Summary: S.1216 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to Senate without amendment (07/20/2001)

Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002 - Makes appropriations for FY 2002 for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development and for sundry independent agencies.

Title I: Department of Veterans Affairs - Makes appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs for: (1) veterans' compensation, pensions, and readjustment benefits; (2) veterans' insurance and indemnities; (3) veterans' housing, education, and vocational rehabilitation loan accounts; (4) veterans' medical care; (5) medical and prosthetic research; (6) medical administration; (7) departmental administration; (8) the National Cemetery Administration; (9) the Office of Inspector General; (10) construction; (11) the parking revolving fund; and (12) grants to States for construction of extended care facilities and cemeteries.

Sets forth authorized uses of, and limitations on, funds made available under this title.

(Sec. 107) Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to reimburse the "General operating expenses" account from the National Service Life Insurance Fund, the Veterans' Special Life Insurance Fund, and the United States Government Life Insurance Fund for the cost of administration of the insurance programs financed through those accounts.

(Sec. 108) Requires for FY 2002 that funds available in any Department appropriation or fund for salaries and other administrative expenses shall be available to reimburse the cost of services provided by the Offices of Resolution Management and Employment Discrimination Complaint Adjudication.

(Sec. 109) Directs the Department to continue until October 1, 2002 (currently terminated on October 1, 1999) the Franchise Fund pilot program for providing administrative support services to designated Federal agencies. Extends funding for such program through such date.

Title II: Department of Housing and Urban Development - Makes FY 2002 appropriations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for: (1) public and Indian housing; (2) the Public Housing Capital and Operating Funds; (3) drug elimination grants for low-income housing; (4) revitalization of severely distressed public housing (HOPE VI); (5) Native American housing block grants; (6) Indian and Native Hawaiian housing loan guarantees; (7) housing opportunities for persons with AIDS; (8) Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development; (9) empowerment zones and enterprise communities; (10) community development block grants and loan guarantees; (11) brownfields redevelopment; (12) the HOME investment partnerships program; (13) homeless assistance grants; (14) shelter plus care renewals; (15) housing for special populations; (16) flexible subsidy fund; (17) manufactured housing fees trust fund; (18) the Federal Housing Administration; (19) the Government National Mortgage Association; (20) housing policy development and research; (21) fair housing activities; (22) the Office of Lead Hazard Control; (23) management and administration; (24) the Office of Inspector General; and (25) the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight.

Rescinds a specified amount from the consolidated fee fund.

(Sec.203) Directs the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to make housing for persons with AIDS grants to any State that qualified in FY2001 but does not qualify in FY 2002 due to decreased AIDS cases in non-metropolitan areas of the State.

.(Sec. 204) Amends the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000 to extend through FY 2002 certain housing for persons with AIDS grant allocation provisions between Philadelphia and New Jersey.

(Sec. 205) Amends the National Housing Act to extend excess income eligibility through FY 2002.

(Sec. 207) Amends the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 to eliminate the housing counseling grant termination date.

(Sec. 208) Amends the National Housing Act to authorize the Federal Housing Administration to insure certain adjustable mortgages.

(Sec. 210) Directs the Secretary to establish specified hospital and nursing home standards.

(Sec. 212) Directs the Secretary to review early defaults and claims, and authorizes termination of poor performing mortgagees.

(Sec. 213) Requires HUD to grant awards on a competitive basis.

(Sec. 214) Exempts public housing agencies in Alaska from the requirement of having a resident on agency boards of directors during FY 2002.

(Sec. 215) Directs the Secretary to maintain section 8 assistance on properties occupied by elderly or disabled families.

(Sec. 216) Amends the National Housing Act to increase multifamily loan limits.

(Sec. 217) States that the Tribal Student Housing Project proposed by the Cook Inlet Housing Authority is authorized to be constructed in accordance with a certain plan from previously appropriated amounts, a portion of which may be used as a maintenance reserve for the completed project.

Title III: Independent Agencies - Makes FY 2002 appropriations for: (1) the American Battle Monuments Commission; (2) the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board; (3) the Department of the Treasury for community development financial institutions; (4) the Consumer Product Safety Commission; (5) the Corporation for National and Community Service; (6) the Office of Inspector General; (7) the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; (8) the Department of Defense for Army cemeterial expenses; and (9) the Department of Health and Human Services for the National Institutes of Health for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Appropriates FY 2002 funds for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for: (1) science and technology activities; (2) environmental programs and management; (3) the Office of Inspector General; (4) buildings and facilities; (5) the Superfund; (6) the leaking underground storage tank program; (7) oil spill response programs; and (8) assistance to States and Indian tribes for environmental programs and infrastructure.

Appropriates FY 202 funds for: (1) the Executive Office of the President for the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Office of Environmental Quality; and (2) the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office of Inspector General.

Makes FY 2002 appropriations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for: (1) disaster relief; (2) disaster assistance direct loans; (3) salaries and expenses; (4) the Office of Inspector General; (5) emergency management planning and assistance; (6) a specified emergency food and shelter program; (7) the National Flood Insurance Fund; and (8) the National Flood Mitigation Fund.

Amends the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to extend through FY 2002: (1) a certain ceiling on obligations issued under the national flood insurance program; and (2) the authorization of appropriations for certain studies.

Makes FY 2002 appropriations for: (1) the General Services Administration for the Federal Consumer Information Center; (2) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for human space flight, science, aeronautics, and technology research and development, and the Office of Inspector General; (3) the National Credit Union Administration's Central Liquidity Facility; (4) the National Science Foundation for research, major construction projects, science and engineering education and human resources programs, salaries and expenses, and the Office of Inspector General; (5) the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation; and (6) the Selective Service System.

Sets forth authorized uses of, and limitations on, funds appropriated under this title.

Title IV: General Provisions - Sets forth provisions regarding availability, and prohibitions on the use, of funds appropriated by this Act.

(Sec. 415) Expresses the sense of Congress that equipment and products purchased with funds made available in this Act should be American-made.

(Sec. 426) Amends the Commercial Space Launch Act to extend, though December 31, 2002, its commercial space launch industry damage indemnification provisions.

(Sec. 427) Provides that all Departments and agencies funded under this Act are encouraged, within the limits of the existing statutory authorities and funding, to expand their use of E-Commerce technologies and procedures in the conduct of their business practices and public service activities.