Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 110 Part 2.djvu/366

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110 STAT. 1321-219 PUBLIC LAW 104-134—APR. 26, 1996 made available by this Act may be used by the Solicitor of Labor to participate in a review in any United States court of appeals of any decision made by the Benefits Review Board under section 21 of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (33 U.S.C. 921) where such participation is precluded by the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs v. Newport News Shipbuilding, 115 S. Ct. 1278, (1995): Provided further, That no funds made available by this Act may be used by the Secretary of Labor after September 12, 1996, to review a decision under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (33 U.S.C. 901 et seq.) that has been appealed and that has been pending before the Benefits Review Board for more than 12 months, except as otherwise specified Effective date. herein: Provided further. That any such decision pending a review by the Benefits Review Board for more than one year shall, if not acted upon by the Board before September 12, 1996, be considered affirmed by the Benefits Review Board on that date, and shall be considered the final order of the Board for purposes of Effective date. obtaining a review in the United States courts of appeals: Provided further, that beginning on September 13, 1996, the Benefits Review Board shall make a decision on an appeal of a decision under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (33 U.S.C. 901 et seq.) not later than 1 year after the date the appeal to the Benefits Review Board was filed; however, if the Benefits Review Board fails to make a decision within the 1-year period, the decision under review shall be considered the final order of the Board for purposes of obtaining a review in the United States courts of appeals: Provided further that these provisions shall not be applicable to the review of any decision issued under the Black Lung Benefits Act (30 USC 901 et seq.). Beginning on September 13, 1996, in any appeal to the Benefits Review Board that has been pending for one year, the petitioner may elect to maintain the proceeding before the Benefits Review Board for a period of 60 days. Such election shall be filed with the Board no later than 30 days prior to the end of the oneyear period. If no decision is rendered during this 60-day period, the decision under review shall be considered affirmed by the Board on the last day of such period, and shall be considered the final order of the Board for purposes of obtaining a review in the United States courts of appeals. WORKING CAPITAL FUND The language under this heading in Public Law 85-67, as 29 USC 563. amended, is further amended by adding the following before the last period: ": Provided further. That within the Working Capital Fund, there is established an Investment in Reinvention Fund (IRF), which shall be available to invest in projects of the Department designed to produce measurable improvements in agency efficiency and significant taxpayer savings. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Labor may retain up to $3,900,000 of the unobligated balances in the Department's annual Salaries and Expenses accounts as of September 30, 1995, and transfer those amounts to the IRF to provide the initial capital for the IRF, to remain available until expended, to make loans to agencies of the Department for projects designed to enhance productivity and generate cost savings. Such loans shall be repaid to the IRF no later than September 30 of the fiscal year following the fiscal Effective date. 33 USC 921 note.