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                                                       Calendar No. 176
114th Congress         }                      {                 Report
                                 SENATE
 1st Session           }                      {                 114-97

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  FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2016

                                _______
                                

                 July 30, 2015.--Ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

    Mr. Boozman of Arkansas, from the Committee on Appropriations, 
                        submitted the following

                                 REPORT

                         [To accompany S. 1910]

    The Committee on Appropriations reports an original bill 
(S. 1910) making appropriations for financial services and 
general government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 
2016, and for other purposes, reports favorably thereon without 
amendment and recommends that the bill do pass.



Amounts of new budget (obligational) authority for fiscal year 2016

Total of bill as reported to the Senate................. $42,101,686,000
Amount of 2015 appropriations...........................  43,190,700,000
Amount of 2016 budget estimate..........................  46,789,418,000
Bill as recommended to Senate compared to--
    2015 appropriations.................................  -1,089,014,000
    2016 budget estimate................................  -4,687,732,000


                                CONTENTS

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                                                                   Page
Overview and Summary of the Bill.................................     5
Program, Project, and Activity...................................     5
Reprogramming Guidelines.........................................     5
Relationship With Budget Offices.................................     6
Congressional Budget Justifications..............................     7
Agency Reports...................................................     7
Antideficiency Act Violations....................................     8
Title I: Department of the Treasury:
    Departmental Offices.........................................    10
        Department-wide Systems and Capital Investments Programs.    14
        Office of Inspector General..............................    15
        Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration........    16
        Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief 
          Program................................................    18
    Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.........................    18
    Treasury Forfeiture Fund.....................................    20
    Bureau of the Fiscal Service.................................    20
    Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.....................    21
    United States Mint...........................................    22
    Community Development Financial Institutions Fund............    22
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing.............................    24
    Internal Revenue Service.....................................    25
        Taxpayer Services........................................    29
        Enforcement..............................................    33
        Operations Support.......................................    38
        Business Systems Modernization...........................    39
        Administrative Provisions--Internal Revenue Service......    40
    Administrative Provisions--Department of the Treasury........    41
Title II: Executive Office of the President and Funds 
  Appropriated to the President:
    The White House..............................................    43
    Executive Residence at the White House.......................    44
    White House Repair and Restoration...........................    44
    Council of Economic Advisers.................................    44
    National Security Council and Homeland Security Council......    45
    Office of Administration.....................................    45
    Office of Management and Budget..............................    46
    Office of National Drug Control Policy.......................    48
    Federal Drug Control Programs:
        High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program............    49
        Other Federal Drug Control Programs......................    49
    Unanticipated Needs..........................................    50
    Information Technology Oversight and Reform..................    50
    Special Assistance to the President..........................    52
    Official Residence of the Vice President.....................    53
    Administrative Provisions--Executive Office of the President 
      and Funds Appropriated to the President....................    53
Title III: The Judiciary:
    Supreme Court of the United States...........................    54
        Care of the Building and Grounds.........................    55
    United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.......    55
    United States Court of International Trade...................    56
    Courts of Appeals, District Courts, and Other Judicial 
      Services...................................................    56
        Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund...................    57
        Defender Services........................................    58
        Fees of Jurors and Commissioners.........................    59
        Court Security...........................................    59
    Administrative Office of the United States Courts............    60
    Federal Judicial Center......................................    61
    United States Sentencing Commission..........................    61
    Administrative Provisions--The Judiciary.....................    61
Title IV--District of Columbia:
    Federal Payments:
        Federal Funds............................................    63
        Federal Payment for Resident Tuition Support.............    63
        Federal Payment for Emergency Planning and Security Costs 
          in the District of Columbia............................    64
        Federal Payment to the District of Columbia Courts.......    64
        Federal Payment for Defender Services in District of 
          Columbia Courts........................................    65
        Federal Payment to the Court Services and Offender 
          Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia........    65
        Federal Payment to the Public Defender Service for the 
          District of Columbia...................................    66
        Federal Payment to the District of Columbia Water and 
          Sewer Authority........................................    67
        Federal Payment to the Criminal Justice Coordinating 
          Council................................................    67
        Federal Payment for Judicial Commissions.................    68
        Federal Payment for School Improvement...................    69
        Federal Payment for the D.C. National Guard..............    70
        Federal Payment for HIV/AIDS Prevention..................    70
        Federal Payment for Climate Risk Management..............    70
        Federal Payment for DC Solar Power Initiative............    71
        Federal Payment for St. Elizabeths East Campus 
          Development............................................    71
        Federal Payment for Supportive Housing...................    71
        Federal Payment for Arts and Cultural Affairs Grants.....    71
        Federal Payment for Mass Transit Innovation Plan.........    72
    District of Columbia Funds...................................    72
Title V--Independent Agencies:
    Administrative Conference of the United States...............    73
    Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection......................    73
    Commodity Futures Trading Commission.........................    74
    Consumer Product Safety Commission...........................    77
    Election Assistance Commission...............................    78
    Federal Communications Commission............................    79
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: Office of the 
      Inspector General..........................................    82
    Federal Election Commission..................................    83
    Federal Labor Relations Authority............................    83
    Federal Trade Commission.....................................    84
    General Services Administration..............................    85
    Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation........................    93
    Merit Systems Protection Board...............................    93
    Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation..............    94
    National Archives and Records Administration.................    95
    National Credit Union Administration.........................   100
    Office of Government Ethics..................................   100
    Office of Personnel Management...............................   101
    Office of Special Counsel....................................   105
    Postal Regulatory Commission.................................   105
    Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board..................   106
    Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board...............   107
    Securities and Exchange Commission...........................   107
    Selective Service System.....................................   109
    Small Business Administration................................   110
    United States Postal Service.................................   117
    United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General.....   118
    United States Tax Court......................................   119
Statement Concerning General Provisions..........................   119
Title VI--General Provisions--This Act...........................   121
Title VII--General Provisions--Governmentwide....................   124
Title VIII--General Provisions--District of Columbia.............   128
Title IX-- Financial Regulatory Improvements.....................   130
Compliance With Paragraph 7, Rule XVI of the Standing Rules of 
  the 
  Senate.........................................................   131
Compliance With Paragraph 7(c), Rule XXVI of the Standing Rules 
  of the Senate..................................................   132
Compliance With Paragraph 12, Rule XXVI of the Standing Rules of 
  the Senate.....................................................   132
Budgetary Impact of Bill.........................................   182
Comparative Statement of New Budget Authority....................   183

                    OVERVIEW AND SUMMARY OF THE BILL

    The Financial Services and General Government 
appropriations bill provides funding for the Department of the 
Treasury, including the Internal Revenue Service; the Executive 
Office of the President; the Judiciary; the District of 
Columbia; and more than two dozen independent Federal agencies.
    The Committee recommends $42,101,686,000 in discretionary 
and mandatory appropriations. This represents a decrease of 
$1,089,014,000 below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level, and a 
decrease of $4,687,732,000 below the budget request. Of the 
total, $20,714,829,000 is provided in discretionary 
appropriations, including $158,829,000 for the Small Business 
Administration Disaster Loans Program Account designated by 
Congress as disaster relief pursuant to Public Law 112-25. This 
discretionary amount is $4,661,421,000 below the budget request 
of $25,376,250,000. Mandatory appropriations less scorekeeping 
adjustments total $21,386,857,000.

                     PROGRAM, PROJECT, AND ACTIVITY

    During fiscal year 2016, for the purposes of the Balanced 
Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (Public Law 
99-177), as amended, with respect to appropriations contained 
in the accompanying bill, the terms ``program, project, and 
activity'' [PPA] shall mean any item for which a dollar amount 
is contained in appropriations acts (including joint 
resolutions providing continuing appropriations) or 
accompanying reports of the House and Senate Committees on 
Appropriations, or accompanying conference reports and joint 
explanatory statements of the committee of conference.

                        REPROGRAMMING GUIDELINES

    The Committee includes a provision (section 608) 
establishing the authority of agencies to reprogram funds and 
the limitation on that authority. The provision specifically 
requires the advance approval of the House and Senate 
Committees on Appropriations of any proposal to reprogram funds 
that: (1) creates a new program; (2) eliminates a program, 
project, or activity [PPA]; (3) increases funds or personnel 
for any PPA for which funds have been denied or restricted by 
the Congress; (4) proposes to redirect funds that were directed 
in such reports for a specific activity to a different purpose; 
(5) augments an existing PPA in excess of $5,000,000 or 10 
percent, whichever is less; (6) reduces an existing PPA by 
$5,000,000 or 10 percent, whichever is less; or (7) creates, 
reorganizes, or restructures offices differently than the 
congressional budget justifications or the table at the end of 
the Committee report, whichever is more detailed.
    The Committee retains the requirement that each agency 
submit an operating plan to the House and Senate Committees on 
Appropriations not later than 60 days after enactment of this 
act to establish the baseline for application of reprogramming 
and transfer authorities provided in this act. Specifically, 
each agency should provide a table for each appropriation with 
columns displaying the budget request; adjustments made by 
Congress; adjustments for rescissions, if appropriate; and the 
fiscal year enacted level. The table shall delineate the 
appropriation both by object class and by PPA. The report must 
also identify items of special congressional interest.
    The Committee expects the agencies and bureaus to submit 
reprogramming requests in a timely manner and to provide a 
thorough explanation of the proposed reallocations, including a 
detailed justification of increases and reductions and the 
specific impact the proposed changes will have on the budget 
request for the following fiscal year. Except in emergency 
situations, reprogramming requests should be submitted no later 
than June 30.
    The Committee expects each agency to manage its programs 
and activities within the amounts appropriated by Congress. The 
Committee reminds agencies that reprogramming requests should 
be submitted only in the case of an unforeseeable emergency or 
a situation that could not have been anticipated when 
formulating the budget request for the current fiscal year. 
Further, the Committee notes that when a Department or agency 
submits a reprogramming or transfer request to the Committees 
on Appropriations and does not receive identical responses from 
the House and the Senate, it is the responsibility of the 
Department or agency to reconcile the House and the Senate 
differences before proceeding, and if reconciliation is not 
possible, to consider the request to reprogram funds 
unapproved.

                    RELATIONSHIP WITH BUDGET OFFICES

    Through the years, the Committee has channeled most of its 
inquiries and requests for information and assistance through 
the budget offices of the various departments, agencies, 
offices, and commissions. The Committee has often pointed to 
the natural affinity and relationship between the budget 
offices and the Committee which makes such a relationship 
workable. The Committee reiterates its longstanding position 
that while the Committee reserves the right to call upon any 
office or officer in the departments, agencies, and 
commissions, the primary conjunction between the Committee and 
these entities must be through the budget offices. To help 
ensure the Committee's ability to perform its responsibilities, 
the Committee insists on having direct, unobstructed, and 
timely access to the budget offices and expects to be able to 
receive forthright and complete responses from those offices 
and their employees.
    The Committee expects timely agency compliance with 
mandated reporting requirements. The Committee directs all 
agencies from which reports are required to allow sufficient 
time to secure any necessary internal and external clearances 
of reports in order to satisfy congressional deadlines. The 
Committee strongly urges agencies to alert the Committee as far 
as possible in advance of any expected slippage in meeting a 
report delivery due date.

                  CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET JUSTIFICATIONS

    Budget justifications are prepared not for the use of the 
agency, but instead are the primary tool used by the House and 
Senate Committees on Appropriations to evaluate the resource 
requirements and fiscal needs of agencies. The Committee is 
aware that the format and presentation of budget materials is 
largely left to the agency within presentation objectives set 
forth by OMB. However, the Committee expects agencies to 
consult with the Committees on Appropriations in advance 
regarding any plans to modify the format of agency budget 
documents to ensure that the data needed to make appropriate 
and meaningful funding decisions is provided.
    The Committee directs that justifications submitted with 
the fiscal year 2017 budget requests by agencies funded under 
this act must contain the customary level of detailed data and 
explanatory statements to support the appropriations requests 
at the level of detail contained in the funding table included 
at the end of the report. Among other items, agencies shall 
provide a detailed discussion of proposed new initiatives, 
proposed changes in the agency's financial plan from prior year 
enactment, and detailed data on all programs and comprehensive 
information on any office or agency restructurings. At a 
minimum, each agency must also provide adequate justification 
for funding and staffing changes for each individual office. 
Explanatory materials should compare programs, projects, and 
activities that are proposed for fiscal year 2017 to the fiscal 
year 2016 enacted level.
    The Committee includes a general provision requiring that 
agencies provide, as a component incorporated within their 
fiscal year 2017 budget justification materials submitted to 
the Committee, a separate table briefly describing the top 
management challenges for fiscal year 2016 as identified by the 
agency inspector general, along with an explanation of how the 
fiscal year 2017 budget request addresses each such management 
challenge.
    The Committee is aware that the analytical materials 
required for review by the Committee are unique to each agency 
in this act. Therefore, the Committee expects that each agency 
will coordinate with the House and Senate Committees on 
Appropriations in advance on its planned presentation for its 
budget justification materials in support of the fiscal year 
2017 budget request.

                             AGENCY REPORTS

    As a measure to reduce costs and conserve paper, the 
Committee reminds agencies funded by this act that currently 
provide separate copies of periodic reports (such as 
Performance and Accountability Reports) and correspondence to 
the chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees 
and Subcommittees on Financial Services and General Government, 
and also to the ranking members of the committees and 
subcommittees, to use a single cover letter jointly addressed 
to the chairs and ranking members of the Committee and 
subcommittee of both the House and the Senate. To the greatest 
extent feasible, agencies should include in the cover letter a 
reference or hyperlink to facilitate electronic access to the 
report and provide the documents by electronic mail delivery. 
Consolidating addressees and remitting a copy of the letter and 
attachments to each recipient should expedite agency 
processing. This should also help ensure that consistent 
information is conveyed concurrently to the majority and 
minority committee offices of both chambers of Congress.

                     ANTIDEFICIENCY ACT VIOLATIONS

    The Antideficiency Act is a cornerstone of Federal fiscal 
law. It forbids agencies from exceeding an appropriation, 
apportionment, or allotment; from obligating funds before 
Congress has appropriated them; and from accepting voluntary 
services or employing personal services exceeding that 
authorized by law. These prohibitions ensure that agencies 
operate within amounts that Congress has appropriated and, 
therefore, that agency activities are carried out in accordance 
with the will of the people as expressed through Congress.
    The Antideficiency Act requires agencies to immediately 
report violations of the act to Congress and to the President 
and to transmit a copy of each report to the Comptroller 
General. These reports must include all relevant facts 
pertaining to the violation and a statement of action taken. 
These reports provide information essential to the Committee as 
it performs oversight and as it considers agency funding 
levels. Therefore, the Committee directs any agency funded by 
this Act to concurrently transmit to the Subcommittee on 
Financial Services and General Government a copy of any 
Antideficiency Act violation report submitted pursuant to 31 
U.S.C. section 1351 or 31 U.S.C. section 1517(b).
    Cybersecurity.--Cybersecurity remains one of the most 
significant challenges facing the Nation. Recent events have 
demonstrated that the Federal Government faces an array of 
cyber-based threats to its systems and data and the results 
have proven disastrous to millions of Americans. The Committee 
remains concerned that billions of Federal dollars are spent 
each fiscal year yet there is no guarantee of security for 
Americans. The Committee stresses the importance of the role of 
the Federal CIO in protecting Federal assets and information 
and strengthening the Federal Government's overall 
cybersecurity infrastructure. The Committee is committed to 
conducting oversight of agencies within its jurisdiction to 
ensure that funding is being spent wisely and effectively while 
ensuring that stronger cyber controls are in place. The 
Committee encourages the Administration and agencies to enhance 
their cyber strategies and allocate resources accordingly to 
combat cybercrime and data breaches.
    Paper Reduction Efforts.--The Committee is concerned about 
the millions of taxpayer dollars spent on wasteful printing 
practices each year and the lack of clear printing policies 
within each of the agencies. While progress has been made to 
better utilize the cloud and digitize records, little progress 
has been made to reform in-house printing practices. The 
Committee urges each agency to work with the Office of 
Management and Budget to reduce printing and reproduction by 34 
percent and directs each agency to report to the Committee 
within 60 days after enactment of this act on what steps have 
been taken to reduce printing volume and costs. The report 
should specifically identify how much money each agency will be 
saving.

                                TITLE I

                       DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

                          Departmental Offices

                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $210,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     331,837,000
Committee recommendation................................     325,900,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Secretary of the Treasury has the primary role in 
formulating and managing the domestic and international tax and 
financial policies of the Federal Government. The Secretary's 
responsibilities funded by the Departmental Offices Salaries 
and Expenses appropriation include: recommending and 
implementing U.S. domestic and international economic and tax 
policy; formulating fiscal policy; governing the fiscal 
operations of the Government; executing the Nation's financial 
sanction policies; disrupting and dismantling terrorist 
financial infrastructure; protecting the United States and the 
international financial system from terrorist financing, money 
laundering, and other financial crimes; managing the public 
debt; managing international development policy; representing 
the United States on international monetary, trade, and 
investment issues; overseeing Department of the Treasury 
overseas operations; and directing the administrative 
operations of the Department of the Treasury. The majority of 
the Salaries and Expenses appropriation provides resources for 
policy formulation and implementation in the areas of domestic 
and international finance, terrorist financing and financial 
crimes, tax, economic, trade, financial operations and general 
fiscal policy. This appropriation also provides resources to 
support the Secretary, policy components, and departmental 
administrative policies in financial and personnel management, 
procurement operations, and information systems and 
telecommunications.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $325,900,000 for the Departmental 
Offices account of the Department of the Treasury for fiscal 
year 2016. The funding recommendations are made based on 
information included in the budget justification.
    The Committee recommends $112,500,000 within the 
Departmental Offices account for the Office of Terrorism and 
Financial Intelligence in order to support safeguarding 
financial systems against illicit use and combating rogue 
nations, terrorist facilitators, money launderers, 
proliferators of weapons of mass destruction, and other 
national security threats.
    Student Debt.--The Committee notes that there is nearly 
$1,200,000,000,000 in outstanding student loan debt, of which 
$150,000,000,000 is in private student loans. More than 850,000 
students have defaulted on their private student loans worth 
more than $8,100,000,000. The Committee commends the Federal 
bank regulators for efforts to encourage financial institutions 
to work constructively with private student loan borrowers 
experiencing financial difficulties and directs Treasury to 
work with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office 
of the Comptroller of the Currency, the National Credit Union 
Administration, and the Federal Reserve to offer clear guidance 
that protects taxpayers and is consistent with safety and 
soundness principles recognizing the unique characteristics of 
private student loans compared to other debt and providing 
flexibility to lenders working with borrowers to avoid default.
    Office of Financial Education.--The Committee is concerned 
about the low level of financial literacy and numeracy skills 
among the adult population of the United States, as one in 
seven adults do not have basic financial literacy skills to 
succeed in all but the most rudimentary financial literacy 
tasks. The Committee encourages the Department to explore the 
degree to which current Federal financial literacy programs 
benefit those individuals with less than basic literacy skills 
and to develop measurable goals and objectives for the 
Financial Literacy and Education Commission that address the 
needs of this population. Finally, the Committee urges the 
Department to explore opportunities to work with community-
based adult and family literacy organizations as it promotes 
and implements future financial literacy initiatives.
    Wildlife Trafficking.--The Committee notes the recent 
increase of illegal trade in rhinoceros horns, elephant ivory, 
and illegally harvested timber, along with the large sums of 
money that these products command on the black market. There 
are indisputable linkages between these activities and the 
financing of armed insurgencies and groups that threaten the 
stability and development of African countries and pose a 
threat to U.S. security interests. The Committee directs the 
Department to use available resources to pursue and enforce 
money laundering and other related laws as related to wildlife 
trafficking and the illegal ivory trade. The Department shall 
report to the Committee semiannually during fiscal year 2016 on 
such enforcement actions and other steps taken to carry out the 
Implementation Plan of the National Strategy on Wildlife 
Trafficking during this fiscal year.
    Agricultural Exports.--The Committee notes that expanding 
export opportunities for U.S. agricultural producers remain a 
critical opportunity for economic growth. U.S. agricultural 
sales restrictions to Cuba have prevented U.S. producers from 
unlocking their full market potential in Cuba. The Committee 
directs the Department of the Treasury to coordinate with the 
Department of Commerce and the Department of Agriculture to 
conduct an assessment of the impact that recent policy and 
regulatory changes to ease trade restrictions with Cuba have 
had on the U.S. agricultural industry and the extent to which 
remaining prohibitions on U.S. private financing or credit for 
sales of U.S. agricultural commodities negatively affects small 
U.S. exporters and farmers. The Department should report its 
findings to the Committee no later than 120 days after 
enactment.
    Economic Sanctions and Divestments.--The Committee 
recommendation includes resources for Terrorism and Financial 
Intelligence programs. With these funds, the Department will 
continue to implement and enforce economic and trade sanctions 
consistent with national security and foreign policy goals. 
These sanctions are a key tool for asserting U.S. policy toward 
countries and entities under sanction. The Committee directs 
the Department to fully implement all sanctions and divestment 
measures, particularly those applicable to those supporting WMD 
proliferation, terrorism, transnational organized crime, the 
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Russia, Belarus, North 
Korea, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and designated 
rebel groups operating in and around the Democratic Republic of 
Congo. The Committee directs the Department to promptly notify 
the Committee of any resource constraints that adversely impact 
the implementation of any sanctions program.
    Iran Sanctions.--The Committee directs the Treasury 
Department, prior to lifting of any sanctions designation 
relating to Iran, to conduct a full review of a sanctioned 
entity's behavior and report to the committee in writing 
whether the entity continues to engage in any prohibited 
activities. If Treasury determines an entity has engaged in 
other activities for which it should be sanctioned, Treasury 
shall either sanction the entity or provide a written 
justification for why sanctions have not been imposed.
    The Committee directs the Department to review each lifting 
of sanctions against a designated entity relating to Iran 180 
days after the lifting and determine in writing to the 
Committee whether the entity has violated the terms of the 
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or may be subject to other 
U.S. sanctions.
    The Committee also directs the Department to provide a 
written assessment, which may include a classified annex, of 
whether any previously sanctioned companies are contributing to 
a clandestine nuclear weapons program in Iran.
    The Committee is deeply concerned over reports that, for 
the purpose of Iran sanctions relief, an arbitrary distinction 
may be made between Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC] 
and the IRGC's Al-Quds Force [IRGC-QF]. The Committee directs 
the Department to submit a report within 60 days of enactment 
on the financial benefit of JCPOA to both the IRGC and the 
IRGC-QF, as well as any subsidiaries or affiliates of the IRGC 
or IRGC-QF, and detail its views concerning whether there is 
any separation between the organization and leadership of IRGC 
and IRGC-QF.
    Management of Capital Investments.--The Committee notes 
that section 121 of the bill requires the Secretary of the 
Treasury to develop an annual Capital Investment Plan, to be 
submitted to the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and 
the House of Representatives within 30 days following 
submission of the President's annual budget request. The 
Committee directs the Department to include estimated funding 
needs for the lifetime capital needs for each project, not just 
for the budget year. The Committee also directs the Department 
to include in the Capital Investment Plan meaningful and 
understandable summaries of capital investments by project type 
(e.g., information technology). The Committee directs the 
Office of the Chief Information Officer to ensure that adequate 
resources are devoted both to projects in the capital phase and 
to proper maintenance and modernization of existing systems and 
to ensure that all projects are tracked properly and described 
completely in the annual Capital Investment Plan.
    Tribal Advisory Committee.--The Tribal Advisory Committee 
to the Secretary of the Treasury, established by Public Law 
113-168, is intended to provide informed advice to the Treasury 
Department and the Internal Revenue Service [IRS] on matters 
relating to the taxation of Indians, the training and education 
of IRS field agents who administer and enforce internal revenue 
laws with respect to Indian tribes, and the training and 
technical assistance of IRS field agents and tribal financial 
officers with respect to implementation of the Tribal General 
Welfare Exclusion Act and any amendments. In recognition of 
this important function and the indispensable relationship 
between the Government of the United States of America and 
tribal nations, the Committee recommends that the Treasury 
Department make every effort to appoint primarily tribal 
officials to the Tribal Advisory Committee so as to facilitate 
proper consultation with Indian nations and tribes in their 
goal to provide for the general welfare of tribal citizens.
    Mortgage Servicing Assets.--The Committee is concerned 
that, in general, prudential regulators in the United States 
have inappropriately applied certain standards developed by the 
Basel Committee on Bank Supervision to community and regional 
banks, when such standards were designed to address activities 
of the large, globally systemic banking organizations. A 
primary example of this is the Basel III capital standards for 
mortgage servicing assets [MSAs], which have been applied to 
all banks in the United States. There is no record that the 
regulators undertook any study specifically evaluating the 
impact of these capital requirements on community or regional 
banks or recognized that the current markets for MSAs provide 
liquidity and pricing information for MSAs. The Committee 
recommends that the prudential regulators reconsider this rule 
as it applies to community and regional banks, especially since 
the current rule, although being phased in, could soon require 
these banks to start selling MSAs into the market at an 
artificial loss created by the rule's own impact. The Committee 
does not believe that the Basel III capital rules on MSAs 
should be applied to small and mid-size banks. Mortgage 
servicing at community and regional banks constitute a core 
financial services relationship with the bank's customers and 
the communities they serve that should be encouraged, while 
being appropriately regulated.
    Remittances to East Africa.--The Committee is concerned 
that the lack of a safe, transparent mechanism for transmitting 
remittances to East Africa has the potential to worsen the 
humanitarian and security challenges. Remittances are important 
to the stability and development of Somalia, South Sudan, and 
other countries in the region. The Administration recently 
commenced an interagency effort led by the Treasury Department 
and the National Security Council to identify solutions for how 
to traceably transfer money to Somalia given the closure of 
money service businesses. The Committee encourages the 
Department of the Treasury, in cooperation with other 
departments and international partners, to take the necessary 
steps to prevent a large-scale disruption of remittances and to 
support a sustainable mechanism to ensure the flow of 
remittances with safeguards to prevent the financing of 
terrorism. Within 30 days of enactment, the Treasury Department 
shall notify the Committee of any impediments to addressing 
this matter and proposals for overcoming the problems.
    Cybersecurity.--The Committee supports investments in 
financial cybersecurity research, and strongly urges the 
Department of the Treasury, including the Office of Critical 
Infrastructure Policy, to work with the National Science 
Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security's Science and 
Technology Directorate and its Homeland Security Advanced 
Research Projects Agency, the Intelligence Advanced Research 
Projects Activity, and others to leverage cybersecurity 
research and efforts to protect our Nation where it is most 
vulnerable.
    Currency Report.--The Committee supports the efforts of the 
Department of the Treasury to redesign Federal Reserve notes to 
improve their security and to include the likenesses of women 
who have made significant contributions to our Nation. The 
Committee requests a comprehensive report from the Treasury on 
its plans to redesign Federal Reserve notes including the costs 
of all planned redesigns, plans to increase the security 
features of such notes, and plans for establishing stable 
standards and criteria for selecting the subjects of the 
portraits for such notes.

        DEPARTMENT-WIDE SYSTEMS AND CAPITAL INVESTMENTS PROGRAMS

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2015....................................      $2,725,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      10,690,000
Committee recommendation................................       5,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The 1997 Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act 
established this account, which is authorized to be used by or 
on behalf of Treasury bureaus at the Secretary's discretion to 
modernize business processes and increase efficiency through 
technology investments, as well as other activities that 
involve more than one Treasury bureau or Treasury's interface 
with other Government agencies.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $5,000,000 for Department-wide 
Systems and Capital Investments Programs [DSCIP] for fiscal 
year 2016.
    The Committee notes that the DSCIP account has been 
utilized to fund a wide variety of multiyear initiatives. Given 
the complexity of these initiatives, the bill includes language 
in section 120 directing the Department of the Treasury to 
submit an annual Capital Investment Plan to the Committees on 
Appropriations within 30 days after the President's budget 
submission.

                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $35,351,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      35,416,000
Committee recommendation................................      35,416,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    As a result of the 1988 amendments to the Inspector General 
Act, the Secretary of the Treasury established the Office of 
Inspector General [OIG] in 1989.
    The OIG conducts and supervises audits, evaluations, and 
investigations designed to: (1) promote economy, efficiency, 
and effectiveness and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in 
departmental programs and operations; and (2) keep the 
Secretary and Congress fully and currently informed of problems 
and deficiencies in the administration of departmental programs 
and operations. The audit function provides program audit, 
contract audit, and financial statement audit services. 
Contract audits provide professional advice to agency 
contracting officials on accounting and financial matters 
relative to negotiation, award, administration, repricing, and 
settlement of contracts. Program audits review and audit all 
facets of agency operations. Financial statement audits assess 
whether financial statements fairly present the agency's 
financial condition and results of operations, the adequacy of 
accounting controls, and compliance with laws and regulations. 
These audits contribute significantly to improved financial 
management by helping Treasury managers identify improvements 
needed in their accounting and internal control systems. The 
evaluations function reviews program performance and issues 
critical to the mission of the Department. The investigative 
function provides for the detection and investigation of 
improper and illegal activities involving programs, personnel, 
and operations.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $35,416,000 for salaries and 
expenses of the Office of Inspector General. This amount is 
equal to the budget request and $65,000 above the fiscal year 
2015 enacted level.
    The Committee directs the Inspector General to utilize 
funds provided to meet mandated audit requirements such as 
information security in addition to other prioritized work 
including Treasury's responsibilities as they relate to the 
implementation of anti-money laundering programs and the 
Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.
    The Committee remains concerned about cyber-based threats 
and recent data breaches at Federal agencies. The Committee 
encourages the Inspector General to conduct oversight work on 
the potential vulnerability of Treasury's networks and systems 
including its physical security, continuous monitoring, and 
strong authentication.
    As outlined in the Inspector General's recent audit plan, 
the Committee looks forward to reviewing work on the CDFI 
Fund's overall administration of grants awarded under the core 
program. Specifically, the Committee hopes to learn more about 
whether funds are awarded to eligible recipients in accordance 
with applicable laws and regulations; whether the CDFI Fund has 
established and maintained internal control procedures and 
oversight over grants; and whether there is a process for 
measuring outcomes to ensure program objectives are achieved.
    Inspector General Report on Treatment of Legacy Financial 
Management Services Workers.--The Committee directs the 
Department of the Treasury's Office of Inspector General [OIG] 
to submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations within 
120 days of enactment concerning the treatment of workers at 
the Treasury Department's Bureau of the Fiscal Service who were 
formerly employees of the Financial Management Service. The OIG 
is directed to pay special attention to whether any employees 
have faced intimidation, demotion, or actions that would 
discourage the employees from continuing their employment with 
the Bureau.

           TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $158,210,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     167,275,000
Committee recommendation................................     167,275,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration 
[TIGTA] was established by the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act 
of 1998 (Public Law 105-206). TIGTA was created to provide 
independent audit and investigative services necessary to 
improve the quality and credibility of oversight of the 
Internal Revenue Service [IRS] and ensure that the IRS is held 
to a high level of accountability.
    TIGTA conducts audits, investigations, and inspections and 
evaluations to assess the operations and programs of the IRS 
and related entities, the IRS Oversight Board and the Office of 
Chief Counsel to (1) promote the economic, efficient, and 
effective administration of the Nation's tax laws and to detect 
and deter fraud and abuse in IRS programs and operations; and 
(2) recommend actions to resolve fraud and other serious 
problems, abuses, and deficiencies in these programs and 
operations, and keep the Secretary and Congress fully and 
currently informed of these issues and the progress made in 
resolving them.
    The audit function provides program audit, limited contract 
audit, and financial audit services. Program audits review and 
audit all facets of the IRS and related entities in an effort 
to improve IRS systems and operations, while ensuring fair and 
equitable treatment of taxpayers. Contract audits focus on 
invoices/vouchers submitted to the IRS to determine whether 
charges are valid and to identify erroneous and improper 
payments. The investigative function provides for the detection 
and investigation of improper and illegal activities involving 
IRS programs and operations and protects the IRS and related 
entities against external attempts to corrupt or threaten the 
administration of the tax laws.
    During fiscal year 2014, TIGTA recovered, protected, and 
identified monetary benefits totaling $16,600,000,000, 
including $7,700,000,000 in potential increased and protected 
revenue and $8,700,000,000 in potential cost savings. In fiscal 
year 2014, the Office of Audit issued 95 audits, and the Office 
of Investigations opened 2,964 investigations and closed 3,054 
investigations.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $167,275,000 
for TIGTA. This amount is $9,065,000 above the fiscal year 2015 
enacted level and the same as the budget request. The Committee 
recognizes the expansive workload that TIGTA has assumed as 
well as considerable demands on its resources in order to be 
responsive to Congress. The Committee acknowledges the 
challenges TIGTA faces in adapting its oversight activities to 
address increasingly complex and high-risk issues associated 
with IRS operations, including protecting sensitive taxpayer 
data, detection and investigation of fraud and electronic 
crime, and review of procurement activities. The Committee 
recognizes that growth in the size and workload of the IRS 
generates concomitant increased work for TIGTA.
    Since Fiscal Year 2011, TIGTA has designated the security 
of taxpayer data as the top concern facing the IRS based on the 
increased number and sophistication of threats to taxpayer 
information and the need for the IRS to better protect taxpayer 
data and improve its enterprise security program. In addition, 
the IRS has declared its Information Security program as a 
``significant deficiency'' from a financial reporting 
standpoint, which means weaknesses in its internal control 
environment are important enough to merit the attention of 
those charged with IRS governance. The Committee directs TIGTA 
to submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations of the 
House and Senate not less than 6 months after enactment of this 
Act describing the cyber attacks and attempted cyber attacks 
against the 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 relies on TIGTA's annual assessment of the 
serious management challenges facing the IRS as it evaluates 
resource needs. TIGTA highlighted the unabated problem of 
identity theft tied to tax refunds among the predominant 
challenges. The Committee notes that TIGTA has made numerous 
recommendations for the IRS to institute or improve processes 
that will bolster the IRS's ability to detect and prevent the 
issuance of fraudulent tax refunds resulting from identity 
theft. The Committee urges TIGTA to continue to assist the IRS 
in improving its arsenal of tools to better serve innocent 
taxpayer victims of identity theft and other schemes.
    The IRS's use of inappropriate criteria for selecting and 
reviewing applications for tax-exempt status is of continuing 
concern to both Congress and organizations seeking tax-exempt 
status. There have been a number of congressional hearings, as 
well as ongoing Federal investigations into this matter. TIGTA 
recently reported that the IRS has taken actions to eliminate 
the selection of potential political cases based on names and 
policy positions, expedite processing of 501(c)(4) social 
welfare organization applications, and eliminate unnecessary 
information requests. The Committee recognizes the extensive 
investigative work TIGTA has conducted in an attempt to recover 
e-mails from the former Director of Exempt Organizations. The 
Committee understands TIGTA's investigation is still ongoing 
and looks forward to receiving TIGTA's final report.
    The Committee appreciates TIGTA's monitoring of the IRS's 
implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care 
Act [ACA]. The ACA impacts individual and business taxpayers at 
all income levels, IRS compliance and enforcement programs, 
information reporting requirements, the administration of tax 
penalties, and information technology. The IRS's ability to 
ensure accurate tax returns are filed and information reported 
is correct is dependent on the timely receipt of information 
from exchanges, insurance providers, and employers. A further 
challenge for the IRS is the fact that a number of the 
reporting provisions relating to insurance providers and 
employers have been delayed. TIGTA has issued numerous reports 
related to the IRS's efforts to implement the Affordable Care 
Act tax provisions. TIGTA remains concerned about the 
protection of confidential taxpayer data that will be provided 
to the Federal and State Exchanges. TIGTA also remains 
concerned that the IRS's existing fraud detection system may 
not be capable of identifying Affordable Care Act refund fraud 
or schemes prior to the issuance of tax refunds. The Committee 
encourages TIGTA to monitor IRS's ability to implement ACA.

    SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR THE TROUBLED ASSET RELIEF PROGRAM

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $34,234,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      40,671,000
Committee recommendation................................      36,671,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (Public Law 110-
343) established the Office of the Special Inspector General 
for the Troubled Asset Relief Program [SIGTARP] to perform 
audits and investigations of the Troubled Asset Relief Program 
[TARP].

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $36,671,000 for the SIGTARP for 
fiscal year 2016. The recommendation is $4,000,000 below the 
budget request because the SIGTARP will be able to utilize 
carryover balances to fund a portion of fiscal year 2016.

                  Financial Crimes Enforcement Network


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $112,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     112,979,000
Committee recommendation................................     112,979,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network [FinCEN], a bureau 
within the Treasury Department's Office of Terrorism and 
Financial Intelligence, is the largest overt collector of 
financial intelligence in the United States. FinCEN's mission 
is to safeguard the financial system from the abuses of 
financial crime, including terrorist financing, money 
laundering, and other illicit activity. FinCEN accomplishes its 
mission by administering the Bank Secrecy Act, a collection of 
statutes that form the Nation's antimoney laundering/
counterterrorist financing regulatory regime. As the delegated 
administrator of the Bank Secrecy Act, FinCEN is responsible 
for the development and implementation of regulations, rules, 
and guidance issued under the Bank Secrecy Act. FinCEN also 
oversees the work of eight Federal agencies with delegated 
responsibility to examine various sectors of the financial 
industry for compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act's 
requirements. FinCEN is responsible for collecting, 
maintaining, and disseminating the information reported by 
financial institutions under the Bank Secrecy Act through a 
Governmentwide access service. FinCEN is the United States' 
Financial Intelligence Unit [FIU] and a founding member of the 
Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units. As the United 
States' FIU, FinCEN routinely shares information and cooperates 
with other FIUs around the world to address the global problems 
of terrorist financing, money laundering, and other illicit 
activity.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $112,979,000 for the Financial 
Crimes Enforcement Network [FinCEN].
    The recommended funding will support several key FinCEN 
budget priorities, including targeting examination and 
enforcement efforts to high priority areas; expanding 
understanding and analysis of illicit networks, institutions, 
jurisdictions, and schemes; ensuring the Bank Secrecy Act 
regulatory structure effectively and efficiently targets 
illicit financing risks; managing the efficient collection, 
processing, and retrieval of Bank Secrecy Act data; and 
fostering strong public-private partnerships with the financial 
industry.
    Money Laundering of Cybercrime Proceeds.--The Committee 
recognizes that major data security breaches are becoming more 
common and are often orchestrated by sophisticated 
cybercriminal enterprises that then monetize the data and 
launder it through U.S. financial institutions. The Committee 
notes FinCEN's history of supporting law enforcement cases that 
combat cybercrime, and emphasizes the importance of continuing 
this effort as part of the bureau's broader mission to detect 
and disrupt all forms of financial crime. In addition to 
analyzing financial flows for this important effort in the 
course of ongoing strategic operations, FinCEN shall use this 
data to ensure reporting institutions remain vigilant in 
detecting the laundering of cybercriminal proceeds by issuing 
an advisory to financial institutions on filing suspicious 
activity reports [SARs] regarding specific cybercriminal 
activities. The advisory should provide SAR filers a list of 
trends, typologies, and red flag indicators that may 
potentially signal cybercrime to be included in the narratives 
of relevant SAR filings.
    Human Trafficking.--The Committee recognizes that human 
trafficking and slavery are frequently conducted by 
transnational criminal organizations. The Committee notes 
FinCEN's history of supporting law enforcement cases that 
combat human trafficking, and emphasizes the importance of 
continuing this effort as part of the bureau's broader mission 
to detect and disrupt all forms of financial crime. The 
Committee appreciates FinCEN's work to ensure reporting 
institutions remain vigilant in detecting the laundering of 
human trafficking proceeds by issuing an advisory to financial 
institutions in September 2014 on filing suspicious activity 
reports [SARs] regarding human trafficking activities.

                        Treasury Forfeiture Fund


                              (RESCISSION)

    The Committee recommends a rescission of $700,000,000 of 
unobligated balances in the Treasury Forfeiture Fund.

                      Bureau of the Fiscal Service


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $348,184,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     363,850,000
Committee recommendation................................     356,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The mission of the Fiscal Service is to promote the 
financial integrity and operational efficiency of the U.S. 
Government through accounting, borrowing, collections, 
payments, and shared services. The Fiscal Service provides 
central payment services to Federal agencies and operates the 
Federal Government's collections and deposit systems in 
addition to providing Governmentwide accounting and reporting 
services, managing the collection of delinquent debt owed to 
the Federal Government, borrowing on behalf of the Federal 
Government, and providing support services for other Federal 
agencies on a reimbursable basis.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $356,000,000 for the Bureau of the 
Fiscal Service. This amount is $7,816,000 above the fiscal year 
2015 enacted level.
    The Committee recognizes the Fiscal Service's 
responsibilities related to implementation of the Digital 
Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 [DATA Act], and the 
Committee's recommendation provides funding to support its 
implementation. The Committee supports the Fiscal Service's 
goal of improving governmentwide financial management through 
transparency and accountability. The Committee provides funding 
for activities associated with maintaining consistent, 
reliable, and searchable governmentwide spending data on 
USASpending.gov.
    Do Not Pay Center.--The Committee directs the Bureau to 
submit a report within 180 days of enactment of this act to the 
Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate on its 
progress toward key goals of the Do Not Pay data analytics 
center, including how the center incorporates comparisons of 
payment and beneficiary enrollment lists for State programs 
that use Federal funds to identify improper payments; reviews 
of payments across Federal programs to identify payment 
duplication; reviews of other information determined to be 
effective; and interagency tools and practices for the 
prevention and detection of waste and fraud. Furthermore, the 
report should describe the metrics used to determine the extent 
to which the analytic and investigatory efforts have helped 
reduce improper payments, and plans for involving Inspectors 
General. Finally, the report should include a schedule for 
implementing these steps.
    DATA Act.--The Committee is aware of the Department of 
Treasury's actions to expand the Federal Funding Accountability 
and Transparency Act [FFATA] to standardize and fully disclose 
Federal agency expenditures, which incorporate steps to 
simplify financial reporting and improve the quality of 
spending data and for other activities related to DATA Act 
implementation, and is supportive of those efforts. The 
Department of Treasury is directed to inform the Committee of 
developments in reaching these goals.

                Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $100,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     101,439,000
Committee recommendation................................     101,439,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau [TTB] is 
charged with collecting revenue and protecting the public and 
is responsible for enforcement of certain Federal laws and 
regulations relating to alcohol and tobacco. TTB works directly 
and in cooperation with others to maintain a sound revenue 
management and collection system that continues to reduce the 
regulatory burden, improve service, collect the revenue due, 
and prevent tax evasion and other criminal conduct. TTB is also 
responsible for preventing consumer deception, ensuring that 
regulated products comply with Federal commodity, safety, and 
distribution requirements, and providing customer service.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $101,439,000 for TTB for fiscal 
year 2016. The Committee recognizes that TTB is tasked to 
enforce alcohol, tobacco, and firearms provisions in the 
Internal Revenue Code [IRC]. Within funds appropriated to the 
Department of the Treasury, the Committee urges the Secretary 
to prioritize alcohol and tobacco criminal enforcement by 
providing sufficient resources to TTB to combat tax evasion and 
enforce existing anti-illicit tobacco laws.
    Labeling Program.--The surge of small brewers and wine 
makers emerging in the domestic market has also meant a rapid 
annual growth in the number of alcohol beverage label 
applications submitted to the TTB. In recent years, 
understaffing and outdated filing and processing procedures in 
the Bureau's labeling program caused significant delays in 
application approvals. These delays ultimately affected the 
ability of the applicants to get their product to the market in 
a timely manner. The Committee encourages the Bureau to make 
strategic investments that will further streamline the approval 
process to keep up with the volume of label applications and 
reduce delays.

                           United States Mint


               UNITED STATES MINT PUBLIC ENTERPRISE FUND

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The United States Mint manufactures coins, sells numismatic 
and investment products, and provides for security and asset 
protection. Public Law 104-52 established the U.S. Mint Public 
Enterprise Fund [the Fund]. The Fund encompasses the previous 
Salaries and Expenses, Coinage Profit Fund, Coinage Metal Fund, 
and the Numismatic Public Enterprise Fund. The Mint submits 
annual audited business-type financial statements to the 
Secretary of the Treasury and to Congress in support of the 
operations of the revolving fund.
    The operations of the Mint are divided into two major 
activities: manufacturing and sales (including circulating 
coinage and numismatic and investment products); and 
protection. The Mint is credited with receipts from its 
circulating coinage operations, equal to the full cost of 
producing and distributing coins that are put into circulation, 
including depreciation of the Mint's plant and equipment on the 
basis of current replacement value. Those receipts pay for the 
costs of the Mint's operations, which include the costs of 
production and distribution.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a spending level of $20,000,000 
for circulating coinage and protective service capital 
investments for the Mint.

           Community Development Financial Institutions Fund


   COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS FUND PROGRAM ACCOUNT

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $230,500,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     233,523,000
Committee recommendation................................     221,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund makes 
investments in the form of grants, loans, equity investments, 
deposits, and technical assistance grants to new and existing 
community development financial institutions [CDFIs] through 
the CDFI program. CDFIs include community development banks, 
credit unions, venture capital funds, revolving loan funds, and 
microloan funds, among others. Recipient institutions engage in 
lending and investment for affordable housing, small business, 
and community development within underserved communities. The 
CDFI Fund administers the Bank Enterprise Award [BEA] Program, 
which provides a financial incentive to insured depository 
institutions to undertake community development financing 
activities.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $221,000,000 for the CDFI Fund. Of 
the amounts provided, $161,900,000 is for financial and 
technical assistance grants, $15,000,000 is for Native 
Initiatives, $21,000,000 is for the Bank Enterprise Award 
Program, and $23,100,000 is for the administrative expenses for 
all programs.
    The Committee notes the CDFI Fund's ability to leverage 
private sector investment in community development projects 
such as affordable housing, retail development, and community 
centers, as well as lending to small businesses. However, the 
Committee is concerned about an overall lack of transparency 
into many of the CDFI Fund's programs and nominal ability to 
verify investment impacts. The Committee recognizes the CDFI 
Fund released two independent studies that provided an initial 
evaluation of CDFIs. The Committee expects to know how program 
funding generates meaningful community impacts. Therefore, the 
Committee directs the CDFI Fund to establish clear reporting 
requirements and collect and evaluate performance data to 
inform the Committee how the CDFI Fund is making a difference 
in underserved populations and communities in the United 
States.
    The Committee strongly believes it is important to ensure 
that CDFIs are delivering investments to the borrowers and 
communities that need it most. However, it is difficult to 
determine whether program goals are being achieved. As one 
independent study reported, the CDFI industry lacks a set of 
common definitions around key impact measurements, which could 
be helpful for collecting impact data. In addition, the 
independent study noted that the CDFI Fund experiences 
disparate feedback from awardees and not enough CDFIs provide 
necessary data. The Committee directs the CDFI Fund to continue 
working to improve the quality and completeness of the data it 
tracks, including validation of self-reported data, further 
development of common definitions for use by the CDFI industry, 
and the ability to fully account for investment activity in a 
timely manner after an award has been issued. The Committee 
also directs the CDFI Fund to continue taking steps to provide 
a risk rating system for certified CDFIs.
    Core Program.--The Committee recommends $161,900,000 for 
the CDFI Fund to carry out its financial assistance and 
technical assistance programs, including the Healthy Foods 
Financing Initiative. The Committee believes that applicants 
for CDFI awards should receive fair and equal consideration, 
consistent with section 102 of the Riegle Community Development 
and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-325), 
including financial and technical assistance for lending and 
investment in small businesses, affordable housing, community 
development, and efforts to increase the availability of 
affordable, healthy foods in underserved communities. The core 
CDFI Program should be the source of awards allocations for 
these purposes. The Committee looks forward to reviewing work 
from the Inspector General on the CDFI Fund's overall 
administration of grants awarded under the core program. 
Specifically, the Committee hopes to learn more about whether 
funds are awarded to eligible recipients' in accordance with 
applicable laws and regulations; whether the CDFI Fund has 
established and maintained internal control procedures and 
oversight over grants; and whether there is a process for 
measuring outcomes to ensure program objectives are achieved.
    Bank Enterprise Award Program.--The Committee recommends 
$21,000,000 for the Bank Enterprise Award [BEA] Program to 
increase lending, investment, and service activities within 
economically distressed communities. This program plays an 
important role in providing financial services to underserved 
communities across the country.
    Native Programs.--The Committee recommends $15,000,000 for 
grants, loans, and technical assistance and training programs 
to benefit Native American, Alaskan Natives, and Native 
Hawaiian communities in the coordination of development 
strategies, increased access to equity investments, and loans 
for development activities.
    Non-Metropolitan and Rural Areas.--The Committee directs 
Treasury to take into consideration the unique conditions, 
challenges, and scale of non-metropolitan areas when designing 
programs to address economic revitalization and community 
development. The Committee notes that the CDFI Fund is required 
by 12 U.S.C. 4706(b) to seek to fund a geographically diverse 
group of award recipients, including those from non-
metropolitan and rural areas. In addition, the Committee 
encourages funding to be used for projects that serve 
populations living in persistent poverty counties as required 
by Public Law 112-74.
    Bond Guarantee Program.--The Committee includes a provision 
enabling the Secretary of the Treasury to guarantee up to 
$750,000,000 in bonds in fiscal year 2016, as authorized by 
section 1134 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Public Law 
111-240). The bond guarantees will not result in a cost to the 
taxpayer. The bonds are intended to support CDFI lending and 
investment activities in underserved communities by providing a 
source of long-term capital, and the funds raised through the 
bonds will be used to capitalize new loans or refinance 
existing loans.

                    Bureau of Engraving and Printing


                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Bureau of Engraving and Printing [BEP] has been the 
sole manufacturer of U.S. paper currency for almost 150 years. 
The origin of the BEP is traced to an act of Congress passed on 
February 25, 1862, 12 Stat. 345, authorizing the Secretary of 
the Treasury to issue a new currency--United States notes. 
While this law was the cornerstone authority for the operations 
of the engraving and printing division of the Treasury for many 
years, it was not until an Act of June 20, 1874, 18 Stat. 100, 
that the Congress first referred to this division as the 
``Bureau of Engraving and Printing.'' The Bureau's status as a 
distinct bureau within the Department of the Treasury was 
solidified by section 1 of the Act of June 4, 1897, 30 Stat. 
18, which placed all of the business of the BEP under the 
immediate control of a director, subject to the direction of 
the Secretary of the Treasury. The 1897 law is now codified in 
31 U.S.C. 303.
    The BEP designs, manufactures, and supplies Federal Reserve 
notes and other security documents issued by the Federal 
Government. The operations of the BEP are currently financed by 
means of a revolving fund established in accordance with the 
provisions of Public Law 656, August 4, 1950 (31 U.S.C. 181), 
which requires the BEP to be reimbursed by customer agencies 
for all costs of manufacturing products and services performed. 
The BEP is also authorized to assess amounts to acquire capital 
equipment and provide for working capital needs. No direct 
appropriation is required to cover the activities of the BEP.

                        Internal Revenue Service


                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Internal Revenue Service [IRS] administers the Nation's 
tax laws and collects the revenue that funds more than 92 
percent of the Federal Government's operations and public 
services. The IRS's mission is to provide taxpayers with 
quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax 
responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and 
fairness to all. The IRS focuses its enforcement programs 
toward increasing voluntary tax compliance by deterring 
taxpayers inclined to evade their tax obligations while 
vigorously pursuing those who violate the law. Each year, IRS 
employees deal directly with more American taxpayers than any 
other institution, public or private.
    Therefore, it is imperative that the American people have 
faith in the credibility and impartiality of IRS. The Committee 
is highly concerned with the IRS's fiscal year 2016 budget 
request which seeks nearly $2,000,000,000 more than what was 
enacted in fiscal year 2015. The IRS commissioner has stated 
repeatedly that if IRS funding requests are not met, it 
threatens Americans' voluntary tax compliance yet he has stated 
that he has seen no erosion of voluntary compliance. According 
to the Commissioner, with a growing economy, revenues have 
surged to a record high, but he has admitted that is not 
necessarily any sign of taxpayer's attitudes about voluntarily 
complying with the tax code.
    Unfortunately the IRS continues to ignore the impact of its 
own behavior on the attitudes of taxpayers. When the IRS takes 
actions that represent a serious breach of the trust of the 
American people, it undermines taxpayers' faith in the 
impartiality of the agency. The self-inflicted damage harms the 
very credibility that is essential for our voluntary compliance 
system to function. Americans have lost faith in the 
institution and it is incumbent upon the agency to regain the 
trust of the taxpayers.
    Too often IRS leadership has identified congressional 
oversight as a distraction that hampers execution of IRS 
responsibilities. Unfortunately, to taxpayers these responses 
appear to reflect a continued lack of accountability and a lack 
of leadership. To repair that damage, there has to be 
fundamental change in an agency culture that has given rise to 
these issues--and that change must begin with complete 
transparency and acceptance of responsibility.
    Unfortunately there continues to be evidence of a culture 
that is simply out of touch with taxpayers and their concerns. 
When the IRS singles out certain groups for disparate treatment 
it should not be surprised by the lasting impact such actions 
have on taxpayer attitudes. When the IRS hires employees with 
past performance or conduct issues, it does nothing to maintain 
the public trust in tax administration or build confidence in 
the IRS's ability to safeguard taxpayer's rights and privacy.
    Making employee bonuses a priority does not help the IRS 
regain the trust of taxpayers or raise confidence that the 
agency will enforce tax laws impartially, without regard to an 
individual's exercise of their constitutional rights. As was 
the case in the previous fiscal year, in 2015 one of the IRS's 
first actions after the enactment of their appropriations bill 
was to announce they would pay out $67,000,000 in awards to 
employees.
    Once again, IRS management seems to have forgotten that 
their most important customers aren't their own employees. They 
are the American people. This is particularly evident with 
respect to taxpayer services. The Committee is concerned about 
the IRS's willingness to cut services to taxpayers in an effort 
to garner support for increased resources. The Committee 
provides the IRS with funds through four appropriations. While 
some funds are designated for some specific taxpayer assistance 
programs within those amounts, the IRS has significant 
discretion as to how to apportion its funds to meet agency 
requirements. Unfortunately as was evident during this tax 
filing season, the IRS did not use that flexibility to make 
taxpayer assistance a priority. In addition, the IRS had over 
$1,000,000,000 available in additional resources, including 
over $500,000,000 in user fees to supplement its 
appropriations. The IRS made the decision to use the majority 
of those resources to supplement operations support activities 
rather than taxpayer services by transferring about 75 percent 
less to taxpayer services in fiscal year 2015 compared to 
fiscal year 2014.
    Additional funding does not address the actions taken by 
IRS that have breached the trust of the American people and 
undermined taxpayers' faith in the system. The IRS has failed 
to develop and implement a strategy for identifying and 
delivering timely taxpayer assistance in the form and manner 
most beneficial to taxpayers and cost-effective to the IRS. In 
addition, the IRS has failed to protect the confidentiality of 
sensitive taxpayer information including Social Security 
information, date of birth and street address.
    The Committee continues to be concerned with the IRS's role 
in the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable 
Care Act [ACA]. IRS has stated that the tax provisions of ACA 
are a core activity, like all other tax administration. 
However, concerns have been raised about potential fraudulent 
claims related to premium tax credits and the security of 
Federal tax data as the IRS provides data to health exchanges. 
According to the Government Accountability Office [GAO], from 
2010 to 2014, the IRS has already spent $1,100,000,000 on 
implementation of ACA. IRS's fiscal year 2015 budget requested 
$451,000,000 for ACA and the IRS is requesting another 
$490,000,000 in fiscal year 2016, to be supplemented with user 
fees and other resources.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a total of $10,475,000,000 for the 
Internal Revenue Service for fiscal year 2016.
    The Committee agrees with GAO, the National Taxpayer 
Advocate, and TIGTA that the IRS needs to ensure available 
resources are utilized as effectively as possible by 
identifying opportunities to improve services while offering 
the best possible mix of services to taxpayers. The Committee 
stresses the importance of achieving program efficiencies and 
cost savings. As the GAO observed, ``Additional funding is not 
the only solution to performance declines across IRS. Although 
resources are constrained, IRS has some flexibility in how it 
allocates resources to ensure that limited resources are 
utilized as effectively as possible.'' The Committee believes 
the formation of IRS's Planning, Programming and Audit 
Oversight office is overdue and hopes this office assists the 
IRS in strategically managing its operations under current 
funding levels as is expected of all Federal agencies.
    User Fees.--Numerous user fees are collected by the IRS for 
services provided by the IRS to taxpayers. Specifically, IRS 
charges user fees for various activities that include assisting 
taxpayers in complying with their tax liabilities, clarifying 
the application of the tax code to particular circumstances, 
and ensuring the quality of paid preparers of tax returns, 
among others. Those fees are available for use by the IRS at 
the discretion of the Commissioner. According to the IRS, it 
determines the use of user fees based on agency-wide 
requirements given the total IRS funding availability. In its 
fiscal year 2016 budget request, IRS estimates $450,360,000 in 
user fees will supplement its fiscal year 2016 funding. The IRS 
has informed the Committee it intends to use $481,000,000 in 
user fees in fiscal year 2015 and has more than $500,000,000 
available in additional resources from reimbursable agreements 
and prior year unobligated balances to supplement its 
appropriations. The Committee agrees with GAO, the National 
Taxpayer Advocate, and TIGTA that the IRS does not have a clear 
plan for its resource-allocation decisions in an atmosphere of 
fiscal austerity and budgetary constraints. As these decisions 
are at the discretion of the Commissioner, the process lacks 
transparency that could better inform Committee consideration 
of appropriations requests. In response to these concerns, the 
IRS's Wage & Investment Division [W&I;] is collaborating with 
the Taxpayer Advocate Service [TAS] on the development of a 
ranking methodology for the major taxpayer service activities. 
Its purpose is to balance cost savings the IRS can achieve by 
automating service delivery options against the needs of 
taxpayers for personal service. Although progress has been 
made, it is not clear whether the IRS will devote the short-
term resources required to determine how it can better allocate 
its resources over the long term. The Committee agrees with the 
National Taxpayer Advocate and others that W&I; should continue 
to work with TAS to develop the best ranking methodology 
possible. The Committee directs IRS to submit a user fee 
spending plan within 60 days of enactment detailing planned 
spending on its four appropriations accounts--Taxpayer 
Services, Enforcement, Operations Support, and Business 
Modernization Systems. Specifically, the Committee would like 
to see how programs, investments, and initiatives funded 
through each appropriations account are supported by user fees.
    Cybersecurity.--The IRS is responsible for safeguarding a 
vast amount of sensitive financial and personal data, 
processing returns that contain confidential information for 
over 100 million taxpayers. The agency needs to protect 
taxpayer information from misuse, improper disclosure, or 
destruction. This responsibility is even more complex given the 
vast amount of data being sent and exchanged as part of ACA. 
Since fiscal year 2011, TIGTA has designated the security of 
taxpayer data as the top concern facing the IRS based on the 
increased number and sophistication of threats to taxpayer 
information and the need for the IRS to better protect taxpayer 
data and improve its enterprise security program. The threats 
to taxpayer data are constant. As we have just seen, criminals 
obtained taxpayers' personal information which they now have 
the ability to use to submit fraudulent returns to the IRS. 
Securing IRS's systems and protecting taxpayers' information 
should be a top priority for IRS.
    Employee Performance and Conduct.--The Committee remains 
concerned about TIGTA's findings relating to current and prior 
employee performance and conduct. The Committee agrees with 
TIGTA, that as the agency primarily responsible for 
administering Federal tax law, the IRS must ensure that its 
employees comply with the tax law in order to maintain the 
public's confidence. The Committee is deeply concerned about 
employees who fail to file taxes in a timely manner and claim 
tax credits for which they are ineligible. In addition, the 
Committee agrees with TIGTA that rehiring employees with known 
conduct and performance issues presents increased risks to the 
IRS and taxpayers. Rehiring employees with past misconduct does 
nothing to rebuild the public's trust or build confidence in 
the IRS's ability to protect taxpayer's rights and privacy. The 
Committee prohibits funds for IRS employee bonuses and awards 
that do not consider the conduct and tax compliance of such 
employees; and also prohibits funds for hiring former IRS 
employees without considering the employees past conduct and 
tax compliance.
    Budget Presentation for Staffing of New Initiatives.--The 
Committee strongly believes that transparency in the budget 
request documents is critical for congressional oversight and 
informed decisionmaking. The Committee directs that the 
justification materials submitted by the IRS to the Committee 
for fiscal year 2017 should accurately reflect the anticipated 
hiring dates for staff identified for proposed new initiatives. 
The Committee expects that resources designated for hiring of 
staff for new initiatives be predicated on the expected hiring 
dates, and not assume that such planned hiring will occur on 
one particular date during the fiscal year. The Office of 
Management and Budget Circular A-11 suggests agencies consider 
delays in recruiting and hiring when budgeting for staff.

                           TAXPAYER SERVICES

Appropriations, 2015....................................  $2,156,554,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................   2,408,803,000
Committee recommendation................................   2,246,554,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Taxpayer Services appropriation provides for taxpayer 
services, including forms and publications; processing tax 
returns and related documents; filing and account services; 
taxpayer advocacy services; and assisting taxpayers to 
understand their tax obligations, correctly file their returns, 
and pay taxes due in a timely manner.
    According to the Taxpayer Assistance Blueprint, taxpayers 
generally prefer self-assisted services, such as those found on 
the IRS website, for tasks like getting a form or a publication 
or getting information on their refund. Taxpayers prefer 
assisted services, such as those available by telephone or at 
IRS's Taxpayer Assistance Centers [TACs], for more complex 
interactive tasks like responding to a notice. Overall, several 
factors influence which service channel taxpayers prefer to 
use, including the specific type of service sought, demographic 
characteristics, channel awareness, channel access, taxpayer 
attitudes, and previous behavior. The Committee encourages the 
IRS to consult with the National Taxpayer Advocate to allocate 
taxpayer services in the most effective way.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $2,246,554,000 for Taxpayer 
Services. Bill language is included providing not less than 
$5,600,000 for the tax counseling for the elderly program, not 
less than $12,000,000 for low-income taxpayer clinic [LITC] 
grants, not less than $12,000,000, to be available for 2 years, 
for a community volunteer income tax assistance [VITA] matching 
grant program for tax return preparation assistance and 
$206,000,000 for the Taxpayer Advocate Service of which 
$5,000,000 shall be devoted to assisting taxpayers impacted by 
tax-related identity theft and refund fraud.
    Providing quality taxpayer service is a critical component 
of the IRS's efforts to help the taxpaying public understand 
their tax obligation while making it easier to participate in 
the tax system. The Committee is aware of the concerns raised 
about providing adequate funding for Taxpayer Services. A 
recent TIGTA report found that IRS's reduced budgets and 
collection resources have resulted in declines in taxpayer 
service, case closures, and dollars collected. The Committee 
notes that the IRS has flexibility in how it allocates user 
fees as well as transfer authority among appropriations 
accounts. In fiscal year 2015, the IRS allocated fewer user 
fees to Taxpayer Services, representing about a 75 percent 
decline from fiscal year 2014, while increasing user fees to 
its Enforcement and Operations Support accounts. The Committee 
encourages the IRS to use resources available through user fee 
revenues to augment the direct discretionary appropriation for 
Taxpayer Services. In addition, the Committee recommendation 
includes an additional $90,000,000 for measurable improvements 
in taxpayer services and resolution of identity theft cases.
    Telephone Level of Service.--The Committee acknowledges 
that telephonic access to the IRS is important to promoting 
voluntary compliance. In fiscal year 2015, IRS projected its 
telephone level of service performance (the percentage of 
callers seeking live assistance and receiving it) would be 
about 38 percent and wait times would average about an hour. In 
addition, IRS expected demand for assistors to increase about 
20 percent from fiscal year 2014 in part due to ACA-related 
questions, and expected assistors to answer about 27 percent 
fewer calls. According to a recent TIGTA report, ``since Fiscal 
Year 2010, decreases in the IRS's budget have resulted in the 
reduction of 21 percent of Automated Collection Service [ACS] 
contact representatives [which has] resulted in the ACS 
answering 25 percent fewer taxpayer telephone calls since 2011. 
Taxpayers whose calls were answered spent an average of eight 
minutes (97 percent) longer waiting for a contact 
representative.'' This is despite appropriated funding for 
Taxpayer Services that was equal to that provided in fiscal 
year 2014 when the telephone level of service was 64 percent. 
The IRS has already indicated to the Committee that it expects 
the level of service to decline again in fiscal year 2016 even 
though the IRS's appropriations have not yet been determined. 
While it is unclear to the Committee how IRS calculates future 
telephone level of service performance it is clear that IRS has 
the flexibility to supplement its Taxpayer Services 
appropriation with user fees to prioritize taxpayer service 
delivery. The Committee also expects the IRS to allocate its 
fiscal year 2016 appropriated resources in a manner that 
reflects taxpayer services as a top priority.
    Taxpayer Assistance Centers.--Taxpayers can obtain face-to-
face assistance at TACs also known as walk-in sites. As part of 
its service changes for 2014, IRS eliminated return preparation 
at TACs and redirected taxpayers to volunteer sites and Free 
File. In fiscal year 2014, taxpayers visited TACs 5.4 million 
times, a decline of about 17 percent compared to the previous 
year. In almost half of those visits, taxpayers received 
assistance with account-related inquiries. TACs play an 
important role in meeting the needs of underserved taxpayers, 
including rural, elderly, disabled, English as a second 
language, American Indian, and low income taxpayers. The 
National Taxpayer Advocate expressed concern about the IRS's 
future direction for taxpayer services, primarily that the IRS 
will make service-related policy decisions that will leave this 
vulnerable population behind. In response to a recent GAO 
recommendation, IRS is developing a 6-year initiative to better 
understand how taxpayers want to interact with the agency. The 
initiative's overall goal is to provide taxpayers with secure 
self-service options and to improve taxpayer service. TIGTA has 
also identified areas in which the IRS could make more informed 
business decisions when determining how to use its resources. 
TIGTA reported that while the IRS reduced services at TACs, the 
IRS's plans did not show to what extent the service cuts 
lowered costs. Prior to the closure of any TACs, the Committee 
directs the IRS to conduct a detailed analysis, similar to that 
conducted by the department of the United Kingdom responsible 
for the collection of taxes, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, 
of the specific characteristics of taxpayer populations that 
have utilized the TACs over the past decade (including 
language, computer, and functional literacy). The IRS should 
submit the report to the Committee containing a plan, including 
well designed pilots, showing how the IRS will meet the needs 
of those taxpayer populations in light of their unique 
challenges and specific characteristics. In developing this 
plan, the IRS should consult with the National Taxpayer 
Advocate and external stakeholders, including the Taxpayer 
Advocacy Panel, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax 
Counseling for the Elderly grantees, and Low Income Taxpayer 
Clinic grantees.
    In addition, the report shall include a detailed 
explanation of the IRS's methodology for selecting TACs for 
closure, including the impact on compliance and additional 
costs to taxpayers if the IRS reduces access to services. To 
ensure that adequate steps are taken to solicit stakeholder 
input, the Committee directs the IRS to take the following 
actions prior to closing a TAC: provide public notice with 
information about the area served by the office, including wait 
times and transportation/Internet access constraints; conduct 
at least one public hearing on the proposed closure; and report 
to the Committee on the concerns raised by the communities 
served by the office. In addition, the Committee directs the 
IRS to publish on its Web site its most recent annual review of 
each office proposed to be closed.
    The Committee agrees with the National Taxpayer Advocate 
and TIGTA that expanding Virtual Service Delivery, which 
integrates video and audio technology, would allow taxpayers to 
see and hear an assistor located at remote locations thus 
enhancing the scope of activities taxpayers can undertake. 
Taxpayers can use this technology to obtain many of the 
services available at TACs. The Committee supports 
recommendations for the IRS to establish a process to identify 
the best locations for virtual face-to-face services.
    Rural Service Delivery Issues.--Given the significant wait 
times and deteriorating rate of response for assistance 
provided through the national toll-free line, it is imperative 
that TACs in rural areas are fully staffed and capable of 
resolving taxpayer issues. The Committee notes with concern 
that both the overall number of TACs declined and the number of 
TACs currently staffed with only one employee continues to 
increase.
    Currently 67 TACs are staffed by only one employee, which 
means those locations are often subject to unexpected closures 
due to employee absence, and are subject to extended wait times 
when there are more than projected taxpayer visits. Residents 
in rural areas who cannot access assistance via phone due to 
documented problems with wait times and unanswered phone calls, 
and who are less likely to have reliable Internet access, 
depend on the TACs as one of their only options for taxpayer 
assistance. In rural areas taxpayers often must travel far 
distances to reach a TAC location which they too often find is 
unexpectedly closed due to a lack of staffing. The elimination 
of funding for staff to travel and provide staffing at TAC 
locations will only exacerbate this problem.
    The Committee is concerned with decisions to significantly 
reduce the availability of forms to rural taxpayers through the 
Tax Form Outlet Program [TFOP] which was implemented without 
adequate consultation with the TFOP sites or other stakeholders 
and without providing a practical alternative for taxpayers 
without access to the Internet. To rectify this situation, the 
Committee directs the IRS to report to the Committee within 120 
days of enactment the steps being taken to help alleviate 
difficulties faced by rural taxpayers seeking guidance and 
assistance to properly file their tax returns. Additionally, 
the IRS is directed to report to the Committee the strategic 
plan to improve taxpayer services for minority, rural, elderly, 
disabled and low-income populations.
    Taxpayer Services in Alaska and Hawaii.--Given the remote 
distance of Alaska and Hawaii from the U.S. mainland and the 
difficulty experienced by Alaska and Hawaii taxpayers in 
receiving needed tax assistance by the national toll-free line, 
it is imperative that the Taxpayer Advocate Service Centers in 
these States are appropriately staffed and capable of resolving 
taxpayer problems of the most complex nature. The Committee 
directs the IRS to continue to staff each Taxpayer Advocate 
Service Center in each of these States with a Collection 
Technical Advisor and an Examination Technical Advisor in 
addition to the current complement of office staff.
    Community Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.--The Volunteer 
Income Tax Assistance [VITA] and Tax Counseling for the Elderly 
[TCE] programs are an important aspect of IRS efforts to 
provide income tax preparation assistance programs for 
underserved taxpayers, including rural, elderly, disabled, 
English as a second language, American Indian, and low-income 
taxpayers. According to the National Taxpayer Advocate, in 
fiscal year 2014, VITA and TCE programs prepared approximately 
3.5 million returns, an increase of about 27 percent over the 
fiscal year 2009 level. The IRS does not capture the number of 
taxpayers who are turned away from VITA or TCE sites because 
the issues they need help with are ``out of scope.'' The 
Committee agrees with the National Taxpayer Advocate that 
insufficient funding combined with ``out of scope'' 
constraints, volunteer training restrictions, and tax 
preparation software limitations may lead to the VITA and TCE 
programs lacking the adequate infrastructure to meet the 
specific needs of underserved taxpayers. The Committee 
highlights a 2013 TIGTA recommendation for VITA and TCE 
volunteer instructors, return preparers, audit reviewers, and 
site coordinators to complete intake/interview and quality 
review training annually. The Committee urges the IRS to ensure 
that the sites are equipped with sufficient and properly 
trained volunteers.
    Taxpayer Survey.--The Committee believes that effective tax 
administration requires that taxpayers understand from the 
outset what they need to do to comply with the tax laws, and 
that effective taxpayer service is key to taxpayer compliance 
and building public trust in the IRS. Accordingly, the 
Committee supports the National Taxpayer Advocate's development 
and delivery of a survey to determine the willingness and 
ability of individual taxpayers to obtain and utilize IRS 
taxpayer service, and to identify the extent to which IRS 
services and practices promote or serve as barriers to tax 
compliance. The Committee supports the work undertaken by the 
National Taxpayer Advocate and the IRS in developing the 
Services Priority Project, a method of ranking core taxpayer 
service offerings by value to the taxpayer and value to the 
IRS. The Committee believes this ranking tool and the survey 
results will assist the IRS and Congress in allocating IRS 
resources in the most effective and cost-efficient manner. The 
Committee directs the IRS to submit a report by April 30, 2016, 
prepared in consultation with the National Taxpayer Advocate, 
on the deployment of this ranking tool.

                              ENFORCEMENT

Appropriations, 2015....................................  $4,860,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................   5,399,832,000
Committee recommendation................................   4,500,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Enforcement appropriation provides for the examination 
of tax returns, both domestic and international; the 
administrative and judicial settlement of taxpayer appeals of 
examination findings; technical rulings; monitoring employee 
pension plans; determining qualifications of organizations 
seeking tax-exempt status; examining tax returns of exempt 
organizations; enforcing statutes relating to detection and 
investigation of criminal violations of the 31 internal revenue 
laws; identifying underreporting of tax obligations; securing 
unfiled tax returns; and collecting unpaid accounts.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $4,500,000,000 for enforcement 
activities for fiscal year 2016.
    Combating Refund Fraud and Identity Theft.--The recent data 
breach to IRS's Get Transcript service highlights the 
importance of the need to mitigate identify theft [IDT] and 
combat refund fraud. TIGTA has consistently ranked protection 
of taxpayer data as one of the highest priority challenges 
facing the IRS. In addition, GAO noted that although the IRS is 
making progress in addressing information security, weaknesses 
remain that could affect the confidentiality, integrity, and 
availability of financial and sensitive taxpayer data. As 
identity theft patterns continue to evolve it is important for 
the IRS to adapt its detection and prevention processes. The 
Committee remains concerned about IRS's efforts to prevent 
fraudulent returns while subsequently serving taxpayers who 
have had fraudulent tax returns filed in their name. The 
Committee is particularly concerned about the authentication 
process in place for its web applications. The Committee 
directs IRS to re-evaluate its authentication steps for the Get 
Transcript and other applications and report to the Committee 
within 90 days of enactment of steps taken to remedy this 
issue.
    To provide relief to victims of identity theft, the IRS 
began issuing identity protection personal identification 
numbers [IP PIN] to eligible taxpayers in fiscal year 2011. Use 
of an IP PIN provides relief to taxpayers because it allows the 
IRS to process their tax returns without delay and helps 
prevent the misuse of taxpayers' Social Security numbers on 
fraudulent tax returns. The Committee urges the IRS to continue 
efforts to address TIGTA recommendations regarding IP PINs to 
improve assistance to victims of identity theft.
    Audit findings by GAO issued in its second report in 
February 2015 on IDT refund fraud discuss IRS's pre-refund 
options for preventing IDT refund fraud such as tracking device 
identification numbers to determine when multiple returns are 
filed from the same device, and authenticating the identity of 
a taxpayer before issuing a refund through the use of security 
questions, passwords, and other techniques, in addition to pre-
refund W2 matching. The Committee agrees with GAO that an 
analysis of costs, benefits, and risks is essential to 
determining whether and how much to invest in authentication 
options. The Committee urges IRS to explore new strategies that 
provide cost-effective solutions to deter attempts at IDT fraud 
as well as to detect and stop it when attempted. The Committee 
directs the IRS to share with the Committee within 90 days of 
enactment, an action plan for how the IRS can implement a 
widespread process for taxpayer authentication. The Committee 
further directs IRS to provide a briefing on the 
recommendations from its public-private partnership focused on 
addressing the problem of ITD refund fraud.
    The Committee also urges the IRS to continue efforts to 
address TIGTA recommendations to better detect and reduce 
filing fraud, including implementing a process to deactivate 
any individual taxpayer identification number [ITIN] assigned 
to individual taxpayers prior to January 1, 2013, including 
ITINs assigned to individuals who are now deceased. In 
addition, the Committee recommends the IRS expand identity 
theft filters to address filing patterns that may indicate that 
a tax return is related to identity theft. Finally, the 
Committee recommends that the IRS develop and deploy actions to 
prevent multiple tax refunds from being deposited to the same 
bank account, thus reducing a practice that may facilitate 
identity theft and tax fraud.
    The Committee acknowledges that while the IRS has made some 
inroads in its capacity to flag and filter questionable 
filings, the IRS still needs to significantly improve its 
timeliness and effectiveness in responding to taxpayers who 
report that they have been victims of refund-related identity 
theft. A recent TIGTA report found that the IRS took an average 
of 278 days to resolve tax accounts. Although this is 34 days 
on average less than the time reported in their prior review, 
it still represents a significant delay for taxpayers to have 
their tax accounts corrected and refunds issued. Some identity 
theft victims have only a single issue that requires 
resolution, but many victims have multiple issues that must be 
resolved before the IRS will issue their refunds. In addition, 
these victims often have to call the IRS numerous times and 
speak with numerous employees. The Committee directs the IRS to 
institute, and share with the Committee within 90 days of 
enactment, an updated action plan and timetable predicated on a 
goal of reducing by half the average amount of time a taxpayer 
must await a disposition of a refund fraud claim. The Committee 
also directs IRS to report on the feasibility of assigning the 
cases of identity theft victims with multiple issues to a 
single IRS representative (and provide victims with a toll-free 
direct extension to this representative) who will manage the 
case, including coordinating the actions of different IRS 
functions, and work with the taxpayer until the case is fully 
resolved.
    Processing of Applications for Tax-Exempt Status.--The 
Committee strongly believes that meaningful, transparent, and 
sustained corrective action is warranted to restore any erosion 
of public trust in the IRS, strengthen the agency, and prevent 
any recurrence of the circumstances that led to the use of 
inappropriate case screening criteria in the handling of 
applications for certain tax-exempt groups based on their 
political beliefs. In a hearing on May 8, 2013, before the 
Committee, just days prior to the announcement of the disparate 
treatment of taxpayers, Secretary of the Treasury stated, ``As 
a principle, we totally agree that there should be no politics 
in the execution of our tax laws.'' The Committee agrees with 
this statement by the Secretary but notes that the commitment 
to this principle must be demonstrated through the actions of 
the IRS. In March 2015, TIGTA assessed IRS's actions in 
response to its 2013 recommendations to improve the 
identification and processing of applications for tax-exempt 
status involving political campaign intervention. TIGTA found 
that the IRS has taken action to eliminate the selection of 
potential political cases based on names and policy positions, 
expedited processing of social welfare organization 
applications, and instituted a quality review process to 
provide better assurance that unnecessary information requests 
are not sent to applicants. TIGTA also found that the IRS 
developed and provided extensive political campaign 
intervention training for relevant employees. However, TIGTA 
identified additional steps the IRS should take to improve upon 
the timing and execution of the training. The Committee agrees 
with TIGTA's recommendations and encourages the IRS to 
incorporate best practices and lessons learned into future 
training plans. Based on TIGTA's report findings, of the 160 
cases that were open as of December 17, 2012, 149 cases had 
been closed. TIGTA's report found that IRS implemented 
significant changes to the process for reviewing applications 
for tax-exempt status. The Committee notes that organizations 
deserve timely responses for tax-exempt status.
    Given the significant impact the disparate treatment of 
certain groups had on the public's confidence in the impartial 
execution of our tax laws, the Committee believes the IRS and 
the Department of the Treasury should await the conclusion of 
ongoing investigations into these issues prior to proposing 
regulatory changes regarding section 501(c)(4).
    Preventing Payroll Tax Fraud.--The Committee recognizes 
that many employers outsource payroll and related tax duties to 
third-party payroll service providers to help assure filing 
deadlines and deposit requirements are met and streamline 
business operations. While most payroll service providers are 
trustworthy, failures can pose devastating financial setbacks 
for multiple clients, particularly small businesses. The 
Committee is aware that the National Taxpayer Advocate has 
recommended an array of practical solutions to address this 
persistent problem, including more effective early detection of 
potential fraud; registration, certification, and bonding 
requirements for third-party payroll tax services; restrictions 
on changing addresses of record; and greater consideration of 
offers in compromise to assist defrauded businesses with relief 
from tax liability. The Committee directs the IRS to intensify 
its scrutiny of questionable practices of payroll service 
providers and continue to inform taxpayers of their 
responsibility for payment of all Federal and State employment 
taxes notwithstanding any contractual relationship with a 
payroll service provider. The Committee directs the IRS to 
update its 2015 report to the Committee within 60 days of 
enactment noting any changes in (1) what data is currently 
collected on delinquent payroll service providers, (2) how this 
data is currently being used to prevent fraud, and (3) what the 
IRS would do with this data if given additional resources for 
this purpose.
    The Committee retains an administrative provision enacted 
for fiscal year 2015 requiring that the IRS issue a notice of 
confirmation of any address change relating to an employer 
making employment tax payments, and that such notice be sent to 
both the employer's former and new address and requires that an 
officer or employee of the Internal Revenue Service shall give 
special consideration to an offer-in-compromise from a taxpayer 
who has been the victim of fraud by a third-party payroll tax 
preparer.
    Prisoner Tax Refund Fraud.--The Committee is concerned 
about growth in tax refund fraud. TIGTA recently reported that 
refund fraud associated with prisoner Social Security numbers 
remains a significant problem for tax administration. According 
to a September 2014 TIGTA report, the number of fraudulent tax 
returns filed using a prisoner's Social Security number that 
were identified by IRS increased from approximately 37,000 tax 
returns in calendar year 2007 to more than 137,000 tax returns 
in calendar year 2012. The refunds claimed on these tax returns 
increased from $166,000,000 to $1,000,000,000.
    According to TIGTA, Treasury has the authority to share 
information with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and State 
Departments of Corrections to help determine if prisoners may 
have filed or help the filing of a fraudulent return. As of 
March 2015, the IRS completed memoranda of understanding with 7 
State correctional authorities while 13 State corrections 
agencies declined to participate. The Committee encourages the 
IRS to remain committed to addressing agencies' concerns 
related to enrolling in this program so they may begin 
receiving inmate tax return information from the IRS.
    The Committee recognizes steps IRS has taken to identify 
returns filed that have the same characteristics of confirmed 
fraudulent prisoner tax returns. The Committee agrees with 
TIGTA's recommendations that the IRS should ensure that all tax 
returns filed with a prisoner Social Security number are 
assigned a prisoner indicator. The Committee expects the IRS to 
continue efforts to fully address TIGTA's recommendations to 
identify and prevent prisoner tax fraud.
    Earned Income Tax Credit Fraud.--GAO has highlighted the 
persistent problems with improper earned income tax credit 
[EITC] payments for years, and it is a factor underlying their 
designation of IRS Enforcement of Tax Laws as a high-risk area. 
As GAO reported, a root cause of EITC noncompliance is the 
self- determination of eligibility by taxpayers combined with 
IRS's limited ability to verify eligibility before refunds are 
issued. According to GAO, the estimated EITC improper payment 
rate has remained relatively unchanged since fiscal year 2003 
(the first year IRS was required to report estimates of these 
payments to Congress), but the amount of improper EITC payments 
has increased from an estimated $10,500,000,000 in fiscal year 
2003 to nearly $18,000,000,000 in fiscal year 2014. The 
Committee is concerned that billions of dollars are wasted 
every year because the IRS has little ability to monitor 
overpayments or prevent EITC payments to ineligible recipients. 
The Committee encourages IRS to address improper payments 
through compliance programs for both preparers and taxpayers, 
as well as through extensive outreach and education.
    Addressing Fraud and Filing Errors in Refundable Credit 
Programs.--The Department of Treasury reported, in its most 
recent financial statements, that the EITC improper payment 
rate, comprised of both intentional fraud and unintentional 
filing errors, was nearly $18,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2014. 
In an effort to reduce intentional fraud and unintentional 
filing errors in refundable credit programs intended to help 
taxpayers, the Department of the Treasury is directed to ensure 
that the same eligibility questions are being asked of 
taxpayers whether they are preparing their returns with a paid 
tax preparer or via do-it-yourself methods such as paper forms, 
preparation software, or online preparation tools. Implementing 
uniform eligibility questions for refundable credit filers is a 
common sense step that will help alleviate confusion over 
eligibility and better establish qualification for these 
credits. The Department of the Treasury shall ensure that all 
EITC eligibility questions included on Form 8867, such as 
questions 1 through 19 and the eligibility questions used to 
meet the requirements of question 24, will be included on the 
Schedule EIC. The Department of Treasury shall implement this 
for tax returns filed after January 1, 2016. The Department of 
Treasury shall ensure that eligibility questions for all other 
refundable credits, such as the Child Tax Credit, American 
Opportunity Tax Credit, or the healthcare premium tax credit, 
are the same for all taxpayers regardless of filing method and 
that it utilize existing forms for refundable credit due 
diligence programs instead of creating additional forms or 
worksheets as it did with the proposed Form 8967.
    Affordable Care Act Fraud.--ACA created a refundable tax 
credit, referred to as the Premium Tax Credit [PTC], to assist 
individuals with the cost of their health insurance premiums. 
When enrolling in a Qualified Health Plan through the Exchange, 
eligible individuals can choose to have some or all of the PTC 
paid in advance to their insurance company as payment of their 
monthly premium or can wait to claim all of the PTC on their 
tax return. A recent TIGTA report found that even though the 
IRS will have the data it needs to identify erroneous claims 
moving forward, it does not have the tools it needs to 
effectively prevent PTC claims from being paid. The Committee 
supports TIGTA's recommendation that PTC claimants should be 
verified before tax refunds are issued.
    In February 2015, IRS announced that it would not pursue 
collection of additional taxes from any of the 50,000 taxpayers 
who filed their taxes using incorrect forms provided to those 
enrolled in insurance policies through Healthcare.gov. IRS told 
the Committee that they have the ability to suspend enforcement 
under several sections of the Internal Revenue Code, and that 
the administration and collection costs involved would not 
warrant collection of the amounts due. The Committee expects 
the IRS to keep the Committee informed of its handling of 
erroneous tax forms and related overpayments.
    Misclassification of Contractors.--The Committee remains 
concerned that staffing within the IRS's SS-8 Program, 
responsible for making determinations as to a worker's Federal 
employment tax status, has not kept pace with the record and 
sustained SS-8 filings during the past six filing seasons. The 
Committee believes that the IRS SS-8 Program is critical to 
ensuring that workers are classified correctly, identifying 
leads for employment tax exams and criminal investigations, and 
combating the underreporting of employment taxes that 
contributes significantly to the tax gap. The Committee 
believes it is important, given the growing workload, that the 
IRS maintain sufficient staffing at all SS-8 processing 
locations. The Committee directs the IRS to notify the House 
Appropriations Committee, the Senate Appropriations Committee, 
the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Senate Finance 
Committee prior to making any staffing reductions or 
reallocations within the SS-8 processing program.

                           OPERATIONS SUPPORT

Appropriations, 2015....................................  $3,638,446,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................   4,743,258,000
Committee recommendation................................   3,468,446,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Operations Support appropriation provides for overall 
planning and direction of the IRS including Infrastructure, 
including administrative services related to space and housing, 
rent and space alterations, buildings service maintenance, 
guard services, and non-IT equipment; Shared Services and 
Support, including policy management, IRS-wide support for 
research, strategic planning, communications and liaison, 
finance, human resources, equity, diversity, and inclusion 
programs, printing, postage, business systems planning, 
corporate training, legal services, procurement, and employee 
benefit programs; and Information Services, including the 
staffing, equipment, and related costs to manage, maintain, and 
operate the information systems critical to the support of tax 
administration programs.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $3,468,446,000 for Operations 
Support for fiscal year 2016.
    The Committee notes that half of IRS's total requested 
increase for fiscal year 2016 funding is for Operations 
Support. Further, the Committee notes that over half of the 
$2,300,000,000 in planned funding for 20 major Information 
Technology [IT] investments is requested under Operations 
Support. The Committee remains concerned that the IRS continues 
to supplement this appropriations account with the vast 
majority of its user fees.
    Information Technology Reports.--Given the size and 
significance of IRS's IT investments and the challenges 
inherent in successfully delivering these complex IT 
investments, it is important that the Committees on 
Appropriations be provided reliable information to assist with 
their oversight responsibilities. While IRS has been submitting 
quarterly reports on the performance of its IT investments to 
the Committees, we are concerned that these reports have yet to 
address GAO's recommendations for cumulative reporting and 
providing a quantitative measure of scope. In addition, we 
believe the reports could provide information that would allow 
the Committees to better gauge the performance of IRS's IT 
investments. The Committee directs the IRS to submit quarterly 
reports on particular major project activities to the 
Committees on Appropriations and the GAO, no later than 30 days 
following the end of each calendar quarter in fiscal year 2016. 
The Committee expects the reports to include detailed, plain 
English explanations of the cumulative expenditures and 
schedule performance to date, specified by fiscal year; the 
costs and schedules for the previous 3 months; the anticipated 
costs and schedules for the upcoming 3 months; and the total 
expected costs to complete the following major information 
technology project activities: IRS.gov; Returns Remittance 
Processing; EDAS/IPM; Information Returns and Document 
Matching; E-services; Taxpayer Advocate Service Integrated 
System; Affordable Care Act administration; and other projects 
associated with significant changes in law. In addition, the 
quarterly report should clearly explain when the project was 
started; the expected date of completion; the percentage of 
work completed as compared to planned work; the current and 
expected state of functionality; any changes in schedule; and 
current risks unrelated to funding amounts and mitigation 
strategies. The Committee directs the Department of the 
Treasury to conduct a semi-annual review of IRS's IT 
investments to ensure the cost, schedule, and scope goals of 
the projects are transparent. The Committee further directs GAO 
to review and provide an annual report to the Committees 
evaluating the cost and schedule of activities of all major IRS 
information technology projects for the year, with particular 
focus on the projects about which the IRS is submitting 
quarterly reports to the Committee.

                     BUSINESS SYSTEMS MODERNIZATION

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $290,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     379,178,000
Committee recommendation................................     260,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Business Systems Modernization appropriation provides 
resources for the planning and capital asset acquisition of 
information technology to modernize the IRS business systems.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $260,000,000 for Business Systems 
Modernization [BSM] for fiscal year 2016.
    The Committee is concerned about IRS's plan to invest in 
new IT capabilities for the future given the recent data breach 
to IRS's Get Transcript tool. In addition, the Committee 
remains concerned about exceeding planned investment costs, 
projects that fall behind schedule, and providing secure 
digital communications to taxpayers.
    The Committee expects the IRS to continue to submit 
quarterly reports to the Committees and GAO during fiscal year 
2016, no later than 30 days following the end of each calendar 
quarter. The Committee expects the reports to include detailed, 
plain English explanations of the cumulative expenditures and 
schedule performance to date, specified by fiscal year; the 
costs and schedules for the previous 3 months; the anticipated 
costs and schedules for the upcoming 3 months; and the total 
expected costs to complete CADE2 and MeF. In addition, the 
quarterly report should clearly explain when the project was 
started; the expected date of completion; the percentage of 
work completed as compared to planned work; the current and 
expected state of functionality; any changes in schedule; and 
current risks unrelated to funding amounts and mitigation 
strategies. The Committee directs the Department of the 
Treasury to conduct a semi-annual review of CADE2 and MeF to 
ensure the cost, schedule, and scope goals of the projects are 
transparent. The Committee further directs GAO to review and 
provide an annual report to the Committee evaluating the cost 
and schedule of CADE2 and MeF activities for the year, as well 
as an assessment of the functionality achieved.
    The Committee remains concerned that IRS systems 
modernization, by its nature, is a high-risk endeavor, and 
appreciates that the IRS has, in recent years, satisfied the 
majority of developmental milestones planned for completion 
early, under budget, or within 10 percent of cost and schedule 
estimates. Because of the tendency for certain projects or 
components to exceed schedule and cost estimates, the Committee 
urges IRS management to maintain close routine scrutiny of cost 
and schedule factors.

          ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS--INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    The Committee has included administrative provisions 
carried in prior appropriations acts and new directives as 
follows:
    Section 101 continues a provision allowing the IRS to 
transfer up to 5 percent of any appropriation made available to 
the agency in fiscal year 2016 to any other IRS appropriation, 
upon the advance approval of the Committees on Appropriations.
    Section 102 continues a provision maintaining a training 
program in taxpayers' rights and cross-cultural relations.
    Section 103 continues a provision requiring the IRS to 
institute and enforce policies and procedures, which will 
safeguard the confidentiality of taxpayer information and 
protect taxpayers against identity theft.
    Section 104 continues a provision directing that funds 
shall be available for improved facilities and increased 
staffing to support sufficient and effective 1-800 help line 
services for taxpayers including enhanced response time to 
taxpayer communications, particularly for victims of tax-
related crimes.
    Section 105 continues a provision requiring videos produced 
by the IRS to be approved in advance by the Service-Wide Video 
Editorial Board.
    Section 106 continues a provision requiring the IRS to 
issue notices to employers of any address change request and to 
give special consideration to offers in compromise for 
taxpayers who have been victims of payroll tax preparer fraud.
    Section 107 continues a provision that prohibits the use of 
funds by the IRS to target United States citizens for 
exercising any right guaranteed under the First Amendment to 
the Constitution.
    Section 108 continues a provision that prohibits the use of 
funds by the IRS to target groups for regulatory scrutiny based 
on their ideological beliefs.
    Section 109 continues a provision that requires the IRS to 
comply with procedures on conference spending as recommended by 
the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
    Section 110 continues a provision that prohibits the use of 
funds to violate the confidentiality of tax returns.
    Section 111 is a new provision that prohibits the use of 
funds to give bonuses or hire former employees without 
consideration of conduct and compliance with Federal tax laws.

         Administrative Provisions--Department of the Treasury


                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    The Committee includes 14 administrative provisions, as 
follows:
    Section 112 authorizes certain basic services within the 
Treasury Department in fiscal year 2016, including purchase of 
uniforms; maintenance, repairs, and cleaning; purchase of 
insurance for official motor vehicles operated in foreign 
countries; and contracts with the Department of State for 
health and medical services to employees and their dependents 
serving in foreign countries.
    Section 113 authorizes transfers, up to 2 percent, between 
Departmental Offices, Office of Inspector General, Special 
Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, 
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Bureau of the Fiscal 
Service, and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, 
appropriations under certain circumstances.
    Section 114 authorizes transfers, up to 2 percent, between 
the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General 
for Tax Administration under certain circumstances.
    Section 115 prohibits the Department of the Treasury and 
the Bureau of Engraving and Printing from redesigning the $1 
Federal Reserve Note.
    Section 116 authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to 
transfer funds from Salaries and Expenses, Bureau of the Fiscal 
Service, to the Debt Collection Fund as necessary to cover the 
costs of debt collection. Such amounts shall be reimbursed to 
the Salaries and Expenses account from debt collections 
received in the Debt Collection Fund.
    Section 117 requires prior approval for the construction 
and operation of a museum by the United States Mint.
    Section 118 prohibits the merger of the United States Mint 
and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing without prior approval 
of the committees of jurisdiction.
    Section 119 authorizes the Department's intelligence 
activities.
    Section 120 permits the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to 
use not to exceed $5,000 from the Industrial Revolving Fund for 
reception and representation expenses.
    Section 121 requires the Secretary of the Treasury to 
develop an annual Capital Investment Plan.
    Section 122 continues a provision that requires quarterly 
reports of the Office of Financial Research [OFR] and Office of 
Financial Stability.
    Section 123 continues a provision that requires a report on 
the Department's Franchise Fund.
    Section 124 continues a provision that requires the 
Department to submit a report on economic warfare and financial 
terrorism.
    Section 125 is a new provision that prohibits the 
Department from enforcing guidance for U.S. positions on 
multilateral development banks which engage with developing 
countries on coal-fired power generation.

                                TITLE II

    EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT AND FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE 
                               PRESIDENT

                            The White House

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $55,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      55,214,000
Committee recommendation................................      55,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The ``Salaries and Expenses'' account of The White House 
provides staff assistance and administrative services for the 
direct support of the President. The White House also serves as 
the President's representative before the media. In accordance 
with 3 U.S.C. 105, The White House office also supports and 
assists the activities of the spouse of the President.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $55,000,000 
for The White House, Salaries and Expenses. The recommendation 
is equal to the fiscal year 2015 enacted level.
    Exports to Africa.--The Committee acknowledges efforts by 
the Executive Office of the President [EOP] to designate a 
senior United States Government official to lead efforts to 
significantly increase United States exports to Africa as 
directed under section 1206(d) of Public Law 113-66 and urges 
the EOP to continue to leverage resources provided in this and 
other acts to carry out the intent of the directive.
    Office of National AIDS Policy.--The Committee directs the 
Executive Office of the President [EOP] to allocate sufficient 
resources to continue the robust operation of the Office of 
National AIDS Policy [ONAP]. ONAP is responsible for leading 
implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and holding 
Federal agencies and local jurisdictions accountable for 
implementing effective, scalable, and cost-effective 
interventions for HIV prevention and care through commissioning 
policy research, consulting with the community, and helping 
jurisdictions modernize data systems and other activities to 
align with the strategy. The Committee directs the 
administration to continue to coordinate a Governmentwide 
effort to achieve the goals of the National HIV/AIDS strategy.

                 Executive Residence at the White House


                           OPERATING EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $12,700,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      12,723,000
Committee recommendation................................      12,700,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    These funds provide for the care, maintenance, repair, 
alteration, refurnishing, improvement, air-conditioning, 
heating, and lighting of the White House and the official and 
ceremonial functions of the President.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $12,700,000 
for the Executive Residence at the White House. The Committee 
recommendation is equal to the fiscal year 2015 enacted level. 
The bill also continues certain restrictions on reimbursable 
expenses for use of the Executive Residence.

                   White House Repair and Restoration

Appropriations, 2015....................................        $625,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................         750,000
Committee recommendation................................         625,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    This account funds the repair, alteration, and improvement 
of the Executive Residence at the White House. A separate 
account was established in fiscal year 1996 to program and 
track expenditures for the capital improvement projects at the 
Executive Residence at the White House.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $625,000 for 
White House Repair and Restoration, equal to the fiscal year 
2015 enacted level.

                      Council of Economic Advisers


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................      $4,184,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................       4,201,000
Committee recommendation................................       4,184,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Council of Economic Advisers analyzes the national 
economy and its various segments, advises the President on 
economic developments, recommends policies for economic growth 
and stability, appraises economic programs and policies of the 
Federal Government, and assists in the preparation of the 
annual Economic Report of the President to Congress.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $4,184,000 for 
salaries and expenses of the Council of Economic Advisers. This 
amount is equal to the fiscal year 2015 enacted level.

        National Security Council and Homeland Security Council


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $12,600,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      13,069,000
Committee recommendation................................      12,600,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The National Security Council advises the President in 
integrating domestic, foreign, and military policies related to 
national security, and the Homeland Security Council advises 
the President in coordinating homeland security-related 
policies across the Government.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $12,600,000 
for the salaries and expenses of the National Security Council 
and the Homeland Security Council. This amount is equal to the 
fiscal year 2015 enacted level.

                        Office of Administration


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $111,300,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      96,116,000
Committee recommendation................................      96,116,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Office of Administration provides administrative 
services to the EOP. These services, defined by Executive Order 
12028 of 1977, include financial, personnel, library and 
records services, information management systems support, and 
general office services.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $96,116,000 
for the Office of Administration for fiscal year 2016. This 
amount is $15,184,000 below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level 
and equal to the budget request.
    The Committee's recommendation includes not to exceed 
$7,994,000 to remain available until expended for modernization 
of the information technology infrastructure within the 
Executive Office of the President. The recommended reduction is 
the result of a proposed reorganization of Presidential 
information technology resources, which relocates the 
responsibility for maintenance of the EOP data center and data 
telecommunications networks.
    The Committee directs the Office of Administration to place 
a top priority on the implementation of comprehensive policies 
and procedures for the preservation of all records, including 
electronic records such as emails, videos, and social 
networking communication, consistent with the requirements of 
the Presidential Records Act, the Federal Records Act, and 
other pertinent laws. The Office of Administration shall work 
closely with the National Archives and Records Administration 
[NARA] to ensure the full and complete maintenance and 
formatting of electronic records that will eventually be turned 
over to NARA. The Committee expects the Office of 
Administration to keep the Committee fully apprised of funding 
needs related to records preservation and retention.

                    Office of Management and Budget


                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $91,750,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      97,441,000
Committee recommendation................................      91,750,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Office of Management and Budget [OMB] assists the 
President in the discharge of his budgetary, management, and 
other executive responsibilities.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $91,750,000 
for the Office of Management and Budget, which is equal to the 
fiscal year 2015 enacted level.
    The Committee directs OMB to utilize sufficient resources 
to respond in a timely and complete manner to requests from 
Congress, in particular requests related to program funding and 
operations.
    Cybersecurity.--The Committee recognizes actions that were 
recently taken by some Federal agencies to improve their 
cybersecurity posture under the Federal CIO's 30-day 
Cybersprint. The Committee looks forward to learning more about 
the results of this initiative. The Committee directs OMB in 
consultation with Federal agencies to report to the Committees 
on Appropriations of the House and Senate and the Committee on 
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs in the Senate and 
the Homeland Security Committee in the House not less than 6 
months after enactment of this act on the national security 
implications of recent data breaches including the OPM breach; 
the extent to which weaknesses exist in Federal agencies; the 
existence of a cybersecurity strategy across the Federal 
Government; and the status of Federal agencies cybersecurity 
policies and procedures in place, including policies and 
procedures relating to IT best practices such as data 
encryption, multifactor authentication, and continuous 
monitoring. The report should consider any improvements that 
could be made to assist Federal agencies in addressing 
cybersecurity challenges.
    Intellectual Property.--The Committee continues to strongly 
support the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement 
Coordinator [IPEC] and its important mission and directs that 
funds be made available for no less than one full-time 
equivalent dedicated senior staff position to ensure it can 
carry out its statutory mission. The Committee recommends that 
IPEC continue working to facilitate voluntary efforts among 
stakeholders to reduce online copyright and trademark 
infringement.
    Social Cost of Carbon.--OMB should not approve any 
regulations in fiscal year 2016 using the May 2013, revised 
July 2015, estimates for the social cost of carbon until a new 
working group is convened. The working group should include the 
relevant agencies and affected stakeholders, reexamine the 
social cost of carbon using the best available science, and 
revise the estimate using an accurate discount rate and 
domestic estimate in accordance with Executive Order 12866 and 
OMB Circular A-4. To increase transparency, the working group 
should solicit public comments prior to finalizing any updates.
    Governmentwide General Provisions.--The Committee is 
concerned that all agencies may not be aware of, and therefore, 
not implementing, the Governmentwide general provisions in 
title VII of the bill. The Committee directs OMB to issue 
guidance within 60 days of enactment, notifying all agencies of 
their responsibilities to adhere to these requirements. The 
Committee expects OMB to reinforce awareness among all Federal 
agencies of the existence of, and content of, the 
Governmentwide general provisions.
    Conferences.--The Committee continues a provision in title 
VII of the bill requiring agencies to report annually to their 
inspector general or senior ethics officer on conferences 
costing more than $100,000 and to notify the same official of 
conferences costing more than $20,000 within 15 days of a 
conference. The provision also prohibits funding for any travel 
and conference activities that are not in compliance with OMB 
Memorandum M-12-12. Consistent with M-12-12, agencies shall 
report conference expenditures in excess of $100,000 on agency 
Web sites and OMB shall notify the Committee annually in 
writing of any agencies failing to report this information.
    Travel.--The Committee supports OMB's efforts to reduce 
costs across Federal agencies by eliminating unnecessary travel 
expenses. As part of OMB Memorandum M-12-12, Federal agencies 
were directed to reduce their travel expenses by 30 percent 
below the fiscal year 2010 level. The Committee recognizes the 
need for continued oversight of Federal travel expenses and 
notes OMB's efforts to work with agencies to increase 
transparency and make smarter travel decisions. In its most 
recent report to the Committee, OMB notes that the OMB 
Memorandum M-12-12 transparency model is strong, that the 
spending thresholds established in OMB Memorandum M-12-12 are 
appropriate and that results have demonstrated that these new 
policies and procedures are having an impact on how agencies 
plan and execute conferences. The Committee also notes that OMB 
recognizes that travel and conferences have a role to play in 
agencies carrying out their missions and that there are 
situations in which physical collocation is necessary and that 
OMB has worked diligently to ensure that the policies and 
controls implemented through OMB Memorandum M-12-12 do not 
curtail travel or conferences that are mission critical and are 
executed in a cost-effective manner.
    Contractor Bonuses.--The Committee is concerned about the 
occurrence of contract incentives being given to contractors 
that fail to meet specified cost, schedule, or performance 
criteria. Although OMB has issued guidance to reduce wasteful 
spending on contractor bonuses, this issue has not been fully 
addressed. The bill includes new contractor payment 
restrictions to require all departments and agencies funded by 
this act to link all contracts that provide awards to 
successful acquisition outcomes and to prohibit funds to pay 
for award or incentive fees for contractors with below 
satisfactory performance.
    Enforcement of Cybersecurity Standards.--The Committee 
directs OMB to report not later than February 1 of each year to 
the Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate and 
the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs in 
the Senate and the Homeland Security Committee in the House 
regarding the use of budget authority to enforce cybersecurity 
standards. The report shall detail specific actions the 
Director has taken pursuant to section 3553(a)(5) of title 44, 
United States Code, including any actions taken pursuant to 
section 11303(b)(5) of title 40, United States Code.

                 Office of National Drug Control Policy


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $22,647,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      20,047,000
Committee recommendation................................      20,047,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Office of National Drug Control Policy [ONDCP], 
established by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, and 
reauthorized by Public Law 109-469, is charged with developing 
policies, objectives, and priorities for the National Drug 
Control Program. In addition, ONDCP administers the High 
Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, the Drug-Free 
Communities Support Program, and several other related 
initiatives.
    This account provides funding for personnel compensation, 
travel, and other basic operations of the Office, and for 
general policy research to support the formulation of the 
National Drug Control Strategy.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $20,047,000 
for ONDCP's salaries and expenses.
    Interdiction.--The Committee supports efforts to reduce 
illegal drug use across the United States. In order to stem the 
tide of illegal drugs coming into this country, interdiction 
must be a priority. A core component of our national drug 
control strategy must be effective coordination with other 
Federal agencies to intercept and disrupt foreign drug 
shipments before they get to the United States.
    Methamphetamine.--The Committee is concerned about the 
increased availability of methamphetamine in the United States 
in recent years. Criminal drug trafficking organizations are 
increasingly producing methamphetamine in Mexico and 
transporting it into and throughout the United States. Within 
90 days of enactment of this act, ONDCP shall report to the 
Committee on the steps it is taking to disrupt the production, 
distribution, and use of methamphetamine, particularly in the 
Southwest border region and in the southern United States.

                     FEDERAL DRUG CONTROL PROGRAMS

             HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREAS PROGRAM

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $245,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     193,400,000
Committee recommendation................................     245,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas [HIDTA] program 
was established by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 (Public Law 
100-690) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy's 
reauthorization (Public Law 109-469) to provide assistance to 
Federal, State, and local law enforcement entities operating in 
those areas most adversely affected by drug trafficking.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $245,000,000 
for the HIDTA program. The Committee directs that funding shall 
be provided for the existing HIDTAs at no less than the fiscal 
year 2015 level.
    ONDCP is directed to consult with the HIDTAs in advance of 
deciding programmatic spending allocations for discretionary 
(supplemental) funding.
    The Committee recommendation specifies that up to 
$2,700,000 may be used for auditing services and associated 
activities.
    The Committee directs that HIDTA funds be transferred to 
the appropriate drug control agencies expeditiously and 
includes provisions in the bill to help prevent delay. 
Transferred funds that are no longer necessary for their 
original purpose may be transferred back to the HIDTA program.
    HIDTA funds should not be used to supplant existing support 
for ongoing Federal, State, or local drug control operations 
normally funded out of the operating budgets of each agency. 
ONDCP is directed to withhold all HIDTA funds from a State 
until such time as a State or locality has met its financial 
obligation.

                  OTHER FEDERAL DRUG CONTROL PROGRAMS

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $107,150,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      95,436,000
Committee recommendation................................     108,310,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-690), and 
the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act 
(Public Law 109-469) established this account to be 
administered by the Director of the Office of National Drug 
Control Policy. The funds appropriated to the program support 
high-priority drug control programs and may be transferred to 
drug control agencies.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $108,310,000 
for Other Federal Drug Control Programs. Within this amount, 
the Committee provides the following funding levels:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                              Amount
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Drug-Free Communities Support Program...................     $93,500,000
    National Community Anti-Drug Coalition training.....       2,000,000
Drug court training, including standards training, and         2,000,000
 technical assistance...................................
Anti-doping activities..................................       9,500,000
World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA].........................       2,060,000
Activities as authorized by Public Law 109-469, section        1,250,000
 1105...................................................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Drug-Free Communities Support Program.--ONDCP directs the 
Drug-Free Communities Support Program [DFCSP] in partnership 
with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services 
Administration. DFCSP provides dollar-for-dollar matching 
grants of up to $125,000 to local coalitions that mobilize 
their communities to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco, illicit 
drug, and inhalant abuse. Such grants support coalitions of 
youth; parents; media; law enforcement; school officials; 
faith-based organizations; fraternal organizations; State, 
local, and tribal government agencies; healthcare 
professionals; and other community representatives. The DFCSP 
enables these coalitions to strengthen their coordination and 
prevention efforts, encourage citizen participation in 
substance abuse reduction efforts, and disseminate information 
about effective programs. The Committee provides $93,500,000 
for the continuation of the DFCSP.
    The Committee includes a provision in the bill directing 
ONDCP to provide $2,000,000 of DFCSP funds for training and 
related purposes as authorized by section 4 of Public Law 107-
82, as amended by Public Law 109-469.

                          Unanticipated Needs

Appropriations, 2015....................................        $800,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................       1,000,000
Committee recommendation................................         800,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    These funds enable the President to meet unanticipated 
exigencies in support of the national interest, security, or 
defense.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $800,000, which is the same as the 
fiscal year 2015 enacted level.

              Information Technology Oversight and Reform


                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $20,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      35,200,000
Committee recommendation................................      25,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The goal of the Information Technology Oversight and Reform 
[ITOR] program is to drive value in Federal IT investments by 
making smarter investment decisions and reducing waste, 
duplication, and inefficient uses of IT through data-driven 
investment management, deliver digital services to 25 Federal 
agencies, and protect IT assets and information by improving 
oversight of Federal cybersecurity practices.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $25,000,000 for the ITOR program. 
The Committee appreciates the administration's comprehensive 
and innovative approach to improving IT development processes 
and maximizing efficiencies across the Federal IT portfolio. 
The Federal Government invests approximately $80,000,000,000 a 
year in IT development for a wide variety of capabilities, 
spanning, for example, from basic desktop computing to a 
searchable database for investigating terrorist financing 
activity. However, it is clear to the Committee that this 
spending on IT does not produce $80,000,000,000 in value for 
the public as a result of IT projects that arrive late or over 
budget. In fiscal year 2014, the Administration used ITOR 
funding to pilot the U.S. Digital Service [USDS] by recruiting 
a small group of select private sector tech experts into 
government service. The increase in ITOR funding in fiscal year 
2016 will help to grow the USDS team to enable them to serve as 
a resource across Federal agencies. In addition, the increase 
in funding should be used to support OMB's newly-formed E-Gov 
Cyber and National Security Unit [OMB E-Gov Cyber] which 
focuses on strengthening Federal cybersecurity.
    IT Dashboard.--The Committee supports the management and 
enhancement of the IT Dashboard, a Web site that includes cost, 
schedule, and performance data for major IT investments. The 
Committee directs the EOP to make PortfolioStat, which is the 
process where OMB and agencies examine IT portfolios to 
identify duplicative spending and reduce costs, and other 
technology reform savings and performance metrics available to 
the public on the IT dashboard. OMB shall ensure that current 
and accurate data on these investments are available throughout 
the entire year. The Committee directs OMB to use ITOR funding 
to work with agencies to implement the Federal Information 
Technology Acquisition Reform Act [FITARA], which is designed 
to improve Federal IT acquisitions. Specifically, the Committee 
directs OMB to report quarterly to the Committee on 
Appropriations on the cost savings, avoidance, and reductions 
in duplicative IT investments.
    Digital Service.--The Committee supports the formation of 
USDS and their role in collaborating with Federal agencies to 
implement digital and technology practices on the 10 highest 
priority IT investment projects that are under development 
across Federal agencies. The Committee encourages USDS to use 
the increase in ITOR funding to become more fully engaged on 
each one of the projects. In addition, the Committee encourages 
OMB to provide detail on how the 10 highest priority IT 
investment projects are selected and report quarterly to the 
Committee on Appropriations on the status of these projects.
    Cybersecurity.--Recent cybersecurity breaches have 
demonstrated the need for the Federal Government to safeguard 
data and improve its cybersecurity posture. The Committee 
expects OMB's E-Gov Cyber will provide oversight of agency 
cybersecurity programs and focus on agencies' performance 
relative to the Cybersecurity Cross-Agency Priority [CAP] Goal, 
which was designed to assess agency implementation of basic 
cybersecurity principles to ensure a common Federal baseline 
for combating cyber threats. It is clear to the Committee that 
the Federal Government lags in IT security best practices. For 
example, Strong Authentication remains a key challenge, with 
civilian agencies reporting 42 percent of their goal. According 
to GAO [GAO-15-725T], ``While recent government-wide 
initiatives hold promise for bolstering the Federal 
cybersecurity posture, it is important to note that no single 
technology or set of practices is sufficient to protect against 
all these threats. A `defense in depth' strategy is required 
that includes well-trained personnel, effective and 
consistently applied processes, and appropriately implemented 
technologies. While agencies have elements of such a strategy 
in place, more needs to be done to fully implement it and to 
address existing weaknesses. In particular, implementing GAO 
and Inspector General recommendations will strengthen agencies' 
ability to protect their systems and information, reducing the 
risk of a potentially devastating cyber attack.'' The Committee 
expects OMB to consult with GAO on the Cybersecurity CAP goal 
key performance indicators and metric targets. In addition, the 
Committee expects OMB as part of its 30-day Cybersecurity 
Sprint, to submit its Federal Civilian Cybersecurity Strategy 
to GAO for review. The Committee encourages OMB to report on 
its efforts to ensuring agencies having robust protections in 
place to address cyber security threats, including the recent 
breach at OPM.

                  Special Assistance to the President


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................      $4,211,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................       4,228,000
Committee recommendation................................       4,211,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    This appropriation provides for staff and expenses to 
enable the Vice President to provide assistance to the 
President in connection with the performance of executive 
duties and responsibilities. These funds also support the 
official activities of the spouse of the Vice President. The 
Vice President also has a staff funded by the Senate to assist 
him in the performance of his legislative duties.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $4,211,000 for 
special assistance to the President. This amount is equal to 
the fiscal year 2015 enacted level.

                Official Residence of the Vice President


                           OPERATING EXPENSES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2015....................................        $299,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................         299,000
Committee recommendation................................         299,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    This account supports the care and operation of the Vice 
President's residence on the grounds of the Naval Observatory. 
These funds specifically support equipment, furnishings, dining 
facilities, and services required to perform and discharge the 
Vice President's official duties, functions, and obligations.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $299,000 for 
the official residence of the Vice President. This amount is 
equal to the budget request and the fiscal year 2015 enacted 
level.

Administrative Provisions--Executive Office of the President and Funds 
                     Appropriated to the President


                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    Section 201 continues a provision that provides flexibility 
in the use of funds in accounts under the EOP.
    Section 202 requires the Office of Management and Budget 
[OMB] to report on the costs of implementation the Dodd-Frank 
Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Public Law 111-
203).
    Section 203 requires the Director of the OMB to include a 
statement of budgetary impact with any Executive order issued 
during fiscal year 2016.

                               TITLE III

                             THE JUDICIARY

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    Established under Article III of the Constitution, the 
judicial branch of Government is a separate but equal branch. 
The Federal judiciary consists of the Supreme Court, United 
States Courts of Appeals, District Courts, Bankruptcy Courts, 
Court of International Trade, Court of Federal Claims, and 
several other entities and programs. The organization of the 
judiciary, the district and circuit boundaries, the places of 
holding court, and the number of Federal judges are legislated 
by the Congress and signed into law by the President.
    The Committee's recommended funding levels support the 
Federal judiciary's role of providing equal justice under the 
law and include sufficient funds to support this critical 
mission. The recommended funding level includes the salaries of 
judges and support staff and the operation and security of our 
Nation's courts.
    The judicial branch is subject to the same funding 
constraints facing the executive and legislative branches. It 
is imperative that the Federal judiciary devote its resources 
primarily to the retention of staff. Further, it is also 
important that the judiciary contain controllable costs such as 
travel, construction, and other expenses.

                   Supreme Court of the United States

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $74,967,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      75,717,000
Committee recommendation................................      75,838,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The United States Supreme Court consists of nine justices 
appointed under Article III of the Constitution of the United 
States, one of whom is appointed as Chief Justice of the United 
States. The Supreme Court acts as the final arbiter in the 
Federal court system.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $75,838,000 
for the salaries and expenses of personnel, and the costs of 
operating the Supreme Court, excluding the care of the building 
and grounds. The recommendation is $871,000 above the fiscal 
year 2015 funding level and $121,000 above the budget request.

                    CARE OF THE BUILDING AND GROUNDS

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $11,640,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................       9,953,000
Committee recommendation................................       9,964,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    Care of the Building and Grounds, for expenditure by the 
Architect of the Capitol, provides for the structural and 
mechanical care of the United States Supreme Court Building and 
Grounds, including maintenance and operation of mechanical, 
electrical, and electronic equipment.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $9,964,000 for 
personnel and other services related to the Supreme Court 
building and grounds, which is supervised by the Architect of 
the Capitol. The recommendation is $1,676,000 below the fiscal 
year 2015 funding level and $11,000 above the budget request.

         United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $30,212,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      30,841,000
Committee recommendation................................      30,872,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 
was established on October 1, 1982 under Article III of the 
Constitution. The court was formed by the merger of the United 
States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals and the appellate 
division of the United States Court of Claims. The court 
consists of 12 judges who are appointed by the President, with 
the advice and consent of the Senate. Judges are appointed to 
the court under Article III of the Constitution of the United 
States.
    The Federal Circuit has nationwide jurisdiction in a 
variety of subjects, including international trade, Government 
contracts, patents, certain claims for money from the United 
States Government, Federal personnel, and veterans' benefits. 
Appeals to the court come from all Federal district courts, the 
United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court 
of International Trade, and the United States Court of Veterans 
Appeals. The court also takes appeals of certain administrative 
agencies' decisions, including the Merit Systems Protection 
Board, the Board of Contract Appeals, the Board of Patent 
Appeals and Interferences, and the Trademark Trial and Appeals 
Board. Decisions of the United States International Trade 
Commission, the Office of Compliance of the United States 
Congress, and the Government Accountability Office Personnel 
Appeals Board are also reviewable by the court.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $30,872,000. 
The recommendation is $660,000 above the fiscal year 2015 
funding level and $31,000 above the budget request.

               United States Court of International Trade


                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $17,807,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      18,145,000
Committee recommendation................................      18,160,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The United States Court of International Trade, located in 
New York City, consists of nine Article III judges. The court 
has exclusive nationwide jurisdiction over civil actions 
brought against the United States, its agencies and officers, 
and certain civil actions brought by the United States, arising 
out of import transactions and the administration and 
enforcement of the Federal customs and international trade 
laws.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $18,160,000. 
The recommendation is $353,000 above the fiscal year 2015 
funding level and $15,000 above the budget request.

    Courts of Appeals, District Courts, and Other Judicial Services


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................  $4,846,818,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................   5,036,338,000
Committee recommendation................................   4,960,008,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    Salaries and Expenses is one of four accounts that provide 
total funding for the Courts of Appeals, District Courts, and 
Other Judicial Services. In addition to funding the salaries of 
judges and support staff, this account also funds the operating 
costs of appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts, the Court 
of Federal Claims, and probation and pretrial services offices.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $4,960,008,000 
for salaries and expenses. The recommendation is $113,190,000 
above the fiscal year 2015 funding level and $76,330,000 below 
the budget request and consistent with the judiciary's most 
recent budget estimate of the needs for this account.
    The Committee is pleased with the judiciary's ongoing 
efforts to contain costs. For more than 10 years the judiciary 
has been focused on cost containment and changes made to date 
have reduced current and future costs for: rent, information 
technology, magistrate judges, compensation of court staff and 
law clerks, law books, probation and pretrial services 
supervision work, and other areas. The Committee understands 
that further cost containment initiatives will expand the use 
of shared administrative services among the courts of appeals, 
district courts, bankruptcy courts, probation and pretrial 
services offices, and Federal defender organizations to reduce 
duplicative human resources, procurement, financial management, 
and information technology activities. The judiciary is also 
exploring voluntary consolidation of offices and other longer-
term changes that would further reduce growth in personnel and 
operational costs. Given the constrained Federal budget 
environment, the Committee encourages the judiciary to continue 
these cost-cutting efforts.
    The Committee's recommendation includes funding to expand 
evidence-based supervision practices to further reduce 
recidivism rates in the Federal probation and pretrial services 
system. Evidence-based practices [EBP] are the supervision 
practices proven to produce specific, intended results. EBP is 
an outcome-based approach that focuses on specific supervision 
and treatment strategies versus the more traditional contact-
driven supervision approach. One of the judiciary's programs, 
called Staff Training Aimed at Re-Arrest Reduction [STARR], 
involves exercises and instructions designed to alter the 
dysfunctional thinking patterns exhibited by many offenders 
that could lead to new criminal activity. The Committee 
supports the judiciary's efforts to reduce recidivism rates for 
Federal offenders and expects the judiciary's fiscal year 2016 
financial plan to include details on how this funding will be 
utilized including how many districts and officers will receive 
STARR training.
    The Committee has also included a cost-saving provision 
requested by the judiciary which would allow a U.S. probation 
officer who has been appointed in one district to provide 
supervision services to another district with the consent of 
both courts. This provision will allow a probation officer 
appointed in one district to perform services for another 
district with the consent of the appointing court. Further, it 
will facilitate the sharing across district lines of officer 
positions requiring special knowledge, such as sex-offender 
specialists, cyber-crime specialists, and search team members, 
thereby conserving resources by allowing one or more districts 
that are participating in a sharing arrangement to avoid the 
higher salary costs associated with specialized officers, which 
could be $15,000 more than a line officer. In addition, this 
change could lower travel costs by allowing officers who work 
in one district to supervise offenders who reside in a 
neighboring district which has its probation office further 
from where the offenders live. This option may be especially 
useful in supervising offenders in Indian lands, which may 
straddle multiple districts.

                 VACCINE INJURY COMPENSATION TRUST FUND

Appropriations, 2015....................................      $5,423,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................       6,045,000
Committee recommendation................................       6,045,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    Enacted by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 
1986 (Public Law 99-660), the Vaccine Injury Compensation 
Program is a Federal no-fault program designed to resolve a 
perceived crisis in vaccine tort liability claims that 
threatened the continued availability of childhood vaccines 
nationwide. The statute's primary intention is the creation of 
a more efficient adjudicatory mechanism that ensures a no-fault 
compensation result for those allegedly injured or killed by 
certain covered vaccines. This program protects the 
availability of vaccines in the United States by diverting a 
substantial number of claims from the tort arena.
    Not only did this act create a special fund to pay 
judgments awarded under the act, but it also created the Office 
of Special Masters within the United States Court of Federal 
Claims to hear vaccine injury cases. The act stipulates that up 
to eight special masters may be appointed for this purpose. The 
special masters expenditures are reimbursed to the judiciary 
for vaccine injury cases from a special fund set up under the 
Vaccine Act.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $6,045,000. 
The recommendation is $622,000 above fiscal year 2015 funding 
level and the same as the budget request.

                           DEFENDER SERVICES

Appropriations, 2015....................................  $1,016,499,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................   1,057,616,000
Committee recommendation................................   1,042,616,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Defender Services program ensures the right to counsel 
guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment, the Criminal Justice Act (18 
U.S.C. 3006A(e)) and other congressional mandates for those who 
cannot afford to retain counsel and other necessary defense 
services. The Criminal Justice Act provides that courts appoint 
counsel from Federal public and community defender 
organizations or from a panel of private attorneys established 
by the court. The Defender Services program helps to maintain 
public confidence in the Nation's commitment to equal justice 
under the law and ensures the successful operation of the 
constitutionally based adversary system of justice by which 
Federal criminal laws and federally guaranteed rights are 
enforced.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$1,042,616,000. The recommendation is $26,117,000 above the 
fiscal year 2015 funding level, $15,000,000 below the budget 
request, and consistent with the Judiciary's most recent budget 
estimate of the needs for this account. The Committee's 
recommendation supports a current services operating level for 
the Defender Services program for fiscal year 2016.

                    FEES OF JURORS AND COMMISSIONERS

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $52,191,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      52,411,000
Committee recommendation................................      48,423,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    This account provides for the statutory fees and allowances 
of grand and petit jurors and for the compensation of jury and 
land commissioners. Budgetary requirements depend primarily 
upon the volume and the length of jury trials demanded by 
parties to both civil and criminal actions and the number of 
grand juries being convened by the courts at the request of the 
United States Attorneys.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $48,423,000. 
The recommendation is $3,768,000 below the fiscal year 2015 
funding level.

                             COURT SECURITY

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $513,975,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     542,390,000
Committee recommendation................................     538,771,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Court Security appropriation was established in 1983 
and funds the necessary expenses incident to the provision of 
protective guard services, and the procurement, installation, 
and maintenance of security systems and equipment for United 
States courthouses and other facilities housing Federal court 
operations, including building access control, inspection of 
mail and packages, directed security patrols, perimeter 
security provided by the Federal Protective Service, and other 
similar activities as authorized by section 1010 of the 
Judicial Improvement and Access to Justice Act (Public Law 100-
702).

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $538,771,000. 
The recommendation is $24,796,000 above the fiscal year 2015 
funding level and $3,619,000 below the budget request.
    The recommendation includes funding for the phased 
implementation of additional court security officers at Federal 
courthouses as recommended by the U.S. Marshals Service [USMS]. 
The USMS recommends that an additional 346 court security 
officers be posted at Federal courthouses to strengthen 
security, phased-in between fiscal years 2016 and 2020 (an 
average of approximately 69 per year). This updated staffing 
standard strengthens security at Federal courthouses by adding 
court security officers in security control rooms and at 
garage/loading docks at large courthouses. It also includes a 
crucial exterior ``forward watch'' position outside courthouse 
entrances to identify and address threats earlier, before the 
gain entry to the courthouse.
    The Committee is aware of problems with aging and failing 
physical access control systems [PACS] at Federal courthouses 
nationwide. PACS systems are designed to control access to 
facilities and secure space for judges, authorized Federal 
employees, and contractors. The judiciary transmitted 
reprogramming notifications to the Committee in fiscal years 
2014 and 2015 to replace additional PACS systems. The Committee 
understands that the USMS has engaged the services of an expert 
contractor to assist in developing a longer-term strategy for 
replacing aging PACS systems judiciary-wide. The review is 
expected to be completed in January 2016 and will include a 
comprehensive, multi-year strategy for PACS replacement, which 
the judiciary and USMS will use to develop cost estimates for 
implementation. The Committee expects to be kept apprised of 
the results of this review.

           Administrative Office of the United States Courts


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $84,399,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      87,590,000
Committee recommendation................................      86,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Administrative Office [AO] of the United States Courts 
was created in 1939 by an act of Congress. It serves the 
Federal judiciary in carrying out its constitutional mission to 
provide equal justice under the law. Beyond providing numerous 
services to the Federal courts, the AO provides support and 
staff counsel to the Judicial Conference of the United States 
and its committees, and implements Judicial Conference policies 
as well as applicable Federal statutes and regulations. The AO 
is the focal point for communication and coordination within 
the Federal judiciary and with Congress, the executive branch, 
and the public on behalf of the judiciary.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $86,000,000. 
This recommendation is $1,601,000 above the fiscal year 2015 
funding level and $1,590,000 below the budget request.
    Capital Improvement Plan.--The Committee appreciates that 
the Judicial Conference has produced an updated 5-Year Plan 
that utilizes the Asset Management Planning [AMP] process and 
prioritizes courthouse construction funding requests utilized 
by GSA in its budget request, but is interested in learning 
more about how and with what frequency the Conference will 
update court location criteria used in the scoring methodology. 
For new construction projects on the 5-Year Plan, such criteria 
includes data on security, space functionality, caseload 
growth, and other factors and weights used throughout the 
process. It also remains unclear how the Conference intends to 
update requests to Congress, either annually or at regular 
intervals as may be necessary to better inform decision-making 
based on best available information about construction needs. 
Not more than 45 days after the first meeting of the Judicial 
Conference of the United States following enactment of this 
act, the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. 
Courts shall submit a report to the Committee that includes 
this information, specifically describing the process for 
updating scores and what impact new data might have on current 
rankings and pending requests for appropriated funds.

                        Federal Judicial Center


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $26,959,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      27,679,000
Committee recommendation................................      27,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Federal Judicial Center, located in Washington, DC, 
improves the management of Federal judicial dockets and court 
administration through education for judges and staff, and 
research, evaluation, and planning assistance for the courts 
and the Judicial Conference. The Center's responsibilities 
include educating judges and other judicial branch personnel 
about legal developments and efficient litigation management 
and court administration. Additionally, the Center also 
analyzes the efficacy of case and court management procedures 
and ensures the Federal judiciary is aware of the methods of 
best practice.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $27,000,000. 
The recommendation is $41,000 above the fiscal year 2015 
funding level and $679,000 below the budget request.

                  United States Sentencing Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $16,894,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      17,540,000
Committee recommendation................................      17,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The United States Sentencing Commission establishes, 
reviews, and revises sentencing guidelines, policies, and 
practices for the Federal criminal justice system. The 
Commission is also required to monitor the operation of the 
guidelines and to identify and report necessary changes to the 
Congress.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $17,000,000. 
The recommendation is $106,000 above the fiscal year 2015 
funding level and $540,000 below the budget request.

                Administrative Provisions--The Judiciary


                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    The Committee recommends the following administrative 
provisions for the judiciary:
    Section 301 allows the judiciary to expend funds for the 
employment of experts and consultative services.
    Section 302 allows the judiciary, subject to the 
Committee's reprogramming procedures, to transfer up to 5 
percent between appropriations, but limits to 10 percent the 
amount that may be transferred into any one appropriation.
    Section 303 limits official reception and representation 
expenses incurred by the Judicial Conference of the United 
States to no more than $11,000.
    Section 304 grants the judicial branch the same tenant 
alteration authorities as the executive branch.
    Section 305 provides continued authority for a court 
security pilot program.
    Section 306 allows a U.S. probation officer who has been 
appointed in one district to provide supervision services to 
another district with the consent of both courts.
    Section 307 extends for 1 year the authorization of a 
temporary judgeship in Kansas, Missouri, Alabama, Arizona, 
Florida, New Mexico, Texas, California, and North Carolina.

                                TITLE IV

                          DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

                            Federal Payments

                             FEDERAL FUNDS

    A total of $688,679,000 in Federal funds are estimated to 
be available to the District of Columbia government, the 
District of Columbia Courts, the District of Columbia Court 
Services and Offender Supervision Agency, and other DC 
entities. This is $9,048,000 above the fiscal year 2015 enacted 
level and $71,114,000 below the budget request.

              FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR RESIDENT TUITION SUPPORT

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $30,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      40,000,000
Committee recommendation................................      30,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Resident Tuition Support program was created by the 
District of Columbia College Access Act of 1999 (Public Law 
106-98), expanded through the District of Columbia College 
Access Improvement Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-157), and 
amended and reauthorized through Public Law 110-97. The program 
provides grants of up to $10,000 annually for undergraduate 
District students to attend eligible public 4-year universities 
and colleges nationwide. The grants are applied toward the cost 
of the difference between in-State and out-of-State tuition. 
Grants of up to $2,500 are provided for students to attend 
private institutions in the DC metropolitan area, private 
historically Black colleges and universities nationwide, and 
public 2-year community colleges nationwide.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment of $30,000,000 
for the resident tuition support program, the same as the 
fiscal year 2015 enacted level. The Committee has also included 
language from the budget request that reduces the annual 
household income threshold for program eligibility to $450,000.
    The Committee directs that the State Superintendent shall 
include, as a component of the fiscal year 2017 budget 
justification submission, an annual update of the District's 
efforts, including research findings, to enhance the retention, 
persistence, and graduation rates of program participants, 
including early awareness and readiness initiatives to promote 
academic college preparation, guidance, and other support 
mechanisms and partnerships. The budget justification should 
also describe the status and effectiveness of cost containment 
measures instituted.

   FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR EMERGENCY PLANNING AND SECURITY COSTS IN THE 
                          DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $12,500,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      14,900,000
Committee recommendation................................      13,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    As the seat of the Federal Government, the District of 
Columbia and its police, fire and emergency personnel have a 
unique and significant responsibility to protect the property 
and personnel of the government. The Federal Payment for 
Emergency Planning and Security Costs is provided to help 
address the impact of the Federal presence on public safety in 
the District.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment of $13,000,000, 
for the District of Columbia for the costs of providing public 
safety at events related to the presence of the national 
capital in the District of Columbia, for the costs of providing 
support requested by the United States Secret Service Division 
in carrying out their protective duties under the direction of 
the Secretary of Homeland Security, and for the costs of 
providing support to respond to immediate and specific 
terrorist threats or attacks in the District of Columbia or 
surrounding jurisdictions. This is $500,000 above the fiscal 
year 2015 enacted level.
    The Committee directs the District of Columbia to submit a 
detailed budget justification for emergency planning and 
security with its funding request for fiscal year 2017. The 
Committee further directs the District of Columbia to submit, 
within 60 days of the end of fiscal year 2016, a report to the 
House and the Senate Committees on Appropriations detailing the 
purposes and amounts expended using the funds, particularly 
noting any deviation from the original proposed spending.

           FEDERAL PAYMENT TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURTS

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $245,110,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     274,401,000
Committee recommendation................................     246,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    Under the National Capital Revitalization and Self-
Government Improvement Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-33, title 
XI), the Federal Government is required to finance the District 
of Columbia Courts, the judicial branch of the District of 
Columbia government. This Federal payment to the District of 
Columbia Courts funds the operations of the District of 
Columbia Court of Appeals, Superior Court, the Court System, 
and the Capital Improvement Program. By law, the annual budget 
includes estimates of the expenditures for the operations of 
the Courts prepared by the Joint Committee on Judicial 
Administration, the Court's policy-making body, as well as the 
President's recommendation for funding the Courts' operations.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment to the District 
of Columbia Courts of $246,000,000, which is $890,000 above the 
fiscal year 2015 enacted level. This amount includes 
$14,000,000 for the Court of Appeals, $122,000,000 for the 
Superior Court, $72,000,000 for the Court System, and 
$38,000,000 for capital improvements to courthouse facilities.

  FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR DEFENDER SERVICES IN DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURTS

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $49,890,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      49,890,000
Committee recommendation................................      49,890,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The District of Columbia Courts appoint and compensate 
attorneys to represent persons who are financially unable to 
obtain such representation. The Defender Services programs 
provide counsel for indigent persons who are charged with 
criminal offenses, for family proceedings involving child 
abuse, neglect, and termination of parental rights, and for 
guardianship proceedings for protection of mentally 
incapacitated individuals and minors whose parents are 
deceased.
    In addition to legal representation, these programs provide 
indigent persons with services such as transcripts of court 
proceedings, expert witness testimony, foreign and sign 
language interpretation, and investigations and genetic 
testing.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment of $49,890,000 
for Defender Services in the District of Columbia Courts. This 
is the same as the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and the same 
as the budget request.

 FEDERAL PAYMENT TO THE COURT SERVICES AND OFFENDER SUPERVISION AGENCY 
                      FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $234,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     244,763,000
Committee recommendation................................     242,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency [CSOSA] 
for the District of Columbia is an independent Federal agency 
created by the National Capital Revitalization and Self-
Government Improvement Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-33, title 
XI). CSOSA acquired the operational responsibilities for the 
former District agencies in charge of probation and parole, and 
houses the Pretrial Services Agency within its framework. The 
mission of CSOSA is to increase public safety, prevent crime, 
reduce recidivism, and support the fair administration of 
justice in close collaboration with the community. In fiscal 
year 2014, the Community Supervision Program supervised 
approximately 13,250 adult offenders on a daily basis and 
20,863 different offenders over the course of a year. During 
fiscal year 2014, the Pretrial Services Agency [PSA] supervised 
18,656 defendants.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment of $242,000,000, 
which is $8,000,000 above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level. 
Of this amount, $61,000,000 is designated for the Pretrial 
Services Agency and $181,000,000 is designated for the 
Community Supervision Program.
    The Community Supervision Program's [CSP] challenge in 
effectively supervising and reducing recidivism among the 
offender population is substantial. Many offenders have 
significant needs, are a high risk to public safety and are 
prone to recidivate. In fiscal year 2014, 7,724 adult offenders 
entered supervision; 82 percent of those intakes reported 
having a history of substance abuse, 37 percent had diagnosed 
or self-reported mental health issues, 35 percent had less than 
a high school diploma, 41 percent were unemployed and 9 percent 
were homeless or resided in homeless shelters or other 
emergency housing. Offenders who fail to successfully complete 
supervision and/or recidivate place an enormous burden on the 
offender's family, the community and the entire criminal 
justice system.
    The Committee notes that CSP research of offender outcomes 
has shown that, compared to the total supervised population, 
offenders who recidivate are more likely to be younger, test 
positive for drugs, have unstable housing, lack employment, be 
supervised as part of a mental health caseload, and be assessed 
by CSP at the highest risk levels. The Committee supports the 
CSP's efforts to continue to adjust its programs and reallocate 
resources toward effective supervision of the highest risk and 
highest need offenders.
    The Committee also notes the efforts of the Pretrial 
Services Agency to ensure public safety through high quality 
risk-assessment, supervision and treatment procedures. Funds 
provided will help support efforts to improve identification of 
defendants who pose a higher risk of pretrial failure, enhance 
supervision and oversight of these defendants, and work with 
local partners to expand services and support for persons with 
substance dependence and mental health needs.
    The Committee supports the request to allow $3,159,000 of 
CSOSA funding to remain available until September 30, 2018 for 
the relocation of an offender supervision field office.

  FEDERAL PAYMENT TO THE PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICE FOR THE DISTRICT OF 
                                COLUMBIA

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $41,231,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      40,889,000
Committee recommendation................................      40,889,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Public Defender Service [PDS] for the District of 
Columbia, an independent organization established by a District 
of Columbia statute (16 D.C. Code 2-1601-1608), has a distinct 
mission to provide and promote quality legal representation 
services within the District of Columbia justice system. PDS 
provides legal representation to indigent adults and children 
facing loss of liberty and provides support in the form of 
training, consultation, and legal reference services to members 
of the local bar appointed as counsel in criminal, juvenile, 
and mental health cases involving indigent individuals.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment to the Public 
Defender Service for the District of Columbia of $40,889,000, 
which is $342,000 below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and 
the same as the budget request.

 FEDERAL PAYMENT TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $14,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      24,300,000
Committee recommendation................................      14,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    Approximately one-third of the District of Columbia is 
served by a combined sewer system, constructed by the Federal 
Government in 1890, in which both sanitary waste and storm 
water flow through the same pipes. When the collection system 
or the Blue Plains treatment plant reach capacity, typically 
during periods of heavy rainfall, the system is designed to 
overflow the excess water. This mixture of sewage and storm 
water runoff is discharged to the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers, 
Rock Creek, and tributary waters between 60 and 75 times each 
year. Under a judicial consent decree entered on March 23, 
2005, the Water and Sewer Authority is undertaking a 20-year, 
$2,600,000,000 sewer construction program to reduce combined 
sewer overflows [CSO]. The Clean Rivers Project includes deep 
underground storage tunnels, side tunnels to reduce flooding, 
pump station rehabilitation, and the elimination of over a 
dozen CSO outfalls along the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers and 
Rock Creek. When completed in 2025, this project is expected to 
vastly improve water quality and significantly reduce 
contaminated discharges into and debris in our Nation's capital 
waterways as well as improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment of $14,000,000 
to be matched by at least $14,000,000 provided by the Water and 
Sewer Authority (DC Water), to continue implementation of the 
Long-Term Combined Sewer Overflow Control Plan. This is the 
same as the fiscal year 2015 enacted level.

      FEDERAL PAYMENT TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COORDINATING COUNCIL

Appropriations, 2015....................................      $1,900,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................       1,900,000
Committee recommendation................................       1,900,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for the District 
of Columbia [CJCC] is the primary forum in which District of 
Columbia criminal justice agencies can identify and address 
interagency coordination on issues such as illegal drugs, 
juvenile justice, halfway houses, information technology, and 
identification of arrestees to improve public safety in the 
District of Columbia for its residents, visitors, victims, and 
offenders.
    The CJCC was originally established pursuant to a 
memorandum of agreement in May 1998 and functions as an 
independent working group to foster cooperation among the more 
than a dozen Federal and local governmental agencies which have 
law enforcement responsibility in our Nation's capital. Under a 
local enactment in August 2001, the CJCC was established as an 
independent agency within the District of Columbia.
    The CJCC maintains the Justice Integrated Information 
System [JUSTIS] using technology that allows for the seamless 
sharing of information at critical decision points throughout 
the justice system. JUSTIS connects Federal agencies, the 
District government, and court information systems, so that 
criminal activity can be easily monitored across an array of 
participating agencies. Agencies currently using JUSTIS include 
the Metropolitan Police Department, the D.C. Department of 
Corrections, D.C. Superior Court, the U.S. Park Police, the 
U.S. Capitol Police, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, 
Firearms, and Explosives, the Pretrial Services Agency, CSOSA, 
the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, and 
the D.C. and Maryland Public Defenders Service. No other system 
provides this range of access to Federal and local information 
in the District.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment of $1,900,000 to 
CJCC. This is the same as the fiscal year 2015 enacted level 
and the same as the budget request.
    The Committee directs the CJCC to submit annual performance 
measures in an annual report to accompany the fiscal year 2017 
budget justification, which should also describe progress made 
on specific CJCC initiatives.

                FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR JUDICIAL COMMISSIONS

Appropriations, 2015....................................        $565,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................         565,000
Committee recommendation................................         565,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure provides 
support to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and 
Superior Court through reviewing and investigating allegations 
of judicial misconduct warranting disciplinary action; 
involuntary judicial retirements due to health; evaluation of 
judges seeking reappointment to the bench; and evaluation of 
retired judges seeking to continue service as a senior judge. 
The mission of the Commission on Judicial Disabilities and 
Tenure is to maintain public confidence in an independent, 
impartial, fair, and qualified judiciary, and to enforce the 
high standards of conduct judges must adhere to both on and off 
the bench. The Judicial Nomination Commission recommends 
candidates to the President of the United States for nomination 
to judicial vacancies in these courts. In accordance with the 
National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement 
Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-33), the Federal Government is 
responsible for financing of the District of Columbia Courts, 
including the operations of the District of Columbia Court of 
Appeals, Superior Court, the Court System, and the Capital 
Improvement Program. Although independent of the Courts by 
design, these two Commissions provide important functions 
within the judicial branch of local government in the District 
of Columbia.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $565,000 as a Federal payment for 
the judicial commissions, of which $270,000 is designated for 
the Judicial Nomination Commission and $295,000 is designated 
for the Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure. This 
amount is the same as the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and 
the budget request. Funds shall remain available until 
September 30, 2017.

                 FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $45,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      43,200,000
Committee recommendation................................      45,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    As authorized by Scholarships for Opportunity and Results 
Act (SOAR Act) and as part of a three-part comprehensive 
funding strategy, the District of Columbia receives funds for 
District of Columbia Public Schools, Public Charter Schools and 
Opportunity Scholarships. The intent of this comprehensive 
funding approach was to ensure progress and improvement of DCPS 
and public charter schools, while ensuring continued funding to 
support the Opportunity Scholarship Program for students to 
attend private schools.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment of $45,000,000 
for school improvement which is the same as the fiscal year 
2015 enacted level and $1,800,000 above the budget request. 
These funds are allocated as follows: $15,000,000 for District 
of Columbia Public Schools, $15,000,000 for Public Charter 
Schools and $15,000,000 for Opportunity Scholarships.
    The Administration proposed and the recommendation provides 
$3,200,000, within the total provided, for the administrative, 
parental assistance, student academic assistance, and 
evaluation costs of the opportunity scholarship program. The 
level of funding for these activities is above the levels 
authorized by SOAR. However, the Committee supports the 
Administration's request and believes that it is critical that 
additional funding be provided to effectively administer the 
program, to increase parental assistance and outreach, and to 
provide academic assistance to students.

              FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR THE D.C. NATIONAL GUARD

Appropriations, 2015....................................        $435,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................         435,000
Committee recommendation................................         435,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The D.C. National Guard is a Federal, rather than a local, 
entity and responds to orders of the President of the United 
States who is the Commander-in-Chief of the D.C. National Guard 
pursuant to law (District of Columbia Official Code sections 
49-409 and Executive Order No. 11485 (October 1, 1969)). Unlike 
a Governor of a State, the Mayor is not authorized to deploy 
the National Guard under any circumstances. The District of 
Columbia National Guard is specifically trained to support law 
enforcement during critical missions, such as demonstrations, 
Presidential inaugurations and funerals, and emergency services 
for weather-related contingencies. However, residency 
restrictions preclude a significant number of Guard members 
from eligibility for tuition assistance programs, which has 
severely hampered recruitment and retention efforts.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment of $435,000 for 
the D.C. National Guard designated for the Major General David 
F. Wherley, Jr. District of Columbia National Guard Retention 
and College Access Program, a tuition assistance program for 
nonresident District of Columbia National Guard members. This 
amount is the same as the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and 
the same as the budget request.

                FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR HIV/AIDS PREVENTION

Appropriations, 2015....................................      $5,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................       5,000,000
Committee recommendation................................       5,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    Based on the national HIV/AIDS case based reporting system, 
the District has among the highest AIDS diagnosis rates in the 
country. Currently, 2.5 percent of the population was diagnosed 
and is living with HIV. The District has established an 
evidence-based strategy of expanding routine HIV screening and 
early diagnosis, linkage and retention into care and treatment 
and population-level interventions that achieve large 
prevention impact.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommendation includes a Federal payment of 
$5,000,000 to support testing and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

              FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR CLIMATE RISK MANAGEMENT

Appropriations, 2015....................................................
Budget estimate, 2016...................................        $750,000
Committee recommendation................................................

    The budget requests a special Federal payment for 
development of a climate change adaptation plan to identify 
climate risks to the District of Columbia, vulnerabilities, and 
mitigation options.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee is unable to support the request for a new 
special Federal payment to the District of Columbia for a 
climate risk management plan.

             FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR DC SOLAR POWER INITIATIVE

Appropriations, 2015....................................................
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      $1,000,000
Committee recommendation................................................

    The budget requests a special Federal payment of $1,000,000 
for the expansion of the DC Department of Energy's EnergySmart 
DC Solar Initiative.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee is unable to support the request for a new 
special Federal payment to the District of Columbia.

       FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR ST. ELIZABETHS EAST CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT

Appropriations, 2015....................................................
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      $9,800,000
Committee recommendation................................................

    The budget requests a special Federal payment of $9,800,000 
for establishment of the St. Elizabeths Research and 
Development Innovation Center on the East Campus of the St. 
Elizabeths campus in Washington, DC.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee is unable to support the request for a new 
special Federal payment to the District of Columbia.

            FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

Appropriations, 2015....................................................
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      $6,000,000
Committee recommendation................................................

    The budget requests a special payment for the District of 
Columbia for construction of new transitional housing units for 
homeless families in the District of Columbia.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee is unable to support the request for a new 
special Federal payment to the District of Columbia. The 
Committee urges the District to fully explore and exhaust other 
Federal grant options and private sources to augment local 
investments to support this program in fiscal year 2016.

          FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS GRANTS

Appropriations, 2015....................................................
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      $1,000,000
Committee recommendation................................................

    The budget requests a special payment to the District of 
Columbia Commission on Arts and Humanities for competitive 
grants for general operating support for District-based 
organizations whose primary function is the exhibition or 
presentation of, or training in, fine arts and humanities in 
the District of Columbia.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee is unable to support the request for a new 
special Federal payment to the District of Columbia.

            FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR MASS TRANSIT INNOVATION PLAN

Appropriations, 2015....................................................
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      $1,000,000
Committee recommendation................................................

    The budget requests a special payment to the Washington 
Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to fund a strategic plan 
for regional mass transit innovation, $1,000,000.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee is unable to support the request for a new 
special Federal payment to the District of Columbia.

                       District of Columbia Funds

    The Committee recommends, for the operating expenses of the 
District of Columbia, the amount which will be submitted to 
Congress by the government of the District of Columbia as set 
forth in the enrolled version of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget 
Request Act of 2015, District of Columbia Bill 21-157, as may 
be amended. The local budget proposed by the Mayor provides an 
appropriation of $12,947,956,559 for operations of the District 
of Columbia. This amount includes estimated funding of 
$7,327,736,018 of local funds, $2,141,369,984 in Medicaid 
payments, and the remainder from other Federal and local funds.

                                TITLE V

                          INDEPENDENT AGENCIES

             Administrative Conference of the United States

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................      $3,100,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................       3,207,000
Committee recommendation................................       3,100,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Administrative Conference of the United States [ACUS] 
is an independent agency and advisory committee created to 
study administrative processes in order to recommend 
improvements to Congress and agencies.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $3,100,000 for ACUS for fiscal 
year 2016.

                Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection


                       ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

    The Committee supports strong and effective consumer 
protection. The Committee strongly believes it is important 
that consumers do not encounter unfair, deceptive, or abusive 
acts or discrimination.
    However, under the current structure of the Consumer 
Financial Protection Bureau [CFPB], the Director enjoys 
unprecedented regulatory and budgetary authority without 
meaningful appropriations oversight to ensure that the Director 
is effectively managing public money.
    The appropriations process provides an important check on 
agency expenditures and fosters accountability and 
transparency. While protecting consumers is and should remain a 
government priority, the unfettered authority granted to the 
CFPB Director precludes meaningful congressional oversight to 
ensure that the agency does not engage in wasteful or 
inappropriate spending.
    The Committee's experience with the Federal Trade 
Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal 
Communications Commission, the Consumer Product Safety 
Commission, and other Federal agencies with powers to protect 
consumers or investors leads the Committee to conclude that a 
five-member commission is more suitable for guiding the CFPB 
than a single director. A commission ensures that multiple 
disciplines, experiences, and perspectives are brought to bear 
on CFPB rules, policies, and enforcement actions. The 
appointment and removal process, and staggered terms of 
commissioners, provide checks and balances, and a measure of 
continuity that a single head cannot.
    The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act 
of 2015 requires the CFPB to notify certain congressional 
committees when a request for a transfer for funds is made to 
the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in 
accordance with section 1017 of Public Law 111-203. However, 
the Committee is disappointed with the lack of transparency 
from the CFPB about how the funds would be spent. The Committee 
directs the CFPB to provide to the Committee on Appropriations 
on the date that a request is made for a transfer of funds a 
detailed spend plan that includes, but is not limited to, a 
break down by program and object class of how the funds would 
be spend during the time period covered by such request.
    Budget Briefing.--Given the need for transparency and 
accountability in the Federal budgeting process, the Committee 
directs the Bureau to provide an informal, nonpublic full 
briefing at least annually before the relevant Appropriations 
subcommittee on the Bureau's finances and expenditures.
    The Committee includes the following provisions in the 
bill:
    Section 501. The Committee repeals the prohibition against 
the Committees on Appropriations reviewing transfers from the 
Federal Reserve System to the CFPB. Congress has a duty to 
examine the expenditures of the CFPB, especially since its 
funding would otherwise be returned to the Treasury to reduce 
our growing Federal debt.
    Section 502. The Committee changes the CFPB's source of 
funding from transfers from the Federal Reserve System to 
annual appropriations beginning in fiscal year 2017.
    Section 503. The Committee continues a provision enacted in 
fiscal year 2015, with modification, that requires CFPB to 
notify the Committees on Appropriations of the House and 
Senate, the Committee on Financial Services of the House and 
the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the 
Senate of requests for a transfer of funds from the Federal 
Reserve System. Additionally, the Committee includes a 
provision that requires these notifications be made available 
on the CFPB's public Web site.
    Section 504. The Committee directs the CFPB to submit 
quarterly reports on its activities and to testify on its 
activities when requested. The report shall include, among 
other things, how the CFPB allocates its funds and staff.
    Section 505. The Committee changes the CFPB leadership 
structure to a five-member commission.

                  Commodity Futures Trading Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $250,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     322,000,000
Committee recommendation................................     250,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission [CFTC] was 
established as an independent agency by the Commodity Futures 
Trading Commission Act of 1974 (88 Stat. 1389; 7 U.S.C. 4a). 
The Commission administers the Commodity Exchange Act, 7 U.S.C. 
section 1, et seq.
    The CFTC oversees our Nation's futures, options and swaps 
markets. The Commission's mission is to foster transparent, 
open, competitive and financially sound derivatives markets. 
Effective oversight by the CFTC protects market participants 
from fraud, manipulation and abusive practices, and protects 
the public and our economy from systemic risk related to 
derivatives.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $250,000,000 
for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to remain 
available until September 30, 2017.
    The Committee recommendation includes $51,000,000 for the 
purchase of information technology. The Committee highlights 
the crucial need for the CFTC to make mission-critical 
investments in technology to sort through the vast volume of 
data and information generated daily by markets. The CFTC's 
responsibilities to conduct effective oversight and analysis of 
the swaps and futures markets requires greater attention to and 
investments in its information technology systems.
    Practice varies across agencies regarding whether certain 
overhead expenses are charged to inspectors general and paid 
out of the appropriation they receive or whether the costs are 
borne by the agency. In fiscal year 2015, the Committee 
provided $2,620,000 to the CFTC Office of Inspector General 
[OIG] with the expectation that a portion of this funding would 
be used to pay for the Inspector General's share of overhead 
expenses that are charged to all CFTC divisions. The Committee 
presumes the CFTC's practice of charging overhead to each 
division, including the OIG, will continue in fiscal year 2016. 
The Committee recommendation for fiscal year 2016 includes 
$2,620,000 for the OIG. Of this amount, not more than $322,000 
shall be for overhead expenses.
    The Committee remains concerned that the CFTC has made 
long-term budgetary and leasing decisions based on the agency's 
requested budget level rather than on its enacted 
appropriation. Given the agency's budget request has far 
exceeded the appropriated amount it received in recent years, 
the CFTC Inspector General has criticized the agency for 
allowing ``hope to trump experience'' in long-term budgeting 
decisions.
    The Committee is aware of negotiations at the Commission 
concerning a collective bargaining agreement for agency 
employees. The Committee notes that under the Financial 
Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act [FIRREA], the 
CFTC and a small number of financial regulatory agencies 
already provide significantly higher salaries and increased 
benefits compared to other departments and agencies under the 
General Schedule and Senior Executive Service salary scale. 
Most of the agencies covered by FIRREA are outside the 
appropriations process. However, the CFTC's budget is set by 
the Committee, and under the terms of the Anti-Deficiency Act, 
an agency may not commit to pay any expense for which it has 
not received sufficient appropriations. Furthermore, the Anti-
Deficiency Act requires that agencies ensure that the cost of 
agreements made in collective bargaining be constrained by the 
dollar limitations of their appropriations. The Committee 
directs the CFTC to not increase agency personnel or benefit 
costs through excessive hiring or collective bargaining 
agreement negotiations that would result in furloughs, 
reductions-in-force, or a hiring freeze that could compromise 
the agency's ability to carry out its mission of fostering open 
and transparent markets and protecting market users from fraud, 
manipulation, and abusive practices.
    Leasing and Occupancy Levels.--The Committee is deeply 
concerned with the vacant office space and low space 
utilization rates at the CFTC. In 2014, the CFTC Inspector 
General estimated that the Commission will pay tens of millions 
of dollars for vacant office space over the life of the CFTC's 
four current leases if the agency does not take remedial 
action.
    According to the Inspector General, the CFTC claimed that 
their lease of vacant offices had been and remained a 
justifiable expense ``on the basis of the CFTC's requested 
budgets since 2011--if only they were appropriated--would be 
sufficient to fill the vacant space.'' The Office of Inspector 
General stated that this was ``an instance of hope trumping 
experience . . . Given the shortfall between CFTC budget 
requests and Congress-approved budgets since fiscal year 2012, 
we do not believe that the `realm of possibility' is the 
appropriate metric by which CFTC Management should base its 
decision to spend taxpayer dollars on vacant offices.''
    Given the agency's recurring appeals for additional 
funding, the Committee remains concerned that a significant 
amount of taxpayer money that could otherwise be used to 
protect investors and ensure our markets are free from fraud, 
manipulation and other abuses is instead spent on unneeded 
office space. The Committee directs the CFTC to report to the 
Committee within 90 days of enactment of this act on steps the 
agency is taking to dispose of excess space and reduce rental 
costs in each building currently leased by the Commission.
    The Committee also reminds the CFTC that it is required to 
consult with the General Services Administration [GSA] before 
seeking new office space or making alterations to existing 
office space pursuant to Section 618 of Division E of Public 
Law 113-235. The Committee directs the Commission to continue 
consulting with GSA in fiscal year 2016 prior to issuing a 
solicitation for offers of new leases or construction contracts 
and before entering into negotiations for succeeding leases.
    Spending Plan.--The Committee directs the CFTC to submit, 
within 30 days of enactment, a detailed spending plan for the 
allocation of the funds made available, displayed by discrete 
program, project, and activity, including staffing projections, 
specifying both FTEs and contractors, and planned investments 
in information technology.
    Regulatory Coordination and Harmonization.--The Committee 
believes it is important for the CFTC and SEC to ensure optimum 
harmonization with each other in executing the respective 
oversight responsibilities of each agency with respect to over-
the-counter derivative products. The Committee expects the CFTC 
and the SEC to consult and coordinate, to the greatest extent 
possible, in order to limit inconsistent regulation of similar 
entities, products, and markets.

                   Consumer Product Safety Commission


                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $123,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     129,000,000
Committee recommendation................................     123,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission [CPSC] is an 
independent regulatory agency that was established on May 14, 
1973, and is responsible for protecting the public against 
unreasonable risks of injury from consumer products; assisting 
consumers to evaluate the comparative safety of consumer 
products; developing uniform safety standards for consumer 
products and minimizing conflicting State and local 
regulations; and promoting research and investigation into the 
causes and prevention of product-related deaths, illnesses, and 
injuries.
    In carrying out its mandate, the CPSC establishes mandatory 
product safety standards, where appropriate, to reduce the 
unreasonable risk of injury to consumers from consumer 
products; helps industry develop voluntary safety standards; 
bans unsafe products if it finds that a safety standard is not 
feasible; monitors recalls of defective products; informs and 
educates consumers about product hazards; conducts research and 
develops test methods; collects and publishes injury and hazard 
data; and promotes uniform product regulations by governmental 
units.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $123,000,000 for the Consumer 
Product Safety Commission.
    Antideficiency Act Violations.--Since fiscal year 2014, the 
CPSC has reported Antideficiency Act [ADA] violations on three 
separate occasions. While these reports are troubling, the 
Committee is also concerned that the CPSC neglected to notify 
Congress of the violations in a timely manner.
    Most notably, one series of violations occurred from 
approximately January 1, 1996, to September 25, 2013. According 
to the Inspector General, more than $1,200,000 in appropriated 
funds were expended without legal authority since fiscal year 
2007; however, the agency is unable to determine the full 
extent of the violation dating back to 1996 because it no 
longer has the relevant financial records.
    The Committee notes that according to the Inspector 
General, the CPSC has taken corrective action to address the 
ADA violations. However, the Committee remains concerned that 
there is need for additional improvements to the agency's 
accounting practices. Therefore, the Committee requests that 
the Government Accountability Office conduct an evaluation of 
the CPSC's internal controls including its policies and 
procedures with respect to its field investigative workforce, 
salaries and expenses, travel, and training to determine the 
degree to which necessary safeguards have been implemented and 
to consider any improvements that could be made to the agency's 
internal controls as necessary.
    Flame Retardant Chemicals.--As the Commission considers new 
upholstered furniture flammability standards, the Committee 
encourages the Commission to take steps to reduce or limit the 
use of flame retardant chemicals pursuant to its consumer 
products safety rule authority (15 U.S.C. 2058). In 2012, the 
Commission released a study that indicates that flame retardant 
chemicals, as currently used in upholstered furniture foam, 
have no practical impact on flammability.
    Furniture Tip-Overs.--Furniture tip-overs, particularly 
televisions, remain a serious risk to children and consumers. 
The Committee encourages the Commission to continue to engage 
with industry, consumer groups, and the public to increase 
efforts to limit or mitigate the risk associated with furniture 
tip-overs.
    Recreational Off-highway Vehicles.--The Committee is 
concerned with the Commission's decision to pursue a rulemaking 
regarding recreational off-highway vehicles [ROVs]. The 
Committee notes the ROV industry recently updated its voluntary 
standards and continues to evaluate potential design 
enhancements to improve rider safety. Numerous industry groups, 
stakeholders, and lawmakers have expressed concerns regarding 
the Commission's methods of evaluating data and ensuring an 
open and transparent process. The bill includes provisions in 
title VI to require the National Academy of Sciences, in 
consultation with the National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration and the Department of Defense, to examine the 
proposed mandatory design standards prior to CPSC finalizing 
any rulemaking.
    Youth Sports Concussion.--Within 180 days of enactment, 
CPSC shall report to the Committee on voluntary industry 
standards and product labeling requirements for youth sports 
protective headgear and helmets, including Commission 
participation and Commission employee involvement in voluntary 
standards activities.

                     Election Assistance Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $10,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................       9,600,000
Committee recommendation................................       9,600,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Election Assistance Commission [EAC] was created by the 
Help America Vote Act of 2002 [HAVA] (Public Law 107-252) and 
is charged with implementing provisions of that act relating to 
the reform of Federal election administration.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee provides $9,600,000 for EAC's administrative 
expenses, which is $400,000 less than the fiscal year 2015 
enacted level and the same as the budget request. The Committee 
bill requires that $1,500,000 of these funds be transferred to 
the National Institute for Standards and Technology [NIST] for 
technical assistance related to the development of voluntary 
State voting systems guidelines.
    Within 30 days of the transfer, the Director of NIST (or 
designee) shall provide to the Executive Director (or Acting) 
of the EAC and the Committee an expenditure plan for the funds 
that includes: (1) the number and position title and office of 
each staff person doing work and amount of time each staff 
person spends on that work; (2) the specific tasks accomplished 
including length of time needed to accomplish the task; (3) an 
explanation of expenditures, including contracts and grants, 
and use of the EAC funding transferred to NIST (including 
enumeration of funds); and (4) an explanation of how the work 
accomplished relates to mandated activities under HAVA. 
Finally, the Executive Director (or Acting) of the EAC and 
Director of NIST (or designee) shall work together to set 
priorities for the work outlined in order to meet timelines.

                   Federal Communications Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $339,844,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     388,000,000
Committee recommendation................................     364,168,497

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Federal Communications Commission [FCC] is charged with 
regulating interstate and international communications by 
radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. The FCC is also 
charged with promoting the safety of life and property through 
wire and radio communications. The mandate of the FCC under the 
Communications Act is to make available to all people of the 
United States a rapid, efficient, nationwide, and worldwide 
wire and radio communication service. The FCC performs five 
major functions to fulfill this charge: (1) spectrum 
allocation; (2) creating rules to promote fair competition and 
protect consumers where required by market conditions; (3) 
authorization of service; (4) enhancing public safety and 
homeland security; and (5) enforcement.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $320,000,000 
for the Salaries and Expenses of the FCC for fiscal year 2016. 
In addition, the Committee provides $44,168,497 dedicated 
solely to moving expenses associated with the FCC's expiring 
lease for its headquarters building and that will be utilized 
to either relocate operations to a new facility with 
substantially reduced square footage and lower rental expenses 
or to significantly reduce the agency's leased space at its 
current location and restack employees within the smaller 
footprint. In recent years, the Commission has prioritized 
politically polarizing rulemaking at the expense of the 
agency's mission-critical work. It is the Committee's hope that 
the Commission will better allocate the resources it receives 
in fiscal year 2016 to more effectively fulfill the agency's 
core responsibilities under the Communications Act. The total 
appropriation of $364,168,497 will be derived from offsetting 
collections.
    Open Internet.--The Committee is greatly concerned that the 
Open Internet Order adopted on February 26, 2015, will stifle 
innovation and investment in broadband Internet service. Of 
particular concern is the possibility that title II of the 
Communications Act will now be utilized to regulate broadband 
Internet rates. While statements that the Open Internet Order 
is not intended to regulate rates are positive developments, 
the Committee remains concerned that the Order may be 
interpreted by the Commission to provide such authority. The 
Committee has included provisions in title VI to address these 
concerns.
    The Committee also recommends that up to $117,000,000 be 
retained from spectrum auction activities to fund the 
administrative expenses of conducting such auctions.
    The Committee has included language (section 510) to extend 
FCC's exemption from the Anti-deficiency Act [ADA] until 
December 31, 2017.
    The Committee has included language (section 511) that 
prohibits the FCC from enacting certain recommendations 
regarding universal service that were made by the Joint Board 
of FCC members and State utility commissioners.
    Standalone Broadband.--The Committee recognizes the growing 
demand for broadband services in high cost areas of the 
country. Furthermore, the committee recognizes that an 
increasing number of consumers prefer to obtain broadband 
service in place of traditional voice service. Currently, there 
is no mechanism in place for rural rate-of-return carries to 
recover costs from the Universal Service Fund for broadband 
only customers. As such, the Committee directs the FCC to 
propose rules that carefully update existing Universal Service 
Fund mechanisms to provide sufficient support where consumers 
in areas served by smaller rural carriers choose to adopt only 
broadband services.
    Wireless Support.--The Committee includes a provision that 
would provide certainty to rural wireless broadband users and 
carriers across the Nation as the Federal Communications 
Commission continues to develop a new framework for parts of 
the Universal Service Fund. The provision reaffirms the intent 
of current regulations adopted by the Commission (47 CFR 
54.307(e)(5) and (e)(6)) that provide that competitive eligible 
telecommunications carriers will continue to receive reliable 
support until Mobility Fund Phase II is implemented. The 
Committee preserves the Commission's flexibility to develop 
nationwide replacement mechanisms for high-cost support, which 
could include Mobility Fund Phase II, another support 
mechanism, or set of support mechanisms and a separate but 
complimentary Alaska-specific support mechanism. The Committee 
does not intend that this section will limit the Commission's 
consideration, development, or adoption of a replacement 
mechanism other than Mobility Fund Phase II or a separate 
Alaska-specific support mechanism.
    Enhanced Underwriting Announcements.--The Committee 
understands that in the current economic environment, Non-
Commercial Educational [NCE] Public Interest Obligation [PIO] 
license holders are facing financial challenges and looking for 
new and efficient ways of operating. It is important to ensure 
that NCE PIO standards for enhanced underwriting announcements 
are applied uniformly for all such stations. Therefore, the 
Committee encourages the FCC to work with all broadcasters to 
consider their intent when reviewing and interpreting the NCE 
PIO guidelines and to provide parity in treatment to all 
stations.
    Earthquake Alert System.--The FCC shall submit a report to 
Congress within 9 months of enactment of this act detailing all 
regulatory and statutory changes that would be necessary to 
ensure that earthquake-related emergency alerts using the 
Integrated Public Alert and Warning System and other associated 
alerting systems can be delivered to and received by the public 
in fewer than 3 seconds. The report shall include an analysis 
of signals, cell phone protocols, geographic targeting, and 
limitations on message length and content, as well as similar 
parameters associated with the dissemination of alerts by non-
wireless providers.
    Call Completion in Rural Areas.--The FCC shall report to 
the Committee within 90 days of enactment of this act detailing 
the Commission's efforts to resolve call completion issues and 
to prevent discriminatory delivery of calls to any area of the 
country. The report shall include information on the number of 
call completion complaints filed with the Commission in the 
previous 12 months and on the Commission's resulting 
enforcement actions.
    Incentive Auction.--The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job 
Creation Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-96) authorized the FCC to 
conduct a voluntary broadcast incentive auction, and Congress 
allocated $1,750,000,000 to reimburse the service and equipment 
costs of channel relocation incurred by the television 
broadcast industry, such as changes to antennas, transmitters, 
transmission lines, and towers. The Committee is concerned 
about the relocation costs that broadcasters may face due to 
the realignment of channels and spectrum during the incentive 
auction. The Committee supports the incentive auction and 
expects the FCC to continue to work toward its success. The 
Committee strongly encourages the FCC to continue to work with 
broadcasters to develop a reasonable framework for repacking to 
ensure a successful voluntary auction.
    Broadband Connectivity on Tribal Lands.--The Committee 
remains concerned about the lack of access to broadband 
services on tribal lands. According to data collected by the 
FCC, only 63 percent of residents on rural, tribal lands have 
access to fast broadband service, which is eight times worse 
than the national average. The Committee urges the FCC to take 
action to increase access to broadband on tribal lands, and 
recommends $300,000 to support consultation with federally 
recognized Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages and 
corporations, and entities related to Hawaiian home lands.
    Commission Transparency.--The Committee directs the FCC to 
identify any changes made to an item after its adoption by the 
Commission, at the time such item is published.
    Consumer Complaints Database.--The Committee encourages the 
FCC to analyze information from the consumer complaints 
database to identify potential enforcement actions and/or 
changes to current FCC policies.
    Electronic Comment Filing System.--The FCC's Electronic 
Comment Filing System [EFCS] serves as the repository for 
official records in the FCC's docketed proceedings and 
rulemakings from 1992 to the present. Although it is intended 
to allow consumers to research, retrieve, view, and print any 
document in the system, EFCS is cumbersome and difficult to 
use. The Committee encourages the FCC to modernize EFCS as part 
of its overall information technology reform efforts.
    Positive Train Control (PTC).--The Committee is aware of 
the FCC's efforts to expedite and approve PTC spectrum swaps or 
purchases, as well as historic preservation and environmental 
reviews, in order to accelerate the deployment of PTC on all 
U.S. rail lines. The Committee understands that as a result of 
this effort, FCC now has sufficient capacity to handle requests 
for reviews. The deadline for PTC implementation is December 
2015, and the Committee will continue to monitor this issue 
closely.
    Information Technology Reform.--The Committee supports the 
FCC's efforts to improve its information technology [IT] 
investments and directs the Commission to report to the 
Committee within 6 months on how it will prioritize future IT 
reform efforts and identify the most important IT systems to be 
modernized.
    National Broadband Map.--The Committee urges the FCC to 
continue to improve the National Broadband Map's accuracy and 
granularity.
    Universal Service Reform.--The Committee encourages the FCC 
to continue prioritizing the expansion of broadband 
availability in rural areas through the Connect America Fund.
    Coordination on Rural Communications Services.--The 
Committee recognizes the FCC's vital role in preserving and 
advancing universal communications services. The Committee 
encourages the FCC to coordinate efforts with the Rural Utility 
Service to optimize the use of limited resources and promote 
broadband deployment in rural America.

                 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation


                    OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $34,568,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      34,568,000
Committee recommendation................................      34,568,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation [FDIC] Office of 
Inspector General [OIG] conducts audits, investigations, and 
other reviews to assist and augment the FDIC's contribution to 
the stability of, and public confidence in, the Nation's 
financial system. A separate appropriation more effectively 
ensures the OIG's independence consistent with the Inspector 
General Act of 1978 and other legislation.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $34,568,000 for the FDIC inspector 
general, the same as both the budget request and the fiscal 
year 2015 enacted level. Funds are to be derived from the 
Deposit Insurance Fund and the Federal Savings and Loan 
Insurance Corporation resolution fund.

                      Federal Election Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $67,500,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      76,119,000
Committee recommendation................................      72,500,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Federal Election Commission [FEC] was created through 
the 1974 Amendments to the Federal Election Campaign Act of 
1971 (Public Law 93-443). Consistent with its duty of executing 
our Nation's Federal campaign finance laws, and in pursuit of 
its mission of maintaining public faith in the integrity of the 
Federal campaign finance system, the FEC conducts three major 
regulatory programs: (1) providing public disclosure of funds 
raised and spent to influence Federal elections; (2) enforcing 
compliance with restrictions on contributions and expenditures 
made to influence Federal elections; and (3) administering 
public financing of Presidential campaigns.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $72,500,000 for the Federal 
Election Commission. The recommendation includes $5,000,000 to 
cover expenses associated with the expiration of the FEC's 
leases.

                   Federal Labor Relations Authority


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $25,548,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      26,550,000
Committee recommendation................................      25,548,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Federal Labor Relations Authority [FLRA] is an 
independent administrative Federal agency created by title VII 
of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (Public Law 95-454) 
with a mission to carry out five statutory responsibilities in 
relation to the Federal workforce: (1) determining the 
appropriateness of units for labor organization representation; 
(2) resolving complaints of unfair labor practices; (3) 
adjudicating exceptions to arbitrator's awards; (4) 
adjudicating legal issues relating to the duty to bargain; and 
(5) resolving impasses during negotiations.
    The FLRA's authority is divided by law and by delegation 
among a three-member authority and an Office of General 
Counsel, appointed by the President and subject to Senate 
confirmation; and the Federal Service Impasses Panel, which 
consists of seven part-time members appointed by the President.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $25,548,000 
for the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

                        Federal Trade Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $293,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     309,206,000
Committee recommendation................................     300,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Federal Trade Commission [FTC] administers a variety of 
Federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. Activities in 
the antitrust area include detection and elimination of illegal 
collusion, anticompetitive mergers, unlawful single-firm 
conduct, and injurious vertical agreements. The FTC enforces 
consumer protection laws involving advertising, marketing, and 
financial practices; fights consumer fraud; and addresses 
privacy and identity protection concerns.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommendation provides $300,000,000 for the 
salaries and expenses of the FTC for fiscal year 2016.
    The Congressional Budget Office estimates $124,000,000 of 
collections from Hart-Scott-Rodino premerger filing fees and 
$14,000,000 of collections from Do-Not-Call fees will partially 
offset the appropriation requirement for this account. The 
total amount of direct appropriations for this account is 
therefore $162,000,000.
    The Committee recognizes the FTC's mission to preserve 
competition in the marketplace and protect consumers, including 
efforts to improve the security of consumer financial 
transactions. The recommended funding increase will support 
necessary endeavors to enhance data security and mitigate 
cybersecurity risks. The recommendation includes funding for 
the FTC Do-Not-Call initiative, of which the entire amount is 
to be derived from the collection of fees.
    Sports Concussion.--According to the Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention, a concussion is a type of traumatic 
brain injury that can occur in any sport or recreation 
activity.
    Given the potential for real injury to children, the 
Committee encourages the FTC to remain vigilant in its 
enforcement efforts against potential unfair and deceptive 
practices related to sports concussion. The FTC should review 
any National Academies' report on sports-related concussions in 
youth for any matter that may inform efforts to protect 
consumers from unfair or deceptive practices in or affecting 
commerce.
    Agency Overlap.--The Committee is aware that on March 12, 
2015, the FTC and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau [CFPB] 
reauthorized their ongoing Memorandum of Understanding designed 
to facilitate interagency coordination on efforts to protect 
consumers. The Committee directs the FTC to continue to 
maximize efficiencies and avoid duplication of Federal law 
enforcement and regulatory efforts.

                    General Services Administration


                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The General Services Administration [GSA] was established 
by the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 
(Public Law 81-152) when Congress mandated the consolidation of 
the Federal Government's real property and administrative 
services. GSA is organized into the Public Buildings Service, 
the Federal Acquisition Service, the Office of Governmentwide 
Policy, and the Office of Citizen Services.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    Data Center Consolidation.--The Committee appreciates GSA's 
efforts to reduce information technology costs by utilizing 
cloud computing and consolidating data centers. GSA recently 
eliminated and/or re-purposed 12,000 square feet of floor 
space, decommissioned over 230 servers, and moved more than 200 
servers to other data centers. Given existing budget 
constraints and limited IT funding, data center consolidation 
can present significant savings opportunities to curb spending 
on underutilized infrastructure, and the Committee commends GSA 
for seeking cost-effective alternatives. The Committee 
encourages GSA to continue to explore further consolidation to 
existing data centers and available infrastructure in order to 
increase efficiency through economies of scale.
    FBI Headquarters Consolidation.--The FBI headquarters 
consolidation is expected to result in a full consolidation of 
FBI headquarters so that employees currently located at the J. 
Edgar Hoover building may be co-located with colleagues who are 
currently spread out across 20 leased offices in the region. 
GSA has begun this important process and narrowed the field 
down to a short list of three possible sites. GSA is expected 
to move forward in a timely and transparent way so that the 
agency does not fall behind its acquisition timeline, seeking 
the appropriate authorization and appropriation as required as 
the agency works to complete the project.
    Construction Contractors.--The Committee remains concerned 
about the high unemployment rate of the Nation's construction 
industry. Despite the efforts of the Office of Federal 
Procurement Policy to increase communication between 
procurement officers and industry, the Committee believes that 
local contractors very often do not know about nor have the 
opportunity to compete for local construction projects. 
Therefore, the Committee directs the GSA Administrator to 
ensure that regional offices responsible for construction 
projects inform and engage local construction industry 
contractors, especially small businesses, minority-owned 
businesses, and women-owned businesses, about Federal 
procurement opportunities and the bidding process. The 
Committee requests a clear outreach plan from GSA no later than 
90 days after enactment of this act. This plan should modernize 
traditional outreach methods to reach a broader group of local 
contractors.
    Courthouse Construction.--The Committee is concerned about 
the backlog of courthouse infrastructure projects under GSA 
control. In many instances, these projects have been pending 
for more than 5 years. The localities where these projects will 
be located are suffering economic harm from the delay, as 
valuable real estate sits unused and tax revenue bases are 
reduced. The Committee directs the GSA to provide Congress with 
a report on the cost of delays for new Federal courthouse 
construction projects pending on the Judiciary's courthouse 
priority list. This report shall be due no later than 60 days 
after the enactment of this act and must provide analysis of 
the annual and cumulative 5-year loss of tax revenue to the 
Federal, State and local government.
    Innovative Partnerships.--The Committee directs the 
Administrator of General Services to submit a report, not more 
than 60 days after the date of enactment, on the extent to 
which innovative partnerships, including those with non-Federal 
public or private sector entities, can expedite delivery for 
courthouse construction projects in accordance with the 
Judiciary's courthouse priorities. The report shall identify 
the specific legal and regulatory hurdles that currently 
prevent GSA from considering innovative public-private finance 
models and detail the criteria for a potential pilot program to 
build Federal courthouses using a public-private partnership 
model. The report shall also provide a draft framework for 
soliciting proposals from interested partners in a fair and 
transparent manner.
    Border Ports of Entry.--The Committee is aware that GSA, as 
a member of the U.S.-Mexico Joint Working Committee on 
Transportation Planning, has been working with stakeholders on 
both sides of the border to produce Regional Border Master 
Plans, prioritized assessments of border Port of Entry needs 
for regions along the Southwest border. It is important that 
the GSA's budget submissions accurately reflect not only input 
from other Federal agencies but incorporate data from the 
Master Plan process and prioritized project list. Within 90 
days of the date of enactment, GSA is directed to provide to 
the Committee a detailed report on land port of entry projects 
identified in either regional Master Plans or related border-
wide products for which Federal appropriations or assistance 
may be necessary; the status of commitments from the government 
of Mexico, where necessary; whether those projects have been 
incorporated into the 5-Year Capital Investment Plan included 
in the most recent annual budget request, and if not, a 
detailed justification describing why the project has been 
omitted.
    Land Border Partnerships.--While new authority first 
provided in fiscal year 2014 improves public and private sector 
opportunities to advance much needed land port of entry 
improvements, the process has not yet yielded a successful 
proposal despite strong stakeholder interest. The Committee is 
concerned that if GSA does not improve review practices and 
responsiveness, a significant opportunity to demonstrate that 
this authority can deliver results will have been missed and 
future interest from non-Federal entities in improving land 
border infrastructure will be effectively discouraged. Not more 
than 60 days after the date of enactment, GSA is directed to 
report, after consultation with relevant Federal agencies, on 
proposed steps to strengthen and improve the review process, 
including imposition of specific deadlines for inter-agency 
reviews and response to pending proposals, and incorporation of 
an evaluation process for assessing impacts to non-Federal 
stakeholders and international trading partners, for donation 
proposals under the provisions of the relevant provisions of 
section 559 of division F of Public Law 113-76, as amended, as 
well as the traditional gift acceptance process provided for 
under 40 U.S.C. 3175.
    Sustainable Roofing Systems.--The Committee recognizes the 
importance of providing energy efficient, sustainable, and cost 
effective measures that address more effectively the 
infrastructure needs of Federal agencies. The Committee directs 
GSA to study and report to the Committee within 180 days on the 
agency's long-term Federal building roofing requirements and to 
assess the viability and advisability of sustainable roofing 
systems that protect the environment, conserve energy, and 
extend the useful life of the roof asset. In conducting this 
study, GSA shall consider the efficacy of multi-year and long-
term lease acquisition models to obtain high-quality 
sustainable roofing systems that could possibly provide 
considerable cost savings over the standard purchase of 
traditional roof systems. As an essential component of this 
study GSA should consider implementing a pilot program 
utilizing sustainable roof systems under a multi-year lease 
model, while also determining whether longer term leases could 
provide additional cost savings to the Government.
    Revolutionary War Commemoration.--The Administrator of the 
General Services Administration is directed to issue a report 
to Congress within 90 days of enactment of this act on the 
status of commemorative work honoring slaves and free Black 
persons who served in the Revolutionary War as authorized by 
section 2860 of Public Law 112-239. The report should include a 
history of GSA's involvement in the project and the 
corresponding legal requirements.
    GAO Report on the National Capital Region Rental Rates.--
The Committee directs the Government Accountability Office 
[GAO] to submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations 
within 1 year of enactment concerning GSA's policies and 
procedures in determining the boundaries of the National 
Capital Region and for establishing rental rate caps for leased 
buildings in the National Capital Region. The study should 
examine how the caps are determined, the degree to which the 
rates vary within the region and if so, why, whether these caps 
have any impact on local governments in the region and consider 
any improvements that could be made to lease cap policies and 
procedures in and around the National Capital Region.
    GAO Report on the National Capital Region Per Diem.--The 
Committee directs GAO to submit a report to the Committees on 
Appropriations within 1 year of enactment in setting per diem 
rates for hotels in the National Capital Region and for 
neighboring counties with borders that touch the National 
Capital Region. The report should compare GSA and DOD's per 
diem policies for the National Capital Region and consider any 
improvements that could be made to per diem policies and 
procedures in and around the National Capital Region.

     FEDERAL BUILDINGS FUND--LIMITATIONS ON AVAILABILITY OF REVENUE

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Limitation on availability of revenue:
    Limitation on availability, 2015....................  $9,238,310,000
    Limitation on availability, budget estimate, 2016...  10,372,195,000
Committee recommendation................................   8,304,422,000

    The Federal Buildings Fund [FBF] finances the activities of 
the Public Buildings Service, which provides space and services 
for Federal agencies in a relationship similar to that of 
landlord and tenant. The FBF, established in 1975, replaces 
direct appropriations by using income derived from rent 
assessments, which approximate commercial rates for comparable 
space and services. The Committee makes funds available through 
a process of placing limitations on obligations from the FBF as 
a way of allocating funds for various FBF activities.

                      CONSTRUCTION AND ACQUISITION

Limitation on availability, 2015........................    $509,670,000
Limitation on availability, budget estimate, 2016.......   1,257,997,000
Committee recommendation................................     181,500,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The construction and acquisition fund finances the site, 
design, construction, management, and inspection costs of new 
Federal facilities.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a limitation of $181,500,000 for 
construction and acquisition in fiscal year 2016.
    The Committee recommendation includes full funding for the 
United States Courthouse in Nashville, Tennessee, as proposed 
in the President's fiscal year 2016 budget request. Funding for 
this facility is the top construction priority of the Judicial 
Conference of the United States and would resolve severe 
security, space, and operational deficiencies in the existing 
facility.

                        REPAIRS AND ALTERATIONS

Limitation on availability, 2015........................    $818,160,000
Limitation on availability, budget estimate, 2016.......   1,247,067,000
Committee recommendation................................     357,189,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    Under this activity, the General Services Administration 
[GSA] executes its responsibility for repairs and alterations 
[R&A;] of both Government-owned and -leased facilities under the 
control of GSA.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a limitation of $357,189,000 for 
repairs and alterations in fiscal year 2016.
    Major Repairs and Alterations.--The Committee recommends 
$157,189,000 for repairs and alterations to the Jacob K. Javits 
Federal Office Building in New York City, New York, and the 
Edward J. Schwartz Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San 
Diego, California, as requested in the President's budget for 
fiscal year 2016. These projects were identified in GSA's 
budget request as the top two major repairs and alterations 
priorities of the Public Buildings Service for fiscal year 
2016.
    The Committee also recommends $200,000,000 for Basic 
Repairs and Alterations, Consolidation Activities, the 
Judiciary Capital Security Program, and the Fire and Life 
Safety Program.

                            RENTAL OF SPACE

Limitation on availability, 2015........................  $5,666,348,000
Limitation on availability, budget estimate, 2016.......   5,579,055,000
Committee recommendation................................   5,521,601,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The rental of space program funds lease payments made to 
privately owned buildings, temporary space for Federal 
employees during major repair and alteration projects, and 
relocations from Federal buildings due to forced moves and 
relocations as a result of health and safety conditions. GSA is 
responsible for leasing general purpose space and land incident 
thereto for Federal agencies, except in cases where GSA has 
delegated its leasing authority.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a limitation of $5,521,601,000 for 
rental of space.

                          BUILDING OPERATIONS

Limitation on availability, 2015........................  $2,244,132,000
Limitation on availability, budget estimate, 2016.......   2,288,076,000
Committee recommendation................................   2,244,132,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    This activity provides for the operation of all Government-
owned facilities under the jurisdiction of GSA and building 
services in GSA-leased space where the terms of the lease do 
not require the lessor to furnish such services. Services 
included in building operations are cleaning, protection, 
maintenance, payments for utilities and fuel, grounds 
maintenance, and elevator operations.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a limitation of $2,244,132,000 for 
building operations.

                         GOVERNMENTWIDE POLICY

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $58,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      62,022,000
Committee recommendation................................      58,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Office of Governmentwide Policy [OGP], working 
cooperatively with other agencies, provides the leadership 
needed to develop and evaluate policies associated with high-
performance green buildings and real property, acquisition 
policy, personal property, travel and transportation 
management, vehicles and aircraft, committee and regulations 
management, and management of Federal spending data. OGP 
collaborates with partner agencies and other stakeholders to 
improve public access to policy information and support data, 
and improve transparency in Government.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $58,000,000 
for Governmentwide Policy.
    AbilityOne.--The Committee appreciates the benefits that 
the AbilityOne program provides to persons with disabilities 
and the impact it has on the U.S. economy. However, the 
Committee is concerned about GSA markups to the price of 
AbilityOne products and the considerable frequency at which GSA 
vendors sell ``Essentially the Same'' [ETS] products. The 
Committee understands that GSA, in collaboration with 
AbilityOne, National Industries for the Blind, and 
SourceAmerica, has reduced the number of ETS products available 
for purchase. However, the Committee believes that more can be 
done to reduce markups to AbilityOne products and ensure ETS 
products are not replacing AbilityOne products. The Committee 
directs GSA to report to the Committees on Appropriations of 
the House and Senate within 90 days of enactment of this act on 
its efforts to price AbilityOne products and services according 
to approved Fair Market Prices established by the U.S. Ability 
One Commission and certify that GSA contractors are barred from 
selling products on their contracts that are equivalent as 
AbilityOne products and services.

                           OPERATING EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $61,049,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      58,560,000
Committee recommendation................................      58,560,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    Operating Expenses supports a variety of operational 
activities which are not feasible or appropriate for a user fee 
arrangement. Major programs include the personal property 
utilization and donation activities of the Federal Acquisition 
Service; the real property utilization and disposal activities 
of the Public Buildings Service; the activities of the Civilian 
Board of Contract Appeals; and the Management and 
Administration activities, including support of Governmentwide 
emergency response and recovery activities, and top-level 
agency-wide management, administration, and communications 
activities.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $58,560,000 
for Operating Expenses.

                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $65,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      67,803,000
Committee recommendation................................      65,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    This appropriation provides agency-wide audit and 
investigative functions to identify and correct management and 
administrative deficiencies within the General Services 
Administration [GSA], which create conditions for existing or 
potential instances of fraud, waste, and mismanagement. The 
audit function provides internal audit and contract audit 
services. Contract audits provide professional advice to GSA 
contracting officials on accounting and financial matters 
relative to the negotiation, award, administration, repricing, 
and settlement of contracts. Internal audits review and 
evaluate all facets of GSA operations and programs, test 
internal control systems, and develop information to improve 
operating efficiencies and enhance customer services. The 
investigative function provides for the detection and 
investigation of improper and illegal activities involving GSA 
programs, personnel, and operations.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $65,000,000 
for the Office of Inspector General. The recommendation 
includes $2,000,000 in no-year funding. In addition, the Office 
of Inspector General has access to unobligated no-year funds 
that were appropriated in fiscal year 2014.

           ALLOWANCES AND OFFICE STAFF FOR FORMER PRESIDENTS

Appropriations, 2015....................................      $3,250,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................       3,277,000
Committee recommendation................................       3,277,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    This appropriation provides pensions, office staffs, and 
related expenses for former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George 
H.W. Bush, William Clinton, and George W. Bush, and for postal 
franking privileges for the widow of former President Ronald 
Reagan.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $3,277,000 for allowances and 
office staff for former Presidents.

                     FEDERAL CITIZEN SERVICES FUND

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $53,294,000
Budget estimate, 2016\1\................................      58,428,000
Committee recommendation................................      55,894,000

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                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Federal Citizen Services Fund provides for the salaries 
and expenses of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative 
Technologies [OCSIT]. OCSIT provides the means for citizens, 
businesses, other governments, and the media to obtain 
information and services easily from the Government via the 
Web, email, printed media, and telephone. OCSIT leads several 
interagency groups to share best practices and develop 
strategies for improving the way Government provides services 
to the American public.
    The Federal Citizen Services [FCS] Fund is financed from 
annual appropriations to pay for the salaries and expenses of 
OCSIT staff and Citizens Services programs. Reimbursements from 
Federal agencies pay for the direct costs of information 
services OCSIT provides on their behalf. The FCS Fund also 
receives funding from user fees for publications ordered by the 
public, payments from private entities for services rendered, 
and gifts from the public. All income is available without 
regard to fiscal year limitations, but is subject to an annual 
aggregate expenditure limit as set forth in appropriation acts.

                        committee recommendation

    The Committee recommends $55,894,000 for the Federal 
Citizen Services Fund, $2,600,000 above the fiscal year 2015 
enacted level.

                  PRE-ELECTION PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2015....................................................
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     $13,278,000
Committee recommendation................................      13,278,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    In accordance with the Pre-Election Transition Act of 2010, 
this appropriation will enable GSA to provide transition 
services to eligible major party candidates before the general 
election.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $13,278,000 
for pre-election presidential transition.

       ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS--GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    Section 520 authorizes GSA to use funds for the hire of 
passenger motor vehicles.
    Section 521 authorizes GSA to transfer funds within the 
Federal buildings fund to meet program requirements.
    Section 522 requires that the fiscal year 2017 budget 
request meet certain standards.
    Section 523 provides that no funds may be used to increase 
the amount of occupiable square feet, provide cleaning 
services, security enhancements, or any other service usually 
provided, to any agency which does not pay the requested rate.
    Section 524 continues the provision that permits GSA to pay 
small claims less than $250,000 made against the Government.
    Section 525 provides that certain lease agreements must 
conform to an approved prospectus.
    Section 526 requires a GSA spending plan for certain 
accounts and programs.
    Section 527 stipulates certain requirements for the FBI 
headquarters consolidation.

                 Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................        $750,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................................
Committee recommendation................................       1,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation is an independent 
agency established by Congress in 1975 (Public Law 93-642) to 
encourage exceptional college students to pursue careers in 
public service through the Truman Scholarship program. The 
Truman Scholarship is a merit-based award available to college 
juniors who plan to pursue careers in Government or elsewhere 
in public service.
    The Foundation Trust Fund was established with a one-time 
$30,000,000 appropriation in 1976. The authorizing legislation 
directed that this endowment be invested solely in U.S. 
Treasury Securities, the interest from which has funded the 
Foundation's operating budget. With the decline in interest 
rates, the annual yield from the trust fund has declined by 63 
percent over the past decade.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,000,000 for 
the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation.

                     Merit Systems Protection Board


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $45,085,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      47,415,000
Committee recommendation................................      45,085,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Merit Systems Protection Board [MSPB] was established 
by the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978. MSPB is an independent 
quasi-judicial agency manifested to protect Federal merit 
systems against partisan political and other prohibited 
personnel practices and to ensure adequate protection for 
employees against abuses by agency management.
    MSPB assists Federal agencies in running a merit-based 
civil service system. This is accomplished on a case-by-case 
basis through hearing and deciding employee appeals and on a 
systemic basis by reviewing significant actions and regulations 
of the Office of Personnel Management [OPM] and conducting 
studies of the civil service and other merit systems. The 
intended results of MSPB's efforts are to assure that personnel 
actions taken against employees are processed within the law 
and that actions taken by OPM and other agencies support and 
enhance Federal merit principles.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $45,085,000 
for the MSPB. The recommendation includes not more than 
$2,345,000 for adjudicating retirement appeals through an 
appropriation from the trust fund consistent with past 
practice.

            Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation


            MORRIS K. UDALL AND STEWART L. UDALL TRUST FUND

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2015....................................      $1,995,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................       1,995,000
Committee recommendation................................       1,995,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The General Fund payment to the Morris K. Udall and Stewart 
L. Udall Trust Fund is invested in Treasury securities with 
maturities suitable to the needs of the Fund. Interest earnings 
from the investments are used to carry out the activities of 
the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. The 
Foundation awards scholarships, fellowships, and grants, and 
funds activities of the Udall Center.
    The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation also 
supports training programs for professionals in health care 
policy and public policy, such as the Native Nations Institute 
[NNI]. NNI, based at the University of Arizona, provides Native 
Americans with leadership and management training, and analyzes 
policies relevant to tribes.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,995,000 for 
the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Trust Fund.
    The Committee appreciates the progress made by the Udall 
Foundation to strengthen its internal controls related to 
contract oversight and personnel management. The Committee 
directs the Foundation to report semiannually to the Committee 
regarding its continued work in instituting reformed internal 
controls, including milestones achieved. Finally, the Committee 
provides that $200,000 shall be transferred to the Inspector 
General of the Department of the Interior to conduct annual 
audits and investigations of the Foundation and submit reports 
of its findings to the Committee in order to ensure that the 
Foundation's spending, management, and other activities are 
subject to regular oversight and review.

                 ENVIRONMENTAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION FUND

Appropriations, 2015....................................      $3,400,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................       3,420,000
Committee recommendation................................       3,400,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution is 
a Federal program established by Public Law 105-156 to assist 
parties in resolving environmental, natural resource, and 
public lands conflicts. The Institute is part of the Morris K. 
Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation and serves as an 
impartial, nonpartisan institution providing professional 
expertise, services, and resources to all parties involved in 
such disputes. The Institute helps parties determine whether 
collaborative problem solving is appropriate for specific 
environmental conflicts, how and when to bring all the parties 
together for discussion, and whether a third-party facilitator 
or mediator might be helpful in assisting the parties in their 
efforts to reach consensus or to resolve the conflict. In 
addition, the Institute maintains a roster of qualified 
facilitators and mediators with substantial experience in 
environmental conflict resolution and can help parties in 
selecting an appropriate neutral professional.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $3,400,000 for 
the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund.

              National Archives and Records Administration

    The National Archives and Records Administration [NARA] is 
the national recordkeeper, managing the Government's archives 
and records, and operating the Presidential libraries. NARA is 
an independent agency created by statute in 1934 and tasked 
with the unique mission to identify, access, protect, preserve, 
and make available for use the important documents and records 
of all three branches of the Federal Government. NARA 
administers the Information Security Oversight Office, is the 
publisher of the Federal Register, and makes grants for 
historical documentation through the National Historical 
Publications and Records Commission. In addition, NARA is 
charged with additional responsibilities including mediating 
Freedom of Information Act disputes and coordinating controlled 
unclassified information.

                           OPERATING EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $365,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     372,393,000
Committee recommendation................................     372,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    This account provides for basic operations dealing with 
management of the Federal Government's archives and records, 
operation of Presidential libraries, review for 
declassification of classified security information, and other 
duties.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $372,000,000 for operating 
expenses of the National Archives and Records Administration 
for fiscal year 2016. This amount is $7,000,000 above the 
fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $393,000 below the budget 
request.
    The Committee's recommendation supports initiatives to 
strengthen NARA's record management leadership role; address 
archival storage needs; continue to develop, build, and expand 
the IT infrastructure to conduct the business of the National 
Declassification Center established in Executive Order 13526; 
operate and maintain the Electronic Records Archive [ERA]; and 
improve research room holdings protection.
    The Committee notes that security of NARA's collections and 
holdings has been identified as a material weakness by the 
Archivist and cited as a management challenge by the Inspector 
General. The Committee directs and expects NARA to institute, 
maintain, and enforce effective inventory controls and adequate 
levels of security within its facilities to reduce the risk of 
loss, damage, or destruction of irreplaceable historic 
documents and artifacts.
    The Committee believes that providing reliable access to 
electronic records far into the future, regardless of 
advancements in technology, is of utmost importance. The 
Committee strongly urges NARA, as it operates and maintains the 
ERA, to ensure effective and efficient preservation, appraisal, 
scheduling, and routine transfer of electronic records by 
Federal agencies. The Committee expects NARA to prioritize its 
efforts to accelerate user adoption of the ERA system, 
including providing instructional guidance and training 
materials.
    The Committee notes that that National Archive and Records 
Administration [NARA] is taking steps to reduce costs by 
reducing its real property footprint. However, the Committee 
recognizes that NARA facilities play an important role in 
providing citizens with access to archival Federal records, and 
is concerned that NARA's plans to relocate records out of the 
State where they are currently stored will require researchers 
to travel significant distances to access original records. The 
Committee continues to encourage NARA to digitize and post on-
line archival records that are relocated as a result of a 
facility closure. The Committee directs NARA to report, within 
90 days of enactment, on its plans to make significant 
continued progress to digitize and preserve physical access to 
archival records that have been or will be relocated to another 
State by any facility closure occurring in fiscal year 2014 and 
2015 or planned for fiscal year 2016. The report shall: (1) 
describe NARA's digitization priorities for any relocated 
archival records; and (2) include a timeline for digitization 
and posting on-line. The Committee further directs NARA to give 
due consideration and appropriate adjudication, within the 
limits of the Federal Records Act and all applicable laws, of 
any request to review archival records that are relocated as a 
result of a facility closure, to determine whether those 
records continue to require permanent preservation in the 
National Archives.
    Space Needs.--The Committee is concerned that NARA is not 
prepared to accept, process, and safely store the large volumes 
of archival records that will come into its legal custody over 
the next 15 years. The Committee understands that NARA could 
receive an additional 1 million to 2.5 million cubic feet of 
archival records over this period, which would require at least 
450,000 square feet of new storage space. While the Committee 
notes the steps NARA has taken to reduce its real property 
footprint over the past several years, the Committee urges NARA 
to consider future transfer of records when planning its real 
property needs. NARA is directed to report, not later than 180 
days after enactment of this act, on the volume and type of 
archival records the agency expects to receive over the next 15 
years and the greatest challenges to acquiring or otherwise 
providing appropriate storage space for those records.
    Recordkeeping.--The Committee is concerned about the 
ability of Federal agencies to effectively manage email and 
other electronic Federal records so that essential records are 
available when required by Congress in order to fulfill its 
oversight responsibilities. The executive branch must assure 
the American public that records documenting Government 
decisions and actions are retained for the appropriate time 
period and can be retrieved and provided to Congress in a 
timely manner and as required by law. The Presidential and 
Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014 (Public Law 113-187) 
modernized the Federal records management statutes to include 
emails and electronic records and to reinforce that the 
executive branch must manage these records with greater care 
and stewardship than what has been observed in recent months 
and years.
    The Committee expects the Archivist of the United States to 
expediently amend existing guidance and introduce new rules as 
needed to ensure that all executive agencies comply with Public 
Law 113-187 and other recordkeeping laws. The Committee urges 
NARA to continue to analyze, assess, and report publicly on 
executive branch compliance with Federal recordkeeping 
statutes, with special emphasis on agency management of email 
and electronic records. The Committee directs NARA to increase 
oversight over executive branch records management by 
establishing a formal program of reporting, physical 
inspections, and systems audits of agency recordkeeping 
systems, and to report to the Committees on Appropriations of 
the House of Representatives and the Senate, the House 
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Senate 
Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs any 
instances of substantial non-compliance by executive agencies 
or significant risk to Federal records that are identified in 
the course of NARA oversight activities.
    Office of Government Information Services.--The Committee 
is concerned that funding for the Office of Government 
Information Services [OGIS] under the National Archives and 
Records Administration [NARA] is well below levels sufficient 
for OGIS to fulfill its statutory duties. The Federal 
Government spends approximately $400,000,000 annually 
processing document requests under the Freedom of Information 
Act [FOIA] and over $20,000,000 annually litigating FOIA 
disputes. The Committee believes that OGIS, if properly funded, 
could play a key role in reducing these conflicts and yield 
substantial cost savings. When OGIS was created, the 
Congressional Budget Office projected that OGIS would require 
$7,000,000 annually to fulfill its statutory duties. Yet, OGIS 
funding has remained well below $2,000,000. This limited 
funding increases taxpayer dollars spent on FOIA processing and 
litigation elsewhere. Accordingly the Committee directs the 
National Archives and Records Administration to report within 
60 days after the enactment of this act on the specific 
allocation of appropriated funds to OGIS in fiscal year 2016, 
the level of services this allocated amount will support, and a 
comparison of the estimated cost savings and the other benefits 
to the Federal Government that will be achieved under this 
level of services versus the savings and benefits projected 
under a scenario where annual funding for OGIS is provided at 
the level identified by the CBO.

                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

Appropriations, 2015....................................      $4,130,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................       4,180,000
Committee recommendation................................       4,180,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The mission of the Office of Inspector General [OIG] is to 
ensure that NARA safeguards and preserves the records of our 
Government while providing the American people with access to 
the essential documentation of their rights and the actions of 
their Government. The OIG accomplishes this by combating fraud, 
waste, and abuse through high-quality objective audits and 
investigations covering all aspects of agency operations at 
facilities nationwide. The OIG also serves as an independent, 
internal advocate for the economy, efficiency, and 
effectiveness of NARA and its operations.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $4,180,000 for the Office of 
Inspector General [OIG]. This amount is $50,000 above the 
fiscal year 2015 enacted level and equal to the budget request. 
The Committee supports a distinct account for the OIG in order 
to clearly identify the resources necessary to staff and 
operate the expanding mission-critical oversight and 
accountability functions performed by the OIG to ensure 
responsible NARA stewardship over public records.

                        REPAIRS AND RESTORATION

Appropriations, 2015....................................      $7,600,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................       7,500,000
Committee recommendation................................       7,500,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    This account provides for the repair, alteration, and 
improvement of Archives facilities and Presidential libraries 
nationwide, and provides adequate storage for holdings. Funding 
made available will better enable NARA to maintain its 
facilities in proper condition for public visitors, 
researchers, and NARA employees, and also maintain the 
structural integrity of the buildings.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $7,500,000 for the repairs and 
restoration account. This amount is $100,000 below the fiscal 
year 2015 enacted level and equal to the budget request.
    The Committee appreciates NARA's submission of an update of 
its comprehensive capital needs assessment for its entire 
infrastructure of Presidential libraries and records 
facilities, as part of the fiscal year 2016 budget submission 
and urges NARA to include an appropriate level of funding for 
repair of valuable historic Presidential libraries in the 
fiscal year 2017 budget request.

        NATIONAL HISTORICAL PUBLICATIONS AND RECORDS COMMISSION

                             GRANTS PROGRAM

Appropriations, 2015....................................      $5,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................       5,000,000
Committee recommendation................................       5,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The National Historical Publications and Records Commission 
[NHPRC] provides grants nationwide to preserve and publish 
records that document American history. Administered within the 
National Archives, which preserves Federal records, NHPRC helps 
State, local, and private institutions preserve non-Federal 
records, helps publish the papers of major figures in American 
history, and helps archivists and records managers improve 
their techniques, training, and ability to serve a range of 
information users. Since 1964, the NHPRC has funded nearly 
5,000 projects at local government archives, colleges and 
universities, and other nonprofit institutions to facilitate 
use of public records and other collections by scholars, family 
and local historians, journalists, documentary filmmakers, and 
many others.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $5,000,000 for the National 
Historical Publications and Records Commission [NHPRC]. This 
amount is equal to the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and equal 
to the budget request.
    The Committee supports the central role the NHPRC program 
plays in the preservation and dissemination of the Nation's 
documentary heritage and its success in leveraging private 
sector contributions.
    The Committee commends the National Archives and Records 
Administration and the National Historical Publications and 
Records Commission for their work to ensure the publication and 
recording of our Nation's history. The Committee urges the 
National Historical Publications and Records Commission to 
continue to support the completion of documentary editions 
through the National Historical Publications and Records 
Commission Grants Program and to support the scholarly 
presentation of our country's most treasured historical 
documents.
    The Committee notes that the funding provided will enable 
NARA, through the NHPRC, to undertake a variety of initiatives, 
including advancing archives preservation, access, and 
digitization projects within the interlocking repositories of 
historic records and hidden collections; ensuring public access 
to some of the most important historical resources that are 
maintained outside of Federal repositories; and digitizing 
nationally significant historic records collections to 
facilitate round-the-clock Internet availability.

                  National Credit Union Administration


               COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT REVOLVING LOAN FUND

Appropriations, 2015....................................      $2,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................       2,000,000
Committee recommendation................................       2,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Community Development Revolving Loan Fund [CDRLF] 
program was established in 1979 to assist officially designated 
``low-income'' credit unions in providing basic financial 
services to low-income communities. Low-interest loans and 
deposits are made available to assist these credit unions. 
Loans or deposits are normally repaid in 5 years, although 
shorter repayment periods may be considered. Technical 
assistance grants [TAGs] are also available to low-income 
credit unions for improving operations as well as addressing 
safety and soundness issues. Credit unions use TAG funds for 
specific initiatives, including taxpayer assistance, financial 
education, home ownership initiatives, and training assistance.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $2,000,000 for technical 
assistance grants to community development credit unions. This 
funding level is equal to the budget request and equal to the 
fiscal year 2015 enacted level. The Committee expects the CDRLF 
to continue making loans from available funds derived from 
repaid loans and interest earned on previous loans to 
designated credit unions.

                      Office of Government Ethics


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $15,420,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      15,742,000
Committee recommendation................................      15,420,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Office of Government Ethics [OGE], a separate agency 
within the executive branch, was established by the Ethics in 
Government Act of 1978 (Public Law 95-521). The OGE is charged 
by law to provide overall direction of executive branch 
policies designed to prevent conflicts of interest and ensure 
high ethical standards for executive branch employers. The OGE 
carries out these responsibilities by promulgating and 
maintaining enforceable standards of ethical conduct for nearly 
2.7 million civilian employees in more than 130 executive 
branch agencies and the White House; overseeing a financial 
disclosure system that reaches 27,000 public and over 370,000 
confidential financial disclosure report filers; ensuring that 
executive branch ethics programs are in compliance with 
applicable ethics laws and regulations; providing direct 
education and training products to more than 5,000 ethics 
officials executive branch-wide; conducting outreach to the 
general public, the private sector, and civil society; and 
providing technical assistance to, State, local, and foreign 
governments, and international organizations.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $15,420,000 
for salaries and expenses of the OGE in fiscal year 2016.

                     Office of Personnel Management


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

                  (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF TRUST FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $96,039,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     120,688,000
Committee recommendation................................     119,239,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Office of Personnel Management [OPM] was established by 
Public Law 95-454, the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, 
enacted on October 13, 1978. OPM is responsible for management 
of Federal human resources policy and oversight of the merit 
civil service system. Although individual agencies are largely 
responsible for personnel operations, OPM provides a 
Governmentwide framework for human resources policy, advises 
and assists agencies (often on a reimbursable basis) with 
workforce planning and personnel matters, and ensures that 
agency operations are consistent with requirements of law on 
issues such as veterans preference and merit system compliance. 
OPM oversees examination of applicants for employment in the 
competitive service; issues regulations and policies on 
recruitment, hiring, classification and pay, training, and 
other aspects of personnel management; and manages the process 
for personnel security and background checks for suitability 
and national security clearances. OPM is also responsible for 
administering the retirement, health benefits, and life 
insurance programs affecting most Federal employees, retired 
Federal employees, and their families and survivors.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a general fund appropriation of 
$119,239,000 for the salaries and expenses of the Office of 
Personnel Management.
    Data Security.--Numerous breaches of OPM systems and 
contractor databases continue to raise grave concerns about the 
agency's ability to protect sensitive data. Of particular 
concern is that OPM failed to protect this information despite 
frequent warnings from the Inspector General and repeated 
attempts to breach the agency's systems in recent years. The 
agency had advance notice that hackers were trying to access 
sensitive personnel and security clearance data, yet OPM was 
ineffective in stopping them. Disappointingly, OPM management 
has failed to accept responsibility for the agency's failures, 
and instead has tried to place blame solely on the hackers.
    OPM disclosed in June that 4,200,000 current, former, and 
retired Federal workers were affected by a data breach to 
Federal personnel records. OPM subsequently announced in July 
that 21,500,000 Americans were affected by a breach to its 
background investigation systems. While many of the details 
relating to the cyberattacks are uncertain, what remains 
undeniable is that any confidence government employees may have 
had in OPM's ability to protect their data was clearly 
misplaced.
    The President has requested $21,000,000 in additional 
funding in fiscal year 2016 for OPM to improve its IT security 
and infrastructure. While rewarding bad behavior with 
additional money is an ill-advised practice, sensitive data 
held by OPM must be protected. Despite the agency's repeated 
cyber security failures, the Committee recommendation includes 
full funding of the $21,000,000 requested by the President for 
IT security improvement. However, the Committee is under no 
illusion that additional money for OPM is the solution to their 
problems. While much attention has centered on OPM's legacy 
systems, the Committee notes that the modern systems in which 
OPM has invested millions of dollars in recent years were also 
breached. Prior to obligating any of the $21,000,000, OPM is 
directed to consult with the Office of Management and Budget, 
the U.S. Digital Service, the Department of Homeland Security, 
and other Federal partners that possess the financial 
management capabilities and critical cyber security expertise 
that is lacking within OPM in order to ensure these funds are 
spent wisely.
    The Committee directs GAO to report to the Committees on 
Appropriations of the House and Senate not less than 6 months 
after enactment of this Act evaluating the steps taken to 
prevent, mitigate, and respond to data breaches involving 
sensitive personnel records and information; OPM's 
cybersecurity policies and procedures in place, including 
policies and procedures relating to IT best practices such as 
data encryption, multifactor authentication, and continuous 
monitoring; OPM's oversight of contractors providing IT 
services; and OPM's compliance with government-wide initiatives 
to improve cybersecurity. The report should consider any 
improvements that could be made to assist the agency in 
addressing cybersecurity challenges.
    Retirement Processing.--The Committee acknowledges OPM's 
actions to address the backlog of retirement claims and 
supports continued efforts to eliminate the backlog. OPM is 
directed to continue to inform the Committee of its progress.
    Retirement Modernization.--The Committee directs OPM to 
continue providing reports and status update briefings on 
modernization efforts and the strategic technology plan, as 
developments and milestones occur, and future plans are 
determined.
    Retirement Calculations.--The Committee has heard concerns 
about annuities of Federal retirees in non-foreign areas who 
retired prior to 2009. Prior to 2010, Federal employees in non-
foreign areas were not eligible to receive locality-based 
comparability payments, which constitute basic pay for 
computing retirement benefits. Rather, these employees received 
cost-of-living allowances [COLAs], which are not creditable for 
retirement purposes. This has resulted in differences in the 
total pay and retirement benefits of Federal employees in non-
foreign areas in relation to pay and retirement benefits of 
employees in the contiguous states. The Committee directs the 
Office of Personnel Management to submit a report no later than 
6 months from enactment regarding COLAs, locality-based 
comparability payments, and the computation of Federal 
retirement benefits of employees stationed in the non-foreign 
areas, including the exclusion of non-foreign area COLAs in 
employee's basic pay and average salary used in the computation 
of Federal retirement benefits. OPM should take all reasonable 
steps to provide an estimate of the total number of current 
Federal annuitants who (or whose spouse) retired from the 
Federal civil service from 1994 to 2014 by each non-foreign 
area and by year of retirement.
    Federal Security Clearances.--The Committee notes that in 
light of misconduct involving Federal contractor personnel 
under OPM's Federal Investigative Services, there has been 
increased scrutiny into the process of conducting quality 
reviews for security clearance background investigations. The 
Committee recognizes the inherent conflict of interest when 
Federal security clearance contractors are contractually 
permitted to conduct quality reviews of their own work and 
urges the OPM Director to prevent future occurrences through 
stricter contractual control mechanisms. The Committee notes 
that preventing such inherent conflicts of interest with 
Federal contractors conducting security clearances 
significantly mitigates risk, a critical element to good 
governance and U.S. national security. Therefore, the Committee 
includes a provision in title VI preventing such contractors 
from conducting quality reviews of their own work. To ensure 
that contractor work is conducted properly, OPM should ensure 
that internal controls are implemented to prevent 
investigations from being closed prematurely.

                               limitation


                       (TRANSFER OF TRUST FUNDS)

Limitation, 2015........................................    $118,425,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     124,550,000
Committee recommendation................................     118,425,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    These funds will be transferred from the appropriate trust 
funds of the Office of Personnel Management to cover 
administrative expenses for the retirement and insurance 
programs.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a limitation of $118,425,000 for 
administrative expenses.

                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

                         salaries and expenses


                  (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF TRUST FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2015....................................      $4,384,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................       4,365,000
Committee recommendation................................       4,384,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Office of Inspector General is charged with 
establishing policies for conducting and coordinating efforts 
which promote economy, efficiency, and integrity in the Office 
of Personnel Management's activities which prevent and detect 
fraud, waste, and mismanagement in the agency's programs. 
Contract audits provide professional advice to agency 
contracting officials on accounting and financial matters 
regarding the negotiation, award, administration, repricing, 
and settlement of contracts. Internal agency audits review and 
evaluate all facets of agency operations, including financial 
statements. Evaluation and inspection services provide detailed 
technical evaluations of agency operations. Insurance audits 
review the operations of health and life insurance carriers, 
healthcare providers, and insurance subscribers. The 
investigative function provides for the detection and 
investigation of improper and illegal activities involving 
programs, personnel, and operations. Administrative sanctions 
debar from participation in the health insurance program those 
healthcare providers whose conduct may pose a threat to the 
financial integrity of the program itself or to the well-being 
of insurance program enrollees.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $4,384,000 for 
salaries and expenses of the Office of Inspector General in 
fiscal year 2016.
    The Committee appreciates the audit work the Inspector 
General has conducted on OPM's IT security programs and 
practices and supports the Inspector General's recommendations 
to improve OPM's technical security controls. The Committee 
remains concerned about OPM's security posture as it overhauls 
its technology infrastructure. The Committee encourages the 
Inspector General to continue monitoring OPM's infrastructure 
improvement process. The Committee is also concerned about the 
ability of contractors to effectively provide assistance to 
millions of Americans that were affected by the data breach in 
addition to security controls with its existing vendors. The 
Committee encourages the Inspector General to continue to 
conduct oversight on OPM's contracting and procurement 
practices.
    Semiannual Report to Congress.--The Committee encourages 
the Inspector General to regularly report in its Semiannual 
Report to Congress OPM's efforts to improve and address 
cybersecurity challenges including steps taken to prevent, 
mitigate, and respond to data breaches involving sensitive 
personnel records and information; OPM's cybersecurity policies 
and procedures in place, including policies and procedures 
relating to IT best practices such as data encryption, 
multifactor authentication, and continuous monitoring; OPM's 
oversight of contractors providing IT services; and OPM's 
compliance with government-wide initiatives to improve 
cybersecurity.

               (LIMITATION ON TRANSFER FROM TRUST FUNDS)

Limitation, 2015........................................     $21,340,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      22,479,000
Committee recommendation................................      22,479,000

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a limitation on transfers from the 
trust funds in support of the Office of Inspector General [OIG] 
activities totaling $22,479,000 for fiscal year 2016.

                       Office of Special Counsel


                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 2015\1\.................................     $22,939,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      24,119,000
Committee recommendation................................      23,500,000

\1\Does not reflect use of prior year balances as permitted under Public 
Law 113-76, div. E.
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                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The U.S. Office of Special Counsel [OSC] provides a safe 
channel for Federal employees to report waste, fraud, abuse, 
and threats to public health and safety.
    The OSC was first established on January 1, 1979. From 1979 
until 1989, it operated as an autonomous investigative and 
prosecutorial arm of the Merit Systems Protection Board [MSPB]. 
In 1989, Congress enacted the Whistleblower Protection Act 
(Public Law 101-12), which made OSC an independent agency 
within the executive branch. In 1994, the Uniformed Services 
Employment and Reemployment Rights Act [USERRA] (Public Law 
103-353) became law. It defined employment-related rights of 
persons in connection with military service, prohibited 
discrimination against them because of that service, and gave 
OSC new authority to pursue remedies for violations by Federal 
agencies.
    Enactment of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act 
(Public Law 112-199) in November 2012 significantly expanded 
the jurisdiction of the OSC and the types of cases the OSC is 
required by law to investigate.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $23,500,000 
for OSC.
    Veterans Affairs.--Approximately 40 percent of all OSC 
cases in 2015 were from Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] 
employees, up from approximately twenty percent of cases in 
2009, 2010, and 2011. Although OSC continues to obtain relief 
for VA whistleblowers, the Committee is concerned with the 
significant increase of VA whistleblower cases in a short 
amount of time. Therefore, the Committee believes that OSC 
should apply its budget proportionally with the percentage of 
cases that it receives from the VA.

                      Postal Regulatory Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $14,700,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      15,500,000
Committee recommendation................................      15,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Postal Regulatory Commission [PRC] is an independent 
agency that has exercised regulatory oversight over the United 
States Postal Service since its creation by the Postal 
Reorganization Act of 1970. For over 3 decades, that oversight 
consisted primarily of conducting public, on-the-record 
hearings concerning proposed rates, mail classification, and 
major service changes, and recommended decisions for action to 
the Postal Service Board of Governors. The mission of the PRC 
is to ensure transparency and accountability of the United 
States Postal Service and foster a vital and efficient 
universal mail system.
    The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (Public Law 
109-435) assigned significant responsibilities to the PRC. 
These enhanced authorities include providing regulatory 
oversight of the pricing of Postal Service products and 
services, ensuring Postal Service transparency and 
accountability, consulting on delivery service standards and 
performance measures, consulting on international postal 
policies, preventing cross-subsidization or other 
anticompetitive postal practices, and serving as a forum to act 
on complaints with postal products and services.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation, out of the 
Postal Fund, of $15,000,000 for the Postal Regulatory 
Commission.
    The Committee urges the PRC, which is funded from the 
Postal Service Fund and derived directly from postal rates and 
fees paid by postal customers, to optimize efficient use of its 
resources, including exercising prudent decisionmaking and 
strict accountability for travel expenditures.

              Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................      $7,500,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      23,297,000
Committee recommendation................................      23,297,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board [PCLOB] is 
an independent agency within the executive branch established 
by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act 
of 2007 (Public Law 110-53). The Board is the successor to the 
Board created within the Executive Office of the President 
under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 
2004 (Public Law 108-458) as recommended in the July 22, 2004 
report of the National Commission on Terrorist Acts Upon the 
United States (the 9/11 Commission).
    The Board's purpose is to review and analyze actions the 
executive branch takes to protect the Nation from terrorism, 
ensuring the need for such actions is balanced with the need to 
protect privacy and civil liberties; and to ensure that liberty 
concerns are appropriately considered in the development and 
implementation of laws, regulations, and policies related to 
efforts to protect the Nation against terrorism.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $23,297,000 
for the PCLOB. This amount is $15,797,000 above the fiscal year 
2015 enacted level and equal to the budget request.
    The Committee's recommended funding level includes a one-
time increase of $13,216,000, intended to support the Board's 
required physical move in 2016. The recommended funding will 
also enable it to improve operating efficiency while 
maintaining information technology infrastructure and solutions 
that advance the Board's mission.
    The Committee believes it is important to ensure that funds 
are used efficiently during the required move. The Committee 
directs the Board to work with the General Services 
Administration to minimize relocation costs and to report 
regularly to the Committee regarding relocation efforts.

             Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $18,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................................
Committee recommendation................................................

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board 
[Recovery Board] was established by the American Recovery and 
Reinvestment Act of 2009 [Recovery Act] to ensure 
accountability and transparency in the expenditure of Recovery 
Act funds and to minimize fraud, waste, and mismanagement. The 
Recovery Board's responsibilities under the Recovery Act 
sunsetted on September 30, 2013. The Disaster Relief 
Appropriations Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-2) required the 
Recovery Board to detect and remediate waste, fraud, and abuse 
of Federal spending related to the impact of Hurricane Sandy. 
The Recovery's Board's responsibilities under the Disaster 
Relief Appropriations Act will sunset on September 30, 2015.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends no appropriation for the Recovery 
Board, as the board will sunset on September 30, 2015. The 
recommendation is the same as the budget request.

                   Securities and Exchange Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................  $1,500,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................   1,722,000,000
Committee recommendation................................   1,500,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] is an 
independent agency responsible for administering many of the 
Nation's laws regulating the areas of securities and finance.
    The mission of the SEC is to administer and enforce Federal 
securities laws in order to protect investors, maintain fair, 
honest, and efficient markets, and promote capital formation. 
This includes ensuring full disclosure of appropriate financial 
information, regulating the Nation's securities markets, and 
preventing and policing fraud and malpractice in the securities 
and financial markets.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a total budget (obligational) 
authority of $1,500,000,000 for the salaries and expenses of 
the SEC, to be fully derived from fee collections.
    At the end of fiscal year 2014, the SEC had $74,000,000 in 
unobligated balances that it carried forward into 2015. In 
addition, Public Law 113-235 increased the SEC's budget by 
$150,000,000 for fiscal year 2015. Despite this significant 
increase in available funding for the Commission, the Committee 
is concerned that the agency's elevated hiring rate is 
unsustainable and unsupported by its appropriation level. The 
SEC has a history of accounting weaknesses and Antideficiency 
Act violations, and the Committee will continue to closely 
monitor the agency's hiring rate, target FTE level, and 
unobligated balances to ensure it is appropriately and 
effectively utilizing available resources.
    Unobligated Balances Report.--In contrast to many agencies, 
the Committee provides the SEC with no-year funds that remain 
available until expended by the Commission. The Committee is 
concerned with a lack of transparency about agency projections 
for the level of funding that will be unobligated at year end 
and carried forward into the following fiscal year. At the end 
of each quarter, the SEC is directed to report to the Committee 
on its current unobligated balances and its estimate of 
unobligated balances that will remain available at the end of 
the fiscal year.
    Fee Offset Nature of Account.--Pursuant to the Dodd-Frank 
Act, transaction fees receipts are treated as offsetting 
collections equal to the amount of the appropriation.
    Reserve Fund Notifications.--The Committee appreciates the 
SEC's adherence to its obligation to notify Congress of the 
date, amount, and purpose of any obligation from the Fund 
within 10 days of such obligation. The Committee directs the 
SEC, in its written notifications to Congress required by 15 
U.S.C. 78d(i)(3) regarding amounts obligated from the SEC 
Reserve Fund, to specify: (1) the balance in the fund remaining 
available after the obligation is deducted; (2) the estimated 
total cost of the project for which amounts are being deducted; 
(3) the total amount for all projects that have withdrawn 
funding from the Reserve Fund since fiscal year 2012; and (4) 
the estimated amount, per project, that will be required to 
complete all ongoing projects which use funding derived from 
the Reserve Fund.
    Spending Plan.--The Committee directs the SEC to submit, 
within 30 days of enactment, a detailed spending plan for the 
allocation of appropriated funds displayed by discrete program, 
project, and activity, including staffing projections, 
specifying both FTEs and contractors, and planned investments 
in information technology. The Committee also directs the SEC 
to submit, within 30 days of enactment, a detailed spending 
plan for the allocation of expenditures from the Reserve Fund.
    Cybersecurity.--The Committee highlights the importance of 
cybersecurity and the challenges it raises for securities 
market infrastructure. The recent halt in trading on the New 
York Stock Exchange caused uncertainty for investors and 
demonstrated the Commission's limited response capacity. While 
the Commission is not equipped to resolve external technical 
glitches at stock exchanges, self-regulatory organizations or 
financial institutions, the Committee expects the SEC to set 
expectations for organizations to manage cyber threats and 
mitigate the effects of cybersecurity incidents.
    Industry Guide 7.--The Committee strongly encourages the 
SEC to update the Industry Guide 7 containing the SEC's basic 
disclosure policy for mining in accordance with international 
modern practices.
    Business Development Companies.--Congress created Business 
Development Companies [BDCs] in 1980 to facilitate capital 
formation in small and medium-sized businesses. In late 2005, 
the SEC adopted rules relating to Securities Offering Reform, 
which modernized the registration offering process for public 
companies. BDCs were left out of these reforms leaving them on 
an uneven playing field with other public companies seeking to 
access the capital markets. Relieving the current restrictions 
on BDCs will make the capital raising process for BDCs more 
flexible, more efficient, and less expensive-while also saving 
time and resources. The Committee recommends that the SEC issue 
proposed rules making several offering reforms for BDCs.
    Regulatory Coordination and Harmonization.--The Committee 
believes it is important for the SEC and CFTC to ensure optimum 
harmonization with each other in executing the respective 
oversight responsibilities of each agency with respect to over-
the-counter derivative products. The Committee expects the SEC 
and the CFTC to consult and coordinate, to the greatest extent 
possible, in order to limit inconsistent regulation of similar 
entities, products, and markets.

                        Selective Service System


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $22,500,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      22,900,000
Committee recommendation................................      22,703,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Selective Service System is an independent Federal 
agency, operating with permanent authorization under the 
Military Selective Service Act (50 U.S.C. App. 451 et seq.). 
The agency is not part of the Department of Defense, but its 
basic mission is to be prepared to supply manpower to the Armed 
Forces adequate to ensure the security of the United States 
during a time of national emergency. Since 1973, the Armed 
Forces have relied on volunteers to fill military manpower 
requirements. However, the Selective Service System remains the 
primary vehicle by which personnel will be brought into the 
military if Congress and the President should authorize a 
return to the draft.
    In December 1987, Selective Service was tasked by law 
(Public Law 100-180) to develop plans for a postmobilization 
healthcare personnel delivery system capable of providing the 
necessary critically skilled healthcare personnel to the Armed 
Forces in time of emergency. An automated system capable of 
handling mass registration and inductions is now complete, 
together with necessary draft legislation, a draft Presidential 
proclamation, prototype forms and letters, and other products. 
These products will be available should the need arise. The 
development of supplemental standby products, such as a 
compliance system for healthcare personnel, continues using 
very limited existing resources.

                        committee recommendation

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $22,703,000 
for the Selective Service System.

                     Small Business Administration

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $887,604,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     860,130,000
Committee recommendation................................     849,092,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Small Business Administration [SBA] provides American 
entrepreneurs access to capital, Federal contracting 
opportunities, and entrepreneurial education in order to grow 
businesses and create jobs. SBA also provides disaster 
assistance for businesses of all sizes, non-profit 
organizations, homeowners, and renters.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommendation provides $849,092,000 for the 
Small Business Administration [SBA]. The amount provided will 
support the same level or higher of lending but requires fewer 
Government subsidy dollars due to fewer loan defaults. The 
recommendation includes $158,829,000 for the Disaster Loans 
Program Account designated by Congress as disaster relief 
pursuant to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control 
Act of 1985, as amended. Funding is distributed among the SBA 
appropriation accounts as described below.

                  ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $220,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     206,250,000
Committee recommendation................................     220,150,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    SBA's Entrepreneurial Development Programs support non-
credit business assistance to entrepreneurs. The appropriation 
includes funding for a vast network of resource partners 
located throughout the Nation, including Small Business 
Development Centers, Women's Business Centers, SCORE 
(previously Service Corps of Retired Executives) chapters, and 
Veterans Business Outreach centers. This resource network and 
several other SBA programs provide training, counseling, and 
technical assistance to entrepreneurs.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommendation provides $220,150,000 for the 
SBA Entrepreneurial Development Programs.
    The Committee recommendations, by program, are displayed in 
the following table:

                  ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
                        [In thousands of dollars]
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                                                             Committee
                                                          recommendation
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7(j) Technical Assistance...............................           2,800
Entrepreneurship Education..............................          11,000
HUBZone Program.........................................           3,000
Microloan Technical Assistance..........................          25,000
National Women's Business Council.......................           1,000
Native American Outreach................................           2,000
Regional Innovation Clusters............................           6,000
SCORE...................................................          10,500
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)..............         115,000
State & Trade Export Promotion (STEP)...................          17,400
Veterans Outreach.......................................          11,450
Women's Business Centers (WBC)..........................          15,000
                                                         ---------------
      Total, Entrepreneurial Development Programs.......         220,150
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    The Committee directs that the amounts provided for SBA's 
Entrepreneurial Development Programs, as specified in the table 
above, shall be administered in the same manner as previous 
years and shall not be reduced, reallocated, or reprogrammed to 
provide additional funds for other programs, initiatives, or 
activities.
    Small Business Development Centers.--The Committee 
continues to support the Small Business Development Center 
[SBDC] Program and recommends $115,000,000 for fiscal year 
2016. SBDCs play an integral role in the SBA resource partner 
network that supports 1,200,000 small business owners and 
aspiring entrepreneurs each year. Through more than 900 service 
centers, SBDCs provide management and technical assistance in 
key areas to small business clients throughout the Nation. As 
the economy struggles, SBDCs have reported a significant 
increase in demand for their expertise as businesses seek 
guidance on how to weather the economic conditions and as newly 
unemployed Americans look for advice on starting a small 
business as a new career path. Providing support for SBDCs is 
more critical than ever as our economy works to recover and 
grow. The Committee directs SBA to prioritize the continuation 
of a robust SBDC network and to partner with the network and 
SBA's other resource partners in the implementation of all of 
SBA's lending, entrepreneurial development, and procurement 
programs.
    The Committee directs that, subject to the availability of 
funds, the Administrator of the SBA shall, to the extent 
practicable, ensure that a small business development center is 
appropriately reimbursed within the same fiscal year in which 
the expenses are submitted for reimbursement for any and all 
legitimate expenses incurred in carrying out activities under 
section 21(a)(1) et seq. of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 
648(a)(1) et seq.).
    Veterans Programs.--The Committee supports funding for 
veterans programs and provides $11,450,000 for veterans 
outreach, which includes funding for Veterans Business Outreach 
Centers [VBOC], Boots to Business, Veteran-Women Igniting the 
Spirit of Entrepreneurship [V-WISE], Entrepreneurship Bootcamp 
for Veterans with Disabilities [EBV], and Boots to Business 
Reboot. This level is equal to the budget request.
    Native American Outreach.--SBA's Office of Native American 
Affairs works to ensure that American Indians, Alaska Natives, 
and Native Hawaiians seeking to create, develop, and expand 
small businesses have full access to SBA's entrepreneurial 
development, lending, and procurement programs. The Committee 
recommends $2,000,000 for SBA's Native American outreach 
programs. The Committee directs SBA to submit a spending plan 
within 60 days of enactment detailing planned spending on 
Native American outreach programs in fiscal year 2016.
    Microloan Program.--The Committee recommends $25,000,000 
for grants to Microloan intermediaries under the Microloan 
program for marketing, management, and technical assistance 
provided to borrowers. An additional $3,338,172 is recommended 
under the heading ``Business Loans Program Account'' to support 
estimated lending volume of $35,000,000 under the Microloan 
program.
    HUBZone.--The Historically Underutilized Business Zones 
[HUBZone] program helps small businesses in urban and rural 
communities gain preferential access to Federal procurement 
opportunities. The Committee recommends $3,000,000 for the 
HUBZone program. This program is a critical resource for 
distressed communities, especially those surrounding military 
bases closed under the Base Realignment and Closure [BRAC] 
process. The Committee is aware that businesses located in a 
BRAC HUBZone face unique challenges in qualifying for the 
program and competing for Federal procurement opportunities, 
and directs the SBA to examine ways to address these issues in 
any future revisions of the Small Business Act or other 
legislation.
    Regional Innovation Clusters.--The Committee recommends 
$6,000,000 for SBA's regional innovation clusters. The 
Committee encourages SBA to support nonprofit organizations 
that provide business development services designed to 
accelerate industry sectors built on regional assets under the 
initiative. The Committee encourages SBA to support initiatives 
that promote a culture of innovative entrepreneurship and 
provide services and support directly to early-stage and high-
tech innovation opportunities.
    State Trade and Export Program [STEP].--The Committee 
recommends $17,400,000 for STEP for fiscal year 2016. STEP 
provides grants to states to supplement their export promotion 
programs with the goal of increasing the number of small 
businesses that are exporting and raising the value of exports 
for small businesses that are already exporting. States provide 
matching funds for STEP grants and have used funds to support 
trade missions, international marketing efforts, export 
counseling, and export trade show exhibits.
    Entrepreneurial Education.--The Committee recommends 
$11,000,000 for the entrepreneurial education program. This 
amount is $4,000,000 above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level 
and equal to the budget request. The recommendation will allow 
SBA to expand its entrepreneurial education initiative to 
provide intensive training to small business owners with 
existing small businesses that have completed the ``start up'' 
phase and are facing common, solvable challenges to sustain and 
grow their businesses.

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $257,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     281,938,000
Committee recommendation................................     257,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Salaries and Expenses appropriation provides for the 
overall operating expenses of the SBA, including compensation 
and benefits for staff located at headquarters, regional, and 
district offices, rent and other agency-wide costs, and 
operating costs for program offices, including the Office of 
Capital Access, Office of Credit Risk Management, Office of 
Entrepreneurial Development, Office of Investments and 
Innovation, Office of Government Contracting and Business 
Development, Office of International Trade, Office of 
Management and Administration, and for other program and 
supporting offices.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommendation provides $257,000,000 for 
salaries and expenses of the SBA.
    The Committee recommends $12,000,000 for SBA's Office of 
Credit Risk Management [OCRM] for lender oversight and risk-
based reviews. In support of its mission to analyze and manage 
the risk of SBA's loan portfolio, OCRM performs performance 
analytics to identify and understand lender performance trends 
and assess the quality of the overall loan portfolio. The 
Committee finds that OCRM plays a key role in eliminating 
waste, fraud, and abuse in SBA lending programs and protecting 
taxpayer losses on loans by ensuring lenders comply with 
procedures that mitigate the risk of loss under SBA's loan 
programs.
    The Committee is concerned about the quality of lender 
oversight activities at SBA, particularly considering the 
magnitude of SBA's loan portfolio, and notes that SBA's Office 
of Inspector General has identified weaknesses in SBA's lender 
oversight process. SBA loan programs rely on numerous outside 
parties (e.g., private lenders, local economic development 
organizations, nonprofit community lenders, and venture capital 
investors) to complete loan transactions, and many of SBA's 
loans are made by lenders to whom SBA has delegated loan-making 
authority.
    Finally, the Committee finds that the Loan and Lender 
Monitoring System [L/LMS] is a vital component of the SBA's 
technical capability to provide oversight of its largest 
lending programs, the 7(a) and 504 loan programs. OCRM uses L/
LMS as a tool for managing the risk in the loan and lender 
portfolios of more than 4,500 lenders, who have approximately 
320,000 active loans valued at more than $80 billion in current 
dollars. The SBA is directed to continue its use of the Loan 
and Lender Monitoring System [L/LMS] to ensure that lenders are 
employing sound financial risk management techniques to manage 
and monitor risk within their SBA loan portfolios. SBA is 
directed to continue to maintain the current capability and 
capacity of the L/LMS system, and to strongly consider ways to 
upgrade the system to improve lender oversight.
    The Committee recognizes that the three current exceptions 
for the North American Industry Classification System [NAICS] 
Code 541712 are vastly similar. Therefore, the SBA should look 
at the impact of consolidating the current exceptions into one 
with an employee cap of 1,500.
    SBIC Program Licensing.--The Committee believes the SBA 
Investment Division should consider reorganizing the Small 
Business Investment Company [SBIC] licensing process and 
personnel to more efficiently use the resources allocated. In 
particular, SBA should: combine the licensing and Management 
Assessment Questionnaire [MAQ] staff; reduce the number of 
licensing committees and steps for all applicants; and create a 
meaningful fast track process for repeat licensees that takes 
no longer than 6 weeks, which will allow SBA to focus their 
resources on first funds and ensure that there is a written 
record of the decisions made by the Investment Division for 
applicants and any court that might review such licensing 
decisions.
    Federal and State Technology Partnership Program.--The 
Committee recommends $3,000,000 for the Federal and State 
Technology [FAST] Partnership Program in fiscal year 2016. The 
Committee supports the FAST program's efforts to reach 
innovative, technology-driven small businesses and to leverage 
the Small Business Innovation Research [SBIR] and Small 
Business Technology Transfer [STTR] program to stimulate 
economic development. The FAST program is particularly 
important in States that are seeking to build high technology 
industries but are underrepresented in the SBIR/STTR programs. 
The Committee recognizes that Small Business and Technology 
Development Centers [SBTDCs] serve small businesses in these 
fields and are accredited to provide intellectual property and 
technology commercialization assistance to businesses in high 
technology industries. Of the amount provided, $1,000,000 shall 
be for FAST awards in States led by SBTDCs.

                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $19,400,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      19,900,000
Committee recommendation................................      19,900,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The SBA Office of Inspector General conducts audits to 
identify wasteful expenditures and program mismanagement, 
investigates fraud and other wrongdoing, and takes other 
actions to deter and detect waste, fraud, abuse, and 
inefficiencies in SBA programs and operations.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommendation provides $19,900,000 for the 
Office of Inspector General.
    The Committee directs the Inspector General to continue 
routine analysis and reporting on SBA's modernization of its 
loan management and accounting systems, including acquisition, 
contractor oversight, implementation, and progress regarding 
budget and schedule.

                           OFFICE OF ADVOCACY

Appropriations, 2015....................................      $9,120,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................       9,120,000
Committee recommendation................................       9,120,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Office of Advocacy, an independent office within SBA, 
solicits and represents the views, concerns, and interests of 
small businesses before Congress, the White House, Federal 
agencies, Federal courts, and State policymakers.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommendation provides $9,120,000 for the 
Office of Advocacy. The recommendation is equal to the fiscal 
year 2015 enacted level and equal to the budget request.

                     BUSINESS LOANS PROGRAM ACCOUNT

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $195,226,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     156,064,000
Committee recommendation................................     156,064,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    SBA administers a variety of loan programs to expand 
entrepreneurs' access to capital to start and grow small 
businesses. The 7(a) loan program is the Federal Government's 
primary business loan program to assist small businesses in 
obtaining financing when they do not qualify for traditional 
credit. Under 7(a), SBA guarantees a portion (typically 75 to 
90 percent) of loans made by private lenders. Under the 504 
program, SBA supports loans to small businesses for financing 
major fixed assets such as real estate and major equipment. The 
504 program combines SBA guaranteed loans made by nonprofit 
Certified Development Companies [CDCs] with loans from private 
lenders to provide financing for small businesses.
    Under the Small Business Investment Company [SBIC] program, 
SBA partners with professionally managed investment funds, 
called SBICs. The SBICs combine their own capital with funds 
borrowed with an SBA guarantee to make investments in small 
businesses.
    Finally, under the Microloan program, SBA provides funds to 
specialized nonprofit, community-based intermediary lenders 
which provide small loans for working capital, inventory, and 
other operating expenses. The maximum microloan is $50,000 and 
the average loan made under the program is $14,215.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommendation provides $156,064,000 for the 
Business Loans Program Account for fiscal year 2016. The 
recommendation is equal to the budget request. The amount 
provided for loan subsidies is reduced from the fiscal year 
2015 level because subsidy rates have declined. The amount 
provided will support the same level or higher of lending but 
requires fewer Government subsidy dollars.
    The recommendation provides $152,725,828 for administrative 
expenses, which may be transferred to and merged with SBA 
salaries and expenses to cover the common overhead expenses 
associated with the business loans programs.
    The recommendation provides $3,338,172 for the Microloan 
direct loan program to support lending volume estimated at 
$35,000,000. An additional amount of $25,000,000 is recommended 
under the heading ``Entrepreneurial Development Programs'' for 
technical assistance grants to Microlending intermediaries.
    Business loan programs provide crucial access to capital 
for new and expanding small businesses, but the approval 
process can be challenging and overly burdensome. The SBA 
should solicit input from loan recipients seeking ways to 
streamline the loan review and approval process for small 
businesses. The Committee directs the SBA to report to the 
Committees on Appropriations and Small Business and 
Entrepreneurship within 180 days on the results of this 
solicitation, including legislative changes, requests for 
additional resources, or other areas that SBA may pursue in 
order to make the loan application and approval process more 
efficient for applicants.

                     DISASTER LOANS PROGRAM ACCOUNT

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $186,858,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     186,858,000
Committee recommendation................................     186,858,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    SBA provides low-interest, long-term loans to businesses of 
all sizes, homeowners, renters, and nonprofit organizations 
affected by disasters. SBA disaster loans are the primary form 
of Federal assistance for the repair and rebuilding of non-
farm, private sector disaster losses. SBA makes two types of 
disaster loans. Physical disaster loans are for permanent 
rebuilding and replacement of uninsured or underinsured 
disaster-damaged privately owned real and/or personal property 
and are available to businesses of all sizes, nonprofit 
organizations, homeowners, and renters. Economic Injury 
Disaster Loans provide necessary working capital for small 
businesses and nonprofit organizations until normal operations 
resume after a disaster.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $186,858,000 for the 
administrative costs of the Disaster Loans program. This amount 
is equal to the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and the budget 
request. Of the total recommendation, $158,829,000 is 
designated by Congress as disaster relief pursuant to the 
Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as 
amended.

        ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS--SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    Section 530 continues a provision concerning transfer 
authority and availability of funds.
    Section 531 continues a provision waiving loan guarantee 
fees on certain loans issued to veterans and their spouses.
    Section 532 authorizes SBA to carry out section 1122 of 
Public Law 111-240 during fiscal year 2016.

                      United States Postal Service


                   PAYMENT TO THE POSTAL SERVICE FUND

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $70,000,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      67,234,000
Committee recommendation................................      49,923,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The United States Postal Service does not depend upon 
taxpayer subsidies through discretionary appropriations for its 
operations but generates nearly all of its more than 
$65,000,000,000 in annual gross operating revenue by charging 
users of the mail for the costs of postage, products, and 
services. Funds provided to the Postal Service in the Payment 
to the Postal Service Fund include appropriations for revenue 
forgone including providing free mail for the blind, and for 
overseas absentee voting.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends appropriations totaling 
$49,923,000 for payment to the Postal Service Fund.
    This amount constitutes an advance appropriation for fiscal 
year 2017 to compensate for revenue forgone on free mail for 
the blind and for overseas voters.
    The Committee includes provisions in the bill to ensure 
that mail for overseas voting and mail for the blind shall 
continue to be free; that 6-day delivery and rural delivery of 
mail shall continue without reduction; and that none of the 
funds provided be used to consolidate or close small rural and 
other small post offices in fiscal year 2016.
    On May 27, 2015, the Postal Service announced its decision 
to defer most of the mail processing plant consolidations 
scheduled to take place in summer 2015 as the final stage of 
its Network Rationalization Initiative. The Postal Service is 
encouraged to update the Area Mail Processing feasibility 
studies for these plants using the most recent available data 
in advance of implementing the proposed consolidations.
    Further, the Committee directs the Postal Regulatory 
Commission and Postal Service to work together to expand the 
methodology to report mail delivery performance to specifically 
include mail delivery from rural towns to other rural towns; 
from rural towns to urban areas; and from urban areas to rural 
towns. The Committee requests this methodology within 60 days 
of enactment of the act, with a subsequent report on the data 
gathered using this methodology to be provided to the Committee 
no later than March 1, 2016.
    In rural America, contract stations are vital for 
connectivity and serve a function that cannot be replaced. 
However, these posts are under considerable threats of phase-
outs due to misplaced priorities and lack of recognition. 
Particularly, with an aging population with lower mobility, 
postal contract units in rural areas are more important than 
ever. The Committee encourages the USPS to, in good faith, 
either renew contract postal unit agreements upon expiration or 
find a suitable alternative service provider in rural areas.
    Breast Cancer Research Stamp.--The Committee recognizes the 
important contribution of the Breast Cancer Research Stamp in 
raising over $80,700,000 for breast cancer research since 1998. 
The Committee requests that the United States Postal Service 
[USPS] display, to the extent practicable, publicly visible 
signage regarding the stamp at retail post office locations 
highlighting the availability of these stamps for purchase. The 
Committee requests USPS to provide annual reports to the 
Committees on Appropriations of the Senate regarding the total 
number of first class one ounce postage stamps sold and the 
number of Breast Cancer Research Stamps sold.

                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2015....................................    $243,883,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................     250,729,000
Committee recommendation................................     243,883,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector 
General [OIG] is an independent organization established in 
1996 and charged with reporting to Congress on the overall 
efficiency, effectiveness, and economy of Postal Service 
programs and operations. The OIG plays a key role in 
maintaining the integrity and accountability of America's 
postal service, its revenue and assets, and its employees. The 
OIG meets this responsibility by conducting and supervising 
objective and independent audits, investigations, and other 
reviews.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation, out of the 
Postal Fund, of $243,883,000 for the United States Postal 
Service Office of Inspector General.

                        United States Tax Court


                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 2015....................................     $51,300,000
Budget estimate, 2016...................................      53,600,000
Committee recommendation................................      51,300,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The U.S. Tax Court is an independent judicial body in the 
legislative branch established in 1969 under Article I of the 
Constitution of the United States. The Court was created to 
provide a national forum for the resolution of disputes between 
taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service, to resolve cases 
expeditiously while giving careful consideration to the merits 
of each matter, and to ensure the uniform interpretation of the 
Internal Revenue Code.
    The Tax Court is one of three courts in which taxpayers can 
bring suit to contest IRS liability determinations, and the 
only one in which taxpayers can do so without prepaying any 
portion of the disputed taxes. The matters over which the Court 
has jurisdiction are set forth in various sections of title 26 
of the United States Code.
    The Court is composed of 19 judges, one of whom the judges 
elect as chief judge. Tax Court judges are appointed to 15-year 
terms by the President with the advice and consent of the 
Senate. In their judicial duties the judges are assisted by 
senior judges, who participate in the adjudication of regular 
cases, and by special trial judges, who hear small tax cases 
and certain regular cases assigned to them by the chief judge.
    The Court is headquartered in Washington, DC, and conducts 
trial sessions in 74 cities throughout the United States, 
including Hawaii and Alaska. Decisions by the Court are 
reviewable by the U.S. Courts of Appeals and, if certiorari is 
granted, by the Supreme Court.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $51,300,000 
for the U.S. Tax Court.

                STATEMENT CONCERNING GENERAL PROVISIONS

    The Financial Services and General Government 
appropriations bill includes general provisions which govern 
both the activities of the agencies covered by the bill, and, 
in some cases, activities of agencies, programs, and general 
government activities that are not specifically covered by the 
bill.
    The bill contains a number of general provisions that have 
been carried in this bill for many years and which are routine 
in nature and scope. General provisions in the bill are 
explained under this section of the report. Those general 
provisions that deal with a single agency only are shown as 
administrative provisions immediately following that particular 
agency's or department's appropriation accounts in the bill. 
Those provisions that address activities or directives 
affecting all of the agencies covered in this bill are 
contained in title VI. General provisions that are 
Governmentwide in scope are specified in title VII of this 
bill. General provisions applicable to the District of Columbia 
are set forth in title VIII of this bill.

                                TITLE VI

                      GENERAL PROVISIONS--THIS ACT

    Section 601 continues the provision prohibiting pay and 
other expenses of non-Federal parties intervening in regulatory 
or adjudicatory proceedings funded in this act.
    Section 602 continues the provision prohibiting obligations 
beyond the current fiscal year and prohibits transfers of funds 
unless expressly provided.
    Section 603 continues the provision limiting expenditures 
for any consulting service through procurement contracts where 
such expenditures are a matter of public record and available 
for public inspection.
    Section 604 continues the provision prohibiting funds in 
this act from being transferred without express authority.
    Section 605 continues the provision prohibiting the use of 
funds to engage in activities that would prohibit the 
enforcement of section 307 of the 1930 Tariff Act (46 Stat. 
590).
    Section 606 continues the provision prohibiting the use of 
funds unless the recipient agrees to comply with the Buy 
American Act.
    Section 607 continues the provision prohibiting funding for 
any person or entity convicted of violating the Buy American 
Act.
    Section 608 continues the provision authorizing the 
reprogramming of funds and specifies the reprogramming 
procedures for agencies funded by this act.
    Section 609 continues the provision ensuring that 50 
percent of unobligated balances may remain available for 
certain purposes.
    Section 610 continues the provision restricting the use of 
funds for the Executive Office of the President to request 
official background reports from the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation without the written consent of the individual who 
is the subject of the report.
    Section 611 continues the provision ensuring that the cost 
accounting standards shall not apply with respect to a contract 
under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
    Section 612 continues the provision allowing use of certain 
funds relating to nonforeign area cost of living allowances.
    Section 613 continues the provision prohibiting the 
expenditure of funds for abortions under the Federal Employees 
Health Benefits Program.
    Section 614 continues the provision providing an exemption 
from section 613 if the life of the mother is in danger or the 
pregnancy is a result of an act of rape or incest.
    Section 615 continues the provision waiving restrictions on 
the purchase of nondomestic articles, materials, and supplies 
in the case of acquisition by the Federal Government of 
information technology.
    Section 616 continues a provision on the acceptance by 
agencies or commissions funded by this act, or by their 
officers or employees, of payment or reimbursement for travel, 
subsistence, or related expenses from any person or entity (or 
their representative) that engages in activities regulated by 
such agencies or commissions.
    Section 617 continues a provision permitting the Securities 
and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission to fund a joint advisory committee to advise on 
emerging regulatory issues, notwithstanding section 708 of this 
act.
    Section 618 continues the provision requiring agencies 
covered by this act with independent leasing authority to 
consult with the General Services Administration before seeking 
new office space or making alterations to existing office 
space.
    Section 619 provides for several appropriated mandatory 
accounts, where authorizing language requires the payment of 
funds. The budget request assumes the following estimated cost 
for the programs addressed in this provision: $450,000 for 
Compensation of the President including $50,000 for expenses, 
$132,000,000 for the Judicial Retirement Funds (Judicial 
Officers' Retirement Fund, Judicial Survivors' Annuities Fund, 
and the United States Court of Federal Claims Judges' 
Retirement Fund), $11,908,000,000 for the Government Payment 
for Annuitants, Employee Health Benefits, $49,000,000 for the 
Government Payment for Annuitants, Employee Life Insurance, and 
$8,872,000,000 for Payment to the Civil Service Retirement and 
Disability Fund. In addition, language is included for certain 
retirement, healthcare and survivor benefits required by 3 
U.S.C. 102 note.
    Section 620 continues a provision allowing the Public 
Company Accounting Oversight Board to obligate amounts 
collected from monetary penalties for the purpose of funding 
scholarships for accounting students, as authorized by the 
Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-204).
    Section 621 continues the provision prohibiting funds for 
the Federal Trade Commission to complete the draft report on 
food marketed to children unless certain requirements are met.
    Section 622 continues the provision prohibiting funds for 
certain positions.
    Section 623 continues a provision addressing conflicts of 
interest by preventing contractor security clearance-related 
background investigators from undertaking final Federal reviews 
of their own work.
    Section 624 is a new provision requiring that agency budget 
justifications include a separate table and explanations 
relating to management challenges identified by Inspectors 
General.
    Section 625 continues the provision providing authority for 
Chief Information Officers over information technology 
spending.
    Section 626 continues the provision prohibiting funds from 
being used in contravention of the Federal Records Act.
    Section 627 rescinds $25,000,000 from the Securities and 
Exchange Commission Reserve Fund.
    Section 628 is a new provision to require all departments 
and agencies funded by this act to link all contracts that 
provide awards to successful acquisition outcomes.
    Section 629 is a new provision to prohibit funds to pay for 
award or incentive fees for contractors with below satisfactory 
performance.
    Section 630 is a new provision related to coordination of 
political expenditures.
    Section 631 is a new provision related to electronic filing 
of campaign finance reports by Senators and candidates seeking 
election to the Senate.
    Section 632 is a new provision related to grandfathering 
existing joint sales agreements.
    Section 633 is a new provision addressing the regulation of 
broadband Internet rates.
    Section 634 is a new provision related to recreational off-
highway vehicles.
    Section 635 is a new provision that makes a technical 
correction relating to the Election Assistance Commission.
    Section 636 is a new provision relating to Universal 
Service Fund payments for wireless providers.
    Section 637 is a new provision making conforming changes 
related to section 505 of the bill.
    Section 638 is a new provision relating to financing of 
sales of agriculture commodities to Cuba.
    Section 639 is a new provision relating to financial 
institutions that provide financial services to certain 
entities engaged in commercial activities related to marijuana.
    Section 640 is a new provision relating to individuals 
affected by the data breach of systems of OPM.
    Section 641 is a new provision relating to travel to Cuba.
    Section 642 is a new provision relating to vessels entering 
a port or place in Cuba.

                               TITLE VII

                   GENERAL PROVISIONS--GOVERNMENTWIDE

                Departments, Agencies, and Corporations

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    Section 701 continues the provision requiring agencies to 
administer a policy designed to ensure that all of its 
workplaces are free from the illegal use of controlled 
substances.
    Section 702 continues the provision setting specific limits 
on the cost of passenger vehicles purchased by the Federal 
Government with exceptions for police, heavy duty, electric 
hybrid, and clean fuels vehicles with an exception for 
commercial vehicles that operate on emerging motor vehicle 
technology.
    Section 703 continues the provision allowing funds made 
available to agencies for travel to also be used for quarters 
allowances and cost-of-living allowances.
    Section 704 continues the provision prohibiting the 
Government, with certain specified exceptions, from employing 
non-U.S. citizens whose posts of duty would be in the 
continental United States.
    Section 705 continues the provision ensuring that agencies 
will have authority to pay the General Services Administration 
for space renovation and other services.
    Section 706 continues the provision allowing agencies to 
use receipts from the sale of materials for acquisition, waste 
reduction and prevention, environmental management programs, 
and other Federal employee programs.
    Section 707 continues the provision providing that funds 
for administrative expenses may be used to pay rent and other 
service costs in the District of Columbia.
    Section 708 continues the provision precluding interagency 
financing of groups absent prior statutory approval.
    Section 709 continues the provision prohibiting the use of 
appropriated funds for enforcing regulations disapproved in 
accordance with the applicable law of the United States.
    Section 710 continues the provision limiting the amount 
that can be used for redecoration of offices under certain 
circumstances.
    Section 711 continues the provision that permits 
interagency funding of national security and emergency 
preparedness telecommunications initiatives, which benefit 
multiple Federal departments, agencies, and entities.
    Section 712 continues the provision requiring agencies to 
certify that a schedule C appointment was not created solely or 
primarily to detail the employee to the White House.
    Section 713 continues the provision prohibiting the use of 
funds to prevent Federal employees from communicating with 
Congress or to take disciplinary or personnel actions against 
employees for such communication.
    Section 714 continues the provision prohibiting Federal 
training not directly related to the performance of official 
duties.
    Section 715 continues the provision prohibiting the use of 
appropriated funds for publicity or propaganda designed to 
support or defeat legislation pending before Congress.
    Section 716 continues the provision prohibiting the use of 
appropriated funds by an agency to provide home addresses of 
Federal employees to labor organizations, absent employee 
authorization, or court order.
    Section 717 continues the provision prohibiting the use of 
appropriated funds to provide nonpublic information such as 
mailing or telephone lists to any person or organization 
outside of the Government without approval of the Committees on 
Appropriations.
    Section 718 continues the provision prohibiting the use of 
appropriated funds for publicity or propaganda purposes within 
the United States not authorized by Congress.
    Section 719 continues the provision directing agencies' 
employees to use official time in an honest effort to perform 
official duties.
    Section 720 continues the provision authorizing the use of 
current fiscal year funds to finance an appropriate share of 
the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board administrative 
costs.
    Section 721 continues a provision authorizing the transfer 
of funds to the General Services Administration to finance an 
appropriate share of various Governmentwide boards and councils 
under certain conditions.
    Section 722 continues the provision authorizing 
breastfeeding at any location in a Federal building or on 
Federal property.
    Section 723 continues the provision permitting interagency 
funding of the National Science and Technology Council, and 
requiring an OMB report on the budget and resources of the 
Council.
    Section 724 continues the provision requiring 
identification of the Federal agencies providing Federal funds 
and the amount provided for all proposals, solicitations, grant 
applications, forms, notifications, press releases, or other 
publications related to the distribution of funding to a State.
    Section 725 continues the provision prohibiting the use of 
funds to monitor personal information relating to the use of 
Federal Internet sites.
    Section 726 continues the provision regarding contraceptive 
coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan.
    Section 727 continues the provision recognizing that the 
United States is committed to ensuring the health of the 
Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic athletes, and supports the 
strict adherence to antidoping in sport activities.
    Section 728 continues the provision allowing departments 
and agencies to use official travel funds to participate in the 
fractional aircraft ownership pilot programs.
    Section 729 continues the provision prohibiting funds for 
implementation of OPM regulations limiting detailees to the 
legislative branch and placing certain limitations on the Coast 
Guard Congressional Fellowship program.
    Section 730 continues the provision prohibiting the 
expenditure of funds for the acquisition of certain additional 
Federal law enforcement training facilities.
    Section 731 continues a provision that prohibits executive 
branch agencies from creating or funding prepackaged news 
stories that are broadcast or distributed in the United States 
unless specific notification conditions are met.
    Section 732 continues a provision prohibiting funds used in 
contravention of the Privacy Act, section 552a of title 5, 
United States Code or section 522.224 of title 48 of the Code 
of Federal Regulations.
    Section 733 continues a provision prohibiting funds in this 
or any other act from being used for Federal contracts with 
inverted domestic corporations or other corporations using 
similar inverted structures, unless the contract preceded this 
act or the Secretary grants a waiver in the interest of 
national security.
    Section 734 continues a provision requiring agencies to 
remit to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund an 
amount equal to the Office of Personnel Management's average 
unit cost of processing a retirement claim for the preceding 
fiscal year to be available to the Office of Personnel 
Management for the cost of processing retirements of employees 
who separate under Voluntary Early Retirement Authority or who 
receive Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments.
    Section 735 continues a provision prohibiting funds to 
require any entity submitting an offer for a Federal contract 
to disclose political contributions.
    Section 736 continues a provision prohibiting funds for the 
painting of a portrait of an employee of the Federal Government 
including the President, the Vice President, a Member of 
Congress, the head of an executive branch agency, of the head 
of an office of the legislative branch.
    Section 737 continues a provision limiting the pay 
increases of certain prevailing rate employees.
    Section 738 continues a provision eliminating automatic 
statutory pay increases for the Vice President, political 
appointees paid under the executive schedule, ambassadors who 
are not career members of the Foreign Service, politically 
appointed (noncareer) Senior Executive Service employees, and 
any other senior political appointee paid at or above level IV 
of the executive schedule.
    Section 739 continues a provision requiring reports to 
Inspectors General concerning expenditures for agency 
conferences.
    Section 740 continues a provision prohibiting the use of 
funds to increase, eliminate, or reduce a program or project 
unless such change is made pursuant to reprogramming or 
transfer provisions.
    Section 741 continues a provision prohibiting the Office of 
Personnel Management or any other agency from using funds to 
implement regulations changing the competitive areas under 
reductions-in-force for Federal employees.
    Section 742 continues a provision that prohibits the use of 
funds to begin or announce a study or a public-private 
competition regarding the conversion to contractor performance 
of any function performed by civilian Federal employees 
pursuant to Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 or 
any other administrative regulation, directive, or policy.
    Section 743 continues a provision that ensures that 
contractors are not prevented from reporting waste, fraud, or 
abuse by signing confidentiality agreements that would prohibit 
such disclosure.
    Section 744 continues a provision prohibiting funds to any 
corporation with certain unpaid Federal tax liabilities unless 
an agency has considered suspension or debarment of the 
corporation and made a determination that this further action 
is not necessary to protect the interests of the Government.
    Section 745 continues a provision prohibiting funds to any 
corporation that was convicted of a felony criminal violation 
within the preceding 24 months unless an agency has considered 
suspension or debarment of the corporation and has made a 
determination that this further action is not necessary to 
protect the interests of the Government.
    Section 746 continues a provision prohibiting the 
expenditure of funds for the implementation of agreements in 
certain nondisclosure policies unless certain provisions are 
included in the policies.
    Section 747 is a new provision relating to Executive Order 
13690.
    Section 748 continues a provision that addresses possible 
technical scorekeeping differences for fiscal year 2016 between 
the Office of Management and Budget and the Congressional 
Budget Office.
    Section 749 continues a provision declaring the 
inapplicability of these general provisions to title IV and 
title VIII.

                               TITLE VIII

                GENERAL PROVISIONS--DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    Section 801 continues the provision that allows the use of 
local funds for refunding overpayments of taxes collected and 
for paying settlements and judgments against the District of 
Columbia government.
    Section 802 continues the provision that prohibits the use 
of Federal funds for publicity or propaganda designed to 
support or defeat legislation before Congress or any State 
legislature.
    Section 803 continues the provision that establishes 
notification requirements for certain reprogramming and 
transfer requirements with respect to funds and specifies a 
timeframe for approval and execution of requests to reprogram 
and transfer local funds.
    Section 804 continues the provision that prohibits the use 
of Federal funds for salaries, expenses, or other costs 
associated with the offices of U.S. Senator or Representative 
under section 4(d) of the D.C. Statehood Constitutional 
Convention Initiatives of 1979.
    Section 805 continues, with a modification, the provision 
that restricts the use of official District of Columbia 
government vehicles to official duties and not between a 
residence and workplace, except under certain circumstances.
    Section 806 continues the provision that prohibits the use 
of Federal funds by the District of Columbia Attorney General 
or any other officer or entity of the District government to 
provide assistance for any petition drive or civil action which 
seeks to require Congress to provide for voting representation 
in Congress for the District of Columbia.
    Section 807 continues the provision that prohibits the use 
of Federal funds in this act to distribute, for the purpose of 
preventing the spread of blood borne pathogens, sterile needles 
or syringes in any location that has been determined by local 
public health officials or local law enforcement authorities to 
be inappropriate for such distribution.
    Section 808 continues the provision that includes a 
``conscience clause'' on legislation that pertains to 
contraceptive coverage by health insurance plans.
    Section 809 restricts the use of Federal funds for 
abortion, with certain exceptions.
    Section 810 continues the provision requiring the CFO to 
submit a revised operating budget for agencies the CFO 
certifies as requiring a reallocation to address unanticipated 
program needs.
    Section 811 continues the provision requiring the CFO to 
submit a revised appropriated funds budget for the District of 
Columbia Schools that aligns the schools' budgets to actual 
enrollment.
    Section 812 continues the provision authorizing the 
transfer of local funds between operating funds and capital and 
enterprise funds.
    Section 813 continues the provision prohibiting obligations 
beyond the current fiscal year and prohibits transfers of funds 
unless expressly provided.
    Section 814 continues the provision that ensures that 50 
percent of unobligated balances may remain available for 
certain purposes.
    Section 815 continues a provision that appropriates local 
funds during fiscal year 2017 if there is an absence of a 
continuing resolution or regular appropriation for the District 
of Columbia. Funds are provided under the same authorities and 
conditions and in the same manner and extent as provided for 
fiscal year 2016.
    Section 816 is a new provision establishing additional 
requirements for schools participating in the private 
scholarship program funded in the bill.
    Section 817 is a new provision requested by the President 
that amends the D.C. College Access Act of 1999 to reduce the 
income threshold for D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant recipients.
    Section 818 continues the provision which limits references 
to ``this act'' in this title or title IV as referring to only 
this title and title IV.

                                TITLE IX

                   FINANCIAL REGULATORY IMPROVEMENTS

    Title IX contains provisions that provide regulatory relief 
for community banks and credit unions as well as targeted 
reforms that reduce the level of risk in the financial system.

  COMPLIANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 7, RULE XVI OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE 
                                 SENATE

    Paragraph 7 of rule XVI requires that Committee reports on 
general appropriations bills identify each Committee amendment 
to the House bill ``which proposes an item of appropriation 
which is not made to carry out the provisions of an existing 
law, a treaty stipulation, or an act or resolution previously 
passed by the Senate during that session.''
    The Committee is filing an original bill, which is not 
covered under this rule, but reports this information in the 
spirit of full disclosure.
    Items providing funding for fiscal year 2016 which lack 
authorization are as follows:
Department of the Treasury
    Departmental Offices
    Department-wide Systems and Capital Investments
    Office of the Inspector General
    Inspector General for Tax Administration
    Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
    Fiscal Service
    Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
    Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
    Internal Revenue Service:
        Taxpayer Services
        Enforcement
        Operations Support
        Business Systems Modernization
Executive Office of the President
    Office of Management and Budget
    Office of National Drug Control Policy
District of Columbia
    Federal Payment for Resident Tuition Support
    Federal Payment for the District of Columbia Water and 
Sewer Authority
    Federal Payment for Judicial Commissions
    Federal Payment for the D.C. National Guard
Independent Agencies
    Administrative Conference of the United States
    Commodity Futures Trading Commission
    Election Assistance Commission
    Federal Communications Commission
    Federal Election Commission
    Federal Trade Commission
    General Services Administration:
        Federal Buildings Fund\1\
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    \1\Deposits into the Federal Buildings Fund are available for real 
property management and related activities in the amounts specified in 
annual appropriations laws, as provided by 40 U.S.C. 592.
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    Merit Systems Protection Board
    National Archives and Records Administration, National 
Historical Publications and Records Commission
    National Credit Union Administration: Community Development 
Revolving Loan Fund
    Office of Government Ethics
    Office of Special Counsel

COMPLIANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 7(c), RULE XXVI OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE 
                                 SENATE

    Pursuant to paragraph 7(c) of rule XXVI, on July 23, 2015, 
the Committee ordered favorably reported an original bill (S. 
1910) making appropriations for financial services and general 
government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and 
for other purposes, provided that the bill be subject to 
amendment and that the bill be consistent with its budget 
allocation, by a recorded vote of 16-14, a quorum being 
present. The vote was as follows:
        Yeas                          Nays
Chairman Cochran                    Ms. Mikulski
Mr. McConnell                       Mr. Leahy
Mr. Shelby                          Mrs. Murray
Mr. Alexander                       Mrs. Feinstein
Ms. Collins                         Mr. Durbin
Ms. Murkowski                       Mr. Reed
Mr. Graham                          Mr. Tester
Mr. Kirk                            Mr. Udall
Mr. Blunt                           Mrs. Shaheen
Mr. Moran                           Mr. Merkley
Mr. Hoeven                          Mr. Coons
Mr. Boozman                         Mr. Schatz
Mrs. Capito                         Ms. Baldwin
Mr. Cassidy                         Mr. Murphy
Mr. Lankford
Mr. Daines

 COMPLIANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 12, RULE XXVI OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE 
                                 SENATE

    Paragraph 12 of rule XXVI requires that Committee reports 
on a bill or joint resolution repealing or amending any statute 
or part of any statute include ``(a) the text of the statute or 
part thereof which is proposed to be repealed; and (b) a 
comparative print of that part of the bill or joint resolution 
making the amendment and of the statute or part thereof 
proposed to be amended, showing by stricken-through type and 
italics, parallel columns, or other appropriate typographical 
devices the omissions and insertions which would be made by the 
bill or joint resolution if enacted in the form recommended by 
the Committee.''
    In compliance with this rule, changes in existing law 
proposed to be made by the bill are shown as follows: existing 
law to be omitted is enclosed in black brackets; new matter is 
printed in italic; and existing law in which no change is 
proposed is shown in roman.
    With respect to title IX of this bill, it is the opinion of 
the Committee that it is necessary to dispense with these 
requirements in order to expedite the business of the Senate.

                      TITLE 12--BANKS AND BANKING


           Chapter 16--Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation


Sec. 1812. Management

(a) Board of Directors

  (1) In general

    The management of the Corporation shall be vested in a 
Board of Directors consisting of 5 members--

            (A) * * *

            (B) 1 of whom shall be the [Director of the 
        Consumer Financial Protection Bureau] Chairperson of 
        the Board of Directors of the Bureau of Consumer 
        Financial Protection; and

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(d) Vacancy

  (1) In general

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  (2) Acting officials may serve

    In the event of a vacancy in the office of the Comptroller 
of the Currency or the office of [Director of the Consumer 
Financial Protection Bureau] Chairperson of the Board of 
Directors of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection and 
pending the appointment of a successor, or during the absence 
or disability of the Comptroller of the Currency or the 
[Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau] 
Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Bureau of Consumer 
Financial Protection, the acting Comptroller of the Currency or 
the acting [Director of the Consumer Financial Protection 
Bureau] Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Bureau of 
Consumer Financial Protection, as the case may be, shall be a 
member of the Board of Directors in the place of the 
[Comptroller or Director] Comptroller or Chairperson.

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             Chapter 27--Real Estate Settlement Procedures


Sec. 2604. Home buying information booklets

(a) Preparation and distribution

    The [Director of] Board of Directors of the Bureau of 
Consumer Financial Protection (hereafter in this section 
referred to as the ``[Director] Board'') shall prepare, at 
least once every 5 years, a booklet to help consumers applying 
for federally related mortgage loans to understand the nature 
and costs of real estate settlement services. The [Director] 
Board shall prepare the booklet in various languages and 
cultural styles, as the [Director] Board determines to be 
appropriate, so that the booklet is understandable and 
accessible to homebuyers of different ethnic and cultural 
backgrounds. The [Director] Board shall distribute such 
booklets to all lenders that make federally related mortgage 
loans. The [Director] Board shall also distribute to such 
lenders lists, organized by location, of homeownership 
counselors certified under section 1701x(e) of this title for 
use in complying with the requirement under subsection (c) of 
this section.

(b) Contents

    Each booklet shall be in such form and detail as the 
[Director] Board shall prescribe and, in addition to such other 
information as the [Director] Board may provide, shall include 
in plain and understandable language the following information:

  (1) * * *

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  (6) A brief explanation of the nature of a variable rate 
mortgage and a reference to the booklet entitled ``Consumer 
Handbook on Adjustable Rate Mortgages'', published by the 
[Director] Board, or to any suitable substitute of such booklet 
that the [Director] Board may subsequently adopt pursuant to 
such section.

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                  Chapter 29--Home Mortgage Disclosure


Sec. 2806. Compliance improvement methods

(a) In general

  (1) Consultation required

    The [Director of the Bureau of Consumer] Board of Directors 
of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, with the 
assistance of the Secretary, the Director of the Bureau of the 
Census, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 
the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and such other 
persons as the Bureau deems appropriate, shall develop or 
assist in the improvement of, methods of matching addresses and 
census tracts to facilitate compliance by depository 
institutions in as economical a manner as possible with the 
requirements of this chapter.

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  (3) Contracting authority

    The [Director of the Bureau of Consumer] Board of Directors 
of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection is authorized to 
utilize, contract with, act through, or compensate any person 
or agency in order to carry out this subsection.

(b) Recommendations to Congress

    The [Director of the Bureau of Consumer] Board of Directors 
of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection shall recommend 
to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the 
Senate and the Committee on Financial Services of the House of 
Representatives, such additional legislation as the [Director 
of the Bureau of Consumer] Board of Directors of the Bureau of 
Consumer Financial Protection deems appropriate to carry out 
the purpose of this chapter.

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     Chapter 34--Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council


Sec. 3303. Financial Institutions Examination Council

(a) Establishment; composition

    There is established the Financial Institutions Examination 
Council which shall consist of--

            (1) * * *

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            (4) the [Director of the Consumer Financial 
        Protection Bureau] Chairperson of the Board of 
        Directors of the Bureau of Consumer Financial 
        Protection,
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                      TITLE 15--COMMERCE AND TRADE


                 Chapter 41--Consumer Credit Protection


                Subchapter VI--Electronic Fund Transfers


Sec. 1693o-2. Reasonable fees and rules for payment card transactions

(a) Reasonable interchange transaction fees for electronic 
            debit transactions

  (1) Regulatory authority over interchange transaction fees

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  (4) Considerations; consultation

            (A) * * *

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            (C) consult, as appropriate, with the Comptroller 
        of the Currency, the Board of Directors of the Federal 
        Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Director of the 
        Office of Thrift Supervision, the National Credit Union 
        Administration Board, the Administrator of the Small 
        Business Administration, and the [Director of the 
        Bureau] Board of Directors of the Bureau of Consumer 
        Financial Protection.

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                   Chapter 42--Interstate Land Sales


Sec. 1701. Definitions

    For the purposes of this chapter, the term--

            (1) [``Director'' means the Director] ``Board'' 
        means the Board of Directors of the Bureau of Consumer 
        Financial Protection;

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Sec. 1702. Exemptions

(a) Sale or lease of lots generally

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(b) Sale or lease of lots subject to other statutory 
            registration and disclosure requirements

    Unless the method of disposition is adopted for the purpose 
of evasion of this chapter, the provisions requiring 
registration and disclosure (as specified in section 1703(a)(1) 
of this title and sections 1704 through 1707 of this title) 
shall not apply to--

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            (2) the sale or lease of lots in a subdivision if, 
        within the twelve-month period commencing on the date 
        of the first sale or lease of a lot in such subdivision 
        after the effective date of this subsection, or on such 
        other date within that twelve-month period as the 
        [Director] Board may prescribe, not more than twelve 
        lots are sold or leased, and the sale or lease of the 
        first twelve lots in such subdivision in any subsequent 
        twelve-month period, if not more than twelve lots have 
        been sold or leased in any preceding twelve-month 
        period after the effective date of this subsection;

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            (8) the sale or lease of a lot in a subdivision 
        containing fewer than three hundred lots if--

                    (A) * * *

                    (B) the lot is free and clear of liens 
                (such as mortgages, deeds of trust, tax liens, 
                mechanics liens, or judgments) at the time of 
                the signing of the contract or agreement and 
                until a deed is delivered to the purchaser or 
                the lease expires. As used in this 
                subparagraph, the term ``liens'' does not 
                include (i) United States land patents and 
                similar Federal grants or reservations, (ii) 
                property reservations which land developers 
                commonly convey or dedicate to local bodies or 
                public utilities for the purpose of bringing 
                public services to the land being developed, 
                (iii) taxes and assessments imposed by a State, 
                by any other public body having authority to 
                assess and tax property, or by a property 
                owners' association, which, under applicable 
                State or local law, constitute liens on the 
                property before they are due and payable or 
                beneficial property restrictions which would be 
                enforceable by other lot owners or lessees in 
                the subdivision, or (iv) other interests 
                described in regulations prescribed by the 
                [Director] Board;

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                    (G) the developer executes a written 
                affirmation to the effect that he has complied 
                with the provisions of this paragraph, such 
                affirmation to be given on a form provided by 
                the [Director] Board, which shall include the 
                following: the name and address of the 
                developer; the name and address of the 
                purchaser or lessee; a legal description of the 
                lot; an affirmation that the provisions of this 
                paragraph have been complied with; a statement 
                that the developer submits to the jurisdiction 
                of this title with regard to the sale or lease; 
                and the signature of the developer; or

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(c) Rules and regulations

    The [Director] Board may from time to time, pursuant to 
rules and regulations issued [by him] by the Board, exempt from 
any of the provisions of this chapter any subdivision or any 
lots in a subdivision, if [he] the Board finds that the 
enforcement of this chapter with respect to such subdivision or 
lots is not necessary in the public interest and for the 
protection of purchasers by reason or the small amount involved 
or the limited character of the public offering.

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Sec. 1704. Registration of subdivisions

(a) Filing of statement of record

    A subdivision may be registered by filing with the 
[Director] Board a statement of record, meeting the 
requirements of this chapter and such rules and regulations as 
may be prescribed by the [Director] Board in furtherance of the 
provisions of this chapter. A statement of record shall be 
deemed effective only as to the lots specified therein.

(b) Payment of fees; use by [Director] Board

    At the time of filing a statement of record, or any 
amendment thereto, the developer shall pay to the [Director] 
Board a fee, not in excess of $1,000, in accordance with a 
schedule to be fixed by the regulations of the [Director] 
Board, which fees may be used by the [Director] Board to cover 
all or part of the cost of rendering services under this 
chapter, and such expenses as are paid from such fees shall be 
considered nonadministrative.

(c) Filing deemed to have taken place upon receipt of statement 
            of record accompanied by fee

    The filing with the [Director] Board of a statement of 
record, or of an amendment thereto, shall be deemed to have 
taken place upon the receipt thereof, accompanied by payment of 
the fee required by subsection (b) of this section.

(d) Availability of information to public

    The information contained in or filed with any statement of 
record shall be made available to the public under such 
regulations as the [Director] Board may prescribe and copies 
thereof shall be furnished to every applicant at such 
reasonable charge as the [Director] Board may prescribe.

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Sec. 1705. Information required in statement of record

    The statement of record shall contain the information and 
be accompanied by the documents specified hereinafter in this 
section--

            (1) * * *

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            (11) such certified and uncertified financial 
        statements of the developer as the [Director] Board may 
        require; and

            (12) such other information and such other 
        documents and certifications as the [Director] Board 
        may require as being reasonably necessary or 
        appropriate for the protection of purchasers.

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Sec. 1706. Effective date of statements of record and amendments 
                    thereto

(a) Thirtieth day after filing or such earlier date as 
            determined by [Director] Board; consolidation of 
            subsequent statement with earlier recording

    Except as hereinafter provided, the effective date of a 
statement of record, or any amendment thereto, shall be the 
thirtieth day after the filing thereof or such earlier date as 
the [Director] Board may determine, having due regard to the 
public interest and the protection of purchasers. If any 
amendment to any such statement is filed prior to the effective 
date of the statement, the statement shall be deemed to have 
been filed when such amendment was filed; except that such an 
amendment filed with the consent of the [Director] Board, or 
filed pursuant to an order of the [Director] Board, shall be 
treated as being filed as of the date of the filing of the 
statement of record. When a developer records additional lands 
to be offered for disposition, he may consolidate the 
subsequent statement of record with any earlier recording 
offering subdivided land for disposition under the same 
promotional plan. At the time of consolidation the developer 
shall include in the consolidated statement of record any 
material changes in the information contained in the earlier 
statement.

(b) Incomplete or inaccurate statements of record

    If it appears to the [Director] Board that a statement of 
record, or any amendment thereto, is on its face incomplete or 
inaccurate in any material respect, the [Director] Board shall 
so advise the developer within a reasonable time after the 
filing of the statement or the amendment, but prior to the date 
the statement or amendment would otherwise be effective. Such 
notification shall serve to suspend the effective date of the 
statement or the amendment until thirty days after the 
developer files such additional information as the [Director] 
Board shall require. Any developer, upon receipt of such 
notice, may request a hearing, and such hearing shall be held 
within twenty days of receipt of such request by the [Director] 
Board.

(c) Amendment of statement of record

    If, at any time subsequent to the effective date of a 
statement of record, a change shall occur affecting any 
material fact required to be contained in the statement, the 
developer shall promptly file an amendment thereto. Upon 
receipt of any such amendment, the [Director] Board may, if 
[he] the Board determines such action to be necessary or 
appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of 
purchasers, suspend the statement of record until the amendment 
becomes effective.

(d) Suspension of statement of record containing untrue 
            statement or omission to state material fact; 
            notice and hearing; termination of order of 
            suspension

    If it appears to the [Director] Board at any time that a 
statement of record, which is in effect, includes any untrue 
statement of a material fact or omits to state any material 
fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the 
statements therein not misleading, the [Director] Board may, 
after notice, and after opportunity for hearing (at a time 
fixed by the [Director] Board) within fifteen days after such 
notice, issue an order suspending the statement of record. When 
such statement has been amended in accordance with such order, 
the [Director] Board shall so declare and thereupon the order 
shall cease to be effective.

(e) Examination to determine issuance of order; access to 
            records; order suspending statement of record upon 
            failure to cooperate

    The [Director] Board is hereby empowered to make an 
examination in any case to determine whether an order should 
issue under subsection (d) of this section. In making such 
examination, the [Director] Board or anyone designated by [him] 
the Board shall have access to and may demand the production of 
any books and papers of, and may administer oaths and 
affirmations to and examine, the developer, any agents or any 
other person, in respect of any matter relevant to the 
examination. If the developer or any agents shall fail to 
cooperate, or shall obstruct or refuse to permit the making of 
an examination, such conduct shall be proper ground for the 
issuance of an order suspending the statement of record.

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Sec. 1707. Property report

(a) Contents of report

    A property report relating to the lots in a subdivision 
shall contain such of the information contained in the 
statement of record, and any amendments thereto, as the 
[Director] Board may deem necessary, but need not include the 
documents referred to in paragraphs (7) to (11), inclusive, of 
section 1705 of this title. A property report shall also 
contain such other information as the [Director] Board may by 
rules or regulations require as being necessary or appropriate 
in the public interest or for the protection of purchasers.

(b) Promotional use

    The property report shall not be used for any promotional 
purposes before the statement of record becomes effective and 
then only if it is used in its entirety. No person may 
advertise or represent that the [Director] Board approves or 
recommends the subdivision or the sale or lease of lots 
therein. No portion of the property report shall be 
underscored, italicized, or printed in larger or bolder type 
than the balance of the statement unless the [Director] Board 
requires or permits it.

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Sec. 1708. Certification of substantially equivalent State law

(a) Criteria; request by State

    (1) A State shall be certified if the [Director] Board 
determines--

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    (2) In the case of any State which is not certified under 
paragraph (1), such State shall be certified if the [Director] 
Board determines--

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(b) Filing of State disclosure materials and related 
            documentation for purposes of Federal statement of 
            record and property report requirements; acceptance 
            by [Director] Board

    After the [Director] Board has certified a State under 
subsection (a) of this section, the [Director] Board shall 
accept for filing under sections 1704 through 1707 of this 
title (and declare effective as the Federal statement of record 
and property report which shall be used in all States in which 
the lots are offered for sale or lease) disclosure materials 
found acceptable, and any related documentation required, by 
State authorities in connection with the sale or lease of lots 
located within the State. The [Director] Board may accept for 
such filing, and declare effective as the Federal statement of 
record and property report, such materials and documentation 
found acceptable by the State in connection with the sale or 
lease of lots located outside that State. Nothing in this 
subsection shall preclude the [Director] Board from exercising 
the authority conferred by subsections (d) and (e) of section 
1706 of this title.

(c) Notice to State upon failure to meet requirements and 
            remedial action necessary for certification

    If a State fails to meet the standards for certification 
pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the [Director] 
Board shall notify the State in writing of the changes in State 
law, regulation, or administration that are needed in order to 
obtain certification.

(d) Periodic review of certified States' laws, regulations, and 
            administration; withdrawal of certification

    The [Director] Board shall periodically review the laws and 
regulations, and the administration thereof, of States 
certified under subsection (a) of this section, and may 
withdraw such certification upon a determination that such 
laws, regulations, and the administration thereof, taken as a 
whole, no longer meet the requirements of subsection (a) of 
this section.

(e) State and local governmental authorities affected; 
            cooperation with State authorities

    Nothing in this chapter may be construed to prevent or 
limit the authority of any State or local government to enact 
and enforce with regard to the sale of land any law, ordinance, 
or code not in conflict with this chapter. In administering 
this chapter, the [Director] Board shall cooperate with State 
authorities charged with the responsibility of regulating the 
sale or lease of lots which are subject to this chapter.

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Sec. 1710. Court review of orders

(a) Petition; jurisdiction; findings of [Director] Board; 
            additional evidence; finality

    Any person, aggrieved by an order or determination of the 
[Director] Board issued after a hearing, may obtain a review of 
such order or determination in the court of appeals of the 
United States, within any circuit wherein such person resides 
or has his principal place of business, or in the United States 
Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, by filing in 
such court, within sixty days after the entry of such order or 
determination, a written petition praying that the order or 
determination of the [Director] Board be modified or be set 
aside in whole or in part. A copy of such petition shall be 
forthwith transmitted by the clerk of the court to the 
[Director] Board, and thereupon the [Director] Board shall file 
in the court the record upon which the order or determination 
complained of was entered, as provided in section 2112 of title 
28. No objection to an order or determination of the [Director] 
Board shall be considered by the court unless such objection 
shall have been urged before the [Director] Board. The finding 
of the [Director] Board as to the facts, if supported by 
substantial evidence, shall be conclusive. If either party 
shall apply to the court for leave to adduce additional 
evidence, and shall show to the satisfaction of the court that 
such additional evidence is material and that there were 
reasonable grounds for failure to adduce such evidence in the 
hearing before the [Director] Board, the court may order such 
additional evidence to be taken before the [Director] Board and 
to be adduced upon a hearing in such manner and upon such terms 
and conditions as to the court may seem proper. The [Director] 
Board may modify [his findings] its findings as to the facts by 
reason of the additional evidence so taken, and shall file such 
modified or new findings, which, if supported by substantial 
evidence, shall be conclusive, and [his recommendation] a 
recommendation, if any, for the modification or setting aside 
of the original order. Upon the filing of such petition, the 
jurisdiction of the court shall be exclusive and its judgment 
and decree, affirming, modifying, or setting aside, in whole or 
in part, any order of the [Director] Board, shall be final, 
subject to review by the Supreme Court of the United States 
upon certiorari or certification as provided in section 1254 of 
title 28.

(b) Stay of order

    The commencement of proceedings under subsection (a) of 
this section shall not, unless specifically ordered by the 
court, operate as a stay of the [Secretary's order] order of 
the Board.

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Sec. 1712. Contrary stipulations void

    Any condition, stipulation, or provision binding any person 
acquiring any lot in a subdivision to waive compliance with any 
provision of this chapter or of the rules and regulations of 
the [Director] Board shall be void.

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Sec. 1714. Investigations, injunctions, and prosecution of offenses

(a) Permanent or temporary injunction or restraining order; 
            jurisdiction

    Whenever it shall appear to the [Director] Board that any 
person is engaged or about to engage in any acts or practices 
which constitute or will constitute a violation of the 
provisions of this chapter, or of any rule or regulation 
prescribed pursuant thereto, [he may, in his discretion] the 
Board may, at the discretion of the Board, bring an action in 
any district court of the United States, or the United States 
District Court for the District of Columbia to enjoin such acts 
or practices, and, upon a proper showing, a permanent or 
temporary injunction or restraining order shall be granted 
without bond. The [Director] Board may transmit such evidence 
as may be available concerning such acts or practices to the 
Attorney General who may, [in his discretion] at the discretion 
of the Board, institute the appropriate criminal proceedings 
under this chapter.

(b) Investigations; publication of information concerning 
            violations

    The [Director] Board may, [in his discretion] at the 
discretion of the Board, make such investigations as [he] the 
Board deems necessary to determine whether any person has 
violated or is about to violate any provision of this chapter 
or any rule or regulation prescribed pursuant thereto, and may 
require or permit any person to file with [him] the Board a 
statement in writing, under oath or otherwise as the [Director] 
Board shall determine, as to all the facts and circumstances 
concerning the matter to be investigated. The [Director] Board 
is authorized, [in his discretion] at the discretion of the 
Board, to publish information concerning any such violations, 
and to investigate any facts, conditions, practices, or matters 
which [he] the Board may deem necessary or proper to aid in the 
enforcement of the provisions of this chapter, in the 
prescribing of rules and regulations thereunder, or in securing 
information to serve as a basis for recommending further 
legislation concerning the matters to which this chapter 
relates.

(c) Oaths and affirmations; subpena power

    For the purpose of any such investigation, or any other 
proceeding under this chapter; the [Director] Board, or any 
officer designated by [him] the Board, is empowered to 
administer oaths and affirmations, subpena witnesses, compel 
their attendance, take evidence, and require the production of 
any books, papers, correspondence, memorandums, or other 
records which the [Director] Board deems relevant or material 
to the inquiry. Such attendance of witnesses and the production 
of any such records may be required from any place in the 
United States or any State at any designated place of hearing.

(d) Contempt; court order requiring attendance and testimony of 
            witnesses; jurisdiction

    In case of contumacy by, or refusal to obey a subpena 
issued to, any person, the [Director] Board may invoke the aid 
of any court of the United States within the jurisdiction of 
which such investigation or proceeding is carried on, or where 
such person resides or carries on business, in requiring the 
attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of 
books, papers, correspondence, memorandums, and other records 
and documents. And such court may issue an order requiring such 
person to appear before the [Director] Board or any officer 
designated by the [Director] Board, there to produce records, 
if so ordered, or to give testimony touching the matter under 
investigation or in question; and any failure to obey such 
order of the court may be punished by such court as a contempt 
thereof. All process in any such case may be served in the 
judicial district whereof such person is an inhabitant or 
wherever he may be found.

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Sec. 1715. Administration

(a) Delegation of functions, duties, and powers; scope of 
            delegations; appointment, etc., of delegates; right 
            of appeal

    The authority and responsibility for administering this 
chapter shall be in the [Director] Board [of the Bureau of 
Consumer Financial Protection] who may delegate any of [his 
functions, duties, and powers] the functions, duties, and 
powers of the Board to employees of the Bureau of Consumer 
Financial Protection or to boards of such employees, including 
functions, duties, and powers with respect to investigating, 
hearing, determining, ordering, or otherwise acting as to any 
work, business, or matter under this chapter. The persons to 
whom such delegations are made with respect to hearing 
functions, duties, and powers shall be appointed and shall 
serve in the Bureau in compliance with sections 3105, 3344, 
5372, and 7521 of title 5. The [Director] Board shall by rule 
prescribe such rights of appeal from the decisions of [his 
administrative law judges] the administrative law judges of the 
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to other administrative 
law judges or to other officers in the Bureau, to boards of 
officers or to [himself] the Board, as shall be appropriate and 
in accordance with law.

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(c) Procedures applicable

    The [Director] Board shall conduct all actions with respect 
to rulemaking or adjudication under this chapter in accordance 
with the provisions of chapter 5 of title 5. Notice shall be 
given of any adverse action or final disposition and such 
notice and the entry of any order shall be accompanied by a 
written statement of supporting facts and legal authority.

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Sec. 1716. Unlawful representations

    The fact that a statement of record with respect to a 
subdivision has been filed or is in effect shall not be deemed 
a finding by the [Director] Board that the statement of record 
is true and accurate on its face, or be held to mean the 
[Director] Board has in any way passed upon the merits of, or 
given approval to, such subdivision. It shall be unlawful to 
make, or cause to be made, to any prospective purchaser any 
representation contrary to the foregoing.

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Sec. 1717a. Civil money penalties

(a) In general

  (1) Authority

    Whenever any person knowingly and materially violates any 
of the provisions of this chapter or any rule, regulation, or 
order issued under this chapter, the [Director] Board may 
impose a civil money penalty on such person in accordance with 
the provisions of this section. The penalty shall be in 
addition to any other available civil remedy or any available 
criminal penalty, and may be imposed whether or not the 
[Director] Board imposes other administrative sanctions.

  (2) Amount of penalty

    The amount of the penalty, as determined by the [Director] 
Board, may not exceed $1,000 for each violation, except that 
the maximum penalty for all violations by a particular person 
during any 1-year period shall not exceed $1,000,000. Each 
violation of this chapter, or any rule, regulation, or order 
issued under this chapter, shall constitute a separate 
violation with respect to each sale or lease or offer to sell 
or lease. In the case of a continuing violation, as determined 
by the [Director] Board, each day shall constitute a separate 
violation.

(b) Agency procedures

  (1) Establishment

    The [Director] Board shall establish standards and 
procedures governing the imposition of civil money penalties 
under subsection (a) of this section. The standards and 
procedures--

            (A) * * *

            (B) may provide for review by the [Director] Board 
        of any determination or order, or interlocutory ruling, 
        arising from a hearing.

  (2) Final orders

    If no hearing is requested within 15 days of receipt of the 
notice of opportunity for hearing, the imposition of the 
penalty shall constitute a final and unappealable 
determination. If the [Director] Board reviews the 
determination or order, the [Director] Board may affirm, 
modify, or reverse that determination or order. If the 
[Director] Board does not review the determination or order 
within 90 days of the issuance of the determination or order, 
the determination or order shall be final.

  (3) Factors in determining amount of penalty

    In determining the amount of a penalty under subsection (a) 
of this section, consideration shall be given to such factors 
as the gravity of the offense, any history of prior offenses 
(including offenses occurring before December 15, 1989), 
ability to pay the penalty, injury to the public, benefits 
received, deterrence of future violations, and such other 
factors as the [Director] Board may determine in regulations to 
be appropriate.

  (4) Reviewability of imposition of penalty

    [The Secretary's determination or order] A determination or 
order of the Board imposing a penalty under subsection (a) of 
this section shall not be subject to review, except as provided 
in subsection (c) of this section.

(c) Judicial review of agency determination

  (1) In general

    After exhausting all administrative remedies established by 
the [Director] Board under subsection (b)(1) of this section, a 
person aggrieved by a final order of the [Director] Board 
assessing a penalty under this section may seek judicial review 
pursuant to section 1710 of this title.

  (2) Order to pay penalty

    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in any such 
review, the court shall have the power to order payment of the 
penalty imposed by the [Director] Board.

(d) Action to collect penalty

    If any person fails to comply with the determination or 
order of the [Director] Board imposing a civil money penalty 
under subsection (a) of this section, after the determination 
or order is no longer subject to review as provided by 
subsections (b) and (c) of this section, the [Director] Board 
may request the Attorney General of the United States to bring 
an action in any appropriate United States district court to 
obtain a monetary judgment against the person and such other 
relief as may be available. The monetary judgment may, in the 
discretion of the court, include any attorneys fees and other 
expenses incurred by the United States in connection with the 
action. In an action under this subsection, the validity and 
appropriateness of [the Secretary's determination or order] a 
determination or order of the Board imposing the penalty shall 
not be subject to review.

(e) Settlement by Director

    The [Director] Board may compromise, modify, or remit any 
civil money penalty which may be, or has been, imposed under 
this section.

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(g) Regulations

    The [Director] Board shall issue such regulations as the 
[Director] Board deems appropriate to implement this section.

(h) Use of penalties for administration

    Civil money penalties collected under this section shall be 
paid to the [Director] Board and, upon approval in an 
appropriation Act, may be used by the [Director] Board to cover 
all or part of the cost of rendering services under this 
chapter.

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Sec. 1718. Rules, regulations, and orders

    The [Director] Board shall have authority from time to time 
to make, issue, amend, and rescind such rules and regulations 
and such orders as are necessary or appropriate to the exercise 
of the functions and powers conferred upon [him] the Board 
elsewhere in this chapter. For the purpose of [his rules and 
regulations] the rules and regulations of the Board, the 
[Director] Board may classify persons and matters within [his 
jurisdiction] the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Consumer 
Financial Protection and prescribe different requirements for 
different classes of persons or matters.

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Sec. 1719. Jurisdiction of offenses and suits

    The district courts of the United States, the United States 
courts of any territory, and the United States District Court 
for the District of Columbia shall have jurisdiction of 
offenses and violations under this chapter and under the rules 
and regulations prescribed by the [Director] Board pursuant 
thereto, and concurrent with State courts, of all suits in 
equity and actions at law brought to enforce any liability or 
duty created by this chapter. Any such suit or action may be 
brought to enforce any liability or duty created by this 
chapter. Any such suit or action may be brought in the district 
wherein the defendant is found or is an inhabitant or transacts 
business, or in the district where the offer or sale took 
place, if the defendant participated therein, and process in 
such cases may be served in any other district of which the 
defendant is an inhabitant or wherever the defendant may be 
found. Judgments and decrees so rendered shall be subject to 
review as provided in sections 1254 and 1291 of title 28. No 
case arising under this chapter and brought in any State court 
of competent jurisdiction shall be removed to any court of the 
United States, except where the United States or any officer or 
employee of the United States in his official capacity is a 
party. No costs shall be assessed for or against the [Director] 
Board or any member of the Board in any proceeding under this 
chapter brought by or against [him] the Board or any member of 
the Board in the Supreme Court or such other courts.
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              TITLE 22--FOREIGN RELATIONS AND INTERCOURSE


                      Chapter 69--Cuban Democracy


Sec. 6005. Sanctions

(a) Prohibition on certain transactions between certain United 
            States firms and Cuba

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(b) Prohibitions on vessels

  [(1) Vessels engaging in trade

    [Beginning on the 61st day after October 23, 1992, a vessel 
which enters a port or place in Cuba to engage in the trade of 
goods or services may not, within 180 days after departure from 
such port or place in Cuba, load or unload any freight at any 
place in the United States, except pursuant to a license issued 
by the Secretary of the Treasury.]

  [(2)] (1) Vessels carrying goods or passengers to or from 
Cuba

    Except as specifically authorized by the Secretary of the 
Treasury, a vessel carrying goods or passengers to or from Cuba 
or carrying goods in which Cuba or a Cuban national has any 
interest may not enter a United States port.

  [(3)] (2) Inapplicability of ship stores general license

    No commodities which may be exported under a general 
license described in section 771.9 of title 15, Code of Federal 
Regulations, as in effect on May 1, 1992, may be exported under 
a general license to any vessel carrying goods or passengers to 
or from Cuba or carrying goods in which Cuba or a Cuban 
national has an interest.

  [(4)] (3) Definitions

    As used in this subsection--

            (A) the term ``vessel'' includes every description 
        of water craft or other contrivance used, or capable of 
        being used, as a means of transportation in water, but 
        does not include aircraft;

            (B) the term ``United States'' includes the 
        territories and possessions of the United States and 
        the customs waters of the United States (as defined in 
        section 1401 of title 19; and

            (C) the term ``Cuban national'' means a national of 
        Cuba, as the term ``national'' is defined in section 
        515.302 of title 31, Code of Federal Regulations, as of 
        August 1, 1992.

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       Chapter 79--Trade Sanctions Reform And Export Enhancement


Sec. 7207. Prohibition on United States assistance [and financing]

(a) [Prohibition on United States assistance

  [(1) In general

    [Notwithstanding] In General.--Notwithstanding any other 
provision of law, no United States Government assistance, 
including United States foreign assistance, United States 
export assistance, and any United States credit or guarantees 
shall be available for exports to Cuba or for commercial 
exports to Iran, Libya, North Korea, or Sudan.

[(2)] (b) Rule of construction

    Nothing in [paragraph (1)] subsection (a) shall be 
construed to alter, modify, or otherwise affect the provisions 
of section 6039 of this title or any other provision of law 
relating to Cuba in effect on the day before October 28, 2000.

[(3)] (c) Waiver

    The President may waive the application of [paragraph (1)] 
subsection (a) with respect to Iran, Libya, North Korea, and 
Sudan to the degree the President determines that it is in the 
national security interest of the United States to do so, or 
for humanitarian reasons.

[(b) Prohibition on financing of agricultural sales to Cuba

  [(1) In general

    [No United States person may provide payment or financing 
terms for sales of agricultural commodities or products to Cuba 
or any person in Cuba, except in accordance with the following 
terms (notwithstanding part 515 of title 31, Code of Federal 
Regulations, or any other provision of law):

            [(A) Payment of cash in advance.

            [(B) Financing by third country financial 
        institutions (excluding United States persons or 
        Government of Cuba entities), except that such 
        financing may be confirmed or advised by a United 
        States financial institution.

[Nothing in this paragraph authorizes payment terms or trade 
financing involving a debit or credit to an account of a person 
located in Cuba or of the Government of Cuba maintained on the 
books of a United States depository institution.

  [(2) Penalties

    [Any private person or entity that violates paragraph (1) 
shall be subject to the penalties provided in the Trading With 
the Enemy Act for violations under that Act.

  [(3) Administration and enforcement

    [The President shall issue such regulations as are 
necessary to carry out this section, except that the President, 
in lieu of issuing new regulations, may apply any regulations 
in effect on October 28, 2000, pursuant to the Trading With the 
Enemy Act, with respect to the conduct prohibited in paragraph 
(1).

  [(4) Definitions

    [In this subsection--

            [(A) the term ``financing'' includes any loan or 
        extension of credit;

            [(B) the term ``United States depository 
        institution'' means any entity (including its foreign 
        branches or subsidiaries) organized under the laws of 
        any jurisdiction within the United States, or any 
        agency, office or branch located in the United States 
        of a foreign entity, that is engaged primarily in the 
        business of banking (including a bank, savings bank, 
        savings association, credit union, trust company, or 
        United States bank holding company); and

            [(C) the term ``United States person'' means the 
        Federal Government, any State or local government, or 
        any private person or entity of the United States.]
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                TITLE 18--CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE


                      PART II--CRIMINAL PROCEDURE


                Chapter 229--Postsentence Administration


                        Subchapter A--Probation


Sec. 3602. Appointment of probation officers

    (a) Appointment.--A district court of the United States 
shall appoint qualified persons to serve, with or without 
compensation, as probation officers within the jurisdiction and 
under the direction of the court making the appointment. A 
person appointed as a probation officer in one district may 
serve in another district with the consent of the appointing 
court and the court in the other district. The appointing court 
may, for cause, remove a probation officer appointed to serve 
with compensation, and may, in its discretion, remove a 
probation officer appointed to serve without compensation.
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            TITLE 40--PUBLIC BUILDINGS, PROPERTY, AND WORKS


                SUBTITLE II--PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND WORKS


                            Part A--General


         Chapter 33--Acquisition, Construction, and Alteration


Sec. 3314. Delegation

    (a) When Allowed.--The carrying out of the duties and 
powers of the Administrator of General Services under this 
chapter, in accordance with standards the Administrator 
prescribes--

            (1) shall, except for the authority contained in 
        section 3305(b) of this title, be delegated on request 
        to the appropriate [executive] Federal agency when the 
        estimated cost of the project does not exceed $100,000; 
        and

            (2) may be delegated to the appropriate [executive] 
        Federal agency when the Administrator determines that 
        delegation will promote efficiency and economy.
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                TITLE 44--PUBLIC PRINTING AND DOCUMENTS


         Chapter 35--Coordination of Federal Information Policy


                Subchapter I--Federal Information Policy


Sec. 3513. Director review of agency activities; reporting; agency 
                    response

    (a) * * *

    (c) Comparable Treatment.--Notwithstanding any other 
provision of law, the Director shall treat or review a rule or 
order prescribed or proposed by the [Director of the Bureau] 
Board of Directors of the Bureau of Consumer Financial 
Protection on the same terms and conditions as apply to any 
rule or order prescribed or proposed by the Board of Governors 
of the Federal Reserve System.
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                     TITLE 52--VOTING AND ELECTIONS


                 SUBTITLE III--FEDERAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE


                Chapter 301--Federal Election Campaigns


           Subchapter I--Disclosure of Federal Campaign Funds


Sec. 30101. Definitions

    When used in this Act:

            (1) * * *

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            (8)(A) The term ``contribution'' includes--

                    (i) any gift, subscription, loan, advance, 
                or deposit of money or anything of value made 
                by any person for the purpose of influencing 
                any election for Federal office; [or]

                    (ii) the payment by any person of 
                compensation for the personal services of 
                another person which are rendered to a 
                political committee without charge for any 
                purpose[.] ; or

                    (iii) any payment by a political committee 
                of a political party for the direct costs of a 
                public communication (as defined in paragraph 
                (22)) made on behalf of a candidate for Federal 
                office who is affiliated with such party, but 
                only if the communication is controlled by, or 
                made at the direction of, the candidate or an 
                authorized committee of the candidate.

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Sec. 30102. Organization of political committees

(a) Treasurer; vacancy; official authorizations

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[(g) Filing with and receipt of designations, statements, and 
            reports by Secretary of Senate; forwarding to 
            Commission; filing requirements with Commission; 
            public inspection and preservation of designations, 
            etc.

    [(1) Designations, statements, and reports required to be 
filed under this Act by a candidate for the office of Senator, 
by the principal campaign committee of such candidate, and by 
the Republican and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committees 
shall be filed with the Secretary of the Senate, who shall 
receive such designations, statements, and reports, as 
custodian for the Commission.

    [(2) The Secretary of the Senate shall forward a copy of 
any designation, statement, or report filed with the Secretary 
under this subsection to the Commission as soon as possible 
(but no later than 2 working days) after receiving such 
designation, statement, or report.

    [(3) All designations, statements, and reports required to 
be filed under this Act, except designations, statements, and 
reports filed in accordance with paragraph (1), shall be filed 
with the Commission.

    [(4) The Secretary of the Senate shall make the 
designations, statements, and reports received under this 
subsection available for public inspection and copying in the 
same manner as the Commission under section 30111(a)(4) of this 
title, and shall preserve such designations, statements, and 
reports in the same manner as the Commission under section 
30111(a)(5) of this title.]

    (g) Filing With the Commission.--All designations, 
statements, and reports required to be filed under this Act 
shall be filed with the Commission.

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Sec. 30116. Limitations on contributions and expenditures

(a) Dollar limits on contributions

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(d) Expenditures by national committee, State committee, or 
            subordinate committee of State committee in 
            connection with general election campaign of 
            candidates for Federal office
            (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law with 
        respect to limitations on expenditures or limitations 
        on contributions, the national committee of a political 
        party and a State committee of a political party, 
        including any subordinate committee of a State 
        committee, may make expenditures in connection with the 
        general election campaign of candidates for Federal 
        office, subject to the limitations contained in 
        [paragraphs (2), (3), and (4)] paragraphs (2) and (3) 
        of this subsection.

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            [(4) Independent versus coordinated expenditures by 
        party.--

                    [(A) In general.--On or after the date on 
                which a political party nominates a candidate, 
                no committee of the political party may make--

                            [(i) any coordinated expenditure 
                        under this subsection with respect to 
                        the candidate during the election cycle 
                        at any time after it makes any 
                        independent expenditure (as defined in 
                        section 30101(17) of this title) with 
                        respect to the candidate during the 
                        election cycle; or

                            [(ii) any independent expenditure 
                        (as defined in section 30101(17) of 
                        this title) with respect to the 
                        candidate during the election cycle at 
                        any time after it makes any coordinated 
                        expenditure under this subsection with 
                        respect to the candidate during the 
                        election cycle.]

            (4) Special rule for direct costs of 
        communications.--The direct costs incurred by a 
        political committee of a political party for a 
        communication made in connection with the campaign of a 
        candidate for Federal office shall not be subject to 
        the limitations contained in paragraphs (2) and (3) 
        unless the communication is controlled by, or made at 
        the direction of, the candidate or an authorized 
        committee of the candidate.
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               COMPETITIVE EQUALITY BANKING ACT OF 1987, 
                           PUBLIC LAW 100-86


                 TITLE VI--EXPEDITED FUNDS AVAILABILITY


SEC. 603. EXPEDITED FUNDS AVAILABILITY SCHEDULES.

    (a) Next Business Day Availability for Certain Deposits.--

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    (d) Time Period Adjustments.--

            (1) Reduction generally.--Notwithstanding any other 
        provision of law, the Board, jointly with the [Director 
        of the Bureau] Board of Directors of the Bureau of 
        Consumer Financial Protection, shall, by regulation, 
        reduce the time periods established under subsections 
        (b), (c), and (e) of this section to as short a time as 
        possible and equal to the period of time achievable 
        under the improved check clearing system for a 
        receiving depository institution to reasonably expect 
        to learn of the nonpayment of most items for each 
        category of checks.

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SEC. 604. SAFEGUARD EXCEPTIONS.

    (a) New Accounts.--Notwithstanding section 4002 of this 
title, in the case of any account established at a depository 
institution by a new depositor, the following provisions shall 
apply with respect to any deposit in such account during the 
30-day period (or such shorter period as the Board, jointly 
with the [Director of the Bureau] Board of Directors of the 
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, may establish) 
beginning on the date such account is established--

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *


    (b) Large or Redeposited Checks; Repeated Overdrafts.--The 
Board, jointly with the [Director of the Bureau] Board of 
Directors of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, may, 
by regulation, establish reasonable exceptions to any time 
limitation established under subsection (a)(2), (b), (c), or 
(e) of section 4002 of this title for--

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *


    (c) Reasonable Cause Exception.--

            (1) In general.--In accordance with regulations 
        which the Board, jointly with the [Director of the 
        Bureau] Board of Directors of the Bureau of Consumer 
        Financial Protection, shall prescribe, subsections 
        (a)(2), (b), (c), and (e) of section 4002 of this title 
        shall not apply with respect to any check deposited in 
        an account at a depository institution if the receiving 
        depository institution has reasonable cause to believe 
        that the check is uncollectible from the originating 
        depository institution. For purposes of the preceding 
        sentence, reasonable cause to believe requires the 
        existence of facts which would cause a well-grounded 
        belief in the mind of a reasonable person. Such reasons 
        shall be included in the notice required under 
        subsection (f) of this section.

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    (d) Emergency Conditions.--Subject to such regulations as 
the Board, jointly with the [Director of the Bureau] Board of 
Directors of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, may 
prescribe, subsections (a)(2), (b), (c), and (e) of section 
4002 of this title shall not apply to funds deposited by check 
in any receiving depository institution in the case of--

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *


    (e) Prevention of Fraud Losses.--

            (1) In general.--The Board, jointly with the 
        [Director of the Bureau] Board of Directors of the 
        Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, may, by 
        regulation or order, suspend the applicability of this 
        chapter, or any portion thereof, to any classification 
        of checks if the Board, jointly with the [Director of 
        the Bureau] Board of Directors of the Bureau of 
        Consumer Financial Protection, determines that--

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            (3) Report to congress.--

                    (A) Notice of each suspension.--Within 10 
                days of prescribing any regulation or issuing 
                any order under paragraph (1), the Board, 
                jointly with the [Director of the Bureau] Board 
                of Directors of the Bureau of Consumer 
                Financial Protection, shall transmit a report 
                of such action to the Committee on Banking, 
                Finance and Urban Affairs of the House of 
                Representatives and the Committee on Banking, 
                Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate.

                    (B) Contents of report.--* * *

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                            (ii) evidence considered by the 
                        Board, jointly with the [Director of 
                        the Bureau] Board of Directors of the 
                        Bureau of Consumer Financial 
                        Protection, in making the determination 
                        under paragraph (1) with respect to 
                        such regulation or order; and

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

    (f) Notice of Exception; Availability Within Reasonable 
Time.--

            (1) In general.--* * *

                    (A) * * *

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                    (B) except where other time periods are 
                specifically provided in this chapter, the 
                availability of the funds deposited shall be 
                governed by the policy of the receiving 
                depository institution, but shall not exceed a 
                reasonable period of time as determined by the 
                Board, jointly with the [Director of the 
                Bureau] Board of Directors of the Bureau of 
                Consumer Financial Protection.

            (2) Time for notice.--* * *

                    (A) * * *

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                    (C) In the case of a deposit to which 
                subsection (d) or (e) of this section applies, 
                notice shall be provided by the depository 
                institution in accordance with regulations of 
                the Board, jointly with the [Director of the 
                Bureau] Board of Directors of the Bureau of 
                Consumer Financial Protection.

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SEC. 605. DISCLOSURE OF FUNDS AVAILABILITY POLICIES.

    (a) Notice for New Accounts.--* * *

    (b) Preprinted Deposit Slips.--All preprinted deposit slips 
that a depository institution furnishes to its customers shall 
contain a summary notice, as prescribed by the Board, jointly 
with the [Director of the Bureau] Board of Directors of the 
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, in regulations, that 
deposited items may not be available for immediate withdrawal.

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    (d) Posting of Notice.--

            (1) Specific notice at manned teller stations.--* * 
        *

            (2) General notice at automated teller machines.--
        In the case of any automated teller machine at which 
        any funds are received for deposit in an account at any 
        depository institution, the Board, jointly with the 
        [Director of the Bureau] Board of Directors of the 
        Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, shall 
        prescribe, by regulations, that the owner or operator 
        of such automated teller machine shall post or provide 
        a general notice that funds deposited in such machine 
        may not be immediately available for withdrawal.

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    (f) Model Disclosure Forms.--

            (1) Prepared by board and bureau.--The Board, 
        jointly with the [Director of the Bureau] Board of 
        Directors of the Bureau of Consumer Financial 
        Protection, shall publish model disclosure forms and 
        clauses for common transactions to facilitate 
        compliance with the disclosure requirements of this 
        section and to aid customers by utilizing readily 
        understandable language.

            (2) Use of forms to achieve compliance.--* * *

                    (A) uses any appropriate model form or 
                clause as published by the Board, jointly with 
                the [Director of the Bureau] Board of Directors 
                of the Bureau of Consumer Financial 
                Protection,, or

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            (3) Voluntary use.--Nothing in this chapter 
        requires the use of any such model form or clause 
        prescribed by the Board, jointly with the [Director of 
        the Bureau] Board of Directors of the Bureau of 
        Consumer Financial Protection, under this subsection.

            (4) Notice and comment.--Model disclosure forms and 
        clauses shall be adopted by the Board, jointly with the 
        [Director of the Bureau] Board of Directors of the 
        Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, only after 
        notice duly given in the Federal Register and an 
        opportunity for public comment in accordance with 
        section 553 of title 5.

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SEC. 609. REGULATIONS AND REPORTS BY BOARD.

    (a) In General.--After notice and opportunity to submit 
comment in accordance with section 553(c) of title 5, the 
Board, jointly with the [Director of the Bureau] Board of 
Directors of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, shall 
prescribe regulations--

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    (e) Consultations.--In prescribing regulations under 
subsections (a) and (b), the Board and the [Director of the 
Bureau] Board of Directors of the Bureau of Consumer Financial 
Protection, in the case of subsection (a), and the Board, in 
the case of subsection (b), shall consult with the Comptroller 
of the Currency, the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit 
Insurance Corporation, and the National Credit Union 
Administration Board.
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                  JUDICIAL IMPROVEMENTS ACT OF 1990, 
                           PUBLIC LAW 101-650


SEC. 203. APPOINTMENT AND NUMBER OF DISTRICT JUDGES.

    (a) In General.--* * *

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    (c) Temporary Judgeships.--The President shall appoint, by 
and with the advice and consent of the Senate--
            (1) 1 additional district judge for the eastern 
        district of California;

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            (12) 1 additional district judge for the eastern 
        district of Virginia.

Except with respect to the district of Kansas, the western 
district of Michigan, the eastern district of Pennsylvania, the 
district of Hawaii, and the northern district of Ohio, the 
first vacancy in the office of district judge in each of the 
judicial districts named in this subsection, occurring 10 years 
or more after the confirmation date of the judge named to fill 
the temporary judgeship created by this subsection, shall not 
be filled. The first vacancy in the office of district judge in 
the district of Kansas occurring [24 years and 6 months] 25 
years and 6 months or more after the confirmation date of the 
judge named to fill the temporary judgeship created for such 
district under this subsection, shall not be filled. The first 
vacancy in the office of district judge in the western district 
of Michigan, occurring after December 1, 1995, shall not be 
filled. The first vacancy in the office of district judge in 
the eastern district of Pennsylvania, occurring 5 years or more 
after the confirmation date of the judge named to fill the 
temporary judgeship created for such district under this 
subsection, shall not be filled. The first vacancy in the 
office of district judge in the northern district of Ohio 
occurring 19 years or more after the confirmation date of the 
judge named to fill the temporary judgeship created under this 
subsection shall not be filled. The first vacancy in the office 
of the district judge in the district of Hawaii occurring 21 
years and 6 months or more after the confirmation date of the 
judge named to fill the temporary judgeship created under this 
subsection shall not be filled. For districts named in this 
subsection for which multiple judgeships are created by this 
Act, the last of those judgeships filled shall be the 
judgeships created under this section.
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   DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COLLEGE ACCESS ACT OF 1999, PUBLIC LAW 106-98


SEC. 3. PUBLIC SCHOOL PROGRAM.

    (a) Grants.--

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

    (c) Definitions.--* * *

            (1) Eligible institution.--* * *

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            (2) Eligible student.--* * *

                    (A) * * *

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                    (G)(i) for individuals who began an 
                undergraduate course of study prior to school 
                year 2015-2016, is from a family with a taxable 
                annual income of less than $1,000,000 and (ii) 
                for individuals who begin an undergraduate 
                course of study in or after school year 2016-
                2017, is from a family with a taxable annual 
                income of less than $450,000. Beginning with 
                school year 2017-2018, the Mayor shall adjust 
                the amounts in clauses (i) and (ii) for 
                inflation, as measured by the percentage 
                increase, if any, from the preceding fiscal 
                year in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban 
                Consumers, published by the Bureau of Labor 
                Statistics of the Department of Labor.
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  21ST CENTURY DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE APPROPRIATIONS AUTHORIZATON ACT, 
                           PUBLIC LAW 107-273


SEC. 312. ADDITIONAL FEDERAL JUDGESHIPS.

    (a) Permanent District Judges for the District Courts.--

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

    (c) Temporary Judgeships.--

            (1) In general.* * *

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

            (2) Vacancies not filled.--The first vacancy in the 
        office of district judge in each of the offices of 
        district judge authorized by this subsection, except in 
        the case of the central district of California and the 
        western district of North Carolina, occurring [13 
        years] 14 years or more after the confirmation date of 
        the judge named to fill the temporary district 
        judgeship created in the applicable district by this 
        subsection, shall not be filled. The first vacancy in 
        the office of district judge in the central district of 
        California occurring [12 years and 6 months] 13 years 
        and 6 months or more after the confirmation date of the 
        judge named to fill the temporary district judgeship 
        created in that district by this subsection, shall not 
        be filled. The first vacancy in the office of district 
        judge in the western district of North Carolina 
        occurring [11 years] 12 years or more after the 
        confirmation date of the judge named to fill the 
        temporary district judgeship created in that district 
        by this subsection, shall not be filled.
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  FAIR AND ACCURATE CREDIT TRANSACTIONSACT OF 2003, PUBLIC LAW 108-159


         TITLE V--FINANCIAL LITERACY AND EDUCATION IMPROVEMENT


SEC. 513. ESTABLISHMENT OF FINANCIAL LITERACY AND EDUCATION COMMISSION.

    (a) In General.--* * *

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    (c) Membership.--

            (1) Composition.--The Commission shall be composed 
        of--

                    (A) * * *

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                    (C) the [Director] Chairperson of the Board 
                of Directors of the Bureau of Consumer 
                Financial Protection; and

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

    (d) Chairperson.--The Secretary of the Treasury shall serve 
as the Chairperson. The [Director] Chairperson of the Board of 
Directors of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection shall 
serve as the Vice Chairman.
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 UNIVERSAL SERVICE ANTIDEFICIENCY TEMPORARY SUSPENSION ACT, PUBLIC LAW 
                                108-494


                      TITLE III--UNIVERSAL SERVICE


SEC. 302. APPLICATION OF CERTAIN TITLE 31 PROVISIONS TO UNIVERSAL 
                    SERVICE FUND.

    (a) In General.--During the period beginning on the date of 
enactment of this Act and ending on [December 31, 2016] 
December 31, 2017, section 1341 and subchapter II of chapter 15 
of title 31, United States Code, do not apply--

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

    (b) Post-2005 Fulfillment of Protected Obligations.--
Section 1341 and subchapter II of chapter 15 of title 31, 
United States Code, do not apply after [December 31, 2016] 
December 31, 2017, to an expenditure or obligation described in 
subsection (a)(2) made or authorized during the period 
described in subsection (a).
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TRANSPORTATION, TREASURY, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, THE JUDICIARY, 
THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AND INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 
                        2006, PUBLIC LAW 109-115


                                TITLE IV


                             THE JUDICIARY


                Administrative Provisions--The Judiciary

    Sec. 406. The existing judgeship for the eastern district 
of Missouri authorized by section 203(c) of the Judicial 
Improvements Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-650, 104 Stat. 5089) 
as amended by Public Law 105-53, as of the effective date of 
this Act, shall be extended. The first vacancy in the office of 
district judge in this district occurring [22 years and 6 
months] 23 years and 6 months or more after the confirmation 
date of the judge named to fill the temporary judgeship created 
by section 203(c) shall not be filled.
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      HOUSING AND ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACTOF 2008, PUBLIC LAW 110-289


                TITLE V--S.A.F.E. MORTGAGE LICENSING ACT


SEC. 1503. DEFINITIONS.

    For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions 
shall apply:

            (1) Bureau.--* * *

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            (6) Nationwide mortgage licensing system and 
        registry.--The term ``Nationwide Mortgage Licensing 
        System and Registry'' means a mortgage licensing system 
        developed and maintained by the Conference of State 
        Bank Supervisors and the American Association of 
        Residential Mortgage Regulators for the State licensing 
        and registration of State-licensed loan originators and 
        the registration of registered loan originators or any 
        system established by the [Director] Board under 
        section 5108 of this title.

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

            (10) [Director] Board.--The term [``Director'' 
        means the Director] ``Board'' means the Board of 
        Directors of the Bureau of Consumer Financial 
        Protection.

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            (12) State-licensed loan originator.--The term 
        ``State-licensed loan originator'' means any individual 
        who--

                    (A) * * *

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

                    (C) is licensed by a State or by the 
                [Director] Board under section 5107 of this 
                title and registered as a loan originator with, 
                and maintains a unique identifier through, the 
                Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and 
                Registry.

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SEC. 1508. BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BACKUP AUTHORITY TO 
                    ESTABLISH LOAN ORIGINATOR LICENSING SYSTEM.

    (a) Backup Licensing System.--If, by the end of the 1-year 
period, or the 2-year period in the case of a State whose 
legislature meets only biennially, beginning on July 30, 2008, 
or at any time thereafter, the [Director] Board determines that 
a State does not have in place by law or regulation a system 
for licensing and registering loan originators that meets the 
requirements of sections 5104 and 5105 of this title and 
subsection (d) of this section, or does not participate in the 
Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry, the 
[Director] Board shall provide for the establishment and 
maintenance of a system for the licensing and registration by 
the [Director] Board of loan originators operating in such 
State as State-licensed loan originators.

    (b) Licensing and Registration Requirements.--The system 
established by the [Director] Board under subsection (a) for 
any State shall meet the requirements of sections 5104 and 5105 
of this title for State-licensed loan originators.

    (c) Unique Identifier.--The [Director] Board shall 
coordinate with the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and 
Registry to establish protocols for assigning a unique 
identifier to each loan originator licensed by the [Director] 
Board as a State-licensed loan originator that will facilitate 
electronic tracking and uniform identification of, and public 
access to, the employment history of and the publicly 
adjudicated disciplinary and enforcement actions against loan 
originators.

    (d) State Licensing Law Requirements.--For purposes of this 
section, the law in effect in a State meets the requirements of 
this subsection if the [Director] Board determines the law 
satisfies the following minimum requirements:

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

    (e) Temporary Extension of Period.--The [Director] Board 
may extend, by not more than 24 months, the 1-year or 2-year 
period, as the case may be, referred to in subsection (a) for 
the licensing of loan originators in any State under a State 
licensing law that meets the requirements of sections 5104 and 
5105 of this title and subsection (d) if the [Director] Board 
determines that such State is making a good faith effort to 
establish a State licensing law that meets such requirements, 
license mortgage originators under such law, and register such 
originators with the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and 
Registry.

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SEC. 1509. BACKUP AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH A NATIONWIDE MORTGAGE 
                    LICENSING AND REGISTRY SYSTEM.

    If at any time the [Director] Board determines that the 
Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry is failing to 
meet the requirements and purposes of this chapter for a 
comprehensive licensing, supervisory, and tracking system for 
loan originators, the [Director] Board shall establish and 
maintain such a system to carry out the purposes of this 
chapter and the effective registration and regulation of loan 
originators.

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SEC. 1512. CONFIDENTIALITY OF INFORMATION.

    (a) System Confidentiality.--Except as otherwise provided 
in this section, any requirement under Federal or State law 
regarding the privacy or confidentiality of any information or 
material provided to the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System 
and Registry or a system established by the [Director] Board 
under section 5108 of this title, and any privilege arising 
under Federal or State law (including the rules of any Federal 
or State court) with respect to such information or material, 
shall continue to apply to such information or material after 
the information or material has been disclosed to the system. 
Such information and material may be shared with all State and 
Federal regulatory officials with mortgage industry oversight 
authority without the loss of privilege or the loss of 
confidentiality protections provided by Federal and State laws.

    (b) Nonapplicability of Certain Requirements.--* * *

            (1) * * *

            (2) subpoena or discovery, or admission into 
        evidence, in any private civil action or administrative 
        process, unless with respect to any privilege held by 
        the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry 
        or the [Director] Board with respect to such 
        information or material, the person to whom such 
        information or material pertains waives, in whole or in 
        part, in the discretion of such person, that privilege.

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *


SEC. 1513. LIABILITY PROVISIONS.

    The Bureau, any State official or agency, or any 
organization serving as the administrator of the Nationwide 
Mortgage Licensing System and Registry or a system established 
by the [Director] Board under section 5108 of this title, or 
any officer or employee of any such entity, shall not be 
subject to any civil action or proceeding for monetary damages 
by reason of the good faith action or omission of any officer 
or employee of any such entity, while acting within the scope 
of office or employment, relating to the collection, 
furnishing, or dissemination of information concerning persons 
who are loan originators or are applying for licensing or 
registration as loan originators.

SEC. 1514. ENFORCEMENT BY THE BUREAU.

    (a) Summons Authority.--The [Director] Board may--

            (1) examine any books, papers, records, or other 
        data of any loan originator operating in any State 
        which is subject to a licensing system established by 
        the [Director] Board under section 5107 of this title; 
        and

            (2) summon any loan originator referred to in 
        paragraph (1) or any person having possession, custody, 
        or care of the reports and records relating to such 
        loan originator, to appear before the [Director] Board 
        or any delegate of the [Director] Board at a time and 
        place named in the summons and to produce such books, 
        papers, records, or other data, and to give testimony, 
        under oath, as may be relevant or material to an 
        investigation of such loan originator for compliance 
        with the requirements of this chapter.

    (b) Examination Authority.--

            (1) In general.--If the [Director] Board 
        establishes a licensing system under section 5107 of 
        this title for any State, the [Director] Board shall 
        appoint examiners for the purposes of administering 
        such section.

            (2) Power to examine.--Any examiner appointed under 
        paragraph (1) shall have power, on behalf of the 
        [Director] Board, to make any examination of any loan 
        originator operating in any State which is subject to a 
        licensing system established by the [Director] Board 
        under section 5107 of this title whenever the 
        [Director] Board determines an examination of any loan 
        originator is necessary to determine the compliance by 
        the originator with this chapter.

            (3) Report of examination.--Each examiner appointed 
        under paragraph (1) shall make a full and detailed 
        report of examination of any loan originator examined 
        to the [Director] Board.

            (4) Administration of oaths and affirmations; 
        evidence.--In connection with examinations of loan 
        originators operating in any State which is subject to 
        a licensing system established by the [Director] Board 
        under section 5107 of this title, or with other types 
        of investigations to determine compliance with 
        applicable law and regulations, the [Director] Board 
        and examiners appointed by the [Director] Board may 
        administer oaths and affirmations and examine and take 
        and preserve testimony under oath as to any matter in 
        respect to the affairs of any such loan originator.

            (5) Assessments.--The cost of conducting any 
        examination of any loan originator operating in any 
        State which is subject to a licensing system 
        established by the [Director] Board under section 5107 
        of this title shall be assessed by the [Director] Board 
        against the loan originator to meet the [Secretary's 
        expenses] expenses of the Board in carrying out such 
        examination.

    (c) Cease and Desist Proceeding.--

            (1) Authority of [director] board.--If the 
        [Director] Board finds, after notice and opportunity 
        for hearing, that any person is violating, has 
        violated, or is about to violate any provision of this 
        chapter, or any regulation thereunder, with respect to 
        a State which is subject to a licensing system 
        established by the [Director] Board under section 5107 
        of this title, the [Director] Board may publish such 
        findings and enter an order requiring such person, and 
        any other person that is, was, or would be a cause of 
        the violation, due to an act or omission the person 
        knew or should have known would contribute to such 
        violation, to cease and desist from committing or 
        causing such violation and any future violation of the 
        same provision, rule, or regulation. Such order may, in 
        addition to requiring a person to cease and desist from 
        committing or causing a violation, require such person 
        to comply, or to take steps to effect compliance, with 
        such provision or regulation, upon such terms and 
        conditions and within such time as the [Director] Board 
        may specify in such order. Any such order may, as the 
        [Director] Board deems appropriate, require future 
        compliance or steps to effect future compliance, either 
        permanently or for such period of time as the 
        [Director] Board may specify, with such provision or 
        regulation with respect to any loan originator.

            (2) Hearing.--The notice instituting proceedings 
        pursuant to paragraph (1) shall fix a hearing date not 
        earlier than 30 days nor later than 60 days after 
        service of the notice unless an earlier or a later date 
        is set by the [Director] Board with the consent of any 
        respondent so served.

            (3) Temporary order.--Whenever the [Director] Board 
        determines that the alleged violation or threatened 
        violation specified in the notice instituting 
        proceedings pursuant to paragraph (1), or the 
        continuation thereof, is likely to result in 
        significant dissipation or conversion of assets, 
        significant harm to consumers, or substantial harm to 
        the public interest prior to the completion of the 
        proceedings, the [Director] Board may enter a temporary 
        order requiring the respondent to cease and desist from 
        the violation or threatened violation and to take such 
        action to prevent the violation or threatened violation 
        and to prevent dissipation or conversion of assets, 
        significant harm to consumers, or substantial harm to 
        the public interest as the [Director] Board deems 
        appropriate pending completion of such proceedings. 
        Such an order shall be entered only after notice and 
        opportunity for a hearing, unless the [Director] Board 
        determines that notice and hearing prior to entry would 
        be impracticable or contrary to the public interest. A 
        temporary order shall become effective upon service 
        upon the respondent and, unless set aside, limited, or 
        suspended by the [Director] Board or a court of 
        competent jurisdiction, shall remain effective and 
        enforceable pending the completion of the proceedings.

            (4) Review of temporary orders.--

                    (A) Review by [director] board.--At any 
                time after the respondent has been served with 
                a temporary cease and desist order pursuant to 
                paragraph (3), the respondent may apply to the 
                [Director] Board to have the order set aside, 
                limited, or suspended. If the respondent has 
                been served with a temporary cease and desist 
                order entered without a prior hearing before 
                the [Director] Board, the respondent may, 
                within 10 days after the date on which the 
                order was served, request a hearing on such 
                application and the [Director] Board shall hold 
                a hearing and render a decision on such 
                application at the earliest possible time.

                    (B) Judicial review.--Within--

                            (i) 10 days after the date the 
                        respondent was served with a temporary 
                        cease and desist order entered with a 
                        prior hearing before the [Director] 
                        Board; or

                            (ii) 10 days after the [Director] 
                        Board renders a decision on an 
                        application and hearing under paragraph 
                        (1), with respect to any temporary 
                        cease and desist order entered without 
                        a prior hearing before the [Director] 
                        Board, the respondent may apply to the 
                        United States district court for the 
                        district in which the respondent 
                        resides or has its principal place of 
                        business, or for the District of 
                        Columbia, for an order setting aside, 
                        limiting, or suspending the 
                        effectiveness or enforcement of the 
                        order, and the court shall have 
                        jurisdiction to enter such an order. A 
                        respondent served with a temporary 
                        cease and desist order entered without 
                        a prior hearing before the [Director] 
                        Board may not apply to the court except 
                        after hearing and decision by the 
                        Director on the respondent's 
                        application under subparagraph (A).

                    (C) No automatic stay of temporary order.--
                The commencement of proceedings under 
                subparagraph (B) shall not, unless specifically 
                ordered by the court, operate as a stay of the 
                [Secretary's order] order of the Board.

            (5) Authority of the [director] board to prohibit 
        persons from serving as loan originators.--In any cease 
        and desist proceeding under paragraph (1), the 
        [Director] Board may issue an order to prohibit, 
        conditionally or unconditionally, and permanently or 
        for such period of time as the [Director] Board shall 
        determine, any person who has violated this chapter or 
        regulations thereunder, from acting as a loan 
        originator if the conduct of that person demonstrates 
        unfitness to serve as a loan originator.

    (d) Authority of the [Director] Board to Assess Money 
Penalties.--

            (1) In general.--The [Director] Board may impose a 
        civil penalty on a loan originator operating in any 
        State which is subject to a licensing system 
        established by the [Director] Board under section 5107 
        of this title, if the [Director] Board finds, on the 
        record after notice and opportunity for hearing, that 
        such loan originator has violated or failed to comply 
        with any requirement of this chapter or any regulation 
        prescribed by the [Director] Board under this chapter 
        or order issued under subsection (c).

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SEC. 1516. REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO CONGRESS.

    (a) Annual Reports.--Not later than 1 year after July 30, 
2008, and annually thereafter, the [Director] Board shall 
submit a report to Congress on the effectiveness of the 
provisions of this chapter, including legislative 
recommendations, if any, for strengthening consumer 
protections, enhancing examination standards, streamlining 
communication between all stakeholders involved in residential 
mortgage loan origination and processing, and establishing 
performance based bonding requirements for mortgage originators 
or institutions that employ such brokers.

    (b) Legislative Recommendations.--Not later than 6 months 
after July 30, 2008, the [Director] Board shall make 
recommendations to Congress on legislative reforms to the Real 
Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974, that the [Director] 
Board deems appropriate to promote more transparent 
disclosures, allowing consumers to better shop and compare 
mortgage loan terms and settlement costs.

SEC. 1517. STUDY AND REPORTS ON DEFAULTS AND FORECLOSURES.

    (a) Study Required.--The [Director] Board shall conduct an 
extensive study of the root causes of default and foreclosure 
of home loans, using as much empirical data as is available.

    (b) Preliminary Report to Congress.--Not later than 6 
months after July 30, 2008, the [Director] Board shall submit 
to Congress a preliminary report regarding the study required 
by this section.

    (c) Final Report to Congress.--Not later than 12 months 
after July 30, 2008, the [Director] Board shall submit to 
Congress a final report regarding the results of the study 
required by this section, which shall include any recommended 
legislation relating to the study, and recommendations for best 
practices and for a process to provide targeted assistance to 
populations with the highest risk of potential default or 
foreclosure.
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 DODD-FRANK WALL STREET REFORM AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT, PUBLIC LAW 
                                111-203


                      TITLE I--FINANCIAL STABILITY


           Subtitle A--Financial Stability Oversight Council


SEC. 111. FINANCIAL STABILITY OVERSIGHT COUNCIL ESTABLISHED.

    (a) Establishment.--* * *

    (b) Membership.--* * *

            (1) Voting members.--* * *

                    (A) * * *

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                    (D) the [Director of the Bureau] 
                Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the 
                Bureau;

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            TITLE X--BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION


SEC. 1002. DEFINITIONS.

    Except as otherwise provided in this title, for purposes of 
this title, the following definitions shall apply:

            (1) Affiliate.--* * *

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            [(10) Director.--The term ``Director'' means the 
        Director of the Bureau.]

            (10) Board.--The term ``Board'' means the Board of 
        Directors of the Bureau of Consumer Financial 
        Protection.

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            (29) Transmitting or exchanging funds.--The term 
        ``transmitting or exchanging funds'' means receiving 
        currency, monetary value, or payment instruments from a 
        consumer for the purpose of exchanging or transmitting 
        the same by any means, including transmission by wire, 
        facsimile, electronic transfer, courier, the Internet, 
        or through bill payment services or through other 
        businesses that facilitate third-party transfers within 
        the United States or to or from the United States.

            (30) Chairperson.--The term ``Chairperson'' means 
        the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Bureau 
        of Consumer Financial Protection.

          Subtitle A--Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection


SEC. 1011. ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL 
                    PROTECTION.

    (a) Bureau Established.--There is established in the 
Federal Reserve System, an independent bureau to be known as 
the ``Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection'', which shall 
regulate the offering and provision of consumer financial 
products or services under the Federal consumer financial laws. 
The Bureau shall be considered an Executive agency, as defined 
in section 105 of title 5. Except as otherwise provided 
expressly by law, all Federal laws dealing with public or 
Federal contracts, property, works, officers, employees, 
budgets, or funds, including the provisions of chapters 5 and 7 
of title 5, shall apply to the exercise of the powers of the 
Bureau.

    [(b) Director and Deputy Director.--

            [(1) In general.--There is established the position 
        of the Director, who shall serve as the head of the 
        Bureau.

            [(2) Appointment.--Subject to paragraph (3), the 
        Director shall be appointed by the President, by and 
        with the advice and consent of the Senate.

            [(3) Qualification.--The President shall nominate 
        the Director from among individuals who are citizens of 
        the United States.

            [(4) Compensation.--The Director shall be 
        compensated at the rate prescribed for level II of the 
        Executive Schedule under section 5313 of title 5.

            [(5) Deputy Director.--There is established the 
        position of Deputy Director, who shall--

                    [(A) be appointed by the Director; and

                    [(B) serve as acting Director in the 
                absence or unavailability of the Director.]

    [(c) Term.--

            [(1) In general.--The Director shall serve for a 
        term of 5 years.

            [(2) Expiration of term.--An individual may serve 
        as Director after the expiration of the term for which 
        appointed, until a successor has been appointed and 
        qualified.

            [(3) Removal for cause.--The President may remove 
        the Director for inefficiency, neglect of duty, or 
        malfeasance in office.]

    [(d) Service Restriction.--No Director or Deputy Director 
may hold any office, position, or employment in any Federal 
reserve bank, Federal home loan bank, covered person, or 
service provider during the period of service of such person as 
Director or Deputy Director.]

    (b) Management of the Bureau.--

            (1) In general.--The management of the Bureau shall 
        be vested in a Board of Directors consisting of 5 
        members, who shall be appointed by the President, by 
        and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from 
        among individuals who--

                    (A) are citizens of the United States; and

                    (B) have developed strong competency and 
                understanding of, and have experience working 
                with, financial products and services.

            (2) Terms.--

                    (A) In general.--Except as provided in 
                subparagraph (B), each member of the Board, 
                including the Chairperson, shall serve for a 
                term of 5 years.

                    (B) Staggered terms.--The members of the 
                Board shall serve staggered terms, which shall 
                initially be for terms of 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 
                years, respectively, and such members shall be 
                appointed such that, after the appointments of 
                the initial 5 members of the Board, members of 
                different political parties are appointed 
                alternately.

                    (C) Removal.--The President may remove any 
                member of the Board for inefficiency, neglect 
                of duty, or malfeasance in office.

                    (D) Vacancies.--Any member of the Board 
                appointed to fill a vacancy occurring before 
                the expiration of the term to which the 
                predecessor of that member was appointed 
                (including the Chairperson) shall be appointed 
                only for the remainder of the term.

                    (E) Continuation of service.--Each member 
                of the Board may continue to serve after the 
                expiration of the term of office to which that 
                member was appointed until a successor has been 
                appointed by the President and confirmed by the 
                Senate, except that a member may not continue 
                to serve more than 1 year after the date on 
                which the term of that member would otherwise 
                expire.

                    (F) Successive terms.--A member of the 
                Board may not be reappointed to a second 
                consecutive term, except that an initial member 
                of the Board appointed for less than a 5-year 
                term may be reappointed to a full 5-year term 
                and a future member appointed to fill an 
                unexpired term may be reappointed for a full 5-
                year term.

            (3) Affiliation.--Not more than 3 members of the 
        Board shall be members of any 1 political party.

            (4) Chairperson of the board.--

                    (A) Appointment.--The President shall 
                appoint 1 of the 5 members of the Board to 
                serve as Chairperson of the Board.

                    (B) Authority.--The Chairperson shall be 
                the principal executive officer of the Bureau, 
                and shall exercise all of the executive and 
                administrative functions of the Bureau, 
                including with respect to--

                            (i) the supervision of personnel 
                        employed by the Bureau (other than 
                        personnel employed regularly and full 
                        time in the immediate offices of 
                        members of the Board other than the 
                        Chairperson);

                            (ii) the distribution of business 
                        among personnel appointed and 
                        supervised by the Chairperson and among 
                        administrative units of the Bureau; and

                            (iii) the use and expenditure of 
                        funds.

                    (C) Limitation.--In carrying out any of the 
                functions of the Chairperson under this 
                paragraph, the Chairperson shall be governed by 
                general policies of the Bureau and by such 
                regulatory decisions, findings, and 
                determinations as the Bureau may by law be 
                authorized to make.

                    (D) Requests or estimates related to 
                appropriations.--Any request or estimate for 
                regular, supplemental, or deficiency 
                appropriations on behalf of the Bureau, 
                including any request for a transfer of funds 
                under section 1017(a), may not be submitted by 
                the Chairperson without the prior approval of 
                the Board.

                    (E) Vacancy.--The President may designate a 
                member of the Board to serve as Acting 
                Chairperson in the event of a vacancy in the 
                office of the Chairperson.

            (5) Compensation.--

                    (A) Chairperson.--The Chairperson shall 
                receive compensation at the rate prescribed for 
                level I of the Executive Schedule under section 
                5312 of title 5, United States Code.

                    (B) Other members of the board.--The 4 
                members of the Board other than the Chairperson 
                shall each receive compensation at the rate 
                prescribed for level II of the Executive 
                Schedule under section 5313 of title 5, United 
                States Code.

            (6) Other employment prohibited.--A member of the 
        Board may not engage in any other business, vocation, 
        or employment.

    [(e)] (c) Offices.--The principal office of the Bureau 
shall be in the District of Columbia. The Director may 
establish regional offices of the Bureau, including in cities 
in which the Federal reserve banks, or branches of such banks, 
are located, in order to carry out the responsibilities 
assigned to the Bureau under the Federal consumer financial 
laws.

SEC. 1012. EXECUTIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE POWERS.

    (a) Powers of the Bureau.--* * *

            (1) * * *

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            (8) the distribution of business among personnel 
        [appointed and supervised by the Director] appointed by 
        the Board and supervised by the Chairperson and among 
        administrative units of the Bureau;

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    (b) Delegation of Authority.--The [Director] Board of the 
Bureau may delegate to any duly authorized employee, 
representative, or agent any power vested in the Bureau by law.

    (c) Autonomy of the Bureau.--

            (1) Coordination with the board of governors.--* * 
        *

            (2) Autonomy.--Notwithstanding the authorities 
        granted to the Board of Governors under the Federal 
        Reserve Act, the Board of Governors may not--

                    (A) intervene in any matter or proceeding 
                before the [Director] Board, including 
                examinations or enforcement actions, unless 
                otherwise specifically provided by law;

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            (4) Recommendations and testimony.--No officer or 
        agency of the United States shall have any authority to 
        require [the Director] any member of the Board or any 
        other officer of the Bureau to submit legislative 
        recommendations, or testimony or comments on 
        legislation, to any officer or agency of the United 
        States for approval, comments, or review prior to the 
        submission of such recommendations, testimony, or 
        comments to the Congress, if such recommendations, 
        testimony, or comments to the Congress include a 
        statement indicating that the views expressed therein 
        are those of [the Director] any member of the Board or 
        such officer, and do not necessarily reflect the views 
        of the Board of Governors or the President.

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SEC. 1013. ADMINISTRATION.

    (a) Personnel.--

            (1) Appointment.--

                    (A) In general.--The [Director] Board may 
                fix the number of, and appoint and direct, all 
                employees of the Bureau, in accordance with the 
                applicable provisions of title 5.

                    (B) Employees of the bureau.--The 
                [Director] Board is authorized to employ 
                attorneys, compliance examiners, compliance 
                supervision analysts, economists, 
                statisticians, and other employees as may be 
                deemed necessary to conduct the business of the 
                Bureau. Unless otherwise provided expressly by 
                law, any individual appointed under this 
                section shall be an employee as defined in 
                section 2105 of title 5 and subject to the 
                provisions of such title and other laws 
                generally applicable to the employees of an 
                Executive agency.

                    (C) Waiver authority.--

                            (i) In general.--In making any 
                        appointment under subparagraph (A), the 
                        [Director] Board may waive the 
                        requirements of chapter 33 of title 5, 
                        and the regulations implementing such 
                        chapter, to the extent necessary to 
                        appoint employees on terms and 
                        conditions that are consistent with 
                        those set forth in section 11(1) of the 
                        Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 248(1)), 
                        while providing for--

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                            (ii) Veterans preferences.--In 
                        implementing this subparagraph, the 
                        [Director] Board shall comply with the 
                        provisions of section 2302(b)(11),1 
                        regarding veterans' preference 
                        requirements, in a manner consistent 
                        with that in which such provisions are 
                        applied under chapter 33 of title 5. 
                        The authority under this subparagraph 
                        to waive the requirements of that 
                        chapter 33 shall expire 5 years after 
                        July 21, 2010.

            (2) Compensation.--Notwithstanding any otherwise 
        applicable provision of title 5 concerning 
        compensation, including the provisions of chapter 51 
        and chapter 53, the following provisions shall apply 
        with respect to employees of the Bureau:

                    (A) The rates of basic pay for all 
                employees of the Bureau may be set and adjusted 
                by the [Director] Board.

                    (B) The [Director] Board shall at all times 
                provide compensation (including benefits) to 
                each class of employees that, at a minimum, are 
                comparable to the compensation and benefits 
                then being provided by the Board of Governors 
                for the corresponding class of employees.

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    (b) Specific Functional Units.--

            (1) Research.--The [Director] Board shall establish 
        a unit whose functions shall include researching, 
        analyzing, and reporting on--

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            (2) Community affairs.--The [Director] Board shall 
        establish a unit whose functions shall include 
        providing information, guidance, and technical 
        assistance regarding the offering and provision of 
        consumer financial products or services to 
        traditionally underserved consumers and communities.

            (3) Collecting and tracking complaints.--

                    (A) In general.--The [Director] Board shall 
                establish a unit whose functions shall include 
                establishing a single, toll-free telephone 
                number, a website, and a database or utilizing 
                an existing database to facilitate the 
                centralized collection of, monitoring of, and 
                response to consumer complaints regarding 
                consumer financial products or services. The 
                [Director] Board shall coordinate with the 
                Federal Trade Commission or other Federal 
                agencies to route complaints to such agencies, 
                where appropriate.

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                    (C) Reports to the congress.--The 
                [Director] Board shall present an annual report 
                to Congress not later than March 31 of each 
                year on the complaints received by the Bureau 
                in the prior year regarding consumer financial 
                products and services. Such report shall 
                include information and analysis about 
                complaint numbers, complaint types, and, where 
                applicable, information about resolution of 
                complaints.

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    (c) Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity.--

            (1) Establishment.--The [Director] Board shall 
        establish within the Bureau the Office of Fair Lending 
        and Equal Opportunity.

            (2) Functions.--The Office of Fair Lending and 
        Equal Opportunity shall have such powers and duties as 
        the [Director] Board may delegate to the Office, 
        including--

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            (3) Administration of office.--There is established 
        the position of [Assistant Director] Head of Office of 
        the Bureau for Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity, 
        who--

                    (A) shall be appointed by [the Director] 
                the Board; and

                    (B) shall carry out such duties as [the 
                Director] the Board may delegate to such 
                [Assistant Director] Head of Office.

    (d) Office of Financial Education.--

            (1) Establishment.--The [Director] Board shall 
        establish an Office of Financial Education, which shall 
        be responsible for developing and implementing 
        initiatives intended to educate and empower consumers 
        to make better informed financial decisions.

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            (3) Coordination.--* * *

                    (A) * * *

                    (B) working with the research unit 
                established by the [Director] Board to conduct 
                research related to consumer financial 
                education and counseling.

            (4) Report.--Not later than 24 months after the 
        designated transfer date, and annually thereafter, the 
        [Director] Board shall submit a report on its financial 
        literacy activities and strategy to improve financial 
        literacy of consumers to--

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    (e) Office of Service Member Affairs.--

            (1) In general.--The [Director] Board shall 
        establish an Office of Service Member Affairs, which 
        shall be responsible for developing and implementing 
        initiatives for service members and their families 
        intended to--

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            (2) Coordination.--

                    (A) Regional services.--The [Director] 
                Board is authorized to assign employees of the 
                Bureau as may be deemed necessary to conduct 
                the business of the Office of Service Member 
                Affairs, including by establishing and 
                maintaining the functions of the Office in 
                regional offices of the Bureau located near 
                military bases, military treatment facilities, 
                or other similar military facilities.

                    (B) Agreements.--The [Director] Board is 
                authorized to enter into memoranda of 
                understanding and similar agreements with the 
                Department of Defense, including any branch or 
                agency as authorized by the department, in 
                order to carry out the business of the Office 
                of Service Member Affairs.

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    (g) Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans.--

            (1) Establishment.--Before the end of the 180-day 
        period beginning on the designated transfer date, the 
        [Director] Board shall establish the Office of 
        Financial Protection for Older Americans, the functions 
        of which shall include activities designed to 
        facilitate the financial literacy of individuals who 
        have attained the age of 62 years or more (in this 
        subsection, referred to as ``seniors'') on protection 
        from unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices and on 
        current and future financial choices, including through 
        the dissemination of materials to seniors on such 
        topics.

            (2) [Assistant director] Head of the office.--The 
        Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans (in 
        this subsection referred to as the ``Office'') shall be 
        headed by [an assistant director] the Head of the 
        Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans.

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SEC. 1014. CONSUMER ADVISORY BOARD.

    (a) Establishment Required.--The [Director] Board shall 
establish a Consumer Advisory Board to advise and consult with 
the Bureau in the exercise of its functions under the Federal 
consumer financial laws, and to provide information on emerging 
practices in the consumer financial products or services 
industry, including regional trends, concerns, and other 
relevant information.

    (b) Membership.--In appointing the members of the Consumer 
Advisory Board, the [Director] Board shall seek to assemble 
experts in consumer protection, financial services, community 
development, fair lending and civil rights, and consumer 
financial products or services and representatives of 
depository institutions that primarily serve underserved 
communities, and representatives of communities that have been 
significantly impacted by higher-priced mortgage loans, and 
seek representation of the interests of covered persons and 
consumers, without regard to party affiliation. Not fewer than 
6 members shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the 
regional Federal Reserve Bank Presidents, on a rotating basis.

    (c) Meetings.--The Consumer Advisory Board shall meet from 
time to time at the call of the [Director] Board, but, at a 
minimum, shall meet at least twice in each year.

    (d) Compensation and Travel Expenses.--* * *

            (1) be entitled to receive compensation at a rate 
        fixed by the [Director] Board while attending meetings 
        of the Consumer Advisory Board, including travel time; 
        and

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SEC. 1016. APPEARANCES BEFORE AND REPORTS TO CONGRESS.

    (a) Appearances Before Congress.--The [Director of the 
Bureau] Chairperson shall appear before the Committee on 
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate and the 
Committee on Financial Services and the Committee on Energy and 
Commerce of the House of Representatives at semi-annual 
hearings regarding the reports required under subsection (b).

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SEC. 1017. FUNDING; PENALTIES AND FINES.

    (a) Transfer of Funds From Board of Governors.--

            (1) In general.--Each year (or quarter of such 
        year), beginning on the designated transfer date, and 
        each quarter thereafter, the Board of Governors shall 
        transfer to the Bureau from the combined earnings of 
        the Federal Reserve System, the amount determined by 
        the [Director] Board to be reasonably necessary to 
        carry out the authorities of the Bureau under Federal 
        consumer financial law, taking into account such other 
        sums made available to the Bureau from the preceding 
        year (or quarter of such year).

            (2) Funding cap.--

                    (A) In general.--* * *

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                    (C) [Reviewability.--Notwithstanding any 
                other provision in this title, the funds 
                derived from the Federal Reserve System 
                pursuant to this subsection shall not be 
                subject to review by the Committees on 
                Appropriations of the House of Representatives 
                and the Senate.] [Repealed.]

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            (4) Budget and financial management.--

                    (A) Financial operating plans and 
                forecasts.--The [Director shall] Board shall 
                provide to the Director of the Office of 
                Management and Budget copies of the financial 
                operating plans and forecasts of the 
                [Director,] Board, as prepared by the [Director 
                in] Board in the ordinary course of the 
                operations of the Bureau, and copies of the 
                quarterly reports of the financial condition 
                and results of operations of the Bureau, as 
                prepared by the [Director in] Board in the 
                ordinary course of the operations of the 
                Bureau.

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                    (D) Assertion of internal controls.--The 
                [Director] Board shall provide to the 
                Comptroller General of the United States an 
                assertion as to the effectiveness of the 
                internal controls that apply to financial 
                reporting by the Bureau, using the standards 
                established in section 3512(c) of title 31.

                    (E) Rule of construction.--This subsection 
                may not be construed as implying any obligation 
                on the part of the [Director to] Board to 
                consult with or obtain the consent or approval 
                of the Director of the Office of Management and 
                Budget with respect to any report, plan, 
                forecast, or other information referred to in 
                subparagraph (A) or any jurisdiction or 
                oversight over the affairs or operations of the 
                Bureau.

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            (5) Audit of the bureau.--

                    (A) In general.--* * *

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                    (C) Assistance and costs.--For the purpose 
                of conducting an audit under this subsection, 
                the Comptroller General may, in the discretion 
                of the Comptroller General, employ by contract, 
                without regard to section 6101 of title 41, 
                professional services of firms and 
                organizations of certified public accountants 
                for temporary periods or for special purposes. 
                Upon the request of the Comptroller General, 
                the [Director of the Bureau] Chairperson shall 
                transfer to the Government Accountability 
                Office from funds available, the amount 
                requested by the Comptroller General to cover 
                the full costs of any audit and report 
                conducted by the Comptroller General. The 
                Comptroller General shall credit funds 
                transferred to the account established for 
                salaries and expenses of the Government 
                Accountability Office, and such amount shall be 
                available upon receipt and without fiscal year 
                limitation to cover the full costs of the audit 
                and report.

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    (c) Use of funds.--

            (1) In general.--Funds obtained by, transferred to, 
        or credited to the Bureau Fund shall be immediately 
        available to the Bureau and under the control of the 
        [Director,] Board, and shall remain available until 
        expended, to pay the expenses of the Bureau in carrying 
        out its duties and responsibilities. The compensation 
        of the [Director and] the members of the Board and 
        other employees of the Bureau and all other expenses 
        thereof may be paid from, obtained by, transferred to, 
        or credited to the Bureau Fund under this section.

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    (e) Authorization of Appropriations; Annual Report.--

            (1) Determination regarding need for appropriated 
        funds.--

                    (A) In general.--The [Director] Board is 
                authorized to determine that sums available to 
                the Bureau under this section will not be 
                sufficient to carry out the authorities of the 
                Bureau under Federal consumer financial law for 
                the upcoming year.

                    (B) Report required.--When making a 
                determination under subparagraph (A), the 
                [Director] Board shall prepare a report 
                regarding the funding of the Bureau, including 
                the assets and liabilities of the Bureau, and 
                the extent to which the funding needs of the 
                Bureau are anticipated to exceed the level of 
                the amount set forth in subsection (a)(2). The 
                [Director] Board shall submit the report to the 
                President and to the Committee on 
                Appropriations of the Senate and the Committee 
                on Appropriations of the House of 
                Representatives.

            (2) Authorization of appropriations.--If the 
        [Director] Board makes the determination and submits 
        the report pursuant to paragraph (1), there are hereby 
        authorized to be appropriated to the Bureau, for the 
        purposes of carrying out the authorities granted in 
        Federal consumer financial law, $200,000,000 for each 
        of fiscal years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

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            (4) Annual report.--The [Director] Board shall 
        prepare and submit a report, on an annual basis, to the 
        Committee on Appropriations of the Senate and the 
        Committee on Appropriations of the House of 
        Representatives regarding the financial operating plans 
        and forecasts of the [Director] Board, the financial 
        condition and results of operations of the Bureau, and 
        the sources and application of funds of the Bureau, 
        including any funds appropriated in accordance with 
        this subsection.

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                Subtitle B--General Powers of the Bureau


SEC. 1022. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY.

    (a) In General.--* * *

    (b) Rulemaking, Orders, and Guidance.--

            (1) General authority.--The [Director] Board may 
        prescribe rules and issue orders and guidance, as may 
        be necessary or appropriate to enable the Bureau to 
        administer and carry out the purposes and objectives of 
        the Federal consumer financial laws, and to prevent 
        evasions thereof.

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SEC. 1024. SUPERVISION OF NONDEPOSITORY COVERED PERSONS.

    (a) Scope of Coverage.--

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    (b) Supervision.--

            (1) In general.--* * *

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            (5) Preservation of authority.--Nothing in this 
        title may be construed as limiting the authority of the 
        [Director] Board to require reports from persons 
        described in subsection (a)(1), as permitted under 
        paragraph (1), regarding information owned or under the 
        control of such person, regardless of whether such 
        information is maintained, stored, or processed by 
        another person.

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SEC. 1025. SUPERVISION OF VERY LARGE BANKS, SAVINGS ASSOCIATIONS, AND 
                    CREDIT UNIONS.

    (a) Scope of Coverage.--

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    (b) Supervision.--

            (1) In general.--* * *

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            (4) Preservation of authority.--Nothing in this 
        title may be construed as limiting the authority of the 
        [Director] Board to require reports from a person 
        described in subsection (a), as permitted under 
        paragraph (1), regarding information owned or under the 
        control of such person, regardless of whether such 
        information is maintained, stored, or processed by 
        another person.

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SEC. 1026. OTHER BANKS, SAVINGS ASSOCIATIONS, AND CREDIT UNIONS.

    (a) Scope of Coverage.--

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    (b) Reports.--The [Director] Board may require reports from 
a person described in subsection (a), as necessary to support 
the role of the Bureau in implementing Federal consumer 
financial law, to support its examination activities under 
subsection (c), and to assess and detect risks to consumers and 
consumer financial markets.

            (1) Use of existing reports.--* * *

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            (2) Preservation of authority.--Nothing in this 
        subsection may be construed as limiting the authority 
        of the [Director] Board from requiring from a person 
        described in subsection (a), as permitted under 
        paragraph (1), information owned or under the control 
        of such person, regardless of whether such information 
        is maintained, stored, or processed by another person.

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SEC. 1027. LIMITATIONS ON AUTHORITIES OF THE BUREAU; PRESERVATION OF 
                    AUTHORITIES.

    (a) Exclusion for Merchants, Retailers, and Other Sellers 
of Nonfinancial Goods or Services.--

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    (c) Exclusion for Manufactured Home Retailers and Modular 
Home Retailers.--

            (1) In general.--The [Director] Board may not 
        exercise any rulemaking, supervisory, enforcement, or 
        other authority over a person to the extent that--

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    (l) Exclusion for Activities Relating to Charitable 
Contributions.--

            (1) In general.--The [Director] Board and the 
        Bureau may not exercise any rulemaking, supervisory, 
        enforcement, or other authority, including authority to 
        order penalties, over any activities related to the 
        solicitation or making of voluntary contributions to a 
        tax-exempt organization as recognized by the Internal 
        Revenue Service, by any agent, volunteer, or 
        representative of such organizations to the extent the 
        organization, agent, volunteer, or representative 
        thereof is soliciting or providing advice, information, 
        education, or instruction to any donor or potential 
        donor relating to a contribution to the organization.

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                Subtitle C--Specific Bureau Authorities


SEC. 1035. PRIVATE EDUCATION LOAN OMBUDSMAN.

    (a) Establishment.--The Secretary, in consultation with the 
[Director] Board, shall designate a Private Education Loan 
Ombudsman (in this section referred to as the ``Ombudsman'') 
within the Bureau, to provide timely assistance to borrowers of 
private education loans.

    (b) Public Information.--The Secretary and the [Director] 
Board shall disseminate information about the availability and 
functions of the Ombudsman to borrowers and potential 
borrowers, as well as institutions of higher education, 
lenders, guaranty agencies, loan servicers, and other 
participants in private education student loan programs.

    (c) Functions of Ombudsman.--* * *

            (1) in accordance with regulations of the 
        [Director] Board, receive, review, and attempt to 
        resolve informally complaints from borrowers of loans 
        described in subsection (a), including, as appropriate, 
        attempts to resolve such complaints in collaboration 
        with the Department of Education and with institutions 
        of higher education, lenders, guaranty agencies, loan 
        servicers, and other participants in private education 
        loan programs;

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            (4) make appropriate recommendations to the 
        [Director] Board, the Secretary, the Secretary of 
        Education, the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban 
        Affairs and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, 
        and Pensions of the Senate and the Committee on 
        Financial Services and the Committee on Education and 
        Labor of the House of Representatives.

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     Subtitle F--Transfer of Functions and Personnel; Transitional 
                               Provisions


SEC. 1061. TRANSFER OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION FUNCTIONS.

    (a) Defined Terms.--For purposes of this part--

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    (c) Authorities of the Prudential Regulators.--

            (1) Examination.--* * *

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            (2) Enforcement.--* * *

                    (A) Limitation.--* * *

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                    (C) Statutory enforcement.--* * *

                            (i) the Federal Credit Union Act 
                        (12 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.), by the 
                        National Credit Union Administration 
                        Board with respect to any covered 
                        person or service provider that is an 
                        insured credit union, or service 
                        provider thereto, or any affiliate of 
                        an insured credit union, who is subject 
                        to the jurisdiction of [the Board] the 
                        National Credit Union Administration 
                        Board under that Act; and

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SEC. 1066. INTERIM AUTHORITY OF THE SECRETARY

    (a) In General.--The Secretary is authorized to perform the 
functions of the Bureau under this part until the first 
Director of the Bureau is confirmed by the Senate in accordance 
with section 5491 of this title.

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                  Subtitle G--Regulatory Improvements


SEC. 1073. REMITTANCE TRANSFERS.

    (a) Treatment of Remittance Transfers.--* * *

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    (e) Report on Feasibility of and Impediments to Use of 
Remittance History in Calculation of Credit Score.--Before the 
end of the 365-day period beginning on the date of enactment of 
this Act, the [Director] Board shall submit a report to the 
President, the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs 
of the Senate, and the Committee on Financial Services of the 
House of Representatives regarding--

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SEC. 1077. REPORT ON PRIVATE EDUCATION LOANS AND PRIVATE EDUCATIONAL 
                    LENDERS.

    (a) Report.--Not later than 2 years after the date of 
enactment of this Act, the [Director] Board and the Secretary 
of Education, in consultation with the Commissioners of the 
Federal Trade Commission, and the Attorney General of the 
United States, shall submit a report to the Committee on 
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the Committee on 
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate and the 
Committee on Financial Services and the Committee on Education 
and Labor of the House of Representatives, on private education 
loans (as that term is defined in section 140 of the Truth in 
Lending Act (15 U.S.C. 1650)) and private educational lenders 
(as that term is defined in such section).

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SEC. 1079. REVIEW, REPORT, AND PROGRAM WITH RESPECT TO EXCHANGE 
                    FACILITATORS.

    (a) Review.--The [Director] Board shall review all Federal 
laws and regulations relating to the protection of consumers 
who use exchange facilitators for transactions primarily for 
personal, family, or household purposes.

    (b) Report.--Not later than 1 year after the designated 
transfer date, the [Director] Board shall submit to Congress a 
report describing--

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       TITLE XIV--MORTGAGE REFORM AND ANTI-PREDATORY LENDING ACT


                Subtitle D--Office of Housing Counseling


SEC. 1447. DEFAULT AND FORECLOSURE DATABASE

    (a) Establishment.--The Secretary of Housing and Urban 
Development and the [Director] Board of Directors of the 
Bureau, in consultation with the Federal agencies responsible 
for regulation of banking and financial institutions involved 
in residential mortgage lending and servicing, shall establish 
and maintain a database of information on foreclosures and 
defaults on mortgage loans for one- to four-unit residential 
properties and shall make such information publicly available, 
subject to subsection (e).

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    (c) Requirements.--Information collected and made available 
through the database shall include--

            (1) * * *

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            (6) such other information as the Secretary of 
        Housing and Urban Development and the [Director] Board 
        of Directors of the Bureau consider appropriate.

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    (e) Privacy and Confidentiality.--In establishing and 
maintaining the database described in subsection (a), the 
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the [Director] 
Board of Directors of the Bureau shall--
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  DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND FULL-YEAR CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 
                        2011, PUBLIC LAW 112-10


        DIVISION C--SCHOLARSHIPS FOR OPPORTUNITY AND RESULTS ACT


SEC. 3007. USE OF FUNDS.

    (a) Opportunity Scholarships.--

            (1) In general.--* * *

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *


            (4) Participating school requirements.--* * *

                    (A) * * *

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

                    (E) has financial systems, controls, 
                policies, and procedures to ensure that funds 
                are used according to this division; [and]

                    (F) ensures that, with respect to core 
                academic subjects (as such term is defined in 
                section 9101(11) of the Elementary and 
                Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 
                7801(11)), participating students are taught by 
                a teacher who has a baccalaureate degree or 
                equivalent degree, whether such degree was 
                awarded in or outside of the United States[.] ;

                    (G)(i) is provisionally or fully accredited 
                by a national or regional accrediting agency 
                that is recognized in the District of Columbia 
                School Reform Act of 1995 (sec. 38-
                1802.02(16)(A)-(G), D.C. Official Code) or any 
                other accrediting body deemed appropriate by 
                the Office of the State Superintendent for 
                Schools for the purposes of accrediting an 
                elementary or secondary school; or

                    (ii) in the case of a school that is a 
                participating school as of the day before the 
                date of enactment of the D.C. Opportunity 
                Scholarship Program School Certification 
                Requirements Act and, as of such day, does not 
                meet the requirements of clause (i)--

                            (I) by not later than 1 year after 
                        such date of enactment, is pursuing 
                        accreditation by a national or regional 
                        accrediting agency recognized in the 
                        District of Columbia School Reform Act 
                        of 1995 (sec. 38-1802.02(16)(A)-(G), 
                        D.C. Official Code) or any other 
                        accrediting body deemed appropriate by 
                        the Office of the State Superintendent 
                        for Schools for the purposes of 
                        accrediting an elementary or secondary 
                        school; and

                            (II) by not later than 5 years 
                        after such date of enactment, is 
                        provisionally or fully accredited by 
                        such accrediting agency, except that an 
                        eligible entity may grant not more than 
                        one 1-year extension to meet this 
                        requirement for each participating 
                        school that provides evidence to the 
                        eligible entity from such accrediting 
                        agency that the school's application 
                        for accreditation is in process and the 
                        school will be awarded accreditation 
                        before the end of the 1-year extension 
                        period;

                    (H) conducts criminal background checks on 
                school employees who have direct and 
                unsupervised interaction with students; and

                    (I) complies with all requests for data and 
                information regarding the reporting 
                requirements described in section 3010.

            (5) New participating schools.--If a school is not 
        a participating school as of the date of enactment of 
        the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program School 
        Certification Requirements Act, the school shall not 
        become a participating school and none of the funds 
        provided under this division for opportunity 
        scholarships may be used by an eligible student to 
        enroll in that school unless the school--

                    (A) is actively pursuing provisional or 
                full accreditation by a national or regional 
                accrediting agency that is recognized in the 
                District of Columbia School Reform Act of 1995 
                (sec. 38-1802.02(16)(A)-(G), D.C. Official 
                Code) or any other accrediting body deemed 
                appropriate by the Office of the State 
                Superintendent for Schools for the purposes of 
                accrediting an elementary or secondary school; 
                and

                    (B) meets all of the other requirements for 
                participating schools under this Act.

            (6) Enrolling in another school.--An eligible 
        entity shall assist the parents of a participating 
        eligible student in identifying, applying to, and 
        enrolling in an another participating school for which 
        opportunity scholarship funds may be used, if--

                    (A) such student is enrolled in a 
                participating private school and may no longer 
                use opportunity scholarship funds for 
                enrollment in that participating private school 
                because such school fails to meet a requirement 
                under paragraph 4, or any other requirement of 
                this Act; or

                    (B) a participating eligible student is 
                enrolled in a school that ceases to be a 
                participating school.

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *


SEC. 3010. REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.

    (a) Activities Reports.--* * *

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

    (c) Reports to Parents.--

            (1) In general.--* * *

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

            (2) Prohibiting disclosure of personal 
        information.--No report under this subsection may 
        contain any personally identifiable information, except 
        as to the student who is the subject of the report to 
        that student's parent.

    (d) Reports to Eligible Entities.--The eligible entity 
receiving funds under section 3004(a) shall ensure that each 
participating school under this division submits to the 
eligible entity beginning not later than 5 years after the date 
of the enactment of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program 
School Certification Requirements Act, a certification that the 
school has been awarded provisional or full accreditation, or 
has been granted an extension by the eligible entity in 
accordance with section 3007(a)(4)(G).

    [(d)] (e) Report to Congress.--Not later than 6 months 
after the first appropriation of funds under section 3014, and 
each succeeding year thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to 
the Committees on Appropriations, Education and the Workforce, 
and Oversight and Government Reform of the House of 
Representatives and the Committees on Appropriations, Health, 
Education, Labor, and Pensions, and Homeland Security and 
Governmental Affairs of the Senate, an annual report on the 
findings of the reports submitted under subsections (a) and 
(b).

                        BUDGETARY IMPACT OF BILL


  PREPARED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE PURSUANT TO SEC. 308(a), PUBLIC LAW 93-344, AS
                                                     AMENDED
                                            [In millions of dollars]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                  Budget authority               Outlays
                                                             ---------------------------------------------------
                                                               Committee    Amount  in   Committee    Amount  in
                                                               allocation      bill      allocation      bill
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Comparison of amounts in the bill with the subcommittee
 allocation for 2016: Subcommittee on Financial Services and
 General Government:
    Mandatory...............................................       21,512       21,512       21,505    \1\21,505
    Discretionary...........................................       20,556       20,715       22,235    \1\22,349
        Security............................................           46           46           NA           NA
        Nonsecurity.........................................       20,510       20,669           NA           NA
    Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism.  ...........  ...........  ...........  ...........
Projection of outlays associated with the recommendation:
    2016....................................................  ...........  ...........  ...........    \2\38,372
    2017....................................................  ...........  ...........  ...........        3,224
    2018....................................................  ...........  ...........  ...........          116
    2019....................................................  ...........  ...........  ...........         -485
    2020 and future years...................................  ...........  ...........  ...........       -3,718
Financial assistance to State and local governments for 2016           NA          449           NA       \2\444
 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\Includes outlays from prior-year budget authority.
\2\Excludes outlays from prior-year budget authority.
 
NA: Not applicable.
 
NOTE.--Consistent with the funding recommended in the bill for disaster relief funding and in accordance with
  section 251(b)(2)(D) of the BBEDCA of 1985, the Committee anticipates that the Budget Committee will provide a
  revised 302(a) allocation for the Committee on Appropriations reflecting an upward adjustment of $159,000,000
  in budget authority plus associated outlays.


  COMPARATIVE STATEMENT OF NEW BUDGET (OBLIGATIONAL) AUTHORITY FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015 AND BUDGET ESTIMATES AND AMOUNTS RECOMMENDED IN THE BILL FOR FISCAL
                                                                        YEAR 2016
                                                                [In thousands of dollars]
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                        Senate Committee recommendation
                                                                                                                            compared with (+ or -)
                             Item                                     2015         Budget estimate      Committee    -----------------------------------
                                                                  appropriation                      recommendation         2016
                                                                                                                        appropriation    Budget estimate
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
              TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
 
                     Departmental Offices
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................          210,000           331,837           325,900          +115,900            -5,937
    Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence............  ................         (109,609)         (112,500)        (+112,500)          (+2,891)
Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence................          112,500   ................  ................         -112,500   ................
Department-wide Systems and Capital Investments Programs......            2,725            10,690             5,000            +2,275            -5,690
Office of Inspector General...................................           35,351            35,416            35,416               +65   ................
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.............          158,210           167,275           167,275            +9,065   ................
Special Inspector General for TARP............................           34,234            40,671            36,671            +2,437            -4,000
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network..........................          112,000           112,979           112,979              +979   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal, Departmental Offices..........................          665,020           698,868           683,241           +18,221           -15,627
 
Treasury Forfeiture Fund (rescission).........................         -769,000          -875,000          -700,000           +69,000          +175,000
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Departmental Offices.............................         -103,980          -176,132           -16,759           +87,221          +159,373
                                                               =========================================================================================
Bureau of the Fiscal Service..................................          348,184           363,850           356,000            +7,816            -7,850
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau......................          100,000           101,439           101,439            +1,439   ................
Community Development Financial Institutions Fund Program               230,500           233,523           221,000            -9,500           -12,523
 Account......................................................
Payment of Government Losses in Shipment......................            2,000             2,000             2,000   ................  ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Department of the Treasury, non-IRS..............          576,704           524,680           663,680           +86,976          +139,000
                                                               =========================================================================================
                   Internal Revenue Service
 
Taxpayer Services.............................................        2,156,554         2,408,803         2,246,554           +90,000          -162,249
Enforcement...................................................        4,860,000         5,047,732         4,500,000          -360,000          -547,732
    Program integrity initiatives.............................  ................          352,100   ................  ................         -352,100
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal................................................        4,860,000         5,399,832         4,500,000          -360,000          -899,832
 
Operations Support............................................        3,638,446         4,428,061         3,468,446          -170,000          -959,615
    Program integrity initiatives.............................  ................          315,197   ................  ................         -315,197
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal................................................        3,638,446         4,743,258         3,468,446          -170,000        -1,274,812
 
Business Systems Modernization................................          290,000           379,178           260,000           -30,000          -119,178
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Internal Revenue Service.........................       10,945,000        12,931,071        10,475,000          -470,000        -2,456,071
                                                               =========================================================================================
      Total, title I, Department of the Treasury..............       11,521,704        13,455,751        11,138,680          -383,024        -2,317,071
          Appropriations......................................      (12,290,704)      (14,330,751)      (11,838,680)        (-452,024)      (-2,492,071)
          Rescissions.........................................        (-769,000)        (-875,000)        (-700,000)         (+69,000)        (+175,000)
                                                               =========================================================================================
     TITLE II--EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT AND FUNDS
                 APPROPRIATED TO THE PRESIDENT
 
                        The White House
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................           55,000            55,214            55,000   ................             -214
 
Executive Residence at the White House:
    Operating expenses........................................           12,700            12,723            12,700   ................              -23
    White House repair and restoration........................              625               750               625   ................             -125
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal................................................           13,325            13,473            13,325   ................             -148
 
Council of Economic Advisers..................................            4,184             4,201             4,184   ................              -17
National Security Council and Homeland Security Council.......           12,600            13,069            12,600   ................             -469
Office of Administration......................................          111,300            96,116            96,116           -15,184   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, The White House..................................          196,409           182,073           181,225           -15,184              -848
                                                               =========================================================================================
Office of Management and Budget...............................           91,750            97,441            91,750   ................           -5,691
 
            Office of National Drug Control Policy
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................           22,647            20,047            20,047            -2,600   ................
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program.................          245,000           193,400           245,000   ................          +51,600
Other Federal Drug Control Programs...........................          107,150            95,436           108,310            +1,160           +12,874
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Office of National Drug Control Policy...........          374,797           308,883           373,357            -1,440           +64,474
                                                               =========================================================================================
Unanticipated needs...........................................              800             1,000               800   ................             -200
Information technology oversight and reform...................           20,000            35,200            25,000            +5,000           -10,200
 
Special Assistance to the President and Official Residence of
 the Vice President:
    Salaries and expenses.....................................            4,211             4,228             4,211   ................              -17
    Operating expenses........................................              299               299               299   ................  ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal................................................            4,510             4,527             4,510   ................              -17
                                                               =========================================================================================
      Total, title II, Executive Office of the President and            688,266           629,124           676,642           -11,624           +47,518
       Funds Appropriated to the President....................
                                                               =========================================================================================
                   TITLE III--THE JUDICIARY
 
              Supreme Court of the United States
 
Salaries and Expenses:
    Salaries of Justices......................................            2,527             2,557             2,557               +30   ................
    Other salaries and expenses...............................           74,967            75,717            75,838              +871              +121
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal................................................           77,494            78,274            78,395              +901              +121
 
Care of the building and grounds..............................           11,640             9,953             9,964            -1,676               +11
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Supreme Court of the United States...............           89,134            88,227            88,359              -775              +132
                                                               =========================================================================================
    United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
 
Salaries and Expenses:
    Salaries of judges........................................            2,893             2,922             2,922               +29   ................
    Other salaries and expenses...............................           30,212            30,841            30,872              +660               +31
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal              33,105            33,763            33,794              +689               +31
       Circuit................................................
                                                               =========================================================================================
          United States Court of International Trade
 
Salaries and Expenses:
    Salaries of judges........................................            1,981             2,005             2,005               +24   ................
    Other salaries and expenses...............................           17,807            18,145            18,160              +353               +15
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, U.S. Court of International Trade................           19,788            20,150            20,165              +377               +15
                                                               =========================================================================================
    Courts of Appeals, District Courts, and Other Judicial
                           Services
 
Salaries and Expenses:
    Salaries of judges and bankruptcy judges..................          412,000           417,000           417,000            +5,000   ................
    Other salaries and expenses...............................        4,846,818         5,036,338         4,960,008          +113,190           -76,330
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal................................................        5,258,818         5,453,338         5,377,008          +118,190           -76,330
 
Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund........................            5,423             6,045             6,045              +622   ................
Defender services.............................................        1,016,499         1,057,616         1,042,616           +26,117           -15,000
Fees of jurors and commissioners..............................           52,191            52,411            48,423            -3,768            -3,988
Court security................................................          513,975           542,390           538,771           +24,796            -3,619
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Courts of Appeals, District Courts, and Other            6,846,906         7,111,800         7,012,863          +165,957           -98,937
       Judicial Services......................................
                                                               =========================================================================================
       Administrative Office of the United States Courts
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................           84,399            87,590            86,000            +1,601            -1,590
 
                    Federal Judicial Center
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................           26,959            27,679            27,000               +41              -679
 
              United States Sentencing Commission
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................           16,894            17,540            17,000              +106              -540
                                                               =========================================================================================
      Total, title III, the Judiciary.........................        7,117,185         7,386,749         7,285,181          +167,996          -101,568
                                                               =========================================================================================
                TITLE IV--DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
 
Federal Payment for Resident Tuition Support..................           30,000            40,000            30,000   ................          -10,000
Federal Payment for Emergency Planning and Security Costs in             12,500            14,900            13,000              +500            -1,900
 the District of Columbia.....................................
Federal Payment to the District of Columbia Courts............          245,110           274,401           246,000              +890           -28,401
Federal Payment for Defender Services in District of Columbia            49,890            49,890            49,890   ................  ................
 Courts.......................................................
Federal Payment to the Court Services and Offender Supervision          234,000           244,763           242,000            +8,000            -2,763
 Agency for the District of Columbia..........................
Federal Payment to the District of Columbia Public Defender              41,231            40,889            40,889              -342   ................
 Service......................................................
Federal Payment to the District of Columbia Water and Sewer              14,000            24,300            14,000   ................          -10,300
 Authority....................................................
Federal Payment to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council..            1,900             1,900             1,900   ................  ................
Federal Payment for Judicial Commissions......................              565               565               565   ................  ................
Federal Payment for School Improvement........................           45,000            43,200            45,000   ................           +1,800
Federal Payment for the D.C. National Guard...................              435               435               435   ................  ................
Federal payment for Mass Transit Innovation Plan..............  ................            1,000   ................  ................           -1,000
Federal payment for Climate Risk Management...................  ................              750   ................  ................             -750
Federal payment for Solar Power Initiative....................  ................            1,000   ................  ................           -1,000
Federal Payment for Redevelopment of the St. Elizabeth's        ................            9,800   ................  ................           -9,800
 Hospital Campus..............................................
Federal payment for Permanent Supportive Housing..............  ................            6,000   ................  ................           -6,000
Federal Payment for Testing and Treatment of HIV/AIDS.........            5,000             5,000             5,000   ................  ................
Federal Payment for D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities  ................            1,000   ................  ................           -1,000
 Grants.......................................................
                                                               =========================================================================================
      Total, Title IV, District of Columbia...................          679,631           759,793           688,679            +9,048           -71,114
                                                               =========================================================================================
              TITLE V--OTHER INDEPENDENT AGENCIES
 
Administrative Conference of the United States................            3,100             3,207             3,100   ................             -107
Commodity Futures Trading Commission..........................          250,000           322,000           250,000   ................          -72,000
Consumer Product Safety Commission............................          123,000           129,000           123,000   ................           -6,000
 
                Election Assistance Commission
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................           10,000             9,600             9,600              -400   ................
 
               Federal Communications Commission
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................          339,844           388,000           364,168           +24,324           -23,832
Offsetting fee collections--current year......................         -339,844          -388,000          -364,168           -24,324           +23,832
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Direct appropriation....................................  ................  ................  ................  ................  ................
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: Office of Inspector              (34,568)          (34,568)          (34,568)  ................  ................
 General (by transfer)........................................
    Deposit Insurance Fund (transfer).........................         (-34,568)         (-34,568)         (-34,568)  ................  ................
Federal Election Commission...................................           67,500            76,119            72,500            +5,000            -3,619
Federal Labor Relations Authority.............................           25,548            26,550            25,548   ................           -1,002
 
                   Federal Trade Commission
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................          293,000           309,206           300,000            +7,000            -9,206
Offsetting fee collections--current year......................         -100,000          -124,000          -124,000           -24,000   ................
Offsetting fee collections, telephone database................          -14,000           -14,000           -14,000   ................  ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Direct appropriation....................................          179,000           171,206           162,000           -17,000            -9,206
 
                General Services Administration
 
                    Federal Buildings Fund
 
Limitations on Availability of Revenue:
    Construction and acquisition of facilities................          509,670         1,257,997           181,500          -328,170        -1,076,497
    Repairs and alterations...................................          818,160         1,247,067           357,189          -460,971          -889,878
    Rental of space...........................................        5,666,348         5,579,055         5,521,601          -144,747           -57,454
    Building operations.......................................        2,244,132         2,288,076         2,244,132   ................          -43,944
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal, Limitations on availability of revenue........        9,238,310        10,372,195         8,304,422          -933,888        -2,067,773
 
Rental income to fund.........................................       -9,917,667        -9,807,722        -9,807,722          +109,945   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Federal Buildings Fund...........................         -679,357           564,473        -1,503,300          -823,943        -2,067,773
                                                               =========================================================================================
Government-wide Policy........................................           58,000            62,022            58,000   ................           -4,022
Operating expenses............................................           61,049            58,560            58,560            -2,489   ................
    Uniform Procurement Instrument Identifier.................  ................            3,000   ................  ................           -3,000
Office of Inspector General...................................           65,000            67,803            65,000   ................           -2,803
Allowances and Office Staff for Former Presidents.............            3,250             3,277             3,277               +27   ................
Federal Citizen Services Fund.................................           53,294            58,428            55,894            +2,600            -2,534
Pre-Election Presidential transition..........................  ................           13,278            13,278           +13,278   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, General Services Administration..................         -438,764           830,841        -1,249,291          -810,527        -2,080,132
                                                               =========================================================================================
Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation.........................              750   ................            1,000              +250            +1,000
 
                Merit Systems Protection Board
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................           42,740            45,070            42,740   ................           -2,330
Limitation on administrative expenses.........................            2,345             2,345             2,345   ................  ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Merit Systems Protection Board...................           45,085            47,415            45,085   ................           -2,330
                                                               =========================================================================================
        Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation
 
Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Trust Fund...............            1,995             1,995             1,995   ................  ................
Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund.........................            3,400             3,420             3,400   ................              -20
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Morris K. Udall and Stewart L Udall Foundation...            5,395             5,415             5,395   ................              -20
                                                               =========================================================================================
         National Archives and Records Administration
 
Operating expenses............................................          365,000           372,393           372,000            +7,000              -393
    Reduction of debt.........................................          -19,514           -21,208           -21,208            -1,694   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal................................................          345,486           351,185           350,792            +5,306              -393
 
Office of the Inspector General...............................            4,130             4,180             4,180               +50   ................
Repairs and restoration.......................................            7,600             7,500             7,500              -100   ................
National Historical Publications and Records Commission Grants            5,000             5,000             5,000   ................  ................
 Program......................................................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, National Archives and Records Administration.....          362,216           367,865           367,472            +5,256              -393
                                                               =========================================================================================
             National Credit Union Administration
 
Community Development Revolving Loan Fund.....................            2,000             2,000             2,000   ................  ................
Office of Government Ethics...................................           15,420            15,742            15,420   ................             -322
 
                Office of Personnel Management
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................           96,039           120,688           119,239           +23,200            -1,449
    Limitation on administrative expenses.....................          118,425           124,550           118,425   ................           -6,125
Office of Inspector General...................................            4,384             4,365             4,384   ................              +19
    Limitation on administrative expenses.....................           21,340            22,479            22,479            +1,139   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Office of Personnel Management...................          240,188           272,082           264,527           +24,339            -7,555
                                                               =========================================================================================
Office of Special Counsel.....................................           22,939            24,119            23,500              +561              -619
Postal Regulatory Commission..................................           14,700            15,500            15,000              +300              -500
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board...................            7,500            23,297            23,297           +15,797   ................
Recovery and Accountability Transparency Board................           18,000   ................  ................          -18,000   ................
Securities and Exchange Commission............................        1,500,000         1,722,000         1,500,000   ................         -222,000
    SEC fees..................................................       -1,500,000        -1,722,000        -1,500,000   ................         +222,000
    SEC Reserve Fund (rescission).............................          -25,000   ................          -25,000   ................          -25,000
Selective Service System......................................           22,500            22,900            22,703              +203              -197
 
                 Small Business Administration
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................          257,000           281,938           257,000   ................          -24,938
Entrepreneurial Development Programs..........................          220,000           206,250           220,150              +150           +13,900
Office of Inspector General...................................           19,400            19,900            19,900              +500   ................
Office of Advocacy............................................            9,120             9,120             9,120   ................  ................
 
Business Loans Program Account:
    Direct loans subsidy......................................            2,500             3,338             3,338              +838   ................
    Guaranteed loans subsidy..................................           45,000   ................  ................          -45,000   ................
    Administrative expenses...................................          147,726           152,726           152,726            +5,000   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Business loans program account...................          195,226           156,064           156,064           -39,162   ................
                                                               =========================================================================================
 
Disaster Loans Program Account:
    Administrative expenses...................................          186,858            28,029            28,029          -158,829   ................
        Disaster relief category..............................  ................          158,829           158,829          +158,829   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Small Business Administration....................          887,604           860,130           849,092           -38,512           -11,038
                                                               =========================================================================================
                 United States Postal Service
 
Payment to the Postal Service Fund............................           29,000   ................  ................          -29,000   ................
    Advance appropriations....................................           41,000            67,234            49,923            +8,923           -17,311
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Payment to the Postal Service Fund...............           70,000            67,234            49,923           -20,077           -17,311
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Office of Inspector General...................................          243,883           250,729           243,883   ................           -6,846
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      Total, United States Postal Service.....................          313,883           317,963           293,806           -20,077           -24,157
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United States Tax Court.......................................           51,300            53,600            51,300   ................           -2,300
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      Total, title V, Independent Agencies....................        2,203,864         3,596,551         1,351,054          -852,810        -2,245,497
          Appropriations......................................       (2,187,864)       (3,370,488)       (1,167,302)      (-1,020,562)      (-2,203,186)
          Rescissions.........................................         (-25,000)  ................         (-25,000)  ................         (-25,000)
          Disaster relief category............................  ................         (158,829)         (158,829)        (+158,829)  ................
          Advances............................................          (41,000)          (67,234)          (49,923)          (+8,923)         (-17,311)
          (By transfer).......................................          (34,568)          (34,568)          (34,568)  ................  ................
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                 TITLE VI--GENERAL PROVISIONS
 
Mandatory appropriations (Sec. 617)...........................       20,980,050        20,961,450        20,961,450           -18,600   ................
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      Grand total.............................................       43,190,700        46,789,418        42,101,686        -1,089,014        -4,687,732
          Appropriations......................................      (43,943,700)      (47,438,355)      (42,617,934)      (-1,325,766)      (-4,820,421)
          Rescissions.........................................        (-794,000)        (-875,000)        (-725,000)         (+69,000)        (+150,000)
          Disaster relief category............................  ................         (158,829)         (158,829)        (+158,829)  ................
          Advances............................................          (41,000)          (67,234)          (49,923)          (+8,923)         (-17,311)
          (By transfer).......................................          (34,568)          (34,568)          (34,568)  ................  ................
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