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Passed Senate amended (11/17/2009)

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 - Title I: Department of Defense - Appropriates funds for FY2010 for the Department of Defense (DOD) for: (1) military construction for the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, and Air Force (military departments), DOD, the Army and Air National Guard, and the Army, Navy, and Air Force reserves; (2) the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Security Investment Program; (3) family housing and related operation and maintenance for the military departments and DOD; (4) the Department of Defense Family Housing Improvement Fund; (5) the Homeowners Assistance Fund; (6) chemical demilitarization construction; and (7) the Department of Defense Base Closure Accounts of 1990 and 2005.

Specifies restrictions and authorizations regarding the use of funds appropriated in this title and in other military construction appropriations Acts.

(Sec. 113) Directs the Secretary of Defense to notify the appropriate congressional committees 30 days in advance of the plans and scope of any proposed military exercise involving U.S. personnel if construction costs are anticipated to exceed $100,000.

(Sec. 118) Directs the Secretary to report to the appropriations committees on actions taken by DOD and the Department of State during the previous fiscal year to encourage other member nations of NATO, Japan, South Korea, and U.S. allies bordering the Arabian Sea to assume a greater share of the common defense burden of such nations and the United States.

(Sec. 121) Requires the Secretary of the military department concerned, at least 60 days prior to issuing any solicitation for a contract with the private sector for military family housing, to notify the appropriations committees of any guarantee (including the making of mortgage or rental payments) proposed to be made to the private party in the event of: (1) the closure or realignment of the installation for which housing is provided; (2) a reduction in force of units stationed at such installation; or (3) the extended deployment overseas of units stationed at such installation.

(Sec. 122) Authorizes the transfer of DOD funds for expenses associated with the Homeowners Assistance Program under the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1966.

(Sec. 125) Places specified restrictions and limitations on the obligation or expenditure of funds made available in this title or in any other military construction appropriations Act to carry out a military construction, land acquisition, or family housing project at or for a military installation approved for closure, or for supporting a function that has been approved for realignment to another installation, in 2005 under the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990.

(Sec. 128) Directs the Secretary, during each of FY2010-FY2014, to submit to the defense committees an analysis of alternative designs for any major construction projects related to the security of strategic nuclear weapons facilities.

(Sec. 129) Directs the Secretary, during 2010, to submit three consolidated reports from the military departments and defense agencies identifying bid savings resulting from project cost and scope variations exercised to meet unusual variations that could not have reasonably been anticipated at the time the project was approved, when such variations exceed 25% of the amount provided under this and certain prior military construction appropriations Acts.

(Sec. 130) Earmarks certain funds from this Act for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to conduct a study of federal funding of transportation improvements to accommodate installation growth associated with the 2005 defense base closure and realignment program. Requires an interim and final report from the NAS to the Secretary and the defense and appropriations committees.

(Sec. 131) Increases by $37.5 million the amount made available for Military Construction, Air Force, to be used for construction of an unmanned aerial system field training complex at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Rescinds a larger amount made available for such purpose under the previous military construction appropriations Act.

(Sec. 132) Increases by $68.5 million the amount made available for defense-wide military construction, to be used for construction of an Aegis Ashore Test Facility at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Hawaii. Rescinds a larger amount made available for construction of a European ballistic missile defense program under the previous military construction appropriations Act.

Title II: Department of Veterans Affairs - Makes appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for: (1) veterans benefits programs; (2) readjustment benefits; (3) veterans insurance and indemnities; (4) the Veterans Housing Benefit Program Fund; (5) the Vocational Rehabilitation Loans Program; (6) the Native American Veteran Housing Loan Program; (7) guaranteed transitional housing loans for homeless veterans; (8) the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) (including for medical support and compliance and medical and prosthetic research); (9) the National Cemetery Administration; (10) VA general operating expenses and information technology systems; (11) the Office of the Inspector General; (12) construction for major and minor projects; and (13) grants for the construction of state extended care facilities and veterans cemeteries.

Specifies restrictions and authorizations regarding the use of funds appropriated in this title.

(Sec. 210) Makes funds from this title available to reimburse expenses of the Office of Resolution Management and the Office of Employment Discrimination Complaint Adjudication, within specified limits.

(Sec. 211) Makes appropriations unavailable to enter into any new lease of real property if the estimated annual rental is more than $1 million unless the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Secretary, for purposes of this title) submits a report which the appropriations committees approve within 30 days after receipt.

(Sec. 212) Makes appropriations unavailable for hospital or nursing home care or medical services for a non-service-connected disability unless such person has disclosed to the Secretary current and accurate third-party reimbursement information.

(Sec. 216) Authorizes the Secretary to enter into agreements with local community health centers, Indian tribes, and tribal organizations to provide health care, including behavioral health and dental care, to Native Alaskan and Indian veterans residing in rural Alaska.

(Sec. 219) Directs the Secretary to report quarterly to the appropriations committees on the financial status of the VHA.

(Sec. 223) Requires the VA to continue research into Gulf War illness at levels not less than those made available in FY2009, within available funds under this Act.

(Sec. 224) Directs the Secretary, in the national interest, to transfer specified funds to the Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Graduate Psychology Education Program, which includes the treatment of veterans, to support increased training of psychologists in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and related disorders. Requires the Secretary to notify Congress of any such transfers.

(Sec. 229) Increases by $4 million the amount made available for state veterans cemeteries. Provides a corresponding offset from VA general operating expenses.

(Sec. 230) Earmarks specified VHA funds to allow the Secretary to offer incentives to qualified health care providers and administrators working in VHA-designated underserved rural areas. Requires a report from the Secretary to the veterans and appropriations committees on the number of employees receiving such incentives.

(Sec. 231) Redesignates the North Chicago Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lake County, Illinois, as the "Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center."

(Sec. 232) Extends, through 2010, VA authority to maintain a regional office in the Republic of the Philippines.

(Sec. 233) Earmarks specified VA funds for: (1) a grant program for the benefit of homeless veterans, and per diem payments to state homes for furnishing services to such veterans; (2) a study of using service dogs for the treatment and rehabilitation of veterans with physical or mental injuries or disabilities; and (3) conducting outreach and providing services that ensure that veterans enrolled in education programs have information on and access to care and services for neurological and psychological issues.

(Sec. 236) Authorizes the Secretary to permit a state home to provide services to a non-veteran any of whose children died while serving in the Armed Forces, as long as such services are not thereby denied to a qualified veteran.

(Sec. 237) Redesignates the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky, as the "Robley Rex Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center."

(Sec. 238) Increases by $750,000 the amount made available for VHA medical services, to be used for: (1) the grant program and per diem payments described in section 233, above; and (2) VA housing assistance and supportive services for homeless veterans. Provides a corresponding offset from VA operating expenses.

(Sec. 239) Amends the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery, 2006 to modify use restrictions with respect to land transferred from the VA to the city of Gulfport, Mississippi.

(Sec. 240) Increases by $50 million the amount made available for VA minor projects construction, to be used for renovating unused VA structures into housing with supportive services for homeless veterans. Provides a corresponding offset from the Homeowners Assistance Fund.

(Sec. 241) Earmarks specified VA funds to award grants to state and local governments to conduct outreach to ensure that veterans in underserved areas receive the care and benefits for which they are eligible.

(Sec. 242) Directs the VA Inspector General to carry out a study to assess the VA's capacity to address combat stress in women veterans. Requires an interim and final study report from the Inspector General to the Secretary and the veterans and appropriations committees.

(Sec. 243) Requires the Secretary to carry out a study identifying improvements to VA infrastructure that are required to furnish health care services to veterans using telehealth platforms. Provides funding.

(Sec. 244) Earmarks specified VHA medical services funds for an education debt reduction program for mental health care professionals who agree to VA employment.

Title III: Related Agencies - Appropriates funds for: (1) the American Battle Monuments Commission; (2) the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; (3) cemeterial expenses, Army; and (4) the Armed Forces Retirement Home.

Title IV: Overseas Contingency Operations - Appropriates funds for overseas contingency operations for military construction for the Army and Air Force.

(Sec. 401) Increases the amounts made available for Army military construction to be used for dining hall projects at Forward Operating Bases Dwyer and Wolverine, making corresponding reductions in funding for such projects at Forward Operating Bases Maywand and Tarin Kowt (all in Afghanistan).

Title V: Department of Veterans Affairs - Appropriates funds for the VHA for: (1) medical services; (2) medical support and compliance; and (3) medical facilities.

Title VI: General Provisions - Specifies restrictions and authorizations regarding the use of funds appropriated in this Act.

(Sec. 608) Requires any report required to be submitted by a federal department or agency to either appropriations committee to be posted on the public website of that department or agency upon receipt by the committee. Provides exceptions if such report compromises national security or contains proprietary information.

(Sec. 609) Prohibits any of this Act's funds from being distributed to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) or its subsidiaries.