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Passed Senate amended (07/19/2001)

Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2002 - Makes appropriations for the legislative branch for FY 2002.

Title I: Congressional Operations - Congressional Operations Appropriations Act, 2002 - 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 and of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate; (8) miscellaneous items; (9) the Senators' Official Personnel and Office Expense Account; (10) official mail costs; and (11) mailings, under specified conditions, for town meetings with a population of less than 50,000 that the Senator will personally attend.

(Sec. 1) Amends the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1977 to change the number of consultants: (1) from four to six that the Majority and Minority Leaders may appoint; and (2) from one to not more than two in the case of the President pro tempore.

(Sec. 2) Allows the head of an employing office of the Senate to establish a program under which the office may agree to repay (by direct payments on behalf of a Senate employee) any student loan previously taken out by such employee. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 4) Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1996 to change the fiscal year designation of the appropriation to which payment must be charged for local and long distance telecommunications services provided to a Senator, an Officer of the Senate, and any Senate entity the funds of which are disbursed by the Secretary of the Senate.

(Sec. 5) Increases from $75,000 to $100,000 the payment from the Senate contingent fund for the Conference of Majority and the Conference of Minority expenses.

(Sec. 6) Increases by $50,000 the allowance for administrative and clerical assistance.

Makes appropriations for: (1) 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 Architect of the Capitol (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 salaries and expenses; and (9) the Government Printing Office (GPO) for congressional printing and binding (including transfer of funds).

Authorizes the AOC to: (1) secure, through multi-year rental, lease, or other appropriate agreement, the property located at 67 K Street, S.W., Washington, D.C., for use of legislative branch agencies, and to incur any necessary incidental expenses including maintenance, alterations, and repairs in connection therewith; and (2) in connection with such property, expend AOC appropriated funds earmarked for legislative branch agencies operations and support purposes, including the U.S. Capitol Police as may be required.

(Sec. 102) Authorizes the Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), by regulation, to apply Federal civil service training law as necessary to provide for training of CBO employees.

(Sec. 103) Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1997 to allow the CBO to dispose of surplus or obsolete property by inter-agency transfer, donation, sale, trade-in, or discarding (currently, only by inter-agency transfer, donation, or discarding).

(Sec. 104) Authorizes the CBO to establish and maintain a program under which the Office may agree to repay (by direct payments on behalf of the employees) all or a portion of any student loan previously taken out by such employee in an amount not to exceed: (1) $6,000 for any employee in any calendar year; or (2) a total of $40,000 for any employee altogether.

Prohibits CBO from reimbursing an employee for repayments made by such employee before CBO enters into an agreement with the employee under this Act.

Requires any amount repaid by, or recovered from, an individual under this Act and its implementing regulations to be credited to the appropriation account available for CBO salaries and expenses at the time of repayment or recovery.

Title II: Other Agencies - Appropriates funds for: (1) the Botanic Garden for salaries and expenses; (2) the Library of Congress for salaries and expenses, the Copyright Office, Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and furniture and furnishings; (3) the AOC for a Capitol Visitor Center, the Congressional Cemetery, and for Library buildings and grounds; (4) salaries and expenses of the GPO's Office of Superintendent of Documents (including transfer of funds); (5) the General Accounting Office (earmarks $1 million for a pilot program in technology assessment and requires a report to Congress on such program by June 15, 2002); and (6) a payment to the Russian Leadership Development Center Trust Fund.

Specifies administrative provisions for the Library of Congress identical or similar to corresponding provisions of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2001.

(Sec. 202) Prohibits the Library from using funds appropriated in this Act to administer any flexible or compressed work schedule which: (1) applies to any manager or supervisor in a position the grade or level of which is equal to or higher than GS-15; and (2) grants such manager or supervisor the right to not be at work for all or a portion of a workday because of time worked by such individual on another workday.

(Sec. 206) Reduces the obligational authority of the Library from FY 2002 levels for reimbursable and revolving fund activities funded from sources other than appropriations to the Library in appropriation Acts for the legislative branch.

Authorizes the Librarian of Congress, under specified conditions, to temporarily transfer funds appropriated in this Act under the heading "Library of Congress Salaries and Expenses" to the revolving fund for the FEDLINK Program and the Federal Research Program established under the Library of Congress Fiscal Operations Improvement Act of 2000 (the Act).

(Sec. 209) Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1999 to extend until October 1, 2004, the early retirement and voluntary separation incentive payments authorities for Government Printing Office employees.

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, 2001.

(Sec. 305) Sets forth Buy American requirements.

(Sec. 311) Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1991 to authorize the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) to fix the rate of basic pay for not more than 12 positions under AOC jurisdiction (excluding the Architect and Assistant Architect), at a rate not less than the minimum rate nor more than the maximum rate for the Senior Executive Service, for the locality involved.