Summary: S.2603 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (05/23/2000)

Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2001 - Makes appropriations for the legislative branch for FY 2001.

Title I: Congressional Operations - Congressional Operations Appropriations Act, 2001 - Makes appropriations for the Senate for: (1) expense allowances; (2) representation allowances for the Majority and Minority Leaders; (3) salaries of specified officers, employees, and committees (including the Committee on Appropriations); (4) agency contributions for employee benefits; (5) inquiries and investigations; (6) the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control; (7) the Offices of the Secretary, Sergeant at Arms, and Doorkeeper of the Senate; (8) miscellaneous items; (9) the Senators' Official Personnel and Office Expense Account; and (10) official mail costs.

(Sec. 1) Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1965 to require, with respect to semiannual statements of expenditures by the Secretary of the Senate and the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives, each report of the Secretary of the Senate (except for specified expenditures) to be compiled at a summary level for each Senate office authorized to obligate appropriated funds.

(Sec. 2) Amends the Federal Pay Comparability Act of 1970 to provide for locality pay adjustments for Senate employees in the Washington, D.C. - Baltimore, Maryland consolidated metropolitan statistical area consistent with executive branch, judicial branch and other legislative branch employees.

(Sec. 3) Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1999 to require agency contributions for employees of Senate Hair Care Services to be paid from the appropriations account for Salaries, Officers, and Employees in lieu of the Senate Hair Care Services Revolving Fund.

(Sec. 4) Establishes the Senate Health and Fitness Facility Revolving Fund. Requires the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) to deposit in the Fund any amounts received: (1) as dues or other assessments for use of the Senate Health and Fitness Facility; and (2) from the operation of the Senate waste recycling program. Makes such amounts, under specified conditions, available to the AOC, without fiscal year limitations, for payment of the Facility's costs.

(Sec. 5) Authorizes for each fiscal year, beginning in FY 2002, a specified expense allowance for the Chairmen of the Majority and Minority Policy Committees, to be paid only as reimbursement for actual expenses incurred, under specified conditions. Declares that such amounts shall not be reported as income and shall not be allowed as a deduction under the Internal Revenue Code.

(Sec. 6) Permits the head of the employing office of a Senate employee, upon termination of the employee's employment, to authorize payment of a lump sum for the employee's accrued annual leave if certain conditions are met. Requires the employee, if reemployed as an Senate employee before the end of the period covered by the lump sum payment, to refund an amount equal to the leave pay for the period between the reemployment date and the expiration of the lump sum period.

(Sec. 7) Requires agency contributions for employees of the Joint Economic Committee to be paid from the Senate appropriations account for Salaries, Officers, and Employees.

(Sec. 8) Amends Federal law to provide that all items of art within the Senate wing of the U.S. Capitol, Senate Office Buildings, or rooms, corridors, or other spaces therein may (currently, shall) be known as the United States Senate Collection.

Makes appropriations for: (1) the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies of 2001, and the Joint Economic and Taxation Committees; (2) the Office of the Attending Physician; (3) the Capitol Police Board; (4) the Capitol Guide Service and Special Services Office; (5) the Office of Compliance; (6) the Congressional Budget Office; (7) the AOC for salaries and expenses, Capitol buildings and grounds, Senate and House office buildings, and the Capitol power plant; (8) the Library of Congress for Congressional Research Service (CRS) salaries and expenses; and (9) the Government Printing Office (GPO) for congressional printing and binding.

(Sec. 102) Provides for: (1) appointment of certifying officers of the Capitol Police to certify all vouchers for payment from Capitol Police appropriations and funds; (2) their accountability; and (3) enforcement of their liability.

(Sec. 105) Authorizes the Congressional Budget Office, to the same extent as executive agencies under the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act, to enter into: (1) contracts for procurement of severable services beginning in one fiscal year and ending in the next; and (2) multi-year contracts for acquisition of property and services.

Title II: Other Agencies - Appropriates funds for salaries and expenses for: (1) the Botanic Garden; and (2) the Library of Congress for salaries and expenses, the Copyright Office, Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and furniture and furnishings.

Specifies administrative provisions for the Library of Congress identical or similar to corresponding provisions of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2000.

(Sec. 205) Reduces the obligational authority of the Library from FY 2000 levels for reimbursable and revolving fund activities funded from sources other than appropriations to the Library in appropriation Acts for the legislative branch.

(Sec. 206) Amends Federal law to authorize the AOC, within 90 days after acquisition of certain real property for the Library of Congress, to transfer a limited amount of funds to the entity from which the property was acquired.

(Sec. 207) Authorizes the Librarian of Congress to convert to permanent positions 84 indefinite, time-limited positions in the National Digital Library Program authorized in the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1996 for the Library of Congress. Authorizes the Librarian to fill these permanent positions through the non-competitive conversion of the incumbents in the indefinite-not-to-exceed positions to permanent positions.

Makes appropriations for: (1) the AOC for Library buildings and grounds; and (2) salaries and expenses of the GPO's Office of Superintendent of Documents and for the General Accounting Office (GAO).

(Sec. 208) Amends Federal law with respect to prices for sales of copies of Government publications, crediting of receipts, resale by dealers, and sales agents. Replaces the term "publications" with "information products". Repeals current price formula specifications, and grants the Public Printer sole authority to establish prices to cover the costs of production, dissemination, and other appropriate costs associated with this service, including the offering of sales discounts and any other costs associated with the Sales program.

(Sec. 209) Authorizes the Comptroller General to establish senior-level positions to meet critical scientific, technical, or professional needs of the GAO.

(Sec. 210) Permits the Comptroller General to reassign a member of the Senior Executive Service to any senior-level position created under such new authority.

(Sec. 211) Changes the term of service for GAO experts and consultants from not more than three years to a three-year renewable term.

(Sec. 212) Sets forth voluntary early retirement authority for GAO officers or employees who are separated from the service under certain conditions after completing 25 years of service or after becoming 50 years of age and completing 20 years of service.

(Sec. 213) Authorizes the Comptroller General to offer separation pay to an officer or employee subject to such limitations or conditions as the Comptroller General may require for purposes of realigning the workforce in order to meet mission needs, correcting skill imbalances, or reducing high-grade, managerial, or supervisory positions.

(Sec. 214) Requires the Comptroller General to prescribe regulations for the release, under specified conditions, of GAO officers and employees in a reduction in force carried out for downsizing, realigning, or correcting skill imbalances.

(Sec. 215) Revises requirements for the Comptroller General's annual report to Congress and, when requested, to the President, to include recommendations on appropriate legislative changes relating to reductions in force, voluntary early retirement authority, and separation pay.

(Sec. 216) Requires the Comptroller General to report to Congress, within five years, on the implementation and effectiveness of the GAO administrative provisions under this title.

Title III: General Provisions - Sets forth authorized or prohibited uses of funds appropriated by this Act identical or similar to corresponding provisions of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2000.

(Sec. 305) Sets forth Buy American requirements.

(Sec. 308) Amends Federal law to extend for one year the availability of funds for the Senate art collection.

(Sec. 309) Amends the 1999 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act to extend: (1) the pilot Russian Leadership Program in the Library of Congress through FY 2001; and (2) the permanent Program (in its presidentially designated executive agency) and its Advisory Board through FY 2002.

(Sec. 310) Capitol Security Consolidation Act of 2000 - Transfers the following Library of Congress (LOC) and Government Printing Office (GPO) personnel and functions to the U.S. Capitol Police: (1) each LOC police employee and each GPO police employee; (2) pre-existing functions performed by GPO special policemen and mandatory functions relating to the policing of LOC buildings and grounds, and related functions designated in the applicable memorandum of understanding entered into by the Chief of the Capitol Police with the Library of Congress and GPO; and (3) any LOC or GPO civilian employee who performs security support functions and is designated for transfer by the Chief in the applicable memorandum. Makes such transferred employees members of the Capitol Police, except any individuals who the Chief of the Capitol Police determines do not meet the qualifications required to be a member of the Capitol Police.

Sets forth provisions regarding the: (1) waiver of the maximum 37-year age limitation for hiring a member of the Capitol Police and of required training; (2) filing of an application for qualification determination; (3) transfer and allocations of appropriations in connection with the functions transferred by this Act; (2) reorganization of such functions; (5) interim assignments of LOC and GPO police employees during FY 2001 and the separation from service for any such employee who is not a member of the Capitol Police at the close of FY 2001; (6) discretionary reduction of rank by the Capitol Police Board of any LOC or GPO police holding the rank of lieutenant (or the equivalent) or higher immediately before the effective date of this Act; and (7) prohibition on the separation or reduction in pay for any transferred employee before FY 2002.

Revises provisions concerning LOC and GPO police jurisdiction. Repeals Federal law provisions designating LOC police employees.

Requires the: (1) Capitol Police to protect persons and property in premises and adjacent areas occupied by or under GPO control, in accordance with this Act; and (2) the Chief of the Capitol Police to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Library of Congress and GPO.

Makes the Librarian of Congress and the Public Printer of GPO nonvoting ex officio members of the Capitol Police Board.

Deems the service of a LOC or GPO police employee (including any service on interim assignment) to be service performed as a member of the Capitol Police, under specified conditions, for purposes of the civil service retirement system or Federal employment retirement system.

Provides for the transfer of any sick or annual leave of an individual transferred under this Act to the credit of that individual as a member of the Capitol Police.

(Sec. 311) Allows any State to request the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress to approve the replacement of a statue the State has provided for display in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol, under certain terms and conditions.