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Calendar No. 563
102d CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 1704
[Report No. 102-337]
A BILL
To improve the administration and management of public lands, National
Forests, units of the National Park System, and related areas by improving
the availability of adequate, appropriate, affordable, and cost effective
housing for employees needed to effectively manage the public lands.
July 23, 1992
Reported with an amendment
S 1704 RS
Calendar No. 563
102d CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 1704
[Report No. 102-337]
To improve the administration and management of public lands, National
Forests, units of the National Park System, and related areas by improving
the availability of adequate, appropriate, affordable, and cost effective
housing for employees needed to effectively manage the public lands.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
September 11 (legislative day, SEPTEMBER 10), 1991
Mr. WALLOP (for himself, Mr. MURKOWSKI, Mr. DECONCINI, Mr. WALLOP, Mr. SEYMOUR,
Mr. BURNS, and Mr. AKAKA) introduced the following bill; which was read
twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Reported by Mr. JOHNSTON, with an amendment
[Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in
the italic]
A BILL
To improve the administration and management of public lands, National
Forests, units of the National Park System, and related areas by improving
the availability of adequate, appropriate, affordable, and cost effective
housing for employees needed to effectively manage the public lands.
  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
  States of America in Congress assembled,
 [Struck out->] SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. []   This Act may be cited as `Ranger Fair Housing Act of
 1991'. [] SEC. 2. REASONABLE VALUE FOR RENTAL RATES. []   To promote the recruitment and retention of qualified
 personnel necessary for the effective management of public lands, and
 notwithstanding any provisions of section 5536 of title 5, United States
 Code, to the contrary, the Secretary of Agriculture and Secretary of the
 Interior (hereinafter referred to as the `Secretary') are authorized to
 make employee housing and associated recreational facilities available,
 on or off the lands under the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary,
 and to rent or lease said housing to employees of the respective Department at
 a reasonable value. `Reasonable value' under section 5911 of title 5, United
 States Code, any provisions of section 5536 of title 5, United States Code,
 to the contrary notwithstanding, means base rental rate comparable to private
 rental rates for comparable housing facilities and associated amenities so
 long as the comparable rates do not exceed the most recent Census Bureau
 American Housing Survey national average for renters inclusive of utilities,
 whether paid as part of rent or paid directly to a third party. [] SEC. 3. AUTHORITY TO LEASE. []   The Secretary is authorized to enter into contracts
 and agreements with public and private entities to provide said
 housing. `Contract' under section 5911 of title 5, United States Code, is
 hereby defined to include, but is not limited to, `Build-to-Lease', `Rental
 Guarantee', `Joint Development' or other lease agreements entered into by
 the Secretary, on or off the lands subject to the administrative jurisdiction
 of the Secretary, for the purposes of sub-leasing to employees. [] SEC. 4. AVAILABILITY OF QUARTERS. []   (a) `Availability of quarters' under section 5911 of title 5,
 United States Code, is hereby defined as: the existence, within thirty miles
 of the duty station, of well constructed and maintained housing suitable
 to the individual and family needs of the employee the rental rates for
 which do not exceed the most recent Census Bureau American Housing Survey
 national average for renters inclusive of utilities, whether paid as part
 of rent or paid directly to a third party. []   (b) The Secretary shall conduct an annual survey of rental
 quarters available from the private sector within thirty miles of duty
 stations under the Secretary's jurisdiction. If any such survey indicates that
 privately owned housing is inadequate in either quality or quantity for the
 personnel assigned to the duty station, the Secretary shall provide suitable
 housing in accordance with other provisions of this Act. [] SEC. 5. SURVEY OF EXISTING FACILITIES. []   (a) Within one year after the effective date of this Act,
 the Secretary of Agriculture and Secretary of the Interior shall classify
 all existing government owned facilities, including employee housing, by
 agency within the areas under their respective jurisdictions with respect
 to their physical condition and their necessity and suitability for the
 effective prosecution of the agency mission, and develop an agency-wide
 priority listing, by structure, identifying those units in greatest need
 for repair, rehabilitation, replacement or initial construction. A report
 of this study shall be delivered to the House Interior and Insular Affairs
 and Appropriations Committees and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources
 and Appropriations Committees. []   (b) Expenditure of any funds authorized and appropriated
 for construction, repair or rehabilitation shall follow the priority listing
 established by each agency in sequential order. Funding available from other
 sources for housing repair may be distributed as determined by the Secretary:
 Provided, That any funds generated from rental income shall be deposited to
 a reimbursable account no lower than the agency regional level and expended
 only on housing maintenance or replacement for units from which the rental
 revenue is generated and: Provided further, That no more than 10 percent of
 funds available from rental revenues shall be obligated for administrative
 support, design, planning or overhead for housing projects. [] SEC. 6. SECONDARY QUARTERS. []   The Secretary may determine that secondary quarters for
 employees who are permanently duty stationed at remote locations and are
 regularly required to relocate for temporary periods are necessary for the
 effective administration of an area. Such temporary quarters are authorized
 to be made available to employees, either on or off the lands subject to the
 jurisdiction of the Secretary. Rental rates for such secondary facilities
 will be established such that the aggregate base rental rate paid by an
 employee for both primary housing and secondary quarters shall not exceed
 the Census Bureau American Housing Survey national average for renters
 inclusive of utilities, whether paid as part of rent or paid directly to
 a third party. [] SEC. 7. AUTHORITY FOR COOPERATIVE VENTURES FOR
 INFRASTRUCTURE. []   The Secretary is authorized to enter into cooperative
 agreements or joint ventures with local governmental and private entities,
 either on or off the lands subject to the jurisdiction of the Secretary,
 to provide appropriate and necessary utility and other infrastructure
 facilities in support of employee housing facilities provided under this
 Act. [] SEC. 8. AUTHORIZATION. []   There is hereby authorized to be appropriated such funds as
 may be necessary to implement the program authorized by this Act. [
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