Summary: H.R.4034 — 97th Congress (1981-1982)All Information (Except Text)

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Senate agreed to House amendment with amendment (11/21/1981)

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Department of Housing and Urban Development - Independent Agencies Appropriation Act, 1982 - Title I: Department of Housing and Urban Development - Makes appropriations to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for fiscal year 1982 for: (1) housing programs, including programs providing for housing payments, low-income housing projects, the troubled projects operating subsidy, housing counseling assistance, the Special Risk Insurance Fund, and the General Insurance Fund; (2) the Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA) for participation sales insufficiencies; (3) the Solar Energy and Energy Conservation Bank for assistance for solar and conservation improvements; (4) community development grants and urban development grants; (5) the New Community Development Corporation for the New Communities Fund; (6) research and technology; (7) fair housing assistance; and (8) salaries and expenses (including transfer of funds) and the working capital fund.

Increases the aggregate amount authorized for contracts for annual contributions for assisted housing. Requires the Secretary of HUD to allocate a specified portion of such amount for the construction of public housing other than low-income housing for Indian families.

Rescinds a specified portion of the funds appropriated for rent supplements.

Authorizes obligations on the part of: (1) the Housing for the Elderly or Handicapped Fund; (2) loans for low-rent public housing; (3) nonprofit sponsor assistance; (4) the GNMA Special Assistance Functions Fund for emergency mortgage purchase assistance and guarantees of mortgage-backed securities; (5) the rehabilitation loan fund; and (6) urban renewal programs.

Establishes limitations on: (1) additional Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance commitments and nonprofit sponsor assistance; (2) GNMA mortgage purchase authority and commitments for guarantees of mortgage-backed securities; and (3) the Secretary's authority to guarantee loans for the acquisition and rehabilitation of real property during fiscal year 1982.

Title II: Independent Agencies - Makes appropriations for fiscal year 1982 to the: (1) American Battle Monuments Commission for salaries and expenses; (2) Consumer Product Safety Commission for salaries and expenses; (3) Department of Defense-Civil for Army cemetery expenses; (4) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for salaries and expenses, research and development, abatement, control and compliance activities, buildings and facilities, the Hazardous Substance Response Trust Fund, and necessary expenses to carry out the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, and construction grants; (5) Executive Office of the President for the Council on Environmental Quality, Office of Environmental Quality, and Office of Science and Technology Policy; (6) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster relief, salaries and expenses, State and local assistance, emergency planning and assistance, and the National Flood Insurance Fund; (7) General Services Administration for the Consumer Information Center; (8) Department of Health and Human Services for the Office of Consumer Affairs; (9) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for research and development, the construction of facilities, and research and program management; (10) National Consumer Cooperative Bank for self-help development; (11) National Credit Union Administration for the Central Liquidity Facility; (12) National Institute of Building Sciences for salaries and expenses; (13) National Science Foundation for research, scientific education, and overseas scientific activities (special foreign currency program); (14) Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation; (15) Selective Service System for salaries and expenses; (16) Department of the Treasury for the State and Local Government Fiscal Assistance Trust Fund, Office of Revenue Sharing expenses, the New York City loan guarantee program, and investment in the National Consumer Cooperative Bank; and (17) Veterans' Administration for compensation and pensions, readjustment benefits (excluding certain flight and correspondence training benefits), veterans insurance and indemnities, medical care, medical and prosthetic research, medical administration and miscellaneous expenses, general operating expenses, construction of major and minor projects, and State extended care facilities.

Prohibits NASA from using any funds appropriated in this Act to support the development of techniques to analyze extraterrestrial radio signals for signs of intelligent life.

Limits the amount of outstanding loans under the National Consumer Cooperative Bank Fund and the amount of loans for self-help development during fiscal year 1982.

Disapproves a specified amount of the proposed budget deferral, D81-98, relating to the construction of major projects of the Veterans Administration. Authorizes obligations on the part of the Loan Guaranty Revolving Fund, Direct Loan Revolving Fund, Service-Loan Fund, Vocational Rehabilitation Revolving Fund, National Service Life Insurance Fund, U.S. Government Life Insurance Fund, and Veterans Special Life Insurance Fund.

Permits, in specified circumstances, the transfer of funds appropriated to the Veterans Administration. Limits the use of appropriations for purchasing any site or constructing any new hospital or home. Requires reimbursement if any persons, other than eligible beneficiaries, are hospitalized or examined at veterans facilities.

Title III: Corporations - Authorizes the corporations and agencies of HUD and the Federal Home Loan Bank Board to make commitments without regard to fiscal year limitations unless otherwise limited. Limits, with specified exceptions, new loan or mortgage purchase commitments to the extent expressly provided in this Act. Makes appropriations for fiscal year 1982 to the Federal Home Loan Bank Board for administrative expenses of the Board and the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC). Sets specified limitations on such expenses. Authorizes necessary obligations on the part of the FSLIC Fund.

Title IV: General Provisions - Limits travel expense expenditures for the agencies listed in this Act to the amounts set forth in the budget estimate, with specified exceptions. Permits the use of HUD and Selective Service System appropriations for: (1) uniforms; (2) the hire of passenger vehicles; and (3) the employment of experts and consultants. Allows the use of HUD funds to pay for legal services and services and facilities provided by specified agencies.

Prohibits, with specified exceptions, the use of appropriated funds: (1) beyond the current fiscal year; (2) without a voucher describing the payees and services or specific statutory authorization; (3) for transportation between the domicile and place of employment of any officer or employee; (4) for payments to recipients that do not share in the cost of conducting research not specifically solicited by the Government; (5) for consultants paid in excess of the GS-18 rate; and (6) for compensation of non-Federal parties intervening in regulatory or adjudicatory proceedings. Prohibits the use of funds appropriated for personnel compensation and benefits for other object classifications in the budget estimates without congressional approval.

Limits expenditures for consulting services to contracts which are a matter of public record and included in a publicly available list of: (1) contracts entered into within the past two years; and (2) contracts on which performance has not been completed.

Prohibits any executive agency from expending appropriations under this Act for a contract for services unless the agency: (1) complies with the Office of Procurement Policy Act; and (2) requires reports prepared pursuant to such contract to disclose information about the contract and the contractor.

Title V: Reduces specified contract authority, budget authority, and appropriations provided under the first two titles of this Act.

Appropriates funds for the repayment of certain notes issued by the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the Secretary of the Treasury.

Authorizes obligations for temporary mortgage assistance payments by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during fiscal year 1982.

Approves a proposed budget deferral, D82-140, relating to Washington, D.C., and Long Beach, California, projects of the Veterans Administration.

Permits agencies, until December 31, 1981, to transfer necessary funds to salaries and expenses, provided that the total amount available for salaries and expenses does not exceed the amount available under this Act before application of this title. Specifies amounts to be available for certain offices of HUD, NASA, and the Veterans Administration.

Reduces the total budget authority provided by this Act for payments not required by law, with specified exceptions, by four percent. Prohibits: (1) reducing the amount provided for any particular activity by more than five percent; or (2) terminating any activity as a result of these reductions. Requires that such reductions remain effective through September 30, 1982.