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   FIRE ADMINISTRATION AND EARTHQUAKE HAZARDS REDUCTION AUTHORIZATIONS

[[Page 114 STAT. 2298]]

Public Law 106-503
106th Congress

                                 An Act


 
 To authorize appropriations for the United States Fire Administration, 
 and for carrying out the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977, for 
fiscal years 2001, 2002, and 2003, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Nov. 
                       13, 2000 -  [H.R. 1550]>> 

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

TITLE <<NOTE: Fire Administration Authorization Act of 2000.>> I--UNITED 
STATES FIRE ADMINISTRATION

SEC. 101. <<NOTE: 15 USC 2201 note.>> SHORT TITLE.

    This title may be cited as the ``Fire Administration Authorization 
Act of 2000''.

SEC. 102. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    Section 17(g)(1) of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 
1974 (15 U.S.C. 2216(g)(1)) is amended--
            (1) by striking ``and'' at the end of subparagraph (G);
            (2) by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (H) 
        and inserting a semicolon; and
            (3) by adding at the end the following:
            ``(I) $44,753,000 for fiscal year 2001, of which $3,000,000 
        is for research activities, and $250,000 may be used for 
        contracts or grants to non-Federal entities for data analysis, 
        including general fire profiles and special fire analyses and 
        report projects, and of which $6,000,000 is for anti-terrorism 
        training, including associated curriculum development, for fire 
        and emergency services personnel;
            ``(J) $47,800,000 for fiscal year 2002, of which $3,250,000 
        is for research activities, and $250,000 may be used for 
        contracts or grants to non-Federal entities for data analysis, 
        including general fire profiles and special fire analyses and 
        report projects, and of which $7,000,000 is for anti-terrorism 
        training, including associated curriculum development, for fire 
        and emergency services personnel; and
            ``(K) $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2003, of which $3,500,000 
        is for research activities, and $250,000 may be used for 
        contracts or grants to non-Federal entities for data analysis, 
        including general fire profiles and special fire analyses and 
        report projects, and of which $8,000,000 is for anti-terrorism 
        training, including associated curriculum development, for fire 
        and emergency services personnel.''.

[[Page 114 STAT. 2299]]

None of the funds authorized for the United States Fire Administration 
for fiscal year 2002 may be obligated unless the Administrator has 
verified to the Committee on Science of the House of Representatives and 
the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate 
that the obligation of funds is consistent with the strategic plan 
transmitted under section 103 of this Act.

SEC. 103. STRATEGIC PLAN.

    (a) Requirement.--Not <<NOTE: Deadline.>> later than April 30, 2001, 
the Administrator of the United States Fire Administration shall prepare 
and transmit to the Committee on Science of the House of Representatives 
and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate 
a 5-year strategic plan of program activities for the United States Fire 
Administration.

    (b) Contents of Plan.--The plan required by subsection (a) shall 
include--
            (1) a comprehensive mission statement covering the major 
        functions and operations of the United States Fire 
        Administration in the areas of training; research, development, 
        test and evaluation; new technology and non-developmental item 
        implementation; safety; counterterrorism; data collection and 
        analysis; and public education;
            (2) general goals and objectives, including those related to 
        outcomes, for the major functions and operations of the United 
        States Fire Administration;
            (3) a description of how the goals and objectives identified 
        under paragraph (2) are to be achieved, including operational 
        processes, skills and technology, and the human, capital, 
        information, and other resources required to meet those goals 
        and objectives;
            (4) an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of, 
        opportunities for, and threats to the United States Fire 
        Administration;
            (5) an identification of the fire-related activities of the 
        National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department 
        of Defense, and other Federal agencies, and a discussion of how 
        those activities can be coordinated with and contribute to the 
        achievement of the goals and objectives identified under 
        paragraph (2);
            (6) a description of objective, quantifiable performance 
        goals needed to define the level of performance achieved by 
        program activities in training, research, data collection and 
        analysis, and public education, and how these performance goals 
        relate to the general goals and objectives in the strategic 
        plan;
            (7) an identification of key factors external to the United 
        States Fire Administration and beyond its control that could 
        affect significantly the achievement of the general goals and 
        objectives;
            (8) a description of program evaluations used in 
        establishing or revising general goals and objectives, with a 
        schedule for future program evaluations;
            (9) a plan for the timely distribution of information and 
        educational materials to State and local firefighting services, 
        including volunteer, career, and combination services throughout 
        the United States;
            (10) a description of how the strategic plan prepared under 
        this section will be incorporated into the strategic plan and

[[Page 114 STAT. 2300]]

        the performance plans and reports of the Federal Emergency 
        Management Agency;
            (11)(A) a description of the current and planned use of the 
        Internet for the delivery of training courses by the National 
        Fire Academy, including a listing of the types of courses and a 
        description of each course's provisions for real time 
        interaction between instructor and students, the number of 
        students enrolled, and the geographic distribution of students, 
        for the most recent fiscal year;
            (B) an assessment of the availability and actual use by the 
        National Fire Academy of Federal facilities suitable for 
        distance education applications, including facilities with 
        teleconferencing capabilities; and
            (C) an assessment of the benefits and problems associated 
        with delivery of instructional courses using the Internet, 
        including limitations due to network bandwidth at training 
        sites, the availability of suitable course materials, and the 
        effectiveness of such courses in terms of student performance;
            (12) timeline for implementing the plan; and
            (13) the expected costs for implementing the plan.

SEC. 104. RESEARCH AGENDA.

    (a) Requirement.--Not <<NOTE: Deadline.>> later than 120 days after 
the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the United 
States Fire Administration, in consultation with the Director of the 
Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Director of the National 
Institute of Standards and Technology, representatives of trade, 
professional, and non-profit associations, State and local firefighting 
services, and other appropriate entities, shall prepare and transmit to 
the Committee on Science of the House of Representatives and the 
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a 
report describing the United States Fire Administration's research 
agenda and including a plan for implementing that agenda.

    (b) Contents of Report.--The report required by subsection (a) 
shall--
            (1) identify research priorities;
            (2) describe how the proposed research agenda will be 
        coordinated and integrated with the programs and capabilities of 
        the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the 
        Department of Defense, and other Federal agencies;
            (3) identify potential roles of academic, trade, 
        professional, and non-profit associations, and other research 
        institutions in achieving the research agenda;
            (4) provide cost estimates, anticipated personnel needs, and 
        a schedule for completing the various elements of the research 
        agenda;
            (5) describe ways to leverage resources through 
        partnerships, cooperative agreements, and other means; and
            (6) discuss how the proposed research agenda will enhance 
        training, improve State and local firefighting services, impact 
        standards and codes, increase firefighter and public safety, and 
        advance firefighting techniques.

    (c) Use in Preparing Strategic Plan.--The research agenda prepared 
under this section shall be used in the preparation of the strategic 
plan required by section 103.

[[Page 114 STAT. 2301]]

SEC. 105. SURPLUS AND EXCESS FEDERAL EQUIPMENT.

    The Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 is amended by 
adding at the end the following new section:

``SEC. 33. <<NOTE: 15 USC 2229.>> SURPLUS AND EXCESS FEDERAL EQUIPMENT.

    ``The Administrator shall make publicly available, including through 
the Internet, information on procedures for acquiring surplus and excess 
equipment or property that may be useful to State and local fire, 
emergency, and hazardous material handling service providers.''.

SEC. 106. COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH FEDERAL FACILITIES.

    The Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, as amended by 
section 105, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

``SEC. 34. <<NOTE: 15 USC 2230.>> COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH FEDERAL 
            FACILITIES.

    ``The <<NOTE: Public information. Internet.>> Administrator shall 
make publicly available, including through the Internet, information on 
procedures for establishing cooperative agreements between State and 
local fire and emergency services and Federal facilities in their region 
relating to the provision of fire and emergency services.''.

SEC. 107. NEED FOR ADDITIONAL TRAINING IN COUNTERTERRORISM.

    (a) In General.--The Administrator of the United States Fire 
Administration shall conduct an assessment of the need for additional 
capabilities for Federal counterterrorism training of emergency response 
personnel.
    (b) Contents of Assessment.--The assessment conducted under this 
section shall include--
            (1) a review of the counterterrorism training programs 
        offered by the United States Fire Administration and other 
        Federal agencies;
            (2) an estimate of the number and types of emergency 
        response personnel that have, during the period between January 
        1, 1994, and October 1, 1999, sought training described in 
        paragraph (1), but have been unable to receive that training as 
        a result of the oversubscription of the training capabilities; 
        and
            (3) a recommendation on the need to provide additional 
        Federal counterterrorism training centers, including--
                    (A) an analysis of existing Federal facilities that 
                could be used as counterterrorism training facilities; 
                and
                    (B) a cost-benefit analysis of the establishment of 
                such counterterrorism training facilities.

    (c) Report.--Not <<NOTE: Deadline.>> later than 180 days after the 
date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall prepare and 
submit to the Congress a report on the results of the assessment 
conducted under this section.

SEC. 108. WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE FIRE SAFETY RESEARCH PROGRAM.

    From the funds authorized to be appropriated by the amendments made 
by section 102, $1,000,000 may be expended for the Worcester Polytechnic 
Institute fire safety research program.

[[Page 114 STAT. 2302]]

SEC. 109. INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION.

    Upon the conclusion of the research under a research grant or award 
of $50,000 made with funds authorized by this title (or any amendments 
made by this title), the Administrator of the United States Fire 
Administration shall make available through the Internet home page of 
the Administration a brief summary of the results and importance of such 
research grant or award. Nothing in this section shall be construed to 
require or permit the release of any information prohibited by law or 
regulation from being released to the public.

SEC. 110. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS AND REPEALS.

    (a) 1974 Act.--
            (1) In general.--The Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act 
        of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 2201 et seq.) is amended--
                    (A) by striking subsection (b) of section 10 (15 
                U.S.C. 2209) and redesignating subsection (c) of that 
                section as subsection (b);
                    (B) by striking sections 26 and 27 (15 U.S.C. 2222; 
                2223);
                    (C) by striking ``(a) The'' in section 24 (15 U.S.C. 
                2220) and inserting ``The''; and
                    (D) by striking subsection (b) of section 24.
            (2) References to secretary.--The Federal Fire Prevention 
        and Control Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 2201 et seq.) is amended--
                    (A) in section 4 (15 U.S.C. 2203)--
                          (i) by inserting ``and'' after the semicolon 
                      in paragraph (7);
                          (ii) by striking paragraph (8); and
                          (iii) by redesignating paragraph (9) as 
                      paragraph (8);
                    (B) by striking ``Secretary'' and inserting 
                ``Director''--
                          (i) in section 5(b) (15 U.S.C. 2204(b));
                          (ii) each place it appears in section 7 (15 
                      U.S.C. 2206);
                          (iii) the first place it appears in section 
                      11(c) (15 U.S.C. 2210(c));
                          (iv) in section 15(b)(2), (c), and (f ) (15 
                      U.S.C. 2214(b)(2), (c), and (f ));
                          (v) the second place it appears in section 
                      15(e)(1)(A) (15 U.S.C. 2214(e)(1)(A));
                          (vi) in section 16 (15 U.S.C. 2215);
                          (vii) the second place it appears in section 
                      19(a) (42 U.S.C. 290a(a));
                          (viii) both places it appears in section 20 

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