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--H.R.4279--
H.R.4279
One Hundred First Congress of the United States of America
AT THE SECOND SESSION
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, the twenty-third day
of January,
one thousand nine hundred and ninety
An Act
To amend title 31, United States Code, to improve cash management of funds
transferred between the Federal Government and the States, and for other
purposes.
 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
 States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
 This Act may be cited as the `Cash Management Improvement Act of 1990'.
SEC. 2. PURPOSE.
 The purpose of this Act is to ensure greater efficiency, effectiveness, and
 equity in the exchange of funds between the Federal Government and the States.
SEC. 3. TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS.
 Section 6501 of title 31, United States Code, is amended--
 (1) in paragraph (2)(B) by striking `subclause (A) of this clause (2)'
 and inserting in lieu thereof `subparagraph (A)';
 (2) in paragraph (2)(E) by striking `subclauses (A)-(D) of this clause (2)'
 and inserting in lieu thereof `subparagraphs (A), (B), (C), and (D)';
 (3) in paragraph (4)(A) by striking `subclause (C) of this clause (4)'
 and inserting in lieu thereof `subparagraph (C)'; and
 (4) in paragraph (4)(B) by striking `subclause (C) of this clause (4)'
 and inserting in lieu thereof `subparagraph (C)'.
SEC. 4. DISBURSEMENT OBJECTIVES.
 (a) IN GENERAL- Subchapter II of chapter 33 of title 31, United States Code,
 is amended by adding at the end thereof the following:
`Sec. 3335. Timely disbursement of Federal funds
 `(a) Each head of an executive agency (other than the Tennessee Valley
 Authority) shall, under such regulations as the Secretary of the Treasury
 shall prescribe, provide for the timely disbursement of Federal funds through
 cash, checks, electronic funds transfer, or any other means identified by
 the Secretary.
 `(b) The Secretary may collect from any executive agency which does not
 comply with subsection (a) a charge in an amount the Secretary determines to
 be the cost to the general fund of the Treasury caused by such noncompliance.
 `(c) The amounts of charges collected from an executive agency under this
 section shall be deposited in the Treasury and credited as miscellaneous
 receipts.
 `(d) Any charge assessed by the Secretary under this section, to the maximum
 extent practicable--
 `(1) shall be paid out of appropriations available for executive agency
 operations; and
 `(2) shall not be paid from amounts available for funding programs of an
 executive agency.'.
 (b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The chapter analysis for chapter 33 of title 31,
 United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to
 section 3334 the following:
`3335. Timely disbursement of Federal funds.'.
 (c) REGULATIONS- The Secretary of the Treasury shall prescribe regulations
 under section 3335 of title 31, United States Code, as added by subsection
 (a), to ensure the full implementation of that section by the date which
 is 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.
SEC. 5. PAYMENT OF INTEREST.
 (a) DEFINITION OF STATE- Section 6501 of title 31, United States Code,
 is amended--
 (1) by redesignating paragraphs (7), (8), and (9) as paragraphs (8), (9),
 and (10), respectively;
 (2) by inserting after paragraph (6) the following new paragraph:
 `(7) `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Treasury.'; and
 (3) by striking out paragraph (9) (as redesignated by  paragraph (1))
 and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
 `(9) `State' means a State of the United States, the District of Columbia, a
 territory or possession of the United States, and an agency, instrumentality,
 or fiscal agent of a State but does not mean a local government of a State.'.
 (b) INTERGOVERNMENTAL TRANSFERS OF FUNDS; PAYMENT OF INTEREST- Section 6503
 of title 31, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
`Sec. 6503. Intergovernmental financing
 `(a) Consistent with program purposes and with regulations of the Secretary,
 and in accordance with an agreement under subsection (b) entered into by
 the Secretary and a State--
 `(1) the head of an executive agency (other than the Tennessee Valley
 Authority) carrying out a program shall schedule transfers of funds to the
 State under the program so as to minimize the time elapsing between transfer
 of funds from the United States Treasury and the issuance or redemption of
 checks, warrants, or payments by other means by a State; and
 `(2) the State shall minimize the time elapsing between transfer of funds
 from the United States Treasury and the issuance or redemption of checks,
 warrants, or payments by other means for program purposes.
 `(b)(1) The Secretary shall enter into an agreement with each State to which
 transfers of funds are made, which establishes procedures and requirements
 for implementing this section.
 `(2) An agreement under this subsection shall--
 `(A) specify procedures chosen by the State for carrying out transfers of
 funds under the agreement;
 `(B) describe the process by which the Federal Government shall review and
 approve the implementation of the procedures specified under subparagraph (A);
 `(C) establish the methods to be used for  calculating and documenting
 payments of interest pursuant to this section; and
 `(D) specify those types of costs directly incurred by the State for interest
 calculations required under this section, and require the Secretary to
 consider those costs in computing payments under this section.
 `(3) The Secretary shall issue regulations establishing procedures and
 requirements for implementing this section with respect to a State with
 which no agreement is entered into by the Secretary under paragraph (1). Such
 regulations shall apply to a State until such time as the Secretary enters
 into an agreement with the State under paragraph (1).
 `(c)(1) The Secretary shall issue regulations that shall require a State,
 when not inconsistent with program purposes, to pay interest to the United
 States on funds from the time funds are deposited by the United States to
 the State's account until the time that funds are paid out by the State
 in order to redeem checks or warrants or make payments by other means for
 program purposes. Except as provided under paragraph (3)(B) (relating to the
 Unemployment Trust Fund), the interest payable under this subsection shall
 be calculated at a rate equal to the average of the bond equivalent rates
 of 13-week Treasury bills auctioned during the period for which interest
 is calculated, as determined by the Secretary.
 `(2) Except as provided in paragraph (3), amounts received by the United
 States as payment of interest under this subsection shall be deposited in
 the Treasury and credited as miscellaneous receipts.
 `(3)(A) Amounts paid by a State under paragraph (1) as interest on funds
 paid to a State from a trust fund for which the Secretary is the trustee
 shall be credited to such trust fund.
 `(B) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, amounts of interest
 paid by a State, on funds drawn from its account in the Unemployment Trust
 Fund, shall be deposited into that account and shall consist of actual
 interest earnings by the State, less related banking costs incurred by the
 State, for the period for which interest is calculated.
 `(d)(1) If a State disburses its own funds for program purposes in accordance
 with Federal law, Federal regulation, or Federal-State agreement, the State
 shall be entitled to interest from the time the State's funds are paid out to
 redeem checks or warrants, or make payments by other means, until the Federal
 funds are deposited to the State's bank account. The Secretary shall pay,
 out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, such amounts as
 may be necessary for interest owed to a State under this subsection. Such
 interest shall be calculated, at a rate equal to the average of the bond
 equivalent rates of 13-week Treasury bills auctioned during the period for
 which interest is calculated, as determined by the Secretary.
 `(2) If interest is paid under this subsection as a result of a State
 disbursing its own funds before receiving payment from a trust fund for
 which the Secretary of the Treasury is the trustee, such interest shall be
 charged against such trust fund.
 `(e) The budget submitted by the President under section 1105 of this title
 for a fiscal year shall include a statement specifying, for the most recently
 completed fiscal year, amounts of interest accrued to the Federal Government
 under subsection (c) and amounts of interest paid to States under subsection
 (d).
 `(f) If a State receives refunds of funds disbursed by the State under
 a Federal program, the State shall return those refunds to the Federal
 executive agency administering the program or apply those refunds to reduce
 the amount of funds owed by the Federal Government to the State under such
 program. Interest earned on such refunds shall be considered when setting
 overall interest obligations between the State and the Federal Government
 as required by this section.
 `(g) If the Federal Government makes a payment to a recipient under
 a Federal program, and a portion of the payment is an amount which the
 Federal Government is paying to such recipient on behalf of a State, such
 amount shall be considered to be a transfer of funds between the Federal
 Government and the State for purposes of this section.
 `(h) A State may not be required by a law or regulation of the United
 States to deposit funds received by it in a separate bank account. However,
 a State shall account for funds made available to the State as United States
 Government funds in the accounts of the State. The head of the State agency
 concerned shall make periodic authenticated reports to the head of the
 appropriate Federal executive agency on the status and the application of
 the funds, the liabilities and obligations on hand, and other information
 required by the head of the executive agency. Records related to the funds
 received by the State shall be made available to the head of the executive
 agency, the Inspector General of the executive agency, and the Comptroller
 General for necessary audits.
 `(i) The Secretary shall prescribe methods for the payment of interest
 under this section between the Federal Government and the States, including
 provisions for offsetting amounts owed by the respective parties. Such
 methods of payment shall require payment of interest on an annual basis
 and shall provide for comparable treatment in manner, technique, and timing
 for both the States and the Federal Government.
 `(j) Consistent with Federal program purposes and regulations of the Director
 of the Office of Management and Budget, the head of a Federal executive
 agency carrying out a program shall execute grant awards to States on a
 timely basis to assure the availability of funds to accomplish transfers
 in compliance with subsection (a) of this section.'.
 (c) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The item relating to section 6503 in the chapter
 analysis for chapter 65 of title 31, United States Code, is amended to read
 as follows:
`6503. Intergovernmental financing.'.
 (d) AGREEMENTS WITH STATES-
 (1) SECRETARY'S EFFORTS TO ENTER AGREEMENTS- The Secretary of the Treasury
 shall make all reasonable efforts to enter into an agreement with each
 State under section 6503(b) of title 31, United States Code, as added by
 this section (relating to procedures and requirements for transfers of
 funds between executive agencies and States), by not later than 2 years
 after the date of the enactment of this Act.
 (2) EFFECTIVE DATE OF REGULATIONS- Regulations issued by the Secretary of the
 Treasury under subsection (b)(3) of section 6503 of title 31, United States
 Code, as added by the section (relating to procedures and requirements for
 transfers of funds involving States not entering agreements), shall take
 effect 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.
 (e) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall take effect
 on the date of enactment of this Act, except that subsections (c) and (d)
 of section 6503 of title 31, United States Code, as added by subsection
 (b) of this section (relating to payments of interest between the Federal
 Government and State governments), shall take effect 2 years after the date
 of enactment of this Act.
SEC. 6. GAO REPORT.
 Four years after the date of the enactment of this Act the Comptroller General
 shall submit an audit of the implementation of the amendments made by section
 5 and submit a report to the Congress describing the results of that audit.
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Vice President of the United States and
President of the Senate.