Summary: H.R.4185 — 98th Congress (1983-1984)All Information (Except Text)

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Conference report filed in House (11/18/1983)

(Conference report filed in House, H. Rept. 98-567)

Department of Defense Appropriation Act, 1984 - Title I: Military Personnel - Appropriates funds for FY 1984 for military and reserve personnel in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force and for National Guard personnel in the Army and Air Force.

Title II: Retired Military Personnel - Appropriates funds for FY 1984 for retired military personnel on the retired lists of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force, including the reserves.

Title III: Operation and Maintenance - Appropriates funds for FY 1984 for the operation and maintenance of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Defense agencies, including their respective stock funds, reserve components, and the Army and Air National Guards. Appropriates funds for the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice, claims against the Department of Defense, and the Court of Military Appeals. Appropriates funds for Department support provided to the 1984 games of the XXIII Olympiad on both a reimbursable and nonreimbursable basis. Appropriates funds for environmental restoration, to remain available until expended.

Title IV: Procurement - Appropriates funds for FY 1984 for the procurement by the Army of aircraft, missiles, weapons, tracked combat vehicles, ammunition, and other equipment and materials. Includes transfers of funds for specified procurement.

Directs the Secretary of the Army to report to the Armed Services and Appropriations Committees within three months on the feasibility and cost effectiveness of establishing a second production service for the AGT 1500 engine for the M-1 tank. Authorizes the Secretary to implement his determination within 60 days of submitting the findings.

Directs the Secretary of Defense to destroy at least the equivalent of two existing chemical weapons for each new binary munition produced.

Appropriates funds for procurement by the Navy of aircraft, weapons conversion and shipbuilding of vessels and other equipment and materials. Prohibits the use of funds for naval vessel construction in foreign shipyards.

Appropriates funds for Marine Corps procurement.

Appropriates funds for procurement by the Air Force of aircraft missiles, and other equipment and materials. Includes transfers of funds for aircraft procurement. Prohibits the obligation of funds under the four major FY 1984 production contracts for the B-1B bomber if the current dollar costs would exceed the Air Force's original current dollar estimates.

Prohibits the expenditure of funds for procurement of the alternate fighter engine until the Secretary of the Air Force notifies the Appropriations Committees of his source selection.

Requires the Secretary to certify to Congress that at least a ten percent savings is possible before entering into a multiyear contract for phase III of the Defense Satellite Communication System.

Appropriates funds for the National Guard, Reserve, and Defense Agencies' procurement. Appropriates funds for acquisition, construction, and improvements for the Coast Guard.

Makes all such appropriations available through FY 1986.

Title V: Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation - Appropriates funds for FY 1984 for research, development, tests, and evaluation by the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Defense agencies. Earmarks funds for the integration of the Hellfire missile on the UH-60 helicopter and the Mark 92 fire control system. Limits the use of appropriations for visible/ultraviolet laser technology until the Department of Defense Technologies Study Team reports a plan for the expenditure of laser technology funds. Permits the merger of appropriations for advanced research. Appropriates funds for the expenses of the Director of Defense Test and Evaluation.

Makes all such appropriations available through FY 1985.

Title VI: Special Foreign Currency Program - Appropriates funds for FY 1984 for excess payments in foreign currencies for expenses in carrying out the programs of the Department of Defense.

Title VII: General Provisions - Limits the expenditure of appropriations for consulting services to contracts where such expenditures are a matter of public record. Prohibits the use of appropriations for unauthorized publicity or propaganda.

Authorizes the Secretaries of Defense and of the service departments to procure the services of experts and consultants if advantageous to the national defense. Exempts the Defense Department from the prohibition against employing non-citizens.

Makes appropriations available for specified expenses of the department including motor vehicle insurance, maintenance of prisoners-of-war, school transportation of military dependents, maintenance of facilities, ships, and equipment, and dependents' medical treatment.

Directs the Secretary of Defense and each agency of the Department to assist American small and minority-owned businesses in their participation in defense contracts.

Permits the President to exempt appropriations available for military functions from the requirement that appropriations be distributed so as to prevent deficiencies or need for supplemental funding.

Authorizes the Secretary to provide for the cost of any increases in military personnel required by the President. Requires the Secretary to report to Congress monthly on the exercise of this authority.

Prohibits the use of appropriations for specified practices, including: (1) operation of commissaries; (2) proficiency flying; (3) excess household goods shippage and storage; (4) the procurement of articles not produced in the United States, except for small purchases and as specified; (5) certain defense contractor advertising; (6) research on uninformed or nonvoluntary human beings; (7) certain requests to the Appropriations Committees for reprogramming of funds; (8) certain medical services or treatments under CHAMPUS; (9) pay and allowances in excess of specified levels; (10) certain noncompetitive contracts; (11) certain multiyear procurement contracts with an unfunded contingent liability in excess of a specified level; (12) certain leasing and chartering of vessels, aircraft, or vehicles; (13) the purchase of dogs or cats to study the medical treatment of (14) the transfer of Department of Defense Dependents Schools to the Department of Education wounds; and (15) expenditures prohibited by the Department of Defense Authorization Act, 1984.

Limits the payment of the variable housing allowance beginning on April 1, 1984.

Transfers specified lands to the city of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Prohibits the expenditure of funds for the procurement of a weapons system until the prime contractor gives a written guarantee that such system conforms to design, performance, and quality specifications and that such contractor will make good all defects at the contractor's own expense. Permits the Secretary of Defense to waive such guarantee upon notifying the Appropriations Committees that to do so is in the national interest.

Expresses the sense of Congress that all chemical agent and munitions production shall cease when a treaty for the complete and verifiable ban on the development, production, and stockpiling of chemical weapons enters into force. Expresses the sense of Congress that the chemical munitions stockpile should be sized to a minimum, sufficient only to provide an effective deterrent.

Requires the Department of Defense to submit a plan with options to demilitarize the existing stockpile by 1990, 1995, and 2000. Permits the production of lethal chemical weapons for allies only as requested and required. Retains control of such weapons to the United States until chemical retaliation is authorized by the National Command Authority.

Directs the Secretary of Defense to report to the Appropriations Committees with the FY 1985 budget request on U.S. chemical demilitarization capabilities.

Prohibits the use of funds for the full-scale engineering development of any major acquisition program until the Secretary certifies to the Appropriations Committees that two or more production sources are not necessary or a plan for the development of two or more sources.

Expresses the sense of the Senate that the Secretary should award defense contracts in FY 1984 to the extent possible to contractors who agree to carry out such contracts in labor surplus areas.

Directs the Administrator of General Services to transfer specified lands known as the McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary in Pierce County, Washington, to the State of Washington.

Directs the Department of Defense to provide free mailing privileges to members of the armed forces who are part of the multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon or assigned to duty in Grenada.

Prohibits the availability of funds for any country certified by the President to Congress as failing to take adequate measures to prevent the cultivation or transportation of controlled substances or narcotic drugs.

Directs the Department of Defense to pay to family members traveling expenses to the funeral of a member of the armed forces who dies in the line of duty.

Directs the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to review the spare parts for weapons systems procurement practices of the Department by June 1, 1984. Directs the Secretary of Defense and the Inspector General of the Department to provide all necessary information.

Expresses the sense of the Senate that competition should be increased in providing for our national defense.

Prohibits the expenditure of funds for the integration of a nuclear warhead into the Joint Tactical Missile System (JTACMS).

Directs the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to review the procurement actions of the Department of Defense during the final week of FY 1983 and report to Congress on same. Requires that such report include number and dollar amounts of contracts and purchases and an assessment on the actual needs of the Department for goods and services purchased.

Title VIII: Related Agencies - Appropriates funds for the Intelligence Community Staff and for the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System Fund.