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H.R. 2606 (eh) Making appropriations for foreign operations, export financing, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2000, and for other purposes. [Engrossed in House] ...
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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