Summary: S.1474 — 95th Congress (1977-1978)All Information (Except Text)

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Conference report filed in House (07/12/1977)

(Conference report filed in House, H. Rept. 95-494)

Military Construction Authorization Act = -Title I: Army= - Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to establish or develop military installations and facilities at specified locations. Authorizes appropriations in specified amounts for each of these locations. Authorizes the Secretary to establish or develop other installations by proceeding with construction made necessary by unforeseen security considerations, new weapons development, new and unforeseen research and development requirements, or improved production schedules. Authorizes appropriations for such purpose.

=Title II: Navy= - Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to establish or develop military installations and facilities at specified locations. Authorizes appropriations in specified amounts for each such location. Authorizes the Secretary to establish or develop other installations where necessary under the same conditions as those relating to the Secretary of the Army under Title I of this Act.

Authorizes the Secretary to construct recreational facilities at the United States Naval Station, San Diego, California, to replace the existing Navy Athletic Field.

=Title III: Air Force= - Authorizes the Secretary of the Air Force to establish or develop military installations and facilities at specified locations. Authorizes appropriations in specified amounts for each such location. Authorizes the Secretary to establish or develop additional facilities where necessitated by those factors enumerated in Title I of this Act pertaining to the Secretary of the Army.

=Title IV: Defense Agencies= - Authorizes the Secretary of Defense to establish or develop military installations at specified locations and authorizes appropriations in specified amounts for each such location. Authorizes the Secretary to establish or develop additional facilities which are determined to be vital to the security of the United States. Authorizes appropriations for such purpose.

=Title V: Military Family Housing and Homeowners Assistance Program= - Authorizes the Secretary of Defense to construct or acquire military family housing units in specified numbers at specified locations. Authorizes appropriations in specified amounts for each location. Stipulates that no family housing construction shall be commenced until the Secretary has determined that suitable private housing is unavailable. Authorizes the Secretary to increase the amounts authorized for such purpose up to 10 percent for the purpose of meeting unforeseeable variations in cost.

Authorizes the Secretary of Defense to expend specified amounts to improve existing public quarters for the various military departments.

Authorizes the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force to lease housing facilities for assignment as public quarters to military personnel and their dependents, without rental charge, at or near any military installation in the United States, Puerto Rico, or Guam if there is a lack of adequate housing in the area and other specified conditions are met.

Sets forth the amounts which may be expended for the leasing of quarters for military personnel. Stipulates that such a lease may not be for more than ten years.

Authorizes the Secretary of Defense to install energy consumption metering devices on military family housing facilities in the United States, Puerto Rico, or Guam at specified costs for the various military departments. Authorizes the Secretary to establish energy consumption ceilings for each housing facility and to assess charges for energy consumption in excess of this ceiling. Provides that such assessment shall not be implemented until completion of a test program and the submission of the results of such test program to the appropriate committees of the Congress.

=Title VI: General Provisions= - Authorizes the Secretaries of the military departments to proceed with the establishment or development of facilities under this Act without regard to specified laws prohibiting advancements of public moneys for construction work and requiring cost estimates for construction projects.

Sets forth limitations on the use of funds authorized to be appropriated under this Act. Authorizes increases in the amounts specified under this Act under certain circumstances.

Requires the Secretaries of each of the military departments to report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives regarding construction contracts awarded under this Act.

Repeals previous authorizations for military public works. Specifies exceptions to such repeal.

Sets forth the unit cost limitations for construction projects for permanent barracks and bachelor officers' quarters under this Act. Authorizes the Secretary of Defense to increase such cost limitations in order to equip such projects with solar heating or cooling equipment.

Authorizes the Secretaries of the military departments and the Directors of the defense agencies to engage in construction projects not otherwise authorized (except construction of family quarters) at military installations where such projects cost less than $500,000. Requires that the Committees on Armed Services and Appropriations of the Senate and House of Representatives be notified in advance of any proposed project costing more than $300,000. Requires the Secretaries of each military department and the Secretary of Defense for the defense agencies to report annually to such committees regarding such public works projects.

Authorizes and directs the Secretary of the Navy to charge villages and facilities at or near Point Barrow, Alaska, for natural gas supplied to such areas between October 1, 1974 and April 6, 1976 at a rate equal to the rate charged for such natural gas subsequent to April 6, 1976 pursuant to the Naval Petroleum Reserve Production Act of 1976.

Abolishes the present system of including naval districts within the organization of the Department of the Navy.

Prohibits the closure or realignment of military bases involving reductions in civilian personnel positions above a specified level or construction or conversion at military installations made necessary by the relocation of such civilian personnel unless: (1) the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of the military department concerned notifies the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and House of Representatives that such installation is a candidate for closure or realignment; (2) the appropriate Secretary complies with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; (3) the appropriate Secretary notifies the Committees on Armed Services of a final decision in writing regarding such closure or realignment and a detailed justification for such decision; and (4) a period of at least 60 days elapses between such notification and the implementation of such decision.

Authorizes the Secretaries of the military departments to enter into long-term contracts for the purchase of fuels derived from waste materials including provisions for the collection and disposal of solid waste from Department of Defense installations.

Repeals the authority of the Secretaries of the military departments to use surcharges on commissary goods and services for the construction or improvement of commissary facilities within the United States.

Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to convey a specified parcel of land in Los Angeles, California, to that city in exchange for specified parcel of land adjacent to the Naval Support Activity, Long Beach, California. Authorizes the Secretary to convey the Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego to that city in exchange for a lease on such property.

Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to convey a specified portion of land adjacent to the Manchester Airport Authority, Manchester, New Hampshire, to that Authority in exchange for a portion of land determined by the Secretary to be of equivalent value.

Authorizes the Secretary of the Air Force to acquire from the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado, a specified portion of land adjacent to Peterson Air Force Base, El Paso County, Colorado, in exchange for a conveyance by the Secretary to the City of portions of Ent Air Force Base in Colorado Springs equal in monetary value to the land acquired.

Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to permit the use of specified property in San Francisco, California for public park and recreational uses and other public purposes.

=Title VII: Guard and Reserve Forces Facilities= - Authorizes the Secretary of Defense to establish or develop additional facilities for the National Guard and the Reserve components of the armed forces. Authorizes appropriations for such purposes.