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113th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     113-448

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 COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 
                                  2015

                                _______
                                

  May 15, 2014.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

Mr. Wolf, from the Committee on Appropriations, submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                             together with

                             MINORITY VIEWS

                        [To accompany H.R. 4660]

    The Committee on Appropriations submits the following 
report in explanation of the accompanying bill making 
appropriations for Commerce, Justice, Science, and related 
agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for 
other purposes.

                        INDEX TO BILL AND REPORT

_______________________________________________________________________


                                                            Page number

                                                            Bill Report
Title I--Department of Commerce............................     2
                                                                      7
Title II--Department of Justice............................    22
                                                                     38
Title III--Science.........................................    60
                                                                     66
        Office of Science and Technology Policy............    60
                                                                     66
        National Aeronautics and Space Administration......    61
                                                                     67
        National Science Foundation........................    68
                                                                     79
Title IV--Related Agencies.................................    72
                                                                     83
        Commission on Civil Rights.........................    72
                                                                     83
        Equal Employment Opportunity Commission............    73
                                                                     83
        International Trade Commission.....................    74
                                                                     84
        Legal Services Corporation.........................    74
                                                                     84
        Marine Mammal Commission...........................    75
                                                                     85
        Office of the United States Trade Representative...    76
                                                                     85
        State Justice Institute............................    76
                                                                     86
Title V--General Provisions................................    77
                                                                     86

  87-908


                              Bill Totals

    The Committee recommends a total of $51,539,000,000 for the 
departments and agencies funded in this bill for fiscal year 
2015, including $51,202,000,000 in discretionary budget 
authority. This level of discretionary budget authority is 
$398,000,000, or 0.8 percent, below the fiscal year 2014 level. 
The recommended level is also $1,027,926,000 or 2.1 percent 
above the Congressional Budget Office re-estimate of the 
President's budget request, and $203,926,000 or 0.4 percent 
above the comparable budget request had the same Congressional 
Budget Office scorekeeping adjustments been applied to both the 
request and this bill. The recommendation for fiscal year 2015 
does not include any emergency supplemental appropriations.
    The Committee recommends terminating 33 programs, resulting 
in savings of more than $250,000,000 from the fiscal year 2014 
level and $190,000,000 from the President's request for these 
same programs.

                      Oversight and Budget Review

    During its review of the fiscal year 2015 budget request 
and execution of appropriations for fiscal year 2014, the 
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related 
Agencies held nine budget and oversight hearings. In addition 
to receiving testimony from Administration officials 
representing the departments and agencies funded in this bill, 
the Committee received testimony from expert witnesses. The 
Committee hearings are listed below:

 
                        Hearing                           Hearing Date
 
The State of Efforts to Stop Human Trafficking........         2/26/2014
Federal Investments in Neuroscience Research..........         2/27/2014
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director..............         3/26/2014
National Science Foundation Acting Director...........         3/27/2014
Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator.........          4/2/2014
Attorney General......................................          4/4/2014
National Aeronautics and Space Administration                   4/8/2014
 Administrator........................................
Secretary of Commerce.................................          4/9/2014
Bureau of Prisons Director............................         4/10/2014
 

    As part of the Committee's oversight and analysis of the 
Administration's budget request, the Committee submitted a 
number of requests for additional information and written 
questions to be answered by the departments and agencies. These 
materials are important for the Committee in conducting 
oversight and making funding recommendations.
    In furtherance of this oversight responsibility, the 
Committee began in fiscal year 2012 to require the major 
agencies funded in this bill to provide information on the 
status of balances of appropriations, including amounts that 
are: unobligated and uncommitted; committed to contracts, 
grants or other planned obligations; and obligated but 
unexpended. The Committee found that the agencies cannot, in 
all cases, provide a comprehensive picture of the status of 
balances.
    The accurate and comprehensive reporting of balances 
enables the Committee to determine the amount of appropriations 
necessary to accomplish program purposes. The Committee 
recommendations under certain accounts in this report include 
direction concerning the use, or rescission, of unobligated 
balances.
    Section 507 requires detailed quarterly reports from the 
Departments of Commerce and Justice, the National Aeronautics 
and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Science 
Foundation (NSF) on the status of unobligated balances, 
commitments and obligations, including the source year, or 
obligation year, of balances. The Committee expects that agency 
reports will show the status of balances at the appropriation 
account level, as well as at budget activity or other lower 
levels where such levels are reflected in the Committee's 
report accompanying an appropriations act. The Committee 
directs the agencies included in section 507 of this Act to 
take the necessary administrative actions (including, when 
necessary, the reconfiguration of internal accounting systems) 
to capture and routinely report this information.

                      Major Themes and Initiatives

    The Committee's funding recommendations focus resources on 
the areas of highest priority, reflecting the Committee's 
assessment of national priorities and ongoing challenges.
    Law enforcement and national security.--Defending the 
Nation from both internal and external threats remains the 
Department of Justice's highest priority. This bill provides 
essential technological and human capital to detect, disrupt 
and deter threats to our national security. The bill provides 
$8.5 billion for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 
This level includes funding for counterterrorism efforts and to 
continue the development of capabilities to prevent and 
investigate cyber intrusions. The bill also provides $2.1 
billion for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and $1.2 
billion for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and 
Explosives (ATF). In addition, the bill includes a total of 
$2.1 billion in discretionary appropriations for Justice grant 
programs including $426 million for Violence Against Women 
Prevention and Prosecution programs and $376 million for Byrne 
Justice Assistance Grants providing support for a broad range 
of State and local criminal justice needs.
    More accurate and timely weather forecasts and warnings.--
The mission of the National Weather Service is to provide 
forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property 
and enhancement of the national economy. Recent events remind 
us of the loss of life, tragedy and disruption that can result 
from severe weather. The bill includes $1.1 billion for the 
operations and systems of the National Weather Service. In 
addition, the bill provides the requested amounts for two next-
generation National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
(NOAA) flagship weather satellite programs: the Joint Polar 
Satellite System (JPSS) ($917 million) and the Geostationary 
Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R) ($981 
million). These amounts will allow NOAA to maintain acquisition 
and launch schedules and minimize any future gaps in data that 
are critical to forecast accuracy.
    American innovation and competitiveness.--Investments in 
scientific research are key to long-term economic growth. Basic 
research leads to innovation and improves the competitiveness 
of American businesses, leading, in turn, to positive impacts 
on the quality of life for all Americans. The bill includes 
$7.4 billion for the NSF for basic scientific research, and 
$856 million for research and standards work at the National 
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), including $130 
million for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership to increase 
the competitiveness of the Nation's manufacturers. NASA's 
aeronautics research enables continuous innovation in aviation 
and space industries. The bill includes $666 million for 
aeronautics research, an increase of $100 million above fiscal 
year 2014. An efficient patent process is also critical for 
innovation and economic growth. The bill provides $3.5 billion 
for the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), which is the full 
estimate of fee collections for fiscal year 2015, and an 
increase of $434 million above fiscal year 2014. Finally, the 
bill includes over $1 billion for science, technology, 
engineering and math (STEM) education programs across NSF, NASA 
and NOAA.

                   Committee Recommendation by Title

    Department of Commerce.--In title I of the bill, for the 
Department of Commerce, the Committee recommends a total of 
$8.4 billion in discretionary budget authority, which is $175 
million above fiscal year 2014 and $391 million below the 
request. Highlights of the Committee's recommendation include:
           $3.5 billion for PTO, which is equal to the 
        amount of fee collections estimated by the 
        Congressional Budget Office, and an increase of $434 
        million, or 14.4 percent, above fiscal year 2014;
           $856 million for NIST, which is $6 million 
        above fiscal year 2014, including $671 million for 
        scientific and technical research, and $130 million for 
        the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP); and
           $5.3 billion for NOAA, $11 million above 
        fiscal year 2014. The bill supports critical weather 
        forecasting programs, including the requested amounts 
        for development of the JPSS and GOES-R weather 
        satellites. In addition, the bill includes $16 million 
        above the request for National Weather Service 
        operations and systems.
    Department of Justice.--In title II of the bill, for the 
Department of Justice, the Committee recommends a total of 
$27.8 billion in discretionary budget authority, which is $384 
million above fiscal year 2014 and $137 million above the 
request. Highlights of the Committee's recommendation include:
           $8.5 billion for the FBI, an increase of 
        $125 million above fiscal year 2014, including 
        continuing funding for national security programs, 
        investigations of cyber attacks, and countering human 
        trafficking and violent gang crime;
           $2.1 billion for the DEA, which is $35 
        million above fiscal year 2014, and an additional $367 
        million for prescription drug abuse regulatory and 
        enforcement initiatives funded by diversion control 
        fees;
           $7.0 billion for the Bureau of Prisons, 
        which is $121 million above fiscal year 2014; and
           $2.1 billion for State and local law 
        enforcement assistance, including $426 million for 
        Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution 
        programs.
    Science.--In title III of the bill, for the Office of 
Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), NASA and NSF, the 
Committee recommends a total of $25.3 billion. Highlights of 
the Committee's recommendation include:
           $17.9 billion for NASA, which is $250 
        million above fiscal year 2014 and $435 million above 
        the request, including:
                  -- $4.2 billion for Exploration, including 
                funding to keep NASA on schedule for upcoming 
                Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and Space 
                Launch System flight milestones, and to 
                continue progress on the commercial crew 
                program;
                  -- $3.9 billion for Space Operations, 
                continuing the operation of the International 
                Space Station; and
                  -- $5.2 billion for Science programs, 
                including $1.45 billion for planetary science 
                to ensure the continuation of critical research 
                and development programs that were imperiled by 
                the President's request.
           $7.4 billion for the NSF, which is $232 
        million above fiscal year 2014 and $149 million above 
        the request for basic scientific research and science 
        education programs.
    Related agencies.--In title IV of the bill, the Committee 
recommends a total of $869 million, a decrease of $12 million 
below fiscal year 2014 and $87 million below the request. 
Highlights of the Committee's recommendation include:
           $350 million for the Legal Services 
        Corporation, which is $15 million below fiscal year 
        2014;
           $364 million for the Equal Employment 
        Opportunity Commission, which is the same as fiscal 
        year 2014; and
           $54 million for the Office of the United 
        States Trade Representative, which is $1 million above 
        fiscal year 2014.

                   Cybersecurity at Federal Agencies

    The security of Federal agency computer systems is 
essential to protecting national and economic security as well 
as ensuring public safety. Safeguarding such systems and the 
information they contain has been on the Government 
Accountability Office's (GAO) list of high-risk areas since 
1997. Risks to such systems include escalating and emerging 
threats from around the globe, which are further heightened by 
steady advances in the sophistication of attack technology and 
the ease of obtaining and using hacking tools.
    Beginning in fiscal year 2012, the Committee directed each 
department and agency funded in this bill to submit an annual 
report to the Committee describing the cyber attacks and 
attempted cyber attacks against such department or agency and 
their consequences; the steps taken to prevent, mitigate or 
otherwise respond to such attacks; the cybersecurity policies 
and procedures in place, including policies about ensuring safe 
use of computer and mobile devices by individual employees; and 
a description of all outreach efforts undertaken to increase 
awareness among employees and contractors of cybersecurity 
risks. The Committee expects each department and agency to 
submit the annual cybersecurity report for 2014 by February 5, 
2015.
    In addition, section 515 of the recommended bill requires 
the Departments of Commerce and Justice, NASA and NSF, before 
acquiring any high-impact or moderate-impact information 
system, to review and assess supply chain, cyber-espionage and 
sabotage risks, develop a risk mitigation strategy, and make a 
determination that such acquisition is in the national 
interest. Included in the assessment of cyber-espionage and 
sabotage risks will be an assessment of any risk associated 
with a system being produced, manufactured, or assembled by one 
or more entities identified by the United States Government as 
posing a cyber threat, including but not limited to, those that 
may be owned, directed, or subsidized by the People's Republic 
of China. Each department or agency covered under section 515 
shall submit quarterly reports to the Committee describing any 
reviews and assessments done, and any determinations made 
pursuant to this section, and in addition shall summarize the 
results of such assessments in the annual cybersecurity report 
described in the preceding paragraph.

                        Reprogramming Procedures

    Section 505 of the bill contains language concerning the 
reprogramming of funds between programs, projects and 
activities. The Committee reminds the departments and agencies 
funded in this bill that the reprogramming process is based on 
comity between the Congress and the Executive Branch. This 
process is intended to provide departments and agencies 
sufficient flexibility to meet changing circumstances and 
emergent requirements not known at the time of congressional 
review of the budget while preserving congressional priorities 
and intent. In the absence of comity and respect for the 
prerogatives of the Appropriations Committees and the Congress 
in general, the Committee may opt to include specific program 
limitations and details in legislation and remove language 
providing the flexibility to reallocate funds. Under these 
circumstances, programs, projects and activities become 
absolutes and the executive branch shall lose the ability to 
propose changes in the use of appropriated funds except through 
legislative action.
    The Committee expects that each department and agency 
funded in this bill shall follow the directions set forth in 
this bill and the accompanying report, and shall not reallocate 
resources or reorganize activities except as provided herein. 
Reprogramming procedures shall apply to funds provided in this 
bill, unobligated balances from previous appropriations Acts 
that are available for obligation or expenditure in fiscal year 
2015, and non-appropriated resources such as fee collections 
that are used to meet program requirements in fiscal year 2015. 
As specified in section 505, the Committee expects that the 
Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science, and 
Related Agencies of the House and Senate will be notified by 
letter a minimum of 15 days (or in the case of the Department 
of Justice 45 days) prior to any reprogramming of funds that--
          (1) creates or initiates a new program, project or 
        activity;
          (2) eliminates a program, project or activity;
          (3) increases funds or personnel by any means for any 
        project or activity for which funds have been denied or 
        restricted;
          (4) relocates an office or employees;
          (5) reorganizes or renames offices, programs or 
        activities;
          (6) contracts out or privatizes any functions or 
        activities presently performed by Federal employees;
          (7) augments existing programs, projects or 
        activities in excess of $500,000 or 10 percent, 
        whichever is less, or reduces by 10 percent funding for 
        any program, project or activity, or numbers of 
        personnel by 10 percent; or
          (8) results from any general savings, including 
        savings from a reduction in personnel, which would 
        result in a change in existing programs, projects or 
        activities as approved by Congress.
      Any reprogramming request shall include any out-year 
budgetary impacts and a separate accounting of program or 
mission impacts on estimated carryover funds. The Committee 
further expects any department or agency funded in this bill 
which plans a reduction-in-force to notify by letter the 
Committee at least 30 days in advance of the date of any such 
planned personnel action.

            Relationship With Budget and Comptroller Offices

    Through the years the Appropriations Committee has 
channeled most of its inquiries and requests for information 
and assistance through the budget offices or comptroller 
organizations of the various departments, agencies and 
commissions. Such relationships are necessary to accomplish the 
work of the Committee. While the Committee reserves the right 
to call upon all organizations in the departments, agencies and 
commissions for information and assistance, the primary contact 
between the Committee and these entities must be through the 
budget offices and comptroller organizations, or through a 
legislative affairs unit designated by the Committee to work on 
appropriations and budget matters.
    The workload generated in the budget process is large and 
growing; therefore, a positive, responsive relationship between 
the Committee and the budget and/or comptroller offices is 
essential for the Committee to fulfill the Constitutional 
appropriations responsibilities of Congress.

                Work Opportunities for Federal Prisoners

    The Committee notes that Federal Prison Industries, Inc. 
(FPI) is specifically authorized to manufacture products no 
longer made in the United States. This represents an 
opportunity to provide additional work opportunities for 
Federal prisoners, which has been identified as an important 
contributing factor to the safety of Federal prisons, and to 
reducing recidivism. The Committee directs the Departments of 
Commerce and Justice, NASA, and NSF to notify FPI of products 
they are currently purchasing from foreign sources, and to meet 
with FPI at least annually to discuss related procurement 
opportunities.

                                TITLE I


                         DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE


                   International Trade Administration


                     OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION

    The Committee recommends $473,000,000 in total resources 
for the programs of the International Trade Administration 
(ITA), which is $3,000,000 above fiscal year 2014 and 
$33,731,000 below the request. This amount is offset by 
$10,000,000 in estimated fee collections, resulting in a direct 
appropriation of $463,000,000. Funds shall be distributed as 
follows; any deviation shall be subject to the procedures set 
forth in section 505 of this Act:

 
 
 
Industry and Analysis.................................       $55,000,000
Enforcement and Compliance............................        73,000,000
Global Markets........................................       323,000,000
Executive Direction and Administration................        22,000,000
                                                       -----------------
    Total.............................................      $473,000,000
 

    Reorganization.--ITA shall continue to provide regular 
updates regarding the ongoing reorganization that is expected 
to result in program efficiencies and savings. The Committee 
expects ITA to ensure that the reorganization is implemented in 
a timely fashion and in accordance with the proposal submitted 
to the Committee.
    U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (U.S.&FCS;).--The 
Committee recommends $323,000,000 for Global Markets, which 
includes the U.S.&FCS.; This amount includes an increase of 
$3,000,000 above fiscal year 2014 to expand overseas presence 
in priority markets. The Committee directs ITA to review its 
existing staff complement to ensure that the maximum number of 
staff are deployed overseas and at Export Assistance Centers 
located throughout the U.S. ITA shall submit a report no later 
than 120 days after enactment of this Act describing the 
current status of the National Export Initiative and progress 
toward the goal of doubling exports by the end of fiscal year 
2014. The Committee reminds ITA that the primary mission of the 
Global Markets program shall continue to be export promotion.
    SelectUSA.--The recommendation includes up to $7,000,000 
for SelectUSA activities. The Committee expects that these 
funds will be used to encourage foreign direct investment and 
to work with U.S. companies to repatriate manufacturing or 
service activities back to the United States. The Committee 
directs that these funds shall not be used for outreach 
activities to state-owned entities. Commerce shall provide a 
report no later than 120 days after enactment of this Act on 
the type of assistance provided during fiscal year 2014 and the 
number and type of foreign firms that decided to locate in the 
United States as a result of SelectUSA assistance. The 
Secretary shall notify the Committee promptly if any foreign 
direct investment proposals facilitated by SelectUSA are 
referred to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United 
States.
    Survey of International Air Travelers.--Within amounts 
provided for Industry and Analysis, the recommendation includes 
up to $1,500,000 for a program evaluation of the Survey of 
International Air Travelers. ITA is encouraged to coordinate 
these efforts with BrandUSA, a non-profit entity authorized to 
promote the U.S. as a travel destination.
    Enforcement and Compliance.--The recommendation includes 
$73,000,000 for enforcement and compliance activities, which is 
$2,433,000 above fiscal year 2014. Of this amount, up to 
$7,000,000 is included for ITA's support of the Interagency 
Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC). ITA shall submit a report no 
later than 90 days after enactment of this Act regarding 
accomplishments of the ITEC during fiscal years 2013 and 2014, 
and proposed activities for fiscal year 2015.
    China antidumping and countervailing duty activities.--The 
Committee retains bill language directing ITA to spend no less 
than $16,400,000 for China antidumping and countervailing duty 
enforcement and compliance activities. The Committee awaits a 
report included in the statement accompanying Public Law 113-
76, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, regarding 
antidumping and countervailing duty laws. ITA shall include in 
this report a review of the extent to which existing laws 
address the anti-competitive actions of Chinese state-owned or 
state-invested enterprises operating in the U.S. market.
    Trade enforcement remedies.--ITA shall, in cooperation with 
the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, employ all 
remedies authorized by World Trade Organization rules to 
counter the effects of the Chinese government's extensive 
subsidies and their impact on U.S. products and services. The 
Committee awaits an assessment regarding the extent to which 
existing laws address these concerns, as directed in the 
statement accompanying Public Law 113-76, the Consolidated 
Appropriations Act, 2014.
    Trade secrets.--The Committee remains concerned about the 
insufficient level of attention given to trade secret theft and 
the pace at which it is being addressed by the U.S. government. 
The Committee awaits a report from Commerce on this matter as 
directed in the statement accompanying Public Law 113-76, the 
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014.
    Human rights training.--ITA shall continue to ensure that 
current and new customer-facing employees receive human rights 
training and provide a report to the Committee no later than 
120 days after the enactment of this Act regarding these 
efforts.
    Support for firms.--The Committee encourages ITA to ensure 
that it is providing adequate support and services for women-, 
minority- and veteran-owned firms that are seeking assistance 
in gaining access to foreign markets for their products and 
services. The Committee recognizes that these firms possess 
tremendous economic potential if they participate more actively 
and effectively in export markets. As such, the Committee urges 
ITA to reach out to and promote such firms to enable them to 
contribute to our trade goals of creating jobs and increasing 
exports.
    Bio-based chemical feed stock materials.--The Committee 
directs ITA to conduct a study to determine the extent, if any, 
of potential impacts to U.S. bio-based chemical producers 
caused by foreign incentives or other market distorting 
policies outside the United States and identify potential 
remedies to mitigate these market distortions. Commerce shall 
provide this report to the Committee no later than 120 days 
after enactment of this Act.
    Asbestos brakes.--The manufacture of asbestos brakes has 
been banned in the United States for about 10 years yet the 
Committee understands that some imported brake pads are still 
manufactured with asbestos. Commerce shall submit a report 
within 120 days of enactment of this Act regarding the current 
policy with respect to the importation of asbestos-containing 
brakes and an assessment of the ability of U.S.-based 
manufacturers to produce brakes without asbestos or other 
banned substances.

                    Bureau of Industry and Security


                     OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION

    The Committee recommends $103,500,000 for the Bureau of 
Industry and Security (BIS), which is $2,050,000 above fiscal 
year 2014 and $7,049,000 below the request. Funds shall be 
distributed as follows; any deviation shall be subject to the 
procedures set forth in section 505 of this Act:

 
 
 
Export Administration.................................       $56,500,000
Export Enforcement....................................        41,500,000
Management and Policy Coordination....................         5,500,000
                                                       -----------------
    Total.............................................      $103,500,000
 

    Export Administration.--The recommendation includes 
$56,500,000 for export administration activities, including an 
increase of $500,000 as requested to support additional duties 
as a result of the transfer of certain satellite licensing 
responsibilities from the State Department to BIS. BIS shall 
provide a report no later than 120 days after enactment of this 
Act regarding processes it has implemented to ensure that 
satellites and related components are adequately safeguarded 
under the revised export control regime.
    Export Enforcement.--The recommendation includes 
$41,500,000 for export enforcement activities, including an 
increase of $1,932,000 to support additional export control 
officers in Germany, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates, 
enhancements to the Information Triage Unit, and national level 
enforcement and analytic expansion. In addition, BIS shall use 
up to $6,000,000 in prior year unobligated balances to support 
these activities. BIS shall continue providing quarterly 
briefings regarding export control reform, to include status 
reports on the number and type of licenses being transferred 
from State as well as updates on BIS's migration to the 
Department of Defense's USXports, which will result in a single 
export licensing information technology system. The Committee 
expects that continued export control reform will result in 
process efficiencies and savings.
    Internet freedom.--BIS shall submit a report no later than 
120 days after enactment of this Act regarding the extent to 
which U.S. products or services have been used by the People's 
Republic of China in efforts to control or suppress what 
information can be accessed by its citizens on the Internet. 
BIS shall include in this report an analysis of the so-called 
Tiananmen Square sanctions included in Public Law 101-246 and 
the extent to which these restrictions are or should be 
applicable to Internet hardware and software.

                  Economic Development Administration

    The Committee recommends $247,500,000 for the programs and 
administrative expenses of the Economic Development 
Administration (EDA), which is $1,000,000 above fiscal year 
2014 and $682,000 below the request.

                ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

    The Committee recommends $210,500,000 for Economic 
Development Assistance Programs, which is $1,000,000 above 
fiscal year 2014 and $500,000 above the request. Funds shall be 
distributed as follows; any deviation shall be subject to the 
procedures set forth in section 505 of this Act:

 
 
 
Public Works..........................................      $101,000,000
Partnership Planning..................................        31,000,000
Technical Assistance..................................        12,000,000
Research and Evaluation...............................         1,500,000
Trade Adjustment Assistance...........................        10,000,000
Economic Adjustment Assistance........................        40,000,000
Innovative Manufacturing Loans/Section 26.............         5,000,000
Assistance to Coal Mining Communities.................        10,000,000
                                                       -----------------
    Total.............................................      $210,500,000
 

    Awards documentation.--EDA shall address the matters 
outlined in the February 2014 Government Accountability Office 
(GAO) report, EDA: Documentation of Award Selection Decisions 
Could Be Improved, and provide a report within 120 days of 
enactment of this Act outlining a plan and timeframes for 
addressing the deficiencies outlined in this report. In 
addition, GAO found that counties where EDA funded projects 
under Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance were 
generally part of nonrural areas (areas with an urban center of 
more than 50,000 people). Specifically, in fiscal years 2007 
and 2011, respectively, 52 percent and 67 percent of all of 
EDA's funded projects under the two programs were in nonrural 
areas. EDA shall redouble its efforts to ensure that it 
provides support to rural areas still struggling with long-term 
unemployment, low per capita income and outmigration.
    Assistance to coal mining communities.--The Committee is 
disappointed that EDA has not included in its budget a 
comprehensive strategy to assist communities throughout the 
country that are suffering significant coal mining job losses. 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, coal mining jobs 
have decreased from about 84,400 in March 2011 to about 77,700 
in March 2014--an 8 percent reduction--yet EDA has not 
developed a plan to assist these communities. Given a variety 
of factors, coal mining job losses, many in counties with fewer 
than 50,000 residents that have been dependent on coal mining 
for generations, are expected to continue. Therefore, the 
recommendation includes $10,000,000 for EDA to develop a 
comprehensive program designed to assist coal mining 
communities that have experienced significant job losses since 
2011 and continue to experience outmigration or severe economic 
dislocation because of structural economic changes brought 
about by changes in the coal industry. EDA shall provide a 
report to the Committee no later than 90 days after enactment 
of this Act that outlines a comprehensive strategy, with an 
emphasis on infrastructure investments, broadband development, 
repatriation, and export opportunities, to assist these 
struggling communities. In developing this strategy, EDA shall 
consult with impacted communities and economic development 
organizations to ensure that this strategy is designed with 
locally driven solutions. The recommendation also includes an 
increase for Planning grants to enable these communities to 
prepare Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies.
    Repatriation grants.--The recommendation retains bill 
language carried in prior appropriations acts directing EDA to 
use $5,000,000 within amounts provided for Economic Adjustment 
Assistance to continue efforts to encourage U.S. firms to 
relocate their manufacturing or services back to the United 
States. As part of this effort, Commerce shall examine ways to 
include Native American communities as potential repatriation 
locations. In addition, the bill maintains language under the 
Departmental Management heading directing the Secretary to 
maintain a repatriation task force. The Committee is 
disappointed with the Department's implementation of these 
programs and expects that EDA and Commerce shall work more 
aggressively to develop these efforts. The Department shall 
brief the Committee no later than 30 days after enactment of 
this Act regarding its plan to implement these programs. The 
Committee directs EDA to submit a report no later than 60 days 
after the enactment of this Act describing the number and types 
of entities and industries that sought to take advantage of 
this program, as well as a list of grants approved during 
fiscal year 2014. The Committee encourages EDA to make 
prospective grantees aware of the Assessing Costs Everywhere 
(ACE) Tool described under the Departmental Management section 
of this report.
    Innovative manufacturing loans.--The recommendation 
includes $5,000,000 for loan guarantees under section 26 of the 
Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (15 U.S.C. 
3721). Regarding program implementation, the Committee 
reiterates all language on this program from the explanatory 
statement accompanying the fiscal year 2014 Consolidated 
Appropriations Act. The Committee further expects the 
Department and EDA to continue working expeditiously to 
implement the program and to avoid additional delays, and 
directs the Department to report to the Committee within 60 
days of enactment of this Act on the steps taken to implement 
the program and the expected future timeline for 
implementation. As steps are taken toward full implementation, 
the Committee encourages EDA to consult with the Office of 
Inspector General (OIG).
    Small and medium-sized manufacturers.--The Committee 
encourages EDA to continue to support and participate in 
public-private partnerships to support American manufacturing, 
and further encourages EDA to work through partnerships to 
connect small and medium-sized manufacturers with information 
technology, education, and training to help create 
manufacturing jobs and enhance the global competitiveness of 
small and medium-sized American manufacturers.

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    The Committee recommends $37,000,000 for EDA salaries and 
expenses, which is the same as fiscal year 2014 and $1,182,000 
below the request.

                  Minority Business Development Agency


                     MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

    The Committee recommends $30,000,000 for the Minority 
Business Development Agency (MBDA), which is $2,000,000 above 
fiscal year 2014 and $1,714,000 above the request.
    Assistance for agricultural and manufacturing start-ups.--
The Committee notes that manufacturing and agricultural start-
up companies often face particular challenges that can impede 
their chances of success. Therefore, the Committee directs MBDA 
to work with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at 
the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and 
with ITA to see how their efforts can be better coordinated to 
ensure that Commerce is able to provide end-to-end services for 
such startup businesses, including ones that are minority-
owned.

                   Economic and Statistical Analysis


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    The Committee recommends $99,000,000 for economic and 
statistical analysis, which is the same as fiscal year 2014 and 
$12,033,000 below the request. Within amounts provided, the 
Committee encourages the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to 
develop additional data products related to small businesses. 
The recommendation does not include funding for the relocation 
or reconfiguration of BEA's office space. The Committee 
understands that additional office space may be available in 
the Herbert C. Hoover building as a result of ongoing 
renovation activities. Further, the Committee recommends that 
the Department explore teleworking opportunities for BEA 
employees. The Department shall consult with the Committee 
regarding these matters prior to the expiration of BEA's lease 
in June 2016.

                          Bureau of the Census

    The Committee recommends $1,106,500,000 for the Bureau of 
the Census, which is $161,500,000 above fiscal year 2014 and 
$104,928,000 below the request.

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    The Committee recommends $248,000,000 for the salaries and 
expenses of the Bureau of the Census (``the Bureau''), which is 
$4,000,000 below fiscal year 2014 and the same as the request. 
This amount assumes $12,794,000 in administrative savings, as 
proposed by the Bureau.
    Funds shall be distributed as follows; any deviation shall 
be subject to the procedures set forth in section 505 of this 
Act:

 
 
 
Current Economic Statistics...........................      $183,727,000
Current Demographic Statistics........................        61,673,000
Survey Development and Data Services..................         2,600,000
                                                       -----------------
    Total.............................................      $248,000,000
 

    Longitudinal database.--The recommendation includes 
$5,000,000 for research enhancements to the longitudinal 
database, which will include information on the links between 
business research and development, innovation, and 
entrepreneurship. Census shall provide a report within 180 days 
of enactment of this Act regarding the status of this research 
and the timeframes for making this information available to the 
public.

                     PERIODIC CENSUSES AND PROGRAMS

    The Committee recommends a total of $858,500,000 for 
periodic censuses and programs, which is $165,500,000 above 
fiscal year 2014 and $104,928,000 below the request. The 
recommendation provides for a transfer of $1,551,000 to the 
Office of Inspector General (OIG) for oversight of the Census 
Bureau. Funds shall be distributed as follows; any deviation 
shall be subject to the procedures set forth in section 505 of 
this Act:

 
 
 
Economic Statistics Programs:
    Economic Censuses.................................      $115,000,000
    Census of Governments.............................         9,000,000
Demographic Statistics Programs:
    Intercensal Demographic Estimates.................         9,900,000
    2020 Decennial Census.............................       625,000,000
    Demographic Surveys Sample Redesign...............         9,600,000
    Geographic Support................................        58,000,000
    Data Processing System............................        43,000,000
                                                       -----------------
Unallocated Reduction.................................       -11,000,000
Total.................................................      $858,500,000
 

    Economic Censuses.--The recommendation includes 
$115,000,000 for the Economic Census. This level of funding 
will support dissemination of 2012 Economic Census products and 
enable Census to begin planning for the 2017 Economic Census.
    American Community Survey (ACS).--The Committee is aware 
that the Bureau has convened Federal agencies to review 
questions included on the ACS to ensure that all questions are 
necessary and that the ACS is the appropriate survey vehicle to 
gather the information. The Committee notes that no question 
can be removed from the ACS without an open public comment 
process. The Committee is also aware that the Bureau now has a 
Respondent Advocate who is responsible for assisting 
respondents who have concerns with the ACS and for engaging 
with the Congress to address constituent concerns. The Bureau 
shall provide quarterly briefings to the Committee on efforts 
to ensure the necessity of all the questions on the ACS; on 
efforts to ensure that non-response follow-up is conducted in 
the least intrusive manner; and on congressional outreach 
conducted by the Respondent Advocate. Finally, the Committee 
urges the Census Bureau to pursue the support of the Congress 
with respect to its plans to use adaptive design methods in the 
ACS and the upcoming 2020 Decennial Census.
    2020 Decennial Census.--The Committee recommends 
$625,000,000 for activities in support of the 2020 Decennial 
Census and ACS. Of this amount, $387,000,000 is provided to 
support completion of research and the beginning design, 
development, and testing for the 2020 Census. The Committee is 
aware that the Census Bureau has modeled design changes that 
could reduce the cost of the 2020 Census by more than $5 
billion compared to repeating the same design and methods used 
for the 2010 Decennial. Significant design changes include 
using a ``bring your own device'' model for enumerators; 
changes in address canvassing; expanded internet response 
options; expanded use of administrative records; a reduced 
field office footprint; and more directed non-response follow-
up protocols. The Committee urges the Bureau to work 
aggressively to narrow its focus on the path forward on various 
research activities underway and to engage the Congress 
regarding the various options noted above. The Committee 
understands that the Census Bureau is considering numerous 
alternatives to the separate Race and Hispanic Origin questions 
that were included in the 2010 Census. The Committee expects 
the Bureau to consult with interested parties, the Congress, 
and the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other 
Populations before making any such changes to the 2020 
Decennial Census questions.
    Census Enterprise Data Collection and Processing.--The 
recommendation includes $43,000,000 to support Census Bureau 
efforts to establish an enterprise approach to data collection 
and processing. The Committee supports the Bureau's efforts to 
develop a more flexible and secure enterprise architecture as 
it will enable Census to realize economies of scale to support 
data collection efforts. The Bureau shall provide quarterly 
briefings regarding the status of these efforts beginning with 
the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. Information in these 
briefings shall include but not be limited to the current 
systems, costs to maintain them, the surveys supported, FTE 
associated with those systems, and the anticipated date that 
various IT systems will be retired and data merged onto the 
larger enterprise architecture. Census shall provide these 
reports concurrently to the OIG and GAO.
    Small population groups.--The Committee is concerned about 
the availability of data on small population groups. In many 
ethnic and immigrant communities, gathering accurate 
information about smaller subgroups is important for 
policymakers, as the needs among the various populations vary 
significantly. The Committee urges the Bureau to ensure that 
reliable information about these subgroups, especially 
numerically smaller groups, is collected and published, and 
directs the Bureau to provide a report within 90 days of 
enactment of this Act describing the steps it will take to 
ensure the availability and accuracy of these data.

       National Telecommunications and Information Administration


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    The Committee recommends $36,700,000 for the salaries and 
expenses of the National Telecommunications and Information 
Administration (NTIA), which is $9,300,000 below fiscal year 
2014 and $14,300,000 below the request.
    Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).--The 
recommendation includes up to $12,000,000 for BTOP grant 
closeout activities and for ongoing administration of BTOP 
grants. This amount reflects the $12,264,000 reduction proposed 
by NTIA as the BTOP program begins closeout activities 
associated with the remaining 80 grants. The Committee directs 
NTIA to continue submitting quarterly reports on BTOP. In 
addition, NTIA shall provide a report no later than 90 days 
after enactment of this Act regarding the status of the seven 
projects that were awarded to support deployment of 700 MHz 
public safety broadband networks and whether these projects are 
being deployed in coordination with FirstNet as established 
under Public Law 112-96. The Committee expects NTIA to continue 
providing periodic updates regarding all FirstNet activities at 
NTIA and NIST.
    Expanding Community Broadband and the Digital Economy.--The 
Committee includes up to $3,000,000 for NTIA to maintain its 
ability to provide technical assistance to communities across 
the country as they implement or expand broadband connectivity. 
The Committee encourages NTIA to ensure that it prioritizes 
technical assistance to communities that still lack high speed 
broadband connectivity.
    Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers 
(ICANN).--The Committee is concerned by NTIA's announcement of 
its intent to transition certain Internet domain name functions 
to the global multistakeholder community. Any such transition 
represents a significant public policy change and should be 
preceded by an open and transparent process. In order for this 
issue to be considered more fully by the Congress, the 
recommendation for NTIA does not include any funds to carry out 
a transition of these functions. The Committee expects that 
NTIA will maintain the existing no-cost contract with ICANN 
throughout fiscal year 2015.

               United States Patent and Trademark Office


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    The Committee recommends $3,458,000,000 for the United 
States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), the full amount of 
fiscal year 2015 fee collections estimated by the Congressional 
Budget Office. The spending authority provided represents an 
increase of $434,000,000, or 14 percent, above fiscal year 
2014. The recommendation continues language making available 
any excess fee collections above the estimated level and 
appropriated in this Act. PTO shall continue to provide monthly 
reports on its actual and projected fee collections.
    Patent and Trademark Fee Reserve Fund.--The recommendation 
includes bill language regarding excess fees deposited in the 
Patent and Trademark Fee Reserve Fund. The Committee reminds 
PTO that prior to obligating any of the funds in the Reserve 
Fund during fiscal year 2015, PTO shall submit to the Committee 
a reprogramming notification with a spending plan describing 
the intended uses of funds. The Committee expects that any such 
reprogramming will describe how the expenditure of these 
reserve funds will improve patent quality, reduce the backlog 
of pending applications and appeals, improve the information 
technology infrastructure or otherwise improve the efficiency 
and effectiveness of PTO.
    Operating reserve.--The Committee notes that PTO is 
planning to grow its operating reserve to $950,851,000 for 
Patents and to $119,480,000 for Trademarks by the end of fiscal 
year 2015. These amounts are projected to grow to a combined 
$1,113,675,000 in fiscal year 2016 and $2,064,337,000 by fiscal 
year 2019. It is unclear why PTO would need to build such a 
large reserve of unspent fees and how that relates to projected 
backlog, workload, and pendency targets. The Committee is also 
perplexed that PTO would grow such a sizeable reserve given the 
current fragile state of its IT infrastructure. Accordingly, 
the Committee encourages PTO to reexamine its fee structure and 
maximize investment in addressing IT deficiencies as soon as 
possible.
    Patents End 2 End (PE2E).--The Committee understands that 
during fiscal year 2015, PTO plans to spend about $16,368,000 
on PE2E with another $64,365,000 for PE2E-2. PTO plans to 
deploy PE2E to all patent examiners by the first quarter of 
fiscal year 2015 with all examiners receiving training on PE2E 
by the end of the fiscal year. PTO shall provide quarterly 
briefings on the status of PE2E, PE2E-2, the proposed 
retirement of legacy IT systems and cost savings associated 
with those retirements, and any efficiencies achieved in patent 
processing as a result of these information technology 
investments.
    Satellite offices.--PTO shall provide a report to the 
Committee within 120 days of enactment of this Act regarding 
the status of the four PTO satellite offices in Dallas, Texas; 
Denver, Colorado; Detroit, Michigan; and San Jose, California, 
to include staffing levels, applications examined, efficiencies 
achieved and other benefits realized.

             National Institute of Standards and Technology

    The Committee recommends $855,800,000 for NIST, which is 
$5,800,000 above fiscal year 2014 and $44,200,000 below the 
request.

             SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL RESEARCH AND SERVICES

    The Committee recommends $670,500,000 for NIST's scientific 
and technical programs, which is $19,500,000 above fiscal year 
2014 and $9,500,000 below the request. The recommendation does 
not adopt the proposed termination of the NIST Summer Institute 
for Middle School teachers.
    Laboratory programs.--The recommendation includes 
$597,512,000 for NIST Laboratory programs. This amount is the 
same as the request to support U.S. innovation, advanced 
manufacturing and industrial competitiveness. Within this 
amount, up to $5,900,000 is provided for the National Strategy 
for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). Given the lack of 
progress associated with the pilots funded thus far, the 
recommended amount only supports ongoing programmatic efforts 
and does not include the second year of funding for fiscal year 
2014 grant awardees or funds to award new grants in fiscal year 
2015. NIST shall provide a report to the Committee within 120 
days of enactment of this Act regarding the status of each of 
the pilots funded and milestones achieved, the near-term plans 
for continuing this program, and proposed future efforts. NIST 
shall use the remaining $10,600,000 proposed for NSTIC to 
enhance research and standards activities in its core lab 
programs.
    Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.--The Committee is aware 
that the Nation's retail sector is vulnerable to and targeted 
by cyberattacks. The Committee encourages NIST to build on its 
existing industry-sector focused work to create a retail-
specific cybersecurity initiative and partner as appropriate 
with academic entities and national leaders in retail 
cybersecurity and retail supply chain management and logistics.
    Standards Coordination and Special Programs.--The 
recommendation includes $55,676,000 for standards coordination 
and special programs. Within these amounts, up to $5,000,000 is 
included to maintain NIST's current forensic research and 
standards work. The recommendation does not include the 
requested increase of $3,500,000 to support or operate Forensic 
Science Advisory Committees.
    Tornado resistant structures.--While NIST has made great 
strides in developing and encouraging the adoption of standards 
to make buildings more fire, wind and earthquake resistant, the 
Committee is concerned that insufficient progress has been made 
in the development and adoption of cost-effective measures to 
make homes and businesses more disaster resilient in tornado-
prone areas of the South, West and Midwest. The Committee 
believes NIST should formally establish standards both for new 
construction and for existing buildings and homes that are 
located in areas prone to severe weather. NIST is encouraged to 
partner with academic institutions and industry to establish 
such standards and models for more resilient construction.
    Windstorm research and disaster resiliency.--As part of its 
efforts to improve the resiliency of buildings, NIST is 
encouraged to partner with academic research institutions that 
have expertise in the effects of natural disasters to replicate 
high-force windstorm impacts on buildings and test large, 
integrated models of such impacts.
    Canine detection standards.--The Committee recognizes 
canine detection teams play a critical role in law enforcement 
and homeland security efforts yet no widely accepted standards 
or protocols exist on the breeding, training, and deployment of 
canine detection teams. The Committee encourages NIST to 
continue its existing research programs on canine olfactory 
detection of explosives and to collaborate with subject matter 
experts in academia, the private sector, and Federal, State, 
and local stakeholders as appropriate to develop such standards 
and protocols.
    Textile research.--The Committee recognizes the importance 
of the U.S. textile industry and encourages NIST to pursue 
advanced textile and apparel research and manufacturing 
activities.

                     INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

    The Committee recommends $130,000,000 for Industrial 
Technology Services, which is $13,000,000 below fiscal year 
2014 and $31,000,000 below the request. The entire amount 
recommended in this account is for the Manufacturing Extension 
Partnership (MEP), which is $2,000,000 above fiscal year 2014 
and $11,000,000 below the request. The Committee reiterates its 
support for the MEP program which helps U.S. businesses 
streamline manufacturing techniques and increase efficiency and 
profits through training resources as well as specific project 
assistance to the U.S. domestic manufacturing industry.
    Program efficiencies.--The Committee is aware of recent 
efforts by MEP to examine ways to reduce administrative costs 
and provide more direct assistance to the Centers. Accordingly, 
MEP shall provide a report within 60 days of enactment of this 
Act detailing the amount of funds to be maintained at 
headquarters and the uses of those funds.
    Technology and supply chain connections.--Within funds 
provided for MEP, the Committee urges NIST to develop 
technological solutions, on both a regional and nationwide 
basis, to help companies, communities, colleges and 
universities, inventors, and entrepreneurs find one another and 
facilitate strategic partnerships. The Committee believes that 
finding ways of accelerating such supply chain connections is 
indispensable to any serious effort to create and sustain 
manufacturing jobs in the United States, and that technology--
particularly Internet-based approaches--can play a vital role 
in enabling such connections to be quickly and easily realized. 
The Department shall report to the Committee on these efforts, 
including any lessons learned and future plans. This report 
shall be delivered no later than one year after enactment, with 
an interim report provided no later than 180 days after 
enactment.
    Manufacturing Innovation Institutes.--The Committee is 
aware that prior year funds under this account have been used 
for NIST contributions to interagency support for Manufacturing 
Innovation Institutes. Any such contributions in fiscal year 
2015 shall be proposed as a reprogramming of funds under the 
procedures in section 505 of this Act.

                  CONSTRUCTION OF RESEARCH FACILITIES

    The Committee recommends $55,300,000 for NIST construction, 
which is $700,000 below fiscal year 2014 and $3,700,000 below 
the request.
    Construction and Major Renovations.--The recommendation 
includes $11,100,000 to continue ongoing renovations of NIST's 
Boulder, Colorado laboratory.
    Safety, Capacity, Maintenance, and Major Repairs.--The 
recommendation includes $44,200,000 for ongoing maintenance of 
the NIST labs. NIST shall continue to provide updates on the 
projects funded within this account, to include milestones and 
total amount of funding necessary for completion.

            National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    The Committee recommends a total of $5,325,120,000 in 
discretionary funds for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA), which is $10,514,000 above fiscal year 
2014 and $163,615,000 below the request. The recommendation 
prioritizes funding for National Weather Service (NWS) 
operations, weather research, and related satellite programs.
    National Ocean Policy.--The Committee notes that no funding 
was provided in fiscal year 2014, and none was requested in 
fiscal year 2015, to implement the National Ocean Policy. 
Consequently, no funds for National Ocean Policy activities are 
included under any NOAA program, project or activity in this 
Act.

                  OPERATIONS, RESEARCH, AND FACILITIES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    The Committee recommends a total program level of 
$3,220,480,000 under this account for the coastal, fisheries, 
marine, weather, satellite and other programs of NOAA. This 
total funding level includes $3,089,480,000 in direct 
appropriations, a transfer of $116,000,000 from balances in the 
``Promote and Develop Fishery Products and Research Pertaining 
to American Fisheries'' fund and $15,000,000 derived from 
recoveries of prior year obligations. The direct appropriation 
of $3,089,480,000 is $67,912,000 below fiscal year 2014 and 
$148,513,000 below the request.
    The following narrative descriptions and tables identify 
the specific activities and funding levels included in this 
Act.
    National Ocean Service.--The recommendation provides 
$473,446,000 for National Ocean Service (NOS) operations, 
research, and facilities.
    Navigation, Observations, and Positioning.--The 
recommendation provides $191,500,000 for Navigation, 
Observations, and Positioning. Within this amount, the 
Committee expects NOAA to prioritize its mission-critical 
responsibilities, including mapping and charting, geodesy, and 
tides and current data activities. The recommendation includes 
a $4,000,000 increase as requested for coastal LIDAR surveys.
    Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).--The 
recommendation includes $29,500,000 for IOOS regional 
observations, including $1,000,000 to accelerate development 
and integration of new marine sensor technologies that have 
been funded in prior appropriations acts.
    National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS).--The 
recommendation does not endorse NOAA's proposal to consolidate 
NCCOS facilities and instead continues funding for all existing 
labs in fiscal year 2015. NOAA shall submit a comprehensive 
analysis no later than one year after enactment of this Act on 
all NCCOS facilities and labs, to include current maintenance 
costs as well as a detailed analysis of how the research 
conducted by NCCOS laboratories would be affected by any 
proposed NCCOS lab consolidation.
    Coastal Storms Program.--The Committee recognizes the 
importance of the Coastal Storms Program buoys and encourages 
NOAA to consult with the local user community to develop cost-
sharing arrangements as appropriate prior to terminating 
operation of the buoys.

                         NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICE
                  Operations, Research, and Facilities
                        (in thousands of dollars)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Program                              Amount
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Navigation, Observations, and Positioning
  Navigation, Observations, and Positioning...........        $137,000
  Integrated Ocean Observing System Regional                    29,500
   Observations.......................................
  Hydrographic Survey Priorities/Contracts............          25,000
                                                       -----------------
Navigation, Observations, and Positioning.............         191,500
                                                       =================
Coastal Science and Assessment
  Coastal Science, Assessment, Response and                     70,500
   Restoration........................................
  Competitive External Research.......................           9,000
                                                       -----------------
Coastal Science and Assessment........................          79,500
                                                       =================
Ocean and Coastal Management and Services
  Coastal Zone Management and Services................          42,000
  Coastal Zone Management Grants......................          66,146
  Coral Reef Program..................................          26,000
  Sanctuaries and Marine Protected Areas..............          47,000
  National Estuarine Research Reserve System..........          21,300
                                                       -----------------
Ocean and Coastal Management and Services.............         202,446
                                                       =================
Total, National Ocean Service, Operations, Research,          $473,446
 and Facilities.......................................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    National Marine Fisheries Service.--The Committee 
recommends $790,200,000 for the National Marine Fisheries 
Service (NMFS) operations, research, and facilities.
    Protected Species Research and Management.--The Committee 
recommends $177,500,000 for Protected Species Research and 
Management programs. Within available resources, the Committee 
encourages NOAA to maintain funding for marine mammal stranding 
grants.
    Biological opinions related to pesticide registration.--The 
Committee recognizes that the National Research Council (NRC) 
raised serious concerns in its April 2013 report, Assessing 
Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species From Pesticides, 
about NMFS' methods in conducting scientific assessments of 
ecological risks from pesticides as required by the Endangered 
Species Act. The Committee encourages NMFS to revise its six 
biological opinions on pesticide registrations released since 
2008 to comply with the Interim Approaches for National-Level 
Pesticide Endangered Species Act Assessment's methodology 
developed by NMFS and other Federal agencies in response to the 
NRC report. NMFS shall provide a report to the Committee on 
Appropriations no later than 60 days after enactment of this 
Act regarding its plans to comply with the recommendations in 
the NRC report and to implement the Interim Approaches.
    Pacific Coast groundfish.--In the event that legislation is 
enacted during fiscal year 2015 that authorizes changes to the 
existing loan program that has funded the Pacific Coast 
groundfish fishing capacity reduction program, the 
recommendation includes up to $275,000 to support those 
changes.
    Data validation processes.--The Committee is aware that 
NOAA ingests multiple data sets, including catch histories from 
recreational for-hire fishing and commercial fleets, in 
developing its fishery quotas. NOAA shall provide a report no 
later than 90 days after enactment of this Act regarding the 
role of estimate spikes in determining such quotas, with an 
emphasis on reported spikes in the Atlantic sea bass fishery 
during calendar year 2013.
    Electronic monitoring.--Within funds for Fisheries Research 
and Management Programs, the recommendation includes up to 
$2,000,000 for development and implementation of electronic 
monitoring and reporting technologies. NOAA shall review its 
existing electronic monitoring research and pilots and engage 
stakeholders in order to rapidly implement a solution that will 
enhance safety and improve and expand data collection efforts 
that are less costly and burdensome on the fishing industry. 
NOAA shall report no later than 60 days after enactment of this 
Act on its efforts to engage with stakeholders and no later 
than 120 days after enactment of this Act shall provide a plan 
with milestones for implementation across all applicable 
fisheries.
    Stock assessments.--The Committee recognizes that NOAA 
fisheries stock assessments are the cornerstone of fishery 
conservation and management measurements but the current stock 
assessment data inputs must be improved. The Committee 
continues to provide significant funding to NOAA for fishery 
surveys and other activities in support of stock assessments 
yet problems persist with the frequency of surveys, adequacy of 
the data, and the use of independent research in developing 
stock assessments. NOAA shall provide quarterly briefings to 
the Committee, beginning with the first quarter of fiscal year 
2015, on its stock assessment program, to include but not be 
limited to its process for determining its yearly data 
collection efforts, specific costs for each survey, and 
protocols for ingesting independent fishery data.
    Epipelagic apex predators.--The Committee is aware of 
growing evidence that yellowfin tuna and other epipelagic apex 
predators are aggregating at offshore oil platforms in a 
similar manner to their more traditional aggregation points. 
These offshore rigs may alter yellowfin movements, diet, 
diseases, growth, age at maturity, and spawning. However, NOAA 
lacks fundamental data on how this new association may impact 
these species. The recommendation includes funding to examine 
the impact of offshore oil platforms on the biology of highly 
migratory species. NOAA shall provide a report on the results 
of this research no later than one year after enactment of this 
Act.
    Cooperative research.--The recommendation includes 
$12,000,000 for cooperative research which shall be used to 
support external, independent data collection and other 
research. The Committee expects that all funding provided shall 
be used for cooperative fisheries research and not for NOAA 
activities or administrative overhead costs. NOAA shall submit 
a report no later than 90 days after enactment of this Act 
listing all cooperative research grants funded in fiscal years 
2013 and 2014, to include the amount, the fishery, the type of 
information collected, and the expected uses for that data. The 
Committee is concerned that cooperative research is not 
ingested into fishery stock assessments in a timely manner. The 
report shall address NOAA procedures and timeframes for making 
use of this independent fisheries research.
    Biological opinions.--The Committee is concerned with the 
amount of time NMFS takes to issue required biological opinions 
for infrastructure projects. Delays in conducting necessary 
reviews and timely issuance of biological opinions can 
adversely impact completion of studies or permitting actions 
required for infrastructure projects of critical importance to 
the Nation and local communities where the projects will be 
undertaken. Delays in issuing the necessary opinions have a 
ripple effect on the project's costs to the Federal government 
and non-Federal interests. Because these infrastructure 
projects support economic development and job creation, the 
Committee urges NMFS to take all necessary steps within its 
authority to expedite project reviews and issue biological 
opinions in a timely fashion. NMFS is further urged to improve 
its coordination with other Federal agencies that have lead 
responsibilities regarding these key infrastructure projects.

                    NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE
                  Operations, Research, and Facilities
                        (in thousands of dollars)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Program                              Amount
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Protected Species Research and Management
  Protected Species Research and Management Programs           $39,000
   Base...............................................
  Species Recovery Grants.............................           7,000
  Marine Mammals......................................          47,000
  Marine Turtles......................................          11,000
  Other Protected Species (marine fish, plants and              10,000
   invertebrates).....................................
  Atlantic Salmon.....................................           4,000
  Pacific Salmon......................................          59,500
                                                       -----------------
Total, Protected Species Research and Management......         177,500
                                                       =================
Fisheries Research and Management
  Fisheries Research and Management Programs Base.....         176,725
  National Catch Share Program........................          20,000
  Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishing Capacity Reduction              275
   Program............................................
  Expand Annual Stock Assessments--Improve Data                 72,000
   Collection.........................................
  Economics and Social Sciences Research..............           7,300
  Salmon Management Activities........................          30,000
  Regional Councils and Fisheries Commissions.........          32,000
  Fisheries Statistics................................          22,000
  Fish Information Networks...........................          22,000
  Survey and Monitoring Projects......................          24,000
  Fisheries Oceanography..............................           2,100
  American Fisheries Act..............................           3,700
  Interjurisdictional Fisheries Grants................           2,500
  Reducing Bycatch....................................           3,500
  Product Quality and Safety..........................           6,700
                                                       -----------------
Total, Fisheries Research and Management..............         424,800
                                                       =================
Enforcement and Observers/Training
  Enforcement.........................................          65,000
  Observers/Training..................................          43,000
                                                       -----------------
Total, Enforcement and Observers/Training.............         108,000
                                                       =================
Habitat Conservation and Restoration
  Sustainable Habitat Management......................          25,000
                                                       -----------------
Total, Habitat Conservation and Restoration...........          25,000
                                                       =================
Other Activities Supporting Fisheries
  Antarctic Research..................................           2,900
  Aquaculture.........................................           5,600
  Climate Regimes and Ecosystem Productivity..........           2,000
  Computer Hardware and Software......................           1,800
  Cooperative Research................................          12,000
  Information Analyses and Dissemination..............          15,000
  Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment and                      800
   Prediction Program.................................
  National Environmental Policy Act...................           6,500
  NMFS Facilities Maintenance.........................           3,300
  Regional Studies....................................           5,000
                                                       -----------------
Total, Other Activities Supporting Fisheries..........          54,900
                                                       =================
Total, National Marine Fisheries Service, Operations,         $790,200
 Research, and Facilities.............................
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    Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.--The Committee 
recommendation includes $379,800,000 for Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Research (OAR) operations, research, and 
facilities. Given continued resource constraints, it is 
incumbent on NOAA to ensure that its research programs support 
the operational mission of each NOAA line office and that 
research efforts are an integral component in meeting line 
office program goals and milestones.
    Regional Climate Data and Information.--Within amounts 
provided for Regional Climate Data and Information, the 
recommendation includes $13,500,000 for the National Integrated 
Drought Information System (NIDIS) to support competitive 
research grants, maintain existing NIDIS activities and develop 
and expand the Regional Drought Early Warning Information 
System. Funding provided shall also be used to maintain current 
operating levels at the six Regional Climate Centers.
    Independent analysis.--NOAA is encouraged to increase 
funding for academia to perform independent climate model 
evaluation studies and to enable the production of atmospheric 
data sets from satellite observations for such studies. 
Satellite observations of the atmosphere provide information 
that is critical in the interpretation of Earth-based 
observations and in the evaluation and improvement of climate 
model simulations.
    Weather and Air Chemistry Research.--The Committee includes 
$84,800,000 for Weather and Air Chemistry Research, an increase 
of $3,600,000 above fiscal year 2014, and encourages NOAA to 
continue research efforts that lead to near-term, affordable, 
and attainable advances in observational, computing, and 
modeling capabilities to deliver substantial improvements in 
weather forecasting for the protection of life and property. 
NOAA shall substantially accelerate the transition of its 
research to operations in ways easily adopted by the 
operational forecasting community.
    Earth System Prediction Capability (ESPC).--The Committee 
encourages OAR to prioritize ESPC research at its Weather Labs 
and Cooperative Institutes that supports improvements to 
weather models associated with prediction of major storms, 
tropical storm tracks, tornado outbreaks and other hazardous 
weather phenomena that are essential to warning the public of 
such hazards, and not divert funding from these activities to 
support climate modeling.
    U.S. Weather Research Program.--The recommendation includes 
the requested increase of $3,000,000 to accelerate the 
transition from weather research to operational forecasting, 
specifically supporting enhancements in tornado, hurricane, 
storm surge, inundation and ice cover forecasting. NOAA shall 
report to the Committee no later than 120 days after enactment 
of this Act regarding the specific research activities to be 
funded with this increase and program milestones. In addition, 
no later than one year after enactment of this Act, NOAA shall 
provide a report on all ongoing weather research programs, to 
include a list of all projects, development funds spent to 
date, expected duration of the research and timeframes for 
terminating or transitioning research to the operational phase.
    Multi-function Phased Array Radar (MPAR).--The Committee 
recognizes the importance of the MPAR program in the 
development and implementation of the next generation weather 
and aircraft radars. MPAR is expected to extend tornado warning 
lead times from 14 minutes to 20 minutes, reduce false alarm 
rates, and improve detection and warning of high-impact severe 
weather. If appropriate, NOAA shall establish a Joint 
Coordinating Committee to serve as the focal point for MPAR 
research and development efforts. In addition, NOAA shall 
provide a report no later than 180 days after enactment of this 
Act regarding timeframes for determining the operational 
feasibility of MPAR, to include yearly costs and schedule 
milestones. NOAA shall consult with its government and academic 
research partners in developing this report.
    Ocean Exploration and Research.--The Committee recommends 
$28,000,000 for ocean exploration and research activities. 
NOAA's ocean exploration program should continue to conduct 
fundamental exploration and surveys of the world's oceans with 
a primary focus on America's Exclusive Economic Zones of the 
Continental United States, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the 
Pacific Territories. The Committee encourages NOAA to partner 
with non-governmental organizations and academic institutions 
in these activities.
    Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP).--The recommendation 
does not include funds requested for the ORAP as legislation 
authorizing the transfer of this panel from the Department of 
Defense to NOAA has not been enacted.
    Sea Grant.--The Committee notes the success of the Sea 
Grant program's Coastal Communities Adaptation Initiative, 
which assists municipalities in complying with the Community 
Rating System, a flood risk management mitigation program for 
the National Flood Insurance Program.
    High Performance Computing Initiatives.--The recommendation 
includes $12,000,000 within the ORF account to accelerate the 
adoption of advanced computing, communications, and information 
technology throughout NOAA. In addition, the recommendation 
includes $13,500,000 within the Procurement, Acquisition and 
Construction (PAC) account for high performance computing 
research initiatives. The Committee continues to support 
investments in NOAA's supercomputing capacity programs. NOAA 
shall submit a report no later than 120 days after enactment of 
this Act regarding the fiscal year 2014 activities and 
milestones achieved with funding provided to NOAA for these 
efforts and the planned fiscal year 2015 investments and 
associated milestones.
    Ocean, Coastal, and Great Lakes Research, Laboratories and 
Cooperative Institutes.--The Committee supports collaboration 
between NOAA and external academic institutions that conduct 
scientific research for the conservation of coral reefs and 
coral reef ecosystems within U.S. waters. The Committee 
recognizes that the science sponsored through such 
collaboration is imperative for management of these coral reefs 
for ecosystem resilience and for the effective implementation 
of the National Coral Reef Action Strategy, especially with 
regard to the identification of local action strategies 
addressing key threats in each of the jurisdictions that have 
coral reefs within their boundaries. The Committee encourages 
NOAA to strengthen its partnerships with institutes focused on 
management-driven coral reef research.

               OFFICE OF OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH
                  Operations, Research, and Facilities
                        (in thousands of dollars)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Program                              Amount
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Climate Research
  Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes.............         $51,000
  Regional Climate Data and Information...............          25,000
  Climate Competitive Research, Sustained Observations          43,000
   and Regional Information...........................
                                                       -----------------
Total, Climate Research...............................         119,000
                                                       =================
Weather and Air Chemistry Research
  Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes.............          64,000
  U.S. Weather Research Program.......................           7,300
  Tornado Severe Storm Research/Phased Array Radar....          13,500
                                                       -----------------
Total, Weather and Air Chemistry Research.............          84,800
                                                       =================
Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Research
  Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes.............          25,000
  National Sea Grant College Program..................          62,000
  Marine Aquaculture Program..........................           2,000
  Ocean Exploration and Research......................          28,000
  Integrated Ocean Acidification......................           6,000
  Sustained Ocean Observations and Monitoring.........          41,000
                                                       -----------------
Total, Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Research........         164,000
                                                       =================
 
High Performance Computing Initiatives................          12,000
                                                       =================
Total, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research,            $379,800
 Operations, Research, and Facilities.................
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    National Weather Service.--The Committee recommends 
$943,180,000 for National Weather Service (NWS) operations, 
research, and facilities, which is $16,327,000 above the 
request, to maintain critical capabilities to provide weather 
forecasts and warnings.
    New budget structure.--The Committee adopts the new budget 
structure proposed by the NWS in its fiscal year 2015 budget 
request. This structure represents a more logical format that 
aligns budget needs against functional activities. The NWS 
shall provide regular updates to the Committee regarding 
progress implementing this new structure. The Committee expects 
that these changes will allow NWS to achieve efficiencies, fill 
critical staff vacancies, improve service delivery, meet or 
exceed programmatic milestones in forecasting, and speed 
deployment of new forecasting technologies. The Committee 
expects NOAA to ensure that all budget, finance, and program 
managers throughout NOAA are adequately trained to ensure 
compliance with applicable financial management guidelines, 
policy, and Federal law. NOAA shall consult with the GAO in 
planning for such training.
    Analyze, Forecast, and Support.--The recommendation 
includes $483,187,000 for analyze, forecast, and support 
activities. This amount includes $6,000,000 above the request 
to restore NOAA's proposed reductions to tsunami grant funds. 
The Analyze, Forecast, and Support program funds the operation 
of the Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs), River Forecast Centers, 
the seven National Centers and the Tsunami Warning Centers. The 
recommended level will support 247 weather 
surveillance, forecast, and warning services and operation of 
the service centers. In addition, this funding will enable NOAA 
to train and identify Incident Meteorologists for support of 
wildland fire decision making; provide Impact-Based Decision 
Support Services to government partners during routine and high 
impact events; and embed meteorologists in all Federal Aviation 
Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control Centers and the FAA 
Command Center. NOAA shall provide a report no later than 120 
days after enactment of this Act regarding the latter three 
initiatives, how these external relationships currently operate 
and how they can be improved to protect life and property.
    Observations.--The recommendation includes $194,777,000 for 
observation activities. This funding supports surface, ocean 
and upper air observations, Next Generation Weather Radar 
(NEXRAD), the Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS), ocean 
buoys and aircraft observations. This level of funding will 
support ASOS maintenance and plans for a service life extension 
program (SLEP). NOAA shall brief the Committee regarding the 
upcoming ASOS SLEP no later than 180 days after enactment of 
this Act.
    Tsunami warning network.--The recommendation includes 
$27,000,000 for NOAA's Strengthen U.S. Tsunami Warning Network. 
This amount fully funds the planned maintenance activities for 
the Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART) buoy 
network for fiscal year 2015 as requested in the Observations 
program line. The Committee is disappointed that despite fully 
funding the DART buoy network in fiscal year 2014, NOAA was 
unable to maintain its own 80 percent availability standard for 
the DART network. The Committee expects NOAA to maintain no 
less than its 80 percent availability standard, repair any DART 
stations that are not currently operational, and report to the 
Committee no later than 30 days after the enactment of this Act 
regarding the status of the entire DART network. The Committee 
understands that NOAA is pursuing opportunities with 
international partners to collaboratively maintain the global 
DART array and enhance tsunami detection capabilities. NOAA 
shall keep the Committee informed of these discussions. The 
recommendation also restores the proposed termination of the 
National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program Grants within the 
Analyze, Forecast, and Support line item. NWS is encouraged to 
consult with NOS to ensure that the program is managed to reach 
the maximum number of communities.
    Science and Technology Integration.--The recommendation 
includes $128,600,000 for Science and Technology Integration 
activities. This program funds NWS internal research and 
development activities in cooperation with other NOAA line 
offices, partner agencies, and external weather data customers. 
The recommended amount restores the proposed $8,000,000 
reduction to the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project. The 
Committee expects NOAA to maintain its hurricane forecast track 
and intensity accuracy research activities. The total amount 
also includes up to $1,000,000 for centralized national 
hydrologic modeling as requested.
    Workforce and infrastructure analysis.--Within the amount 
for Science and Technology Integration, the recommendation 
includes $3,000,000 as requested to support workforce and 
infrastructure analysis as outlined in recent independent 
analyses of NWS. The Committee is supportive of efforts by NWS 
to develop a framework for continuous improvement. NOAA shall 
brief the Committee regarding these efforts and provide a 
report no later than one year after enactment of this Act 
regarding the results of this analysis. In conjunction with 
this effort, NOAA is encouraged to engage with various 
stakeholders and make recommendations to the Congress regarding 
the creation of a weather commission.
    Central Processing.--The recommendation provides 
$96,517,000 for Central Processing, including funds for the 
Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS), the 
Advanced Hydrologic Prediction System (AHPS), modeling and 
supercomputing programs. The recommendation does not assume the 
proposed funding reduction for information technology officers.
    Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System.--Within 
amounts for Central Processing, the recommendation includes 
$21,592,000 to complete AWIPS II deployment and maintain 
hardware and software. The Committee notes that AWIPS II 
development was completed in 2011 and deployment will be 
completed in 2015. NOAA shall provide a report no later than 
120 days after enactment of this Act regarding the status of 
deployment, improvements realized, and funds necessary to 
sustain and improve future functionality.
    Dissemination.--The recommendation includes $40,099,000 for 
Dissemination activities. This activity funds the 
communications technology that NWS uses to collect, tailor and 
distribute its data and products. Systems included in this 
program include the telecommunications gateway, NOAA weather 
radio, and the satellite data ground readiness program.
    Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Weather 
Program.--Within the amount provided for Dissemination, the 
recommendation includes $7,154,000 for NOAA's support of the 
NextGen initiative. NOAA shall provide a report no later than 
180 days after enactment of this Act regarding overall status 
of the program, to include expenditures to date and milestones 
achieved, development issues, and recommendations for next 
steps.
    Severe weather studies.--NOAA and its Federal government 
and academic research partners conducted two severe weather 
studies in the Great Plains region, Vortex I and Vortex II. 
NOAA is encouraged to conduct a similar research program in the 
Southeastern United States in cooperation with other government 
agencies and private sector and academic partners as 
appropriate. This research could in part establish why tornadic 
activity in the southeast region results in more deaths per 
capita than any other region of the country.
    Storm surge modeling.--The Committee encourages NOAA to 
solicit input from the academic research community to examine 
alternative real-time storm surge predictive capabilities that 
account for regional variances and may complement NOAA's Sea, 
Lake, and Overland Surge from Hurricanes (SLOSH) model.

                        NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
                  Operations, Research, and Facilities
                        (in thousands of dollars)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Program                              Amount
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Observations..........................................        $194,777
Central Processing....................................          96,517
Analyze, Forecast, and Support........................         483,187
Dissemination.........................................          40,099
Science & Technology Integration......................         128,600
                                                       =================
Total, National Weather Service, Operations, Research,        $943,180
 and Facilities.......................................
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    National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information 
Service (NESDIS).--The Committee recommends $189,200,000 for 
NESDIS operations, research, and facilities. The recommendation 
adopts the revised budget structure proposed in the budget 
request. The Committee encourages NOAA to continue working with 
local communities to develop sustainable transition plans to 
enable interested communities to assume operations and 
maintenance costs of weather stations that are part of the U.S. 
Regional Climate Reference Network. The Committee understands 
that some localities are prepared to dedicate State and local 
funding required to operate and maintain the weather stations 
beginning in fiscal year 2015.
    Office of Satellite and Product Operations.--The 
recommendation includes $84,000,000 for Satellite and Product 
Operations. This activity funds the command and control of NOAA 
operational environmental satellites. This level of funding 
will support the transition of high resolution information 
transmissions into operations.
    National Environmental Information Office.--The 
recommendation includes $69,000,000 for the National 
Environmental Information Office. This program is the official 
data management entity for oceanographic, geophysical, and 
climatological information within the United States. Funds 
support the National Climatic Data Center, the National 
Oceanographic Data Center, and the National Geophysical Data 
Center.

     NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL SATELLITE, DATA AND INFORMATION SERVICE
                  Operations, Research, and Facilities
                        (in thousands of dollars)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Program                              Amount
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Satellite and Product Operations......................         $84,000
NSOF operations.......................................           8,500
                                                       -----------------
  Subtotal, Office of Satellite and Product Operations          92,500
                                                       =================
Product Development, Readiness and Application........          26,000
                                                       -----------------
  Subtotal, Product Development, Readiness and                  26,000
   Application........................................
                                                       =================
Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs..........           1,000
Office of Space Commercialization.....................             600
Group on Earth Observations...........................             100
                                                       -----------------
Total, Environmental Satellite Observing Systems......         120,200
                                                       =================
National Environmental Information Office.............          69,000
                                                       -----------------
Total, Data Centers and Information Services..........          69,000
                                                       =================
Total, NESDIS, Operations, Research, and Facilities...        $189,200
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Program Support.--The recommendation includes $444,654,000 
for Program Support operations, research, and facilities.
    Management and administrative costs.--The recommendation 
includes language capping NOAA corporate services 
administrative support costs at $215,654,000. In addition to 
this funding, the Committee notes that each line office also 
includes its own ``Headquarters Program Support'' costs. NOAA 
shall continue efforts to standardize the treatment of 
management and administrative costs in each line office in a 
manner that maximizes transparency and accountability, and 
reduce or eliminate unnecessary travel, printing, supply 
purchases, conference attendance, and other non-mission 
critical costs.
    NOAA education program.--The Committee includes $22,400,000 
for NOAA's education program. NOAA shall spend no less than 
$14,400,000 of the amount provided to continue its Educational 
Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions. Within 
these funds, NOAA is encouraged to create an additional 
Cooperative Science Center at an Hispanic Serving Institution. 
Within the remaining base education funds, NOAA is encouraged 
to develop an education grant program to support existing 
community-based school-age education programs that seek to 
promote environmental awareness, energy efficiency and 
conservation, and recycling.
    STEM consolidation.--The recommendation does not adopt any 
of NOAA's proposed STEM education consolidation proposals. NOAA 
is expected to maintain these programs at current operating 
levels.
    Extramural research.--The Committee believes that NOAA 
benefits from collaboration with academia and the private 
sector with respect to cooperative institutes and competitive 
research as these relationships build broad community support, 
leverage external funding for mission-oriented research, 
strengthen the science within NOAA, and create new advances in 
scientific knowledge.
    Office of Marine and Aviation Operations.--The 
recommendation includes $206,600,000, which is an increase of 
$5,400,000 above fiscal year 2014, to support 3,170 days at sea 
and 2,795 flight hours on NOAA vessels and aircraft.

                             PROGRAM SUPPORT
                  Operations, Research, and Facilities
                        (in thousands of dollars)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Program                              Amount
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Program Support
  Corporate Services
    Under Secretary and Associate Offices.............         $27,000
    NOAA-Wide Corporate Services and Agency Management         107,354
    DOC Accounting System.............................          10,000
    Payment to the DOC Working Capital Fund...........          38,000
    IT Security.......................................           8,300
    NOAA Facilities Management, Maintenance,                    25,000
     Construction and Safety..........................
                                                       -----------------
  Subtotal, Corporate Services and Facilities.........         215,654
                                                       =================
  NOAA Education Program
    Education Partnership Program/Minority Serving              14,400
     Institutions.....................................
    NOAA Education Program Base.......................           8,000
                                                       -----------------
  Subtotal, NOAA Education Program....................          22,400
                                                       =================
 
Total, Program Support................................         238,054
                                                       =================
Office of Marine and Aviation Operations
  Marine Operations and Maintenance...................         175,000
  Aviation Operations and Aircraft Services...........          31,600
                                                       -----------------
Total, Office of Marine and Aviation Operations.......         206,600
                                                       =================
Total, Program Support and OMAO, Operations, Research,        $444,654
 and Facilities.......................................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

               Procurement, Acquisition and Construction

    The Committee recommends a total program level of 
$2,189,290,000 in direct obligations under this heading, of 
which $2,176,290,000 is appropriated from the general fund and 
$13,000,000 is derived from recoveries of prior year 
obligations. The direct appropriation is $153,426,000 above 
fiscal year 2014 and $30,102,000 below the request. The 
following narrative descriptions and tables identify the 
specific activities and funding levels included in this Act:
    National Weather Service.--The recommendation includes 
$136,494,000 for NWS systems acquisitions and construction, the 
full amount requested.
    Next Generation Weather Radar.--Within amounts for 
Observations, the recommendation includes $9,300,000 as 
requested to extend the useful life of the NEXRAD weather radar 
infrastructure. The Committee notes that 85 percent of all 
tornado warnings are based on radar detections.
    NWS Telecommunications Gateway.--Within amounts for 
Dissemination, the recommendation includes $21,215,000 as 
requested to continue improvements to NWS's infrastructure that 
collects and disseminates weather products. This multi-year 
effort began in fiscal year 2013 and is expected to be complete 
by fiscal year 2017.
    NWS Facilities.--The recommendation includes $5,650,000 as 
requested to support costs associated with WFO and River 
Forecast Center (RFC) relocations. NOAA shall provide a report 
no later than 180 days after enactment of this Act describing 
the status of each WFO and RFC, to include the lease 
arrangements, status of forecasting equipment, and facility 
conditions.
    Relocation.--Within amounts for Facilities Construction and 
Major Repairs, the recommendation includes $8,060,000 as 
requested to relocate the National Logistics Supply Center/
National Reconditioning Center in Kansas City, Missouri. NOAA 
shall keep the Committee informed of the progress of this 
relocation and any efficiencies that may be achieved as a 
result of this move.
    National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information 
Service.--The recommendation includes $2,032,096,000 for NESDIS 
acquisition and construction. The Committee recommendation 
focuses limited resources on the Joint Polar Satellite System 
(JPSS) and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 
(GOES) programs in light of their role in ensuring accurate and 
timely weather forecasts and warnings and continuing challenges 
identified by the GAO, OIG and the NESDIS Independent Review 
Team (IRT). The Committee expects the Department of Commerce to 
ensure that these critical programs are proceeding within the 
cost estimates and meeting program milestones. The Committee 
expects to be notified promptly if any issues arise that could 
jeopardize the current launch schedules. Commerce and NOAA 
shall remain engaged in the overall management of JPSS and 
GOES-R programs and efforts to develop solutions to mitigate 
any gaps in either JPSS or GOES-R programs and to address the 
fragility of the JPSS program. NOAA shall continue to provide 
quarterly briefings to the Committee regarding all NOAA 
satellite programs. These briefings shall include the status of 
obligations for each program, including spacecraft, launch, 
sensor, integration, and ground components. NOAA shall also 
include in these briefings updates on all of its operational 
satellite systems.
    Oversight.--The Committee reiterates its desire to ensure 
that OIG and GAO staff are permitted to attend NOAA's monthly 
satellite meetings. To further aid the Committee in its 
oversight function, NOAA shall provide biannual updates to the 
Committee regarding the status of implementing OIG, GAO, and 
IRT recommendations for NOAA's satellite programs.
    Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS).--The recommendation 
includes $916,500,000 for JPSS, which is same as the request 
and $92,500,000 above the fiscal year enacted 2014 level. This 
level of funding will support activities associated with the 
planned launch of JPSS-1 no later than the 2nd quarter of 
fiscal year 2017. Funds will also support the building of JPSS-
2 sensors, including Visible/Infrared Imager/Radiometer Suite 
(VIIRS), Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS), Advanced 
Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS), and the Ozone Mapping 
Profiler Suite-Nadir (OMPS-N). NOAA shall report to the 
Committee no later than 60 days after enactment of this Act on 
efforts to accelerate the JPSS-1 and JPSS-2 schedules. This 
report shall include a discussion of any analysis conducted on 
the status of the sensors, integration, ground elements, and 
program reserves. As part of this report, NOAA shall include an 
analysis of including NASA's Radiation Budget Instrument (RBI) 
on the JPSS-2 platform. The RBI instrument is intended as a 
follow-on to the CERES instrument that is currently flying on 
the Suomi-NPP and is manifested on the JPSS-1 satellite. The 
Committee is concerned that development of the RBI instrument 
will introduce risk into the program.
    JPSS gap mitigation.--The recommendation also supports 
procurement of ATMS and CrIS spare instruments to reduce 
schedule risk and build redundancy into the JPSS program. These 
instruments are critical to the numerical weather models, 
providing detailed atmospheric temperature and moisture 
observations. The procurement of these instruments, which are 
currently flying on the Suomi-NPP and are manifested for JPSS-1 
and JPSS-2, will reduce the fragility of the program. NOAA 
shall keep the Committee informed regarding procurement and 
development milestones associated with these long-lead items.
    Solar Irradiance.--No funds are included for the proposed 
Solar Irradiance, Data and Rescue program. The Solar Irradiance 
program, which is the strategy to host the Total Solar 
Irradiance Sensor (TSIS) instrument, will measure variability 
in the Sun's total output. As stated in NOAA's justification 
materials, the TSIS instrument is a continuation of a NASA 
mission. The Committee expects NOAA to prioritize resources on 
its operational weather forecasting mission.
    Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, 
and Climate (COSMIC) 2.--The recommendation includes $6,800,000 
as requested to support ground processing activities in 
preparation for the planned fiscal year 2016 launch of the 
first six COSMIC 2 satellites for the equatorial orbit mission. 
The current COSMIC constellation reached the end of its 
expected design life in 2011; only four of those six satellites 
are in operation. Data from the COSMIC program is used in 
numerical weather forecasting and serves as a calibration tool 
for other NOAA weather observations. Six additional COSMIC 
satellites for the polar orbit are planned to launch in fiscal 
year 2018 but the Committee has not yet seen a comprehensive 
plan for this segment of the COSMIC 2 mission. NOAA shall 
submit this plan no later than 120 days after enactment of this 
Act, to include expected outyear costs by agency and outside 
partners, with appropriate milestones and deliverables. NOAA 
shall also include in this report an analysis for acquiring 
radio occultation weather data from private sector providers. 
NOAA shall include within this plan the results of its 
observing system simulation experiment (OSSE) or other data 
denial studies conducted to determine the value of data from 
both global positioning system radio occultation and a 
geostationary hyperspectral sounder global constellation. The 
Committee underscores the value of radio occultation data as a 
potential gap filler for the fragile JPSS program and therefore 
directs NOAA to provide the analysis requested above within the 
prescribed timeframe.
    Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-
R).--The recommendation includes $981,000,000 for the GOES-R 
program, an increase of $26,239,000 above the fiscal year 2014 
enacted level and the full amount requested. Funding will 
support spacecraft and ground system development, integration, 
and testing of sensors, and ground system testing prior to the 
planned launch date in the 2nd quarter of fiscal year 2016. 
NOAA shall continue to provide updates to the Committee 
regarding the status of this program to include the on-orbit 
GOES satellites.
    Satellite ground services.--The recommendation for Systems 
Acquisition includes $5,893,000 to continue development of an 
enterprise ground system. NOAA shall provide a report to the 
Committee no later than 60 days after enactment of this Act 
regarding the initial research and investments undertaken 
during fiscal year 2014 on a common ground system and 
integrated architecture.

                PROCUREMENT, ACQUISITION and CONSTRUCTION
                        (in thousands of dollars)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Program                              Amount
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
  Systems Acquisition
    Research Supercomputing/CCRI......................          13,500
                                                       =================
National Weather Service
  Systems Acquisition
    Observations......................................          13,314
    Central Processing................................          64,261
    Dissemination.....................................          45,209
                                                       -----------------
  Subtotal, NWS Systems Acquisition...................         122,784
                                                       -----------------
    Weather Forecast Office Construction..............          13,710
                                                       -----------------
Total, National Weather Service - PAC.................         136,494
                                                       =================
National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information
 Service
  Systems Acquisition
    GOES R............................................         981,000
    Jason-3...........................................          15,000
    Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)...............         916,500
    DSCOVR............................................          20,000
    COSMIC 2..........................................           6,800
    Satellite Ground Services.........................          52,715
    System Architecture and Advanced Planning.........           4,393
    Projects, Planning, and Analysis..................          33,488
                                                       -----------------
  Subtotal, NESDIS Systems Acquisition................       2,029,896
                                                       -----------------
  Construction
    Satellite CDA Facility............................           2,200
                                                       -----------------
Total, NESDIS - PAC...................................       2,032,096
                                                       =================
Program Support
Office of Marine and Aviation Operations
  Fleet Replacement
    Fleet Capital Improvements and Technology Infusion           7,200
                                                       =================
Total, Procurement, Acquisition and Construction......      $2,189,290
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                    PACIFIC COASTAL SALMON RECOVERY

    The Committee recommends $65,000,000 for Pacific Coastal 
Salmon Recovery, which is the same as fiscal year 2014 and 
$15,000,000 above the request. In addition, the accompanying 
bill includes language that requires all funds to be allocated 
based on scientific and merit principles and prohibits the 
availability of funds for marketing activities.

                      FISHERMEN'S CONTINGENCY FUND

    The Committee recommends $350,000 for the Fishermen's 
Contingency Fund, which is the same as fiscal year 2014 and the 
same as the request. This Fund is available to compensate U.S. 
commercial fishermen for damage or loss caused by obstructions 
related to oil and gas exploration, and is derived from fees 
collected by the Secretary of the Interior.

                   FISHERIES FINANCE PROGRAM ACCOUNT

    The Committee recommends language under this heading 
limiting obligations of direct loans to $24,000,000 for 
Individual Fishing Quota loans and $100,000,000 for traditional 
direct loans.

                        Departmental Management


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    The Committee recommends $54,000,000 for Departmental 
Management, which is $1,500,000 below fiscal year 2014 and 
$3,637,000 below the request.
    First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).--The 
Committee believes that mandatory funds provided to FirstNet 
should be used to reimburse the OIG for its oversight 
activities. Such an agreement does not currently exist and 
there is no separate OIG function provided for in the FirstNet 
legislation.
    Financial management.--Several 2013 OIG reports examined 
Commerce agencies' status of obligations, inappropriate use of 
purchase cards, and conference attendance activities. The 
Committee believes that these activities require continued, 
detailed management involvement to ensure that appropriate 
controls are in place. Accordingly, the Department shall 
provide regular briefings on the status of these efforts.
    Working Capital Fund (WCF).--The Committee supports 
expenditures from the WCF for the Business Application Solution 
and Risk Management Information System as these systems are 
necessary to ensure the appropriate use of the Department's 
resources. The Committee notes that its funding recommendations 
for most Commerce agencies are less than requested. Therefore, 
the Committee expects the Department to revise its WCF 
estimates for fiscal year 2015 accordingly and submit a 
proposed spending plan no later than 60 days after enactment of 
this Act. The Committee is concerned that costs within the WCF 
continue to grow despite continued constraints on budgets 
throughout the Department. Commerce shall continue to ensure 
that it is taking all necessary steps to economize, reduce or 
eliminate lower priority items and activities within the WCF.
    Repatriation and manufacturing initiatives.--The 
recommendation includes bill language directing the Secretary 
to maintain a repatriation task force and includes funding 
under EDA for repatriation grants. Commerce is reminded that 
this task force shall include representatives from the Office 
of the Secretary, ITA, EDA, NIST and other relevant offices and 
it shall meet quarterly to monitor trends in manufacturing 
repatriation and develop strategies to increase such 
repatriation. The Committee expects the Department to report to 
the Committee on these efforts no later than 180 days after the 
enactment of this Act. This report shall include a discussion 
of how the Federal government can best support State and local 
repatriation efforts. Further, Commerce shall include in this 
report an update on the Department's Manufacturing Council, the 
composition of which was expanded in November 2013 to allow 
representatives of U.S. subsidiaries of foreign-owned or 
controlled firms. Commerce shall report on the extent to which 
the home-market countries of foreign-invested companies 
operating in the U.S. that are or will be considered for 
membership on the Manufacturing Council provide reciprocity for 
U.S. company representatives to serve on advisory boards in 
such countries. Commerce shall deny membership for the 
representatives of any foreign-invested enterprises operating 
in the U.S. if their home-market country does not provide full 
reciprocal benefits.
    Retaining U.S. manufacturing.--The Committee is aware that 
established U.S. high-tech industries with existing advanced 
workforce and export markets are being actively targeted by 
foreign governments to move operations overseas. The Committee 
expects the Department to encourage public-private partnerships 
in key regions involving technologies that bridge the gap 
between basic research and commercialization, and accelerate 
development and manufacturing by U.S.-based supply chains in 
industries with existing jobs, customers and export markets and 
that are currently being targeted by foreign government 
incentives.
    Economic Security Commission.--The Committee is 
disappointed in the lack of progress made by the Department in 
establishing an Economic Security Commission as directed by the 
Committee beginning in fiscal year 2012. This Commission was 
established to advise the Administration and the Congress on 
U.S. long-term strategic competitive manufacturing challenges. 
The first report by the Commission shall focus on the strategic 
economic security activities and investments made by China, 
Russia, Brazil, India, Japan, South Korea and the European 
Union during 2011 through 2015 and, to the extent possible, 
those planned for the succeeding five years. The Committee 
expects to receive the Commission's first annual report no 
later than one year after enactment of this Act. The Department 
is directed to report to the Committee no later than 30 days 
after enactment of this Act regarding the status of appointing 
individuals with expertise to serve on this commission.
    Assess Costs Everywhere (ACE) Tool.--The Committee 
appreciates the work of the Department to develop the ACE Tool, 
an initiative directed by the Committee to enable businesses to 
evaluate the costs of operating overseas. The Department shall 
ensure that the ACE Tool is periodically refreshed with the 
latest data, that it includes an evaluation of the U.S. system 
of intellectual property protection vis-a-vis competitors, and 
that it includes data regarding the financial benefit of 
investments made by U.S. companies in workforce training. The 
Department is encouraged to consult experts to quantify 
intangibles in assessing how to more fully evaluate and 
quantify the benefits of operating in the U.S.
    Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the U.S.--The 
Department shall continue to report annually on any proposed 
and actual Chinese FDI in the United States, including data on 
investments by Chinese state-owned enterprises, other state-
affiliated entities, and the ownership structure of the entity 
engaged in the investment. The second such report shall include 
data on actual Chinese FDI during fiscal years 2012 through 
2014 using the updated methodology discussed below. The 
Committee notes that the Department reported to the Committee 
on FDI in the United States by China and the Hong Kong Special 
Administrative Region. In that report, Commerce acknowledged 
that the Bureau of Economic Analysis identified only $219 
million of FDI from China to the U.S. in 2012. That same report 
highlighted that Chinese FDI data compiled by private sector 
sources were dramatically higher and may be the result of 
different data collection methodologies. Commerce shall develop 
an updated methodology to more accurately identify what foreign 
investments are being made in the United States and include 
data based on this updated methodology in the next annual 
report, to be submitted no later than one year after enactment 
of this Act. Commerce shall consult with private sector 
entities engaged in monitoring Chinese investments in the 
United States to ensure that its report accurately reflects the 
actual amount of Chinese FDI in the U.S. The Department is 
reminded that none of the SelectUSA funds shall be used to 
assist FDI by state-owned entities. The Committee views state-
owned FDI information as critical to policymakers and directs 
that more accurate reporting on these investments become a 
higher priority at the Department.
    Reciprocal investment opportunities between the U.S. and 
China.--The Committee notes that it is currently awaiting a 
report comparing the openness of investment opportunities in 
China and the United States as directed in the statement 
accompanying Public Law 113-76.
    Assessing China's five-year plan.--The Committee reminds 
Commerce about engaging the National Academy of Sciences in a 
study as directed in the statement accompanying Public Law 113-
76 to assess China's strategies, policies and programs to 
become an innovative society and enhance its indigenous 
innovation.
    Federally funded research.--The Committee believes that 
commercial technologies developed as a result of federally 
funded research should be manufactured in the United States to 
the maximum extent possible. The Department is working with the 
agencies funded in this Act to develop and issue a report on 
this subject, as directed by the explanatory statement 
accompanying Public Law 113-76. The Committee looks forward to 
the findings of this report.
    Cooperatives.--With more than $3 trillion in assets, over 
$500 billion in total revenue, $25 billion in wages and 
benefits, and nearly one million jobs, cooperatives have proven 
themselves to be vital components of the Nation's economy. The 
Committee encourages the Department to build on its efforts to 
create opportunities for community wealth building, workforce 
training, and job creation by working with national and local 
stakeholders in the cooperative sphere to look at the role that 
business cooperatives can play in stimulating industrial and 
commercial growth in economically distressed areas of the 
United States.
    China travel reports.--The Committee retains bill language 
regarding official staff travel to China. In addition, the 
Secretary and agency heads shall review the instances of 
official staff travel to China to ensure that that travel is 
necessary and is in furtherance of the mission of the 
Department of Commerce. The Secretary shall provide these 
reports concurrently to the OIG and Office of Security.

                      RENOVATION AND MODERNIZATION

    The recommendation includes $4,000,000 for the Department's 
cost to complete Herbert C. Hoover Building Phase 4 
construction activities. This amount is the same as the fiscal 
year 2014 and is $7,733,000 less than the request. The 
Committee directs the Department to provide semiannual 
briefings, beginning in January 2015, on the status of these 
activities.

                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

    The Committee recommends $30,596,000 for the Office of 
Inspector General (OIG), which is $596,000 above fiscal year 
2014 and the same as the request. The recommendation also 
includes transfers of $1,551,000 from the Census Bureau, 
$1,302,000 from NOAA, and $2,000,000 from PTO for OIG oversight 
of those activities.
    Satellites.--The OIG shall provide a report no later than 
180 days after enactment of this Act regarding NOAA's existing 
satellite ground infrastructure and its plans for implementing 
a common ground system architecture. This report shall include 
a review of NOAA's planning efforts and milestones for 
achieving a common ground system and the adequacy of its 
planning with respect to system redundancy, security, and 
scalability.

               General Provisions--Department of Commerce

    The Committee recommends the following general provisions 
for the Department of Commerce:
    Section 101 makes funds available for advanced payments 
only upon certification of officials designated by the 
Secretary that such payments are considered to be in the public 
interest.
    Section 102 makes appropriations for the Department 
available for hire of passenger motor vehicles, for services, 
and for uniforms and allowances as authorized by law.
    Section 103 provides the authority to transfer funds 
between Department of Commerce appropriation accounts and 
requiring notification to the Committee of certain actions.
    Section 104 extends congressional notification requirements 
for NOAA satellite programs.
    Section 105 provides for reimbursement for services within 
Department of Commerce buildings.
    Section 106 clarifies that grant recipients under the 
Department of Commerce may continue to deter child pornography, 
copyright infringement, or any other unlawful activity over 
their networks.
    Section 107 provides the NOAA Administrator with the 
authority to avail NOAA of needed resources, with the consent 
of those supplying the resources, to carry out responsibilities 
of any statute administered by NOAA.
    Section 108 requires a monthly report on official travel to 
China.

                                TITLE II


                         DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE


                         General Administration


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    The Committee recommends $103,851,000 for Department of 
Justice, General Administration, Salaries and Expenses, which 
is $6,149,000 below fiscal year 2014 and $25,000,000 below the 
request. The Committee has provided separate funding 
recommendations by decision unit as follows:

 
 
 
Department Leadership.................................       $16,000,000
Intergovernmental Relations/External Affairs..........         8,500,000
Executive Support/Professional Responsibility.........        12,000,000
Justice Management Division...........................        67,351,000
                                                       -----------------
    Total, Salaries and Expenses......................      $103,851,000
 

    Late report submissions.--The Committee is disappointed in 
the delays by the Department in submission of reports required 
by the fiscal year 2013 and 2014 Appropriations Acts. In some 
cases, the reports are over a year overdue. Such tardiness is 
unacceptable and reflects poorly on the Department's ability 
and willingness to comply with congressional and Committee 
directives. In light of this persistent problem, the Committee 
recommendation in this account is reduced by $25,000,000 below 
the request. The Committee expects the Department will 
immediately submit overdue fiscal year 2013 reports and provide 
reports and briefings required pursuant to the fiscal year 2014 
Appropriations Act, and as directed by the Committee for 
submission in fiscal year 2015, in a timely manner.
    Cyber attack and data breach repository.--In a hearing 
before the Subcommittee this year, the Attorney General 
expressed support for establishing a requirement for both the 
private and public sector to report incidents of cyber attacks, 
system and data breaches, maintain records of such incidents, 
and make such information available to Congress and the public. 
Such a repository would document the nature and extent of such 
threats, improve understanding of vulnerabilities, and 
facilitate the adoption of countermeasures. The Committee 
recognizes that there are existing databases of such 
information, located in various places in the Federal 
government, but that they are not comprehensive, and much of 
the information is not publicly available. Furthermore, the 
Committee recognizes that private sector information on 
breaches provided to the Federal government is, for the most 
part, submitted on a voluntary basis, and is treated as 
proprietary and generally not publicized. The Committee 
strongly supports efforts to increase public awareness of cyber 
threats and breaches and believe a central database would be a 
productive step in accomplishing this. The Committee directs 
the Department to examine the potential of establishing a 
central repository of cyber attacks and breaches, addressing as 
appropriate issues of security, privacy, and proprietary 
information, and submit recommendations for administrative and 
legislative actions to establish such a repository not later 
than 120 days after enactment of this Act.
    Limits on liaison partnerships.--In fiscal year 2014 the 
Committee urged the Attorney General to establish a policy to 
prohibit Justice Department officials from non-investigative 
engagement and cooperation with the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR). The Committee expects the Department to brief 
the Committees on Appropriations on implementation of this 
policy, as specified in the fiscal year 2014 Appropriations 
Act, as soon as possible.
    Terrorist financing enforcement.--The Committee strongly 
supports Department efforts to identify, investigate, prosecute 
and disrupt terrorist financing operations, both domestically 
and abroad, and to prevent the transfer of funds from 
individuals or groups within the U.S. to designated terrorist 
organizations abroad. In addition to joint terrorism 
investigations and task forces, such efforts include providing 
technical assistance to foreign governments as well as 
designating organizations and persons as engaging in or 
supporting terrorist financing. The Committee expects the 
Department to submit its report on its anti-terrorist financing 
programs and efforts, as specified in the fiscal year 2014 
Appropriations Act, as soon as possible.
    Designation of investigations involving terrorism.--The 
Committee acknowledges that the Deputy Attorney General 
responded to its direction to report on the role played by the 
Department of Justice in determining whether the Ft. Hood 
attack would be investigated and prosecuted as a terrorist 
attack. However, the Committee has not yet received the report, 
required by the fiscal year 2014 Appropriations Act, on the 
Department's policy and practices for categorizing cases and 
the criteria it employs to determine whether cases should be 
conducted as terrorism investigations. The Committee expects 
that report to be submitted as soon as possible.
    Violent gangs.--The Committee remains concerned about the 
significant and growing impact of violent gangs and notes that 
it has not received an updated National Gang Threat Assessment, 
as directed in the fiscal year 2014 Appropriations Act. The 
Department is expected to submit that report as soon as 
possible, to include the extent and nature of the gang problem 
in America, details on current anti-gang initiatives and their 
performance, and plans for sustained cooperation with State and 
local law enforcement agencies to combat and dismantle gangs 
that operate across jurisdictions.
    Industrial espionage.--The Committee remains concerned 
about the grave threat that foreign industrial espionage poses 
to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness. The 
Department shall provide, as soon as possible, the detailed 
briefing on efficacy of current sanctions with specific 
recommendations for improving them, as required by the fiscal 
year 2014 Appropriations Act. Furthermore, the Committee 
directs the Department to increase the priority it assigns to 
prevention, investigation and prosecution of such espionage.
    Human trafficking.--The Committee includes, as in prior 
years, resources and guidance throughout this title to combat 
trafficking in persons, and to support the highest possible 
priority given to investigation and prosecution of such 
unconscionable crimes. The recommendation continues direction 
for each U.S. Attorney to lead a human trafficking task force. 
The Committee directs the Attorney General to submit the report 
as soon as possible on all Department anti-trafficking 
activities, to include recommendations for new legislation, as 
specified by the fiscal year 2014 Appropriations Act.
    In addition, the Committee views this as a critical time to 
build on a growing consensus about the need for broad 
collaboration between governments at all levels to make 
progress in significantly reducing sex trafficking in the 
United States. To that end, the Committee directs the Attorney 
General to host a national conference on sex trafficking with 
representation from governors, U.S. Attorneys, Federal, State 
and local law enforcement agencies, and other appropriate 
government agencies and offices. The objective of this 
conference would be to elevate national awareness of the scale 
and prevalence of trafficking in the U.S., encourage innovative 
State and Federal efforts in fighting trafficking, and debate 
what constitutes best practices in such endeavors. The result 
should be a published report, containing goals and 
recommendations for executive and legislative action.
    Human rights.--The Committee is committed to ensuring that 
the U.S. does not provide safe haven for perpetrators of mass 
atrocities and gross human rights violations abroad, and urges 
the Department to expedite its submission of an assessment of 
the gaps between the volume of such cases and the capacity of 
the Federal government to investigate and prosecute them, 
together with recommendations for remedies to close such gaps, 
as required by the fiscal year 2014 Appropriations Act. The 
Committee also expects to see the updated Federal Bureau of 
Investigation (FBI) annual report on such cases, which was to 
have been submitted with the fiscal year 2015 President's 
budget.
    Improper hiring practices.--The Committee is dissatisfied 
with the Department's delay in implementing new department-wide 
policies based on the lessons learned from the Office of 
Inspector General (OIG) report on Justice Management Division 
(JMD) personnel and hiring practices. Although remedies have 
been implemented at JMD, the Committee expects to see such 
policies applied in a uniform fashion to all departmental 
offices and components.
    Prescription drug abuse.--The Administrator of the Drug 
Enforcement Administration (DEA) testified before the Committee 
in April 2014 that prescription drug abuse is the Nation's 
fastest-growing drug problem, and the 2012 National Survey on 
Drug Use and Health reported that there are an estimated 6.8 
million non-medical users of psychotherapeutic drugs--29 
percent of illicit drug users, second only to marijuana, and 
more than users of cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogens combined. 
DEA also notes that 22 percent of respondents to its National 
Drug Threat Survey report prescription drug abuse is the 
``greatest drug threat facing their communities,'' compared to 
five percent in 2007. The National Institute of Drug Abuse 
reports deaths from opioid abuse exceed those from all other 
illegal drugs. The Committee is therefore concerned to see the 
recent proposed rulemaking by the Food and Drug Administration 
(FDA) that would allow hydrocodone to be produced and 
prescribed in a form that does not incorporate anti-tamper 
features now in effect for OxyContin, a development likely to 
undermine enforcement efforts. Another proposed painkiller 
formulation, combining morphine and oxycodone, recently 
rejected by FDA's advisory committee, raises similar concerns.
    The Committee strongly urges the Department to intensify 
its support for DEA's Distributor Initiative, begun in 2005, to 
educate, advise, and otherwise motivate manufacturers and 
distributors to better exercise their due diligence obligations 
under the Controlled Substances Act. In addition, the Committee 
expects to see expansion of successful U.S. Attorney 
initiatives to prosecute diversion.
    Female genital mutilation.--The Committee directs the 
Attorney General to designate a senior departmental official to 
coordinate development of a strategy to alert communities with 
a history of female genital mutilation (FGM) inflicted on their 
minor girls that such actions are illegal and punishable under 
Federal law. The strategy should focus on FGM prevention and 
interdiction, and preventing the transporting of minors 
overseas for purposes of FGM.
    Revenue collection.--The Committee directs the Department 
to submit a plan no later than 90 days after enactment of this 
Act on implementation of a system that would allow for the 
tracking and reporting of all revenue collected by the 
Department for: (1) civil and criminal fines and penalties for 
the violation or alleged violation of Federal law; and (2) 
legal settlements reached between corporations and the Federal 
government for the violation or alleged violation of Federal 
law. This plan should allow the information to be broken down 
by fiscal year, source of the fine, and detailed disbursements 
of funds to the U.S. Treasury, victim restitution, and the 
Crime Victims Fund.
    Heroin.--The Committee notes with concern the increase in 
heroin abuse. The Department shall report, no later than 90 
days after enactment of this Act, on potential ways to address 
this problem, such as prevention, law enforcement strategies, 
prescription drug disposal site expansion, and other evidence-
based approaches.
    Conferences.--The Committee understands that OMB Memorandum 
M 12 12 called for agencies to reduce travel expenses 30 
percent compared to fiscal year 2010 level, and limit 
conference spending. The Committee expects the Department of 
Justice to minimize conferences and conference expenses to 
those necessary to carry out the mission of the Department. The 
Committee expects the Department to make conference location 
decisions based on transparency, accountability and best value 
in the use of appropriated funds.

                 JUSTICE INFORMATION SHARING TECHNOLOGY

    The Committee recommends $25,842,000 for Justice 
Information Sharing Technology, which is the same as both 
fiscal year 2014 and the request.

                   ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW AND APPEALS

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    The Committee recommends $335,000,000 for the Executive 
Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and the Office of the 
Pardon Attorney, of which $4,000,000 is from immigration 
examination fees. The recommendation is $20,000,000 above 
fiscal year 2014 and $16,072,000 below the request. The 
recommendation will permit EOIR to increase the number of 
immigration judge teams to reduce growing backlogs in 
immigration removal and asylum adjudication; to support and 
expand its Legal Orientation Program (LOP); and to continue 
pilot efforts for assisting minors and other persons with 
special needs.
    Legal Orientation Program and pilots.--The Committee 
commends EOIR for the LOP and other programs that improve the 
efficiency of court proceedings, reduce court costs, and help 
ensure fairness and due process. The Committee encourages EOIR, 
within the funding provided, to explore ways to better serve 
vulnerable populations such as children and improve court 
efficiency through pilot efforts aimed at improving their legal 
representation. The Committee directs that such pilots shall 
not require the U.S. Government to bear any expense for legal 
representation for any alien in removal proceedings, except to 
the extent required by Federal court order. The Committee 
recognizes that the LOP program provides valuable aid to 
detained persons in removal proceedings, and believes such LOP 
orientation could also benefit non-detained persons involved in 
such proceedings, which in turn could help reduce court delays 
and backlogs. The Committee urges EOIR to consider options, 
including information desks, to better provide such information 
to non-detained persons in removal proceedings.
    Video teleconferencing.--The Committee is aware that 
Immigration Judges make extensive use of video teleconferencing 
(VTC), especially on the detained docket. In order to assess a 
possible relationship between the use of VTC and the impact on 
managing caseloads and outcomes, the Committee requests EOIR to 
collect information on the number of hearings conducted in 
person and the numbers conducted via VTC, to estimate the 
corresponding percentage of master calendar and individual 
merits hearings done by VTC, and analyze results to determine 
if there are any correlations between VTC use in hearings and 
outcomes. The results of the analysis should be submitted to 
the Committee at the time of the fiscal year 2016 budget 
request.

                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

    The Committee recommends $88,000,000 for the Office of 
Inspector General (OIG), which is $1,600,000 above fiscal year 
2014 and $577,000 below the request. The Committee notes that 
the OIG has had significant investigative and audit workload, 
including new reviews arising from leaks of classified 
information subject to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance 
Act (FISA). Within the funding recommended, the Committee has 
included up to $1,000,000 for the OIG to review the 
Department's enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act 
(FARA). The report should take into account FARA filing trends 
and foreign government tactics to engage in public advocacy in 
the United States while avoiding FARA registration. The report 
shall recommend administrative or legislative options for the 
improvement of FARA enforcement. Finally, the Committee notes 
that the OIG has contracted for an assessment of management and 
policy activities of the Civil Rights Division. The Committee 
looks forward to receiving this report.

                    United States Parole Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    The Committee recommends $13,308,000 for the United States 
Parole Commission, which is $708,000 above fiscal year 2014 and 
the same as the request.

                            Legal Activities


            SALARIES AND EXPENSES, GENERAL LEGAL ACTIVITIES

    The Committee recommends $893,000,000 for General Legal 
Activities, which is $26,000,000 above fiscal year 2014 and 
$42,854,000 below the request. This appropriation supports the 
establishment of litigation policy, the conduct of litigation, 
and other legal responsibilities of the Department of Justice. 
The Committee has provided separate funding recommendations by 
decision unit as follows:

 
 
 
Office of the Solicitor General.......................       $11,300,000
Tax Division..........................................       105,900,000
Criminal Division.....................................       195,000,000
Civil Division........................................       289,000,000
Environment and Natural Resources Division............       107,600,000
Office of Legal Counsel...............................         7,700,000
Civil Rights Division.................................       144,500,000
INTERPOL Washington...................................        32,000,000
                                                       -----------------
    Total, General Legal Activities...................      $893,000,000
 

    The request includes additional funding in the Criminal 
Division to address the backlog in handling Mutual Legal 
Assistance Treaty (MLAT) requests, driven by a near doubling in 
requests over the past decade. The Committee understands this 
funding will support additional positions and one-time costs 
associated with upgrading the case management system for MLAT 
processing. The recommendation also supports additional 
resources for intellectual property rights enforcement, and the 
Committee expects the Department to make such enforcement a 
priority.
    INTERPOL.--The Committee expects the Department and 
INTERPOL to take all necessary steps to prevent foreign 
governments from manipulating INTERPOL red notices to issue 
false criminal charges against opposition activists and 
political or religious dissidents in order to secure their 
arrest in countries that have provided them asylum. In 
addition, the Committee is concerned about the potential impact 
of politically motivated prosecution and conviction of U.S. 
nongovernmental organization personnel in Egypt, which could 
unjustly tarnish their reputations and complicate future work 
and travel if they were required to report, without exception, 
criminal records that were fundamentally flawed or 
illegitimate. The Committee directs the Department to take all 
possible immediate actions to protect individuals caught up in 
such circumstances. Further, the Department shall report 
immediately to the Committee on any additional administrative 
or legislative steps to counteract, for purposes of United 
States law or regulation, the negative effects these 
individuals may experience as a result of these politically 
motivated convictions.
    Human trafficking.--The Committee recommends not less than 
the fiscal year 2014 funding level for the Human Trafficking 
Prosecution Unit (HTPU) in the Civil Rights Division to fight 
human trafficking and slavery. The Committee directs the HTPU 
and the Anti-Trafficking Coordination Teams to continue to make 
it their priority to help victim service providers and non-
governmental organizations assist victims as part of broader 
efforts to combat human trafficking and slavery in the United 
States.
    Independent Review of the Civil Rights Division.--Congress 
included $1,000,000 in the OIG fiscal year 2014 appropriation 
for an independent assessment of the operation and management 
of the Civil Rights Division. The Committee understands the OIG 
is preparing to award a contract for this work. The Committee 
expects the Department will cooperate fully with this review 
and looks forward to receiving the final report. The Committee 
also expects the Department will report to the Committee on its 
response to that report and steps it will take to implement the 
report's recommendations.
    Deinstitutionalization.--The Committee notes the nationwide 
trend towards deinstitutionalization of patients with 
intellectual or developmental disabilities in favor of 
community-based settings. The Committee also notes that in 
Olmstead v. L.C. (1999), a majority of the Supreme Court held 
that the Americans with Disabilities Act does not condone or 
require removing individuals from institutional settings when 
they are unable to handle or benefit from a community-based 
setting, and that Federal law does not require the imposition 
of community-based treatment on patients who do not desire it. 
The Committee strongly urges the Department to factor the needs 
and desires of patients, their families, and caregivers, and 
the importance of affording patients the proper setting for 
their care, into its enforcement of the Americans with 
Disabilities Act.

                 VACCINE INJURY COMPENSATION TRUST FUND

    The recommendation includes $7,833,000 as a reimbursement 
from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund for costs of 
litigating cases under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury 
Act of 1986 (Public Law 99-660).

               SALARIES AND EXPENSES, ANTITRUST DIVISION

    The Committee recommends $162,246,000 for salaries and 
expenses of the Antitrust Division, which is $1,846,000 above 
fiscal year 2014 and the same as the request. The recommended 
funding level is offset by $100,000,000 in estimated fee 
collections for a net direct appropriation of $62,246,000.

             SALARIES AND EXPENSES, UNITED STATES ATTORNEYS

    The Committee recommends $1,970,000,000 for the Executive 
Office for United States Attorneys and the 93 United States 
Attorneys' offices, which is $26,000,000 above fiscal year 2014 
and $14,673,000 above the request. This amount includes 
additional funding to address growing MLAT requests and case 
backlog.
    Prescription drug abuse.--Tackling the persistent, 
nationwide crisis of prescription drug abuse remains a core 
task for Federal law enforcement. U.S. Attorneys are expected 
to prioritize their investigations and prosecution of pain 
clinics that serve as fronts for the illegal distribution of 
addictive painkillers.
    Human trafficking.--The recommendation continues bill 
language directing each U.S. Attorney to lead a human 
trafficking task force. The Committee notes that the Department 
proposed to delete this language in the budget request. The 
Committee expects all U.S. Attorneys' offices in fiscal year 
2015 to enhance their ongoing leadership and participation in 
regional human trafficking task forces, to adopt a proactive 
stance on initiating and pursuing investigations, including of 
persons or entities that carry out or facilitate trafficking in 
persons through the use of the Internet, such as through online 
classified ads, and to continue public outreach efforts. The 
Department shall continue to submit semiannual reports on the 
efforts and impact of these task forces, as required by the 
fiscal year 2014 Appropriations Act.
    Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Enforcement.--The 
Committee expects the Department to continue to make IPR 
enforcement an investigative and prosecutorial priority for 
Federal prosecutors.

                   UNITED STATES TRUSTEE SYSTEM FUND

    The Committee recommends $225,908,000 for the United States 
Trustee Program, which is $1,508,000 above fiscal year 2014 and 
the same as the request. The recommended funding is fully 
offset by fee collections.

      SALARIES AND EXPENSES, FOREIGN CLAIMS SETTLEMENT COMMISSION

    The Committee recommends $2,326,000 for the Foreign Claims 
Settlement Commission, which is $226,000 above fiscal year 2014 
and the same as the request.

                     FEES AND EXPENSES OF WITNESSES

    The Committee recommends $270,000,000, which is the same as 
fiscal year 2014 and the request, for fees and expenses of 
witnesses who appear on behalf of the Government in cases in 
which the United States is a party. This appropriation is 
considered mandatory for scorekeeping purposes.

           SALARIES AND EXPENSES, COMMUNITY RELATIONS SERVICE

    The Committee recommends $12,000,000 for the Community 
Relations Service, which is the same as fiscal year 2014 and 
$972,000 below the request.

                         ASSETS FORFEITURE FUND

    The Committee recommends $20,514,000 for the Assets 
Forfeiture Fund, which is $14,000 above fiscal year 2014 and 
the same as the request.

                     United States Marshals Service


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    The Committee recommends $1,199,000,000 for the salaries 
and expenses of the United States Marshals Service (USMS), 
which is $14,000,000 above fiscal year 2014 and the request. 
The Committee expects the USMS to continue its intensified 
efforts to combat violent gangs through its fugitive task 
forces and related programs.

                              CONSTRUCTION

    The Committee recommends $9,800,000, the same as fiscal 
year 2014 and the request, for construction and related 
expenses in space controlled, occupied or used by USMS for 
prisoner holding and related support.

                       FEDERAL PRISONER DETENTION

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    The Committee recommends $1,595,307,000 for Federal 
Prisoner Detention, which is $62,307,000 above fiscal year 2014 
and the same as the request. A rescission of $122,000,000 in 
prior year balances in this account is included in title V of 
this Act.

                       National Security Division


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    The Committee recommends $94,800,000 for the National 
Security Division (NSD), which is $3,000,000 above both fiscal 
year 2014 and the request. This amount will help the NSD 
address the growing workload for its national security mission, 
including work related to its FISA responsibilities. Within the 
amount provided is funding for three additional attorney 
positions in the FARA office to improve its capacity to deal 
with enforcement workload and the evolving complexity of its 
work. The Committee has also included direction under the OIG 
for a review of the Department's FARA enforcement performance. 
The Committee remains interested in determining whether current 
law provides for the collection of appropriate and sufficient 
disclosure information from lobbyists who work on behalf of 
state-owned or -directed companies. The Department shall brief 
the Committee on FARA and Lobbying Disclosure Act execution as 
specified in the fiscal year 2014 Appropriations Act as soon as 
possible.

                      Interagency Law Enforcement


                 INTERAGENCY CRIME AND DRUG ENFORCEMENT

    The Committee recommends $515,000,000 for Interagency Crime 
and Drug Enforcement, which is $1,000,000 above fiscal year 
2014 and $10,000,000 above the request. Funds are included 
under this heading to support interagency Organized Crime Drug 
Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), which target high-level drug 
trafficking organizations through coordinated, multi-
jurisdictional investigations.
    Decision unit subtotals.--The recommendation includes 
$363,000,000 for investigations and $152,000,000 for 
prosecutions. The Committee notes OCDETF cases routinely 
include DEA personnel funded from the DEA Salaries and Expenses 
account, as well as criminal investigators and agents from 
other agencies who directly fund their participation in OCDETF 
cases. OCDETF shall submit an updated report no later than 120 
days after the enactment of this Act displaying current and 
historical levels of investigative and prosecutorial FTE 
devoted to OCDETF cases, including FTE funded under this 
account and FTE funded from other appropriations.
    Heroin.--The recent surge in heroin use, overdose deaths, 
and trafficking volumes shows it to be one of the gravest 
problems now facing law enforcement and the drug treatment 
community. DEA noted in its 2013 threat assessment a trend of 
users switching to heroin from prescription drug abuse as one 
explanation for a rise in overdose deaths, and warned that 
persons addicted to opioid prescription pills now find highly 
pure heroin easier and cheaper to obtain. The Committees urges 
the Department to intensify its use of task forces to address 
this disturbing trend.

                    Federal Bureau of Investigation


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    The Committee recommends $8,356,857,000 for the Salaries 
and Expenses account of the Federal Bureau of Investigation 
(FBI), which is $111,055,000 above fiscal year 2014 and 
$78,638,000 above the request. The increase reflects necessary 
funding to permit the FBI to continue to restore positions and 
recover from programmatic cuts sustained under the sequester, 
as well as to cover necessary base adjustment costs simply to 
sustain current efforts--costs that the President's budget had 
proposed to offset with unspecified reductions of $168,000,000. 
The Committee's recommendation supports FBI's efforts to meet 
its expanding workload related to core national security and 
law enforcement missions. In addition, the funding supports 
additional resources to address the rising backlog of MLAT 
cases.
    The Committee has provided separate funding recommendations 
by decision unit as follows:

 
 
 
Intelligence..........................................    $1,690,000,000
Counterterrorism/Counterintelligence..................     3,360,000,000
Criminal Enterprise/Federal Crimes....................     2,757,000,000
Criminal Justice Services.............................       549,857,000
                                                       -----------------
    Total, Salaries and Expenses......................    $8,356,857,000
 

    Computer intrusions, cyber threats and cybersecurity.--The 
FBI Director testified before the Subcommittee that 
cybersecurity, cyber-attacks and other cybercrimes have become 
a central mission and priority for the Bureau. The Committee 
has included funding in its recommendation to ensure the FBI 
can continue to develop and implement its Next Generation Cyber 
(NGC) approach, a comprehensive ``whole of government'' 
approach to the investigating of computer intrusions and defeat 
of cyber threat actors, including through its national network 
of cyber task forces with Federal, State, local and 
international partners in government, industry, and academia. 
The Committee notes that it has received neither the cyber 
threat assessment required under the fiscal year 2013 
Appropriations Act, nor the updated assessment, in both 
classified and unclassified versions, that was to be submitted 
with the President's fiscal year 2015 budget request. The 
Committee directs the FBI to provide the report as soon as 
possible, and to submit an updated assessment with the 
President's fiscal year 2016 budget request, which will 
identify and rank foreign governments and non-state actors 
according to the cyber threats they pose to the United States.
    Counterintelligence.--The Committee noted in both fiscal 
year 2013 and 2014 House Reports its extreme concern with 
actions the Chinese government and its military, intelligence 
or Communist party entities carry out through organizations 
that promote educational, cultural or professional exchanges. 
The Committee is awaiting a briefing, to be arranged by the FBI 
in coordination with relevant executive branch agencies, on 
organizations engaged in exchange programs that involve U.S. 
officials, and measures being taken to ensure those officials 
are informed of any Chinese government involvement in such 
programs. The Committee expects this briefing will be provided 
as soon as possible.
    Commercial cyber espionage.--The Committee is concerned 
with the expanding threat of cyber espionage affecting U.S. 
industry, technology and other proprietary information. The FBI 
shall brief the Committee not later than 120 days after 
enactment of this Act on its efforts to share information on 
such espionage with other countries' law enforcement and 
security agencies, and encourage greater collaboration in 
addressing this ongoing threat, which poses as great a risk to 
our international partners. The Committee also directs the FBI 
to continue to enhance its sharing of information about cyber 
threats with the private sector, particularly small- and 
medium-sized businesses, and report to the Committee no later 
than 120 days after enactment of this Act on the status of such 
efforts.
    Ransomware.--The Committee is aware of a growing threat to 
U.S. businesses from computer malware known as ``ransomware,'' 
which infects computer systems and encrypts files or renders 
computers unusable until a payment is made to the extorter to 
unlock the systems. The Committee directs the FBI to report no 
later than 120 days after enactment of this Act on the number 
of known cases in fiscal year 2014, the suspected sources of 
ransomware attacks, and how the FBI assists U.S. businesses to 
protect themselves from such attacks or, if necessary, respond 
to them. The report should also propose administrative or 
legislative actions to enable the FBI and U.S. industry to 
respond to this problem.
    Liaison partnerships.--The Committee directs the FBI to 
report any violations of its prohibition on non-investigative 
cooperation with CAIR, and expects it to adopt similar policies 
for other individuals and organizations identified as 
unindicted co-conspirators in terrorism-related cases.
    Human rights violations.--The Committee directs the FBI to 
submit, with the President's fiscal year 2016 budget request, 
the third annual report on its investigative and related 
support for the Department's prosecution of human rights 
violations by foreign nationals.
    Human trafficking.--The FBI has reported that human 
trafficking cases nearly tripled between 2009 and the end of 
fiscal year 2012, resulting in hundreds of arrests, indictments 
and convictions. The Committee notes that on January 1, 2013, 
the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program began 
collecting data regarding human trafficking as mandated by the 
William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection 
Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA). These included data on 
human trafficking for commercial sex acts as well as for human 
trafficking for involuntary servitude.
    The Committee strongly supports the FBI's intensified 
enforcement activities, including through its Violent Crimes 
Against Children program, and recent efforts to address sex 
trafficking associated with major sports and cultural events. 
As part of its national Innocence Lost initiative, the FBI in 
2013 mounted Operation Cross Country VII, a three-day 
nationwide enforcement effort which resulted in the rescue of 
more than 100 minors, the arrest of 151 pimps and other child 
exploiters, and the distribution of services to 394 women and 
child victims. The Committee is especially pleased with the 
collaborative, multi-agency approach of the FBI, with its 
Federal, State and local partners, and directs the FBI to 
provide no later than 120 days after the enactment of this Act 
an updated version of the report it submitted for fiscal years 
2013 and 2014 on its enforcement efforts. This should include, 
among other things, data on agent utilization and overall staff 
resources dedicated to human trafficking investigations and 
prosecutions in fiscal year 2014 and estimated for fiscal year 
2015, including participation of FBI personnel in human 
trafficking task forces and collaboration with partner agencies 
and offices. The report should also provide data on State and 
local law enforcement compliance with TVPRA UCR reporting 
requirements. Finally, the report shall describe progress in 
implementing new UCR categories and statistics under those 
categories. The Committee expects the Bureau will share 
trafficking case information on an ongoing basis with other law 
enforcement agencies and task forces investigating similar 
cases.
    9/11 Commission recommendations.--The recommendation 
includes up to $1,000,000 to support the ongoing review of the 
recommendations of the 9/11 Commission as directed in the 
fiscal year 2013 and 2014 Appropriations Acts, and which the 
Committee expects to be completed in fiscal year 2015. The FBI 
is directed to provide any support and information necessary 
for completion of the review, including access to all requested 
information, individuals and facilities, and to ensure the 
report is transmitted directly to the Congress. The Committee 
also directs the FBI to identify, following release of the 
report, any specific actions it is undertaking or planning to 
implement in response to the report findings, and any 
associated funding or legislative requirements.
    Domestic radicalization and violent extremism.--The 
Committee continues to await the briefing required under the 
fiscal year 2014 Appropriations Act on the efforts of the 
National Security Branch's Countering Violent Extremism office. 
The FBI is expected to provide this briefing as soon as 
possible.
    Violent gangs.--The recommendation provides increased 
funding for FBI's Safe Streets Task Forces to combat violent 
gang crime. The recommendation includes no less than $8,500,000 
to support the National Gang Intelligence Center, and also 
includes bill language renaming the center the National Gang 
and Human Trafficking Intelligence Center (NGHTIC). In addition 
to its current functions, the NGHTIC shall provide and 
coordinate intelligence on human trafficking patterns and 
networks around the country, disseminate such intelligence to 
law enforcement partners, and produce an annual National Sex 
Trafficking Threat Assessment. The Committee directs the FBI to 
expand its efforts through the NGHTIC in fiscal year 2015 from 
within its Salaries and Expenses appropriation. One aspect of 
particular concern to the Committee is the growing link between 
violent gangs and human trafficking. The 2011 National Gang 
Threat Assessment noted, ``gang involvement in alien smuggling, 
human trafficking, and prostitution is increasing primarily due 
to their higher profitability and lower risks of detection and 
punishment than that of drug and weapons trafficking,'' and 
found at least 35 States and territories reporting such 
activity. The Committee directs the FBI to report no later than 
120 days after enactment of this Act on trends in this 
relationship, and how FBI anti-gang programs are disrupting 
gang involvement in human trafficking rings.
    Insider threats and counterintelligence.--The Committee 
remains very concerned about the threat of insiders, who the 
Office of the Director of National Intelligence reported have 
caused ``significant damage to U.S. interests from the theft 
and unauthorized disclosure of classified, economic, and 
proprietary information and other acts of espionage,'' and the 
National Counterintelligence Executive noted ``. . . remain the 
top counterintelligence challenge to our community.'' The 
Committee awaits the FBI's report on trends in espionage in 
U.S. national laboratories, industry and academia, including an 
analysis of the profile of ``insider threat'' actors, as 
directed in the fiscal year 2014 Appropriations Act, and 
expects to receive it as soon as possible.
    Money laundering.--The continuing developments in the use 
of forms of peer-to-peer digital currency, crypto-currency, and 
similar forms of exchange such as Bitcoin lead the Committee to 
have serious concerns about their potential for enabling 
criminals and terrorists to illegally launder and transfer 
money. The Committee awaits a briefing from the FBI, 
coordinated with its other Department and Federal agency 
partners, on the nature and scale of the risk such currencies 
pose, as specified in the fiscal year 2014 Appropriations Act, 
and expects to receive that briefing as soon as possible.
    Rapid DNA analysis.--The FBI established the Rapid DNA 
Program Office in 2010 to develop and integrate instruments for 
law enforcement use, and provided guidelines for use of Rapid 
DNA instruments in accredited laboratories. The Committee is 
also aware that such technology is currently limited to use at 
accredited laboratories, where results can be uploaded to the 
FBI Combined DNA Index System database. The Committee urges the 
FBI to explore ways to develop this capability for application 
to intake, processing, booking, detention, and incarceration 
stages, and to recommend to Congress any legislation that may 
be required to facilitate such implementation.
    Financial Crimes.--The Committee remains concerned about 
the prevalence and impact of financial crime, and expects the 
FBI will make it a priority to use the funding in this bill to 
combat corporate, securities, commodities and mortgage fraud.
    The National Instant Criminal Background Check System 
(NICS) report.--NICS is a vital tool for keeping firearms out 
of the hands of dangerous individuals. The Committee remains 
concerned about the extent to which Federal and State agencies 
are submitting complete records in a timely manner. Without 
these submissions, NICS could be missing potential prohibiting 
information. The Committee therefore directs the FBI to publish 
annual reports on submissions to NICS, with the first report to 
be published no later than 150 days after the enactment of this 
Act. These reports should include detailed data on submissions 
by Federal and State agencies. For each Federal and State 
agency, data should be provided for each prohibitor per U.S.C. 
Section 922, including felony, domestic violence, substance 
abuse, and mental health.

                              CONSTRUCTION

    The Committee recommends $110,982,000 for the construction 
of FBI facilities and related activities, which is $13,500,000 
above fiscal year 2014 and $42,000,000 above the request. The 
recommendation does not adopt the proposed reduction in the 
Secure Work Environment program. In addition, funding in this 
account will facilitate and expedite work on current design and 
construction projects.

                    Drug Enforcement Administration


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    The Committee recommends total budget authority of 
$2,420,000,000 for salaries and expenses, of which $366,680,000 
is derived from fees deposited in the Diversion Control Fund, 
and $2,053,320,000 is provided by direct appropriation. The 
recommended direct appropriation is $35,320,000 above fiscal 
year 2014 and the request. This increase is intended to help 
DEA offset its necessary pay and non-pay base costs, which the 
President's budget had proposed be fully absorbed using 
unspecified administrative offsets. The increase is also 
expected to support DEA's growing enforcement workload, 
including supporting its challenges in its overseas programs, 
as well as continuing support of State and local partners.
    Diversion control.--The recommendation includes 
$366,680,000 for the regulatory and enforcement activities of 
DEA's Diversion Control Program. The Diversion Control Program 
is fully funded by fee collections. Within this level of 
funding, the Committee expects DEA to sustain its current level 
of effort for Tactical Diversion Squads and scheduled 
regulatory investigations.
    Methamphetamine lab cleanup.--The funding recommendation 
for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) includes 
$10,000,000 for transfer to DEA to assist State, local and 
tribal law enforcement agencies with the removal and disposal 
of hazardous materials at methamphetamine labs, including funds 
for training, technical assistance, purchase of equipment, and 
a container program. The Committee understands that DEA will 
continue to expand and reduce the cost of its cleanup 
operations in fiscal year 2015 due to the efficiencies from use 
of container pickups.
    Prescription drug and heroin abuse.--The Committee is 
extremely concerned about the continued threat posed by 
prescription drug abuse, as well as the resurgence of heroin 
abuse and overdoses that appear connected to enforcement of 
laws against prescription drug diversion. The Committee has 
included in its recommendation funding to support enhancement 
of DEA's investigative efforts to deal with these growing 
threats, and directs DEA to report to the Committee no later 
than 60 days after enactment of this Act on the numbers of 
actual and estimated heroin investigations in fiscal years 2013 
through 2015, the amounts and street value of heroin associated 
with such investigations, and prosecutions resulting from 
investigations.
    Law enforcement resources in the Caribbean.--The Committee 
remains concerned about the high level of narcotics trafficking 
and associated violent crime in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin 
Islands. The Committee directs the Attorney General to assess 
the adequacy of current Justice Department law enforcement 
personnel and resources assigned to Puerto Rico and the U.S. 
Virgin Islands, in the context of overall Federal, 
Commonwealth, and local efforts in the region, and to identify 
resources necessary to close enforcement gaps in future budget 
submissions.
    Overtime caps.--The Committee is aware that some small and 
rural law enforcement agencies face limits in eligibility for 
overtime compensation for participation in drug task forces due 
to multi-agency policies that cap such overtime. The Committee 
encourages DEA to work with its State, local and Federal 
partners to help ensure such agencies can continue to 
participate in such joint efforts. No later than 90 days after 
enactment of this Act, DEA shall report to the Committee on its 
outreach to agency partners, indicate whether changes to 
current policy are permitted under existing authority and 
provide recommendations to address this concern.

          Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    The Committee recommends $1,200,000,000 for the salaries 
and expenses of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and 
Explosives (ATF), which is $21,000,000 above fiscal year 2014 
and $1,004,000 below the request.
    Gun law enforcement.--The recommendation includes funding 
above the current year level to continue and enhance the fiscal 
year 2014 initiatives to investigate violations of Federal 
firearms laws, to include increased violent crime reduction and 
inspection capabilities and crime gun tracing, including 
through updating and expanding use of the National Integrated 
Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN). A briefing on ATF 
allocation of funding for its violent crime enforcement, 
regulatory efforts, and firearms tracing, to include expansion 
and support of NIBIN, was required under the fiscal year 2014 
Appropriations Act, and the Committee directs ATF to provide it 
as soon as possible.
    The Committee is concerned about growing backlogs in 
processing applications required under the National Firearms 
Act (NFA), as well as licensing approvals for manufacturers. 
According to ATF, NFA applications increased more than 380 
percent between 2005 and 2013. In an effort to reduce 
processing time and backlogs, ATF has implemented ``eForms,'' 
an electronic filing process, which has reduced submission and 
processing times, as well as data entry processing backlogs. 
The Committee encourages ATF to seek further service 
improvements, and directs ATF to report no later than 60 days 
after enactment of this Act on the status of its processing 
initiatives, to include data on processing volumes, delays, and 
backlogs, as well as actual and estimated staffing and 
operating costs in fiscal years 2014 and 2015. Should 
additional funding be required to reduce processing time, the 
Committee expects ATF to submit a reprogramming request.
    Tobacco enforcement.--The Committee awaits the report on 
ATF tobacco enforcement strategies and resources required by 
the fiscal year 2014 Appropriations Act, to include 
recommendations for additional authorities and tools to improve 
ATF's tobacco enforcement posture, and directs ATF to transmit 
the report as soon as possible.

                         Federal Prison System


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    The Committee recommends $6,865,000,000 for salaries and 
expenses of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), which is $96,000,000 
above fiscal year 2014 and $61,000,000 above the request. The 
Committee has provided separate funding recommendations by 
decision unit as follows:

 
 
 
Inmate Care and Programs..............................    $2,570,000,000
Security and Administration...........................     3,020,000,000
Management and Administration.........................       205,000,000
Contract Confinement..................................     1,070,000,000
                                                       -----------------
    Total, Salaries and Expenses......................    $6,865,000,000
 

    Facility staffing and capacity.--The Committee continues to 
prioritize staffing levels at fully activated institutions and 
the continuation of activation activities, as necessary, at the 
two institutions that received fiscal year 2014 activation 
funding. No funding is provided for the activation of the 
Thomson, Illinois facility.
    Contract confinement.--The Committee recognizes the value 
of contract confinement in meeting BOP's expanding low security 
facility requirements. The Committee continues to expect BOP to 
meet bed space needs by using State, local and private prison 
capacity, if such facilities meet BOP standards, as a means to 
help alleviate overcrowding.
    Inmate data and statistics.--The Committee supports BOP's 
publication of inmate statistics. BOP shall add data on inmate 
education levels to its existing statistical information, and 
also publish breakdowns of existing information for each annual 
cohort of inmates slated for release.
    Oleoresin capsicum (OC) aerosol spray pilot program.--The 
Committee directs BOP to report no later than 120 days after 
enactment of this Act on the status and results of the pilot 
program authorizing use of OC spray by corrections officers in 
BOP facilities. The report should include any conclusions BOP 
has reached regarding the OC program, and its plans for the 
program moving forward, including possible provision of OC 
spray to other BOP employees and at other BOP facilities.
    Mental health.--The Committee directs the Bureau to brief 
the Committee no later than 120 days after enactment of this 
Act on the cost of incarcerating and treating mentally ill 
individuals; the number of incarcerated individuals diagnosed 
with mental illness, and of those the number who receive 
treatment from BOP; the recidivism rate of adults and juveniles 
diagnosed with mental illness; the percentage of incarcerated 
adults diagnosed with mental illness who entered the justice 
system as juveniles; and a description of programs within the 
Bureau of Prison system for the diagnosis and treatment of 
inmate mental illness, with an assessment of their impact on 
recidivism.

                        BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES

    The Committee recommends $115,000,000 for the construction, 
acquisition, modernization, maintenance, and repair of prison 
and detention facilities housing Federal inmates, which is 
$25,000,000 above fiscal year 2014 and the request. The 
recommendation includes $25,000,000 for costs related to 
construction of new facilities. The Committee directs the 
Bureau to move forward with ongoing facilities planning efforts 
and associated new construction for future prison construction 
projects to meet projected capacity requirements as identified 
in the monthly status of construction reports to the Committees 
on Appropriations. The Committee recommendation does not 
include funding for any renovation, upgrades or construction at 
the Thomson, Illinois facility, as none was requested.
    The Committee directs the BOP to continue to provide 
monthly status of construction reports, and to notify the 
Committee of any changes reflected in those reports.

   LIMITATION ON ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES, FEDERAL PRISON INDUSTRIES, 
                              INCORPORATED

    The Committee recommends a limitation on administrative 
expenses of $2,700,000 for Federal Prison Industries, 
Incorporated, (FPI) which is the same as fiscal year 2014 and 
the request.
    Product procurements.--The Committee is pleased that FPI 
and the BOP are exercising new authority to manufacture 
products no longer produced in the United States, and to 
promote FPI capacity to undertake such work for Federal, State, 
and other customers. The Committee directs the BOP Director, 
with the support of the Attorney General, to continue a 
vigorous outreach effort, demonstrating the benefits to 
potential customers from this work that improves the 
preparation of inmates for reintegration into society, reduces 
recidivism, offsets prison costs, and does not result in any 
loss of private sector jobs. The Committee particularly 
encourages efforts to undertake work to repatriate high 
technology work that will improve employability for prisoners.
    The Committee also directs FPI to continue annual surveys 
of Department of Justice and other Federal agencies to identify 
products purchased by such agencies that are manufactured 
outside the United States, and might otherwise be procured 
through FPI, to maintain the FPI database on such business to 
inform its board of directors of opportunities for 
manufacturing repatriation, and to continue to report to the 
Committee quarterly on FPI's plans and capacity to provide 
these services as an alternative to foreign manufacturers.
    Included in the front matter of this report is direction to 
the Departments of Commerce, Justice, the National Aeronautics 
and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation 
to meet with FPI, at least annually, to discuss such 
procurement opportunities.

               State and Local Law Enforcement Activities

    In total, the Committee recommends $2,192,665,000 for State 
and local law enforcement and crime prevention grant programs, 
including $2,121,665,000 in discretionary appropriations. The 
discretionary total is $71,635,000 below fiscal year 2014 and 
$60,335,000 below the request.
    Management and administrative expenses.--The Committee 
encourages grant offices to minimize administrative spending in 
order to maximize funding for grants or training and technical 
assistance. The Committee also directs the Department to ensure 
that the methodology for assessing management and 
administration costs is equitable and reflects a fair 
representation of the share of common management and 
administrative costs associated with each program. The 
Committee notes that an across-the-board percentage assessment 
may not be the most appropriate solution. The Committee is 
aware that, in general, the Department's grant offices for 
State and Local Law Enforcement Activities have authority to 
allocate certain expenses administratively to activities that 
are ancillary to the core purposes of the appropriation (e.g., 
peer review for a competitive program, training and technical 
assistance, and research and statistical activities).
    The Committee remains concerned about how management and 
administration costs are being applied to State Victims of 
Crime Act grants. The Committee directs the Department to bring 
administrative and management costs for these grants in line 
with costs associated with the management of similar Justice 
grant programs.
    Office of Victims of Crime (OVC).--The recommendation 
provides $25,000,000 above the current level for OVC. Within 
available resources, OVC may implement the office's Vision 21, 
which seeks to bring better technology, planning, research and 
data into the crime victims services field.
    Ft. Hood terrorist attack.--The Committee directs OVC to 
provide the survivors and families of the victims of the 
November 2009 terrorist attack at Ft. Hood all possible 
appropriate assistance, and report to the Committee no later 
than 60 days after enactment of this Act on what assistance it 
has provided to date. This report shall also describe what, if 
any, role the classification of the attack as a ``workplace 
violence'' incident rather than a terrorist attack played in 
determining what types of assistance would be provided.
    Performance Partnership Pilots.--The recommendation does 
not include the requested general provision regarding 
Performance Partnership Pilots. As such, no Department funds 
shall be expended on the pilots.
    Procedural justice.--The recommendation does not include 
funding for the Procedural Justice--Building Community Trust 
program or the National Center for Building Community Trust and 
Justice.

                    Office on Violence Against Women


       VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN PREVENTION AND PROSECUTION PROGRAMS

    The Committee recommends $425,500,000 for the Office on 
Violence Against Women (OVW), which is $8,500,000 above fiscal 
year 2014 and $3,000,000 above the request. The recommendation 
includes funding above the request for Services, Training, 
Officers, and Prosecutors (STOP) grants, the sexual assault 
services program and for violence on college campuses. Funds 
are distributed as follows:

       VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN PREVENTION AND PROSECUTION PROGRAMS
                        (in thousands of dollars)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Program                              Amount
------------------------------------------------------------------------
STOP Grants...........................................        $195,000
Transitional Housing Assistance.......................          25,000
Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women.....           3,000
Consolidated Youth-Oriented Program...................          10,000
Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies...................          50,000
  Homicide Reduction Initiative.......................          (4,000)
Sexual Assault Victims Services.......................          29,500
Rural Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Enforcement...          31,000
Violence on College Campuses..........................          11,500
Civil Legal Assistance................................          42,500
Elder Abuse Grant Program.............................           4,250
Family Civil Justice..................................          16,000
Education and Training for Disabled Female Victims....           5,750
National Resource Center on Workplace Responses.......             500
Research on Violence Against Indian Women.............           1,000
Indian Country--Sexual Assault Clearinghouse..........             500
                                                       =================
  TOTAL, Violence Against Women Prevention and                $425,500
   Prosecution Programs...............................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Competition.--OVW grants are a vital source of funding to 
survivors of sexual and domestic assault and abuse. The 
Committee directs OVW to ensure full and open competition for 
fiscal year 2015 grants.

                       Office of Justice Programs


                  RESEARCH, EVALUATION AND STATISTICS

    The Committee recommends $124,250,000 for Research, 
Evaluation and Statistics, which is $4,250,000 above fiscal 
year 2014 and $12,650,000 below the request. Funds are 
distributed as follows:

                   RESEARCH, EVALUATION AND STATISTICS
                        (in thousands of dollars)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Program                              Amount
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Bureau of Justice Statistics..........................         $47,250
National Institute of Justice.........................          42,000
Regional information sharing activities...............          35,000
                                                       =================
  TOTAL, Research, Evaluation and Statistics..........        $124,250
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Domestic radicalization.--According to the Congressional 
Research Service, there have been 74 homegrown jihadist 
terrorist plots and attacks since 9/11, including 53 plots or 
attacks since May 2009. The Committee appreciates the efforts 
of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in examining the 
drivers of domestic radicalization and defining the role of 
State and local law enforcement in breaking the radicalization 
and recruitment cycle that sustains terrorism. The Committee is 
concerned that violent radicalization--the process of adopting 
or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of 
facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, 
religious, or social change--is a significant and elusive 
aspect of the terrorism threat to the U.S. Therefore, in 
addition to the resources provided under this heading to NIJ, 
$4,000,000 is provided under the State and Local Law 
Enforcement Assistance account for such research. The Committee 
expects these funds to be used solely for activities directly 
related to domestic radicalization. The Department shall report 
no later than 60 days after enactment of this Act on the status 
of this research and how it informs the Department's 
counterterrorism efforts.
    Statistics on violence against women.--``Honor violence'' 
is a form of violence against women committed with the motive 
of protecting or regaining the perceived honor of the 
perpetrator, family or community. There is currently a lack of 
statistical information on the occurrence of honor violence in 
the United States. The fiscal year 2014 appropriations Act 
provided no less than $250,000 for the Bureau of Justice 
Statistics (BJS) to collect statistics and report on the 
incidence of honor violence in the United States. Building on 
this initial research, the recommendation includes bill 
language directing BJS to include honor violence in the 
National Crime Victimization Survey, beginning not later than 
two years after enactment of this Act. BJS shall provide the 
Committee a status report on this effort no later than 90 days 
after enactment of this Act and semiannually thereafter, until 
such data are included.
    National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology 
Centers.--The Committee continues to support the National Law 
Enforcement and Corrections Technology Centers, a network of 
facilities and capabilities that converts technology to law 
enforcement use. The Centers provide actual casework assistance 
when highly specialized technologies are required, and help 
identify and locate high quality technologies and equipment for 
law enforcement use. The recommendation continues the current 
year level of funding for the Centers. The Committee notes the 
importance of technical assistance to rural law enforcement 
agencies, and directs NIJ to ensure that the centers continue 
to be focused on this core mission.
    Forensics.--The recommendation does not include funding for 
the forensics initiative. The Committee is concerned that the 
Administration's forensic sciences initiative lacks the 
involvement of the State and local practitioner community, 
making the community an observer--not a participant--in 
addressing forensic reform, and thereby running the risk that 
the initiative will not take into consideration existing, 
proven standards and processes used within the community.
    Forensics training.--The Committee understands there is a 
lack of emphasis on solution-based approaches to training local 
officers and using available technology to reduce court 
backlogs and increase prosecutions. The Committee encourages an 
emphasis be placed on providing resources for multi-
jurisdictional forensic service providers who, in collaboration 
with universities, can help provide access to forensic 
expertise, assistance and continuing education to law 
enforcement agencies, particularly in rural under-served areas.

               STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE

    The Committee recommends $1,235,615,000 for State and Local 
Law Enforcement Assistance programs, which is $64,115,000 above 
fiscal year 2014 and $202,715,000 above the request. Funds are 
distributed as follows:

               STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE
                        (in thousands of dollars)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Program                              Amount
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants..............        $376,000
  Juvenile Indigent Defense...........................          (2,500)
  VALOR Initiative....................................         (15,000)
  Domestic Radicalization Research....................          (4,000)
  Competitive grants for firearms safety materials and          (3,000)
   gun locks..........................................
State Criminal Alien Assistance Program...............         210,000
Byrne Competitive Grants..............................           8,000
Victims of Trafficking Grants.........................          45,365
Drug Courts...........................................          41,000
Mentally Ill Offender Act.............................           9,000
Residential Substance Abuse Treatment.................          12,000
Capital Litigation and Wrongful Conviction Review.....           2,000
Economic, High-tech and Cybercrime Prevention.........          10,000
Adam Walsh Act Implementation.........................          21,000
  National Sex Offender Public Website................          (1,000)
Bulletproof Vests Partnerships........................          22,250
National Instant Criminal Background Check System               58,500
 (NICS) Initiative....................................
DNA Initiative........................................         125,000
  Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grants.....................        (117,000)
  Kirk Bloodsworth Post-Conviction DNA Testing Grants.          (4,000)
  Sexual Assault Forensic Exam Program Grants.........          (4,000)
Community Teams to Reduce the Sexual Assault Kit (SAK)          36,000
 Backlog..............................................
CASA--Special Advocates...............................           6,000
Tribal Assistance.....................................          35,000
Second Chance Act/Offender Reentry....................          62,500
Veterans Treatment Courts.............................           5,000
Missing Alzheimer's Patients Grants...................           1,000
Prescription Drug Monitoring..........................           8,000
Prison Rape Prevention and Prosecution................          15,000
Campus Public Safety..................................           2,000
Justice Reinvestment Initiative.......................          30,000
  Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections....          (1,000)
Comprehensive School Safety Initiative................          75,000
Consolidated Evidence-based Activities Initiative.....          20,000
                                                       =================
  TOTAL, State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance...      $1,235,615
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) 
Initiative grants.--The recommendation includes $58,500,000 for 
grants to improve records in the NICS system. This initiative 
combines the National Criminal History Improvement Program 
(NCHIP) and the NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP). 
The Committee directs that the grants made under the broader 
NCHIP authorities be made available only for efforts to improve 
records added to NICS. Additionally, the Department shall 
prioritize funding under NARIP authorities with the goal of 
making all States NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 
(NIAA) compliant. The Department also shall apply penalties to 
noncompliant States to the fullest extent of the law.
    The Committee understands that ATF is willing to provide 
technical assistance to all States seeking to establish 
programs that meet the NIAA requirements for NARIP grants. Even 
in the absence of funding exclusively for NARIP, the Committee 
directs the Department to continue these efforts. The Committee 
again urges OJP, ATF and FBI to assist States that are not 
currently eligible for NARIP grants in meeting the eligibility 
requirements.
    Comprehensive school safety initiative.--The recommendation 
includes $75,000,000 for a comprehensive school safety 
initiative, which is a research-focused initiative led by the 
NIJ to improve the safety of schools nationwide. Of the funds 
provided, not less than half shall be for research activities. 
The Committee is particularly interested in research about 
exposure to media violence, including violent video games, and 
research on gaps in the Nation's mental health system. The 
initiative also funds pilot grants to evaluate innovative 
approaches to increase the safety of schools nationwide.
    Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne/JAG) 
program.--The recommendation includes $376,000,000 for the 
Byrne/JAG program. Funding under this formula program is 
authorized for law enforcement programs; prosecution and court 
programs; prevention and education programs; corrections 
programs; drug treatment and enforcement programs; planning, 
evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and crime 
victim and witness programs, other than compensation. Within 
the amount provided, $2,500,000 is for an initiative to improve 
the quality of juvenile indigent defense; $4,000,000 is for 
research on domestic radicalization; $15,000,000 is for the 
Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring 
Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Initiative; and 
$3,000,000 is for competitively awarded grants to distribute 
firearms safety materials and gun locking devices. Excluding 
carveouts, the recommendation for Byrne/JAG is $9,500,000 above 
the fiscal year 2014 level and $32,000,000 above the request.
    State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP).--The 
recommendation includes $210,000,000 for SCAAP, which is 
$30,000,000 above fiscal year 2014. SCAAP provides grants that 
reimburse states and localities for the costs incurred in 
incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens. The President's 
request proposed to terminate this program.
    Economic, high-technology and cybercrime prevention.--The 
recommendation includes $10,000,000 for economic, high-
technology and cybercrime prevention. The Committee encourages 
the Department to assist State and local law enforcement 
agencies with the prevention, investigation and prosecution of 
intellectual property crimes.
    Byrne competitive grants.--The recommendation includes 
$8,000,000 for competitive grants to improve the functioning of 
the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile 
delinquency, and assist victims of crime. The Committee urges 
the Department to prioritize support for an integrated 
continuum and evidence-based or evidence-informed services and 
programs for both at-risk children and their families for the 
prevention, control or reduction of juvenile delinquency. The 
Committee also urges the Department to prioritize support for 
work to improve forensic interview training for child abuse 
investigation and prosecution professionals.
    Tribal assistance.--The recommendation includes $35,000,000 
for tribal grant programs, which is $5,000,000 above the fiscal 
year 2014 level. The Committee expects OJP to continue to 
consult closely with tribes to determine how tribal assistance 
funds will be allocated among grant programs that improve 
public safety in tribal communities, such as grants for 
detention facilities under section 20109 of subtitle A of title 
II of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 
(Public Law 103-322), civil and criminal legal assistance as 
authorized by title I of Public Law 106-559, tribal courts, and 
alcohol and substance abuse reduction assistance programs. The 
Committee directs OJP to use such consultation to inform the 
allocation of funds it shall submit as part of its spending 
plan. The Committee notes that the recommendation includes 
additional grant funding for tribal law enforcement programs 
through OVW and COPS.
    DNA initiative.--The recommendation includes $125,000,000 
for DNA-related and forensic programs and activities, an 
increase of $25,000,000 above the request. Within the funding 
provided, the Committee provides $4,000,000 each for Post-
Conviction DNA Testing grants and Sexual Assault Forensic Exam 
Program grants. The Committee expects that OJP will make 
funding for DNA analysis and capacity enhancement a priority to 
meet the purposes of the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant 
Program. The Committee directs the Department to submit, as 
part of its spending plan, a plan for the use of all funds 
appropriated for DNA-related and forensic programs and a report 
on the alignment of appropriated funds with the authorized 
purposes of the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program.
    Sexual assault kit backlog grants.--The Committee is 
concerned with the ongoing sexual assault kit backlog in 
jurisdictions across the country. The Committee encourages 
stakeholders and local law enforcement to continue working with 
Federal law enforcement to resolve this important issue. The 
recommendation includes $36,000,000 for grants to address the 
sexual assault kit backlog, an increase of $1,000,000 above the 
request. The Committee expects that this funding will be used 
only for efforts that directly reduce the backlog of sexual 
assault kits at law enforcement agencies.
    Victims of trafficking grants.--The recommendation includes 
$45,365,000 for human trafficking task force activities and for 
services for victims, an increase of $31,115,000 above fiscal 
year 2014 and $34,865,000 above the request. These funds may 
also be used to develop, expand and strengthen assistance 
programs for child victims of sex and labor trafficking.
    The Committee recognizes human trafficking as modern-day 
slavery, and urges DOJ to continue its efforts to eliminate 
human trafficking in all of its forms. The Committee directs 
DOJ to support the victim-centered approach to recognizing and 
responding to human trafficking, especially across partnerships 
between Federal and local law enforcement agencies and victim 
service providers. The Department shall include a planned 
allocation of these funds in its spending plan.
    Prescription drug monitoring.--The recommendation includes 
$8,000,000 for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). 
The diversion and abuse of prescription medications has become 
our Nation's fastest growing drug problem, with overdose deaths 
now surpassing motor vehicle accidents as the number one cause 
of accidental deaths nationwide. The Committee maintains its 
support for the provision of technical assistance for PDMPs, 
PDMP data users and other key stakeholders through this 
program.
    The Committee applauds the efforts of the Bureau of Justice 
Assistance (BJA) to partner with other organizations to foster 
interstate interoperability and connectivity among State-run 
PDMPs, and encourages BJA to continue its support for efforts 
to establish a national network of interconnected PDMPs. The 
Committee also supports efforts to increase use of PDMPs among 
authorized users. In particular, the Committee directs BJA to 
prioritize grant funding for States which are engaged in 
initiatives to integrate PDMP data with electronic health 
systems, such as electronic health records and electronic 
prescribing systems. The Committee also directs the Department 
to report, not later than 90 days after enactment of this Act, 
on relevant findings from BJA's multi-disciplinary pilot 
programs.
    Drug courts.--The recommendation includes $41,000,000 for 
drug courts, which is $500,000 above the fiscal year 2014 
level. Drug courts help reduce recidivism and substance abuse 
among non-violent offenders and increase the likelihood of an 
offender's successful rehabilitation through intense, 
judicially supervised treatment, mandatory periodic drug 
testing, community supervision, and appropriate sanctions. The 
Committee expects these funds to be used to provide grants and 
technical assistance to State, local, and tribal governments to 
support the development, expansion, and enhancement of drug 
courts, based upon their efficacy as a response to substance 
abuse and crime.
    Mentally ill offenders.--The recommendation includes 
$9,000,000 for mentally ill offender programs. Grants provided 
under the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction 
Act (Public Law 108-414) provide support for a broad range of 
activities, including mental health courts, mental health and 
substance abuse treatment for incarcerated mentally ill 
offenders, community reentry services, and cross-training of 
criminal justice, law enforcement, and mental health personnel. 
Such grants also promote improved training of State and local 
law enforcement to help them identify and improve responses to 
people with mental illnesses.
    Veterans treatment courts.--The recommendation includes 
$5,000,000 to support veterans treatment courts. The Committee 
expects the Department to work in conjunction with the 
Department of Veterans Affairs, as appropriate, to provide 
grant support for collaborative, rehabilitative approaches for 
continuing judicial supervision over offenders who are 
veterans.
    Second Chance Act/offender reentry programs.--The 
recommendation includes $62,500,000 for Second Chance Act 
grants. The Committee notes that the requested carveouts for 
Smart Probation and Pay for Success (Discretionary) are funded 
under the consolidated evidence-based activities initiative. 
Excluding carveouts, the recommendation is $15,250,000 above 
fiscal year 2014 and $2,500,000 above the request.
    The Committee remains concerned that despite a dramatic 
increase in corrections spending over the past two decades, 
recidivism and re-incarceration rates are largely unchanged. 
The Committee is aware that case studies of innovative, 
evidence-based practices provide a strong indication that this 
pattern can be reversed. The Committee expects that Second 
Chance Act grants will foster the implementation of strategies 
that have been proven to reduce recidivism and ensure safe and 
successful reentry back to their communities of adults released 
from prisons and jails. The Committee expects DOJ to designate 
funds for proven, evidence-based programs that will further the 
goal of maximizing public safety.
    Justice reinvestment initiative.--The recommendation 
provides $30,000,000 for the justice reinvestment initiative, 
which provides assistance to jurisdictions to implement data-
driven strategies to improve public safety by reducing 
corrections spending and reinvesting those savings in efforts 
to decrease crime and strengthen neighborhoods. The Committee 
recognizes the tremendous potential of justice reinvestment 
efforts, noting that successful efforts in the States, such as 
Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, have saved 
millions of dollars and serve as a model for criminal justice 
reform in the Nation. Funding may be used to provide technical 
assistance to States with existing reinvestment programs, 
expand the initiative to additional States, or provide 
additional funding for existing programs.
    Colson Task Force.--Of the amount provided for justice 
reinvestment, no less than $1,000,000 is for continued support 
of the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, which 
was established in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014. 
This nine-person, bipartisan, blue ribbon panel is to develop 
practical, data-driven policy options to increase public 
safety, improve offender accountability, reduce recidivism, and 
control growth of spending on corrections.
    Consolidated evidence-based activities initiative.--To 
improve efficiencies in DOJ grant programs and save taxpayers 
money, the recommendation includes $20,000,000 for a 
consolidated evidence-based activities initiative, which will 
combine several existing evidence-based programs, to include: 
Evaluation Clearinghouse (What Works Repository), Smart 
Policing, Smart Prosecution, Smart Probation, Pay for Success 
(Discretionary), Project HOPE Opportunity Probation with 
Enforcement, Juvenile Justice and Education Collaboration 
Assistance, and Gang and Youth Violence Education and 
Prevention. The Department shall provide details of the 
allocation of these funds in the spending plan required by this 
Act. The Committee notes that this consolidation does not fund 
any of the Administration's newly proposed programs.
    Blue Alerts.--Blue Alerts provide the means to speed the 
apprehension of violent criminals who kill or seriously injure 
local, State, or Federal law enforcement officers. Eighteen 
states have adopted Blue Alert notification systems. The 
Committee encourages the Department to examine the utility and 
feasibility of establishing a national Blue Alert 
communications network to issue Blue Alerts in coordination 
with States, units of local government, local law enforcement 
agencies, and other appropriate entities.

                       JUVENILE JUSTICE PROGRAMS

    The Committee recommends $223,500,000 for Juvenile Justice 
programs, which is $31,000,000 below fiscal year 2014 and 
$75,900,000 below the request. Funds are distributed as 
follows:

                        JUVENILE JUSTICE PROGRAMS
                        (in thousands of dollars)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Program                              Amount
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Part B--State Formula Grants..........................         $45,000
Youth Mentoring Grants................................          90,000
Victims of Child Abuse Programs.......................          19,000
Missing and exploited children programs...............          68,000
Training for Judicial Personnel.......................           1,500
                                                       =================
  TOTAL, Juvenile Justice.............................        $223,500
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Youth mentoring grants.--The recommendation includes 
$90,000,000 for youth mentoring grants, which is $1,500,000 
above fiscal year 2014 and $32,000,000 above the request.
    Grantee audit recommendations.--The Committee strongly 
supports the efforts of OJP and OIG to ensure that Federal 
grant funding is efficiently and effectively spent. The 
Committee urges OJP to continue working with both OIG and 
affected grantees to review and implement audit recommendations 
as quickly as practicable in order to minimize the 
administrative and financial burden on those grantees and the 
disruption of services to the community.
    Missing and exploited children programs.--The 
recommendation includes $68,000,000 for missing and exploited 
children programs, $1,000,000 above both fiscal year 2014 and 
the request. The Committee expects the Department to allocate 
no less than $29,250,000, which is the current year level, for 
task force grants, training and technical assistance, research 
and statistics, and administrative costs for the Internet 
Crimes Against Children program. The Committee expects the 
Department to allocate $1,000,000 to be used to hire and equip 
wounded, ill, or injured veterans as digital forensic analysts 
or investigators to support child exploitation investigations.

                     PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER BENEFITS

    The Committee recommends a total of $87,300,000 for the 
Public Safety Officer Benefits program, which is $10,000,000 
below fiscal year 2014 and the same as the request. Within the 
funds provided, $71,000,000 is for death benefits for 
survivors, an amount estimated by the Congressional Budget 
Office that is considered mandatory for scorekeeping purposes. 
Also within the total, $16,300,000 is recommended, as 
requested, for disability benefits for public safety officers 
who are permanently and totally disabled as a result of a 
catastrophic injury sustained in the line of duty, and for 
education benefits for the spouses and children of officers who 
are killed in the line of duty or who are permanently and 
totally disabled as a result of a catastrophic injury sustained 
in the line of duty.

                  Community Oriented Policing Services


             COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES PROGRAMS

    The recommendation includes $96,500,000 for COPS programs, 
as follows:

              COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES PROGRAMS
                        (in thousands of dollars)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Program                              Amount
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Transfer to DEA for Methamphetamine Lab Cleanups......         $10,000
Tribal Resources Grant Program........................          16,500
COPS Hiring Grants....................................          70,000
  Transfer to Tribal Resources Grant Program..........         (16,500)
  Regional gang task forces...........................         (10,000)
                                                       =================
  TOTAL, Community Oriented Policing Services.........         $96,500
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Methamphetamine lab cleanup.--The recommendation includes 
$10,000,000, which shall be transferred to DEA to assist State, 
local and tribal law enforcement agencies with the removal and 
disposal of hazardous materials at methamphetamine labs, 
including funds for training, technical assistance, the 
purchase of equipment, and a container program.
    Regional gang task forces.--The recommendation includes 
$10,000,000 for regional gang task forces. This initiative will 
fund multi-jurisdictional partnerships comprised of Federal, 
State and local law enforcement agencies to address gang 
activity, focusing on enforcement, prevention/education, and 
intervention. The Committee notes the nexus between gangs and 
human trafficking and notes the importance of task forces that 
target gangs of national significance, such as MS-13. The 
Committee also notes that these funds can be used for task 
forces that work toward disrupting gangs that traffic 
methamphetamine.
    Military installations.--The Committee encourages DOJ to 
account for the impacts of lower tax bases, as a result of 
military installations and other untaxed federal lands, when 
distributing COPS grants.

               General Provisions--Department of Justice

    The Committee has included the following general provisions 
for the Department of Justice:
    Section 201 makes available additional reception and 
representation funding for the Attorney General from the 
amounts provided in this title.
    Section 202 prohibits the use of funds to pay for an 
abortion, except in the case of rape or to preserve the life of 
the mother.
    Section 203 prohibits the use of funds to require any 
person to perform or facilitate the performance of an abortion.
    Section 204 establishes the obligation of the Director of 
the Bureau of Prisons to provide escort services to an inmate 
receiving an abortion outside of a Federal facility, except 
where this obligation conflicts with the preceding section.
    Section 205 establishes the Committee's requirements and 
procedures for transfer proposals.
    Section 206 authorizes the Attorney General to extend an 
ongoing Personnel Management Demonstration Project.
    Section 207 prohibits the use of certain funds for 
transporting prisoners classified as maximum or high security, 
other than to a facility certified by the Bureau of Prisons as 
appropriately secure.
    Section 208 prohibits the use of funds for the purchase or 
rental by Federal prisons of audiovisual equipment, services 
and materials used primarily for recreational purposes, except 
for those items and services needed for inmate training, 
religious, or educational purposes.
    Section 209 requires review by the Deputy Attorney General 
and the Department Investment Review Board prior to the 
obligation or expenditure of funds for major information 
technology projects.
    Section 210 requires the Department to follow reprogramming 
procedures for any deviation from the program amounts specified 
in this title or the accompanying report, or the reuse of 
deobligated funds provided in previous years.
    Section 211 prohibits the use of funds for A-76 
competitions for work performed by employees of the Bureau of 
Prisons or Federal Prison Industries, Inc.
    Section 212 prohibits U.S. Attorneys from holding 
additional responsibilities that exempt U.S. Attorneys from 
statutory residency requirements.
    Section 213 permits up to 3 percent of grant and 
reimbursement program funds made available to OJP to be used 
for training and technical assistance and permits up to 2 
percent of grant or reimbursement funds made available to that 
office to be used for criminal justice research, evaluation and 
statistics.
    Section 214 waives the requirement that the Attorney 
General reserve certain funds from amounts provided for 
offender incarceration.
    Section 215 prohibits funds, other than funds for the 
National Instant Criminal Background Check System established 
under the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, from being 
used to facilitate the transfer of an operable firearm to a 
known or suspected agent of a drug cartel where law enforcement 
personnel do not continuously monitor or control such firearm.
    Section 216 places limitations on the obligation of funds 
from certain Department of Justice accounts and funding 
sources.

                               TITLE III


                                SCIENCE


                Office of Science and Technology Policy

    The Committee recommends $5,555,000 for the Office of 
Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), which is the same as 
fiscal year 2014 and the request.
    Neuroscience.--The Committee commends OSTP and the 
Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience (IWGN) for their 
continuing commitment to neuroscience and urges OSTP and the 
IWGN to continue their coordination activities and efforts to 
increase the Nation's knowledge of the brain. The Committee 
further urges OSTP and the IWGN to begin implementing key 
recommendations from the IWGN's recent report, Priorities for 
Accelerating Neuroscience Research through Enhanced 
Communication, Coordination and Collaboration. The Committee 
expects to see these recommendations implemented as quickly and 
efficiently as possible. Special attention should be given to 
the recommendations on biomarker efforts, advances in medical 
imaging research, applications of neuroscience in applied 
settings (including education) and classifications of brain 
disorders, as well as the recommendation to establish a Federal 
neuroscience research portal. The Committee urges OSTP to brief 
the Committee, no later than 120 days after the enactment of 
this Act, on the prioritization and implementation status of 
the IWGN report recommendations.
    The Committee strongly supports international collaboration 
on neuroscience research, and urges OSTP to work with relevant 
science agencies to identify new and expanded opportunities for 
international collaboration involving government neuroscience 
researchers, private entities, non-profit institutions and 
other stakeholders. The Committee urges OSTP to brief the 
Committee on the results of its efforts to promote and 
encourage international collaboration no later than 180 days 
after the enactment of this Act.
    Rare Earth materials.--The Committee anticipates the 
submission by OSTP of a report requested for fiscal year 2014 
on the work of the National Science and Technology Council's 
Subcommittee on Critical and Strategic Mineral Supply Chains 
(CSMSC). The Committee continues to urge the CSMSC Subcommittee 
to leverage its work into an interagency plan to encourage 
domestic critical element and mineral production in order to 
reduce the dependence of the U.S. government and industry on 
foreign sources of such materials.
    Medical imaging.--The Committee believes there is near-term 
potential to accelerate revolutionary new medical imaging 
technology, both to enable medical professionals and 
researchers to combat disease and to support high-skilled 
manufacturing jobs in the United States. Such advances will 
require interagency coordination of Federal medical imaging 
research and development initiatives aimed at accelerating the 
transfer of new technologies into commercial products 
manufactured in the United States. Imaging research is 
supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the 
National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Departments of 
Veterans Affairs, Defense, and Energy, among others. The 
Committee encourages OSTP to establish a committee to 
coordinate these Federal investments in imaging research. Such 
a committee could develop a roadmap for the full scope of 
imaging research and development. The Committee believes that 
while the United States already holds a meaningful competitive 
advantage in the development of advanced imaging technologies, 
OSTP can play a critical role in ensuring that innovative 
technology solutions both enhance clinical efforts and aid in 
the creation of domestic manufacturing jobs.
    Public access to federally funded research.--Major Federal 
research agencies are in the process of drafting and 
implementing plans to enable public access to federally funded 
research findings in accordance with guidance OSTP issued in 
February 2013. OSTP shall report to the Committee on each 
agency's progress in developing, finalizing and implementing 
its plan. These reports shall be provided semiannually.

             National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    The Committee recommends $17,896,000,000 for the National 
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which is 
$249,500,000 above fiscal year 2014 and $435,400,000 above the 
request.
    GAO assessments of large-scale projects.--The Committee 
directs NASA to continue cooperating fully and providing timely 
information to the GAO so that it can meet its congressional 
mandate to report on the status of large-scale projects at 
NASA. Such information includes, but is not limited to, copies 
of preliminary cost estimates; access to online agency 
applications, databases, and web portals; and access to 
contractor and agency personnel.
    Breach reporting.--NASA is directed to submit to the 
Committee any notifications and reports required by section 103 
of the NASA Authorization Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-155).
    Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) and other exploration 
goals.--The Committee is disappointed that NASA still lacks a 
comprehensive roadmap that charts a detailed, credible 
exploration path to Mars. Such a roadmap is needed to guide 
long-term programmatic and budgetary decision making, as well 
as to plan international or commercial partnership 
opportunities. To date, NASA has only defined one explicit step 
on the roadmap--the ARM--and even that step requires additional 
consideration. The Congress still has outstanding questions and 
concerns about the ARM's costs and feasibility, as well as its 
strategic relevance and potential to generate external support 
from the public and international collaborators.
    Because it remains unclear whether or when the Congress 
will make a long-term commitment to the ARM concept, the 
Committee believes that funding associated with the mission 
must be carefully constrained to prevent the occurrence of 
waste in the event that the ARM never receives final approval. 
Accordingly, NASA may only expend funds on those portions of 
the ARM mission that are also applicable to other current NASA 
programs, clearly extensible to other potential future 
exploration missions, such as to the Moon, Phobos/Deimos or 
Mars, or have broad applicability to other future non-
exploration activities, such as in-space robotic servicing.
    The Committee notes new interest among some members of 
Congress and others in the human spaceflight stakeholder 
community in the possibility of accelerating the achievement of 
a crewed mission to the vicinity of Mars into the timeframe 
currently planned for NASA's Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2). In 
order to more clearly define the implications of pursuing this 
goal, NASA shall have a high level independent assessment 
conducted of the technical, management, cost and schedule 
requirements associated with this potential mission and the 
impact such a mission would have on existing program 
requirements and goals for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle 
(MPCV) and Space Launch System (SLS). The results of this 
assessment shall be reported to the Committee no later than 30 
days after completion.
    Program and project totals.--The Committee's program and 
project recommendations for NASA are included in the 
consolidated funding table below and in additional narrative 
direction throughout this report. When executing its budget for 
fiscal year 2015, NASA shall incorporate the funding levels 
established in both the table and the narrative direction.

              NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
                        (in thousands of dollars)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Program                              Amount
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Science:
  Earth Science.......................................      $1,750,000
  Planetary Science...................................       1,450,000
  Astrophysics........................................         680,000
  James Webb Space Telescope..........................         645,000
  Heliophysics........................................         668,000
                                                       -----------------
Total, Science........................................       5,193,000
                                                       =================
Aeronautics:..........................................         666,000
                                                       =================
Space Technology:.....................................         620,000
                                                       =================
Exploration:
  Human Exploration Capabilities......................       3,055,000
    Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle..................      (1,140,000)
    Space Launch System (SLS).........................      (1,915,000)
      SLS Vehicle Development.........................      (1,600,000)
      Exploration Ground Systems......................        (315,000)
  Commercial Spaceflight..............................         785,000
  Exploration Research and Development................         327,000
                                                       -----------------
Total, Exploration....................................       4,167,000
                                                       =================
Space Operations:
  International Space Station.........................       3,040,000
  Space and Flight Support............................         845,000
                                                       -----------------
  Total, Space Operations.............................       3,885,000
                                                       =================
Education:
  NASA Space Grant....................................          30,000
  Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive                  9,000
   Research...........................................
  Minority University Research Education Program......          32,000
  STEM Education and Accountability Projects..........          35,000
                                                       -----------------
Total, Education......................................         106,000
                                                       =================
Safety, Security and Mission Services:................       2,779,000
                                                       =================
Construction and Environmental Compliance and                  446,000
 Restoration:.........................................
                                                       =================
Office of Inspector General:..........................          34,000
                                                       =================
Total, NASA...........................................      17,896,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                                SCIENCE

    The Committee recommends $5,193,000,000 for Science, which 
is $41,800,000 above fiscal year 2014 and $221,000,000 above 
the request.
    Education and Public Outreach (EPO).--The recommended level 
for the Astrophysics Division includes $30,000,000 for Science 
Mission Directorate (SMD)-wide EPO activities, an increase of 
$15,000,000 above the request. Although the Committee has 
provided these funds in a single budget line, as requested, 
NASA shall use its fiscal year 2015 spending plan to 
proportionally reallocate these funds among the SMD divisions, 
resulting in a dedicated budget line for each division's own 
EPO activities. This approach will still permit competition 
among projects for the best use of funds but focus that 
competition among projects that are more easily compared to one 
another and provide better stability for the educational 
communities in each major SMD discipline.
    Earth Science.--Per direction from the Committee, NOAA will 
be analyzing the risk posed to the Joint Polar Satellite System 
2 (JPSS-2) budget and schedule by the development of NASA's 
Radiation Budget Instrument (RBI), and a decision may 
ultimately be made to remove RBI from the JPSS-2 manifest. In 
the event that such a decision is made, NASA shall cease 
further development work on RBI until providing to the 
Committee a report outlining a new strategy (with budget and 
schedule estimates) for RBI development and launch.
    The recommendation does not include funds requested for the 
procurement of the Total Solar Irradiance Sensor 2 (TSIS-2). 
The Committee notes that NOAA currently lacks a strategy for 
the launch of TSIS-1, and no funds are provided to NOAA for the 
development of such a strategy in fiscal year 2015. As a 
result, the Committee does not believe it is prudent to invest 
in a follow-on instrument at this time.
    Planetary Science.--NASA's request for Planetary Science 
once again represents a substantial decrease below appropriated 
levels and would have a negative impact on both planned and 
existing missions. The recommended funding levels attempt to 
rectify this problem by supporting both the formulation and 
development of new Planetary Science missions and the extension 
of all healthy operating missions that continue to generate 
good scientific output.
    The recommendation provides $170,000,000 for Planetary 
Science Research and Analysis; $286,000,000 for New Frontiers, 
of which not less than $5,000,000 is for Future New Frontiers 
Missions; and $302,000,000 for Mars Exploration, of which not 
less than $100,000,000 is for a Mars Rover 2020 that meets 
scientific objectives laid out in the most recent Planetary 
Science decadal survey.
    The recommendation also provides $266,000,000 for 
Discovery, of which not less than $30,000,000 is for Future 
Discovery Missions. The Committee notes that NASA allowed a 
four year gap to develop between the release of the last 
Discovery Announcement of Opportunity (AO) in fiscal year 2010 
and the expected release of the next AO in fiscal year 2014 (a 
gap which would have been worse were it not for additional 
resources provided by the Congress). In order to prevent the 
recurrence of such a gap in the future and to firmly establish 
the 24 month mission cadence recommended by the Planetary 
Science decadal survey, NASA shall ensure that the planned 2017 
Discovery AO is issued instead during fiscal year 2016. Future 
Discovery Mission funds not required for the planning, release 
and/or evaluation of Discovery AOs shall be used for 
development of instruments through the Stand Alone Missions of 
Opportunity program.
    For Outer Planets, the recommendation provides 
$181,000,000, of which not less than $100,000,000 is for a 
Europa Clipper or comparable mission that meets the scientific 
objectives laid out in the most recent Planetary Science 
decadal survey and can be launched in 2021. This funding shall 
support the completion of science definition, the selection of 
a mission concept, the release of an instrument AO and other 
necessary pre-formulation and formulation activities for the 
Europa mission. While NASA has dedicated some fiscal year 2014 
Europa funding to studying the possibility of conducting this 
mission within a $1,000,000,000 cost cap, the Committee has not 
seen any credible evidence that such a cost cap is feasible and 
directs NASA not to use further project resources in pursuit of 
such an unlikely outcome. Finally, the Committee directs NASA 
to evaluate the potential benefits of using the SLS as the 
launch vehicle for this mission.
    For Planetary Science Technology, the recommendation 
provides $155,000,000. Within this amount, $18,000,000 shall be 
for assessments and development of promising technologies and 
techniques for the study and characterization of the surface 
and subsurface of Europa, including such technologies as 
landers, rovers, penetrators, submersibles, seismometers and 
sample analyzers.
    James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).--NASA shall provide 
quarterly briefings on JWST's technical status, including the 
achievement of program milestones, and budget and schedule 
performance. These briefings shall take the place of quarterly 
reporting that was instituted in fiscal year 2013.
    Astrophysics.--The recommendation for Astrophysics restores 
the $5,000,000 unallocated reduction proposed for the Hubble 
Space Telescope (HST). NASA shall accommodate the remaining 
proposed reduction to HST through the use of carryover balances 
in fiscal year 2015 and fully restore these funds in future 
years' requests.
    The Committee does not accept NASA's request to terminate 
support for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared 
Astronomy (SOFIA), a project that is currently producing good 
science and has not been proposed for termination by NASA's 
internal or external scientific review boards. Instead, the 
recommendation provides $70,000,000 for SOFIA, which should be 
sufficient to support the aircraft's fixed costs (flight crews, 
required maintenance, etc.) as well as a base level of 
scientific observations. NASA shall continue seeking third-
party partners whose additional funding support would restore 
SOFIA's budget to its full operational level.
    Heliophysics.--The Committee is concerned that the 
Heliophysics Explorer program is not receiving the same level 
of support from NASA as the comparable Astrophysics program and 
will not achieve the mission cadence recommended for 
Heliophysics by the scientific community. NASA is urged to 
rectify this issue by accelerating funding for Heliophysics 
Explorer Future Missions from fiscal year 2017 into fiscal year 
2016.
    SMD budget justifications.--Last year the National Research 
Council (NRC) assessed the responsiveness of NASA's most recent 
draft science plan to decadal survey guidance. The Committee 
found that many of the NRC's criticisms of the draft science 
plan could also be applied to the budget justifications 
submitted by SMD. Specifically, the justifications fail to 
provide: 1) a clear explanation of how each division's budget 
request does or does not support the program plan laid out in 
that division's decadal survey (which recommended activities 
are included; the balance among missions of different sizes and 
targets; and the rate at which new activities are initiated); 
2) the decision-making criteria that led NASA to deviate from 
decadal survey recommendations, where applicable; and 3) an 
assessment of impacts for any deviations from decadal survey 
recommendations on the achievement of the science goals of that 
survey. NASA shall work with the Committee on a standard format 
for including information of this kind in future budget 
justifications.

                              AERONAUTICS

    The Committee recommends $666,000,000 for Aeronautics, 
which is $100,000,000 above fiscal year 2014 and $114,900,000 
above the request.
    The Committee remains frustrated by NASA's lack of 
budgetary support for the Aeronautics program. More than any 
other NASA activity, aeronautics research directly impacts the 
lives of taxpayers through technologies that improve the 
commercial flying experience and reduce airline costs, leading 
to reduced upward pressure on airfares. In addition, advanced 
aeronautics research has been a driving factor in the long-term 
global dominance of our domestic aviation industry, a rare 
bright spot in the American manufacturing economy. If this 
dominance is to continue and American firms are to maximize the 
enormous economic opportunities presented by projected growth 
in global air mobility, NASA should be seeking to increase its 
investments in aeronautics research rather than reducing them. 
For these reasons, the Committee has rejected NASA's budget 
request and provided a substantial increase for the program.
    Restructuring.--The recommendation incorporates the 
proposed restructuring of the Aeronautics budget into four new 
programs: Airspace Operations and Safety, Advanced Air 
Vehicles, Integrated Aviation Systems and Transformative 
Aeronautics Concepts. NASA shall apply the funds provided above 
the request proportionally across these four programs.

                            SPACE TECHNOLOGY

    The Committee recommends $620,000,000 for Space Technology, 
which is $44,000,000 above fiscal year 2014 and $85,500,000 
below the request.
    Program priorities.--The Committee appreciates the efforts 
of the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) to 
demonstrate more clearly the alignment between its major 
technology projects and the needs of its customers in SMD, the 
Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, the Human Exploration 
and Operations Mission Directorate and private industry. Within 
the levels provided, the Committee believes that STMD should 
prioritize funds toward those technologies that have the 
broadest applicability across the STMD customer base, 
especially supersonic and hypersonic decelerators for improved 
entry, descent and landing capabilities; solar electric 
propulsion for increased efficiency in the transportation of 
space-borne objects; laser and optical communications for 
reduced spectrum usage and increased data return capabilities; 
and the deep space atomic clock for more accurate deep space 
navigation.
    Technology roadmaps.--In the event that NASA updates or 
otherwise revises its current space technology roadmaps, the 
modified roadmaps shall be submitted to the same external 
evaluation and prioritization process as the original 
documents.
    Regional university consortia.--The Committee encourages 
NASA to use regional university consortia to research, develop 
and demonstrate advanced technologies that are consistent with 
STMD's technology roadmaps and priorities.

                              EXPLORATION

    The Committee recommends $4,167,000,000 for Exploration, 
which is $53,800,000 above fiscal year 2014 and $191,000,000 
above the request.
    Space Launch System.--The Committee has repeatedly 
expressed frustration with NASA's practices of requesting 
arbitrarily reduced funding levels for SLS and insisting that 
the program manage to an inefficient flat-line budget profile. 
The detrimental results of these practices are evident in the 
fiscal year 2015 request, which acknowledges that reduced SLS 
funding levels will lead to a launch delay for Exploration 
Mission-1 (EM-1) while also requiring the deferral of long-lead 
work needed for the timely achievement of EM-2 and other future 
flights.
    Knowing that NASA's requests for the program have 
unacceptable consequences, the Committee has previously looked 
to the SLS Independent Cost Assessment (ICA) for an objective 
and realistic benchmark for SLS funding needs. The utility of 
the ICA, however, has decreased each year as its estimates age, 
and the Committee has long anticipated the completion of a 
confirmed budget baseline to provide a stable, more up-to-date 
program plan to guide future appropriations. Unfortunately, the 
baseline being prepared by NASA suffers from the same problems 
as the annual budget request: it assumes a fixed, artificially 
low fiscal year 2015 level; imposes a flat profile on outyear 
estimates; and fails to adequately capture needs for activities 
in support of SLS beyond EM-1. In light of the aging ICA and an 
unreliable baseline, the Committee has chosen to maintain SLS 
vehicle development funding at the fiscal year 2014 enacted 
level.
    The Committee continues to urge NASA to allocate funds to 
elements like Advanced Booster Engineering Development and Risk 
Reduction, engine development and/or upper stage development, 
all of which are required for the program to progress beyond 
the initial SLS configuration. In addition, the Committee 
directs that, to the maximum extent possible, NASA should 
ensure that all vehicle development funding leverages existing 
investments; promotes efficiency through commonality of design 
and simultaneous development; and minimizes the need for 
redesigns or other costly changes affecting future SLS vehicle 
configurations.
    To give the Committee more insight into the level of effort 
being dedicated to each component of the SLS, NASA shall 
continue submitting quarterly reports on SLS spending by major 
program element, as first required in the statement 
accompanying Public Law 112-55. The Committee also anticipates 
the submission of NASA's report on other potential uses of the 
130 metric ton SLS configuration, as directed in fiscal year 
2014. The Committee hopes that the range of such possible uses 
will enable a substantially better SLS launch tempo than 
currently projected by NASA.
    Orion MPCV.--The recommended level for the Orion MPCV will 
keep the vehicle on track for the Exploration Flight Test-1 
later this year, as well as the first test flight integrated 
with SLS in 2017 and the first crewed test flight in 2021.
    Commercial crew.--The Committee has provided NASA with 
substantial resources for the commercial crew program (CCP). 
CCP appropriations have often exceeded the program's authorized 
levels and have increased in each of the last four fiscal years 
despite declining topline spending levels, sequestration and 
previously expressed concerns about the effective management of 
Federal investments in the program.
    The Committee's fiscal year 2015 recommendation provides 
$785,000,000 for the CCP, an increase of $89,000,000 above 
fiscal year 2014. These funds shall support one industry 
partner's advancement through the Commercial Crew 
Transportation Capability (CCtCap) process. The Committee 
believes that this recommendation strikes the appropriate 
balance between support for the program's underlying goal and 
caution against management approaches that many in the Congress 
do not endorse. Consistent with prior direction, NASA shall 
take all steps necessary to incentivize further private 
investment in the program, including, to the maximum extent 
possible, taking the industry partners' level of proposed 
private investment into account as a selection criterion for 
CCtCap.
    Finally, each CCtCap proposer has now provided NASA with 
the flight price that would be charged if that proposer 
ultimately were to conduct missions to the International Space 
Station (ISS). Those prices will determine how much, if any, 
savings the CCP will generate compared to Soyuz transportation 
prices. While this information is currently subject to the 
CCtCap procurement blackout, NASA shall brief the Committee on 
expected flight pricing as soon as the blackout period is 
concluded.
    Exploration Research and Development (R&D;).--Within the 
amounts provided for Exploration R&D;, no less than $20,000,000 
shall be used in support of future lunar mission activities. 
These activities shall include discussions with international 
and commercial partners on potential joint lunar activities; a 
study of the technical, budgetary and schedule requirements for 
a future manned lunar mission; and public-private partnerships 
to develop lunar transportation and landing technologies. All 
public-private partnerships conducted with these funds shall 
require the private partner to contribute a substantial portion 
of shared costs.

                            SPACE OPERATIONS

    The Committee recommends $3,885,000,000 for Space 
Operations, which is $107,000,000 above fiscal year 2014 and 
$20,400,000 below the request.
    ISS operations.--The Committee remains concerned that 
annual ISS operations costs are too high, particularly in light 
of NASA's proposal to extend the life of the Station through 
2024. In order for the Station to remain a sustainable long-
term program, NASA must continue to seek and implement cost 
savings measures with the goal of reducing the ISS operations 
budget or, at a minimum, slowing the growth in such budget.
    With respect to fiscal year 2015 ISS funding, all 
reductions from the request level shall be implemented in the 
operations budget rather than ISS research or crew and cargo 
transportation.
    ISS research.--NASA's budget request continues to allocate 
insufficient funding and effort to ISS research. The apparent 
increase in the request for research funding is only due to the 
transfer of in-space robotic servicing work from the ISS 
operations budget, and nearly 60 percent of total research 
resources are dedicated to logistical support rather than 
research activities. The Committee believes that this imbalance 
must be addressed, with a greater share of research funding 
going to actual physical and biological science research, and 
directs NASA to develop a strategy for accomplishing this goal 
over the next five fiscal years. This strategy shall be 
provided no later than 120 days after the enactment of this 
Act.
    With respect to in-space robotic servicing, the Committee 
notes that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is 
also investing in technologies to repair and/or refuel 
satellites on-orbit and cautions NASA to minimize any 
duplication of effort between the two agencies' activities.

                               EDUCATION

    The Committee recommends $106,000,000 for Education, which 
is $10,600,000 below fiscal year 2014 and $17,100,000 above the 
request.
    National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.--
Fiscal year 2014 marked the last year of funding for the most 
recent five-year cycle of Space Grant awards, and the selection 
of consortia for the next five-year cycle is not expected until 
late in fiscal year 2015. Without knowing the amounts needed to 
fully fund a year's worth of base awards in the new cycle, the 
Committee has relied on costs from prior years to estimate an 
annual Space Grant requirement of $30,000,000.
    The Committee is concerned about the potential for a gap to 
develop between the end of activities for the current Space 
Grant cycle and the awarding of funds for the beginning of the 
next cycle. NASA shall take all necessary steps to avoid such a 
gap, including a possible short-term extension of current 
awards or the awarding of new single year awards while the five 
year award solicitation is being processed. When new awards are 
made, NASA shall give consideration to each applicant's 
demonstrated record of achievement in STEM education activities 
and to the alignment of each applicant's proposal with the 
priorities contained in the government-wide STEM education 
strategic plan.
    STEM Education and Accountability Projects (SEAP).--NASA's 
budget justification contains very little specific information 
about the proposed content of the SEAP budget line. Prior to 
the obligation of any SEAP funding, NASA shall brief the 
Committee on the intended distribution of SEAP resources to 
individual activities; how that distribution compares to the 
fiscal year 2014 distribution of SEAP funding; and how that 
distribution supports the priorities contained in the 
government-wide STEM education strategic plan.
    Youth service organizations.--The Committee notes that NASA 
has worked in partnership with youth service organizations, 
including those with a nationwide footprint, to engage K-12 
students in STEM-related activities and to help encourage those 
students to pursue future STEM-related studies and careers. 
These efforts are an effective way to help build the strong 
STEM workforce needed to ensure a globally competitive U.S. 
economy. NASA is directed to continue the agency's K-12 STEM 
education efforts with youth service organizations and to 
report to the Committee on these efforts no later than 90 days 
after the enactment of this Act. In addition, the Committee 
urges NASA to leverage its extensive partnerships with the 
private sector to further promote STEM learning and STEM 
activities for young people.

                 SAFETY, SECURITY AND MISSION SERVICES

    The Committee recommends $2,779,000,000 for Safety, 
Security and Mission Services (SSMS), which is $14,000,000 
below fiscal year 2014 and $400,000 above the request.
    Use of Space Act Agreements (SAAs).--The Committee 
anticipates the receipt of an ongoing Office of Inspector 
General (OIG) assessment of NASA's use of SAAs and a report 
from NASA regarding the feasibility of including in an online 
SAA database the estimated value of NASA's contributions 
associated with unfunded agreements. Upon review of both of 
these documents, the Committee may recommend additional changes 
in NASA's management policies regarding SAA usage.
    Security.--The Committee was deeply concerned by recent 
findings of the NASA OIG regarding the occurrence of security 
violations and a lack of accountability for those violations at 
the Langley and Ames Research Centers, as well as findings of 
the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) regarding 
problems and vulnerabilities in NASA's agency-wide security 
controls and practices. Proper security compliance requires 
effective and comprehensive policies, strong enforcement 
mechanisms, and sustained leadership attention, and NAPA made 
recommendations to NASA for improvement in each of these areas.
    The Committee expects NASA to work expeditiously to 
implement these and all other NAPA recommendations. In addition 
to carrying out NAPA's recommendations, the Committee also 
directs NASA to enter into an arrangement with the Department 
of Justice to bring FBI counterintelligence (CI) agents to work 
on-site at all major NASA installations.
    To enable work on security-related improvements, the SSMS 
recommendation includes the requested level for information 
technology security activities, as well as $5,000,000 for the 
revision of NASA's export control training materials; the 
hiring of additional NASA CI personnel; improvements in 
identity management and credentialing business processes; and 
the further development, implementation and staffing of NASA's 
Foreign National Access Management Program. The Committee 
believes these resources should allow NASA to accelerate its 
proposed timeline for completion of its corrective action plan 
so that as many changes as possible are in place by the end of 
fiscal year 2015.
    In order to permit the Committee to effectively track 
NASA's implementation of these and all other recommendations 
made by NAPA (as well as any new or additional steps directed 
by the Congress or taken at the initiative of agency 
management), NASA shall continue submitting the quarterly 
reports first directed in fiscal year 2014. In addition, NASA 
should support a formal update by NAPA on the agency's progress 
in implementing its corrective actions, with the update process 
to begin no later than the end of fiscal year 2015.
    Leasing arrangements.--The Committee remains disappointed 
that prior action (and inaction) by NASA resulted in leasing 
arrangements at the Ames Research Center that lacked 
transparency, gave the appearance of favoritism in agency 
decision making, and permitted a lessee to receive financial 
benefits to which it was not entitled. These negative outcomes 
can be avoided in the future through the rigorous and 
consistent application of existing legal, regulatory and policy 
requirements regarding competition and cost recovery in leasing 
arrangements, and the Committee expects NASA to ensure that all 
such future arrangements follow those requirements. In 
addition, NASA shall take any possible steps to ensure that 
previous underpayments for aircraft fuel at Ames are rectified 
and repaid to the appropriate parties in a timely manner.
    Technical Capabilities Assessment Team (TCAT).--NASA is 
engaged in a technical capabilities assessment with the goal of 
increasing the efficiency of the agency's operations while 
maintaining capabilities necessary for the achievement of 
current and future missions. As the outcomes of this process 
may result in significant investment or divestment decisions 
affecting the agency's facilities, equipment and workforce, 
NASA is directed to provide to the Committee quarterly 
briefings on TCAT progress and outcomes.
    Control of mobile devices.--The Committee is concerned by 
the NASA OIG report, NASA's Management of Its Tablets, 
Smartphones and Other Mobile Devices, which found that NASA 
does not have an accurate inventory of agency-issued mobile 
devices and has not sufficiently mitigated security 
vulnerabilities that arise from the widespread use of mobile 
devices for official business. NASA shall provide to the 
Committee an update on its implementation of the corrective 
actions outlined in the agency's response to this OIG report 
every six months until those corrective actions are completed.
    Premium air travel.--Several recent media reports have 
called into question NASA's use and oversight of premium air 
travel. Among the issues cited in these reports are errors or 
omissions in required oversight reporting; unclear 
justifications for the use of premium tickets in certain 
instances; and the rate at which NASA appears to authorize 
premium travel relative to other agencies. NASA shall take all 
necessary steps to promptly rectify any problems in its Premium 
Class Travel Reports over the past five fiscal years and 
provide corrected information to the General Services 
Administration and the Committee as soon as possible. In 
addition, NASA shall report to the Committee on steps it has 
taken to reduce the use of premium travel (including travel 
that would be deemed permissible by Federal travel regulations) 
in fiscal year 2014 and future years. That report shall be 
provided no later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act.
    Working Capital Fund (WCF) reporting.--NASA shall continue 
to submit quarterly reports to the Committee on the 
expenditures and unobligated balances of NASA's WCF, as first 
required in the statement accompanying Public Law 112-55.
    Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zones.--NASA 
shall report to the Committee on its progress in meeting 
procurement goals under the HUBZone program over the past five 
years. This report shall be submitted no later than 120 days 
after the enactment of this Act.
    Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V;).--In order 
to ensure that all necessary work continues to be performed 
despite a smaller dedicated IV&V; budget in fiscal year 2015, 
NASA shall fund any IV&V; shortfall from within the mission 
directorates that make use of IV&V; services.

       CONSTRUCTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE AND RESTORATION

    The Committee recommends $446,000,000 for Construction and 
Environmental Compliance and Restoration, which is $69,000,000 
below fiscal year 2014 and $100,000 below the request.
    Programmatic Construction of Facilities (CoF).--The 
recommended level includes $52,300,000 for Exploration CoF and 
$18,600,000 for Space Operations CoF.
    Measurements Sciences Laboratory (MSL).--The Committee 
supports NASA's plan to construct an MSL complex to replace 
aging agency facilities. The new MSL will provide modern, 
efficient lab facilities; reduce maintenance requirements; and 
positively impact NASA's infrastructure current replacement 
value. NASA is urged to ensure that sufficient funding to 
commence MSL construction is included in its fiscal year 2016 
request.

                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

    The Committee recommends $34,000,000 for the OIG, which is 
$3,500,000 below fiscal year 2014 and $3,000,000 below the 
request.
    The Committee notes that several significant management 
issues at NASA were recently brought to the Committee's 
attention. These issues include weaknesses in NASA's security 
controls and practices, which were discovered through 
whistleblower contact with Congress, and compliance problems 
with oversight requirements on premium air travel, which were 
uncovered through media reporting. These are the types of 
issues that the OIG should be proactively pursuing. The 
Committee urges the OIG to take the necessary steps to ensure 
that it is vigorously filling its oversight role and providing 
accountability for problems in NASA's programs and operations.

                       ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    The Committee has included the following administrative 
provisions for NASA:
    The bill includes a provision that makes funds for any 
announced prize available without fiscal year limitation until 
the prize is claimed or the offer is withdrawn.
    The bill includes a provision that establishes terms and 
conditions for the transfer of funds.
    The bill includes a provision that requires NASA to submit 
its agency spending plan at the activity level and subjects 
both the spending plan and specified changes to that plan to 
reprogramming procedures under section 505 of this Act.

                          (TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    The bill includes a provision that allows the transfer of 
balances under a previous appropriations account structure to 
the new appropriations account structure.

                      National Science Foundation

    The Committee recommends $7,404,205,000 for the National 
Science Foundation (NSF), which is $232,287,000 above fiscal 
year 2014 and $149,205,000 above the request.

                    RESEARCH AND RELATED ACTIVITIES

    The Committee recommends $5,973,645,000 for Research and 
Related Activities (R&RA;), which is $164,727,000 above fiscal 
year 2014 and $166,185,000 above the request.
    Program changes.--Unless otherwise noted elsewhere in this 
statement, the recommendation incorporates all program 
reductions and consolidations proposed in the R&RA; budget 
request. Any increases provided above the request and not 
otherwise specified below shall be applied to math and physical 
sciences; computer and information science and engineering; 
engineering; and biological sciences.
    Neuroscience.--NSF is uniquely positioned to advance the 
nonmedical aspects of cognitive science and neuroscience, 
particularly through interdisciplinary science, computational 
models, visualization techniques, innovative technologies and 
the underlying data and data infrastructure needed to transform 
our understanding of these areas. The Committee encourages NSF 
to continue working in conjunction with the IWGN as well as the 
Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies 
(BRAIN) initiative to accelerate understanding of how the brain 
functions. The recommendation provides an increase of 
$21,150,000 for research related to the BRAIN initiative and 
cognitive science and neuroscience research.
    Within the amount provided for NSF, funds are also included 
to support an international conference on neuroscience. This 
conference should convene government representatives, 
neuroscience researchers, private entities, non-profit 
institutions and others to share research and foster 
collaboration around neuroscience-related activities. The 
Committee urges NSF to report to the Committee on the results 
of such conference.
    Advanced manufacturing.--The recommendation includes the 
fiscal year 2014 current plan level for advanced manufacturing. 
Future economic prosperity in the United States will depend 
largely on our ability to develop and manufacture new products 
based on advanced technologies, both for the domestic market 
and for export. Basic research supported through NSF and other 
Federal science agencies is critical to this effort because it 
will help provide the foundation for the development of such 
new products and technologies by the private sector.
    Lyme disease.--NSF has previously supported a variety of 
research intended to learn more about the prevalence of Lyme 
and other tick-borne diseases. The Committee encourages NSF to 
continue these efforts by funding meritorious Lyme disease 
research proposals that fully meet NSF's peer review standards.
    Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research 
(EPSCoR).--The Committee's recommendation includes the 
requested level for EPSCoR. NSF shall report to the Committee 
on the steps it has taken to address all recommendations 
resulting from EPSCoR program evaluations conducted by the 
National Academy of Sciences and the Science and Technology 
Policy Institute. This report shall be provided no later than 
120 days after the enactment of this Act.
    Replication of scientific research.--The Committee concurs 
in the view that the gold standard of good science is the 
ability of a research lab to reproduce a method and finding, 
and shares the growing concern that a significant amount of 
recent research cannot be easily reproduced. The Committee is 
therefore pleased that NSF recently convened a comprehensive 
workshop on ``Robust Research,'' which included representatives 
of NSF, NIH, OSTP and non-governmental scientific organizations 
and individual experts, to discuss the magnitude of the issue 
of replicability and to explore solutions to promote rigor and 
transparency in research. NSF shall provide the Committee with 
recommendations to address the problem of replication and a 
description of how NSF will support research on practices that 
improve research methods, increase research transparency and 
allow for increased scientific replicability.
    Innovation Corps.--The Committee commends NSF's Innovation 
Corps for its work in supporting entrepreneurship and 
commercialization of technologies produced by NSF grantees. The 
Committee encourages NSF to work with other Federal agencies to 
enable researchers funded by those agencies to be eligible to 
participate in the Innovation Corps.
    STEM education indicators.--The Committee expects that 
funding provided for the National Center for Science and 
Engineering Statistics will fully support NSF's efforts to 
collect, analyze and disseminate data for the 14 indicators 
identified in the NRC's Monitoring Progress Toward Successful 
K-12 STEM Education report.
    Astronomical Sciences Portfolio Review.--NSF shall not 
implement any final divestment of infrastructure tied to the 
findings of its 2012 Astronomical Sciences Portfolio Review 
without first reporting such actions to the Committee and 
ensuring that they are carried out in accordance with any 
relevant reprogramming requirements.
    Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) costs.--The Committee 
remains concerned about the rising costs of NSF's reliance on 
employees hired through the IPA. While these individuals bring 
value to the agency, they also cost significantly more than 
civil servants both in terms of absolute dollars and the rate 
of cost growth. NSF should be able to better control these 
costs through more aggressive negotiations with IPA employees' 
home institutions, the imposition of cost sharing requirements 
and other means. To incentivize NSF to continue pursuing these 
cost savings opportunities, the recommendation permits NSF to 
continue hiring IPAs but does not provide the requested 
increases for IPA compensation, per diem, lost consultant fees 
and travel.
    High performance computing.--NSF shall provide to the 
Committee the agency's plan for maintaining and modernizing its 
big data and high performance computing infrastructure, 
including related software and applications, to support all 
areas of scientific research and education. This plan, which 
should be provided no later than 120 days after the enactment 
of this Act, shall include a focus area on transitioning 
relevant research to operations.
    Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MPRF).--NSF 
funds a variety of MPRF programs across R&RA;, including 
dedicated funding streams/solicitations and focus areas within 
larger programs. The Committee is concerned about the frequency 
with which the structure and management of these programs has 
changed, as well as the possible existence and implications of 
inconsistency in the agency's management approach across 
programs. NSF shall provide a report to the Committee listing 
all agency programs that fund minority postdoctoral 
fellowships, either exclusively or as a discrete focus area; 
identifying any differences in program management, 
implementation and evaluation across programs; and discussing 
possible opportunities to increase stability and consistency 
across programs through changes in funding and management 
strategies. This report shall be provided no later than 120 
days after the enactment of this Act.
    International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).--The 
recommendation provides the requested level for IODP.
    Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) sciences.--
Longstanding congressional concerns persist about the merit of 
activities funded through NSF's SBE Directorate. In order to 
address these concerns, NSF must ensure that SBE awards are 
consistent with NSF's scientific quality standards and aligned 
to national interests. The Committee recognizes the intrinsic 
value in SBE sciences and the direct responsiveness of SBE 
activities to Committee priorities, including studies on the 
effects of youth exposure to media violence and the collection 
of data for STEM education indicators.

          MAJOR RESEARCH EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION

    The Committee recommends $200,760,000 for Major Research 
Equipment and Facilities Construction, which is $760,000 above 
fiscal year 2014 and the same as the request.

                     EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES

    The Committee recommends $876,000,000 for Education and 
Human Resources (EHR), which is $29,500,000 above fiscal year 
2014 and $13,750,000 below the request.
    Program changes.--Unless otherwise noted elsewhere in this 
statement, the recommendation incorporates all program 
reductions and consolidations proposed in the EHR budget 
request.
    Advanced Technological Education (ATE).--The recommendation 
provides no less than $66,000,000 for ATE.
    Broadening participation programs.--To broaden the 
participation of underrepresented populations in STEM education 
programs and, ultimately, the STEM workforce, the 
recommendation provides no less than $32,000,000 for the 
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate 
Program, $46,000,000 for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority 
Participation and $13,500,000 for the Tribal Colleges and 
Universities Program.
    The America COMPETES Act of 2010 directed NSF to establish 
a new program for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). NSF has 
outlined a number of technical challenges with implementing an 
HSI-specific program and instead expressed a preference for 
targeting opportunities to HSIs within existing programs, 
including ATE, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education, the 
Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program and the Scholarships 
in STEM program. The Committee accepts this approach for fiscal 
year 2015 with the understanding that such targeted 
opportunities cumulatively will constitute a $30,000,000 
investment. NSF shall report to the Committee on the 
distribution of HSI targeted opportunities across programs and 
demonstrate a $30,000,000 investment no later than September 
30, 2015.
    Best Practices in K-12 STEM education.--The Committee 
appreciates the efforts NSF has made to broadly disseminate the 
findings of the NRC's 2011 report, Successful K-12 STEM 
Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, 
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and encourages NSF to 
continue those efforts in fiscal year 2015.
    One-stop STEM education dissemination.--The Federal 
government has funded and produced a wealth of valuable STEM 
education materials, but the impact of these materials is 
limited by their inconsistent and uneven dispersal across a 
variety of platforms. For this reason, the Committee has long 
advocated the creation of a comprehensive online source where 
such materials would be curated and made easily available in a 
useful form to a broad set of communities, including academic 
researchers, policymakers, educational practitioners and 
parents.
    Consequently, the Committee directs NSF (in partnership 
with fellow members of the Federal Committee on STEM Education 
and in consultation with experts in the private sector, State 
and local governments and nonprofit organizations) to establish 
such a source, or set of linked sources, and to use funds 
provided in this account for any costs associated with this 
effort.
    While this will be a multiyear project, NSF shall begin 
with the creation and launch of a pilot website in fiscal year 
2015. The pilot site shall cover a defined subset of NSF-funded 
materials; take into consideration current research on how 
people search for and use information online; be consistent 
with current and anticipated government-wide directives on 
public access to federally funded research materials; and, to 
the greatest extent possible, build on existing infrastructure. 
In addition, NSF shall ensure that the operations of the pilot 
site are monitored and evaluated in fiscal year 2015 so that 
lessons learned can be incorporated into the expansion of the 
pilot to cover all NSF-funded materials and other agencies' 
materials in fiscal year 2016 and future years. NSF shall 
report to the Committee on the effectiveness of the pilot and 
recommendations for next steps no later than October 1, 2015.

                 AGENCY OPERATIONS AND AWARD MANAGEMENT

    The Committee recommends $335,000,000 for Agency Operations 
and Award Management, which is $37,000,000 above fiscal year 
2014 and $3,230,000 below the request.
    Headquarters.--The recommendation provides up to 
$30,370,000 for acquisition, occupancy and related costs 
associated with NSF's new headquarters, including $3,000,000 
for project management.
    Grant management.--NSF is directed to fund grant management 
activities, including post award monitoring, at no less than 
the fiscal year 2014 current plan level.
    Research-specific inflation factors.--Several other Federal 
agencies calculate research-specific inflation factors in order 
to monitor changes in their year-to-year research purchasing 
power. The Committee believes such a metric would be useful for 
evaluating NSF's annual budget request (which was below the 
general inflation rate for fiscal year 2015) and directs NSF to 
examine options for including such a factor with its fiscal 
year 2016 request. Those options should include both the 
calculation of an NSF research inflation factor or the adoption 
of an appropriate research inflation factor currently 
calculated and used by another Federal agency.

                  OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARD

    The Committee recommends $4,370,000 for the National 
Science Board, which is $70,000 above fiscal year 2014 and the 
same as the request.

                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

    The Committee recommends $14,430,000 for the OIG, which is 
$230,000 above fiscal year 2014 and the same as the request.
    Management of large cooperative agreements.--The Committee 
remains interested in the OIG's efforts to reach consensus with 
NSF on the accountability and cost surveillance measures most 
appropriate for the management of large cooperative agreements. 
OIG shall keep the Committee apprised of any changes agreed to 
or agreements reached with NSF on this topic throughout the 
fiscal year.

                        ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISION

    The bill includes a provision that establishes thresholds 
for the transfer of funds.

                                TITLE IV


                            RELATED AGENCIES


                       Commission on Civil Rights


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    The Committee recommends $9,000,000 for the Commission on 
Civil Rights, which is the same as fiscal year 2014 and 
$400,000 below the request.

                Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    The Committee recommends $364,000,000 for the Equal 
Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which is the same as 
fiscal year 2014 and $1,531,000 below the request. The 
recommendation includes language making up to $29,500,000 
available for payments to State and local enforcement agencies.
    Backlog reduction.--The Committee is pleased with EEOC's 
progress in reducing the backlog of private sector charges. The 
Committee expects the EEOC to continue to prioritize inventory 
reduction and to examine new ways to address the backlog and 
increase productivity. EEOC shall continue to provide quarterly 
reports on the backlog, to include data on the number and 
pendency of charges and on any changes to EEOC's priority 
charge handling procedures and the effect of such changes on 
inventory reduction.
    Conciliation.--The Committee is concerned with the EEOC's 
pursuit of litigation absent good faith conciliation efforts. 
The Committee directs the EEOC to engage in such efforts before 
undertaking litigation and to report, no later than 90 days 
after enactment of this Act, on how it ensures that 
conciliation efforts are pursued in good faith.

                     International Trade Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    The Committee recommends $84,500,000 for the International 
Trade Commission (ITC), which is $1,500,000 above fiscal year 
2014 and $1,959,000 below the request.
    Internal controls.--The Committee is pleased with ITC's 
progress in addressing internal control issues identified in 
audits. However, ITC must continue to take aggressive action to 
address any remaining shortcomings.
    Cybersecurity.--ITC handles sensitive and proprietary data 
and therefore is a potential target for cyber attacks. The 
Committee expects ITC to prioritize efforts to improve its 
cybersecurity posture. The Committee also encourages ITC to 
work with other relevant Federal agencies to inform its 
actions.
    Bilateral Investment Treaty.--Should a Bilateral Investment 
Treaty with China be proposed, the ITC shall report to the 
Committee on how its implementation would help increase 
production by U.S.-invested enterprises in China to serve the 
U.S. market. In preparing this information, the ITC shall 
identify the impact that a treaty will have on the current 
estimate that 60 percent of Chinese exports to the U.S. are 
produced by foreign-invested enterprises operating in China. In 
addition, the ITC shall provide information on the extent to 
which the treaty would allow Chinese investors to seek redress 
for U.S. government legal, regulatory or other measures that 
they claim reduce the value of their investments in the United 
States.
    Section 337.--The ITC has taken steps to address the 
growing strain on its resources caused by the increasing 
caseload of section 337 investigations, some of which are filed 
by patent assertion entities. The Committee directs ITC to 
provide a report, no later than 90 days after enactment of this 
Act, examining the feasibility of narrowing the ITC's existing 
interpretation of licensing activity to include only licensing 
that leads to the adoption and development of articles.

                       Legal Services Corporation


               PAYMENT TO THE LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION

    The Committee recommends $350,000,000 for the Legal 
Services Corporation (LSC), which is $15,000,000 below fiscal 
year 2014 and $80,000,000 below the request.
    Pro bono legal services.--The recommendation includes 
$3,000,000 for the pro bono innovation fund, an increase of 
$500,000 above fiscal year 2014 and $1,900,000 below the 
request. Obtaining more services at no or low cost through 
private attorney involvement is one means for LSC to increase 
legal aid services. The Committee is pleased that LSC launched 
a pro bono task force in 2011, which released its findings and 
recommendations in October 2012. The Committee directs LSC to 
implement the recommendations of this task force and continue 
to work with LSC-funded programs to increase the involvement of 
private attorneys in the delivery of legal services to its 
clients. LSC shall continue to report to the Committee annually 
on its progress in this area, including the number of Americans 
served by pro bono services as part of LSC's efforts.

          ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISION--LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION

    The bill continues restrictions on the uses of LSC funding. 
None of the funds appropriated in this Act to the LSC shall be 
expended for any purpose prohibited or limited by, or contrary 
to any of the provisions of, sections 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 
and 506 of Public Law 105-119, and all funds appropriated in 
this Act to the LSC shall be subject to the same terms and 
conditions set forth in such sections, except that all 
references in sections 502 and 503 to 1997 and 1998 shall be 
deemed to refer instead to 2014 and 2015, respectively.
    Unauthorized uses of funds.--The Inspector General (IG) of 
the LSC is encouraged to conduct annual audits of LSC grantees 
to ensure that funds are not used in contravention of the 
restrictions on engaging in political activities or any of the 
other restrictions by which LSC grantees are required to abide. 
The Committee recommends the removal of funds from any LSC 
grantee determined by the IG to have engaged in unauthorized 
political activity.

                        Marine Mammal Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    The Committee recommends $3,250,000 for the Marine Mammal 
Commission, which is the same as fiscal year 2014 and $181,000 
below the request.

            Office of the United States Trade Representative


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    The Committee recommends $53,500,000 for the Office of the 
U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), which is $899,000 above 
fiscal year 2014 and $2,670,000 below the request.
    Database of trade agreements.--A February 11, 2014 GAO 
report, United States Has Secured Commitments in Key Bilateral 
Dialogues, but U.S. Agency Reporting on Status Should Be 
Improved, found that USTR did not comprehensively track the 
status of compliance with past agreements before entering into 
subsequent agreements. USTR should develop a comprehensive 
system to track such status of compliance and shall report on 
the data annually, with the first such report to be submitted 
no later than 180 days after enactment of this Act.
    Negotiating objectives.--The USTR shall prepare a report, 
no later than 60 days after enactment of this Act, on the 
extent to which negotiating objectives in the Trade Promotion 
Act of 2002 were achieved in agreements subject to its 
provisions. The USTR shall provide specific information for 
each agreement negotiated subject to such authority on the 
extent to which each agreement's negotiating objective was met.
    Level of enforcement efforts.--The Committee directs USTR 
to prepare a report quantifying its level of effort for trade 
enforcement activities. This should include an estimate of 
staff time spent on enforcement activities and negotiating 
efforts. USTR shall provide this report no later than 90 days 
after enactment of this Act. Additionally, USTR shall include 
information in this report on existing enforcement activities 
and how, within potentially constrained future budgets, it will 
ensure that existing and expected trade agreements will be 
enforced.
    China.--The Committee expects that USTR will coordinate and 
implement a comprehensive and vigorous strategy to address the 
United States' trade imbalance with China. Within the amounts 
provided, the USTR is encouraged to maintain staff who can 
translate Chinese language trade documents. The Committee 
believes that USTR should have its own translators on staff 
given the challenges associated with enforcing existing U.S. 
trade laws with China.
    Free trade agreements.--The Committee directs USTR to 
continue to pursue free trade agreements with additional 
countries and trading blocs to continue advancing trade to and 
from the United States.

                        State Justice Institute


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    The Committee recommends $5,121,000 for the State Justice 
Institute, which is $221,000 above fiscal year 2014 and the 
same as the request.

                                TITLE V


                           GENERAL PROVISIONS


                        (INCLUDING RESCISSIONS)

    Section 501 prohibits the use of funds for publicity or 
propaganda purposes unless expressly authorized by law, or for 
contracts to provide training for agency employees to engage in 
such activities.
    Section 502 prohibits any appropriation contained in this 
Act from remaining available for obligation beyond the current 
fiscal year unless expressly authorized.
    Section 503 provides that the expenditure of any 
appropriation contained in this Act for any consulting service 
through procurement contracts shall be limited to those 
contracts where such expenditures are a matter of public record 
and available for public inspection, except where otherwise 
provided under existing law or under existing Executive order 
issued pursuant to existing law.
    Section 504 provides that if any provision of this Act or 
the application of such provision to any person or circumstance 
shall be held invalid, the remainder of the Act and the 
application of other provisions shall not be affected.
    Section 505 prohibits a reprogramming of funds that: (1) 
creates or initiates a new program, project or activity; (2) 
eliminates a program, project, or activity; (3) increases funds 
or personnel by any means for any project or activity for which 
funds have been denied or restricted; (4) relocates an office 
or employees; (5) reorganizes or renames offices, programs or 
activities; (6) contracts out or privatizes any function or 
activity presently performed by Federal employees; (7) augments 
funds for existing programs, projects or activities in excess 
of $500,000 or 10 percent, whichever is less, or reduces by 10 
percent funding for any program, project, or activity, or 
numbers of personnel by 10 percent; or (8) results from any 
general savings, including savings from a reduction in 
personnel, which would result in a change in existing programs, 
activities, or projects as approved by Congress, unless the 
House and Senate Committees on Appropriations are notified 15 
days in advance of such reprogramming of funds. For the 
Department of Justice, the notification requirement is 45 days 
in advance.
    Section 506 provides that if it is determined that any 
person intentionally affixes a ``Made in America'' label to any 
product that was not made in America that person shall not be 
eligible to receive any contract or subcontract made with funds 
made available in this Act. The section further provides that 
to the extent practicable, with respect to purchases of 
promotional items, funds made available under this Act shall be 
used to purchase items manufactured, produced or assembled in 
the United States or its territories or possessions.
    Section 507 requires quarterly reporting to Congress on the 
status of balances of appropriations.
    Section 508 provides that any costs incurred by a 
department or agency funded under this Act resulting from, or 
to prevent, personnel actions taken in response to funding 
reductions in this Act, or, for the Department of Commerce, 
from actions taken for the care and protection of loan 
collateral or grant property, shall be absorbed within the 
budgetary resources available to the department or agency, and 
provides transfer authority between appropriation accounts to 
carry out this provision, subject to reprogramming procedures.
    Section 509 prohibits funds made available in this Act from 
being used to promote the sale or export of tobacco or tobacco 
products or to seek the reduction or removal of foreign 
restrictions on the marketing of tobacco products, except for 
restrictions which are not applied equally to all tobacco or 
tobacco products of the same type. This provision is not 
intended to impact routine international trade services to all 
U.S. citizens, including the processing of applications to 
establish foreign trade zones.
    Section 510 limits the obligation of receipts deposited 
into the Crime Victims Fund at $770,000,000 during fiscal year 
2015, an increase of $25,000,000 above the fiscal year 2014 
level of obligations. This language is continued to ensure that 
a stable level of funds will remain available for the program, 
despite inconsistent levels of fines deposited annually into 
the Fund.
    Section 511 prohibits the use of Department of Justice 
funds for programs that discriminate against or denigrate the 
religious or moral beliefs of students participating in such 
programs.
    Section 512 prohibits the transfer of funds made available 
in this Act to any department, agency or instrumentality of the 
United States Government, except for transfers made by, or 
pursuant to authorities provided in, this Act or any other 
appropriations Act.
    Section 513 provides that funds provided in this Act for E-
Government Initiatives shall be subject to the procedures set 
forth in section 505 of this Act.
    Section 514 requires certain timetables and procedures for 
specified audits performed by Inspectors General of the 
departments and agencies funded in this Act and sets limits and 
restrictions on the awarding and use of grants or contracts 
funded by amounts appropriated by this Act.
    Section 515 prohibits funds for acquisition of certain 
information systems unless the acquiring department or agency 
has reviewed and assessed certain risks. Any acquisition of 
such an information system is contingent upon the development 
of a risk mitigation strategy and a determination that the 
acquisition is in the national interest. Each department or 
agency covered under section 515 shall submit a quarterly 
report to the Committees on Appropriations describing reviews 
and assessments of risk made pursuant to this section and any 
associated findings or determinations.
    Section 516 prohibits the use of funds made available in 
this Act to support or justify the use of torture by any 
official or contract employee of the United States Government.
    Section 517 permanently prohibits the use of funds to 
require certain export licenses.
    Section 518 permanently prohibits the use of funds to deny 
certain import applications regarding ``curios or relics'' 
firearms, parts, or ammunition.
    Section 519 prohibits the use of funds made available in 
this Act to include certain language in trade agreements.
    Section 520 prohibits the use of funds made available in 
this Act to authorize or issue a national security letter (NSL) 
in contravention of certain laws authorizing the Federal Bureau 
of Investigation to issue NSLs.
    Section 521 requires congressional notification regarding 
any project within the Departments of Commerce or Justice, or 
the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics 
and Space Administration totaling more than $75,000,000 that 
has cost increases of at least 10 percent.
    Section 522 deems funds for intelligence or intelligence 
related activities as authorized by Congress during fiscal year 
2015 until the enactment of the Intelligence Authorization Act 
for fiscal year 2015.
    Section 523 prohibits contracts or grant awards in excess 
of $5,000,000 unless the prospective contractor or grantee 
certifies that the organization has filed all Federal tax 
returns, has not been convicted of a criminal offense under the 
Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and has no unpaid Federal tax 
assessment.

                             (RESCISSIONS)

    Section 524 provides for rescissions of unobligated 
balances in the Departments of Commerce and Justice.
    Section 525 prohibits the use of funds made available in 
this Act for the purchase of first class or premium air travel 
in contravention of certain Federal travel regulations.
    Section 526 prohibits the use of funds made available in 
this Act to pay for the attendance of more than 50 department 
or agency employees at any single conference outside the United 
States, unless the conference is a law enforcement training or 
operational event where the majority of Federal attendees are 
law enforcement personnel stationed outside the United States.
    Section 527 prohibits the use of funds made available in 
this Act in a manner that is inconsistent with the principal 
negotiating objective of the United States with respect to 
trade remedy laws.
    Section 528 prohibits the use of funds in this or any other 
Act for the transfer or release of certain individuals detained 
at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to or 
within the United States, its territories or possessions.
    Section 529 prohibits the use of funds in this or any other 
Act to construct, acquire or modify any facility in the United 
States, its territories, or possessions to house certain 
individuals who, as of June 24, 2009, were located at United 
States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the purposes of 
detention or imprisonment in the custody or control of the 
Department of Defense.
    Section 530 requires, when practicable, the use of funds in 
this Act to purchase light bulbs that have the ``Energy Star'' 
or ``Federal Energy Management Program'' designation.
    Section 531 requires tracking and reporting of undisbursed 
balances in expired grant accounts.
    Section 532 prohibits the use of funds made available in 
this Act by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration 
(NASA) or the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to 
engage in bilateral activities with China or a Chinese-owned 
company unless the activities are authorized by subsequent 
legislation or NASA or OSTP have made a certification pursuant 
to subsections (c) and (d) of this section.
    Section 533 prohibits funds made available by this Act from 
being used to deny the importation of shotgun models if no 
application for the importation of such models, in the same 
configuration, had been denied prior to January 1, 2011, on the 
basis that the shotgun was not particularly suitable for or 
readily adaptable to sporting purposes.
    Section 534 prohibits the use of funds made available in 
this Act to establish or maintain a computer network that does 
not block pornography, except for law enforcement purposes.
    Section 535 requires the Departments of Commerce and 
Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and 
the National Science Foundation to submit spending plans.
    Section 536 prohibits funds made available by this Act from 
being used to enter into a contract, memorandum of 
understanding, or cooperative agreement with, make a grant to, 
or provide a loan or loan guarantee to, any corporation that 
was convicted of a felony criminal violation under any Federal 
law within the preceding 24 months.
    Section 537 prohibits funds made available by this Act from 
being used to enter into a contract, memorandum of 
understanding, or cooperative agreement with, make a grant to, 
or provide a loan or loan guarantee to, any corporation that 
has any unpaid Federal tax liability that has been assessed, 
for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been 
exhausted or have lapsed, and that is not being paid in a 
timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority 
responsible for collecting the tax liability.
    Section 538 prohibits funds made available by this Act to 
implement the Arms Trade Treaty until the Senate approves a 
resolution of ratification.
    Section 539 prohibits funds from being used to require a 
person licensed under section 923 of title 18, United States 
Code, to report information to the Department of Justice 
regarding the sale of multiple rifles or shotguns to the same 
person.

                       SPENDING REDUCTION ACCOUNT

    Section 540 establishes a Spending Reduction Account, as 
required by section 3(d) of H. Res. 5 (113th Congress).

            House of Representatives Reporting Requirements

    The following materials are submitted in accordance with 
various requirements of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives:

                          Full Committee Votes



         Statement of General Performance Goals and Objectives

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the following is a statement of 
general performance goals and objectives for which this measure 
authorizes funding: The Committee on Appropriations considers 
program performance, including a program's success in 
developing and attaining outcome-related goals and objectives, 
in developing funding recommendations.

                          Rescission of Funds

    Pursuant to clause 3(f)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the following table is submitted 
describing the rescissions recommended in the accompanying 
bill:

 
 
 
Department of Commerce:
    Departmental Management, Franchise Fund...........        $2,906,000
Department of Justice:
    Working Capital Fund..............................        54,000,000
    Assets Forfeiture Fund............................       193,000,000
    U.S. Marshals Service, Federal Prisoner Detention.       122,000,000
    State and Local Law Enforcement Activities:
        Office on Violence Against Women, Violence            12,200,000
         Against Women Prevention and Prosecution
         Programs.....................................
        Office of Justice Programs....................        59,000,000
        Community Oriented Policing Services..........        26,000,000
 

                           Transfers of Funds

    Pursuant to clause 3(f)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the following is submitted describing 
the transfers of funds provided in the accompanying bill:
    In title I, under U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 
Salaries and Expenses, language is included to transfer funds 
to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund, the 
Federal Employees Health Benefit Fund, and the Federal 
Employees Group Life Insurance Fund.
    Under National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 
Operations, Research, and Facilities, language is included to 
transfer funds from the Promote and Develop Fishery Products 
and Research Pertaining to American Fisheries fund.
    In title II, under General Administration, Administrative 
Review and Appeals, language is included to transfer funds to 
the Executive Office for Immigration Review from fees deposited 
in the Immigration Examinations Fee account.
    Under United States Marshals Service, Federal Prisoner 
Detention, language is included transferring available 
unobligated balances from General Administration, Detention 
Trustee to this account.
    Under Federal Prison System, Salaries and Expenses, 
language is included to allow the transfer of funds to the 
Health Resources and Services Administration.
    In title III, under National Aeronautics and Space 
Administration, Administrative Provisions, language is included 
to allow unexpired balances of a previous account to be 
transferred to the new account established in this Act funding 
the same activities.

   Disclosure of Earmarks and Congressionally Directed Spending Items

    Neither the bill nor the report contains any Congressional 
earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as 
defined in clause 9 of rule XXI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.

          Compliance With Rule XIII, Cl. 3(e) (Ramseyer Rule)

    In compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, the Committee notes that the 
accompanying bill does not propose to repeal or amend a statute 
or part thereof.

               Changes in the Application of Existing Law

    Pursuant to clause 3(f)(1)(A) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, the following statements are 
submitted describing the effect of provisions in the 
accompanying bill which directly or indirectly change the 
application of existing law.
    Language is included for a number of accounts placing 
limitations on representation and reception allowances in order 
to reduce the amount of money that would otherwise be spent on 
these activities. The bill also provides that a number of 
appropriations shall remain available for obligation beyond the 
current fiscal year. While these provisions are not 
specifically authorized for all of the items, it is deemed 
desirable to include such language for certain programs in 
order to provide for orderly administration and effective use 
of funds.
    In title I, Department of Commerce, under International 
Trade Administration, Operations and Administration, language 
is included providing that funds may be used for engaging in 
trade promotion activities abroad, including expenses of grants 
and cooperative agreements for the purposes of promoting 
exports of U.S. firms. Language is also provided allowing for 
full medical coverage for dependent members of immediate 
families of employees stationed overseas and employees 
temporarily posted overseas; travel and transportation of 
employees of the International Trade Administration; employment 
of Americans and aliens by contract for services; rental of 
space abroad and expenses of alteration, repair, or 
improvement; purchase or construction of temporary demountable 
exhibition structures for use abroad; and payment of tort 
claims. In addition, language is included regarding official 
representation expenses abroad, purchase of passenger motor 
vehicles for official use abroad, obtaining insurance on 
official motor vehicles, and rental of tie lines. Language is 
also recommended deriving a portion of available funds from 
fees. Furthermore, language is included designating funding for 
China antidumping and countervailing duty enforcement and 
compliance activities. Moreover, language is included providing 
for two-year availability of funds. Finally, language is 
included regarding the contributions under the Mutual 
Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961.
    Under Bureau of Industry and Security, Operations and 
Administration, the language provides for no-year availability 
of funds. Language is included regarding the costs associated 
with the performance of export administration field activities 
both domestically and abroad; full medical coverage for 
dependent members of immediate families of employees stationed 
overseas; employment of Americans and aliens by contract for 
services abroad; payment of tort claims; official 
representation expenses abroad; awards of compensation to 
informers; and purchase of passenger motor vehicles for 
official use and motor vehicles for law enforcement use without 
regard to any price limitation established by law. In addition, 
language is included regarding the Mutual Educational and 
Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. Finally, language is recommended 
providing that payments and contributions collected and 
accepted for materials or services may be retained for use in 
covering the cost of those activities and other communications.
    Under Economic Development Administration, Economic 
Development Assistance Programs, the language provides for no-
year availability of funds. Language is also included 
specifying amounts for certain grants and loan guarantees. In 
addition, language is included providing that the cost of 
modifying certain loan guarantees be as defined in section 502 
of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Finally, the account 
includes language limiting funds available to subsidize total 
loan principal.
    Also, under Salaries and Expenses, language is included 
regarding the monitoring of approved projects.
    Under Minority Business Development Agency, Minority 
Business Development, language is included making funds 
available for fostering, promoting, and developing minority 
business enterprises, including expenses of grants, contracts 
and other agreements.
    Under Economic and Statistical Analysis, Salaries and 
Expenses, language is included providing for two-year 
availability of funds.
    Under Bureau of the Census, Salaries and Expenses, language 
is included providing that funds may be used for collecting, 
compiling, analyzing, preparing and publishing statistics and 
for promotion, outreach and marketing activities. Language is 
also included directing Census to collect certain data.
    Also, under Periodic Censuses and Programs, language is 
included providing two-year availability of funds. Language is 
also included providing that funds may be used for collecting, 
compiling, analyzing, preparing and publishing statistics and 
for promotion, outreach and marketing activities. Finally, 
language is included providing for a transfer to the ``Office 
of Inspector General'' account for activities associated with 
carrying out investigations and audits related to the Bureau of 
the Census.
    Under National Telecommunications and Information 
Administration, Salaries and Expenses, language is included 
providing for two-year availability of funds. Language is also 
included permitting the Secretary of Commerce to charge Federal 
agencies for costs in spectrum management, analysis, 
operations, and related services; and to use such collections 
in telecommunications research. The language also allows the 
Secretary to retain and use as offsetting collections all funds 
transferred, or previously transferred for telecommunications 
research, engineering and activities by the Institute for 
Telecommunication Sciences of NTIA. Finally, language is 
included providing that funds so transferred shall remain 
available until expended.
    Also, under Public Telecommunications Facilities, Planning 
and Construction, language is included allowing recoveries and 
unobligated balances of funds previously appropriated to be 
available for the administration of all open grants until their 
expiration.
    Under United States Patent and Trademark Office, Salaries 
and Expenses, language is included providing that appropriated 
funds be reduced as offsetting collections are assessed and 
collected. The language also provides that funds received in 
excess of appropriations be deposited in a Patent and Trademark 
Fee Reserve fund, to be available until expended pursuant to 
the Director submitting a spending plan subject to section 505 
of this Act, after which the funds shall be transferred to the 
Salaries and Expenses account. In addition, language is 
included limiting representation expenses. Language is also 
included regarding basic pay and certain retirement benefits. 
Additional language is included regarding USPTO's financial 
statements. Furthermore, language is included providing that 
fees and surcharges charged are available to USPTO pursuant to 
section 42(c) of title 35, United States Code. Finally, the 
language provides that an amount be transferred to the Office 
of Inspector General (OIG).
    Under National Institute of Standards and Technology, 
Scientific and Technical Research and Services, language is 
included providing for no-year availability of funds. In 
addition, language is included allowing transfers to the 
working capital fund. Language is included limiting funds for 
official reception and representation expenses. Finally, 
language is included allowing NIST to provide local 
transportation for a certain fellowship program.
    Also, under Industrial Technology Services, language is 
included providing no-year availability of funds. The language 
also designates an amount for the Manufacturing Extension 
Partnership.
    In addition, under Construction of Research Facilities, 
language is included providing for no-year availability of 
funds. Language is also included regarding the submission of 
certain materials in support of construction budget requests.
    Under National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 
Operations, Research, and Facilities, language is included 
allowing for two-year availability for funds, except for 
cooperative enforcement funds, which are available for three 
years. Language is also included allowing maintenance, 
operation, and hire of aircraft and vessels; grants, contracts, 
or other payments to nonprofit organizations for the purposes 
of conducting activities pursuant to cooperative agreements; 
and relocation of facilities. Language is included allowing 
fees and donations received by a particular office to be 
retained and used for expenses related to certain activities. 
In addition, language is included that provides that certain 
funds be derived from various sources. Furthermore, language is 
included limiting the amount of funds that can be provided for 
corporate services administrative support. Moreover, language 
is included specifying that deviations from amounts included in 
the report accompanying the Act shall be subject to section 505 
of this Act. Finally, language is included providing for 
retired pay expenses.
    Also, under Procurement, Acquisition and Construction, 
language is included providing for three-year availability for 
funds, except for construction funds, which are available until 
expended. Language is also included providing that certain 
funds be derived from various sources. In addition, language is 
included specifying that deviations from amounts included in 
the report accompanying the Act shall be subject to section 505 
of this Act. Language is included regarding the submission of 
certain materials in support of construction budget requests. 
Finally, language is included transferring an amount to the 
OIG.
    In addition, under Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery, 
language is included providing for two-year availability of 
funds. Language is also included allowing the Secretary of 
Commerce to issue grants to specific States and federally 
recognized tribes for conservation projects for listed 
endangered or threatened salmon and steelhead populations, 
populations at risk to be so listed, and for maintaining 
populations necessary for the exercise of tribal treaty fishing 
rights, and for conservation of Pacific coastal salmon and 
steelhead habitat, to be allocated under scientific and merit 
principles and not available for marketing activities; and 
requiring a State match.
    Furthermore, under Fishermen's Contingency Fund, language 
is included providing for the appropriation of funds to be 
derived from receipts collected pursuant to Title IV of Public 
Law 95-372.
    Moreover, under Fisheries Finance Program Account, language 
is included placing limitations on individual fishing quota 
loans and traditional direct loans.
    Under Departmental Management, Salaries and Expenses, 
language is included limiting funds for official reception and 
representation expenses. In addition, language is included 
continuing a task force on job repatriation and manufacturing 
growth, and requiring the Secretary to produce an annual 
report.
    Under Renovation and Modernization, language is included 
making funds available until expended.
    Under Department of Commerce, General Provisions, the 
following general provisions that fall within the rule are 
recommended:
         Section 101 makes funds available for advanced 
        payments only upon certification of officials 
        designated by the Secretary that such payments are 
        considered to be in the public interest.
         Section 102 makes appropriations for the Department 
        available for hire of passenger motor vehicles, for 
        services, and for uniforms and allowances as authorized 
        by law.
         Section 103 provides the authority to transfer funds 
        between Department of Commerce appropriation accounts 
        and requiring notification to the Committee of certain 
        actions.
         Section 104 extends Congressional notification 
        requirements for NOAA satellite programs.
         Section 105 provides for reimbursement for services 
        within Department of Commerce buildings.
         Section 106 clarifies that grant recipients under the 
        Department of Commerce may continue to deter child 
        pornography, copyright infringement, or any other 
        unlawful activity over their networks.
         Section 107 provides the Administrator with the 
        authority to avail NOAA of needed resources, with the 
        consent of those supplying the resources, to carry out 
        responsibilities of any statute administered by NOAA.
         Section 108 requires a monthly report on official 
        travel to China.
    In title II, Department of Justice, under General 
Administration, Salaries and Expenses, language is included 
providing for an amount for security and construction of 
Department of Justice facilities, which shall remain available 
until expended.
    Also, under Justice Information Sharing Technology, 
language is included providing that funds be available until 
expended. Language is also included allowing transfers up to a 
certain amount to this account for information technology 
initiatives.
    In addition, under Administrative Review and Appeals, 
language is included providing that an amount shall be derived 
by transfer from the Executive Office for Immigration Review 
fees deposited in the ``Immigration Examinations Fee'' account. 
Language is also included making an amount available until 
expended for certain purposes.
    Moreover, under Office of Inspector General, language is 
included providing for not to exceed $10,000 to meet unforeseen 
emergencies of a confidential character.
    Under Legal Activities, Salaries and Expenses, General 
Legal Activities, language is included providing not to exceed 
$20,000 for expenses of collecting evidence, to be expended 
under the direction of, and to be accounted for solely under 
the certificate of, the Attorney General. Language is also 
included providing for rental of space in the District of 
Columbia. Language is included making an amount available until 
expended for litigation support contracts. Also, language is 
included limiting the amount of funds for official 
representation and reception expenses available to INTERPOL 
Washington. Furthermore, language is included allowing, upon a 
determination by the Attorney General that emergent 
circumstances require additional funding for litigation 
activities of the Civil Division, the Attorney General to 
transfer funds to this account from available appropriations 
for the current fiscal year for the Department of Justice, as 
may be necessary to respond to such circumstances. Moreover, 
language is included providing funds to the Civil Rights 
Division for expenses associated with election monitoring, 
authority to reimburse the Office of Personnel Management for 
such expenses, and availability of such funds until expended. 
Finally, language is included for expenses associated with 
processing cases under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury 
Act of 1986.
    Also, under Salaries and Expenses, Antitrust Division, 
language is included providing for no-year availability of 
funds. The language also provides that fees collected for 
premerger notification filings, regardless of the year of 
collection, shall be retained and used for necessary expenses 
in this appropriation, and shall remain available until 
expended.
    In addition, under Salaries and Expenses, United States 
Attorneys, language is included regarding inter-governmental 
and cooperative agreements and limiting funds for official 
reception and representation expenses. Language is also 
included extending the availability of certain funds. Finally, 
language is included requiring each United States Attorney to 
establish or participate in a task force on human trafficking.
    Furthermore, under United States Trustee System Fund, 
language is included regarding refunds due depositors. Language 
is also included providing for the extended availability of 
certain funds and the use of offsetting collections.
    Moreover, under Fees and Expenses of Witnesses, language is 
included regarding contracts for the procurement and 
supervision of expert witnesses. In addition, language is 
included regarding funds for construction of buildings for 
safesites, armored and other vehicles, and telecommunication 
equipment. The language also provides for no-year availability 
of funds.
    And under Salaries and Expenses, Community Relations 
Service, language is included regarding the transfer of funds 
for conflict resolution and violence prevention activities, 
which shall be subject to the provisions of section 505 of this 
Act.
    Under United States Marshals Service, Salaries and 
Expenses, language is included limiting official reception and 
representation expenses, and providing for no-year availability 
for part of the appropriation.
    Also, under Construction, language is included providing 
for no-year availability.
    In addition, under Federal Prisoner Detention, language is 
included providing for no-year availability. Language is also 
included providing that the United States Marshals Service 
shall be responsible for managing the Justice Prisoner and 
Alien Transportation System. In addition, language is included 
limiting the amount of funds considered ``funds appropriated 
for State and local law enforcement assistance''. Finally, 
language is included transferring to this account unobligated 
balances from funds appropriated in prior years to the 
Detention Trustee.
    Under National Security Division, Salaries and Expenses, 
language is included providing for the no-year availability of 
funds for IT systems. Language is also included providing that 
upon a determination by the Attorney General that emergent 
circumstances require additional funding for the activities of 
the National Security Division, the Attorney General may 
transfer such amounts to this heading from available 
appropriations for the current fiscal year for the Department 
of Justice, as may be necessary to respond to such 
circumstances. The language provides such a transfer be treated 
as a reprogramming under section 505 of this Act.
    Under Interagency Law Enforcement, Interagency Crime and 
Drug Enforcement, language is included providing for no-year 
availability for some of the funds. Language is also included 
regarding authorities under which funds may be used.
    Under Federal Bureau of Investigation, Salaries and 
Expenses, language is included providing for no-year 
availability of certain funds. Language is also included 
providing funds for the National Gang and Human Trafficking 
Intelligence Center. Language is included providing for a 
limitation on representational expenses. Finally language is 
included regarding a comprehensive review of the implementation 
of the recommendations related to the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation that were proposed in the report issued by the 
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United 
States.
    Under Construction, language is included specifying the 
purpose of the appropriation and making it available until 
expended.
    Under Drug Enforcement Administration, Salaries and 
Expenses, language is included providing for funds to meet 
unforeseen emergencies of a confidential character. Language is 
also included allowing conduct of drug education and training 
programs, including travel and related expenses for 
participants in such programs and the distribution of items of 
token value that promote the goals of such programs. In 
addition, language is included providing for no-year 
availability of certain funds. Finally, language is included 
providing for a limitation on representational expenses.
    Under Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 
Salaries and Expenses, language is included allowing training 
of State and local law enforcement agencies with or without 
reimbursement, including training in connection with the 
training and acquisition of canines for explosives and fire 
accelerants detection, and allowing provision of laboratory 
assistance to State and local law enforcement agencies, with or 
without reimbursement. Language is also included limiting 
official reception and representation expenses. In addition, 
language is included providing funds for the payment of 
attorneys' fees. In addition, language is included providing 
for no-year availability of certain funds. Additional language 
is included prohibiting expenses to investigate or act upon 
applications for relief from Federal firearms disabilities 
under section 925(c) of title 18, United States Code. Language 
is further included regarding expenses to investigate 
applications filed by corporations for relief from section 
925(c) of title 18, United States Code. Moreover, language is 
included that prohibits funds to transfer the functions, 
missions or activities of ATF to other agencies or departments. 
Finally, language is included regarding the name of the ATF 
Headquarters building.
    Under Federal Prison System, Salaries and Expenses, 
language is included that provides for the transfer to the 
Health Resources and Services Administration funds necessary 
for medical relief for inmates. Language is also included that 
provides authority to the Director to enter into contracts to 
furnish health care. In addition, language is included placing 
a limitation on funds for reception and representation 
expenses. Furthermore, language is included extending the 
availability of certain funds. Finally, language is included 
providing authority for the Federal Prison System to accept 
donated property and services.
    Also, in Building and Facilities, language is included 
providing for no-year availability of funds and establishing 
funding levels for certain activities. Language is also 
included stating labor of prisoners may be used for work under 
this heading.
    Additionally, under Federal Prison Industries, 
Incorporated, language is included authorizing Federal Prison 
Industries, Incorporated, to make such expenditures, within the 
limits of funds and borrowing authority available, and in 
accord with the law, and to make such contracts and 
commitments, without regard to fiscal year limitations, as may 
be necessary in carrying out the program set forth in the 
budget for the current fiscal year for such corporation.
    Furthermore, under Limitation on Administrative Expenses, 
Federal Prison Industries, Incorporated, language is included 
making available funds for its administrative expenses, and for 
certain services, to be computed on an accrual basis to be 
determined in accordance with the corporation's current 
prescribed accounting system, and such amounts shall be 
exclusive of depreciation, payment of claims, and expenditures 
which such accounting system requires to be capitalized or 
charged to cost of commodities acquired or produced, including 
selling and shipping expenses, and expenses in connection with 
acquisition, construction, operation, maintenance, improvement, 
protection, or disposition of facilities and other property 
belonging to the corporation or in which it has an interest.
    Under State and Local Law Enforcement Activities, Office on 
Violence Against Women, Violence Against Women Prevention and 
Prosecution Programs, language is included making funds 
available until expended. Language is also included placing a 
limitation on funds to be made available for expenses related 
to evaluation, training, and technical assistance. In addition, 
language is included providing for specific appropriations for 
various programs within the Office on Violence Against Women. 
Furthermore, language is included making available certain 
unobligated balances for specified programs. The language also 
applies certain conditions to specified grants. It provides for 
certain funds to be transferred to ``Research, Evaluation and 
Statistics'' for administration by the Office of Justice 
Programs.
    Under Office of Justice Programs, Research, Evaluation and 
Statistics, language is included to provide for no-year 
availability of funds. Language is also included to provide for 
specific appropriations for various programs within the Office 
of Justice Programs. In addition, language is included 
mandating the collection of certain crime statistics.
    Also, under State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance, 
language is included to provide for no-year availability of 
funds. Language is also included regarding juvenile indigent 
defense, a Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officer 
Resilience and Survivability Initiative, domestic 
radicalization research, and firearm safety grants. In 
addition, language is included regarding Federal immigration 
and other detainees housed in State and local detention 
facilities. Furthermore, language is included regarding local 
government use of funds to increase the number of law 
enforcement officers. Language is also included regarding DNA 
training and education for law enforcement, correctional 
personnel, and court officers. There is further language 
regarding certain time limitations under the Second Chance Act. 
Finally, the language specifies appropriations for various 
programs within the Office of Justice Programs.
    In addition, under Juvenile Justice Programs, language is 
included providing for no-year availability of funds. Language 
is also included regarding research, evaluation, and statistics 
activities designed to benefit the programs or activities 
authorized, with certain exceptions. In addition, language is 
included regarding funds for training and technical assistance, 
with certain exceptions. Moreover, language is included waiving 
a provision of law with respect to funding for missing and 
exploited children programs. Finally, the language delineates 
certain amounts for various programs under this heading.
    Furthermore, under Public Safety Officer Benefits, language 
is included providing for no-year availability of funds. 
Language is also included providing for the transfers of funds 
in emergent circumstances, which shall be subject to the 
provisions of section 505 of this Act.
    Under Community Oriented Policing Services, Community 
Oriented Policing Services Programs, language is included 
providing for no-year availability of funds. Language is also 
included requiring that balances available through 
deobligations only be available through reprogramming. In 
addition, language is included regarding transfers of funds for 
anti-methamphetamine activities. Furthermore, language is 
included waiving a provision of law that terminated the hiring 
program after September 2000. Language is included capping the 
amount for hiring an officer unless a waiver is granted. 
Language is also included transferring an amount within the 
Hiring program to the Tribal Resources Grant Program, and 
designating an amount within the hiring program for anti-gang 
task forces. Finally, the language delineates certain amounts 
for various programs under this heading.
    Under Department of Justice, General Provisions, the 
following general provisions that fall within the rule are 
recommended:
         Section 201 makes available additional reception and 
        representation funding for the Attorney General from 
        the amounts provided in this title.
         Section 202 prohibits the use of funds to pay for an 
        abortion, except in the case of rape or to preserve the 
        life of the mother.
         Section 203 prohibits the use of funds to require any 
        person to perform or facilitate the performance of an 
        abortion.
         Section 204 establishes the obligation of the Director 
        of the Bureau of Prisons to provide escort services to 
        an inmate receiving an abortion outside of a Federal 
        facility, except where this obligation conflicts with 
        the preceding section.
          Section 205 establishes the Committee's requirements 
        and procedures for transfer proposals.
          Section 206 authorizes the Attorney General to extend 
        an ongoing Personnel Management Demonstration Project.
          Section 207 prohibits the use of certain funds for 
        transporting prisoners classified as maximum or high 
        security, other than to a facility certified by the 
        Bureau of Prisons as appropriately secure.
          Section 208 prohibits the use of funds for the 
        purchase or rental by Federal prisons of audiovisual 
        equipment, services and materials used primarily for 
        recreational purposes, except for those items and 
        services needed for inmate training, religious, or 
        educational purposes.
          Section 209 requires review by the Deputy Attorney 
        General and the Department Investment Review Board 
        prior to the obligation or expenditure of funds for 
        major information technology projects.
          Section 210 requires the Department to follow 
        reprogramming procedures prior to any deviation from 
        the program amounts specified in this title or the 
        reuse of specified deobligated funds provided in 
        previous years.
          Section 211 prohibits the use of funds for A-76 
        competitions for work performed by employees of the 
        Bureau of Prisons or Federal Prison Industries, Inc.
          Section 212 prohibits U.S. Attorneys from holding 
        additional responsibilities that exempt U.S. Attorneys 
        from statutory residency requirements.
          Section 213 permits up to 3 percent of grant and 
        reimbursement program funds made available to OJP to be 
        used for training and technical assistance and permits 
        up to 2 percent of grant or reimbursement funds made 
        available to that office to be used for criminal 
        justice research, evaluation and statistics.
          Section 214 waives the requirement that the Attorney 
        General reserve certain funds from amounts provided for 
        offender incarceration.
          Section 215 prohibits funds, other than funds for the 
        National Instant Criminal Background Check System 
        established under the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention 
        Act, from being used to facilitate the transfer of an 
        operable firearm to a known or suspected agent of a 
        drug cartel where law enforcement personnel do not 
        continuously monitor or control such firearm.
          Section 216 places limitation on the obligation of 
        funds from certain Department of Justice accounts and 
        funding sources.
    In title III, Science, under Office of Science and 
Technology Policy, language is included providing that certain 
funds be available for reception and representation expenses, 
and rental of conference rooms.
    Under National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 
Science, language is included providing for the multi-year 
availability of funds. Language is also included concerning a 
planetary science mission, and a limitation on formulation and 
development costs of a certain program with an associated 
notification requirement.
    Also, under Aeronautics, language is included providing for 
the multi-year availability of funds.
    In addition, under Space Technology, language is included 
providing for the multi-year availability of funds.
    Under Exploration, language is included providing for the 
multi-year availability of funds. Language is also included 
that delineates amounts for program components.
    In Space Operations, language is included providing for the 
multi-year availability of funds.
    Additionally, under Education, language is included 
providing for the multi-year availability of funds. Language is 
also included delineating amounts for program components.
    Under Safety, Security and Mission Services, language is 
included providing for the multi-year availability of funds. 
Language is also included to limit official reception and 
representation expenses.
    Under Construction and Environmental Compliance and 
Restoration, language is included providing for the multi-year 
availability of funds. Language is also included restricting 
receipts and expenditures made pursuant to enhanced use lease 
arrangements and requiring the inclusion of estimates in future 
budget requests.
    Under Office of Inspector General, language is included 
providing for the multi-year availability of some funds.
    In the Administrative Provisions, language is included 
regarding: availability of funds for announced prizes; 
limitations on transfers of funds among NASA accounts; the 
submission of a spending plan; and the transfer of certain 
unexpired balances.
    Under National Science Foundation, Research and Related 
Activities, language is included that provides for the multi-
year availability of funds. Language is also included that 
governs funding availability for polar research and operational 
support. In addition, language is included providing that 
certain receipts may be credited to this appropriation.
    Also, under Major Research Equipment and Facilities 
Construction, language is included providing for no-year 
availability of funds.
    In addition, under Education and Human Resources, language 
is included providing for the multi-year availability of funds.
    Furthermore, under Agency Operations and Award Management, 
language is included regarding contracts for maintenance and 
operation of facilities and other services. Language is also 
included limiting representation expenses, and providing for 
no-year availability of some funds.
    Under Office of the National Science Board, language is 
included limiting funds for official reception and 
representation.
    Under Office of Inspector General, language is included 
providing for the multi-year availability of some funds.
    Under Administrative Provision, language is included 
regarding transfers of funds.
    In title IV, Related Agencies, under Commission on Civil 
Rights, Salaries and Expenses, language is included prohibiting 
expenses to employ in excess of a specific level of full-time 
individuals or to reimburse Commissioners for certain billable 
days. Language is also included prohibiting certain 
unauthorized activities.
    Under Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Salaries and 
Expenses, language is included designating an amount for 
payments to State and local enforcement agencies. Language is 
also included limiting funds for official reception and 
representation expenses. Finally, language is included 
authorizing the Chair to accept donations or gifts to carry out 
the work of the Commission.
    Under International Trade Commission, Salaries and 
Expenses, language is included limiting funds for official 
reception and representation expenses. Language is also 
included providing for no-year availability of funds.
    Under Legal Services Corporation, Payment to the Legal 
Services Corporation, language is included regarding pay for 
officers and employees. Language is also included delineating 
amounts for specific programs and regarding authorities to 
transfer funds. In addition, language is included designating 
the Legal Services Corporation as an agency of the Federal 
Government for the purposes of reprogramming.
    Under Administrative Provision, Legal Services Corporation, 
language is included that prohibits the use of funds for 
certain activities.
    Under Office of the United States Trade Representative, 
Salaries and Expenses, language is included providing for the 
no-year availability of some funds. Language is also included 
limiting funds for official reception and representation 
expenses.
    Under State Justice Institute, Salaries and Expenses, 
language is included limiting funds for reception and 
representation expenses. Language is also included providing 
for multi-year availability of some funds. In addition, 
language is included designating the State Justice Institute as 
an agency of the Federal Government for the purposes of 
reprogramming.
    In title V, General Provisions, the following general 
provisions that fall within the rule are recommended:
          Section 501 prohibits the use of funds for publicity 
        or propaganda purposes unless expressly authorized by 
        law, or for contracts to provide training for agency 
        employees to engage in such activities.
          Section 502 prohibits any appropriation contained in 
        this Act from remaining available for obligation beyond 
        the current fiscal year unless expressly authorized.
          Section 503 provides that the expenditure of any 
        appropriation contained in this Act for any consulting 
        service through procurement contracts shall be limited 
        to those contracts where such expenditures are a matter 
        of public record and available for public inspection, 
        except where otherwise provided under existing law or 
        under existing Executive order issued pursuant to 
        existing law.
          Section 504 provides that if any provision of this 
        Act or the application of such provision to any person 
        or circumstance shall be held invalid, the remainder of 
        the Act and the application of other provisions shall 
        not be affected.
          Section 505 specifies requirements for reprogramming 
        funds.
          Section 506 provides that if it is determined that 
        any person intentionally affixes a ``Made in America'' 
        label to any product that was not made in America that 
        person shall not be eligible to receive any contract or 
        subcontract made with funds made available in this Act. 
        The section further provides that to the extent 
        practicable, with respect to purchases of promotional 
        items, funds made available under this Act shall be 
        used to purchase items manufactured, produced or 
        assembled in the United States or its territories or 
        possessions.
          Section 507 requires quarterly reporting to Congress 
        on the status of balances of appropriations.
          Section 508 provides that any costs incurred by a 
        department or agency funded under this Act resulting 
        from, or to prevent, personnel actions taken in 
        response to funding reductions in the Act shall be 
        absorbed within the budgetary resources available to 
        the department or agency, and provides transfer 
        authority between appropriation accounts to carry out 
        this provision, subject to reprogramming procedures. 
        Language is included making this section also apply to 
        actions taken by the Department of Commerce for the 
        care and protection of loan collateral or grant 
        property.
          Section 509 prohibits funds made available in this 
        Act from being used to promote the sale or export of 
        tobacco or tobacco products or to seek the reduction or 
        removal of foreign restrictions on the marketing of 
        tobacco products, except for restrictions which are not 
        applied equally to all tobacco or tobacco products of 
        the same type.
          Section 510 limits the obligation of certain funds.
          Section 511 prohibits the use of Department of 
        Justice funds for programs that discriminate against or 
        denigrate the religious or moral beliefs of students 
        participating in such programs.
          Section 512 prohibits the transfer of funds provided 
        in this Act to any department, agency or 
        instrumentality of the United States Government, except 
        for transfers made by, or pursuant to authorities 
        provided in, this Act or any other appropriations Act.
          Section 513 provides that funds provided for E-
        Government Initiatives shall be subject to the 
        procedures set forth in section 505 of this Act.
          Section 514 requires certain timetables and 
        procedures for specified audits performed by Inspectors 
        General of the departments and agencies funded in this 
        Act and sets limits and restrictions on the awarding 
        and use of grants or contracts funded by amounts 
        appropriated by this Act.
          Section 515 prohibits funds for acquisition of 
        certain information systems unless the acquiring 
        department or agency has reviewed and assessed certain 
        risks. Language is also included requiring the 
        development of risk mitigation strategies and certain 
        determinations.
          Section 516 prohibits the use of funds in this Act to 
        support or justify the use of torture by any official 
        or contract employee of the United States Government.
          Section 517 permanently prohibits the use of funds to 
        require certain export licenses.
          Section 518 permanently prohibits the use of funds to 
        deny certain import applications regarding ``curios or 
        relics'' firearms, parts, or ammunition.
          Section 519 prohibits the use of funds to include 
        certain language in trade agreements.
          Section 520 prohibits the use of funds in this Act to 
        authorize or issue a national security letter (NSL) in 
        contravention of certain laws authorizing the Federal 
        Bureau of Investigation to issue NSLs.
          Section 521 requires congressional notification 
        regarding any project within the Departments of 
        Commerce or Justice, or the National Science Foundation 
        and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration 
        totaling more than $75,000,000 that has cost increases 
        of at least 10 percent.
          Section 522 deems funds for intelligence or 
        intelligence related activities as authorized by 
        Congress during fiscal year 2015 until the enactment of 
        the Intelligence Authorization Act for fiscal year 
        2015.
          Section 523 prohibits contracts or grant awards in 
        excess of $5,000,000 unless the prospective contractor 
        or grantee certifies that the organization has filed 
        all Federal tax returns, has not been convicted of a 
        criminal offense under the Internal Revenue Code of 
        1986, and has no unpaid Federal tax assessment.
          Section 524 provides for rescissions of unobligated 
        balances in the Departments of Commerce and Justice.
          Section 525 prohibits the use of funds in this Act 
        for the purchase of first class or premium air travel 
        in contravention of certain Federal travel regulations.
          Section 526 prohibits the use of funds to pay for the 
        attendance of more than 50 department or agency 
        employees at any single conference outside the United 
        States, unless the conference is a law enforcement 
        training or operational event where the majority of 
        Federal attendees are law enforcement personnel 
        stationed outside the United States.
          Section 527 prohibits the use of funds in this Act in 
        a manner that is inconsistent with the principal 
        negotiating objective of the United States with respect 
        to trade remedy laws.
          Section 528 prohibits the use of funds in this or any 
        other Act for the transfer or release of certain 
        individuals detained at United States Naval Station, 
        Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to or within the United States, 
        its territories or possessions.
          Section 529 prohibits the use of funds in this or any 
        other Act to construct, acquire or modify any facility 
        in the United States, its territories, or possessions 
        to house certain individuals who, as of June 24, 2009, 
        were located at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo 
        Bay, Cuba, for the purposes of detention or 
        imprisonment in the custody or control of the 
        Department of Defense.
          Section 530 requires, when practicable, the use of 
        funds in this Act to purchase light bulbs that have the 
        ``Energy Star'' or ``Federal Energy Management 
        Program'' designation.
          Section 531 requires tracking and reporting of 
        undisbursed balances in expired grant accounts.
          Section 532 prohibits the use of funds by the 
        National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) or 
        the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to 
        engage in bilateral activities with China or a Chinese-
        owned company unless the activities are authorized by 
        subsequent legislation or NASA or OSTP have made a 
        certification pursuant to subsections (c) and (d) of 
        this section.
          Section 533 prohibits funds made available by this 
        Act from being used to deny the importation of shotgun 
        models if no application for the importation of such 
        models, in the same configuration, had been denied 
        prior to January 1, 2011, on the basis that the shotgun 
        was not particularly suitable for or readily adaptable 
        to sporting purposes.
          Section 534 prohibits the use of funds to establish 
        or maintain a computer network that does not block 
        pornography, except for law enforcement purposes.
          Section 535 requires the Departments of Commerce and 
        Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space 
        Administration and the National Science Foundation to 
        submit spending plans.
          Section 536 prohibits funds made available by this 
        Act from being used to enter into a contract, 
        memorandum of understanding, or cooperative agreement 
        with, make a grant to, or provide a loan or loan 
        guarantee to, any corporation that was convicted of a 
        felony criminal violation under any Federal law within 
        the preceding 24 months.
          Section 537 prohibits funds made available by this 
        Act from being used to enter into a contract, 
        memorandum of understanding, or cooperative agreement 
        with, make a grant to, or provide a loan or loan 
        guarantee to, any corporation that has any unpaid 
        Federal tax liability that has been assessed, for which 
        all judicial and administrative remedies have been 
        exhausted or have lapsed, and that is not being paid in 
        a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the 
        authority responsible for collecting the tax liability.
          Section 538 prohibits funds made available by this 
        Act to implement the Arms Trade Treaty until the Senate 
        approves a resolution of ratification.
          Section 539 prohibits funds from being used to 
        require a person licensed under section 923 of title 
        18, United States Code, to report information to the 
        Department of Justice regarding the sale of multiple 
        rifles or shotguns to the same person.
          Section 540 establishes a Spending Reduction Account, 
        as required by section 3(d) of H. Res. 5 (113th 
        Congress).

                  Appropriations Not Authorized by Law

    The Committee, in a number of instances, has found it 
necessary to recommend funding for ongoing activities and 
programs for which authorizations have not been enacted to 
date. Pursuant to clause 3(f)(1)(B) of rule XIII of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives, the following table lists the 
appropriations in the accompanying bill which are not 
authorized by law for the period concerned:

                                                               UNAUTHORIZED APPROPRIATIONS
                                                                    Fiscal Year 2015
                                                                 (dollars in thousands)
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                                                                                     Authorization level in     Appropriations in
                             Program                                Last year of          last year of            last year of        Appropriations in
                                                                    authorization         authorization           authorization           this bill
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Department of Commerce:
  International Trade Administration
    Operations and Administration
      Export Promotion Activities...............................              1996               such sums               264,885               316,000
  Bureau of Industry and Security
    Operations and Administration...............................              1994               such sums                34,747               103,500
  Economic Development Administration
    Salaries and Expenses.......................................              2008               such sums                30,832                37,000
    Economic Development Assistance Programs....................              2008                 500,000               349,100               210,500
      Repatriation grants.......................................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                (5,000)
      Sec. 26 loan guarantees...................................              2013                  20,000                (5,000)               (5,000)
  Minority Business Development Agency
    Minority Business Development...............................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                30,000
  Economic and Statistical Analysis
    Salaries and Expenses.......................................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                99,000
  National Telecommunications and Information Administration
    Salaries and Expenses.......................................              1993                  17,900                18,493                36,700
  National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Scientific and Technical Research and Services..............              2013                 676,700               609,514               670,500
    Industrial technology services..............................              2013                 241,709               140,316               130,000
      Manufacturing extension partnerships......................              2013                (165,100)             (126,088)             (130,000)
    Construction of research facilities.........................              2013                 121,300                58,874                55,300
  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Operations, Research and Facilities
      Oceanic and Atmospheric Research..........................              1993               1,589,081               202,172               348,500
        Climate and air quality research activities.............              1993                (103,877)                    *                     *
        Atmospheric research activities.........................              1993                 (44,781)                    *                     *
      National Ocean Service....................................              1993                 121,183               150,864               473,446
        Coral Reef Conservation.................................              2004                 (16,000)              (16,000)              (26,000)
        Coastal Zone Management.................................              1999                 (55,300)              (52,700)             (108,146)
        Marine Protection, Research, Preservation & Sanctuaries.              2005                 (40,000)              (57,958)              (47,000)
      National Marine Fisheries Services........................                               various                                         763,900
        Endangered Species Act Activities.......................              1992                   6,750                                            
        Marine Mammal Protection Act Activities.................              1999                  34,768                                            
        NOAA Marine Fisheries Program Activities................              2000                 110,470                                            
      National Weather Service
        Operations and research activities......................              1993                 395,822                     *                     *
        Public warning and forecast systems.....................              1993                 132,034                   *,                    *,
      NESDIS
        Satellite observing systems activities (NESDIS).........              1993                 336,000                   *,                    *,
        Data and information services activities................              1993                  39,596                10,300                   *,
      Program Support
        Executive Direction and Administrative Activities.......              1993                  75,750                25,000               215,654
        Marine Services.........................................              1993                  68,518                61,200               175,000
        Aircraft Services.......................................              1993                  10,336                 9,500                31,600
    Procurement, Acquisition and Construction
      Office of Marine and Aviation Operations
        Fleet modernization and replacement.....................              1997               such sums                 8,000                 7,200
    Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery.............................              2009                  90,000                80,000                65,000
  Departmental Management
    Salaries and Expenses.......................................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                54,000
    Renovation and Modernization................................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                 4,000
Department of Justice:
  General Administration
    Salaries and Expenses.......................................              2009                 181,561               105,805               103,851
    Justice Information Sharing Technology......................              2009                 204,152                80,000                25,842
    Administrative review and appeals...........................              2009                 243,291               270,000               335,000
    Office of Inspector General.................................              2009                  81,922                80,681                88,000
  United States Parole Commission
    Salaries and Expenses.......................................              2009                  12,711                12,570                13,308
  Legal Activities
    Salaries and Expenses, General Legal Activities.............              2009                 764,526               805,655               893,000
    Salaries and Expenses, Antitrust Division...................              2009                 162,488               157,788               162,246
    Salaries and Expenses, United States Attorneys..............              2009               1,829,194             1,851,336             1,970,000
    Salaries and Expenses, Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.              2009                   1,429                 1,823                 2,326
    Fees and Expenses of Witnesses..............................              2009                 203,755               168,300               270,000
    Salaries and Expenses, Community Relations Service..........              2009                  10,977                 9,873                12,000
    Assets Forfeiture Fund......................................              2009                  22,000                20,990                20,514
  United States Marshals Service................................              2009                 900,178               954,000             2,804,107
    Salaries and Expenses.......................................                                                        (960,000)           (1,199,000)
    Construction................................................                                                          (4,000)               (9,800)
    Federal Prison Detention ...................................              2009               1,858,509             1,355,319            (1,595,307)
  National Security Division
    Salaries and Expenses.......................................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                94,800
  Interagency Law Enforcement
    Interagency Crime and Drug Enforcement......................              2009                 744,593               515,000               515,000
  Federal Bureau of Investigation...............................              2009               6,480,608             7,301,191             8,467,291
    Salaries and Expenses.......................................                                                      (7,182,700)           (8,356,857)
    Construction................................................                                                        (153,491)             (110,982)
  Drug Enforcement Administration
    Salaries and Expenses.......................................              2009               1,930,462             1,959,084             2,053,320
  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
    Salaries and Expenses.......................................              2009               1,038,939             1,078,215             1,200,000
  Federal Prison System.........................................              2009               5,698,292             6,171,561             6,982,700
    Salaries and Expenses.......................................                                                      (5,600,792)           (6,865,000)
    Buildings and Facilities....................................                                                        (575,807)             (115,000)
  Office on Violence Against Women
    Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution Programs
      Research and Evaluation on Violence against Women.........               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                 3,000
      Family Civil Justice......................................                               various                                          16,000
        Court Training and Improvements Program.................              2011                   5,000                     ?
        Safe Havens Program.....................................              2011                  20,000                     ?
      Consolidated Youth-oriented Program.......................                               various                                          10,000
        Engaging Men and Youth in Prevention....................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                     #
        Grants to Assist Children and Youth Exposed to Violence.               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                     #
        Supporting Teens Through Education Program..............              2011                   5,000                     ?                     #
        Services to Advocate and Respond to Youth...............               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                     #
      Indian Country--Sexual Assault Clearinghouse..............               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                   500
  Office of Justice Programs
    Research, Evaluation and Statistics
      Bureau of Justice Statistics..............................              1995                  33,000                32,335                47,250
      National Institute of Justice.............................              1995                  33,000                58,879                42,000
      Regional information sharing activities...................              2003                 100,000                29,000                35,000
    State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance
      Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants..................              2012               1,095,000               470,000               376,000
        Juvenile Indigent Defense...............................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                (2,500)
        Domestic Radicalization Research........................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                (4,000)
        VALOR Initiative........................................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a               (15,000)
        Competitive grants for firearms safety materials and gun               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                (3,000)
         locks..................................................
      State Criminal Alien Assistance Program...................              2011                 950,000                     #               210,000
      Byrne Competitive Grants..................................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                 8,000
      Drug Courts...............................................              2008                  70,000                15,200                41,000
      Mentally Ill Offender Act.................................              2014                  50,000                 9,000                 9,000
      Residential Substance Abuse Treatment.....................              2000                  72,000                61,677                12,000
      Capital Litigation and Wrongful Conviction Review.........              2009                  75,000                 5,500                 2,000
      Economic, High-tech, Cybercrime Prevention................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                10,000
      Adam Walsh Act Implementation.............................              2009               such sums                18,000                21,000
        National Sex Offender Public Website....................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                (1,000)
      Bulletproof Vests Partnerships............................              2012                  50,000                24,000                22,250
      NICS Initiative...........................................                               various                                          58,500
        NICS Act Record Improvement Program.....................              2013                 125,000                12,000
        National Criminal History Improvement Program...........              2013                  62,500                 6,000
      DNA Initiative
        Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grants.........................              2014                 151,000               117,000               117,000
        Post-Conviction DNA Testing Grants......................              2009                   5,000                 5,000                 4,000
        Sexual Assault Forensic Exam Program Grants.............              2014                  30,000                 4,000                 4,000
      Community Teams to Reduce the Sexual Assault Kit (SAK)                   n/a                     n/a                   n/a                36,000
       Backlog..................................................
      Tribal Assistance.........................................                               various                                          35,000
        Tribal Courts...........................................              2004               such sums                (8,000)                   **
        Alcohol and Substance Abuse.............................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                    **
        Indian Prison Grants....................................              2000                  (2,753)               (5,000)                   **
        Training/TA Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance.........               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                    **
      Second Chance Act/Offender Reentry........................              2010                  55,000               100,000                62,500
      Veterans Treatment Courts.................................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                 5,000
      Missing Alzheimer's Patients Grants.......................              1999                     900                   898                 1,000
      Prescription Drug Monitoring..............................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                 8,000
      Prison Rape Prevention and Prosecution....................              2010                  40,000                15,000                15,000
      Campus Public Safety......................................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                 2,000
      Justice Reinvestment Initiative...........................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                30,000
      Comprehensive School Safety Initiative....................               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                75,000
      Consolidated Evidence-based Activities Initiative.........               n/a                     n/a                   n/a                20,000
    Juvenile Justice Programs
      Part B--State Formula Grants..............................              2007               such sums                     #                45,000
      Youth Mentoring Grants....................................              2007               such sums                     #                90,000
      Victims of Child Abuse Programs...........................              2005                   8,481                11,000                19,000
      Missing and Exploited Children Programs...................                               various                                          68,000
        AMBER Alert grants......................................              2004
    Community Oriented Policing Services
      Community Oriented Policing Services Programs.............              2009               1,047,119             1,550,500                96,500
        Transfer to DEA for Methamphetamine Lab Cleanups........                                                             (--)              (10,000)
        Tribal Resources Grant Program..........................                                                         (20,000)              (16,500)
        COPS Hiring Grants......................................                                                      (1,000,000)              (70,000)
          Transfer to Tribal Resources Grant Program............                                                            ((--))            ((16,500))
          Regional gang task forces.............................                                                           ((n/a))            ((10,000))
Science:
  National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Science.....................................................              2013               5,509,600             5,047,447             5,193,000
    Aeronautics.................................................              2013                 590,000               559,301               666,000
    Space Technology............................................              2013                 515,000               629,950               620,000
    Exploration.................................................              2013               5,264,000             3,814,041             4,167,000
    Space Operations............................................              2013               4,253,300             3,878,802             3,885,000
    Education...................................................              2013                 145,700               122,654               106,000
    Safety, Security and Mission Services.......................              2013               3,276,800             2,770,012             2,779,000
    Construction and Environmental Compliance and Remediation...              2013                 366,900               667,236               446,000
    Office of Inspector General.................................              2013                  38,700                37,287                34,000
  National Science Foundation
    Research and Related Activities.............................              2013               6,637,849             5,870,974             5,973,645
    Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction........              2013                 236,764               192,488               200,760
    Education and Human Resources...............................              2013               1,041,762               878,799               876,000
    Agency Operations and Award Management......................              2013                 363,670               293,780               335,000
    Office of the National Science Board........................              2013                   4,906                 4,357                 4,370
    Office of Inspector General.................................              2013                  15,049                13,933                14,430
Related Agencies:
  Commission on Civil Rights
    Salaries and Expenses.......................................              1995                   9,500                 8,904                 9,000
  International Trade Commission
    Salaries and Expenses.......................................              2004                  57,240                58,295                84,500
  Legal Services Corporation
    Payment to the Legal Services Corporation...................              1980                 205,000               300,000               350,000
  Marine Mammal Commission
    Salaries and Expenses.......................................              1999                   1,750                 1,240                 3,250
  Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
    Salaries and Expenses.......................................              2004                  33,108                41,552                53,500
  State Justice Institute
    Salaries and Expenses.......................................              2008                   7,000                 3,760                5,121
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* The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Authorization Act of 1992 (P.L. 102-567) provides authorizations for general categories of
  activities, rather than specific programs. Since a program may cut across several authorizations, it is impossible to determine the exact amount of
  unauthorized appropriations.
  Authorization covers multiple lines in the NOAA control table.
 This authorization provides for both procurement and operations activities, but does not provide a breakdown for each.
  Authorization does not provide amounts for specific accounts within this agency.
  This was formerly the ``General Administration, Detention Trustee'' account.
? The authorization for this program expired in FY2011. Since the government was funded by a full-year continuing resolution, the Committee did not
  provide a specific appropriation for this program.
# These programs have been combined into the Consolidated Youth-oriented Program.
** The recommendation includes an overall amount for tribal assistance but does not specify amounts for each particular program.
   The authorization for this program expired in FY2007. Since the government was funded by a full-year continuing resolution, the Committee did not
  provide a specific appropriation for this program.
 The recommendation does not provide a specific amount for this program.

                 Comparison With the Budget Resolution

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives and section 308(a)(1)(A) of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the following table compares 
the levels of new budget authority and outlays provided in the 
bill with the appropriate allocations made under section 302(b) 
of the Budget Act:

 BUDGETARY IMPACT PREPARED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET
      OFFICE PURSUANT TO SEC. 308(a), PUBLIC LAW 93-344, AS AMENDED
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                302(b) Allocation       This Bill\1\
                             -------------------------------------------
                                Budget                Budget
                              Authority   Outlays   Authority   Outlays
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Comparison of amounts in the
 bill with Committee
 allocations to its
 subcommittees
    Subcommittee on
     Commerce, Justice,
     Science
      General purpose            51,202     61,641     51,202     61,631
       discretionary........
      Mandatory.............        317        308        317        308
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\Includes outlays from prior year budget authority.

                      Five-Year Outlay Projections

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII and section 
308(a)(1)(B) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the 
following table contains five-year outlay projections 
associated with the budget authority provided in the 
accompanying bill, as provided to the Committee by the 
Congressional Budget Office:

 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Projection of outlays associated with the recommendation
    2015...................................................    \1\39,184
    2016...................................................       13,520
    2017...................................................        3,069
    2018...................................................        1,433
    2019 and future years..................................        4,805
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\Excludes outlays from prior year budget authority.

               Assistance to State and Local Governments

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII and section 
308(a)(1)(C) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the 
Congressional Budget Office has provided the following 
estimates of new budget authority and outlays provided by the 
accompanying bill for financial assistance to State and local 
governments.

 
                        [In millions of dollars]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Budget Authority...........................................       -7,744
Outlays....................................................        \1\44
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\Excludes outlays from prior year budget authority.

                          Program Duplication

    Pursuant to section 3(j)(2) of H. Res. 5 (113th Congress), 
no provision of this bill establishes or reauthorizes a program 
of the Federal Government known to be duplicative of another 
Federal program, a program that was included in any report from 
the Government Accountability Office to Congress pursuant to 
section 21 of Public Law 111-139, or a program related to a 
program identified in the most recent Catalog of Federal 
Domestic Assistance.

                          Directed Rule Making

    Pursuant to section 3(k) of H. Res. 5 (113th Congress), the 
bill does not direct any rule making.

      Comparative Statement of New Budget (Obligational) Authority

    The following table provides a detailed summary, for each 
department and agency, comparing the amounts recommended in the 
bill with fiscal year 2014 enacted amounts and budget estimates 
presented for fiscal year 2015:



        MINORITY VIEWS OF REP. NITA LOWEY AND REP. CHAKA FATTAH

    We commend Chairman Rogers and Chairman Wolf for their 
efforts to assemble the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Commerce, 
Justice, Science (CJS) bill in an inclusive manner. While the 
CJS bill contains several significant shortcomings, overall it 
is not as egregious as many of the other upcoming 
appropriations bills we are likely to see, given several 
problematic subcommittee 302(b) allocations that have just been 
approved by the Appropriations Committee.
    On the positive side, in working with Chairman Wolf, we 
have been able to fund many important priorities in the CJS 
bill. Several examples are as follows:
      Neuroscience: Building on the work of the 
Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience, an increase of 
$21,150,000 above FY 2014 is provided in the bill for 
neuroscience activities at the National Science Foundation 
(NSF). This will allow NSF to continue its interdisciplinary 
approach to transforming our understanding of the mechanisms of 
the brain. In addition to the funding increase, the report 
directs NSF to organize an international conference on 
neuroscience, convening government representatives, 
neuroscience researchers, private entities, non-profit 
institutions and others to share research and foster 
collaboration around neuroscience research. The White House 
Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), which plays a 
critical oversight and coordination role in Federal 
neuroscience activities, is also funded at the Administration's 
requested level of $5,555,000.
      Manufacturing: $5 million is provided to the 
Economic Development Administration (EDA) for continued funding 
of the loan guarantee program for small and medium-sized 
businesses to help develop innovative new products and new 
technologies. In addition, funds are provided within NSF to 
support advanced manufacturing research, to help develop new 
products based on advanced technologies. The bill also provides 
$130 million for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership 
program.
      Youth Mentoring: The bill provides $90 million 
for Youth Mentoring. At a time when the number of people in 
Federal prison continues to rise, these programs are of vital 
importance in cutting the costs associated with crime and 
delinquency. We need to focus our resources on programs like 
these that provide early intervention to help positively 
influence the lives of our young people.
      Weather Forecasting: As noted below, strong 
funding levels are provided both for National Weather Service 
operating expenses and for procurement for the two largest 
future weather satellite programs.
    The FY 2015 bill approved by the Committee provides net 
budget authority of $51.2 billion, a cut of nearly $400 million 
below FY 2014 though more than $200 million above the request. 
However, after accounting for rescissions and scorekeeping 
adjustments, the bill is approximately $1 billion above FY 
2014. Across the bill, most programs are funded at decent 
levels. However, there are a number of critical public 
investments that fall short of the amounts needed, specifically 
in state and local law enforcement, legal aid to the poor, 
climate research, and other areas. As the process moves 
forward, we look forward to working in a bipartisan manner to 
preserve the positive aspects of the bill while improving upon 
the areas that will need higher funding levels to effectively 
achieve their missions. Given the wide array of public needs 
that must be funded in this bill, our careful attention to 
these efforts is critical.

                         DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

    For the Department of Commerce, the Committee provides $8.4 
billion, an increase of $175.1 million above FY 2014, though 
$390.8 million below the Administration's request.
    We reiterate that we are pleased the Committee has once 
again recognized the importance of weather forecasting and the 
role that weather satellites play in ensuring reliable 
forecasts. The Committee provides an increase above the request 
for the operating budget of the National Weather Service, as 
well as full funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA)'s two largest weather satellite 
procurement efforts--the Geostationary Operational 
Environmental Satellite, R Series (GOES-R), and the Joint Polar 
Satellite System (JPSS). The nation has seen far too many 
examples in recent years of the danger to human life and the 
damage to property and public infrastructure caused by extreme 
weather events. It is essential for us to continue to provide 
ample resources for both the personnel and technology of the 
National Weather Service, to minimize gaps in weather data and 
to provide sufficient advance warning of dangerous weather 
events.
    At the same time, however, we are disappointed that the 
Committee has once again cut funding for important climate 
science efforts of NOAA and its external partners. The 
Committee provides $119 million for NOAA climate research, a 
cut of $37.5 million (24%) below FY 2014 and $69.3 million 
(37%) below the Administration's request. In addition, the bill 
fails to provide the full Administration request for climate-
related satellite procurement. According to the third National 
Climate Assessment, released on May 6, 2014, the average 
temperature in the U.S. increased by between 1.3 and 1.9 
degrees Fahrenheit since recordkeeping began in 1895, with 80 
percent of this increase occurring since 1970. The assessment 
noted that impacts related to climate change are already 
evident in many sectors and are expected to become increasingly 
disruptive across the nation throughout this century. For 
example, storm surge on top of the rise in sea level 
exacerbates coastal flooding during hurricanes. Climate change 
is also increasing the risks of respiratory stress from poor 
air quality, heat stress, and the spread of foodbome, 
insectbome, and waterborne diseases. These are just some 
examples of what we face as a result of climate change. We need 
to fully fund NOAA's research in this area, which will improve 
our nation's ability to understand and predict climate change 
and thus enhance our ability to plan and respond.
    Additional overall funding will also be needed for the 
ocean and coastal stewardship programs of NOAA. There are many 
strong funding levels provided in this area; examples include 
the full requested amounts for Integrated Ocean Observing 
System Regional Observations and the National Estuarine 
Research Reserve System, and a strong funding level for fish 
stock assessments. At the same time, a few other areas will 
need additional funding, most especially Habitat Conservation 
and Restoration, which the bill cuts by $16.7 million, or 40 
percent below FY 2014. This program plays an important role in 
helping to rebuild fisheries, recover protected species, and 
improve the resilience of coastal resources and communities.
    The Census Bureau is funded at $1.1 billion, an increase of 
$161.5 million above FY 2014 but $104.9 million below the 
Administration's request. The reduction below the request 
threatens the Bureau's ability to conduct many of its research 
and planning activities in preparation for the 2020 Decennial 
Census. These activities must be performed early in order to 
provide time for the Bureau to make preliminary census design 
decisions, which will determine the ultimate cost of the 2020 
Census.
    We are pleased, however, that $5 million is provided for 
continued funding of EDA's loan guarantee program for 
innovative technologies in manufacturing. The bill also 
provides $5 million to continue a grant program to help 
relocate jobs back to the United States that have previously 
been placed outside the United States.
    We are further encouraged that the bill provides increases 
(though less than requested by the Administration) for overall 
research activities of the National Institutes of Standards and 
Technology and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program. 
These investments are necessary to ensure that the nation will 
remain globally competitive in the areas of manufacturing and 
technological innovation. However, zero funding is provided for 
the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia program, which 
helps industry identify longterm manufacturing needs. A modest 
increase, though again less than requested, is provided for the 
International Trade Administration in support of its efforts to 
create jobs through expansion of U.S. exports. The bill also 
provides the full request for the Patent and Trademark Office 
(PTO), which will allow PTO to continue reducing its backlog of 
patent applications and improve its information technology 
systems.
    In addition, we are pleased that the bill provides $30 
million for the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), an 
increase above both FY 2014 and the Administration's request. 
The bill also provides an overall slight increase above the 
request for the programmatic account of the Economic 
Development Administration (EDA). The programs of MBDA and EDA, 
among other Commerce Department efforts, have a proven track 
record of helping to preserve and create jobs, particularly in 
economically distressed areas.

                         DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

    For the Department of Justice (D0J), the bill provides a 
total of $27.8 billion, an increase of $383.8 million above the 
FY 2014 level and $136.8 million above the budget request.
    Increases above the FY 2014 level (and in most cases, above 
the FY 2015 request) for the Federal law enforcement and 
litigation components at DOJ will allow for additional Federal 
agents, attorneys, and support staff to conduct investigations, 
protect national security, and litigate civil and criminal 
cases.
    There is no doubt that we are in need of reforms in our 
prison system. We are pleased that the Committee continues to 
fund the task force on prison reform and look forward to 
reviewing its findings and recommendations.
    We are pleased that many important grant programs are 
protected through level funding or increases, including the 
State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, Office on Violence 
Against Women grant programs, Crime Victims Fund programs, the 
Byrne-JAG formula grant program, the Victims of Trafficking 
program, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, and the Youth 
Mentoring program.
    We strongly support the important resources provided by the 
bill to combat gun violence. For grants to improve the 
submission of records to the National Instant Criminal 
Background Check System (NICS), the bill provides $58.5 
million, an increase of $3.5 million above the request and the 
same as the FY 2014 level. In addition to these resources, 
report language was adopted in Committee markup requiring the 
FBI to publish detailed data on record submissions to NICS. 
Furthermore, the bill provides $75 million for the 
Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, the same level of 
finding as proposed in the President's budget and provided last 
year. This funding will continue to provide resources for 
research and for schools to implement evidence-based approaches 
to improving school safety.
    However, state and local grant programs at DOJ overall are 
cut by $81.6 million below FY 2014, even as state and local 
governments continue to experience budget problems.
    Several important grant programs are eliminated entirely, 
including Byrne Incentive Grants, the Byrne Criminal Justice 
Innovation Program, the Children Exposed to Violence 
Initiative, and the State and Local Help Desk and Diagnostic 
Center. Juvenile Justice programs overall are hit particularly 
hard, including the elimination of the Community-Based Violence 
Initiative, the National Forum on Youth Violence, and the Local 
Delinquency Prevention Incentive Grant program.
    The most egregious of these cuts is the reduction for the 
Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program This 
important public safety program is cut by $117.5 million below 
FY 2014 and $177.5 million below the request. Had it been 
funded at the request, this program would have provided for the 
hiring of approximately 1,300 new police officers across the 
country.
    We are disappointed that none of the Administration's 
proposed Access to Justice grant programs were funded in the 
bill. These initiatives seek to provide fair and equal access 
to justice for everyone regardless of circumstances. Moving 
forward, funding for these important programs should be 
included in the final FY 2015 CJS Appropriations Act.

                                SCIENCE

    As noted above, the bill provides $5,555,000 for OSTP, the 
same as both FY 2014 and the Administration's FY 2015 request. 
OSTP plays a critical oversight and coordination function for 
science and technology activities across the executive branch, 
including an initiative begun at the request of this 
subcommittee to better coordinate and strengthen neuroscience 
research. We are on the cusp of significant breakthroughs 
related to the treatment of brain injuries, cognitive 
developmental disorders such as autism, and neurodegenerative 
diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's that will have 
tremendous implications for the mental health of the American 
people and the cost of health care.
    The Committee is to be commended for making scientific 
research funding a priority in the bill. The bill provides $7.4 
billion overall for NSF, $232.3 million above the FY 2014 level 
and $149.2 million above the request. For NSF's Research and 
Related Activities account, the bill provides $5.97 billion, 
$164.7 million above the FY 2014 and $166.2 million above the 
request. This increase comes at a time when maintaining the 
United States' competitive edge in science and technology is 
more important than ever.
    The bill provides a healthy overall total of $17.9 billion 
for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 
$249.5 million above FY 2014 and $435.4 million above the 
Administration's request. Within this amount, several valuable 
efforts are funded at decent levels, with an especially strong 
increase for aeronautics research. In addition, we appreciate 
the strong increase above the President's request for NASA's 
Planetary Science efforts, particularly for Mars Science and 
for a future probe of the Jupiter moon Europa. This funding 
will help ensure the United States maintains its international 
leadership in solar system exploration. Full funding is 
provided for the James Webb Space Telescope, which will greatly 
enhance our scientific understanding of planets in other solar 
systems and of the origins of the universe.
    Furthermore, a strong increase above FY 2014 is provided 
for the Commercial Crew program, aimed at ensuring U.S. access 
to low Earth orbit on American-made spacecraft. We believe that 
this program, which will end U.S. reliance on Russia for 
flights to the International Space Station, will also benefit 
greatly from competition among multiple U.S. commercial 
spaceflight companies. An increase is provided for Space 
Technology, though less than the President requested. Finally, 
a solid funding level of $32 million is provided for the 
Minority University Research and Education program (MUREP), $2 
million above FY 2014, although both the Space Grant and 
Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCOR) 
programs are cut below FY 2014.

                            RELATED AGENCIES

    The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is cut by $15 million 
below the FY 2014 level of $365 million, when it should have 
received an increase. Misguided cuts to the LSC in FY 2011 and 
2012 resulted in the termination of 1,031 full-time staff, 
including 406 attorney positions. In addition, grantees have 
been forced to close 30 offices, complete 122,000 fewer cases, 
and serve 334,000 fewer people. The FY 2013 post-sequestration 
level continued this trend even further.
    The final FY 2014 CJS Act did provide a $24.1 million 
increase above FY 2013 post-sequester. The President recognized 
the need for additional funding by recommending $430 million in 
FY 2015 for the LSC. We are hopeful that we can reach an 
agreement at the end of this process that allows for this level 
of funding.
    The bill provides $364 million for the Equal Employment 
Opportunity Commission, the same as FY 2014 though a decrease 
of $1.5 million below the amount requested.

                          COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS

    We are pleased that report language was adopted requiring 
the FBI to provide detailed data on record submissions to NICS 
by Federal and state agencies. NICS is a vital tool for keeping 
firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals. Without 
timely and complete record submissions, however, the NICS 
system could be failing to prevent the transfers of guns to 
such individuals in many instances. This report language is an 
important step toward addressing this problem.
    At the same time, however, we are troubled by the inclusion 
of gun-related riders, including one that was added to the bill 
during Committee markup as a result of an amendment. This 
amendment has been included in the House CJS bill before but 
has never been enacted into law. It would prevent the 
enforcement of an existing requirement that Federal firearms 
licensees (FFLs) in four southwest border states report to the 
National Tracing Center on the sale of certain kinds of semi-
automatic rifles favored by the Mexican drug cartels. This 
reporting requirement is narrow and targeted, applying only to 
the four border states (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and 
California), and only when a dealer sells two or more 
qualifying long guns to a single individual within five 
business days. Qualifying guns are rifles that (1) are semi-
automatic; (2) are greater than .22 caliber; and (3) can hold a 
detachable magazine. It does not apply to shotguns or the vast 
majority of rifles regularly used for hunting or sporting 
purposes.
    This reporting requirement is identical to one that has 
existed for decades for handguns, and in no way does it hinder 
the ability of any law-abiding person to purchase as many 
rifles as he desires. It is not an undue burden on FFLs, with 
the time to complete a multiple sales form estimated at 12 
minutes and an estimated annual cost in employee time of only 
$16.
    This very limited reporting requirement has proven to be an 
important tool for Federal law enforcement in the effort to 
uncover illegal trafficking operations intended to supply semi-
automatic weapons to the violent drug gangs across the border. 
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and 
Explosives (ATF), these multiple sales reports have thus far 
led to more than 200 defendants recommended for prosecution, 
including both alleged straw purchasers and others further up 
the firearms trafficking chain. Also according to ATF, the 
reporting requirement is forcing firearms traffickers to change 
tactics, making straw purchases more difficult and serving as a 
deterrent for many people who might have engaged in straw 
purchasing in the past.
    This is not about gun control or compiling a registry of 
long gun owners. Information that does not become part of a 
trafficking investigation is purged from ATF records within two 
years. This is a law enforcement response to the evidence from 
successful tracings of weapons recovered in Mexico. These 
tracings show that a large number of these weapons were 
initially sold by licensed gun dealers in California, Arizona, 
New Mexico, or Texas.
    Last year, a unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals 
for the Fifth Circuit affirmed an earlier court finding that 
Federal law ``unambiguously authorizes'' this reporting 
requirement. This Committee simply has no business in tying the 
hands of law enforcement agencies as they attempt to carry out 
Federal law.
    We are further disappointed that the Committee did not 
adopt the Quigley amendment to repeal the permanent restriction 
on funding to require FFLs to conduct physical inventories of 
their businesses. In its FY 2015 budget request, the 
Administration requested language that would have effectively 
repealed this restriction, which prevents ATF from implementing 
a requirement that would allow law enforcement to be made aware 
of lost or stolen firearms in a timely manner. While it is true 
that FFLs are already required to keep records of all 
individual firearms received and sold, there have been numerous 
instances of FFLs losing control of significant portions of 
their firearms inventories, often with tragic consequences. For 
example, in 2002, John Allen Muhammad, the ``Beltway sniper,'' 
terrorized the Washington, DC metropolitan area when he and his 
teenage accomplice gunned down 10 people over the course of 
several weeks. The Bushmaster XM-15 assault rifle used in the 
attacks was one of 238 guns that disappeared from the inventory 
of Bull's Eye Shooter Supply in Washington state over a three-
year period.
    By implementing a requirement that FFLs conduct annual 
physical inventories of their firearms businesses, such losses 
could be prevented. If FFL acquisition and disposition records 
are accurate, then comparing those records to a physical 
inventory of the firearms maintained on the FFL's premises 
would reveal the extent to which firearms have been lost or 
stolen. However, ATF is currently prohibited from requiring 
such an inventory, and we are disappointed that the Committee 
majority voted against the Quigley amendment.
    We are also disappointed that the Committee did not adopt 
the Moran amendment to require that gun store employees undergo 
background checks. Federal law currently prohibits several 
categories of persons from purchasing guns at FFLs, including, 
for example, felons and domestic violence misdemeanants. 
Likewise, FFL dealers may not themselves be persons already 
prohibited from possessing a firearm. However, there is 
currently no requirement that FFLs perform criminal background 
checks on gun store employees or prospective job applicants. 
The Moran amendment is a common sense measure that should be 
adopted, and it is nearly identical to a bipartisan bill that 
has previously been introduced.

                               CONCLUSION

    We commend Chairman Wolf's efforts and reiterate our strong 
support for the many positive aspects of this bill. At the same 
time, we reiterate our commitment to continuing to work in a 
constructive, bipartisan manner on making the necessary 
improvements to this bill.

                                   Nita M. Lowey.
                                   Chaka Fattah.