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PUBLIC LAW 102-240—DEC. 18, 1991 105 STAT. 1993 Trust Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account), $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997. Such sums shall be available for obligation in the same manner and to the same extent as if such sums were apportioned under chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code; except that the Federal share for projects carried out under this section shall be 100 percent and the sums shall remain available until expended. (2) GENERAL FUND. —There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $2,500,000 per fiscal year for each of fiscal years 1992 through 1997. Such sums shall remain available until expended. (g) STATE DEFINED. —For purposes of this section, the term "State" means the 50 States and the District of Columbia. SEC. 1041. REGULATORY INTERPRETATIONS. (a) INCLUSION OF COATING OF STEEL IN BUY AMERICA PROGRAM.— Section 635.410 of title 23 of the Code of Federal Regulations and any similar regulation, ruling, or decision shall be applied as if to include coating. (b) FUNDING OF FUSEES AND FLARES.—Section 393.95 of title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations shall be applied so that fusees and flares are given equal priority with regard to use as reflecting signs. SEC. 1042. INDIAN RESERVATION ROADS STUDY. 23 USC 202 note. (a) STUDY.—The Secretary shall conduct a study on the funding needs for Indian reservation roads taking into account funding and other quality inequities between Indian reservation roads and other highway systems. Qi) REPORT.— Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the results of the study conducted under this section, together with any legislative and administrative recommendations of the Secretary for correcting inequities identified under such study. SEC. 1043. REPORT TO CONGRESS ON QUALITY IMPROVEMENT. 23 USC 307 note. (a) REPORT TO CONGRESS ON QUALITY IMPROVEMENT.—The Comptroller General shall submit within 24 months following the date of the enactment of this title a report to Congress addressing means for improving the quality of highways constructed with Federal assistance. This report shall address Federal design standards, engineering and design services, and construction of Federalaid highway projects. (b) SCOPE OF THE REPORT TO CONGRESS. — In preparing such report, the Comptroller shall address, at a minimum, the following: (1) Alternative modifications to current Federal and State minimum design standards, including but not limited to, the anticipated impacts these alternatives would have on the serviceability, maintenance, expected life, and costs (including engineering and design, construction maintenance, operation and replacement costs). (2) Inclusion of guarantee and warranty clauses in contracts with designers, contractors, and State highway departments to address, at a minimum, potential costs and benefits of such clauses; any liability or insurance constraints or concerns; implications for small, minority, or disadvantaged businesses; currently existing options for States to require these clauses or other means with similar effect without additional Federal