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        H.R.4931

                       One Hundred Sixth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America


                          AT THE SECOND SESSION

           Begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday,
             the twenty-fourth day of January, two thousand


                                 An Act


 
  To provide for the training or orientation of individuals, during a 
Presidential transition, who the President intends to appoint to certain 
   key positions, to provide for a study and report on improving the 
financial disclosure process for certain Presidential nominees, and for 
                             other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Presidential Transition Act of 
2000''.

SEC. 2. AMENDMENTS TO PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION ACT OF 1963.

    Section 3(a) of the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 (3 U.S.C. 
102 note) is amended--
        (1) in the matter preceding paragraph (1) by striking 
    ``including--'' and inserting ``including the following:'';
        (2) in each of paragraphs (1) through (6) by striking the 
    semicolon at the end and inserting a period; and
        (3) by adding at the end the following:
        ``(8)(A)(i) Not withstanding subsection (b), payment of 
    expenses during the transition for briefings, workshops, or other 
    activities to acquaint key prospective Presidential appointees with 
    the types of problems and challenges that most typically confront 
    new political appointees when they make the transition from 
    campaign and other prior activities to assuming the responsibility 
    for governance after inauguration.
        ``(ii) Activities under this paragraph may include interchange 
    between such appointees and individuals who--
            ``(I) held similar leadership roles in prior 
        administrations;
            ``(II) are department or agency experts from the Office of 
        Management and Budget or an Office of Inspector General of a 
        department or agency; or
            ``(III) are relevant staff from the General Accounting 
        Office.
        ``(iii) Activities under this paragraph may include training or 
    orientation in records management to comply with section 2203 of 
    title 44, United States Code, including training on the separation 
    of Presidential records and personal records to comply with 
    subsection (b) of that section.
        ``(iv) Activities under this paragraph may include training or 
    orientation in human resources management and performance-based 
    management.
        ``(B) Activities under this paragraph shall be conducted 
    primarily for individuals the President-elect intends to nominate 
    as department heads or appoint to key positions in the Executive 
    Office of the President.
        ``(9)(A) Notwithstanding subsection (b), development of a 
    transition directory by the Administrator of General Services 
    Administration, in consultation with the Archivist of the United 
    States (head of the National Archives and Records Administration) 
    for activities conducted under paragraph (8).
        ``(B) The transition directory shall be a compilation of 
    Federal publications and materials with supplementary materials 
    developed by the Administrator that provides information on the 
    officers, organization, and statutory and administrative 
    authorities, functions, duties, responsibilities, and mission of 
    each department and agency.
        ``(10)(A) Notwithstanding subsection (b), consultation by the 
    Administrator with any candidate for President or Vice President to 
    develop a systems architecture plan for the computer and 
    communications systems of the candidate to coordinate a transition 
    to Federal systems, if the candidate is elected.
        ``(B) Consultations under this paragraph shall be conducted at 
    the discretion of the Administrator.''.

SEC. 3. REPORT ON IMPROVING THE FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE PROCESS FOR 
              PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEES.

    (a) In General.--Not later than 6 months after the date of the 
enactment of this Act, the Office of Government Ethics shall conduct a 
study and submit a report on improvements to the financial disclosure 
process for Presidential nominees required to file reports under 
section 101(b) of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) 
to the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate and the 
Committee on Government Reform of the House of Representatives.
    (b) Content of Report.--
        (1) In general.--The report under this section shall include 
    recommendations and legislative proposals on--
            (A) streamlining, standardizing, and coordinating the 
        financial disclosure process and the requirements of financial 
        disclosure reports under the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 
        (5 U.S.C. App.) for Presidential nominees;
            (B) avoiding duplication of effort and reducing the burden 
        of filing with respect to financial disclosure of information 
        to the White House Office, the Office of Government Ethics, and 
        the Senate; and
            (C) any other relevant matter the Office of Government 
        Ethics determines appropriate.
        (2) Limitation relating to conflicts of interest.--The 
    recommendations and proposals under this subsection shall not (if 
    implemented) have the effect of lessening substantive compliance 
    with any conflict of interest requirement.
    (c) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be 
appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section.

                               Speaker of the House of Representatives.

                            Vice President of the United States and    
                                               President of the Senate.

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