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House receded and concurred with amendment (09/12/1984)

(House receded and concurred in certain Senate amendments with an amendment)

Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government Appropriations Act, 1985 - Title I: Treasury Department Appropriations Act, 1985 - Makes appropriations to the Department of the Treasury for FY 1985 for: (1) the Office of the Secretary; (2) international affairs (3) the U.S. Customs Service; (4) the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center; (5) the Bureau of Government Financial Operations; (6) the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; (7) the Bureau of the Mint; (8) the Bureau of the Public Debt; (9) the Internal Revenue Service; (10) payments where energy credits exceed liability for tax; and (11) the United States Secret Service. Limits the transfer of appropriations within the IRS to one percent.

Makes appropriations to the Treasury Department in this Act available for uniforms or allowances.

Requires the conduct of officers and employees of the Internal Revenue Service in connection with collection of any underpayment of tax to comply with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

Prohibits the use of any funds appropriated by this Act to disqualify or issue an unfavorable advance determination letter, with respect to any tax-qualified pension plan which has vesting requirements or provides for nonforfeitable rights to benefits equal to or more stringent than 4/40.

Limits to one percent the amount of any appropriations in this title which may be transferred between such appropriations. Requires Congressional approval of any such proposed transfers.

Prohibits the use of funds made available by this Act to place the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Customs Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms under the operation, oversight, or jurisdiction of the Inspector General of the Department of the Treasury.

Title II: Postal Service - Postal Service Appropriation Act, 1985 - Makes appropriations to the Postal Service for FY 1985 for payment to the Postal Service Fund.

Prohibits the use of funds provided by this Act to consolidate or close small rural and other small post offices in FY 1985.

Prohibits the use of funds to charge child support enforcement officers, employees, or participants any fees for information requested or provided concerning postal customers' addresses.

Title III: Executive Office of the President - Executive Office Appropriations Act, 1985 - Makes appropriations to the Executive Office of the President for FY 1985 for: (1) compensation of the President; (2) the Office of Administration; (3) the White House Office; (4) the Executive Residence at the White House; (5) the official residence of the Vice President; (6) special assistance to the President; (7) the Council of Economic Advisers; (8) the Office of Policy Development; (9) the National Security Council; (10) the Office of Management and Budget; (11) the Office of Federal Procurement Policy; and (12) unanticipated needs.

Title IV: Independent Agencies - Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1985 - Makes appropriations for FY 1985 to the following independent agencies: (1) the Administrative Conference of the United States; (2) the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations; (3) the Advisory Committee on Federal Pay; (4) the Commission on Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Salaries; (5) the Committee for Purchase from the Blind and Other Severely Handicapped; (6) the Federal Election Commission; (7) the General Services Administration (GSA) for the Federal Buildings Fund (with amounts for repairs and alterations to specified Federal buildings); (8) the National Archives and Records Service (including the John F. Kennedy Library); (9) the Federal Property Resources Service (including transfer of funds); (10) the National Defense Stockpile Transaction Fund; (11) general management and administration; (12) Office of Information Resources Management; (13) the Office of Inspector General; (14) allowances and office staff for former Presidents; and (15) Presidential transition expenses.

Requires any strategic and critical materials purchased for the National Defense Stockpile to be mined and smelted in the United States. Limits this requirement to materials currently produced or produceable in the United States.

Credits the appropriate appropriation or fund available to the GSA with: (1) cost of operation, protection, maintenance, upkeep, repair, and improvement, included as part of rentals received from Government corporations; and (2) appropriations or funds available to other agencies, and transferred to GSA, in connection with property transferred to GSA.

Makes GSA funds available for the hire of passenger motor vehicles.

Makes appropriations available for payment to the GSA for charges for space, services, and public improvements to buildings and facilities.

Permits the transfer between appropriations for operating expenses and appropriations for salaries and expenses of up to one percent of the personnel compensation made available in such appropriations if the transfer is for mandatory program requirements and if the transfer is approved in advance by the Appropriations Committees.

Permits funds in the Federal Buildings Fund to be transferred between activities only to the extent necessary for mandatory program requirements.

Prohibits the use of funds to move the Spartanburg, South Carolina, Social Security Office into the Federal Building in that city. Approves funds for construction at the James J. Rowley Secret Service Training Center, Beltsville, Maryland.

Makes funds available to the GSA for the payment of rent available for leasing space in buildings erected by the lessor on land owned by the United States.

Makes appropriations for FY 1985 for: (1) the Office of Personnel Management (including transfer of trust funds); (2) the government payment for annuitants and employees' health benefits; (3) the payment to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund; (4) the Merit Systems Protection Board (including a transfer of funds); (5) the Office of Special Counsel; (6) the Federal Labor Relations Authority; and (7) the United States Tax Court.

Title V: General Provisions (This Act) - Places limitations on expenditures for travel expenses.

Prohibits the availability of any appropriations to pay the salary of any person filling a position, other than a temporary position, formerly held by an employee who left to enter the armed forces and, after discharge, has made timely application for restoration.

Prohibits the use of any appropriation for the purchase or sale of real estate or for establishing new offices inside or outside the District of Columbia, except for programs for which appropriations have been made.

Prohibits any appropriation contained in this Act from remaining available for obligation beyond the current fiscal year unless expressly so provided.

Prohibits the availability of any appropriation for the procurement of any hand or measuring tool not produced in the United States or its possessions except in the case of insufficient quantity and unsatisfactory quality.

Limits the expenditure of any appropriation under this Act for any consulting service through a procurement contract.

Prohibits the use of any of the funds made available to the GSA by this Act for the procurement by contract of any service which is performed by individuals in their capacities as employees of the GSA.

Prohibits using funds appropriated by this Act for administrative expenses in connection with implementing or enforcing any provisions of the rule issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on labeling and advertising of wine, distilled spirits and malt beverages (rule TD ATF-66).

Prohibits using funds appropriated by this Act for the sale, lease, rental, excessing, surplusing, or disposal of any portion of Fort DeRussy, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Prohibits the use of funds appropriated by this Act for administrative expenses to close the Information Resources Management Office of the GSA located in Sacramento, California.

Prohibits using funds appropriated for the Department of the Treasury to eliminate any existing requirement for sureties on customs bonds.

Prohibits using funds appropriated by this Act for any activity or for paying the salary of any government employee where doing so would result in a decision, determination, rule, regulation, or policy that would prohibit or otherwise prevent the Customs Service from enforcing a specified provision of the 1930 Tariff Act.

Prohibits the use of funds appropriated under this Act to implement, promulgate, administer, enforce, or reissue or revise certain proposed Office of Personnel Management regulations and the proposed Federal Personnel Manual issuances until July 1, 1985.

Prohibits using funds appropriated by this Act to transfer control over the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center located at Glynco, Georgia, out of the Treasury Department.

Declares that of the total amount of budget authority provided for FY 1985 by this or any other Act that would otherwise be available for consulting services, management and professional services, and special studies and analyses, ten percent of the amount intended for such purposes in the President's 1984 budget, for any agency, department or entity subject to apportionment by the Executive shall be placed in reserve and not made available for obligation or expenditure.

Prohibits the use of funds to pay the salary of any person engaged in the procurement of stainless steel flatware not produced in the United States or its possessions, except to the extent that a satisfactory quality and sufficient quantity of U.S.-made flatware cannot be procured.

Title VI: General Provisions (Department, Agencies, and Corporations) - Prohibits using any appropriation in this Act for publicity or propaganda purposes within the United States not heretofore authorized by Congress.

Fixes the maximum allowable amounts during the current fiscal year for the purchase of any passenger motor vehicle.

Makes certain appropriations available for expenses of travel also available for quarters allowances and cost-of-living allowances.

Prohibits using any appropriation to pay the compensation of any officer or employee of the Government of the United States whose post of duty is in the continental United States unless such person is: (1) a citizen of the United States; (2) eligible for citizenship, has filed a declaration of intention to become a citizen and is residing in the United States; (3) one who owes allegiance to the United States; (4) an alien from one of a specified number of countries; or (5) a refugee from one of a specified number of countries.

Makes appropriations available for payment to the GSA for charges for space and services and those expenses of renovation and alteration of buildings and facilities which constitute public improvements.

Prohibits using any appropriation to pay any person for filling any position for which he or she has been nominated after the Senate has voted not to approve such nomination.

Permits the use by Federal agencies of foreign credits owed to or owned by the United States for any purpose for which appropriations are made for the current fiscal year.

Denies funds to pay the salary of any officer or employee of the U.S. Postal Service who tries to prevent other officers or employees from communicating with Members or committees of Congress (whistle blowing), or who tries to discipline any officer or employee who does so communicate.

Prohibits using appropriations made available by this Act for interagency financing of boards, commissions, councils, committees, or similar groups which do not have prior and specific statutory approval to receive financial support from more than one agency or instrumentality.

Makes specified funds available for the employment of guards for all buildings and areas owned or occupied by the United States or the Postal Service.

Prohibits using funds made available by this or any other Act for administrative expenses in connection with the designation for construction, arranging for financing, or execution of contracts or agreements for financing or construction of any additional purchase contract projects pursuant to the Public Buildings Amendments of 1972 during the period beginning October 1, 1976, and ending September 30, 1985.

Prohibits the use of funds for the purchase of passenger automobiles with an EPA estimate of less than 22 miles per gallon, except in specified cases.

Prohibits using funds made available by this Act to implement, administer, or enforce any regulation which has been disapproved by Congress.

Limits the amount which any agency may pay the Administrator of the General Services Administration per square foot for rental of space and services.

Limits the amount that may be paid to any prevailing rate employee for FY 1985 and 1986.

Prohibits the use of funds to plan, implement, or administer any: (1) reduction in the number of regions, districts, or entry processing locations of the U.S. Customs Service; or (2) consolidation or centralization of duty assessment or appraisement functions of any offices of the Customs Service.

Prohibits using funds appropriated by this Act to pay for an abortion, or the administrative expenses in connection with any health plan under the Federal employees health benefit program which provides any benefits or coverages for abortions, under such negotiated plans after the last day of the contracts currently in force. Makes an exemption to such prohibitions where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term.

Limits the amount of funds that may be expended to renovate, remodel, furnish, or redecorate the office of any department or agency head, officer, or employee or to purchase furniture or make improvements unless such work is expressly approved by the Committee on Appropriations of the House and the Senate.