Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 106 Part 4.djvu/680
106 STAT. 3416 PUBLIC LAW 102-522—OCT. 26, 1992 "(iii) For purposes of this subparagraph, the term 'rebuilt multifamily property* means a multifamily property of 4 or more stories above ground level— "(I) that is rebuilt after the last day of the second fiscal year that ends after the date of enactment of this section; and "(II) for which (a) housing assistance is used for such rebuilding, or (b) a binding commitment is made, before commencement of such rebuilding, to provide housing assistance for the rebuilt property. "(C) After the expiration of the 180-day period beginning on the date of enactment of this section, housing assistance may not be used in connection with any other dwelling unit, unless the unit is protected by a hard-wired or battery-operated smoke detector. For purposes of this subparagraph, housing assistance shall be considered to be used in connection with a particular dwelling unit only if such assistance is provided (i) for the particular unit, in the case of assistance provided on a unit-by-unit basis, or (ii) for the multifamily property in which the unit is located, in the case of assistance provided on a structure-by-structure basis. "(d) REGULATIONS.— The Administrator of General Services, in cooperation with the United States Fire Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Department of Defense, within 2 years after the date of enactment of this section, shall promulgate regulations to further define the term 'equivalent level of safety*, and shall, to the extent practicable, base those regulations on nationally recognized codes. "(e) STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITY NOT LIMITED. —-Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the power of any State or political subdivision thereof to implement or enforce any law, rule, regulation, or standard that establishes requirements concerning fire prevention and control. Nothing in this section shall be construea to reduce fire resistance requirements which otherwise would have been required. "(f) PREFIRE PLAN.— The head of any Federal agency that owns, leases, or operates a building or housing unit with Federal funds shall invite the local agency or voluntary organization having responsibility for fire protection in the jurisdiction where the building or housing unit is located to prepare, and biennially review, a prefire plan for the building or housing unit. "(g) REPORTS TO CONGRESS.—(1) Within 3 years after the date of enactment of this section, and every 3 years thereafter, the Administrator of General Services shall transmit to Congress a report on the level of fire safety in Federal employee office buildings subiect to fire safet^r requirements under this section. Such report shall contain a description of such buildings for each Federal agency. "(2) Within 10 years after the date of enactment of this section, each Federal agency providing housing to Federal employees or housing assistance shall submit a report to Congress on the progress of that agency in implementing subsection (c) and on plans for continuing such implementation. "(3)(A) The National Institute of Standards and Technology shall conduct a study and submit a report to Congress on the use, in combination, of fire detection systems, fire suppression systems, and compartmentation. Such study shall— "(i) quantify performance and reliability for fire detection systems, fire suppression systems, and compartmentation.