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H.R. 5162 (ih) To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to create an independent and nonpartisan commission to assess the health care needs of the uninsured and to monitor the financial stability of the Nation's health care safety net. [Introduced in...
108th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 5161 To provide for counterproliferation measures. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES September 28, 2004 Mrs. Tauscher (for herself, Mr. Spratt, and Mr. Meehan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To provide for counterproliferation measures. 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 ``The 9-11 Commission Combating Proliferation Implementation Act''. TITLE I--OFFICE FOR COMBATING THE PROLIFERATION OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION SEC. 101. OFFICE FOR COMBATING THE PROLIFERATION OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. (a) Establishment.--There is established within the Executive Office of the President an office to be known as the ``Office for Combating the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction'' (in this title referred to as the ``Office''). (b) Officers.--(1) The head of the Office shall be the Director of the Office. (2) There shall be a Deputy Director of the Office, who shall-- (A) assist the Director in carrying out the responsibilities of the Director under this title; and (B) serve as Acting Director in the absence of the Director and during any vacancy in the office of Director. (3) The Director and Deputy Director-- (A) shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate; and (B) shall serve at the pleasure of the President. (4) No person shall serve as Director or Deputy Director while serving in any other position in the Federal Government. (c) Responsibilities.--Subject to the direction and control of the President, the responsibilities of the Director shall include the following: (1) To develop policies, goals, objectives, and priorities for the United States for preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. (2) To serve as the principal advisor to the President with respect to those policies, goals, objectives, and priorities. (3) To develop a comprehensive strategy for the United States for the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, to be known as the ``Strategy for Combating the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction'' (in this title referred to as the ``Strategy''). (4) To coordinate, oversee, and evaluate the implementation and execution of the Strategy by the agencies of the Federal Government with responsibilities for preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. (5) To direct the development of comprehensive annual budgets submitted under section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, for the programs and activities under the Strategy. (6) To certify to the President, prior to the submission to Congress of each annual budget under that section, whether the budget for each element of preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is consistent with and adequate for carrying out the Strategy. (7) To carry out any other responsibilities relating to development, coordination, funding, and implementation of United States policy on the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction that the President considers appropriate. (d) Authorities of the Director.--In carrying out subsection (c), the Director shall have authority to-- (1) develop and present to the President annual unified budgets for the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including the authorities to-- (A) provide guidance on the development of annual budgets for each element of the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; (B) direct, coordinate, and modify the annual budgets of the elements of the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in consultation with the heads of those elements; and (C) approve the budget of each element of the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction before that budget may be provided to the President for transmission to the Congress; (2) transfer between accounts and agencies funds appropriated and associated resources available for the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and detail personnel when the Director makes a determination that doing so is necessary in order to-- (A) respond to an emergent risk of proliferation; (B) eliminate duplication of effort; or (C) significantly increase programmatic efficiency; (3) select, appoint, employ, and fix compensation of such officers and employees of the Office as may be necessary to carry out the functions of the Office; (4) subject to subsection (e)(3), request the head of a department or agency, or program of the Federal Government to place department, agency, or program personnel who are engaged in activities involving the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction on temporary detail to another department, agency, or program in order to implement the Strategy, and the head of the department or agency shall comply with such a request; (5) use for administrative purposes, on a reimbursable basis, the available services, equipment, personnel, and facilities of Federal agencies; (6) procure the services of experts and consultants in accordance with section 3109 of title 5, United States Code, relating to appointments in the Federal Service, at rates of compensation for individuals not to exceed the daily equivalent of the rate of pay payable under level IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5311 of that title; (7) use the mails in the same manner as any other department or agency of the executive branch; and (8) monitor implementation of the Strategy, including-- (A) conducting program and performance audits and evaluations; and (B) requesting assistance from the Inspector General of the relevant agency in such audits and evaluations. (e) Personnel Detailed to Office.--(1) Notwithstanding any provision of chapter 43 of title 5, United States Code, the Director shall perform the evaluation of the performance of any employee detailed to the Office for purposes of the applicable performance appraisal system established under that chapter for any rating period, or part thereof, that the employee is detailed to the Office. (2)(A) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Director may provide periodic bonus payments to any employee detailed to the Office. (B) An amount paid under this paragraph to an employee for any period-- (i) shall not be greater than 20 percent of the basic pay paid or payable to such employee for such period; and (ii) shall be in addition to the basic pay of such employee. (C) The aggregate amount paid during any fiscal year to an employee detailed to the Office as basic pay, awards, bonuses, and other compensation shall not exceed the annual rate payable at the end of such fiscal year for positions at level III of the Executive Schedule. (3) The maximum number of personnel who may be detailed to another department or agency (including the office) under subsection (d)(1) during any fiscal year is-- (A) for the Department of Defense, 5; (B) for the Department of Energy, 5; (C) for the Department of State, 5; and (D) for any other department or agency, 2. (4) A transfer or detail under paragraph (1)(A) shall expire on the last day of the fiscal year after the fiscal year in which it is ordered by the Director unless extended by law or by an official having authority to extend it further. (f) Report on Strategic Plan.--(1) Not later than June 1, 2005, the Director shall submit to Congress the Strategy developed under subsection (c)(3), together with any recommendations of the Director for legislative changes that the Director considers appropriate with respect to either the Strategy and its implementation or the Office. (2) Not later than December 31 of each year after 2004, the Director shall submit to the Congress an updated Strategy and any such recommendations. (g) Global Coalition.--(1) The Director shall develop the Strategy and, in consultation with the Secretary of State, carry out the programs for which the Director is responsible in coordination with appropriate officials of the foreign governments concerned. (2) In consultation with the Secretary of State, the Director shall seek to develop and provide leadership for a coalition of United States and foreign governments committed to achieving the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction through programs similar to those specified in section 103. (h) Oversight by Congress.--The location of the Office in the Executive Office of the President shall not be construed as affecting access by Congress, or any committee of Congress, to-- (1) any information, document, record, or paper in the possession of the Office or any study conducted by or at the direction of the Director; or (2) any personnel of the Office, including the Director. (i) Pay of Director and of Deputy Director.--Chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in section 5312, by inserting after the item relating to the Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System the following new item: ``Director of the Office for Combating the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.''. (2) in section 5313, by inserting after the item relating to the Under Secretary for Transportation the following new item: ``Deputy Director of the Office for Combating the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.''. SEC. 102. REQUEST FOR CORRESPONDING RUSSIAN DIRECTOR. It is the sense of the Congress that, as soon as practical, the President should personally request the President of the Russian Federation to designate an official of the Russian Federation having authorities and responsibilities for the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction commensurate with those of the Director and with whom the Director should coordinate with respect to the planning and implementation in the Russian Federation of activities having the purpose of securing weapons of mass destruction. SEC. 103. SCOPE. In this title: (1) The term ``prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction'' includes activities under-- (A) the programs specified in section 1501(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 (Public Law 104-201; 110 Stat. 2731; 50 U.S.C. 2362 note); (B) the programs for which appropriations are authorized by section 3101(a)(2) of the Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-314; 116 Stat. 2458); (C) programs authorized by section 504 of the Freedom for Russia and Emerging Eurasian Democracies and Open Markets Support Act of 1992 (the FREEDOM Support Act) (22 U.S.C. 5354) and programs authorized by section 1412 of the Former Soviet Union Demilitarization Act of 1992 (22 U.S.C. 5902); and (D) a program of any agency of the Federal Government having a purpose similar to that of any of the programs identified in subparagraphs (A) through (C), as designated by the Director and the head of the agency. (2) The term ``weapons of mass destruction'' means chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, and chemical, biological, and nuclear materials that can be used in the manufacture of such weapons. TITLE II--ACCELERATION OF REMOVAL AND SECURITY OF FISSILE MATERIALS SEC. 201. ACCELERATION OF REMOVAL OR SECURITY OF FISSILE MATERIALS, RADIOLOGICAL MATERIALS, AND RELATED EQUIPMENT AT VULNERABLE SITES WORLDWIDE. (a) Sense of Congress.--(1) It is the sense of Congress that the security, including the rapid removal or secure storage, of high-risk, proliferation-attractive fissile materials, radiological materials, and related equipment at vulnerable sites worldwide should be a top priority among the activities to achieve the national security of the United States. (2) It is the sense of Congress that the President may establish in the Department of Energy a task force to be known as the Task Force on Nuclear Materials to carry out the program authorized by subsection (b). (b) Program Authorized.--The Secretary of Energy may carry out a program to undertake an accelerated, comprehensive worldwide effort to mitigate the threats posed by high-risk, proliferation-attractive fissile materials, radiological materials, and related equipment located at sites potentially vulnerable to theft or diversion. (c) Program Elements.--(1) Activities under the program under subsection (b) may include the following: (A) Accelerated efforts to secure, remove, or eliminate proliferation-attractive fissile materials or radiological materials in research reactors, other reactors, and other facilities worldwide. (B) Arrangements for the secure shipment of proliferation- attractive fissile materials, radiological materials, and related equipment to other countries willing to accept such materials and equipment, or to the United States if such countries cannot be identified, and the provision of secure storage or disposition of such materials and equipment following shipment. (C) The transportation of proliferation-attractive fissile materials, radiological materials, and related equipment from sites identified as proliferation risks to secure facilities in other countries or in the United States. (D) The processing and packaging of proliferation- attractive fissile materials, radiological materials, and related equipment in accordance with required standards for transport, storage, and disposition. (E) The provision of interim security upgrades for vulnerable, proliferation-attractive fissile materials and radiological materials and related equipment pending their removal from their current sites. (F) The utilization of funds to upgrade security and accounting at sites where proliferation-attractive fissile
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