S.2549 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001106th Congress (1999-2000)
|Sponsor:||None. (Introduced 05/12/2000)|
|Committees:||Senate - Armed Services|
|Committee Reports:||S. Rept. 106-292|
|Latest Action:||07/13/2000 See also S. 2550, S. 2551, S. 2552.|
|Notes:||For further action, see H.R. 4205, which became Public Law 106-398 on 10/30/2000.|
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Summary: S.2549 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Bill Information (Except Text)
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 - Division A: Department of Defense Authorizations - Title I: Procurement - Subtitle A: Authorization of Appropriations - Authorizes appropriations for FY 2001 for the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, and Air Force for aircraft, missiles, weapons and tracked combat vehicles, ammunition, shipbuilding and conversion, and other procurement.
Introduced in Senate (05/12/2000)
(Sec. 104) Authorizes appropriations for FY 2001 for: (1) defense-wide procurement; (2) the Defense Inspector General; (3) the chemical demilitarization program; and (4) the Defense Health Program.
Subtitle B: Army Programs - Requires a report from the Secretary of the Army to the defense and appropriations committees on the process for developing the objective force in the transformation of the Army. Directs such Secretary to develop and carry out, and report to such committees on, a plan comparing the costs and operational effectiveness of the medium armored combat vehicles selected for the infantry battalions of the interim brigade combat teams with the costs and effectiveness of such vehicles currently in the Army inventory for use by infantry battalions. Requires the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation of the Department of Defense (DOD) to review such plan and report results to such Secretary. Prohibits more than 60 percent of the amount authorized for the procurement of such vehicles for FY 2001 and FY 2002 from being obligated until 30 days after such Secretary's reports are submitted.
Subtitle C: Navy Programs - Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to procure the aircraft carrier designated CVNX-1, and authorizes such Secretary to enter into contracts for advanced procurement and construction of components for such carrier (earmarking funds authorized under this section for such purpose).
(Sec. 122) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 to increase the number of Arleigh Burke class destroyers that may be procured by the Navy and to extend through FY 2005 the authority for such multiyear procurement. Expresses the sense of Congress that the Secretary of the Navy, with respect to any such destroyers procured after FY 2001, should achieve the most economical rate of procurement by procuring three destroyers in each of FY 2002 and 2003 and one in FY 2004. Requires a report from such Secretary to the defense committees updating information required in a 1993 report on DDG-51 (destroyer) class ships. Requires such update to be transmitted to the Comptroller General (CG), and requires the CG to review such report and report review results to the defense committees.
(Sec. 123) Earmarks FY 2001 procurement funds for the Virginia class submarine program, authorizing the Secretary of the Navy to enter into contracts for the procurement of up to five of such submarines during FY 2003 through 2006. Requires a report from the Secretary of Defense (Secretary) to the defense and appropriations committees on the Navy's fleet of fast attack submarines.
(Sec. 124) Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to procure the construction of all ADC(X) class ships in one shipyard when determined to be more cost effective than construction in more than one shipyard.
(Sec. 125) Earmarks FY 2001 procurement funds for commencement of nuclear refueling and overhaul of the CVN-69 aircraft carrier during FY 2001.
Subtitle D: Air Force Programs - Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1990 and 1991 to repeal a required annual report on the B-2 bomber aircraft program.
Subtitle E: Other Matters - Authorizes the Secretary, in determining technologies for the destruction of lethal chemical agents and munitions at the Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colorado, to consider only incineration or any technologies demonstrated under the Assembled Chemical Weapons Assessment on or before May 1, 2000.
Title II: Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation - Subtitle A: Authorization of Appropriations - Authorizes appropriations for FY 2001 for research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E). Earmarks specified amounts for basic and applied research projects.
Subtitle B: Program Requirements, Restrictions, and Limitations - Directs the Secretary to carry out a joint field experiment in FY 2002 for exploring war fighting challenges for joint U.S. military forces after 2010. Provides experiment funding from RDT&E funds.
(Sec. 212) Earmarks RDT&E funds for the conversion and development of nuclear aircraft carrier design data.
(Sec. 213) Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to pursue a technology insertion approach for the construction of the DD-21 destroyer on a specified construction schedule. Expresses the sense of Congress: (1) calling for the sequential construction of such destroyers until 32 are constructed; and (2) that the Secretary of the Navy, in providing for the acquisition of such destroyers, should take into consideration certain needs of the Navy and Marine Corps for the surface fire support of such destroyers, along with certain related considerations. Directs the Secretary of: (1) the Navy to submit to the defense committees a plan for pursuing a technology insertion approach for such construction; and (2) Defense to report to such committees on the Navy's plan for the acquisition and maintenance of such destroyers.
(Sec. 214) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 to allow a one percent increase for certain development and production expenditures for the F-22 aircraft program if the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation determines such increase is necessary to ensure adequate testing.
(Sec. 215) Requires a report from the Secretary to Congress on the joint strike fighter program. Authorizes limited transfers to such program from other Navy and Air Force accounts.
(Sec. 216) Directs the Secretary to require and coordinate a concept demonstration of the Global Hawk high altitude endurance unmanned vehicle. Requires such demonstration to: (1) take place as early as practicable in FY 2001; and (2) be conducted in a counter-drug surveillance scenario for the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Southern Command. Requires a demonstration report from the Secretary to Congress.
(Sec. 217) Provides future-years goals for unmanned, advanced capability aircraft and ground combat vehicles. Requires a report from the Secretary to the defense and appropriations committees on all demonstration programs undertaken by the various military departments with respect to such vehicles. Provides program funding from RDT&E funds.
(Sec. 218) Earmarks RDT&E funds for Army space control technology development, including the kinetic energy anti-satellite technology program.
(Sec. 219) Prohibits funds for the Russian American Observation Satellites program from being obligated or expended until 30 days after the Secretary submits to Congress a plan for protecting U.S. advanced military technology associated with such program.
(Sec. 220) Prohibits this Act's funds from being obligated for the procurement of an anthrax vaccine until the Secretary has submitted to the defense and appropriations committees certain information concerning Food and Drug Administration production approval of such a vaccine, as well as contingencies associated with continuing to rely on the current manufacturer to supply such vaccine.
(Sec. 221) Directs the Secretary to report to the defense and appropriations committees on the acquisition of biological warfare defense vaccines for DOD.
Subtitle C: Other Matters - Requires the Secretary of the Air Force to report to the defense and appropriations committees on long-term challenges and short-term objectives of the Air Force science and technology program. Directs such Secretary to establish a task force for identifying the short-term objectives.
Title III: Operation and Maintenance - Subtitle A: Authorization of Appropriations - Authorizes appropriations for FY 2001 for operation and maintenance (O&M) for the armed forces and specified activities and agencies of DOD.
(Sec. 302) Authorizes appropriations for FY 2001 for: (1) working capital and revolving funds; and (2) the Armed Forces Retirement Home.
(Sec. 304) Authorizes the transfer of up to $150 million from the National Defense Stockpile Transaction Fund to specified military O&M accounts for FY 2001.
Subtitle B: Program Requirements, Restrictions, and Limitations - Earmarks specified defense-wide O&M funds for: (1) payments for children with disabilities under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; and (2) analyses by the joint warfighting capabilities assessment teams of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council.
Subtitle C: Humanitarian and Civic Assistance - Authorizes the Secretary to provide humanitarian and civic assistance in connection with military operations for areas of a country that are underserved by medical, dental, and veterinary professionals. Authorizes the use of up to ten percent of such assistance for pay and allowances of special operations command reserves furnishing demining training and related assistance.
Subtitle D: Department of Defense Industrial Facilities - Expresses policy with respect to the U.S. armaments industrial base. Authorizes the Secretary to carry out a program to be known as the Armament Retooling and Manufacturing Support Initiative which shall, among other things: (1) encourage commercial firms to use Government-owned, contractor-operated Army ammunition manufacturing facilities for commercial purposes; (2) increase the opportunities for small businesses to use such facilities; (3) maintain an appropriate workforce to meet industrial emergency requirements for national security purposes; (4) demonstrate innovative business practices for future defense conversion initiatives; and (5) reduce or eliminate Army costs of owning such facilities. Requires the Secretary of the Army to fully utilize facility use contracts, leases, and other appropriate arrangements. Authorizes such Secretary to accept consideration for facility use other than rental payments or revenue generated at such facility. Requires a report from such Secretary to the defense committees on procedures and controls implemented to carry out this section.
Authorizes such Secretary to carry out a loan guarantee program to encourage commercial firms to use such facilities. Provides loan guarantee limits of: (1) $20 million per borrower; and (2) $320 million for all borrowers.
Authorizes such Secretary to carry out programs for the support of armaments retooling and manufacturing in the national defense industrial and technology base.
Repeals the Armament Retooling and Manufacturing Support Act of 1992.
(Sec. 332) Authorizes the Secretary, or the Secretary of the military department concerned, to designate depot-level activities of the military departments and defense agencies (current law) and each Army arsenal as Centers of Industrial and Technical Excellence in recognized core competencies. Includes as objectives for public-private partnerships in connection with such Centers: (1) maximizing the capacity utilization of such Centers; (2) reducing or eliminating ownership and production costs of such Centers; (3) leveraging private sector investment in such Centers; and (4) fostering cooperation between the armed forces and private industry. Authorizes a designating Secretary to waive certain commercial nonavailability requirements for articles and services produced at such Centers when necessary to achieve one or more of the objectives. Allows the Secretary to charge the full cost of manufacturing articles at, or performing services through, such Centers. Authorizes private sector use of excess Center capacity. Authorizes the acceptance of consideration for use of Center property. Allows, under limited conditions, the use by private sector partners of Center excess equipment or facilities. Authorizes the Secretary to carry out a loan guarantee program to encourage commercial firms to use such Centers for stated purposes. Provides loan guarantee limits of: (1) $20 million per borrower; and (2) $320 million for all borrowers.
(Sec. 333) Requires the Secretary, at least 30 days before any DOD official enters into a contract for the private sector performance of a workload already being performed by more than 50 employees at a Center or ammunition plant, to report to Congress describing the effect that the performance and administration of the contract will have on the overhead costs of the Center or plant.
(Sec. 334) Authorizes the President (currently, the Secretary or the Secretary of a military department) to waive certain limitations on the performance by non-Government personnel of depot-level maintenance of materiel for reasons of national security. Requires the President to notify Congress of any such waiver and the reasons therefor.
Subtitle E: Environmental Provisions - Establishes in DOD the Environmental Restoration Account, Formerly Used Defense Sites.
(Sec. 342) Prohibits the Secretary or a military department Secretary from paying a fine or penalty imposed for an environmental violation unless the payment is specifically authorized by law if the fine or penalty: (1) is $1.5 million or more; or (2) is based on the application of economic benefit criteria or size-of-business criteria.
(Sec. 343) Repeals required annual reports of the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board. Requires the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Council to summarize Board activities in their annual reports.
(Sec. 344) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1993 to revise the Secretary's authority for indemnification of transferees of defense property closed under the base closure laws to include within such indemnification the release or threatened release of petroleum or petroleum derivatives or unexploded ordnance at a closed or realigned military installation, or the payment of environmental costs in connection with all covered releases. Authorizes the Secretary concerned to enter into agreements specifying the contribution of any person to a covered release or threatened release. Adds indemnification conditions and limitations.
(Sec. 345) Authorizes the Secretaries of the Army and Navy to use O&M funds to pay certain fines and penalties imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or a State in connection with environmental violations at specified sites.
(Sec. 346) Authorizes the Secretary to reimburse a specified account within the Hazardous Substance Superfund to reimburse the EPA for certain environmental costs in connection with the former Nansemond Ordnance Depot Site in Suffolk, Virginia.
(Sec. 347) Authorizes the Secretary concerned, during FY 2000 through 2003, to use DOD environmental restoration account funds for the costs of permanently relocating facilities because of a release or threatened release of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants from real property or facilities: (1) currently under the Secretary's jurisdiction; or (2) that were under the Secretary's jurisdiction at the time of the actions leading to such release or threatened release. Prohibits more than five percent of account funds from being used for such purpose. Requires three annual reports from the Secretary to Congress on each such response action.
(Sec. 348) Directs the Secretary of: (1) the Navy to continue during FY 2001 a ship disposal project (requiring a project report to the defense and appropriations committees); (2) Defense to report to the defense and appropriations committees on the Defense Environmental Security Corporate Information Management program; and (3) the Army to report to the defense and appropriations committees on the Plasma Energy Pyrolysis System.
Subtitle F: Other Matters - Requires the Secretary to report to Congress on effects of worldwide U.S. contingency operations on the readiness of military aircraft and ground equipment.
(Sec. 362) Directs the Secretary of the Army to develop a new methodology for ensuring more accurate future years Army O&M requirements. Expresses the sense of Congress calling for such methodology, and to use such methodology in the preparation of such budget requests for fiscal years after 2001.
(Sec. 363) Amends the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 to require additional elements in a plan for ensuring visibility over all in-transit end items and secondary items. Requires the Secretary to submit to Congress any plan revisions required by any law enacted after October 17, 1998.
(Sec. 364) Prohibits the Secretary of the Army from converting to contractor performance the emergency response functions of any chemical weapons storage installation that are currently performed by U.S. employees until such Secretary submits to the defense committees a certification that there will be no lapse of the capability to perform such functions during the performance transition period.
(Sec. 365) Requires the Secretary, before a decision is made to enter into the engineering and manufacturing development phase for the acquisition of a system to use the radio frequency spectrum, to notify the defense and appropriations committees of the frequencies to be used and related information.
(Sec. 366) Directs the Secretary to establish a system for monitoring the performance of DOD functions that: (1) are performed by 50 or more DOD employees; and (2) have been subjected to a workforce review. Requires the system to measure costs and benefits of selecting one workforce over another workforce after a workforce review. Requires an annual report from the Secretary to Congress. Directs the Secretary, in preparing the future years defense program, to consider costs incurred and savings derived from changed workforces after such a review. Requires specified information in a required congressional notification of changed workforces.
(Sec. 367) Directs the Secretary of the Navy to suspend all activities associated with the reorganization or relocation of the performance of Navy auditing functions until 60 days after a report to the defense and appropriations committees setting forth the Navy's plans and justifications for such reorganization or relocation.
(Sec. 368) Directs the Secretary to invest that portion of the Commissary Trust Revolving Fund not required to meet current withdrawals.
(Sec. 369) Repeals a provision requiring a nonappropriated fund instrumentality, under certain conditions, to be considered the most economical method of distribution of alcoholic beverages within the commissary system.
(Sec. 370) Requires that, whenever the Secretary of the Army carries out a disposal (by sale or otherwise) of armor-piercing ammunition or a component of such ammunition, such Secretary shall include as a disposal condition that the recipient agree in writing not to sell or transfer such ammunition or component to any purchaser in the United States other than a law enforcement or other governmental agency (with an exception for transfers for metal reclamation only). Provides a special rule for non-piercing components of such ammunition.
(Sec. 371) Directs the Secretary to assess damage caused to DOD aviation facilities by alkali silica reactivity. Authorizes the Secretary to develop and carry out during FY 2001 through 2006 a plan to prevent and mitigate such damage. Provides funding from authorized O&M funds.
(Sec. 372) Amends the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 to extend through FY 2010 a pilot program for the acceptance and use of landing fees charged for the use of domestic military airfields by civilian aircraft. Extends related report requirements.
(Sec. 373) Authorizes the Secretary of the Air Force to require payments by a civil air carrier for support provided by the United States at Johnston Atoll that is either: (1) requested by such carrier; or (2) determined necessary to accommodate such carrier's use of the Atoll. Requires amounts charged to equal the total costs of such support. Prohibits landing fees to be charged if support costs are charged.
(Sec. 374) Requires the CG to: (1) review annual costs incurred by DOD to comply with requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act; and (2) report review results to the defense and appropriations committees.
(Sec. 375) Amends the Wildfire Suppression Aircraft Transfer Act of 1996 to extend through FY 2005 the authority of the Secretary to sell certain aircraft for use in wildfire suppression, and to extend a related report requirement.
(Sec. 376) Amends provisions which authorize the Secretary or the Secretary of a military department to contract with private air carriers for the interstate transportation of passengers or property by transportation category aircraft to: (1) remove a requirement that contracts for such transportation be for a period in excess of 31 days; (2) authorize such transportation between a place in the United States and a place outside the United States; and (3) allow such transportation between two foreign places by a carrier that has aircraft in the civil reserve air fleet whenever such transportation is reasonably available.
Title IV: Military Personnel Authorizations - Subtitle A: Active Forces - Sets forth the authorized end strengths for active-duty forces as of the end of FY 2001.
Subtitle B: Reserve Forces - Sets forth the authorized end strengths as of the end of FY 2001 for the Selected Reserve and reserve personnel on active duty in support of the reserves.
(Sec. 413) Sets forth the minimum number of military technicians (dual status) within the Army and Air Force Reserves and National Guards as of the end of FY 2001.
(Sec. 414) Sets forth the maximum number of military technicians (non-dual status) within the Army and Air Force Reserves and National Guards as of the end of FY 2001. Postpones until October 1, 2002 (currently a year earlier) a provision limiting such number to 1,950.
(Sec. 415) Increases the number of certain officers and enlisted personnel authorized to serve on active duty in support of the reserves.
Subtitle C: Other Matters Relating to Personnel Strengths - Authorizes the President to suspend end strength limitations in times or war or national emergency declared by Congress or the President with respect to senior enlisted personnel and senior reserve officers on active duty or full-time National Guard or reserves administrative duty. Limits such suspension period to two years from the suspension or one year after the declaration of war or national emergency, whichever occurs first.
(Sec. 422) Excludes from personnel end strength limitations reserve personnel on active duty for more than 180 days to perform special work in support of the armed forces and combatant commands, except that such number may not exceed two tenths of one percent of the end strength for all active-duty personnel.
(Sec. 423) Excludes Army and Air Force medical and dental officers from end strength limitations on reserve commissioned officers in grades below brigadier general.
(Sec. 424) Authorizes an increase in the number of certain reserve and enlisted personnel serving on active duty or full-time National Guard duty for administrative support of the Guard and reserves by the same percentage as the increase in a fiscal year for active-duty and full-time National Guard duty personnel who are to be paid from funds appropriated for reserve personnel.
(Sec. 425) Excludes, until the end of FY 2005, an Air Force officer serving as Director of the National Security Agency from end strength limitations on the number of Air Force officers above the grade of major general.
Subtitle D: Authorization of Appropriations - Authorizes appropriations for FY 2001 for military personnel.
Title V: Military Personnel Policy - Subtitle A: Officer Personnel Policy - Allows Army Reserve colonels and brigadier generals to be recommended for position vacancy promotions under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the Army.
(Sec. 502) Amends Coast Guard provisions to direct the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating, before convening a selection board to recommend Reserve officers for promotion, to establish a promotion zone for officers serving in each grade and competitive category to be considered by a selection board. Requires such Secretary, before convening a selection board to recommend Reserve officers for a promotion to a grade above lieutenant (junior grade), to determine the maximum number of officers in that grade and competitive category that the board may recommend. Authorizes such Secretary, when the needs of the Coast Guard require, to allow the consideration of officers in a grade above lieutenant (junior grade) for promotion to the next higher grade from below the promotion zone. Outlines provisions for determination by such Secretary of the maximum number that may be recommended for promotion in both of the above categories. Authorizes such Secretary to use a running mate system during consideration of Reserve officers in an active status for promotion to the next higher grade. Allows such running mate system to be used when selecting officers for promotion from below the promotion zone only when considered appropriate to meet the needs of the Coast Guard.
(Sec. 503) Provides revised times for the release to the armed force concerned of the names of active-duty and reserve active-status list officers recommended for promotion, such times varying within the various promotion grades. Prohibits any such list from including any name removed by the President from the report of a selection board, or the name of any officer whose promotion the Senate failed to confirm.
(Sec. 504) Allows for the posthumous commissions and warranting of officers who were recommended for appointment or promotion to a commissioned grade but died in the line of duty before it was approved by the Secretary concerned or before accepting the appointment or promotion.
(Sec. 505) Makes certain active-duty list promotion, separation, and involuntary retirement authorities inapplicable to reserve general and flag officers serving in certain positions designated by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
(Sec. 506) Authorizes the Secretary concerned to correct a person's military records in accordance with a recommendation made by a special board. Requires the appropriate relief associated with such correction (restoration to duty status, eligibility for additional pay). Considers as final a previous corrective action taken when a special board recommends not to correct the action taken, but allows for judicial review of such decision after such board's consideration. Makes such provisions inapplicable to the Coast Guard when not operating as a service in the Navy. Prohibits U.S. courts from taking any action on a claim based on the failure of an officer for selection for promotion by a promotion board until: (1) the claim has been considered and acted upon by a special selection board; or (2) the claim has been rejected by the Secretary without consideration by a special selection board. Authorizes judicial review after either event.
(Sec. 507) Authorizes the Secretary of the Air Force to retain Medical Service Corps officers in an active status until 67 years of age.
(Sec. 508) Removes an application requirement for the continuation of officers on the reserve active-status list.
(Sec. 510) Requires the Chiefs of the Army and Air Force Reserve, while in such position, to hold the grade of lieutenant general (currently, major general). Requires the Chief of Naval Reserve to hold the grade of vice admiral (currently, rear admiral). Requires National Guard Bureau Directors to hold the grade of lieutenant general. Allows an officer to be appointed as Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, in the grade of lieutenant general (usually, major general) if appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Authorizes the waiver of the latter requirement, until October 1, 2002, when necessary for the good of the service.
Subtitle B: Joint Officer Management - Requires an officer, in order to qualify for the joint specialty designation, to: (1) have successfully completed a program of education in residence at a joint professional military education school accredited by the JCS Chairman, and a full tour of duty in a joint duty assignment; or (2) have successfully completed two full tours of duty in a joint duty assignment (without the education). Authorizes the Secretary to waive such qualifications for an officer who, due to unusual circumstances, has one or more qualifications comparable to the qualification waived. Allows such qualifications to be waived in the case of a general or flag officer only when determined necessary to meet a critical need. Requires the: (1) Secretary to designate joint duty assignments for general and flag officers that must be filled by joint specialty officers; and (2) JCS Chairman to accredit joint professional military education schools.
(Sec. 522) Revises promotion policy objectives for joint officers. Requires the appropriate military department Secretary to validate the qualifications of officers for eligibility for joint duty assignments, including satisfaction of requirements for promotion to brigadier general or rear admiral (lower half). Directs the Secretary to prescribe policies to ensure that promotion-eligible joint specialty officers are appropriately considered for such promotion.
(Sec. 523) Repeals the requirement that an officer graduating from an accredited joint professional military education school be assigned to a joint duty assignment as that officer's next duty assignment.
(Sec. 524) Repeals provisions specifying the length of joint duty assignments. Requires such length to be equivalent to the standard length for assignments of other officers at such installation or place of duty. Allows the Secretary to: (1) waive such requirement when critical to meet military personnel management requirements; and (2) curtail by up to two years a joint duty assignment of more than two years for an officer who has served in that assignment for at least two years. Provides conditions under which an officer shall be considered to have completed a full tour of duty in a joint duty assignment. Prohibits joint duty credit for joint task force assignments of less than one year in more than one such assignment in the headquarters of a joint task force.
(Sec. 525) Revises generally information required in an annual report from the Secretary to Congress on joint specialty officers and assignments.
(Sec. 526) Considers multiple assignments as a single tour of duty for joint duty assignment purposes if such assignments consist of joint duty assignments and one or more assignments that provide significant experience in joint matters, as determined by the Secretary.
Subtitle C: Education and Training - Entitles to appointment to a service academy the children of members of the reserves who: (1) are currently so serving and are credited with at least eight years of service; or (2) would be, or who died while they would have been, entitled to retired pay except for not having attained 60 years of age.
(Sec. 542) Authorizes the Secretary concerned, in selecting persons from approved foreign countries to receive instruction at a service academy, to give a priority to persons who have a national service obligation to their countries upon academy graduation.
(Sec. 543) Repeals a provision authorizing a certain funding increase to be used for the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
(Sec. 544) Revises provisions concerning the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class program to: (1) make Marine Corps Reserve officers (currently only Marine Corps Reserve enlisted personnel) eligible for such program; (2) remove certain age limitations; (3) allow assistance to eligible individuals for the pursuit of a law degree requiring no more than four (currently three) academic years; and (4) make program noncompletion sanctions inapplicable to officers.
Subtitle D: Matters Relating to Recruiting - Directs the Secretary of the Army, during the period beginning on October 1, 2000, and ending on December 31, 2005, to carry out pilot programs to test various recruiting approaches. Requires one pilot program to be a program: (1) of public outreach that associates the Army with motor sports competition; (2) a program under which Army recruiters are assigned at postsecondary vocational institutions and community colleges to recruit such students and graduates; and (3) a program that expands the scope of the Army's current recruiting initiatives. Authorizes such Secretary to expand or extend a pilot program after notification of the defense committees. Requires a pilot program report.
(Sec. 552) Directs the Secretary to enhance the effectiveness of the Joint and Service Recruiting and Advertising Programs through advertising and market research targeted to prospective recruits and persons who influence such recruits.
(Sec. 553) Amends Federal provisions requiring access to secondary schools for military recruiting purposes to provide that if a local educational agency denies such access, then the Secretary concerned shall designate a general or flag officer of that armed force to visit such school and seek such access. Provides that if the agency continues to deny such access, then the Secretary shall transmit to the chief executive of such State a notification of such denial and a request for assistance in obtaining the requested access. Directs the Secretary, upon determining that agency denial of recruiting access extends to at least two of the armed forces, to notify the defense committees and the Senators and appropriate Representative of the State in which the denial has occurred. Makes such requirements effective as of July 1, 2002.
Subtitle E: Other Matters - Authorizes the President to award the Medal of Honor to Ed W. Freeman, James K. Okubu, and Andrew J. Smith for service during the Vietnam conflict, World War II, and the Civil War, respectively.
(Sec. 562) Waives certain time limitations with respect to recommendations for the award of the: (1) Silver Star to Louis Rickler, for service during World War I; and (2) Distinguished Flying Cross to certain individuals for service during World War II or Korea.
(Sec. 563) Makes ineligible for involuntary separation pay individuals who decline to continue to serve on active duty.
(Sec. 564) Exempts a military testamentary instrument from State testamentary laws. Accords such instruments the same legal effect as State testamentary instruments presented for probate. Outlines requirements for the legal execution of such instruments. Makes such instrument self-proving upon such execution, signature, and witnessing. Requires each instrument to include a statement that it meets applicable testamentary requirements.
(Sec. 565) Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the American people should recognize the lack of culpability of then-Captain Charles B. McVay III in connection with the sinking of the U.S.S. INDIANAPOLIS by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea during World War II, as well as his lack of culpability for the tragic loss of the INDIANAPOLIS and the lives of the men who died as a result of her sinking; (2) Captain McVay's military record should reflect such exoneration; and (3) the Secretary of the Navy should award a Navy Unit Commendation to the U.S.S. INDIANAPOLIS and its final crew.
Title VI: Compensation and Other Personnel Benefits - Subtitle A: Pay and Allowances - Waives any FY 2001 pay increases tied to increases in the General Schedule of Compensation for Government employees. Increases by 3.7 percent, effective January 1, 2001, the rates of basic pay for military personnel.
(Sec. 602) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 to revise certain pay table amounts.
(Sec. 603) Authorizes members performing funeral honors duty to receive either the allowance for such duty or the rate of pay for members of the reserves or National Guard performing inactive-duty training.
(Sec. 604) Excludes from creditable service as a Marine Corps officer only that service performed concurrently as an enlisted member with the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class program.
(Sec. 605) Repeals the current calculation of the monthly amount of basic allowance for housing (BAH) for housing inside the United States. Requires the Secretary to base such amount on the costs of adequate housing determined for such area. Repeals provisions requiring BAH reductions and adjustments.
(Sec. 606) Authorizes the payment of BAH for members without dependents in pay grade E-4 (currently only E-5) who are on sea duty.
(Sec. 607) Authorizes the payment of a personal money allowance of $2,000 yearly for senior enlisted members serving in Sergeant Major, Master Chief Petty Officer, or Chief Master Sergeant positions.
(Sec. 608) Increases the initial and annual allowance for officers for the purchase of required uniforms and equipment.
(Sec. 609) Authorizes the Secretary (currently, the President) and the Secretary of Transportation with respect to the Coast Guard when not operating as a service in the Navy to prescribe requirements and allowances for clothing for enlisted personnel.
Subtitle B: Bonuses and Special and Incentive Pays - Extends through 2001 specified authorities currently scheduled to expire at the end of 2000 with respect to certain special pay and bonus programs within the regular and reserve armed forces.
(Sec. 614) Includes as eligible activities for the payment of special pay currently provided for reserve medical and dental officers active duty for training, annual training, or special work.
(Sec. 615) Authorizes special pay for Coast Guard physician assistants.
(Sec. 616) Authorizes the Secretary concerned to pay special pay to an officer who is: (1) a pharmacy officer in the Medical Service Corps of the Army or Navy or the Biomedical Sciences Corps of the Air Force; and (2) on active duty under a call or order for a period of at least one year. Authorizes similar payments from the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to such officers in the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service. Prohibits such payments for pay grades above O-6. Provides varying rates of such special pay based on creditable years of service and whether or not the officer is undergoing pharmacy internship training.
Authorizes the payment of an accession bonus to individuals graduating from an accredited pharmacy school who, between the enactment of this Act and September 30, 2004, execute a written agreement to accept a commission as an officer and to remain on active duty for at least four years. Limits such bonus to $30,000. Requires pro rata repayment for unserved periods.
(Sec. 618) Entitles Public Health Service Regular or Reserve Corps health officers to the same special pay as health professions officers of the armed forces.
(Sec. 619) Entitles a member on sea duty to career sea pay at a monthly rate prescribed by the Secretary concerned, but not to exceed $750. (Currently, such rates vary depending on the length of such duty, with a high-end limit of $520.) Authorizes a pay premium of up to $350 for every month served after 36 consecutive months.
(Sec. 620) Increases the monthly rate of special duty assignment pay for enlisted members. Eliminates the separate rate for military recruiters.
(Sec. 621) Authorizes the payment of a critical skills enlistment bonus for all military departments (currently, only the Army).
Subtitle C: Travel and Transportation Allowances - Authorizes the advance payment of temporary lodging expenses incurred by a member and his or her dependents while making a change in permanent duty stations. Allows such payment for up to ten days. Revises generally provisions concerning the per diem for members on duty outside the United States or in Hawaii or Alaska.
(Sec. 632) Authorizes the Secretary concerned to pay to a member a share of the savings resulting from less-than-average shipping and storage costs of the member's baggage and household effects in connection with a change of duty station.
(Sec. 633) Allows the payment of certain travel and transportation expenses of military dependents of overseas personnel when such dependents are engaged in obtaining a formal education (currently, only a secondary or undergraduate college education) (thereby allowing graduate or vocational educational programs to be included).
(Sec. 634) Authorizes the Secretary concerned to pay a member a share of the savings realized from not having a vehicle transported or stored overseas. Authorizes a member to elect to have a vehicle stored at Government expense in lieu of a transportation allowance for an unaccompanied assignment.
Subtitle D: Retirement Benefits - Provides an exception to the high-36 month retired pay computation for: (1) enlisted personnel who are reduced in grade; or (2) officer personnel who do not serve satisfactorily in the highest grade held. States that such retired pay base shall be determined as if the member first became a member before September 8, 1980.
(Sec. 642) Provides automatic participation in the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) for reserve personnel who are married or have a dependent child unless such member declines such participation with his or her spouse's concurrence. Requires spousal consent for a member to elect: (1) not to participate in the SBP; or (2) to designate as the effective date for the commencement of SBP payments in the event that the member dies before becoming 60 years of age the 60th anniversary of such member's birth.
(Sec. 643) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 to make 180 days after the enactment of this Act the effective date for the authority of members of the Ready Reserve to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Allows the Secretary to postpone such effective date by up to 360 additional days if the Secretary determines that permitting such members to participate earlier would place an excessive burden on accommodating TSP participants. Requires notification of specified congressional committees when such a postponement is utilized.
(Sec. 644) Outlines procedures for retirement from active reserve service which is performed after retirement from the regular armed forces.
(Sec. 645) Repeals a Federal provision suspending the payment of military retired pay while an individual serves as a Federal judge.
Subtitle E: Other Matters - Authorizes the Secretary to reimburse a member for parking expenses incurred for a private vehicle being used to commute to a duty station to perform recruiting activities, duty with a military entrance processing facility, or instructional or administrative duties at an institution where a unit of the Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps is maintained.
(Sec. 652) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 to authorize the Secretary to extend for up to 18 additional months the deadline for filing claims associated with the capture and internment of certain persons by North Vietnam.
(Sec. 653) Authorizes the Secretary to settle claims for payments for unused accrued leave and for retired pay.
(Sec. 654) Entitles to Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance a person who volunteers for assignment to a category in the Individual Ready Reserve that is subject to an involuntary call to active duty.
(Sec. 655) Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay a gratuity of $20,000 to veterans of Bataan and Corregidor who were captured, held as prisoners of war, and forced to perform slave labor in Japan during World War II.
Title VII: Health Care - Subtitle A: Senior Health Care - Amends the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 to extend through 2005 the TRICARE Senior Supplement demonstration program.
(Sec. 702) Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to extend through 2005 the Senior Prime demonstration program. Includes a DOD major medical center as a facility participant in such program, and allows such centers to be designated as additional sites.
(Sec. 703) Extends through 2005 a demonstration project for including certain eligible military beneficiaries for health care coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Includes additional areas for participation in the project.
(Sec. 704) Amends the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 to authorize the Secretary to require DOD pharmacy system participants to pay an enrollment fee for such participation, but requires the Secretary to ensure that any such fee charged after December 31, 2000, is lower than the fee charged on such date. Allows the Secretary to impose other cost-sharing requirements on system participants. Allows for the monthly or quarterly payment of premiums.
Subtitle B: TRICARE Program - Authorizes coverage under the TRICARE Program (a DOD managed-care program) for remote areas of the continental United States for members of the Coast Guard when not operating as a service in the Navy and members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Public Health Service. Requires coverage for the medical care of eligible military dependents to be comparable to medical care coverage and timely access standards under the TRICARE Prime option.
(Sec. 712) Prohibits a copayment from being charged to a dependent of a member eligible for care under TRICARE Prime.
(Sec. 713) Directs the Secretary to take all necessary action to improve the business practices used in administering TRICARE.
Subtitle C: Joint Initiatives With Department of Veterans Affairs - Directs the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs to jointly prescribe a centralized process for the reporting, compiling, and analysis of errors in the provision of health care under their respective health care systems that endanger patients beyond the normal risks associated with such care and treatment.
(Sec. 722) Directs such Secretaries to jointly develop a system for the use of bar codes for the identification of pharmaceuticals, and directs the Secretary to experiment with the use of such bar codes in the DOD mail order pharmaceuticals program.
(Sec. 723) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 to require certain additional information in an annual report from the Secretary to Congress on DOD medical informatics. Earmarks specified FY 2001 O&M funds for pharmaceuticals-related medical informatics.
Subtitle D: Other Matters - Directs the Secretary to carry out a program to provide the following persons with prescription pharmaceuticals by mail: (1) persons eligible for medical care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS); and (2) persons who would be eligible for CHAMPUS medical care except for concurrent eligibility for hospital insurance under Medicare part A.
(Sec. 732) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 to authorize the Secretary to provide domiciliary and custodial care to CHAMPUS beneficiaries whose eligibility for such care was discontinued due to their concurrent eligibility for hospital insurance benefits under Medicare and subsequently reestablished under other legal authority.
Limits to $100 million per fiscal year the total cost for the individual case management program for CHAMPUS beneficiaries.
(Sec. 733) Entitles Medal of Honor recipients and their dependents to CHAMPUS medical and dental care.
(Sec. 734) Directs CHAMPUS administering Secretaries to furnish an eligible CHAMPUS minor dependent (at least 5 and less than 12 years old) a school-required physical examination.
(Sec. 735) Extends until three year after an eligible member's death (currently, one year) the continuation of CHAMPUS medical and dental benefits for such member's survivors.
(Sec. 736) Extends through FY 2002 the authority to contract for medical services at locations outside of military medical treatment facilities.
(Sec. 737) Directs the Secretary to complete the development and implementation of a program to provide chiropractic health care services and benefits for all TRICARE Prime enrollees as a permanent part of the military health care system. Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1995 to continue certain chiropractic benefits under such Act until the new program is implemented.
(Sec. 738) Directs the Secretary to take necessary actions to use, in at least one TRICARE program region, commercially available information technology systems and products to simplify critical administrative processes of the defense health program and otherwise improve the performance of such services.
(Sec. 739) Directs the Secretary to establish a patient care error reporting and management system, with specified purposes and requirements. Directs the Secretary to expand the health care team coordination program to integrate that program into all DOD health care operations.
(Sec. 740) Directs the Secretary to carry out a demonstration program to explore opportunities for improving the planning and management of the DOD health care system. Terminates the program on December 31, 2001. Requires a program report. Provides funding from O&M funds.
(Sec. 741) Directs the Secretary to carry out two studies to assess the feasibility and desirability of financing the military health care program for retirees on an accrual basis. Requires one study to be conducted by: (1) one or more DOD organizations; and (2) an independent organization with expertise in financial programs and health care. Requires a final report to the Secretary on each study, to be transmitted to Congress.
(Sec. 742) Authorizes the Secretaries of the Army and Health and Human Services to jointly conduct a program to augment the Army Medical Department by exercising available authority for detailing reserve commissioned officers of the Public Health Service not in an active status to the Army Medical Department. Requires a report to the defense committees.
Title VIII: Acquisition Policy, Acquisition Management, and Related Matters - Directs the Secretary to ensure that, no later than 180 days after enactment of this Act, the Department of Defense Supplement to the Federal Acquisition Regulation is revised to establish a preference for performance-based contracts or task orders for the purchase of DOD services. Outlines conditions under which such a contract or task order will be treated as a contract for the procurement of commercial items. Directs the Secretary of each military department to establish at least one center of excellence in contracting for services for assistance to the acquisition community. Requires the Secretary to ensure that classes focusing on such contracting are offered by the Defense Acquisition University and the Defense Systems Management College and available to contracting personnel throughout DOD. Requires appropriate training for defense contracting personnel.
(Sec. 802) Adds a $500 million threshold prior to the applicability of a reporting requirement relating to DOD multiyear contracting authority.
(Sec. 803) Includes additional responsibilities of DOD Chief Information Officers with respect to the maintenance of mission critical and mission essential information technology systems. Prohibits the Milestone I, II, or III approval of a major automated information system within DOD until the Chief Information Officer of that department has determined that the system is being developed in accordance with requirements under the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 and related requirements, including appropriate registration. Requires reports from the Secretary to the defense and appropriations committees during FY 2001 through 2003 on the implementation of such requirements.
(Sec. 804) Directs the Secretary of each military department to administer an automated system for tracking and managing the purchase of information technology products and services by that department. Requires such system, at a minimum, to apply to purchases of information products and services in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold. Prohibits such a purchase in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold unless: (1) data concerning such purchase is included in the tracking system; or (2) the purchase is approved by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics or the senior procurement executive of that military department. Requires: (1) an annual report from the Secretary to the defense committees; and (2) a report from the CG to the defense and appropriations committees on systems developed under this section.
(Sec. 805) Repeals the requirement for certain contractor assurances regarding the completeness, accuracy, and contractual sufficiency of contractor-provided technical data.
(Sec. 806) Amends the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 to extend until October 1, 2007, the authority for certain DOD acquisition pilot programs.
(Sec. 807) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994 to add cost-sharing requirements for DOD prototype project agreements. Authorizes the Secretary to carry out a pilot program for follow-on contracting for the production of items and processes that are developed by nontraditional defense contractors under prototype projects. Terminates the pilot program authority at the end of FY 2004. Extends through such date the authority to enter into prototype projects and agreements.
(Sec. 808) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994 to limit the right of the CG to review records of prototype project participants to only those records that are of the same type that the Government has the right to examine under audit access clauses or previous agreements or transactions.
(Sec. 809) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1991 to make small businesses owned and controlled by women eligible for assistance under the mentor-prot?g? program.
(Sec. 810) Prohibits the performance of a contract for the acquisition of a Navy-Marine Corps Intranet from commencing until the Secretary of the Navy submits to Congress specified contract information. Prohibits the part of such program that is implemented during the first year from including any activities of the Marine Corps, the naval shipyards, or the naval aviation depots. Requires such Intranet acquisition to be managed by the Navy in accordance with the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 and all directives applicable to major investments in information technology and related services. Requires the CG to review such Intranet and submit comments to Congress.
(Sec. 811) Amends provisions concerning qualifications for employment and assignment in DOD contracting positions to: (1) make members of the armed forces eligible; and (2) provide the occupational series and requirements for positions to be filled by members of the armed forces (with an exception for those already employed in such position on September 30, 2000).
(Sec. 812) Requires the Secretary to report to Congress on the sufficiency of the acquisition and support workforce of DOD, including sufficient size and expertise to ensure the cost-effective management of the defense acquisition system to obtain needed products and services at the best value. Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 to extend through November 17, 2003, a demonstration project on revising personnel management policies and procedures applicable to the DOD acquisition workforce. Prohibits the defense acquisition and support workforce from being reduced during FY 2001 through 2003 below such level as of September 30, 2000, but authorizes the Secretary to waive such prohibition and reduce such levels upon certification that the reduced workforce will efficiently and effectively perform its required workloads.
(Sec. 813) Directs the Secretary to carry out, and report to the defense and appropriations committees on, a financial analysis of the costs and benefits of the use of dual rates for quantifying overhead costs at Army industrial facilities.
Title IX: Department of Defense Organization and Management - Repeals Federal provisions reducing the number of major headquarters activities personnel in DOD, as well as a related reporting requirement.
(Sec. 902) Designates one of the Assistant Secretaries of Defense as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, with appropriate duties in such areas. Provides as an additional duty the supervision of all DOD activities for combating terrorism.
(Sec. 903) Directs the Secretary to establish a non-partisan, independent National Defense Panel 2001 to: (1) assess defense strategy, force structure, force modernization plans, infrastructure, budget plan, and other elements of the defense program and policies established since the quadrennial defense review of 1996; and (2) identify the most critical changes that should be made to the defense strategy for the ensuing ten years and the ensuing 20 years. Requires two reports from the Panel to the Secretary and the defense committees. Terminates such Panel at the end of the next year following submission of its second report.
(Sec. 904) Requires the Secretary, each year preceding a year in which a President is to be inaugurated, to establish a non-partisan, independent National Defense Panel to undertake specified assessments, identifications, and recommendations with respect to the current and projected strategic environment. Requires two reports as above, and terminates each Panel as above.
(Sec. 905) Includes within the definition of an Inspector General, for purposes of general investigations, an officer of the armed forces or DOD employee assigned or detailed to serve as an inspector general at any level in DOD.
(Sec. 906) Directs the Secretary to: (1) report to the defense and appropriations committees on the development and implementation of network centric warfare concepts in DOD; and (2) conduct a study of, and report to the defense and appropriations committees on, the present and future use of the joint experimentation program of DOD in the development of such concepts. Requires the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics to report to such committees describing the coordination of the science and technology investments of the military departments and defense agencies in the development of future joint network centric warfare capabilities.
(Sec. 907) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 to add specified duties for the Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization.
(Sec. 908) Directs the Secretary of the Navy to provide base operating support for Fisher houses associated with Navy health care facilities.
(Sec. 909) Defines the Civil Air Patrol as a federally chartered nonprofit corporation and not an instrumentality of the Federal Government for any purposes. Makes the Patrol a voluntary civilian auxiliary of the Air Force when used by any Federal department or agency. Authorizes the Patrol, at the request of State or local governmental entities, to provide disaster relief missions and activities and other emergency and nonemergency missions and activities. Authorizes the Patrol to use Air Force equipment, supplies, and resources to perform such missions and activities.
Requires funds appropriated for the Patrol to be available only for their use.
Authorizes the Secretary of the Air Force to use Patrol chaplains in support of Air Force active duty and reserve personnel.
Makes the Patrol Board of Governors its governing body. Requires Patrol regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the Air Force to be approved by the Secretary of Defense.
(Sec. 910) Makes the Secretary solely responsible (currently, acting through the Chief of the National Guard Bureau) for administering the National Guard Challenge Program. Requires all Program costs to be funded by DOD (currently, Federal) expenditures. Requires the Secretary to prescribe specified regulations in carrying out such Program.
(Sec. 911) Amends the Armed Forces Retirement Home Act of 1991 to empower the Secretary with supervisory control over the Retirement Home Board. Requires all Board appointments to be subject to the Secretary's approval, and allows the Secretary to terminate a member at any time. Makes the Board Chairman responsible to the Secretary.
(Sec. 912) Directs the Secretary of the Navy to transfer all amounts in the: (1) Naval Historical Center Fund to the Department of the Navy General Gift Fund; and (2) United States Naval Academy Museum Fund to the gift fund maintained for the benefit and use of the U.S. Naval Academy. Requires closure of the depleted Funds. Combines the latter funds under (1) and (2), above, into the United States Naval Academy Gift and Museum Fund, and allows such Fund to accept loans of personal property other than money in addition to gifts and bequests. Requires the Secretary of the Navy to prescribe written guidelines to determine whether the acceptance of any gift, bequest, or loan would reflect unfavorably on the Navy or any of its officers and employees.
(Sec. 913) Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to disburse to an entity designated by a gift donor the current cash value of a gift accepted before the enactment of this Act for the Naval Academy general gift fund.
Title X: General Provisions - Subtitle A: Financial Matters - Authorizes the Secretary, in the national interest, to transfer up to $2 billion of the amounts made available to DOD in this Division for FY 2001 between any such authorizations for that fiscal year, with limitations. Requires congressional notification of each transfer.
(Sec. 1002) Adjusts amounts authorized to be appropriated to DOD for FY 2000 by the amounts by which such appropriations were increased or decreased in any law making supplemental appropriations for that fiscal year.
(Sec. 1003) Prohibits the total amount that may be contributed by the Secretary in FY 2001 for the common-funded budgets of NATO from being greater than the total that would otherwise be applicable under the fiscal year 1998 baseline limitation.
(Sec. 1004) Requires the annual joint Office of Management and Budget/Congressional Budget Office report on the scoring of budget outlays to reflect the differences between the relevant defense budget outlay rates or assumptions used by the two offices. Requires the inclusion of additional information for each account for which a difference is reported by the two offices.
(Sec. 1005) Requires that, of the contract vouchers received by the Defense Finance and Accounting System by means of the mechanization of contract administration service, the number of such vouchers that remain unpaid for more than 30 days at the end of each month may not exceed five percent of the total number of vouchers received. Directs the Secretary, for any month that such requirement is not met, to report to Congress on the magnitude of the unpaid vouchers.
(Sec. 1006) Repeals specified provisions of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2000 relating to the timing of defense contract payments.
(Sec. 1007) Directs the Secretary to report to the defense and appropriations committees and to carry out a plan for: (1) the prompt posting throughout DOD of defense contractual obligations; and (2) ensuring that all documentation submitted to DOD in support of claims for payment under contracts is submitted electronically.
(Sec. 1009) Provides for the crediting of amounts deducted from amounts due a carrier and representing an administrative offset for an overpayment previously made to such carrier under any DOD contract for transportation services, or as liquidated damages due under such contract. Provides a simplified offset procedure for the collection of claims not in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold.
Subtitle B: Counter-Drug Activities - Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 to extend through FY 2006 the authority of the Secretary to provide counter-drug support assistance to the Governments of Peru and Columbia. Authorizes the transfer of one light observation aircraft as part of such assistance. Increases the maximum annual amount of such support from $20 million to $40 million (with a limit of $10 million for assistance for Peru).
(Sec. 1012) Directs the Secretary to recommend to the defense committees whether expanded support for counter-drug activities in Peru and Columbia should be authorized.
(Sec. 1013) Directs the Secretary to review the riverine counter-drug support program in such countries and report to the defense committees on such program.
Subtitle C: Strategic Forces - Directs the Secretary to conduct a comprehensive review of the nuclear posture of the United States for the next five to ten years. Requires a report to Congress. Expresses the sense of Congress that a revised nuclear posture should be conducted and that the posture review should be used as the basis for establishing future U.S. arms control objectives and negotiating positions.
(Sec. 1016) Directs the Secretary to develop a long-range plan for sustaining and modernizing U.S. strategic nuclear forces to counter emerging threats and to satisfy the evolving requirements of deterrence. Requires such plan to be submitted to Congress.
(Sec. 1017) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 to apply to any strategic nuclear delivery system the authority of the Secretary to waive funding limitations for the retiring or dismantling of specified systems below certain levels.
(Sec. 1018) Directs the Secretary to conduct a study relating to the defeat of hardened and deeply buried targets. Requires study results to be reported to the defense and appropriations committees.
Subtitle D: Miscellaneous Reporting Requirements - Requires the inclusion of additional information after FY 2000 in an annual report of the JCS Chairman on combatant command requirements.
(Sec. 1022) Directs the JCS Chairman to report semiannually to the defense and appropriations committees on activities of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council.
(Sec. 1023) Directs the Secretary to report to Congress on DOD preparedness of first responders with regard to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction on military installations.
(Sec. 1024) Revises the date for submission of certain reports on shortfalls within future-years defense programs in equipment procurement and military construction for the reserve components.
(Sec. 1025) Directs the CG to: (1) review the efficiency of each operation of the Defense Logistics Agency and Defense Information Systems Agency; and (2) report findings to the defense committees.
Subtitle E: Information Security - Directs the Secretary to: (1) establish an Institute for Defense Computer Security and Information Protection, with appropriate responsibilities; and (2) enter into a contract with a non-profit entity or consortium to organize and operate the Institute. Provides Institute funding through DOD O&M funds. Requires an implementation report from the Secretary to the defense and appropriations committees.
(Sec. 1042) Authorizes the Secretary, in order to encourage the recruitment and retention of DOD personnel with computer and network security skills necessary to meet DOD information assurance requirements, to establish a program to provide educational assistance to persons pursuing a program of education in such skills. Requires, in exchange for such assistance, that a person enter into a service agreement to either serve on active duty in a military department or to continue in the employment of a military department for a period of one year for each year that such assistance is provided. Requires a pro rata refund of assistance amounts for unserved periods. Makes the program inapplicable to the Coast Guard when not operating as a service in the Navy. Provides program funding from DOD O&M funds. Requires the Secretary to report to the defense and appropriations committees a plan for implementing an information security scholarship program.
(Sec. 1043) Directs the Secretary to prescribe a process for expediting the completion of background investigations necessary for granting security clearances for DOD personnel engaged in sensitive duties critical to the national security. Requires the Secretary to annually review and revise such process.
(Sec. 1044) Authorizes the national security official concerned (the Secretary of Defense with respect to DOD, the Secretary of Transportation with respect to the Coast Guard when not operating in the Navy, and the Secretary of Energy with respect to Department of Energy national security programs) to withhold from otherwise-required public disclosure certain sensitive information of foreign governments and international organizations if such official determines that the release of such information would have an adverse effect on the ability of the U.S. Government to obtain the same or similar information in the future. Provides limitations and exceptions.
(Sec. 1045) Authorizes the Secretary to withhold from public disclosure operational files of the Defense Intelligence Agency, subject to judicial review.
Subtitle F: Other Matters - Requests the President to issue a proclamation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Calls upon DOD, the armed forces, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces to commemorate the occasion with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
(Sec. 1053) Authorizes the Secretary to allow a dependent of an employee of the American Red Cross performing armed forces emergency services in Puerto Rico to enroll in a DOD domestic dependent school in Puerto Rico. Requires reimbursement for such educational services.
(Sec. 1054) Authorizes the Secretary to make a grant to the American Red Cross for each of fiscal years 2001 through 2003 for support of the Armed Forces Emergency Services program. Requires Red Cross matching funds to support such program. Provides funding from DOD O&M funds.
(Sec. 1055) Directs the Secretary to establish a transit pass program for the transportation to and from work of DOD personnel who reside in areas that do not meet revised national ambient air quality standards provided under the Clean Air Act.
(Sec. 1056) Authorizes the Secretary of the Army, Navy, or Air Force to charge a fee for providing requested information from the United States Army Military History Institute, the United States Naval Historical Center or Marine Corps Historical Center, or the United States Air Force Military History Institute, respectively. Limits the fee to the actual cost of providing the information.
(Sec. 1057) Amends provisions concerning access by Federal agencies to individual criminal history information for national security purposes to authorize the Department of Transportation to request such information. Allows the use of such information to determine eligibility for: (1) acceptance or retention in the armed forces; or (2) appointment, retention, or assignment to a position of public trust or a critical or sensitive position while employed with the Federal Government or performing a Federal contract. Prohibits fees charged from exceeding actual costs. Prohibits a criminal justice agency providing such information from requiring the requester to enter into an indemnification agreement indemnifying the State or locality for damages or loss caused by the release of such information. Requires automated information delivery systems to be used to provide such information whenever possible.
(Sec. 1058) Expresses the sense of Congress that the CVN-77 aircraft carrier should be named the U.S.S. LEXINGTON to honor the men and women who served in the armed forces during World War II, as well as citizens on the home front who provided mobilization support.
(Sec. 1059) Directs the Secretary of the Army to convey to the Edward Dorr Tracey, Jr. Camp 18 of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, a specified 12-pound Napoleon cannon.
(Sec. 1060) Revises the maximum size of parcel post packages transported overseas for military post offices.
Title XI: Department of Defense Civilian Personnel Policy - Authorizes the Secretary to provide assistive technology, devices, and services to DOD employees, organizations within DOD that have requirements to make programs or facilities accessible by the handicapped, and any other Federal department or agency requesting such technology, devices, or services. Provides funding from DOD O&M funds.
(Sec. 1102) Authorizes the payment of special pay for foreign language proficiency determined to be beneficial to U.S. national security interests.
(Sec. 1103) Increases from 492 to 517 the maximum authorized number of positions in the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service.
(Sec. 1104) Extends through FY 2010 the authority for tuition reimbursement and training for civilian employees in the defense acquisition workforce.
(Sec. 1105) Directs the Secretary to carry out a defense employees work safety demonstration program, requiring the use of private sector work safety models. Requires such program to be carried out: (1) at no fewer than two installations of each military department; and (2) in at least two defense agencies. Requires such program to commence within 180 days after enactment of this Act and to terminate on September 30, 2002. Requires a program interim and final report from the Secretary to the defense committees. Provides funding from DOD O&M funds.
(Sec. 1106) Outlines employment and compensation provisions for employees of temporary organizations (a commission, committee, board, or other organization with a duration of three years or less which is established by law or Executive Order to perform a specific project or study, and is terminated upon the completion of such project or study).
(Sec. 1107) Extends through FY 2005 the authority for DOD civilian employees to participate in voluntary reductions in force.
(Sec. 1108) Authorizes the head of a Federal agency to administer and maintain its performance appraisal systems electronically.
(Sec. 1109) Authorizes the Secretary to grant a cash award in excess of $10,000 without regard to certain Federal certification and approval requirements.
(Sec. 1110) Authorizes payment for accrued but unused leave for civil service mariners of the Military Sealift Command on temporary promotion aboard ship.
(Sec. 1111) Requires a DOD employee who is designated as an emergency essential employee to be insured under the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance program if such employee elects to be so insured within 60 days after such designation.
(Sec. 1112) Directs the Secretary to establish a pilot program to assess the extent to which the effectiveness and efficiency of the performance of civilian personnel services for DOD could be increased by conducting competitions for the performance of such services between the public and private sectors. Requires the Secretary to ensure that, in the case of conversion to private sector performance under the program, displaced Federal employees have the right of first refusal for such jobs. Requires the program to be conducted from October 1, 2000, through December 31, 2004. Requires a program report from the Secretary to the defense committees.
(Sec. 1113) Amends the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 to: (1) extend until October 16, 2005, a program for the experimental use of special personnel management authority to facilitate the recruitment of experts in science or engineering for research and development projects administered by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; (2) include under such program the recruitment of individuals for designated research and development projects from among the laboratories of each of the military departments; (3) limit the number of such appointments; and (4) extend a required annual report.
Title XII: Matters Relating to Other Nations - Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to transfer, on either a combined lease-sale basis or grant basis, specified naval vessels to Australia, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Greece, and Turkey. Prohibits the value of any of the transferred vessels from being counted against the aggregate value of excess defense articles authorized to be transferred to other countries under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. Requires transfer expenses to be borne by vessel recipients. Directs such Secretary, as a transfer condition, to require any needed vessel repair or refurbishment to be performed at a U.S. shipyard, including a Navy shipyard. Provides conditions for vessels transferred on a combined lease-sale basis. Authorizes appropriations into the Defense Vessels Transfer Program Account to cover costs connected with the lease-sale transfers. Terminates such transfer authority two years after the enactment of this Act.
(Sec. 1202) Limits to $15 million the total amount of FY 2001 DOD funds that may be used in support of United Nations-sponsored efforts to inspect and monitor Iraqi weapons activities under the Weapons of Mass Destruction Control Act of 1992. Extends through FY 2001 the authority to provide such support.
(Sec. 1203) Repeals a Federal provision prohibiting the Secretary from entering into military airlift agreements with allied countries under any authority other than that currently provided.
(Sec. 1204) Directs the Secretary to operate an education and training facility to be called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Professional Education and Training, under which professional education and training is provided to military and law enforcement personnel and civilians (whether or not employed by a government of the Western Hemisphere). Requires within the Institute's curriculum instruction on human rights, the rule of law, due process, civilian control of the military, and the role of the military in a democratic society. Establishes a Board of Visitors for the Institute to review its curriculum for compliance with such educational requirements. Requires an annual report from the Secretary to Congress on Institute activities. Repeals a provision authorizing the Secretary of the Army to operate the United States Army School of the Americas.
(Sec. 1205) Requires a semiannual report from the President to specified congressional committees on the contributions of European nations and organizations to peacekeeping operations in Kosovo.
(Sec. 1206) Authorizes the Secretary to accept funds, services, or property from a foreign government, international organization, or other entity for the development, procurement, installation, operation, maintenance, or repair of equipment for monitoring test explosions of nuclear devices, or for communications relating to the operation of such equipment. Authorizes the Secretary to assist a foreign government in monitoring such tests under limited conditions, including that the Secretary receive timely access to data collected, as well as access to such equipment for repair and maintenance.
(Sec. 1207) Requires an annual report from the Secretary to Congress on activities and assistance under Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) programs. Requires the CG to report to Congress an assessment of each report. Repeals superseded reporting requirements.
(Sec. 1208) Prohibits CTR funds for FY 2000 and thereafter from being used for construction of the Schuch'ye chemical weapons destruction facility in Russia until 30 days after the Secretary certifies to the defense committees that specified conditions have been met by Russia.
(Sec. 1209) Prohibits the obligation or expenditure of more than 50 percent of the funds authorized for the elimination of weapons grade plutonium until 30 days after the Secretary submits to the defense committees a report on an agreement between the United States and the Russian Federation regarding a new option for the shutdown or conversion of Russian reactors that produce such plutonium.
Title XIII: Navy Activities on the Island of Vieques, Puerto Rico - Authorizes the President to provide economic assistance for the people and communities of the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, with a total limit of $40 million.
(Sec. 1302) Directs the President to conduct on the Island a referendum to determine whether the people approve or disapprove of the continuation of the conduct of Navy live-fire training and other training on the Island. Makes the referendum unnecessary if the Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marine Corps jointly certify to the defense and appropriations committees that the Vieques Naval Training Range is no longer needed for training purposes. Limits live-fire training under the referendum to 90 days each year. States that if the referendum is approved, then the President may provide additional economic assistance of up to $50 million.
(Sec. 1304) Requires certain actions if either the referendum is not approved or there is a certification that such training is no longer necessary, including: (1) terminating all Navy and Marine Corps training operations on the Island; (2) terminating all Navy and Marine Corps activities at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, that are related to such training; (3) closing all DOD installations and facilities on the Island; and (4) a review by the CG of the continued use of Fort Buchanan by active Army forces (with a required report to the defense and appropriations committees).
(Sec. 1305) Makes non-transferable certain DOD property on the Island.
(Sec. 1306) Prohibits, with exceptions, any acquisition, construction, conversion, rehabilitation, extension, or improvement of any facility at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, after the date of enactment of this Act.
(Sec. 1307) Directs the Secretary, except for non-transferable property, to transfer to the Secretary of the Interior all DOD properties on the western part of the Island that are identified as conservation zones.
(Sec. 1308) Directs the Secretary of the Interior, pending the enactment of an alternative law, to assume responsibility for administration of the Live Impact Area on the Island, and to deny public access to such Area.
Division B: Military Construction Authorizations - Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 - Title XXI(sic): Army - Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to acquire real property and carry out military construction projects in specified amounts at specified installations and locations. Authorizes such Secretary to construct or acquire family housing units, carry out architectural planning and design activities, and improve existing military family housing in specified amounts. Authorizes appropriations to the Army for fiscal years after 2000 for military construction, land acquisition, and military family housing functions of the Army. Limits the total cost of construction projects authorized by this title.
(Sec. 2105) Amends the Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 to: (1) decrease the amount authorized for a construction project at Fort Stewart, Georgia; (2) cancel a construction project at Fort Riley, Kansas; and (3) increase the amount authorized for unspecified minor construction projects.
(Sec. 2106) Amends the Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 to increase amounts authorized for construction projects at Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Riley, Kansas.
(Sec. 2107) Amends the Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 to increase the amount authorized for a construction project at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
(Sec. 2108) Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to accept funds from the Federal Highway Administration or the State of Kentucky for a military construction project involving a rail connector at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Title XXII: Navy - Provides, with respect to the Navy, authorizations paralleling those provided for the Army under the previous title.
(Sec. 2205) Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to carry out a military construction project at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia, using funds authorized under a prior-year military construction authorization Act for a sanitary landfill at such facility.
Title XXIII: Air Force - Provides, with respect to the Air Force, authorizations paralleling those provided for the Army under Title XXI.
Title XXIV: Defense Agencies - Authorizes the Secretary to acquire real property and carry out military construction projects in specified amounts at specified installations and locations. Authorizes appropriations to DOD for fiscal years after 2000 for military construction, land acquisition, and military family housing functions of DOD. Limits the total cost of construction projects authorized by this title.
(Sec. 2402) Authorizes the Secretary to carry out certain energy conservation projects.
Title XXV: North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program - Authorizes the Secretary to make contributions for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program and authorizes appropriations for fiscal years after 2000 for such purpose.
Title XXVI: Guard and Reserve Forces Facilities - Authorizes appropriations for fiscal years after 2000 for the Guard and reserve forces for acquisition, architectural and engineering services, and construction of facilities.
Title XXVII: Expiration and Extension of Authorizations - Terminates all authorizations contained in Titles XXI through XXVI of this Act on October 1, 2003, or the date of enactment of an Act authorizing funds for military construction for FY 2004, whichever is later, with exceptions. Extends certain prior-year military construction projects.
Title XXVIII: General Provisions - Subtitle A: Military Construction Program and Military Family Housing Changes - Expresses the sense of Congress that in preparing the budget for a fiscal year, the Secretary should: (1) seek to identify military construction projects that are suitable as joint construction projects; and (2) identify and give priority to such projects. Directs the Secretary to include within each fiscal year budget a certification by each Secretary concerned that such Secretary evaluated the feasibility of carrying out projects as joint construction projects. Requires an annual report from the Secretary to the appropriate congressional committees on such projects.
(Sec. 2802) Excludes certain installation, maintenance, and repair costs from a spending limit on the improvement of military family housing.
(Sec. 2803) Removes certain limitations on housing space based on pay grade and directs the Secretary concerned to ensure that room patterns and floor areas are generally comparable to patterns and areas of similar housing units in the private sector in that locality.
(Sec. 2804) Amends provisions concerning the leasing of military family housing units at the United States Southern Command in Miami, Florida, to: (1) remove an annual $60,000 limit on individual housing lease costs; (2) allow such leases to extend for up to five years; and (3) require the Secretary of the Army to adjust the maximum annual limit on such leases by the amount of annual basic allowance for housing increase in the Miami area.
(Sec. 2805) Directs the Secretary concerned to use competitive procedures when entering into contracts under certain alternative authority for the acquisition or improvement of military housing. Allows a waiver of such requirement when such Secretary: (1) determines that such procedures would be inconsistent with the public interest; and (2) submits to Congress a written notification of such determination at least 30 days before entering into such a contract.
(Sec. 2806) Authorizes the Secretary concerned to furnish specified utilities and related services in connection with any military housing acquired or constructed pursuant to such alternative authority. Requires reimbursement for such utilities and services.
(Sec. 2807) Extends such alternative authority through February 10, 2004.
(Sec. 2808) Includes a military readiness center within the definition of an armory.
Subtitle B: Real Property and Facilities Administration - Increases from $200,000 to $500,000 the minor real property transaction threshold before certain congressional notification and reporting is required from the Secretary concerned.
(Sec. 2812) Amends provisions concerning the leasing of non-excess property of military departments to: (1) remove the requirement that such property is not currently needed for public use; (2) prohibit such leases from providing for the maintenance, protection, or restoration of such property; and (3) provide for the acceptance of additional in-kind consideration with regard to such leases, including environmental restoration. Adds additional requirements before the acceptance of in-kind consideration valued in excess of $500,000. Authorizes the use of lease proceeds for protection, alteration, improvement, or restoration of property or facilities, leasing of other facilities, or facilities operation support. (Currently, such uses are limited to maintenance, repair, and environmental restoration.) Requires at least 50 percent of lease proceeds to be used at the installation where the leased property is located. Prohibits the Secretary concerned from constructing or acquiring facilities valued in excess of $500,000 until 30 days after notifying the defense and appropriations committees of such construction or acquisition. Revises reporting dates with respect to such leases, and requires such reports to be submitted to the appropriations (currently, only defense) committees.
Authorizes the Secretary concerned to enter into agreements indemnifying any person or entity leasing such property from damage or loss resulting from: (1) the release or threatened release of any hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant, petroleum or petroleum derivative, or unexploded ordnance as a result of DOD activities on the installation on which the leased property is located; and (2) any environmental remediation obligations required by any such release. Provides agreement provisions, conditions, and limitations.
(Sec. 2813) Provides limited authority for the Secretary concerned to use procedures other than competitive procedures for selecting conveyees of utility systems of a military department.
Subtitle C: Defense Base Closure and Realignment - Amends the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 and the Defense Authorization Amendments and Base Closure and Realignment Act to limit to the initial transfer of property the right of the Secretary to transfer at or below its estimated fair market value real and personal property located at a military installation to be closed or realigned.
Subtitle D: Land Conveyances - Part I: Army Conveyances - Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to convey to: (1) the Tri-City Regional Port District of Granite City, Illinois, the Charles Melvin Price Support Center, for a port facility and other public purposes; (2) the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Lieutenant General Malcolm Hay Army Reserve Center; (3) the Ellis School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Colonel Harold E. Steele Army Reserve Center and Maintenance Shop; (4) the city of Seattle, Washington, specified real property at Fort Lawton, Washington, for inclusion in Seattle's Discovery Park; and (5) the city of Vancouver, Washington, the west barracks at Vancouver Barracks, for inclusion within the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.
Part II: Navy Conveyances - Amends the Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1990 and 1991 to modify a land conveyance with respect to the Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California.
(Sec. 2852) Amends the Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1995 to authorize the Secretary to replace the electric utility service removed during the course of environmental remediation at the Defense Fuel Supply Point, Casco Bay, Maine.
(Sec. 2853) Modifies a land conveyance at the former Naval Training Center in Bainbridge, Maryland, to allow the Secretary of the Navy to choose whether to receive consideration upon the further transfer of such property to the State of Maryland.
(Sec. 2854) Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to convey to the State of Maine, or a subdivision or agency thereof, the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station in Cutler, Maine.
Part III: Defense Agencies Conveyances - Authorizes the Secretary to convey the Army and Air Force Exchange Service in Farmers Branch, Texas, requiring a cash payment equal to the fair market value of such property. Requires a report from the Secretary to the defense and appropriations committees following such conveyance.
Subtitle E: Other Matters - Designates the Army missile testing range at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands as the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll.
Division C: Department of Energy National Security Authorizations and Other Authorizations - Title XXXI(sic): Department of Energy National Security Programs - Subtitle A: National Security Programs Authorizations - Authorizes appropriations to the Department of Energy (DOE) for FY 2001 for operating expenses, capital equipment, and plant projects necessary in carrying out the following activities for national security programs: (1) weapons activities; (2) defense nuclear nonproliferation; (3) naval reactors activities; (4) defense environmental restoration and waste management; (5) other defense activities; (6) defense environmental management privatization activities; (7) an energy employees compensation initiative; and (8) defense nuclear waste disposal.
Subtitle B: Recurring General Provisions - Prohibits the use of funds appropriated pursuant to this title for: (1) the cost of a program exceeding 110 percent of the program authorization or $1 million more than the amount authorized; or (2) programs which have not been presented to, or requested of, Congress until the Secretary of Energy (Secretary, for purposes of this Division) transmits to the defense and appropriations committees a full statement of the action proposed and 30 days have since expired.
(Sec. 3122) Places certain funding limits for general plant and construction projects of DOE. Requires congressional reports when amounts exceed such limits.
(Sec. 3124) Authorizes the Secretary to transfer DOE-authorized funds: (1) to other Federal agencies for the performance of work for which such funds were authorized; or (2) between authorizations within DOE, to be merged with and available for the same purposes. Requires congressional notification to the defense committees of any such transfer.
(Sec. 3125) Directs the Secretary, before submitting a funding request for a construction project in support of a DOE national security program, to complete a conceptual design for such project. Requires a separate funding requests for designs for which the estimated cost exceeds $3 million. Authorizes the Secretary to carry out construction design services in connection with any proposed construction project if the total estimated cost for the design does not exceed $600,000. Requires specific authorization by law for designs exceeding such amount.
(Sec. 3126) Authorizes the use of DOE funds for planning, design, or construction activities for any DOE national security program that must proceed expeditiously in order to protect public health and safety, meet the needs of national defense, or protect property. Requires the Secretary to report to the defense and appropriations committees when funds are so used.
(Sec. 3127) Makes amounts appropriated pursuant to this title for management and support activities and for general plant projects available for use in connection with all DOE national security programs.
(Sec. 3129) Directs the Secretary, during FY 2001, to empower each DOE field office manager with the authority to transfer defense environmental management funds from a program or project under such office's jurisdiction to another program or project in order to address a risk to health, safety, or the environment or to assure the most efficient use of such funds at that field office. Limits such transfer to a total of $5 million per fiscal year. Directs the Secretary to notify Congress within 30 days after any such transfer.
Subtitle C: National Nuclear Security Administration - Mandates a three-year term of office for the person first appointed to the position of Under Secretary for Nuclear Security of the Department of Energy. Limits the reasons for removal from such position to inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office. Includes such Under Secretary as a member of the Joint Nuclear Weapons Council.
(Sec. 3133) Amends the National Nuclear Security Administration Act to specifically limit the authority of the Secretary to establish, alter, or discontinue any unit of the National Nuclear Security Administration (Administration) to that provided under such Act.
(Sec. 3134) Amends the above Act to prohibit any DOE funds made available after FY 2000 from being obligated or expended to pay an officer or employee of DOE who: (1) serves concurrently in a position within and outside such Administration; or (2) performs concurrently the duties of a position within and outside such Administration.
(Sec. 3135) Requires the Administrator of such Administration to submit to the defense committees a plan for assigning roles and responsibilities to and among the headquarters and field organizational units of the Administration.
(Sec. 3136) Requires the Under Secretary for Nuclear Security to submit to the defense and appropriations committees a future-years nuclear security program for FY 2001 and the five succeeding fiscal years. Outlines the required level of detail of such program. Requires such program to be submitted by November 1, 2000. Limits the use of certain funds pending submission of such program and a waiting period of 45 days thereafter.
(Sec. 3137) States as an objective of the Administration to obligate certain percentages of the total funds appropriated for the Administration for cooperative research and development agreements or similar cooperative, cost-shared partnerships with non-Federal organizations. Requires the Administrator to report to the defense and appropriations committees recommending the appropriate percentages for such funding during each fiscal year. Requires follow-up reports on whether such funding objectives were achieved.
Subtitle D: Program Authorizations, Restrictions, and Limitations - Directs the Secretary to continue operations and to maintain a high state of readiness at the F- and H-canyon facilities at the Savannah River Site, South Carolina, and to provide technical staff necessary to maintain such facilities. Prohibits any DOE funds from being used to decommission the F-facility until the Secretary and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board jointly submit to the defense and appropriations committees a certification concerning the stability of materials and that future needs can be met utilizing only the H-facility. Directs the Secretary to submit to the defense committees a plan for the transfer of all long-term chemical separation activities from the F- to the H-facility.
(Sec. 3152) Prohibits, as of March 1, 2001, any DOE funds from being used for travel expenses by the Secretary or any employees of the Office of the Secretary unless the Secretary certifies to the defense and appropriations committees that DOE is in compliance with certain requirements prohibiting the use of funds for treatment, storage, or disposal activities at formerly used defense sites.
(Sec. 3153) Directs the Secretary to report annually to the defense committees on the status of efforts to secure weapons-usable nuclear materials in Russia that have been identified as being at risk for theft or diversion. Prohibits FY 2001 funds for the Nuclear Cities Initiative from being obligated or expended until 30 days after the Secretary submits to the defense committees a copy of an agreement between Russia and the United States which provides that Russia will close some of its facilities engaged in nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly work. Provides a further Nuclear Cities Initiative funding limitation until the Secretary establishes and implements project review procedures for Initiative projects. Requires a report to the defense committees on such procedures.
(Sec. 3154) Amends the Department of Energy Facilities Safeguards, Security, and Counterintelligence Enhancement Act of 1999 to include within the counterintelligence polygraph requirements of such Act certain individuals involved in or applying for high-risk positions, as specified under the Code of Federal Regulations. Authorizes the Secretary to waive the polygraph requirements if: (1) the Secretary determines the waiver to be in the national security interests; (2) the covered person has been previously granted a security clearance; and (3) the covered person acknowledges in writing that such requirements must be met after the expiration of the waiver. Allows such a waiver if: (1) another Federal agency certifies that the covered person has successfully completed a full scope of such an examination during a five-year period prior to such certification; or (2) the Secretary determines that the treatment of a medical or psychological condition should preclude the administration of such polygraph. Limits any waiver to 120 days. Includes as authorized examination questions those concerning terrorism and deliberate damage to or malicious use of a U.S. Government information or defense system.
(Sec. 3155) Authorizes the Secretary to provide certain incentives to an individual who: (1) is a Federal employee who has worked continuously at a closure facility for at least two years; (2) has a fully satisfactory or equivalent performance rating; and (3) meets any other required incentive conditions as determined by the Secretary. Includes among such incentives: (1) the right to accumulate annual leave (with limitations); (2) the right to be paid a retention bonus; (3) an administrative detail; and (4) the right to receive a voluntary separation incentive payment. Requires such employee to enter into an agreement to remain in such employment until a date to be determined by the Secretary, in return for the receipt of one of more of the incentives. Authorizes the Secretary to waive the agreement requirement for good cause shown. Requires a report on such incentives by the Secretary as part of a required annual report under a prior defense authorization Act. Terminates the authority for such incentives at the end of FY 2011.
Authorizes the head of an executive agency to detail within such agency, within another executive agency, or to a non-Federal employer an employee who has been identified as being, or likely to become, a surplus or displaced employee.
Provides temporary health care coverage for employees who are voluntarily or involuntarily separated from DOE by reason of a closure project.
Subtitle E: Other Matters - Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1995 to extend through FY 2002 the authority of the Secretary to appoint up to 200 positions in DOE for scientific, engineering, and technical personnel whose duties will relate to safety at defense nuclear facilities.
(Sec. 3172) Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 to require biennial updates of a report concerning DOE nuclear test readiness postures, and to require certain additional information in such reports.
(Sec. 3173) Amends the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 to require the Secretary on a quarterly basis (currently, only 30 days after an inadvertent release) to notify specified committees and the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs of the inadvertent release of records containing restricted or formerly restricted data during the automatic declassification of records.
(Sec. 3174) Requires any certification submitted to the President by the Secretaries of Energy or Defense concerning the safety or reliability of a nuclear weapon type in the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile to be submitted in classified form only.
(Sec. 3175) Allows the Secretary to authorize the plant manager of a covered nuclear weapons production plant to engage in research, development, and demonstration activities to maintain and enhance the engineering and manufacturing capabilities at such plant. Provides funding from DOE national security programs funds. Includes as covered plants those in Kansas City, Missouri, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Amarillo, Texas.
(Sec. 3176) Amends the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 to authorize the Federal waiver of a license from a DOE laboratory to a party to have such party practice an invention discovered in a DOE laboratory by or on behalf of the Government when the designated official finds that the retention of such license would substantially inhibit the commercialization of an invention that would otherwise serve an important Federal mission. Terminates such waiver authority five years after the enactment of this Act.
(Sec. 3177) Authorizes the Secretary to present a certificate of commendation to any current or former DOE employee, or current or former employee of a DOE contractor, whose service in matters relating to stockpile stewardship and security assisted DOE in furthering U.S. national security interests.
Title XXXII: Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board - Authorizes appropriations for FY 2001 for the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.
Title XXXIII: Naval Petroleum Reserves - Amends Federal provisions concerning the naval petroleum reserves to: (1) remove a requirement that the Secretary sell such petroleum at a price equal to at least 90 percent of comparable petroleum in the same area; (2) remove Naval Petroleum Reserve Number 1 from inclusion in any price requirements; and (3) repeal provisions authorizing the Secretary to enter into cooperative plans for the exploration, development, use, and operation of lands inside Naval Petroleum Reserve Number 1.
Title XXXIV: National Defense Stockpile - Authorizes the National Defense Stockpile (NDS) Manager, during FY 2001, to obligate up to $75 million of the funds in the National Defense Stockpile Transaction Fund (Fund) for authorized Fund uses, including the disposal of hazardous materials that are environmentally sensitive. Authorizes the NDS Manager to obligate amounts in excess of such amount 45 days after notifying Congress that extraordinary or emergency conditions necessitate the additional obligations.
(Sec. 3402) Amends the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 to increase the authorized receipts for NDS disposals occurring by the end of FY 2002, 2003, and 2005.