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                 REQUESTS FOR FY 2005 BUDGET AMENDMENTS

                               __________

                             COMMUNICATION

                                  from

                   THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

                              transmitting

     REQUESTS FOR FY 2005 BUDGET AMENDMENTS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF 
AGRICULTURE, DEFENSE, EDUCATION, ENERGY, HOMELAND SECURITY, HOUSING AND 
URBAN DEVELOPMENT, THE INTERIOR, LABOR, AND THE TREASURY; THE CORPS OF 
 ENGINEERS; THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION; AND THE 
   SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. IN ADDITION FY 2004 LANGUAGE 
  PROPOSALS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND THE 
 TREASURY AND FY 2005 BUDGET AMENDMENTS FOR THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH ARE 
                                ENCLOSED

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May 10, 2004.--Referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered 
                             to be printed
                                           The White House,
                                           Washington, May 6, 2004.
 Hon. J. Dennis Hastert,
 Speaker of the House of Representatives,
 Washington, DC.
     Dear Mr. Speaker: I ask the Congress to consider the 
enclosed FY 2005 budget amendments for the Departments of 
Agriculture, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, 
Housing and Urban Development, the Interior, Labor, and the 
Treasury; the Corps of Engineers; the National Aeronautics and 
Space Administration; and the Securities and Exchange 
Commission. In addition, I ask the Congress to consider the 
enclosed FY 2004 language proposals for the Departments of 
Health and Human Services and the Treasury. Overall, the 
discretionary budget authority proposed in my FY 2005 Budget 
would not be increased by these requests.
     This transmittal also contains FY 2005 budget amendments 
for the legislative branch. As a matter of comity, 
appropriations requests of the legislative branch are commonly 
transmitted without change.
     The detail of these proposals are set forth in the 
enclosed letter from the Director of the Office of Management 
and Budget.
             Sincerely,
                                                    George W. Bush.
     Enclosure.
                [Estimate No. 4, 108th Cong., 2d Sess.]

                 Executive Office of the President,
                           Office of Management and Budget,
                                       Washington, DC, May 6, 2004.
The President,
The White House.
    Submitted for your consideration are requests for FY 2005 
budget amendments for the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, 
Education, Energy, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban 
Development, the Interior, Labor, and the Treasury; the Corps 
of Engineers; the National Aeronautics and Space 
Administration; and the Securities and Exchange Commission. In 
addition, this transmittal includes 2004 proposals for the 
Departments of Health and Human Services and the Treasury. 
These proposals are largely technical in nature. Overall, 
discretionary budget authority would not be increased by these 
requests.
    This transmittal also contains FY 2005 budget amendments 
for the Legislative Branch. As a matter of comity, 
appropriations requests for the Legislative Branch are commonly 
transmitted without change.
FY 2005 Amendments
    <bullet> Language is proposed to reflect revised amounts 
designated for the National Guard and Reserve portion of 
several Army and Air Force Procurement accounts, as well as a 
proposal that would reinstate language supporting the Arrow 
Missile Defense Program.
    <bullet> A request to provide $36.0 million for the Elk 
Hill School Lands Fund account in the Department of Energy for 
payment to the State of California is also included. The 
proposal is fully offset by proposed reductions to other Energy 
and Interior accounts.
    <bullet> Language is proposed to reflect the intent of the 
Compact of Freely Associated States Act of 2003 (P.L. 108-188) 
that you signed into law on December 17, 2003, by making 
supplemental educational grants available to the Republic of 
Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.
    <bullet> Several other technical amendments to your FY 2005 
Budget are included in this transmittal for the Departments of 
Agriculture, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, 
the Interior, and the Treasury; the Corps of Engineers; the 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and the 
Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as Government-wide 
General Provisions, as described in detail in the enclosures.
FY 2004 Proposals
    <bullet> Language is proposed to permit the liquidation of 
$0.7 million in obligations incurred prior to November 12, 
2003, for the Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund in the 
Department of Health and Human Services.
    <bullet> Language is also proposed to permit agencies 
funded by the Transportation, Treasury, and Independent 
Agencies Appropriations Act of 2004 to convert work performed 
by Federal employees to performance by a qualified nonprofit 
agency for the blind or other severely disabled individuals.
    <bullet> Language is proposed to ensure that the Secretary 
of the Department of Health and Human Services has the 
flexibility to use his transfer authorities to provide funding 
for the Strategic National Stockpile.
Legislative Branch
    <bullet> This transmittal includes FY 2005 amendments for 
the Senate, Joint Items, Library of Congress, and the 
Congressional-Executive Commission on the People's Republic of 
China. In total, these amendments would increase net 
discretionary resources in your FY 2005 Budget by $2.7 million.
Recommendation
    I have reviewed these proposals and am satisfied that they 
are necessary at this time. Therefore, I join the heads of the 
affected Departments and agencies in recommending that you 
transmit the proposals to Congress.
            Sincerely,
                                          Joshua B. Bolten,
                                                          Director.
    Enclosures.
                        FY 2005 Budget Amendment


             GOVERNMENT-WIDE GENERAL PROVISIONS SECTION 622

FY 2005 Budget Appendix Page: 11
FY 2005 Pending Request: --
Proposed Amendment: Language
Revised Request: --

    (In the appropriations language under the above heading, 
delete ``610'' and substitute 609.)
    This proposal would amend the pending appropriations 
language to reflect correctly the policy proposed in the FY 
2005 Budget that would allow the Joint Financial Management 
Improvement Program to collect funds from its sponsoring 
agencies to fund its administrative costs.
    The proposed budget totals would not be affected by this 
technical language amendment.
                        FY 2005 Budget Amendment


                   GOVERNMENT-WIDE GENERAL PROVISIONS

FY 2005 Budget Appendix Pages: 14-17
FY 2005 Pending Request: --
Proposed Amendment: Language
Revised Request: --

    (In the appropriations language under the above heading, 
insert the following new provision after Sec. 638:)
    Sec. 639. Section 4(b) of the Federal Activities Inventory 
Reform Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-270; 31 U.S.C. 501 note) is 
amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
    ``(5) Executive agencies with fewer than 100 full-time 
employees as of the first day of the fiscal year. However, such 
an agency shall be subject to section 2 to the extent it plans 
to conduct a public-private competition for the performance of 
an activity that is not inherently governmental.''.
    This provision would amend the Federal Activities Inventory 
Reform (FAIR) Act to exempt agencies with fewer than 100 full-
time-equivalent employees from its requirements except where 
the agency planned to conduct a competition. The FAIR Act 
requires the head of each executive agency to submit annually 
to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a 
list of the commercial activities that the agency performs. OMB 
is required to review the list and consult with each agency 
regarding the content of the list.
    The proposed budget totals would not be affected by this 
technical language amendment.
                        FY 2005 Budget Amendment


                       DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


                 Natural Resources Conservation Service


                     WATERSHED SURVEYS AND PLANNING

FY 2005 Budget Appendix Page: 125
FY 2005 Pending Request: --
Proposed Amendment: Language
Revised Request: --

    (In the appropriations language under the above heading, 
delete ``[$5,032,000]''.)
    This proposal would delete an extraneous number 
inadvertently included in the appropriations request and is 
necessary to reflect correctly the policy proposed in the FY 
2005 Budget.
    The proposed budget totals would not be affected by this 
technical language amendment.
                        FY 2005 Budget Amendment


                        DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


               TITLE VII--GENERAL PROVISIONS, SECTION 715

FY 2005 Budget Appendix Page: 194
FY 2005 Pending Request: --
Proposed Amendment: Language
Revised Request: --

     (In the appropriations language under the above heading 
the last sentence of section 715 is amended by deleting the 
word, ``Funds'', and inserting the phrase, $259,875,000 of the 
funds available, and by deleting the phrase, ``for fiscal year 
2005''.)
     This proposal would amend the pending appropriations 
language to reflect clearly the savings assumed in the FY 2005 
Budget generated by making the new FY 2005 funds plus the 
carryover funds permanently unavailable by canceling them.
     The proposed budget totals would not be affected by this 
technical language amendment.
                        FY 2005 Budget Amendment


                        DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


               TITLE VII--GENERAL PROVISIONS, SECTION 724

FY 2005 Budget Appendix Pages: 198-199
FY 2005 Pending Request: --
Proposed Amendment: Language
Revised Request: --

     (In the appropriations language under the above heading 
Section 724 is amended as follows:
          (1) by inserting or any other Act after the phrase, 
        ``by this Act'';
          (2) in subsections (e), (g), (h), (i), and (j), by 
        deleting ``Funds'' each place it occurs and by deleting 
        the phrase, ``for fiscal year 2005'' each place it 
        occurs;
          (3) in subsection (e), by adding $100,000,000 of the 
        funds available before the phrase, ``under such 
        section'';
          (4) in subsection (G), by adding $150,000,000 of the 
        funds available before the phrase, ``under such 
        section'';
          (5) in subsection (h), by adding $30,000,000 of the 
        funds available before the phrase, ``under such 
        section'';
          (6) in subsection (i), by adding $40,000,000 of the 
        funds available before the phrase, ``under such 
        section''; and
          (7) in subsection (j), by adding $80,000,000 of the 
        funds available before the phrase, ``under such 
        section''.)
     This proposal would amend the pending appropriations 
language to reflect correctly the savings assumed in the FY 
2005 Budget generated by making the new FY 2005 funds plus the 
carryover permanently unavailable by canceling them, where 
identified.
     The proposed budget totals would not be affected by this 
technical language amendment.
                        FY 2005 Budget Amendment


                          DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


                        Operation and Maintenance


                     OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL

 FY 2005 Budget Appendix Page: 259
 FY 2005 Pending Request: --
 Proposed Amendment: Language
 Revised Request: --

     (In the appropriations language under the above heading, 
delete ``$242,352,000'' and substitute $242,362,000.)
     This proposal is necessary to reflect correctly the 
Operation and Maintenance portion of the Office of the 
Inspector General account.
     The proposed budget totals would not be affected by this 
technical amendment.
                        FY 2005 Budget Amendment

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