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104th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 1st Session                                                    104-286
_______________________________________________________________________


 
MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND RELATED 
AGENCIES, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 1996, AND FOR OTHER 
                                PURPOSES

                                _______


                October 20, 1995.--Ordered to be printed

_______________________________________________________________________


  Mr. Wolf, from the committee of conference, submitted the following

                           CONFERENCE REPORT

                        [To accompany H.R. 2002]

      The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of 
the two Houses on the amendments of the Senate to the bill 
(H.R. 2002) ``making appropriations for the Department of 
Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 1996, and for other purposes,'' having met, after 
full and free conference, have agreed to recommend and do 
recommend to their respective Houses as follows:
      That the Senate recede from its amendments numbered 2, 5, 
10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 21, 34, 37, 44, 51, 53, 56, 63, 64, 65, 
66, 73, 78, 86, 91, 112, 121, 125, 126, 132, 133, 134, 135, 
141, 142, 143, 146, 148, 152, 155, 156, 161, 162, 165, 166, 
171, 172, 173, 181, 183, 184, 185, 189, and 190.
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendments of the Senate numbered 3, 4, 15, 17, 20, 24, 31, 33, 
35, 38, 39, 42, 43, 46, 49, 50, 69, 70, 71, 74, 76, 77, 79, 84, 
85, 89, 90, 93, 99, 105, 107, 108, 114, 119, 120, 136, 138, 
144, 145, 147, 149, 150, 151, 159, 160, 168, 169, 170, and 191, 
and agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 1:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 1, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$56,189,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 6:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 6, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$8,220,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 7:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 7, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$103,149,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 8:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 8, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$22,600,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 9:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 9, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$22,600,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 14:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 14, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$16,000,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 16:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 16, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$135,200,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 22:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 22, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$2,278,991,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 23:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 23, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      Restore the matter stricken by said amendment, amended to 
read as follows:  ; and of which $20,000,000 shall be expended 
from the Boat Safety Account; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 25:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 25, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$362,375,000; and on page 8 of the House engrossed bill H.R. 
2002 delete line 23; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 26:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 26, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$167,600,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 27:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 27, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$12,000,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 28:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 28, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$49,200,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 29:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 29, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$88,875,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 30:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 30, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$44,700,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 32:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 32, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the matter proposed by said amendment, insert: 
: Provided further, That the Commandant may dispose of surplus 
real property by sale or lease and the proceeds of such sale or 
lease shall be credited to this appropriation; and the Senate 
agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 36:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 36, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$18,000,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 40:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 40, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$4,645,712,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 41:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 41, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$2,222,859,100; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 45:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 45, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the matter proposed by said amendment, insert: 
: Provided further, That the Secretary may transfer funds to 
this account, from Coast Guard ``Operating expenses'', not to 
exceed $60,000,000 in total for the fiscal year, fifteen days 
after written notification to the House and Senate Committees 
on Appropriations, solely for the purpose of providing 
additional funds for air traffic control operations and 
maintenance to enhance aviation safety and security; and the 
Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 47:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 47, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$1,934,883,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 48:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 48, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$1,718,883,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 52:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 52, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$185,698,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 54:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 54, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$1,450,000,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 55:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 55, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the first sum named in said amendment, insert: 
$26,000,000.
      In lieu of the second sum named in said amendment, 
insert: $48,000,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 57:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 57, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$509,660,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 58:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 58, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$208,946,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 59:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 59, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$11,000,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 60:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 60, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$11,000,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 61:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 61, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$17,550,000,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 62:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 62, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$77,225,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 67:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 67, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$51,884,430; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 68:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 68, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$32,247,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 72:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 72, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$127,700,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 75:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 75, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      Restore the matter stricken by said amendment, amended to 
read as follows: : Provided further, That none of these funds 
shall be used for construction, rehabilitation or remodeling 
costs, or for office furnishings and fixtures for State, local, 
or private buildings or structures; and the Senate agree to the 
same.
      Amendment numbered 80:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 80, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$49,919,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 81:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 81, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$24,550,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 82:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 82, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$115,000,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 83:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 83, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the matter stricken and inserted by said 
amendment, insert: studies, corridor planning, development, 
demonstration, and implementation, $19,205,000, to remain 
available until expended; and on page 24, line 14 of the House 
engrossed bill H.R. 2002, delete ``$5,000,000'' and in lieu 
thereof, insert: $7,118,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 87:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 87, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the first sum named in said amendment, insert: 
$1,000,000; and in lieu of the second sum named in said 
amendment, insert: $6,000,000; and the Senate agree to the 
same.
      Amendment numbered 88:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 88, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the matter stricken and inserted by said 
amendment, insert: $635,000,000, to remain available until 
expended; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 92:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 92, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      Restore the matter stricken by said amendment, amended to 
read as follows: That up to $15,000,000 of the amount made 
available under this head for capital improvements may, at the 
discretion of the Corporation, be transferred to the Northeast 
Corridor Improvement Program: Provided further, ; and the 
Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 94:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 94, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$942,925,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 95:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 95, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$2,052,925,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 96:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 96, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the matter proposed by said amendment, insert: 
: Provided further, That the limitation on operating assistance 
provided under this heading shall, for urbanized areas of less 
than 200,000 in population, be no less than seventy-five 
percent of the amount of operating assistance such areas are 
eligible to receive under Public Law 103-331; and the Senate 
agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 97:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 97, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the matter proposed by said amendment, insert: 
: Provided further, That in the distribution of the limitation 
provided under this heading to urbanized areas that had a 
population under the 1990 census of 1,000,000 or more, the 
Secretary shall direct each such area to give priority 
consideration to the impact of reductions in operating 
assistance on smaller transit authorities operating within the 
area and to consider the needs and resources of such transit 
authorities when the limitation is distributed among all 
transit authorities operating in the area; and the Senate agree 
to the same.
      Amendment numbered 98:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 98, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the matter stricken and inserted by said 
amendment, insert: $85,500,000 of which $39,500,000 shall be 
for activities under 49 U.S.C. 5303, $4,500,000 for activities 
under 49 U.S.C. 5311(b)(2), $8,250,000 for activities under 49 
U.S.C. 5313(b), $22,000,000 for activities under 49 U.S.C. 
5314, $8,250,000 for activities under 49 U.S.C. 5313(a), and 
$3,000,000 for activities under 49 U.S.C. 5315; and the Senate 
agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 100:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 100, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the matter stricken and inserted by said 
amendment, insert: , notwithstanding any other provision of 
law, except for fixed guideway modernization projects, 
$21,631,250 made available under Public Law 102-388 under 
``Federal Transit Administration, Discretionary Grants'' for 
projects specified in that Act or identified in reports 
accompanying that Act, not obligated by September 30, 1995, 
shall be made available for new fixed guideway systems together 
with the $666,000,000 made available for new fixed guideway 
systems in this Act, to be available as follows; and the Senate 
agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 101:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 101, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$20,060,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 102:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 102, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      Restore the matter stricken by said amendment, amended to 
read as follows: $4,250,000 for the Canton-Akron-Cleveland 
commuter rail project; ; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 103:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 103, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      Restore the matter stricken by said amendment, amended to 
read as follows: $1,000,000 for the Cincinnati Northeast/
Northern Kentucky rail line project; ; and the Senate agree to 
the same.
      Amendment numbered 104:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 104, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$3,000,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 106:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 106, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$6,000,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 109:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 109, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      Restore the matter stricken by said amendment, amended to 
read as follows: $9,720,625 for the Jacksonville ASE extension 
project; ; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 110:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 110, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$85,000,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 111:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 111, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      Restore the matter stricken by said amendment, amended to 
read as follows: $8,500,000 for the Los Angeles-San Diego 
commuter rail project; ; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 113:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 113, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$15,315,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 115:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 115, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      Restore the matter stricken by said amendment, amended to 
read as follows: $1,250,000 for the Memphis, Tennessee Regional 
Rail Plan; ; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 116:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 116, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$80,250,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 117:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 117, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      Restore the matter stricken by said amendment, amended to 
read as follows: $5,000,000 for the New Orleans Canal Street 
Corridor project; ; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 118:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 118, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$126,725,125; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 122:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 122, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$12,500,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 123:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 123, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$9,759,500; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 124:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 124, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      Restore the matter stricken by said amendment, amended to 
read as follows: , of which not more than $5,000,000 may be 
available for high-occupancy vehicle lane and intermodal 
corridor design costs; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 127:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 127, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      Restore the matter stricken by said amendment, amended to 
read as follows: $7,500,000 for the San Juan, Puerto Rico Tren 
Urbano project;
      And the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 128:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 128, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      Restore the matter stricken by said amendment, amended to 
read as follows: $500,000 for the Tampa to Lakeland commuter 
rail project;
      And the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 129:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 129, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      Restore the matter stricken by said amendment, amended to 
read as follows: $2,500,000 for the Whitehall ferry terminal, 
New York, New York;
      And the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 130:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 130, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      Restore the matter stricken by said amendment, amended to 
read as follows: ; and; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 131:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 131, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the matter proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$5,650,000 for the Burlington-Charlotte, Vermont commuter rail 
project.
      And the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 137:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 137, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$23,937,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 139:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 139, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$31,448,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 140:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 140, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$28,750,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 153:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 153, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$7,500,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 154:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 154, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment, insert: 
$95,649,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 157:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 157, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the matter stricken and inserted by said 
amendment, insert: collocate and consolidate; and the Senate 
agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 158:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 158, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the matter stricken and inserted by said 
amendment, insert: surface transportation field offices and 
administrative activities; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 163:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 163, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the matter proposed by said amendment, insert 
the following:
      Sec. 339. None of the funds in this Act shall, in the 
absence of express authorization by Congress, be used directly 
or indirectly to pay for any personal service, advertisement, 
telegram, telephone, letter, printed or written matter, or 
other device, intended or designed to influence in any manner a 
Member of Congress, to favor or oppose, by vote or otherwise, 
any legislation or appropriation by Congress, whether before or 
after the introduction of any bill or resolution proposing such 
legislation or appropriation: Provided, That this shall not 
prevent officers or employees of the Department of 
Transportation or related agencies funded in this Act from 
communicating to Members of Congress on the request of any 
Member or to Congress, through the proper official channels, 
requests for legislation or appropriations which they deem 
necessary for the efficient conduct of the public business.
      And, on page 53 of the House engrossed bill H.R. 2002, 
delete lines 1-13.
      And the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 164:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 164, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      Restore the matter stricken by said amendment, amended to 
read as follows:
      Sec. 340. None of the funds in this Act shall be 
available to pay the salaries and expenses of any individual to 
arrange tours of scientists or engineers employed by or working 
for the People's Republic of China, to hire citizens of the 
People's Republic of China to participate in research 
fellowships sponsored by the modal administrations of the 
Department of Transportation, or to provide training or any 
form of technology transfer to scientists or engineers employed 
by or working for the People's Republic of China: Provided, 
That this provision shall not apply to the Federal Aviation 
Administration or the joint Federal Aviation Administration, 
Department of Defense and Department of Commerce initiative 
designed to modernize the air traffic control system of the 
People's Republic of China.
      And the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 167:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 167, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the matter proposed by said amendment, insert:
      Sec. 343. None of the funds made available in this Act 
may be used for improvements to the Miller Highway in New York 
City, New York.
      And the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 174:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 174, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the matter proposed by said amendment, insert:
      Sec. 347. (a) In consultation with the employees of the 
Federal Aviation Administration and such non-governmental 
experts in personnel management systems as he may employ, and 
notwithstanding the provisions of title 5, United States Code, 
and other Federal personnel laws, the Administrator of the 
Federal Aviation Administration shall develop and implement, 
not later than January 1, 1996, a personnel management system 
for the Federal Aviation Administration that addresses the 
unique demands on the agency's workforce. Such a new system 
shall, at a minimum, provide for greater flexibility in the 
hiring, training, compensation, and location of personnel.
      (b) The provisions of title 5, United States Code, shall 
not apply to the new personnel management system developed and 
implemented pursuant to subsection (a), with the exception of:
            (1) Section 2302(b), relating to whistleblower 
        protection;
            (2) Sections 3308-3320, relating to veterans' 
        preference;
            (3) Section 7116(b)(7), relating to limitations on 
        the right to strike;
            (4) Section 7204, relating to antidiscrimination;
            (5) Chapter 73, relating to suitability, security, 
        and conduct;
            (6) Chapter 81, relating to compensation for work 
        injury; and
            (7) Chapters 83-85, 87, and 89, relating to 
        retirement, unemployment compensation, and insurance 
        coverage.
      (c) This section shall take effect on April 1, 1996.
      And the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 175:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 175, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the matter proposed by said amendment, insert:
      Sec. 348. (a) In consultation with such non-governmental 
experts in acquisition management systems as he may employ, and 
notwithstanding provisions of Federal acquisition law, the 
Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall 
develop and implement, not later than January 1, 1996, an 
acquisition management system for the Federal Aviation 
Administration that addresses the unique needs of the agency 
and, at a minimum, provides for more timely and cost-effective 
acquisitions of equipment and materials.
      (b) The following provisions of Federal acquisition law 
shall not apply to the new acquisition management system 
developed and implemented pursuant to subsection (a):
            (1) Title III of the Federal Property and 
        Administrative Services Act of 1949 (41 U.S.C. 252-
        266).
            (2) The Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act 
        (41 U.S.C. 401 et seq.);
            (3) The Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 
        1994 (Public Law 103-355);
            (4) The Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 et seq.), 
        except that all reasonable opportunities to be awarded 
        contracts shall be provided to small business concerns 
        and small business concerns owned and controlled by 
        socially and economically disadvantaged inidividuals;
            (5) The Competition in Contracting Act;
            (6) Subchapter V of Chapter 35 of title 31, 
        relating to the procurement protest system;
            (7) The Brooks Automatic Data Processing Act (40 
        U.S.C. 759); and
            (8) The Federal Acquisition Regulation and any laws 
        not listed in (a) through (e) of this section providing 
        authority to promulgate regulations in the Federal 
        Acquisition Regulation.
      (c) This section shall take effect on April 1, 1996.
      And the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 176:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 176, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the section designation of said amendment, 
insert:
      Sec. 349.
      And the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 177:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 177, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the section designation of said amendment, 
insert:
      Sec. 350.
      And the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 178:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 178, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the section designation of said amendment, 
insert:
      Sec. 351.
      And the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 179:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 179, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the section designation of said amendment, 
insert:
      Sec. 352.
      And the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 180:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 180, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the section designation of said amendment, 
insert:
      Sec. 353.
      And the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 182:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 182, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the section designation of said amendment, 
insert:
      Sec. 354.
      And the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 186:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 186, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the section designation of said amendment, 
insert:
      Sec. 355.
      And the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 187:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 187, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the section designation of said amendment, 
insert:
      Sec. 356.
      And the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 188:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 188, and agree to the same 
with an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the matter proposed by said amendment, insert:

SEC. 357. AUTHORITY TO USE FUNDS FOR SIDING AND INTERMODAL FACILITY IN 
                    RICHLAND COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA.

      Notwithstanding section 22101(a)(3) of title 49, United 
States Code, the State of North Dakota may use funds available 
to the State under section 22106(b) of such title for the 
building of a siding and intermodal facility proposed by the 
State in Sections 7 and 8, Township 133 North, Range 47 West, 
Richland County, North Dakota.
      And the Senate agree to the same.

                                   Frank R. Wolf,
                                   Tom DeLay,
                                   Ralph Regula,
                                   Harold Rogers,
                                   Jim Lightfoot,
                                   Ron Packard,
                                   Sonny Callahan,
                                   Jay Dickey,
                                   Bob Livingston,
                                   Martin Olav Sabo (except amendment 
                                       174 and amendment 190)
                                   Richard J. Durbin (except amendment 
                                       132, amendment 174, and 
                                       amendment 190)
                                   Ronald D. Coleman (except amendment 
                                       174)
                                   Thomas M. Foglietta (except 
                                       amendment 174)
                                   David R. Obey (except amendment 174)
                                 Managers on the Part of the House.

                                   Mark O. Hatfield,
                                   Pete V. Domenici,
                                   Arlen Specter,
                                   Christopher S. Bond,
                                   Slade Gorton,
                                   Richard C. Shelby,
                                   Frank R. Lautenberg,
                                   Tom Harkin,
                                   Barbara A. Mikulski,
                                Managers on the Part of the Senate.
       JOINT EXPLANATORY STATEMENT OF THE COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE

      The managers on the part of the House and the Senate at 
the conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on 
amendments of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 2002) making 
appropriations for the Department of Transportation and related 
agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1996, and for 
other purposes, submit the following joint statement to the 
House and the Senate in explanation of the effect of the action 
agreed upon by the managers and recommended in the accompanying 
conference report.

                        congressional directives

      The conferees agree that Executive Branch propensities 
cannot substitute for Congress' own statements concerning the 
best evidence of Congressional intentions--that is, the 
official reports of the Congress. Report language included by 
the House that is not changed by the report of the Senate, and 
Senate report language that is not changed by the conference is 
approved by the committee of conference. The statement of the 
managers, while repeating some report language for emphasis, is 
not intended to negate the language referred to above unless 
expressly provided herein.

                     program, project and activity

      During fiscal year 1996, for the purposes of the Balanced 
Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (Public Law 
99-177), as amended, with respect to funds provided for the 
Department of Transportation and related agencies, the terms 
``program, project and activity'' shall mean any item for which 
a dollar amount is contained in an appropriations Act 
(including joint resolutions providing continuing 
appropriations) or accompanying reports of the House and Senate 
Committees on Appropriations, or accompanying conference 
reports and joint explanatory statements of the committee of 
conference. In addition, the reductions made pursuant to any 
sequestration order to funds appropriated for ``Federal 
Aviation Administration, facilities and equipment'' and for 
``Coast Guard, Acquisition, construction, and improvements'' 
shall be applied equally to each ``budget item'' that is listed 
under said accounts in the budget justifications submitted to 
the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations as modified 
by subsequent appropriation Acts and accompanying committee 
reports, conference reports, or joint explanatory statements of 
the committee of conference. The conferees recognize that 
adjustments to the above allocations may be required due to 
changing program requirements or priorities. The conferees 
expect any such adjustment, if required, to be accomplished 
only through the normal reprogramming process.

                staffing increases provided by congress

      The conferees direct the Department of Transportation to 
fill expeditiously any positions added in this bill, without 
regard to agency-specific staffing targets which may have been 
previously established to meet the mandated government-wide 
staffing reductions. The conferees support the overall staffing 
reductions, and have made reductions in the bill which more 
than offset staffing increases provided for a small number of 
specific activities.

                 TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

                        Office of the Secretary

                         salaries and expenses

      Amendment No. 1: Appropriates $56,189,000 for salaries 
and expenses of the Office of the Secretary, instead of 
$55,011,500 as proposed by the House and $56,500,000 as 
proposed by the Senate. Within these funds, the conferees have 
provided $91,000 and 1 full-time equivalent staff year for 
aviation information management.
      The conference agreement includes the following changes 
to the budget request for this office:

Reductions in staff, -8 FTEs............................       -$600,000
Hold reception and representation costs to 1995 levels..         -20,000
Hold travel to $365,000.................................        -150,000
Reduce contractual services for acquisition, maintenance 
    and repair of ADP equipment and commercial online 
    data information systems, and other reductions......        -500,000
Delete funds for residual functions of the Interstate 
    Commerce Commission.................................      -4,705,000

      Reductions in staff, -8 FTEs.--The conference agreement 
reduces the number of full time equivalent staff of the Office 
of the Secretary by 8 full-time equivalent staff years and 
$600,000. Though the conferees believe that reductions in the 
number of attorney advisors, public affairs specialists and 
congressional affairs officers will not undermine the ability 
of the Department to conduct its core duties and 
responsibilities, the conference agreement affords the 
Secretary the flexibility to determine the specific reductions 
in staff. The Secretary is directed to allocate the reduction 
in staff and notify the House and Senate Committees on 
Appropriations within fifteen days after the enactment of this 
Act.
      Travel, office of the assistant secretary for budget and 
programs.--The conference agreement includes $5,000 for the 
travel of the office of the assistant secretary for budget and 
programs, which is the same level imposed upon the office in 
fiscal year 1995. The conferees are concerned that travel for 
this office in fiscal year 1995 may have exceeded last year's 
directive and that this directive may have been circumvented by 
using funds from the operating administrations. The conferees 
reiterate that Congressional directives in this area need to be 
followed explicitly by this office in the future and direct 
that no funds be used from other sources to supplement travel 
by this office.
      Reprogramming procedures.--Over the past year, the 
conferees have become aware of numerous instances in which 
various modal administrations of the department have either 
misinterpreted or disregarded the existing departmental 
reprogramming procedures, which limit reprogrammings among 
programs, projects and activities to no more than ten percent 
unless Congressional approval is granted. The conferees 
reiterate that the department shall not take any action that 
would contravene an instruction included in the conference 
agreement unless such action is in accord with the established 
reprogramming guidelines and for which previous Congressional 
approval is provided.
      Office of intermodalism.--The conferees note that in 
1991, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act 
created the Office of Intermodalism within the Department of 
Transportation to initiate and promote efficient intermodal 
transportation. The conferees express their support for the 
assistance the office has given the Department of Defense in 
exploring joint-use, civilian/military transportation 
infrastructure improvements at Biggs Army Airfield located at 
Fort Bliss, Texas. In consultation and cooperation with Santa 
Teresa, New Mexico and its proposed intermodal transportation 
facility, the conferees urge the Department to consider to 
support actively this venture.
      Amendment No. 2: Provides $40,000 for official reception 
and representation expenses as proposed by the House instead of 
$60,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 3: Includes language that prohibits funds 
from being used to maintain ``custody'' of airline tariffs as 
proposed by the Senate, instead of language that prohibits 
funds to maintain ``duplicate physical copies'' of airline 
tariffs as proposed by the House.
      Amendment No. 4: Includes the words ``and open'' as 
proposed by the Senate, instead of ``or open them'' as proposed 
by the House.

                         office of civil rights

      Amendment No. 5: Appropriates $6,554,000 for the Office 
of Civil Rights as proposed by the House instead of $12,083,000 
as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement disallows 
the transfer of 65 FTEs and $5,158,000 to consolidate external 
civil rights functions in the office of the Secretary. The 
conferees are concerned that the proposal to consolidate the 
various modal offices of civil rights into one office under the 
guidance of the secretary may dilute the power and flexibility 
of those offices to respond to the needs of small and minority 
businesses participating in the various programs of the modal 
administrations.

           transportation planning, research, and development

      Amendment No. 6: Appropriates $8,220,000 for 
transportation planning, research, and development instead of 
$3,309,000 as proposed by the House and $9,710,000 as proposed 
by the Senate. The conference agreement provides $3,900,000 for 
the integrated personnel/payroll system; $2,809,000 for 
transportation planning studies; $1,000,000 for aviation 
management systems; and $500,000 for the docket management 
system. Funding of $6,195,000 for the automated procurement 
system is deferred.
      Railroad Safety Institute.--The conferees urge the 
Department to consider providing funds to establish the 
Railroad Safety Insti- 
tute. This relates to a Senate provision in amendment numbered 
185.

                          working capital fund

      Amendment No. 7: Limits expenses of the working capital 
fund to $103,149,000, instead of $102,231,000 as proposed by 
the House and $104,364,000 as proposed by the Senate. The 
conference agreement includes the following reductions to the 
budget request:

Disallowance of transfer from OST of intermodal data 
    network.............................................       -$453,000
Hold non-pay inflationary increases to 1.5 percent......        -262,000
Reduction in WCF-funded travel..........................        -300,000
Reduction in executive training and development programs        -200,000

                        payments to air carriers

                (liquidation of contract authorization)

                    (airport and airway trust fund)

            (including rescission of contract authorization)

      Amendment No. 8: Appropriates $22,600,000 to liquidate 
contract authority obligations for payments to air carriers 
instead of $15,000,000 as proposed by the House and $26,738,536 
as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 9: Limits obligations for payments to air 
carriers to $22,600,000, instead of $15,000,000 as proposed by 
the House and $26,738,536 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conferees fully intend that all essential air service 
communities that are participating in the program in fiscal 
year 1995 will continue to be eligible for participation in the 
essential air service program in fiscal year 1996, albeit at 
reduced levels. The conferees expect that the Department may be 
required to make pro-rata reductions in the subsidy or daily/
weekly service levels to manage the funding reductions included 
in the conference report.
      Amendment No. 10: Includes language proposed by the House 
that prohibits payments to air carriers in communities fewer 
than seventy highway miles from the nearest large or medium hub 
airport instead of seventy-five highway miles as proposed by 
the Senate.
      Amendment No. 11: Deletes ``or small'' proposed by the 
Senate. The program mileage criteria retained in the conference 
agreement pertain only to distances from the nearest ``large or 
medium'' hub airport as proposed by the House.
      Amendment No. 12: Deletes exception to essential air 
service program mileage criteria for communities having certain 
airline maintenance facilities proposed by the Senate. The 
House bill contained no similar exception.
      Amendment No. 13: Includes language proposed by the House 
that allows essential air service subsidies to communities 
located greater than two hundred and ten miles from the nearest 
large or medium hub airport instead of two hundred miles as 
proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 14: Rescinds $16,000,000 in contract 
authority from the payments to air carriers program instead of 
$23,600,000 as proposed by the House and $11,861,464 as 
proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement rescinds 
contract authority that is not available for obligation due to 
annual limits on obligations.
      Amendment No. 15: Deletes House language that would 
require the state, local government, or other non-Federal 
entity to pay at least fifty percent of the cost of providing 
essential air service. The conferees recognize that many 
states' legislatures are not in session at this time and would 
have difficulty responding to the cost sharing requirements 
contained in the House bill. The conferees note, however, that 
states, local governments and non-Federal entitles should begin 
pursuing cost sharing mechanisms in anticipation of a fifty 
percent cost share requirement in fiscal year 1997.

                            rental payments

      Amendment No. 16: Appropriates $135,200,000 for rental 
payments instead of $130,803,000 as proposed by the House and 
$139,689,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 17: Provides $17,685,000 in rental payments 
from ``Federal-aid highways, Limitation on general operating 
expenses'' as proposed by the Senate instead of $17,099,000 as 
proposed by the House.

                       minority business outreach

      Amendment No. 18: Appropriates $2,900,000 for minority 
business outreach activities as proposed by the House instead 
of $2,100,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 19: Provides that of the funds appropriated 
for minority business outreach activities, $2,642,000 shall be 
available until September 30, 1997, as proposed by the House 
instead of $1,842,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 20: Provides that funds appropriated for 
minority business outreach activities may be used for business 
opportunities related to any mode of transportation as proposed 
by the Senate. The House bill contained no similar provision.

                 interstate commerce commission sunset

      Amendment No. 21: Deletes appropriation of $4,705,000 for 
the Interstate Commerce Commission Sunset activities proposed 
by the Senate. The House bill contained no similar 
appropriation. Funding for these activities is included under 
amendment numbered 166.

                              Coast Guard

                           operating expenses

      Amendment No. 22: Appropriates $2,278,991,000 for Coast 
Guard operating expenses instead of $2,565,607,000 as proposed 
by the House and $2,286,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The 
conference agreement assumes that additional funding of 
$300,000,000 will be provided in the Department of Defense 
Appropriations Act, 1996.
      The following table shows detailed adjustments to the 
budget estimate in the House and Senate recommendations and the 
conference agreement by budget activity:

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             House bill         Sente bill         Conference   
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Pay and allowances:                                                                                           
    Budget estimate....................................     $1,591,835,000     $1,591,835,000     $1,591,835,000
    Adjustments to budget estimate:                                                                             
    Military pay and benefits:                                                                                  
        Military pay raise (2.2%)......................         -1,401,000                  0                  0
        Military essentiality..........................         -1,000,000                  0         -1,000,000
        General detail.................................         -3,000,000         -3,000,000         -3,000,000
        Leased housing (transfer)......................        -14,900,000        -14,900,000        -14,900,000
    Civilian pay and benefits:                                                                                  
        SES staffing...................................         +1,000,000                  0                  0
        Youth opportunity staffing.....................           -825,000           -825,000           -825,000
    Medical care and equipment: Hold costs to fiscal                                                            
     year 1995 level...................................         -6,300,000                  0         -2,835,000
    Leased housing (by transfer).......................        +14,900,000        +14,900,000        +14,900,000
    Budget activity-wide:                                                                                       
        Accelerate existing streamlining...............         -4,850,000                  0         -4,850,000
        Accelerate fiscal year 1997 restructuring......         -5,000,000                  0                  0
        Undistributed..................................           +175,000         -8,000,000                  0
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
          Amount recommended...........................      1,570,634,000      1,580,010,000      1,579,325,000
                                                        ========================================================
  Depot level maintenance:                                                                                      
    Aircraft...........................................        139,041,000        139,041,000        138,124,000
    Electronics........................................         31,549,000         31,549,000         31,549,000
    Shore facilities...................................         95,645,000         94,126,000         93,963,000
    Vessels............................................         99,081,000         99,081,000         98,465,000
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
      Amount recommended...............................        365,316,000        363,797,000        362,101,000
                                                        ========================================================
  Operations and support:                                                                                       
    Budget estimate....................................        400,496,000        400,496,000        400,496,000
    Adjustments to budget estimate:                                                                             
    Area operations and support:                                                                                
        Cutters--high endurance........................                  0           -263,000           -263,000
        Area offices...................................                  0           -823,000           -823,000
        Maintenance and logistics commands.............                  0         -2,734,000         -2,734,000
        Communications stations........................                  0           -155,000                  0
    District operations and support:                                                                            
        District offices...............................         -5,600,000                  0         -2,800,000
        Groups and bases...............................                  0           -577,000           -577,000
        Combined group/air stations....................                  0           -359,000           -359,000
        Marine safety offices..........................                  0         -1,285,000         -1,285,000
        LORAN stations.................................                  0           -237,000           -237,000
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
          Amount recommended...........................        394,896,000        394,063,000        391,418,000
                                                        ========================================================
  Recruiting and training:                                                                                      
    Budget estimate....................................         70,943,000         70,943,000         70,943,000
    Adjustments to budget estimate: Graduate school                                                             
     tuition...........................................         -1,000,000                  0                  0
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
      Amount recommended...............................         69,943,000         70,943,000         70,943,000
                                                        ========================================================
  Coast Guard-wide centralized services and support:                                                            
    Budget estimate....................................        189,726,000        189,726,000        189,726,000
        Adjustments to budget estimate:                                                                         
    Headquarters-managed units:                                                                                 
        TISCOM.........................................                  0            -19,000            -19,000
        Military personnel center......................           -150,000                  0           -150,000
        Activities Europe..............................                  0         -1,372,000         -1,372,000
    Headquarters administration:                                                                                
        Hold to 1.7 percent increase...................         -2,000,000                  0         -2,000,000
        Reduce by three-tenths of 1 percent............                  0           -325,000                  0
    Centralized bill paying:                                                                                    
        FTS 2000.......................................         -1,434,000           -560,000           -900,000
        FEC............................................           -647,000                  0           -647,000
        Unemployment compensation......................           -115,000           -115,000           -115,000
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
          Amount recommended...........................        185,380,000        187,335,000        184,523,000
                                                        ========================================================
  Account-wide adjustments:                                                                                     
    Recreational equipment.............................           -146,000           -146,000           -146,000
    Non-pay inflation..................................         -5,842,000         -5,842,000         -5,842,000
    Non-operational travel.............................         -1,831,000         -1,831,000         -1,831,000
    MPPC contracting out...............................           -500,000                  0                  0
    Undistributed......................................        -10,243,000         -2,329,000                  0
    VTS contracting out................................         -1,000,000                  0         -1,000,000
    Studies and analysis...............................         -1,000,000                  0           -500,000
    Defense bill--offset...............................                  0       -300,000,000       -300,000,000
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
      Amount recommended...............................        -20,562,000       -310,148,000       -309,319,000
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
      Total appropriation..............................      2,565,607,000      2,286,000,000      2,278,991,000
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Reprogramming procedures.--The House report expressed 
concern that the Coast Guard has misinterpreted the existing 
departmental reprogramming procedures, which limit 
reprogrammings among programs, projects, and activities [PPAs] 
to a specified percentage unless Congressional notification and 
approval is granted, and which define PPAs. In response, the 
Coast Guard stated they are unaware of any such guidelines. The 
conferees are concerned that the Coast Guard is unaware of the 
document titled ``Reprogramming Guidelines'' issued on April 
13, 1992 to each of the operating administrations by the 
Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs, in which these and 
other important procedures are specified. Consequently, the 
conferees direct the Assistant Secretary for Budget and 
Programs to re-issue this guidance to all operating 
administrations as soon as possible, and to report to the House 
and Senate Committees on Appropriations regarding the Coast 
Guard's compliance with those guidelines under the service's 
current practices.
      Military/civilian staffing ratio.--The conference 
agreement includes a reduction of $1,000,000 for conversion of 
military support positions to civilian positions, as proposed 
by the House, and no additional senior executive service [SES] 
positions, as proposed by the Senate. The House believed that a 
modest increase in the ratio of civilians to military staffing 
in the Coast Guard and additional SES positions would lead to 
budget savings, management stability, and stronger ``corporate 
memory'' than is presently the case. While supporting the 
concept of military-to-civilian conversion, the Senate assumed 
no savings from that conversion and did not agree that 
additional SES positions were necessary. The conferees agree 
that this topic should be more fully explored, and direct the 
U.S. General Accounting Office to follow up on its past work in 
this area by conducting a thorough analysis of the Coast 
Guard's military/civilian staffing ratio to determine the 
benefits of greater military-to-civilian conversion, including 
senior civilian management positions such as the senior 
executive service.
      Marine safety resources.--The conferees concur in the 
initiative of the Senate and have provided adequate funds 
within the amounts made available for military pay and marine 
safety office (MSO) operations to restore the marine safety 
billets slated for termination. The conferees expect funds 
provided for MSO operations above the fiscal year 1995 level 
first to be used for annualization of fiscal year 1995 follow-
on costs and then to restore the operating costs associated 
with these 21 billets. The conferees expect the Commandant to 
submit the report on these restored billets as requested by the 
Senate.
      Military personnel center.--The conference agreement 
includes a reduction of $150,000 for recruiting activities. 
These activities should be funded under ``recruiting and 
training'', not under this project.
      Vessel traffic service contracting out.--The conference 
agreement includes a reduction of $1,000,000 in the operating 
cost of vessel traffic service [VTS] systems across the 
country, as proposed by the House. This represents a 5 percent 
reduction from the budgeted level of $19,862,000. The conferees 
believe that VTS system operations are a prime candidate for 
contract operation, and that such systems could be operated at 
less cost than is presently the case with government employees. 
The Coast Guard has a study underway to address the long-term 
viability of retaining the VTS mission within the Coast Guard 
budget, and the conferees await the results of that study next 
year. However, this interim step is necessary due to budget 
constraints and to assist in determining the lowest cost method 
of operating VTS systems within the Coast Guard budget.
      Southern Lake Michigan air facility.--The conference 
report includes funds to maintain a Coast Guard search and 
rescue air facility located in southern Lake Michigan.
      Amendment No. 23: Provides that, of the total funding 
provided for ``Operating expenses'', $20,000,000 shall be 
expended from the Boat Safety Account of the Aquatic Resources 
Trust Fund instead of $25,000,000 as proposed by the House and 
no funds as proposed by the Senate. Under current law, the 
Coast Guard is authorized to expend from the trust fund for 
boating safety activities an amount equal to the amount 
appropriated for the boat safety grants program.
      Amendment No. 24: Deletes House language specifying that 
no less than $314,200,000 is available for drug enforcement 
activities, as proposed by the Senate.

              Acquisition, Construction, and Improvements

      Amendment No. 25: Appropriates $362,375,000 for 
``Acquisition, construction, and improvements'' instead of 
$375,175,000 as proposed by the House and $366,800,000 as 
proposed by the Senate. The conferees also approve 
reprogrammings totaling $38,000,000, resulting in overall 
program resources of $400,375,000 for fiscal year 1996.
      A table showing the distribution of this appropriation by 
project as included in the fiscal year 1996 budget estimate, 
House bill, Senate bill, and the conference agreement follows:

               ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION AND IMPROVEMENTS: CONFERENCE AGREEMENT--FISCAL YEAR 1996               
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                       Fiscal year 1996   Fiscal year 1996   Fiscal year 1996      Conference   
            Program name                   estimate            House              Senate           agreement    
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Vessels:                                                                                                      
    Survey and design--cutters and                                                                              
     boats..........................           $500,000           $500,000           $500,000           $500,000
    Seagoing buoy tender (WLB)                                                                                  
     replacement....................         65,000,000         65,000,000         65,000,000         65,000,000
    Coastal buoy tender (WLM)                                                                                   
     replacement....................         93,000,000         93,000,000         93,000,000         93,000,000
    47-foot motor lifeboat (MLB)                                                                                
     replacement project............            500,000            500,000            500,000            500,000
    Buoy boat replacement project                                                                               
     (BUSL).........................          8,500,000                  0          8,500,000                  0
    Polar icebreaker replacement                                                                                
     follow-on......................          4,300,000          4,300,000                  0                  0
    82-foot WPB capability                                                                                      
     replacement....................          4,000,000                  0                  0                  0
    Norwegian crewing concept                                                                                   
     development (NORCREW)..........          2,000,000          2,000,000                  0                  0
    Self propelled barge replacement            900,000            900,000                  0                  0
    Surface search radar replacement                                                                            
     project........................          3,500,000          3,500,000                  0                  0
    210-foot medium endurance cutter                                                                            
     MMA............................         14,500,000         14,500,000         10,500,000          6,000,000
    378-foot shipboard command &                                                                                
     control........................          1,300,000          1,300,000                  0                  0
    Configuration management........          5,700,000          5,700,000                  0          2,600,000
                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total vessels.................        203,700,000        191,200,000        178,000,000        167,600,000
                                     ===========================================================================
  Aircraft:                                                                                                     
    Traffic alert & collision                                                                                   
     avoidance system (TCAS) phase                                                                              
     IV.............................         13,000,000         10,000,000          8,000,000          8,000,000
    Global positioning system                                                                                   
     installation phase VI..........          1,900,000          1,900,000          1,900,000          1,900,000
    HH-65 Helicopter main                                                                                       
     transmission gearbox upgrade                                                                               
     phase II.......................          2,500,000          2,500,000          2,500,000                  0
    HC-130 side looking airborne                                                                                
     radar (SLAR) upgrade...........          2,100,000          2,100,000          2,100,000          2,100,000
                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total aircraft................         19,500,000         16,500,000         14,500,000         12,000,000
                                     ===========================================================================
  Other equipment:                                                                                              
    Supply center computer                                                                                      
     replacement....................          1,000,000          1,000,000          1,000,000          1,000,000
    Fleet logistics system..........          3,000,000          3,000,000                  0          3,000,000
    Vessel traffic service (VTS)                                                                                
     system 2000....................          5,000,000          5,000,000          2,000,000          3,400,000
    VTS equipment replacement.......          3,000,000          3,000,000          3,000,000          1,900,000
    Marine information for safety                                                                               
     and law enforcement (MISLE)....         11,000,000         11,000,000         11,000,000         11,000,000
    Conversion of software                                                                                      
     applications...................         11,100,000          6,100,000          9,000,000          8,500,000
    Finance center information                                                                                  
     system replacement.............          2,600,000          2,600,000          2,500,000          2,500,000
    Differential GPS transmitter                                                                                
     replacement....................          1,700,000                  0          1,700,000          1,700,000
    Differential GPS implementation--                                                                           
     second district................          2,400,000                  0          2,400,000                  0
    Search and rescue simulation                                                                                
     model (SARSIM).................            500,000            500,000            500,000            500,000
    Communication systems 2000......         11,000,000          6,000,000         11,000,000         11,000,000
    WLB/WLM support facility........          1,500,000          1,500,000          1,000,000          1,000,000
    Vessel navigation training                                                                                  
     simulator......................          1,500,000          1,500,000          1,500,000          1,500,000
    Local notice to mariners                                                                                    
     automation.....................            500,000            500,000            500,000            500,000
    Global maritime distress and                                                                                
     safety system..................            500,000            500,000            500,000            500,000
    Operational information system..                  0                  0                  0          1,200,000
                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total other equipment.........         56,300,000         42,200,000         47,600,000         49,200,000
                                     ===========================================================================
  Shore facilities and aids to                                                                                  
 navigation:                                                                                                    
    Survey and design--shore                                                                                    
     projects.......................          8,000,000          8,000,000          6,000,000          6,000,000
    Minor AC&I; shore construction                                                                               
     projects.......................          5,000,000          5,000,000          4,000,000          4,000,000
    Streamlining initiatives........          5,000,000          5,000,000                  0                  0
    Air station consolidation.......          11,00,000         11,000,000                  0                  0
    Coast Guard Yard ship handling                                                                              
     facility (phase II)............         15,100,000                  0          7,000,000          7,000,000
    Public family quarters..........         22,700,000         20,275,000          8,900,000          9,175,000
    Station Boothbay Harbor, ME--                                                                               
     renovate/expand................          2,800,000          2,800,000          2,800,000          2,800,000
    Base South Portland, ME--                                                                                   
     construct station operations                                                                               
     bldg...........................          2,600,000          2,600,000          2,600,000          2,600,000
    Base San Juan, PR--                                                                                         
     reconstruction.................          3,150,000          3,150,000                  0                  0
    Station Port Isabel, TX--                                                                                   
     reconstruct/expand waterfront                                                                              
     facilities.....................          2,650,000          2,650,000          2,650,000          2,650,000
    Station Portage, MI--relocate/                                                                              
     replace station facilities.....          4,200,000          4,200,000          4,200,000          2,300,000
    Station Chetco River, OR--                                                                                  
     construct mooring/waterfront...          2,000,000          2,000,000          2,000,000          2,000,000
    Station Honolulu, HI--                                                                                      
     replacement....................          5,000,000          5,000,000          5,000,000          5,000,000
    Waterways ATON projects.........          5,500,000          5,500,000          4,000,000          4,500,000
    Overseas LORAN closure..........                  0                  0                  0         -1,900,000
  Streamlining initiatives:                                                                                     
    New London, CT: Academy (Roland                                                                             
     Hall renovation)...............          5,100,000          5,100,000                  0          3,900,000
    New London, CT: Academy (CPO &                                                                              
     leadership schools)............                  0                  0          2,500,000          2,500,000
    New London: CT: Academy (Galley                                                                             
     renovation)....................                  0                  0                  0          5,000,000
    Wadsworth, NY: Group/MSO/VTC                                                                                
     Center.........................                  0                  0          9,000,000          9,000,000
    Rosebank, NY: Pier and station                                                                              
     rehabilitation.................                  0                  0          4,000,000          4,000,000
    Rosebank, NY: Moorings..........                  0                  0                  0          3,900,000
    Bayonne, NJ: Pier improvements/                                                                             
     ANT team facilities............                  0                  0          5,700,000          5,700,000
    Sandy Hook, NJ: Construct group                                                                             
     engineering building...........                  0                  0          2,750,000          2,750,000
    Portsmouth, VA: Support center                                                                              
     administrative space...........                  0                  0          4,000,000          4,000,000
    Boston, MA: Support center                                                                                  
     rehabilitation.................                  0                  0          2,000,000          2,000,000
    Yorktown, VA: Reserve training                                                                              
     center yeoman school mods......                  0                  0          1,100,000                  0
                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total shore facilities and                                                                                
       aids to navigation...........         99,800,000         82,200,000         80,200,000         88,875,000
                                     ===========================================================================
  Personnel and related support:                                                                                
    Direct personnel costs..........         48,200,000         42,500,000         46,000,000         44,200,000
    Core acquisition costs..........            700,000            500,000            500,000            500,000
                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total personnel and related...         48,900,000         43,000,000         46,500,000         44,700,000
                                     ===========================================================================
      Total appropriations..........        428,200,000        375,175,000        366,800,000        362,375,000
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Amendment No. 26: Provides $167,600,000 to acquire, 
repair, renovate or improve vessels, small boats and related 
equipment instead of $191,200,000 as proposed by the House and 
$178,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. In addition, the 
conference agreement includes the reprogramming of $14,000,000 
from the seagoing and coastal buoy tender [WLB/WLM] programs, 
to be reallocated to the following programs:

Polar icebreaker replacement............................      $4,300,000
NORCREW search and rescue boat..........................       2,000,000
Self-propelled barge....................................         900,000
Surface search radar replacement........................       3,500,000
378-foot shipboard command and control..................       1,300,000
210-foot cutter MMA.....................................       2,000,000

      Stern loading buoy boat [BUSL] replacement.--The 
conference agreement provides no funding for this project, as 
proposed by the House, instead of $8,500,000 as proposed by the 
Senate. This should be interpreted as a deferral of additional 
funding, and not Congressional desire to terminate the project. 
Due to project delays, prior year funding is available to 
continue this effort through fiscal year 1996 without 
additional appropriation.
      Amendment No. 27: Provides $12,000,000 to acquire new 
aircraft and increase aviation capability instead of 
$16,500,000 as proposed by the House and $14,500,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      RU-38A wing assembly upgrade.--The conferees understand 
the Coast Guard has identified a particular upgrade to the 
center wing assembly of the RU-38A surveillance aircraft which 
could significantly enhance the aircraft's service life, range 
and endurance on operational missions. The conferees understand 
that additional funding may be required to conduct this 
upgrade, and encourage the Coast Guard to submit a 
reprogramming proposal to the Congress for this work if the 
Coast Guard determines the project to be of sufficient 
priority.
      Amendment No. 28: Provides $49,200,000 for other 
equipment instead of $42,200,000 as proposed by the House and 
$47,600,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Operational information system.--The conference agreement 
includes $1,200,000 for procurement and evaluation of 
prototypes of the operational information system [OIS], 
proposed by the House under the ``Research, development, test 
and evaluation'' [RDT&E;] appropriation. In its appeal to the 
conferees, the Coast Guard suggested that RDT&E; was not the 
appropriate account for this project. Consequently, the 
conference agreement includes funding under this appropriation.
      Amendment No. 29: Provides $88,875,000 for shore 
facilities and aids to navigation facilities instead of 
$82,275,000 as proposed by the House and $80,200,000 as 
proposed by the Senate. In addition, the conference agreement 
includes the reprogramming of $24,000,000 from various shore 
facilities as listed in the Senate report (-$22,100,000) and 
from the overseas Loran-C closure program (-$1,900,000), to be 
reallocated to the following programs:

Air station consolidation...............................     $11,000,000
Public family quarters..................................      11,100,000
Station Portage, MI.....................................       1,900,000

      Amendment No. 30: Provides $44,700,000 for acquisition-
related personnel compensation, benefits and related costs 
instead of $43,000,000 as proposed by the House and $46,500,000 
as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 31: Deletes House language that would have 
allowed the Secretary to transfer up to $50,000,000 within the 
AC&I; appropriation for implementation costs associated with 
Coast Guard streamlining plans. The Senate bill provided 
funding for specific streamlining projects rather than transfer 
authority for unspecified projects. The conference agreement 
adopts the Senate approach, providing $42,750,000 for ten 
streamlining projects. This compares to $31,050,000 in the 
Senate bill. The budget request included $5,000,000 for 
unspecified projects. The conferees are very supportive of the 
Coast Guard's streamlining efforts and look forward to 
reviewing specific proposals next year in detail.
      Amendment No. 32: Provides that the Commandant may 
dispose of surplus real property by sale or lease and the 
proceeds shall be credited to this appropriation. The Senate 
bill required disposal by sale or lease. The House bill 
contained no similar provision.

                        port safety development

      Amendment No. 33: Appropriates $15,000,000 for debt 
retirement of the Port of Portland, Oregon, to remain available 
until expended, as proposed by the Senate. The House bill 
contained no similar appropriation.

                         alteration of bridges

      Amendment No. 34: Appropriates $16,000,000 for the 
alteration or removal of obstructive bridges as proposed by the 
House instead of $2,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      A table comparing the fiscal year 1996 estimate, House 
bill, Senate bill, and conference agreement by bridge and 
location follows:

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                    Fiscal year                                     Conference  
                                                   1996 estimate    House bill      Senate bill      agreement  
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Bridge and location:                                                                                          
    Burlington, IA, Burlington Northern RR                                                                      
     Bridge.....................................      $2,000,000      $2,000,000      $2,000,000      $2,000,000
    New Orleans, LA, Florida Avenue RR/HW Bridge  ..............       2,000,000  ..............       2,000,000
    Brunswick, GA, Sidney Lanier HW Bridge......  ..............       8,000,000  ..............       8,000,000
    Chelsea St. Bridge, Boston, MA..............  ..............       2,000,000  ..............       2,000,000
    Limehouse HW Bridge, St. John's Island, SC..  ..............       2,000,000  ..............       2,000,000
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
        Total...................................       2,000,000      16,000,000       2,000,000      16,000,000
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                            reserve training

      Amendment No. 35: Appropriates $62,000,000 for reserve 
training as proposed by the Senate instead of $61,859,000 as 
proposed by the House.

              Research, development, test, and evaluation

      Amendment No. 36: Appropriates $18,000,000 for research, 
development, test, and evaluation instead of $18,500,000 as 
proposed by the House and $20,000,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The following table summarizes the fiscal year 1996 
budget estimate, House and Senate recommendations, and the 
conference agreement by program, project and activity:

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                       Fiscal year 1996                                            Conference   
            Program area                   estimate          House bill        Senate bill         agreement    
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Improve search and rescue                                                                                     
 capability:                                                                                                    
    Search planning.................           $100,000           $100,000  .................           $100,000
    Search process, platforms and                                                                               
     sensors........................            400,000            400,000  .................            400,000
    Personnel.......................            432,000            432,000  .................            432,000
                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total.........................            932,000            932,000            500,000            932,000
                                     ===========================================================================
  Waterways safety and management:                                                                              
    Waterways management............            500,000            500,000  .................            400,000
    Advanced vessel traffic systems/                                                                            
     services.......................            600,000            100,000  .................            275,000
    Integrated navigation systems...            450,000            450,000  .................            450,000
    Short range aids to navigation..            400,000            200,000  .................            200,000
    Advanced GPS development........                  0                  0  .................                  0
    Personnel.......................            864,000            864,000  .................            864,000
                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total.........................          2,814,000          2,114,000          1,325,000          2,189,000
                                     ===========================================================================
  Marine safety:                                                                                                
    Marine safety research..........            530,000            200,000  .................            200,000
    Human factors analysis..........          1,685,000            700,000  .................          1,050,000
    Fire safety for commercial                                                                                  
     vessels........................            960,000            750,000  .................            750,000
    Personnel.......................            972,000            700,000  .................            700,000
                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total.........................          4,147,000          2,350,000          2,000,000          2,700,000
                                     ===========================================================================
  Ship structure committee:                                                                                     
    Support for Committee...........            250,000                  0                  0                  0
    Personnel.......................             36,000                  0                  0                  0
                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total.........................            286,000                  0                  0                  0
                                     ===========================================================================
  Marine environmental protection:                                                                              
    Planning, management and                                                                                    
     training.......................            150,000            150,000  .................            150,000
    Detection/surveillance systems..                  0                  0  .................                  0
    Oil pollution response..........            850,000            500,000  .................            625,000
    Personnel health and safety.....             75,000             75,000  .................             75,000
    Port demonstration project......                  0                  0  .................                  0
      OPA90 regional grant program..                  0                  0  .................                  0
    HazChem countermeasures and                                                                                 
     safety.........................                  0                  0  .................                  0
    Personnel.......................            504,000            504,000  .................            504,000
                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total.........................          1,579,000          1,229,000          1,075,000          1,354,000
                                     ===========================================================================
  Maritime law enforcement:                                                                                     
    Surveillance....................            725,000            725,000  .................            725,000
    Vessel search...................                  0                  0  .................                  0
    Sensor integration information..                  0                  0  .................                  0
    Personnel.......................            504,000            504,000  .................            504,000
                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total.........................          1,229,000          1,229,000            725,000          1,229,000
                                     ===========================================================================
  Safety and environmental                                                                                      
 compliance:                                                                                                    
    Cutter fire safety technology...            600,000            586,000                  0            586,000
    Pollution prevention............            500,000            500,000                  0            500,000
    Aviation engineering support....             75,000                  0                  0                  0
    Vessel loss exposure and risk                                                                               
     analysis methology.............            620,000            620,000                  0            620,000
    Personnel.......................            612,000            612,000  .................            612,000
                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total.........................          2,407,000          2,318,000                  0          2,318,000
                                     ===========================================================================
  Human resource management                                                                                     
 effectiveness:                                                                                                 
    Training techniques and                                                                                     
     technologies...................            300,000                  0                  0            100,000
    Staffing standards development..                  0                  0                  0                  0
    Personnel.......................            144,000                  0                  0                  0
                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total.........................            444,000                  0                  0            100,000
                                     ===========================================================================
  Command, control, computers and                                                                               
 intelligence:                                                                                                  
    Information systems.............            280,000          1,780,000                  0            280,000
    Advanced communications systems.                  0                  0                  0                  0
    Personnel.......................            648,000            648,000                  0            648,000
                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total.........................            928,000          2,428,000                  0            928,000
                                     ===========================================================================
  Technology base:                                                                                              
    Future technology assessment....            300,000                  0                  0                  0
    Modeling........................            150,000                  0                  0                  0
    Select projects.................            450,000            300,000                  0            300,000
    Personnel.......................            684,000            200,000                  0            200,000
                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total.........................          1,584,000            500,000                  0            500,000
                                     ===========================================================================
  R&D; personnel, program support and                                                                            
 operations:                                                                                                    
    Admin/support personnel and                                                                                 
     related costs..................          3,100,000          2,600,000                  0          2,850,000
    Support and operations..........          1,700,000          1,500,000                  0          1,600,000
    R&D; management info system                                                                                  
     development....................            500,000            450,000                  0            450,000
    Modernization of F&STD; test                                                                                 
     facilities.....................            850,000            850,000                  0            850,000
                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total.........................          6,150,000          5,400,000                  0          5,750,000
                                     ===========================================================================
Mission capabilities assessment.....                  0                  0          1,780,000                  0
    Multimission/administrative                                                                                 
     support........................                  0                  0         12,595,000                  0
  Other projects:                                                                                               
    South Florida oil spill research                                                                            
     center.........................                  0                  0                  0                  0
    Maritime Fire and Research                                                                                  
     Assoc..........................                  0                  0                  0                  0
                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total.........................                  0                  0                  0                  0
                                     ===========================================================================
      Total appropriations..........         22,500,000         18,500,000         20,000,000         18,000,000
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                              boat safety

                     (aquatic resources trust fund)

      Amendment No. 37: Appropriates $20,000,000 for boat 
safety grants as proposed by the House instead of no funding as 
proposed by the Senate. The budget proposal and the Senate 
recommendation assumed this program would be fully funded as a 
mandatory appropriation beginning in fiscal year 1996. When 
combined with an estimated $10,000,000 in mandatory spending 
authorized by the Clean Vessel Act of 1992, total program 
resources are $30,000,000 for fiscal year 1996, which compares 
to $32,500,000 for fiscal year 1995.
      Notwithstanding the difficult budget constraints faced by 
the Congress, the conferees believe that to convert 
discretionary grant programs such as this one to mandatory 
funding--avoiding annual budget review and competition with 
other programs in the appropriations process--would undermine 
fiscal constraint and lessen congressional oversight in an area 
which has the country's second highest number of 
transportation-related fatalities and is currently on the 
National Transportation Safety Board's list of ``most wanted'' 
safety improvements. Rather than put this program on an 
automatic spending status and lessen oversight, the conferees 
believe the Coast Guard and the department could more 
effectively use these grant funds to target states with poor 
boat safety records, and provide leveraged funding for safety 
improvements.
      The conferees also note the Coast Guard is in error when 
it assumes that funding for this and other maritime programs 
comes at the expense of its operating budget. The conferees 
wish to make clear to the Coast Guard and the department that, 
while funding for boating safety grants is clearly a portion of 
the overall allocation of budgetary resources in this bill, it 
should not be assumed that reductions have been made in Coast 
Guard operating expenses to accommodate this or any other 
important maritime programs in the bill.

                             emergency fund

                (limitation on permanent appropriations)

                    (oil spill liability trust fund)

      Amendment No. 38: Deletes limitation of $3,000,000 on the 
permanent appropriation authorized in section 1012(a)(4) of the 
Oil Pollution Act of 1990 proposed by the House. The Senate 
bill contained no similar limitation.

                    Federal Aviation Administration

                               operations

                     (including transfer of funds)

      Amendment No. 39: Inserts heading ``including transfer of 
funds'' as proposed by the Senate. This is necessary due to the 
disposition of amendment numbered 46.
      Amendment No. 40: Appropriates $4,645,712,000 for FAA 
operations instead of $4,600,000,000 as proposed by the House 
and $4,550,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The following table summarizes adjustments to the budget 
estimate in the House and Senate bills and the conference 
agreement, by budget activity:

                                                 FAA OPERATIONS                                                 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                   Conference   
                                                             House bill        Senate bill         agreement    
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Operation of the ATC system:                                                                                  
    Budget estimate....................................     $2,228,634,000     $2,228,634,000     $2,228,634,000
    Adjustments to budget estimate:                                                                             
        Contract tower streamlining....................         -6,520,000                  0                  0
        ``Quality through partnership''................         -1,790,000                  0         -1,790,000
        General reduction..............................                  0        -28,310,000                  0
        Accelerated promotion..........................                  0                  0         -4,300,000
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
          Amount recommended...........................      2,220,324,000      2,200,324,000      2,222,544,000
                                                        ========================================================
  NAS logistics support:                                                                                        
    Budget estimate....................................        185,158,000        185,158,000        185,158,000
    Adjustments to budget estimate:                                                                             
        Motor fleet, FAALC.............................         -3,100,000                  0                  0
        Depot spares...................................         +4,000,000                  0                  0
        General reduction..............................                  0         +4,493,000                  0
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
          Amount recommended...........................        186,058,000        180,665,000        185,158,000
                                                        ========================================================
  Maintenance of ATC system:                                                                                    
    Budget estimate....................................        868,297,000        868,297,000        868,297,000
    Adjustments to budget estimate:                                                                             
        AMASS maintenance..............................         -2,000,000                  0         -2,000,000
        OASIS maintenance..............................           -100,000                  0           -100,000
        Undefined inflation............................                  0         -3,602,000         -3,602,000
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
          Amount recommended...........................        866,197,000        864,695,000        862,595,000
                                                        ========================================================
  Leased telecommunications:                                                                                    
    Budget estimate....................................        328,423,000        328,423,000        328,423,000
    Adjustments to budget estimate:                                                                             
        Administrative communications..................         -4,680,000                  0         -1,500,000
        WECO switch offset.............................         -2,000,000                  0         -2,000,000
        General reduction..............................                  0         -2,078,000                  0
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
          Amount recommended...........................        321,743,000        326,345,000        324,923,000
                                                        ========================================================
  Aviation regulation/certification:                                                                            
    Budget estimate....................................        399,711,000        399,711,000        399,711,000
    Adjustments to budget estimate:                                                                             
        Flight standards staff increase................         -4,954,000         -4,954,000                  0
        New data systems...............................         -1,634,000         -1,634,000         -1,634,000
        PCS moves......................................           -617,000           -617,000           -617,000
        OMEGA navigation system........................         -8,556,000         -2,056,000         -1,840,000
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
          Amount recommended...........................        383,950,000        390,450,000        395,620,000
                                                        ========================================================
  Aviation standards:                                                                                           
    Budget estimate....................................        111,395,000        111,395,000        111,395,000
    Adjustments to budget estimate:                                                                             
        Hold costs to fiscal year 1995 level...........         -2,644,000         -2,644,000         -2,644,000
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
          Amount recommended...........................        108,751,000        108,751,000        108,751,000
                                                        ========================================================
  Aviation security:                                                                                            
    Budget estimate....................................         65,769,000         65,769,000         65,769,000
    Adjustments to budget estimate:                                                                             
        Hold costs to fiscal year 1995 level...........           -920,000                  0                  0
        General reduction..............................                  0           -769,000                  0
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
          Amount recommended...........................         64,849,000         65,000,000         65,769,000
                                                        ========================================================
  NAS Design and management                                                                                     
    Budget estimate....................................         53,277,000         53,277,000         53,277,000
    Adjustments to budget estimate:                                                                             
        General reduction..............................         -8,277,000           -277,000         -3,000,000
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
          Amount recommended...........................         45,000,000         53,000,000         50,277,000
                                                        ========================================================
  Administration of airports:                                                                                   
    Budget estimate....................................         42,173,000         42,173,000         42,173,000
    Adjustments to budget estimate:                                                                             
        Staffing increase..............................           -643,000           -673,000           -650,000
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
          Amount recommended...........................         41,530,000         41,500,000         41,523,000
                                                        ========================================================
  Commercial space transportation:                                                                              
    Budget estimate....................................          6,541,000          6,541,000          6,541,000
    Adjustments to budget estimate:                                                                             
        Hold travel to fiscal year 1995 level..........            -45,000            -45,000            -45,000
        Contract programs..............................           -666,000           -666,000           -666,000
        Delete industry support........................            -60,000            -60,000            -60,000
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
          Amount recommended...........................          5,770,000          5,770,000          5,770,000
                                                        ========================================================
  Human resource management:                                                                                    
    Budget estimate....................................        231,947,000        231,947,000        231,947,000
    Adjustments to budget estimate:                                                                             
        Labor, personnel and human relations...........        -22,142,000                  0        -17,197,000
        Centralized training...........................        -10,050,000                  0         -8,000,000
        MARC...........................................           +250,000                  0           +250,000
        General reduction..............................                  0        -23,447,000                  0
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
          Amount recommended...........................        200,005,000        208,500,000        207,000,000
                                                        ========================================================
  Executive direction and management:                                                                           
    Budget estimate....................................        189,216,000        189,216,000        189,216,000
    Adjustments to budget estimate:                                                                             
        Staffing reductions............................         -5,390,000                  0         -3,169,000
        Regional public affairs staffing...............         -2,047,000                  0         -2,047,000
        General reduction..............................         -6,779,000         -9,216,000                  0
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
          Amount recommended...........................        175,000,000        180,000,000        184,000,000
                                                        ========================================================
  Account-wide adjustments:                                                                                     
    Administration aircraft............................         -3,600,000                  0         -1,500,000
    Adjustments to budget estimate:                                                                             
    SAE grant..........................................           -105,000                  0                  0
    Overseas personnel assignments.....................           -500,000                  0           -500,000
    Non-pay inflation..................................         -4,824,000                  0         -4,824,000
    Workers' compensation..............................         -1,394,000                  0         -1,394,000
    Undistributed......................................         -8,754,000        -15,000,000                  0
    Operational pay differential.......................                  0        -45,000,000                  0
    Non-pay inflation, administrative aircraft, and GSA                                                         
     vehicles..........................................                  0         -5,000,000                  0
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
          Amount recommended...........................        -19,177,000        -65,000,000         -8,218,000
                                                        ========================================================
  Offsetting receipts: Amount recommended                                0        -10,000,000                  0
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
      Total appropriation..............................      4,600,000,000      4,550,000,000      4,645,712,000
      Transfer from Coast Guard........................  .................  .................         60,000,000
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
      Total funding....................................      4,600,000,000      4,550,000,000      4,705,712,000
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      Contract tower streamlining program.--The conferees agree 
to restore the reduction of $6,520,000 proposed by the House 
for this program, but agree with the House's observation that 
in past years, funds for this important program have not been 
spent as intended, but reprogrammed to other activities. The 
conferees believe these delays have been at least partly due to 
wage determinations required administratively by the Department 
of Labor. Since the conferees agree with the Senate language 
amending and streamlining the wage determination process, it is 
hoped the contract tower program will move forward without 
further delay and achieve the promised budgetary savings. The 
FAA is directed not to reprogram any of the $6,520,000 
appropriated for this program.
      ``Quality through partnership'' program.--The conference 
agreement deletes the $1,790,000 budgeted for this program, as 
proposed by the House. The conferees direct that no funds be 
reprogrammed for this activity during fiscal year 1996.
      Accelerated promotion.--Since completion of House and 
Senate action on this bill, program savings of $4,300,000 have 
been found resulting from discontinuation of the accelerated 
promotion program for air traffic controllers. When the 
Training Agreement for Accelerated Promotions expired on July 
15, 1995 and the administration made a decision not to renew 
the program, these funds became excess to budgetary 
requirements. This program allowed controllers to receive 
grade-to-grade promotions without fulfilling the time-in-grade 
requirements applicable to other federal employees. The 
conferees have used these savings to restore funding for 
additional FAA safety and certification inspectors, in order to 
provide the highest level of aviation safety possible.
      Aviation safety inspectors.--The conference agreement 
fully funds the administration's request for 233 additional 
aviation safety inspectors, including an additional 117 general 
aviation inspectors. This is in addition to the increase in 
staffing provided for fiscal year 1995. Between fiscal year 
1994 and 1996, end-of-year staffing in this area has risen from 
4,051 to a funded level of 4,606, a two-year increase of almost 
14 percent. Despite difficult budget constraints, the conferees 
believe this is a high priority safety area worthy of 
additional funding.
      Flight service stations.--The conferees do not intend for 
FAA to close flight service stations not in the currently-
approved plan, and believe funding in the conference agreement 
is sufficient for the FAA to continue to operate and maintain 
its existing network of flight service stations around the 
country.
      Allocation of budget reductions.--The conferees reiterate 
to FAA and departmental officials that the funding allocations 
and reductions specified in the bill, as detailed and explained 
in this joint explanatory statement of the committee of 
conference, are the best expressions of Congressional 
intentions regarding the proper uses of appropriated funds. 
Should the department decide to reduce activities below the 
levels specified or implied herein, and in particular if 
activities are to be substantially reduced or terminated by 
agency action which is not specifically addressed in this 
statement, the department shall receive prior Congressional 
approval through the reprogramming process.
      Mid-America Aviation Resource Consortium.--The conferees 
agree to provide $250,000 for continued support of the Mid-
America Aviation Resource Consortium, as proposed by the House, 
but intend that this be the final year of federal support for 
this facility unless requested in the President's budget.
      Loran-C automatic blink system.--The conferees agree with 
the House's direction to expedite implementation of the 
automatic blink system for the Loran-C navigation system.
      Aurora, IL en route center.--The conferees recognize the 
urgency of solving the problems causing computer outages at the 
FAA's air traffic control center in Aurora, Illinois. The 
Aurora center is one of the busier in the world and a critical 
link in our nation's air traffic control system. Years of delay 
in updating the present equipment have resulted in an obsolete, 
aged, and failure-prone system at the Aurora center. FAA has 
worked diligently to develop an interim solution to this 
problem as quickly as is technologically feasible, pending 
installation of a new air traffic control system for the 
nation. The conferees deem maintenance of reliable operational 
capability at the Aurora center to be in the national interest 
of maintaining an efficient and viable national air 
transportation system, and deem the implementation of interim 
solutions to the problems causing computer outages to be an 
urgent national priority. FAA should simplify and expedite its 
procurement process to the maximum extent feasible, and should 
allocate all necessary personnel resources to assure that the 
existing system remains in reliable working order. If FAA 
determines that additional technological or personnel resources 
are necessary to develop and implement interim solutions to 
these problems, then the Congress would give serious 
consideration to providing such additional resources. The 
conference agreement includes $20,000,000, as proposed by the 
Senate, for the display channel complex rehost program, which 
will upgrade the computers at Aurora and similar centers.
      Amendment No. 41: Provides that $2,222,859,100 shall be 
derived from the airport and airway trust fund instead of 
$1,871,500,000 as proposed by the House and $1,865,000,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 42: Allows funds for any ``agency'' 
services to be credited to this appropriation, as proposed by 
the Senate. The House bill specified that only receipts for 
``aviation'' services be credited to the appropriation.
      Amendment No. 43: Requires that funds credited to the 
appropriation be ``receipts for'' certain services, as proposed 
by the Senate. The House bill contained no similar language.
      Amendment No. 44: Deletes Senate language allowing 
$10,000,000 in additional safety and security fees to be 
credited to this appropriation. The conferees have not yet seen 
adequate details from the administration demonstrating the 
unequivocal need for new fees, an explanation and justification 
of the specific fees to be imposed, or a convincing argument 
that the FAA's cost structure is of such efficiency that new 
fees or taxes are necessary. In addition, the conferees believe 
there will be substantial savings achieved through the FAA 
reform provisions enacted in this bill and the broader 
revisions currently under consideration in the authorization 
process. Such cost savings, combined with further review of the 
agency's cost structure, could obviate or minimize the need for 
additional fees.
      Amendment No. 45: The conference agreement deletes 
language proposed by the Senate which would have begun a three 
year phaseout of the ``five percent bonus pay'' for air traffic 
controllers and technicians, and inserts new language allowing 
the Secretary of Transportation permissive transfer authority 
of up to $60,000,000 from Coast Guard ``Operating expenses'' to 
augment funding for air traffic control operations and 
maintenance to enhance safety and security.
      FAA operations funding and transfer flexibility.--Since 
consideration of the fiscal year 1996 transportation 
appropriations bill by the House and Senate, the administration 
has raised the priority of funding for FAA operations and 
maintenance. For example, in a September 13, 1995 letter to the 
House and Senate Appropriations Committees, the director of the 
Office of Management and Budget advised ``the administration 
has serious concerns that the funding level for Federal 
Aviation Administration (FAA) Operations would make it 
difficult to continue today's high levels of aviation safety. 
The administration's highest priority is that FAA operations be 
funded at the requested level.''
      The conferees have given the utmost consideration to the 
administration's priorities. The conference agreement includes 
an appropriation for FAA operations above the levels proposed 
in either the House or Senate bill. In addition, the agreement 
includes the authority for the Secretary of Transportation to 
transfer up to $60,000,000 from Coast Guard ``Operating 
expenses'' to augment the FAA's operating budget for air 
traffic control operations and maintenance activities which 
enhance aviation safety and security. It is not clear at this 
time how much of this authority might be required, but the 
conferees wish to provide maximum flexibility in the event of a 
critical shortfall. With the transfer, total funding for FAA 
operations in this bill is $4,705,712,000, slightly above the 
administration's request.
      In addition, the conference agreement fully restores the 
requested increase for aviation safety inspectors and 
implements significant FAA personnel and procurement reforms. 
The first action addresses a high administration priority and 
provides the maximum resources possible for an important safety 
initiative. Personnel and procurement reforms are expected to 
free up significant operating funds for air traffic control and 
safety-related activities. Overall, the conferees are confident 
that the increased funding level, combined with transfer 
flexibility and these additional actions, will be sufficient to 
maintain aviation safety over the coming year despite the 
difficult budget environment and the necessity for government-
wide downsizing.
      Five percent bonus pay.--The conference agreement 
restores the reduction of $45,000,000 to begin a three year 
phaseout of this pay proposed by the Senate. However, in order 
to accommodate the $88,600,000 estimated for this program, the 
conferees were required to hold funding for the airport 
improvement program to the fiscal year 1995 level of 
$1,450,000,000. Given the high priority placed on the five 
percent bonus by the administration and the desire to maintain 
morale in the air traffic controller workforce, the conferees 
believe it prudent and necessary to delay some airport 
construction projects to finance continuation of this important 
activity.
      Aviation security.--The conference agreement fully funds 
the administration's request of $65,769,000 for aviation 
security activities due to the high priority of this activity 
given recent threat assessments.
      Amendment No. 46: Provides for the transfer of unexpended 
balances from prior appropriations for the office of commercial 
space transportation to this appropriation, and prohibits 
airport and airway trust fund resources from being used to 
support the office of commercial space transportation, as 
proposed by the Senate. The House bill contained no similar 
provisions. The conference agreement transfers this office from 
the office of the secretary of transportation to the FAA.

                        facilities and equipment

                    (airport and airway trust fund)

      Amendment No. 47: Appropriates $1,934,883,000 for 
facilities and equipment instead of $2,000,000,000 as proposed 
by the House and $1,890,377,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The following table summarizes the fiscal year 1996 
budget estimate, House and Senate recommended levels, and the 
conference agreement by program, project, and activity:


      Automated surface observing system.--In its July 30, 1992 
report on the fiscal year 1993 DOT Appropriations Bill, the 
Senate Appropriations Committee noted that certain critical 
requirements for the automated surface observing system [ASOS] 
appeared to be unfunded and not included in the original ASOS 
contract. In a report to Congress dated July 26, 1993, the 
Acting Administrator of the FAA noted that ground-to-air 
radios, freezing rain sensors, and improved tower displays were 
``considered urgent to achieve successful completion of the 
ASOS program''. According to the FAA, additional funding was 
not required for the radios, the rain sensors would be funded 
over fiscal years 1994 and 1995, and the display upgrade only 
awaited a cost estimate from the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration. Given these statements, the 
conferees were surprised to learn that a recent ASOS program 
review revealed unfunded costs of approximately $25,000,000 for 
these items, as well as unfunded maintenance costs. The FAA is 
now developing a plan to use a large portion of the fiscal year 
1996 funds--appropriated to procure 106 additional systems--to 
address this shortfall instead. The conferees emphatically 
direct the FAA to use the fiscal year 1996 funding to procure 
the additional ASOS systems, as was justified to the Congress 
in the President's budget request.
      The conferees are disappointed to learn that the FAA did 
not resolve these problems in 1993, as it led Congress to 
believe, and are concerned that this is one more example of an 
FAA acquisition culture in great need of the reforms contained 
in this bill. If the FAA's estimates of a shortfall are 
correct, then a reprogramming of non-ASOS funds should be 
submitted for consideration through the normal process, in an 
expedited manner as would be suggested by the agency's past 
statements regarding the urgency of these improvements. In 
addition, the conferees direct the FAA to report to the House 
and Senate Committees on Appropriations by December 1, 1995 on 
the agency's plans to close the gap of installed versus 
commissioned sites, without interrupting the scheduled 
procurement of ASOS units.
      The conferees direct the FAA to expedite installation of 
the long line connection providing ASOS data between the Ames 
Airport, Iowa and the national weather net.
      Terminal area surveillance system.--The conference 
agreement provides $5,000,000 for the terminal area 
surveillance system [TASS] as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$5,800,000 as proposed by the House. In its appeal to the 
conferees, the FAA stated ``the TASS program has been 
restructured from a single, multi-function system acquisition 
program to a program focused on research into subsystem 
performance enhancements.'' The conferees have no information 
on this restructured program, and believe the TASS development 
and acquisition program should proceed as scheduled and planned 
prior to any restructuring. Fiscal year 1996 funding is 
provided specifically for the TASS system acquisition program 
and not for any subsystem enhancements.
      Low-cost ASDE and non-radar runway incursion 
technologies.--The conferees agree that the FAA should explore 
lower cost surface detection technology solutions for airports 
not scheduled to receive ASDE-3 equipment. The conferees agree 
to provide $5,000,000 for the development and demonstration of 
lower cost phased array surface detection technology, instead 
of $8,000,000 as proposed by the House. Funds should be used 
for purchase and installation of one such system and for 
administrative costs related to demonstration and evaluation of 
the system.
      Terminal doppler weather radar.--The conference agreement 
does not include additional funding for the acquisition of five 
new terminal doppler weather radars proposed by the House. The 
conferees, however, are not convinced that the ASR/windshear 
alert program, now in the research phase, will be a cost-
effective alternative to terminal doppler weather radar in 
meeting future windshear requirements. The FAA has not provided 
sufficient data regarding the performance of the ASR/windshear 
alert program in dry regions of the country. Moreover, under 
current projects, the ASR/windshear alert program will not be 
commissioned until the year 2002. During the fiscal year 1997 
hearing cycle, the conferees expect to further explore the 
efficacy of the ASR/windshear alert program. In the interim, 
the conferees expect the FAA to move forward with site surveys 
for the next five sites for which TDWR systems are indicated, 
and to report on its progress no later than sixty days 
following enactment of this Act. In addition, the conferees 
direct the FAA to update the needs requirement analysis for the 
terminal doppler weather program that was first done in 1986 no 
later than sixty days following enactment of this Act. The 
update should include a review of the 47 sites included in the 
existing contract and the 53 sites not scheduled under the 
current contract. The conferees direct the FAA to review those 
sites experiencing significant delays in the installation of 
TDWRs in the existing contract and certify that each is likely 
to be commissioned. With that review, and based upon the site 
selection review for the next five sites, the FAA is urged to 
request reprogramming permission, if necessary to continue the 
TDWR program in fiscal year 1996.
      The conferees want to reiterate that funding for any TDWR 
environmental impact statement [EIS] shall not prejudge the 
outcome of the EIS for any particular site in New York except 
as previously cited (North Bellmore and Roslyn, New York).
      Instrument landing systems-establishment.--The conference 
agreement provides $35,000,000 as proposed by the Senate 
instead of $33,500,000 as proposed by the House. Of the amount 
provided, $3,500,000 is for a category II ILS on runway 7/25 in 
Rockford, Illinois, and $1,500,000 is for benefit-cost 
analysis, environmental assessment, site survey, and other 
activities necessary to determine the requirements for an ILS 
(category I, II, or III) at Lanai Airport, Hawaii. The 
conference agreement includes funding for a category III ILS on 
runway 12L/30R at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, not 
runway 14R as specified in the House report.
      St. Paul, MN downtown airport tower.--In fiscal year 
1995, Congress provided $3,476,000 for the St. Paul, Minnesota 
Downtown Airport to build a replacement air traffic control 
tower. The FAA, however, used the airport's money to finance 
cost overruns on another project. Given that the FAA requested 
and Congress provided funds for the St. Paul tower in fiscal 
year 1995, the conferees urge the FAA to honor their prior 
agreement and make available the funds necessary to build the 
replacement tower at the St. Paul Downtown Airport.
      Financial baseline control notices.--The conferees 
reiterate the House's direction that all financial baseline 
control notices are to be submitted to the Congress at the time 
they are approved by the agency. The documents themselves 
should be submitted. The Appropriations Committees will review 
this practice at the end of the fiscal year to determine 
whether it should be continued.
      Support contracts.--A recent FAA study concluded that the 
agency uses far too many support contractors, that agency 
personnel could be much more cost conscious in their 
contracting and oversight methods, and that in many cases, 
contract employees are collocated with FAA staff and virtually 
indistinguishable from government employees. While the 
conferees have high regard for the work of FAA's support 
contractors, the study nevertheless raises questions about the 
extensive nature of such contracts within the FAA. Therefore, 
the conferees direct the FAA to report to the House and Senate 
Committees on Appropriations by March 30, 1996 on its plan for 
resolving the findings and implementing the recommendations of 
this study. This report should include a discussion of the 
extent to which the procurement reforms in this bill lessen the 
need for support contracts to meet the current requirements of 
the procurement process.
      Amendment No. 48: Provides that, of the total amount 
appropriated, $1,718,883,000 is available for three years, 
instead of $1,784,000,000 in the House bill and $1,674,377,000 
in the Senate bill. This is the amount provided for budget 
activities one through four.
      Amendment No. 49: Includes technical change proposed by 
the Senate, deleting the word ``and'' to allow inclusion of 
language contained in amendment numbered 50.
      Amendment No. 50: Provides that, of the total amount 
appropriated, $10,000,000 is for noncompetitive cooperative 
agreements with air carriers for acquisition, installation, and 
evaluation of certain specified airport security equipment, as 
proposed by the Senate. The House bill contained no similar 
provision, although $10,000,000 was provided for such equipment 
in the overall appropriation.

                        facilities and equipment

                    (airport and airway trust fund)

                              (rescission)

      Amendment No. 51: Rescinds $60,000,000 as proposed by the 
House instead of $70,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

                 research, engineering, and development

                    (airport and airway trust fund)

      Amendment No. 52: Appropriates $185,698,000 for research, 
engineering, and development instead of $143,000,000 as 
proposed by the House and $215,886,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The following table summarizes the fiscal year 1996 
estimate, House and Senate recommendations, and the conference 
agreement, by program, project, and activity:

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                                       Fiscal year 1996                                            Conference   
            Program name                   estimate          House bill        Senate bill         agreement    
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
System development and                                                                                          
 infrastructure.....................        $13,551,000         $8,800,000        $12,500,000        $10,000,000
    System planning and resource                                                                                
     management.....................          3,953,000          3,000,000          3,700,000          2,000,000
    Technical laboratory facility...          9,598,000          5,800,000          8,800,000          8,000,000
Capacity and air traffic management                                                                             
 technology.........................         79,205,000         25,129,000         50,800,000         37,200,000
    Air traffic management                                                                                      
     technology.....................          9,875,000                  0          8,000,000          3,500,000
    Oceanic automation program......         10,470,000          8,000,000          8,000,000          8,000,000
    Terminal air traffic control                                                                                
     automation (TATCA).............         15,624,000                  0                  0                  0
    Runway incursion reduction......          8,177,000                  0          8,000,000          4,000,000
    System capacity, planning and                                                                               
     improvements...................         12,256,000          6,000,000         12,000,000          9,000,000
    Cockpit technology..............          8,266,000          6,500,000          8,200,000          6,700,000
    General aviation/vertical flight                                                                            
     technology.....................          3,327,000          2,629,000          2,600,000          2,600,000
    Modeling, analysis, and                                                                                     
     simulation.....................          7,807,000          2,000,000          4,000,000          3,400,000
    Future airway facilities                                                                                    
     technology.....................          3,403,000                  0                  0                  0
Communications, navigation and                                                                                  
 surveillance.......................         31,330,000         20,000,000         25,963,000         23,000,000
    Communications..................         15,367,000         10,000,000         10,000,000         10,000,000
    Navigation......................         15,963,000         10,000,000         15,963,000         13,000,000
    Surveillance....................                  0                  0                  0                  0
Weather.............................          6,493,000          6,493,000          6,493,000          6,493,000
Airport technology..................          9,278,000          1,000,000          8,000,000          6,000,000
Aircraft safety technology..........         47,547,000         29,578,000         40,548,000         37,978,000
    Aircraft systems fire safety....          3,906,000                  0                  0                  0
    Advanced materials/structural                                                                               
     safety.........................          2,973,000          2,000,000          2,500,000          2,000,000
    Propulsion and fuel systems.....          4,059,000                  0          4,055,000          3,400,000
    Flight safety/atmospheric                                                                                   
     hazards research...............          4,173,000          4,173,000          4,173,000          4,173,000
    Aging aircraft..................         21,415,000         15,000,000         21,415,000         20,000,000
    Aircraft catastrophic failure                                                                               
     prevention research............          4,357,000          2,705,000          2,705,000          2,705,000
    Fire research...................          4,604,000                  0                  0                  0
    Fire research and safety........                  0          5,700,000          5,700,000          5,700,000
    General aviation renaissance....          1,005,000                  0                  0                  0
    Cabin safety....................          1,055,000                  0                  0                  0
System security technology..........         43,808,000         23,000,000         37,900,000         36,045,000
    Explosives and weapons detection         33,179,000         23,000,000         30,000,000         29,000,000
    Airport security technology                                                                                 
     integration....................          2,530,000                  0          1,500,000          1,000,000
    Aviation security human factors.          4,603,000                  0          3,000,000          2,549,000
    Aircraft hardening..............          3,496,000                  0          3,400,000          3,496,000
Human factors and aviation medicine.         25,860,000         28,000,000         25,182,000         23,682,000
    Flight deck/maintenance/system                                                                              
     integration human factors......         11,182,000         15,500,000         11,182,000         11,182,000
    Air traffic control/airway                                                                                  
     facilities human factors.......         10,193,000         10,000,000         10,000,000         10,000,000
    Aeromedical research............          4,485,000          2,500,000          4,000,000          2,500,000
Environment and energy..............          5,429,000          1,000,000          4,500,000          3,800,000
Innovative/cooperative research.....          5,160,000                  0          4,000,000          1,500,000
                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total appropriation...........        267,661,000        143,000,000        215,886,000        185,698,000
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      Innovative deicing technology.--In order to evaluate the 
effectiveness of enclosed deicing techniques at smaller 
regional airports, the conferees urge the FAA to consider the 
application of Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport to develop a 
test site for the evaluation of innovative deicing technology. 
The conferees believe that this technology warrants further 
exploration, and direct the FAA to provide a full report to the 
House and Senate Committees on Appropriations by March 15, 1996 
on the results of testing and the agency's plans to authorize 
airport grant funding or passenger facility charges to enable 
airports to procure such a system.
      Runway incursion reduction.--The conference agreement 
includes $4,000,000 instead of no funds as proposed by the 
House and $8,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. With the funds 
provided, the conferees direct FAA to give immediate priority 
and attention to the surface movement advisor project. The 
conferees believe that reducing runway incursions is a high 
priority for further research and rapid prototyping. While 
funds in this long-term research activity are being reduced 
below the administration's request, the conference agreement 
includes an additional $7,000,000 in the ``facilities and 
equipment'' account for non-radar technologies and development 
of low-cost ASDE radar systems. Total funding, over all 
accounts, for addressing this safety problem in the conference 
agreement is approximately $3,000,000 above the 
administration's request.

                       grants-in-aid for airports

                (liquidation of contract authorization)

                    (airport and airway trust fund)

      Amendment No. 53: Deletes heading ``including rescission 
of contract authorization'' proposed by the Senate. This is a 
technical amendment referring to a proposed rescission of 
contract authority discussed under amendment numbered 56.
      Amendment No. 54: Limits obligations for the grants-in-
aid for airports program to $1,450,000,000 instead of 
$1,600,000,000 as proposed by the House and $1,250,000,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      Letters of intent.--The conferees agree with the Senate 
direction that new letters of intent [LOIs] be awarded only 
after (1) scheduled LOI payments fall to less than fifty 
percent of AIP discretionary funds, and (2) FAA has improved 
its ability to estimate airport development projects' impact on 
systemwide capacity. Regarding the Senate's language on 
possible letters of intent for the Northwest Arkansas Regional 
Airport and the Philadelphia International Airport, the 
conferees agree that the FAA should fairly consider LOI 
applications from these airports, and base a final decision on 
technical requirements at these sites and projections of long 
term AIP funding, consistent with other directions in this 
report.
      Regarding the Senate's language on a possible letter of 
intent for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the 
conferees agree that the FAA should also fairly consider an LOI 
application from this airport subject to: (1) completion of the 
required FAA/federal environmental review process; (2) 
resolution of the concerns brought forward in the report RO-FA-
5-015 by the Office of Inspector General; and (3) approval of 
the runway project from the Regional Transportation Planning 
Organization for the central Puget Sound region by amending the 
Regional Air System Plan. Finally, the FAA shall fairly 
consider any information brought out at Congressional field 
hearings on this matter, but not sign an LOI prior to March 31, 
1996.
      Amendment No. 55: Limits obligations for the military 
airports program to $26,000,000 and the reliever airports 
program to $48,000,000. The Senate bill proposed obligation 
limitations of $20,000,000 and $50,000,000, respectively. The 
House bill contained no similar limitations. The conference 
agreement reflects the Senate's concerns over the effectiveness 
of these programs, and frees up financial resources for 
discretionary grants in other parts of the overall AIP program.
      Huntsville, AL runway/taxiway rehabilitation project.--
The conferees understand that a specific allocation of fiscal 
year 1996 funds for this project is not necessary, and that 
sufficient fiscal year 1995 funding has been provided for this 
project.
      State of Missouri flood-damaged airports.--The conferees 
understand that a specific allocation of fiscal year 1996 funds 
for this project is not necessary, and that sufficient fiscal 
year 1995 funding has been provided for this project.
      Amendment No. 56: Deletes rescission of contract 
authority of $5,000,000 proposed by the Senate. The House bill 
contained no similar rescission.

                     Federal Highway Administration

                limitation on general operating expenses

      Amendment No. 57: Limits general operating expenses of 
the Federal Highway Administration to $509,660,000, instead of 
$495,381,000 as proposed by the House and $548,434,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 58: Provides $208,946,000 for contract 
programs of the Federal Highway Administration, instead of 
$190,667,000 as proposed by the House and $248,909,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      Recommended funding distribution by program and activity 
of the administrative expenses and the research and development 
programs of the Federal Highway Administration is as follows:

        Program/Activity                                      Conference
Administrative expenses.................................    $254,714,000
Motor carrier safety administrative expenses............      46,000,000
    Contract programs:
        Research and technology:
            Highway R&D.................................;      56,772,000
            Intelligent transportation systems..........     109,779,000
            Technology deployment.......................      12,622,000
            Long term pavement performance..............       8,739,000
            Local technical assistance..................       3,015,000
            National Highway Institute..................       4,369,000
            Disadvantaged business enterprises..........      10,000,000
            International transportation................         500,000
            OJT/supportive services.....................................
            Technical assistance to Russia..............         400,000
            Truck dynamic test facility.................         750,000
            Transportation investment analysi...........................
            Cost allocation study.......................       2,000,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
              Total.....................................     509,660,000

      The highway research and development and intelligent 
transportation systems programs by activity are as follows:

Highway research and development:
        Safety..........................................      $8,768,000
        Pavements.......................................       9,247,000
        Structures......................................      13,211,000
        Environment.....................................       5,593,000
        Right-of-way....................................         429,000
        Policy..........................................       5,681,000
        Planning........................................       6,069,000
        Motor carrier...................................       7,774,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
            Total.......................................      56,772,000
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
Intelligent transportation systems:
        Research and development........................      24,479,000
        Operational tests...............................      32,500,000
        Commercial vehicle operations...................      14,500,000
        Automated highway system........................      14,000,000
        Advanced technology applications................................
        Program and systems support.....................      11,300,000
        Priority corridors..............................................
        Crash avoidance research........................      13,000,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
            Total.......................................     109,779,000

      Office of motor carriers.--The conference agreement 
provides a specific designation of funds for the Office of 
motor carriers' administrative expenses within the Federal 
Highway Administration's limitation on general operating 
expenses. The House had included funding for the Office of 
motor carrier's administrative expenses within the limitation 
on general operating expenses.
      Fatigue-related issues.--The conferees direct the Federal 
Highway Administration to issue an advanced notice of proposed 
rulemaking [ANPRM] dealing with a variety of fatigue-related 
issues no later than March 1, 1996. This ANPRM is to be 
followed by a notice of proposed rulemaking within one year, 
and a final rule or decision thereafter.
      Highway safety research.--Congress has long been active 
in the advancement of highway safety and has recognized the 
invaluable contributions which short-term, applied research can 
make to improve safety. Given its concern for safety, the 
Congress has, since the early 1990s, vigorously supported this 
research by encouraging the Federal Highway Administration to 
work closely with the Trucking Research Institute [TRI] in the 
study of such issues as fatigue, sleep disorders, brake 
maintenance, and rest stop access--all investigations which may 
directly affect safety.
      In fiscal year 1994, the Congress continued its 
participation in the development of an aggressive research 
agenda by directing the FHWA to undertake three projects 
totaling $1,750,000: truck loading and unloading as a possible 
contributor to driver fatigue; technology to automate 
commercial vehicle roadside inspections; and guidelines for the 
inspection and maintenance of wheels and bearings. In fiscal 
year 1995, the Congress identified three additional studies, 
totaling $2,500,000, for the implementation in the same fashion 
with TRI: the use of ``smart cards'' to facilitate compliance 
with motor carrier safety rules; medical requirements 
associated with commercial vehicle operation; and electronic 
truck and intermodal information systems.
      Highway safety research and related activities continue 
to be a priority of the Congress and the conferees. In fact, a 
recent National Transportation Safety Board study on driver 
fatigue and fatal truck accidents further highlights their 
importance and currency. However, despite directions to the 
contrary, the FHWA has been negligent in its efforts to 
undertake any of the aforementioned research projects 
designated by the Congress in either fiscal years 1994 or 1995.
      The conferees therefore reiterate the direction to FHWA 
to use unobligated balances to make grants to, enter into 
cooperative agreements or contracts with, or use any existing 
technical support services agreements with TRI, in amounts 
totaling not less than $4,000,000 to conduct the six studies 
referenced above. The conferees further direct FHWA to complete 
this process within 90 days from the date of enactment of this 
Act and to advise the House and Senate Committees on 
Appropriations when such actions have been completed.
      Highway research and development.--The conference 
agreement provides $8,768,000 for safety-related research and 
development. The conferees direct that safety be funded at a 
level of at least $12,768,000, including both ISTEA and 
appropriations authority.
      Pavement research and development.--The conference 
agreement provides $9,247,000 for pavement research and 
development but does not include $1,000,000 as proposed by the 
Senate for a joint university/industry grant.
      The conferees agree that expanded cost-effective use of 
benign waste materials in infrastructure construction, based on 
appropriate tests and standards to ensure long-term 
environmental and physical performance, represents a priority 
technology that is intended to be funded within the funds 
available for Section 6005.
      National Center for Physical Acoustics.--The conferees 
urge the Federal Highway Administration to work with the 
National Center for Physical Acoustics in its effort to apply 
acoustics to monitor traffic and/or pipeline maintenance.
      Motor carrier research.--The conference agreement 
provides $7,774,000 for motor carrier research and includes 
funds for two studies to (1) identify and test technological 
interventions to offset driver fatigue and (2) determine the 
extent of scheduling practices and their influences on truck 
driver fatigue. No funds are provided for outreach and 
technical assistance to regulated entities, to help complete 
program uniformity activities, or to eliminate barriers to 
effective intermodal freight transportation.
      Intelligent transportation systems.--The conference 
agreement provides a total of $109,779,000 for intelligent 
transportation systems [ITS]. Within the funds provided for 
operational tests, $10,000,000 shall be allocated to initiate 
at least two different operational tests that evaluate various 
elements of the systems architecture and integrate the core 
infrastructure features, including advance traffic management 
systems.
      ITS/commercial vehicle operations.--The conference 
agreement provides $14,500,000 for commercial vehicle 
operations [CVO]. Within these funds, the conferees have 
included $6,000,000 for development and initial pilot testing 
of the CVO communications architecture and the purchase of 
transponders.
      ITS program and systems support.--The conferees direct 
that no more than $2,500,000 of the $11,300,000 provided for 
program and systems support shall be spent on institutional 
studies.
      The conferees are concerned that the joint program office 
and the FHWA administrator have failed to submit several 
reports pertaining to the national ITS program. These reports 
include: the annual report on the ITS program (due in December 
1994); a report on the future of the CVO component of the ITS 
program (due in May 1995); and the interim report on the 
automated highway system program (due in April 1995). These 
reports were intended to provide essential information useful 
in evaluating the department's activities and plans. The 
conferees direct the Secretary to ensure more timely delivery 
of all reports relevant to the ITS program, as well as other 
reports on departmental programs and activities.

                     highway-related safety grants

                (liquidation of contract authorization)

                          (highway trust fund)

                     (including transfer of funds)

      Amendment No. 59: Appropriates $11,000,000 to liquidate 
contract authority obligations for highway-related safety 
grants instead of $10,000,000 as proposed by the House and 
$13,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 60: Limits obligations to $11,000,000 for 
highway-related safety grants instead of $10,000,000 as 
proposed by the House and $13,000,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The conferees agree that not less than $1,000,000 shall 
be allocated to the Office of Highway Safety to support the red 
light running campaign and to increase compliance with yield 
right-of-way or grade crossing signs.

                          federal-aid highways

                      (limitation on obligations)

                          (highway trust fund)

      Amendment No. 61: Limits obligations for the Federal-aid 
highways program to $17,550,000,000 instead of $18,000,000,000 
as proposed by the House and $17,000,000,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The conference agreement deletes the Senate's references 
of priority designations within the Federal Highway 
Administration's discretionary grant programs.
      The conferees direct that within the total provided for 
the intelligent transportation systems program, funding shall 
be available for the following projects in the amounts 
specified below:

        Project                                                   Amount
I-10 Mobile, Alabama....................................      $3,000,000
Hazardous materials fleet management and monitoring 
    system (NIER).......................................       2,500,000
Green light CVO project, Oregon.........................       7,000,000
Capital beltway.........................................       4,000,000
Houston, Texas..........................................       2,200,000
Syracuse, New York congestion management................       1,500,000
I-95 Corridor...........................................       3,500,000
Johnson City, Tennessee.................................       1,500,000
Texas Transportation Institute..........................         600,000
University of North Dakota..............................       1,000,000
I-675/SR 844/Col. Glenn, Fairborn, Ohio.................       1,000,000
Paralympiad.............................................       1,000,000
Santa Teresa border crossing, New Mexico................         900,000
Western Transportation Institute, Montana...............       1,000,000
TRANSCOM, New York/New Jersey...........................       1,500,000
New York State Thruway..................................       1,500,000
National Transportation Center, Oakdale, New York.......       2,000,000
Advanced railroad/highway crossings.....................       1,250,000
Minnesota GuideStar.....................................       2,000,000
Salt Lake City..........................................       2,000,000

      In fiscal year 1996, the conference agreement earmarks a 
total of $40,950,000 for intelligent transportation systems, a 
reduction of over $35,000,000 compared with fiscal year 1995 
levels. The conferees will give serious consideration to 
discontinuing the practice of earmarking the intelligent 
transportation systems program in fiscal year 1997.
      The conferees direct that any funding provided for 
intelligent transportation systems be used only in support of, 
or research on, intelligent transportation systems and not for 
construction of buildings.
      Paralympiad.--The conferees direct the Federal Highway 
Administration to pursue vigorously the deployment and 
demonstration of an individualized routing system to assist 
people with disabilities in moving about independently during 
the Tenth Paralympiad. The conferees expect that the funds 
provided will be expended and that a system will be delivered 
and fully implemented in time for the Tenth Paralympiad.
      National Transportation Center, Oakdale, New York.--The 
conference agreement includes $2,000,000 for the National 
Transportation Center in Oakdale, New York, of which $1,000,000 
shall be available only for a NAFTA intermodal transportation 
center.
      Minnesota GuideStar.--The State of Minnesota has 
established a major laboratory for intelligent transportation 
system activities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The 
GuideStar network emphasizes transit systems in addition to 
highways and has been recognized by the Federal Highway 
Administration as a leader in the development and 
implementation of ITS technologies. The conferees have included 
$2,000,000 for this project. Up to 25 percent of this amount 
may be made available to the University of Minnesota's Center 
for Transportation Studies to support education, research and 
training aspects of the project.
      World wide web site on the Internet.--The conferees urge 
the FHWA to establish a world wide web site to permit commuters 
in major metropolitan areas to retrieve through the Internet 
video feeds from traffic cameras, average speeds as determined 
by traffic monitoring systems, and traffic messages that appear 
on variable message signs employed in the area. To the extent 
possible, the Department should make the data available in a 
standard format on a dial-in network server that provides text-
only access, and a standard protocol for a touch-tone driven 
phone system.

                      motor carrier safety grants

                (liquidation of contract authorization)

                          (highway trust fund)

      Amendment No. 62: Limits obligations for motor carrier 
safety grants to $77,225,000 instead of $79,150,000 as proposed 
by the House and $75,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conferees agree to the following program allocations:

Basic grants to states..................................     $58,000,000
Traffic enforcement.....................................       6,900,000
Hazardous materials training............................       1,500,000
Research and development................................         500,000
Public education........................................         850,000
CDL enforcement.........................................       1,000,000
Truck and bus accidents.................................       1,750,000
Uniformity grants.......................................       3,450,000
Uniformity working groups...............................         450,000
Commercial vehicle information system...................       1,500,000
Drug interdiction assistance program....................         500,000
Administrative expenses.................................         825,000

      Covert verification activities.--The conferees agree 
that, within the basic grant program, $1,500,000 shall be used 
to conduct covert operations in addition to those funds 
originally intended under each state's enforcement plan. Of the 
$1,500,000, $400,000 shall be allocated to develop a model out-
of-service prototype system that states can use to assure that 
commercial vehicle drivers comply with those orders.
      In addition to covert operations, the conferees believe 
that the office of motor carriers should develop cost effective 
rules to improve safety, educate motor carriers so that they 
know how to comply with these rules, and promote voluntary 
compliance.
      Assistance to border states.--The conferees agree that, 
within the basic grant program, $750,000 shall be provided to 
states along the Mexican border to ensure the safety of 
increased traffic. These states face special problems 
associated with a projected concentration of trade-related 
commercial vehicle traffic once restrictions along the U.S.-
Mexican border are significantly reduced on December 17, 1995.
      Truck and bus accidents.--The conferees have provided 
$200,000 to conduct a model accident investigation and 
reconstruction program. These funds shall be available to train 
motor carrier safety officers on investigative techniques at 
accident sites.

                    surface transportation projects

      Amendment No. 63: Deletes appropriation of $39,500,000 
for surface transportation projects proposed by the Senate. The 
House provided no similar appropriation.

             National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

                        operations and research

      Amendment No. 64: Appropriates $73,316,570 for the 
general fund portion of the operations and research activities 
of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as 
proposed by the House instead of $71,261,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      Amendment No. 65: Provides that of the general funds made 
available for operations and research, $37,825,850 shall remain 
available until September 30, 1998 as proposed by the House 
instead of $36,770,676 as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 66: Includes language proposed by the House 
which prohibits the National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration from obligating or expending funds to plan, 
finalize, or implement any rulemaking that would alter the tire 
grading standards currently in effect. The Senate bill 
contained no similar provision.

                        operations and research

                          (highway trust fund)

      Amendment No. 67: Appropriates $51,884,430 from the 
highway trust fund for operations and research activities of 
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration instead of 
$52,011,930 as proposed by the House and $50,344,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 68: Provides that of the funds made 
available for operations and research, $32,247,000 shall remain 
available until September 30, 1998, instead of $32,770,670 as 
proposed by the House and $31,716,720 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The conference agreement for operations and research 
(general fund and highway trust fund combined) includes the 
following adjustments to the budget request:

Rulemaking:
        Vehicle safety standards........................       -$200,000
        New car assessment program......................      -1,057,000
        Fuel economy program............................      -2,165,000
        Theft program pilot project.....................        +890,000
Enforcement:
        Vehicle safety compliance.......................        -500,000
        Auto safety hotline.............................      -1,000,000
        Odometer fraud..................................         -40,000
Highway safety program:
        Safe communities injury control.................      -5,225,000
        Alcohol program.................................        -548,000
        Pedestrian and bicycle..........................        -224,000
        National occupant protection....................        -392,000
        Child safety seat program.......................        -600,000
        Police traffic system...........................        -300,000
        Driver education................................         -75,000
        Older driver research...........................        +100,000
        Driver fatigue..................................      +1,000,000
Research and analysis:
        Biomechanics....................................      -1,500,000
        Fatal accident reporting system.................        -300,000
        National accident sampling system...............        -300,000
        Data analysis program...........................        -500,000
        State data programs.............................        -400,000
        Partnership for new generation vehicles.........      -5,000,000
General administration:
        Strategic planning..............................        -200,000
Accountwide adjustments:
        Computer support................................        -245,000
        Administrative..................................        -250,000
        Travel..........................................         -50,000
        Overtime........................................         -60,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
              Net reduction.............................     -19,141,000

      Theft program.--The conference agreement provides 
$890,000 to establish pilot National Motor Vehicle Title 
Information System programs. The conferees note that the Anti-
Car Theft Act of 1992 directed the Department of Transportation 
to establish an information system for instant and reliable 
access to titling information. The American Association of 
Motor Vehicle Administrators, the Customs Service, and others 
have stated that such a system is essential to prevent thieves 
from obtaining legal ownership of stolen vehicles.
      Older drivers.--The conferees have provided $100,000 for 
older driver research to improve and test referral systems and 
develop performance assessment techniques. These additional 
funds will advance NHTSA's goal of improving driving 
performance and licensing of older drivers.
      Driver fatigue.--The conference agreement includes 
$1,000,000 to analyze the role of driver fatigue, sleep 
disorders, and inattention in highway crashes and shall be 
available to develop and test public education strategies and 
countermeasures that make drivers aware of the dangers of 
driving while fatigued.
      Section 403 programs.--The purpose of the section 403 
programs is to research and test new highway safety ideas that 
may be successfully implemented throughout the United States. 
In recent years, some of these programs have received ``seed 
money'' far longer than expected. The conferees agree with the 
Senate direction that requires NHTSA to prepare a report 
highlighting how much money section 403 programs have received, 
what future financial support is expected for these programs, 
and when such support can be terminated. The conferees urge 
NHTSA to complete this report as soon as possible and provide 
it to the House and Senate Committees on appropriations by May 
1, 1996.
      National advanced driving simulator.--The conferees have 
provided $2,000,000 for the national advanced driving 
simulator. The conferees direct the Department of 
Transportation to allocate the costs of the simulator among the 
participating modal administrations, including the Federal 
Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Federal 
Railroad Administration, and the Intelligent Transportation 
Systems joint program office, as part of the Department's 1997 
budget request. Also, the conferees urge the department to 
discuss additional cost sharing commitments with the 
Departments of Defense and Health and Human Services.

                        operations and research

                             (rescissions)

      Amendment No. 69: Deletes rescissions of $4,547,185 in 
unobligated balances previously made available for the national 
advanced driving simulator as proposed by the Senate.

                     highway traffic safety grants

                (liquidation of contract authorization)

                          (highway trust fund)

      Amendment No. 70: Appropriates $155,100,000 to liquidate 
contract authority obligations for highway traffic safety 
grants as proposed by the Senate instead of $153,400,000 as 
proposed by the House.
      Amendment No. 71: Limits obligations for highway traffic 
safety grants to $155,100,000 as proposed by the Senate instead 
of $153,400,000 as proposed by the House.
      Amendment No. 72: Provides $127,700,000 for state and 
community highway safety grants instead of $126,000,000 as 
proposed by the House and $128,000,000 as proposed by the 
Senate. Of the total, the conferees agree that $4,700,000 shall 
be available to local communities to implement safe communities 
initiatives and $9,200,000 for youth traffic safety programs.
      Amendment No. 73: Provides $2,400,000 for the National 
Driver Register as proposed by the House instead of $2,100,000 
as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 74: Provides that funding for the National 
Driver Register shall be subject to authorization as proposed 
by the Senate instead of subject to passage by the House of a 
bill authorizing appropriations and for only the amounts 
provided therein as proposed by the House.
      Amendment No. 75: Includes language proposed by the House 
which prohibits any funding for highway traffic safety grants 
to be used for construction, rehabilitation, or remodeling 
costs, or for office furnishings and fixtures for state, local, 
or private buildings or structures. Deletes language proposed 
by the House which prohibits funds to be used to purchase 
automobiles or motorcycles for state, local, or private usage. 
The Senate bill contained no similar provisions.
      Amendment No. 76: Provides $5,211,000 for the 
administration of state and community highway safety grants as 
proposed by the Senate instead of $5,153,000 as proposed by the 
House. The conferees agree that $300,000 of the administrative 
takedown shall be expended to evaluate the costs and benefits 
of the section 403 safe communities injury control initiative. 
The evaluation shall be provided to the House and Senate 
Committees on Appropriations by March 1, 1997.
      Amendment No. 77: Requires up to $500,000 shall be used 
for technical assistance to states as proposed by the Senate 
instead of allowing flexibility to use up to that amount, as 
proposed by the House.
      Amendment No. 78: Provides $890,000 for administrative 
expenses under the National Driver Register program as proposed 
by the House instead of $777,000 as proposed by the Senate.

                    Federal Railroad Administration

                      office of the administrator

      Amendment No. 79: Appropriates $14,018,000 for the Office 
of the Administrator as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$14,000,000 as proposed by the House. The conference agreement 
includes the following reductions to the budget request:

Technical assistance program............................       -$130,000
Operation respond.......................................         -10,000
Nonpay inflation........................................        -500,000
Other services..........................................         -91,000
Offset for high unobligated balances....................      -2,621,000

      The conference agreement allows the Office of the 
Administrator to spend down its prior years' unobligated 
balance.

                            railroad safety

      Amendment No. 80: Appropriates $49,919,000 for railroad 
safety instead of $49,940,660 as proposed by the House and 
$49,105,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement 
includes the following reductions to the budget request:

Other services..........................................       -$105,000
New partnership program.................................        -400,000
Nonpay inflation........................................        -230,000
Salaries and expenses...................................        -200,000
Inspector trainee program...............................         -50,000
Automated track inspection program......................        -100,000
Permanent change of station moves.......................        -100,000

      Federal Railroad Administration offices.--The conferees 
generally agree that the Federal Railroad Administration should 
limit its railroad safety offices to two per state, but 
recognize that large states with significant rail activities 
may require an exception. The Federal Railroad Administration 
shall submit to the House and Senate Committees on 
Appropriations prior to October 1, 1996, a written 
justification for any state(s) where it may be necessary to 
provide more than two offices due to volume of rail activity 
and/or geographic coverage.
      New computers for railroad safety inspectors.--The 
conferees have provided $800,000 to procure laptop computers 
for railroad inspectors in one region, anticipating that 
productivity enhancements and reduced program costs will occur 
as inspectors compile their work from remote locations. The 
conferees direct the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to 
prepare a study detailing the cost savings resulting from the 
investment in laptop computers for railroad safety inspectors. 
The study shall be completed prior to FRA requesting further 
funding to procure additional laptop computers for its railroad 
safety inspectors in other regions.
      Accident reporting.--The conferees direct the Federal 
Railroad Administration to complete necessary changes to its 
accident report by June 1, 1996.

                   railroad research and development

      Amendment No. 81: Appropriates $24,550,000 for railroad 
research and development instead of $21,000,000 as proposed by 
the House and $25,775,000 as proposed by the Senate. The 
conference agreement includes the following adjustments to the 
budget request:

Increase Operation Lifesaver............................       +$150,000
Increase human factors work.............................        +400,000
Reduce track, structures, and train control.............      -1,000,000
Reduce growth in high speed activities..................     -27,922,000
Delete maglev initiative................................        -825,000
Reduce grade crossing notification system...............        -100,000
Positive train separation...............................      +5,000,000
Reduce administration...................................        -100,000

      Operation Lifesaver.--The conference agreement provides a 
total of $300,000 for Operation Lifesaver, $150,000 more than 
the budget request. The conferees agree that the increase shall 
be expended to address grade crossing safety.
      Human factors.--The conferees have provided $400,000 for 
human factors research to implement FRA's five-year human 
factors strategic research plan as rapidly as possible and to 
address fundamental problems that cause railroad accidents, 
such as fatigue and stress.
      Positive train separation.--The conferees have provided 
$5,000,000 for the state of Oregon for positive train 
separation (PTS) activities. As part of this work, funding can 
be used for an extension into Union Station and for additional 
track and signal work. In addition, the Federal Railroad 
Administration [FRA] shall research and develop PTS, implement 
a high speed rail mitigation path, evaluate the compatibility 
of PTS and corridor passenger service on the Portland, Oregon 
to Seattle, Washington corridor, and purchase necessary wayside 
sensors and radios so that the PTS system can verify train 
locations and switch positions. This will allow PTS equipped 
trains to operate on either track in either direction at full 
track speed. Finally, FRA shall assess the communications 
reliability of this system in a dense urban area, such as 
Portland, Oregon. FRA believes that the Pacific Northwest 
Corridor is the ideal testbed for such a system. No matching 
funds are required for this project.
      In connection with this project, the conferees strongly 
encourage the Federal Railroad Administration, the U.S. Coast 
Guard, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to work together to 
establish differential global positioning system coverage for 
the territory between Portland and Hinkle, Oregon. Such 
coverage is vital to test and validate the PTS automatic 
location capability in an area where radio propagation may be 
limited by the rugged terrain.
      National Academy of Sciences study of high speed rail.--
The conferees direct the FRA to contract with the National 
Academy of Sciences to assemble a panel of experts to issue 
periodic reports on FRA's high speed rail research and 
development and next generation high speed rail activities. The 
first of these reports should assess the content, inter-
relationship of individual projects, management structure, and 
direction of FRA's activities. The intent of this assessment is 
to determine whether these activities make up a coherent, well-
managed whole, and whether the proposed fiscal year 1997 
projects are logical extensions of these efforts. This first 
assessment should be completed by April 1, 1996, to meet the 
deadline established in the House report. The second report 
should assess whether specific projects in FRA's program are 
likely to yield useful research results, and the prospect of 
state and/or private deployment. Thereafter, the panel should 
consider and report on, in sequence, the other elements as 
stated in the Senate report.
      Advanced train control study.--The conferees agree not to 
require FRA to submit an advanced train control plan for 
evaluation prior to further corridor development work occurring 
outside of the Northeast Corridor as proposed by the House.

                 northeast corridor improvement program

      Amendment No. 82: Appropriates $115,000,000 for the 
northeast corridor improvement program instead of $100,000,000 
as proposed by the House and $130,000,000 as proposed by the 
Senate. Of this amount, the conferees agree to distribute 
$65,000,000 to the southern portion of the corridor for repair 
and $50,000,000 to the northern portion of the corridor for 
track work, maintenance facilities, and electrification. The 
conferees have not provided any additional funding for high-
speed transets because prior year appropriations remain 
available for this procurement. This should be interpreted as a 
deferral of additional funding and not Congressional desire to 
terminate the project. The conferees direct Amtrak to notify 
the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations of its final 
detailed allocation of these funds.
      Cash flow analysis.--The conferees agree that Amtrak is 
to provide a detailed cash flow analysis, which identifies the 
funding required to complete the high-speed rail trainset 
procurement and options for public and private financing of the 
procurement. This cash flow analysis should include information 
from Amtrak's ongoing market and ridership survey that 
validates the estimates being made for the electrified New 
Haven to Boston service. A preliminary report shall be provided 
to the House and Senate Committees by December 1, 1995 and a 
final report shall be issued no later than March 1, 1996.
      Joint transportation plan.--The conferees direct the 
Federal Railroad Administration and Amtrak to provide by March 
1, 1996 to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations a 
joint and comprehensive transportation plan for the Washington, 
DC to New York, N.Y. segment of the corridor that details (1) 
the state of the rail line, (2) all required capital 
improvements, (3) necessary investments for recapitalization, 
and (4) a projected timeline for these expenditures over the 
next two decades. This plan should include information on how 
the costs for upgrading and maintaining the railroad will be 
shared by all users of the rail line.

                    next generation high speed rail

      Amendment No. 83: Appropriates $19,205,000 for next 
generation high speed rail studies, corridor planning, 
development, demonstration, and implementation instead of 
$10,000,000 as proposed by the House and $20,000,000 as 
proposed by the Senate. The House bill provided funding only 
for high speed rail technology development and demonstrations.
      The conference agreement provides total funding 
(appropriation plus limitation on obligations) of $24,205,000 
for the next generation high speed rail program to be allocated 
as follows:

Advanced train control:
        Detroit to Chicago corridor........................... $3,00,000
        Chicago to St. Louis corridor......................... 6,000,000
Nonelectric locomotives:
        New York nonelectric locomotives demonstration..       6,000,000
        Transportation technology center................       3,000,000
Grade crossing hazards:
        Complete state grade crossing work..............       1,000,000
        Innovative techniques...........................       3,500,000
        Corridor planning technology....................       1,250,000
        Administrative costs............................         455,000

      Nonelectric locomotives.--The conferees have provided 
$6,000,000 to continue the development, testing, and 
demonstration of turbine powered nonelectric locomotives in the 
state of New York as proposed by the Senate. This funding shall 
be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis. The House did not 
provide funding for this project. Since then, the House has 
received significant information on the project and now 
believes that a more comprehensive demonstration of this 
technology is necessary. Therefore, the conferees have agreed 
to fund the retrofit of a second nonelectric trainset so that 
additional data can be gathered on the capacity, reliability, 
maintainability, and fuel consumption of a turbine powered 
nonelectric fleet. Also, this funding should be used to further 
develop ways to improve the acceleration capabilities of 
nonelectric locomotives so that their performance is more 
comparable to that of electric locomotives. FRA, in conjunction 
with Amtrak and the State of New York, should submit 
information on the retrofitted locomotives as compared to the 
Genesis P-40 and other high speed locomotives, to the House and 
Senate Committees on Appropriations no later than August 15, 
1996 so that the results can be evaluated prior to finalization 
of the fiscal year 1997 Department of Transportation 
appropriations bill. While this is ongoing, FRA, Amtrak, and 
the State of New York should work to resolve the liability 
concerns along the Empire Corridor and close highway-rail grade 
crossings so that these trains can operate at 125 miles per 
hour.
      In addition, the conference agreement raises the 
liquidating cash appropriation from the highway trust fund to 
$7,118,000, based on updated estimates from FRA. The House and 
Senate bills included $5,000,000 for this purpose.
      Amendment No. 84: Provides that next generation high 
speed rail funds may be made available for grants to states for 
high speed rail corridor design, feasibility studies, 
environmental analyses, and track and signal improvements as 
proposed by the Senate. The House bill included no similar 
provision.

                     alaska railroad rehabilitation

      Amendment No. 85: Appropriates $10,000,000 for Alaska 
Railroad rehabilitation as proposed by the Senate. The House 
contained no similar appropriation.

               pennsylvania station redevelopment project

      Amendment No. 86: Deletes $25,000,000 for the 
Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment project proposed by the 
Senate. The House bill contained no similar appropriation. The 
conferees have provided funding for related activities under 
the National Railroad Passenger Corporation's capital grants 
program, rather than new development of the James A. Farley 
post office building.

                     rhode island rail development

      Amendment No. 87: Appropriates $1,000,000 for Rhode 
Island rail development instead of $2,000,000 as proposed by 
the Senate. The House bill contained no similar appropriation. 
As proposed by the Senate, the conference agreement specifies 
that the federal contribution shall be matched on a dollar-for-
dollar basis. Further, the Providence and Worcester Railroad 
shall reimburse Amtrak and/or the Federal Railroad 
Administration up to the first $6,000,000 in legal damages if 
damages occur resulting from provision of vertical clearances 
in excess of those required for present freight operations.

         grants to the national railroad passenger corporation

      Amendment No. 88: Provides $635,000,000 for the National 
Railroad Passenger Corporation [Amtrak] instead of $628,000,000 
as proposed by the House and $605,000,000 as proposed by the 
Senate. Over the past year, Amtrak has undergone significant 
changes to improve its service quality and productivity and to 
eliminate its dependence on federal operating assistance by the 
year 2001. Amtrak has made strides in reaching these goals; 
however, legislative reforms, including labor reforms, must be 
enacted if Amtrak is to reach its operating cost goals. Current 
authorization bills contain a number of these legislative 
reforms. As such, the significant level of funding provided is 
predicated on the belief that vital legislative reforms will 
occur in the near term, which will reduce Amtrak's costs.
      Amendment No. 89: Provides $305,000,000 for operating 
losses and mandatory passenger rail service payments as 
proposed by the Senate instead of $336,000,000 as proposed by 
the House.
      Amendment No. 90: Provides $100,000,000 for Amtrak's 
transition costs as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$62,000,000 as proposed by the House.
      Amendment No. 91: Provides $230,000,000 for capital 
improvements to Amtrak as proposed by the House instead of 
$200,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference 
agreement provides up to $20,000,000 for emergency life safety 
repairs to be completed at the existing Pennsylvania Station, 
as allowed during fiscal year 1995, as well as for the 
reconstruction of the station's service building to provide the 
support services necessary for the safe operation of the 
station.
      Amendment No. 92: Deletes language proposed by the House 
which would have made the availability of funds contingent upon 
enactment of significant reforms in authorizing legislation to 
restructure the National Railroad Passenger Corporation. The 
Senate bill contained no similar provision. In lieu of this 
language, the conference agreement provides Amtrak with the 
ability to transfer not more than $15,000,000 from the capital 
improvements account to the Northeast Corridor Improvement 
Program.

                     Federal Transit Administration

                        administrative expenses

      Amendment No. 93: Appropriates $42,000,000 for 
administrative expenses of the Federal Transit Administration 
[FTA] as proposed by the Senate instead of $39,260,000 as 
proposed by the House. The conference agreement provides two 
full-time equivalent staff year positions in the FTA's 
Washington, DC offices to conduct management and oversight of 
the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority [WMATA]. The 
conference agreement also includes a provision under amendment 
numbered 165 that requires the FTA to conduct its oversight of 
WMATA from FTA's Washington metropolitan area offices.

                             formula grants

      Amendment No. 94: Appropriates $942,925,000 from the 
general fund for formula grants of the Federal Transit 
Administration instead of $890,000,000 as proposed by the House 
and $985,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 95: Provides for a total program level of 
$2,052,925,000, including appropriations and limitations on 
obligations, for transit formula grants, instead of 
$2,000,000,000 as proposed by the House and $2,105,850,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 96: Limits reductions in transit operating 
assistance to urbanized areas of less than 200,000 in 
population to no less than seventy-five percent of the amount 
of operating assistance such areas are eligible to receive 
under Public Law 103-331, instead of eighty percent as proposed 
by the Senate. The House bill contained no similar provision.
      Amendment No. 97: Deletes language proposed by the Senate 
that would apportion $29,325,031 to areas of 200,000 or greater 
in population before apportionment of transit formula funds. 
The conference agreement includes language that, in the 
distribution of the limitation on transit operating assistance 
to urbanized areas that had a population under the 1990 
decennial census of 1,000,000 or more, the Secretary shall 
direct each area to give priority consideration to the impact 
of reductions in operating assistance on smaller transit 
authorities operating within the area, and to consider the 
needs and resources of such transit authorities when the 
limitation is distributed among all transit authorities 
operating in the area.

                     transit planning and research

      Amendment No. 98: Appropriates $85,500,000 for transit 
planning and research instead of $82,250,000 as proposed by the 
House and $90,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees 
agree to specify in the bill that $39,500,000 shall be provided 
for the metropolitan planning program (49 U.S.C. 5303); 
$4,500,000 for the rural transit assistance program (49 U.S.C. 
5311(b)(2)); $8,250,000 for the transit cooperative research 
program (49 U.S.C. 5313(b)); $22,000,000 for the national 
program (49 U.S.C. 5314); $8,250,000 for the state program (49 
U.S.C. 5313(a)); and $3,000,000 for the National transit 
institute (49 U.S.C. 5315). The House bill contained similar 
funding allocations, but at different levels than in the 
conference agreement. The Senate bill contained no allocations 
by program in the bill.
      The conferees direct that within the total funding level 
provided for transit planning and research, the Federal Transit 
Administration shall make available the following amounts for 
the programs and activities listed below:

Team transit program of the Minnesota Metropolitan 
    Commission..........................................        $500,000
Project ACTION (Accessible Community Transportation in 
    our Nation).........................................       2,000,000
Advanced technology transit bus.........................       5,000,000
Fuel cell bus technology................................       5,000,000
Research on large circuit breakers and switch gears.....       2,500,000
Dulles corridor studies.................................         500,000
Hennepin County, Minnesota, public works program........         500,000
Intermodal positioning system (inertial navigational 
    technology).........................................         500,000
Advanced lead acid battery consortium...................         500,000
Ridership enhancement strategies........................         500,000

      The conferees agree that federal transit assistance 
should contribute to the improvement of the entire community 
which transit systems serve, rather than support just the 
transit service itself. This is the goal of the livable 
communities initiative. By assisting a broad range of 
activities, communities may be improved; and by better linking 
the communities to the transit system, transit service may be 
made more effective. The conferees, therefore, urge the 
Department of Transportation to endeavor in these types of 
community initiatives.
      Advanced transportation systems program.--Section 6071 of 
title V of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act 
established the advanced transportation systems and electric 
vehicle technology program. The conferees are aware of the 
significant contributions that participating consortia have 
made to this program and direct the FTA to continue its support 
within available funds of further development and production of 
heavy duty transit buses, the development of energy storage 
technologies, flywheel and hybrid vehicle development and 
demonstration, and the continued charging infrastructure 
programs.
      Within available funds, the department is urged to 
consider support of monobeam transit system development.

                      trust fund share of expenses

                (liquidation of contract authorization)

                          (highway trust fund)

      Amendment No. 99: Provides $1,120,850,000 in liquidating 
cash for the trust fund share of expenses of the formula grants 
program as proposed by the Senate instead of $1,110,000,000 as 
proposed by the House.

                          discretionary grants

                      (limitation on obligations)

                          (highway trust fund)

      Bus and bus-related facilities.--The conference agreement 
provides $333,000,000 for the replacement, rehabilitation, and 
purchase of buses and related equipment and the construction of 
bus-related facilities. The conferees agree that the 
recommended funding should be distributed as follows:

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              Project location and purpose                     House              Senate           Conference   
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Arkansas:                                                                                                       
    Little Rock, central Arkansas transit transfer                                                              
     facility..........................................                 $0         $1,000,000                 $0
    Fayetteville, intermodal transfer facility.........                  0          5,400,000                  0
    State of Arkansas; buses...........................          6,000,000                  0          6,200,000
California:                                                                                                     
    Coachella Valley; SunLine bus facility.............          1,000,000                  0            500,000
    Long Beach, bus replacement and parts..............                  0          3,000,000          1,500,000
    Los Angeles; Gateway intermodal center.............          8,000,000         15,000,000          8,000,000
    San Diego, San Ysidro intermodal center............                  0         10,000,000          5,000,000
    San Francisco; buses...............................         13,480,000                  0          6,740,000
    San Francisco, BART ADA compliance/paratransit.....                  0          4,460,000          2,230,000
    San Gabriel Valley; Foothill bus facilities........         12,500,000                  0          9,750,000
    San Joaquin, RTD bus replacement...................                  0         10,560,000          5,280,000
    Santa Cruz; bus facility...........................          3,000,000                  0          1,500,000
    Sonoma County; park and ride facilities............          2,500,000                  0          1,250,000
    Ventura County; bus facility.......................          1,200,000                  0            600,000
    Yolo County; buses.................................          3,000,000                  0          1,500,000
Colorado: Fort Collins and Greeley; buses..............          2,500,000                  0          1,250,000
Connecticut: Norwich; intermodal center................          3,000,000                  0          1,500,000
Delaware: State of Delaware; buses.....................          2,700,000                  0          1,350,000
Florida:                                                                                                        
    Metropolitan Dade County; buses....................          4,000,000         16,000,000         10,000,000
    Orlando; Lynx buses and bus operating facility.....          8,500,000                  0          4,250,000
    Palm Beach County; bus facilities..................          4,000,000                  0          2,000,000
    Volusia County; buses and park and ride facility...          2,500,000                  0          1,250,000
Georgia: Atlanta; buses................................          7,500,000                  0          3,750,000
Hawaii: Honolulu, Oahu; Kuakini medical center parking                                                          
 facility..............................................                  0          8,000,000          4,000,000
Iowa:                                                                                                           
    Ames, Marshalltown, Ottumwa, Regions 6, 14, 15, 16;                                                         
     buses and bus facilities..........................          4,000,000                  0          2,350,000
    Cedar Rapids; hybrid electric bus consortium.......                  0          2,960,000          1,200,000
    Ottumwa; global positioning equipment..............                  0            700,000                  0
    Waterloo; intermodal bus facility..................                  0          1,340,000            670,000
    State of Iowa; buses, equipment, and facilities....                  0          8,000,000          4,280,000
Illinois:                                                                                                       
    Chicago replacement buses/communications system....                  0         13,700,000                  0
    State of Illinois; buses...........................         20,000,000                  0         16,850,000
Indiana:                                                                                                        
    Gary and Hammond; buses............................            520,000                  0            260,000
    South Bend; intermodal facility....................          5,000,000                  0          2,500,000
    State of Indiana; buses and bus facilities.........         13,000,000                  0          6,500,000
Kentucky: Lexington; buses.............................          2,000,000                  0          1,000,000
Louisiana:                                                                                                      
    New Orleans; bus facility..........................          6,000,000                  0          3,000,000
    New Orleans; buses.................................         12,000,000                  0          6,000,000
    Saint Barnard Parish; intermodal facility..........          3,000,000                  0          1,500,000
Massachusetts: Worcester; intermodal center............          4,000,000                  0          2,000,000
Maryland: Maryland Transit Authority, Maryland; buses..         10,000,000         16,000,000         13,000,000
Michigan:                                                                                                       
    Lansing intermodal transportation center...........                  0          4,180,000          2,090,000
    State of Michigan; ISTEA set-aside requirement.....         10,000,000         10,000,000         10,000,000
Minnesota: Metropolitan Council, Minnesota; articulated                                                         
 buses.................................................         15,000,000                  0          7,500,000
Missouri:                                                                                                       
    Kansas City; Union Station intermodal..............                  0         13,000,000          6,500,000
    St. Louis; Metrolink bus purchase..................                  0         10,000,000          3,500,000
    State of Missouri; buses and bus facilities........                  0         11,000,000          7,000,000
North Carolina: State of North Carolina; buses and bus                                                          
 facilities............................................         10,000,000                  0          5,000,000
New Jersey:                                                                                                     
    Garden State Parkway; park-n-ride at interchange                                                            
     165...............................................                  0          2,300,000          1,150,000
    Hamilton Township; intermodal facility/bus                                                                  
     maintenance.......................................                  0         25,000,000         12,500,000
Nevada: Clark County, Nevada; buses and bus facility...         14,000,000         20,000,000         17,000,000
New York:                                                                                                       
    Albany; buses......................................                  0         10,000,000          5,000,000
    Buffalo; Crossroads intermodal station.............          1,000,000                  0            500,000
    Long Island; buses.................................                  0          3,000,000          1,500,000
    New Rochelle; intermodal facility..................          1,500,000                  0            750,000
    New York City; natural gas buses/fueling station...                  0         10,000,000          5,000,000
    Rensselaer; intermodal station.....................          7,500,000          7,500,000          7,500,000
    Rochester-Genessee; buses..........................                  0          1,400,000            700,000
    Syracuse; buses....................................          2,000,000                  0          1,000,000
    Syracuse; intermodal station.......................          2,000,000                  0          1,000,000
    Utica; buses.......................................                  0          6,000,000          3,000,000
    Westchester; bus facility..........................          4,500,000                  0          2,250,000
Ohio:                                                                                                           
    Cleveland; Triskett bus facility...................          2,500,000                  0          1,250,000
    Columbus; buses....................................                  0         10,000,000                  0
    State of Ohio; buses and bus facilities............         20,000,000                  0         15,000,000
Oregon:                                                                                                         
    Wilsonville; transit vehicles......................                  0            500,000            250,000
    Eugene lane transit district; radio system.........                  0          1,300,000            650,000
Pennsylvania:                                                                                                   
    Allegheny County; busway system....................          8,000,000         10,000,000          9,000,000
    Altoona; ISTEA set-aside requirement...............          2,000,000                  0          1,000,000
    Beaver County; bus facility........................          1,600,000          3,300,000          2,450,000
    Erie; intermodal complex...........................                  0          8,000,000          4,000,000
    North Philadelphia; intermodal center..............          6,000,000                  0          3,000,000
    Philadelphia; buses................................          3,000,000                  0          1,500,000
    Philadelphia; Chestnut Street/alternative fueled                                                            
     vehicles..........................................                  0          2,000,000          1,000,000
    Philadelphia; lift-equipped buses..................         15,000,000                  0          7,500,000
Tennessee: Nashville, Tennessee; electric buses........            600,000                  0            300,000
Texas:                                                                                                          
    Corpus Christi; buses, dispatching system, and                                                              
     facilities........................................                  0          1,600,000          2,450,000
    Corpus Christi; bus facilities.....................          2,500,000                  0                  0
    El Paso; buses, equipment and facilities...........          6,000,000                  0          5,200,000
    El Paso; bus equipment.............................          2,900,000                  0                  0
    El Paso; satellite transit terminal................          1,500,000                  0                  0
    Robstown/Corpus Christi bus shelters/curb cuts/                                                             
     transit center....................................                  0            800,000                  0
Utah: Utah Transit Authority, Utah; buses..............          3,500,000                  0          1,750,000
Virginia: Richmond; downtown intermodal station........                  0         10,000,000          5,000,000
Vermont:                                                                                                        
    State of Vermont; buses and bus facilities.........                  0          6,000,000          3,000,000
    Marble Valley; bus upgrades........................                  0          2,000,000          1,000,000
Washington:                                                                                                     
    Everett; intermodal center.........................                  0          7,000,000          3,500,000
    Pierce County; Tacoma Dome station.................          3,000,000          5,000,000          5,000,000
    Seattle; Metro/King County multimodal..............                  0          4,000,000          2,000,000
    Seattle/King County; Seattle metro bus purchase....          2,500,000         10,000,000          6,250,000
    Wenatchee; Chelan-Douglas multimodal...............                  0          2,000,000                  0
Wisconsin: State of Wisconsin; buses...................         20,000,000                  0         10,000,000
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
      Total............................................        333,000,000        333,000,000        333,000,000
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      Within available balances, the conferees direct the 
Federal Transit Administration to support the following 
applications: the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District 
for state-of-the-art, electric battery-powered buses for 
initial use at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games; Taos, New Mexico 
and Kansas City, Kansas for buses and bus-related purchases; 
and the Pennsylvania consolidated bus purchase.
      State of Arkansas.--The conference agreement includes 
$6,200,000 for buses and intermodal and bus-related facilities 
to be made available to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation 
Department to be distributed as follows: $200,000 for Pine 
Bluff Transit; $3,200,000 for the University of Arkansas; 
$400,000 for Hot Springs Transit; $300,000 for South Central 
Arkansas; $800,000 for Central Arkansas Transit; and $800,000 
for Southeast Arkansas Transit. The remaining balances may be 
retained by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department 
for other state bus and bus-related projects.
      Ames, Marshalltown, Ottumwa, Regions 6, 14, 15 and 16, 
Iowa; bus and bus facilities.--The conference agreement 
includes $2,350,000 for buses and bus facilities for Ames, 
Marshalltown, Ottumwa, and Regions 6, 14, 15 and 16, Iowa to be 
distributed as follows: $1,069,000 for Ames; $704,300 for 
Ottumwa; $189,500 for Marshalltown; $17,600 for Region 6; 
$121,100 for Region 14; $159,400 for Region 15; and $89,100 for 
Region 16.
      State of Michigan.--The conference agreement includes 
$10,000,000 for the State of Michigan to fulfill the 
requirements of section 3035(ll) of the Intermodal Surface 
Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. Of the $10,000,000 for 
the State of Michigan, the conferees have included: $3,022,500 
for buses and bus facilities for Grand Rapids; $3,022,500 for 
buses and bus facilities in Flint; $3,022,500 for the Suburban 
Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART); and 
$932,500 for an intermodal facility in Lansing. The conference 
agreement includes a total of $3,022,500 for the intermodal 
transportation center in Lansing. The conferees recognize that 
$1,200,000 more is required to complete this project and 
encourage the project sponsors to submit a future request for 
the remaining funds.
      State of New York.--The conferees direct those transit 
systems in the State of New York receiving section 3 bus 
discretionary allocations in areas over 200,000 population for 
the express purpose of providing fixed-route transit services, 
to purchase alternative fueled buses. Vehicles purchased for 
use in urbanized areas under 200,000 population and for use in 
rural areas and/or for ADA mandated paratransit services are 
exempt.
      State of Illinois.--The conference agreement provides 
$16,850,000 for the Illinois Department of Transportation for 
replacement buses and transit facilities. This amount includes 
funds for replacement buses for the following transit agencies: 
$1,585,000 for Champaign-Urbana; $528,000 for Decatur; 
$2,290,000 for Madison County; $528,000 for Quincy; $528,000 
for Rockford; $880,000 for Rock Island; $1,073,000 for 
Springfield; and $1,665,000 for Pace. The amount also includes 
$720,000 for a transfer facility in Peoria and $800,000 for bus 
facilities for the South Central MTD. In addition, $6,000,000 
is provided for a new bus communications system for the Chicago 
Transit Authority.
      Bus overhauls.--The conferees direct the FTA to study and 
report to the appropriate Congressional committees by July 15, 
1996 on the data associated with requests for funding under the 
periodic bus overhaul funding provision, including, but not 
limited to, the number, size, and geographic type of transit 
systems that seek to capitalize such expenses, and the amounts 
requested under this section.
      Amendment No. 100: Includes language that reprograms 
$21,631,250 of funds previously made available in Public Law 
102-388 and provides $666,000,000 for new fixed guideway 
systems. The House bill included $666,000,000 and the Senate 
bill included a total of $688,840,000, of which $22,840,000 was 
proposed to be reprogrammed.
      The conferees recommend that $21,631,250 of funds that 
were originally provided in the fiscal year 1993 Department of 
Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, Public 
Law 102-388, that have not been obligated by October 1, 1995 be 
reprogrammed. Should additional funds from Public Law 103-388 
remain unobligated, the conferees direct the Administrator to 
reprogram these funds 15 days after notification to the House 
and Senate Committees on Appropriations only to those projects 
that have existing full funding grant agreements on the date of 
enactment of this Act, to the extent that those projects are 
likely to be capable of obligating these funds in the course of 
this fiscal year.
      The conference agreement provides for the following 
distribution of the recommended funding for new fixed guideway 
systems as follows:

        Project                                                   Amount
Atlanta-North Springs project...........................     $42,410,000
South Boston Piers (MOS-2) project......................      20,060,000
Canton-Akron-Cleveland commuter rail project............       4,250,000
Cincinnati Northeast/Northern Kentucky rail line project       1,000,000
Dallas South Oak Cliff LRT project......................      16,941,000
DART North Central light rail extension project.........       3,000,000
Dallas-Fort Worth RAILTRAN project......................       6,000,000
Florida Tri-County commuter rail project................      10,000,000
Houston Regional Bus project............................      22,630,000
Jacksonville ASE extension project......................       9,720,625
Los Angeles Metro Rail (MOS-3)..........................      85,000,000
Los Angeles-San Diego commuter rail project.............       8,500,000
MARC commuter rail project..............................      10,000,000
Maryland Central Corridor LRT project...................      15,315,000
Miami-North 27th Avenue project.........................       2,000,000
Memphis, Tennessee Regional Rail Plan...................       1,250,000
New Jersey Urban Core-Secaucus project..................      80,250,000
New Orleans Canal Street Corridor project...............       5,000,000
New York Queens Connection project......................     126,725,125
Pittsburgh Airport Phase 1 project......................      22,630,000
Portland-Westside LRT project...........................     130,140,000
Sacramento LRT extension project........................       2,000,000
St. Louis Metro Link LRT project........................      12,500,000
Salt Lake City light rail project.......................       9,759,500
San Francisco BART extension project....................      10,000,000
San Juan, Puerto Rico Tren Urbano project...............       7,500,000
Tampa to Lakeland commuter rail project.................         500,000
Whitehall ferry terminal, New York, New York............       2,500,000
Wisconsin central commuter project......................      14,400,000
Burlington-Charlotte, Vermont commuter rail project.....       5,650,000

      South-North corridor project.--The conferees note that 
the Oregon legislature and Portland area voters have approved 
$850 million in local and state funds for the South-North 
corridor project. The conferees support the inclusion of the 
South-North corridor in the Portland area program of 
interrelated projects and note that a project financing plan, 
based on a discretionary (section 3) share of fifty percent of 
the total project costs, will be considered should the Portland 
region seek funding for this project.
      Orange County, California.--The conferees are concerned 
with the delay of the Federal Transit Administration in 
obligating the funds previously provided in fiscal years 1994 
and 1995 for the Orange County Transitway project. The 
conferees are concerned that the FTA may fail to recognize that 
the Anaheim Intermodal Transportation Center is not an element 
of the Transitway project. The conferees, therefore, direct the 
FTA to work expeditiously to obligate these funds once all 
pending planning and financial issues are addressed adequately.
      Kansas City.--Although no funds have been provided for 
the Kansas City, Missouri light rail project, the conferees 
believe that based on the results of the recently completed 
major investment study, the project may have merit and 
therefore encourage project sponsors to continue to seek 
federal support in the future.
      Seattle-Tacoma.--The conferees agree that sums available 
from funds appropriated in fiscal year 1992 for the Seattle-
Tacoma commuter rail project may be used for intermodal access 
and facilities in Seattle and/or commuter track and signal 
projects in and between Seattle and Tacoma, only to the extent 
to which such projects are consistent with existing federal 
transportation laws and regulations.
      Amendment No. 101: Provides $20,060,000 for the South 
Boston Piers [MOS-2] project instead of $17,500,000 as proposed 
by the House and $22,620,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 102: Provides $4,250,000 for the Canton-
Akron-Cleveland commuter rail project instead of $6,500,000 as 
proposed by the House and no funding as proposed by the Senate; 
and deletes House language that would have made funding for 
this project contingent upon passage by the House of a bill 
authorizing appropriations therefor, and only in amounts 
provided therein. The conferees have agreed to delete this 
language because on September 20, 1995, the House passed H.R. 
2274, the National Highway Systems Designation Act of 1995, 
which contained the authorization for this and the several 
other new start projects that follow below.
      Amendment No. 103: Provides $1,000,000 for the Cincinnati 
Northeast/Northern Kentucky rail line project instead of 
$2,000,000 as proposed by the House and no funding as proposed 
by the Senate; and deletes House language that would have made 
funding for this project contingent upon passage by the House 
of a bill authorizing appropriations therefor, and only in 
amounts provided therein.
      Amendment No. 104: Provides $3,000,000 for the DART North 
Central light rail extension project instead of $2,500,000 as 
proposed by the House and $3,500,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 105: Deletes House language that would have 
made funding for the DART North Central rail extension project 
contingent upon passage by the House of a bill authorizing 
appropriations therefor, and only in amounts provided therein.
      Amendment No. 106: Provides $6,000,000 for the Dallas-
Fort Worth RAILTRAN project instead of $5,000,000 as proposed 
by the House and $7,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 107: Deletes House language that would have 
made funding for the Dallas-Fort Worth RAILTRAN project 
contingent upon passage by the House of a bill authorizing 
appropriations therefor, and only in amounts provided therein.
      Amendment No. 108: Deletes House language that would have 
made funding for the Florida Tri-County commuter rail project 
contingent upon passage by the House of a bill authorizing 
appropriations therefor, and only in amounts provided therein.
      Amendment No. 109: Provides $9,720,625 for the 
Jacksonville ASE extension project instead of $12,500,000 as 
proposed by the House. The Senate bill contained no similar 
provision.
      Amendment No. 110: Provides $85,000,000 for the Los 
Angeles Metro Rail [MOS-3] instead of $125,000,000 as proposed 
by the House and $45,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides $85,000,000 for the Los 
Angeles Metro Rail Line project. The conferees, however, 
reiterate the safety concerns and the need for quality 
assurances outlined in the Senate report.
      The conferees are aware that after the Senate's 
consideration of the Act, the Los Angeles Metropolitan 
Transportation Authority [MTA] has made significant progress in 
the areas of concern as expressed by the Senate. The MTA has 
hired a new head of Metro construction to whom quality 
assurance and safety personnel now must directly report. In 
addition, the MTA has submitted the updated Metro Rail Red Line 
Project Management Plan, which demonstrates the commitment to 
safety and quality assurance, to the Federal Transit 
Administration for review, prior to FTA's October 1, 1995 
deadline.
      While this progress is encouraging, the conferees direct 
the Federal Transit Administration to continue diligent 
oversight and to ensure that these commitments to greater 
safety and quality assurance staffing are finalized before 
these or any other federal funds are obligated to the Metro Red 
Line Project.
      Amendment No. 111: Provides $8,500,000 for the Los 
Angeles-San Diego commuter rail project instead of $10,000,000 
as proposed by the House and no funding as proposed by the 
Senate.
      Amendment No. 112: Provides $10,000,000 for the MARC 
commuter rail project as proposed by the House instead of 
$15,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 113: Provides $15,315,000 for the Maryland 
Central Corridor LRT project instead of $3,000,000 as proposed 
by the House and $22,630,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 114: Deletes House language that would have 
made funding for the Miami-North 27th Avenue project contingent 
upon passage by the House of a bill authorizing appropriations 
therefor, and only in amounts provided therein.
      Amendment No. 115: Provides $1,250,000 for the Memphis, 
Tennessee Regional Rail Plan instead of $2,500,000 as proposed 
by the House and no funding as proposed by the Senate; and 
deletes House language that would have made funding for this 
project contingent upon passage by the House of a bill 
authorizing appropriations therefor, and only in amounts 
provided therein.
      Amendment No. 116: Provides $80,250,000 for the New 
Jersey Urban Core-Secaucus project instead of $75,000,000 as 
proposed by the House and $85,500,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      Amendment No. 117: Provides $5,000,000 for the New 
Orleans Canal Street Corridor project instead of $10,000,000 as 
proposed by the House and no funding as proposed by the Senate, 
and deletes House language that would have made funding for 
this project contingent upon passage by the House of a bill 
authorizing appropriations therefor, and only in amounts 
provided therein.
      Amendment No. 118: Provides $126,725,125 for the New York 
Queens Connection project instead of $114,989,000 as proposed 
by the House and $160,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 119: Deletes funding for the Orange County 
Transitway project as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$5,000,000 as proposed by the House.
      Amendment No. 120: Provides $130,140,000 for the Portland 
Westside LRT project as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$85,500,000 as proposed by the House.
      Amendment No. 121: Provides $2,000,000 for the Sacramento 
LRT extension project as proposed by the House instead of no 
funding as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 122: Provides $12,500,000 for the St. Louis 
Metro Link LRT project instead of $10,000,000 as proposed by 
the House and $13,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the 
funds provided, the conferees have included up to $2,000,000 
for the St. Claire extension.
      Amendment No. 123: Provides $9,759,500 for the Salt Lake 
City light rail project instead of $5,000,000 as proposed by 
the House and $14,519,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 124: Retains, with modification, House 
language which provides that $5,000,000 of the funds made 
available for the Salt Lake City light rail project may be 
available for related high occupancy vehicle lane and 
intermodal corridor design costs.
      Amendment No. 125: Provides $10,000,000 for the San 
Francisco BART extension project as proposed by the House 
instead of $22,620,000 for the San Francisco BART extension to 
the airport/Tasman corridor projects as proposed by the Senate.
      The conferees have agreed to provide $10,000,000 to 
continue the BART proposed extension to the San Francisco 
International Airport. BART and the San Francisco Airport 
Commission recently reached an agreement in principle on an 
airport station alignment that reduces project costs and that 
is compatible with the airport's extension plan. However, 
significant unresolved issues must be resolved before a long-
term financial commitment can be made to this project. For 
example, despite planned cost reductions, a complete cost 
analysis and financial plan are not yet available and there is 
no assurance that the federal share of this project will be 
reduced. Further, neither supplemental draft nor final analyses 
have yet been concluded, and four transportation agencies on 
the San Francisco peninsula, including one of the project 
sponsors (the San Mateo County Transit District), have voted to 
study a direct CalTrain link with the airport. Lastly, the 
conferees believe that the proposed local share costs to be 
borne by the airport and its users should be consistent with 
federal transportation policy and regulation. Given these many 
concerns, the conferees believe that sufficient time to 
complete and review adequately the supplemental draft 
environmental impact statement and the subsequent engineering 
and financial plans, and final environmental impact statements 
is not available in fiscal year 1996. Sixty days prior to 
action to execute a full funding grant agreement, the conferees 
direct the FTA to report back to both the House and Senate 
Committees on Appropriations and certify in writing that the 
aforementioned concerns are fully addressed. This action shall 
not be interpreted as a Congressional desire to terminate this 
project.
      The conference agreement provides no new funding for the 
Tasman corridor project. Measure A, a Santa Clara County local 
sales tax proposition which constitutes the Tasman project's 
local match, was invalidated by a California appeals court and 
later upheld by the California Supreme Court on September 28, 
1995. Therefore under the terms of the Bay Area's Metropolitan 
Transportation Commission's new rail starts program, the 
conferees expect that the $33,320,000 of Federal funds 
originally made available in fiscal years 1994 and 1995 shall 
be allocated by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to 
the San Francisco BART extension to the airport.
      Amendment No. 126: Restores language proposed by the 
House which provides funds for the San Francisco BART extension 
to the airport only instead of the San Francisco BART 
extension/Tasman corridor project as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 127: Provides $7,500,000 for the San Juan, 
Puerto Rico Tren Urbano project instead of $15,000,000 as 
proposed by the House and no funding as proposed by the Senate; 
and deletes House language that would have made funding for 
this project contingent upon passage by the House of a bill 
authorizing appropriations therefor, and only in amounts 
provided therein.
      Amendment No. 128: Provides $500,000 for the Tampa to 
Lakeland commuter rail project instead of $1,000,000 as 
proposed by the House and no funding as proposed by the Senate; 
and deletes House language that would have made funding for 
this project contingent upon passage of the House of a bill 
authorizing appropriations therefor, and only in amounts 
provided therein.
      Amendment No. 129: Provides $2,500,000 for the Whitehall 
ferry terminal, New York, New York instead of $5,000,000 as 
proposed by the House and no funding as proposed by the Senate; 
and deletes House language that would have made funding for 
this project contingent upon passage by the House of a bill 
authorizing appropriations therefor, and only in amounts 
provided therein.
      Amendment No. 130: Deletes House language that would have 
made funding for the Wisconsin central commuter project 
contingent upon passage by the House of a bill authorizing 
appropriations therefor, and only in amounts provided therein.
      Amendment No. 131: Provides $5,650,000 for the 
Burlington-Charlotte, Vermont commuter rail project instead of 
$11,300,000 as proposed by the Senate. The House bill contained 
no similar appropriation.
      Amendment No. 132: Deletes $5,000,000 for the Chicago 
central area circulator proposed by the Senate. The House bill 
contained no similar provision.
      Due to the failure of the State of Illinois to 
appropriate funding for its share of the Chicago central area 
circulator project this year and the uncertainty of the design 
and construction of the system, the conferees have not 
allocated any new fiscal year 1996 funding for this project. 
Should the State appropriate its share of the costs of the 
project or should the Federal Transit Administration approve 
the core system phasing approach into an amended full funding 
grant agreement, the conferees will then make every effort to 
provide funding according to a full funding grant agreement 
funding schedule.

                       mass transit capital fund

                (Liquidation of Contract Authorization)

                          (Highway Trust Fund)

      Amendment No. 133: Appropriates $2,000,000,000 to 
liquidate contract authority obligations for mass transit 
capital programs as proposed by the House instead of 
$1,700,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

             washington metropolitan area transit authority

      Amendment No. 134: Appropriates $200,000,000 for 
construction of the Washington, DC metrorail system as proposed 
by the House instead of $170,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

             Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

      Amendment No. 135: Deletes language proposed by the 
Senate that prohibits expenditure of funds in the Corporation's 
financial reserve or from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for 
the design, development, or procurement of a global positioning 
system vessel traffic services system during fiscal year 1996. 
The House bill contained no similar provision.
      Vessel traffic services system.--The conferees have 
expanded the scope of a study on the options for privatizing 
procurement and operation of vessel traffic services on the 
American portion of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, which the Senate 
report directed the Corporation to submit by May 1, 1996. The 
study shall focus on division of responsibility and cost-
sharing issues in the development, procurement, installation, 
and operation of a GPS vessel traffic services system among the 
Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, the St. Lawrence 
Seaway Authority of Canada, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Canadian 
Coast Guard, and the carrier industry.

                       operations and maintenance

                    (harbor maintenance trust fund)

      Amendment No. 136: Appropriates $10,150,000 for 
operations and maintenance of the Saint Lawrence Seaway 
Development Corporation as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$10,190,500 as proposed by the House. The conference agreement 
includes the following adjustments to the budget request:

Travel and transportation of things...........................   -$6,000
Other miscellaneous services..................................    -5,500
Nonpay inflation..............................................   -41,000
Unspecified reduction.........................................   -40,500

              Research and Special Programs Administration

                     research and special programs

      Amendment No. 137: Appropriates $23,937,000 for research 
and special programs instead of $26,030,000 as proposed by the 
House and $24,281,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement distributes the research and 
special programs appropriation and 176 full-time equivalent 
staff as follows:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                 In dollars    Positions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Hazardous materials safety...................      12,650,000        111
Research and technology......................       3,288,000         13
Emergency transportation.....................       1,022,000          7
Program support..............................       7,388,000         45
Accountwide adjustments......................        -411,000  .........
------------------------------------------------------------------------

      The conferees have made the following adjustments to the 
budget request:

                                                              In dollars
Hazardous materials safety:
        Information systems.............................         -50,000
        Training........................................        +100,000
        Registration program............................        -182,000
Aviation information management.........................      -2,282,000
Research and technology:
        Personnel compensation and benefits.............         -91,000
        Technology development..........................      -2,951,000
        Technology promotion............................        -874,000
        Technology deployment...........................        -400,000
Emergency transportation:
        Crisis management...............................        -279,000
Program administration:
        Operating expenses..............................         -42,000
        Policy and program support......................         -50,000
        Civil rights and special programs...............         -25,000
        Program management and administration...........         -95,000
        Contract program................................         -53,000
        Working capital fund............................         -40,000
Accountwide adjustments:
        Training........................................        -109,000
        Equipment.......................................        -302,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
    Net reduction.......................................      -7,725,000

      Amendment No. 138: Deletes House language as proposed by 
the Senate and transfers $2,200,000 and 22 full-time equivalent 
employees from the Research and Special Programs 
Administration's aviation information management program to the 
Bureau of Transportation Statistics under amendment numbered 
144.

                            Pipeline Safety

                         (pipeline safety fund)

      Amendment No. 139: Appropriates $31,448,000 for pipeline 
safety instead of $29,941,000 as proposed by the House and 
$32,973,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 140: Provides $28,750,000 from the Pipeline 
Safety Fund instead of $27,243,000 as proposed by the House and 
$30,275,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement 
includes the following reductions from the budget request:

                                                              In dollars
Personnel compensation and benefits.....................         -22,000
Operating expenses......................................        -306,000
Information systems.....................................        -552,000
Risk assessment and technology studies..................        -500,000
Compliance..............................................      -4,146,000
Training and information dissemination..................         -21,000
Research and development................................      -2,423,000
Grants..................................................      -3,000,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
        Net reduction...................................     -10,970,000

      Amendment No. 141: Provides that not to exceed $1,000,000 
shall be available from the pipeline safety fund for grants to 
states for the development and establishment of one-call 
notification systems, as proposed by the House instead of 
$1,500,000 as proposed by the Senate.

                     emergency preparedness grants

                     (emergency preparedness fund)

      Amendment No. 142: Limits obligations for emergency 
preparedness grants to $8,890,000 as proposed by the House 
instead of $9,200,000 as proposed by the Senate.

                      Office of Inspector General

                         salaries and expenses

      Amendment No. 143: Appropriates $40,238,000 for salaries 
and expenses of the Office of inspector general as proposed by 
the House instead of $39,891,200 as proposed by the Senate.

                  Bureau of Transportation Statistics

      Amendment No. 144: Appropriates $2,200,000 for the Bureau 
of Transportation Statistics as proposed by the Senate. The 
House bill contained no similar provision.

                       TITLE II--RELATED AGENCIES

       ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD

                         salaries and expenses

      Amendment No. 145: Appropriates $3,500,000 for salaries 
and expenses of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers 
Compliance Board as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$3,656,000 as proposed by the House. The conferees agree that, 
although no funding is provided in fiscal year 1996 for the 
acquisition of a new financial accounting system, this 
reduction is made without prejudice to the system receiving 
funding in future appropriations acts.

                  National Transportation Safety Board

                         salaries and expenses

      Amendment No. 146: Appropriates $38,774,000 for salaries 
and expenses of the National Transportation Safety Board as 
proposed by the House instead of $37,500,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The conference agreement distributes the salaries and 
expenses of the National Transportation Safety Board and 350 
full-time equivalent staff years as follows:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                     Budget       Staff 
                     Office                         authority     years 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Policy and direction...........................      $5,662,000       45
Aviation safety................................      13,334,000      122
Surface transportation.........................      10,473,000       94
Research and engineering.......................       5,281,000       48
Administration.................................       2,692,000       31
Administrative law judges......................       1,332,000       10
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                             emergency fund

      Amendment No. 147: Appropriates $360,802 for the 
emergency fund as proposed by the Senate instead of $160,802 as 
proposed by the House.

                     Interstate Commerce Commission

                         salaries and expenses

      Amendment No. 148: Appropriates $13,379,000 for one 
quarter year of salaries and expenses as well as severance and 
closing costs of the Interstate Commerce Commission as proposed 
by the House. The Senate bill provided the same amount, but 
only for severance and closing costs. The conferees agree that 
collected fees shall be made available for the time the 
Commission remains in existence during fiscal year 1996 and 
that once the Commission ceases to exist, any unobligated 
balances from these collections shall be used to pay 
termination and severance costs.

                     TITLE III--GENERAL PROVISIONS

                     (including transfers of funds)

      Amendment No. 149: Makes technical change in the citation 
to the authorization statute regarding primary and secondary 
schooling of dependents of FAA personnel stationed outside of 
the continental United States, as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 150: Deletes ``pursuant to paragraph (d)'' 
as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 151: Prohibits the use of funds for 
salaries and expenses of more than one hundred political and 
Presidential appointees in the Department of Transportation as 
proposed by the Senate instead of one hundred and ten 
appointees as proposed by the House.
      Amendment No. 152: Restores House language deleted by the 
Senate that prohibits funds to be used to implement section 404 
of title 23, United States Code.
      Amendment No. 153: Reduces the working capital fund for 
the Department of Transportation programs funded in this Act by 
$7,500,000 instead of $10,000,000 as proposed by the House and 
$5,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 154: Limits working capital fund 
obligational authority for the Department of Transportation 
programs funded in this Act to no more than $95,649,000 instead 
of $92,231,000 as proposed by the House and $99,364,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 155: Restores House language deleted by the 
Senate that prohibits the use of funds to prepare, propose or 
promulgate any regulations that prescribe changes in the 
corporate average fuel economy standards for automobiles.
      Amendment No. 156: Cancels $25,000,000 of the budgetary 
resources provided to the Department of Transportation, 
excluding the Maritime Administration, as proposed by the 
House, instead of canceling $25,000,000 of the budgetary 
resources provided to the Department of Transportation, 
including the Maritime Administration, as proposed by the 
Senate.
      Amendment No. 157: Restores House language deleted by the 
Senate and includes language proposed by the Senate which 
requires the Secretary of Transportation to collocate and 
consolidate the Department of Transportation's office 
structure.
      Amendment No. 158: Restores House language deleted by the 
Senate and includes language proposed by the Senate which 
requires the Secretary of Transportation to collocate and 
consolidate the Department of Transportation's surface 
transportation field offices and administrative activities.
      Amendment No. 159: Includes Senate language that permits 
the Secretary of Transportation to submit a reorganization plan 
of the surface transportation activities of the Department of 
Transportation and the relationship of the Saint Lawrence 
Seaway Development Corporation to the Department. The House 
bill included no similar provision.
      Amendment No. 160: Permits the Secretary of 
Transportation to transfer funds appropriated in this Act to 
``Rental Payments'' as proposed by the Senate. The House bill 
would have permitted the Secretary of Transportation to 
transfer funds appropriated for any office of the Office of the 
Secretary.
      Amendment No. 161: Prohibits funds for certain specified 
types of employee training activities, as proposed by the 
House. The Senate bill required that training be consistent 
with current law.
      Amendment No. 162: Prohibits funds for enforcing the 
existing airport revenue diversion laws, and which require 
airports to be as self-sustaining as possible, as they relate 
to specified facilities on Hot Springs Memorial Field in Hot 
Springs, Arkansas, as proposed by the House. The Senate bill 
contained no similar provision.
      Amendment No. 163: Deletes language in the Senate bill 
requiring that time an individual has spent on the workers' 
compensation rolls be counted as regular employment time for 
the purpose of calculating retirement benefits. In addition, 
the conference agreement deletes lines 1 through 13 on page 53 
of the House engrossed bill, H.R. 2002. The effect of this and 
the preceding disposition is to delete all language in the 
House and Senate bills requiring changes in the eligibility of 
employees to receive workers' compensation payments after 
becoming eligible for regular federal retirement benefits. Both 
the House and Senate bills required a cessation of workers' 
compensation benefits six months after retirement eligibility 
is reached.
      The conferees are concerned, however, that for many 
individuals, workers' compensation has become a more lucrative 
alternative to regular retirement. For example, in the FAA 
alone, almost 500 people on the workers' compensation rolls are 
at least 70 years of age, and over 1,200 are over 60. The 
current system allows these people to remain on the workers' 
compensation rolls even when disability retirement is available 
to them and even when there is little or no chance they will be 
returned to work in the agency. These cases create a drain on 
the annual discretionary budget of agencies like the FAA, which 
are forced to use those scarce funds to finance what is 
essentially a retirement program--and one with excessive and 
unnecessary costs. To address this issue on a government-wide 
basis, the conferees direct the General Accounting Office to 
study this issue and report with recommendations for reform to 
the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations no later than 
May 31, 1996.
      The conference agreement also includes a limitation 
against using funds in this Act for activities designed to 
influence Congress on legislation or appropriations pending 
before the Congress except on the request of Members of 
Congress through the proper official channels. The effect of 
this provision is to restate, for emphasis, existing law 
codified in 18 U.S.C. 1813 regarding limitations on lobbying 
activities.
      Amendment No. 164: Modifies House language deleted by the 
Senate that prohibits the use of funds for technical training, 
tours, and research fellowships with citizens of the People's 
Republic of China to exempt the Federal Aviation Administration 
and the joint Federal Aviation Administration, Department of 
Defense and Department of Commerce initiative designed to 
modernize the air traffic control system of the People's 
Republic of China.
      Amendment No. 165: Restores House language deleted by the 
Senate which prohibits the use of funds in the Act to support 
Federal Transit Administration's field operations and oversight 
of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in any 
location other than from the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
      Amendment No. 166: Restores House language deleted by the 
Senate which appropriates $8,421,000 to the successor of the 
Interstate Commerce Commission and permits the collection of 
fees collected pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 9701. The conferees expect 
that the current level of user fees will continue to be 
collected throughout the fiscal year unless changed by 
authorization.
      Amendment No. 167: Deletes language proposed by the 
Senate that provides for the redistribution of funds originally 
provided for a project in West Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana to 
be available for a project in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and 
inserts language that limits the use of funds for improvements 
to the Miller Highway in New York City, New York. The House 
bill addressed this issue in amendment numbered 191.
      Amendment No. 168: Includes language proposed by the 
Senate that would require that improvements identified by 
section 1069(t) of Public Law 102-240 and funded pursuant to 
section 118(c)(2) of title 23, U.S.C. shall not be treated as 
an allocation for interstate maintenance. The House bill 
contained no similar provision.
      Amendment No. 169: Includes Senate language which 
requires the Secretary of Transportation to carry out research 
to identify successful telecommuting programs. The House bill 
contained no similar provision.
      Amendment No. 170: Includes Senate language which would 
exempt Indian Reservation Roads from any reductions required 
pursuant to section 1003 of Public Law 102-240. The House bill 
contained no similar provision.
      Amendment No. 171: Deletes Senate provision that would 
have allowed states to trade in unobligated balances of their 
federal-aid highway program, except for the congestion 
mitigation and air quality improvement program, to mitigate 
reductions pursuant to section 1003 of the Intermodal Surface 
Transportation Efficiency Act. The House bill contained no 
similar provision.
      Amendment No. 172: Deletes Senate provision that would 
have allowed states to trade in unobligated balances of funds 
authorized or appropriated for highway demonstration projects 
to mitigate reductions pursuant to section 1003 of the 
Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act. The House 
bill contained no similar provision.
      Amendment No. 173: Deletes Senate provision that would 
have established interstate compact infrastructure banks. The 
House bill contained no similar provision.
      Amendment No. 174: Retains, with amendment, language in 
the Senate bill requiring development of a new personnel 
management system for the Federal Aviation Administration. The 
House bill contained no similar provisions. The conference 
agreement includes the following changes to the Senate bill: 
(a) the official responsible for development and implementation 
of the new personnel system is the FAA administrator, not the 
Secretary; and (b) the new system shall not waive current law 
relating to veterans' preference and unemployment compensation. 
The provision takes effect on April 1, 1996, as proposed by the 
Senate.
      Management-labor relationship.--The conferees believe 
that a harmonious management-labor relationship within the FAA 
is important to the effectiveness and efficiency of the 
national airspace system. The conferees do not intend that the 
personnel management reforms included in this bill force the 
disestablishment of any existing management-labor agreement or 
lead to the dissolution of any union currently representing FAA 
employees. Instead, the conference agreement provides the 
administrator of the FAA flexibility to redefine the 
management-labor relationship to the benefit of the agency and 
all of its employees.
      Administrator's working group.--The conferees have 
included bill language which requires the FAA to develop new 
personnel and procurement reform plans, with the goal of 
accelerating the modernization of the FAA in the most efficient 
and cost-effective manner. The conferees believe the success of 
this plan will, in part, depend upon the assistance of the 
entire aviation community. The conferees would like to see high 
level input from the aviation community. The conferees 
therefore strongly recommend that the administrator consult 
with the widest array of interested parties in developing the 
new personnel and procurement systems. The administrator should 
consider establishing a working group to assist his efforts. 
The working group could include, but not be limited to, 
representatives from the air carriers, general and business 
aviation, airports, aircraft manufacturers, airline and FAA 
employees, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
      Amendment No. 175: Retains, with amendment, language in 
the Senate bill requiring development of a new acquisition 
management system for the Federal Aviation Administration. The 
House bill contained no similar provisions. The conference 
agreement changes the official responsibile for development and 
implementation of the new acquisition system to the FAA 
administrator, not the Secretary. The provision takes effect on 
April 1, 1996, as proposed by the Senate.
      Amendment No. 176: Reduces bonuses and cash awards for 
Department of Transportation employees by $752,852 as proposed 
by the Senate. The House bill included no similar provision.
      Amendment No. 177: Limits funds for Department of 
Transportation advisory committees to $850,000 as proposed by 
the Senate. The House bill contained no similar provision.
      Amendment No. 178: Includes provision that enables the 
Secretary of Transportation to enforce and continue in effect 
the exemption provisions of the Motor Vehicle Information and 
Cost Savings Act. The House bill contained no similar 
provision.
      Amendment No. 179: Provides that the FAA Technical Center 
in Pomona, New Jersey be designated as the ``William J. Hughes 
Technical Center'', as proposed by the Senate. The House bill 
contained no similar provision.
      Amendment No. 180: Provides that no funds may be used to 
close Coast Guard small boat stations or subunits, and allows 
flexibility for the Secretary to implement system-wide 
management efficiencies, as proposed by the Senate. The House 
bill contained no similar provision. The conferees support 
Coast Guard downsizing and streamlining efforts in general, but 
find that in this instance the Coast Guard's methodology failed 
to fairly consider distinctions between small boat stations, 
such as water temperature and survival time, leading ultimately 
to a proposal which lacked critical justification.
      Amendment No. 181: Deletes Senate language that would 
redistribute funds made available for obligation authorized by 
item 21 of the table in section 1105(f) of Public Law 102-240 
to carry out additional surface transportation projects in 
Louisiana. The House bill contained no similar provision.
      Amendment No. 182: Includes Senate language that provides 
for the transfer of certain federal property in Hoboken, New 
Jersey. The House bill contained no similar provision.
      Amendment No. 183: Deletes Senate language which requires 
a five percent reduction from fiscal year 1995 levels in the 
energy costs of federal facilities used by agencies funded in 
this Act. The conferees are aware that this issue will be 
addressed government-wide by the Treasury, Postal Service and 
General Government Appropriations Act, 1996.
      Amendment No. 184: Deletes language proposed by the 
Senate requiring the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a 
study of competition and air fares in rural aviation markets in 
the United States.
      Amendment No. 185: Deletes Senate language that would 
provide $1,000,000 to establish and operate the Railroad Safety 
Institute. The House bill contained no similar provision. The 
conference agreement also addresses this issue under amendment 
numbered 6.
      Amendment No. 186: Retains language proposed by the 
Senate expressing the sense of the Senate regarding a dispute 
between the United States and Japan over implementation of the 
current U.S./Japan bilateral aviation agreement. The House bill 
contained no similar provision.
      Amendment No. 187: Includes Senate language which 
modifies provisions of section 339 of the Department of 
Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1993 
(Public Law 102-388). The House bill included no similar 
provision.
      Amendment No. 188: Deletes Senate provision that repeals 
section 404 of 23 U.S.C. and inserts language that waives the 
freight tonnage limit for rail lines benefiting from the Local 
Rail Freight Assistance [LRFA] program for a project near 
Wahpeton, North Dakota. The funds are proceeds from LRFA loans 
that have been repaid to the State. Approximately $2,300,000 
may be used for the partial cost of a privately owned rail 
spur, siding, and loading facility.
      Amendment No. 189: Deletes Senate language that would 
have delayed the restriction on the availability of certain 
highway funds and designated the National Highway System. The 
House bill contained no similar provision.

                                TITLE IV

      Amendment No. 190: Restores House language deleted by the 
Senate which provides for mandatory standards and procedures 
governing arbitrators and arbitration of labor disputes in the 
Washington, DC area.

                                TITLE V

      Amendment No. 191: Deletes title V of the House bill 
which restricts the use of funds for improvements to the Miller 
Highway in New York City, New York. This prohibition is 
included under amendment numbered 167.

                   conference total--with comparisons

      The total new budget (obligational) authority for the 
fiscal year 1996 recommended by the Committee of Conference, 
with comparisons to the fiscal year 1995 amount, the 1996 
budget estimates, and the House and Senate bills for 1996 
follow:

New budget (obligational) authority, fiscal year 1995... $14,214,401,000
Budget estimates of new (obligational) authority, fiscal 
    year 1996...........................................  35,468,964,831
House bill, fiscal year 1996............................  12,810,725,806
Senate bill, fiscal year 1996...........................  12,613,811,567
Conference agreement, fiscal year 1996..................  12,680,532,831
Conference agreement compared with:.....................
    New budget (obligational) authority, fiscal year 
      1995..............................................  -1,533,868,169
    Budget estimates of new (obligational) authority, 
      fiscal year 1996.................................. -22,788,432,000
    House bill, fiscal year 1996........................    -130,192,975
    Senate bill, fiscal year 1996.......................     +66,721,264


                                   Frank R. Wolf,
                                   Tom DeLay,
                                   Ralph Regula,
                                   Harold Rogers,
                                   Jim Lightfoot,
                                   Ron Packard,
                                   Sonny Callahan,
                                   Jay Dickey,
                                   Bob Livingston,
                                   Martin Olav Sabo (except amendments 
                                       174 and 190),
                                   Richard J. Durbin (except amendments 
                                       132, 174, and 190),
                                   Ronald D. Coleman (except amendment 
                                       174),
                                   Thomas M. Foglietta (except 
                                       amendment 174),
                                   David R. Obey (except amendment 174)
                                 Managers on the Part of the House.

                                   Mark O. Hatfield,
                                   Pete V. Domenici,
                                   Arlen Specter,
                                   Christopher S. Bond,
                                   Slade Gorton,
                                   Richard C. Shelby,
                                   Frank R. Lautenberg,
                                   Tom Harkin,
                                   Barbara A. Mikulski,
                                Managers on the Part of the Senate.