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PUBLIC LAW 108–7—FEB. 20, 2003 $25,000,000 shall be for water and waste disposal systems to benefit the Colonias along the United States/Mexico border, including grants pursuant to section 306C of such Act; not to exceed $30,000,000 shall be for water and waste disposal systems for rural and native villages in Alaska pursuant to section 306D of such Act, with up to 1 percent available to administer the program and up to 1 percent available to improve interagency coordination may be transferred to and merged with the appropriation for ‘‘Rural Development, Salaries and Expenses’’; not to exceed $18,333,000 shall be for technical assistance grants for rural water and waste systems pursuant to section 306(a)(14) of such Act, of which $5,513,000 shall be for Rural Community Assistance Programs; not to exceed $1,000,000 shall be in the form of predevelopment planning grants, not to exceed $50,000 each; and not to exceed $12,100,000 shall be for contracting with qualified national organizations for a circuit rider program to provide technical assistance for rural water systems: Provided further, That of the total amount appropriated, not to exceed $37,624,000 shall be available through June 30, 2003, for authorized empowerment zones and enterprise communities and communities designated by the Secretary of Agriculture as Rural Economic Area Partnership Zones; of which $1,163,000 shall be for the rural community programs described in section 381E(d)(1) of such Act, of which $27,431,000 shall be for the rural utilities programs described in section 381E(d)(2) of such Act, and of which $9,030,000 shall be for the rural business and cooperative development programs described in section 381E(d)(3) of such Act: Provided further, That of the amount appropriated for rural community programs, not to exceed $25,000,000 shall be to provide grants for facilities in rural communities with extreme unemployment and severe economic depression (Public Law 106–387), with 5 percent for administration and capacity building in the State rural development offices: Provided further, That of the amount appropriated, $30,000,000 shall be transferred to and merged with the ‘‘Rural Utilities Service, High Energy Cost Grants Account’’ to provide grants authorized under section 19 of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 918a): Provided further, That any remaining funds specifically appropriated in fiscal year 2002 for rural communities with extremely high energy costs under the Rural Community Advancement Program shall be merged and transferred into the Account: Provided further, That any funds in the Account shall be used to provide grants authorized under section 19 of that Act. RURAL DEVELOPMENT SALARIES (INCLUDING
TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)
For necessary expenses for carrying out the administration and implementation of programs in the Rural Development mission area, including activities with institutions concerning the development and operation of agricultural cooperatives; and for cooperative agreements; $145,736,000: Provided, That not more than $10,000 may be expended to provide modest nonmonetary awards to nonUSDA employees: Provided further, That any balances available from prior years for the Rural Utilities Service, Rural Housing Service, and the Rural Business-Cooperative Service salaries and expenses accounts shall be transferred to and merged with this appropriation.
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