H.R.3490 - Cooperative Agricultural Programs Extended Retirement Credit Act of 1993103rd Congress (1993-1994)
|Sponsor:||Rep. de la Garza, E. [D-TX-15] (Introduced 11/10/1993)|
|Committees:||House - Post Office and Civil Service|
|Latest Action:||House - 11/15/1993 Referred to the Subcommittee on Compensation and Employee Benefits. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 103th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [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. _______________________________________________________________________ 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 _______________________________________________________________________ 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. <all>