Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 106 Part 6.djvu/421

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PUBLIC LAW 102-585—NOV. 4, 1992 106 STAT. 4979 (2) The agreement shall require MFUA to provide members of veterans organizations and members of the scientific community (including the Director of the Office of Technology Assessment) with the opportunity to comment on the method or methods MFUA proposes to use in conducting the review. (3) The agreement shall permit MFUA, in conducting the review, to examine and evaluate medical records of individuals who are included in the registries referred to in section 705(d) for purposes that MFUA considers appropriate, including the purpose of identifying illnesses of those inmviauals. (4) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense shall seek to enter into the agreement under this section not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act. (b) REPORT.— (1) The agreement under this section shall require the National Academy of Sciences to submit to the committees and secretaries referred to in paragraph (2) a report on the results of the review carried out under the agreement. Such report shall contain the following: (A) An assessment of the effectiveness of actions taken by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense to collect and maintein information that is potentially useful for assessing the health consequences of the military service referred to in subsection (a). (B) Recommendations on means of improving the collection and maintenance of such information. (C) Recommendations on whether there is sound scientific basis for an epidemiological study or studies on the health consequences of such service, and if the recommendation is that there is sound scientific basis for such a study or studies, the nature of the study or studies. (2) The committees and secretaries referred to in paragraph (1) are the following: (A) The (jommjittees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives. (B) The Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and House of Representatives. (C) The Secretjuy of Veterans Affairs. (D) The Secretary of Defense. (c) FUNDING. — (1) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense shall make available up to a total of $500,000 in fisc€d year 1993, from funds available to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense in that fiscal year, to carry out the review. Any amounte provided by iAte two departmente shall be provided in equal amounts. (2) If the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense enter into an agreement under subsection (a) wilii the National Acadennr of Sciences— (A) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall make available $250,000 in each of fiscal years 1994 through 2003, from amounte available to the Department of Veterans Affairs in each such fiscal year, to the National Academy of Sciences for the general purposes of conducting epidemiological research with respect to military and veterans populations; and (B) the Secretary of Defense shall make available $250,000 in each of fiscal years 1994 through 2003, from amounte available to the Department of Defense in each such fiscal year,