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108th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 246

 Making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human 
   Services, and Education, and realted agencies for the fiscal year 
           ending September 30, 2003, and for other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            January 8, 2003

  Mr. Regula introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 
                      Committee on Appropriations

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                                 A BILL


 
 Making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human 
   Services, and Education, and realted agencies for the fiscal year 
           ending September 30, 2003, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums 
are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise 
appropriated, for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, 
and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2003, and for other purposes, namely:

                      TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

                 EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

                    Training and Employment Services

    For necessary expenses of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, 
including the purchase and hire of passenger motor vehicles, the 
construction, alteration, and repair of buildings and other facilities, 
and the purchase of real property for training centers as authorized by 
the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and the Women in Apprenticeship 
and Nontraditional Occupations Act; $2,675,513,000 plus reimbursements, 
of which $1,601,498,000 is available for obligation for the period July 
1, 2003 through June 30, 2004, of which $1,045,465,000 is available for 
obligation for the period April 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004 to carry 
out chapter 4 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998; and of which 
$27,550,000 is available for the period July 1, 2003 through June 30, 
2006 for necessary expenses of construction, rehabilitation, and 
acquisition of Job Corps centers: Provided, That notwithstanding any 
other provision of law, of the funds provided herein under section 
137(c) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, $276,608,000 shall be 
for activities described in section 132(a)(2)(A) of such Act and 
$1,207,892,000 shall be for activities described in section 
132(a)(2)(B) of such Act: Provided further, That $9,098,000 shall be 
for carrying out section 172 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998: 
Provided further, That, notwithstanding any other provision of law or 
related regulation, $74,900,000 shall be for carrying out section 167 
of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, including $4,786,000 for 
migrant and seasonal housing: Provided further, That notwithstanding 
the transfer limitation under section 133(b)(4) of the Workforce 
Investment Act of 1998, up to 40 percent of such funds may be 
transferred by a local board if approved by the Governor: Provided 
further, That notwithstanding sections 127(b)(1)(A) and 174(a)(2)(B) of 
such Act, no funds provided herein shall be available to carry out 
section 167 of such Act: Provided further, That no funds from any other 
appropriation shall be used to provide meal services at or for Job 
Corps centers.
    For necessary expenses of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, 
including the purchase and hire of passenger motor vehicles, the 
construction, alteration, and repair of buildings and other facilities, 
and the purchase of real property for training centers as authorized by 
the Workforce Investment Act of 1998; $2,463,000,000 plus 
reimbursements, of which $2,363,000,000 is available for obligation for 
the period October 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004, and of which 
$100,000,000 is available for the period October 1, 2003 through June 
30, 2006, for necessary expenses of construction, rehabilitation, and 
acquisition of Job Corps centers.

            Community Service Employment for Older Americans

    To carry out title V of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as 
amended, $440,200,000.

              Federal Unemployment Benefits and Allowances

    For payments during the current fiscal year of trade adjustment 
benefit payments and allowances under part I; and for training, 
allowances for job search and relocation, and related State 
administrative expenses under part II, subchapters B and D, chapter 2, 
title II of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, $972,200,000, together 
with such amounts as may be necessary to be charged to the subsequent 
appropriation for payments for any period subsequent to September 15 of 
the current year.

     State Unemployment Insurance and Employment Service Operations

    For authorized administrative expenses, $143,452,000, together with 
not to exceed $3,475,451,000 (including not to exceed $1,228,000 which 
may be used for amortization payments to States which had independent 
retirement plans in their State employment service agencies prior to 
1980), which may be expended from the Employment Security 
Administration Account in the Unemployment Trust Fund including the 
cost of administering section 51 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 
as amended, section 7(d) of the Wagner-Peyser Act, as amended, the 
Trade Act of 1974, as amended, the Immigration Act of 1990, and the 
Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, and of which the sums 
available in the allocation for activities authorized by title III of 
the Social Security Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 502-504), and the sums 
available in the allocation for necessary administrative expenses for 
carrying out 5 U.S.C. 8501-8523, shall be available for obligation by 
the States through December 31, 2003, except that funds used for 
automation acquisitions shall be available for obligation by the States 
through September 30, 2005; of which $143,452,000, together with not to 
exceed $773,283,000 of the amount which may be expended from said trust 
fund, shall be available for obligation for the period July 1, 2003 
through June 30, 2004, to fund activities under the Act of June 6, 
1933, as amended, including the cost of penalty mail authorized under 
39 U.S.C. 3202(a)(1)(E) made available to States in lieu of allotments 
for such purpose: Provided, That to the extent that the Average Weekly 
Insured Unemployment (AWIU) for fiscal year 2003 is projected by the 
Department of Labor to exceed 4,526,000, an additional $28,600,000 
shall be available for obligation for every 100,000 increase in the 
AWIU level (including a pro rata amount for any increment less than 
100,000) from the Employment Security Administration Account of the 
Unemployment Trust Fund: Provided further, That funds appropriated in 
this Act which are used to establish a national one-stop career center 
system, or which are used to support the national activities of the 
Federal-State unemployment insurance programs, may be obligated in 
contracts, grants or agreements with non-State entities: Provided 
further, That funds appropriated under this Act for activities 
authorized under the Wagner-Peyser Act, as amended, and title III of 
the Social Security Act, may be used by the States to fund integrated 
Employment Service and Unemployment Insurance automation efforts, 
notwithstanding cost allocation principles prescribed under Office of 
Management and Budget Circular A-87.

        Advances to the Unemployment Trust Fund and Other Funds

    For repayable advances to the Unemployment Trust Fund as authorized 
by sections 905(d) and 1203 of the Social Security Act, as amended, and 
to the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund as authorized by section 
9501(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended; and for 
nonrepayable advances to the Unemployment Trust Fund as authorized by 
section 8509 of title 5, United States Code, and to the ``Federal 
unemployment benefits and allowances'' account, to remain available 
until September 30, 2004, $463,000,000.
    In addition, for making repayable advances to the Black Lung 
Disability Trust Fund in the current fiscal year after September 15, 
2003, for costs incurred by the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund in the 
current fiscal year, such sums as may be necessary.

                         Program Administration

    For expenses of administering employment and training programs, 
$121,451,000, of which $4,711,000 is to administer welfare-to-work 
grants, together with not to exceed $50,610,000, which may be expended 
from the Employment Security Administration Account in the Unemployment 
Trust Fund.

              PENSION AND WELFARE BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION

                         Salaries and Expenses

    For necessary expenses for the Pension and Welfare Benefits 
Administration, $117,044,000.

                  PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION

               Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Fund

    The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation is authorized to make such 
expenditures, including financial assistance authorized by section 104 
of Public Law 96-364, within limits of funds and borrowing authority 
available to such Corporation, and in accord with law, and to make such 
contracts and commitments without regard to fiscal year limitations as 
provided by section 104 of the Government Corporation Control Act, as 
amended (31 U.S.C. 9104), as may be necessary in carrying out the 
program through September 30, 2003, for such Corporation: Provided, 
That not to exceed $13,050,000 shall be available for administrative 
expenses of the Corporation: Provided further, That expenses of such 
Corporation in connection with the termination of pension plans, for 
the acquisition, protection or management, and investment of trust 
assets, and for benefits administration services shall be considered as 
non-administrative expenses for the purposes hereof, and excluded from 
the above limitation.

                  EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ADMINISTRATION

                         Salaries and Expenses

    For necessary expenses for the Employment Standards Administration, 
including reimbursement to State, Federal, and local agencies and their 
employees for inspection services rendered, $378,728,000, together with 
$2,029,000 which may be expended from the Special Fund in accordance 
with sections 39(c), 44(d) and 44(j) of the Longshore and Harbor 
Workers' Compensation Act: Provided, That $2,000,000 shall be for the 
development of an alternative system for the electronic submission of 
reports required to be filed under the Labor-Management Reporting and 
Disclosure Act of 1959, as amended, and for a computer database of the 
information for each submission by whatever means, that is indexed and 
easily searchable by the public via the Internet: Provided further, 
That the Secretary of Labor is authorized to accept, retain, and spend, 
until expended, in the name of the Department of Labor, all sums of 
money ordered to be paid to the Secretary of Labor, in accordance with 
the terms of the Consent Judgment in Civil Action No. 91-0027 of the 
United States District Court for the District of the Northern Mariana 
Islands (May 21, 1992): Provided further, That the Secretary of Labor 
is authorized to establish and, in accordance with 31 U.S.C. 3302, 
collect and deposit in the Treasury fees for processing applications 
and issuing certificates under sections 11(d) and 14 of the Fair Labor 
Standards Act of 1938, as amended (29 U.S.C. 211(d) and 214) and for 
processing applications and issuing registrations under title I of the 
Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (29 U.S.C. 1801 
et seq.).

                            Special Benefits

                     (including transfer of funds)

    For the payment of compensation, benefits, and expenses (except 
administrative expenses) accruing during the current or any prior 
fiscal year authorized by title 5, chapter 81 of the United States 
Code; continuation of benefits as provided for under the heading 
``Civilian War Benefits'' in the Federal Security Agency Appropriation 
Act, 1947; the Employees' Compensation Commission Appropriation Act, 
1944; sections 4(c) and 5(f) of the War Claims Act of 1948 (50 U.S.C. 
App. 2012); and 50 percent of the additional compensation and benefits 
required by section 10(h) of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' 
Compensation Act, as amended, $163,000,000, together with such amounts 
as may be necessary to be charged to the subsequent year appropriation 
for the payment of compensation and other benefits for any period 
subsequent to August 15 of the current year: Provided, That amounts 
appropriated may be used under section 8104 of title 5, United States 
Code, by the Secretary of Labor to reimburse an employer, who is not 
the employer at the time of injury, for portions of the salary of a 
reemployed, disabled beneficiary: Provided further, That balances of 
reimbursements unobligated on September 30, 2002, shall remain 
available until expended for the payment of compensation, benefits, and 
expenses: Provided further, That in addition there shall be transferred 
to this appropriation from the Postal Service and from any other 
corporation or instrumentality required under section 8147(c) of title 
5, United States Code, to pay an amount for its fair share of the cost 
of administration, such sums as the Secretary determines to be the cost 
of administration for employees of such fair share entities through 
September 30, 2003: Provided further, That of those funds transferred 
to this account from the fair share entities to pay the cost of 
administration of the Federal Employees' Compensation Act, $36,986,000 
shall be made available to the Secretary as follows: (1) for the 
operation of and enhancement to the automated data processing systems, 
including document imaging and conversion to a paperless office, 
$24,928,000; (2) for medical bill review and periodic roll management, 
$11,356,000; (3) for communications redesign, $702,000; and (4) the 
remaining funds shall be paid into the Treasury as miscellaneous 
receipts: Provided further, That the Secretary may require that any 
person filing a notice of injury or a claim for benefits under chapter 
81 of title 5, United States Code, or 33 U.S.C. 901 et seq., provide as 
part of such notice and claim, such identifying information (including 
Social Security account number) as such regulations may prescribe.

    Administrative Expenses, Energy Employees Occupational Illness 
                           Compensation Fund

                     (including transfer of funds)

    For necessary expenses to administer the Energy Employees 
Occupational Illness Compensation Act, $104,867,000, to remain 
available until expended: Provided, That the Secretary of Labor is 
authorized to transfer to any Executive agency with authority under the 
Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act, including 
within the Department of Labor, such sums as may be necessary in fiscal 
year 2003 to carry out those authorities: Provided further, That the 
Secretary may require that any person filing a claim for benefits under 
the Act provide as part of such claim, such identifying information 
(including Social Security account number) as may be prescribed.

                    Black Lung Disability Trust Fund

                     (including transfer of funds)

    Beginning in fiscal year 2003 and thereafter, such sums as may be 
necessary from the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, to remain 
available until expended, for payment of all benefits authorized by 
section 9501(d)(1), (2), (4), and (7) of the Internal Revenue Code of 
1954, as amended; and interest on advances, as authorized by section 
9501(c)(2) of that Act. In addition, the following amounts shall be 
available from the Fund for fiscal year 2003 for expenses of operation 
and administration of the Black Lung Benefits program, as authorized by 

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