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                agency;
                    (B) an employee having a disability on the basis of 
                which such employee is or would be eligible for 
                disability retirement under the applicable retirement 
                system referred to in subparagraph (A);
                    (C) an employee who is to be separated 
                involuntarily for misconduct or unacceptable 
                performance, and to whom specific notice has been given 
                with respect to that separation;
                    (D) an employee who has previously received any 
                voluntary separation incentive payment by the 
                Government of the United States under this section or 
                any other authority and has not repaid such payment;
                    (E) an employee covered by statutory reemployment 
                rights who is on transfer to another organization; or
                    (F) any employee who, during the 24-month period 
                preceding the date of separation, received a 
                recruitment or relocation bonus under section 5753 of 
                title 5, United States Code, or who, within the 12-
                month period preceding the date of separation, received 
                a retention allowance under section 5754 of such title 
                5.
    (b) Agency Strategic Plan.--
            (1) In general.--The Administrator, before obligating any 
        resources for voluntary separation incentive payments under 
        this section, shall submit to the Office of Management and 
        Budget a strategic plan outlining the intended use of such 
        incentive payments and a proposed organizational chart for the 
        agency once such incentive payments have been completed.
            (2) Contents.--The agency's plan shall include--
                    (A) the positions and functions to be reduced or 
                eliminated, identified by organizational unit, 
                geographic location, occupational category and grade 
                level;
                    (B) the number and amounts of voluntary separation 
                incentive payments to be offered;
                    (C) a description of how the agency will operate 
                without the eliminated positions and functions; and
                    (D) the time period during which incentives may be 
                paid.
            (3) Approval.--The Director of the Office of Management and 
        Budget shall review the agency's plan and approve or disapprove 
        the plan and may make appropriate modifications in the plan 
        with respect to the coverage of incentives as described under 
        paragraph (2)(A), and with respect to the matters described in 
        paragraphs (2) (B) through (D).
    (c) Authority To Provide Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments.--
            (1) In general.--A voluntary separation incentive payment 
        under this section may be paid by the agency to employees of 
        such agency and only to the extent necessary to eliminate the 
        positions and functions identified by the strategic plan.
            (2) Amount and treatment of payments.--A voluntary 
        separation incentive payment under this section--
                    (A) shall be paid in a lump sum after the 
                employee's separation;
                    (B) shall be paid from appropriations or funds 
                available for the payment of the basic pay of the 
                employees;
                    (C) shall be equal to the lesser of--
                            (i) an amount equal to the amount the 
                        employee would be entitled to receive under 
                        section 5595(c) of title 5, United States Code, 
                        if the employee were entitled to payment under 
                        such section; or
                            (ii) an amount determined by the agency 
                        head not to exceed $25,000;
                    (D) may not be made except in the case of any 
                employee who voluntarily separates (whether by 
                retirement or resignation) on or before December 31, 
                2000;
                    (E) shall not be a basis for payment, and shall not 
                be included in the computation, of any other type of 
                Government benefit; and
                    (F) shall not be taken into account in determining 
                the amount of any severance pay to which the employee 
                may be entitled under section 5595 of title 5, United 
                States Code, based on any other separation.
    (d) Additional Agency Contributions to the Retirement Fund.--
            (1) In general.--In addition to any other payments which it 
        is required to make under subchapter III of chapter 83 or 
        chapter 84 of title 5, United States Code, the agency shall 
        remit to the Office of Personnel Management for deposit in the 
        Treasury of the United States to the credit of the Civil 
        Service Retirement and Disability Fund an amount equal to 15 
        percent of the final basic pay of each employee of the agency 
        who is covered under subchapter III of chapter 83 or chapter 84 
        of title 5, United States Code, to whom a voluntary separation 
        incentive has been paid under this section.
            (2) Definition.--For the purpose of paragraph (1), the term 
        ``final basic pay'', with respect to an employee, means the 
        total amount of basic pay which would be payable for a year of 
        service by such employee, computed using the employee's final 
        rate of basic pay, and, if last serving on other than a full-
        time basis, with appropriate adjustment therefor.
    (e) Effect of Subsequent Employment With the Government.--
            (1) An individual who has received a voluntary separation 
        incentive payment under this section and accepts any employment 
        for compensation with the Government of the United States, or 
        who works for any agency of the Government of the United States 
        through a personal services contract, within 5 years after the 
        date of the separation on which the payment is based shall be 
        required to pay, prior to the individual's first day of 
        employment, the entire amount of the incentive payment to the 
        agency that paid the incentive payment.
            (2) If the employment under paragraph (1) is with an 
        Executive agency (as defined by section 105 of title 5, United 
        States Code), the United States Postal Service, or the Postal 
        Rate Commission, the Director of the Office of Personnel 
        Management may, at the request of the head of the agency, waive 
        the repayment if the individual involved possesses unique 
        abilities and is the only qualified applicant available for the 
        position.
            (3) If the employment under paragraph (1) is with an entity 
        in the legislative branch, the head of the entity or the 
        appointing official may waive the repayment if the individual 
        involved possesses unique abilities and is the only qualified 
        applicant available for the position.
            (4) If the employment under paragraph (1) is with the 
        judicial branch, the Director of the Administrative Office of 
        the United States Courts may waive the repayment if the 
        individual involved possesses unique abilities and is the only 
        qualified applicant for the position.
    (f) Reduction of Agency Employment Levels.--
            (1) In general.--The total number of funded employee 
        positions in the agency shall be reduced by one position for 
        each vacancy created by the separation of any employee who has 
        received, or is due to receive, a voluntary separation 
        incentive payment under this section. For the purposes of this 
        subsection, positions shall be counted on a full-time-
        equivalent basis.
            (2) Enforcement.--The President, through the Office of 
        Management and Budget, shall monitor the agency and take any 
        action necessary to ensure that the requirements of this 
        subsection are met.
    (g) Regulations.--The Office of Personnel Management may prescribe 
such regulations as may be necessary to implement this section.

         united states assistance to the palestinian authority

    Sec. 577. (a) GAO Certification.--Not more than 30 days prior to 
the obligation of funds made available by this Act for assistance for 
the Palestinian Authority, the Comptroller General of the United States 
shall certify that the Palestinian Authority--
            (1) has adopted an acceptable accounting system to ensure 
        that such funds will be used for their intended assistance 
        purposes; and
            (2) has cooperated with the Comptroller General in the 
        certification process under this paragraph.
    (b) GAO Audits.--Six months after the date of enactment of this 
Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct an 
audit to determine the extent to which the Palestinian Authority is 
implementing an acceptable accounting system in tracking the use of 
funds made available by this Act for assistance for the Palestinian 
Authority.

                        sanctions against serbia

    Sec. 578. (a) Continuation of Executive Branch Sanctions.--The 
sanctions listed in subsection (b) shall remain in effect until January 
1, 2001, unless the President submits to the Committees on 
Appropriations and Foreign Relations in the Senate and the Committees 
on Appropriations and International Relations of the House of 
Representatives a certification described in subsection (c).
    (b) Applicable Sanctions.--
            (1) The Secretary of the Treasury shall instruct the United 
        States executive directors of the international financial 
        institutions to work in opposition to, and vote against, any 
        extension by such institutions of any financial or technical 
        assistance or grants of any kind to the government of Serbia-
        Montenegro.
            (2) The Secretary of State should instruct the United 
        States Ambassador to the Organization for Security and 
        Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to block any consensus to allow 
        the participation of Serbia-Montenegro in the OSCE or any 
        organization affiliated with the OSCE.
            (3) The Secretary of State should instruct the United 
        States Representative to the United Nations to vote against any 
        resolution in the United Nations Security Council to admit 
        Serbia-Montenegro to the United Nations or any organization 
        affiliated with the United Nations, to veto any resolution to 
        allow Serbia-Montenegro to assume the United Nations' 
        membership of the former Socialist Federal Republic of 
        Yugoslavia, and to take action to prevent Serbia-Montenegro 
        from assuming the seat formerly occupied by the Socialist 
        Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
            (4) The Secretary of State should instruct the United 
        States Permanent Representative on the Council of the North 
        Atlantic Treaty Organization to oppose the extension of the 
        Partnership for Peace program or any other organization 
        affiliated with NATO to Serbia-Montenegro.
            (5) The Secretary of State should instruct the United 
        States Representatives to the Southeast European Cooperative 
        Initiative (SECI) to oppose and to work to prevent the 
        extension of SECI membership to Serbia-Montenegro.
    (c) Certification.--A certification described in this subsection is 
a certification that--
            (1) the representatives of the successor states to the 
        Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia have successfully 
        negotiated the division of assets and liabilities and all other 
        succession issues following the dissolution of the Socialist 
        Federal Republic of Yugoslavia;
            (2) the government of Serbia-Montenegro is fully complying 
        with its obligations as a signatory to the General Framework 
        Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
            (3) the government of Serbia-Montenegro is fully 
        cooperating with and providing unrestricted access to the 
        International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, 
        including surrendering persons indicted for war crimes who are 
        within the jurisdiction of the territory of Serbia-Montenegro, 
        and with the investigations concerning the commission of war 
        crimes and crimes against humanity in Kosova;
            (4) the government of Serbia-Montenegro is implementing 
        internal democratic reforms; and
            (5) Serbian, Serbian-Montenegrin federal governmental 
        officials, and representatives of the ethnic Albanian community 
        in Kosova have agreed on, signed, and begun implementation of a 
        negotiated settlement on the future status of Kosova.
    (d) Statement of Policy.--It is the sense of the Congress that the 
United States should not restore full diplomatic relations with Serbia-
Montenegro until the President submits to the Committees on 
Appropriations and Foreign Relations in the Senate and the Committees 
on Appropriations and International Relations in the House of 
Representatives the certification described in subsection (c).
    (e) Exemption of Montenegro.--The sanctions described in subsection 
(b)(1) should not apply to the government of Montenegro or Kosova.
    (f) Definition.--The term ``international financial institution'' 
includes the International Monetary Fund, the International Bank for 
Reconstruction and Development, the International Development 
Association, the International Finance Corporation, the Multilateral 
Investment Guaranty Agency, and the European Bank for Reconstruction 
and Development.
    (g) Waiver Authority.--
            (1) The President may waive the application in whole or in 
        part, of any sanction described in subsection (b) if the 
        President certifies to the Congress that the President has 
        determined that the waiver is necessary to meet emergency 
        humanitarian needs or to achieve a negotiated settlement of the 
        conflict in Kosova that is acceptable to the parties.
            (2) Such a wavier may only be effective upon certification 
        by the President to Congress that the United States has 
        transferred and will continue to transfer (subject to adequate 
        protection of intelligence sources and methods) to the 
        International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia all 
        information it has collected in support of an indictment and 
        trial of President Slobodan Milosevic for war crimes, crimes 
        against humanity, or genocide.
            (3) In the event of a waiver, within seven days the 
        President must report the basis upon which the waiver was made 
        to the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on 
        Foreign Relations in the Senate, and the Permanent Select 
        Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on International 
        Relations in the House of Representatives.

                         clean coal technology

    Sec. 579. (a) Findings.--The Congress finds as follows:
            (1) The United States is the world leader in the 
        development of environmental technologies, particularly clean 
        coal technology.
            (2) Severe pollution problems affecting people in 
        developing countries, and the serious health problems that 
        result from such pollution, can be effectively addressed 
        through the application of United States technology.
            (3) During the next century, developing countries, 
        particularly countries in Asia such as China and India, will 
        dramatically increase their consumption of electricity, and low 
        quality coal will be a major source of fuel for power 
        generation.
            (4) Without the use of modern clean coal technology, the 
        resultant pollution will cause enormous health and 
        environmental problems leading to diminished economic growth in 
        developing countries and, thus, diminished United States 
        exports to those growing markets.
    (b) Statement of Policy.--It is the policy of the United States to 
promote the export of United States clean coal technology. In 
furtherance of that policy, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of 
the Treasury (acting through the United States executive directors to 
international financial institutions), the Secretary of Energy, and the 
Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development 
(USAID) should, as appropriate, vigorously promote the use of United 
States clean coal technology in environmental and energy infrastructure 
programs, projects and activities. Programs, projects and activities 
for which the use of such technology should be considered include 
reconstruction assistance for the Balkans, activities carried out by 
the Global Environmental Facility, and activities funded from USAID's 
Development Credit Authority.

 sense of congress on management of united states interests in ukraine

    Sec. 580. (a) Findings.--Congress makes the following findings:
            (1) Ukraine is a major European nation as it has the second 
        largest territory and sixth largest population of all the 
        States of Europe.
            (2) Ukraine has important geopolitical and economic roles 
        to play within Central and Eastern Europe.
            (3) A strong, stable, and secure Ukraine serves the 
        interests of peace and stability in all of Europe, which are 
        important national security interests of the United States.
            (4) Ukraine is a member State of the Council of Europe, the 
        Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Central 

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