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Passed House amended (07/11/2000)

National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial Act - Establishes the National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial Commission to: (1) prepare a plan to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System; (2) coordinate the activities of Federal, State, local, and nongovernmental partners undertaken pursuant to such plan; (3) plan, host, and assist in the activities of a conference on the System; and (4) report to Congress on its activities and plans.

Directs the Secretary of the Interior to submit to Congress and the President by March 1, 2002, a unified long-term plan to address priority operations, maintenance, and construction needs of the System, including: (1) priority staffing needs; and (2) operations, maintenance, and construction needs as identified in the Refuge Operating Needs System, the Maintenance Management System, the five-year deferred maintenance list, the five-year construction list, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report entitled "Fulfilling the Promise of America's National Wildlife Refuge System,"and individual refuge comprehensive conservation plans. Requires the Secretary, beginning with the budget request for FY 2003, to submit a report containing: (1) an assessment of expenditures in the prior, current, and upcoming fiscal years to meet the operations and maintenance backlog as identified in the plan; and (2) transition costs in such years, as identified in the Department of the Interior analysis of newly acquired refuge lands, and a description of the method used to determine the priority status of these needs.