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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, December 23, 1996
Volume 32--Number 51
Pages 2509-2534

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations
    Radio address--2512
    Second term domestic policy team--2527
    Television rating system, briefing--2525
    White House children's Christmas party--2532

Appointments and Nominations

    Education Department, Senior Adviser to the Secretary, remarks--2527
    Energy Department, Secretary, remarks--2527
    Housing and Urban Development Department, Secretary, remarks--2527
    Labor Department, Secretary, remarks--2527
    Small Business Administration, Administrator, remarks--2527
    Transportation Department, Secretary, remarks--2527
    White House Office
        Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, remarks--2527
        Council of Economic Advisers, Chair--2527
        Special Envoy to the Americas, remarks--2527

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Adoption and alternate permanent placement of children in the public 
        child welfare system, memorandum--2513

Executive Orders

    Federal Alternative Fueled Vehicle Leadership--2509

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Old Executive Office Building--2527
        Oval Office--2522, 2525
    News conference with European Union Leaders, December 16 (No. 133)--

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    European Union
        European Commission President Santer--2514
        European Council President Bruton--2514
    Ireland, Prime Minister Bruton--2514, 2522

Statements by the President

    Stabilization Force in Bosnia, approval--2524
    National AIDS Strategy--2524
    U.N. Security Council approval of Secretary-General Annan--2509

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2534
    Checklist of White House press releases--2534
    Digest of other White House announcements--2533
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2534


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Volume 32--Number 51
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Week Ending Friday, December 20, 1996
Statement on the United Nations Security Council Approval of Kofi Annan 
as Secretary-General

December 13, 1996

    I'm delighted by today's vote in the United Nations Security 
Council, selecting Kofi Annan of Ghana to be the new U.N. Secretary-
General. We are hopeful that the General Assembly will concur with the 
Security Council early next week.
    Through his decades of work at the United Nations and in the 
international arena, Kofi Annan has established excellent working 
relations with many countries, including the United States. Over the 
last 4 years as U.N. Undersecretary for Peacekeeping, and throughout his 
impressive career, he has proven himself an able and energetic manager--
professional, impartial, well-versed in the issues at hand, and a true 
proponent of reform. We are confident he will take concrete steps to 
inspire the world to support the U.N., inspire the U.N. to live up to 
its ideals, and transform those ideals into action.
    Since its founding more than half a century ago, the United Nations 
has been a vehicle for peace and progress that has served the interests 
of America and the world. Since taking office, I have worked hard with 
Congress to sustain America's support for the United Nations.
    Precisely because we believe in the United Nations, my 
administration has also led the fight for far-reaching U.N. reform. To 
meet the challenges of the 21st century, the U.N. must keep pace with 
the times--achieving its work with fewer people and resources, reducing 
waste and rationalizing priorities, and producing better results at 
lower costs. The world community needs a United Nations that spends less 
on overhead and outdated agencies and more on services that directly 
benefit people's daily lives.
    I believe the United Nations must have a leader who is committed to 
these goals. That is why I decided we needed a new Secretary-General. I 
knew this would be a controversial decision, but it was the right thing 
to do.
    The outgoing U.N. Secretary General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, is an 
honorable man who has led a great career--from the breakthrough for 
Middle East peace at Camp David to his leadership of the United Nations 
as it celebrated its 50th anniversary. Now, we must prepare the United 
Nations for the demands of the next 50 years. I am confident Kofi Annan 
will rise to this task with conviction.
    I am committed to work closely with the Congress to meet America's 
obligations to the United Nations and to make good on our arrears. And I 
am sure that my nominee for our U.N. Ambassador, Bill Richardson, will 
work effectively with the new Secretary-General to renew and revitalize 
this historic organization to take on the challenges of the future.

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Week Ending Friday, December 20, 1996
Executive Order 13031--Federal Alternative Fueled Vehicle Leadership

December 13, 1996

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and 
the laws of the United States of America, including the Energy Policy 
and Conservation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 6201 et seq.), the Energy 
Policy Act of 1992 (Public Law 102-486) (``the Act''), and section 301 
of title 3, United States Code, and with the knowledge that the use of 
alternative fueled motor vehicles will, in many applications, reduce the 
Nation's dependence on oil, and may create jobs by providing an economic 
stimulus for domestic industry, and may improve the Nation's air

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quality by reducing pollutants in the atmosphere, it is hereby ordered 
as follows:
    Section 1. Federal Leadership and Goals. (a) The purpose of this 
order is to ensure that the Federal Government exercise leadership in 
the use of alternative fueled vehicles (AFVs). To that end, each Federal 
agency shall develop and implement aggressive plans to fulfill the 
alternative fueled vehicle acquisition requirements established by the 
Act. The Act generally requires that, of the vehicles acquired by each 
agency for its fleets, subject to certain conditions specified in 
section 303(b)(1) of the Act, 25 percent should be AFVs in fiscal year 
(FY) 1996, 33 percent in FY 1997, 50 percent in FY 1998, and 75 percent 
in FY 1999 and thereafter. These requirements apply to all agencies, 
regardless of whether they lease vehicles from the General Services 
Administration (GSA) or acquire them elsewhere. That section also 
defines which Federal agency vehicles are covered by the AFV acquisition 
requirements; this order applies to the same vehicles, which are 
primarily general-use vehicles located in metropolitan statistical areas 
with populations of 250,000 or more.
    (b) To the extent practicable, agencies shall use alternative fuels 
in all vehicles capable of using them. Agencies shall continue to work 
together in interagency committees recommended by the Federal Fleet 
Conversion Task Force established by Executive Order 12844 of April 21, 
1993, to coordinate their vehicle acquisitions and placement.
    Sec. 2. Submission of Agency Plans and Reports on Statutory 
Compliance. (a) Sixty (60) days after the date of this Executive order, 
and annually thereafter as part of its budget submission to the Director 
of the Office of Management and Budget, each agency shall submit a 
report on its compliance with sections 303 and 304 of the Act. A copy of 
the report shall also be submitted to the Secretary of Energy and to the 
Administrator of General Services. The report shall state whether the 
agency is in compliance with the Act, and substantiate that statement 
with quantitative data including numbers and types of vehicles acquired 
and the level of their use. At a minimum, the report shall indicate the 
number of vehicles acquired or converted for each fuel type and vehicle 
class, and the total number of vehicles of each fuel type operated by 
the agency. The Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall 
issue further reporting guidance as necessary.
    (b) If an agency has failed to meet the statutory requirements, it 
shall include in its report an explanation for such failure and a plan, 
consistent with the agency's current and requested budgets, for 
achieving compliance with the Act. The plan shall include alternative 
sources of suitable AFVs if the agency's primary vehicle supplier is 
unable to meet the AFV requirements.
    (c) The Secretary of the Department of Energy and the Administrator 
of General Services shall cooperatively analyze the agency AFV reports 
and acquisition plans, and shall submit jointly a summary report to the 
Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
    Sec. 3. Exceptions for Law-Enforcement, Emergency, and National 
Defense Vehicles. Section 303 of the Act allows exemptions to the 
acquisition requirements for law-enforcement, emergency, and vehicles 
acquired and used for military purposes that the Secretary of Defense 
has certified must be exempt for national security reasons. Law 
enforcement vehicles shall include vehicles used for protective 
activities. Each agency that acquires or utilizes any such vehicles 
shall include in its report an explanation of why an exemption is 
claimed with respect to such vehicles.
    Sec. 4. Fulfilling the Acquisition Requirement. (a) Agencies may 
acquire alternative fueled vehicles to meet the requirements of this 
order through lease from GSA, acquisition of original equipment 
manufacturer models, commercial lease, conversion of conventionally 
fueled vehicles, or any combination of these approaches. All vehicles, 
including those converted for alternative fuel use, shall comply with 
all applicable Federal and State emissions and safety standards.
    (b) Based on its own plans and the plans and reports submitted by 
other agencies, the Administrator of General Services shall provide 
planning information to potential AFV suppliers to assist in production 
planning. After consulting with AFV suppliers, the Administrator of 
General Services shall provide to Federal agencies information on the 

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duction plans of AFV suppliers well in advance of budget and ordering 
    (c) As required by section 305 of the Act, the Secretary of Energy, 
in cooperation with the Administrator of General Services, shall 
continue to provide technical assistance to other Federal agencies that 
acquire alternative fueled vehicles and shall facilitate the 
coordination of the Federal Government's alternative fueled vehicle 
    Sec. 5. Vehicle Reporting Credits. The gains in air quality and 
energy security that this order seeks to achieve will be even larger if 
medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are operated on alternative fuels, and 
if ``zero-emissions vehicles'' (ZEVs) are used. Therefore, for the 
purposes of this order, agencies may acquire medium- or heavy-duty 
dedicated alternative fueled vehicles or ZEVs to meet their AFV 

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