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H.R. 2620 (107th): Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002

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Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002 - Makes appropriations for FY 2002 for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development and for specified independent agencies.Title I: Department of Veterans Affairs - Makes appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for: (1) veterans' compensation, pensions, and readjustment benefits; (2) veterans' insurance and indemnities; (3) veterans' housing, education, and vocational rehabilitation loan accounts; (4) veterans' medical care; (5) medical and prosthetic research; (6) medical administration; (7) departmental administration; (8) the National Cemetery Administration; (9) the Office of Inspector General; (10) construction; (11) the parking revolving fund; and (12) grants to States for construction of extended care facilities and cemeteries.Sets forth authorized uses of, and limitations on, funds made available under this title.(Sec. 107) Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to reimburse the "General operating expenses" account from the National Service Life Insurance Fund, the Veterans' Special Life Insurance Fund, and the United States Government Life Insurance Fund for the cost of administration of the insurance programs financed through those accounts.(Sec. 108) Directs the Department to continue until October 1, 2002 (currently terminated on October 1, 1999), the Franchise Fund pilot program for providing administrative support services to designated Federal agencies. Extends funding for such program through such date.(Sec. 110) Requires for FY 2002 that funds available in any Department appropriation or fund for salaries and other administrative expenses shall be available to reimburse specified service costs provided by the Offices of Resolution Management and Employment Discrimination Complaint Adjudication.(Sec. 111) Directs the Secretary to treat the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, North Dakota, as a veterans cemetery owned by North Dakota for purposes of cemetery improvement grant eligibility.Title II: Department of Housing and Urban Development - Makes FY 2002 appropriations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for: (1) public and Indian housing; (2) the Public Housing Capital and Operating Funds; (3) Native American housing block grants; (4) Indian and Native Hawaiian housing loan guarantees; (5) housing opportunities for persons with AIDS; (6) Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development; (7) empowerment zones and enterprise communities; (8) community development block grants and loan guarantees; (9) brownfields redevelopment; (10) the HOME investment partnerships program; (11) homeless assistance grants; (12) housing for special populations; (13) flexible subsidy fund; (14) manufactured housing fees trust fund; (15) the Federal Housing Administration; (16) the Government National Mortgage Association; (17) housing policy development and research; (18) fair housing activities; (19) the Office of Lead Hazard Control; (20) management and administration; (21) the Office of Inspector General; and (22) the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight.Rescinds a specified amount from the consolidated fee fund.Sets forth authorized uses of, and limitations on, funds made available under this title.(Sec. 202) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used during FY 2002 to investigate or prosecute under the Fair Housing Act any otherwise lawful activities aimed at achieving or preventing government or court action.(Sec. 203) Directs the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (Secretary) to make housing for persons with AIDS grants to any State that qualified in FY 2001 but does not qualify in FY 2002 due to decreased AIDS cases in non-metropolitan areas of the State.(Sec. 204) Amends the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000 to extend through FY 2002 certain housing for persons with AIDS grant allocation provisions between Philadelphia and New Jersey.Directs: (1) the Secretary to allocate to Wake County, North Carolina, certain FY 2002 housing for persons with AIDS funds that would otherwise be allocated to Raleigh, North Carolina, on behalf of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area; and (2) that the allocation be used in such Area.(Sec. 205) Amends the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 to eliminate the housing counseling grant termination date.(Sec. 206) Amends the National Housing Act to authorize the Federal Housing Administration to insure certain adjustable mortgages.(Sec. 208) Authorizes FY 2002 assisted living facility section 8 rental payments in excess of 40 percent of adjusted gross income in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, and Washtenaw Counties, Michigan.(Sec. 209) Directs the Secretary to review early defaults and claims, and authorizes termination of poor performing mortgagees.(Sec. 210) Requires HUD to grant awards on a competitive basis.(Sec. 211) Exempts during FY 2002 public housing agencies in Alaska, Iowa, and Mississippi from the requirement of having a resident on agency boards of directors.(Sec. 212) Directs the Secretary to maintain section 8 assistance on properties occupied by elderly or disabled families.(Sec. 213) Amends the National Housing Act to increase multifamily loan limits.(Sec. 214) States that specified funds for the endowment of an historical archive at the University of South Carolina, Department of Archives, South Carolina, shall be available without fiscal year limitation.(Sec. 215) Amends the National Housing Act respecting Hawaiian Home Lands to: (1) revise the definition of "Native Hawaiian"; and (2) provide that possession of a lease of Hawaiian home lands shall be sufficient to certify mortgage eligibility.(Sec. 216) Provides for the release by the Secretary to the Arkansas Development Finance Authority of certain HOME program funds.(Sec. 217) Authorizes the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, Maryland, to use specified remaining grant funds for certain other housing development purposes in Baltimore, Maryland.Title III: Independent Agencies - Makes FY 2002 appropriations for: (1) the American Battle Monuments Commission; (2) the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board; (3) the Department of the Treasury for community development financial institutions; (4) the Consumer Product Safety Commission; (5) the Corporation for National and Community Service; (6) the Office of Inspector General; (7) the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; (8) the Department of Defense for Army cemeterial expenses; and (9) the Department of Health and Human Services for the National Institutes of Health for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.Appropriates FY 2002 funds for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for: (1) science and technology activities; (2) environmental programs and management; (3) the Office of Inspector General; (4) buildings and facilities; (5) the Superfund; (6) the leaking underground storage tank program; (7) oil spill response programs; and (8) assistance to States and Indian tribes for environmental programs and infrastructure.Appropriates FY 202 funds for: (1) the Executive Office of the President for the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Office of Environmental Quality; and (2) the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office of Inspector General.Makes FY 2002 appropriations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for: (1) disaster relief; (2) disaster assistance direct loans; (3) salaries and expenses; (4) the Office of Inspector General; (5) emergency management planning and assistance; (6) a specified emergency food and shelter program; (7) the National Flood Insurance Fund; (8) the National Flood Mitigation Fund; and (9) the radiological emergency preparedness fund.Amends the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to extend through FY 2002: (1) the flood insurance program; (2) a certain ceiling on obligations issued under the national flood insurance program; and (3) the authorization of appropriations for certain studies.Makes FY 2002 appropriations for: (1) the General Services Administration for the Federal Consumer Information Center; (2) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; (3) the National Credit Union Administration's Central Liquidity Facility; (4) the National Science Foundation; (5) the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation; and (6) the Selective Service System.Sets forth authorized uses of, and limitations on, funds appropriated under this title.Title IV: General Provisions - Sets forth provisions regarding availability, and prohibitions on the use, of funds appropriated by this Act.(Sec. 415) Expresses the sense of Congress that equipment and products purchased with funds made available under this Act should be American-made.(Sec. 423) Prohibits EPA from using funds made available under this Act to implement a specified registration fee system if its authority to collect certain maintenance fees is extended for at least one year beyond September 30, 2001.(Sec. 427) Provides that all Departments and agencies funded under this Act are encouraged, within the limits of the existing statutory authorities and funding, to expand their use of E-Commerce technologies and procedures in the conduct of their business practices and public service activities.(Sec. 428) Amends the Cerro Grande Fire Assistance Act to revise the initial FEMA reporting deadline respecting assistance claims under such Act.(Sec. 429) Prohibits funds appropriated under this Act from being used to: (1) implement a requirement that military retirees must choose either the VA or TRICARE health care system; and (2) delay the national primary drinking water regulation for arsenic published on January 22, 2001.(Sec. 431) Amends the Robert B. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to establish a minority emergency preparedness demonstration grant program to research and promote minority community capacity to provide related information and awareness education. Authorizes FY 2002 through 2007 appropriations.(Sec. 432) Prohibits funds made available under this Act from being used to implement or enforce the community service requirement under the United States Housing Act of 1937 except for residents of HOPE VI projects.(Sec. 434) Makes certain community block grant funds available to assist New York City recover from the events of September 11, 2001.