Summary: S.2720 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to Senate without amendment (07/11/2002)

Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2003 - Makes appropriations for the legislative branch for FY 2003.

Title I: Congressional Operations - Congressional Operations Appropriations Act, 2003 - 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; and (10) official mail costs.

(Sec. 1) Amends Federal law, including the Second Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1978, the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1983, the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1985, and the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2001, to increase the maximum annual expense allowances of: (1) the Vice President from $10,000 to $20,000; (2) the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate from $10,000 each to $20,000 each; (3) the Majority and Minority Whips from $5,000 to $10,000 each; (4) the Chairmen of the Majority and Minority Conference Committees from $3,000 to $5,000 each; and (5) the Chairmen of the Majority and Minority Policy Committees from $3,000 to $5,000 each.

(Sec. 2) Amends the Second Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1975 to increase the annual stationery allowance for the Office of the President of the Senate from $4,500 to $8,000.

(Sec. 3) Increases by $50,000 the allowances for administrative and clerical assistance.

(Sec. 4) Authorizes the Senate Majority Policy Committee, Minority Policy Committee, Conference of the Majority, and Conference of the Minority, in the discretion of each committee or conference and with the prior consent of the Federal department or agency concerned and the Committee on Rules and Administration, to use, on a reimbursable or nonreimbursable basis, the services of personnel of any such department or agency.

(Sec. 5) Authorizes the Committee on Rules and Administration to provide for and the Secretary to award service pins to Senate pages who work in the Senate chamber.

Makes appropriations for salaries and/or expenses of: (1) the Joint Economic and Taxation Committees; (2) the Office of the Attending Physician; (3) the Capitol Guide Service and Special Services Office; (4) the preparation of statements of appropriations; (5) the Capitol Police Board; (6) the Office of Compliance; (7) the Congressional Budget Office; (8) the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), including for the care and operation of Capitol buildings and grounds, Senate office buildings, the Capitol power plant, and the Capitol Police buildings; (9) the Library of Congress for the Congressional Research Service; and (10) the Government Printing Office (GPO) for congressional printing and binding (including transfer of funds).

(Sec. 102) Authorizes the Capitol Police to: (1) enter into contracts for the acquisition of severable services for a period crossing two fiscal years to the same extent as the head of an executive agency under the authority of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949; and (2) enter into multi-year contracts for the acquisition of property and nonaudit-related services to the same extent as executive agencies under such authority.

(Sec. 103) Allows the Capitol Police to dispose of Capitol Police surplus or obsolete property by inter-agency transfer, donation, sale, trade-in, or any other appropriate method.

(Sec. 105) Amends the Department of Defense and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Recovery from and Response to Terrorist Attacks on the United States Act, 2002 to authorize the Chief of the Capitol Police, in the Chief's sole discretion, to pay additional compensation to Capitol Police employees for specialty assignments, proficiencies, and any other category of assignment required to carry out the Capitol Police mission. (Under current law, additional compensation is paid to Capitol Police field training officers.) Prohibits such determination from being appealable or reviewable in any manner.

(Sec. 106) Declares that the rate of basic pay payable to an individual upon appointment to a position with the Capitol Police shall be at a rate within the minimum and maximum pay rates applicable to the position and determined by the Chief or a designee.

(Sec. 107) Requires any limits on the amount of premium pay which may be earned by officers and members of the Capitol Police during emergencies (as determined by the Capitol Police Board) to be applied by the Board on an annual basis and not on a pay period basis. Declares that such determination is not reviewable or appealable in any manner.

(Sec. 108) Transfers the following Library of Congress (LOC) personnel and functions to the U.S. Capitol Police: (1) each LOC police employee; (2) pre-existing functions relating to the policing and protection of Library buildings and grounds and adjacent streets; and (3) any LOC civilian employee who performs security support functions.

Provides that: (1) the transfer of such personnel shall not cause any such employee to be separated or receive a reduction in pay for five years after the transfer; and (2) any credited annual or sick leave of the individual shall be transferred to the individual's credit as an employee of the U.S. Capitol Police.

Deems any period of service performed by such LOC Police employees as service performed by a member of the U.S. Capitol Police for purposes of the Federal Employees Retirement System and the Civil Service Retirement System.

Requires vacancies in LOC police employee positions, if filled, to be filled, until completion of the transfer under this Act, with members of the U.S. Capitol Police under a memorandum of understanding to be entered into by the Chief and the Librarian of Congress.

Requires the transfer of such personnel and functions to be completed within three years after this Act's enactment.

Directs the Chief to prepare and submit to specified congressional committees, the Capitol Police Board, and the Librarian of Congress a plan for the transfer which shall include among other requirements: (1) policies and procedures, and actions the Chief will take in implementing the transfer; and (2) recommendation of legislative changes needed to implement it. Requires the Chief to report annually to such committees and individuals until transfer completion on the Chief's progress in implementing the required plan, including any adjustments to cost estimates or legislative changes needed to implement the transfer.

(Sec. 109) Amends Federal law with respect to U.S. Capitol Police jurisdiction to include within the U.S. Capitol Grounds: (1) the National Garden of the U.S. Botanic Garden; (2) all grounds contiguous to the Administrative Building of the U.S. Botanic Garden, including Bartholdi Park; and (3) all grounds bounded by specified curblines.

Requires jurisdiction and control over such grounds to be retained by the Joint Committee on the Library, and makes the Committee solely responsible for the maintenance and improvement of the grounds.

Provides that nothing in this Act shall limit the authority of the AOC under the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1989 with respect to the National Garden.

Redefines "Capitol Buildings" to include: (1) the Conservatory of the U.S. Botanic Garden; (2) the Administrative Building of the U.S. Botanic Garden; and (3) all other buildings bounded by the curblines specified in this section.

Increases by 29 sworn members the total number of full-time equivalent positions of the U.S. Capitol Police (including positions for members and civilian employees) to carry out this Act.

(Sec. 110) Authorizes the Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to: (1) apply, by regulation, Federal employment and retention law as necessary to establish a program that provides opportunities for CBO employees to engage in details or other temporary assignments in other agencies, study, or uncompensated work experience which will contribute to the employees' development and effectiveness; and (2) enter into agreements or contracts without regard to Federal civil service training law.

(Sec. 112) Establishes a position of Deputy Architect of the Capitol who shall: (1) serve as the Chief Operating Officer of the Office of the AOC; (2) be appointed by the AOC without political affiliation or activity; (3) report directly to the AOC; and (4) be subject to the AOC 's authority. Specifies the qualification requirements of the position and its responsibilities.

Requires the Deputy AOC to prepare and submit to specified congressional committees an action plan describing the policies, procedures, and actions he or she will implement and timeframes for carrying out such responsibilities. Requires the plan to be approved and signed by both the AOC and the Deputy AOC and to be developed concurrently and consistent with the development of a strategic pan.

Authorizes the AOC, upon submission of the action plan, to fix the rate of basic pay for not more than three additional positions at a rate not to exceed the highest total rate of pay for the Senior Executive Service, for the locality involved, in order to implement the action plan.

Requires the General Accounting Office to evaluate at least annually the implementation of the action plan and provide the results to the AOC and specified congressional committees.

Authorizes the AOC to remove the Deputy AOC for misconduct or failure to meet performance goals set forth in the performance agreement pursuant to this Act.

Requires the Deputy AOC to be paid at an annual rate of pay to be determined by the AOC but not to exceed $1,000 less than the AOC's annual rate of pay.

Requires the AOC and the Deputy AOC to enter into an annual performance agreement that sets forth measurable individual goals linked to the organizational goals in the Office of the AOC's annual performance plan for the Deputy AOC in key operational areas. Subjects the agreement to annual review and renegotiation.

Requires the Deputy AOC to prepare and submit to AOC and to specified congressional committees an annual performance report on: (1) the extent to which the Office of AOC met the goals and objectives identified in the annual performance plan for the preceding year and an explanation of the results achieved during the preceding year relative to the established goals; and (2) the performance evaluation rating of the Deputy AOC, including the amounts of bonus compensation awarded, and such additional information as may be prescribed by the AOC.

Terminates as of October 1, 2004, the role of the Comptroller General and the General Accounting Office as established by this Act.

(Sec. 115) Prohibits any reduction in the compensation of the incumbent Assistant Architect, when such position is abolished, so long as the former Assistant Architect is employed at the AOC's Office. Requires, whenever the AOC receives a pay adjustment after the enactment of this Act, the compensation of such former Assistant Architect to be adjusted by the same percentage as the AOC's compensation.

(Sec. 116) Declares that certain authority of the AOC under the Revised Statutes to make purchases and enter contracts for supplies or services without advertising for proposals shall apply as if the maximum amount involved were $100,000 instead of $25,000.

(Sec. 117) Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2001 to rename the Senate Health and Fitness Facility as the Senate Staff Health and Fitness Facility.

Requires the Committee on Rules and Administration (not the AOC, as under current law) to promulgate regulations pertaining to the operation and use of the Facility.

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, and Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; (3) the AOC for Library buildings and grounds; (4) GPO for the Office of Superintendent of Documents (including transfer of funds); (5) the General Accounting Office; and (6) a payment to the Foreign Leadership Development Center Trust Fund.

(Sec. 203) Reduces the obligational authority of the Library for FY 2003 for reimbursable and revolving fund activities funded from sources other than appropriations to the Library in appropriations Acts for the legislative branch.

(Sec. 204) Amends the Miscellaneous Appropriations Act, 2001 to extend from March 31, 2003, through March 31, 2005, the time by which certain funds and expenditures for salaries and expenses of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program must be matched by outside contributions (including contributions other than money).

(Sec. 205) Amends Federal law to authorize the AOC and the Librarian to enter into agreements with each other to perform work under Federal law with respect to their particular responsibilities for Library buildings and grounds, and subject to the approval of specified congressional committees, to transfer between themselves appropriations or other available funds to pay the costs therefor.

(Sec. 206) Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2001 to change the names of the: (1) Center for Russian Leadership Development to Center for Foreign Leadership Development; and (2) Russian Leadership Development Center Trust Fund to the Foreign Leadership Development Center Trust Fund.

Requires the four private individuals on the Center's Board of Trustees to have an interest in improving relations between the United States and eligible foreign states (currently, between the United States and Russia).

Provides for grants to eligible foreign states. Increases from 3,000 to 3,500 the number of individuals supported by such grants in any fiscal year.

Defines eligible foreign state to mean: (1) any country specified in the FREEDOM Support Act (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan); and (2) Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Title III: General Provisions - (Sec. 301) Sets forth authorized or prohibited uses of funds appropriated by this Act identical or similar to corresponding provisions of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2002.

(Sec. 305) Sets forth Buy American requirements.

(Sec. 309) Authorizes the AOC to maintain and improve the landscape features, excluding streets and sidewalks, in the irregular shaped grassy areas in a specified part of Southwest District of Columbia.

(Sec. 310) Authorizes appropriations, to remain available until expended, to the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Amends the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act of 2001 to change the name and any reference under the Act to the United States-China Security Review Commission to the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Decreases the Commission's membership from 12 to 8. Requires each appointing authority under the Act to: (1) appoint two members to the Commission for the 108th Congress on a staggered term basis such that one appointment shall expire on September 1, 2003, and one on September 1, 2004; and (2) make all appointments for the 109th Congress, and each subsequent Congress, on an approximate two-year term basis to expire on September 1 of the applicable year.

Terminates the terms of current members of the Commission on the later of September 1, 2002, or the date of enactment of this Act.

(Sec. 311) Authorizes appropriations, to remain available until expended, for the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and Development.