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Committee Reports

106th Congress (1999-2000)

House Report 106-1033

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MAKING OMNIBUS CONSOLIDATED AND EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001

67-191

2000
106TH CONGRESS 2D SESSION
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Report

106-1033

MAKING OMNIBUS CONSOLIDATED AND EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001

CONFERENCE REPORT

To accompany

H.R. 4577

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DECEMBER 15, 2000- Ordered to be printed

MAKING OMNIBUS CONSOLIDATED AND EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL

APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001

67-191

2000
106TH CONGRESS 2D SESSION
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Report

106-1033

MAKING OMNIBUS CONSOLIDATED AND EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001

CONFERENCE REPORT

To accompany

H.R. 4577

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DECEMBER 15, 2000- Ordered to be printed

106TH CONGRESS

Report

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

2d Session

106-1033
MAKING OMNIBUS CONSOLIDATED AND EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001

December 15, 2000- Ordered to be printed
Mr. YOUNG of Florida, from the committee of conference, submitted the following
CONFERENCE REPORT
[To accompany H.R. 4577]

The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 4577) `making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes', having met, after full and free conference, have agreed to recommend and do recommend to their respective Houses as follows:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate, and agree to the same with amendments, as follows:

In lieu of the matter stricken and inserted by said amendment, insert:

SECTION 1. (a) The provisions of the following bills of the 106th Congress are hereby enacted into law:

(b) In publishing this Act in slip form and in the United States Statutes at Large pursuant to section 112 of title 1, United States Code, the Archivist of the United States shall include after the date of approval at the end appendixes setting forth the texts of the bills referred to in subsection (a) of this section and the text of any other bill enacted into law by reference by reason of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 2. (a) Notwithstanding Rule 3 of the Budget Scorekeeping Guidelines set forth in the joint explanatory statement of the committee of conference accompanying Conference Report 105-217, legislation enacted in section 505 of the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001, section 312 of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2001, titles X and XI of H.R. 5548 (106th Congress) as enacted by H.R. 4942 (106th Congress), Division B of H.R. 5666 (106th Congress) as enacted by this Act, and sections 1(a)(5) through 1(a)(9) of this Act that would have been estimated by the Office of Management and Budget as changing direct spending or receipts under section 252 of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 were it included in an Act other than an appropriations Act shall be treated as direct spending or receipts legislation, as appropriate, under section 252 of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

(b) In preparing the final sequestration report required by section 254(f)(3) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 for fiscal year 2001, in addition to the information required by that section, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall change any balance of direct spending and receipts legislation for fiscal year 2001 under section 252 of that Act to zero.

This Act may be cited as the `Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2001'.

`An Act making consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes.'.


JOHN EDWARD PORTER,
C.W. BILL YOUNG,
HENRY BONILLA,
ERNEST J. ISTOOK, Jr.,
DAN MILLER,
JAY DICKEY,
ROGER F. WICKER,
ANNE M. NORTHUP,
RANDY `DUKE' CUNNINGHAM,
DAVID R. OBEY,
STENY H. HOYER,
NANCY PELOSI,
NITA M. LOWEY,
ROSA L. DELAURO,
JESSE L. JACKSON, Jr.
(Except elimination of LIHEAP and CCDBG advanced funding; immigration and charitable choice provisions.)

Managers on the Part of the House.
ARLEN SPECTER,
THAD COCHRAN,
SLADE GORTON,
JUDD GREGG,
KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON,
TED STEVENS,
PETE V. DOMENICI,
TOM HARKIN,
ERNEST F. HOLLINGS,
DANIEL K. INOUYE,
HARRY REID,
HERB KOHL,
PATTY MURRAY,
DIANNE FEINSTEIN,
ROBERT C. BYRD,

Managers on the Part of the Senate.

JOINT EXPLANATORY STATEMENT OF THE COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE

The managers on the part of the House and Senate at the conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 4577) making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, and for other purposes, submit the following joint statement of the House and Senate in explanation of the effect of the action agreed upon by the managers and recommended in the accompanying conference report.

This conference agreement includes more than the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001. The conference agreement has been expanded to including the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2001; the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001; the Miscellaneous Appropriations Act, 2001; the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000; the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of 2000; the Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000; the New Markets Venture Capital Program Act of 2000; and the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 2000; as well as the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001. The provisions of all of these Acts have been enacted into law by reference in this conference report; however, a copy of the referenced legislation has been included in this statement for convenience.

DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS

The conference agreement would enact the provisions of H.R. 5656 as introduced on December 14, 2000. The text of that bill follows:

A BILL Making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes, namely:

TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

COMMUNITY SERVICE EMPLOYMENT FOR OLDER AMERICANS

FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND ALLOWANCES

STATE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OPERATIONS

ADVANCES TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT TRUST FUND AND OTHER FUNDS

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION

PENSION AND WELFARE BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION

PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION FUND

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

SPECIAL BENEFITS

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

BLACK LUNG DISABILITY TRUST FUND

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

DEPARTMENTAL MANAGEMENT

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

GENERAL PROVISIONS

(TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

TITLE II--DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES

HEALTH EDUCATION ASSISTANCE LOANS PROGRAM

VACCINE INJURY COMPENSATION PROGRAM TRUST FUND

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

DISEASE CONTROL, RESEARCH, AND TRAINING

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE

NATIONAL HEART, LUNG, AND BLOOD INSTITUTE

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DENTAL AND CRANIOFACIAL RESEARCH

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DIABETES AND DIGESTIVE AND KIDNEY DISEASES

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS AND STROKE

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF GENERAL MEDICAL SCIENCES

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL EYE INSTITUTE

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ARTHRITIS AND MUSCULOSKELETAL AND SKIN DISEASES

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DEAFNESS AND OTHER COMMUNICATION DISORDERS

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NURSING RESEARCH

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH

NATIONAL HUMAN GENOME RESEARCH INSTITUTE

NATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH RESOURCES

JOHN E. FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE

NATIONAL CENTER FOR COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

NATIONAL CENTER ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES

For carrying out section 301 and title IV of the Public Health Service Act with respect to minority health and health disparities research, $130,200,000.

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY

HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY

HEALTH CARE FINANCING ADMINISTRATION

GRANTS TO STATES FOR MEDICAID

PAYMENTS TO HEALTH CARE TRUST FUNDS

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION LOAN AND LOAN GUARANTEE FUND

ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

PAYMENTS TO STATES FOR CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT AND FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAMS

LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE

REFUGEE AND ENTRANT ASSISTANCE

PAYMENTS TO STATES FOR THE CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT

SOCIAL SERVICES BLOCK GRANT

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SERVICES PROGRAMS

(INCLUDING RESCISSIONS)

PROMOTING SAFE AND STABLE FAMILIES

PAYMENTS TO STATES FOR FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION ASSISTANCE

ADMINISTRATION ON AGING

AGING SERVICES PROGRAMS

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

GENERAL DEPARTMENTAL MANAGEMENT

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

POLICY RESEARCH

RETIREMENT PAY AND MEDICAL BENEFITS FOR COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES EMERGENCY FUND

GENERAL PROVISIONS

(TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

TITLE III--DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

EDUCATION REFORM

EDUCATION FOR THE DISADVANTAGED

IMPACT AID

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS

READING EXCELLENCE

INDIAN EDUCATION

BILINGUAL AND IMMIGRANT EDUCATION

SPECIAL EDUCATION

REHABILITATION SERVICES AND DISABILITY RESEARCH

SPECIAL INSTITUTIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE FOR THE BLIND

NATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF

GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY

VOCATIONAL AND ADULT EDUCATION

STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

FEDERAL FAMILY EDUCATION LOAN PROGRAM ACCOUNT

HIGHER EDUCATION

HOWARD UNIVERSITY

COLLEGE HOUSING AND ACADEMIC FACILITIES LOANS PROGRAM

HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY CAPITAL FINANCING PROGRAM ACCOUNT

EDUCATION RESEARCH, STATISTICS, AND IMPROVEMENT

DEPARTMENTAL MANAGEMENT

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION

OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL

GENERAL PROVISIONS

(TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

`Subpart 1--Basic Charter School Grant Program';

`Subpart 2--Credit Enhancement Initiatives To Assist Charter School Facility Acquisition, Construction, and Renovation

`SEC. 10321. PURPOSE.

`SEC. 10322. GRANTS TO ELIGIBLE ENTITIES.

`SEC. 10323. APPLICATIONS.

`SEC. 10324. CHARTER SCHOOL OBJECTIVES.

`SEC. 10325. RESERVE ACCOUNT.

`SEC. 10326. LIMITATION ON ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS.

`SEC. 10327. AUDITS AND REPORTS.

`SEC. 10328. NO FULL FAITH AND CREDIT FOR GRANTEE OBLIGATIONS.

`SEC. 10329. RECOVERY OF FUNDS.

`SEC. 10330. DEFINITIONS.

`SEC. 10331. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

SEC. 323. (a) Section 8003(b)(2)(F) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7703(b)(2)(F)) is amended--

TITLE IV--RELATED AGENCIES

ARMED FORCES RETIREMENT HOME

CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

DOMESTIC VOLUNTEER SERVICE PROGRAMS, OPERATING EXPENSES

CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING

FEDERAL MEDIATION AND CONCILIATION SERVICE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

FEDERAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH REVIEW COMMISSION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES

OFFICE OF LIBRARY SERVICES: GRANTS AND ADMINISTRATION

MEDICARE PAYMENT ADVISORY COMMISSION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

NATIONAL COMMISSION ON LIBRARIES AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

NATIONAL COUNCIL ON DISABILITY

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

NATIONAL EDUCATION GOALS PANEL

NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH REVIEW COMMISSION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD

DUAL BENEFITS PAYMENTS ACCOUNT

FEDERAL PAYMENTS TO THE RAILROAD RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS

LIMITATION ON ADMINISTRATION

LIMITATION ON THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

PAYMENTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUNDS

SPECIAL BENEFITS FOR DISABLED COAL MINERS

SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME PROGRAM

LIMITATION ON ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE

OPERATING EXPENSES

TITLE V--GENERAL PROVISIONS

`HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS

SEC. 4. LABELING OF CONDOMS.

The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall reexamine existing condom labels that are authorized pursuant to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to determine whether the labels are medically accurate regarding the overall effectiveness or lack of effectiveness of condoms in preventing sexually transmitted diseases, including HPV.

`SEC. 810A. OPTIONAL FEDERAL ADMINISTRATION OF STATE RECOGNITION PAYMENTS.

`Sec. 810A. Optional federal administration of State recognition payments.'.

TITLE VI--ASSETS FOR INDEPENDENCE

SECTION 601. SHORT TITLE.

SEC. 602. MATCHING CONTRIBUTIONS UNAVAILABLE FOR EMERGENCY WITHDRAWALS.

SEC. 603. ADDITIONAL QUALIFIED ENTITIES.

`(aa) a credit union designated as a low-income credit union by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA); or

`(bb) an organization designated as a community development financial institution by the Secretary of the Treasury (or the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund); and

SEC. 604. HOME PURCHASE COSTS.

SEC. 605. INCREASED SET-ASIDE FOR ECONOMIC LITERACY TRAINING AND ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS.

SEC. 606. ALTERNATIVE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA.

SEC. 607. REVISED ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT DEADLINE.

SEC. 608. REVISED INTERIM EVALUATION REPORT DEADLINE.

SEC. 609. INCREASED APPROPRIATIONS FOR EVALUATION EXPENSES.

SEC. 610. NO REDUCTION IN BENEFITS.

`SEC. 415. NO REDUCTION IN BENEFITS.

TITLE VII--PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR PROGRESS ACT

`PART L--PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR PROGRESS

`SEC. 10999A. SHORT TITLE.

`SEC. 10999B. PURPOSE.

`SEC. 10999C. FINDINGS.

`SEC. 10999D. PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.

`SEC. 10999E. APPLICATIONS; PROGRAM ELEMENTS.

`SEC. 10999F. PROPORTIONALITY.

`SEC. 10999G. PRIVATE SCHOOL STUDENTS AND HOME-SCHOOLED STUDENTS.

`SEC. 10999H. REPORT REQUIRED FOR CONTINUED FUNDING.

`SEC. 10999I. REPORT TO CONGRESS.

`SEC. 10999J. ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS.

`SEC. 10999K. FEDERAL SHARE; SUPPLEMENT NOT SUPPLANT.

`SEC. 10999L. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

TITLE VIII--EARLY LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

SEC. 801. SHORT TITLE; FINDINGS.

SEC. 802. PURPOSES.

SEC. 803. DEFINITIONS.

SEC. 804. PROHIBITIONS.

SEC. 805. AUTHORIZATION AND APPROPRIATION OF FUNDS.

SEC. 806. COORDINATION OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS.

SEC. 807. PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.

SEC. 808. USES OF FUNDS.

SEC. 809. RESERVATIONS AND ALLOTMENTS.

SEC. 810. GRANT ADMINISTRATION.

SEC. 811. STATE REQUIREMENTS.

SEC. 812. LOCAL ALLOCATIONS.

SEC. 813. LOCAL APPLICATIONS.

SEC. 814. LOCAL ADMINISTRATION.

TITLE IX--RURAL EDUCATION ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM

SEC. 901. RURAL EDUCATION INITIATIVE.

`Subpart 2--Rural Education Initiative

`SEC. 10971. SHORT TITLE.

`SEC. 10972. PURPOSE.

`SEC. 10973. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

`SEC. 10974. FORMULA GRANT PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.

`SEC. 10975. COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.

`SEC. 10976. ACCOUNTABILITY.

`SEC. 10977. RATABLE REDUCTIONS IN CASE OF INSUFFICIENT APPROPRIATIONS.

`SEC. 10978. APPLICABILITY.

DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS

Following is explanatory language on H.R. 5656, as introduced on December 14, 2000.

The conferees on H.R. 4577 agree with the matter included in H.R. 5656 and enacted in this conference report by reference and the following description. This bill was developed through negotiations by the conferees on the differences in H.R. 4577. References in the following description to the `conference agreement' mean the matter included in the introduced bill enacted by this conference report. References to the House bill mean the House passed H.R. 4577. References to the Senate bill or to the Senate amendment mean the Senate passed version of H.R. 4577.

In implementing this agreement, the Departments and agencies should comply with the language and instructions set forth in House Report 106-645 and Senate Report 106-293.

In the case where the language and instructions specifically address the allocation of funds, the Departments and agencies are to follow the funding levels specified in the Congressional budget justifications accompanying the fiscal year 2001 budget or the underlying authorizing statute and should give full consideration to all items, including items allocating specific funding included in the House and Senate reports. With respect to the provisions in the House and Senate reports that specifically allocate funds each has been reviewed and those that are jointly concurred in have been included in this joint statement.

The conferees specifically endorse the provisions of the House Report 105-205 directing `* * * the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and the Social Security Administration and the Railroad Retirement Board to submit operating plans with respect to discretionary appropriations to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations. These plans, which are to be submitted within 30 days of the final passage of the bill, must be signed by the respective Departmental Secretaries, the Social Security Commissioner and the Chairman of the Railroad Retirement Board.'

The conferees expect the Departments and agencies covered by this directive to meet with the House and Senate Committees as soon as possible after enactment of the bill to develop a methodology to assure adequate and timely information on the allocation of funds within accounts within this conference report while minimizing the need for unnecessary and duplicative submissions.

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001, put in place by this bill, incorporates the following agreements of the managers:

TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

The conference agreement includes $5,670,805,000 for training and employment services instead of $5,015,495,000 as proposed by the House and $5,453,141,000 as proposed by the Senate. Of the amount appropriated, $2,463,000,000 is an advance appropriation for fiscal year 2002. The conference agreement includes $1,400,000,000, which is the House level for Job Corps, but eliminates the October 1, 2000 availability of funds for hiring Business and Community Liaisons. The conference agreement includes $15,000,000 for this purpose, but the funds are made available on July 1, 2001, the normal funding cycle for Job Corps operations.

The conference agreement includes $586,487 made available for Job Corps operating expenses to be paid to the city of Vergennes, Vermont in settlement of the city's claim.

The conference agreement includes $1,590,040,000 for the Dislocated Worker program, as a step toward providing all dislocated workers who want and need assistance the resources to train for or find new jobs.

The conference agreement includes $1,102,965,000 for Youth Activities. This increase will allow local communities to address the reduction in the number of youth served in this year's summer jobs program resulting from a shift to comprehensive services, to establish new local youth councils, and to implement other reforms to youth training activities and services, all required under the Workforce Investment Act.

At the time the conferees acted on this bill, an increase in the minimum wage had not yet been enacted by Congress. If Congress enacts an increase in the minimum wage prior to the beginning of program year 2001, which begins April 1, 2001 for the youth activities grants, the conferees expect the Administration to submit a supplemental request for the 2001 youth program as part of its fiscal year 2002 budget request. The conferees intend that the number of program participants to be served will not be decreased as a result of any minimum wage increase.

The conference agreement includes $275,000,000 to expand to more communities the Youth Opportunity Grants aimed at increasing the long-term employment of youth who live in empowerment zones, enterprise communities, and other high-poverty areas.

The conference agreement includes $55,000,000 for the Responsible Reintegration for Young Offenders initiative to address youth offender issues. This new initiative involving DOL, HHS, and DOJ, will build on work begun earlier.

The conference agreement includes language authorizing the use of funds under the dislocated workers program for projects that provide assistance to new entrants in the workforce and incumbent workers as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement also includes language to waive a 10 percent limitation in the Workforce Investment Act with respect to the use of discretionary funds to carry out demonstration and pilot projects, multi-service projects and multi-state projects with regard to dislocated workers and to waive certain other provisions in that Act. The language is similar to that in the Senate bill. The House bill contained no similar provisions.

The conference agreement includes a citation to the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations Act as proposed by the House. The Senate bill did not cite this Act.

The conferees direct the Department, within the funds appropriated for fiscal year 2000 for National Emergency Grants within the Dislocated Worker program, to respond to an anticipated request by the State of Wisconsin for emergency funds to address layoffs in the community of Wisconsin Rapids.

The conferees direct the Department, within the funds appropriated for FY 2000 for National Emergency Grants within the Dislocated Worker program, to provide in response to an anticipated request by the State of North Carolina for $175,000 in emergency funds to address major layoffs in the community of Gaston County.

With respect to the projects listed below for both the Dislocated Worker program and the Pilots and Demonstrations authority, the conferees acknowledge changes under the Workforce Investment Act to develop and implement techniques and approaches, and demonstrate the effectiveness of specialized methods of addressing the employment and training needs of individuals. The conferees encourage the Department to ensure that these projects are coordinated with local Workforce Investment Boards. The conferees also encourage the Department of Labor to ensure that project performance is adequately documented and evaluated. The conference agreement includes the following amounts for the following projects and activities:

Dislocated workers

--$600,000 to develop and implement technology training through the Resource Recovery Program--Campbellsville University, TN;

--$500,000 for Workforce Development project to retrain older incumbent workers for Montana workforce--Montana State University, Billings;

--$1,600,000 to the Montana Tech Foundation for the Northwest Regional Miner--Training and Research Facility--Butte, Montana;

--$800,000 for the River Valley Machine Tool Technology program to retrain displaced workers--Central Maine Technical College;

--$1,400,000 for Coastal Enterprises Inc.'s New Enterprise Initiative Fund (NEIF) to provide training for dislocated workers to transition into new jobs--Maine;

--$650,000 for the Iowa Training Opportunities Program;

--$927,000 for the JobLinks Program;

--$50,000 for Clemson University to retrain tobacco farmers;

--$185,000 for the Hawaii Department of Labor/Kauai Cooperative Extension;

--$464,000 for High Tech Training--Maui, Hawaii;

--$861,000 for the Clayton College and State University in Georgia for a virtual education and training project;

--$184,000 for the Adult Computer Skills Training Initiative (ACSTI) through the Education and Research Consortium of Western North Carolina, Inc.;

--$464,000 for the Bethel Native Corp- Alaska; and

--$500,000 for the University of Alaska/Ketchikan Shipyards training program for shipyard workers.

Pilots and demonstrations

--$1,275,000 for the Mott Community College Workforce Development Institute for Manufacturing Simulation--access to electronic library of technology, developed as part of DOL's America's Learning Exchange--Michigan;

--$1,000,000 for Jobs for America's Graduates, School-to-Work projects for at-risk young people;

--$500,000 to the University of Mississippi for Workforce training to support real time captioning initiatives for the hearing disabled--Oxford, Mississippi;

--$750,000 for Technology Tool Kit to train at-risk young people in occupations related to the use of automated identification technology--Mississippi Valley State University;

--$850,000 to train Northern Maine's workforce for employment in the metal trades--Northern Maine Technical College;

--$691,000 to the San Diego State University Foundation to implement innovative high-tech training programs;

--$900,000 for the South Dakota Intertribal Bison Cooperative;

--$700,000 for the Greater Columbus Ohio Chamber of Commerce Career Academies program--project to design and test programs in partnership with workforce development system;

--$250,000 for Job Corps of North Dakota for the Fellowship Executive Training Program;

--$276,000 to the City of Monrovia, CA to train youth in information technologies;

--$1,059,000 to the Californina State Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA to develop technology training programs;

--$921,000 to Precision Manufacturing Institute in Meadville, PA for training in the latest technology in the tooling and machine trades;

--$921,000 to Enterprise State Junior College in Enterprise, AL for technology training in the College's Center for Higher Technology;

--$369,000 to Employment Solutions in Lexington, KY;

--$855,000 to Florida Community College at Jacksonville for aircraft maintenance training at the Aviation/Aerospace Center of Excellence;

--$92,000 to the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development in Baltimore, MD for serving at-risk youth;

--$276,000 to Benedictine Programs and Services in Ridgely, MD for serving at-risk youth through the Industrial Training Center;

--$92,000 to Green Thumb, Inc. to conduct a program for low-income elders to develop entrepreneurial skills that utilize e-commerce and IT in Wadena, MN;

--$500,000 for Kirkwood Community College and ACT, Inc. for workforce skills development in Iowa;

--$500,000 for SMART Partner programs high-tech skills training through establishment of the Virtual Advanced Manufacturing Training Center--Des Moines Area Community College, Iowa;

--$1,036,000 to the National Institute for Metalworking Skills in Fairfax, VA to serve youth and adults in the area's metalworking industry;

--$464,000 for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society--Rural Computer Utilizaton Training;

--$464,000 for the Maui Economic Development Board--Rural Computer Training;

--$2,900,000 for the Remote Rural Hawaii Job Training project for low income youth and adults;

--$3,200,000 for Samoan/Asian Pacific Job Training--Hawaii;

--$4,000,000 for Training and Education Opportunities--University of Hawaii at Maui;

--$200,000 for the Vermont Information Technology Center model information technology training initiative--Champlain College, Burlington, VT;

--$750,000 for the Vermont Department of Employment and Training one-stop career resource centers;

--$1,900,000 for the North Country Career Center model education and training program--Newport, VT;

--$92,000 for the Westchester-Putnam Counties Consortium for Worker Education and Training, Inc. for apprenticeship and training programs to serve the NY construction industry;

--$485,000 for Waukesha, Wisconsin, workforce training for economically disadvantaged youth and adults at La Casa de Esperanza;

--$550,000 for the Dream Center to provide job and training skills for new labor market entrants or reentrants--LA, CA;

--$300,000 for VT Technical College--Technology Training Initiative;

--$880,000 for Focus:HOPE in Detroit for an Information Technologies Center that provides education and training programs to women and minorities;

--$691,000 to Campbellsville (KY) Industrial Authority for programs to upgrade the information technology skills in the KY community;

--$230,000 to Career Visions, Inc. in Louisville, KY to pilot computer-based assistive technology training;

--$276,000 for Career Resources, Inc. in Louisville, KY to develop a basic computer training program focusing on workplace applications;

--$461,000 to the University of Northern Iowa for a program to integrate immigrants and refugees into the workforce;

--$493,000 to the Greater Sacramento Urban League, CA for an Urban Achievement Program targeting training, employment and support for urban youth;

--$921,000 to Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, MS for development and implementation of a technology training program;

--$921,000 for Haymarket Center in Chicago, IL, to provide training services through the Family Enrichment Center;

--$921,000 to National Student Partnerships in Washington, DC;

--$92,000 to the International Agri-Center, in Tulare, CA for a E-Commerce training initiative;

--$650,000 for the UNLV Center for Workforce Development and Occupational Research;

--$100,000 for the Community Self-Empowerment & Employment Program (CSEEP) (PA)--comprehensive employment readiness, job development, job placement, and case management for area low-income residents--Pennsylvania;

--$500,000 for Philadelphia Revitalization and Education Program (PREP) to train minorities for careers in the building trades through its Diversity Apprenticeship Project (DAP)--Pennsylvania;

--$921,000 to Wrightco Technologies, Inc. for information technology training through a `Fast Track to the Future' program;

--$480,000 for hands-on manufacturing training at the Manufacturing and Applied Technology Training Center (MATC)--Central Oregon Community College;

--$100,000 for BASE, Inc. to provide occupational skills through its Youth Competency Development Program and training in the construction trades for low-income/minority women through partnership with Thaddeus Stevens State College of Technology--Lancaster, PA;

--$250,000 for Green Thumb, Inc- conduct program for low-income elders to develop computer skills--Pennsylvania;

--$500,000 for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, training of information technology workers;

--$300,000 for Lehigh University Job Training for hard to serve disadvantaged youth in manufacturing sector---PA;

--$638,000 for the Collegiate Consortium for Workforce & Economic Development, Philadelphia Naval Business Center--PA;

--$232,000 for the Yukon Kushokwim Health Corporation--Alaska;

--$300,000 for Koahnic Broadcasting--Alaska;

--$550,000 for Kawerak, Inc. Vocational Training for Alaska Natives--Nome, Alaska;

--$800,000 for Ilisagvik College--Barrow, Alaska;

--$927,000 for the Alaska Federation of Natives Foundation;

--$900,000 for Tlingit-Haida project--job training to unemployed natives in southeast Alaska;

--$2,300,000 for Alaska Works, Construction Job Training--Fairbanks, Alaska;

--$2,500,000 for the University of Alaska Fairbanks in consultation with Western Alaska regional Native non-profit corporations to conduct job training programs;

--$1,250,000 for the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and Bishop Museum in Hawaii;

--$921,000 for Transylvania Vocational Services, Inc. in Brevard, NC for training people with developmental disabilities;

--$184,000 for the More Opportunities for Viable Employment program through the Tulare (CA) County Office of Education, Services for Education and Employment Division;

--$276,000 to the South Metro Regional Leadership Center in University Park, IL;

--$2,037,000 to the Lawton & Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies in Tampa, FL for training paraprofessionals in the health-care field;

--$170,000 for Community Technology and Education Center at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens in California for a job training initiative;

--$43,000 to Signature Academy Inc., to further develop the Exodus to Excellence Youth Program;

--$850,000 for Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio for an out-of-school youth training project;

--$850,000 to Kingston-Newburgh Enterprise Community, Newburgh, New York, for a workforce development project;

--$213,000 to the Sullivan-Warwarsing Rural Economic Area Partnership, in Ferndale, New York for the planning and development of a manufacturing technology training center;

--$723,000 for Reading Berks Emergency Shelter, Reading, Pennsylvania to provide employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged individuals;

--$213,000 to the Melwood Horticultural Training Center, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, for workforce training for the disabled;

--$340,000 to the Safer Foundation, Chicago, Illinois for a workplace acclimation program for ex-offenders;

--$170,000 for South Suburban College, South Holland, Illinois to expand a bus mechanic workforce development program;

--$102,000 to the Dallas Urban League, Inc. in Dallas, Texas for the ACES program to provide literacy and job skills to disadvantaged youth and adults;

--$765,000 to The West Side Industrial Retention and Expansion Network (WIRE-Net), Cleveland, Ohio;

--$43,000 to Full Employment Council in partnership with the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO in Missouri for Project Prepare;

--$85,000 to Alderson-Broaddus College, College Hill, Philippi, West Virginia for a collaborative information technology training program;

--$595,000 for the Hiram G. Andrews Rehabilitation Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania to expand a job training program for people with disabilities;

--$590,000 for the Northwest Concentrated Employment Program in Ashland, Wisconsin, for an online skill matching initiative tied to the O*Net database;

--$510,000 to the Berkshire Applied Technology Council, Inc., Pittsfield, Massachusetts to expand training and develop distance learning;

--$1,275,000 to the San Francisco Department of Human Services, California, for its Community Jobs Initiative;

--$616,000 to the Charity Cultural Services Center, San Francisco, California, for job training;

--$468,000 for the Rebirth of Englewood Community Development Corporation in Chicago, Illinois for a job training initiative in partnership with the ITT Research Institute;

--$468,000 for the Northern Great Plains Initiative for Rural Development, Crookston, Minnesota, to provide education and training in technology support;

--$298,000 to Kent State University in Ohio for the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, for workplace development; and

--$425,000 to Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Providence, Rhode Island, for a job training program;

There is a shortage of trained closed captioners to enable the deaf and hard of hearing community to get news and other vital information from live television. In order to meet the requirements set forth by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, there is an urgent need for pilot programs to increase the availability of trained closed captioners. The conferees urge the Employment and Training Administration to invest in and support research and pilot programs, which would allow for an adequate number of captioners to be trained.

The conferees believe that the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs provides valuable technical assistance and training to grantees and has distinguished itself as a tremendous resource. Its Children in the Fields Campaign provides information, education, and technical assistance related to child labor in agriculture. The Campaign also provides other assistance related to employment, training (including pesticide and other worker safety training for children and adults). The Department is encouraged to continue the services that the Association provides in these areas.

The conferees urge the Employment & Training Administration to demonstrate programs that build upon identified best practices such as the Public/Private Venture's model workplace mentoring pilot program.

The conferees are concerned with the lack of mentoring and other support services available to the youth of incarcerated parents or legal guardians. The conferees urge the Employment and Training Administration to fund demonstration programs to meet the special needs of these youth. These activities should build upon identified best practices such as the U.S. Dream Academy's model which helps youths with parents or guardians involved in life cycles of incarceration and release. Its aim is to help these youths become good and productive citizens.

The fiscal year 2000 conference report (H. Rept. 106-479) included $1,000,000 for the Massachusetts Corporation for Business, Work and Learning for the International Shipbuilding Training Demonstration project. However, the reopening of the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy has been delayed. Workers dislocated from the closing of the shipyard still need job training; therefore, the Department is directed to use the $1,000,000 in the fiscal year 2000 appropriation to fund the Corporation for Business, Work and Learning for the Training of workers in the Quincy area for jobs within the Marine and Shipbuilding industries.

STATE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OPERATIONS

The conference agreement includes $3,365,698,000 for state unemployment insurance and employment service operations instead of $3,097,790,000 as proposed by the House and $3,249,430,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement includes $35,000,000 instead of the $25,000,000 proposed by the Senate for reemployment services grants to insure that unemployment insurance claimants will be able to get the customized re-employment services they need to speed their reentry to employment. The House provided no funding for this program.

The conference agreement includes $26,100,000 for the foreign labor certification program as proposed by the House instead of $25,600,000 as proposed by the Senate. For one-stop centers/labor market information, the agreement includes $150,000,000 instead of the $110,000,000 proposed by the Senate. The House provided no funding for this program. These funds will be used to support infrastructure upgrades at the State level for one-stop career center system operations, labor market information, and integrated services to employers and job seeker customers.

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION

The conference agreement includes $159,158,000 for program administration instead of $146,000,000 as proposed by the House and $156,158,000 as proposed by the Senate. The detailed table at the end of this joint statement reflects the activity distribution agreed upon. The conference agreement also includes funding for management and oversight of pilot and demonstration projects and additional administrative funding for backlog reduction in the alien labor certification program as listed in the Senate report.

PENSION AND WELFARE BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conference agreement includes $107,832,000 for the pension and welfare benefits administration, salaries and expenses instead of $98,934,000 as proposed by the House and $103,342,000 as proposed by the Senate. The increase will fully fund the request for expanded health and pension education and outreach efforts and enhanced pension enforcement.

PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION

The conference agreement includes $11,652,000 for the administrative expense limitation as proposed by the Senate instead of $11,148,000 as proposed by the House.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conference agreement includes $363,476,000 for the employment standards administration, salaries and expenses instead of $338,770,000 as proposed by the House and $352,764,000 as proposed by the Senate. This amount fully funds the request for ESA, including the Wage and Hour Division's request to expand its domestic child labor compliance and enforcement efforts; and the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance's activities to increase outreach, education, and technical assistance to federal contractors through industry partnerships on equal pay issues; and a customer communications initiative in the Office of Worker's Compensation.

On contracts for the provision of debt collection services, the Department of Labor shall continue to recognize the payment of commissions in the determination of McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) wage rates and shall continue to recognize such payments as an offset against an employer's SCA prevailing wage obligation. In addition, the Department is encouraged to consider the special circumstances for contingency fee-based debt collection contracts and the potential fluctuations in commissions, particularly for less experienced employees.

SPECIAL BENEFITS

The conference agreement includes bill language to allow the Secretary to use fair share collections to fund capital investment projects and special investments to strengthen compensation fund control and oversight. The amounts cited in the House and Senate bills have been modified to reflect updated estimates of fair share collections from the non-appropriated agencies, such as the Postal Service, for fiscal year 2001.

BLACK LUNG DISABILITY TRUST FUND

The conference agreement includes a definite annual appropriation of $975,343,000 for black lung benefit payments and interest payments on advances made to the Trust Fund as proposed by the House instead of an indefinite permanent appropriation as proposed by the Senate.

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conference agreement includes $425,983,000 for occupational safety and health administration, salaries and expenses as proposed by the Senate instead of $381,620,000 as proposed by the House. The conference agreement does not include language proposed by the Senate that would have earmarked $22,200,000 of the increase over the fiscal year 2000 appropriation for education, training, and consultation activities. The House bill contained no similar provision. The detailed table at the end of this joint statement reflects the conferees' agreed upon activity distribution.

MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conference agreement includes $246,747,000 for mine safety and health administration, salaries and expenses instead of $233,000,000 as proposed by the House and $244,747,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement includes $2,500,000 over the budget request for physical improvements at the National Mine Safety and Health Academy.

The conference agreement includes language proposed by the Senate that allows MSHA to retain and spend up to $1,000,000 in fees collected for the approval and certification of mine equipment and materials. The conference agreement also includes language establishing a $1,000,000 contingency fund for mine rescue and recovery activities. The House bill contained no similar provisions.

Concerns have been expressed about the possible ramifications of a rulemaking on the use of conveyor belts in underground coal mines, including concerns about the validity of the testing on which the rule is based. MSHA is urged to carefully examine the record and to conduct additional research that may be required to address any significant concerns that have been raised.

The conferees are extremely concerned by a recent catastrophe in Eastern Kentucky. Millions of gallons of slurry coal waste broke free from an impoundment causing considerable damage to the environment and disrupting water supply for citizens along the Big Sandy and Ohio Rivers. The conferees believe this event warrants a thorough examination of current coal waste disposal methods and an exploration of future dumping alternatives. Therefore, the conference agreement includes $2,000,000 for a contract with the National Academy of Sciences to examine engineering standards for coal waste impoundments, provide recommendations for improving impoundment structure stabilization, and evaluate potential alternatives for future coal waste disposal, including the benefits of each alternative. The Academy shall seek the participation of representatives of relevant federal, state, and private entities, to include MSHA, OSM, EPA, Corps of Engineers, State mining authorities, and mining companies. Findings of this study shall be conveyed to the Committees on Appropriations no later than October 15, 2001.

BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conference agreement includes $451,584,000 for Bureau of Labor Statistics, salaries and expenses instead of $440,000,000 as proposed by the House and $446,584,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement also includes the Senate provision making $10,000,000 available for obligation on a program year basis from July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2002. The House bill contained no similar provision. This funding level provides increases for improvements to existing economic measures, improvements in labor market information mandated by WIA, and a new time use survey.

DEPARTMENTAL MANAGEMENT

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conference agreement includes $380,839,000 for departmental management, salaries and expenses instead of $244,889,000 as proposed by the House and $337,964,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $148,150,000 for the Bureau of International Labor Affairs instead of $70,000,000 as proposed by the House and $115,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement also includes language proposed by the Senate to authorize the expenditure of funds for the management or operation of Departmental bilateral and multilateral foreign technical assistance through grants and contracts. The funds for bilateral assistance are made available through September 30, 2002. The House bill contained no similar provision. In total, the conference agreement includes $82,000,000 to assist developing countries with the elimination of child labor. Of this amount, $45,000,000 is for expansion of ILO's International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labor. In addition, $37,000,000 is provided for bilateral assistance to improve access to basic education in international areas with a high rate of abusive and exploitative child labor. These new bilateral initiatives should be developed in consultation and coordination with USAID to ensure these programs fit with the overall foreign operations policy of the Administration and are in compliance with the Foreign Assistance Act. The conference agreement includes $45,000,000 as proposed by the Senate to augment the capacity of Ministries of Labor to enforce labor standards, to develop social safety net programs, and to develop information on enforcement of labor laws around the world. The conference agreement includes $10,000,000 for the Global HIV-AIDS Workplace Initiative, and these funds are provided in the Department of Labor appropriation instead of the HHS Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees also include funding for the following activities:

The conferees note from the recent World AIDS Conference that many national economies continue to be profoundly and adversely affected by the HIV-AIDS pandemic. For example, employers in South Africa are now hiring two employees for every one skilled job. The gross domestic product in many countries in Africa and Asia is actually contracting because of a shrinking adult work force attributable to HIV-AIDS related deaths. At the same time, there is mounting evidence that workplace-based HIV-AIDS education and prevention programs can help prevent the spread of HIV, especially in high-risk occupations. Such programs can help stem employers' loss of skilled workers, reverse declining productivity, and provide mechanisms for caring for workers living with HIV and AIDS. Consequently, the conferees expect ILAB to assume a leading role in developing innovative business-trade union partnerships to improve HIV-AIDS prevention and to improve coordination among the Labor Department, Commerce Department, and USAID.

The conference agreement includes $23,002,000 and language establishing the Office of Disability Employment Policy in the Department of Labor as proposed by the Senate. The House bill continued funding for the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, but this activity is subsumed in the new Office of Disability Employment Policy.

The conference agreement includes $37,000,000 to establish a permanent, centralized information technology investment fund.

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING

The conference agreement includes $211,713,000 for veterans employment and training instead of $201,277,000 as proposed by the House and $206,713,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included in this amount is $17,500,000 for the homeless veterans program.

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

The conference agreement includes $54,785,000 for the office of inspector general as proposed by the Senate instead of $51,925,000 as proposed by the House.

GENERAL PROVISIONS

ERGONOMICS

The conference agreement does not include a provision included in both the House and Senate bills relating to regulations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration relating to ergonomic protection.

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR EXPENDITURE OF WELFARE TO WORK FUNDS

The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by the Senate extending the availability of Welfare to Work funding from three to five years. The House bill contained no similar provision.

H2A REGULATIONS

The conference agreement includes a modified version of the Senate provision prohibiting the implementation or enforcement of the pending H2A regulations, but allows for all activities related to the development of revised regulations. The conferees support the efforts by the Secretary of Labor and the Attorney General designed to streamline the H2A application process. The conferees expect the Department and the Immigration and Naturalization Service to work closely with the stakeholders to expeditiously address concerns raised by the growers so that the streamlined application process produces a more efficient new system.

DEADLINE FOR DETERMINATION ON HOUSING REQUIREMENTS FOR H2A WORKERS

The conference agreement includes a provision regarding housing inspections for H2A temporary agricultural laborers. This provision ensures that the deadline for housing inspections for H2A workers corresponds with the Secretary's thirty day statutory deadline for making H2A temporary agricultural labor certification decisions. The thirty day deadline may have been effectively nullified in some cases by the current regulations requiring that inspections on employer provided housing need not be completed until twenty days before the date the employer needs H2A workers. The provision requires housing inspections to be completed in time for the Secretary to make her certification decision in accordance with the thirty day statutory deadline.

ALIEN LABOR CERTIFICATION

The conference agreement includes a provision that authorizes the use of H1B fee revenue to process permanent labor certifications. This is needed because the recent legislation increasing the number of H1B visas authorized will result in a substantial increase in the volume of permanent labor certification applications. The Department of Labor has made significant progress over the past 18 months to reduce the backlog of applications for permanent labor certifications, and in expediting the labor condition application process for the H-1B program. In order to allow the Department to make further progress on timeliness of labor certifications without undermining the review process, the Department will be permitted to utilize a portion of fees generated by the H-1B program to support the administration of the permanent labor certification program.

ELIMINATION OF WELFARE TO WORK PERFORMANCE BONUSES

The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by the Senate to eliminate Welfare to Work performance bonuses. The House bill contained no similar provision.

TITLE II--DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES

The conference agreement includes $5,525,476,000 for health resources and services instead of $4,784,232,000 as proposed by the House and $4,677,424,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes bill language identifying $226,224,000 for the construction and renovation of health care and other facilities instead of $10,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The House bill contained no similar provision. These funds are to be used for the following projects: Northwestern University Life Sciences Building; ACCESS Community Health Network in Illinois; Northwestern Memorial Hospital; University of Chicago Core Genetics Research Facility; Condell Medical Center, Regional Center for Cardiac Health Services; Lake County Health Department; University Center of Lake County, Illinois; Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School; Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Texas Institute for Rehabilitation and Research; Massey Cancer Center of Virginia Commonwealth University; Aurelia Osborn Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, New York; Margaretville Memorial Hospital in Margaretville, New York; Martha's Village and Kitchen Medical Clinic in Indio, California; Hanson House at the Desert Regional Medical Center; Nutrition Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center; James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana; University of South Alabama Gulf Coast Cancer and Research Institute; North Baldwin Hospital Surgery Center in Bay Minette, Alabama; Monroe County Hospital in Monroesville, Alabama; Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, California; Medical Sciences Building at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio; Tinnitus Center for Tinnitus Retraining Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Alfred E. Mann Institute and Biomedical Engineering Center at the University of Southern California; Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California; Children's Hospital and Health Center in San Diego, California; Dental Education in Care of Disabled Clinic at the University of Washington; Alexander Hughes Community Center in Claremont, California; Biomedical Marine Research Facility at Harbor Branch; Kessler Rehabilitation Research Institute in West Orange, New Jersey; Child Health Institute of New Jersey; University of Nevada Las Vegas Biotechnology/Bioengineering Research Facility; McCready Health Services Foundation in Crisfield, Maryland; Center for Health Sciences at Dominican College in Rockland County, New York; Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas; Tricounty Health Center at Northern Illinois University; Aurora Primary Care Consortium; Turning Point Facility in Union County, North Carolina; Gila River Indian Community Diabetes Center in Arizona; Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Missouri at Columbia; Scripps Memorial East County Hospital in El Cajon, California; Marklund Children's Home; Misericordia Hearts of Mercy in Chicago, Illinois; University of Connecticut Health Center; Nassau County Health Care Corporation; Women's Health Center at Proctor Hospital in Peoria, Illinois; Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation; Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Feist-Weiller Cancer Center in Shreveport, Louisiana; Lewis County General Hospital in Lewis County, New York; Stetson University in Deland, Florida; National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine; Springdale Community Health Center in Springdale, Washington; Edgemoor Geriatric Hospital in San Diego County, California; Union Hospital Midwest Center for Rural Health in Terre Haute, Indiana; Bennett W. Smith Family Life Wellness Center in Buffalo, New York; Children's Hospital of Buffalo; Fresno Community Hospital and Medical Center Regional Ambulatory Care Facility in Fresno, California; Pediatric Oncology and the Batchelor Children's Research Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center; Valley Hospital Cancer and Ambulatory Care Center in Paramus, New Jersey; Functional Genomics Research Center at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida; Michael and Dianne Bienes Cancer Center at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Outpatient Surgery Facility at Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pennsylvania; University of Scranton Allied Health Laboratory; Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation in East St. Louis, Illinois; University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Maricopa Integrated Health Systems in Phoenix, Arizona; Albany Medical Center Breast Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Albany, New York; Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, New York; Mary McClellan Hospital in Cambridge, New York; North Central Texas Community Health Care Center in Wichita Falls, Texas; St. Joseph's Hospital New York Regional Hemodialysis and Cardiac Care Enhancement Center in Syracuse, New York; Stroud Regional Hospital in Stroud, Oklahoma; Will County Health Center in Illinois; Molecular Genetics Core for the Center for Excellence in Cardiovascular-Renal Research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center; Tallahatchie General Hospital and Extended Care Facility in Charleston, Mississippi; Operation PAR in Pinellas Park, Florida; Detroit Medical Center, Women's and Children's health facility; Detroit Medical Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan; Big Springs Medical Association in Missouri; Southeast Missouri Health Network; People's Health Center in St. Louis, Missouri; Denver Children's Hospital; National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver; Breast Cancer Center at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence, Rhode Island; Jackson Medical Mall, Mississippi Institute for Cancer Research; Conehatta Tribal Community Health Care Clinic; Sharkey/Issaquena Hospital, Rolling Fork, Mississippi; Jackson Laboratory Physiogenomics facility in Maine; St. Joseph's Hospital in Ohio; Huron Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio; Ohio Poison Control Collaborative; Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska; University of Utah's Huntsman Cancer Institute; University of North Carolina Genomics and Bioinformatics; Burlington Community Health Center, Burlington, Vermont; Red Logan Community Health Center; Vermont Cancer Center; Vermont Lung Association Asthma Clinic; University of Mississippi, Guyton Building Expansion; Haysi Medical Clinic in Virginia; Allegheny-Clarion Valley Community Health Center; University of Alabama-Birmingham, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Facility; Umatilla County Public Health Facility; Bioengineering Research Facility at Oregon Health Sciences University; Temple University Outpatient Facility; Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Thomas Jefferson University Cancer Research Facility; State of Alaska Public Health Laboratory in Anchorage; `Pathways Home' inpatient facility for the Southcentral Foundation; Montezuma Creek Health Care Center; Sorenson Multicultural Health Center; Midvale/West Jordan and Glendale, Utah Health Centers; St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana; Rocky Mountain Regional Trauma Center at Denver Health and Hospital Authority; Carriozo Health Clinic; Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital; El Pueblo Health Services; La Clinica de Familia in Chaparral, New Mexico; La Clinica de Familia in San Miguel, New Mexico; Las Clinical del Norte De Abiquiu; Logan Family Clinic in New Mexico; Montgomery Women's Health Services Clinic of Lea County; Mora Community Health Service; Ruidoso Sub-station Health Service; Sierra Vista Family Community Clinic; Tatum Health Clinic; Children's National Medical Center in Washington; Arkansas Children's Hospital; Biomedical Biotechnology Center at the University of Arkansas Medical School in Little Rock; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Center for Protein Structure and Function; University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Applied Biosciences Program; Kansas University Human Imaging Institute; North Philadelphia Health System; Children's Health Fund; Crozer-Keystone Health System in Delaware County; Family Care Health Center in St. Louis, Missouri; Cathedral Healthcare System; Chase Brexton Health Services, Inc.; Children's Hospital of Boston; Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Daviess County Community Health Center; Family Health Centers, Inc. of Orangeburg, South Carolina; Community Health facilities in southeast Iowa; Hillside Hospital in Long Island, New York; La Rabida Children's Hospital, Chicago; Marquette University School of Dentistry; Medical University of South Carolina Oncology Center; Molokai General Hospital; New York University School of Medicine; Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa; Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Joint Venture between the University of Massachusetts and Baystate Medical Center; Rio Arriba County Residential Treatment Facility; Rutland Regional Medical Center; Sea Island Comprehensive Health Care Corporation; St. Mary's Healthcare Promotion Center in Huntington, West Virginia; St. Mary's Women and Infants Center of Dorchester; the Neurosciences program at West Virginia University; Tufts University Center for Nutrition Research; University of South Carolina School of Public Health; University of Vermont College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care; University of Nevada, Las Vegas Cancer Center; University of Montana Center for Environmental Health Sciences; University of Florida Genetics Institute; Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey; Brandeis University National Center for the Study of Behavioral Genetics and Genomics; Marlborough Hospital in Marlborough, Massachusetts; West Virginia University Eastern Panhandle Clinical Campus in Martinsburg; St. Mary's Hospital for Children, Bayside, New York; Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington; Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County, Darlington, Wisconsin; Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals, Inc., Saginaw, Michigan; El Sereno Family Health Center, El Sereno, Los Angeles; Community College of Southern Nevada Medical Careers Center, North Las Vegas, Nevada; Columbia County Senior Services, Lake City, Florida; San Luis Obispo medical therapy unit, California; Greene County Health Care, Inc., Snow Hill, North Carolina; St. Clair County, Belleville, Illinois, senior center and wellness clinic; Sunshine House, New Haven, Connecticut; City of Culver City, California, senior health and social services center; Community Partners Healthnet Inc., Snow Hill, North Carolina; North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Hillside Hospital Campus, Glen Oaks, New York; Cooper Green Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama; Whitman-Walker Clinic, Inc., Washington, DC; Prince George's Hospital Center, Cheverly, Maryland; Roseland Community Hospital, Chicago, Illinois; Metropolitan Family Services, Chicago, Illinois, mental and public health facility; South Suburban Family Shelter Inc., Homewood, Illinois; Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois; Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, Lake Charles, Louisiana; West End Medical Centers, Atlanta, Georgia; New York Structural Biology Center, New York, New York; Memorial Freeport-Roosevelt Health Center, Roosevelt, New York; University of North Carolina at Wilmington School of Nursing, Wilmington, North Carolina; Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, Arverne, New York; Los Angeles Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; West Liberty State College Dental Hygiene Clinic, West Liberty, West Virginia; Grafton City Hospital, Grafton, West Virginia; New York University Downtown Hospital, New York City, New York; Saint Michael's Hospital, Stevens Point, Wisconsin; Holyoke Health Center, Holyoke, Massachusetts; Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York; Christopher Rural Health Planning Corporation, Christopher, Illinois; Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, El Paso, Texas; Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood, New Jersey; Plaza Community Center, Inc., Los Angeles, California, children's health and social services center; Fairview University Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Asian Human Services community health center, Chicago, Illinois; Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New York; University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas; Trinity Health Systems, Detroit, Michigan; Henderson County Rural Health Center in Oquawka, Illinois; and City of Summersville, West Virginia, senior health and social services facility.

The conferees are supportive of the efforts of the Academic Medicine Development Corporation to implement a strategic initiative for human genetics research in New York.

The conference agreement includes bill language identifying $253,932,000 for family planning instead of $238,932,000 as proposed by the House and $253,932,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees concur with Senate report language regarding the distribution of funds appropriated for Title X.

The conference agreement includes bill language to provide $30,000,000 for abstinence education in fiscal year 2002 as proposed by the House. The Senate bill contained no similar provision.

The conference agreement includes $1,168,700,000 for community health centers as proposed by the Senate instead of $1,100,000,000 as proposed by the House. Within the total provided, $6,250,000 is for native Hawaiian health programs.

The conferees recognize the long-standing commitment and expertise of the University of Hawaii in addressing the unique health care needs of the Pacific Basin region.

The conferees urge HRSA to give full and fair consideration to proposals to support expanded services to reach priority populations in under-served communities in Kane, Marion, Saline, and Will, Illinois counties on the southwest side of Chicago and in the AAPI community on the north side of Chicago.

The conference agreement includes $41,523,000 for the national health service corps, field placements instead of $39,823,000 as proposed by the House and $38,116,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $87,924,000 for national health service corps, recruitment instead of $81,524,000 as proposed by the House and $78,625,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the total provided, $4,000,000 is for State offices of rural health. The conferees recommend that national health service corps loan repayment awards continue to be made in areas of greatest need.

The conference agreement includes $638,048,000 for health professions instead of $410,987,000 as proposed by the House and $230,714,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the total provided, $235,000,000 is for children's graduate medical education. Also within the total provided for allied health special projects, $921,000 is for expansion of the Illinois Community College Board's program, in coordination with the Illinois Department of Human Services, to train and place welfare recipients in the allied health field using distance technology. The amount provided does not include funding to continue the demonstration project by the Utah area health education centers.

The conferees concur with House and Senate report language regarding priority consideration for health careers opportunities program (H-COP) grants to minority health professions institutions.

The conferees urge HRSA to give full and fair consideration to proposals to expand access to primary and dental care services for medically underserved populations located in the areas of St. Louis City, and the Missouri counties of Jefferson, Lafayette, Greene, and Douglas.

The conference agreement includes $18,016,000 for Hansen's disease services instead of $17,016,000 as proposed by both the House and the Senate. Within the total provided, $900,000 is for the Diabetes Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention program at the University of South Alabama.

The conference agreement includes $714,230,000 for the maternal and child health block grant instead of $709,130,000 as proposed by both the House and the Senate. The conference agreement includes bill language designating $113,728,000 of the funds provided for the block grant for special projects of regional and national significance (SPRANS) as proposed by the House. It is intended that $5,000,000 of the SPRANS amount will be used for the continuation of the traumatic brain injury State demonstration projects as authorized by title XII of the Public Health Service Act. The Senate bill contained no similar provision, instead it provided $5,000,000 as a separate line item in the table for traumatic brain injury. It is also intended that $5,000,000 of the SPRANS amount will be used for Columbia Hospital for Women Medical Center in Washington, DC to support community outreach programs for women and $100,000 will be used for the St. Joseph's Health Services of Rhode Island for the Providence Smiles dental program for low-income children.

The conferees are supportive of HRSA's efforts in preventing youth suicides. HRSA has made reducing the rate of youth suicide a priority for State MCH agencies, requiring States to address the crisis of suicide with their block grant funding.

The conference agreement includes $90,000,000 for healthy start as proposed by both the House and Senate. It is intended that these projects will be evaluated and those activities that are proven successful and can be replicated will be incorporated into the mission of the maternal and child health block grant program.

The conference agreement includes $8,000,000 for newborn and infant hearing screening as proposed by the House instead of $4,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $15,000,000 for organ transplantation as proposed by the Senate instead of $10,000,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement includes $22,000,000 for the bone marrow program as proposed by the House instead of $17,959,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees continue to be aware of the life saving success of the National Marrow Donor Program, which now includes more than 4,000,000 potential volunteer donors. The conferees recognize the continuing need to increase minority representation in the national registry and support expansion of the National Marrow Donor Program's cord blood bank initiative, which provides another major source of donors for patients, particularly minority patients, in need of a marrow or blood stem cell transplant.

The conference agreement includes $58,218,000 for rural health outreach grants instead of $30,867,000 as proposed by the House and $38,892,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees are supportive of HRSA providing heart defibrillators to rural areas.

The conferees include the following amounts for the following projects and activities in fiscal year 2001:

--$50,000 for the La Crosse Health Science Consortium for a demonstration to increase access to dental care in La Crosse county;

--$85,000 for the Tillamook County Health Department, Oregon, to expand primary and dental health services for underserved populations;

--$850,000 for AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth, and Families;

--$115,000 for the Anderson Valley Health Center, Inc., Boonville, California, to expand dental and health care services;

--$128,000 for the Partnership for the Children in San Luis Obispo County, California, for a low income dental clinic;

--$170,000 for Northern Counties Health Care, Inc., St. Johnsbury, Vermont for a rural outreach initiative;

--$213,000 for the Mercer County Health Department in Aledo, Illinois, to extend dental care services to rural underserved populations;

--$300,000 for Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Inc.;

--$359,000 for outreach activities of the Blue Ridge Community Health Service;

--$400,000 for the Kentucky Emergency Medical Services Academy;

--$450,000 for CAP Services in Stevens Point, Wisconsin to extend dental health services to underserved populations;

--$500,000 for St. Luke's Free Clinic in Hopkinsville, Kentucky;

--$500,000 for the Texas A&M HERO program;

--$500,000 for State and University of Alaska to train emergency medical personnel in rural areas;

--$500,000 for Inland Health Northwest;

--$425,000 for Campbellton-Graceville Hospital in Graceville, Florida, to expand clinical and preventive health care services to low income, rural populations;

--$550,000 for Langlade Memorial Hospital, Antigo, Wisconsin, for a four county dental health initiative;

--$700,000 for the Western Kentucky University mobile health screening program;

--$1,311,000 for outreach activities of the Lourdes Health Network in Pasco, Washington;

--$900,000 for Iowa Department of Public Health to develop and demonstrate the use of technology for public health nurses working in rural areas;

--$921,000 to continue and expand the development of the Center for Acadiana Genetics and Hereditary Health Care at Louisiana State University Medical Center;

--$800,000 for the University of Southern Mississippi Center for Sustainable Health Outreach;

--$1,106,000 for Carondelet Health Network of Arizona to improve the health status of multi-cultural and medically disenfranchised populations through increased community health access and comprehensive continuum of care;

--$1,200,000 for Southern Illinois University;

--$1,318,000 for Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina for a Center of Excellence for rural health;

--$1,800,000 for the University of Colorado School of Dentistry to conduct an oral health prevention and treatment program in Shannon, Jackson, Bennett, and Todd counties in South Dakota;

--$1,900,000 for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation's health care delivery system; and

--$2,300,000 for the Mississippi State University Rural Health Safety and Security Institute.

The conference agreement includes $13,439,000 for rural health research instead of $11,713,000 as proposed by the House and $5,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees include the following amounts for the following projects and activities in fiscal year 2001:

--$143,000 for the University of Pittsburgh Center for Rural Health Practice;

--$170,000 for Madison Community Health Center, Madison, Wisconsin, for a model preventive health program for hard to reach and at-risk populations;

--$250,000 for the multiple sclerosis disease state management program at the University of Mississippi Center for Pharmaceutical Marketing;

--$306,000 for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso and the University of Texas at El Paso for joint research on health problems of migrant workers;

--$400,000 for the McLaughlin Research Institute cancer education program;

--$500,000 for the University of Alaska to develop a research and evaluation agenda for health care delivery;

--$840,000 for the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wisconsin, for scientific, ethical and citizen advisory groups and education programs in connection with the development of a personalized medicine program;

--$921,000 for the Virginia Center for Sustainable Health Outreach at James Madison University;

--$921,000 for Atlantic City Medical Center for prevention services and medical education activities;

--$1,275,000 for the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Grand Forks, North Dakota for a rural health program in preventive medicine and behavioral sciences; and

--$1,612,000 for the Carolina's Community Health Initiative for its community health assessment plan.

The conferees encourage the National Human Genome Research Institute and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to provide any necessary technical assistance to HRSA in supporting the Marshfield Clinic project.

The conference agreement includes $35,981,000 for telehealth instead of $25,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The House provided funding for this program within rural health research.

The conferees include the following amounts for the following projects and activities in fiscal year 2001:

--$14,000 for networking capabilities of the Cullman Area, Alabama, Mental Health Authority;

--$43,000 for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, California, for a telemedicine regional network;

--$85,000 for the New York Primary Care Health Foundation, Inc., Flushing, New York, for a telehealth initiative;

--$111,000 for Staten Island University Hospital to support a teleconferencing initiative to improve and strengthen linkages within campuses;

--$184,000 for the Union Hospital Telehealth Demonstration project in Terre Haute, Indiana;

--$300,000 for the University of Michigan Emergency Telemedicine Network;

--$350,000 for Molokai General Hospital to use the latest technology advances to provide health care in rural areas;

--$340,000 for Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester, Massachusetts for a telehealth initiative;

--$361,000 for the Center for Telehealth and Distance Education at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas for a telehealth initiative;

--$430,000 for Daemen College in Amherst, New York to continue a project to provide distance learning/medical linkages to rural counties in Western New York State;

--$500,000 for a telehealth project at Magee-Women's Hospital;

--$500,000 for the Susquehanna Health Systems telemedicine project;

--$468,000 for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine telemedicine and rural health initiative project;

--$489,000 for the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium, Inc., Wisconsin for a telehealth initiative;

--$750,000 for a joint New Mexico-Hawaii Telehealth Outreach for Unified Community Health;

--$638,000 for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, Washington;

--$737,000 for the Community Hospital Telehealth Consortium in Louisiana for continued development of a regional telehealth network;

--$783,000 for the Memorial Telehealth Network in Springfield, Illinois;

--$723,000 for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, California, for a telemedicine initiative;

--$737,000 for the Rural Telehealth and Community Education Network at Central Michigan University;

--$900,000 for the Southwest Alabama Rural Telehealth Network at the University of South Alabama;

--$850,000 for New York Presbyterian Hospital for a telehealth initiative;

--$850,000 for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Information Technology project;

--$1,000,000 for the University of Florida Human Brain Functional Imaging Technology project;

--$800,000 for the University of Nebraska telemedicine outreach program;

--$850,000 for the Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center in Wyoming, Minnesota telemedicine project;

--$1,020,000 for the Northern California Telemedicine Network, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Santa Rosa, California;

--$1,290,000 for a telemedicine program for downstate Illinois through the Southern Illinois University Medical School in Springfield, Illinois;

--$1,335,000 for the University of Nevada Las Vegas Telemedicine Network;

--$1,770,000 for the Idaho Telehealth Integrated Care Center to establish a comprehensive telehealth clinic to support care in rural and frontier areas;

--$1,843,000 for the Telehealth Deployment Research Testbed program;

--$1,800,000 for a project to link Rocky Mountain College and Deaconess Billings Clinic with telemedicine capabilities;

--$1,700,000 for the Saint Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana for its Telemedicine Model;

--$2,418,000 for the Northeast Ohio Outreach Network to expand health services to rural residents in northeastern Ohio; and

--$3,400,000 for the Alaska Federal Health Care Access Network.

The conference agreement includes $19,000,000 for emergency medical services for children as proposed by the House instead of $15,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $20,000,000 for poison control instead of $6,600,000 as proposed by the House and $26,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funds are provided to support activities authorized in the Poison Control Center Enhancement and Awareness Act.

The conference agreement includes $6,000,000 for black lung clinics as proposed by the Senate instead of $5,943,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement includes $3,000,000 for trauma care as proposed by the Senate. The House bill contained no similar provision.

The conference agreement includes a total of $1,807,700,000 for Ryan White programs instead of $1,725,000,000 as proposed by the House and $1,650,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included in this amount is $604,200,000 for emergency assistance, $911,000,000 for comprehensive care, $185,900,000 for early intervention, $65,000,000 for pediatric HIV/AIDS, $10,000,000 for dental services, and $31,600,000 for education and training centers.

The conference agreement includes bill language identifying $589,000,000 for the Ryan White Title II State AIDS drug assistance programs instead of $554,000,000 as proposed by the House and $538,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees concur with Senate report language regarding the Institute of Medicine study to evaluate the effectiveness of the current role and structure of the Ryan White CARE Act and the efforts to create a national consumer and provider education center within pediatric HIV/AIDS.

The conference agreement includes $109,200,000 for Ryan White AIDS activities that are targeted to address the trend of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in communities of color, based on the most recent estimated living AIDS cases, HIV infections and AIDS mortality among ethnic and racial minorities as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These funds are allocated as follows:

Within Ryan White Title I, the agreement provides $34,000,000 to the competitive supplemental allocation targeted to minority community based organizations, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and directs that these funds be allocated through the established planning council processes of eligible metropolitan areas. These funds are designed to reduce the HIV related health disparities and improve the health outcomes for HIV infected African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. These funds are expected to expand medical and supportive service capacity in communities of color, and expand peer treatment education that is both culturally and linguistically appropriate to individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

Within Ryan White Title II, the agreement provides $7,000,000 for State HIV care grants to support educational and outreach grants to minority community-based organizations to increase the number of minorities participating in the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). The continuing under representation of African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in state run ADAP contributes to their persistently poor health outcomes in comparison to other communities.

Within Ryan White Title III, the agreement provides $44,400,000 for planning grants, early intervention service (EIS) grants to minority community-based health care and service providers with a history of service provision to communities of color. Funds should also be made available to national, regional and local organizations representing people of color to provide technical assistance collaborations, and linkages designed to strengthen HIV/AIDS systems of care. Funds are intended to support the implementation of the plans developed by minority community based and health care organizations. The conferees expect that fiscal year 2001 increases to Title III should be directed primarily towards providing early intervention service grants to those organizations that received Title III planning grants in the previous fiscal year and enhancing the service capacity of existing minority EIS providers.

Within Ryan White Title IV, the agreement provides $15,700,000 to fund traditional minority community-based providers of services to minority children, youth and families to develop and implement culturally competent and linguistically appropriate research-based interventions that provide additional HIV/AIDS care, services and linkages. Funds are also intended to directly fund minority community based organizations and providers to expand or implement programs specifically designed to provide youth, adolescent, and young adult-focused HIV/AIDS care and services.

The agreement provides $7,700,000 to AIDS education and training centers. These funds are intended to increase training of community-based minority health care professionals in AIDS-related treatments, standards of care, guidelines for the use of antiretroviral and other effective clinical interventions, and treatment adherence for HIV/AIDS infected adults, adolescents and children, as developed by the U.S. Public Health Service. The training of minority providers is to be implemented through collaborations with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges. These efforts are designed to increase the treatment expertise and HIV knowledge of minority front-line providers serving individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Funds are also intended to support minority community based organizations to train minority providers to deliver culturally competent and language appropriate treatment education services.

The conferees intend that at least ninety percent of total title IV funding be provided to grantees. The conferees expect the agency to use the funding increases for title IV, with the exception of any increases provided through the CBC/Minority AIDS Initiative, to provide, at a minimum, additional funds to existing grantees to reflect the increases in the costs of providing comprehensive care. The agency should use a significant portion of the remaining funds to expand comprehensive services for youth, both through existing and new grantees. The conferees believe that the agency should expand efforts to facilitate ongoing communication with grantees so that prospective changes in the administration of the program can be discussed.

From within the increase provided to pediatric AIDS demonstrations, the conferees encourage HRSA to target funds towards approved but unfunded applications from the previous fiscal year.

The conference agreement includes $140,000,000 for health care access for the uninsured instead of $25,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The House bill did not contain funding for this unauthorized program. Of this amount, $125,000,000 is included to provide grants to public, private, and non-profit health entities to develop and expand integrated systems of care and address service gaps within such integrated systems with a focus on primary care, mental health services and substance abuse services. The program will supplement existing categorical safety net programs to assist communities in better harnessing their current capabilities and resources. The national health care safety net is under enormous strain and the demand for this initiative large.

The remaining $15,000,000 is to continue the initiative that was begun in fiscal year 2000 to help states identify the characteristics of the uninsured within the state and approaches for providing all uninsured with health coverage through an expanded state, Federal and private partnership. States have shown great interest in committing to the initiative and a second year of funding will produce a more comprehensive set of designs for providing insurance coverage for the uninsured. Sufficient funds are included to support up to ten new state grants, provide technical assistance to grantees and, if necessary, provide limited supplemental funding to states funded in fiscal year 2000 to complete their work. The Secretary is requested to submit a final report on state findings no later than December 1, 2001. The report should provide state by state summaries on baseline information, the process by which the state developed recommendations, including a description of data collection and partnerships, characteristics of the uninsured within the state, the proposed approaches for providing all uninsured with health coverage, and the estimated public and private cost of providing coverage. The report should also highlight and summarize common findings, policy development efforts and approaches identified by the states.

The conference agreement includes $9,900,000 for an adoption awareness program as authorized in the Child Health Act of 2000.

The conference agreement includes $10,000,000 for authorized health-related activities of the Denali Commission.

The conference agreement includes $139,246,000 for program management instead of $128,123,000 as proposed by the House and $135,766,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees include the following amounts for the following projects and activities in fiscal year 2001:

--$230,000 for the Illinois Poison Center;

--$250,000 for the University of Alaska to establish an INPSYCH Center to train Alaska natives as psychologists to practice in Alaska villages;

--$500,000 for the University of Alaska, Anchorage to recruit and train nurses;

--$700,000 to support the efforts of the American Federation for Negro Affairs Education and Research Fund of Philadelphia;

--$900,000 for Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts to train doctors to serve low-income communities; and

--$900,000 for Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center for development of a model program for training and education in the field of geriatrics.

The Child Health Act of 2000 authorizes oral health activities intended to improve the oral health of children under six years of age who are eligible for services provided under a Federal health program. These activities should increase the utilization of dental services by such children and decrease the incidence of early childhood and baby bottle tooth decay. The conferees are supportive of these efforts.

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

DISEASE CONTROL, RESEARCH, AND TRAINING

The conference agreement includes $3,868,027,000 for disease control, research, and training instead of $3,386,369,000 as proposed by the House and $3,251,996,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $175,000,000 for equipment, construction, and renovation of facilities as proposed by the Senate instead of $145,000,000 as proposed by the House. The conference agreement includes bill language to allow CDC to enter into a single contract or related contracts for the full scope of development and construction of facilities as proposed by the Senate. The House bill provided this authority only for laboratory building 18.

The conference agreement includes a total of $97,354,000 for the National Center for Health Statistics instead of $86,759,000 as proposed by the House and $105,110,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement also includes bill language designating $71,690,000 of the total to be available to the Center under the Public Health Service Act one percent evaluation set-aside as proposed by the House instead of $91,129,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes bill language to allow funds recouped from fiscal years 2000 and 2001 obligations for the influenza vaccine stockpile to be used in fiscal year 2001 for childhood vaccine purchase.

The conference agreement does not include language proposed by the Senate to allow funds made available for section 317A of the Public Health Service Act to be used at Early Head Start program sites. The House bill contained no similar provision.

The conference agreement consolidates the salaries and expenses of CDC into a single account. Salaries and expenses activities encompass all non-extramural activities with the exception of program support services, centrally managed services, and buildings and facilities. The agency may allocate administrative funds for extramural program activities according to its judgment. Funds should be apportioned and allocated consistent with the table, and any changes in funding are subject to the normal notification procedures.

The conference agreement includes $175,969,000 for the prevention health services block grant instead of $175,964,000 as proposed by the House and $175,124,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the total provided, $44,225,000 is for rape prevention and education activities previously funded through the Crime Trust Fund.

The conference agreement includes $23,012,000 for prevention centers instead of $23,000,000 as proposed by the House and $14,080,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees include $700,000 for the Roger Williams Medical Center Healthlink program in Providence, Rhode Island to develop and implement a comprehensive health promotion initiative for senior retirees.

The conference agreement includes $529,461,000 for childhood immunization instead of $472,966,000 as proposed by the House and $499,005,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included in this amount is an increase of $42,487,000 for operation/infrastructure activities, $5,000,000 for global polio eradication activities, and $20,000,000 for vaccine purchase. The conferees intend that funds available for vaccine purchase are for all currently licensed and recommended vaccines. In addition, the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program funded through the Medicaid program is expected to provide $469,054,000 in vaccine purchases and distribution support in fiscal year 2001, for a total program level of $1,016,528,000.

The conferees recommend that CDC discontinue immunization incentive grants and that CDC award the $33,000,000 previously committed for this program as part of the entire operations funding to support State grantees cumulative core budgets. Incorporating incentive grants into States' base operations award would allow more States to receive a greater proportion of their core budget and help improve their overall immunization coverage levels. The conferees recommend that CDC use grant funding made available due to the completion of Congressionally-directed demonstration projects to ensure that all States receive at least the same level of operational funding received in fiscal year 2000, thereby holding them harmless during this funding shift from a formula based approach.

Funding for measles vaccine for supplemental measles immunization campaigns and epidemiological, laboratory, and programmatic/operational support to the World Health Organziation and its member countries is included in measles eradication funding not polio eradication funding as identified in the Senate report.

The conference agreement includes $767,246,000 for HIV/AIDS instead of $673,367,000 as proposed by the House and $640,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included in this amount is an additional $3,000,000 to maintain the current hematologic and blood safety program commitments and to expand support for the treatment centers network in carrying out initiatives to address the complications of hemophilia, including HIV/AIDS, blood safety surveillance and monitoring, and the needs of women with bleeding disorders.

The conferees recognize the devastating impact of the global AIDS epidemic upon individuals, families and communities in Africa and Asia and have included $104,527,000 for global HIV/AIDS activities at CDC, which shall be available until September 30, 2002. This amount is an increase of $69,527,000 over the fiscal year 2000 appropriation. With funding received in fiscal year 2000, CDC, in collaboration with USAID and other federal agencies, has begun to combat the AIDS epidemic in 14 of the hardest hit countries in Africa and in India. The conferees urge CDC to continue to work in collaboration with USAID and other departments such as the Department of Defense and the Department of Labor, and other DHHS agencies especially HRSA, as well as international agencies, non-governmental organizations and country governments to halt the spread of the epidemic and lessen its impact. In those countries where CDC already has a presence, CDC, in collaboration with USAID and HRSA, should assist in implementing country-wide care and prevention programs. This will include partnering with HRSA to develop health care services focused on mobilizing communities for the development of palliative care, basic treatment, and support services. In addition, CDC should begin to assist other areas at high risk for severe epidemics including other African countries, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean/Latin American region. Finally, CDC should support targeted anti-retroviral treatment demonstration projects in countries where sufficient care and treatment infrastructures exist. Within the total for international HIV/AIDS activities, the conferees provide $3,000,000 through CDC to support HRSA activities aimed at improving professional education and training relating to this initiative. The conferees have also included language to extend certain authorities of the Department of State to the Secretary of HHS so that CDC may use State's administrative systems for personnel, contracting and procurement, and for limited renovation or construction of essential program facilities.

As a preventive vaccine offers the world's best hope for turning the tide against the global AIDS pandemic, and since international collaborations are essential for this goal, the conferees encourage CDC to work collaboratively with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and other global organizations to accelerate the development and testing of promising vaccine candidates.

The conferees have provided additional funds to respond to the unmet needs identified through the community planning process. These funds are to augment the cooperative agreements between CDC and State and local health departments.

The conferees recommend that CDC allocate an increase to evaluate HIV prevention service delivery programs to improve funding decision-making and to implement more rapid effective transfer of technology to community based service delivery organizations and health departments. Approximately half of this amount should support evaluation activities to track service delivery by community based organizations, and utilize cost-effectiveness analysis in HIV prevention. The remaining funds would be used to expand technology transfer regarding HIV prevention through activities such as regional technical assistance, technology transfer, and training for the purpose of providing links between evidence-based HIV prevention science and public health departments, community planning groups, healthcare providers, and prevention science providers.

The conference agreement includes $88,000,000 to fund CDC activities that are designed to address the trend of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in communities of color, based on the most recent estimated living AIDS cases, HIV infections and AIDS mortality among ethnic and racial minorities as reported by the CDC. The program initiative includes funds for the 'Know Your Status' campaign. The conferees have included funds for the Directly Funded Minority Community Based Organization program to fund grant applications from minority organizations with a history of providing services to communities of color to develop and expand HIV prevention interventions and services targeted to highly impacted minority men, women, youth and sub-populations. Funds are also included to create grants under the CDC Community Development Program to support needs assessments and enhance community planning processes to integrate HIV, STD, TB, substance abuse prevention and treatment, care and community development within communities of color. Funds are to be allocated for technical assistance programs for grantees under the Directly Funded Minority CBO program, for Faith-Based Initiative Programs including community based organizations interested in developing coalitions and partnerships with faith based institutions. Funds are also provided for CDC's HIV surveillance activities to better track the epidemic and target resources. These funds are to be allocated based on program priorities identified in the previous fiscal year as well as new priorities.

The conference agreement includes $126,528,000 for tuberculosis (TB) instead of $120,364,000 as proposed by the House and $113,413,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees intend that the increase over the President's request be used to reduce the number of foreign born TB cases contributing to the U.S. caseload, strengthen domestic TB control programs, and provide preventive therapy to individuals who have latent TB infection and are high-risk for developing active, infectious TB.

The conferees include $184,000 for Onondaga County, New York Health Department to establish a prospective tuberculosis control program for Central New York industries.

The conference agreement includes $148,256,000 for sexually transmitted diseases instead of $136,743,000 as proposed by the House and $135,978,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees provide $6,000,000 over fiscal year 2000 funding for chlamydia and $14,934,000 over fiscal year 2000 funding for syphilis. Except for the administrative contribution required by CDC, all of this increase for chlamydia must be spent on appropriate services to patients to prevent chlamydia infections using the existing partnership between STD and family planning. The conferees recognize that given the problem of re-infection and other factors, some of these funds may be utilized to provide screening and treatment to males as deemed appropriate by CDC.

The conference agreement includes $417,039,000 for chronic and environmental diseases instead of $317,374,000 as proposed by the House and $319,553,000 as proposed by the Senate. Programs within this account are funded (including salaries and expenses) at the following levels:

Environmental Disease Prevention:
Arctic populations $390,000
Asthma 27,906,362
Autism 6,734,000
Birth defects 17,608,000
Disabilities prevention 15,276,000
Environmental lab and health activities 46,593,117
Fetal alcohol syndrome 9,551,843
Folic Acid 2,500,000
Hanford Study 1,679,000
Limb Loss 3,352,000
Mild mental retardation 4,396,000
Newborn Hearing Screening 6,315,576
Pfisteria 9,081,000
Radiation 1,949,000
Spina bifida 2,155,000
Volcanic emissions 97,000
Subtotal, Environmental 155,583,898
Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion:
Arthritis and healthy aging 11,889,000
Behavior risk factor surveillance 1,918,000
Cancer registries 36,434,297
Cardiovascular diseases 35,038,825
Chronic fatigue syndrome 7,000,000
Colorectal cancer 8,901,345
Community health promotion 7,164,000
Comprehensive cancer control 3,096,000
Diabetes 58,344,038
Epilepsy 4,074,255
Iron overload 495,000
Nutrition/Physical activity 16,222,438
Oral health 8,460,000
Prevention of teen pregnancies 13,258,000
Prostate cancer 11,173,000
School health program 9,775,000
Skin cancer 1,647,000
Tobacco (smoking and health) 103,355,034
Women's health 1,500,000
Ovarian cancer 2,625,870
Subtotal, Chronic 342,371,102
Consolidated program administration -80,916,000
Total, Chronic & Environmental 417,039,000

Within the total provided for arthritis, the conferees urge CDC to continue research, surveillance, and health communication efforts, including the impact of lupus on women, within the framework of the National Arthritis Action Plan.

Within the total provided for cardiovascular diseases, the conferees expect CDC to enhance professional and public awareness outreach activities on pulmonary hypertension.

Within the total provided for nutrition/physical activity, the conferees expect CDC to address overweight, obesity, nutrition, and sedentary lifestyles by supporting state-based programs, by training health professionals to recognize the signs of obesity and recommend prevention activities, by educating the public concerning overweight or obesity through public education campaigns, and by developing strategies for use at worksites and in community health and other community settings.

Native American populations have a diabetes rate of four times the national average with Hispanics following a close second. The conferees urge CDC to fund pilot projects to examine nutrition and prevention protocols for these populations.

The conferees look forward to the completion of the evidence-based report being developed by CDC and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that will assess the elements of epilepsy treatment as they relate to clinical outcomes. CDC is expected to disseminate the findings of this report to people with epilepsy, health care professionals, and the general public. The Director should be prepared to provide the next steps required to implement an early intervention strategy including diagnosis, treatment, and referral recommendations at the fiscal year 2002 appropriations hearing.

The conferees are encouraged that CDC plans to convene a meeting to develop a national prostate cancer public health agenda. The conferees urge the agency to continue its work with voluntary public and professional organizations to develop and implement a national educational and outreach campaign with special attention to minority and under served populations. CDC should be prepared to report on its prostate cancer programs at the fiscal year 2002 appropriations hearing.

The conferees urge CDC to give full and fair consideration to a proposal to develop a diversified screening demonstration project with the Dean and Betty Gallo Prostate Cancer Center at the Cancer Center of New Jersey and the Men's Health Network designed to determine effective methods for encouraging men in the underserved population to participate in colorectal screening and screening for other high risk diseases.

The conferees urge CDC to provide additional support for Johns Hopkins University to develop the Center for Limb Loss Research.

The conferees include the following amounts for the following projects and activities in fiscal year 2001.

Within the total provided for asthma, $213,000 is for the Buffalo General Foundation, Buffalo, New York, for a study examining the impact of air pollution on asthma rates and respiratory illness and $921,000 is for Forum Health of Youngstown, Ohio for a pediatric/adolescent asthma school program.

Within the total provided for autism, $313,000 is for the Marshall University autism center in Huntington, West Virginia; $921,000 is for the New Jersey Epidemiologic Surveillance and Integration Center for Children with Autism; and $3,000,000 is for the Center of Excellence in Autism.

Within the total provided for birth defects, $147,000 is for the Birth Defects Monitoring and Prevention Center at the University of South Alabama and $461,000 is for the University of Louisville Craniofacial Birth Defects Research Center.

Within the total provided for cardiovascular diseases, $46,000 is for the Sisters of Charity Health Care System and Staten Island University Hospital's Heart Center; $500,000 for the Michael DeBakey Institute for Comparative Cardiovascular Science; $929,000 is for the Kettering Medical Center Healthy Hearts 2001 Initiative; and $4,500,000 is for The Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry to track and improve the delivery of care to patients with acute stroke. The conferees direct CDC to consult with the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health, the Brain Attack Coalition, and other professional organizations experienced in the treatment of stroke, in developing specific data points for collection as well as appropriate benchmarks for analyzing care. The conferees further direct CDC to include hospitals, universities, state and local health departments, and other appropriate partners to design and pilot test prototypes, that will measure the delivery of care to patients with acute stroke in order to provide real-time data and analysis to reduce death and disability from stroke and improve the quality of life for acute stroke survivors.

Within the total provided for colorectal cancer, $184,000 is for the Sisters of Charity Health Care System to ensure that patients have access to early detection of gastro-intestinal cancers.

Within the total provided for community health promotion, $553,000 is for the Baltimore City Health Department, Maryland, to establish a Center for Chronic Diseases and $900,000 is for the University of Texas, Dallas, for the Southwestern Medical Center, National Multiple Sclerosis Training Center.

Within the total provided for comprehensive cancer control, $425,000 is for Miami-Dade County, Florida for the Health Choice Network to administer the Jesse Trice Cancer Prevention Project; $921,000 is for an Appalachian cancer demonstration project at the East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine to address cancer care in the rural Appalachian region; $900,000 is for the University of Rhode Island Cancer Prevention Research Center to provide interactive interventions of at-risk populations; and $850,000 is for the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, for a comprehensive cancer control program to address minority and medically undeserved populations.

Within the total provided for diabetes, $230,000 for the Fresno Community Hospital and Medical Center to support a minority-focused diabetes outreach program; $213,000 is for the Diabetes-Endocrinology Center of Western New York in Buffalo for community education and outreach efforts to improve the early detection, prevention and control of diabetes; $276,000 is for a comprehensive diabetic research, education and treatment program at Louisiana State Health Sciences Center in Shreveport; $425,000 is for the University of Puerto Rico to support surveillance, prevention research and education programs at the center for diabetes in Puerto Rico; $1,000,000 is for the National Diabetes Prevention Center in Gallup, New Mexico to continue the prevention center for American Indians; and $1,843,000 is for the Center for Diabetes and Prevention Control at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to provide a national model of diabetes outreach, education, prevention and care.

Within the total provided for disabilities prevention, $3,000,000 is to establish a paralysis information and support center with the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation and to enhance efforts on the prevention of secondary complications to improve outcomes and the quality of life for people living with paralysis.

Within the total provided for environmental health activities, $213,000 is for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District to expand an assessment of human exposure to environmental contaminants near Kelly Air Force Base, Texas; $400,000 is for the establishment of a National Mass Fatalities Training Response Center, at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; $500,000 is for the State of Alaska's Department of Health and Social Services to study environmental contaminants; $850,000 for a joint United States/Vietnamese study on the effects of agent orange; $850,000 for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to support additional research on animal modeling of chronic human diseases such as cancer, fibrosis, hypertension, and other diseases; and $1,800,000 for the Center for Environmental Medicine and Toxicology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

Within the total provided for nutrition/physical activity, $250,000 is for the National Youth Fitness and Obesity Institute at the University of Northern Iowa; $298,000 is for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina, Institute for Health, Science and Society for the Children's Healthy Life Skills Initiative; and $461,000 is for the Grenada Lake Medical Center in Grenada, Mississippi to conduct a demonstration on physical fitness in rural areas.

Within the total provided for school health program, $140,000 is for Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois in collaboration with Loyola University of Chicago and the Cook County Board of Health to improve the delivery of on-site primary care, preventive care, and health outreach to low-income parents and students in the community.

Within the total provided for tobacco, $900,000 is for the University of Rhode Island Tobacco Cessation Program to compare media and policy interventions on smoking cessation and adoption of no smoking policies in the home.

The conference agreement includes $173,928,000 for breast and cervical cancer screening instead of $160,941,000 as proposed by the House and $167,016,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement includes bill language to allow the agency to expand the WISEWOMAN program to not more than 15 States as proposed by the Senate. The House bill allowed the agency to expand the program to not more than 10 States.

The conferees urge the CDC to give full and fair consideration to proposals from Access Community Health Network in Chicago for delivering breast and cervical cancer screening and follow-up services to minority women.

The conferees include the following amounts for the following projects and activities in fiscal year 2001:

--$92,000 to evaluate the high incidence of breast cancer in DuPage County, Illinois;

--$213,000 for Marin County, California to evaluate the high incidence of breast cancer in the San Francisco Bay Area;

--$1,671,000 for the Healthcare Association of New York State for a breast cancer demonstration project to develop an integrated model for the delivery of comprehensive breast cancer services in a coordinated setting.

The conference agreement includes $181,701,000 for infectious diseases instead of $111,622,000 as proposed by the House and $112,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the total provided, $25,000,000 is for the establishment of partnerships between CDC and academic institutions and State and local public health departments to carry out pilot programs for antimicrobial resistance detection, surveillance, education and prevention, and to conduct research on resistance mechanisms and new or more effective antimicrobial compounds.

The conferees commend CDC for its initiative to work with hospitals in identifying and responding to the risk of hospital-acquired infections and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in the pediatric population, including its successful development of the largest hospital-based infection control network in the country. The conferees encourage CDC to continue its effort to work with pediatric hospital networks to improve infection control efforts for children, particularly high-risk children.

Within the total provided, $25,000,000 is to continue planned activities and to expand efforts to control the West Nile virus, an increase of $20,000,000 above the President's request. The conferees direct CDC to ensure an equitable distribution of these funds based on the impact of the West Nile virus in particular states and localities during calendar year 2000. The criteria should include: the date of first positive findings, intensity of wildlife transmission, occurrence of human illness, geographic extent of positive findings, laboratory testing/activities, and employment of control measures, including spraying.

Also within the total provided is $34,577,000 for NEDSS/EID and an increase of $4,000,000 for malaria programs.

The conferees urge CDC to give full and fair consideration to a proposal by Advance Paradigm to demonstrate the role of provider utilization of information technology to improve patient safety through management of polypharmacy outcomes.

The conferees include the following amounts for the following projects and activities in fiscal year 2001:

--$149,000 for Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio for prion disease surveillance;

--$250,000 for the Institute for Clinical Evaluation for the reduction of medical errors through the development and demonstration of virtual reality medical technology simulation for training health care workers in medical procedures;

--$300,000 for the Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vermont for a demonstration to reduce medical errors;

--$500,000 for the Iowa Department of Public Health for a demonstration to identify and develop strategies to reduce adverse medical events;

--$961,000 for the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, Tyler Border Infectious Disease Monitoring Program;

--$921,000 for the Emerging Infectious Diseases Center at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque to develop a network-based surveillance system; and

--$1,843,000 to develop a comprehensive, statewide electronic public health reporting system in the State of Delaware.

The conference agreement includes $34,933,000 for lead poisoning prevention instead of $31,019,000 as proposed by the House and $30,978,000 as proposed by the Senate. CDC is encouraged to work with Early Head Start in developing a strategy identify and target resources for childhood lead poisoning prevention to high-risk populations.

The conference agreement includes $77,332,000 for injury control instead of $66,298,000 as proposed by the House and $69,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees have provided an additional $3,000,000 for CDC to strengthen its focus on violence by supporting initiatives directed at the prevention of physical and emotional injuries associated with child abuse and neglect. The conferees note that CDC convened a group of experts on child maltreatment to identify future directions for prevention. Increased funds are provided to begin to improve information on child maltreatment through mechanisms such as state-based surveillance, the development of uniform definitions, and survey information from victims and perpetrators. The conferees also support the evaluation and dissemination of effective interventions and urge CDC to develop and distribute an evaluation primer, a resource guide for evaluated child maltreatment interventions, and educational materials on child maltreatment prevention.

The conferees include $2,000,000 to support a joint effort by CDC and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to identify products that contribute to common injuries. The conferees understand that this effort includes collecting information from hospitals that currently offer 24-hour trauma service. The conferees agree that any research and/or study undertaken shall address all products contributing to injuries found in these areas and that all existing restrictions on CDC funding and the Consumer Product Safety Commission apply to all aspects of this effort.

CDC is urged to conduct evaluation research on sleepiness, sleep deprivation, and injury prevention associated with fatigue.

The conferees concur with Senate report language regarding the development of population-based injury reporting systems and recognize the efforts of the University of Maryland, College Park.

The conferees include the following amounts for the following projects and activities in fiscal year 2001:

--$92,000 for the Rebuild program at Inova Fairfax Hospital that will enable trauma system doctors and nurses to work effectively with the families of trauma victims;

--$200,000 for the National Children's Center of Rural Agricultural Health;

--$250,000 for the American Trauma Society for a trauma information and exchange program;

--$425,000 for the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, Washington, DC to improve child health through parental training and technical assistance in public housing sites and communities;

--$750,000 for an Alaska Injury Prevention Center of which $250,000 is for collaboration with the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and $500,000 is to develop a statewide childhood injury prevention program;

--$850,000 for the Kennedy Krieger National Center for Research on Behavior of Children and Youth, Baltimore, Maryland for a youth violence prevention project; and

--$921,000 for the Save A Life Foundation to expand the training of its basic life supporting first aid program.

The conference agreement includes $119,375,000 for the national occupational safety and health program instead of $86,346,000 as proposed by the House and $105,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees provide an increase over the request of $10,000,000 for the National Occupational Research Agenda, $9,000,000 for respirator research and personal protective technology, and $1,000,000 for Education and Resource Centers.

The conferees urge NIOSH to be supportive of developing a Pacific basin focus at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

The conferees include $723,000 for Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, to support the Construction Safety Alliance for a national program in construction safety and health.

The conference agreement includes $174,851,000 for epidemic services instead of $155,338,000 as proposed by the House and $30,254,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the total provided, $125,000,000 is for a National Campaign to Change Children's Health Behaviors as described in the House report, including promoting mental health. The campaign is designed to clearly communicate messages that will help kids develop habits that foster good health over a lifetime. The conferees expect the goals of the campaign will also address the growing problem of obesity in this country. By displacing the opportunity for young people to make bad choices during after-school and weekend hours (such as being physically inactive) with opportunities to engage in positive goal-directed activities (such as sports and other physical activity) the campaign will reduce the proportion of children and adolescents who are overweight and obese.

The conferees commend CDC's leadership role in landmine victim assistance programs and have provided an additional $5,000,000 to support expansion of the landmine survivor program as well as the partnership with the Landmine Survivors Network to further develop peer support networks that address the rehabilitative and socioeconomic needs of landmine victims in mine affected countries.

The agreement includes $14,000,000 for the safe motherhood initiative. The conferees urge CDC to further its efforts to prevent deaths and complications during pregnancy and reduce racial disparities, with special focus on complications related to a lack of access to prenatal care and community support.

The conferees include the following amounts for the following projects and activities in fiscal year 2001:

--$9,000 for the Cross Road Foundation for a pilot project to sponsor singles mother self-help groups to improve parenting skills;

--$37,000 for Victory Memorial Hospital in Brooklyn, New York to expand its prenatal program for uninsured, pregnant women;

--$100,000 for the Northern New Jersey Maternal Child Health Consortium;

--$184,000 for the Children's Hospital of Buffalo for activities related to intestinal motility disorders in infants;

--$500,000 for the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada for Maternal and Neonatal Intensive Care;

--$900,000 for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Resources, Inc., Missouri Bootheel Healthy Start project;

--$1,000,000 for the Prince George's County Health Department for Infant Mortality Prevention;

--$1,020,000 for Jackson State University, Office of Research and Development to establish an epidemiological research institute;

--$1,704,000 is for the University of Arizona, College of Public Health to continue comprehensive research and evaluation of the unique public health risks along the U.S.-Mexico border; and

--$3,001,000 for the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies Friendly Access program to improve the quality of perinatal health service delivery.

The conference agreement includes $13,593,000 for prevention research as proposed by the House instead of $13,386,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $35,009,000 for health disparities demonstrations instead of $32,184,000 as proposed by the House and $27,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $669,130,000 for program administration instead of $648,774,000 as proposed by the House and $626,228,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees do not include language proposed by the Senate to reduce administrative expenses of the CDC. The House bill contained no similar provision.

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE

The conference agreement includes $3,757,242,000 for the National Cancer Institute instead of $3,793,587,000 as proposed by the House and $3,804,084,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NCI is encouraged to take appropriate steps to take full advantage of scientific opportunities that may be available from using genealogical databases to understand, diagnose, treat and prevent cancer and other diseases.

NATIONAL HEART, LUNG AND BLOOD INSTITUTE

The conference agreement includes $2,299,866,000 for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute instead of $2,321,320,000 as proposed by the House and $2,328,102,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees support research on the interaction of tuberculosis and AIDS conducted through the Institute's AIDS research program and encourage enhanced research in this area. The conferees also urge NHLBI to continue research and development efforts in the area of polynitroxylated hemoglobin, a blood cell substitute being developed to provide oxygen carrying capacity and adequate blood flow to the critically injured.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DENTAL AND CRANIOFACIAL RESEARCH

The conference agreement includes $306,448,000 for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research instead of $309,007,000 as proposed by the House and $309,923,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees are concerned about the exceptionally high rate of severe dental caries suffered by American Indian children and encourage NIDCR to support long-term research of the etiology and pathogenesis of dental caries in these populations. The conferees also encourage NIDCR to conduct research on effective ways to control severe caries in American Indian children through all available mechanisms, as appropriate, including clinical trials.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DIABETES AND DIGESTIVE AND KIDNEY DISEASES

The conference agreement includes $1,303,385,000 for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases instead of $1,315,530,000 as proposed by the House and $1,318,106,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees are concerned that the urology research effort is not addressing the large public health impact of urological diseases and conditions. NIDDK is strongly urged to enhance its research initiatives in urology.

The conferees encourage NIDDK to coordinate with the Office of Dietary Supplements on their findings from the chromium and diabetes nutrition conference held in November of 1999. The Institute is encouraged to enhance basic research grants to examine cellular glucose metabolism and the factors that influence that metabolism, especially the influence of chromium-containing compounds on glucose receptors.

The conferees encourage NIDDK to expand research efforts for treatments for mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS). The conferees recognize the recent progress in some areas of MPS research, however the persistent challenges in development of effective treatments remain. NIDDK is encouraged to work with other Institutes, especially NINDS and NICHD, to research effective therapies.

The conferees are concerned regarding reports that funding for two of the four recently established Interdisciplinary Research Centers have been significantly reduced. The conferees urge NIDDK, consistent with the PKD Strategic Plan, to fully fund the four Interdisciplinary Research Centers.

The conferees are pleased with the growth of the NIDDK research portfolio on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and the focus on IBD in several of the Institute's digestive diseases centers. Moreover, several new initiatives are planned, including efforts to create an IBD genetics consortium in followup to a meeting NIDDK held in March 2000 on the genetics of IBD. The conferees are hopeful that IBD will be one of the diseases to be studied in the soon-to-be-established NIDDK digestive diseases trial network. The conferees urge the Institute to foster research on genetic, environmental and other factors that offer promise of shedding light on the underlying causes of immunologic abnormalities and inflammatory mechanisms in IBD, and that may help point the way to more effective therapeutic and preventive strategies.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS AND STROKE

The conference agreement includes $1,176,482,000 for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke instead of $1,185,767,000 as proposed by the House and $1,189,425,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees are aware of the efforts of NINDS to identify the gene that causes Mucolipidosis Type IV (ML-4), a debilitating genetic metabolic disorder that prevents normal development in children. The conferees encourage NINDS to consider conducting workshops and expand research efforts in this area.

The conferees urge NINDS to enhance research activities on the development or adaptation of electrical stimulation devices to activate the reflexes of the paralyzed muscles that open the airway during breathing in cases of paralyzed vocal cords due to trauma or neurodegenerative disease.

The conferees encourage NINDS to continue their collaborative efforts with advocacy groups to develop treatments for Friedreich's ataxia.

Recent advances in Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) research have found that activation of the SMN2 gene may benefit treatment of SMA. The conferees urge NINDS to develop a SMA basic and clinical research portfolio through all available mechanisms, as appropriate, including clinical trials of drug compounds capable of activating SMN2 expression. The conferees also encourage the Institute to explore areas of promising research identified in the 2000 Families of SMA International Workshop.

Mitochondrial disorders comprise a panoply of progressive, neurodegenerative syndromes affecting multiple organ systems and causing mild to severe disabling neurological complications. At present there is no cure or therapies that are effective. It is recognized that adult onset disorders such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Huntington's diseases may have an associated mitochondrial defect. The conferees urge NINDS and other relevant Institutes to explore the potential applicability of promising new therapies for these diseases in treating patients with mitochondrial disorders.

The conferees are pleased to note that progress continues to be made both with respect to the treatment and in our understanding of the cause of multiple sclerosis. Recent studies have provided the best evidence to date that the disease is caused by over-reactivity of a person's own immune response. Based on these advances, the conferees encourage NINDS to expand its efforts to test new, innovative therapies. Research strategies should include the use of MRI and other surrogate biomarkers to help determine the stage of the disease, to evaluate effective treatments, and to improve diagnosis.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

The conference agreement includes $2,043,208,000 for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases instead of $2,062,126,000 as proposed by the House and $2,066,526,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF GENERAL MEDICAL SCIENCES

The conference agreement includes $1,535,823,000 for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences instead of $1,548,313,000 as proposed by the House and $1,554,176,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

The conference agreement includes $976,455,000 for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development as proposed by the Senate instead of $984,300,000 as proposed by the House.

The conferees are supportive of plans to conduct a national longitudinal study of environmental influences on children's health. The Director of NICHD is urged to establish a consortium of representatives from appropriate Federal agencies, including CDC, EPA and other NIH Institutes to plan and initiate pilot studies that will provide the information necessary to develop and implement the full national longitudinal study. To this end, the conferees have provided funds to support this initiative and look forward to learning of the progress made during the fiscal year 2002 appropriations hearing.

NATIONAL EYE INSTITUTE

The conference agreement includes $510,611,000 for the National Eye Institute instead of $514,673,000 as proposed by the House and $516,605,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Recent progress in genetics research has opened up the potential for gene-based approaches for the prevention and treatment of retinal and other blinding diseases. Gene-based therapies for several forms of retinal degeneration have been successfully demonstrated in laboratory animal studies, and preclinical work has satisfied patient safety and ethical issues. The conferees urge NEI to accelerate the development of these new gene-based approaches through all available mechanisms, as appropriate, including clinical trials.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES

The conference agreement includes $502,549,000 for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences instead of $506,730,000 as proposed by the House and $508,263,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The causes of breast cancer are largely unknown. There is little agreement in the scientific community on how the environment impacts breast cancer. While studies have been conducted on the links between environmental factors like diet, pesticides, and electromagnetic fields, no conclusive evidence exists. The conferees encourage NIEHS to enhance research efforts to study the links between the environment and breast cancer through all available mechanisms, as appropriate, including establishing centers of excellence.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING

The conference agreement includes $786,039,000 for the National Institute on Aging instead of $790,299,000 as proposed by the House and $794,625,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ARTHRITIS AND MUSCULOSKELETAL AND SKIN DISEASES

The conference agreement includes $396,687,000 for the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases instead of $400,025,000 as proposed by the House and $401,161,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), more commonly known as Children's Brittle Bone Disease, is a rare genetic disorder for which there is presently no cure. The conferees strongly encourage NIH to expand its support for research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and eventual cure for OI and to coordinate public research efforts with those supported by the private sector. The Director of NIAMS should be prepared to testify on this issue at the fiscal year 2002 appropriations hearing.

Important strides have been made with the establishment of the Osteoporosis and Related Bone-Disease National Resource Center. The conferees urge NIAMS to expand support for the resource center's current activities, including developing and disseminating information based on current research findings that improve knowledge and understanding of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis and related bone diseases, implementing and evaluating model education programs to enhance bone health and reduce future risk of osteoporosis, and supporting public and private efforts to broaden the base of knowledge about osteoporosis and related bone diseases.

The conferees commend NIAMS for its growing support of research on rheumatic diseases of childhood, including the recent opening of a new Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic on the NIH campus. However, the conferees are concerned about the cadre of pediatric rheumatologists who are trained to treat and study these diseases. NIAMS is therefore encouraged to work with the Secretary of HHS and other PHS components, as appropriate, to assist in evaluating the status of the pediatric rheumatology workforce. In particular, the Institute is encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to support loan repayment for researchers working in the area of childhood rheumatic diseases.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DEAFNESS AND OTHER COMMUNICATION DISORDERS

The conference agreement includes $300,581,000 for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders as proposed by the Senate instead of $301,787,000 as proposed by the House.

The conferees urge NIDCD to continue research on inner ear hair cell regeneration with special emphasis on gene delivery and gene transfer technology with specific relevance to the inner ear and the development of improved hearing aids and cochlear implants using digital processes. The conferees also urge NIDCD to continue to recruit experts from the field of molecular and cellular biology and genetics.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NURSING RESEARCH

The conference agreement includes $104,370,000 for the National Institute of Nursing Research instead of $102,312,000 as proposed by the House and $106,848,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM

The conference agreement includes $340,678,000 for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism instead of $349,216,000 as proposed by the House and $336,848,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE

The conference agreement includes $781,327,000 for the National Institute on Drug Abuse instead of $788,201,000 as proposed by the House and $790,038,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH

The conference agreement includes $1,107,028,000 for the National Institute of Mental Health as proposed by the Senate instead of $1,114,638,000 as proposed by the House.

NATIONAL HUMAN GENOME RESEARCH INSTITUTE

The conference agreement includes $382,384,000 for the National Human Genome Research Institute instead of $386,410,000 as proposed by the House and $385,888,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH RESOURCES

The conference agreement includes $817,475,000 for the National Center for Research Resources instead of $832,027,000 as proposed by the House and $775,212,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees include a provision to waive the matching requirement for the grant or contract to manage the 288 chimpanzees acquired by the Coulston Foundation. The House and Senate bills contained no similar provision.

Within the total provided, $100,000,000 is for the Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) program as proposed by the House instead of $60,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. In the implementation of these funds, the conferees concur with the language contained in the House report. In addition, the conferees believe that the General Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs) are essential to furthering biomedical research progress and have included funds for NCRR above the Administration's request to permit an increase for GCRCs commensurate with the overall NIH funding increase.

The conferees urge NCRR to use a portion of the increase provided for a new competition of Science Education Program Awards grants. The conferees further urge that these funds be used consistent with language contained in last year's House and Senate reports.

JOHN E. FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER

The conference agreement includes $50,514,000 for the John E. Fogarty International Center instead of $50,299,000 as proposed by the House and $61,260,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE

The conference agreement includes $246,801,000 for the National Library of Medicine instead of $256,281,000 as proposed by the House and $256,953,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL CENTER FOR COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

The conference agreement includes $89,211,000 for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine instead of $78,880,000 as proposed by the House and $100,089,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees are aware of the health benefits of cranberries and cranberry juice products in maintaining urinary tract health as well as their positive antibacterial and antioxidant effects and believe that independent Federally-funded research to test and/or validate these findings could add to the arsenal of health-based and nutritional alternatives to wellness. The conferees encourage NCCAM to study the health benefits of cranberry products.

NATIONAL CENTER ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES

While the overall health of the nation has improved over the last two decades, there continues to be striking disparities in the burden of illness and death experienced by African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Asian-Pacific Islanders. Moreover, the largest numbers of medically underserved are white individuals, and many of them have the same health and access problems as do members of minority groups. Overcoming such persistent and perplexing health disparities, and promoting health for all Americans, ranks as one of our Nation's foremost challenges.

These disparities are believed to be the result of the complex interaction among socioeconomic and biological factors, the environment, and specific behaviors, as well as other factors. While some of the causes of inequitable health outcomes may be beyond the scope of biomedical research, the conferees recognize that NIH has made research into health disparities a high priority, and has already taken steps to expand the role of research into why some minority groups have disproportionately high rates of disease.

Congress recently passed and the President has signed the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act of 2000. The Act established the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, which will enable NIH to move ahead more rapidly toward its goal of elucidating the factors that contribute to these disparities. The Center will conduct and support research through grants to support programs targeting diseases and conditions that disproportionately affect minority groups and other populations with health disparities. The Center will build on the work of the Office for Research on Minority Health and the success of the Minority Health Initiative, currently located in the NIH Office of the Director. This will complement the ongoing research of the NIH Research Institutes and Centers also aimed at reducing health disparities. To emphasize the visibility of this new Center and the importance of its research mission, the conferees have included bill language providing $130,200,000 for the Center.

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

The conference agreement includes $213,581,000 for the Office of the Director instead of $342,307,000 as proposed by the House and $352,165,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement includes a designation in bill language of $48,271,000 for the operations of the Office of AIDS Research. The conferees understand that with the funds allocated to NIH, the NIH expects to provide $2,266,987,000 in AIDS research funding.

The agreement includes funds within the Office of the Director to address the trend of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in communities of color. The Office is encouraged to expand and strengthen science-based HIV prevention research for African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and consideration should be given to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The Office is also encouraged to expand existing culturally competent behavioral research, conducted by minority principal investigators, that seeks to break the link between HIV infection and high risk behaviors and that seeks to decrease the rate of mortality in targeted minority populations.

The conferees continue to be interested in matching the increased needs of researchers who rely upon human tissue and organs to study human diseases and to search for cures. The conferees are aware of a recent review by a panel of experts that found that there is a rapidly expanding and unmet demand for the use of human tissue samples for research purposes. The conferees encourage the Director of NIH to work with the relevant Institutes to consider expanding support in this area and request that the Director be prepared to report on its plan to meet the demand for human tissue at the fiscal year 2002 appropriations hearing.

The conferees encourage NIH to consider establishing a trans-NIH coordinating committee to focus on the lymphatic system, with particular emphasis on lymphedema and related lymphatic disorders.

The conferees are aware of concerns raised regarding the progress of NIH research into fascioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy and fascioscapulohumeral disease and encourage NIH to expand research in this area.

The conferees concur with the language contained in the Senate report regarding microbicides research.

The conferees encourage NIA, NICHD, and NINDS to work collaboratively to enhance research into Hutchison-Gilford Progeria Syndrome, an illness that strikes children in their first year causing them to age rapidly and prematurely and for which the average life expectancy is 13 years.

The NIH has developed a five-year Parkinson's Disease Research Agenda. To carry out the plan, the professional judgement budget estimates call for increases over existing Parkinson's research of $71,400,000 in year one (fiscal year 2001). The conferees strongly urge the Director to work toward implementation of the research agenda and oversee coordination of all relevant Institutes, including NINDS, NIEHS, NIA, and others conducting Parkinson's research. The Director is requested to report by March 1, 2001 on the progress towards implementation of the research agenda and to submit updated professional judgement funding projections for subsequent years.

The conferees concur with the language in the Senate report regarding a study of the structure of NIH and expect to receive a report and recommendations one year from the date of confirmation of the new NIH Director.

The conferees have been made aware of the public interest in securing an appropriate return on the NIH investment in basic research. The conferees are also aware of the mounting concern over the cost to patients of therapeutic drugs. By July 2001, based on a list of such therapeutic drugs which are FDA approved, have reached $500,000,000 per year in sales in the United States, and have received NIH funding, NIH will prepare a plan to ensure that taxpayers' interests are protected.

The Office of Dietary Supplements is urged to research the relationship between chromium deficiencies and diabetes in Native Americans through all available mechanisms, as appropriate, including clinical trials.

The number of Americans taking dietary supplements containing ephedra has risen dramatically. The conferees encourage the Office of Dietary Supplements to enhance clinical research on the safety and efficacy of these products.

The conferees urge NIH to minimize the use of non-human animals in nicotine or tobacco experiments, and is encouraged to explore any non-human research methods that are currently available or under development that may be used as an alternative to using non-human animals.

The conferees are concerned about the transfer of HIV prevention interventions that have proven to be effective to service programs supported by other federal agencies, such as CDC and HRSA. The Office of AIDS Research (OAR) should work with the ICs to increase NIH efforts in this area through the establishment of programs for regional technical assistance, technology transfer, and training for the purpose of providing links between evidence-based HIV prevention science and public health departments, community planning groups, healthcare providers, and prevention service providers.

The conferees strongly urge NIH to implement an intensified research effort regarding autism consistent with the Children's Health Act of 2000. The Director of NIH should also provide a report to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees by March 1, 2001 regarding a plan for establishing the Centers of Excellence on Autism Program authorized in the Children's Health Act of 2000.

The conferees commend the Office of AIDS Research for convening an external review of the Centers for AIDS Research Program and for the five year plan to increase the number of Centers. However, the conferees urge the NIH to consider ways in which the five year plan can be modified to balance the need to expand the number of Centers with the need to adequately support the leading AIDS research institutions with the core center mechanisms that they need to efficiently pursue AIDS research.

The conferees encourage NIH to pursue recommendations from the Diabetes Research Working Group to address the specific needs of minority populations.

The conferees are aware of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's (NICHD) efforts to establish a Perinatology Research Branch (PRB) to conduct research programs on pregnancy and perinatology in the greater metropolitan region of the District of Columbia. After several attempts, the conferees understand that NICHD now intends to hold a nationwide competition for a site for the PRB. The Director is requested to submit a written report by March 1, 2001, explaining why the efforts to establish the PRB in the greater metropolitan region of the District of Columbia have to-date been unsuccessful. The District of Columbia has the highest rate of infant mortality in the United States, the highest rate of infants born with low birthweights, and the lowest percentage of mothers receiving early prenatal care. Therefore, the report should include possible alternative methods for conducting research programs on pregnancy and perinatology in the greater metropolitan region of the District of Columbia.

The conferees believe it appropriate for NIH to recognize Paul Rogers' numerous contributions to the public health and medical research. Therefore, the conferees urge the Director to designate the plaza in front of the James Shannon building on the NIH campus as the Paul G. Rogers Plaza and to commemorate it in his honor.

The conferees appreciate the efforts of the Director to ensure that NLM's future physical needs are met and encourage that sufficient funds be made available from within NLM funding to meet these needs.

BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES

The conference agreement includes $153,790,000 for buildings and facilities instead of $178,700,000 as proposed by the House and $148,900,000 as proposed by the Senate.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

The conference agreement includes $2,958,001,000 for substance abuse and mental health services instead of $2,727,626,000 as proposed by the House and $2,730,757,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the funds provided, the conferees intend that $15,000,000 is to carry out the fetal alcohol syndrome prevention and services program.

Center for Mental Health Services

The conference agreement includes $420,000,000 for the mental health block grant instead of $416,000,000 as proposed by the House and $366,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $91,763,000 for children's mental health instead of $86,763,000 as proposed by both the House and Senate.

The conference agreement includes $36,883,000 for grants to states for the homeless (PATH) as proposed by the Senate instead of $30,883,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement includes $30,000,000 for protection and advocacy instead of $24,903,000 as proposed by the House and $25,903,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees continue to be concerned about deaths and serious injuries due to the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraints in facilities that treat individuals with mental illnesses and have provided additional resources so that these deaths can be investigated and future incidences can be prevented.

The conference agreement includes $203,674,000 for programs of regional and national significance instead of $132,749,000 as proposed by the House and $146,875,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total provided, $90,000,000 provided under section 581 of the Public Health Service Act is for the support and delivery of school-based and school-related mental health services for school-age youth. It is intended that the Department will continue to collaborate its efforts with the Department of Education to develop a coordinated approach. The conferees recognize it may be necessary for the agency to allocate additional resources to the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Action Center to expand its technical assistance to serve new grantees.

Within the total provided, $3,000,000 is for suicide prevention hotlines. The conferees direct SAMHSA to undertake an evaluation of the effectiveness of these hotlines in preventing suicides.

The conferees believe that SAMHSA is uniquely qualified to support a clearinghouse for youth suicide prevention, including a database and related files of reference materials and organizations. SAMHSA, through this clearinghouse, could provide training and technical assistance to States to implement the Surgeon General's recommendations for suicide prevention.

Within the total provided, $10,000,000 is provided under section 582 of the Public Health Service Act to support up to 22 grants to local mental health providers for the purposes of developing knowledge of best practices and providing mental health services to children and youth suffering from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of having witnessed or experienced a traumatic event. Grantees can include psychiatric hospitals, general hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, and community and university-based mental health programs. With respect to grants for knowledge development, preference should be given to applicants with experience in the field of trauma related mental disorders in children and youth.

Within the total provided, $2,000,000 is to support professional training in restraints and seclusion in residential and day treatment centers for children and youth. This training initiative will support grants to non-profit and public entities for the purpose of developing and demonstrating the effectiveness of a best-practices training model to avoid the inappropriate use of restraints and seclusion.

The conferees are supportive of efforts to develop a model training demonstration project to help eliminate deaths and injuries that occur in mental health facilities due to the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraints. Such a model training program should emphasize conflict resolution and de-escalation.

Within the total provided, an increase of $2,000,000 is to provide additional support for minority fellowships in mental health.

Within the total provided, $7,000,000 is for the treatment of mental health disorders related to HIV disease including: dementia, clinical depression and the chronic, progressive neurological disabilities that often accompany HIV disease. These direct services grants provided to minority community-based providers that operate in traditional and non-traditional settings are designed to strengthen their capacity to provide HIV related mental health services.

Funds are included to provide grants to local communities to improve mental health screening and referrals in non-mental health settings and continue support for jail diversion programs for non-violent mentally ill offenders.

It is intended that funds used to make grants to States for the purpose of developing data infrastructure will be used for mental health only.

The conferees include the following amounts for the following projects and activities in fiscal year 2001:

--$83,000 for the Hope Center in Lexington, Kentucky;

--$85,000 for Steinway Child and Family Services, Inc. in Queens, New York for HIV/AIDS prevention;

--$100,000 for the American Trauma Society to support its Second Trauma Program which helps train trauma system health care professionals to assist individuals facing the shock of an unexpected death or critical injury to their family members;

--$200,000 for the Concord-Assabet Family Services Center for a model transitional living program for troubled youth;

--$325,000 for Preschool Anger Management, Family Communications;

--$500,000 for the Life Quest Community Mental Health Center in Wasilla, Alaska;

--$680,000 for Pacific Clinics in Arcadia, California, to support a school-based mental health demonstration program for Latina adolescents in partnership with community groups, mental health agencies, local governments and school systems in Southeast Los Angeles county;

--$803,000 for the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in Lawrence, Kansas, to provide mental health services in schools and other settings to prevent juvenile crime and substance abuse among high-risk youth;

--$800,000 for the Alaska Federation of Natives for innovative homeless mental health services in Alaska;

--$850,000 for the Iowa State University Extension to develop a program which would provide outreach, training, and counseling services in rural areas;

--$921,000 for the United Power for Action and Justice demonstration project in Chicagoland area to end the cycle of homelessness;

--$921,000 for a mentally ill offender crime reduction demonstration in Ventura County, California to create the building blocks for a continuum of care for mentally ill offenders who enter the jail system in the county;

--$850,000 for the University of Connecticut for an urban health initiative to improve mental health services to underserved high-risk individuals living in urban public housing;

--$1,007,000 for the University of Florida National Rural Behavioral Health Center to train extension agents in crisis intervention and stress management to better equip them to deal with emotional and stress related problems;

--$1,500,000 for the Ch'eghutsen program in interior Alaska; and

--$1,300,000 for the Alaska Federation of Natives to use integrated community care to treat native Alaska children with mental health disorders.

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

The conference agreement includes $1,665,000,000 for the substance abuse block grant instead of $1,631,000,000 as proposed by both the House and the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $256,315,000 for programs of regional and national significance instead of $213,716,000 as proposed by the House and $249,566,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the total provided, $10,000,000 is to initiate grants to local non-profit and public entities for the purpose of developing and expanding substance abuse services for homeless persons.

The agreement includes $53,000,000 designed to provide targeted service expansion and capacity building to minority, community-based substance abuse treatment programs with a history of providing services to communities of color severely impacted by substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. The correlation between addiction and HIV/AIDS is well documented. Injection drug use alone still accounts for more than 20 percent of the primary HIV infection risk for African American and Latino adults. These funds are to be allocated based on program priorities identified in the previous fiscal year and new priorities. Funds are also included to enhance state and county efforts to plan and develop integrated substance abuse and HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention services to communities of color.

The conferees are supportive of the efforts of the Sunshine Shelter for abused and neglected children in Natchez, Mississippi in treating chemically dependent women and their children and note that additional resources would allow the Shelter to expand its outreach efforts.

The conferees include the following amounts for the following projects and activities in fiscal year 2001:

--$100,000 for the Vermont Department of Health Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention to examine adolescent residential treatment programs;

--$106,000 for Center Point, Inc., in Marin County, California, to continue support for substance abuse and related services for minority, homeless and other at risk populations;

--$200,000 for Green Door in Washington, D.C. to treat minority consumers with substance abuse problems and mental health issues;

--$250,000 for the Allegheny County Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program;

--$500,000 for the Cook Inlet Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment;

--$500,000 for the House of Mercy in Des Moines, Iowa to support treatment programs for pregnant and post-partum women;

--$500,000 for the State of Wyoming to carry out an innovative substance abuse prevention and treatment program;

--$425,000 for Humboldt County, California, to support residential substance abuse and related services for women who have children;

--$608,000 for the Hope Center in Lexington, Kentucky;

--$645,000 for the Grove Counseling Center in Winter Springs, Florida for a demonstration project of effective youth substance abuse treatment methods;

--$750,000 for the Fairbanks LifeGivers Pregnant and Parenting Teens program;

--$900,000 for the Alaska Federation of Natives to identify best substance abuse treatment practices;

--$1,105,000 for the City of San Francisco's model `Treatment on Demand' program for the homeless; and

--$2,210,000 for the Baltimore City Health Department to use innovative methods to enhance drug treatment services.

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

The conference agreement includes $175,145,000 for programs of regional and national significance instead of $132,742,000 as proposed by the House and $127,824,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the total provided, it is intended that high-risk youth grants will at least be maintained at last year's level.

The agreement includes $32,100,000 for grants to minority community based organizations to implement programs that strengthen substance abuse prevention capacity in communities of color disproportionately impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, based on the most recent estimated living AIDS cases, HIV infections and AIDS mortality among ethnic and racial minorities as reported by the CDC.

The conferees include the following amounts for the following projects and activities in fiscal year 2001:

--$85,000 for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, substance abuse prevention demonstration program for high-risk Latino youth;

--$213,000 for the Rock Island County Council on Addiction in East Moline, Illinois, for a youth substance abuse prevention program; and

--$500,000 for the Drug-free Families Initiative at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

The conferees have included sufficient funds to continue the pregnant and post-partum substance abuse prevention evaluations for both the Community Prevention Parnership of Berks County, Inc. and the Family Planning Council of Pennsylvania

Program Management

The conference agreement includes $79,221,000 for program management instead of $58,870,000 as proposed by the House and $59,943,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the total provided, $12,000,000 is for the National Household Drug Survey.

The conferees include $3,278,000 in fiscal year 2001 to continue testing the effectiveness of Community Assessment and Intervention Centers in providing integrated mental health and substance abuse services to troubled and at-risk children and youth, and their families in four Florida communities. Building upon successful juvenile programs, this effort responds directly to nationwide concerns about youth violence, substance abuse, declining levels of service availability and the inability of certain communities to respond to the needs of their youth in a coordinated manner. The total provided includes, $2,000,000 for mental health special projects of regional and national significance; $1,000,000 for substance abuse treatment special projects of regional and national significance; $500,000 for substance abuse prevention special projects of regional and national significance; and $200,000 for program management.

The agreement includes a general provision proposed by the Senate regarding the withholding of substance abuse funds. The House bill contained no similar provision. The Synar amendment was included as part of the SAMHSA reorganization bill in 1992. The amendment and its implementing regulation required States to reduce sales of tobacco to minors within a negotiated period of time and if a State fails to meet its goals, reduced its substance abuse prevention and treatment block grant funding by 40 percent. The conferees are extremely concerned that several States, after at least four years, are not in compliance with the law and continue to seek an exemption to the penalty requirement. It is the conferees intention that this will be the last year exemption language will be carried in an appropriations bill. SAMHSA is directed to notify States of this intention and work with the affected States to help them come into compliance.

AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY

HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY

The conference agreement includes $104,963,000 in appropriated funds instead of $123,669,000 as proposed by the House. The Senate bill did not provide a direct appropriation for the agency, instead it proposed to fund the agency through the evaluation set-aside.

The conference agreement designates $164,980,000 to be available to the agency under the Public Health Service Act one percent evaluation set-aside as proposed by the House instead of $269,943,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees are troubled by the recent Institute of Medicine study which found that as many as 98,000 deaths are caused by medical errors each year. The conferees have provided an additional $50,000,000 to the agency to determine ways to reduce medical errors. The conferees are supportive of a study to determine the impact of extended work hours for registered nurses on patient safety.

The agreement includes $10,000,000 for research that investigates the relationship between the health care workplace and its impact on medical errors and the quality of care provided to patients. Efforts to restructure the health care workplace, often in response to pressures to reduce costs, suggest that work environment and processes have had an impact on health and quality of workers' lives as well as the patients for whom they care. As we have learned from the experience of the aviation industry, reducing errors and promoting safety are a result of improving workforce systems. Likewise, it is important that workforce considerations be integrated into efforts to reduce medical errors and promote patient safety. The conferees believe that better understanding of these workforce considerations will lead to improved workplace practices and better outcomes for patients.

The conferees support the efforts of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Department of Labor, and other agencies to work jointly and coordinate their work to improve healthcare quality, patient safety, and worker safety in health care facilities, through such activities as the October 2000 jointly sponsored conference on `Enhancing Working Conditions and Patient Safety: Best Practices.' The conferees urge that such coordinated efforts be continued.

The conferees strongly urge the agency to enhance its investigator-initiated research funding through all available mechanisms, as appropriate.

HEALTH CARE FINANCING ADMINISTRATION

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

The conference agreement includes $2,246,326,000 for program management instead of $1,866,302,000 as proposed by the House and $2,018,500,000 as proposed by the Senate. The House bill assumed that the Administration's user fee proposal would be enacted prior to conference. An additional appropriation of $680,000,000 has been provided for the Medicare Integrity Program through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

The conferees repeat language included in last year's bill related to administrative fees collected relative to Medicare overpayment recovery activities.

RESEARCH, DEMONSTRATION, AND EVALUATION

The conference agreement includes $139,311,000 for research, demonstration, and evaluation instead of $55,000,000 as proposed by the House and $65,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The agreement includes $50,000,000 for Real Choice Systems Change Grants to states to fund initiatives that establish specific action steps and timetables to achieve enduring system improvements and to provide long term services and supports, including community-based attendant care, to eligible individuals in the most integrated setting appropriate. Grant applications should be developed jointly by the State and the Consumer Task Force. The Task Force should be composed of individuals with disabilities from diverse backgrounds, representatives from organizations that provide services to individuals with disabilities, consumers of long-term services and supports, and those who advocate on behalf of such individuals. Grant-funded activities should focus on areas of need as determined by the State and the Task Force such as needs assessment and data gathering, strategies to modify policies that unnecessarily bias provision of long term care services to institutional settings or to health care professionals, and training and technical assistance.

The agreement includes bill language for the following projects and activities for fiscal year 2001:

--$300,000 for the United States-Mexico Border Counties Coalition for a study to determine the unreimbursed costs incurred to treat undocumented aliens for medical emergencies in southwest border States, their border counties, and hospitals within the jurisdiction of these States and counties;

--$255,000 for the LA Care Health Plan in Los Angeles, California for a demonstration program to improve clinical data coordination among Medicaid providers;

--$350,000 for the Cook County, Illinois Bureau of Health for the Asthma Champion Initiative demonstration to reduce morbidity and mortality from asthma in high prevalence areas;

--$500,000 to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and University of Pennsylvania for a study of the efficacy of surgical versus non-surgical management of abdominal aneurysms;

--$691,000 for a Medicare demonstration project at Ohio State University to determine the benefits of compliance packaging;

--$650,000 for the Vascular Surgery Outcomes Initiative at Dartmouth College;

--$646,000 for Shelby County Regional Medical Center to establish a Master Patient Index to determine patient Medicaid/TennCare eligibility;

--$855,000 for the Children's Hospice International demonstration program to provide a continuum of care for children with life-threatening conditions and their families;

--$921,000 for Equip for Equality for a demonstration project to document the impact of an independent investigative unit that will examine deaths or other serious allegations of abuse or neglect of people with disabilities at facilities in Illinois;

--$1,000,000 for the West Virginia University School of Medicine's Eye Center to test interventions and improve the quality of life for individuals with low vision;

--$1,000,000 for Duke University Medical Center to demonstrate the potential savings in the Medicare program of a reimbursement system based on preventative care.

--$1,000,000 for the Iowa Department of Public Health for the establishment and operation of a mercantile prescription drug purchasing cooperative or non-profit corporation demonstration;

--$1,843,000 for the Buck's County Health Improvement Project in Pennsylvania;

--$1,700,000 for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles for a demonstration of residential and outpatient treatment facilities;

--$2,800,000 for the Mind-Body Institute of Boston, Massachusetts to conduct a demonstration of a lifestyle modification program;

--$2,800,000 for a joint project between the University of Pittsburgh, Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, and Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami, Florida, to use integrated nursing services and technology to implement daily monitoring of congestive heart failure patients in underserved populations in accordance with established clinical guidelines; and

--$20,000,000 to continue demonstration projects on Medicaid coverage of community-based attendant care services for people with disabilities.

HCFA is urged to conduct a demonstration project addressing the extraordinary adverse health status of native Hawaiians at the Waimanalo health center exploring the use of preventive and indigenous health care expertise.

HCFA is urged to work with the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) to test potential savings to the Federal government and to the Medicare program by comparing actual Medicare/Medicaid spending for end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients currently on daily hemodialysis with actual Medicare/Medicaid spending for ESRD patients on other treatment modalities, such as peritoneal dialysis and in-center hemodialysis whose demographic and other characteristics match those of the daily hemodialysis patients in 9 to 12 existing programs in the U.S. Such a study should compare spending related to patient dialysis and training, medications, vascular access, ambulance transportation, physician and outpatient medical expenses not related to dialysis, hospitalizations, and other medical services, such as skilled nursing facilities or home health care and any other spending for which data is available to the USRDS.

HCFA is encouraged to utilize edit check software programs to scrub electronic data files prior to processing by the respective State agency and/or fiscal intermediary. The identification of errors and omissions prior to submission can provide dramatic improvement in the financial condition of many providers who are experiencing large losses of revenue.

The conferees are concerned that HCFA has not instituted a demonstration project to test the potential savings to the Federal government and to the Medicare program by comparing different products used for diabetic wound care treatment as referenced in last year's conference agreement. Such a demonstration should compare the aggregate costs of wound care treatment using different applications regimens. The conferees urge HCFA to proceed with this demonstration project utilizing existing research funds.

The conferees are aware that the Health Passport pilot program is helping thousands of low-income families in Nevada, Wyoming and North Dakota and urges HCFA to give full and fair consideration to a proposal to continue the program.

The conferees have become increasingly concerned that many people with the most severe disabilities often experience a lack of quality in community residential and treatment services that can result in dangerous or unhealthful conditions. The conferees believe that such services should be monitored by an entity that has the expertise and legal authority necessary to ensure the safety and general well-being of this population. Accordingly, the conferees urge HCFA to support the protection and advocacy system to demonstrate the efficacy of such community monitoring.

Medicare Contractors

The conference agreement includes $1,357,000,000 for Medicare contractors instead of $1,165,287,000 as proposed by the House and $1,244,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. Of this amount, $1,305,000,000 is to support Medicare claims processing contracts and $52,000,000 is for Medicare+Choice information campaign.

State Survey and Certification

The conference agreement includes $244,147,000 for State survey and certification instead of $171,147,000 as proposed by the House and $219,674,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The agreement includes an increase of $10,000,000 over the President's request for nursing home oversight and quality of care services.

Federal Administration

The conference agreement includes $505,868,000 for Federal administration instead of $474,868,000 as proposed by the House and $489,826,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees urge HCFA to give careful consideration to concerns that substance abuse (alcohol and drug) treatment facilities may not have been intended to be considered institutions for mental diseases exclusion under Medicaid since these facilities were not common when the exclusion policy was implemented. The conferees are aware that restricting Medicaid medical assistance to residential substance abuse treatment facilities with 16 or fewer adult treatment beds places an undue burden on the publicly funded substance abuse treatment and prevention infrastructure.

The conferees concur with Senate report language urging HCFA to act more expeditiously to approve new medical technologies, including PET scans, for Medicare patients so that seniors will have access to the latest life-saving technologies and treatments.

The conferees understand that HCFA regulations require States to provide documentation and justification before making changes in Medicaid reimbursements. The conferees are concerned that several State Medicaid agencies are currently paying or proposing to pay chain-operated pharmacies lower reimbursement rates than other pharmacies for providing the same prescription products and related services without providing the required justification. The conferees expect HCFA to enforce current regulations when reviewing and approving State submissions. The conferees also believe that the implementation of a different system for Medicaid reimbursements of pharmaceuticals should be addressed by the authorizing committees of jurisdiction. The Administrator should be prepared to testify on the status of this issue at the fiscal year 2002 appropriations hearing.

HCFA has proposed guidelines regarding the administrative claims process for schools requesting reimbursement for Medicaid related services. The conferees are concerned that these guidelines are being developed without adequate input from interested parties and will significantly alter the administrative claiming program making it more difficult for schools to provide services to poor and disabled children. HCFA is expected to consult with school practitioners and other groups to draft guidance for Medicaid allowable costs under the administrative claiming section of the School Based Services program. HCFA is also urged to process pending State applications and to continue to review reimbursement procedures until new guidelines are published. The Administrator should be prepared to testify on this issue at the fiscal year 2002 appropriations hearing.

ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

PAYMENTS TO STATES FOR CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT AND FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAMS

The conference agreement includes $2,441,800,000 for payments to states for child support enforcement and family support programs instead of $2,473,800,000 as proposed by the House and $2,473,880,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees provide extended availability of funds as proposed by the Senate. The House bill proposed no extended availability.

LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE

The conference agreement includes an additional $300,000,000 in fiscal year 2001 funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program. When combined with the $1,100,000,000 already appropriated for fiscal year 2001 and the $300,000,000 in emergency funding, a total of $1,700,000,000 is available to support this program in fiscal year 2001. The agreement includes up to $27,500,000 for the leveraging incentive fund within these totals.

The conferees are aware that average home heating fuel prices have doubled in the past year, and in some areas are up five-fold, while at the same time many states are expected to experience extremely cold winter. The conferees are deeply concerned that this will force steep reductions in the relative percentage of home heating cost that LIHEAP provides to low-income households. The conferees have provided a $300,000,000 increase in the regular appropriation for fiscal year 2001 to reduce the adverse impact of these fuel price spikes.

The conference agreement does not include advance funding for fiscal year 2002 for LIHEAP as proposed by the Senate. The House bill proposed $1,100,000,000 for fiscal year 2002. The conferees are aware that advance funding for LIHEAP was authorized by Congress in 1990 to respond to the States' need to budget and plan their LIHEAP programs in advance of the fall/winter heating season. States are required by statute to hold public hearings in the spring and summer on their proposed LIHEAP programs to determine eligibility levels, establish the size of household benefits, and establish parameters of crisis programs. Consequently, States must be able to reliably predict the LIHEAP appropriation that normally becomes available at the very beginning of the heating season, but which is often delayed due to late enactment of appropriations bills. As noted in the Senate Report 101-421 accompanying the Human Services Reauthorization Act of 1990, `Forward funding will allow states to identify clients, provide assistance, and put them on responsible budget payment-plans in the summer or fall to avoid the development of life-threatening situations.' Although advance funding is not included in this bill, the conferees fully intend to provide at least $1,400,000,000 in regular LIHEAP appropriations and $300,000,000 in emergency funds in fiscal year 2002.

REFUGEE AND ENTRANT ASSISTANCE

The conference agreement includes $433,109,000 for refugee and entrant assistance as proposed by the House instead of $425,586,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, for the Torture Victims Relief Act funds, the conferees provide $10,000,000 as proposed by the House instead of $7,265,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, the conferees provide funding to implement the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, which will support efforts to certify eligibility for benefits and services for trafficking victims.

The agreement includes $20,000,000 from carryover funds that are to be used under social services to increase educational support to schools with a significant proportion of refugee children and for the development of alternative cash assistance programs that involve case management approaches to improve resettlement outcomes. Such support should include intensive English language training and cultural assimilation programs.

The agreement also includes $26,000,000 for increased support to communities with large concentrations of refugees whose cultural differences make assimilation especially difficult justifying a more intense level and longer duration of Federal assistance.

PAYMENTS TO STATES FOR THE CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT

The conference agreement includes an additional $817,328,000 for child care services, together with the $1,182,672,000 provided as an advance appropriation in last year's bill, raising the funding level for this program to $2,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2001. The agreement does not provide for an advance appropriation for fiscal year 2002 as proposed by the Senate; however, the conferees intend that funding for the child care block grant be at least that level in fiscal year 2002. The House bill proposed advance funding of $2,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2002.

The agreement also includes language specifying that funds under the Child Care and Development Block Grant are to be used to supplement, not to supplant, state and local child care funds.

The agreement also sets aside an additional $272,672,000 from fiscal year 2001 to be reserved by the States for activities authorized under section 658G, of which $100,000,000 shall be for activities that improve the quality of infant and toddler child care. The House bill set aside $172,672,000 for additional quality purposes in fiscal year 2002. The Senate bill set aside $222,672,000 for additional quality activities, of which $100,000,000 was to be used for infant and toddler care, in fiscal year 2001. The agreement also sets aside $10,000,000 to be used for child care research, demonstration and evaluation activities. Neither the House nor the Senate contained this provision. Within the funds provided for child care resources and referrals, the agreement also includes $1,000,000 for the Child-Care Aware toll-free hotline.

SOCIAL SERVICES BLOCK GRANT

The conference agreement includes $1,725,000,000 for the social services block grant instead of $1,700,000,000 as proposed by the House and $600,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement includes a provision which maintains the percentage of funds that a state may transfer between the Social Services Block Grant and the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Programs at 10 percent.

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SERVICES PROGRAMS

(INCLUDING RESCISSIONS)

The conference agreement includes $7,956,345,000 for children and families services programs instead of $7,231,253,000 as proposed by the House and $7,895,723,000 as proposed by the Senate. In addition, the agreement rescinds $21,000,000 from permanent appropriations as proposed by both the House and the Senate.

Head Start

The conference agreement includes $6,200,000,000 for Head Start instead of $5,667,000,000 as proposed by the House and $6,267,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement includes an advance appropriation of $1,400,000,000 for Head Start for fiscal year 2002 as proposed by both the House and the Senate.

The conferees are concerned that while fifty percent of children eligible for the regular Head Start program receive services, only about ten percent of children of farmworkers are served by Migrant Head Start. Therefore, the conferees encourage the Secretary to increase funding for Migrant and Seasonal Head Start in proportion to the overall funding increase for Head Start. The conferees also urge the agency to ensure that all children participating in the Early Head Start program receive a blood lead screening test.

The conferees urge the agency to provide funds to the Alaska Federation of Natives to train Head Start teachers in remote Alaska villages. The conferees also encourage the agency to provide funds to the University of Alaska to provide distance training for Head Start teachers through Associate Degree programs.

Runaway Youth

The conference agreement includes $69,155,000 for runaway youth as proposed by the Senate instead of $64,155,000 as proposed by the House. The agreement allocates funds for the runaway and homeless youth programs following the structure of P.L. 106-71, the Missing, Exploited, and Runaway Children Protection Act, which consolidates the programs into a single funding stream.

Adoption Incentive

The conference agreement includes $43,000,000 for the adoption incentive program as proposed by the House instead of $55,928,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement also includes language that will allow funds under this program to be carried over for use in paying prior year bonuses.

Social Services and Income Maintenance Research

The conference agreement includes $37,666,000 for social services and income maintenance research instead of $27,491,000 as proposed by both the House and the Senate. Of this total, the conferees intend that $5,000,000 be transferred to the Census Bureau for continued data collection on the Survey of Income and Program Participation. The conferees also provide sufficient funding for the following:

The conferees also include $500,000 within Social Services and Income Maintenance Research to support adding LIHEAP related questions to the Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) conducted by the Department of Energy and to the Census Bureau's March current population survey to assure that the low-income household component is included in the surveys, and the conferees urge the expansion of the RECS sample size to target LIHEAP recipients. The conferees have also included $2,500,000 for grants to qualified private, non-profit intermediaries to demonstrate the provision of technical assistance to child care providers to improve the quality and supply of child care facilities in low income communities and to document the changes.

Community Services Block Grant

The conference agreement includes $600,000,000 for the community services block grant instead of $550,000,000 as proposed by the Senate and $527,700,000 as proposed by the House. The conferees expect that all local entities that are in good standing in the community services block grant program shall receive an increase in funding for the next program year that is proportionate to the overall increase in the appropriation provided for the block grant.

The agreement includes language proposed by the Senate that requires the Department to establish certain procedures regarding the disposition of intangible property in the community economic development program under the Community Services Block Grant Act. The House bill contained no similar provision. The conferees also set aside $5,500,000 within the community economic development program for the job creation demonstration authorized under the Family Support Act.

Within the funds provided for child abuse prevention programs, the agreement includes the following items:

Within the funds provided for developmental disabilities, special projects $200,000 is included for the Allegheny County Respite Care Coalition to provide respite services for parents with disabled children.

Within the funds provided for Native American programs, the agreement includes the following:

The conferees support the idea that a national adoption website could include all youngsters available for adoption and will increase the likelihood that children will find loving, stable homes. The conferees recognize that the National Adoption Center has been at the forefront of developing technology-based resources to facilitate adoptions and is uniquely situated to create a single, national adoption website. The conferees have included sufficient funds for the National Adoption Center to continue to develop and sustain a national adoption photo listing service on the Internet.

PAYMENTS TO STATES FOR FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION ASSISTANCE

The conference agreement includes $4,863,100,000 for payments to states for foster care and adoption assistance as proposed by the House instead of $4,868,100,000 as proposed by the Senate.

ADMINISTRATION ON AGING

AGING SERVICES PROGRAMS

The conference agreement includes $1,103,135,000 for aging services programs instead of $925,805,000 as proposed by the House and $954,619,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees include $125,000,000 to provide critically needed services for family caregivers under title III E and title VI C of the Older Americans Act as amended. The conferees intend that $5,000,000 of these funds be dedicated for Native American caregivers. According to the Administration on Aging, over seven million Americans are providing care for disabled seniors in households across the nation. Funds will be provided to states to use their aging networks to provide quality respite care and other support services such as information on available resources; assistance with locating services; and caregiver training, counseling and support. Such services improve the caregiver's ability to provide care, help preserve the family unit, prevent abuse and neglect, and minimize out-of-home placements. Caregiver support services also delay nursing home stays among care recipients.

The conferees intend that $5,000,000 be made available from preventive health services for activities regarding medication management, screening, and education to prevent incorrect medication and adverse drug reactions.

The agreement includes the following amounts under aging research and training:

Within the funds provided for state and local innovations/projects of national significance, the conferees intend that funds be used for ongoing projects scheduled for refunding in fiscal year 2001.

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

GENERAL DEPARTMENTAL MANAGEMENT

The conference agreement includes $291,075,000 for general departmental management instead of $262,631,000 as proposed by the House and $260,117,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total provided, $50,000,000 is for minority HIV/AIDS activities that strengthen the medical treatment and HIV prevention capacity within communities of color disproportionately impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, based on rates of new HIV infection and mortality from AIDS. These funds are available to entities that target a specific minority group or multi-ethnic minority populations that are heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS, and are to complement existing and planned HIV/AIDS activities in communities of color. The agreement also includes bill language that requires the Secretary to submit an operating plan prior to the obligation of these funds.

Within the total provided, $2,000,000 is for the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission. The conferees request the Secretary to provide the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations with a complete history of the activities and expenses of the Commission. Also within the total provided, $400,000 is to continue the Surgeon General's violence initiative and $400,000 is for a study on the feasibility of tribe compacting for the operation of Departmental programs.

The agreement provides $24,327,000 for the adolescent family life program as proposed by the House instead of $19,327,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement includes bill language earmarking $10,377,000 under the adolescent family life program for activities specified under section 2003(b)(2) of the Public Health Service Act, of which $10,157,000 shall be for prevention grants under section 510(b)(2) of Title V of the Social Security Act, without application of the limitation of section 2010(c) of Title XX of the Public Health Service Act. The conferees intend that this set-aside is only for continuation costs of ongoing projects.

The agreement provides $49,019,000 for minority health instead of $38,638,000 as proposed by the House and $37,638,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this total, $9,700,000 is to address the capacity and infrastructure deficiencies within minority community based organizations in rural and historically underserved urban communities, of which $6,600,000 is for the Technical Assistance/Capacity Development Grant Program to fund existing grants in rural and historically underserved urban communities hardest hit by HIV/AIDS; $500,000 is for continuation funding to the Bi-Cultural and Bilingual Demonstration Program; and $2,600,000 is to support existing grants through the Minority Health Coalition program, designed to promote early intervention HIV care in minority communities and to improve the health outcomes of people of color living with HIV disease. Also included is an increase of $1,000,000 for the Office of Minority Health's Center for Linguistics and Cultural Competence in Health Care.

The agreement provides $17,270,000 for the office of women's health instead of $16,495,000 as proposed by the House and $16,895,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees urge the office to provide funds to the National Osteoporosis Foundation to support its complementary adolescent bone health initiative.

The agreement provides $11,668,000 for the office of emergency preparedness instead of $9,668,000 as proposed by both the House and Senate.

The conferees include the following amounts for the following projects and activities in fiscal year 2001:

It is understood that the screening of blood and blood products could be improved through the use of nucleic acid testing (NAT) to better detect known infectious diseases such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV). The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in the National Institutes of Health has contracted with private companies to develop fully automated NAT tests for HIV-1 and HCV. In view of the NIH's financial commitment to NAT and the approval of NAT in other countries, the Public Health Service Blood Safety Committee, chaired by the Surgeon General/Assistant Secretary of Health, is urged to encourage the adoption of these screening tools for individual donor testing of blood and plasma.

The conferees request that the Chief Financial Officer report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations on the status of the HHS financial audit. The conferees also request that the Chief Information Officer report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations on the status of the HHS computer security and related infrastructure protection. Both reports are to be presented to the Committees no later than March 1, 2001.

The conferees are concerned about the global AIDS pandemic and are supportive of the Department's international AIDS and infectious diseases efforts, especially those of CDC and NIH. The Department should continue to identify opportunities for strengthened international collaboration with those countries heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS and other new and emerging infectious diseases, as well as those nations that are vulnerable to a rapid acceleration of new cases. The Department should also coordinate its efforts with those of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to ensure that HHS activities are consistent with the USAID country strategic plan, and with those of multilateral organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS.

The conferees urge the Secretary to establish a program to provide information and education on autism to health professionals and the general public as authorized in the Children's Health Act of 2000.

The conferees direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Director of NIH, to conduct a review of the eligibility of the Bermuda Biological Station for Research (BBSR) to receive F&A recovery on NIH-supported research. The conferees are aware that the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Office of Naval Research provide BBSR with direct and indirect costs of research in peer-reviewed, competitive awards. The conferees request that the Secretary report to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on the status of this review.

The conferees expect the Office of Population Statistics to better coordinate with the Health Resources and Services Administration regarding family planning activities.

The conferees support the HHS agreement to provide the Interdepartmental Task Force on AIDS with administrative support funding totalling $250,000 from within funds available to the Department.

The conferees request the Secretary to provide a report to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees by May 1, 2001 on the Department's review and action steps taken in response to the Institute of Medicine's report, `No Time to Lose: Getting More from HIV Prevention.' This should include a review of current investments in HIV prevention as they relate to the issues raised by the Institute of Medicine.

The conferees are aware that the Secretary is working to establish the Advisory Committee on Minority Health to assist the Secretary in improving the health of racial and ethnic minority groups, and encourage the Secretary to proceed expeditiously so that the Department's goals and program activities better reflect the health care needs of Hispanic Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities.

The conferees are concerned about the current situation regarding the availability and uneven distribution of influenza vaccine for the nation at a critical time for our most vulnerable populations, especially the elderly, sick and very young. The conferees understand the Department's role in developing influenza vaccine each year for distribution by private industry and commend the Department for its efforts to communicate with the American public as this unfortunate situation developed. The Secretary, through the National Vaccine Program Office, is directed to prepare a report to the Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate by June 30, 2001 regarding its assessment of this year's distribution problems along with any recommendations for changes in the vaccine development and distribution process.

The conferees understand that the incidence of unreimbursed health care provided to foreign nationals in U.S. hospital emergency rooms is a problem costing taxpayers millions of dollars per year. The conferees direct the Secretary to conduct a study regarding the extent of the problem, including U.S. hospitals' experiences in obtaining reimbursement from foreign insurers, the identity of foreign insurance companies who do not cooperate with or reimburse U.S. health care providers, the amount of unreimbursed services provided to foreign nationals, along with recommended solutions. This study shall be submitted to the Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate no later than December 31, 2001.

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

The conference agreement includes $33,849,000 for the Office of Inspector General as proposed by the Senate instead of $31,394,000 as proposed by the House. The conferees do not include language proposed by the House to limit the amount of funds available to the Inspector General in fiscal year 2001 under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) to not more than $130,000,000. The Senate bill contained no similar provision.

The agreement includes language not proposed by the House or the Senate to allow funds to be used to provide protective services to the Secretary and investigate non-payment of child support cases for which non-payment is a Federal offense under 18 U.S.C. 228.

OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

The conference agreement includes $24,742,000 for the Office for Civil Rights instead of $18,774,000 as proposed by the House and $23,242,000 as proposed by the Senate.

POLICY RESEARCH

The conference agreement includes $16,738,000 for policy research as proposed by both the House and the Senate.

The conferees include $7,125,000 to continue the study of the outcomes of welfare reform and to assess the impacts of policy changes on the low-income population. The conferees recommend that this effort include the collection and use of state-specific surveys and state and federal administration data, including data which are newly becoming available from state surveys. These studies should focus on assessing the well-being of the low-income population, developing and reporting reliable state-by-state measures of family hardship and well-being and of the utilization of other support programs, and improving the capabilities and comparability of data collection efforts. These studies should continue to measure outcomes for a broad population of welfare recipients, former recipients, potential recipients, and other special populations affected by state TANF policies. The conferees further expect a report on these topics to be submitted to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees by May 1, 2001.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES EMERGENCY FUND

The conference agreement includes $241,231,000 for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund instead of $254,640,000 as proposed by the House and $214,600,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The amount provided includes $181,131,000 for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the following bioterrorism and related activities:

Regarding the anthrax study, the conferees understand that clinical studies will be greatly facilitated by the establishment of the Vaccine Healthcare Center Network, with the first site at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. This Network will facilitate data collection, standardization of the anthrax immunization, training and general data collection for this project.

The conferees recommend that CDC continue and expand the public health preparedness center program.

The remaining $60,100,000 is for the Office of Emergency Preparedness for bioterrorism-related activities.

Within the total provided for CDC, the conferees include the following amounts for the following projects and activities in fiscal year 2001:

GENERAL PROVISIONS

NIH AND SAMHSA SALARY CAP

The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by the House limiting the use of the National Institutes of Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration funds to pay the salary of an individual, through a grant or other extramural mechanism, at a rate in excess of Level I of the Executive Schedule instead of Level II as proposed by the Senate.

ONE-PERCENT EVALUATION TAP

The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by the House to allow for a one percent evaluation tap pursuant to section 241 of the Public Health Service Act. The Senate bill contained a provision to allow for an evaluation tap of not more than 1.6 percent.

TRANSFER AUTHORITY

The conference agreement includes language to provide general transfer authority for the Department of Health and Human Services. This authority was first provided in fiscal year 1996 with the understanding that the flexibility it provides can only be carried out when proper financial management controls and systems are in place. However, CDC has provided Congress with inaccurate spending data on a number of programs. While it is recognized that CDC is working to rectify problems that have been identified, for fiscal year 2001 the conferees are requiring a letter of reprogramming to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and a written response from the Committees before any transfer of funds can be made to CDC.

The conferees reiterate that it is not the purpose of the transfer authority to provide funding for new policy proposals that can, and should, be included in subsequent budget proposals. Absent the need to respond to emergencies or unforeseen circumstances, this authority cannot be used simply to increase funding for programs, projects or activities because of disagreements over the funding level or the difficulty or inconvenience with operating levels set by the Congress.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL BLOCK GRANT FORMULA ALLOCATION

The conference agreement does not include a provision proposed by either the House or the Senate regarding the distribution of substance abuse and mental health block grant funding.

NIH OBLIGATIONS

The conference agreement does not include a provision proposed by the House to limit NIH obligations to the President's budget request. The Senate bill contained no similar provision.

EXTENSION OF CERTAIN ADJUDICATION PROVISIONS

The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by the Senate to extend the refugee status for persecuted religious groups. The House bill contained no similar provision.

MEDICARE COMPETITIVE PRICING DEMONSTRATION PROJECT

The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by the Senate to prohibit funding to implement or administer the Medicare Prepaid Competitive Pricing Demonstration Project in Arizona or in Kansas City, Missouri or in the Kansas City, Kansas area. The House bill contained no similar provision.

WITHHOLDING OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE FUNDS

The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by the Senate to prohibit the Secretary from withholding a State's substance abuse block grant funds if that State is not in compliance with the requirements of the Synar Amendment. The provision also prohibits the Secretary from withholding substance abuse funding from a territory that receives less than $1,000,000. The House bill contained no similar provisions.

STATE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM (SCHIP)

The conference agreement does not include a provision proposed by the Senate to shift unspent fiscal year 1998 SCHIP funds to fiscal year 2003. The House bill contained no similar provision.

SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING NEEDLESTICK INJURY PREVENTION

The conferees delete without prejudice a Sense of the Senate provision regarding needlestick injury prevention. The House bill contained no similar provision.

CLEARINGHOUSE ON SAFE NEEDLE TECHNOLOGY

The conference agreement does not include a provision proposed by the Senate to provide additional funds to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish a clearinghouse on safe needle technology offset by an across-the-board reduction to travel, consulting, and printing services of the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The House bill contained no similar provision.

REASONABLE RATE OF RETURN ON BOTH INTRAMURAL AND EXTRAMURAL RESEARCH

The conference agreement does not include a provision proposed by the Senate to withhold funding if the Director of NIH did not provide a proposal to require a reasonable rate of return on both intramural and extramural research by March 31, 2001. The House bill contained no similar provision.

STUDY ON UNREIMBURSED HEALTH CARE PROVIDED TO FOREIGN NATIONALS

The conference agreement does not include a provision proposed by the Senate to require the Secretary to conduct a study on the unreimbursed health care provided to foreign nationals. The House bill contained no similar provision.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by the Senate to amend the Public Health Service Act to revise the purpose of the Institute relating to gynecologic health. The House bill contained no similar provision.

IMMUNIZATION INFRASTRUCTURE AND OPERATIONS ACTIVITIES

The conference agreement does not include a provision proposed by the Senate to provide additional funds to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for State and local immunization infrastructure and operations activities offset by an across-the-board reduction to administrative and related expenses of the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The House bill contained no similar provision.

ANIMAL CARE CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS

The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by the Senate to require that the contractor hired for the care of the 288 chimpanzees acquired by NIH from the Coulston Foundation be accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International or has PHS assurance. The House bill contained no similar provision.

POISON PREVENTION AND CONTROL CENTERS

The conference agreement does not include a provision proposed by the Senate to provide additional funds to the Health Resources and Services Administration to provide assistance for poison prevention and control activities offset by an across-the-board reduction to administrative and related expenses of the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The House bill contained no similar provision.

SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING THE DELIVERY OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

The conferees delete without prejudice a Sense of the Senate provision regarding the delivery of emergency medical services. The House bill contained no similar provision.

SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING IMPACTS OF THE BALANCED BUDGET ACT OF 1997

The conferees delete without prejudice a Sense of the Senate provision regarding impacts of The Balanced Budget Act of 1997. The House bill contained no similar provision.

ARKIDS

The conference agreement does not include a provision proposed by the House to prohibit the Health Care Financing Administration from revoking a waiver to the State of Arkansas that implements its own children's health insurance plan. The Senate bill contained no similar provision.

ABSTINENCE EDUCATION

The conference agreement includes language to prohibit the awarding of abstinence education grants authorized in the Emergency Supplemental Act, 2000 until March 1, 2001. The House and Senate bills contained no similar provision.

PHYSICIANS COMPARABILITY ALLOWANCES

The conference agreement includes a provision not proposed by either the House or the Senate to extend the authority of physicians comparability allowances for five years.

ORGAN PROCUREMENT ORGANIZATIONS

The conference agreement includes language to prohibit the termination of the Lifelink of Puerto Rico Organ Procurement Organization, the Northeast Organ Procurement Organization and Tissue Bank, and the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency from participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs for one year from the date of enactment of this Act. The agreement further requires that future certification be determined based upon performance information from these individual Organ Procurement Organizations beginning on January 1, 2000. The House and Senate bills contained no similar provision.

CDC INTERNATIONAL AUTHORITY

The conference agreement includes a provision not proposed by either the House or the Senate to provide authority to support CDC carrying out international HIV/AIDS and other infectious and chronic disease activities abroad.

Subsection (a)(1) is intended to allow CDC to meet relatively short-term requirements for technical, management, and administrative personnel needs abroad through the award of personal services contracts in situations where other options, such as use of existing staff or hiring of new staff, or award of a service contract, other than one for personal services, are ineffective and impractical. During FY 2001, the conferees expect HHS to work with the Office of Management and Budget and other relevant agencies and Congressional committees as appropriate to consider effective longer-term solutions for addressing these types of needs.

Section (a)(2) is intended to ensure that the Department of State can provide necessary support services (including Administrative Support services agreements) to support CDC's international health programs, including the purchase of necessary laboratory equipment and the lease, repair and renovation of laboratory and other facilities.

BAYVIEW

The conference agreement includes language to allow the Director of the National Institutes of Health to enter into and administer a long-term lease agreement for facilities at the Bayview Campus in Baltimore, Maryland.

OFFICE FOR HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTIONS TRANSFER

The conference agreement includes a provision to transfer $5,800,000 from the National Institutes of Health to the Office of the Secretary, General Departmental Management to support the newly established Office for Human Research Protections. This transfer of funds implements the Secretary's decision to move the Office to the Department from NIH and that in the future the Department will request funding for the Office within the Office of the Secretary. The House and Senate bills contained no similar provision.

CLINICAL RESEARCH LOAN REPAYMENT

The conference agreement includes a provision to allow extramural clinical researchers to be included in the clinical research loan repayment program for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The House and Senate bills contained no similar provision.

ACTING DIRECTOR OF NIH

The conference agreement includes a provision to allow the current Acting Director of NIH to remain in that position until a new Director is confirmed by the Senate. The House and Senate bills contained no similar provision.

NATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH CENTER

The conference agreement includes a provision to name the National Neuroscience Research Center at the National Institutes of Health the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center.

TITLE II CITATION

The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by the House to cite title II as the `Department of Health and Human Services Appropriations Act, 2001'. The Senate bill contained no similar provision.

TITLE III--DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

EDUCATION REFORM

The conference agreement includes $1,880,710,000 for Education Reform instead of $1,505,000,000 as proposed by the House and $1,434,500,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Parental Assistance

The conference agreement includes $38,000,000 for parental assistance instead of $40,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The House did not propose funding for this program.

Education Technology

For education technology, the conference agreement includes $872,096,000 instead of $905,000,000 as proposed by the House and $794,500,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Technology Literacy Challenge Fund

For the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund, the conference agreement includes $400,000,000 instead of $425,000,000 as proposed by the Senate and $517,000,000 as proposed by the House.

Technology Innovation Challenge Grants

For the Technology Innovation Challenge Grants, the conference agreement includes $136,328,000 instead of $197,500,000 as proposed by the House and $100,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the amounts provided for Technology Innovation Challenge Grants, the conference agreement includes $46,328,000 for the following:

National Activities

The conference agreement includes $191,950,000 for education technology initiatives funded under National Activities. This includes $125,000,000 for teacher training in technology, the same amount as proposed by the Senate instead of $85,000,000 as proposed by the House. It also includes $64,950,000 to establish computer learning centers in low-income communities instead of $32,500,000 as proposed by the House and $65,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Star Schools

For Star Schools, the conference agreement includes $59,318,000 instead of $45,000,000 as proposed by the House and $43,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the amounts provided for Star Schools, the conference agreement includes $8,768,000 for the following:

Telecommunications demonstration project for mathematics

The conference agreement includes $8,500,000 for telecommunications demonstration project for mathematics as proposed by the Senate. The House proposed no funds. The conferees recognize the positive work that the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has done in demonstrating and evaluating the use of different technologies to provide professional development opportunities in mathematics to elementary and secondary school teachers. While the Mathline program clearly has reached many teachers through various media, the conferees want to ensure that the greatest number of educators and students will benefit from this program. The conferees encourage PBS to continue to explore cost effective options for providing high quality professional development opportunities in core curricula to current and future teachers. In addition, the conferees encourage PBS to continue evaluating this program to measure the change in student academic achievement that results from teaching techniques learned through this program.

21st Century Learning Centers

The conference agreement includes $845,614,000 for the 21st Century Learning Centers instead of $600,000,000 as proposed by both the House and the Senate. Within the amounts provided for 21st Century Learning Centers, the conference agreement includes $20,614,000 for the following:

The conference agreement includes bill language stating that the Secretary shall strongly encourage applications for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants to be submitted jointly by a local educational agency (or a consortium of local educational agencies) and a community-based organization, including public or private entities with demonstrated effectiveness in providing educational or related services to individuals in the community, such as child care providers, youth development organizations (such as YMCAs, the Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Camp Fire Boys and Girls, and the Girl Scouts), museums, libraries, and Departments of Parks and Recreation. In including this language, the conferees intend that the Secretary shall strongly encourage joint applications in order to promote local collaboration and coordination of services. This is especially important where more than one application is received proposing to serve the same community. Additionally, the language requires all applications submitted to the Secretary to contain evidence that the project includes elements that are designed to assist students to meet or exceed State and local standards in core academic subjects, as appropriate to the needs of participating children. The Senate bill included language stating that a community-based organization that has experience in providing before- and after-school services shall be eligible to receive a grant on the same basis as a school or consortium, and stating that the Secretary shall give priority to any applications jointly submitted by a community-based organization and a school or consortium. The House bill contained no similar language.

Small Schools

The conference agreement includes $125,000,000 for the Small, Safe and Successful Schools initiative authorized under section 10105 of part X of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The House bill included funding for this initiative under the Fund for the Improvement of Education and the Senate bill proposed no funding.

The conferees agree that these funds shall be used only for activities related to the redesign of large high schools enrolling 1,000 or more students, and that this initiative shall continue to be jointly managed by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Office of Vocational and Adult Education.

EDUCATION FOR THE DISADVANTAGED

The conference agreement includes $9,532,621,000 for Education for the Disadvantaged instead of $8,986,800,000 as proposed by the Senate and $8,816,986,000 as proposed by the House. The agreement includes advance funding for this account of $6,758,300,000 instead of $6,204,763,000 as proposed by the House and $6,223,342,000 as proposed by the Senate.

For Grants to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) the agreement provides $8,601,721,000 instead of $8,335,800,000 as provided by the Senate and $7,941,397,000 as provided by the House. Of the funds made available for basic grants, $5,394,300,000 becomes available on October 1, 2001 for the academic year 2001-2002.

The conference agreement includes $7,237,721,000 for basic grants and $1,364,000,000 for concentration grants. For fiscal year 2001, $1,158,397,000 was advance funded in the fiscal year 2000 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education and Related Agencies Act (P.L. 105-227). The funding of $1,364,000,000 for concentration grants is advanced for fiscal year 2002.

The conferees have included $225,000,000 for school improvement activities under section 1116(c) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 to assist low performing schools under Title I of ESEA. School improvement activities are those measures designed to help turn around low performing schools. One hundred percent of the funds provided for these activities are to be allocated by states to school districts.

The conferees have also included a requirement that all school districts receiving funds under Part A of Title I shall provide students in low performing Title I schools with the option to transfer to another public school or public charter school in the school district, unless prohibited by state or local law or policy. Local educational agencies located within States that qualify for the small state minimum under Title I Part A are not required to comply with this requirement, but may comply if they so choose.

The conference agreement includes $6,000,000 for capital expenses for private school children as proposed by the Senate. The House bill contained no funding for this program.

The conference agreement includes $250,000,000 for the Even Start program as proposed by the House instead of $185,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $380,000,000 for the migrant education program as proposed by the Senate instead of $354,689,000 as proposed by the House. The agreement also includes $46,000,000 for neglected and delinquent youth instead of $50,000,000 as proposed by the Senate and $42,000,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement includes $8,900,000 for evaluation of title I programs as proposed by the House. The Senate bill did not propose funding for this activity.

The conference agreement includes $210,000,000 for the comprehensive school reform demonstration program instead of $190,000,000 as proposed by the House. The Senate bill did not propose funding for this activity. The conferees direct the Department to follow the directives in the report accompanying the fiscal year 1998 bill (House Report 105-390) and in the conference report accompanying the fiscal year 1999 bill (House Report 105-825) in administering this program.

For the education for the disadvantaged program, the agreement includes a provision not contained in either House or Senate bills which allows each state and local educational agency (LEA) to receive the greater of either the amount it would receive at specified levels under the 100% hold harmless contained in the Senate bill or what it would receive using the statutory formulas. This comparison is intended to be used for allocating funds in fiscal year 2001 for both basic and concentration grants. The conferees expect the Department to use updated demographic and financial expenditure data in determining allocations when such data becomes available. The Senate bill included a 100% hold harmless for States and LEAs for both basic and concentration grants. The House bill contained no similar provision.

The conferees adopt language included in the Senate bill providing that the Department shall make 100% hold harmless awards to LEAs that were eligible for concentration grants in 2000, but are not eligible to receive grants in fiscal year 2001.

The conferees also adopt language included in the Senate bill providing that the Secretary of Education shall not take into account the 100% hold harmless provision in determining State allocations under any other program. The House bill did not contain these hold harmless provisions.

IMPACT AID

The conference agreement includes $993,302,000 for the Impact Aid programs instead of $985,000,000 as proposed by the House and $1,075,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. For basic grants the agreement includes $882,000,000; for payments for children with disabilities the conferees include $50,000,000. The agreement also includes $8,000,000 for facilities maintenance, $12,802,000 for construction, and $40,500,000 for payments for federal property. The conferees note that funds for basic grants and payments for heavily impacted districts are combined pursuant to the provisions of the Impact Aid Reauthorization Act of 2000.

Sufficient funding is provided within the account for construction for the following: $1,981,000 for the North Chicago Community Unit School District 187; $921,000 for the Wheatland School District, Wheatland, California; $400,000 for Brockton Elementary Public School District in Montana; $2,600,000 for Craig School District in Alaska; and $900,000 for Cannon Ball Elementary School on Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

The conferees also include the following language provisions: timely filing of an application by the Academy School District 20 in Colorado; restoration of payments to school districts affected by a section 8002 cap in 1998; and deeming eligibility for Kadoka School District in South Dakota. Neither the House nor Senate bills contained similar provisions.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS

The conference agreement includes $4,872,084,000 for School Improvement Programs instead of $3,165,334,000 as proposed by the House and $4,672,534,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement provides $3,107,084,000 in fiscal year 2001 and $1,765,000,000 in fiscal year 2002 funding for this account.

Eisenhower professional development state and local activities

For Eisenhower professional development state and local activities, the conferees provide $485,000,000. The House bill provided $1,750,000,000 for the Teacher Empowerment Act, subject to authorization, which included funds previously dedicated to the Eisenhower professional development programs. The Senate bill provided $435,000,000.

The conference agreement includes bill language providing that a local educational agency shall use funds received in excess of the allocation received for the preceding fiscal year to improve teacher quality by reducing the percentage of teachers who are uncertified, teaching out of field, or who lack sufficient content knowledge to teach effectively in the areas they teach. These additional funds may be used for mentoring programs for new teachers, to provide opportunities for teachers to participate in multi-week institutes, such as those offered in the summer months that provide intensive professional development and to implement incentives to retain quality teachers who have a record of success in helping low-achieving students improve their academic success. State educational agencies and State agencies for higher education may also use additional funds provided in excess of the allocation received for the preceding fiscal year for multi-week institutes, such as those provided in the summer months, that provide intensive professional development in partnership with local educational agencies, and to provide grants to recruit, prepare, retain, and train school principals and superintendents, especially individuals serving or intending to serve in high-poverty, low-performing schools and districts.

The conference agreement also includes $45,000,000 within the amount for Eisenhower state grants to be available to States to support efforts to meet the requirements under section 1111 of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 or the requirements for State eligibility for the Ed-Flex Partnership Act of 1999.

Eisenhower professional development national activities

The conference agreement provides $44,000,000 for Eisenhower professional development national activities under this account.

Early Childhood Educators- Within the funds available for Eisenhower professional development national activities, the conference agreement includes $10,000,000 for training early childhood educators and caregivers in high-poverty communities to focus on professional development activities to further children's language and literacy skills to help prevent them from encountering reading difficulties once they enter school.

Teacher Recruitment Initiatives- Within the funds available for Eisenhower professional development activities, the conference agreement also includes $34,000,000 for new teacher recruitment initiatives. The conferees believe that an expanded effort to get more talented individuals from non-traditional routes into classrooms is warranted and is an efficient means to get highly skilled people into schools at a time when the demand for these skills is the greatest. For example, the conferees acknowledge that the Troops to Teachers and Teach for America programs have been innovative models for recruiting qualified, nontraditional candidates into teaching and offer viable solutions to our nation's need to hire over 2.2 million teachers over the next ten years to replace veteran retiring teachers and to accommodate additional student enrollment.

Of the amount made available for teacher recruitment initiatives, $3,000,000 shall be available to the Secretary for transfer to the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support of the Department of Defense (Troops-to-Teachers). The remaining $31,000,000 available for teacher recruitment initiatives shall be available for grants as described in the prior paragraph for local educational agencies, State educational agencies, educational service agencies, or nonprofit agencies and organizations, including organizations with expertise in teacher recruitment, or partnerships comprised of these entities to recruit, prepare, place and support mid-career professionals from diverse fields who possess strong subject matter skills to become teachers, particularly in high-need fields such as mathematics, science, foreign languages, bilingual education, reading, and special education; and to attract, recruit, screen, select, train, place and provide financial incentives to recent college graduates with outstanding academic records and a baccalaureate in a field other than education to become fully qualified teachers through nontraditional routes.

Innovative education program strategies

For innovative education program strategies, title VI of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the conference agreement includes $385,000,000 instead of $3,100,000,000 as proposed by the Senate and $365,750,000 as proposed by the House.

The conferees support the use of funds appropriated under section 6301(b) to provide single-sex school or classroom programs provided that the recipient `complies with applicable law,' a phrase intended to incorporate all relevant Supreme Court opinions, including U.S. v. Virginia, 116 S. Ct. 2264 (1996), as proposed by the Senate. The House bill contained no similar provision. The conferees intend that this provision does not require local educational agencies to use title VI funds only for gender equity activities.

Class size

The conference agreement includes $1,623,000,000 to continue the initiative to reduce class size that was begun in fiscal year 1999. The House bill provided $1,750,000,000 for the Teacher Empowerment Act, subject to authorization. The Senate bill provided $3,100,000,000 for activities to improve teacher quality, reduce class size, and renovate school facilities and to carry out activities under title VI of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

The conference agreement provides that the allocation of funds under section 306 to the States shall be based on the proportional share that each State received from the fiscal year 1999 appropriation for class size reduction. States will continue to allocate their grant funds among local educational agencies based on a formula that reflects both their relative numbers of children in low-income families and their school enrollments.

Local educational agencies would use funds for recruiting, hiring and training fully qualified regular and special education teachers who are certified within the States, have a baccalaureate degree and demonstrate subject matter knowledge in their content areas. Twenty five percent of these funds may be used by local educational agencies to test new teachers for academic content knowledge, to meet State certification requirements, or to provide professional development for existing teachers. In addition, local educational agencies may use these funds for carrying out activities authorized under section 2210 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (the Eisenhower Professional Development program); mentoring programs for new teachers; providing opportunities for teachers to attend multi-week institutes, such as those provided in the summer months, that provide intensive professional development in partnership with local educational agencies; and carrying out initiatives to promote the retention of highly qualified teachers who have a record of success in helping low-achieving students improve their academic success. Such activities shall have the goal of ensuring that all instructional staff are fully qualified.

A local educational agency that has already reduced class size in the early grades may use its funds to make further reductions in grades kindergarten through 3 or other grades, or carry out activities to improve teacher quality. A local educational agency in which 10 percent or more of its elementary teachers have not met applicable State and local certification requirements (including certification through State or local alternative routes), or if such requirements have been waived, may use 100 percent of funds under this program for the purpose of helping those teachers become certified or to help teachers who lack sufficient content knowledge to teach effectively in the areas they teach to obtain that knowledge. A local educational agency must notify the State educational agency of the percentage of funds it will use for these purposes.

A local educational agency that receives an award under this section that is less than the starting salary for a new teacher may use these funds to help pay the salary of a teacher or pay for professional development activities to ensure that all the instructional staff are fully qualified.

To improve accountability, the conference agreement maintains language included as part of last year's appropriations law requiring that each State and local educational agency receiving funds publicly report to parents on their progress in reducing class size and in increasing the percentage of classes in core academic areas taught by fully qualified teachers, and on the impact that such activities have had on increasing student academic achievement. Parents, upon request, will also have the right to know the professional qualifications of their children's teachers.

The conference agreement requires the Secretary of Education to inform local educational agencies of the additional flexibility provided to local educational agencies in which more than 10 percent of their teachers are not fully qualified to spend all of these funds on professional development activities. The conferees also intend that the Secretary notify local educational agencies of the flexibility provisions already incorporated into the class size reduction initiative, including the ability of local educational agencies to use up to 25 percent of local educational agency allocations on professional development activities; to spend funds on professional development for existing teachers if the local educational agency receives an award that is less than the starting salary for a new fully qualified teacher; and to spend funds to reduce class sizes in other grades or to improve teacher quality if the local educational agency has already reduced class sizes in the early grades to 18 or fewer children.

School renovation

The conference agreement includes $1,200,000,000 for grants to local educational agencies for emergency school renovation and repair activities; activities under part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); and technology activities. The House bill provided no funding for this activity. The Senate bill provided $3,100,000,000 for activities to improve teacher quality, reduce class size, renovate school facilities and to carry out activities under title VI of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

The conference agreement provides $75,000,000 of the $1,200,000,000 for formula grants to local educational agencies with at least 50 percent of their student population living on Native American or Native Alaskan lands. These funds may be used for school renovations and repairs, as well as new construction activities, which may include construction of new facilities for specialized programs such as vocational-technical education and the installation of plumbing, sewage and electrical systems. For some of the schools in these local educational agencies, new construction may represent a more prudent use of resources than the repair or renovation of existing structures.

The conference agreement provides $3,250,000 of the $1,200,000,000 for grants to local educational agencies in outlying areas for the renovation and repair of high-need schools.

The conference agreement provides $25,000,000 for a new Charter Schools Facilities Financing Demonstration Program authorized as subpart 2 of part C of title X of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Charter schools are break-the-mold public schools that are free of bureaucratic red tape, and accountable for academic results. Many of these innovative schools receive no assistance from their states for capital financing expenses, or at best, only a modest amount of assistance for capital expenses. Furthermore, in most states, charter schools do not have bonding authority or a tax base for capital financing.

The Charter School Facilities Financing Demonstration Program would establish a credit enhancement demonstration program for the acquisition, renovation, or construction of public charter schools. Non-profit private entities (including those that benefit Native Alaskans), public entities, or consortia of the two entities would compete for one-time grants to be used to establish reserve funds to leverage private capital. For example, the reserve funds could be used for activities such as guaranteeing bonds, notes, or leases; encouraging private lending; or facilitating the issuance of bonds. The conferees intend that the Secretary of Education widely disseminate information gleaned from these demonstration efforts with a view toward these demonstrations serving as models for replication in states with charter schools.

The conference agreement provides that the remaining funds ($1,096,750,000) would be distributed to State educational agencies based on the title I, part A allocations under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, with a small state minimum of one half of one percent. After allowing for not more than one percent set aside at the state level for administrative expenses, the State educational agency or other entity with jurisdiction over school facilities financing, as the case may be, would distribute 75 percent of the state's funds to local educational agencies through competitive grants for emergency school repair and renovation activities.

The state educational agency or other responsible entity would ensure, through a competitive grant process, that high poverty local educational agencies receive, in the aggregate, shares of the state allocation of Federal emergency repair and renovation funds that are proportionate to their share of the state allocation of title I, part A funds. For the purposes of this program high poverty school districts are considered to be those with 30 percent or greater child poverty or 10,000 or greater poor children. The state educational agency or entity would also ensure that rural local educational agencies receive, in the aggregate, shares of the state allocation of Federal emergency repair and renovation funds that are proportionate to their share of title I, part A funds. Each state shall determine which local educational agencies within the state qualify as rural for the purposes of this program.

Those local educational agencies eligible to compete for an emergency repair and renovation grant either because of their high poverty status or their rural status, but who do not actually receive a grant, may be considered for a grant from the remaining funds for repair and renovation activities. Additionally, local educational agencies not eligible to receive a grant because of their lack of high poverty or rural status may be considered for a grant from the remaining repair and renovation funds.

These funds may be used by local educational agencies to meet the requirements of federal mandates such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and asbestos abatement requirements. Funds may also be used for the renovation, acquisition, and repair of charter schools and for emergency renovations or repairs to public school facilities to ensure the health and safety of students and staff (repairing, replacing, or installing roofs, electrical wiring, plumbing systems, or sewage systems; repairing, replacing, or installing heating, ventilation, or air conditioning systems, including insulation; and bringing schools into compliance with fire and safety codes).

The conference agreement clarifies that public charter schools that are considered to be a local educational agency under state law are eligible to compete for renovation and repair funds from the state in the same manner as local educational agencies. In addition, public charter schools that are not considered to be a local educational agency are eligible to receive assistance, in the same manner as a public school, from a local educational agency that is awarded a grant under this section.

The conference agreement provides for the equitable participation of non-profit, private elementary and secondary schools in repair and renovation activities. The eligible non-profit, private elementary and secondary schools would be limited to those schools with a child poverty rate of 40 percent or greater. Private school participation, in general, would be controlled by section 6402 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for the equitable participation of children enrolled in non-profit private elementary and secondary schools in the title VI block grant program of ESEA. This provision would allow these schools to receive the following services: (1) modifications of private school facilities in order to meet the standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act; (2) modifications of private school facilities to meet the standards under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; and (3) asbestos abatement or removal from such school facilities.

The conference agreement includes a prohibition on using federal emergency repair and renovation funds to supplant state and local funds available for repair and renovation. However, federal funds used for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act would not be subject to a supplement, not supplant requirement. While schools are required to make facilities modifications to ensure accessibility and should have already made these modifications, it is most important that these modifications be made. Minimizing the restrictions placed upon federal funds for these purposes can help ensure that school buildings become accessible to disabled individuals.

The conference agreement also provides for flexibility in the use of funds by local educational agencies. State educational agencies would distribute 25 percent of the funds they receive to local educational agencies through a competitive grant process for activities under part B of IDEA, technology activities, or both IDEA and technology activities. State educational agencies would base the grant awards for IDEA activities upon the need of a local educational agency for additional funds due to substantially high costs associated with serving a child with a disability; the costs of special education and related services, including transportation as needed to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education; the costs of assistive technology devices and services, and the costs associated with helping children with disabilities progress toward state performance goals and indicators. State educational agencies would base the technology grant awards upon the need of a local educational agency for additional funds for technology activities carried out in connection with school repair and renovation, including wiring; acquiring hardware and software; acquiring connectivity linkages and resources; and acquiring microwave, fiber optics, cable, and satellite transmission equipment.

Under the conference agreement, local educational agencies choose whether to apply for an IDEA grant, a technology grant, or both categories of grants. Local educational agencies that receive competitive grants for activities authorized under part B of IDEA would be required to use the grant funds in compliance with the provisions of that part. This requirement includes providing for the participation of private school children eligible for IDEA services. Technology activities would be for technology activities carried out in connection with school repair and renovation and include wiring; acquiring hardware and software; acquiring connectivity linkages and resources; and acquiring microwave, fiber optics, cable, and satellite transmission equipment.

Safe and drug free schools

The conference agreement includes $644,250,000 for the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act instead of the $599,250,000 as proposed by the House and $642,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Included within this amount is $439,250,000 for state grants as proposed by the House and $447,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The agreement also includes $155,000,000 for national programs instead of $145,000,000 as proposed by the Senate and $110,000,000 as proposed by the House. Within this amount, the conferees include $117,000,000 to support the Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative. Within the funds for national programs, the agreement also provides $10,000,000 to remain available until expended for Project School Emergency Response to Violence to provide services to local educational agencies in which the learning environment has been disrupted due to a violent or traumatic crisis.

Reading is fundamental

For the Reading is Fundamental program, the conference agreement provides $23,000,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $21,000,000 as proposed by the House.

Arts in education

For Arts in Education, the conference agreement includes $28,000,000 instead of $16,500,000 as proposed by the House and $18,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees provide that within this total, $6,500,000 is for VSA arts, $5,500,000 is for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, $2,000,000 is to be used to continue a youth violence prevention initiative, and $10,000,000 is to be used for the Secretary to make grants to school districts, state educational agencies, institutions of higher education and/or state and local non-profit arts organizations for activities authorized under subpart 1 of the Arts in Education program, particularly for supporting model projects and programs that integrate arts education into the regular elementary and secondary school curriculum and that provide for the development of model preservice and inservice professional development programs for arts educators and other instructional staff. In addition, $2,000,000 is for model professional development programs for music educators and $2,000,000 is for activities authorized under subpart 2 of the Arts in Education program.

Education for homeless children and youth

The conference agreement includes $35,000,000 for Education for Homeless Children and Youth instead of $32,000,000 as proposed by the House and $31,700,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Education of Native Hawaiians

The conference agreement includes $28,000,000 for the Education of Native Hawaiians as proposed by the Senate instead of $23,000,000 as proposed by the House. When making awards for this program, the Department should provide: $6,500,000 for curricula development, teacher training, and recruitment programs, including native language revitalization (for which the conferees encourage priority to be given to the University of Hawaii at Hilo Native Language College), aquaculture, prisoner education initiatives, waste management, computer literacy, big island astronomy, and indigenous health programs; $1,600,000 for community-based learning centers; $3,200,000 for the native Hawaiian higher education program; $500,000 for the native Hawaiian education councils; and $10,900,000 for family based education centers, including early childhood education for native Hawaiian children. If the Department proposes to provide 10% less than the stated amounts for any activity within this program, it must notify the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations at least 90 days prior to the end of the fiscal year.

Alaska Native educational equity

The conference agreement includes $15,000,000 for the Alaska Native Educational Equity program as proposed by the Senate instead of $13,000,000 as proposed by the House. From the increase in funds provided over the fiscal year 2000 level, $1,000,000 shall be for the Alaska Humanities Forum for operation of the Rose student exchange program and $1,000,000 shall be for the Alaska Native Heritage Center for support of its cultural education programs.

Charter schools

The conference agreement includes $190,000,000 for Charter Schools instead of $175,000,000 as proposed by the House and $210,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

READING EXCELLENCE

The conference agreement includes $286,000,000 for activities authorized under the Reading Excellence Act as proposed by the Senate instead of $260,000,000 as proposed by the House. The agreement provides $91,000,000 in fiscal year 2001 and $195,000,000 in fiscal year 2002 funding for this account.

INDIAN EDUCATION

The conference agreement includes $115,500,000 for Indian Education as proposed by the Senate instead of $107,765,000 as proposed by the House.

BILINGUAL AND IMMIGRANT EDUCATION

The conference agreement includes $460,000,000 for Bilingual and Immigrant Education programs instead of $406,000,000 as proposed by the House and $443,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

For instructional services, the conference agreement includes $180,000,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $162,500,000 as proposed by the House. For support services, the agreement provides $16,000,000 instead of $14,000,000 as proposed by both the House and the Senate. For professional development, the conference agreement includes $100,000,000 instead of $85,000,000 as proposed by the Senate and $71,500,000 as proposed by the House. For immigrant education, the conference agreement includes $150,000,000 as proposed by both the House and the Senate. The agreement also provides $14,000,000 for foreign language assistance as proposed by the Senate instead of $8,000,000 as proposed by the House.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

The conference agreement includes $7,439,948,000 for Special Education instead of $7,353,141,000 as proposed by the Senate and $6,550,161,000 as proposed by the House. The agreement provides $2,367,948,000 in fiscal year 2001 and $5,072,000,000 in fiscal year 2002 funding for this account.

Included in these funds is $6,339,685,000 for Grants to States part B instead of $6,279,685,000 as proposed by the Senate and $5,489,685,000 as proposed by the House. This funding level provides an additional $1,350,000,000 to assist the States in meeting the additional per pupil costs of services to special education students.

The conference agreement includes $383,567,000 for Grants for Infants and Families as proposed by the Senate instead of $375,000,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement includes $49,200,000 for state program improvement grants instead of $45,200,000 as proposed by the House and $35,200,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement includes $77,353,000 for research and innovation instead of $64,433,000 as proposed by the House and $74,433,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the amounts provided for Special Education Research and Innovation, the conference agreement includes $7,353,000 for the following:

The conference agreement includes $53,481,000 for technical assistance and dissemination instead of $45,481,000 proposed by both the House and the Senate. The agreement also includes $26,000,000 for parent information centers as proposed by the Senate instead of $22,000,000 as proposed by the House.

Included in the agreement is $37,210,000 for technology and media services instead of $36,410,000 as proposed by the House and $35,323,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement includes $9,500,000 for Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic for the purposes described in both the House and Senate reports.

The agreement also includes $1,500,000 for Public Telecommunications Information and Training Dissemination as proposed by the Senate. The House bill did not contain funds for this activity.

REHABILITATION SERVICES AND DISABILITY RESEARCH

The conference agreement includes $2,805,339,000 for Rehabilitation Services and Disability Research instead of $2,776,803,000 as proposed by the House and $2,799,519,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $11,647,000 for client assistance state grants instead of $10,928,000 as proposed by the House and $11,147,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement also includes $21,092,000 for demonstration and training programs instead of $16,492,000 as proposed by the House and $21,672,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $2,350,000 for migrant and seasonal farmworkers as proposed by the House instead of $2,850,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement also includes $14,000,000 for Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights as proposed by the House instead of $13,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $20,000,000 for services for older blind individuals as proposed by the Senate instead of $18,000,000 as proposed by the House. The agreement also includes $8,717,000 for the Helen Keller Center for Deaf/Blind as proposed by the Senate instead of $8,550,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement includes $100,400,000 for the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research instead of $86,462,000 as proposed by the House and $95,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, the conference agreement includes $400,000 for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation in Wichita, Kansas.

The conference agreement includes $41,112,000 for Assistive Technology as proposed by the Senate instead of $34,000,000 as proposed by the House. The conference agreement includes language which overrides the authorizing statute to provide $22,069,000 for State Assistive Technology projects, a total of $2,680,000 for grants to protection and advocacy systems (a minimum grant of $50,000 each) and $1,363,000 for technical assistance activities to support States in sustaining and strengthening their capacity to address the assistive technology needs of individuals with disabilities. This language was not included in either the House or Senate bills.

The agreement also retains language from the Senate bill which changes the matching requirements and funding provisions under title III of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 in order to increase access to assistive technology for individuals with disabilities. The House bill contained no similar provision.

Within the amounts provided for vocational rehabilitation demonstration and training programs, the conference agreement includes $4,600,000 for the following activities:

SPECIAL INSTITUTIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE FOR THE BLIND

The conference agreement includes $12,000,000 for American Printing House for the Blind instead of $11,000,000 as proposed by the House and $12,500,000 as proposed by the Senate. This amount includes $800,000 for the American Printing House's commitment to provide accessible textbooks to students who are blind or visually impaired through its innovative Accessible Textbook Initiative and Collaboration Project.

NATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF

The conference agreement includes $53,376,000 for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf instead of $54,000,000 as proposed by the House and $54,366,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees direct the Department of Education to waive any contribution requirement for construction costs related to the dormitory renovation project.

GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY

The conference agreement includes $89,400,000 for Gallaudet University as proposed by the House instead of $87,650,000 as proposed by the Senate.

VOCATIONAL AND ADULT EDUCATION

The conference agreement includes $1,825,600,000 for Vocational and Adult Education instead of $1,718,600,000 as proposed by the House and $1,726,600,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement provides $1,034,600,000 in fiscal year 2001 and $791,000,000 in fiscal year 2002 funding for this account.

The conference agreement includes $1,100,000,000 for Vocational Education basic state grants as proposed by the House instead of $1,071,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $5,600,000 for Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Vocational Institutions as proposed by the Senate instead of $4,600,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement includes $17,500,000 for vocational education national programs as proposed by the House and the Senate. The agreement also includes $9,000,000 to continue the occupational and employment information program as proposed by the Senate. The House bill did not include funding for this activity.

The conference agreement includes $5,000,000 for the tech-prep education demonstration authorized under section 207 of the Perkins Act. The agreement also includes $22,000,000 for State Grants for Incarcerated Youth as proposed by the Senate. The House did not provide funding for these activities.

The conferees encourage the Department to give full and fair consideration to proposals from county probation departments collaborating with community-based organizations established to address the educational and employment needs of ex-offenders.

The conference agreement includes $540,000,000 for adult education state grants instead of $470,000,000 proposed by both the House and the Senate. Within this amount, $70,000,000 is to be set aside for integrated English literacy and civics education services to new immigrants. Sixty-five percent of these funds will be allocated on the basis of a state's absolute need for services and thirty-five percent will be allocated on the basis of a state's recent growth in need for services. Each state is guaranteed a minimum grant of $60,000. For the purposes of allocating funds to States for these services, the conferees intend that the Department of Education use the most current data available from the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Department of Justice to determine the number of immigrants admitted for legal permanent residence for each fiscal year. The House bill provided $25,500,000 for civics education services to new immigrants. The Senate bill contained no similar provision.

STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The conference agreement includes $10,674,000,000 for Student Financial Assistance instead of $10,150,000,000 as proposed by the House and $10,639,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement sets the maximum Pell Grant at $3,750 instead of $3,650 as proposed by the Senate and $3,500 as proposed by the House. The agreement provides $8,756,000,000 for current law Pell Grants.

The conference agreement includes $60,000,000 for Perkins Loan cancellations instead of $40,000,000 as proposed by the House and $75,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement also includes $55,000,000 for Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnerships (LEAP) as proposed by the Senate. The House bill did not provide funding for this program.

The conference agreement also includes $1,000,000 for the loan forgiveness for child care providers program, instead of $10,000,000 provided in the Senate bill. The House bill did not include any funding for this program. The conferees are aware of the significant need for and benefits of high quality child care services, and for that reason, have included start up funding for this program. Limited funding has been provided in fiscal year 2001 solely due to the fact that few individuals will meet the eligibility requirements. The conferees expect the Secretary to be prepared to discuss the estimated number of eligible borrowers and amounts eligible to be forgiven at the fiscal year 2002 appropriations hearings to help make certain that sufficient funding is available for this program. In addition, the conferees direct the Department to ensure that information about the availability and benefits of this program is provided to all potentially eligible borrowers.

The conferees encourage the Department of Education, on all existing and future web sites and publications where higher education financial aid information is provided, to fairly and accurately provide information with respect to the availability of loans through both the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program and the Federal Direct Loan Program.

The conferees support continuing funding for work colleges, authorized in section 448 of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These funds help support comprehensive work-service-learning programs around the Nation. Of the funds provided, the conference agreement includes $4,000,000 to continue and expand the work colleges program.

The conferees are aware of concerns in the higher education community about the so-called `12-hour rule' and its unsuitability to address the needs of institutions of higher education throughout the nation that serve non-traditional students engaged in lifelong learning. The conferees are concerned about the potential for enormous paperwork burdens being placed on institutions of higher education in their attempts to comply with the 12-hour rule. The conferees understand that the Department of Education has agreed to meet with the higher education community about this issue. The conferees strongly encourage the Department to include all interested parties in this discussion, including those involved in efforts to assure the integrity of Federal student financial aid programs. The Department is requested to report the results of the discussions and any anticipated action on the part of the Department with respect to the 12-hour rule to the relevant Congressional committees by March 31, 2001. By October 1, 2001, the Department is to make recommendations to the relevant congressional committees regarding the most appropriate means to maintain the integrity of Federal student assistance programs without creating unnecessary paperwork for institutions of higher education.

HIGHER EDUCATION

The conference agreement includes $1,911,710,000 for Higher Education instead of $1,688,081,000 as proposed by the House and $1,704,520,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $73,000,000 for strengthening institutions as proposed by the House instead of $65,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement also includes $68,500,000 for Hispanic Serving Institutions as proposed by the House instead of $62,500,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $185,000,000 for Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities as proposed by the House instead of $169,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $45,000,000 for Historically Black Graduate Institutions as proposed by the House instead of $40,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $6,000,000 for Alaska and Native Hawaiian Institutions as proposed by the Senate instead of $5,000,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement includes $15,000,000 for Strengthening Tribal Colleges as proposed by the Senate instead of $12,000,000 as proposed by the House. Of this amount, $5,000,000 shall be used for construction and renovation projects at tribally controlled colleges and universities.

The conference agreement includes $146,687,000 for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education instead of $31,200,000 as proposed by the House and $51,247,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the amounts provided for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the conference agreement includes $115,487,000 for the following:

The conference agreement includes $67,000,000 for International Education domestic programs as proposed by the House instead of $62,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $730,000,000 for TRIO instead of $760,000,000 as proposed by the House and $736,500,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $295,000,000 for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) instead of $200,000,000 as proposed by the House and $225,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $41,001,000 for Byrd Scholarships as proposed by the Senate instead of $39,859,000 proposed by the House.

The conference agreement includes $10,000,000 for the Javits Fellowship program in school year 2002-2003. The agreement also includes $31,000,000 for Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need instead of $33,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement includes $30,000,000 for the Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships as proposed by the Senate instead of $10,000,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement includes $25,000,000 for Child Care Access Means Parents in School instead of $15,000,000 as proposed by the House and $10,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $1,750,000 for the Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program as proposed by the Senate. The House bill did not fund this activity.

The conference agreement also includes $4,000,000 for Thurgood Marshall Scholarships and $1,000,000 for Olympic Scholarships. Neither the House nor the Senate funded these activities.

The conferees recognize efforts of the University of South Carolina's College of Education to develop and implement a teacher training/teacher exchange program with their counterparts in Brazil, Denmark, Hungary, and Thailand. The conferees encourage the Secretary to support such efforts that link postsecondary institutions on an international basis to promote and improve teacher training and development activities.

HOWARD UNIVERSITY

The conference agreement includes $232,474,000 for Howard University instead of $226,474,000 as proposed by the House and $224,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

COLLEGE HOUSING AND ACADEMIC FACILITIES LOANS (CHAFL)

The conference agreement includes $762,000 for the College Housing and Academic Facilities Loans administration instead of $737,000 as proposed by both the House and the Senate.

HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY CAPITAL FINANCING, PROGRAM ACCOUNT

The conference agreement includes $208,000 for the Historically Black College and University Capital Financing Program Account as proposed by the Senate instead of $207,000 as proposed by the House.

EDUCATION RESEARCH, STATISTICS AND IMPROVEMENT

The conference agreement includes $732,721,000 for Education Research, Statistics and Improvement instead of the $494,367,000 as proposed by the House and $506,519,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees provide $120,567,000 for research instead of $103,567,000 as proposed by the House and $113,567,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this total, $20,000,000 is included for continuation of the interagency research initiative and $7,000,000 is included to support a research initiative on improving schooling for language-minority students. This program would support an interagency effort between the Department of Education and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to identify critical factors in the development of English-language literacy among students whose primary language is Spanish.

The conferees provide $80,000,000 for statistics instead of $68,000,000 as proposed by the House and the Senate. Within the increase provided, $2,000,000 is for a National Adult Literacy Survey; $6,400,000 is for the Birth Cohort of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study to allow the Department to follow cognitive, physical, and social development of young children; $1,000,000 is for the Adult Literacy and Life Skills study, an international comparative study of American workforce literacy skills in the context of five other nations; and $2,600,000 is for the Faculty Salary and Staff Surveys which form part of the Institutional Postsecondary Educational Data System and are used by many organizations to conduct policy analysis on institutions of higher education.

The conference agreement includes $65,000,000 for regional educational labs as proposed by both the House and the Senate. Consistent with House report 104-537, it is the intent of the conferees that funds provided to the regional educational laboratories shall not be conditioned on meeting performance standards that compromise the priorities of the regional governing boards of each of the individual laboratories. Further, the conferees intend that regional educational laboratory funds shall be obligated and distributed on the same basis as the fiscal year 2000 allocations not later than January 31, 2001.

Fund for the Improvement of Education

For the fund for the improvement of education (FIE), the conference agreement includes $349,354,000 instead of the $145,000,000 as proposed by the House and $142,152,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $50,000,000 for comprehensive school reform grants to school districts.

The conference agreement includes $30,000,000 to be used for the Elementary School Counseling Demonstration Program. The agreement also includes $5,000,000 to provide grants to enable schools to provide physical education and improve physical fitness and $3,000,000 for activities to promote consumer, economic, and personal finance education such as saving, investing and entrepreneurial education.

The conference agreement includes $5,000,000 to make awards under section 10101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act for a dropout prevention demonstration project. These awards should be made to implement innovative model programs that undertake activities to provide support, enrichment and motivation to students at risk of dropping out or that undertake activities to raise standards and expectations for disadvantaged students traditionally underserved in schools in order to ensure school completion. The Secretary will make awards to States or local educational agencies, working in collaboration with institutions of higher education or other public and private agencies, organizations or institutions. Priority should be given to applicants serving the communities with the highest dropout rates.

The conferees recognize the need to promote the study of American history in our nation's schools, and therefore, have also included $50,000,000 for a new demonstration program focusing on the instruction of American history in elementary and secondary education. Under this program, the Secretary of Education will award grants to local educational agencies (LEAs), and in turn, the LEAs will make awards to schools that are teaching American history as a separate subject within school curricula (not as a part of a social studies course). Grant awards are designed to augment the quality of American history instruction and to provide professional development activities and teacher education in the area of American history.

The conference agreement includes $5,000,000 for high school reform state grants. Through this State grant program, the Secretary of Education shall award three year grants, through a peer review process, to State educational agencies. State educational agencies will make available not less than 90 percent of the funds, on a competitive basis, to secondary schools or consortia thereof to support programs, activities, classes, and other services designed to assist secondary school students in attaining State-established challenging academic and technical skills proficiencies. Grants awarded to secondary schools or consortia shall be used to carry out the following activities: integration of academics with technical skills courses; establishment of learning and technical skills centers within secondary schools; and programs that support and implement innovative strategies such as independent study, school-based enterprises, and project-based learning.

The conference agreement includes funding under this heading for an award to maintain and enhance the National Teacher Recruitment Clearinghouse and for associated outreach and technical assistance activities.

The conferees are aware of a research-based program that assesses a student's cognitive strengths and perceptual abilities and designs an individualized plan of strengthening them which has promise to improve students' reading levels, grades, test scores and behavior, thereby reducing referrals to special education.

Within the amounts provided for the Fund for the Improvement of Education, the conference agreement includes $139,624,000 for the following:

For International Education, the conference agreement includes $10,000,000 as proposed by the Senate, instead of $7,000,000 as proposed by the House. The conferees support strengthening and expanding international education exchange programs to more students and teachers, expanding the early elementary school program begun last year in Bosnia, and pairing more American states with countries in the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe. Within the total, $1,200,000 is included for the civic education program in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and efforts in emerging democracies in developing countries.

The conferees recognize the efforts of Strategies to Accelerate Reading Success (STARS) in Las Vegas, NV where students in low performing schools have shown marked improvements in their reading and listening comprehension skills. The conferees are also aware of the Great Films Project Co., Inc. of New York and their ability to produce a documentary that will provide an objective assessment of the impact of Federal education programs on the education of our Nation's youth.

The conferees encourage the Secretary to consider funding a study by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences which provides a balanced evaluation of the consequences of high stakes testing, using data from a representative sample of states and local educational agencies. The evaluation may examine the consequences for students in general, minority students and students with limited English proficiency related to academic achievement, dropout and retention rates, quality of instruction, and the extent to which parents are informed about assessment results and consequences.

DEPARTMENTAL MANAGEMENT

The conference agreement includes $525,684,000 for Departmental Management instead of $488,134,000 as proposed by the House and $504,551,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, the agreement provides $76,000,000 for the Office of Civil Rights instead of $71,200,000 as proposed by the House and $73,224,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement also includes $36,500,000 for the Office of Inspector General instead of $34,000,000 as proposed by the House and $35,456,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement includes $510,000 to continue the Inspector General audit of the Department's Student Financial Assistance financial statements.

The conferees are supportive of the HEATH Clearinghouse which provides technical assistance and support services to disabled students and institutions of higher education. In the last five years, the number of requests for information has increased from 30,000 per year to more than 75,000 per year. The conferees encourage the Secretary to continue to support the clearinghouse.

GENERAL PROVISIONS

TRANSFER AUTHORITY

The conference agreement includes language to provide general transfer authority for the Departments and agencies in this bill except for the Department of Education (ED). This authority was first provided in fiscal year 1996 with the understanding that the flexibility it provides can only be carried out when proper financial management controls and systems are in place. ED did not receive an unqualified opinion on its financial statements for either fiscal year 1998 or 1999. The conferees recognize that ED is working to rectify problems that have been identified, but for fiscal year 2001 the conferees require a letter of reprogramming to the House and Senate Appropriation Committees and a written response from the Committees before any transfer of funds can be made.

The conferees reiterate that it is not the purpose of the transfer authority to provide funding for new policy proposals that can, and should, be included in subsequent budget proposals. Absent the need to respond to emergencies or unforeseen circumstances, this authority cannot be used simply to increase funding for programs, projects or activities because of disagreements over the funding level or the difficulty or inconvenience with operating levels set by the Congress.

TITLE I--TARGETING

The conference agreement includes language proposed by the Senate directing the Comptroller General to evaluate targeting within the title I program. The House bill contained no similar provisions.

NATIONAL ASSESSMENT GOVERNING BOARD DATE CHANGE

The conference agreement includes a provision that makes the terms of service for National Assessment Governing Board members four years.

RECALCULATION OF COHORT DEFAULT RATE

The conference agreement includes language changing the process for appealing cohort default rate calculations so that a school that misses the appeal deadline may retain eligibility if a clear mistake was made in the data used to calculate the rate.

COMPENSATION PARITY FOR AUDITORS AND EXAMINERS

The conference agreement includes an amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965 relating to compensation parity for auditors and examiners.

TRIBAL COLLEGES

The conference agreement includes an amendment to the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 relating to tribally controlled postsecondary vocational and technical institutions.

SECURITY INTERESTS IN STUDENT LOANS

The conference agreement includes an amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965 relating to perfection of security interests in student loans.

HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

The conference agreement includes an amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965 relating to default rates.

NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER

The conference agreement includes a provision which provides $10,000,000 to the Secretary of Education to be transferred to the Secretary of the Interior for an award to the National Constitution Center to continue activities authorized by P.L. 100-433.

CHARACTER EDUCATION

The conference agreement includes a modification to the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Act for the development and implementation of character education programs.

WAIVER REVIEW

The conference agreement includes a provision that directs the Secretary to review the nursing program operated by Graceland University in Iowa and specifies that the Secretary may exercise waiver authority relating to this program.

LEVERAGING EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PARTNERSHIPS

The conference agreement includes an amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965 clarifying that funds provided under the Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program may not be used for administrative purposes and that matching funds must come from new sources in order to leverage more state funding.

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

The conference agreement includes an amendment to Part A of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 which allows grantees receiving funding under the Student Support Services program within TRIO to use part of these funds for direct grant aid to needy students. A grant provided under this provision may not exceed the maximum appropriated Pell Grant, or be less than the minimum appropriated Pell Grant, for the current academic year. Grantees using funds for this purpose are required to match at least 33 percent of the funds used for grant aid in cash from non-federal sources and may not use more than 20 percent of their grant amount for direct grant aid purposes.

STUDENT LOANS INTEREST RATE

The conference agreement includes a provision that replaces the interest rate formula for certain Parent Loans to Students and Supplemental Loans for Students which used the rates established by the auction of 52-week Treasury bills for setting new interest rates each July 1st. Interest rates for these loans will now be based on a new formula which uses the weekly average of the one year constant maturity Treasury yield, as published by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, for the last calendar week ending on or before June 26th preceding the July 1st effective date for interest rate changes.

OLYMPIC SCHOLARSHIPS

The conference agreement includes an amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965 designating scholarships made under the Olympic Scholarships program as `B.J. Stupak Olympic Scholarships.'

PROPERTY TRANSFER

The conference agreement includes a provision that would release a reversionary interest at San Francisco State University.

IMPACT AID

The conference agreement includes an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, relating to certain school districts eligible for the Impact Aid program.

TITLE IV--RELATED AGENCIES

ARMED FORCES RETIREMENT HOME

The conference agreement does not include an additional advance appropriation for the Armed Forces Retirement Home as proposed by the Senate. The House bill contained no similar provision.

CORPERATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

DOMESTIC VOLUNTEER SERVICE PROGRAMS, OPERATING EXPENSES

The conference agreement includes $303,850,000 for the Domestic Volunteer Service programs instead of $294,527,000 as proposed by the House and $302,504,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA)

The conference agreement includes $83,074,000 for VISTA as proposed by the Senate instead of $80,574,000 as proposed by the House.

National Senior Volunteer Corps

The conference agreement includes $98,868,000 for the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) instead of $95,988,000 as proposed by the House and $97,500,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement includes $40,395,000 for the Senior Companion Program (SCP) instead of $39,219,000 as proposed by the House and $40,219,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement also includes $48,884,000 for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) instead $46,117,000 as proposed by the House and $48,117,000 as proposed by the Senate.

One-third of the increases provided for the FGP, SCP, and RSVP programs shall be used to fund Programs of National Significance expansion grants to allow existing FGP, RSVP and SCP programs to expand the number of volunteers serving in areas of critical need as identified by Congress in the Domestic Volunteer Service Act.

Sufficient funding has been included to provide a 2 percent increase for administrative costs realized by all current grantees in the FGP and SCP programs, and a 4 percent increase for administrative costs realized by all current grantees in the RSVP program. Funds remaining above these amounts should be used to begin new FGP, RSVP and SCP programs in geographic areas currently unserved. The conferees expect these projects to be awarded via a nationwide competition among potential community-based sponsors.

The Corporation for National and Community Service shall comply with the directive that use of funding increases in the Foster Grandparent Program, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and VISTA not be restricted to America Reads activities. The conferees further direct that the Corporation shall not stipulate a minimum or maximum amount for PNS grant augmentations.

The conference agreement includes $400,000 for senior demonstration activities as proposed by the House instead of $1,494,000 as proposed by the Senate. These funds are to be used to carry out evaluations and to provide recruitment, training, and technical assistance to local projects as described in the budget request. No new demonstration projects may be begun with these funds. None of the increases provided for FGP, SCP, or RSVP in fiscal year 2001 may be used for demonstration activities. The conferees further expect that all future demonstration activities will be funded through allocations made through Part E of the Domestic Volunteer Service Act.

Funds appropriated for fiscal year 2001 may not be used to implement or support service collaboration agreements or any other changes in the administration and/or governance of national service programs prior to passage of a bill by the authorizing committees of jurisdiction specifying such changes.

Program Administration

The conference agreement includes $32,229,000 for program administration of DVSA programs at the Corporation as proposed by the House instead of $32,100,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funding should be used for the new core financial management system and to make other technology enhancements that will improve customer service and field communications.

CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING

The conference agreement includes language proposed by the Senate providing an additional $20,000,000 for digitalization, if specifically authorized by subsequent legislation. The House bill contained no similar provision.

FEDERAL MEDIATION AND CONCILIATION SERVICE

The conference agreement includes $38,200,000 for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service as proposed by the Senate instead of $37,500,000 as proposed by the House.

FEDERAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH REVIEW COMMISSION

The conference agreement includes $6,320,000 for the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission as proposed by the Senate instead of $6,200,000 as proposed by the House.

INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES

The conference agreement includes $207,219,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services instead of $170,000,000 as proposed by the House and $168,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the amounts provided, the conference agreement includes $39,219,000 for the following:

MEDICARE PAYMENT ADVISORY COMMISSION

The conference agreement provides $8,000,000 for the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the same as both the House and the Senate. A documented national shortage of geriatricians, physicians who specialize in the management of care for frail, older persons, exists. The shortage has occurred, in part, because of inadequate Medicare reimbursement and physician training payment restrictions. For this reason, MedPAC should study the issue, reporting specifically on how the hospital specific cap on residents for purposes of Medicare graduate medical education payments impacts geriatric training programs and providing recommendations regarding how to alter the cap to resolve this problem.

NATIONAL COMMISSION ON LIBRARIES AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

The conference agreement includes $1,495,000 for the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science as proposed by the Senate instead of $1,400,000 as proposed by the House.

NATIONAL COUNCIL ON DISABILITY

The conference agreement includes $2,615,000 for the National Council on Disability as proposed by the Senate instead of $2,450,000 as proposed by the House.

NATIONAL EDUCATION GOALS PANEL

The conference agreement includes $1,500,000 for the National Education Goals Panel instead of $2,350,000 as proposed by the Senate. The House bill did not propose funding for this agency.

NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD

The conference agreement includes $216,438,000 for the National Labor Relations Board as proposed by the Senate instead of $205,717,000 as proposed by the House.

NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD

The conference agreement includes $10,400,000 for the National Mediation Board as proposed by the Senate instead of $9,800,000 as proposed by the House.

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH REVIEW COMMISSION

The conference agreement includes $8,720,000 for the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission as proposed by the Senate instead of $8,600,000 as proposed by the House.

RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD

LIMITATION ON ADMINISTRATION

The conference agreement includes a limitation on transfers from the railroad trust funds of $95,000,000 for administrative expenses as proposed by the House instead of $92,500,000 as proposed by the Senate.

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

The conference agreement includes a limitation on transfers from the railroad trust funds of $5,700,000 for administrative expenses of the Office of Inspector General as proposed by the Senate instead of $5,380,000 as proposed by the House.

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME PROGRAM

The conference agreement includes $23,344,000,000 for the Supplemental Security Income Program instead of $23,354,000,000 as proposed by the Senate and $23,127,000,000 as proposed by the House.

LIMITATION ON ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

The conference agreement includes a limitation of $7,124,000,000 on transfers from the Social Security and Medicare trust funds and Supplemental Security Income program for administrative activities instead of $6,978,036,000 as proposed by the House and $7,010,800,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes language proposed by the House clarifying that the Social Security Administration may use unexpended funds for investment in information technology and telecommunications hardware and software infrastructure, including related equipment and non-payroll expenses associated solely with information technology and telecommunications technology. The agreement also includes language proposed by the House that requires the Secretary of the Treasury to reimburse the Trust Fund from the General Fund for the cost of official time for federal employees and facilities and support services for labor organizations. The Senate bill contained no similar provisions.

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

The conference agreement includes $69,444,000 for the Office of Inspector General through a combination of general revenues and limitations on trust fund transfers as proposed by the Senate instead of $65,752,000 as proposed by the House.

UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE

The conference agreement includes $15,000,000 for the United States Institute of Peace as proposed by the House instead of $12,951,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees direct the United States Institute of Peace to provide information in the fiscal year 2002 Congressional budget justification regarding the use of appropriated funds in the Endowment. Included in this information should be the total amount of appropriated funds transferred into the Endowment from the most recent fiscal year available, the total amount of interest earned in the fiscal year on those funds, a list of all dates in which draw downs occur and those amounts, and a beginning and end of year balance of the Endowment.

TITLE V--GENERAL PROVISIONS

DISTRIBUTION OF STERILE NEEDLES

The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by the House that prohibits the use of funds in this Act to carry out any program of distributing sterile needles or syringes for the hypodermic injection of any illegal drug. The Senate bill contained a similar provision except that it would have allowed for such a program if the Secretary of Health and Human Services determines that these programs are effective in preventing the spread of HIV and do not encourage the use of illegal drugs.

FIFTH QUARTER OBLIGATIONS

The conference agreement does not include a provision proposed by both the House and Senate to allow fiscal year 2000 unobligated balances for salaries and expenses to remain available through the first quarter of fiscal year 2001.

RESTORING SSI BENEFITS PAYMENTS TO APPROPRIATE YEAR

The conference agreement does not include a provision proposed by the House to restore benefit payments for Supplemental Security Income to the appropriate year. The Senate bill contained no similar provision.

EVALUATION OF ABSTINENCE EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by the House to extend the funding available for evaluations of abstinence education programs to 2005 and provides for an interim report not later than January 1, 2002. The Senate bill contained no similar provision.

TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE TO NEEDY FAMILIES (TANF)

The conference agreement does not include a provision proposed by the Senate to reduce TANF supplemental grants in fiscal year 2001. The House bill contained no similar provision.

DISCRETIONARY ADVANCE APPROPRIATION REDUCTION

The conference agreement does not include a provision proposed by the House to rescind funds from the Payments to States for the Child Care and Development Block Grant if the total level of discretionary advance appropriations for fiscal year 2002 exceeds $23,500,000,000. The Senate bill contained no similar provision.

UNIQUE HEALTH IDENTIFIER

The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by the Senate to prohibit the promulgation or adoption of any final standard relating to a unique health identifier until legislation is enacted specifically approving the standard. The House bill contained a similar provision except it did not provide for legislative action.

STATE SUPPLEMENTARY PAYMENTS

The conference agreement includes language proposed by the Senate that accelerates the effective date of current law requiring a State that has entered into an agreement with the Social Security Administration for Federal administration of State supplementary payments be required to remit payments and fees no later than the business day preceeding the SSI payment from September, 2000 to September, 2001.

MILITARY RECRUITING AT SECONDARY SCHOOLS

The conference agreement does not include a provision proposed by the House preventing secondary schools from prohibiting military recruitment. The Senate bill contained no similar provision.

NIH LICENSE AGREEMENTS

The conferees do not include a provision proposed by the House regarding NIH license agreements. The Senate bill contained no similar provision.

ACROSS-THE-BOARD ADMINISTRATIVE AND RELATED EXPENSES REDUCTION

The conference agreement includes a provision to reduce administrative and related expenses of the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education by $25,000,000.

EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION DISTRIBUTION THROUGH SCHOOL CLINICS

The conference agreement does not include a provision proposed by the Senate to prohibit the distribution of or prescription for postcoital emergency contraception to an unemancipated minor on the premises or in the facilities of any elementary or secondary school. The House bill contained no similar provision.

RIGHTS OF RESIDENTS OF CERTAIN FACILITIES

The conference agreement does not include a provision proposed by the Senate to amend the Public Health Service Act to add a new section titled `Requirement Relating to the Rights of Residents of Certain Facilities'. The House bill contained no similar provision.

SENSE OF THE SENATE ON EARLY HEAD START

The conference agreement deletes without prejudice a Sense of the Senate provision regarding blood lead screening tests on children enrolled in early head start programs. The House bill contained no similar provision.

SENSE OF THE SENATE ON A STUDY OF SEXUAL ABUSE IN SCHOOLS

The conference agreement deletes without prejudice a Sense of the Senate provision regarding a study on the issue of sexual abuse in schools. The House bill contained no similar provision.

GAO STUDY INTO FEDERAL FETAL TISSUE PRACTICES

The conference agreement does not include a provision proposed by the Senate requesting a GAO study into Federal fetal tissue practices. The House bill contained no similar provision.

GENETIC INFORMATION NONDISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH INSURANCE ACT OF 1999

The conference agreement does not include a provision proposed by the Senate regarding genetic information. The House bill contained no similar provision.

HEALTH CARE ACCESS AND PROTECTIONS FOR CONSUMERS

The conference agreement does not include the health care access and protections for consumers provision as proposed by the Senate. The House bill contained no similar provision.

HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS

The conference agreement includes a provision related to human papillomavirus. The House and Senate bills contained no similar provision.

SACCHARIN LABELING

The conference agreement includes a provision that repeals the mandated saccharin warning label. The House and Senate bills contained no similar provision.

SPECIAL BENEFITS FOR CERTAIN WORLD WAR II VETERANS

The conference agreement includes a provision which allows a State and the Commissioner of Social Security to enter into an agreement under which the Commissioner would make State payments, on behalf of the State, to supplement federal payments provided under Title VIII of the Social Security Act.

STATUTORY EMPLOYEES

The Conferees note that, given the complexity of issues that were considered under prior law in correctly determining the amount of Supplemental Security Income payable to individuals who are classified as `statutory employees', or their dependents, that in the past cases may have been determined erroneously. The Conferees urge the Social Security Administration to act favorably on requests for waiver of overpayment that may have accrued in such cases.

TITLE VI--ASSETS FOR INDEPENDENCE ACT

The conference agreement includes amendments to the Assets for Independence Act to make technical and conforming changes to ensure accurate research and measurement of the effectiveness of Individual Development Accounts.

TITLE VII--PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR PROGRESS PROGRAM

The conference agreement includes the Physical Education for Progress program which will enable local educational agencies to initiate, expand, and improve physical education programs for all K-12 students.

TITLE VIII--EARLY LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

The conference agreement includes the Early Learning Opportunities Act, which is designed to help states increase the availability of voluntary programs, services, and activities that support early childhood education.

TITLE IX--RURAL EDUCATION

The conference agreement includes the Rural Achievement Act, which amends Part J of Title X of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 to better address the different needs of small, rural school districts. Under this provision, a local educational agency (LEA) would be able to combine funding under various ESEA programs to support compensatory education, teacher professional development, education technology, and school drug and violence prevention activities authorized under ESEA that are intended to improve the academic achievement of elementary and secondary school students.

CONFERENCE AGREEMENT

The following table displays the amounts agreed to for each program, project or activity with appropriate comparisons:

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LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS

The conference agreement would enact the provisions of H.R. 5657 as introduced on December 14, 2000. The text of that bill follows:

A BILL Making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes, namely:

TITLE I--CONGRESSIONAL OPERATIONS

SENATE

PAYMENT TO WIDOWS AND HEIRS OF DECEASED MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

EXPENSE ALLOWANCES

REPRESENTATION ALLOWANCES FOR THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS

SALARIES, OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES

OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

OFFICES OF THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS

OFFICES OF THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY WHIPS

COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

CONFERENCE COMMITTEES

OFFICES OF THE SECRETARIES OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE MAJORITY AND THE CONFERENCE OF THE MINORITY

POLICY COMMITTEES

OFFICE OF THE CHAPLAIN

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

OFFICE OF THE SERGEANT AT ARMS AND DOORKEEPER

OFFICES OF THE SECRETARIES FOR THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY

AGENCY CONTRIBUTIONS AND RELATED EXPENSES

OFFICE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL OF THE SENATE

OFFICE OF SENATE LEGAL COUNSEL

EXPENSE ALLOWANCES OF THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE, SERGEANT AT ARMS AND DOORKEEPER OF THE SENATE, AND SECRETARIES FOR THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY OF THE SENATE

CONTINGENT EXPENSES OF THE SENATE

INQUIRIES AND INVESTIGATIONS

EXPENSES OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE CAUCUS ON INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS CONTROL

SECRETARY OF THE SENATE

SERGEANT AT ARMS AND DOORKEEPER OF THE SENATE

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

SENATORS' OFFICIAL PERSONNEL AND OFFICE EXPENSE ACCOUNT

OFFICIAL MAIL COSTS

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

HOUSE LEADERSHIP OFFICES

MEMBERS' REPRESENTATIONAL ALLOWANCES

INCLUDING MEMBERS' CLERK HIRE, OFFICIAL EXPENSES OF MEMBERS, AND OFFICIAL MAIL

COMMITTEE EMPLOYEES

STANDING COMMITTEES, SPECIAL AND SELECT

COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

SALARIES, OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES

ALLOWANCES AND EXPENSES

CHILD CARE CENTER

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

JOINT ITEMS

JOINT CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE ON INAUGURAL CEREMONIES OF 2001

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISION

JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE

JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION

OFFICE OF THE ATTENDING PHYSICIAN

CAPITOL POLICE BOARD

CAPITOL POLICE

SALARIES

GENERAL EXPENSES

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

CAPITOL GUIDE SERVICE AND SPECIAL SERVICES OFFICE

STATEMENTS OF APPROPRIATIONS

OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISION

ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL

CAPITOL BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

CAPITOL BUILDINGS

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

CAPITOL GROUNDS

SENATE OFFICE BUILDINGS

HOUSE OFFICE BUILDINGS

CAPITOL POWER PLANT

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

CONGRESSIONAL PRINTING AND BINDING

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISION

TITLE II--OTHER AGENCIES

BOTANIC GARDEN

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

COPYRIGHT OFFICE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

BOOKS FOR THE BLIND AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL

LIBRARY BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

STRUCTURAL AND MECHANICAL CARE

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

OFFICE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF DOCUMENTS

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE REVOLVING FUND

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

TITLE III--GENERAL PROVISIONS

TITLE IV--EMERGENCY FISCAL YEAR 2000 SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS

CAPITOL POLICE BOARD

SECURITY ENHANCEMENTS

ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL

CAPITOL BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

HOUSE OFFICE BUILDINGS

DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

FEDERAL HOUSING ADMINISTRATION

FHA--GENERAL AND SPECIAL RISK PROGRAM ACCOUNT

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS

Following is explanatory language on H.R. 5657, as introduced on December 14, 2000.

The conferees on H.R. 4577 agree with the matter included in H.R. 5657 and enacted in this conference report by reference and the following description. This bill was developed through negotiations by conferees on the differences in H.R. 4516. References in the following description to the `conference agreement' mean the matter included in the introduced bill enacted by this conference report. References to the House bill mean the House passed version of H.R. 4516. References to the Senate bill or Senate amendment mean the Senate reported version of H.R. 4516.

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS

Many items in both House and Senate Legislative Branch Appropriations bills are identical and are included in the conference agreement without change. The conferees have endorsed statements or policy contained in the House and Senate reports accompanying the appropriations bills, unless amended or restated herein. The conferees have agreed to drop without prejudice the direction in the House report under the heading, Information Security, subsumed under `LEGISLATIVE BRANCH WIDE MATTERS'. With respect to those items in the conference agreement that differ between House and Senate bills, the conferees have agreed to the following with the appropriate section numbers, punctuation, and other technical corrections:

TITLE I--CONGRESSIONAL OPERATIONS

SENATE

Appropriates $506,797,300 for Senate operations, and includes, at the request of the managers on the part of the Senate, an amendment adding $250,000, an amendment containing the traditional death gratuity upon the death of a Senator, and an amendment to Section 8. Inasmuch as this item relates solely to the Senate, and in accord with long practice under which each body determines its own housekeeping requirements and the other concurs without intervention, the managers on the part of the House, at the request of the managers on the part of the Senate, have receded to the Senate.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

At the request of the managers on the part of the House, an enrollment error in the House bill has been corrected and an administrative provision has been added to provide funds for a special education need. Inasmuch as this item relates solely to the House, and in accord with long practice under which each body determines its own housekeeping requirements and the other concurs without intervention, the managers on the part of the Senate, at the request of the managers on the part of the House, have receded to the House.

JOINT ITEMS

JOINT COMMITTEE ON INAUGURAL CEREMONIES OF 2001

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriates $1,000,000 for the Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies of 2001 as proposed by the Senate, amending two dates.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISION

The conferees have amended the administrative provision proposed by the House regarding assistance for the Capitol Police during the Inauguration in January 2001 and the 2001 joint session of Congress to receive the State of the Union message.

JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE

Appropriates $3,315,000 for the Joint Economic Committee as proposed by the Senate instead of $3,072,000 as proposed by the House.

JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION

Appropriates $6,430,000 for the Joint Committee on Taxation instead of $6,174,000 as proposed by the House and $6,686,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees believe that this level of funding is sufficient for the Joint Committee on Taxation to complete its report on the overall state of the Federal tax system.

CAPITOL POLICE BOARD

CAPITOL POLICE

SALARIES

Appropriates $97,142,000 for salaries of officers, members, and employees of the Capitol Police instead of $92,769,000 as proposed by the House and $102,700,000 as proposed by the Senate, of which $47,053,000 is provided to the Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives and $50,089,000 is provided to the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate. Of the amount provided, $4,660,000 is for overtime.

The conferees have agreed this will fund 1,481 FTE's, the level proposed by the Senate. The Chief of Police is directed to secure the approval of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees before filling positions above the level of 1,402 FTE's. The conferees intend that sufficient resources be allocated to implement the `two officers per door' policy. The Police are directed to study the posting requirements of all posts and report to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Until such a study is presented, the police are authorized an FTE level of 1402.

GENERAL EXPENSES

Appropriates $6,772,000 for general expenses of the Capitol Police instead of $6,549,000 as proposed by the House and $6,884,000 as proposed by the Senate. The funds provide $103,000 for motorcycle replacement, and the conferees direct that the Capitol Police continue the program begun in FY 2000 to utilize American-made motorcycles, targeting the funds made available in this agreement towards smaller motorcycles. In addition, the conferees have not included reimbursement for telecommunications costs ($235,000) and direct that these savings be applied to other programs. Items for installation and maintenance of physical security and information security measures shall not be less than the FY 2000 funded level.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

The conferees have included two administrative provisions proposed by the House relating to certifying officers and a chief administrative officer. The conferees have also added a provision adjusting the salary of the chief of the Capitol police.

CAPITOL GUIDE SERVICE AND SPECIAL SERVICES OFFICE

Appropriates $2,371,000 for the Capitol Guide Service and Special Services Office as proposed by the Senate instead of $2,201,000 as proposed by the House.

STATEMENTS OF APPROPRIATIONS

Appropriates $30,000 for statements of appropriations as proposed by the Senate instead of $29,000 as proposed by the House and makes technical changes.

OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE

Appropriates $1,820,000 for the Office of Compliance instead of $1,816,000 as proposed by the House and $2,066,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees note that Office of Compliance telephones frequently are not answered during normal business hours. As an agency providing service to employees and agencies of the Legislative branch, the Executive Director should ensure that calls to the Office of Compliance are answered during normal business hours. In addition, the conferees believe the Executive Director should examine the use of contract couriers to make deliveries to Congressional offices and should reduce costs for such deliveries by use of other means when appropriate.

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Establishes the limitation on funds for representation and reception expenses at $3,000 as proposed by the House instead of $2,500 as proposed by the Senate and appropriates $28,493,000 for salaries and expenses of the Congressional Budget Office instead of $27,403,000 as proposed by the House and $27,113,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees have included an administrative provision, as proposed by the Senate, authorizing the Congressional Budget Office to enter into multiple year contracts to the same extent as executive agencies.

ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL

CAPITOL BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

CAPITOL BUILDINGS

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriates $43,689,000 for salaries and expenses, Capitol buildings, Architect of the Capitol, instead of $44,234,000 as proposed by the House and $44,191,000 as proposed by the Senate. Of this amount, $3,843,000 shall remain available until expended instead of $4,280,000 as proposed by the House and $4,255,000 as proposed by the Senate. With respect to object class and project differences between the House and Senate bills, the conferees have agreed to the following:

Operating Budget: $39,346,000
Capitol Projects:
1. Update electrical system drawings on CAD 70,000
2. CAD Mechanical database 70,000
3. Conservation of wall paintings 200,000
4. Study, confined spaces, Capitol Complex 0
5. Replacement on Minton tile 100,000
6. Provide infrastructure for security installations 400,000
7. Computer, telecommunications and electrical support 300,000
8. Security project support for AOC 0
9. Roof fall protection 555,000
10. Life safety support services 0
11. Safety and environmental program and SOP development 0
12. Wayfinding and ADA compliant signage 50,000
13. Computer aided facility management 263,000

The conference agreement includes a provision authorizing the Architect of the Capitol to hire a project manager for the construction of the Capitol Visitors Center and establishing a ceiling on the level of pay for this position. The conferees direct the Architect to fill this position from among persons recruited from outside the agency. The language authorizing the position and funding for same will require inclusion in annual appropriations bills and will be withdrawn upon completion of the project.

The conferees have agreed to modify the Senate report language directing the Architect to create and fill a position for employee advocate. The conferees direct that the Architect fill the position of Employee Advocate on a one-year, temporary basis, using existing resources, at a level appropriate to the task. In the submission of the FY 2002 budget request, the Architect is directed to report on measures taken to fulfill directives in the Senate report in lieu of the quarterly reports outlined in the Senate report regarding this position. The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations will review the results of this temporary measure before considering a permanent solution.

The conferees are aware that the Architect of the Capitol employs a significant number of temporary workers (excluding intermittent workers) who do not receive the usual benefits available to permanent federal workers. The Architect is directed to provide a report within 90 days to the Senate Committees on Appropriations and Rules and Administration, and to the House Committees on Appropriations, Transportation and Infrastructure, and House Administration, both majority and minority, detailing its use of temporary workers, the terms and conditions thereof, and the reasons therefor; the total number of such workers employed during each of the last five fiscal years; and a list and explanation of the benefits, if any, such workers receive by reason of their AOC employment. The report shall make recommendations for how to provide such workers access to federal benefits and a list of any alternatives that may exist to the use of temporary workers.

The conferees are concerned about a class-action suit against the Architect (Harris et al. v. Architect of the Capitol). The Architect is urged to make every effort to settle this lawsuit as expeditiously as possible, and to report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations within 45 days on the status of the case.

CAPITOL GROUNDS

Appropriates $5,362,000 to the Architect of the Capitol for care and improvement of grounds surrounding the Capitol, House and Senate office buildings, and the Capitol power plant instead of $5,217,000 as proposed by the House and $5,512,000 as proposed by the Senate. Of this amount, $125,000 shall remain available until expended instead of $25,000 as proposed by the House and $225,000 as proposed by the Senate. With respect to object class and project differences between the House and Senate bills, the conferees have agreed to the following:

Operating Budget $5,127,000
Capitol Projects:
1. CAD database development--site utilities 110,000
2. Wayfinding and ADA compliant signage 100,000

SENATE OFFICE BUILDINGS

Appropriates $63,974,000 to the Architect of the Capitol as proposed by the Senate, of which $21,669,000 shall remain available until expended, for the operations of the Senate office buildings. Inasmuch as this item relates solely to the Senate, and in accord with long practice under which each body determines its own housekeeping requirements and the other concurs without intervention, the managers on the part of the House, at the request of the managers on the part of the Senate, have receded to the Senate.

HOUSE OFFICE BUILDINGS

Appropriates $32,750,000 to the Architect of the Capitol as proposed by the House, of which $123,000 shall remain available until expended, for the operations of the House office buildings. Inasmuch as this item relates solely to the House, and in accord with long practice under which each body determines its own housekeeping requirements and the other concurs without intervention, the managers on the part of the Senate, at the request of the managers on the part of the House, have receded to the House.

CAPITOL POWER PLANT

In addition to the $4,400,000 available from receipts, appropriates $39,415,000 to the Architect of the Capitol for Capitol power plant operations instead of $39,151,000 as proposed by the House and $39,569,000 as proposed by the Senate. Of this amount, $523,000 shall remain available until expended as proposed by the Senate instead of $200,000 as proposed by the House. With respect to object class and project differences between the House and Senate bills, the conferees have agreed to the following:

Operating Budget:
1. Personnel compensation 4,467,000
2. Other expenses 34,110,000
Capital Projects:
1. Study, heat balance/efficiency improvements 0
2. Update CAD drawings 65,000
3. Roof fall protection 323,000

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriates $73,592,000 for salaries and expenses, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress instead of $73,810,000 as proposed by the House and $73,374,000 as proposed by the Senate. In keeping with both the complete research and maximum practicable administrative independence of the Congressional Research Service, it is the conferees' intent that the Director of the Congressional Research Service shall be obligated to bring to the attention of the appropriate House and Senate Committees issues which directly impact the Congressional Research Service and its ability to serve the needs of Congress. The budgetary needs of CRS that may not be adequately addressed in the annual budget submission should be raised with the Appropriations Committees.

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

CONGRESSIONAL PRINTING AND BINDING

Appropriates $71,462,000 for Congressional printing and binding instead of $69,626,000 as proposed by the House and $73,297,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement includes a heading and provision for transfer of balances for preceding fiscal years to the Government Printing Office revolving fund as proposed by the House and language proposed by the Senate to provide for printing and binding for the Architect of the Capitol and for preparing the semimonthly and session indexes for the Congressional Record.

Rather than limiting funding for the Congressional Record Index and indexers to close out activities, as directed in the House report, the conferees agree that this activity should continue and that improvements in work processes should be pursued by taking advantage of the latest available technology. These activities and initiatives should be more closely integrated and coordinated with related GPO functions and should be pursued under the direction of the Public Printer or appropriate officials designated by the Public Printer.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISION

The conference agreement amends an administrative provision proposed by the House regarding a study of Congressional printing needs and authorization of appropriations beginning in fiscal year 2003 to limit its application to the Clerk of the House and the printing needs of the House of Representatives.

TITLE II--OTHER AGENCIES

BOTANIC GARDEN

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriates $3,328,000 for salaries and expenses, Botanic Garden instead of $3,216,000 as proposed by the House and $3,653,000 as proposed by the Senate of which $25,000 shall remain available until expended instead of $150,000 as proposed by the Senate. With respect to object class and project differences between the House and Senate bills, the conferees have agreed to the following:

Operating Budget $3,303,000
Capitol Projects:
1. Replace equipment at growing facilities 0
2. Wayfinding signage 25,000

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Provides $282,838,000 for salaries and expenses, Library of Congress instead of $269,864,000 as proposed by the House and $267,330,000 as proposed by the Senate. Of this amount, $6,850,000 is made available from receipts collected by the Library of Congress, and $10,459,575 is to remain available until expended for acquisition of library materials as proposed by the House instead of $10,398,600 as proposed by the Senate. With respect to differences between the House and Senate bills, the conferees have agreed to the following:

1. Mandatories $8,459,000
2. Price level -1,920,000
3. Russian Leadership Program 10,000,000
4. Hands Across America 5,957,800
5. Arrearage reduction 500,000
6. Mass deacidification 1,216,000
7. National Film Preservation Board 250,000
8. Digitization pilot with West Point 404,000
9. Digitization non-personal costs $ 7,590,000
10. Ft. Meade Storage: One-time costs -406,000
11. Ft. Meade Storage: Open module one 618,000
12. Automation: National Digital Library servers and storage 300,000
13. Security Office 2,342,000
14. High-speed transmission line 4,300,000

The conference agreement includes funds for four programs, to remain available until expended. One provision, for $5,957,800, is for teaching educators how to incorporate the Library's digital collection into school curricula. A second provision provides $404,000 for a digitization pilot project with the Military Academy at West Point. A third provision provides $10,000,000 to continue the Russian Leadership Program for FY2001. A fourth provision provides $4,300,000 to the Library of Congress to develop high speed data transmission between the Library of Congress and educational facilities, libraries, or networks serving the National Digital Library pilot program. The Library is directed to investigate the most cost effective method of providing this capability and take the necessary steps to develop the capability within the resources available. Any remaining balance not required for the development of the high speed data transmission is available for support of the Library's digital futures initiative.

The conferees agree with language in the House report directing the Library to employ students at the Ft. Meade remote storage facility and with language in the Senate report directing the Library to devote all available resources to elimination of cataloging arrearage.

The conferees are aware that a task force has been established at the Library of Congress to explore the feasibility and desirability of instituting a telecommuting program for the Library. The conferees encourage the Librarian to consider a telecommuting program for the Library (including the Congressional Research Service), and to include a description of the program with his next budget submission.

COPYRIGHT OFFICE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Provides $38,523,000, including $29,283,000 made available from receipts, for salaries and expenses, Copyright Office instead of $38,771,000, including $31,783,000 from receipts, as proposed by the House and $38,332,000, including $26,783,000 from receipts, as proposed by the Senate. With respect to differences between the House and Senate bills, the conferees have agreed to the following:

Salaries $31,318,000
Expenses 7,205,000

BOOKS FOR THE BLIND AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriates $48,609,000 for salaries and expenses, books for the blind and physically handicapped instead of $48,507,000 as proposed by the House and $48,711,000 as proposed by the Senate. Of this amount, $14,154,000 shall remain available until expended as proposed by the Senate instead of $14,135,000 as proposed by the House.

FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS

Appropriates $4,892,000 for furniture and furnishings at the Library of Congress as proposed by the Senate instead of $5,394,000 as proposed by the House.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

Various technical corrections and section number changes have been made. In Section 201, the conferees have agreed to an overall limitation of $199,630 on funds available for attendance at meetings as proposed by the House and a limitation of $59,300 on CRS attendance at meetings as proposed by the House. The conference agreement includes Section 202 as proposed by the House. The conferees have modified the scope of accounts available for transfer authority to include transfers only from the furniture and furnishings account and not to it. The conference agreement does not include the separation incentives proposed by the House. The conferees have authorized use of appropriated funds to pay the employer share of benefit costs for employees of the Library of Congress child care center.

ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL

LIBRARY BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

STRUCTURAL AND MECHANICAL CARE

Appropriates $15,970,000 for structural and mechanical care, Library buildings and grounds, Architect of the Capitol instead of $15,837,000 as proposed by the House and $16,347,000 as proposed by the Senate. With respect to object class and project differences between the House and Senate bills, the conferees have agreed to the following:

Operating Budget:
1. Personnel compensation and benefits $7,959,000
2. Annual expenses 1,966,000
Capitol Projects:
3. Preservations environmental monitoring 0
4. Replace HVAC variable speed drive motor 90,000
5. Room and partition modifications 165,000
6. Replace partition supports 200,000
7. Lightning protection, Madison building 190,000

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

OFFICE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF DOCUMENTS

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriates $27,954,000 for salaries and expenses, Office of the Superintendent of Documents instead of $25,652,000 as proposed by the House and $30,255,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees have retained the heading `Transfer of Funds' as proposed by the House and `distribution' to replace the wording, `on-line access', within the appropriating paragraph as proposed by the Senate. The conferees have included the Senate language for the appropriating provision on the availability of $2,000,000 from the appropriation and the appropriation provision authorizing transfer of funds as proposed by the House.

The conferees recognize that the funding level provided may require adjustments in historically applicable program services and agree that no employee layoffs will be required. Emphasis should be on streamlining the distribution of traditional paper copies of publications which may include providing online access and less expensive electronic formats. The conferees agree to the transfer of unexpended funds proposed by the House, which provides additional flexibility in meeting program requirements.

The conferees have agreed to modify the language in the House report directing the Congressional Research Service to conduct a study and direct that the General Accounting Office shall conduct a comprehensive study on the impact of providing documents to the public solely in electronic format. The study shall include: (1) a current inventory of publications and documents which are provided to the public, (2) the frequency with which each type of publication or document is requested for deposit at non-regional depository libraries, and (3) an assessment of the feasibility of transfer of the depository library program to the Library of Congress that: Identifies how such a transfer might be accomplished; Identifies when such a transfer might optimally occur; Examines the functions, services, and programs of the Superintendent of Documents; Examines and identifies administrative and infrastructure support that is provided to the Superintendent by the Government Printing Office, with a view to the implications for such a transfer; Examines and identifies the costs, for both the Government Printing Office and the Library of Congress, of such a transfer; Identifies measures that are necessary to ensure the success of such a transfer.

The study shall be submitted to the Committee on House Administration and the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration by March 30, 2001.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISION

The conferees have not included a provision proposed by the Senate amending 44 U.S.C. 1708.

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriates $384,867,000 for salaries and expenses, General Accounting Office as proposed by the Senate instead of $368,896,000 as proposed by the House. Within the appropriating paragraph, the conferees have set the limitation on representation expenses at $10,000 as proposed by the House, instead of $7,000 as proposed by the Senate and made technical corrections to two other matters.

The General Accounting Office shall undertake a study of the effects on air pollution caused by all polluting sources, including automobiles and the electric power generation emissions of the Tennessee Valley Authority on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Pisgah, Nantahla, and Cherokee National Forests. This study will also include the amount of carbon emissions avoided by the use of non-emitting electricity sources such as nuclear power within the same region. The GAO shall report to the Committees on Appropriations no later than January 31, 2001.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

The conferees have not included several administrative provisions proposed by the Senate.

TITLE III--GENERAL PROVISIONS

In Title III, General Provisions, section numbers have been changed to conform to the conference agreement and technical corrections have been made. The conferees have included a liquidated damages provision proposed by the House. The conferees have included provisions proposed by the Senate changing a date and extending the Russian Leadership Program. The conferees have not included a proposed merger of various law enforcement activities and have amended language in the Senate bill regarding the placement of statues in Statuary Hall. The conferees have adjusted the limitation on the National Garden and have agreed to establish a Center for Russian Leadership Development as proposed by the Senate. A Sense of the Senate provision and a limitation on the use of pesticides have not been included. There is a provision regarding an assessment by the General Accounting Office of a report referred to in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998.

TITLE IV--FISCAL YEAR 2000 EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL

The conferees have included several Fiscal Year 2000 supplemental appropriation items that require urgent attention and are considered emergency situations.

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

JOINT ITEMS

CAPITOL POLICE BOARD

SECURITY ENHANCEMENTS

The conference agreement provides an additional $2,102,000 for Fiscal Year 2000 to the Capitol Police Board for security enhancements. Of this amount, $228,000 are for acquisition and installation of card readers for four additional Capitol buildings access points not currently funded in the security enhancements plan. In addition, $1,874,000 is provided for work at the Library of Congress to complete the closed circuit television ($1,390,000) and access control ($484,000) improvement tasks. These funds are designated as an emergency requirement.

ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL

CAPITOL BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

HOUSE OFFICE BUILDINGS

The conference agreement appropriates $9,000,000 for Fiscal Year 2000 to the Architect of the Capitol for urgent repairs to the underground garage in the Cannon House Office Building. These funds are designated as an emergency requirement.

DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

FEDERAL HOUSING ADMINISTRATION

FHA--GENERAL AND SPECIAL RISK PROGRAM ACCOUNT

At the request of the House and Senate subcommittees on VA, HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations, the conferees have agreed to include a provision for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that provides, on an emergency basis, $40,000,000 in credit subsidy for the FHA General and Special Risk Program Account. Without these additional funds, the Title I home improvement program, the condominium loan program, the FHA reverse mortgage program for senior citizens, and various multifamily housing insurance programs would have to be suspended. The additional appropriation would have been unnecessary if HUD had adhered to assumptions made by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in determining credit subsidy rates when the President's budget was submitted to Congress, a violation of budget conventions. In the future, HUD should refrain from similar actions.

CONFERENCE TOTAL--WITH COMPARISONS

The total new budget (obligational) authority for the fiscal year 2001 recommended by the Committee of Conference, with comparisons to the fiscal year 2000 amount, the 2001 budget estimates, and the House and Senate bills for 2001 follow:

[In thousands of dollars]
New budget (obligational) authority, fiscal year 2000 $2,475,080
Budget estimates of new (obligational) authority, fiscal year 2001 2,725,604
House bill, fiscal year 2001 1,913,691
Senate bill, fiscal year 2001 2,523,378
Conference agreement, fiscal year 2001 2,526,863
Conference agreement compared with:
New budget (obligational) authority, fiscal year 2000 +51,783
Budget estimates of new (obligational) authority, fiscal year 2001 -198,741
House bill, fiscal year 2001 +613,172
Senate bill, fiscal year 2001 +3,485
Title IV--FY 2000 Emergency Supplemental 51,102

TREASURY DEPARTMENT, THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE, THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, AND CERTAIN INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS

The conference agreement would enact the provisions of H.R. 5658 as introduced on December 14, 2000. The text of that bill follows:

A BILL Making appropriations for the Treasury Department, the United States Postal Service, the Executive Office of the President, and certain Independent Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the Treasury Department, the United States Postal Service, the Executive Office of the President, and certain Independent Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes, namely:

TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

DEPARTMENTAL OFFICES

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

DEPARTMENT-WIDE SYSTEMS AND CAPITAL INVESTMENTS PROGRAMS

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

TREASURY BUILDING AND ANNEX REPAIR AND RESTORATION

EXPANDED ACCESS TO FINANCIAL SERVICES

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

FINANCIAL CRIMES ENFORCEMENT NETWORK

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

COUNTERTERRORISM FUND

FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING CENTER

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, IMPROVEMENTS, AND RELATED EXPENSES

INTERAGENCY LAW ENFORCEMENT

INTERAGENCY CRIME AND DRUG ENFORCEMENT

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SERVICE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND FIREARMS

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

UNITED STATES CUSTOMS SERVICE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

HARBOR MAINTENANCE FEE COLLECTION

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

OPERATION, MAINTENANCE AND PROCUREMENT, AIR AND MARINE INTERDICTION PROGRAMS

AUTOMATION MODERNIZATION

BUREAU OF THE PUBLIC DEBT

ADMINISTERING THE PUBLIC DEBT

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

PROCESSING, ASSISTANCE, AND MANAGEMENT

TAX LAW ENFORCEMENT

EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT COMPLIANCE INITIATIVE

INFORMATION SYSTEMS

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS--INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, IMPROVEMENTS, AND RELATED EXPENSES

GENERAL PROVISIONS--DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

TITLE II--POSTAL SERVICE

PAYMENT TO THE POSTAL SERVICE FUND

TITLE III--EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT AND FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE PRESIDENT

COMPENSATION OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICE

COMPENSATION OF THE PRESIDENT

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

EXECUTIVE RESIDENCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE

OPERATING EXPENSES

REIMBURSABLE EXPENSES

WHITE HOUSE REPAIR AND RESTORATION

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE TO THE PRESIDENT AND THE OFFICIAL RESIDENCE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

OPERATING EXPENSES

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

OFFICE OF POLICY DEVELOPMENT

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

COUNTERDRUG TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT CENTER

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

FEDERAL DRUG CONTROL PROGRAMS

HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREAS PROGRAM

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

SPECIAL FORFEITURE FUND

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

TITLE IV--INDEPENDENT AGENCIES

COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

REAL PROPERTY ACTIVITIES

FEDERAL BUILDINGS FUND

LIMITATIONS ON AVAILABILITY OF REVENUE

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

POLICY AND OPERATIONS

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

ALLOWANCES AND OFFICE STAFF FOR FORMER PRESIDENTS

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

EXPENSES, PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION--GENERAL PROVISIONS

MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

FEDERAL PAYMENT TO MORRIS K. UDALL SCHOLARSHIP AND EXCELLENCE IN NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY FOUNDATION

ENVIRONMENTAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION FUND

NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION

OPERATING EXPENSES

REPAIRS AND RESTORATION

NATIONAL HISTORICAL PUBLICATIONS AND RECORDS COMMISSION

GRANTS PROGRAM

(INCLUDING RESCISSION OF FUNDS)

OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF TRUST FUNDS)

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF TRUST FUNDS)

GOVERNMENT PAYMENT FOR ANNUITANTS, EMPLOYEES HEALTH BENEFITS

GOVERNMENT PAYMENT FOR ANNUITANTS, EMPLOYEE LIFE INSURANCE

PAYMENT TO CIVIL SERVICE RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY FUND

OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

UNITED STATES TAX COURT

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

TITLE V--GENERAL PROVISIONS

THIS ACT

That part of Block 2, Converse Plat, and that part of Block 2 of J.W. Converse Replatted Addition, and that part of Government Lot 1 of Section 25, T7N, R12W, City of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, described as: BEGINNING at the NE corner of Lot 1 of Block 2 of Converse Plat; thence East 245.0 feet along the South line of Bridge Street; thence South 230.0 feet along a line which is parallel with and 170 feet East from the East line of Front Avenue as originally platted; thence West 207.5 feet parallel with the South line of Bridge Street; thence South along the centerline of vacated Front Avenue 109 feet more or less to the extended centerline of vacated Douglas Street; thence West along the centerline of vacated Douglas Street 237.5 feet more or less to the East line of Scribner Avenue; thence North along the East line of Scribner Avenue 327 feet more or less to a point which is 7.0 feet South from the NW corner of Lot 8 of Block 2 of Converse Plat; thence Easterly 200 feet more or less to the place of beginning, also described as:

Parcel A--Lots 9 & 10, Block 2 of Converse Plat, being the subdivision of Government Lots 1 & 2, Section 25, T7N, R12W; also Lots 11-24, Block 2 of J.W. Converse Replatted Addition; also part of N 1/2 of Section 25, T7N, R12W commencing at SE corner Lot 24, Block 2 of J.W. Converse Replatted Addition, thence N to NE corner of Lot 9 of Converse Plat, thence E 16 feet, thence S to SW corner of Lot 23 of J.W. Converse Replatted Addition, thence W 16 feet to beginning.

Parcel B--Part of Section 25, T7N, R12W, commencing on S line of Bridge Street 50 feet E of E line of Front Avenue, thence S 107.85 feet, thence 77 feet, thence N to a point on S line of said street which is 80 feet E of beginning, thence W to beginning.

Parcel C--Part of Section 25, T7N, R12W, commencing at SE corner Bridge Street & Front Avenue, thence E 50 feet, thence S 107.85 feet to alley, thence W 50 feet to E line Front Avenue, thence N 106.81 feet to beginning.

Parcel D--Part of Government Lot 1, Section 25, T7N, R12W, commencing at a point on S line of Bridge Street (66 wide) 170 feet E of E line of Front Avenue (75 wide), thence S 230 feet parallel with Front Avenue, thence W 170 feet parallel with Bridge Street to E line of Front Avenue, thence N along said line to a point 106.81 feet S of intersection of said line with extension of N & S line of Bridge Street, thence E 127 feet, thence northerly to a point on S line of Bridge Street 130 feet E of E line of Front Avenue, thence E along S line of Bridge Street to beginning.

Parcel E--Lots 1 through 8 of Block 2 of Converse Plat, being the subdivision of Government Lots 1 and 2, Section 25, T7N, R12W.

Also part of N 1/2 of Section 25, T7N, R12W, commencing at NW corner of Lot 9, Block 2 of J.W. Converse Replatted Addition; thence N 15 feet to SW corner of Lot 8; thence E 200 feet to SE corner Lot 1; thence S 15 feet to NE corner of Lot 10; thence W 200 feet to beginning.

Together with any portion of vacated streets and alleys that have become part of the above property.

TITLE VI--GENERAL PROVISIONS

DEPARTMENTS, AGENCIES, AND CORPORATIONS

SEC. 639. MANDATORY REMOVAL FROM EMPLOYMENT OF FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS CONVICTED OF FELONIES.

(a) IN GENERAL- Chapter 73 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by adding after subchapter VI the following:

`SUBCHAPTER VII--MANDATORY REMOVAL FROM EMPLOYMENT OF CONVICTED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

`Sec. 7371. Mandatory removal from employment of law enforcement officers convicted of felonies

`(c)(1) This section does not prohibit the removal of an individual from employment as a law enforcement officer before a conviction notice date if the removal is properly effected other than under this section.

`(2) This section does not prohibit the employment of any individual in any position other than that of a law enforcement officer.

`(d) If the conviction is overturned on appeal, the removal shall be set aside retroactively to the date on which the removal occurred, with back pay under section 5596 for the period during which the removal was in effect, unless the removal was properly effected other than under this section.

`(e)(1) If removal is required under this section, the agency shall deliver written notice to the employee as soon as practicable, and not later than 5 calendar days after the conviction notice date. The notice shall include a description of the specific reasons for the removal, the date of removal, and the procedures made applicable under paragraph (2).

`(2) The procedures under section 7513 (b) (2), (3), and (4), (c), (d), and (e) shall apply to any removal under this section. The employee may use the procedures to contest or appeal a removal, but only with respect to whether--

`(3) A removal required under this section shall occur on the date specified in subsection (b) regardless of whether the notice required under paragraph (1) of this subsection and the procedures made applicable under paragraph (2) of this subsection have been provided or completed by that date.'.

(b) TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING AMENDMENT- The table of sections for chapter 73 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by adding after the item relating to section 7363 the following:

`SUBCHAPTER VII--MANDATORY REMOVAL FROM EMPLOYMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
`7371. Mandatory removal from employment of law enforcement officers convicted of felonies.'.

(c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall take effect 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act and shall apply to any conviction of a felony entered by a Federal or State court on or after that date.

SEC. 640. Section 504 of the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001 (as enacted into law by Public Law 106-346) is repealed.

SEC. 644. Section 501 of the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001 (as enacted into law by Public Law 106-346) is amended by striking subsection (c) and by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (c).

`Sec. 5372b. Administrative appeals judges

`5372b. Administrative appeals judges.'.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT, THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE, THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, AND CERTAIN INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS

Following is explanatory language on H.R. 5658, as introduced on December 14, 2000.

The conferees on H.R. 4577 agree with the matter included in H.R. 5658 and enacted in this conference report by reference and the following description. This bill was developed through negotiations by subcommittee members of the Treasury, Postal Service, General Government Appropriations Subcommittees of the House and Senate on the differences in the House passed and Senate reported versions of H.R. 4871. References in the following description to the `conference agreement' mean the matter included in the introduced bill enacted by this conference report. References to the House bill mean the House passed version of H.R. 4871. References to the Senate reported bill or Senate reported amendment mean the Senate reported version of H.R. 4871.

H.R. 4871, the House passed Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government Appropriation Bill, 2001, and S. 2900, the Senate reported Treasury and General Government Appropriation Bill, 2001, were the basis for development of the introduced bill. The following statement is an explanation of the action agreed upon in resolving the differences of those two bills and recommended in the accompanying conference report.

The conference agreement on the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001, incorporates some of the language and allocations set forth in House Report 106-756 and in the Senate Report to accompany S. 2900. The language in these reports should be complied with unless specifically addressed in the accompanying statement of managers. Throughout the accompanying explanatory statement, the managers refer to the Committee and the Committees on Appropriations. Unless otherwise noted, in both instances, the managers are referring to the House Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government and the Senate Subcommittee on Treasury and General Government.

REPROGRAMMING AND TRANSFER OF FUNDS GUIDELINES

The conference agreement includes the following reprogramming guidelines which shall be complied with by all agencies funded by the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001:

Additionally, each request shall include a declaration that, as of the date of the request, none of the funds included in the request have been obligated, and none will be obligated, until the Committees on Appropriations have approved the request.

TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

DEPARTMENTAL OFFICES

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $156,315,000 instead of $149,437,000 as proposed by the House and $149,610,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included in this amount is $7,332,000 to maintain current levels; $3,813,000 as a transfer from the Department-Wide Systems and Capital Investments Programs (SCIP); $3,027,000 to annualize the costs of the fiscal year 2000 drug supplemental for the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC); $854,000 to annualize the costs of filling 6 positions with the Office of International Affairs during fiscal year 2000; $2,899,000 for OFAC program initiatives; $504,000 and no more than 3 positions for increased management and coordination by the Office of Enforcement of the Department's involvement in the National Money Laundering Strategy; $2,900,000 for grants to state and local law enforcement groups to help combat money laundering; $502,000 for reimbursements to Morris County, New Jersey, for law enforcement agencies; $150,000 for reimbursements to Arlington County, Virginia, law enforcement agencies; and not to exceed $300,000 to reimburse the State Police, the police departments of the towns of New Castle, North Castle, Mount Kisco, Bedford, and the Department of Public Safety of Westchester County of the State of New York.

RECEPTION AND REPRESENTATION ALLOWANCES

The conferees are concerned to learn that, over the past several years, the Office of the Under Secretary of Enforcement has required the various Treasury law enforcement bureaus to transfer a portion of their reception and representation funds to the Office of the Under Secretary. Although there may be certain functions appropriate to the involvement of all the Treasury law enforcement bureaus, the conferees remind the Under Secretary that expenses for these events are accommodated within the amounts authorized for Departmental Offices reception and representation allowances. In the event that the Under Secretary believes that Departmental Offices representation allowances are insufficient to meet current needs, the Under Secretary should submit a justification for increases to this allowance to the Committees for its consideration. The conferees also direct the Under Secretary to submit for advance approval any requirement to use reception and representation allowance funds from any appropriation account other than Departmental Offices, Salaries and Expenses.

ALTERNATIVE FUELS

The conferees urge the Treasury Department to use ethanol, biodiesel, and other alternative fuels to the maximum extent practicable in meeting the Department's fuel needs.

DEPARTMENT-WIDE SYSTEMS AND CAPITAL INVESTMENTS PROGRAMS

The conferees agree to provide $47,287,000 instead of $41,787,000 as proposed by the House and $37,279,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included in this amount is $14,779,000 for communications infrastructure (including radios and related equipment) associated with Departmental law enforcement responsibilities for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics; $2,000,000 for Critical Infrastructure Protection; and $3,500,000 for Public Key Infrastructure.

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $32,899,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $31,940,000 as proposed by the House.

TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $118,427,000 as proposed by Senate instead of $115,477,000 as proposed by the House.

TREASURY BUILDING AND ANNEX REPAIR AND RESTORATION

The conferees agree to provide $31,000,000 as proposed by the House instead of $22,700,000 as proposed by the Senate.

EXPANDED ACCESS TO FINANCIAL SERVICES

The conferees agree to provide $2,000,000 as proposed by the House instead of $400,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees agree to $300,000 to assist one or more locally-owned Alaska banking institutions and community partners and $100,000 to begin a pilot program with the Metropolitan Family Services' Family Economic Development program.

FINANCIAL CRIMES ENFORCEMENT NETWORK

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $37,576,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $34,694,000 as proposed by the House.

COUNTERTERRORISM FUND

The conferees agree to provide $55,000,000 for the Counterterrorism Fund as proposed by the Senate instead of no appropriation as proposed by the House. Funds are provided as a contingent emergency.

TREASURY FORFEITURE FUND

The conferees are aware that the $42,500,000 assumed to be available by the Administration in the Super Surplus to the Treasury Forfeiture Fund will not be available in fiscal year 2001. Activities proposed for funding through this account have been included in either Salaries and Expenses or Construction related accounts, as appropriate, for the individual law enforcement bureaus.

FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING CENTER

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $94,483,000 instead of $93,483,000 as proposed by the House and $93,198,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included in this amount is $1,000,000 for the rural law enforcement education project.

ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, IMPROVEMENTS, AND RELATED EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $29,205,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $17,331,000 as proposed by the House.

INTERAGENCY LAW ENFORCEMENT

INTERAGENCY CRIME AND DRUG ENFORCEMENT

The conferees agree to provide $103,476,000 as proposed by the House instead of $90,976,000 as proposed by the Senate.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SERVICE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $206,851,000 instead of $198,736,000 as proposed by the House and $202,851,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees fully fund the President's request. In addition, the conferees include $4,000,000 to partially fund a budget shortfall. The conferees fully concur with the language on this topic contained under Departmental Offices in the Senate Report accompanying S. 2900.

BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND FIREARMS

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $768,695,000 instead of $731,325,000 as proposed by the House and $724,937,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees fully fund the President's request with the exception of $5,521,000 for tobacco compliance initiatives and $4,148,000 for the proposed Joint Terrorism Task Forces.

GANG RESISTANCE EDUCATION AND TRAINING GRANTS

The conferees agree to provide $13,000,000 for grants to local law enforcement organizations as proposed by the Senate.

UNITED STATES CUSTOMS SERVICE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $1,863,765,000 instead of $1,822,365,000 as proposed by the House and $1,804,687,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included in this amount is $13,700,000 for the second year of funding of the fiscal year 2000 Southwest Border initiative; $10,000,000 for security enhancements along the northern border; $11,000,000 for vehicle replacement; $3,700,000 for money laundering; $9,500,000 for drug investigations; and an additional $5,000,000 to combat forced child labor. Additionally, the conferees include $500,000 for Customs' ongoing research on trade of agricultural commodities and products at a Northern Plains university with an agricultural economics program and support the use of $2,500,000 for the acquisition of Passive Radar Detection Technology.

TARGETED RESOURCES FOR THE SOUTHWEST BORDER

The conferees provide $13,700,000 to be combined with the $11,300,000 in fiscal year 2000 Super Surplus of the Treasury Forfeiture Fund to hire new inspectors, agents, or acquire new detection technology for use along the Southwest border for a total of $25,000,000. The House conferees do not concur with the Senate Report language on Targeted Resources for the Southwest Border.

PORTS OF ENTRY

The conferees have received numerous requests to establish, expand, or preserve Customs presence at various ports, as well as, to designate new ports of entry. Customs has made a commitment to put in place a staffing resource allocation model to permit a more transparent and consistent basis for making such decisions, but the delay in doing so has caused concern about the ability of Customs to fulfill its responsibilities. The conferees therefore direct the Treasury Department and Customs to complete this model and to report to the Committees on Appropriations not later than November 1, 2000 on its implementation. In relation to this, the conferees urge the Customs Service to give full consideration to the needs of the following areas for increases or improvements in Customs services: Fargo, North Dakota; Highgate Springs, Vermont; Charleston, South Carolina; Charleston, West Virginia; Honolulu, Hawaii; Great Falls, Sweetgrass-Coutts, and Missoula, Montana; Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Tennessee; Dulles International Airport, Virginia; Louisville International Airport, Kentucky; Miami International Airport, Florida; Pittsburg, New Hampshire; San Antonio, Texas; and multiple port areas in Arizona, New Mexico, and Florida.

OPERATION, MAINTENANCE AND PROCUREMENT, AIR AND MARINE INTERDICTION PROGRAMS

The conferees agree to provide $133,228,000 instead of $125,778,000 as proposed by the House and $128,228,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included in this amount is $5,000,000 for source zone deployment of P-3's; $2,174,000 to maintain current levels; $7,450,000 for flight safety and enhancements; and $9,916,000 for costs associated with the delivery of new P-3's.

AUTOMATION MODERNIZATION

The conferees agree to provide $258,400,000 instead of $233,400,000 as proposed by the House and $128,400,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included in this amount is $5,400,000 for the International Trade Data System, as well as not less than $130,000,000 to begin work on the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).

BUREAU OF THE PUBLIC DEBT

ADMINISTERING THE PUBLIC DEBT

The conferees agree to provide $182,901,000 as proposed by the House and Senate. The conferees agree to include a provision as proposed by the Senate with respect to administrative costs associated with certain trust funds.

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

PROCESSING, ASSISTANCE, AND MANAGEMENT

The conferees agree to provide $3,567,001,000 instead of $3,487,232,000 as proposed by the House and $3,506,939,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees fully fund the President's request with respect to adjustments required to maintain current levels of service, organizational modernization, and operational contract support. The funding level also reflects an increase of $60,000,000 above the fiscal year 2000 level as a result of an inter-appropriation transfer during fiscal year 2000. The conferees have not provided any funding for the Staffing Tax Administration for Balance and Equity (STABLE) initiative, a proposed fiscal year 2001 inter-appropriation transfer, or the electronic tax administration marketing initiative.

IRS DATA FOR ECONOMIC MODELING

The conferees are aware of the critical importance and usefulness of IRS data to economic modeling, such as the modeling used to project the economic impact of proposed Social Security legislation. The conferees direct IRS to continue working closely with the Bureau of the Census to ensure the appropriate availability of these data in a timely manner to groups such as the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to facilitate the operation of CBO's long-term models of Social Security and Medicare. CBO requires records from the IRS' Statistics Of Income that are matched with survey data from the Bureau of the Census (involving the Current Population Survey and the Survey of Income and Program Participation) and records of the Social Security Administration with all record identifiers removed.

TAX LAW ENFORCEMENT

The conferees agree to provide $3,382,402,000 instead of $3,332,676,000 as proposed by the House and $3,378,040,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees fully fund the President's request with respect to adjustments required to maintain current levels of service and operational contract support. The funding level also reflects a decrease of $100,000,000 below the fiscal year 2000 level as a result of an inter-appropriation transfer during fiscal year 2000 and a decrease of $666,000 for a transfer to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, as requested. The conferees have not provided any funding for the Staffing Tax Administration for Balance and Equity (STABLE) initiative or for the Counterterrorism Initiative, nor have they agreed to a proposed transfer of $41,000,000 out of the account as an inter-appropriation transfer during fiscal year 2001.

INFORMATION SYSTEMS

The conferees agree to provide $1,545,090,000 instead of $1,488,090,000 as proposed by the House and $1,505,090,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees fully fund the President's request with the exception of the Staffing Tax Administration for Balance and Equity (STABLE) initiative and $3,000,000 for an inter-appropriation transfer proposed for fiscal year 2001.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS--INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

Section 101. The conferees agree to continue a provision which allows the transfer of 5 percent of any appropriation made available to the IRS to any other IRS appropriation subject to Congressional approval.

Section 102. The conferees agree to continue a provision which requires the IRS to maintain a training program in taxpayers' rights, dealing courteously with taxpayers, and cross cultural relations.

Section 103. The conferees agree to continue a provision which requires the IRS to institute and enforce policies and practices that will safeguard the confidentially of taxpayer information.

Section 104. The conferees agree to continue a provision proposed by the Senate with respect to the IRS 1-800 help line service.

UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $823,800,000 as proposed by the House instead of $778,279,000 as proposed by the Senate.

ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, IMPROVEMENT, AND RELATED EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $8,941,000 instead of $5,021,000 as proposed by the House and $4,283,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included in this amount is $3,920,000 for security enhancements at the Vice President's residence.

GENERAL PROVISIONS--DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Section 110. The conferees agree to continue a provision which requires the Secretary of the Treasury to comply with certain reprogramming guidelines when obligating or expending funds for law enforcement activities.

Section 111. The conferees agree to continue a provision which allows the Department of the Treasury to purchase uniforms, insurance, and motor vehicles without regard to the general purchase price limitation, and enter into contracts with the Department of State for health and medical services for Treasury employees in overseas locations.

Section 112. The conferees agree to continue a provision which requires the expenditure of funds so as not to diminish efforts under section 105 of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act.

Section 113. The conferees agree to continue a provision which authorizes transfers, up to 2 percent, between law enforcement appropriations under certain circumstances.

Section 114. The conferees agree to continue a provision which authorizes the transfer, up to 2 percent, between the Departmental Offices, Office of Inspector General, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, Financial Management Service, and Bureau of Public Debt appropriations under certain circumstances.

Section 115. The conferees agree to include a new provision proposed by the House that authorizes transfer, up to 2 percent, between the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration under certain circumstances.

Section 116. The conferees agree to continue a provision regarding the purchase of law enforcement vehicles.

Section 117. The conferees agree to continue a provision proposed by the House which prohibits the Department of the Treasury and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing from redesigning the $1 Federal Reserve Note.

Section 118. The conferees agree to continue and make permanent a provision which authorizes Treasury law enforcement agencies to pay their protection officers premium pay in excess of the pay period limitation.

Section 119. The conferees agree to include a new provision that provides for transfer from and reimbursements to the Salaries and Expenses appropriation of the Financial Management Service for the purposes of debt collection.

Section 120. The conferees agree to include a new provision that extends the Treasury Franchise Fund through October 1, 2002.

Section 121. The conferees agree to include a new provision that requires that no reorganization of the US Customs Service shall result in a reduction of service to the area served by the Port of Racine, Wisconsin, below the level of service provided in fiscal year 2000.

Section 122. The conferees agree to include a new provision proposed by the House authorizing and directing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to reimburse the subcontractor that provided services in 1993 and 1994 pursuant to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms contract number TATF 93-3 out of fiscal year 2001 appropriations or prior year unobligated balances.

TITLE II--POSTAL SERVICE

PAYMENT TO THE POSTAL SERVICE FUND

The conferees agree to provide $96,093,000 as proposed by the House instead of $67,093,000 as proposed by the Senate. Of this amount, $67,093,000 is provided as an advance appropriation for free and reduced rate mail and $29,000,000 is provided for reimbursement to the Postal Service for prior year losses.

TITLE III--EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT AND FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE PRESIDENT

COMPENSATION OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $53,288,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $52,135,000 as proposed by the House and include a proviso that $9,072,000 of the funds appropriated shall be available for reimbursements to the White House Communications Agency, as proposed by the House.

EXECUTIVE RESIDENCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE

OPERATING EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $10,900,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $10,286,470 as proposed by the House.

WHITE HOUSE REPAIR AND RESTORATION

The conferees agree to provide $968,000 instead of $5,510,000 as proposed by the Senate and $658,000 as proposed by the House. The conferees provide $458,000 for the design and replacement of the existing concrete raceway containing voice and communication lines serving the East Wing and the Executive Residence instead of the full request of $5,000,000. The conferees direct the Executive Residence to submit a completed design to the Committees on Appropriations, including an estimate of total construction costs associated with this project.

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE TO THE PRESIDENT AND OFFICIAL RESIDENCE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $3,673,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $3,664,000 as proposed by the House.

COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISORS

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $4,110,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $3,997,000 as proposed by the House.

OFFICE OF POLICY DEVELOPMENT

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $4,032,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $4,030,000 as proposed by the House.

NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $7,165,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $7,148,000 as proposed by the House.

OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $43,737,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $41,185,000 as proposed by the House. The conferees agree to delete language proposed by the House to delay the effective date of section 638(h) of Public Law 106-58, regarding the establishment of a Chief Financial Officer within the Executive Office of the President.

OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $68,786,000 instead of $67,143,000 as proposed by the House and $67,935,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees fully fund the President's request.

APPORTIONMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

The conferees do not concur with the House report language regarding apportionment for International Food Assistance Programs.

OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $24,759,000 as proposed by the House instead of $24,312,000 as proposed by the Senate.

COUNTERDRUG TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT CENTER

The conferees agree to provide $29,053,000 instead of $29,750,000 as proposed by the House and $29,052,000 as proposed by the Senate.

FEDERAL DRUG CONTROL PROGRAMS

HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREAS PROGRAM

The conferees agree to provide $206,500,000 instead of $217,000,000 as proposed by the House and $196,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees fully fund the Administration's request, and include an additional $14,500,000 to increase funding or expand existing HIDTAs, or to fund newly designated HIDTAs. The conferees provide that existing HIDTAs shall be funded at fiscal year 2000 levels unless the ONDCP Director submits to the Committees, and the Committees approve, justification for changes in those levels based on clearly articulated priorities for the HIDTA program, as well as published ONDCP performance measures of effectiveness (PMEs). Similarly, while the conferees provide additional funding that may be used for newly designated HIDTAs, they direct that no funds may be obligated for such purposes until similar justification is provided to the Committees for approval.

The ability to evaluate effectiveness of individual HIDTAs, and to match funding needs against budgets, depends on reliable and consistent methodology for performance measurement and management. This is particularly important given the key role HIDTAs play in bringing together many divergent counterdrug agencies and crosscutting programs--which also exacerbates the problem of isolating the impact of HIDTAs. The conferees anticipate that the completion of work by the HIDTA Performance Management Working Group will improve performance measurement methodology and data collection covering the three main target areas identified in 1999. These are: increasing compliance with HIDTA developmental standards; dismantling or disabling at least 5 percent of targeted drug trafficking organizations; and reducing specific types of violent crime. The conferees support ONDCP plans to validate and verify the HIDTA management, including the use of on-site reviews and external financial evaluations.

As ONDCP reviews candidates for new HIDTA funding, the conferees direct it to consider the following: Las Vegas, Nevada; Arkansas; Minnesota; North Carolina; and Northern Florida, which have requested designation; increases for Central Florida, Southwest Border (for New Mexico, South Texas, West Texas, and Arizona), New England, Gulf Coast, Oregon, Northwest (including southwest and eastern Washington), and Chicago HIDTAs; and full minimum funding for new HIDTAs in Central Valley, California, Hawaii, and Ohio. The conferees urge ONDCP to consider using funds provided above the budget request for designating new HIDTAs from areas which have already submitted requests.

SPECIAL FORFEITURE FUND

The conferees agree to provide $233,600,000 instead of $219,000,000 as proposed by the House and $144,300,000 as proposed by the Senate. Of this amount, the conferees provide $185,000,000 for the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign; $40,000,000 to carry out the Drug Free Communities Act; $3,000,000 for the costs of space and operations of the counter drug intelligence executive secretariat (CDX); $3,300,000 for anti-doping efforts of the United States Olympic Committee; $1,300,000 to the Metro Intelligence Support and Technical Investigative Center (MISTIC); and $1,000,000 for the National Drug Court Institute.

NATIONAL YOUTH ANTI-DRUG MEDIA CAMPAIGN

The conferees negate neither the House nor Senate Committee Report language regarding the youth media campaign. The conferees are concerned with ONDCP's use of pro bono credits under the match program for programming content, and note with interest the Statement of Pro-Bono Match Program and Guidelines that ONDCP posted on its website in July 2000. Consistent with those guidelines, the conferees direct that ONDCP not issue credits for ad time and/or space if already purchased with funds appropriated for the campaign. Furthermore, the conferees direct that ONDCP not issue any credits for programming content once a program is in syndication unless it has previously reported to the Committees on Appropriations reasons why such credit is necessary. Finally, the conferees underscore the language on page 11 of the guidelines that reads `ONDCP exercises its authority to review public service match materials for credit and valuation through its primary advertising contractor. No ONDCP contractor may make suggestions or requests about, or otherwise attempt to influence or modify the creative product of any media organization or representative for the purpose of qualifying for pro bono match credit.' In keeping with this the conferees direct ONDCP to ensure that neither it nor its contractor will review programming content under consideration for pro bono credit under the match program until such programming is in its final form.

TITLE IV--INDEPENDENT AGENCIES FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $40,500,000 instead of $40,240,000 as proposed by the House and $39,755,000 as proposed by the Senate.

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

FEDERAL BUILDINGS FUND

LIMITATIONS ON AVAILABILITY OF REVENUE

The conferees agree to provide $5,971,509,000 in new obligational authority instead of $5,272,370,000 as proposed by the House and $5,502,333,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees directly appropriate $464,154,000 into the Fund to cover a portion of the new obligational needs of the Fund.

AFRICAN BURIAL GROUND

The conferees recognize the efforts of GSA to memorialize the 17th and 18th century African Americans whose remains were discovered during the excavation for a new Federal building at Foley Square in lower Manhattan. Since 1992, significant work has been conducted on the memorialization but additional work is required prior to and including the reinterment of the remains. The conferees expect GSA to complete the project using funds made available from the Federal Buildings Fund or from the borrowing authority remaining for the buildings project at Foley Square.

CONSTRUCTION AND ACQUISITION

The conferees agree to provide $472,176,000 instead of no funding as proposed by the House and $3,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. These funds are provided for nine projects. The conferees direct GSA to provide a written report to the Committees on Appropriations with respect to how GSA plans to allocate these funds among the various projects prior to allocating the funds. Within the funds provided the conferees have included $3,500,000 for the design and site acquisition of a combined law enforcement facility in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

The conferees also agree to provide $276,400,000 as an advance appropriation, not available until October 1, 2001, for four courthouse construction projects.

REPAIRS AND ALTERATIONS

The conferees agree to provide $671,193,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $490,592,000 as proposed by the House. This level fully funds the request with the following exceptions: no funds are provided for the chlorofluorocarbon program, the energy program is funded at $5,000,000, and the glass fragment retention program is funded at $5,000,000.

BUILDING OPERATIONS

The conferees agree to provide $1,624,771,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $1,580,909,000 as proposed by the House. Within this limitation level, the conferees have included $500,000 to conduct a site selection analysis for a replacement facility for the National Center for Environmental Prediction of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, currently located in Camp Springs, Maryland. The delineated area shall be in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area and include the consideration of appropriate educational institutions qualified to be project partners. A report on the findings of the study shall be provided to the conferees within 120 days of the enactment of this Act.

POLICY AND OPERATIONS

The conferees agree to provide $123,920,000 instead of $123,420,000 as proposed by the Senate and $115,434,000 as proposed by the House. Increases above the enacted level include $3,285,000 for pay costs to maintain current levels, $2,075,000 for protection and maintenance at the Lorton complex in Virginia, and $8,000,000 for the critical infrastructure protection initiative. The conferees agree to provide up to $500,000 for virtual archive storage and agree to provide $190,000, from within available funds, for the Plains States Depopulation Symposium as proposed by the Senate. The conferees do not agree to the reduction of funding from the fiscal year 2000 level for the digital learning technology effort and direct that $1,000,000 be used to continue a digital medical education project in connection with the Native American Digital Telehealth Project and Upper Great Plains Native American Telehealth Program and that $1,000,000 be used to continue activities that will be the basis for the 21st Century Distributed Learning Environment in Education.

ALTERNATIVE FUELS

The conferees urge the General Services Administration to use ethanol, biodiesel, and other alternative fuels to the maximum extent practicable in meeting GSA's fuel needs.

EXPENSES, PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION

The conferees agree to provide $7,100,000, as proposed by the Senate instead of no appropriation as proposed by the House.

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION--GENERAL PROVISIONS

Section 401. The conferees agree to continue a provision that provides that accounts available to GSA shall be credited with certain funds received from government corporations.

Section 402. The conferees agree to continue a provision that provides that funds available to GSA shall be available for the hire of passenger motor vehicles.

Section 403. The conferees agree to continue a provision that authorizes GSA to transfer funds within the Federal Buildings Fund to meet program requirements subject to approval by the Committees on Appropriations.

Section 404. The conferees agree to continue a provision that prohibits the use of funds to submit a fiscal year 2001 budget request for courthouse construction projects that do not meet design guide criteria, do not reflect the priorities of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and are not accompanied by a standardized courtroom utilization study.

Section 405. The conferees agree to continue a provision that provides that no funds may be used to increase the amount of occupiable square feet or provide cleaning services, security enhancements, or any other service usually provided to any agency which does not pay the requested rental rates.

Section 406. The conferees agree to continue a provision that provides that funds provided by the Information Technology Fund for pilot information technology projects may be repaid to the Fund.

Section 407. The conferees agree to continue a provision that permits GSA to pay claims of up to $250,000 arising from construction projects and the acquisition of buildings.

Section 408. The conferees agree to include a provision as proposed by the House to provide a one-year extension to the period for which voluntary separation incentive payments may be offered by the Administrator of General Services to qualified employees.

Section 409. The conferees agree to include a new provision proposed by the Senate designating the Federal Building and United States Courthouse located at 102 North 4th Street in Grand Forks, North Dakota, as the `Ronald N. Davies Federal Building and United States Courthouse'.

Section 410. The conferees agree to include a new provision proposed by the Senate regarding the Columbus, New Mexico border station.

Section 411. The conferees agree to include a new provision proposed by the Senate designating the United States Bankruptcy Courthouse located at 1100 Laurel Street in Columbia, South Carolina, as the `J. Bratton Davis United States Bankruptcy Courthouse'.

Section 412. The conferees agree to include a new provision proposed by the Senate designating the United States Courthouse Annex located at 901 19th Street in Denver, Colorado, as the `Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse Annex'.

Section 413. The conferees agree to include a new provision proposed by the Senate designating the dormitory building currently being constructed on the Core Campus of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, as the `Paul Coverdell Dormitory'.

MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $29,437,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $28,857,000 as proposed by the House.

FEDERAL PAYMENT TO THE MORRIS K. UDALL SCHOLARSHIP AND EXCELLENCE IN NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY FOUNDATION

The conferees agree to provide $2,000,000 as proposed by the House instead of $1,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

ENVIRONMENTAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION FUND

The conferees agree to provide $1,250,000 as proposed by the House instead of $500,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION

OPERATING EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $209,393,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $195,119,000 as proposed by the House, of which up to $5,000,000 may be used for the implementation of the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act (5 U.S.C. 552 note; Public Law 105-246), including preservation and restoration of declassified records, public access and dissemination activities, and necessary support services for the Nazi War Criminal Records Interagency Working Group.

REPAIRS AND RESTORATION

The conferees agree to provide $95,150,000 instead of $5,650,000 as proposed by the House and $4,950,000 as proposed by the Senate. This level of funding provides $4,950,000 for the base repairs and restoration program, $88,000,000 for the major repair and restoration project at the main Archives building, $1,500,000 for the construction of a new Southeast Regional Archives facility, and $700,000 for the design of a 10,000-square-foot extension to the Gerald R. Ford Museum.

NATIONAL HISTORICAL PUBLICATIONS AND RECORDS COMMISSION

GRANTS PROGRAM

The conferees agree to provide $6,450,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $6,000,000 as proposed by the House.

OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $94,095,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $93,471,000 as proposed by the House.

PARENTAL LEAVE

The conferees direct the Office of Personnel Management to conduct a study to develop alternative means for providing Federal employees with at least 6 weeks of paid parental leave in connection with the birth or adoption of a child, and submit a report containing its findings and recommendations to the Committees on Appropriations by September 30, 2001. The report should include projected utilization rates and views as to whether this benefit can be expected to curtail the rate at which Federal employees are being lost to the private sector, help the Federal government recruit and retain employees, reduce turnover and replacement costs, and contribute to parental involvement during a child's formative years.

LIMITATION ON ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $101,986,000 as proposed by the House instead of $99,624,000 as proposed by the Senate.

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $1,360,000 as proposed by the House instead of $1,356,000 as proposed by the Senate.

OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $11,147,000 instead of $10,319,000 as proposed by the House and $10,733,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees fully fund the President's request.

UNITED STATES TAX COURT

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conferees agree to provide $37,305,000 as proposed by the House instead of $35,474,000 as proposed by the Senate.

TITLE V--GENERAL PROVISIONS

THIS ACT

Section 501. The conferees agree to continue the provision limiting the expenditure of funds to the current year unless expressly provided in this Act.

Section 502. The conferees agree to continue the provision limiting the expenditure of funds for consulting services under certain conditions.

Section 503. The conferees agree to continue the provision prohibiting the use of funds to engage in activities that would prohibit the enforcement of section 307 of the 1930 Tariff Act.

Section 504. The conferees agree to continue the provision prohibiting the transfer of control over the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center out of the Department of the Treasury.

Section 505. The conferees agree to continue the provision concerning employment rights of Federal employees who return to their civilian jobs after assignment with the Armed Forces.

Section 506. The conferees agree to continue the provision that requires compliance with the Buy American Act.

Section 507. The conferees agree to continue the provision concerning prohibition of contracts that use certain goods not made in America.

Section 508. The conferees agree to continue the provision prohibiting contract eligibility where fraudulent intent has been proven in affixing `Made in America' labels.

Section 509. The conferees agree to continue the provision prohibiting the expenditure of funds for abortions under the FEHBP, as proposed by the House.

Section 510. The conferees agree to continue the provision that would authorize the expenditure of funds for abortions under the FEHBP if the life of the mother is in danger or the pregnancy is a result of an act of rape or incest, as proposed by the House.

Section 511. The conferees agree to continue the provision providing that fifty percent of unobligated balances may remain available for certain purposes.

Section 512. The conferees agree to continue the provision restricting the use of funds for the White House to request official background reports without the written consent of the individual who is the subject of the report.

Section 513. The conferees agree to continue the provision that cost accounting standards under the Federal Procurement Policy Act shall not apply to the FEHBP.

Section 514. The conferees agree to include a new provision that transfers a parcel of land from the Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum to the Gerald R. Ford Foundation as trustee, with reversionary interest as proposed by the House.

Section 515. The conferees include a new provision requiring OMB to develop guidelines for ensuring and maximizing the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information disseminated by Federal agencies as proposed by the House.

Section 516. The conferees agree to include a new provision permitting OPM to utilize certain funds to resolve litigation and implement settlement agreements regarding the non-foreign area cost-of-living allowance program as proposed by the Senate.

Section 517. The conferees include and modify a provision prohibiting the use of funds for the purpose of implementation, or in preparation for implementation, of the Kyoto Protocol as proposed by the House.

Section 518