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                                                      Calendar No. 479
115th Congress      }                                   {       Report
                                 SENATE
 2d Session         }                                   {      115-281

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  FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2019

                                _______
                                

                 June 21, 2018.--Ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

    Mr. Lankford of Oklahoma, from the Committee on Appropriations, 
                        submitted the following

                                 REPORT

                         [To accompany S. 3107]

    The Committee on Appropriations reports an original bill 
(S. 3107) making appropriations for financial services and 
general government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 
2019, and for other purposes, reports favorably thereon without 
amendment and recommends that the bill do pass.



Amounts of new budget (obligational) authority for fiscal year 2019

Total of bill as reported to the Senate................. $45,944,000,000
Amount of 2018 appropriations...........................  48,149,851,000
Amount of 2019 budget estimate..........................  49,124,783,000
Bill as recommended to Senate compared to--
    2018 appropriations.................................  -2,205,851,000
    2019 budget estimate................................  -3,180,783,000

















                                CONTENTS

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                                                                   Page
Overview and Summary of the Bill.................................     5
Program, Project, and Activity...................................     5
Reprogramming Guidelines.........................................     5
Relationship With Budget Offices.................................     6
Congressional Budget Justifications..............................     7
Agency Reports...................................................     7
Antideficiency Act Violations....................................     8
Other Matters and Directives.....................................     8
Title I: Department of the Treasury:
    Departmental Offices.........................................     9
    Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence...............    11
    Cybersecurity Enhancement Account............................    12
    Department-wide Systems and Capital Investments Programs.....    13
    Office of Inspector General..................................    14
    Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration............    15
    Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief 
      Program....................................................    16
    Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.........................    17
    Bureau of the Fiscal Service.................................    19
    Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.....................    20
    United States Mint...........................................    20
    Community Development Financial Institutions Fund............    21
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing.............................    23
    Internal Revenue Service.....................................    24
    Taxpayer Services............................................    28
    Enforcement..................................................    31
    Operations Support...........................................    32
    Business Systems Modernization...............................    33
    Administrative Provisions--Internal Revenue Service..........    34
    Administrative Provisions--Department of the Treasury........    35
Title II: Executive Office of the President and Funds 
  Appropriated to the President:
    The White House..............................................    37
    Executive Residence at the White House.......................    37
    White House Repair and Restoration...........................    38
    Council of Economic Advisers.................................    38
    National Security Council and Homeland Security Council......    38
    Office of Administration.....................................    39
    Office of Management and Budget..............................    39
    Office of National Drug Control Policy.......................    41
    Federal Drug Control Programs:
        High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program............    42
        Other Federal Drug Control Programs......................    43
    Unanticipated Needs..........................................    44
    Information Technology Oversight and Reform..................    44
    Special Assistance to the President..........................    45
    Official Residence of the Vice President.....................    46
    Administrative Provisions--Executive Office of the President 
      and Funds Appropriated to the President....................    46
Title III: The Judiciary:
    Supreme Court of the United States...........................    47
        Care of the Building and Grounds.........................    48
    United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.......    48
    United States Court of International Trade...................    49
    Courts of Appeals, District Courts, and Other Judicial 
      Services...................................................    49
        Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund...................    49
        Defender Services........................................    50
        Fees of Jurors and Commissioners.........................    51
        Court Security...........................................    51
    Administrative Office of the United States Courts............    52
    Federal Judicial Center......................................    52
    United States Sentencing Commission..........................    52
    Administrative Provisions--The Judiciary.....................    53
Title IV--District of Columbia:
    Federal Payments:
        Federal Funds............................................    54
        Federal Payment for Resident Tuition Support.............    54
        Federal Payment for Emergency Planning and Security Costs 
          in the District of Columbia............................    55
        Federal Payment to the District of Columbia Courts.......    56
        Federal Payment for Defender Services in District of 
          Columbia Courts........................................    56
        Federal Payment to the Court Services and Offender 
          Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia........    57
        Federal Payment to the Public Defender Service for the 
          District of Columbia...................................    57
        Federal Payment to the Criminal Justice Coordinating 
          Council................................................    58
        Federal Payment for Judicial Commissions.................    58
        Federal Payment for School Improvement...................    59
        Federal Payment for the D.C. National Guard..............    59
        Federal Payment for HIV/AIDS Prevention..................    60
        Federal Payment to the District of Columbia Water and 
          Sewer Authority........................................    60
    District of Columbia Funds...................................    61
Title V--Independent Agencies:
    Administrative Conference of the United States...............    62
    Commodity Futures Trading Commission.........................    62
    Consumer Product Safety Commission...........................    63
    Election Assistance Commission...............................    65
    Federal Communications Commission............................    65
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: Office of the 
      Inspector General..........................................    70
    Federal Election Commission..................................    70
    Federal Labor Relations Authority............................    71
    Federal Trade Commission.....................................    71
    General Services Administration..............................    73
    Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation........................    82
    Merit Systems Protection Board...............................    83
    Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation..............    83
    National Archives and Records Administration.................    84
    National Credit Union Administration.........................    87
    Office of Government Ethics..................................    88
    Office of Personnel Management...............................    89
    Office of Special Counsel....................................    93
    Postal Regulatory Commission.................................    94
    Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board..................    94
    Securities and Exchange Commission...........................    96
    Selective Service System.....................................    98
    Small Business Administration................................    98
    United States Postal Service.................................   107
    United States Tax Court......................................   108
Statement Concerning General Provisions..........................   109
Title VI--General Provisions--This Act...........................   110
Title VII--General Provisions--Governmentwide....................   113
Title VIII--General Provisions--District of Columbia.............   117
Compliance With Paragraph 7, Rule XVI of the Standing Rules of 
  the 
  Senate.........................................................   119
Compliance With Paragraph 7(c), Rule XXVI of the Standing Rules 
  of the Senate..................................................   120
Compliance With Paragraph 12, Rule XXVI of the Standing Rules of 
  the Senate.....................................................   121
Budgetary Impact of Bill.........................................   123
Comparative Statement of New Budget Authority....................   124

                    OVERVIEW AND SUMMARY OF THE BILL

    The Financial Services and General Government 
appropriations bill provides funding for the Department of the 
Treasury, including the Internal Revenue Service; the Executive 
Office of the President; the Judiciary; the District of 
Columbia; and more than two dozen independent Federal agencies.
    The Committee recommends $45,944,000,000 in discretionary 
and mandatory appropriations. This represents a decrease of 
$2,205,851,000 below the fiscal year 2018 enacted level, and a 
decrease of $3,180,783,000 below the budget request. Of the 
total, $23,688,000,000 is provided in discretionary 
appropriations. Mandatory appropriations less scorekeeping 
adjustments total $22,256,000,000.

                     PROGRAM, PROJECT, AND ACTIVITY

    During fiscal year 2019, for the purposes of the Balanced 
Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (Public Law 
99-177), as amended, with respect to appropriations contained 
in the accompanying bill, the terms ``program, project, and 
activity'' [PPA] shall mean any item for which a dollar amount 
is contained in appropriations acts (including joint 
resolutions providing continuing appropriations) or 
accompanying reports of the House and Senate Committees on 
Appropriations, or accompanying conference reports and joint 
explanatory statements of the committee of conference.

                        REPROGRAMMING GUIDELINES

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

                    RELATIONSHIP WITH BUDGET OFFICES

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

                  CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET JUSTIFICATIONS

    Budget justifications are prepared not for the use of the 
agency, but instead are the primary tool used by the House and 
Senate Committees on Appropriations to evaluate the resource 
requirements and fiscal needs of agencies. The Committee is 
aware that the format and presentation of budget materials is 
largely left to the agency within presentation objectives set 
forth by the Office of Management and Budget [OMB]. However, 
the Committee expects agencies to consult with the Committees 
on Appropriations in advance regarding any plans to modify the 
format of agency budget documents to ensure that the data 
needed to make appropriate and meaningful funding decisions is 
provided.
    The Committee directs that justifications submitted with 
the fiscal year 2020 budget requests by agencies funded under 
this act must contain the customary level of detailed data and 
explanatory statements to support the appropriations requests 
at the level of detail contained in the funding table included 
at the end of the report. Among other items, agencies shall 
provide a detailed discussion of proposed new initiatives, 
proposed changes in the agency's financial plan from prior year 
enactment, and detailed data on all programs and comprehensive 
information on any office or agency restructurings. At a 
minimum, each agency must also provide adequate justification 
for funding and staffing changes for each individual office. 
Explanatory materials should compare programs, projects, and 
activities that are proposed for fiscal year 2020 to the fiscal 
year 2019 enacted level.
    The Committee includes a general provision requiring that 
agencies provide, as a component incorporated within their 
fiscal year 2020 budget justification materials submitted to 
the Committee, a separate table briefly describing the top 
management challenges for fiscal year 2019 as identified by the 
agency inspector general, along with an explanation of how the 
fiscal year 2020 budget request addresses each such management 
challenge.
    The Committee is aware that the analytical materials 
required for review by the Committee are unique to each agency 
in this act. Therefore, the Committee expects that each agency 
will coordinate with the House and Senate Committees on 
Appropriations in advance on its planned presentation for its 
budget justification materials in support of the fiscal year 
2020 budget request.

                             AGENCY REPORTS

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

                     ANTIDEFICIENCY ACT VIOLATIONS

    The Antideficiency Act is a cornerstone of Federal fiscal 
law. It forbids agencies from exceeding an appropriation, 
apportionment, or allotment; from obligating funds before 
Congress has appropriated them; and from accepting voluntary 
services or employing personal services exceeding that 
authorized by law. These prohibitions ensure that agencies 
operate within amounts that Congress has appropriated and, 
therefore, that agency activities are carried out in accordance 
with the will of the people as expressed through Congress.
    The Antideficiency Act requires agencies to immediately 
report violations of the act to Congress and to the President 
and to transmit a copy of each report to the Comptroller 
General. These reports must include all relevant facts 
pertaining to the violation and a statement of action taken. 
These reports provide information essential to the Committee as 
it performs oversight and as it considers agency funding 
levels. Therefore, the Committee directs any agency funded by 
this Act to concurrently transmit to the Subcommittee on 
Financial Services and General Government a copy of any 
Antideficiency Act violation report submitted pursuant to 31 
U.S.C. 1351 or 31 U.S.C. 1517(b).

                      OTHER MATTERS AND DIRECTIVES

    Cybersecurity.--Cybersecurity remains one of the most 
significant challenges facing the Nation. Recent events have 
demonstrated that the Federal Government faces an array of 
cyber-based threats to its systems and data and the results 
have proven disastrous to millions of Americans. The Committee 
remains concerned that billions of Federal dollars are spent 
each fiscal year yet there is no guarantee of security for 
Americans. The Committee stresses the importance of the role of 
the Federal Chief Information Officer [CIO] in protecting 
Federal assets and information and strengthening the Federal 
Government's overall cybersecurity infrastructure. The 
Committee is committed to conducting oversight of agencies 
within its jurisdiction to ensure that funding is being spent 
wisely and effectively while ensuring that stronger cyber 
controls are in place. The Committee encourages the 
Administration and agencies to enhance their cyber strategies 
and allocate resources accordingly to combat cybercrime and 
data breaches.

                                TITLE I

                       DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

                          Departmental Offices

                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $201,751,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     201,751,000
Committee recommendation................................     208,751,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $208,751,000 for the Departmental 
Offices account of the Department of the Treasury for fiscal 
year 2019. The recommendation is $7,000,000 above the enacted 
level to allow the Department to manage a growing caseload 
associated with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the 
United States, invest in information technology improvements, 
and hire additional staff to conduct economic analysis of tax 
regulatory actions.
    Wildlife Trafficking.--The Committee directs the Department 
to use available resources to pursue and enforce money 
laundering and other related laws as related to wildlife 
trafficking and the illegal ivory trade. The Department shall 
report to the Committee semiannually during fiscal year 2019 on 
such enforcement actions and other steps taken to carry out the 
Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act of 
2016 during this fiscal year.
    Ivory Poaching.--Militias, armed groups, insurgents, and 
even terrorist groups are using profits from illegal ivory 
poaching and trafficking to further violence in Africa and 
elsewhere. Often the sales are to China and involve organized 
crime, shell companies, and arms traffickers. Accordingly, the 
Committee directs the Department of the Treasury to use 
available resources to pursue and enforce money laundering and 
other related laws as related to the illegal ivory trade, 
particularly in Africa. The Department shall report to the 
Committee every 6 months during the fiscal year on such 
enforcement actions taken during the fiscal year.
    Management of Capital Investments.--The Committee notes 
that section 123 of the bill requires the Secretary of the 
Treasury to develop an annual Capital Investment Plan, to be 
submitted to the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and 
the House of Representatives within 30 days following 
submission of the President's annual budget request. The 
Committee directs the Department to include estimated funding 
needs for the lifetime capital costs for each project, not just 
for the budget year. The Committee also directs the Department 
to include in the Capital Investment Plan meaningful and 
understandable summaries of capital investments by project type 
(e.g., information technology). The Committee directs the 
Office of the Chief Information Officer to ensure that adequate 
resources are devoted both to projects in the capital phase and 
to proper maintenance and modernization of existing systems and 
to ensure that all projects are tracked properly and described 
completely in the annual Capital Investment Plan.
    Cybersecurity.--The Committee supports investments in 
financial cybersecurity research, and strongly urges the 
Department of the Treasury, including the Office of Critical 
Infrastructure Policy, to work with the National Science 
Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security's Science and 
Technology Directorate and its Homeland Security Advanced 
Research Projects Agency, the Intelligence Advanced Research 
Projects Activity, and others to leverage cybersecurity 
research and efforts to protect our Nation where it is most 
vulnerable.
    Puerto Rico.--The Committee encourages the Department to 
provide technical assistance to Puerto Rico on stabilizing and 
strengthening public financial management and financial 
management systems. The Committee directs the Department to 
submit a report within 30 days of the end of the fiscal year to 
the Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate 
providing detailed descriptions of any technical assistance 
that has been provided, including: what activities have been 
undertaken by Treasury employees in the provision of technical 
assistance; timeframes within which the activities have 
occurred; number of full-time-equivalent hours devoted to 
provision of the activities; and documentation that the 
activities have occurred.
    Financial Literacy.--The Committee is concerned about the 
low level of financial literacy and numeracy skills among the 
adult population of the United States, as one in seven adults 
do not have the basic financial literacy skills to succeed in 
all but the most rudimentary financial literacy tasks. The 
Committee encourages the Department to explore the degree to 
which current Federal financial literacy programs benefit those 
individuals with less than basic literacy skills and to develop 
measurable goals and objectives for the Financial Literacy and 
Education Commission that address the needs of this population. 
Finally, the Committee urges the Department to explore 
opportunities to work with rural community-based adult and 
family literacy organizations to promote and implement future 
financial literacy initiatives.
    DATA Act.--In a November 2017 report, the Government 
Accountability Office [GAO] reviewed the quality of data 
reported by Federal agencies in accordance with the Digital 
Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act). This 
report found issues and challenges with the completeness and 
accuracy of the data submitted, use of data elements, and 
presentation of the data on USAspending.gov. The report makes 
six recommendations for Executive Action, four of which are 
directed at the Department of the Treasury. The Committee 
directs the Department to continue working toward full 
compliance under the law and build on progress to-date and the 
recommendations made in the report to improve data quality for 
the benefit of taxpayers.

             Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $141,778,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     159,000,000
Committee recommendation................................     159,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    Economic and trade sanctions issued and enforced by the 
Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence's [TFI] Office 
of Foreign Assets Control safeguard financial systems against 
illicit use and combat rogue nations, terrorist facilitators, 
money launderers, proliferators of weapons of mass destruction, 
and other national security threats. In addition, TFI produces 
vital analysis with regard to foreign intelligence and 
counterintelligence across all elements of the national 
security community.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $159,000,000 
for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence to carry 
out its central role in detecting and defeating security 
threats.
    African Conflicts.--The Committee is concerned that 
sanction programs related to African conflicts like South Sudan 
and human rights programs such as Global Magntisky are under-
staffed. When staff is reassigned during times of crisis to 
supplement work targeting other regions, the problem is 
exacerbated. The Committee recommendation includes a 
significant increase for the Office of Terrorism and Financial 
Intelligence, and the Committee expects the Department to 
increase the number of employees in the Office of Terrorism and 
Financial Intelligence focused on enforcing financial sanctions 
in African countries.
    Economic Sanctions and Divestments.--The Committee 
recommendation includes resources for Terrorism and Financial 
Intelligence programs. With these funds, the Department will 
continue to issue and enforce economic and trade sanctions 
consistent with national security and foreign policy goals. 
These sanctions are a key tool for asserting U.S. policy toward 
countries and entities under sanction. The Committee directs 
the Department to fully implement all sanctions and divestment 
measures, particularly those applicable to WMD proliferation, 
terrorism, transnational organized crime, human rights abuses, 
drug trafficking, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, 
Russia, Belarus, North Korea, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, 
Zimbabwe, Burma, and designated rebel groups operating in and 
around the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Committee directs 
the Department to promptly notify the Committee of any resource 
constraints that adversely impact the implementation of any 
sanctions program.
    Cryptocurrency.--The Department shall report to the 
Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate on the 
state of anti-money laundering efforts, threats to sanctions 
enforcement, and the effectiveness of U.S. anti-money 
laundering laws in combatting cryptocurrency-based money 
laundering, including any legislative recommendations to 
improve the interdiction of cryptocurrency-based money 
laundering and sanctions circumvention schemes.

                   CYBERSECURITY ENHANCEMENT ACCOUNT

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $24,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      25,208,000
Committee recommendation................................      25,208,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Cybersecurity Enhancement Account is a dedicated 
account designed to bolster the Department's cybersecurity 
posture and mitigate cybersecurity threats to the U.S. 
financial infrastructure.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $25,208,000 in Department-wide 
funding for focus on critical improvements to systems in the 
Treasury-wide budget activity identified in the congressional 
justification for this new account, including the Treasury 
Secure Data Network, the Fiscal Service Trusted Internet 
Connections, and the other systems that have been identified as 
High Value Assets. The funding will also support identification 
and protection of information systems; detection of threat 
actors; and response and recovery from cyber incidents. A 
portion of the resources will also support a dedicated 
innovation fund for evolving high impact cyber investments 
throughout the Department.
    Treasury Chief Information Officer Oversight.--
Cybersecurity remains one of the most significant challenges 
facing the Nation. Recent events have demonstrated that the 
Federal Government faces as array of cyber-based threats to its 
systems and data and the results have proven disastrous to 
millions of Americans. The Committee directs the Treasury CIO 
to review and approve each investment under the Cybersecurity 
Enhancement Account and report to the Committees on 
Appropriations of the House and the Senate each quarter on the 
progress of each investment. In order to help ensure that the 
Treasury CIO retains control over the execution of these funds, 
the Committee recommendation does not permit transfers of funds 
from the Cybersecurity Enhancement Account and does not adopt 
the language in the request allowing these funds to be 
obligated and expended through allocation accounts available to 
individual offices and bureaus.
    Spend Plans.--To improve oversight of these funds across 
the Department, the Committee expects the CIOs of each office 
and bureau of the Treasury to submit a spend plan for each 
prospective investment under this heading to the Treasury 
Department CIO for review. The Committee directs the Treasury 
CIO to review each investment submitted under the Cybersecurity 
Enhancement Account heading to improve oversight of these funds 
across the Department; none of the funds under this heading 
will be available to fund such an investment without the 
approval of the Treasury CIO.
    The spend plans should include how the investment will: 
enhance Department-wide coordination of cybersecurity efforts 
and improve the Department's responsiveness to cybersecurity 
threats; provide bureau and agency leadership with greater 
visibility into cybersecurity efforts and further encourage 
information sharing across bureaus; improve identification of 
cyber threats and better protect information systems from 
attack; provide a platform to enhance efficient communication, 
collaboration, and transparency around the common goal of 
improving not only the cybersecurity of the Treasury 
Department, but also the Nation's financial sector. The spend 
plans should also detail the type of cybersecurity enhancement 
the investment represents, and the cost, scope, schedule of the 
investment, and explain how it complements existing cyber 
efforts.

        DEPARTMENT-WIDE SYSTEMS AND CAPITAL INVESTMENTS PROGRAMS

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $4,426,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       4,000,000
Committee recommendation................................       4,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $4,000,000 for Department-wide 
Systems and Capital Investments Programs [DSCIP].
    The Committee notes that the DSCIP account has been 
utilized to fund a wide variety of multiyear initiatives. Given 
the complexity of these initiatives, the bill includes language 
in section 123 directing the Department of the Treasury to 
submit an annual Capital Investment Plan to the Committees on 
Appropriations within 30 days after the President's budget 
submission.

                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $37,044,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      36,000,000
Committee recommendation................................      37,044,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $37,044,000 for salaries and 
expenses of the Office of Inspector General. This amount is 
equal to the fiscal year 2018 enacted level.
    The Committee directs the Inspector General to utilize 
funds provided to meet mandated audit requirements such as 
information security in addition to other prioritized work 
including Treasury's responsibilities as they relate to 
combatting terrorist financing and money laundering.
    The Committee remains concerned about cyber-based threats 
as Treasury's information systems are critical to the core 
functions of government and the Nation's financial 
infrastructure. The Committee encourages the Inspector General 
to conduct oversight work on the potential vulnerability of 
Treasury's networks and systems including its physical 
security, continuous monitoring, and strong authentication.

           TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $169,634,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     161,113,000
Committee recommendation................................     169,634,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration 
[TIGTA] was established by the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act 
of 1998 (Public Law 105-206). TIGTA was created to provide 
independent audit and investigative services necessary to 
improve the quality and credibility of oversight of the 
Internal Revenue Service [IRS] and ensure that the IRS is held 
to a high level of accountability.
    TIGTA conducts audits, investigations, and inspections and 
evaluations to assess the operations and programs of the IRS 
and related entities, the IRS Oversight Board and the Office of 
Chief Counsel to (1) promote the economic, efficient, and 
effective administration of the Nation's tax laws and to detect 
and deter fraud and abuse in IRS programs and operations; and 
(2) recommend actions to resolve fraud and other serious 
problems, abuses, and deficiencies in these programs and 
operations, and keep the Secretary and Congress fully and 
currently informed of these issues and the progress made in 
resolving them.
    The audit function provides program audit, limited contract 
audit, and financial audit services. Program audits review and 
audit all facets of the IRS and related entities in an effort 
to improve IRS systems and operations, while ensuring fair and 
equitable treatment of taxpayers. Contract audits focus on 
invoices/vouchers submitted to the IRS to determine whether 
charges are valid and to identify erroneous and improper 
payments. The investigative function provides for the detection 
and investigation of improper and illegal activities involving 
IRS programs and operations and protects the IRS and related 
entities against external attempts to corrupt or threaten the 
administration of the tax laws.
    During fiscal year 2017, TIGTA recovered, protected, and 
identified monetary benefits totaling $187,000,000. In fiscal 
year 2017, TIGTA received 10,638 complaints, opened 2,835 
investigations, and closed 2,876 investigations.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $169,634,000 
for TIGTA. This amount is the same as the fiscal year 2018 
enacted level. The Committee recognizes the expansive workload 
that TIGTA has assumed as well as considerable demands on its 
resources in order to be responsive to Congress. The Committee 
acknowledges the challenges TIGTA faces in adapting its 
oversight activities to address increasingly complex and high-
risk issues associated with IRS operations, including 
protecting sensitive taxpayer data, detection and investigation 
of fraud and electronic crime, impersonation scams, and review 
of procurement activities. The Committee recognizes that growth 
in the size and workload of the IRS generates concomitant 
increased work for TIGTA.
    Since fiscal year 2011, TIGTA has designated the security 
of taxpayer data as the top concern facing the IRS based on the 
increased number and sophistication of threats to taxpayer 
information and the need for the IRS to better protect taxpayer 
data. The IRS is responsible for safeguarding a vast amount of 
sensitive financial and personal data, processing returns that 
contain confidential information for over 100 million 
taxpayers. Persistent information security weaknesses put the 
IRS at risk of disruption, fraud, or inappropriate disclosure 
of sensitive information.
    Recent cyber events involving the IRS have illustrated that 
bad actors are constantly seeking new ways to attack and 
exploit IRS systems and processes in order to access tax 
information for the purpose of stealing identities and filing 
fraudulent tax returns. As the IRS expands online tools 
available to taxpayers through its Future State initiative it 
is imperative that the IRS implement necessary security 
controls. The Committee appreciates the work TIGTA has 
performed to evaluate whether the IRS has properly implemented 
secure electronic authentication in accordance with Federal 
standards and encourages TIGTA to keep the Committee informed 
of the IRS's responses to its recommendations. In addition, the 
Committee looks forward to reviewing TIGTA's audit assessing 
the effect of legacy systems on the IRS's ability to deliver 
modernized tax administration.
    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 makes significant changes 
to the tax code affecting individuals, businesses, and tax-
exempt organizations and the IRS has numerous responsibilities 
in accordance with this act such as hiring additional staff, 
updating information technology [IT] systems, and making 
necessary changes to forms and publications used by taxpayers. 
The Committee acknowledges TIGTA's initial assessment of the 
IRS's implementation efforts and looks forward to reviewing 
TIGTA's future work to monitor the IRS's efforts to implement 
the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
    Combatting IRS Impersonation Scams.--According to TIGTA, as 
of April 2018, more than 2,100,000 Americans have been targeted 
by an IRS impersonation scam. Additionally, more than 12,700 
Americans have lost a total of at least $66,900,000 to IRS 
impersonation scams. Given the ubiquitous nature of this scam, 
the Committee commends the work that TIGTA has done thus far to 
combat these scams, encourages TIGTA to continue to prioritize 
working with the IRS to increase awareness of this scam, and 
urges TIGTA to pursue the criminals perpetrating this fraud.

    SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR THE TROUBLED ASSET RELIEF PROGRAM

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $34,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      17,500,000
Committee recommendation................................      17,500,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $17,500,000 for SIGTARP for fiscal 
year 2019. The recommendation is $16,500,000 below the fiscal 
year 2018 enacted level and equal to the budget request.
    The Committee notes that less than 1 percent of TARP 
investments remain outstanding, the application periods for the 
Federal Housing Administration Refinance program and Making 
Home Affordable initiative have ended, and nearly 70 percent of 
Housing Finance Agency Hardest Hit Fund disbursements have 
occurred. The Committee notes SIGTARP has found fraud, waste, 
and abuse in TARP programs that have disbursed funds. The 
Committee expects SIGTARP to continue winding down its 
operations as disbursements under TARP housing programs are 
paid out and SIGTARP approaches its sunset date.

                  Financial Crimes Enforcement Network


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $115,003,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     117,800,000
Committee recommendation................................     117,800,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $117,800,000 for FinCEN. The 
amount is $2,797,000 above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level 
to enhance FinCEN's national security capacity and develop a 
non-bank financial institution risk assessment model.
    Money Laundering of Cybercrime Proceeds.--The Committee 
recognizes that major data security breaches are becoming more 
common and are often orchestrated by sophisticated 
cybercriminal enterprises who then monetize the data and 
launder it through U.S. financial institutions. The Committee 
notes FinCEN's history of supporting law enforcement cases that 
combat cybercrime, and emphasizes the importance of continuing 
this effort as part of the bureau's broader mission to detect 
and disrupt all forms of financial crime. In addition to 
analyzing financial flows for this important effort in the 
course of ongoing strategic operations, FinCEN shall continue 
to use this data to ensure reporting institutions remain 
vigilant in detecting the laundering of cybercriminal proceeds. 
The Committee notes that FinCEN has issued two cyber-related 
advisories to financial institutions concerning, respectively, 
cyber-events and cyber-enabled crime generally and on business 
e-mail compromise more specifically. The advisories assisted 
financial institutions in understanding how to identify and 
report suspicious cyber-related activity. The Committee 
encourages FinCEN to continue to issue cyber-related advisories 
or other publications, as appropriate, to keep financial 
institutions apprised of the trends, typologies, red flag 
indicators, and other information that may assist financial 
institutions in reporting cyber-related suspicious activities.
    Money Laundering by Foreign Agents.--The Committee is 
concerned by the increased use of the U.S. financial system by 
corrupt foreign government officials and private citizens 
engaged in criminal enterprises, as these illegal practices are 
often used to finance additional criminal activity and 
encourage domestic repression in countries including, but not 
limited to, Venezuela. The Committee encourages FinCEN to 
continue to work closely with the Department of Justice in its 
efforts to investigate these crimes so that the assets of 
persons and entities involved in money laundering through U.S. 
financial institutions may be frozen and that ensuing cases may 
be prosecuted to the fullest extent.
    Beneficial Ownership.--FinCEN's Customer Due Diligence 
Requirements for Financial Institutions [CDD Rule] went into 
effect on May 11, 2018. The CDD Rule requires enhanced due 
diligence requirements for financial institutions to identify 
and verify the beneficial owners of legal entity customers at 
the time of account openings. The beneficial ownership 
requirement is intended to address weaknesses in the financial 
system and provide information that will assist law enforcement 
in financial investigations, help prevent evasion of targeted 
financial sanctions, improve the ability of financial 
institutions to assess risk, facilitate tax compliance, and 
advance U.S. compliance with international standards and 
commitments. The Committee recognizes the challenges smaller 
community banks and credit unions face with regulations as they 
can be more costly and burdensome and encourages the Secretary 
of the Treasury to keep the Committee informed of the impact 
the CDD Rule is having on these institutions.

                      Bureau of the Fiscal Service


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $338,280,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     330,837,000
Committee recommendation................................     338,280,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $338,280,000 
for the Bureau of the Fiscal Service. This amount is equal to 
the fiscal year 2018 enacted level.
    Judgment Fund Transparency.--The Judgment Fund is a 
permanent, indefinite appropriation available to pay final 
money judgments and awards against the United States pursuant 
to section 1304 of title 31 of the United States Code. The 
Judgment Fund is also available to pay compromise settlements 
entered into by the U.S. Department of Justice related to 
actual or imminent litigation.
    Transparency and accountability are essential and 
reasonable expectations of American taxpayers, yet the 
Committee remains concerned with the lack of transparency with 
these taxpayer funded payments.
    The Judgment Fund Section in the Bureau of the Fiscal 
Service administers the Judgment Fund, and the Committee 
directs the Department to issue the 2018 report within 60 days 
of enactment of this Act for the 2018 fiscal year, and directs 
that the report include all judgment fund payments since 2016, 
unless the disclosure of such information is otherwise 
prohibited by law or court order. With respect to each payment 
made from the Judgement Fund, the report shall consist of: (1) 
the name of the plaintiff or claimant; (2) the name of the 
counsel for the plaintiff or claimant; (3) the name of the 
agency that submitted the claim; (4) a brief description of the 
facts that gave rise to the claim; and (5) the amount paid 
representing principal, attorney fees, and interest, if 
applicable. In addition, if a payment is made to a foreign 
state, the Department shall include a description of the 
payment method, the currency denomination used for the payment, 
and the name and location of the financial institution to which 
the payment was dispersed if it is owned or controlled by a 
foreign state.
    DATA Act.--The Committee is supportive of the Department's 
implementation of the DATA Act (Public Law 113-101). The Fiscal 
Service has worked to establish a DATA Act schema that 
leverages industry standards to create a Government-wide data 
structure for Federal spending information. The Committee 
expects the Fiscal Service to continue to work with Federal 
agencies to improve implementation of section 5 of the DATA 
Act.

                Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $111,439,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     114,427,000
Committee recommendation................................     111,439,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $111,439,000 for TTB activities 
including full implementation of the Craft Beverage 
Modernization Act (Public Law 115-97).
    Labeling Program.--The surge of small brewers, distillers, 
and wine makers emerging in the domestic market has also meant 
a rapid annual growth in the number of alcohol beverage label, 
formula, and permit applications submitted to the TTB. In 
recent years, understaffing and outdated filing and processing 
procedures in the Bureau's labeling, formula, and permitting 
programs caused significant delays in application approvals. 
These delays ultimately affected the ability of the applicants 
to get their product to the market in a timely manner. The 
Committee encourages the Bureau to continue to make strategic 
investments that will further streamline the approval process 
to keep up with the volume of label, formula, and permit 
applications and reduce delays.
    Trade Practice Enforcement.--Enforcement of trade practice 
functions, as required under the Federal Alcohol Administration 
Act, is critical to ensuring a competitive, fair, and safe 
marketplace. The Committee expects funds to continue to be used 
for the Bureau's programs to enforce trade practice violations.

                           United States Mint


               UNITED STATES MINT PUBLIC ENTERPRISE FUND

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a spending level of $30,000,000 
for circulating coinage and protective service capital 
investments for the Mint.

           Community Development Financial Institutions Fund


   COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS FUND PROGRAM ACCOUNT

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $250,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      14,000,000
Committee recommendation................................     250,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $250,000,000 for the CDFI Fund. Of 
the amounts provided, $182,000,000 is for financial and 
technical assistance grants, $16,000,000 is for Native 
Initiatives, $25,000,000 is for the Bank Enterprise Award 
Program, and $27,000,000 is for the administrative expenses for 
all programs.
    The Committee notes the CDFI Fund's ability to leverage 
private sector investment in community development projects 
such as affordable housing, retail development, and community 
centers, as well as lending to small businesses. However, the 
Committee remains concerned about an overall lack of 
transparency into many of the CDFI Fund's programs and nominal 
ability to verify investment impacts. The Committee strongly 
believes it is important to ensure that CDFIs are delivering 
investments to the borrowers and communities that need it most. 
The Committee notes the steps the CDFI fund has taken to 
facilitate better data collection, integration, and management 
through its Awards Management Information System [AMIS]. The 
Committee provides $1,000,000 for the development of tools, 
including AMIS, to better measure and assess CDFI investment 
performance, improve data quality, and enable more efficient 
allocation of CDFI Fund resources. The Committee directs the 
CDFI Fund to prioritize completion of such tools in fiscal year 
2019. In addition, the Committee directs the Secretary to 
report to the Appropriations Committees within 90 days of 
enactment on the impact fiscal year 2017 CDFI Fund Awardees are 
having in the communities they serve; the overall risk to which 
the Fund's portfolio is exposed; and a description of awardees 
that are at risk of noncompliance.
    Core Program.--The Committee recommends $182,000,000 for 
the CDFI Fund to carry out its financial assistance and 
technical assistance programs, including the Healthy Foods 
Financing Initiative. The Committee believes that applicants 
for CDFI awards should receive fair and equal consideration, 
consistent with section 102 of the Riegle Community Development 
and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-325), 
including financial and technical assistance for lending and 
investment in small businesses, affordable housing, community 
development, and efforts to increase the availability of 
affordable, healthy foods in underserved communities. The core 
CDFI Program should be the source of awards allocations for 
these purposes.
    CDFI Program Integration for Individuals With 
Disabilities.--The Committee notes the bill does not include 
dedicated funds for financial and technical assistance grants 
to position more CDFIs to incorporate the needs of the disabled 
into their business plans and practices but highlights that 
dedicated funds provided in fiscal year 2017 and fiscal year 
2018 for this purpose are available until September 30, 2019. 
As previously directed, the CDFI Fund must submit a report not 
later than the end of fiscal year 2019 that includes the number 
of awards, amount of each award, and anticipated projects 
funded as well as findings and recommendations related to the 
efficacy of award efforts and impacts on the disability 
community.
    Bank Enterprise Award Program.--The Committee recommends 
$25,000,000 for the Bank Enterprise Award Program to increase 
lending, investment, and service activities within economically 
distressed communities. This program plays an important role in 
providing financial services to underserved communities across 
the country.
    Native Programs.--The Committee recommends $16,000,000 for 
grants, loans, and technical assistance and training programs 
to benefit Native American, Alaskan Natives, and Native 
Hawaiian communities in the coordination of development 
strategies, increased access to equity investments, and loans 
for development activities.
    The Committee expects the CDFI Fund to ensure no funding is 
allocated to tribes to support marijuana production, 
manufacturing, or distribution and report to the Committee on 
any Tribe who engages in such activities and receives funding 
appropriated by this act.
    Non-Metropolitan and Rural Areas.--The Committee directs 
Treasury to take into consideration the unique conditions, 
challenges, and scale of non-metropolitan and rural areas when 
designing and administering programs to address economic 
revitalization and community development and when making CDFI 
award decisions. The Committee notes that the CDFI Fund is 
required by 12 U.S.C. 4706(b) to seek to fund a geographically 
diverse group of award recipients, including those from non-
metropolitan and rural areas. In addition, the Committee 
directs funding to be used in each program for projects that 
serve populations living in persistent poverty counties in 
accordance with this act. The Committee directs the Secretary 
to report to the Appropriations Committees within 90 days of 
enactment detailing how the fiscal year 2019 CDFI Program 
recipients intend to serve non-metropolitan and rural areas and 
populations living in persistent poverty counties.
    Bond Guarantee Program.--The Committee includes a provision 
enabling the Secretary of the Treasury to guarantee up to 
$500,000,000 in bonds until December 31, 2019, as authorized by 
section 1134 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Public Law 
111-240). The bond guarantees will not result in a cost to the 
taxpayer. The bonds are intended to support CDFI lending and 
investment activities in underserved communities by providing a 
source of long-term capital, and the funds raised through the 
bonds will be used to capitalize new loans or refinance 
existing loans.
    The Committee notes that several Federal agencies have 
developed partnerships with the Corporation for National and 
Community Service [CNCS] to help further the agency goals and 
to support targeted human capital needs of their grantees, 
including partnerships with the Federal Emergency Management 
Agency, the Department of Education, the Department of 
Transportation, and the U.S. Forest Service. Given that 
``Economic Opportunity'' is one of CNCS's five key focus areas, 
the Committee encourages the CDFI Fund to engage with CNCS to 
explore whether there may be potential opportunities for 
collaboration on an initiative to train and to place AmeriCorps 
members at certified CDFIs.

                    Bureau of Engraving and Printing


                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Bureau of Engraving and Printing [BEP] has been the 
sole manufacturer of U.S. paper currency for almost 150 years. 
The origin of the BEP is traced to an act of Congress passed on 
February 25, 1862, 12 Stat. 345, authorizing the Secretary of 
the Treasury to issue a new currency--United States notes. 
While this law was the cornerstone authority for the operations 
of the engraving and printing division of the Treasury for many 
years, it was not until an Act of June 20, 1874, 18 Stat. 100, 
that the Congress first referred to this division as the 
``Bureau of Engraving and Printing.'' The Bureau's status as a 
distinct bureau within the Department of the Treasury was 
solidified by section 1 of the Act of June 4, 1897, 30 Stat. 
18, which placed all of the business of the BEP under the 
immediate control of a director, subject to the direction of 
the Secretary of the Treasury. The 1897 law is now codified in 
31 U.S.C. 303.
    The BEP designs, manufactures, and supplies Federal Reserve 
notes and other security documents issued by the Federal 
Government. The operations of the BEP are currently financed by 
means of a revolving fund established in accordance with the 
provisions of Public Law 656, August 4, 1950 (31 U.S.C. 181), 
which requires the BEP to be reimbursed by customer agencies 
for all costs of manufacturing products and services performed. 
The BEP is also authorized to assess amounts to acquire capital 
equipment and provide for working capital needs.
    Washington, DC Production Facility.--The Committee 
recognizes that the age and structural design of the Bureau of 
Engraving and Printing's Washington, DC facility causes 
production inefficiencies and limits the options available to 
the BEP in acquiring and installing new manufacturing equipment 
needed to print the next generation of currency. As a result, 
the current production facility would require significant and 
costly renovations to accommodate new up-to-date equipment and 
achieve manufacturing efficiencies.
    Since 2010, BEP has commissioned four studies to 
investigate alternatives and requirements to ensure future 
currency production. These studies evaluated the capabilities 
of the existing DC production facilities, as well as the future 
of currency demand.
    The Department estimates that a new modern production 
facility that is smaller, more efficient and flexible will 
enable BEP to reduce its space by 28 percent, reduce annual 
operating costs by $38,000,000 and achieve $579,000,000 in 
total savings over a decade. Additionally, the main production 
facility could then be renovated for BEP and other Treasury 
administrative functions to consolidate the Department's 
footprint and reduce its reliance on leased spaces in order to 
save additional taxpayer money.
    The Committee includes a provision to allow BEP to utilize 
its revolving fund to acquire land and construct a replacement 
currency production facility. As a result, no direct 
appropriation is required to build or acquire a new facility.

                        Internal Revenue Service


                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Internal Revenue Service administers the Nation's tax 
laws and collects the revenue that funds more than 92 percent 
of the Federal Government's operations and public services. The 
IRS's mission is to provide taxpayers with quality service by 
helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and 
by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all. The 
IRS focuses its enforcement programs toward increasing 
voluntary tax compliance by deterring taxpayers inclined to 
evade their tax obligations while vigorously pursuing those who 
violate the law. Each year, IRS employees deal directly with 
more American taxpayers than any other institution, public or 
private.
    Unfortunately, the IRS does not seem to have its priorities 
in order. The Committee remains concerned about IRS's Future 
State vision where taxpayers will rely on online services for 
their IRS interactions. According to the National Taxpayer 
Advocate, a central component of the IRS's Future State plan is 
to migrate taxpayers away from interacting with the agency by 
phone or in person and toward interacting with the agency 
through online accounts. In addition, according to the National 
Taxpayer Advocate, there are about 33 million taxpayers who do 
not have broadband Internet access, and about 14 million 
taxpayers who do not have any Internet at all.
    While some evolution in service delivery can be expected, 
it is the IRS's ability to manage that change without adversely 
impacting taxpayers that is most worrisome. The protection of 
taxpayer data is of particular concern given the mistakes the 
IRS has made in the past in its rush to expand online services. 
The IRS's online tools and applications such as Identity 
Protection Personal Identification Number, Get Transcript, and 
the online Data Retrieval Tool used to assist those filling out 
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid have been subject 
to cyberattacks, resulting in the loss of taxpayer information. 
The committee encourages IRS to adhere to recommendations by 
TIGTA and GAO to strengthen its security controls.
    The IRS continues to ignore the impact of its own behavior 
on the attitudes of taxpayers. When the IRS takes actions that 
represent a serious breach of the trust of the American people, 
it undermines taxpayers' faith in the impartiality of the 
agency. The self-inflicted damage harms the very credibility 
that is essential for our voluntary compliance system to 
function. Americans have lost faith in the institution and it 
is incumbent upon the agency to regain the trust of the 
taxpayers.
    Unfortunately there continues to be evidence of a culture 
that is simply out of touch with taxpayers and their concerns. 
When the IRS singles out certain groups for disparate treatment 
it should not be surprised by the lasting impact such actions 
have on taxpayer attitudes. When the IRS hires employees with 
past performance or conduct issues, it does nothing to maintain 
the public trust in tax administration or build confidence in 
the IRS's ability to safeguard taxpayer's rights and privacy.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a total of $11,262,554,000 for the 
Internal Revenue Service for fiscal year 2019.
    Tax Gap.--The vast majority of Americans voluntarily pay 
their fair share of taxes, yet there is still a ``tax gap.'' 
The tax gap is the difference between what taxpayers are 
supposed to pay and what they actually do pay. According to IRS 
estimates, taxpayers collectively pay more than 80 percent of 
the taxes they owe. In April 2016, IRS estimated that the 
average annual gross tax gap was $458,000,000,000 for tax years 
2008-2010. However, IRS estimates that through late payments 
and enforcement actions it eventually will collect an 
additional $52,000,000,000 on average for those years, leaving 
the average net tax gap at $406,000,000,000 for tax years 2008-
2010. In a 2017 report (GAO-18-39), GAO found that the IRS had 
moved away from setting specific, numeric goals for improving 
taxpayer compliance. GAO recommended that the Commissioner of 
the IRS re-establish goals for improving voluntary compliance 
and develop and document a strategy that outlines how it will 
use underlying tax gap data to update compliance strategies to 
address the tax gap. The Committee directs the Secretary to 
formally report back in writing within 60 days of enactment on 
its new and ongoing efforts to address the tax gap. In 
addition, the Committee directs the Secretary to provide an in-
person briefing to the Committees on Appropriations on such a 
report, as well as its efforts to implement GAO's open 
recommendations from GAO-18-39.
    Tax Reform.--The Committee notes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 
(Public Law 115-97) is the most significant revision of the 
U.S. tax code in over 30 years. Containing hundreds of 
provisions intended to provide relief to American families and 
make America's businesses more competitive, implementing the 
new law will require extensive administrative work in calendar 
years 2018 and 2019. Recognizing that the IRS would require 
additional resources to implement the new law in a way that 
adequately serves taxpayers, facilitates tax compliance, and 
protects sensitive taxpayer data the Committees on 
Appropriations provided $320,000,000 in Public Law 115-141 to 
be used solely for carrying out Public Law 115-97. The 
Committee includes a provision that provides an additional 
$77,000,000 to continue implementation of Public Law 115-97. 
The Committee urges the Secretary to keep the Committees of 
Appropriations informed of its progress in carrying out its 
responsibilities to provide taxpayer assistance, education, and 
outreach; revise hundreds of forms, publications, and 
instructions on an expedited basis; and modify existing tax 
processing systems to incorporate changes pursuant to Public 
Law 115-97.
    Information Technology Challenges.--In fiscal years 2016 
and 2017 the IRS spent almost $6,000,000,000 on IT investments. 
The Committee agrees with TIGTA that successful modernization 
of IRS systems and the development and implementation of new 
information technology applications are critical to meeting the 
IRS's evolving business needs and to enhancing services 
provided to taxpayers. In recent testimony, IRS's Deputy 
Commissioner for Operations Support reported that approximately 
64 percent of the agency's IT hardware is aged and out of 
warranty, and 32 percent of IRS's software is two or more 
releases behind industry standards. According to TIGTA, the 
IRS's reliance on legacy systems, aged hardware, and outdated 
programming languages pose significant risks to the IRS's 
ability to deliver its mission. The Committee stresses that it 
is unacceptable for the American taxpayer to not be able to 
access IRS systems on the deadline to file their tax returns. 
The Committee urges the IRS to address increased risks facing 
IRS IT legacy investments and directs the Secretary to report 
to the Committees on Appropriations within 60 days of enactment 
with a five-year IT modernization plan for the IRS.
    User Fees.--Numerous user fees are collected by the IRS for 
services provided by the IRS to taxpayers. Specifically, the 
IRS charges user fees for various activities that include 
assisting taxpayers in complying with their tax liabilities, 
clarifying the application of the tax code to particular 
circumstances, and ensuring the quality of paid preparers of 
tax returns, among others. Those fees are available for use by 
the IRS at the discretion of the Commissioner. According to the 
IRS, it determines the use of user fees based on agency-wide 
requirements given the total IRS funding available. In its 
fiscal year 2019 budget request, the IRS estimates user fees of 
$498,900,000 will supplement its fiscal 2019 funding. As 
evidence of its priorities, in fiscal year 2018 the IRS 
anticipates spending over a third of its user fees on ACA 
information technology needs. The Committee directs the IRS to 
submit a user fee spending plan within 60 days of enactment 
detailing planned spending on its four appropriations 
accounts--Taxpayer Services, Enforcement, Operations Support, 
and Business Modernization Systems. Specifically, the Committee 
would like to see how programs, investments, and initiatives 
funded through each appropriations account are supported by 
user fees.
    Cybersecurity.--The IRS is responsible for safeguarding a 
vast amount of sensitive financial and personal data, 
processing returns that contain confidential information for 
over 100 million taxpayers. Persistent information security 
weaknesses put the IRS at risk of disruption, fraud, or 
inappropriate disclosure of sensitive information. TIGTA stated 
that the security over taxpayer data and protection of the IRS 
resources was the top priority in its list of top ten 
management challenges for the IRS for fiscal year 2018. GAO 
recently reported that numerous deficiencies in the IRS's 
controls increases the risk that the IRS's network devices and 
systems could be compromised and used by unauthorized 
individuals to access sensitive taxpayer data (GAO-18-165). 
Given the recent breaches to taxpayer data, it is clear the IRS 
cannot afford to have taxpayer information misused, improperly 
disclosed, or destroyed. Securing the IRS's systems and 
protecting taxpayers' information should be a top priority for 
the IRS.
    Data Security of Minors.--The Committee directs the IRS to 
brief the Committees on Appropriations within 90 days of 
enactment on the status of the data security protections for 
personally identifiable information of children, including the 
sufficiency of any existing and newly implemented security 
procedures and a disclosure of instances where the personal 
identifying information of a child has been compromised.
    Employee Performance and Conduct.--The Committee continues 
past language acknowledging that the IRS must ensure that its 
employees comply with the tax law in order to maintain the 
public's confidence. The Committee is concerned about a recent 
TIGTA report that found that the employee award screening 
procedures that have been implemented do not fully comply with 
the Department of Treasury and the Consolidated Appropriations 
Act requirements. In fiscal year 2016, the IRS issued more than 
$1,100,000 in awards and other forms of recognition to 1,147 
employees who were not screened per the IRS procedures. In 
fiscal year 2017, the IRS issued almost $642,000 in awards to 
815 employees who had not been screened per IRS procedures and 
had received discipline ranging from admonishment to written 
reprimand for a tax or conduct matter. TIGTA recommended that 
the IRS Human Capital Officer expand misconduct screening to 
consider employees with any level of disciplinary action prior 
to issuing awards, among other directives. In a separate audit, 
TIGTA found that the IRS hired more than 10 percent of 
employees who were previously terminated from the IRS or 
separated while under investigation for a conduct or 
performance issue. The Committee agrees with TIGTA that 
rehiring employees with known conduct and performance issues 
presents increased risks to the IRS and taxpayers.
    Budget Presentation for Staffing of New Initiatives.--The 
Committee strongly believes that transparency in the budget 
request documents is critical for congressional oversight and 
informed decisionmaking. The Committee directs that the 
justification materials submitted by the IRS to the Committee 
for fiscal year 2020 should accurately reflect the anticipated 
hiring dates for staff identified for proposed new initiatives. 
The Committee expects that resources designated for hiring of 
staff for new initiatives be predicated on the expected hiring 
dates, and not assume that such planned hiring will occur on 
one particular date during the fiscal year. The Office of 
Management and Budget Circular A-11 suggests agencies consider 
delays in recruiting and hiring when budgeting for staff.

                           TAXPAYER SERVICES

Appropriations, 2018....................................  $2,506,554,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................   2,241,000,000
Committee recommendation................................   2,506,554,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Taxpayer Services appropriation provides for taxpayer 
services, including forms and publications; processing tax 
returns and related documents; filing and account services; 
taxpayer advocacy services; and assisting taxpayers to 
understand their tax obligations, correctly file their returns, 
and pay taxes due in a timely manner.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $2,506,554,000 for Taxpayer 
Services. This amount is $265,554,000 above the budget request 
and equal to the fiscal year 2018 enacted level to prioritize 
taxpayer services. Bill language is included providing not less 
than $9,890,000 for the tax counseling for the elderly program, 
not less than $12,000,000 for low-income taxpayer clinic 
grants, not less than $15,000,000, to be available for 2 years, 
for a community volunteer income tax assistance [VITA] matching 
grant program for tax return preparation assistance and 
$206,000,000 for the Taxpayer Advocate Service of which 
$5,000,000 shall be devoted to assisting taxpayers impacted by 
tax-related identity theft and refund fraud.
    Providing quality taxpayer service is a critical component 
of the IRS's efforts to help the taxpaying public understand 
their tax obligation while making it easier to participate in 
the tax system. The Committee notes that the IRS has 
flexibility in how it allocates user fees as well as the 
transfer authority among appropriations accounts. In fiscal 
year 2018, the IRS did not allocate user fees to the Taxpayer 
Services account for its level of service [LOS]--the relative 
success rate of taxpayers who call the IRS toll-free number 
seeking assistance from a customer service representative--
performance since the 2018 omnibus bill provided sufficient 
appropriations to maintain a 75 percent LOS in fiscal year 
2018. According to the IRS, the LOS was better than expected 
because fewer taxpayers called the IRS. The National Taxpayer 
Advocate remains concerned about the IRS's recent and 
continuing reductions in service for taxpayers, including 
declining to answer all but basic tax law questions during the 
filing season or any questions after the filing season, 
eliminating walk-in service at Taxpayer Assistance Centers 
[TACs], and eliminating the ability of taxpayers to ask 
questions of the IRS online.
    The fiscal year 2019 LOS target is 47 percent and assumes 
at least $58,000,000 from user fees. The 2019 filing season LOS 
is projected to be 55 percent. These targets take into account 
the potential impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Public Law 
115-97). The IRS assumes the IRS assistors will need to answer 
4 million additional phone calls to maintain the LOS. This 
represents a 17 percent increase over the 23 million assisted 
calls answered in fiscal year 2017. The IRS plans to spend 
$15,000,000 of the $320,000,000 provided in the fiscal year 
2018 omnibus bill on taxpayer assistance, education, and 
outreach. The Committee encourages the IRS to use resources 
available through user fee revenues to augment the direct 
discretionary appropriation for Taxpayer Services in a manner 
that reflects taxpayer services as a top priority.
    Future State Vision.--The Committee remains concerned about 
the IRS's Future State vision where taxpayers will rely on 
online services for their IRS interactions. According to the 
IRS, taxpayer preferences are changing as more taxpayers prefer 
to interact with the IRS using digital tools at the time and 
place of their choosing. According to the National Taxpayer 
Advocate, the IRS Future State strategy fails to acknowledge 
that taxpayers need, not just prefer, to engage in a 
conversation with the IRS at many points in their transactions 
to understand how the complex rules and procedures apply to 
their particular facts and circumstances. While the online 
account application is a good information retrieval tool, it is 
not a substitute for personalized service. Given the impact of 
recent tax law changes on the fiscal year 2019 filing season, 
the Committee directs the IRS to provide taxpayers and their 
representatives with high quality, secure service through all 
available channels with an emphasis on personalized service.
    Rural Service Delivery Issues.--The IRS has been plagued by 
significant wait times and deteriorating rate of response for 
assistance provided through the national toll-free line. Given 
the significant changes made to the tax code by the Tax Cuts 
and Jobs Act, it is more imperative than ever that the IRS 
offer personal and local assistance to Americans taxpayers. The 
Committee notes with concern that both the overall number of 
TACs continues to decline and the number of TACs currently 
staffed with only one employee continues to increase, often 
resulting in the effective closures of the sites. While the IRS 
has created virtual customer service sites in some locations, 
the technical and financial requirements of these sites have 
not been made widely available. The Committee is concerned that 
the actions taken by the IRS and the proposed ``Future State'' 
of service leave rural taxpayers reliant on paid preparers or 
unable to obtain timely and accurate assistance with pre- and 
post-filing questions. The Committee notes that the IRS has not 
sought congressional or public comment on its plans or offered 
any alternatives to meet the needs of rural taxpayers. To 
rectify this situation, the Committee directed the IRS to 
report to the Committee within 120 days of enactment of the 
fiscal year 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Public Law 
115-141) the steps being taken to prevent any closures or 
effective closures of TAC locations, and the status of any 
proposed alternatives to fully staffed TACs (such as virtual 
customer service sites). Additionally, the Committee directed 
the IRS to study the impact of closing a TAC and the adverse 
effects it has on taxpayers and their interaction with the IRS. 
The Committee awaits and looks forward to receiving these 
reports from the IRS within the deadline set forth in Public 
Law 115-141.
    The Committee recognizes the difficulty in hiring 
specialized positions in TACs in rural field offices. To 
attract qualified tax specialists to deliver satisfactory 
customer service for tax filing, the Committee encourages the 
IRS to hire replacement full-time employees in field offices 
that are not located within 50 miles from another field office 
in a state.
    Taxpayer Services in Alaska and Hawaii.--Given the remote 
distance of Alaska and Hawaii from the U.S. mainland and the 
difficulty experienced by Alaska and Hawaii taxpayers in 
receiving needed tax assistance by the national toll-free line, 
it is imperative that the Taxpayer Advocate Service Centers in 
these States are appropriately staffed and capable of resolving 
taxpayer problems of the most complex nature. The Committee 
directs the IRS to continue to staff each Taxpayer Advocate 
Service Center in each of these States with a Collection 
Technical Advisor and an Examination Technical Advisor in 
addition to the current complement of office staff. Within 120 
days of enactment, the Committee directs the IRS to conduct a 
study on the cost and feasibility of opening additional TACs or 
expanding access to virtual face-to-face taxpayer services in 
these and other remote and rural States with few TACs.
    Community Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.--The VITA and 
Tax Counseling for the Elderly [TCE] programs are an important 
aspect of IRS efforts to provide income tax preparation 
assistance programs for underserved taxpayers, including rural, 
elderly, disabled, English as a second language, American 
Indian, and low-income taxpayers. The Committee provides 
$15,000,000 for VITA grants and $9,890,000 for TCE grants.
    Single Point of Contact for Victims of Identity Theft.--The 
Joint Explanatory Statement of the Consolidated Appropriations 
Act, 2018, directed the IRS to provide victims of tax-related 
identity theft with the name, email, and telephone number of a 
single employee to assist them in resolving cases where either 
the victim's case involves more than one tax issue or the 
victim's case involves more than one tax year. The Committee 
directs the IRS to report to the Committee on the 
implementation of this directive and on the full cycle time for 
resolving identity theft cases.

                              ENFORCEMENT

Appropriations, 2018....................................  $4,860,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................   4,628,000,000
Committee recommendation................................   4,860,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $4,860,000,000 for enforcement 
activities for fiscal year 2019. This amount is $232,000,000 
above the budget request to help strengthen identity theft 
protection.
    Combating Refund Fraud and Identity Theft.--Tax-related 
identity theft continues to plague the IRS. Following the 2016-
2017 data breaches to IRS's Get Transcript and identity 
protection personal identification service the IRS learned that 
the personal data of as many as 100,000 taxpayers could have 
been compromised from an online tool for students to apply for 
financial aid. TIGTA has consistently ranked protection of 
taxpayer data as one of the highest priority challenges facing 
the IRS while GAO has reported on persistent deficiencies in 
IRS's internal controls. The Committee directs the IRS to 
establish, as a top priority, stronger security measures to 
protect all tax filers before identity theft occurs, as well as 
reliable measures to protect tax filers who experience identity 
theft. The IRS should specifically consider the recommendations 
of TIGTA, GAO, and the National Taxpayer Advocate and to report 
back to the Committee on Appropriations within 90 days, 
documenting its plans to address this problem.
    IRS Private Debt Collection.--According to the National 
Taxpayer Advocate, out of the more than 4,100 taxpayers who 
made payments after their debts were assigned to a private debt 
collector [PDC], 44 percent had incomes below 250 percent of 
the Federal poverty level, and 169 should not have been 
assigned to a PDC in the first place because they were 
receiving Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental 
Security Income benefits. The Committee is concerned that the 
IRS did not honor its commitment to exclude these taxpayers' 
debts from assignment to PDCs. Therefore, the IRS should use 
available IRS data to prevent the debts of Social Security 
Disability Insurance recipients from assignment to PDCs.
    Processing of Applications for Tax-Exempt Status.--The 
Committee strongly believes that meaningful, transparent, and 
sustained corrective action is warranted to restore any erosion 
of public trust in the IRS, strengthen the agency, and prevent 
any recurrence of the circumstances that led to the use of 
inappropriate case screening criteria in the handling of 
applications for certain tax-exempt groups based on their 
political beliefs. In March 2015, TIGTA assessed the IRS's 
actions in response to its 2013 recommendations to improve the 
identification and processing of applications for tax-exempt 
status involving political campaign intervention TIGTA's report 
found that the IRS implemented significant changes to the 
process for reviewing applications for tax-exempt status. The 
Committee notes language was included in the Consolidated 
Appropriations Act of 2018 restricting the use of Federal funds 
to develop new IRS regulations covering section 501(c)(4) and 
that the same language is continued in this bill.
    Preventing Payroll Tax Fraud.--The Committee retains an 
administrative provision enacted for fiscal year 2018 which 
requires that the IRS issue a notice of confirmation of any 
address change relating to an employer making employment tax 
payments; that such notice shall be sent to both the employer's 
former and new address, and requires that an officer or 
employee of the IRS shall give special consideration to an 
offer-in-compromise from a taxpayer who has been the victim of 
fraud by a third party payroll tax preparer.
    Misclassification of Contractors.--The Committee remains 
concerned that staffing within the IRS's SS-8 Program, 
responsible for making determinations as to a worker's Federal 
employment tax status, has not always kept pace with the number 
of SS-8 filings during past filing seasons. The Committee 
believes that the IRS SS-8 Program is critical to ensuring that 
workers are classified correctly, identifying leads for 
employment tax exams and criminal investigations, and combating 
the underreporting of employment taxes that contributes 
significantly to the tax gap. The Committee believes it is 
crucial that the IRS maintain sufficient staffing at all SS-8 
processing locations. The Committee directs the IRS to notify 
the House Appropriations Committee, the Senate Appropriations 
Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Senate 
Finance Committee prior to making any staffing reductions or 
reallocations within the SS-8 processing program.

                           OPERATIONS SUPPORT

Appropriations, 2018....................................  $3,634,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................   4,155,796,000
Committee recommendation................................   3,709,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $3,709,000,000 for Operations 
Support for fiscal year 2019. This amount is $75,000,000 above 
the fiscal year 2018 enacted level to provide for investments 
in information technology infrastructure.
    The Committee remains concerned that the IRS continues to 
supplement this appropriations account with the vast majority 
of its user fees.
    Information Technology Reports.--Given the size and 
significance of the IRS's IT investments and the challenges 
inherent in successfully delivering these complex IT 
investments, it is important that the Committees on 
Appropriations be provided reliable information to assist with 
their oversight responsibilities. The Committee directs the IRS 
to submit quarterly reports on particular major project 
activities to the Committees on Appropriations and the GAO, no 
later than 30 days following the end of each calendar quarter 
in fiscal year 2019. The Committee expects the reports to 
include detailed, plain English explanations of the cumulative 
expenditures and schedule performance to date, specified by 
fiscal year; the costs and schedules for the previous 3 months; 
the anticipated costs and schedules for the upcoming 3 months; 
and the total expected costs to complete the major information 
technology project activities. In addition, the quarterly 
report should clearly explain when the project was started; the 
expected date of completion; the percentage of work completed 
as compared to planned work; the current and expected state of 
functionality; any changes in schedule; and current risks 
unrelated to funding amounts and mitigation strategies. The 
Committee directs the Department of the Treasury to conduct a 
semi-annual review of the IRS's IT investments to ensure the 
cost, schedule, and scope goals of the projects are 
transparent. The Committee further directs GAO to review and 
provide an annual report to the Committees evaluating the cost 
and schedule of activities of all major IRS information 
technology projects for the year, with particular focus on the 
projects about which the IRS is submitting quarterly reports to 
the Committee.

                     BUSINESS SYSTEMS MODERNIZATION

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $110,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     110,000,000
Committee recommendation................................     110,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $110,000,000 for Business Systems 
Modernization for fiscal year 2019. This amount is equal to the 
budget request.
    The Committee supports the IRS's priority to modernize 
operations to gain efficiencies, protect data, and reduce long-
term maintenance costs. The Committee remains concerned that 
the IRS has been using the Individual Master File, which uses 
an outdated assembly language code, for more than 50 years. The 
Committee urges the IRS to convert the core Individual Master 
File functions into Java-based programs and continue efforts to 
make the Customer Account Data Engine 2 the legal and financial 
authoritative source of individual taxpayer data.
    The Committee expects the IRS to continue to submit 
quarterly reports to the Committees and GAO during fiscal year 
2019, no later than 30 days following the end of each calendar 
quarter. The Committee expects the reports to include detailed, 
plain English explanations of the cumulative expenditures and 
schedule performance to date, specified by fiscal year; the 
costs and schedules for the previous 3 months; the anticipated 
costs and schedules for the upcoming 3 months; and the total 
expected costs to complete major IT investments. In addition, 
the quarterly report should clearly explain when the project 
was started; the expected date of completion; the percentage of 
work completed as compared to planned work; the current and 
expected state of functionality; any changes in schedule; and 
current risks unrelated to funding amounts and mitigation 
strategies. The Committee directs the Department of the 
Treasury to conduct a semi-annual review of major IT 
investments to ensure the cost, schedule, and scope goals of 
the projects are transparent. The Committee further directs GAO 
to review and provide an annual report to the Committee 
evaluating the cost and schedule of major IT investments for 
the year, as well as an assessment of the functionality 
achieved.
    The Committee remains concerned that IRS systems 
modernization, by its nature, is a high-risk endeavor, and 
appreciates that the IRS has, in recent years, satisfied the 
majority of developmental milestones planned for completion 
early, under budget, or within 10 percent of cost and schedule 
estimates. Because of the tendency for certain projects or 
components to exceed schedule and cost estimates, the Committee 
urges IRS management to maintain close routine scrutiny of cost 
and schedule factors.

          ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS--INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    The Committee includes 12 administrative provisions as 
follows:
    Section 101 continues a provision allowing the IRS to 
transfer up to 5 percent of any appropriation made available to 
the agency in fiscal year 2018 to any other IRS appropriation, 
upon the advance approval of the Committees on Appropriations.
    Section 102 continues a provision maintaining a training 
program in taxpayers' rights and cross-cultural relations.
    Section 103 continues a provision requiring the IRS to 
institute and enforce policies and procedures, which will 
safeguard the confidentiality of taxpayer information and 
protect taxpayers against identity theft.
    Section 104 continues a provision directing that funds 
shall be available for improved facilities and increased 
staffing to support sufficient and effective 1-800 help line 
services for taxpayers including enhanced response time to 
taxpayer communications, particularly for victims of tax-
related crimes.
    Section 105 continues a provision requiring videos produced 
by the IRS to be approved in advance by the Service-Wide Video 
Editorial Board.
    Section 106 continues a provision requiring the IRS to 
issue notices to employers of any address change request and to 
give special consideration to offers in compromise for 
taxpayers who have been victims of payroll tax preparer fraud.
    Section 107 continues a provision that prohibits the use of 
funds by the IRS to target United States citizens for 
exercising any right guaranteed under the First Amendment to 
the Constitution.
    Section 108 continues a provision that prohibits the use of 
funds by the IRS to target groups for regulatory scrutiny based 
on their ideological beliefs.
    Section 109 continues a provision that requires the IRS to 
comply with procedures on conference spending as recommended by 
the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
    Section 110 continues provision that prohibits the use of 
funds to give bonuses or hire former employees without 
consideration of conduct and compliance with Federal tax laws.
    Section 111 continues a provision that prohibits the use of 
funds to violate the confidentiality of tax returns.
    Section 112 continues a provision which prohibits funds for 
pre-populated returns.
    Section 113 includes a provision that provides $77,000,000 
to implement Public Law 115-97.

         Administrative Provisions--Department of the Treasury


                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    The Committee includes 13 administrative provisions, as 
follows:
    Section 114 authorizes certain basic services within the 
Treasury Department in fiscal year 2018, including purchase of 
uniforms; maintenance, repairs, and cleaning; purchase of 
insurance for official motor vehicles operated in foreign 
countries; and contracts with the Department of State for 
health and medical services to employees and their dependents 
serving in foreign countries.
    Section 115 authorizes transfers, up to 2 percent, between 
Departmental Offices, Office of Terrorism and Financial 
Intelligence, Office of Inspector General, Special Inspector 
General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, Financial Crimes 
Enforcement Network, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, and Alcohol 
and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, appropriations under certain 
circumstances.
    Section 116 authorizes transfers, up to 2 percent, between 
the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General 
for Tax Administration under certain circumstances.
    Section 117 prohibits the Department of the Treasury and 
the Bureau of Engraving and Printing from redesigning the $1 
Federal Reserve Note.
    Section 118 authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to 
transfer funds from Salaries and Expenses, Bureau of the Fiscal 
Service, to the Debt Collection Fund as necessary to cover the 
costs of debt collection. Such amounts shall be reimbursed to 
the Salaries and Expenses account from debt collections 
received in the Debt Collection Fund.
    Section 119 requires prior approval for the construction 
and operation of a museum by the United States Mint.
    Section 120 prohibits the merger of the United States Mint 
and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing without prior approval 
of the committees of jurisdiction.
    Section 121 authorizes the Department's intelligence 
activities.
    Section 122 permits the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to 
use not to exceed $5,000 from the Industrial Revolving Fund for 
reception and representation expenses.
    Section 123 requires the Secretary of the Treasury to 
develop an annual Capital Investment Plan.
    Section 124 continues a provision that requires a report on 
the Department's Franchise Fund.
    Section 125 continues a provision which prohibits the 
Department from finalizing any regulation related to the 
standards used to determine the tax-exempt status of a 
501(c)(4) organization.
    Section 126 continues a provision that requires quarterly 
reports of the Office of Financial Research and Office of 
Financial Stability.
    Section 127 provides for the reimbursement of certain 
expenses in fiscal year 2019.
    Section 128 allows the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to 
utilize its revolving fund to construct a replacement currency 
production facility.

                                TITLE II

    EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT AND FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE 
                               PRESIDENT

                            The White House

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $55,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      55,000,000
Committee recommendation................................      55,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $55,000,000 
for The White House, Salaries and Expenses. The recommendation 
is equal to the budget request.

                 Executive Residence at the White House


                           OPERATING EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $12,917,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      13,081,000
Committee recommendation................................      13,081,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $13,081,000 
for the Executive Residence at the White House. The Committee 
recommendation is equal to the fiscal year 2019 request. The 
bill also continues certain restrictions on reimbursable 
expenses for use of the Executive Residence.

                   White House Repair and Restoration

Appropriations, 2018....................................        $750,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................         750,000
Committee recommendation................................         750,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $750,000 for 
White House Repair and Restoration, equal to the fiscal year 
2018 enacted level and the budget request.

                      Council of Economic Advisers


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $4,187,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       4,187,000
Committee recommendation................................       4,187,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $4,187,000 for 
salaries and expenses of the Council of Economic Advisers. This 
amount is equal to the budget request.

        National Security Council and Homeland Security Council


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $11,800,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      13,500,000
Committee recommendation................................      11,800,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $11,800,000 
for the salaries and expenses of the National Security Council 
and the Homeland Security Council.

                        Office of Administration


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $100,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     100,000,000
Committee recommendation................................     100,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $100,000,000 
for the Office of Administration for fiscal year 2019. This 
amount is equal to the budget request.
    The Committee's recommendation includes not to exceed 
$12,800,000 to remain available until expended for 
modernization of the information technology infrastructure 
within the Executive Office of the President.

                    Office of Management and Budget


                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $101,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     103,000,000
Committee recommendation................................     103,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $103,000,000 
for the Office of Management and Budget, which is $2,000,000 
above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level.
    The Committee directs OMB to utilize sufficient resources 
to respond in a timely and complete manner to requests from 
Congress, in particular requests related to program funding and 
operations.
    The Committee recommendation includes a $2,000,000 increase 
for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to hire 
additional personnel dedicated to regulatory review and 
reforms.
    Apportionment.--The Committee expects prompt apportionment 
for appropriations made by this Act or any other appropriations 
Act, while at the same time recognizes that, at times, there 
may be valid programmatic reasons for delay in such 
apportionment. Should circumstances arise that necessitate a 
delayed apportionment, the Committee expects the Office of 
Management and Budget to work with the applicable department or 
agency to make the relevant Appropriations Subcommittee aware 
of the circumstances causing the delay.
    Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.--The 
Committee continues to strongly support the Office of the 
Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator [IPEC], including 
its important work promoting private sector efforts to reduce 
online copyright infringement. The Committee directs the Office 
to continue to promote private sector efforts to reduce online 
copyright infringement and to implement a meaningful plan, as 
called for in the Joint Strategic Plan, to enhance capacity 
building, outreach, and training programs to promote meaningful 
protection of American intellectual property abroad. Therefore, 
the Committee recommends no less than three full-time 
equivalents [FTEs] dedicated solely to the Office of the IPEC 
from OMB.
    Duplication and Cost Savings.--For the past 8 years, GAO 
has published an annual report that identifies Federal 
agencies, programs, and initiatives with fragmented, 
overlapping, or duplicative goals or activities. While Congress 
and Executive branch agencies have made progress in addressing 
actions that GAO identified from 2011 to 2017, further steps 
are needed to address the remaining actions GAO has identified. 
Congress and executive branch agencies have partially or fully 
addressed 76 percent of the actions GAO identified from 2011 to 
2017, resulting in about $178 billion in financial benefits. 
GAO estimates that tens of billions more could be saved by 
fully implementing open actions.
    The Office of Management and Budget is directed to submit a 
report to the Committee, within 180 days of enactment, on 
actions the Administration is taking and plans to take to 
address the fragmented, overlapping, or duplicative goals or 
activities across the Executive Branch identified by the annual 
GAO reports. As part of this report, OMB should identify any 
legal impediments to each agency's ability to further reduce 
fragmented, overlapping, or duplicative goals or activities and 
suggest legislative recommendations, if applicable.
    Conferences.--The Committee continues a provision in title 
VII of the bill requiring agencies to report annually to their 
inspector general or senior ethics officer on conferences 
costing more than $100,000 and to notify the same official of 
conferences costing more than $20,000 within 15 days of a 
conference. The provision also prohibits funding for any travel 
and conference activities that are not in compliance with OMB 
Memorandum M-12-12 or any subsequent revisions to that 
memorandum. Agencies shall report conference expenditures in 
excess of $100,000 on agency Web sites and OMB shall notify the 
Committee annually in writing of any agencies failing to report 
this information.
    Biodefense Activities.--The Committee directs OMB to 
conduct a detailed analysis of the Administration's budget for 
biodefense activities as part of the annual budget process. 
Such analysis should display all funds requested for biodefense 
activities, both mandatory and discretionary, by agency and 
categorized by biodefense enterprise element (threat awareness, 
prevention, deterrence, preparedness, surveillance and 
detection, response, attribution, recovery, and mitigation), 
and bioforensic capabilities. Funding identified by this 
analysis should be accompanied by detailed explanations of how 
they align with long-term biodefense goals (as identified by 
the strategy described under Section 104 of title 6, United 
States Code). This detailed analysis should be submitted to 
Congress concurrently with the President's budget request.
    Government-Wide Provisions.--The bill includes a variety of 
general provisions that apply to all Federal agencies funded 
through the appropriations process. Provisions address a number 
of issues including workplace policies on illegal drug use, 
limitations on use of funds for office renovations or the 
purchase of passenger motor vehicles, improper Internet use and 
limitations on funding for conferences. The Committee agrees 
that the responsibility to enforce these provisions lies 
primarily with the individual agencies. However, the Committee 
believes that OMB should be responsible for ensuring that all 
agencies are aware of these provisions and that agencies have 
the necessary policies and procedures in place to comply with 
these requirements. The Committee directs OMB to submit, within 
45 days of enactment, a plan for ensuring agency awareness and 
compliance with the government-wide general provisions.

                 Office of National Drug Control Policy


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $18,400,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      17,400,000
Committee recommendation................................      18,400,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $18,400,000 
for ONDCP's salaries and expenses. The Committee rejects 
proposals to transfer the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas 
[HIDTA] and Drug-Free Communities programs to the Department of 
Justice and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services 
Administration, respectively.
    Opioid Crisis.--The Committee is deeply concerned about the 
opioid crisis, which impacts communities across the country and 
affects people from all walks of life, with devastating 
consequences. The Office of National Drug Control Policy is a 
key participant in efforts to combat this epidemic. As ONDCP 
carries out its mission, it is critically important to ensure 
that rural and underserved areas that are hardest-hit in the 
opioid crisis and which have the highest concentrations of 
opioid-related cases are sufficiently supported in its 
programs, policies, and activities.
    Opioid Addiction.--As prescription drug monitoring programs 
successfully control the supply of prescription drugs 
available, those struggling with substance abuse disorders who 
are no longer able to obtain or afford prescription opioids 
often turn to heroin and other opioids. The Committee 
recognizes the prevalence of opioid addiction and the resultant 
increase in trafficking of and addiction to heroin and other 
emergent threats such as fentanyl. The Committee encourages the 
HIDTA program through ONDCP, to the extent practicable, to 
prioritize discretionary funds to aid States that have 
identified heroin and opioid addiction as an emergent threat, 
and have developed and implemented community responses to 
combat addiction to heroin and other opioids. HIDTAs enable 
necessary coordination of law enforcement efforts and support 
for state and local law enforcement and must continue to play a 
significant role in the eradication of heroin and prescription 
drug diversion.

                     FEDERAL DRUG CONTROL PROGRAMS

             HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREAS PROGRAM

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $280,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................................
Committee recommendation................................     280,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $280,000,000 
for the HIDTA program. The Committee directs that funding shall 
be provided for the existing HIDTAs at no less than the fiscal 
year 2018 level.
    ONDCP is directed to consult with the HIDTAs in advance of 
deciding programmatic spending allocations for discretionary 
(supplemental) funding, taking particular note of areas with 
highest rates of overdose deaths.
    The Committee recommendation specifies that up to 
$2,700,000 may be used for auditing services and associated 
activities.
    Heroin and Opioid Abuse Initiatives.--The Committee is 
gravely concerned about the public health crisis unfolding 
across the United States as the rate of overdose deaths 
involving heroin and prescription opioid use has reached record 
levels. According to the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention, the rate of deaths from drug verdoses involving 
opioid pain relievers, heroin, and fentanyl has increased by 
200 percent since 2000. The Committee urges ONDCP to consult 
with the HIDTAs to disrupt the distribution, use, and 
prevalence of heroin and opioid abuse. Within 90 days of 
enactment of this act, the Committee directs ONDCP to report to 
the Committee on how the administration intends to address the 
distribution, use, and prevalence of heroin, fentanyl and 
opioid abuse and ONDCP's coordination with other Federal 
agencies, Drug-Free Community coalitions, and HIDTA partners to 
combat this public health crisis.
    Overdose Detection Mapping.--The Committee is aware of a 
new HIDTA initiative that may be a model for expansion within 
the HIDTA program to help local agencies address drug threats 
and save lives. The Overdose Detection Mapping Application 
Program [ODMAP] provides real-time overdose surveillance data 
across jurisdictions to support public safety and public health 
efforts to mobilize an immediate response to an overdose spike. 
ONDCP is encouraged to distribute information to regional HIDTA 
Executive Boards for the purposes of integrating and 
implementing the ODMAP into each regional Threat Assessment and 
Strategy for Program Year 2019-2020. This would allow each 
regional HIDTA Executive Board to work with State and local 
stakeholders to enact a strategic plan in order to: (1) 
determine appropriate participants in ODMAP; (2) select team 
leads; (3) define the number of suspected overdoses in a 
certain timeframe (``spikes'') that trigger a response plan; 
(4) interview target audience(s); (5) understand local 
resources and requirements; and (6) evaluate their results.

                  OTHER FEDERAL DRUG CONTROL PROGRAMS

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $117,093,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      11,843,000
Committee recommendation................................     117,327,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $117,327,000 
for Other Federal Drug Control Programs. Within this amount, 
the Committee provides the following funding levels:

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                                                             Amount
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Drug-Free Communities Support Program.................       $99,000,000
    National Community Anti-Drug Coalition training...         2,000,000
Drug court training, including standards training, and         2,000,000
 technical assistance.................................
Anti-doping activities................................         9,500,000
World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA].......................         2,577,000
Activities as authorized by Public Law 109-469,                1,250,000
 section 1105.........................................
Activities as authorized by Public Law 114-198,                3,000,000
 section 103..........................................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Drug-Free Communities Support Program.--ONDCP directs the 
Drug-Free Communities Support Program [DFCSP] in partnership 
with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services 
Administration. DFCSP provides dollar-for-dollar matching 
grants of up to $125,000 to local coalitions that mobilize 
their communities to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco, illicit 
drug, and inhalant abuse. Such grants support coalitions of 
youth; parents; media; law enforcement; school officials; 
faith-based organizations; fraternal organizations; State, 
local, and tribal government agencies; healthcare 
professionals; and other community representatives. The DFCSP 
enables these coalitions to strengthen their coordination and 
prevention efforts, encourage citizen participation in 
substance abuse reduction efforts, and disseminate information 
about effective programs. The Committee provides $99,000,000 
for the continuation of the DFCSP.
    The Committee includes a provision in the bill directing 
ONDCP to provide $2,000,000 of DFCSP funds for training and 
related purposes as authorized by section 4 of Public Law 107-
82, as amended by Public Law 109-469.

                          Unanticipated Needs

Appropriations, 2018....................................        $798,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       1,000,000
Committee recommendation................................       1,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $1,000,000, which is the same as 
the request.

              Information Technology Oversight and Reform


                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $19,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      25,000,000
Committee recommendation................................      19,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $19,000,000 for the ITOR program. 
The Federal Government plans to invest approximately 
$90,000,000,000 during fiscal year 2019 in IT development for a 
wide variety of capabilities, spanning, for example, from basic 
desktop computing to a searchable database for investigating 
terrorist financing activity. However, it is clear to the 
Committee that this spending on IT does not produce 
$90,000,000,000 in value for the public as a result of IT 
projects that arrive late or over budget. The Committee notes 
that Federal IT projects have failed because of a lack of 
oversight and governance. ITOR funding in fiscal year 2019 is 
intended to help drive value in Federal IT investments by 
making smarter investment decisions and reducing waste, 
duplication, and inefficient uses of IT, delivering digital 
services, improving oversight of Federal cybersecurity 
practices, and providing IT training.
    IT Dashboard.--The Committee supports OMB's management and 
enhancement of the IT Dashboard, a Web site that includes cost, 
schedule, and performance data for major IT investments. The 
Committee directs OMB to use ITOR funding to work with agencies 
to implement the Federal Information Technology Acquisition 
Reform Act, which is designed to improve Federal IT 
acquisitions. Specifically, the Committee directs OMB to report 
quarterly to the Committee on Appropriations on the cost 
savings, avoidance, and reductions in duplicative IT 
investments.

                  Special Assistance to the President


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $4,228,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       4,228,000
Committee recommendation................................       4,228,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $4,228,000 for 
special assistance to the President. This amount is equal to 
the fiscal year 2018 enacted level and the budget request.

                Official Residence of the Vice President


                           OPERATING EXPENSES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2018....................................        $302,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................         302,000
Committee recommendation................................         302,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $302,000 for 
the official residence of the Vice President. This amount is 
equal to the budget request and the fiscal year 2018 enacted 
level.

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


                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    Section 201 continues a provision that provides flexibility 
in the use of funds in accounts under the EOP.
    Section 202 requires the Director of the OMB to include a 
statement of budgetary impact with any Executive order issued 
during fiscal year 2019.

                               TITLE III

                             THE JUDICIARY

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                   Supreme Court of the United States

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $82,028,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      84,359,000
Committee recommendation................................      84,703,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $84,703,000 
for the salaries and expenses of personnel, and the costs of 
operating the Supreme Court, excluding the care of the building 
and grounds. The Committee's recommendation is above the 
enacted level and equal to reestimate level provided by the 
Judiciary to address security needs identified by the Court.

                    CARE OF THE BUILDING AND GROUNDS

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $16,153,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      15,999,000
Committee recommendation................................      15,999,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $15,999,000 
for personnel and other services related to the Supreme Court 
building and grounds, which is supervised by the Architect of 
the Capitol.

         United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $31,291,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      31,274,000
Committee recommendation................................      32,016,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $32,016,000. 
The recommendation is consistent with the reestimate provided 
by the Judiciary.

               United States Court of International Trade


                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $18,889,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      19,070,000
Committee recommendation................................      19,450,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $19,450,000. 
The recommendation is consistent with the reestimate provided 
by the Judiciary.

    Courts of Appeals, District Courts, and Other Judicial Services


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................  $5,099,061,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................   5,132,543,000
Committee recommendation................................   5,157,961,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $5,154,461,000 
for salaries and expenses.
    The Committee encourages the Judiciary to explore 
additional consolidation of office space to reduce overall 
operating costs, including expanded use of shared courtrooms, 
judges' chambers suites, clerks' offices, and other court 
units. Within 150 days of enactment, the Judiciary is directed 
to examine space utilization across the country and report to 
the Committee on ongoing and future initiatives to achieve cost 
and space reductions, including the number and square footage 
of vacant courtrooms and chambers nationwide, and the 
Judiciary's justification for the vacancies.

                 VACCINE INJURY COMPENSATION TRUST FUND

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $8,230,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       8,475,000
Committee recommendation................................       8,475,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $8,475,000. 
The recommendation is consistent with the budget request.

                           DEFENDER SERVICES

Appropriations, 2018....................................  $1,078,713,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................   1,141,489,000
Committee recommendation................................   1,140,846,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$1,140,846,000. The recommendation is $62,133,000 above the 
fiscal year 2018 funding level and is sufficient to fund 
projected caseload for Federal defender organizations and panel 
attorneys. The Committee's recommendation supports a current 
services operating level for the Defender Services program for 
fiscal year 2019.

                    FEES OF JURORS AND COMMISSIONERS

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $50,944,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      51,233,000
Committee recommendation................................      49,750,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $49,750,000. 
The recommendation is $3,921,000 below the fiscal year 2018 
funding level and consistent with the Judiciary's reestimate of 
its request.

                             COURT SECURITY

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $586,999,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     602,309,000
Committee recommendation................................     604,460,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $604,460,000. 
The recommendation is $17,461,000 above the fiscal year 2018 
funding level and consistent with Judiciary's reestimate of its 
request.
    The Committee recommendation funds projected Federal 
Protective Service charges, contracts for court security 
officers protecting Federal courthouses, and security systems 
and equipment costs. Funding is included to hire five new staff 
at the U.S. Marshals Service [USMS] to work on the physical 
access control systems program as part of the judiciary's and 
USMS's multiyear strategy to replace aging and failing building 
access systems at Federal courthouses nationwide. Funding is 
also included for judiciary-funded court security costs 
associated with new courthouses.

           Administrative Office of the United States Courts


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $90,423,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      89,867,000
Committee recommendation................................      92,413,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $92,413,000. 
This recommendation is consistent with the Judiciary's 
reestimate.

                        Federal Judicial Center


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $29,265,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      29,064,000
Committee recommendation................................      29,819,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $29,819,000.

                  United States Sentencing Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $18,699,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      18,548,000
Committee recommendation................................      18,548,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $18,548,000.

                Administrative Provisions--The Judiciary


                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

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

                                TITLE IV

                          DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

                            Federal Payments

                             FEDERAL FUNDS

    The Appropriations Committees have a special relationship 
with the District of Columbia that is unlike any other city in 
the country. Under the National Capital Revitalization and 
Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997, the Federal Government 
is required to fund the court operations of the District of 
Columbia, offender and defendant supervision, and defendant 
representation. Title IV of this act provides Federal payments 
to meet these statutory obligations. Title IV also includes 
other Federal payments to fund initiatives in areas including 
education and security.
    Death with Dignity.--Congress has expressly forbidden the 
use of Federal funding for purposes related to assisted suicide 
under the Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act of 1997 
(P.L. 105-12). The Committee remains concerned that the Death 
With Dignity Act of 2016 (D.C. Law 21-182) puts our nation's 
most vulnerable--people who are elderly, disabled, or fighting 
mental illness--at risk. As such, the Chief Financial Officer 
for the District of Columbia shall submit a report to the 
Committee to certify that no Federal funds are used to 
implement D.C. Law 21-182 in the District of Columbia in 
contravention of existing law. The District shall also report 
to the Committees on Appropriations on the number of lethal 
prescriptions prescribed during the fiscal year, the number of 
patients that actually consumed the medication and the cause of 
death that was listed on the death certificate.

              FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR RESIDENT TUITION SUPPORT

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $40,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................................
Committee recommendation................................      30,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment of $30,000,000 
for the resident tuition support program. The District of 
Columbia can contribute local funds to this program if there is 
demand for the program above the level of Federal funds 
available.
    Since inception, the Resident Tuition Support program has 
awarded over $350,000,000 and assisted over 24,000 students 
enroll in college. The program has also been expanded twice 
while enrollment rates and the percentage of undergraduate 
District students receiving the maximum $10,000 award have 
fluctuated. According to the National Center for Education 
Statistics reports on nationwide undergraduate enrollment, 
``while total undergraduate enrollment increased by 37 percent 
between 2000 and 2010, enrollment decreased by 4 percent 
between 2010 and 2014. Undergraduate enrollment is projected to 
increase 14 percent from 17.3 million to 19.8 million students 
between 2014 and 2025.'' The 10-year accomplishment report of 
the Resident Tuition Support program noted that many grantees 
drop out on their path to a degree and 41 percent graduate from 
college in 6 years. According to the most recent data 
available, about 60 percent of students nationwide who began 
seeking a bachelor's degree in 2008 completed that degree 
within 6 years, compared to approximately 51 percent in the 
Resident Tuition Support program. It is important for the 
program to realize a return on its investment, wherein every 
grantee earns a college degree. Given the changing landscape in 
nationwide college enrollment and graduation rates, the 
Committee directed GAO in fiscal year 2017 to conduct a review 
of the D.C. Tutition Assistance Grant program. This review is 
to assess, to the extent possible, trends in eligibility, 
enrollment, performance and outcomes, and describe the steps 
taken to provide support to current participants. The review 
will also consider other available resources for the program 
and provide an analysis of scholarship programs offered by 
other municipalities in the United States, including a 
comparison of participant requirements, administrative 
expenses, outcomes and funding sources. The Committee looks 
forward to receiving this report from GAO.
    In addition, the Committee directs that the State 
Superintendent shall include, as a component of the fiscal year 
2020 budget justification submission, an annual update of the 
District's efforts, including research findings, to enhance the 
retention, persistence, and graduation rates of program 
participants, including early awareness and readiness 
initiatives to promote academic college preparation, guidance, 
and other support mechanisms and partnerships. The budget 
justification should also describe the status and effectiveness 
of cost containment measures instituted.

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

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $13,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      12,000,000
Committee recommendation................................      12,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    This Federal payment provides funds for emergency planning 
and security costs related to the presence of the Federal 
Government in the District of Columbia and surrounding 
jurisdictions.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment of $12,000,000, 
for emergency planning and security costs, which is equal to 
the request.

           FEDERAL PAYMENT TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURTS

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $265,400,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     244,939,000
Committee recommendation................................     244,939,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment to the District 
of Columbia Courts of $244,939,000. This amount includes 
$13,379,000 for the Court of Appeals, $121,251,000 for the 
Superior Court, $71,909,000 for the Court System, and 
$38,400,000 for capital improvements to courthouse facilities.

  FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR DEFENDER SERVICES IN DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURTS

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $49,890,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      46,005,000
Committee recommendation................................      46,005,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment of $46,005,000 
for Defender Services in the District of Columbia Courts, the 
same as the budget request.

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

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $244,298,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     256,724,000
Committee recommendation................................     256,724,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency [CSOSA] 
for the District of Columbia is an independent Federal agency 
created by the National Capital Revitalization and Self-
Government Improvement Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-33, title 
XI). CSOSA acquired the operational responsibilities for the 
former District agencies in charge of probation and parole, and 
houses the Pretrial Services Agency within its framework. The 
mission of CSOSA is to increase public safety, prevent crime, 
reduce recidivism, and support the fair administration of 
justice in close collaboration with the community.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment of $256,724,000, 
which is the same as the request. Of this amount, $73,558,000 
is designated for the Pretrial Services Agency and $183,166,000 
is designated for the Community Supervision Program.

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

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $41,829,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      45,858,000
Committee recommendation................................      45,858,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment to the Public 
Defender Service for the District of Columbia of $45,858,000, 
which is equal to the budget request.

      FEDERAL PAYMENT TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COORDINATING COUNCIL

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $2,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       1,900,000
Committee recommendation................................       2,150,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council [CJCC] provides a 
forum for District of Columbia and Federal law enforcement to 
identify criminal justice issues and solutions, and improve the 
coordination of their efforts. In addition, the CJCC developed 
and maintains the Justice Integrated Information System which 
provides for the sharing of information with Federal and local 
law enforcement.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment of $2,150,000 to 
CJCC.
    The Committee recognizes that integrated technology is a 
critical tool employed by law enforcement, judicial, 
correctional and supervising agencies. Further, the Committee 
appreciates the importance of promoting operational security, 
technical integrity, and system redundancies/fail-safes to 
ensure continuity of operation of the system in the event an 
unanticipated circumstance could otherwise render the system 
inoperable. The Committee recommendation includes increased 
funding to support the JUSTIS system-to-system related 
initiatives including the enhancements to the inter-regional 
usage associated with Mid-Atlantic Regional Information Sharing 
initiative and enhancements to the system's security posture 
(including an external review of the system security plan) and 
redundancy design as a proactive measure to protect against 
cyber disruption.
    The Committee directs the CJCC to submit performance 
measures in an annual report to accompany the fiscal year 2020 
budget justification, which should also describe progress made 
on specific CJCC initiatives.

                FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR JUDICIAL COMMISSIONS

Appropriations, 2018....................................        $565,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................         565,000
Committee recommendation................................         565,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Judicial Nomination Commission [JNC] recommends a panel 
of three candidates to the President for each judicial vacancy 
in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Superior 
Court. From the panel selected by the JNC, the President 
nominates a person for each vacancy and submits his or her name 
for confirmation to the Senate. The Commission on Judicial 
Disabilities and Tenure [CJDT] has jurisdiction over all judges 
of the Court of Appeals and Superior Court and makes 
determinations as to whether a judge's conduct warrants 
disciplinary action and whether involuntary retirement of a 
judge for health reasons is warranted. In addition, the CJDT 
conducts evaluations of judges seeking reappointment and judges 
who retire and wish to continue service as a senior judge.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $565,000 as a Federal payment for 
the judicial commissions, of which $270,000 is designated for 
the Judicial Nomination Commission and $295,000 is designated 
for the Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure. This 
amount is the same as the budget request. Funds shall remain 
available until September 30, 2020.

                 FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $45,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      45,000,000
Committee recommendation................................      52,500,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment of $52,500,000 
above for school improvement, which is $7,500,000 above the 
fiscal year 2018 enacted level and the budget request to 
prevent a reduction in the number of students currently 
enrolled in the Opportunity Scholarship Program. These funds 
are allocated as follows: $17,500,000 for District of Columbia 
Public Schools, $17,500,000 for Public Charter Schools and 
$17,500,000 for Opportunity Scholarships.

              FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR THE D.C. NATIONAL GUARD

Appropriations, 2018....................................        $435,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................         435,000
Committee recommendation................................         435,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Major General David F. Wherley, Jr. District of 
Columbia National Guard Retention and College Access Program 
provides tuition assistance for nonresident District of 
Columbia National Guard members.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment of $435,000 for 
the D.C. National Guard designated for the Major General David 
F. Wherley, Jr. District of Columbia National Guard Retention 
and College Access Program. This amount is the same as the 
budget request.

                FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR HIV/AIDS PREVENTION

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $5,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       5,000,000
Committee recommendation................................       2,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    Based on the national HIV/AIDS case based reporting system, 
the District has among the highest AIDS diagnosis rates in the 
country. Currently, 2.5 percent of the population was diagnosed 
and is living with HIV.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommendation includes a Federal payment of 
$2,000,000 to support testing and treatment of HIV/AIDS. The 
Committee is concerned with the lack of metrics utilized to 
determine program success and encourages the District to 
include additional reporting in the fiscal year 2020 budget 
justification describing how this payment will support proposed 
activities in 2020.

 FEDERAL PAYMENT TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $14,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................................
Committee recommendation................................      10,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a Federal payment of $10,000,000 
to be matched by at least $10,000,000 provided by the Water and 
Sewer Authority, to continue implementation of the Long-Term 
Combined Sewer Overflow Control Plan.

                       District of Columbia Funds

    The Committee recommends, for the operating expenses of the 
District of Columbia, the amount as set forth in the enrolled 
version of the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request Act of 2018, 
District of Columbia Bill 21-668, as may be amended.
    Budget Autonomy.--The Founding Fathers recognized the 
importance of establishing a seat for the Federal Government. 
Accordingly, article I, section 8 of the Constitution provides 
that Congress exercises ``exclusive Legislation in all Cases 
whatsoever'' in the District of Columbia. The Supreme Court has 
held in the case of Palmore v. United States that this clause 
vests Congress with ``plenary'' authority to exercise powers to 
legislate for all matters in the District. Pursuant to this 
Constitutional power, Congress enacted the District of Columbia 
Home Rule Act in 1973. The District government holds only the 
powers that Congress granted it through the Home Rule Act. 
Though that act granted the District substantial powers of 
local self-government, it expressly preserved Congressional 
authority to review and affirmatively approve all District 
obligations and expenditures. The Home Rule Act did not grant 
the Government of the District of Columbia authority to change 
the longstanding process through which the District Government 
transmits its budget request to the President for submission to 
Congress, with all amounts--local or otherwise--becoming 
available for obligation or expenditure only in accordance with 
an act of Congress. Indeed, section 603 of the Home Rule Act 
explicitly provided that the act made ``no change in existing 
law, regulation, or basic procedure and practice relating to 
the respective roles of the Congress, the President, the 
Federal Office of Management and Budget, and the Comptroller 
General of the United States in the preparation, review, 
submission, examination, authorization, and appropriation of 
the total budget of the District of Columbia Government.'' 
Because section 603 is not part of the District Charter, it 
cannot be amended by the District Council or voters. Only an 
act of Congress may change the District's budget process. 
Furthermore, the Budget Autonomy Act had no effect on the 
applicability of the Antideficiency Act (31 U.S.C. 1341), which 
bars ``an officer or employee of the United States Government 
or of the District of Columbia government'' from incurring 
obligations or making expenditures that exceed the amount 
appropriated by law.

                                TITLE V

                          INDEPENDENT AGENCIES

             Administrative Conference of the United States

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $3,100,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       3,100,000
Committee recommendation................................       3,100,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $3,100,000 for ACUS for fiscal 
year 2019.

                  Commodity Futures Trading Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $249,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     281,500,000
Committee recommendation................................     281,500,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $281,500,000 
for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which is equal to 
the budget request. The Committee recommendation includes 
increased funding to boost the CFTC's analytical expertise, 
cybersecurity capabilities and financial technology to maximize 
the Commission's ability to oversee our nation's swaps, 
futures, and options markets.
    The Committee recommendation includes $57,000,000 for the 
purchase of information technology. The Committee highlights 
the crucial need for the CFTC to make mission-critical 
investments in technology to sort through the vast volume of 
data and information generated daily by markets. The CFTC's 
responsibilities to conduct effective oversight and analysis of 
the swaps and futures markets requires greater attention to and 
investments in its information technology systems.
    The Committee recommendation for fiscal year 2018 includes 
$3,302,509 for the OIG. Of this amount, not more than $502,509 
should be for overhead expenses.
    Spending Plan.--The Committee directs the CFTC to submit, 
within 30 days of enactment, a detailed spending plan for the 
allocation of the funds made available, displayed by discrete 
program, project, and activity, including staffing projections, 
specifying both FTEs and contractors, and planned investments 
in information technology.

                   Consumer Product Safety Commission


                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $126,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     123,450,000
Committee recommendation................................     126,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $126,000,000 for the Consumer 
Product Safety Commission, which is equal to the fiscal year 
2018 enacted level.
    Flame Retardant Chemicals.--As the Commission considers new 
upholstered furniture flammability standards, the Committee 
encourages the Commission to take steps to adopt as a national 
mandatory flammability standard for residential upholstered 
furniture the performance standards and test methods prescribed 
in California Technical Bulletin 117-2013, a standard that does 
not lead to the use of flame retardant chemicals. In 2012, the 
Commission released a study that indicates that flame retardant 
chemicals, as currently used in upholstered furniture foam, 
have no practical impact on flammability. The Commission should 
also move forward to convene a Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel 
under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act in order to assess 
and issue a report on the possible harm to consumers' health 
and safety from the use of the class of additive, non-polymeric 
organohalogen flame retardants in children's products, 
furniture, mattresses, and the casings surrounding electronics.
    Furniture Tip-Overs.--Furniture tip-overs, particularly 
televisions, remain a serious risk to children and consumers. 
According to a 2014 CPSC study, between 2011 and 2013 an 
estimated annual average of 38,000 people were treated in U.S. 
hospital emergency departments for product instability or tip-
over injuries related to televisions, furniture, and 
appliances. The same study reported that between 2000 and 2013 
there were 430 tip-over fatalities, 84 percent of which were 
suffered by children younger than age 18. The Committee 
encourages the Commission to continue to engage with industry, 
consumer groups, and the public to increase efforts to limit or 
mitigate the risk associated with furniture tip-overs.
    Portable Generators.--The Committee recognizes the risk of 
carbon monoxide poisoning deaths and injuries associated with 
portable generators. The Committee urges the Commission to keep 
the Committees of Appropriations informed of its progress to 
address the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning deaths and 
injuries associated with portable generators.
    Bicycle Standards.--The Committee recognizes that there 
have been technological changes in bicycle design and in the 
materials used to manufacture bicycles since the bicycle 
regulations were promulgated. The Committee encourages the 
Commission to undertake a comprehensive review of the bicycle 
regulations to determine how these regulations might be further 
amended to reflect advancements in technology.
    Youth Sports Concussions.--The Committee is concerned with 
the growth of diagnosed traumatic brain injuries for children 
participating in various sports. According to the Centers for 
Disease Control, in 2012, 329,290 children were treated for 
sports and recreation-related injuries that included a 
diagnosis of a concussion. The Committee encourages the CPSC to 
work cooperatively with all stakeholders, including other 
Federal agencies, to update the current standards for youth 
safety and protection equipment. The Committee notes that the 
Joint Explanatory Statement of the Consolidated Appropriations 
Act, 2018, directed the CPSC to report to the Committees of 
Appropriations on the progress to update the current National 
Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment 
football helmet standards.

                     Election Assistance Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $10,100,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       9,200,000
Committee recommendation................................       9,200,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee provides $9,200,000 for EAC's administrative 
expenses. The Committee bill requires that $1,500,000 of these 
funds be transferred to the National Institute for Standards 
and Technology [NIST] for technical assistance related to the 
development of voluntary State voting systems guidelines.
    Within 30 days of the transfer, the Director of NIST (or 
designee) shall provide to the Executive Director (or Acting) 
of the EAC and the Committee an expenditure plan for the funds 
that includes: (1) the number and position title and office of 
each staff person doing work and amount of time each staff 
person spends on that work; (2) the specific tasks accomplished 
including length of time needed to accomplish the task; (3) an 
explanation of expenditures, including contracts and grants, 
and use of the EAC funding transferred to NIST (including 
enumeration of funds); and (4) an explanation of how the work 
accomplished relates to mandated activities under HAVA. 
Finally, the Executive Director (or Acting) of the EAC and 
Director of NIST (or designee) shall work together to set 
priorities for the work outlined in order to meet timelines.

                   Federal Communications Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $322,035,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     333,118,000
Committee recommendation................................     333,118,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $333,118,000 
for the Salaries and Expenses of the FCC for fiscal year 2019. 
The total appropriation of $333,118,000 will be derived from 
offsetting collections.
    The Committee also recommends that up to $130,284,000 be 
retained from spectrum auction activities to fund the 
administrative expenses of conducting such auctions.
    Incentive Auction.--The Committee notes the additional work 
to be performed in fiscal year 2019 by the FCC for new eligible 
entities of the TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund including 
Television Translator stations, Low Power Television stations, 
and FM Broadcast stations. Of the recommended amount for 
spectrum auction administrative expenses, $17,550,000 should be 
used to fund administrative expenses relating to the post-
Incentive Auction repack. The Committee expects the FCC will 
keep it apprised of its progress to develop a rulemaking and 
oversee the distribution of funds for new eligible entities. 
The Committee stresses the importance of completing its 
administrative work in fiscal year 2019. The Committee 
continues a prior directive for the FCC to provide monthly 
reports to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations, 
the Senate Committee on Commerce, and the House Committee on 
Energy and Commerce with the current status of the construction 
schedule including the allocation provided to all eligible 
entities and the status of any relief granted to accommodate 
stations that face unforeseen circumstances during the 
transition period.
    Wireless Support.--The Committee includes a provision that 
would provide certainty to rural wireless broadband users and 
carriers across the Nation as the Federal Communications 
Commission continues to develop a new framework for parts of 
the Universal Service Fund. The provision reaffirms the intent 
of current regulations adopted by the Commission (47 CFR 
54.307(e)(5) and (e)(6)) that provide that competitive eligible 
telecommunications carriers will continue to receive reliable 
support until Mobility Fund Phase II is implemented. The 
Committee preserves the Commission's flexibility to develop 
nationwide replacement mechanisms for high-cost support, which 
could include Mobility Fund Phase II, another support 
mechanism, or set of support mechanisms and a separate but 
complementary Alaska-specific support mechanism. The Committee 
does not intend that this section will limit the Commission's 
consideration, development, or adoption of a replacement 
mechanism other than Mobility Fund Phase II or a separate 
Alaska-specific support mechanism.
    Tribal Lifeline Reform.--The Committee recognizes the steps 
taken by the FCC to reform the Lifeline program by limiting 
enhanced Tribal support to facilities-based providers. The 
Committee urges the Commission to ensure that such reforms are 
holding carriers accountable for their program dollars and 
their commitment to serve local networks.
    Broadband Connectivity on Tribal Lands.--The Committee 
remains concerned about the lack of access to broadband 
services on Tribal lands. According to data collected by the 
FCC, only 65 percent of residents on rural, Tribal lands have 
access to fast broadband service, which is eight times worse 
than the national average. The Committee urges the FCC to 
responsibly and efficiently take action to increase access to 
broadband on Tribal lands and supports consultation with 
federally recognized Indian Tribes, Alaska Native villages and 
corporations, and entities related to Hawaiian home lands. The 
FCC is encouraged to use all available resources with the goal 
of spending $300,000 to support consultation with Federal 
recognized Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, and entities 
related to Hawaiian home lands. Any action by the FCC to 
address broadband services on Tribal lands should be done in a 
manner that takes into account duplication of Federal programs, 
grants, funding streams, and overbuilding of networks. The FCC 
should consult with Federal stakeholders and agencies who have 
a role in deploying broadband when assessing duplication. The 
Committee urges the FCC to examine alternative and emerging 
technologies for deployment of internet to areas where 
traditional infrastructure is costly to deploy. The Committee 
also urges the FCC to consider population density when 
determining the definition of service to rural areas.
    Contraband Cell Phones.--The Committee remains concerned 
regarding the continued exploitation of contraband cell phones 
in prisons and jails nationwide. Given the growing public 
safety concerns (more cell phones are seized each year), this 
is an issue of critical importance that requires solutions 
sooner rather than later. The Committee recognizes that the 
Bureau of Prisons [BOP] and the National Telecommunications and 
Information Administration [NTIA] have worked over the last 
decade to block cell signals within prison cells while limiting 
signal blockages outside of prison cells, both for officer 
safety and to limit any impact on the public. The Committee 
understands that CTIA, the wireless industry trade association, 
established a task force that includes representatives of nine 
state prison systems, the Association of State Correctional 
Administrators, as well as BOP in response to congressional 
concerns. The Committee understands FCC facilitated the first 
meeting in April 2018. The Committee directs the FCC, in 
consultation with BOP and NTIA, to brief the Committees on 
Appropriations within 60 days of enactment on its timeline for 
further addressing the contraband cell phone in prisons issue 
and the status of any reports the FCC has received from the 
task force. Following the briefing, the FCC is directed to 
share with the Committees any barriers that arise and prevent 
the FCC from meeting the proposed timeline.
    Oversight Monitoring and Rating System.--Section 551 of the 
Telecommunications Act of 1996 required the FCC to establish 
guidelines and recommended procedures for the rating of video 
programming to parents and provided the FCC with the ability to 
certify that distributors of video programming developed and 
implemented a compliant voluntary rating system. The video 
programming industry submitted ``TV Parental Guidelines'' to 
the FCC, which were accepted in a 1998 report and order. The 
video programming industry also established a TV Parental 
Guidelines Oversight Monitoring Board to ensure the guidelines 
are applied accurately and consistently, address complaints and 
requests from the public, and provide information to producers 
and program distributors. The Committee recognizes it has been 
close to 20 years since this issue was visited and directs the 
FCC to report to the Committee within 90 days of enactment on 
the extent to which the rating systems matches the video 
content that is being shown and the ability of the TV Parental 
Guidelines Oversight Monitoring Board to address public 
concerns. The FCC is further directed to examine the monitoring 
board's ability to conduct transparent meetings and efforts to 
include relevant stakeholders.
    Call Completion in Rural Areas.--The Committee recognizes 
that the FCC is considering a Report and Order and Further 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will adopt new measures, and 
seek comment on others, to better tackle the problem of call 
completion and ensure that calls are completed to all 
Americans--including those in rural America. As directed in the 
fiscal year 2018 report, the Committee looks forward to 
receiving a report detailing the FCC's efforts to resolve call 
completion issues and to prevent discriminatory delivery of 
calls to any area of the country.
    Universal Service Reform.--The Committee expresses concern 
regarding fraud, waste, and abuse within the Universal Service 
Fund programs. The Committee directs the FCC to prioritize 
unserved areas in all Universal Service Fund programs.
    The Committee supports the Lifeline program's mission of 
making basic communications services affordable to low-income 
Americans, and shares the Commission's objective of minimizing 
waste, fraud, and abuse in the program. The Committee urges the 
Commission to ensure that the measures already adopted to 
combat waste, fraud, and abuse, such as the National Verifier, 
are implemented.
    The Committee appreciates the ongoing commitment of the FCC 
to modernize and focus the Universal Service Fund [USF] on 
promoting broadband availability and affordability. 
Nevertheless, the Committee is troubled that the budget for the 
High Cost USF program has not been revised since 2011. The 
Committee strongly supports a comprehensive assessment of what 
is needed to appropriately fund the High Cost USF program 
budget to fulfill its statutory mandate for universal service 
pursuant to 47 U.S.C. 254(b)(4) while addressing GAO's open 
recommendation to improve accountability and transparency of 
high-cost program funding (GAO-14-587).
    Remote Areas Fund.--While the Committee is encouraged by 
the Commission's efforts to expand broadband access throughout 
rural America, the Committee believes the Remote Areas Fund 
[RAF] will be both critical and necessary to broadband 
deployment in the most remote areas of the country. The 
Committee urges the FCC to move forward with the RAF no later 
than one year after the commencement of the CAF Phase II 
auction, or as soon as practicable thereafter. The Committee 
believes that the RAF must be structured to provide an 
opportunity for robust participation.
    Robocalls.--The Committee recognizes the pervasiveness of 
abusive and illegal robocalls that are disrupting and harming 
Americans every day. While the Committee appreciates the 
current efforts the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission [FTC] 
are committing to enforcing laws and working alongside industry 
on solving the illegal robocall problem, it is clear that more 
focus needs to be dedicated to solving this increasingly 
prevalent issue. As such, the Committee directs the FCC and the 
FTC to continue to collaborate with each other and with 
industry to defend Americans from unwanted robocalls.
    Information Technology Reform.--The Committee supports the 
FCC's efforts to improve its IT investments and directs the 
Commission to report to the Committee within 6 months on how it 
will prioritize future IT reform efforts and identify the most 
important IT systems to be modernized. The Committee further 
directs the FCC to report to the Committee on the role of IT 
failure or any other cause for significant delays in the 
Universal Service Company's issuance of E-Rate funding 
determination letters to schools and libraries.
    5G Services.--The Committee appreciates that the Commission 
moved swiftly following enactment of amendments to 47 U.S.C. 
309(j)(8)(C) made as part of Public Law 115-141 to schedule 
auctions for licenses in the 24GHz and 28GHz bands and the 
Committee expects the Commission to work to ensure that those 
auctions occur without delay. To build on those auctions and 
more fully support the deployment of 5G services and advance 
U.S. competitiveness, the Committee directs the Commission to 
report not later than April 1, 2019 on the prospect and 
timeline for making additional mid-band and high-band spectrum 
available for either licensed or unlicensed use.
    Topography.--As the FCC develops the auction procedures for 
Mobility Fund II to facilitate wireless broadband service in 
unserved rural regions, the Committee urges the Commission to 
consider the impact of a state or locality's surface 
configuration on the availability of wireless service and 
ensure that topography does not impede or adversely affect the 
auction results.
    Permitting Process.--The Committee encourages the FCC to 
continue to work toward streamlining their permitting process 
by finding ways to minimize costs and duplication as well as 
expedite broadband deployment in rural areas.
    Mobility Fund II.--The Committee remains concerned that the 
auction process will preclude high cost areas from 
consideration, many of which are rural areas that are most in 
need of assistance. The Committee encourages the FCC to 
consider a reasonable set aside of the funding that will be 
made available through the Mobility Fund II auction to provide 
assistance to these high-cost, geographically challenged areas.
    Radio Frequency.--On March 27, 2013, the FCC released a 
First Report and Order/Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
and Notice of Inquiry regarding the Commission's rules on Human 
Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields (ET Docket 
Nos. 13-84 and 03-137). The Committee encourages the FCC to 
work with relevant agencies on ET Docket Nos. 13-84 and 03-137 
and to report to the Committee on the current status of the 
Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking within 30 days of 
enactment.
    Coordination on Rural Communications Services.--The 
Committee recognizes the FCC's vital role in preserving and 
advancing universal communications services. The Committee 
encourages the FCC to coordinate efforts with the Rural Utility 
Service to optimize the use of limited resources and promote 
broadband deployment in rural America.

                 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation


                    OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $39,136,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      42,982,000
Committee recommendation................................      42,982,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $42,982,000 for the FDIC inspector 
general, the same as the budget request and $3,846,000 more 
than the fiscal year 2018 enacted level. Funds are to be 
derived from the Deposit Insurance Fund and the Federal Savings 
and Loan Insurance Corporation Resolution Fund.

                      Federal Election Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $71,250,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      71,250,000
Committee recommendation................................      71,250,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $71,250,000 for the Federal 
Election Commission.

                   Federal Labor Relations Authority


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $26,200,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      26,200,000
Committee recommendation................................      26,200,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $26,200,000 
for the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

                        Federal Trade Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $306,317,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     309,700,000
Committee recommendation................................     309,700,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommendation provides $309,700,000 for the 
salaries and expenses of the FTC for fiscal year 2019.
    The Congressional Budget Office estimates $136,000,000 of 
collections from Hart-Scott-Rodino premerger filing fees and 
$17,000,000 of collections from Do-Not-Call fees will partially 
offset the appropriation requirement for this account. The 
total amount of direct appropriations for this account is 
therefore $156,700,000.
    The Committee recognizes the FTC's mission to preserve 
competition in the marketplace and protect consumers, including 
efforts to improve the security of consumer financial 
transactions. The recommended funding will support these 
necessary endeavors. The recommendation includes funding for 
the FTC Do-Not-Call initiative, of which the entire amount is 
to be derived from the collection of fees.
    Sports Concussion.--According to the Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention, a concussion is a type of traumatic 
brain injury that can occur in any sport or recreation 
activity. Given the potential for real injury to children, the 
Committee urges the FTC to remain vigilant in its enforcement 
efforts against potential unfair and deceptive practices 
related to sports concussion. The FTC should review any 
National Academies' report on sports-related concussions in 
youth for any matter that may inform efforts to protect 
consumers from unfair or deceptive practices in or affecting 
commerce. The FTC should also be vigilant of and, if necessary, 
take steps to prevent anticompetitive conduct related to the 
development and use of industry standards that could reduce 
competition and innovation in protective sports equipment.
    Contact Lenses.--The Committee is disappointed in the FTC's 
decision not to include the proposed patient safety 
improvements related to the prescription verification process 
in its draft contact lens rule and instead impose new paperwork 
requirements on patients and doctors that are unnecessarily 
burdensome. The Committee directs the FTC to prioritize patient 
safety and consider enforcement mechanisms under its existing 
authority or revisions to the draft rule that address sales of 
excessive quantities of lenses, illegal substitutions, and 
communication challenges associated with prescription 
verification, including robo-calls. The Committee further 
directs the FTC to continue to confer and consult with other 
Federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, 
to optimize its enforcement and consumer education activities.
    Credit Card Skimmers.--The Committee appreciates the FTC's 
effort to warn Americans travelling abroad to be alert for 
credit card skimmers placed by thieves inside automatic teller 
machines and gas pumps. However, the Committee is aware that 
such credit card information theft increasingly occurs within 
the United States and thus urges the FTC to work with the 
Department of Justice and state attorneys general to prevent 
such consumer scams.
    Pharmacy Benefit Managers.--The Committee is concerned 
about the anticompetitive effects of continued consolidation in 
the pharmacy benefits management [PBM] industry. Such 
consolidation has the potential to reduce patient choice, 
decrease access to pharmacy services, and lead to higher 
prescription drug costs paid by plan sponsors and consumers. 
The Committee encourages the FTC to evaluate and address these 
concerns as it reviews ongoing consolidation in the PBM 
industry.
    Robocalls.--The Committee supports the FTC's initiatives to 
spur the development and availability of technology that will 
provide consumers with greater protection from unwanted and 
illegal telephone calls. The Committee notes the success of 
previous Commission-led ``robocall challenges'' and urges the 
FTC to consider further challenges that will speed the 
availability of innovative technological protections for 
consumers.
    Technical Expertise.--The Committee is concerned that the 
FTC lacks sufficient technical expertise to enforce consumer 
protection in the digital domain. The Committee recommends that 
the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection add up to 10 additional 
FTE technologists to work across the five law enforcement areas 
(Privacy and Identity Protection, Financial Practices, 
Marketing Practices, Advertising Practices, and Enforcement). 
These technologists should have an academic or professional 
background in computer science, cybersecurity, software 
engineering or other related field.
    Unfair Methods of Competition.--The Committee requests that 
the FTC, in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration, 
examine Congress' intent regarding unfair methods of 
competition in 15 U.S.C. 45(n) and the FTC's standalone section 
5 authorities with regards to unreasonable cost increases, 
including those that occur over multiple years, on off-patent 
pharmaceutical drugs and biologics when there are no 
alternative options available to the consumer, and when price 
increases are unreasonable, unavoidable, and not due to 
increased manufacturing costs of the product. The committee 
requests the FTC submit a report to the Committee within 120 
days of the bill's enactment.
    Deceptive Online Marketing.--The Committee urges the FTC to 
share with state Attorneys General materials to help educate 
consumers about online booking scams, including the use of 
websites and call centers to mislead consumers into believing 
that they are dealing directly with hotels. The Committee also 
encourages the FTC to make state Attorneys General aware of its 
recent enforcement action against Reservation Counter, LLC, and 
its owners.
    Made in USA Standard.--The Committee understands that the 
FTC has not amended its ``Made in USA'' standard since it was 
adopted in 1977. During that time, innovative technologies have 
connected global supply chains to domestic manufacturers for 
producing goods and materials. Such a global economy is a cause 
for concern on whether the ``Made in USA'' standard reflects 
these significant changes over time. The Committee strongly 
encourages the FTC to review its ``Made in USA'' standard by 
soliciting feedback and conducting consumer perception surveys 
so that the standard may reflect current sentiments of what 
makes a product ``Made in USA.'' If the Commission does not 
feel that a review of the standard is warranted, the Committee 
requests a response within 90 days of enactment of this act 
justifying this position.

                    General Services Administration


                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    Federal Fleet.--The Federal government spends more than 
$4,000,000,000 annually to acquire, operate, and maintain 
civilian and non-tactical military vehicles. The annual Federal 
Fleet Report publishes motor vehicle fleet inventory, cost, and 
use data from Federal departments and agencies. The Committee 
expects timely release of this data annually and is greatly 
concerned that GSA has not published the Federal Fleet Report 
for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The Committee directs GSA to 
publish these reports within 90 days of enactment.
    GSA Advantage.--GSA is encouraged to explore options for 
the listing of remanufactured products in a way that 
acknowledges both the original manufacturer and the business 
that refurbished the product. One option for GSA to explore 
would be the modification of categories within the product 
listing for recognizing both the manufacturer and the 
refurbisher.
    Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.--The 
Committee is encouraged that GSA and the National Park Service 
are working toward a solution to relocate and consolidate the 
visitor center and headquarters for the Chesapeake and Ohio 
Canal National Historical Park with other nearby National Park 
Service offices in Williamsport, Maryland. We encourage 
continued dialogue between the agencies to move the project 
forward.
    Indian Energy Preference.--The Committee is concerned by 
GAO's findings that GSA has not issued any guidance, rules or 
regulations regarding the purchase of energy products or by-
products from Indian tribes, in accordance with the Energy 
Policy Act (Public Law 109-58). The Committee directs GSA to 
report on what additional steps the agency will take to 
implement the provisions in the act, specifically section 
2602(d) and section 203.
    FBI Headquarters.--Due to concerns about the FBI 
Headquarters Revised Nationally-Focused Consolidation Plan 
which was submitted to Congress by GSA on February 12, 2018, 
the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141) 
included no funding for this project. No funds were requested 
for the project for fiscal year 2019 and no funds are provided 
in this bill.
    The Committee continues to be reluctant to appropriate any 
additional funds for this project due to the unanswered 
questions regarding the new plan, including the revision of 
longstanding mission and security requirements. The Committee 
encourages GSA to work with the FBI to submit a prospectus for 
a new, fully-consolidated headquarters building, including at 
one of the three previously vetted sites that complies with 
prior Congressional directives and actions and meets 
Interagency Security Committee Level V security standards.
    Dirksen Courthouse.--The Dirksen Courthouse in Chicago is 
adjacent to buildings in critical disrepair that are scheduled 
to be sold to a developer. Concerns have been raised as to the 
effect of the development plan on the security of the Court and 
other federal agencies in the courthouse. The Consolidated 
Appropriations Act of 2018 directed GSA to review the current 
development plan to ensure that it does not pose security 
problems and report back to the Committee. The Committee looks 
forward to receiving this report and to continuing to 
coordinate with GSA, the Federal Judiciary, and other federal 
tenants to ensure security risks to the Courthouse are 
appropriately evaluated and addressed.
    Buy American.--The Committee recognizes that there is 
currently no comprehensive government-wide repository for 
information about waivers to the Buy American Act, Berry 
Amendment and other domestic content statutes. This lack of 
transparency harms small- and medium-sized manufacturers who 
are often negatively impacted by waivers to the Buy American 
Act that allow the government to purchase manufactured goods 
overseas. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 
encouraged GSA to examine the feasibility of a website, called 
BuyAmerican.gov, to track, government-wide, the use of waivers 
to our domestic procurement laws and report to the 
Appropriations Committee within 120 days of enactment. The 
Committee looks forward to promptly receiving this report.
    Chesapeake Bay Program Office.--Most of the Federal 
agencies involved in the Chesapeake Bay Program have been co-
located in the Annapolis area and leases are approaching 
renewal. The Committee encourages GSA to work closely with the 
Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection 
Agency to ensure, to the extent practicable and cost-effective, 
that as many of the Federal agencies as possible, be co-located 
in the Annapolis area to facilitate program coordination.
    Energy Efficiency.--The Committee has been encouraged by 
GSA's continued leadership in the use of Energy Savings 
Performance Contracts [ESPCs], which generate energy savings to 
pay for the investment in energy-related equipment, but is 
concerned about possible drop off in the use of these contracts 
to address deferred maintenance and infrastructure 
improvements. Accordingly, the Committee directs the 
Administrator to report, no later than 45 days after enactment 
of this Act, on the number and value of ESPCs entered into by 
GSA annually for 2014-2018 and projections for 2019 and 2020.

     FEDERAL BUILDINGS FUND--LIMITATIONS ON AVAILABILITY OF REVENUE

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Limitation on availability of revenue:
    Limitation on availability, 2018....................  $9,073,938,000
    Limitation on availability, budget estimate, 2019...  10,131,673,000
Committee recommendation................................   9,633,450,000

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

                      CONSTRUCTION AND ACQUISITION

Limitation on availability, 2018........................    $692,069,000
Limitation on availability, budget estimate, 2019.......   1,338,387,000
Committee recommendation................................   1,080,068,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a limitation of $1,080,068,000 for 
construction and acquisition:
  --$767,900,000 for the Department of Transportation Lease 
        Purchase Option, which will reduce the Federal 
        government's rental payments to the private sector by 
        approximately $49,400,000 annually.
  --$100,000,000 for the DHS Consolidation at St. Elizabeths to 
        be combined with existing unobligated balances to 
        consolidate the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 
        which is currently located in several leases throughout 
        the National Capital Region.
  --$27,268,000 for the Former Hardesty Federal Complex
  --$9,000,000 for the Southeast Federal Center Remediation
  --$175,900,000 for the Calexico West Land Port of Entry Phase 
        II.

                        REPAIRS AND ALTERATIONS

Limitation on availability, 2018........................    $666,335,000
Limitation on availability, budget estimate, 2019.......     909,746,000
Committee recommendation................................     890,419,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    Under this activity, GSA executes its responsibility for 
repairs and alterations of both Government-owned and -leased 
facilities under the control of GSA.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a limitation of $890,419,000 for 
repairs and alterations in fiscal year 2019.
    The Committee recommends $424,690,000 for major repairs and 
alterations projects, $373,556,000 for Basic Repairs and 
Alterations, $30,000,000 for the Fire and Life Safety Program, 
$11,500,000 for the Judiciary Capital Security Program, and 
$50,673,000 for the Consolidation Activities Program.

                            RENTAL OF SPACE

Limitation on availability, 2018........................  $5,493,768,000
Limitation on availability, budget estimate, 2019.......   5,430,345,000
Committee recommendation................................   5,418,845,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a limitation of $5,418,845,000 for 
rental of space.

                          BUILDING OPERATIONS

Limitation on availability, 2018........................  $2,221,766,000
Limitation on availability, budget estimate, 2019.......   2,253,195,000
Committee recommendation................................   2,244,118,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a limitation of $2,244,118,000 for 
building operations.

                         GOVERNMENTWIDE POLICY

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $53,499,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      65,835,000
Committee recommendation................................      58,499,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $58,499,000 
for Governmentwide Policy. GSA is encouraged to consider the 
potential national security implications of acquiring 
telecommunications technology from foreign companies.

                           OPERATING EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $45,645,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      49,440,000
Committee recommendation................................      49,440,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $49,440,000 
for Operating Expenses.

                   CIVILIAN BOARD OF CONTRACT APPEALS

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $8,795,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       9,301,000
Committee recommendation................................       9,301,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals is responsible for 
resolving contract disputes between government contractors and 
Federal agencies.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $9,301,000 for 
the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.

                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $65,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      67,000,000
Committee recommendation (including transfer)...........      67,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $65,000,000 
for the Office of Inspector General.
    In addition to the foregoing appropriation, the Committee 
provides $2,000,000 to be immediately transferred to the 
Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency 
for enhancements to www.oversight.gov.
    Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and 
Efficiency Website.--The Council of the Inspectors General on 
Integrity and Efficiency [CIGIE] was established by the 
Inspector General Reform Act of 2008. The Council is made up of 
73 individual Inspectors General [IGs] from both the Executive 
and Legislative branches and 6 integrity-related senior 
officials. CIGIE's mission is to address integrity, economy, 
and effectiveness issues that transcend individual Government 
agencies and increase the professionalism and effectiveness of 
the IG workforce.
    In fiscal year 2016, CIGIE developed a working group 
charged with developing a website to consolidate in one place 
all public reports from inspectors general to improve the 
public's access to independent information about the Federal 
Government. The Committee commends CIGIE for its efforts to 
develop this website for the public to follow the ongoing 
oversight work of all IGs that publicly post reports. With the 
launch of Oversight.gov, users can now sort, search, and filter 
the site's database of public reports across agencies to find 
oversight areas of interest.
    IG recommendations have the potential to save significant 
taxpayer dollars, but agencies continue to fail to implement 
many of these recommendations. The Committee believes a 
centralized database will help Congress, agencies, and 
taxpayers track outstanding recommendations and will ultimately 
make the federal government more efficient and effective.
    In addition to funds otherwise available to CIGIE, the 
Committee recommendation includes $2,000,000 to be transferred 
to CIGIE's revolving fund to enhance Oversight.gov, including 
the development of a database that contains the status of open 
IG recommendations.
    As CIGIE scales a pilot program of select IGs to the entire 
IG community, the Committee encourages all IGs to provide 
timely updates to Oversight.gov to ensure the open 
recommendation database is regularly updated.
    No later than 120 days after enactment, CIGIE is directed 
to report to the Committee on Appropriations with a spend plan 
on the proposed use of the use of funds, including additional 
website features and functionality and interest from CIGIE 
members in regularly providing updated information for the open 
IG recommendation repository.

           ALLOWANCES AND OFFICE STAFF FOR FORMER PRESIDENTS

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $4,754,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       4,796,000
Committee recommendation................................       4,796,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    This appropriation currently provides pensions, office 
staffs, and related expenses for former Presidents Jimmy 
Carter, George H.W. Bush, William Clinton, and George W. Bush, 
and Barack Obama.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $4,796,000 for allowances and 
office staff for former Presidents.

                     FEDERAL CITIZEN SERVICES FUND

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $50,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      58,400,000
Committee recommendation................................      55,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        committee recommendation

    The Committee recommends $55,000,000 for the Federal 
Citizen Services Fund.

                     TECHNOLOGY MODERNIZATION FUND

Appropriation, 2018.....................................    $100,000,000
Budget estimates, 2019..................................     210,000,000
Committee recommendation................................................

    The Technology Modernization Fund [TMF] is designed to be a 
full cost recovery fund that finances the transition of Federal 
agencies from antiquated legacy IT systems to modern IT 
platforms. The Fund is administered by GSA in accordance with 
recommendations made by an inter-agency TMF Board established 
by the Modernizing Government Technology Act. The Fund was 
established to provide upfront funding for modernization 
investments, which agencies are required to repay over a period 
of up to five years.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $0 for the TMF. The Committee 
notes the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 
115-141), provided $100,000,000 for the TMF. As of June 2018, 
the TMF approved proposals submitted by three Federal agencies 
totaling $45,000,000. As the TMF reviews the remaining 
proposals, the Committee encourages GSA and OMB to provide 
additional transparency surrounding agency proposals at each 
stage of the selection process, including projects submitted 
for consideration and those selected to receive funding. The 
Committee will continue to monitor the proposal process and 
work with GSA and OMB to establish metrics for determining 
program and project success.
    Within 30 days of enactment of this act, GSA is directed to 
provide the Committee on Appropriations details on proposals 
submitted by agencies to the Technology Modernization Fund and 
proposals that have been awarded funding. For each proposal, 
the information shall include: the agency seeking funding; the 
type of project for which funding was requested; the requested 
and approved cost of the project; the plan for repayment of the 
funds; and whether a repayment extension was requested, and if 
so, whether it was granted. For future proposals, GSA shall 
provide the Committee this information at the time of award.

                ASSET PROCEEDS AND SPACE MANAGEMENT FUND

Appropriation, 2018.....................................      $5,000,000
Budget estimates, 2019..................................      31,000,000
Committee recommendation................................      15,500,000

    This account provides appropriations for the purposes of 
carrying out actions pursuant to the recommendations of the 
Public Buildings Reform Board focusing on civilian real 
property.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $15,500,000 
for the Asset Proceeds and Space Management Fund. The Committee 
supports the Public Buildings Reform Board and efforts to 
reduce Federal real property costs by consolidating and selling 
underutilized and vacant Federal buildings and other civilian 
real property. However, a Public Buildings Reform Board Chair 
has not been nominated, and the six Board members have not been 
appointed, resulting in lower than anticipated Board 
expenditures and delays in recommendations from the Board. The 
Committee will continue to monitor steps being taken to stand 
up the Public Buildings Reform Board to ensure sufficient 
resources are available to meet program needs.

                 ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW IMPROVEMENT FUND

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $1,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       6,070,000
Committee recommendation................................       6,070,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    This appropriation supports the authorized activities of 
the Environmental Review Improvement Fund and the Federal 
Permitting Improvement Steering Council. The Council will lead 
on-going government-wide efforts to modernize the Federal 
permitting and review process for major infrastructure projects 
and work with Federal agency partners to implement and oversee 
adherence to the statutory requirements set forth in the Fixing 
America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $6,070,000 for 
the Environmental Review Improvement Fund.

       ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS--GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    Section 520 authorizes GSA to use funds for the hire of 
passenger motor vehicles.
    Section 521 authorizes GSA to transfer funds within the 
Federal buildings fund to meet program requirements.
    Section 522 requires that the fiscal year 2020 budget 
request meet certain standards.
    Section 523 provides that no funds may be used to increase 
the amount of occupiable square feet, provide cleaning 
services, security enhancements, or any other service usually 
provided, to any agency which does not pay the requested rate.
    Section 524 continues the provision that permits GSA to pay 
small claims less than $250,000 made against the Government.
    Section 525 provides that certain lease agreements must 
conform to an approved prospectus.
    Section 526 requires a GSA spending plan for certain 
accounts and programs.

                 Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $1,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................................
Committee recommendation................................       1,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation is an independent 
agency established by Congress in 1975 (Public Law 93-642) to 
encourage exceptional college students to pursue careers in 
public service through the Truman Scholarship program. The 
Truman Scholarship is a merit-based award available to college 
juniors who plan to pursue careers in Government or elsewhere 
in public service.
    The Foundation Trust Fund was established with a one-time 
$30,000,000 appropriation in 1976. The authorizing legislation 
directed that this endowment be invested solely in U.S. 
Treasury Securities, the interest from which has funded the 
Foundation's operating budget. With the decline in interest 
rates, the annual yield from the trust fund has declined by 
nearly 80 percent since 2002.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,000,000 for 
the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation.
    The Committee notes that administrative expenses of the 
Foundation exceeded scholarship payments in fiscal year 2017. 
Therefore, the Committee encourages the Foundation to examine 
its operating budget and work to reduce overhead costs and 
achieve additional cost savings.

                     Merit Systems Protection Board


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $46,835,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      46,835,000
Committee recommendation................................      46,835,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $46,835,000 
for the MSPB. The recommendation includes not more than 
$2,345,000 for adjudicating retirement appeals through an 
appropriation from the trust fund consistent with past 
practice.

            Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation


            MORRIS K. UDALL AND STEWART L. UDALL TRUST FUND

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $1,975,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       1,875,000
Committee recommendation................................       1,875,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,875,000 for 
the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Trust Fund.
    The Committee appreciates the progress made by the Udall 
Foundation to strengthen its internal controls related to 
contract oversight and personnel management. The Committee 
directs the Foundation to report semiannually to the Committee 
regarding its continued work in instituting reformed internal 
controls, including milestones achieved. Finally, the Committee 
provides that $200,000 shall be transferred to the Inspector 
General of the Department of the Interior to conduct annual 
audits and investigations of the Foundation and submit reports 
of its findings to the Committee in order to ensure that the 
Foundation's spending, management, and other activities are 
subject to regular oversight and review.

                 ENVIRONMENTAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION FUND

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $3,366,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       3,200,000
Committee recommendation................................       3,200,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $3,200,000 for 
the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund.

              National Archives and Records Administration

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

                           OPERATING EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $384,911,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     365,105,000
Committee recommendation................................     375,105,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $375,105,000 for operating 
expenses of the National Archives and Records Administration 
for fiscal year 2019.
    The Committee's recommendation supports initiatives to 
strengthen NARA's record management leadership role; address 
archival storage needs; continue to develop, build, and expand 
the IT infrastructure to conduct the business of the National 
Declassification Center established in Executive Order 13526; 
operate and maintain the Electronic Records Archive; and 
improve research room holdings protection.
    The Committee continues to encourage NARA to digitize and 
post online archival records that are relocated as a result of 
a facility closure. The Committee directs NARA to report, 
within 90 days of enactment, on its progress to digitize and 
preserve physical access to archival records that have been or 
will be relocated to another State by any facility closure 
occurring from fiscal years 2014 to 2018, inclusive or planned 
for fiscal year 2019. The report shall: (1) describe the 
progress that has been made to digitize and post online such 
records that have been moved; (2) describe NARA's digitization 
priorities for 2019 pertaining to any relocated archival 
records; and (3) include a timeline for completing the 
digitization and posting online process. The Committee further 
directs NARA to give due consideration and appropriate 
adjudication, within the limits of the Federal Records Act and 
all applicable laws, of any request to review archival records 
that are relocated as a result of a facility closure, to 
determine whether those records continue to require permanent 
preservation in the National Archives.
    Recordkeeping.--The Committee remains concerned about the 
ability of Federal agencies to effectively manage email and 
other electronic Federal records so that essential records are 
available when required by Congress in order to fulfill its 
oversight responsibilities. The executive branch must assure 
the American public that records documenting Government 
decisions and actions are retained for the appropriate time 
period and can be retrieved and provided to Congress in a 
timely manner and as required by law. The Presidential and 
Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014 (Public Law 113-187) 
modernized the Federal records management statutes to include 
emails and electronic records and to reinforce that the 
executive branch must manage these records with greater care 
and stewardship than what has been observed in recent months 
and years.
    The Committee notes that NARA has made significant progress 
in issuing guidance directing executive branch agencies to 
manage electronic Federal records, including email records, as 
required by law. The Committee expects NARA to incorporate 
email recordkeeping standards into its inspections of other 
agencies' records management programs, with special emphasis on 
personal and alias email accounts used for conducting official 
business. The Committee also notes that NARA has received 
additional resources to increase oversight over executive 
branch compliance with Federal recordkeeping laws. The 
Committee directs NARA to continue to place a high priority on 
its recordkeeping oversight mission and to report to the 
Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives 
and the Senate, the House Committee on Oversight and Government 
Reform, and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and 
Governmental Affairs any instances of substantial non-
compliance by executive agencies or significant risk to Federal 
records that are identified in the course of NARA oversight 
activities.

                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $4,801,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       4,241,000
Committee recommendation................................       4,801,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $4,801,000 for the OIG. The 
Committee supports a distinct account for the OIG in order to 
clearly identify the resources necessary to staff and operate 
the expanding mission-critical oversight and accountability 
functions performed by the OIG to ensure responsible NARA 
stewardship over public records.

                        REPAIRS AND RESTORATION

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $7,500,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       7,500,000
Committee recommendation................................       7,500,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $7,500,000 for the repairs and 
restoration account. This amount is equal to the fiscal year 
2018 enacted level and equal to the budget request.

        NATIONAL HISTORICAL PUBLICATIONS AND RECORDS COMMISSION

                             GRANTS PROGRAM

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $6,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................................
Committee recommendation................................       6,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $6,000,000 for the NHPRC. This 
amount is equal to the fiscal year 2018 enacted level.
    The Committee commends the National Archives and Records 
Administration and the NHPRC for their work to ensure the 
publication and preservation of our Nation's history. The 
Committee urges the NHPRC to continue to support the completion 
of documentary editions through the Grants Program and to 
support the scholarly presentation of our country's most 
treasured historical documents.

                  National Credit Union Administration


               COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT REVOLVING LOAN FUND

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $2,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................................
Committee recommendation................................       2,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends $2,000,000 for technical 
assistance grants to community development credit unions. The 
Committee expects the CDRLF to continue making loans from 
available funds derived from repaid loans and interest earned 
on previous loans to designated credit unions.

                      Office of Government Ethics


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $16,439,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      16,294,000
Committee recommendation................................      16,439,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Office of Government Ethics [OGE], a separate agency 
within the executive branch, was established by the Ethics in 
Government Act of 1978 (Public Law 95-521). The OGE is charged 
by law to provide overall direction of executive branch 
policies designed to prevent conflicts of interest and ensure 
high ethical standards for executive branch employers. The OGE 
carries out these responsibilities by promulgating and 
maintaining enforceable standards of ethical conduct for nearly 
2.7 million civilian employees in more than 130 executive 
branch agencies and the White House; overseeing a financial 
disclosure system that reaches 26,000 public and over 380,000 
confidential financial disclosure report filers; ensuring that 
executive branch ethics programs are in compliance with 
applicable ethics laws and regulations; providing direct 
education and training products to more than 4,500 ethics 
officials executive branch-wide; conducting outreach to the 
general public, the private sector, and civil society; and 
providing technical assistance to, State, local, and foreign 
governments, and international organizations.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $16,439,000 
for salaries and expenses of the OGE in fiscal year 2019.

                     Office of Personnel Management


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

                  (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF TRUST FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $129,341,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     132,172,000
Committee recommendation................................     132,172,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a general fund appropriation of 
$132,172,000 for the salaries and expenses of the Office of 
Personnel Management.
    National Background Investigations Bureau.--The National 
Background Investigations Bureau [NBIB] was created to 
restructure the way OPM handles background investigations in 
the wake of the massive breach announced in fiscal year 2016 
that exposed sensitive information on millions of current, 
former and prospective Federal employees, their family members, 
and other contacts. While NBIB has efforts underway to improve, 
modernize, and streamline the background investigations process 
it continues to face a growing inventory of investigations, as 
recently as high as 700,000 investigations. The National 
Defense Authorization Act [NDAA] of 2018 Sec. 925 states that 
the Secretary of Defense has the authority to conduct all types 
of background investigations for Department of Defense [DoD] 
personnel and mandates that, by October 1, 2020, DoD will 
assume responsibility for its own background investigations 
according to the implementation plan developed pursuant to 
Sec. 951(a)(1) of the NDAA of 2017. The Committee is aware that 
NBIB is cooperating with DoD on the implementation of this 
provision and is continuing to analyze other scenarios 
including transitioning NBIB outside of OPM. The Committee 
directs OPM and NBIB to provide quarterly updates to the 
Committees of Appropriations as more developments occur and OPM 
issues an assessment of the impact of the transition and 
implications to the agency in fiscal year 2019 and beyond.
    Official Time.--The Committee notes the importance of 
providing insight on official time hours to provide value to 
the taxpayer. In 2014, GAO recommended that OPM consider 
whether it would be useful to share agencies' practices on 
monitoring use of official time. GAO also recommended that OPM 
work with agencies to identify opportunities to increase 
efficiency of data collection and reporting of official time 
data to OPM. As a result, OPM solicited from agencies their 
practices on monitoring the use of official time. In its 2018 
report, OPM found that bargaining unit employees spent a total 
of 3,633,290 hours performing representational duties on 
official time in fiscal year 2016, an increase of 4.76 percent 
compared to fiscal year 2014. Further, government-wide, the 
number of official time hours used per bargaining unit employee 
on representational matters increased from 2.88 hours in fiscal 
year 2014 to 2.97 hours during fiscal year 2016. The estimated 
total payroll costs, average salary and benefits, for fiscal 
year 2016 official time hours were $177,211,408, compared to 
$162,522,783 in fiscal year 2014. GAO has expressed concerns 
about how OPM determines cost estimates and OPM has stated they 
will continue to explore alternative approaches. OPM's report 
on official time usage in the Federal Government does not 
capture a complete accounting of all the costs of union 
activities in the Federal Government. OPM's report does not 
include the costs of taxpayer-funded facilities, equipment, and 
travel expenses agencies provide labor organizations as a 
result of collective bargaining. The Committee directs OPM to 
assist agencies in strengthening internal controls and 
increasing transparency and accountability for monitoring and 
reporting on the use of official time.
    IT Modernization.--Since fiscal year 2017 the Committee has 
provided OPM $32,000,000 to improve IT security and 
infrastructure. The Committee notes the progress OPM has made 
in its IT Transformation Strategy through activities such as 
migrating data center equipment and systems to strategic data 
centers and upgrading software components. The Committee 
supports OPM's efforts to develop an employee digital record 
and modernize the Trust Fund Federal Financial System. However, 
the Committee remains concerned about OPM's overall IT posture 
and directs OPM to implement the recommendations of GAO reports 
and IG reports to improve information security. The Committee 
continues a prior directive for OPM to provide quarterly 
briefings to the Committees on Appropriations of the House and 
Senate outlining progress on its IT Transformation and 
Cybersecurity Strategy.
    Federal Telework.--The Committee notes that OPM's fiscal 
year 2016 report to Congress on the Status of Telework in the 
Federal Government found that from 2015 to 2016, telework 
participation increased from 20 percent to 22 percent of all 
employees and from 46 to 51 percent of eligible employees. The 
Committee encourages OPM to work with agencies to continue to 
improve data collection methods and provide training for 
employees and managers to be effective teleworkers. The 
Committee further encourages OPM to work with agencies on 
establishing outcome goals for telework and to assess progress 
towards achieving those goals.
    Trust Fund Federal Financial System.--The Committee 
supports OPM's efforts to modernize the Trust Fund Federal 
Financial System [FFS] and highlights that the Consolidated 
Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141) provided 
$9,400,000 to modernize FFS. OPM previously stated FFS was 
unable to meet many trust fund accounting and related business 
processes, resulting in increased inefficiencies across 
multiple areas within OPM. In June 2017, OPM issued a Request 
for Information [RFI] seeking input from industry. According to 
the RFI, OPM was looking for new and innovative technological 
approaches and solution options to fill existing technology and 
trust fund related business gaps that are preventing the agency 
from fulfilling long term strategic goals efficiently and cost 
effectively. The Committee directs OPM to submit a report 
within 30 days of enactment to the Committee on Appropriations 
providing a spend plan for the $18,4000,000 dedicated to the 
FFS initiative; the options the agency is pursuing to modernize 
FFS; and a timeline for completion of the modernization of FFS.
    Retirement Processing.--The Committee acknowledges OPM's 
actions to address the backlog of retirement claims and 
supports continued efforts to eliminate the backlog. OPM is 
directed to continue to inform the Committee of its progress.
    Federal Security Clearances.--The Committee notes that in 
light of misconduct involving Federal contractor personnel 
under OPM's Federal Investigative Services, there has been 
increased scrutiny into the process of conducting quality 
reviews for security clearance background investigations. The 
Committee recognizes the inherent conflict of interest when 
Federal security clearance contractors are contractually 
permitted to conduct quality reviews of their own work and 
urges the OPM Director to prevent future occurrences through 
stricter contractual control mechanisms. The Committee notes 
that preventing such inherent conflicts of interest with 
Federal contractors conducting security clearances 
significantly mitigates risk, a critical element to good 
governance and U.S. national security. Therefore, the Committee 
includes a provision in title VI preventing such contractors 
from conducting quality reviews of their own work. To ensure 
that contractor work is conducted properly, OPM should ensure 
that internal controls are implemented to prevent 
investigations from being closed prematurely.

                               limitation


                       (TRANSFER OF TRUST FUNDS)

Limitation, 2018........................................    $131,414,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     133,483,000
Committee recommendation................................     133,483,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a limitation of $133,483,000 for 
administrative expenses.

                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

                         salaries and expenses


                  (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF TRUST FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $5,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       5,000,000
Committee recommendation................................       5,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $5,000,000 for 
salaries and expenses of the Office of Inspector General in 
fiscal year 2019, which is equal to the budget request.
    The Committee appreciates the audit work the Inspector 
General has conducted on OPM's IT security programs and 
practices and supports the OIG's recommendations to improve 
OPM's technical security controls. The Committee remains 
concerned about OPM's security posture as it overhauls its 
technology infrastructure. The Committee encourages the OIG to 
continue monitoring OPM's infrastructure improvement process. 
The Committee is also concerned about the ability of 
contractors to effectively provide assistance to millions of 
Americans that were affected by the data breach in addition to 
security controls with its existing vendors. The Committee 
encourages the OIG to continue to conduct oversight on OPM's 
contracting and procurement practices.
    Semiannual Report to Congress.--The Committee encourages 
the OIG to regularly report in its Semiannual Report to 
Congress OPM's efforts to improve and address cybersecurity 
challenges including steps taken to prevent, mitigate, and 
respond to data breaches involving sensitive personnel records 
and information; OPM's cybersecurity policies and procedures in 
place, including policies and procedures relating to IT best 
practices such as data encryption, multifactor authentication, 
and continuous monitoring; OPM's oversight of contractors 
providing IT services; and OPM's compliance with government-
wide initiatives to improve cybersecurity.

               (LIMITATION ON TRANSFER FROM TRUST FUNDS)

Limitation, 2018........................................     $25,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      25,265,000
Committee recommendation................................      25,265,000

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a limitation on transfers from the 
trust funds in support of the OIG activities totaling 
$25,265,000 for fiscal year 2019.

                       Office of Special Counsel


                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $26,535,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      26,252,000
Committee recommendation................................      26,535,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $26,535,000 
for OSC, which is $283,000 above the budget request and equal 
to the fiscal year 2018 enacted level.
    Veterans Affairs cases.--OSC estimates that from fiscal 
years 2015 through 2017, Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] 
cases increased significantly, surpassing 5,883 new matters. 
Notably, three-fourths of OSC's whistleblower disclosures that 
are substantiated in full or in part are from the VA. The 
Committee commends OSC's ongoing work in obtaining relief for 
VA whistleblowers and recognizes that such success may be 
contributing to the willingness of VA employees to report 
wrongdoing, resulting in the continued increase in VA-related 
cases. The Committee supports OSC's efforts to address these 
matters and expects that as OSC continues to move toward a more 
cohesive internal structure through its ``One OSC'' initiative, 
it will be able to allocate personnel resources more 
effectively to adjust to unit influxes to help address the 
increased VA caseload.

                      Postal Regulatory Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $15,200,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      15,100,000
Committee recommendation................................      15,200,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation, out of the 
Postal Fund, of $15,200,000 for the PRC.
    The Committee urges the PRC, which is funded from the 
Postal Service Fund and derived directly from postal rates and 
fees paid by postal customers, to optimize efficient use of its 
resources, including exercising prudent decision-making.

              Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $8,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       5,000,000
Committee recommendation................................       5,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $5,000,000 for 
the PCLOB. In addition, the Board has access to unobligated 
balances to fund Board current expenses.

                     Public Buildings Reform Board


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $5,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       2,000,000
Committee recommendation................................................

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Public Buildings Reform Board was created under the 
Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act of 2016 to identify 
opportunities for the Government to significantly reduce its 
inventory of civilian real property and reduce cost to the 
Government.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee supports the Public Buildings Reform Board 
and efforts to reduce Federal real property costs by 
consolidating and selling underutilized and vacant Federal 
buildings and other civilian real property. The fiscal year 
2018 budget request for the Board was $2,000,000, while the 
Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 provided $5,000,000. As 
a result, the Board has sufficient resources to meet expected 
obligations in fiscal year 2019. Additionally, a Chair has not 
been nominated by the President, and the six Board members have 
not been appointed by the President, resulting in lower than 
anticipated expenditures. As a result, the Committee 
recommendation does not include funding for the Board. However, 
the Committee will continue to monitor steps being taken to 
stand up the Board to ensure sufficient resources are available 
to meet program needs.

                   Securities and Exchange Commission


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................  $1,896,507,052
Budget estimate, 2019...................................   1,699,052,809
Committee recommendation................................   1,695,490,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends a total budget (obligational) 
authority of $1,658,302,000 for the salaries and expenses of 
the SEC, to be fully derived from fee collections. The 
Committee also provides $37,188,942 for costs associated with 
relocation under a replacement lease for the Commission's New 
York regional office facilities, should such a new building be 
the winning alternative in a competitive procurement process to 
be conducted by the GSA. The total appropriation of $37,188,942 
will be fully derived from offsetting collections whereby any 
unused portion of the funds would be refunded to fee payers. 
The Committee expects the Commission to work closely with the 
GSA to keep the Committee informed of progress on the 
replacement lease.
    Fee Offset Nature of Account.--Pursuant to the Dodd-Frank 
Act, transaction fees receipts are treated as offsetting 
collections equal to the amount of the appropriation.
    Reserve Fund Notifications.--The Committee appreciates the 
SEC's adherence to its obligation to notify Congress of the 
date, amount, and purpose of any obligation from the Fund 
within 10 days of such obligation. The Committee directs the 
SEC, in its written notifications to Congress required by 15 
U.S.C. 78d(i)(3) regarding amounts obligated from the SEC 
Reserve Fund, to specify: (1) the balance in the fund remaining 
available after the obligation is deducted; (2) the estimated 
total cost of the project for which amounts are being deducted; 
(3) the total amount for all projects that have withdrawn 
funding from the Reserve Fund since fiscal year 2012; and (4) 
the estimated amount, per project, that will be required to 
complete all ongoing projects which use funding derived from 
the Reserve Fund.
    Spending Plan.--The Committee directs the SEC to submit, 
within 30 days of enactment, a detailed spending plan for the 
allocation of appropriated funds displayed by discrete program, 
project, and activity, including staffing projections, 
specifying both FTEs and contractors, and planned investments 
in information technology. The Committee also directs the SEC 
to submit, within 30 days of enactment, a detailed spending 
plan for the allocation of expenditures from the Reserve Fund.
    Promoting Capital Formation.--The opportunity to invest in 
the public companies has provided Main Street investors, 
workers planning for retirement, and families saving for 
college access to an extraordinary engine of wealth creation: 
equity ownership in growing businesses. Accordingly, the 
Committee is concerned by the decades-long decline in the 
number of public companies and initial public offerings in the 
United States. The Committee directs the Commission to consider 
the factors that may be driving these trends and report to the 
Committee on its conclusions within 90 days of enactment. The 
Commission's consideration of these matters should include the 
greater availability of exemptions and the potential burdens 
imposed by registration policies, reporting requirements, and 
proxy rules and the impact of proxy advisory firms.
    Disclosure Thresholds.--The Committee is concerned that 
investors could be circumventing the 5 percent disclosure 
threshold required by section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange 
Act. The Committee encourages the Commission to take steps so 
that investors may not use derivatives to conceal their true 
voting or investment power, to the extent the Commission 
currently has jurisdiction over such derivatives. Similarly, 
the Committee advises the Commission to take steps so that 
groups of investors are not allowed to avoid disclosure by 
breaking investments into smaller pieces that are under five 
percent.
    Cybersecurity Disclosure.--The Committee appreciates the 
effort made by the Commission to provide clarity through its 
most recent interpretive guidance to assist public companies in 
preparing disclosures about cybersecurity risks and incidents. 
In particular, the Committee commends the Commission for 
recognizing that disclosures regarding ``how the board of 
directors engages with management on cybersecurity issues allow 
investors to assess how a board of directors is discharging its 
risk oversight responsibility in this increasingly important 
area.'' Still, the Committee encourages the Commission to build 
on this effort, for example, by carefully monitoring the 
disclosures provided by public companies after the Commission's 
statement and interpretative guidance and by working to ensure 
that cybersecurity risks are being appropriately disclosed so 
that investors may have the material information necessary to 
make reasonable investment decisions.
    Registered Investment Professionals.--The Committee 
recognizes the distinct roles of firms registered under the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and of those solely registered 
under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. The Committee 
encourages the Commission to be mindful of these differences in 
its pending rulemaking actions, as well as in any future 
rulemakings that the Commission conducts.

                        Selective Service System


                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $22,900,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      26,400,000
Committee recommendation................................      26,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        committee recommendation

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $26,000,000 
for the Selective Service System.

                     Small Business Administration

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $700,840,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     678,928,000
Committee recommendation................................     699,270,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommendation provides $699,270,000 for the 
Small Business Administration. Funding is distributed among the 
SBA appropriation accounts as described below.

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $268,500,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     265,000,000
Committee recommendation................................     267,500,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommendation provides $267,500,000 for 
salaries and expenses of the SBA.
    The Committee recommends at least $12,000,000 for the SBA's 
Office of Credit Risk Management [OCRM] for lender oversight 
and risk-based reviews. Funding for the Office of General 
Counsel has been provided separately from this total. In 
support of its mission to analyze and manage the risk of the 
SBA's loan portfolio, OCRM performs performance analytics to 
identify and understand lender performance trends and assess 
the quality of the overall loan portfolio. The Committee finds 
that OCRM must play a key role in eliminating waste, fraud, and 
abuse in the SBA lending programs and protecting taxpayer 
losses on loans by ensuring lenders comply with procedures that 
mitigate the risk of loss under the SBA's loan programs.
    The Committee is concerned about the quality of lender 
oversight activities at the SBA, particularly considering the 
magnitude of the SBA's loan portfolio, and notes that the SBA's 
OIG continues to identify weaknesses in the SBA's lender 
oversight process. The 7(a) loan program alone has grown over 
50 percent in the past three fiscal years, and the Committee 
strongly believes the SBA must conduct robust oversight and 
enforcement efforts to ensure the integrity of all lending 
programs. The SBA loan programs rely on numerous outside 
parties (e.g., private lenders, local economic development 
organizations, nonprofit community lenders, and venture capital 
investors) to complete loan transactions, and many of the SBA's 
loans are made by lenders to whom the SBA has delegated loan-
making authority. GAO recently found that the SBA does not 
routinely collect or analyze information on the criteria used 
by lenders for borrowers who cannot obtain conventional credit 
at reasonable terms elsewhere (GAO-18-421). GAO recommended 
specific steps to improve the SBA's monitoring efforts. The 
SBA's Inspector General also recently found that certain 7(a) 
loans to poultry farmers did not meet regulatory and SBA 
requirements for eligibility (OIG Report 18-13). The Committee 
agrees with GAO and the SBA OIG recommendations and urges the 
SBA to implement controls to reinforce general program 
soundness and manage overall risk.
    NAICS Code.--The SBA has three exceptions to the North 
American Industry Classification System [NAICS] Code 541712. 
These exceptions, due to their similarity, have created 
confusion in the procurement process and unnecessarily limited 
opportunities for small businesses. Therefore, the Committee 
directs the SBA to consolidate the three current exceptions 
into one single exception, with an employee cap of 1,500. The 
methodology for determining employee size for NAICS Codes 
should also be revised to use a 36 month rolling average 
computation in lieu of a 12 month rolling average.
    SBIC Licensing.--The Committee would like to see an 
expedited and streamlined licensing process for known, repeat 
Small Business Investment Companies [SBICs] that have the same 
management teams and a proven track record in the SBIC Program. 
A fast-track process for repeat licensees should be completed 
no longer than 60-90 days after an application is submitted to 
the SBA, which will allow the SBA to properly redirect their 
licensing resources to more first-time funds. The SBA should 
improve their ``green light letter,'' so that it clearly 
outlines the needed benchmarks for license approval. The SBA 
should not reduce the amount or type of SBIC program data it 
has reported for years and should make that data available no 
less than 10 business days after the end of the quarter.
    SBIC Concentration.--The Committee is concerned about the 
geographic concentration of SBICs. Seventy-two percent of all 
SBICs are located in 10 states, and seventeen states do not 
have a single SBIC. Regardless of the geographic spread of 
investments being made in small businesses by SBICs, there is 
great economic value for firms receiving SBIC financing to have 
increased proximity to their investors, as well as economic 
value for regions that contain SBICs. The Committee looks 
forward to receiving a report as directed in the Joint 
Explanatory Statement of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 
2018 directing the SBA to develop a plan to increase the 
geographic dispersion of SBICs and the number of SBICs in 
states that currently do not have them. The Committee further 
directs the SBIC program to include in its annual report 
progress on this plan as part of the authorizing statute's 
direction to detail ``the Administration's plans to insure the 
provision of small business investment company financing to all 
areas of the country.'' The Committee also encourages the SBA 
to conduct Investment Committee interviews on-site or as close 
to the applicant's physical location as possible.
    SBIC Collaboration.--The SBA is directed to continue its 
collaborative effort with the SEC to ensure effective oversight 
of SBICs and the protection of SBIC investors.
    Federal and State Technology Partnership Program.--The 
Committee recommends $3,000,000 for the Federal and State 
Technology [FAST] Partnership Program in fiscal year 2019. The 
Committee supports the FAST program's efforts to reach 
innovative, technology-driven small businesses and to leverage 
the Small Business Innovation Research [SBIR] and Small 
Business Technology Transfer [STTR] program to stimulate 
economic development. The FAST program is particularly 
important in States that are seeking to build high technology 
industries but are underrepresented in the SBIR/STTR programs. 
The Committee recognizes that Small Business and Technology 
Development Centers [SBTDCs] serve small businesses in these 
fields and are accredited to provide intellectual property and 
technology commercialization assistance to businesses in high 
technology industries. Of the amount provided, $1,000,000 shall 
be for FAST awards to SBTDCs fully accredited for technology 
designation as of December 31, 2018.
    Interagency Committee for Women's Business Enterprise.--The 
Committee recognizes the efforts of the SBA, along with the 
National Women's Business Council, in leading current efforts 
at the Federal level to assist women-owned businesses and 
entrepreneurs. The Committee encourages the SBA to examine the 
re-establishment of the Interagency Committee for Women's 
Business Enterprise in order to improve the ability of the 
Federal Government to better coordinate Federal resources 
assisting women business owners and eliminate redundancies 
among Federal agencies.

                  ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $247,100,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     192,450,000
Committee recommendation................................     241,600,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommendation provides $241,600,000 for the 
SBA Entrepreneurial Development Programs.
    The Committee recommendations, by program, are displayed in 
the following table:

                  ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
                        [In thousands of dollars]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Committee
                                                          recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
7(j) Technical Assistance...............................           2,800
Entrepreneurship Education..............................           2,000
Growth Accelerators.....................................           2,000
HUBZone Program.........................................           3,000
Microloan Technical Assistance..........................          31,000
National Women's Business Council.......................           1,500
Native American Outreach................................           2,000
Regional Innovation Clusters............................           5,000
SCORE...................................................          11,500
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)..............         130,000
State Trade Expansion Promotion (STEP)..................          18,000
Veterans Outreach.......................................          12,300
PRIME Technical Assistance..............................           2,500
Women's Business Centers (WBC)..........................          18,000
                                                         ---------------
      Total, Entrepreneurial Development Programs.......         241,600
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    The Committee directs that the amounts provided for SBA's 
Entrepreneurial Development Programs, as specified in the table 
above, shall be administered in the same manner as previous 
years and shall not be reduced, reallocated, or reprogrammed to 
provide additional funds for other programs, initiatives, or 
activities.
    Small Business Development Centers.--The Committee 
continues to support the Small Business Development Center 
[SBDC] Program and recommends $130,000,000 for fiscal year 
2019. SBDCs play an integral role in the SBA resource partner 
network that supports 1,200,000 small business owners and 
aspiring entrepreneurs each year. Through more than 900 service 
centers, SBDCs provide management and technical assistance in 
key areas to small business clients throughout the Nation. The 
SBDC program is the largest grant program in the SBA's 
portfolio. The OIG has identified problems with co-mingling 
SBDC grant funds with private- enterprise contributions and 
accounting for required matching funds. Some SBDCs are also co-
located with WBC's, which makes it difficult to determine what 
services are associated with each grant program. In addition, 
having two grant programs delivering similar services increases 
the risk of duplicating services and contributes to government 
waste. A recent OIG review determined that an SBDC's subcenters 
did not adequately document employees' time and effort on the 
grant (Report 16-06). The Committee urges the SBA to conduct 
comprehensive credit risk management through its loan and 
lender monitoring system and focused reviews of SBA lending 
partners to identify both performance and compliance risk 
behaviors. These tools and updated processes will enhance risk 
mitigation in a cost-effective manner. Multi-stage portfolio 
monitoring and targeted levels of assessments will allow SBA 
staff to determine the potential risk of each lending partner 
and what level and scope of review is most applicable. The 
Committee stresses the importance of improving its oversight 
and controls of grants for entrepreneurial development.
    The Committee directs that, subject to the availability of 
funds, the Administrator of the SBA shall, to the extent 
practicable, ensure that a small business development center is 
appropriately reimbursed within the same fiscal year in which 
the expenses are submitted for reimbursement for any and all 
legitimate expenses incurred in carrying out activities under 
section 21(a)(1) et seq. of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 
648(a)(1) et seq.).
    SCORE.--The Committee recommends $11,500,000 for the SCORE 
Program (formerly known as the Service Corps of Retired 
Executives). The SCORE program is a national volunteer 
organization which provides management and technical assistance 
training to small business owners and prospective owners. SCORE 
counselors are volunteers who assist clients virtually and in-
person through 350 SCORE chapter offices, SBA's 68 district 
offices, and other establishments. The program is authorized to 
solicit cash and in-kind contributions from the private sector 
to be used to carry out its functions and provides services at 
no charge or very low cost. The Committee understands that the 
cooperative agreement to SCORE funds volunteer recruitment, 
training and support, equipment and leases, technology, 
management systems, evaluations, marketing materials, and 
course development necessary for a successful volunteer 
provider network. The Committee directs the SBA to provide to 
the Committee within 60 days of enactment a cost break-out of 
direct costs including grants and contracts and compensation 
and benefits as well as agency-wide costs such as rent. 
Further, the Committee directs SBA to provide performance 
metrics on the program including how the program will meet its 
target of serving 600,000 clients each year and how the program 
determines the number of small businesses created by SCORE.
    Women's Business Centers.--The Committee recommends 
$18,000,000 for WBCs. The WBC program funds more than 100 
nonprofit organizations that provide quality advising and 
training services to women entrepreneurs in socially or 
economically disadvantaged communities in an effort to help 
women start their own businesses. Participating organizations 
must match the Federal funding with one non-Federal dollar for 
every two Federal dollars during the first 2 years and on a 
one-to-one basis thereafter. The Committee recommends that the 
SBA refine and share its quarterly dashboard of performance 
goals with all WBCs for transparency and coordinate services 
with other business assistance programs to avoid duplication.
    Veterans Programs.--The Committee supports funding for 
veterans programs and provides $12,300,000 for veterans 
outreach, which includes funding for Veterans Business Outreach 
Centers, Boots to Business, Veteran-Women Igniting the Spirit 
of Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans 
with Disabilities, and Boots to Business Reboot. The 
recommendation is equal to the fiscal year 2018 enacted level 
and above the budget request.
    Native American Outreach.--The SBA's Office of Native 
American Affairs works to ensure that American Indians, Alaska 
Natives, and Native Hawaiians seeking to create, develop, and 
expand small businesses have full access to SBA's 
entrepreneurial development, lending, and procurement programs. 
The Committee recommends $2,000,000 for SBA's Native American 
Outreach program. The recommendation is equal to the fiscal 
year 2018 enacted level and above the budget request. The 
Committee encourages the SBA to coordinate the Native American 
Outreach program to ensure there is no duplication or overlap 
and that these programs operate at the highest quality level.
    HUBZone.--The Historically Underutilized Business Zones 
[HUBZone] program helps small businesses in urban and rural 
communities gain preferential access to Federal procurement 
opportunities. The Committee recommends $3,000,000 for the 
HUBZone program. This program is a critical resource for 
distressed communities, especially those surrounding military 
bases closed under the Base Realignment and Closure process.
    Regional Innovation Clusters.--The Committee recommends 
$5,000,000 for the SBA's regional innovation clusters. The 
Committee encourages the SBA to support nonprofit organizations 
that provide business development services designed to 
accelerate industry sectors built on regional assets under the 
initiative. The Committee encourages the SBA to support 
initiatives that promote a culture of innovative 
entrepreneurship and provide services and support directly to 
early-stage and high-tech innovation opportunities.
    State Trade and Expansion Promotion [STEP].--The Committee 
recommends $18,000,000 for STEP for fiscal year 2018. STEP 
provides grants to states to supplement their export promotion 
programs with the goal of increasing the number of small 
businesses that are exporting and raising the value of exports 
for small businesses that are already exporting. States provide 
matching funds for STEP grants and have used funds to support 
trade missions, international marketing efforts, export 
counseling, and export trade show exhibits.
    The SBA's Inspector General recently reported on the extent 
to which STEP recipients measured program activity performance 
and overall management and effectiveness of STEP (Report 18-
11). The OIG found that the SBA made significant progress in 
improving the overall management and effectiveness of STEP 
since 2012 but that the SBA needs to improve its performance 
measures and program oversight. Specifically, the SBA relied on 
unverified return on investment measurements instead of other 
performance measures and did not ensure program recipients 
achieved program goals. The Committee urges the SBA to 
implement the OIG's recommendations to improve the overall 
management and effectiveness of STEP.
    Entrepreneurial Education.--The Committee recommends 
$2,000,000 for the entrepreneurial education program. The 
recommendation will allow the SBA to support its 
entrepreneurial education initiative to provide intensive 
training to small business owners with existing small 
businesses that have completed the ``start up'' phase and are 
facing common, solvable challenges to sustain and grow their 
businesses.
    Growth Accelerators.--The Committee recommends $2,000,000 
for growth accelerators--organizations that help entrepreneurs 
start and scale their business--which provide awards in the 
amount of $50,000. Within amounts provided for growth 
accelerators, the SBA shall prioritize funding to applications 
from States that have not previously received an award.

                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $19,900,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      21,900,000
Committee recommendation................................      21,900,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommendation provides $21,900,000 for the 
OIG.
    The Committee directs the OIG to continue routine analysis 
and reporting on the SBA's oversight of the 7(a) loan program; 
effective management of counseling and training services 
offered by partner organizations; and the SBA's management of 
the Disaster Assistance Program.

                           OFFICE OF ADVOCACY

Appropriations, 2018....................................      $9,120,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       9,120,000
Committee recommendation................................       9,120,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommendation provides $9,120,000 for the 
Office of Advocacy.

                     BUSINESS LOANS PROGRAM ACCOUNT

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $156,220,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................       4,000,000
Committee recommendation................................     159,150,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The SBA administers a variety of loan programs to expand 
entrepreneurs' access to capital to start and grow small 
businesses. The 7(a) loan program is the Federal Government's 
primary business loan program to assist small businesses in 
obtaining financing when they do not qualify for traditional 
credit. Under 7(a), the SBA guarantees a portion (typically 75 
to 90 percent) of loans made by private lenders. Under the 504 
program, the SBA supports loans to small businesses for 
financing major fixed assets such as real estate and major 
equipment. The 504 program combines SBA guaranteed loans made 
by nonprofit Certified Development Companies with loans from 
private lenders to provide financing for small businesses.
    Under the Small Business Investment Company [SBIC] program, 
the SBA partners with professionally managed investment funds, 
called SBICs. The SBICs combine their own capital with funds 
borrowed with an SBA guarantee to make investments in small 
businesses.
    Finally, under the Microloan program, the SBA provides 
funds to specialized nonprofit, community-based intermediary 
lenders which provide small loans for working capital, 
inventory, and other operating expenses. The maximum microloan 
is $50,000 and the average loan made under the program is 
approximately $13,000.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommendation provides $159,150,000 for the 
Business Loans Program Account for fiscal year 2019.
    The recommendation provides $155,150,000 for administrative 
expenses, which may be transferred to and merged with SBA 
salaries and expenses to cover the common overhead expenses 
associated with the business loans programs.
    The recommendation provides $4,000,000 for the Microloan 
direct loan program to support lending volume estimated at 
$42,000,000. An additional amount of $31,000,000 is recommended 
under the heading ``Entrepreneurial Development Programs'' for 
technical assistance grants to Microlending intermediaries.

                     DISASTER LOANS PROGRAM ACCOUNT

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2018....................................................
Budget estimate, 2019...................................    $186,458,000
Committee recommendation................................................

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The bill provides no funding for the administrative costs 
of the Disaster Loans Program. The Disaster Loans Program 
Administration account received $225,000,000 in supplemental 
funding in Public Law 115-56 and $618,000,000 in Public Law 
115-123. As of May 31, 2018, the SBA had $580,000,000 available 
in unobligated no-year administrative funds. However, the 
Committee will continue to monitor the SBA's staffing needs and 
its response to prior and future disaster events and 
declarations.
    SBA Disaster Loan Duplication of Assistance.--The Committee 
is concerned that some disaster victims are penalized with 
disaster relief benefit reductions if they apply for SBA 
disaster loans but wind up not taking the loan when other 
federal assistance is awarded. The Committee urges the SBA to 
continue working with the Department of Housing and Urban 
Development on the consideration of whether an applicant for 
assistance from the grantee applied and was approved for, but 
declined, assistance related to the major disaster from the 
administration under section 7(b) of the Small Business Act.

        ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS--SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

              (INCLUDING RESCISSION AND TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    Section 530 continues a provision concerning transfer 
authority and availability of funds.
    Section 531 includes a provision concerning 7(a) loan level 
authority.

                      United States Postal Service


                   PAYMENT TO THE POSTAL SERVICE FUND

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $58,118,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      55,235,000
Committee recommendation................................      55,235,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends appropriations totaling 
$55,235,000 for payment to the Postal Service Fund to 
compensate for revenue forgone on free mail for the blind and 
for overseas voters.
    The Committee includes provisions in the bill to ensure 
that mail for overseas voting and mail for the blind shall 
continue to be free; that 6-day delivery and rural delivery of 
mail shall continue without reduction; and that none of the 
funds provided be used to consolidate or close small rural and 
other small post offices in fiscal year 2019.
    Multinational Species Conservation Fund Semi-Postal 
Stamp.--The Committee supports the Multinational Species 
Conservation Fund Semi-Postal Stamp. The Committee understands 
that more than 40 million copies of the original printing of 
the stamp remain. As the law permits the US. Postal Service to 
continue to sell the stamp and it can be done at no additional 
cost to the taxpayer, the Committee directs the US. Postal 
Service to continue to offer the stamp for sale to the public 
through fiscal year 2020.

                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

Appropriations, 2018....................................    $245,000,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................     234,650,000
Committee recommendation................................     250,000,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The United States Postal Service OIG is an independent 
organization established in 1996 and charged with reporting to 
Congress on the overall efficiency, effectiveness, and economy 
of Postal Service programs and operations.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation, out of the 
Postal Fund, of $250,000,000 for the United States Postal 
Service OIG. The amount is $5,000,000 above the fiscal year 
2018 enacted level to address the growing concern of narcotics 
trafficking through the mail system.

                        United States Tax Court


                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 2018....................................     $50,740,000
Budget estimate, 2019...................................      55,563,000
Committee recommendation................................      51,515,000

                          PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $51,515,000 
for the U.S. Tax Court.

                STATEMENT CONCERNING GENERAL PROVISIONS

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

                                TITLE VI

                      GENERAL PROVISIONS--THIS ACT

    Section 601 continues the provision prohibiting pay and 
other expenses of non-Federal parties intervening in regulatory 
or adjudicatory proceedings funded in this act.
    Section 602 continues the provision prohibiting obligations 
beyond the current fiscal year and prohibits transfers of funds 
unless expressly provided.
    Section 603 continues the provision limiting expenditures 
for any consulting service through procurement contracts where 
such expenditures are a matter of public record and available 
for public inspection.
    Section 604 continues the provision prohibiting funds in 
this act from being transferred without express authority.
    Section 605 continues the provision prohibiting the use of 
funds to engage in activities that would prohibit the 
enforcement of section 307 of the 1930 Tariff Act (46 Stat. 
590).
    Section 606 continues the provision prohibiting the use of 
funds unless the recipient agrees to comply with the Buy 
American Act.
    Section 607 continues the provision prohibiting funding for 
any person or entity convicted of violating the Buy American 
Act.
    Section 608 continues the provision authorizing the 
reprogramming of funds and specifies the reprogramming 
procedures for agencies funded by this act.
    Section 609 continues the provision ensuring that 50 
percent of unobligated balances may remain available for 
certain purposes.
    Section 610 continues the provision restricting the use of 
funds for the Executive Office of the President to request 
official background reports from the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation without the written consent of the individual who 
is the subject of the report.
    Section 611 continues the provision ensuring that the cost 
accounting standards shall not apply with respect to a contract 
under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
    Section 612 continues the provision allowing use of certain 
funds relating to nonforeign area cost of living allowances.
    Section 613 continues the provision prohibiting the 
expenditure of funds for abortions under the Federal Employees 
Health Benefits Program.
    Section 614 continues the provision providing an exemption 
from section 613 if the life of the mother is in danger or the 
pregnancy is a result of an act of rape or incest.
    Section 615 continues the provision waiving restrictions on 
the purchase of nondomestic articles, materials, and supplies 
in the case of acquisition by the Federal Government of 
information technology.
    Section 616 continues a provision on the acceptance by 
agencies or commissions funded by this act, or by their 
officers or employees, of payment or reimbursement for travel, 
subsistence, or related expenses from any person or entity (or 
their representative) that engages in activities regulated by 
such agencies or commissions.
    Section 617 continues a provision permitting the Securities 
and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission to fund a joint advisory committee to advise on 
emerging regulatory issues, notwithstanding section 708 of this 
act.
    Section 618 continues the provision requiring agencies 
covered by this act with independent leasing authority to 
consult with the General Services Administration before seeking 
new office space or making alterations to existing office 
space.
    Section 619 provides for several appropriated mandatory 
accounts, where authorizing language requires the payment of 
funds for Compensation of the President, the Judicial 
Retirement Funds (Judicial Officers' Retirement Fund, Judicial 
Survivors' Annuities Fund, and the United States Court of 
Federal Claims Judges' Retirement Fund), the Government Payment 
for Annuitants for Employee Health Benefits and Employee Life 
Insurance, and the Payment to the Civil Service Retirement and 
Disability Fund. In addition, language is included for certain 
retirement, healthcare and survivor benefits required by 3 
U.S.C. 102 note.
    Section 620 is a provision allowing the Public Company 
Accounting Oversight Board to obligate amounts collected from 
monetary penalties for the purpose of funding scholarships for 
accounting students, as authorized by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 
2002 (Public Law 107-204).
    Section 621 continues the provision prohibiting funds for 
the Federal Trade Commission to complete the draft report on 
food marketed to children unless certain requirements are met.
    Section 622 continues a provision addressing conflicts of 
interest by preventing contractor security clearance-related 
background investigators from undertaking final Federal reviews 
of their own work.
    Section 623 continues the provision providing authority for 
Chief Information Officers over information technology 
spending.
    Section 624 continues the provision prohibiting funds from 
being used in contravention of the Federal Records Act.
    Section 625 continues the provision related to electronic 
communications.
    Section 626 continues the provision relating to Universal 
Service Fund payments for wireless providers.
    Section 627 continues the provision relating to inspectors 
general.
    Section 628 continues the provision relating to pornography 
and computer networks.
    Section 629 continues the provision relating to the 
Securities and Exchange Commission.
    Section 630 is a new provision to prohibit funds to pay for 
award or incentive fees for contractors with below satisfactory 
performance.
    Section 631 is a new provision relating to conference 
expenditures.
    Section 632 is a new provision to prohibit acquisition of 
certain telecommunications equipment.
    Section 633 is a new provision relating to Federal travel.

                               TITLE VII

                   GENERAL PROVISIONS--GOVERNMENTWIDE

                Departments, Agencies, and Corporations

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    Section 701 continues the provision requiring agencies to 
administer a policy designed to ensure that all of its 
workplaces are free from the illegal use of controlled 
substances.
    Section 702 continues the provision setting specific limits 
on the cost of passenger vehicles purchased by the Federal 
Government with exceptions for police, heavy duty, electric 
hybrid, and clean fuels vehicles with an exception for 
commercial vehicles that operate on emerging motor vehicle 
technology.
    Section 703 continues the provision allowing funds made 
available to agencies for travel to also be used for quarters 
allowances and cost-of-living allowances.
    Section 704 continues the provision prohibiting the 
Government, with certain specified exceptions, from employing 
non-U.S. citizens whose posts of duty would be in the 
continental United States.
    Section 705 continues the provision ensuring that agencies 
will have authority to pay the General Services Administration 
for space renovation and other services.
    Section 706 continues the provision allowing agencies to 
use receipts from the sale of materials for acquisition, waste 
reduction and prevention, environmental management programs, 
and other Federal employee programs.
    Section 707 continues the provision providing that funds 
for administrative expenses may be used to pay rent and other 
service costs in the District of Columbia.
    Section 708 continues the provision precluding interagency 
financing of groups absent prior statutory approval.
    Section 709 continues the provision prohibiting the use of 
appropriated funds for enforcing regulations disapproved in 
accordance with the applicable law of the United States.
    Section 710 continues the provision limiting the amount 
that can be used for redecoration of offices under certain 
circumstances.
    Section 711 continues the provision that permits 
interagency funding of national security and emergency 
preparedness telecommunications initiatives, which benefit 
multiple Federal departments, agencies, and entities.
    Section 712 continues the provision requiring agencies to 
certify that a schedule C appointment was not created solely or 
primarily to detail the employee to the White House.
    Section 713 continues the provision prohibiting the use of 
funds to prevent Federal employees from communicating with 
Congress or to take disciplinary or personnel actions against 
employees for such communication.
    Section 714 continues the provision prohibiting Federal 
training not directly related to the performance of official 
duties.
    Section 715 continues the provision prohibiting the use of 
appropriated funds for publicity or propaganda designed to 
support or defeat legislation pending before Congress.
    Section 716 continues the provision prohibiting the use of 
appropriated funds by an agency to provide home addresses of 
Federal employees to labor organizations, absent employee 
authorization, or court order.
    Section 717 continues the provision prohibiting the use of 
appropriated funds to provide nonpublic information such as 
mailing or telephone lists to any person or organization 
outside of the Government without approval of the Committees on 
Appropriations.
    Section 718 continues the provision prohibiting the use of 
appropriated funds for publicity or propaganda purposes within 
the United States not authorized by Congress.
    Section 719 continues the provision directing agencies' 
employees to use official time in an honest effort to perform 
official duties.
    Section 720 continues the provision authorizing the use of 
current fiscal year funds to finance an appropriate share of 
the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board administrative 
costs.
    Section 721 continues a provision authorizing the transfer 
of funds to the General Services Administration to finance an 
appropriate share of various Governmentwide boards and councils 
under certain conditions.
    Section 722 continues the provision authorizing 
breastfeeding at any location in a Federal building or on 
Federal property.
    Section 723 continues the provision permitting interagency 
funding of the National Science and Technology Council, and 
requiring an OMB report on the budget and resources of the 
Council.
    Section 724 continues the provision requiring 
identification of the Federal agencies providing Federal funds 
and the amount provided for all proposals, solicitations, grant 
applications, forms, notifications, press releases, or other 
publications related to the distribution of funding to a State.
    Section 725 continues the provision prohibiting the use of 
funds to monitor personal information relating to the use of 
Federal Internet sites.
    Section 726 continues the provision regarding contraceptive 
coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan.
    Section 727 continues the provision recognizing that the 
United States is committed to ensuring the health of the 
Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic athletes, and supports the 
strict adherence to antidoping in sport activities.
    Section 728 continues the provision allowing departments 
and agencies to use official travel funds to participate in the 
fractional aircraft ownership pilot programs.
    Section 729 continues the provision prohibiting funds for 
implementation of OPM regulations limiting detailees to the 
legislative branch and placing certain limitations on the Coast 
Guard Congressional Fellowship program.
    Section 730 continues the provision prohibiting the 
expenditure of funds for the acquisition of certain additional 
Federal law enforcement training facilities.
    Section 731 continues a provision that prohibits executive 
branch agencies from creating or funding prepackaged news 
stories that are broadcast or distributed in the United States 
unless specific notification conditions are met.
    Section 732 continues a provision prohibiting funds used in 
contravention of the Privacy Act, section 552a of title 5, 
United States Code or section 522.224 of title 48 of the Code 
of Federal Regulations.
    Section 733 continues a provision prohibiting funds in this 
or any other act from being used for Federal contracts with 
inverted domestic corporations or other corporations using 
similar inverted structures, unless the contract preceded this 
act or the Secretary grants a waiver in the interest of 
national security.
    Section 734 continues a provision requiring agencies to 
remit to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund an 
amount equal to the Office of Personnel Management's average 
unit cost of processing a retirement claim for the preceding 
fiscal year to be available to the Office of Personnel 
Management for the cost of processing retirements of employees 
who separate under Voluntary Early Retirement Authority or who 
receive Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments.
    Section 735 continues a provision prohibiting funds to 
require any entity submitting an offer for a Federal contract 
to disclose political contributions.
    Section 736 continues a provision prohibiting funds for the 
painting of a portrait of an employee of the Federal Government 
including the President, the Vice President, a Member of 
Congress, the head of an executive branch agency, of the head 
of an office of the legislative branch.
    Section 737 continues a provision limiting the pay 
increases of certain prevailing rate employees.
    Section 738 continues a provision eliminating automatic 
statutory pay increases for the Vice President, political 
appointees paid under the executive schedule, ambassadors who 
are not career members of the Foreign Service, politically 
appointed (noncareer) Senior Executive Service employees, and 
any other senior political appointee paid at or above level IV 
of the executive schedule.
    Section 739 continues a provision requiring reports to 
Inspectors General concerning expenditures for agency 
conferences.
    Section 740 continues a provision prohibiting the use of 
funds to increase, eliminate, or reduce a program or project 
unless such change is made pursuant to reprogramming or 
transfer provisions.
    Section 741 continues a provision prohibiting the Office of 
Personnel Management or any other agency from using funds to 
implement regulations changing the competitive areas under 
reductions-in-force for Federal employees.
    Section 742 continues a provision that prohibits the use of 
funds to begin or announce a study or a public-private 
competition regarding the conversion to contractor performance 
of any function performed by civilian Federal employees 
pursuant to Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 or 
any other administrative regulation, directive, or policy.
    Section 743 continues a provision that ensures that 
contractors are not prevented from reporting waste, fraud, or 
abuse by signing confidentiality agreements that would prohibit 
such disclosure.
    Section 744 continues a provision prohibiting funds to any 
corporation with certain unpaid Federal tax liabilities unless 
an agency has considered suspension or debarment of the 
corporation and made a determination that this further action 
is not necessary to protect the interests of the Government.
    Section 745 continues a provision prohibiting funds to any 
corporation that was convicted of a felony criminal violation 
within the preceding 24 months unless an agency has considered 
suspension or debarment of the corporation and has made a 
determination that this further action is not necessary to 
protect the interests of the Government.
    Section 746 continues a provision prohibiting the 
expenditure of funds for the implementation of agreements in 
certain nondisclosure policies unless certain provisions are 
included in the policies.
    Section 747 continues a provision relating to the Bureau of 
Consumer Financial Protection.
    Given the need for transparency and accountability in the 
Federal budgeting process, the Committee directs the Bureau to 
provide a briefing at least annually before the relevant 
Appropriations subcommittee on the Bureau's finances and 
expenditures.
    Section 748 continues a provision that addresses possible 
technical scorekeeping differences for fiscal year 2018 between 
the Office of Management and Budget and the Congressional 
Budget Office.
    Section 749 is a provision to provide a pay increase for 
Federal employees.
    Section 750 continues a provision declaring the 
inapplicability of these general provisions to title IV and 
title VIII.

                               TITLE VIII

                GENERAL PROVISIONS--DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    Section 801 continues the provision that allows the use of 
local funds for refunding overpayments of taxes collected and 
for paying settlements and judgments against the District of 
Columbia government.
    Section 802 continues the provision that prohibits the use 
of Federal funds for publicity or propaganda designed to 
support or defeat legislation before Congress or any State 
legislature.
    Section 803 continues the provision that establishes 
notification requirements for certain reprogramming and 
transfer requirements with respect to funds and specifies a 
timeframe for approval and execution of requests to reprogram 
and transfer local funds.
    Section 804 continues the provision that prohibits the use 
of Federal funds for salaries, expenses, or other costs 
associated with the offices of U.S. Senator or Representative 
under section 4(d) of the D.C. Statehood Constitutional 
Convention Initiatives of 1979.
    Section 805 continues, with a modification, the provision 
that restricts the use of official District of Columbia 
government vehicles to official duties and not between a 
residence and workplace, except under certain circumstances.
    Section 806 continues the provision that prohibits the use 
of Federal funds by the District of Columbia Attorney General 
or any other officer or entity of the District government to 
provide assistance for any petition drive or civil action which 
seeks to require Congress to provide for voting representation 
in Congress for the District of Columbia.
    Section 807 continues the provision that prohibits the use 
of Federal funds in this act to distribute, for the purpose of 
preventing the spread of blood borne pathogens, sterile needles 
or syringes in any location that has been determined by local 
public health officials or local law enforcement authorities to 
be inappropriate for such distribution.
    Section 808 continues the provision that includes a 
``conscience clause'' on legislation that pertains to 
contraceptive coverage by health insurance plans.
    Section 809 continues the provision that prohibits the use 
of funds to legalize or reduce penalties associated with any 
schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act.
    Section 810 continues the provision that prohibits the use 
of funds for abortion, with certain exceptions.
    Section 811 continues the provision requiring the CFO to 
submit a revised operating budget for agencies the CFO 
certifies as requiring a reallocation to address unanticipated 
program needs.
    Section 812 continues the provision requiring the CFO to 
submit a revised appropriated funds budget for the District of 
Columbia Schools that aligns the schools' budgets to actual 
enrollment.
    Section 813 continues the provision authorizing the 
transfer of local funds between operating funds and capital and 
enterprise funds.
    Section 814 continues the provision prohibiting obligations 
beyond the current fiscal year and prohibits transfers of funds 
unless expressly provided.
    Section 815 continues the provision that ensures that 50 
percent of unobligated balances may remain available for 
certain purposes.
    Section 816 continues a provision that appropriates local 
funds during fiscal year 2019 if there is an absence of a 
continuing resolution or regular appropriation for the District 
of Columbia. Funds are provided under the same authorities and 
conditions and in the same manner and extent as provided for 
fiscal year 2018.
    Section 817 continues the provision which limits references 
to ``this act'' in this title or title IV as referring to only 
this title and title IV.
  COMPLIANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 7, RULE XVI OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE 
                                 SENATE

    Paragraph 7 of rule XVI requires that Committee reports on 
general appropriations bills identify each Committee amendment 
to the House bill ``which proposes an item of appropriation 
which is not made to carry out the provisions of an existing 
law, a treaty stipulation, or an act or resolution previously 
passed by the Senate during that session.''
    The Committee is filing an original bill, which is not 
covered under this rule, but reports this information in the 
spirit of full disclosure.
    Items providing funding for fiscal year 2019 which lack 
authorization are as follows:

Department of the Treasury

    Departmental Offices
    Department-wide Systems and Capital Investments
    Office of the Inspector General
    Inspector General for Tax Administration
    Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
    Fiscal Service
    Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
    Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
    Internal Revenue Service:
        Taxpayer Services
        Enforcement
        Operations Support
        Business Systems Modernization

Executive Office of the President

    Office of Management and Budget
    Office of National Drug Control Policy

District of Columbia

    Federal Payment for Resident Tuition Support
    Federal Payment for the District of Columbia Water and 
Sewer Authority
    Federal Payment for Judicial Commissions
    Federal Payment for the D.C. National Guard

Independent Agencies

    Administrative Conference of the United States
    Commodity Futures Trading Commission
    Election Assistance Commission
    Federal Communications Commission
    Federal Election Commission
    Federal Trade Commission
    General Services Administration:
        Federal Buildings Fund\1\
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    \1\Deposits into the Federal Buildings Fund are available for real 
property management and related activities in the amounts specified in 
annual appropriations laws, as provided by 40 U.S.C. 592.
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    Merit Systems Protection Board
    National Archives and Records Administration, National 
Historical Publications and Records Commission
    National Credit Union Administration: Community Development 
Revolving Loan Fund
    Office of Government Ethics
    Office of Special Counsel

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

    Pursuant to paragraph 7(c) of rule XXVI, on June 21, 2018, 
the Committee ordered favorably reported an original bill (S. 
3107) making appropriations for financial services and general 
government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and 
for other purposes, provided that the bill be subject to 
amendment and that the bill be consistent with its budget 
allocation, and provided that the Chairman of the Committee or 
his designee be authorized to offer the substance of the 
original bill as a Committee amendment in the nature of a 
substitute to the House companion measure, by a recorded vote 
of 31-0, a quorum being present. The vote was as follows:
        Yeas                          Nays
Chairman Shelby
Mr. McConnell
Mr. Alexander
Ms. Collins
Ms. Murkowski
Mr. Graham
Mr. Blunt
Mr. Moran
Mr. Hoeven
Mr. Boozman
Mrs. Capito
Mr. Lankford
Mr. Daines
Mr. Kennedy
Mr. Rubio
Mrs. Hyde-Smith
Mr. Leahy
Mrs. Murray
Mrs. Feinstein
Mr. Durbin
Mr. Reed
Mr. Tester
Mr. Udall
Mrs. Shaheen
Mr. Merkley
Mr. Coons
Mr. Schatz
Ms. Baldwin
Mr. Murphy
Mr. Manchin
Mr. Van Hollen

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

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

                  JUDICIAL IMPROVEMENTS ACT OF 1990, 
                           PUBLIC LAW 101-650


SEC. 203. APPOINTMENT AND NUMBER OF DISTRICT JUDGES.

    (a) In General.--* * *

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

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

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

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

Except with respect to the district of Kansas, the western 
district of Michigan, the eastern district of Pennsylvania, the 
district of Hawaii, and the northern district of Ohio, the 
first vacancy in the office of district judge in each of the 
judicial districts named in this subsection, occurring 10 years 
or more after the confirmation date of the judge named to fill 
the temporary judgeship created by this subsection, shall not 
be filled. The first vacancy in the office of district judge in 
the district of Kansas occurring [27 years and 6 months] 28 
years and 6 months or more after the confirmation date of the 
judge named to fill the temporary judgeship created for such 
district under this subsection, shall not be filled. The first 
vacancy in the office of district judge in the western district 
of Michigan, occurring after December 1, 1995, shall not be 
filled. The first vacancy in the office of district judge in 
the eastern district of Pennsylvania, occurring 5 years or more 
after the confirmation date of the judge named to fill the 
temporary judgeship created for such district under this 
subsection, shall not be filled. The first vacancy in the 
office of district judge in the northern district of Ohio 
occurring 19 years or more after the confirmation date of the 
judge named to fill the temporary judgeship created under this 
subsection shall not be filled. The first vacancy in the office 
of the district judge in the district of Hawaii occurring [24 
years and 6 months] 25 years and 6 months or more after the 
confirmation date of the judge named to fill the temporary 
judgeship created under this subsection shall not be filled. 
For districts named in this subsection for which multiple 
judgeships are created by this Act, the last of those 
judgeships filled shall be the judgeships created under this 
section.
                                ------                                


  21ST CENTURY DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE APPROPRIATIONS AUTHORIZATON ACT, 
                           PUBLIC LAW 107-273


SEC. 312. ADDITIONAL FEDERAL JUDGESHIPS.

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

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

    (c) Temporary Judgeships.--

            (1) In general.* * *

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

            (2) Vacancies not filled.--The first vacancy in the 
        office of district judge in each of the offices of 
        district judge authorized by this subsection, except in 
        the case of the central district of California and the 
        western district of North Carolina, occurring [16 
        years] 17 years or more after the confirmation date of 
        the judge named to fill the temporary district 
        judgeship created in the applicable district by this 
        subsection, shall not be filled. The first vacancy in 
        the office of district judge in the central district of 
        California occurring [15 years and 6 months] 16 years 
        and 6 months or more after the confirmation date of the 
        judge named to fill the temporary district judgeship 
        created in that district by this subsection, shall not 
        be filled. The first vacancy in the office of district 
        judge in the western district of North Carolina 
        occurring [14 years] 15 years or more after the 
        confirmation date of the judge named to fill the 
        temporary district judgeship created in that district 
        by this subsection, shall not be filled.
                                ------                                


TRANSPORTATION, TREASURY, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, THE JUDICIARY, 
THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AND INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 
                        2006, PUBLIC LAW 109-115


                                TITLE IV


                             THE JUDICIARY


                Administrative Provisions--The Judiciary

    Sec. 406. The existing judgeship for the eastern district 
of Missouri authorized by section 203(c) of the Judicial 
Improvements Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-650, 104 Stat. 5089) 
as amended by Public Law 105-53, as of the effective date of 
this Act, shall be extended. The first vacancy in the office of 
district judge in this district occurring [25 years and 6 
months] 26 years and 6 months or more after the confirmation 
date of the judge named to fill the temporary judgeship created 
by section 203(c) shall not be filled.

                        BUDGETARY IMPACT OF BILL


  PREPARED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE PURSUANT TO SEC. 308(a), PUBLIC LAW 93-344, AS
                                                     AMENDED
                                            [In millions of dollars]
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                                                                  Budget authority               Outlays
                                                             ---------------------------------------------------
                                                               Committee    Amount  in   Committee    Amount  in
                                                               allocation      bill      allocation      bill
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Comparison of amounts in the bill with the subcommittee
 allocation for 2019: Subcommittee on Financial Services and
 General Government:
    Mandatory...............................................       22,406       22,406       22,398    \1\22,398
    Discretionary...........................................       23,688       23,688       23,201    \1\23,138
        Security............................................           31           31           NA           NA
        Nonsecurity.........................................       23,657       23,657           NA           NA
Projection of outlays associated with the recommendation:
    2019....................................................  ...........  ...........  ...........    \2\39,212
    2020....................................................  ...........  ...........  ...........        4,229
    2021....................................................  ...........  ...........  ...........        1,056
    2022....................................................  ...........  ...........  ...........          699
    2023 and future years...................................  ...........  ...........  ...........          521
Financial assistance to State and local governments for 2019           NA          679           NA       \2\180
 
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\1\Includes outlays from prior-year budget authority.
\2\Excludes outlays from prior-year budget authority.
 
NA: Not applicable.


  COMPARATIVE STATEMENT OF NEW BUDGET (OBLIGATIONAL) AUTHORITY FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 AND BUDGET ESTIMATES AND AMOUNTS RECOMMENDED IN THE BILL FOR FISCAL
                                                                        YEAR 2019
                                                                [In thousands of dollars]
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                                                                                                                        Senate Committee recommendation
                                                                                                                            compared with (+ or -)
                             Item                                     2018         Budget estimate      Committee    -----------------------------------
                                                                  appropriation                      recommendation         2019
                                                                                                                        appropriation    Budget estimate
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              TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
 
                     Departmental Offices
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................          201,751           201,751           208,751            +7,000            +7,000
Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence................          141,778           159,000           159,000           +17,222   ................
Cybersecurity Enhancement Account.............................           24,000            25,208            25,208            +1,208   ................
Department-wide Systems and Capital Investments Programs......            4,426             4,000             4,000              -426   ................
Office of Inspector General...................................           37,044            36,000            37,044   ................           +1,044
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.............          169,634           161,113           169,634   ................           +8,521
Special Inspector General for TARP............................           34,000            17,500            17,500           -16,500   ................
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network..........................          115,003           117,800           117,800            +2,797   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal, Departmental Offices..........................          727,636           722,372           738,937           +11,301           +16,565
 
Treasury Forfeiture Fund (rescission).........................         -702,000   ................  ................         +702,000   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Departmental Offices.............................           25,636           722,372           738,937          +713,301           +16,565
                                                               =========================================================================================
Bureau of the Fiscal Service..................................          338,280           330,837           338,280   ................           +7,443
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau......................          111,439           114,427           111,439   ................           -2,988
Community Development Financial Institutions Fund Program               250,000            14,000           250,000   ................         +236,000
 Account......................................................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Department of the Treasury, non-IRS..............          725,355         1,181,636         1,438,656          +713,301          +257,020
                                                               =========================================================================================
                   Internal Revenue Service
 
Taxpayer Services.............................................        2,506,554         2,241,000         2,506,554   ................         +265,554
Enforcement...................................................        4,860,000         4,628,000         4,860,000   ................         +232,000
    Program Integrity.........................................  ................          204,643   ................  ................         -204,643
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal................................................        4,860,000         4,832,643         4,860,000   ................          +27,357
 
Operations Support............................................        3,634,000         4,155,796         3,709,000           +75,000          -446,796
    Program Integrity.........................................  ................          156,928   ................  ................         -156,928
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal................................................        3,634,000         4,312,724         3,709,000           +75,000          -603,724
 
Business systems modernization................................          110,000           110,000           110,000   ................  ................
General provision (sec. 113)..................................          320,000   ................           77,000          -243,000           +77,000
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Internal Revenue Service.........................       11,430,554        11,496,367        11,262,554          -168,000          -233,813
                                                               =========================================================================================
      Total, title I, Department of the Treasury..............       12,155,909        12,678,003        12,701,210          +545,301           +23,207
          Appropriations......................................      (12,857,909)      (12,316,432)      (12,701,210)        (-156,699)        (+384,778)
          Rescissions.........................................        (-702,000)  ................  ................        (+702,000)  ................
                                                               =========================================================================================
     TITLE II--EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT AND FUNDS
                 APPROPRIATED TO THE PRESIDENT
 
                        The White House
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................           55,000            55,000            55,000   ................  ................
 
Executive Residence at the White House:
    Operating expenses........................................           12,917            13,081            13,081              +164   ................
    White House repair and restoration........................              750               750               750   ................  ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal................................................           13,667            13,831            13,831              +164   ................
 
Council of Economic Advisers..................................            4,187             4,187             4,187   ................  ................
National Security Council and Homeland Security Council.......           11,800            13,500            11,800   ................           -1,700
Office of Administration......................................          100,000           100,000           100,000   ................  ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, The White House..................................          184,654           186,518           184,818              +164            -1,700
                                                               =========================================================================================
Office of Management and Budget...............................          101,000           103,000           103,000            +2,000   ................
 
            Office of National Drug Control Policy
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................           18,400            17,400            18,400   ................           +1,000
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program.................          280,000   ................          280,000   ................         +280,000
Other Federal Drug Control Programs...........................          117,093            11,843           117,327              +234          +105,484
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Office of National Drug Control Policy...........          415,493            29,243           415,727              +234          +386,484
                                                               =========================================================================================
Unanticipated needs...........................................              798             1,000             1,000              +202   ................
Information Technology Oversight and Reform...................           19,000            25,000            19,000   ................           -6,000
 
Special Assistance to the President and Official Residence of
 the Vice President:
    Salaries and expenses.....................................            4,288             4,288             4,288   ................  ................
    Operating expenses........................................              302               302               302   ................  ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal................................................            4,590             4,590             4,590   ................  ................
                                                               =========================================================================================
      Total, title II, Executive Office of the President and            725,535           349,351           728,135            +2,600          +378,784
       Funds Appropriated to the President....................
                                                               =========================================================================================
                   TITLE III--THE JUDICIARY
 
              Supreme Court of the United States
 
Salaries and expenses:
    Salaries of Justices......................................            3,000             3,000             3,000   ................  ................
    Other salaries and expenses...............................           82,028            84,359            84,703            +2,675              +344
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal................................................           85,028            87,359            87,703            +2,675              +344
 
Care of the Building and Grounds..............................           16,153            15,999            15,999              -154   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Supreme Court of the United States...............          101,181           103,358           103,702            +2,521              +344
                                                               =========================================================================================
    United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
 
Salaries and expenses:
    Salaries of judges........................................            3,000             4,000             4,000            +1,000   ................
    Other salaries and expenses...............................           31,291            31,274            32,016              +725              +742
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal              34,291            35,274            36,016            +1,725              +742
       Circuit................................................
                                                               =========================================================================================
          United States Court of International Trade
 
Salaries and expenses:
    Salaries of judges........................................            1,000             2,000             2,000            +1,000   ................
    Other salaries and expenses...............................           18,889            19,070            19,450              +561              +380
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, U.S. Court of International Trade................           19,889            21,070            21,450            +1,561              +380
                                                               =========================================================================================
    Courts of Appeals, District Courts, and Other Judicial
                           Services
 
Salaries and expenses:
    Salaries of judges and bankruptcy judges..................          435,000           429,000           429,000            -6,000   ................
    Other salaries and expenses...............................        5,099,061         5,132,543         5,154,461           +55,400           +21,918
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal................................................        5,534,061         5,561,543         5,583,461           +49,400           +21,918
 
Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund........................            8,230             8,475             8,475              +245   ................
Defender services.............................................        1,078,713         1,141,489         1,140,846           +62,133              -643
Fees of jurors and commissioners..............................           50,944            51,233            49,750            -1,194            -1,483
Court security................................................          586,999           602,309           604,460           +17,461            +2,151
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Courts of Appeals, District Courts, and Other            7,258,947         7,365,049         7,386,992          +128,045           +21,943
       Judicial Services......................................
                                                               =========================================================================================
       Administrative Office of the United States Courts
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................           90,423            89,867            92,413            +1,990            +2,546
 
                    Federal Judicial Center
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................           29,265            29,064            29,819              +554              +755
 
              United States Sentencing Commission
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................           18,699            18,548            18,548              -151   ................
                                                               =========================================================================================
      Total, title III, the Judiciary.........................        7,552,695         7,662,230         7,688,940          +136,245           +26,710
                                                               =========================================================================================
                TITLE IV--DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
 
Federal Payment for Resident Tuition Support..................           40,000   ................           30,000           -10,000           +30,000
Federal Payment for Emergency Planning and Security Costs in             13,000            12,000            12,000            -1,000   ................
 the District of Columbia.....................................
Federal Payment to the District of Columbia Courts............          265,400           244,939           244,939           -20,461   ................
Federal Payment for Defender Services in District of Columbia            49,890            46,005            46,005            -3,885   ................
 Courts.......................................................
Federal Payment to the Court Services and Offender Supervision          244,298           256,724           256,724           +12,426   ................
 Agency for the District of Columbia..........................
Federal Payment to the District of Columbia Public Defender              41,829            45,858            45,858            +4,029   ................
 Service......................................................
Federal Payment to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council..            2,000             1,900             2,150              +150              +250
Federal Payment for Judicial Commissions......................              565               565               565   ................  ................
Federal Payment for School Improvement........................           45,000            45,000            52,500            +7,500            +7,500
Federal Payment for the D.C. National Guard...................              435               435               435   ................  ................
Federal Payment for Testing and Treatment of HIV/AIDS.........            5,000             5,000             2,000            -3,000            -3,000
Federal Payment to the District of Columbia Water and Sewer              14,000   ................           10,000            -4,000           +10,000
 Authority....................................................
                                                               =========================================================================================
      Total, Title IV, District of Columbia...................          721,417           658,426           703,176           -18,241           +44,750
                                                               =========================================================================================
              TITLE V--OTHER INDEPENDENT AGENCIES
 
Administrative Conference of the United States................            3,100             3,100             3,100   ................  ................
Commodity Futures Trading Commission..........................          249,000           250,000           281,500           +32,500           +31,500
    CFTC Fee Spending (legislative proposal)..................  ................           31,500   ................  ................          -31,500
Consumer Product Safety Commission............................          126,000           123,450           126,000   ................           +2,550
Election Assistance Commission................................           10,100             9,200             9,200              -900   ................
    Election Reform Program...................................          380,000   ................  ................         -380,000   ................
 
               Federal Communications Commission
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................          322,035           333,118           333,118           +11,083   ................
Offsetting fee collections....................................         -322,035          -333,118          -333,118           -11,083   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Direct appropriation....................................  ................  ................  ................  ................  ................
 
General provision (sec. 511)..................................          600,000   ................  ................         -600,000   ................
 
             Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
 
Office of Inspector General (by transfer).....................          (39,136)          (42,982)          (42,982)          (+3,846)  ................
Deposit Insurance Fund (transfer).............................         (-39,136)         (-42,982)         (-42,982)          (-3,846)  ................
Federal Election Commission...................................           71,250            71,250            71,250   ................  ................
Federal Labor Relations Authority.............................           26,200            26,200            26,200   ................  ................
 
                   Federal Trade Commission
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................          306,317           309,700           309,700            +3,383   ................
Offsetting fee collections (mergers)..........................         -126,000          -136,000          -136,000           -10,000   ................
Offsetting fee collections (telephone)........................          -16,000           -17,000           -17,000            -1,000   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Direct appropriation....................................          164,317           156,700           156,700            -7,617   ................
                                                               =========================================================================================
                General Services Administration
 
                    Federal Buildings Fund
 
Limitations on availability of revenue:
    Construction and acquisition of facilities................          692,069         1,338,387         1,080,068          +387,999          -258,319
    Repairs and alterations...................................          666,335           909,746           890,419          +224,084           -19,327
    Rental of space...........................................        5,493,768         5,430,345         5,418,845           -74,923           -11,500
    Building operations.......................................        2,221,766         2,253,195         2,244,118           +22,352            -9,077
    Installment acquisition payments..........................  ................          200,000   ................  ................         -200,000
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal, Limitations on Availability of Revenue........        9,073,938        10,131,673         9,633,450          +559,512          -498,223
 
Rental income to fund.........................................       -9,950,519       -10,131,673       -10,131,673          -181,154   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Federal Buildings Fund...........................         -876,581   ................         -498,223          +378,358          -498,223
                                                               =========================================================================================
Government-wide policy........................................           53,499            65,835            58,499            +5,000            -7,336
Operating expenses............................................           45,645            49,440            49,440            +3,795   ................
Civilian Board of Contract Appeals............................            8,795             9,301             9,301              +506   ................
Office of Inspector General...................................           65,000            67,000            67,000            +2,000   ................
Allowances and office staff for former Presidents.............            4,754             4,796             4,796               +42   ................
Federal Citizen Services Fund.................................           50,000            58,400            55,000            +5,000            -3,400
Technology Modernization Fund.................................          100,000           210,000   ................         -100,000          -210,000
Asset Proceeds and Space Management Fund......................            5,000            31,000            15,500           +10,500           -15,500
Environmental Review Improvement Fund.........................            1,000             6,070             6,070            +5,070   ................
GSA--President's Management Council Workforce Fund............  ................           50,000   ................  ................          -50,000
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, General Services Administration..................         -542,888           551,842          -232,617          +310,271          -784,459
                                                               =========================================================================================
Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation.........................            1,000   ................            1,000   ................           +1,000
 
                Merit Systems Protection Board
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................           44,490            42,145            44,490   ................           +2,345
Limitation on administrative expenses.........................            2,345             2,345             2,345   ................  ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Merit Systems Protection Board...................           46,835            44,490            46,835   ................           +2,345
                                                               =========================================================================================
        Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation
 
Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Trust Fund...............            1,975             1,875             1,875              -100   ................
Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund.........................            3,366             3,200             3,200              -166   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Morris K. Udall and Stewart L Udall Foundation...            5,341             5,075             5,075              -266   ................
                                                               =========================================================================================
         National Archives and Records Administration
 
Operating expenses............................................          384,911           365,105           375,105            -9,806           +10,000
    Reduction of debt.........................................          -25,050           -27,224           -27,224            -2,174   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal................................................          359,861           337,881           347,881           -11,980           +10,000
 
Office of Inspector General...................................            4,801             4,241             4,801   ................             +560
Repairs and restoration.......................................            7,500             7,500             7,500   ................  ................
National Historical Publications and Records Commission Grants            6,000   ................            6,000   ................           +6,000
 Program......................................................
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      Total, National Archives and Records Administration.....          378,162           349,622           366,182           -11,980           +16,560
                                                               =========================================================================================
NCUA Community Development Revolving Loan Fund................            2,000   ................            2,000   ................           +2,000
Office of Government Ethics...................................           16,439            16,294            16,439   ................             +145
 
                Office of Personnel Management
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................          129,341           132,172           132,172            +2,831   ................
    Limitation on administrative expenses.....................          131,414           133,483           133,483            +2,069   ................
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      Subtotal, Salaries and expenses.........................          260,755           265,655           265,655            +4,900   ................
 
Office of Inspector General...................................            5,000             5,000             5,000   ................  ................
    Limitation on administrative expenses.....................           25,000            25,265            25,265              +265   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal, Office of Inspector General...................           30,000            30,265            30,265              +265   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Office of Personnel Management...................          290,755           295,920           295,920            +5,165   ................
                                                               =========================================================================================
Office of Special Counsel.....................................           26,535            26,252            26,535   ................             +283
Postal Regulatory Commission..................................           15,200            15,100            15,200   ................             +100
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board...................            8,000             5,000             5,000            -3,000   ................
Public Buildings Reform Board.................................            5,000             2,000   ................           -5,000            -2,000
 
              Securities and Exchange Commission
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................        1,652,000         1,658,302         1,658,302            +6,302   ................
    SEC NYC Regional Office...................................  ................           40,750            37,189           +37,189            -3,561
Headquarters lease............................................          244,507   ................  ................         -244,507   ................
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      Subtotal, Securities and Exchange Commission............        1,896,507         1,699,052         1,695,491          -201,016            -3,561
 
    SEC fees..................................................       -1,896,507        -1,699,050        -1,695,491          +201,016            +3,559
    SEC Reserve Fund (rescission).............................  ................          -25,000   ................  ................          +25,000
Selective Service System......................................           22,900            26,400            26,000            +3,100              -400
 
                 Small Business Administration
 
Salaries and expenses.........................................          268,500           265,000           267,500            -1,000            +2,500
Entrepreneurial Development Programs..........................          247,100           192,450           241,600            -5,500           +49,150
Office of Inspector General...................................           19,900            21,900            21,900            +2,000   ................
Office of Advocacy............................................            9,120             9,120             9,120   ................  ................
 
Business Loans Program Account:
    Direct loans subsidy......................................            3,438             4,000             4,000              +562   ................
    Guaranteed loan subsidy...................................  ................         -155,150   ................  ................         +155,150
    Administrative expenses...................................          152,782           155,150           155,150            +2,368   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Business loans program account...................          156,220             4,000           159,150            +2,930          +155,150
                                                               =========================================================================================
Disaster Loans Program Account:
    Administrative expenses...................................  ................          186,458   ................  ................         -186,458
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Small Business Administration....................          700,840           678,928           699,270            -1,570           +20,342
                                                               =========================================================================================
                 United States Postal Service
 
Payment to the Postal Service Fund............................           58,118            55,235            55,235            -2,883   ................
Office of Inspector General...................................          245,000           234,650           250,000            +5,000           +15,350
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, United States Postal Service.....................          303,118           289,885           305,235            +2,117           +15,350
                                                               =========================================================================================
United States Tax Court.......................................           50,740            55,563            51,515              +775            -4,048
                                                               =========================================================================================
      Total, title V, Independent Agencies....................        2,959,944         3,008,773         2,303,539          -656,405          -705,234
          Appropriations......................................       (2,959,944)       (3,033,773)       (2,303,539)        (-656,405)        (-730,234)
          Rescissions.........................................  ................         (-25,000)  ................  ................         (+25,000)
      (By transfer)...........................................          (39,136)          (42,982)          (42,982)          (+3,846)  ................
                                                               =========================================================================================
                 TITLE VI--GENERAL PROVISIONS
 
Mandatory appropriations (sec. 619)...........................       21,800,000        21,818,000        21,818,000           +18,000   ................
PCA Oversight Board scholarships (sec. 620)...................            1,000   ................            1,000   ................           +1,000
SBA 503 Unobligated balances (sec. 620).......................           -2,600           -50,000   ................           +2,600           +50,000
Government-wide transfers (sec. 737)..........................  ................        3,000,000   ................  ................       -3,000,000
                                                               =========================================================================================
      Total, title VI, General Provisions.....................       21,798,400        24,768,000        21,819,000           +20,600        -2,949,000
                                                               =========================================================================================
                     OTHER APPROPRIATIONS
 
 SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR DISASTER RELIEF REQUIREMENTS
                         (P.L. 115-56)
 
SBA, Disaster Loans Progam Account............................          450,000   ................  ................         -450,000   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief            450,000   ................  ................         -450,000   ................
       Requirements (P.L. 115-56).............................
                                                               =========================================================================================
         BIPARTISAN BUDGET ACT OF 2018 (P.L. 115-123)
 
GSA, Federal Buildings Fund (emergency).......................          126,951   ................  ................         -126,951   ................
SBA, Office of Inspector General (emergency)..................            7,000   ................  ................           -7,000   ................
SBA, Disaster Loans Program Account (emergency)...............        1,652,000   ................  ................       -1,652,000   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-123).....        1,785,951   ................  ................       -1,785,951   ................
                                                               =========================================================================================
      Total, Other Appropriations.............................        2,235,951   ................  ................       -2,235,951   ................
          (Emergency).........................................        2,235,951   ................  ................       -2,235,951   ................
                                                               =========================================================================================
      Grand total.............................................       48,149,851        49,124,783        45,944,000        -2,205,851        -3,180,783
          Appropriations......................................      (46,618,500)      (48,838,212)      (45,944,000)        (-674,500)      (-2,894,212)
          Rescissions.........................................        (-704,600)         (-75,000)  ................        (+704,600)         (+75,000)
          Emergency...........................................       (2,235,951)  ................  ................      (-2,235,951)  ................
      (By transfer)...........................................          (39,136)          (42,982)          (42,982)          (+3,846)  ................
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