE[edit]

Economic and Statistical Analysis[edit]

Salaries and Expenses[edit]
For necessary expenses, as authorized by law, of economic and statistical analysis programs of the Department of Commerce, $45,900,000, to remain available until September 30, 1998.


Economics and Statistics Administration Fund[edit]

The Secretary of Commerce is authorized to disseminate economic and statistical data products as authorized by sections 1, 2, and 4 of Public Law 91-412 (15 U.S.C. 1525-1527) and, notwithstanding section 5412 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 4912), charge fees necessary to recover the full costs incurred in their production. Notwithstanding 31 U.S.C. 3302, receipts received from these data dissemination activities shall be credited to this account, to be available for carrying out these purposes without further appropriation.


Bureau of the Census[edit]

Salaries and Expenses[edit]
For expenses necessary for collecting, compiling, analyzing, preparing, and publishing statistics, provided for by law, $135,000,000.


Periodic Censuses and Programs[edit]
For expenses necessary to collect and publish statistics for periodic censuses and programs provided for by law, $210,500,000, to remain available until expended.


National Telecommunications and Information Administration[edit]

Salaries and Expenses[edit]
For necessary expenses, as provided for by law, of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), $15,000,000, to remain available until expended:
Provided, That notwithstanding 31 U.S.C. 1535(d), the Secretary of Commerce shall charge Federal agencies for costs incurred in spectrum management, analysis, and operations, and related services and such fees shall be retained and used as offsetting collections for costs of such spectrum services, to remain available until expended:
Provided further, That hereafter, notwithstanding any other provision of law, NTIA shall not authorize spectrum use or provide any spectrum functions pursuant to the NTIA Organization Act, 47 U.S.C. Sec. 902-903, to any Federal entity without reimbursement as required by NTIA for such spectrum management costs, and Federal entities withholding payment of such cost shall not use spectrum:
Provided further, That the Secretary of Commerce is authorized to retain and use as offsetting collections all funds transferred, or previously transferred, from other Government agencies for all costs incurred in telecommunications research, engineering, and related activities by the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences of the NTIA, in furtherance of its assigned functions under this paragraph, and such funds received from other Government agencies shall remain available until expended.


Public Broadcasting Facilities, Planning and Construction[edit]
For grants authorized by section 392 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, $15,250,000, to remain available until expended as authorized by section 391 of the Act, as amended:
Provided, That not to exceed $1,500,000 shall be available for program administration as authorized by section 391 of the Act:
Provided further, That notwithstanding the provisions of section 391 of the Act, the prior year unobligated balances may be made available for grants for projects for which applications have been submitted and approved during any fiscal year.


Information Infrastructure Grants[edit]
For grants authorized by section 392 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, $21,490,000, to remain available until expended as authorized by section 391 of the Act, as amended:
Provided, That not to exceed $3,000,000 shall be available for program administration and other support activities as authorized by section 391:
Provided further, That of the funds appropriated herein, not to exceed 5 percent may be available for telecommunications research activities for projects related directly to the development of a national information infrastructure:
Provided further, That notwithstanding the requirements of section 392(a) and 392(c) of the Act, these funds may be used for the planning and construction of telecommunications networks for the provision of educational, cultural, health care, public information, public safety, or other social services.


Patent and Trademark Office[edit]

Salaries and Expenses[edit]
For necessary expenses of the Patent and Trademark Office provided for by law, including defense of suits instituted against the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, $61,252,000, to remain available until expended:
Provided, That the funds made available under this heading are to be derived from deposits in the Patent and Trademark Office Fee Surcharge Fund as authorized by law:
Provided further, That the amounts made available under the Fund shall not exceed amounts deposited; and such fees as shall be collected pursuant to 15 U.S.C. 1113 and 35 U.S.C. 41 and 376, shall remain available until expended.


TECHNOLOGY ADMINISTRATION[edit]

Under Secretary for Technology/Office of Technology Policy[edit]

Salaries and Expenses[edit]
For necessary expenses for the Under Secretary for Technology/Office of Technology Policy, $9,500,000:
Provided, That $2,500,000 of the total amount provided under this heading shall be available to support the United States-Israel Science and Technology Commission.


SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY[edit]

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY[edit]

Scientific and Technical Research Services[edit]

For necessary expenses of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, $268,000,000, to remain available until expended, of which not to exceed $1,625,000 may be transferred to the ``Working Capital Fund´´.


Industrial Technology Services[edit]

For necessary expenses of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, $95,000,000, to remain available until expended, of which not to exceed $300,000 may be transferred to the ``Working Capital Fund´´:
Provided, That notwithstanding the time limitations imposed by 15 U.S.C. 278k(c) (1) and (5) on the duration of Federal financial assistance that may be awarded by the Secretary of Commerce to Regional Centers for the transfer of Manufacturing Technology (``Centers´´), such Federal financial assistance for a Center may continue beyond six years and may be renewed for additional periods, not to exceed one year, at a rate not to exceed one-third of the Center´´s total annual costs, subject before any such renewal to a positive evaluation of the Center and to a finding by the Secretary of Commerce that continuation of Federal funding to the Center is in the best interest of the Regional Centers for the transfer of Manufacturing Technology Program.
In addition, for necessary expenses of the Advanced Technology Program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, $225,000,000, to remain available until expended, of which not to exceed $500,000 may be transferred to the ``Working Capital Fund.´´


NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION[edit]

Operations, Research, and Facilities[edit]

(Including Transfer of Funds)
For necessary expenses of activities authorized by law for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including acquisition, maintenance, operation, and hire of aircraft; not to exceed 299 commissioned officers on the active list as of September 30, 1997; grants, contracts, or other payments to nonprofit organizations for the purposes of conducting activities pursuant to cooperative agreements; and alteration, modernization, and relocation of facilities as authorized by 33 U.S.C. 883i; $1,854,067,000, to remain available until expended:
Provided, That notwithstanding 31 U.S.C. 3302 but consistent with other existing law, fees shall be assessed, collected, and credited to this appropriation as offsetting collections to be available until expended, to recover the costs of administering aeronautical charting programs:
Provided further, That the sum herein appropriated from the general fund shall be reduced as such additional fees are received during fiscal year 1997, so as to result in a final general fund appropriation estimated at not more than $1,851,067,000:
Provided further, That any such additional fees received in excess of $3,000,000 in fiscal year 1997 shall not be available for obligation until October 1, 1997:
Provided further, That fees and donations received by the National Ocean Service for the management of the national marine sanctuaries may be retained and used for the salaries and expenses associated with those activities, notwithstanding 31 U.S.C. 3302:
Provided further, That in addition, $66,000,000 shall be derived by transfer from the fund entitled ``Promote and Develop Fishery Products and Research Pertaining to American Fisheries´´:
Provided further, That grants to States pursuant to sections 306 and 306A of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, shall not exceed $2,000,000:
Provided further, That not later than November 15, 1996, the Department of Commerce, in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shall submit to the appropriate committees of the Congress, a long-term plan and a legislative proposal necessary to implement such plan regarding the continuation of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration commissioned corps.


Coastal Zone Management Fund[edit]

Of amounts collected pursuant to section 308 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C. 1456a), not to exceed $7,800,000, for purposes set forth in sections 308(b)(2)(A), 308(b)(2)(B)(v), and 315(e) of such Act.


Construction[edit]

For repair and modification of, and additions to, existing facilities and construction of new facilities, and for facility planning and design and land acquisition not otherwise provided for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, $58,250,000, to remain available until expended, of which $8,500,000 shall be available only for a grant to the University of New Hampshire for construction and related expenses for an environmental technology facility.


Fleet Modernization, Shibuilding and Conversion[edit]

For expenses necessary for the repair, acquisition, leasing, or conversion of vessels, including related equipment to maintain and modernize the existing fleet and to continue planning the modernization of the fleet, for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, $8,000,000, to remain available until expended.


Fishing Vessel and Gear Damage Compensation Fund[edit]

For carrying out the provisions of section 3 of Public Law 95-376, not to exceed $200,000, to be derived from receipts collected pursuant to subsections (b) and (f) of section 10 of the Fishermen's Protective Act of 1967 (22 U.S.C. 1980), to remain available until expended.


Fisherman's Contingency Fund[edit]

For carrying out the provisions of title IV of Public Law 95-372, not to exceed $1,000,000, to be derived from receipts collected pursuant to that Act, to remain available until expended.


Foreign Fishing Observer Fund[edit]

For expenses necessary to carry out the provisions of the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act of 1975, as amended (Public Law 96-339), the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976, as amended (Public Law 100-627), and the American Fisheries Promotion Act (Public Law 96-561), to be derived from the fees imposed under the foreign fishery observer program authorized by these Acts, not to exceed $196,000, to remain available until expended.


Fishing Vessel Obligations Guarantees[edit]

For the cost of guaranteed loans, $250,000, as authorized by the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, as amended:
Provided, that such costs, including the cost of modifying such loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974:
Provided further, That none of the funds made available under this heading may be used to guarantee loans for any new fishing vessel that will increase the harvesting capacity in any United States fishery.


GENERAL ADMINISTRATION[edit]

Salaries and Expenses[edit]

For expenses necessary for the general administration of the Department of Commerce provided for by law, including not to exceed $3,000 for official entertainment, $28,490,000.


Office of Inspector General[edit]

For necessary expenses of the Office of Inspector General in carrying out the provisions of the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 1-11 as amended by Public Law 100-504), $20,140,000.

National Institute of Standards and Technology[edit]

Construction of Research Facilities[edit]
(Recession)
Of the obligated and unobligated balances available under this heading, $16,000,000 are rescinded.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration[edit]

Operations, Research and Facilities[edit]
(Recession)
Of the unobligated balances available under this heading, $20,000,000 are rescinded.


GENERAL PROVISIONS—DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE[edit]

Sec. 201.[edit]

During the current fiscal year, applicable appropriations and funds made available to the Department of Commerce by this Act shall be available for the activities specified in the Act of October 26, 1949 (15 U.S.C. 1514), to the extent and in the manner prescribed by the Act, and, notwithstanding 31 U.S.C. 3324, may be used for advanced payments not otherwise authorized only upon the certification of officials designated by the Secretary that such payments are in the public interest.

Sec. 202.[edit]

During the current fiscal year, appropriations made available to the Department of Commerce by this Act for salaries and expenses shall be available for hire of passenger motor vehicles as authorized by 31 U.S.C. 1343 and 1344; services as authorized by 5 U.S.C. 3109; and uniforms or allowances therefor, as authorized by law (5 U.S.C. 5901-5902).

Sec. 203.[edit]

None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to support the hurricane reconnaissance aircraft and activities that are under the control of the United States Air Force or the United States Air Force Reserve.

Sec. 204.[edit]

None of the funds provided in this or any previous Act, or hereinafter made available to the Department of Commerce, shall be available to reimburse the Unemployment Trust Fund or any other fund or account of the Treasury to pay for any expenses paid before October 1, 1992, as authorized by section 8501 of title 5, United States Code, for services performed after April 20, 1990, by individuals appointed to temporary positions within the Bureau of the Census for purposes relating to the 1990 decennial census of population.

Sec. 205.[edit]

Not to exceed 5 percent of any appropriation made available for the current fiscal year for the Department of Commerce in this Act may be transferred between such appropriations, but no such appropriation shall be increased by more than 10 percent by any such transfers:
Provided, That any transfer pursuant to this section shall be treated as a reprogramming of funds under section 605 of this Act and shall not be available for obligation or expenditure except in compliance with the procedures set forth in that section.

Sec. 206.[edit]

(a) Should legislation be enacted to dismantle or reorganize the Department of Commerce, the Secretary of Commerce, no later than 90 days thereafter, shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the House and the Senate a plan for transferring funds provided in this Act to the appropriate successor organizations:
Provided, That the plan shall include a proposal for transferring or rescinding funds appropriated herein for agencies or programs terminated under such legislation:
Provided further, That such plan shall be transmitted in accordance with section 605 of this Act.
(b) The Secretary of Commerce or the appropriate head of any successor organization(s) may use any available funds to carry out legislation dismantling or reorganizing the Department of Commerce to cover the costs of actions relating to the abolishment, reorganization, or transfer of functions and any related personnel action, including voluntary separation incentives if authorized by such legislation:
Provided, That the authority to transfer funds between appropriations accounts that may be necessary to carry out this section is provided in addition to authorities included under section 205 of this Act:
Provided further, That use of funds to carry out this section shall be treated as a reprogramming of funds under section 605 of this Act and shall not be available for obligation or expenditure except in compliance with the procedures set forth in that section.

Sec. 207.[edit]

Any costs incurred by a Department or agency funded under this title resulting from personnel actions taken in response to funding reductions included in this title shall be absorbed within the total budgetary resources available to such Department or agency:
Provided, That the authority to transfer funds between appropriations accounts as may be necessary to carry out this section is provided in addition to authorities included elsewhere in this Act:
Provided further, That use of funds to carry out this section shall be treated as a reprogramming of funds under section 605 of this Act and shall not be available for obligation or expenditure except in compliance with the procedure set forth in that section.

Sec. 208.[edit]

None of the funds appropriated under this Act or any other Act henceforth may be used to develop new fishery management plans, amendments, or regulations which create new individual fishing quota programs (whether such quotas are transferable or not) or to implement any such plans, amendments or regulations approved by a Regional Fishery Management Council or the Secretary after January 4, 1995, until offsetting fees to pay for the cost of administering such plans, amendments, or regulations are expressly authorized under the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.). This restriction shall also apply to any program relating to the Gulf of Mexico commercial red snapper fishery that authorizes the consolidation of licenses, permits or endorsements that result in different trip limits for vessels in the same class. This restriction shall not apply in any way to the North Pacific halibut and sablefish, South Atlantic wreckfish, or the Mid-Atlantic surfclam and ocean (including mahogany) quohog individual fishing quota programs. The term ``individual fishing quota´´ does not include a community development quota.

Sec. 209.[edit]

The Secretary may award contracts for hydrographic, geodetic, and photogrammetric surveying and mapping services in accordance with title IX of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C. 541 et seq.).

Sec. 210.[edit]

There is hereby established the Bureau of the Census Working Capital Fund, which shall be available without fiscal year limitation, for expenses and equipment necessary for the maintenance and operation of such services and projects as the Director of the Census Bureau determines may be performed more advantageously when centralized:
Provided, That such central services shall, to the fullest extent practicable, be used to make unnecessary the maintenance of separate like services in the divisions and offices of the Bureau:
Provided further, That a separate schedule of expenditures and reimbursements, and a statement of the current assets and liabilities of the Working Capital Fund as of the close of the last completed fiscal year, shall be prepared each year:
Provided further, That notwithstanding 31 U.S.C. 3302, the Working Capital Fund may be credited with advances and reimbursements from applicable appropriations of the Bureau and from funds of other agencies or entities for services furnished pursuant to law:
Provided further, That any inventories, equipment, and other assets pertaining to the services to be provided by such funds, either on hand or on order, less the related liabilities or unpaid obligations, and any appropriations made hereafter for the purpose of providing capital, shall be used to capitalize the Working Capital Fund:
Provided further, That the Working Capital Fund shall provide for centralized services at rates which will return in full all expenses of operation, including depreciation of fund plant and equipment, amortization of automated data processing software and hardware systems, and an amount necessary to maintain a reasonable operating reserve as determined by the Director.

Sec. 211.[edit]

(a) Effective 15 days after the enactment of the Sustainable Fisheries Act, section 1 of the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801) shall be amended to read as follows: ``That this Act may be cited as the ``Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act´´.´´
(b) Effective 15 days after the enactment of the Sustainable Fisheries Act, all references to the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act shall be redesignated as references to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.



This title may be cited as the ``Department of Commerce and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1997´´.