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Committee Reports

110th Congress (2007-2008)

House Report 110-424

House Report 110-424 1 of 1

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MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2008, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

38-651

2007
110TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Report

110-424

MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2008, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

CONFERENCE REPORT

to accompany

H.R. 3043

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NOVEMBER 5, 2007- Ordered to be printed

MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2008, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

38-651

2007
110TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Report

110-424

MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2008, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

CONFERENCE REPORT

to accompany

H.R. 3043

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NOVEMBER 5, 2007- Ordered to be printed

110TH CONGRESS

Report

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

1st Session

110-424
MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2008, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

November 5, 2007- Ordered to be printed

Mr. OBEY, from the committee on conference, submitted the following

CONFERENCE REPORT

[To accompany H.R. 3043]

SECTION 1. TABLE OF CONTENTS.

Sec. 1. Table of contents.
Sec. 2. References.
Sec. 3. Statement of Appropriations.
DIVISION A--LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS, 2008
Title I--Department of Labor
Title II--Department of Health and Human Services
Title III--Department of Education
Title IV--Related Agencies
Title V--General Provisions
DIVISION B--MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIRS AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS, 2008
Title I--Department of Defense
Title II--Department of Veterans Affairs
Title III--Related Agencies
Title IV--General Provisions

SEC. 2. REFERENCES.

SEC. 3. STATEMENT OF APPROPRIATIONS.

DIVISION A--DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2008

TITLE I

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

(INCLUDING RESCISSIONS)

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

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION

PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION FUND

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

(INCLUDING RESCISSION)

SPECIAL BENEFITS

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

SPECIAL BENEFITS FOR DISABLED COAL MINERS

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES, ENERGY EMPLOYEES OCCUPATIONAL ILLNESS COMPENSATION FUND

(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

OFFICE OF DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT POLICY

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

DEPARTMENTAL MANAGEMENT

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

OFFICE OF JOB CORPS

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 ACCOUNT

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

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

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 INSTITUTE OF BIOMEDICAL IMAGING AND BIOENGINEERING

NATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH RESOURCES

NATIONAL CENTER FOR COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

NATIONAL CENTER ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES

JOHN E. FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR

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

CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES

GRANTS TO STATES FOR MEDICAID

PAYMENTS TO HEALTH CARE TRUST FUNDS

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

HEALTH CARE FRAUD ABUSE AND CONTROL ACCOUNT

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

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

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

OFFICE OF MEDICARE HEARINGS AND APPEALS

OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL COORDINATOR FOR HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

RETIREMENT PAY AND MEDICAL BENEFITS FOR COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES EMERGENCY FUND

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

GENERAL PROVISIONS

(TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

(TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

(TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

(TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

TITLE III

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

EDUCATION FOR THE DISADVANTAGED

IMPACT AID

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS

INDIAN EDUCATION

INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT

SAFE SCHOOLS AND CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

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

CAREER, TECHNICAL, AND ADULT EDUCATION

STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

(INCLUDING RESCISSION)

STUDENT AID ADMINISTRATION

HIGHER EDUCATION

HOWARD UNIVERSITY

COLLEGE HOUSING AND ACADEMIC FACILITIES LOANS PROGRAM

HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY CAPITAL FINANCING PROGRAM ACCOUNT

INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION SCIENCES

DEPARTMENTAL MANAGEMENT

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION

OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL

GENERAL PROVISIONS

(TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

TITLE IV

RELATED AGENCIES

COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

OPERATING EXPENSES

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

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 MUSEUM AND 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 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

SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME PROGRAM

LIMITATION ON ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

TITLE V

GENERAL PROVISIONS

DIVISION B--MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIRS AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2008

TITLE I

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, ARMY

(INCLUDING RESCISSION OF FUNDS)

MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, NAVY AND MARINE CORPS

(INCLUDING RESCISSIONS OF FUNDS)

MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AIR FORCE

(INCLUDING RESCISSIONS OF FUNDS)

MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, DEFENSE-WIDE

(INCLUDING TRANSFER AND RESCISSION OF FUNDS)

MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AIR NATIONAL GUARD

MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, ARMY RESERVE

MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, NAVY RESERVE

MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AIR FORCE RESERVE

(INCLUDING RESCISSION OF FUNDS)

NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION SECURITY INVESTMENT PROGRAM

FAMILY HOUSING CONSTRUCTION, ARMY

(INCLUDING RESCISSION OF FUNDS)

FAMILY HOUSING OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY

FAMILY HOUSING CONSTRUCTION, NAVY AND MARINE CORPS

FAMILY HOUSING OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, NAVY AND MARINE CORPS

FAMILY HOUSING CONSTRUCTION, AIR FORCE

(INCLUDING RESCISSION OF FUNDS)

FAMILY HOUSING OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, AIR FORCE

FAMILY HOUSING OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, DEFENSE-WIDE

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FAMILY HOUSING IMPROVEMENT FUND

CHEMICAL DEMILITARIZATION CONSTRUCTION, DEFENSE-WIDE

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BASE CLOSURE ACCOUNT 1990

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BASE CLOSURE ACCOUNT 2005

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

TITLE II

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION

COMPENSATION AND PENSIONS

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

READJUSTMENT BENEFITS

VETERANS INSURANCE AND INDEMNITIES

VETERANS HOUSING BENEFIT PROGRAM FUND PROGRAM ACCOUNT

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION LOANS PROGRAM ACCOUNT

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

NATIVE AMERICAN VETERAN HOUSING LOAN PROGRAM ACCOUNT

GUARANTEED TRANSITIONAL HOUSING LOANS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS PROGRAM ACCOUNT

VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

MEDICAL SERVICES

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

MEDICAL ADMINISTRATION

MEDICAL FACILITIES

MEDICAL AND PROSTHETIC RESEARCH

NATIONAL CEMETERY ADMINISTRATION

DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION

GENERAL OPERATING EXPENSES

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

CONSTRUCTION, MAJOR PROJECTS

CONSTRUCTION, MINOR PROJECTS

GRANTS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF STATE EXTENDED CARE FACILITIES

GRANTS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF STATE VETERANS CEMETERIES

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

(INCLUDING RECISSION OF FUNDS)

TITLE III

RELATED AGENCIES

AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

FOREIGN CURRENCY FLUCTUATIONS ACCOUNT

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR VETERANS CLAIMS

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE--CIVIL

CEMETERIAL EXPENSES, ARMY

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

ARMED FORCES RETIREMENT HOME

TRUST FUND

GENERAL FUND PAYMENT, ARMED FORCES RETIREMENT HOME

TITLE IV

GENERAL PROVISIONS

And the Senate agreed to the same.
David R. Obey,
Nita M. Lowey,
Rosa L. DeLauro,
Jesse L. Jackson,
Patrick J. Kennedy,
Lucille Roybal-Allard,
Barbara Lee,
Tom Udall,
Michael M. Honda,
Betty McCollum,
Tim Ryan,
John P. Murtha,
Chet Edwards,

Managers on the Part of the House.
Tom Harkin,
Daniel K. Inouye,
Herb Kohl,
Patty Murray,
Mary Landrieu,
Richard J. Durbin,
Jack Reed,
Frank R. Lautenberg,
Robert C. Byrd,
Arlen Specter,
Thad Cochran,
Larry Craig,
Kay Bailey Hutchison
(Only if the Milcon/VA conference report is separated from the LHHS conference report),
Ted Stevens
(Only if the Milcon/VA conference report is separated from the LHHS conference report),
Richard Shelby,
Pete Domenici,

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. 3043) making appropriations for the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes, submit the following joint statement to 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 the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008 as Division A; and the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008 as Division B.

DIVISION A--DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS, 2008

In implementing this conference agreement, the Departments and agencies should be guided by the language and instructions set forth in House Report 110-231 and Senate Report 110-107 accompanying the bill, H.R. 3043.

In the cases where the language and instructions in either report specifically address the allocation of funds, each has been reviewed by the conferees and those that are jointly concurred in have been endorsed in this joint statement.

In the cases in which the House or the Senate reports direct the submission of a report, such report is to be submitted to both the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations.

The conferees note that section 516 sets forth the reprogramming requirements and limitations for the Departments and agencies funded through this Act, including the requirement to make a written request to the Committees 15 days prior to reprogramming, or to the announcement of intent to reprogram, funds in excess of 10 percent, or $500,000, whichever is less, between programs, projects and activities.

Finally, the conferees request that statements on the effect of this appropriation Act on the Departments and agencies funded in this Division be submitted to the Committees within 45 days of enactment of this Act, pursuant to section 518. The conferees expect that these statements will provide sufficient detail to show the allocation of funds among programs, projects and activities, particularly in accounts where the final appropriation is different than that of the budget request. Furthermore, the conferees request the statements to also include the effect of the appropriation on any new activities or major initiatives discussed in the budget justifications accompanying the fiscal year 2008 budget.

REDUCING THE NEED FOR ABORTIONS

The conference agreement includes nearly $615 million over the fiscal year 2007 funding level for the initiative in the House bill to reduce the need for abortions in America through both prevention and support programs. Key increases are provided for Healthy Start, Family Planning, Abstinence Education, Child Care, and Community Services Block Grant to increase services to prevent unintended pregnancies, encourage women to carry their pregnancies to term, and provide support for new parents who have economic difficulties. New approaches include a young parents training initiative in the Department of Labor, first time motherhood grants under the Health Resources and Services Administration, and a teen pregnancy prevention demonstration within the Centers for Disease Control.

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008, 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

(INCLUDING RESCISSIONS)

The conference agreement includes $3,618,940,000 for Training and Employment Services, instead of $3,530,530,000 as proposed by the House and $3,587,138,000 as proposed by the Senate. Of the amount appropriated, $1,772,000,000 is an advance appropriation for fiscal year 2009 as proposed by the House and the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $1,471,903,000 for Dislocated Worker Assistance as proposed by the House and the Senate. The conferees override the formula that provides that 80 percent of the funds provided will be used for State formula grants and 20 percent in a National Reserve Account. For program year 2008 the conferees provide $1,189,811,000 for the State formula grants and $282,092,000 for the National Reserve Account.

The conference agreement provides that $6,300,000 in National Reserve Account funds shall be available upon enactment for the purposes of grants, to be awarded within 30 days of enactment, for the continuation of national or multi-state training and employment programs. These grants are to be awarded to the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute and AFL-CIO Appalachian Council, as proposed by the Senate, and the National Center on Education and the Economy, as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement provides that up to $125,000,000 within the National Reserve Account may be used to carry out the Community-Based Job Training Grant initiative as proposed by the House, instead of $150,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement continues bill language which provides that this amount is to be allocated from national emergency grant funds available under section 132(a)(2)(A) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, notwithstanding the limitation otherwise imposed under section 171(d), as provided by the Senate. The House contained no similar provision. The conference agreement includes a general provision requiring these grants to be awarded competitively.

The conferees are in agreement that no funds from the dislocated worker national reserve account or other pilot and demonstration resources be used for career advancement accounts or the predecessor proposal for personal reemployment accounts prior to a specific authorization of such activities, as proposed by the House. The Senate contained no similar provision.

For Native Americans, the conference agreement includes $55,039,000, instead of $56,381,000 as proposed by the House and $53,696,000 as proposed by the Senate.

For Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, the conference agreement includes a total of $82,740,000 instead of $83,740,000 as proposed by the House and $79,752,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the total, $77,265,000 is for State service area grants. The amount provided also includes $4,975,000 for housing grants and $500,000 for other discretionary purposes, as described in the Senate report. The House bill included $5,000,000 for housing and the Senate bill provided $4,950,000 for housing and $500,000 for other discretionary purposes. The conference agreement includes bill language proposed by the House providing that no less than 70 percent of formula funds be used for employment and training services and bill language proposed by the Senate which prohibits the Department from restricting the provision of `related assistance' services by grantees. These provisions ensure that the program primarily addresses the employment and training needs of the target population while also allowing grantees to provide related services that are often critical to the stabilization and availability of the farm labor workforce.

For YouthBuild, the conference agreement includes $62,500,000, instead of $60,000,000 as proposed by the House and $65,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. This will provide sufficient funds for an additional competitive grant round in program year 2008.

For Pilots, Demonstrations and Research, the conference agreement includes $50,569,000 instead of $28,140,000 as proposed by the House and $30,650,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included in this amount is $5,000,000 for a new demonstration program of competitive grants to address the employment and training needs of young parents as proposed by the House and detailed in House Report 110-231. The House provided $10,000,000 for this purpose. The Senate had no similar provision.

For the remaining amount provided for Pilots, Demonstrations and Research, the conference agreement includes a modification of bill language as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement includes the following projects in the following amounts:


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Project                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Total funding 
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Adelante Development Center, Albuquerque, NM for employment and training services                                                                                                                                                                200,000 
Agudath Israel of America Community Services, Inc., Brooklyn, NY for its Fresh Start job training and counseling program                                                                                                                         450,000 
Alu Like, Inc., Honolulu, HI, for training and education                                                                                                                                                                                         100,000 
Arc of Blackstone Valley, Pawtucket, RI for a workforce development initiative                                                                                                                                                                   325,000 
Barnabus Uplift, Des Moines, IA, for job training and supportive services                                                                                                                                                                        425,000 
Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham, WA for a Process Technology Workforce Development Project                                                                                                                                              215,000 
Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND for an instrumentation and control training program for the energy industry                                                                                                                               1,000,000 
Brockton Area Private Industry Council, Inc., Brockton, MA, for workforce development programs                                                                                                                                                   170,000 
Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ for workforce training programs through its Center for Excellence in Technology, Telecommunications and Economic Development                                                                           250,000 
Capital IDEA, Austin, TX for workforce development services for disadvantaged adults                                                                                                                                                             250,000 
Capps Workforce Training Center, Moorhead, MS, for Workforce Training                                                                                                                                                                            350,000 
Catholic Charities, Chicago, IL, for vocational training and support programs at the Saint Leo Residence for Veterans                                                                                                                            500,000 
Center for Employment Training, San Jose, CA for its building trades program for out-of-school youth                                                                                                                                             350,000 
Center for Working Families, Long Beach, CA for job training and placement in demand industries                                                                                                                                                  140,000 
Central Carolina Tech College, Sumter, SC for training in healthcare professions                                                                                                                                                                 400,000 
Central Maine Community College, Auburn, ME for a training program in precision metalworking and machine tool technology                                                                                                                         200,000 
Chinese-American Planning Council, New York, NY for counseling, vocational training, job placement, and ESL services                                                                                                                             200,000 
City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA for a health care workforce training initiative through the Welcome Back Center                                                                                                                 350,000 
City of Alexandria, VA for an automotive industry workforce development and training initiative                                                                                                                                                  350,000 
City of Baltimore, MD for the Park Heights Partnership for Jobs                                                                                                                                                                                  500,000 
City of Milwaukee, WI for a project to train youth in construction trades                                                                                                                                                                        250,000 
City of Palmdale, Palmdale, CA for a business resource network to enhance worker skills development                                                                                                                                              150,000 
City of Suffolk, VA for training programs at the Suffolk Workforce Development Center                                                                                                                                                            250,000 
City of West Palm Beach, FL for training programs for at-risk youth                                                                                                                                                                              375,000 
Clarian Health Partners, Indianapolis, IN for workforce development in the health care industry                                                                                                                                                  245,000 
College of Southern Maryland, La Plata, MD, for its Partnership for the Advancement of Construction and Transportation Training Project                                                                                                          300,000 
Community Agricultural Vocational Institute, Yakima, WA, for training of agricultural workers                                                                                                                                                    250,000 
Community College of Allegheny College, Pittsburgh, PA, for job training programs                                                                                                                                                                 75,000 
Community Learning Center, Fort Worth, TX for expansion of the Advanced Manufacturing Training Partnership Program                                                                                                                               500,000 
Community Solution for Clackamas County, Oregon City, Oregon, to expand the Working for Independence (WFI) program in Clackamas County                                                                                                           127,000 
Community Transportation Association of America, Washington, DC, for the Joblinks program                                                                                                                                                        400,000 
Compton CareerLink, Compton, CA for job training and placement in demand industries                                                                                                                                                              200,000 
Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc., Anchorage, AK, for the Alaska's People program to provide job training and employment counseling                                                                                                                500,000 
Crowder College, Neosho, MO, to expand technical education programs for workforce development                                                                                                                                                    656,000 
Des Moines Area Community College, Arkeny, IA for workforce recruitment and training to address area skill shortages                                                                                                                             275,000 
Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines, IA, for Project Employment                                                                                                                                                                        250,000 
East Los Angeles Community Union, Los Angeles, CA for a workforce training initiative                                                                                                                                                            300,000 
Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana, Inc., Fort Wayne, IN for the Production and Worker Training Services program                                                                                                                              100,000 
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, for re-training of displaced workers                                                                                                                                                                 340,000 
Eastern Technology Council, Wayne, PA, for job training programs                                                                                                                                                                                  75,000 
Edgar Campbell Foundation, Philadelphia, PA for counseling, job placement and work readiness programs                                                                                                                                            400,000 
Employment & Economic Development Department of San Joaquin County, Stockton, CA for a work experience program for at-risk youth                                                                                                                 175,000 
Essex County Community Organization, Lynn, MA for its E-Team Machinist Training Program                                                                                                                                                          300,000 
Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO, for the development of entrepreneurship programs to enhance regional development                                                                                                                                127,000 
Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow, Las Vegas, NV, for job training, vocational education, and related support                                                                                                                               150,000 
Foundation of the Delaware County Chamber, Media, PA for workforce development and job readiness services                                                                                                                                        192,000 
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc., Milwaukee, WI, to provide training, employment and supportive services, including for individuals with disabilities                                                                         210,000 
Goodwill of Southern Nevada, North Las Vegas, NV for workforce development programs                                                                                                                                                              350,000 
Greater Akron Chamber, Akron, OH for a summer apprenticeship program for youth                                                                                                                                                                   300,000 
Groden Center, Providence, RI for job readiness training for adults with Asperger's Syndrome                                                                                                                                                     150,000 
Guam Community College, Mangilao, Guam for skilled craft training                                                                                                                                                                                400,000 
Hamilton County Government, Chattanooga, TN for training activities related to manufacturing processes                                                                                                                                           850,000 
Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA, for job training programs                                                                                                                                                                      75,000 
Home of Life Community Development Corp., Chicago, IL for a financial services training and placement program                                                                                                                                    240,000 
Homecare Workers Training Center, Los Angeles, CA for nurse assistant training                                                                                                                                                                   125,000 
Idaho Women Work! at Eastern Idaho Technical College, Idaho Falls, ID, to continue and expand the Recruiting for the Information Technology Age (RITA) initiative in Idaho                                                                       100,000 
International Fellowship of Chaplains, Inc., Saginaw, MI for the Road to Hope training program in Seneca County, OH                                                                                                                              200,000 
Iowa Policy Project for a study on temporary and contingent workers                                                                                                                                                                              350,000 
Iowa Valley Community College, Marshalltown, IA for job training activities                                                                                                                                                                      250,000 
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana--Columbus Region, Indianapolis, IN for the Center for Cybersecurity for workforce development                                                                                                              150,000 
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Lafayette, Indianapolis, IN for job training programs at the Center for Health Information Technology                                                                                                      140,000 
Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City, KS for workforce training and placement for the retail and hospitality industries                                                                                                             320,000 
Kent State University/Trumbull County, Warren, OH for regional training through the Northeast Ohio Advanced Manufacturing Institute                                                                                                              250,000 
Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential, Cleveland, Ohio, for training and skill development services for individuals with disabilities in coordination with the local workforce investment system                                           180,000 
Louisiana Delta Community College, Monroe, LA for a job training initiative                                                                                                                                                                      250,000 
Louisiana National Guard, Carville, LA for the Job Challenge Program                                                                                                                                                                             150,000 
MAGLEV Inc., McKeesport, PA, for a training program in advanced precision fabrication                                                                                                                                                             90,000 
Manufacturing Association of Central New York, Syracuse, NY for a workforce training project                                                                                                                                                     250,000 
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Manchester, NH for training of nurses, physician assistants, and pharmacists                                                                                                              319,500 
Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, East Boston, MA, for a health-care workforce development program                                                                                                                               170,000 
Maui Community College Remote Rural Hawaii Job Training Project, HI, for the Remote Rural Hawaii Job Training project                                                                                                                          2,400,000 
Maui Community College Training and Educational Opportunities, HI, for training and education                                                                                                                                                  1,000,000 
Maui Economic Development Board, HI, for high tech training                                                                                                                                                                                      475,000 
Maui Economic Development Board, HI, for the rural computer utilization training program                                                                                                                                                         300,000 
McHenry County Community College, Woodstock, IL for employer-identified occupational training                                                                                                                                                    400,000 
Memphis, Tennessee, for a prisoner re-entry program                                                                                                                                                                                              200,000 
Minot State University, Minot, ND for the Job Corps Executive Management Program                                                                                                                                                                 750,000 
Mission Language and Vocational School, San Francisco, CA for a training program in health-related occupations                                                                                                                                   250,000 
Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, for the Mississippi Integrated Workforce Performance System                                                                                                                                 400,000 
Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, for training development and delivery system at the Distributed Learning System for Workforce Training Program                                                                              200,000 
Mississippi Technology Alliance, Ridgeland, MS, for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Services                                                                                                                                       150,000 
Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, MS, for training and development programs at the Automated Identification Technology (AIT)/Automatic Data Collection (ADC)                                                                       200,000 
Moreno Valley, CA, to provide vocational training for young adults, as well as the development of an internship with local businesses to put the trainees' job skills to use upon graduation                                                     125,000 
National Council of La Raza in Washington, DC, to provide technical assistance on Hispanic workforce issues including capacity building, language  barriers, and health care job training                                                        400,000 
Neighborhood First Program, Inc., Bristol, PA for services for at-risk youth                                                                                                                                                                     125,000 
Neumann College, Aston, PA, for the Partnership Advancing Training for Careers in Health  program                                                                                                                                                 75,000 
NewLife Academy of Information Technology, East Liverpool, OH for training for information technology careers                                                                                                                                    240,000 
North Side Industrial Development Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA, for job training programs                                                                                                                                                          75,000 
North West Pasadena Development Corp., Pasadena, CA for job training for low-income individuals                                                                                                                                                  125,000 
Northcott Neighborhood House, Milwaukee, WI for construction industry training for youth                                                                                                                                                          70,000 
Northwest Washington Electrical Industry Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, Mount Vernon, WA, for expanded training capability, including the acquisition of training equipment, to meet the need for skilled electrical workers       150,000 
Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program, Inc.,  Ashland, WI, for workforce development training in Northwest Wisconsin                                                                                                               255,000 
Oakland Community College, Bloomfield Hills, MI to lead a consortium on workforce development for emerging business sectors                                                                                                                      600,000 
Opportunity, Inc., Highland Park, IL for workforce development activities                                                                                                                                                                        350,000 
Our Piece of the Pie, Hartford, CT for education and employment services for out-of-school youth                                                                                                                                                 500,000 
Pacific Mountain Workforce Consortium, Tumwater, WA, for training of qualified foresters and restoration professionals in Lewis County                                                                                                           140,000 
Parish of Rapides Career Solutions Center, Alexandria, LA for a job training initiative                                                                                                                                                          200,000 
Pennsylvania Women Work!, Pittsburgh, PA, for job training programs                                                                                                                                                                               90,000 
Philadelphia Shipyard Development Corporation, Philadelphia, PA for on-the-job training in shipbuilding technology                                                                                                                               435,000 
Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center, Philadelphia, PA, for veterans job training                                                                                                                                               75,000 
Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, VA for the Residential Construction Academy                                                                                                                                                100,000 
Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce Enterprise Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA, for workforce development                                                                                                                                      75,000 
Poder Learning Center, Chicago, IL for immigrant neighborhood education and job development services                                                                                                                                             200,000 
Port Jobs, in partnership with South Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA, for training of entry-level airport workers                                                                                                                         100,000 
Portland Community College, Portland, OR, to support the Center for Business and Industry                                                                                                                                                         85,000 
Precision Manufacturing Institute, Meadville, PA for high-technology training programs                                                                                                                                                           338,000 
Project ARRIBA, El Paso, TX, for workforce development in the West Texas region                                                                                                                                                                  100,000 
Project One Inc., Louisville, KY for summer job activities for disadvantaged youth                                                                                                                                                               150,000 
Project QUEST, Inc., San Antonio, TX for workforce development services to low-income residents                                                                                                                                                   75,000 
PRONTO of Long Island, Inc., Bayshore, NY for a vocational training initiative                                                                                                                                                                   100,000 
Rhodes State College, Lima, Ohio, for equipment, curriculum development, training and internships for high-tech engineering technology programs                                                                                                  150,000 
Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc., Durant, OK, for entrepreneurship training programs                                                                                                                                                          100,000 
Saint Leonard's Ministries, Chicago, IL, for job training and placement for ex-offenders                                                                                                                                                         260,000 
San Jose, CA, for job training for the homeless                                                                                                                                                                                                  330,000 
Santa Ana, CA, for the Work Experience and Literacy Program                                                                                                                                                                                      760,000 
Santa Maria El Mirador, Santa Fe, NM, to provide an employment training program                                                                                                                                                                  700,000 
Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center, Charleston, WV, for its Enterprise Development Initiative                                                                                                                                                   250,000 
Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29, MarLin, PA for a workforce training program                                                                                                                                                                     190,000 
South Bay Workforce Investment Board, Hawthorne, CA for its Bridge-to-Work program                                                                                                                                                               400,000 
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO for equipment and training                                                                                                                                                               450,000 
Southern University at Shreveport, Shreveport, LA for healthcare worker training activities                                                                                                                                                      100,000 
Southside Virginia Community College, Alberta, VA for the Heavy Equipment Training Program                                                                                                                                                       300,000 
Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, Vancouver, WA, to create and sustain a partnership between business, education and workforce leaders in Southwest Washington                                                                 150,000 
Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, OK for workforce development in the manufacturing sector                                                                                                                                    250,000 
St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment, St. Louis, MO for a summer jobs program for youth                                                                                                                                                   550,000 
STRIVE/East Harlem Employment Service, Inc., NY, for the Core job training program                                                                                                                                                               500,000 
Towson University, Towson, MD for education and training services for careers in homeland security                                                                                                                                               275,000 
Twin Cities Rise!, Minneapolis, MN,  for job training initiatives                                                                                                                                                                                255,000 
United Auto Workers Region 9, Local 624, New York, for incumbent worker training                                                                                                                                                                 300,000 
United Mine Workers of America, Washington, PA for the UMWA Career Center's mine worker training and reemployment programs                                                                                                                       750,000 
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, for Workforce Training in Marine Composite                                                                                                                                                  500,000 
University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL to provide teacher training to veterans                                                                                                                                                                284,500 
Urban League of Lancaster County, Inc., Lancaster, PA, for job training programs                                                                                                                                                                  75,000 
Vermont Department of Labor, Montpelier, VT, for job training of female inmates in Vermont as they prepare to reenter the workforce                                                                                                              600,000 
Vermont Healthcare and Information Technology Education Center, Williston, VT, for advanced manufacturing training of displaced workers                                                                                                          200,000 
Vermont Healthcare and Information Technology Education Center, Williston, VT, for health care training of displaced workers                                                                                                                     615,000 
Vermont Technical College and Vermont Workforce Development Council, Randolph Center, VT, to provide job training to displaced workers in Vermont                                                                                                540,000 
Veteran Community Initiatives, Inc., Johnstown, PA for employment services and support programs for veterans                                                                                                                                     500,000 
Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN for heavy equipment operator training for the mining industry                                                                                                                                                375,000 
Washington Workforce Association, Vancouver, WA, for job shadowing, internships, and scholarships to prepare students for high-demand occupations                                                                                                400,000 
Washington, Ozaukee, Waukesha Workforce Development Inc., Pewaukee, WI, for advanced manufacturing and technology training                                                                                                                       380,000 
Watts Labor Community Action Committee, Los Angeles, CA for job training and placement in demand industries                                                                                                                                      200,000 
Wayne County, NY Planning Department, Lyons, NY for workforce development programs in Central New York                                                                                                                                           250,000 
West Los Angeles College, Culver City, CA for a craft and technican training program                                                                                                                                                             540,000 
Wisconsin Community Action Program, Madison, WI, for job training assistance of low-income individuals                                                                                                                                           275,000 
Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership, Milwaukee, WI, to assess, prepare, and place job-ready candidates in construction, manufacturing, and other skilled trades and industries                                                               255,000 
Women Work and Community, Augusta, ME for a women's workforce training and development program                                                                                                                                                   500,000 
Workforce Connections, Inc., La Crosse, WI, to develop and implement strategic workforce development activities in Western Wisconsin                                                                                                             125,000 
Workforce Resource, Inc., Menomonee, WI, for employment assistance                                                                                                                                                                               210,000 
Wrightco Technologies, Inc, Claysburg, PA, to provide job training, retraining and vocational educational programs                                                                                                                                90,000 
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The conference agreement consolidates the Responsible Reintegration of Youthful Offenders and Prisoner Reentry programs into a program of Reintegration of Ex-Offenders, as proposed by the House. The conference agreement provides $78,694,000, instead of $68,746,000 as proposed by the House and a total of $68,642,000 as proposed by the Senate in two individual programs. Within this amount, the conference agreement provides that no less than $59,000,000 be used for programming for youth. The conference agreement also provides that a total of $50,000,000 be available from resources in both fiscal years 2007 and 2008 for a youth mentoring initiative. The $50,000,000 provided is for competitive grants to local educational agencies or community-based organizations to develop and implement mentoring strategies in schools identified as persistently dangerous. The conferees intend that $33,000,000 provided in this Act, along with $17,000,000 in funds made available under the fiscal year 2007 appropriation for youthful offenders, be available for this purpose and direct that the solicitation of grant agreements be issued on a timeline that provides for the incorporation of both the fiscal year 2007 and fiscal year 2008 contributions to the enhanced effort to assist persistently dangerous schools in mentoring efforts to prevent youth violence in high crime areas.

For the Denali Commission, the conference agreement provides $6,875,000 as proposed by the Senate for job training services. The House did not include funds for this activity.

The conference agreement does not include the $49,000,000 undistributed reduction in training and employment services as proposed by the House. The Senate bill had no similar provision.

The conference agreement includes a rescission of $245,000,000 in prior year Workforce Investment Act unexpended balances for the Youth, Adult and Dislocated Worker formula programs. The House bill contained a $335,000,000 rescission of prior year training and employment service balances, while the Senate bill had no similar provision. The conferees direct the Secretary to target the rescission within each funding stream so that the first funds subject to recapture are those program year 2005 and 2006 funds carried in to program year 2007 that are in excess of 30 percent of funds available in program year 2006 as of June 30, 2007. To arrive at the total amount within each funding stream, the balance of the rescission should be based on each State's remaining unexpended fiscal year 2005 and 2006 balances as of June 30, 2007, after adjusting those balances by any excess carryout identified in the first calculation. In addition, within each funding stream, the conferees direct that the Secretary ensure that the amounts rescinded within each State shall be from funds reserved for Statewide activities, and funds related to each local area, in proportion to the extent to which these balances, respectively, contributed to the amount to be rescinded in the State. Consistent with these specifications, the conferees direct the Secretary to carry out the rescission in a manner that will minimize burdens on States and local areas. To achieve that goal, the conferees further direct that it is intended that the requirements of sections 128, 133 and 134(a)(3)(B) of WIA relating to cost limits and to the applicable percentages of funds that may be used for Statewide activities, rapid response, and allocations to local areas, be applied by the Secretary only with respect to the initial allotments received by the State from fiscal year 2005 and 2006 funds and that those requirements are not intended to be applied based on the amounts remaining available to the States after this rescission has been carried out.

COMMUNITY SERVICE EMPLOYMENT FOR OLDER AMERICANS

The conference agreement includes $530,900,000 for Community Service Employment for Older Americans as proposed by the House, instead of $483,611,000 as proposed by the Senate. This amount covers the second increment of the Federal minimum wage increase, from $5.85 to $6.55 an hour, for program participants.

STATE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OPERATIONS

The conference agreement includes $3,377,506,000 for State Unemployment Insurance and Employment Service Operations, instead of $3,382,614,000 as proposed by the House and $3,386,632,000 as proposed by the Senate. The detailed table at the end of this joint statement reflects the activity distribution agreed to by the conferees.

The conference agreement includes language not included in the House or Senate bills that allows the Secretary of Labor to make payments on behalf of the States for matching Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims information against the information in the National Directory of New Hires to prevent, detect, and collect improper UI payments. States are required to reimburse the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the reasonable costs incurred in providing the information. Allowing the Secretary to aggregate such amounts and provide a payment to HHS covering the costs of all States will not affect the share of UI administrative funds available to each State, but will provide a more cost-effective means through which the required reimbursements are to be paid.

For Employment Service grants to States, the conference agreement includes $715,883,000 as proposed by the Senate, instead of $725,883,000 as proposed by the House. This includes $22,883,000 in general funds and $693,000,000 from the Unemployment Trust Fund. For Employment Service National Activities, the conference agreement includes $32,766,000 as proposed by the House instead of $34,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. This includes $12,740,000 for foreign labor certification programs.

For workforce information, national electronic tools and one-stop system building, the conference agreement provides $52,985,000 as proposed by the House, instead of $55,985,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, the conferees direct that workforce information grants to the States be funded at no less than $32,430,000 as proposed by the House.

For Work Incentive Grants, the conference report provides $14,649,000 instead of $9,757,000 as proposed by the House and $19,541,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees direct the Department to ensure that all States that wish to participate in this program receive funding for new or continuation grants to support their disability navigator programs.

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION

The conference agreement includes $176,662,000 for Program Administration, instead of $170,500,000 as proposed by the House and $185,505,000 as proposed by the Senate. The detailed table at the end of this joint statement reflects the activity distribution agreed to by the conferees. Within the amount for employment security activities, the conference agreement includes not less than $43,500,000 to improve the timeliness and quality of processing applications under the foreign labor certification program.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conference agreement includes $142,925,000 for the Employee Benefits Security Administration, as proposed by the House instead of $143,262,000 as proposed by the Senate. The detailed table at the end of this joint statement reflects the activity distribution agreed to by the conferees. The conferees request a briefing on the schedule for the completion of the EFAST2 system prior to the announcement of the availability of funds for its development and regular progress reports on this project. The conferees are also in agreement that EBSA should devote resources to the issuance of regulations on meaningful and uniform reporting of 401(k) fees and that a national education program on 401(k) investment options, fees and conflict of interest be created as described in House Report 110-231.

PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION

PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION FUND

The conference agreement includes $411,151,000 for the administrative expenses of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, as proposed by both the House and the Senate. The conference agreement includes language in the House bill providing for workload driven increases in management fees based on increases in assets received by the Corporation as a result of new plan terminations, after approval by the Office of Management and Budget and notification of the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conference agreement includes $437,508,000 for the Employment Standards Administration, salaries and expenses, instead of $436,508,000 as proposed by the House and $438,508,000 as proposed by the Senate. The detailed table at the end of this joint statement reflects the activity distribution agreed to by the conferees.

For the enforcement of wage and hour standards, the conference agreement provides $183,365,000, instead of $182,365,000 as proposed by the House and $184,365,000 as proposed by the Senate. The additional $1,000,000 is provided for accelerating start-up of a system to resolve claims of injury caused by asbestos exposure. If the authority for an asbestos claims program is not enacted by June 30, 2008, these additional funds may be used to support wage and hour enforcement in low wage industries.

The conference agreement includes a rescission of $102,000,000 in unobligated funds collected pursuant to section 286(v) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The House and the Senate proposed a rescission of $70,000,000; however, information received from the Department of Labor indicates that receipts in this account allow a higher amount to be rescinded while still ensuring that the $5,500,000 the Department estimates it will use in fiscal year 2008 under current authority remains available.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES, ENERGY EMPLOYEES

OCCUPATIONAL ILLNESS COMPENSATION FUND

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Within the total provided, the conference agreement includes a proviso transferring $4,500,000 to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for use by the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health. While both the House and the Senate included this provision, the House report specified that the amount be in addition to $55,358,000 identified for transfer to the Department of Health and Human Services. The conferees clarify that the $4,500,000 for the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health is a part of the total transfer amount. The Board is a key component of the administration of the program at NIOSH and the conferees expect that it will be funded at the level provided for in the conference agreement.

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conference agreement includes $500,568,000 for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), instead of $503,516,000 as proposed by the House and $498,445,000 as proposed by the Senate. The detailed table at the end of this joint statement reflects the activity distribution agreed to by the conferees.

For Federal Enforcement, the conference agreement includes $190,128,000 as proposed by the House, instead of $188,005,000 as proposed by the Senate, and for Federal Compliance Assistance, the conference agreement includes $72,659,000 as proposed by the Senate, instead of $75,566,000 as proposed by the House. The conferees believe that it is important to rebuild the Federal enforcement capacity of OSHA and that the agency should collect data needed to evaluate the effectiveness of voluntary compliance programs before additional investments are made to support this approach.

The conference agreement includes language proposed by the House requiring the Secretary of Labor to provide detailed reports on the development and issuance of certain occupational safety and health standards that have remained on the OSHA regulatory agenda without completion. The Senate had a similar provision in its report, but not in the bill.

The conferees are concerned that the Department has failed to make sufficient progress on its comprehensive plan to address ergonomic injuries and requests that a report be provided to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate within 30 days of enactment of this Act detailing the specific steps it will take to complete the issuance of all 16 industry guidelines. In addition to a timetable for the completion of the industry guidelines, the report should contain OSHA's plans for increased enforcement on ergonomic and musculoskeletal injuries.

The conferees are also concerned by OSHA's lack of action to ensure that health care workers and emergency responders will be adequately protected in the event of an influenza pandemic. The conferees note that the Department believes that in order to issue an emergency standard to protect these workers, the United States needs to be in the midst of an influenza pandemic and urges reconsideration of the standard-setting actions that can be taken on an emergency or expedited basis. Within 30 days of enactment of this Act, the conferees request a report to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate detailing the timeline for developing and issuing a standard.

The conferees are also concerned by the inadequate response to the serious health hazards posed by industrial exposure to the chemical diacetyl, a butter flavoring agent used in microwave popcorn and other foods. Despite documented cases of a debilitating and potentially fatal lung disease, OSHA has not moved swiftly enough to protect workers from this hazard. The conferees urge OSHA to reconsider its decision concerning an emergency standard, and direct that at a minimum a permanent standard should be developed on an expedited basis. Within 30 days of enactment of this Act, the conferees expect OSHA to provide a report to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate detailing its anticipated timeline for issuing such a standard, as well as providing the details of a national emphasis program that will extend enforcement activities to all food manufacturing and flavoring plants where diacetyl is used.

MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conference agreement includes $339,893,000 for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), instead of $340,028,000 as proposed by the Senate or $313,478,000 as proposed by the House. The detailed table at the end of this joint statement reflects the activity distribution agreed to by the conferees.

The conferees are disturbed that MSHA has fallen significantly short of its obligation to complete 100 percent of regular inspections of coal mines, as required by law. In 2006, almost 5 of every 100 regular inspections nationally were not completed. In some districts, the rates were close to 15 or 20 of every 100 inspections that were not completed. The conferees find these results unacceptable.

The conference agreement provides MSHA with an increase of $37,024,000 over fiscal year 2007 resources to ensure that MSHA can carry out its legal obligations to regularly inspect our nation's coal mines. Together with increased funding for standards development, educational policy and development, and technical support, the conferees believe that the additional funds provided are sufficient to ensure that MSHA completes all of its inspection responsibilities, as well as complies with other statutory requirements of this Act and the MINER Act.

The conferees direct that, not later than 30 days after enactment of this Act, MSHA provide to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate a detailed operating plan describing how these funds will be utilized and the specific outcomes that will be achieved. The conferees concur with Senate Report 110-107 regarding the priority use of these additional funds and expect MSHA to adhere to these when preparing the required operating plan.

Within the amount provided for MSHA Program Administration, the conference agreement includes $2,200,000 for a national project award to the United Mine Workers of America for classroom and simulated rescue training for mine rescue teams, and $1,215,000 for the Wheeling Jesuit University National Technology Transfer Center.

BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conference agreement includes $566,804,000 for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), instead of $576,118,000 as proposed by the House and $560,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The detailed table at the end of this joint statement reflects the activity distribution agreed to by the conferees.

The conference agreement includes $185,796,000 for Prices and Cost of Living, instead of $192,599,000 as proposed by the House and $178,992,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees expect that the increase above fiscal year 2007 will be used for continuous updating of the housing and geographic area samples of the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The conference agreement does not include $450,000 as proposed by the House to begin the development of a methodology to determine cost of living by State. The Senate did not include a similar provision.

Included in the amount for Compensation and Working Conditions is $1,000,000 to conduct focused research studies on work-related injuries and illnesses as proposed by the Senate, instead of $1,225,000 as proposed by the House for this purpose.

The conferees are interested in ascertaining the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on employment in the United States. When NAFTA was debated in the U.S. Congress, there were estimates that implementation of the agreement would result in the net creation of 200,000 new U.S. jobs, and that job losses in the United States as a consequence of NAFTA would be concentrated in low-skill sectors. The conferees direct the Department of Labor, through BLS, to issue a report within 365 days of enactment of this Act, assessing the number of U.S. jobs, on an industry-by-industry basis, that were created as a consequence of NAFTA, and the number of U.S. jobs, on an industry-by-industry basis, that were lost as a consequence of NAFTA. The study should encompass the period from the date of implementation of NAFTA to December 31, 2007. Neither the House nor Senate report contained similar language.

OFFICE OF DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT POLICY

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conference agreement includes $27,712,000 for the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), as proposed by the House and the Senate. The conferees intend that at least 80 percent of these funds shall be used to design and implement research and technical assistance grants and contracts to develop policy that reduces barriers to employment for youth and adults with disabilities.

The conferees are concerned by the lack of available information regarding the extent to which effective disability employment policy developed by the ODEP has been implemented within the Department of Labor and by other Federal agencies whose programs provide services to all job seekers and workers, including those with disabilities. Therefore, the conferees direct the Secretary of Labor, working through the Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy, to provide a report to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate. This report shall be provided to the Committees and published on the Department's web site no later than June 30, 2008.

The conferees expect this report to identify and recommend policies the ODEP has developed during its history that have been or should be implemented within the Department of Labor or by other relevant Federal agencies. Further, the report should describe the cause-and-effect relationship that these policies have had on reducing barriers to employment for adults and youths with disabilities. The conferees also request that the report summarize how funds have been spent by ODEP since its inception. The conferees expect the report to show how ODEP has utilized its resources, including on staff expertise, grants, and contracts, to develop policy to reduce barriers to employment.

DEPARTMENTAL MANAGEMENT

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conference agreement includes $305,174,000 for Departmental Management, salaries and expenses, instead of $272,595,000 as proposed by the House and $313,218,000 as proposed by the Senate. The undistributed reductions in both the House and Senate bills are not included. The detailed table at the end of this joint statement reflects the activity distribution agreed to by the conferees.

The conference agreement includes $82,516,000 as proposed by the Senate for the International Bureau of Labor Affairs (ILAB), instead of $72,516,000 as proposed by the House. Within this amount, the conference agreement contains $5,000,000 as proposed in the House bill to implement model programs to address worker rights through technical assistance in countries with which the United States has trade preference programs and directs that this activity be carried out through a cooperative agreement with an international organization that has experience in working to assure adherence to a set of core labor standards through work with governments, employers and labor. The Senate had no similar provision. The conferees' recommendation for ILAB also includes $41,000,000 for the U.S. contribution to the International Program for the Elimination of Child Labor and $24,000,000 for bilateral assistance to improve access to basic education in international areas with a high rate of abusive and exploitative child labor. The Senate provided $42,610,000 and $26,770,000 respectively for these activities. The House had no similar provisions.

The conferees are deeply concerned about the recent discovery of abusive and exploitative child labor by a subcontractor based in India embroidering women's garments for a major U.S. apparel company. These children, some as young as ten, were forced from their parents, denied wages, forced to work long hours, and forced to live in squalor. Official Indian government estimates indicate that there are around 12 million children working in hazardous conditions. However, non-governmental organizations working on eradicating child labor believe that there are close to 60 million child laborers, including approximately 10 million child bonded laborers. While this major U.S. apparel company has 90 inspectors that travel around the world trying to ensure that their codes of conduct are not violated, it is a difficult and daunting task given the high prevalence of exploitative child labor and the non-existence of an industry wide monitoring system for the garment industry in India. Therefore, the conferees direct the Department to work with the International Labor Organization in an effort to implement standards similar to those used in the Cambodian and Bangladeshi garment industries to ensure that U.S. consumer products are not made by abusive child labor in violation of local and international standards.

The conference agreement provides $20,000,000 for information technology systems, instead of $18,000,000 as proposed by the House and $22,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. These funds support information technology, architecture, infrastructure, equipment and software utilized by multiple agencies within the Department. The conferees support the use of a portion of such funds for the acquisition of a Financial Management System for the Department of Labor. The President's request to Congress included $12,000,000 as a direct appropriation to the Working Capital Fund for this initiative.

The conference agreement includes $95,050,000 for the Office of the Solicitor, instead of $94,937,000 as proposed by the House and $95,162,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees intend that the increased funding level support no less than an increase of 19 FTEs over the fiscal year 2007 staffing level for enforcement support for the Mine Safety and Health Administration, as specified by the Senate report. The House had no similar language.

For the Women's Bureau, the conference agreement includes $10,300,000 as proposed by the Senate, instead of $10,500,000 as proposed by the House. The conferees encourage continued funding for national networks for women's employment that advance women in the workplace through education and advocacy.

OFFICE OF JOB CORPS

The conference agreement funds this program within the Office of the Secretary as proposed by the House and the Senate. This reflects the current organizational status of the program, and the funds for the administration of this program are included in this account instead of within program administration for the Employment and Training Administration, as indicated in the detailed table at the end of this joint statement.

The conference agreement includes $1,650,516,000 for the Office of Job Corps, instead of $1,649,476,000 as proposed by the House and $1,659,872,000 as provided by the Senate. Within the total, $1,507,684,000 is provided for continuing operations of the program, as proposed by the House, instead of $1,516,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. For renovation and construction of Job Corps centers, the conference agreement includes $113,960,000, instead of $112,920,000 as proposed by the House and $115,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement does not include the designation of funds for a competition to increase child care development centers on Job Corps campuses as proposed by the House, and instead designates the $13,960,000 above the request for renovation and construction for the continued development of new Job Corps centers that have been awarded and are not yet completed. The conferees request that the Department of Labor include an analysis of the future funding needs of all new centers in development and a progress report on the timeline for opening new centers in its fiscal year 2009 budget justification, as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes bill language proposed by the Senate requiring that none of the funds in the Act be used to reduce student training slots below 44,791 in program year 2008. This slot level and the funds provided will support the maintenance of student training services at existing Job Corps centers, as well as provide for new centers scheduled to open in program year 2008. The House bill contained a similar provision.

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING

The conference agreement contains $228,198,000 for Veterans Employment and Training, as proposed by the House instead of $231,198,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees encourage the Department to direct additional funds to the Transition Assistance Program, which will ensure that the increasing demand for services is met. The conferees also expect the Department to increase enforcement activities to ensure that veterans' rights under the Uniformed Service Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act are being protected.

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

The conference agreement includes $78,658,000 for the Office of Inspector General as proposed by the House instead of $79,658,000 as proposed by the Senate.

GENERAL PROVISIONS

JOB CORPS SALARIES

The conference agreement includes language that prohibits the use of funds for the Job Corps program to pay the salary of any individual, either as direct costs or any pro-ration as an indirect cost, at a rate in excess of Executive Level I, as proposed by the Senate. The House included a similar provision in the Job Corps account.

ONE PERCENT TRANSFER AUTHORITY

(TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

The conference agreement includes a provision limiting the authority to transfer funds between a program, project or activity and requiring a 15 day advance notification of any such request. Both the House and Senate bills contained similar provisions.

TRANSIT SUBSIDIES

The conference agreement includes a provision requiring the Secretary of Labor to issue a monthly transit subsidy at the full amount of $110 for eligible employees in the National Capital Region, as proposed by the House. The Senate bill contained no similar provision.

OPERATING PLAN

The conference agreement includes a provision prohibiting the obligation of funds for demonstration, pilot, multiservice, research and multistate projects under section 171 of the Workforce Investment Act prior to the submission of a report on the planned use of such funds, as proposed by the House. The Senate had a similar provision requiring an operating plan for the use of such funds. The conferees expect that the operating report on the use of such funds will be provided not later than July 1, 2008, and direct the Department to continue to submit quarterly reports to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on the status of awards made for pilot, demonstration, multiservice, research, and multistate projects under section 171 of the Workforce Investment Act. These quarterly reports shall be submitted no later than 45 days after the end of each quarter and shall include a list of all awards made during the quarter, and for each award, the grantee or contractor, the amount of the award, the funding source for the award, whether the award was made competitively or by sole source and, if sole source, the justification, the purpose of the award and expected outcomes.

DENALI COMMISSION

The conference agreement includes a provision, as proposed by the Senate that authorizes such sums as may be necessary to the Denali Commission to conduct job training where Denali Commission projects will be constructed. The House bill contained no similar provision.

GRANTS USING H-1B VISA REVENUE

The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by the House that prohibits the use of the funds available to the Department under section 414(c) of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act for other than training in the occupations and industries for which employers are using the visas to hire foreign workers that generate these funds. The conferees expect that these activities will include industry career ladder programs and understand that there are some related activities that enhance or facilitate training programs that are part of a coordinated industry approach. The conference agreement provides that this limitation shall not apply to multi-year grants that have already been awarded under competitive solicitations issued prior to April 15, 2007. The conferees understand one additional round of Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) grants that would qualify under this limitation was awarded in June 2007. The Senate bill contained no similar provision.

HEALTH COVERAGE TAX CREDIT GAP-FILLER GRANTS

The conference agreement does not include a provision included in the House bill authorizing up to $20,000,000 in revenue available to the Department under section 414 (c) of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act to be used for `gap-filler' grants to trade-impacted workers awaiting certification for the Health Coverage Tax Credit. The Senate bill contained no similar provision. The conferees expect the Department of Labor to make grants available to States from the Dislocated Worker National Reserve for this purpose and to increase outreach to trade-impacted workers to inform them of their eligibility for the Health Coverage Tax Credit.

COMPETITIVE GRANTS

The conference report includes a provision prohibiting Community-Based Job Training grants and grants authorized under section 414(c) of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act from being awarded on a non-competitive basis. Both the House and Senate bills included similar provisions.

ADMINISTRATIVE COST DEFINITION AND REDESIGNATION OF LOCAL AREAS

The conference agreement includes a provision requiring that the Secretary of Labor take no action to amend the definition established in 20 CFR 667.220 for functions and activities under title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 or to modify the procedure for designation of local areas as specified in that Act until such time as legislation reauthorizing the Act is enacted, as proposed by the Senate. The House bill contained a similar provision.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

The conference agreement includes a provision as proposed by the House requiring the Secretary of Labor to promulgate a final regulation on personal protective equipment no later than November 30, 2007. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) made a commitment in Federal court to issue a final rule by this date. The Senate addressed this issue in report language.

MINE SAFETY REGULATIONS

The conference agreement includes language requiring specific dates by which the Secretary of Labor propose, and subsequently finalize, mine safety regulations regarding belt haulage entries and rescue chambers in coal mines, and makes additional requirements for review of mine ventilation plans. The Senate bill included a similar provision, while the House bill did not include such a provision.

SALARIES AND BONUSES

The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by the Senate that prohibits grantees from using funds appropriated for the Employment and Training Administration to pay the salary and bonuses of an individual at a rate in excess of Executive Level II. The House bill contained no similar provision.

MINE SAFETY FUNDING

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate providing additional funding for necessary expenses for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Funding for MSHA activities are included under the heading for this agency. The House bill contained no similar provision.

NIOSH FIRE FIGHTER PROGRAM

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate providing that $5,000,000 be available in Title I for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to carry out the Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Preventions Program. Funding for this activity is included within the funds made available to NIOSH in Title II. 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 $7,260,468,000 for health resources and services, of which $7,235,468,000 is provided as budget authority and $25,000,000 is made available from the Public Health Service policy evaluation set-aside, instead of $7,086,709,000 as proposed by the House and $6,888,810,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funds for the individual HRSA programs are displayed in the table at the end of the statement of managers. Funding levels that were in disagreement but not displayed on the table are discussed in this statement.

The conference agreement includes bill language providing $317,684,000 for construction and renovation (including equipment) of health care and other facilities and other health-related activities. The Senate included bill language providing $191,235,000 for this purpose; the House bill did not include funding for projects in bill language. These funds are to be used for the following projects in the following amounts:


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Project                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Total funding 
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A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                               250,000 
Access Community Health Network, Chicago, IL for facilities and equipment for Chicago sites                                                                                                                                                        225,000 
Addison County Dental Care, Middlebury, VT, for equipment and facility upgrades                                                                                                                                                                    150,000 
Adirondack Medical Center, Saranac Lake, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                           500,000 
Adrian College, Adrian, MI for nurse training programs, including facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                         500,000 
Adventist Glen Oaks Hospital, Glendale Heights, IL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                    200,000 
Adventist Health, Roseville, CA for expansions to the clinical information system, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                 350,000 
AIDS Resource Center Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, to provide health care and case management services                                                                                                                                                 125,000 
Alamo Community College System, San Antonio, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                       440,000 
Alaska Addictions Rehabilitation Services, Inc., Wasilla, AK for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                          150,000 
Alaska Family Practice Residency Program, Anchorage, AK, to support its family practice residency programs                                                                                                                                       1,000,000 
Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, AK, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                         750,000 
Alaska Psychiatric Institute,  Juneau, AK, for the Telebehavioral Health Project in Alaska                                                                                                                                                         400,000 
Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY, for the establishment of the Patient Safety Center                                                                                                                                                              500,000 
Albuquerque Indian Health Center, New Mexico, for renovations and equipment                                                                                                                                                                         85,000 
Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV for facilities and equipment for the nursing program                                                                                                                                                       125,000 
Alegent Health Care System, Omaha, NE, for a community-based Electronic Medical Records System                                                                                                                                                     100,000 
Alice Hyde Medical Center, Malone, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                 350,000 
Alleghany Memorial Hospital, Sparta, NC for an electronic health records initiative, including equipment                                                                                                                                           150,000 
Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                          169,500 
Allegheny Singer Research Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                  90,000 
Alle-Kiski Medical Center, Natrona Heights, PA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                        375,000 
Allen Memorial Hospital, Moab, Utah, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                                    50,000 
Alliance for NanoHealth, Houston, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                  650,000 
AltaMed Health Services Corp., Los Angeles, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                        275,000 
American Oncologic Hospital, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                500,000 
American Samoa, Pago Pago, AQ for facilities and equipment for the LBJ Medical Center                                                                                                                                                              640,000 
Amite County Medical Services, Liberty, MS for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                            135,000 
Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center, Anchorage, AK, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                   339,000 
AnMed Health, Anderson, SC, for renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                            84,750 
Arc of Northern Virginia, Falls Church, VA, for equipment and software to create a Resource Navigator System for individuals with developmental disabilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia                                                       150,000 
Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Kittanning, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                   90,000 
Arnold Palmer Hospital, Orlando, FL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                   200,000 
Ashland County Oral Health Services, Ashland, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                      100,000 
Asian Americans for Community Involvement, San Jose, CA for facilities and equipment for a community health clinic                                                                                                                                 378,000 
Association for Utah Community Health, Salt Lake City, UT for health information technology for community health centers represented by the Association throughout the State                                                                       796,650 
Atchison Hospital Association, Atchison, KS, for renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                                          300,000 
Atlantic Health Systems, Florham Park, NJ for an electronic disease tracking system                                                                                                                                                                500,000 
Avis Goodwin Community Health Center, Dover, NH for facilities and equipment in Somerworth, NH                                                                                                                                                     400,000 
Avista Adventist Hospital, Louisville, CO for health information systems                                                                                                                                                                           320,000 
Bad River Tribe of Lake Superior Chippewa, Odanah, WI for facilities and equipment for a health clinic                                                                                                                                             500,000 
Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, IN, for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                   100,000 
Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore, MD for facilities and equipment for mobile units                                                                                                                                                      320,000 
Baltimore Medical System, Baltimore, MD for facilities and equipment for a community health care facility                                                                                                                                          320,000 
Baptist Health Medical Center--Heber Springs, Heber Springs, AR for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                        75,000 
Barnert Hospital, Paterson, NJ for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                        320,000 
Barnes-Kasson County Hospital, Susquehanna, PA for obstetrical care                                                                                                                                                                                150,000 
Barnes-Kasson County Hospital, Susquehanna, PA, for renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                                        90,000 
Barre Family Health Center, Barre, MA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                 275,000 
Bay Area Medical Clinic, Marinette, WI for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                200,000 
BayCare Health System, Clearwater, FL for upgrades to medical information systems                                                                                                                                                                  350,000 
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, for construction, renovation, and equipment at the Vannie E. Cook, Jr. Children's Cancer and Hematology Clinic                                                                                            175,000 
Baylor Research Institute, Dallas, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                 352,000 
Bayonne Medical Center, Bayonne, NJ for health information technology                                                                                                                                                                              500,000 
Baystate Health Systems, Springfield, MA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                              320,000 
Bear River Health Department, Logan, Utah, for the Medical Reserve Corps Program                                                                                                                                                                    50,000 
Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI for a Core Molecular Laboratory, including facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                               500,000 
Beaver Valley Hospital, Beaver, Utah, for renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                  50,000 
Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, DE, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                                        170,000 
Belmont University, Nashville, TN for facilities and equipment for the Health Science Center                                                                                                                                                       140,000 
Beloit Area Community Health Center, Beloit, WI, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                        425,000 
Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN for a nurse training program                                                                                                                                                                                 250,000 
Benedictine Hospital, Kingston, NY for health information systems                                                                                                                                                                                  200,000 
Benefis Healthcare Foundation, Great Falls, MT, for health information technology                                                                                                                                                                  320,000 
Benefis Healthcare, Great Falls, MT for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                   500,000 
Berea Health Ministry Rural Health Clinic, Inc., Berea, KY for facilities and equipment for a rural diabetes clinic                                                                                                                                 50,000 
Billings Clinic, Billings, MT, for a Rural Clinical Information System                                                                                                                                                                             280,000 
Billings Clinic, Billings, MT, for construction, renovation and equipment of a cancer center                                                                                                                                                       320,000 
Billings Clinic, Billings, MT, for the Diabetes Center to prevent and treat diabetes                                                                                                                                                               300,000 
Bloomington Hospital Foundation, Bloomington, IN for  health information systems                                                                                                                                                                   200,000 
Bloomsburg Hospital, Bloomsburg, PA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                   343,000 
Blount Memorial Hospital, Maryville, TN for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                                  150,000 
Boone County Senior Citizen Service Corporation, Columbia, MO, for equipment and technology for the Alzheimer's Disease Demonstration Center on the Bluff's campus                                                                                 847,000 
Boone Hospital Center, Columbia, MO for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                   200,000 
Boriken Neighborhood Health Center, New York, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                      150,000 
Boscobel Area Health Care, Boscobel, WI for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                               405,000 
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Boston, MA, for the construction of a health care facility                                                                                                                                            145,000 
Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA for facilities and equipment for the J. Joseph Moakley Medical Services Building                                                                                                                               1,000,000 
Boston University Medical School, Boston, MA for facilities and equipment for biomedical research related to amyloidosis                                                                                                                           250,000 
Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                        720,000 
Brackenridge Hospital, Austin, TX, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                                     175,000 
Bridge Community Health Clinic, Wausau, WI for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                            500,000 
Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, CT for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                   350,000 
Brockton Hospital, Brockton, MA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                     170,000 
Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, Brockton, MA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                     320,000 
Brookside Community Health Center, San Pablo, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                      350,000 
Brunswick County, Bolivia, NC for facilities and equipment for a senior center                                                                                                                                                                     250,000 
Bryan W. Whitfield Hospital, Demopolis, AL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                            140,000 
Bureau County Health Clinic, Princeton, IL to expand rural health services, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                        150,000 
Cactus Health Services, Inc., Sanderson, TX for primary health care services in rural communities in Terrell and Pecos Counties                                                                                                                    175,000 
California Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                   400,000 
California State University, Bakersfield, CA for nurse training programs, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                          200,000 
Camillus House, Inc., Miami, FL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                       200,000 
Canonsburg General Hospital, Canonsburg, PA for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                              350,000 
Cape Cod Free Clinic and Community Health Center, Mashpee, MA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                         175,000 
Capital Park Family Health Center, Columbus, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                       200,000 
Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI for a nursing training program                                                                                                                                                                          100,000 
Carilion Health System, Roanoke, VA, for renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                  125,000 
Caring Health Center, Inc., Springfield, MA, for equipment needed to expand urgent care and oral health programs                                                                                                                                   210,000 
Carnegie Mellon University,  Pittsburgh,  PA, for equipment and renovation                                                                                                                                                                         127,125 
Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, NC for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                            400,000 
Carroll County Regional Medical Center, Carrollton, KY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                300,000 
Carroll County Youth Service Bureau, Westminster, MD for facilities and equipment for the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic                                                                                                                          350,000 
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH,  for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                      84,750 
Center for Health Equity, Louisville, KY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                              250,000 
Central Carolina Allied Health Center, Sumter, SC, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                     211,875 
Central Wyoming College, Riverton, WY for facilities and equipment at the Virtual Medical Skills Center for Training Nurses in Rural Health Care                                                                                                   200,000 
CentroMed, San Antonio, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                            400,000 
Champlain Valley Physician's Hospital, Plattsburgh, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                              1,500,000 
Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital, Greenville, ME for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                     250,000 
Charles Drew Health Center, Inc., Omaha, NE, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                          1,000,000 
Chatham County Safety Net Collaborative, Savannah, GA for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                    300,000 
Cherry Street Health Services, Grand Rapids, MI for an electronic health records initiative, including equipment                                                                                                                                   200,000 
Chester County Hospital, West Chester, PA, for construction                                                                                                                                                                                         90,000 
Children's Friend and Family Services, Salem, MA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                      250,000 
Children's Hospital of KidsPeace, Orefield, PA, for construction and equipment                                                                                                                                                                      90,000 
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, to provide pediatric palliative care education and consultation services to clinicians and providers                                                                               252,125 
Children's Home of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                         320,000 
Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                         315,000 
Children's Hospital and Health System, Milwaukee, WI for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                     350,000 
Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                              320,000 
Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, for the development of comprehensive pediatric electronic medical records system                                                                                                                           185,000 
Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron, Akron, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                375,000 
Children's Hospital of Orange County, Mission Viejo, CA for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                  150,000 
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                               127,125 
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, for construction                                                                                                                                                                                127,125 
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters (CHKD) Health Systems, Norfolk, VA, to purchase and equip a Mobile Intensive Care Transport Vehicle for the critically ill neonatal and pediatric populations                                          125,000 
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, Norfolk, VA for pediatric facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                    550,000 
Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                         170,000 
Children's Hospital, Aurora, CO, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                     169,500 
Children's Hospital, Denver, CO for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                       320,000 
Children's Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, for construction and program expansion                                                                                                                                                                        90,000 
Children's Medical Center, Dallas, Dallas, TX, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                         175,000 
Children's Medical Center, Dayton, OH for CARE House, including facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                           200,000 
Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                             525,000 
Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC for facilities and equipment for emergency preparedness                                                                                                                                         500,000 
Children's Specialized Hospital, Mountainside, NJ for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                     500,000 
Chippewa Valley Hospital, Durand, WI for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                  295,000 
Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc., Elfrida, AZ for facilities and equipment for the Bisbee/Naco Chiricahua community health center in Bisbee, AZ and the Douglas/El Frida Medical and Dental Border Healthcare Clinic in Douglas, AZ       400,000 
CHOICE Regional Health Network, Olympia, WA, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                            300,000 
Christian Health Care Center of New Jersey, Wyckoff, NJ for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                               200,000 
Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center, Indianapolis, IN for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                           200,000 
Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                          425,000 
Christus Santa Rosa's Children's Hospital, San Antonio, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                            375,000 
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                            500,000 
Citrus County Board of County Commissioners, Inverness, FL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                            150,000 
City of Austin, TX for facilities and equipment for the Travis County Hospital District                                                                                                                                                            290,000 
City of Chesapeake, VA for an infant mortality and chronic disease prevention program, including equipment                                                                                                                                         100,000 
City of Oakland, CA for facilities and equipment for a new youth center to house health services programs                                                                                                                                          500,000 
City of Stockton, CA for facilities and equipment for a health care facility                                                                                                                                                                       450,000 
City of Stonewall, OK for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                 360,000 
Clarion Health Center, Clarion, PA for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                                       290,000 
Clearfield Hospital, Clearfield, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                  90,000 
Cleveland Clinic Huron Hospital, East Cleveland, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                   300,000 
Cobb County Government, Marietta, GA for a senior health center, including facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                325,000 
Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, Coffeyville, KS for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                  350,000 
Coles County Council on Aging, Mattoon, IL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                            200,000 
College Misericordia, Dallas, PA for facilities and equipment for the NEPA Assistive Technology Research Institute                                                                                                                                 310,000 
College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth, MN, to implement a rural health and technology demonstration project                                                                                                                                         254,250 
Collier County, Naples, FL to develop a health care access network for the under- and uninsured, including information technology upgrades                                                                                                         342,000 
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                              300,000 
Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson, NY for health information systems                                                                                                                                                                              150,000 
Columbus Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH for a telehealth project                                                                                                                                                                                100,000 
Columbus Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                               300,000 
Communi Care, Inc., Columbia, SC for health information systems, facilities, and equipment                                                                                                                                                         285,000 
Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, Las Cruces, NM, for the Access to Healthcare Initiative                                                                                                                                            297,000 
Community College of Aurora, Aurora, CO for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                               350,000 
Community College of Rhode Island, Lincoln, RI, for equipment and laboratory facilities for health care education                                                                                                                                  210,000 
Community Dental Services, Albuquerque, NM for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                            500,000 
Community Health Care, Tacoma, WA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                     425,000 
Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Pittsburg, KS, for renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                           350,000 
Community Health Center of the Black Hills, Rapid City, SD, for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                           339,750 
Community Health Centers in Iowa                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1,750,000 
Community Health Centers of Arkansas, North Little Rock, AR, for an infrastructure development program                                                                                                                                             600,000 
Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region, Bomoseen, VT, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                        100,000 
Community Health Works, Forsyth, GA for rural health care outreach                                                                                                                                                                                  50,000 
Community Home, Health & Hospice, Longview, WA, to implement a home health telemonitoring system                                                                                                                                                   250,000 
Community Hospital of Bremen, Bremen, IN for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                              125,000 
Community Hospital TeleHealth Consortium, Lake Charles, LA for a telehealth initiative                                                                                                                                                             300,000 
Community Medical Center, Missoula, MT, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                                 280,000 
Community Medical Centers, Stockton, CA for facilities and equipment for Gleason House                                                                                                                                                             225,000 
Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP), Cranston, RI for facilities and equipment for dental care                                                                                                                                           190,000 
Connecticut Hospice, Inc., Branford, CT for health information systems                                                                                                                                                                             300,000 
Cook Children's Medical Center, Fort Worth, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                        775,000 
Cooperative Education Service Agency 11 Rural Health Dental Clinic, Turtle Lake, WI for dental services                                                                                                                                            225,000 
Cooperative Telehealth Network, Portneuf Medical Center, Pocatello, ID, to provide and improve distance healthcare access in southeast Idaho                                                                                                       350,000 
Counseling Services of Addison County, Middlebury, VT, to implement an electronic medical record                                                                                                                                                   200,000 
County of Modoc Medical Center, Alturas, CA for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                              150,000 
County of Peoria, Peoria, IL, for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                         250,000 
County of San Diego, CA Public Health Services for the purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                       286,000 
Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, NY for purchase of equipment and improvement of electronic medical information                                                                                                                                          300,000 
Crowder College-Nevada Campus, Nevada, MO for facilities and equipment for the Moss Higher Education Center                                                                                                                                        200,000 
Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Upland, PA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                             325,000 
Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center, Limestone, TN, for brain injury programs                                                                                                                                                         100,000 
Culpeper Regional Hospital, Culpeper, VA, for facility design, engineering and construction to expand the Emergency Department                                                                                                                     200,000 
Cumberland Medical Center, Crossville, TN for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                             240,000 
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                       275,000 
Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio, for training autism caregivers                                                                                                                                                                                   175,000 
Delaware Technical and Community College, Dover, DE for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                      250,000 
Delta Dental of Iowa, Ankeny, IA, for a dental loan repayment program                                                                                                                                                                              150,000 
Delta Dental of South Dakota, Pierre, SD, to provide mobile dental health services                                                                                                                                                                 200,000 
Denver Health and Hospital Authority, Denver, CO for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                      450,000 
Des Moines University and Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines, IA for a mobile clinic                                                                                                                                                            200,000 
Desert Hot Springs, Downey, CA, to construct a primary and urgent care medical clinic                                                                                                                                                               80,000 
Detroit Primary Care Access, Detroit, MI for health care information technology                                                                                                                                                                    375,000 
Dixie County, Cross City, FL for facilities and equipment for the primary care facility                                                                                                                                                             75,000 
Dodge County Hospital, Eastman, GA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                    100,000 
Drew County Memorial Hospital, Monticello, AR for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                         440,000 
DuBois Regional Medical Center, DuBois, PA for purchase of equipment and electronic medical records upgrades                                                                                                                                       217,750 
East Carolina University, Greenville, NC for the Metabolic Institute, including facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                           350,000 
East Orange General Hospital, East Orange, NJ, for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                        635,000 
East Tennessee Children's Hospital, Knoxville, TN for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                     300,000 
East Tennessee State University College of Pharmacy, Johnson City, TN for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                 250,000 
Easter Seals Iowa, for construction and enhancement of a health care center                                                                                                                                                                        300,000 
Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago, IL, for their therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research                                                                                                                                        550,000 
Easter Seals of Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Counties, Youngstown, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                           200,000 
Eastern Oklahoma State College, Wilburton, OK, for health information systems and pharmacy technology programs                                                                                                                                     100,000 
Eastern Shore Rural Health System Onley Community Health Center, Nassawadox, VA, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                        120,000 
Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, CA, for construction, renovations and equipment                                                                                                                                                                     250,000 
Eddy County, NM, for a regional substance abuse rehabilitation center, including facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                          150,000 
Edgemoor Hospital, Santee, CA for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                                            150,000 
Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                          150,000 
El Proyecto del Barrio, Arleta, CA for facilities and equipment at the Azusa Health Center, Azusa, CA                                                                                                                                              490,000 
El Proyecto del Barrio, Winnetka, CA for health information systems                                                                                                                                                                                240,000 
Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC for facilities and equipment for a science education building                                                                                                                                  390,000 
Elliot Health System, Manchester, NH, for a backup and support system for continuity of services                                                                                                                                                   200,000 
Emerson Hospital, Concord, MA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                         200,000 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood, NJ for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                  175,000 
Ephrata Community Hospital,  Ephrata, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                             90,000 
Excela Health, Mt. Pleasant, PA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                       350,000 
Fairfield Medical Center, Lancaster, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                               397,000 
Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina, MN for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                                   150,000 
Family and Children's Aid, Danbury, CT for facilities and equipment for the Harmony Center                                                                                                                                                         275,000 
Family Behavioral Resources, Greensburg, PA for community health outreach activities                                                                                                                                                               150,000 
Family Center of the Northern Neck, Inc., White Stone, VA for obstetric care services, including facilities and equipment                                                                                                                          200,000 
Family Health Center of Southern Oklahoma, Tishomingo, OK for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                             190,000 
Family Health Centers of San Diego, Inc., San Diego, CA, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                 80,000 
Family HealthCare Network, Visalia, CA for electronic medical records upgrades                                                                                                                                                                     200,000 
Family Medicine Spokane, Spokane, WA for rural training assistance                                                                                                                                                                                 150,000 
Fenway Community Health Center, Boston, MA,  for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                            210,000 
Fish River Rural Health, Eagle Lake, ME, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                               100,000 
Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                             400,000 
Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, Orlando, FL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                              150,000 
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL for facilities and equipment for the Autism Research and Treatment Center                                                                                                                         2,500,000 
Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL for purchase of equipment to support nursing programs                                                                                                                                                       400,000 
Floyd Valley Hospital, Le Mars, IA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                    100,000 
Fort Wayne, IN, for training of emergency medical personnel, including equipment purchase                                                                                                                                                          165,000 
Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                           127,125 
Franklin County Medical Center, Preston, ID, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                           250,000 
Free Clinic of the Greater Menomonie Area, Inc, Menomonie, WI, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                        85,000 
Free Clinics of Iowa in Des Moines, to support a network of free clinics                                                                                                                                                                           350,000 
Freeman Health System, Joplin, MO for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                                        400,000 
Fulton County Medical Center, McConnellsburg, PA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                      263,750 
Gardner Family Health Network, Inc., San Jose, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                     300,000 
Garfield Memorial Hospital, Panguitch, Utah, for construction, renovation, and equipment of the emergency room and adjacent clinic                                                                                                                  84,750 
Gaston College, Health Education Institute, Dallas, NC for nurse training programs, including facilities and equipment                                                                                                                             150,000 
Gateway to Care, Houston, TX for health information technology                                                                                                                                                                                     225,000 
Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA, for construction and equipment                                                                                                                                                                              169,500 
Generations, Inc., Camden, NJ, for construction of a medical center                                                                                                                                                                                380,000 
Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, for rural health outreach and training                                                                                                                                                                 84,700 
Gertrude A. Barber Center, Erie, PA for the Autism Early Identification Diagnostic and Treatment Center, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                           162,000 
Glen Rose Medical Center, Glen Rose, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                               330,000 
Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                       375,000 
Glens Falls Hospital, Glens Falls, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                 400,000 
Glory House, Sioux Falls, SD, to construct a methamphetamine treatment center                                                                                                                                                                      150,000 
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Pottsville, PA, for medical outreach                                                                                                                                                                        90,000 
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Allentown, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                 90,000 
Grady Health Systems, Atlanta, GA for electronic medical records upgrades                                                                                                                                                                          334,700 
Grandview Hospital, Dayton, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                        250,000 
Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Inc., Newburgh, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                        125,000 
Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, New Bedford, MA for health information systems                                                                                                                                                        350,000 
Greene County, Waynesburg, PA, for a telemedicine initiative                                                                                                                                                                                        90,000 
Griffin Hospital, Derby, CT for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                           400,000 
Gritman Medical Center, Moscow, ID for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                    500,000 
Gundersen Lutheran Health System, West Union, IA for a mobile health unit                                                                                                                                                                          250,000 
Gundersen Lutheran Hospital, La Crosse, WI, for a health information technology system                                                                                                                                                             170,000 
Gunderson Lutheran, Decorah, IA for a Remote Fetal Monitoring Program, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                             300,000 
Halifax Regional Health System, South Boston, VA for an electronic health records initiative, including equipment                                                                                                                                  400,000 
Hamilton Community Health Network, Flint, MI for health care information technology                                                                                                                                                                320,000 
Hamot Medical Center, Erie, PA, for construction and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                      90,000 
Hampton University, Hampton, VA for health professions training                                                                                                                                                                                    400,000 
Harris County Hospital District, Houston, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                          250,000 
Harris County Hospital District, Houston, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                          500,000 
Harris County Hospital District, Houston, TX for facilities and equipment for an outpatient physical and occupational therapy center                                                                                                               200,000 
Harris County Hospital District, Houston, TX for facilities and equipment for the diabetes program                                                                                                                                                 415,000 
Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital, Stephenville, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                              140,000 
Hatzoloh EMS, Inc., Monsey, NY for purchase of ambulances                                                                                                                                                                                          200,000 
Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, IA for facilities and equipment for a health center                                                                                                                                                           375,000 
Hazleton General Hospital, Hazleton, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                              90,000 
Healing Tree Addiction Treatment Solutions, Inc., Sterling, CO for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                        150,000 
HEALS Dental Clinic, Huntsville, AL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                    75,000 
HealthCare Connection, Cincinnati, OH for an electronic health records initiative, including equipment                                                                                                                                             250,000 
HealthEast Care System, St. Paul, MN for health information systems                                                                                                                                                                                500,000 
HealthHUB,  South Royalton, VT, for equipment and facilities                                                                                                                                                                                       100,000 
Heartland Community Health Clinic, Peoria, IL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                         300,000 
Heartland Partnership, Peoria, IL, for construction of a cancer research laboratory                                                                                                                                                                400,000 
Hektoen Institute for Medical Research Beloved Community Wellness Program, Chicago, IL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                400,000 
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                     100,000 
Helene Fuld College of Nursing, NY, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                                     100,000 
Henry Ford Health System, Flint, MI, for training in advanced techniques                                                                                                                                                                           295,000 
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Valencia, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                    200,000 
Heritage Valley Health System, Beaver, PA, for construction                                                                                                                                                                                         90,000 
Hidalgo Medical Services Inc., Lordsburg, NM, for construction, renovation, and equipment for a Community Health Center in Silver City, New Mexico                                                                                                 750,000 
Highland Community Hospital, Picayune, MS for health information systems                                                                                                                                                                           440,000 
Highlands County, Sebring, FL for facilities and equipment for the veterans service office                                                                                                                                                         425,000 
Hilo Medical Center, HI, for a medical robotics training lab                                                                                                                                                                                       100,000 
Holy Cross Hospital, Chicago, IL, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                  1,000,000 
Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, MD, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                              375,000 
Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck, NJ for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                       175,000 
Holy Redeemer Health System, Huntingdon Valley, PA, for construction                                                                                                                                                                                90,000 
Holy Rosary Healthcare, Miles City, MT, for a tele-radiology program                                                                                                                                                                               175,000 
Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                  90,000 
Holyoke Hospital, Holyoke, MA,  for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                      185,000 
Home Nursing Agency, Altoona, PA, for telehealth services, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                         100,000 
Hood River County, Hood River, OR, for construction of an integrated health care facility                                                                                                                                                          295,000 
Hormel Foundation, Austin, MN for facilities and equipment for the cancer research center                                                                                                                                                          425,000 
Hospice Care Plus, Berea, KY, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                                          127,125 
Hospice of Northwest Ohio Toledo Center, Toledo, OH for health information systems                                                                                                                                                                 125,000 
Hospice of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH for a pediatric care program                                                                                                                                                                         150,000 
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, for expansion and modernization of its clinical facilities                                                                                                                                             500,000 
Houston County Hospital District, Crockett, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                        200,000 
Howard Community College, Columbia, MD for facilities and equipment for radiologic technology                                                                                                                                                      300,000 
Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology, Huntsville, AL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                              325,000 
Hudson Headwaters Health Network, Inc., Glens Falls, NY for health information systems                                                                                                                                                             100,000 
Humility of Mary Health Partners, Youngstown, OH for health information technology                                                                                                                                                                 200,000 
Humphreys County Memorial Hospital, Belzoni, MS for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                       175,000 
Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington, NJ for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                              645,000 
Hunter's Hope Foundation, Orchard Park, NY, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                        600,000 
Huntridge Teen Center and Nevada Dental Association, Las Vegas, NV, to purchase equipment and coordinate care for the Huntridge Dental Clinic                                                                                                      275,000 
Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, AL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                   200,000 
Hurley Medical Center, Flint, MI for health information systems                                                                                                                                                                                    320,000 
Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID for the Advanced Clinical Simulation Laboratory, including facilities and equipment                                                                                                                          250,000 
Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                          250,000 
Illinois Primary Health Care Association, Springfield, IL for health information systems for clinic sites across the State                                                                                                                         600,000 
India Community Center, Milpitas, CA for facilities and equipment for the medical clinic                                                                                                                                                           300,000 
Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana, PA, for services expansion                                                                                                                                                                                90,000 
Indiana University Bloomington, IN for facilities and equipment for the School of Nursing                                                                                                                                                           75,000 
Indiana University School of Medicine, Gary, IN for facilities and equipment for the Northwest Indiana Health Research Institute                                                                                                                   525,000 
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                               150,000 
Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN for facilities and equipment for the School of Nursing                                                                                                                                                 75,000 
Inland Behavioral Health Services, Inc., San Bernardino, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                           500,000 
Inova Health System, Falls Church, VA, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                                 100,000 
Institute for Family Health, New Paltz, NY for health information systems across all eight academic health centers                                                                                                                                 100,000 
Institute for Research and Rehabilitation, Houston, TX for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                   200,000 
INTEGRIS Health, Oklahoma City, OK for a telemedicine demonstration                                                                                                                                                                                200,000 
INTEGRIS Health, Oklahoma City, OK, for statewide digital radiology equipment                                                                                                                                                                      100,000 
Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT for an electronic health records initiative, including equipment                                                                                                                                      170,000 
Iowa Caregivers Association, for training and support of certified nurse assistants                                                                                                                                                                300,000 
Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, Jackson, MS, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                          150,000 
Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, for Southern Institute for Mental Health Research and Training                                                                                                                                              250,000 
Jameson Hospital, New Castle, PA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                      304,000 
Jasper Memorial Hospital, Monticello, GA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                               40,000 
Jefferson County, AL for the Senior Citizens' Centers, including facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                          300,000 
Jefferson Regional Medical Center Nursing School, Pine Bluff, AR for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                    1,000,000 
Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                    90,000 
Jenkins County GA Hospital, Millen, GA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                275,000 
Jewish Renaissance Medical Center, Perth Amboy, NJ, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                     190,000 
John Wesley Community Health Institute, Bell Gardens, CA for facilities and equipment for the Bell Gardens Health Center                                                                                                                           150,000 
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, to expand the Critical Event Preparedness and Response program                                                                                                                                            250,000 
Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs, CT for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                       250,000 
Johnston Memorial Hospital, Smithfield, NC for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                            320,000 
Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo, MI for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                        350,000 
Kane Community Hospital, Kane, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                    90,000 
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, for equipment for the Midwest Institute for Comparative Stem Cell Biology                                                                                                                                  500,000 
Kennedy Krieger Institute,  Baltimore, MD, for medical equipment                                                                                                                                                                                   250,000 
Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD for facilities and equipment for the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury facility                                                                                                                 450,000 
Kenosha Community Health Center, Kenosha, WI, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                           170,000 
Kent State University Stark Campus, North Canton, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                  500,000 
Kent State University, Ashtabula, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                  400,000 
Kilmichael Hospital, Kilmichael, MS for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                   175,000 
Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA for facilities, equipment and curriculum for an advanced medical simulation instruction center                                                                                                        225,000 
Knox Community Hospital, Mount Vernon, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                             275,000 
Kootenai Medical Center, Sandpoint, ID, to continue providing and improving distance healthcare access in north Idaho                                                                                                                              250,000 
La Clinica de la Raza, Oakland, CA for facilities and equipment for the San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center                                                                                                                                     300,000 
La Rabida Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                            225,000 
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA for the Drug Information Center                                                                                                                                                                500,000 
Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, OH for a health information training program, including facilities and equipment                                                                                                                             100,000 
Lakeshore Foundation, Birmingham, AL, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                                  508,500 
Lamar University, Beaumont, TX for the Community and University Partnership Service, including facilities and equipment                                                                                                                            150,000 
Lamoille Community Health Services, Morrisville, VT, for rural outreach activities                                                                                                                                                                  75,000 
Lanai Women's Center, Lanai City, HI for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                  140,000 
Lane County, Eugene, Oregon, for construction, renovation, and equipment of the Springfield Community Health Center                                                                                                                                127,000 
Laurens County Health Care System, Clinton, SC for an electronic health records initiative, including equipment                                                                                                                                    100,000 
Lawrence Hospital Center, Bronxville, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                              225,000 
Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center, Memphis, TN, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                     400,000 
Le Mars Dialysis Center, LeMars, IA, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                                    200,000 
League Against Cancer, Miami, FL for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                                         200,000 
Legacy Health System, Portland, Oregon, for telemedicine equipment                                                                                                                                                                                  84,700 
Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, Allentown, PA, for construction                                                                                                                                                                          90,000 
Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey, IL, to purchase and equip a mobile health clinic to serve rural areas                                                                                                                                  295,000 
Liberty County, FL, Bristol, FL for facilities and equipment for a medical facility                                                                                                                                                                350,000 
Liberty Regional Medical Center, Hinesville, GA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                       200,000 
LifeBridge Health of Baltimore, MD, to implement the Computerized Physician Order Entry Initiative                                                                                                                                                 425,000 
Limestone Community Care, Inc. Medical Clinic, Elkmont, AL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                             75,000 
Lincoln Community Health Center, Durham, NC for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                           200,000 
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                   225,000 
Lodi Memorial Hospital, Lodi, CA for a telehealth project                                                                                                                                                                                          175,000 
Loretto, Syracuse, NY for facilities and equipment for elderly health care and skilled nursing programs                                                                                                                                            250,000 
Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital, Los Angeles, CA for facilities and equipment in the Lowman Center                                                                                                                                                275,000 
Lou Ruvo Alzheimer's Institute, Las Vegas, NV, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                         339,000 
Louisville Metro Department of Public Works, Louisville, KY for facilities and equipment for a mobile health unit                                                                                                                                  250,000 
Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, Willingboro, NJ for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                             150,000 
Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell, MA  for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                           240,000 
Loyola University Health System, Maywood, IL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                          400,000 
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Palo Alto, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                     320,000 
Madison Center, South Bend, IN for facilities and equipment for a clinic for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder                                                                                                                              150,000 
Madison Community Health Center, Madison, WI, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                        275,000 
Madison County Memorial Hospital, Rexburg, ID for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                         250,000 
Madison County, Virginia City, MT for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                     300,000 
Madison St. Joseph Health Center, Madisonville, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                    120,000 
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                      90,000 
Magee-Women's Research Institute and Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                      90,000 
Maine Center for Marine Biotechnology, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, ME for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                 140,000 
Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth, ME, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                          147,500 
Maine Primary Care Association, Augusta, ME for health information systems in community health centers across the State                                                                                                                            190,000 
Maliheh Free Clinic, Salt Lake City, Utah, for renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                                             50,000 
Manchester Memorial Hospital, Manchester, CT for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                          300,000 
Marana Health Center, Marana, AZ for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                      125,000 
Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, Hamilton, MT, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                            240,000 
Marcus Institute, Atlanta, GA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                       184,700 
Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                            90,000 
Marias Medical Center, Shelby, MT for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                                        200,000 
Marquette General Hospital, Marquette, MI for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                             450,000 
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, for a dental health outreach program                                                                                                                                                                          210,000 
Marshall University, WV, for the Bioengineering and Biomanufacturing Institute                                                                                                                                                                   1,575,000 
Marshall University, WV, for the construction of a patient care and clinical training site in Southwestern West Virginia                                                                                                                         2,925,000 
Marshall University, WV, for the Virtual Colonoscopy Outreach Program                                                                                                                                                                            1,420,000 
Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center, Marshalltown, IA for high resolution medical imaging, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                    400,000 
Mary Scott Nursing Center, Dayton, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                 500,000 
Maryland Hospital Association, Elkridge, MD, for the Nursing Career Lattice Program                                                                                                                                                                450,000 
Maryland State Dental Association, Columbia, MD for facilities and equipment for mobile dental care units                                                                                                                                          150,000 
Maryville University, St. Louis, MO for facilities and equipment at the Center for Science and Health Professions                                                                                                                                  200,000 
Mason County Board of Health, Maysville, KY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                           400,000 
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester, MA for health information technology systems                                                                                                                                     350,000 
Maui Community Health Center, HI, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                                       800,000 
Maui Economic Development Board, HI, for the Lanai Women's Initiative                                                                                                                                                                              100,000 
Maury Regional Hospital, Columbia, TN for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                 400,000 
McKinley County, New Mexico, Gallup, NM, for construction, renovation, and equipment of the dialysis center                                                                                                                                        960,000 
Meadville Medical Center, Meadville, PA, for construction and equipment                                                                                                                                                                             90,000 
Medical Education Development Consortium, Scranton, PA, for construction                                                                                                                                                                           847,500 
Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                500,000 
Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                              200,000 
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                       200,000 
Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                      140,000 
Memorial Hospital of Laramie County, Cheyenne, WY, for design of the Comprehensive Community Cancer Center                                                                                                                                         360,000 
Memorial Hospital, York, PA, for information technology equipment                                                                                                                                                                                   90,000 
Memphis Bioworks Foundation, Memphis, TN, for construction, renovation, and equipment at the research park                                                                                                                                         400,000 
Mendocino Coast District Hospital, Fort Bragg, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                     500,000 
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Keshena, WI for facilities and equipment for the Family Wellness Center                                                                                                                                       400,000 
Mercy College of Northwest Ohio, Toledo, OH for facilities and equipment for the continuing professional education division                                                                                                                        200,000 
Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Darby, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                 90,000 
Mercy Health Foundation, Durango, CO for facilities and equipment for a community health clinic                                                                                                                                                    300,000 
Mercy Health Partners, Scranton, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                  90,000 
Mercy Hospital Grayling, Grayling, MI for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                 125,000 
Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                     90,000 
Mercy Hospital, Baltimore, MD, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                       750,000 
Mercy Hospital, Buffalo, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                           200,000 
Mercy Medical Center, Redding, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                     200,000 
Mercy Medical Center, Springfield, MA,  for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                              190,000 
Mercy Medical Center-House of Mercy, Des Moines, IA for facilities and equipment related to substance abuse                                                                                                                                        500,000 
Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe, MI for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                   200,000 
Mercy Ministries Health Center, Laredo, TX for a mobile health unit                                                                                                                                                                                200,000 
Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown, PA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                               450,000 
Methodist Hospital of Southern California, Arcadia, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                700,000 
Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, for renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                   424,000 
Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                                          375,000 
Metro Health, Cleveland, OH, for The Northeast Ohio Senior Health and Wellness Center                                                                                                                                                               84,750 
Metropolitan Hospital, New York, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                   100,000 
MetroWest Medical Center Framingham Union Hospital, Framingham, MA for facilities and equipment for interpreting services                                                                                                                          100,000 
Miami Beach Community Health Center, Miami Beach, FL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                  150,000 
Mid Valley Hospital, Peckville, PA, for equipment, construction and renovation                                                                                                                                                                      90,000 
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN for facilities and equipment for the school of nursing                                                                                                                                         250,000 
Middlesex Community College, Lowell, MA for facilities and equipment for the health education programs                                                                                                                                             200,000 
Middletown Regional Hospital, Middletown, OH for facilities and equipment for the Greentree Science Academy in Franklin, OH                                                                                                                        100,000 
Mid-Ohio FoodBank, Columbus, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                       200,000 
Miles Community College, Miles City, MT for the Pathways to Careers in Healthcare initiative                                                                                                                                                       350,000 
Minot State University, Minot, ND, to monitor and treat individuals with autism spectrum disorder in rural areas with limited access to health professionals                                                                                       420,000 
Mission Hospitals, Asheville, NC for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                      200,000 
Mississippi Primary Health Care Association, Jackson, MS,                                                                                                                                                                                          400,000 
Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, for the Tissue Engineering Research Center                                                                                                                                                    250,000 
Missouri Delta Medical Center, Sikeston, MO for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                              200,000 
Monongahela Valley Hospital, Monongahela, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                         90,000 
Monroe Clinic, Monroe, WI for health care information technology                                                                                                                                                                                   300,000 
Monroe County Hospital, Forsyth, GA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                    45,000 
Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY for health information systems                                                                                                                                                                                140,000 
Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians, Pike Road, AL for construction of facilities to serve the disabled                                                                                                                                     100,000 
Monticello, Utah, to provide preventive screening for Monticello Mill Legacy                                                                                                                                                                        84,750 
Morehead State University, Morehead, KY to improve rural health                                                                                                                                                                                    300,000 
Morris Heights Health Center, Inc., Bronx, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                         125,000 
Morton Hospital and Medical Center, Taunton, MA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                       350,000 
Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                  90,000 
Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College, PA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                       251,750 
Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, FL, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                            340,000 
Mount Vernon Hospital, Mount Vernon, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                               300,000 
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                        525,000 
Mountain State University, Beckley, WV, for the construction of the Allied Health Technology Tower                                                                                                                                               3,240,000 
Muhlenberg Community Hospital, Greenville, KY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                         150,000 
Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, to develop three models of integrative programs of clinical excellence                                                                                                                90,000 
National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, CO, for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                              500,000 
Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, CT for facilities and equipment for the nursing program                                                                                                                                             100,000 
Nebraska Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation, Lincoln, NE for a telehealth demonstration, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                       475,000 
Nevada Rural Hospital Partners, Reno, NV, to expand and enhance a rural telemedicine project                                                                                                                                                       450,000 
New Hampshire Community Health Centers, Concord, NH, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                   400,000 
New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, New Orleans, LA, for equipment and supplies for a mobile medical hospital                                                                                                    1,000,000 
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY for disease management and patient advocacy programs, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                   430,000 
New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                          500,000 
New York Presbyterian Hospital, NY, for cardiac care telemetry                                                                                                                                                                                     600,000 
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                         290,000 
Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, Newark, NY for facilities improvements and digital health care equipment                                                                                                                                          750,000 
Newport Hospital, Newport, RI for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                         300,000 
Newton Memorial Hospital, Newton, NJ for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                                     150,000 
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Niagara Falls, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                              500,000 
Noble Hospital, Westfield, MA, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                                          170,000 
Norman Regional Health System, Norman, OK for  telehealth and electronic medical records initiatives                                                                                                                                               640,000 
North Country Children's Clinic, Inc., Watertown, NY, for construction and renovation                                                                                                                                                              500,000 
North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, to expand a statewide telepharmacy project                                                                                                                                                               850,000 
North General Hospital, New York, NY, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                                   700,000 
Northcentral Montana Healthcare Alliance, Great Falls, MT, for health information technology                                                                                                                                                       175,000 
NorthEast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc., Cleveland, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                      300,000 
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI for a mobile health clinic                                                                                                                                                                    175,000 
Northeastern Pennsylvania Technology Institute, Scranton, PA, to connect the eighteen regional hospitals with state and federal medical experts during incident response and recovery                                                               90,000 
Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck, NY for health information technology systems                                                                                                                                                                200,000 
Northern Larimer County Health District, Fort Collins, CO, for the Acute Mental Health and Detoxification Facility                                                                                                                                  85,000 
Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle, ME, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                    107,500 
Northern Virginia Urban League, Alexandria, VA, for services and equipment to promote healthy pregnancy outcomes in the Northern Virginia region                                                                                                   150,000 
Northern Westchester Hospital, Mount Kisco, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                        100,000 
Northland Medical Center, Princeton, MN for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                                  350,000 
Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Inc., Steamboat Springs, CO, to construct and equip a community health clinic                                                                                                                       125,000 
Northwest Community Health Care, Pascoag, RI for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                          450,000 
Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle, WA, for a Community Health Education and Simulation Center                                                                                                                                       1,000,000 
Northwest Hospital Intermediate Care Unit, Randallstown, MD for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                           125,000 
Northwest Hospital, Baltimore, MD, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                   375,000 
Northwest Kidney Centers, Seattle, WA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                 290,000 
Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, ID for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                              450,000 
Northwest Research and Education Institute, Billings, MT, to create a continuing medical education program                                                                                                                                         280,000 
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL for facilities and equipment for Prentice Women's Hospital                                                                                                                                             375,000 
NYU School of Medicine, NY, NY, for the Basic Research and Imaging Program                                                                                                                                                                         900,000 
Oakland University School of Nursing, Rochester, MI for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                   350,000 
Oaklawn Adult Group Home, Goshen, IN for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                  150,000 
Oakwood Healthcare System Foundation, Dearborn, MI for facilities and equipment for the Western Wayne Family Health Center                                                                                                                         200,000 
Ocean Beach Hospital, Ilwaco, WA for a telepharmacy program                                                                                                                                                                                        550,000 
Oconee Memorial Hospital, Seneca, SC, to design, develop, and implement a community-wide health information exchange system                                                                                                                         84,750 
Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, OH for James Cancer Survivorship Center for construction of facilities                                                                                                                234,750 
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, for the Appalachian Healthcare Screening Program                                                                                                                                                                    200,000 
Ohio Valley General Hospital, McKees Rocks, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                       90,000 
Oklahoma Foundation for Kidney Disease, Oklahoma City, OK, for telehealth applications                                                                                                                                                              85,750 
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF), Oklahoma City, OK, for construction, renovation, and equipment of a Biotech Research Tower                                                                                                            100,000 
Oklahoma State University, Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, OK, for mobile health clinics                                                                                                                                                        100,000 
Oklahoma University College of Medicine--Tulsa, Tulsa, OK for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                             150,000 
Olympic Community Action Program, Port Angeles, WA for facilities and equipment for the OlyCAP Oral Health Center                                                                                                                                   50,000 
Orange County Government, Orlando, FL, for health information technology equipment                                                                                                                                                                 169,500 
Oregon Coast Community College, Newport, OR for facilities and equipment for health professions education                                                                                                                                          134,700 
Osceola County Health Department, Poinciana, FL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                       200,000 
Osceola Medical Center, Osceola, WI for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                   150,000 
Ottumwa Regional Health Center, Ottumwa, IA, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                            400,000 
Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden, NJ, for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                       600,000 
Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Binghamton, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                 350,000 
Owensboro Medical Center, Owensboro, KY, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                               127,125 
Palisades Medical Center, North Bergen, NJ for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                            275,000 
Palmetto Health Foundation, Columbia, SC for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                            1,000,000 
Parkland Health Center, Farmington, MO for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                200,000 
Passavant Area Hospital, Jacksonville, IL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                             250,000 
Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center, Richmond, KY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                  250,000 
Pee Dee Healthy Start, Florence, SC for programs to improve maternal and child health                                                                                                                                                               88,000 
Peninsula Hospital Center, New York, NY for health information systems                                                                                                                                                                             320,000 
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center/College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, for construction                                                                                                                                                     169,500 
People, Inc., Williamsville, NY for electronic health records upgrades                                                                                                                                                                             400,000 
Peralta Community College, Oakland, CA for facilities and equipment for the nursing program at Highland Hospital                                                                                                                                   300,000 
Person Memorial Hospital, Roxboro, NC for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                 340,000 
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                       90,000 
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Albany, GA, to partner with Dougherty County School System to implement a pilot program to promote healthy lifestyles in school children                                                                           84,700 
Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, AZ for health information systems                                                                                                                                                                            300,000 
Piedmont Access to Health Services, Inc. (PATHS), Danville, VA, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                         145,000 
Pinnacle Health System, Harrisburg, PA, for construction                                                                                                                                                                                            90,000 
Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute, Springfield, MA, for the construction of biomedical research facilities                                                                                                                                    380,000 
Placer County, Auburn, CA for construction of the Children's Health Center/Emergency Shelter                                                                                                                                                       400,000 
Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, PA, for construction                                                                                                                                                                                       90,000 
Pointe Coupee Better Access Community Health, New Roads, LA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                           350,000 
Ponce Center of Autism, Municipality of Ponce, PR for facilities and equipment at the Autism Center                                                                                                                                                225,000 
Powell County Medical Center, Deer Lodge, MT for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                          100,000 
Powell Valley Health Care, Powell, WY for electronic information technology                                                                                                                                                                        400,000 
Prairie Star Health Center, Hutchinson, KS for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                            200,000 
Preston Memorial Hospital, Kingwood, WV for information technology equipment                                                                                                                                                                       300,000 
Primary Care Association of HI, for construction, renovation, equipment, disability services and outreach at the State's health centers                                                                                                          1,000,000 
Project Access Spokane, Spokane, WA for healthcare delivery to low income residents                                                                                                                                                                200,000 
ProMedica Continuing Care Service Corporation, Adrian, MI for a telemedicine initiative                                                                                                                                                            163,000 
Provena Saint Joseph Hospital, Elgin, IL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                              300,000 
Providence Community Health Centers, Providence, RI, for construction                                                                                                                                                                              255,000 
Providence Health System, Anchorage, AK to improve services in underserved regions                                                                                                                                                                 200,000 
Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, for telehealth upgrades                                                                                                                                                                                350,000 
Providence Telehealth Network Rural Outreach Program, Spokane, WA,  for equipment                                                                                                                                                                  250,000 
Putnam Hospital Center, Carmel, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                    200,000 
Quebrada Health Center, Municipality of Camuy, PR for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                        125,000 
Quincy Valley Medical Center, Quincy, WA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                              150,000 
Rancho Santiago Community College District, Santa Ana, CA for facilities and equipment for a medical education complex in Garden Grove, CA                                                                                                         240,000 
Rapid City Area School District 51/4, Rapid City, SD, for construction, renovation, and equipment for a school-based health clinic                                                                                                                  84,750 
Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                90,000 
Reading Hospital School of Nursing, West Reading, PA for nurse training programs including facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                200,000 
Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington, Washington, PA, for construction and renovation at Washington Hospital                                                                                                                         90,000 
Reformed Presbyterian Women's Association, Pittsburgh, PA for facilities and equipment for a skilled nursing facility                                                                                                                              320,000 
Regional Children's Hospital, Johnson City, TN for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                        100,000 
Rhode Island Quality Institute, Providence, RI for health information technology in conjunction with Rhode Island mental health organizations                                                                                                      900,000 
Rice University, Houston, TX, for equipment for the Collaborative Research Center                                                                                                                                                                  375,000 
Rio Arriba County, Espanola, NM for facilities and equipment for the Health Commons                                                                                                                                                                750,000 
Riverside County Regional Medical Center, Moreno Valley, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                           600,000 
Riverside County Regional Medical Center, Moreno Valley, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                           140,000 
Riverside Health System, Newport News, VA for the Patient Navigator Program                                                                                                                                                                        150,000 
Riverside Healthcare, Kankakee, IL, for a computerized physician order entry system                                                                                                                                                                295,000 
Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY, for heart failure equipment and training                                                                                                                                                                250,000 
Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                      390,000 
Roper/Saint Francis Healthcare, Charleston, SC, for the expansion initiative for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                           169,500 
Rosebud Inter-facility Transport, Rosebud, SD, for purchase of emergency vehicles and equipment                                                                                                                                                    200,000 
Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Rosebud, SD for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                      800,000 
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                            440,000 
Rural Health Technology Consortium for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                    200,000 
Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Sauk City, WI, for health information technology                                                                                                                                                               190,000 
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL for facilities and equipment for the Center for Advanced Medical Response                                                                                                                              225,000 
Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa for a Tribal Health Care Clinic                                                                                                                                                                       625,000 
Sacred Heart Hospital of Allentown, Allentown, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                    90,000 
Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                   350,000 
Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, MD, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                 750,000 
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise, ID, for rural emergency medical services training and equipment                                                                                                                                    250,000 
Saint Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK, for construction, renovation, and equipment of a Level II Newborn Nursery                                                                                                                               100,000 
Saint Croix Regional Family Health Center, Princeston, ME, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                             137,500 
Saint Francis Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                               255,000 
Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                90,000 
Saint Joseph's Hospital, Nashua, NH, for the Patient Focused Technology Initiative                                                                                                                                                                 589,000 
Saint Joseph's Hospital, Phoenix, AZ, to purchase and equip a mobile prenatal clinic for the MoMobile program                                                                                                                                      423,750 
Saint Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO, for construction, renovation, and equipment of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Expansion                                                                                                          847,000 
Saint Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston, TX, for equipment for the Neuroscience Center                                                                                                                                                            175,000 
Saint Luke's Hospital, Allentown, PA, for construction and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                90,000 
Saint Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                  90,000 
Saint Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, PA, for health outreach programs                                                                                                                                                                              90,000 
Saint Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital, Mount Vernon, IL, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                              450,000 
Saint Mary's Health Care, Grand Rapids, MI for an electronic health records initiative, including equipment                                                                                                                                        150,000 
Saint Mary's Hospital Incorporated, Waterbury, CT, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                      550,000 
Saint Mary's Medical Center, Lewiston, ME, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                           162,500 
Saint Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center, Missoula, MT, to implement an electronic medical records system                                                                                                                                 320,000 
Saint Peter's Hospital,  Helena, MT, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                                    120,000 
Saint Vincent Healthcare Foundation, Billings, MT, for a feasibility study on the establishment of the Montana Children's Hospital Network                                                                                                         600,000 
Saint Vincent Regional Medical Center, Santa Fe, NM, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                   750,000 
Sam Rogers Health Clinic, Kansas City, MO for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                             320,000 
San Antonio Hospital Foundation, Upland, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                           550,000 
San Diego County, Santee, CA, to purchase equipment for Edgemoor Hospital renovation                                                                                                                                                               420,000 
San Francisco Medical Center Outpatient Improvement Programs, Inc., San Francisco, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                 450,000 
San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center, Alamosa, CO, for health information technology                                                                                                                                                            170,000 
San Mateo County, Redwood City, CA for facilities and equipment for the San Mateo Medical Center Emergency Department                                                                                                                              450,000 
San Ysidro Health Center, San Ysidro, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                              100,000 
Sandoval County, Bernalillo, NM for a telemedicine initiative, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                     200,000 
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Orange, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                              390,000 
Schneck Medical Center, Seymour, IN for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                   400,000 
Scotland Memorial Hospital, Laurinburg, NC for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                            300,000 
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                           1,500,000 
Sharon Regional Health System, Sharon, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                            90,000 
Sharp Rehabilitation Services, San Diego, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                          200,000 
Shasta Community Health Center, Redding, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                           150,000 
Shawano County Rural Health Initiative, Shawano, WI for rural health care                                                                                                                                                                           75,000 
Shodair Children's Hospital, Helena, MT, for project Cancer Genetics                                                                                                                                                                               120,000 
Sidney Health Center, Sidney, MT for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                                         300,000 
Sierra Nevada Memorial Foundation, Grass Valley, CA for an electronic health records initiative                                                                                                                                                    350,000 
Sierra Vista Hospital, Truth or Consequences, NM, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                      750,000 
Sistersville General Hospital, Sisterville, WV for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                        250,000 
Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, Milwaukee, WI, for renovations                                                                                                                                                                           275,000 
Skagit Valley Hospital Cancer Care Center, Mount Vernon, WA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                           425,000 
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA, for emergency department expansion                                                                                                                                                             90,000 
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                    200,000 
Somerset Hospital, Somerset, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                      90,000 
Somerset Medical Center, Somerville, NJ for electronic health records upgrades                                                                                                                                                                     500,000 
South Broward Hospital District, Hollywood, FL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                        275,000 
South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council, Columbia, SC for health outreach                                                                                                                                                                                  185,000 
South Carolina Office of Rural Health, Lexington, SC, for an electronic medical records system                                                                                                                                                     169,500 
South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, for construction of a pharmacy education space                                                                                                                                                       300,000 
South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, to construct the Center for Accelerated Design, Screen, and Development of Biomaterials                                                                                                              350,000 
South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                      320,000 
South Shore Hospital, South Weymouth, MA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                              400,000 
South Sound Health Communication Network, Tacoma, WA, for a community Health Record Bank                                                                                                                                                           200,000 
Southampton Hospital, Southampton, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                 500,000 
Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, AK, to purchase equipment for the Primary Care Center in Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                                                   1,000,000 
Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Dothan, AL for facilities and equipment for the Southeast Regional Cancer Screening Program                                                                                                                      350,000 
Southeast Community College, Cumberland, KY for facilities and equipment for an allied health training center                                                                                                                                      100,000 
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                                325,000 
Southern Vermont Recreation Center Foundation, Springfield, VT for facilities and equipment for a medical rehabilitation unit                                                                                                                      125,000 
Southwest Tennessee Community College, Memphis, TN for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                    320,000 
St James Hospital and Health Centers, Chicago Heights, IL for facilities and equipment for the Olympia Fields campus                                                                                                                               225,000 
St. Agnes Hospital, Fresno, CA for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                                           160,000 
St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                 550,000 
St. Anthony Community Hospital, Warwick, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                           100,000 
St. Anthony Hospital, Chicago, IL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                     440,000 
St. Anthony Memorial Health Centers, Hammond, IN for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                      275,000 
St. Bernard Health Center, Inc., Chalmette, LA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                      1,350,000 
St. Bernardine Medical Center, San Bernardino, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                     700,000 
St. Camillus Health and Rehabilitation Center, Syracuse, NY for the brain injury program, including facilities and equipment                                                                                                                       400,000 
St. Catharine College, St. Catharine, KY for the allied health science program, including facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                 175,000 
St. Charles Parish, LaPlace, LA for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                                          150,000 
St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                    500,000 
St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Morehead, KY for facilities construction                                                                                                                                                                       200,000 
St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                               425,000 
St. Francis Hospital, Escanaba, MI for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                    125,000 
St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, NJ for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                               250,000 
St. James Parish Hospital, Lutcher, LA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                440,000 
St. John's North Shore Hospital, Harrison Township, MI for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                200,000 
St. Joseph of the Pines, Southern Pines, NC for an electronic health records system                                                                                                                                                                100,000 
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend, IN for health care information technology                                                                                                                                                          300,000 
St. Joseph's Hospital Mercy Care Services, Atlanta, GA for health information technology                                                                                                                                                           400,000 
St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon, WV for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                 100,000 
St. Joseph's Hospital, Savannah, GA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                   275,000 
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ for health information technology                                                                                                                                                               320,000 
St. Joseph's/Candler Health System, Savannah, GA for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                         250,000 
St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital, Quakertown, PA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                        425,000 
St. Luke's Regional Medical Center, Ltd. Boise, ID for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                       500,000 
St. Mary Medical Center Foundation, Langhorne, PA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                     100,000 
St. Mary Medical Center, Apple Valley, CA for the electronic intensive care unit                                                                                                                                                                   500,000 
St. Mary's Hospital Foundation, Grand Junction, CO for facilities and equipment for the Saccomanno Education Center                                                                                                                                440,000 
St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, WI for facilties and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                       200,000 
St. Mary's Medical Center, Huntington, WV for facilities and equipment for the Center for Education                                                                                                                                                450,000 
St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Reno, NV for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                          400,000 
St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center, Missoula, MT for an electronic medical records system                                                                                                                                             300,000 
St. Peter's Hospital Foundation, Albany, NY for facilities and equipment for the St. Peter's Breast Center                                                                                                                                         320,000 
St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, FL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                            500,000 
St. Vincent Hospital, Billings, MT for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                    400,000 
St. Vincent's Charity Hospital, Cleveland, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                         450,000 
St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport, CT for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                          425,000 
St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                    200,000 
Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                       375,000 
Stark Prescription Assistance Network, Canton, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                     150,000 
State Fair Community College, Sedalia, MO for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                             350,000 
Stewart-Marchman Center, Inc., Daytona Beach, FL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                      150,000 
Stone Soup Group, Anchorage, AK, to continue and expand services to Alaskans with autism in Alaska                                                                                                                                                 200,000 
Stony Point Ambulance Corps, Stony Point, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                          400,000 
Straub Hospital Burn Center, HI, for health professions training in burn treatment                                                                                                                                                                 100,000 
Summers County Commission, Hinton, WV for facilities and equipment for the Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital                                                                                                                                280,000 
Susquehanna Health System, Williamsport, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                          90,000 
Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago, IL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                250,000 
Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                                    200,000 
Sylvan Grove Hospital, Jackson, GA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                     50,000 
Tangipahoa Parish, Loranger, LA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                       100,000 
Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX for the Rural Nursing Education Program, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                               200,000 
Tarrant County Infant Mortality Task Force, Ft. Worth, TX for education and outreach programs                                                                                                                                                      100,000 
Taylor Regional Hospital, Hawkinsville, GA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                             55,000 
Temple Health and Bioscience Economic Development District, Temple, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                350,000 
Temple University Health System, Philadelphia, PA, for construction and renovation                                                                                                                                                                 169,500 
Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN, for construction, renovation, and equipment of an animal research facility for biomedical research                                                                                                      200,000 
Teton Valley Hospital and Surgicenter, Driggs, ID for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                        250,000 
Texas A&M University--Kingsville, Kingsville, TX for facilities and equipment for a research facility                                                                                                                                              240,000 
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, for equipment in the Michael E. DeBakey Institute                                                                                                                                                       225,000 
Texas Health Institute, Austin, TX, for equipment for an emergency communications demonstration project                                                                                                                                            200,000 
Texas Institute for Genomic Medicine, College Station, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                             125,000 
Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX, for the National Center for Human Performance                                                                                                                                                                   175,000 
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso and Lubbock, TX for facilities and equipment for the West Texas Center for Influenza Research, Education and Treatment                                                                       550,000 
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX for health professionals training, including facilities and equipment                                                                                                                    100,000 
The Idaho Caring Foundation, Inc., Boise, ID for oral health services for low-income children                                                                                                                                                      300,000 
The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                200,000 
The Village Network Boys' Village Campus, Wooster, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                 500,000 
Thomas Jefferson University Breast Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                    469,500 
Thomason General Hospital, El Paso, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                400,000 
Thundermist Health Center, Woonsocket, RI for health information technology                                                                                                                                                                        500,000 
Tohono O'odham Nation, Sells, AZ for facilities and equipment for its diabetes and dialysis program                                                                                                                                                125,000 
Toledo Children's Hospital, Toledo, OH for facilities and equipment for a palliative care program                                                                                                                                                  100,000 
Tomorrow's Child/Michigan SIDS, Lansing, MI for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                           200,000 
Toumey Health Care System, Sumter, SC, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                84,750 
Touro University, Henderson, NV, for construction and equipment for the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders                                                                                                                                       600,000 
Town of Argo, AL for facilities and equipment for the Senior Citizens' Center for Health and Wellness                                                                                                                                              100,000 
Translational Genomics Research Institute, Phoenix, AZ for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                923,750 
Transylvania Community Hospital, Inc., Brevard, NC for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                    275,000 
Trinitas Health Foundation, Elizabeth, NJ, for construction, equipment and renovation                                                                                                                                                              150,000 
Trinity County, Weaverville, CA, for renovation and equipment to Mountain Community Medical Services                                                                                                                                                80,000 
Tulare District Hospital, Tulare, CA for an electronic medical record system                                                                                                                                                                       150,000 
Tuomey Healthcare System, Sumter, SC for health information systems                                                                                                                                                                                250,000 
Twin City Hospital, Dennison, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                      325,000 
Tyrone Hospital, Tyrone, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                          90,000 
Union Hospital, Terre Haute, IN for health information technology                                                                                                                                                                                  200,000 
Uniontown Hospital, Uniontown, PA for facilities and equipment for the chest pain center                                                                                                                                                           300,000 
Unity Health Care, Washington, DC for health information systems                                                                                                                                                                                   320,000 
University Community Hospital/Pepin Heart Hospital, Tampa, FL for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                            200,000 
University Health System, San Antonio, TX for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                             175,000 
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL for a telehealth initiative                                                                                                                                                                                  100,000 
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                               9,322,500 
University of Alaska Statewide Office, Fairbanks, AK, for the Health Distance Education Program in Alaska                                                                                                                                          500,000 
University of Alaska Statewide Office, Fairbanks, AK, to develop and implement a statewide health agenda in Alaska                                                                                                                                 750,000 
University of Alaska/Anchorage, Anchorage, AK, for the Geriatric and Disabled Care Training Program in Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                                           250,000 
University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson, AZ for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                      425,000 
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                          620,000 
University of Arkansas Medical School Cancer Research Center, Little Rock, AR for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                         400,000 
University of California, Davis Health System, Sacramento, CA for facilities and equipment for the Center for Education                                                                                                                            595,000 
University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                          225,000 
University of Colorado, Denver, CO, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                                    254,250 
University of Delaware, Newark, DE, for the Delaware Biotechnology Institute                                                                                                                                                                       380,000 
University of Georgia, Athens, GA, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                                      84,700 
University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, IL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                250,000 
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA for facilities and equipment for a public health research and education building                                                                                                                               2,250,000 
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA for facilities and equipment for an advanced biomedical research institute                                                                                                                                     4,000,000 
University of Kansas Research Center, Lawrence, KS for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                    425,000 
University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, KY, for equipment and renovation                                                                                                                                                          1,500,000 
University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, KY, for the Kentucky Oral Health Initiative                                                                                                                                                 500,000 
University of Louisville Research Foundation, Louisville, KY, to upgrade and expand cardiovascular facilities at the University of Louisville                                                                                                    8,424,375 
University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD, for the Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions                                                                                                                         750,000 
University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA for health information technology                                                                                                                                               900,000 
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN for facilities and equipment for the community health building                                                                                                                                                  320,000 
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, for the Center for Patient Safety                                                                                                                                                        425,000 
University of Miami, Miami, FL for equipment at the Center for Research in Medical Education                                                                                                                                                       150,000 
University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI for facilities and equipment for the C.S. Mott Children's and Women's Hospitals                                                                                                                450,000 
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                              296,625 
University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, for construction, renovation, and equipment at the Arthur C. Guyton Laboratory Building                                                                                                   3,000,000 
University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, for equipment for the School of Dentistry                                                                                                                                                   100,000 
University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, University, MS, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                        2,300,000 
University of Mississippi, University, MS, for Phase II of the National Center for Natural Products Research                                                                                                                                     5,000,000 
University of Mississippi, University, MS, for the Center for Thermal Pharmaceutical Processing                                                                                                                                                    300,000 
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, for construction of a cancer floor                                                                                                                                                               725,000 
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, for construction, renovation and equipment at the College of Nursing in Lincoln, Nebraska                                                                                                        100,000 
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, for the NEED-IT program for statewide lung cancer screenings                                                                                                                                     100,000 
University of Nevada Health Sciences System, Las Vegas, NV, for construction and equipment                                                                                                                                                       1,000,000 
University of Nevada School of Medicine, Center for Molecular Medicine, Reno, NV, for the purchase of equipment and for construction                                                                                                             1,500,000 
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, for construction at the School of Public Health                                                                                                                                                               700,000 
University of New Mexico, Albquerque, NM, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                            3,750,000 
University of North Alabama, Florence, AL for facilities and equipment for a science building                                                                                                                                                      250,000 
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Services, Grand Forks, ND, for construction of a forensic facility                                                                                                                      1,275,000 
University of North Texas, Denton, TX for the center for Computational Epidemiology, including facilities and equipment                                                                                                                            500,000 
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO to develop the National Center for Nursing Education, including facilities and equipment                                                                                                              450,000 
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                        169,500 
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                           169,500 
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                              90,000 
University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, for renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                                              508,500 
University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Vermillion, SD, for medical equipment                                                                                                                                                     2,000,000 
University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, for biomedical laboratory facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                     100,000 
University of South Florida for the Tampa, FL Cancer Clinical Trials Project                                                                                                                                                                       550,000 
University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, for equipment at the regional biocontainment laboratory                                                                                                                                250,000 
University of Tennessee of Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN for a low birth weight study                                                                                                                                                               400,000 
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                        385,000 
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                      200,000 
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX for facilities and equipment for the sickle cell program                                                                                                                               500,000 
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                              200,000 
University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA for a telehealth project for southwest VA                                                                                                                                                240,000 
University of Wisconsin Superior, Superior, WI, for construction and equipment                                                                                                                                                                     170,000 
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                          200,000 
Utah Navajo Health System, Inc., Montezuma Creek, UT for telehealth systems                                                                                                                                                                        140,000 
Valley Baptist Health System, Harlingen, TX, for the Hispanic Stroke Care Center of Excellence for equipment                                                                                                                                       175,000 
Valley Cooperative Health Care, Hudson, WI for health information systems                                                                                                                                                                          100,000 
Vanguard University Nursing Center, Costa Mesa, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                    200,000 
Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc, Montpelier, VT, for health information technology                                                                                                                                                     500,000 
Village of Kiryas Joel, NY, for equipment for a women's health center                                                                                                                                                                              150,000 
Virginia Dental Health Foundation, Richmond, VA, for the Mission of Mercy project                                                                                                                                                                  100,000 
Virginia Primary Care Association, Richmond, VA, for health information technology                                                                                                                                                                 140,000 
Virtua Memorial Hospital Burlington County, Mount Holly, NJ for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                              200,000 
Visiting Nurse Association Healthcare Partners of Ohio, Cleveland, OH for telehealth                                                                                                                                                               400,000 
Wadsworth Rittman Hospital Foundation, Wadsworth, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                  400,000 
Wake County, Raleigh, NC for facilities and equipment for Holly Hill Hospital                                                                                                                                                                      300,000 
WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, North Carolina, for the Emergency Operations and Regional Call Center                                                                                                                                         175,000 
Washington State University, Seattle, WA, for construction and equipment at the College of Nursing                                                                                                                                               1,345,000 
Washington County, GA Regional Medical Center, Sandersville, GA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                       250,000 
Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                            320,000 
Washington Parish, Bogalusa, LA for health care centers, including facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                        100,000 
Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                               90,000 
Wayne Memorial Hospital, Jesup, GA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                    550,000 
Wayne Memorial Hospital, Jesup, GA, for construction, renovation, and equipment                                                                                                                                                                     84,700 
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover, NH, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                              370,000 
Wesley College, Dover, DE, for the expansion of the nursing program                                                                                                                                                                                170,000 
West Jefferson Medical Center, Marrero, LA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                            440,000 
West Shore Medical Center, Manistee, MI for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                               150,000 
West Side Community Health Services, St. Paul, MN for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                     150,000 
West Virginia University Hospital, Morgantown, WV for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                     200,000 
West Virginia University, for the construction and equipping of medical simulation research and training centers in Morgantown, Charleston and Martinsburg                                                                                       2,835,000 
West Virginia University, for the construction of a Multiple Sclerosis Center                                                                                                                                                                    3,645,000 
Westerly Hospital, Westerly, RI, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                                                        425,000 
Western Kentucky University Research Foundation, Bowling Green, KY, for the Western Kentucky University Mobile Health Screening Unit                                                                                                               500,000 
Western North Carolina Health System, Asheville, NC for health information technology                                                                                                                                                              325,000 
Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, for construction                                                                                                                                                                                     90,000 
Wetzel County Hospital, WV, for the expansion and remodeling of the Emergency Department                                                                                                                                                           900,000 
Whidden Memorial Hospital, Everett, MA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                375,000 
White County Memorial Hospital, Monticello, IN for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                        210,000 
White Memorial Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                        400,000 
White Plains Hospital Center, White Plains, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                        225,000 
Whiteside County Department of Health, Rock Falls, IL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                 320,000 
Whitman Walker Clinic of Northern Virginia, Arlington, VA, for construction, renovation and equipment                                                                                                                                              140,000 
Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease, Sparks, NV for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                    200,000 
Wills Eye Health System, Philadelphia, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                                            90,000 
Wind River Community Health Center, Riverton, WY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                      250,000 
Wing Memorial Hospital, Palmer, MA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                    320,000 
Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah, IA for purchase of medical equipment                                                                                                                                                                           280,000 
Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, for construction                                                                                                                                                                                                90,000 
Wolfson Children's Hospital, Jacksonville, FL for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                            500,000 
Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, Brooklyn, NY for equipment for a hospital-based radiologic technology school                                                                                                                            330,000 
Woodruff County Nursing Home, McCrory, AR for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                             225,000 
Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                         150,000 
Wyoming Health Resources Network, Inc., Cheyenne, WY, to expand recruitment and retention of medical professionals in Wyoming                                                                                                                      412,000 
Wyoming Valley Health Care System-Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                                         90,000 
YMCA of Central Stark County, Canton, OH for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                              750,000 
York Memorial Hospital, York, PA for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                       92,000 
Youth Crisis Center, Jacksonville, FL for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                 300,000 
Zucker Hillside Hospital, Glen Oaks, NY for facilities and equipment                                                                                                                                                                               490,000 
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The conference agreement does not include bill language proposed by the Senate earmarking $250,000 for the Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD) Clinic in Libby, Montana. The House bill did not contain similar language.

The conferees have included bill language proposed by the Senate identifying $40,000,000 for base grant adjustments for existing community health centers instead of $35,000,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement includes bill language contained in the Senate bill permitting funding appropriated for the free clinics program to be used for relevant evaluations as well as for administrative expenses. The House bill included no similar provision.

The conference agreement includes bill language providing $12,000,000 for the National Cord Blood Inventory as proposed by the Senate. The House bill contained similar language appropriating $15,000,000 for the program.

The conference agreement includes bill language designating $44,055,000 for expenses associated with extending Federal Tort Claims Act protection to practitioners in community health centers as proposed by the Senate instead of $45,000,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement includes bill language providing $1,868,809,000 for Parts A and B of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act, to be available through September 30, 2010, instead of $1,865,800,000 as proposed by the House and $1,829,511,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes bill language similar to that proposed by the House limiting 2007 program year reductions in Ryan White Part A grants for metropolitan areas to 8.4 percent and for transitional areas to 13.4 percent. The Senate bill did not have a similar provision.

The conference agreement includes bill language designating $103,666,000 out of the funds provided for the maternal and child health block grant to be for special projects of regional and national significance (SPRANS). The Senate bill provided $95,936,920 for this purpose; the House provided $170,991,000.

The conference agreement designates in bill language $10,586,000 of funds provided for the block grant for Community Integrated Service Systems (CISS) activities as proposed by the Senate. The House did not designate funds for CISS grants in bill language.

The conference agreement includes bill language as proposed by the Senate providing $39,283,000 to the Denali Commission as a direct lump payment pursuant to P.L. 106-113. The House did not include funding for the Commission.

The conference agreement includes bill language providing $25,000,000 for the Delta Health Initiative and associated administrative expenses as proposed by the Senate. The House had no similar provision. The conference agreement includes bill language proposed by the Senate that identifies not less than $5,000,000 for general dentistry programs, not less than $5,000,000 for pediatric dentistry programs, and not less than $24,614,000 for family medicine programs.

The conference agreement does not include bill language proposed by the Senate that would modify the current rules for managing facility and equipment projects. The House bill did not include a similar provision.

The conferees support continued efforts to expand the community health centers program into areas of the country without access to a health center, but urge HRSA not to allocate new funding according to certain geographic areas, such as counties.

The conference agreement provides $14,200,000 for Native Hawaiian health care activities within the consolidated health centers program as proposed by the Senate. The House did not identify specific funding for Native Hawaiian activities.

The conference agreement provides $50,000,000 for competitive State health access grants, instead of $75,000,000 as proposed by the House, for the same purposes as indicated in the House report. The Senate had no similar provision.

The conferees restate the intention in the Senate report that National Health Service Corps recruitment funds should be used only to support multi-year, rather than single year, commitments.

The conference agreement provides $8,960,000 for allied health training programs, of which $5,000,000 is for grants to States authorized under section 340G of the Public Health Service Act to improve access to dental care, $1,980,000 is allocated to the chiropractic-medical school demonstration grants, and $1,980,000 is designated for the psychology training program. The Senate provided $7,960,000 for allied health programs and the House provided $3,960,000.

The conferees have included $6,700,000 for resources to help women preparing for childbirth and first-time parents. Within this amount, the conferees intend that $5,200,000 shall be for grants to States to increase public awareness of resources available to women preparing for childbirth and new parents through advertising campaigns and toll-free hotlines. The House provided $15,000,000 for this activity, which was not funded by the Senate. In addition, $1,500,000 shall be for grants to organizations to support and expand community-based doula activities, including technical assistance, as proposed by the Senate. The House had not funded this activity.

In addition, $5,000,000 of the SPRANS amount will be used to continue oral health demonstration programs and activities in the States, instead of $4,801,500 as proposed by the Senate. The House proposed $12,000,000 for oral health activities including these oral health demonstrations as well as State grants under section 340G of the Public Health Service Act. In addition to this SPRANS funding, the conferees have provided $5,000,000 for section 340G State grants within allied health.

The conference agreement also includes within the SPRANS set-aside $4,000,000 to continue epilepsy demonstrations instead of $5,800,000 as proposed by the House and $2,880,900 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $4,000,000 within SPRANS to continue the sickle cell newborn screening program and its locally based outreach and counseling efforts, as proposed by the House. The Senate proposed $3,841,200 for this program.

The conference agreement provides $3,000,000 within the SPRANS set-aside to continue newborn and child screening for heritable disorders instead of $3,800,000 as proposed by the House and $1,920,600 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement provides $37,000,000 for a separate program for autism and other related developmental disorders, as proposed by the Senate. The House proposed $30,000,000 within the Maternal and Child Health block grant SPRANS set-aside for these activities. The conferees intend that no less than $6,000,000 be used to continue and expand the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program. In addition, no less than $6,000,000 is provided for research on evidence-based practices for interventions for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, for development of guidelines for those interventions, and for information dissemination.

The conferees provide $1,000,000 for a fetal alcohol syndrome demonstration program instead of $990,000 as proposed by the Senate. The House did not include funding for this activity.

The conferees identify $3,200,000 within traumatic brain injury funding for protection and advocacy services, instead of $3,400,000 identified in the Senate report. The House report did not have similar language.

The conferees are pleased that HRSA intends to allocate the maximum authorized level for the minority AIDS initiative within the Ryan White HIV programs.

The conferees intend that at least fifty percent of the increase within the Ryan White children, youth, women, and families programs be used to increase average grant award size.

The conferees are aware that HRSA has issued proposed regulations revising the requirements for the 340B drug purchasing program. While there are important elements in the regulations that target abuses of the program, the conferees believe there are legitimate concerns regarding the implementation of the proposed rule's definition of patient eligibility. The questions of eligibility and the means by which eligibility is determined are important and should be carefully considered. Therefore, the conferees urge HRSA to move quickly to implement the portions of the regulation that enjoy wide support and consider re-opening the patient eligibility question for an additional public comment period. The House and Senate included similar report language.

The conference agreement includes $38,538,000 for rural flexibility grants as proposed by the Senate rather than $63,538,000 as proposed by the House, and provides $15,000,000 within the total for the small rural hospital improvement grant program as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees concur with guidance in the Senate report about the 2006 Delta health initiative satisfying the requirements of the authorization provided in section 219. The House report did not contain similar language.

The conference agreement includes $2,500,000 for rural and community access to emergency devices, of which $200,000 shall be used to establish an information clearinghouse that provides information to increase public access to defibrillation in schools, as proposed by the Senate. The House provided $2,000,000 for this program, while the Senate provided $3,000,000. The conferees intend that funding for emergency devices be divided equally between urban and rural communities, as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees note that many rural hospitals are working to implement systems to transmit medical information electronically to help deliver efficient and effective health care services to their patients. The conferees hope that HRSA will continue to examine ways to help such hospitals implement digital technologies, such as picture archiving communications systems and other digital technologies.

The conference agreement includes $143,596,000 for program management instead of $142,191,000 as provided by the House and $145,000,000 as provided by the Senate. The conferees expect HRSA to use no more than one percent of the funds allocated for projects for agency administrative expenses.

VACCINE INJURY COMPENSATION PROGRAM TRUST FUND

The conference agreement provides $6,000,000 for administration for the Trust Fund instead of $3,528,000 as proposed by both the House and the Senate. These funds are necessary to support the adjudication of an expected high volume of claims.

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

DISEASE CONTROL, RESEARCH, AND TRAINING

The conference agreement includes $6,288,289,000 for disease control, research, and training at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), instead of $6,138,253,000 as proposed by the House and $6,165,338,000 as proposed by the Senate. In addition, $327,022,000 is made available under section 241 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, instead of $319,579,000 as proposed by the House and $269,664,000 as proposed by the Senate. The detailed table at the end of this joint statement reflects the activity distribution agreed to by the conferees.

The conference agreement includes bill language designating $147,000,000 for equipment, construction, and renovation of facilities, instead of $10,500,000 as proposed by the House and $220,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. 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 and that the solicitation and contract shall contain the clause `availability of funds' as proposed by the Senate. The House did not propose similar language. The level provided includes sufficient funds for the completion of building 24 and for other nationwide repairs and improvements.

The conference agreement includes bill language designating $52,500,000 to provide screening and treatment for first response emergency services personnel, residents, students, and others related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The conferees intend that this program be administered by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The House had proposed $50,000,000 in CDC for first response emergency personnel only and the Senate had proposed $55,000,000 in the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF) to be transferred to CDC for responders, residents, students and others.

The conference agreement includes bill language designating $116,550,000 for the National Center for Health Statistics surveys to be available through the evaluation set-aside authorized by section 241 of the PHS Act, instead of $120,000,000 as proposed by the House and $108,585,000 as proposed by the Senate. Also within the set-aside, the conference agreement includes $44,523,000 for Health Marketing instead of $39,173,000 as proposed by the House and $463,000 for health marketing evaluations as proposed by the Senate and $97,404,000 to carry out research activities within the National Occupational Research Agenda instead of $91,861,000 as proposed by the House and $92,071,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes bill language that not to exceed $19,414,000 may be available for making grants for the WISEWOMAN program to not less than 15 States, tribes, or tribal organizations. The Senate proposed $19,035,000 in this same manner and the House proposed $12,500,000 to not more than 15 States, tribes, or tribal organizations.

The conference agreement includes bill language that out of the funds made available for domestic HIV/AIDS testing, up to $30,000,000 shall be for States eligible for the Early Diagnosis Grant Program, authorized by section 2625 of the Public Health Service Act, as of December 31, 2007. Funding for these grants shall be distributed by March 31, 2008 based on standard criteria relating to a State's epidemiological profile and shall not exceed $1,000,000 for any one State. Any amounts that have not been obligated by March 31, 2008 shall be used to make grants to States and local public health departments for other HIV prevention activities. The House proposed that no funds appropriated may be used to implement the Early Diagnosis Grant Program and the Senate proposed to allow up to $30,000,000 for the program if States are eligible.

The conference agreement includes bill language providing that employees of the CDC or the Public Health Service, detailed to States, municipalities, or other organizations under authority of section 214 of the PHS Act or in overseas assignments shall be treated as non-Federal employees for reporting purposes only and shall not be included within any personnel ceiling applicable to the Agency as proposed by the Senate. The House included similar language but did not include employees in overseas assignments.

The conference agreement includes ongoing pandemic influenza and related activities in the CDC appropriation as proposed by the House. The Senate proposed to fund these activities in PHSSEF to be transferred to CDC.

The conferees note that in September 2007, CDC realigned its budget through a reprogramming and transfer of funds at the program, project, and activity level. The Secretary communicated his intent that the realignment of funds be permanent. Funding levels proposed in the House- and Senate-passed bills did not reflect these changes because the request for reprogramming came after initial House and Senate Committee action on the fiscal year 2008 appropriations bills. Funding levels provided in the conference agreement make the funding realignment permanent. The conferees expect CDC to adhere to enacted funding levels in fiscal year 2008 and to not tap or assess program activities for unrelated purposes.

INFECTIOUS DISEASES

The conference agreement includes $1,848,601,000 for Infectious Diseases, instead of $1,900,508,000 as proposed by the House and $1,762,083,000 as proposed by the Senate. In addition, $12,794,000 is available to carry out National Immunization Surveys to be derived from section 241 evaluation set-aside funds as proposed by both the House and Senate.

Immunization and respiratory diseases

Within the total for Infectious Diseases, the conference agreement includes a program level total of $612,654,000 for immunization and respiratory diseases instead of $636,159,000 as proposed by the House and $527,650,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for immunization and respiratory diseases, $493,682,000 is for the immunization program authorized by section 317 of the PHS Act, instead of $516,273,000 as proposed by the House and $457,523,000 as proposed by the Senate. In addition, $2,761,957,000 is included in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Grants to States for Medicaid account for the mandatory Vaccines for Children (VFC) program for vaccine purchases and distribution support for fiscal year 2008.

Within the total for immunization and respiratory diseases, $81,700,000 is for program operations, instead of $82,575,000 as proposed by the House and $62,816,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, the conference agreement includes $19,733,000 to provide funds to States to increase demand for influenza vaccine instead of $19,800,000 as proposed by the House and $20,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for immunization and respiratory diseases, $37,272,000 is for influenza activities, instead of $37,311,000 as proposed by the House and $7,311,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, the conference agreement includes $19,733,000 to develop a repository of pandemic virus reference strains instead of $19,800,000 as proposed by the House and $20,000,000 as proposed by the Senate and $14,849,000 to increase the stock of diagnostic reagents for influenza instead of $14,850,000 as proposed by the House and $15,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention

Within the total for Infectious Diseases, the conference agreement includes $1,024,070,000 for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB prevention, instead of $1,042,303,000 as proposed by the House and $1,020,191,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB prevention, the conference agreement includes $704,161,000 for domestic HIV/AIDS activities, instead of $715,463,000 as proposed by the House and $698,050,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this total, $53,321,000 is for domestic HIV/AIDS testing, instead of $63,000,000 as provided by the House and $45,000,000 as provided by the Senate. Funds are provided for the Early Diagnosis Grant Program within the testing initiative.

Within the total for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB prevention, the conference agreement includes $18,354,000 for programs addressing viral hepatitis, instead of $18,615,000 as proposed by the House and $17,615,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB prevention, the conference agreement includes $146,518,000 for the tuberculosis program, instead of $150,688,000 as proposed by the House and $146,989,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Zoonotic, Vector-borne, and Enteric Diseases

Within the total for Infectious Diseases, the conference agreement includes $69,188,000 for zoonotic, vector-borne, and enteric diseases, instead of $70,342,000 as proposed by the House and $70,070,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases

Within the total for Infectious Diseases, the conference agreement includes $155,483,000 for preparedness, detection, and control of infectious diseases, instead of $164,498,000 as proposed by the House and $156,966,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for preparedness, detection, and control of infectious diseases, the conference agreement includes $17,220,000 for programs to address antimicrobial resistance, instead of $19,228,000 as proposed by the House and $17,480,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for preparedness, detection, and control of infectious diseases, the conference agreement includes $135,490,000 for programs to address all other emerging infectious diseases, instead of $142,455,000 as proposed by the House and $136,671,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement provides sufficient resources to continue the Prevention Epicenter Program and to support the special pathogens lab as proposed by the Senate. The House did not propose similar language.

HEALTH PROMOTION

The conference agreement includes $992,214,000 for Health Promotion, instead of $1,002,212,000 as proposed by the House and $982,876,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Chronic Disease Prevention, Health Promotion, and Genomics

Within the total for Health Promotion, the conference agreement includes $861,123,000 for chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and genomics instead of $869,479,000 as proposed by the House and $854,180,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and genomics, the conference agreement includes $50,993,000 for heart disease and stroke, instead of $48,744,000 as proposed by the House and $51,744,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, the conferees have provided $1,500,000 to continue and expand activities in the Mississippi Delta related to the burden of chronic diseases instead of $2,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The House did not propose funding for this program. The additional funds will enable an expansion of these activities throughout the Mississippi Delta region.

Within the total for chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and genomics, the conference agreement includes $65,975,000 for diabetes programs, instead of $69,157,000 as proposed by the House and $64,870,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and genomics, the conference agreement includes $323,051,000 for cancer prevention and control, instead of $326,100,000 as proposed by the House and $325,949,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the amount provided for cancer prevention and control, the conference agreement includes the following amounts:

$207,551,000 to expand breast and cervical cancer activities, instead of $210,000,000 as proposed by the House and $211,604,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$21,197,000 for comprehensive cancer, instead of $16,867,000 as proposed by the House and $26,017,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$6,750,000 to carry out activities authorized by Johanna's Law, instead of $9,000,000 as proposed by the House--the Senate did not propose funding for this activity;

$5,500,000 for activities related to ovarian cancer, instead of $6,505,000 as proposed by the House and $4,500,000 as proposed by the Senate; and,

$843,000 for activities related to cancer survivorship, instead of $881,000 as proposed by the House and $981,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and genomics, the conference agreement includes $24,543,000 for arthritis and other chronic diseases, instead of $22,797,000 as proposed by the House and $23,033,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, $8,107,000 is available for epilepsy activities instead of $8,402,000 as proposed by the House and $8,138,000 as proposed by the Senate. Also within this amount, $3,167,000 is available to continue and expand the National Lupus Patient Registry to operate seven sites, including a coordinating site. The House proposed $930,000 for lupus-related activities and the Senate proposed $1,430,000. The conferees are concerned by the lack of reliable epidemiological data on the incidence and prevalence of all forms of lupus among various ethnic and racial groups. These sites should have an expertise in lupus epidemiology and represent the geographic regions of the United States that have a sufficient number of individuals of racial and ethnic groups that are disproportionately affected by lupus, principally African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, and Native Americans.

Within the total for chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and genomics, the conference agreement includes $104,016,000 to expand tobacco-related activities, instead of $104,347,000 as proposed by the House and $106,347,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees concur with Senate report language intending that the increase for the Office of Smoking and Health be used to support a stepped up effort by the Environmental Health Laboratory to analyze tobacco products and cigarette smoke. The House report did not include similar language.

Within the total for chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and genomics, the conference agreement includes $42,941,000 for nutrition, physical activity, and obesity programs, instead of $42,250,000 as proposed by the House and $44,351,000 as proposed by the Senate. Sufficient funds are included for CDC to conduct a study of the impact of school nutrition and physical activity programs on academic outcomes as proposed by the Senate. The House did not propose similar language.

Within the total for nutrition, physical activity, and obesity programs, $2,351,000 is for the fruit and vegetable program, formerly known as the 5-A-Day program, instead of $2,300,000 as proposed by the House and $2,400,000 as proposed by the Senate. Also within the total, $1,000,000 is for the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine to examine and make recommendations regarding various means that could be employed to reduce dietary sodium intake to levels recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans as proposed by the Senate. The House did not propose similar language.

Within the total for chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and genomics, the conference agreement includes $28,120,000 for health promotion programs, instead of $27,544,000 as proposed by the House and $28,095,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the amount provided for health promotion, the conference agreement includes the following amounts:

$1,000,000, within community health promotion, is for activities related to sleep disorders including CDC's participation in the national sleep awareness roundtable as proposed by the House--the Senate did not propose similar language;

$1,750,000 for mind-body research, instead of $1,776,000 as proposed by the Senate--the House did not propose funding for this activity;

$3,403,000 for glaucoma programs, instead of $3,454,000 as proposed by the House and $3,579,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$2,681,000 for visual screening education, instead of $3,466,000 as proposed by the House and $2,591,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$1,604,000 for Alzheimer's disease activities, instead of $1,628,000 as proposed by the House and $1,778,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$679,000 for inflammatory bowel disease activities, instead of $690,000 as proposed by the House and $790,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$720,000 for interstitial cystitis, instead of $680,000 as proposed by the House and $780,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$1,750,000 for chronic kidney disease, instead of $1,776,000 as proposed by the House and $1,951,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and genomics, the conference agreement includes $55,289,000 for school health programs, instead of $56,449,000 as proposed by the House and $55,949,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, $500,000 is to develop a policy to manage the risk of food allergies and anaphylaxis in schools and to provide parents with enhanced information on these conditions via the Internet as proposed by the House. The Senate did not propose similar language.

Within the total for chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and genomics, the conference agreement includes $45,331,000 for safe motherhood/infant health programs, instead of $48,530,000 as proposed by the House and $44,168,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, $236,000 is for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome prevention activities, instead of $211,000 as proposed by the House and $261,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and genomics, the conference agreement includes $5,000,000 for demonstration grants for teen pregnancy prevention, instead of $10,000,000 as proposed by the House. The Senate did not include funding for this program.

Within the total for chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and genomics, the conference agreement includes $12,956,000 for oral health programs, instead of $13,140,000 as proposed by the House and $11,640,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and genomics, the conference agreement includes $29,649,000 for prevention centers, instead of $29,556,000 as proposed by the House and $30,086,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and genomics, the conference agreement includes $35,346,000 for the racial and ethnic approaches to community health (REACH) program, instead of $37,553,000 as proposed by the House and $34,139,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and genomics, the conference agreement includes $12,308,000 for genomics, instead of $6,926,000 as proposed by the House and $7,423,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, $2,965,000 is for Primary Immune Deficiency Syndrome instead of $2,513,000 as proposed by the House and $3,010,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Birth Defects, Developmental Disabilities, Disability and Health

Within the amount available for Health Promotion, the conference agreement includes $131,091,000 for birth defects, developmental disabilities, disability and health instead of $132,733,000 as proposed by the House and $128,696,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for birth defects, developmental disabilities, disability and health, the conference agreement includes $38,305,000 for birth defects and developmental disabilities, instead of $38,750,000 as proposed by the House and $38,723,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the amount provided for birth defects and developmental disabilities, the conference agreement includes the following amounts:

$1,578,000 for craniofacial malformation, instead of $1,397,000 as proposed by the House and $1,600,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$2,318,000 for the folic acid program, instead of $2,496,000 as proposed by House and $2,269,000 as proposed by the Senate; and,

$250,000 for the development and distribution of awareness materials on alveolar capillary dysplasia (ACD) to neonatologists and intensive care pediatricians to assist in the proper diagnosis of ACD--neither the House nor the Senate proposed funding for these activities.

The conferees are aware of a congenital malformation of the lungs affecting infants, known as alveolar capillary dysplasia (ACD), in which the normal diffusion process of oxygen from the air sacs to the blood in the lungs fails to develop properly. Life expectancy for infants with ACD is extremely short, and anecdotal evidence indicates that ACD is often misdiagnosed. Proper recognition and diagnosis of the disease are essential first steps to obtaining accurate prevalence data for ACD.

Within the total for birth defects, developmental disabilities, disability and health, the conference agreement includes $72,545,000 for human development and disability, instead of $72,987,000 as proposed by the House and $69,793,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the amount provided for human development and disability, the conference agreement includes the following amounts:

$1,924,000 for Tourette syndrome activities, instead of $1,954,000 as proposed by the House and $1,951,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$10,305,000 for early hearing detection and intervention activities, instead of $10,500,000 as proposed by the House and $6,512,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$6,658,000 for muscular dystrophy programs, instead of $7,054,000 as proposed by the House and $6,512,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$6,079,000 for a paralysis resource center, instead of $5,919,000 as proposed by the House and $6,419,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$1,823,000 for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder programs, instead of $1,882,000 as proposed by the House and $1,811,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$1,860,000 for Fragile X activities, instead of $960,000 as proposed by the House and $1,873,000 as proposed by the Senate; and,

$5,434,000 for spina bifida programs, instead of $5,535,000 as proposed by the House and $5,532,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for birth defects, developmental disabilities, disability and health, the conference agreement includes $20,241,000 for blood disorders, instead of $20,996,000 as proposed by the House and $20,180,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, $17,466,000 is for the hemophilia program instead of $18,187,000 as proposed by the House and $17,321,000 as proposed by the Senate and $1,918,000 is for Cooley's anemia programs instead of $1,938,000 as proposed by the House and $1,988,000 as proposed by the Senate.

HEALTH INFORMATION AND SERVICE

The conference agreement includes $117,168,000 for Health Information and Service, instead of $70,104,000 as proposed by the House and $98,854,000 as proposed by the Senate. In addition, $185,824,000, to be derived from section 241 evaluation set-aside funds, is included for the National Center for Health Statistics, the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System, and for Health Marketing.

Within the program level total for health information and service, the conference agreement includes $116,550,000 for health statistics, instead of $120,000,000 as proposed by the House and $117,021,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included within this amount is an additional $200,000, as proposed by the House, to make necessary improvements to the National Survey of Family Growth. The Senate did not propose similar language.

Within the program level total for health information and service, the conference agreement includes $95,720,000 for public health informatics, instead of $94,855,000 as proposed by the House and $72,641,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included within this amount, $14,550,000 is to develop a vaccine registry to monitor vaccine use and distribution instead of $14,645,000 as proposed by the House and $15,000,000 as proposed by the Senate and $9,867,000 is for real-time assessment and evaluation of influenza interventions instead of $9,900,000 as proposed by the House and $10,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. Also within the total for public health informatics is $325,000, as proposed by the House, to continue to fund the establishment of a nationwide database of contact information for practicing physicians that can be used by Federal agencies and State and local health departments in the event of a public health emergency. The Senate did not propose similar language.

Within the program level total for health information and service, the conference agreement includes $90,722,000 for health marketing, instead of $39,173,000 as proposed by the House and $42,991,000 as proposed by the Senate.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND INJURY PREVENTION

The conference agreement includes $306,856,000 for Environmental Health and Injury Prevention activities, instead of $305,151,000 as proposed by the House and $300,507,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Environmental Health

Within the total for Environmental Health and Injury Prevention, the conference agreement includes $163,345,000 for environmental health instead of $165,005,000 as proposed by the House and $152,804,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for environmental health, the conference agreement includes $39,888,000 for the environmental health laboratory instead of $40,473,000 as proposed by the House and $27,982,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included within the total, $7,000,000 is for the newborn screening quality assurance program as proposed by the House. The Senate did not propose similar language. Also within the total, $1,000,000 is included over the fiscal year 2007 level for newborn screening for severe combined immunodeficiency disease as proposed by the Senate. The House did not propose similar language.

Within the funds provided for the Environmental Health Laboratory, the conferees encourage CDC to provide funding for States with existing biomonitoring programs to expand laboratory capacity; conduct subpopulation studies; conduct representative analyses of routinely collected blood, cord blood and other biospecimens; develop protocols for conducting biomonitoring of sensitive subpopulations such as children; and support biomonitoring field operations such as participant enrollment, sample collection, data analysis, report generation and results communications. The conferees encourage the CDC to begin developing new methods for identifying chemical sources and routes of exposure using model exposure questionnaires and collection of relevant household and other environmental samples.

Within the total for environmental health, the conference agreement includes $56,913,000 for general environmental health activities instead of $56,731,000 as proposed by the House and $57,021,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the amount provided for general environmental health activities, the conference agreement includes the following amounts:

$297,000 for arctic health activities, instead of $302,000 as proposed by the Senate--the House did not propose funding for this program;

$99,000 for research into the health effects of volcanic emissions, instead of $100,000 as proposed by the Senate--the House did not propose funding for this program;

$24,877,000 for the environmental and health outcome tracking network, instead of $26,533,000 as proposed by the House and $24,121,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$2,871,000 to continue and to expand a national amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) registry to include other neurodegenerative disorders, instead of $887,000 as proposed by the House and $2,887,000 as proposed by the Senate; and,

$4,075,000 for landmine survivor programs, instead of $4,152,000 as proposed by the House and $4,452,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the funds provided for the environmental and health outcome tracking network, the conferees encourage CDC to make funding available to State environmental health tracking programs to develop replicable models for disease, hazard and exposure data sharing at the local, State and national levels that incorporate data confidentiality protections. The conferees further direct CDC to include non-governmental organizations representing health-affected constituencies, environmental health and environmental justice in their advisory groups.

Injury Prevention and Control

Within the funds provided for Environmental Health and Injury Prevention, the conference agreement includes $143,511,000 for injury prevention and control, instead of $140,146,000 as proposed by the House and $147,703,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, sufficient funds are provided to support an additional injury control research center that will conduct research on injury and injury prevention related to children and adolescents, as proposed by the House. The Senate did not propose similar language.

Within the total for injury prevention and control the conference agreement includes the following amounts:

$28,841,000 for youth violence prevention, instead of $24,061,000 as proposed by the House and $26,043,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$43,731,000 for rape prevention, instead of $43,457,000 as proposed by the House and $45,392,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$5,960,000 is for the traumatic brain injury program, instead of $5,816,000 as proposed by the House and $6,287,000 as proposed by the Senate.

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH

The conference agreement includes $237,388,000 for occupational safety and health, instead of $219,076,000 as proposed by the House and $181,326,000 as proposed by the Senate. In addition, $97,404,000 is available to carry out occupational safety and health research activities within the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) to be derived from section 241 evaluation set-aside funds instead of $91,861,000 as proposed by the House and $92,071,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The total provided includes sufficient funding to maintain staffing levels at the Morgantown facility and to increase research funding at that facility as proposed by the Senate. Funding is also included to continue the farm health and safety initiative as proposed by the Senate. The House did not propose either of these programs.

Within the program level total for occupational safety and health, the conference agreement includes the following amounts:

$13,190,000 for personal protective technology development instead of $12,732,000 as proposed by the House and $13,648,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$113,243,000 for the National Occupational Research Agenda instead of $112,834,000 as proposed by the House and $104,186,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$52,500,000 for screening and treatment for first response emergency services personnel, residents, students, and others related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center instead of $50,000,000 as proposed by the House and $55,000,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$50,000,000 for mining research instead of $25,200,000 as proposed by the House and $49,200,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$502,000 for the Miner's Choice Health Screening program instead of $352,000 as proposed by the House and $652,000 as proposed by the Senate; and,

$1,057,000 for the National Mesothelioma Registry and Tissue Bank instead of $1,007,000 as proposed by the House and $1,107,000 as proposed by the Senate.

For the mining research program, the conferees expect that additional funding will ensure that the mine safety research agenda in areas such as dust monitoring, roof control, and disaster prevention are not abandoned. The conferees concur with language included in the Senate report directing that required progress reports on grant-making and research findings be expanded to research goals such as dust monitoring, roof control, and disaster prevention. The House did not propose such language.

The conference agreement has included sufficient funds for NIOSH to conduct, in collaboration with the University of Utah and West Virginia University, a study of the recovery of coal pillars through retreat room and pillar mining practices in underground coal mines at depths greater than 1500 feet. The study should examine the safety implications of retreat room and pillar mining practices, with emphasis on the impact of full or partial pillar extraction mining. The study should include, but not be limited to, analyses of (1) the conditions under which retreat mining is used, including conditions relating to seam thickness; depth of cover; strength of the mine roof, pillars, and floor; and the susceptibility of the mine to seismic activity; and (2) the procedures used to ensure miner safety during retreat mining. The conferees direct that not later than two years after beginning the study, NIOSH submit a report containing the results of the study to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The report shall include recommendations to enhance the safety of miners working in underground coal mines where retreat mining in room and pillar operations is utilized. Among other things, the recommendations should identify means of adapting any practical technology to the mining environment to improve miner protections during mining at depths greater than 1500 feet, and research needed to develop improved technology to improve miner protections during mining at such depths.

GLOBAL HEALTH

The conference agreement provides $377,352,000 for Global Health activities, instead of $381,337,000 as proposed by the House and $334,038,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included within this total, $121,541,000 is for the global AIDS program instead of $122,769,000 as proposed by both the House and Senate.

Within the total for global health, the conference agreement includes the following amounts for pandemic influenza activities:

$17,740,000 for rapid outbreak response for high priority countries instead of $17,820,000 as proposed by the House and $18,000,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$3,960,000 for human-animal interface studies as proposed by the House instead of $4,000,000 as proposed by the Senate; and,

$47,339,000 for international surveillance, diagnosis, and epidemic investigations instead of $47,520,000 as proposed by the House and $48,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

TERRORISM PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

The conference agreement includes $1,549,143,000 for activities related to terrorism preparedness and response, instead of $1,598,751,000 as proposed by the House and $1,632,448,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the total for terrorism preparedness and response, the conference agreement includes $785,233,000 for Upgrading State and Local Capacity instead of $789,948,000 as proposed by the House and $823,238,000 as proposed by the Senate. This funding level includes the following amounts:

$738,848,000 for the bioterrorism cooperative agreement instead of $734,536,000 as proposed by the House and $760,470,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$29,063,000 for the Centers for Public Health Preparedness instead of $30,740,000 as proposed by both the House and Senate;

$5,355,000 for Advanced Practice Centers as proposed by both the House and Senate; and,

$11,967,000 for all other State and local capacity instead of $19,317,000 as proposed by the House and $26,673,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Funding is provided for the Centers for Public Health Preparedness at accredited schools of public health to ensure continuity of planned education and training commitments to State, local, and tribal health departments during the fifth and final year of the existing cooperative agreements. The conferees encourage CDC to manage this program and work with appropriate public health organizations to begin implementation of the provisions of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act during fiscal year 2008.

Within the total for terrorism preparedness and response, the conference agreement concurs with the House proposal and does not include funding for botulinum toxin research. The Senate proposed $3,000,000 for this activity.

Within the total for terrorism preparedness and response, the conference agreement includes $64,194,000 for Biosurveillance initiatives instead of $81,153,000 as proposed by the House and $78,560,000 as proposed by the Senate. This funding level includes the following amounts:

$35,000,000 for BioSense instead of $50,000,000 as proposed by the House and $57,340,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$20,012,000 for quarantine stations instead of $21,028,000 as proposed by the House and $11,095,000 as proposed by the Senate.

PREVENTIVE HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES BLOCK GRANT

The conference agreement includes $104,000,000 for the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant instead of $109,000,000 as proposed by the House and $99,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

PUBLIC HEALTH IMPROVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP

The Conference agreement includes $230,239,000 for Public Health Improvement and Leadership instead of $199,237,000 as proposed by the House and $209,509,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for Public Health Improvement and Leadership, the conference agreement includes $161,402,000 for leadership and management instead of $162,214,000 as proposed by the House and $162,879,000 as proposed by the Senate and $34,872,000 for public health workforce development instead of $19,743,000 as proposed by the House and $21,743,000 as proposed by the Senate. The public health workforce development funding includes $1,000,000 for the Applied Epidemiology Fellowship Training program. The Senate proposed $2,000,000 for this program and the House did not propose funding for this program.

Also within the total for Public Health Improvement and Leadership, the conference agreement includes $6,000,000 for a Director's Discretionary Fund, as proposed by the House, to support activities deemed by the Director as having high scientific and programmatic priority and to respond to emergency public health requirements. The Senate proposed $7,851,000 for this fund. The conferees do not concur with language in the Senate report regarding the Director's authority to reallocate management savings to the Director's Discretionary Fund.

The Conference agreement includes the following projects in the following amounts:


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Project                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Total funding 
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A Voice for All, Wilmington, DE, for speech and language evaluations for persons with disabilities                                                                                                                             325,000 
Adler Aphasia Center, Maywood, NJ for a program to improve communication and other life skills for people with aphasia                                                                                                         125,000 
Advocate Good Shepard Hospital, Barrington, IL for the expansion of an ongoing pilot project to address the growing problem of childhood obesity among elementary schools in Lake County, IL                                    30,000 
Alameda County Public Health Department, Office of AIDS Administration, Oakland, CA for an HIV/AIDS prevention and testing initiative                                                                                          300,000 
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Juneau, AK, for an Obesity Prevention and Control project in Alaska                                                                                                           500,000 
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Juneau, AK, for continuation and expansion of a program to detect and control tuberculosis in Alaska                                                                          500,000 
Alaska Multiple Sclerosis Center, Anchorage, AK, for multiple sclerosis related activities                                                                                                                                     150,000 
Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia, PA, for college student screening programs                                                                                                                                   169,500 
American Optometric Association, Alexandria, VA, for the InfantSee program                                                                                                                                                     450,000 
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX for epidemiological research and educational outreach related to childhood cancer in cooperation with the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation in McAllen, TX                          320,000 
Bayside Community Center, San Diego, CA for its STEPS health education and outreach program for senior citizens                                                                                                                175,000 
Berean Community & Family Life Center, Brooklyn, NY for obesity prevention programs and community health and wellness education                                                                                                275,000 
Bienestar Human Services, Inc., Los Angeles, CA to expand a mobile HIV rapid testing program in East Los Angeles                                                                                                               125,000 
Boys and Girls Club of Delaware County, Jay, OK for equipment and operating expenses for programs to improve diet, physical activity, and emotional health                                                                     450,000 
Brown County Oral Health Partnership, Green Bay, WI, to expand an oral health program                                                                                                                                          255,000 
California State University-Fullerton, Fullerton, CA for programs aimed at preventing obesity and promoting health in children                                                                                                 400,000 
Camden County, Camden, NJ, to purchase, equip and staff a mobile health van                                                                                                                                                    340,000 
Cascade AIDS, Portland, Oregon, to conduct HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention programs                                                                                                                                          170,000 
Center for Asbestos Related Disease Clinic, Libby, MT to create an epidemiological data repository on tremolite asbestos                                                                                                       260,000 
Center for International Rehabilitation, Chicago, IL, for the Disability Rights Monitor                                                                                                                                        200,000 
Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, Columbia, SC for an obesity focused wellness program                                                                                                                                          235,000 
Charter County of Wayne, Michigan, Detroit, MI for Infant Mortality Prevention services                                                                                                                                        200,000 
Chez Panisse Foundation, Berkeley, CA for the school lunch initiative to integrate lessons about wellness, sustainability and nutrition into the academic curriculum                                                           250,000 
Children's Hunger Alliance, Columbus, OH for programs to prevent childhood obesity                                                                                                                                             200,000 
Colorado School of Mines, Golden,  CO, for the development and deployment of Mine Safety and Rescue  through Sensing Networks and Robotics Technology (Mine-SENTRY)                                                            169,500 
Columbus Children's Research Institute, Columbus, OH for the Center for Injury Research and Policy                                                                                                                             200,000 
Community Health Centers in Hawaii for Childhood Rural Asthma Project, for childhood rural asthma project                                                                                                                      125,000 
County of Marin, San Rafael, CA for research and analysis related to breast cancer incidence and mortality in the county and breast cancer screening                                                                           300,000 
CREATE Foundation, Tupelo, MS for childhood obesity prevention programs                                                                                                                                                        450,000 
DuPage County, Wheaton, IL for a county-wide physical fitness assessment pilot project                                                                                                                                         150,000 
East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine, Greenville, NC for a project to study the problem of racial disparities in cardiovascular diseases                                                                         250,000 
El Puente, Brooklyn, NY for an obesity, diabetes, STD, and HIV/AIDS prevention program for adolescents and their families as well as control and management of asthma and other environmentally connected diseases             220,000 
ExemplaSaint Joseph Hospital Foundation, Denver, CO, for the mobile mammography program                                                                                                                                         85,000 
Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT, to develop chronic disease registries                                                                                                                                              170,000 
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, Fairfax, VA, for the Iowa Food Allergy Education program                                                                                                                                 120,000 
Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation, Lake Success, NY to provide glaucoma screenings and follow-up in the Phoenix, AZ area                                                                                  75,000 
Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation, Lake Success, NY to provide glaucoma screenings and follow-up in the Virgin Islands                                                                                   325,000 
Georgia Chapter of the American Lung Association, Smyrna, GA to study the relationship between residential floor coverings and distributive patterns of airborne particulates                                                  350,000 
Georgia Rural Water Association, Barnesville, GA, for the National Fluoridation Training Institute                                                                                                                              84,700 
Haitian American Association Against Cancer, Inc., Miami, FL for cancer education, outreach, screening and related programs                                                                                                    240,000 
Health Care Network, Inc, Racine, WI, to coordinate dental services for low-income patients                                                                                                                                     85,000 
Healthy Eating Lifestyle Principles, Monterey, CA for a program to improve nutrition by promoting the accessibility and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables in schools                                                  175,000 
Healthy Futures, Columbia, SC, to educate the community to recognize the health concerns, specifically obesity, of youth in the minority community                                                                             211,100 
Healthy Northeast Pennsylvania Initiative, Clarks Summit, PA, for health education                                                                                                                                              90,000 
Henderson, NV, for a diabetes screening, education and counseling program for seniors                                                                                                                                          200,000 
Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters--Florida, Coral Gables, FL to create a preventative health care model                                                                                                        175,000 
Ingalls Development Foundation, Harvey, IL for a comprehensive cancer prevention and early detection program, focusing on minority populations                                                                                 225,000 
Institute of Medical Humanism, Inc, Bennington, VT, for an end-of-life care initiative                                                                                                                                         150,000 
International Rett Syndrome Association, Clinton, MD for education and awareness programs regarding Rett syndrome                                                                                                              150,000 
Iowa Chronic Care Consortium, Des Moines, Iowa, for a preventative health demonstration program                                                                                                                                150,000 
Iowa Department of Public Health to continue the Harkin Wellness Grant program                                                                                                                                               1,500,000 
Iowa Games, Ames, IA,  to continue the Lighten Up Iowa program                                                                                                                                                                 100,000 
Iowa Health Foundation, for wellness activities for dementia patients                                                                                                                                                          100,000 
Iowa State University, Ames, IA, for the Iowa Initiative for Healthier Schools and Student Wellness                                                                                                                            400,000 
Kennedy Health System, Voorhees, NJ, for the Women and Children's Health Pavilion's Advanced Cancer Prevention and Treatment Initiative                                                                                        380,000 
Kids Kicking Cancer, Inc., Lansing, MI, for cancer treatment support activities                                                                                                                                                595,000 
Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, Bronx, NY for a nutrition and anti-obesity demonstration program for 6- to 12-year-old children                                                                                                  325,000 
Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY for asthma education, counseling, and prevention programs                                                                                                                                 365,000 
Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness, Louisville, KY for improving and providing preventative healthcare to men to address disease and obesity prevention, oral health, and stress management                   100,000 
Lower Bucks Hospital, Bristol, PA, for autism therapy evaluation                                                                                                                                                                90,000 
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Baton Rouge, LA, for additional C.A.R.E Network screenings and program development                                                                                                            100,000 
Michigan Health and Hospital Association, Kalamazoo, MI, to improve quality of care and patient safety in hospital surgery settings                                                                                            425,000 
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN for research and education regarding ways of increasing physical activity and fitness among children and adolescents                                                       350,000 
Myositis Association, Washington, DC to develop a national patient registry for individuals afflicted with myositis                                                                                                            175,000 
Natividad Medical Center, Salinas, CA for a diabetes care management program                                                                                                                                                   125,000 
Nazareth Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, for health outreach                                                                                                                                                                        90,000 
Nevada Cancer Institute, Las Vegas, NV for a comprehensive program to reduce cancer incidence and mortality rates and address cancer health disparities                                                                        300,000 
North Shore Health Project, Gloucester, MA for outreach and education on hepatitis C                                                                                                                                           150,000 
Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, Scranton, PA, for cancer screening evaluation                                                                                                                                              90,000 
Nueva Esperanza, Philadelphia, PA, for HIV/AIDS programs                                                                                                                                                                        90,000 
Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, Ephrata, PA, for education, awareness and publication production                                                                                                                          90,000 
Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, Pittsburgh, PA, for an infection control training program                                                                                                                                90,000 
Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH for the Partners Enabling Active Rural Living Institute to develop an evidence-based model for promoting and enabling appropriate daily physical activity in rural communities         150,000 
Potter County Human Services, Roulette, PA, for health promotion programs                                                                                                                                                       90,000 
Providence Cancer Center, Portland, OR for the rural and underserved cancer outreach project                                                                                                                                   115,000 
Providence Multiple Sclerosis Center, Portland, Oregon, to develop a registry for multiple sclerosis                                                                                                                            84,700 
Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Silver Spring, MD for public education and outreach                                                                                                                                        200,000 
Saint Michael's Medical Center, Newark, NJ, for heart disease screening                                                                                                                                                        150,000 
San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, San Antonio, TX for further studies and public health outreach regarding environmental health concerns at and near the former Kelly Air Force Base                                   440,000 
SHAREing and CAREing, Astoria, NY to provide culturally sensitive breast health education, referrals for screenings/diagnostic and support services for medically underserved and uninsured minority women                     125,000 
Silent Spring Institute, Newton, MA for studies of the impact of environmental pollutants on breast cancer and women's health                                                                                                  125,000 
Sister to Sister--Everyone Has a Heart Foundation to increase women's awareness of heart disease, Washington, DC                                                                                                               250,000 
South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, for interdisciplinary research on obesity prevention and treatment                                                                                                               125,000 
Southeastern Center for Emerging Biologic Threats, Emory University, Atlanta, GA for programs related to bioterrorism and emerging biological threats                                                                          400,000 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation, New York, NY, for outreach, patient education and registries                                                                                                                               500,000 
St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Wabasha, MN to support a disease prevention pilot program to reduce the incidence of heart disease                                                                                             100,000 
St. Francis Medical Center Foundation, Lynwood, CA for health education and outreach                                                                                                                                           140,000 
St. John's Regional Medical Center, Oxnard, CA for diabetes prevention and management programs                                                                                                                                 400,000 
St. John's Well Child and Family Center, Los Angeles, CA for a patient education program to address obesity, diabetes, and hypertension                                                                                        125,000 
Supporting Autism Families Everywhere, Wilkes-Barre, PA, for Autism programs and education                                                                                                                                      90,000 
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso, El Paso, TX, for the Center for Research and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases                                                                                          375,000 
United Mine Workers of America, Fairfax, VA, for a fuel-cell coalmine vehicle demonstration project                                                                                                                             90,000 
University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ for diabetes educational outreach programs                                                                                                                               270,000 
University of Findlay Center for Public Health Preparedness, Findlay, OH for training programs on school safety and workplace violence avoidance                                                                               275,000 
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, for the biodiversity research center                                                                                                                                                     1,171,000 
University of Montana Rehabilitation, Research, and Training Center, Missoula, MT, to develop program Living Well and Working Well with a Disability: Improving Health, Promoting Employment, and Reducing Medical Costs       120,000 
University of Montana, Missoula, MT, for Methamphetamine Detection and Health Effects Research                                                                                                                                 180,000 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with East Carolina University, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for the Program in Racial Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease                                                        585,000 
University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX for the Center for Minority Health, Education, Research and Outreach                                                                                           400,000 
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, for health outreach                                                                                                                                                   169,500 
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL to create, implement, and evaluate programs to assist school-aged children in becoming physically active and healthy                                                                    550,000 
University of Texas Pan American, Edinburg, TX for the South Texas Border Health Disparities Center's program on preventing obesity in minority populations                                                                    320,000 
University of Texas, Brownsville, TX for studies regarding the health of the Hispanic population in the Rio Grande Valley                                                                                                      400,000 
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, for evidence based adolescent pregnancy prevention programs                                                                                                                  200,000 
Virgin Islands Perinatal Inc., Christiansted, VI for implementation of chronic disease management and prevention modalities to minimize adverse outcomes related to diabetes and hypertension                                  315,000 
Voorhees College, Denmark, SC for a demonstration program on reversing diabetes in minority communities                                                                                                                        135,000 
Wayne County Department of Public Health, Detroit, MI for a lead poisoning assessment, prevention, and intervention program                                                                                                    300,000 
WellSpan Health, York, PA, for health outreach                                                                                                                                                                                  90,000 
WestCare Foundation, Las Vegas, NV, for the Batterers Intervention Program in Needles, CA and surrounding communities                                                                                                          500,000 
Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT to develop a comprehensive ovarian cancer prevention and early detection program                                                                                                        300,000 
YBH Project, Inc., Albany, GA for nutrition, fitness, and education programs for middle school students and their families                                                                                                     100,000 
Youth and Family Services, Rapid City, SD, for the Health Connections Program                                                                                                                                                  150,000 
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NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE

The conference agreement includes $4,925,740,000 for the National Cancer Institute instead of $4,880,382,000 as proposed by the House and $4,910,160,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees urge NCI to fund a study of the Trinity nuclear test that estimates the number of fatal and non-fatal radiogenic illnesses compared to a baseline of what would be expected to occur naturally in the surrounding community.

NATIONAL HEART, LUNG AND BLOOD INSTITUTE

The conference agreement includes $3,001,691,000 for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute instead of $2,965,775,000 as proposed by the House and $2,992,197,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DENTAL AND CRANIOFACIAL RESEARCH

The conference agreement includes $399,867,000 for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research instead of $395,753,000 as proposed by the House and $398,602,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DIABETES AND DIGESTIVE AND KIDNEY DISEASES

The conference agreement includes $1,753,037,000 for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, (NIDDK), instead of $1,731,893,000 as proposed by the House and $1,747,784,000 as proposed by the Senate. An amount of $150,000,000 is also available to the Institute through a permanent appropriation for juvenile diabetes.

The conferees encourage NIDDK to conduct hemodialysis clinical trials on a regular basis that produce the optimum benefit for patients.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS AND STROKE

The conference agreement includes $1,578,210,000 for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke instead of $1,569,106,000 as proposed by the House and $1,573,268,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

The conference agreement includes $4,682,585,000 for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases instead of $4,631,844,000 as proposed by the House and $4,668,472,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes bill language permitting the transfer of $300,000,000 to International Assistance Programs, Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis as proposed by the Senate. The House bill proposed a transfer of $299,825,000.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF GENERAL MEDICAL SCIENCES

The conference agreement includes $1,984,879,000 for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences instead of $1,966,019,000 as proposed by the House and $1,978,601,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

The conference agreement includes $1,286,379,000 for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development instead of $1,273,863,000 as proposed by the House and $1,282,231,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL EYE INSTITUTE

The conference agreement includes $684,126,000 for the National Eye Institute instead of $677,039,000 as proposed by the House and $681,962,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES

The conference agreement includes $658,258,000 for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences instead of $652,303,000 as proposed by the House and $656,176,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING

The conference agreement includes $1,076,389,000 for the National Institute on Aging instead of $1,062,833,000 as proposed by the House and $1,073,048,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ARTHRITIS AND MUSCULOSKELETAL AND SKIN DISEASES

The conference agreement includes $521,459,000 for the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases instead of $516,044,000 as proposed by the House and $519,810,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DEAFNESS AND OTHER COMMUNICATION DISORDERS

The conference agreement includes $403,958,000 for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders instead of $400,305,000 as proposed by the House and $402,680,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NURSING RESEARCH

The conference agreement includes $140,900,000 for the National Institute of Nursing Research instead of $139,527,000 as proposed by the House and $140,456,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM

The conference agreement includes $447,245,000 for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism instead of $442,870,000 as proposed by the House and $445,702,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE

The conference agreement includes $1,025,839,000 for the National Institute on Drug Abuse instead of $1,015,559,000 as proposed by the House and $1,022,594,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH

The conference agreement includes $1,440,557,000 for the National Institute of Mental Health instead of $1,425,531,000 as proposed by the House and $1,436,001,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL HUMAN GENOME RESEARCH INSTITUTE

The conference agreement includes $498,748,000 for the National Human Genome Research Institute instead of $493,996,000 as proposed by the House and $497,031,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BIOMEDICAL IMAGING AND BIOENGINEERING

The conference agreement includes $305,884,000 for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering instead of $303,318,000 as proposed by the House and $304,319,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH RESOURCES

The conference agreement includes $1,182,015,000 for the National Center for Research Resources instead of $1,171,095,000 as proposed by the House and $1,177,997,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement does not include language proposed by the Senate regarding the prohibition of funds to pay indirect expenses for general research support grants. This provision is no longer necessary. The House bill did not contain a similar provision.

The agreement provides the Administration request for clinical and translational science awards, with funding split between the Common Fund and NCRR in the same proportions as the Senate-passed bill. The conferees remain supportive of this program as it matures, but are concerned about the abrupt changes in program funding policies implemented in 2007.

The conference agreement provides $224,607,000 for the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program, rather than $223,607,000 as proposed by the Senate. The House had not identified specific funding for this program.

NATIONAL CENTER FOR COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

The conference agreement includes $124,647,000 for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine instead of $123,380,000 as proposed by the House and $124,213,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL CENTER ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES

The conference agreement includes $204,542,000 for the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities instead of $202,691,000 as proposed by the House and $203,895,000 as proposed by the Senate.

JOHN E. FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER

The conference agreement includes $68,216,000 for the John E. Fogarty International Center instead of $67,599,000 as proposed by the House and $68,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE

The conference agreement provides $329,039,000 for the National Library of Medicine instead of $325,484,000 as proposed by the House and $327,817,000 as proposed by the Senate. In addition, $8,200,000 is provided from section 241 authority as proposed by both the House and Senate.

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR

The conference agreement includes $1,145,790,000 for the Office of the Director as proposed by the Senate instead of $1,114,422,000 as proposed by the House. The bill identifies $531,300,000 for the Common Fund as proposed by the Senate instead of $495,153,000 as proposed by the House. This Common Fund amount represents 1.77 percent of total funding for NIH, meeting the statutory requirement that the Common Fund percentage of the total NIH appropriation at least equal the share of total NIH funding the Common Fund represented during the prior year. In fiscal year 2007, the Common Fund represented 1.67 percent of total NIH funding.

The conference agreement also provides $25,000,000 in bill language for the flexible research authority authorized in section 215 of this Act as proposed by the Senate instead of $14,000,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement does not include language proposed by the House regarding the amount identified for the Common Fund being in addition to funds allocated by the institutes for activities that are related to Fund activities. The Senate bill did not have similar language.

The conference agreement provides funding for a 2.5 percent increase in the average cost of new grants and for committed levels for existing grants. The Senate report indicated that sufficient funds were included to pay full committed levels on existing grants and to provide a 3 percent increase in the average cost of new grants. The House report provided sufficient funding for a 2 percent increase in the average cost of new grants, but did not include an assumption about commitment levels for existing grants.

The conference agreement includes sufficient funds to provide an average 2.2 percent increase in research training stipends. The House bill assumed a two percent average increase for stipends; the Senate did not identify a specific level.

The conference agreement provides the same funding as the fiscal year 2007 level for the following programs: Director's Pioneer awards, Pathways to Independence awards, New Innovator awards, and Bridge awards. The House provided similar amounts for these programs. The Senate provided similar amounts for all the programs except Pathways to Independence, for which the Senate did not identify a funding level.

The conference agreement includes $96,130,000 for research on chemical, radiological and nuclear countermeasures as proposed by the Senate instead of $95,310,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement provides up to $10,000,000 for the Director's Discretionary Fund as proposed by the House. The Senate did not specifically identify funding for the Discretionary Fund.

As required in the House report, the conferees require NIH to notify the House and Senate Appropriations Committees each time the Director uses the one percent transfer authority provided in the NIH reauthorization.

BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES

The conference agreement includes $130,000,000 for Buildings and Facilities instead of $121,081,000 as proposed by the House and the Senate.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

The conference agreement includes $3,415,511,000 for substance abuse and mental health services, of which $3,290,848,000 is provided through budget authority and $124,663,000 is provided through the evaluation set-aside. The House proposed $3,393,841,000 for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), of which $120,913,000 was from the evaluation set-aside and the Senate proposed $3,404,798,000, of which $126,663,000 was from the evaluation set-aside. The detailed table at the end of this joint statement reflects the activity distribution agreed to by the conferees.

The conference agreement includes bill language, as proposed by the Senate, that permits a State to receive more than one grant or cooperative agreement for youth suicide early intervention and prevention strategies.

Within the total provided, the conference agreement includes $123,023,000 for activities throughout SAMHSA that are targeted to address the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic and its disparate impact on communities of color, including African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. The House proposed $128,514,000 for these activities. The Senate did not include similar language.

Within the total provided, the conference agreement includes $56,735,000 for activities throughout SAMHSA to address the needs of the homeless. The House proposed $57,123,000 for these activities. The Senate did not include similar language.

Within the total provided, the conference agreement includes $3,520,000 for treatment programs for mental illness and substance abuse for tribes and tribal organizations instead of $4,070,000 as proposed by the House. The Senate did not propose similar language.

Center for Mental Health Services

The conference agreement includes a program level total of $428,256,000 for the mental health block grant, as proposed by the Senate, instead of $441,256,000 as proposed by the House. Within this total, $21,413,000 is provided through the evaluation set-aside as proposed by both the House and Senate.

The conference agreement includes $304,668,000 for programs of regional and national significance instead of $277,030,000 as proposed by the House and $298,217,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total provided for mental health programs of regional and national significance, the conference agreement includes $94,656,000 to continue and expand violence prevention programs in schools, including the Safe Schools/Healthy Students interdepartmental program, instead of $96,156,000 as proposed by the House and $93,156,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included within this amount, the conference agreement provides $1,500,000 for a jointly funded initiative administered by the Department of Education and SAMHSA to support competitive grants to institutions of higher education to develop and implement emergency management plans for preventing campus violence. The House proposed $3,000,000 for this initiative. The Senate did not propose similar language.

Within the total for mental health programs of regional and national significance, the conference agreement includes $33,680,000 for the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative instead of $32,360,000 as proposed by the House and $35,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. In funding new grants, the conferees direct SAMHSA to give high priority to centers providing services in areas impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and who have previous experience in providing such services.

Within the total for mental health programs of regional and national significance, the conference agreement includes $7,500,000 for a wellness initiative, instead of $15,000,000 as proposed by the Senate, to assist local communities in the coordination and improvement of the integration of behavioral/mental and physical health services. In carrying out this wellness initiative, the conferees expect SAMHSA to collaborate with HRSA and CDC. The conferees intend that funding provided will allow local communities to undertake a range of prevention and health promotion activities and expect that grantees must be able to evaluate the success of the program based on their ability to provide evidence-based services. The House did not propose funding for this initiative.

For programs addressing youth suicide prevention and early intervention programs within the mental health programs of regional and national significance, the conference agreement includes:

$30,000,000 for grants to States and tribes as proposed by the Senate--the House did not include similar language;

$5,000,000 for campus-based programs as proposed by the Senate--the House did not include similar language; and,

$5,000,000 for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center as proposed by the Senate--the House did not include similar language.

The conferees expect the Center for Mental Health Services to support multi-year grants to five consumer and consumer-supported national technical assistance centers as proposed by the Senate. The House did not propose similar language. The conference agreement also provides funding at last year's level for the consumer-run statewide networking grants.

The conference agreement includes the following projects in the following amounts:


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Project                                                                                                                                                                         Total funding 
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Access Community Health Center, Bloomingdale, IL for mental health services                                                                                                           250,000 
Access Community Health Network, Chicago, IL, for behavioral health integration programs                                                                                              400,000 
Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook, IL for specialized and comprehensive psychotherapy and support to abused and neglected children and their families                                   325,000 
Alfred University, Alfred, NY for graduate school psychologist training program                                                                                                       100,000 
American Red Cross, Lower Bucks County Chapter, Levittown, PA to provide mental health counseling and case management services, along with related services                           100,000 
Children's Health Fund, New York, NY, to provide mental health services to children and families in Louisiana                                                                         400,000 
City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA for mental health and substance abuse services for homeless persons in supportive housing           1,500,000 
City of Los Angeles, CA for supportive housing services                                                                                                                               300,000 
Community Counseling Center, Portland, ME, for the expansion of the Greater Portland  Trauma Assistance Network                                                                       100,000 
Community Rehabilitation Center, Inc., Jacksonville, FL for substance abuse and mental health programs                                                                                320,000 
Corporate Alliance for Drug Education,  Philadelphia, PA, for mental health programs                                                                                                   90,000 
Essex County, Newark, NJ, for a mental health initiative                                                                                                                              635,000 
Family Services of Greater Waterbury, Waterbury, CT for the outpatient counseling/psychiatric program                                                                                 125,000 
Family Support Systems Unlimited, Inc., Bronx, NY for mental health services                                                                                                          175,000 
Fulton County Department of Mental Health, Atlanta, GA for a jail diversion program                                                                                                   125,000 
Heartland Health Outreach, Inc., Chicago, IL for mental health services to refugee children                                                                                           150,000 
Helen Wheeler Center for Community Mental Health, Kankakee, IL for mental health services                                                                                             200,000 
Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, PA for the Teenline suicide prevention program                                                                                                       100,000 
Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN for the Institute of Training in Addiction Studies                                                                                            150,000 
Jewish Association for Residential Care, Farmington Hills, MI for the Lifelines project                                                                                               300,000 
Kids Hope United, Waukegan, IL for the multi-systemic therapy program for youth                                                                                                       270,000 
New Image Homeless Shelter, Los Angeles, CA for mental health case management                                                                                                          75,000 
New Mexico Human Services Department, Behavioral Health Collaborative, Santa Fe, NM, to transform the behavioral health services system                                               210,000 
Oregon Partnership, Portland, Oregon, for mental health services and programs                                                                                                          84,000 
Pacific Clinics, Arcadia, CA for mental health and suicide prevention programs for Latina youth                                                                                       400,000 
Prime Time House, Inc., Torrington, CT for mental health services                                                                                                                     125,000 
Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Rosebud, SD, for youth residential and outpatient therapy at Piya Mani Otipi                                                                                     150,000 
Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service, Boca Raton, FL to provide preventive youth mental health services and clinical outreach to at risk students                                         190,000 
Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Sacramento, CA, for services to the chronically homeless                                                                                 100,000 
Samaritans of Rhode Island, Providence, RI, to enhance the Suicide Crisis Hotline                                                                                                     210,000 
Spurwink Services, New Gloucester, ME, to improve early detection, training, timely access and evaluating best practice models for child mental health services                       100,000 
United Way of Anchorage, Anchorage, AK, for the 211 project to provide a statewide health and human services management system for Alaska                                             600,000 
Ventura County Probation Office, Ventura, CA for treatment and related services for juvenile offenders with mental health and chemical dependency problems                            240,000 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department, Thousand Oaks, CA for training programs related to the mentally ill                                                                              200,000 
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Transportation and Consumer Protection, Madison, WI, to provide mental health services for farmers and their families throughout Wisconsin        85,000 
Youthville, Wichita, KS for an adoption and trauma resource center                                                                                                                    450,000 
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Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

The conference agreement includes a program level total of $1,776,091,000 for the substance abuse prevention and treatment block grant instead of $1,793,591,000 as proposed by the House and $1,758,591,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this total, $79,200,000 is provided through the evaluation set-aside as proposed by both the House and Senate.

The conference agreement includes $417,263,000 for substance abuse treatment programs of regional and national significance, which includes $4,300,000 from the evaluation set-aside, instead of $402,402,000 as proposed by the House and $426,568,000 as proposed by the Senate. Both the House and Senate bills included the evaluation set-aside at $4,300,000.

Within funds provided for substance abuse treatment programs of regional and national significance, the conference agreement includes $98,000,000 for the access to recovery program as proposed by the House instead of last year's level of $98,208,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the funds provided for substance abuse treatment programs of regional and national significance, the conference agreement includes $40,819,000 for criminal justice activities instead of $37,823,000 as proposed by both the House and Senate. Within this amount, the conference agreement provides $30,817,000 for treatment drug court grants instead of $23,826,000 as proposed by the House and $31,817,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within funds provided for substance abuse treatment programs of regional and national significance, the conference agreement includes $9,992,000 for the Addiction Technology Transfer Centers instead of $10,742,000 as proposed by the House and $9,242,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within funds provided for substance abuse treatment programs of regional and national significance, the conference agreement provides $12,000,000 for residential treatment programs for pregnant and postpartum women and their children instead of $20,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The House did not include similar language.

Within funds provided for substance abuse treatment programs of regional and national significance, the conference agreement includes $29,624,000 for the screening, brief intervention, referral and treatment program. This includes $2,000,000 provided through the evaluation set-aside and is the same funding level as fiscal year 2007, as proposed by the Senate. The House did not include similar language.

The conference agreement includes the following projects in the following amounts:


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Project                                                                                                                                                                       Total funding 
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Akeela, Inc., Anchorage, AK, for the Re-Entry Program in Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                          200,000 
Anchorage Dept. of Health and Social Services, Anchorage, AK, for the Pathways to Sobriety Project in Anchorage, Alaska                                                             400,000 
Asian American Recovery Services, Inc., San Francisco, CA, for substance abuse treatment programs                                                                                   170,000 
City of Las Vegas, NV for the EVOLVE program                                                                                                                                        400,000 
City of Oxford, MS for a substance abuse treatment program                                                                                                                          350,000 
Fulton County, Atlanta, GA for Project Excell, an intensive outpatient treatment program serving homeless males with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders       100,000 
Gavin Foundation, South Boston, MA for substance abuse treatment services at its Cushing House facility for adolescents                                                             350,000 
Glide Foundation, San Francisco, CA for substance abuse services                                                                                                                    250,000 
Heartland Family Services, Inc., Omaha, NE, for the Sarpy County Methamphetamine Treatment Program for women and children                                                           100,000 
Maine Lighthouse Corp., Bar Harbor, ME, for the Therapeutic Community for the Substance Abuse Treatment project                                                                     100,000 
Maniilaq, Inc., Kotzebue,  AK, for the Mavsigviq Family Recovery Program in Northwest Arctic Borough Alaska                                                                         500,000 
Marin Services for Women, Inc., Greenbrae, CA, for substance abuse treatment for low-income women and their children                                                                170,000 
Martin Addiction Recovery Center, Martin, SD, to enhance and expand substance abuse intervention and treatment services                                                             200,000 
Metro Homeless Youth Services of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA to expand services for homeless youth with substance abuse problems                                                   300,000 
Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, Minneapolis, MN for a dual diagnosis outpatient treatment program                                                                         100,000 
Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY for substance abuse treatment services                                                                                            300,000 
Nicasa in Round Lake, IL, for evening outpatient substance abuse treatment program for women                                                                                        325,000 
Sandhills Teen Challenge, Carthage, NC for substance abuse treatment services                                                                                                       100,000 
Sheriffs Youth Program of Minnesota, Inver Grove Heights, MN for chemical dependency treatment services                                                                             125,000 
Talbert House, Cincinnati, OH for a substance abuse treatment program                                                                                                               300,000 
Trumbull County Lifelines, Warren, OH for behavioral health services                                                                                                                200,000 
Union Station Foundation, Pasadena, CA for services to homeless families                                                                                                            150,000 
United Way of Treasure Valley, Boise, ID for a substance abuse treatment program                                                                                                    400,000 
Wayne County Academy, Alpha, KY for a substance abuse counseling program                                                                                                            200,000 
WestCare Kentucky, Ashcamp, KY for a substance abuse treatment and voucher program                                                                                                  700,000 
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Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

The conference agreement includes $197,675,000 for substance abuse prevention programs of regional and national significance instead of $194,502,000 as proposed by the House and $197,108,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the funds provided for substance abuse prevention programs of regional and national significance, the conference agreement includes $5,500,000 to carry out programs authorized by the Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act, of which:

$1,000,000 is for the Advertising Council's underage drinking campaign as proposed by both the House and Senate;

$4,000,000 is for community-based coalition enhancement grants instead of $5,000,000 as proposed by the House and $3,000,000 as proposed by the Senate; and,

$500,000 is for the Intergovernmental Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking instead of $1,000,000 as proposed by the House--the Senate did not propose similar language.

The conference agreement includes the following projects in the following amounts:


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Project                                                                                                                                                                               Total funding 
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Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Eagle Butte, SD, for a methamphetamine prevention program                                                                                                       400,000 
Clinton County Office of District Attorney, Lock Haven, PA, for substance abuse prevention programs                                                                                          90,000 
Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, New Haven, CT to support innovative multi-disciplinary intervention programs serving children and families exposed to violence and trauma       500,000 
Community Health Center on the Big Island of Hawaii                                                                                                                                         100,000 
Fighting Back Partnership, Vallejo, CA for an intervention program targeting elementary and high school students who are at risk for substance abuse and misuse                             250,000 
Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA), Pittsburgh, PA, for substance abuse prevention programs                                                                90,000 
Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Families, Oakland, CA for integrated HIV/AIDS and substance abuse prevention with African-American women and teenagers                            150,000 
Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy, Des Moines, IA, to educate parents about drug use by teenagers                                                                                          100,000 
Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage, AK, for methamphetamine education project in Alaska                                                                                                   400,000 
Operation SafeHouse, Riverside, CA for a substance abuse prevention program                                                                                                                 100,000 
Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA, for substance abuse prevention programs                                                                                                               90,000 
Shiloh Economic Development Center, Bryan, TX for a substance abuse prevention program                                                                                                      150,000 
South Boston Community Health Center, South Boston, MA for substance abuse prevention services                                                                                              150,000 
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Fort Yates, ND, for a methamphetamine prevention program                                                                                                         400,000 
Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks, AK, for the Ch'eghutsen Children's Mental Health Program in Interior Alaska                                                                            500,000 
The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, New York, NY for educational awareness programs on prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse                                                    250,000 
YMCA of the East Bay, Richmond, CA for substance abuse prevention activities                                                                                                                100,000 
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Program Management

The conference agreement includes a program level total of $96,719,000 for program management, of which $19,750,000 is provided through the evaluation set-aside. The House proposed $92,721,000 for program management, of which $16,000,000 was proposed through the evaluation set-aside and the Senate proposed $98,719,000, of which $21,750,000 was proposed through the evaluation set-aside.

Within the evaluation set-aside for program management, the conference agreement includes an additional $2,000,000 for the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, rather than an additional $4,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The House did not propose similar language.

Also within the evaluation set-aside for program management, the conference agreement includes $1,500,000, as proposed by the Senate, to include mental health questions in CDC's National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and to carry out studies necessary to ensure the validity and reliability of the NHIS data.

AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY

HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY

The conference agreement includes a program level of $334,564,000 for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) instead of $329,564,000 as proposed by the House and Senate. The agreement makes these funds fully available through the policy evaluation set-aside. The House proposed providing $282,500,000 of the total for AHRQ through budget authority and $47,064,000 through the evaluation set-aside. The Senate proposed providing $329,564,000 entirely through budget authority. The detailed table at the end of this joint statement reflects the activity distribution agreed to by the conferees.

Within the funds provided, the conference agreement includes $30,000,000 for the comparative effectiveness health care research program as proposed by both the House and Senate. Also within the funds provided, $5,000,000 is for activities to reduce infections for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus and related infections as proposed by the Senate. The House did not include similar language.

The conferees encourage AHRQ to look favorably on proposals that would proactively detect medical errors and preemptively control injury via compact medical devices that acquire, analyze and filter data from multiple, disparate, wireless and wired sources.

The conferees encourage AHRQ to investigate the feasibility of an open-source, no-cost license computer model capable of predicting the effects of health care policy alternatives for the purpose of improving health care quality and cost-effectiveness. The model should be developed with a consortium of university partners and be capable of predicting costs and health impacts.

CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES

GRANTS TO STATES FOR MEDICAID

The conference agreement provides $141,628,056,000 for grants to States for Medicaid as proposed by the Senate instead of $141,630,056,000 as proposed by the House. Within this total, $2,761,957,000 is provided for the Vaccine for Children program as proposed by the Senate instead of $2,763,957,000 as proposed by the House.

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

The conference agreement includes $3,276,502,000 for program management instead of $3,230,163,000 as proposed by the House and $3,248,088,000 as proposed by the Senate. An additional appropriation of $720,000,000 has been provided for the Medicare Integrity Program through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Funds for individual CMS activities are displayed in the table at the end of the statement of managers. Funding levels that were in disagreement but not displayed on the table are discussed in this statement.

The conference agreement includes bill language providing $193,000,000, available through fiscal year 2009, for Medicare contracting reform activities. The House bill provided $163,800,000 for this activity; the Senate bill provided $253,775,000.

The conference agreement does not include language proposed by the Senate providing the Secretary of HHS the authority to charge fees associated with the cost of conducting survey and certification revisits of health care facilities that receive Medicare reimbursement. The House bill contained no similar provision.

The conference agreement includes bill language similar to that proposed by the Senate including $5,140,000 for the following projects in the following amounts:


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Project                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Total funding 
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Access Health, Inc., Muskegon, MI for a small business health coverage program                                                                                                                                                      200,000 
Bedford Ride, Bedford, VA for a program to assist seniors                                                                                                                                                                            70,000 
Bi-State Primary Care Association, Concord, NH to treat uninsured patients                                                                                                                                                          325,000 
City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA for enhancements to the HIV/AIDS service delivery system in San Francisco                                                                         1,300,000 
City of Detroit, MI for the Detroit Primary Care Access Project                                                                                                                                                                     350,000 
City of Waterbury, CT for a health access program                                                                                                                                                                                   200,000 
Gadsden County, FL, Quincy, FL for a prescription assistance medical services program                                                                                                                                               100,000 
Jefferson Area Board for Aging, Charlottesville, VA  to address nursing assistant shortages in long-term care settings                                                                                                              100,000 
Medicare Chronic Care Practice Research Network, Sioux Falls, SD, to evolve and continue the Medicare Coordinated Care Demonstration project                                                                                        675,000 
Mosaic, Des Moines, IA, for the Iowa Community Integration Project                                                                                                                                                                  300,000 
Orange County's Primary Care Access Network, Orlando, FL for a health care access network                                                                                                                                           320,000 
Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, GA for a project regarding the transition of older patients from hospital to home                                                                                                                       200,000 
Thurston-Mason County Medical Society, Olympia, WA for Project Access for the uninsured                                                                                                                                             200,000 
University of Mississippi, University, MS, for the Medication Use and Outcomes Research Group                                                                                                                                       300,000 
University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy, Chapel Hill, NC, to study the impact of a primary care practice model utilizing clinical pharmacist practitioners to improve the care of Medicare-eligible populations in NC       100,000 
Valley Hospice, Inc., Steubenville, OH to develop best practices for hospices across the State                                                                                                                                      400,000 
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The conference agreement includes $36,990,000 for research, demonstration, and evaluation instead of $23,070,000 as proposed by the House and $35,325,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this total, the conference agreement includes $10,000,000 for Real Choice Systems Change Grants to States, as proposed by the Senate. The House bill did not include funding for this purpose.

The conference agreement provides $45,000,000 for the State Health Insurance Program as proposed by the House instead of $35,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement provides funds to support the National Center on Senior Benefits Outreach and Enrollment within the Administration on Aging rather than in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as proposed by the Senate. The House did not provide funding for this activity within CMS.

The conferees request the Government Accountability Office to submit a report to Congress by November 30, 2008 (1) assessing State efforts to reexamine health care delivery and expand access and (2) providing recommendations regarding the potential role of Congress in supporting State-based efforts. The Senate proposed a similar report in section 228 of H.R. 3043, as passed by the Senate. The House had no similar provision.

The conferees direct the Secretary of HHS to submit a report to the Appropriations Committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate no later than 30 days after enactment of this Act on workers' compensation set-asides under the Medicare secondary payer set-aside provisions under title XVIII of the Social Security Act. The Senate proposed a similar report in section 240 of H.R. 3043, as passed by the Senate. The House had no similar provision.

The conferees believe that the Secretary of HHS should maintain `deemed status' coverage under the Medicare program for clinical trials that are Federally funded or reviewed, as provided for by the Executive Memorandum of June 2000. The Senate expressed a similar view in section 241 of H.R. 3043, as passed by the Senate. The House had no similar provision.

The conferees direct CMS to include in the next publication of `Medicare & You' information regarding: (1) the importance of writing and updating advance directives and living wills; and (2) access to laboratory findings and medical records and encouraging patients to be more proactive in asking for copies of these important pieces of health information.

HEALTH CARE FRAUD AND ABUSE CONTROL ACCOUNT

The conference agreement provides $383,000,000, to be available until expended, from the Medicare trust funds for health care fraud and abuse control, as proposed by the Senate. The House proposed the same level of funding but with one-year availability. Within this total, the conference agreement provides a different allocation of funding between activities than that provided by the House or the Senate. The agreement provides $284,620,000 for CMS program integrity activities, including activities authorized under the Medicare Integrity Program and $35,000,000 for Medicaid anti-fraud activities. The House and Senate had provided $288,480,000 for the Medicare Integrity Program. The HHS Office of the Secretary is provided $25,000,000 in the conference agreement rather than $21,140,000 as proposed by the House and Senate. Funding for Medicaid program integrity activities was not included in either the House or Senate bill.

ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE

The conference agreement includes $2,411,585,000 for low-income home energy assistance instead of $2,662,000,000 as proposed by the House and $2,161,170,000 as proposed by the Senate. Of the amount provided, $1,980,000,000 is provided for formula grants to States as proposed by both the House and Senate, and $431,585,000 is provided for the contingency fund instead of $682,000,000 as proposed by the House and $181,170,000 as proposed by the Senate.

REFUGEE AND ENTRANT ASSISTANCE

The conference agreement includes $652,394,000 for the refugee and entrant assistance programs instead of $650,630,000 as proposed by the House and $654,166,000 as proposed by the Senate. The detailed table at the end of this joint statement reflects the activity distribution agreed to by the conferees.

Within the total for refugee and entrant assistance, the conference agreement includes $9,814,000, as proposed by the House, for victims of trafficking instead of $9,823,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees concur with both the House and Senate and do not include bill language that would expand the program to include domestic victims of trafficking.

Within the total for refugee and entrant assistance, the conference agreement includes $154,005,000 for social services as proposed by both the House and Senate. Included within this amount, $19,000,000 is for support to communities with large concentrations of Cuban and Haitian entrants as proposed by the House. The Senate did not include similar language.

Within the total for refugee and entrant assistance, the conference agreement includes $131,399,000 for the unaccompanied minors program instead of $129,635,000 as proposed by the House and $133,162,000 as proposed by the Senate. As proposed by both the House and Senate, the conference agreement does not include funds for expanded background checks. After addressing increased shelter and medical costs, the conferees direct ORR to use the increase provided for the unaccompanied minors program to expand the pro bono legal services initiative, as proposed by both the House and Senate.

PAYMENTS TO STATES FOR THE CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT

The conference agreement includes $2,094,581,000 for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, instead of $2,137,081,000 as proposed by the House bill and $2,062,081,000 as proposed by the Senate bill. The bill designates $982,080 for the Child Care Aware toll-free hotline; this provision was included in the House bill. The Senate bill included funds for this purpose but did not name the entity.

The conference agreement also includes bill language specifying $5,000,000 for the Small Business Child Care program. The Senate bill provided these funds in a general provision. The House bill did not include a similar provision.

SOCIAL SERVICES BLOCK GRANT

The conference agreement includes bill language allowing States to transfer up to 10 percent of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funds to the Social Services Block Grant. This provision was not included in either the House or the Senate bill.

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SERVICES PROGRAMS

The conference agreement includes $9,231,195,000 for Children and Families Services Programs, of which $10,500,000 is provided through the evaluation set-aside. The House bill proposed $9,157,440,000 for these programs and the Senate proposed $9,223,832,000. The detailed table at the end of this joint statement reflects the activity distribution agreed to by the conferees.

Head Start

The conference agreement includes $7,042,196,000 for Head Start, instead of $6,963,571,000 as proposed by the House and $7,088,571,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement includes $1,388,800,000 in advance funding.

Consolidated Runaway and Homeless Youth Program

The conference agreement includes $100,337,000 for the Consolidated Runaway and Homeless Youth Program, instead of $97,837,000 as proposed by the House and $102,837,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Prevention Grants to Reduce Abuse of Runaway Youth

The conference agreement includes $17,527,000 for prevention grants to reduce abuse of runaway youth, instead of $15,027,000 as proposed by the House and $20,027,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Child Abuse State Grants and Discretionary Activities

The conference agreement includes $65,033,000 for Child Abuse State Grants and child abuse discretionary programs, instead of $63,840,000 as proposed by the House and $64,745,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Included in this amount is $27,007,000 for State grants, as proposed by both the House and the Senate. Within the amount provided for State grants, the conferees include $10,000,000 for a home visitation initiative to support competitive grants to States to encourage investment of existing funding streams into evidence-based home visitation models. The conferees expect that the Administration for Children and Families will ensure that States use the funds to support models that have been shown, in well-designed randomized controlled trials, to produce sizeable, sustained effects on important child outcomes such as abuse and neglect. The conferees also recommend that the funds support activities to assist a range of home visitation programs to replicate the techniques that have met these high evidentiary standards. In carrying out this new initiative, the conferees instruct the Department to adhere closely to evidence-based models of home visitation and not to incorporate any additional initiatives that have not met these high evidentiary standards or might otherwise dilute the emphasis on home visitation.

For child abuse discretionary activities, the conference agreement provides $38,026,000, instead of $36,833,000 as proposed by the House and $37,738,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the funds provided for child abuse discretionary activities, the conference agreement includes the following projects in the following amounts:


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Project                                                                                                                                                            Total funding 
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Boys and Girls Town of Missouri, St. James, MO, to expand services to abused and neglected children                                                                      423,000 
Catholic Community Services of Juneau, Juneau, AK, to continue operations at its Family Resource Center for child abuse prevention and treatment in Juneau, Alaska       400,000 
Children Uniting Nations, Los Angeles, CA for a foster child mentoring program in Los Angeles                                                                            300,000 
Darkness to Light, Charleston, SC, to expand and disseminate the Stewards of Children program in consultation with the CARE House of Dayton, OH                          300,000 
Jefferson County, Golden, CO for child abuse prevention and treatment programs                                                                                           100,000 
New York Center for Children, New York, NY for comprehensive support and services to abused children and their families                                                  175,000 
Shelter for Abused Women, Winchester, VA to enhance community efforts to address domestic violence                                                                       100,000 
Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), Williamsport, PA, for abused and neglected children's CASA programs                                                           90,000 
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Adoption Incentives

The conference report includes $4,400,000 for the Adoption Incentive Program, rather than $9,500,000 as proposed by both the House and the Senate. The decrease reflects available carry-over from the previous fiscal year, due to the fact that bonus amounts earned by the States have fallen significantly, causing the Department to revise its estimate of funds needed to pay incentives earned by the States in fiscal year 2007.

Adoption Awareness

The conference agreement includes $13,674,000 for the Adoption Awareness Program, instead of $14,674,000 as proposed by the House and $12,674,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, the conferees expect that the increase of $1,000,000 will be used for infant adoption awareness, bringing the total available for this activity to $10,728,000. The remaining $2,946,000 is recommended for the special needs adoption campaign.

Compassion Capital Fund

The conference agreement includes $53,625,000 for the Compassion Capital Fund as proposed by the Senate, instead of $64,350,000 as proposed by the House.

Social Services and Income Maintenance Research

The conference agreement includes $21,898,000 for social services and income maintenance research, of which $6,000,000 is provided through the evaluation set-aside. The House proposed $14,635,000 for this program, of which $6,000,000 was funded through the evaluation set-aside and the Senate proposed $11,825,000, of which $6,000,000 was from the evaluation set-aside.

Within the funds provided for social services research, the conference agreement includes the following projects in the following amounts:


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Project                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Total funding 
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A+ For Abstinence, Waynesboro, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                                           25,425 
Abyssinian Development Corporation, New York, NY, to support and expand youth and family displacement prevention programs                                                                                                                                 150,000 
Alaska Children's Services, Anchorage, AK, for its program to serve low income youth in Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                                                                 250,000 
Alaska Statewide Independent Living Council, Inc., Anchorage, AK, to continue and expand the Personal Care Attendant Program and to expand outreach efforts to the disabled living in rural Alaska                                                        200,000 
Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA, for program development at the Molly Bish Center for the Protection of Children and the Elderly                                                                                                                            85,000 
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Virginia, MN for the Family-to-Family community based mentoring program to assist low-income families                                                                                                              300,000 
Augusta Levy Learning Center, Wheeling, WV for services to children with Autism                                                                                                                                                                           100,000 
Beth El House, Alexandria, VA for social services and transitional housing for formerly homeless women and their children                                                                                                                                  75,000 
Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA                                                                                                                                                                                                                         175,000 
Catholic Family Center, Rochester, NY, for the Kinship Caregiver Resource Network                                                                                                                                                                         250,000 
Catholic Social Services, Wilkes-Barre, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                                  39,000 
Child Care Resource and Referral Network, Tacoma, WA, for a child care quality initiative                                                                                                                                                                 900,000 
Children's Home Society of Idaho, Boise, ID, for the Bridge Project to place Idaho children-in-care in foster care                                                                                                                                        225,000 
Children's Home Society of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, SD for services related to domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect                                                                                                                              300,000 
Christian Outreach of Lutherans, Waukegan, IL for Latino leadership development in underserved areas                                                                                                                                                      125,000 
City of Chester, Bureau of Health, Chester, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                              30,000 
City of Detroit, MI for an Individual Development Account initiative                                                                                                                                                                                      400,000 
City of Fort Worth, TX for programming at neighborhood-based early childhood resource centers                                                                                                                                                             200,000 
City of San Jose, CA for its Services for New Americans program, including assistance with job seeking skills, citizenship, family safety and resettlement                                                                                                200,000 
Cliff Hagan Boys and Girls Club--Mike Horn Unit, Owensboro, KY for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                  175,000 
Communities In Schools, Bell-Coryell Counties, Inc., Killeen, TX for youth counseling services                                                                                                                                                            260,000 
Community Partnership for Children, Inc., Silver City, NM, for a child care quality initiative                                                                                                                                                            170,000 
Community Services for Children, Inc., Allentown, PA, for early childhood development services                                                                                                                                                             90,000 
Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies, Wethersfield, CT, for the Empowering People for Success initiative                                                                                                                                        340,000 
Covenant House Florida, Ft. Lauderdale, FL for a program for pregnant and parenting teens and young adults                                                                                                                                                200,000 
Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks, Springfield, MO for a child abuse prevention program                                                                                                                                                                        245,350 
Crozer Chester Medical Center, Upland, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                                   30,000 
Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA for the Parent-Child Home Program                                                                                                                                                             125,000 
Every Citizen Has Opportunities, Inc., Leesburg, VA for services to disabled individuals                                                                                                                                                                  250,000 
Family Center of Washington County, Montpelier, VT for childcare and related services                                                                                                                                                                     500,000 
Family Service & Children's Aid Society, Oil City, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                       26,000 
Fathers and Families Center, Indianapolis, IN                                                                                                                                                                                                              80,000 
First 5 Alameda County, San Leandro, CA for development and support of postsecondary early childhood education and training programs, which may include student scholarships                                                                              275,000 
Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children, West Chester, PA, for programs to provide safe, secure housing for children through an emergency shelter for families, transitional housing, specialized foster care and adoption programs        90,000 
Friendship Circle of the South Bay, Redondo Beach, CA for services for children with developmental disabilities                                                                                                                                           465,000 
Greater New Britain Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Inc., New Britain, CT for the Pathways/Senderos Center for education and outreach                                                                                                                          125,000 
Guidance Center, Ridgeway, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                                               26,000 
Hamilton-Madison House, New York, NY for services and equipment for a social services program                                                                                                                                                             100,000 
Healthy Learners Dillon, Columbia, SC for social services for economically disadvantaged children                                                                                                                                                         200,000 
Heart Beat, Millerstown, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                                                 39,000 
Helping Children Worldwide, Herndon, VA to assist students and families                                                                                                                                                                                   250,000 
Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department, Minneapolis, MN for the Family Healing and Restoration Network Project                                                                                                                       425,000 
Hillside Family of Agencies, Rochester, NY for the Hillside Children's Center for adoption services                                                                                                                                                       100,000 
Hope Village for Children, Meridian, MS for a program to assist foster children                                                                                                                                                                           215,000 
Horizons for Homeless Children, Boston, MA for Playspace Programs for homeless children in the 7th Congressional District                                                                                                                                  75,000 
Horizons for Homeless Children, Boston, MA to continue and expand the Playspace program                                                                                                                                                                   160,000 
Keystone Central School District, Mill Hall, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                             33,900 
Keystone Economic Development Corporation, Johnstown, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                    33,900 
Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY for the New American's Center                                                                                                                                                                                190,000 
L.I.F.T. Women's Resource Center, Detroit, MI for services to improve self-sufficiency and life skills of women transitioning from substance abuse, domestic violence, or homelessness                                                                    100,000 
LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                                        47,000 
Lawrence County Social Services, New Castle, PA for early childhood, parental training, and life skills programs                                                                                                                                          125,000 
Lutheran Social Services, Duluth, MN for services to runaway, homeless, and other at-risk youth and their families                                                                                                                                        400,000 
Marcus Institute, Atlanta, GA for services for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and severe and challenging behaviors                                                                                                              400,000 
Mary's Family, Orlean, VA to develop a respite program for Winchester-area special needs families                                                                                                                                                         100,000 
Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, NC, for a program to combat domestic violence                                                                                                                                                                              200,000 
Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                                47,000 
Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium, Portageville, MO for the Fatherhood First program                                                                                                                                                                  350,000 
Monterey County Probation Department, Salinas, CA for the Silver Star gang prevention and intervention program                                                                                                                                            450,000 
My Choice, Inc., Athens, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                                                 22,000 
Nashua Adult Learning Center, Nashua, NH for a Family Resource Center                                                                                                                                                                                     100,000 
National Energy Assistance Directors' Association, Washington, DC for research and information dissemination related to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program                                                                                     200,000 
Neighborhood United Against Drugs, Philadelphia, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                         39,000 
Network for Instructional TV, Inc., Reston, VA for a training program for child care providers                                                                                                                                                             50,000 
New Brighton School District, New Brighton, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                              30,000 
Northeast Guidance Center, Detroit, MI, for the Family Life Center project                                                                                                                                                                                210,000 
Northwest Family Services, Alva, OK, to establish behavioral health services and family counseling programs                                                                                                                                                85,625 
Nueva Esperanza, Philadelphia, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                                           30,000 
Nurses for Newborns Foundation, St. Louis, MO for nurse home visiting program                                                                                                                                                                             475,000 
Organization of the NorthEast, Chicago, IL for development of a local homeless services continuum                                                                                                                                                          80,000 
Our Piece of the Pie, Hartford, CT, for social outreach services to grandparents raising teenagers                                                                                                                                                        210,000 
Partners for Healthier Tomorrows, Ephrata, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                               22,000 
Pediatric Interim Care Center, Kent, WA for the Drug-Exposed Infants Outreach and Education program                                                                                                                                                       150,000 
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Harrisburg, PA, for domestic violence programs                                                                                                                                                           90,000 
Positively Kids, Las Vegas, NV, to create a program to provide home, respite, and medical day care for severely disabled children                                                                                                                         100,000 
Progressive Believers Ministry, Wynmoor, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                                 26,000 
Public Health Department, Solano County, Fairfield, CA for a program to support pregnant women and new mothers                                                                                                                                            100,000 
Real Commitment, Gettysburg, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                                             47,000 
School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                           39,000 
Sephardic Bikur Holim of Monmouth County, Deal, NJ for social services programs                                                                                                                                                                           140,000 
Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network, San Jose, CA for assistance to immigrants seeking citizenship                                                                                                                                           100,000 
Shepherd's Maternity House, Inc., East Stroudsburg, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                      26,000 
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL for the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders                                                                                                                                                                 240,000 
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX for coordination of family and child services                                                                                                                                                         300,000 
Susan Wesley Family Learning Center, East Prairie, MO for programs to assist at-risk youth and their families                                                                                                                                             100,000 
TLC for Children and Families, Inc., Olathe, KS for a transitional living program for at-risk and homeless youth                                                                                                                                          320,000 
Tuscarora Intermediate Unit, McVeytown, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                                  39,000 
United Way Southeastern Michigan, Detroit, MI for the Communities of Early Learning initiative                                                                                                                                                            300,000 
University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders                                                                                                                                                            300,000 
Urban Family Council, Philadelphia, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                                      67,800 
Visitation Home, Inc., Yardville, NJ for programs to assist developmentally disabled residents                                                                                                                                                            100,000 
Washington Hospital Teen Outreach, Washington, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                           39,000 
Women's Care Center of Erie County, Inc., Erie, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                          39,000 
York County Human Life Services, York, PA, for abstinence education and related services                                                                                                                                                                   39,000 
YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA for a project providing coordinated assistance to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence                                                                                                            100,000 
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Developmental Disabilities

Within developmental disabilities programs, the conference agreement includes $77,271,000 for State Councils on Developmental Disabilities, as proposed by the Senate instead of $76,771,000 as proposed by the House. For protection and advocacy services, the conferees include $41,718,000, instead of $38,718,000 as proposed by the House and $42,718,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $18,820,000 for voting access for individuals with disabilities, instead of $36,720,000 as proposed by the House and $16,720,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the funds provided, $12,920,000 is for payments to States to promote access for voters with disabilities and $5,900,000 is for State protection and advocacy systems. The House proposed $25,890,000 and $10,830,000 respectively for these two activities, while the Senate proposed $11,390,000 and $5,330,000.

For developmental disabilities projects of national significance, the conference agreement includes $14,414,000, instead of $11,414,000 as proposed by the House and $15,414,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, $2,000,000 is provided for a National Clearinghouse and Technical Assistance Center, as proposed by the Senate. The House did not include similar language.

For University Centers for Excellence, the conference agreement includes $37,613,000, instead of $33,213,000 as proposed by the House and $38,713,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Native Americans

The conference agreement includes $48,332,000 for Native American programs, instead of $47,332,000 as proposed by the House and $49,332,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this total, $4,000,000 is included for Native language immersion and other revitalization programs, instead of $3,000,000 as proposed by the House and $5,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Community Services

The conference agreement includes $665,425,000 for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), instead of $660,425,000 as proposed by the House and $670,425,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement makes a technical correction in bill language, as proposed by the House, to reflect a total for the programs authorized under the CSBG Act. Additional programs in this account are funded under other authorities.

For community economic development, the conference agreement includes $32,700,000 as proposed by the House, instead of $27,022,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Domestic Violence Hotline

The conference agreement includes $3,085,000 for the National Domestic Violence Hotline, instead of $2,970,000 as proposed by the House and $3,200,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Battered Women's Shelters

The conference agreement includes $130,866,000 for battered women's shelters and family violence prevention services, instead of $134,731,000 as proposed by the House and $127,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Abstinence Education

The conference agreement includes $141,164,000 for community-based abstinence education as proposed by the House, instead of $84,916,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, $4,500,000 is provided through the evaluation set-aside.

The Conference report includes a provision, proposed by the House regarding the definition of abstinence education contained in section 510(b)(2) of the Social Security Act. Also included is language, proposed by the House, precluding grantees who receive funding under this section from discussing with adolescents any other education regarding sexual conduct in the same setting as abstinence education. The Senate contained no similar provisions.

The conferees direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to require that each applicant for financial assistance under the abstinence education program certify that all materials proposed in the application and funded during the project period of the grant are medically accurate, and direct that a panel of medical experts shall review such grant applications and assess whether the materials proposed are medically accurate, as proposed by the House. Bill language concerning scientific accuracy, as proposed by the Senate, is not included.

The conference agreement also provides that up to $10,000,000 may be used to carry out a national abstinence education campaign as proposed by the House. The Senate contained no similar provision.

Program Direction

The conference agreement includes $191,025,000 for program direction, instead of $187,776,000 as proposed by the House and $197,225,000 as proposed by the Senate. This amount does not include the additional request for $6,200,000 for improper payments activities as proposed by the Senate.

PAYMENTS TO STATES FOR FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION ASSISTANCE

The conference agreement includes $5,067,000,000 for Payments to States for Foster Care and Adoption Assistance, the same level as the Senate bill instead of $5,082,000,000 as proposed by the House bill.

ADMINISTRATION ON AGING

AGING SERVICES PROGRAMS

The conference agreement includes $1,446,651,000 for aging services programs instead of $1,417,189,000 as proposed by the House and $1,451,585,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement includes bill language designating $5,500,000 for medication management, screening, and education to prevent incorrect medication and adverse drug reactions as proposed by the Senate. The House did not propose similar language. The detailed table at the end of this joint statement reflects the activity distribution agreed to by the conferees.

Within the total, the conference agreement includes $357,595,000 for supportive services and centers, as proposed by the House, instead of $355,595,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total, the conference agreement includes $21,000,000 for activities for the protection of vulnerable older Americans instead of $20,156,000 as proposed by the House and $21,156,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included within this total, $15,854,000 is for the ombudsman services program instead of $16,010,000 as proposed by the Senate and $5,146,000 is for the prevention of elder abuse program as proposed by the Senate. The House did not propose specific funding amounts for these programs.

Within the total, the conference agreement includes $158,167,000 for the family caregivers program instead of $156,167,000 as proposed by the House and $159,167,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total, the conference agreement includes $771,481,000 for nutrition programs instead of $758,599,000 as proposed by the House and $775,570,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the funding level for nutrition services, the conference agreement includes the following amounts:

$418,019,000 for congregate meals instead of $411,692,000 as proposed by the House and $419,519,000 as proposed by the Senate;

$197,305,000 for home delivered meals instead of $194,337,000 as proposed by the House and $198,805,000 as proposed by the Senate; and,

$156,157,000 for the nutrition services incentives program instead of $152,570,000 as proposed by the House and $157,246,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total, the conference agreement includes $27,376,000 for grants for Native Americans instead of $26,918,000 as proposed by the House and $27,834,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total, the conference agreement includes $15,094,000 for program innovations instead of $10,240,000 as proposed by the House and $11,420,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funding is provided at no less than the fiscal year 2007 levels for national programs scheduled to be refunded in fiscal year 2008. Also within the funding for program innovations, the conference agreement includes $1,000,000 to continue the Alzheimer's disease 24-hour call center as proposed by the Senate. The House did not include similar language.

The conferees encourage the Administration on Aging to allocate funding for a national program of statewide Senior Legal Hotlines (also called Senior Legal Helplines) at a minimum at their current levels and ideally to provide an increase in the number of States in which these services are available for seniors. Statewide Senior Legal Hotlines/Helplines provide free, legal advice, information, referrals and a variety of additional services to older Americans over 60, enabling more seniors to maintain healthy, independent lives, free from the threats of poverty, exploitation or abuse.

The Conference agreement includes the following projects in the following amounts:


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Project                                                                                                                                                                 Total funding 
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Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, Denver, CO for a naturally occurring retirement communities demonstration project                                                       300,000 
Amalgamated Warbasse Houses, Inc., Brooklyn, NY for a demonstration project focusing on supportive service programs in naturally occurring retirement communities             250,000 
California Senior Legal Hotline, Sacramento, CA for a demonstration project to increase services to non-English-speaking seniors                                               80,000 
Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups, Madison, WI, to conduct outreach and education for law enforcement and financial industry on financial elder abuse                       170,000 
Disability Rights Wisconsin, Madison, WI, for nursing home support services                                                                                                   155,000 
Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation, Durham, NC for a demonstration program to improve assistance to family caregivers                                                       130,000 
Good Samaritan Village of Hastings, Sioux Falls, SD, for the continuation of the Sensor Technology Project for Senior Independent Living and Home Health                      100,000 
Howard Brown Health Center, Chicago, IL for the Chicago Elder Project                                                                                                         400,000 
Jewish Community Services of South Florida, North Miami, FL for a naturally occurring retirement communities demonstration project                                            125,000 
Jewish Family & Child Services, Portland, Oregon, for seniors programs and services at a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community                                              84,700 
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, for Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities demonstration project                           90,000 
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis, Minnetonka, MN for a naturally occurring retirement community demonstration project                                      200,000 
Jewish Family Service of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM for a naturally occurring retirement community demonstration project                                                     300,000 
Jewish Family Service, Los Angeles, CA for a naturally occurring retirement communities demonstration project in Park La Brea and the San Fernando Valley                     350,000 
Jewish Family Services of Delaware, Inc., Wilmington, DE for a naturally occurring retirement community demonstration project                                                 300,000 
Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains, NJ for the naturally occurring retirement community demonstration project                                             300,000 
Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, for a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community                                                                              84,300 
Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN for a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community                                                                    630,000 
Jewish Federation of Greater Monmouth County, NJ for a naturally occurring retirement communities demonstration project                                                       300,000 
Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, Woodbridge, CT to develop, test, evaluate, and disseminate an innovative community-based approach to caregiver support services       150,000 
Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, NV for the Las Vegas Senior Lifeline Program                                                                                                  600,000 
Jewish Federation of Middlesex County, South River, NJ for a naturally occurring retirement communities demonstration project                                                 250,000 
Jewish Social Service Agency, Fairfax, VA for a naturally occurring retirement community demonstration project                                                                150,000 
Nevada Rural Counties RSVP, Carson City, NV, to provide home services to seniors in rural areas                                                                               100,000 
Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, Front Royal, VA for a model group respite center for persons with Alzheimer's disease and dementia                                           150,000 
UJA Federation of Northern NJ, River Edge, NJ, for a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community                                                                                 170,000 
United Jewish Communities of MetroWest, NJ, Parsippany, NJ for the Lifelong Involvement for Vital Elders Aging in Place initiative                                            500,000 
United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, for Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities demonstration project                                           90,000 
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL for a technology demonstration project to assist seniors                                                                               100,000 
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Within the total, the conference agreement includes $37,901,000 for aging network support activities instead of $29,633,000 as proposed by the House and $42,651,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the funding level for aging network support activities, the conference agreement includes the following amounts:

$1,676,000, as proposed by the Senate, for the pension counseling and information program in order to expand the number of regional counseling projects from five to six--the House did not specify a funding level for this program;

$22,250,000 for the choices for independence initiative instead of $16,500,000 as proposed by the House and $28,000,000 as proposed by the Senate; and,

$2,000,000 for the establishment of a National Center on Senior Benefits Outreach and Enrollment instead of $1,000,000 as proposed by the Senate--the House did not include funding for this program.

Within the total, the conference agreement includes $18,541,000 for program administration instead of $18,385,000 as proposed by the House and $18,696,000 as proposed by the Senate.

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

GENERAL DEPARTMENTAL MANAGEMENT

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

The conference agreement includes $392,921,000 for General Departmental Management instead of $348,075,000 as proposed by the House and $404,237,000 as proposed by the Senate, including $5,851,000 from Medicare trust funds, which was provided by both the House and Senate. In addition, $46,756,000 in program evaluation funding is provided, which was proposed by both the House and Senate.

The conference agreement does not provide funds, as proposed by the House, to establish a new discretionary fund for the Secretary. The Senate provided $4,000,000 for this purpose.

The conference agreement includes $5,500,000 for a Health Diplomacy Initiative including bill language specifying that these funds may be used to carry out health diplomacy activities such as health training, services, education, and program evaluation, provided directly, through grants, or through contracts. The Senate bill designated $9,500,000 for this initiative, while the House bill did not include a similar provision.

The conference agreement includes $500,000 for a feasibility study for a National Registry of Substantiated Cases of Child Abuse or Neglect, as described in section 633(g) of the Adam Walsh Child Protection Act. The agreement does not include bill language designating this amount for this purpose as proposed by the Senate. The House did not include a similar provision.

The conference agreement does not include bill language designating $2,000,000 for dental workforce programs within this account as proposed by the Senate. The House did not include a similar provision. The conferees have instead provided funding for these activities within the Allied Health and Other Disciplines program within the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The conference agreement provides $1,000,000 for the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) as proposed by the Senate. The House recommended funds for the IACC but did not specify an amount. The agreement includes bill language not included in either House or Senate bills specifying that these funds shall be transferred to the National Institute of Mental Health.

The Conference agreement includes $22,627,000 for the transformation of the Commissioned Corps instead of $19,157,000 proposed by the House and $30,000,000 proposed by the Senate.

The conferees concur that not more than the fiscal year 2007 funding level shall be available for the Office of Legislative Affairs.

The conferees concur that the conference agreement includes sufficient funds to continue support of the national and multiple area poverty centers at no less than the fiscal year 2007 level.

Within the funds provided for General Departmental Management, the conference agreement includes the following projects in the following amounts:


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Project                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Total funding 
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Alma Family Services, Monterey Park, CA to increase access to culturally competent health information to minority populations, which may include the purchase of a fully equipped mobile computer lab/resource unit             75,000 
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, New York, NY for demonstration project to increase access to health care for low-income minority men in South and Central Bronx                                                                        400,000 
Community Health Partnership, Santa Clara, CA for its Healthy Women, Healthy Choices project to provide comprehensive health education to underserved women                                                                    200,000 
Community Transportation Association of America, Washington, DC, for technical assistance to human services transportation providers on ADA requirements                                                                       850,000 
Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington, NJ for its Latino Healthcare Initiative                                                                                                                                                   90,000 
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA for a health literacy program                                                                                                                                250,000 
Marymount University, Arlington, VA for a project to provide health screenings, referrals and health education at a nurse managed health center for minority populations                                                        70,000 
Nassau University Medical Centers, East Meadow, NY for a minority health institute                                                                                                                                             320,000 
National Hispanic Medical Association, Washington, DC for a Hispanic health portal to provide online health education materials                                                                                                500,000 
Palmer College on Chiropractic, Consortial Center for Chiropractic Research in Davenport, Iowa, and the Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine in Philadelphia, PA for a best practices initiative on lower back pain       325,000 
Prince George's County, Upper Marlboro, MD for a media campaign for pregnant women about health insurance for prenatal care                                                                                                    140,000 
St. Luke's Community Free Clinic, Front Royal, VA for activities focused on adult hypertension and dental care                                                                                                                 350,000 
Thurston-Mason County Medical Society, Olympia, WA for a demonstration project to increase care for non-English-speaking patients                                                                                               90,000 
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The conference agreement includes $2,000,000 for the Lifespan Respite Care Act instead of $10,000,000 as proposed by the House. The Senate did not provide funds for this purpose.

The conference agreement includes $49,620,000 for the Office of Minority Health instead of $49,284,000 as proposed by the House and $49,475,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees include additional resources over the request to expand the number of participating institutions in the New Minority Males Consortium, Inc., as well as to enhance the resources received by each of the institutions to increase their activities and to conduct the national comparative study of the incidence of certain health conditions and diseases among minority males.

The conferees are encouraged by the progress that the Office of Minority Health made in fiscal year 2007 on the multi-year effort to address health disparities issues in the gulf coast region, and looks forward to further progress in this area in fiscal year 2008.

Within the funds provided for the Office of Minority Health, the conference agreement includes the following project in the following amount:


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Project                                                                                                                                   Total funding 
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Saint Francis Hospital, Wilmington, DE, to expand prenatal, maternity, pediatric, and other primary care services to indigent populations       590,000 
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The conference agreement includes $31,585,000 for the Office of Women's Health (OWH) instead of $28,800,000 proposed by the House and $30,369,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees have provided sufficient funds for OWH to work with the advocacy community to develop and implement a sustained lupus awareness and education campaign aimed at reaching health care professionals and the general public with an emphasis on reaching women at greatest risk for developing lupus. The agreement also includes $1,000,000 for the Institute of Medicine to conduct a comprehensive review of the status of women's health research, summarize what has been learned about how diseases specifically affect women, and report to the Congress on suggestions for the direction of future research.

With regard to Minority HIV/AIDS, the conferees expect that activities that are targeted to address the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic and its disproportionate impact upon communities of color, including African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, will be supported at no less than last year's funding level.

The conference agreement includes $4,000,000 for the Embryo Adoption Awareness Campaign as proposed by the Senate instead of $1,980,000 as proposed by the House. The agreement includes bill language as proposed by the Senate permitting these funds to be used to provide, to individuals adopting embryos, through grants or other mechanisms, medical and administrative services deemed necessary for such adoptions consistent with 42 CFR 59.5(a)(4).

The conference agreement includes bill language proposed by the Senate to direct that specific information requests from the chairmen and ranking members of the Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, on scientific research or any other matter, be transmitted to the Committees on Appropriations in a prompt, professional manner and within the time frame specified in the request. In addition, the agreement includes a modification to the language proposed by the Senate to include scientific information provided in congressional testimony requested by the Committees on Appropriations and prepared by government researchers and scientists be transmitted to the Committees on Appropriations, uncensored and without delay. The House did not include a similar provision.

OFFICE OF MEDICARE HEARINGS AND APPEALS

The conference agreement includes $67,500,000 for this activity instead of $65,000,000 as proposed by the House and $70,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL COORDINATOR FOR HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

The conference agreement includes $66,151,000 for this activity, of which $27,651,000 is provided in budget authority and $38,500,000 is made available through the Public Health Service program evaluation tap. The House provided a combined total of $61,302,000 for this activity; the Senate provided a combined total of $71,000,000. The conferees encourage the Department to develop an interoperability standard, tool set, and validation protocol that facilitates seamless medical device information sharing and device connectivity.

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

The conference agreement includes $45,187,000 for the Office of Inspector General instead of $44,687,000 as proposed by the House and $45,687,000 as proposed by the Senate.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES EMERGENCY FUND

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

The conference agreement includes $1,505,509,000 for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF) instead of $1,705,382,000 as proposed by the House and $1,729,556,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes bill language designating $741,586,000 to support activities related to countering potential biological, disease, nuclear, radiological and chemical threats to civilian populations and for other public health emergencies instead of $757,291,000 as proposed by the House and $786,556,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees concur with the House and provide funding for World Trade Center treatment and monitoring within the CDC appropriation and not the PHSSEF account as proposed by the Senate. The conferees direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide a comprehensive Federal plan, as proposed by the House, for monitoring, screening, analysis, and medical treatment for all individuals who were exposed to the toxins at the World Trade Center site. The conference agreement expands the World Trade Center monitoring and treatment program administered by NIOSH to residents, students, and others, therefore the plan also should address how HHS intends to implement this expansion.

The conferees concur with the House and do not include funding for Security Coordination and Improvement or Healthcare Provider Credentialing within the programs funded through PHSSEF administered by the Office of the Secretary. The Senate proposed $3,300,000 for Healthcare Provider Credentialing.

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

The conference agreement includes $720,806,000 for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) instead of $738,909,000 as proposed by the House. The Senate did not propose a funding level for ASPR in total, but did propose funding for specific activities within the office. The conference agreement includes bill language designating $22,363,000 for BioShield management as proposed by the House instead of $22,338,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Within the total for ASPR, the conference agreement includes $50,000,000 for the National Disaster Medical System instead of $53,000,000 as proposed by both the House and Senate.

Within the total for ASPR, the conference agreement includes $444,241,000 for the hospital preparedness cooperative agreement grants program instead of $450,991,000 as proposed by the House and $438,843,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees concur with the House and do not include funds for a surge capacity demonstration program. The Senate proposed $25,000,000 for this demonstration program. Additionally, the conference agreement does not include funding for a partnership grant program.

Within the total for ASPR, the conference agreement includes $149,250,000 for advanced research and development instead of $139,500,000 as proposed by the House and $189,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Cyber-Security

Within the PHSSEF total, the conference agreement includes $9,064,000 for an information technology cyber-security program administered by the Office of the Chief Information Officer as proposed by the House instead of $9,482,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Medical Reserve Corps

Within the PHSSEF total, the conference agreement includes $11,716,000 for the medical reserve corps administered by the Office of Public Health and Science instead of $9,318,000 as proposed by the House and $14,113,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Office of the Secretary--Pandemic Influenza Preparedness

The conference agreement includes bill language designating $763,923,000 to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic instead of $948,091,000 as proposed by the House and $888,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. Of this amount, the conference agreement provides $685,832,000 to be available until expended instead of $870,000,000 as proposed by the House and $652,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement includes bill language as proposed by the House, that funds appropriated for pandemic influenza may be transferred to other appropriations accounts of the Department of Health and Human Services. The Senate proposed similar language.

Within the total for pandemic influenza preparedness, the conference agreement includes $78,091,000, as proposed by the House, for ongoing activities instead of $78,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees continue to support the Department's pandemic influenza preparedness activities and note that approximately $1,800,000,000 remains available to be obligated from funds provided in prior appropriations for pandemic influenza preparedness. The conferees understand that HHS plans to use a portion of the prior appropriations to purchase additional doses of antivirals for the Federal stockpile rather than waiting for the fiscal year 2008 appropriation, which included as part of that request, $248,000,000 for antiviral purchases. Due to the large unobligated balance for vaccine development and other activities and the plans to use prior year funds instead of fiscal year 2008 funds for antiviral purchase, the conferees are providing less funding than was requested by the Administration.

The conferees concur with the House and provide the ongoing pandemic preparedness activities of the CDC within the CDC appropriation. The Senate proposed to fund CDC pandemic flu activities in PHSSEF to be transferred to CDC within 30 days of enactment of this Act.

COVERED COUNTERMEASURE PROCESS FUND

The conferees concur with the Senate and do not provide an appropriation for the Covered Countermeasure Process Fund. The House proposed $5,000,000 for this program.

GENERAL PROVISIONS

ONE PERCENT TRANSFER AUTHORITY

(TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

The conference agreement includes a general provision similar to that proposed by the Senate providing the Secretary of HHS with the authority to transfer up to 1 percent of discretionary funds between a program, project, or activity, but no such program, project or activity shall be increased by more than 3 percent by any such transfer. This transfer is available only to meet emergency needs. The Committees are to be notified 15 days in advance of any transfer. The House bill included a similar provision, but allowed the authority to transfer between appropriations for unanticipated needs.

COUNCIL ON GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION

The conference agreement includes a general provision proposed by the Senate allowing for the continued operation of the Council on Graduate Medical Education. The House bill contained no similar provision.

DELTA HEALTH ALLIANCE AUTHORIZATION

The conference agreement includes a general provision proposed by the Senate creating the authority for HHS to award a grant to the Delta Health Alliance for research, educational programs, services, job training, and construction of health facilities. The House bill contained no similar provision.

THIMEROSAL IN INFLUENZA VACCINES

The conference agreement includes a requirement that, for the 2010-2011 influenza season, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) shall not make available any funds for the administration of any influenza vaccine containing thimerosal as a preservative for children under three years of age. The conferees are concerned that, in several surveys, parents have noted fear of vaccines containing thimerosal as a reason for not vaccinating their children against influenza. Although there is no peer-reviewed scientific evidence linking thimerosal in vaccines to neurodevelopmental disorders, the conferees are nonetheless troubled by low influenza vaccination coverage rates in this population. To improve public confidence in the safety of vaccines, the conference agreement also includes language requiring the Secretary to submit to Congress a plan to work proactively with influenza vaccine manufacturers to facilitate approval of additional vaccines for children under three years of age, to increase Federal purchases of thimerosal-free influenza vaccine, and to take any additional actions to increase the supply of thimerosal-free influenza vaccine.

By enacting this language the conferees do not intend to supersede the judgments of expert scientists and physicians. Additionally, the conferees concur with CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that any person for whom the influenza vaccine is recommended receive any influenza immunization that is FDA-approved for use in that individual. By undertaking the current legislative action, the conferees do not intend to imply that vaccines containing thimerosal present more risk and thereby discourage citizens from availing themselves of such vaccines. Moreover, the conferees have granted the Secretary of HHS the authority to put aside the prohibition if the Secretary finds that thimerosal-free influenza vaccine supply is not sufficient to meet demand or a public health emergency occurs.

The House bill proposed prohibiting the use of funds provided in this Act to administer to children under three years of age an influenza vaccine containing thimerosal during the 2008-2009 influenza season. The Senate did not have a similar provision.

NIH RESEARCH TRAINING TRANSFER

(TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

The conference agreement includes a general provision proposed by the Senate restoring the authority to transfer one percent of the amounts made available for National Research Service Awards to the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The House bill contained no similar provision.

CDC OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM AND FITNESS EQUIPMENT

The conference agreement includes a general provision proposed by the Senate prohibiting funding for the CDC Ombudsman Program and certain equipment for the CDC fitness center. The House proposed a similar provision in title V of the bill.

NONRECURRING EXPENSES FUND

The conference agreement includes a general provision not in either the House or Senate bill establishing an HHS Nonrecurring Expenses Fund. The Fund is to be created from unobligated balances of expired discretionary funds appropriated for this or any succeeding fiscal year. The Fund may be used for capital acquisition purposes, including facilities and information technology infrastructure. Amounts may only be obligated 15 days after notification of the Appropriations Committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

FEDERAL OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate allowing the Division of Federal Occupational Health to use personal services contracting. The House bill contained no similar provision. This authority has previously been provided on a permanent basis.

USE OF CDC AIRCRAFT

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate allowing the Secretary of HHS and HHS employees accompanying the Secretary to use the CDC aircraft. The House bill contained no similar provision.

CURRENT FEDERAL LAW ON ABORTION FUNDING

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate stating that nothing in the Act shall be construed to effect or otherwise modify provisions of current Federal law with respect to the funding of abortion. The House bill did not contain this restatement of current law.

EMERGENCY DEFIBRILLATORS

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate setting aside $200,000 for a clearinghouse for schools regarding emergency defibrillators. Instead, this issue is addressed in HRSA report language. The House bill contained no similar provision.

TELEHEALTH PROGRAMS

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate providing funding for telehealth programs, financed by an administrative reduction. The agreement provides funding for telehealth activities in the HRSA account. The House bill contained no similar provision.

GAO REPORT ON STATE HEALTH CARE ACCESS EFFORTS

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate requiring the Comptroller General to provide a report to Congress on State health care reform efforts. Instead, the CMS report language contains a similar directive. The House bill contained no similar provision.

CDC STROKE AND HEART DISEASE

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate that would provide funding for CDC stroke and heart disease programs, financed by an administrative reduction. Funding for these programs is addressed in the CDC portion of the bill. The House contained no similar provision.

ADMINISTRATIVE REDUCTION

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate that would reduce administrative funding throughout the bill. The House contained no similar provision.

PATIENT NAVIGATOR OUTREACH

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate that would provide funding for patient navigator outreach activities, financed by an administrative reduction. Funding for this program is addressed in the HRSA portion of the bill. The House contained no similar provision.

TRAUMA CARE

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate that would provide funding for trauma care programs, financed by an administrative reduction. Funding for trauma care is addressed in the HRSA portion of the bill. The House contained no similar provision.

ALLIED HEALTH TRAINING PROGRAMS

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate that would provide funding for allied health training programs, financed by an administrative cut. Funding for allied health is addressed in the HRSA portion of the bill. The House contained no similar provision.

HEMODIALYSIS CLINICAL TRIALS

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate that would express the sense of the Senate regarding hemodialysis clinical trials supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. This issue is addressed in NIDDK report language. The House contained no similar provision.

SMALL BUSINESS CHILD CARE GRANT PROGRAM

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate that would fund a small business child care grant program, financed by an administrative reduction. Funding for this program is addressed in the ACF portion of the bill. The House contained no similar provision.

RYAN WHITE FUNDING FORMULAS

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate that would prohibit Ryan White HIV/AIDS funds provided in the Act from being used to modify the formulas under title XXVI of the Public Health Service Act. The House contained no similar provision.

ADMINISTRATION ON AGING PROGRAMS

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate that would provide funding for aging programs, financed by an administrative reduction. Funding for this program is addressed in the AoA portion of the bill. The House contained no similar provision.

VIOLENT DEATH REPORTING SYSTEM

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate that would provide funding for the National Violent Death Reporting System, financed by an administrative reduction. Funding for this program is addressed in the CDC portion of the bill. The House contained no similar provision.

WORKERS' COMPENSATION SET-ASIDES

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate that would require HHS to report on workers' compensation set-asides under the Medicare Secondary Payer program. This issue is addressed in CMS report language. The House contained no similar provision.

DEEMED STATUS ON CLINICAL TRIALS

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate that would express the sense of the Senate that HHS should maintain `deemed status' coverage under the Medicare program for Federally funded clinical trials. This issue is addressed in CMS report language. The House contained no similar provision.

NIOSH COAL PILLARS STUDY

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate that would increase CDC funding, financed by an administrative reduction, and require NIOSH to conduct a study of the recovery of coal pillars and pillar mining practices. This issue is addressed in CDC report language. The House contained no similar provision.

DRUG REIMPORTATION

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate that prohibits funds appropriated in this Act from being used to prevent an individual not in the business of importing prescription drugs from importing a prescription drug from Canada that complies with certain requirements of Federal law and is not a controlled substance or a biological product. The House contained no similar provision.

TITLE III--DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

EDUCATION FOR THE DISADVANTAGED

The conference agreement includes $15,930,691,000 for the Education for the Disadvantaged account instead of $15,969,818,000 as proposed by the House and $15,867,778,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement provides $7,794,473,000 in fiscal year 2008 and $8,136,218,000 in fiscal year 2009 funding for this account.

For the Title 1 program, the conference agreement provides $6,808,971,000 for Basic Grants as proposed by the House instead of $6,808,407,000 as proposed by the Senate; $3,068,680,000 for Targeted Grants instead of $3,094,562,000 as proposed by the House and $2,868,231,000 as proposed by the Senate; and $3,068,680,000 for Education Finance Incentive Grants instead of $3,094,260,000 as proposed by the House and $2,868,231,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $62,636,000 for the Even Start program instead of $99,000,000 as proposed by the House. The Senate bill did not include funding for this program.

The conference agreement includes $400,000,000 for the Reading First program instead of $353,500,000 as proposed by the House and $800,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $114,550,000 for the Early Reading First program as proposed by the House instead of $117,666,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees expect that the Department will strengthen professional development partnerships for early childhood educators through grants awarded under Early Reading First.

The conference agreement includes $36,000,000 for the Striving Readers program as proposed by the Senate instead of $31,870,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement also includes $21,243,000 for the Literacy Through School Libraries program instead of $19,486,000 as proposed by the House and $23,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $390,212,000 for the State Agency Migrant program instead of $393,900,000 as proposed by the House and $386,524,000 as proposed by the Senate.

IMPACT AID

The conference agreement includes $1,262,778,000 for the Impact Aid account instead of $1,278,453,000 as proposed by the House and $1,248,453,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement includes $1,126,192,000 for Basic Support Payments instead of $1,140,517,000 as proposed by the House and $1,111,867,000 as proposed by the Senate, and $64,350,000 for Payments for Federal Property as proposed by the Senate instead of $65,700,000 as proposed by the House. In addition, the agreement includes bill language to provide two-year funding for Impact Aid construction grants on a competitive basis as proposed by the Senate. The House had proposed one-year funding for these grants on a formula basis.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS

The conference agreement includes $5,411,758,000 for the School Improvement Programs account instead of $5,693,668,000 as proposed by the House and $5,198,525,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement provides $3,976,758,000 in fiscal year 2008 and $1,435,000,000 in fiscal year 2009 funding for this account.

The conference agreement includes $3,037,439,000 for the Teacher Quality State Grants program instead of $3,187,439,000 as proposed by the House and $2,887,439,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement does not provide funding for the Early Childhood Educator Professional Development program as proposed by the House instead of $14,550,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $183,080,000 for the Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) program instead of $197,826,000 as proposed by the House and $184,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The agreement also includes $1,081,166,000 for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants instead of $1,106,166,000 as proposed by the House and $1,000,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees intend that the Department of Education encourage States to use 40 percent of their additional allocations over fiscal year 2007, as practicable, to provide supervised and supportive after-school activities to middle and high school students.

The conference agreement does not provide funding for State Grants for Innovative Education as proposed by the Senate instead of $99,000,000 as proposed by the House.

For the Foreign Language Assistance program, the agreement provides $26,780,000 as proposed by both the House and Senate. The agreement also includes a set-aside of $3,000,000 in bill language for 5-year grants to local educational agencies to work in partnership with one or more institutions of higher education to establish or expand articulated programs of study in languages critical to United States national security as proposed by the House. The Senate did not propose this set aside. The conferees intend that funding available under this program promote the goal of well-articulated, long-sequence language programs that lead to demonstrable results for all students, and encourage school districts applying for these funds to reach out to institutions and centers funded under the Department's International Education programs under Title VI of the Higher Education Act. The conferees direct the Department not to make grants to school districts that are replacing current traditional language programs with critical needs language instruction.

The conference agreement includes $416,000,000 for State Assessments as proposed by the Senate instead of $411,630,000 as proposed by the House. Within the amount provided, the conferees recommend $16,000,000 for enhanced assessment instruments to improve the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act. The conferees urge the Department to continue to place a high priority on grant applications that aim to improve the quality of State assessments for students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency, and to ensure the most accurate means of measuring their performance on those assessments.

The conference agreement includes $34,204,000 for the Education of Native Hawaiians program instead of $34,500,000 as proposed by the Senate and $33,907,000 as proposed by the House. The agreement includes bill language that allows funds under this program to be used for construction, renovation and modernization of any elementary school, secondary school, or structure related to an elementary school or secondary school run by the Department of Education of the State of Hawaii that serves a predominantly Native Hawaiian student body as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement also includes bill language, as proposed by the Senate, which designates, within the amount provided for the Education of Native Hawaiians program, not less than $1,250,000 to the Hawaii Department of Education for school construction/renovation activities, and $1,250,000 for the University of Hawaii's Center of Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law. The House bill did not include a similar provision.

The conference agreement includes $34,204,000 for the Alaska Native Educational Equity program instead of $34,500,000 as proposed by the Senate and $33,907,000 as proposed by the House. The conference agreement includes bill language which allows funds available through this program to be used for construction, as proposed by the Senate. The House bill did not include a similar provision.

The conferees expect that rural education funding will be equally divided between the Small, Rural Schools Achievement Program, which provides funds to school districts that serve a small number of students, and the Rural and Low-Income Schools Program, which provides funds to school districts that serve concentrations of poor students, regardless of the number of students served.

INDIAN EDUCATION

The conference agreement includes $124,000,000 for Indian Education as proposed by the House instead of $118,690,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, the agreement provides $100,057,000 for grants to local educational agencies, $19,884,000 for special programs for Indian children, and $4,059,000 for national activities as proposed by the House. The Senate bill included $95,331,000, $19,399,000 and $3,960,000, respectively, for these activities.

INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT

The conference agreement includes $1,010,084,000 for programs in the Innovation and Improvement account, instead of $992,354,000 as proposed by the House and $962,889,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $24,000,000 for the National Writing Project, a national writing instructional program authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as proposed by the Senate instead of $23,533,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement includes $120,000,000 for the Teaching of Traditional American History program as proposed by the Senate instead of $119,790,000 as proposed by the House. The conferees recommend that the Department provide initial three-year grants, with two additional years if a grantee is performing effectively.

The conference agreement includes $9,821,000 for the Advanced Credentialing program as proposed by the Senate instead of $10,695,000 as proposed by the House. The conference agreement provides these funds for a continuing award authorized under section 2151(c)(3)(c) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The conference agreement includes $214,783,000 for the Charter Schools program as proposed by the Senate instead of $251,394,000 as proposed by the House. The conference agreement modifies bill language proposed by the House and the Senate to permit the Secretary to use funds in excess of $190,000,000 to carry out the State Facilities Incentive and Credit Enhancement for Charter Facilities programs.

Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE)

The conference agreement includes $262,917,000 for the Fund for the Improvement of Education instead of $205,402,000 as proposed by the House and $218,699,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes funding for the following activities authorized under section 5411 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act:

Evaluation and data quality initiative $2,000,000
National Institute of Building Sciences for the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities 700,000
Peer review 6,000
Reach Out and Read 4,000,000
Teach for America 12,000,000
Full Service Community Schools Demonstration 5,000,000

The conferees direct that funds for the Full Service Community Schools Demonstration be used as specified in House Report 110-231.

Within the total amount provided for FIE, the conference agreement also includes funding for separately authorized programs under title V, part D of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in the following amounts:

Reading is Fundamental $25,543,000
Ready to Teach 10,890,000
Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations 9,000,000
Arts in Education 38,041,000
Parental Information and Resource Centers 39,600,000
Excellence in Economic Education 1,473,000
Mental Health Integration Grants 5,000,000
Women's Educational Equity 2,900,000
Presidential and Congressional American History and Civics Academies 1,980,000
Foundations for Learning Grants 1,491,000

For Arts in Education, the conferees modify the distribution of funds proposed by the Senate as follows: $8,365,000 is for Very Special Arts, $6,293,000 for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, $14,134,000 for model arts programs, $8,755,000 for model professional development programs for music, drama, dance and visual arts educators, and $494,000 for evaluation activities. The House did not specify a detailed allocation of funds within this program. Within the Institute of Education Sciences, the conference agreement provides $2,200,000 for a survey of arts in education, to be administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, but with Institute of Education Sciences and the Office of Innovation and Improvement jointly determining the scope of work of the project.

The conference agreement includes the following projects in the following amounts:


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Project                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Total funding 
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ABC Unified School District, Cerritos, CA for an after-school program at Melbourne Elementary School                                                                                                                                                              200,000 
Academy for Urban School Leadership, Chicago, IL for Chicago Academy and Chicago Academy High School, which may include support for resident teachers                                                                                                             200,000 
Action for Bridgeport Community Development, Inc., Bridgeport, CT for teacher training programs                                                                                                                                                                   500,000 
African-American Male Achievers Network, Inc., Inglewood, CA for its Project STEP program for at-risk youth                                                                                                                                                        40,000 
Akron Public Schools, OH for a Math, Science, and Technology Community Learning Center, which may include equipment                                                                                                                                               250,000 
Alamance-Burlington School District, Burlington, NC for the Professional Development Academy                                                                                                                                                                      150,000 
Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, Juneau, AK, for Big Brothers/Big Sisters statewide, in partnership with Alaska Dept. of Education, Boys and Girls Club, and Cook Inlet Tribal Council for a comprehensive mentoring program in Alaska       300,000 
Alaska Sealife Center, Seward, AK, for a marine ecosystems education program                                                                                                                                                                                      250,000 
All Kinds of Minds, Chapel Hill, NC for teacher training programs                                                                                                                                                                                                 150,000 
Allied Services Foundation, Clarks Summit, PA, for dyslexia education programs at the Allied Services dePaul School                                                                                                                                                75,000 
American Ballet Theatre, New York, NY for educational activities                                                                                                                                                                                                  150,000 
American Foundation for Negro Affairs  National Education and Research Fund, Philadelphia, PA, to raise the achievement level of minority students and increase minority access to higher education                                                                90,000 
Amistad America, New Haven, CT for the Atlantic Freedom Tour of the Armistad educational programs                                                                                                                                                                 250,000 
An Achievable Dream, Inc., Newport News, VA for education and support services for at-risk children, which may include teacher stipend scholarships                                                                                                               240,000 
Anchorage's Promise, Anchorage, AK, to implement America's Promise child mentoring and support program in Anchorage                                                                                                                                               100,000 
Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX for a teacher training initiative                                                                                                                                                                                         200,000 
Apache County Schools, St. Johns, AZ for a teacher training initiative                                                                                                                                                                                            150,000 
Arab City Schools, Arab, AL for technology upgrades                                                                                                                                                                                                               200,000 
ASPIRA Inc. of New Jersey, Newark, NJ, to provide academic assistance and leadership development                                                                                                                                                                   85,000 
AVANCE, Inc, El Paso, TX  for parenting education programs                                                                                                                                                                                                        125,000 
AVANCE, Inc., Del Rio, TX for a family literacy program                                                                                                                                                                                                           100,000 
AVANCE, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for training and curriculum development for a parent-child educational program                                                                                                                                                  212,000 
AVANCE, Inc., Waco, TX for parenting education programs                                                                                                                                                                                                           125,000 
Barat Education Foundation, Lake Forest, IL for the American Citizen Initiative pilot program                                                                                                                                                                     400,000 
Barnstable, MA,  for the development of programs and procurement of educational equipment at a youth and community center                                                                                                                                         210,000 
Bay Haven Charter Academy Middle School, Lynn Haven, FL for its physical education program, which may include equipment                                                                                                                                           150,000 
Baylor University, Waco, TX for its Language and Literacy Center                                                                                                                                                                                                  100,000 
Beaver County, Beaver County, PA, to implement educational programming for K-12 students, including safe and appropriate use of the Internet                                                                                                                       75,000 
Berkeley Unified School District, Berkeley, CA, for a nutrition education program                                                                                                                                                                                  90,000 
Berks County Intermediate Unit, Reading, PA, for music education programs                                                                                                                                                                                          90,000 
Best Buddies International, Miami, FL for mentoring programs for persons with intellectual disabilities                                                                                                                                                           661,000 
Best Buddies Maryland, Baltimore, MD for mentoring programs for persons with intellectual disabilities                                                                                                                                                            300,000 
Best Buddies Rhode Island, Providence, RI for mentoring programs for persons with intellectual disabilities                                                                                                                                                       150,000 
Best Buddies, Miami, FL, to develop a Nevada site for Best Buddies                                                                                                                                                                                                170,000 
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania,  Philadelphia, PA, for recruitment, placement, and oversight of school-based mentoring programs                                                                                                        508,500 
Big Top Chautauqua, WI for educational activities                                                                                                                                                                                                                 250,000 
Boise State University, Boise, ID for the Idaho SySTEMic Solution program                                                                                                                                                                                         200,000 
Bowie State University, Bowie, MD for establishment of a Principal's Institute                                                                                                                                                                                    200,000 
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, to expand an early literacy program for children in Milwaukee                                                                                                                                              255,000 
Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI for a multi-media center, which may include equipment                                                                                                                                                                   425,000 
Boys & Girls Town of Missouri, Columbia, MO for technology upgrades                                                                                                                                                                                               150,000 
Boys and Girls Club of San Bernardino, CA for an after-school program in the Delman Heights community, which may include equipment                                                                                                                                140,000 
Bradford Area School District, Bradford, PA for the purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                                         150,000 
Brigham City, Brigham City, Utah, for acquisition of equipment for a distance learning program                                                                                                                                                                     50,000 
Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ for a Student Success Center in Asbury Park, NJ which may include equipment                                                                                                                                             250,000 
Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY, for the Learning Centers                                                                                                                                                                                                   500,000 
Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford, CT for arts education programs                                                                                                                                                                                 100,000 
California State University Northridge, CA for development of an assessment and accountability system for teacher education                                                                                                                                       400,000 
California State University, San Bernardino, CA for a leadership training program for urban youth                                                                                                                                                                 500,000 
Canton Symphony Orchestra Association, Canton, OH for the Northeast Ohio Arts Education Collaborative, including teacher training and curriculum development                                                                                                      100,000 
Carnegie Hall, New York, NY for its National Music Education Program                                                                                                                                                                                              400,000 
Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Cedar Rapids, IA, to support the Residency program                                                                                                                                                                               400,000 
Center for Advancing Partnerships in Education, Allentown, PA, to develop a foreign language distance learning program and for teacher training                                                                                                                    75,000 
Central County Occupational Center, San Jose, CA for a first responder career and technical training program for high school students                                                                                                                             100,000 
Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, State College, PA for curriculum and equipment at its vocational training program                                                                                                                       600,000 
Centro de Salud Familiar Le Fe, El Paso, TX for an elementary charter school, which may include equipment                                                                                                                                                         225,000 
Charlotte County School District, Port Charlotte, FL for an instructional system for English language learners, which may include equipment and software                                                                                                          250,000 
Charter School Development Foundation, Las Vegas, NV for the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy                                                                                                                                                             500,000 
Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis, MD, to provide teacher training, student education and field experiences in the Chesapeake Bay                                                                                                                              425,000 
Chester County Intermediate Unit, Downingtown, PA, for a vocational technical education program                                                                                                                                                                    75,000 
Child and Family Network Centers, Virginia, Alexandria, VA, for education services for at-risk youth                                                                                                                                                              150,000 
ChildSight New Mexico, Gallup, NM, for a vision screening and eyeglass program for children                                                                                                                                                                        50,000 
City of Fairfield, CA for after-school programs                                                                                                                                                                                                                   425,000 
City of Gadsden, AL for technology upgrades in city schools                                                                                                                                                                                                       300,000 
City of Hayward, Hayward, CA for after-school programs                                                                                                                                                                                                            275,000 
City of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN for the Indianapolis Center for Education Entrepreneurship to recruit leaders to implement educational reform                                                                                                              400,000 
City of Newark, Newark, CA for after-school programs                                                                                                                                                                                                               25,000 
City of Pawtucket School Department, Pawtucket, RI for the Jacqueline Walsh School of the Performing and Visual Arts, which may include equipment                                                                                                                 300,000 
City of Pembroke Pines, FL for the autism program at the Pembroke Pines--Florida State University Charter School                                                                                                                                                  225,000 
City of San Jose, CA for development of a Smart Start early childhood development training and certification program at National Hispanic University                                                                                                              290,000 
City of San Jose, CA for early childhood education programs, including parental involvement                                                                                                                                                                       200,000 
City of Springfield, MO for the Ready to Learn Program                                                                                                                                                                                                            600,000 
City of Whittier, Whittier, CA for after-school programs, which may include equipment                                                                                                                                                                             250,000 
City School District of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY for after-school learning centers                                                                                                                                                                          225,000 
City Year New Hampshire, Stratham, NH, for expansion of an afterschool program for the Young Heroes Program                                                                                                                                                       150,000 
Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV for the Education Executive Leadership Program                                                                                                                                                                        400,000 
Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV for the Newcomer Academy                                                                                                                                                                                              250,000 
Clay County School system, WV, for the continuation and expansion of Skills West Virginia programs in counties around West Virginia                                                                                                                               180,000 
Clovis Unified School District, Clovis, CA for curriculum development                                                                                                                                                                                             190,000 
College Summit, Inc., Washington, DC for an initiative to increase college enrollment of low-income youth in South Carolina                                                                                                                                       135,000 
Communities In Schools--Northeast Texas, Mount Pleasant, TX for dropout prevention programs                                                                                                                                                                       200,000 
Communities in Schools of Cochran and Bleckley County, Cochran, GA for after-school programs                                                                                                                                                                       40,000 
Communities in Schools of Coweta, Inc., Newnan, GA for education technology upgrades                                                                                                                                                                              100,000 
Communities in Schools of Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County, Fitzgerald, GA for after-school programs                                                                                                                                                                     50,000 
Communities in Schools of Georgia, Atlanta, GA, for mentoring programs                                                                                                                                                                                             84,700 
Communities In Schools of Tacoma, Tacoma, WA for after-school programs                                                                                                                                                                                             50,000 
Communities in Schools, Austin, TX for mentoring, dropout prevention and college preparatory programs                                                                                                                                                             200,000 
Communities in Schools, San Fernando Valley, Inc., North Hills, CA to implement full service community schools                                                                                                                                                    340,000 
Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles, Monterey Park, CA for the South Whitter community education and computer center                                                                                                                    150,000 
Community Empowerment Association, Inc.,  Pittsburgh, PA, for a truancy reduction initiative                                                                                                                                                                       75,000 
Community Service Society, New York, NY for a program that utilizes seniors as literacy mentors and in-class assistants to elementary students                                                                                                                    340,000 
Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, for a career education and preparation initiative for at-risk youth                                                                                                                                            90,000 
Connecticut Technical High School System, Middletown, CT for equipment for the Manufacturing Technologies Department of Platt Technical High School in Milford, CT                                                                                                250,000 
Contra Costa College, San Pablo, CA for its Bridges to the Future Program                                                                                                                                                                                         100,000 
Cooperative Educational Service Agency No. 11 for after-school programs                                                                                                                                                                                           450,000 
Cooperative Educational Service Agency No. 12, Ashland, WI for after-school programs                                                                                                                                                                              650,000 
Cooperative Educational Service Agency No. 5, Portage, WI for after-school programs                                                                                                                                                                               400,000 
Cooperative Educational Service Agency No. 9, Tomahawk, WI for after-school programs                                                                                                                                                                              400,000 
Council Bluffs Early Learning Resource Center, Council Bluffs, IA, for the FAMILY program                                                                                                                                                                         450,000 
County of San Diego, San Pasqual Academy, Escondido, CA for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                                 200,000 
Creative Visions in Des Moines, IA, for outreach to at-risk youth                                                                                                                                                                                                 100,000 
Cristo Rey High School, Chicago, IL, to improve technologies for the school's library and technology center                                                                                                                                                       400,000 
Cumberland, RI, for afterschool programs and activities                                                                                                                                                                                                           425,000 
Cuyahoga County Board of County Commissioners, Cleveland, OH for an early childhood initiative                                                                                                                                                                    450,000 
Delaware Department of Education, Dover, DE for the Starting Stronger Early Learning Initiative                                                                                                                                                                   400,000 
Delaware Department of Education, Dover, DE, for the Vision Network of Schools and Districts                                                                                                                                                                      210,000 
Delta Arts Alliance, Cleveland, MS, for in-school and after school arts education programs                                                                                                                                                                        100,000 
Des Moines Community School District and Urban Dreams, Des Moines, IA, to continue a demonstration on full service community schools                                                                                                                              300,000 
Des Moines Community School District to expand pre-kindergarten programs                                                                                                                                                                                          600,000 
Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program,  Detroit, MI,  for student tracking and curriculum development                                                                                                                                                      170,000 
Detroit Youth Foundation, Detroit, MI for comprehensive educational and enrichment activities for middle and high school youth                                                                                                                                     75,000 
DNA EpiCenter, Inc., New London, CT for a learning center for students and teachers                                                                                                                                                                                75,000 
Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, FL for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                                           250,000 
Early Childhood and Family Learning Center Foundation, New Orleans, LA, to establish a comprehensive early childhood center                                                                                                                                       500,000 
East Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, CA, to provide afterschool learning and enrichment activities for the students of East Palo Alto                                                                                                                                   80,000 
East Saint Louis High School, East Saint Louis, IL, to upgrade the school's technology and sciences programs                                                                                                                                                      550,000 
ECHO Center, Burlington, VT, to enhance educational opportunities for students regarding the Lake Champlain Quadracentennial                                                                                                                                      100,000 
Edgar School District, Edgar, WI for equipment and techonology for a new computer technology center                                                                                                                                                               100,000 
Edison and Ford Winter Estates Education Foundation for educational programming                                                                                                                                                                                   150,000 
Educating Young Minds, Los Angeles, CA, for educational programs                                                                                                                                                                                                   85,000 
Education Partnership, Providence, RI for school leadership professional development                                                                                                                                                                              200,000 
Education Service Center, Region 12, Hillsboro, TX for a GEAR UP college preparedness program                                                                                                                                                                     100,000 
Eisenhower Foundation to replicate the Delaney Street project in Iowa                                                                                                                                                                                             575,000 
Ennis Independent School District, Ennis, TX for English as a second language instruction, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                        200,000 
Envision Schools, San Francisco, CA for the Metropolitan Arts and Technology High School, which may include equipment                                                                                                                                             250,000 
Erskine College, Due West, SC for an elementary and secondary school arts initiative                                                                                                                                                                              250,000 
Esmeralda County School District, Goldfield, NV, to continue accelerated reading and math programs for K-8 students in Esmeralda County                                                                                                                           200,000 
Everybody Wins, Washington, DC, for childhood literacy programs                                                                                                                                                                                                   500,000 
Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA for its Bay Area Science Teacher Recruitment, Retention, and Improvement Initiative                                                                                                                                              300,000 
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Fairbanks, AK, to expand the PLATO learning program to Fairbanks North Star Borough                                                                                                                                 250,000 
Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, VA for language programs in Franklin Sherman Elementary School and Chesterbrook Elementary School in McLean, Virginia                                                                                                     300,000 
Fairfax County Public Schools, Falls Church, VA for emergency medical services curriculum development                                                                                                                                                             200,000 
Fairhope Center for the Arts, Bay Minette, AL for arts education programs, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                        205,000 
Families In Schools, Los Angeles, CA for its Read with Me/Lea Conmigo family literacy program                                                                                                                                                                     175,000 
Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayettevile, NC for teacher training and professional development programs                                                                                                                                              250,000 
First Book, Washington, DC, for the expansion of programs in West Virginia                                                                                                                                                                                        225,000 
FirstBook, Washington, DC, for the Maine literacy initiative for Low Income Children                                                                                                                                                                              100,000 
Florence Prever Rosten Foundation, Darby, MT, to develop MAPS:  Media Arts in the Public Schools program                                                                                                                                                           80,000 
Forward in the Fifth, Somerset, KY for a civic literacy program                                                                                                                                                                                                   250,000 
Friends of the Children National, Portland, OR for mentoring programs                                                                                                                                                                                             320,000 
Galena City School District, Galena, AK, for a boarding school for low performing Native students from remote villages across Western Alaska                                                                                                                      500,000 
George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy, Inc., Bethesda, MD for tutoring services for at-risk students                                                                                                                                                             250,000 
George S. Eccles Ice Center, North Logan, Utah, to expand the science, physical education, and creative movement program                                                                                                                                           50,000 
Girl Scouts of the USA, New York, NY for the Fair Play initiative to engage girls in science, technology, engineering and math                                                                                                                                    250,000 
Graham County Schools, Safford, AZ for a teacher training initiative                                                                                                                                                                                              150,000 
Guam Public School System, Hagatna, GU for development and implementation of Chamorro language instructional programs                                                                                                                                             240,000 
Hackett-Bower Clinic at Magnolia Speech School, Jackson, MS, for acquisition of equipment and programs                                                                                                                                                            300,000 
Hamilton Wings, Elgin, IL for arts education programs                                                                                                                                                                                                             150,000 
Harford County Board of Education, Bel Air, MD, to support a science and math program at Aberdeen High School                                                                                                                                                     300,000 
Harris County Department of Education, Houston, TX for an after-school safety program, which may include the purchase of software                                                                                                                                 250,000 
Harrisburg (PA) Area School District, Harrisburg, PA, to support the district's pre-kindergarten program                                                                                                                                                          425,000 
Harvey Public School District 152, Harvey, IL for an early literacy program, which may include equipment                                                                                                                                                          200,000 
Hawaii Department of Education, Honolulu, HI for educational activities                                                                                                                                                                                           500,000 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, Kempton, PA for curriculum development                                                                                                                                                                                       150,000 
Hays Community Economic Development Corporation, Hays, MT, to develop a Native American culturally competent curriculum                                                                                                                                           160,000 
Helen Keller International, New York, NY for the ChildSight Vision Screening Program and to provide eyeglasses to children whose educational performance may be hindered because of poor vision                                                                 1,250,000 
High Plains Regional Education Cooperative, Raton, NM for its Cooperative Broadband Education project, which may include equipment                                                                                                                                500,000 
Hillside Family of Agencies, Rochester, NY for the Work-Scholarship Connection Youth Employment Training Academy                                                                                                                                                  250,000 
Hoke County Schools, Raeford, NC for instructional technology                                                                                                                                                                                                     100,000 
Homer-Center School District, Homer City, PA, for science curriculum development and acquisition of technology                                                                                                                                                     90,000 
Houston Independent School District, Houston, TX for a teacher incentive program                                                                                                                                                                                  673,000 
Houston Zoo, Houston, TX, for educational programming                                                                                                                                                                                                             100,000 
I KNOW I CAN, Columbus, OH for college preparatory programs                                                                                                                                                                                                       100,000 
In Tune Foundation Group, Washington, DC for educational activities                                                                                                                                                                                               450,000 
Independent School District 181, Brainerd, MN for its Teacher Support System                                                                                                                                                                                      150,000 
Institute for Student Achievement, Lake Success, NY for school reform activities at Wyandanch High School                                                                                                                                                         250,000 
Institute for Student Achievement, Lake Success, NY to implement small learning communities at one or more high schools in the Bronx                                                                                                                               50,000 
Institute for Student Achievement, Lake Success, NY, for the ISA High School Improvement Program                                                                                                                                                                  250,000 
Internet Keep Safe Coalition, Salt Lake City, Utah, to provide educational materials to K-12 students regarding Internet safety                                                                                                                                   381,300 
Iowa Association of School Boards,  Des Moines, IA, for the Lighthouse for School Reform project                                                                                                                                                                  400,000 
Iowa City Community School District, Iowa City, IA for an early literacy program                                                                                                                                                                                  600,000 
Iowa Department of Education to continue the Harkin grant program                                                                                                                                                                                               5,000,000 
Iowa School Boards Foundation, Des Moines, IA, for continuation and expansion of the Skills Iowa program                                                                                                                                                        2,500,000 
Iowa State Education Association, Des Moines, IA, for an initiative to educate students on the role of international trade in the U.S. economy                                                                                                                     63,500 
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana--Southeast, Madison, IN for an early college and middle college program                                                                                                                                                     100,000 
Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY for education programs                                                                                                                                                                                                 225,000 
Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY for music education programs                                                                                                                                                                                                 400,000 
Jefferson County Public Schools, Golden, CO for technological instruction, testing, and support, which may include equipment                                                                                                                                      325,000 
Jeremiah Cromwell Disabilities Center, Portland, ME, for awareness training for students                                                                                                                                                                          100,000 
Jersey Shore Area School District, Jersey Shore, PA for equipment to create a digital classroom                                                                                                                                                                   150,000 
JFYNetWorks, Boston, MA for academic support for Adequate Yearly Progress initiative, including educational software, professional development instruction, and technical assistance                                                                              250,000 
JFYNetWorks, Boston, MA for implementation of its computer-based JFYNet: Academic Support for Adequate Yearly Progress initiative in Malden, Revere, and Framingham, MA, which may include the purchase of software                                               250,000 
Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth, Baltimore, MD, to conduct a longitudinal study on outcomes of Center for Talented Youth summer programs                                                                                                     135,000 
Joplin School District, Joplin, MO for the Smart Board initiative, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                100,000 
Jumpstart for Young Children, Boston, MA, to recruit and train college students to serve as mentors for at-risk preschool children in Rhode Island                                                                                                                125,000 
Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc., Boston, MA for an early literacy program for at-risk children in Boston, MA                                                                                                                                                   350,000 
Jumpstart for Young Children, San Francisco, CA for an early childhood enhancement project to provide student mentors to preschool children                                                                                                                       250,000 
Jumpstart for Young Children, Seattle, WA, to expand Jumpstart's One Child at a Time mentoring project in Washington                                                                                                                                              240,000 
Kanawha County School System, WV, for the continuation of Following the Leaders programs                                                                                                                                                                          730,000 
Kansas Learning Center for Health, Halstead, KS, to support health education, including curriculum development                                                                                                                                                    100,000 
Kauai Economic Development Board, HI, for math and science education                                                                                                                                                                                              300,000 
Kelberman Center, Utica, NY to expand programs for pre-school and school age children with autism spectrum disorder                                                                                                                                                75,000 
KIPP Foundation,  San Francisco, CA, for student programs and extended learning time at KIPP Gaston College Preparatory and KIPP Pride High School in Gaston, NC                                                                                                  100,000 
KIPP Foundation, San Francisco, CA for a subgrant to the KIPP Delta College Preparatory School in Helena, AR                                                                                                                                                      150,000 
KIPP Foundation, San Francisco, CA for curriculum development and the recruitment and professional development of school leaders, teachers, and administrators                                                                                                    100,000 
KIPP Foundation, San Francisco, CA for KIPP Reach College Preparatory School in Oklahoma City, OK                                                                                                                                                                 250,000 
KIPP Foundation, San Francisco, CA, to support student programs and extended learning time through a subgrant to KIPP Ujima Village Academy in Baltimore, MD                                                                                                      255,000 
KIPP Foundation, San Francisco, CA, for student programs and extended learning time in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee                                                                                                                                           100,000 
Klingberg Family Centers, Inc., New Britain, CT, for equipment associated with the Special Education Enhancement Initiative                                                                                                                                       340,000 
La Causa Charter School, Milwaukee, WI, to implement a science and robotics lab                                                                                                                                                                                    85,000 
La Crosse School District, La Crosse, WI for a 21st Century Community Learning Center at Logan Middle School, including parental involvement                                                                                                                       70,000 
Lafayette Parish School Board,  Lafayette, LA, for acquisition of equipment technology upgrades                                                                                                                                                                    66,000 
Lander County School District, Battle Mountain, NV, to continue a math and science remediation program for high school students                                                                                                                                   350,000 
Learning Point Associates/North Central Regional Education Laboratory, Naperville, IL to help schools implement No Child Left Behind                                                                                                                              300,000 
Lee Pesky Learning Center, Boise, ID to provide educational materials for the Literacy Matters! Program                                                                                                                                                           300,000 
Lemay Child & Family Center, St. Louis, MO for early childhood education and family literacy programs                                                                                                                                                             100,000 
Loess Hills Area Education Agency in Iowa for a demonstration in early childhood education                                                                                                                                                                        700,000 
Loras College, Dubuque, IA, for a literacy program with the Dubuque elementary schools                                                                                                                                                                            450,000 
Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Los Angeles, CA for a hands-on, science-based program for public school students                                                                                                                                                   75,000 
Los Angeles, CA, for the LA's BEST afterschool enrichment program                                                                                                                                                                                                 205,000 
Louisiana Arts and Sciences Museum, Baton Rouge, LA for curriculum development and purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                          200,000 
Louisiana State University in Shreveport, LA, to provide professional development for teachers and faculty in Title I schools with low performance scores                                                                                                         220,000 
Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA for IDEA Place and the SciTech Classroom, including purchase of equipment and curriculum development                                                                                                                        350,000 
Lower East Side Conservancy, New York, NY for education programs and outreach                                                                                                                                                                                     225,000 
Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, West Springfield, MA, for educational equipment and program development                                                                                                                                           170,000 
Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, Austin, Texas for the Presidential timeline project                                                                                                                                                                             750,000 
Lynwood, CA, to expand the afterschool Homework Assistance Program at the Lynwood Public Library                                                                                                                                                                   80,000 
Madison County Schools, Richmond, KY for a computer lab, which may include equipment                                                                                                                                                                               75,000 
Maine Alliance for Arts Education, Augusta, ME, for the Complete Education for Rural Students project                                                                                                                                                             100,000 
Marketplace of Ideas/Marketplace for Kids, Inc., Mandan, ND, for a statewide program focused on entrepreneurship education                                                                                                                                        425,000 
Massachusetts 2020 Foundation, Boston, MA, for continued development of an expanded instruction demonstration program                                                                                                                                             185,000 
Maui Economic Development Board, HI, for the girls into science program                                                                                                                                                                                           250,000 
McKelvey Foundation, New Wilmington, PA, for entrepreneurial college scholarships for rural, low-income Pennsylvania and West Virginia high school graduates                                                                                                      175,000 
Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania,  Pittsburgh, PA, for recruitment, placement, and oversight of school-based mentoring programs                                                                                                                 423,750 
Mercy Vocational High School, Philadelphia, PA, for vocational education programs                                                                                                                                                                                  90,000 
Mesa Unified School District, Mesa, AZ for after-school educational and enrichment activities for at-risk youth                                                                                                                                                   150,000 
Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, Wilmington, DE, to continue a program aimed at closing the achievement gap among low-income and minority students                                                                                                           425,000 
Military Heritage Center Foundation, Carlisle, PA for the Voices of the Past Speak to the Future program, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                         132,000 
Miller County Development Authority, Colquit, GA for a video/television production training program for high school drop-outs and at-risk youth in Miller County                                                                                                  100,000 
Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation, Washington, DC for a full service school demonstration project in the Canton City, OH public school district                                                                                                                     150,000 
Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, WI for after-school or summer community learning centers                                                                                                                                                                   1,100,000 
Minnesota Humanities Commission, St. Paul, MN to implement curricula and classroom resources on Native Americans                                                                                                                                                  500,000 
Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS for strengthening partnerships between K-12 parents and their children's teachers, principals, superintendents and other school officials                                                                          300,000 
Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS, for environmental education programs for the Science on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway program                                                                                                                  200,000 
Missouri State University, Springfield, MO for a college preparatory pilot program                                                                                                                                                                                100,000 
Monroe County School District, Key West, FL for technology upgrades                                                                                                                                                                                               200,000 
Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD to recruit and certify postdoctoral scientists, mathematicians, or engineers from the National Institutes of Health to become teachers                                                                            300,000 
Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL for marine science curriculum development                                                                                                                                                                                    200,000 
Mount Hood Community College, Gresham, OR for early childhood education and training activities, which may include equipment                                                                                                                                      320,000 
National American Indian, Alaskan and Hawaiian Educational Development Center, Sheridan, WY, to train teachers serving Native American students in an early literacy learning and math framework                                                                  838,250 
National Center for Electronically Mediated Learning, Inc., Milford, CT for the P.E.B.B.L.E.S. Project, which may include equipment and technology                                                                                                                150,000 
National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Oakland, CA for a school-based model on violence prevention                                                                                                                                                            200,000 
National Cued Speech Association, Bethesda, MD for parent, teacher, and transliterator training and certification in cued speech for preschool and school-aged children                                                                                           175,000 
National Flight Academy, Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL for technology upgrades                                                                                                                                                                                  150,000 
National Teacher's Hall of Fame, Emporia, KS for teacher professional development and retention programs                                                                                                                                                          150,000 
Neighborhood Youth Association, Venice, CA for academic support to ensure college readiness                                                                                                                                                                       100,000 
New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM, for a character development leadership camp at the New Mexico Military Institute                                                                                                                                       50,000 
New Mexico Public Education Department, Santa Fe, NM for summer reading and math institutes throughout the State                                                                                                                                                  500,000 
New Mexico State University,  Las Cruces, NM, for the Southern New Mexico Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy                                                                                                                                 200,000 
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, to continue a program to transition high school students into technical careers                                                                                                                                      340,000 
New School University, New York, NY, for the Institute for Urban Education                                                                                                                                                                                        950,000 
New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY, for science exhibits and educational programming                                                                                                                                                                            600,000 
Newton Public Schools, Newton, KS for an educational technology initiative, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                       100,000 
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, Greensboro, NC for a project to reduce suspension rates of students in the Guilford County School System                                                                                                    400,000 
North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC for academic enrichment activities, including parental involvement                                                                                                                                                  170,000 
North Carolina Symphony, Raleigh, NC for musical and artistic residency activities for elementary and secondary students                                                                                                                                          175,000 
North Carolina Technology Association Education Foundation, Raleigh, NC for school technology demonstration projects, including subgrants                                                                                                                         100,000 
North Country Education Services Agency, Gorham, NH, for the North Country Gear Up College Prep Initiative, including online curriculum development                                                                                                               140,000 
North Philadelphia Youth Association, Philadelphia, PA for education and enrichment services for youth                                                                                                                                                             50,000 
North Slope Borough, Anchorage, AK, for an early education program                                                                                                                                                                                                300,000 
Northeast Louisiana Family Literacy Interagency Consortium to provide children's literacy services                                                                                                                                                                200,000 
Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium, Dimock, PA for the activities of its Advisory and Assessment Committees                                                                                                                                             50,000 
Northwest Center, Seattle, WA, to provide and expand academic and vocational resources to developmentally delayed or disabled persons in King County                                                                                                              200,000 
Norwich Public School System, Norwich, CT for English language instruction                                                                                                                                                                                        275,000 
Oakland School of the Arts, Oakland, CA, for educational equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                420,000 
Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA for a technology integration project to implement a new data system, which may include equipment                                                                                                                     200,000 
Oelwein Community School District, Oelwein, IA, for technology and program needs for a math and science academy                                                                                                                                                   106,000 
Ogden City Schools, Ogden, Utah, to enhance the aerospace, math, and science curriculum                                                                                                                                                                            50,000 
Omaha, Nebraska, for expansion of the  Omaha's after school initative                                                                                                                                                                                             100,000 
O'Neill Sea Odyssey, Santa Cruz, CA for science education programs for elementary school children                                                                                                                                                                 100,000 
OneWorld Now!, Seattle, WA for after-school programs and student scholarships                                                                                                                                                                                     250,000 
Ossining Union Free School District, Ossining, NY for after-school, literacy, or school reform initiatives                                                                                                                                                        225,000 
Ouachita Parish School Board, Monroe, LA, for acquisition of equipment technology upgrades                                                                                                                                                                        106,000 
Pacific Islands Center for Educational Development in American Samoa, for a mentoring program aimed at college prep                                                                                                                                               500,000 
Parent Institute for Quality Education, San Diego, CA for a parent training program                                                                                                                                                                               450,000 
Parents as Teachers National Center, St. Louis, MO, for expanded outreach to support school readiness in the Gateway Parents as Teachers program in the City of St. Louis                                                                                         190,000 
PE4life Foundation, Kansas City, MO, for expansion and assessment of PE4life programs across Iowa                                                                                                                                                                 400,000 
PE4life, Kansas City, MO for physical education programs in the Titusville, Pennsylvania School District, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                         200,000 
PE4life, Kansas City, MO to establish a P.E. program in Mississippi, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                              350,000 
People for People, Philadelphia, PA for after-school programs                                                                                                                                                                                                      75,000 
Peru State College, Peru, NE for the Adopt a High School initiative                                                                                                                                                                                               200,000 
Philadelphia Academies, Inc., Philadelphia, PA for a longitudinal study on the impact of the organization's career-based education model                                                                                                                          100,000 
Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence Inc., Philadelphia, PA, for its College for Teens program                                                                                                                                         90,000 
Pinal County Education Service Agency, Florence, AZ for a teacher training initiative                                                                                                                                                                             100,000 
Polk County Public Schools, Bartow, FL for purchase of assistive technologies                                                                                                                                                                                     100,000 
Polynesian Voyaging Society, Honolulu, HI, for cultural education programs                                                                                                                                                                                        150,000 
Port Chester--Rye Union Free School District, Port Chester, NY for academic enrichment, professional development, family engagement, or other activities to implement full service community schools                                                              225,000 
Project GRAD USA, Philadelphia, PA for college readiness programs                                                                                                                                                                                                 100,000 
Project HOME, Philadelphia, PA, for an after-school program                                                                                                                                                                                                        90,000 
Provo City, Provo, Utah, to expand education programs at the Arts Center                                                                                                                                                                                           50,000 
Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN for equipment and start-up expenses for a magnet school                                                                                                                                                                    250,000 
Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing, NY for a project to provide youth with career planning and development in the performing arts industry                                                                                                                      150,000 
Rapides Parish School Board,  Alexandria, LA, for acquisition of equipment technology upgrades                                                                                                                                                                     67,000 
Renwick Public Schools, Andale, KS for an educational technology initiative, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                      200,000 
Rio Rancho Public Schools, Rio Rancho, NM for distance learning, which may include equipment                                                                                                                                                                      500,000 
Riverside Community College, Riverside, CA for the Fast-Track to the Associate Degree Nursing Program                                                                                                                                                             350,000 
Riverside County Office of Education, Riverside, CA for the High School Science Initiative                                                                                                                                                                        350,000 
Robert H. Clampitt Foundation, Inc., New York, NY, to train elementary and secondary students in journalism                                                                                                                                                       150,000 
Rockdale County Public Schools, Conyers, GA for a credit recovery program, which may include the purchase of software                                                                                                                                             440,000 
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN for a K-12 STEM Immersion Initiative                                                                                                                                                                         200,000 
Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA, to develop a Public Education Partnership to provide professional development to area principals and teachers                                                                                                         90,000 
Saint Louis SCORES, St. Louis, MO, to expand after-school programs                                                                                                                                                                                                 84,000 
Salesian Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles, CA for education and support services for middle and high school students                                                                                                                                            100,000 
San Bernardino Boys and Girls Club, San Bernardino, CA, to expand programs that are available in education, health and the arts                                                                                                                                   235,000 
San Bernardino City Unified School District, San Bernardino, CA for the English Learners program                                                                                                                                                                  250,000 
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, San Bernardino, CA to expand the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics initiative                                                                                                                    300,000 
San Joaquin County, Stockton, CA for its San Joaquin A Plus tutoring program                                                                                                                                                                                      375,000 
San Juan School District, Blanding, Utah, to provide intervention advocacy and case management for at-risk students                                                                                                                                                50,000 
San Mateo County, Redwood City, CA for its Preschool for All program                                                                                                                                                                                              320,000 
Save the Children, Westport, CT, to implement supplemental literacy programs for children in grades K-8 in rural Nevada schools                                                                                                                                   240,000 
School at Jacob's Pillow, Beckett, MA, for the development of youth cultural and educational programs                                                                                                                                                             150,000 
School Board of Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, FL for teacher support and development                                                                                                                                                                           450,000 
Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership, Jacksonville, FL for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                            300,000 
Selden/Centereach Youth Association, Selden, NY for after-school programs                                                                                                                                                                                         140,000 
Sevier School District, Richfield, Utah, for teacher training and professional development to increase student achievement in mathematics                                                                                                                          50,000 
Shiloh Economic and Entrepreneurial Lifelong Development Corporation, Plainfield, NJ, for academic enrichment programs                                                                                                                                            190,000 
Silver Crescent Foundation, Charleston, SC for a middle and high school academic engineering and technology program                                                                                                                                               200,000 
Skills Alaska, Anchorage, AK, for statewide teacher training and mentoring program, Anchorage                                                                                                                                                                   1,000,000 
Sociedad Latina, Roxbury, MA for its Mission Community Enrichment Program                                                                                                                                                                                         100,000 
South Dakota Symphony, Sioux Falls, SD, for educational outreach to Native Americans                                                                                                                                                                              100,000 
SouthCoastConnected, New Bedford, MA, for implementation of the `Drop the Drop-Out Rate' Initiative                                                                                                                                                               150,000 
Southeast Island School District, Thorne Bay, AK, to develop interactive video conferencing to provide special education services to 9 isolated school sites in Southeast Alaska                                                                                  100,000 
SouthEastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education, Glenside, PA, for the Institute of Mathematics and Science to provide professional development to K-12 teachers                                                                                        126,675 
Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX for a Center for Hispanic Studies  college preparatory initiative                                                                                                                                                         275,000 
Springboard for Improving Schools, San Francisco, CA for a professional development center to serve Central Valley, CA teachers and administrators                                                                                                                250,000 
Springfield Public School District No. 19, Springfield, OR for an Academy of Arts and Academics                                                                                                                                                                   100,000 
St. Mary's County Public Schools, Leonardtown, MD for a mathematics, science, and technology academy                                                                                                                                                              500,000 
State of Nevada Department of Education for technology upgrades in the Elko, Nye, Douglas, Lyon and Churchill school districts, including subgrants                                                                                                               400,000 
Summit Educational Resources, Getzville, NY for service coordination and support for children with developmental disabilities                                                                                                                                     200,000 
Susannah Wesley Community Center, Honolulu, HI for computers and technology to serve at-risk high school students, and other students in an after-school program                                                                                                  120,000 
Tampa Metropolitan YMCA, Tampa, FL for after-school programs                                                                                                                                                                                                      125,000 
Technical Research and Development Authority, Titusville, FL, to provide professional workshops for teachers in STEM-related fields                                                                                                                               210,000 
Texas Southern University, Houston, TX for the TSU Lab School, which may include equipment and technology                                                                                                                                                         440,000 
Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, Los Angeles, CA for a longitudinal study on high school graduation rates                                                                                                                                                           100,000 
Town of Cumberland, Cumberland, RI for the Mayor's Office of Children and Learning for evidence-based innovative K-12 education programs                                                                                                                          150,000 
Towson University, Towson, MD for an education partnership with the City of Baltimore, Baltimore City Public School System and the Cherry Hill community                                                                                                          325,000 
Tracy Joint Unified School District, Tracy, CA for English language learner initiatives                                                                                                                                                                           125,000 
Tri-County Educational Service, Wooster, OH for the Olweus Bullying Prevention program                                                                                                                                                                            150,000 
Trumbull County Educational Service Center, Niles, OH for school robotics programs, which may include subgrants                                                                                                                                                   185,000 
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, to provide teacher education and leadership preparation to support the rebuilding of New Orleans schools                                                                                                                    1,200,000 
Tulsa Public Schools, Tulsa, OK  for innovative programming for students at risk of dropping out, including curriculum development                                                                                                                                200,000 
Union County Public Schools, Monroe, NC for equipment and technology needs for the information technology academy                                                                                                                                                 100,000 
Union County, Elizabeth, NJ, for training programs at the Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences                                                                                                                                                         255,000 
Union Free School District of the Tarrytowns, Sleepy Hollow, NY for family literacy activities and professional development to support literacy instruction                                                                                                       225,000 
United Inner City Services, Kansas City, MO, to enhance and expand early learning programs                                                                                                                                                                        635,000 
United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania,  Philadelphia, PA, for recruitment, placement, and oversight of school-based mentoring programs                                                                                                                          339,000 
University of Akron, Akron, OH to link regional school districts with industry to promote STEM academic and career pathways                                                                                                                                       150,000 
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL to implement a manufacturing engineering curriculum for high schools students                                                                                                                                               500,000 
University of Alaska/Southeast, Juneau, AK, for the Alaska Distance Education Technology Consortium for distance learning                                                                                                                                         255,000 
University of Maine, Orono, ME, to maintain healthy interscholastic youth sports programs                                                                                                                                                                         147,500 
University of North Alabama, Florence, AL, for research to develop a model center for teacher preparation                                                                                                                                                         127,125 
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, for a teletherapy program to address the shortage of speech language pathologists                                                                                                                      70,000 
University of Northern Iowa to continue the 2+2 teacher education demonstration program                                                                                                                                                                           450,000 
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, for gifted education programs at the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies program                                                                                                                     400,000 
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, for literacy enhancement                                                                                                                                                                                     400,000 
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, to establish the Educational Excellence program                                                                                                                                                                          3,000,000 
UrbanFUTURE, St. Louis, MO, to expand literacy, mentoring, and after-school services                                                                                                                                                                              254,000 
USD 259, Wichita Public Schools, Wichita, KS for technology upgrades                                                                                                                                                                                              300,000 
Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City, Utah, for a mentoring program                                                                                                                                                                                     423,700 
Valle Lindo School District, South El Monte, CA for technology upgrades                                                                                                                                                                                            75,000 
Venango Technology Center, Oil City, PA for the purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                                             200,000 
Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center (VAMSC), Virginia Beach, VA, to expand education outreach programs                                                                                                                                                     50,000 
Vision Therapy Project, Casper, WY for a teacher training initiative                                                                                                                                                                                              350,000 
Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Louisville, KY for programs to address school readiness needs of visually impaired children                                                                                                                                 100,000 
Waldo County Preschool & Family Services, Belfast, ME, for the Maine early language and literacy initiative                                                                                                                                                       100,000 
Washington College, Chestertown, MD for K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics outreach programs                                                                                                                                                   350,000 
Washington State University, Tacoma, WA for education and enrichment services for youth at its Center for Community Education, Enrichment and Urban Studies                                                                                                       250,000 
Washoe County School District, Reno, NV, for equipment for a parental notification system                                                                                                                                                                         350,000 
Washoe County School District, Reno, NV, to expand the Classroom on Wheels Program for low-income students                                                                                                                                                        400,000 
WE CARE San Jacinto Valley, Inc., San Jacinto, CA for the after school tutoring program                                                                                                                                                                           100,000 
West Contra Costa Unified School District, Richmond, CA for high school architecture, construction, and engineering curricula                                                                                                                                     100,000 
West River Foundation, Rapid City, SD, for K-12 administrator development                                                                                                                                                                                         100,000 
West Valley City, West Valley City, Utah, to expand the after school learning program                                                                                                                                                                              50,000 
White-Williams Scholars, Philadelphia, PA for a college preparation initiative, which may include student scholarships                                                                                                                                             75,000 
Widener University, Chester, PA for school-readiness programs                                                                                                                                                                                                     210,000 
Wildlife Information Center, Inc., Slatington, PA for an environmental education initiative                                                                                                                                                                       350,000 
Williamsburg County First Steps, Kingstree, SC for a school-readiness program                                                                                                                                                                                      87,000 
YMCA of Greater Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO, to expand after school programming at the Monsanto Family YMCA                                                                                                                                                        211,000 
Yonkers Public Schools, Yonkers, NY for after-school and summer academic enrichment, literacy, and professional development services, and for parental involvement activities                                                                                     250,000 
Youngstown City School District, OH for a Pathways to Building Trades Program in the Youngstown and Warren, OH school districts                                                                                                                                   225,000 
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH for a pilot K-12 attention enhancement for learning project                                                                                                                                                           100,000 
Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., Harrisburg, PA, for alternative school services                                                                                                                                                                                     90,000 
YWCA of Gary, Gary, IN for after-school and summer programs, which may include equipment                                                                                                                                                                          200,000 
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Other programs

The conference agreement includes $24,755,000 for the Ready to Learn program instead of $24,255,000 as proposed by the House and $25,255,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees expect the increase over fiscal year 2007 to be used for Ready to Learn outreach programs at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The conference agreement includes $1,977,000 for Close Up/Congressional Fellowships instead of $1,454,000 as proposed by the House and $2,500,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $46,000,000 for Advanced Placement programs instead of $50,000,000 as proposed by the House and $42,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees intend that funds be used first for the Advanced Placement Test Fee Program, estimated to require $10,000,000 in fiscal year 2008. The remaining funds shall be used for continuing and new awards under the Advanced Placement Incentive Program Grants. The conferees encourage the Department to incorporate a priority for projects focused on the sciences, mathematics, and foreign languages in the fiscal year 2008 competition for new awards under the Advanced Placement Incentive Program.

SAFE SCHOOLS AND CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION

The conference agreement includes $708,835,000 for programs in the Safe Schools and Citizenship Education account instead of $760,575,000 as proposed by the House and $697,112,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $300,000,000 for Safe and Drug-Free Schools State Grants as proposed by the Senate, instead of $346,500,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement includes $140,112,000 for National Programs instead of $141,112,000 as proposed by the House and $139,112,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement includes funding for the following activities:

School Emergency Preparedness Initiative $32,374,000
Safe Schools/Healthy Students 79,200,000
Drug Testing Initiative 10,828,000
Postsecondary Ed Drug and Violence Prevention (including $850,000 for the recognition program) 6,083,000
Violence prevention impact evaluation 1,146,000
National Institute of Building Sciences for the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities 300,000
Project SERV 1,500,000
Other activities 8,681,000

The conferees continue to be concerned about the increasing problems of alcohol and drug abuse on college campuses. The conferees direct the Department to use $850,000 within the amount provided for Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities National Programs to identify, and provide recognition of, promising and model alcohol and drug abuse education programs in higher education.

The conferees intend that funding recommended for school emergency preparedness activities be used for new grant awards to higher education institutions, in addition to school districts currently eligible, to develop and implement emergency management plans for preventing campus violence (including assessing and addressing the mental health needs of students) and for responding to threats and incidents of violence or natural disaster in a manner that ensures the safety of the campus community. The conferees intend that these funds be used to help institutions of higher education plan and prepare for the entire constellation of threats (terrorist attacks, natural disasters, shootings, and gang-related activity).

The conference agreement also modifies bill language proposed by the House to permit Project SERV funds appropriated in fiscal year 2008 and in previous fiscal years to be used to provide services to school districts and institutions of higher education in which the learning environment has been disrupted due to a violent or traumatic crisis. The Senate bill did not include bill language allowing Project SERV funds to be awarded to institutions of higher education.

In addition, the recommended funding for the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools will permit the Department to expand its examination of a variety of other school safety initiatives. The conferees request the Department to update the 2002 Department of Education and U.S. Secret Service guidance titled `Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe School Climates' to reflect the recommendations contained in the report titled `Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy.' The conferees also request that, within a year of the enactment of this Act, the Department shall disseminate the updated guidance to institutions of higher education and to State departments of education for distribution to all local education agencies.

The conference agreement includes $33,000,000 for Grants to Reduce Alcohol Abuse as proposed by the Senate instead of $32,409,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement includes $49,407,000 for Mentoring Programs instead of $48,814,000 as proposed by the House and $50,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $24,248,000 for Character Education as proposed by the House instead of $25,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $50,750,000 for the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling program instead of $61,500,000 as proposed by the House and $40,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $78,000,000 for the Carol M. White Physical Education program instead of $72,674,000 as proposed by the House and $80,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees affirm the original intent of the Physical Education program with respect to the use of funds for the purchase of equipment.

The conference agreement includes $33,318,000 for the Civic Education program authorized under the Education for Democracy Act as proposed by the House instead of $30,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement includes $21,246,000 for the We the People programs, including $3,025,000 to continue the comprehensive program to improve public knowledge, understanding, and support of American democratic institutions, which is a cooperative project among the Center for Civic Education, the Center on Congress at Indiana University, and the Trust for Representative Democracy at the National Conference of State Legislatures. The conference agreement also includes $12,072,000 for the Cooperative Education Exchange program.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

The conference agreement includes $722,717,000 for the English Language Acquisition account instead of $774,614,000 as proposed by the House and $670,819,000 as proposed by the Senate.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

The conference agreement includes $12,357,999,000 for the Special Education account instead of $12,362,831,000 as proposed by the House and $12,330,374,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement provides $5,703,017,000 in fiscal year 2008 and $6,654,982,000 in fiscal year 2009 funding for this account. Funds for the individual Special Education line items are displayed in the table at the end of the statement of managers. Funding levels that were in disagreement but not displayed on the table are discussed in this statement.

The conference agreement provides $23,000,000 for State personnel development, with funds available on a current funded basis. The House did not provide funding for the program. The Senate provided $46,000,000 for the program with funds available on a forward funded basis.

The agreement includes $40,000,000 for technology and media services as proposed by the Senate instead of $36,928,000 as proposed by the House. Within this amount, $1,500,000 is available for Public Telecommunications Information and Training Dissemination as proposed by the Senate. The House did not include funding for this activity. Also within this amount, the conference agreement includes $13,000,000 for the production and circulation of recorded textbooks and acceleration of digital technology as proposed by the Senate. The House provided $11,880,000 for activities authorized by section 674(c)(1)(D) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The conference agreement includes language proposed by the Senate intended to improve the operation and performance of the National Instructional Materials Access Center. The House bill did not contain similar language.

The conference agreement provides $13,000,000 for education activities authorized by the Special Olympics Sport and Empowerment Act, of which $8,000,000 is designated in bill language for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

REHABILITATION SERVICES AND DISABILITY RESEARCH

The conference agreement includes $3,285,985,000 for Rehabilitation Services and Disability Research instead of $3,279,743,000 as proposed by the House and $3,286,942,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funds for the individual Rehabilitation Services line items are displayed in the table at the end of the statement of managers. Funding levels that were in disagreement but not displayed on the table are discussed in this statement.

The conference agreement includes bill language providing $1,000,000 to improve the quality of applied orthotic and prosthetic research and to help meet the demand for provider services as proposed by the Senate. The House bill did not include a similar provision.

The conference agreement includes bill language providing $3,242,000 within demonstration and training programs for the following projects in the following amounts:


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Project                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Total funding 
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Advocating Change Together, Inc., St. Paul, MN for a disability rights training initiative                                                                                                                                           100,000 
Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired,  Anchorage, AK, for a partnership with the Lions Club to expand low vision services to Alaskans                                                                                   250,000 
City of North Miami Beach, FL, North Miami Beach, FL for fitness and other programs for the disabled                                                                                                                                 340,000 
Darden Rehabilitation Foundation, Gadsden, AL, for programs serving individuals with disabilities who seek to enter the work force                                                                                                   127,125 
Deaf Blind Service Center, Seattle, WA, to support the National Support Service Provider Pilot Project                                                                                                                               350,000 
Enable America, Inc., Tampa, Florida, for civic/citizenship demonstration project for disabled adults                                                                                                                                500,000 
Jewish Vocational and Career Counseling Service, San Francisco, CA for a Transition Services Project to provide vocational training and job placement for youth and adults with disabilities                                         250,000 
Kenai Peninsula Independent Living Center, Homer, AK, for the Total Recreation and Independent Living Services (TRAILS) project                                                                                                      200,000 
National Ability Center, Park City, Utah, to provide transportation for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities to participate independently in therapeutic recreational programs                                       211,375 
Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders, Blue Springs, MO, to expand programs available to individuals with severe disabilities                                                                                                   254,000 
Southeast Alaska Independent Living, Inc, Juneau, AK, to continue a joint recreation and employment project with the Tlingit-Haida Tribe                                                                                             200,000 
Special Olympics of Iowa, Des Moines, IA, for technology upgrades                                                                                                                                                                    100,000 
University of Northern Colorado National Center for Low-Incidence Disabilities, Greeley, CO, for support to local schools, educational professionals, families of infants, children, and youth with low-incidence disabilities       169,500 
Vocational Guidance Services, Cleveland, OH for equipment and technology in order to increase employment for persons with disabilities                                                                                               190,000 
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The conference agreement includes $31,226,000 for assistive technology instead of $30,452,000 as proposed by the House and $32,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, the conferees intend that $25,717,000 shall be for the State grant program, $4,456,000 shall be for protection and advocacy, and $1,053,000 for national activities.

The conference agreement specifies $8,400,000 within the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to carry out the traumatic brain injury model systems of care program and to fund two additional centers that submitted applications for the last grant competition.

SPECIAL INSTITUTIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE FOR THE BLIND

The conference agreement includes $22,000,000 for the American Printing House for the Blind as proposed by the Senate instead of $17,573,000 as proposed by the House.

NATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF

The conference agreement includes $60,757,000 for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf as proposed by the House instead of $59,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY

The conference agreement includes $115,400,000 for Gallaudet University instead of $109,952,000 as proposed by the House and $111,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. No funds are provided for evaluation purposes. The Senate had provided $600,000 for this purpose, while the House provided no evaluation funding.

CAREER, TECHNICAL, AND ADULT EDUCATION

The conference agreement includes $2,013,329,000 for Career, Technical, and Adult Education instead of $2,046,220,000 as proposed by the House and $1,894,788,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement provides $1,222,329,000 in fiscal year 2008 and $791,000,000 in fiscal year 2009 funding for this account. Funds for the individual Career, Technical, and Adult Education line items are displayed in the table at the end of the statement of managers. Funding levels that were in disagreement but not displayed on the table are discussed in this statement.

The conference agreement does not include a bill language proviso specifying $8,000,000 for tribally controlled postsecondary vocational and technical institutions as proposed by the House. The agreement provides these funds in the Higher Education account as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement specifies in bill language that $69,759,000 is provided for integrated English literacy and civics education services to immigrants rather than $71,622,000 as specified by the House and $67,896,000 as specified by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes bill language identifying $81,532,000 for the Smaller Learning Communities program instead of $93,531,000 as proposed by the House. The Senate did not provide funding for the program. The conferees agree that these funds shall be used only for activities related to establishing smaller learning communities within large high schools or small high schools that provide alternatives for students enrolled in large high schools. The conferees direct that the Education Department consult with the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations prior to the release of program guidance for the fiscal year 2008 Smaller Learning Communities grant competitions. The conferees direct that the Department submit an operating plan outlining its planned use of the 5 percent set-aside for national activities.

The conference agreement includes report language identifying $22,770,000 for State Grants for Incarcerated Youth Offenders as proposed by the House in report language and the Senate in bill language. An authorization citation for the program is included in the bill language for the account as proposed by the Senate. The House did not include a bill language citation.

The conferees encourage the Department to support initiatives that foster applied research, program improvement and evaluation, technology transfer and research-based institutional practices to improve adult and adolescent basic education and literacy instruction.

STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

(INCLUDING RESCISSION)

The conference agreement includes $16,379,883,000 for Student Financial Assistance instead of $17,464,883,000 as proposed by the House and $16,368,883,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement provides a total of $15,023,000,000 for Pell Grants instead of $15,583,000,000 as proposed by the House and $14,487,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. This amount includes $525,000,000 that is offset by a corresponding rescission from unobligated balances under the mandatory Academic Competitiveness and SMART grants program. These balances are not needed to pay Academic Competitiveness and SMART grant awards in the 2008-2009 award year.

The conference agreement supports a $4,435 maximum Pell Grant for the 2008-2009 award year instead of $4,700 as proposed by the House and $4,310 as proposed by the Senate. Under the College Cost Reduction Act, Public Law 110-84, an additional $2,000,000,000 in mandatory funds is available for the Pell Grant program in fiscal year 2008. These mandatory funds, together with the discretionary funds provided in this conference report, will support a total maximum Pell grant of $4,925 in the 2008-2009 award year, a $615 increase over the 2007-2008 award year.

HIGHER EDUCATION

The conference agreement includes $2,095,608,000 for Higher Education instead of $2,176,533,000 as proposed by the House and $2,040,302,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Aid for Institutional Development

The conference agreement includes $97,207,000 for Hispanic Serving Institutions instead of $99,500,000 as proposed by the House and $94,914,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $243,798,000 for Historically Black Colleges and Universities instead of $349,500,000 as proposed by the House and $238,095,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $57,915,000 for Historically Black Colleges and Universities Graduate Institutions as proposed by the Senate instead of $82,915,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement also includes $12,143,000 for Alaska and Native Hawaiian Institutions instead of $11,785,000 as proposed by the House and $12,500,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $110,700,000 for Title VI International Education and Foreign Languages Studies programs instead of $115,651,000 as proposed by the House and $105,751,000 as proposed by the Senate. For Title VI domestic programs, the conference agreement provides $95,390,000 instead of $100,341,000 as proposed by the House and $91,541,000 as proposed by the Senate. For overseas programs authorized under the Fulbright-Hays Act, the conference agreement provides $13,610,000 as proposed by the House instead of $12,610,000 as proposed by the Senate. For the Institute for International Public Policy, the conference agreement provides $1,700,000 as proposed by the House instead of $1,600,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees concur in the direction in House Report 110-231 regarding the Title VI program.

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education

The conference agreement includes $126,256,000 for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education instead of $63,264,000 as proposed by the House and $81,844,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes the following projects in the following amounts:


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Project                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Total funding 
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AIB College of Business, Des Moines, IA, to recruit and train captioners and court reporters and to provide scholarships                                                                                                       400,000 
Aims Community College, Greeley, CO, for equipment for career training in the health professions                                                                                                                                45,000 
Alabama Institute of the Deaf and Blind, Talladega, AL for the interpreter training program                                                                                                                                    200,000 
Albany State University, Albany, GA, in partnership with Darton College, for an initiative to increase the success of minority males and nontraditional students in postsecondary education                                    250,000 
Albertson College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID, for acquisition of equipment, technology and library upgrade                                                                                                                         300,000 
Albright College, Reading, PA, for laboratory equipment acquisition                                                                                                                                                             90,000 
Alpena Community College, Alpena, MI, for curriculum development for the Rural Communications Initiative                                                                                                                       255,000 
Alvernia College, Reading, PA, for scholarships and nursing education programs                                                                                                                                                  90,000 
American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, Rockville, MD for its New Century Scholars Program                                                                                                                                275,000 
Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD for a health care training initiative, which may include equipment and technology                                                                                                   125,000 
Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA for development of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Cyber Security and Investigation Technology                                                                                284,700 
Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield, CT for manufacturing technology training programs, which may include equipment and technology                                                                                            250,000 
Assumption College, Worcester, MA for program development including equipment                                                                                                                                                  125,000 
Azusa Pacific University, San Bernardino, CA for nursing programs                                                                                                                                                              400,000 
Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA for development of computer security curriculum                                                                                                                                       330,000 
Beloit College, Beloit, WI for equipment and technology                                                                                                                                                                        200,000 
Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN for equipment for an engineering technology center                                                                                                                                       350,000 
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, for educational equipment and curriculum development to support medical technology professional training programs                                                       210,000 
Bennett College for Women, Greensboro, NC for equipment, technology, and professional development                                                                                                                              540,000 
Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Winchester, KY for equipment and technology                                                                                                                                         350,000 
Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, IA for equipment                                                                                                                                                                           192,000 
Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA, to expand adult literacy and career development academic programs                                                                                                                   170,000 
Broward Community College, Broward County, FL for an education and training program in emergency preparedness and response                                                                                                     300,000 
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA for environmental studies programs and community outreach, which may include equipment                                                                                                      200,000 
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, for laboratory equipment acquisition                                                                                                                                                        90,000 
Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA for curriculum development                                                                                                                                                              250,000 
Butler Community College, Andover, KS for a closed captioning training program, including curriculum development                                                                                                               350,000 
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, Hudson, NC for curriculum development                                                                                                                                      100,000 
California Baptist University, Riverside, CA for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                         350,000 
California Community Colleges, Sacramento, CA, for Math and Science Teacher Initiative                                                                                                                                         170,000 
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                         150,000 
California State University--Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                          150,000 
California State University--Fullerton, Fullerton, CA for technology upgrades at the Ruby Gerontology Center                                                                                                                   350,000 
California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA, for curriculum development and teacher training to enhance math and science instruction                                                                                  90,000 
Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC for its Advancement for Underrepresented Minority Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists Program                                                                                       320,000 
Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI, to establish a bachelors of science nurse degree program                                                                                                                           275,000 
Carroll College, Helena, MT, for curriculum development in Civil Engineering                                                                                                                                                   200,000 
Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA, for nursing education programs                                                                                                                                                              90,000 
Central Arizona College, Coolidge, AZ for nursing programs, including curriculum development                                                                                                                                   300,000 
Central Florida Community College, Ocala, FL for curriculum development                                                                                                                                                        100,000 
Central Maine Community College, Auburn, ME, for nursing education expansion and outreach                                                                                                                                      107,500 
Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO for a science, technology, engineering and math teacher training program                                                                                                             350,000 
Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC, for curriculum development at the Center for Integrated Emergency Response Training                                                                                         200,000 
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA for curriculum development                                                                                                                                                       200,000 
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR for equipment and technology for health sciences education and training programs                                                                                                        565,000 
City College of New York, NY for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service to prepare individuals for careers in public service, which may include establishing an endowment, library and archives for such center     2,000,000 
Clark State Community College, Springfield, OH for curriculum development and purchase of equipment                                                                                                                            300,000 
Clayton College and State University, Morrow, GA for development of a Master of Arts in Archive degree program, which may include student scholarships and community outreach                                                  325,000 
Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR, for curriculum development                                                                                                                  1,000,000 
Clover Park Technical College, Lakewood, WA for an institute for environmental sustainability in the workforce                                                                                                                 150,000 
College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL for curriculum development                                                                                                                                                               350,000 
College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, ID for the Pro-Tech program                                                                                                                                                             250,000 
College of Southern Maryland, LaPlata, MD for nursing education programs                                                                                                                                                       100,000 
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA for creation of the medical lab technician degree program, including curriculum development and purchase of equipment                                                                100,000 
College Success Foundation, Issaquah, WA for the Leadership 1000 Scholarship Program                                                                                                                                           500,000 
Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA for a technical education initiative                                                                                                                                     400,000 
Community College of Beaver County, Monaca, PA for equipment and technology                                                                                                                                                    100,000 
Community College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, to purchase equipment and other support for  Internet-based course offerings                                                                                              750,000 
Connecticut State University, Hartford, CT, for nursing education programs                                                                                                                                                     340,000 
Consensus Organizing Center, San Diego, CA, for its Step Up college preparation initiative                                                                                                                                     100,000 
Coppin State University, Baltimore, MD for its nursing education program, which may include equipment and technology                                                                                                           225,000 
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, for a new interdisciplinary initiative on engineering and medicine                                                                                                                             300,000 
Darton College, Albany, GA for a biotechnology education and training collaboration with Albany State University and Albany Technical College                                                                                  300,000 
Deaf West Theatre, North Hollywood, CA, for cultural experiences for the deaf                                                                                                                                                  250,000 
Dean College, Franklin, MA, to develop programs and procure equipment for the Learning Center                                                                                                                                  200,000 
Delaware County Community College, Media, PA for equipment and instrumentation for science, engineering, and technology laboratories                                                                                           175,000 
Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines, IA for the Jasper County Career Academy, which may include equipment                                                                                                            100,000 
DeSales University, Center Valley, PA for the Digital Campus Initiative, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                       500,000 
Dillard University, New Orleans, LA for recruitment and training of nursing assistants                                                                                                                                         750,000 
Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, Pittsburgh, PA, for equipment and technology acquisition for a supercomputing facility                                                                                                  90,000 
East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA, for forensic science education programs                                                                                                                                      90,000 
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL for nursing programs                                                                                                                                                               150,000 
Eastern Iowa Community College, Davenport, IA, for the creation of a center on sustainable energy, including equipment                                                                                                         300,000 
Eastern New Mexico University,  Portales, NM, for technological equipment upgrades                                                                                                                                           1,000,000 
Eastern Shore Community College Industrial Maintenance Program, Melfa, VA for curriculum development                                                                                                                           250,000 
Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                   200,000 
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA, to support a computer forensics training program at its Western Pennsylvania High Tech Crime Training Center                                                                 90,000 
Edison College, Charlotte County Campus, Punta Gorda, FL for a nursing education program                                                                                                                                        75,000 
El Camino College, Torrance, CA for nursing, engineering and nontraditional education and training programs                                                                                                                    200,000 
Elmira College, Elmira, NY for technology upgrades                                                                                                                                                                             200,000 
Emerson College, Boston, MA, for educational equipment and program development                                                                                                                                                 340,000 
Emmanuel College, Boston, MA,  for the procurement of educational equipment and program development                                                                                                                            255,000 
Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell, MT, for program development at the Center for Community Entrepreneurship Education                                                                                               280,000 
Florida Campus Compact, Tallahassee, FL for a project to enhance service learning on college campuses throughout Florida                                                                                                       250,000 
Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, FL for the Coastal Watershed Institute                                                                                                                                               200,000 
Focus: HOPE, Detroit, MI for an experiential learning laboratory and related equipment and technology to support undergraduate education and training                                                                          600,000 
Franklin Pierce College, Rindge, NH, for a nursing education program, which may include equipment                                                                                                                              150,000 
Franklin Pierce College, Rindge, NH, for technology-based educational programs and services                                                                                                                                    350,000 
Frontier Community College, Fairfield, IL for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                            150,000 
Ft. Valley State University, Ft. Valley, GA for a teacher preparation program, which may include equipment and technology                                                                                                      175,000 
Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden, AL for technology upgrades                                                                                                                                                           350,000 
Gateway Community and Technical College, Ft. Mitchell, KY for the Center for Advanced Manufacturing Competitiveness, including purchase of equipment                                                                           300,000 
Gateway Community College, New Haven, CT, for radiography and radiation therapy training programs, which may include equipment                                                                                                 100,000 
George Meany Center for Labor Studies--the National Labor College for curriculum development                                                                                                                                   750,000 
George Washington University, Washington, DC, for health professions training for students from the District of Columbia                                                                                                       316,700 
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, for science education partnership programs between colleges, universities, schools and life science community educational organizations                                                  84,700 
Gila County Community College, Globe, AZ, for the registered nursing program, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                  200,000 
Golden Apple Foundation, Chicago, IL, for a math and science teacher training initiative                                                                                                                                       350,000 
Grace College, Winona Lake, IN for technology upgrades                                                                                                                                                                         200,000 
Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA for education and training programs in the arts, which may include equipment and student scholarships                                                                             175,000 
Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, PA for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                        300,000 
Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA for curriculum development                                                                                                                                                   150,000 
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Harrisburg, PA for instructional programs, which may include equipment and technology                                                                                         300,000 
Henry Kuualoha Giugni Archives at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, to establish an archival facility of historical Native Hawaiian records and stories                                                                       200,000 
Herkimer County Community College, Herkimer, NY for equipment and technology for science laboratories                                                                                                                          100,000 
Hermiston, Hermiston,  OR, to support programs and systems for Latino education                                                                                                                                                254,900 
Hiwassee College, Madisonville, TN for a dental hygiene program, including curriculum development                                                                                                                              400,000 
Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA for nurse education programs                                                                                                                                                          200,000 
Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA, for educational equipment and information technology                                                                                                                                   170,000 
Houston Community College, Houston, TX, for the Accelerated Nursing Proficiency Center                                                                                                                                         150,000 
Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY, to expand the nursing program                                                                                                                                                       500,000 
Huntington Junior College, WV for an initiative to recruit and train students in closed captioning                                                                                                                           1,080,000 
Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, TX for a math and science education initiative, which may include equipment                                                                                                               250,000 
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, for equipment acquisition and curriculum development for a mine safety course                                                                                                  90,000 
Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, Danville, VA for professional development for teachers in the field of nanotechnology                                                                                            200,000 
Iowa Lakes Community College, Estherville, IA, for equipment to support the Sustainable Energy Education program                                                                                                               250,000 
Ivy Tech Community College, Evansville, IN for equipment and technology                                                                                                                                                         75,000 
Jackson State University, Jackson, MS for establishment of an osteopathic medical school                                                                                                                                       500,000 
James Rumsey Technical Institute, Martinsburg, WV for the Automotive Technology Program, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                       100,000 
Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City, KS, to provide workforce development training to improve economic conditions and to reduce prisoner recidivism                                                              500,000 
Kent State University, New Philadelphia, OH for equipment and technology for its Tuscarawas County campus                                                                                                                      150,000 
Keystone College, LaPlume, PA, for classroom and laboratory equipment upgrades and acquisition                                                                                                                                  90,000 
King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA to provide educational opportunities for students through civic engagement and service learning                                                                                               343,000 
La Sierra University, Riverside, CA                                                                                                                                                                                            210,000 
Lackawanna College, Scranton, PA for equipment, furnishings and operating expenses for an extension center in Susquehanna County                                                                                               175,000 
Lackawanna College, Scranton, PA, for laboratory equipment and technology  upgrades and acquisition                                                                                                                             90,000 
Lake City Community College, Lake City, FL for a math skills initiative                                                                                                                                                        100,000 
Latino Institute, Inc., Newark, NJ for its Latino Scholars Program                                                                                                                                                             140,000 
Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, for educational and research equipment to support new science instruction laboratories                                                                                                       210,000 
Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey, IL, for its National Great Rivers Research and Education Center                                                                                                                    400,000 
Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, ID, to continue and expand the American Indian Students in Leadership of Education (AISLE) program                                                                                        192,500 
Lincoln College, Lincoln, IL for training, material acquisition and purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                      100,000 
Lincoln Memorial University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harrogate, TN for curriculum development                                                                                                                          500,000 
Lincoln University, Lincoln University, PA, for campus-wide technology upgrades and wiring                                                                                                                                      90,000 
Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, OR for science and health equipment and technology                                                                                                                                      540,000 
Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA, to provide professional development partnerships and related services                                                                                                                    90,000 
Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH for its library and community resource center, which may include equipment and technology                                                                                          350,000 
Los Angeles Valley College, Valley Glen, CA for its Solving the Math Achievement Gap program                                                                                                                                   200,000 
Lyon College, Batesville, AR, to purchase and install equipment                                                                                                                                                                 75,000 
MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL for technology upgrades                                                                                                                                                                    350,000 
Madonna University, Livonia, MI for curriculum development for a disaster relief and recovery program                                                                                                                          270,000 
Maricopa County Community College, Tempe, AZ for the Bilingual Nursing Program at Gateway Community College in Phoenix, AZ                                                                                                     350,000 
Maryland Association of Community Colleges, Annapolis, MD, to expand and improve nursing programs at Maryland's community colleges                                                                                           2,340,000 
Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY for a minority teacher preparation initiative                                                                                                                                        350,000 
McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA for the Louisiana Academy for Innovative Teaching and Learning                                                                                                                      150,000 
Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ for an online registered nurse recertification program                                                                                                                                        125,000 
Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ for the Enfermeras En Escalera program to address a shortage of nurses                                                                                                                        175,000 
Messiah College, Grantham, PA, for wireless technology acquisition and technology infrastructure improvements                                                                                                                   90,000 
Metro State College, Denver, CO, for training and equipment acquisition                                                                                                                                                        127,125 
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN for nursing education programs                                                                                                                                                     500,000 
MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, KS, for equipment acquisition to expand distance education for teachers in western Kansas                                                                                              300,000 
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, for the comprehensive math and science teacher training program                                                                                                           500,000 
Midland College, Midland, TX for purchase of equipment at the Advanced Technology Center                                                                                                                                       150,000 
Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove, IL for the Advanced Career Explorers Program                                                                                                                 100,000 
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Office of the Chancellor, St. Paul, MN for a statewide veterans re-entry education program                                                                                        1,148,500 
Mira Costa Community College District, Oceanside, CA for a nursing education program, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                          350,000 
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Gautier, MS for equipment and furnishings for a marine technology center and estuarine education center                                                                              200,000 
Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, for a leadership training program at the Appalachian Leadership Honors Program                                                                                            100,000 
Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, for acquisition of equiment and curriculum development at the Wise Center-Broadcast Facility Conversion to Digital                                                      1,000,000 
Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, for program development and expansion, equipment and technology for the Distance Learning Project on the West Plains Campus                                                        847,000 
Missouri State University--West Plains, West Plains, MO for technology upgrades and programming at the Academic Support Center                                                                                                 200,000 
Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY for a special needs preparedness training program                                                                                                                                      450,000 
Montana Committee for the Humanities, Missoula, MT, to continue civic educational programs                                                                                                                                      80,000 
Montana State University--Billings, Billings, MT, for the Montana Energy Workforce Training Center                                                                                                                             130,000 
Montana State University--Billings,  Billings, MT, to develop job-training programs                                                                                                                                            160,000 
Montana State University--Billings,  Billings, MT, to expand professional development education programs for the health care industry                                                                                          160,000 
Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA for curricula, equipment and technology, faculty, and outreach for its advanced technologies initiative                                                                     440,000 
Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, for equipment and technology acquisition and curriculum development for a science initiative                                                                                                   90,000 
Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, to establish a research initiative to improve college graduation of minority students                                                                                                           84,700 
Mott Community College--Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM), Flint, MI, for a clearinghouse and pilot program for new technology                                                                                           425,000 
Mount Ida College, Newton, MA, for a veterinary technology program, which may include equipment                                                                                                                                150,000 
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, for education and outreach services to support undergraduate students with disabilities                                                                                                      90,000 
Murray State University, Hopkinsville, KY for purchase of equipment at the Veterinary Center                                                                                                                                   200,000 
Nevada State College, Henderson, NV for the accelerated nursing program                                                                                                                                                        450,000 
Nevada State College, Henderson, NV, for math and science teacher initiatives                                                                                                                                                  325,000 
New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL for equipment at the Jane Bancroft Cook Library                                                                                                                                           250,000 
New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL for the Public Archaeology Laboratory, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                    225,000 
New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL for the Strategic Languages Resource Center, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                              300,000 
New Hampshire Community Technical College System, Concord, NH, to expand and modernize engineering technology programs                                                                                                         254,100 
New Hampshire Community Technical College System, Concord, NH, to standardize technology and learning across seven community colleges                                                                                          150,000 
New Hampshire Community Technical College--Manchester, Manchester, NH for equipment for nursing and allied health education and training programs                                                                              150,000 
Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, NY for equipment                                                                                                                                                                    350,000 
North Arkansas College, Harrison, AR for technology upgrades                                                                                                                                                                   215,000 
North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies, Hickory, NC for purchase of equipment at the Center for Engineering Technologies                                                                                           150,000 
North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, ND for a Center for Nanoscience Technology Training                                                                                                                         1,000,000 
Northeast Community College, Norfolk, NE, for nurse training, including the purchase of equipment                                                                                                                              170,000 
Northern Essex Community College, Lawrence, MA, for equpment for allied health program                                                                                                                                         205,000 
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL for its College of Engineering and Engineering Technology                                                                                                                             250,000 
Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation, Highland Heights, KY for the METS Center, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                    200,000 
Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, for the Infrastructure Management Institute                                                                                                                                500,000 
Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, for the nursing education program                                                                                                                                          127,125 
Northern Rockies Educational Services, Twin Bridges, MT, to develop Taking Technology to the Classroom program                                                                                                                  80,000 
Northwest Shoals Community College, Phil Campbell, AL for technology upgrades                                                                                                                                                  350,000 
Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Natchitoches, LA, for a nursing education program                                                                                                                                  200,000 
Norwich University, Northfield, VT for equipment and technology for a nursing program                                                                                                                                          350,000 
Oakland Community College, Bloomfield Hills, MI for international education programs                                                                                                                                           340,000 
Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell, OK for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                    100,000 
Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                             250,000 
Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR for academic programs in the OGI School of Science and Engineering                                                                                                          400,000 
Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, OR for development of associate's and bachelor's degree programs in the health professions                                                                                      350,000 
Owens Community College, Toledo, OH for a first responder training initiative, including curriculum development                                                                                                                150,000 
Palm Beach Community College, Lake Worth, FL for equipment and technology                                                                                                                                                      325,000 
Paula and Anthony Rich Center for the Study and Treatment of Autism, Youngstown, OH for distance learning technology and programs                                                                                              440,000 
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Johnstown, PA, for laboratory equipment and technology upgrades and acquisition                                                                                                       90,000 
Philadelphia School District, Philadelphia, PA for the CORE Philly Scholarship Program                                                                                                                                         575,000 
Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, for the Scientific Reasoning/Inquiry Based Education (SCRIBE) initiative                                                                                                             90,000 
Pierce College, Tacoma, WA for the Center of Excellence for Homeland Security, including curriculum development and training                                                                                                   186,000 
Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS for equipment for its Kansas Technology Center                                                                                                                                       275,000 
Plymouth State University,  Plymouth, NH, for a collaborative research institute for sustainable rural economics                                                                                                               200,000 
Polk Community College, Winter Haven, FL for advanced manufacturing training programs                                                                                                                                          300,000 
Portland State University, Portland, OR for equipment and technology for its science research and teaching center                                                                                                              400,000 
Prince George's Community College, Largo, MD for equipment and technology to upgrade a management information system                                                                                                           350,000 
Purchase College, State of University of New York, Purchase, NY, for science and math education programs, including teacher preparation programs                                                                               200,000 
Radford University, Radford, VA for a study of the feasibility of establishing a graduate school in the medical sciences                                                                                                       400,000 
Redlands Community College, El Reno, OK,  for nursing programs                                                                                                                                                                 100,000 
Rhode Island College, Providence, RI for development of a Portuguese and Lusophone Studies Program                                                                                                                             100,000 
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, NJ for curriculum development                                                                                                                                                  350,000 
Richland Community College, Decatur, IL for development of an alternative fuels education and training program                                                                                                                 320,000 
Richmond Community College, Hamlet, NC for equipment and programs at the Industrial Training Center                                                                                                                            200,000 
Robert Morris University, Moon Township, PA, for health care professional education programs in the use of electronic health records                                                                                            90,000 
Rochester Area Colleges,  Rochester, NY, for Excellence in Math and Science                                                                                                                                                  1,000,000 
Rockford College, Rockford, IL for technology upgrades and other equipment                                                                                                                                                     200,000 
Round Rock Higher Education Center, Round Rock, TX for nursing programs, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                       450,000 
Rust College, Holly Springs, MS, for acquisition of equipment for the Science and Mathematics Annex                                                                                                                            500,000 
Rutgers University School of Law--Camden, NJ for student scholarships and loan repayment, internships and public interest programming                                                                                          640,000 
Ryan Foundation, Wayne, PA, for civic education programs                                                                                                                                                                        90,000 
Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH, for a civic education program                                                                                                                                                            200,000 
Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah, to train health care professionals                                                                                                                                          423,700 
Salve Regina University, Newport, RI, for historic preservation education programs including equipment                                                                                                                         850,000 
San Jacinto College, Pasadena, TX for a health care education and training initiative, which may include equipment and technology                                                                                              250,000 
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA for equipment, technology, and training for its library and information commons initiative                                                                                             500,000 
Security on Campus, Inc., King of Prussia, PA, for campus safety peer education programs                                                                                                                                        30,150 
Seminole State College, Seminole, OK, for the Medical Laboratory Technology Program, including technology acquisition                                                                                                          100,000 
Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ for equipment and technology for its science and technology center                                                                                                                     525,000 
Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA, for technology upgrades and acquisition                                                                                                                                              90,000 
Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI for nursing programs                                                                                                                                                                      200,000 
Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, WI for nursing programs, including curriculum development                                                                                                                                      185,000 
Simpson College, Indianola, IA for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                       300,000 
South Carolina Technical College System, Columbia, SC, to fund apprenticeship pilot programs in economically distressed areas                                                                                                  169,500 
South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, for the Thomas Daschle Center for Public Service & Representative Democracy                                                                                                    1,000,000 
Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education, Glenside, PA, for equipment                                                                                                                                         425,000 
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah, to enchance academic skills and training of science teachers in southern Utah through mobile classrooms                                                                             50,000 
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, to expand a renewable energy training program                                                                                                                      340,000 
Sparks College, Shelbyville, IL for a closed captioner training program                                                                                                                                                        200,000 
Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, for programs to recruit and increase graduation rates for African-American females pursuing sciences, mathematics, or dual-engineering degrees                                                    84,700 
Springfield Public Schools Academy of Arts and Academics, Springfield, OR, for classroom equipment and technology                                                                                                               84,700 
St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY for equipment at the science facility                                                                                                                                          350,000 
St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY for technology upgrades                                                                                                                                                        300,000 
St. Clair County Community College, Port Huron, MI for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                   150,000 
St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY for equipment and technology to support its science, technology, engineering and math initiative                                                                                             770,000 
St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, FL for a distance learning program, including technology upgrades and purchase of equipment                                                                                            300,000 
State University of New York at New Paltz, NY, for curriculum development in economic development and governance                                                                                                               300,000 
State University of New York at Potsdam, Potsdam, NY for teacher training initiatives                                                                                                                                          100,000 
Stonehill College, Easton, MA, to procure equipment and develop programs for the Center for Non-Profit Management                                                                                                              170,000 
Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, for laboratory equipment and technology acquisition                                                                                                                                    90,000 
Sweetwater Education Foundation, Chula Vista, CA, for its Compact for Success program, which may include student scholarships                                                                                                  300,000 
Texas Chiropractic College, Pasadena, TX for health professions training                                                                                                                                                       100,000 
Texas State Technical College, Waco, TX, for equipment for education and training programs                                                                                                                                     150,000 
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX for the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery                                                                                                                                      150,000 
Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX, for the Institute of Health Sciences Dallas Center, for acquisition of technology                                                                                                        175,000 
Thiel College, Greenville, PA, for technology infrastructure upgrades and acquisition                                                                                                                                           90,000 
Tohono O'odham Community College, Sells, AZ for computer, science and mathematics equipment, technology and instructional materials                                                                                            125,000 
Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS, for an international study abroad program                                                                                                                                                      200,000 
Tri-County Community College, Murphy, NC for equipment and technology                                                                                                                                                           50,000 
Trident Technical College, Charleston, SC for nursing curriculum development                                                                                                                                                   200,000 
Trinity University, San Antonio, TX for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                  150,000 
Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt, ND, to develop a vocational and technical training curriculum                                                                                                                     640,000 
Univ. of Utah Health Sciences Center, Salt Lake City, UT for the Health Sciences LEAP Program to expand the pipeline of underrepresented students in health professions                                                         84,750 
University of Alaska, Anchorage, Anchorage, AK, for the 49th State Scholars program                                                                                                                                            350,000 
University of Alaska, Anchorage, Anchorage, AK, for the Alaska Native Students Science and Engineering program                                                                                                               1,000,000 
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ for development of a pilot project to provide instructional and support services to ensure the academic success of disabled veterans                                                         350,000 
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, for the Integrative Medicine in Residency program                                                                                                                                           200,000 
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, for equipment and curriculum development for genetic counseling and other health care programs                                                                   400,000 
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA for the Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service, which may include establishing an endowment, and for cataloguing the papers of Congressman Robert Matsui           1,000,000 
University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR, for a technology training and instruction initiative, which may include equipment                                                                                                  625,000 
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL for the Lou Frey Institute of Politics                                                                                                                                              250,000 
University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa for the establishment of a nursing education program                                                                                                                                    450,000 
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL for purchase of equipment at the College of Education                                                                                                                                   200,000 
University of Hawaii at Hilo for an Applied Rural Science program and a Clinical Pharmacy Training Program, for clinical pharmacy training program                                                                             800,000 
University of Hawaii School of Law, for a health policy center and cultural education programs                                                                                                                                 200,000 
University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, for the Gateway to Math Program, for continued outreach to pre-college math students                                                                                                          125,000 
University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, LA for technology upgrades at the College of Pharmacy                                                                                                                               400,000 
University of Michigan Depression Center, Ann Arbor, MI for the Postsecondary Education Campus Support project                                                                                                                 400,000 
University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, for program development, start-up costs and curriculum                                                                                                                                2,542,500 
University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL for the Teacher Leadership Initiative for School Improvement                                                                                                                          200,000 
University of New Hampshire, Manchester Campus, Manchester, NH, to expand business and high technology academic programs                                                                                                       339,000 
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM for the American Indian Language Policy Research and Teacher Training Center                                                                                                         300,000 
University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC for development of an assistive technology center, which may include equipment                                                                                      390,000 
University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina, for nursing programs including military veterans,  clinical research and distance learning                                                             211,250 
University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL for the Virtual School Readiness Incubator                                                                                                                                       250,000 
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA, for the development of math and science programs                                                                                                                                 169,500 
University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, for equipment acquisition to support nursing and allied health education programs                                                                                                         90,000 
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, for curriculum development and acquisition of equipment                                                                                                                   847,500 
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, for the Baker Center for Public Policy                                                                                                                                               5,000,000 
University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX for a science, technology, engineering and mathematics program, including teacher training                                                                                             150,000 
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX for nursing programs                                                                                                                                            150,000 
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX for the Centralized Clinical Placement system, including purchase of equipment                                                                                  100,000 
University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, for acquisition of equipment at the Center for Information Security                                                                                                                            100,000 
University of Vermont of Burlington, Burlington, VT, to establish advanced practice graduate nursing program in psychiatric-mental health nursing                                                                              200,000 
University of Vermont of Burlington, VT, Burlington, VT, to establish a child psychiatry fellowship program                                                                                                                    200,000 
University of Virginia Center for Politics, Charlottesville, VA for the Youth Leadership Initiative                                                                                                                            430,000 
University of Washington at Bothell, WA for an initiative to train nursing faculty in partnership with a consortium of colleges                                                                                                300,000 
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI, to provide educational programs in nanotechnology                                                                                                                          160,000 
University of Wisconsin Platteville, Platteville, WI, to establish an English as a Second Language teacher certification program                                                                                               125,000 
University of Wisconsin Whitewater, Whitewater, WI, to establish a certification program for science teachers                                                                                                                  125,000 
University of Wisconsin-Marshfield, Marshfield, WI for equipment and technology for science laboratories                                                                                                                       200,000 
Urban College of Boston, Boston, MA, to support higher education programs serving low-income and minority students                                                                                                             635,000 
Utah Valley State College, Orem, UT for a civic education program, including purchase of equipment                                                                                                                             200,000 
Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah, to expand nursing education, including technology acquisition and curriculum development                                                                                                 50,000 
Vanguard University Nursing Center, Costa Mesa, CA for teacher and nurse training programs                                                                                                                                     150,000 
Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, VT, for equipment for Fire Science Program                                                                                                                                         425,000 
Villa Julie College, Stevenson, MD, to expand the Nursing Distance Learning Program                                                                                                                                            500,000 
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, for equipment                                                                                                                                             400,000 
Waldorf College, Forest City, IA for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                                     120,000 
Washburn University, Topeka, KS, for equipment acquisition to train students in science and health-related fields                                                                                                              242,500 
Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA, for foreign language programs                                                                                                                                                   90,000 
Washington State University, Pullman, WA, for mentoring programs women in science programs                                                                                                                                     350,000 
Weber State University, Ogden, UT for the TAPT program to recruit additional teachers                                                                                                                                          150,000 
Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, for stipends and tuition asssistance for faculty to pursue advanced nursing degree                                                                                                        423,700 
Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, to provide mentoring for minority disadvantaged students                                                                                                                                   50,000 
West Central Technical College, Waco, GA for purchase of equipment                                                                                                                                                             150,000 
West Chester University, West Chester, PA for nursing program development                                                                                                                                                      250,000 
West Chester University, West Chester, PA, for technology infrastructure upgrades and acquisition                                                                                                                               90,000 
Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, IA, for equipment                                                                                                                                                             100,000 
Western Kentucky University Research Foundation, Bowling Green, KY, for equipment acquisition for the science, technology and engineering facility                                                                           1,500,000 
Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR, for equipping a nursing simulation laboratory                                                                                                                                         210,000 
Wheaton College, Norton, MA, to procure educational equipment and information technology to support science center expansion                                                                                                   170,000 
Wheelock College, Boston, MA, for educational equipment and curriculum development for the  K-9 science teachers program                                                                                                       210,000 
William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, for curriculum development and other activities to establish the Center for the Study of Critical Languages                                                                            210,000 
Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Madison, WI for continued implementation of the WAICU Collaboration Project                                                                                    345,000 
Wittenberg University, Springfield OH for a teacher training initiative                                                                                                                                                        400,000 
York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA, for laboratory equipment and technology upgrades and acquisition                                                                                                                        90,000 
York College, City University of New York, Jamaica, NY for activities to prepare students for careers in aviation management                                                                                                   320,000 
York College, York, NE, for training of clinical social workers in central and western Nebraska, including curriculum development                                                                                              100,000 
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Other programs

The conferees provide $8,000,000 for the Tribally Controlled Vocational Institutions as proposed by the Senate. The House also had proposed $8,000,000 for this program, but under the `Career, Technical, and Adult Education' account.

The conference agreement includes $858,178,000 for TRIO as proposed by the Senate instead of $868,178,000 as proposed by the House. Within this amount, the conferees intend that $10,000,000 be used for a TRIO college completion initiative, providing supplemental awards under the Student Support Services program to provide grant aid to students participating in the program who are at-risk of dropping out of college due to financial need. The conferees intend that Student Support Services projects receiving supplemental awards shall provide matching funds equal to 33 percent of the total award; thus, leveraging an additional $3,300,000 in need-based student aid. The conferees are concerned about the reduced level of participation of Hispanic students in the TRIO Talent Search program, and encourage the Secretary of Education to enhance program outreach efforts to Hispanics with the goal of increasing the participation rates of Hispanic students in Talent Search.

The conference agreement includes $318,423,000 for the GEAR UP program instead of $323,423,000 as proposed by the House and $313,423,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees intend that $4,950,000 of the increase over fiscal year 2007 be used for State grants, of which 50 percent must be used to provide student scholarships, and $10,050,000 of the increase be used for partnership grants.

The conference agreement includes $41,000,000 for Byrd Honors Scholarships as proposed by the Senate instead of $40,590,000 as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement includes $34,261,000 for the Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants program instead of $40,000,000 as proposed by the House and $28,521,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees intend that the increase over the amount needed for continuing awards in fiscal year 2008 be used solely for partnership grants to institutions of higher education, schools of arts and sciences, and high-need school districts that are focused on teacher pre-service preparation.

The conference agreement includes $3,000,000 for programs for baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or critical foreign languages with concurrent teacher certification, and $2,000,000 for programs for master's degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or critical foreign language education authorized in Public Law 110-69, the America COMPETES Act. The Senate bill proposed $6,000,000 and $4,000,000 for these programs, respectively, and the House bill did not include these provisions.

The conference agreement includes $16,810,000 for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School program instead of $17,810,000 as proposed by the House and $15,810,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement does not include funding for the Advancing America through Foreign Language Partnerships program as proposed by the House. The Senate proposed $12,000,000 for this initiative. Funding for similar activities is included in the conference agreement for the Foreign Language Assistance program and the Title VI International Education and Foreign Languages Studies program.

For Government Performance and Results Act and higher education program evaluation, the conferees recommend $620,000 as proposed by the House instead of $970,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $2,000,000 for the Underground Railroad program as proposed by the Senate. The House did not provide funds for this program. The conference agreement also provides $970,000 for the B.J. Stupak Olympic Scholarship program and $2,946,000 for the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship program as proposed by the House. The Senate did not propose funding for these programs.

HOWARD UNIVERSITY

The conference agreement includes $237,392,000 for Howard University as proposed by the House and Senate. Within this amount, the conference agreement includes $29,461,000 for Howard University hospital as proposed by the Senate. The House did not designate a specific amount for the hospital.

INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION SCIENCES

The conference agreement includes $561,315,000 for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) instead of $535,103,000 as proposed by the House and $589,826,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement provides $293,155,000 of total funding to be available through fiscal year 2009. Funds for the individual IES line items are displayed in the table at the end of the statement of managers. Funding levels that were in disagreement but not displayed on the table are discussed in this statement.

The conference agreement provides $2,200,000 for the Fast Response Survey System to collect data for the report of Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools during the 2008-2009 school year, as described in Senate Report 110-107. The survey is to be administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, but with IES and the Office of Innovation and Improvement jointly determining the scope of work of the project. The House proposed this funding level within IES. The Senate proposed $500,000 within the Fund for the Improvement of Education for the survey and additional funding within IES.

The conference agreement does not include funding for a pilot study to develop a student unit record data system as requested by the Administration as proposed by the House. The Senate did not include similar language.

The conference agreement includes funding above the fiscal year 2007 level to support 12th grade State reading and math assessments, as well as scheduled assessments in other subjects approved by the National Assessment Governing Board. The Senate included similar language. The House did not include funds for this purpose.

The conference agreement includes $2,000,000 to support the expansion of the number of urban districts that can participate in the trial urban district assessment. The House provided $3,000,000 for this purpose. The Senate did not include funds for this purpose. The conferees expect the National Assessment Governing Board to use its existing criteria in determining the districts to be added to the assessment.

The conferees request that the National Assessment Governing Board make particular certifications regarding the National Assessment of Educational Progress 2009 science test, as described in section 310 of H.R. 3043, as passed by the Senate. The House bill did not include a similar provision.

The conferees request the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on strategies used to prepare students to meet State academic standards, as described in section 313 of H.R. 3043, as passed by the Senate. The House bill did not include a similar provision.

DEPARTMENTAL MANAGEMENT

PROGRAM ADMINSTRATION

The conference agreement includes $420,698,000 for Departmental program administration instead of $219,487,000 as proposed by the House and $420,631,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees require the Secretary of Education to assess the impact on education felt by students in States with a high proportion of Federal lands compared to students in non-public land States and to submit a report no later than one year after enactment of this Act. The Senate had a similar requirement in bill language. The House did not have similar language.

OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL

The agreement includes $53,239,000 for the Office of the Inspector General as proposed by the House instead of $54,239,000 as proposed by the Senate.

GENERAL PROVISIONS

ONE PERCENT TRANSFER AUTHORITY

(TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

The conference agreement includes a general provision similar to that proposed by the Senate providing the Secretary of the Education Department with the authority to transfer up to 1 percent of discretionary funds between appropriations but no appropriation shall be increased by more than 3 percent by any such transfer. This transfer is available only to meet emergency needs. The Committees are to be notified 15 days in advance of any transfer. The House bill included a similar provision, but allowed transfers for unanticipated needs and allowed an appropriation to be increased up to an additional 2 percent subject to approval of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees.

INTEGRITY VALUES IN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

The conference agreement includes a general provision proposed by the House requiring the Secretary of Education to establish procedures to assess whether covered individuals or entities have potential financial interest in or bias toward a product or service purchased with or guaranteed or insured by the Department of Education or one of its contracted entities. The conferees direct the Secretary to disclose any such potential financial interest. The conferees also direct the Department of Education Inspector General to report on the adequacy of the procedures established by the Department and to conduct an audit to ensure that the procedures are being correctly implemented. The Senate did not have a similar provision.

IMPACT AID

The conference agreement includes a general provision proposed by the Senate expanding eligibility for impact aid to several school districts in Illinois. The House did not have a similar provision.

VOLUNTARY FLEXIBLE AGREEMENT

The conference agreement includes a general provision proposed by the Senate that requires the Secretary of Education to renegotiate the existing `voluntary flexible agreements' under the Higher Education Act, which allow student loan guaranty agencies to be compensated by the Federal government for preventing student loan defaults, rather than collecting on defaulted loans. The provision requires the Secretary to negotiate new, cost-neutral agreements by March 31, 2008 with any guaranty agency that had a voluntary flexible agreement that was determined not to be cost-neutral in October 2007, unless such guaranty agency does not wish to enter into such agreement. The House did not include a similar provision.

DEFINITION OF A HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION

The conference agreement includes a general provision not in either the House or Senate bill permitting continued student financial aid eligibility to an institution of higher education affiliated with an entity that filed a bankruptcy petition in 2001.

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate providing funding for the Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program, to be funded through an administrative reduction. The House did not have a similar provision. Funding for this activity is included in the Higher Education account.

UPWARD BOUND EVALUATION

The conference agreement does not include a provision in Title III regarding a prohibition of funds to implement an evaluation of the Upward Bound program until after the authorizing committees have reviewed the regulation as proposed by the Senate. A similar provision was included in the House bill, and is included in Title V of this conference agreement.

ANNUAL REPORT CARD

The conference agreement does not include a provision included in the Senate bill requiring the Secretary of Education to submit to the appropriate committees of Congress and post on the internet an annual report card pertaining to Department personnel and programs. The House bill did not contain a similar provision.

SCIENCE ASSESSMENT

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate expressing the sense of the Senate regarding science teaching and the National Assessment of Educational Progress 2009 science test. The House did not have a similar provision. Language relating to this provision is included in the IES account.

STEM PROGRAMS

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate that provides funding for programs that assist teachers acquiring degrees in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or critical foreign languages. The Senate proposed an administrative reduction to support these program increases. The House did not include a similar provision. Funding for these programs is included in the Higher Education account.

THREAT ASSESSMENTS

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate that requires the Secretary of Education to update the 2002 guidance on threat assessment in schools to reflect the recommendations of the report to the President regarding the legal sharing of personal information under various statutes. The House did not include a similar provision. This requirement is included in the Safe Schools and Citizenship Education section of the statement of managers.

GAO REPORT ON ACHIEVEMENT STANDARDS

The conference agreement does not include a general provision proposed by the Senate requiring the Government Accountability Office to submit a report to Congress on student preparation techniques to meet State academic achievement standards. The House did not include a similar provision. This requirement is included in the IES section of the statement of managers.

TITLE IV--RELATED AGENCIES

CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

OPERATING EXPENSES

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

The conference agreement includes $798,065,000 for the operating expenses of the programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) instead of $768,905,000 as proposed by the House and $804,489,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement includes bill language specifying funding amounts for domestic volunteer service programs and national and community service programs as proposed by the House. The Senate did not specify funding levels in the bill. The detailed table at the end of this joint statement reflects the activity distribution agreed to by the conferees.

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