Summary: S.1653 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House with amendment(s) (09/28/2000)

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act Amendments of 2000 - Amends the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act (the Act) to expand the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's authority to accept and administer private gifts within the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

(Sec. 3) Increases the Foundation's Board of Directors from 15 to 25 members, including the Director of the USFWS and the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.

(Sec. 4) Authorizes the Foundation to have its principal offices in Washington, D.C. (as currently provided), or in the bordering counties of Maryland or Virginia.

Sets forth conditions for the Foundation to: (1) acquire and convey property, including agency approval; and (2) invest and deposit Federal funds.

Revises provisions relating to agency approval of acquisitions of property and of conveyances and grants. Sets forth limitations relating to the Foundation's: (1) reconveyance of real property; and (2) expenditures for printing services or capital equipment.

(Sec. 5) Requires the Foundation's annual reporting of grant details to: (1) be submitted to specified congressional committees (currently, to Congress); and (2) include a detailed statement of the grant recipient, amount, and purpose.

(Sec. 6) Prohibits the Foundation from making a grant unless, at least 60 days before, the Foundation notifies the Member of Congress for the congressional district in which the grant project will be conducted.

(Sec. 7) Authorizes appropriations for FY 2001 and 2002 for the Departments of Commerce and the Interior to carry out activities under the Act (conservation or management of fish, wildlife, plants, and other natural resources). Authorizes the Foundation to accept funds from a Federal agency under any other Federal law to further its conservation and management activities. Sets forth matching funds requirements.

Prohibits Foundation grants from being used for litigation expenses or for lobbying Congress.

Declares that nothing in this Act authorizes the Foundation to perform any function for which authority is provided to the National Park Foundation by specified Federal law.

(Sec. 9) Prohibits grant funds from being used for any activity related to the introduction of wolves or grizzly bears in Idaho, Montana, Utah, or Wyoming.