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[Congressional Bills 103th Congress]
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[H.R. 3490 Introduced in House (IH)]

103d CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 3490

  To include as creditable service, for purposes of the Civil Service 
  Retirement System, certain periods of service performed in certain 
            Federal-State cooperative agricultural programs.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                           November 10, 1993

 Mr. de la Garza introduced the following bill; which was referred to 
             the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service

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                                 A BILL


 
  To include as creditable service, for purposes of the Civil Service 
  Retirement System, certain periods of service performed in certain 
            Federal-State cooperative agricultural programs.

    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 ``Cooperative Agricultural Programs 
Extended Retirement Credit Act of 1993''.

SEC. 2. PURPOSES.

    The purposes of this Act are--
            (1) to make creditable, for purposes of the Civil Service 
        Retirement System, periods of service in certain qualified 
        Federal-State cooperative programs which had agricultural or 
        related purposes; and
            (2) to expedite the retirement of certain Federal 
        Government employees by providing them improved retirement 
        opportunities at typical retirement ages, thereby mitigating 
        potentially adverse effects of deficit-control measures on the 
        welfare of those and other employees of the Department of 
        Agriculture.

SEC. 3. CREDITABILITY OF PRIOR SERVICE.

    (a) In General.--Subject to section 8334(c) of title 5, United 
States Code, upon application to the Office of Personnel Management 
within 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, any 
individual who is an employee (as defined by section 8331(1) or 
8401(11) of such title) on such date shall be allowed credit under 
subchapter III of chapter 83 of such title for any service if such 
service was performed by such individual--
            (1) before January 1, 1984; and
            (2) as an employee of a State, or an instrumentality of a 
        State, in which capacity such individual performed duties 
        relating to the carrying out of a program described in 
        subsection (b).
    (b) Description of Programs.--The programs referred to in 
subsection (a) are--
            (1) the Federal-State cooperative program of agricultural 
        research of the State agricultural experiment stations as 
        defined in section 1 of the Act entitled ``An Act to 
        consolidate the Hatch Act of 1887 and laws supplementary 
        thereto relating to the appropriation of Federal funds for 
        support of agricultural experiment stations in the States, 
        Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico'', approved August 11, 1955 (69 
        Stat. 671);
            (2) the Federal-State cooperative program of forestry 
        research at eligible institutions of the State as defined in 
        section 2 of the Act entitled ``An Act to authorize the 
        Secretary of Agriculture to encourage and assist the several 
        States in carrying on a program of forestry research, and for 
        other purposes'', approved October 10, 1962 (76 Stat. 806), and 
        popularly referred to as the ``McIntire-Stennis Act'';
            (3) the Federal-State cooperative program of agricultural 
        research for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1967 and later 
        fiscal years at the 1890 land-grant colleges, including 
        Tuskegee Institute, as defined in subsection 1445(a) of the 
        ``National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching 
        Policy Act of 1977'', approved September 29, 1977 (91 Stat. 
        1009);
            (4) the Federal-State cooperative program of agricultural 
        extension work authorized by the Act entitled ``An Act to 
        provide for cooperative agricultural extension work between the 
        agricultural colleges in the several States receiving the 
        benefits of an Act of Congress approved July second, eighteen 
        hundred and sixty-two, and of Acts supplementary thereto, and 
        the United States Department of Agriculture'', approved May 8, 
        1914 (38 Stat. 372), and acts supplementary thereto;
            (5) the Federal-State cooperative program of vocational 
        education including, but not limited to, State programs of 
        instruction in vocational agriculture and home economics, 
        authorized by the Act entitled ``An Act to provide for the 
        promotion of vocational education; to provide for cooperation 
        with the States in the promotion of such education in 
        agriculture and the trades and industries; to provide for 
        cooperation with the States in the preparation of teachers of 
        vocational subjects; and to appropriate money and regulate its 
        expenditure'', approved February 23, 1917 (39 Stat. 929), and 
        acts supplementary thereto;
            (6) the Federal-State cooperative program in marketing 
        service and research authorized by the ``Agricultural Marketing 
        Act of 1946'', approved August 14, 1946 (60 Stat. 1087), and 
        predecessor programs, including programs to inspect, certify, 
        and identify the class, quality, quantity, and condition of 
        agricultural products shipped or received in interstate 
        commerce; and programs of inspection and weighing services 
        authorized by the United States Grain Standards Act (7 U.S.C. 
        71 and following), whether performed by a delegated State 
        agency or a designated private agency;
            (7) the Federal-State cooperative program for the control 
        of plant pests and animal diseases authorized by the provisions 
        under the subheading ``Federal Horticulture Board'' under the 
        heading ``Department of Agriculture'' in the Act entitled ``An 
        Act making appropriations to supply urgent deficiencies in 
        appropriations for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, 
        nineteen hundred and eighteen, and prior fiscal years, on 
        account of war expenses, and for other purposes'', approved 
        October 6, 1917 (40 Stat. 374); by section 102 of the 
        ``Department of Agriculture Organic Act of 1944'', approved 
        September 21, 1944 (58 Stat. 734); by the joint resolution 
        entitled ``Joint resolution making funds available for the 
        control of incipient or emergency outbreaks of insect pests or 
        plant diseases, including grasshoppers, mormon crickets, and 
        chinch bugs'', approved April 6, 1937 (50 Stat. 57); by the Act 
        entitled ``An Act to provide for regulating, inspecting, 
        cleaning, and, when necessary, disinfecting railway cars, other 
        vehicles, and other materials entering the United States from 
        Mexico'', approved January 31, 1942 (56 Stat. 40); by the Act 
        entitled ``An Act to regulate the importation of nursery stock 
        and other plants and plant products; to enable the Secretary of 
        Agriculture to establish and maintain quarantine districts for 
        plant diseases and insect pests; to permit and regulate the 
        movement of fruits, plants, and vegetables therefrom, and for 
        other purposes'', approved August 20, 1912 (37 Stat. 315); by 
        the first paragraph under the subheading ``Enforcement of the 
        Plant-Quarantine Act'' under the heading ``Miscellaneous'' in 
        the Act entitled ``An Act making appropriations for the 
        Department of Agriculture for the fiscal year ending June 
        thirtieth, nineteen hundred and fourteen'', approved March 4, 
        1913 (37 Stat. 853), insofar as such paragraph relates to the 
        importation of certain plants for scientific purposes; by the 
        second, third, and fourth paragraphs under the subheading 
        ``Enforcement of the Plant-Quarantine Act'' under the heading 
        ``Miscellaneous'' in the Act entitled ``An Act making 
        appropriations for the Department of Agriculture for the fiscal 
        year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and sixteen'', 
        approved March 4, 1915 (38 Stat. 1113); and by section 11 of 
        the Act entitled ``An Act for the establishment of a Bureau of 
        Animal Industry, to prevent the exportation of diseased cattle, 
        and to provide for the suppression and extirpation of 
        pleuropneumonia and other contagious diseases among domestic 
        animals'', approved May 29, 1884 (23 Stat. 31);
            (8) the Federal-State cooperative programs of forest 
        protection, management, and improvement performed under 
        authority of the Act entitled ``An Act to provide for the 
        protection of forest lands, for the reforestation of denuded 
        areas, for the extension of national forests, and for other 
        purposes, in order to promote the continuous production of 
        timber on the lands chiefly suitable therefore'', approved June 
        7, 1924 (43 Stat. 653); of the ``Cooperative Forest Management 
        Act'', approved August 25, 1950 (64 Stat. 473); and of the 
        ``Forest Pest Control Act'', approved June 25, 1947 (61 Stat. 
        177); and the predecessor programs of any Act referred to in 
        this paragraph;
            (9) the Federal-State cooperative programs of emergency 
        relief, including State rural rehabilitation corporation 
        programs, established for the purposes of the Federal Emergency 
        Relief Act of 1933, approved May 12, 1933 (48 Stat. 55); the 
        Act entitled ``An Act making an additional appropriation to 
        carry out the purposes of the Federal Emergency Relief Act of 
        1933, for continuation of the civil works program, and for 
        other purposes'', approved February 15, 1934 (48 Stat. 351); 
        and title II of the Act entitled ``An Act making appropriations 
        to supply deficiencies in certain appropriations for the fiscal 
        year ending June 30, 1934, and prior fiscal years, to provide 
        supplemental general and emergency appropriations for the 
        fiscal years ending June 30, 1934, and June 30, 1935, and for 
        other purposes'', approved June 19, 1934 (48 Stat. 1021);
            (10) the Federal-State Cooperative Veterans' educational 
        programs, including part-time instruction in on-the-farm 
        training programs, as provided for in title II, chapter IV, 
        ``Education of Veterans'', of the ``Serviceman's Readjustment 
        Act of 1944'', approved June 22, 1944 (58 Stat. 287), and 
        subsequent amendments and Acts pertaining thereto; and
            (11) the Federal-State cooperative programs in wildlife 
        restoration and in fish restoration and management authorized 
        respectively by the Acts entitled ``An Act to provide that the 
        United States shall aid these States in wildlife restoration 
        projects, and for other purposes'', approved September 2, 1937 
        (50 Stat. 917), and popularly referred to as the ``Pittman-
        Robertson Act'', and ``An Act to provide that the United States 
        shall aid the States in fish restoration and management 
        projects, and for other purposes'', approved August 9, 1950 (64 
        Stat. 431), and popularly referred to as the ``Dingell-Johnson 
        Act'', and the program of animal damage control authorized by 
        the Act entitled ``An Act to authorize the Secretary of 
        Agriculture to carry out his ten-year cooperative program for 
        the eradication, suppression, or bringing under control of 
        predatory and other wild animals injurious to agriculture, 
        horticulture, forestry, animal husbandry, wild game, and other 
        interests, and for the suppression of rabies and tularemia in 
        predatory or other wild animals, and for other purposes'', 
        approved March 2, 1931 (46 Stat. 1468), as amended and 
        supplemented.
    (c) Certification.--The Office of Personnel Management shall, with 
respect to any service for which credit is sought under this Act, 
accept the certification of the Secretary of Agriculture or his 
designee.

SEC. 4. APPLICABILITY TO ANNUITANTS.

    (a) In General.--An annuity or survivor annuity--
            (1) computed in whole or in part in accordance with 
        subchapter III of chapter 83 of title 5, United States Code,
            (2) which is based on the service of an individual who 
        performed service described in section 3, and
            (3) the commencement date of which precedes the date of the 
        enactment of this Act,
shall be recomputed in accordance with section 3 if application 
therefor is made, and the deposit requirement under section 3(a) is 
met, within 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act.
    (b) Recomputation Rule.--Any change in an annuity or survivor 
annuity resulting from a recomputation under subsection (a) shall be 
effective as of the first day of the first month which begins after the 
date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 5. DEFINITION.

    For the purpose of this Act, the term ``State'' includes the 
District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin 
Islands, and the territories of Hawaii and Alaska prior to statehood.

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