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House receded and concurred with amendment (11/07/1985)

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

Treasury, Postal Service and General Government Appropriations Act, 1986 - Title I: Department of the Treasury - Treasury Department Appropriations Act, 1986 - Makes appropriations to the Department of the Treasury for FY 1986 for: (1) the Office of the Secretary; (2) the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center; (3) the Financial Management Service; (4) the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; (5) the United States Customs Service; (6) the Air Interdiction Program; (7) the Customs Forfeiture Fund; (8) customs services at small airports; (9) the United States Mint; (10) the Bureau of the Public Debt; (11) the Internal Revenue Service; (12) the United States Secret Service; and (13) international affairs.

Prohibits the use of funds for administrative expenses in connection with the proposed redirection of the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.

Prohibits the use of funds to reduce the number of Customs Service regions below seven during FY 1986.

Prohibits the use of funds to reduce the personnel level of the Customs Service during FY 1986 below an average of a specified number of full-time positions. Prohibits the use of appropriations to fund more than 950 positions in the headquarters staff of the United States Customs Service in FY 1986. Directs the Customs Service to begin planning to reduce headquarters staff to no more than 900 positions by September 30, 1987.

Places restrictions on the amounts of appropriations to the Internal Revenue Service which may be transferred to other such appropriations. Prohibits the use of funds to reduce certain taxpayer service activities below FY 1984 levels.

Makes appropriations 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 appropriated funds 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.

Prohibits the use of such funds to place the United States Secret Service, the United States Customs Service, or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms under the Inspector General of the Treasury Department.

Title II: Postal Service - Postal Service Appropriation Act, 1986, - Makes appropriations to the Postal Service for FY 1986 for payment to the Postal Service Fund.

Limits the second-class in-county postal subsidy to those publications with a circulation of less than 10,000 copies, or that distribute more than 50 percent of circulation within the county of origin.

Title III: Executive Office of the President - Executive Office Appropriations Act, 1986 - Makes appropriations to the Executive Office of the President for FY 1986 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 Advisors; (8) the Office of Policy Development; (9) the National Critical Materials Council; (10) the National Security Council; (11) the Office of Management and Budget; (12) the Office of Federal Procurement Policy; and (13) unanticipated needs.

Prohibits the use of appropriations by the Office of Management and Budget to reduce below FY 1985 levels the scope or publication frequency of statistical data relative to the operations and production of the alcoholic beverage and tobacco industries. Limits the authority of the Office to review transcripts of witness testimony before the Committee on Appropriations or the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

Title IV: Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1986 - Makes appropriations for FY 1986 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 Committee for Purchase from the Blind and Other Severely Handicapped; (5) the Federal Election Commission; (6) the General Services Administration (GSA), including the National Defense Stockpile Transaction Fund, and the National Archives and Records Administration; (7) the Office of Personnel Management, including payment for annuitants and employee health benefits, and payment to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund; (8) the Merit Systems Protection Board, including the Office of Special Counsel; (9) the Federal Labor Relations Authority; and (10) the United States Tax Court.

Makes GSA funds available for expenses in connection with the design and construction of a Federal building in Mesa, Arizona.

Credits the appropriate appropriation or fund available to the GSA with: (1) the costs 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 funds 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.

Declares that the funds made available to GSA for the payment of rent shall be available for leasing, for periods not to exceed 30 years, space in buildings erected on land owned by the United States.

Prohibits the use of funds by the Office of Personnel Management to prepare, promulgate, or implement new regulations for the 1985 Combined Federal Campaign (thus maintaining the 1984 regulations). Restricts the costs for entertainment expenses of the President's Commission on Executive Exchange to a specified amount.

Title V: General Provisions - 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 appropriations 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 appropriations from remaining available for obligation beyond the current fiscal year unless expressly so provided.

Limits the expenditure of appropriations for consulting services through procurement contracts to those contracts which are a matter of public record.

Prohibits the use of appropriations for the procurement of hand or measuring tools not produced in the United States or its possessions except in the case of insufficient quantity and unsatisfactory quality.

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

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

Prohibits the use of funds for administrative expenses to close the Information Resources Management Office, Sacramento, California.

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

Prohibits using appropriated funds 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 using appropriated funds to implement, promulgate, administer, enforce, reissue or revise certain proposed Office of Personnel Management regulations. Terminates such prohibition on May 15, 1986.

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

Requires certain agencies to set aside a specified percentage of FY 1986 budget authority for consulting services, management and professional services, and special studies and analyses.

Prohibits the use of appropriations for the procurement of stainless steel flatware not produced in the United States or its possessions.

Prohibits using appropriations for publicity or propaganda purposes within the United States not heretofore authorized by Congress.

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 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 appropriated funds to pay for an abortion, or for the administrative expenses in connection with any health plan under the Federal employees health benefit program which provides any benefits or coverages for abortions. Makes an exemption to such prohibitions where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term.

Title VI: General Provisions (Departments, Agencies, and Corporations) - 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 appropriations to pay persons for filling positions for which such a person 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 owed by the United States for any purpose for which appropriations are made for the current fiscal year.

Prohibits using appropriations 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, 1986.

Prohibits using appropriated funds 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 1986 and 1987.

Prohibits using appropriated funds to reduce the number of entry processing locations or to consolidate or centralize the assessment or appraisal functions of the United States Customs Service.

Limits the amount of expenditures to renovate, remodel, furnish, or redecorate any department head's office to $5,000, unless expressly approved by the Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate.

Declares that an increase in postage rates for nonprofit and certain other mailers shall not take effect until January 1, 1986. Directs the Postal Service to request a supplemental appropriation if a shortfall results from the delayed effective date.

Permits the allocation of space in Federal buildings for the purpose of providing child care facilities for Federal employees.