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Public Law 106-74
106th Congress

                                 An Act


 
   Making appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and 
  Housing and Urban Development, and for sundry independent agencies, 
   boards, commissions, corporations, and offices for the fiscal year 
  ending September 30, 2000, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Oct. 20, 
                         1999 -  [H.R. 2684]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States <<NOTE: Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and 
Urban Development, Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000.>>  of 
America in Congress assembled, That the following sums are appropriated, 
out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the 
Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and 
for sundry independent agencies, boards, commissions, corporations, and 
offices for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2000, and for other 
purposes, namely:

                 TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

                    Veterans Benefits Administration

                        compensation and pensions

                     (including transfers of funds)

    For the payment of compensation benefits to or on behalf of veterans 
and a pilot program for disability examinations as authorized by law (38 
U.S.C. 107, chapters 11, 13, 18, 51, 53, 55, and 61); pension benefits 
to or on behalf of veterans as authorized by law (38 U.S.C. chapters 15, 
51, 53, 55, and 61; 92 Stat. 2508); and burial benefits, emergency and 
other officers' retirement pay, adjusted-service credits and 
certificates, payment of premiums due on commercial life insurance 
policies guaranteed under the provisions of Article IV of the Soldiers' 
and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940, as amended, and for other 
benefits as authorized by law (38 U.S.C. 107, 1312, 1977, and 2106, 
chapters 23, 51, 53, 55, and 61; 50 U.S.C. App. 540-548; 43 Stat. 122, 
123; 45 Stat. 735; 76 Stat. 1198), $21,568,364,000, to remain available 
until expended: Provided, That not to exceed $17,932,000 of the amount 
appropriated shall be reimbursed to ``General operating expenses'' and 
``Medical care'' for necessary expenses in implementing those provisions 
authorized in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, and in the 
Veterans' Benefits Act of 1992 (38 U.S.C. chapters 51, 53, and 55), the 
funding source for which is specifically provided as the ``Compensation 
and pensions'' appropriation: Provided further, That such sums as may be 
earned on an actual qualifying patient basis, shall be reimbursed to 
``Medical facilities revolving fund'' to augment the funding of 
individual medical facilities for nursing home care provided to 
pensioners as authorized.

[[Page 113 STAT. 1048]]

                          readjustment benefits

    For the payment of readjustment and rehabilitation benefits to or on 
behalf of veterans as authorized by 38 U.S.C. chapters 21, 30, 31, 34, 
35, 36, 39, 51, 53, 55, and 61, $1,469,000,000, to remain available 
until expended: Provided, That funds shall be available to pay any court 
order, court award or any compromise settlement arising from litigation 
involving the vocational training program authorized by section 18 of 
Public Law 98-77, as amended.

                   veterans insurance and indemnities

    For military and naval insurance, national service life insurance, 
servicemen's indemnities, service-disabled veterans insurance, and 
veterans mortgage life insurance as authorized by 38 U.S.C. chapter 19; 
70 Stat. 887; 72 Stat. 487, $28,670,000, to remain available until 
expended.

          veterans housing benefit program fund program account

                      (including transfer of funds)

    For the cost of direct and guaranteed loans, such sums as may be 
necessary to carry out the program, as authorized by 38 U.S.C. chapter 
37, as amended: Provided, That such costs, including the cost of 
modifying such loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as amended: Provided further, That 
during fiscal year 2000, within the resources available, not to exceed 
$300,000 in gross obligations for direct loans are authorized for 
specially adapted housing loans.
    In addition, for administrative expenses to carry out the direct and 
guaranteed loan programs, $156,958,000, which may be transferred to and 
merged with the appropriation for ``General operating expenses''.

                   education loan fund program account

                      (including transfer of funds)

    For the cost of direct loans, $1,000, as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 
3698, as amended: Provided, That such costs, including the cost of 
modifying such loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as amended: Provided further, That 
these funds are available to subsidize gross obligations for the 
principal amount of direct loans not to exceed $3,000.
    In addition, for administrative expenses necessary to carry out the 
direct loan program, $214,000, which may be transferred to and merged 
with the appropriation for ``General operating expenses''.

             vocational rehabilitation loans program account

                      (including transfer of funds)

    For the cost of direct loans, $57,000, as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 
chapter 31, as amended: Provided, That such costs, including the cost of 
modifying such loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as amended: Provided further, That 
these funds are available to subsidize gross obligations for the 
principal amount of direct loans not to exceed $2,531,000.

[[Page 113 STAT. 1049]]

    In addition, for administrative expenses necessary to carry out the 
direct loan program, $415,000, which may be transferred to and merged 
with the appropriation for ``General operating expenses''.

          native american veteran housing loan program account

                      (including transfer of funds)

    For administrative expenses to carry out the direct loan program 
authorized by 38 U.S.C. chapter 37, subchapter V, as amended, $520,000, 
which may be transferred to and merged with the appropriation for 
``General operating expenses''.

  guaranteed transitional housing loans for homeless veterans program 
                                 account

                      (including transfer of funds)

    For the cost, as defined in section 13201 of the Budget Enforcement 
Act of 1990, including the cost of modifying loans, of guaranteed loans 
as authorized by 38 U.S.C. chapter 37 subchapter VI, $48,250,000, to 
remain available until expended: Provided, That no more than five loans 
may be guaranteed under this program prior to November 11, 2001: 
Provided further, That no more than 15 loans may be guaranteed under 
this program: Provided further, That the total principal amount of loans 
guaranteed under this program may not exceed $100,000,000: Provided 
further, That not to exceed $750,000 of the amounts appropriated by this 
Act for ``General operating expenses'' and ``Medical care'' may be 
expended for the administrative expenses to carry out the guaranteed 
loan program authorized by 38 U.S.C. chapter 37, subchapter VI.

                     Veterans Health Administration

                              medical care

                      (including transfer of funds)

    For necessary expenses for the maintenance and operation of 
hospitals, nursing homes, and domiciliary facilities; for furnishing, as 
authorized by law, inpatient and outpatient care and treatment to 
beneficiaries of the Department of Veterans Affairs, including care and 
treatment in facilities not under the jurisdiction of the department; 
and furnishing recreational facilities, supplies, and equipment; 
funeral, burial, and other expenses incidental thereto for beneficiaries 
receiving care in the department; administrative expenses in support of 
planning, design, project management, real property acquisition and 
disposition, construction and renovation of any facility under the 
jurisdiction or for the use of the department; oversight, engineering 
and architectural activities not charged to project cost; repairing, 
altering, improving or providing facilities in the several hospitals and 
homes under the jurisdiction of the department, not otherwise provided 
for, either by contract or by the hire of temporary employees and 
purchase of materials; uniforms or allowances therefor, as authorized by 
5 U.S.C. 5901-5902; aid to State homes as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 1741; 
administrative and legal expenses of the department for collecting and 
recovering amounts owed the department as authorized under 38

[[Page 113 STAT. 1050]]

U.S.C. chapter 17, and the Federal Medical Care Recovery Act, 42 U.S.C. 
2651 et seq.; and not to exceed $8,000,000 to fund cost comparison 
studies as referred to in 38 U.S.C. 8110(a)(5), $19,006,000,000, plus 
reimbursements: Provided, That of the funds made available under this 
heading, $900,000,000 is for the equipment and land and structures 
object classifications only, which amount shall not become available for 
obligation until August 1, 2000, and shall remain available until 
September 30, 2001: Provided further, That of the funds made available 
under this heading, not to exceed $900,000,000 shall be available until 
September 30, 2001: Provided further, That of the funds made available 
under this heading, not to exceed $27,907,000 may be transferred to and 
merged with the appropriation for ``General operating expenses'': 
Provided further, That <<NOTE: Contracts.>>  the department shall 
conduct by contract a program of recovery audits for the fee basis and 
other medical services contracts with respect to payments for hospital 
care; and, notwithstanding 31 U.S.C. 3302(b), amounts collected, by 
setoff or otherwise, as the result of such audits shall be available, 
without fiscal year limitation, for the purposes for which funds are 
appropriated under this heading and the purposes of paying a contractor 
a percent of the amount collected as a result of an audit carried out by 
the contractor: Provided further, That all amounts so collected under 
the preceding proviso with respect to a designated health care region 
(as that term is defined in 38 U.S.C. 1729A(d)(2)) shall be allocated, 
net of payments to the contractor, to that region.

    In addition, in conformance with Public Law 105-33 establishing the 
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Care Collections Fund, such sums 
as may be deposited to such Fund pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 1729A may be 
transferred to this account, to remain available until expended for the 
purposes of this account.

                     medical and prosthetic research

    For necessary expenses in carrying out programs of medical and 
prosthetic research and development as authorized by 38 U.S.C. chapter 
73, to remain available until September 30, 2001, $321,000,000, plus 
reimbursements.

       medical administration and miscellaneous operating expenses

    For necessary expenses in the administration of the medical, 
hospital, nursing home, domiciliary, construction, supply, and research 
activities, as authorized by law; administrative expenses in support of 
capital policy activities, $59,703,000 plus reimbursements: Provided, 
That project technical and consulting services offered by the Facilities 
Management Service Delivery Office, including technical consulting 
services, project management, real property administration (including 
leases, site acquisition and disposal activities directly supporting 
projects), shall be provided to Department of Veterans Affairs 
components only on a reimbursable basis, and such amounts will remain 
available until September 30, 2000.

[[Page 113 STAT. 1051]]

                    general post fund, national homes

                      (including transfer of funds)

    For the cost of direct loans, $7,000, as authorized by Public Law 
102-54, section 8, which shall be transferred from the ``General post 
fund'': Provided, That such costs, including the cost of modifying such 
loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget 
Act of 1974, as amended: Provided further, That these funds are 
available to subsidize gross obligations for the principal amount of 
direct loans not to exceed $70,000.
    In addition, for administrative expenses to carry out the direct 
loan programs, $54,000, which shall be transferred from the ``General 
post fund'', as authorized by Public Law 102-54, section 8.

                       Departmental Administration

                       general operating expenses

    For necessary operating expenses of the Department of Veterans 
Affairs, not otherwise provided for, including uniforms or allowances 
therefor; not to exceed $25,000 for official reception and 
representation expenses; hire of passenger motor vehicles; and 
reimbursement of the General Services Administration for security guard 
services, and the Department of Defense for the cost of overseas 
employee mail, $912,594,000: Provided, That of the funds made available 
under this heading, not to exceed $45,600,000 shall be available until 
September 30, 2001: Provided further, That funds under this heading 
shall be available to administer the Service Members Occupational 
Conversion and Training Act.

                    national cemetery administration

                      (including transfer of funds)

    For necessary expenses for the maintenance and operation of the 
National Cemetery Administration, not otherwise provided for, including 
uniforms or allowances therefor; cemeterial expenses as authorized by 
law; purchase of two passenger motor vehicles for use in cemeterial 
operations; and hire of passenger motor vehicles, $97,256,000: Provided, 
That of the amount made available under this heading, not to exceed 
$117,000 may be transferred to and merged with the appropriation for 
``General operating expenses''.

                       office of inspector general

                      (including transfer of funds)

    For necessary expenses of the Office of Inspector General in 
carrying out the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, $43,200,000: 
Provided, That of the amount made available under this heading, not to 
exceed $30,000 may be transferred to and merged with the appropriation 
for ``General operating expenses''.

                      construction, major projects

    For constructing, altering, extending and improving any of the 
facilities under the jurisdiction or for the use of the Department of 
Veterans Affairs, or for any of the purposes set forth in sections 316, 
2404, 2406, 8102, 8103, 8106, 8108, 8109, 8110, and 8122

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