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Titles (16)

Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Omnibus Civilian Science Authorization Act of 1996

Short Titles as Passed House for portions of this bill
  • Endocrine Disrupter Research Planning Act of 1996
  • Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1996
  • FAA Research, Engineering, and Development Management Reform Act of 1996
  • Fire Administration Authorization Act of 1996
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 1997
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Authorization Act of 1996
  • National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 1996

Short Titles as Introduced

Omnibus Civilian Science Authorization Act of 1996

Short Titles as Introduced for portions of this bill
  • Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1996
  • FAA Research, Engineering, and Development Management Reform Act of 1996
  • Fire Administration Authorization Act of 1996
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 1997
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Authorization Act of 1996
  • National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 1996

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1997 for civilian science activities of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (6)

Date
05/30/1996Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by voice vote.
05/06/1996Committee on National Security discharged.
05/06/1996Committee on Transportation discharged.
05/06/1996Committee on Resources discharged.
05/01/1996Reported by the Committee on Science. H. Rept. 104-550, Part I.
04/25/1996Introduced in House

All Actions (107)

Date Chamber
06/03/1996SenateReceived in the Senate and read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce.
05/30/1996-8:20pmHouseThe Clerk was authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 3322.
05/30/1996-8:20pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
05/30/1996-8:20pmHouseOn passage Passed by voice vote.
05/30/1996-8:19pmHouseThe House adopted the amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
05/30/1996-8:19pmHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
05/30/1996-8:18pmHouseThe House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 3322.
05/30/1996-8:18pmHouseH.Amdt.1110 On agreeing to the Brown (CA) amendment (A024) as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
05/30/1996-8:18pmHouseH.Amdt.1111 On agreeing to the Morella amendment (A025) Agreed to by voice vote.
05/30/1996-7:42pmHouseH.Amdt.1111 Substitute (A025) offered by Mrs. Morella to the Brown (CA) amendment (A024).
05/30/1996-7:28pmHouseH.Amdt.1110 Amendment (A024) offered by Mr. Brown (CA).
05/30/1996-7:24pmHouseH.Amdt.1109 On agreeing to the Solomon amendment (A023) Agreed to by voice vote.
05/30/1996-7:16pmHouseH.Amdt.1109 Amendment (A023) offered by Mr. Solomon.
05/30/1996-7:09pmHouseH.Amdt.1108 On agreeing to the Jackson-Lee (TX) amendment (A022) Failed by recorded vote: 192 - 209 (Roll no. 208).
05/30/1996-7:01pmHouseH.Amdt.1106 On agreeing to the Lofgren amendment (A020) Failed by recorded vote: 197 - 211 (Roll no. 207).
05/30/1996-6:41pmHouseUNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Committee of the Whole resumed proceedings on the amendments which had been postponed earlier in the evening. Votes will be taken in the following order: Lofgren, and Jackson-Lee.
05/30/1996-6:40pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Jackson-Lee amendment, the Chair put the question and by voice vote declared that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Jackson-Lee demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the evening.
05/30/1996-6:36pmHouseH.Amdt.1108 Amendment (A022) offered by Ms. Jackson-Lee (TX).
05/30/1996-6:35pmHouseH.Amdt.1107 On agreeing to the Kennedy (MA) amendment (A021) Agreed to by voice vote.
05/30/1996-6:32pmHouseH.Amdt.1107 Amendment (A021) offered by Mr. Kennedy (MA).
05/30/1996-6:31pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Lofgren amendment, the Chair put the question and by voice vote declared that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Lofgren demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the evening.
05/30/1996-6:00pmHouseH.Amdt.1106 Amendment (A020) offered by Ms. Lofgren.
05/30/1996-5:57pmHouseH.Amdt.1104 On agreeing to the Wamp amendment (A018) Agreed to by voice vote.
05/30/1996-5:56pmHouseH.Amdt.1105 On agreeing to the Brown (CA) amendment (A019) Failed by voice vote.
05/30/1996-5:41pmHouseH.Amdt.1105 Substitute (A019) offered by Mr. Brown (CA) to the Wamp amendment (A018).
05/30/1996-5:34pmHouseH.Amdt.1104 Amendment (A018) offered by Mr. Wamp.
05/30/1996-5:34pmHouseH.Amdt.1103 On agreeing to the Roemer amendment (A017) Failed by recorded vote: 146 - 269 (Roll no. 206).
05/30/1996-5:07pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the previous unanimous consent agreement, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Roemer amendment.
05/30/1996-5:06pmHouseMr. Sensenbrenner asked unanimous consent that the time for debate on the Roemer amendment, and all amendments thereto, be limited to not to exceed ten minutes. Agreed to without objection.
05/30/1996-5:05pmHouseH.Amdt.1103 Amendment (A017) offered by Mr. Roemer.
05/30/1996-5:05pmHouseH.Amdt.1102 On agreeing to the Roemer amendment (A016) Failed by recorded vote: 127 - 286 (Roll no. 205).
05/30/1996-4:03pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the previous unanimous consent agreement, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of debate on the Roemer amendment.
05/30/1996-4:02pmHouseMr. Sensenbrenner asked unanimous consent that the time for debate on the Roemer amendment, and all amendments thereto, be limited to not to exceed one hour. Agreed to without objection.
05/30/1996-4:02pmHouseH.Amdt.1102 Amendment (A016) offered by Mr. Roemer.
05/30/1996-4:02pmHouseH.Amdt.1101 On agreeing to the Scott amendment (A015) Failed by recorded vote: 157 - 250 (Roll no. 204).
05/30/1996-3:22pmHouseH.Amdt.1101 Amendment (A015) offered by Mr. Scott.
05/30/1996-3:21pmHouseH.Amdt.1100 On agreeing to the Gekas amendment (A014) as modified Agreed to without objection.
05/30/1996-3:21pmHouseH.Amdt.1100 Gekas amendment (A014) modified by unanimous consent.
05/30/1996-3:21pmHouseH.Amdt.1100 Amendment (A014) offered by Mr. Gekas.
05/30/1996-3:20pmHouseMr. Gekas asked unanimous consent that the proceedings on the Gekas amendment, agreed to on Wednesday, May 29, 1996 be vacated and that he be allowed to offer a new amendment in its place. Without objection, the proceedings of May 29, 1996 on the Gekas amendment (amendment No. 3) were vacated.
05/30/1996-3:20pmHouseH.Amdt.1097 On agreeing to the Weldon (FL) amendment (A011) as amended Agreed to by recorded vote: 354 - 60 (Roll no. 203).
05/30/1996-3:12pmHouseH.Amdt.1099 On agreeing to the Jackson-Lee (TX) amendment (A013) Failed by recorded vote: 142 - 271 (Roll no. 202).
05/30/1996-2:50pmHouseH.Amdt.1098 On agreeing to the Sensenbrenner amendment (A012) Agreed to by voice vote.
05/30/1996-1:40pmHouseH.Amdt.1099 Substitute (A013) offered by Ms. Jackson-Lee (TX) to the Weldon (FL) amendment (A011).
05/30/1996-1:39pmHouseH.Amdt.1098 Amendment (A012) offered by Mr. Sensenbrenner to the Weldon (FL) amendment (A011).
05/30/1996-1:27pmHouseH.Amdt.1097 Amendment (A011) offered by Mr. Weldon (FL).
05/30/1996-1:24pmHouseThe House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
05/30/1996-1:23pmHouseConsidered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H5674-5724)
05/30/1996-1:23pmHouseMr. Walker asked further unanimous consent that the chairman of the Committee of the Whole may postpone until a time during further consideration in the Committee a request for a recorded vote on any of the preceding amendments or any amendments thereto; and that the chairman of the Committee of the Whole may reduce to not less than five minutes the time for voting by electronic device on any postponed question that immediately follows another vote, provided that the time for voting by electronic device on the first vote in any series shall be not less than 15 minutes. Agreed to without objection.
05/30/1996-1:23pmHouseMr. Walker asked unanimous consent that during further consideration of the bill pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 427 it shall be in order to consider the following amendments (or germane modifications thereof) in the following sequence: amendment No. 15 by Rep. Lofgren; amendment No. 6 by Rep. Kennedy (MA); and the amendment No. 5 by Rep. Jackson-Lee.
05/29/1996-7:48pmHouseCommittee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 3322 as unfinished business.
05/29/1996-7:48pmHouseH.Amdt.1095 On agreeing to the Ehlers amendment (A010) Agreed to by recorded vote: 339 - 58, 1 Present (Roll no. 198).
05/29/1996-7:08pmHouseH.Amdt.1095 Amendment (A010) offered by Mr. Ehlers.
05/29/1996-7:05pmHouseThe House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
05/29/1996-7:05pmHouseConsidered as unfinished business.
05/29/1996-7:03pmHouseCommittee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 3322 as unfinished business.
05/29/1996-7:03pmHouseH.Amdt.1094 On agreeing to the Brown (CA) amendment (A009) Failed by recorded vote: 176 - 235 (Roll no. 197).
05/29/1996-6:55pmHouseH.Amdt.1093 On agreeing to the Lofgren amendment (A008) Failed by recorded vote: 170 - 243 (Roll no. 196).
05/29/1996-6:34pmHouseCONTINUING WITH UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced the unfinished business to be the continuation of proceedings on the amendments previously postponed. Votes will be taken in the following order: Lofgren of California; and Brown of California.
05/29/1996-6:33pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Brown of California amendment in the nature of a substitute, the Chair put the question on the amendment and announced that by voice vote, the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Sensenbrenner demanded a recorded vote and pending that, made a point of order that a quorum was not present. The Chair postponed further proceedings on the amendment and the point of order was withdrawn.
05/29/1996-5:23pmHouseH.Amdt.1094 Amendment (A009) in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Brown (CA).
05/29/1996-5:21pmHouseAt the conclusion of debate on the Lofgren amendment, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the amendment and announced that, by voice vote, the amendment was not agreed to. Ms. Lofgren requested a recorded vote and made a point of order that a quorum was not present. Pursuant to an earlier unanimous consent agreement, further proceedings were postponed and the point of order was withdrawn.
05/29/1996-4:38pmHouseH.Amdt.1093 Amendment (A008) offered by Ms. Lofgren.
05/29/1996-4:37pmHouseH.Amdt.1092 On agreeing to the Cramer amendment (A007) as modified Agreed to by voice vote.
05/29/1996-4:27pmHouseH.Amdt.1092 Cramer amendment (A007) modified by unanimous consent.
05/29/1996-4:27pmHouseH.Amdt.1092 Amendment (A007) offered by Mr. Cramer.
05/29/1996-4:27pmHouseH.Amdt.1091 On agreeing to the Roemer amendment (A006) as modified Agreed to by voice vote.
05/29/1996-4:18pmHouseH.Amdt.1091 Roemer amendment (A006) modified by unanimous consent.
05/29/1996-4:17pmHouseH.Amdt.1091 Amendment (A006) offered by Mr. Roemer.
05/29/1996-4:17pmHouseH.Amdt.1090 On agreeing to the Traficant amendment (A005) Agreed to by voice vote.
05/29/1996-4:15pmHouseH.Amdt.1090 Amendment (A005) offered by Mr. Traficant.
05/29/1996-4:15pmHouseH.Amdt.1089 On agreeing to the Thornberry amendment (A004) Agreed to by voice vote.
05/29/1996-4:11pmHouseH.Amdt.1089 Amendment (A004) offered by Mr. Thornberry.
05/29/1996-4:09pmHouseH.Amdt.1088 On agreeing to the Gekas amendment (A003) Agreed to by voice vote.
05/29/1996-3:59pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 427, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gekas amendment.
05/29/1996-3:59pmHouseH.Amdt.1088 Amendment (A003) offered by Mr. Gekas.
05/29/1996-3:58pmHouseH.Amdt.1087 On agreeing to the Schiff amendment (A002) Agreed to by voice vote.
05/29/1996-3:45pmHouseH.Amdt.1087 Amendment (A002) offered by Mr. Schiff.
05/29/1996-3:44pmHouseH.Amdt.1086 On agreeing to the Walker amendment (A001) Agreed to by voice vote.
05/29/1996-3:38pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 427, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Walker amendment.
05/29/1996-3:38pmHouseH.Amdt.1086 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Walker.
05/29/1996-2:25pmHouseGENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate.
05/29/1996-2:24pmHouseHouse resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 427 and Rule XXIII.
05/29/1996-2:24pmHouseThe Speaker designated the Honorable Dan Burton to act as Chairman of the Committee.
05/29/1996-2:24pmHouseRule provides for consideration of H.R. 3322 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered except motion to recommit. Providing for the consideration of the bill in the Committee of the Whole. Points of order against consideration of the bill for failure to comply with clause 2(l)(2) of rule XI and clause 5(a) of rule XXI shall be waived. Measure will be read by title. Bill is open to amendments. Before consideration of any other amendment, it shall be in order to consider the Walker amendment printed in the report accompanying this resolution, debatable for 10 minutes and not subject to further amendment. If that amendment is adopted, the bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment.
05/29/1996-2:24pmHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 427. (consideration: CR H5574-5625)
05/29/1996-2:20pmHouseMr. Walker asked further unanimous consent that during consideration of the bill in the Committee of the Whole, the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole be permitted to postpone until a time during further consideration in the Committee a request for a recorded vote on any amendment to the bill or any amendments thereto, and that the Chairman be permitted to reduce to not less than five minutes the time for voting by electronic device on any postponed question that immediately follows another vote by electronic device without intervening business provided that the time for voting on the first of any series of questions is not less than 15 minutes. Agreed to without objection.
05/29/1996-2:20pmHouseMr. Walker asked unanimous consent that during consideration of the bill pursuant to H. Res. 427, following disposition of the amendment offered by Rep. Walker specified in H. Res. 427, the following amendments or germane modifications thereof be considered in the following order and notwithstanding their amending portions of the bill not yet read for amendment: an amendment offered by Rep. Schiff regarding National Science Foundation funding; amendment No. 3 by Rep. Gekas; amendment No. 7 by Rep. Thornberry; an amendment No. 22 by Rep. Traficant; amendment offered by Rep Roemer regarding endocerine disruptors; amendment No. 2 by Rep. Cramer; amendment No. 14 by Rep. Lofgren; and amendment No. 8 by Rep. Brown (CA), following disposition of which the Committee shall resume consideration of the bill pursuant to H. Res. 427. Agreed to without objection.
05/09/1996-8:22pmHouseRule H. Res. 427 passed House.
05/07/1996-10:17pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 427 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 3322 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered except motion to recommit. Providing for the consideration of the bill in the Committee of the Whole. Points of order against consideration of the bill for failure to comply with clause 2(l)(2) of rule XI and clause 5(a) of rule XXI shall be waived. Measure will be read by title. Bill is open to amendments. Before consideration of any other amendment, it shall be in order to consider the Walker amendment printed in the report accompanying this resolution, debatable for 10 minutes and not subject to further amendment. If that amendment is adopted, the bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment.
05/06/1996HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 272.
05/06/1996HouseCommittee on National Security discharged.
05/06/1996HouseCommittee on Transportation discharged.
05/06/1996HouseCommittee on Resources discharged.
05/01/1996HouseHouse Committee on Resources Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than May 6, 1996.
05/01/1996HouseHouse Committee on National Security Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than May 6, 1996.
05/01/1996HouseHouse Committee on Transportation Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than May 6, 1996.
05/01/1996HouseReported by the Committee on Science. H. Rept. 104-550, Part I.
04/30/1996HouseExecutive Comment Requested from Commerce.
04/30/1996HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans.
Action By: Committee on Resources
04/25/1996HouseFull Committee Held Mark-up and Ordered Reported (amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 24 - 19 Prior to Introduction (Apr 24 96).
04/25/1996HouseReferred to House National Security
04/25/1996HouseReferred to House Transportation and Infrastructure
04/25/1996HouseReferred to House Resources
04/25/1996HouseReferred to House Science
04/25/1996HouseReferred to the Committee on Science, and in addition to the Committees on Resources, Transportation and Infrastructure, and National Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
04/25/1996HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (4)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-9]* 04/25/1996
Rep. Morella, Constance A. [R-MD-8]* 04/25/1996
Rep. Rohrabacher, Dana [R-CA-45]* 04/25/1996
Rep. Schiff, Steven [R-NM-1]* 04/25/1996

Committees (5)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Science04/25/1996 Referred to
04/25/1996 Markup by
05/01/1996 Reported by H. Rept. 104-550
House Resources04/25/1996 Referred to
05/06/1996 Discharged from
House Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans04/30/1996 Referred to
House Transportation and Infrastructure04/25/1996 Referred to
05/06/1996 Discharged from
House National Security04/25/1996 Referred to
05/06/1996 Discharged from
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation06/03/1996 Referred to

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Subjects (251)


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Passed House amended (05/30/1996)

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Title I: National Science Foundation

Subtitle A: National Science Foundation Authorization

Subtitle B: General Provisions

Title II: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Subtitle A: General Provisions

Subtitle B: Authorization of Appropriations

Subtitle C: International Space Station

Subtitle D: Miscellaneous Provisions

Title III: United States Fire Administration

Title IV: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Subtitle A: Atmospheric, Weather, and Satellite

Programs

Subtitle B: Program Support

Subtitle C: Streamlining of Operations

Subtitle D: Miscellaneous

Title V: Environmental Protectional Agency

Title VI: National Institute of Standards and Technology

Title VII: Federal Aviation Administration Research,

Engineering, and Development

Title VIII: National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

Title IX: Miscellaneous

Title X: Further Authorizations

Omnibus Civilian Science Authorization Act of 1996 - Title I: National Science Foundation - National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 1996 - Subtitle A: National Science Foundation Authorization - Authorizes appropriations to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for FY 1997.

(Sec. 114) Provides for reprogramming of appropriations.

Subtitle B: General Provisions - Amends the National Science Foundation Act of 1950 to direct NSF to include in its annual report to the President a strategic plan defining its goals, criteria, and procedures.

(Sec. 122) Requires NSF to submit to the Congress an annual upgrade and maintenance plan for national research facilities.

(Sec. 123) Amends the Academic Research Facilities Modernization Act of 1988 to give research facility grant priority to institutions or consortia that have not received such funds in the preceding five years.

(Sec. 124) Makes administrative amendments to the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, the National Science Foundation Authorization Act, 1976, the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 1988, and the Science and Engineering Equal Opportunities Act.

(Sec. 126) Subjects NSF temporary employees to the same financial disclosure requirements as apply to permanent employees.

(Sec. 127) Requires an institution of higher education receiving NSF funds to grant a military-educational leave of absence to a student on active military duty (other than training).

(Sec. 128) Renames the Critical Technologies Institute as the Science Studies Institute.

(Sec. 129) Requires NSF to consider the impact of a grant on undergraduate and graduate education before its award.

(Sec. 130) Authorizes the Director of NSF to appoint up to six Assistant Directors.

Title II: National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Subtitle A: General Provisions - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 1997 - Makes various findings regarding the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Sets forth definitions for purposes of this title.

Subtitle B: Authorization of Appropriations - Chapter 1: Authorizations - Authorizes appropriations for NASA for: (1) human space flight; (2) science, aeronautics, and technology, including facilities construction and research and early detection systems for breast and ovarian cancer and other women's health issues; (3) mission support; and (4) the Inspector General.

(Sec. 215) Limits the total NASA FY 1997 authorization of appropriations.

(Sec. 216) Authorizes appropriations for the Office of Commercial and Space Transportation for FY 1997.

(Sec. 217) Authorizes appropriations for the Office of Space Commerce for FY 1997.

Chapter 2: Restructuring the National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Requires that the: (1) Administrator of NASA transmit to the Congress by July 31, 1996, a report on restructuring activities; and (2) President propose, no later than September 30, 1996, all enabling legislation required to carry out the actions described by the Administrator's report.

Chapter 3: Limitations and Special Authority - Sets forth funds uses, limitations, and special authorities.

Subtitle C: International Space Station - Requires the Administrator to deliver to the Congress a market study that examines the role of commercial ventures which could supply, use, service, or augment the International Space Station.

(Sec. 244) Requires the Administrator to: (1) submit annually to the Congress a Space Station Accounting Report containing a complete accounting of all costs of the space station, including cash and other payments to Russia; and (2) obtain quarterly reports from the Russian Space Agency which fully account for the disposition of funds paid or transferred by NASA to Russia.

Subtitle D: Miscellaneous Provisions - Amends Federal law to include reentry vehicles and related launch operations within the scope of commercial space launch activities. Mandates an annual report.

(Sec. 252) Requires an independent cost analysis of a NASA project that is projected to exceed a cost of $75 million before any funds may be obligated for Phase C of such project.

(Sec. 253) Establishes the Office of Space Commerce within the Department of Commerce.

(Sec. 254) Requires the Administrator to delay, at the Administrator's discretion or at the request of a private sector entity, for a period from one day up to five years, unrestricted public disclosure of technical data developed by research funded jointly by NASA and that entity under specified conditions. Requires the Administrator to annually report to the Congress on all determinations made respecting such public disclosure of technical data.

(Sec. 255) Directs the Administrator to: (1) establish within the Office of Space Access and Technology a procurement demonstration program; and (2) coordinate a technology procurement initiative.

(Sec. 256) Requires the Administrator to determine, prior to new facility construction or lease, that no existing NASA or other Federal facility is appropriate for the intended use.

(Sec. 257) Directs NASA to purchase, to the maximum extent possible, space science data from the private sector.

(Sec. 258) Directs the Administrator to: (1) transmit to the Congress a report on Mission to Planet Earth; (2) acquire space-based and airborne Earth remote sensing data provided by the private sector; (3) conduct a study to determine the extent to which baseline scientific requirements of Mission to Planet Earth can be met by the private sector; (4) prepare for transition from the Federal operation, or Federal management of contracted operation, of space transportation systems to the Federal purchase of commercial space transportation services for all nonemergency launch requirements; and (5) conduct a study of the feasibility of implementing the recommendation of the Independent Shuttle Management Review Team that NASA transition toward privatization of the Space Shuttle and submit a report on the study to specified congressional committees.

(Sec. 261) Amends the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 1993 to make the launch voucher demonstration program permanent.

(Sec. 262) Directs the Administrator to provide for the privatization of NASA microgravity parabolic flight operations.

(Sec. 263) Amends the Unitary Wind Tunnel Plan Act of 1949 to include hypersonic activities.

(Sec. 264) Requires the Administrator, whenever feasible, to meet NASA facilities needs by selecting abandoned and underused buildings, grounds, and facilities in depressed communities.

(Sec. 266) Requires the Administrator to establish the position of Procurement Ombudsman for NASA to be responsible for: (1) reviewing proposed new missions to determine if such missions can be fulfilled by U.S. commercial providers; and (2) serve as a point of contact for procurement contractors and U.S. commercial providers.

Title III: United States Fire Administration - Fire Administration Authorization Act of 1996 - Amends the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 to authorize appropriations for FY 1997.

(Sec. 303) Prohibits Federal funds for Department of the Army housing unless it is protected by hard-wired smoke detectors by the earlier of the date of occupancy by the first Federal employees who were not occupants as of October 25, 1992, or October 25, 1998.

(Sec. 304) Permits successor fire safety standards to be used as guidelines in addition to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 74, NFPA Standard 13 or 13-R, or NFPA Standard 101 (Life Safety Code) for installation of hard-wired, single-station smoke detectors or automatic sprinkler systems in: (1) places of public accommodation affecting commerce; and (2) federally-assisted buildings.

(Sec. 305) Requires the Administrator of the U.S. Fire Administration to report to the Congress: (1) at least 60 days in advance of the termination or transfer to a private sector entity of any significant function of the Administration; and (2) on the manner in which the Administration intends to implement the budgetary reduction represented by the difference between the amount appropriated to it for FY 1997 and the amount requested in the President's FY 1997 budget request.

Title IV: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Authorization Act of 1996 - Subtitle A: Atmospheric, Weather, and Satellite Programs - Authorizes FY 1997 appropriations for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for: (1) National Weather Service (NWS) operations and research and public warning and forecast; (2) construction, repair, and modification regarding new and existing weather forecast offices; (3) climate and air quality research; (4) atmospheric research; (5) satellite observing systems; and (6) environmental data and information services.

Authorizes appropriations to complete the acquisition and deployment of the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System and NOAA Port (AWIPS) for all fiscal years beginning with FY 1997. Prohibits funding for any fiscal year, unless certain certifications are made to the Congress.

Amends the Weather Service Modernization Act to: (1) set forth procedures with respect to actions to close, automate or relocate any field office of the National Weather Service; (2) terminate the Modernization Transition Committee; and (3) direct the Secretary of Defense in conjunction with the NOAA Administrator to take immediate steps to ensure the reliability and operational availability of NEXRADs operated by the Defense Department.

Subtitle B: Program Support - Authorizes appropriations to NOAA for: (1) executive direction and administrative activities; (2) central administrative support; (3) aircraft services; and (4) facilities repairs and renovations.

Subtitle C: Streamlining of Operations - Prohibits appropriating funds for specified programs, centers, and activities.

(Sec. 442) Limits the total dollar amounts authorized to be used for NOAA travel and related expenses.

Subtitle D: Miscellaneous - Makes it unlawful for any unauthorized person to remove, move, damage, or interfere with any National Data Buoy Center weather data buoy. Provides for civil monetary penalties and rewards.

(Sec. 452) Makes the Secretary of Commerce, through the NWS, responsible for: (1) forecasts, serving as the sole official source of weather warnings; (2) issuance of storm warnings; (3) collection, exchange, and distribution of meteorological, hydrological, climatic, and oceanographic data and information; and (4) preparation of hydrometeorological guidance and core forecast information. Prohibits the NWS from competing (or assisting other entities in competing) with the private sector when a service is or can be provided by commercial enterprise unless the private sector is unwilling or unable to provide the service and the service provides vital weather warnings and forecasts for the protection of lives and property of the general public. Removes existing provisions relating to the duties of the Secretary regarding weather forecasting. Modifies provisions relating to NWS appropriations and estimates. Mandates a report to specified congressional committees detailing all NWS activities not conforming to this paragraph and outlining a timetable for their termination.

Title V: Environmental Protection Agency - Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1996 - Authorizes appropriations to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for FY 1997 for: (1) science and technology activities, including program management and support, for specified environmental research, development, and demonstration activities; (2) oil pollution research; and (3) research related to leaking underground storage tanks.

Specifies that no funds are authorized to be appropriated for: (1) the Environmental Technology Initiative; (2) the Climate Change Action Plan; (3) the North Dakota Center for Air Toxic Metals research; (4) drinking water research conducted by the American Water Works Association Research Foundation; (5) the Water Environmental Research Foundation; (6) the National Urban Air Toxics Research Center; (7) the Gulf Coast Hazardous Substances Research Center; (8) urban waste management research at the University of New Orleans; (9) the Resources and Agricultural Policy Systems Program; or (10) the Oil Spill Remediation Research Center.

(Sec. 504) Directs the Administrator to assign to the Assistant Administrator for Research and Development the duties of: (1) developing a strategic plan for scientific and technical research activities throughout EPA; (2) integrating that strategic plan into ongoing EPA planning activities; and (3) reviewing all EPA research to ensure the research is of high quality and does not duplicate any other research being conducted by EPA. Directs the Assistant Administrator to report annually to the Administrator and specified congressional committees on EPA research that is duplicative or not of sufficiently high quality.

(Sec. 505) Requires the Administrator to ensure that any graduate fellowship award to a student selected after the enactment of this Act is used only to support research that would further missions of the Office of Research and Development in fields in which there exists or is projected to exist a shortage in the number of scientists.

(Sec. 506) Mandates that the Science Advisory Board submit to the Congress and the Administrator an annual report that contains the views of the Board on proposed research programs as described in the President's budget for research, development, and demonstration activities at the EPA.

Requires the Science Advisory Board to conduct evaluations of the current and planned research, development, and demonstration activities of the EPA. Authorizes the Board to annually review research activities of the EPA and include the results of such review in the annual report.

Requires the Administrator to submit to the Congress any report required by law to be submitted to the Administrator by the Science Advisory Board. Requires that the Administrator make any such submission no later than 60 days after receiving the report from the Science Advisory Board.

Endocrine Disrupter Research Planning Act of 1996 - Requires the Administrator to submit to the Congress, along with the President's Budget Request for FY 1998, a plan for conducting research needed to objectively assess and characterize the risk of endocrine disrupters on human health and the environment.

Title VI: National Institute of Standards and Technology - Authorizes FY 1997 appropriations for the National Institute of Standards and Technology for: (1) scientific and technical research and services; and (2) construction of research facilities.

Title VII: Federal Aviation Administration Research, Engineering, and Development - FAA Research, Engineering, and Development Management Reform Act of 1996 - Authorizes FY 1997 appropriations for specified research, engineering, and development activities.

(Sec. 705) Revises certain requirements of the National Aviation Research Plan.

Title VIII: National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program - Amends the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 to authorize FY 1997 appropriations for the activities of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program for: (1) the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); and (2) the U.S. Geological Survey; (3) the National Science Foundation for engineering research and geosciences research; and (4) the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Title IX: Miscellaneous - Prohibits the use of any funds authorized under this title from being used for any lobbying activity.

(Sec. 902) Sets forth limitations on appropriations for FY 1997 and for subsequent fiscal years.

(Sec. 903) Authorizes the head of each Federal agency for which funds are authorized under this Act to exclude, for a period of five years, any individual who received funds from any Federal funding source for a project that was not subjected to a competitive, merit-based award process after FY 1996, from consideration for financial assistance awards made by that agency after FY 1996.

(Sec. 904) Expresses the sense of the Congress that any recipient, when expending grant monies, should purchase American made equipment and products.

(Sec. 905) Prohibits funds appropriated for civilian science activities of the Federal Government from being provided by contract or grant (including for student aid) to any higher education institution determined to have an anti-ROTC policy or a policy against military recruiting on campus. Requires a notice of the determination to be: (1) transmitted to the Secretary of Education and to the Congress; and (2) published in the Federal Register.

Title X: Further Authorizations - Authorizes additional appropriations for the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships program for FY 1997 and prohibits use of funds to establish a new center.