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PUBLIC LAW 106-398—APPENDIX 114 STAT. 1654A-311 SEC. 1102. ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY ACCOMMODATIONS PROGRAM. (a) AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE TECHNOLOGY, DEVICES, AND SERV- ICES. —Chapter 81 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 1581 the following new section: "§ 1582. Assistive technology, assistive technology devices, and assistive technology services "(a) AUTHORITY.—The Secretary of Defense may provide assistive technology, assistive technology devices, and assistive technology services to the following: "(1) Department of Defense employees with disabilities. "(2) Organizations within the Department that have requirements to make programs or facilities accessible to, and usable by, persons with disabilities. "(3) Any other department or agency of the Federal Government, upon the request of the head of that department or agency, for its employees with disabilities or for satisfying a requirement to make its programs or facilities accessible to, and usable by, persons with disabilities. "(b) DEFINITIONS.— In this section, the terms 'assistive technology', 'assistive technology device', 'assistive technology service', and 'disability' have the meanings given those terms in section 3 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 3002).". (b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.— The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 1581 the following new item: "1582. Assistive technology, assistive technology devices, and assistive technology services.". SEC. 1103. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY FOR VOLUNTARY SEPARATIONS IN REDUCTIONS IN FORCE. Section 3502(f)(5) of title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking "September 30, 2001" and inserting "September 30, 2005". SEC. 1104. ELECTRONIC MAINTENANCE OF PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL SYSTEMS. Section 4302 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: "(c) In accordance with regulations which the Office shall prescribe, the head of an agency may administer and maintain a performance appraisal system electronically.". SEC. 1105. STUDY ON CIVILIAN PERSONNEL SERVICES. (a) STUDY REQUIRED. —The Secretary of Defense shall assess the manner in which personnel services are provided for civilian personnel in the Department of Defense and determine whether— (1) administration of such services should continue to be centralized in individual military services and Defense Agencies or whether such services should be centralized within designated geographical areas to provide services to all Department of Defense elements; (2) offices that perform such services should be established to perform specific functions rather than cover an established geographical area; (3) processes and functions of civilian personnel offices should be reengineered to provide greater efficiency and better 79-194O-00 -12:QL3Part3