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105th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 1st Session                                                    105-247
_______________________________________________________________________


 
 MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, FAMILY HOUSING, AND 
  BASE REALIGNMENT AND CLOSURE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE 
     FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 1998, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

                                _______
                                

               September 9, 1997.--Ordered to be printed

_______________________________________________________________________


 Mr. Packard, from the committee on conference, submitted the following

                           CONFERENCE REPORT

                        [To accompany H.R. 2016]

      The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of 
the two Houses on the amendments of the Senate to the bill 
(H.R. 2016) ``making appropriations for military construction, 
family housing, and base realignment and closure for the 
Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 
1998, 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 21, 
22, and 28.
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendments of the Senate numbered 4, 13, 25, and 26, 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: 
$714,377,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 2:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 2, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment insert: 
$65,577,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 3:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 3, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment insert: 
$683,666,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 5:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 5, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment insert: 
$44,880,000; 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: 
$646,342,000; 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: 
$48,850,000; 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: 
$118,350,000; 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: 
$190,444,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 10:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 10, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment insert: 
$74,167,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 11:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 11, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment insert: 
$47,329,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 12:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 12, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment insert: 
$30,243,000; 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: 
$197,300,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 15:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 15, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment insert: 
$1,140,568,000; 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: 
$1,337,868,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 17:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 17, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment insert: 
$393,832,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 18:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 18, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment insert: 
$1,370,336,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 19:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 19, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment insert: 
$295,709,000; and the Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 20:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 20, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the sum proposed by said amendment insert: 
$1,125,943,000; 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:
      In lieu of the matter proposed by the House and stricken 
by the Senate insert:


                          (transfer of funds)


      Sec. 123. (a) Subject to thirty days prior notification 
to the Committees on Appropriations, such additional amounts as 
may be determined by the Secretary of Defense may be 
transferred to the Department of Defense Family Housing 
Improvement Fund from amounts appropriated for construction in 
``Family Housing'' accounts, to be merged with and to be 
available for the same purposes and for the same period of time 
as amounts appropriated directly to the Fund: Provided, That 
appropriations made available to the Fund shall be available to 
cover the costs, as defined in section 502(5) of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, of direct loans or loan 
guarantees issued by the Department of Defense pursuant to the 
provisions of subchapter IV of chapter 169, title 10, United 
States Code, pertaining to alternative means of acquiring and 
improving military family housing and supporting facilities.
      (b) Subject to thirty days prior notification to the 
Committees on Appropriations, such additional amounts as may be 
determined by the Secretary of Defense may be transferred to 
the Department of Defense Military Unaccompanied Housing 
Improvement Fund from amounts appropriated for the acquisition 
or construction of military unaccompanied housing in ``Military 
Construction'' accounts, to be merged with and to be available 
for the same purposes and for the same period of time as 
amounts appropriated directly to the Fund: Provided, That 
appropriations made available to the Fund shall be available to 
cover the costs, as defined in section 502(5) of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, of direct loans or loan 
guarantees issued by the Department of Defense pursuant to the 
provisions of subchapter IV of chapter 169, title 10, United 
States Code, pertaining to alternative means of acquiring and 
improving military unaccompanied housing and ancillary 
supporting facilities.
      And on page 3 of the House engrossed bill, H.R. 2016, on 
line 20, strike ``$662,305,000'' and insert ``$701,855,000'', 
and
      On page 17 of the House engrossed bill, H.R. 2016, 
beginning on line 24 strike ``Department of Defense'' and 
insert ``Housing Revitalization Support Office''; and the 
Senate agree to the same.
      Amendment numbered 24:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate numbered 24, and agree to the same with 
an amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the matter proposed by said amendment insert:
      Sec. 125. Notwithstanding any other provisions in this 
Act, the following accounts are hereby reduced by the specified 
amounts--
      ``Military Construction, Army'', $7,900,000;
      ``Military Construction, Navy'', $5,600,000;
      ``Military Construction, Air Force'', $7,600,000;
      ``Military Construction, Defense-wide'', $6,100,000;
      ``North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment 
Program'', $1,000,000;
      ``Base Realignment and Closure Account, Part III'', 
$8,000,000;
      ``Base Realignment and Closure Account, Part IV'', 
$8,000,000;
      ``Family Housing, Army'', $36,700,000;
      ``Family Housing, Navy and Marine Corps'', $13,100,000;
      ``Family Housing, Air Force'', $14,700,000;
      ``Family Housing, Defense-wide'', $100,000.
      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 matter proposed by said amendment insert:
      Sec. 128. (a) Not later than 60 days before issuing any 
solicitation for a contract with the private sector for 
military family housing or military unaccompanied housing, the 
Secretary of the military department concerned shall submit to 
the congressional defense committees the notice described in 
subsection (b).
      (b)(1) A notice referred to in subsection (a) is a notice 
of any guarantee (including the making of mortgage or rental 
payments) proposed to be made by the Secretary to the private 
party under the contract involved in the event of--
      (A) the closure or realignment of the installation for 
which housing is provided under the contract;
      (B) a reduction in force of units stationed at such 
installation; or
      (C) the extended deployment overseas of units stationed 
at such installation.
      (2) Each notice under this subsection shall specify the 
nature of the guarantee involved and assess the extent and 
likelihood, if any, of the liability of the Federal Government 
with respect to the guarantee.
      (c) In this section, the term ``congressional defense 
committees'' means the following:
      (1) The Committee on Armed Services and the Military 
Construction Subcommittee, Committee on Appropriations of the 
Senate.
      (2) The Committee on National Security and the Military 
Construction Subcommittee, Committee on Appropriations of the 
House of Representatives.
      And the Senate agree to the same.
                                   Ron Packard,
                                   John Edward Porter,
                                   David L. Hobson,
                                   Roger F. Wicker,
                                   Jack Kingston,
                                   Mike Parker,
                                   Todd Tiahrt,
                                   Zach Wamp,
                                   Bob Livingston,
                                   W.G. (Bill) Hefner,
                                   John W. Olver,
                                   Chet Edwards,
                                   Norman D. Dicks,
                                   Steny H. Hoyer,
                                   David R. Obey,
                                 Managers on the Part of the House.
                                   Conrad Burns,
                                   Kay Bailey Hutchison,
                                   Lauch Faircloth,
                                   Larry Craig,
                                   Ted Stevens,
                                   Patty Murray,
                                   Harry Reid,
                                   Daniel K. Inouye,
                                   Robert C. Byrd,
                                Managers on the Part of the Senate.
       JOINT EXPLANATORY STATEMENT OF THE COMMITTEE ON CONFERENCE

      The managers on the part of the House and the Senate at 
the conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on 
the amendments of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 2016) making 
appropriations for military construction, family housing, and 
base realignment and closure for the Department of Defense for 
the fiscal year ending September 30, 1998, 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 
report.

                       items of general interest

      Matters Addressed by Only One Committee.--The language 
and allocations set forth in House Report 105-150 and Senate 
Report 105-52 should be complied with unless specifically 
addressed to the contrary in the conference report and 
statement of the managers. Report language included by the 
House which is not changed by the report of the Senate or the 
conference, and Senate report language which 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, does not intend to negate the language referred 
to above unless expressly provided herein. In cases in which 
the House or the Senate have directed the submission of a 
report from the Department of Defense, such report is to be 
submitted to both House and Senate Committees on 
Appropriations.
      Base Realignment and Closure Accounts--Construction 
Projects: Administrative Provision.--The conferees agree that 
any transfer of funds for any construction project financed by 
any Base Realignment and Closure Account shall be subject to a 
21 day notification to the Committees, and shall not be subject 
to reprogramming procedure.
      Historic Preservation.--The conferees continue to be 
concerned that maintaining and renovating historic quarters is 
a burden on the family housing accounts. The conferees direct 
the Department of Defense to consult with the Advisory Council 
on Historic Preservation, and other appropriate Federal 
agencies, to identify and pursue strategies for the services to 
maintain and use historic housing consistent with their mission 
and budgetary resources.
      Use of Prior-Year Savings.--The budget request proposed 
the use of prior-year savings to finance fiscal year 1998 
projects and programs as follows:

        Account                                                   Amount
Military Construction:
        Air Force.......................................     $23,858,000
        Army Reserve....................................       7,900,000
        Family Housing, Navy............................       8,463,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
          Total.........................................      40,221,000

      The conferees do not approve of this method of financing 
and remind the Department that it should request rescissions of 
these funds by account and by fiscal year. The conferees reject 
the proposed use of these funds for fiscal year 1998 activities 
and projects and have determined that these funds are necessary 
to complete ongoing projects within the Military Construction 
appropriations. The proposed use for fiscal year 1998 projects 
and programs could jeopardize the successful completion of 
projects appropriated in prior years.
      Unified Design Guidance.--The conferees direct the 
Department and the services to submit a joint report to the 
congressional defense committees by March 31, 1998, which 
addresses: (1) areas where uniform procedures, systems, and/or 
criteria are already in use: (2) other possible areas where it 
may be practical to create more uniformity; and (3) the most 
cost effective system for implementing improvements either 
through a greater use of tri-service groups; centralized 
development and management under one of the services with 
design and construction authorities; or centralizing the 
development and management of design guidance under the 
Secretary of Defense.

                      military construction, army

Amendment No. 1
      Appropriates $714,377,000 for Military Construction, Army 
instead of $721,027,000 as proposed by the House and 
$652,046,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funding for specific 
projects agreed to by the conferees is displayed in the table 
at the end of this report.
Amendment No. 2
      Earmarks $65,577,000 for study, planning, design, 
architect and engineer services, and host nation support 
instead of $71,577,000 as proposed by the House and $77,646,000 
as proposed by the Senate.
      U.S. Army South: Relocation of Headquarters.--The 
conferees direct the Secretary of the Army to report by January 
2, 1998, on all costs of the decision to relocate the 
headquarters of the U.S. Army South from Fort Clayton, Panama 
to Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, which was announced on July 31, 
1997.
      Virginia--Charlottesville: National Ground Intelligence 
Center.--The conferees included $3,100,000 for planning and 
design of the National Ground Intelligence Center in 
Charlottesville, Virginia, within the additional amount 
provided as a lump sum for the Army's planning and design.

                      military construction, navy

Amendment No. 3
      Appropriates $683,666,000 for Military Construction, Navy 
instead of $685,306,000 as proposed by the House and 
$605,756,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funding for specific 
projects agreed to by the conferees is displayed in the table 
at the end of this report.
Amendment No. 4
      Earmarks $46,489,000 for study, planning, design, 
architect and engineer services as proposed by the Senate 
instead of $46,659,000 as proposed by the House.
      Budget Justifications, Marine Corps.--The conferees are 
concerned that the Marine Corps' overall funding allocation 
within the Military Construction and Military Family Housing 
accounts is not in concert with the Marine Corps' existing 
unfunded requirements when compared to the other services. The 
current format of the budget justification material for these 
accounts does not provide adequate information regarding Marine 
Corps specific projects and funding summaries, but rather 
combines Marine Corps' funding requirements along with those of 
the U.S. Navy within the Department of the Navy requirements.
      To assist the Committees in their oversight role in the 
budget approval process, the conferees require a better means 
of identifying those projects and requirements that fall within 
the Department of the Navy accounts yet are Marine Corps 
specific. Accordingly, the conferees request the Department of 
Defense to provide in future budget justifications the 
following items:
      1. Account summary table which clearly reflects the Navy 
service and Marine Corps specific requirements and allocations 
(and identify separately the Reserve Components);
      2. Separate state-by-state project tables for Marine 
Corps specific projects and Navy specific projects; and
      3. An explanation of the projected allocation between the 
Navy and Marine Corps for all unspecified and support accounts.
      Any joint Navy and Marine Corps projects should be 
highlighted as such. The items listed above should be in 
addition to the information currently provided in the budget 
justification.
      California--San Diego: Military Housing.--The conferees 
request the Secretary of Defense to conduct a study on military 
housing (both unaccompanied housing and family housing) in the 
San Diego area, and submit a report on that study to the 
Committees by February 1, 1998. The study shall evaluate the 
current availability of housing, both on-base and off-base, for 
unmarried and married personnel. The study shall investigate 
reports of U.S. military personnel choosing to live in Mexico, 
and shall include recommendations for actions needed to 
alleviate the situation.
      Mississippi--Gulfport Naval Construction Battalion 
Center: Bachelor Enlisted Quarters.--The conferees have 
deferred funding for this project, without prejudice, and the 
Navy is encouraged to include this project in the budget 
request for fiscal year 1999.
      Washington--Bremerton Puget Sound Naval Shipyard: 
Enlisted Dining Facility Expansion.--The conferees agree that 
this project addresses an urgent, mission critical requirement, 
and direct that it be accomplished within the additional funds 
provided for unspecified minor construction.

                    military construction, air force

Amendment No. 5
      Earmarks $44,880,000 for study, planning, design, 
architect and engineer services instead of $45,880,000 as 
proposed by the House and $48,880,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The conferees note that total funding in the amount of 
$701,855,000 for Military Construction, Air force is included 
under Amendment No. 23.
      California--Travis AFB: Control Tower.--The conferees are 
concerned about safety conditions at the existing facility, and 
direct the Secretary of the Air Force to report by January 2, 
1998, on efforts to address this situation by reprogramming 
(citing emergency authority) or by other means.

                  military construction, defense-wide

Amendment No. 6
      Appropriates $646,342,000 for Military Construction, 
Defense-wide instead of $613,333,000 as proposed by the House 
and $690,889,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funding for 
specific projects agreed to by the conferees is displayed in 
the table at the end of this report.
Amendment No. 7
      Earmarks $48,850,000 for study, planning, design, 
architect and engineer services instead of $34,350,000 as 
proposed by the House and $52,450,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      United Kingdom--Menwith Hill Station: High School.--The 
conferees are aware of a proposal to establish a high school at 
Menwith Hill in order to avoid the need to board dependent 
students at RAF Lakenheath. The conference agreement provides 
an additional $818,000 under unspecified minor construction for 
this purpose.
      United Kingdom--Menwith Hill Station: Security 
Improvements.--The conferees are aware of an initiative to 
address security deficiencies at Menwith Hill, including 
fencing the perimeter of the site. The conferees agree to 
consider a reprogramming request to address this need (citing 
emergency authority).

               military construction, army national guard

Amendment No. 8
      Appropriates $118,350,000 for Military Construction, Army 
National Guard instead of $45,098,000 as proposed by the House 
and $234,614,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funding for 
specific projects agreed to by the conferees is displayed in 
the table at the end of this report.
      Alaska-Bethel: Aviation Operations Facility.--The 
conferees agree to grant reprogramming approval for the funded 
project.
      Massachusetts--Westover ARB: Aviation Simulation 
Facility.--The conferees direct that this project is to be 
accomplished within funds provided for unspecified minor 
construction.
      Michigan--Calumet: Armory Improvement.--The conferees 
direct that this project is to be accomplished within funds 
provided for unspecified minor construction, in order to 
improve disabled access.
      Oklahoma--Oklahoma City: Readiness Center.--Senate report 
language regarding this project is re-directed to the Army 
National Guard, rather than the Air National Guard.

               military construction, air national guard

Amendment No. 9
      Appropriates $190,444,000 for Military Construction, Air 
National Guard instead of $137,275,000 as proposed by the House 
and $185,115,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funding for 
specific projects agreed to by the conferees is displayed in 
the table at the end of this report.

                  military construction, army reserve

Amendment No. 10
      Appropriates $74,167,000 for Military Construction, Army 
Reserve instead of $77,731,000 as proposed by the House and 
$96,079,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funding for specific 
projects agreed to by the conferees is displayed in the table 
at the end of this report.

                  military construction, naval reserve

Amendment No. 11
      Appropriates $47,329,000 for Military Construction, Naval 
Reserve instead of $40,561,000 as proposed by the House and 
$21,111,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funding for specific 
projects agreed to by the conferees is displayed in the table 
at the end of this report.

                military construction, air force reserve

Amendment No. 12
      Appropriates $30,243,000 for Military Construction, Air 
Force Reserve instead of $27,143,000 as proposed by the House 
and $31,830,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funding for specific 
projects agreed to by the conferees is displayed in the table 
at the end of this report.
      New York--Niagara Falls International Airport: Combined 
Maintenance Facility.--The conferees encourage the Air Force 
Reserve to include this project in the budget request for 
fiscal year 1999.

     north atlantic treaty organization security investment program

Amendment No. 13
      Appropriates $152,600,000 for the North Atlantic Treaty 
Organization Security Investment Program as proposed by the 
Senate instead of $166,300,000 as proposed by the House.

                          family housing army

Amendment No. 14
      Appropriates $197,300,000 for Construction, Family 
Housing, Army instead of $202,131,000 as proposed by the House 
and $167,100,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funding for 
specific projects agreed to by the conferees is displayed in 
the table at the end of this report.

                       construction improvements

      The following projects are to be accomplished within the 
increased amount provided for construction improvements:

Alaska--Fort Richardson (52 units)......................      $9,600,000
Alaska--Fort Wainwright (32 units)......................       8,300,000
Kansas-Fort Riley (106 units)...........................       7,000,000
Kentucky--Fort Campbell (60 units)......................       6,000,000
New York--West Point (56 units).........................       5,400,000
Virginia--Fort Belvoir (48 units).......................       5,000,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Total, Army.......................................      41,300,000
Amendment No. 15
      Appropriates $1,140,568,000 for Operation and 
Maintenance, Family Housing, Army instead of $1,148,937,000 as 
proposed by the House, and $1,149,937,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
Amendment No. 16
      Appropriates a total of $1,337,868,000 for Family 
Housing, Army instead of $1,351,068,000 as proposed by the 
House and $1,317,037,000 as proposed by the Senate. This sum is 
derived from the conference agreement on amendments numbered 14 
and 15.

                 family housing, navy and marine corps

Amendment No. 17
      Appropriates $393,832,000 for Construction, Family 
Housing, Navy and Marine Corps instead of $409,178,000 as 
proposed by the House and $362,619,000 as proposed by the 
Senate. Funding for specific projects agreed to by the 
conferees is displayed in the table at the end of this report.

                       construction improvements

      The following projects are to be accomplished within the 
increased amount provided for construction improvements:

California--China Lake NAWC \1\.........................      $4,193,000
Illinois--Great Lakes PWC (64 units)....................       7,700,000
Maryland--Patuxent River NAWC (90 units)................       9,000,000
North Carolina--Camp Lejeune MCB (37 units).............       2,863,000
North Carolina--Cherry Point MCAS (83 units)............       6,000,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Total, Navy.......................................      29,756,000
    \1\ Demolish 120 units
Amendment No. 18
      Appropriates a total of $1,370,336,000 for Family 
Housing, Navy and Marine Corps instead of $1,385,682,000 as 
proposed by the House and $1,339,123,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.

                       family housing, air force

Amendment No. 19
      Appropriates $295,709,000 for Construction, Family 
Housing, Air Force instead of $341,409,000 as proposed by the 
House and $296,633,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funding for 
specific projects agreed to by the conferees is displayed in 
the table at the end of this report.

                       construction improvements

      The following projects are to be accomplished within the 
increased amount provided for construction improvements:

New Mexico--Cannon AFB (72 units).......................      $5,000,000
Oklahoma--Tinker AFB (60 units).........................       4,600,000
South Carolina--Charleston AFB (78 units)...............       7,000,000
South Carolina--Shaw AFB (50 units).....................       5,000,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Total, Air Force..................................      21,600,000
Amendment No. 20
      Appropriates a total of $1,125,943,000 for Family 
Housing, Air Force instead of $1,171,643,000 as proposed by the 
House and $1,126,867,000 as proposed by the Senate.

                           general provisions

Amendment No. 21
      Restores a provision proposed by the House and stricken 
by the Senate which prohibits the expenditure of funds except 
in compliance with the Buy American Act.
Amendment No. 22
      Restores a provision proposed by the House and stricken 
by the Senate which states the sense of the Congress notifying 
recipients of equipment or products authorized to be purchased 
with financial assistance provided in this Act to purchase 
American-made equipment and products.
Amendment No. 23
      Deletes a provision proposed by the House and stricken by 
the Senate which permits the transfer of funds from the Base 
Realignment and Closure Accounts to the Homeowners Assistance 
Fund, Defense.
      Inserts two provisions permitting the Secretary of 
Defense to transfer funds from other accounts into the Family 
Housing Improvement Fund and the Military Unaccompanied Housing 
Improvement Fund and clarifying the intent of these funds. The 
House and Senate bills contained no provision on these matters.
      Appropriates $701,855,000 for Military Construction, Air 
Force instead of $662,305,000 as proposed by both the House and 
the Senate. Funding for specific projects agreed to by the 
conferees is displayed in the table at the end of this report.
      Inserts a provision amending Section 124 to clarify that 
the Family Housing Improvement Fund shall be the sole source of 
funds available for administrative costs (other than non-
reimbursable personnel details) incurred by the Housing 
Revitalization Support Office, instead of the Department of 
Defense as proposed in both the House and Senate bills.
Amendment No. 24
      Inserts a provision reducing a total of $108,800,000 to 
eleven accounts in the bill, rather than a reduction totaling 
$31,000,000 to seven accounts in the bill as proposed by the 
Senate. The House bill contained no similar provision.
      The conference agreement reduces the following accounts 
for the specified reasons:

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                                                             Inflation       Foreign currency                   
                        Account                             reestimates         adjustment      Total reduction 
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Military Construction, Army............................         $2,000,000         $5,900,000         $7,900,000
Military Construction, Navy............................          3,000,000          2,600,000          5,600,000
Military Construction, Air Force.......................          4,000,000          3,600,000          7,600,000
Military Construction, Defense-wide....................          5,000,000          1,100,000          6,100,000
North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment                                                          
 Program...............................................          1,000,000                  0          1,000,000
Base Realignment and Closure Account, Part III.........          8,000,000                  0          8,000,000
Base Realignment and Closure Account, Part IV..........          8,000,000                  0          8,000,000
Family Housing, Army...................................          6,000,000         30,700,000         36,700,000
Family Housing, Navy and Marine Corps..................          7,000,000          6,100,000         13,100,000
Family Housing, Air Force..............................          6,000,000          8,700,000         14,700,000
Family Housing, Defense-wide...........................                  0            100,000            100,000
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      Total............................................         50,000,000         58,800,000        108,800,000
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      These reductions reflect savings based on inflation 
reestimates and foreign currency adjustments. The conferees 
direct that these reductions shall not result in the delay, 
cancellation, or reduction in scope of any project for which 
funds have been appropriated.
Amendment No. 25
      Inserts a provision proposed by the Senate which directs 
the Secretary of the Army to complete a special forces diver 
training facility at Key West Naval Air Station, for which 
funds were authorized and appropriated in fiscal year 1990, 
using unspecified minor construction funds appropriated in this 
Act.
Amendment No. 26
      Inserts a provision proposed by the Senate which 
authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to lease property on 
Waipio Peninsula, Hawaii, to the city and county of Honolulu.
Amendment No. 27
      Inserts a provision proposed by the Senate which requires 
the Secretary of Defense to notify Congress of certain 
privatization efforts, amended to revise the reporting 
requirement.
Amendment No. 28
      Deletes a provision proposed by the Senate which amends 
section 303(e) of Public law 105-18 to permit the Secretary of 
Defense to use funds available in the Defense Working Capital 
Fund for payment of certain costs of a facility at Lexington, 
Kentucky.





                   CONFERENCE TOTAL--WITH COMPARISONS

      The total new budget (obligational) authority for the 
fiscal year 1998 recommended by the Committee of Conference, 
with comparisons to the fiscal year 1997 amount, the 1998 
budget estimates, and the House and Senate bills for 1998 
follow:
New budget (obligational) authority, fiscal year 1997...  $9,793,309,000
Budget estimates of new (obligational) authority, fiscal 
    year 1998...........................................   8,383,248,000
House bill, fiscal year 1998............................   9,183,000,000
Senate bill, fiscal year 1998...........................   9,182,900,000
Conference agreement, fiscal year 1998..................   9,183,248,000
Conference agreement compared with:
    New budget (obligational) authority, fiscal year 
      1997..............................................    -610,061,000
    Budget estimates of new (obligational) authority, 
      fiscal year 1998..................................    +800,000,000
    House bill, fiscal year 1998........................        +248,000
    Senate bill, fiscal year 1998.......................        +348,000

                                   Ron Packard,
                                   John Edward Porter,
                                   David L. Hobson,
                                   Roger F. Wicker,
                                   Jack Kingston,
                                   Mike Parker,
                                   Todd Tiahrt,
                                   Zach Wamp,
                                   Bob Livingston,
                                   W. G. (Bill) Hefner,
                                   John W. Olver,
                                   Chet Edwards,
                                   Norman D. Dicks,
                                   Steny H. Hoyer,
                                   David R. Obey,
                                 Managers on the Part of the House.

                                   Conrad Burns,
                                   Kay Bailey Hutchison,
                                   Lauch Faircloth,
                                   Larry Craig,
                                   Ted Stevens,
                                   Patty Murray,
                                   Harry Reid,
                                   Daniel K. Inouye,
                                   Robert C. Byrd,
                                Managers on the Part of the Senate.