Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009/Division E/Title IV
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(including transfers of funds)
==TITLE IV — General Provisions==
- 1 Sec. 401.
- 2 Sec. 402.
- 3 Sec. 403.
- 4 Sec. 404.
- 5 Sec. 405.
- 6 Sec. 406.
- 7 Sec. 407.
- 8 Sec. 408.
- 9 Sec. 409.
- 10 Sec. 410.
- 11 Sec. 411.
- 12 Sec. 412.
- 13 Sec. 413.
- 14 Sec. 414.
- 15 Sec. 415.
- 16 Sec. 416.
- 17 Sec. 417.
- 18 Sec. 418.
- 19 Sec. 419.
- 20 Sec. 420.
- 21 Sec. 421.
- 22 Sec. 422.
- 23 Sec. 423. Lake Tahoe Basin Hazardous Fuel Reduction Projects.
- 24 Sec. 424.
- 25 Sec. 425. Toxics Release Inventory Reporting.
- 26 Sec. 426.
- 27 Sec. 427.
- 28 Sec. 428.
- 29 Sec. 429.
- 30 Sec. 430.
- The expenditure of any appropriation under this Act for any consulting service through procurement contract, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 3109, shall be limited to those contracts where such expenditures are a matter of public record and available for public inspection, except where otherwise provided under existing law, or under existing Executive Order issued pursuant to existing law.
- No part of any appropriation contained in this Act shall be available for any activity or the publication or distribution of literature that in any way tends to promote public support or opposition to any legislative proposal on which Congressional action is not complete other than to communicate to Members of Congress as described in 18 U.S.C. 1913.
- No part of any appropriation contained in this Act shall remain available for obligation beyond the current fiscal year unless expressly so provided herein.
- None of the funds provided in this Act to any department or agency shall be obligated or expended to provide a personal cook, chauffeur, or other personal servants to any officer or employee of such department or agency except as otherwise provided by law.
- Estimated overhead charges, deductions, reserves or holdbacks from programs, projects, activities and subactivities to support government-wide, departmental, agency or bureau administrative functions or headquarters, regional or central operations shall be presented in annual budget justifications and subject to approval by the Committees on Appropriations. Changes to such estimates shall be presented to the Committees on Appropriations for approval.
- None of the funds made available in this Act may be transferred to any department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States Government except pursuant to a transfer made by, or transfer provided in, this Act or any other Act.
- None of the funds in this Act may be used to plan, prepare, or offer for sale timber from trees classified as giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) which are located on National Forest System or Bureau of Land Management lands in a manner different than such sales were conducted in fiscal year 2006.
- (a) Limitation of Funds.—
- None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available pursuant to this Act shall be obligated or expended to accept or process applications for a patent for any mining or mill site claim located under the general mining laws.
- (b) Exceptions.—
- The provisions of subsection (a) shall not apply if the Secretary of the Interior determines that, for the claim concerned:
- (1) a patent application was filed with the Secretary on or before September 30, 1994; and
- (2) all requirements established under sections 2325 and 2326 of the Revised Statutes (30 U.S.C. 29 and 30) for vein or lode claims and sections 2329, 2330, 2331, and 2333 of the Revised Statutes (30 U.S.C. 35, 36, and 37) for placer claims, and section 2337 of the Revised Statutes (30 U.S.C. 42) for mill site claims, as the case may be, were fully complied with by the applicant by that date.
- The provisions of subsection (a) shall not apply if the Secretary of the Interior determines that, for the claim concerned:
- (c) Report.—
- On September 30, 2009, the Secretary of the Interior shall file with the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report on actions taken by the Department under the plan submitted pursuant to section 314(c) of the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1997 (Public Law 104-208).
- (d) Mineral Examinations.—
- In order to process patent applications in a timely and responsible manner, upon the request of a patent applicant, the Secretary of the Interior shall allow the applicant to fund a qualified third-party contractor to be selected by the Bureau of Land Management to conduct a mineral examination of the mining claims or mill sites contained in a patent application as set forth in subsection (b). The Bureau of Land Management shall have the sole responsibility to choose and pay the third-party contractor in accordance with the standard procedures employed by the Bureau of Land Management in the retention of third-party contractors.
- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, amounts appropriated to or otherwise designated in committee reports for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service by Public Laws 103-138, 103-332, 104-134, 104-208, 105-83, 105-277, 106-113, 106-291, 107-63, 108-7, 108-108, 108-447, 109-54, 109-289, division B and Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2007 (division B of Public Law 109-289, as amended by Public Laws 110-5 and 110-28), and Public Law 110-161 for payments for contract support costs associated with self-determination or self-governance contracts, grants, compacts, or annual funding agreements with the Bureau of Indian Affairs or the Indian Health Service as funded by such Acts, are the total amounts available for fiscal years 1994 through 2008 for such purposes, except that for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, tribes and tribal organizations may use their tribal priority allocations for unmet contract support costs of ongoing contracts, grants, self-governance compacts, or annual funding agreements.
- Prior to October 1, 2009, the Secretary of Agriculture shall not be considered to be in violation of subparagraph 6(f)(5)(A) of the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. 1604(f)(5)(A)) solely because more than 15 years have passed without revision of the plan for a unit of the National Forest System. Nothing in this section exempts the Secretary from any other requirement of the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act (16 U.S.C. 1600 et seq.) or any other law:
- Provided, That if the Secretary is not acting expeditiously and in good faith, within the funding available, to revise a plan for a unit of the National Forest System, this section shall be void with respect to such plan and a court of proper jurisdiction may order completion of the plan on an accelerated basis.
- No funds provided in this Act may be expended to conduct preleasing, leasing and related activities under either the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.) or the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.) within the boundaries of a National Monument established pursuant to the Act of June 8, 1906 (16 U.S.C. 431 et seq.) as such boundary existed on January 20, 2001, except where such activities are allowed under the Presidential proclamation establishing such monument.
- In entering into agreements with foreign countries pursuant to the Wildfire Suppression Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 1856m) the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior are authorized to enter into reciprocal agreements in which the individuals furnished under said agreements to provide wildfire services are considered, for purposes of tort liability, employees of the country receiving said services when the individuals are engaged in fire suppression:
- Provided, That the Secretary of Agriculture or the Secretary of the Interior shall not enter into any agreement under this provision unless the foreign country (either directly or through its fire organization) agrees to assume any and all liability for the acts or omissions of American firefighters engaged in firefighting in a foreign country:
- Provided further, That when an agreement is reached for furnishing fire fighting services, the only remedies for acts or omissions committed while fighting fires shall be those provided under the laws of the host country, and those remedies shall be the exclusive remedies for any claim arising out of fighting fires in a foreign country:
- Provided further, That neither the sending country nor any legal organization associated with the firefighter shall be subject to any legal action whatsoever pertaining to or arising out of the firefighter's role in fire suppression.
- In awarding a Federal contract with funds made available by this Act, notwithstanding Federal Government procurement and contracting laws, the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior (the ``Secretaries´´) may, in evaluating bids and proposals, give consideration to local contractors who are from, and who provide employment and training for, dislocated and displaced workers in an economically disadvantaged rural community, including those historically timber-dependent areas that have been affected by reduced timber harvesting on Federal lands and other forest-dependent rural communities isolated from significant alternative employment opportunities:
- Provided, That notwithstanding Federal Government procurement and contracting laws the Secretaries may award contracts, grants or cooperative agreements to local non-profit entities, Youth Conservation Corps or related partnerships with State, local or non-profit youth groups, or small or micro-business or disadvantaged business:
- Provided further, That the contract, grant, or cooperative agreement is for forest hazardous fuels reduction, watershed or water quality monitoring or restoration, wildlife or fish population monitoring, or habitat restoration or management:
- Provided further, That the terms ``rural community´´ and ``economically disadvantaged´´ shall have the same meanings as in section 2374 of Public Law 101-624:
- Provided further, That the Secretaries shall develop guidance to implement this section:
- Provided further, That nothing in this section shall be construed as relieving the Secretaries of any duty under applicable procurement laws, except as provided in this section.
- None of the funds made available by this or any other Act may be used in fiscal year 2009 for competitive sourcing studies and any related activities involving Forest Service personnel.
- Unless otherwise provided herein, no funds appropriated in this Act for the acquisition of lands or interests in lands may be expended for the filing of declarations of taking or complaints in condemnation without the approval of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations:
- Provided, That this provision shall not apply to funds appropriated to implement the Everglades National Park Protection and Expansion Act of 1989, or to funds appropriated for Federal assistance to the State of Florida to acquire lands for Everglades restoration purposes.
- None of the funds made available under this Act may be used to promulgate or implement the Environmental Protection Agency proposed regulations published in the Federal Register on January 3, 2007 (72 Fed. Reg. 69).
- Section 337(a) of the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2005 (Public Law 108-447; 118 Stat. 3012) is amended by striking ``September 30, 2006´´ and inserting ``September 30, 2010´´.
- Section 330 of Public Law 106-291 concerning Service First authorities (114 Stat. 996), as amended by section 428 of Public Law 109-54 (119 Stat. 555-556), is further amended by striking ``2008´´ and inserting in lieu thereof ``2011´´.
- Section 422 of title IV of division F of Public Law 110-161 is amended by inserting after ``fiscal year 2007´´ the following: ``and subsequent fiscal years through fiscal year 2014´´.
- In addition to the amounts otherwise provided to the Environmental Protection Agency in this Act, $8,000,000, to remain available until expended, is provided to EPA to be transferred to the Department of the Navy for clean-up activities at the Treasure Island Naval Station—Hunters Point Annex.
- The boundaries of the Tongass National Forest in the State of Alaska are modified to include the approximately 1,043.38 acres of land acquired by the United States from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, which is more particularly described as lots 1-B and 1-C, Mt. Verstovia-Gavan Hill Subdivision of U.S. Survey No. 3858 and U.S. Survey No. 3849.
- Title V of the Forest Service Realignment and Enhancement Act, 2005, Public Law 109-54, 119 Stat. 559-563; 16 U.S.C. 580d note, is amended as follows:
- (1) In section 503, subsection (f) by striking ``2008´´ and inserting in lieu thereof ``2011´´ and;
- (2) In section 504—
- (A) in subsection (a)(3) by striking in whole, and inserting in lieu thereof ``Terms, conditions, and reservations.—The conveyance of an administrative site under this title shall be subject to such terms, conditions, and reservations as the Secretary determines to be necessary to protect the public interest´´;
- (B) in subsection (d)(1) by striking ``Subchapter I of chapter 5´´, and inserting in lieu thereof ``Chapter 5 of subtitle I´´; and
- (C) in subsection (d)(4)(B) by striking in whole, and inserting in lieu thereof ``determine whether to include terms, conditions, and reservations under subsection (a)(3); and´´.
Sec. 423. Lake Tahoe Basin Hazardous Fuel Reduction Projects.
- (a) Hereafter, subject to subsection (b), a proposal to authorize a hazardous fuel reduction project, not to exceed 5,000 acres, including no more than 1,500 acres of mechanical thinning, on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit may be categorically excluded from documentation in an environmental impact statement or an environmental assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) if the project:
- (1) is consistent with the Lake Tahoe Basin Multi-Jurisdictional Fuel Reduction and Wildfire Prevention Strategy published in December 2007 and any subsequent revisions to the Strategy;
- (2) is not conducted in any wilderness areas; and
- (3) does not involve any new permanent roads.
- (b) A proposal that is categorically excluded under this section shall be subject to—
- (1) the extraordinary circumstances procedures established by the Forest Service pursuant to section 1508.4 of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations; and
- (2) an opportunity for public input.
- Not later than June 30, 2009, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall reconsider, and confirm or reverse, the decision to deny the request of the State of California to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new motor vehicles.
Sec. 425. Toxics Release Inventory Reporting.
- Notwithstanding any other provision of law—
- (1) none of the funds made available by this or any other Act may, hereafter, be used to implement the final rule promulgated by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency entitled ``Toxics Release Inventory Burden Reduction Final Rule´´ (71 Fed. Reg. 76932); and
- (2) the final rule described in paragraph (1) shall have no force or effect. The affected regulatory text shall revert to what it was before the final rule described in paragraph (1) became effective, until any future action taken by the Administrator.
- Section 325 of Public Law 108-108 is amended by striking ``fiscal years 2004-2008´´ and inserting ``fiscal year 2009.´´
- The Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior shall execute an agreement that transfers management and oversight including transfer of function for the workforce, of the Centennial, Collbran, Columbia Basin, Fort Simcoe, Treasure Lake, and Weber Basin Job Corps Centers to the Forest Service. These Job Corps centers shall continue to be administered as described in section 147(c) of Public Law 105-220, Workforce Investment Act of 1998.
- Section 434 of division F of Public Law 110-161 is amended by striking paragraph (3) and inserting a new paragraph (3) as follows:
- (a) During the 60-day period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act—
- (1) the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce may withdraw or reissue the rule described in subsection (c)(1) without regard to any provision of statute or regulation that establishes a requirement for such withdrawal; and
- (2) the Secretary of the Interior may withdraw or reissue the rule referred to in subsection (c)(2) without regard to any provision of statute or regulation that establishes a requirement for such withdrawal.
- (b) If the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Commerce (or both) withdraws a rule under subsection (a), such Secretary shall implement the provisions of law under which the rule was issued in accordance with the regulations in effect under such provisions immediately before the effective date of such rule, except as otherwise provided by any Act or rule that takes effect after the effective date of the rule that is withdrawn.
- (c) The rules referred to in subsection (a) are the following:
- (1) The final rule relating to ``Interagency Cooperation under the Endangered Species Act´´, issued by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service and signed November 26, 2008, by the Assistant Secretary of Fish and Wildlife and Parks of the Department of the Interior and the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Regulatory Programs of the National Marine Fisheries Service.
- (2) The final rule relating to ``Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Special Rule for the Polar Bear´´, issued by the Assistant Secretary of Fish and Wildlife and Parks of the Department of the Interior on December 10, 2008.
- Within the amounts appropriated in this division, funding shall be allocated in the amounts specified for those projects and purposes delineated in the table titled ``Congressionally Directed Spending´´ included in the explanatory statement accompanying this Act (as described in section 4, in the matter preceding division A of this consolidated Act).