Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 108 Part 4.djvu/589

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PUBLIC LAW 103-354—OCT. 13, 1994 108 STAT. 3223 Subtitle E—Natural Resources and Environment SEC. 246. UNDER SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE FOR NATURAL 7 USC 6961. RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT. (a) AUTHORIZATION.— The Secretary is authorized to establish in the Department the position of Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment. (b) CONFIRMATION REQUIRED. — If the Secretary establishes the position of Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment authorized under subsection (a), the Under Secretary shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. (c) FUNCTIONS OF UNDER SECRETARY.— (1) PRINCIPAL FUNCTIONS.—Upon establishment, the Secretary shall delegate to the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment those functions under the jurisdiction of the Department that are related to natural resources and environment (except to the extent those functions are delegated under section 226). (2) ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS. —The Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment shall perform such other functions and duties as may be required by law or prescribed by the Secretary. (d) SUCCESSION.— Any official who is serving as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment on the date of the enactment of this Act and who was appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall not be required to be reappointed under subsection (b) to the successor position authorized under subsection (a) if the Secretary establisnes the position, and the official occupies the new position, within 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act (or such later date set by the Secretary if Utigation delays rapid succession). (e) EXECUTIVE SCHEDULE. — Section 5314 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (as added by section 241(e)) the following: "Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment". SEC 24& NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE. 7 USC 6962. (a) ESTABLISHMENT.—The Secretary is authorized to establish and maintain within the Department a Natural Resources Conservation Service. (b) FUNCTIONS.— If the Secretary establishes the Natural Resources Conservation Service under subsection (a), the Secretary is authorized to assign to the Service jurisdiction over the following: (1) The rural environmental conservation program under title X of the Agricultural Act of 1970 (16 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.). (2) The Great Plains Conservation Program under section 16(b) of the Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act (16 U.S.C. 590p(b)). (3) The Water Bank Act (16 U.S.C. 1301 et seq.).