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115th Congress   }                                    {        Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session      }                                    {       115-929
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 ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 
           ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

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                           CONFERENCE REPORT

                              to accompany

                               H.R. 5895











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115th Congress   }                                    {        Report
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 2d Session      }                                    {       115-929
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 ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 
           ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

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                           CONFERENCE REPORT

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 ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 
           ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

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               September 10, 2018.--Ordered to be printed

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

                           CONFERENCE REPORT

                        [To accompany H.R. 5895]

      The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of 
the two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 
5895), making appropriations for the energy and water 
development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2019, and for other purposes, having met, after 
full and free conference, have agreed to recommend and do 
recommend to their respective Houses as follows:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate and agree to the same with an amendment 
as follows:
      In lieu of the matter proposed to be inserted by the 
Senate amendment, insert the following:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Energy and Water, 
Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans 
Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019''.

SEC. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    The table of contents of this Act is as follows:

    Sec. 1. Short title.
    Sec. 2. Table of contents.
    Sec. 3. References.
    Sec. 4. Statement of appropriations.
     DIVISION A--ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES 
                        APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2019

    Title I--Corps of Engineers--Civil
    Title II--Department of the Interior
    Title III--Department of Energy
    Title IV--Independent Agencies
    Title V--General Provisions
        DIVISION B--LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2019

    Title I--Legislative Branch
    Title II--General Provisions
       DIVISION C--MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND 
               RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2019

    Title I--Department of Defense
    Title II--Department of Veterans Affairs
    Title III--Related Agencies
    Title IV--Overseas Contingency Operations
    Title V--General Provisions

SEC. 3. REFERENCES.

    Except as expressly provided otherwise, any reference to 
``this Act'' contained in any division of this Act shall be 
treated as referring only to the provisions of that division.

SEC. 4. STATEMENT OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    The following sums in this Act are appropriated, out of any 
money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2019.

     DIVISION A--ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES 
                        APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2019

                                TITLE I

                       CORPS OF ENGINEERS--CIVIL

                         DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

                       Corps of Engineers--Civil

    The following appropriations shall be expended under the 
direction of the Secretary of the Army and the supervision of 
the Chief of Engineers for authorized civil functions of the 
Department of the Army pertaining to river and harbor, flood 
and storm damage reduction, shore protection, aquatic ecosystem 
restoration, and related efforts.

                             investigations

    For expenses necessary where authorized by law for the 
collection and study of basic information pertaining to river 
and harbor, flood and storm damage reduction, shore protection, 
aquatic ecosystem restoration, and related needs; for surveys 
and detailed studies, and plans and specifications of proposed 
river and harbor, flood and storm damage reduction, shore 
protection, and aquatic ecosystem restoration projects, and 
related efforts prior to construction; for restudy of 
authorized projects; and for miscellaneous investigations, and, 
when authorized by law, surveys and detailed studies, and plans 
and specifications of projects prior to construction, 
$125,000,000, to remain available until expended:  Provided, 
That the Secretary shall initiate six new study starts during 
fiscal year 2019:  Provided further, That the Secretary shall 
not deviate from the new starts proposed in the work plan, once 
the plan has been submitted to the Committees on Appropriations 
of both Houses of Congress.

                              construction

    For expenses necessary for the construction of river and 
harbor, flood and storm damage reduction, shore protection, 
aquatic ecosystem restoration, and related projects authorized 
by law; for conducting detailed studies, and plans and 
specifications, of such projects (including those involving 
participation by States, local governments, or private groups) 
authorized or made eligible for selection by law (but such 
detailed studies, and plans and specifications, shall not 
constitute a commitment of the Government to construction); 
$2,183,000,000, to remain available until expended; of which 
such sums as are necessary to cover the Federal share of 
construction costs for facilities under the Dredged Material 
Disposal Facilities program shall be derived from the Harbor 
Maintenance Trust Fund as authorized by Public Law 104-303; and 
of which such sums as are necessary to cover one-half of the 
costs of construction, replacement, rehabilitation, and 
expansion of inland waterways projects, except for Chickamauga 
Lock, Tennessee River, Tennessee, which shall be 15 percent 
during the fiscal year covered by this Act, shall be derived 
from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, except as otherwise 
specifically provided for in law:  Provided, That the Secretary 
shall initiate five new construction starts during fiscal year 
2019:  Provided further, That for new construction projects, 
project cost sharing agreements shall be executed as soon as 
practicable but no later than September 30, 2019:  Provided 
further, That no allocation for a new start shall be considered 
final and no work allowance shall be made until the Secretary 
provides to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress an out-year funding scenario demonstrating the 
affordability of the selected new starts and the impacts on 
other projects:  Provided further, That the Secretary may not 
deviate from the new starts proposed in the work plan, once the 
plan has been submitted to the Committees on Appropriations of 
both Houses of Congress.

                   mississippi river and tributaries

    For expenses necessary for flood damage reduction projects 
and related efforts in the Mississippi River alluvial valley 
below Cape Girardeau, Missouri, as authorized by law, 
$368,000,000, to remain available until expended, of which such 
sums as are necessary to cover the Federal share of eligible 
operation and maintenance costs for inland harbors shall be 
derived from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.

                       operation and maintenance

    For expenses necessary for the operation, maintenance, and 
care of existing river and harbor, flood and storm damage 
reduction, aquatic ecosystem restoration, and related projects 
authorized by law; providing security for infrastructure owned 
or operated by the Corps, including administrative buildings 
and laboratories; maintaining harbor channels provided by a 
State, municipality, or other public agency that serve 
essential navigation needs of general commerce, where 
authorized by law; surveying and charting northern and 
northwestern lakes and connecting waters; clearing and 
straightening channels; and removing obstructions to 
navigation, $3,739,500,000, to remain available until expended, 
of which such sums as are necessary to cover the Federal share 
of eligible operation and maintenance costs for coastal harbors 
and channels, and for inland harbors shall be derived from the 
Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund; of which such sums as become 
available from the special account for the Corps of Engineers 
established by the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 
shall be derived from that account for resource protection, 
research, interpretation, and maintenance activities related to 
resource protection in the areas at which outdoor recreation is 
available; and of which such sums as become available from fees 
collected under section 217 of Public Law 104-303 shall be used 
to cover the cost of operation and maintenance of the dredged 
material disposal facilities for which such fees have been 
collected:  Provided, That 1 percent of the total amount of 
funds provided for each of the programs, projects, or 
activities funded under this heading shall not be allocated to 
a field operating activity prior to the beginning of the fourth 
quarter of the fiscal year and shall be available for use by 
the Chief of Engineers to fund such emergency activities as the 
Chief of Engineers determines to be necessary and appropriate, 
and that the Chief of Engineers shall allocate during the 
fourth quarter any remaining funds which have not been used for 
emergency activities proportionally in accordance with the 
amounts provided for the programs, projects, or activities.

                           regulatory program

    For expenses necessary for administration of laws 
pertaining to regulation of navigable waters and wetlands, 
$200,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2020.

            formerly utilized sites remedial action program

    For expenses necessary to clean up contamination from sites 
in the United States resulting from work performed as part of 
the Nation's early atomic energy program, $150,000,000, to 
remain available until expended.

                 flood control and coastal emergencies

    For expenses necessary to prepare for flood, hurricane, and 
other natural disasters and support emergency operations, 
repairs, and other activities in response to such disasters as 
authorized by law, $35,000,000, to remain available until 
expended.

                                expenses

    For expenses necessary for the supervision and general 
administration of the civil works program in the headquarters 
of the Corps of Engineers and the offices of the Division 
Engineers; and for costs of management and operation of the 
Humphreys Engineer Center Support Activity, the Institute for 
Water Resources, the United States Army Engineer Research and 
Development Center, and the United States Army Corps of 
Engineers Finance Center allocable to the civil works program, 
$193,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2020, of 
which not to exceed $5,000 may be used for official reception 
and representation purposes and only during the current fiscal 
year:  Provided, That no part of any other appropriation 
provided in this title shall be available to fund the civil 
works activities of the Office of the Chief of Engineers or the 
civil works executive direction and management activities of 
the division offices:  Provided further, That any Flood Control 
and Coastal Emergencies appropriation may be used to fund the 
supervision and general administration of emergency operations, 
repairs, and other activities in response to any flood, 
hurricane, or other natural disaster.

     office of the assistant secretary of the army for civil works

    For the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for 
Civil Works as authorized by 10 U.S.C. 3016(b)(3), $5,000,000, 
to remain available until September 30, 2020:  Provided, That 
not more than 25 percent of such amount may be obligated or 
expended until the Assistant Secretary submits to the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a work 
plan that allocates at least 95 percent of the additional 
funding provided under each heading in this title, as 
designated under such heading in the joint explanatory 
statement accompanying this Act, to specific programs, 
projects, or activities.

             GENERAL PROVISIONS--CORPS OF ENGINEERS--CIVIL

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 101. (a) None of the funds provided in title I of this 
Act, or provided by previous appropriations Acts to the 
agencies or entities funded in title I of this Act that remain 
available for obligation or expenditure in fiscal year 2019, 
shall be available for obligation or expenditure through a 
reprogramming of funds that:
            (1) creates or initiates a new program, project, or 
        activity;
            (2) eliminates a program, project, or activity;
            (3) increases funds or personnel for any program, 
        project, or activity for which funds have been denied 
        or restricted by this Act, unless prior approval is 
        received from the House and Senate Committees on 
        Appropriations;
            (4) proposes to use funds directed for a specific 
        activity for a different purpose, unless prior approval 
        is received from the House and Senate Committees on 
        Appropriations;
            (5) augments or reduces existing programs, 
        projects, or activities in excess of the amounts 
        contained in paragraphs (6) through (10), unless prior 
        approval is received from the House and Senate 
        Committees on Appropriations;
            (6) Investigations.--For a base level over 
        $100,000, reprogramming of 25 percent of the base 
        amount up to a limit of $150,000 per project, study or 
        activity is allowed:  Provided, That for a base level 
        less than $100,000, the reprogramming limit is $25,000: 
         Provided further, That up to $25,000 may be 
        reprogrammed into any continuing study or activity that 
        did not receive an appropriation for existing 
        obligations and concomitant administrative expenses;
            (7) Construction.--For a base level over 
        $2,000,000, reprogramming of 15 percent of the base 
        amount up to a limit of $3,000,000 per project, study 
        or activity is allowed:  Provided, That for a base 
        level less than $2,000,000, the reprogramming limit is 
        $300,000:  Provided further, That up to $3,000,000 may 
        be reprogrammed for settled contractor claims, changed 
        conditions, or real estate deficiency judgments:  
        Provided further, That up to $300,000 may be 
        reprogrammed into any continuing study or activity that 
        did not receive an appropriation for existing 
        obligations and concomitant administrative expenses;
            (8) Operation and maintenance.--Unlimited 
        reprogramming authority is granted for the Corps to be 
        able to respond to emergencies:  Provided, That the 
        Chief of Engineers shall notify the House and Senate 
        Committees on Appropriations of these emergency actions 
        as soon thereafter as practicable:  Provided further, 
        That for a base level over $1,000,000, reprogramming of 
        15 percent of the base amount up to a limit of 
        $5,000,000 per project, study, or activity is allowed:  
        Provided further, That for a base level less than 
        $1,000,000, the reprogramming limit is $150,000:  
        Provided further, That $150,000 may be reprogrammed 
        into any continuing study or activity that did not 
        receive an appropriation;
            (9) Mississippi river and tributaries.--The 
        reprogramming guidelines in paragraphs (6), (7), and 
        (8) shall apply to the Investigations, Construction, 
        and Operation and Maintenance portions of the 
        Mississippi River and Tributaries Account, 
        respectively; and
            (10) Formerly utilized sites remedial action 
        program.--Reprogramming of up to 15 percent of the base 
        of the receiving project is permitted.
    (b) De Minimus Reprogrammings.--In no case should a 
reprogramming for less than $50,000 be submitted to the House 
and Senate Committees on Appropriations.
    (c) Continuing Authorities Program.--Subsection (a)(1) 
shall not apply to any project or activity funded under the 
continuing authorities program.
    (d) Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of 
this Act, the Secretary shall submit a report to the House and 
Senate Committees on Appropriations to establish the baseline 
for application of reprogramming and transfer authorities for 
the current fiscal year which shall include:
            (1) A table for each appropriation with a separate 
        column to display the President's budget request, 
        adjustments made by Congress, adjustments due to 
        enacted rescissions, if applicable, and the fiscal year 
        enacted level; and
            (2) A delineation in the table for each 
        appropriation both by object class and program, project 
        and activity as detailed in the budget appendix for the 
        respective appropriations; and
            (3) An identification of items of special 
        congressional interest.
    Sec. 102.  The Secretary shall allocate funds made 
available in this Act solely in accordance with the provisions 
of this Act and the joint explanatory statement accompanying 
this Act, including the determination and designation of new 
starts.
    Sec. 103.  None of the funds made available in this title 
may be used to award or modify any contract that commits funds 
beyond the amounts appropriated for that program, project, or 
activity that remain unobligated, except that such amounts may 
include any funds that have been made available through 
reprogramming pursuant to section 101.
    Sec. 104.  The Secretary of the Army may transfer to the 
Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Fish and Wildlife Service 
may accept and expend, up to $5,400,000 of funds provided in 
this title under the heading ``Operation and Maintenance'' to 
mitigate for fisheries lost due to Corps of Engineers projects.
    Sec. 105.  None of the funds in this Act shall be used for 
an open lake placement alternative for dredged material, after 
evaluating the least costly, environmentally acceptable manner 
for the disposal or management of dredged material originating 
from Lake Erie or tributaries thereto, unless it is approved 
under a State water quality certification pursuant to section 
401 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 
1341):  Provided, That until an open lake placement alternative 
for dredged material is approved under a State water quality 
certification, the Corps of Engineers shall continue upland 
placement of such dredged material consistent with the 
requirements of section 101 of the Water Resources Development 
Act of 1986 (33 U.S.C. 2211).
    Sec. 106.  None of the funds made available in this title 
may be used for any acquisition of buoy chain that is not 
consistent with 48 CFR 225.7007, subsections (a)(1) and (a)(2).
    Sec. 107.  None of the funds made available by this Act may 
be used to carry out any water supply reallocation study under 
the Wolf Creek Dam, Lake Cumberland, Kentucky, project 
authorized under the Act of July 24, 1946 (60 Stat. 636, ch. 
595).
    Sec. 108.  None of the funds made available by this Act may 
be used to require a permit for the discharge of dredged or 
fill material under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 
U.S.C. 1251 et seq.) for the activities identified in 
subparagraphs (A) and (C) of section 404(f)(1) of the Act (33 
U.S.C. 1344(f)(1)(A), (C)).
    Sec. 109.  For fiscal year 2019, none of the funds provided 
in this Act or available in the revolving fund established by 
the Civil Functions Appropriations Act of 1954 (33 U.S.C. 
576(a)) may be obligated or expended on a new hopper dredge.
    Sec. 110.  None of the funds made available by this Act or 
any other Act may be used to reorganize or to transfer the 
Civil Works functions or authority of the Corps of Engineers or 
the Secretary of the Army to another department or agency.

                                TITLE II

                       DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

                          Central Utah Project

                central utah project completion account

    For carrying out activities authorized by the Central Utah 
Project Completion Act, $15,000,000, to remain available until 
expended, of which $898,000 shall be deposited into the Utah 
Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Account for use by the 
Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission:  
Provided, That of the amount provided under this heading, 
$1,398,675 shall be available until September 30, 2020, for 
expenses necessary in carrying out related responsibilities of 
the Secretary of the Interior:  Provided further, That for 
fiscal year 2019, of the amount made available to the 
Commission under this Act or any other Act, the Commission may 
use an amount not to exceed $1,500,000 for administrative 
expenses.

                         Bureau of Reclamation

    The following appropriations shall be expended to execute 
authorized functions of the Bureau of Reclamation:

                      water and related resources

                     (including transfers of funds)

    For management, development, and restoration of water and 
related natural resources and for related activities, including 
the operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of reclamation 
and other facilities, participation in fulfilling related 
Federal responsibilities to Native Americans, and related 
grants to, and cooperative and other agreements with, State and 
local governments, federally recognized Indian tribes, and 
others, $1,391,992,000, to remain available until expended, of 
which $67,393,000 shall be available for transfer to the Upper 
Colorado River Basin Fund and $5,551,000 shall be available for 
transfer to the Lower Colorado River Basin Development Fund; of 
which such amounts as may be necessary may be advanced to the 
Colorado River Dam Fund:  Provided, That such transfers may be 
increased or decreased within the overall appropriation under 
this heading:  Provided further, That within available funds, 
$250,000 shall be for grants and financial assistance for 
educational activities:  Provided further, That of the total 
appropriated, the amount for program activities that can be 
financed by the Reclamation Fund or the Bureau of Reclamation 
special fee account established by 16 U.S.C. 6806 shall be 
derived from that Fund or account:  Provided further, That 
funds contributed under 43 U.S.C. 395 are available until 
expended for the purposes for which the funds were contributed: 
 Provided further, That funds advanced under 43 U.S.C. 397a 
shall be credited to this account and are available until 
expended for the same purposes as the sums appropriated under 
this heading:  Provided further, That of the amounts provided 
herein, funds may be used for high-priority projects which 
shall be carried out by the Youth Conservation Corps, as 
authorized by 16 U.S.C. 1706.

                central valley project restoration fund

    For carrying out the programs, projects, plans, habitat 
restoration, improvement, and acquisition provisions of the 
Central Valley Project Improvement Act, $62,008,000, to be 
derived from such sums as may be collected in the Central 
Valley Project Restoration Fund pursuant to sections 3407(d), 
3404(c)(3), and 3405(f) of Public Law 102-575, to remain 
available until expended:  Provided, That the Bureau of 
Reclamation is directed to assess and collect the full amount 
of the additional mitigation and restoration payments 
authorized by section 3407(d) of Public Law 102-575:  Provided 
further, That none of the funds made available under this 
heading may be used for the acquisition or leasing of water for 
in-stream purposes if the water is already committed to in-
stream purposes by a court adopted decree or order.

                    california bay-delta restoration

                     (including transfers of funds)

    For carrying out activities authorized by the Water Supply, 
Reliability, and Environmental Improvement Act, consistent with 
plans to be approved by the Secretary of the Interior, 
$35,000,000, to remain available until expended, of which such 
amounts as may be necessary to carry out such activities may be 
transferred to appropriate accounts of other participating 
Federal agencies to carry out authorized purposes:  Provided, 
That funds appropriated herein may be used for the Federal 
share of the costs of CALFED Program management:  Provided 
further, That CALFED implementation shall be carried out in a 
balanced manner with clear performance measures demonstrating 
concurrent progress in achieving the goals and objectives of 
the Program.

                       policy and administration

    For expenses necessary for policy, administration, and 
related functions in the Office of the Commissioner, the Denver 
office, and offices in the five regions of the Bureau of 
Reclamation, to remain available until September 30, 2020, 
$61,000,000, to be derived from the Reclamation Fund and be 
nonreimbursable as provided in 43 U.S.C. 377:  Provided, That 
no part of any other appropriation in this Act shall be 
available for activities or functions budgeted as policy and 
administration expenses.

                        administrative provision

    Appropriations for the Bureau of Reclamation shall be 
available for purchase of not to exceed five passenger motor 
vehicles, which are for replacement only.

             GENERAL PROVISIONS--DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

    Sec. 201. (a) None of the funds provided in title II of 
this Act for Water and Related Resources, or provided by 
previous or subsequent appropriations Acts to the agencies or 
entities funded in title II of this Act for Water and Related 
Resources that remain available for obligation or expenditure 
in fiscal year 2019, shall be available for obligation or 
expenditure through a reprogramming of funds that--
            (1) initiates or creates a new program, project, or 
        activity;
            (2) eliminates a program, project, or activity;
            (3) increases funds for any program, project, or 
        activity for which funds have been denied or restricted 
        by this Act, unless prior approval is received from the 
        Committees on Appropriations of the House of 
        Representatives and the Senate;
            (4) restarts or resumes any program, project or 
        activity for which funds are not provided in this Act, 
        unless prior approval is received from the Committees 
        on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and 
        the Senate;
            (5) transfers funds in excess of the following 
        limits, unless prior approval is received from the 
        Committees on Appropriations of the House of 
        Representatives and the Senate:
                    (A) 15 percent for any program, project or 
                activity for which $2,000,000 or more is 
                available at the beginning of the fiscal year; 
                or
                    (B) $400,000 for any program, project or 
                activity for which less than $2,000,000 is 
                available at the beginning of the fiscal year;
            (6) transfers more than $500,000 from either the 
        Facilities Operation, Maintenance, and Rehabilitation 
        category or the Resources Management and Development 
        category to any program, project, or activity in the 
        other category, unless prior approval is received from 
        the Committees on Appropriations of the House of 
        Representatives and the Senate; or
            (7) transfers, where necessary to discharge legal 
        obligations of the Bureau of Reclamation, more than 
        $5,000,000 to provide adequate funds for settled 
        contractor claims, increased contractor earnings due to 
        accelerated rates of operations, and real estate 
        deficiency judgments, unless prior approval is received 
        from the Committees on Appropriations of the House of 
        Representatives and the Senate.
    (b) Subsection (a)(5) shall not apply to any transfer of 
funds within the Facilities Operation, Maintenance, and 
Rehabilitation category.
    (c) For purposes of this section, the term transfer means 
any movement of funds into or out of a program, project, or 
activity.
    (d) The Bureau of Reclamation shall submit reports on a 
quarterly basis to the Committees on Appropriations of the 
House of Representatives and the Senate detailing all the funds 
reprogrammed between programs, projects, activities, or 
categories of funding. The first quarterly report shall be 
submitted not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of 
this Act.
    Sec. 202. (a) None of the funds appropriated or otherwise 
made available by this Act may be used to determine the final 
point of discharge for the interceptor drain for the San Luis 
Unit until development by the Secretary of the Interior and the 
State of California of a plan, which shall conform to the water 
quality standards of the State of California as approved by the 
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to 
minimize any detrimental effect of the San Luis drainage 
waters.
    (b) The costs of the Kesterson Reservoir Cleanup Program 
and the costs of the San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program shall 
be classified by the Secretary of the Interior as reimbursable 
or nonreimbursable and collected until fully repaid pursuant to 
the ``Cleanup Program--Alternative Repayment Plan'' and the 
``SJVDP--Alternative Repayment Plan'' described in the report 
entitled ``Repayment Report, Kesterson Reservoir Cleanup 
Program and San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program, February 
1995'', prepared by the Department of the Interior, Bureau of 
Reclamation. Any future obligations of funds by the United 
States relating to, or providing for, drainage service or 
drainage studies for the San Luis Unit shall be fully 
reimbursable by San Luis Unit beneficiaries of such service or 
studies pursuant to Federal reclamation law.
    Sec. 203.  Hereinafter, notwithstanding any other provision 
of law, during the period from November 1 through April 30, 
water users may use their diversion structures for the purpose 
of recharging the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer, when the 
Secretary, in consultation with the Advisory Committee and 
Water District 1 watermaster, determines there is water 
available in excess of that needed to satisfy existing Minidoka 
Project storage and hydropower rights and ensure operational 
flexibility.
    Sec. 204.  Section 9001(d) of the Omnibus Public Land 
Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-11; 123 Stat. 1295) is 
amended by striking ``10'' and inserting ``20''.
    Sec. 205. (a) Section 206(c)(2) of the Energy and Water 
Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (43 
U.S.C. 620 note; Public Law 113-235) is amended by striking 
``2018.'' and inserting the following: ``2022: Provided, That 
the Secretary shall not fund pilot projects in the Upper 
Colorado River Basin without the participation of the Upper 
Colorado River Division States, acting through the Upper 
Colorado River Commission.''.
    (b) Section 9504(e) of the Secure Water Act of 2009 (42 
U.S.C. 10364(e)) is amended by striking ``$450,000,000'' and 
inserting ``$480,000,000''.
    Sec. 206.  Section 9 of the Fort Peck Reservation Rural 
Water System Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-382; 114 Stat. 1457, 
123 Stat. 2856, 128 Stat. 164) is amended by striking ``2020'' 
each place it appears in subsections (a)(1) and (b) and 
inserting ``2026''.

                               TITLE III

                          DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

                            ENERGY PROGRAMS

                 Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

    For Department of Energy expenses including the purchase, 
construction, and acquisition of plant and capital equipment, 
and other expenses necessary for energy efficiency and 
renewable energy activities in carrying out the purposes of the 
Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.), 
including the acquisition or condemnation of any real property 
or any facility or for plant or facility acquisition, 
construction, or expansion, $2,379,000,000, to remain available 
until expended:  Provided, That of such amount, $162,500,000 
shall be available until September 30, 2020, for program 
direction.

         Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response

    For Department of Energy expenses including the purchase, 
construction, and acquisition of plant and capital equipment, 
and other expenses necessary for energy sector cybersecurity, 
energy security, and emergency response activities in carrying 
out the purposes of the Department of Energy Organization Act 
(42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.), including the acquisition or 
condemnation of any real property or any facility or for plant 
or facility acquisition, construction, or expansion, 
$120,000,000, to remain available until expended:  Provided, 
That of such amount, $11,500,000 shall be available until 
September 30, 2020, for program direction.

                          Electricity Delivery

    For Department of Energy expenses including the purchase, 
construction, and acquisition of plant and capital equipment, 
and other expenses necessary for electricity delivery 
activities in carrying out the purposes of the Department of 
Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.), including the 
acquisition or condemnation of any real property or any 
facility or for plant or facility acquisition, construction, or 
expansion, $156,000,000, to remain available until expended:  
Provided, That of such amount, $17,000,000 shall be available 
until September 30, 2020, for program direction.

                             Nuclear Energy

    For Department of Energy expenses including the purchase, 
construction, and acquisition of plant and capital equipment, 
and other expenses necessary for nuclear energy activities in 
carrying out the purposes of the Department of Energy 
Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.), including the 
acquisition or condemnation of any real property or any 
facility or for plant or facility acquisition, construction, or 
expansion, $1,326,090,000, to remain available until expended:  
Provided, That of such amount, $80,000,000 shall be available 
until September 30, 2020, for program direction.

                 Fossil Energy Research and Development

    For Department of Energy expenses necessary in carrying out 
fossil energy research and development activities, under the 
authority of the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 
U.S.C. 7101 et seq.), including the acquisition of interest, 
including defeasible and equitable interests in any real 
property or any facility or for plant or facility acquisition 
or expansion, and for conducting inquiries, technological 
investigations and research concerning the extraction, 
processing, use, and disposal of mineral substances without 
objectionable social and environmental costs (30 U.S.C. 3, 
1602, and 1603), $740,000,000, to remain available until 
expended:  Provided, That of such amount $61,070,000 shall be 
available until September 30, 2020, for program direction.

                 Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves

    For Department of Energy expenses necessary to carry out 
naval petroleum and oil shale reserve activities, $10,000,000, 
to remain available until expended:  Provided, That 
notwithstanding any other provision of law, unobligated funds 
remaining from prior years shall be available for all naval 
petroleum and oil shale reserve activities.

                      Strategic Petroleum Reserve

    For Department of Energy expenses necessary for Strategic 
Petroleum Reserve facility development and operations and 
program management activities pursuant to the Energy Policy and 
Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6201 et seq.), $235,000,000, to 
remain available until expended:  Provided, That, as authorized 
by section 404 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Public Law 
114-74; 42 U.S.C. 6239 note), the Secretary of Energy shall 
draw down and sell not to exceed $300,000,000 of crude oil from 
the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in fiscal year 2019:  Provided 
further, That the proceeds from such drawdown and sale shall be 
deposited into the ``Energy Security and Infrastructure 
Modernization Fund'' during fiscal year 2019:  Provided 
further, That such amounts shall be made available and shall 
remain available until expended for necessary expenses to carry 
out the Life Extension II project for the Strategic Petroleum 
Reserve.

                         SPR Petroleum Account

    For the acquisition, transportation, and injection of 
petroleum products, and for other necessary expenses pursuant 
to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended 
(42 U.S.C. 6201 et seq.), sections 403 and 404 of the 
Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (42 U.S.C. 6241, 6239 note), and 
section 5010 of the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-
255), $10,000,000, to remain available until expended.

                   Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve

    For Department of Energy expenses necessary for Northeast 
Home Heating Oil Reserve storage, operation, and management 
activities pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act 
(42 U.S.C. 6201 et seq.), $10,000,000, to remain available 
until expended.

                   Energy Information Administration

    For Department of Energy expenses necessary in carrying out 
the activities of the Energy Information Administration, 
$125,000,000, to remain available until expended.

                   Non-Defense Environmental Cleanup

    For Department of Energy expenses, including the purchase, 
construction, and acquisition of plant and capital equipment 
and other expenses necessary for non-defense environmental 
cleanup activities in carrying out the purposes of the 
Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.), 
including the acquisition or condemnation of any real property 
or any facility or for plant or facility acquisition, 
construction, or expansion, $310,000,000, to remain available 
until expended.

      Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning Fund

    For Department of Energy expenses necessary in carrying out 
uranium enrichment facility decontamination and 
decommissioning, remedial actions, and other activities of 
title II of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, and title X, 
subtitle A, of the Energy Policy Act of 1992, $841,129,000, to 
be derived from the Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and 
Decommissioning Fund, to remain available until expended, of 
which $11,000,000 shall be available in accordance with title 
X, subtitle A, of the Energy Policy Act of 1992, including for 
the purchase of not to exceed one ambulance for replacement 
only.

                                Science

    For Department of Energy expenses including the purchase, 
construction, and acquisition of plant and capital equipment, 
and other expenses necessary for science activities in carrying 
out the purposes of the Department of Energy Organization Act 
(42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.), including the acquisition or 
condemnation of any real property or any facility or for plant 
or facility acquisition, construction, or expansion, and 
purchase of not more than 16 passenger motor vehicles including 
one bus, and one airplane for replacement only, $6,585,000,000, 
to remain available until expended:  Provided, That of such 
amount, $183,000,000 shall be available until September 30, 
2020, for program direction.

               Advanced Research Projects Agency--Energy

    For Department of Energy expenses necessary in carrying out 
the activities authorized by section 5012 of the America 
COMPETES Act (Public Law 110-69), $366,000,000, to remain 
available until expended:  Provided, That of such amount, 
$31,250,000 shall be available until September 30, 2020, for 
program direction.

         Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program

    Such sums as are derived from amounts received from 
borrowers pursuant to section 1702(b) of the Energy Policy Act 
of 2005 under this heading in prior Acts, shall be collected in 
accordance with section 502(7) of the Congressional Budget Act 
of 1974:  Provided, That for necessary administrative expenses 
of the Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program, 
as authorized, $33,000,000 is appropriated, to remain available 
until September 30, 2020:  Provided further, That up to 
$33,000,000 of fees collected in fiscal year 2019 pursuant to 
section 1702(h) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 shall be 
credited as offsetting collections under this heading and used 
for necessary administrative expenses in this appropriation and 
shall remain available until September 30, 2020:  Provided 
further, That to the extent that fees collected in fiscal year 
2019 exceed $33,000,000, those excess amounts shall be credited 
as offsetting collections under this heading and available in 
future fiscal years only to the extent provided in advance in 
appropriations Acts:  Provided further, That the sum herein 
appropriated from the general fund shall be reduced (1) as such 
fees are received during fiscal year 2019 (estimated at 
$15,000,000) and (2) to the extent that any remaining general 
fund appropriations can be derived from fees collected in 
previous fiscal years that are not otherwise appropriated, so 
as to result in a final fiscal year 2019 appropriation from the 
general fund estimated at $0:  Provided further, That the 
Department of Energy shall not subordinate any loan obligation 
to other financing in violation of section 1702 of the Energy 
Policy Act of 2005 or subordinate any Guaranteed Obligation to 
any loan or other debt obligations in violation of section 
609.10 of title 10, Code of Federal Regulations.

        Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program

    For Department of Energy administrative expenses necessary 
in carrying out the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing 
Loan Program, $5,000,000, to remain available until September 
30, 2020.

                  Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program

    For Department of Energy administrative expenses necessary 
in carrying out the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program, 
$1,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2020.

              Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs

    For necessary expenses for Indian Energy activities in 
carrying out the purposes of the Department of Energy 
Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.), $18,000,000, to 
remain available until expended:  Provided, That, of the amount 
appropriated under this heading, $4,800,000 shall be available 
until September 30, 2020, for program direction.

                      Departmental Administration

    For salaries and expenses of the Department of Energy 
necessary for departmental administration in carrying out the 
purposes of the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 
U.S.C. 7101 et seq.), $261,858,000, to remain available until 
September 30, 2020, including the hire of passenger motor 
vehicles and official reception and representation expenses not 
to exceed $30,000, plus such additional amounts as necessary to 
cover increases in the estimated amount of cost of work for 
others notwithstanding the provisions of the Anti-Deficiency 
Act (31 U.S.C. 1511 et seq.):  Provided, That such increases in 
cost of work are offset by revenue increases of the same or 
greater amount:  Provided further, That moneys received by the 
Department for miscellaneous revenues estimated to total 
$96,000,000 in fiscal year 2019 may be retained and used for 
operating expenses within this account, as authorized by 
section 201 of Public Law 95-238, notwithstanding the 
provisions of 31 U.S.C. 3302:  Provided further, That the sum 
herein appropriated shall be reduced as collections are 
received during the fiscal year so as to result in a final 
fiscal year 2019 appropriation from the general fund estimated 
at not more than $165,858,000.

                    Office of the Inspector General

    For expenses necessary for the Office of the Inspector 
General in carrying out the provisions of the Inspector General 
Act of 1978, $51,330,000, to remain available until September 
30, 2020.

                    ATOMIC ENERGY DEFENSE ACTIVITIES

                NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

                           Weapons Activities

    For Department of Energy expenses, including the purchase, 
construction, and acquisition of plant and capital equipment 
and other incidental expenses necessary for atomic energy 
defense weapons activities in carrying out the purposes of the 
Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.), 
including the acquisition or condemnation of any real property 
or any facility or for plant or facility acquisition, 
construction, or expansion, and the purchase of not to exceed 
one ambulance for replacement only, $11,100,000,000, to remain 
available until expended:  Provided, That of such amount, 
$102,022,000 shall be available until September 30, 2020, for 
program direction.

                    Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation

                    (including rescission of funds)

    For Department of Energy expenses, including the purchase, 
construction, and acquisition of plant and capital equipment 
and other incidental expenses necessary for defense nuclear 
nonproliferation activities, in carrying out the purposes of 
the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7101 et 
seq.), including the acquisition or condemnation of any real 
property or any facility or for plant or facility acquisition, 
construction, or expansion, and the purchase of not to exceed 
three aircraft, $1,949,000,000, to remain available until 
expended:  Provided, That of such amount, $25,000,000 shall be 
made available for design activities supporting the dilute and 
dispose strategy for plutonium disposition:  Provided further, 
That none of the funds made available under this heading shall 
be made available for the construction activities or 
acquisition of equipment for the Surplus Plutonium Disposition 
Project:  Provided further, That of the unobligated balances 
from prior year appropriations available under this heading, 
$19,000,000 is hereby rescinded:  Provided further, That no 
amounts may be rescinded from amounts that were designated by 
the Congress as an emergency requirement pursuant to the 
Concurrent Resolution on the Budget or the Balanced Budget and 
Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

                             Naval Reactors

                     (including transfer of funds)

    For Department of Energy expenses necessary for naval 
reactors activities to carry out the Department of Energy 
Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.), including the 
acquisition (by purchase, condemnation, construction, or 
otherwise) of real property, plant, and capital equipment, 
facilities, and facility expansion, $1,788,618,000, to remain 
available until expended, of which, $85,500,000 shall be 
transferred to ``Department of Energy--Energy Programs--Nuclear 
Energy'', for the Advanced Test Reactor:  Provided, That of 
such amount, $48,709,000 shall be available until September 30, 
2020, for program direction.

                     Federal Salaries and Expenses

    For expenses necessary for Federal Salaries and Expenses in 
the National Nuclear Security Administration, $410,000,000, to 
remain available until September 30, 2020, including official 
reception and representation expenses not to exceed $12,000.

               ENVIRONMENTAL AND OTHER DEFENSE ACTIVITIES

                     Defense Environmental Cleanup

                    (including rescission of funds)

    For Department of Energy expenses, including the purchase, 
construction, and acquisition of plant and capital equipment 
and other expenses necessary for atomic energy defense 
environmental cleanup activities in carrying out the purposes 
of the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7101 et 
seq.), including the acquisition or condemnation of any real 
property or any facility or for plant or facility acquisition, 
construction, or expansion, and the purchase of not to exceed 
one passenger minivan for replacement only, $6,028,600,000, to 
remain available until expended:  Provided, That of such 
amount, $298,500,000 shall be available until September 30, 
2020, for program direction:  Provided further, That of the 
unobligated balances from prior year appropriations available 
under this heading, $4,600,000 is hereby rescinded:  Provided 
further, That no amounts may be rescinded from amounts that 
were designated by the Congress as an emergency requirement 
pursuant to the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget or the 
Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

                        Other Defense Activities

    For Department of Energy expenses, including the purchase, 
construction, and acquisition of plant and capital equipment 
and other expenses, necessary for atomic energy defense, other 
defense activities, and classified activities, in carrying out 
the purposes of the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 
U.S.C. 7101 et seq.), including the acquisition or condemnation 
of any real property or any facility or for plant or facility 
acquisition, construction, or expansion, $860,292,000, to 
remain available until expended:  Provided, That of such 
amount, $295,432,000 shall be available until September 30, 
2020, for program direction.

                    POWER MARKETING ADMINISTRATIONS

                  Bonneville Power Administration Fund

    Expenditures from the Bonneville Power Administration Fund, 
established pursuant to Public Law 93-454, are approved for 
official reception and representation expenses in an amount not 
to exceed $5,000:  Provided, That during fiscal year 2019, no 
new direct loan obligations may be made.

      Operation and Maintenance, Southeastern Power Administration

    For expenses necessary for operation and maintenance of 
power transmission facilities and for marketing electric power 
and energy, including transmission wheeling and ancillary 
services, pursuant to section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 
1944 (16 U.S.C. 825s), as applied to the southeastern power 
area, $6,500,000, including official reception and 
representation expenses in an amount not to exceed $1,500, to 
remain available until expended:  Provided, That 
notwithstanding 31 U.S.C. 3302 and section 5 of the Flood 
Control Act of 1944, up to $6,500,000 collected by the 
Southeastern Power Administration from the sale of power and 
related services shall be credited to this account as 
discretionary offsetting collections, to remain available until 
expended for the sole purpose of funding the annual expenses of 
the Southeastern Power Administration:  Provided further, That 
the sum herein appropriated for annual expenses shall be 
reduced as collections are received during the fiscal year so 
as to result in a final fiscal year 2019 appropriation 
estimated at not more than $0:  Provided further, That 
notwithstanding 31 U.S.C. 3302, up to $55,000,000 collected by 
the Southeastern Power Administration pursuant to the Flood 
Control Act of 1944 to recover purchase power and wheeling 
expenses shall be credited to this account as offsetting 
collections, to remain available until expended for the sole 
purpose of making purchase power and wheeling expenditures:  
Provided further, That for purposes of this appropriation, 
annual expenses means expenditures that are generally recovered 
in the same year that they are incurred (excluding purchase 
power and wheeling expenses).

      Operation and Maintenance, Southwestern Power Administration

    For expenses necessary for operation and maintenance of 
power transmission facilities and for marketing electric power 
and energy, for construction and acquisition of transmission 
lines, substations and appurtenant facilities, and for 
administrative expenses, including official reception and 
representation expenses in an amount not to exceed $1,500 in 
carrying out section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944 (16 
U.S.C. 825s), as applied to the Southwestern Power 
Administration, $45,802,000, to remain available until 
expended:  Provided, That notwithstanding 31 U.S.C. 3302 and 
section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944 (16 U.S.C. 825s), up 
to $35,402,000 collected by the Southwestern Power 
Administration from the sale of power and related services 
shall be credited to this account as discretionary offsetting 
collections, to remain available until expended, for the sole 
purpose of funding the annual expenses of the Southwestern 
Power Administration:  Provided further, That the sum herein 
appropriated for annual expenses shall be reduced as 
collections are received during the fiscal year so as to result 
in a final fiscal year 2019 appropriation estimated at not more 
than $10,400,000:  Provided further, That notwithstanding 31 
U.S.C. 3302, up to $50,000,000 collected by the Southwestern 
Power Administration pursuant to the Flood Control Act of 1944 
to recover purchase power and wheeling expenses shall be 
credited to this account as offsetting collections, to remain 
available until expended for the sole purpose of making 
purchase power and wheeling expenditures:  Provided further, 
That for purposes of this appropriation, annual expenses means 
expenditures that are generally recovered in the same year that 
they are incurred (excluding purchase power and wheeling 
expenses).

 Construction, Rehabilitation, Operation and Maintenance, Western Area 
                          Power Administration

    For carrying out the functions authorized by title III, 
section 302(a)(1)(E) of the Act of August 4, 1977 (42 U.S.C. 
7152), and other related activities including conservation and 
renewable resources programs as authorized, $265,142,000, 
including official reception and representation expenses in an 
amount not to exceed $1,500, to remain available until 
expended, of which $265,142,000 shall be derived from the 
Department of the Interior Reclamation Fund:  Provided, That 
notwithstanding 31 U.S.C. 3302, section 5 of the Flood Control 
Act of 1944 (16 U.S.C. 825s), and section 1 of the Interior 
Department Appropriation Act, 1939 (43 U.S.C. 392a), up to 
$175,770,000 collected by the Western Area Power Administration 
from the sale of power and related services shall be credited 
to this account as discretionary offsetting collections, to 
remain available until expended, for the sole purpose of 
funding the annual expenses of the Western Area Power 
Administration:  Provided further, That the sum herein 
appropriated for annual expenses shall be reduced as 
collections are received during the fiscal year so as to result 
in a final fiscal year 2019 appropriation estimated at not more 
than $89,372,000, of which $89,372,000 is derived from the 
Reclamation Fund:  Provided further, That notwithstanding 31 
U.S.C. 3302, up to $225,442,000 collected by the Western Area 
Power Administration pursuant to the Flood Control Act of 1944 
and the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 to recover purchase 
power and wheeling expenses shall be credited to this account 
as offsetting collections, to remain available until expended 
for the sole purpose of making purchase power and wheeling 
expenditures:  Provided further, That for purposes of this 
appropriation, annual expenses means expenditures that are 
generally recovered in the same year that they are incurred 
(excluding purchase power and wheeling expenses).

           Falcon and Amistad Operating and Maintenance Fund

    For operation, maintenance, and emergency costs for the 
hydroelectric facilities at the Falcon and Amistad Dams, 
$1,568,000, to remain available until expended, and to be 
derived from the Falcon and Amistad Operating and Maintenance 
Fund of the Western Area Power Administration, as provided in 
section 2 of the Act of June 18, 1954 (68 Stat. 255):  
Provided, That notwithstanding the provisions of that Act and 
of 31 U.S.C. 3302, up to $1,340,000 collected by the Western 
Area Power Administration from the sale of power and related 
services from the Falcon and Amistad Dams shall be credited to 
this account as discretionary offsetting collections, to remain 
available until expended for the sole purpose of funding the 
annual expenses of the hydroelectric facilities of these Dams 
and associated Western Area Power Administration activities:  
Provided further, That the sum herein appropriated for annual 
expenses shall be reduced as collections are received during 
the fiscal year so as to result in a final fiscal year 2019 
appropriation estimated at not more than $228,000:  Provided 
further, That for purposes of this appropriation, annual 
expenses means expenditures that are generally recovered in the 
same year that they are incurred:  Provided further, That for 
fiscal year 2019, the Administrator of the Western Area Power 
Administration may accept up to $372,000 in funds contributed 
by United States power customers of the Falcon and Amistad Dams 
for deposit into the Falcon and Amistad Operating and 
Maintenance Fund, and such funds shall be available for the 
purpose for which contributed in like manner as if said sums 
had been specifically appropriated for such purpose:  Provided 
further, That any such funds shall be available without further 
appropriation and without fiscal year limitation for use by the 
Commissioner of the United States Section of the International 
Boundary and Water Commission for the sole purpose of 
operating, maintaining, repairing, rehabilitating, replacing, 
or upgrading the hydroelectric facilities at these Dams in 
accordance with agreements reached between the Administrator, 
Commissioner, and the power customers.

                  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

                         salaries and expenses

    For expenses necessary for the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission to carry out the provisions of the Department of 
Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.), including 
services as authorized by 5 U.S.C. 3109, official reception and 
representation expenses not to exceed $3,000, and the hire of 
passenger motor vehicles, $369,900,000, to remain available 
until expended:  Provided, That notwithstanding any other 
provision of law, not to exceed $369,900,000 of revenues from 
fees and annual charges, and other services and collections in 
fiscal year 2019 shall be retained and used for expenses 
necessary in this account, and shall remain available until 
expended:  Provided further, That the sum herein appropriated 
from the general fund shall be reduced as revenues are received 
during fiscal year 2019 so as to result in a final fiscal year 
2019 appropriation from the general fund estimated at not more 
than $0.

                GENERAL PROVISIONS--DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

                     (including transfers of funds)

    Sec. 301. (a) No appropriation, funds, or authority made 
available by this title for the Department of Energy shall be 
used to initiate or resume any program, project, or activity or 
to prepare or initiate Requests For Proposals or similar 
arrangements (including Requests for Quotations, Requests for 
Information, and Funding Opportunity Announcements) for a 
program, project, or activity if the program, project, or 
activity has not been funded by Congress.
    (b)(1) Unless the Secretary of Energy notifies the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress at 
least 3 full business days in advance, none of the funds made 
available in this title may be used to--
            (A) make a grant allocation or discretionary grant 
        award totaling $1,000,000 or more;
            (B) make a discretionary contract award or Other 
        Transaction Agreement totaling $1,000,000 or more, 
        including a contract covered by the Federal Acquisition 
        Regulation;
            (C) issue a letter of intent to make an allocation, 
        award, or Agreement in excess of the limits in 
        subparagraph (A) or (B); or
            (D) announce publicly the intention to make an 
        allocation, award, or Agreement in excess of the limits 
        in subparagraph (A) or (B).
    (2) The Secretary of Energy shall submit to the Committees 
on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress within 15 days of 
the conclusion of each quarter a report detailing each grant 
allocation or discretionary grant award totaling less than 
$1,000,000 provided during the previous quarter.
    (3) The notification required by paragraph (1) and the 
report required by paragraph (2) shall include the recipient of 
the award, the amount of the award, the fiscal year for which 
the funds for the award were appropriated, the account and 
program, project, or activity from which the funds are being 
drawn, the title of the award, and a brief description of the 
activity for which the award is made.
    (c) The Department of Energy may not, with respect to any 
program, project, or activity that uses budget authority made 
available in this title under the heading ``Department of 
Energy--Energy Programs'', enter into a multiyear contract, 
award a multiyear grant, or enter into a multiyear cooperative 
agreement unless--
            (1) the contract, grant, or cooperative agreement 
        is funded for the full period of performance as 
        anticipated at the time of award; or
            (2) the contract, grant, or cooperative agreement 
        includes a clause conditioning the Federal Government's 
        obligation on the availability of future year budget 
        authority and the Secretary notifies the Committees on 
        Appropriations of both Houses of Congress at least 3 
        days in advance.
    (d) Except as provided in subsections (e), (f), and (g), 
the amounts made available by this title shall be expended as 
authorized by law for the programs, projects, and activities 
specified in the ``Conference'' column in the ``Department of 
Energy'' table included under the heading ``Title III--
Department of Energy'' in the joint explanatory statement 
accompanying this Act.
    (e) The amounts made available by this title may be 
reprogrammed for any program, project, or activity, and the 
Department shall notify, and obtain the prior approval of, the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress at 
least 30 days prior to the use of any proposed reprogramming 
that would cause any program, project, or activity funding 
level to increase or decrease by more than $5,000,000 or 10 
percent, whichever is less, during the time period covered by 
this Act.
    (f) None of the funds provided in this title shall be 
available for obligation or expenditure through a reprogramming 
of funds that--
            (1) creates, initiates, or eliminates a program, 
        project, or activity;
            (2) increases funds or personnel for any program, 
        project, or activity for which funds are denied or 
        restricted by this Act; or
            (3) reduces funds that are directed to be used for 
        a specific program, project, or activity by this Act.
    (g)(1) The Secretary of Energy may waive any requirement or 
restriction in this section that applies to the use of funds 
made available for the Department of Energy if compliance with 
such requirement or restriction would pose a substantial risk 
to human health, the environment, welfare, or national 
security.
    (2) The Secretary of Energy shall notify the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress of any waiver under 
paragraph (1) as soon as practicable, but not later than 3 days 
after the date of the activity to which a requirement or 
restriction would otherwise have applied. Such notice shall 
include an explanation of the substantial risk under paragraph 
(1) that permitted such waiver.
    (h) The unexpended balances of prior appropriations 
provided for activities in this Act may be available to the 
same appropriation accounts for such activities established 
pursuant to this title. Available balances may be merged with 
funds in the applicable established accounts and thereafter may 
be accounted for as one fund for the same time period as 
originally enacted.
    Sec. 302.  Funds appropriated by this or any other Act, or 
made available by the transfer of funds in this Act, for 
intelligence activities are deemed to be specifically 
authorized by the Congress for purposes of section 504 of the 
National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 3094) during fiscal 
year 2019 until the enactment of the Intelligence Authorization 
Act for fiscal year 2019.
    Sec. 303.  None of the funds made available in this title 
shall be used for the construction of facilities classified as 
high-hazard nuclear facilities under 10 CFR Part 830 unless 
independent oversight is conducted by the Office of Enterprise 
Assessments to ensure the project is in compliance with nuclear 
safety requirements.
    Sec. 304.  None of the funds made available in this title 
may be used to approve critical decision-2 or critical 
decision-3 under Department of Energy Order 413.3B, or any 
successive departmental guidance, for construction projects 
where the total project cost exceeds $100,000,000, until a 
separate independent cost estimate has been developed for the 
project for that critical decision.
    Sec. 305.  The Secretary of Energy may not transfer more 
than $274,833,000 from the amounts made available under this 
title to the working capital fund established under section 653 
of the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7263):  
Provided, That the Secretary may transfer additional amounts to 
the working capital fund after the Secretary provides 
notification in advance of any such transfer to the Committees 
on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress:  Provided 
further, That any such notification shall identify the sources 
of funds by program, project, or activity:  Provided further, 
That the Secretary shall notify the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress before adding or 
removing any activities from the fund.
    Sec. 306. (a) None of the funds made available in this or 
any prior Act under the heading ``Defense Nuclear 
Nonproliferation'' may be made available to enter into new 
contracts with, or new agreements for Federal assistance to, 
the Russian Federation.
    (b) The Secretary of Energy may waive the prohibition in 
subsection (a) if the Secretary determines that such activity 
is in the national security interests of the United States. 
This waiver authority may not be delegated.
    (c) A waiver under subsection (b) shall not be effective 
until 15 days after the date on which the Secretary submits to 
the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress, in 
classified form if necessary, a report on the justification for 
the waiver.
    Sec. 307. (a) New Regional Reserves.--The Secretary of 
Energy may not establish any new regional petroleum product 
reserve unless funding for the proposed regional petroleum 
product reserve is explicitly requested in advance in an annual 
budget submission and approved by the Congress in an 
appropriations Act.
    (b) The budget request or notification shall include--
            (1) the justification for the new reserve;
            (2) a cost estimate for the establishment, 
        operation, and maintenance of the reserve, including 
        funding sources;
            (3) a detailed plan for operation of the reserve, 
        including the conditions upon which the products may be 
        released;
            (4) the location of the reserve; and
            (5) the estimate of the total inventory of the 
        reserve.
    Sec. 308.  Notwithstanding section 161 of the Energy Policy 
and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6241), upon a determination by 
the President in this fiscal year that a regional supply 
shortage of refined petroleum product of significant scope and 
duration exists, that a severe increase in the price of refined 
petroleum product will likely result from such shortage, and 
that a draw down and sale of refined petroleum product would 
assist directly and significantly in reducing the adverse 
impact of such shortage, the Secretary of Energy may draw down 
and sell refined petroleum product from the Strategic Petroleum 
Reserve. Proceeds from a sale under this section shall be 
deposited into the SPR Petroleum Account established in section 
167 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6247), 
and such amounts shall be available for obligation, without 
fiscal year limitation, consistent with that section.

                                TITLE IV

                          INDEPENDENT AGENCIES

                    Appalachian Regional Commission

    For expenses necessary to carry out the programs authorized 
by the Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965, and for 
expenses necessary for the Federal Co-Chairman and the 
Alternate on the Appalachian Regional Commission, for payment 
of the Federal share of the administrative expenses of the 
Commission, including services as authorized by 5 U.S.C. 3109, 
and hire of passenger motor vehicles, $165,000,000, to remain 
available until expended.

                Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

                         salaries and expenses

    For expenses necessary for the Defense Nuclear Facilities 
Safety Board in carrying out activities authorized by the 
Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended by Public Law 100-456, 
section 1441, $31,000,000, to remain available until September 
30, 2020:  Provided, That none of the funds made available by 
this or any prior Act for the salaries and expenses of the 
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board shall be available to 
implement any reform and reorganization plan of the Defense 
Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, including the plan announced 
on August 15, 2018, unless any such reform and reorganization 
plan is specifically authorized by law.

                        Delta Regional Authority

                         salaries and expenses

    For expenses necessary for the Delta Regional Authority and 
to carry out its activities, as authorized by the Delta 
Regional Authority Act of 2000, notwithstanding sections 
382F(d), 382M, and 382N of said Act, $25,000,000, to remain 
available until expended.

                           Denali Commission

    For expenses necessary for the Denali Commission including 
the purchase, construction, and acquisition of plant and 
capital equipment as necessary and other expenses, $15,000,000, 
to remain available until expended, notwithstanding the 
limitations contained in section 306(g) of the Denali 
Commission Act of 1998:  Provided, That funds shall be 
available for construction projects in an amount not to exceed 
80 percent of total project cost for distressed communities, as 
defined by section 307 of the Denali Commission Act of 1998 
(division C, title III, Public Law 105-277), as amended by 
section 701 of appendix D, title VII, Public Law 106-113 (113 
Stat. 1501A-280), and an amount not to exceed 50 percent for 
non-distressed communities:  Provided further, That 
notwithstanding any other provision of law regarding payment of 
a non-Federal share in connection with a grant-in-aid program, 
amounts under this heading shall be available for the payment 
of such a non-Federal share for programs undertaken to carry 
out the purposes of the Commission.

                  Northern Border Regional Commission

    For expenses necessary for the Northern Border Regional 
Commission in carrying out activities authorized by subtitle V 
of title 40, United States Code, $20,000,000, to remain 
available until expended:  Provided, That such amounts shall be 
available for administrative expenses, notwithstanding section 
15751(b) of title 40, United States Code:  Provided further, 
That during fiscal year 2019, the duties and authority of the 
Federal Cochairperson shall be assumed by the Northern Border 
Regional Commission Program Director if the position of the 
Federal Cochairperson and Alternate Federal Cochairperson is 
vacant.

                 Southeast Crescent Regional Commission

    For expenses necessary for the Southeast Crescent Regional 
Commission in carrying out activities authorized by subtitle V 
of title 40, United States Code, $250,000, to remain available 
until expended.

                     Nuclear Regulatory Commission

                         salaries and expenses

    For expenses necessary for the Commission in carrying out 
the purposes of the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 and the 
Atomic Energy Act of 1954, $898,350,000, including official 
representation expenses not to exceed $25,000, to remain 
available until expended:  Provided, That of the amount 
appropriated herein, not more than $9,500,000 may be made 
available for salaries, travel, and other support costs for the 
Office of the Commission, to remain available until September 
30, 2020, of which, notwithstanding section 201(a)(2)(c) of the 
Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5841(a)(2)(c)), 
the use and expenditure shall only be approved by a majority 
vote of the Commission:  Provided further, That revenues from 
licensing fees, inspection services, and other services and 
collections estimated at $770,477,000 in fiscal year 2019 shall 
be retained and used for necessary salaries and expenses in 
this account, notwithstanding 31 U.S.C. 3302, and shall remain 
available until expended:  Provided further, That of the 
amounts appropriated under this heading, not less than 
$10,300,000 shall be for activities related to the development 
of regulatory infrastructure for advanced nuclear technologies, 
and $16,080,000 shall be for international activities, except 
that the amounts provided under this proviso shall not be 
derived from fee revenues, notwithstanding 42 U.S.C. 2214:  
Provided further, That the sum herein appropriated shall be 
reduced by the amount of revenues received during fiscal year 
2019 so as to result in a final fiscal year 2019 appropriation 
estimated at not more than $127,873,000:  Provided further, 
That of the amounts appropriated under this heading, 
$10,000,000 shall be for university research and development in 
areas relevant to the Commission's mission, and $5,000,000 
shall be for a Nuclear Science and Engineering Grant Program 
that will support multiyear projects that do not align with 
programmatic missions but are critical to maintaining the 
discipline of nuclear science and engineering.

                      office of inspector general

    For expenses necessary for the Office of Inspector General 
in carrying out the provisions of the Inspector General Act of 
1978, $12,609,000, to remain available until September 30, 
2020:  Provided, That revenues from licensing fees, inspection 
services, and other services and collections estimated at 
$10,355,000 in fiscal year 2019 shall be retained and be 
available until September 30, 2020, for necessary salaries and 
expenses in this account, notwithstanding section 3302 of title 
31, United States Code:  Provided further, That the sum herein 
appropriated shall be reduced by the amount of revenues 
received during fiscal year 2019 so as to result in a final 
fiscal year 2019 appropriation estimated at not more than 
$2,254,000:  Provided further, That of the amounts appropriated 
under this heading, $1,103,000 shall be for Inspector General 
services for the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, which 
shall not be available from fee revenues.

                  Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board

                         salaries and expenses

    For expenses necessary for the Nuclear Waste Technical 
Review Board, as authorized by Public Law 100-203, section 
5051, $3,600,000, to be derived from the Nuclear Waste Fund, to 
remain available until September 30, 2020.

                GENERAL PROVISIONS--INDEPENDENT AGENCIES

    Sec. 401.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission shall comply 
with the July 5, 2011, version of Chapter VI of its Internal 
Commission Procedures when responding to Congressional requests 
for information, consistent with Department of Justice guidance 
for all federal agencies.
    Sec. 402. (a) The amounts made available by this title for 
the Nuclear Regulatory Commission may be reprogrammed for any 
program, project, or activity, and the Commission shall notify 
the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress at 
least 30 days prior to the use of any proposed reprogramming 
that would cause any program funding level to increase or 
decrease by more than $500,000 or 10 percent, whichever is 
less, during the time period covered by this Act.
    (b)(1) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission may waive the 
notification requirement in subsection (a) if compliance with 
such requirement would pose a substantial risk to human health, 
the environment, welfare, or national security.
    (2) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission shall notify the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress of any 
waiver under paragraph (1) as soon as practicable, but not 
later than 3 days after the date of the activity to which a 
requirement or restriction would otherwise have applied. Such 
notice shall include an explanation of the substantial risk 
under paragraph (1) that permitted such waiver and shall 
provide a detailed report to the Committees of such waiver and 
changes to funding levels to programs, projects, or activities.
    (c) Except as provided in subsections (a), (b), and (d), 
the amounts made available by this title for ``Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission--Salaries and Expenses'' shall be 
expended as directed in the joint explanatory statement 
accompanying this Act.
    (d) None of the funds provided for the Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission shall be available for obligation or expenditure 
through a reprogramming of funds that increases funds or 
personnel for any program, project, or activity for which funds 
are denied or restricted by this Act.
    (e) The Commission shall provide a monthly report to the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress, which 
includes the following for each program, project, or activity, 
including any prior year appropriations--
            (1) total budget authority;
            (2) total unobligated balances; and
            (3) total unliquidated obligations.

                                TITLE V

                           GENERAL PROVISIONS

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 501.  None of the funds appropriated by this Act may 
be used in any way, directly or indirectly, to influence 
congressional action on any legislation or appropriation 
matters pending before Congress, other than to communicate to 
Members of Congress as described in 18 U.S.C. 1913.
    Sec. 502. (a) None of the funds made available in title III 
of this Act may be transferred to any department, agency, or 
instrumentality of the United States Government, except 
pursuant to a transfer made by or transfer authority provided 
in this Act or any other appropriations Act for any fiscal 
year, transfer authority referenced in the joint explanatory 
statement accompanying this Act, or any authority whereby a 
department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States 
Government may provide goods or services to another department, 
agency, or instrumentality.
    (b) None of the funds made available for any department, 
agency, or instrumentality of the United States Government may 
be transferred to accounts funded in title III of this Act, 
except pursuant to a transfer made by or transfer authority 
provided in this Act or any other appropriations Act for any 
fiscal year, transfer authority referenced in the joint 
explanatory statement accompanying this Act, or any authority 
whereby a department, agency, or instrumentality of the United 
States Government may provide goods or services to another 
department, agency, or instrumentality.
    (c) The head of any relevant department or agency funded in 
this Act utilizing any transfer authority shall submit to the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a 
semiannual report detailing the transfer authorities, except 
for any authority whereby a department, agency, or 
instrumentality of the United States Government may provide 
goods or services to another department, agency, or 
instrumentality, used in the previous 6 months and in the year-
to-date. This report shall include the amounts transferred and 
the purposes for which they were transferred, and shall not 
replace or modify existing notification requirements for each 
authority.
    Sec. 503.  None of the funds made available by this Act may 
be used in contravention of Executive Order No. 12898 of 
February 11, 1994 (Federal Actions to Address Environmental 
Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations).
    Sec. 504. (a) None of the funds made available in this Act 
may be used to maintain or establish a computer network unless 
such network blocks the viewing, downloading, and exchanging of 
pornography.
    (b) Nothing in subsection (a) shall limit the use of funds 
necessary for any Federal, State, tribal, or local law 
enforcement agency or any other entity carrying out criminal 
investigations, prosecution, or adjudication activities.
    Sec. 505.  For an additional amount for ``Department of the 
Interior--Bureau of Reclamation--Water and Related Resources'', 
$21,400,000, to remain available until expended, for transfer 
to Reclamation's Upper Colorado River Basin Fund to carry out 
environmental stewardship and endangered species recovery 
efforts pursuant to the Grand Canyon Protection Act of 1992 
(Public Law 102-575), Public Law 106-392, the Colorado River 
Basin Project Act (43 U.S.C. 1551(b)), and the Act of April 11, 
1956 (commonly known as the ``Colorado River Storage Project 
Act'') (43 U.S.C. 620n).
    This division may be cited as the ``Energy and Water 
Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019''.

        DIVISION B--LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2019

                                TITLE I

                           LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

                                 SENATE

      Payment to Widows and Heirs of Deceased Members of Congress

    For payment to Cindy H. McCain, widow of John Sidney McCain 
III, late a Senator from the State of Arizona, $174,000.

                           Expense Allowances

    For expense allowances of the Vice President, $18,760; the 
President Pro Tempore of the Senate, $37,520; Majority Leader 
of the Senate, $39,920; Minority Leader of the Senate, $39,920; 
Majority Whip of the Senate, $9,980; Minority Whip of the 
Senate, $9,980; President Pro Tempore Emeritus, $15,000; 
Chairmen of the Majority and Minority Conference Committees, 
$4,690 for each Chairman; and Chairmen of the Majority and 
Minority Policy Committees, $4,690 for each Chairman; in all, 
$189,840.
    For representation allowances of the Majority and Minority 
Leaders of the Senate, $14,070 for each such Leader; in all, 
$28,140.

                    Salaries, Officers and Employees

    For compensation of officers, employees, and others as 
authorized by law, including agency contributions, 
$208,390,812, which shall be paid from this appropriation as 
follows:

                      office of the vice president

    For the Office of the Vice President, $2,484,248.

                  office of the president pro tempore

    For the Office of the President Pro Tempore, $744,466.

              office of the president pro tempore emeritus

    For the Office of the President Pro Tempore Emeritus, 
$319,000.

              offices of the majority and minority leaders

    For Offices of the Majority and Minority Leaders, 
$5,399,576.

               offices of the majority and minority whips

    For Offices of the Majority and Minority Whips, $3,455,424.

                      committee on appropriations

    For salaries of the Committee on Appropriations, 
$15,496,000.

                         conference committees

    For the Conference of the Majority and the Conference of 
the Minority, at rates of compensation to be fixed by the 
Chairman of each such committee, $1,704,000 for each such 
committee; in all, $3,408,000.

 offices of the secretaries of the conference of the majority and the 
                       conference of the minority

    For Offices of the Secretaries of the Conference of the 
Majority and the Conference of the Minority, $843,402.

                           policy committees

    For salaries of the Majority Policy Committee and the 
Minority Policy Committee, $1,740,905 for each such committee; 
in all, $3,481,810.

                         office of the chaplain

    For Office of the Chaplain, $474,886.

                        office of the secretary

    For Office of the Secretary, $26,315,000.

             office of the sergeant at arms and doorkeeper

    For Office of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper, 
$84,157,000.

        offices of the secretaries for the majority and minority

    For Offices of the Secretary for the Majority and the 
Secretary for the Minority, $1,900,000.

               agency contributions and related expenses

    For agency contributions for employee benefits, as 
authorized by law, and related expenses, $59,912,000.

            Office of the Legislative Counsel of the Senate

    For salaries and expenses of the Office of the Legislative 
Counsel of the Senate, $6,278,000.

                     Office of Senate Legal Counsel

    For salaries and expenses of the Office of Senate Legal 
Counsel, $1,176,000.

Expense Allowances of the Secretary of the Senate, Sergeant at Arms and 
Doorkeeper of the Senate, and Secretaries for the Majority and Minority 
                             of the Senate

    For expense allowances of the Secretary of the Senate, 
$7,110; Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate, $7,110; 
Secretary for the Majority of the Senate, $7,110; Secretary for 
the Minority of the Senate, $7,110; in all, $28,440.

                   Contingent Expenses of the Senate

                      inquiries and investigations

    For expenses of inquiries and investigations ordered by the 
Senate, or conducted under paragraph 1 of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate, section 112 of the Supplemental 
Appropriations and Rescission Act, 1980 (Public Law 96-304), 
and Senate Resolution 281, 96th Congress, agreed to March 11, 
1980, $133,265,000, of which $26,650,000 shall remain available 
until September 30, 2021.

         u.s. senate caucus on international narcotics control

    For expenses of the United States Senate Caucus on 
International Narcotics Control, $508,000.

                        secretary of the senate

    For expenses of the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, 
$10,036,000 of which $6,436,000 shall remain available until 
September 30, 2023 and of which $3,600,000 shall remain 
available until expended.

             sergeant at arms and doorkeeper of the senate

    For expenses of the Office of the Sergeant at Arms and 
Doorkeeper of the Senate, $126,595,000, which shall remain 
available until September 30, 2023.

                          miscellaneous items

    For miscellaneous items, $18,871,410 which shall remain 
available until September 30, 2021.

        senators' official personnel and office expense account

    For Senators' Official Personnel and Office Expense 
Account, $429,000,000 of which $20,128,950 shall remain 
available until September 30, 2021 and of which $5,000,000 
shall be allocated solely for the purpose of providing 
financial compensation to Senate interns.

                          official mail costs

    For expenses necessary for official mail costs of the 
Senate, $300,000.

                       Administrative Provisions

requiring amounts remaining in senators' official personnel and office 
   expense account to be used for deficit reduction or to reduce the 
                              federal debt

    Sec. 101.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any 
amounts appropriated under this Act under the heading 
``SENATE'' under the heading ``Contingent Expenses of the 
Senate'' under the heading ``senators' official personnel and 
office expense account'' shall be available for obligation only 
during the fiscal year or fiscal years for which such amounts 
are made available. Any unexpended balances under such 
allowances remaining after the end of the period of 
availability shall be returned to the Treasury in accordance 
with the undesignated paragraph under the center heading 
``GENERAL PROVISION'' under chapter XI of the Third 
Supplemental Appropriation Act, 1957 (2 U.S.C. 4107) and used 
for deficit reduction (or, if there is no Federal budget 
deficit after all such payments have been made, for reducing 
the Federal debt, in such manner as the Secretary of the 
Treasury considers appropriate).

              filing by senate candidates with commission

    Sec. 102.  Section 302(g) of the Federal Election Campaign 
Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30102(g)) is amended to read as follows:
    ``(g) Filing With the Commission.--All designations, 
statements, and reports required to be filed under this Act 
shall be filed with the Commission.''.

                         extension of authority

    Sec. 103.  Section 21(d) of Senate Resolution 64 of the One 
Hundred Thirteenth Congress, 1st session (agreed to on March 5, 
2013), as amended by section 178 of the Continuing 
Appropriations Act, 2017 (division C of Public Law 114-223), is 
further amended by striking ``December 31, 2018'' and inserting 
``December 31, 2020''.

                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                         Salaries and Expenses

    For salaries and expenses of the House of Representatives, 
$1,232,663,035, as follows:

                        House Leadership Offices

    For salaries and expenses, as authorized by law, 
$25,378,875, including: Office of the Speaker, $7,123,634, 
including $25,000 for official expenses of the Speaker; Office 
of the Majority Floor Leader, $2,642,739, including $10,000 for 
official expenses of the Majority Leader; Office of the 
Minority Floor Leader, $7,751,946, including $10,000 for 
official expenses of the Minority Leader; Office of the 
Majority Whip, including the Chief Deputy Majority Whip, 
$2,197,163, including $5,000 for official expenses of the 
Majority Whip; Office of the Minority Whip, including the Chief 
Deputy Minority Whip, $1,700,079, including $5,000 for official 
expenses of the Minority Whip; Republican Conference, 
$2,186,819; Democratic Caucus, $1,776,495:  Provided, That such 
amount for salaries and expenses shall remain available from 
January 3, 2019 until January 2, 2020.

                  Members' Representational Allowances

   Including Members' Clerk Hire, Official Expenses of Members, and 
                             Official Mail

    For Members' representational allowances, including 
Members' clerk hire, official expenses, and official mail, 
$573,630,000.

                            Intern Allowance

    For payments from the allowance established under section 
120 of this Act for the compensation of interns who serve in 
the offices of Members of the House of Representatives, 
$8,800,000.

                          Committee Employees

                Standing Committees, Special and Select

    For salaries and expenses of standing committees, special 
and select, authorized by House resolutions, $127,903,173:  
Provided, That such amount shall remain available for such 
salaries and expenses until December 31, 2020, except that 
$4,000,000 of such amount shall remain available until expended 
for committee room upgrading.

                      Committee on Appropriations

    For salaries and expenses of the Committee on 
Appropriations, $23,112,971, including studies and examinations 
of executive agencies and temporary personal services for such 
committee, to be expended in accordance with section 202(b) of 
the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 and to be available 
for reimbursement to agencies for services performed:  
Provided, That such amount shall remain available for such 
salaries and expenses until December 31, 2020.

                    Salaries, Officers and Employees

    For compensation and expenses of officers and employees, as 
authorized by law, $220,345,000, including: for salaries and 
expenses of the Office of the Clerk, including the positions of 
the Chaplain and the Historian, and including not more than 
$25,000 for official representation and reception expenses, of 
which not more than $20,000 is for the Family Room and not more 
than $2,000 is for the Office of the Chaplain, $28,305,000; for 
salaries and expenses of the Office of the Sergeant at Arms, 
including the position of Superintendent of Garages and the 
Office of Emergency Management, and including not more than 
$3,000 for official representation and reception expenses, 
$18,773,000 of which $5,524,000 shall remain available until 
expended; for salaries and expenses of the Office of the Chief 
Administrative Officer including not more than $3,000 for 
official representation and reception expenses, $148,058,000, 
of which $11,631,000 shall remain available until expended; for 
salaries and expenses of the Office of the Inspector General, 
$5,019,000; for salaries and expenses of the Office of General 
Counsel, $1,502,000; for salaries and expenses of the Office of 
the Parliamentarian, including the Parliamentarian, $2,000 for 
preparing the Digest of Rules, and not more than $1,000 for 
official representation and reception expenses, $2,026,000; for 
salaries and expenses of the Office of the Law Revision Counsel 
of the House, $3,327,000; for salaries and expenses of the 
Office of the Legislative Counsel of the House, $11,937,000; 
for salaries and expenses of the Office of Interparliamentary 
Affairs, $814,000; for other authorized employees, $584,000.

                        Allowances and Expenses

    For allowances and expenses as authorized by House 
resolution or law, $253,493,016, including: supplies, 
materials, administrative costs and Federal tort claims, 
$525,016; official mail for committees, leadership offices, and 
administrative offices of the House, $190,000; Government 
contributions for health, retirement, Social Security, and 
other applicable employee benefits, $228,200,000, to remain 
available until March 31, 2020; Business Continuity and 
Disaster Recovery, $16,186,000 of which $5,000,000 shall remain 
available until expended; transition activities for new members 
and staff, $3,000,000, to remain available until expended; 
Wounded Warrior Program $3,000,000, to remain available until 
expended; Office of Congressional Ethics, $1,670,000; and 
miscellaneous items including purchase, exchange, maintenance, 
repair and operation of House motor vehicles, 
interparliamentary receptions, and gratuities to heirs of 
deceased employees of the House, $722,000.

                       Administrative Provisions

requiring amounts remaining in members' representational allowances to 
      be used for deficit reduction or to reduce the federal debt

    Sec. 110. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, 
any amounts appropriated under this Act for ``HOUSE OF 
REPRESENTATIVES--Salaries and Expenses--Members' 
Representational Allowances'' shall be available only for 
fiscal year 2019. Any amount remaining after all payments are 
made under such allowances for fiscal year 2019 shall be 
deposited in the Treasury and used for deficit reduction (or, 
if there is no Federal budget deficit after all such payments 
have been made, for reducing the Federal debt, in such manner 
as the Secretary of the Treasury considers appropriate).
    (b) Regulations.--The Committee on House Administration of 
the House of Representatives shall have authority to prescribe 
regulations to carry out this section.
    (c) Definition.--As used in this section, the term ``Member 
of the House of Representatives'' means a Representative in, or 
a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress.

                   delivery of bills and resolutions

    Sec. 111. (a) None of the funds made available in any 
fiscal year may be used to deliver a printed copy of a bill, 
joint resolution, or resolution to the office of a Member of 
the House of Representatives (including a Delegate or Resident 
Commissioner to the Congress) unless the Member requests a 
copy.
    (b) This section shall apply with respect to fiscal year 
2019 and each succeeding fiscal year.

                    delivery of congressional record

    Sec. 112. (a) None of the funds made available in any 
fiscal year may be used to deliver a printed copy of any 
version of the Congressional Record to the office of a Member 
of the House of Representatives (including a Delegate or 
Resident Commissioner to the Congress).
    (b) This section shall apply with respect to fiscal year 
2019 and each succeeding fiscal year.

            limitation on amount available to lease vehicles

    Sec. 113.  None of the funds made available in this Act may 
be used by the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of 
Representatives to make any payments from any Members' 
Representational Allowance for the leasing of a vehicle, 
excluding mobile district offices, in an aggregate amount that 
exceeds $1,000 for the vehicle in any month.

           limitation on printed copies of u.s. code to house

    Sec. 114. (a) None of the funds made available in any 
fiscal year may be to provide an aggregate number of more than 
50 printed copies of any edition of the United States Code to 
all offices of the House of Representatives.
    (b) This section shall apply with respect to fiscal year 
2019 and each succeeding fiscal year.

                  delivery of reports of disbursements

    Sec. 115. (a) None of the funds made available in any 
fiscal year may be used to deliver a printed copy of the report 
of disbursements for the operations of the House of 
Representatives under section 106 of the House of 
Representatives Administration Reform Technical Corrections Act 
(2 U.S.C. 5535) to the office of a Member of the House of 
Representatives (including a Delegate or Resident Commissioner 
to the Congress).
    (b) This section shall apply with respect to fiscal year 
2019 and each succeeding fiscal year.

                       delivery of daily calendar

    Sec. 116. (a) None of the funds made available in any 
fiscal year may be used to deliver to the office of a Member of 
the House of Representatives (including a Delegate or Resident 
Commissioner to the Congress) a printed copy of the Daily 
Calendar of the House of Representatives which is prepared by 
the Clerk of the House of Representatives.
    (b) This section shall apply with respect to fiscal year 
2019 and each succeeding fiscal year.

             delivery of congressional pictorial directory

    Sec. 117. (a) None of the funds made available in any 
fiscal year may be used to deliver a printed copy of the 
Congressional Pictorial Directory to the office of a Member of 
the House of Representatives (including a Delegate or Resident 
Commissioner to the Congress).
    (b) This section shall apply with respect to fiscal year 
2019 and each succeeding fiscal year.

              repeal of authorizations for former speakers

    Sec. 118. (a) Repeal of Authorizations for Office Space, 
Office Expenses, Franking and Printing Privileges, and Staff.--
The first section and sections 2, 4, 5, and 8 of House 
Resolution 1238, Ninety-first Congress, agreed to December 22, 
1970 (as enacted into permanent law by chapter VIII of the 
Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1971) (2 U.S.C. 5125(a), 5126, 
5127, 5128, and 5129) are repealed.
    (b) Conforming Amendment.--Subsection (b) of the first 
section of Public Law 93-532 (2 U.S.C. 5125(b)) is repealed.
    (c) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section 
shall apply with respect to any individual who serves as a 
Representative in Congress during the One Hundred Fifteenth 
Congress or any succeeding Congress.

                           transfer authority

    Sec. 119. (a) Authority To Make Transfers Among House 
Leadership Offices.--Section 101 of the Legislative Branch 
Appropriations Act, 1993 (2 U.S.C. 5507) is amended by adding 
at the end the following new subsection:
    ``(f) Amounts appropriated for any fiscal year for the 
House of Representatives under the heading `House Leadership 
Offices' may be transferred among and merged with the various 
offices and activities under such heading, effective upon the 
expiration of the 21-day period (or such alternative period 
that may be imposed by the Committee on Appropriations of the 
House of Representatives) which begins on the date such 
Committee has been notified of the transfer.''.
    (b) Effective Date.--The amendment made by subsection (a) 
shall apply with respect to fiscal year 2019 and each 
succeeding fiscal year.

        allowance for compensation of interns in member offices

    Sec. 120. (a) Establishment of Allowance.--There is 
established for the House of Representatives an allowance which 
shall be available for the compensation of interns who serve in 
the offices of Members of the House of Representatives.
    (b) Cap on Amount Available Per Office.--An office of a 
Member of the House of Representatives may not use more than 
$20,000 of the allowance under this section during any calendar 
year.
    (c) Benefit Exclusion.--Section 104(b) of the House of 
Representatives Administrative Reform Technical Corrections Act 
(2 U.S.C. 5321(b)) shall apply with respect to an intern who is 
compensated under the allowance under this section in the same 
manner as such section applies with respect to an intern who is 
compensated under the Members' Representational Allowance.
    (d) No Effect on Payment of Interns Under Members' 
Representational Allowance.--Nothing in this section may be 
construed to affect the use of the Members' Representational 
Allowance for the compensation of interns, as provided under 
section 104 of the House of Representatives Administrative 
Reform Technical Corrections Act (2 U.S.C. 5321).
    (e) Definitions.--In this section--
            (1) the term ``intern'' has the meaning given such 
        term in section 104(c)(2) of the House of 
        Representatives Administrative Reform Technical 
        Corrections Act (2 U.S.C. 5321(c)(2)); and
            (2) the term ``Member of the House of 
        Representatives'' means a Representative in, or a 
        Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress.
    (f) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized 
to be appropriated to carry out this section $8,800,000 for 
fiscal year 2019.

                              JOINT ITEMS

    For Joint Committees, as follows:

                        Joint Economic Committee

    For salaries and expenses of the Joint Economic Committee, 
$4,203,000, to be disbursed by the Secretary of the Senate.

                      Joint Committee on Taxation

    For salaries and expenses of the Joint Committee on 
Taxation, $11,169,000, to be disbursed by the Chief 
Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives.
    For other joint items, as follows:

                   Office of the Attending Physician

    For medical supplies, equipment, and contingent expenses of 
the emergency rooms, and for the Attending Physician and his 
assistants, including:
            (1) an allowance of $2,175 per month to the 
        Attending Physician;
            (2) an allowance of $1,300 per month to the Senior 
        Medical Officer;
            (3) an allowance of $725 per month each to three 
        medical officers while on duty in the Office of the 
        Attending Physician;
            (4) an allowance of $725 per month to 2 assistants 
        and $580 per month each not to exceed 11 assistants on 
        the basis heretofore provided for such assistants; and
            (5) $2,740,000 for reimbursement to the Department 
        of the Navy for expenses incurred for staff and 
        equipment assigned to the Office of the Attending 
        Physician, which shall be advanced and credited to the 
        applicable appropriation or appropriations from which 
        such salaries, allowances, and other expenses are 
        payable and shall be available for all the purposes 
        thereof, $3,798,000, to be disbursed by the Chief 
        Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives.

             Office of Congressional Accessibility Services

                         Salaries and Expenses

    For salaries and expenses of the Office of Congressional 
Accessibility Services, $1,486,000, to be disbursed by the 
Secretary of the Senate.

                             CAPITOL POLICE

                                Salaries

    For salaries of employees of the Capitol Police, including 
overtime, hazardous duty pay, and Government contributions for 
health, retirement, social security, professional liability 
insurance, and other applicable employee benefits, $374,804,000 
of which overtime shall not exceed $43,668,000 unless the 
Committee on Appropriations of the House and Senate are 
notified, to be disbursed by the Chief of the Capitol Police or 
his designee.

                            General Expenses

    For necessary expenses of the Capitol Police, including 
motor vehicles, communications and other equipment, security 
equipment and installation, uniforms, weapons, supplies, 
materials, training, medical services, forensic services, 
stenographic services, personal and professional services, the 
employee assistance program, the awards program, postage, 
communication services, travel advances, relocation of 
instructor and liaison personnel for the Federal Law 
Enforcement Training Center, and not more than $5,000 to be 
expended on the certification of the Chief of the Capitol 
Police in connection with official representation and reception 
expenses, $81,504,000, to be disbursed by the Chief of the 
Capitol Police or his designee:  Provided, That, 
notwithstanding any other provision of law, the cost of basic 
training for the Capitol Police at the Federal Law Enforcement 
Training Center for fiscal year 2019 shall be paid by the 
Secretary of Homeland Security from funds available to the 
Department of Homeland Security.

                          OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE

                         Salaries and Expenses

    For salaries and expenses of the Office of Compliance, as 
authorized by section 305 of the Congressional Accountability 
Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1385), $6,332,670, of which $1,000,000 
shall remain available until September 30, 2020:  Provided, 
That not more than $500 may be expended on the certification of 
the Executive Director of the Office of Compliance in 
connection with official representation and reception expenses.

                      CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE

                         Salaries and Expenses

    For salaries and expenses necessary for operation of the 
Congressional Budget Office, including not more than $6,000 to 
be expended on the certification of the Director of the 
Congressional Budget Office in connection with official 
representation and reception expenses, $50,737,000:  Provided, 
that the Director shall use not less than $500,000 of the 
amount made available under this heading for (1) improving 
technical systems, processes, and models for the purpose of 
improving the transparency of estimates of budgetary effects to 
Members of Congress, employees of Members of Congress, and the 
public, and (2) to increase the availability of models, 
economic assumptions, and data for Members of Congress, 
employees of Members of Congress, and the public.

                        ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL

                  Capital Construction and Operations

    For salaries for the Architect of the Capitol, and other 
personal services, at rates of pay provided by law; for all 
necessary expenses for surveys and studies, construction, 
operation, and general and administrative support in connection 
with facilities and activities under the care of the Architect 
of the Capitol including the Botanic Garden; electrical 
substations of the Capitol, Senate and House office buildings, 
and other facilities under the jurisdiction of the Architect of 
the Capitol; including furnishings and office equipment; 
including not more than $5,000 for official reception and 
representation expenses, to be expended as the Architect of the 
Capitol may approve; for purchase or exchange, maintenance, and 
operation of a passenger motor vehicle, $103,962,000.

                            Capitol Building

    For all necessary expenses for the maintenance, care and 
operation of the Capitol, $43,992,000, of which $17,344,000 
shall remain available until September 30, 2023.

                            Capitol Grounds

    For all necessary expenses for care and improvement of 
grounds surrounding the Capitol, the Senate and House office 
buildings, and the Capitol Power Plant, $16,761,000, of which 
$5,519,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2023.

                         House Office Buildings

    For all necessary expenses for the maintenance, care and 
operation of the House office buildings, $187,098,000, of which 
$65,552,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2023, 
and of which $62,000,000 shall remain available until expended 
for the restoration and renovation of the Cannon House Office 
Building;  Provided, That of the amount made available under 
this heading, $7,000,000 shall be derived by transfer from the 
House Office Building Fund established under section 176(d) of 
the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2017, as added by section 
101(3) of the Further Continuing Appropriation Act, 2017 
(Public Law 114-254; 2 U.S.C. 2001 note).
    In addition, for a payment to the House Historic Buildings 
Revitalization Trust Fund, $10,000,000, to remain available 
until expended.

                        Senate Office Buildings

    For all necessary expenses for the maintenance, care and 
operation of Senate office buildings; and furniture and 
furnishings to be expended under the control and supervision of 
the Architect of the Capitol, $93,562,000, of which $31,162,000 
shall remain available until September 30, 2023.

                          Capitol Power Plant

    For all necessary expenses for the maintenance, care and 
operation of the Capitol Power Plant; lighting, heating, power 
(including the purchase of electrical energy) and water and 
sewer services for the Capitol, Senate and House office 
buildings, Library of Congress buildings, and the grounds about 
the same, Botanic Garden, Senate garage, and air conditioning 
refrigeration not supplied from plants in any of such 
buildings; heating the Government Publishing Office and 
Washington City Post Office, and heating and chilled water for 
air conditioning for the Supreme Court Building, the Union 
Station complex, the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary 
Building and the Folger Shakespeare Library, expenses for which 
shall be advanced or reimbursed upon request of the Architect 
of the Capitol and amounts so received shall be deposited into 
the Treasury to the credit of this appropriation, $114,050,000, 
of which $31,362,000 shall remain available until September 30, 
2023:  Provided, That not more than $9,000,000 of the funds 
credited or to be reimbursed to this appropriation as herein 
provided shall be available for obligation during fiscal year 
2019.

                     Library Buildings and Grounds

    For all necessary expenses for the mechanical and 
structural maintenance, care and operation of the Library 
buildings and grounds, $68,525,000, of which $40,403,000 shall 
remain available until September 30, 2023.

             Capitol Police Buildings, Grounds and Security

    For all necessary expenses for the maintenance, care and 
operation of buildings, grounds and security enhancements of 
the United States Capitol Police, wherever located, the 
Alternate Computing Facility, and Architect of the Capitol 
security operations, $57,714,000, of which $31,777,000 shall 
remain available until September 30, 2023.

                             Botanic Garden

    For all necessary expenses for the maintenance, care and 
operation of the Botanic Garden and the nurseries, buildings, 
grounds, and collections; and purchase and exchange, 
maintenance, repair, and operation of a passenger motor 
vehicle; all under the direction of the Joint Committee on the 
Library, $14,759,000, of which $3,559,000 shall remain 
available until September 30, 2023:  Provided, That, of the 
amount made available under this heading, the Architect of the 
Capitol may obligate and expend such sums as may be necessary 
for the maintenance, care and operation of the National Garden 
established under section 307E of the Legislative Branch 
Appropriations Act, 1989 (2 U.S.C. 2146), upon vouchers 
approved by the Architect of the Capitol or a duly authorized 
designee.

                         Capitol Visitor Center

    For all necessary expenses for the operation of the Capitol 
Visitor Center, $23,322,000.

                       Administrative Provisions

       no bonuses for contractors behind schedule or over budget

    Sec. 130.  None of the funds made available in this Act for 
the Architect of the Capitol may be used to make incentive or 
award payments to contractors for work on contracts or programs 
for which the contractor is behind schedule or over budget, 
unless the Architect of the Capitol, or agency-employed 
designee, determines that any such deviations are due to 
unforeseeable events, government-driven scope changes, or are 
not significant within the overall scope of the project and/or 
program.

                                 scrims

    Sec. 131. (a) None of the funds made available by this Act 
may be used for scrims containing photographs of building 
facades during restoration or construction projects performed 
by the Architect of the Capitol.
    (b) This section shall apply with respect to fiscal year 
2019 and each succeeding fiscal year.

                           security programs

    Sec. 132. (a) Purpose of Programs.--Section 906(b) of the 
2002 Supplemental Appropriations Act for Further Recovery From 
and Response To Terrorist Attacks on the United States (2 
U.S.C. 1865(b)) is amended to read as follows:
    ``(b) Funds in the account shall be used by the Architect 
of the Capitol for all necessary expenses for--
            ``(1) resilience and security programs of the 
        Architect of the Capitol; and
            ``(2) the maintenance, care, and operation of 
        buildings, grounds, and security enhancements for 
        facilities of the United States Capitol Police and for 
        other facilities associated with such resilience and 
        security programs at any location.''.
    (b) Transfers of Funds.--Section 906 of such Act (2 U.S.C. 
1865) is amended--
            (1) by redesignating subsection (c) as subsection 
        (d); and
            (2) by inserting after subsection (b) the following 
        new subsection:
    ``(c)(1) For carrying out the purposes of the account, the 
Architect of the Capitol may receive transfers of 
appropriations from any agency of the Legislative Branch upon 
the approval of--
            ``(A) the Committee on Appropriations of the House 
        of Representatives, in the case of a transfer from an 
        office of the House of Representatives;
            ``(B) the Committee on Appropriations of the 
        Senate, in the case of a transfer from an office of the 
        Senate; or
            ``(C) the Committees on Appropriations of the House 
        of Representatives and the Senate, in the case of a 
        transfer from any other office of the Government.
    ``(2) Amounts transferred under this subsection shall be 
merged with the account and made available under this section.
    ``(3) This subsection shall apply with respect to fiscal 
year 2019 and each succeeding fiscal year.''.

     increase in threshold for small purchase contracting authority

    Sec. 133. (a) 2 U.S.C. 1821 is amended by adding before 
``Notwithstanding any other provision of law--'' the following 
text: ``To promote efficiency and economy in contracting and to 
avoid unnecessary burdens, the Architect of the Capitol is 
granted authority to utilize special simplified procedures for 
purchases of property and services the aggregate amount of 
which does not exceed $250,000.''.
    (b) The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with 
respect to fiscal year 2019 and each succeeding fiscal year.

                          interagency details

    Sec. 134. (a) Authorizing Details of Employees Under Joint 
Agency Agreements.--In addition to any other authority relating 
to the detail of employees, the Architect of the Capitol and 
the head of any other department, agency, or instrumentality of 
the United States Government may enter into a joint agency 
agreement under which--
            (1) employees of the Office of the Architect of the 
        Capitol (including employees of the United States 
        Botanic Garden) may be detailed to such department, 
        agency, or instrumentality on a reimbursable or non-
        reimbursable basis; and
            (2) employees of such department, agency, or 
        instrumentality may be detailed to the Office of the 
        Architect of the Capitol on a reimbursable or non-
        reimbursable basis.
    (b) Duration.--The detail of an employee under a joint 
agency agreement under this section shall be for such duration 
as may be provided in the agreement, except that in the case of 
a detail made on a non-reimbursable basis, the duration of the 
detail may not exceed one year unless the Architect of the 
Capitol and the head of the department, agency, or 
instrumentality involved each determine that an extension of 
the detail of the employee is in the public interest.
    (c) No Effect on Appropriations of Recipient of Non-
reimbursable Detail.--For purposes of any law, rule, or 
regulation, the detail of an employee on a non-reimbursable 
basis under a joint agency agreement under this section for a 
fiscal year shall not be treated as an increase or modification 
of the appropriation for the fiscal year of the office to whom 
the employee is detailed.
    (d) Effective Date.--This section shall apply with respect 
to fiscal year 2019 and each succeeding fiscal year.

         acceptance of travel expenses from non-federal sources

    Sec. 135. (a) Permitting Acceptance of Expenses.--
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Architect of 
the Capitol may accept payment or authorize an employee of the 
Office of the Architect of the Capitol to accept payment on the 
Office's behalf from non-Federal sources for travel, 
subsistence, and related expenses with respect to attendance of 
the employee (or the spouse of such employee) at any meeting or 
similar function relating to the employee's official duties. 
Any cash payment so accepted shall be credited to the 
appropriation applicable to such expenses. In the case of a 
payment in kind so accepted, a pro rata reduction shall be made 
in any entitlement of the employee to payment from the 
Government for such expenses.
    (b) Prohibiting Acceptance From Other Sources.--Except as 
provided in this section or section 7342 of title 5, United 
States Code, the Office or an employee of the Office may not 
accept payment for expenses referred to in subsection (a). An 
employee who accepts any payment in violation of the preceding 
sentence--
            (1) may be required, in addition to any penalty 
        provided by law, to repay, for deposit in the general 
        fund of the Treasury, an amount equal to the amount of 
        the payment so accepted; and
            (2) in the case of a repayment under paragraph (1), 
        shall not be entitled to any payment from the 
        Government for such expenses.
    (c) Effective Date.--This section shall apply with respect 
to fiscal year 2019 and each succeeding fiscal year.

                          LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

                         Salaries and Expenses

    For all necessary expenses of the Library of Congress not 
otherwise provided for, including development and maintenance 
of the Library's catalogs; custody and custodial care of the 
Library buildings; special clothing; cleaning, laundering and 
repair of uniforms; preservation of motion pictures in the 
custody of the Library; operation and maintenance of the 
American Folklife Center in the Library; preparation and 
distribution of catalog records and other publications of the 
Library; hire or purchase of one passenger motor vehicle; and 
expenses of the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board not 
properly chargeable to the income of any trust fund held by the 
Board, $480,052,000, of which not more than $6,000,000 shall be 
derived from collections credited to this appropriation during 
fiscal year 2019, and shall remain available until expended, 
under the Act of June 28, 1902 (chapter 1301; 32 Stat. 480; 2 
U.S.C. 150):  Provided, That the Library of Congress may not 
obligate or expend any funds derived from collections under the 
Act of June 28, 1902, in excess of the amount authorized for 
obligation or expenditure in appropriations Acts:  Provided 
further, That the total amount available for obligation shall 
be reduced by the amount by which collections are less than 
$6,000,000:  Provided further, That of the total amount 
appropriated, not more than $12,000 may be expended, on the 
certification of the Librarian of Congress, in connection with 
official representation and reception expenses for the Overseas 
Field Offices:  Provided further, That of the total amount 
appropriated, $8,855,000 shall remain available until expended 
for the digital collections and educational curricula program:  
Provided further, That of the total amount appropriated, 
$1,318,000 shall remain available until expended for upgrade of 
the Legislative Branch Financial Management System:  Provided 
further, That of the total amount appropriated, $250,000 shall 
remain available until expended for the Surplus Books Program 
to promote the program and facilitate a greater number of 
donations to eligible entities across the United States:  
Provided further, That of the total amount appropriated, 
$2,383,000 shall remain available until expended for the 
Veterans History Project to continue digitization efforts of 
already collected materials, reach a greater number of veterans 
to record their stories, and promote public access to the 
Project.

                            Copyright Office

                         salaries and expenses

    For all necessary expenses of the Copyright Office, 
$93,407,000, of which not more than $39,218,000, to remain 
available until expended, shall be derived from collections 
credited to this appropriation during fiscal year 2019 under 
section 708(d) of title 17, United States Code:  Provided, That 
the Copyright Office may not obligate or expend any funds 
derived from collections under such section, in excess of the 
amount authorized for obligation or expenditure in 
appropriations Acts:  Provided further, That not more than 
$6,272,000 shall be derived from collections during fiscal year 
2019 under sections 111(d)(2), 119(b)(3), 803(e), 1005, and 
1316 of such title:  Provided further, That the total amount 
available for obligation shall be reduced by the amount by 
which collections are less than $45,490,000:  Provided further, 
That $4,328,000 shall be derived from prior year unobligated 
balances:  Provided further, That not more than $100,000 of the 
amount appropriated is available for the maintenance of an 
``International Copyright Institute'' in the Copyright Office 
of the Library of Congress for the purpose of training 
nationals of developing countries in intellectual property laws 
and policies:  Provided further, That not more than $6,500 may 
be expended, on the certification of the Librarian of Congress, 
in connection with official representation and reception 
expenses for activities of the International Copyright 
Institute and for copyright delegations, visitors, and 
seminars:  Provided further, That, notwithstanding any 
provision of chapter 8 of title 17, United States Code, any 
amounts made available under this heading which are 
attributable to royalty fees and payments received by the 
Copyright Office pursuant to sections 111, 119, and chapter 10 
of such title may be used for the costs incurred in the 
administration of the Copyright Royalty Judges program, with 
the exception of the costs of salaries and benefits for the 
Copyright Royalty Judges and staff under section 802(e).

                     Congressional Research Service

                         salaries and expenses

    For all necessary expenses to carry out the provisions of 
section 203 of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (2 
U.S.C. 166) and to revise and extend the Annotated Constitution 
of the United States of America, $125,688,000:  Provided, That 
no part of such amount may be used to pay any salary or expense 
in connection with any publication, or preparation of material 
therefor (except the Digest of Public General Bills), to be 
issued by the Library of Congress unless such publication has 
obtained prior approval of either the Committee on House 
Administration of the House of Representatives or the Committee 
on Rules and Administration of the Senate:  Provided further, 
That this prohibition does not apply to publication of non-
confidential Congressional Research Service (CRS) products:  
Provided further, That a non-confidential CRS product includes 
any written product containing research or analysis that is 
currently available for general congressional access on the CRS 
Congressional Intranet, or that would be made available on the 
CRS Congressional Intranet in the normal course of business and 
does not include material prepared in response to Congressional 
requests for confidential analysis or research.

             Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

                         salaries and expenses

    For all necessary expenses to carry out the Act of March 3, 
1931 (chapter 400; 46 Stat. 1487; 2 U.S.C. 135a), $52,783,000:  
Provided, That of the total amount appropriated, $650,000 shall 
be available to contract to provide newspapers to blind and 
physically handicapped residents at no cost to the individual.

                       Administrative Provisions

               reimbursable and revolving fund activities

    Sec. 140. (a) In General.--For fiscal year 2019, the 
obligational authority of the Library of Congress for the 
activities described in subsection (b) may not exceed 
$194,608,000.
    (b) Activities.--The activities referred to in subsection 
(a) are reimbursable and revolving fund activities that are 
funded from sources other than appropriations to the Library in 
appropriations Acts for the legislative branch.

                      GOVERNMENT PUBLISHING OFFICE

                        Congressional Publishing

                     (including transfer of funds)

    For authorized publishing of congressional information and 
the distribution of congressional information in any format; 
publishing of Government publications authorized by law to be 
distributed to Members of Congress; and publishing, and 
distribution of Government publications authorized by law to be 
distributed without charge to the recipient, $79,000,000:  
Provided, That this appropriation shall not be available for 
paper copies of the permanent edition of the Congressional 
Record for individual Representatives, Resident Commissioners 
or Delegates authorized under section 906 of title 44, United 
States Code:  Provided further, That this appropriation shall 
be available for the payment of obligations incurred under the 
appropriations for similar purposes for preceding fiscal years: 
 Provided further, That notwithstanding the 2-year limitation 
under section 718 of title 44, United States Code, none of the 
funds appropriated or made available under this Act or any 
other Act for printing and binding and related services 
provided to Congress under chapter 7 of title 44, United States 
Code, may be expended to print a document, report, or 
publication after the 27-month period beginning on the date 
that such document, report, or publication is authorized by 
Congress to be printed, unless Congress reauthorizes such 
printing in accordance with section 718 of title 44, United 
States Code:  Provided further, That unobligated or unexpended 
balances of expired discretionary funds made available under 
this heading in this Act for this fiscal year may be 
transferred to, and merged with, funds under the heading 
``Government Publishing Office Business Operations Revolving 
Fund'' no later than the end of the fifth fiscal year after the 
last fiscal year for which such funds are available for the 
purposes for which appropriated, to be available for carrying 
out the purposes of this heading, subject to the approval of 
the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives 
and the Senate:  Provided further, That notwithstanding 
sections 901, 902, and 906 of title 44, United States Code, 
this appropriation may be used to prepare indexes to the 
Congressional Record on only a monthly and session basis.

     Public Information Programs of the Superintendent of Documents

                         salaries and expenses

                     (including transfer of funds)

    For expenses of the public information programs of the 
Office of Superintendent of Documents necessary to provide for 
the cataloging and indexing of Government publications and 
their distribution to the public, Members of Congress, other 
Government agencies, and designated depository and 
international exchange libraries as authorized by law, 
$32,000,000:  Provided, That amounts of not more than 
$2,000,000 from current year appropriations are authorized for 
producing and disseminating Congressional serial sets and other 
related publications for fiscal years 2017 and 2018 to 
depository and other designated libraries:  Provided further, 
That unobligated or unexpended balances of expired 
discretionary funds made available under this heading in this 
Act for this fiscal year may be transferred to, and merged 
with, funds under the heading ``Government Publishing Office 
Business Operations Revolving Fund'' no later than the end of 
the fifth fiscal year after the last fiscal year for which such 
funds are available for the purposes for which appropriated, to 
be available for carrying out the purposes of this heading, 
subject to the approval of the Committee on Appropriations of 
the House of Representatives and the Senate.

    Government Publishing Office Business Operations Revolving Fund

    For payment to the Government Publishing Office Business 
Operations Revolving Fund, $6,000,000, to remain available 
until expended, for information technology development and 
facilities repair:  Provided, That the Government Publishing 
Office is hereby authorized to make such expenditures, within 
the limits of funds available and in accordance with law, and 
to make such contracts and commitments without regard to fiscal 
year limitations as provided by section 9104 of title 31, 
United States Code, as may be necessary in carrying out the 
programs and purposes set forth in the budget for the current 
fiscal year for the Government Publishing Office Business 
Operations Revolving Fund:  Provided further, That not more 
than $7,500 may be expended on the certification of the 
Director of the Government Publishing Office in connection with 
official representation and reception expenses:  Provided 
further, That the Business Operations Revolving Fund shall be 
available for the hire or purchase of not more than 12 
passenger motor vehicles:  Provided further, That expenditures 
in connection with travel expenses of the advisory councils to 
the Director of the Government Publishing Office shall be 
deemed necessary to carry out the provisions of title 44, 
United States Code:  Provided further, That the Business 
Operations Revolving Fund shall be available for temporary or 
intermittent services under section 3109(b) of title 5, United 
States Code, but at rates for individuals not more than the 
daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay for level V of 
the Executive Schedule under section 5316 of such title:  
Provided further, That activities financed through the Business 
Operations Revolving Fund may provide information in any 
format:  Provided further, That the Business Operations 
Revolving Fund and the funds provided under the heading 
``Public Information Programs of the Superintendent of 
Documents'' may not be used for contracted security services at 
Government Publishing Office's passport facility in the 
District of Columbia.

                    GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE

                         Salaries and Expenses

    For necessary expenses of the Government Accountability 
Office, including not more than $12,500 to be expended on the 
certification of the Comptroller General of the United States 
in connection with official representation and reception 
expenses; temporary or intermittent services under section 
3109(b) of title 5, United States Code, but at rates for 
individuals not more than the daily equivalent of the annual 
rate of basic pay for level IV of the Executive Schedule under 
section 5315 of such title; hire of one passenger motor 
vehicle; advance payments in foreign countries in accordance 
with section 3324 of title 31, United States Code; benefits 
comparable to those payable under sections 901(5), (6), and (8) 
of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (22 U.S.C. 4081(5), (6), and 
(8)); and under regulations prescribed by the Comptroller 
General of the United States, rental of living quarters in 
foreign countries, $589,749,653:  Provided, That, in addition, 
$35,900,000 of payments received under sections 782, 791, 3521, 
and 9105 of title 31, United States Code, shall be available 
without fiscal year limitation:  Provided further, That this 
appropriation and appropriations for administrative expenses of 
any other department or agency which is a member of the 
National Intergovernmental Audit Forum or a Regional 
Intergovernmental Audit Forum shall be available to finance an 
appropriate share of either Forum's costs as determined by the 
respective Forum, including necessary travel expenses of non-
Federal participants:  Provided further, That payments 
hereunder to the Forum may be credited as reimbursements to any 
appropriation from which costs involved are initially financed: 
 Provided further, That this appropriation shall be available 
to transfer amounts to the Department of the Army for the 
expenses of constructing an Army facility at Redstone Arsenal 
for the sole, unlimited use of the Government Accountability 
Office, and (notwithstanding section 1502(a) of title 31, 
United States Code) shall be available to transfer such amounts 
without regard to the fiscal year in which such expenses are 
incurred:  Provided further, That hereafter, amounts 
appropriated for the salaries and expenses of the Government 
Accountability Office shall be available to transfer to the 
Department of the Army for the maintenance of such facility.

                OPEN WORLD LEADERSHIP CENTER TRUST FUND

    For a payment to the Open World Leadership Center Trust 
Fund for financing activities of the Open World Leadership 
Center under section 313 of the Legislative Branch 
Appropriations Act, 2001 (2 U.S.C. 1151), $5,600,000:  
Provided, That funds made available to support Russian 
participants shall only be used for those engaging in free 
market development, humanitarian activities, and civic 
engagement, and shall not be used for officials of the central 
government of Russia.

   JOHN C. STENNIS CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

    For payment to the John C. Stennis Center for Public 
Service Development Trust Fund established under section 116 of 
the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and 
Development Act (2 U.S.C. 1105), $430,000.

                                TITLE II

                           GENERAL PROVISIONS

                maintenance and care of private vehicles

    Sec. 201.  No part of the funds appropriated in this Act 
shall be used for the maintenance or care of private vehicles, 
except for emergency assistance and cleaning as may be provided 
under regulations relating to parking facilities for the House 
of Representatives issued by the Committee on House 
Administration and for the Senate issued by the Committee on 
Rules and Administration.

                         fiscal year limitation

    Sec. 202.  No part of the funds appropriated in this Act 
shall remain available for obligation beyond fiscal year 2019 
unless expressly so provided in this Act.

                 rates of compensation and designation

    Sec. 203.  Whenever in this Act any office or position not 
specifically established by the Legislative Pay Act of 1929 (46 
Stat. 32 et seq.) is appropriated for or the rate of 
compensation or designation of any office or position 
appropriated for is different from that specifically 
established by such Act, the rate of compensation and the 
designation in this Act shall be the permanent law with respect 
thereto:  Provided, That the provisions in this Act for the 
various items of official expenses of Members, officers, and 
committees of the Senate and House of Representatives, and 
clerk hire for Senators and Members of the House of 
Representatives shall be the permanent law with respect 
thereto.

                          consulting services

    Sec. 204.  The expenditure of any appropriation under this 
Act for any consulting service through procurement contract, 
under section 3109 of title 5, United States Code, shall be 
limited to those contracts where such expenditures are a matter 
of public record and available for public inspection, except 
where otherwise provided under existing law, or under existing 
Executive order issued under existing law.

                             costs of lbfmc

    Sec. 205.  Amounts available for administrative expenses of 
any legislative branch entity which participates in the 
Legislative Branch Financial Managers Council (LBFMC) 
established by charter on March 26, 1996, shall be available to 
finance an appropriate share of LBFMC costs as determined by 
the LBFMC, except that the total LBFMC costs to be shared among 
all participating legislative branch entities (in such 
allocations among the entities as the entities may determine) 
may not exceed $2,000.

                        limitation on transfers

    Sec. 206.  None of the funds made available in this Act may 
be transferred to any department, agency, or instrumentality of 
the United States Government, except pursuant to a transfer 
made by, or transfer authority provided in, this Act or any 
other appropriation Act.

                      guided tours of the capitol

    Sec. 207. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), none of 
the funds made available to the Architect of the Capitol in 
this Act may be used to eliminate or restrict guided tours of 
the United States Capitol which are led by employees and 
interns of offices of Members of Congress and other offices of 
the House of Representatives and Senate, unless through 
regulations as authorized by section 402(b)(8) of the Capitol 
Visitor Center Act of 2008 (2 U.S.C. 2242(b)(8)).
    (b) At the direction of the Capitol Police Board, or at the 
direction of the Architect of the Capitol with the approval of 
the Capitol Police Board, guided tours of the United States 
Capitol which are led by employees and interns described in 
subsection (a) may be suspended temporarily or otherwise 
subject to restriction for security or related reasons to the 
same extent as guided tours of the United States Capitol which 
are led by the Architect of the Capitol.

         limitation on telecommunications equipment procurement

    Sec. 208. (a) None of the funds appropriated or otherwise 
made available under this Act may be used to acquire 
telecommunications equipment produced by Huawei Technologies 
Company, ZTE Corporation or a high-impact or moderate-impact 
information system, as defined for security categorization in 
the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) 
Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 199, 
``Standards for Security Categorization of Federal Information 
and Information Systems'' unless the agency, office, or other 
entity acquiring the equipment or system has--
            (1) reviewed the supply chain risk for the 
        information systems against criteria developed by NIST 
        to inform acquisition decisions for high-impact and 
        moderate-impact information systems within the Federal 
        Government;
            (2) reviewed the supply chain risk from the 
        presumptive awardee against available and relevant 
        threat information provided by the Federal Bureau of 
        Investigation and other appropriate agencies; and
            (3) in consultation with the Federal Bureau of 
        Investigation or other appropriate Federal entity, 
        conducted an assessment of any risk of cyber-espionage 
        or sabotage associated with the acquisition of such 
        system, including any risk associated with such system 
        being produced, manufactured, or assembled by one or 
        more entities identified by the United States 
        Government as posing a cyber threat, including but not 
        limited to, those that may be owned, directed, or 
        subsidized by the People's Republic of China, the 
        Islamic Republic of Iran, the Democratic People's 
        Republic of Korea, or the Russian Federation.
    (b) None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available under this Act may be used to acquire a high-impact 
or moderate impact information system reviewed and assessed 
under subsection (a) unless the head of the assessing entity 
described in subsection (a) has--
            (1) developed, in consultation with NIST and supply 
        chain risk management experts, a mitigation strategy 
        for any identified risks;
            (2) determined, in consultation with NIST and the 
        Federal Bureau of Investigation, that the acquisition 
        of such system is in the vital national security 
        interest of the United States; and
            (3) reported that determination to the Committees 
        on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and 
        the Senate in a manner that identifies the system 
        intended for acquisition and a detailed description of 
        the mitigation strategies identified in (1), provided 
        that such report may include a classified annex as 
        necessary.

              prohibition on certain operational expenses

    Sec. 209. (a) None of the funds made available in this Act 
may be used to maintain or establish a computer network unless 
such network blocks the viewing, downloading, and exchanging of 
pornography.
    (b) Nothing in subsection (a) shall limit the use of funds 
necessary for any Federal, State, tribal, or local law 
enforcement agency or any other entity carrying out criminal 
investigations, prosecution, or adjudication activities or 
other official government activities.

                        plastic waste reduction

    Sec. 210.  All agencies and offices funded by this division 
that contract with a food service provider or providers shall 
confer and coordinate with such food service provider or 
providers, in consultation with disability advocacy groups, to 
eliminate or reduce plastic waste, including waste from plastic 
straws, explore the use of biodegradable items, and increase 
recycling and composting opportunities.

                   agency cost of living adjustments

    Sec. 211. (a) Each agency, office, or other entity that is 
provided appropriations under this Division shall report to the 
Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate, not less 
than 30 days after enactment of this Act, specifying the dollar 
amount estimated for cost-of-living adjustments that was 
included in the fiscal year 2019 budget request for each 
appropriations account.
    (b) In the event that Executive Branch agencies do not 
receive a cost-of-living adjustment, such dollar amount 
reported pursuant to subsection (a) may be obligated and 
expended only upon written approval by the Chair and ranking 
minority member of the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch 
of the Committee on Appropriations of the House of 
Representatives and by the Chair and ranking minority member of 
the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch of the Committee on 
Appropriations of the Senate.
    (c) Pursuant to subsection (b), the agencies, offices, or 
other entities of the House of Representatives and the Senate 
require only the written approval of the Committee on 
Appropriations of their respective Chamber.

                      adjustments to compensation

    Sec. 212.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no 
adjustment shall be made under section 601(a) of the 
Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (2 U.S.C. 4501) 
(relating to cost of living adjustments for Members of 
Congress) during fiscal year 2019.
    This division may be cited as the ``Legislative Branch 
Appropriations Act, 2019''.

   DIVISION C--MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND RELATED 
                   AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2019

                                TITLE I

                         DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

                      Military Construction, Army

    For acquisition, construction, installation, and equipment 
of temporary or permanent public works, military installations, 
facilities, and real property for the Army as currently 
authorized by law, including personnel in the Army Corps of 
Engineers and other personal services necessary for the 
purposes of this appropriation, and for construction and 
operation of facilities in support of the functions of the 
Commander in Chief, $1,021,768,000, to remain available until 
September 30, 2023:  Provided, That, of this amount, not to 
exceed $110,068,000 shall be available for study, planning, 
design, architect and engineer services, and host nation 
support, as authorized by law, unless the Secretary of the Army 
determines that additional obligations are necessary for such 
purposes and notifies the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress of the determination and the reasons 
therefor.

              Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps

    For acquisition, construction, installation, and equipment 
of temporary or permanent public works, naval installations, 
facilities, and real property for the Navy and Marine Corps as 
currently authorized by law, including personnel in the Naval 
Facilities Engineering Command and other personal services 
necessary for the purposes of this appropriation, 
$2,118,619,000, to remain available until September 30, 2023:  
Provided, That, of this amount, not to exceed $185,542,000 
shall be available for study, planning, design, and architect 
and engineer services, as authorized by law, unless the 
Secretary of the Navy determines that additional obligations 
are necessary for such purposes and notifies the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress of the determination 
and the reasons therefor.

                    Military Construction, Air Force

    For acquisition, construction, installation, and equipment 
of temporary or permanent public works, military installations, 
facilities, and real property for the Air Force as currently 
authorized by law, $1,440,323,000, to remain available until 
September 30, 2023:  Provided, That, of this amount, not to 
exceed $206,577,000 shall be available for study, planning, 
design, and architect and engineer services, as authorized by 
law, unless the Secretary of the Air Force determines that 
additional obligations are necessary for such purposes and 
notifies the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress of the determination and the reasons therefor.

                  Military Construction, Defense-Wide

                     (including transfer of funds)

    For acquisition, construction, installation, and equipment 
of temporary or permanent public works, installations, 
facilities, and real property for activities and agencies of 
the Department of Defense (other than the military 
departments), as currently authorized by law, $2,550,728,000, 
to remain available until September 30, 2023:  Provided, That 
such amounts of this appropriation as may be determined by the 
Secretary of Defense may be transferred to such appropriations 
of the Department of Defense available for military 
construction or family housing as the Secretary may designate, 
to be merged with and to be available for the same purposes, 
and for the same time period, as the appropriation or fund to 
which transferred:  Provided further, That, of the amount, not 
to exceed $192,345,000 shall be available for study, planning, 
design, and architect and engineer services, as authorized by 
law, unless the Secretary of Defense determines that additional 
obligations are necessary for such purposes and notifies the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress of the 
determination and the reasons therefor.

               Military Construction, Army National Guard

    For construction, acquisition, expansion, rehabilitation, 
and conversion of facilities for the training and 
administration of the Army National Guard, and contributions 
therefor, as authorized by chapter 1803 of title 10, United 
States Code, and Military Construction Authorization Acts, 
$190,122,000, to remain available until September 30, 2023:  
Provided, That, of the amount, not to exceed $16,622,000 shall 
be available for study, planning, design, and architect and 
engineer services, as authorized by law, unless the Director of 
the Army National Guard determines that additional obligations 
are necessary for such purposes and notifies the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress of the determination 
and the reasons therefor.

               Military Construction, Air National Guard

    For construction, acquisition, expansion, rehabilitation, 
and conversion of facilities for the training and 
administration of the Air National Guard, and contributions 
therefor, as authorized by chapter 1803 of title 10, United 
States Code, and Military Construction Authorization Acts, 
$129,126,000, to remain available until September 30, 2023:  
Provided, That, of the amount, not to exceed $18,500,000 shall 
be available for study, planning, design, and architect and 
engineer services, as authorized by law, unless the Director of 
the Air National Guard determines that additional obligations 
are necessary for such purposes and notifies the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress of the determination 
and the reasons therefor.

                  Military Construction, Army Reserve

    For construction, acquisition, expansion, rehabilitation, 
and conversion of facilities for the training and 
administration of the Army Reserve as authorized by chapter 
1803 of title 10, United States Code, and Military Construction 
Authorization Acts, $64,919,000, to remain available until 
September 30, 2023:  Provided, That, of the amount, not to 
exceed $5,855,000 shall be available for study, planning, 
design, and architect and engineer services, as authorized by 
law, unless the Chief of the Army Reserve determines that 
additional obligations are necessary for such purposes and 
notifies the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress of the determination and the reasons therefor.

                  Military Construction, Navy Reserve

    For construction, acquisition, expansion, rehabilitation, 
and conversion of facilities for the training and 
administration of the reserve components of the Navy and Marine 
Corps as authorized by chapter 1803 of title 10, United States 
Code, and Military Construction Authorization Acts, 
$43,065,000, to remain available until September 30, 2023:  
Provided, That, of the amount, not to exceed $4,695,000 shall 
be available for study, planning, design, and architect and 
engineer services, as authorized by law, unless the Secretary 
of the Navy determines that additional obligations are 
necessary for such purposes and notifies the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress of the determination 
and the reasons therefor.

                Military Construction, Air Force Reserve

    For construction, acquisition, expansion, rehabilitation, 
and conversion of facilities for the training and 
administration of the Air Force Reserve as authorized by 
chapter 1803 of title 10, United States Code, and Military 
Construction Authorization Acts, $38,063,000, to remain 
available until September 30, 2023:  Provided, That, of the 
amount, not to exceed $4,055,000 shall be available for study, 
planning, design, and architect and engineer services, as 
authorized by law, unless the Chief of the Air Force Reserve 
determines that additional obligations are necessary for such 
purposes and notifies the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress of the determination and the reasons 
therefor:  Provided further, That, the Chief of the Air Force 
Reserve shall take immediate action to address unfunded 
military construction requirements for access control points 
and security issues at Air Force Reserve facilities.

                   North Atlantic Treaty Organization

                      Security Investment Program

    For the United States share of the cost of the North 
Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program for 
the acquisition and construction of military facilities and 
installations (including international military headquarters) 
and for related expenses for the collective defense of the 
North Atlantic Treaty Area as authorized by section 2806 of 
title 10, United States Code, and Military Construction 
Authorization Acts, $171,064,000, to remain available until 
expended.

               Department of Defense Base Closure Account

    For deposit into the Department of Defense Base Closure 
Account, established by section 2906(a) of the Defense Base 
Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 (10 U.S.C. 2687 note), 
$342,000,000, to remain available until expended.

                   Family Housing Construction, Army

    For expenses of family housing for the Army for 
construction, including acquisition, replacement, addition, 
expansion, extension, and alteration, as authorized by law, 
$330,660,000, to remain available until September 30, 2023.

             Family Housing Operation and Maintenance, Army

    For expenses of family housing for the Army for operation 
and maintenance, including debt payment, leasing, minor 
construction, principal and interest charges, and insurance 
premiums, as authorized by law, $376,509,000.

           Family Housing Construction, Navy and Marine Corps

    For expenses of family housing for the Navy and Marine 
Corps for construction, including acquisition, replacement, 
addition, expansion, extension, and alteration, as authorized 
by law, $104,581,000, to remain available until September 30, 
2023.

    Family Housing Operation and Maintenance, Navy and Marine Corps

    For expenses of family housing for the Navy and Marine 
Corps for operation and maintenance, including debt payment, 
leasing, minor construction, principal and interest charges, 
and insurance premiums, as authorized by law, $314,536,000.

                 Family Housing Construction, Air Force

    For expenses of family housing for the Air Force for 
construction, including acquisition, replacement, addition, 
expansion, extension, and alteration, as authorized by law, 
$78,446,000, to remain available until September 30, 2023.

          Family Housing Operation and Maintenance, Air Force

    For expenses of family housing for the Air Force for 
operation and maintenance, including debt payment, leasing, 
minor construction, principal and interest charges, and 
insurance premiums, as authorized by law, $317,274,000.

         Family Housing Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide

    For expenses of family housing for the activities and 
agencies of the Department of Defense (other than the military 
departments) for operation and maintenance, leasing, and minor 
construction, as authorized by law, $58,373,000.

                         Department of Defense

                    Family Housing Improvement Fund

    For the Department of Defense Family Housing Improvement 
Fund, $1,653,000, to remain available until expended, for 
family housing initiatives undertaken pursuant to section 2883 
of title 10, United States Code, providing alternative means of 
acquiring and improving military family housing and supporting 
facilities.

                         Department of Defense

            Military Unaccompanied Housing Improvement Fund

    For the Department of Defense Military Unaccompanied 
Housing Improvement Fund, $600,000, to remain available until 
expended, for unaccompanied housing initiatives undertaken 
pursuant to section 2883 of title 10, United States Code, 
providing alternative means of acquiring and improving military 
unaccompanied housing and supporting facilities.

                       Administrative Provisions

    Sec. 101.  None of the funds made available in this title 
shall be expended for payments under a cost-plus-a-fixed-fee 
contract for construction, where cost estimates exceed $25,000, 
to be performed within the United States, except Alaska, 
without the specific approval in writing of the Secretary of 
Defense setting forth the reasons therefor.
    Sec. 102.  Funds made available in this title for 
construction shall be available for hire of passenger motor 
vehicles.
    Sec. 103.  Funds made available in this title for 
construction may be used for advances to the Federal Highway 
Administration, Department of Transportation, for the 
construction of access roads as authorized by section 210 of 
title 23, United States Code, when projects authorized therein 
are certified as important to the national defense by the 
Secretary of Defense.
    Sec. 104.  None of the funds made available in this title 
may be used to begin construction of new bases in the United 
States for which specific appropriations have not been made.
    Sec. 105.  None of the funds made available in this title 
shall be used for purchase of land or land easements in excess 
of 100 percent of the value as determined by the Army Corps of 
Engineers or the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, except: 
(1) where there is a determination of value by a Federal court; 
(2) purchases negotiated by the Attorney General or the 
designee of the Attorney General; (3) where the estimated value 
is less than $25,000; or (4) as otherwise determined by the 
Secretary of Defense to be in the public interest.
    Sec. 106.  None of the funds made available in this title 
shall be used to: (1) acquire land; (2) provide for site 
preparation; or (3) install utilities for any family housing, 
except housing for which funds have been made available in 
annual Acts making appropriations for military construction.
    Sec. 107.  None of the funds made available in this title 
for minor construction may be used to transfer or relocate any 
activity from one base or installation to another, without 
prior notification to the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress.
    Sec. 108.  None of the funds made available in this title 
may be used for the procurement of steel for any construction 
project or activity for which American steel producers, 
fabricators, and manufacturers have been denied the opportunity 
to compete for such steel procurement.
    Sec. 109.  None of the funds available to the Department of 
Defense for military construction or family housing during the 
current fiscal year may be used to pay real property taxes in 
any foreign nation.
    Sec. 110.  None of the funds made available in this title 
may be used to initiate a new installation overseas without 
prior notification to the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress.
    Sec. 111.  None of the funds made available in this title 
may be obligated for architect and engineer contracts estimated 
by the Government to exceed $500,000 for projects to be 
accomplished in Japan, in any North Atlantic Treaty 
Organization member country, or in countries bordering the 
Arabian Gulf, unless such contracts are awarded to United 
States firms or United States firms in joint venture with host 
nation firms.
    Sec. 112.  None of the funds made available in this title 
for military construction in the United States territories and 
possessions in the Pacific and on Kwajalein Atoll, or in 
countries bordering the Arabian Gulf, may be used to award any 
contract estimated by the Government to exceed $1,000,000 to a 
foreign contractor:  Provided, That this section shall not be 
applicable to contract awards for which the lowest responsive 
and responsible bid of a United States contractor exceeds the 
lowest responsive and responsible bid of a foreign contractor 
by greater than 20 percent:  Provided further, That this 
section shall not apply to contract awards for military 
construction on Kwajalein Atoll for which the lowest responsive 
and responsible bid is submitted by a Marshallese contractor.
    Sec. 113.  The Secretary of Defense shall inform the 
appropriate committees of both Houses of Congress, including 
the Committees on Appropriations, of plans and scope of any 
proposed military exercise involving United States personnel 30 
days prior to its occurring, if amounts expended for 
construction, either temporary or permanent, are anticipated to 
exceed $100,000.
    Sec. 114.  Funds appropriated to the Department of Defense 
for construction in prior years shall be available for 
construction authorized for each such military department by 
the authorizations enacted into law during the current session 
of Congress.
    Sec. 115.  For military construction or family housing 
projects that are being completed with funds otherwise expired 
or lapsed for obligation, expired or lapsed funds may be used 
to pay the cost of associated supervision, inspection, 
overhead, engineering and design on those projects and on 
subsequent claims, if any.
    Sec. 116.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any 
funds made available to a military department or defense agency 
for the construction of military projects may be obligated for 
a military construction project or contract, or for any portion 
of such a project or contract, at any time before the end of 
the fourth fiscal year after the fiscal year for which funds 
for such project were made available, if the funds obligated 
for such project: (1) are obligated from funds available for 
military construction projects; and (2) do not exceed the 
amount appropriated for such project, plus any amount by which 
the cost of such project is increased pursuant to law.

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 117.  Subject to 30 days prior notification, or 14 
days for a notification provided in an electronic medium 
pursuant to sections 480 and 2883 of title 10, United States 
Code, to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress, such additional amounts as may be determined by the 
Secretary of Defense may be transferred to: (1) the Department 
of Defense Family Housing Improvement Fund from amounts 
appropriated for construction in ``Family Housing'' accounts, 
to be merged with and to be available for the same purposes and 
for the same period of time as amounts appropriated directly to 
the Fund; or (2) the Department of Defense Military 
Unaccompanied Housing Improvement Fund from amounts 
appropriated for construction of military unaccompanied housing 
in ``Military Construction'' accounts, to be merged with and to 
be available for the same purposes and for the same period of 
time as amounts appropriated directly to the Fund:  Provided, 
That appropriations made available to the Funds shall be 
available to cover the costs, as defined in section 502(5) of 
the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, of direct loans or loan 
guarantees issued by the Department of Defense pursuant to the 
provisions of subchapter IV of chapter 169 of title 10, United 
States Code, pertaining to alternative means of acquiring and 
improving military family housing, military unaccompanied 
housing, and supporting facilities.

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 118.  In addition to any other transfer authority 
available to the Department of Defense, amounts may be 
transferred from the Department of Defense Base Closure Account 
to the fund established by section 1013(d) of the Demonstration 
Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 
3374) to pay for expenses associated with the Homeowners 
Assistance Program incurred under 42 U.S.C. 3374(a)(1)(A). Any 
amounts transferred shall be merged with and be available for 
the same purposes and for the same time period as the fund to 
which transferred.
    Sec. 119.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, 
funds made available in this title for operation and 
maintenance of family housing shall be the exclusive source of 
funds for repair and maintenance of all family housing units, 
including general or flag officer quarters:  Provided, That not 
more than $35,000 per unit may be spent annually for the 
maintenance and repair of any general or flag officer quarters 
without 30 days prior notification, or 14 days for a 
notification provided in an electronic medium pursuant to 
sections 480 and 2883 of title 10, United States Code, to the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress, except 
that an after-the-fact notification shall be submitted if the 
limitation is exceeded solely due to costs associated with 
environmental remediation that could not be reasonably 
anticipated at the time of the budget submission:  Provided 
further,  That the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) is 
to report annually to the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress all operation and maintenance expenditures 
for each individual general or flag officer quarters for the 
prior fiscal year.
    Sec. 120.  Amounts contained in the Ford Island Improvement 
Account established by subsection (h) of section 2814 of title 
10, United States Code, are appropriated and shall be available 
until expended for the purposes specified in subsection (i)(1) 
of such section or until transferred pursuant to subsection 
(i)(3) of such section.

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 121.  During the 5-year period after appropriations 
available in this Act to the Department of Defense for military 
construction and family housing operation and maintenance and 
construction have expired for obligation, upon a determination 
that such appropriations will not be necessary for the 
liquidation of obligations or for making authorized adjustments 
to such appropriations for obligations incurred during the 
period of availability of such appropriations, unobligated 
balances of such appropriations may be transferred into the 
appropriation ``Foreign Currency Fluctuations, Construction, 
Defense'', to be merged with and to be available for the same 
time period and for the same purposes as the appropriation to 
which transferred.
    Sec. 122. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), none of 
the funds made available in this Act may be used by the 
Secretary of the Army to relocate a unit in the Army that--
            (1) performs a testing mission or function that is 
        not performed by any other unit in the Army and is 
        specifically stipulated in title 10, United States 
        Code; and
            (2) is located at a military installation at which 
        the total number of civilian employees of the 
        Department of the Army and Army contractor personnel 
        employed exceeds 10 percent of the total number of 
        members of the regular and reserve components of the 
        Army assigned to the installation.
    (b) Exception.--Subsection (a) shall not apply if the 
Secretary of the Army certifies to the congressional defense 
committees that in proposing the relocation of the unit of the 
Army, the Secretary complied with Army Regulation 5-10 relating 
to the policy, procedures, and responsibilities for Army 
stationing actions.
    Sec. 123.  Amounts appropriated or otherwise made available 
in an account funded under the headings in this title may be 
transferred among projects and activities within the account in 
accordance with the reprogramming guidelines for military 
construction and family housing construction contained in 
Department of Defense Financial Management Regulation 7000.14-
R, Volume 3, Chapter 7, of March 2011, as in effect on the date 
of enactment of this Act.
    Sec. 124.  None of the funds made available in this title 
may be obligated or expended for planning and design and 
construction of projects at Arlington National Cemetery.
    Sec. 125.  For an additional amount for the accounts and in 
the amounts specified, to remain available until September 30, 
2023:
            ``Military Construction, Army'', $94,100,000;
            ``Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps'', 
        $196,850,000;
            ``Military Construction, Air Force'', $118,450,000;
            ``Military Construction, Army National Guard'', 
        $22,000,000;
            ``Military Construction, Air National Guard'', 
        $54,000,000;
            ``Military Construction, Army Reserve'', 
        $23,000,000; and
            ``Military Construction, Air Force Reserve'', 
        $84,800,000:

  Provided, That such funds may only be obligated to carry out 
construction projects identified in the respective military 
department's unfunded priority list for fiscal year 2019 
submitted to Congress:  Provided further, That such projects 
are subject to authorization prior to obligation and 
expenditure of funds to carry out construction:  Provided 
further, That not later than 30 days after enactment of this 
Act, the Secretary of the military department concerned, or his 
or her designee, shall submit to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress an expenditure plan 
for funds provided under this section.

                         (rescissions of funds)

    Sec. 126.  Of the unobligated balances available to the 
Department of Defense from prior appropriation Acts, the 
following funds are hereby rescinded from the following 
accounts in the amounts specified:
            ``NATO Security Investment Program'', $25,000,000;
            ``Military Construction, Air Force'', $31,158,000;
            ``Military Construction, Army National Guard'', 
        $10,000,000;
            ``Family Housing Construction, Navy and Marine 
        Corps'', $2,138,000; and
            ``The fund established in section 1013(d) of the 
        Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act 
        of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 3374)'', $15,333,000:

  Provided, That no amounts may be rescinded from amounts that 
were designated by the Congress for Overseas Contingency 
Operations/Global War on Terrorism or as an emergency 
requirement pursuant to a concurrent resolution on the budget 
or the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 
1985, as amended.
    Sec. 127.  For the purposes of this Act, the term 
``congressional defense committees'' means the Committees on 
Armed Services of the House of Representatives and the Senate, 
the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs 
of the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate, and the 
Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs of 
the Committee on Appropriations of the House of 
Representatives.
    Sec. 128.  None of the funds made available by this Act may 
be used to carry out the closure or realignment of the United 
States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    Sec. 129.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, none 
of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this 
or any other Act may be used to consolidate or relocate any 
element of a United States Air Force Rapid Engineer Deployable 
Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer (RED HORSE) outside 
of the United States until the Secretary of the Air Force: (1) 
completes an analysis and comparison of the cost and 
infrastructure investment required to consolidate or relocate a 
RED HORSE squadron outside of the United States versus within 
the United States; (2) provides to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress (``the Committees'') 
a report detailing the findings of the cost analysis; and (3) 
certifies in writing to the Committees that the preferred site 
for the consolidation or relocation yields the greatest savings 
for the Air Force:  Provided, That the term ``United States'' 
in this section does not include any territory or possession of 
the United States.
    Sec. 130.  Notwithstanding section 124 of this Act, for an 
additional amount for ``Military Construction, Army'' in this 
title, $30,000,000, to remain available until expended, is 
provided for completion of the Defense Access Roads project and 
land acquisition for Arlington National Cemetery as authorized 
by section 2101 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2016 (Public Law 114-92) and section 2829A of the 
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Public 
Law 114-328):  Provided, That such funds shall be in addition 
to any other funds made available in this or prior year Acts 
for such purposes, including funds made available by section 
132 of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related 
Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113).
    Sec. 131.  All amounts appropriated to the ``Department of 
Defense--Military Construction, Army'', ``Department of 
Defense--Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps'', 
``Department of Defense--Military Construction, Air Force'', 
and ``Department of Defense--Military Construction, Defense-
Wide'' accounts pursuant to the authorization of appropriations 
in a National Defense Authorization Act specified for fiscal 
year 2019 in the funding table in section 4601 of that Act 
shall be immediately available and allotted to contract for the 
full scope of authorized projects.
    Sec. 132.  For an additional amount for the accounts and in 
the amounts specified, for enhancing force protection and 
safety at military installations, to remain available until 
September 30, 2023:
            ``Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps'', 
        $50,000,000; and
            ``Military Construction, Air Force'', $50,000,000:

  Provided, That such projects are subject to authorization 
prior to obligation and expenditure of funds to carry out 
construction:  Provided further, That not later than 30 days 
after enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the military 
department concerned, or his or her designee, shall submit to 
the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress an 
expenditure plan for funds provided under this section:  
Provided further, That the Secretary of the military department 
concerned may not obligate or expend any funds prior to 
approval by the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress of the expenditure plan required by this section.

                                TITLE II

                     DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

                    Veterans Benefits Administration

                       compensation and pensions

                     (including transfer of funds)

    For the payment of compensation benefits to or on behalf of 
veterans and a pilot program for disability examinations as 
authorized by section 107 and chapters 11, 13, 18, 51, 53, 55, 
and 61 of title 38, United States Code; pension benefits to or 
on behalf of veterans as authorized by chapters 15, 51, 53, 55, 
and 61 of title 38, United States Code; and burial benefits, 
the Reinstated Entitlement Program for Survivors, emergency and 
other officers' retirement pay, adjusted-service credits and 
certificates, payment of premiums due on commercial life 
insurance policies guaranteed under the provisions of title IV 
of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (50 U.S.C. App. 541 et 
seq.) and for other benefits as authorized by sections 107, 
1312, 1977, and 2106, and chapters 23, 51, 53, 55, and 61 of 
title 38, United States Code, $2,994,366,000, which shall be in 
addition to funds previously appropriated under this heading 
that become available on October 1, 2018, to remain available 
until expended; and, in addition, $109,017,152,000 shall become 
available on October 1, 2019:  Provided, That not to exceed 
$18,047,000 of the amount made available for fiscal year 2020 
under this heading shall be reimbursed to ``General Operating 
Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration'', and ``Information 
Technology Systems'' for necessary expenses in implementing the 
provisions of chapters 51, 53, and 55 of title 38, United 
States Code, the funding source for which is specifically 
provided as the ``Compensation and Pensions'' appropriation:  
Provided further, That such sums as may be earned on an actual 
qualifying patient basis, shall be reimbursed to ``Medical Care 
Collections Fund'' to augment the funding of individual medical 
facilities for nursing home care provided to pensioners as 
authorized.

                         readjustment benefits

    For the payment of readjustment and rehabilitation benefits 
to or on behalf of veterans as authorized by chapters 21, 30, 
31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 39, 41, 51, 53, 55, and 61 of title 38, 
United States Code, $14,065,282,000, to remain available until 
expended and to become available on October 1, 2019:  Provided, 
That expenses for rehabilitation program services and 
assistance which the Secretary is authorized to provide under 
subsection (a) of section 3104 of title 38, United States Code, 
other than under paragraphs (1), (2), (5), and (11) of that 
subsection, shall be charged to this account.

                   veterans insurance and indemnities

    For military and naval insurance, national service life 
insurance, servicemen's indemnities, service-disabled veterans 
insurance, and veterans mortgage life insurance as authorized 
by chapters 19 and 21, title 38, United States Code, 
$111,340,000, which shall become available on October 1, 2019, 
and shall remain available until expended.

                 veterans housing benefit program fund

    For the cost of direct and guaranteed loans, such sums as 
may be necessary to carry out the program, as authorized by 
subchapters I through III of chapter 37 of title 38, United 
States Code:  Provided, That such costs, including the cost of 
modifying such loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974:  Provided further, That, 
during fiscal year 2019, within the resources available, not to 
exceed $500,000 in gross obligations for direct loans are 
authorized for specially adapted housing loans.
    In addition, for administrative expenses to carry out the 
direct and guaranteed loan programs, $200,612,000.

            vocational rehabilitation loans program account

    For the cost of direct loans, $39,000, as authorized by 
chapter 31 of title 38, United States Code:  Provided, That 
such costs, including the cost of modifying such loans, shall 
be as defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974:  Provided further, That funds made available under this 
heading are available to subsidize gross obligations for the 
principal amount of direct loans not to exceed $2,037,000.
    In addition, for administrative expenses necessary to carry 
out the direct loan program, $396,000, which may be paid to the 
appropriation for ``General Operating Expenses, Veterans 
Benefits Administration''.

          native american veteran housing loan program account

    For administrative expenses to carry out the direct loan 
program authorized by subchapter V of chapter 37 of title 38, 
United States Code, $1,163,000.

      general operating expenses, veterans benefits administration

    For necessary operating expenses of the Veterans Benefits 
Administration, not otherwise provided for, including hire of 
passenger motor vehicles, reimbursement of the General Services 
Administration for security guard services, and reimbursement 
of the Department of Defense for the cost of overseas employee 
mail, $2,956,316,000:  Provided, That expenses for services and 
assistance authorized under paragraphs (1), (2), (5), and (11) 
of section 3104(a) of title 38, United States Code, that the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs determines are necessary to 
enable entitled veterans: (1) to the maximum extent feasible, 
to become employable and to obtain and maintain suitable 
employment; or (2) to achieve maximum independence in daily 
living, shall be charged to this account:  Provided further, 
That, of the funds made available under this heading, not to 
exceed 10 percent shall remain available until September 30, 
2020.

                     Veterans Health Administration

                            medical services

    For necessary expenses for furnishing, as authorized by 
law, inpatient and outpatient care and treatment to 
beneficiaries of the Department of Veterans Affairs and 
veterans described in section 1705(a) of title 38, United 
States Code, including care and treatment in facilities not 
under the jurisdiction of the Department, and including medical 
supplies and equipment, bioengineering services, food services, 
and salaries and expenses of healthcare employees hired under 
title 38, United States Code, aid to State homes as authorized 
by section 1741 of title 38, United States Code, assistance and 
support services for caregivers as authorized by section 1720G 
of title 38, United States Code, loan repayments authorized by 
section 604 of the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health 
Services Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-163; 124 Stat. 1174; 38 
U.S.C. 7681 note), monthly assistance allowances authorized by 
section 322(d) of title 38, United States Code, grants 
authorized by section 521A of title 38, United States Code, and 
administrative expenses necessary to carry out sections 322(d) 
and 521A of title 38, United States Code, and hospital care and 
medical services authorized by section 1787 of title 38, United 
States Code; $750,000,000, which shall be in addition to funds 
previously appropriated under this heading that become 
available on October 1, 2018; and, in addition, 
$51,411,165,000, plus reimbursements, shall become available on 
October 1, 2019, and shall remain available until September 30, 
2020:  Provided, That, of the amount made available on October 
1, 2019, under this heading, $1,500,000,000 shall remain 
available until September 30, 2021:  Provided further, That, 
notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs shall establish a priority for the provision 
of medical treatment for veterans who have service-connected 
disabilities, lower income, or have special needs:  Provided 
further, That, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall give priority funding for 
the provision of basic medical benefits to veterans in 
enrollment priority groups 1 through 6:  Provided further, 
That, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary 
of Veterans Affairs may authorize the dispensing of 
prescription drugs from Veterans Health Administration 
facilities to enrolled veterans with privately written 
prescriptions based on requirements established by the 
Secretary:  Provided further, That the implementation of the 
program described in the previous proviso shall incur no 
additional cost to the Department of Veterans Affairs:  
Provided further, That the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall 
ensure that sufficient amounts appropriated under this heading 
for medical supplies and equipment are available for the 
acquisition of prosthetics designed specifically for female 
veterans.

                         medical community care

    For necessary expenses for furnishing health care to 
individuals pursuant to chapter 17 of title 38, United States 
Code, at non-Department facilities, $1,000,000,000, which shall 
be in addition to funds previously appropriated under this 
heading that become available on October 1, 2018; and, in 
addition, $10,758,399,000, plus reimbursements, shall become 
available on October 1, 2019, and shall remain available until 
September 30, 2020:  Provided, That, of the amount made 
available on October 1, 2019, under this heading, 
$2,000,000,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2021.

                     medical support and compliance

    For necessary expenses in the administration of the 
medical, hospital, nursing home, domiciliary, construction, 
supply, and research activities, as authorized by law; 
administrative expenses in support of capital policy 
activities; and administrative and legal expenses of the 
Department for collecting and recovering amounts owed the 
Department as authorized under chapter 17 of title 38, United 
States Code, and the Federal Medical Care Recovery Act (42 
U.S.C. 2651 et seq.), $7,239,156,000, plus reimbursements, 
shall become available on October 1, 2019, and shall remain 
available until September 30, 2020:  Provided, That, of the 
amount made available on October 1, 2019, under this heading, 
$100,000,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2021.

                           medical facilities

    For necessary expenses for the maintenance and operation of 
hospitals, nursing homes, domiciliary facilities, and other 
necessary facilities of the Veterans Health Administration; for 
administrative expenses in support of planning, design, project 
management, real property acquisition and disposition, 
construction, and renovation of any facility under the 
jurisdiction or for the use of the Department; for oversight, 
engineering, and architectural activities not charged to 
project costs; for repairing, altering, improving, or providing 
facilities in the several hospitals and homes under the 
jurisdiction of the Department, not otherwise provided for, 
either by contract or by the hire of temporary employees and 
purchase of materials; for leases of facilities; and for 
laundry services; $90,180,000, which shall be in addition to 
funds previously appropriated under this heading that become 
available on October 1, 2018; and, in addition, $6,141,880,000, 
plus reimbursements, shall become available on October 1, 2019, 
and shall remain available until September 30, 2020:  Provided, 
That, of the amount made available on October 1, 2019, under 
this heading, $250,000,000 shall remain available until 
September 30, 2021.

                    medical and prosthetic research

    For necessary expenses in carrying out programs of medical 
and prosthetic research and development as authorized by 
chapter 73 of title 38, United States Code, $779,000,000, plus 
reimbursements, shall remain available until September 30, 
2020:  Provided, That of the amount made available under this 
heading, $27,000,000 shall remain available until September 30, 
2023:  Provided further, That the Secretary of Veterans Affairs 
shall ensure that sufficient amounts appropriated under this 
heading are available for prosthetic research specifically for 
female veterans, and for toxic exposure research.

                    National Cemetery Administration

    For necessary expenses of the National Cemetery 
Administration for operations and maintenance, not otherwise 
provided for, including uniforms or allowances therefor; 
cemeterial expenses as authorized by law; purchase of one 
passenger motor vehicle for use in cemeterial operations; hire 
of passenger motor vehicles; and repair, alteration or 
improvement of facilities under the jurisdiction of the 
National Cemetery Administration, $315,836,000, of which not to 
exceed 10 percent shall remain available until September 30, 
2020.

                      Departmental Administration

                         general administration

                     (including transfer of funds)

    For necessary operating expenses of the Department of 
Veterans Affairs, not otherwise provided for, including 
administrative expenses in support of Department-wide capital 
planning, management and policy activities, uniforms, or 
allowances therefor; not to exceed $25,000 for official 
reception and representation expenses; hire of passenger motor 
vehicles; and reimbursement of the General Services 
Administration for security guard services, $355,897,000, of 
which not to exceed 10 percent shall remain available until 
September 30, 2020:  Provided, That funds provided under this 
heading may be transferred to ``General Operating Expenses, 
Veterans Benefits Administration''.

                       board of veterans appeals

    For necessary operating expenses of the Board of Veterans 
Appeals, $174,748,000, of which not to exceed 10 percent shall 
remain available until September 30, 2020.

                     information technology systems

                     (including transfer of funds)

    For necessary expenses for information technology systems 
and telecommunications support, including developmental 
information systems and operational information systems; for 
pay and associated costs; and for the capital asset acquisition 
of information technology systems, including management and 
related contractual costs of said acquisitions, including 
contractual costs associated with operations authorized by 
section 3109 of title 5, United States Code, $4,103,000,000, 
plus reimbursements:  Provided, That $1,199,220,000 shall be 
for pay and associated costs, of which not to exceed 3 percent 
shall remain available until September 30, 2020:  Provided 
further, That $2,523,209,000 shall be for operations and 
maintenance, of which not to exceed 5 percent shall remain 
available until September 30, 2020:  Provided further, That 
$380,571,000 shall be for information technology systems 
development, and shall remain available until September 30, 
2020:  Provided further, That amounts made available for 
salaries and expenses, operations and maintenance, and 
information technology systems development may be transferred 
among the three subaccounts after the Secretary of Veterans 
Affairs requests from the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress the authority to make the transfer and an 
approval is issued:  Provided further, That amounts made 
available for the ``Information Technology Systems'' account 
for development may be transferred among projects or to newly 
defined projects:  Provided further, That no project may be 
increased or decreased by more than $1,000,000 of cost prior to 
submitting a request to the Committees on Appropriations of 
both Houses of Congress to make the transfer and an approval is 
issued, or absent a response, a period of 30 days has elapsed:  
Provided further, That the funds made available under this 
heading for information technology systems development shall be 
for the projects, and in the amounts, specified under this 
heading in the joint explanatory statement accompanying this 
Act.

                   veterans electronic health record

    For activities related to implementation, preparation, 
development, interface, management, rollout, and maintenance of 
a Veterans Electronic Health Record system, including 
contractual costs associated with operations authorized by 
section 3109 of title 5, United States Code, and salaries and 
expenses of employees hired under titles 5 and 38, United 
States Code, $1,107,000,000, to remain available until 
September 30, 2021:  Provided, That the Secretary of Veterans 
Affairs shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of 
both Houses of Congress quarterly reports detailing 
obligations, expenditures, and deployment implementation by 
facility:  Provided further, That the funds provided in this 
account shall only be available to the Office of the Deputy 
Secretary, to be administered by that Office:  Provided 
further, That none of the funds made available under this 
heading may be obligated in a manner inconsistent with 
deployment schedules provided to the Committees on 
Appropriations unless the Secretary of Veterans Affairs 
provides notification to the Committees on Appropriations of 
such change and an approval is issued.

                      office of inspector general

    For necessary expenses of the Office of Inspector General, 
to include information technology, in carrying out the 
provisions of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. 
App.), $192,000,000, of which not to exceed 10 percent shall 
remain available until September 30, 2020.

                      construction, major projects

    For constructing, altering, extending, and improving any of 
the facilities, including parking projects, under the 
jurisdiction or for the use of the Department of Veterans 
Affairs, or for any of the purposes set forth in sections 316, 
2404, 2406 and chapter 81 of title 38, United States Code, not 
otherwise provided for, including planning, architectural and 
engineering services, construction management services, 
maintenance or guarantee period services costs associated with 
equipment guarantees provided under the project, services of 
claims analysts, offsite utility and storm drainage system 
construction costs, and site acquisition, where the estimated 
cost of a project is more than the amount set forth in section 
8104(a)(3)(A) of title 38, United States Code, or where funds 
for a project were made available in a previous major project 
appropriation, $1,127,486,000, of which $647,486,000 shall 
remain available until September 30, 2023, and of which 
$480,000,000 shall remain available until expended, of which 
$400,000,000 shall be available for seismic improvement 
projects and seismic program management activities, including 
for projects that would otherwise be funded by the 
Construction, Minor Projects, Medical Facilities or National 
Cemetery Administration accounts:  Provided, That except for 
advance planning activities, including needs assessments which 
may or may not lead to capital investments, and other capital 
asset management related activities, including portfolio 
development and management activities, and investment strategy 
studies funded through the advance planning fund and the 
planning and design activities funded through the design fund, 
including needs assessments which may or may not lead to 
capital investments, and salaries and associated costs of the 
resident engineers who oversee those capital investments funded 
through this account and contracting officers who manage 
specific major construction projects, and funds provided for 
the purchase, security, and maintenance of land for the 
National Cemetery Administration through the land acquisition 
line item, none of the funds made available under this heading 
shall be used for any project that has not been notified to 
Congress through the budgetary process or that has not been 
approved by the Congress through statute, joint resolution, or 
in the explanatory statement accompanying such Act and 
presented to the President at the time of enrollment:  Provided 
further, That funds made available under this heading for 
fiscal year 2019, for each approved project shall be obligated: 
(1) by the awarding of a construction documents contract by 
September 30, 2019; and (2) by the awarding of a construction 
contract by September 30, 2020:  Provided further, That the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall promptly submit to the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a 
written report on any approved major construction project for 
which obligations are not incurred within the time limitations 
established above:  Provided further, That notwithstanding the 
requirements of section 8104(a) of title 38, United States 
Code, amounts made available under this heading for seismic 
improvement projects and seismic program management activities 
shall be available for the completion of both new and existing 
seismic projects of the Department.

                      construction, minor projects

    For constructing, altering, extending, and improving any of 
the facilities, including parking projects, under the 
jurisdiction or for the use of the Department of Veterans 
Affairs, including planning and assessments of needs which may 
lead to capital investments, architectural and engineering 
services, maintenance or guarantee period services costs 
associated with equipment guarantees provided under the 
project, services of claims analysts, offsite utility and storm 
drainage system construction costs, and site acquisition, or 
for any of the purposes set forth in sections 316, 2404, 2406 
and chapter 81 of title 38, United States Code, not otherwise 
provided for, where the estimated cost of a project is equal to 
or less than the amount set forth in section 8104(a)(3)(A) of 
title 38, United States Code, $649,514,000, to remain available 
until September 30, 2023, along with unobligated balances of 
previous ``Construction, Minor Projects'' appropriations which 
are hereby made available for any project where the estimated 
cost is equal to or less than the amount set forth in such 
section:  Provided, That funds made available under this 
heading shall be for: (1) repairs to any of the nonmedical 
facilities under the jurisdiction or for the use of the 
Department which are necessary because of loss or damage caused 
by any natural disaster or catastrophe; and (2) temporary 
measures necessary to prevent or to minimize further loss by 
such causes.

                      grants for construction of 
                     state extended care facilities

    For grants to assist States to acquire or construct State 
nursing home and domiciliary facilities and to remodel, modify, 
or alter existing hospital, nursing home, and domiciliary 
facilities in State homes, for furnishing care to veterans as 
authorized by sections 8131 through 8137 of title 38, United 
States Code, $150,000,000, to remain available until expended.

             grants for construction of veterans cemeteries

    For grants to assist States and tribal organizations in 
establishing, expanding, or improving veterans cemeteries as 
authorized by section 2408 of title 38, United States Code, 
$45,000,000, to remain available until expended.

                       Administrative Provisions

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 201.  Any appropriation for fiscal year 2019 for 
``Compensation and Pensions'', ``Readjustment Benefits'', and 
``Veterans Insurance and Indemnities'' may be transferred as 
necessary to any other of the mentioned appropriations:  
Provided, That, before a transfer may take place, the Secretary 
of Veterans Affairs shall request from the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress the authority to make 
the transfer and such Committees issue an approval, or absent a 
response, a period of 30 days has elapsed.

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 202.  Amounts made available for the Department of 
Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2019, in this or any other 
Act, under the ``Medical Services'', ``Medical Community 
Care'', ``Medical Support and Compliance'', and ``Medical 
Facilities'' accounts may be transferred among the accounts:  
Provided, That any transfers among the ``Medical Services'', 
``Medical Community Care'', and ``Medical Support and 
Compliance'' accounts of 1 percent or less of the total amount 
appropriated to the account in this or any other Act may take 
place subject to notification from the Secretary of Veterans 
Affairs to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress of the amount and purpose of the transfer:  Provided 
further, That any transfers among the ``Medical Services'', 
``Medical Community Care'', and ``Medical Support and 
Compliance'' accounts in excess of 1 percent, or exceeding the 
cumulative 1 percent for the fiscal year, may take place only 
after the Secretary requests from the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress the authority to make 
the transfer and an approval is issued:  Provided further, That 
any transfers to or from the ``Medical Facilities'' account may 
take place only after the Secretary requests from the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress the 
authority to make the transfer and an approval is issued.
    Sec. 203.  Appropriations available in this title for 
salaries and expenses shall be available for services 
authorized by section 3109 of title 5, United States Code; hire 
of passenger motor vehicles; lease of a facility or land or 
both; and uniforms or allowances therefore, as authorized by 
sections 5901 through 5902 of title 5, United States Code.
    Sec. 204.  No appropriations in this title (except the 
appropriations for ``Construction, Major Projects'', and 
``Construction, Minor Projects'') shall be available for the 
purchase of any site for or toward the construction of any new 
hospital or home.
    Sec. 205.  No appropriations in this title shall be 
available for hospitalization or examination of any persons 
(except beneficiaries entitled to such hospitalization or 
examination under the laws providing such benefits to veterans, 
and persons receiving such treatment under sections 7901 
through 7904 of title 5, United States Code, or the Robert T. 
Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 
U.S.C. 5121 et seq.)), unless reimbursement of the cost of such 
hospitalization or examination is made to the ``Medical 
Services'' account at such rates as may be fixed by the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
    Sec. 206.  Appropriations available in this title for 
``Compensation and Pensions'', ``Readjustment Benefits'', and 
``Veterans Insurance and Indemnities'' shall be available for 
payment of prior year accrued obligations required to be 
recorded by law against the corresponding prior year accounts 
within the last quarter of fiscal year 2018.
    Sec. 207.  Appropriations available in this title shall be 
available to pay prior year obligations of corresponding prior 
year appropriations accounts resulting from sections 3328(a), 
3334, and 3712(a) of title 31, United States Code, except that 
if such obligations are from trust fund accounts they shall be 
payable only from ``Compensation and Pensions''.

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 208.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, 
during fiscal year 2019, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs 
shall, from the National Service Life Insurance Fund under 
section 1920 of title 38, United States Code, the Veterans' 
Special Life Insurance Fund under section 1923 of title 38, 
United States Code, and the United States Government Life 
Insurance Fund under section 1955 of title 38, United States 
Code, reimburse the ``General Operating Expenses, Veterans 
Benefits Administration'' and ``Information Technology 
Systems'' accounts for the cost of administration of the 
insurance programs financed through those accounts:  Provided, 
That reimbursement shall be made only from the surplus earnings 
accumulated in such an insurance program during fiscal year 
2019 that are available for dividends in that program after 
claims have been paid and actuarially determined reserves have 
been set aside:  Provided further, That if the cost of 
administration of such an insurance program exceeds the amount 
of surplus earnings accumulated in that program, reimbursement 
shall be made only to the extent of such surplus earnings:  
Provided further, That the Secretary shall determine the cost 
of administration for fiscal year 2019 which is properly 
allocable to the provision of each such insurance program and 
to the provision of any total disability income insurance 
included in that insurance program.
    Sec. 209.  Amounts deducted from enhanced-use lease 
proceeds to reimburse an account for expenses incurred by that 
account during a prior fiscal year for providing enhanced-use 
lease services, may be obligated during the fiscal year in 
which the proceeds are received.

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 210.  Funds available in this title or funds for 
salaries and other administrative expenses shall also be 
available to reimburse the Office of Resolution Management, the 
Office of Employment Discrimination Complaint Adjudication, the 
Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, and the 
Office of Diversity and Inclusion for all services provided at 
rates which will recover actual costs but not to exceed 
$48,431,000 for the Office of Resolution Management, $4,333,000 
for the Office of Employment Discrimination Complaint 
Adjudication, $17,700,000 for the Office of Accountability and 
Whistleblower Protection, and $3,230,000 for the Office of 
Diversity and Inclusion:  Provided, That payments may be made 
in advance for services to be furnished based on estimated 
costs:  Provided further, That amounts received shall be 
credited to the ``General Administration'' and ``Information 
Technology Systems'' accounts for use by the office that 
provided the service.
    Sec. 211.  No funds of the Department of Veterans Affairs 
shall be available for hospital care, nursing home care, or 
medical services provided to any person under chapter 17 of 
title 38, United States Code, for a non-service-connected 
disability described in section 1729(a)(2) of such title, 
unless that person has disclosed to the Secretary of Veterans 
Affairs, in such form as the Secretary may require, current, 
accurate third-party reimbursement information for purposes of 
section 1729 of such title:  Provided, That the Secretary may 
recover, in the same manner as any other debt due the United 
States, the reasonable charges for such care or services from 
any person who does not make such disclosure as required:  
Provided further, That any amounts so recovered for care or 
services provided in a prior fiscal year may be obligated by 
the Secretary during the fiscal year in which amounts are 
received.

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 212.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, 
proceeds or revenues derived from enhanced-use leasing 
activities (including disposal) may be deposited into the 
``Construction, Major Projects'' and ``Construction, Minor 
Projects'' accounts and be used for construction (including 
site acquisition and disposition), alterations, and 
improvements of any medical facility under the jurisdiction or 
for the use of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Such sums as 
realized are in addition to the amount provided for in 
``Construction, Major Projects'' and ``Construction, Minor 
Projects''.
    Sec. 213.  Amounts made available under ``Medical 
Services'' are available--
            (1) for furnishing recreational facilities, 
        supplies, and equipment; and
            (2) for funeral expenses, burial expenses, and 
        other expenses incidental to funerals and burials for 
        beneficiaries receiving care in the Department.

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 214.  Such sums as may be deposited to the Medical 
Care Collections Fund pursuant to section 1729A of title 38, 
United States Code, may be transferred to the ``Medical 
Services'' and ``Medical Community Care'' accounts to remain 
available until expended for the purposes of these accounts.
    Sec. 215.  The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may enter into 
agreements with Federally Qualified Health Centers in the State 
of Alaska and Indian tribes and tribal organizations which are 
party to the Alaska Native Health Compact with the Indian 
Health Service, to provide healthcare, including behavioral 
health and dental care, to veterans in rural Alaska. The 
Secretary shall require participating veterans and facilities 
to comply with all appropriate rules and regulations, as 
established by the Secretary. The term ``rural Alaska'' shall 
mean those lands which are not within the boundaries of the 
municipality of Anchorage or the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 216.  Such sums as may be deposited to the Department 
of Veterans Affairs Capital Asset Fund pursuant to section 8118 
of title 38, United States Code, may be transferred to the 
``Construction, Major Projects'' and ``Construction, Minor 
Projects'' accounts, to remain available until expended for the 
purposes of these accounts.
    Sec. 217.  Not later than 30 days after the end of each 
fiscal quarter, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit 
to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress 
a report on the financial status of the Department of Veterans 
Affairs for the preceding quarter:  Provided, That, at a 
minimum, the report shall include the direction contained in 
the paragraph entitled ``Quarterly reporting'', under the 
heading ``General Administration'' in the joint explanatory 
statement accompanying Public Law 114-223.

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 218.  Amounts made available under the ``Medical 
Services'', ``Medical Community Care'', ``Medical Support and 
Compliance'', ``Medical Facilities'', ``General Operating 
Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration'', ``Board of 
Veterans Appeals'', ``General Administration'', and ``National 
Cemetery Administration'' accounts for fiscal year 2019 may be 
transferred to or from the ``Information Technology Systems'' 
account:  Provided, That such transfers may not result in a 
more than 10 percent aggregate increase in the total amount 
made available by this Act for the ``Information Technology 
Systems'' account:  Provided further, That, before a transfer 
may take place, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall request 
from the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress the authority to make the transfer and an approval is 
issued.

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 219.  Of the amounts appropriated to the Department of 
Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2019 for ``Medical Services'', 
``Medical Community Care'', ``Medical Support and Compliance'', 
``Medical Facilities'', ``Construction, Minor Projects'', and 
``Information Technology Systems'', up to $301,578,000, plus 
reimbursements, may be transferred to the Joint Department of 
Defense--Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility 
Demonstration Fund, established by section 1704 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-
84; 123 Stat. 3571) and may be used for operation of the 
facilities designated as combined Federal medical facilities as 
described by section 706 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Public Law 110-417; 122 
Stat. 4500):  Provided, That additional funds may be 
transferred from accounts designated in this section to the 
Joint Department of Defense--Department of Veterans Affairs 
Medical Facility Demonstration Fund upon written notification 
by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress:  Provided further, 
That section 220 of title II of division J of Public Law 115-
141 is repealed.

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 220.  Of the amounts appropriated to the Department of 
Veterans Affairs which become available on October 1, 2019, for 
``Medical Services'', ``Medical Community Care'', ``Medical 
Support and Compliance'', and ``Medical Facilities'', up to 
$307,609,000, plus reimbursements, may be transferred to the 
Joint Department of Defense--Department of Veterans Affairs 
Medical Facility Demonstration Fund, established by section 
1704 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
2010 (Public Law 111-84; 123 Stat. 3571) and may be used for 
operation of the facilities designated as combined Federal 
medical facilities as described by section 706 of the Duncan 
Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 
(Public Law 110-417; 122 Stat. 4500):  Provided, That 
additional funds may be transferred from accounts designated in 
this section to the Joint Department of Defense--Department of 
Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund upon 
written notification by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to 
the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress.

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 221.  Such sums as may be deposited to the Medical 
Care Collections Fund pursuant to section 1729A of title 38, 
United States Code, for healthcare provided at facilities 
designated as combined Federal medical facilities as described 
by section 706 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Public Law 110-417; 122 
Stat. 4500) shall also be available: (1) for transfer to the 
Joint Department of Defense--Department of Veterans Affairs 
Medical Facility Demonstration Fund, established by section 
1704 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
2010 (Public Law 111-84; 123 Stat. 3571); and (2) for 
operations of the facilities designated as combined Federal 
medical facilities as described by section 706 of the Duncan 
Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 
(Public Law 110-417; 122 Stat. 4500):  Provided, That, 
notwithstanding section 1704(b)(3) of the National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84; 123 
Stat. 2573), amounts transferred to the Joint Department of 
Defense--Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility 
Demonstration Fund shall remain available until expended.

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 222.  Of the amounts available in this title for 
``Medical Services'', ``Medical Community Care'', ``Medical 
Support and Compliance'', and ``Medical Facilities'', a minimum 
of $15,000,000 shall be transferred to the DOD-VA Health Care 
Sharing Incentive Fund, as authorized by section 8111(d) of 
title 38, United States Code, to remain available until 
expended, for any purpose authorized by section 8111 of title 
38, United States Code.
    Sec. 223.  None of the funds available to the Department of 
Veterans Affairs, in this or any other Act, may be used to 
replace the current system by which the Veterans Integrated 
Service Networks select and contract for diabetes monitoring 
supplies and equipment.
    Sec. 224.  The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall notify 
the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress of 
all bid savings in a major construction project that total at 
least $5,000,000, or 5 percent of the programmed amount of the 
project, whichever is less:  Provided, That such notification 
shall occur within 14 days of a contract identifying the 
programmed amount:  Provided further, That the Secretary shall 
notify the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress 14 days prior to the obligation of such bid savings 
and shall describe the anticipated use of such savings.
    Sec. 225.  None of the funds made available for 
``Construction, Major Projects'' may be used for a project in 
excess of the scope specified for that project in the original 
justification data provided to the Congress as part of the 
request for appropriations unless the Secretary of Veterans 
Affairs receives approval from the Committees on Appropriations 
of both Houses of Congress.
    Sec. 226.  Not later than 30 days after the end of each 
fiscal quarter, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit 
to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress 
a quarterly report containing performance measures and data 
from each Veterans Benefits Administration Regional Office:  
Provided, That, at a minimum, the report shall include the 
direction contained in the section entitled ``Disability claims 
backlog'', under the heading ``General Operating Expenses, 
Veterans Benefits Administration'' in the joint explanatory 
statement accompanying Public Law 114-223:  Provided further, 
That the report shall also include information on the number of 
appeals pending at the Veterans Benefits Administration as well 
as the Board of Veterans Appeals on a quarterly basis.
    Sec. 227.  The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall provide 
written notification to the Committees on Appropriations of 
both Houses of Congress 15 days prior to organizational changes 
which result in the transfer of 25 or more full-time 
equivalents from one organizational unit of the Department of 
Veterans Affairs to another.
    Sec. 228.  The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall provide 
on a quarterly basis to the Committees on Appropriations of 
both Houses of Congress notification of any single national 
outreach and awareness marketing campaign in which obligations 
exceed $2,000,000.

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 229.  The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, upon 
determination that such action is necessary to address needs of 
the Veterans Health Administration, may transfer to the 
``Medical Services'' account any discretionary appropriations 
made available for fiscal year 2019 in this title (except 
appropriations made to the ``General Operating Expenses, 
Veterans Benefits Administration'' account) or any 
discretionary unobligated balances within the Department of 
Veterans Affairs, including those appropriated for fiscal year 
2019, that were provided in advance by appropriations Acts:  
Provided, That transfers shall be made only with the approval 
of the Office of Management and Budget:  Provided further, That 
the transfer authority provided in this section is in addition 
to any other transfer authority provided by law:  Provided 
further, That no amounts may be transferred from amounts that 
were designated by Congress as an emergency requirement 
pursuant to a concurrent resolution on the budget or the 
Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985:  
Provided further, That such authority to transfer may not be 
used unless for higher priority items, based on emergent 
healthcare requirements, than those for which originally 
appropriated and in no case where the item for which funds are 
requested has been denied by Congress:  Provided further, That, 
upon determination that all or part of the funds transferred 
from an appropriation are not necessary, such amounts may be 
transferred back to that appropriation and shall be available 
for the same purposes as originally appropriated:  Provided 
further, That before a transfer may take place, the Secretary 
of Veterans Affairs shall request from the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress the authority to make 
the transfer and receive approval of that request.

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 230.  Amounts made available for the Department of 
Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2019, under the ``Board of 
Veterans Appeals'' and the ``General Operating Expenses, 
Veterans Benefits Administration'' accounts may be transferred 
between such accounts:  Provided, That before a transfer may 
take place, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall request 
from the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress the authority to make the transfer and receive 
approval of that request.
    Sec. 231.  The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may not 
reprogram funds among major construction projects or programs 
if such instance of reprogramming will exceed $7,000,000, 
unless such reprogramming is approved by the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress.
    Sec. 232. (a) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall 
ensure that the toll-free suicide hotline under section 
1720F(h) of title 38, United States Code--
            (1) provides to individuals who contact the hotline 
        immediate assistance from a trained professional; and
            (2) adheres to all requirements of the American 
        Association of Suicidology.
    (b)(1) None of the funds made available by this Act may be 
used to enforce or otherwise carry out any Executive action 
that prohibits the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from 
appointing an individual to occupy a vacant civil service 
position, or establishing a new civil service position, at the 
Department of Veterans Affairs with respect to such a position 
relating to the hotline specified in subsection (a).
    (2) In this subsection--
            (A) the term ``civil service'' has the meaning 
        given such term in section 2101(1) of title 5, United 
        States Code; and
            (B) the term ``Executive action'' includes--
                    (i) any Executive order, presidential 
                memorandum, or other action by the President; 
                and
                    (ii) any agency policy, order, or other 
                directive.
    (c)(1) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall conduct a 
study on the effectiveness of the hotline specified in 
subsection (a) during the five-year period beginning on January 
1, 2016, based on an analysis of national suicide data and data 
collected from such hotline.
    (2) At a minimum, the study required by paragraph (1) 
shall--
            (A) determine the number of veterans who contact 
        the hotline specified in subsection (a) and who receive 
        follow up services from the hotline or mental health 
        services from the Department of Veterans Affairs 
        thereafter;
            (B) determine the number of veterans who contact 
        the hotline who are not referred to, or do not continue 
        receiving, mental health care who commit suicide; and
            (C) determine the number of veterans described in 
        subparagraph (A) who commit or attempt suicide.
    Sec. 233.  None of the funds in this or any other Act may 
be used to close Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, 
domiciliaries, or clinics, conduct an environmental assessment, 
or to diminish healthcare services at existing Veterans Health 
Administration medical facilities located in Veterans 
Integrated Service Network 23 as part of a planned realignment 
of VA services until the Secretary provides to the Committees 
on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a report including 
the following elements:
            (1) a national realignment strategy that includes a 
        detailed description of realignment plans within each 
        Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN), including 
        an updated Long Range Capital Plan to implement 
        realignment requirements;
            (2) an explanation of the process by which those 
        plans were developed and coordinated within each VISN;
            (3) a cost versus benefit analysis of each planned 
        realignment, including the cost of replacing Veterans 
        Health Administration services with contract care or 
        other outsourced services;
            (4) an analysis of how any such planned realignment 
        of services will impact access to care for veterans 
        living in rural or highly rural areas, including travel 
        distances and transportation costs to access a VA 
        medical facility and availability of local specialty 
        and primary care;
            (5) an inventory of VA buildings with historic 
        designation and the methodology used to determine the 
        buildings' condition and utilization;
            (6) a description of how any realignment will be 
        consistent with requirements under the National 
        Historic Preservation Act; and
            (7) consideration given for reuse of historic 
        buildings within newly identified realignment 
        requirements:  Provided, That, this provision shall not 
        apply to capital projects in VISN 23, or any other 
        VISN, which have been authorized or approved by 
        Congress.
    Sec. 234.  Effective during the period beginning on October 
1, 2018 and ending on January 1, 2024, none of the funds made 
available to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs by this or any 
other Act may be obligated or expended in contravention of the 
``Veterans Health Administration Clinical Preventive Services 
Guidance Statement on the Veterans Health Administration's 
Screening for Breast Cancer Guidance'' published on May 10, 
2017, as issued by the Veterans Health Administration National 
Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
    Sec. 235. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, 
the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available to the 
Department of Veterans Affairs for the ``Medical Services'' 
account may be used to provide--
            (1) fertility counseling and treatment using 
        assisted reproductive technology to a covered veteran 
        or the spouse of a covered veteran; or
            (2) adoption reimbursement to a covered veteran.
    (b) In this section:
            (1) The term ``service-connected'' has the meaning 
        given such term in section 101 of title 38, United 
        States Code.
            (2) The term ``covered veteran'' means a veteran, 
        as such term is defined in section 101 of title 38, 
        United States Code, who has a service-connected 
        disability that results in the inability of the veteran 
        to procreate without the use of fertility treatment.
            (3) The term ``assisted reproductive technology'' 
        means benefits relating to reproductive assistance 
        provided to a member of the Armed Forces who incurs a 
        serious injury or illness on active duty pursuant to 
        section 1074(c)(4)(A) of title 10, United States Code, 
        as described in the memorandum on the subject of 
        ``Policy for Assisted Reproductive Services for the 
        Benefit of Seriously or Severely Ill/Injured (Category 
        II or III) Active Duty Service Members'' issued by the 
        Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs on 
        April 3, 2012, and the guidance issued to implement 
        such policy, including any limitations on the amount of 
        such benefits available to such a member except that--
                    (A) the time periods regarding embryo 
                cryopreservation and storage set forth in part 
                III(G) and in part IV(H) of such memorandum 
                shall not apply; and
                    (B) such term includes embryo 
                cryopreservation and storage without limitation 
                on the duration of such cryopreservation and 
                storage.
            (4) The term ``adoption reimbursement'' means 
        reimbursement for the adoption-related expenses for an 
        adoption that is finalized after the date of the 
        enactment of this Act under the same terms as apply 
        under the adoption reimbursement program of the 
        Department of Defense, as authorized in Department of 
        Defense Instruction 1341.09, including the 
        reimbursement limits and requirements set forth in such 
        instruction.
    (c) Amounts made available for the purposes specified in 
subsection (a) of this section are subject to the requirements 
for funds contained in section 508 of division H of the 
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141).

                         (rescission of funds)

    Sec. 236.  Of the funds made available for fiscal year 2019 
under the heading ``Department of Veterans Affairs--Veterans 
Health Administration--Medical Support and Compliance'' in 
title II of division J of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 
2018 (Public Law 115-141), $211,000,000 is hereby rescinded.
    Sec. 237.  None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this Act or any other Act for the Department of 
Veterans Affairs may be used in a manner that is inconsistent 
with: (1) section 842 of the Transportation, Treasury, Housing 
and Urban Development, the Judiciary, the District of Columbia, 
and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006 (Public Law 
109-115; 119 Stat. 2506); or (2) section 8110(a)(5) of title 
38, United States Code.
    Sec. 238.  Section 842 of Public Law 109-115 shall not 
apply to conversion of an activity or function of the Veterans 
Health Administration, Veterans Benefits Administration, or 
National Cemetery Administration to contractor performance by a 
business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or 
more Indian tribes as defined in section 5304(e) of title 25, 
United States Code, or one or more Native Hawaiian 
Organizations as defined in section 637(a)(15) of title 15, 
United States Code.
    Sec. 239. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in consultation with the 
Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Labor, shall 
discontinue using Social Security account numbers to identify 
individuals in all information systems of the Department of 
Veterans Affairs as follows:
            (1) For all veterans submitting to the Secretary of 
        Veterans Affairs new claims for benefits under laws 
        administered by the Secretary, not later than 5 years 
        after the date of the enactment of this Act.
            (2) For all individuals not described in paragraph 
        (1), not later than 8 years after the date of the 
        enactment of this Act.
    (b) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may use a Social 
Security account number to identify an individual in an 
information system of the Department of Veterans Affairs if and 
only if the use of such number is required to obtain 
information the Secretary requires from an information system 
that is not under the jurisdiction of the Secretary.
    Sec. 240.  For funds provided to the Department of Veterans 
Affairs for each of fiscal year 2019 and 2020 for ``Medical 
Services'', section 239 of Division A of Public Law 114-223 
shall apply.
    Sec. 241.  None of the funds appropriated in this or prior 
appropriations Acts or otherwise made available to the 
Department of Veterans Affairs may be used to transfer any 
amounts from the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund to 
any other account within the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    Sec. 242.  Of the funds provided to the Department of 
Veterans Affairs for each of fiscal year 2019 and fiscal year 
2020 for ``Medical Services'', funds may be used in each year 
to carry out and expand the child care program authorized by 
section 205 of Public Law 111-163, notwithstanding subsection 
(e) of such section.
    Sec. 243.  For funds provided to the Department of Veterans 
Affairs for each of fiscal year 2019 and 2020, section of 
Division A of Public Law 114-223 shall apply.
    Sec. 244. (a) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may use 
amounts appropriated or otherwise made available in this title 
to ensure that the ratio of veterans to full-time employment 
equivalents within any program of rehabilitation conducted 
under chapter 31 of title 38, United States Code, does not 
exceed 125 veterans to one full-time employment equivalent.
    (b) Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment 
of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on 
the programs of rehabilitation conducted under chapter 31 of 
title 38, United States Code, including--
            (1) an assessment of the veteran-to-staff ratio for 
        each such program; and
            (2) recommendations for such action as the 
        Secretary considers necessary to reduce the veteran-to-
        staff ratio for each such program.
    Sec. 245.  None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available in this title may be used by the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs to enter into an agreement related to 
resolving a dispute or claim with an individual that would 
restrict in any way the individual from speaking to members of 
Congress or their staff on any topic not otherwise prohibited 
from disclosure by Federal law or required by Executive Order 
to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or the 
conduct of foreign affairs.
    Sec. 246.  For funds provided to the Department of Veterans 
Affairs for each of fiscal year 2019 and 2020, section 258 of 
Division A of Public Law 114-223 shall apply.
    Sec. 247.  None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this Act may be used to conduct research using 
canines unless: the scientific objectives of the study can only 
be met by research with canines; the study has been directly 
approved by the Secretary; and the study is consistent with the 
revised Department of Veterans Affairs canine research policy 
document released on December 18, 2017:  Provided, That not 
later than 180 days after enactment of this Act, the Secretary 
shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses 
of Congress a detailed report outlining under what 
circumstances canine research may be needed if there are no 
other alternatives, how often it was used during that time 
period, and what protocols are in place to determine both the 
safety and efficacy of the research.
    Sec. 248.  For an additional amount for the Department of 
Veterans Affairs, $2,000,000,000 to remain available until 
expended, for infrastructure improvements, including new 
construction, and in addition to amounts otherwise made 
available in this Act for such purpose, of which:
            (1) $750,000,000 shall be available for seismic 
        improvement projects and seismic program management 
        activities, including projects that would otherwise be 
        funded by the Construction, Major Projects, the 
        Construction, Minor Projects, Medical Facilities, or 
        National Cemetery Administration accounts;
            (2) $300,000,000 shall be for ``Departmental 
        Administration--Construction, Major Projects'';
            (3) $800,000,000 shall be for ``Veterans Health 
        Administration--Medical Facilities'' to be used for 
        non-recurring maintenance; and
            (4) $150,000,000 shall be for ``Departmental 
        Administration--Construction, Minor Projects'':
  Provided, That the additional amounts appropriated for the 
purposes of non-recurring maintenance and minor construction 
may be used to carry out critical life-safety projects 
identified in the Department's annual facility condition 
assessments; sustainment projects; modernization projects; 
infrastructure repair; renovations at existing Veterans Health 
Administration medical centers and outpatient clinics; and 
projects included in the Strategic Capital Investment Process 
plan:  Provided further, That funds made available under this 
section for ``Construction, Major Projects'' shall be available 
for previously authorized and partially funded major 
construction projects:  Provided further,  That notwithstanding 
the requirements of section 8104(a) of title 38, United States 
Code, amounts made available under this heading for seismic 
improvement projects and seismic program management activities 
shall be available for the completion of both new and existing 
projects of the Department:  Provided further, That the 
additional amounts appropriated under this section may not be 
obligated or expended until the Secretary of Veterans Affairs 
submits to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress, and such Committees approve, a detailed expenditure 
plan, including project descriptions and costs, for any non-
recurring maintenance, minor construction, major construction, 
or seismic improvement project being funded with the additional 
amounts made available in this administrative provision.
    Sec. 249. (a) Prohibition on Use of Funds.--None of the 
funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may 
be used to deny an Inspector General funded under this Act 
timely access to any records, documents, or other materials 
available to the department or agency of the United States 
Government over which such Inspector General has 
responsibilities under the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 
U.S.C. App.), or to prevent or impede the access of such 
Inspector General to such records, documents, or other 
materials, under any provision of law, except a provision of 
law that expressly refers to such Inspector General and 
expressly limits the right of access of such Inspector General.
    (b) Timely Access.--A department or agency covered by this 
section shall provide its Inspector General access to all 
records, documents, and other materials in a timely manner.
    (c) Compliance.--Each Inspector General covered by this 
section shall ensure compliance with statutory limitations on 
disclosure relevant to the information provided by the 
department or agency over which that Inspector General has 
responsibilities under the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 
U.S.C. App.).
    (d) Report.--Each Inspector General covered by this section 
shall report to the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate 
and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of 
Representatives within 5 calendar days of any failure by any 
department or agency covered by this section to comply with 
this section.
    Sec. 250. (a) Plan Required.--Not later than 90 days after 
the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs shall submit to the appropriate committees of 
Congress a plan to reduce the chances that clinical mistakes by 
employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs will result in 
adverse events that require institutional or clinical 
disclosures and to prevent any unnecessary hardship for 
patients and families impacted by such adverse events.
    (b) Elements.--The plan required by subsection (a) shall 
include the following:
            (1) A description of a process for the timely 
        identification of individuals impacted by disclosures 
        described in subsection (a) and the process for 
        contacting those individuals or their next of kin.
            (2) A description of procedures for expediting any 
        remedial or follow-up care required for those 
        individuals.
            (3) A detailed outline of proposed changes to the 
        process of the Department for clinical quality checks 
        and oversight.
            (4) A communication plan to ensure all facilities 
        of the Department are made aware of any requirements 
        updated pursuant to the plan.
            (5) A timeline detailing the implementation of the 
        plan.
            (6) An identification of the senior executive of 
        the Department responsible for ensuring compliance with 
        the plan.
            (7) An identification of potential impacts of the 
        plan on timely diagnoses for patients.
            (8) An identification of the processes and 
        procedures for employees of the Department to make 
        leadership at the facility and the Department aware of 
        adverse events that are concerning and that result in 
        disclosures and to ensure that the medical impact on 
        veterans of such disclosures is minimized.
    (c) Appropriate Committees of Congress Defined.--In this 
section, the term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' 
means--
            (1) the Committee on Veterans' Affairs and the 
        Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans 
        Affairs, and Related Agencies of the Committee on 
        Appropriations of the Senate; and
            (2) the Committee on Veterans' Affairs and the 
        Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans 
        Affairs, and Related Agencies of the Committee on 
        Appropriations of the House of Representatives.
    Sec. 251.  None of the funds made available in this Act may 
be used in a manner that would increase wait times for veterans 
who seek care at medical facilities of the Department of 
Veterans Affairs.
    Sec. 252.  None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this Act to the Veterans Health Administration may 
be used in fiscal year 2019 to convert any program which 
received specific purpose funds in fiscal year 2018 to a 
general purpose funded program unless the Secretary of Veterans 
Affairs submits written notification of any such proposal to 
the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress at 
least thirty days prior to any such action and an approval is 
issued by the Committees.

                               TITLE III

                            RELATED AGENCIES

                  American Battle Monuments Commission

                         salaries and expenses

    For necessary expenses, not otherwise provided for, of the 
American Battle Monuments Commission, including the acquisition 
of land or interest in land in foreign countries; purchases and 
repair of uniforms for caretakers of national cemeteries and 
monuments outside of the United States and its territories and 
possessions; rent of office and garage space in foreign 
countries; purchase (one-for-one replacement basis only) and 
hire of passenger motor vehicles; not to exceed $42,000 for 
official reception and representation expenses; and insurance 
of official motor vehicles in foreign countries, when required 
by law of such countries, $104,000,000, to remain available 
until expended.

                 foreign currency fluctuations account

    For necessary expenses, not otherwise provided for, of the 
American Battle Monuments Commission, such sums as may be 
necessary, to remain available until expended, for purposes 
authorized by section 2109 of title 36, United States Code.

           United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

                         salaries and expenses

    For necessary expenses for the operation of the United 
States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims as authorized by 
sections 7251 through 7298 of title 38, United States Code, 
$34,955,000:  Provided, That $2,580,000 shall be available for 
the purpose of providing financial assistance as described and 
in accordance with the process and reporting procedures set 
forth under this heading in Public Law 102-229.

                      Department of Defense--Civil

                       Cemeterial Expenses, Army

                         salaries and expenses

    For necessary expenses for maintenance, operation, and 
improvement of Arlington National Cemetery and Soldiers' and 
Airmen's Home National Cemetery, including the purchase or 
lease of passenger motor vehicles for replacement on a one-for-
one basis only, and not to exceed $2,000 for official reception 
and representation expenses, $80,800,000, of which not to 
exceed $15,000,000 shall remain available until September 30, 
2021. In addition, such sums as may be necessary for parking 
maintenance, repairs and replacement, to be derived from the 
``Lease of Department of Defense Real Property for Defense 
Agencies'' account.

                              construction

    For necessary expenses for planning and design and 
construction at Arlington National Cemetery and Soldiers' and 
Airmen's Home National Cemetery, $33,600,000, to remain 
available until expended, for planning and design and 
construction associated with the Southern Expansion project at 
Arlington National Cemetery.

                      Armed Forces Retirement Home

                               trust fund

    For expenses necessary for the Armed Forces Retirement Home 
to operate and maintain the Armed Forces Retirement Home--
Washington, District of Columbia, and the Armed Forces 
Retirement Home--Gulfport, Mississippi, to be paid from funds 
available in the Armed Forces Retirement Home Trust Fund, 
$64,300,000, of which $1,000,000 shall remain available until 
expended for construction and renovation of the physical plants 
at the Armed Forces Retirement Home--Washington, District of 
Columbia, and the Armed Forces Retirement Home--Gulfport, 
Mississippi:  Provided, That of the amounts made available 
under this heading from funds available in the Armed Forces 
Retirement Home Trust Fund, $22,000,000 shall be paid from the 
general fund of the Treasury to the Trust Fund.

                        Administrative Provision

    Sec. 301.  Amounts deposited into the special account 
established under 10 U.S.C. 4727 are appropriated and shall be 
available until expended to support activities at the Army 
National Military Cemeteries.

                                TITLE IV

                    OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS

                         DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

                      Military Construction, Army

    For an additional amount for ``Military Construction, 
Army'', $192,250,000, to remain available until September 30, 
2023, for projects outside of the United States:  Provided, 
That such amount is designated by the Congress for Overseas 
Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism pursuant to 
section 251(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency 
Deficit Control Act of 1985.

              Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps

    For an additional amount for ``Military Construction, Navy 
and Marine Corps'', $227,320,000, to remain available until 
September 30, 2023, for projects outside of the United States:  
Provided, That such amount is designated by the Congress for 
Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism 
pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the Balanced Budget and 
Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

                    Military Construction, Air Force

    For an additional amount for ``Military Construction, Air 
Force'' $414,800,000, to remain available until September 30, 
2023, for projects outside of the United States:  Provided, 
That such amount is designated by the Congress for Overseas 
Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism pursuant to 
section 251(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency 
Deficit Control Act of 1985.

                  Military Construction, Defense-Wide

    For an additional amount for ``Military Construction, 
Defense-Wide'', $87,050,000, to remain available until 
September 30, 2023, for projects outside of the United States:  
Provided, That such amount is designated by the Congress for 
Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism 
pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the Balanced Budget and 
Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

                       Administrative Provisions

    Sec. 401.  Each amount designated in this Act by the 
Congress for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on 
Terrorism pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the Balanced 
Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 shall be 
available only if the President subsequently so designates all 
such amounts and transmits such designations to the Congress.
    Sec. 402.  None of the funds appropriated for military 
construction projects outside the United States under this 
title may be obligated or expended for planning and design of 
any project associated with the European Deterrence Initiative 
until the Secretary of Defense develops and submits to the 
congressional defense committees, in a classified and 
unclassified format, a list of all of the military construction 
projects associated with the European Deterrence Initiative 
which the Secretary anticipates will be carried out during each 
of the fiscal years 2020 through 2024.

                                TITLE V

                           GENERAL PROVISIONS

    Sec. 501.  No part of any appropriation contained in this 
Act shall remain available for obligation beyond the current 
fiscal year unless expressly so provided herein.
    Sec. 502.  None of the funds made available in this Act may 
be used for any program, project, or activity, when it is made 
known to the Federal entity or official to which the funds are 
made available that the program, project, or activity is not in 
compliance with any Federal law relating to risk assessment, 
the protection of private property rights, or unfunded 
mandates.
    Sec. 503.  All departments and agencies funded under this 
Act are encouraged, within the limits of the existing statutory 
authorities and funding, to expand their use of ``E-Commerce'' 
technologies and procedures in the conduct of their business 
practices and public service activities.
    Sec. 504.  Unless stated otherwise, all reports and 
notifications required by this Act shall be submitted to the 
Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and 
Related Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations of the 
House of Representatives and the Subcommittee on Military 
Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies of the 
Committee on Appropriations of the Senate.
    Sec. 505.  None of the funds made available in this Act may 
be transferred to any department, agency, or instrumentality of 
the United States Government except pursuant to a transfer made 
by, or transfer authority provided in, this or any other 
appropriations Act.
    Sec. 506.  None of the funds made available in this Act may 
be used for a project or program named for an individual 
serving as a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner of the 
United States House of Representatives.
    Sec. 507. (a) Any agency receiving funds made available in 
this Act, shall, subject to subsections (b) and (c), post on 
the public Web site of that agency any report required to be 
submitted by the Congress in this or any other Act, upon the 
determination by the head of the agency that it shall serve the 
national interest.
    (b) Subsection (a) shall not apply to a report if--
            (1) the public posting of the report compromises 
        national security; or
            (2) the report contains confidential or proprietary 
        information.
    (c) The head of the agency posting such report shall do so 
only after such report has been made available to the 
requesting Committee or Committees of Congress for no less than 
45 days.
    Sec. 508. (a) None of the funds made available in this Act 
may be used to maintain or establish a computer network unless 
such network blocks the viewing, downloading, and exchanging of 
pornography.
    (b) Nothing in subsection (a) shall limit the use of funds 
necessary for any Federal, State, tribal, or local law 
enforcement agency or any other entity carrying out criminal 
investigations, prosecution, or adjudication activities.
    Sec. 509.  None of the funds made available in this Act may 
be used by an agency of the executive branch to pay for first-
class travel by an employee of the agency in contravention of 
sections 301-10.122 through 301-10.124 of title 41, Code of 
Federal Regulations.
    Sec. 510.  None of the funds made available in this Act may 
be used to execute a contract for goods or services, including 
construction services, where the contractor has not complied 
with Executive Order No. 12989.
    Sec. 511.  None of the funds made available by this Act may 
be used by the Department of Defense or the Department of 
Veterans Affairs to lease or purchase new light duty vehicles 
for any executive fleet, or for an agency's fleet inventory, 
except in accordance with Presidential Memorandum--Federal 
Fleet Performance, dated May 24, 2011.
    Sec. 512. (a) In General.--None of the funds appropriated 
or otherwise made available to the Department of Defense in 
this Act may be used to construct, renovate, or expand any 
facility in the United States, its territories, or possessions 
to house any individual detained at United States Naval 
Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the purposes of detention or 
imprisonment in the custody or under the control of the 
Department of Defense.
    (b) The prohibition in subsection (a) shall not apply to 
any modification of facilities at United States Naval Station, 
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    (c) An individual described in this subsection is any 
individual who, as of June 24, 2009, is located at United 
States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and who--
            (1) is not a citizen of the United States or a 
        member of the Armed Forces of the United States; and
            (2) is--
                    (A) in the custody or under the effective 
                control of the Department of Defense; or
                    (B) otherwise under detention at United 
                States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    This division may be cited as the ``Military Construction, 
Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 
2019''.
    And the Senate agree to the same.

                                    Rodney P. Frelinghuysen,
                                    Michael K. Simpson,
                                    John R. Carter,
                                    Ken Calvert,
                                    Jeff Fortenberry,
                                    Charles F. Fleischmann,
                                    Jaime Herrera Beutler,
                                    Scott Taylor,
                                 Managers on the Part of the House.

                                    Richard C. Shelby,
                                    Lamar Alexander,
                                    John Boozman,
                                    Steve Daines,
                                    James Lankford,
                                    Patrick J. Leahy,
                                    Dianne Feinstein,
                                    Brian Schatz,
                                    Christopher Murphy,
                                Managers on the Part of the Senate.

       JOINT EXPLANATORY STATEMENT OF THE COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE

      The managers on the part of the House and Senate at the 
conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the 
amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 5895) making 
appropriations for the energy and water development and related 
agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for 
other purposes, submit the following joint statement to the 
House and Senate in explanation of the effect of the action 
agreed upon by the managers and recommended in the accompanying 
conference report.
      This conference agreement includes the Energy and Water 
Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019, the 
Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2019, and the Military 
Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2019. The Senate amendment included the 
Senate versions of each of those bills (S. 2975, S. 3071, and 
S. 3024, respectively). Similarly, the House bill included the 
House versions of the legislation (H.R. 5895, H.R. 5894, and 
H.R. 5786, respectively). H.R. 5895 was passed by the House on 
June 8, 2018 and used as the vehicle for the Senate amendment, 
which passed the Senate on June 25, 2018.
      Section 1 of the conference agreement is the short title 
of the bill.
      Section 2 of the conference agreement displays a table of 
contents.
      Section 3 of the conference agreement states that, unless 
expressly provided otherwise, any reference to ``this Act'' 
contained in any division shall be treated as referring only to 
the provisions of that division.
      Section 4 provides a statement of appropriations.
      The conference agreement does not contain any 
congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff 
benefits as defined by clause 9 of rule XXI of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives.

     DIVISION A--ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES 
                        APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2019

      The following statement to the House of Representatives 
and the Senate is submitted in explanation of the agreed upon 
Act making appropriations for energy and water development for 
the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other 
purposes.
      This conference report, while repeating some report 
language for emphasis, does not intend to negate the language 
and allocations set forth in House Report 115-697 and Senate 
Report 115-258 and that direction shall be complied with unless 
specifically addressed to the contrary in the accompanying bill 
or conference report. Additionally, where this conference 
report states that the ``agreement only includes'' or ``the 
following is the only'' direction, any direction included in 
the House or Senate report on that matter shall be considered 
as replaced with the direction provided within this conference 
report. In cases where the House or the Senate has directed the 
submission of a report, such report is to be submitted to the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress. House 
or Senate reporting requirements with deadlines prior to or 
within 15 days of the enactment of this Act shall be submitted 
not later than 60 days after the enactment of this Act. All 
other reporting deadlines not changed by this conference report 
are to be met.
      Funds for the individual programs and activities within 
the accounts in this Act are displayed in the detailed table at 
the end of the conference report for this Act. Funding levels 
that are not displayed in the detailed table are identified in 
this conference report.
      In fiscal year 2019, for purposes of the Balanced Budget 
and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-177), 
the following information provides the definition of the term 
``program, project, or activity'' for departments and agencies 
under the jurisdiction of the Energy and Water Development 
Appropriations Act. The term ``program, project, or activity'' 
shall include the most specific level of budget items 
identified in the Energy and Water Development Appropriations 
Act, 2019 and the conference report accompanying the Act.
      Dam Removal.--No specific funding was provided in fiscal 
year 2018 and none was requested by any agencies funded in this 
Act in fiscal year 2019 for the purpose of removing a federally 
owned or operated dam without prior authorization by Congress. 
Consequently, no specific funds for unauthorized federal dam 
removal are included for any agency funded in this Act.
      Columbia River spill.--Many conferees have grave concerns 
about judicial interference in the operation of the 
hydroelectric dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. In 2016, a 
federal judge overturned the 2014 Federal Columbia River Power 
System Biological Opinion, a plan that was painstakingly 
negotiated by scientists and engineering experts at federal 
agencies under the Bush and Obama Administrations, affected 
states, sovereign Northwest tribes, and local stakeholders. 
More troubling, the judge also ordered additional forced spill 
through the system beginning in early April 2018 without 
requiring plaintiffs to show that harm or threat to species 
would result without that action. There was no specific 
scientific backing cited for this decision. Spilling at this 
increased level can threaten the reliability of the federal 
power and transmission systems and result in impacts to 
transportation and barging systems, flood control capabilities, 
and irrigation systems. Additionally, some scientific studies 
warn that increased gas levels stemming from the spill ordered 
by the decision could in fact harm the very fish species the 
Biological Opinion was developed to protect. Estimates of the 
cost to the transmission system and ratepayers are 
approximately $40 million for 2018 alone.

                  Civil Works Reorganization Proposal

      On July 30, 2018, the Secretary of Defense approved a 
Secretary of the Army memorandum identifying specific actions 
the Army will take in support of the Administration's proposed 
reorganization of the Civil Works program of the U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers. The proposal includes taking the Civil 
Works program out of the Corps with navigation going to the 
Department of Transportation for infrastructure grants and the 
remaining accounts to the Department of the Interior.
      The conferees are opposed to the proposed reorganization 
as it could ultimately have detrimental impacts for 
implementation of the Civil Works program and for the numerous 
non-federal entities that rely on the Corps' technical 
expertise, including in response to natural disasters.
      The conferees are extremely concerned that an action of 
this magnitude, which crosses multiple jurisdictional lines and 
has far-reaching consequences, was not properly brought to 
Congress as a proposal, allowing for oversight and hearings as 
to its effects. Notification and discussion with Members of 
Congress and Committee staffs was nonexistent. Further, this 
type of proposal, as the Department of Defense and the Corps 
are well aware, will require enactment of legislation, which 
has neither been proposed nor requested to date. Therefore, no 
funds provided in this Act or any previous Act to any agency 
shall be used to implement this proposal.

                   TITLE I--CORPS OF ENGINEERS--CIVIL


                         DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY


                       Corps of Engineers--Civil

      The summary tables included in this title set forth the 
dispositions with respect to the individual appropriations, 
projects, and activities of the Corps of Engineers. Additional 
items of the Act are discussed below.
      Recent statutory changes regarding the Inland Waterways 
Trust Fund (IWTF) have resulted in an increase to the size of 
the capital improvement program that can be supported by the 
IWTF. The agreement reflects congressional interest in 
supporting this larger program. The Corps is directed to take 
the preparatory steps necessary to ensure that new construction 
projects can be initiated as soon as can be supported under the 
larger capital program (i.e., as ongoing projects approach 
completion).
      Concerns persist that the effort to update the Water 
Resources Principles and Guidelines did not proceed consistent 
with the language or intent of section 2031 of the Water 
Resources Development Act of 2007. No funds provided to the 
Corps of Engineers shall be used to develop or implement rules 
or guidance to support implementation of the final Principles 
and Requirements for Federal Investments in Water Resources 
released in March 2013 or the final Interagency Guidelines 
released in December 2014. The Corps shall continue to use the 
document dated March 10, 1983, and entitled ``Economic and 
Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related 
Land Resources Implementation Studies'' during the fiscal year 
period covered by the Energy and Water Development 
Appropriations Act for 2019.
      Asian Carp.--In lieu of House and Senate direction, the 
Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, 
shall make every effort to submit to Congress the Report of the 
Chief of Engineers for the Brandon Road feasibility study 
according to the original published schedule of February 2019. 
The conferees understand that the money allocated to the study 
in the fiscal year 2018 work plan and the fiscal year 2019 
budget request is sufficient to complete the feasibility phase. 
The Corps is encouraged to move expeditiously to the 
preconstruction engineering and design (PED) phase once 
feasibility is complete, including requesting sufficient 
funding in future budget submissions. The Corps is directed to 
provide quarterly updates to the Committees on Appropriations 
of both Houses of Congress on the progress and status of 
efforts to prevent the further spread of Asian carp as well as 
the location and density of carp populations, including the use 
of emergency procedures.
      The Corps shall continue to collaborate with the U.S. 
Coast Guard, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the State of 
Illinois, and members of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating 
Committee to identify and evaluate whether navigation protocols 
would be beneficial or effective in reducing the risk of 
vessels inadvertently carrying aquatic invasive species, 
including Asian carp, through the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in 
Joliet, Illinois. Any findings of such an evaluation shall be 
included in the quarterly briefings to the Committees. The 
Corps is further directed to implement navigation protocols 
shown to be effective at reducing the risk of entrainment 
without jeopardizing the safety of vessels and crews. The Corps 
and other federal and state agencies are conducting ongoing 
research on potential solutions. The Corps shall brief the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress on such 
navigation protocols and potential solutions within 30 days of 
enactment of this Act.
      Budget Structure Changes.--The agreement includes House 
and Senate language regarding budget structure changes.
      Apportionment Under a Continuing Resolution.--The 
conferees are concerned about recent changes in the way funds 
are apportioned under a continuing resolution. Artificially 
limiting the Corps' flexibility to fund the highest priority 
projects during the time of a continuing resolution by creating 
demarcations between funds from the Harbor Maintenance Trust 
Fund, the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, and the general fund 
impedes efficient and effective implementation of the Civil 
Works program. The conferees believe the previous policy on 
apportionment under a continuing resolution, which provides 
maximum flexibility, should be restored.
      Report on Flood and Storm Damage Reduction Business 
Line.--Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of 
this Act, the Corps shall provide to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a report that 
provides a definition for the terms ``coastal project'' and 
``inland project'' within the flood and coastal storm damage 
reduction business line. For each of the last ten fiscal years, 
the report shall include the total amount of funding allocated 
to coastal projects and the total amount of funding allocated 
to inland projects within this business line. The report shall 
name each project and include an analysis comparing the level 
of funding in proportion to the amount of work needed in 
coastal areas.
      Report on Certain Cost-Shared Projects.--The Corps shall 
submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report that 
includes a list of all cost-shared Corps projects that as of 
the date of enactment of this Act are physically and fiscally 
complete and for which excess non-federal funds have not been 
returned to the non-federal project sponsor. With respect to 
each project on the list, the report shall describe the status 
of returning the excess funds to the non-federal project 
sponsor and providing the non-federal project sponsor a final 
accounting of the project.
      Everglades Restoration and Lake Okeechobee.--The 
restoration of the Everglades, as described in the 
Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) authorized by 
Public Law 106-541 is the most ambitious environmental 
restoration program in our nation's history. The objectives of 
CERP are the restoration, preservation, and protection of the 
South Florida ecosystem, while providing for other water 
related needs, including water supply and flood protection.
      The Corps shall continue to implement CERP, as 
authorized, to ensure the protection of water quality, to 
reduce the loss of fresh water, and to improve the environment 
of the South Florida ecosystem, while achieving and maintaining 
the benefits to the natural system and human environment 
described in the Plan. The equal partnership between the 
federal government and the State of Florida remains essential 
to accomplishing the objectives of the Plan. The conferees note 
that the Plan authorizes a 50/50 federal-state cost share for 
all aspects of congressionally authorized restoration projects, 
including, where applicable, water quality project features or 
components.
      The discharge of excess water from Lake Okeechobee to the 
Caloosahatchee Estuary and the Indian River Lagoon represents a 
significant loss of fresh water from the South Florida 
ecosystem. The diversion of those discharges to CERP projects 
or features, such as the Everglades Agricultural Area Storage 
Reservoir, designed to store and treat water prior to release 
into the Central Everglades, is an essential source of fresh 
water for meeting the objectives of the Plan. To minimize 
downstream impacts from reduced water quality and harmful algal 
blooms to local communities and wildlife habitat, the Corps is 
encouraged, when appropriate, to only conduct releases of water 
from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee Estuary or the 
Indian River Lagoon in pulses, unless a release is necessary to 
protect the integrity of the Herbert Hoover Dike and minimize 
threats to lives and human health.

                           Additional Funding

      The agreement includes funding in addition to the budget 
request to ensure continued improvements to our national 
economy, public safety, and environmental health that result 
from water resources projects. This funding is for additional 
work that either was not included in the budget request or was 
inadequately budgeted. The bill contains a provision requiring 
the Corps to allocate funds in accordance with only the 
direction in this agreement. In lieu of all House and Senate 
report direction--under any heading--regarding additional 
funding, new starts, and the fiscal year 2019 work plan, the 
Corps shall follow the direction included in this conference 
report.
      The executive branch retains complete discretion over 
project-specific allocation decisions within the additional 
funds provided, subject to only the direction here and under 
the heading ``Additional Funding'' or ``Additional Funding for 
Ongoing Work'' within each of the Investigations, Construction, 
Mississippi River and Tributaries, and Operation and 
Maintenance accounts. A study or project may not be excluded 
from evaluation for being ``inconsistent with Administration 
policy.'' Voluntary funding in excess of legally required cost 
shares for studies and projects is acceptable, but shall not be 
used as a criterion for allocating the additional funding 
provided or for the selection of new starts.
      The Administration is reminded that these funds are in 
addition to the budget request, and Administration budget 
metrics shall not be a reason to disqualify a study or project 
from being funded. It is expected that all of the additional 
funding provided will be allocated to specific programs, 
projects, or activities. The focus of the allocation process 
shall favor the obligation, rather than expenditure, of funds.
      The Corps shall evaluate all studies and projects only 
within accounts and categories consistent with previous 
congressional funding. When allocating the additional funding 
provided in this Act, the Corps shall consider eligibility and 
implementation decisions under Public Law 115-123 so as to 
maximize the reduction of risk to public safety and 
infrastructure and the reduction of future damages from floods 
and storms nationwide.
      A project or study shall be eligible for additional 
funding within the Investigations, Construction, and 
Mississippi River and Tributaries accounts if: (1) it has 
received funding, other than through a reprogramming, in at 
least one of the previous three fiscal years; (2) it was 
previously funded and could reach a significant milestone, 
complete a discrete element of work, or produce significant 
outputs in calendar year 2019; or (3) as appropriate, it is 
selected as one of the new starts allowed in accordance with 
this Act and the additional direction provided below. Projects 
with executed Advanced Project Partnership Agreements, or 
similar agreements, shall be eligible for additional funding 
provided in this bill. None of the additional funding in any 
account may be used for any item where funding was specifically 
denied or for projects in the Continuing Authorities Program. 
Funds shall be allocated consistent with statutory cost share 
requirements.
      Work Plan.--Not later than 60 days after the enactment of 
this Act, the Corps shall provide to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a work plan including 
the following information: (1) a detailed description of the 
process and criteria used to evaluate studies and projects; (2) 
delineation of how these funds are to be allocated; (3) a 
summary of the work to be accomplished with each allocation, 
including phase of work and the study or project's remaining 
cost to complete (excluding Operation and Maintenance); and (4) 
a list of all studies and projects that were considered 
eligible for funding but did not receive funding, including an 
explanation of whether the study or project could have used 
funds in calendar year 2019 and the specific reasons each study 
or project was considered as being less competitive for an 
allocation of funds.
      New Starts.--The agreement includes six new starts in the 
Investigations account and five new starts in the Construction 
account to be distributed across the authorized mission areas 
of the Corps.
      Of the new starts in Investigations, one shall be for a 
navigation study; one shall be for a flood and storm damage 
reduction study; one shall be for an environmental restoration 
study; and three shall be for navigation, flood and storm 
damage reduction, environmental restoration, water supply, or 
multi-purpose studies. In the appropriate categories, the Corps 
shall consider selection of a small, remote, or subsistence 
navigation study and a multi-purpose watershed study to address 
coastal resiliency. Of the new construction starts, one shall 
be for a navigation project; one shall be for a flood and storm 
damage reduction project; one shall be for an environmental 
restoration project; and two shall be for navigation, flood and 
storm damage reduction, environmental restoration, or multi-
purpose projects. In the appropriate categories, the Corps 
shall consider selection of a coastal storm damage reduction 
project. No funding shall be used to initiate new programs, 
projects, or activities in the Mississippi River and 
Tributaries or Operation and Maintenance accounts.
      The Corps is directed to propose a single group of new 
starts as a part of the work plan. None of the funds may be 
used for any item for which the agreement has specifically 
denied funding. The Corps may not change or substitute the new 
starts selected once the work plan has been provided to the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress. Each 
new start shall be funded from the appropriate additional 
funding line item. Any project for which the new start 
requirements are not met by the end of fiscal year 2019 shall 
be treated as if the project had not been selected as a new 
start; such a project shall be required to compete again for 
new start funding in future years. As all new starts are to 
bechosen by the Corps, all shall be considered of equal importance, and 
the expectation is that future budget submissions will include 
appropriate funding for all new starts selected.
      There continues to be confusion regarding the executive 
branch's policies and guidelines regarding which studies and 
projects require new start designations. Therefore, the Corps 
is directed to notify the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress at least 7 days prior to execution of an 
agreement for construction of any project except environmental 
infrastructure projects and projects under the Continuing 
Authorities Program. Additionally, the agreement reiterates and 
clarifies previous congressional direction as follows. Neither 
study nor construction activities related to individual 
projects authorized under section 1037 of the Water Resources 
Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 shall require a new 
start or new investment decision; these activities shall be 
considered ongoing work. No new start or new investment 
decision shall be required when moving from feasibility to PED. 
A new start designation shall be required to initiate 
construction of individually-authorized projects funded within 
programmatic line items. No new start or new investment 
decision shall be required to initiate work on a separable 
element of a project when construction of one or more separable 
elements of that project was initiated previously; it shall be 
considered ongoing work. A new construction start shall not be 
required for work undertaken to correct a design deficiency on 
an existing federal project; it shall be considered ongoing 
work. The Corps is reminded that resumptions are just that--
resumption of previously-initiated studies or projects and, as 
such, do not require new start designations.
      In addition to the priority factors used to allocate all 
additional funding provided in the Investigations account, the 
Corps should give careful consideration to the out-year budget 
impacts of the studies selected and to whether there appears to 
be an identifiable local sponsor that will be ready and able to 
provide, in a timely manner, the necessary cost share for the 
feasibility and PED phases. The Corps is reminded that the 
flood and storm damage reduction mission area can include 
instances where non-federal sponsors are seeking assistance 
with flood control and unauthorized discharges from permitted 
wastewater treatment facilities and that the navigation mission 
area includes work in remote and subsistence harbor areas. 
Within the flood and storm damage reduction mission, the Corps 
is urged to strive for an appropriate balance between inland 
and coastal projects.
      In addition to the priority factors used to allocate all 
additional funding provided in the Construction account, the 
Corps also shall consider the out-year budget impacts of the 
selected new starts; and the cost sharing sponsor's ability and 
willingness to promptly provide the cash contribution (if any), 
as well as required lands, easements, rights-of-way, 
relocations, and disposal areas. When considering new 
construction starts, only those that can execute a project cost 
sharing agreement not later than September 30, 2019, shall be 
chosen.
      To ensure that the new construction starts are affordable 
and will not unduly delay completion of any ongoing projects, 
the Secretary is required to submit to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a realistic out-year 
budget scenario prior to issuing a work allowance for a new 
start. It is understood that specific budget decisions are made 
on an annual basis and that this scenario is neither a request 
for nor a guarantee of future funding for any project. 
Nonetheless, this scenario shall include an estimate of annual 
funding for each new start utilizing a realistic funding 
scenario through completion of the project, as well as the 
specific impacts of that estimated funding on the ability of 
the Corps to make continued progress on each previously funded 
construction project (including impacts to the optimum timeline 
and funding requirements of the ongoing projects) and on the 
ability to consider initiating new projects in the future. The 
scenario shall assume a Construction account funding level at 
the average of the past three budget requests.

                       Execution of Corps Funding

      The conferees are concerned with delays in executing 
funds that have been appropriated in regular and supplemental 
appropriations bills. While the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) has a responsibility to oversee execution of the funds, 
the conferees are concerned that OMB is adding additional 
burdens to the Corps' processes that may result in unnecessary 
delays and potentially overriding technical and expert 
judgments by the Corps. The conferees expect funds appropriated 
in this Act to be quickly and efficiently executed, consistent 
with the terms and conditions in this conference report.

                             INVESTIGATIONS

      The agreement includes $125,000,000 for Investigations. 
The agreement includes legislative language regarding 
parameters for new study starts.
      The allocation for projects and activities within the 
Investigations account is shown in the following table:

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      Passaic River Basin Mainstem, New Jersey.--Flooding has 
long been a problem in the Passaic River Basin. The Corps is 
encouraged to continue to work in coordination with the non-
federal sponsor on plans to reduce flooding in the basin, 
including the reevaluation of the Passaic River Basin Mainstem 
project. The Corps is directed to brief the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress not later than 30 
days after the enactment of this Act on the current status of 
this project.
      Peckman River, New Jersey.--There have been repeated 
delays with the Peckman River Feasibility Study. The Corps is 
directed to provide to the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress quarterly briefings on the current schedule 
to bring this study to completion, with the first briefing to 
occur not later than 30 days after the enactment of this Act.
      Rahway River Basin (Upper Basin), New Jersey.--There have 
been extended delays with the Rahway River Basin Flood Risk 
Management Feasibility Study where flooding is of acute concern 
to the affected communities. The Corps is encouraged to 
continue to work with the non-federal sponsor on plans to 
reduce flooding caused by the Rahway River in affected areas. 
The Corps is directed to provide to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress quarterly briefings 
on the current schedule to bring this study to completion, with 
the first briefing to occur not later than 30 days after the 
enactment of this Act. The Corps is encouraged to include 
funding for this study in future budget submissions.
      Additional Funding.--The Corps is expected to allocate 
the additional funding provided in this account primarily to 
specific feasibility and PED phases, rather than to Remaining 
Items line items as has been the case in previous work plans. 
Of the additional funding provided in this account for 
navigation and coastal and deep draft navigation, the Corps 
shall allocate not less than $2,500,000 for navigation PED. Of 
the additional funding provided in this account for flood and 
storm damage reduction and shore protection, the Corps shall 
allocate not less than $400,000 for shore protection PED. When 
allocating the additional funding provided in this account, the 
Corps shall consider giving priority to completing or 
accelerating ongoing studies or to initiating new studies that 
will enhance the nation's economic development, job growth, and 
international competitiveness; are for projects located in 
areas that have suffered recent natural disasters; are for 
projects that protect life and property; are for projects to 
restore floodplain and aquatic habitat through cost-effective 
and tested means; or are for projects to address legal 
requirements. The Corps shall use these funds for additional 
work in both the feasibility and PED phases. The agreement 
includes sufficient additional funding to undertake a 
significant amount of feasibility and PED work. The 
Administration is reminded that a project study is not complete 
until the PED phase is complete. The Corps is reminded that 
environmental restoration can include projects that address 
degraded conditions due to prior flood protection work. The 
Corps is reminded that the updating of economic analyses and 
economic impact studies are eligible to receive additional 
funding.
      Water Resources Priorities Study.--No funding shall be 
used for this study.
      Disposition of Completed Projects.--The agreement 
includes Senate direction. Additionally, the agreement supports 
the budget request for the disposition study pursuant to 
facilities that closed as a result of Public Law 113-121. The 
Corps is directed to provide to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress copies of this study 
upon completion. For Corps facilities that are deemed as excess 
in such study, the Committee supports the disposal of those 
facilities through the appropriate General Services 
Administration process.
      Research and Development.--Within available funds, the 
Corps shall advance work on activities included in the House 
and Senate reports.
      Puget Sound.--The conferees encourage the Corps to 
proceed with the tiered implementation strategy using all 
existing authorities as outlined in the Puget Sound Nearshore 
Ecosystem Restoration Project Feasibility Study, Completion 
Strategy Guidance dated June 2015. The Corps is further 
directed to recognize the Puget Sound Nearshore Study as the 
feasibility component for the purposes of Section 544 of the 
Water Resources Development Act of 2000. The Corps is commended 
for initiating PED on the Duckabush River Estuary component of 
this project. The Corps is urged to include funding in future 
budget submissions to continue PED, as completing this project 
is critical to restoring the natural processes in the nearshore 
zone that sustain biological and economic resources.
      Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway System.--The 
fiscal year 2018 work plan allocated $1,000,000 to initiate and 
complete an economic update of the Navigation Ecosystem 
Sustainability Program. Not later than 60 days after the 
enactment of this Act, the Corps shall provide to the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a 
report on the scope of the economic update and any expected 
future costs for completing the study phase. The Corps is 
encouraged to complete the economic update expeditiously, so 
that PED can resume in a timely fashion.

                              CONSTRUCTION

      The agreement includes $2,183,000,000 for Construction. 
The agreement includes legislative language regarding 
Chickamauga Lock, Tennessee River, Tennessee. The agreement 
includes legislative language regarding parameters for new 
construction starts.
      The allocation for projects and activities within the 
Construction account is shown in the following table:

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      Updated Capability.--The agreement adjusts some project-
specific allocations downward from the budget request based on 
updated information regarding the amount of work that could be 
accomplished in fiscal year 2019.
      Additional Funding.--The agreement includes additional 
funds for projects and activities to enhance the nation's 
economic growth and international competitiveness. Of the 
additional funds provided in this account, the Corps shall 
allocate not less than $4,445,000 to projects with riverfront 
development components. Of the additional funding provided in 
this account for flood and storm damage reduction and flood 
control, the Corps shall allocate not less than $9,800,000 to 
additional nonstructural flood control projects. Of the 
additional funds provided in this account for flood and storm 
damage reduction, navigation, and other authorized project 
purposes, the Corps shall allocate not less than $25,000,000 to 
authorized reimbursements for projects with executed project 
cooperation agreements and that have completed construction or 
where non-federal sponsors intend to use the funds for 
additional water resources development activities. Of the 
additional funding provided in this account for flood and storm 
damage reduction and flood control, the Corps shall allocate 
not less than $20,000,000 to continue construction of projects 
that principally address drainage in urban areas, of which not 
less than $4,500,000 shall be for projects that principally 
include improvements to rainfall drainage systems that address 
flood damages. Of the additional funding provided in this 
account, the Corps shall allocate not less than $1,800,000 to 
complete a plan for a purpose outside the Corps' traditional 
mission.
      The Corps is reminded that dam safety projects authorized 
under section 5003 of the Water Resources Development Act of 
2007 are eligible to compete for the additional funding 
provided in this account.
      Public Law 115-123 included funding within the Flood 
Control and Coastal Emergencies account to restore authorized 
shore protection projects to full project profile. That funding 
is expected to address most of the current year capability. 
Therefore, to ensure funding is not directed to where it cannot 
be used, the agreement includes $55,000,000 for construction of 
shore protection projects. The Corps is reminded that if 
additional work can be done, these projects are also eligible 
to compete for additional funding for flood and storm damage 
reduction.
      When allocating the additional funding provided in this 
account, the Corps is encouraged to evaluate authorized 
reimbursements in the same manner as if the projects were being 
evaluated for new or ongoing construction. When allocating the 
additional funding provided in this account, the Corps shall 
consider giving priority to the following:
            1. benefits of the funded work to the national 
        economy;
            2. extent to which the work will enhance national, 
        regional, or local economic development;
            3. number of jobs created directly and supported in 
        the supply chain by the funded activity;
            4. significance to national security, including the 
        strategic significance of commodities;
            5. ability to obligate the funds allocated within 
        the fiscal year, including consideration of the ability 
        of the non-federal sponsor to provide any required cost 
        share;
            6. ability to complete the project, separable 
        element, or project phase with the funds allocated;
            7. legal requirements, including responsibilities 
        to Tribes;
            8. for flood and storm damage reduction projects 
        (including authorized nonstructural measures and 
        periodic beach renourishments),
                    a. population, economic activity, or public 
                infrastructure at risk, as appropriate; and
                    b. the severity of risk of flooding or the 
                frequency with which an area has experienced 
                flooding;
            9. for shore protection projects, projects in areas 
        that have suffered severe beach erosion requiring 
        additional sand placement outside of the normal beach 
        renourishment cycle or in which the normal beach 
        renourishment cycle has been delayed;
            10. for navigation projects, the number of jobs or 
        level of economic activity to be supported by 
        completion of the project, separable element, or 
        project phase;
            11. for projects cost shared with the IWTF, the 
        economic impact on the local, regional, and national 
        economy if the project is not funded, as well as 
        discrete elements of work that can be completed within 
        the funding provided in this line item;
            12. for other authorized project purposes and 
        environmental restoration or compliance projects, to 
        include the beneficial use of dredged material; and
            13. for environmental infrastructure, projects with 
        the greater economic impact, projects in rural 
        communities, projects in communities with significant 
        shoreline and instances of runoff, projects in or that 
        benefit counties or parishes with high poverty rates, 
        projects in financially distressed municipalities, 
        projects that improve stormwater capture capabilities, 
        and projects that will provide substantial benefits to 
        water quality improvements.
      The following is the only direction with regard to the 
availability of additional funds for IWTF projects. The 
agreement provides funds making use of all estimated annual 
revenues and some additional prior-year revenues in the IWTF. 
The Corps shall allocate all funds provided in the IWTF 
Revenues line item along with the statutory cost share from 
funds provided in the Navigation line item prior to allocating 
the remainder of funds in the Navigation line item.
      Aquatic Plant Control Program.--Of the funding provided 
for the Aquatic Plant Control Program, $1,000,000 shall be for 
activities for the control of the flowering rush. Of the 
funding provided for the Aquatic Plant Control Program, 
$5,000,000 shall be for nationwide research and development to 
address invasive aquatic plants; within this funding, the Corps 
is encouraged to support cost shared aquatic plant management 
programs. Of the funding provided for the Aquatic Plant Control 
Program, $5,000,000 shall be for watercraft inspection 
stations, as authorized by section 1039 of the WRRDA of 2014, 
and $1,000,000 shall be for related monitoring.
      Continuing Authorities Program (CAP).--The agreement 
continues to support all sections of the Continuing Authorities 
Program. Funding is provided for eight CAP sections at a total 
of $66,000,000, an increase of $62,500,000 above the budget 
request, which proposed funding for only four sections. This 
program provides a useful tool for the Corps to undertake small 
localized projects without the lengthy study and authorization 
process typical of larger Corps projects. Within the Continuing 
Authorities Program and to the extent already authorized by 
law, the Corps is encouraged to consider projects that enhance 
coastal and ocean ecosystem resiliency and projects that 
restore degraded wetland habitat and stream habitat impacted by 
construction of Corps levees. The management of the Continuing 
Authorities Program shall continue consistent with direction 
provided in previous fiscal years.
      Dam Safety and Seepage/Stability Correction Program.--The 
conferees reject the budget request proposal regarding Herbert 
Hoover Dike, which would make funds provided in this program 
available only if the State of Florida commits certain funds. 
Consistent with long-standing congressional direction, the 
Corps may not require funding in excess of legally required 
cost shares for studies and projects as a criterion for funding 
decisions. The Corps shall apply these funds to the highest 
priority projects.
      Beneficial Use of Dredged Material Pilot Program.--The 
agreement includes House direction on this program.
      Public-Private Partnerships.--The agreement only includes 
direction in the Expenses account.
      Oyster Restoration.--The conferees support Gulf Coast 
oyster restoration efforts and the Chesapeake Bay Oyster 
Restoration program. The Corps is encouraged to include funding 
in future budget submissions for these efforts.
      Metro East Levees.--The conferees urge the Corps to 
include funding for the Metro East levee system in future 
budget submissions.
      Rehabilitation of Corps Constructed Dams.--Implementation 
guidance for section 1177 of the WIIN Act is awaiting approval. 
The Corps is directed to submit this implementation guidance to 
the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress as 
expeditiously as possible.
      Natural Infrastructure Options.--The agreement includes 
Senate direction with the clarification that it applies during 
the project formulation phase.
      Camp Ellis Beach, Saco, Maine.--The conferees are 
concerned by the continued delay in implementing a solution at 
Camp Ellis Beach in Saco, Maine. To address continued erosion, 
which has destroyed 37 homes to date, the Corps' initial study 
recommended a shore damage mitigation project consisting of a 
750-foot-long spur jetty, and placement of about 360,000 cubic 
yards of beach fill along the beach. The project's design and 
costs are under review and being updated in preparation for a 
new report to Congress detailing a path ahead on the project. 
Accordingly, the conferees direct the Secretary to 
expeditiously submit this report to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress. This report shall 
include any additional legislative authorities necessary for 
the project to be approved and constructed.
      Soo Locks, Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa County, Michigan.--
The conferees are aware that the Corps has released a new Soo 
Lock Economic Validation Study and Post Authorization Change 
Report with a strong benefit to cost ratio and a recommendation 
to move forward on construction of a new lock. The Corps is 
urged to include funding for the new lock in future budget 
submissions.

                   MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES

      The agreement includes $368,000,000 for Mississippi River 
and Tributaries.
      The allocation for projects and activities within the 
Mississippi River and Tributaries account is shown in the 
following table:

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      Additional Funding for Ongoing Work.--When allocating the 
additional funding provided in this account, the Corps shall 
consider giving priority to completing or accelerating ongoing 
work that will enhance the nation's economic development, job 
growth, and international competitiveness, or are for studies 
or projects located in areas that have suffered recent natural 
disasters. While this funding is shown under remaining items, 
the Corps shall use these funds in investigations, 
construction, and operation and maintenance, as applicable. Of 
the additional funds provided in this account for flood 
control, the Corps shall allocate not less than $14,420,000 for 
additional flood control construction projects. Of the 
additional funds provided in this account for other authorized 
project purposes, the Corps shall allocate not less than 
$975,000 for operation and maintenance of facilities that are 
educational or to continue land management of mitigation 
features.
      Mississippi River Commission.--No funding is provided for 
this new line item. The Corps is directed to continue funding 
the costs of the commission from within the funds provided for 
activities within the Mississippi River and Tributaries 
project.

                       OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE

      The agreement includes $3,739,500,000 for Operation and 
Maintenance.
      The allocation for projects and activities within the 
Operation and Maintenance account is shown in the following 
table:


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      Updated Capability.--The agreement adjusts some project-
specific allocations downward from the budget request based on 
updated information regarding the amount of work that could be 
accomplished in fiscal year 2019.
      Additional Funding for Ongoing Work.--When allocating the 
additional funding provided in this account, the Corps shall 
consider giving priority to the following:
            1. ability to complete ongoing work maintaining 
        authorized depths and widths of harbors and shipping 
        channels, including where contaminated sediments are 
        present;
            2. ability to address critical maintenance backlog;
            3. presence of the U.S. Coast Guard;
            4. extent to which the work will enhance national, 
        regional, or local economic development, including 
        domestic manufacturing capacity;
            5. extent to which the work will promote job growth 
        or international competitiveness;
            6. number of jobs created directly by the funded 
        activity;
            7. ability to obligate the funds allocated within 
        the fiscal year;
            8. ability to complete the project, separable 
        element, project phase, or useful increment of work 
        within the funds allocated;
            9. addressing hazardous barriers to navigation due 
        to shallow channels;
            10. risk of imminent failure or closure of the 
        facility; and
            11. for harbor maintenance activities,
                    a. total tonnage handled;
                    b. total exports;
                    c. total imports;
                    d. dollar value of cargo handled;
                    e. energy infrastructure and national 
                security needs served;
                    f. designation as strategic seaports;
                    g. lack of alternative means of freight 
                movement; and
                    h. savings over alternative means of 
                freight movement.
      Additional funding provided for donor and energy transfer 
ports shall be allocated in accordance with 33 U.S.C. 2238c. 
The Corps is encouraged to include funding for this program in 
future budget submissions. The Corps is directed to execute 
fully subsection (c) of 33 U.S.C. 2238c not later than 90 days 
after enactment of this Act.
      The Corps is reminded that debris removal activities 
pursuant to 33 U.S.C. 603a, including in urban waterways, and 
activities necessary to carry out soil moisture and snowpack 
monitoring are eligible to compete for additional funding in 
this account.
      Concerns persist that the Administration's criteria for 
navigation maintenance do not allow small, remote, or 
subsistence harbors and waterways to properly compete for 
scarce navigation maintenance funds. The Corps is urged to 
revise the criteria used for determining which navigation 
projects are funded in order to develop a reasonable and 
equitable allocation under this account. The criteria should 
include the economic impact that these projects provide to 
local and regional economies.
      Aquatic Nuisance Research Program.--Within available 
funds, the Corps is encouraged to support research that will 
identify and develop improved strategies for early detection, 
prevention, and management techniques and procedures to reduce 
the occurrence and impacts of harmful algal blooms in our 
nation's water resources.
      Coastal Inlet Research Program.--The conferees understand 
that communities, infrastructure, commerce, and resources that 
are tied to the coastal nearshore region are all vulnerable to 
damage from extreme coastal events and long-term coastal 
change. Funding in addition to the budget request is included 
for the Corps to establish and lead a multi-university effort 
to identify engineering frameworks to address coastal 
resilience needs, to develop adaptive pathways that lead to 
coastal resilience, measure the coastal forces that lead to 
infrastructure damage and erosion during extreme storm events, 
and to improve coupling of terrestrial and coastal models. 
Funding in addition to the budget request is also included for 
the Corps to continue work with the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration's National Water Center on 
protecting the nation's water resources.
      Facility Protection.--The agreement provides funding for 
completion and deployment of tools to address hydrologic 
extremes.
      Monitoring of Completed Navigation Projects.--Of the 
funding provided, $4,000,000 shall be to support the structural 
health monitoring program to facilitate research to maximize 
operations, enhance efficiency, and protect asset life through 
catastrophic failure mitigation; $2,000,000 shall be for 
research related to the impacts of reduced navigational lock 
operations as described in the Senate report; and $600,000 
shall be available for additional work on advanced non-
destructive testing methods of inspection and the validation of 
technologies such as protective coatings. The Corps is directed 
to brief the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress not later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act 
on its planned activities in each area, future funding 
requirements of ongoing efforts, and the scope and 
effectiveness of programs at various annual funding levels. The 
Corps is encouraged to also consider the need for additional 
work on the evaluation of grouted trunnion rods.
      National Dam Safety Program.--The Corps, in cooperation 
with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Bureau of 
Reclamation, shall contract with an independent peer review 
organization to conduct a comprehensive Independent External 
Peer Review (IEPR) of risk-informed dam safety practices in 
these three federal agencies with the intent to inform 
improvements broadly in national dam safety practices. The 
Corps is directed to contract with an independent peer review 
organization in accordance with its current review policy and 
the National Academy of Science IEPR process. The IEPR shall 
also consider how dam safety practices are affected by human 
factors, as well as how risk informed analysis in other 
industries may be applicable to dam safety practices.
      National (Multiple Project) Natural Resources Management 
Activities.--Any costs to cover administrative fees or any 
other efforts necessary to resolve encroachments that were the 
result of past land surveying errors made by the Corps are 
eligible for funding provided above the budget request.
      Water Operations Technical Support.--Funding in addition 
to the budget request is included for research into atmospheric 
rivers first funded in fiscal year 2015, of which $5,000,000 is 
included to continue ongoing efforts, and an additional 
$2,500,000 is provided to expand this research effort to other 
locations as appropriate. Prior to obligating these funds for 
this expanded effort, however, the Corps shall brief the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress on the 
details of an expanded effort, including activities to be 
undertaken, the total and annual cost estimate, expected 
transferability of tools developed of other results of the 
research, as well as the likelihood of additional investment 
being necessary. The Corps shall scope the expanded effort to 
fit within recent annual funding levels.
      Great Lakes Navigation System.--The agreement includes 
funding for individual projects within this System that exceeds 
the funding level envisioned in section 210(d)(1)(B)(ii) of the 
Water Resources Development Act of 1986.
      Kennebec River Long-Term Maintenance Dredging.--The 
agreement includes Senate direction.
      WIFIA Planning and Development.--The agreement only 
includes direction in the Expenses account.

                           REGULATORY PROGRAM

      The agreement includes $200,000,000 for the Regulatory 
Program.

            FORMERLY UTILIZED SITES REMEDIAL ACTION PROGRAM

      The agreement includes $150,000,000 for the Formerly 
Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program.

                 FLOOD CONTROL AND COASTAL EMERGENCIES

      The agreement includes $35,000,000 for Flood Control and 
Coastal Emergencies.

                                EXPENSES

      The agreement includes $193,000,000 for Expenses.
      Alternative financing.--The agreement includes House 
direction and Senate direction under the heading ``Public-
Private Partnerships'' in the Construction account. 
Additionally, funds above the budget request in this account 
are available, if needed, to implement House or Senate 
direction or to further efforts to develop a programmatic 
proposal on the WIFIA program for inclusion in a future budget 
submission.
      Inventory of Corps projects.--The agreement includes 
Senate direction with the clarification that the inventory is 
of existing and ongoing studies and projects.

     OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY FOR CIVIL WORKS

      The agreement includes $5,000,000 for the Office of the 
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. The agreement 
includes legislative language that restricts the availability 
of funding until the Secretary submits a work plan that 
allocates at least 95 percent of the additional funding 
provided in each account (i.e., 95 percent of additional 
funding provided in Investigations, 95 percent of additional 
funding provided in Construction, etc.). This restriction shall 
not affect the roles and responsibilities established in 
previous fiscal years of the Office of the Assistant Secretary 
of the Army for Civil Works, the Corps headquarters, the Corps 
field operating agencies, or any other executive branch agency.

             GENERAL PROVISIONS--CORPS OF ENGINEERS--CIVIL

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

      The agreement includes a provision relating to 
reprogramming.
      The agreement includes a provision regarding the 
allocation of funds.
      The agreement includes a provision prohibiting the use of 
funds to carry out any contract that commits funds beyond the 
amounts appropriated for that program, project, or activity.
      The agreement includes a provision concerning funding 
transfers related to fish hatcheries.
      The agreement includes a provision regarding certain 
dredged material disposal activities.
      The agreement includes a provision regarding 
acquisitions.
      The agreement includes a provision regarding 
reallocations at a project.
      The agreement includes a provision regarding section 404 
of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
      The agreement includes a provision prohibiting the 
obligation or expenditure of funds on a new hopper dredge.
      The agreement includes a provision prohibiting funds for 
reorganization of the Civil Works program.

                  TITLE II--DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR


                          Central Utah Project


                CENTRAL UTAH PROJECT COMPLETION ACCOUNT

      The agreement includes a total of $15,000,000 for the 
Central Utah Project Completion Account, which includes 
$12,703,325 for Central Utah Project construction, $898,000 for 
transfer to the Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation 
Account for use by the Utah Reclamation Mitigation and 
Conservation Commission, and $1,398,675 for necessary expenses 
of the Secretary of the Interior.

                         Bureau of Reclamation

      In lieu of all House and Senate report direction 
regarding additional funding and the fiscal year 2019 work 
plan, the agreement includes direction under the heading 
``Additional Funding for Water and Related Resources Work'' in 
the Water and Related Resources account.
      Reconsultation.--The agreement includes House language.

                      WATER AND RELATED RESOURCES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

      The conferees provide $1,391,992,000 for Water and 
Related Resources.
      The agreement for Water and Related Resources is shown in 
the following table:

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      Additional Funding for Water and Related Resources 
Work.--The agreement includes funds in addition to the budget 
request for Water and Related Resources studies, projects, and 
activities. Priority in allocating these funds should be given 
to advance and complete ongoing work, including preconstruction 
activities and where environmental compliance has been 
completed; improve water supply reliability; improve water 
deliveries; enhance national, regional, or local economic 
development; promote job growth; advance tribal and nontribal 
water settlement studies and activities; or address critical 
backlog maintenance and rehabilitation activities. Of the 
additional funding provided under the heading ``Water 
Conservation and Delivery'', $134,000,000 shall be for water 
storage projects as authorized in section 4007 of Public Law 
114-322. Of the additional funding provided under the heading 
``Water Conservation and Delivery'', $15,000,000 shall be for 
water conservation activities in areas experiencing extreme, 
exceptional, or extended drought conditions. Of the additional 
funding provided under the heading ``Environmental Restoration 
or Compliance'', not less than $30,000,000 shall be for 
activities authorized under sections 4001 and 4010 of Public 
Law 114-322 or as set forth in federal-state plans for 
restoring threatened and endangered fish species affected by 
the operation of the Bureau of Reclamation's water projects. 
Funding associated with each category may be allocated to any 
eligible study or project, as appropriate, within that 
category; funding associated with each subcategory may be 
allocated only to eligible studies or projects, as appropriate, 
within that subcategory.
      Not later than 45 days after the enactment of this Act, 
Reclamation shall provide to the Committees on Appropriations 
of both Houses of Congress a report delineating how these funds 
are to be distributed, in which phase the work is to be 
accomplished, and an explanation of the criteria and rankings 
used to justify each allocation.
      Reclamation is reminded that the following activities are 
eligible to compete for funding under the appropriate heading: 
activities authorized under Indian Water Rights Settlements; 
all authorized rural water projects, including those with 
tribal components, those with non-tribal components, and those 
with both; aquifer recharging efforts to address the ongoing 
backlog of related projects; conjunctive use projects and other 
projects to maximize groundwater storage and beneficial use; 
and activities authorized under section 206 of Public Law 113-
235.
      Research and Development: Desalination and Water 
Purification Program.--Of the funding provided for this 
program, $12,000,000 shall be for desalination projects as 
authorized in section 4009(a) of Public Law 114-322.
      WaterSMART Program: Title XVI Water Reclamation & Reuse 
Program.--Of the funding provided for this program, $20,000,000 
shall be for water recycling and reuse projects as authorized 
in section 4009(c) of Public Law 114-322.
      Aquifer Recharge.--Many states have implemented new 
methods of recharging aquifers for increased water storage and 
drought mitigation. Reclamation is directed to work closely 
with project beneficiaries to identify and resolve any barriers 
to aquifer recharge projects when appropriate.
      CALFED Water Storage Feasibility Studies.--The agreement 
includes Senate language.
      Rural Water.--Voluntary funding in excess of legally 
required cost shares for rural water projects is acceptable, 
but shall not be used by Reclamation as a criterion for 
allocating additional funding provided in this agreement or for 
budgeting in future years.
      Buried Metallic Water Pipe.--Reclamation shall continue 
following its temporary design guidance.

                CENTRAL VALLEY PROJECT RESTORATION FUND

      The agreement provides $62,008,000 for the Central Valley 
Project Restoration Fund.
      The agreement includes House direction regarding the 
Anadromous Fish Screen Program.

                    CALIFORNIA BAY-DELTA RESTORATION

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

      The agreement provides $35,000,000 for the California 
Bay-Delta Restoration Program.

                       POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION

      The agreement provides $61,000,000 for Policy and 
Administration.
      The conferees recommend that Reclamation work with all 
Reclamation states to ensure that counties and municipalities 
are aware of relevant programs and funding opportunities.
      Reclamation Project Reimbursability Decisions.--In 
September 2017, the Department of the Interior's Office of 
Inspector General released a report calling into question the 
transparency of Reclamation's financial participation in the 
State of California's Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). 
Although Reclamation disputed several findings and 
recommendations in the report, Reclamation has taken steps to 
update its current practices and internal guidelines to better 
align with report recommendations. Reclamation is directed to 
provide to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress 1) not later than 10 days after the enactment of this 
Act or after finalizing these updates, written copies of the 
relevant documents; and 2) not later than December 1, 2018, a 
list of instances of redirecting appropriated funds from the 
intended purpose outlined in the previous year's budget 
request.
      The conferees have heard concerns of administrative 
delays and excessive review times in the award and 
implementation of financial assistance agreement funding. 
Reclamation is urged to address factors related to these 
issues, including lags in completing contracts, in a timely and 
efficient manner.

                        ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISION

      The agreement includes a provision limiting the Bureau of 
Reclamation to purchase not more than five passenger vehicles 
for replacement only.

             GENERAL PROVISIONS--DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

      The agreement includes a provision outlining the 
circumstances under which the Bureau of Reclamation may 
reprogram funds.
      The agreement includes a provision regarding the San Luis 
Unit and Kesterson Reservoir in California.
      The agreement includes a provision regarding aquifer 
recharge at a project.
      The agreement includes a provision regarding a 
feasibility study.
      The agreement includes a provision regarding a pilot 
program in the Colorado River Basin and authorization of 
appropriations under the Secure Water Act.
      The agreement includes a provision regarding a rural 
water project.

                    TITLE III--DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

      The conferees provide $35,685,317,000 for the Department 
of Energy to fund programs in its primary mission areas of 
science, energy, environment, and national security.
      Not later than 120 days after the enactment of this Act, 
the Secretary of Energy, in consultation with the Secretary of 
Defense, shall submit to the congressional energy and defense 
committees a report evaluating military installations at which 
it would be cost-effective to establish partnerships with 
community colleges, institutions of higher education, and the 
private sector to train veterans and members of the armed 
forces transitioning to civilian life to enter the 
cybersecurity, energy, and artificial intelligence workforces.
      Research and Development Policy.--The Department is 
directed throughout all of its programs to maintain a diverse 
portfolio of early-, mid-, and late-stage research, 
development, and market transformation activities. The 
Department is further directed to fully execute the funds 
appropriated in a timely manner and to keep the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress apprised of progress 
in implementing funded programs, projects, and activities.

                       Reprogramming Requirements

      The agreement carries the Department's reprogramming 
authority in statute to ensure that the Department carries out 
its programs consistent with congressional direction. The 
Department shall, when possible, submit consolidated, 
cumulative notifications to the Committees on Appropriations of 
both Houses of Congress.
      Definition.--A reprogramming includes the reallocation of 
funds from one program, project, or activity to another within 
an appropriation. For construction projects, a reprogramming 
constitutes the reallocation of funds from one construction 
project to another project or a change of $2,000,000 or 10 
percent, whichever is less, in the scope of an approved 
project.

                            ENERGY PROGRAMS


                 Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

      The conferees provide $2,379,000,000 for Energy 
Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
      The Department is directed to maintain a diverse 
portfolio of early-, mid-, and late-stage research, 
development, and market transformation activities. The 
Department is further directed to fully execute the funds 
appropriated in a timely manner and to keep the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress apprised of progress 
in implementing funded programs, projects, and activities. 
Priority shall be given to stewarding the assets and optimizing 
the operations of EERE designated user facilities across the 
Department's complex. In future budget submissions, the 
Department is directed to demonstrate a commitment to 
operations and maintenance of facilities that support the 
Department's critical missions within EERE.
      The Department is directed to provide to the Committees 
on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress not later than 180 
days after the enactment of this Act a report on research and 
development activities that support the utilization and 
advancement of high-efficiency linear generator power plant 
technologies and how these technologies can be incorporated 
into other EERE programs.
      Within available funds for EERE, the conferees include 
not less than $20,000,000 to bring cybersecurity into early-
stage technology R&D so that it is built into new technology 
for this effort to encompass all EERE programs. Within 180 days 
of enactment of this Act, the Department shall submit to the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a 
multi-year program plan for this effort to encompass all EERE 
programs.

                       SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION

      Vehicle Technologies.--Within available funds, the 
conferees include $7,000,000 for operations and maintenance of 
the National Transportation Research Center; not less than 
$163,200,000 for Battery and Electrification Technologies; not 
less than $38,100,000 for electric drive research and 
development, of which $7,000,000 is to enable extreme fast 
charging and advanced battery analytics; not less than 
$30,000,000 for Materials Technology; not less than $12,500,000 
for the Co-Optimization of Engine and Fuels Multi-Laboratory 
Consortium; $25,000,000 for early-stage research on multi-
material joining and propulsion materials at the national 
laboratories, and carbon fiber-reinforced composites at the 
Carbon Fiber Technology Facility; and $10,000,000 for continued 
funding of Section 131 of the 2007 Energy Independence and 
Security Act for transportation electrification. The agreement 
provides $20,000,000 for the five awards under the SuperTruck 
II program to further improve the efficiency of heavy-duty 
class 8 long- and regional-haul vehicles. The Department is 
directed to continue to support the Clean Cities program, 
including competitive grants to support alternative fuel, 
infrastructure, and vehicle deployment activities. The 
agreement provides $46,300,000 for Outreach, Deployment, and 
Analysis. Within this amount, $37,800,000 is provided for 
Deployment through the Clean Cities Program and $2,500,000 is 
for a new 4-year collegiate engineering competition, EcoCAR4. 
Within available funds, the agreement provides $15,000,000 for 
medium- and heavy-duty on-road natural gas engine research and 
development to address technical barriers to the increased use 
of natural gas vehicles.
      Bioenergy Technologies.--Within available funds, the 
conferees include $30,000,000 for feedstock supply and 
logistics, of which $14,000,000 is for the national lab 
consortium and $5,000,000 is for upgrades at the Biomass 
Feedstock National User Facility to extend its capabilities and 
maximize benefits; $32,000,000 for algal biofuels, of which 
$2,000,000 is for further research and development activities 
to support carbon capture from the atmosphere (ambient air) 
using algae-to-energy technologies; $57,500,000 for 
Demonstration and Market Transformation, of which not less than 
$12,500,000 is for the Co-Optimization of Engine and Fuels 
Multi-Laboratory Consortium; and $95,000,000 for Conversion 
Technologies. Within available funds, $5,000,000 is to continue 
the biopower program, $5,000,000 is to improve the efficiency 
of community and smaller digesters that accept both farm and 
food wastes, and $5,000,000 is to support development and 
testing of new domestic manufactured low-emission, high-
efficiency, residential wood heaters. Within available funds, 
the agreement includes not less than $10,000,000 to establish a 
multi-university partnership to conduct research and enhance 
educational programs that improve alternative energy production 
derived from urban and suburban wastes. The Department is 
directed to collaborate with institutions in Canada and Mexico 
to leverage capacity and capitalize on North American 
resources.
      Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies.--Within available 
funds, the agreement provides $21,000,000 for Technology 
Acceleration activities, including $3,000,000 for manufacturing 
research and development and $7,000,000 for industry-led 
efforts to demonstrate a hydrogen-focused integrated renewable 
energy production, storage, and transportation fuel 
distribution/retailing system. Within available funds, the 
agreement provides $4,000,000 for the EERE share of the 
integrated energy systems work with the Office of Nuclear 
Energy and $7,000,000 to enable integrated energy systems using 
high and low temperature electrolyzers with the intent of 
advancing the [email protected] concept. The conferees include 
$39,000,000 for Hydrogen Fuel Research and Development and 
$7,000,000 for Safety, Codes, and Standards.

                            RENEWABLE ENERGY

      Solar Energy.--Within available funds, the agreement 
provides $72,000,000 for Photovoltaic Research and Development; 
$45,000,000 for Systems Integration; $35,000,000 for Balance of 
Systems Soft Cost Reduction, of which $1,000,000 is for the 
Solar Ready Vets program and $5,000,000 is to re-invigorate the 
National Community Solar Partnership program; and $30,000,000 
for Innovations in Manufacturing Competitiveness. Within 
available funds, $4,050,000 is provided for the five 
photovoltaic Regional Test Centers (RTCs). Further, not later 
than 90 days after the enactment of this Act, the Department 
shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses 
of Congress a plan for transitioning the RTCs to a self-
sustaining business model as originally envisioned. Within 
available funds for concentrating solar power research, 
development, and demonstration, $5,000,000 is provided for 
competitively selected projects focused on advanced thermal 
desalination techniques. Within available funds, the conferees 
include $10,000,000 for research and development to support 
inherently scalable production methods such as solution 
processing, roll-to-roll manufacturing, the science of inherent 
material stability, and ultrahigh efficiency through tandem 
manufacturing.
      Wind Energy.--Within available funds, the agreement 
provides $10,000,000 for distributed wind and not less than 
$10,000,000 for existing national-level offshore wind test 
facilities. The agreement provides not less than $30,000,000 
for the National Wind Technology Center, which shall include 
the development of a large-scale research platform to support 
next-generation wind energy science and manufacturing and 
systems integration of multiple energy generation, consumption, 
and storage technologies with the grid. The Department is 
directed to support the advancement of innovative technologies 
for offshore wind development, including freshwater, deep 
water, shallow water, and transitional depth installations. 
Further, the Department is directed to support innovative 
offshore wind demonstration projects, including efforts to 
optimize development, design, construction methods, testing 
plans, and economic value proposition. The agreement provides 
$10,000,000 for a competitively awarded solicitation for 
additional project development for offshore wind demonstration 
projects. The Department is also directed to support the 
deployment and testing of scale floating wind turbines designed 
to reduce energy costs. Within available funds, the agreement 
provides not less than $30,000,000 for the Department to 
prioritize early-stage research on materials and manufacturing 
methods and advanced components that will enable accessing 
high-quality wind resources, on development that will enable 
these technologies to compete in the marketplace without the 
need for subsidies, and on activities that will accelerate 
fundamental offshore-specific research and development, such as 
those that target technology and deployment challenges unique 
to U.S. waters.
      Water Power.--Within available funds, the agreement 
provides $70,000,000 for marine and hydrokinetic technology 
research, development, and deployment activities, including 
research into mitigation of marine ecosystem impacts of these 
technologies. The Department is directed to continue 
development of the open-water wave energy test facility with 
previously provided funds. Within available funds, the 
agreement provides $30,000,000 for a balanced portfolio of 
competitive solicitations to support industry- and university-
led research, development, and deployment of marine and 
hydrokinetic technologies; and support wave, ocean current, 
tidal and in-river energy conversion components and systems 
across the high- and low-technology readiness spectrum to 
increase energy capture, reliability, survivability, and 
integration into local or regional grids for lower costs and to 
assess and monitor environmental effects. Within this amount, 
the agreement provides not less than $8,000,000 to support 
collaborations between universities, Marine Renewable Energy 
Centers, and the national laboratories and not less than 
$5,000,000 to prioritize infrastructure needs at the marine and 
hydrokinetic technology testing sites operated by the Marine 
Renewable Energy Centers. In addition, the Department is 
directed to continue its coordination with the U.S. Navy on 
marine energy technology development for national security 
applications at the Wave Energy Test Site and other locations.
      Within available funds, $35,000,000 is provided for 
conventional hydropower and pumped storage activities, 
including $6,600,000 for the purposes of section 242 of the 
Energy Policy Act of 2005. The agreement provides $5,000,000 
for a competitive funding opportunity for industry-led 
research, development, and deployment of cross-cutting energy 
converter technologies for run-of-river and tailrace 
applications to better utilize underdeveloped low-head and 
other hydropower resources.
      Geothermal Technologies.--Within available funds, the 
agreement provides $6,000,000 for Systems Analysis. The 
Department is directed to continue its efforts to identify 
prospective geothermal resources in areas with no obvious 
surface expressions.

                           ENERGY EFFICIENCY

      Advanced Manufacturing.--The agreement provides not less 
than $4,205,000 for improvements in the steel industry; 
$20,000,000 for process-informed science, design, and 
engineering of materials and devices operating in harsh 
environments; $5,000,000 for research into the materials and 
manufacturing process development of high-strength, light-
weight nano-crystalline metal alloys; and $5,000,000 for 
process-informed catalyst science to direct chemical reactions 
in full-scale industrial manufacturing processes and to develop 
new industrial product applications. Within available funds, 
$132,000,000 is for Advanced Manufacturing Research and 
Development Facilities, of which $42,000,000 is for three Clean 
Energy Manufacturing Innovation (CEMI) Institutes, $25,000,000 
is for the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) and 
Carbon Fiber Technology Facility, $20,000,000 is for the 
Energy-Water Desalination Hub, and $25,000,000 is for the 
Critical Materials Hub. Within funds for the MDF, $5,000,000 is 
for the development of additive systems and automation 
technologies that have the potential to deposit multiple 
materials allowing for hybrid material solutions that enhance 
performance in extreme environments and enable precise property 
profiles. The Department is directed to further foster the 
partnership between the national laboratories, universities, 
and industry to use bio-based thermoplastics composites, such 
as micro- and nano-cellulosic materials, and large-area 3-D 
printing to overcome challenges to the cost and deployment of 
building, transportation, and energy technologies.
      Within available funds, the agreement includes 
$20,000,000 to support the development of additive 
manufacturing involving nanocellulosic feedstock materials made 
from forest products to overcome challenges to the cost and 
deployment of building, transportation, and energy 
technologies. The agreement also includes $20,000,000 for a 
competitive solicitation to accelerate development of 
manufacturing processes needed for clean energy materials to go 
from discovery to scale-up with the goal of lowering battery 
energy storage costs and spurring job creation. The conferees 
include $10,000,000 for district heating and directs the 
Department to collaborate with industry on the potential energy 
efficiency and energy security gains to be realized with 
district energy systems. The conferees also include $10,000,000 
to support research and development efforts to improve the 
efficiency of drying processes.
      Building Technologies.--The agreement provides 
$28,000,000 for Residential Buildings Integration, $39,000,000 
for Commercial Buildings Integration, $95,000,000 for Emerging 
Technologies, and $50,000,000 for Equipment and Buildings 
Standards. Within available funds, $7,000,000 is for the 
Building Energy Codes program to provide assistance to States 
and to organizations that develop model codes and standards to 
improve building resilience as well as efficiency.
      Within funds for Emerging Technologies, not less than 
$18,000,000 is for HVAC & Refrigeration R&D $14,000,000 is for 
Building Envelope; and $30,000,000 is for building-grid 
integration R&D consistent with a transactive energy system, 
including development of advanced transactive control 
methodologies, field validation and testing in existing 
buildings, continuation of the Building-to-Grid Integration 
Demonstration, and coordination with Electricity Delivery 
transactive energy system activities. Within available funds 
for transactive controls, $5,000,000 is to continue promoting 
regional demonstrations of new, utility-led, residential 
Connected Communities advancing smart grid systems. The 
agreement also provides $20,000,000, within available funds, 
for research, development, and market transformation programs 
on energy efficiency efforts related to the direct use of 
natural gas in residential applications, including gas heat 
pump heating and water heating, on-site combined heat and 
power, and natural gas appliance venting. In addition, the 
conferees include $5,000,000 for novel earlier-stage research, 
development, and demonstration of technologies to advance 
energy efficient, high-rise Cross-Laminated Timber building 
systems. The Department is directed to support university 
research, in partnership with the national laboratories, for 
developing, building, and evaluating Cross-Laminated Timber 
wall systems for embodied energy content, operating energy 
efficiency, wall moisture profiles, structural connector 
durability, and health monitoring sensors. The agreement 
provides $2,500,000 for the Solar Decathlon.
      Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs.--The 
Department is directed to make $500,000 available to current 
Weatherization Assistance Program grant recipients via the 
Weatherization Innovation Pilot Program to develop and 
implement strategies to treat harmful substances, including 
vermiculite. The Department is directed to provide a briefing 
to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress 
on the kinds of information that is collected from grantees and 
the potential for collecting additional information that 
discusses the kinds of structural deficiencies that make homes 
ineligible for the program. The Department is also directed to 
begin tracking the occurrence of window replacements, which 
supports the reduction of lead-based paint hazards in homes.
      Strategic Programs.--Within available funds, $2,500,000 
is for the Energy Transition Initiative to support ongoing 
initiatives to address high energy costs, reliability, and 
inadequate infrastructure challenges faced by island and remote 
communities. The Department is directed to support initiatives 
for building cost-effective, resilient energy infrastructure on 
island and remote communities, including in Alaska, the 
Caribbean, Hawaii, New England, and elsewhere.

         Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response

      The conferees provide $120,000,000 for Cybersecurity, 
Energy Security, and Emergency Response.
      Within available funds, $10,000,000 is for research and 
development on concepts to simplify and isolate automated 
systems and remove vulnerabilities that could allow 
unauthorized access to the grid through digital software 
systems and $10,000,000 is for the DarkNet project to explore 
opportunities for getting the nation's critical infrastructure 
off the Internet and shielding the nation's electricity 
infrastructure from disruptive cyber penetration.

                          Electricity Delivery

      The conferees provide $156,000,000 for Electricity 
Delivery.
      Within Resilient Distribution Systems, the agreement 
provides $7,000,000 for university-based research and 
development of sensing, intelligent machines in the Internet of 
Things and their integration in the utility grid and $5,000,000 
to develop high fidelity sensors and use data analytics to 
improve operations in steady-state and under extreme 
conditions, and to continue early-stage research to develop 
low-cost, printable sensors that can predict the health of 
critical equipment in the electric delivery system.
      Within Energy Storage, the Department is directed to 
continue to support development of an operational energy 
storage test facility capable of performance-driven data in a 
utility environment. The Department's storage research, 
development, and deployment efforts shall support nationwide 
efforts to improve grid resiliency, reliability, and security, 
empower consumers, and increase integration of a broad range of 
generation sources.
      Within Transformer Resilience and Advanced Components, 
the Department is directed to continue to support research and 
development for advanced components and grid materials for low-
cost, power flow control devices, including both solid state 
and hybrid concepts that use power electronics to control 
electromagnetic devices and enable improved controllability, 
flexibility, and resiliency.
      The Department is directed to provide to the Committees 
on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress not later than 90 
days after the enactment of this Act a report describing the 
activities and costs necessary to achieve a North American grid 
model. Within available funds, the Department may build upon 
existing tools and modeling work done at the Department to 
explore a shared modeling platform across the national 
laboratories. The Department is directed to provide to the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress not 
later than 180 days after the enactment of this Act a report on 
the potential of dynamic line rating systems to address 
transmission congestion management and improve grid reliability 
and resiliency.

                             Nuclear Energy

      The conferees provide $1,326,090,000 for Nuclear Energy.
      Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies.--Within available 
funds for Crosscutting Technology Development, $10,000,000 is 
for work on advanced sensors and instrumentation and 
$10,000,000 is for hybrid energy systems. The agreement 
provides $44,000,000 for the Nuclear Science User Facilities, 
of which $8,000,000 is for nuclear energy computation system 
and support; $31,000,000 for Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling 
and Simulation, of which $3,000,000 is for MW-scale reactor 
modeling and simulation; and $27,585,000 for the Energy 
Innovation Hub for Modeling and Simulation.
      Reactor Concepts Research and Development.--Within 
available funds, $100,000,000 is for Advanced Small Modular 
Reactor Research and Development to support technical, first-
of-its-kindengineering and design and regulatory development of 
next generation light water and non-light water small modular reactors, 
including $10,000,000 for seismic analysis; $111,500,000 is for 
Advanced Reactor Technologies, of which $34,000,000 is for fuel and 
graphite qualification; $22,000,000 is to complete the federal share of 
the two performance-based advanced reactor concepts; and $20,000,000 is 
for MW-scale reactor research and development. Within available funds, 
the agreement provides $30,000,000 for the Transformational Challenge 
Reactor to apply existing program capabilities to shape a new approach 
to reactor design, manufacturing, licensing, and operation. Not later 
than 90 days after the enactment of this Act, the Department shall 
provide to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress 
a report that describes the cost and schedule profile for achieving 
demonstration, key technical challenges, and planned coordination with 
industry and the national laboratories. The agreement provides 
$65,000,000 for research and development to support efforts to develop 
a versatile fast test reactor. The conferees include $47,000,000 for 
the Light Water Reactor Sustainability program. Funding above the 
budget request is provided for this activity as a priority.
      Fuel Cycle Research and Development.--The agreement 
provides $125,000,000 for the Advanced Fuels program and 
$38,000,000 for Material Recovery and Waste Form Development, 
of which $7,000,000 is for joint fuel cycle studies and up to 
$20,000,000 is for highly enriched uranium recovery preparation 
and testing to support needs for high assay low enriched 
uranium. The Department is directed to provide to the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress not 
later than 180 days after the enactment of this Act a report 
describing a plan and cost profile for developing high assay 
low enriched uranium.
      The agreement provides $63,915,000 for Used Nuclear Fuel 
Disposition R&D. In lieu of Senate report direction, the 
agreement includes $22,500,000 for Integrated Waste Management 
System activities and no further direction.
      Radiological Facilities Management.--The agreement 
includes $20,000,000 for continued safe operation and 
maintenance of Oak Ridge National Laboratory hot cells.
      Idaho Facilities Management.--The agreement provides 
$288,000,000 for INL Operations and Infrastructure to support 
the MFC and ATR Five Year Plan to increase reliability and 
sustainability.
      Idaho Sitewide Safeguards and Security.--Within available 
funds, the agreement includes $10,000,000 to construct a 
protective forces building at the ATR complex that will meet 
the needs for expanded protective force and security operations 
under the Department's new Design Basis Threat but that will 
not exceed a total project cost of $10,000,000.

                 Fossil Energy Research and Development

      The conferees provide $740,000,000 for Fossil Energy 
Research and Development.
      The agreement does not support the closure of any 
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) sites and provides 
no funds to plan, develop, implement, or pursue the 
consolidation or closure of any of the NETL sites. The 
agreement includes funding for the Department's National Carbon 
Capture Center consistent with the cooperative agreement and 
fiscal year 2018.
      Coal Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Power 
Systems.--The Department is directed to use funds from Coal CCS 
and Power Systems for both coal and natural gas research and 
development as it determines to be merited, as long as such 
research does not occur at the expense of coal research and 
development. The agreement includes $25,000,000 to continue to 
support the solicitation for two large-scale pilots that focus 
on transformational coal technologies that represent a new way 
to convert energy to enable a step change in performance, 
efficiency, and the cost of electricity compared to today's 
technologies. Such technologies include thermodynamic 
improvements in energy conversion and heat transfer, such as 
pressurized oxygen combustion and chemical looping, and 
improvements in carbon capture systems technology. In making 
the awards for large-scale pilots, the Department should 
prioritize entities that have previously received funding for 
these technologies at the lab and bench scale. The agreement 
provides $2,000,000 for Hybrid Carbon Conversion activities. 
Within available funds, the agreement provides not less than 
$30,000,000 for a new solicitation for Front-End Engineering 
and Design (FEED) studies of two commercial-scale carbon 
capture power projects for retrofit at an existing coal plant 
and for a coal or natural gas plant that generates carbon 
dioxide suitable for utilization or storage. A FEED study shall 
incorporate work from feasibility studies and testing to 
provide specific project definition, detailed design, scopes of 
work, material purchasing and construction schedules, cost for 
project execution, and subsurface, structural, and 
environmental permitting requirements.
      The Department is directed to continue to carry out 
external activities for advanced coal processing research and 
development, including advancing early-stage research for 
converting coal pitch and coal to carbon fiber and other value-
added products for alternative uses of coal.
      Within Carbon Storage, the agreement provides $12,000,000 
for Carbon Use and Reuse to continue research and development 
activities to support valuable and innovative uses for carbon 
and $55,000,000 for Storage Infrastructure. The Department is 
directed to fulfill prior commitments to the Regional Carbon 
Sequestration Partnerships (RCSPs). In lieu of Senate report 
direction, the agreement provides not less than $20,000,000 for 
a competitive solicitation to fulfill the goals of the RCSPs 
and not less than $30,000,000 to continue the four-phase 
CarbonSAFE initiative. The Department is directed to work 
collaboratively with the RCSPs and other stakeholders to 
develop a storage roadmap through 2025 to identify the 
knowledge gaps and technology and policy developments that are 
needed to close those gaps.
      Within Advanced Energy Systems, the agreement provides 
$30,000,000 for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. Within available funds 
for Advanced Energy Systems, the agreement provides $37,000,000 
for transformative power generation to improve the efficiency, 
reliability, and flexible operations of both new and existing 
plants. The Department is directed to focus on advanced coal 
technologies that are applicable to retrofit technologies and 
modular coal technologies that are capable of distributed 
generation, represent maximum efficiency improvements over the 
current average fleet, incorporate advanced emissions control 
systems, and are economically competitive.
      Within Cross Cutting Research, the agreement provides 
$20,000,000 for the Advanced Ultrasupercritical Program.
      Within NETL Coal Research and Development, the agreement 
provides $18,000,000 for the Department to continue its 
external agency activities to develop and test advanced 
separation technologies and accelerate the advancement of 
commercially viable technologies for the recovery of rare earth 
elements and minerals from U.S. coal and coal byproduct 
sources. The Department is expected to support pilot-scale and 
experimental activities for near-term applications.
      Within Supercritical Transformational Electric Power 
(STEP) Generation, the agreement provides $16,700,000 to 
complete the necessary design and construction of the 10-MW 
pilot facility, and conduct the necessary testing, including 
long-duration testing for the facility. The agreement also 
includes an additional $5,730,000 for competitively-awarded 
research and development activities, coordinated with EERE and 
NE, to advance the use of supercritical power cycles.
      Natural Gas Technologies.--The agreement provides 
$5,200,000 to continue the Risk Based Data Management System 
(RBDMS) to support a cloud-based application and necessary 
cybersecurity initiatives. Funding shall support the continued 
integration of FracFocus and RBDMS for improved public access 
to State oil and gas related data, as well as for State 
regulatory agencies to support electronic permitting for 
operators, eForms for improved processing time for new permits, 
operator training from the improved FracFocus 3.2 after 
enhancements are implemented, and miscellaneous reports such as 
``Produced Water Report: Current and Future Beneficial Uses 
Report''.
      The agreement provides $20,000,000 for Methane Hydrate 
Activities, $10,000,000 for Environmentally Prudent 
Development, $10,000,000 for Emissions Mitigation from 
Midstream Infrastructure, and $5,000,000 for Emissions 
Quantification from Natural Gas Infrastructure.
      Within available funds, the Department shall deliver to 
the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a 
study on the potential for natural gas demand response across 
energy sectors and geographic regions no later than 18 months 
after the date of enactment of this Act. This study shall 
include a description and quantification of potential natural 
gas and energy savings and load shifting; the costs and 
benefits associated with those savings, including avoided 
energy costs, reduced market price volatility, improved 
electric and gas system reliability, deferred or avoided 
pipeline or utility capital investment, and air emissions 
reductions; an identification of geographic areas that would 
benefit most from implementing demand response measures for 
natural gas infrastructure; and a description of existing and 
emerging technologies that can be used for demand response in 
the natural gas sector, as well as best practices for 
developing a strategy for deployment of those technologies in 
the natural gas sector.
      Unconventional Technologies.--Within available funds, the 
agreement provides $13,500,000 for research to better 
understand reservoirs and to improve low recovery factors from 
unconventional natural gas and oil wells and $13,500,000 for 
continued research toward enhanced recovery technologies in 
shale oil, low permeability reservoirs, residual oil zone 
reservoirs, fractured reservoirs, and conventional oil 
reservoirs. The Department shall solicit, award and manage 
these research projects on a nationwide basis directly with 
researchers from universities and not-for-profit research 
organizations. The projects may include research projects to 
improve environmental mitigation, water quality and treatment, 
infrastructure technology, as well as the societal impacts of 
unconventional shale plays. These awards shall identify ways to 
improve existing technologies, encourage prudent development, 
provide cost-effective solutions, and develop a better 
understanding of these reservoirs' resource potential. The 
agreement includes not less than $15,000,000 for the 
Unconventional Field Test Sites. When issuing funding for 
research into the exploration for and development of emerging 
unconventional oil and gas reservoirs, the Department shall 
direct future allocations to projects in locations geologically 
representative of the unconventional reservoir of interest. The 
agreement provides not less than $2,500,000 for further 
research on multipronged approaches for characterizing the 
constituents of and managing the cleaning of water produced 
during the extraction of oil and natural gas. Within available 
funds, the Department is directed to partner with research 
universities engaged in the study of characterizing, cleaning, 
treating, and managing produced water and who are willing to 
engage through public-private partnerships with the energy 
industry to develop and assess commercially viable technology 
to achieve the same.
      The Department is directed to identify the federal 
agencies with jurisdictional oversight of establishing an 
ethane storage and distribution hub in central Appalachia and 
to coordinate with the liaisons of those agencies to streamline 
the permitting application and approval process. The Department 
is directed to brief the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress on its findings and recommendations once 
complete.
      The Department is directed to continue its research 
partnership with the Department of Transportation on the crude 
oil characterization study to improve the safety of crude oil 
transported by rail. The agreement provides $1,500,000 to 
continue this study.

                 Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves

      The agreement provides $10,000,000 for the operation of 
the Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves.

                      Strategic Petroleum Reserve

      The agreement provides $235,000,000 for the Strategic 
Petroleum Reserve. Funding above the budget request is to 
address facilities development and operations, including 
physical security and cavern integrity, and to maintain 
1,000,000 barrels of gasoline blendstock in the Northeast 
Gasoline Supply Reserve. The agreement includes legislative 
language regarding a drawdown and sale of oil and use of 
proceeds in fiscal year 2019.

                         SPR Petroleum Account

      The agreement provides $10,000,000 for the SPR Petroleum 
Account to pay for the costs of certain statutorily-mandated 
crude oil sales.

                   Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve

      The agreement provides $10,000,000 for the Northeast Home 
Heating Oil Reserve.

                   Energy Information Administration

      The conferees provide $125,000,000 for the Energy 
Information Administration.

                   Non-Defense Environmental Cleanup

      The conferees provide $310,000,000 for Non-Defense 
Environmental Cleanup.
      Small Sites.--Within amounts for Small Sites cleanup, 
$35,000,000 shall be for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 
$10,000,000 shall be for Oak Ridge activities, $45,000,000 
shall be for Moab, $20,456,000 shall be for Brookhaven National 
Laboratory to continue removal of the High Flux Beam Reactor 
stack, and no further direction. If any of the funding for 
Brookhaven is in excess of needs such sums shall be applied to 
other Small Site cleanup activities.

      Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning Fund

      The conferees provide $841,129,000 for activities funded 
from the Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning 
Fund.
      Portsmouth.--The conferees includes $60,000,000 above the 
budget request for Portsmouth cleanup, which is equivalent to 
the amount of proceeds that the Department planned to generate 
through bartering arrangements in order to fund additional 
cleanup in fiscal year 2019. The Department shall not barter, 
transfer, or sell uranium in order to generate additional 
funding for Portsmouth cleanup that is in excess of the amount 
of funding provided in this Act.

                                Science

      The conferees provide $6,585,000,000 for the Office of 
Science.
      The agreement provides $4,000,000, to be funded from 
across all Office of Science programs, to support the 
Distinguished Scientist Program, as authorized in section 5011 
of Public Law 110-69. The Department is directed to provide to 
the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress not 
later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act a plan that 
responds to the recommendations of the National Academies study 
``Opportunities in Intense Ultrafast Lasers, Towards the 
Brightest Light''.
      Advanced Scientific Computing Research.--Within available 
funds, the agreement provides $140,000,000 for the Argonne 
Leadership Computing Facility, $200,000,000 for the Oak Ridge 
Leadership Computing Facility, $105,000,000 for the National 
Energy Research Scientific Computing Center at Lawrence 
Berkeley National Laboratory, $10,000,000 for the Computational 
Sciences Graduate Fellowship program, and $85,000,000 for 
ESnet. The agreement provides $75,667,000 for Computational 
Partnerships (SciDAC). Within funds for SciDAC, up to 
$13,000,000 is to support work on artificial intelligence and 
big data focused on the development of algorithms and methods 
to identify new ways of extracting information from data 
generated at the Office of Science's large user facilities or 
validating use of machine learning in the Office of Science's 
program's scientific simulations. This is the only funding 
recommended within the Office of Science that shall be 
available for this work. Further, none of the funding is 
available for clinical trials or therapeutics. The Department 
is directed to provide to the Committees on Appropriations of 
both Houses of Congress not later than 90 days after the 
enactment of this Act a briefing on its plan for implementing 
this artificial intelligence and big data initiative.
      Basic Energy Sciences (BES).--The agreement provides not 
less than $135,000,000 for the Nanoscale Science Research 
Centers. The agreement includes not less than $505,000,000 for 
facilities operations at the five BES light sources to 
adequately invest in the recapitalization of key instruments 
and infrastructure, and in staff and other resources necessary 
to deliver critical scientific capabilities to users, and no 
further direction. The Department is directed to submit as part 
of its fiscal year 2020 budget submission a plan for the 
buildout of additional beamlines to fully leverage the 
capabilities of the NSLS-II. The Department is directed to 
resume annual or at minimum, biennial, Implementation Grant 
solicitations for EPSCoR. In addition, the Department is 
directed to submit to the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress not later than 90 days after the enactment 
of this Act a report that provides a plan for future EPSCoR 
solicitations. The agreement provides $282,000,000 for the 
high-flux neutron sources which will allow for both Spallation 
Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor to proceed with 
the most critical deferred repairs, replace outdated 
instruments, and make essential machine improvements. The 
agreement provides not less than $19,100,000 for Other Project 
Costs, of which $6,000,000 is for the High Energy Upgrade at 
LCLS-II, $6,100,000 is for LCLS-II, $2,000,000 is for the 
Advanced Light Source Upgrade, and $5,000,000 is for the Second 
Target Station. The Department is directed to proceed with the 
upgrade of existing user facilities and major construction 
projects for new user facilities in a manner consistent with 
the June 2016 BESAC recommendations and subsequent Departmental 
reviews and findings related to these projects. Further, the 
Department is directed to follow the Department of Energy Order 
413.3B project management reporting requirements for these 
projects and provide project data sheets for those projects in 
the budget submission. Within available funds, the agreement 
provides $26,000,000 for exascale systems. The Department is 
directed to continue its partnership with qualified 
institutions of higher education in support of energy research 
activities related to enhanced efficiency in energy conversion 
and utilization, including emergent polymer optoelectronic 
technologies.
      Biological and Environmental Research (BER).--The 
following is the only direction provided for BER. The 
Department is directed to give priority to optimizing the 
operation of BER user facilities. In addition, the Department 
is directed to maintain Genomic Science as a top priority. 
Within available funds, the agreement provides $100,000,000 for 
the four Bioenergy Research Centers, $90,000,000 for 
Foundational Genomics Research, $34,908,000 for Biomolecular 
Characterization and Imaging Science, and $70,000,000 for the 
Joint Genome Institute. Within available funds, $10,000,000 is 
to begin the establishment of a national microbiome database.
      Within available funds, not less than $40,000,000 is for 
Terrestrial Ecosystem Science, of which not less than 
$10,000,000 is for NGEE-Arctic, $5,800,000 is for NGEE-Tropics, 
$8,300,000 is for the SPRUCE field site, $6,800,000 is for the 
Watershed Function Science Focus Area, and $5,700,000 is for 
Ameriflux Long-Term Earth Systems Observations. Within 
available funds, not less than $22,143,000 is for Subsurface 
Biogeochemical Research, including not less than $3,000,000 to 
support ongoing research and discovery related to mercury 
biogeochemical transformations in the environment. Within 
available funds, the agreement provides $97,000,000 for Earth 
and Environmental Systems Modeling. The Department is directed 
to expend funds for earth system modeling, and regional and 
global analysis. Further, the Department is directed to make 
land-energy interactions, land biogeochemistry, uncertainty 
quantification, and model evaluation a priority within the 
regional and global modeling activities and continue to support 
performance optimization of coupled systems for execution on 
high performance and exascale systems. The agreement provides 
$15,000,000 for exascale computing. The agreement provides 
$45,000,000 for the Environmental Molecular Sciences 
Laboratory, $68,000,000 for the Atmospheric Radiation 
Measurement (ARM) User Facility, and $17,500,000 to replace the 
ARM mobile unit.
      Fusion Energy Sciences (FES).--The following is the only 
direction for FES. The agreement provides $286,704,000 for 
burning plasma science foundations, $61,246,000 for burning 
plasma science long pulse, and $84,050,000 for discovery plasma 
science. Within available funds, the agreement provides 
$18,000,000 for High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas and 
$25,000,000 for Scientific Discovery through Advanced 
Computing. Within available funds, the agreement includes 
$5,000,000 to provide upgrades to the Safety and Tritium 
Applied Research Facility and not less than $7,000,000 for the 
Materials Plasma Exposure eXperiment. The agreement provides 
$132,000,000 for the U.S. contribution to the ITER project and 
no further direction. The Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory 
Committee is directed to work with the Office of Nuclear Energy 
to review establishing a reactor concepts research, 
development, and deployment activity. The Department is 
directed to provide to the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress not later than 180 days after the enactment 
of this Act a briefing on a recommendation, which if supported, 
will include a technical plan, program and eligibility 
requirements, and funding profile for future fiscal years.
      High Energy Physics.--Within available funds, the 
agreement provides $15,000,000 for PIP-II; $6,250,000 for 
ongoing efforts for commissioning and initial operation of the 
camera for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Camera; 
$10,000,000 to continue the upgrade of FACET II; $105,000,000 
for the HL-LHC Upgrade Projects; and $22,450,000 to complete 
the dark energy and dark matter experiments, of which 
$5,450,000 is for DESI and $14,450,000 is for LUX ZEPLIN.
      Nuclear Physics.--Within available funds, the agreement 
provides $11,500,000 for the Stable Isotope Production 
Facility, $6,600,000 for the Gamma-Ray Energy Tracking Array, 
and $5,660,000 for the Super Pioneering High Energy Nuclear 
Interaction Experiment. The Department is directed to give 
priority to optimizing the operations for the Relativistic 
Heavy Ion Collider, the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator 
Facility, the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System, and the 
Brookhaven Linac Isotope Producer Facility.
      Workforce Development.--Within available funds, the 
agreement provides $10,300,000 for the Science Undergraduate 
Laboratory Internship and $3,500,000 for the Graduate Student 
Research Program.
      Science Laboratories Infrastructure.--The Office of 
Science is directed to work with the Office of Nuclear Energy 
to demonstrate a commitment to operations and maintenance of 
nuclear facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that 
support multiple critical missions.

               Advanced Research Projects Agency--Energy

      The conferees provide $366,000,000 for the Advanced 
Research Projects Agency--Energy.
      The Department is directed to continue to spend funds 
provided on research and development and program direction. The 
Department shall not use any appropriated funds to plan or 
execute the termination of ARPA-E. In addition, the Department 
is directed to disburse funds appropriated for ARPA-E on 
eligible projects within a reasonable time period, consistent 
with past practices.

         Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program

      The conferees provide $33,000,000 for administrative 
expenses for the Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee 
Program. This amount is offset by estimated revenues of 
$15,000,000, resulting in a net appropriation of $18,000,000. 
The Department shall not use funds to plan, develop, implement, 
or pursue the elimination of the Title 17 Innovative Technology 
Loan Guarantee Program.

        Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program

      The conferees provide $5,000,000 for the Advanced 
Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program.

                  Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program

      The conferees provide $1,000,000 for the Tribal Energy 
Loan Guarantee Program.

              Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs

      The conferees provide $18,000,000 for the Office of 
Indian Energy Policy and Programs.

                      Departmental Administration

      The agreement provides $165,858,000 for Departmental 
Administration.
      Control Points.--In lieu of House and Senate direction on 
control points, the agreement includes six reprogramming 
control points in this account to provide flexibility in the 
management of support functions. The Other Departmental 
Administration activity includes Management, Project Management 
Oversight and Assessments, Chief Human Capital Officer, Office 
of Technology Transitions, Office of Small and Disadvantaged 
Business Utilization, General Counsel, Office of Policy, 
International Affairs, and Public Affairs. The Department is 
directed to continue to submit a budget request that proposes a 
separate funding level for each of these activities. The 
agreement does not adopt the proposal to transfer staff from 
the applied energy offices to International Affairs. Within 
International Affairs, the agreement includes $2,000,000 for 
the Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development 
(BIRD) Foundation and $4,000,000 for the U.S.-Israel Center of 
Excellence in Energy, Engineering and Water Technology, which 
were previously funded in the Energy Efficiency and Renewable 
Energy account.
      Chief Information Officer.--To enhance the accountability 
for management of cyber resources, the agreement consolidates 
cybersecurity funding under the Office of the Chief Information 
Officer. The recommendation includes $131,624,000, including 
$96,793,000 as requested within Departmental Administration and 
$34,831,000 as requested for CyberOne activities within the DOE 
working capital fund. Within this amount, not less than 
$71,501,000 shall be for cybersecurity and secure information.
      Nuclear Power Plant Closings.--Prior to the opening of a 
permanent repository or monitored retrievable storage for spent 
nuclear fuel, power plant sites serve as de facto storage 
facilities for this nuclear waste. When a plant closes, onsite 
storage of spent nuclear fuel can be a factor affecting 
redevelopment of the location. The Department is directed to 
submit to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress not later than 180 days after the enactment of this 
Act a study on existing public and private resources and 
funding for which municipalities where a nuclear power plant is 
decommissioned, in the process of decommissioning, or plans to 
shut down within 3 years of enactment of this Act and contains 
nuclear waste within its boundaries may be eligible.
      Radium Contamination.--The Department shall review the 
details of any facility of the Nevada System of Higher 
Education, as defined by the State of Nevada, that is 
contaminated with radium to determine whether the Department 
has a legal liability or authorization for remediation of such 
facility.
      Energy Technology Commercialization Fund.--In making 
awards from the Energy Technology Commercialization Fund 
established under section 1001(e) of the Energy Policy Act of 
2005 (42 U.S.C. 16391(e)), the requirements for matching funds 
shall be determined by the Secretary of Energy in accordance 
with section 988 of that Act (42 U.S.C. 16352).

                    Office of the Inspector General

      The agreement provides $51,330,000 for the Office of the 
Inspector General.

                    ATOMIC ENERGY DEFENSE ACTIVITIES


                NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

      The conferees provide $15,228,618,000 for the National 
Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The conferees include 
funding for the NNSA's institutional plant projects in the 
agreement and direct the NNSA to expedite reports that account 
for site indirect overhead and administrative costs as directed 
by the Congress.
      The NNSA Act clearly lays out the functions of the NNSA 
and gives the Administrator authority over, and responsibility 
for, those functions. While the NNSA may expend funds to study 
its organizational structure, no funds shall be used to 
reorganize or reclassify any of those functions specified in 
the NNSA Act.

                           Weapons Activities

      The conferees provide $11,100,000,000 for Weapons 
Activities. The agreement directs the use of $13,080,000 in 
unexpended prior-year balances to offset fiscal year 2019 
needs.
      When proposing new or modified nuclear weapons 
activities, the Department shall ensure adherence to the 
requirements of 50 U.S.C. 2529, including requesting a single 
dedicated line item for such activities. The NNSA is directed 
to comply with the direction in the House report regarding the 
W76-2 Modification Program.
      IW/W78 Life Extension Program.--In lieu of language in 
the House report on the W78 Life Extension Program (LEP), the 
NNSA is directed to provide to the Committees on Appropriations 
of both Houses of Congress, not later than 60 days after the 
enactment of this Act and prior to commencement of phase 6.2, a 
report that provides the rationale for an insensitive-high 
explosive (IHE)-based system, an updated estimate of the cost 
and schedule for warhead development and production, and a 
rough order of magnitude cost and schedule comparison of the 
differences between the requested IW and a W76 LEP-like 
refurbishment of the W78. Further, the NNSA shall initiate an 
independent review by the Office of Cost Estimating and Program 
Evaluation (CEPE) of the analysis of alternatives process 
conducted as part of the life extension study of the W78 to 
assess objectivity, thoroughness, and adherence to the 
Government Accountability Office recommended best practices, in 
accordance with current NNSA policy.
      Not later than 180 days after the enactment of this Act, 
the NNSA shall provide to the Committees on Appropriations of 
both Houses of Congress a report that includes the following: 
(1) the results of the CEPE review; (2) a cost and schedule 
estimate to refurbish the W78 warhead in a manner similar to 
the W76 LEP; (3) a cost estimate for any needed upgrades to 
Department of Defense facilities to fully satisfy safety 
requirements for handling conventional high explosives; (4) 
impacts to the IW/W78 LEP if pit production targets are not 
met; and (5) the certification strategy for the IW/W78 LEP that 
addresses issues raised by the JASONs group in its review of 
certification risks for an IW with IHE and remanufactured pits.
      Domestic Uranium Enrichment.--In lieu of House or Senate 
language, the conferees direct the NNSA to ensure that there is 
a credible plan to complete adequate research, development, and 
demonstration prior to making a decision on domestic uranium 
enrichment for national security purposes and to focus efforts 
on work that will provide information to support that decision. 
No funds are provided for downblending highly enriched uranium. 
Funds at the requested level for downblending are included in 
the Tritium Sustainment account.
      Plutonium Pit Production Project.--The conferees include 
$75,000,000 to commence a new project to meet the NNSA's 
plutonium pit production targets, of which $11,000,000 shall be 
for the subproject to re-categorize the Radiological Laboratory 
Utility Office Building (RLUOB) to a hazard category-3 facility 
and $6,177,000 shall be for the subproject for the second phase 
of work to reconfigure the PF-4 facility. The NNSA is directed 
to budget for capital improvements and equipment installations 
to meet plutonium pit production targets, including the RLUOB 
re-categorization and the PF-4 phase 2 subprojects, as 
subprojects within the Plutonium Pit Production Project and to 
budget for operational expenses to meet plutonium pit 
production targets within Plutonium Sustainment Operations in 
future budget requests. Not later than 60 days after the 
enactment of this Act, the NNSA shall provide to the Committees 
on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a report on the 
current scope, costs, and schedule required to meet its 
plutonium mission targets and shall submit a project data sheet 
for the Plutonium Pit Production Project in its fiscal year 
2020 budget submission.
      Science.--Within amounts for Academic Alliances and 
Partnerships, $20,000,000 shall be for the Minority Serving 
Institution Partnerships Program, within which $2,000,000 shall 
be for Tribal Colleges and Universities. The conferees include 
$50,000,000 for the Advanced Sources and Detectors Major Item 
of Equipment (MIE) and supporting research activities. The NNSA 
is directed to submit a project data sheet for the Advanced 
Sources and Detectors MIE in its fiscal year 2020 budget 
request. Funds for high energy density grants are included 
within the Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) and High Yield 
program.
      Inertial Confinement Fusion and High Yield.--Within 
amounts for ICF, $344,000,000 shall be for the National 
Ignition Facility, $80,000,000 shall be for OMEGA, $63,100,000 
shall be for the Z Facility, and $7,000,000 shall be for the 
Naval Research Laboratory. Within available amounts, funds are 
provided for target research, development, and production. Not 
later than 60 days after the enactment of this Act, the NNSA 
shall provide to the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress a report on the impacts to the ICF program 
of shifting to a full-cost recovery model for the National 
Ignition Facility. No further direction is provided.
      Advanced Simulation and Computing.--Within amounts for 
Advanced Simulation and Computing, $163,000,000 shall be for 
the exascale initiative, $20,000,000 shall be for advanced 
memory technology research, and $13,000,000 shall be for work 
on integrating artificial intelligence approaches into 
mechanistic modeling and prediction.
      Advanced Manufacturing Development.--Within amounts 
provided for Process Technology Development, the agreement 
includes $5,000,000 to modernize and upgrade legacy 
applications at weapons production facilities.
      Infrastructure and Operations.--The conferees include 
funding above the budget request within Maintenance and Repair 
and Recapitalization to address the significant backlog of 
deferred maintenance at the NNSA's sites. Within amounts for 
Recapitalization, $22,500,000 shall be for recapitalization of 
the MESA silicon fab facility as requested and $10,000,000 
shall be to advance plans for the Tritium Production Capability 
Project.
      Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) Building 
Replacement Project.--The conferees include the subproject 
funding requested to re-categorize the RLUOB to a hazard 
category-3 facility and for the second phase of work to 
reconfigure the PF-4 facility within the Plutonium Pit 
Production Project and direct the NNSA to request funds by 
these subprojects within the Plutonium Pit Production Project 
in future budget submissions.

                    Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation


                    (INCLUDING RESCISSION OF FUNDS)

      The conferees provide $1,949,000,000 for Defense Nuclear 
Nonproliferation. The agreement rescinds $19,000,000 from 
unexpended prior-year balances and directs the use of 
$25,000,000 in prior-year balances from nonproliferation 
construction to offset fiscal year 2019 needs. The agreement 
includes a provision that directs the use of $25,000,000 for 
design activities for the dilute and dispose strategy for 
plutonium disposition and a provision that prohibits the use of 
funds for construction and procurement activities for the 
Surplus Plutonium Disposition project.
      Global Material Security.--Within amounts for Domestic 
Radiological Security, the conferees provide $12,000,000 to 
improve capabilities to train first responders and other 
experts in nuclear operations, safeguards, cyber, and emergency 
response.
      Material Management and Minimization.--The NNSA shall 
discontinue requesting funds in this account for HEU Reactor 
Conversion in its fiscal year 2020 budget request and is 
directed to request funds for these activities within 
Laboratory and Partnership Support and Nonproliferation Fuel 
Development as provided in the conference agreement. Within 
amounts for Laboratory and Partnership Support, $15,000,000 
shall be for technical support of global and industry partners 
that are seeking to minimize the use of highly-enriched uranium 
in the production of Mo-99 and $20,000,000 shall be to support 
the competitively-awarded funding opportunity to expedite the 
establishment of a stable domestic source of Mo-99 that was 
directed in the fiscal year 2018 Act.
      In lieu of language in the House report, the conferees 
include funding within Material Disposition for design, 
planning, and other supporting activities for the dilute and 
dispose strategy for plutonium disposition.
      Nonproliferation and Arms Control.--In lieu of language 
in the Senate report, the NNSA shall provide to the Committees 
on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress, not later than 45 
days after the enactment of this Act, a briefing on 
international efforts to monitor global technology supply 
chains and implement robust export controls to prevent nuclear 
proliferation.
      MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility, SRS.--In lieu of language 
in the House and Senate reports, the conferees include funds 
for the project consistent with the amounts and uses authorized 
by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.
      Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development 
(DNN R&D).--Within amounts for Nonproliferation Fuels 
Development, $10,000,000 shall be for the national laboratories 
to develop high-density low-enriched fuels that could replace 
highly enriched uranium for naval applications.
      In lieu of the prohibition on the use of funds to convert 
the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) and the High Flux Isotope 
Research Reactor (HFIR) in the House report, the NNSA shall 
provide to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress not later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act 
a report on the total estimated costs to convert ATR, HFIR, 
TREAT, and any other reactor currently planned for conversion 
through the U.S. High Performance Research Reactor Program. The 
report shall include a multi-year funding plan and schedule 
through completion for each separate reactor conversion and the 
estimates shall include sufficient contingency to account for 
any remaining programmatic and technical risks associated with 
the fuel development activities.

                             Naval Reactors


                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

      The conferees provide $1,788,618,000 for Naval Reactors. 
The agreement includes a provision to transfer $85,500,000 to 
Nuclear Energy for operations and maintenance of the Advanced 
Test Reactor. Within funds for Naval Reactors Research and 
Development, $2,000,000 is for planning, preparation, and 
shipments of nuclear materials to support a pilot project on 
ZIRCEX.

                     Federal Salaries and Expenses

      The conferees provide $410,000,000 for the federal 
salaries and expenses of the Office of the NNSA Administrator.

               ENVIRONMENTAL AND OTHER DEFENSE ACTIVITIES


                     Defense Environmental Cleanup


                    (INCLUDING RESCISSION OF FUNDS)

      The conferees provide $6,028,600,000 for Defense 
Environmental Cleanup. The conferees include a rescission of 
$4,600,000 in unexpended prior-year balances from the 
Hexavalent Chromium Pump and Treatment Facility project and 
direct the use of $7,577,000 in prior-year balances from the 
Savannah River Site to offset fiscal year 2019 needs. The 
Department is directed to submit its fiscal year 2020 budget 
request consistent with the budget structure for the Waste 
Treatment Plant in this Act.
      In lieu of the direction in the House and Senate reports, 
no funds are provided within the Richland or Office of River 
Protection control points for the Test Bed Initiative, 
consistent with the budget request. Not later than 60 days 
after the enactment of this Act, the Department shall submit to 
the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a 
report on the Test Bed Initiative that includes expected costs 
and implementation schedule, impacts on the 2016 Consent Decree 
and Tri-Party Agreement, any necessary regulatory or permit 
changes, any necessary National Environmental Policy Act 
analysis, any necessary changes on site infrastructure, and 
plans for storage and disposal of waste generated through this 
initiative. If the Department requests funds for the Initiative 
in future budget submissions, such funds shall be requested 
within the Office of River Protection in a new, separate 
control point.
      Richland.--Within amounts for Richland, the conferees 
include $2,000,000 above the budget request for maintenance and 
repair of B Reactor and additional amounts above the budget 
request for cleanup of the 324 Building, Plutonium Finishing 
Plant, and K-West facility; interim stabilization of PUREX 
Tunnel #2; and site-wide infrastructure. Also within amounts 
for Richland, no funding shall be available to carry out 
activities relating to single-shell tank stabilization or tank 
farm activities outside of site-wide infrastructure activities. 
Within amounts for Central Plateau Remediation, $8,500,000 
shall be for the Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency 
Response facilities.
      Technology Development and Deployment.--Within the 
amounts provided for Technology Development and Deployment, not 
less than $5,000,000 shall be for work on qualification, 
testing, and research to advance the state of the art of 
containment ventilation systems and the Department shall take 
the necessary steps to implement and competitively award a 
cooperative university affiliated research center for that 
purpose; $5,000,000 shall be for the National Spent Fuel 
Program at Idaho National Laboratory to address activities 
recommended by the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board as 
directed in the House report; $5,000,000 shall be for 
independent review, analysis, and applied research to support 
cost-effective, risk-informed cleanup decision-making; and no 
further direction.

                        Other Defense Activities

      The conferees provide $860,292,000 for Other Defense 
Activities and include the use of $2,000,000 in unexpended 
prior-year balances to offset fiscal year 2019 needs. The 
agreement includes $12,000,000 above the budget request for 
targeted investments to defend the U.S. energy sector against 
the evolving threat of cyber and other attacks in support of 
the resiliency of the nation's electric grid and energy 
infrastructure.
      The conferees are concerned with the recently issued 
Order 140.1, Interface with the Defense Nuclear Facilities 
Safety Board (DNFSB), and the potential impacts on the ability 
of the DNFSB to carry out its Congressionally-mandated 
responsibilities. Not later than 30 days after the enactment of 
this Act, the Department shall provide to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a briefing on how the 
Order differs from the previous Manual, how the Department 
plans to incorporate concerns from the DNFSB and the public, 
and the Department's plans to implement the Order across the 
organization.

                    POWER MARKETING ADMINISTRATIONS

      No funds are recommended to divest transmission assets of 
the Power Marketing Administrations (PMA). The conferees remind 
the Department of the prohibition on studying transfer of PMA 
assets in Public Law 99-349.
      Organizational Reporting.--The Department recently 
announced a change in organizational structure moving the point 
of reporting for the PMAs to the Assistant Secretary for 
Electricity from the Deputy Secretary. The Committee has heard 
concerns that the realignment may indicate an intention to 
change the substantive relationship between the Department and 
each PMA, including actions related to PMA leadership 
decisions, use of the PMAs and their resources, and ratemaking; 
the Committee does not support such a change. The PMAs have 
unique statutory requirements, and the Committee expects the 
Department to adhere to and not expand upon those requirements.

                  Bonneville Power Administration Fund

      The agreement provides no appropriation for the 
Bonneville Power Administration, which derives its funding from 
revenues deposited into the Bonneville Power Administration 
Fund.

      Operation and Maintenance, Southeastern Power Administration

      The agreement provides a net appropriation of $0 for the 
Southeastern Power Administration.

      Operation and Maintenance, Southwestern Power Administration

      The agreement provides a net appropriation of $10,400,000 
for the Southwestern Power Administration. To ensure sufficient 
authority to meet purchase power and wheeling needs, the 
agreement includes $40,000,000 above the level credited as 
offsetting collections by the Congressional Budget Office. The 
Department is directed to continue working with the Committees 
on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress to provide 
necessary information to address this scoring issue for future 
fiscal years.

 Construction, Rehabilitation, Operation and Maintenance, Western Area 
                          Power Administration

      The agreement provides a net appropriation of $89,372,000 
for the Western Area Power Administration. To ensure sufficient 
authority to meet purchase power and wheeling needs, the 
agreement includes $45,442,000 above the level credited as 
offsetting collections by the Congressional Budget Office. The 
Department is directed to continue working with the Committees 
on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress to provide 
necessary information to address this scoring issue for future 
fiscal years.

           Falcon and Amistad Operating and Maintenance Fund

      The agreement provides a net appropriation of $228,000 
for the Falcon and Amistad Operating and Maintenance Fund. The 
agreement includes the use of $2,500,000 in prior-year 
balances. The agreement includes legislative language 
authorizing the acceptance and use of contributed funds in 
fiscal year 2019 for operating, maintaining, repairing, 
rehabilitating, replacing, or upgrading the hydroelectric 
facilities at the Falcon and Amistad Dams.
      Concerns persist that additional infrastructure 
investments are necessary at the Falcon and Amistad dams. 
Western is directed to coordinate with the International 
Boundary and Water Commission to determine a plan for 
addressing any needed improvements and brief the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress not later than 90 
days after the enactment of this Act on progress towards 
finalizing a plan.

                  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The agreement provides $369,900,000 for the Federal 
Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Revenues for FERC are set 
to an amount equal to the budget authority, resulting in a net 
appropriation of $0.
      FERC shall require the licensee of Oroville Dam to 
request the United States Society on Dams to nominate 
independent consultants to prepare a level 2 risk analysis, 
consistent with the Commission's guidelines, for use in 
conducting the next Part 12 safety review of Oroville Dam, 
currently scheduled for 2019. FERC shall ensure the 
independence of the nominated consultants from the licensee.

                GENERAL PROVISIONS--DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY


                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

      The conferees include a modified provision prohibiting 
the use of funds provided in this title to initiate requests 
for proposals, other solicitations, or arrangements for new 
programs or activities that have not yet been approved and 
funded by the Congress; requires notification or a report for 
certain funding actions; prohibits funds to be used for certain 
multi-year ``Energy Programs'' activities without notification; 
and prohibits the obligation or expenditure of funds provided 
in this title through a reprogramming of funds except in 
certain circumstances.
      The conferees include a provision authorizing 
intelligence activities of the Department of Energy for 
purposes of section 504 of the National Security Act of 1947.
      The conferees include a provision prohibiting the use of 
funds in this title for capital construction of high hazard 
nuclear facilities, unless certain independent oversight is 
conducted.
      The conferees include a provision prohibiting the use of 
funds in this title to approve critical decision-2 or critical 
decision-3 for certain construction projects, unless a separate 
independent cost estimate has been developed for that critical 
decision.
      The conferees include a provision on the Department of 
Energy's Working Capital Fund.
      The conferees include a provision prohibiting funds in 
the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation account for certain 
activities and assistance in the Russian Federation.
      The conferees include a provision regarding management of 
the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
      The conferees include a provision regarding authority to 
release refined petroleum product from the Strategic Petroleum 
Reserve.


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                     TITLE IV--INDEPENDENT AGENCIES

      The budget request proposes to eliminate the Delta 
Regional Authority, Denali Commission, and Northern Border 
Regional Commission. The budget requests funding to conduct 
closeout of the agencies in fiscal year 2019. Because Congress 
strongly opposes the termination of these agencies, the 
agreement includes funding to continue their activities. The 
Administration shall continue all activities funded by this Act 
as well as follow directive language included in this report. 
No funds shall be used for the planning of or implementation of 
termination of these agencies.

                    Appalachian Regional Commission

      The conferees provide $165,000,000 for the Appalachian 
Regional Commission (ARC).
      The agreement includes the following direction in lieu of 
all direction included in the House and Senate reports.
      To diversify and enhance regional business development, 
$10,000,000 is provided to continue the program of high-speed 
broadband deployment in distressed counties within the Central 
Appalachian region that have been most negatively impacted by 
the downturn in the coal industry. This funding shall be in 
addition to the 30 percent directed to distressed counties.
      Within available funds, $73,000,000 is provided for base 
funds and $50,000,000 is for the POWER Initiative to support 
communities, primarily in Appalachia, that have been adversely 
impacted by the closure of coal-powered generating plants and a 
declining coal industry by providing resources for economic 
diversification, job creation, job training, and other 
employment services.
      Within available funds, not less than $16,000,000 is 
provided for a program of industrial site and workforce 
development in Southern and South Central Appalachia, focused 
primarily on the automotive supplier sector and the aviation 
sector. Up to $13,500,000 of that amount is provided for 
activities in Southern Appalachia. The funds shall be 
distributed to States that have distressed counties in Southern 
and South Central Appalachia using the ARC Area Development 
Formula.
      Within available funds, the agreement provides 
$16,000,000 for a program of basic infrastructure improvements 
in distressed counties in Central Appalachia. Funds shall be 
distributed according to ARC's distressed counties formula and 
shall be in addition to the regular allocation to distressed 
counties.
      In addition, the ARC is directed to engage in a 
partnership with a rural consortium that includes academic 
entities, rural health care providers, and economic development 
entities in order to develop information and data on overall 
agricultural and human health issues, how economic distress can 
be overcome through addressing these issues, and strategies for 
implementing solutions. The ARC is directed to provide to the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress not 
later than one year after the enactment of this Act a report 
describing activities in support of this effort.

                Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The conferees provide $31,000,000 for the Defense Nuclear 
Facilities Safety Board. The conferees include a provision that 
prohibits implementation of any reform or reorganization plan, 
including the plan announced on August 15, 2018, unless that 
plan is specifically authorized in law.

                        Delta Regional Authority


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The conferees provide $25,000,000 for the Delta Regional 
Authority (DRA).
      Within available funds, the agreement provides not less 
than $10,000,000 for flood control, basic public infrastructure 
development, and transportation improvements, which shall be 
allocated separate from the State formula funding method. The 
agreement does not include a statutory waiver with regard to 
DRA's priority of funding. The DRA is further directed to focus 
on activities relating to basic public infrastructure and 
transportation infrastructure before allocating funding toward 
other priority areas.

                           Denali Commission

      The conferees provide $15,000,000 for the Denali 
Commission.

                  Northern Border Regional Commission

      The conferees provide $20,000,000 for the Northern Border 
Regional Commission.
      Within available funds, not less than $4,000,000 is 
provided for initiatives that seek to address the decline in 
forest-based economies throughout the region. The agreement 
includes legislative language regarding the management of the 
Northern Border Regional Commission in fiscal year 2019.

                 Southeast Crescent Regional Commission

      The conferees provide $250,000 for the Southeast Crescent 
Regional Commission.

                     Nuclear Regulatory Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The Commission's mission is to ensure the safety and 
security of the nation's use of nuclear power and nuclear 
materials and protect the workers and public who use and 
benefit from these materials and facilities. The agreement 
provides $898,350,000 for Nuclear Regulatory Commission 
(Commission) salaries and expenses. This amount is offset by 
estimated revenues of $770,477,000, resulting in a net 
appropriation of $127,873,000. The agreement includes 
$10,300,000 for activities related to the development of 
regulatory infrastructure for advanced nuclear reactor 
technologies and $16,080,000 for international activities, 
which are not subject to the Commission's general fee recovery 
collection requirements. The agreement directs the use of 
$20,000,000 in prior-year unobligated balances.
      The agreement includes the following direction in lieu of 
all direction included in the House and Senate reports:
      Nuclear Reactor Safety.--The agreement includes 
$469,767,000 for Nuclear Reactor Safety. This control point 
includes the Commission's Operating Reactors and New Reactors 
business lines.
      Integrated University Program.--The agreement includes 
$15,000,000 for the Integrated University Program. Of this 
amount, $5,000,000 is to be used for grants to support projects 
that do not align with programmatic missions but are critical 
to maintaining the discipline of nuclear science and 
engineering.
      Nuclear Materials and Waste Safety.--The agreement 
includes $108,609,000 for Nuclear Materials and Waste Safety. 
Included within this control point are the Fuel Facilities, 
Nuclear Material Users, and Spent Fuel Storage and 
Transportation business lines.
      Decommissioning and Low-Level Waste.--The agreement 
includes $25,393,000 for Decommissioning and Low-Level Waste.
      Corporate Support.--The agreement includes $299,581,000 
for Corporate Support. The agreement provides, within available 
funds, not more than $9,500,000 for the salaries, travel, and 
other support costs for the Office of the Commission. These 
salaries and expenses shall include only salaries and benefit 
and travel costs, and are not to include general, 
administrative, or infrastructure costs. The use and 
expenditure of these funds shall be jointly managed through 
majority vote of the Commission. The Commission shall continue 
to include a breakout and explanation of the Commission 
salaries and expenses in its annual budget requests. If the 
Commission wishes to change the composition of the funds in 
future years, it must do so in an annual budget request or 
through a reprogramming.
      Budget Execution Plan.--The Commission shall provide a 
specific budget execution plan to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress not later than 30 
days after the enactment of this Act. The plan shall include 
details at the product line level within each of the control 
points.
      Unobligated Balances from Prior Appropriations.--The 
Commission carries unobligated balances from appropriations 
received prior to fiscal year 2018. The agreement requires the 
use of $20,000,000 of these balances, derived from fee-based 
activities. The Commission is directed to apply these savings 
in a manner that continues to ensure the protection of public 
health and safety and maintains the effectiveness of the 
current inspection program. Because the Commission has already 
collected fees corresponding to these activities in prior 
years, the agreement does not include these funds within the 
fee base calculation for determining authorized revenues and 
does not provide authority to collect additional offsetting 
receipts for their use. Any remaining unobligated balances 
carried forward from prior years are subject to 
thereprogramming guidelines in section 402 of the Act, and shall only 
be used to supplement appropriations consistent with those guidelines.
      Rulemaking.--The Commission shall submit to the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a list 
of all rulemaking activities planned, to include their 
priority, schedule, and actions taken to adhere to the backfit 
rule, in the annual budget request and the semi-annual report 
to Congress on licensing and regulatory activities.
      Transformation Initiative.--The Transformation Initiative 
is intended to enhance the Commission's ability to evaluate and 
regulate new and novel technologies--such as accident tolerant 
fuels, new materials and new manufacturing approaches, big 
data, digital instrumentation and controls, and small modular 
and advanced reactor designs--that will challenge the 
Commission's current regulatory framework. In future budget 
requests, the Commission is directed to include concrete 
proposals developed under the Initiative and to reflect savings 
achieved from their implementation.
      Accident Tolerant Fuels.--Not later than 180 days after 
the date of enactment of this Act, the Commission shall submit 
to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress 
a plan describing the Commission's activities with respect to 
the testing of materials, the development of consensus 
standards, and the validation of computer codes and how these 
activities will be integrated with the work of external 
organizations. The plan shall describe how the Advanced Test 
Reactor, the Transient Reactor Test Facility, and the Halden 
Reactor support these efforts.
      Digital Instrumentation and Control.--Not later than 90 
days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commission 
shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses 
of Congress a report describing approaches to permitting the 
use of digital instrumentation and control in safety 
applications outside of the nuclear industry. The report shall 
discuss whether the permitting approaches used in non-nuclear 
applications would be acceptable in nuclear applications, and 
if not, explain why not.
      Reporting Requirements.--The agreement directs the 
Commission to continue to provide to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a quarterly report on 
licensing goals and right-sizing commitments, as described in 
the explanatory statement for Public Law 114-113.

                         (dollars in thousands)
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Nuclear Reactor Safety...............................            469,767
Integrated University Program........................             15,000
Nuclear Materials And Waste Safety...................            108,609
Decommissioning And Low-Level Waste..................             25,393
Corporate Support....................................            299,581
Use Of Prior-Year Balances...........................            -20,000
                                                      ------------------
    Total, Nuclear Regulatory Commission.............            898,350
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

      The agreement includes $12,609,000 for the Office of 
Inspector General in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. This 
amount is graphic by revenues of $10,355,000, for a net 
appropriation of $2,254,000.
      The agreement includes $1,103,000 to provide inspector 
general services for the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety 
Board.

                  Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The conferees provide $3,600,000 for the Nuclear Waste 
Technical Review Board.

                GENERAL PROVISIONS--INDEPENDENT AGENCIES

      The conferees include a provision instructing the Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission on responding to congressional requests 
for information.
      The conferees include a provision relating to 
reprogramming.

                      TITLE V--GENERAL PROVISIONS


                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

      The conferees include a provision relating to lobbying 
restrictions.
      The conferees include a provision relating to transfer 
authority. No additional transfer authority is implied or 
conveyed by this provision. For the purposes of this provision, 
the term ``transfer'' shall mean the shifting of all or part of 
the budget authority in one account to another. In addition to 
transfers provided in this Act or other appropriations Acts, 
and existing authorities, such as the Economy Act (31 U.S.C. 
1535), by which one part of the United States Government may 
provide goods or services to another part, the Act allows 
transfers using Section 4705 of the Atomic Energy Defense Act 
(50 U.S.C. 2745) and 15 U.S.C. 638 regarding SBIR/STTR.
      The conferees include a provision prohibiting funds to be 
used in contravention of the executive order entitled ``Federal 
Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority 
Populations and Low-Income Populations.''
      The conferees include a provision prohibiting the use of 
funds to establish or maintain a computer network unless such 
network blocks the viewing, downloading, and exchanging of 
pornography, except for law enforcement investigation, 
prosecution, or adjudication activities.
      The conferees include a provision providing for an 
additional amount for the Bureau of Reclamation.


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        DIVISION B--LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2019

      The following is an explanation of the effects of 
Division B, which makes appropriations for the Legislative 
Branch for fiscal year 2019. Unless otherwise noted, reference 
to the House and Senate reports are to House Report 115-696 and 
Senate Report 115-274. The language included in these reports 
should be complied with and carry the same emphasis as the 
language included in the explanatory statement, unless 
specifically addressed to the contrary in this explanatory 
statement. While repeating some report language for emphasis, 
this explanatory statement does not intend to negate the 
language referred to above unless expressly provided herein.
      Reprogramming Guidelines: It is expected that all 
agencies notify the Committees on Appropriations of the House 
and the Senate of any significant departures from budget plans 
presented to the Committees in any agency's budget 
justifications. In particular, agencies funded through this 
bill are required to notify the Committees prior to each 
reprogramming of funds in excess of the lesser of 10 percent or 
$750,000 between programs, projects or activities, or in excess 
of $750,000 between object classifications (except for shifts 
within the pay categories, object class 11, 12, and 13 or as 
further specified in each agency's respective section). This 
includes cumulative reprogrammings that together total at least 
$750,000 from or to a particular program, activity, or object 
classification as well as reprogramming full time equivalents 
(FTE) or funds to create new organizational entities within the 
agency or to restructure entities which already exist. The 
Committees desire to be notified of reprogramming actions which 
involve less than the above-mentioned amounts if such actions 
would have the effect of changing an agency's funding 
requirements in future years or if programs or projects 
specifically cited in the Committees' reports are affected.
      Inspector General Budgets: The conferees believe it is 
important to ensure independence between Legislative Branch 
Inspectors General (IG) and their respective reporting agencies 
and expect to see a separate section in each agency's fiscal 
year 2020 budget justification reflecting a detailed budget 
request for the agency's IG Office. Additionally, the conferees 
direct each IG to keep the Committees fully apprised of its 
funding needs, and the conferees direct each agency not to 
interfere with or require approval for such communications.

                                TITLE I


                                 SENATE

      The agreement includes $934,666,642 for Senate 
operations. This item relates solely to the Senate, and is in 
accordance with long practice under which each body determines 
its own housekeeping requirements and the other concurs without 
intervention.
      Senate Employees' Child Care Center (SECCC): In lieu of 
language included in Senate Report 115-274, the agreement 
directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review 
the current operations of the SECCC. GAO must receive input 
from related constituencies including SECCC Board Members and 
the Executive Director. GAO shall conduct a study and provide 
its findings to the Committee on Appropriations and the 
Committee on Rules and Administration no later than 180 days 
after enactment of this act. The study shall: examine the 
current statutory impediments to and feasibility of 
incorporating the SECCC into either the office of the Sergeant 
at Arms or the office of the Secretary of the Senate; the 
current costs to operate the facility, including capital, 
operating, salaries, benefits and other expenses and how those 
might convey to one of the Senate entities named; investigate 
the creation and operation of a revolving fund by which tuition 
and other payments may be received; detail the best method of 
dissolving the 501(c)(3) that currently runs the SECCC; and 
recommend a personnel process to govern hires, transfers, 
promotions, and approvals for training. The study should also 
include an accounting of the SECCC's requirements to maintain 
certification and licensing as a certified and/or accredited 
child care and child development facility in the District of 
Columbia. That accounting should also include any requirements 
for insurance or other liability protections for the staff or 
the facility. The study should disclose all costs associated 
with the operation of the center that are currently incurred by 
the SECCC, the Architect of the Capitol, the Senate Sergeant at 
Arms, and the Secretary of the Senate. When developing its 
findings, the Committee strongly encourages GAO to consider the 
structure and capacity of child care facilities that serve 
employees of other Legislative Branch agencies, the House of 
Representatives, and Executive Branch agencies. The conferees 
further direct the Comptroller General to brief the Committee 
on Rules and Administration not later than 90 days after 
enactment on preliminary findings of the Comptroller General's 
evaluation, with the report to follow at a date to be 
determined at the time of the briefing.
      In lieu of language included in Senate Report 115-274, 
the agreement includes the following:
      Senate Staff Compensation Review: Ensuring Senate staff 
compensation is competitive and fair is critical to attracting 
and retaining highly-qualified staff. The Secretary of the 
Senate is directed to conduct a review, or contract with an 
independent external entity to conduct a review, of the 
salaries and benefits of staff employed by Senators' offices 
and Senate Committees to evaluate the extent to which Senate 
staff receive similar pay for similar work, both internally and 
externally to the Senate. The review must consider job 
responsibilities, experience, and outside qualifications, 
including education, for such comparisons. Providing such 
compensation data is strictly voluntary for any Senator's 
office or Senate Committee, and any such office may direct that 
its data be excluded from any data provided for the review. The 
review should note how many offices, in the aggregate, chose 
not to participate. The Secretary, or contracting entity, must 
also take all reasonable and necessary steps to ensure that the 
data gathered is securely protected and kept confidential. The 
Committee directs that such a review be started, or contracted 
out, within 12 months of enactment and that a report 
summarizing such review be submitted, within 18 months of 
enactment, to the Committee on Appropriations and upon request 
to any Senator. Such report must provide summaries of such 
comparisons and exclude any information that could be used to 
identify any individual, any Senators' office, any Committee, 
or any other entity of the Senate, similar to reports published 
in 2001 and 2006.
      Senate Intern Compensation: The agreement reiterates 
directives included in Senate Report 115-274 related to Senate 
Intern Compensation and notes that $5,000,000 is provided for 
such purpose.
      Death Gratuity: Consistent with tradition, the agreement 
provides $174,000 to the widow of Senator John Sidney McCain 
III.

                       Administrative Provisions

      The agreement provides for unspent amounts remaining in 
Senators' Official Personnel and Office Expense Account to be 
used for deficit or debt reduction; amends the Federal Election 
Campaign Act relating to electronic filings; and extends the 
authority as provided for in section 21(d) of Senate Resolution 
64 of the 113th Congress, as amended by section 178 of Public 
Law 114-223.

                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

      The agreement includes $1,232,663,035 for House 
operations. This item relates solely to the House, and is in 
accordance with long practice under which each body determines 
its own housekeeping requirements and the other concurs without 
intervention.

                      Chief Administrative Office

      House Campus Food Service: The conferees commend the 
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the addition of several 
branded options to the House campus and encourage the CAO to 
continue exploring opportunities to add more.
      Members Dining Room (MDR): Dating back to 1858, the MDR 
has provided a social space where Members meet with one another 
and with their constituents. This is a unique and special 
experience for visitors of all ages. There have been ongoing 
concerns over the years regarding improvements to food service 
and quality in the MDR. The conferees direct the Chief 
Administrative Officer to explore applying the branded option 
concept to the dining room in an effort to provide consistent 
service, better food selection, and quality food to Members and 
their guests.
      The CAO is to report back to the appropriate stakeholders 
regarding options and timelines within 90 days.

             Office of the Legislative Counsel of the House

      Funding: The House Office of Legislative Counsel (HOLC) 
staffing has not increased proportionally to meet Member 
expectations for drafting assistance. The HOLC has recently 
experienced a loss of key personnel, including to the executive 
branch. While the current Legislative Counsel is to be 
commended for his strategic management approach and successful 
recruitment of talented personnel, the HOLC needs additional 
resources to hire and retain additional attorneys, paralegals, 
and administrative staff. An additional $2,000,000 is provided 
so that HOLC will be better positioned over the long-term to 
meet its statutory responsibility and support Members and staff 
throughout the legislative process. The conferees specifically 
expect HOLC to ensure the availability of drafting assistance 
to Members, committees and leadership offices when legislative 
activity is expected or legislative deadlines are approaching.
      Paid Internships: The conferees believe that House 
internships should be available to the broadest possible pool 
of candidates who have the ability and interest to serve. 
Unpaid internships can be an impediment to otherwise qualified 
candidates who cannot independently afford to work without pay. 
One important step to expanding the opportunity for public 
service within the House is to provide interns financial 
compensation via a salary.
      The underlying bill provides up to $20,000 per Member 
office for the sole purpose of paid internships. The paid 
internship positions shall not count against the number of 
employees who may be employed by a Member of the House under 2 
U.S.C. 5321. The Committee on House Administration will 
promulgate rules and regulations on the implementation of this 
new authority.

                       Administrative Provisions

      The agreement provides for unspent amounts remaining in 
Members' Representational Allowances account to be used for 
deficit or debt reduction; prohibits the delivery of bills and 
resolutions; prohibits the delivery of printed copies of the 
Congressional Record; places a limitation on amount available 
to lease vehicles; places a limitation on print copies of the 
U.S. Code; prohibits delivery of reports of disbursements, 
daily calendars, and the Congressional Pictorial Directory; 
repeal of authorizations for former Speakers; and transfer 
authority.

                              JOINT ITEMS


                        Joint Economic Committee

      The agreement includes $4,203,000 for salaries and 
expenses.

                      Joint Committee on Taxation

      The agreement includes $11,169,000 for salaries and 
expenses.

                   Office of the Attending Physician

      The agreement includes $3,798,000.

             Office of Congressional Accessibility Services


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The agreement includes $1,486,000 for salaries and 
expenses.

                             Capitol Police


                                SALARIES

      The agreement includes $374,804,000 for salaries of the 
Capitol Police (USCP). The increase includes necessary half 
year funds to provide full year funding for those sworn hired 
from fiscal year 2018 funding to staff the House Garage 
Security initiative and limited prescreening; half year funding 
to fully fund 48 civilian positions hired from fiscal year 2018 
funding that will replace positions currently staffed by sworn 
officers, who will be redeployed to meet critical mission 
requirements and provide immediate personnel utility; and 
additional half year funds in fiscal year 2019 for the hiring 
of 72 sworn and 21 civilian positions for additional sworn 
prescreeners at office buildings and the implementation of 
enhanced screening at the Capitol Visitor Center, as well as 
one position for the USCP Office of Inspector General. No more 
than $43,668,000 is recommended for overtime in fiscal year 
2019. This provides for approximately 665,000 hours of 
additional duty.
      Risk-Based Protections for Members of Congress: As 
highlighted by the 2017 shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, 
evolving threats to Congress include the physical targeting of 
Members of Congress. In addition to securing the Capitol 
campus, the conferees find that ensuring the continuity of 
government must include protecting the physical security of 
Members. This bill includes $1,000,000 to enhance Member 
security outside of the Capitol campus in the National Capital 
Region, as warranted by risk-based analyses. Such funds may be 
used to reimburse local law enforcement and/or support 
additional dignitary protection teams to be assigned on a 
flexible and dynamic basis. The conferees further expect the 
USCP to adopt Inspector General recommendations on improving 
the effectiveness of USCP units, including those other than the 
Uniformed Services Bureau, to better position the USCP to 
expand off-campus security for Members. The USCP is directed to 
report to the Committees within 90 days of enactment on plans 
for utilizing the increased funding for off-campus Member 
security in the National Capital Region, including cost 
estimates for expanding such efforts. The USCP is also directed 
to include in such report a recommendation to the Committees on 
specific features of such events that may warrant a threat 
assessment. Such recommendation should be made in a format that 
could better inform Members and staff of events that may need 
to be alerted to the USCP.
      Use of Grounds: The conferees understand the need to 
maintain safety and order on the Capitol grounds and the USCP 
is commended for their efforts. Given the family-style 
neighborhood that the Capitol shares with the surrounding 
community the conferees continue to instruct the Capitol Police 
to forebear enforcement of 2 U.S.C. 1963 (``an act to protect 
the public property, turf, and grass of the Capitol Grounds 
from injury'') and the Traffic Regulations for the United 
States Capitol Grounds when encountering snow sledders on the 
grounds.
      Horse Mounted Unit: For a period of time prior to fiscal 
year 2006 the USCP operated a six-person Horse Mounted Unit 
(HMU). The non-personnel start-up costs and annual operating 
budget required to have a dedicated USCP HMU at this time would 
take resources away from USCP priorities. However, some believe 
that having a HMU occasionally patrol the Capitol campus could 
be beneficial both from an aesthetic and security perspective. 
The USCP is directed to provide a report to the Committees 
within 90 days of enactment that explores the possibility of 
entering into a memorandum of understanding with the United 
States Park Police (USPP) and the Metropolitan Police 
Department to provide HMU support around the Capitol campus. 
The report must address all aspects of such MOU, including any 
anticipated direct costs and any reimbursement payments. The 
report must also provide a detailed analysis of the security 
improvements that could be made under such an MOU, including 
accounting for the potential frequency of USPP and MPD HMU 
presence on the campus.
      USCP Office of Inspector General: The agreement includes 
funds to support not less than six FTEs within the USCP Office 
of Inspector General.

                            General Expenses

      The agreement includes $81,504,000 for general expenses 
of the Capitol Police.

                          Office of Compliance


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The agreement includes $6,332,670 for salaries and 
expenses.
      Compliance and Training Additional Resources: The 
conferees recognize the continued work on reforming the 
Congressional Accountability Act (CAA) and the process by which 
harassment and discrimination are reported in the workplace. In 
support of the ongoing CAA reform efforts and the increasing 
role and expectations of the Office of Compliance (OOC) 
including training of Legislative Branch offices and agencies, 
which includes the addition of the Library of Congress earlier 
this year, the agreement provides an additional $1,373,670 
above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level.

                      Congressional Budget Office


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The agreement includes $50,737,000 for salaries and 
expenses.
      Responsiveness to Congress: The Congressional Budget 
Office (CBO) provides Congress with estimates and analyses 
which can play an influential role in the legislative process. 
The conferees support the CBO's initiatives to improve 
responsiveness to Congress. To better understand the needs of 
the agency with respect to these initiatives, the conferees 
request additional details and plans for current and future 
efforts. Specifically, the conferees request information 
pertaining to the allocation of time and resources spent on 
formal cost estimates versus informal cost estimates and an 
update on the agency's plans to enhance the tracking of this 
information.

                        Architect of the Capitol

      The agreement includes $733,745,000 for the activities of 
the Architect of the Capitol (AOC).
      Office of Inspector General (OIG): Within funds provided 
the conferees direct the AOC OIG to employ not fewer than 14 
full-time equivalent positions during fiscal year 2019.

                  Capital Construction and Operations

      The agreement includes $103,962,000 for Capital 
Construction and Operations.
      With respect to operations and projects, the following is 
agreed to:

Operating Budget........................................    $103,962,000
Total, Capital Construction and Operations..............    $103,962,000
 

                            Capitol Building

      The agreement includes $43,992,000, for maintenance, 
care, and operation of the Capitol, of which $17,344,000 shall 
remain available until September 30, 2023.
      With respect to operations and projects, the following is 
agreed to:

Operating Budget......................................       $26,648,000
  Project Budget:
    Security Improvements, House Chamber, USC.........         4,857,000
    Senate Reception Room Restoration and                      4,363,000
     Conservation, USC................................
    Fire Alarm System Upgrade, USC....................         2,525,000
    Conservation of Fine and Architectural Art........           599,000
    Minor Construction................................         5,000,000
                                                       -----------------
                                                              17,344,000
Total, Capitol Building...............................       $43,992,000
 

                            Capitol Grounds

      The agreement includes $16,761,000 for the care and 
improvements of the grounds surrounding the Capitol, House and 
Senate office buildings, and the Capitol Power Plant, of which 
$5,519,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2023.
      With respect to operations and projects, the following is 
agreed to:

Operating Budget......................................       $11,242,000
  Project Budget:
    Light Pole Structural Repairs and Improvements,            2,519,000
     Phase III-VI.....................................
    Minor Construction................................         3,000,000
                                                       -----------------
                                                               5,519,000
Total, Capitol Grounds................................       $16,761,000
 

                         House Office Buildings

      The agreement includes $197,098,000 for the care and 
maintenance of the House Office Buildings, of which $65,552,000 
shall remain available until September 30, 2023 and $62,000,000 
shall remain available until expended.

Operating Budget......................................       $59,546,000
  Project Budget:
    Garage Interior Rehabilitation, Phase IV, RHOB....        32,721,000
    Security Enhancements, Phase IV and V, HOB........        22,171,000
    CAO Project Support...............................         3,660,000
    Restoration & Renovation, CHOB....................        62,000,000
    Minor Construction................................         7,000,000
                                                       -----------------
                                                             127,552,000
House Office Buildings (base program).................      $187,098,000
    House Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund        10,000,000
Total, House Office Buildings.........................      $197,098,000
 

      This item relates solely to the House and is in 
accordance with long practice under which each body determines 
its own housekeeping requirements, and the other concurs 
without intervention.
      Cannon Tunnel Improvements: The tunnel connecting the 
Cannon House Office Building and the Capitol Building is the 
path many visitors travel in route to visiting the Capitol. The 
current condition of the Cannon tunnel is that of a basement 
ambience. Furthermore the tunnel is subject to leaks which have 
recently caused the tunnel to be closed. The Architect of the 
Capitol, in consultation with the Clerk of the House, is 
directed to develop a comprehensive plan to enhance the tunnel. 
The plan should include cost estimates, timeline, and 
renderings to improve the welcoming experience as visitors make 
their way to the Capitol.
      Capitol South Metro Station Arrival Area: The conferees 
recognize the symbolism of the Capitol complex to our nation 
and around the world. A desire exists to make improvements to 
the welcoming experience as visitors arrive at the campus. The 
Architect of the Capitol is directed to further study, 
evaluate, and develop designs for the transformation of First 
Street, SE into a morewelcoming environment with specific 
improvements targeted to creating a safe and secure arrival area at the 
Capitol South Metro station.

                        Senate Office Buildings

      The agreement includes $93,562,000 for the maintenance, 
care and operation of the Senate Office Buildings, of which 
$31,162,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2023.

Operating Budget......................................       $62,400,000
Project Budget:
    Emergency Generator Replacement, HSOB.............           850,000
    Fire Alarm Upgrade, DSOB..........................           606,000
    Exterior Envelope Repair & Restoration, Phases IV         24,706,000
     and V, RSOB......................................
    Minor Construction................................         5,000,000
                                                       -----------------
                                                              31,162,000
        Total, Senate Office Buildings................       $93,562,000
 

      This item relates solely to the Senate and is in 
accordance with long practice under which each body determines 
its own housekeeping requirements, and the other concurs 
without intervention.

                          Capitol Power Plant

      In addition to the $9,000,000 made available from 
receipts credited as reimbursements to this appropriation, the 
agreement includes $114,050,000 for maintenance, care and 
operation of the Capitol Power Plant, of which $31,362,000 
shall remain available until September 30, 2023.
      With respect to operations and projects, the following is 
agreed to:

Operating Budget......................................       $91,688,000
Project Budget:
    Cooling Tower Renovation and Electrical Upgrades,         21,215,000
     Phase IV.........................................
    Tunnel Waterproofing, Y Tunnel....................         4,709,000
    Switchgear B & Pump Replacement, RPR, Phase VI....           724,000
    Condenser Water Pump and HVAC Replacement, RPR,              714,000
     Phase VII........................................
    Minor Construction................................         4,000,000
                                                       -----------------
                                                              31,362,000
        Subtotal, Capitol Power Plant.................      $123,050,000
            Offsetting Collections....................       (9,000,000)
                                                       -----------------
        Total, Capitol Power Plant....................      $114,050,000
 

                     Library Buildings and Grounds

      The agreement includes $68,525,000 for Library of 
Congress Buildings and Grounds, of which $40,403,000 shall 
remain available until September 30, 2023.
      With respect to operations and projects, the following is 
agreed to:

Operating Budget......................................       $28,122,000
Project Budget:
    North Exit Stair B, Phase II, TJB.................        18,090,000
    Emergency Lighting System Upgrade, TJB............         7,490,000
    Book Conveyor System Removal and In-Fill, JMMB....         4,762,000
    Exterior Masonry and Envelope Repairs, TJB........         2,149,000
    Fire Alarm and Audibility Upgrade, JMMB...........         1,622,000
    ESPC Management Program, LBG......................         1,790,000
    National Library Service Relocation Design........         2,000,000
    Minor Construction................................         2,500,000
                                                       -----------------
                                                              40,403,000
        Total, Library Buildings and Grounds..........       $68,525,000
 

            Capitol Police Buildings, Grounds, and Security

      The agreement includes $57,714,000 for Capitol Police 
Buildings, Grounds, and Security, of which $31,777,000 shall 
remain available until September 30, 2023.
      With respect to operations and projects, the following is 
agreed to:

Operating Budget......................................       $25,937,000
Project Budget:
    Chiller Replacement and Chilled Water System              15,477,000
     Expansion, Phase I, ACF..........................
    Barrier Lifecycle and Perimeter Security Kiosk             8,300,000
     Replacement, Phase III...........................
    South Door Screening Center Design and Initial             3,000,000
     Construction, USC................................
    Minor Construction................................         5,000,000
                                                       -----------------
                                                              31,777,000
        Total, Capitol Police Buildings, Grounds, and        $57,714,000
         Security.....................................
 

      Alternate Computing Facility (ACF): The conferees direct 
the AOC to develop and present a multi-year strategic plan for 
the use of the ACF and associated costs estimates to meet the 
plan. The conferees direct the AOC to work with their 
stakeholders and Committees of jurisdiction when developing the 
plan. Additionally, as part of the analysis for developing the 
strategic plan the AOC is directed to work with the Uptime 
Institute or equivalent certifying authority to have a third-
party assessment of the data center at the ACF.

                             Botanic Garden

      The agreement includes $14,759,000 for salaries and 
expenses for the Botanic Garden, of which $3,559,000 shall 
remain available until September 30, 2023.
      With respect to operations and projects, the following is 
agreed to:

Operating Budget........................................     $11,200,000
Project Budget:
    Security Upgrade, BGC...............................         959,000
    Minor Construction..................................       2,600,000
                                                         ---------------
                                                               3,559,000
        Total, Botanic Garden...........................     $14,759,000
 

                         Capitol Visitor Center

      The agreement includes $23,322,000 for the Capitol 
Visitor Center.

                       ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

      The agreement prohibits payments of bonuses to 
contractors behind schedule or over budget; prohibits 
expenditure of funds for scrims for projects performed by the 
Architect of the Capitol; allows interagency transfers of funds 
to support the security needs of Congress; amends the small 
purchase threshold; authorizes details of employees; and 
authorizes employees to accept reimbursement of expenses for 
attending meetings and other functions in an official capacity.
      Acceptance of Travel Expenses from Non-Federal Sources: 
The Architect of the Capitol is directed to update its Ethics 
Order to incorporate this new authority as well as including 
the requirement applicable to executive branch agencies that 
the Architect of the Capitol submit semi-annual reports on all 
expenses paid in amounts greater than $250.

                          LIBRARY OF CONGRESS


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The agreement includes $474,052,000 in direct 
appropriations and authority to spend receipts of $6,000,000, 
for a total of $480,052,000.
      This amount includes $2,383,000 for the Veterans History 
Project and $8,653,000 for the Teaching with Primary Sources 
program.
      Visitor Experience: The vision for the Visitor Experience 
enhancements at the Library of Congress' Thomas Jefferson 
Building has strong support in Congress. By expanding, 
revitalizing, and better showcasing the Library's available 
programs and historical artifacts, the Visitor Experience will 
capitalize on investments in the Library while also opening up 
the Library's treasures to more visitors from across the United 
States and the world. To date, $10,000,000 of taxpayer money 
has been appropriated and a commitment of $10,000,000 in 
private donations for this public/private partnership 
initiative has been secured. The preliminary cost estimate 
provided by the Library of Congress for this project is 
$60,000,000.
      The conferees believe a substantial down payment for this 
initiative has been invested which demonstrates the robust 
support and commitment of Congress. While one third of the 
funding for this initiative has been secured, routine budget 
justification materials, such as a detailed cost estimate, 
design, and timeline are still under development at the 
Library. As directed in Public Law 115-141 and its accompanying 
explanatory statement, the Committees on Appropriations of the 
House and Senate look forward to receiving and reviewing a 
comprehensive Visitor Experience plan, which will provide the 
basis for appropriation of further project funding and ensure 
taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely.
      Ultimately this project has the potential to transform 
the way in which the collection and story of the world's 
largest library is shared with millions of people for decades 
to come. The conferees applaud the forward thinking vision of 
the Visitor Experience concept and look forward to continuing 
Congress' partnership with the Library of Congress to make this 
concept a reality.
      Preservation: The Library utilizes multiple preservation 
strategies to extend the life of its vast collections for 
future generations to enjoy, including building and operating 
climate-controlled storage facilities, preparing new 
acquisitions for commercial binding and shelving, 
deacidification, and digital reformatting. The conferees 
support the Library's preservation efforts and direct the 
Library to continue funding for ongoing preservation activities 
at not less than the current level for each ongoing 
preservation strategy.
      National Film and Sound Recording Preservation Programs: 
As noted in the Senate Report 115-274, the conferees expect 
that the Library will provide support to these programs.

                            COPYRIGHT OFFICE


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The agreement includes $43,589,000 in direct 
appropriations to the Copyright Office which fully funds the 
agency's amended request. An additional $45,490,000 is made 
available from receipts for salaries and expenses and 
$4,328,000 is available from prior year unobligated balances, 
for a total of $93,407,000.

                     CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The agreement includes $125,688,000 for salaries and 
expenses.
      Technology Assessment Study: The Committees have heard 
testimony on, and received dozens of requests advocating for 
restoring funding to the Office of Technology Assessment, and 
more generally on how Congress equips itself with the deep 
technical advice necessary to understand and tackle the growing 
number of science and technology policy challenges facing our 
country. The conferees direct the Congressional Research 
Service (CRS) to engage with the National Academy of Public 
Administration or a similar external entity to produce a report 
detailing the current resources available to Members of 
Congress within the Legislative Branch regarding science and 
technology policy, including the GAO. This study should also 
assess the potential need within the Legislative Branch to 
create a separate entity charged with the mission of providing 
nonpartisan advice on issues of science and technology. 
Furthermore, the study should also address if the creation of 
such entity duplicates services already available to Members of 
Congress. CRS should work with the Committees in developing the 
parameters of the study and once complete, the study should be 
made available to relevant oversight Committees.

             BOOKS FOR THE BLIND AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The agreement includes $52,783,000 for salaries and 
expenses.

                        ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISION

      The agreement includes a provision regarding reimbursable 
and revolving funds.

                      Government Publishing Office


                        CONGRESSIONAL PUBLISHING

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

      The agreement includes $79,000,000 for authorized 
publishing, printing and binding for the Congress.
      National Library Services: The conferees are encouraged 
with the progress to-date on the relocation of the Library of 
Congress's (LOC) National Library Services division to a 
location within Government Publishing Office (GPO) owned office 
space. The conferees have provided the Architect of the Capitol 
$2,000,000 for design and initial construction. GPO is directed 
to help facilitate this move which the conferees believe is 
beneficial for both GPO and LOC.
      Budget Justifications: GPO routinely utilizes carryover 
balances from previous fiscal years to complete major 
initiatives and other services required by Congress. While the 
conferees support this efficient use of funds for these 
efforts, the conferees direct GPO to include such planned 
spending for future fiscal years in its agency budget 
justifications. This will ensure that all future project and 
other spending planning by GPO will be transparent and 
justified to the Congress.

     PUBLIC INFORMATION PROGRAMS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF DOCUMENTS

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

      The agreement includes $32,000,000.

                      GOVERNMENT PUBLISHING OFFICE

                   BUSINESS OPERATIONS REVOLVING FUND

      The agreement includes $6,000,000.

                    GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The agreement includes $589,749,653 in direct 
appropriations for salaries and expenses of the Government 
Accountability Office (GAO). In addition, $35,900,000 is 
available from offsetting collections, for a total of 
$625,649,653.
      This level of funding will enable GAO to hire an 
additional 50 FTE compared to both the fiscal year 2018 funding 
level and the request level. Added to GAO's ongoing hiring 
plan, total staffing levels will increase by 130 FTE compared 
to the fiscal year 2018 level.
      Technology Assessment: There is general support in 
Congress to bolster capacity of and enhance access to quality, 
independent science and technological expertise. Since 2002, 
GAO has provided direct support to Congress in the area of 
technology assessment through objective, rigorous, and timely 
assessments of emerging science and technologies. The Center 
for Science, Technology, and Engineering (CSTE) within GAO has 
developed such a capacity, providing wide-ranging technical 
expertise across all of GAO's areas of work. However, because 
the scope of technological complexities continues to grow 
significantly, the conferees seek opportunities to expand 
technology assessment capacity within the Legislative Branch.
      The conferees encourage GAO to reorganize its technology 
and science function by creating a new more prominent office 
within GAO. GAO is directed to provide the Committees a 
detailed plan and timeline describing how this new office can 
expand and enhance GAO's capabilities in scientific and 
technological assessments. This plan should be developed in 
consultation with internal stakeholders of the Legislative 
Branch such as congressional staff and Members of Congress in 
addition to external stakeholders, including nonprofit 
organizations and subject matter experts knowledgeable in the 
field of emerging and current technologies. Further, such a 
plan should include a description of the revised organizational 
structure within GAO, provide potential cost estimates as 
necessary, and analyze the following issues: the appropriate 
scope of work and depth of analysis; the optimum size and staff 
skillset needed to fulfill its mission; the opportunity and 
utility of shared efficiencies within GAO; and the 
opportunities to increase GAO's engagement and support with 
Congress. GAO is directed to submit this report to the 
Committees within 180 days of enactment.
      USCP Mandatory Retirement Age: The conferees direct the 
Government Accountability Office to provide a written report to 
the Committees within one year of enactment on the feasibility 
and impact of permanently raising the USCP sworn employee 
mandatory retirement age from 57 years of age to 60 years of 
age. The report should address the young and vigorous law 
enforcement standard; the potential impact to benefits afforded 
to USCP sworn employees under the Capitol Police Retirement 
Act, the Social Security benefit, the Federal Employees 
Retirement System benefit, and the Thrift Savings Plan annuity; 
the long-term financial impact on the USCP if enacted; and 
provide benchmark data against other Federal law enforcement 
agencies to ensure Federal law enforcement parity for the USCP 
will not be impacted should the mandatory retirement age be 
raised to 60 years of age. In addition, in consultation with 
the Office of Personnel Management, the Government 
Accountability Office should provide amendment language to the 
Capitol Police Retirement Act for such a change to be made and 
validate that the ``young and vigorous'' basis of CPRA 
mandatory age retirement requirements is acceptable for the 
entire federal workforce given present-day health and wellness 
standards.

                Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund

      The agreement includes $5,600,000.
      Mission: The conferees applaud the Open World Leadership 
Center (OWLC) as it enters its twentieth year of operation. The 
highlight of OWLC's accomplishments has been the engagement of 
program participants with United States Government officials, 
including Members of Congress, which helps to improve the image 
of the United States in countries where leaders have limited 
direct interface with Americans and our values.
      The political landscape around the world is constantly 
shifting, and Congress's needs for dialogue with leaders around 
the world who shape America's image in their own countries is 
increasing. The conferees look forward to the OWLC being a 
continued and potentially growing resource for the initiation 
and ongoing means of dialogue with emerging legislatures and/or 
countries undergoing governmental transition. The conferees 
direct OWLC to collaborate with its current Board of Directors 
as well as Congressional stakeholders to present a report 
outlining potential ways in which OWLC can meet its mission in 
an evolving world.

   John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and Development

      The agreement includes $430,000.

                      TITLE II--GENERAL PROVISIONS

      The agreement continues provisions related to maintenance 
and care of private vehicles; fiscal year limitations; rates of 
compensation and designation; consulting services; costs of the 
LBFMC; limitation on transfers; guided tours of the Capitol; 
and includes provisions related to limitation on 
telecommunications equipment procurement; prohibition on 
certain operational expenses; plastic waste reduction; agency 
cost of living adjustments; and adjustments to compensation.


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   DIVISION C--MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND RELATED 
                   AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2019

      The following is an explanation of the effects of 
Division C, which makes appropriations for Military 
Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies for fiscal 
year 2019. Unless otherwise noted, reference to the House and 
Senate reports are to House Report 115-673 and Senate Report 
115-269. The language set forth in House Report 115-673 and 
Senate Report 115-269 should be complied with and carry the 
same emphasis as the language included in the joint explanatory 
statement, unless specifically addressed to the contrary in 
this joint explanatory statement. While repeating some report 
language for emphasis, this joint explanatory statement does 
not intend to negate the language referred to above unless 
expressly provided herein. In cases in which the House or the 
Senate has directed the submission of a report, such report is 
to be submitted to both Houses of Congress. House or Senate 
reporting requirements with deadlines prior to, or within 15 
days after enactment of this Act shall be submitted no later 
than 60 days after enactment of this Act. All other reporting 
deadlines not specifically directed by this joint explanatory 
statement are to be met.

                                TITLE I


                         DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

      Bid Savings.--Cost variation notices required by 10 
U.S.C. 2853 continue to demonstrate the Department of Defense 
(DOD) continues to have bid savings on previously appropriated 
military construction projects. Therefore, the conference 
agreement includes rescissions to the Air Force, Army National 
Guard, Homeowners Assistance Program, the NATO Security 
Investment Program and Navy and Marine Corps Family Housing 
accounts. The Secretary of Defense is directed to continue to 
submit 1002 reports on military construction bid savings at the 
end of each fiscal quarter to the Committees.
      Incremental Funding.--In general, the conferees support 
full funding for military construction projects if they are 
executable. However, it continues to be the practice of the 
Committees to provide incremental funding for certain large 
projects to enable the services to more efficiently allocate 
military construction dollars among projects that can be 
executed in the year of appropriation. Therefore, the 
conference agreement includes 9 projects that have been 
incrementally funded, however the full authorization of the 
projects will be provided in the National Defense Authorization 
Act for Fiscal Year 2019.
      Facilities Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization 
(FSRM).--The Department of Defense is directed to continue 
describing on form 1390 the backlog of FSRM requirements at 
installations with future construction projects. For troop 
housing requests, form 1391 should describe any FSRM conducted 
in the past two years. Likewise, future requirements for 
unaccompanied housing at the corresponding installation should 
be included. Additionally, the forms should include English 
equivalent measurements for projects presented in metric 
measurement. Rules for funding repairs of facilities under the 
Operation and Maintenance accounts are described below:
            (1) components of the facility may be repaired by 
        replacement. Such replacement can be up to current 
        standards or codes;
            (2) interior arrangements and restorations may be 
        included as repair;
            (3) additions, new facilities, and functional 
        conversions must be performed as military construction 
        projects. Such projects may be done concurrently with 
        repair projects as long as the final conjunctively 
        funded project is a complete and usable facility; and
            (4) the appropriate service secretary shall notify 
        the appropriate committees 21 days prior to carrying 
        out any repair project with an estimated cost in excess 
        of $7,500,000. The Committees strongly encourage the 
        services and defense agencies to indicate the plant 
        replacement value of the facility to be repaired on 
        each such notification.
      Enhancing force protection and security on military 
installations.--In collaboration with the House Armed Services 
Committee, the conference agreement includes section 132 which 
provides $50,000,000 to each of the military construction 
accounts for Navy and Marine Corps and the Air Force to help 
alleviate deficiencies in access control points, air traffic 
control towers, fire stations, and AT/FP deficiencies across 
the enterprise. There has been much concern on both sides of 
the aisle that these types of military construction projects 
continually fall short of securing funding in a fiscal year due 
to higher priorities within the Services. Each Service 
Secretary is directed to submit a spend plan for the additional 
funds no later than 30 days after enactment of this Act to the 
congressional defense committees.
      Cell Site Simulators.--The conferees are concerned with 
the potential threat of cell site simulators located near DOD 
facilities. Therefore, the conferees direct the Secretary of 
Defense to submit to the congressional defense committees 
within 180 days of enactment of this Act a full accounting of 
cell site simulators detected near DOD facilities during the 
three year period ending on the date of enactment of this Act. 
The report should also include the actions taken by the 
Secretary to protect personnel of the Department, their 
families, and facilities of the Department from foreign powers 
using such technology to conduct surveillance.
      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers restructuring (USACE).--On 
July 30, 2018, the Secretary of Defense approved a Secretary of 
the Army memorandum identifying specific actions the Army will 
take in support of the Administration's proposed reorganization 
of USACE's Civil Works Program. The reorganization includes 
taking the Civil Works program out of the Army Corps of 
Engineers with navigation going to the Department of 
Transportation for infrastructure grants and the remaining 
accounts to the Department of Interior.
      The conferees are perplexed as to why there was no 
notification or discussion with Members of Congress and 
Committees staffs on an action of this magnitude that crosses 
multiple subcommittees' jurisdiction. This type of proposal, as 
the Department is well aware, will require legislative language 
which has not been proposed or requested to date. The conferees 
are opposed to the reorganization as it could ultimately have 
impacts for implementation of the Military Construction, BRAC 
and Family Housing programs.

                      Military Construction, Army

      The conference agreement provides $1,021,768,000 for 
Military Construction, Army. Within this amount, the agreement 
provides $110,068,000 for study, planning, design, architect 
and engineer services, and host nation support. The agreement 
also provides an additional $10,000,000 above the request to 
supplement unspecified minor military construction.
      Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.--Consistent with the 
direction in the Senate Report 115-269, the conferees direct 
the Army to continue its remediation and evaluations at the 
former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, comply with applicable 
regulations and permit requirements, and work with regulatory 
agencies to ensure all response sites are remediated to 
applicable and approved standards. The Army should continue to 
communicate with Sunflower Redevelopment, LLC and conduct 
regular stakeholder meetings and monthly conference calls to 
address questions or issues related to cleanup and 
redevelopment.
      Badger Army Ammunition Plant.--Consistent with the 
direction in the Senate Report 115-269, the conferees direct 
the Army to continue to test, using both aggregate and 
chemical-specific methods, for emerging contaminants subject to 
an EPA Health Advisory Level at the former Badger Army 
Ammunition Plant, in nearby surface waters, and in drinking 
water in affected surrounding communities. The Army is directed 
to provide to local stakeholders the results of that testing 
and, if testing results show threats to human health, a plan to 
remediate the contamination, including dedicated funding 
resources, schedule, and specific actions.
      Conveyance of property.--The conferees note that the Army 
is proposing to convey 17.1 acres of land known as Shenandoah 
Square and the 126 existing housing units to raise capital to 
improve other military housing owned by private entities. Under 
the proposed action, the existing 126 housing units would be 
demolished to allow for the construction of high-density 
residential housing. The residents have expressed concern about 
the displacement from Shenandoah Square as it is in one of the 
most expensive housing markets in the country and the 
uncertainty about the affordability of new potential housing on 
the site. Therefore, the conferees urge the Department of the 
Army to explore all possible alternatives to a conveyance of 
Shenandoah Square, including a sublease of the property to an 
entity that can better develop affordable housing on the 
property.

              Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps

      The conference agreement provides $2,118,619,000 for 
Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps. Within this 
amount, the conference agreement provides $185,542,000 for 
study, planning, design, architect and engineer services.

                    Military Construction, Air Force

      The conference agreement provides $1,440,323,000 for 
Military Construction, Air Force. Within this amount, the 
conference agreement provides $206,577,000 for study, planning, 
design, architect and engineer services.
      Little Rock Air Force Base.--As described in the Senate 
report 115-269, the conferees direct the Secretary of the Air 
Force to submit a report coordinated with the Army Corps of 
Engineers no later than 90 days after enactment of this Act 
providing the status on the cancelled runway project at Little 
Rock AFB and the replacement project, including what happened 
to the funding used for the original contract, a justification 
for the increase in cost for the new project, if any of the 
completed work from the cancelled project is salvageable, how 
the Air Force is resolving the issues that led to contract 
termination and ensuring, to the extent possible, that they are 
not repeated in follow-on contracts, and how and when a future 
project will be funded. Additionally, the conferees direct the 
Air Force to appoint a senior official who shall be responsible 
for the project and will provide quarterly project updates to 
the congressional defense committees.
      Air Force Weapons Storage Facility Reprogramming.--On 
July 9, 2018, the Department of Defense sent the Committees a 
reprogramming request that included source funds from a 
cancelled prior year project, which the conferees had each 
rescinded in their respective bills. The conferees recognize 
the importance of the Weapons Storage Facility (WSF) 
modernization program, but are concerned that the Department 
has potentially developed improper and unnecessary requirements 
that are leading to execution delays and cost overruns against 
an already strained military construction budget. This has 
resulted in schedule delays to follow on projects, which also 
may experience similar challenges unless corrective action is 
taken. The conferees encourage the Department to sufficiently 
solicit and incorporate input from all stakeholders in 
developing requirements, to include the Air Force Strategic 
Deterrence and Nuclear Integration directorate, and further 
encourage the Air Force to incorporate lessons learned from 
prior Navy WSF modernization efforts. The conferees direct the 
Department to provide quarterly briefings to update the 
Committees on status, requirements changes, and timeline 
updates for current and future projects associated with the WSF 
modernization program. The conferees urge the Department to 
expeditiously seek alternative funding sources for the current 
reprogramming from unobligated balances or bid savings to avoid 
further execution delays.

                  Military Construction, Defense-Wide


                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

      The conference agreement provides $2,550,728,000 for 
Military Construction, Defense-Wide. Within this amount, the 
conference agreement provides $192,345,000 for study, planning, 
design, architect and engineer services.
      Parking issues at DOD facilities.--The conferees are 
concerned that Military Construction budget constraints are 
negatively affecting the ability of the Department of Defense 
to address urgent parking requirements at certain U.S. military 
installations. The lack of parking is a safety issue and a 
detriment to the well-being of employees, both civilian and 
military. The conferees are concerned that the Department does 
not have a coherent strategy to address the growing parking 
requirements at installations that have seen significant 
growth. For example, Fort Meade, which already was home to the 
National Security Agency, became the headquarters of the newly 
formed U.S. Cyber Command in 2010. By 2011, the Defense 
Information Systems Agency, which handles the Pentagon's IT and 
communications needs, had moved onto the base. In 2005, the 
base had just over 33,500 employees. Today, it has about 
57,000, more than double the number of workers at the Pentagon. 
As a result of this growth, parking at Fort Meade has become a 
serious issue. Therefore, the conferees direct the Secretary of 
Defense to submit to the Committees with the fiscal year 2020 
military construction budget request: an updated list of 
unfunded requirements for parking facilities, access control 
points, and road construction at DOD facilities that have 
serious parking, access, and road congestion issues. Finally, 
the Secretary is further directed to submit, with the fiscal 
year 2020 military construction budget request, a list of how 
those requirements will be incorporated into their construction 
requests for fiscal years 2021 through 2025.
      MIT/Lincoln Labs.--The conferees have incrementally 
funded the Air Force MIT/Lincoln Lab project commensurate with 
the outlay rate of funds for fiscal year 2019 as reflected in 
budget documents. While the conference agreement does not 
provide full funding for this project, the conferees strongly 
support MIT/Lincoln Labs mission and its completion. The 
conferees fully expect the Air Force to continue to prioritize 
funding for this project in executable increments.
      Energy Resilience and Conservation Investment Program 
(ERCIP).--The conference agreement provides $193,390,000 for 
ERCIP, an increase of $43,390,000 over the budget request to 
fund the top six unfunded requirements of the program for 
energy resilience. Also, an additional $5,000,000 is provided 
under the Defense-Wide planning and design account specifically 
for ERCIP. The Secretary of Defense is directed to submit to 
the congressional defense committees a spend plan for the 
additional ERCIP funds, to include the planning and design 
funds, no later than 30 days after enactment of this Act.

               Military Construction, Army National Guard

      The conference agreement provides $190,122,000 for 
Military Construction, Army National Guard. Within this amount, 
the conference agreement provides $16,622,000 for study, 
planning, design, architect and engineer services. The 
conference agreement also provides an additional $10,000,000 
above the budget request to supplement unspecified minor 
military construction.

               Military Construction, Air National Guard

      The conference agreement provides $129,126,000 for 
Military Construction, Air National Guard. Within this amount, 
the conference agreement provides $18,500,000 for study, 
planning, design, architect and engineer services.

                  Military Construction, Army Reserve

      The conference agreement provides $64,919,000 for 
Military Construction, Army Reserve. Within this amount, the 
conference agreement provides $5,855,000 for study, planning, 
design, architect and engineer services.

                  Military Construction, Navy Reserve

      The conference agreement provides $43,065,000 for 
Military Construction, Navy Reserve. Within this amount, the 
conference agreement provides $4,695,000 for study, planning, 
design, architect and engineer services.

                Military Construction, Air Force Reserve

      The conference agreement provides $38,063,000 for 
Military Construction, Air Force Reserve. Within this amount, 
the conference agreement provides $4,055,000 for study, 
planning, design, architect and engineer services.

     North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program

      The conference agreement provides $171,064,000 for the 
North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program.

               Department of Defense Base Closure Account

      The conference agreement provides $342,000,000 for the 
Department of Defense Base Closure Account, an increase of 
$74,462,000 above the request. The additional funding is for 
the Department to accelerate environmental remediation at 
installations closed under previous Base Realignment and 
Closure rounds.
      Navy Clean Up Cost.--The conference report provides an 
additional $60,462,000 for the Navy to accelerate environmental 
remediation at installations closed under previous Base Closure 
and Realignment rounds. Furthermore, the Navy shall provide to 
the Committees a spend plan for these additional funds no later 
than 30 days after enactment of this Act.
      Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic 
Acid (PFOA).--The conference report provides $14,000,000 in 
additional funds for identification, mitigation, and clean-up 
costs across the Department of Defense for PFOS and PFOA. DOD 
is directed to submit a spend plan for these additional funds 
to the Committees no later than 30 days after enactment of this 
Act.
      Demolition of Previous BRAC Facilities.--The conferees 
are concerned that the Department of Defense does not have an 
adequate plan for demolishing previous BRAC sites. For example, 
the Ontario International Airport was the Ontario Air National 
Guard Station that was established in 1949. This facility 
remained in operation for decades, assisting training and 
support for the Korean, Vietnam, and countless other wars and 
conflicts. In 1997, the facility was closed, yet the old site 
has sat largely unchanged for 20 years due to the environmental 
hazards of demolition. The conferees urge the Department to 
dedicate funds to demolish BRAC facilities and turn the land 
over to the local community as quickly as possible.

                         DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


                             Family Housing


                            ITEM OF INTEREST

      Military family housing units.--The conferees are 
concerned for the well-being of servicemembers and their 
families residing in on-post military housing with regard to 
their exposure to toxic levels of lead based paint. It has been 
reported that installations around the country possess housing 
units that contain lead based paint levels exceeding the 
federal threshold for acceptable levels and could have grave 
implications on servicemembers and their families' health. In 
addition, the conferees are interested in what steps the 
Department is taking for oversight of DOD privatized family 
housing. Therefore, the conferees direct the DOD Inspector 
General to conduct an investigation and submit a report to the 
congressional defense committees on toxic lead levels at 
military housing on all installations no later than 90 days 
after the enactment of this Act.

                   Family Housing Construction, Army

      The conference agreement provides $330,660,000 for Family 
Housing Construction, Army.

             Family Housing Operation and Maintenance, Army

      The conference agreement provides $376,509,000 for Family 
Housing Operation and Maintenance, Army.

           Family Housing Construction, Navy and Marine Corps

      The conference agreement provides $104,581,000 for Family 
Housing Construction, Navy and Marine Corps.

    Family Housing Operation and Maintenance, Navy and Marine Corps

      The conference agreement provides $314,536,000 for Family 
Housing Operation and Maintenance, Navy and Marine Corps.

                 Family Housing Construction, Air Force

      The conference agreement provides $78,446,000 for Family 
Housing Construction, Air Force.

          Family Housing Operation and Maintenance, Air Force

      The conference agreement provides $317,274,000 for Family 
Housing Operation and Maintenance, Air Force.

         Family Housing Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide

      The conference agreement provides $58,373,000 for Family 
Housing Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide.

                         DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


                    Family Housing Improvement Fund

      The conference agreement provides $1,653,000 for the 
Department of Defense Family Housing Improvement Fund.

                         DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


            Military Unaccompanied Housing Improvement Fund

      The conference agreement provides $600,000 for the 
Department of Defense Military Unaccompanied Housing 
Improvement Fund.

                       ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

             (INCLUDING TRANSFERS AND RESCISSIONS OF FUNDS)

      The conference agreement includes section 101 limiting 
the use of funds under a cost-plus-a-fixed-fee contract.
      The conference agreement includes section 102 allowing 
the use of construction funds in this title for hire of 
passenger motor vehicles.
      The conference agreement includes section 103 allowing 
the use of construction funds in this title for advances to the 
Federal Highway Administration for the construction of access 
roads.
      The conference agreement includes section 104 prohibiting 
construction of new bases in the United States without a 
specific appropriation.
      The conference agreement includes section 105 limiting 
the use of funds for the purchase of land or land easements 
that exceed 100 percent of the value.
      The conference agreement includes section 106 prohibiting 
the use of funds, except funds appropriated in this title for 
that purpose, for family housing.
      The conference agreement includes section 107 limiting 
the use of minor construction funds to transfer or relocate 
activities.
      The conference agreement includes section 108 prohibiting 
the procurement of steel unless American producers, 
fabricators, and manufacturers have been allowed to compete.
      The conference agreement includes section 109 prohibiting 
the use of construction or family housing funds to pay real 
property taxes in any foreign nation.
      The conference agreement includes section 110 prohibiting 
the use of funds to initiate a new installation overseas 
without prior notification.
      The conference agreement includes section 111 
establishing a preference for American architectural and 
engineering services for overseas projects.
      The conference agreement includes section 112 
establishing a preference for American contractors in United 
States territories and possessions in the Pacific and on 
Kwajalein Atoll and in countries bordering the Arabian Gulf.
      The conference agreement includes section 113 requiring 
congressional notification of military exercises when 
construction costs exceed $100,000.
      The conference agreement includes section 114 allowing 
funds appropriated in prior years for new projects authorized 
during the current session of Congress.
      The conference agreement includes section 115 allowing 
the use of expired or lapsed funds to pay the cost of 
supervision for any project being completed with lapsed funds.
      The conference agreement includes section 116 allowing 
military construction funds to be available for five years.
      The conference agreement includes section 117 allowing 
the transfer of funds from Family Housing Construction accounts 
to the Family Housing Improvement Program.
      The conference agreement includes section 118 allowing 
transfers to the Homeowners Assistance Fund.
      The conference agreement includes section 119 limiting 
the source of operation and maintenance funds for flag and 
general officer quarters and allowing for notification by 
electronic medium. The provision also requires an annual report 
on the expenditures of each quarters.
      The conference agreement includes section 120 extending 
the availability of funds in the Ford Island Improvement 
Account.
      The conference agreement includes section 121 allowing 
the transfer of expired funds to the Foreign Currency 
Fluctuations, Construction, Defense account.
      The conference agreement includes section 122 restricting 
the obligation of funds for relocating an Army unit that 
performs a testing mission.
      The conference agreement includes section 123 allowing 
for the reprogramming of construction funds among projects and 
activities subject to certain criteria.
      The conference agreement includes section 124 prohibiting 
the obligation or expenditure of funds provided to the 
Department of Defense for military construction for projects at 
Arlington National Cemetery.
      The conference agreement includes section 125 providing 
additional construction funds for various Military Construction 
accounts.
      The conference agreement includes section 126 rescinding 
funds from prior Appropriation Acts from various accounts.
      The conference agreement includes section 127 defining 
the congressional defense committees.
      The conference agreement includes section 128 prohibiting 
the use of funds in this Act to close or realign Naval Station 
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The provision is intended to prevent the 
closure or realignment of the installation out of the 
possession of the United States, and maintain the Naval 
Station's long-standing regional security and migrant 
operations missions.
      The conference agreement includes section 129 restricting 
funds in the Act to be used to consolidate or relocate any 
element of Air Force Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy 
Operational Repair Squadron Engineer until certain conditions 
are met.
      The conference agreement includes section 130 providing 
additional funds for land acquisition and Defense Access Roads 
for Arlington Cemetery.
      The conference agreement includes section 131 directing 
all amounts appropriated to ``Military Construction, Army'', 
``Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps'', ``Military 
Construction, Air Force'', and ``Military Construction, 
Defense-Wide'' accounts be immediately available and allotted 
for the full scope of authorized projects.
      The conference agreement includes section 132 providing 
additional funds for anti-terrorism and force protection at 
military installations.



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                                TITLE II


                     DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS


                    Veterans Benefits Administration


                       COMPENSATION AND PENSIONS

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

      The conference agreement provides $109,017,152,000 for 
Compensation and Pensions in advance for fiscal year 2020. Of 
the amount provided, not more than $18,047,000 is to be 
transferred to General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits 
Administration (VBA) and Information Technology Systems for 
reimbursement of necessary expenses in implementing provisions 
of title 38. The conference agreement also provides 
$2,994,366,000 for fiscal year 2019 in addition to the advance 
appropriation provided last year.

                         READJUSTMENT BENEFITS

      The conference agreement provides $14,065,282,000 for 
Readjustment Benefits in advance for fiscal year 2020.

                   VETERANS INSURANCE AND INDEMNITIES

      The conference agreement provides $111,340,000 for 
Veterans Insurance and Indemnities in advance for fiscal year 
2020.

                 VETERANS HOUSING BENEFIT PROGRAM FUND

      The conference agreement provides such sums as may be 
necessary for costs associated with direct and guaranteed loans 
for the Veterans Housing Benefit Program Fund. The conference 
agreement limits obligations for direct loans to not more than 
$500,000 and provides that $200,612,000 shall be available for 
administrative expenses.

            VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION LOANS PROGRAM ACCOUNT

      The conference agreement provides $39,000 for the cost of 
direct loans from the Vocational Rehabilitation Loans Program 
Account, plus $396,000 to be paid to the appropriation for 
General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration. 
The conference agreement provides for a direct loan limitation 
of $2,037,000.

          NATIVE AMERICAN VETERAN HOUSING LOAN PROGRAM ACCOUNT

      The conference agreement provides $1,163,000 for 
administrative expenses of the Native American Veteran Housing 
Loan Program Account.

      GENERAL OPERATING EXPENSES, VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION

      The conference agreement provides $2,956,316,000 for 
General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration 
and, of the amount provided, not to exceed 10 percent is 
available for obligation until September 30, 2020. The 
conference agreement provides $87,407,000 above the request to 
manage disability claims and appeals backlogs and the intent of 
the conference agreement is that these additional funds be used 
for the Veterans Claims Intake Program; additional claims and 
appellate staff; increased staff for the Vocational 
Rehabilitation and Employment program; and overtime payments, 
as necessary.
      Claims prioritization.--As indicated in the House report, 
VA is urged to prioritize the most vulnerable veterans, such as 
those who are elderly or in poor health, for initial claims 
processing and claims appeals.
      Medical disability exams.--As described in the Senate 
report, VA is directed to ensure that any non-VA physician 
contracted to conduct medical disability examinations have a 
current unrestricted license to practice as a physician, and is 
not barred from practicing in any State, the District of 
Columbia, or a Commonwealth, Territory, or possession of the 
United States.
      Equitable relief.--As described in the House report, the 
Secretary is directed to continue to grant or extend equitable 
relief to eligible veterans initially deemed eligible in 
instances of administrative error.

                     VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION


                            Medical Services

      The conference agreement provides $51,411,165,000 in 
advance for fiscal year 2020 for Medical Services and makes 
$1,500,000,000 of the advance available through fiscal year 
2021. The conference agreement also provides $750,000,000 for 
fiscal year 2019 in addition to the advance appropriation 
provided last year and includes bill language requiring the 
Secretary to ensure that sufficient amounts are available for 
the acquisition of prosthetics designed specifically for female 
veterans.
      Opioid abuse.--The conference agreement provides 
$348,000,000 for opioid treatment and prevention programs and 
$52,025,000 to continue to implement opioid safety initiatives 
outlined as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery 
Act, as well as to develop programs aimed at ensuring that non-
VA providers treating veterans through community care programs 
are informed and in compliance with all VA standards for opioid 
safety and prescription guidelines. The conference agreement 
also includes $270,000,000 for the Office of Rural Health's 
Rural Health Initiative, which funds several pilot projects 
aimed at treating and preventing opioid abuse, including 
projects focused on alternatives to opioid-centered pain 
management in rural, highly rural, and remote areas; and 
$54,337,000 for the Justice Outreach Homeless Prevention 
program within the VA's Veterans Homelessness Programs which 
among other things ensures that veterans encountered by police, 
in jails or courts, have timely access to substance abuse 
treatment or prevention programs and services.
      The conferees direct VA to ensure that all clinicians, 
including pharmacists, receive guidance on assessing the risks 
and benefits of critical drug interactions with opioids when a 
pharmacist overrides such interaction under section 913 of 
Public Law 114-98. The conferees urge VA to ensure that all VA 
providers who prescribe opioids consistently use the Opioid 
Therapy Risk Report tool under the Opioid Safety Initiative, 
including prior to initiating opioid therapy, to ensure safe 
prescribing, and to help prevent diversion, abuse, and double-
prescribing. Moreover, VA should further improve the timeliness 
of data available in the tool to allow real-time access to data 
on a patient who was prescribed opioid therapy by another 
facility, in another State, or by mail order to prevent 
overprescribing and abuse potential. As noted in the House 
report, VA is urged to assist the two States that have not 
installed the technology to exchange data from their State 
prescription drug monitoring boards with VA. The conferees urge 
robust implementation of VA's plan to expand the scope of 
research, education, delivery, and integration of Complementary 
and Integrative Health into the health care services. In 
addition, the conferees urge VA to prioritize continued 
implementation of the reforms made to the patient advocacy 
program as required by the Jason Simcakoski Memorial and 
Promise Act (Title IX, Public Law 114-98). Furthermore, VA is 
urged to implement recent GAO recommendations to improve 
oversight of the controlled substance inspection program and to 
document its progress; as well as Office of the Inspector 
General recommendations, including ensuring that community care 
providers review the safe opioid prescribing guidelines and 
Opioid Safety Initiative protocols and implementing a process 
to provide community care providers a complete up-to-date list 
of medications and medical history of the veteran during non-VA 
care consults. The conferees also direct the Department to 
create an opioid abuse healthcare kit for community healthcare 
providers and ensure completion of a continuing medication 
course in pain management by providers at VA health facilities. 
Lastly, all directives contained in House Report 115-673 and 
Senate Report 115-269 not specifically addressed above shall be 
complied with.
      Mental health.--The conference agreement provides 
$8,618,628,000 for mental health programs and includes 
$206,128,000 for suicide prevention outreach, an increase of 
$16,128,000 above the request. To best meet the needs of 
veterans seeking assistance, the conferees instruct the 
Secretary to make any necessary improvements to Veterans Crisis 
Line (VCL) operations including, but not limited to, ensuring 
appropriate staffing for call centers and back-up centers, 
providing necessary training for VCL staff, and ensuring that 
staff are able to appropriately and effectively respond to the 
needs of veterans needing assistance. The conferees also direct 
the Secretary to provide the Committees on Appropriations of 
both Houses of Congress a report, no later than 90 days after 
enactment of this Act, which contains an update detailing 
findings on the outcomes and efficacy of the VCL from the 
Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017. In addition, the 
conferees urge VA to increase support for primary care-mental 
health integration and recovery models, expand telemental 
health services, build on success of evidence-based 
psychotherapy initiatives, and guide treatment decisions by 
measuring the outcomes of interventions.
      National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.--The 
conference agreement provides $40,000,000 for the National 
Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD). The 
conferees direct the Department to submit to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress, no later than 90 
days after enactment of this Act, an assessment of the 
additional full time staff needed to carry out the priorities 
of the NCPTSD, as described in the congressional budget 
justification, as well as a hiring plan, and a plan for 
ensuring that all community care mental health providers 
receive information about NCPTSD and its consultation program.
      Inpatient substance abuse.--As indicated in the House 
report, VA is urged to focus on reducing the burdensome wait 
times for veterans seeking inpatient substance abuse treatment.
      Non-citizen veteran outreach.--As stated in the House 
report, VA is urged to conduct more aggressive outreach to at-
risk, non-citizen veterans to offer mental health counseling 
and other early intervention drug and alcohol services.
      Licensed professional mental health counselors and 
marriage and family therapists.--As stated in the Senate 
report, VA is directed to work with the Office of Personnel 
Management to create an Occupational Series for Licensed 
Professional Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family 
Therapists and to create a staffing plan to fill such open 
positions and assess shortages.
      Homeless assistance programs.--The conference agreement 
provides $1,818,534,000 for homeless assistance programs, which 
includes $380,000,000 for the homeless supportive services for 
low income veterans and families, a level which is $60,000,000 
above the request. Additionally, the agreement includes 
$54,337,000 for Justice Outreach Homeless Prevention Program, 
$5,000,000 above the request. The conferees expect the 
Department to dedicate funding for VA's Homeless Assistance 
Programs consistent with the increases described in this 
agreement and with Congressional Justifications which were 
transmitted with the fiscal year 2019 budget request and not to 
divert the resources to other areas. The conferees direct that 
notification should be provided to the Committees of any 
reprogramming of funding provided for Homeless Assistance 
Programs. Lastly, all directives contained in House Report 115-
673 and Senate Report 115-269 not specifically addressed above 
shall be complied with.
      Veteran Homelessness in the Greater Los Angeles Region.--
As indicated in the Senate report, VA is directed to provide a 
report outlining the cost and feasibility of contracting with 
local community-based agencies and non-profit organizations to 
provide additional case management services in regions where 
the Department does not meet the recommended 25:1 case 
management staffing ratio.
      Construction assistance for nonprofit organizations.--As 
described in the House report, VA is urged to assess the 
possibility of assisting nonprofit organizations with capital 
costs related to the construction of new housing units for 
homeless veterans on non-VA property, particularly those 
utilizing Department of Housing and Urban Development-Veterans 
Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers.
      Rural healthcare.--The conference agreement provides 
$270,000,000 for the Office of Rural Health (ORH) and the Rural 
Health Initiative, which is $20,000,000 above the President's 
request, and VA is encouraged to use some of these additional 
funds to increase the number of Rural Health Resource Centers 
as a means of increasing access to care for veterans in rural 
areas. In addition, VA is encouraged to expand evidence-based 
home-based primary care programs to additional American Indian 
reservations and other rural areas. Increased access also 
requires a sufficient number of healthcare providers and the 
conferees are concerned about the ability of VA to adequately 
recruit and retain sufficient numbers of these providers in 
rural areas. As such, VA is urged to adopt the recommendations 
in GAO report GAO-18-124 and encouraged to consider the 
expanded use of doctors of osteopathic medicine, physician 
assistants, and nurse practitioners to help address any rural 
health provider gap. Any such gap may be further mitigated 
through the use of telehealth for medical services. As 
indicated in the Senate report, the Secretary is directed to 
sustain continuity of care for rural veterans through provider 
agreements, based on previous models such as the Access 
Received Closer to Home program, to ensure veterans do not 
experience a lapse in existing healthcare access during the 
transition to the new community care program and any resulting 
integrated networks. Also, as indicated in the Senate report, 
the conference agreement directs no less than $4,000,000 to 
continue a pilot program to train veterans in agricultural 
vocations, while also tending to behavioral and mental health 
needs with behavioral healthcare services and treatments from 
licensed providers at no fewer than three locations. To further 
support veterans in rural areas, the conferees urge the VA to 
increase accessibility in rural communities to the Community 
Clergy Training to Support Rural Veterans Mental Health 
Initiative. The Department is also encouraged to improve 
partnerships with local faith-based organizations, as well as 
the Department of Defense, in conjunction with the ``Strong 
Bonds'' program.
      Telemedicine.--The conference agreement includes 
$30,000,000 above the budget request for telehealth 
capabilities and this additional funding should be used to 
further expand telehealth capacity and services in rural and 
remote areas. To better assess VA's efforts regarding the use 
of telehealth capabilities, the conferees direct VA to provide 
a report to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress, no later than January 31, 2019, specifying measures 
the Department is taking to expand telehealth and telemental 
health capabilities in rural areas, particularly regions with 
limited broadband access. The report should also include 
information on any ongoing collaboration between VA and other 
Federal agencies to target remote and rural areas to maximize 
coverage.
      Readjustment counseling service.--In Public Law 115-141, 
the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, the Department was 
provided $2,500,000 and directed to develop a program to 
partner with organizations that provide outdoor experiences for 
veterans as part of a continuum of care to treat combat-related 
injuries. The conferees direct the Department to provide an 
update on the status of this program to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress no later than 30 days 
after enactment of this Act.
      Utilization of healthcare services by veterans in the 
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, 
Guam, and the Freely Associated States.--As described in the 
Senate report, VA is directed to provide to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a strategic plan to 
implement and improve the utilization of healthcare services 
for veterans in outlying areas through piloting the expansion 
of health services via telehealth or other community care 
providers.
      Women's health.--The conferees note that the number of 
female veterans continues to increase. In response to this 
growth the conference agreement provides $521,352,000, 
$10,000,000 above the request, for gender-specific care and for 
the continuing redesign of VA's women's healthcare delivery 
system and facilities to ensure women receive equitable, 
timely, and high-quality care. This includes privacy and 
environment of care issues for female veterans as highlighted 
in a 2016 GAO report. As described in the Senate report, VA is 
directed to submit a report on retrofitting facilities to 
eliminate barriers to care for women veterans to the Committees 
on Appropriations and the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of 
both Houses of Congress within 180 days of enactment of this 
Act. The conferees also continue to urge VA to ensure the 
gender-specific health needs of female veterans are met and 
continue its efforts to expand access to care for female 
veterans in areas such as obstetrics and gynecological care, 
treatment for gender-specific conditions and diseases, and 
female veteran suicide. The conferees strongly believe that in 
order to ensure that female veterans needs are met VA must make 
the hiring of more female healthcare professionals a top 
priority. Therefore, the conferees reiterate the guidance 
provided in House Report 115-673 directing VA to provide 
statistics on female healthcare professionals at the 
Department.
      Intimate partner violence program.--As described in the 
Senate report, VA is directed to fully resource the VA Intimate 
Partner Violence Program at $17,000,000 in fiscal year 2019 and 
include it as a program of interest with budget detail in the 
justifications accompanying the fiscal year 2020 budget 
submission.
      Breast cancer screening guidelines.--The conferees 
support the Department's effort to ensure that the breast 
cancer screening guidelines are consistent with the private 
sector, and the Committees will continue to monitor the 
Department's implementation of its policy to offer mammograms 
to female veterans starting at age 40. The Department should 
closely follow ongoing debate as the scientific community 
reaches a consensus on breast cancer screening and mammography 
coverage to provide veterans the best care possible. The bill 
language that was included in the House bill stands to ensure 
VA maintains this policy through fiscal year 2024.
      Rare cancers.--The conferees direct VA to assess options 
for modifying the December 2017 collaboration agreement between 
VA, the Department of Defense, and the National Cancer 
Institute to include collaboration on rare cancers. The 
conferees also encourage VA to fund research in delivering 
treatments for rare cancers that take a platform-agnostic 
approach to developing new therapeutics.
      Colorectal cancer screening.--The conferees are dismayed 
by VA's failure to comply with the direction in the fiscal year 
2018 Joint Explanatory Statement to offer all seven colorectal 
cancer screening strategies recommended as A-rated modalities 
by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPTF) and 
adopted by the National Committee for Quality Assurance 
Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set measures. 
While VA endorsed six screening strategies, it declined to 
endorse stool DNA screening, a widely used screening strategy. 
This makes VA an outlier within the medical community and the 
growth in community care will widen the gap between the 
screening tools used by VA and non-VA providers. To ensure the 
inclusion of this critical tool in the fight against cancer in 
veterans, the conferees direct VA to endorse all seven 
modalities for colorectal cancer screening.
      Home dialysis.--Approximately 20,000 veterans with End 
Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) receive their dialysis care from a 
VA Center, either directly or via contract with a dialysis 
provider. The Committee directs that the VA provide a report on 
how many patients receive home dialysis via peritoneal dialysis 
and home hemodialysis, if the number of patients has increased 
over the past 5 years, and if the VA has set any use increase 
targets for home dialysis use among its ESRD patients.
      National Intrepid Center of Excellence Satellite 
Strategic Basing.--As described in the Senate report, VA is 
directed to study the value and merit to establishing a joint 
Department of Defense/Department of Veteran Affairs National 
Intrepid Center of Excellence Intrepid Spirit Center that 
serves both the active duty and veteran populations for the 
mutual benefit and growth in treatment and care for traumatic 
brain injury. The study will be reported to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress no later than 180 
days after enactment of this Act.
      Long-term care.--The conference agreement provides 
$9,024,330,000 as requested for long-term care, of which 
$6,168,524,000 is for institutional care and $2,855,806,000 is 
for non-institutional care.
      Caregivers program.--The conferees believe that VA will 
incur obligations for the caregivers program totaling at least 
$865,000,000 in fiscal year 2019. Costs could be higher than 
this level depending on the implementation of new requirements 
in recently passed legislation. VA is directed to provide 
quarterly projections and monthly expenditure reports for the 
caregivers program to the Committees. If VA does not obligate 
this amount of funding for caregivers based on quarterly 
projections, the Department is directed to report the rationale 
for the discrepancy to the Committees. No later than 90 days 
after the date of enactment of this Act, the Department is 
instructed to provide a report on the number of coordinators of 
caregiver support services at each VA medical center, the 
number of staff assigned to appeals for the program at each 
medical center, and a determination by the Secretary of the 
appropriate staff-to-participant ratio for the program.
      Hospice care for veterans.--As noted in the House and 
Senate reports, the conferees view the implementation of 
hospice care protocols tailored to the unique end-of-life care 
needs of combat veterans as potentially beneficial for Vietnam-
era veterans, as well as for Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria 
veterans in the future. Therefore, the conference agreement 
includes $1,000,000 for the implementation of a pilot program 
to develop the techniques, best practices and support 
mechanisms to serve these veterans. As part of this pilot 
program, VA is encouraged to engage non-profit hospice and 
palliative care providers with Vietnam veteran-centric 
programs. The conferees also direct VA to provide the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a 
report, not later than 180 days after enactment of this Act, on 
the status of the pilot program.
      Nursing home quality ratings.--To ensure transparency and 
accountability for veterans and their families in regard to 
nursing home care, the conferees direct VA to publish annually 
the quality of care rating assigned by the Department to each 
of its nursing homes and contracted community nursing homes.
      Call routing.--The conferees are concerned by reports 
that veterans calling their community-based outpatient clinics 
(CBOC) to make an appointment are sometimes automatically 
routed to central call centers at VA medical centers with no 
follow-up by the CBOCs after the initial call. As a result, 
veterans may feel the need to physically visit the CBOC just to 
make an appointment. This is an unreasonable burden and may 
result in veterans not pursuing the care that they need. The 
conferees believe that our veterans deserve timely access to 
healthcare services and should be able to make their medical 
appointments via telephone. Therefore, the conferees urge the 
VA to ensure that VA phone systems allow veterans to call their 
local CBOC directly for appointments at those facilities rather 
than having their calls routed to a call center. The conferees 
further direct VA to provide to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a report, not later 
than 90 days after enactment of this Act, which explains the 
Department's guidance on call routing of the scheduling of 
appointments.
      Advanced practice registered nurses.--As stated in the 
House report, the Secretary is urged to work with facilities 
that have not yet implemented VA's final rule granting full 
practice authority to advanced practice registered nurses to 
ensure quick implementation.
      Physician assistants.--As stated in the Senate report, VA 
is directed to accelerate the rollout of competitive pay for 
physician assistants and develop a plan on how to better 
utilize the Health Professional Scholarship Program and 
Education Debt Reduction Program.
      Proposed prosthetics services regulation.--The conferees 
support a veteran's right to obtain prosthetic and 
rehabilitative items as medical services from the best possible 
source and look forward to a rule that will not limit a 
veteran's choice.
      Historically Black Colleges and Universities medical 
research programs.--As indicated in the House report, VA is 
directed to take concrete steps to improve its ongoing 
commitment to, and partnership with, minority health 
professions schools.
      Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) affiliations with VA 
healthcare facilities.--As noted in the House report, the 
Secretary is urged to develop a plan to expand local VA medical 
facilities' participation with HSI medical schools. The 
conferees direct the Department to provide a report on its 
efforts not later than 30 days after enactment of this Act.
      National Veterans Sports Program.--The conference 
agreement provides $23,825,000 for the National Veterans Sports 
Program, with $2,000,000 designated for veterans' monthly 
assistance allowances; $15,000,000 for the Adaptive Sports 
Grants Program (ASGP); and $6,825,000 for the support of 
national veterans sports and special events programs like the 
Paralympics. The funding for the ASGP is an increase of 
$6,000,000 over the fiscal year 2018 level and $7,000,000 over 
the request. Given the promising results reported using equine 
therapy for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder, 
$1,500,000 within the ASGP total is provided for equine 
therapy, an increase of $500,000 over the fiscal year 2018 
level. As stated in Senate Report 115-269 the conferees request 
that the Department provide a feasibility assessment for the 
cost of expanding the grant program to include recreational and 
lifelong sports, such as open ocean swimming, surfing, 
outrigger canoeing, hunting, and fishing, as well as any legal 
barriers to expansion.
      Burn pits.--The conference agreement provides $5,000,000 
for Veterans Health Administration clinical proposals, 
developed in conjunction with research, focusing on post-
deployment health for veterans exposed to airborne hazards and 
open burn pits. In addition, the Secretary is directed to 
provide an assessment of the process for informing veterans 
through VA and community care providers about the Airborne 
Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry and their eligibility for 
registering.
      Burn Pits Center of Excellence.--The conferees are aware 
that VA currently runs an Airborne Hazards Center of Excellence 
(AHCE) at the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center. The 
AHCE was established in 2013 to provide an objective and 
comprehensive assessment of veterans' cardiopulmonary function, 
military and non-military exposures, and health-related 
symptoms for those with airborne hazard concerns. In addition, 
the AHCE conducts clinical and translational research and 
actively develops and delivers new educational content to 
healthcare providers, veterans and other stakeholders. In order 
to better prevent, diagnose, mitigate, and treat conditions 
related to exposure to burn pits, as well as to leverage 
expertise in airborne hazards, the conferees have provided an 
additional $5,000,000 for the Center to develop a concentration 
in burn pit study and research. Furthermore, to fully recognize 
the importance of this new mission and incorporate the 
expansion into the Center's overarching expertise in Airborne 
Hazards, the Department is directed to rename the Center to the 
Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence. To the 
maximum extent practicable, the Department should collaborate 
with the Department of Defense, institutions of higher 
education, and other appropriate public and private entities 
(including international entities) to carry out 
responsibilities and activities of this Center of Excellence. 
Additionally, the conferees direct the Department to report 
back to the Committees on Appropriations no later than 120 days 
after enactment of this Act progress made in establishing this 
enhanced center of excellence.
      Headache Centers of Excellence.--In fiscal year 2018, VA 
was provided $10,000,000 in Public Law 115-141, the 
Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, for the establishment 
of Headache Centers of Excellence. The conferees direct the 
Department to provide an update on the status of these Centers 
to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress 
no later than 30 days after enactment of this Act.

                         MEDICAL COMMUNITY CARE

      The conference agreement provides $10,758,399,000 in 
advance fiscal year 2020 funding for Medical Community Care, 
with $2,000,000,000 available until September 30, 2021.
      The conference agreement provides an additional 
$1,000,000,000 above the fiscal year 2019 advance appropriation 
for the Medical Community Care account. This level is 
$500,000,000 more than was requested by the Administration and 
these funds are available for unanticipated costs in VA's 
traditional community care programs, as well as for 
requirements resulting from the passage of the MISSION Act. As 
a result of the MISSION Act, the conferees note that as early 
as May 2019 the Choice program, currently funded with direct 
spending, will be streamlined and consolidated with VA's 
traditional discretionary community care programs. Although the 
administration indicated a significant portion of the costs 
were assumed in the President's Budget request, it has not 
provided a funding estimate for the consolidated program. 
Ultimately, the timing of consolidation and any change in cost 
is dependent on the issuance of regulations that will outline 
the new program structure. As a result, the conferees direct 
the Department to provide monthly reports to the Committees 
identifying obligations for the Medical Community Care program 
against available appropriations, as well as anticipated 
funding needs based on the developing program structure.

                     MEDICAL SUPPORT AND COMPLIANCE

      The conference agreement provides $7,239,156,000 in 
advance for fiscal year 2020 for Medical Support and Compliance 
and makes $100,000,000 of the advance funding available through 
fiscal year 2021. The bill also includes Sec. 236, which 
rescinds $211,000,000 of fiscal year 2019 funds previously 
appropriated for this account.

                           MEDICAL FACILITIES

      The conference agreement provides $6,141,880,000 in 
advance for fiscal year 2020 for Medical Facilities, as well as 
$90,180,000 in fiscal year 2019 funding, which is in addition 
to the advance funding provided last year. Of the advance 
funding, $250,000,000 is made available through fiscal year 
2021.
      Facility expansion.--Given the current co-location of VA 
clinics on some military installations, such as at Tripler Army 
Medical Center in Hawaii and Joint Base Elmendorf in Alaska, 
and the likely benefits to VA of expanding this model to other 
military installations, VA is directed, as described in the 
House report, to complete a study on the potential benefits of 
placing VA clinics on military installations located in areas 
with high veteran populations and where nearby VA 
infrastructure is overburdened.

                    MEDICAL AND PROSTHETIC RESEARCH

      The conference agreement provides $779,000,000 for 
Medical and Prosthetic Research, available until September 30, 
2020 and includes a proviso making $27,000,000 of these funds 
available through fiscal year 2023. Bill language is included 
to ensure that the Secretary allocates adequate funding for 
prosthetic research specifically for female veterans and for 
toxic exposures.
      VA/Department of Energy computing collaboration.--Of the 
amount provided for Medical and Prosthetics Research, 
$27,000,000 is for VA's collaboration with the Department of 
Energy (DOE) via a long-term inter-agency agreement to leverage 
DOE's next generation artificial intelligence, big data, and 
high-performance computing technologies, as well as multi-modal 
diagnostics and data integration, in order to develop specific 
precision medicine applications.
      VA cancer moonshot contribution.--As indicated in the 
Senate report, the Department is directed to include skin 
cancer as a subject of its efforts to provide targeted cancer 
treatments to veterans through genomic science.
      Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War 
Veterans.--The House report directed VA to provide a report 
based on initial concerns regarding the potential impact that 
moving the Posttraumatic-stress Residential Rehabilitation 
Program might have on the Waco Center of Excellence for 
Research on Returning War Veterans. Those concerns have been 
adequately addressed by information provided subsequently in an 
independent assessment, and a report from VA on this issue is 
no longer required.
      Public-private partnerships.--The conferees urge VA to 
expedite consideration of proposals for public-private 
partnerships to leverage co-location of VA and university 
biomedical scientists engaged in multidisciplinary research.

                    NATIONAL CEMETERY ADMINISTRATION

      The conference agreement provides $315,836,000 for the 
National Cemetery Administration (NCA). Of the amount provided, 
not to exceed 10 percent is available until September 30, 2020.

                      DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION

                         GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

      The conference agreement provides $355,897,000 for 
General Administration. Of the amount provided, not to exceed 
10 percent is available for obligation until September 30, 
2020. The conference agreement continues to include bill 
language permitting the transfer of funds from this account to 
General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration.
      The conference agreement provides funding for General 
Administration in the amounts specified below:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                        (in thousands of
                        Office                              dollars)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Office of the Secretary..............................             15,079
Office of General Counsel............................             99,675
Office of Management.................................             63,402
Office of Human Resources............................             62,172
Office of Enterprise Integration.....................             27,967
Office of Ops, Security and Preparedness.............             22,547
Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs.......             12,663
Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs......              5,900
Office of Acquisition Logistics and Construction.....             46,492
------------------------------------------------------------------------

      The Secretary may alter these allocations if the 
Committees have been notified and written approval is provided.
      Additional budgetary information.--As described in the 
House report, VA is directed to include in its budget 
justification materials a table for each account that shows a 
five-year funding history, for requested and enacted levels.
      Financial management system.--The conference agreement 
includes $10,800,000 in this account, in addition to amounts 
provided in the Information Technology Systems account, for the 
development of a new financial management system. While the 
conferees do not question the need for a new financial 
management system, VA's record of previous failures in 
developing such a system support the need for rigorous 
oversight of this program. As part of this oversight, VA is 
directed to provide quarterly reports that include obligations, 
broken down by appropriated, franchise, and other accounts. 
These reports should also include the development of an 
integrated master schedule and dashboard, life cycle costs, 
staffing, and schedule. In addition, VA is directed to conduct 
end-user surveys in a timeframe and with a content identified 
by the conferees.
      Contractor accountability.--For contracts over 
$500,000,000 whenever the Secretary provides a Show Cause 
Notice to a contracted service provider that establishes that 
the contractor did not cure the conditions endangering 
performance under the subject contract within the time frame 
prescribed in the Cure Notice, which necessitates a termination 
for default, VA must submit to the Committees on Appropriations 
and the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and the 
House of Representatives notification of issuance of each Show 
Cause Notice. At a minimum, the notification should include: 
(1) an explanation of the reasons for providing such notice; 
(2) a description of the effect of the contractor failure, 
including with respect to cost, schedule, and requirements; (3) 
a description of the actions taken by the Secretary to mitigate 
such failure (other than issuance of the cure notice); and, (4) 
a description of the actions taken by the contractor to address 
such failure.
      Prompt payments.--The conferees are concerned that VA is 
not paying small businesses in a timely manner. Small business 
vendors depend on timely payments to pay for their services, 
pay their employees, and conduct business that they have agreed 
to perform for VA. Therefore, the conferees urge the Department 
to ensure that payments are made to small businesses promptly.
      Medical Care Collections Fund.--The conferees are aware 
that the Department continues to struggle with collections of 
third-party billings, which has impacted revenue in the Medical 
Care Collections Fund. The Department has indicated that it 
will take action by the end of fiscal year 2018 to address this 
long-standing problem. The conferees direct VA to report to the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress no 
later than 60 days after enactment of this Act on how the 
Department is complying with directives regarding third-party 
billing contained in Public Laws 114-113 and 115-141.
      Debts incurred by individuals.--The Department is 
directed, within 180 days of enactment of this Act, to develop 
a means to track and monitor information on the age and amount 
of debts owed by individuals to the United States as a result 
of those individuals' participation in a VA-administered 
benefits program; whether such debts are the result of delays 
in VA processing of changes to beneficiary status or other VA 
actions; and whether such debts are disputed by those 
individuals. Further, VA is directed to submit a report 
describing the plan no later than 90 days after it is 
developed.
      Inconsistencies in contracting policy after the 
Kingdomware decision.--In Public Law 115-96 VA was urged to 
issue additional guidance to provide a standard set of criteria 
for contracting officers to evaluate veteran-owned providers' 
capabilities and to take steps to ensure their implementation 
consistently across the VISNs, in alignment with the GAO's 
recommendations, especially about option years. The conferees 
have learned that VA has still not issued guidance and again 
urge VA to provide additional guidance.

                       BOARD OF VETERANS APPEALS

      The conference agreement provides $174,748,000 for the 
Board of Veterans Appeals, of which not to exceed 10 percent 
shall remain available until September 30, 2020.
      Appeals reform.--As VA has made progress in reducing the 
backlog of initial disability claims, there has been an 
increase in the number of appeals. Reforming the appeals 
process is critical in addressing this increase and requires 
the commitment of sufficient resources. As such, the Board of 
Veterans Appeals is urged, as described in the House report, to 
commit the necessary resources to reduce the backlog of 
appeals.

                     INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

      The conference agreement provides $4,103,000,000 for 
Information Technology (IT) Systems. The conference agreement 
identifies separately in bill language the funding available 
for pay and associated costs ($1,199,220,000); operations and 
maintenance ($2,523,209,000); and systems development 
($380,571,000). The conference agreement makes not to exceed 3 
percent of pay and associated costs funding available until the 
end of fiscal year 2020; not to exceed 5 percent of operations 
and maintenance funding available until the end of fiscal year 
2020; and all IT systems development funding available until 
the end of fiscal year 2020.
      The conference agreement includes $32,013,000 in 
information technology funding for the Veterans Benefits 
Management System that processes disability claims; $9,505,000 
for the Board of Veterans Appeals claims appeals modernization 
effort; $72,821,000 for development of a new VA financial 
management system; and $22,081,000 for replacement of the NCA 
burial operations support system.
      The conference agreement continues language permitting 
funding to be transferred among the three IT subaccounts, 
subject to approval from the Committees.
      The conference agreement continues language providing 
that funding may be transferred among development projects or 
to new projects subject to the Committees' approval.
      The conference agreement continues language indicating 
that no development project may be increased or decreased by 
more than $1,000,000 prior to receiving approval of the 
Committees or a period of 30 days has elapsed.
      The conference agreement provides funding for IT 
development for the projects and in the amounts specified in 
the following table:

               INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
                       ($ in thousands of dollars)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
              1                  Clinical Applications        Amount
------------------------------------------------------------------------
     A.......................   Access and Billing......           5,891
     B.......................   My HealtheVet...........          10,300
     C.......................   Health Data                       13,000
                                Interoperability.
     D.......................   Registries..............           3,288
                                Subtotal Clinical                 32,479
                                Applications.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                2                  Health Management
                                        Platform
------------------------------------------------------------------------
     A.......................   Digital Health Platform.          15,682
     B.......................   Community Care..........          25,303
     C.......................   Patient Record System...          14,300
     D.......................   Purchased Care..........           9,076
     E.......................   Telehealth..............           6,030
                                Subtotal Health                   70,391
                                Management Platform.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                3                   Benefits Systems
------------------------------------------------------------------------
     A.......................   Benefits Appeals........           2,500
     B.......................   Education Benefits......          37,830
     C.......................   Veterans Customer                 47,564
                                Experience.
     D.......................   Veterans Benefits                 10,000
                                Management.
     E.......................   Benefits Systems........          31,721
                                Subtotal Benefits                129,615
                                Systems.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                4                   Memorial Affairs
------------------------------------------------------------------------
     A.......................   Memorials Automation....          18,800
                                Subtotal Memorial                 18,800
                                Affairs.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                5                   Other IT Systems
------------------------------------------------------------------------
     A.......................   Human Resources.........          12,600
     B.......................   Financial and                     65,971
                                Acquisition Management
                                Modernization.
                                Subtotal Other IT                 78,571
                                Systems.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                6                    Cyber Security               17,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                7                     Information/
                                     Infrastructure
                                       Management
------------------------------------------------------------------------
     A.......................   Data Integration and              33,715
                                Management.
                                Subtotal Information/             33,715
                                Infrastructure
                                Management.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                8                 Total IT Development           380,571
------------------------------------------------------------------------

      This table is intended to serve as the Department's 
approved list of development projects; any requested changes 
are subject to reprogramming requirements.
      Cybersecurity implementation.--As stated in the House 
report, VA is urged to ensure that patient records being 
transferred from DOD to VA have the same level of security and 
data-level protections as provided by the Department of 
Defense.
      Appointment scheduling.--The conferees understand that 
the new electronic health record (EHR) contract includes an 
appointment scheduling system component that will be rolled out 
across the VA network in conjunction with the EHR system over a 
ten-year time period. While supportive of the implementation of 
a single EHR that includes all elements, including appointment 
scheduling, the conferees are disturbed that some regions of 
the country will not benefit from the scheduling system for a 
decade. An improved scheduling system must be one of VA's top 
priorities to address the continuing problem of delayed 
appointments. The conferees urge VA to consider alternatives 
that would permit all regions of the country to receive the 
benefits of a modern scheduling system in advance of the 
nationwide EHR system roll-out. The conferees understand that 
VA may consider decoupling the scheduling system from the rest 
of the EHR implementation, permitting its nationwide 
implementation far sooner. If that alternative is not adopted, 
VA is encouraged to consider implementing the commercial off-
the-shelf scheduling solutions it is currently piloting. If 
evaluations of these pilots indicate that they provide 
significant interim or long-term benefits, the conferees urge 
their expansion to additional geographic areas. The conferees 
direct VA to report within 90 days of enactment of this Act 
whether it has decided to separate the scheduling component 
within the EHR contract and implement it separately on a faster 
track. If the Department declines to take this action, 
theconferees direct the agency to notify the Committees within 150 days 
of enactment of this Act of its alternative plans to accelerate 
nationwide implementation of an improved scheduling system.

                   VETERANS ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD

      The conference agreement provides $1,107,000,000 for 
activities related to the development and rollout of a new VA 
EHR, the associated contractual costs, and the salaries and 
expenses of employees hired under titles 5 and 38, United 
States Code. The funding amount is $100,000,000 below the 
request based on the Department's assertion that it could 
accommodate such a decrement with no adverse impact to program 
cost, schedule, or performance. Also, because this is a very 
substantial new effort and the timing of obligation of funding 
is uncertain, the conference agreement makes these funds 
available for three years. Of the amount provided, not less 
than $412,000,000 is for improvement or establishment of 
infrastructure associated with the program. Additionally, the 
conference agreement includes bill language requiring the 
approval of the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress before any funds may be used to deviate from the 
deployment schedules provided to those committees by VA.
      Given the potential resistance from some users in 
adopting a new electronic health record system, the conferees 
direct VA to focus sufficient resources and attention on the 
challenge of change management during deployment. The conferees 
further direct VA to: maintain clear and agreed-upon metrics 
and goals with the DOD in regard to electronic health record 
interoperability and establish clear timeframes for meeting 
those goals; update the VA/DOD Interagency Program Office 
guidance to reflect agreed-upon metrics and goals; and ensure 
clinician feedback is sought and considered as the EHR system 
is modernized.
      Quarterly reporting.--The conferees continue to direct 
GAO to perform quarterly performance reviews of the VA 
electronic health record deployment to keep the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress apprised of VA's 
progress. The conferees also continue to include bill language 
directing VA to provide quarterly updates on the status of the 
electronic health record program. VA is directed to provide 
obligations, expenditures, and deployment implementation by 
facility. The conferees also continue to include bill language 
directing that these funds are available only to the Office of 
the Deputy Secretary.

                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

      The conference agreement provides $192,000,000 for the 
Office of Inspector General. Of the amount provided, not to 
exceed 10 percent is available for obligation until September 
30, 2020.
      Community Living Centers (CLC).--The conferees direct the 
VA Office of Inspector General to conduct an inspection of VA 
CLCs and report on best practices from VA and/or private sector 
that would improve the performance of VA CLCs that perform 
poorly on VA's ranking system.
      Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center.--The 
conferees urge the Inspector General to dedicate all necessary 
resources to provide rigorous oversight of the Washington, DC, 
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, a facility that has been 
plagued with management problems.

                      CONSTRUCTION, MAJOR PROJECTS

      The conference agreement provides $1,127,486,000 for 
Construction, Major Projects. The conference agreement makes 
this funding available for five years, except that $480,000,000 
is made available until expended of which $400,000,000 shall be 
available for seismic improvement projects and seismic program 
management activities, including for projects that would 
otherwise be funded by other VA accounts. The bill includes 
language that, notwithstanding title 38, seismic funding shall 
be available for the completion of both new and existing 
seismic projects.
      The conference agreement funds the following items as 
requested in the budget submission:

                      CONSTRUCTION, MAJOR PROJECTS
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                        (in thousands of
               Location and Description                     dollars)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
   Veterans Health Administration (VHA):
     St. Louis, MO: medical facility improvements and             34,400
     cemetery expansion...............................
     Canandaigua, NY: construction and renovation.....           190,000
     Dallas, TX: spinal cord injury facility..........           135,686
    North Chicago, IL: renovate building #4...........             6,000
     Oklahoma City, OK: new surgical intensive care               10,800
     unit.............................................
     Advance Planning and Design Fund: various                    95,000
     locations........................................
     Asbestos: various locations......................            15,000
     Major Construction Staff: various locations......            27,500
     Hazardous Waste: various locations...............            26,200
     Judgment Fund: various locations.................            25,000
     Non-Dept. Fed. Entity Project Management Support.            38,700
     Seismic Corrections: various locations...........           400,000
                                                       -----------------
         Total, VHA...................................         1,004,286
  National Cemetery Administration (NCA):
     Ohio Western Reserve, OH: gravesite expansion....            29,000
     Great Lakes, MI: gravesite expansion.............            35,200
     Cape Canaveral, FL: gravesite expansion..........            38,000
     Advance Planning and Design Fund.................            10,000
     NCA Land Acquisition Fund........................             5,000
         Total, NCA...................................           117,200
   General Admin.:
     Staff Offices Advance Planning Fund..............             6,000
                                                       -----------------
         Total, Construction Major Projects...........         1,127,486
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                      CONSTRUCTION, MINOR PROJECTS

      The conference agreement provides $649,514,000 for 
Construction, Minor Projects. The conference agreement makes 
this funding available for five years.

       GRANTS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF STATE EXTENDED CARE FACILITIES

      The conference agreement provides $150,000,000 for Grants 
for Construction of State Extended Care Facilities, to remain 
available until expended.

             GRANTS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF VETERANS CEMETERIES

      The conference agreement provides $45,000,000 for Grants 
for Construction of Veterans Cemeteries, to remain available 
until expended.

                       ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

             (INCLUDING TRANSFERS AND RESCISSIONS OF FUNDS)

      The conference agreement includes section 201 allowing 
for the transfer of funds among the three mandatory accounts.
      The conference agreement includes section 202 allowing 
for the transfer of funds among the four medical accounts.
      The conference agreement includes section 203 allowing 
salaries and expenses funds to be used for related authorized 
purposes.
      The conference agreement includes section 204 restricting 
the accounts that may be used for the acquisition of land or 
the construction of any new hospital or home.
      The conference agreement includes section 205 limiting 
the use of funds in the Medical Services account only for 
entitled beneficiaries unless reimbursement is made to the 
Department.
      The conference agreement includes section 206 allowing 
for the use of certain mandatory appropriations accounts for 
payment of prior year accrued obligations for those accounts.
      The conference agreement includes section 207 allowing 
the use of appropriations available in this title to pay prior 
year obligations.
      The conference agreement includes section 208 allowing 
the Department to use surplus earnings from the National 
Service Life Insurance Fund, the Veterans' Special Life 
Insurance Fund, and the United States Government Life Insurance 
Fund to administer these programs.
      The conference agreement includes section 209 allowing 
the Department to cover the administrative expenses of 
enhanced-use leases and provides authority to obligate these 
reimbursements in the year in which the proceeds are received.
      The conference agreement includes section 210 limiting 
the amount of reimbursement the Office of Resolution 
Management, the Office of Employment Discrimination Complaint 
Adjudication, the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower 
Protection, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion can 
charge other offices of the Department for services provided.
      The conference agreement includes section 211 requiring 
the Department to collect third-party payer information for 
persons treated for a non-service-connected disability.
      The conference agreement includes section 212 allowing 
for the use of enhanced-use leasing revenues for Construction, 
Major Projects and Construction, Minor Projects.
      The conference agreement includes section 213 outlining 
authorized uses for Medical Services funds.
      The conference agreement includes section 214 allowing 
for funds deposited into the Medical Care Collections Fund to 
be transferred to the Medical Services and Medical Community 
Care accounts.
      The conference agreement includes section 215 which 
allows Alaskan veterans to use medical facilities of the Indian 
Health Service or tribal organizations.
      The conference agreement includes section 216 permitting 
the transfer of funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs 
Capital Asset Fund to the Construction, Major Projects and 
Construction, Minor Projects accounts and makes those funds 
available until expended.
      The conference agreement includes section 217 requiring 
the Secretary to submit financial status quarterly reports for 
each of the Administrations in the Department. The specific 
data requested is similar to that requested in the fiscal year 
2017 conference report.
      The conference agreement includes section 218 requiring 
the Department to notify and receive approval from the 
Committees of any proposed transfer of funding to or from the 
Information Technology Systems account and limits the aggregate 
annual increase in the account to no more than 10 percent of 
the funding appropriated to the account in this Act.
      The conference agreement includes section 219 providing 
up to $301,578,000 of fiscal year 2019 funds for transfer to 
the Joint DOD-VA Medical Facility Demonstration Fund. 
Additional funding may be transferred from these accounts upon 
written notification to the Committees. A proviso with similar 
authority in Public Law 115-141 is repealed by this section.
      The conference agreement includes section 220 which 
permits $307,609,000 of fiscal year 2020 medical care funding 
provided in advance to be transferred to the Joint DOD-VA 
Medical Facility Demonstration Fund.
      The conference agreement includes section 221 which 
authorizes transfers from the Medical Care Collections Fund to 
the Joint DOD-VA Medical Facility Demonstration Fund.
      The conference agreement includes section 222 which 
transfers at least $15,000,000 from VA medical accounts to the 
DOD-VA Health Care Sharing Incentive Fund.
      The conference agreement includes section 223 prohibiting 
funds available to the Department in this or any other Act from 
being used to replace the current system by which VISNs select 
and contract for diabetes monitoring supplies and equipment.
      The conference agreement includes section 224 requiring 
that the Department notify the Committees of bid savings in a 
major construction project of at least $5,000,000, or 5 
percent, whichever is less, 14 days prior to the obligation of 
the bid savings and describe their anticipated use.
      The conference agreement includes section 225 which 
prohibits VA from increasing the scope of work for a major 
construction project above the scope specified in the original 
budget request unless the Secretary receives approval from the 
Committees.
      The conference agreement includes section 226 requiring a 
quarterly report from each VBA regional office on pending 
disability claims, both initial and supplemental; error rates; 
the number of claims processing personnel; corrective actions 
taken; training programs; and review team audit results. It 
also requires a quarterly report on the number of appeals 
pending at the Veterans Benefits Administration and the Board 
of Veterans Appeals.
      The conference agreement includes section 227 requiring 
VA to notify the Committees 15 days prior to any staff office 
relocations within VA of 25 or more full-time-equivalent staff.
      The conference agreement includes section 228 requiring 
the Secretary to report to the Committees each quarter about 
any single national outreach and awareness marketing campaign 
exceeding $2,000,000.
      The conference agreement includes section 229 permitting 
the transfer to the Medical Services account of fiscal year 
discretionary 2019 funds appropriated in this Act or available 
from advance fiscal year 2019 funds already appropriated, 
except for funds appropriated to General Operating Expenses, 
VBA, to address possible unmet, high priority needs in Medical 
Services. Such unanticipated demands may result from 
circumstances such as a greater than projected number of 
enrollees or higher intensity of use of benefits. Any such 
transfer requires the approval of the Committees.
      The conference agreement includes section 230 permitting 
the transfer of funding between the General Operating Expenses, 
Veterans Benefits Administration account and the Board of 
Veterans Appeals account if necessary to permit the hiring of 
staffing at the appropriate stage of the appeals process to 
address mounting claims appeals workload. Any such transfer 
requires the approval of the Committees.
      The conference agreement includes section 231 prohibiting 
the Secretary from reprogramming funds in excess of $7,000,000 
among major construction projects or programs unless the 
reprogramming is approved by the Committees.
      The conference agreement includes section 232 mandating 
certain professional standards for the veterans crisis hotline 
and requiring a study to assess its effectiveness.
      The conference agreement includes section 233 restricting 
funds from being used to close certain medical facilities in 
the absence of a national realignment strategy.
      The conference agreement includes section 234 prohibiting 
the use of funds, from the period October 1, 2018 through 
January 1, 2024, in contravention of VHA's May 10, 2017 
guidelines on breast cancer screening.
      The conference agreement includes section 235 allowing 
the use of Medical Services funding for assisted reproductive 
technology treatment and adoption reimbursement for veteransand 
their spouses if the veteran has a service-connected disability that 
results in being unable to procreate without such fertility treatment.
      The conference agreement includes section 236, which 
rescinds $211,000,000 of previously appropriated advance fiscal 
year 2019 funds from the Medical Support and Compliance 
account.
      The conference agreement includes section 237 prohibiting 
any funds from being used in a manner that is inconsistent with 
statutory limitations on outsourcing.
      The conference agreement includes section 238 pertaining 
to exceptions for Indian- or Native Hawaiian-owned businesses 
contracting with VA.
      The conference agreement includes section 239 directing 
the elimination over a series of years of the use of social 
security numbers in VA programs.
      The conference agreement includes section 240 referencing 
the provision in the 2017 Appropriations Act pertaining to 
certification of marriage and family therapists.
      The conference agreement includes section 241, which 
prohibits funds from being used to transfer funding from the 
Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund to any other VA 
account.
      The conference agreement includes section 242 permitting 
funding to be used in fiscal years 2019 and 2020 to carry out 
and expand the child care pilot program authorized by section 
205 of Public Law 111-163.
      The conference agreement includes section 243 which 
includes a reference to a provision in the 2017 Appropriations 
Act identifying information which may be used to verify the 
status of coastwise merchant seamen who served during World War 
II for the purposes of eligibility for medals, ribbons, or 
other military decorations.
      The conference agreement includes section 244 permitting 
the Secretary to use appropriated funds to ensure particular 
ratios of veterans to full-time employment equivalents within 
any VA program of rehabilitation.
      The conference agreement includes section 245 prohibiting 
VA from using funds to enter into an agreement to resolve a 
dispute or claim with an individual that would restrict the 
individual from speaking to members of Congress or their staff 
on any topic, except those required to be kept secret in the 
interest of national defense or the conduct of foreign affairs.
      The conference agreement includes section 246 referencing 
language in the 2017 Appropriations Act requiring certain data 
to be included in budget justifications for major construction 
projects.
      The conference agreement includes section 247 prohibiting 
the use of canines in VA research unless: the scientific 
objectives of the study can only be met by using canines; the 
study has been directly approved by the Secretary; and the 
study is consistent with the revised VA canine research policy 
document released in December 2017.
      The conference agreement includes section 248 providing 
$2,000,000,000 to be available until expended for VA 
infrastructure needs, of which $800,000,000 is for Medical 
Facilities for non-recurring maintenance; $300,000,000 is for 
Major Construction; $150,000,000 is for Minor Construction; and 
$750,000,000 is for seismic improvement projects and seismic 
project management activities. This funding is not made 
available until VA provides and the Committees approve a 
detailed expenditure plan.
      The conference agreement includes section 249 prohibiting 
the use of funds to deny the Inspector General timely access to 
information, unless a provision of law expressly refers to the 
Inspector General and expressly limits such access.
      The conference agreement includes section 250 directing 
VA to submit a plan to reduce the chances that clinical 
mistakes by VA employees will result in adverse events that 
require institutional or clinical disclosures.
      The conference agreement includes section 251 prohibiting 
funding from being used in a manner that would increase wait 
times for veterans at medical facilities.
      The conference agreement includes section 252 prohibiting 
the use of funds in fiscal year 2019 to convert any program 
which received specific purpose funds in fiscal year 2018 to a 
general purpose-funded program without the approval of the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress at 
least 30 days prior to any such action.

                               TITLE III


                            RELATED AGENCIES


                  American Battle Monuments Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The conference agreement includes $104,000,000 for 
Salaries and Expenses of the American Battle Monuments 
Commission (ABMC), an increase of $28,900,000 above the budget 
request to support the Commission's unfunded requirements for 
high priority projects. Not later than 30 days after the date 
of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a spend 
plan detailing the use of these funds.

                 FOREIGN CURRENCY FLUCTUATIONS ACCOUNT

      The conference agreement includes such sums as necessary 
for the Foreign Currency Fluctuations Account. However, due to 
favorable exchange rates, no funds are expected to be required 
in fiscal year 2019.

           United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The conference agreement includes $34,955,000 for 
Salaries and Expenses for the United States Court of Appeals 
for Veterans Claims. Public Law 114-113 provided planning and 
design funds for a feasibility study that has yet to be 
completed. In addition, the Committees received a letter that 
GSA is moving to another direction for a courthouse and 
therefore the conference agreement does not include funding for 
a new courthouse, as requested at this time.

                      Department of Defense--Civil


                       CEMETERIAL EXPENSES, ARMY

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The conference agreement includes $80,800,000 for 
Cemeterial Expenses, Army--Salaries and Expenses. Within that 
amount, up to $15,000,000 in funding is available until 
September 30, 2021.

                              CONSTRUCTION

      The conference agreement provides $33,600,000 for 
planning and design and construction of Southern Expansion to 
remain available until expended.
      Arlington National Cemetery Southern Expansion.--The 
conference agreement provides $33,600,000 for all activities, 
including construction of the Southern Expansion. The conferees 
note that the project is expected to cost upwards of 
$350,000,000 has an estimated completion date of 2025, adds 37 
acres of land, and will extend the cemetery's life into the 
2050s. While the conferees strongly support extending the life 
of the cemetery, there are concerns that the proposed expansion 
lacks proper planning. For example the Committees were 
initially told that the Southern Expansion would cost 
$274,000,000 however, now it appears that estimate was vastly 
underestimated. Therefore, no later than 180 days after 
enactment of this Act the conferees direct the Army to provide 
a comprehensive plan that includes cost estimate and 
construction schedule. Furthermore, after this reporting 
requirement is met the Army shall provide quarterly updates 
until this project is completed.

                      Armed Forces Retirement Home


                               TRUST FUND

      The conference agreement includes a total of $64,300,000 
for the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH), as requested, but 
does not provide the funds in the manner requested. The 
agreement directs that $42,300,000 be derived from the Trust 
Fund and $22,000,000 be provided from the General Fund to 
support AFRH operations.
      Trust Fund Solvency.--There continues to be a belief that 
both legislative and administrative actions are necessary to 
improve Trust Fund solvency, eliminate AFRH's reliance on the 
General Fund, and maintain the high-quality services provided 
to AFRH residents. While there is still concern about the path 
forward, DOD is directed to continue working with AFRH to take 
appropriate administrative action and to develop and submit 
proposed authorizing language that addresses the issue of Trust 
Fund solvency.

                        ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISION

      The conference agreement includes section 301 allowing 
Arlington National Cemetery to deposit and use funds derived 
from concessions.

                                TITLE IV


                    OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS


                         Department of Defense

      The conference agreement includes title IV, Overseas 
Contingency Operations, for military construction projects 
related to the Global War on Terrorism and the European 
Deterrence/Reassurance Initiative.

                      MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, ARMY

      The conference agreement includes $192,250,000 for 
``Military Construction, Army'', for planning and design and 
construction in support of Overseas Contingency Operations and 
the European Deterrence/Reassurance Initiative.

              MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, NAVY AND MARINE CORPS

      The conference agreement includes $227,320,000 for 
``Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps'', for planning 
and design and construction in support of Overseas Contingency 
Operations and the European Deterrence/Reassurance Initiative.

                    MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AIR FORCE

      The conference agreement includes $414,800,000 for 
``Military Construction, Air Force'', for planning and design 
and construction in support of Overseas Contingency Operations 
and the European Deterrence/Reassurance Initiative.

                  MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, DEFENSE-WIDE

      The conference agreement includes $87,050,000 for 
``Military Construction, Defense-Wide'', for planning and 
design and construction in support of Overseas Contingency 
Operations and the European Deterrence/Reassurance Initiative.

                       ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

      The conference agreement includes section 401 which 
provides the contingent emergency designation for the Overseas 
Contingency Operations accounts.
      The conference agreement includes section 402 which 
requires the Department of Defense to provide a future year 
defense program for European Deterrence/Reassurance Initiative 
to the congressional defense committees.


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                                TITLE V


                           GENERAL PROVISIONS

      The conference agreement includes section 501 prohibiting 
the obligation of funds in this Act beyond the current fiscal 
year unless expressly so provided.
      The conference agreement includes section 502 prohibiting 
the use of the funds in this Act for programs, projects, or 
activities not in compliance with Federal law relating to risk 
assessment, the protection of private property rights, or 
unfunded mandates.
      The conference agreement includes section 503 encouraging 
all Departments to expand their use of ``E-Commerce.''
      The conference agreement includes section 504 specifying 
the congressional committees that are to receive all reports 
and notifications.
      The conference agreement includes section 505 prohibiting 
the transfer of funds to any instrumentality of the United 
States Government without authority from an appropriations Act.
      The conference agreement includes section 506 prohibiting 
the use of funds for a project or program named for a serving 
Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner of the United States 
House of Representatives.
      The conference agreement includes section 507 requiring 
all reports submitted to Congress to be posted on official web 
sites of the submitting agency.
      The conference agreement includes section 508 prohibiting 
the use of funds to establish or maintain a computer network 
unless such network blocks the viewing, downloading, and 
exchanging of pornography, except for law enforcement 
investigation, prosecution, or adjudication activities.
      The conference agreement includes section 509 prohibiting 
the use of funds for the payment of first-class air travel by 
an employee of the executive branch.
      The conference agreement includes section 510 prohibiting 
the use of funds in this Act for any contract where the 
contractor has not complied with E-Verify requirements.
      The conference agreement includes section 511 prohibiting 
the use of funds in this Act by the Department of Defense or 
the Department of Veterans Affairs for the purchase or lease of 
a new vehicle except in accordance with Presidential 
Memorandum--Federal Fleet Performance, dated May 24, 2011.
      The conference agreement includes section 512 prohibiting 
the use of funds in this Act for the renovation, expansion, or 
construction of any facility in the continental United States 
for the purpose of housing any individual who has been detained 
at the United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


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                                    Rodney P. Frelinghuysen,
                                    Michael K. Simpson,
                                    John R. Carter,
                                    Ken Calvert,
                                    Jeff Fortenberry,
                                    Charles F. Fleischmann,
                                    Jaime Herrera Beutler,
                                    Scott Taylor,
                                 Managers on the Part of the House.

                                    Richard C. Shelby,
                                    Lamar Alexander,
                                    John Boozman,
                                    Steve Daines,
                                    James Lankford,
                                    Patrick J. Leahy,
                                    Dianne Feinstein,
                                    Brian Schatz,
                                    Christopher Murphy,
                                Managers on the Part of the Senate.

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