H.R.5666 - Miscellaneous Appropriations Act, 2001106th Congress (1999-2000)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Young, C. W. Bill [R-FL-10] (Introduced 12/15/2000)|
|Committees:||House - Appropriations|
|Latest Action:||12/15/2000 Referred to the House Committee on Appropriations. (All Actions)|
|Notes:||H.R. 5666 was incorporated by reference in the conference report to H.R. 4577, except section 123 relating to the enactment of H.R. 4904. H.R. 4577, the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2001, became Public Law 106-554 on 12/21/2000.|
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Summary: H.R.5666 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Miscellaneous Appropriations Act, 2001 - Makes miscellaneous appropriations for FY 2001.
Introduced in House (12/15/2000)
Division A - Chapter 1 - Amends the Housing Act of 1949 to extend the rural designation of certain areas until the 2010 census.
(Sec. 103) Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to study and report to the Appropriations Committees on the feasibility of including ethanol, biodiesel, and other bio-based fuels as part of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
(Sec. 105) Amends the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001 to appropriate funds for an environmental quality incentives program under the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996.
(Sec. 106) Requires the Secretary of Agriculture, in carrying out the bovine tuberculosis eradication program covered by an October 2000 emergency declaration, to pay 100 percent of the amounts of approved claims for materials affected by or exposed to bovine tuberculosis and of approved claims growing out of the destruction of animals.
(Sec. 108) Makes additional amounts available for: (1) the Department of Agriculture Office of the General Counsel; and (2) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.
Chapter 2 - Makes additional amounts available for the Department of Justice for: (1) the Federal Prison System for an assessment of medical care and incidents of inmate mortality in the Wisconsin State Prison System; (2) the Office of Justice Programs for collection of data on deaths of prisoners in law enforcement custody; (3) community oriented policing services; (4) juvenile justice programs for a grant to Mobile County, Alabama, for a juvenile court network program; (5) the States of Texas and Arizona for reimbursements to county and municipal governments for Federal costs associated with the handling and processing of illegal immigration and drug and alien smuggling cases; (6) an award to the Alliance of Boys & Girls of South Carolina for the establishment of the Strom Thurmond Boys & Girls Club National Training Center; (7) the New Hampshire Department of Safety for investigation and prosecution of violations of Federal trucking laws; and (8) the State of South Dakota for establishment of a regional radio system to facilitate communications between Federal, State, and local law enforcement, firefighting, and other emergency services agencies.
Makes additional amounts available for the Department of Commerce for: (1) economic and statistical analysis for the establishment of satellite accounts for the travel and tourism industry; and (2) the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for a certain study by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
(Sec. 207) Appropriates additional amounts for: (1) NOAA for disaster assistance for communities affected by the 2000 western Alaska salmon disaster for which the Secretary of Commerce declared a fishery failure under the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act; and (2) the Secretary for providing economic assistance to fishermen and fishing communities affected by Federal closures and fishing restrictions in the Hawaii long line fishery.
(Sec. 209) Directs the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to utilize the NAS to conduct an independent scientific review of the November 30, 2000 Biological Opinion for the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries. Requires the Secretary to submit to the Council proposed conservation and management measures to implement the Alternatives contained in the Biological Opinion. Requires such fisheries to be managed: (1) in a manner consistent with the Alternatives; and (2) in accordance with the fishery management plan and Federal regulations in effect prior to July 15, 2000.
Makes the harvest reduction requirement effective immediately in any 2001 groundfish fishery in which it applies, but limits such reduction to no more than ten percent in the total allowable catch of any fishery.
Authorizes the Secretary, upon Council recommendation, to take measures to ensure that harvest levels are sufficient to provide income from these fisheries for small boats and Alaskan on-shore processors that is no less than in 1999.
Appropriates an additional amount for a comprehensive research and recovery program for the Steller sea lion. Requires the Secretary, with available funds, to implement a pilot program for innovative non-lethal measures to protect Steller sea lions from marine mammal predators.
Appropriates funds for a direct payment to the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference to mitigate the economic losses caused by Steller sea lion protection measures.
(Sec. 210) Makes additional amounts available for the Department of State for: (1) educational and cultural exchange programs for the Irish Institute; and (2) increased broadcasting to Russia and surrounding areas and China.
Makes appropriations for: (1) the Commission on Online Child Protection; and (2) the Small Business Administration for grants to the Electronic Commerce Resource Center in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and the National Museum of Jazz in New York, New York.
(Sec. 213) Amends the Department of State and Related Agency Appropriations Act, 2001 to remove a provision which prohibits the use of funds appropriated by any Act to allow for the entry into, or withdrawal from warehouse for consumption in the United States of diamonds mined in specified African countries.
Amends the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001 to remove provisions setting forth Amy Boyer's Law and those prohibiting the redesignation of Cuyahoga Valley National Park as a Class I area under the Clean Air Act.
Chapter 3 - Authorizes the Secretary of the Air Force to obligate a certain amount of funds appropriated in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2001 to continue F-22 Lot 1 (10 aircraft) advance procurement to protect the supplier base and preserve program costs and schedule in the event that award of the full funding contract for low-rate initial production of the aircraft is delayed beyond December 31, 2000, because of inability to complete specified requirements in such Act.
(Sec. 302) Grants the Department of the Air Force primary jurisdiction and control over Shemya Island and its appurtenant waters. Continues the inclusion of the Island and its waters within the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Transfers jurisdiction to the Secretary of the Interior if there is no longer a need for a military department to exercise primary jurisdiction. Makes any environmental contamination of the Island the responsibility of the responsible military department. Directs the military department exercising primary jurisdiction over the Island to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect and conserve Island wildlife and habitat and to grant access to the Fish and Wildlife Service for management of the Wildlife Refuge.
(Sec. 306) Appropriates into the Defense Vessels Transfer Program Account such sums as necessary for the costs of the lease-sale transfers authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act, 2001.
(Sec. 308) Appropriates an additional amount for Operation and Maintenance, Navy for costs associated with the repair of the U.S.S. Cole.
(Sec. 310) Makes additional funds available for Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps for planning and National Environmental Protection Act documentation for the proposed airfield and heliport at the Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force Training Command.
(Sec. 312) Authorizes the Secretary of the Air Force to convey to the Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales, New Mexico, any excess personal property of the Air Force determined appropriate for use by the Hospital.
(Sec. 313) Appropriates an additional amount for the Overseas Contingency Operations Transfer Fund.
(Sec. 316) Requires the Secretary of the Navy to acquire 50 acres of real property located on Reed Island in Jacksonville, Florida.
(Sec. 319) Makes an additional amount available for Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide for the Defense Imagery and Mapping Agency Program.
(Sec. 320) Prohibits the use of funds made available in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2001 to consolidate or incorporate Air Force radar operations maintenance and support programs or contracts into an Air Force SENSOR or similar acquisition program.
(Sec. 321) Appropriates an additional amount for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, Air Force for developing rapid diagnostic and fingerprinting techniques along with molecular monitoring systems for the detection of nosocomial infections.
(Sec. 323) Directs the Secretaries of the Army and the Interior to prepare a proposed plan for the expansion of the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. Authorizes appropriations for the implementation of conservation measures necessary for the final expansion to comply with the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Appropriates amounts to carry out plan activities.
Chapter 4 - Makes an additional amount available for the District of Columbia courts for capital repairs necessitated by the recent fire damage to courthouse facilities.
Amends the District of Columbia Public Works Act of 1954 to require the inspector general of each Federal agency receiving water and sanitary sewer services from the District of Columbia to report to the Appropriations Committees on the promptness of payment with respect to the services furnished.
Repeals a section of the Revised Statutes relating to the District of Columbia and Post Roads.
(Sec. 404) Authorizes the District to fund certain programs identified under H.R. 4942 (106th Congress, as introduced) upon certification by the District Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority to the Appropriations Committees that the District Chief Financial Officer, Mayor, and Council have implemented spending reductions necessary to ensure that the District will not have a budget deficit for FY 2001.
Directs the Mayor to deposit the annual interest savings resulting from debt reductions using the proceeds of the tobacco securitization program into the emergency reserve fund established by the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 2001.
(Sec. 405) Requires quarterly disbursements to be paid to District public charter schools during FY 2001 in accordance with the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula for Public Schools and Public Charter Schools and Tax Conformity Clarification Amendment Act of 1998.
Chapter 5 - Makes additional amounts available for the Army Corps of Engineers for: (1) general investigations; (2) general construction; and (3) repair, restoration, or maintenance of the Mississippi River levees and for the correction of deficiencies in the mainline Mississippi River levees.
Provides an additional amount for the Bureau of Reclamation for construction of the Mid-Dakota Rural Water System.
Makes additional amounts available for the Department of Energy (DOE) for: (1) energy supply for the Prime, LLC, of central South Dakota for final engineering and project development of the integrated ethanol complex; and (2) science for high temperature superconducting research and development at Boston College.
Chapter 6 - Authorizes Economic Support Fund assistance to be made available to provide payment to the Government of the People's Republic of China for property loss and damage arising out of the May 1999 incident in Belgrade, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
Chapter 7 - Makes additional amounts available for the Department of the Interior for: (1) the Bureau of Land Management for carrying out title VI of the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act; (2) the Fish and Wildlife Service for a grant to the Center for Reproductive Biology at Washington State University; (3) the Multinational Species Conservation Fund for Great Ape conservation activities; (4) the National Park Service for completion of studies related to the Arlington Boathouse in Virginia; (5) national recreation and preservation for the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and for a grant to the Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission; (6) the Historic Preservation Fund for a grant to the Massillon Heritage Foundation, Inc., in Massillon, Ohio; and (7) construction for the Stones River National Battlefield and the Millenium Cultural Cooperative Park.
Provides additional funds for: (1) DOE energy conservation for a grant to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Nevada Test Site Development Corporation; and (2) payment to the endowment fund of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Makes additional funds available to the Indian Health Service for: (1) payment to the Alaska Federation of Natives for its Alaska Native Sobriety and Alcohol Control Program; and (2) drug and alcohol prevention and treatment services for non- Alaska tribes.
Chapter 8 - Appropriates funds to the Health Resources and Services Administration for the construction of the Biotechnology Science Center at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, and the Christian Nurses Hospice in Brentwood, New York.
(Sec. 803) Appropriates funds to the Institute of Museum and Library Services for expansion of the marine biology program at the Long Island Maritime Museum.
Chapter 9 - Provides for payments to specified widows of deceased Members of Congress.
Makes additional amounts available for: (1) the Architect of the Capitol for construction of emergency egress from the fourth floor of the Capitol building; and (2) the Library of Congress for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program.
Amends Federal civil service retirement provisions to allow retirement credit under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS) for certain employees who were employed by the Democratic or Republican Senatorial Campaign or National Congressional Committees for service before December 31, 1990. Entitles certain employees of legislative service organizations of the House of Representatives to receive CSRS or FERS credit as well.
(Sec. 903) Makes effective a standing order of the Senate that the reading of conference reports is no longer required if such a report is available in the Senate.
Chapter 10 - Appropriates additional funds to the Department of Defense for military construction, Army; Air Force, and Army National Guard.
(Sec. 1002) Requires the Secretary of the Interior to transfer the surface estate of specified lands in Roosevelt County, New Mexico, to the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Air Force. Authorizes the Secretary of the Air Force to use certain mineral resources on such lands when required for construction needs on the Melrose Air Force Range.
(Sec. 1003) Directs the Secretary of the Interior to transfer the surface estate of specified lands in Kittitas County, Washington, to the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Army. Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to use certain mineral resources on such lands when required for construction needs on the Yakima Training Center.
Chapter 11 - Makes amounts available for: (1) a grant to the Huntsville International Airport; and (2) the Southeast Light Rail Extension Project in Dallas, Texas.
(Sec. 1107) Provides additional funds for: (1) the Newark-Elizabeth rail link project, New Jersey; and (2) commercial remote sensing products and spatial information technologies for the study of creating a new highway right-of- way along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
(Sec. 1112) Authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to issue certificates of documentation for employment in the coastwise trade for the M/V WELLS GRAY and the ANNANDALE.
(Sec. 1113) Authorizes conveyance to Lake County, California, without consideration, of a described property involving a portion of the Coast Guard LORAN Station Middletown reported to the General Services Administration as excess property.
(Sec. 1114) Requires conveyance to: (1) the Town of Nantucket, Massachusetts, of certain property that is part of the Coast Guard LORAN Station; and (2) the City of Newburyport, Massachusetts, of certain land upon which the Plum Island Boat House and Lighthouse are situated.
(Sec. 1116) Authorizes conveyance, without consideration, of the Coast Guard Station Scituate to NOAA.
(Sec. 1117) Amends the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1998 to extend one of the termination dates of provisions requiring the enforcement of the United States Coast Guard 1997 Enforcement Policy for Cargo Residues on the Great Lakes (regulating incidental discharges from vessels of residues of dry bulk cargo into Great Lakes waters under U.S. jurisdiction).
Requires the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a study of the effectiveness of such enforcement policy. Authorizes the Secretary to promulgate regulations to enforce a program to regulate incidental discharges from vessels of residues of non- hazardous and non-toxic dry bulk cargo into Great Lakes waters which takes study findings into account.
(Sec. 1118) Extends the termination date for the Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee.
(Sec. 1119) Permits only U.S. vessels to perform certain vessel escort operations and towing assistance.
(Sec. 1122) Authorizes the transfer of limited funds to the Traverse City Area Public School District for demolition and removal of the structure commonly known as "Building 402" at former Coast Guard property located in Traverse City, Michigan, and associated site work.
(Sec. 1127) Prohibits the Secretary from issuing final regulations regarding audible warnings at highway-rail grade crossings before July 1, 2001.
(Sec. 1128) Makes available additional amounts from the Highway Trust Fund for specified projects in Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Colorado.
Chapter 12 - Makes an additional amount available for the Federal Buildings Fund to be used for renovating and redeveloping portions of a historic Federal building located in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Provides additional funds for the Customs Service for procurement of aircraft and related equipment expenses associated with aviation standardization and training at the Customs National Aviation Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Chapter 13 - Makes an additional amount available for Department of Veterans Affairs construction.
Provides additional funds for Department of Housing and Urban Development empowerment zones and enterprise communities and the Community Development Fund.
Makes additional funds available for: (1) Environmental Protection Agency science and technology for continuation of the South Bronx Air Pollution Study; and (2) Federal Emergency Management Agency emergency management planning and assistance for programs authorized by the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974.
Chapter 14 - Considers H. Con Res. 234 (106th Congress), as adopted by the House of Representatives on November 18, 1999, to be considered to have been adopted by the Senate.
(Sec. 1402) Makes a provision of the Federal Reports Elimination and Sunset Act of 1995 which eliminates certain reporting requirements inapplicable to certain Federal budget provisions.
(Sec. 1403) Rescinds .22 percent of the discretionary budget authority provided for FY 2001 in any Act for each Federal agency, with specified exemptions.
Division B - Title I - Amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to modify eligibility criteria for the child care and adult food program.
(Sec. 102) Provides for a summer food pilot project in eligible States during FY 2001 through 2003 to increase the number of children participating in the summer food service program.
(Sec. 103) Requires the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a feasibility study for a Sacramento River, California, diversion project that is consistent with the Water Forum Agreement of April 24, 2000. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 104) Expands the boundaries of a specified flood control project in the Saint Francis River Basin in Missouri and Arkansas.
(Sec. 105) Authorizes and directs the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, to permit the city of Alton, Illinois, to construct and reimburse the city for the Federal share of specified recreational facilities.
(Sec. 106) Allows the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the design, planning, and construction of the Truckee watershed reclamation project to reclaim and reuse wastewater within and without the service area of Washoe County, Nevada.
(Sec. 107) Modifies a specified navigation project in Tampa Harbor, Florida, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to deepen and widen the Alafia Channel.
(Sec. 108) Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1992 to authorize environmental infrastructure assistance to additional specified projects. Increases the authorization of appropriations for such assistance and the amount of assistance provided to certain projects.
(Sec. 109) Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to provide technical and financial assistance to carry out projects for the planning, design, and construction of treatment works to improve water quality in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 110) Establishes the San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund in the Treasury to be used for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of water quality projects. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 111) Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to participate in studies and in the planning and design of projects determined to offer a long-term solution to the problem of groundwater contamination caused by perchlorates. Requires the Secretary to participate in investigations and projects related to perchlorates in the Bosque and Leon Watersheds in Texas, Caddo Lake, Texas, and Santa Clarita, California. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 112) Amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to require each permit, order, or decree issued pursuant to such Act for a discharge from a municipal combined storm and sanitary sewer to conform to the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Policy signed by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on April 11, 1994. Directs the Administrator to report to Congress on progress made by EPA, States, and municipalities in implementing and enforcing the CSO control policy.
Authorizes the Administrator to provide technical assistance and grants for treatment works to carry out pilot projects relating to specified areas of wet weather discharge control. Authorizes appropriations.
Permits the Administrator, in any fiscal year in which at least $1.35 billion is available for grants to States for water pollution control revolving funds, to make grants to States or municipalities for planning, design, and construction of treatment works to intercept, transport, control, or treat municipal CSO and sanitary sewer overflows. Gives priority for grants to certain applicants, including municipalities that are financially distressed communities. Authorizes and allocates appropriations. Requires the Administrator to report periodically to Congress on the recommended funding levels for such grants.
Directs the Administrator to report to Congress on: (1) the extent of health and environmental impacts caused by municipal CSO and sanitary sewer overflows; and (2) the resources spent, and technologies used, by municipalities to address such impacts. Requires the Administrator to maintain a clearinghouse of technologies for addressing such impacts.
(Sec. 113) Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 to provide for construction of fish passage devices at the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam at Federal expense.
(Sec. 114) Extinguishes certain reversionary interests and use restrictions contained in deeds for certain lands in Umatilla County, Oregon.
(Sec. 115) Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 to eliminate the authority to carry out a flood damage reduction and ecosystem restoration project in Murrieta Creek, California.
(Sec. 116) Requires the Secretary of the Army to reimburse East Bay Municipal Water District for the project for aquatic ecosystem restoration, Penn Mine, Calaveras County, California.
(Sec. 117) Modifies a flood control project in Greers Ferry Lake, Arkansas, to authorize the Secretary to construct intake facilities for the benefit of Lonoke and White Counties, Arkansas.
(Sec. 118) Modifies a flood control project in Chehalis River and tributaries, Washington, to authorize the Secretary to provide the non-Federal interest credit toward the non-Federal share of project costs the costs of planning, design, and construction work carried out by the non-Federal interest before the date of execution of a cooperation agreement if the Secretary determines the work integral to the project.
(Sec. 120) Directs the National Park Service to work with Fort Sumter Tours, Inc., the concessionaire providing services at Fort Sumter National Monument in South Carolina, on an amicable solution of the current legal dispute between the two parties. Requires the Director of the Service to extend the current contract through March 15, 2001, to facilitate further negotiations and for 180 days if final settlement of disputes is agreed to by both parties.
(Sec. 123) Enacts into law H.R. 4904 (106th Congress) (establishes the United States Office for Native Hawaiian Affairs and the Native Hawaiian Interagency Task Force) as passed in the House on September 26, 2000.
(Sec. 124) Requires the Secretary of the Interior to: (1) negotiate agreements with landowners setting terms for the acquisition of land at Saddleback Mountain, near Rangeley, Maine, for the benefit of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail; (2) complete the pending environmental compliance process for the acquisitions; (3) acquire the land for a specified cost; and (4) convey a portion of the land to the State to ensure the protection of the Trail.
(Sec. 125) Enacts into law S. 2273 (106th Congress)(Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area Act of 2000), as passed in the Senate on October 5, 2000.
(Sec. 126) Amends the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Act of 1984 to increase the maximum amount authorized to be appropriated for the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Commission.
(Sec. 127) Enacts into law S. 2885 (106th Congress)(Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission Act of 2000), as passed in the Senate on October 5, 2000.
(Sec. 128) Prohibits the use of funds prior to July 31, 2001, to promulgate or enforce a final rule to reduce the use of snowmobiles below current use patterns at a unit in the National Park System during the 2000-2001 or 2001-2002 winter seasons.
(Sec. 129) Requires the Secretary of the Interior to extend until March 31, 2001, the Extension of Standstill Agreement entered into on November 22, 1999, by the United States and the holders of interests in seven campsite leases in Biscayne Bay, Miami-Dade County, Florida.
(Sec. 134) Amends the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend the termination date for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission.
(Sec. 137) Amends Federal law governing the Gulf Islands National Seashore to include within the Seashore specified land on Cat Island, Mississippi. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 138) Amends Federal retirement provisions regarding limitations on the maximum percentage of pay that may be contributed to the Thrift Savings Plan to phase in, by FY 2006, a maximum allowable contribution of 100 percent of basic pay for certain FERS and CSRS participants.
(Sec. 139) Excludes the Secret Service and Secret Service Uniformed Division from certain Federal labor-management relations requirements.
(Sec. 140) Provides for an increase of 3.7 percent in rates of basic pay for Federal employees in 2001.
(Sec. 141) Repeals certain mandatory retirement provisions governing employees of the Alaska Railroad.
(Sec. 143) Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to authorize certain low-power television station licensees to provide digital data service as a pilot project to demonstrate the feasibility of using such stations to provide high-speed wireless digital data service, including Internet access to unserved areas.
(Sec. 144) Amends the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to extend, until FY 2003, a prohibition on the approval of fishery management plans or regulations which create a new individual fishing quota program, with specified exceptions.
Requires the Secretary of Commerce to adopt final regulations to implement a fishing capacity reduction program for crab fisheries included in the Fishery Management Plan for Commercial King and Tanner Crab Fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.
Pribilof Islands Transition Act - Amends the Fur Seal Act of 1966 to replace provisions establishing and providing for the administration of the Pribilof Islands Trust with provisions directing the Secretary of Commerce to provide financial assistance to any city government, village corporation, or tribal council of St. George or St. Paul, Alaska. Allows the use of those funds as non-Federal matching funds under any Federal program that requires matching funds. Prohibits the Secretary from using financial assistance under this Act to settle any debt owed to the United States, for administrative or overhead expenses, or for contributions sought or required for costs or fees to clean up any matter that was caused or contributed by any person on or after March 15, 2000. Directs the Secretary, subject to appropriations, to provide assistance to the State of Alaska for designing, locating, constructing, redeveloping, permitting, or certifying solid waste management facilities on the Islands to be operated under Alaska permits. Authorizes appropriations.
Shields the United States from liability under this Act associated with specified activities relating to those waste facilities.
Declares that the Secretary has no obligation to provide for the development of any form of economy on the Islands not dependent on sealing (but states that this does not affect causes of action under specified provisions arising before enactment of this Act). Terminates all obligations of the Secretary to: (1) convey property under existing provisions; and (2) carry out cleanup activities related to NOAA administration and a specified environmental restoration agreement between NOAA and Alaska. Makes the previous sentence applicable when: (1) Alaska has confirmed that no further corrective action is required at Island sites and units covered by the agreement; (2) the cleanup is complete; (3) the properties can be unconditionally offered for conveyance; and (4) all amounts appropriated for such purposes under the Fur Seal Act of 1966 have been obligated. Prohibits, after the conditions in the previous sentence are met, the Secretary from seeking or requiring financial contribution from any local governmental entity of the Pribilof Islands, any official thereof, or any owner of lands there for costs or fees (relating to specified actions concerning cleanup or closure of solid waste facilities) incurred by the Secretary (except for cleanup fees incurred after March 15, 2000). Repeals, effective when the same conditions are met, provisions of: (1) the Fur Seal Act of 1966 relating to the property conveyance and related matters; and (2) Federal law relating to the cleanup of landfills and wastes left by NOAA.
Authorizes appropriations to carry out provisions of Federal law relating to the cleanup of landfills and wastes left by NOAA. Authorizes the Secretary to provide Alaska a limited amount per year to establish and capitalize a revolving fund to be used by the State for low interest loans to Pribilof Natives to assess, respond to, remediate, and monitor contamination from lead paint, asbestos, and petroleum from underground storage tanks.
Authorizes the President to designate any Northwestern Hawaiian Islands coral reef or reef ecosystem as a coral reef reserve to be managed by the Secretary of Commerce. Directs the Secretary, upon designation of such a reserve, to: (1) initiate its designation as a national marine sanctuary; (2) establish a Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Reserve Advisory Council; and (3) manage the reserve in a manner consistent with the policies of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act until it is designated as a national marine sanctuary. Authorizes appropriations.
Amends the Sustainable Fisheries Act to authorize appropriations for each fiscal year for grants to carry out Western Pacific fishery demonstration projects to promote traditional indigenous fishing practices.
(Sec. 145) Amends the Department of State Special Agents Retirement Act of 1998 to extend applicability of such Act to participants (special agents) who were serving as of January 1, 1997.
(Sec. 146) Calls upon the President to: (1) take all appropriate action to provide relief from injury caused by steel imports; and (2) immediately request the U.S. Trade Commission to commence an expedited investigation for positive adjustment under the Trade Act of 1974.
(Sec. 147) Amends the Johnson Act to apply certain prohibitions on the repair, transport, or use of gambling devices on vessels to voyages or segments of voyages that begin and end in Hawaii.
(Sec. 148) Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to exempt non- commercial educational (NCE) broadcast stations from requirements to make broadcast stations accessible to political candidates. Prohibits the Federal Communications Commission from taking action against any NCE station which declines to carry a political advertisement.
(Sec. 149) Continues the Small Business Innovation Research program during FY 2001.
(Sec. 150) Appropriates funds for: (1) the Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund; and (2) an account to be established in the Department of Labor for administering the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act.
(Sec. 152) Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to provide for the treatment of certain cancer hospitals.
(Sec. 153) Amends the Delta Development Act to apply such Act to Alabama.
Amends the Delta Regional Authority Act of 2000 (as incorporated in this Act) to require Alabama to be a full member of the Delta Regional Authority.
(Sec. 154) Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to establish a pilot program to provide environmental assistance to non-Federal interests in northern Wisconsin. Permits assistance in the form of design and reconstruction assistance or water-related environmental infrastructure and resource protection and development projects. Provides assistance only for publicly-owned projects. Authorizes appropriations.
Title II: Vietnam Education Foundation Act of 2000 - Vietnam Education Foundation Act of 2000 - Establishes the Vietnam Education Foundation to award fellowships to: (1) Vietnamese nationals to study at U.S. institutions of higher education at graduate and post-graduate levels in the fields of physical sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, environmental sciences, medicine, technology, and computer sciences; and (2) U.S. citizens to teach in Vietnam in appropriate Vietnamese institutions in the same fields of study.
(Sec. 207) Establishes the Vietnam Debt Repayment Fund which shall consist of deposits as offsetting receipts of all payments (including interest) made by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam under the U.S.-Vietnam debt agreement, dated April 7, 1997. Makes amounts deposited into the Fund available for Foundation activities.
(Sec. 210) Bars the awarding of any new fellowship or extension of an existing fellowship after September 30, 2016.
Title III: Colorado Ute Settlement Act Amendments of 2000 - Colorado Ute Settlement Act Amendments of 2000 - Amends the Colorado Ute Indian Water Rights Settlement Act of 1988 to authorize the Secretary of the Interior, in order to settle the outstanding claims of the Ute Indian tribes on the Animas and La Plata Rivers in Colorado and acting through the Bureau of Reclamation, to: (1) complete construction of, operate, and maintain a reservoir, pumping plant, reservoir inlet conduit, and appurtenant facilities to divert and store water from the Animas River to provide a municipal and industrial water supply (the Project); and (2) deliver through the use of such components, specified municipal and industrial water allocations to the San Juan Water Commission, Animas-La Plata Conservancy District, State of Colorado, La Plata Conservancy District of New Mexico, Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes, and Navajo Nation.
Declares that such facilities, if constructed, constitute the Animas- La Plata Project. Prohibits the commencement of construction of any other project features authorized by the Colorado River Basin Project Act without further authorization from Congress.
Provides that construction costs required to deliver each tribe's water allocation shall be nonreimbursable. Makes the nontribal repayment obligations for water allocations subject to a final cost allocation by the Secretary upon project completion. Directs the Secretary to report to Congress on the status of cost-share agreements. Requires the reallocation of water allocations for the Animas-La Plata Conservancy District and the State of Colorado to the Colorado Ute Tribes if no agreement is reached with the District or the State for such allocations.
(Sec. 303) Requires the Secretary, upon request of the State Engineer of New Mexico, to assign to the New Mexico Project beneficiaries or the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission Department of the Interior interests under a specified permit in order to fulfill the New Mexico non-Navajo purposes of the Project, so long as the assignment does not affect the application of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to the use of the water.
Authorizes the Secretary to construct a water line to augment the existing system that conveys municipal water supplies to the Navajo Indian Reservation at or near Shiprock, New Mexico.
Makes construction costs for the water line nonreimbursable.
Authorizes appropriations to the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Resource Funds.
Requires the Secretary to establish such Funds. Provides for disbursement of Fund monies, with an exception, in accordance with approved natural resource acquisition and enhancement plans.
Establishes the Colorado Ute Settlement Fund in the Treasury and authorizes appropriations to the Fund to complete the construction of Project facilities and the Navajo Nation water line.
Requires the construction of facilities, allocation of water supply to the Indian tribes, provision of funds, and issuance of an amended final consent decree under this Act to constitute final settlement of tribal claims to water rights on the Animas and La Plata Rivers. Requires such decree to provide for an extension of the current January 1, 2005, deadline for the tribes to commence litigation of their reserved rights claims on such rivers.
Title IV - Designates the museum operated by the Secretary of Energy in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as the American Museum of Science and Energy and declares it to be the official museum of science and energy of the United States.
Title V: Lower Mississippi River Region - Delta Regional Authority Act of 2000 - Amends the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to establish the Delta Regional Authority to carry out specified activities and approve grants related to the economic development of the Mississippi Delta region (parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee surrounding such Delta).
Authorizes the Authority to approve grants for projects to: (1) develop the region's transportation infrastructure; (2) assist the region in job training, employment-related education, and business development; and (3) provide assistance to severely distressed and underdeveloped areas.
Requires the Authority to: (1) annually designate distressed and nondistressed counties and isolated areas of distress within the region; and (2) allocate at least 75 percent of the appropriations made available under this Act for distressed counties and isolated areas of distress. Prohibits (with an exception) such funds from being used within nondistressed counties.
Requires each State member of the Authority to submit a development plan for the area of the region represented by the member.
Outlines factors to be considered by the Authority in considering programs and projects for assistance under this Act and in establishing priorities among assistance requests.
Requires the Authority to review for approval any State or regional development plan submitted.
Terminates authority provided under this title on October 1, 2002.
Amends the Delta Development Act to include the Louisiana parish of Natchitoches in the definition of "Lower Mississippi" for purposes of coverage under such Act.
Title VI: Dakota Water Resources Act of 2000 - Dakota Water Resources Act of 2000 - Amends Federal provisions relating to the Garrison water diversion unit, North Dakota (part of the Pick-Sloan Missouri River Basin Program), to include within authorized unit purposes the development of municipal, rural, and industrial water systems, fish, wildlife, and other natural resource conservation and development, recreation, flood control, ground water recharge, and augmented stream flows (currently, only irrigation is authorized). Authorizes the State of North Dakota (currently, only the Secretary of the Interior) to plan and construct within the State a multipurpose water resource development irrigation project. Makes the Secretary responsible for operation and maintenance (O&M) costs of that portion of the capacity of existing unit facilities that remain unused. Makes the State responsible for: (1) O&M costs of the proportionate share of existing used unit facilities, as well as the full O&M costs of any facility constructed after the date of enactment of this Act; and (2) the costs of providing energy to authorized unit facilities. Authorizes water systems constructed under this Act to deliver Missouri River water into the Hudson Bay basin, after a certain required determination concerning adequate treatment of such water.
(Sec. 603) Revises provisions concerning unit operational costs to make nonreimbursable: (1) all fish and wildlife enhancement costs incurred in connection with waterfowl refuges or production areas, as well as wildlife conservation areas proposed for Federal or State administration; and (2) 50 percent of recreation area costs, if non-Federal public bodies assume the remainder of such costs.
Deauthorizes Taayer Reservoir and Lonetree Dam and Reservoir as project features.
(Sec. 604) Allows the calculation of interest during construction of a feature only until such feature is substantially complete, and regardless of whether it is placed into service.
(Sec. 605) Includes certain areas of North Dakota within the area in which the Secretary is authorized to develop irrigation facilities, but prohibits the development of any such facility in the Hudson Bay-Devils Lake Basin. Allows such developed irrigation to receive Pick-Sloan pumping power. Directs the Secretary to: (1) maintain the Snake Creek Pumping Plant, New Rockford Canal, and McClusky Canal features of the principal supply works; and (2) select a preferred alternative to implement this Act after considering connecting the existing principal supply works. Directs the Secretary to investigate and report on an undesignated 28,000 acres of irrigation areas in North Dakota.
(Sec. 606) Prohibits any reallocation of project costs to Pick-Sloan customers.
(Sec. 607) Revises provisions authorizing the construction of municipal, rural, and industrial water systems in North Dakota to: (1) authorize the State to use Federal and non-Federal funds for grants or loans for such systems (requiring proceeds from loan repayments and interest thereon to be treated as Federal funds); (2) make additional projects eligible for such funding; (3) authorize the State to develop and implement a water conservation program; (4) make nonreimbursable the costs of features constructed on the Missouri River by the Secretary of the Army before the date of enactment of this Act; and (5) add Turtle Mountain to the areas in which the Secretary is required to maintain necessary water systems.
(Sec. 608) Deauthorizes the Sykeston Canal.
Directs the Secretary to select and construct a feature or features to deliver water to the Sheyenne River water supply and release facility. Requires the Secretary, if selecting a feature under which Missouri River water is used to provide water to such facility, to transmit to Congress a comprehensive report. Prohibits the latter feature from being constructed unless it is specifically authorized by an Act of Congress. Authorizes without further congressional action a feature which uses only in-basin sources to meet Red River Valley water needs. Directs the Secretary to: (1) conduct a comprehensive study of the water quality and quantity needs of the Red River Valley and possible options in meeting those needs; (2) solicit input from affected entities and designees; and (3) provide a study draft to affected States and Federal agencies. Allows such States and Federal agencies to review and comment on draft proposals, and requires the Secretary to take such comments into consideration when producing a final report and submitting such report to Congress. Directs the Secretary and the State to jointly report to Congress on the comprehensive water quality needs of the Red River Valley and options for meeting those needs. Requires environmental impact statements to be provided.
Directs the Secretary to construct, operate, and maintain a Sheyenne River water supply and release feature capable of delivering a specified water supply for the cities of Fargo and Grand Forks and surrounding communities. Prohibits funds from this Act from being used for carrying out a lake control feasibility study of the Devils Lake Basin, North Dakota, or to study any facility or carry out an activity that would permit the transfer of water from the Missouri River drainage basin into Devils Lake.
(Sec. 609) Directs the Secretary to enter into an agreement with the State to convey U.S. rights and interests in the Oakes Test Area.
(Sec. 610) Authorizes additional appropriations to carry out provisions added by this Act.
(Sec. 611) Directs the Secretary, from funds authorized under this Act, to make an annual Federal contribution to the Natural Resources Trust (previously named the Wetlands Trust), limiting such contribution to $12 million. Directs the Secretary to make additional annual contributions equal to five percent of the total amount appropriated for such Trust in a fiscal year. Adds to authorized Trust uses the enhancement, restoration, and management of grassland conservation and riparian areas. Adds to Trust authority the power to fund incentives for conservation practices by landowners.
Title VII - Directs the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to establish in Stanley County, South Dakota, a reconciliation center known as Reconciliation Place to: (1) enhance knowledge and understanding of the history of Native Americans; (2) interpret the encounters between Lewis and Clark and the Sioux Nation; (3) house the Sioux Nation Tribal Supreme Court (Court); (4) house the Native American Economic Development Council; and (5) house the National Native American Mediation Training Center (Center). Directs the Secretary to award a grant to the Wakpa Sica Historical Society of Fort Pierre, South Dakota, for construction of Reconciliation Place. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 704) Directs the Attorney General to provide technical and financial assistance to ensure the development and operation of the Court and Center. Authorizes appropriations.
Title VIII: Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor - Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Act- Establishes the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor in the State of New York and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission.
Provides for a comprehensive preservation and management Canalway Plan for the Corridor.
Title IX: Law Enforcement Pay Equity - Law Enforcement Pay Equity Act of 2000 - Amends the District of Columbia Police and Firemen's Salary Act of 1958 to establish a uniform salary schedule for members and officers of the U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division and the Park Police.
Freezes the percentage rate for locality-based comparability pay for such members and officers at the rate in effect for pay periods during FY 2000.
(Sec. 903) Revises certain caps on maximum compensation for such members and officers.
(Sec. 908) Amends the District of Columbia Retirement Protection Act of 1997 to require, for purposes of determining the amount of a Federal benefit payment to an officer or member of the Metropolitan Police Department, that the payment under the District Retirement Program include certain service longevity payments provided for in the Police Recruiting and Retention Enhancement Amendment Act of 1999 (such Act took effect after the freeze date).
Title X: Department of Housing and Urban Development - Amends the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000 to change the rate of pay for the Director of the Millennial Housing Commission. Provides for details of Federal personnel to the Commission on a non-reimbursable (currently, reimbursable) basis.
(Sec. 1004) Requires the Comptroller General to study and report to specified congressional committees on: (1) the adequacy of the capital structure of the Federal Home Loan Bank System as it relates to certain specified risks; (2) the risks associated with further growth in the direct acquisition of mortgages by the System; and (3) a comparison of the risk-based capital standard proposed by the Federal Housing Finance Board for the System to the standard proposed by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight for the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation.
Title XI: Department of the Treasury - Authorizes the President to award: (1) to each of the original twenty-nine Navajo Code Talkers or a surviving family member, on behalf of Congress, a gold medal honoring the Navajo Code Talkers; and (2) to each person who qualified as a Navajo Code Talker (MOS 642) or a surviving family member a silver medal.
Title XII: Environmental Protection Agency -Establishes the Aboveground Storage Tank Grant Program for grants to the State of Alaska or the Denali Commission to repair, upgrade, or replace such tanks that: (1) leak or pose an imminent threat of leaking; and (2) are located in a Native village the median household income of which is less than 80 percent of such income in the State, are located within the boundaries of a National Park or Wildlife Refuge System unit or national forest, or on public land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, or that receives payments in lieu of taxes. Authorizes appropriations.
Title XIII: National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Authorizes the use of excess funds from the sale of timber on Federal property at the John C. Stennis Space Center by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the acquisition of up to 500 acres of real property to establish education and visitor programs and facilities to promote and preserve the regional and national history of the area and, as necessary, for wetlands mitigation.
Title XIV: Certain Alaskan Cruise Ship Operations - Applies this title to all cruise vessel authorized to carry 500 or more passengers for hire.
(Sec. 1403) Prohibits the discharge of untreated sewage from a cruise vessel into the waters of the Alexander Archipelago (Archipelago) or U.S. navigable waters within the State of Alaska or the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve). Bars the discharge of treated sewage or graywater from such vessels into such areas unless: (1) the vessel is underway and proceeding at at least six knots; (2) the vessel is not less than one nautical mile from the nearest shore, except in areas designated by the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating; (3) the discharge complies with all vessel effluent standards; and (4) the vessel is not in an area where the discharge of treated sewage or graywater is prohibited. Defines "graywater" as galley, dishwasher, bath, and laundry waste water.
Authorizes the EPA Administrator to promulgate regulations allowing the otherwise prohibited discharge of treated sewage or graywater where the discharge meets effluent standards determined appropriate for discharges into the marine environment. Allows such discharges, subject to certain conditions, until such regulations are promulgated.
(Sec. 1405) Makes discharge prohibitions inapplicable to discharges made for purposes of securing the safety of the vessel or saving life at sea, provided that reasonable precautions have been taken to prevent or minimize the discharge.
(Sec. 1406) Requires the Secretary to incorporate into the commercial vessel examination program an inspection regime sufficient to verify that cruise vessels visiting ports in Alaska or operating in the Archipelago or U.S. navigable waters in Alaska or the Reserve are in full compliance with this title, other Federal laws and regulations, and international treaty requirements. Provides for sampling and testing of cruise ship discharges.
(Sec. 1407) Authorizes the Administrator to promulgate effluent standards for treated sewage and graywater from cruise vessels operating in such waters.
(Sec. 1408) Requires any person in charge of a cruise vessel who has knowledge of a discharge described by this title to report immediately to the Secretary.
(Sec. 1409) Prescribes civil and criminal penalties for violations of this title.
(Sec. 1410) Authorizes the State of Alaska, upon determining that the protection and enhancement of water quality of the Archipelago or U.S. navigable waters in Alaska or the Reserve require greater environmental protection, to petition the Administrator to prohibit the discharge of graywater and sewage from cruise vessels operating in such waters.
Title XV: Life Act Amendments - LIFE Act Amendments of 2000 - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to extend the application of a provision which allows for the adjustment to permanent resident status of certain aliens who entered the United States without inspection. Conditions such authorization on an alien being physically present in the United States on this Act's enactment date.
(Sec. 1503) Amends the Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act to provide for the permanent resident status adjustment of certain alien class action participants who participated in Zambrano v. INS. Makes a provision of the INA that requires the reinstatement of removal orders against aliens reentering the United States illegally inapplicable to such class action participants. Provides certain family unity benefits to such aliens as well.
(Sec. 1505) Amends the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act to make INA reinstatement removal provisions inapplicable to certain Nicaraguan and Cuban aliens applying for adjustment of status. Makes a conforming amendment to the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 1998 with respect to certain Haitian aliens.
Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act to permit certain aliens granted temporary protection from deportation who are otherwise eligible for suspension of deportation or cancellation of removal pursuant to the INA to apply for such relief.
(Sec. 1506) Makes this title effective as if included in the enactment of the LIFE Act.
Title XVI: Improving Literacy Through Family Literacy Projects - Literacy Involves Families Together Act - Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to revise and reauthorize Even Start Family Literacy Programs (Even Start) (part B of title I provisions for Helping Disadvantaged Children Meet High Standards).
(Sec. 1602) Extends through FY 2001 the authorization of appropriations for such Even Start programs, and increases the amounts authorized.
(Sec. 1603) Requires State plans to assure that State educational agencies (SEAs) will encourage local educational agencies (LEAs) and individual schools participating in a program assisted under ESEA title I part A (Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies) to use part A funds to offer family literacy services, if the LEA or school determines that a substantial number of students served under part A have parents who do not have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, or who have low levels of literacy.
(Sec. 1604) Renames ESEA title I part B as William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy Programs.
Directs the Secretary of Education to: (1) reserve an increased portion of part B Even Start funds for migrant programs, outlying areas, and Indian tribes, under specified conditions; (2) ensure coordination of family literacy programs under Even Start with similar programs operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA); and (3) reserve specified portions of Even Start excess funds for scientifically-based research on family literacy by the National Institute for Literacy.
Authorizes States to use a portion of Even Start funds to provide technical assistance and training to subgrantees (partnerships of LEAs and eligible organizations) to improve the quality of their family literacy services, giving priority to low-quality programs, provided that such State use of funds for a fiscal year does not result in a decrease from the level of activities and services provided to program participants in the preceding year. Allows State use of such funds to provide technical assistance for local programs to raise additional funds.
Requires a majority of instructional staff whose salaries are paid, in whole or in part, with Federal Even Start funds, within four years after enactment of this Act, to: (1) have an associate's, bachelor's, or graduate degree in a field related to early childhood education, elementary or secondary school education, or adult education; and (2) meet State-established qualifications for such types of education provided as part of an Even Start or other family literacy program. Requires all new instructional staff, beginning on the enactment of this Act, to meet such requirements. Requires, within such four-year period, that: (1) all paraprofessionals whose salaries are paid with any Federal Even Start funds have at least a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent; and (2) the individual responsible for administration of family literacy services to be trained in operating a family literacy program.
Requires Even Start programs to: (1) use research-based reading techniques for children and adults; and (2) encourage participating families to attend regularly and remain in the program a sufficient time to meet their program goals.
Allows an Even Start program, despite specified age limitations, to permit children eight years of age or older to participate, if such program collaborates with a part A program and part A funds are used to pay the cost of providing part B Even Start services to such children and if the focus of the program continues to remain on families with young children.
Includes among indicators of an area's need for part B funds the presence of high numbers or percentages of parents who have been victims of domestic violence or who are receiving assistance under a State program funded by a block grant for temporary assistance to needy families under the Social Security Act.
Requires an SEA, in awarding subgrants to continue an Even Start program after the first year, to review the progress of each eligible entity in meeting program objectives described in the State plan (as well as, under current law, evaluating the program based on State-developed program quality indicators).
Sets the same limits on the Federal share of renewed subgrants as on Even Start grants.
Directs the National Institute for Literacy to use certain reserved Even Start funds for scientifically-based research to determine: (1) the most effective ways of improving literacy skills of adults with reading difficulties; and (2) how family literacy services can best provide parents with knowledge and skills to support their children's literacy development. Requires such research to be carried out through an entity, including a Federal agency, with expertise in doing longitudinal studies of children's literacy skills development and that has developed effective methods of intervention to help children with reading difficulties.
(Sec. 1605) Requires State applications for Even Start grants to describe how the State will encourage programs and projects assisted under Even Start to offer family literacy services if the program or project serves a substantial number of migratory children who have parents who do not have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent or who have low levels of literacy.
(Sec. 1606) Defines family literacy services under ESEA as services provided to participants on a voluntary basis that are of sufficient intensity in terms of hours, and of sufficient duration, to make sustainable changes in a family, and that integrate all of the following activities: (1) interactive literacy activities between parents and their children; (2) training for parents regarding how to be the primary teacher for their children and full partners in the education of their children; (3) parent literacy training that leads to economic self-sufficiency; and (4) an age-appropriate education to prepare children for success in school and life experiences.
(Sec. 1607) Amends the Education Amendments Act of 1978 to require BIA-operated family literacy programs, under the early childhood education program for Indian children or other programs, to be coordinated with Even Start family literacy programs under ESEA.
Title XVII: Children's Internet Protection - Children's Internet Protection Act - Directs the National Communications and Information Administration to initiate a notice and comment proceeding for purposes of: (1) evaluating whether currently available technology protection measures adequately address the needs of educational institutions; (2) making recommendations on how to foster the development of measures that meet such needs; and (3) evaluating the development and effectiveness of local Internet safety policies that are currently in operation after community input.
Subtitle A: Federal Funding for Educational Institution Computers - Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to prohibit funds made available to a local educational agency for a school that does not receive services at discount rates (as provided under the Children's Internet Protection Act) to use such funds to purchase computers to access the Internet or to pay direct costs for such access unless such school: (1) has a policy of Internet safety for minors that includes the operation of a technology protection measure with respect to computers providing such access to protect against visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors; and (2) is enforcing the operation of such measure during any use of such computers.
Authorizes the withholding of funds for noncompliance with such requirements.
(Sec. 1712) Amends the Museum and Library Services Act to set forth parallel requirements for the use of technology protection measures in certain libraries receiving funding under such Act.
Subtitle B: Universal Service Discounts - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to set forth parallel technology protection measure requirements for schools and libraries as a condition for receiving universal service discounts.
Subtitle C: Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection - Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to require schools and libraries receiving universal service rates to: (1) implement an Internet safety policy that addresses access by minors to inappropriate matter, the safety of minors when using direct electronic communications, unauthorized access and disclosures of information, and measures designed to restrict minors' access to harmful materials; and (2) provide public notice and hold at least one public meeting to address the proposed policy.
Requires the determination regarding what matter is inappropriate for minors to be made by the school board, library, or other authority so responsible.
Subtitle D: Expedited Review - Requires any civil action challenging the constitutionality of this title to be heard by a three-judge district court. Provides for direct appeal to the Supreme Court of any decree holding this title to be unconstitutional.