H.R. 1272 (105th): Fire Administration Authorization Act of 1997

105th Congress, 1997–1998. Text as of Apr 24, 1997 (Referred to Senate Committee).

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HR 1272 RFS

105th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1272

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 24, 1997

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


AN ACT

To authorize appropriations for fiscal years 1998 and 1999 for the United States Fire Administration, 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. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Fire Administration Authorization Act of 1997’.

SEC. 2. 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 (E);

      (2) by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (F) and inserting in lieu thereof a semicolon; and

      (3) by adding at the end the following new subparagraphs:

      ‘(G) $29,600,000 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1998; and

      ‘(H) $30,500,000 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1999.’.

SEC. 3. SUCCESSOR FIRE SAFETY STANDARDS.

    The Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 is amended--

      (1) in section 29(a)(1), by inserting ‘, or any successor standard thereto,’ after ‘Association Standard 74’;

      (2) in section 29(a)(2), by inserting ‘or any successor standards thereto,’ after ‘whichever is appropriate,’;

      (3) in section 29(b)(2), by inserting ‘, or any successor standards thereto’ after ‘Association Standard 13 or 13-R’;

      (4) in section 31(c)(2)(B)(i), by inserting ‘or any successor standard thereto,’ after ‘Life Safety Code),’; and

      (5) in section 31(c)(2)(B)(ii), by inserting ‘or any successor standard thereto,’ after ‘Association Standard 101,’.

SEC. 4. TERMINATION OR PRIVATIZATION OF FUNCTIONS.

    The Administrator of the United States Fire Administration shall transmit to Congress a report providing notice at least 60 days in advance of the termination or transfer to a private sector entity of any significant function of the United States Fire Administration.

SEC. 5. LIMITATIONS.

    (a) PROHIBITION OF LOBBYING ACTIVITIES- None of the funds authorized by the amendments made by this Act shall be available for any activity whose purpose is to influence legislation pending before the Congress, except that this subsection shall not prevent officers or employees of the United States or of its departments or agencies from communicating to Members of Congress on the request of any Member or to Congress, through the proper channels, requests for legislation or appropriations which they deem necessary for the efficient conduct of the public business.

    (b) LIMITATION ON APPROPRIATIONS- No sums are authorized to be appropriated to the Administrator of the United States Fire Administration for fiscal years 1998 and 1999 for the activities for which sums are authorized by the amendments made by this Act, unless such sums are specifically authorized to be appropriated by the amendments made by this Act.

    (c) ELIGIBILITY FOR AWARDS-

      (1) IN GENERAL- The Administrator of the United States Fire Administration shall exclude from consideration for grant agreements made by the Administration after fiscal year 1997 any person who received funds, other than those described in paragraph (2), appropriated for a fiscal year after fiscal year 1997, under a grant agreement from any Federal funding source for a project that was not subjected to a competitive, merit-based award process. Any exclusion from consideration pursuant to this subsection shall be effective for a period of 5 years after the person receives such Federal funds.

      (2) EXCEPTION- Paragraph (1) shall not apply to the receipt of Federal funds by a person due to the membership of that person in a class specified by law for which assistance is awarded to members of the class according to a formula provided by law.

      (3) DEFINITION- For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘grant agreement’ means a legal instrument whose principal purpose is to transfer a thing of value to the recipient to carry out a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by a law of the United States, and does not include the acquisition (by purchase, lease, or barter) of property or services for the direct benefit or use of the United States Government. Such term does not include a cooperative agreement (as such term is used in section 6305 of title 31, United States Code) or a cooperative research and development agreement (as such term is defined in section 12(d)(1) of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (15 U.S.C. 3710a(d)(1))).

SEC. 6. NOTICE.

    (a) NOTICE OF REPROGRAMMING- If any funds authorized by the amendments made by this Act are subject to a reprogramming action that requires notice to be provided to the Appropriations Committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate, notice of such action shall concurrently be provided to the Committee on Science of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate.

    (b) NOTICE OF REORGANIZATION- The Administrator of the United States Fire Administration shall provide notice to the Committees on Science and Appropriations of the House of Representatives, and the Committees on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and Appropriations of the Senate, not later than 15 days before any major reorganization of any program, project, or activity of the United States Fire Administration.

SEC. 7. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON THE YEAR 2000 PROBLEM.

    With the year 2000 fast approaching, it is the sense of Congress that the United States Fire Administration should--

      (1) give high priority to correcting all 2-digit date-related problems in its computer systems to ensure that those systems continue to operate effectively in the year 2000 and beyond;

      (2) assess immediately the extent of the risk to the operations of the United States Fire Administration posed by the problems referred to in paragraph (1), and plan and budget for achieving Year 2000 compliance for all of its mission-critical systems; and

      (3) develop contingency plans for those systems that the United States Fire Administration is unable to correct in time.

SEC. 8. BUY AMERICAN.

    (a) COMPLIANCE WITH BUY AMERICAN ACT- No funds appropriated pursuant to the amendments made by this Act may be expended by an entity unless the entity agrees that in expending the assistance the entity will comply with sections 2 through 4 of the Act of March 3, 1933 (41 U.S.C. 10a-10c, popularly known as the ‘Buy American Act’).

    (b) SENSE OF CONGRESS- In the case of any equipment or products that may be authorized to be purchased with financial assistance provided under the amendments made by this Act, it is the sense of Congress that entities receiving such assistance should, in expending the assistance, purchase only American-made equipment and products.

    (c) NOTICE TO RECIPIENTS OF ASSISTANCE- In providing financial assistance under the amendments made by this Act, the Administrator of the United States Fire Administration shall provide to each recipient of the assistance a notice describing the statement made in subsection (a) by the Congress.

Passed the House of Representatives April 23, 1997.

Attest:

ROBIN H. CARLE,

Clerk.