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House receded and concurred with amendment (11/13/1985)

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

Department of Housing and Urban Development - Independent Agencies Appropriation Act, 1986 - Title I: Department of Housing and Urban Development - Makes appropriations to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for FY 1986 for: (1) housing programs, including congregate services, programs providing for payments for the operation of low-income housing projects, housing counseling assistance, operating subsidies for troubled multifamily housing projects, and payments to cover losses of the Special Risk Insurance Fund and the General Insurance Fund; (2) community development grants, urban development action grants, and the urban homesteading program; (3) policy development and research; (4) fair housing assistance; and (5) salaries and expenses.

Increases the contract and budget authority for annual contributions for assisted housing. Earmarks specified amounts of such budget authority for: (1) financing public housing for Indian families; (2) public housing new construction or acquisition; (3) the modernization of existing public housing projects; (4) assistance for projects for the elderly or handicapped; and (5) assistance under the existing low-income rental housing assistance program, the rental rehabilitation program, development grants, and the housing voucher program.

Declares that any balances of the contract authority and budget authority in the Second Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1984 for the home ownership assistance program for which fund reservations have already been made shall remain available until expended. Authorizes the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to enter new contracts for assistance payments and to insure mortgages until such reserved budget authority is expended. Declares that any amounts of budget authority heretofore made available for obligation until September 30, 1986, for rental rehabilitation grants and development grants shall remain available until such date. Rescinds, with specified exceptions, all amounts of budget and contract authority recaptured during FY 1986.

Repeals provisions of the United States Housing Act of 1937 regarding prototype costs for public housing.

Rescinds a specified amount of FY 1986 contract authority for rental housing assistance. Limits new loan guarantee commitments by the Government National Mortgage Association.

Authorizes a specified amount for loans in FY 1986 to qualified nonprofit sponsors for the development of housing for the elderly or handicapped. Limits the maximum interest rate on such loans to nine and one-quarter percent.

Authorizes gross obligations for direct loans under the National Housing Act during FY 1986. Limits the additional commitments to guarantee loans, the gross obligations for the principal amounts of direct loans, and the amount of loan guarantee commitments on the mortgage-backed securities programs under such Act for FY 1986.

Authorizes the use of amounts in the rehabilitation loan fund for loans, operating costs, and the capitalization of delinquent interest during FY 1986.

Title II: Independent Agencies - Makes appropriations for FY 1986 to the: (1) American Battle Monuments Commission for salaries and expenses; (2) Consumer Product Safety Commission for salaries and expenses; (3) Department of Defense-Civil for Army cemetery expenses; (4) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for salaries and expenses, research and development, abatement, control and compliance activities, buildings and facilities; (5) Executive Office of the President for the Council on Environmental Quality, the Office of Environmental Quality, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy; (6) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster relief, salaries and expenses, emergency management planning and assistance, the National Flood Insurance Fund, the National Insurance Development Fund (for participating Federal Crime Insurance Program States), and the emergency food and shelter program; (7) General Services Administration for the Consumer Information Center; (8) Department of Health and Human Services for the Office of Consumer Affairs; (9) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for research and development, space flight, control, and data communications, the construction of facilities, and research and program management; (10) National Science Foundation (NSF) for research and the acquisition of an aircraft, the U.S. Antarctic Program, scientific education, and overseas scientific activities (special foreign currency program); (11) Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation; (12) Selective Service System for salaries and expenses; (13) Department of the Treasury for the Local Government Fiscal Assistance Trust Fund and the Office of Revenue Sharing; and (14) Veterans Administration (VA) for compensation and pensions, readjustment benefits, veterans insurance and indemnities, medical care, medical and prosthetic research, medical administration and miscellaneous expenses, general operating expenses, construction of major and minor projects, grants for the construction of State extended care facilities and veterans cemeteries, grants to the Republic of the Philippines for assisting in rehabilitating the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, and the loan guaranty revolving fund.

Limits the obligations of the Central Liquidity Facility of the National Credit Union Administration for new loans for member credit unions and the amount of its administrative expenses for FY 1986.

Prohibits the expenditure of EPA funds for Resource Conservation and Recovery Panels. Provides that a specified portion of the funds appropriated to the EPA for research and development shall be available only for a full scale demonstration of limestone injection multistage burner (LIMB) technology in a tangentially fired boiler on an equal cost sharing basis with the electric power industry. Requires that the funds appropriated for grants and loans for school asbestos abatement must be obligated only for projects conducted by persons who are State-certified or who have completed an EPA-approved training program.

Appropriates moneys to (borrowed sums) and from the Hazardous Substance Response Trust Fund to carry out the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980. Earmarks a portion of such appropriations for the Department of Health and Human Services for toxicological testing of hazardous substances.

Limits the amount available for headquarters management and administration activities of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Requires the Director of FEMA to establish a national board to determine how emergency food and shelter appropriations are to be distributed to individual localities.

Directs the Commodity Credit Corporation to process and distribute surplus food purchased under the food distribution and emergency shelter program in cooperation with FEMA.

Deems the flood protection system in Winfield, Kansas, at the 50 percent stage of completed construction, to comply with the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 for the purpose of determining premium rates.

Limits the amount available for expenditure from the Consumer Information Fund.

Prohibits the use of NASA appropriations for leasing or constructing a contractor-funded facility when NASA would be required to amortize the contractor's investment, unless specifically authorized in an appropriation Act or approved by the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations. Allows the Administrator of NASA to authorize such facility lease or construction if deferral until enactment of the next appropriation Act would be inconsistent with the Nation's interest in aeronautical and space activities. Requires the Administrator to consult with the congressional Committees on Appropriations before making such an authorization.

Declares that NASA will continue a flat rate per diem system for employee travel allowances under regulations prescribed by the Administrator according to specified guidelines.

Allows funds for the National Commission on Space.

Authorizes the Administrator of NASA to contract with the State of Mississippi for the transfer to the United States Government of the Mississippi Technology Transfer Center at the National Space Technologies Laboratories in Hancock County, Mississippi.

Declares that it is the sense of Congress that, to the extent practicable, the National Space Technologies Laboratories should apply its existing reimbursement policies to occupants of the Center.

Limits the amount of National Science Foundation appropriations available for the very long baseline array. Authorizes NSF to indemnify grantees, contractors, and subcontractors associated with the ocean drilling program.

Prohibits the use of funds appropriated to the U.S. Antarctic program for the purchase of aircraft.

Prohibits the expenditure of any funds appropriated to the Selective Service for the induction of any person into the U.S. armed forces.

Prohibits the use of VA appropriations for major construction projects that have not been approved by Congress, except for the advance planning of projects funded through the advance planning fund and the design of projects funded through the Design Fund.

Prohibits the obligation of funds from any other account for a project which was approved in the budget process and funded under the VA account for major construction projects until one year after substantial completion and beneficial occupancy by the VA.

Authorizes obligations on the part of the Loan Guaranty Revolving Fund and the Direct Loan Revolving Fund of the VA. Permits, in specified circumstances, the transfer of funds appropriated to the VA. Prohibits the use of appropriations for purchasing any site for, or constructing, any new hospital or home. Requires reimbursement if any persons, other than eligible beneficiaries, are hospitalized or examined at veterans facilities.

Title III: Corporations - Authorizes certain corporations and agencies of HUD and the Federal Home Loan Bank Board to make commitments without regard to fiscal year limitations, with specified exceptions. Limits, with specified exceptions, new loan or mortgage purchase commitments to the extent expressly provided in this Act. Makes appropriations for FY 1986 to the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC) for administrative expenses. Sets specified limitations on such expenses.

Title IV: General Provisions - Limits travel expenditures for the agencies listed in this Act to the amounts set forth in the budget estimate, with specified exceptions. Permits the use of HUD and Selective Service System appropriations for: (1) uniforms; (2) the hire of passenger vehicles; and (3) the employment of experts and consultants. Allows the use of HUD funds to pay for legal services and facilities provided by specified agencies.

Prohibits, with specified exceptions, the use of appropriated funds: (1) beyond the current fiscal year; (2) without a voucher describing the payees and services or specific statutory authorization; (3) for transportation between the domicile and place of employment of any officer or employee; (4) for payments to recipients that do not share in the cost of conducting research not specifically solicited by the Government; (5) for consultants paid in excess of the GS-18 rate; and (6) for compensation of non-Federal parties intervening in regulatory or adjudicatory proceedings. Prohibits the use of funds appropriated for personnel compensation and benefits for other object classifications in the budget estimates.

Limits expenditures for consulting services to contracts which are a matter of public record and included in a publicly available list of: (1) contracts entered into within the past two years; and (2) contracts on which performance has not been completed.

Prohibits any executive agency from expending appropriations under this Act for a contract for services unless the agency: (1) complies with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act; and (2) requires reports prepared pursuant to such contract to disclose information about the contract and the contractor.

Prohibits the use of funds appropriated by this Act to: (1) administer any regulation which has been vetoed by Congress; (2) provide a personal cook, chauffeur, or other personal servant to any officer or employee of any agency or department; or (3) procure automobiles with an EPA estimated miles per gallon average of less than 22 miles per gallon.

Makes specified reductions in dollar amounts of certain appropriations in this Act.

Makes funds previously appropriated for sewage treatment plant construction grants under the Clean Water Act available for all projects for which such funding was initially available when such appropriations were made.