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113th Congress Report
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
2d Session 113-421
AMENDING THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MUSEUM ACT TO EXTEND THE
April 28, 2014.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the
State of the Union and ordered to be printed
Mr. Hastings of Washington, from the Committee on Natural Resources,
submitted the following
R E P O R T
[To accompany H.R. 4120]
[Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred
the bill (H.R. 4120) to amend the National Law Enforcement
Museum Act to extend the termination date, having considered
the same, report favorably thereon without amendment and
recommend that the bill do pass.
Purpose of the Bill
The purpose of H.R. 4120 is to amend the National Law
Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date.
Background and Need for Legislation
H.R. 4120 provides a three year extension of the authority
of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Inc.,
to begin construction of the National Law Enforcement Museum.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (Fund)
was formed in 1984. It built and maintains the National Law
Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C., honoring the service
and sacrifice of law enforcement officers. There are over
20,000 names on the Memorial walls of the men and women in law
enforcement who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Fund is a non-partisan nonprofit organization that
represents all of the major law enforcement organizations in
the country (Federal, State, and local). In 2000, Congress
authorized the Fund to build the National Law Enforcement
Museum next to the Memorial, pursuant to Public Law 106-492,
the National Law Enforcement Museum Act (Museum Act).
The Fund has expended almost $30 million in private funds
to complete the design, obtain approvals and relocate utilities
on the site in preparation for construction.
The Museum Act specified that construction on the Museum
had to commence by November 9, 2010, but Congress extended the
authorization three years.
Plans to complete construction of through bonds were put on
hold due to market conditions, but the District of Columbia has
given the Fund authorization to issue up to $110 million in
The new three-year extension in H.R. 4120 provides the
additional time necessary to secure the non-federal funds to
construct the National Law Enforcement Museum.
H.R. 4120 was introduced on February 28, 2014, by
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD). The bill was referred to the
Committee on Natural Resources, and within the Committee to the
Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. On
March 25, 2014, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the bill. On
April 9, 2014, the Natural Resources Committee met to consider
the bill. The Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental
Regulation was discharged by unanimous consent. The bill was
then adopted and ordered favorably reported to the House of
Representatives by unanimous consent.
Committee Oversight Findings and Recommendations
Regarding clause 2(b)(1) of rule X and clause 3(c)(1) of
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the
Committee on Natural Resources' oversight findings and
recommendations are reflected in the body of this report.
Compliance With House Rule XIII
1. Cost of Legislation. Clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII of the
Rules of the House of Representatives requires an estimate and
a comparison by the Committee of the costs which would be
incurred in carrying out this bill. However, clause 3(d)(2)(B)
of that rule provides that this requirement does not apply when
the Committee has included in its report a timely submitted
cost estimate of the bill prepared by the Director of the
Congressional Budget Office under section 402 of the
Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Under clause 3(c)(3) of rule
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and section
403 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee has
received the following cost estimate for this bill from the
Director of the Congressional Budget Office:
H.R. 4120--A bill to amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to
extend the termination date
H.R. 4120 would extend until November 9, 2016, the
authority of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Fund, a nonprofit organization, to construct a museum on
federal lands within the District of Columbia honoring law
enforcement officers. The authorization to construct the museum
expired on November 9, 2013. Because the museum would be
established with nonfederal funds, CBO estimates that enacting
H.R. 4120 would have no significant effect on the federal
budget. Enacting H.R. 4120 would not affect direct spending or
revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
H.R. 4120 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Martin von
Gnechten. The estimate was approved by Theresa Gullo, Deputy
Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.
2. Section 308(a) of Congressional Budget Act. As required
by clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of
Representatives and section 308(a) of the Congressional Budget
Act of 1974, this bill does not contain any new budget
authority, spending authority, credit authority, or an increase
or decrease in revenues or tax expenditures. Because the museum
would be established with nonfederal funds, CBO estimates that
enacting H.R. 4120 would have no significant effect on the
3. General Performance Goals and Objectives. As required by
clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII, the general performance goal or
objective of this bill is to amend the National Law Enforcement
Museum Act to extend the termination date.
This bill does not contain any Congressional earmarks,
limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined
under clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of rule XXI of the Rules of
the House of Representatives.
Compliance With Public Law 104-4
This bill contains no unfunded mandates.
Compliance With H. Res. 5
Directed Rule Making. The Chairman does not believe that
this bill directs any executive branch official to conduct any
specific rule-making proceedings.
Duplication of Existing Programs. This bill does not
establish or reauthorize a program of the federal government
known to be duplicative of another program. Such program was
not included in any report from the Government Accountability
Office to Congress pursuant to section 21 of Public Law 111-139
or identified in the most recent Catalog of Federal Domestic
Assistance published pursuant to the Federal Program
Information Act (Public Law 95-220, as amended by Public Law
98-169) as relating to other programs.
Preemption of State, Local or Tribal Law
This bill is not intended to preempt any State, local or
Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported
In compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of
the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by
the bill, as reported, are shown as follows (existing law
proposed to be omitted is enclosed in black brackets, new
matter is printed in italic, existing law in which no change is
proposed is shown in roman):
SECTION 4 OF THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MUSEUM ACT
SEC. 4. NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MUSEUM.
(1) In general.--The Memorial Fund may construct a
National Law Enforcement Museum on Federal land located
on United States Reservation #7, on the property
(A) the National Law Enforcement Officers
Memorial on the north;
(B) the United States Court of Appeals for
the Armed Forces on the west;
(C) Court Building C on the east; and
(D) Old City Hall on the south.
(2) Underground facility.--The Memorial Fund shall be
permitted to construct part of the Museum underground
below E Street, NW.
(3) Consultation.--The Museum Fund shall consult with
and coordinate with the Joint Committee on
Administration of the District of Columbia courts in
the planning, design, and construction of the Museum.
(b) Design and Plans.--
(1) In general.--In carrying out subsection (a), the
Memorial Fund shall be responsible for preparation of
the design and plans for the Museum.
(2) Approval.--The design and plans for the Museum
shall be subject to the approval of--
(A) the Secretary;
(B) the Commission of Fine Arts; and
(C) the National Capital Planning Commission.
(3) Design requirements.--The Museum shall be
designed so that--
(A) there is available for underground
planned use by the courts of the District of
Columbia for renovation and expansion of Old
(i) an area extending to a line that
is at least 57 feet, 6 inches, north of
the northernmost facade of Old City
Hall and parallel to that facade; plus
(ii) an area extending beyond that
line and comprising a part of a circle
with a radius of 40 feet measured from
a point that is 59 feet, 9 inches, from
the center of that facade;
(B) the underground portion of the Museum has
a footprint of not less than 23,665 square
(C) above ground, there is a no-build zone of
90 feet out from the northernmost face of the
north portico of the existing Old City Hall
running east to west parallel to Old City Hall;
(D) the aboveground portion of the Museum
consists of 2 entrance pavilions totaling a
maximum of 10,000 square feet, neither of which
shall exceed 6,000 square feet and the height
of neither of which shall exceed 25 feet, as
measured from the curb of the westernmost
(E) no portion of the aboveground portion of
the Museum is located within the 100-foot-wide
area centered on the north-south axis of the
Old City Hall.
(4) Parking.--The courts of the District of Columbia
and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed
Forces may construct an underground parking structure
in the southwest quadrant of United States Reservation
(c) Operation and Use.--The Memorial Fund shall own, operate,
and maintain the Museum after completion of construction.
(d) Federal Share.--The United States shall pay no expense
incurred in the establishment or construction of the Museum.
(e) Funding Verification.--The Secretary shall not permit
construction of the Museum to begin unless the Secretary
determines that sufficient amounts are available to complete
construction of the Museum in accordance with the design and
plans approved under subsection (b).
(f) Failure To Construct.--If the Memorial Fund fails to
begin construction of the Museum by the date that is [13 years]
16 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the authority
to construct the Museum shall terminate on that date.