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Public Law 106-377
106th Congress

                                 An Act


 
   Making appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and 
 Housing and Urban Development, <<NOTE: Oct. 27, 2000 -  [H.R. 4635]>>  
and for sundry independent agencies, boards, commissions, corporations, 
and offices for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, 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. <<NOTE: Incorporation by reference.>>  (a) The provisions 
of the following bills of the 106th Congress are hereby enacted into 
law:
            (1) H.R. 5482, as introduced on October 18, 2000.
            (2) H.R. 5483, as introduced on October 18, 2000.

    (b) <<NOTE: Publication. 1 USC 112 note.>> In publishing this Act in 
slip form and in the United States Statutes at Large pursuant to section 
112 of title 1, United States Code, the Archivist of the United States 
shall include after the date of approval at the end appendixes setting 
forth the texts of the bills referred to in subsection (a) of this 
section.

    Approved October 27, 2000.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 4635:
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HOUSE REPORTS: Nos. 106-674 (Comm. on Appropriations) and 106-988 (Comm. 
of Conference).
SENATE REPORTS: No. 106-410 (Comm. on Appropriations).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 146 (2000):
            June 19-21, considered and passed House.
            Oct. 12, considered and passed Senate, amended.
            Oct. 19, House and Senate agreed to conference report.
WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS, Vol. 36 (2000):
            Oct. 27, Presidential statement.
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    ENDNOTE: The following appendixes were added pursuant to the 
provisions of section 1 of this Act.

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                            TABLE OF CONTENTS

                  The table of contents is as follows:

                          APPENDIX A--H.R. 5482

                          APPENDIX B--H.R. 5483

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                          APPENDIX A--H.R. 5482

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, 2001, 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), $22,766,276,000, to remain available 
until expended: Provided, That not to exceed $17,419,000 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.

                          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, $1,634,000,000, to remain available 
until expended: Provided, That expenses for

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rehabilitation program services and assistance which the Secretary is 
authorized to provide under section 3104(a) of title 38, United States 
Code, other than under subsection (a)(1), (2), (5) and (11) of that 
section, shall be charged to the account: Provided further, 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, $19,850,000, 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 2001, 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, $162,000,000, 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 $3,400.
    In addition, for administrative expenses necessary to carry out the 
direct loan program, $220,000, 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, $52,000, 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 $2,726,000.

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    In addition, for administrative expenses necessary to carry out the 
direct loan program, $432,000, 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, $532,000, 
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)

    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 U.S.C. 
chapter 17, and the Federal Medical Care Recovery Act, 42 U.S.C. 2651 et 
seq., $20,281,587,000, 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, 2001, and shall remain 
available until September 30, 2002: Provided further, That of the funds 
made available under this heading, not to exceed $500,000,000 shall

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be available until September 30, 2002: Provided further, That of the 
funds made available under this heading, not to exceed $28,134,000 may 
be transferred to and merged with the appropriation for ``General 
operating expenses'': Provided further, That the Secretary of Veterans 
Affairs 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.
    None of the foregoing funds may be transferred to the Department of 
Justice for the purposes of supporting tobacco litigation.

                     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, 2002, $351,000,000, 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, $62,000,000 plus reimbursements: Provided, 
That technical and consulting services offered by the Facilities 
Management Field Service, including project management and 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, 2001.

                       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, $1,050,000,000: Provided, That expenses for services and 
assistance authorized under 38 U.S.C. 3104(a)(1),

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(2), (5) and (11) that the Secretary determines are necessary to enable 
entitled veterans: (1) to the maximum extent feasible, to become 

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