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[119 STAT. 1123]
[119 STAT. 1123]
PUBLIC LAW 109-000—MMMM. DD, 2005

PUBLIC LAW 109–58—AUG. 8, 2005

119 STAT. 1123

to Congress on the results of the study, including findings and any recommendations for preventing future supply shortages. SEC. 1802. STUDY OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS.


The Secretary shall contract with the National Academy of Sciences for a study, to be completed within 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, to examine whether the goals of energy efficiency standards are best served by measurement of energy consumed, and efficiency improvements, at the actual site of energy consumption, or through the full fuel cycle, beginning at the source of energy production. The Secretary shall submit the report to Congress.



(a) STUDY REQUIRED.—The Secretary, in consultation with the Commission, the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, the Administrator of General Services, and the Administrator of NTIA, shall conduct a study of the energy conservation implications of the widespread adoption of telecommuting by Federal employees in the United States. (b) REQUIRED SUBJECTS OF STUDY.—The study required by subsection (a) shall analyze the following subjects in relation to the energy saving potential of telecommuting by Federal employees: (1) Reductions of energy use and energy costs in commuting and regular office heating, cooling, and other operations. (2) Other energy reductions accomplished by telecommuting. (3) Existing regulatory barriers that hamper telecommuting, including barriers to broadband telecommunications services deployment. (4) Collateral benefits to the environment, family life, and other values. (c) REPORT REQUIRED.—The Secretary shall submit to the President and Congress a report on the study required by this section not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act. Such report shall include a description of the results of the analysis of each of the subjects described in subsection (b). (d) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section: (1) COMMISSION.—The term ‘‘Commission’’ means the Federal Communications Commission. (2) NTIA.—The term ‘‘NTIA’’ means the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce. (3) TELECOMMUTING.—The term ‘‘telecommuting’’ means the performance of work functions using communications technologies, thereby eliminating or substantially reducing the need to commute to and from traditional worksites. (4) FEDERAL EMPLOYEE.—The term ‘‘Federal employee’’ has the meaning provided the term ‘‘employee’’ by section 2105 of title 5, United States Code. SEC. 1804. LIHEAP REPORT.

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall transmit to Congress a report on how the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program could be used more effectively to prevent loss of

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