Summary: H.R.1552 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House amended, Part II (10/25/2000)

Partial NOAA Programs Authorization Act of 1999 - Authorizes appropriations for FY 2000 and 2001 for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for oceanographic and marine research activities of: (1) the National Ocean Service; (2) the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research; and (3) program support (including for aircraft services).

Directs the Secretary of Commerce to enter into appropriate arrangements with an independent external auditor to determine whether outsourcing of aircraft services is a more cost-effective alternative to in-house operation of aircraft in meeting the NOAA's aircraft requirements for conducting marine and atmospheric research and related environmental research and development activities, and for other data and mission needs. Sets forth procedures for such audit.

Authorizes appropriations for the NOAA for FY 2000 and 2001 for oceanographic and marine research activities required to carry out facilities maintenance and repairs and environmental compliance.

Requires the NOAA Administrator to make available through the NOAA Internet home page the abstracts relating to all research grants and awards made with funds authorized by this Act.

Requires a specified amount out of funds received by the United States in settlement of damage claims arising from the 1992 collision of the vessel ZACHARY into the NOAA research vessel DISCOVERER to be retained as an offsetting collection in the NOAA Operations, Research and Facilities account and made available only for NOAA marine services.

Abolishes the position of Chief Scientist of NOAA. Deems any reference to the Chief Scientist in Federal law, Executive orders, regulations, or documents to be to the NOAA Administrator.