H.R.2694 - Child PACT Act108th Congress (2003-2004)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Ferguson, Mike [R-NJ-7] (Introduced 07/10/2003)|
|Committees:||House - Government Reform|
|Latest Action:||House - 07/10/2003 Referred to the House Committee on Government Reform. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 108th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 2694 Introduced in House (IH)] 108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 2694 To establish a program to transfer surplus computers of Federal agencies to schools and nonprofit community-based educational organizations, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES July 10, 2003 Mr. Ferguson (for himself, Mr. Towns, and Mr. Souder) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Government Reform _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To establish a program to transfer surplus computers of Federal agencies to schools and nonprofit community-based educational organizations, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Profiting from Access to Computer Technology (PACT) Act'' or the ``Child PACT Act''. SEC. 2. PROTECTION OF EDUCATIONALLY USEFUL FEDERAL EQUIPMENT. Each Federal agency shall, to the extent practicable, protect and safeguard educationally useful Federal equipment that has been determined to be surplus, so that such equipment may be transferred under this Act. SEC. 3. EFFICIENT TRANSFER OF EDUCATIONALLY USEFUL FEDERAL EQUIPMENT. (a) Transfer of Equipment to GSA.--Each Federal agency, to the extent permitted by law and where appropriate, shall-- (1) identify educationally useful Federal equipment that it no longer needs or such equipment that has been declared surplus in accordance with section 549 of title 40, United States Code; (2) erase any hard drive, before transfer under paragraph (3), in accordance with standards in effect under the Department of Defense Industrial Security Program (Directive 5220.22 or successor authority); and (3)(A) transfer the equipment to the Administrator of General Services for conveyance to educational recipients; or (B) transfer the equipment directly to-- (i) an educational recipient, through an arrangement made by the Administrator of General Services under subsection (b); or (ii) a nonprofit refurbisher under subsection (d). (b) Advance Reporting of Equipment to GSA.--Each Federal agency shall report to the Administrator of General Services the anticipated availability of educationally useful Federal equipment as far as possible in advance of the date the equipment is to become surplus, so that the Administrator may attempt to arrange for the direct transfer from the donating agency to educational recipients. (c) Preference.--In carrying out conveyances to educational recipients under this Act, the Administrator of General Services shall, to the extent practicable, give particular preference to educational recipients located in an enterprise community, empowerment zone, or renewal community designated under section 1391, 1400, or 1400E of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. (d) Refurbishment of Non-Classroom-Usable Equipment.--At the request of an educational recipient, educationally useful Federal equipment that is not classroom-usable shall be conveyed initially to a nonprofit refurbisher for upgrade before transfer to the educational recipient. (e) Lowest Cost.--All transfers to educational recipients shall be made at the lowest cost to the recipient permitted by law. (f) Notice of Availability of Equipment.--The Administrator of General Services shall provide notice of the anticipated availability of educationally useful Federal equipment (including non-classroom- usable equipment) to educational recipients by all practicable means, including the Internet, newspapers, and community announcements. (g) Facilitation by Regional Federal Executive Boards.--The regional Federal Executive Boards (as that term is used in part 960 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations) shall help facilitate the transfer of educationally useful Federal equipment from the agencies they represent to recipients eligible under this Act. SEC. 4. AGENCY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE. Each Federal agency with employees who have computer expertise shall, to the extent permitted by law and in accordance with any guidelines prescribed by the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, encourage those employees-- (1) to help connect classrooms in schools to the Nation's information infrastructure; (2) to assist teachers in schools in learning to use computers to teach; and (3) to assist in providing ongoing maintenance of, and technical support for, educationally useful Federal equipment transferred to educational recipients under this Act. SEC. 5. RULEMAKING. The Administrator of General Services shall prescribe rules and procedures to carry out this Act. SEC. 6. EFFECT ON OTHER LAWS. This Act supersedes Executive Order No. 12999 of April 17, 1996. SEC. 7. RULE OF CONSTRUCTION. This Act may not be construed to create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by a party against the United States, its agencies, officers, or employees. SEC. 8. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) The term ``Federal agency'' means an Executive department or an Executive agency (as such terms are defined in chapter 1 of title 5, United States Code). (2) The term ``educational recipient'' means a school or a community-based educational organization. (3) The term ``school'' includes a prekindergarten program (as that term is used in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965), an elementary school, a secondary school, and a local educational agency (as those terms are defined in section 9101 of that Act). (4) The term ``community-based educational organization'' means a nonprofit entity that-- (A) is engaged in collaborative projects with schools or the primary focus of which is education; and (B) qualifies as a nonprofit educational institution or organization for purposes of section 549(c)(3) of title 40, United States Code. (5) The term ``educationally useful Federal equipment'' means computers and related peripheral tools (such as computer printers, modems, routers, and servers), including telecommunications and research equipment, that are appropriate for use by an educational recipient. The term also includes computer software, where the transfer of a license is permitted. (6) The term ``classroom-usable'', with respect to educationally useful Federal equipment, means such equipment that does not require an upgrade of hardware or software in order to be used by an educational recipient without being first transferred under section 3(d) to a nonprofit refurbisher for such an upgrade. (7) The term ``nonprofit refurbisher'' means an organization that-- (A) is exempt from income taxes under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; and (B) upgrades educationally useful Federal equipment that is not classroom-usable at no cost or low cost to the ultimate recipient school or community-based educational organization. <all>